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The United States, which has invaded many countries with the excuse of protecting 'American lives' is leaving thousands of US citizens stranded in Yemen, as it descends into civil war.[tag]

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RT is running a State Department briefing in which the usual suspect, an AP reporter named Matt, takes on a new, male briefer and elicits the following reply: "For fifteen years the US has been advising its citizens to delay travel to Yemen, and if they are in Yemen, to leave." Matt couldn't get the briefer to admit that the US was telling its citizens that they are on their own. What a great way to convince Arab Americans that their lives matter....

Yesterday I wondered, in a tweet, whether these were Arab Americans, and it turns out that indeed, they are mostly Yemeni Americans. Today, pesky Russia has evacuated some of them by air.

It wasn't enough that Moscow gave asylum to Edward Snowden - or that the US ordered that the plane of Bolivarian President Evo Morales be denied overflight permission in Europe on suspicion he was carrying Snowden to Cuba - an incident that, among others, inspired Morales to reaffirm at yesterday's hemispheric summit Latin America's determination to reject once and for all American interference. Now, as knives are being sharpened to attack presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, we have her successor at State, John Kerry, leaving Americans stranded in an area that has repeatedly been declared 'vital' to American interests, in the midst of a civil war being fought by our proxy, Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, our client state Ukraine has declared both com-munist and fascist propaganda illegal, bringing in a priest to purify the vacated Communist seats in the parliament. The move was probably sparked by US pressure to tone down the fascist demonstrations of the Right Sektor whose muscle helped bring down the legally elected president last year, but if anyone - starting with Raul Castro - doubts that socialism is still anathema to the US government, they should think again. France 24 showed President Obama rubbing his eyes at the Panama Summit in a gesture of fatigue. It couldn't have been due to jet lag, and my strong suspicion is that he was simply out of his element in the summit's pro-peace, pro-liberation and pro-people discussions.

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