US & Saudi Arabia War Crimes Keep Killing Yemenis
If any presidential candidate has said anything substantive in opposition to the US participation in the war on Yemen, it's not easy to find. It's not easy to find a presidential candidate in opposition to America's 14 years of continuous war in the Middle East and Africa.
By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen, the poorest country in the region, has been catastrophic for Yemen, which is all-but-defenseless. Backed by eight other Arab dictatorships and the US, the Saudi alliance has committed uncounted war crimes and crimes against humanity. Theonslaught has killed more than 4,300 people (mostly civilians), subjected roughly half the Yemeni population to severe hunger and water scarcity, and laid waste to World Heritage sites among the oldest in the world.

The US-led naval blockade, an act of war, has cut food imports to Yemen, which is not capable of growing enough food to feed its population. The head of the UN World Food Program reported on August 19 that Yemen is on the verge of famine, making the US naval blockade a potential crime against humanity. The UN humanitarian chief has reported to the UN Security Council that “the scale of human suffering is almost incomprehensible.” 

tony talk:

I HAVENT FRONTED FOR SO LONG it’s been dang near impossible to front lately??? there’s like a blockade in our head that I struggle getting past and it is honestly awful cause so much of the past week has been garbage, hhhh normally i front when aidan is stressed but they’ve been stressed out constantly lately and I’m unable to get out and do something about it :(

im up NOW cause they’re asleep. I can tell you that they still can and do talk to me! but our head space is so… cluttered and noisy and a mess lately. me fronting is so hard. im gonna see how long I can hold us up today.
Voices without borders: Four young writers from Gaza tell their story | +972 Magazine
Young Gazans are finally getting an opportunity to present themselves to the world in their own words. +972 speaks to some of the participants in the ‘We Are Not Numbers’ writing project about hope, love,…

“I used to send letters to my friends on Facebook and wait for “seen” to appear so I can make sure they’re still alive.“

““I would like to live in a country in which I do not drink vinegar thinking it is water because it is too dark to see it.“

“This prison made us worship simple things. Try to bring a small rose to a stranger and see how he jumps out of happiness. These things are extraordinary to my people.“

“Not attempting suicide is resistance.“

Hope and despair and blockading

Got a great letter in the post yesterday, all about blockading and insurrection in Europe. My friend has been dedicated to this anti-airport blockade where apparently the cops came in and cut someone down out of a tripod the other day. They fell 5 metres! Insane.

I feel so conflicted reading about blockading these days. I wish I could go back to that life, I wish I had the energy for it. It seems like such a hopeful action, like there’s actually a chance that things could change if you stand in the way. But then again, maybe it’s just the last ‘fuck you’ of those who have lost all hope. I think I’m stuck between the two.

Delia Smith’s Basic Blockading
'Socialism to Stay' Cubans Say, as US Embassy Opens
In both the U.S. and Cuba, the atmosphere is hopeful that the reopening of embassies marks the beginning of more positive changes to come.

But despite the change the new U.S. Embassy in Havana represents, Cubans remain firm that the U.S. will not sway its socialist politics. 

“Perhaps some dreamers and others who are superficial think that this will be the end of socialism,” said former Cuban diplomat Eladio Aguiar. “No sir.” 

While the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana is an important first step, lifting the blockade and shutting down the U.S. military base in Guantanamo continues to be the “primary demand” of the Cuban government, teleSUR’s Barriga reported. 

“The U.S. would receive a tremendous benefit through the advances in technology and medicine that there are in Cuba,” Pertierra told teleSUR, referencing specific vaccines that are currently available in Cuba but not in the U.S. due to the blockade. “If the blockade is lifted many people in the United States can benefit from these advances.”