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Situation in Yemen is Detoriating Rapidly

YemensMarchForDemocracy.jpgBy Viktor Titov. Originally published at New Eastern Outlook.

While the US is spoiling its relationships with Russia over Ukraine and, at the same time, keeps on losing its positions in Iraq and at the Middle East, the opposition Houthis forces in Yemen have started a major advance in the Sana'a governorate against the pro-government troops which resulted in their capturing of the city of Amran some 40 kilometers from the Yemeni capital. During the clashes the Houthis forces have managed to scatter the 310-th army brigade, killing its commander -- a member of the "Al-Islah" (Muslim Brotherhood) Hamid al Qushaybi. Yemeni authorities lay blame on the Houthis for the resumption of armed clashes in violation of the previously achieved ceasefire agreement of 8 July. That was the statement was made on July 10 by the director of the Republican Presidency's office Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak at a meeting with ten ambassadors that represent the sponsors states of the Yemeni political change process. Awad bin Mubarak said that Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi adopted this position the meetings he held with the Minister of Defence, the Interior Minister and the intelligence officers. Officials say that 30 minutes after the signing of the ceasefire agreement, that implied the immediate withdrawal of the 310-th command officers from Amran, and the subsequent transition of power to the local police, the Houthis forces launched a full scale offence, attacking the barracks of the 310th brigade, capturing warehouses and small arms stockpiles.

GazaBombing.jpgBy Ramzy Baroud.

[Bombing of Gaza. Photo courtesy Ron Abbas.]

When the bodies of three Israeli settlers - Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 - were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from around the world. The three had disappeared 18 days earlier in circumstances that remain unclear.

A flood of bigotry about the border

MurrietaProtestersAgainstMigrants.jpgBy Mario Cardenas. Originally published at the Socialist Worker.

[Anti-migrant bigots protest detainees in Murrieta, Calif. courtesy the Socialist Worker]

On Google Earth, the town of Murrieta, Calif., looks like an orderly array of identical houses nestled among intricate patterns of lawns, sidewalks and driveways. The mayor of Murrieta, Alan Long, says he's a family man who thinks "strong family values directly and indirectly contribute to a healthy community," according to the town website.

FukushimaRadiation-Earthquake-Tsunami.jpgBy David Gutierrez. Originally published at NatrualNews.

[Graphic courtesy NaturalNews.]

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) project to freeze radioactive water to prevent it from further contaminating surrounding areas and the Pacific Ocean has hit a major snag: the water won't freeze.

UkraineOrganHarvesting.jpgBy Tony Cartalucci. Originally published at Land Destroyer.

[Forced organ harvesting in Ukraine.]

Unlike the terrorist offenses in Libya, Syria, and now Iraq, backed by the United States, the UK, the EU, members of NATO as well as regional collaborators such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Qatar, where any attempts to stop extremists from seizing entire nations is met by the West's howling indignation and accusations of "human rights abuses," the unmitigated brutality executed by literal Nazis in Ukraine against breakaway provinces in the east are accompanied by a hypocritical silence from the West. Refugees streaming away from encircled and bombarded populated centers tell tales of mass murder, indiscriminate targeting of civilians, and even grisly accounts of forced organ harvesting taking place from the bodies of those killed by Kiev's combined arms offensive, or from those kidnapped by criminal gangs operating in the vacuum of impunity afforded by the West's silence.

Coming to America: Mercenary Justice

BlackwaterInNewOrleans2.jpgBy Glen Ford. Originally published at Black Agenda Report.

The trial of four Blackwater mercenaries in the unprovoked massacre of Iraqi civilians in 2007 is probably not the biggest news item of the day for Iraqis, faced as they are with a national crisis of potentially apocalyptic dimensions. However, the events unfolding in a Washington DC federal court should be of critical interest to Americans, who will one day find themselves under the guns of mercenaries licensed to kill with impunity. In fact, it has already happened, in New Orleans, after Katrina.

WheatonEdmanChapel.jpgBy Chris Floyd. Originally published at Empire Burlesque.

[Wheaton College, the new Edman chapel seats 2400. They also have Memorial Chapel.]

[O]n Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that a sectarian college in Illinois, Wheaton College, did not have to fill in a federal form to claim its exemption from regulations providing contraception coverage in its employee insurance programs.

DangerSodahead.jpgBy Henry A. Giroux, Contributing Editor. Originally published at TruthOut.

[Graphic courtesy Sodahead.]

Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway. As long as it doesn't break off, thinking has a secure hold on possibility. . . . Open thinking points beyond itself. - Theodor Adorno

That is, there are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise. . . . nonthinking is even more dangerous. - Hannah Arendt

Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. As Paul Stoller observes, the symptoms are everywhere including a Texas GOP Party platform that states, "We oppose teaching of Higher order Thinking Skills [because they] have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental control" to a Tennessee bill that "allows the teaching of creationism in state's classrooms."

WarIsPeaceLockheed.jpgBy John Lawrence. Originally published at The San Diego Free Press.

The impact of the US military on climate change is enormous due to its excessive consumption of fuel oil. The US must spread its influence across the oil producing parts of the world in order to protect its supply of oil.


OxfordGraveWallWolf.JPGBy Gary Corseri

[Wall in Oxford cemetery constructed of broken headstones. Photo courtesy Rowan Wolf.]

There is no "peace process."

There is peace... and the absence of peace--

The gnawing hunger for it,

The desperation of the vanquished.

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