The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

With the global media’s eyes will be fixed Monday on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at Helsinki, Finland, Syria is expected to be the main topic of negotiations between the world’s two leading military powers. Israeli media in particular have extensively covered a prospective bargain between Putin and Trump, whereby invited Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in return for the U.S. pulling its troops out of its uninvited and thereby illegal under international law bases east of the Euphrates River. Some Israelis, affiliated with the neocons, having bitterly denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly placing naive trust in Putin’s word, while foreign policy realists have pointed out the Russian leader cannot make the Iranians leave Syria — even if he wanted to do so.

However, as RogueMoney readers are aware, there is another conflict besides the proxy war with Iran in Syria, that petrodollar linchpin Saudi Arabia has been losing since 2015. This one is much closer to home and therefore more dangerous to the Saudi monarchy than losing influence in the Levant. The defection of a prince from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar, Riyadh’s gas-rich Sunni rival, has shined a spotlight on the Emiratis casualties in the Yemen War, and serious dissension inside the Emirates ruling houses regarding the Saudi-led coalition’s quagmire.

Since the Saudis broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in June 2017, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel has relentlessly covered the staggering humanitarian costs of the Saudis war on Yemen, as well as the Kingdom’s covered up combat deaths which Western media outlets, fearing expulsion from the country, fail to cover. On Sunday, Putin handed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a ceremonial FIFA soccer ball symbolizing Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the World Cup.

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‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

The battle for Hodeidah has reached a critical phase this week, as outnumbered Houthi defenders of the city are inflicting heavy losses on Saudi and UAE troops and southern Yemeni mercenaries. Most importantly, the Red Sea port represents a vital lifeline to the world for humanitarian aid to reach Houthi controlled areas including the capital Sanaa, the highway to which has been almost cut off by Saudi/UAE coalition attacks and air strikes. The fighting must stop so vital supplies, food and medicines can reach starving Yemenis.

From the start of the Yemen War in 2015, the LaRouche Movement and International Schiller Institute have advocated for an immediate end to the hostilities followed by a major reconstruction program to integrate the poorest nation in the Arab world and its neighbors into the Maritime and New Silk Roads.

Team RogueMoney is honored to assist these peace promotion efforts in every way possible. — JWS

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Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

NOTE: This is our 58th Syraq SITREP written for RogueMoney. Barring any major U.S. or Israeli strikes in Syria, the Russian Analyst plans to publish fewer Syraq SITREPs on RM this summer.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a major offensive to liberate the southern part of the country from jihadists who serve as a buffer between Damascus southern outskirts and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. This offensive will be led by the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces commanded by Brigadier General Suheil Hassan (portrayed with Russian airpower art on the left) and the 4th Armored Division.

However, Islamic State remnants which have been attacking across the Euphrates River from territory nominally controlled by the U.S. and its Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allies forced the SAA to delay the big push south. Syrian government forces have beaten back Daesh at Abu Kamal, a city that borders Iraq’s Al-Qaim which is the overland linkage between Damascus and friendly forces from Baghdad. SAA units also went on the offensive against ISIS in the southeastern Badiya Al-Sham region, killing over 20 Daesh terrorists near Sweida. But SAA fighting with ISIS units operating from American controlled territory continues.

Speaking on Friday at a NATO forum in Brussels, Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed to keep U.S. occupation forces in Syria indefinitely after the elimination of the remaining ISIS pockets along the Syrian-Iraqi border, saying a hasty withdrawal of American troops would be a “strategic blunder”.

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Saudis Admit Over 1,000 Killed in Action in Yemen War as Kingdom-led Coalition Besieges Hodeida Port on the Red Sea

Saudis Admit Over 1,000 Killed in Action in Yemen War as Kingdom-led Coalition Besieges Hodeida Port on the Red Sea

While the conflict in Syria appears to be winding down amidst talks between the Americans and Israelis on one side and the Russian/Turkish/Iranian victors on the other, the war in Yemen appears far from over. In the past week, the Saudi Kingdom has issued photos of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to dispel rumors of MBS’ demise or severe injury in a palace putsch weeks earlier, when gunfire filmed by Saudi subjects on their smartphones echoed in Riyadh. The Saudis told the media palace guards had opened fire in response to a recreational drone that had been considered a threat, and that MBS father King Salman was not at home when the shooting happened in April.

Nonetheless, despite the Crown Prince attending a WWE match in Jeddah (complete with Iranian American ‘heels’ drawing boos from the Saudi spectators) and other public appearances since the palace drone incident, rumors persist that MBS is facing not just external enemies like the Houthis, who launch missiles at the Kingdom and kill its soldiers in brazen cross border raids, but fierce internal opposition from his own extended clan. Another shooting incident caught on video and posted to social media around May 30, this time filmed at a Saudi National Guard base in Taif near Mecca, will only add to the speculation that the House of Saud is a house divided.

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Syraq SITREP 54: No Way to Swerve and Avoid Head On Mideast Collision?

Syraq SITREP 54: No Way to Swerve and Avoid Head On Mideast Collision?

There has been a lull in the hostilities between Israel and Syria since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Victory Day holiday in Moscow. But this post-May 9 period should not be mistaken for an imminent outbreak of peace. A false alarm about an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) led to a missile launch from a battery of Israel’s Iron Dome system, suggesting the Israelis are very concerned about enemy drones. Notwithstanding Putin and Netanyahu generally agreeing that all non-Russian foreign forces must leave Syria, or Putin reiterating this principal after hosting President Bashir Al-Assad in Sochi.

As Damascus based correspondent Elijah J. Magnier writes, there are no signs the Americans and their French allies or the Turks are leaving the Syrian territory they illegally occupy any time soon. The Trump Administration did cut off aid to the jihadist held territories of Syria, and also areas controlled by the Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This will make the Kurds more dependent on the U.S. military presence for survival (unless they reconcile with Damascus), while the jihadis, plagued by infighting across Idlib province, will become further dependent on the irredentist Turks for their salaries and food. Meanwhile, Syrian Arab Army (SAA)’s victories this week over the remaining ISIS remnants in southern Damascus and the Rastan pocket freed up more troops for operations in rural Idlib, and possibly against Israel’s illegal jihadi-manned ‘buffer zone’ in southern Syria. Another flash point is being created along the Golan Heights at the same time that political flares in Washington are being tossed into the rising oil price barrel fueled by the Israel/Saudi vs. Syria/Hezbollah/Iran conflict’s potential to explode.

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Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

The situation in the Levant appears to be spiraling downward toward full scale war between Iran’s Syrian and Hezbollah allies and Israel. Tel Aviv has cited an Iranian military presence in the war-torn nation as a pretext to launch continuous attacks. Not only Israel’s Air Force but the Iron Dome defense system and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) artillery were engaged after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated for multiple IAF strikes inside Syria last week.

The clashes initiated from the Israeli side, which the ‘international community’ aka the NATO/Gulf Arab states bloc blamed on Iran, came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Day ‘Immortal Regiment’ march alongside Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The symbolism of a Russian leader jointly commemorating the Soviet victory over the Nazis with the PM of the Jewish State was not lost on anyone, especially after a report in Izvestia that no S300 missile systems would be delivered to the Syrians (though this report did not rule out that the systems have been covertly shipped to the Russian base at Kheimmim for safe storage from IAF missiles next to Russian troops).

What quid pro quo between the two world leaders led to this controversial Kremlin decision was the subject of widespread speculation among Russia watchers and academics with an interest in the complex Moscow-Tel Aviv relationship. A bilateral engagement tested by being on opposite sides of the Syria War, yet (as we wrote back in late 2015) bound by shared interests in eastern Mediterranean pipeline gas, Jewish Russian re-pats returning from Israel to Moscow, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s historic role in the Holy Land. Due to the late and post Soviet emigration, after the three official languages of Hebrew, Arabic and English, Russian is Israel’s unofficial fourth language.

Photo of Syrian SAMs streaking across the Damascus skies, May 10, 2018 by 24 Resistance Axis

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U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

Last week The New York Times confirmed what those of us in the alternative or new media already knew: that American troops have engaged in combat missions against the Ansar Allah or Houthis resistance in Yemen. “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam" is the Houthis battlefield slogan, heard in countless videos posted online of the Zaidi Shi’a militants destroying Saudi armor and block posts.

Direct contributions to a humanitarian catastrophe in what was already before this war the poorest country in the Arab world, have undermined Washington and London’s claims to hold the moral high ground over the Assad government in Syria. The British government is facing a lawsuit from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) over its deep involvement not just in providing but servicing arms at Saudi air bases. The threat to Saudi bases and the Anglo-American contractors working at them from the Houthis increasingly sophisticated drones and ballistic missile bombardments is leading the Trump Administration to provide American troops in a direct combat role. According to the NYT, the Houthis underground missile storage and production facilities are the highest priority target for special operations raids. But what happens when the Houthis who’ve certainly watched Black Hawk Down set a trap using dummy inflatable rockets as bait? Or how will the Trump Administration respond if Iran takes vengeance for its personnel bombed by Israel in Syria by helping the Houthis launch suicide boat or infiltrator attacks against American and UAE forces based at Socotra Island, near the strategic Bab al Mandeb strait?

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The Sirius Report with London Paul 04-30-2018

The Sirius Report with London Paul 04-30-2018

London Paul shares his thoughts on newly sworn in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Macron's and Merkel's visits with President Trump and the facts that it is only two nations who have issues with the nuclear deal. — JWS

Photo of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by CGTN

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The Sirius Report with London Paul 04-26-2018

The Sirius Report with London Paul 04-26-2018

London Paul returns to RogueMoneyRadio to discuss the collapse of US/UK credibility due to their blatantly false claims about Syria and President Trump’s statements about pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal on May 12. He also discusses Israel’s threats to destroy the S300 systems Moscow has vowed to supply to Damascus and the Trump-Macron ‘bromance’. The advanced decomposition of Deutsche Bank is also covered in this hour long interview. — JWS


Sputnik photo from Russian Defense Ministry presentation of April 25, 2018 by Igor Ermachenkov

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Russia accepts Iran into the EEU while also extending oil for goods program meant to bypass the dollar

Russia accepts Iran into the EEU while also extending oil for goods program meant to bypass the dollar

On April 24, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that they had accepted Iran's proposal to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).  And this comes just a few days after Russia extended a program with the Middle Eastern power to facilitate their year old oil for goods trade which was created so that Iran could completely bypass the dollar.

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Syraq SITREP 42: Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Syria 'Soon', While Israelis Boast of F35 Flights Through Syraqi Airspace to Iran

Syraq SITREP 42: Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Syria 'Soon', While Israelis Boast of F35 Flights Through Syraqi Airspace to Iran

The clash between a commander in chief who claims to be determined to shake up how Washington does things and the Swamp/established bureaucracies apparently continued on Thursday, when President Donald Trump suggested in a speech to Ohio workers that U.S. forces would leave Syria soon. The mission of 'knocking the hell out of ISIS' Trump declared, had been accomplished and, "We're coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now, very soon. Very soon, we're coming out."

The question of what was the official U.S. position if not that of the President was pushed to the Pentagon, who punted to the White House, and the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert declared herself unaware of any change in policy. Astute RogueMoney readers will note this is the same Nauert who declared the Russians were playing the victims following their expulsion of 60 American diplomats and closure of the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, in retaliation for Washington shutting down the Russians' Seattle consulate and booting sixty Russian diplomats or alleged spies under diplomatic cover. The so-called Skripal affair and the failing British attempt to 'link' the alleged use of nerve agent against one of their Russian assets on UK soil to (false flag) chemical weapons attacks in Syria being the stated justification for the harsh American measures against Russia's diplomatic missions to the U.S. and UN. Nauert also compared, in a bizarre press conference metaphor she used this week, the Russian state to some beast from the deep with many tentacles.

Even after forcing out Russophobic national security adviser H.R. McMaster, only to replace him with neocon bomb-bomb-bomb Iran enthusiast John Bolton, the contrast between Trump and his cabinet and the agencies that nominally follow his lead remains extreme. As MSM articles covering Trump's seemingly off the cuff promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria made clear, the Pentagon under Secretary of Defense James Mattis has refused to give any timetable for an American withdrawal from the territory liberated from ISIS it's (illegally) occupying east of the Euphrates. But Trump's hint at 'letting others take care of it' meaning the remnants of ISIS or Al-Qaeda (also known to RM readers as al-CIA-eda) strongly suggests that our friend at LaRouchePAC Harley Schlanger is correct, and the President's instincts are to cooperate with the Russians and Turks in establishing a durable peace deal in Syria. Which is precisely the opposite of what rabidly anti-Iran hawks like UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and John Bolton Trump appointed and who serve at his pleasure are demanding...and what Trump's BFFs in Israel are suggesting with their braggadocio about 'stealth' F35 missions through Syria and Iraq's air space to strike Hezbollah and Assad's patrons in Iran.

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Saudi Patriot Missile Fail as Houthi Rocket Strikes Riyadh, Rumors of Bolton's Big War with Hezbollah and Iran

Saudi Patriot Missile Fail as Houthi Rocket Strikes Riyadh, Rumors of Bolton's Big War with Hezbollah and Iran

On the night of Sunday March 26, 2018 a Houthi ballistic missile targeted at Riyadh appeared in the skies over the Saudi capital. What happened next is still being reported, but it appears a U.S.-built Patriot missile launched to intercept the incoming Yemeni rocket around midnight local time careened into the ground, perhaps striking an apartment block. The Patriot fail was captured on amateur video as sonic booms echoed through the streets. Riyadh has said one man was killed and two people were injured by falling debris from the allegedly intercepted Houthi rockets (perhaps it was death by Patriot), with other Yemeni missiles fired overnight at the southern Saudi Kingdom cities of Najran, Jizan and Khamis Mushait. 

The Drive reports that "Yemen's SABA News agency claims the missile fired at Riyadh was indeed a Burkan H2 belonging to Houthi rebels, the same type fired at Riyadh International Airport back in November." Burkan means 'volcano' and is a longer range derivative of the SCUD missile, similar to the rockets Saddam Hussein launched at Saudi Arabia and Israel during the first Gulf War. The Yemeni missile strikes retaliating for Saudi aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world comes hours after Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Boston, and is clearly a calculated slap by the Houthis at 'MBS' and his American/Israeli allies. The Associated Press also reported Monday morning that roadside bombs disguised as rocks found in Yemen appear similar to those used by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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Congress, Go Beyond Obama/Comey 'FISA Abuse' Related to the Dirty Steele Dossier, Investigate British Subversion of the USA!

Congress, Go Beyond Obama/Comey 'FISA Abuse' Related to the Dirty Steele Dossier, Investigate British Subversion of the USA!

On Thursday evening The Wall Street Journal confirmed, from its House GOP sources, what LaRouchePAC and others have long insisted: parts of the Clintons law firm funded 'dirty dossier' concocted by 'ex' MI6 agent Christopher Steele were used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and others in the Trump campaign [see "Republicans Probe How Ex-British Spy’s Research Sparked Trump Surveillance"]. As Democrats and high level mainstream media allies knew this bombshell was going to eventually leak or be declassified via the House Republicans report on FISA abuse, it isn't surprising we've seen in the last week non-stop allegations against President Trump ranging from racism over S--tholeGate to salacious accounts of alleged hush money paid to porn stars.

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Syraq SITREP 29: Ru MoD Says Drone Swarm Attack on Kheimmim Was State Sponsored, Asks Why US Navy Surveillance Plane Loitered Off the Syrian Coast During Attacks

Syraq SITREP 29: Ru MoD Says Drone Swarm Attack on Kheimmim Was State Sponsored, Asks Why US Navy Surveillance Plane Loitered Off the Syrian Coast During Attacks

On January 9, 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry all but accused Washington or an unnamed U.S. ally in the southeastern Mediterranean of sponsoring a 'home made DIY' drone attack on the Kheimmim Air Base. After the 2017 dismantling of ISIS pseudo-caliphate, when it seemed U.S.-Russia tensions might be easing in Syria, the 'shelling' attacks using low flying drones dropping mortar rounds on the Russian bases near Latakia and Tartus were clearly intended to tarnish the prestige of Russia's victorious military and put pressure on the Kremlin before the March national elections. A 'Free Allawite Army' which almost certainly does not exist in the Latakia coastal heartland of President Assad's sect claimed credit for the drone attacks.

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Syraq SITREP 28: Attacks on Russia's Kheimmim Air Base, Iran Likely to Increase Support for Houthis as Payback for CIA Sponsored Unrest

Syraq SITREP 28: Attacks on Russia's Kheimmim Air Base, Iran Likely to Increase Support for Houthis as Payback for CIA Sponsored Unrest

On New Year's Eve jihadists launch a surprise mortar attack on Kheimmim air base outside Latakia, taking advantage of Russian servicemen's festive holiday mood. No group has claimed responsibility or released video footage of the attack, likely launched using 'shoot and scoot' tactics from a mortar mounted on a pickup truck to avoid counter-mortar fire. Nonetheless, a follow on attack on the base timed for Saturday's Orthodox Christmas eve a week later using multiple armed mini-drones that were shot down by Pantsirs or other base air defenses strongly suggests state sponsorship and intelligence support for the attacks.

At least two Russian servicemen are reportedly dead from the initial mortar assault and multiple aircraft were said to be damaged -- though only pictures of a SU24 bomber number 29 (filmed previously operating at the base by RT camera crews) have emerged on the Russian social media network VKontakte (see above). The damage irreparable or not to six Su-24s; one Su-35S; one An-72; one An-30 spy plane; and one Mi-8 helicopter the BBC claimed, citing Russian journalist Roman Saponkov's VK post, could not be confirmed.

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London Paul RMR 12-18-2017

London Paul RMR 12-18-2017

Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology are getting more and more mainstream media attention, as 2017 draws to a close with a bang in the flash crashing/rebounding fiat crypto markets. Seemingly top of the market tales abound from Australia to Canada of yoga instructors becoming bitcoin evangelists and mining operations not only being established in old aircraft hangars or warehouses, but now $100,000 mom and pop's life savings operations mining bitcoin from servers cooled by fans whirring in back yard garden sheds or large houses.

The introduction of bitcoin and other crypto-currency futures trading, as well as global desperation for assets to outperform inflation and operate outside government issued fiat currencies however, continues to drive what many erroneously dismiss as another tulip bubble higher. Some scientists sarcastically speculate that eventually bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining could grow at a geometric rate and consume all electricity produced on planet Earth.

On the December 18, 2017 RogueMoney show, London Paul gives RogueMoney readers his analysis of these trends, pointing to the inevitability of sovereign, asset backed cryptocurrencies once the fiat ones crash back to Earth. As we've reported for many months here at RM, Moscow and Beijing are of course, in the lead coordinating their sovereign crypto-currency rollouts, while rumblings continue to come out of the physical gold markets of the Gulf that the Mideast is overdue for a bullion-backed crypto-dinar. Due to their potential to hyper-accelerate dollar dumping and sanctions busting by Russia, Iran and soon even economic basket cases like Venezuela and North Korea, these have received the Congress and Pentagon's attention in 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. -- JWS

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RMR The Saker 12/08/2017

RMR The Saker 12/08/2017

V the Guerrilla Economist interviews James the Russian Analyst's friend The Saker, a White Russian Floridian whose non-profit Vineyard of the Saker site has become a go to source for all things Cold War 2.0, especially related to Iran and Hezbollah. A former analyst for the Swiss military who was fired back in the 1990s for dissenting against NATO's aggression in the Balkans, The Saker brings a unique perspective to a topic deliberately distorted by the Russophobic mainstream media. You won't want to miss this hour long insightful program. -- JWS

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Helga Zepp LaRouche on Ending the War in Yemen and the OBOR for Mideast Peace

Helga Zepp LaRouche on Ending the War in Yemen and the OBOR for Mideast Peace

The democidal war against Yemen waged by a Saudi Kingdom in socioeconomic turmoil is slowly receiving the press coverage it deserves, after nearly two years of being downplayed -- along with the Kingdom's covered up casualties. This week American economist and philosopher Lyndon LaRouche's German-born wife Helga Zepp LaRouche recorded a short video about LaRouchePAC's efforts to end this cruel war and open the Middle East up to the One Belt One Road/New Paradigm.

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, ending decades of confrontation and opening up a world of possibilities between Washington and Moscow -- yet the globalists and geopoliticians seek a second Cold War to nullify the promise of those years, of peace and prosperity 'from Vancouver to Vladivostok'. In addition to peace in the Ukraine, the outsider-provoked Sunni-Shia hot war in the Mideast spearheaded by the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran must also come to an end, as the human toll is horrendous and a looming second Israel-Hezbollah War would spread even more devastation beyond 'Syraq' and Yemen.

Helga Zepp LaRouche's podcast is available every Thursday released at Noon EST/9 a.m. PST at the New Paradigm Schiller Institute website.

-- JWS

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Bloodless Purge in Saudi Arabia, Yemenis Fire Another Missile at Riyadh

Bloodless Purge in Saudi Arabia, Yemenis Fire Another Missile at Riyadh

A bloodless purge or coup is underway in Saudi Arabia, where Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (abbreviated by the initials MBS) and his ailing monarch father have ordered the house arrests of numerous royals. Among those reported arrested is a prominent critic of President Donald J. Trump, frequent CNBC guest and Citigroup tied financier Al-Waleed bin Talal. The Saudi billionaire is reportedly the second largest share holder in Twitter, which may go a long way (besides graphic content labeling) in explaining why tweets, hash tags and videos depicting ambushes of Saudi soldiers by Houthi tribesmen or Yemeni missile launches tend to get moved down in the micro-blogging platform's search results.

As if to underscore a major motivation for this power move by MBS -- the Kingdom's nearly three year old military debacle in Yemen -- Houthis fired at least one ballistic missile at Riyadh. Saudi media claimed the incoming missile was intercepted by U.S. supplied Patriot batteries, scattering rocket parts harmlessly across the desert outskirts of the Saudi capitol. Dramatic amateur footage showed the Patriots streaking into night skies and accompanying sonic booms, but also a cloud of black smoke rising near Riyadh's main international airport.

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