Month: April 2015

Juan Cole and Robert Parry on Yemen and Houthis

(3000) words Robert Parry:Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground,

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David Swanson: Understanding the Suffering War Brings

From War is a Crime Understanding the Suffering War Brings Posted on April 25, 2015 by DavidSwanson Remarks at Houston Peace and Justice Center Conference on April 25, 2015. I hope to be brief enough to leave lots of time for questions after I talk. I know that most of you are probably exceptions to what I’m about to say, because I suspect that most of you came here voluntarily. If you’re here on duty for the FBI, raise your hand. You may all be the exceptions, but most people in the United States have no idea of the suffering that war brings. War brings suffering first through the wasting of some $2 trillion every year, roughly half of it by the U.S. government alone, but much of the weaponry purchased with the other $1 trillion, spent by other governments, is U.S.-made weaponry. Never mind what the money is spent on. It could be dumped in a hole and burned and we’d all be better off, but the most suffering is caused by what it’s …