Reuters – April 13, 2015.

Iran’s war-by-proxy sneaked under cover of negotiations over its nuclear program has tragically turned Aden, Yemen into another battered middle east war zone in the fashion known to “Putin-Khamenei-Assad” — merciless, mindless, piratical, and ruthless.

The troika have been waging the medieval against the modern — the destructive and thieving potential of absolute power against the productive democratic distribution of power — for years, and visible so since the onset of Syria’s civil war.  With the distribution of military personnel into Crimea and Yemen, the dynamic Putin-Khamenei duo have brought payback in flooded oil markets and online opprobrium, although I don’t think either Putin or Khamenei bothered by criticism, at least not on the surface and outside of their bailiwicks.

Three sources in the southern port city’s anti-Houthi militias said the Iranians, identified as a colonel and a captain, were seized in two separate districts that have been rocked by heavy gun battles.

“The initial investigation revealed that they are from the Quds Force and are working as advisors to the Houthi militia,” one of the sources told Reuters.

Mukhashaf, Mohammed.  “Yemeni militiamen say captured two Iranian officers in Aden.”, April 11, 2015.

“How can Iran call for us to stop the fighting in Yemen?” asked the the top Saudi diplomat at a news conference alongside French counterpart Laurent Fabius. “We came to Yemen to help the legitimate authority, and Iran is not in charge of Yemen.”

Tharoor, Ishaan.  “Saudi and Iranian leaders wage war of words as Yemen burns.”  The Washington Post, April 13, 2015.

Justice, Adam.  “Yemen: Food shortages and ‘people have not water’ in Aden as fighting rages.”  April 13, 2015.

VICE – September 10, 2014.

Lonely bloggers cannot compete with funded international media in reporting the news, unless we have unusual friends on the ground.

However, as audience to mainstream media — and conflict adventure media — we may wrap events differently online, read about what we are seeing when we’re offline, and perhaps approach conflict and political analysis with something combining humanism, journalism, and scholarship.

As regards the above clip, this blogger may reflect on what a single lie can do in the way of evil.

At 2:31 in the video immediately above, Iman Dr. Taha says to his gathering, “I told him, “What are you doing?  Your country is getting destroyed.  This is all part of an action by American intelligence.  And today, a new order was given telling the world that 70% of foreigners are terrorists who want to rip our country apart.  They want to kill our people and our nation and destroy our unity.  The faith is Yemeni and the wisdom is Yemeni.  God is great.  Death to America.”

That audience: handled, misguided, maneuvered, used.

It appears they haven’t the means or temerity to question what they’re told (and independently discover for themselves who has been lying to them all along — and why).

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