Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:37 UTC
"Saudi Arabia has provided Yemen with $10 billion," Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said, as cited by Al Arabiya, during a meeting of his Aden-based government on Wednesday.
A total of $8 billion from the sum will be spent on the reconstruction of government-held areas, with another $2 billion to be used to support Yemen's National Bank, he explained.
According to the president, restoring normal functioning of electricity and the water supply, health, education and communications are among the "urgent priorities" for his government.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:05 UTC
None of these claims is true. Britain is not anti-immigrant but against uncontrolled mass immigration. President Trump is not a fascist but wants in fact to restore the rule of law and respect for the US constitution. Steve Bannon is not a white supremacist but someone who believes in western national identity based on Judeo-Christian values.
In other words, the opposite of fascism. But those making this charge aren't just diminishing and trivialising the horrors of true fascism or bigotry. They are also demonising all those who voted for Brexit or Trump. Millions of people. One British columnist wrote:
"Compulsive liars shouldn't frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars' enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world."
Comment: We might all be in sync with the definition of terms like decency, reason, fascism, moral accountability, but it is the manipulation of these words to meet a biased perspective for a particular and chosen outcome that snags society in confusion and destroys the consensus and confidence of a people. And, that is the game afoot.
New York Daily News
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:02 UTC
First, the facts: Alex Nowrasteh's much-cited Cato Institute analysis of terror attacks on American soil between 1975 and 2015 reveals that an American has a 1 in 3.6 million chance every year of being murdered by a foreign-born terrorist. The rate of death for victims of ISIS is even lower. "The annual chance of being murdered by somebody other than a foreign-born terrorist was 252.9 times greater than the chance of dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreign-born terrorist," Nowrasteh writes.
You're also 19% more likely to be killed because your clothes catch fire than to be killed by a terrorist in this country. So let's dispense with this notion that our way of life is under siege by ISIS. Terror attacks are horrible and unjustified, but random acts of violence have zero potential to destroy our country.
Comment: Perhaps the public would like to comment on the fear tactics that have riddled the news over the past few years. Perhaps the public would like to have had a say in the decision to train and support ISIS, knowing this scourge has grown exponentially and gone viral in other countries at the hands of the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UK. Too bad all those teensy statistics don't apply to the countries in which ISIS has infested itself. And, when the hand stops feeding it, what then are the "chances?"
President Trump on the other hand...He's not a murderer. He isn't advocating beheading his opponents (yet). But his early moves — and his obvious mental instability — threaten our way of life. Let us count the ways:
Comment: The better question is: Why is this author comparing the new president to a terrorist organization noted for murder and destruction, funded and supported by the former administration? To quote his words: "It's obvious."
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:33 UTC
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could barely stifle a smile as Trump demoted the two-state solution from being the holy grail. Instead, he said of resolving the conflict: "I am looking at two states or one state ... I can live with either one."
Given the huge asymmetry of power, Israel now has a free hand to entrench its existing apartheid version of the one-state solution - Greater Israel - on the Palestinians. This is the destination to which Netanyahu has been steering the Israel-Palestine conflict his entire career.
Comment: Of course Palestinians desire a one-state solution - their land and their rights have been brutally stolen from them for decades. But from a political standpoint their desire may never bear fruit. As Jason Martin wrote in Genocide in Gaza: Viable Palestinian strategic options in the face of Israeli tactics:
The complete occupation of Palestine is a fait accompli. The settlers in the West Bank are there. It's done. They have it, and they'll never give it back.
What about their rights to self-determination? What do you think? If all of the Black Americans decided they wanted a two-state solution in the United States, how well do you think that would work out? The two-state solution isn't going to work, and even if it happens, it will be the end of the Palestinian people forever. Once they are officially a state, Israel will trump up some nonsense rocket fantasy and declare war on 'Palestine' and carpet bomb them even further back than the Stone Age. The day Palestine becomes a real state, Palestinians' days are numbered.
It all comes down to which one you want: A Palestinian State or a Palestinian People. Israel has worked very hard, and very cleverly, to ensure there cannot be both.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:34 UTC
"I would like to emphasize that all bloodshed that ensued further in Ukraine originated from the violence on Maidan [Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square]. Never before did Ukraine see bloodshed on such a scale until the mass shooting of people in Maidan," Yanukovich said in a letter to French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
He called upon EU leaders to demand that Ukrainian authorities launch a genuine probe into the killings and other grave crimes committed on Maidan against the police who were on duty "to maintain public order and protect the constitutional order of Ukraine."
Comment: If Trump's ever successful in mending relations with Russia it would spell doom for Kiev's neo-Nazi regime - and they know it. The only reason they exist is to be a 'thorn in the spine' of the Russian bear. With Kiev proving they will never stop their criminal war against the Donbass, in repeated violation of the Minsk Agreements, it's a good time for Yanukovich to call for a new approach to the crisis.
- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich: Kiev's military op in E. Ukraine 'crime against own people'
- Azarov's bombshell: Ukrainian ex-PM reveals who was behind Maidan sniper deaths
- Kiev lobby in the US is desperate to ensnare Trump
- Trump administration fails to back Ukraine
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:33 UTC
Fake and unsubstantiated news about Russia is published by the mainstream media on an almost daily basis. The Russian Foreign Ministry has set out on a mission to identify and expose such stories, launching a special section for it on its official website.
The following is a list of news stories that have thus far been identified by Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as containing misleading, inaccurate or false information.
Comment: Fake news has reached a fever pitch - good on the Russian Foreign Ministry for exposing it for what it is.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:51 UTC
But is that true? Are Donald Trump's stumbles really unique? Have previous presidents been paragons of proficiency and professionalism who've gotten off to a smooth start during their first 100 days?
For an answer, let's go to the presidential videotape.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:22 UTC
The State Department had withheld the documents under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption designed to protect internal deliberations.
Judicial Watch, whose FOIA lawsuit compelled the release of some 14,000 Clinton emails from the time she served as secretary of state and used a private server, argued that they might show State Department officials colluding to "to create misinformation to minimize the public's perception" of the scandal.
"Judicial Watch has not provided a sufficient basis to believe that the information withheld by the State Department would shed light on any government misconduct," US District Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in a summary judgment on Tuesday, after reviewing the disputed records in private.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich: Kiev's military op in E. Ukraine 'crime against own people'
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:12 UTC
The smoldering military conflict in eastern Ukraine has been propelled back into the headlines, with a new spike in violence in early February.
The escalation highlighted the fragile nature of the ceasefire and the need for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, the key condition on the way to a peaceful settlement, which was reconfirmed in the recent Normandy format meeting.
In an interview with Russian and Ukrainian media on Tuesday, former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich, now living in southern Russia, argued that the military suppression of unrest in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions was an inherently flawed and ill-conceived decision by Kiev.
Comment: See also: Ousted former President Viktor Yanukovich speaks on Ukrainian crisis
French deep state on the hunt? Police search Le Pen's National Front HQ over alleged misuse of EU funds - UPDATE
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:57 UTC
It's the second time in less than a week that police have raided Le Pen's offices in Nanterre, west of Paris. The National Front has slammed the accusations as politically motivated and unsubstantiated.
"For the second time, a raid took place at the same offices, over the same allegations, which confirms that the first raid amounted to nothing," the National Front said in a statement, released in the aftermath of Monday's raid.
The party denounced the move as a "media operation whose sole purpose is to try to disrupt the smooth running of the [Le Pen's] presidential election campaign." The statement also pointed out that the back-to-back searches came at the very moment Le Pen is making big strides in the polls.
Comment: Le Pen has said: France will recognize Crimea as Russian; France should have good relations with Russia; and during her Lebanon trip, said Syrian President Assad should stay in power. Need we say more?
Le Pen told Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that there was "no viable and workable solution" to the Syrian civil war beyond choosing between Assad and the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, which she said must be "eradicated."She added:
"Since we can't let IS take power, there is no alternative to Assad," she said. "The least bad option is the politically realistic. It appears that...Assad is evidently today the most reassuring solution for France."
"The way to protect the Christian minority is to eradicate those who have a vision of destroying all the minorities."Update (Feb. 22): The investigation continues, targeting Le Pen's chief of staff and bodyguard:
"For me to protect Christians is to make sure the Christians stay in their countries," not become refugees, she said.
Earlier Wednesday, Le Pen's chief of staff, Catherine Griset, and bodyguard, Thierry Legier, were detained for interrogation in the case.
Griset and Legier were suspected of being fictitiously employed at the European Parliament as parliamentary assistants, a source familiar with the case told AFP.
Prior to the detentions, Le Pen slammed the case as a "political plot" against her, stressing that the voters would never fall for it.
"The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty tricks," the candidate was cited as saying by Reuters.
Le Pen's lawyer Marcel Ceccaldi also labeled the probe a "manipulation," which was aimed at destabilizing her campaign ahead of the vote.