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Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain both publicly stated that they are in favor of putting US troops smack into the middle of a civil war going on in Yemen. Having apparently learned nothing from the previous decade of faceplants in the Middle East, the senators want to escalate America’s involvement in Yemen from drone strikes to boots on the ground. Previously the drone strike campaign was carried out with the government of Yemen’s support but now there is no real government in Yemen thanks to an insurgency campaign launched by a militant group known as the Houthis.
The Houthis successfully ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who resigned last Thursday, January 22nd. President Hadi had continued the partnership with the US counterterrorism program, granting the US the right to attack jihadists in the country, principally through drone strikes. Now that Hadi is gone with no replacement the authority for the US to continue its counterterror program is murky with some reports indicating that it has been seriously disrupted.
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The White House reported the event as an “energy round-table” discussion of “a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance and donor coordination.” While there is no mention of Venezuela, the Atlantic Council, a sponsor of the event, explicitly mentions Venezuela as the reason for the meeting.
The Atlantic Council is a think-tank funded by different international companies like Shell Oil and governmental organization like the North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO). In addition, some of its board members and directors include former U.S. officials and current leaders of major firms. It primarily works in securing the interests of NATO.
For the 9 months or so Venezuelans have weathered through hyper inflation, goods shortages, and days-long lines to enter near-empty grocery stores without mass demonstrations.
But last week, according to Bloomberg, President Nicolas Maduro suggested that the country may have to take one measure that has put hundreds of thousands of bodies in the street protesting in the past — raising gas prices.
The oil rich, cash poor country has always given Venezuelans a major break at the pump. Right now a gallon of gas costs $0.2 cents.
The Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities protested, the “Israel’s illegal acquisition to Iraqi Hebrew manuscript “claiming the United States that drove these manuscripts years ago under the pretext of restoring it to provide clear answers on this topic. The ministry said in a statement that the media finally picked up the news of the arrival of the Iraqi Torah manuscript to Israel and celebration of Israel’s Foreign Ministry on it. “”We are protesting because this acquisition is illegal on a part of Iraq’s heritage and the evidence that it is carrying an Iraqi official seals we call center US (NARA) center , which is carrying out the maintenance and restoration of the Iraqi- Hebrew archive to provide clear answers about this manuscript.”The ministry confirmed that “it has already demanded more than once to restore all Hebrew- Iraqi Archive and end this file calling the international organizations, particularly the United Nations for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Police (Interpol) to help Iraq restore its stolen heritage.”
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad interview with American Foreign Affairs magazine and publishing excerpts of its that will be presented in full on Monday have similar focus on Zionist main stream media. The all leading Israeli media on theirs headline put Assad viewpoint on collaboration between Israeli air force with Syria terrorists. Elad Benari on “Israel National News” wrote “Assad: Al-Qaeda Has an Air Force – the Israeli Air Force” and added “Syrian President accuses the IDF of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.” Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday accused the Israel of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.“It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear,” Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine.
Few believe inside or out that a nation in which a single family sits in power and gilded splendour while many of its people languish in voteless poverty is sustainable in the long run. King Abdullah, who sat on the throne for 20 years, faced challenges as he tried to modernise the kingdom, Daily Telegraph reports.The confirmation immediately following the announcement of the death of King Abdullah that Crown Prince Salman was to succeed him settled one question in the minds of many in the Middle East.There had been mutterings that the succession was not secure, and that on the death of King Abdullah, who had managed one of the world’s most perplexing countries for two decades, anything could happen.
Kurdish fighters are claiming progress in their fight against ISIS and now control at least 90% of the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group said Monday. Fighters belonging to the People’s Protection Units, known as YPG, advanced in the neighborhood of Maqtalah in the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based opposition group.Syrian activists emphasized that the protection units of the Kurdish people under the leadership of Mahmoud Brkhaddan, managed to progress on the outskirts of Kanye Kerda neighborhood and many areas in Kobanî”.The activists concluded that ISIS presence declined and was limited in the eastern area on the outskirts of (Kobani).