That is today’s cover of The Times of London.

That is a picture of an 18-year-old girl.

She is starving to death because she lives in Yemen, which is wracked by civil war made worse by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition intervention on behalf of one side. That intervention is supported and materially assisted by Britain—thus the Times’ interest—and the United States.

Part of the Saudi campaign is a blockade keeping food shipments away from Yemen, producing a famine that is devastating the civilian population. Yemen imports 85 percent of its food, so if food can’t get in, people will starve and indeed are starving now.

The blockade-induced famine plus bombing which has killed thousands of civilians and displaced, injured, or otherwise affected millions more is why the Saudi-led coalition has been credibly accused of war crimes—and again, this is all happening with American assistance. The Saudis are reportedly even using cluster bombs, which children sometimes mistake for toys.

While it is true that the U.S. and U.K. governments have attempted to convince the Saudis to moderate their tactics, at this point it is clear that is more a suggestion than a demand with any real teeth. Even after Saudi bombs dropped on a funeral service killed more than 140 and injured about 525 people a couple weeks ago, Washington criticized the attack but soon after escalated our direct involvement in the conflict.

Unfortunately, few Americans know about the war in Yemen at all, let alone the horrifying affect our assistance to the Saudi coalition is having on the civilian population. Our involvement there is growing despite the war crimes, despite how the conflict has allowed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to flourish, and despite the fact that the White House has never asked for or received constitutionally-required authority from Congress to engage in this war. 

If nothing changes, there will be many more Yemeni girls just like this one, starving to death as their cities burn.

If you’d like to contact your representative and senators about this, click here.

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.

This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here….. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.

I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” - Muhammad Ali, convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted on June 20, 1967.

Mohammed Tuaiman al-Jahmi was 13 years old.

He lived in al-Zur village in the Marib province of Yemen, and in 2011 an American drone strike killed his father and older brother while they were herding their camels.

Since then, as he told The Guardian last September, he lived in constant fear of drones. They even appeared in his nightmares. “I see them every day and we are scared of them,” Mohammed said. “A lot of the kids in this area wake up from sleeping because of nightmares from them and some now have mental problems. They turned our area into hell and continuous horror, day and night, we even dream of them in our sleep.”

The drone’s indiscriminate killing—remember, it’s official US policy to count any military-aged male killed as a terrorist, regardless of (the absence of) actual evidence)—was particularly concerning and confusing to him: “They tell us that these drones come from bases in Saudi Arabia and also from bases in the Yemeni seas and America sends them to kill terrorists, but they always kill innocent people. But we don’t know why they are killing us.”

The elders told us that it’s criminal to kill the civilians without distinguishing between terrorists and innocents,” he added, “and they kill just on suspicion, without hesitation.”

Just a couple months after the Guardian interview, Mohammed’s confusion would cease—not because of a reformed American drone policy, but because he himself was killed in a drone strike on January 26.

Predictably, Mohammed and the two men who were also burned to death in the car the missile struck were labeled terrorists. But he “wasn’t a member of al-Qaida,” Mohammad’s brother Maqdad says. “He was a kid.”

The family is so dedicated to proving their brother’s innocence that they’ve vowed to sue if need be. “After our father died,” Maqdad continues, “al-Qaida came to us to offer support. But we are not with them. Al-Qaida may have claimed Mohammed now but we will do anything—go to court, whatever—in order to prove that he was not with al-Qaida.”

Maqdad is equally determined to get the American government to admit its crimes against his family: “We live in injustice and we want the United States to recognize these crimes against my father and my brothers. They were innocent people, we are weak, poor people, and we don’t have anything to do with this.

Though he still rejects allegiance to al-Qaida, after seeing his brother’s body “completely burned, like charcoal,” it is no surprise if Maqdad is no friend to the United States.

Mohammed Tuaiman al-Jahmi was 13 years old.

I was sent this at The Angel Clark Show on Facebook by someone who wanted to remain anonymous. There are huge repercussions for making a political statement in uniform, but they needed to say this. 
Please like and reblog this, I bet there are a lot of people in the military and navy who feel this way. 

Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.

Andrew Bacevisch, as quoted by Glenn Greenwald in “How many Muslim countries has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980?”

If you don’t feel like counting, it’s 14 countries.


Stonewall Means Fight Back!

Don’t believe the hype!

U.S. imperialism tries to use Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer rights as a bludgeon against other countries.

But Stonewall was a rebellion of the most oppressed, people of color and working-class youth against police brutality, the racist, sexist capitalist state and the imperialist war in Vietnam.

That’s why communists celebrate Pride. That’s why LGBTQ workers are an essential part of the U.S. working class!

Leslie Feinberg interviews Sylvia Rivera: ‘I’m glad I was in the Stonewall riot’