"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." -- Michael Rivero

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The situation is worsening in the Red Sea area of the Middle East after Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked, or so it seems, a bulk carrier using a suicide drone boat.

A major deviation from their usual anti-ship ballistic missiles and kamikaze aerial drones, the Houthis reportedly struck the vessel, known as "Tutor," on the stern using "a small craft" about 66 nautical miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, according to the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations.

The US military has unleashed a wave of attacks on the Houthi Rebels of Yemen after the group launched missiles of their own in the Arabian and Red Sea. In a statement, the US military's Central Command said they had taken out seven radar sites where the Houthis had been operating. They said: “These radars allow the Houthis to target maritime vessels and endanger commercial shipping." It is not yet clear whether any Houthi personnel were killed or injured as a result of the strikes.

Two different articles penned by Luke Coffey, a senior fellow at Washington-based Hudson Institute and Anatolii Petrenko, Ukrainian ambassador in Saudi Arabia should be shocking for anyone who understands Washington and its NATO ally’s geopolitical game-plan, which is precisely designed to intensify and solidify West’s dominance in the world with special emphasis on oil-rich Arab countries, as those have always been seen by the military industrial complex and its purpose-serving elements within governments as cash cow.

The Yemeni army has announced that one of the ships targeted in its latest military operations in international waters has sunk, while the other is at risk of sinking. In a statement on Saturday, Army Spokesman Yahya Saree said that the ships, named Verbena and Tutor, were targeted in the past 72 hours» Iranian IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) reported.

ABOARD THE USS LABOON—It was just after 9 p.m. when radar operators aboard this U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea spotted a tiny arrow on their screens: a missile hurtling toward them at five times the speed of sound.

The crew of the warship with 300 sailors aboard had just seconds to shoot it down. As the projectile closed in, the Laboon launched an interceptor from silos beneath its deck, destroying the incoming missile in flight.