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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forced the kingdom’s brutality into the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the war on Yemen has taken a back seat.

Roqayah Chamseddine, In These Times

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20 October 2018 | March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a morethan three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen’s capital of Sana’a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen’s infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half of the initial salvo, the local population was struck by the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded in modern history. Today, with an aerial and naval blockade choking off aid supplies, the number of Yemenis who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance is over 22 million. The catastrophic impact on mental health in Yemen has resulted in psychological trauma, including a surge in suicide rates. Despite worldwide condemnation, U.S.-backed coalition airstrikes have continued—targeting hospitals, medical facilities, religious sites, and even gatherings of mourners.

While the media landscape is saturated with concern for the whereabouts and likely demise of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose reported disappearance has thrown the Kingdom’s advocacy campaign into overdrive, concern for Saudi Arabia's military offensive in Yemen has taken a backseat. Still, the bloodshed in Yemen has not abated for a moment, with American weapons lighting the way.

Roqayah Chamseddine <> is a writer, researcher, and host of the Delete Your Account podcast. Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, ELLE Magazine, Splinter, Overland Journal, among others.

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Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

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Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...

Matthew Hoh, Rise Up Times

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May 6th, 2018 – Confronting head-on America’s war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision is the theme of this powerful speech delivered by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where, during the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, people were housed; and also where President Abraham Lincoln and his family were welcomed as pew holders on the first Sunday following Lincoln’s inauguration in March 1861.

Matthew Hoh has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending, suggesting that whoever wins will be captive of President Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex,” writes Chuck Spinney.

Chuck Spinney, Consortium News

July 2, 2016 | America is engaged in the longest and second most expensive war in its history — a small war in terms of forces deployed and op-tempos, but a war that is grinding on endlessly, without a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Contrary to the whining about constrained budgets causing readiness and modernization problems emanating from the Pentagon, all dutifully regurgitated without question by the mainstream media, defense spending in the Pentagon’s so-called Base Budget is close to an all-time high and poised to increase over the long term.

Chuck Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon who was famous for the “Spinney Report,” which criticized the Pentagon’s wasteful pursuit of costly and complex weapons systems.

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No Clear Plan to Fill More Than 45,000 Job Vacancies at VA

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The VA stressed that job vacancies should not be equated with performance.

Richard Sisk, Military.com
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4 Sep 2018 | The Department of Veterans Affairs released eye-opening figures over the weekend showing that the VA had more than 45,000 full-time job vacancies -- thousands more than had previously been reported.

Under the new quarterly reporting requirements of the VA Mission Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in June, the VA said that as of June 30 there were "45,239 overall vacancies at the department, out of a total of 419,353 full-time authorized and budgeted positions."

Richard Sisk has more than 45 years of journalism experience in reporting and editing in the U.S. and abroad. He has been Military.com’s Pentagon reporter since 2016. Sisk is a Vietnam veteran who served with the 2nd Battalion, Fourth Marines, in 1967-68.

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America’s Derangement Syndrome a Danger to World Peace

  • Insanity of any kind can lead to insane results, and the insanity being demonstrated by so much of the American governing and chattering classes could lead to a war.
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  • Related: From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right toStart Wars on a Whim

Robert Gore, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

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July 22, 2018 } It is significant that Presidents Putin and Trump have both spoken out against “haters” among America’s political establishment who would rather see conflict between Russia and the United States instead of a normalization of bilateral relations.

Following their landmark, successful summit this week in Helsinki, Putin and Trump separately made public comments deploring the hostile hysterical reaction emanating from broad sections of the US political establishment and its dutiful, controlled news media.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, and The Burning Platform.

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From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim, by Andrei Akulov, Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

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  • Related: Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC

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