While all eyes are on Syria’s Idlib, US continues to decimate Yemen

The US is ready to defend Syria from a brutish assault launched by Syria’s own government and its allies – or so Washington wants you to believe. In the backdrop, Yemen continues to burn in silence.

On September 3, US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley – eloquent diplomat that she is –  retweeted a tweet from the warmonger in chief that is the US president, with the caption “All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia and Iran in Idlib.”This is the same US administration who just facilitated the bombing of a school bus in Yemen, slaughtering at least 40 children in the process.

Maybe, just maybe, Nikki Haley should keep her eyes on herself.

If the world did direct its eyes to what is taking place in Yemen, they would know that the United Nations has just warned of an “incalculable human cost” in the works, as the US and its allies press forward with an offensive to retake the Yemeni port city of Hodeida from the Houthi rebels.

That’s right. The US, currently waving its arms in despair about human rights abuses and chemical weapons attacks that have not even taken place in Syria yet, is supporting a major offensive of its own that will lead to a humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions.

Yemen, a country already deeply in crisis, relies on the port of Hodeida for at least 70 percent of its humanitarian aid. It therefore makes sense from a humanitarian perspective to turn its location into a major war zone, am I right?

The small minority of people who are inclined to care about innocent Yemenis need not fret though. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just this week certified that the Saudi-led coalition is taking sufficient steps to protect civilians. According to Pompeo, the Gulf nations involved are “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians.”

“They are taking steps, in the view of the US government and this administration, in the right direction,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing, according to Reuters“We see them taking steps. Is it perfect? No absolutely not. Do we see them doing what they can to mitigate civilian casualties? Absolutely we do.”

Thank God – I was getting worried there for a second. The US-backed Saudi-led coalition may be killing children as if they were ants, but they are taking steps to mitigate the number of children they are killing at the same time.

A seven-page memo sent to Congress and obtained by the Intercept further confirmed Pompeo’s delusional thinking, as the memo called Saudi Arabia and the UAE “strong counterterrorism partners.” Never mind that just last month, the Associated Press reported the US and its allies were actually recruiting Al-Qaeda fighters to join the coalition.

Oops.

While the Trump administration is taking a horrifying and bloody war and taking it to new depths, the truth of the matter is that this war did not begin under Donald Trump. The war in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, fast becoming the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, was started by none other than peace-prize laureate Barack Obama himself.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/438464-yemen-syria-saudi-arabia/

Professor in Sweden Under Investigation for Teaching Biological Differences Between Men, Women

A professor in Sweden who recently spoke about the biological differences between men and women says he’s now being investigated by his university.

Germund Hesslow, a professor of neurophysiology at Lund University, is speaking out about how his employer has launched a “full investigation” into his remarks about the biological realities of gender.

According to the Sweden-based Academic Rights Watch, Hesslow has taught a course for years on “Heritage and Environment” in the Lund University medical program. In that course, he has addressed such topics as biological gender differences.

The watchdog organization reports that Hesslow would sometimes be questioned by students who don’t like that his teaching is not based on “the gender scientific approach adopted in politics.”

Hesslow maintains that gender is not entirely socially constructed because empirical research has found that there are statistical gender differences in behavior that are biologically based.

Hesslow told ARW, which was founded to monitor “attempts to restrict the fundamental rights of teachers and researchers,” that he was asked by school administrators this month to apologize for his remarks on gender and LGBT people that drew the ire of feminist students who complained.

Hesslow fears that there are “forces in leadership” who seek to hire another teacher to teach the course that he has developed over the years.

The Christian Post reached out to Lund University for comment on Hesslow’s claims. A response is pending.

According to ARW, Hesslow’s troubles began after one of his students sent an email about him to another teacher at the university.

“I am writing about Germund Hesslow’s lecture on heritage and the environment focusing on biological differences between men and women. I have understood that previous students repeatedly complained to the lecture. Partly because it embodies Hesslow’s own personal anti-Seminars agenda, and that neither biological differences between men and women nor genetic theory belong to his area of ​​expertise,” the student was quoted as writing.

“Why cannot we get a lecturer with the right skills on the subject instead? And, for example, could lecture about biological differences that have clinical significance? Or instead of a lecturer claiming that women are ‘sexually cautious’ because of the biology, they should be able to illustrate how women for centuries have been genital mutilation, forced sterilized, lobotomerate and forced labor in the name of medical science.

“I think that, as a woman, it is incredibly diminishing that a lecturer does not feel [the] social structures of oppressed women [that] made us modulate our behaviors for our own safety,” the email adds. “How does this kind of lecture go with the gender perspective the education should have?”

The student also reportedly complained about how she heard from others that Hesslow has also “expressed himself transphobically.”

“In response to a question of transexuallism, [sic] he said something like ‘sex change is a fly.’ Secondly, it is outrageous because there may be students during the lecture who are themselves exposed to [transphobia], but also because it may affect how later students in their professional lives meet transgender people,” she argued. “Transpersonals [sic] already have a high level of overrepresentation in suicide statistics and there are already major shortcomings in the treatment of transgender in care, should not it be countered? How does this kind of statement coincide with the university’s equal treatment plan? What has this statement given for consequences? What has been done for this to not be repeated?”

The student’s concerns eventually made it to Christer Larsson, the chair of the Lund Medical Education Program Board. Hesslow was reportedly called to a meeting on Sept. 3 with administrators.

Hesslow was told to retract two particular statements by submitting in writing that those statements were “unfortunately formulated.” One of the statements is “gay women have a male sexual orientation.” The other: “Whether it’s a sexual orientation is a definition question.”

Hesslow, however, has refused to apologize.

“I’m not going to give any further discussions about terminology. It’s about an answer to a question from a student … I think I have done enough to explain and defend my word choice,” Hesslow reportedly wrote in a reply to Larsson. “Somewhere, one must ask for a sense of proportion among the people involved. If it would be acceptable and normal for students to record lectures with a view to finding compromise formulations and then engaging staff at the faculty with meetings and writing long journals, we should be able to shut down medical education. That this deal could lead so far is because most students do not have this attitude.”

Hesslow, in an interview with the Russian government-funded news network RT, said that the university rector has ordered a full investigation into his case.

He added that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all.”

Since he’s past the retirement age, Hesslow fears that the university could use his age as a reason to remove him from the course.

 

https://www.christianpost.com/news/professor-sweden-under-investigation-teaching-biological-differences-between-men-women-227474/

Bartenders are criminally charged after drunk patron allegedly causes fatal car accident

Two bartenders have been criminally charged after an intoxicated patron left their bar and allegedly caused a fatal crash.

Texas bartenders Shafay Look, 34, and Jon Ward, 56, of the Island Pier Club in Galveston, Texas, were charged with “selling an alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person” — a 50-year-old woman named Gerilyn Weberlein — who in June allegedly crashed her car into two bicyclists 15 minutes after leaving the bar.

According to the Houston Chronicle, both victims were treated in the emergency room; one suffered a broken arm and cuts, and the other, a 23-year-old man named Marco Beltran, died the following morning.

The Chronicle reports that the bar’s surveillance video showed Look and Ward serving Weberlein despite her spilling drinks, stumbling, and needing the assistance of other customers to stand.

According to local news station Fox 26, Weberlein was charged with intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. Look and Ward each face a fine of up to $500 and one year in jail.

The bartenders’ arrest raises the question, should servers be held accountable for what patrons do after leaving a bar?

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/bartenders-criminally-charged-drunk-patron-causes-fatal-car-accident-224003302.html