Tag: business as usual

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The pickle Australian policy makers find themselves in lies in the obligations of the Arms Trade Treaty, which insists on a ban on exports of weapons to countries where evidence can be shown of use against civilians. The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen against the Houthis, featuring a true orgy of civilian-targeted destruction, qualifies. But Yemen hardly qualifies as a humanitarian disaster in Australian political discourse (distant places have a certain ethical irrelevance to the plodders in Canberra). To make sure her bases are covered, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, in reference not to the war in Yemen but the killing of Khashoggi, suggested that, “All options are on the table”. It is already clear what option Canberra prefers: ignore the complicity of the House of Saud, and keep the procession of defence contracts going.

via Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – » The Australian Independent Media Network

139 House Democrats Join GOP to Approve $717 Billion in Military Spending

With the help of 139 Democrats, the House of Representatives on Thursday easily rammed through the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which—if it passes the Senate—will hand President Donald Trump $717 billion in military spending.

What Trump didn’t mention is that Iran’s so-called “threat” against the United States came after a Reuters report revealed that the White House—led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton—has launched a secret effort to “foment unrest” inside Iran, which critics described as an obvious push for regime change.

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Keeping With Family Tradition, Jared Kushner Won’t Cut His Business Ties | Mother Jones

Newly released documents and statements from the White House make it clear: Kushner is keeping parts of Kushner Companies.

Source: Keeping With Family Tradition, Jared Kushner Won’t Cut His Business Ties | Mother Jones

IMEMC » International Middle East Media Center

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