Saudi Arabia’s Moving Closer Toward Direct War With Iran

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran on Monday of a possible “act of war against the kingdom” by the missile that the Yemeni Huthi launched last Saturday against the airport of Riyadh and reserves the right to respond.

Tehran has rejected the allegations, but the verbal escalation coincides with a particularly sensitive moment in the Arab country. The crown prince, Mohamed Bin Salman, has just carried out a palatial purge to consolidate his power and can not afford a weak flank.

The air defense bought to EE. UU intercepted the projectile near the airport of Riyadh, north of the capital without causing damage. Saudi investigators claim that the remains, which fell on an uninhabited area, prove that it was Iranian-made.

The coalition that heads Saudi Arabia in Yemen has announced the closure of all the air, maritime and land borders of that country “to stop the flow of Iranian arms” to the rebels. The measure can only exacerbate the humanitarian disaster over the Houthi-controlled regions, where 80% of Yemenis live and are already under Saudi embargo.

“The missile was a reprisal for the bombing [Saudi] that killed a score of civilians [last Wednesday]. The Saudis aborted the target, but almost. Actually, they will use it as an excuse in the global anti-Iran policy, “interprets a European diplomat with contacts in both countries.

The same source links to this strategy the recent resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanese prime minister for fear of an attack he blamed without mentioning Hezbollah and Tehran. Hariri, who has a Saudi passport, made the announcement in Riyadh.

But what is beginning to worry the observers is that the United States seems to back Saudi rhetoric against Iran instead of trying to ease the tension. President Donald Trump has also blamed Tehran for the missile attack, something that the leader of the Revolutionary Guards called “infundio”.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif has accused Saudi Arabia of being involved “in wars of aggression, regional bullying , destabilizing behavior and dangerous provocations” and blaming Iran for the consequences.

It is not the first time that the Huthi launch missiles against Saudi territory, but the first time they reach Riyadh. The news, which generated great concern in the capital, was soon eclipsed by the purge of princes, ministers, military commanders and other high officials occurred during the night from Saturday to Sunday. For the moment, an official list of detainees in the anti-corruption campaign has not yet been published; neither are the specific charges known.

In the first clue to this, legal sources cited by the newspaper Al Madina on Monday say that the main crimes contemplated are money laundering, embezzlement and stock market manipulation.

Connoisseur of the abuses and corruption of the elites of his country, Jamal Khashoggi, a self-exiled Saudi journalist in the USA. However, he recalled in a platform published in The Washington Post, that the arrests have taken place “in a climate of complete intolerance at the slightest criticism. “

Boy Discovers a 1.2 Million-year-old Fossil in Las Cruces

The stumble of a child has allowed to make an outstanding paleontological discovery. The finding was casual and occurred when the little Jude Sparks was playing last November with his brothers in Las Cruces, New Mexico (United States). As he ran, he collided with part of a fang.

The family got in touch with the State University of New Mexico and it was then when they found out that there was buried an almost intact skull of a stegomasatodon, an extinct genus of mammal. It is more than one million years old.

“I was running and I stumbled on part of the tusk,” explained Jude Sparks, according to the State University of New Mexico on its website. The boy, who is now 10 years old, was playing with his parents and trying walkie-talkies with his brothers when he fell and ran into the fossil. “My face ended up next to my lower jaw, I looked up and there was another fang there,” he said.

The Sparks family got in touch with the biology professor Peter Houde after having seen on YouTube an interview with him about a similar fossil. “A stegomastodon would look like an elephant to any of us,” says Houde, according to the university’s website. “Depending on the different types of elephants we have in this area, this is probably the most common of them, but they are still very rare, this may be the second complete skull found in New Mexico,” he says.

“I knew that was not something that is usually found,” Jude Sparks told The New York Times. “It is something really very unusual,” Professor Houde confirms to the same newspaper, in which he explains that the prehistoric remains are so fragile that they usually disintegrate if they are exposed to the erosion of the elements.

When the teacher and the family visited the remains a day after the discovery, they made sure to bury them again. After months in which they had to get permits, prepare a team and raise the necessary funding, the excavation ended last May.

United Airlines Accused Mexican Passenger Of Trafficking His Own Daughter

That was enough for the woman who was sitting next to him to denounce him and the immigration authorities of the United States stopped him and interrogated him.

That happened to a Mexican who was traveling from Cancun to New York with his three-year-old daughter, his wife Maura Furfey has shown. “There will always be people who make racist comments, but we never thought that the flight attendants would take one of these observations seriously,” his American spouse has lamented in an article published Monday in The Huffington Post.

The nightmare of Furfey and her family began when she was driving to the Newark airport in the New York metropolitan area, and received a call from a sergeant. There had been an “incident” on the United Airlines flight in which her husband and daughter were traveling. His heart stopped.

The customs agent tried to calm her down and explained that both were fine, but that another passenger had accused her husband of child trafficking. “She assured me that my white-skinned daughter did not look like her Mexican father and that made her suspect that she had kidnapped her,” says Furfey, adding that there was no evidence or reason to support the complaint.

When the plane landed, a group of officials from the Airport Authority and the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection approached the man and escorted him out of the aircraft. The agents began to throw questions. Where he was born, where he had been registered, who was the mother.

He did not know what was happening. Her daughter did not stop crying, according to Furfey. She corroborated her husband’s answers and the authorities were convinced that they were not lying, but said that “it was not worthwhile” to investigate the mental state of the complainant.

All of her husband’s immigration documents were in order his residence permit, his passport and an authorization from Furfey for the minor to leave the United States to visit her husband’s family for a week.

Days after filing a complaint with the airline, he obtained an apology and a $ 100 coupon for his next flight with United. “It’s useless because we’ll never fly with this particular company,” he wrote. The company had been involved in another scandal, after violently expelling a passenger from a flight that had been oversold.

“It was a frightening experience for us, a simple revision of the passports or travel records of my husband had shown that there was no problem and we would have saved the drama and stress that this created,” the woman claims, teaches Spanish at a school in the Bronx. “In this political climate filled with hatred , we were prepared or we thought so, but we could never have been prepared for this,” says Furfey.