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Welcome to DSEI: Bazaar for Purveyors of Mass Murder and Genocide

Posted by feww on September 13, 2017

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– UK Report # 51 –

“World leading event” for global arms sales

The so-called Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) boasts to be “the world leading event” for global arms sales. “DSEI represents the entire supply chain on an unrivaled scale.”

DSEI 2017 is now underway (12-15 September 2017) at the Excel Center in East London, showcasing the latest equipment and systems across the military sectors.

Despots, dictatorships and human rights abusers from 56 countries have been invited, “these include a range of regimes with appalling human rights records: such as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam,” CAAT reported.

“Other governments, such as Israel, will send delegations to promote arms via national pavilions, while others will be invited by the event organisers, Clarion Events.”

Background:

Britain now world’s 2nd biggest arms dealer –Report

UK has been selling more arms than Russia, China, or France on average over the last 10 years, second only to the United States, according to UK Trade and Investment, a government body that promotes British exports abroad.

“Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked ‘not free’ on the Freedom House ‘Freedom in the world’ report, and 22 of the 30 countries on the UK Government’s own human rights watch list,” a report said.

UK govt issued £10bn [US$13.2bn] in arms licenses between 2010-2015 to regimes designated “unfree” by Freedom House, including China, Oman, Turkmenistan and UAE, according to a joint analysis conducted by the Independent and Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).

Meanwhile £7.9bn worth of arms were sold to countries on the “human rights priority countries” list, which is maintained by the Foreign Office and includes countries judged by the FCO to have “the worst, or greatest number of, human rights violations.”

Two-thirds of UK weapons exports have gone to Middle Eastern countries since 2010, the report added.

[UK Report #51 is prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • UK Reports Nos. 01 – 51 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Would the MIC Kill the Geese that Lay the Golden Eggs?

Posted by feww on August 23, 2017

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The Military-Industrial Complex Would Go Out of Business Without Rouge States, Terrorist Groups,  Israel…

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Report is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Brutal Saudi Crackdown: Awamia Wakes Up to Bombings, Snipers, Detentions

Posted by feww on July 31, 2017

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– Arabia Report # 33 –

Saudi Regime Turns Awamia Town into War Zone

Saudi regime has launched a brutal crackdown on Awamia town in Eastern Province of al-Qatif, killing or wounding “many people,” according to social media reports.

A new wave of tensions has been rising since early May, when the regime began its controversial destruction of the al-Masoura neighborhood, claiming it was a hideout for militants which it accused of attacking its mercenary forces.

[Saudi Arabia Report #33 is prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 33 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Saudi Mercenary Forces Attack Town of Awamia

Posted by feww on July 29, 2017

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– Arabia Report # 32 –

Saudi Govt Forcibly Evicting Residents of Awamia Town, Al-Qatif Region

Background:

Al-Awamiyah, also Awamia, is an ancient town [population of about 35,000] overlooking the Persian Gulf, in the northern end of the oasis of Al-Qatif, Saudi Arabia.

The town has been put under siege by the Saudi govt mercenary forces since May 2017. Residents are not allowed to enter or leave, as the government mercenaries indiscriminately shell the neighborhoods with artillery fire and snipers shooting residents. Dozens of Shia civilians, including several children, one a 2 year-old child, have been killed. The Saudi government claims it is fighting terrorists (!)

“On Friday, 28 July, the Saudi authorities announced that the remaining residents of the town of Awamiyah, estimated to be around 35,000, must leave the town within four hours. Intermediaries relayed the authorities’ directives and informed local residents that they should leave the town through two specific exits and carry white flags as they do so,” a report said.

“In the past two days, a massive military build-up has been reported at the outskirts of the town as the military forces stationed inside the town escalated their use of excessive force against the town’s residents. Previously, the authorities had ordered the Taraji sports club to evacuate the Amir Nayef Sport City stadium, located on the outskirts of al-Qatif, which they since have used to station newly brought-in military equipment and personnel, reported to be that of the Saudi Arabian National Guard.”

[Saudi Arabia Report #32 is prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 32 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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UK Equally Guilty of Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Posted by feww on July 25, 2017

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– UK Report # 39 –

Brits choose to remain deafeningly silent, while war crimes are being committed in their names

Background Summary:

UK approved £283m of arms sales to Saudis after airstrike on Yemen funeral

“The British government approved £283m of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after a Saudi airstrike on a funeral that killed scores of people and was criticised [sic] by the UN, figures reveal.

“The airstrike, on 8 October 2016, hit a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing 140 people and injuring hundreds more, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the two-year Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.”

The World Health Organization has recorded 1,828 deaths from cholera since the outbreak in April, one of the largest outbreaks since records began in 1949.

Some 360,000 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in just three months since the outbreak started in April, making the outbreak  the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began in 1949.

About 20 million people need humanitarian assistance across Yemen, while three and a half million have fled their homes since the outbreak of the ongoing conflict in September 2014.

The war has pushed the country to the verge of famine

“It has precipitated a crisis which has left 7 million people on the brink of starvation,” said Oxfam.

“Those countries providing the arms and military support, such as the US and the UK, are fueling a war that is causing wide-spread suffering and tipping a whole nation towards a catastrophe. It is hard to imagine how much more Yemen can take before it collapses entirely.”

“In 2016, Saudi Arabia spent nearly $3 billion on arms from the world’s major arms exporters.”

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[Review prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • UK Reports Nos. 01 – 39 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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UK’s Nazi Judges a Blight on Humanity

Posted by feww on July 10, 2017

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– UK Report # 33 –

Evil High Court rules UK govt arms sales to Saudi Arabia “lawful”

“Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, sitting in London, said the decision to carry on the arms trade was not unlawful,” a report said.

The judges said “closed material,” which have been kept secret from the public, allegedly for national security reasons, “provides valuable additional support for the conclusion that the decisions taken by the secretary of state not to suspend or cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia were rational.”

Sleeping with the Enemy

The shamelessly racist judges’ decision is consistent with Donald Trump’s appeasement of Saudi Arabia, the no. 1 terrorism exporting state.

Weapons sold to Saudi Arabia include Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, as well as precision-guided bombs, which they have used to kill more than 10,000 people and maim tens of thousands of others in Yemen’s “forgotten war.”

UK govt is clearly aiding and abetting war  crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

[Review prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 33 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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New Report Confirms Saudi Support for UK Terror, but Ignores Key Issues or Woefully Wrong

Posted by feww on July 6, 2017

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– UK Report # 28 –

Saudi Arabia chief sponsor of Islamist terrorism in the UK: New Report

Background:

Dividends of 40 Years of Jihadi Groups Operating with Impunity in the UK [FIRE-EARTH UK Report # 10, June 5, 2017]

Researchers affiliated with FIRE-EARTH report Saudi Arabia was preparing the grounds for spread of Islamist extremism in the UK as early as the late 1970s. ‘Suitable’ targets were handpicked by agents, married to Muslim girls from migrant and refugee families, and provided with financial support for business start-ups in Birmingham, London, Manchester and elsewhere.

“Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK” — A Report by CRT

“The foreign funding for Islamist extremism in Britain primarily comes from governments and government linked foundations based in the Gulf, as well as Iran. Foremost among these has been Saudi Arabia, which since the 1960s has sponsored a multimillion dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the West.”

Unfortunately, the report, authored by Tom Wilson, completely ignores several key issues, and is woefully wrong on others.

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UK State Collusion With Radical Islamic Jihadists

The terrorist attacks in the UK in the spring of 2017 of course made the headlines, but what wasn’t up for discussion was the role the UK government and MI5/6 had played in cultivating and colluding with extremist groups — like the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) which Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was associated with.”

TERROR IN BRITAIN: WHAT DID THE PRIME MINISTER KNOW?

“The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

“Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist ‘assets’ in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal ‘review’.

“The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years,” John Pilger wrote.

[Review prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 28 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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The White House Couldn’t Give a Damn About Children Getting Killed in Conflict

Posted by feww on June 27, 2017

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Mass murder of innocent kids doesn’t really concern the deranged conman in WH — it’s just a useful pretext to start war

Saudi Arabian forces, using weapons bought from the US and UK, have mass murdered more than 10,000 civilians including 1,500 innocent children, and injured at least 20,000 others including 2,500 children, since the conflict began three years ago. 

Background:

The US Administration, far from showing any concern for the lives of innocent children in Yemen, continues to ship billions of dollars worth of weapons to the Saudi war criminals.

Meanwhile, the White House appears to be planning another attack on the legitimate government of Syria, using a potential chemical weapons attack on “innocent children” as a pretext for war. The White House said in a statement:

“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists]

  • Full report available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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How U.S. Armed Terrorists in Syria

Posted by feww on June 26, 2017

Submitted by a Reader:

95% of terrorists fighting Syrian government are foreigners: Germany’s Intelligence Service (BND)

Flood of weapons and entry of 20,000 foreign fighters into Syria “largely defined nature of conflict”

“Three-term Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has proposed legislation that would prohibit any U.S. assistance to terrorist organizations in Syria as well as to any organization working directly with them. Equally important, it would prohibit U.S. military sales and other forms of military cooperation with other countries that provide arms or financing to those terrorists and their collaborators,” a report said.

“Gabbard’s ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’ challenges for the first time in Congress a U.S. policy toward the conflict in the Syrian civil war that should have set off alarm bells long ago: in 2012-13 the Obama administration helped its Sunni allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar provide arms to Syrian and non-Syrian armed groups to force President Bashar al-Assad out of power. And in 2013 the administration began to provide arms to what the CIA judged to be ‘relatively moderate’ anti-Assad groups—meaning they incorporated various degrees of Islamic extremism.”

“… as much as 8,000 tons of weapons poured across the Turkish border into Syria just in late 2012 and in 2013.”

Weapons were purchased Belgrade, Serbia in May 2013 including “500 Soviet-designed PG-7VR rocket launchers that can penetrate even heavily-armored tanks, along with two million rounds; 50 Konkurs anti-tank missile launchers and 500 missiles, 50 anti-aircraft guns mounted on armored vehicles, 10,000 fragmentation rounds for OG-7 rocket launchers capable of piercing heavy body armor; four truck-mounted BM-21 GRAD multiple rocket launchers, each of which fires 40 rockets at a time with a range of 12 to 19 miles, along with 20,000 GRAD rockets.”

“… another Saudi order from the same Serbian company listed 300 tanks, 2,000 RPG launchers, and 16,500 other rocket launchers, one million rounds for ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns, and 315 million cartridges for various other guns.”

In December 2013 U.S. sold 15,000 TOW anti-tank missiles to the Saudis at a cost of about $1 billion…

“This flood of weapons into Syria, along with the entry of 20,000 foreign fighters into the country—primarily through Turkey—largely defined the nature of the conflict. These armaments helped make al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, al Nusra Front (now renamed Tahrir al-Sham or Levant Liberation Organization) and its close allies by far the most powerful anti-Assad forces in Syria—and gave rise to the Islamic State.”

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Who told “peaceful demonstrators” to destroy Syrian air defense?

“At the very beginning of the attacks, they [terrorists] started by destroying the Syrian air defense, which has nothing to do with what they called it that time the ‘peaceful demonstrations.’ Most of the air defense are outside the cities in outlying areas, so they started attacking that air defense and it was affected dramatically during the crisis,” said Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 

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Scorned former Saudi “crown prince” could be assassinated over Trump bribe secrecy

Posted by feww on June 21, 2017

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– Arabia Report # 25 –

Bin Nayef should reveal details of Trump-Saudi secret deal to save himself

Background:

Saudi Arabia’s Alzheimer “king” Salman has named his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, aka “Psycho,” as the new “crown prince,” ousting his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, 57.

The scorned and disgraced bin Nayef has reportedly escaped four previous assassination attempts, though he was slightly injured in the third attempt. However, he may not be so lucky next time.

It is entirely plausible he may soon be assassinated on orders from the new “crown prince” out of fear and mistrust. Bin Nayef  knows too much, and he is now a man scorned.

His best life insurance policy would be to go public and reveal everything he knows about the corrupt “royal family” deals, especially the multi-billion-dollar scale of bribes paid by “king” Salman to Trump-Kushner, Inc.

Corrupt to the core, like all other members of the so-called “Saud Kitchen,” bin Nayef himself was implicated in the Panama Papers leaks in 2016.

[Saudi Arabia Report #25 is prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 25 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Pay or Pray: Trump Trick-or-Treating Qatari Emir

Posted by feww on June 10, 2017

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– Saudi Arabia Report # 25 –

Don Trump Shaking Down Qatari Emir for Protection

Unlike Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE…, Qatar is the only wealthy Arab country that has so far refused to pay protection money to Don Trump, informed sources say.

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 25 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

It’s understood that the so-called president and his family will have received about $50 billion by 2020 from the Sunni kingdoms in return for special considerations, including waving the Saudis liability for 9/11, protection from similar prosecution and permission to play on the global stage. A private congtract, prepared by Jared Kushner, was agreed during Trump’s tour of Saudi Arabia, informed sources say.

UN ranks Qatar highest among Arab states for human development

Qatar is a high income economy, thanks to the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves. The country has the highest per capita income in the world [Total GDP-PPP of $353.23 billion; per capita $146,000.] UN has classified Qatar as the highest among Arab state for human development.

 

 

 

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Sleep with Saudi Dogs, Wake Up with Wahhabi Terrorists

Posted by feww on June 7, 2017

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Early Dividends of the US Fake President’s Love Affair with Sheikh Salman, et al.

Terrorists have killed 12, and wounded dozens in Tehran attacks. The Islamic State (ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

Let’s hope Trump-Pence are removed from office soon, and the Saudi royal family are neutralized, before they can organize the next waves of Wahhabi terrorists to strike the homeland. And it’s only a matter of time before they would attempt to fulfill their satanic obligation…

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 23 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

Iran’s revolutionary guard lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, hours after 12 people were killed and 42 others were wounded in devastating attacks on two potent symbols in Tehran, the capital: Iran’s Parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.”

In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps faulted both Saudi Arabia and the United States government: “The public opinion of the world, especially Iran, recognizes this terrorist attack — which took place a week after a joint meeting of the U.S. president and the head of one of the region’s backward governments, which constantly supports fundamentalist terrorists — as very significant,” clearly referring to Saudi Arabia. The statement also acknowledged the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility.”

Shortly after Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, police in Bahrain, a tiny country ruled by Saudi-backed minority Sunni thugs, and  a member of the Gulf alliance, raided a prominent Shiite cleric’s hometown, arresting nearly 300 people in an assault that killed five protesters. “The tiny island-state hosting the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet and heavily supported by neighboring Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of arming Shiite militants and seeking to foment unrest.”

“Tensions have also risen in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province between [majority] Shiite activists and security forces there.”

“Hard-line royal elements who favor tougher action against Shiite protests may regard President Trump’s (comments) in Riyadh as permission to escalate,” Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy wrote after the Bahrain raid. It “could have dangerous consequences for both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.”

The ridiculous Qatar episode followed soon after.

The Qatar crisis: A ‘win-win’ for the United States?

“The underlying Saudi and Emirati grievances with Qatar have been lingering for a while, but the real catalyst of this week’s crisis is the new US administration,” wrote Chris Davidson, who teaches politics at Durham University in England.

“Notably, in the wake of the Arab spring, which witnessed the brief resurgence of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, both Saudi Arabia and the UAE had identified such forces as potential existential threats to their own regimes, not only because the Brotherhood enjoyed much support amongst their own conservative populations, but also because it offered the region an alternative Islamic governance model that dispensed with the need for hereditary monarchies.”

“The Saudi and UAE-organized coup d’état in Egypt in 2013 was supposed to have put the Brotherhood and Qatar back in their places,” he wrote.

“Pundits have put forward a number of reasons as to why the escalation has happened right now.

“Many, for example, have pointed to a strengthening relationship between Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, and their common goal of cutting off Qatari assistance to Hamas. Certainly, Qatar’s hosting of a Hamas conference last month did not go down well, and perhaps helps explain why — according to the leaked emails of the UAE’s ambassador to the U.S. — a recent high profile anti-Qatar symposium was staged by a major Washington-based, pro-Israel think tank.”

“Even if the Donald Trump team has clearly been trying to fleece Saudi Arabia out of its remaining assets by getting the kingdom to buy up weapons it can ill-afford, and even getting it to invest in U.S. physical infrastructure at a time when it really needs to be investing in its own infrastructure, there has nonetheless been a strong feeling in Riyadh that the new White House is a going to be a much firmer ally than the previous U.S. presidency.”

 

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Trails of Blood: Winston Churchill, Margret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Theresa May…

Posted by feww on June 6, 2017

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– UK Report # 11 –

UK prime ministers who left their marks in blood

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 11 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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  • Britain’s Season of Despair “Instead of appealing to peoples’ aspirations, British politicians are pitching worst-case scenarios to win votes.”

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The Putz Calling the Qettle “Terrorists”

Posted by feww on June 5, 2017

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– Saudi Report # 22 –

World’s most prolific paymaster of terrorism and its Klingons cut ties with Qatar for “supporting terrorism

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Saudi Arabia 01 – 22 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

Saudi Arabia and its Klingons, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, have cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar, accusing the tiny Gulf state of supporting terrorists and destabilizing the region.

Bahrain said it was cutting ties with Qatar because Doha was “shaking the security and stability of Bahrain and meddling in its affairs,” the state’s news agency reported.

The breaking of  ties with Qatar follows a leaked email between Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, dated October 2016, in which Clinton discussed Saudi and Qatari government funding for Islamic State (IS, also ISIS, ISIL), three years ago.

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The Cost and Consequences of ‘Alternative Truth’

Posted by feww on May 28, 2017

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The Natural Boundaries of Untruth in SSPOP

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Presentation available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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How Saudi “Royals” Could Remove Trump from Office

Posted by feww on May 7, 2017

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Saudi King, Petro-Islam Micro Monarchs, Keeping US Arms Industry Alive

Whereas the majority of US taxpayers, shafted by the Cabal, can only dream of this, the Wahhabi King could easily remove Trump from office by simply asking the principal players to assign a new sales representative…

[Prepared by an affiliated team of observers.]

  • Report available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

Saudi Arabia and its satellite Gulf States have spent about $2trillion on their militaries, wars and support of international terrorism since 1986 [Includes estimated amount spent to advance global Wahhabi terrorism.]

Incomplete data available from:

https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/legacy_files/files/publication/150428_gulfarmssales.pdf

AND: https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/SIPRI-Milex-data-1949-2016.xlsx

 

 

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report – Arabia 13: Will More Weapons Help Prevent Fall of Saudi “Royals”?

Posted by feww on May 6, 2017

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Yemen hunger crisis: Refugee chief ‘shocked to the bones’

About 19 million people in Yemen [total population:  ~ 27 million] are in need of some form of aid, says the UN, as the price of basic commodities rise by a third.

The UN secretary general has warned that Yemen is facing a “tragedy of immense proportions,” with a child under five perishing of preventable causes every 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, Saudi forces reportedly threaten to attack the port of Hodeida, the last remaining humanitarian lifeline, as Trump works to “push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia.”

“I am shocked to my bones by what I have seen and heard here in war- and hunger- stricken Yemen. The world is letting some 7 million men, women and children slowly but surely, be engulfed by unprecedented famine. It is not a drought that is at fault. This preventable catastrophe is man-made from A to Z,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

[Saudi Arabia Report #13 is prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Arabia Reports 01 – 13 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

Saudi Arabia using terror laws to suppress free speech: UN
“Saudi Arabia has been accused of using anti-terror laws to suppress free expression and failing to carry out independent inquiries into its Yemen bombing campaign in a hard-hitting report published on Thursday by the UN special rapporteur on human rights.”

Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales – U.S. sources
“Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month,” informed sources told Reuters.

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UN Must List Saudi-Led Coalition for Violating Child Rights in Yemen –Report

Posted by feww on April 20, 2017

For Immediate Release:

***To view report: http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen/
***Link to live press conference April 20 , 2017, 10:00am EST: http://www.un.org/webcast/

Warring parties committed 160+ attacks on medical facilities and personnel over past two years 

The UN should put Saudi Arabia back on a list of violators of children’s rights because of attacks on hospitals in Yemen.

  • Warring parties committed at least 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over past two years, including deadly airstrike on children’s hospital.
  • Attacks have contributed to closure of hospitals and worsened health conditions for children.

NEW YORK – A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen must be named in the UN’s annual list of perpetrators of child rights violations for carrying out repeated attacks on medical facilities and personnel, a new report says today.

The report, by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and Save the Children, documents a series of deadly attacks on hospitals and medics over the past two years – and calls on UN Secretary – General António Guterres to add the Saudi Arabia – led coalition to his list of those responsible for grave violations of children’s rights in conflict.

  • In 2016 then – UN Secretary – General Ban Ki – moon briefly listed the coalition for killing children and attacking schools and hospitals in Yemen, only to later remove it after pressure from Saudi Arabia. This year’s UN report on Children and Armed Conflict is due to be published in the coming months.
  • Appearing on the list is an international embarrassment for states and non – state actors , which can usually only be removed after meeting UN – verified benchmarks for ending and preventing violations.
  • In addition to the Saudi Arabia – led coalition, other warring parties in Yemen have also been implicated in the 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over the past two years. These attacks have contributed to damage and destruction of Yemen’s medical facilities, and worsened conditions for children’s health, the report said.
  • Fewer than half of the medical facilities in the country are functioning, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • The country is on the brink of famine, with 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition and more than 460,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to OCHA.
  • Every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes, according to UNICEF. Since 2014, the mortality rate for children under five has increased by nearly 20 percent, UNICEF said.
  • In one documented case, two infants in incubators reportedly died from a lack of oxygen after a pediatric hospital in Sana a was damaged in an airstrike by the Saudi Arabia – led coalition.
  • Hospitals that remain open face severe shortages of medicine and equipment , in large part due to the de facto naval blockade imposed by the coalition on Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, the country’s lifeline for food and essential supplies. Warring parties have detained aid workers and hampered the delivery of food and medicine by land.
  • In addition to the Saudi Arabia – led coalition (which consists of ten countries and gets support from the United States), parties to the conflict include Yemeni government forces and the Houthis (also known as Ansar Allah) and their allies.
  • Watchlist also recommends that the United States and other UN member states immediately stop providing weapons to the coalition when there is a chance they may be used in attacks against hospitals and other violations.

Christine Monaghan, research officer at Watchlist, said:
“The UN Secretary – General cannot bow to pressure from Saudi Arabia, but must hold the Saudi Arabia – led coalition responsible for repeated attacks on medical facilities and staff. They are leading to the closure of hospitals, compromising children’s access to treatment, and increasing rates of injury and disease.”

Grant Pritchard, interim country director for Save the Children in Yemen, said:
“For two years bombs have been landing on hospitals, homes, and schools. On the ground our teams are helping children who have been physically and mentally scarred, and are supporting hospitals that are now forced to hold damaged incubators together with sticking tape. All parties have been responsible for the unnecessary deaths of children in Yemen, and the Saudi Arabia – led coalition is among them.

Those responsible must be held to account.” The full report, “Every Day Things are Getting Worse” The Impact on Children of Attacks on Health Care in Yemen, is available here: http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen/

NOTES:

  • More than half of the health facilities in 16 of the 22 assessed governorates in Yemen are closed or partially functioning due to the conflict, leaving over 14.8 million people in need of basic healthcare including 8.1 million children (OCHA).
  • Yemen is facing the largest food security emergency in the world with 17 million people lacking food : 6.8 million people are in the “ emergency” phase – one stage before famine – and 10.2 million people are in the “ crisis ” phase . There are 3 million (or 20%) more food insecure people in March 2017 compared to June 2016 (IPC Report).
  • According to OCHA (Yemen 2017 HRP), 7,469 people have been killed and 40,483 injured (47,952 total casualties) between March 2015 and December 31, 2016.
  • Between March 2015 and February 23, 2017, 4,667 civilians were killed and 8,180 injured. (OHCHR).

http://watchlist.org/wp-content/uploads/watchlist-yemen-for-immediate-release_final.pdf

The UK has earned about $4billion from arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the Yemen military campaign began in March 2015, which has seen 11,000 Yemeni civilians massacred.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Wahhabi Arabia and Satellite States 03

Posted by feww on March 5, 2017

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Wahhabi Arabia and its Satellite States

[Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.]

  • Report is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Increase in global arms sales driven by demand in the Middle East and Asia –SIPRI

Posted by feww on February 20, 2017

United States, Russia, China, France and Germany responsible for 74 percent of global arms exports

Middle East: Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 per cent and accounted for 29 per cent of global imports in 2012–16, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

  • Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer with an increase of 212 percent.
  • Arms imports by Qatar went up by 245 per cent. “Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities, despite much lower oil prices.

Asia: Arms imports by states in Asia and Oceania increased by 7.7 percent and accounted for 43 percent of global imports in 2012–16.

  • India was the world’s largest importer of major arms, accounting for 13 percent of the global total.
  • India’s imports were far greater than those of its regional rivals China and Pakistan.
  • Imports by countries in South East Asia increased 6.2 percent.
  • Vietnam made a particularly large jump from being the 29th largest importer in 2007–11 to the 10th largest in 2012–16, with arms imports increasing by 202 per cent.

“While China is increasingly able to substitute arms imports with indigenous products, India remains dependent on weapons technology from many willing suppliers, including Russia, the USA, European states, Israel and South Korea.”

Arms exporters: United States

USA was the top arms exporter in 2012– 16, accounting for a one-third of global arms exports. “Its arms exports increased by 21 per cent compared with 2007–11.

  • Almost half of the US arms exports went to the Middle East.
  • US supplies major arms to at least 100 countries around the world—significantly more than any other supplier state.
  • Advanced strike aircraft with cruise missiles and other precision-guided munitions and the latest generation air and missile defense systems account for a significant share of US arms exports.
  • UK Government has also ignored calls to stop selling weapons to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia, which has been accused by UN bodies of potentially committing war crimes in its military operation in Yemen.

Britain is the second biggest arms dealer in the world

  • Two-thirds of UK weapons have been sold to Middle Eastern countries since 2010, said a report.
  • Britain has also sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” on the Freedom House “Freedom in the world” report, and 22 of the 30 countries on the UK Government’s own human rights watch list.
  • Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world, official government figures show – with two-thirds of the weapons fueling deadly conflicts in the Middle East.
  • The UK averaged second place in the global rankings on a rolling ten-year basis, making it Europe’s leading defense exporter in the period, said the UK Trade and Investment, a government body that promotes British exports overseas.
  • The Government has ignored calls to stop selling weapons to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia, which has been accused by UN bodies of potentially committing war crimes in its military operation in Yemen.

Russia accounted for a 23 percent of global exports. 70 percent of its arms exports went to four countries: India, Vietnam, China and Algeria.

China’s global arms exports almost doubled from 3.8 to 6.2 percent. It is now firmly a top-tier supplier, like France and Germany which accounted for 6 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively.

Other notable developments

  • Algeria was the largest arms importer in Africa.
  • The largest importers in sub-Saharan Africa—Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia—are all in conflict zones.
  • Colombia’s arms imports decreased by 19 percent, while Mexico’s arms imports grew by 184 percent.
  • Imports by states in Europe significantly decreased by 36 percent .
  • Imports by Azerbaijan were 20 times higher than those of Armenia in 2012–16.

The War Criminal
The war criminal Barack Obama “offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any U.S. administration in the history of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. The majority of this equipment is still in the pipeline, and could tie the United States to the Saudi military for years to come,” said a report.

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How to Prevent Despots from Committing War Crimes!

Posted by feww on January 30, 2017

Activists ‘trying to disarm’ Saudi-bound warplanes arrested

Two UK activists have been arrested at BAE Systems site in Lancashire, while reportedly attempting to disarm and prevent Saudi-bound warplanes from taking off and used to commit war crimes in Yemen.

London Quaker and activist Sam Walton and Methodist minister Rev Dan Woodhouse have been arrested after entering a BAE Systems site in Warton, Lancashire this morning with the intention of disarming planes bound for Saudi Arabia. They issued this statement:

‘Two people have attempted to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia from BAE Warton

‘On the morning of Sunday 29 January two people attempted to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia from BAE Systems Warton site.

The aim is to stop Saudi Arabia having more planes with which to commit war crimes with in Yemen. The intention is to save innocent lives and prevent war crimes, by physically disabling warplanes.

The action comes exactly 21 years after three women entered the same base to disarm a plane being sent to Indonesia to be used in the genocide in East Timor.

They are being held on suspicion of criminal damage.

Reverend Dan Woodhouse, a Methodist Minister in Leeds said: “By stopping or even delaying Saudi Arabia having more planes with which to bomb Yemen this action will save innocent lives and prevent war crimes. We are clear that the real crime taking place is arming despots, who frequently use arms on their own people, are known to use torture and the death penalty, and who will almost certainly be using the planes sent from BAE Warton to continue to commit crimes against humanity.”

Sam Walton, a Quaker from London said: “We do not take these steps lightly, but we have no other option. We have been active in opposing the arms trade to Saudi Arabia for years, and in the face of wilful government denial that there is a problem with arming Saudi, including willingness to suspend our own due process of law, and complete unwillingness to consider stopping arming Saudi Arabia, we must take this action.”

Eurofighter Typhoons and Tornadoes sold to Saudi Arabia are being used on combat missions in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is committing war crimes. Saudi Arabia has been leading bombing missions in Yemen since March 2015. BAE also supplies Saudi Arabia with Hawk jets, used to train the Royal Saudi Air Force. Typhoons and Hawk jets are known to be on site being prepared for imminent delivery to Saudi Arabia.

The UK government has refused to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and has licensed well over £3 billion of arms sales since the conflict began. A legal analysis from Matrix Chambers found that the UK government is breaking international, EU and UK law by supplying arms to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign in Yemen.

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Holocaust in Mediterranean

Posted by feww on June 7, 2016

10,000 Migrants and refugees killed crossing Mediterranean since 2014: UNHCR

About 10,000 migrants and refugees have been killed or are missing (presumed dead) in the Mediterranean since 2014, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Tuesday.

About 3,500 were killed or reported missing in the Mediterranean Sea in 2014, with the toll climbing to 3,771 in 2015, while an additional 2,800 people lost their lives so far this year.

More than 1 million migrants and refugees entered Europe in 2015, followed at least 206,000 others since the beginning of this year, UN said.

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Two Acts of Ultimate Depravity by People in the Big Rotten Apple

Ban Ki-moon Buckles Under Pressure by the Terrorist Saudi Govt.

Following a protest from the terrorist government of Saudi Arabia, the corrupt UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen from a list of government forces that have committed “grave violations against children” in 2015.

The annual report on children and armed conflict released last week stated that the U.N. had verified a total of 1,953 youngsters killed or wounded in 2015 (the figure represented a six-fold increase in the number of child casualties in Yemen compared with 2014). About 60 percent of those casualties have been attributed to atrocities committed by the coalition, including 510 kids killed and 667 wounded in attacks on schools and hospitals.

NY Governor Signs Executive Order to ‘Blacklist’ BDS Supporters

Power corrupts, and gubernatorial power corrupts absolutely! New York Gov. Cuomo has signed an executive order that will penalize people and businesses that support non-violent boycott of Israel.

Cuomo said New York would “lead by example,” he said. “We are also a place of action.”

“We want to take immediate action because we want Israel to know that we’re on their side. If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

The so-called “anti-BDS” bill is unconstitutional because it violates the basic right of free speech. It’s an affront to American values.

Official Announcement: Governor Cuomo Signs First-in-the-Nation Executive Order Directing Divestment of Public Funds Supporting BDS Campaign Against Israel

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_157_new.pdf

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2016

Posted by feww on March 2, 2016

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Mongolian herders risk losing their livestock and livelihoods as Dzud looms

Extreme winter conditions known as ‘Dzud,’ a cyclical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia, are being exacerbated by a summer drought and extreme overgrazing, leading to insufficient hay for winter grazing, said a report.

“This, coupled with heavy snows and freezing temperatures is causing large numbers of animals to die from starvation. Parts of Mongolia are experiencing continuous heavy snowfall and snowstorms with average temperatures below – 25 degrees Celsius during daytime and around – 40 degrees during the night. More than 80,000 herder families (around 400,000 people) in the northern and western part of the country are at risk, with millions of livestock facing starvation in the coming weeks and months.”

Both the weather conditions and the state of grazing are worse than they were in the Dzud of 2009-2010, when millions of animals died, said the Mongolian Ministry of Food and Agriculture. “Tens of thousands of households lost all or more than half of their animals and many of these families were forced to move to slum areas on the outskirts of Ulaan Baatar and other urban centers. Large scale migration to the cities resulting from loss of livelihood among herders has magnified urban social problems such as unemployment, crime, alcoholism, domestic violence and extreme poverty.”

Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis

A rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece is threatening Europe with imminent humanitarian crisis, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned today.

“With governments not working together despite having already reached agreements in a number of areas, and country after country imposing new border restrictions, inconsistent practices are causing unnecessary suffering and risk being at variance with EU and international law standards,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.

Edwards added that as of last night (Monday), the number of refugees and migrants in Greece and needing accommodation had soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 of these were at Eidomeni, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

“At least 1,500 had spent the previous night in the open. The crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation. Tensions have been building, fuelling violence and playing into the hands of people smugglers,” Edwards stressed.

As of March 1, some 131,724 people had crossed the Mediterranean during January and February with 122,637 of them landing in Greece.”This is approaching the total for the first half of 2015 (147,209). So far, 410 lives have been lost.”

Critical fire weather conditions and Arctic airmass impacting U.S.

Critical fire weather conditions to impact at least seven states, as Arctic airmass moves into Northern U.S., said NWS.

NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for all or parts of at least seven states in central and southern Plains.

Meanwhile, temperatures are forecast to drop by up to 15 degrees below average over the Great
Lakes/Ohio Valley to parts of the Tennessee Valley.

Snow, colder temperatures and gusty winds will continue to impact the northern Great Lakes, northeast and New England. Strong thunderstorms are possible in the southeast. In the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, mountain snow and valley rain are expected. Critical fire weather conditions will impact the central and southern Plains.

Bluff or True? Sick Saudi terrorists claim they have nuke warheads

“Warning: Saudi Arabia, although a signatory to the Nuclear Weapons Non- Proliferation Treaty has just, in violation of its pledge, acquired atomic bombs from Pakistan.”  http://www.voltairenet.org/article190499.html

 

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New MERS-CoV Cases Reported in Arabia and UAE

Posted by feww on January 27, 2016

Saudi respiratory syndrome crown virus (MERS-CoV) infect more people

Disease Outbreak News: Jan. 26, 2016

The National IHR Focal Point for Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of 138 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including about 30 deaths [Sept 2015 – Jan 2016].

  • The cases were reported in various cities including Madinah, Bisha, Aloyoun, Onizah, Najran, Alqweiyha, Buridah, Jeddah and Riyadh.
  • Many of the victims are females, including several non-national health workers, in the 21 – 30 age range.

The National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates has notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

  • Both cases were reported in Abu Dhabi.

Thailand has confirmed MERS-CoV disease in a traveler, the second such case in the country in the last seven months.

  • A man from Oman, who arrived in Bangkok, Thailand for treatment on 22 January, and was admitted to a private hospital, tested positive for MERS-CoV.

Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,632 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 587 related deaths.

The first confirmed case of the MERS-CoV infection was reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It’s believed that the virus has been present in bats for several decades and had spread to camels by early 1990s. The virus seems to have spread from camels to humans in 2010.

 

Countries with Confirmed MERS-CoV

To date, 26 countries have reported cases of deadly infection, with Saudi Arabia accounting for more than 85 percent of all cases:

  • Middle East: Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
  • Africa: Algeria, and Tunisia; in Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Asia: China, the Republic of Korea , Malaysia Philippines and Thailand.
  • North America: The United States of America

Key Facts [WHO]

  • Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • Typical MERS symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common, but not always present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhoea, have also been reported.
  • Approximately 36% of reported patients with MERS have died.
  • Although the majority of human cases of MERS have been attributed to human-to-human infections, camels are likely to be a major reservoir host for MERS-CoV and an animal source of MERS infection in humans. However, the exact role of camels in transmission of the virus and the exact route(s) of transmission are unknown.
  • The virus does not seem to pass easily from person to person unless there is close contact, such as occurs when providing unprotected care to a patient.

Symptoms [WHO]

The clinical spectrum of MERS-CoV infection ranges from no symptoms (asymptomatic) or mild respiratory symptoms to severe acute respiratory disease and death. A typical presentation of MERS-CoV disease is fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is a common finding, but not always present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhoea, have also been reported. Severe illness can cause respiratory failure that requires mechanical ventilation and support in an intensive care unit. Approximately 36% of reported patients with MERS-CoV have died. The virus appears to cause more severe disease in older people, people with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic diseases such as cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes.

Source of the virus [WHO]

MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus that is transmitted from animals to humans. The origins of the virus are not fully understood but, according to the analysis of different virus genomes, it is believed that it originated in bats and was transmitted to camels sometime in the distant past.

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Salman’s Blood Lust Intensifies

Posted by feww on January 2, 2016

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The old Wahhabi dog indulges in another blood orgy

Saudi Arabia executes 47 people on terror charges including a prominent cleric on the orders of Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Saudi Arabia confirmed Saturday it has executed 47 prisoners, including a reformist cleric and activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on the orders of their king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,  leaving no doubt that their tactics and those of their brothers-in-arms, the Islamic State (IS, or Daesh), are indeed one of the same.

Saudi Arabian government have falsely claimed those beheaded, which included at least 4 political prisoners, were “terrorists.”

“Al-Nimr was a central figure in Shiite protests that erupted in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring, and carrying out his execution may spark new unrest among the OPEC powerhouse’s Shiite minority,” said a report.

A political commentator said: This is what happens when Saudi Arabia’s government had international impunity, those who speak out pay with their lives.

Saudi Arabia executed at least 157 people in 2015, with beheading total reaching their highest annual level in 20 years, according to advocacy groups that monitor the death penalty worldwide.

“Last year saw Saudi Arabia executed over 150 people, many of them for non-violent offenses,” said Maya Foa, a spokesperson for rights group Reprieve, adding that 4 of the 47 executed were political prisoners.

“This appalling news suggests 2016 could be even worse. Alarmingly, the Saudi Government is continuing to target those who have called for domestic reform in the kingdom,” she said.

“There are now real concerns that those protesters sentenced to death as children could be next in line to face the swordsman’s blade. Saudi Arabia’s allies – including the US and UK – must not turn a blind eye to such atrocities and must urgently appeal to the Kingdom to change course.”

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