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Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky on U.S.-Fueled Dangers, From Climate Change to Nuclear Weapons

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In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the campaign: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the U.S.
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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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#schiste #environnement▶ Hearing on #Fracking Wastewater Well in Sioux County, NE (clip) - YouTube

▶ Hearing on #Fracking Wastewater Well in Sioux County, NE (clip) - YouTube #schiste #environnement▶ 

Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission hearing on an out-of-state company's application to export its toxic fracking wastewater into Nebraska, moving 80 truckloads carrying 10,000 barrels per day of pollution destined to be dumped into a disposal well in Sioux County — transferring all the risk onto Nebraska farmers and ranchers.

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#Gaza ns divided over billboards featuring foreign donors - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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#Gaza ns divided over billboards featuring foreign donors - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The Gaza Strip has grown accustomed to billboards thanking foreign donors for their support, but these billboards have done little to lift the siege on Gaza.

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With men out of work, #Syria n women become sole providers - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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With men out of work, #Syria n women become sole providers - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Syrian women have had to find a way to face the hardships of being refugees and still find a way to provide for their families.

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Lebanese foreign minister about Christians in Middle East : UN needs to show its political will - Al-Monitor

Lebanese foreign minister about Christians in Middle East : UN needs to show its political will - Al-Monitor | News in english | Scoop.it

Lebanese foreign minister about Christians in Middle East : UN needs to show its political will - Al-Monitor

Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil addressed the UN Security Council on March 27 about the dire situation faced by minorities in the Middle East. Speaking with Al-Monitor after the session, Bassil said Christians in the Middle East have had no choice but to flee: “They are leaving. It is not a risk, it is a reality.”

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What It's Like to Be a Liberal Guest on Right-Wing Radio

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What It's Like to Be a Liberal Guest on Right-Wing Radio

Many hosts only invite you to their shows so you can be their liberal punching bag.

(cela me fait penser à l'été 2014 lorsqu'une radio de Miami m'a téléphoné pour m'interviewer en tant que miltant pro-palestine. C'était un guet-apens, la radio était ultra-sioniste et me suis fais quasiment insulter. J'avais servi de punching-ball pour ces fanatiques sionistes. J'étais resté calme et sur les faits, rien que les faits)


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#Reminder : #israel students to get $2,000 to spread state propaganda on #Facebook - #Palestine #BDS

#Reminder : #israel students to get $2,000 to spread state propaganda on #Facebook - #Palestine #BDS | News in english | Scoop.it

#Reminder : #israel students to get $2,000 to spread state propaganda on #Facebook - #Palestine #BDS

lisez bien et vous comprendrez pourquoi et comment l'intervention de certains ressemblent à celles d'autres (mêmes liens, mêmes arguments) lorqu'ils viennent contredire une publication attaquant l'Etat d'israel




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#US drops meat grinder #propaganda on #Syria - RT America - The Resident - 3 mn

#US drops meat grinder #propaganda on #Syria - RT America - The Resident - 3 mn

In an effort to make ISIS recruits think twice about their decision to join ISIS, the US psychological operations, or psych-ops, now known as Military Information Support Operations, made up a gory leaflet and dropped thousands of them from the sky over Raqqa, Syria, ISIS unofficial capital. The Resident discusses

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Black America's State of #Surveillance - #USA ( about #dissidents:seriously.. which is the real difference with #Russia?)

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Black America's State of #Surveillance - #USA ( about #dissidents:seriously.. which is the real difference with #Russia?)


Black America's State of Surveillance

Ten years ago, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, my mother, a former Black Panther, died from complications of sickle cell anemia. Weeks before she died, the FBI came knocking at our door, demanding that my mother testify in a secret trial proceeding against other former Panthers or face arrest. My mother, unable to walk, refused. The detectives told my mother as they left that they would be watching her. They didn’t get to do that. My mother died just two weeks later.

My mother was not the only black person to come under the watchful eye of American law enforcement for perceived and actual dissidence. Nor is dissidence always a requirement for being subject to spying. Files obtained during a break-in at an FBI office in 1971 revealed that African Americans, J. Edger Hoover’s largest target group, didn’t have to be perceived as dissident to warrant surveillance. They just had to be black. As I write this, the same philosophy is driving the increasing adoption and use of surveillance technologies by local law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Today, media reporting on government surveillance is laser-focused on the revelations by Edward Snowden that millions of Americans were being spied on by the NSA. Yet my mother’s visit from the FBI reminds me that, from the slave pass system to laws that deputized white civilians as enforcers of Jim Crow, black people and other people of color have lived for centuries with surveillance practices aimed at maintaining a racial hierarchy.

It’s time for journalists to tell a new story that does not start the clock when privileged classes learn the..."

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#Ukraine #Russia ▶ ' #Reuters lied' #MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony - YouTube - RT - 4 mn

#Ukraine #Russia ▶ ' #Reuters lied' #MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony - YouTube - RT - 4 mn

RT talks on camera to a man, who's alleged 'off camera' account became the basis for media speculation into why flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.

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What Is She Doing Right? Report Says #WallStreet Ready to Punish Dems over #ElizabethWarren

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What Is She Doing Right? Report Says #WallStreet Ready to Punish Dems over #ElizabethWarren

What could she possibly be doing right? According to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to "un-rig" the economy and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are underway about withholding campaign contributions to Senate Democrats as a form of "symbolic" protest against the freshman senator from Massachusetts.

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RT #BigPharma profiteering must be stopped' #DoctorsWithoutBorders chief #MSF #health #capitalism-26 mn

RT #BigPharma profiteering must be stopped' #DoctorsWithoutBorders chief #MSF #health #capitalism-26 mn

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#analysis : #Syria n Rebels Capture #Idlib, by Aron Lund

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#analysis : #Syria n Rebels Capture #Idlib, by Aron Lund


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Latest #IS Video Appears to Show Teenagers Involved In Beheadings of Eight Shiite Hostages | VICE News

Latest #IS Video Appears to Show Teenagers Involved In Beheadings of Eight Shiite Hostages | VICE News | News in english | Scoop.it

Latest #IS Video Appears to Show Teenagers Involved In Beheadings of Eight Shiite Hostages | VICE News

The gruesome video was released as Shiite militias and other Iraqi forces conduct a major offensive to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State.

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#israel's #Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis barb - Juan Cole - Informed Comment

#israel's #Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen  axis barb - Juan Cole - Informed Comment | News in english | Scoop.it

#israel's #Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen  axis barb - Juan Cole - Informed Comment

(..) Netanyahu resents Israel having been pushed out of its occupied territory in Lebanon by the Iran-backed Hizbullah. As a Greater Israel expansionist, he wants the state to be completely unconstrained, as the only nuclear-armed power in the region.(..)

Netanyahu now cannot tell the difference between diplomats in pinstripes being stiff around the table in Switzerland and grassroots Shiite tribal forces asserting themselves in Yemen. He sees French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as a Houthi tribesman, beturbanned and attended by goats. Even the idea that the Houthi movement in Yemen can be seen primarily as an Iranian project is a falsehood; it is a grassroots expression of frustration with governmental neglect. Netanyahu has started seeing Iran all around him, giving him nightmares, consuming his every waking moment.

This absurdism comes not from fear that Iran might do something to Israel. It is far away and doesn’t have the military capacity, and has a no first strike policy. Moreover, Israel has some 200 nuclear weapons while Iran has none.

It is because Netanyahu as a militarist wants to be able to be brutal to his neighbors with no fear of being curbed.

And, it is because Netanyahu desperately wants to take the world’s eyes off the creeping Israeli colonization and annexation of Palestinian property in the West Bank.

His alarmism is intended to impress Republicans in Congress and to persuade them to reject any Iran deal attained, because militarists never like to see an outbreak of peace.

As for ordinary Americans, we’d all be much better off and spared a ruinous and fruitless war, if the Iran deal is brought to fruition. Pay no attention to those raspberries coming from Tel Aviv . . . or are they sour grapes?

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Sneaking across #israel border last resort for desperate #Gaza ns - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Sneaking across #israel border last resort for desperate #Gaza ns - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | News in english | Scoop.it

Sneaking across #israel border last resort for desperate #Gaza ns - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Illegal crossings by Gaza's youths have been increasing despite the fact that those who cross are almost always detained by Israeli forces.

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#USA ▶ TSA Checklist Exposed: "Suspicious Signs" Include Throat Clearing, Whistling & "Exaggerated Yawning"

#USA ▶ TSA Checklist Exposed: "Suspicious Signs" Include Throat Clearing, Whistling & "Exaggerated Yawning"

http://democracynow.org -Next time you are at an airport, you may not want to gaze down at your feet. But also be careful not to stare at anyone with your eyes wide open. Both of these behaviors are listed on a "suspicious signs" checklist used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. The Intercept obtained the confidential document from a source concerned about the quality of the program. The document shows how the TSA identifies potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception, including "fidgeting," "whistling" and "throat clearing." The checklist is part of the TSA’s controversial program known as the "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques.” It employs specially trained officers, known as behavior detection officers, to watch and interact with passengers going through screening. The TSA has trained and deployed thousands of these officers, spending more than $900 million on this program since its inception in 2007. However, the Government Accountability Office has found there is no evidence to back up the claim that "behavioral indicators … can be used to identify persons who may pose a risk to aviation security." We are joined by Cora Currier, staff reporter for The Intercept, whose new article co-written with Jana Winter, is "TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist To Spot Terrorists."

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#Iran says #US #drone kills 2 advisers in #Iraq; #US denies claim - AP Big Story

#Iran says #US #drone kills 2 advisers in #Iraq; #US denies claim - AP Big Story | News in english | Scoop.it

#Iran says #US #drone kills 2 advisers in #Iraq; #US denies claim - AP Big Story

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State group, but the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.

U.S. Central Command said it didn't target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed.

The claim came as negotiators from six world powers and Iran attempted to reach a deal on Tehran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic fear will end with Tehran giving away too much to the West.

The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website that the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit. It identified the dead advisers as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, saying they were buried Sunday. It did not say whether Iran contacted Iraqi or U.S. forces after the strike.

Iran occasionally reports on the death of its forces in Iraq and in Syria, where its advisers support embattled President Bashar Assad, but this is the first time Iran has said it lost forces in a U.S. attack in those campaigns.

The U.S.-led coalition began surveillance around Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, on March 21 after the Iraqi offensive had stalled. The coalition said it began airstrikes on Tikrit the night of March 25.

The U.S. Air Forces Central Command recorded "no strikes ...

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#health #psy Feeling Intense Emotions Doesn't Make You Crazy—But That's Not What #BigPharma Wants You to Think

#health #psy Feeling Intense Emotions Doesn't Make You Crazy—But That's Not What #BigPharma Wants You to Think | News in english | Scoop.it

#health #psy Feeling Intense Emotions Doesn't Make You Crazy—But That's Not What #BigPharma Wants You to Think

In a new book, Dr. Julie Holland argues that pharmaceutical companies target women and medicate their emotions.

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Beethoven - Piano Sonata N°31 Op. 110 (moderato cantabile) Audrey Vigoureux

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#israel IDF rolls flashbang at #RT crew covering protests in #Palestine - YouTube

La corporation des  journalistes occidentaux s'indignera-t'elle autant qu'elle s'indigne pour d'autres cas ?  Dans la mesure où la journaliste vicitme n'est qu'une "bougnoule" et, qui plus est, travaillant pour la "chaîne du Kremlin", j'ai mes doutes ..


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#US #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes : #MSF tells 15 dead in airstrike on #Yemen #refugee camp - YouTube

#US #ArabiaSaudi #WarCrimes : #MSF tells 15 dead in airstrike on #Yemen #refugee camp - YouTube

More info: aje.io/67jv

Aid workers say at least 15 people have been killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people.

The humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said on Monday that the Al-Mazraq camp in the northwestern Hajjah province was bombed.

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#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets | News in english | Scoop.it

Un rapport de 800 pages a été publié la semaine passée établissant qu'entre 2003 et 2007 des militaires US en Colombie ont violé au moins 54 enfants EN TOUTE IMPUNITE . La presse US n'en parle pas .. la presse européenne non plus.

Imaginez-vous le tam tam médiatique (justifié .. )  si un tel rapport avait été publié impliquant des soldats russes..


#media: #Colombia n Report on #US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

By Adam Johnson, FAIR Blog | News Analysis

An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.

The report was part of a broader historical analysis meant to establish the “causes and violence aggravators” of the 50-year-long conflict between the government and rebels that’s presently being negotiated to an end. As Colombia  Reports (3/23/15) would spell out:

In his report, the historian [Renan Vega] cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian tow

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n his report, the historian [Renan Vega] cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian town of Melgar where 53 underage girls were sexually abused by nearby stationed military contractors “who moreover filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material.”

According to Colombia’s leading newspaper, El Tiempo, the victims of the sexual abuse practices were forced to flee the region after their families received death threats.

Other Americans stationed at the Tolemaida Air Base allegedly committed similar crimes, but possibly also never saw a day in court due to an immunity arrangement for America...(..)





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#LGBT ▶ Thousands protest new anti-gay law in #Indiana state -2:30 - Al Jazeera YouTube

Désormais, quelle misère, dans l'I#ndiana (6,5 millions d'habitants et 2x plus grand que la Suisse) , un des 51 Etats des #USA, une loi permet aux propriétaires d'établissements de refuser de servir ou de vendre des marchandises aux homosexuels ...

Puis-je me permettre de signaler que de telles lois n'existent pas en #Russie ?



#LGBT ▶ Thousands protest new anti-gay law in #Indiana state -2:30 - Al Jazeera  YouTube

The clash over gay rights and religion has flared up again in the United States. The state of Indiana passed a law that allows business owners to refuse to s...

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▶ Forced #adoption in #UK (RT #Documentary 40 mn ) - YouTube #HumanRights

▶ Forced #adoption in #UK (RT #Documentary 40 mn ) - YouTube #HumanRights

Adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents remains a controversial issue in the UK, one of only two European countries that practice “forced adoption”. Many families felt they had no choice but to seek refuge in Ireland or other foreign country. Human rights activists have raised concerns about social workers’ integrity and the fairness of the system.

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#Lebanon's Shiite #Hizbullah slams #Saudi attack on #Yemen (with benediction and aid of the Peace Nobel Price #Obama)

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#Lebanon's Shiite #Hizbullah slams #Saudi attack on #Yemen (with benediction and aid of the Peace Nobel Price #Obama)

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) –

Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Lebanese Shiite party-militia, weighed in on Friday on the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

The Saudis put together a Sunni coalition against the Shiite Houthis and have bombed Zaidi Shiite population centers like Sa’adeh. I discussed their motives in my just-published piece in The Nation.

Hizbullah is opposing Saudi policy in Syria effectively, having intervened on the side of Bashar al-Assad, whom the Saudis are hoping to see overthrown. Hizbullah punches above its weight. Lebanon is a small country of 4 million. Shiites are about a third or 1.3 million. Not all Lebanese Shiites support Hizbullah, which has a few thousand fighters. But they managed to shore up the Syrian government where the Syrian Arab Army could not. Hizbullah is closely allied with Iran.

Nasrallah said that the Saudis are engaging in propaganda when they claim to be supporting the elected president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He said that Mansour Hadi had in fact stepped down from his job, and wondered if the Saudis would go around restoring other former presidents, like Tunisia’s Zain El Abidine Ben Ali, to power. He teased Riyadh that King Abdallah opposed all the Arab Spring revolts and wanted to put the genie back in the bottle. (While it is true that Mansour Hadi resigned, he resigned because Houthi tribesmen were telling him what to do and he was a prisoner. He escaped to Aden in the South and now to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Nasrallah is doing propaganda here in glossing over Houthi dictatorship.)

Second, he said, the Saudis maintain that the Houthi movement is an enemy of Saudi interests. But, he said, the late King Abdallah had found it possible to do deals with them. A Houthi delegation came to King Abdallah’s funeral. Shortly thereafter, the new king, Salman, decided to turn on them and go into Yemen, Nasrallah alleged.

Third, he said, the Saudis maintain that Yemen under the Houthis has become occupied territory, with Iran being the occupier. But, he asked, where are there any Iranian military bases or other signs of occupation in Yemen?

Nasrallah called for peaceful negotiations among the principle parties to find a solution to Yemen’s conflict.

At the same time, Sunni leaders in Lebanon praised the Saudi intervention, as did the leader of the largely Sunni Future Party there, Saad Hariri.

This conjuncture points to increased tensions between Sunnis and Shiites inside Lebanon. They were already divided over Syria, with Shiites mostly supporting al-Assad and Sunnis mostly seeking his overthrow.

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