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Armed with billions in U.S. arms, Saudi Arabia kills Yemeni school kids

Surgeons care for victim of Saudi Arabian airstrike that killed and wounded dozens of Yemeni children on a school bus Thursday.

Kathy Kelly at Common Dreams writes—U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen:

On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa’ada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Sa’ada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children.

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CNN aired horrifying, heartbreaking footage of children who survived the attack being treated in an emergency room. One of the children, carrying his UNICEF issued blue backpack, is covered with blood and badly burned.

Commenting on the tragedy, CNN’s senior correspondent Nima Elbagir emphasized that she had seen unaired video which was even worse than what the CNN segment showed. She then noted that conditions could worsen because Yemen’s vital port of Hodeidah, the only port currently functioning in Yemen, has been under attack for weeks of protracted Saudi coalition-led airstrikes. Ms. Elbagir described the port of Hodeidah as “the only lifeline to bring in supplies to Yemen.”

“This conflict is backed by the U.S. and the U.K.,” Elbagir said, concluding her report with, “They are in full support of the Saudi-led activities in Yemen today.”

U.S. companies such as Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin have sold billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition which is attacking Yemen.

The U.S. military refuels Saudi and Emirati warplanes through midair exercises. And, the United States helps the Saudi coalition warmakers choose their targets. […]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2013Family Research Council shows how the grift is done:

Remember how we were talking about how the entire conservative movement’s just one big grift focused on keeping stupid people terrified about everything, all the time, so that the stupid people keep sending them money? Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council have that one down.

“If a foreign enemy had plotted to infiltrate America, I’m not sure an army of undercover subversives could have done more damage than our government-run schools.

Leftists don’t want a single American child to escape their thought control.  And they are crowding out true education. […]

Today’s science classes often feature big-government political propaganda, taking time and focus away from true science. Not to mention attacks on the Bible and arrogant censoring of any theories like intelligent design that challenge their Darwinism.”

Here I’ve had a kid in public school all this time, and not once did I realize what a dystopian gulag it was. How dare it try to stomp out “true science” like … intelligent desi … oh, what’s the point. I can’t even pretend to think Tony Perkins knows what “science” is, not even as satire. “Intelligent design” is a “science” the same way as tying your feet to the bumper of a car and gluing skateboard wheels to your face can be considered “carpooling.” That they even chose the term demonstrates that they don’t know what either of those two words mean.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: An all-new, pre-recorded show for a Friday in August! Indulging ourselves in the freedom of the format, we get a long-form backgrounder on just WTF may be driving agendas in the “new” Middle East. Is this how Rex “Everything” Tillerson got dumped?




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