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Lead: Americans DO NOT want war
A yemeni girl living in a makeshift camp in Yemen. credit: afp
Americans do NOT want to go to war with Yemen. That is according to a new YouGov poll from December before the U.S. escalated war with Yemen over the last few days.
The poll shows that U.S. intervention in Yemen is viewed as wrong by a rate of 2 to 1. The only wars viewed more negatively than this are those in Vietnam and Iraq.
And yet, the U.S. is escalating with Yemen. The U.S. military claimed responsibility for more strikes against the Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis have said that they will continue to attack the Red Sea shipping route until Israel ends its attack on Gaza.
It is worth noting that this is a separate escalation from the civil war mentioned above. The U.S. backed Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war between 2015-2022. That conflict led by the Obama administration killed at least 377,000 people.
The Senate voted NOT to investigate aid to Israel in a resolution introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, who himself is Jewish.
The resolution would investigate Israel’s use of weapons sent from the U.S. to produce a report on whether or not it was used to violate human rights in Gaza. But like the weapons sent to Ukraine, Congress is just not interested, thank you.
“It should not be controversial to ask how U.S. weapons are used,” Senator Sanders said on X.
But it is. The U.S. wants no scrutiny of the military-industrial complex. It only slows down the ways that it can allow private contractors to over-charge for weapons and asks elected officials to analyze how they are complicit in human death. Who would want that?
Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Tuesday not to “tie their destiny” to the whims of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and said Washington’s full support for Israel is “the root of insecurity in the region.”
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NATO head Jens Stoltenberg had the nerve to describe what Ukraine is doing as a “big win” at the Davos World Economic Forum. He called it a win because he says that Russia wanted full control of all of Ukraine and since Ukraine “has survived as a sovereign independent nation,” that’s a win.
That’s also a lie.
Russia never declared that it wanted full control of Ukraine. Russia’s special military operation was based on a request from leaders in the Donbas who asked for protection from Ukraine’s constant attacks on the region since 2014. Ukraine has lost hundreds of thousands of lives trying to regain control of an area it has severely abused. And yet Stoltenberg said this:
“At some stage, Russia will understand that they’re paying a too high price and sit down and agree to some kind of just peace, but we need to stand by Ukraine. If we want that to happen, a peaceful just end to this war, the way to get there is more weapons to Ukraine.”
One would think that the high price paid by Ukraine would have already brought about that inflection point but Ukraine continues to oppose real peace negotiations with Russia.
No one in attendance at this panel pushed Stoltenberg on these lies.
Ukrainian commander Oleksandr Syrskyi said that his troops are on “active defense” now. That’s what they’re calling it. “Active defense” to “keep Russian forces on their toes.”
Palworld is trending because the game will have an early release this weekend on Xbox and PC.
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6 months. That is the possible jail sentence that actor Pierce Brosnan faces for standing in a dangerous off-path area in Yellowstone National Park. He was cited after photos emerged online and has pleaded not guilty.
$3.8 billion. That is how much JetBlue Airways planned to spend to acquire Spirit Airlines but a judge blocked the acquisition on Tuesday.
$869 billion. That is the net worth of the world’s five richest men. That is double what it was in 2020, according to a new report. Those five men are: Elon Musk, Bernard Arnault, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison and Warren Buffett.
A new report shows that crisis centers for women are themselves in crisis.
Sex Matters is a human rights advocacy group in the UK. They found that single-sex crisis centers are being intimidated to include trans-identified men for political ideology. Is there a harm to that? According to the report, there is. They found that victims of sexual abuse feel unsafe in places that include men and often self-exclude themselves from places that were designed to help them.
The people who run these services report to feeling silenced and intimidated if they advocate for single-sex spaces. They also found that even people who advocate for transgender people do not believe that trans people should be in spaces for women only but political ideology has taken over. Service providers report being intimidated and that their training is controlled by lobbyists.
This despite the fact that the British public overwhelmingly supports single-sex spaces for survivors by 84%.
In a somewhat related story, a soldier in Spain is claiming discrimination for not being allowed into female changing rooms after his gender transition. He looks like this and has no plans to change his appearance but insists that he is a woman.
This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris. Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected] for any editorial feedback.