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Now, that is a FIRST lady.
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Yemen famine feared as starving children fight for lives in hospital

 

 

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More than half of Yemen’s 28 million people are already short of food, the UN has said, and children are particularly badly hit, with hundreds of thousands at risk of starvation.

There are 370,000 children enduring severe malnutrition that weakens their immune system, according to Unicef, and 1.5 million are going hungry. Food shortages are a long-term problem, but they have got worse in recent months. Half of children under five are stunted because of chronic malnutrition.

 

A sea blockade on rebel-held areas enforced by the Saudi-coalition supporting the president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, stops shipments reaching most ports.

Its effects can be seen in centres such as the Thawra hospital, where parents cram waiting rooms seeking help for hungry and dying children. In April, between 10 and 20 children were brought for treatment, but the centre is now struggling with 120 a month, Reuters reported.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/04/yemen-famine-feared-as-starving-children-fight-for-lives-in-hospital

 

 

 

UK weapons sales to oppressive regimes top £3bn a year

 

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“These arms sales are going to countries that even the Foreign Office accepts are run by some of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the world,” he said. “The humanitarian situation in many of these countries is only getting worse, and yet the arms sales are increasing. They aren’t just providing military support for human rights abusers; they are sending a strong political support too.”

 

The UK, the second-largest arms exporter in the world, approved licences for the sale of £7.7bn of arms last year, but its licensing export regime is under acute scrutiny amid fears British weaponry is being routinely used in Yemen. Last week a British-made cluster bomb, dating from the 1980s, was found to have been dropped on a village in Yemen, even though the use and supply of such weapons is banned under international law.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/28/uk-weapons-sold-countries-poor-human-rights-saudi-arabia

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Now, that is a FIRST lady.

dude you ain't seen nothing till you've seen the queen of Jordan
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Rania is also not married to a murdering monster. 

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she wrote a letter to my dad thanking him (or more probably, a scribe did on her behalf)
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she wrote a letter to my dad thanking him (or more probably, a scribe did on her behalf)

For what?
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For what?

He'd done a lot of work on this poet which featured as theme of some of her recent endeavours, so she had asked for some contributions

http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/politics/2147709.html
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Rania is also not married to a murdering monster. 

Hes pretty much a copy of bashar minus saudi arabia and turkey sending armed terrorists to his country.

He wouldnt react any less brutally than assad (or both their fathers had)



In related news, saudi arabia the us administrations best friend just used its american jets and weapons to kill a few hundred civilians in a single airstrike.

Meanwhile the us and europe are negotiating and pressuring on behalf of nusra and co.s behalf trying to save their islamists asses out of aleppo.
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Meanwhile the us and europe are negotiating and pressuring on behalf of nusra and co.s behalf trying to save their islamists asses out of aleppo.

The USG doesn't have any communication with JFS. Ahrar, JaI, Zinki, yes.
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Well Ahrar had joined armies with Nusra and thats how they got so much of aleppo in the first place. Theyre both offshoots of alqaeda anyway.

As for zinki, thats the group that beheaded the 12 year old boy.

And how is nusra getting all those TOW missiles?
Oh the US gives them to qatar and the qataris shake nusras hands.


Nice friends the US has.


Where were the ceasefire calls and UN resolutions when Al Qaeda attacked aleppo in the first placE?....
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First of all, Ahrar and Nusra are completely distinct. Ahrar has nothing to do with AQ otherwise they'd be Nusra. That "kid" wasn't actually a kid and regime/ndf behead plenty of people too. Nusra stole TOWs from Harakat Hazm when they gobbles them up.
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How are they totally distinct when 1- founders of ahrar were alqaeda/osama ben laden people

2- they were under a joint military name and command when they took aleppo in first place

3- they share the vast majority of their ideology with minor distinctions


That kid who wasnt a kid was 12. See ethan, one would be surprised what he can justify when he has a side and uses "oh but other side does it too"

As for the tows, countries wouldve ran out by now. Theyre getting supplied constantly. Its mo secret to anyone. The discussion now is when/if theyll start giving them anti air missiles...
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I understand the argument that the US indirectly supports AQ by supporting the opposition. Fine, I get that. But you insinuating that the US is directly suppling AQ with TOW missiles is bullshit. The CIA guys running those programs are crazy but they're not that crazy. 

 

خلينا نكون واقعيين حبيبي

 

Also, the idea that King Abdullah would/could crackdown on Jordan like Bashar and his father have done is preposterous. 


Edited by ethanm - 10/8/16 at 8:31pm
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In related news, saudi arabia the us administrations best friend just used its american jets and weapons to kill a few hundred civilians in a single airstrike.

a 100 people at a funeral, no less. not so different than what other drones do in the region, just following by example I suppose.
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Hes pretty much a copy of bashar minus saudi arabia and turkey sending armed terrorists to his country.

He wouldnt react any less brutally than assad (or both their fathers had)

None of us can comment of the hypothetical, but on what basis are you drawing these similarities other than that they each have a hot wife?
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