Watch Abby Martin’s New Documentary on Great March of Return

Abby Martin and Mike Prysner of the Empire Files teamed up with Palestinian journalists on the ground in Gaza to produce Gaza Fights For Freedom. The documentary covers the Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border that have been going on since March 2018. Martin does an excellent job as the narrator and cuts through the propaganda the mainstream media has been selling on these protests.

The shocking footage shows undeniably that the Israeli Defense Force is guilty of war crimes. Martin goes over specific incidents of children, people with disabilities, journalists and medics all being shot by Israeli snipers.

The documentary is a must watch. The Israel-Palestine issue is reported so one-sided by all the mainstream outlets that voices like Martins and the Palestinians she works with need to be heard. Share this with as many people as you can. US-funded Israeli war crimes need to be exposed. The horrors of the occupation need to be exposed.

The documentary can be purchased or rented on Vimeo here.

Call Your Senators, Urge Them To Override Trump’s Arms Sale Veto

On Monday July 29th, at 5:30 pm ET, the Senate will be voting on the three resolutions to block Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Trump vetoed the resolutions last week, the Senate needs two-thirds of the vote to override the veto.

The three resolutions make Trump’s third, fourth and fifth Vetoes this year. Earlier in the year he vetoed a bill that would have required him to withdraw troops from Yemen. Meaning four out of five of his vetoes this year have been used to continue the genocidal war on Yemen.

There is no lobby in Washington to defend the starving children of Yemen from the brutal bombing campaign and blockade on the country. It’s up to the American people to hound their representatives to put an end to this war.

Call your Senator and urge them to vote to override Trump’s veto on these resolutions.

Call them directly (see directory here) or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

MSM Lies About Iran Deal and Repeats Unfound State Department Claims

Iran announced last week they will be enriching uranium to 5% which is over the 3.67% limit set by the Joint Comprehension Plan of Action signed in 2015 under the Obama administration. Iran has every right to go over that cap, since the US pulled out of the deal over a year ago and reinstated crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But if you look at headlines in the mainstream media, you would never know Iran was exercising its right as per the JCPOA.

Reuters July 7, 2019: Iran ratchets up tensions with higher enrichment, draws warnings

BBC July 7, 2019: Iran nuclear deal: Government announces enrichment breach

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Houthis Target Saudi Airport for Third Time

Yemen’s Houthis rebels targeted the Najran Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, for the third time this week on Thursday. The Najran Airport reportedly houses a military base. The Saudi coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maki said the drone was intercepted, "An explosive-laden drone sent by the terrorist Houthi militia to target Najran airport – which is used by thousands of civilians daily – was intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi air force." The Saudis are known to target hospitals, markets, school buses and residential areas in their airstrikes in Yemen.

The Houthis TV station Al Masirah said the attack targeted a Patriot missile air defense system, they also said more attacks against Saudi targets would be coming. Last week the Houthis targeted an oil pipeline inside Saudi Arabia in what they said was "a response to the aggressors continuing to commit genocide."

Earlier this week the Saudis claimed they intercepted two Houthi missiles fired from Yemen, one of which supposedly heading for Mecca. The Houthis denied they targeted Mecca, "The Saudi regime is trying, through these allegations, to rally support for its brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people," Yahya Sarea, the groups military spokesman, said on Facebook.

Dave DeCamp is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US Foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.

WikiLeaks Cable From 2009 About Houthis and Iran

The Trump administration consider the Houthi Rebels in Yemen to be an Iranian proxy and have accused Tehran of sending arms to the group. Trump blamed Iran for the war in Yemen in a statement from November of last year, “the country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen". But the Houthis have been fighting their own battle against the Yemeni Government since 2004.

A WikiLeaks cable dated December 9th 2009 from former US Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche in Sa’na, Yemen addressed to the CIA and the Secretary of State, makes a strong case against claims that Tehran was arming the Houthis at the time:

"WEAPONS SUPPLY ————– 12. (S/NF) Contrary to ROYG(Republic of Yemen Government) claims that Iran is arming the Houthis, most local political analysts report that the Houthis obtain their weapons from the Yemeni black market and even from the ROYG military itself. According to a British diplomat, there are numerous credible reports that ROYG military commanders were selling weapons to the Houthis in the run-up to the Sixth War. An ICG report on the Sa’ada conflict from May 2009 quoted NSB director Ali Mohammed al-Ansi saying, “Iranians are not arming the Houthis. The weapons they use are Yemeni. Most actually come from fighters who fought against the socialists during the 1994 war and then sold them.” Mohammed Azzan, presidential advisor for Sa’ada affairs, told PolOff on August 16 that the Houthis easily obtain weapons inside Yemen, either from battlefield captures or by buying them from corrupt military commanders and soldiers. Azzan said that the military “covers up its failure” by saying the weapons come from Iran. According to Jamal Abdullah al-Shami of the Democracy School, there is little external oversight of the military’s large and increasing budget, so it is easy for members of the military to illegally sell weapons."

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The Houthis Are Fighting Their Own Battle

Tensions between the US and Iran are ratcheting up as the War in Yemen rages on. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned the Iranians "we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces". The danger of this open-ended warning is the inclusion of the word "proxy".

Many consider the Houthis in Yemen to be a proxy of Iran, including President Trump himself. His November 2018 statement, in response to the criticism of US-Saudi relations after the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said "the country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East."

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