US, Israeli Policies Drive Houthi – Hezbollah Defense Pact as Yemen Feels Palestine’s Pain

Thanks to Israel’s recent onslaught in Gaza and to the freshly provocative US policies in the region, the Houthis have joined ranks with Hezbollah and armed Palestinian resistance in a defense pact that promises to change the strategic reality in the region.

Houthi Israel

SANA’A, YEMEN -- A young groom in his early twenties, Zaid Abdullah al-Shareif, took to the stage adorned in traditional Yemeni wedding attire. He wasn’t just announcing his marriage though. Zaid, holding a replica of the famous sword of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, a historical figure revered for his character and battlefield prowess, was addressing an

Be Sociable, Share!

Podcast: The Beirut Explosion, Economic Terror and the Drumbeat of War Against Hezbollah

Lebanese journalists Laith Marouf and Marwa Osman recount their experience living through the recent blast that destroyed much of Beirut, an explosion that not only occurred during a period of rapid economic decline but of increasing public outrage over corruption and Western sanctions that have squeezed Lebanon dry.

Beirut Blast podcast image

Welcome to MintCast -- an interview series featuring dissenting voices the establishment would rather silence-- I’m your host Mnar Muhawesh Adley. Lebanon is reeling from a blast that destroyed much of the capital Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate in the city’s port is thought to have caught fire and exploded, killing

Be Sociable, Share!

The Politics of War: What is Israel’s Endgame in Lebanon and Syria?

Israel’s strategic interests in the Syria conflict go beyond Netanyahu’s need for a cheap victory. The outcome of the Syria war has the potential of yielding a nightmare scenario for Israel.

Israel Syria Feature photo

On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this,” Netanyahu said during an official tour of a military facility in

Be Sociable, Share!

US, Israeli Media Scramble to Blame Hezbollah for Deadly Beirut Explosion

Pundits in the US and Israel are sounding the trumpets of war and trying to blame Hezbollah for the massive explosion in the port of Beirut. But a closer look at the stories being promulgated turn up the same old propaganda by the usual suspects

Beirut Explosion Feature photo

The narrative that puts Hezbollah in the hot seat for the devastating explosion of ammonium nitrate, allegedly stored by the thousands of tons in one of the busiest ports in the eastern Mediterranean and which killed over two hundred people has a few holes in it, to say the least. As the mainstream U.S.-led international media beats the drums of

Be Sociable, Share!

Trump Hits Lebanon Bank with His Favorite Econo-Political Battering Ram

The fact that the U.S. sanctions countries whenever its president pleases could in itself be considered a hostile act. Even in wartime, these sorts of collective punishments are illegal under the Geneva Conventions.

Jammal Trust Sanctions Feature

BEIRUT -- Economic sanctions are not only a very important topic in present international relations but have also come to pepper daily news headlines. Sanctions have become an increasingly prevalent measure for disciplining a state’s “unacceptable behavior” by banning trade with said state and disrupting its financial relations for political

Be Sociable, Share!

Israel Looks to Bolster Diplomatic Cover for New Level of Civilian Bombing in Lebanon

Key figures in Israel’s government apparently believe that the grand scale of planned attacks on Lebanese civilians and civilian infrastructure will result in so much destruction and death that it will help to ensure an Israeli victory.

During a conference hosted on Tuesday by the Mossad-linked Shurat HaDin or Israel Law Center (ILC), Israel’s Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan demanded that international laws on warfare be amended because current international law pertaining to warfare “serves terrorists.”  Erdan claimed that groups like Lebanon’s

Be Sociable, Share!