Sana’a (GPA) – The Saudi coalition continues weaponizing disease in Yemen — this time capitalizing on the novel coronavirus — in a disturbing and barbaric fashion. Saudi planes have air dropped suspicious face masks and other supplies potentially contaminated with COVID-19 into some of Yemen’s most vulnerable areas.
Speaking to Geopolitics Alert on Monday, Dr. Yosuf Al-Haidari, official spokesman of Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health, said Saudi planes dropped suspicious packages across Yemen’s impoverished Hodeidah province containing face masks and other supplies. Dr. Al-Haidari called the action “strange” and “unrealistic” due to Riyadh’s history of weaponizing disease and destroying Yemen’s healthcare sector through a five-year blockade.
It’s worth mentioning that Hodeidah province is still an active frontline in the war, facing hundreds of Saudi airstrikes and artillery bombardment every day.
Yemen’s Health Ministry urged residents not to touch the masks due to their potential for containing biological weaponry.
It wouldn’t be out of character for Riyadh to contaminate medical supplies with COVID-19 before distributing them to Yemen’s vulnerable populations. In 2017, Yemen suffered a cholera outbreak globally unprecedented in modern times. Over 2 million were infected as of October 2019 with thousands succumbing to the medieval illness.
It was fucking beautiful. There are no more accurate words in the English dictionary to describe the vision I saw. I awoke Sunday afternoon, turned the TV on to CNN and there it was in all its infernal glory like Christmas Morning in hell. Standing six-hundred stories high above the sea of sand in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, a leaning wall of towering flames shimmering across the night sky like an aurora borealis made of fire. As all the usual yammering skulls off camera spun fantastic tall tales about an Iranian conspiracy to deny the House of Saud their Allah given right to rape and pillage with abandon, only one thing, one message, burned through my frontal lobes like Abqaiq crude, “They did it. The Houthis really did it!” The resounding feeling of karmic justice was downright euphoric. I wanted to cry. I wanted to dance. Fuck, I wanted to masturbate to the sight of those rabid dogs getting exactly what they deserved.
After spending nearly half a decade watching Saudi Arabia’s savage holocaust in Yemen and the dogged Houthi rebels courageous if at times downright suicidal resistance, after pouring over a veritable ocean of pictures and footage of starving and slaughtered Zaydi children, somehow this conflict on the other side of the planet had become very personal to me. In spite of being a decadent pagan faggot, the chaste Houthi rebels had come to symbolize a greater narrative beyond their own struggle for independence. They had come to symbolize a greater resistance to a dying empire of Atlantic supremacy represented by their twisted Arab cartels in the Persian Gulf, the Salafi Goliath to the Shia Davids. But now, the unthinkable. David struck back hard with his RC slingshot, landing a spectacular blow to the vital organ Goliath held most dear, his wallet.
Saudi Arabia’s devastating
war against Yemen since 2015 has made it “a pariah state” in the world,
says an American political analyst in Virginia.
Riyadh’s war as well as its involvement in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi have
made Saudi Arabia very unpopular in the United States too, resulting in
a new push in Congress to end the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen,
Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com, told Press TV on
Now, “members of the United States Congress are trying to rein in the Trump administration’s policies towards Saudi Arabia.”
“The Trump administration has become extremely supportive of the
Saudi government because of the relationship that exists between the two
countries in terms of arms sales, in terms of the petroleum industry,
in terms of geopolitical interests and other things.”
“Because of the fact that Saudi Arabia has become such a pariah state
on the international level, because of what’s going on in Yemen, and
because of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in particular,” Riyadh has
become “very unpopular in the United States,” he added.
A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the US Congress are
making a new effort to end Saudi Arabia’s deadly war against the people
of Yemen, amid international outrage over the Saudi regime’s bombing of
a Yemeni prison that killed over 100 people.
The lawmakers are seeking to protect an amendment to the annual US
defense policy bill, which prohibits the Pentagon from providing the
spare parts that Saudi Arabia needs to keep its warplanes, which are
mostly US-made, in operational status.
The measure also ends certain forms of intelligence-sharing between Washington and Riyadh.
The amendment, first presented by Democratic Representative Ro Khanna
of California, has already been adopted by the House of Representatives
in its version of the military authorization bill, and now the
bipartisan group, which features members of both chambers of Congress,
are trying to prevent the amendment’s omission.
US President Donald Trump has pledged to veto any bills that seek to
undermine ties with Saudi Arabia as he did one earlier this year which
banned a massive $8 billion arms sale to the kingdom.
Trump and his team have time and again touted Saudi Arabia as an
important regional partner, which plays a vital role in keeping Israel
secure while being considered a counterweight to Iran.
However, the war on Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of
people and caused near-famine conditions in the impoverished country, is
drawing international attention.
A United Nations report released Tuesday said the US, UK and France
may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing
intelligence and logistics support to the Saudi-led coalition that
starves civilians as a war tactic.
The report by a UN panel of experts accused the military coalition
led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of killing Yemeni
civilians in air raids and deliberately denying them food in a country
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The US Senate failed in its latest bid to block the controversial sale of $8.1bn worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia due to the influence of the powerful Israeli lobby in the United States, an American political analyst said.
“…Saudi Arabia and the UAE are also allies of Israel, which is extraordinarily powerful in the United States as well. The (US) President has a very close relationship with Israel, and the Israel lobby essentially controls much of the US Congress. The American petroleum industry and other US business interests also maintain massive holdings in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. For these reasons, the President vetoed the resolutions, and the resolutions did not receive enough support in the Senate to override the veto,” Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of attackthesystem.com, told Tasnim.
US President Donald Trump’s close ties with Saudi Arabia are aimed at serving Big Oil by keeping the global petroleum market stable.
Speaking to Press TV on Sunday, Keith Preston, the Virginia-based director of Attackthesystem.com, said Trump’s recent remarks that he made Saudi King Salman pay more for Washington’s military services was just him being “candid.”
The beheading of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week underscored once again that Saudi Arabia is “one of the most reactionary and retrograde states” in the world today, says an American political analyst in Virginia.
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to the Middle East is yet another attempt by
the United States to shore up support for anti-Iran projects it has
long been running with help from its “Zionist and Saudi” allies in the
region, an American analyst says.
Pompeo will fly to the Middle East on Tuesday, stopping first in Kuwait before heading to Israel and Lebanon.
Keith Preston, director of Attackthesystem.com, said Washington was
trying to strengthen the alliance between the US, Saudi Arabia and
Israel — what he referred to as the “Atlanticist-Zionist-Wahhabi”
alliance– in order to push back against Iran, which is the main force
keeping them from taking full control of the region.
Saudi Arabia and some other Arab governments in the Persian Gulf
region “have a common objective in opposing the influence of Iran in the
“Obviously Iran is the primary bulwark against the greater Israel,
against Israeli expansionism and of course, the (Persian) Gulf states
have wanted to expand the region a well and at this point they see Iran
as the primary obstacle to that,” he added.
That is how those countries have been running all sorts of plots such
as financing Daesh and other Takfiri groups to take out Syria, their
other rival in the region, the analyst argued.
“So once again, there is a convergence between the interests of the
Gulf monarchies, between the Israelis and between the Americans in
trying to eliminate any kind of political autonomy that nay Middle
Eastern nation might have,” he added.
The reason, according to Preston, is “because the Americans, the
Saudis and Israeli have been largely successful in destroying many other
nations in the region.”
Pompeo made a similar trip to the region in January to try to forge a
unified Arab front against Iran, a dream that has brought together even
Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Pompeo’s main objective in the tour was laying the groundwork for the
Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), a concept similar to an Arab
NATO. Trump first floated the idea of forging MESA during his visit to
Saudi Arabia in 2017.
The US hosted an anti-Iran summit last month in Warsaw, Poland.
However, US efforts to build pressure against Iran faced a setback after
ministers from several European Union members opted out of the summit.
A political analyst says that Saudi Arabia has become “something of a liability to the United States in terms of international standing.”
Keith Preston made the remarks in an interview with Press TV when was asked about a bipartisan group of US senators in Congress who have warned against growing human rights violations in Saudi Arabia.
At the confirmation hearing of new US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on Wednesday, Republican and Democratic US senators censured the kingdom over its devastating war on Yemen and other rights abuses, including the detention and torture of women’s rights activists and the grisly murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio said Saudi Arabia was the “most difficult” US ally “because it almost asks us to agree to stay silent on grotesque violations of human rights both domestically and abroad.”
A growing number of
Americans are becoming aware of the destructive influence of the Israeli
and Saudi lobby in the United States, which has led to anti-Muslim
sentiment in some sectors of the country, an American analyst in
“More and more people in the United States are becoming increasingly
critical of American foreign policy and these policies involving
constant wars to overthrow the governments of other countries,” said
Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“Also, more and more Americans are becoming aware of the role that
the Israeli lobby has over American foreign policy and over the American
government … and more people are becoming aware of the influence that
the Saudi Arabians have over the American government, particularly after
the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.
“So what seems to be happening is that there are various elements in
the United States that are aligned with Israel and that are aligned with
Saudi Arabia and ironically they’re trying to fan the flames of
anti-Muslim sentiment to justify the kind of imperialist foreign policy
paradigm that the United State has traditionally adhered to,” he added.
US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned Republicans for linking her
to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, saying it’s “no wonder”
she is on the “hit list” of a domestic terrorist.
Recently, a poster linking the Muslim lawmaker to the 9/11 attack was
reportedly hung in West Virginia’s state legislature by Republican
Omar, is a Democrat member of the US House of Representatives who
represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the lower chamber
of Congress. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she was one of the first two
Muslim women elected to the lower chamber of Congress and the first
woman of color elected from Minnesota.
Some pro-Israel US politicians have accused Omar of anti-Semitic
comments because she has been a staunch critic of Israel and its
anti-Muslim policies in the Middle East. She has also repeatedly slammed
the main Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs
Speaking on Wednesday night at an event in Washington, DC with fellow
Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Omar dismissed
anti-Semitic charges against her, saying everything they say about
Israel is interpreted as anti-Semitic because they are Muslim.
The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are looking for ways to challenge Iran’s influence and Washington’s campaign of sanctions against Tehran helps them fulfill that objective, an American analyst says.
Keith Preston, director of Attackthesystem.com, said the sanctions were designed to put Iranian people under pressure and force the Islamic Republic to abandon its fundamental values.
He made the remarks in reaction to claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that economic bans were aimed at giving the Iranian people a chance to have better lives.
“The sanctions on Iran have this ultimate goal: creating an outcome where the Iranian people can have better lives than they have today,” Pompeo told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
On November 5, the administration of US President Donald Trump announced the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off its oil sales and crucial exports. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Preston told Press TV on Friday that a lot of ordinary Americans had no idea what the conflict between the United States and Iran was all about and that Pompeo’s rhetoric amounts to “propaganda for public consumption.”
He said the sanctions were in no way intended to improve the Iranian people’s lives, and instead, “they were holding Iranian people hostage for the purpose of influencing or trying to influence the Iranian government.”
The real issues between the United States and Iran are rooted in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which “removed a puppet government of the United States” and replaced it with a political system that resisted Washington’s policies instead, he continued.
“The reason that the United States has such a deep-seeded grudge against Iran is because of that,” the analyst further explained. “It’s because of the fact that Iran was a nation that defied the American empire.”
This, he argued, set an “example” that Washington didn’t want other nations to follow.
The second reason was the state of relations between Israel and the United States, Preston added.
“The fact that Israel regards Iran as one of its most important regional competitors in the area also intensifies the hostility of the United States towards Iran,” he said.
Preston said Saudi Arabia also had similar tendencies to weaken Iran and used its “influence” on the American foreign policy to make sure the sanctions remained in place.
Both Saudi Arabia and Israel have been helping the US form an Arab front against Iran—which is in many ways similar to the NATO military alliance.
This is big news. Apparently, the political class in Congress is siding with the interests of the media class (the left-wing of capitalism) and these have diverged from the priorities of the Trump administration, which is clearly more concerned with the interests of the Israeli and Saudi regimes, and their domestic associates in the United States such as AIPAC, Exxon, and the armaments industry (the right-wing of capitalism).
The US Senate has advanced a measure to withdraw American support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, in a blow to President Donald Trump.
Many senators are unhappy with Mr Trump’s response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had urged senators not to back the motion, saying it would worsen the situation in Yemen.
However, senators voted 63-37 to take forward the bipartisan motion.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst said the White House now views Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as a “loose cannon” who has turned into an “international liability”, adding that Washington is trying to keep a tight rein on him.
“Well, I think there is a number of issues going on. First of all, we have to understand the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Saudi Arabia is probably one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East along with Israel. And Saudi Arabia is also a major export market for American armaments. Recently, there was a multibillion-dollar arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia and this is a major boom to American arms manufacturers. This is essentially a foreign export market for armaments that is underwritten by the American government. So, there are a lot of vested interest who want to preserve this relationship,” Keith Preston, the chief editor of AttacktheSystem, told Tasnim.
The United States and Saudi Arabia are connected at every level, he added.
Referring to the situation in Yemen, Preston described it as serious.
US President Donald Trump’s remarks on Saudi Arabia’s importance for Israel prove right longtime speculation about Riyadh’s secret alliance with Tel Aviv, American political analyst Keith Preston says.
But the biggest reason, as he told reporters on Thursday, was the risk that losing Saudi Arabia’s services would pose to Israel.
“Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia,” Trump said after a Thanksgiving Day telephone call with military personnel from his Mar-a-Lago resort home in Florida.
“If you look at Israel, Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia,” he added. “So what does that mean, Israel is going to leave? You want Israel to leave? We have a very strong ally in Saudi Arabia.”
The President said the Saudis were “tremendously helpful” in the region as they also helped keep oil prices down.
Preston, chief editor of attackthesystem.com, said the remarks corroborated previous reports about growing ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“Trump is unusual for an American president in that he frequently goes off-script and says things that are unusually candid,” Preston told Press TV on Friday.
The analyst said while many people seemed to think that Riyadh and Tel Aviv were enemies, Trump’s statement proves that they are not.
“You said nothing as homosexuals were tossed off buildings, as women were stoned for being raped, or as dissidents were harassed or assaulted. Stop with the crocodile tears over the White House Khashoggi statement, stop being opportunists about the death of a journalist.”
The United States is beginning to view Saudi Arabia as a “liability” that could complicate international relations, says a political analyst in Virginia.
“The policymakers in the United States have apparently decided that the Saudis have become too much of a liability and are trying to rein in some of the excessive behavior of the Saudis,” said Keith Preston, chief editor and director ofAttackthesystem.com.
“The level of state repression that exists in Saudi Arabia is very extreme and always has been. That’s well known,” he said.
The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last month, The Washington Post reported.
Sources close to the spy agency said it had assessed the evidence in detail.
The Washington Post, which Khashoggi worked for, said the CIA assessment was based partly on a phone call made by the crown prince’s brother, Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US.
Prince Khalid allegedly called Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of bin Salman, at the direction of his brother and told him to go to the Saudi diplomatic mission while giving him assurances that he would be safe there. Khashoggi, 59, was killed in the consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His body has not been found.
“It’s always been known that the Saudi Arabia murders political dissidents,” Preston said, adding, “so it’s not that anything unusual has happened.”
What came as a shock to US officials is that the Saudis murdered a political dissident that happened to live in the United States and wrote for The Washington Post and other major American newspapers, the analyst pointed out.
“It’s been very difficult for the Saudis to simply slip this under the rug,” he said.
Khashoggi’s murder has also brought the world’s attention to the Saudi war crimes in Yemen, where about 56,000 Yemenis have been killed since the start of the war in 2015.
Preston said the Saudi war has created such a serious international crisis that the American media and policy makers can no longer simply ignore.
A bipartisan group of US senators introduced a bill Thursday that would halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the “barbaric” murder of Khashoggi and the “indiscriminate” bombing of Yemen.
Eight million people are affected by severe food shortages in Yemen and up to 14 million — or half of its population — are at risk of famine, UN officials have warned.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst said the triangle of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US was behind the recent terrorist attack in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, adding that Saudi Arabia has been consistently involved in providing support for terrorist activities across the region.
“It is quite likely that the perpetrators of the attack have received support from Saudi Arabia. This would certainly be in keeping with Saudi Arabia’s past history in the region,” Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of attackthesystem.com, told Tasnim in an interview.
He added, “A likely strategy that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pursuing is to increase the hostilities toward Iran to the point that the United States will engage in military intervention against Iran, and on behalf of the (Persian) Gulf states.”
The administration of US President Donald Trump’s unconditional support for Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s many crimes in Yemen makes Washington a complicit in the onslaught, says an American analyst.
Keith Preston, director of the Attackthesystem.org, made the remarks during an interview with Press TV about the White House’s continued backing of the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen despite international outrage.
Earlier this week, as the months-long offensive by the Saudis and their regional allies to capture Yemen’s important port city of al-Hudaydah continued, Saudi commanders announced Wednesday that they had been able to block two key supply routes into the city, The Washington Post reported.
That was bad news for millions of people in Yemen who are struggling with hunger and deadly cholera outbreaks, as the city acts as a gateway for 70 percent of food and medicine supplies sent to the conflict-ridden country.
This is while the Saudi-led coalition has had the port city under aerial and maritime blockade since the beginning of the war in March 2015.
Despite all this, however, the Trump administration certified to Congress on Tuesday that the Saudis and their allies were “making every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.”
The official notice was required for the Pentagon to be allowed to continue delivering weapons and intelligence to Riyadh despite the international view that civilians have now become the main target of the war.
“The American government is completely complicit in this in the sense that the American government, who is not only the world’s primary backer of the Saudi regime in terms of money, weapons and diplomatic support, but the United States has actually given the green light to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the war in Yemen,” Preston told Press TV.
Referring to reports that US military forces are working closely with their American peers on the battlefront, the analyst said the cooperation was part of an Israeli-American plan to “undermine the influence of Iran in the region and by extension nations that are aligned with Iran.”
“This is a humanitarian catastrophe and the United States has escalated the humanitarian issue by attempting to restrict aid to Yemen as well,” he said, calling the situation in Yemen as one of the “most serious human rights problems in the world today.”
The newest sanctions to be imposed against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have been announced by the United States represent the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to escalate hostilities with Iran.