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Trump’s Cruel Cuts Deepen Yemen’s Misery. Now Comes the Virus

Ali Al Mujahed New York Times Post
Families in a Yemeni camp for displaced people. The five-year civil war between Houthi rebels and pro-government troops backed by a US-supported Saudi-led military coalition has devastated Yemen. Some 24 million Yemenis rely on humanitarian aid to survive, aid President Trump has now suspended.

A War on Iran Would be Different From Iraq, and Far, Far Worse

Zoltan Grossman CounterPunch
Since President Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, widespread alarm has centered on whether he is again dragging us into another war like Iraq, to detract from his impeachment. The situation is even more potentially disastrous.

The New Middle East That’s Coming

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
The Middle East that is emerging from the current crisis may be very different than the one that existed before those cruise missiles and drones tipped over the chessboard

Tidbits - Nov. 8, 2018 - Reader Comments: 2018 elections, Voter Suppression, Georgia; Racism and Anti-Semitism; Contemporary Music and Theme of Work; Military Budget; US Foreign Policies and Wars; Toward Racial Justice; Announcements...

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The Yemen Crisis, Khashoggi, and the Deadly Saudi Arms Trade

Elise Thomas The Interpreter/Australia
Nora brings her four month-old son Saleh to Al Hudaydah’s main hospital. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has forced new scrutiny of the Saudi role in the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But, despite calls for a Yemen ceasefire and other posturing, no Western country has pledged to end arms sales to the kingdom.
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