Tuesday, 27 September 2016

#Yemen Today: A Plea From Their Hearts. (incl. medical responses re: radiation poisoning -see links-, & letters to Foreign Sec. & PM)

                               "This makes me scared a lot about the weird silence"

Quote: "American Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) states, "There's an American imprint on every civilian life lost in Yemen," according to CNN. Under the administration of President Barack Obama the US has sold more weapons to Saudi Arabia than any other administration. America also assisted the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (with) intelligence and refueling planes during airstrikes. "If you talk (to) Yemenis, they will tell you, this is not perceived to be a Saudi bombing campaign. This is perceived to be a U.S. bombing campaign," Murphy said."...

Female Yemeni Artist.

 ...""They will highlight and sometimes even exaggerate crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses by countries they perceive as enemy but deny, minimize and cover up for such crimes by governments they consider to be allies," Zunes explained." Go to: https://sputniknews.com/politics/20160926/1045692944/west-supports-war-crime.html?utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FESBkf7rR46&utm_medium=short_url&utm_content=cqfx&utm_campaign=URL_shortening For full article.

Also see; ""Cesium Eliminator" a Wholistic Response to Exposure to Radioactive Cesium (& other measures)." Go to: https://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/cesium-eliminator-wholistic-response-to.html & "Fukushima Initial Posts and Medical Responses" Go to: https://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/fukushima-intial-posts-and-medical.html

A Letter to the Foreign Secretary.

Quote; "The war in Yemen is brutal, and all sides stand accused of violating International Humanitarian Law. Our government is allowing British weapons to be sold to Saudi Arabia. Saudi airstrikes have destroyed food supplies, schools, hospitals and homes.
With their communities under attack, more than 21 million people in Yemen are in need of aid – more than any other country in the world. Over 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Children are being brought into clinics weak and clinging onto life because they don’t have enough food and water.
Boris Johnson has the power to do the right thing. As Foreign Secretary, he can immediately suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia, and support an independent investigation into International Humanitarian Law violations.
We have a duty to protect people – and our obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty make that clear. We must put a stop to UK supplied arms destroying lives in Yemen – please take action now." Go to: https://act.oxfam.org/great-britain/stop-fuelling-war-in-yemen-5e7b648a-f4d8-42ea-9fc8-f2910c429bd8?cid=scm?utm_source=yemen&utm_medium=facebook&utm_term=uk&utm_content=foreignsec&utm_campaign=action

Quote; "It is time the UK government ceased its support for a Saudi state that terrorises its own people and blatantly violates human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Saudi Arabia ought to be treated as a global pariah, following the decision of its supreme court to uphold the sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes on Raif Badawi for the crime of expressing the wrong opinions. But there is no sign that this sadistic cruelty is disturbing the close and decades-long friendship between Whitehall and Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is currently the UK’s largest arms export market. It is a nonsense to claim, as ministers do, that this military cooperation is about nothing more than the Saudis’ right to self-defence. The reason we do not arm Iran, Syria or North Korea is that arms sales are inescapably an expression of political support and commitment to regime survival.

We urge Theresa May to speak out publicly against all human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and to specifically call for the immediate unconditional release of Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abulkhair - and all political prisoners. The UK government should cease its support for a Saudi state that terrorises its own people and blatantly violates human rights and fundamental freedoms: Arms sales must end, the British ambassador should be recalled, and key regime figures sanctioned internationally. Please sign now to email Theresa May to tell her to stop the UK profiting from selling arms to a cruel regime." Go to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/929/705/049/?z00m=28087984&redirectID=2118077621
For petition letter/email.
Starving Yemenis


Sunday, 25 September 2016

"Barbarism and Rank Hypocrisy; The Allies Finally go Beyond-The-Pale": #Syria #Libya #Yemen #Afghanistan #Iraq #Egypt




Quote; "UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26 – Britain, France and the United States lashed out at Russia yesterday over the worsening carnage in Syria as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded Aleppo in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war.
US Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of “barbarism” during a Security Council emergency meeting called to demand that Moscow rein in its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and halt the intense air strikes.
“Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war,” Power said. “What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism. It is barbarism.”
At least 124 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo since the army on Thursday announced an operation to take it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said." Go to: http://www.justreadonline.com/2016/09/26/us-condemns-russian-airstrikes-aleppo-barbaric/

*Barbarism"? When ones allies are apparently using nuclear weapons (an international war-crime),on the poorest of the poor? When one is knowingly allowing the people of that country no aid and succor in order to cover up the crime? When one has oneself already perpetrated nuclear war by using weapons and ordnance manufactured using the toxic by-products of the industry required to manufacture nuclear weapons to bank-roll ones war for dwindling non-renewable resources (the consequences of which one has consistently conspired to ensure are never reported in the mainstream media)?



See; "Depleted Uranium "The Progressive Review" Go to: https://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/depleted-uranium-progressive-review.html & "Editorial Balance (re: Syria and the use of W.M.Ds)" Go to: https://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/editorial-balance-resyria-and-use-of.html
(Nb. The subject of the  "Black" and "Grey" Flagging of events including the use of chemical agents and other munitions on the Syrian population is a complicated one I do not intend to investigate here -although it lurks somewhere in the miasma-, however like 9/11 the evidence is stacking up and again it doesn't look good)

None of which even bears on the subject of a narrative that consistently ignores the constraints of international law, flagrant hypocrisy such as; “we have to insist that all parties recognize a common humanity and that nations end proxy wars that fuel disorder,” Barack Obama, and the countless instances where it has been The Coalition that has been creating the collateral damage.

Not that any of this should make us apologists for "Gangster Putin" however one does not extinguish a fire by consistently hosing it down with raw crude. "Exceptional America" the only country to have (officially), used nuclear weapons in anger, the "World's Policeman" needs a vacation

both from the service and the international political discourse. The U.K and France (but especially the Brits), need to acknowledge the fact that we have associated ourselves with an endeavour (across the board in the middle east), that can only sully our reputations (formerly and deservedly for oppression and xenophobia -which most had hoped "we" had abandoned with the empires-), for moderation with that of recidivism! Our ludicrous Madame Tussaud's of a monarchy doesn't help and it's time we realised that (essentially), it has been these people keeping them in power..


Quote; "Every July, some of the richest and most powerful men in the world gather at a 2,700 acre campground in Monte Rio, Calif., for two weeks of heavy drinking, super-secret talks, druid worship (the group insists they are simply “revering the Redwoods”), and other rituals.
Their purpose: to escape the “frontier culture,” or uncivilized interests, of common men.
The people that gather at Bohemian Grove — who have included prominent business leaders, former U.S. presidents, musicians, and oil barons — are told that “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here,” meaning business deals are to be left outside. One exception was in 1942, when a planning for the Manhattan Project took place at the grove, leading to the creation of the atom bomb.
A spokesperson for Bohemian Grove say the people that gather there “share a passion for the outdoors, music, and theater.”
The club is so hush-hush that little can be definitively said about it, but much of what we know today is from those who have infiltrated the camp, including Texas-based filmmaker Alex Jones. In 2000, Jones and his cameraman entered the camp with a hidden camera and were able to film a Bohemian Grove ceremony, Cremation of the Care. During the ceremony, members wear costumes and cremate a coffin effigy called “Care” before a 40-foot-owl, in deference to the surrounding Redwood trees.
Bohemian Grove’s spokesperson calls the ceremony “a traditional musical drama celebrating nature and summertime.”..."Philip Weiss, posed as a guest for seven days in 1989, when the waiting list was 33 years long and the grove had several thousand members. Weiss published the article “Inside Bohemian Grove,” writing: “You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand ... urinating into the bushes. This is the most gloried-in ritual of the encampment, the freedom of powerful men to pee wherever they like," Go to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/bohemian-grove-where-the-rich-and-powerful-go-to-misbehave/2011/06/15/AGPV1sVH_blog.html For full article.

..and from the same article by Phillip Weiss on "Before it's News", quote: "Weiss noticed “hundreds of cigars whose smokers had ignited them in defiance of the California Forest Service’s posted warnings.”
The Bohemian Club’s all-male membership and guest list includes artists, particularly musicians, as well as many prominent business leaders, government officials (including U.S. presidents), senior media executives, and people of power.

Members may invite guests to the Grove although those guests are subject to a screening procedure.
A guest’s first glimpse of the Grove typically is during the “Spring Jinks” in June, preceding the main July encampment. Bohemian club members can schedule private day-use events at the Grove any time it is not being used for Club-wide purposes, and are allowed at these times to bring spouses, family and friends, though female and minor guests must be off the property by 9 or 10 pm.
After 40 years of membership the men earn “Old Guard” status, giving them reserved seating at the Grove’s daily talks, as well as other perquisites.
Former president Herbert Hoover was inducted into the Old Guard on March 19, 1953; he had joined the club exactly 40 years prior.
Redwood branches from the Grove were flown to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where they were used to decorate a banquet room for the celebration. In his acceptance speech, Hoover compared the honor of the “Old Guard” status to his frequent role as veteran counselor to later presidents.

The Club motto is “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here”*, which implies that outside concerns and business deals are to be left outside.
When gathered in groups, Bohemians usually adhere to the injunction, though discussion of business often occurs between pairs of members.
Important political and business deals have been developed at the Grove.
The Grove is particularly famous for a Manhattan Project planning meeting that took place there in September 1942, which subsequently led to the atomic bomb.




The Cremation of Care ceremony was first conducted in the Bohemian Grove at the Midsummer encampment in 1881, devised by James F. Bowman with George T. Bromley playing the High Priest.
It was originally set up within the plot of the serious “High Jinks” dramatic performance on the first weekend of the summer encampment, after which the spirit of “Care”, slain by the Jinks hero, was solemnly cremated.
The ceremony served as a catharsis for pent-up high spirits, and “to present symbolically the salvation of the trees by the club …”
The Cremation of Care was separated from the Grove Play in 1913 and moved to the first night to become “an exorcising of the Demon to ensure the success of the ensuing two weeks.”
The Grove Play was moved to the last weekend of the encampment.
The ceremony takes place in front of the Owl Shrine, a 40-foot (12 m) hollow owl statue made of concrete over steel supports.
The moss- and lichen-covered statue simulates a natural rock formation, yet holds electrical and audio equipment within it.
For many years, a recording of the voice of club member Walter Cronkite was used as the voice of The Owl during the ceremony.
Music and pyrotechnics accompany the ritual for dramatic effect.

Though no woman has ever been given full membership in the Bohemian Club, the four female honorary members were hostess Margaret Bowman, poet Ina Coolbrith (who served as librarian for the Club), actress Elizabeth Crocker Bowers and writer Sara Jane Lippincott.
Since Coolbrith’s death in 1928, no other woman has been made a member.
These honorary members and other women guests have been allowed into the Bohemian “City Club” building and as daytime guests of the Grove, but not to the upper floors of the City Club nor as guests to the main summer encampment at the Grove.
Annual “Ladies’ Jinks” were held at the Club especially for spouses and invited guests.
In 1978 the Bohemian Club was charged with discrimination by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing over its refusal to hire women employees." Go to: http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/07/bohemian-grove-will-the-world-wake-up-this-july-21st-22nd-and-23rd-3181138.html

*"Moloch" is not a member of either the Hindu, Wiccan  or Norse (come to that), pantheons, not a "natural avatar" of any kind in-fact...quote;

"1. The Name:

The name of a heathen divinity whose worship figures largely in the later history of the kingdom of Judah. As the national god of the Ammonites, he is known as "Milcom" (1 Kings 11:5,7), or "Malcam" ("Malcan" is an alternative reading in 2 Samuel 12:30,31; compare Jeremiah 49:1,3; Zec 1:5, where the Revised Version margin reads "their king"). The use of basileus, and archon, as a translation of the name by the Septuagint suggests that it may have been originally the Hebrew word for "king," melekh. Molech is obtained from melekh by the substitution of the vowel points of Hebrew bosheth, signifying "shame." From the obscure and difficult passage, Amos 5:26, the Revised Version (British and American) has removed "your Moloch" and given "your king," but Septuagint had here translated "Moloch," and from the Septuagint it found its way into the Ac (7:43), the only occurrence of the name in the New Testament.

2. The Worship in Old Testament History:

In the Levitical ordinances delivered to the Israelites by Moses there are stern prohibitions of Molech-worship* (Leviticus 18:21; 20:2-5). Parallel to these prohibitions, although the name of the god is not mentioned, are those of the Deuteronomic Code where the abominations of the Canaanites are forbidden, and the burning of their sons and daughters in the fire (to Molech) is condemned as the climax of their wickedness (Deuteronomy 12:31; 18:10-13). The references to Malcam, and to David's causing the inhabitants of Rabbath Ammon to pass through the brick kiln (2 Samuel 12:30,31), are not sufficiently clear to found upon, because of the uncertainty of the readings. Solomon, under the influence of his idolatrous wives, built high places for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom, the abomination of the children of Ammon. See CHEMOSH. Because of this apostasy it was intimated by the prophet Ahijah, that the kingdom was to be rent out of the hand of Solomon, and ten tribes given to Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:31-33). These high places survived to the time of Josiah, who, among his other works of religious reformation, destroyed and defiled them, filling their places with the bones of men (2 Kings 23:12-14). Molech-worship had evidently received a great impulse from Ahaz, who, like Ahab of Israel, was a supporter of foreign religions (2 Kings 16:12). He also "made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations, whom Yahweh cast out from before the children of Israel" (2 Kings 16:3). His grandson Manasseh, so far from following in the footsteps of his father Hezekiah, who had made great reforms in the worship, reared altars for Baal, and besides other abominations which he practiced, made his son to pass through the fire (2 Kings 21:6). The chief site of this worship, of which Ahaz and Manasseh were the promoters, was Topheth in the Valley of Hinnom, or, as it is also called, the Valley of the Children, or of the Son of Hinnom, lying to the Southwest of Jerusalem (see GEHENNA). Of Josiah's reformation it is said that "he defiled Topheth .... that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech" (2 Kings 23:10).
3. The Worship in the Prophets:
Even Josiah's thorough reformation failed to extirpate the Molech-worship, and it revived and continued till the destruction of Jerusalem, as we learn from the prophets of the time. From the beginning, the prophets maintained against it a loud and persistent protest." Go to: http://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/molech-moloch.html For full article.

*Bold italics mine.


Let's hope it's a better hotel than this one..






Saturday, 24 September 2016

"War on the Poorest": The Proxy War in #Yemen Continues with the Backing of Britain and America; "No Holds Barred"!


Quote: "All sales of UK weapons which could be used in Saudi Arabia's military action in Yemen should be halted until the completion of an independent inquiry into alleged breaches of human rights, a parliamentary report has said.
The joint report by the House of Commons Business and International Development Committees said it had been presented with evidence of "clear violations" of international humanitarian law (IHL) including the death of 47 civilians - among them 21 women and 15 children - and injuries to 58 more when a house hosting a wedding party was struck by two missiles fired by military aircraft.
But the publication exposed deep differences between MPs on the issue, as the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee released its own rival report insisting that exports should be blocked only if the UK courts rule the weapons sales unlawful.
The highly unusual decision to publish two simultaneous reports is a mark of the depth of controversy over claims that UK-made armaments are being used in indiscriminate bombing raids on civilian targets by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shia rebels known as the Houthis in Yemen.
International medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has accused the coalition of war crimes for an air strike on its hospital which killed at least 11 last month.
An internal investigation launched by Saudi Arabia is regarded as inadequate by campaigners, including the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which is taking legal action to seek the suspension of arms export licences to the country.
The FAC's Conservative chairman Crispin Blunt is understood to have drawn up the rival document after objecting to proposals to issue the call for immediate suspension under the banner of the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) - a panel which brings together the cross-party committees for Business, Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development.
Reports suggested that Mr Blunt walked out of a private meeting of CAEC to prevent a vote being taken on the draft report, which he regarded as one-sided. Meanwhile, the Defence Committee has given no indication of whether it intends to publish its own report.
Conservative MP Chris White, who chaired the CAEC inquiry into the exports and is a member of the Business Committee, said: "The UK led the way in establishing international humanitarian law to govern the sale of arms. The conflict in Yemen has raised serious concerns that we are not showing equal determination in ensuring that these are respected.
"During this inquiry we have heard evidence from respected sources that weapons made in the UK have been used in contravention of International Humanitarian Law. The Government can no longer wait and see and must now take urgent action, halting the sale of arms to the Saudi-led coalition until we can be sure that there is no risk of violation." Go to: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/article/MPs-urge-halt-to-UK-arms-sales-over-Saudi-Arabia-human-rights-breaches-85d6bce7-676e-42c1-8ae4-331981704b6a-ds For full article.

 
Quote; "Nb. Many of the videos of the "Nuke Strike" in Yemen are now..."no videos found" on Blogger embed...url paste will not reveal either, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=84&v=4VZmxDCbRVM and/or see the Arafel archive.." Go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2017/09/rods-of-god-and-space-rocket-x-us.html

Quote; "This past Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Though he tried to sound optimistic, he couldn’t help but strike a rueful tone. Gone was the global media darling who electrified world leaders in 2009—that Obama was “determined to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad.” The graying, deliberate Obama of 2016 could offer only limited aspirations of a “course correction” in world politics, while pondering why cycles of conflict and suffering persisted. Though the president advocated for the “hard work of diplomacy” in places like Syria, he also elaborated on one of his recent, common refrains, cautioning that in the Middle East “no external power is going to be able to force different religious communities or ethnic communities to co-exist for long.” Across the region, “we have to insist that all parties recognize a common humanity and that nations end proxy wars that fuel disorder,” Obama said.


*Italics mine.



















A day later, the U.S. Senate held a rare debate on the sale of arms destined for another war in the Middle East. The deal, for $1.15 billion in weaponry to Saudi Arabia, including over 150 Abrams tanks, is a drop in a bucket: more than $100 billion in arms sales to the kingdom have already been approved by the Obama administration. But a year and a half into the kingdom’s relentless war in Yemen, opponents of the new sale see it as an outright affirmation of Washington’s involvement in a deadly, strategically incoherent war that the White House has kept largely quiet about. What’s more, it is at odds with Obama’s apparent distaste for regional proxy wars.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has targeted Yemen’s Shia Houthi militias and their allies, loyalists of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who two years ago seized the Yemeni capital Sanaa by force. Several months later, they drove the Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile. When Saudi King Salman announced the intervention in Yemen—an intervention the kingdom has painted as a proxy war with Iran, its regional foe—the White House immediately authorized a support package that included intelligence-sharing and logistical support for military operations. That package has seen the United States deliver more than 40 million pounds of fuel to Saudi jets over the past 18 months, according to U.S. Central Command. The Saudis would be crippled without direct U.S. military assistance, particularly aerial refueling, which continues unabated.