After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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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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Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Al-Hudaydah also known in English as Hodeda, Hodeida, Hudaida or Hodeidah, is a port on the Red Sea and starving Yemen’s humanitarian lifeline to the world. It is also alleged to be a major conduit for Iranian missiles and ammunition to reach the Ansarallah or Houthis, the Zaidi Shi’a resistance that rules the capitol of Sana'a. The Ansarallah are fierce qat-chewing desert warriors, whose conservative Zaidi or ‘fiver’ branch of Shi’a Islam differs considerably from that of their Lebanese Hezbollah allies or the ‘twelver’ Shi’a practiced by their supposed puppetmasters in Iran. Nonetheless they have adapted the Iranian clerical regime’s revolutionary slogans of ‘Allah is great, death to America, death to Israel, victory for Islam’ adding to their slogan ‘a curse upon the Jews’.

For three years, the Houthis have waged an effective guerrilla war, inflicting thousands of casualties on Saudi Arabia’s lavishly funded and incompetent military since the Kingdom invaded its impoverished neighbor in 2015. If you believe that the petrodollar is the key to America’s ability to finance its massive deficits, then the Houthis are to the Anglo-American empire what the Afghan mujaheddin were to the late Soviet Empire — harbingers of its defeat and collapse.

Photo: Destroyed UAE MRAPs in Yemen

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Oman Is A Key Regional Partner In The Belt And Road Initiative

Oman Is A Key Regional Partner In The Belt And Road Initiative

We have discussed previously on many occasions, that the Middle East will become a major hub within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  This is none more apparent than in Oman, which has already seen considerable Chinese investment, whereby China intends to invest up to 11 billion US dollars in Duqm, an Omani fishing village situated between the Gulfs of Oman and Aden.

The Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZAD) is a significant development within Oman’s intention to diversify its economy beyond the oil and gas sectors. A Chinese consortium, consisting of six private firms, is currently developing over 25 projects for an industrial park consisting of a logistics centre, a commercial harbour and tourist site to include a solar energy operation, an automobile assembly factory and an oil refinery.

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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 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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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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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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W Intelligence Insider RMR 12/14/17

W Intelligence Insider RMR 12/14/17

W the Intelligence Insider returns to RMR for a special sitrep on the Middle East situation, in the wake of Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capitol.

With Turkey under Erdogan already shifting from NATO into the Eurasian camp and hosting a pan-Islamic conference rejecting the decision, and Washington's position more alienated from nearly all of its allies than ever before, are we headed for another regional war after the devastating Syria and Yemen conflicts? And will the U.S. get more involved in Yemen to bail out the failing counterinsurgency campaign of its weak ally, Saudi Arabia?

You won't want to miss this 25 minute update on these topics and more. -- 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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Is a False Flag Event Being Prepared In The Middle East?

Is a False Flag Event Being Prepared In The Middle East?

Recent developments in the Middle East with respect to the purge of Saudi officials will continue to grab the headlines. Last Saturday, King Salman issued a royal decree establishing a new anti-corruption committee and duly appointed his son, Mohammed Bin Sultan, as its chairman. What followed was the immediate arrest and detainment of eleven princes, senior government officials and prominent businessmen.

However, from my perspective this is largely somewhat of a distraction from a series of events unfolding. Already it has the hallmarks of being a catalyst for an upcoming event which could have devastating consequences in the Middle East.

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Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Nov. 6, 2017 (EIRNS)—Events in and around Saudi Arabia over the past 48 hours show a Saudi escalation against Iran, adding further conflict to the region. The immediate focus was a Houthi missile fired towards Riyadh on Saturday night (Nov. 4) which was reportedly successfully intercepted by Saudi air defenses. The Saudis responded by blaming Iran.

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Syraq SITREP 27: Saudi Power Play and War Drums in Lebanon

Syraq SITREP 27: Saudi Power Play and War Drums in Lebanon

Sunday's headline in Haaretz, The New York Times of Israel, asks "Is Saudi Arabia Pushing Israel Into War With Hezbollah and Iran?". The chutzpah involved in Israelis claiming the Saudis are the ones pushing them into a second war with Hezbollah in Lebanon is rich. But so is the Saudis announcement, showing the fingerprints of Anglo-American lawyers or advisers, denouncing the reportedly intercepted Burqan 2-H missile fired from Yemen in response to Saudi aggression against that country as an Iranian act of war.

Nevermind that while the United Nations Security Council has passed resolutions embargoing arms to the Saleh loyalists and Houthis in Yemen, the UN has never authorized the Saudi occupation of its neighbor nor the Saudi-led Coalition's blockade of food and medicine leading to a cholera epidemic and the preventable deaths of children...

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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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Sponsors of House Resolution Against U.S. Role in Saudi War: ‘Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen!’

Sponsors of House Resolution Against U.S. Role in Saudi War: ‘Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen!’

Oct. 11, 2017 (EIRNS)—In an opinion piece published in the Oct. 10 The New York Times, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) denounced the United States’ role in providing arms and warplanes to Saudi Arabia in the latter’s genocidal war against Yemen, and urge support for their bipartisan resolution, H.Con. Res 81, which would halt this action. The names of the bill’s other two co-sponsors, Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), don’t appear on the op-ed.

The authors argue that the Congress hasn’t authorized such U.S. military assistance to the Saudis, and thus it constitutes a violation of the Constitution. They warn that by providing missiles, assisting in selecting aerial bombing targets, and providing midair refueling for Saudi and United Arab Emirates jets, the United States is complicit in thousands of Yemeni deaths from indiscriminate airstrikes, as well as the "horrifying" starvation of millions.

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Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

The Saudi war of aggression against Yemen has dragged on for over two and a half years, claiming thousands of innocent lives and placing millions on the brink of starvation. In addition to fueling hatred for American foreign policy due to the U.S. and British government's major logistical and intelligence support for the Saudis blockade and bombing of civilian areas, the conflict is also blocking the inclusion of what had been the poorest country in the Arab world into the One Belt One Road (OBOR)/Maritime New Silk Road connected to nearby East Africa and the expanded Suez Canal.

The following is an open letter from Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf to Helga Zepp LaRouche, thanking her for the LaRouche movement's solidarity with the suffering Yemeni people and advocacy for their human rights to live and develop. -- JWS

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Washington’s Foreign Policies Merely Serve to Highlight Its Weaknesses

Washington’s Foreign Policies Merely Serve to Highlight Its Weaknesses

As during the first Cold War, in recent months Egypt has become a pressure point for geopolitical rivalry between Washington and Moscow. President Sisi's government has sought to maximize the amount of aid it receives from the Americans and Russians against ISIS terrorists presence in the Sinai peninsula and neighboring Libya (where Russia is backing Gen. Haftar against Daesh and other jihadist groups).

In the last few years, Moscow has supported Beijing's Maritime Silk Road investments in the Suez Canal zone, sold Cairo military equipment and large scale wheat shipments on easy credit terms, and sent warships and paratroopers for joint exercises with the Egyptians. There are also credible rumors that Russian spetsnaz teams have been operating from western Egypt against Daesh terrorists in Libya. -- JWS

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'W' 09/08/2017

'W' 09/08/2017

As victory in Syria's campaign against the ISIS terrorists draws closer, Israel has stepped up stand off air strikes launched at targets inside the war torn country, testing the patience of Vladimir Putin and the Russians, who do not want to be drawn into a larger conflict. Yet the Israelis continue to push their luck and seek to shape what many of their commanders regard as the battlefield for an inevitable sequel to the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, one that promises to be significantly bloodier for all sides than the brief war fought eleven years ago.

In the following hour and ten minute interview from Friday, September 8, 2017 'W the Intelligence Insider' breaks down how he sees a second Israel-Hezbollah War playing out this autumn. 'W' also gets into the esoteric aspects behind 9/11 and some of the forthcoming dates of significance to globalist occultists. To understand what has happened and may be about to happen in the Middle East, you won't want to miss this interview. -- JWS

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