Free Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab now

This video says about itself:

Bahraini faces 15 years in prison for tweeting about Yemen war

8 August 2017

The co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights​, Nabeel Rajab​, is facing up to 15 years in prison for tweeting about the war in Yemen, with charges including “spreading false rumours in a time of war“.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Campaigners call for release of Bahraini prisoner of conscience

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

HUMAN rights campaigners gathered outside the Bahrain embassy in London yesterday calling for the release of a man jailed for criticising the regime on Twitter and an end to reprisal attacks.

Nabeel Rajab faces 15 years in prison for exposing torture in Bahrain’s Jau jail where he is already serving a two-year sentence for “spreading fake news” after giving interviews to journalists.

Mr Rajab’s “offences” also include tweets he sent criticising the devastating war in Yemen waged by the Saudi-led coalition. At least seven million people are on the brink of famine in the war-torn country thanks to a blockade on food and fuel imports imposed by the nine-nation coalition — which includes Bahrain.

Speaking at the protest was Sayeed Alwadei who fled Bahrain for Britain in 2011 after being tortured for taking part in peaceful anti-government protests.

Three of his relatives have been sentenced to three years in a Bahrain prison after confessions made under torture and others continue to be targeted by the authorities.

He said: “The imprisonment of my family is a cowardly attack on human rights defenders. I believe the Bahraini ambassador has direct responsibility for their imprisonment and torture, which is the latest in a campaign of reprisals that has affected my entire family.”

Despite widespread oppression and attacks on human rights, Britain has sold £81 million of weapons to the regime since an uprising began in 2011.

Mr Alwadei added that the British government must tell its “repressive ally” the violent campaign to silence him and his family is unacceptable.

Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith said Bahrain should be condemned, not armed and supported by Downing Street and Whitehall.

Silencing Bahraini women and activists: here.

Top Samantha Power Aide is Now Lobbying to Undermine Opponents of Yemen War: here.

Drunk United States soldier kills Okinawa man

This video from the USA says about itself:

Okinawa‘s Revolt: Decades of Rape, Environmental Harm by U.S. Military Spur Residents to Rise Up

16 January 2014

Nearly 70 years ago the United States took over the Japanese island of Okinawa after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. More than 200,000 people died, mostly Japanese civilians.

Today the United States operates 34 bases on the island and is planning to build a new state-of-the-art Marine base, despite mass protests. A multi-decades movement of Okinawa residents has pushed for ousting U.S. forces off the island, citing environmental concerns and sexual assaults by U.S. soldiers on local residents.

Broadcasting from Tokyo, we are joined by two guests: Kozue Akibayashi, a professor and activist in Japan with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Women’s International Network Against Militarism; and John Junkerman, a documentary filmmaker currently working on a film about U.S. military bases in Okinawa.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

JAPAN: US marine held after drink-drive crash

Tuesday 21st November 2017

US TROOPS on the Japanese island of Okinawa have been confined to base and banned from drinking after a marine was arrested over the drink-drive death of a local man.

Police spokesman Kazuhiko Miyagi said Nicholas James-McLean was still three times over the limit when he was arrested on Sunday night, hours after the early-morning crash in the main city of Naha.

Witnesses said the marine slammed his lorry head-on into Hidemasa Taira’s van as the resident was turning at a junction. Mr Taira had the right of way and the US serviceman may have passed a red light.

The US military admitted that “alcohol may have been a factor” in the crash and ordered all commanders to lead training on responsible drinking and acceptable behaviour.

Okinawa residents oppose the US military presence on their island, which currently numbers 25,000. US troops have been responsible for numerous rapes and murders since first arriving at the end of World War II.

‘British government, stop supporting Saudi mass murder of Yemenis’

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 May 2017

There is a state of emergency in Yemen’s capital after a recent outbreak of cholera. John Iadarola (Host of ThinkTank), Chavala Madlena (Investigative Journalist, Filmmaker) discuss on a special episode of The Young Turks previously recorded LIVE at Oslo Freedom Forum.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Act to stop Yemen slaughter, Corbyn tells May

Tuesday 21st November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday demanding she act to end the war in Yemen as a million people stand on the brink of famine.

The Labour leader condemned the government for its role in supporting the Saudi-led invasion coalition and urged Theresa May to suspend arms sales to Riyadh and call for “an immediate ceasefire” through the UN.

Britain has licensed more than £3.3 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia since its bombing campaign against Yemen began in March 2015.

Mr Corbyn wrote: “At least 10,000 people have been killed since the conflict started in 2014 and seven million people are in extreme hunger.

“Food shortages and the cholera outbreak are a direct result of the continuing blockade of Yemen by the US and UK-backed Saudi-led coalition.”

He called for immediate steps to end the suffering of the Yemeni people and for a peaceful, negotiated solution.

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell branded Britain “dangerously complicit” yesterday in promoting a famine in Yemen through its support for Saudi Arabia.

Speaking in the Commons he said: “Are we not on the brink of witnessing in Yemen a totally preventable, massive humanitarian catastrophe, the likes of which we have not seen in decades?”

As a US-backed Saudi tightening of the blockade against the impoverished and war-ravaged country of Yemen enters its third week, the International Committee of the Red Cross has reported that pumping stations and sanitation facilities in both the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and the south-central city of Bayda have run out of fuel, leaving 2.5 million in crowded urban areas without access to clean water: here.

Lethal fire in China, police arrests suspects

This video from China says about itself:

18 November 2017

Nineteen people were killed and eight others injured in a house fire in Beijing’s southern Daxing District Saturday night, local authorities said.

From Caixin in China:

Nov 20, 2017 11:44 AM

Beijing Launches Citywide Inspections After Deadly Fire

By Cui Xiankang, Sun Liangzi, Qin Ziyi, Yu Lu and Li Rongde

Beijing authorities have launched blanket citywide inspections targeting unsafe buildings following a fatal fire in a suburb of the capital Saturday.

The fire broke out at 6:18 p.m. in Daxing district, about 10 miles south of the city center, killing at least 19 and injuring eight more, according to the official Beijing Daily. …

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and several people, including the landlord of the buildings, have been taken into police custody, the Beijing Daily reported, citing local police.

A grim-faced Cai Qi, Beijing’s Communist party secretary, appeared on Beijing TV Sunday and labeled the fire a “a wake-up call.” He demanded resolve to crack down on mixed-use facilities with both shops and rental homes, particularly unlicensed buildings and poorly managed industrial plants, which in addition to being safety hazards are responsible for high levels of air and water pollution.

Firefighters arrived at the scene with 34 trucks at about 6:40 p.m. and extinguished the fire around 9 p.m. They were seen carrying more than a dozen people, giving resuscitation to some before rushing them to nearby hospitals.

Most of the injured are being treated at the Daxing district hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University. An employee at the hospital contacted by Caixin refused to elaborate on the nature or severity of the injuries.

According to Chi Dehua in China today, 18 suspects were arrested, including the landlord and ‘six managers from a rental housing company’.

Now, let us look how this horrible fire compares to the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, England.

Grenfell Tower has 24 storeys; the building in Beijing three storeys. 19 dead in Beijing, 71 dead the official number in London.

In Beijing, police arrested 18 suspects, including the landlord. In London, police arrested zero suspects, also not the landlords, that is, the bigwigs of the Conservative party-run Kensington and Chelsea local authority, like Nick Paget-Brown who had to resign in disgrace.

Now, I am certainly not claiming Chinese police and judiciary are a model for the whole world to follow; they are not.

However, Grenfell Tower survivors often ask themselves why not a single suspect has been arrested, now six months after the mass killing; of which police say they suspect manslaughter.

How about the bosses of the KCTMO, the organisation managing Grenfell Tower on behalf of the Conservative local council?

How about Conservative Boris Johnson, now Foreign Secretary in the government, who as mayor of London sacked firefighters and closed fire stations?

How about Conservative ex-Prime Minister David Cameron, who stated that the aim of his government was to ‘kill safety culture’?

How about millionaire Ray Bailey of Harley Facades, whose business attached the flammable cladding to Grenfell Tower?

How about the millionaires of Rydon corporation who subcontracted the attachment of the flammable cladding to Grenfell Tower to Harley Facades?

How about the billionaires of Arconic corporation, formerly Alcoa, whose corporation made that flammable cladding?

Are they all ‘too rich to jail‘?!?!

Trump helping Saudi regime killing millions of Yemenis

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 November 2017

Something is going on inside Saudi politics and Trump is for it. John Iadarola and Jennifer Briney, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“The Trump administration has tied the United States to the impetuous young crown prince of Saudi Arabia and seems to be quite oblivious to the dangers. But they are growing every day.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his favorite son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, have broken with the traditional patterns of consensual politics in the royal family, and the results are likely to be a much less stable kingdom with increasingly impulsive and erratic policies.

A purge is now under way that includes imprisonment of top princes (albeit in a former luxury hotel), the confiscation of assets, and at least two mysterious deaths.

“I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, “they know exactly what they are doing…”

Read more here.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the military power of the monarchical dictatorship in Saudi Arabia as it carries out a siege that could claim millions of lives in neighboring Yemen.

The Wall Street Journal, citing senior administration officials, reported Saturday that “The Trump administration is looking at ways to quickly strengthen Saudi Arabia‘s missile defenses and disrupt the flow of advanced Iranian-made weapons across the Middle East as concerns grow over a destabilizing new crisis in the region.”

The so-called “destabilizing new crisis” in the Middle East is one of Washington’s and Riyadh’s own making, flowing from the Trump administration’s attempt to forge an anti-Iranian alliance uniting US imperialism, Saudi Arabia and the other reactionary Sunni oil sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf and Israel in an anti-Iranian military alliance.

Emboldened by unconditional US support, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman has carried out a sweeping purge of potential rivals within the Saudi regime, while escalating the murderous war in Yemen and carrying out the kidnapping and forced resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri with the aim of destabilizing Lebanon and igniting a sectarian civil war against the Shia-based movement Hezbollah.

According to the Journal article, the Trump administration views the controversy surrounding Hariri as a “frustrating complication” that is diverting Washington’s drive to “galvanize support for new action against Iran.”

The most criminal of the US-backed Saudi actions has been the imposition of a blockade of Yemen aimed at starving into submission its population and the Houthi rebels who seized much of the western part of the country, including the capital of Sanaa.

Riyadh has justified its blockade by saying it is trying to prevent arms from reaching the Houthis following the firing of a missile from Yemen on November 4 that was shot down near Riyadh’s international airport. In reality, what Saudi Arabia—with the assistance of the US Navy—is turning back are shipments of food, medicine and other vital supplies under conditions of spreading famine and the worst cholera epidemic in modern history.

Iran has denied Saudi charges that the missile was of Iranian manufacture, a position that has been supported by a panel of experts appointed by the United Nations Security council, which issued a statement six days after the missile was fired saying that there has been no evidence of Iranian transfer of short-range missiles to Yemen and charging that Riyadh is exploiting the incident “as justification for obstructing the delivery of commodities that are essentially civilian in nature.”

Washington, which echoed the Saudi propaganda blaming Iran for the attack, has issued no statement condemning the blockade of Yemen, a war crime in which the US is itself complicit. The major European powers have also remained largely silent as a near-genocidal campaign is being executed against the people of Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world. The European arms manufacturers, like their American counterparts, have secured lucrative contracts with the Saudi monarchy.

According to the Journal article, the foremost response of the Trump administration to the crisis in the Middle East is to push more arms on the Saudi regime. Last month, Trump approved a weapons deal that allows Riyadh to purchase $15 billion worth of missiles, launchers, radar and other military technology. “US officials said that deal could be accelerated as a result of the missile fired at Riyadh.”

The newspaper added that, “The US military also could step up its efforts to seize weapons shipments going through the Persian Gulf and across the region,” meaning that the US Navy would escalate operations that are contributing to the blocking of relief supplies and the mass starvation engulfing Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has acknowledged that the US Air Force has more than doubled its refueling flights that keep Saudi and allied warplanes in the air, continuously bombing Yemeni hospitals, schools, residential blocks and basic infrastructure, accounting for the bulk of the 12,000 deaths in the two-and-a-half-year-old war. Washington also increased its supply of jet fuel to the Saudis by 140 percent over the fiscal year that ended in September, according to a report on the Al-Monitor web site.

The bombs and missiles that are killing Yemen are also supplied largely by Washington, with $3 billion worth of bombs provided to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since 2015 and a $500 million sale of precision-guided munitions approved by the US Senate in June.

The latest atrocity made possible by this arms aid took place on Sunday with a Saudi airstrike in the northern province of Jawf demolishing a home leaving eight children and three women, all from the same family, dead under the rubble.

The two-week-old Saudi blockade, however, threatens to dwarf the number of deaths caused by the bombing campaign. Even before Saudi Arabia shut down Yemen’s airports, sea ports and borders, turning away container ships full of food and relief supplies and fuel tankers that had already been inspected and searched for weapons, 7 million Yemenis were on the brink of famine, while 17 million others did not know where their next meal would come from.

The UN and various relief agencies have warned that, with Yemen dependent upon imports for 90 percent of its food, the blockade could rapidly lead to the deaths of millions.

Three Yemeni cities—Hodeida, Saada and Taiz—ran out of clean water on Friday because of the Saudi blockade preventing the delivery of fuel needed to run pumping and sanitation systems, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported. The lack of clean water will place at least a million more people at risk of cholera on top of the 928,000 already believed to have contracted the disease. The capital of Sanaa and other cities will “find themselves in the same situation” within weeks if the blockade is not lifted, the Red Cross said. The lack of fuel will also shut down generators powering hospitals, condemning many patients to death.

Doctors without Borders (MSF) reported Sunday that the Saudi regime is preventing it from conducting flights in and out of Yemen, despite claims from Riyadh that it was allowing the movement of humanitarian supplies and personnel. The aid agency also said it had been warned by Saudi authorities against operating in areas under the control of the Houthi rebels.

The aid group Oxfam issued a blistering statement warning that “A catastrophe of astonishing proportions is unfolding before our eyes as Yemen’s Houthi-controlled territory is sealed off and suffocated … Absent a rapid turnaround, we are likely to witness in Yemen an extraordinary level of devastation, the likes of which most of us have never lived through.”

The statement continued by noting that “the US government has led its allies in demonstrations of solidarity with Saudi Arabia against Iran, ignoring a ghastly humanitarian crisis. The international community’s unqualified support for Saudi Arabia’s position nearly culminated in the adoption of a UN Security Council Presidential Statement condemning the Houthis and Iran’s malign activity without so much as a mention of Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis and the steps taken by Saudi Arabia to push it to the brink of catastrophe.”

The systematic extermination of Yemeni men, women and children by bombardment, starvation and disease exposes the real face of US imperialism. It demonstrates that behind the empty rhetoric about the “war on terror”, “human rights” and “democracy” it is prepared to kill millions to offset the decline of American capitalism through a drive to assert US global hegemony by military means.