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18 January 2016 @ 12:04 pm
UK regime. Criminals that should be in jail, not ruining the country.  
The UK regime. A cess pit of psycopaths, megalomaniacs, paedos, regular criminals, liars, junkies, alcoholics and spongers.

Yes Minister... it is a human rights issue

Broken by its own champion – a very un-happy birthday to the Global Arms Trade Treaty
© Amnesty International
The global Arms Trade Treaty came into force last Christmas Eve. In many ways a very familiar story of a miracle birth, heralded as a new chapter for humankind. One year on, though, and it’s already been broken. More shockingly still, by its own self-declared greatest champion - the UK.
The Arms Trade Treaty was hard won. It doesn’t require an arms expert to work out that most of the world’s worst horrors are committed with weapons, but arms experts from groups like Amnesty, Oxfam, the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the Control Arms campaign came together in an unprecedented way in a decade-long campaign calling for the treaty to be instituted. Controlling the global arms trade and pre-empting the likelihood of atrocities, we argued, would help cut the tyrants off at source by denying them access to their tools of violence and destruction.
But like any treaty, it only works if it’s followed and a damning ‘legal opinion’ today echoed what we’ve been saying for months; the UK has broken it.
The lawyers who drafted the comprehensive legal opinion, Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor Andrew Clapham and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh of Matrix Chambers, conclude that the UK government is acting in breach of its obligations arising under the Arms Trade Treaty, European rules, and its own national controls, by continuing to authorise transfers of weapons to Saudi Arabia, weapons which are capable of being used in Yemen. Yemen is this year’s forgotten war. It’s a protracted civil war between the Huthi rebels in favour of former President Saleh, and Southern separatist supporters of President Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia. Since March, the Saudi-led coalition has conducted a brutal campaign of airstrikes in Yemen, in which more than 2,000 civilians have been killed, thousands displaced and the country’s infrastructure decimated.
The UK government asserts that it’s not taking an active part in the military campaign. However, it has issued more than 100 licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia since bombing began in March. Those licences include more than £1.75 billion worth of combat aircraft and bombs for the use of the Royal Saudi Air Force.
David Cameron hailed the Arms Trade Treaty as a landmark agreement that would 'save lives and ease the immense human suffering caused by armed conflict around the world.' He said Britain should be proud of the role it had played in securing an agreement that would make the world safer for all. 'The United Kingdom has led efforts to secure the Arms Trade Treaty from the start' crowed a Foreign Office press release from this time last year. And so it did. But in the intervening year since the treaty came into force, the UK government has been busy moving the goal posts.
What it boils down to is an analysis of risk. The purpose of the Arms Trade Treaty is to prevent arms sales when it is more likely than not that they could be used to commit war crimes and other violations of international law. That’s COULD be, not HAVE been.
The UK has demanded evidence that specific UK weapons have been used to commit atrocities and is at pains to point out that our close allies, Saudi Arabia, have given repeated assurances that it is abiding by international law. The problem is that it clearly isn’t.
More https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/yes-minister-it-human-rights-issue/yemen-saudi-arabia-uk-broken-its-own-champion-very-un-happy-birthday-global

UK military 'working alongside' Saudi bomb targeters in Yemen war
Saudi foreign minister confirms claims that British military advisers are in operation room of heavily criticised bombing campaign
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/12102089/UK-military-working-alongside-Saudi-bomb-targeters-in-Yemen-war.html

Aiding and abetting the Sauds and their coalition of NATOCIA type destroyers is as much a war crime as training and arming terrorists in Syria as in Libya.
Jail is too good for the regime, all of it. They and their families, advisors and mentors should be made to live in the war zones they take part in creating. Aden or Aleppo for example. Their allowed income to be determined by their fitness to work, not their needs.

Big hat tip to Jamila Hanan
 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
Btw the DT piece is also an anti Iran propaganda vehicle. Sauds are the most interfering as far as other countries affairs are concerned with their international sponsorship of wahhibism, its sponsorship and support of terrorism and its financing of lobby groups that have more sway on criminal regimes like the UK and US than the national voters.
Unsurprising then, esp given the Sauds alliance with the Israeli regime, that many accuse them of being zionists.
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Sputnik: Sitrep on Iraq, Impact of Russian Bombing Campaign

By GPD on January 18, 2016
BAGHDAD (Sputnik) – Russia has been bombing positions of Daesh and the Nusra Front – radical Islamist groups outlawed in Russia – since September 2015, dealing immense damage to their infrastructure.
“At least they [militants] cannot slip freely from Syria to Iraq due to the presence of Russian reconnaissance and fighter jets,” Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani Asadi, the head of the counter-terror unit, said.
“They have been launching airstrikes at convoys heading from Syria to Iraq, as well as inside Syrian towns, which is a good thing,” Asadi added.
Asked about the data sharing center that was set up last fall by Russia, Iraq, Iran and Syria, he said that any organization that keeps an eye on Daesh militants had the same significance as military reconnaissance.
“This benefits us in different areas of the operation,” Asadi noted.
Everyday life of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airfield in Syria
The Baghdad Information Center was created in September to coordinate efforts in the fight against the Daesh. It is aimed at collecting, processing, summarizing and analyzing data about Daesh activities in the Middle East and sharing it out between general staffs of the four countries involved.
Small pockets of resistance by Daesh militants have prevented the Iraqi military from declaring the central city of Ramadi fully liberated, the head of the Iraqi counter-terrorism unit said.
Iraqi security forces initially declared Ramadi free in December, after Daesh militants captured the strategic city in the Anbar province last May.
“Ramadi – both the city proper and the administrative district, as well as its suburbs – has been taken under state control, but their Daesh presence in groups of three to four and the fact that they are holding families hostage is the reason why Ramadi has not been officially declared completely freed,” Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani Asadi said.
The Iraqi military said on December 28, that it was in full control of Ramadi, but the Anbar governor said later that in reality only 80 percent of the city was recaptured. Asadi said two weeks ago that the mission to liberate the city was complete by 95 percent.
The northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the Nineveh province remains the main center of the Daesh militants’ build-up in the country, Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani Asadi, the state’s anti-terrorism forces commander, told Sputnik Monday.
“At present, the major forces of the Daesh terrorist group are located only in Mosul,” Asadi stressed, responding to a question on the Daesh current stronghold.
He added that since a military operation in the Anbar province had been launched and the extremists had been expelled from the central province of Salah ad-Din, those who came with a certain plan, secured international support and possessed financial and human resources had gained a foothold in the country.
“It’s impossible to defeat them in a moment,” he noted.
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/18/sputnik-sitrep-on-iraq-impact-of-russian-bombing-campaign/
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
NEO – Saudi Arabia plays Puff the Magic Dragon

By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor on January 18, 2016, NEO January 15, 2016
[Editor's note, then - ]
The verbal war between Saudi Arabia and Iran heated up this week, but it had shades of the WWII Sitzkreig, or the Phony War… where both France and Germany lightly sparred with each other for the first six months.
King Salman’s son, the crown prince and defense minister, let the air out of the war hype tires in his interview with the Economist:
“It is something that we do not foresee at all, and whoever is pushing towards that is somebody who is not in their right mind… a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region … For sure we will not allow any such thing.”
The Prince is correct. Saudi Arabia does not want to get into a war with Iran for several obvious reasons. The first is that it has a long history of using proxy forces to do its war work. This culminated in opening a new northern front terror war in Syria with Qatar, in an attempt to collapse Assad by attacking Syria on multiple flanks to make a dispersed Syrian army easier to defeat. The US and Israelis were totally on board with the plan, and we know now, Turkey was, also.
Many had hoped the verbal war would push up oil prices, but the short sellers with uncovered positions lost their behinds. Ironically, both Iran and Saudi Arabia would have loved a $10 jump in oil prices, as they both need it. But an oil glut with crashing stock markets in the US and China pulled prices down even more.
The Saudis have tons of equipment but little ability to use it all
The Saudis have tons of equipment, but little ability to use it all in combined operations
Despite the KSA having huge stockpiles of weapons, it has preferred not to use them in a major conflict. Yemen was the first mini-combat debut for the Saudis, and it is turning into their Afghanistan, despite the blockade that has the Houthis fighting with one arm tied behind their backs.
US air and naval power are supposed to defend the King’s realm, with the huge forward deployment of military equipment and infrastructure to host incoming US combat divisions.
This defense marriage was sealed many years ago with the Saudis giving a pledge to always sell its oil in US dollars in return for the US military umbrella. Today the Saudi Royal family is a major shareholder in the US military industrial complex, where its oil profits found a welcome home, and a hedge fund.
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/18/neo-saudi-arabia-plays-puff-the-magic-dragon/
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
NEO – America’s Military: They Simply Can’t be Trusted

VT By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on January 17, 2016 NEO January 16, 2016
This week President Obama, while riding around in his classic 1963 Chevrolet Corvette with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, set the tone for his last year in office.
“How many world leaders do you think are just completely out of their mind?” Seinfeld asks.
“A pretty sizable percentage,” Obama answered.
Obama’s personal list starts with Netanyahu, Merkel, Cameron and Erdogan, long before he gets into the dozens of tinpot dictators that come to mind along with those who might well say the same thing about Obama himself.
What the world doesn’t see, not unless they read between the lines, is the secret brotherhood between Obama and Putin, who share far more than many guess.
The secret phone calls and continual impromptu meetings between the two, orchestrating the Iran and Syria settlements, and much more, so much more, have taken place for a variety of reasons. That both see most world leaders are malignant narcissists, total nutcases is what cemented one of the great secret friendships of all time.
There is another reason, one far more threatening to world events. Obama doesn’t trust the American military. He named Chuck Hagel, now “moved on with life,” as his Secretary of Defense and General Martin Dempsey as his Chair for the JCOS.
They were chosen precisely because they share Obama’s view of the military, as does Vice President Biden as well, that America’s military leaders are mental cripples, delusional, paranoid and morally repugnant.
Let’s take a quick look at what America’s military is actually doing or what it may well be doing. We know now that the American invasion of Iraq was based on intelligence so phony that any child could have figured it out. However, those who spoke out at the Pentagon were fired, all of them, and replaced by “true believers,” and by that we mean corrupt, insane and ambitious.
Since 2001, there has been nothing else in the Pentagon but the corrupt, insane and ambitious.
Here are some things we know:

The US used large conventional nuclear weapons during the initial attack on Iraq and has used them more than a dozen times, both illegal neutron weapons and MRR (minimum residual radiation) tactical nuclear weapon in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The American drone campaigns, then and now, have consistently targeted civilians, weddings, funerals, hospitals, schools, in a terror campaign based on the tactics formulated by Britain’s head of “Bomber Command,” during World War II, Sir Arthur Harris.
The US Navy, 5th Fleet, between 2005 and 2007, was tasked by President Bush (43) with staging false flag attacks to begin a war in Iran and Russia. They were blocked by honest Pentagon and State Department officials, who have since been murdered or who have gone into hiding.
The US military involvement in Europe, particularly under the guidance of NATO Commander Breedlove, whose delusional pronouncements on imaginary Russian invasions have gone beyond the embarrassment stage, is highly suspect for its support of not only neo-fascist movements but terrorist groups as well.
The US bombing campaign and the US military effort to aid Iraq seem to take “two steps backward” for every step forward, perhaps to the point of the US military actually being on the wrong side, aiding ISIS, resupplying ISIS.
Then again, America’s training programs in Jordan and Turkey, both CIA and military, which have trained exclusively ISIS and al Qaeda fighters and kept them resupplied with TOW missiles, could be taken as absolute proof of treason in the Pentagon.
Then again, we hear the rumors, Navy SEALS hunting Russian and Iranian advisors in Syria, US and Israeli officers commanding ISIS units, an assertion that is now being substantiated, along with broad US complicity in the downing of MH17, a Russian airliner over Sinai and a Russian bomber over Syria, or are these rumors?
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/17/neo-americas-military-they-simply-cant-be-trusted/
I wonder why the British military wasn't included in the title?
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
In the event Arabia was rescued from the British appointed Sauds, I wonder where in Britain the war criminal adoring establishment would house them? Balmoral?
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)
Double Dip: Always on the Wrong Side: US Vet Questions Military’s Muddled Loyalties
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on January 18, 2016
An American Marine combat veteran has provided his own analysis of why US military leaders are frequently perceived as “mental cripples, delusional, paranoid and morally repugnant” and why the US military simply cannot be trusted by either the US president, its Commander-in-Chief, or by the American people.
- from Sputnik News, Moscow – Top Stories
Gordon Duff, a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War and a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, has recently been very critical of the US military and its top commanders.The reason for his frustration is the incompetence and the either intentional or deliberate delusion of the country’s top military commanders.
For a better understanding of what is going on in the US military, Duff recalled his personal military experience while serving in Vietnam.
“I served in the US military in Vietnam, in a Marine special operations unit. There was a general consensus that America was clearly on the wrong side in Vietnam,” he recalls in his article for the New Eastern Outlook website.
“The South Vietnamese government [closely supported by its principle ally, the US] was brutal, corrupt and illegal based on the Paris peace accords of 1954 and everyone knew it,” he says.
Let’s wind the clock forward to Reagan’s first year in office, the author suggests.“I was at a meeting in Miami between former members of the Garde Nationale, the Nazi death squads of the Somoza regime in Nicaragua and the US Army’s advisory group operating in Honduras.”
The US “backed” contras fighting in Nicaragua were actually 100% paid mercenaries, much like ISIS (Daesh), trained, armed and led by Americans, he recalls.
“I sat with maps in front of me showing infiltration routes into Nicaragua while our “Garde” friends passed on lists of those to be killed, all communists they said, “infrastructure” and “cadres.”
“The lists included teachers, nurses and, in more than one instance, personal grudges. The Americans in the room were lapping it up.”
US Navy Spearhead (Expeditionary Fast Transport) during sea trials in 2012
The author explains that Americans who fought those wars did so “knowing it was wrong and, at least those who were not brain dead, did so in hopes that the Cold War would end and there would be no more useless bloodbaths such as Vietnam, one that killed off a generation of Americans.”
However, even though the Cold War ended the world is still on its way towards destabilization, conflicts and widespread poverty, while the US keeps looking for false pretexts for its invasions.
“The wars continued, each more corrupt, more vacuous than the next until the United States eventually became so discredited that no sane person could see America as anything other than the inheritor of the Soviet mantle in the struggle for not just world domination but enslavement of mankind.”
“We know now that the American invasion of Iraq was based on intelligence so phony that any child could have figured it out,” he says.
“However, those who spoke out at the Pentagon were fired, all of them, and replaced by “true believers,” and by that we mean corrupt, insane and ambitious.”
Another example cited by Duff is “Pentagon’s hoax story of sarin gas attack by the Damascus government.”
“Later proven to have been staged by Turkish intelligence aided by the CIA, gas produced at an American facility in Tbilisi, Georgia, the lie lived and the truth never got through.”
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/18/double-dip-always-on-the-wrong-side-us-vet-questions-militarys-muddled-loyalties/

Edited at 2016-01-18 06:51 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Narrative and Conflict in the Middle East
"Narratives that dramatise and simplify conflicts should be corroded by exposure to complex reality. Yet they retain their mobilising power in the Middle East, topped up by conspiracy theories.
In late August 2013, at the height of the crisis over a possible US airstrike against Syria, the following letter to the editor was published in the Financial Times:


Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad!

Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi.

But Gulf states are pro Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood!

Iran is pro Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood!

Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the US!

Gulf states are pro US. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states!

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day.

To an outside observer, the picture that the Middle East conflict landscape offers is indeed complex and confusing. Littered with interlocking and overlapping conflicts, there is a wealth of narratives that allegedly explain why this is so, outlining who is the designated enemy or ally of whom, and for what reason. But when one compares the reality on the ground to these narratives, things often look quite different. In many instances, it almost seems that the conflicting parties have a distinct preference for allying not with their supposed brothers in spirit, but with their ideological opposites. The proverb ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ seems a better guide to the Middle East conflict landscape. This raises questions about the role that narratives have played, and still play, in Middle East conflicts, and how much these stories produce or only mirror realities on the ground."

https://www.iiss.org/en/publications/survival/sections/2014-4667/survival--global-politics-and-strategy-april-may-2014-3f8b/56-2-08-tanner-bf5d
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
AIPAC and New World Order Are Screwed—Again

VT By Jonas E. Alexis on January 17, 2016
The international community has literally humiliated the mad man in Tel Aviv by lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran. He can miaw like a cat for now, but he cannot even remotely suggest to US officials that we need to bomb Iran. That diabolical dream is basically over.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/17/aipac-and-new-world-order-are-screwed-again/
clothcapclothcap on January 18th, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
"Countdown To The End": EU Officials Say Europe Is "Going Down The Drain"
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/18/2016
Back in September, when Berlin and Brussels were busy devising a quota plan to settle the millions of Mid-East asylum seekers flooding into the country, Slovakia said that if Germany called for financial penalties against countries unwilling to accommodate their “share” of migrants, it would be “the end of the EU.”
That might have seemed hyperbolic at the time, but since then, the situation has spiraled out of control. Border fences have been erected, refugee camps are overflowing, and anti-migrant sentiment is running high after a series of reported sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve sparked a bloc-wide scandal.
In a testament to just how tense things have become, Austria suspended Schengen on Saturday as new rules came into effect for those seeking to traverse the country on the way north. “Anyone who arrives at our border is subject to control,” Chancellor Werner Faymann said. “If the EU does not manage to secure the external borders, Schengen as a whole is put into question... Then each country must control its national borders,” he added, before warning that if the EU could not better control its external borders “the whole EU [will be] in question.”
Indeed, the idea that the worsening migrant crisis could well bring an end to the EU has made its way out of Eurosceptic circles and into discussions between the bloc's top diplomats and officials.
"The Germans, founders of the postwar union, shut their borders to refugees in a bid for political survival by the chancellor who let in a million migrants," Reuters wrote on Sunday, describing a hypothetical European endgame. "And then -- why not? -- they decide to revive the Deutschmark while they're at it."
Both Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker were out last week with stark warnings about the prospects for the union's survival in the face of widespread disagreement among member countries regarding how to handle the influx of asylum seekers. Europe is now "vulnerable" Merkel admitted, before saying the fate of the euro is "directly linked" to how the bloc handles the refugee crisis. "Nobody should act as though you can have a common currency without being able to cross borders reasonably easily," the Chancellor, whose ratings have slipped amid the migrant debate, said at a business event in Mainz.
Juncker's assessment was more dire. Europe "is on its last chance" he warned, before saying he hopes this isn't "the beginning of the end."
"Some see that as mere scare tactics aimed at fellow Europeans by leaders with too much to lose from an EU collapse," Reuters continues. "[But] empty threat or no, with efforts to engage Turkey's help showing little sign yet of preventing migrants reaching Greek beaches, German and EU officials are warning that without a sharp drop in arrivals or a change of heart in other EU states to relieve Berlin of the lonely task of housing refugees, Germany could shut its doors, sparking wider crisis this spring."
More http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-18/countdown-end-eu-officials-say-europe-going-down-drain
[Hat tip Zero Zero Anthropology]

EU
I say a little prayer for you
To go down the loo

How is the conflict in the above government level of the EUUSUK staying hidden?

Edited at 2016-01-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on January 19th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
Red Cross disputes Bild claims starving Madaya residents are ‘pro-govt actors’

Published time: 18 Jan, 2016
German tabloid Bild has accused starving residents of the Syrian town of Madaya of being “actors.” But RT's correspondent believes some media simply dislike what people suffering from malnutrition had to say about rebels selling off government aid.
Last week RT’s Murad Gazdiev accompanied the Red Cross and the UN convoy that brought food to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, some 44km northwest of the capital, Damascus, close to the Lebanese border.
The images of hunger-bitten children outraged the world and the stories told by their mothers are truly shocking.
Madaya citizens told RT that the Syrian government had sent them aid, but they never got it because it was seized by the rebels, who sold humanitarian aid off to starving people at ridiculously high prices. A kilogram of rice was fetching as much as $250.
Those filmed by RT - women, children and some men, mostly elderly and sick - were not allowed to leave Madaya because no agreement had been reached and all those people were forced to pick up their bags and go back to the town, where there is no food.
More https://www.rt.com/news/329269-madaya-actors-bild-rt/
Poor Madaya. I wish the politics would step back and let the people get their lives back.