Trump wants nuclear weapons for Saudi royals


This 1 April 2019 video by United States Congresswoman and Democratic party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii says about itself:

Trump’s Mind-Blowing Approval of Nuclear Tech Sale to Saudis

President Trump’s recent decision to allow U.S. companies to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear technology is both mind-blowing and inexplicable. How does it serve our interests to help Saudi Arabia develop nuclear weapons?

Nuclear weapons for the Saudi crown prince not only do not serve the interests of the people of the USA, but neither do they serve the interests of the oppressed people of Saudi Arabia, many of them poor while the royals are very rich. Or of the people of Saudi occupied Bahrain. Or of the people of Saudi massacred Yemen.

TRUMP VETOES TO SUPPORT SAUDI WAR President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution to end U.S. support of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, which has been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths in the region. He called the resolution “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.” [HuffPost]

Court of Appeal to consider legality of British arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Campaign Against Arms Trade is appealing to overturn a 2017 High Court judgement allowing the British government to continue to export arms to the absolute monarchy: here.

THE WOMAN TAX A tricky gender pay gap emerging in the race for donor dollars in the 2020 Democratic presidential race is seeing woman candidates lose out. The number of women running means they’re losing any advantage that being the sole female candidate would confer. They are also coping with broader sexism in the fundraising process, with some sponsors seeing women as risky bets. [HuffPost]

SAUDI ARABIA DETAINS 2 U.S. CITIZENS Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women’s rights and those with ties to jailed activists. It marks the first sweep targeting individuals perceived as critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi. [HuffPost]

Real Neat Blog Award, thank you Charlotte!


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My dear blogging friend Charlotte of The Inspired Page blog has been so kind so nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

Thank you so much for this generosity!

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award, now coming back to me, since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere. And that some people have made new logos for it; like the one at the top of this blog post.

The rules of this award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

Charlotte’s seven questions, and my answers, are:

1. If you had 50000,000000 million dollars, would you keep it for yourself, or give every cent away?

I would keep only a small part for myself. I would spend nearly all of it to found an internet site/TV station/newspaper or maybe all of them: to give good information on science, animals, human rights, peace and more. To counter the war propaganda, global warming denialism, etc. of the governments, corporations and the corporate establishment media.

It is sad to see that people who have that kind of money, like Jeff Bezos of Amazon, use it to still get richer and richer, while treating their workers terribly.

2. If you had a superpower, would you stay safe and hide in your house? Or protect other people?

Protect other people. However, I never went to acting school. And superpowers basically only exist in films. So, I would not get a role in a film about superpowers.

3. Do you like taking pictures or writing stories?

Writing, though I like photos.

4. Sweet or Savory? Why?

Savory, as it is better for teeth.

5. Do you like Math or History? Why?

Probably history. As the tag History on my blog has more blog posts than my category Mathematics.

6. Do you like cats or dogs? Why?

I like birds most.

7. Would you rather have a good education or a good job?

Maybe a good job, as working usually lasts longer in a person´s life than education.

However, if the question is stopping a good education to get a good job, then I am not so sure. As good jobs may disappear because of austerity.

My seven questions to my nominees are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2019?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What is/was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. Which politician would you never vote for, supposing you could vote for him or her?

My nominees are:

1. When Women Inspire

2. To Universe with Love

3. The Silly-Savvy Salopian in Suffolk

4. Miss Marzipan

5. Forgotten magic

6. Best of the Midwest – Best places for hiking, adventure and photography (listed by county)

7. ARTURS BRIDAKS

8. Limitless Travelling with K

9. Blue Love Blog

10. Flavor Smasher

11. A Secret Worth Telling

12. Unfinished Business

13. Everyone from everywhere

14. Graffiti Lux Art & More

Amazon.com, Netflix tax dodging


This 27 March 2019 video from Senator Bernie Sanders in the USA says about itself:

Amazon Has Paid Zero in Federal Income Taxes

Do you want to know what’s crazy? Last year, Amazon and Netflix, to name a couple companies, paid no federal income taxes after making billions in profits.

It will take more than a year to determine the cause of a recent Amazon Air crash, according to Robert Sumwalt, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “This seems to be very much a mystery, but the NTSB has 52 years of experience solving such mysteries, and I’m confident we will get to the bottom of this,” Sumwalt told Flying magazine. Amazon Air was established several years ago as a way for Amazon, the Internet retail giant, to increase profits by cutting its growing shipping costs. In 2015, Amazon began leasing aircraft from companies that also provided employees to fly, maintain and insure them. Amazon owns no planes, and the pilots who deliver its cargo are not legally its employees. In the process of establishing Amazon Air, Amazon has shown its usual disregard for worker training and safety, maintaining its laser focus on the bottom line. The crash is the company’s first: here.

Netflix bad subtitles because of underpaid workers: here.

German neonazi soldiers’ network, new information


This 24 July 2017 video says about itself:

Germany: Defense Minister visits former barracks of Franco A, ‘mastermind’ of far-right ‘terror plot’

German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen visited Hammelburg military barracks, Monday, where former Lieutenant Franco A, who was later charged with masterminding an assassination plot of senior German politicians, was stationed until his arrest. Von der Leyen followed several training exercises at the camp before outlining her opinion that the military training ground should be expanded.

Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Defence (German) “The armed forces are involved in 16 different missions at the moment. That means the soldiers are prepared for missions in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, to name just a few of the 16 missions. Hammelburg will also play a huge roll in the future, and the fact that the armed forces are growing again after 25 years is demonstrated [by] the fact that we hire more soldiers, 18,000 in the next 7 years, which means that we need more training. Hammelbach will get an investment of over 70 million euros in the next 5 years. That is urgent if you look at the infrastructure.”

Ursula von der Leyen, German Minister of Defence (German) “If we send our soldiers into the field then they need not only our thanks and our respect but they need very concrete gear. It’s about ensuring that they are well protected and in the position to withstand dangerous situations.”

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting in Germany:

Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists

1 April 2019

From one week to the next, the extent of the right-wing extremist network inside the German intelligence services, the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces), police and state authorities becomes ever clearer.

Recently, Berlin’s taz newspaper exposed the right-wing terrorist network around former Bundeswehr lieutenant Franco A. and the “Uniter” association of former elite soldiers. The authors also came across links to police officer Michèle Kiesewetter, who was murdered on April 25, 2007, allegedly as the tenth victim of the neo-Nazi National Socialist underground (NSU).

In November 2018, Focus magazine and taz first reported on a terrorist network of soldiers, police officers and intelligence agents planning to assassinate political opponents and stage a fascist coup on “Day X”. To this end, an infrastructure of “safe houses,” secret chat groups, warehouses and weapons’ depots was set up in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Driven by “hatred for left-wingers”, secret plans had been developed to “arrest left-wing politicians and kill them in designated places.”

The personnel and organization on which the network based itself was the “Uniter” association of former soldiers and the Special Forces Command (KSK), the elite unit of the Bundeswehr. It maintained symbiotic relations with other parts of the German state apparatus, elements of the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD), members of the secret services, and also reservists, police officers, judges and other civil servants.

The KSK was established in the mid-1990s, when Germany was again preparing for international war missions. The 1,100-strong elite force takes no prisoners. In Afghanistan, it was involved in the Kunduz massacre .

The KSK is obviously awash with right-wing extremists. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel K., who according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle was instrumental in founding and establishing the KSK, has since been suspended. In telephone conversations, he is said to have declared that the state was no longer in control of the situation due to the influx of refugees, so “the army must now take matters into its own hands.”

The “Uniter” association was founded in 2012 by KSK soldier André S., nicknamed Hannibal. According to taz, the Uniter founder was also a source and respondent for the German military intelligence service MAD for a long period of time.

The right-wing extremist Bundeswehr soldier Franco A. is said to have participated at least twice in meetings in Baden-Württemberg organized by Hannibal. Franco A. made headlines in 2017 because he had registered as a Syrian refugee while working as a Bundeswehr officer. Together with two other accomplices—Maximilian T. and Mathias F.—he apparently planned attacks on high-ranking politicians and personalities, which he then would blame on refugees.

“Uniter” was training right-wing extremists in its own combat unit called the “Defence Corps”. In summer 2018, “Uniter” had organized a training session in Mosbach in Baden-Württemberg, where Hannibal trained men in dealing with weapons “in combat situations.” According to witnesses, the training session was equivalent to paramilitary training.

“Uniter” also offers its services abroad. In February 2019, for example, it offered to provide military training to police officers and soldiers loyal to right-wing President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

“Uniter” maintains close connections with elements in Austria. As Vienna’s Der Standard reported on March 15, the club was, until a few weeks ago, part of a pseudo-“knightly” order called the Lazarus Union (Corps Saint Lazarus International), which has its base in an old castle near Vienna.

The Vice President of the Lazarus Union, according to the association register, is “Uniter” founder André S.. The Lazarus Union has special advisory status with the United Nations and is internationally active in connection with UN mandates, according to a press release from the Swiss branch of “Uniter”.

André S. also appeared two weeks ago at the Enforcetek weapons fair in Nuremberg, reports Der Standard —at the booth of an Austrian company, the High Profile Protection GmbH from Carinthia. Under the name “Tacticalbros”, this in turn links on Facebook again and again to “Uniter”. “Tacticalbros” offers weapons as well as “training,” such as “for snipers and spotters.” According to the description, the “trainers” are veterans of special forces and NATO.

In the meantime, taz has discovered a direct connection between “Uniter” and the Baden-Württemberg state secret service branch (LfV), as well as an indirect connection to the NSU. When André S. founded “Uniter” in Stuttgart in May 2016, a man named Ringo M. was also involved. At that time, Ringo M. was a serving police officer, and according to taz, an employee of the Baden-Württemberg state secret service since 2015.

Ten years earlier, in 2005, Ringo M., had become a member of the then newly created BFE 523 evidence-gathering and arrest unit of the riot police in Böblingen. Many right-wing extremists were obviously involved in this 50-member special unit, which was dissolved in 2014. There were colleagues, taz quoted a police officer, “who listened to the music of right-wing bands, they were mainly colleagues from the East.”

Two members of the BFE 523 were also members of the German offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan, which was co-founded by the secret service Confidential Informant (CI) Thomas Richter. Under the cover name “Corelli”, Richter had spent years around the NSU terrorists before he died under mysterious circumstances in 2014.

Chief of the BFE 523 was then police chief commissioner Thomas B., a trained sniper. Today, together with a firm of former special unit police officers, he advises companies that want to send employees to unstable countries, such as Libya. Years ago, under Muammar Gaddafi, the two had trained soldiers in close combat in Libya.

At the time, Michèle Kiesewetter was also a member of BFE 523. The young police officer was reportedly shot dead by the NSU in Heilbronn in April 2007. However, the motive for and the exact facts of the killing remain unclear to this day.

Maybe, the nazis considered her a ‘traitor’ who might become a whistleblower on nazi infiltration of police?

It is known that the NSU murders took place under the eyes of the secret services. Several dozen intelligence officers were active in the immediate periphery of the NSU and it cannot be ruled out that an NSU member worked for one of the intelligence agencies, although taz writes that it has so far found “no connection between Hannibal’s shadow network and the NSU perpetrators.” The Thuringia state legislature committee of inquiry into the NSU has summoned Ringo M. to a hearing in April.

The connections of the far-right network extend into the Bundestag (federal parliament). Martin Hess, a parliamentary deputy for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), who sits on the Domestic Affairs Committee, was formerly a BFE 523 instructor. And AfD deputy Jan Nolte, who sits on the Defence Committee, employs Maximilian T., the accomplice of Franco A., as a personal representative.

According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a “Nazi network inside the German Bundestag.”

The intelligence services cover up for the far-right by pretending ignorance or withholding information. For example, members of the parliamentary Defence Committee who asked the intelligence agencies for information on “Uniter” at the end of January received nothing. The representative of the foreign secret service (BND) claimed the organisation had no knowledge of an association that offered international paramilitary training. Neither MAD nor the domestic secret service allegedly knew what the “Defence Corps” of “Uniter” was.

However, research by taz has revealed that the Baden-Württemberg state secret service has at least one informant inside “Uniter”. Franco A’s contact man at MAD has also been charged because he is said to have warned the former in 2017 of an imminent raid on the KSK base in Calw in southwestern Germany.

Links between the state apparatus and far-right terrorist groups are well documented in German history. In the 1920s and 30s in the Weimar Republic, there were numerous groups that murdered hundreds, mainly left-wing political opponents. The best known was the Consul organization, also called the “Black Reichswehr”.

After the Second World War, the US intelligence agencies then set up “stay-behind troops” with the help of old Nazis, who were also to assassinate left-wing and Social Democratic politicians in the event of a Soviet attack. In the early 1950s, these troops were assigned to the BND under its boss Reinhard Gehlen, who had been responsible for espionage in the East under the Nazis. The secret troop is said to have been dissolved in autumn 1991.

Now these old structures are being revived, as, on the one hand, Germany seeks to act as a major military power worldwide. On the other, the ruling class is reacting to growing popular opposition to militarism and war, to social inequality and to the building of a police state by promoting right-wing extremists and fascists.

German neonazi Nikolai Nerling tricks Dutch Auschwitz Committee chair into interview: here.

Duck-billed dinosaur discovery in Alaska


This 2017 video is called Prehistoric Subject Files Ep. 16: – Lambeosaurus.

From the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the USA:

First-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine dinosaur found on Alaska’s North Slope

March 29, 2019

Paleontologists from Hokkaido University in Japan, in cooperation with paleontologists from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, have discovered the first-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine (crested ‘duck-billed’ dinosaur) from the Arctic — part of the skull of a lambeosaurine dinosaur from the Liscomb Bonebed (71-68 Ma) found on Alaska’s North Slope. The bonebed was previously known to be rich in hadrosaurine hadrosaurids (non-crested ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs).

The discovery proves for the first time that lambeosaurines inhabited the Arctic during the Late Cretaceous. In addition, the numeric abundance of hadrosaurine fossils compared to the lambeosaurine fossils in the marine-influenced environment of the Liscomb Bonebed suggests the possibility that hadrosaurines and lambeosaurines had different habitat preferences.

The paleontologists’ findings were published today in Scientific Reports, an open-access, multi-disciplinary journal from Nature Research dedicated to constructive, inclusive and rigorous peer review. The paper — entitled “The first definite lambeosaurine bone from the Liscomb Bonebed of the Upper Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, Alaska, United States” — is co-authored by Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Ph.D., and Ryuji Takasaki, of Hokkaido University, in cooperation with Anthony R. Fiorillo, Ph.D., of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Other authors are Ronald Tykoski, Ph.D. of the Perot Museum and Paul McCarthy, Ph.D., of the University of Alaska.

“This new discovery illustrates the geographic link between lambeosaurines of North America and the Far East”, said Takasaki. “Hopefully, further work in Alaska will reveal how closely the dinosaurs of Asia and North America are connected.”

The newly discovered fossil, which is housed in the collections of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, is a supraoccipital, one of the bones that forms the braincase. The new supraoccipital differs from those of hadrosaurines by the presence of large supraoccipital bosses and it’s short, front-to-back length. Since these features are commonly seen in other members of Lambeosaurinae, the newly discovered supraoccipital was assigned to that group.

“This first definitive evidence of a crested hadrosaur in the Cretaceous Arctic tells us that we still have much to learn about the biodiversity and the biologically productive environments of the ancient north, and that the story these fossils tell us is continually evolving,” adds Dr. Fiorillo.

Background. The Arctic is an extreme environment that is low in temperature, lacks sunlight during winters, and has seasonally limited food resources. Though it was warmer during the Late Cretaceous, the Arctic was surely one of the most challenging places to live for large vertebrates at the time. The Prince Creek Formation on the North Slope of Alaska is a world-famous rock unit for studying dinosaurs of the ancient Arctic. Because the dinosaurs found there lived in the ancient Arctic, rather than tropical or sub-tropical conditions, these dinosaurs challenge much of what we think we know about dinosaurs. The Liscomb Bonebed (71-68 Ma), which was deposited near the ancient Arctic shoreline, is especially rich in dinosaur bones, with more than 6,000 bones collected from it thus far.

More than 99% of dinosaur fossils known from the Liscomb Bonebed are hadrosaurs, a group of large, duck-billed herbivorous dinosaurs who lived during the Late Cretaceous and were found throughout much of the northern hemisphere. All of the hadrosaur fossils from the Liscomb Bonebed were long considered to belong to a hadrosaurine duck-billed dinosaur called Edmontosaurus. Up until now, all of the hadrosaurids known from across the Arctic, including those from the Liscomb Bonebed, were considered to belong to crest-less hadrosaurines.

The discovery of a fossil from a lambeosaurine hadrosaurid in the Liscomb Bonebed is historically important for Japanese paleontologists. The first “Japanese” dinosaur, Nipponosaurus, is a lambeosaurine hadrosaur. Based on the new discovery, Hokkaido University and the Perot Museum together used this discovery to further investigate the ecology of the Arctic hadrosaurids.

Significance

1. The first Arctic lambeosaurine: The new discovery indicates Arctic inhabitance and adaptation of lambeosaurines for the first time. In addition, the fossil’s morphological similarities to the same bone in the skull of southern Canadian lambeosaurines suggest faunal interactions between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes.

2. Implication on habitat preferences: While the Liscomb Bonebed is known for numerous hadrosaurine fossils, the newly discovered bone represents the only definite lambeosaurine fossil from the site. The same trend is also known in mid-latitude localities of North America and eastern Asia, which were also deposited in near-shore environments. On the other hand, more lambeosaurine fossils are found in deposits laid down in inland environments. Therefore, we hypothesize that lambeosaurines favored inland environments, while hadrosaurines preferred coastal environments, a trend likely to have been independent of latitude. Different habitat preferences might have been a strategy to avoid excessive competition between the two groups of ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs.

Future plans

Although the new discovery reveals Arctic inhabitance by lambeosaurines, more specific taxonomic status and potential functional adaptations to the severe Arctic environment remain unknown due to incompleteness of the specimen. Additional excavation and further research will help answer these questions.

American protest against Saudi-Trump war on Yemen


This February 2018 video says about itself:

Yemen: Protesting children call for end to conflict outside UN’s Sanaa HQ

Yemeni children held a protest vigil outside the United Nations building in Sanaa, Tuesday, to demand a halt to the war and a return to regular food and aid supplies into the country. One of the young protesters said: “we come to demand that the United Nations stop the [Saudi-led coalition] siege of Yemen so that we can go back to our schools.” He added: “Saudi Arabia says it sends us flour and wheat, but it sends us missiles, [and] bombs Yemen, houses, mosques, and everything else.”

By Tim Rivers in the USA:

Dearborn, Michigan residents protest on four-year anniversary of US-backed Saudi war on Yemen

1 April 2019

On Saturday a demonstration of about 100 people heard speakers denounce US support for the Saudi-led genocidal war against Yemen in front of the Henry Ford Memorial Library in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb that is home to the largest Arab-American community in the United States.

Students from Dearborn High School and Wayne State University joined autoworkers from nearby Ford factories and other residents of the community to denounce the blood-drenched Saudi regime and its continuing onslaught against the defenseless population of Yemen.

Anaya and Abbas

“I am here because every rational human being is against war, against killing innocent human beings, especially those who are defenseless and poor”, said Anaya. “These are the poorest people in the world. For what reason?

For the criminal Saudi regime it is all about power and money. I oppose the war in Yemen. I know it is economically motivated. The Saudi regime exchanges oil for weapons, and those weapons are used against my people in Yemen.”

The United Nations calls Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with 14 million of the country’s 29 million people facing starvation, the direct result of a punishing naval blockade enforced by Saudi Arabia and the US.

According to the charity Save the Children, an estimated 85,000 children have starved to death during the four years of war. Nearly 100 civilians were either killed or wounded every week in Yemen last year, with children accounting for one-fifth of all casualties, the UN reports.

A section of the Dearborn protest

Members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) received a warm reception from the demonstrators who gathered under umbrellas in a drizzling rain. IYSSE members distributed copies of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter and a leaflet promoting the upcoming meetings at Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor entitled “The threat of fascism and how to fight it”, featuring Christoph Vandreier, a prominent leader of the fight against fascism in Germany and deputy national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Germany).

“I am of Yemeni descent”, Nuha told the WSWS. “I was born here, but when I was visiting family in Yemen, every night we would hear Saudi aircraft. We would hear the bombing in distant cities.

“Something really terrible happened while I was there. A funeral was bombed, and hundreds of people were killed.

Nuha

“You don’t see these headlines in America because they are funding Saudi Arabia. It is good to see that there is a campaign against it.”

Our reporters explained the SEP’s international fight for the freedom of journalist Julian Assange, trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, imprisoned in solitary confinement for refusing to testify against Assange, and the parallel campaign against internet censorship.

“When you say censorship, it reminds me of the Palestinians,” she said. “If you speak out on the war by Israel against the Palestinians, you would be called fascist. That is a type of censorship. It just shuts down people.

“I would not think of London, England as being involved in censorship. I would think of America, yes, but not England… Thank you for this.”

A report by the US-based University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) and the Yemeni monitoring group Mwatana documented more than 19,000 bombing raids that have been carried out in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen. Since the start of the war, the UK alone has sold at least £5.7 billion worth of arms to the Saudi coalition.

Hospitals, airports, ports, bridges and roads have all been repeatedly attacked. So, too, have farms, schools, oil and gas facilities, factories and private businesses. Yemen’s civilian, economic and medical infrastructures have been pushed to the brink of collapse. The worst cholera outbreak on record, with more than 1 million infections and 2,500 deaths, has been raging since 2016.

Thousands of people are starving to death and dying from preventable diseases, while an average of eight civilians die from bombs and bullets every day, based on data collected by the Yemen Data Project.

Under Obama the US military provided midair refueling of Saudi warplanes so that they could continue nonstop bombing of schools, hospitals, vital infrastructure and residential neighborhoods, while offering intelligence, targeting information and US naval support for a deadly blockade of the impoverished country.

In a report from September 2016, Reuters revealed that the Obama administration offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training—a figure which exceeded all previous U.S. administrations in the 71-year history of the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

The multiple arms on offer included everything from small arms and ammunition to tanks, attack helicopters, air-to-ground missiles, missile defense ships, and warships. Washington also provides maintenance and training to Saudi security forces. The Control Arms Coalition, a group that campaigns for stricter arms sales controls, said at the time that Britain, France and the United States were flouting the 2014 Arms Trade treaty, which bans exports of conventional weapons that fuel human rights violations or war crimes.

For example, on March 15, 2016, the coalition bombed a crowded market in northwestern Yemen, killing at least 97 civilians, including 25 children. Human Rights Watch determined that the attack was conducted with a GBU-31 satellite-guided bomb, which consists of an MK-84 2000-pound bomb and a JDAM satellite guidance kit, both of which the US supplied. The US and the UK have also sold cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, which release scores of submunitions that can detonate much later and kill civilians.

Karim

“I am shocked that this can be a reality,” said Karim, a junior at Dearborn High School. “Oppression, atrocities and no one is doing anything about it. We are supposed to be the greatest country in the world. Why are we supporting the people who are causing this to happen?

“We are humans. We are supposed to be brothers and sisters. We are supposed to support each other. We are not supposed to let oppression happen.”

WSWS reporters discussed the class struggle, the need for revolutionary leadership in the working class and the upcoming meetings on the fight against fascism at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He welcomed the invitation.

“Anything that will truly help people and doesn’t have a hidden agenda. Yes, I will support that. What power does the government have without the people? If we stand together, nobody will have a greater power than us. If that is the means of uniting people against war, then we have got to do that.”

When a member of the SEP was invited to address the rally, he explained that both Democrats and Republicans had voted for the Pentagon’s massive budget and supported US wars in the Middle East. Both parties of American capitalism support the Saudi regime in its conduct of the genocide against the people of Yemen.

Ziyed (left) with two friends

While Donald Trump is the most hated president in American history, and the vast majority of the American people are deeply hostile to the wars being conducted by his government, he explained that it was critical to understand that to bring an end to the war, it was necessary to mobilize the working class independently of both parties of big business in struggle against capitalism, which is the source of war.

The protesters who spoke to the WSWS were horrified and often confused by the atrocities that are taking place in Yemen.

“I can’t believe how this could be happening,” said Ziyad, a student at Wayne State University. “I want to fight against this war.”

Jafri worked at General Motors 44 years. He was … eager to find a way to mobilize workers more broadly against war. … “The working class does not want war. What person would?”