Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 226 - Yemen War Mosaic 226

Yemen Press Reader 226: Menschen hinter den Zahlen-Überwinden des politischen Status Quo-UN: Britischer Entwurf-Warum die Saudis den Krieg fortsetzen-USA im Jemenkrieg-NATO ein Angriffsbündnis

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The people behind the figures - Breaking the political status quo - UN: British draft and other - Why the Saudis are continuing war - US "remote control" in the Yemen war - NATO is am alliance to attack (German) - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

9.11.2016 – International Red Cross (** B H)

Photogallery: Yemen: the stories behind the numbers of the conflict

Eighteen months into the conflict in Yemen, three million people have been forced to leave their homes as a result of fighting and insecurity. At times, these people regrettably make up mere numbers and statistics in news headlines.

Behind the numbers of the conflict, there are however real stories of real people who have dreams, hopes and aspirations even amidst the most difficult of circumstances. This photo gallery introduces us to some of them. They invite us in to their temporary homes, and open up on their thoughts and dreams.

To help support those displaced in Yemen, the ICRC provided food and essential household items to more than 400 000 people across the country so far in 2016. Various livelihoods projects were also initiated to support income generating activities and help those displaced earn a living.

Mrs. Zahra Fareaa

Zahra Farea is an elderly Yemeni woman who used to live in a shanty in a rural area near the Yemeni-Saudi border. As the fighting intensified, her home was hit. She lost her husband and sons in a split second. “I walked barefoot for hours in search of safety that day. I didn’t even have the possibility to bury my husband and sons. It was a horrible day.” she said with a sigh. “My life is not that much better today. I live in this tent all alone. No family, no money and no personal belonging." (Photo, and more)

8.11.2016 – Huffington Post (** A P)

YEMEN –Breaking the political status quo

For all its many faults and the many great efforts which would have to be spent towards Yemen’s reconstruction, the international community cannot afford to lose Yemen to chaos – not any more than it already did.

War, if anything, has served to exacerbate already strained socio-political and religious lay lines, putting the very fabric of Yemen’s national sovereignty under strain – for the benefit not of political restoration and constitutional continuity but Saudi Arabia’s hegemonic ambitions.

The UN Security Council no longer can afford to look upon Yemen’s war from a political standpoint; not without losing objectivity and thus betray the very principles it vowed to uphold. If Yemen was allowed to become a Saudi political project for the furthering of its own national interests and agendas: regional and global– Yemen, one must stress emphatically would allow for a grand energy monopoly to fall under the kingdom’s dominion.

World powers would become de facto pawns in Saudi Arabia chess-game, and it is likely sovereign independence will be sold to the altar of capitalism. Who will challenge the kingdom when it will tower over the world energy reserves, and commercial route?

It would be a mistake to think that Yemen’s Resistance Movement, as embodied by the Houthis stands a proxy of Iran. Such narrative we ought to remember was spawn by Riyadh to together justify and rationalise its royals’ decision to wage war against a nation which only sin has been to imagine itself sovereign over its political future.

And if in fact Iran has acted an inspiration, and a political anchor in Yemen’s rejection of Saudi Arabia’s imperialism and religious diktat, the Security Council would do well to remember whose ideology and financial powers rose Terror into existence.

Iran does not represent any tangible and immediate threat to the Middle East – Wahhabism is, Terror is, unfettered imperialism is.

The Security Council ought to look upon Yemen and consider the fact that Yemen’s very socio-political make-up ought to be used as a mean to strengthen its democracy-building process as opposed to forcing it to abide by western standards.

For example: Yemen’s tribal set up could be played as a strength rather than a roadblock to democracy, if only played right – putting the emphasis on accountability, or within a decentralisation governing process.

Yemen needs not be another failed -state. Yemen needs not become another Saudi satellite when it could be used to promote democracy at the heart of monarchical Arabia, and thus help foster positive change and dynamics in a region awash with radicalism.

Yemen’s instability represents too much of a liability for anyone NOT to address it.

Both former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and resigned President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi represent Yemen’s corrupt elite, the deep state. Both have been a gangrene on Yemen – for loss of a better word.

Promoting Hadi’s return equate to enabling al-Qaeda by legitimising its political standing. This should remain the Security Council’s main focus: fostering a solution which would lock radicals out of power altogether.


While individuals within Ansarallah have greatly benefited from the war in that chaos and necessity made it possible for venture capitalists to exploit Yemen, and thus rob its people from their personal and national wealth the Security Council will need to use discretion in its efforts to recuperate and trace Yemen’s looted funds.

It is fair to say that the bulk of Yemen’s wealth has been pillaged by the old guard - this elite which former President Saleh rose to sustain his hold on power. Sanctioning the Houthis as a political movement on account their stance antagonizes Saudi Arabia only serves to outlaw Yemen’s right to political and religious pluralism – directly playing into radicals’ sectarian and politically reactionary narrative.

First and foremost, Saleh and his acolytes ought to be held accountable – that would imply investigating Hadi and his Cabinet since most actors have played a hand in the looting of Yemen.

It would be more productive to put an end to corruption moving forward rather than seek reparation – unless of course we freeze all unlawfully attain assets across the board. If not the UNSC would de facto become an accessory to political supremacism.


Yemen’s biggest threat remains Terror. Eradicating Terror from Yemen will require political courage and a great deal of vision in that the UNSC would need to rise above the political fray to think long-term stability, as opposed to immediate political gain.

Saudi Arabia hardly qualifies as an ally against Terror when it has played its ideology to assert control, and command allegiances.


Peace will remain a faraway concept if the UNSC continues to deny the de facto political reality Yemen finds itself living under. Rather than outlaw the Houthis it would be easier to integrate them in mainstream politics and engage them in the country’s reconstruction.

Shun politically, economically and socially for decades under Saleh’s regime the Houthis yearn for a seat at Yemen’s table, which seat they are in fact entitled to if we are serious about democracy. It is Saleh who stands a threat to Yemen’s future since he continues to insist on pursuing control.

The Houthis are not an impediment to peace. It is integration and normalisation they seek – enabling such ambitions could prove beneficial as it will make space for new dynamics to be fostered.


It is impossible to look upon Yemen today and not recognise the terrible suffering which was imposed on a people in the name of control – by Catherine Shakdam

7.11.2016 – Inner City Press (** A P)

On Yemen, UN Envoy Took Kerry Dictation, Saleh Pressured Through Son in UAE, UN Has Failed

Now on November 7 Inner City Press can exclusively report that not only is “UN” envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed's roadmap dictated by outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry, but that there are complaints among IOCA's team, about no-show employees parked in Sweden and his deputy “Gluck” whom no one wants to work with.

More troubling from a US perspective is that Inner City Press is told about pressure brought to bear on Saleh, making his support Kerry's roadmap in order to “free” his son / once successor, under essential house arrest in the UAE. Is this the way US foreign policy is supposed to function?

Can Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed even meet with Hadi? We'll see - watch this site.

Much has been said about the Yemen draft resolution being worked on by the penholder the UK, without circulation to the 15 Security Council members. On November 1 UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the Press about the draft; at 5 pm Council president for November Fode Seck of Senegal also referred to it.

A draft was obtained by Inner City Press and was exclusively published on November 1, see below: it does not condemn the airstrikes but demands a cessation of hostilities, and for the envoy to report back in 15 days. AP gave credit to Inner City Press on November 2.

Now Inner City Press can exclusively report that “UN” envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed's roadmap is in fact a product of the US State Department, and that IOCA only belatedly presented it to a lower level administrator in the Yemeni / Hadi foreign minister. The envoy has been criticized and, we're told, is about to be cut off by the Houthi side. And while Saudi Arabia's Ambassador answered Inner City Press diplomatically on November, it seems the Saudis are no fans of this roadmap either. “It was all about Kerry's legacy,” as one source put it to Inner City Press.

[The British draft in image on this site] – By Matthew Russell Lee

My comment: Looking at this British draft, you easily see that also this draft is fully one-sided, just backing the position of the Hadi government and thus downsizing the Houthis and their allies to a second class party in Yemen. This British draft just would secure the position of “president” Hadi, asking more or less surrender – including the necessity to depend on Hadi’s good will which definitely does not exist. Thus, this draft really does not bring any new aspect and cannot contribute to any peaceful political solution. All the claims by which the Hadi government now rejects the UN peace plan of Ould Cheikh seem to be directly imported and backed by this British draft. Britain is partisan in this conflict, even more, by its unchanged heavy support to the Saudis it is it is a warring party, and totally useless as a peace broker, a role which the British seemingly want to play.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well I guess this is not too much of a surprise. For many years the US has dictated the UN policies, so not surprised they are drawing up the peace deal in Yemen. If it works I guess most Yemenis won't care a jot. They just want to get their lives back - and stop fearing that they and those they love might die this night.

8.11.2016 – Huffington Post (** B K P)

Why Saudi Arabia Is Continuing Its War In Yemen

Growing skepticism of strategic arguments and official justifications for Saudi Arabia’s conduct in Yemen is justified. Based on my research at Oxford on the foreign policy conduct of authoritarian regimes, there is compelling evidence that Saudi Arabia’s seemingly endless war in Yemen is motivated largely by domestic political considerations. Several factors stand out as particularly striking and I will delve into these rationales in greater depth below:

1. King Salman is Using the War in Yemen to Rally Anti-Iranian Nationalism Around the Saudi Monarchy

Despite the growing coherence of Riyadh’s anti-Iranian foreign policy, there is clear evidence that much of the anti-Iranian rhetoric surrounding Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen is based on hyperbolic assessments of Tehran’s geopolitical role.

Saudi Arabia’s exaggeration of Iran’s destabilization role in Yemen bears striking parallels to King Abdullah’s conduct during the Arab Spring. At the height of the protests in 2011, Saudi media outlets frequently insinuated that Bahrain’s Arab Spring demonstrations were not genuine demonstrations of discontent, but were instead instigated by the Iranian government.

During a period of low oil prices and economic turmoil, King Salman has used its air campaign in Yemen to rally the Saudi public around a common Shiite enemy.

2. Saudi Arabia has Rallied Public Support Around the Idea that its War in Yemen is a Defensive Mission

Even though the hardening of anti-Iranian sectarian sentiments in Saudi Arabia has made military aggression easier for the kingdom to justify, Saudi policymakers have been careful to frame Riyadh’s air campaign in Yemen as a defensive mission.

Periodic Houthi retaliations and concerns about Iran’s growing military capabilities have allowed Saudi Arabia to extend the length of its campaign in Yemen with little risk of domestic war fatigue or public backlash. To prove that its ambitions in Yemen are largely defensive, Saudi policymakers have also denied allegations of war crimes leveled against King Salman.

On November 3, Saudi Major General Ahmed Asseri vehemently denied Riyadh’s use of cluster bombs in Yemen.

Saudi policymakers’ clever deflections from the humanitarian costs of the Yemen war have prevented the Saudi public from viewing King Salman’s Yemen campaign as an act of unbridled aggression

3) Saudi Arabia’s Yemen War Bolsters Domestic Perceptions of Riyadh’s Regional Influence

In addition to the security concerns associated with instability in Yemen, King Salman has been able to rally the Saudi public around the Yemen war by highlighting its positive impact on Saudi Arabia’s international status. The expansion of Saudi Arabia’s perceived international influence has been palpable both in the Middle Eastern context and with respect to Riyadh’s relationship with the United States.

Saudi Arabia has been able to assert itself as a country powerful enough to lead a GCC military coalition in Yemen.

Riyadh’s conduct in Yemen reveals that the Saudi monarchy is greatly concerned about national identity and regime consolidation. In order to implement a durable resolution to the Yemen war, Western policymakers must recognize the importance of international status and nationalism to the legitimacy of the Saudi monarchy – by Samuel Ramani

6.11.2016 – Wake Up Call Podcast (** B K P)

The Tragic Yemen War with Nasser Arrabyee

Nasser Arrabyee, international journalist and filmmaker based in Sanaa, Yemen, joins Adam Camac to discuss the war in Yemen, which groups and individuals have been involved, the horrible war crimes and atrocities, and the hunger and deaths from the war.

How Obama used Saudi regime to commit war crimes on Yemen When&how such crimes would end?' =

10.2016 – Oxford Research Group (** B K P)

Remote Control Project Report: Yemen: A Battle for the Future

Research for this paper was conducted during June, July and August 2016.


Yemen is embroiled in multiple civil wars, triggered by a long-term decline in oil production, the failure of state-building, strong sub-national identities and internal competition between rival elite networks that comprised the regime of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Regional actors are intervening in Yemen’s local wars to support their preferred allies, resulting in a complex conflict environment.

The paper sets Yemen’s multiple conflicts in the context of the ‘remote control’ approach to warfare – focusing on the use of special forces, mercenaries and armed drones. It highlights the moral and political risks for Western governments training and arming regional protagonists, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Executive Summary

• Yemen is embroiled in multiple civil wars, triggered by a long-term decline in oil production, the failure of state-building, strong sub-national identities, and internal competition between rival elite networks that comprised the regime of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

• Regional actors have intervened in Yemen’s local wars to support their preferred allies. The result is a complex conflict environment, revealing the strategic incoherence of the Saudi-led Coalition – which ostensibly aims to reinstate the current, exiled president, Abdurabbo Mansour Hadi – and the limitations of United Nations diplomacy.

• US arms exports to Coalition members account for 25% of US global sales. The US is the dominant arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, while Riyadh is Britain’s largest arms export market. • British and American military planners provide technical support and training to the Saudi air force, intended to improve Saudi targeting procedures and reduce the risk of civilian casualties in Saudi airstrikes.

• US military trainers work closely with the Emirati Special Forces, as part of a long-term programme to build capacity. Since March 2015, Emirati Special Forces have successfully taken Yemen’s southern port cities of Aden and Mukalla, in cooperation with their US counterparts.

• The use by the US of unmanned combat aerial vehicles is becoming increasingly aggressive, progressing from hits in remote areas to strikes on al-Qaeda’s leadership in Mukalla city. Strikes continue, even as Yemen’s legitimate military and security apparatus has collapsed.

• The UN estimates more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of the Coalition intervention and more than 80% of Yemenis require humanitarian assistance. Any resolution to Yemen’s multiple wars will require sustained high-level mediation, and local-level peace-building efforts.

• The current Coalition intervention in Yemen may influence the conduct of future wars. Coalition activities in Yemen can be viewed as a capacity building exercise for increasingly activist Gulf armies, supplied, trained and supported by the West.

• Western governments must confront the problems of arming and supporting regional allies who do not have the capacity or political will to uphold international norms, on international humanitarian law – by Ginny Hill, Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who works with the human rights organisation Reprieve. and full report:

7.11.2016 – Telepolis (** B K P)

"Die NATO ist ein Angriffsbündnis"

Der Schweizer Historiker Daniele Ganser im Gespräch zu illegalen Kriegen, doppelten Standards in den Medien und Diffamierungen seiner Person

Herr Ganser, Ihr gerade erschienenes Buch trägt den Titel "Illegale Kriege" und schildert insgesamt 13 Kriege und Staatsstreiche der jüngeren Geschichte, angefangen mit dem Putsch gegen die demokratische Regierung im Iran 1953, über die Angriffe auf Kuba und Vietnam in den 1960er Jahren, bis hin zu den Kriegen gegen Serbien, Afghanistan, den Irak, Libyen und schließlich Syrien in der Gegenwart. Warum sind all diese Kriege "illegal"?

Daniele Ganser: Weil sie alle kein Mandat des UNO-Sicherheitsrates hatten und auch keine Verteidigungskriege waren. Es sind alles illegale Angriffskriege, welche nur stattfinden konnten, weil die Bevölkerung in den NATO-Ländern durch Lügen und Feindbilder getäuscht und verwirrt wurde. Ich habe mich in meinem neuen Buch auf illegale Kriege beschränkt, an denen NATO-Länder wie die USA, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland beteiligt waren. Wenn man die lange Liste der Angriffskriege durchgeht, ist es schon erschreckend. Die historischen Fakten zeigen klar: Die NATO ist kein Verteidigungs-, sondern ein Angriffsbündnis.

Von einer souveränen Gleichheit aller 193 UNO-Mitglieder kann leider nicht die Rede sein. Die fünf ständigen Mitglieder im UNO-Sicherheitsrat besitzen das Vetorecht und sind daher klar im Vorteil gegenüber den restlichen 188 UNO-Mitgliedern. Konkret bedeutet das, wenn eines der 188 weniger mächtigen UNO-Länder einen illegalen Angriffskrieg führt, wie zum Beispiel der Angriff des Iraks auf Kuwait 1990, dann wird das vom Sicherheitsrat verurteilt. Der Irak kann sich dann gegen die Verurteilung nicht wehren, weil er ja kein Veto im Sicherheitsrat hat.

Wenn aber ein Mitglied des Sicherheitsrates einen illegalen Angriffskrieg führt, wie zum Beispiel die USA gegen Panama 1989 oder die Briten und die USA 2003 gegen den Irak, dann werden diese Angreifer im Sicherheitsrat nicht verurteilt, weil sie sich mit einem Veto vor einer entsprechenden Resolution schützen. Die UNO ist ganz klar eine Zweiklassengesellschaft. Die fünf Sieger des zweiten Weltkrieges mit ständigem Sitz im Sicherheitsrat bilden die Oberschicht, die anderen 188 UNO-Mitgliedsstaaten die Unterschicht.

Weil aber gleichzeitig drei NATO-Staaten, also die USA, Frankreich und Großbritannien, im UNO-Sicherheitsrat einen ständigen Sitz mit Vetorecht haben, wurden sie praktisch nie verurteilt.

Wer nur den "Tabubruch" der Russen von 2014 sieht, ist nicht nur auf einem Auge, sondern auf beiden Augen blind. Die NATO-Staaten haben nach 1945 wiederholt andere Länder bombardiert, Regierungen gestürzt und die UNO-Charta missachtet. So hat das NATO-Mitglied USA 1953 im Iran die Regierung gestürzt, das war illegal. 1954 haben sie die Regierung in Guatemala gestürzt, indem man, wie heute in Syrien, Söldner bewaffnet und trainiert hat, das war illegal. 1973 haben sie in Chile die Regierung gestürzt, das war auch illegal. 1986 haben die USA Libyen bombardiert, ohne Mandat des UNO-Sicherheitsrates, daher war auch das illegal.

Die Russen haben sich vor allem über den illegalen NATO-Krieg gegen Serbien von 1999 geärgert, sowie über den illegalen Krieg der NATO-Länder Frankreich, Großbritannien und USA gegen Libyen 2011, bei dem Gaddafi gestürzt und getötet wurde. Als die USA am 20. Februar 2014 in der Ukraine die Regierung stürzten, um einen neuen Präsidenten zu installieren, der die Ukraine in die NATO führt, wurde es den Russen zu bunt. Denn sie wollten auf keinen Fall ihren Militärstützpunkt am Schwarzen Meer verlieren und sicherten sich daher nach dem Putsch in Kiew mit Soldaten und einer Volksabstimmung die Krim.

Die Leitmedien tragen die NATO-Propaganda in die gute Stube der Bürger. Es sind immer die gleichen Feindbilder: böse Muslime und böse Russen. Über die Verbrechen der NATO-Länder liest man nichts. Das fällt aber immer mehr Menschen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz auf. Gerade beim Konflikt in der Ukraine 2014 war es sehr offensichtlich, immer wieder hat zum Beispiel der Spiegel Putin auf der Titelseite dämonisiert, die Rolle der USA beim Putsch jedoch nicht ausgeleuchtet, schon gar nicht auf der Titelseite. Daher suchen wache Menschen heute Medien, die fair und umfassend Hintergründe ausleuchten, und nicht einfach NATO-Propaganda verbreiten.

Der britische Schriftsteller Aldous Huxley hat dieses andauernde Spalten und Abwerten schon 1936 klar durchschaut und richtig gewarnt: "Das Ziel der Kriegspropaganda besteht immer darin, erstens zwei Gruppen zu schaffen, und zweitens bei der eigenen Gruppe die Erinnerung auszulöschen, dass die andere Gruppe auch Menschen sind."

cp2 Allgemein / General

10.11.2016 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review - November 10, 2016

AQAP claims to repel Yemeni security forces in Hadramawt governorate; Hadi government and allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Taiz governorate; southern Yemenis continue to protest against UN peace proposal; Hadi government and allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in northern Yemen

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)-affiliated social media accounts refuted government officials’ claims that UAE-backed Hadrami Elite forces killed more than 20 AQAP militants in al Bahish grove, southwest of al Mukalla city in Hadramawt governorate on November 8. Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghir stated that security forces cleared Hadramawt governorate of both AQAP and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants in a November 10 statement. AQAP members claimed to kill 28 Hadrami fighters and reported that Saudi-led coalition Apaches killed three AQAP militants. Social media accounts also claimed that AQAP has recovered from its withdrawal from Yemen’s coastal cities and has reconstituted.

9.11.2016 – The Courier (B K)

Yemen: A battle of five armies

Saudi Arabia blames Ansar Allah for all of its problems. “If anyone attacks human lives, and disturbs the border, in whatever region, we’re going to continue hitting them, no matter what,” he said. However, all of the cluster ammunitions that Saudi Arabia has used thus far have been analyzed by humanitarian agencies. Their weaponry has been deemed illegal by several humanitarian groups and has been banned under international law because of the indiscriminate damage they cause

[Overview article]

9.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* B K)

Film: Saudi Arabia's scorched earth policy hitting Yemeni civilians

Saudi Arabia has turned many Yemeni boarder areas into scorched land through intensified airstrikes. Press TV’s Mohammed al-Attab has visited some of these areas where Saudi bombings displaced thousands and turned them into ghost towns. and on youtube:

9.11.2016 – Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Conundrum: No End in Sight

The war in Yemen is proving to be costly for the Saudi economy which if facing serious financial strain due to low oil prices. The intervention is all the more problematic because it has failed to resolve the Yemeni stand-off while aggravating the humanitarian crisis.

The lack of any significant success in resolving the crisis has exposed Saudi weaknesses both internally and externally.

There is also a degree of uneasiness within the kingdom on account of the ongoing military action in Yemen. Many Saudi citizens have expressed veiled criticism of the “military adventure” on social media. The government has been forced to start a propaganda campaign touting its achievements in the war. For instance, on 3 October the pro-government Arabic Daily Al-Riyadh published a commentary with graphics highlighting the achievements of the Saudi military. Though the focus was on justification of Saudi Arabia’s huge defence bill in the last five years, the underlining tone of justifying military intervention in Yemen could hardly be missed. The writer argued that the Saudi-led coalition strikes not only strengthens the Saudi borders alongside Yemen but also protects the Yemeni state from disintegrating. Ironically, the coalition intervention has worsened the situation as the number of cross-border strikes has increased while Yemen is on the cusp of de facto partition – by Md. Muddassir Quamar

My comment: No, there had not been any threat to Saudi territory before the Saudis began their aerial war against Yemen. – Any feeling of threat from Iran cannot give Saudi Arabia any right to intervene and to bomb in a third country as Yemen. – No, Saudi Arabia does not face a “herculean task´” in Yemen. The only task would be to stop bombing and intervening. That could be so easy.

9.11.2016 – France 24 (* A K)

War in Yemen: Saada, a city in ruins

This week, we take you to Yemen, where more than 7,000 people have been killed, and another 21 million are in urgent need of health assistance. We focus on Saada, a city reduced to rubble. Also, as Turkey continues to shrug off international criticism of its purge of alleged coup plotters, we speak to a journalist whose paper has been closed by authorities. Finally, we meet Souad al-Shammary, a Saudi women’s rights activist who, once jailed for her cause, relentlessly continues her advocacy. =

Comment by Judith Brown: Life in Saada. It was a wonderful centuries old city. It's now a pile of rubble and I hear they are even bombing the rubble again and again.

8.11.2016 – ACE News Room (B P)

Yemen: Back To The Future?

This American election has pushed Yemen from the headlines….for over a year now the Saudis have been bombing the crap out of Yemen...mostly under the pretense that the Shia Houthis were a threat to the sacred sites of Islam….not so sure.…I think it is that the monarchs were afraid of their hold on the wealth and power….

Split the country into North Yemen and South Yemen? Where have I heard this before?

Will Yemen breakdown into North and South again? If so then the last 20+ years have been for naught….could this be yet another problem that would have been better served by leaving it alone?

There seems be yet another “peace” deal in the works……if successful will Yemen become a two nation nation yet again?

If so then the last 25 years has been for nothing except thinning the population.

My comment: Interesting citations in the text.

8.11.2016 – Aljazeera (A H P)

As America votes, a voice from Yemen

The current round of American elections are being held while Yemen is facing turmoil and a very hard situation - statelessness, lawlessness, troubled security and a collapsing economy. This means that most Yemeni people have not been able to follow the process of the American elections, from beginning to end, and thus they do not care about its outcome.

The lack of power has prevented people from watching TV channels ... People are busy following local news, and with their own daily needs. They are not following up on the international news, particularly the American election.

Moreover, the non-payment of wages of public-sector employees for the past three months has increased the suffering of the people, who are focusing on survival throughout the country.

The interference of superpowers in the humanitarian and human rights issues of smaller countries is not altered by changing the rulers in the United States, as its programmes and foreign policy will not change in any concrete way – by Ahmed al-Qurshi, human rights activist

?.2016 – Peter Oborne (* B K)

[Film: Destruction of Yemen by the war]

8.11.2016 – World Bulletin (A P)

Somalia to move Yemen embassy from Sanaa to Aden

The Somali government has decided to transfer its embassy in Yemen from Sanaa to Aden, which serves as interim capital for the Yemeni government, Yemen’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

According to a government source quoted by Yemen's official SABA news agency, the move is "meant to support Yemen’s legitimate government -- headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi -- and reflect the two countries’ brotherly relations".

The official, who was not named, urged other "friendly states" to follow suit and transfer their diplomatic missions from Sanaa -- which was overrun by the Shia Houthi militia in 2014 -- to the coastal city of Aden.

SABA did not say when the Somali embassy would be formally relocated, while officials in Mogadishu were not available to comment on the issue.

Early last year, several Gulf States -- namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain -- relocated their Yemen embassies from Sanaa to Aden in a move aimed at "supporting the legitimacy" of Hadi’s government.

Comment by Judith Brown: Interesting move. But in truth there are no embassies open in Sanaa so this is pragmatic. Makes the split between north and south more likely though.

8.11.2016 – IUVM Press (A K P)

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen in international law’s point of view

Saudis crimes in Yemen can be investigated by international law. What is important is that the United Nations and the Security Council has failed to fulfill their humanitarian duty in Yemen. Security Council as the linchpin of the UN showed that its decisions are based on certain countries’ political interests for issuing “Resolution 2216” and having no desire to maintain real peace internationally.

This resolution shows the real face of the international political pillars.

In other words, not only the United Nations and the Security Council remain silence but also support the aggressors and violators of international law.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand mosque in Mecca, confirmed war on Yemen. He also knew the motive of the war in Yemen is being Shia Muslim and said: “it is the time that we build an “Islamic awakening” movement to deal with the Shiite.” This person clearly cites Shia genocide, Ansar Allah, is the reason of military attack to Yemen. Although Shia and Sunni tribes united with leadership of Ansarullah in Yemen revolution, Zaidi Shiites are subject to mass killings genocide. We can say the majority of Saudi troops actions in Yemen are a war crime case.

7.11.2016 – Critical Threats (A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review

[Events day by day, backwards from Nov. 7]

1.11.2016 – Deep Root (* B K P)

The Yemen Trend - October 2016 Issue

The Yemen Trend is a monthly digest that highlights Yemen’s key economic and humanitarian trends and political and military developments, providing context and analysis where necessary in order to facilitate informed discussion deeply rooted in the facts.

Humanitarian and Economic Trends

As fallout carried over from the Central Bank relocation in September and hostilities increased on many fronts, the month of October was characterized by spreading famine, a rapidly growing cholera outbreak, and worsening economic hardship. For the second month in a row public sector employees went without pay, while over a thousand suspected cholera cases sprung up across the country. The humanitarian situation has become so catastrophic the World Health Organization (WHO) said “almost half of the children countrywide are irreversibly stunted.”

Political Developments

The lack of a clear path forward for peace negotiations indicates the ceasefire was more an attempt by international powers to deflate growing criticism over alleged war crimes and for aid agencies to deliver vital supplies, than a measured attempt at a political agreement. Neither the Houthis nor the Saudis showed any optimism toward the ceasefire, and the Hadi government did only when politically expedient – on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, and again following the backlash from the funeral bombing. With the strides made by the Houthi/Saleh alliance in getting parliamentary approval of the Supreme Political Council in August, then with the appointment of Bin Habtoor as Prime Minister at the beginning of October, the alliance is unlikely to make any of the concessions called for under UNSC Resolution 2216 and the Kerry plan.

Military and Security developments

On the ground in Yemen fighting raged in many governorates but the frontlines ultimately remained at a stalemate. The war took on a greater international dynamic as Houthi/Saleh forces took the fighting farther beyond Yemen’s borders, attacking two foreign military vessels and launching ballistic missiles deeper into Saudi territory – by Brett Scott and full report:

?.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* B K)

(Video) Report by @hrw Coalition Airstrikes on Factories Heighten Crisis in #Yemen

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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10.11.2016 – Ergo (* B H)

Medizinische Entwicklungshilfe im Jemen

Dr. Johannes Correll gehört ist mit Leib und Seele Kinderorthopäde. Vor fast 40 Jahren hat er sich auf diese Disziplin eingeschworen. Jetzt, im Ruhestand, engagieren er und seine Frau Johanna sich in der medizinischen Entwicklungshilfe. Sie sind im Einsatz für Doctors for Disabled International.

Kinderorthopädie existiert nicht im Jemen

Aus der Bilderbuchkulisse des Chiemgaus geht es in den krisengeschüttelten Jemen. Der Einsatzort wird das Al-Thawra-Hospital in Ta‘iz. Eine kinderorthopädische Betreuung existiert schlicht nicht. Und auch sonst sieht die Versorgungslandschaft deutlich anders aus als in Deutschland. Fliegen bevölkern den Operationssaal. „Es gibt weder eine Klimaanlage noch steriles Instrumentarium. „Die wichtigste Schwester im OP ist die Schwester mit der Fliegenpatsche, die einem nicht nur auf die Schulter haut, wenn eine Fliege draufsitzt, sondern auch die Fliegen aus der Wunde vertreibt. Das sind eigentlich chaotische Zustände“, beschreibt Correll sein Umfeld im Jemen.

Correll nimmt sich vor, auch mit den wenigen vorhandenen Mitteln etwas zu erreichen. Dabei konzentriert er sich auf ein wichtiges Krankheitsbild, den Klumpfuß. Das ist eine schwere angeborene Fehlstellung des Fußes.

Correll schafft es, ein Programm aufzubauen. Er sensibilisiert Ärzte und Pfleger für eine frühe Diagnostik und Therapie. Für Neugeborene mit Klumpfuß gibt es nämlich eine sehr einfache und wirksame Behandlungstechnik.

Die orthopädietechnische Versorgung ist in Ta‘iz zwar auf niedrigstem Niveau, aber für die benötigten Orthesen ausreichend. Correll gelingt es, diese Methode durch seine wiederholten Einsätze zu verfestigen. Besonders stolz ist er auf einen in diesem Sinne unermüdlich arbeitenden jemenitischen Pfleger.

Leider hat sich die Lage im Jemen so verschärft, dass Dr. Johannes Correll aktuell keinen Einsatz planen kann. „Wir hoffen natürlich, dass wir in absehbarer Zeit wieder hinkommen können. Ich fühle mich als eine Art Botschafter unseres Landes und gehe nicht hin, um Geld zu verdienen. Sondern um den Leuten zu sagen, ich komme zu euch, ihr seid in Not und ich habe die Freude euch helfen zu können oder zu dürfen.“ – von Birgit Fissahn

10.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (* B H)

Yemen: Record number of babies born on hospital’s one-year anniversary

On 7 November, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) marked the one-year anniversary of its mother and child hospital in Taiz, assisting in the deliveries of 24 babies in a single day.

The figure represents “a new record for childbirths,” says Georgina Brown, MSF’s medical team leader in Taiz. “The maternity ward was so busy that we had to use some beds in the emergency room. We are thrilled to see all the newborns and their mothers recovering well.”

MSF opened the mother and child hospital in Al-Houban, Taiz, to improve access to healthcare for women and children in one of the areas in Yemen hardest hit by the war. In the past year, 3,123 babies have been born in the hospital. Taiz has seen some of the fiercest fighting since the escalation of the conflict began 20 months ago, with almost daily shelling, airstrikes, bomb blasts, landmine explosions and sniper fire. The intense fighting makes it very difficult for people to safely access healthcare.

The MSF hospital is the only facility providing free maternal and child healthcare in the area and has seen an increasing number of patients over the last 12 months. Since the opening, 44,573 patients have been seen in the out-patient department, 4,975 patients have been treated in the ER, and 18,679 pregnancy consultations have been carried out. The 108-bed hospital runs 24/7 with the support of 365 staff from over 10 countries, the majority of whom are Yemeni.

Because of the difficulties in accessing healthcare, many women and children arrive at the hospital at the very last minute, often with serious complications.

9.11.2016 – Mery Corps (* B H)

In the face of hunger, a doctor's knowledge goes viral

Since the start of the conflict we’ve been on the ground helping people caught in the crossfire meet their basic needs. We have distributed critical supplies like hygiene kits, blankets and mattresses and rehabilitated sanitation systems in schools and medical facilities. We’ve delivered clean water to those who can’t access it and provided food vouchers so families don’t have to go hungry.

We’re also tackling the hunger problem by promoting breastfeeding — a natural practice that conflicts with the traditional thinking in Yemen about newborn nutrition.

“No one was teaching these mothers that they should breastfeed after they gave birth,” explains Dr. Murad Dahan, Mercy Corps’ nutrition adviser in Yemen. Dahan spent his early days practicing medicine in Taiz, in southwestern Yemen, after graduating medical school.

Even as a qualified Yemeni medical professional, he was not aware of the value of breastfeeding. But in a country that has long experienced troubling rates of child malnutrition — and now faces massive food shortages — teaching mothers about breastfeeding has never been more crucial.

Only about half of all babies born in the world are breastfed within the first hour of life. And in Yemen, only 30 percent of babies receive breast milk within the first three days.

“In Yemen, we have these traditions that say newborn babies must drink water, especially right after birth,” Dahan says. “Most of the women in the rural areas believe that during the first three days after giving birth they should not breastfeed because the breast milk is discolored and is bad for the baby. No one knows that coloring is normal and that infants need their mother’s milk right away. Even I didn’t know this.”

But Dahan could not yet fully understand the challenges that come with trying to convince women in Yemen that changing feeding habits will actually benefit their babies. New mothers here are influenced by years of tradition and dozens of passionate female family members that tell them the opposite.

How you can help

With no real end to the war in sight, making breastfeeding an accepted and even celebrated part of a child’s life is critical to helping families protect their children from the conflict’s effects.

You are an important part of the solution. Your support helps us provide emergency food and educate mothers so they can keep their families healthy. Donate today ▸ =

9.11.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

We are at @monarelief taking care of disabled, blinds and orphans. Pix taken in al-Khawkha area of Hodeidah by @monareliefye #Yemen

.@monareliefye has delivered since May 2015 food aid to more than 20k families in Sanaa,Amran,Hajjeh,Dhamar,Hodeidah & Amant al-Asima #Yemen

9.11.2016 – UNICEF Yemen (* A H)

Amr, 18 months, is one of 101,000 severely malnourished children in Hodeidah, western Yemen (photo)

My comment: Hodeidah province has 2.6 million inhabitants. How large the percentage of starving children must be there?

9.11.2016 – AlMasirah TV (* A H)

Film: Starving in Hodeidah province

8.11.2016 – Yemen Today TV (* A H)

Film: The starving 18 year old girl in Al Thawra Hospital, Hodeidah

8.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

“This is my third delivery at this hospital in Abs. I live in the Bani Hassan Internally Displaced Camp. MSF provided an ambulance to take me to the hospital from the camp and they take care of everything at the hospital. The MSF midwife would measure my blood pressure and made sure that everything was going well. My husband is a fisherman and has a business, but things are not going so well because of the war. Everything is expensive and I wish that circumstances would change so my kids could have a better life.” (photo)

8.11.2016 – Khabar Agency (A H)

#Yemen: 7 deaths of cholera in al-Baydha province

8.11.2016 – Saba Net (* A H)

75 cholera cases confirmed in Yemen: Health Ministry

Ministry of Public Health and Population declared that cholera cases have reached 75 in Yemen, in a statement to Saba on Tuesday.
Out of the 75 cases, eight patients have died.
The cholera disease has spread across ten governorates, including the capital Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Ibb, al-Hodiedah, Lahj, Hajah, Amran and Sanaa governorate.
The ministry said the situation is under control.

My comment: “Under control”?? I doubt.

7.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A H)

Film: WHO: Half of Yemen's medical facilities shut

The United Nations has urged Yemen’s warring sides to arrive at a compromise amid a dire humanitarian situation in the war-ravaged country.
Ahmed warned about the outbreak of infectious diseases. He said Cholera is spreading quickly in Yemen due to inadequate medical care. According to the UN envoy, over 22-hundred people have been diagnosed with Cholera. The World Health Organization has issued a separate warning, saying more than half of Yemen’s 3500 hospitals and clinics are either closed or functioning partially. Saudi Arabia’s aerial campaign against Yemen which began in March 2015, has claimed nearly ten thousand and two hundred lives. The war has left millions of Yemenis in urgent need of food and medical supplies.
Intervewy: Massoud Shadjareh, Head, Islamic Human Rights Commission

7.11.2016 – Farah Abdessamad (A H)

"It's the first time since my husband died last year that I can eat meat with my children and buy eggs". Kamla Hassan, #CFW (Center for Faith & Work) project in #Aden

7.11.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

.@monareliefye's office in Hodeidah distributes food aid to needy families in al-Khawkha area in western #Yemen (photos)

3.11.2016 – World Health Organization (A H)

WHO reaches children and women in remote areas of Yemen

WHO and partners have conducted the third round of integrated outreach activities in all remote and rural areas in Yemen's 333 districts, providing more than 244 000 children with nutrition, immunization and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) services.

The activities, supported by WHO, have so far reached 17 000 villages. Almost 85 000 pregnant women and women of childbearing age were vaccinated against tetanus and received reproductive health, antenatal/postnatal care services. More than 7000 health workers took part in the outreach activities.

Remote and rural areas in Yemen are deprived of essential health services. The health situation in these areas has been further worsened by the current conflict, which constrains health workers from reaching all areas in need. With health services reduced or halted in more than 1900 health facilities in 16 governorates, these integrated outreach activities serve as critical health support,” said Dr Ahmed Shadoul, WHO Representative to Yemen.

Currently, WHO is supporting 28 mobile health teams covering primary health care, including nutrition support, as well as 29 health facility-based teams and 12 therapeutic feeding centres in 10 governorates in Yemen. =

3.11.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 17 | As of 30 October 2016


71 confirmed cases of cholera in 11 governorates

Food insecurity worsens

Salaries of 1.25M public servants remain unpaid

Airstrike in Sana’a kills over 140 and injures over 600

Total population 26 m

# of people targeted by assistance 12.6 m

# of people targeted by health care assistance 10.7 m

# of people targeted by food assistance 8.0 m

P# of people displaced (IDPs & returnees) 3.1 m*

# of deaths (WHO) 7,054

# of injuries (WHO) 36,376


$1.6 billion requested

$776 million funding against HRP

47% funded (31 October 2016)

Conflict Persists

Following 19 months of fighting, the armed conflict and its consequences continue to drive the large-scale humanitarian emergency in Yemen.

Humanitarians mobilise cholera response

Increased calls for independent inquiry

Low levels of food imports:

High food prices:

Reduced local production:

Delays in salary payments:

Humanitarian Chief visits Yemen:

Focus on the Sa’ada Hub: and in full:

12.10.2016 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (A H)

Humanitarian Implementation Plan Yemen (ECHO/YEM/BUD/2016/91000) - Last update: 12/10/2016 Version 3

The full implementation of this HIP is conditional upon the making available of appropriations from the general budget of the Union.

AMOUNT: EUR 70,000,000

The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000 (Worldwide Decision) and the related General Guidelines for Operational Priorities on Humanitarian Aid (Operational Priorities). The purpose of the HIP and its annex is to serve as a communication tool for ECHO's partners and to assist in the preparation of their proposals. The provisions of the Worldwide Decision and the General Conditions of the Agreement with the European Commission shall take precedence over the provisions in this document.


Second modification as of 12/10/2016

Over one year and a half into the conflict, the humanitarian situation in Yemen is further deteriorating.

As of 11 October, the revised YHRP was funded at 47%. While the food security and nutrition situations further deteriorate, the sectors remain underfunded with 38% and 52% of the financial requirements covered respectively.

This additional EUR 10 million funding will allow ECHO to further support emergency food distributions among the conflict affected population and more specifically IDPs across the country and to increase support to MAM-related activities. and in full:

30.9.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Map: Yemen - Emergency Livelihoods Assistance: Total number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - September 2016 and map: =

Map: Yemen - Livelihood Restoration: Total number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - September 2016 and the map: =

Map: Yemen - Emergency Food Assistance: Total number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - September 2016 and map: =

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

7.11.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (* B K)

Faty and Mohammed: Save our Yemen

We took the opportunity to exchange ideas with Mohammed Al Hindi who, for the last nine years has been working as the Head of Foreign Press section in both Yemen Tourism Magazine and Yemen Tourism Journal, and Faty Elghirbani, Legacy Manager always at the YTPB, to discuss the turbulent recent history of Yemen, assess the extent of the damage done and how, eventually, we can all help.

As the war was evolving, when did you realize that Yemen was never going to be the same, specifically relating to your job and the tourism industry?

´We realized that partly when the airports were targeted and Airlines stopped their operations to Yemen. But we became fully aware of the gravity, when the Old city of Sana'a was bombarded. That was the point of no return.´

Has any of the worldwide organizations (UNESCO, in primis) contacted you showing support or giving advice on how to tackle the catastrophe unfolding?

‘Unfortunately, NO!!!. We expected an active reaction and strict procedures from UNESCO when the Old City of Sana'a was bombarded but we were wrong in our expectations. UNESCO just issued a statement of condemnation… nothing more…nothing less.’ Breath. And nothing came afterwards.

‘One fact is sure and we can sum up the tragedy in one simple statement: all craftsmen and shops owners were affected and their business activities reached the bottom level of income. By bottom level we can say not more than 5 -10% compared to before the Saudi Aggression.’

´At the beginning of the aggression, there was continuous official contact with most of the governorates to establish real statistics about the magnitude of damages in the tourism sector whether they were direct like bombardment of tourism, historical and archeological sites or indirect like losses due to the aggression. A special committee of YTPB was established just for this problem and we are both members.

‘Saudi aggression has reached all the spheres of Yemen’s life and it obviously all hurts, but the destruction of archeological monuments and historical cities is different. It hurts us immensely, especially the bombardment of the Old City of Sana'a which is classified as one of the World’s Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The same UNESCO who has done nothing except issuing a statement of condemnation, while we were expecting more strict procedures in this regard. This inconsistency of reaction has given the aggressors the chance to target Old Sana’a for a second and third time, and it is worthy to mention that the old city is not only a Yemeni heritage but a universal one which needs the support and cooperation of the whole world to protect it.’

9.10.2016 – American Institute for Yemeni Studies (* B K)


Yemen’s World Heritage. Archaeology, Art and Architecture
Museum of Oriental Art in Venice
October 20 – December 16, 2016

The Oriental Art Museum, the Veneto Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen want to promote a series of events to make known in Venice’s the historic and artistic heritage of Yemen. Since March 2015 Yemen has been in a conflict in which the bombing violated numerous protected sites both nationally and internationally recognized, and destroyed museums and monuments of the rich cultural past of the country.
Recently, UNESCO reiterated its condemnation of the destruction perpetrated against the world heritage of Yemen and initiated a campaign # Unite4Heritage, the Yemeni Heritage Week: Museums United for Yemen for 2016, involving the major museums of Europe (the British Museum, Musée du Louvre, Hermitage, etc.).

From Prehistory to the present day the extreme tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has preserved unique features in the production of their material culture, whose forms are as native as the result of exchanges and synergies with Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean.

The deep bond of man with the settlement territory is expressed in through the remains of south Arabian kingdoms – the most notable of which is the Kingdom of Sheba – which were already using the house typology commonly referred as Yemen “tower house”.
With the start of Islam then, the Yemeni architecture has been enhanced with new forms and stylistic paradigms.

Archaeological studies conducted in Yemen have shown a slow and lasting osmosis between pre-Islamic and Islamic civilization.

The initiative promoted at the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice will go right to investigate this union, to raise awareness of an almost unknown cultural heritage in the West, whose origins are lost in the often muffled contours of myth.

On the final day of the exhibition on Friday, December 16, a conference will be organized at the Museum of Palazzo Grimani.

Comment by Judith Brown: Sanaa is as precious to the world as Venice. It's a UNESCO world heritage site. Being destroyed by Saudi bombs with the agreement of the world.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

10.11.2016 – News Front (A P)

Proteste im Jemen : Demonstranten fordern in Sanaa eine Regierungsbildung

In der Hauptstadt Sanaa sollen die Menschen auf die Straße gegangen sein und fordern eine Regierungsbildung.

10.11.2016 – Alwaght (A P)

Yemenis Rally to Call for Formation of Unity Govt.

Large numbers of Yemenis have took to the streets of the capital city of Sana’a to call for the formation of a government in the face of a Saudi aggression on the impoverished nation.

People converged on a main square on Wednesday to express support for the formation of a government to help put an end to the Saudi aerial, naval and ground attacks as well as its blockade of the country.

“Amid the brutal Saudi aggression, the formation of a government of technocrats to run the country during these difficult circumstances has become necessary,” a demonstrator told Press TV.

The demonstrators also denounced a peace initiative put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying it amounted to a call for “surrender.”

“The US and Saudi Arabia are complicit in the war and blockade against the Yemeni people. We do not trust them anymore,” said another demonstrator. and film by Press TV Iran:

10.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (* A H P)

Islah leader tortured to death in Houthi prison in Hodeida

The leader of Islah Party in Hodeida Governorate, Mohammed Abdullah Abo Zaid, died of torture at Houthi group prison 10 months after his arrest.

The Houthi militia kidnapped Head of Islah Party in Hashabera area of Zaidiah District of Hodeida Governorate from his workplace at Al Ershad school and in front of his students.

Sources close to the family of Mr. Mohammed Abdullah said that the family has received uncertain information that he already died in last May.

However, the source added, the Houthis have been leaking news about his death and then refuting these news, as they also asked the family to pay money for treatment along the past period.

Sources from Mohammed's family confirmed that he was exposed to various kinds of psychological and physical torture which led to his death.

It is noteworthy that a number of anti-Houthi activists whom have been abducted by the Houthi militias have died under torture at prisons of the Houthi group.

9.11.2016 – Fars News (A K P)

Ansarullah: Saudi Blockades, Aggression behind Famine in Yemen

The Yemeni Ansarullah movement said Saudi Arabia’s military campaign and its crippling blockades against Yemen are behind a severe food shortage and famine plaguing the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

Mohammad Abdulsalam, the Ansarullah spokesman, said in a post on his Facebook page that the Saudi-led military coalition is ducking the responsibility for the worsening humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen at the same time as maintaining a naval and aerial blockade on the conflict-ridden country, presstv reported.

While the Riyadh-led coalition is enforcing a no-fly zone over Yemen and bombing medical facilities, ambulances and even clinics run by the international humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, it refuses to take responsibility for the crisis in Yemen and keeps blaming others for impeding access to vital humanitarian aid for the civilian population, he pointed out.

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri claimed that fighters from the Ansarullah movement have seized a total of 34 Yemen-bound aid boats over a six-month period.

Assiri further accused Ansarullah members of blocking humanitarian supplies to the Western Yemeni city of Hodeida.

The Ansarullah spokesman further said Saudi Arabia and its regional allies are continuously bombarding the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, located 150 kilometers Southwest of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, preventing freight vessels from docking at Yemeni ports and killing innocent women and children.

9.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A E)

Acting Transport Minister Denies Detention of Any Ships at the Port of Hodeidah

The Acting Transport Minister, Abdullah Al-Ansi, denied today Wednesday the recent news spread by the media stating that ships have been detained in Al Khadis region in Hodeidah port.

Al Ansi stressed, during the inspection of the main center for ports of the Red Sea in Hodeidah port, that there are no ships held by the port authorities in Al Khadis region.

He confirmed that such information is baseless and added to the list of lies and fraud of the US-backed Saudi coalition in attempt to fool the international community.

In addition, he called upon the international community to neutrally deal with these false accusations and to work and put an end to the oppression of the Yemeni people, instead of listening to the coalition’s mislead accusations.

During his inspection of the port and its mechanism of reception and departure of ships, he affirmed that the mechanism is quite the same and normal and the authority of the port is fully committed to its duties as well as the owners of commercial ships.

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

Ibb: 3 civilians injured in confrontations, Houthis kidnap civilians

Armed Houthis, belong to Dhamar Governorate, kidnapped on Wednesday some civilian people of Bait Shu'aybi family in Sabrah District of Ibb Governorate, mid of Yemen.

A local source stated d to Almasdaroline that this kidnapping was a proactive step after ''Shu'aybi Family" tribes have called for the revenge of killing one of their relatives in clashes between Houthi rebels and security forces last Saturday in Ibb City.

The source also said that the rebels sat up checkpoints on the road to " Shu'aybi family" area and started a kidnapping campaign.

On the one hand, armed clashes broke out between the Al Abdulmoghni people and the Houthis in Alsada District because of Houthis' intervention in a dispute over a water project.

The clashes resulted in the injury of a woman, child, and a man whom were passing by in the market, according to locals.

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A H P)

Saada governor, UNFPA discuss health support in Saada

SAADA, Nov. 8 (Saba) – Saada governor, Mohammed Jaber Awad met with Acting Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Aziz Gildi, to discuss the health aspects in the governorate.
In the meeting , the officials discussed means to improve health services for women and children in the province, especially at the current circumstances where the country is under air, sea and land blockade imposed by the US-backed Saudi aggression war on Yemen.

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Supreme Political Council reviews with Prime Minister process of forming new Govt

President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad and his deputy Kasim Labuza held a meeting with Prime Minister Abdul Aziz Bin Habtoor.
During the meeting, which was held on Tuesday, the officials reviewed the process of completing the formation of a new national salvation government.
Dr. Bin Habtoor briefed the top officials of the country of the efforts undergoing to complete the formation of the new government, confirming that "the time of declaring the new cabinet will be soon in the next few days."
He said the cabinet will be included from all national political forces and its ministers will be with high competency profile.

8.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen PM-designate Bin Hebtoor in meeting with President Samad: Cabinet members announced soon. Delay4 choosing best national technocrats (photo)

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Presidential decrees issues

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued decrees on Tuesday making a change in some government positions, as stated by the Yemen News Agency "SABA".

President Hadi appointed Mohammad Al Saadi as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohamed Al Maitami as Minister of Industry and Trade, Salem Mohammed Salman as Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, and Mohammed Mohsen Askar as Vice Minister of Human Rights.

My comment: All these appointments are as illegal as Hadi still acting as “president” although his term is over for 20 month now. All appointments of ministers require approval by the parliament, what Hadi prefers to “forget” – as the end of his term.

8.11.2016 – Bahrain News Agency (A P)

Yemen calls UN agencies to relocate to Aden

Yemeni Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Maj.-Gen. Hussein Arab urged UN agencies working, in Yemen, to move their headquarters form Sana'a to Aden.
He confirmed the government is committed to facilitate their workings and provide their offices and fields crews, with necessary protection, according to Yemeni official news agency.

Comment: “Yemen” is just the Hadi government – in Riyadh. – The UN agencies should go to Aden if they like to be bombed by Al Qaida. – No, more serious: By this appeal the Hadi government want the UN to take their side in the conflict, as changing the headquarter would be a definite decision. Staying neutral would mean to take no new decision, that means to let everything as it is.

8.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

7persons, civilians include, killed in government forces clashes with tribesmen in Yafe'

7 people were killed and others injured in tribal clashes on Monda in Yafe' District of Lahj Governorate, southern Yemen, in which the Government forces engaged, according to a local source.

The source told Almasdaronline that a tribal dispute erupted between the two tribes of Al Jaber Al Hemyari and Al Benflees, after which the Al Jaber tribesmen attacked a car carrying women and children in Talb area of Yafe' District.

The source added that children and women belong to Al Benflees tribe which has revenge issues with the tribe of Al Jaber. According to the source, 3 persons were killed and 7 others were injured, one seriously.

The source noted that security forces following the Security Belt replied to the attack of Al Jaber tribesmen and violent clashes broke out resulting in the death of 4 tribesmen.

"The Security Belt forces Yafe' District has vowed that it will never stop fulfilling its duties in maintaining security and deterring aggressors," the source added.

My comment: As if the whole war still would not be enough, there also are tribal clashes.

10.11.2016 – AFP (A T)

Armee: 30 mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Mitglieder im Jemen getötet

Bei einer Offensive der Regierungstruppen im Jemen sind nach Angaben der Armee 30 mutmaßliche Mitglieder des Terrornetzwerks Al-Kaida getötet worden. Der Vorstoß der Armee habe in der Nähe von Mukalla im Südosten des Landes stattgefunden, teilte die Armee am Mittwoch mit. Er sei durch Luftangriffe des von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärbündnisses unterstützt worden.

9.11.2016 – Reuters (* A T)

Yemeni govt troops kill 30 al Qaeda suspects in south Yemen

Yemeni troops loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government killed at least 30 suspected al Qaeda militants in a raid backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, the Yemeni military said on Wednesday.

Four soldiers were also killed in the operation on Tuesday at a farm west of Mukalla, the port city and capital of the province of Hadramout, the military said on its Facebook page.

The raid was supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been fighting on the side of Hadi in a war against Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemeni officials on Tuesday reported that six militants were killed in the raid, while four others were captured.

Comment by Judith Brown: More news from Aden. The government forces there are newly recruited UAE trained Saudi paid Yemeni forces. The secessionist militias are also fighting the Al Qaeda forces. My contacts in Aden tell me there are no foreign forces there now.

8.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Government forces kill 20 Al-Qaida elements in Hadramout

A military source said on Tuesday that 20 Al-Qaeda gunmen were killed in fierce confrontations against government forces in Gidhah Town, west of Mukalla City in Hadramout Governorate, southeastern Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that military forces from the Hadrami Elite Forces attacked Gidhah Town after al-Qaeda militants have attempted to assemble and fortify in it.

"The Elite Forces fought fierce confrontations for nearly 20 hours using heavy and medium weapons against dozens of gunmen belonging to Al-Qaida, who have begun to regroup in Qidha Albahish area," the source added, The source noted that the forces attacked the sites and hideouts of al-Qaeda militants in the rural area, where they were sheltering for nearly a week, and were monitored by the intelligence services.

"During the confrontations, at least 20 al-Qaeda gunmen were killed, others were injured, and dozens were arrested, while a number of military forces members were injured," added the source. and by Arab News:

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / See cp1

10.11.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Hadi refuses to meet UN envoy to Yemen

Yemen president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has refused to meet the UN envoy to Yemen in protest to his latest peace plan that suggests stripping him of his authority in return for an Al Houthi withdrawal from main cities, two close aides to Hadi told Gulf News on Thursday – by Saeed Al Batati

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Without meeting government, "Ould Cheikh" back to New York

A government source said on Wednesday that the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh, has departed Saudi capital Riyadh going back to New York.

The source told Almasdaronline that the UN envoy departed without meeting Yemeni Government officials, noting that the government refused to meet him.

The source pointed out that the legitimate authorities had decided that any roadmap that is away from the three references, under which the previous peace talks were taking place, will be politically and popularly rejected.

My comment: Translating a German expression into English: They are “walling” (building a wall around themselves). That will be no solution.

9.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Yemeni demonstrators reject US peace initiative

Yemeni demonstrators have taken to the streets of Sana’a to express support for the country’s army and call for a better political future. They condemned the US peace initiative, calling it a call for surrender to the Saudi regime.

8.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Ould Cheikh: all Parties impede political olution

The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, departed Sana'a on Monday heading to Saudi capital Riyadh to meet with Yemeni government delegation for the negotiations.

OUld Cheikh will discuss the delegation's objections to the UN roadmap which was put forward a few days ago and aims to put an end to the conflict escalating since the spring of 2015.

Before departing, Ould Cheikh made a brief statement to reporters at Sana'a International Airport accusing all Yemeni parties of "impeding" the political solution. Ould Cheikh noted that he was leaving to Riyadh to meet with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the government's delegation in order to put forth the roadmap.

It is worth mentioning that the UN envoy arrived in Sana'a last Thursday in a five-days visit, during which he met the delegation of the Houthis and Saleh's party.

According to informed sources, the Houthis are demanding substantial amendments in the roadmap, and raised their demands by calling for the urgent need for President Hadi's resignation and staying completely away from the political scene to take place shortly before the signing on the roadmap.

8.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Hadi: UN roadmap in Yemen a ‘betrayal of martyrs’

Yemeni President in exile Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi yesterday rejected the UN’s roadmap for peace in the country, saying its acceptance is “betrayal of the blood of martyrs”, AlKhaleejOnlinereported.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Yemeni government in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Hadi refused the roadmap which was suggested by UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during his visit to the region this weekend.

Ahmed had discussed the terms of the roadmap with member of the Houthis and forces loyal to ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Last month, Hadi refused Ahmed’s roadmap saying it “legalises the coup carried out by the Houthis”.

My comment: This man must be insane. What do the “martyrs” claim in his opinion? What he tells here is the standard phrase to argue why a war must be continued – continued until victory. “Otherwise, when we do not win the price of victory, the martyrs had died in vain.” You would have heard similar nonsense in almost every war. Hadi actually claims his victory – a victory by means of a “peace deal” or what he calls a “peace deal”, but which actually gives him a) victory, b) supremacy, c) moral superiority. Thus he rejects everything what does not fit to that. – The Yemen war is a stalemate; a peace deal in such a situation never is a victory. – And for Hadi personally – his term is just over.

8.11.2016 – APA (A P)

Yemen's FM reconfirms rejection of UN peace plan

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abdul Malik al-Mikhlafi reiterated Tuesday his government's rejection of a UN peace plan suggested two weeks ago by the UN envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, APA reports quoting Anadolu.

The minister's remarks came during a meeting in Kuwait with Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to Yemen's official news agency, SABA.

Al-Mikhlafi confirmed that his government was keen to reach a comprehensive solution to end the war and stop the bloodshed in his country, SABA said, adding the Yemeni foreign minister reiterated his country's rejection of any initiative or peace plan not based on "terms of the Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the National Dialogue, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216." and repeated again when meeting the Russian ambassador:

7.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Yemen: Legitimate Government calls for Radical Changes to U.N. Peace Initiative

Yemeni President’s Advisor, Abdulaziz Al-Meflahi, said that the Yemeni legitimate government has asked U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to make radical changes to his peace proposal, adding that any solution to the Yemeni crisis should be based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcome of national dialogue.

In exclusive remarks to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Monday, Al-Meflahi said he considers the U.N. envoy’s proposal to be “ideas that reflect to a great extent the initiative launched by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.”
Ould Cheikh Ahmed headed to Riyadh on Monday, where he said he will meet with representatives from Yemen’s legitimate government to discuss his recent peace proposal.

For his part, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, reiterated on Monday his rejection to the roadmap presented by the international envoy, saying that such proposal gives the militias the right to keep their weapons and does not meet the Yemeni people’s aspirations for sustainable and comprehensive peace and stability.

“We clearly reject what is called the [U.N. Envoy Ismail] Ould Al Cheikh [Ahmed] peace plan because it rose from the wrong basis. We reject it since it neglects the root cause of the problem which is the coup and its ramifications,” Hadi said, during a meeting with senior aides and government officials.

He added the plan rewards Houthi militias and their ally, ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh for overthrowing the government and would pave the way for more conflicts in the future – by Abdul Hadi Habtoor

My comment: The propaganda “arguments” for refusing the plan of Ould Sheikh are repeated again and again, see YPR 225, 224. Just refusing the plan would have a negative propaganda effect, so propaganda tries to change the base on which such a peace plan is standing – as all peace plans for which conflict ever must do: keeping an equal distance to both parties of the conflict. The Hadi government just wants to press the UN to adopt its own partisan view of the conflict taking the Houthis as the origin of evil. – And, as already said, Hadi just wants back to the past (stressing UN SC resolution 2216, which is totally one-sided and outdated and should be replaced by a new resolution) and the political process of pre-war times. Ass the war has been in the meantime, there is no way back at all to the time of “GCC initiative” and “National Dialogue Conference”. There would be no great difference to call for the times of the Ottoman Empire.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

8.11.2016 – AP (A P)

Iran Calls for a Political Solution to Wars in Yemen, Syria

Iran's top diplomat is calling for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says regional powers should help the Yemenis and the Syrians to reach an immediate cease-fire that would be followed by the start of a dialogue to end the catastrophes underway in both countries.

Zarif spoke on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Lebanon.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

8.11.2016 – Daily Caller (* A P)

Why Does Clinton Have More Support In Saudi Arabia Than In America?

More Arabs believe Hillary Clinton should be president than Americans, an opinion poll of Middle Eastern countries suggests.

About 68 percent of those polled in Saudi Arabia favor Democratic nominee Clinton for president, and overall 66 percent of the population in nine Middle East countries believe she would be a better president, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Clinton is criticized for questionable foreign donations accepted by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation before, after and during Hillary’s term as secretary of state. Saudi Arabia donated between $10 to $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, with some donations coming as late as 2014 while Clinton was building her campaign for the presidency. The “Friends of Saudi Arabia,” co-founded by a Saudi prince also donated between $1 and $5 million to the Foundation.

The Foundation also received $12 million from a Moroccan mining company, which later received a $92 million loan guarantee from the U.S., in exchange for a meeting between Hillary Clinton and the king of Morocco, according to stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign released by WikiLeaks. (RELATED: Here’s A (Dirty) Laundry List Of The Clinton Foundation’s Most Questionable Foreign Donations)

Moroccans hold Clinton in high regard, with 78 percent of the country favoring her for U.S. president, according to the Arab Center’s poll.

Comparing Clinton and Trump, 70 percent of Arabs believe Clinton will have a more positive impact through U.S. foreign policy, while just 13 percent think a Trump presidency would create better policies relating to the Middle East.

“When asked about their general views of the United States, almost half of the Arab public expressed positive views,” the report says, though there is still “a strong Arab distrust in U.S. foreign policy.” – by Thomas Phippen

8.11.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

'Hillaryious' reaction from Saudis to Trump's win. They're calling for united Arab front. Right, you destroyed #Yemen go shave your beards.

8.11.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A E)

Private sector dues to be cleared by Dec. 31; signing of SR1 trillion mega projects halted

A package to clear all the government dues owed to private sector firms before the end of 2016 has been announced.

This is part of a raft of measures and procedures approved during a meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday night.

The meeting has authorized the Deputy Crown Prince, who is also chairman of CEDA, to present the package to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

The measures include reviewing a number of projects and rearranging priorities of spending, in addition to halting the signing of several mega projects amounting to a total of SR1 trillion.

7.11.2016 – Middle East Eye / Reuters (A E P)

Saudi Arabia halts $23bn oil aid deal to Egypt 'indefinitely'

Egypt and Iran deny talks over alternative deal after Riyadh pulls supplies under $23bn agreement which included handover of Red Sea islands

Saudi Arabia has informed Egypt that shipments of oil products expected under a $23bn aid deal have been halted indefinitely, suggesting a deepening rift between the two countries.

On Monday Egypt's oil minister, Tarek El Molla, confirmed Saudi Arabia had stopped shipments indefinitely. Aramco has not commented on the halt and did not respond to calls on Monday.

"They did not give us a reason," an Egyptian oil ministry official told Reuters. "They only informed the authority about halting shipments of petroleum products until further notice."

Saudi Arabia has been a major donor to Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seized power in mid-2013, but Riyadh has become frustrated with Sisi's lack of economic reforms and his reluctance to be drawn into the conflict in Yemen.

During a visit by Saudi King Salman in April, Saudi Arabia agreed to provide Egypt with 700,000 tonnes of refined oil products per month for five years, but the cargoes stopped arriving in early October as festering political tensions burst into the open. and see also here:

3.11.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi Arabia refuses to even consider allowing women to drive

The Kingdom is the only country on the planet that still bans female drivers

Saudi Arabia’s most influential advisory council - one that has great sway over the king - has refused to even consider allowing women to drive.

The Kingdom is the only country on the planet that still bans women from driving.

The proposed inquiry would have contemplated questions such as "What are the difficulties if they start?" and "What is required to allow them to drive?"

One male member of the Shura Council - the formal advisory body to King Salman – had proposed looking into the possibility, an unnamed member of the council told AFP.

But the suggestion failed to get the 50 per cent plus one support required among the 150 members, which includes 30 women. While the Shura council has the power to propose laws to the King, it cannot pass or enforce laws – by Tom Embury-Dennis

cp9 USA

9.11.2016 – DSCA 2015 Factbook (A K P)

Foreign military sales under president Obama (see image)

9.11.2016 – Dr. Karim (A P)

Let the games begin!!!! (images)

9.11.2016 – Adam Baron (A P)

Reminder: this is the closest thing that the apparent president elect has to a Yemen policy (see in image)

9.11.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Under Obama, US-backed Saudi airstrikes bombed all of Yemen except Al Qaeda & AQAP fought as part of Saudi forces. Will Trump change that?

Under Obama, US-backed Saudi Arabia & UAE forces invaded Aden, where Al Qaeda & ISIS now saunter on the streets. Will Trump change that?

Under Obama, Al Qaeda in Syria became US-backed Saudi storm troopers of war, lovingly called "moderate rebels". Will Trump change that?

Under Obama, BBC World video of AQAP terrorists fighting as part of Saudi ranks in Yemen was ignored. Will Trump change that?

Under Obama the Nobel Peace laureate, the White House launched US wars in over a dozen countries & became the world's biggest arms tout.

Will Donald Trump as the new US president change all these Obama admin disasters?

I don't know. But a Trump White House could not possibly do worse than 8 years of Obama has. I guess that passes as the only thin thread of hope the world has, right now.

8.11.2016 – GuilCo SoJo (A P)

Let’s talk about Yemen, U.S. involvement

I am no expert on the Middle East, and I understand our political interests and alliances are complex. I am still unsure of what the best way to intervene in Syria is.

However, if we have reached the point where America is continuing to provide the materials for another country to commit war crimes it is obvious we have done something wrong.

But if we are going to encourage our government to intervene in the humanitarian disasters of Iraq and Syria, we should demand that they not help create further humanitarian disasters in Yemen.

If we do not, not only will more innocents die but the U.S. will lose even more moral authority when we try to apply pressure to Russia or Assad to stop their bombing campaigns.

So as we talk about no-fly zones and stopping the barrel bombs raining down on Aleppo, we need to consider our role in supplying laser-guided bombs to rain down on civilians in Yemen – by Abe Kenmore

7.11.2016 – The American Conservative (* A P)

2016 Wasn’t a Foreign Policy Election, But It Will Have Foreign Policy Consequences

Not only have the major party candidates managed to evade any serious questions about their policies around the world, but they have been allowed to endorse the continuation of current war policies with virtually no questioning at all. The next president will take office as the third consecutive president to be in charge of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the second in a row to be in charge of a war in Syria. At the same time that, the U.S. is bombing or supporting the bombing of at least three other countries, and there is no reason to expect any of that to stop under the next administration.

The voters have scarcely been told what the next president’s plans are for these wars, and they and their representatives have never seriously been consulted about them. Congress’ abdication of responsibility means that the new president will inherit at least one illegal war and another appalling U.S.-backed war in Yemen with no consent or input from the people’s representatives, and we are more likely than not to be stuck with a president inclined to continue or even escalate current U.S. military interventions. Presidents never have mandates for their agendas, but there is definitely no mandate for a more aggressive foreign policy. Nonetheless, that is almost certainly what we will get as a result of this largely foreign policy-free election campaign – by Daniel Larison

7.11.2016 – Arab News (A P)

What if Clinton wins?

A Hillary Clinton presidency, if she wins the elections, will not be a second Obama administration on foreign policy as some of her critics seem to think. She will chart her own foreign policy and — if the campaign is any guide — it will be a more Republican-like foreign policy than a traditional Democratic one. As a Democrat, she is considered the “hawkish” candidate on foreign policy, and not the Republican candidate, be it on Russia, Iran, Syria, nuclear issues, and on repairing the relationship with allies – by Amal Mudallali

My comment: A Saudi website. Of course, Clinton is seen quite positive here.

Comment by Esther Muruaga: This article contains all the reasons why Hillary Clinton should not win. Summing up: she's the #Saudi candidate.

7–8.11.2016 – James A. Garamone (A P)

American, Saudi officers escort Marine Gen. Joe Dunford after his arrival in Riyadh from Turkey. The chairman is in Saudi for talks (photo)

Gen. Joe Dunford meets Saudi King Salman at the Royal Palace in Riyadh today (photo) and see

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

9.11.2016 – Ministry of Defence (A K P)

Of note for Defence today is news that HMS Daring has been deployed off the coast of Yemen, that 1200 soldiers have been put on 24 hour standby to help if England suffers flooding this winter, and continued coverage of the Defence Estate announcement.

The Times reports that Britain has ‘secretly’ deployed HMS Daring off the coast of Yemen to protect a crucial shipping lane. The paper adds that the Type 45 destroyer was diverted from joining a mission in the Gulf to patrol the Bab al-Mandeb strait.

An MOD spokesperson said:

As part of our commitment to freedom of navigation in the region, HMS Daring is providing situational awareness and reassurance to commercial shipping. Demonstrating the flexibility inherent in any deployed warship, she will then continue to the Gulf as previously planned.

9.11.2016 – RT (* A K)

Oil wars? UK’s most advanced warship secretly deployed to Yemen coast

Britain’s most advanced warship has reportedly been quietly deployed to the coast of Yemen in what experts claim is a bid to protect the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait – a key oil route.

While the move has not yet been publicly confirmed, the Times newspaper reported Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring had been diverted to the area, which feeds into the Suez Canal.

Western economies fear they could be crippled if the strait is dominated by rebel groups blocking the flow of commercial shipping.

“As part of our commitment to freedom of navigation in the region, HMS Daring is providing situational awareness and reassurance to commercial shipping,” a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman told the Times.

Comment by Judith Brown: More evidence of UK's involvement in the Yemen war. And only reported on an inside page in The Times. And no parliamentary debate. Do we live in a democracy then or is this a May-ocracy?


9.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A K)

Britain Quietly Deploys Warship off the Coast of Yemen

Britain has secretly deployed its most advanced warship off the coast of Yemen to guard a crucial shipping lane from Iranian-backed missile attacks threat, according to The Times.

The warship has been sent to protect the Bab al-Mandeb route following attacks on three U.S. warships and a United Arab Emirates vessel there.

The vast majority of Britain’s oil and gas supplies take this route as their main passage which leads to the Suez Canal; any obstacle would mean the electricity could be cut off across Britain, said Peter Roberts, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, who stressed the importance of keeping the strait open.

The threat of attacks against vessels using the shipping lane is an expansion from the conflict in Yemen where Iran-backed Houthi rebels are attacking Yemeni government forces; supported by a Saudi-led coalition and armed with British weapons.

“This is about Iranians and their proxy war against the Saudis,” said Gerry Northwood, chief operating officer of MAST, a British maritime security firm.

Britain has abstained from announcing the deployment of Daring off Yemen because of the sensitivity of such a powerful UK warship appearing to be linked to the conflict, stated The Times.

“The destroyer, which can shoot down missiles, had been heading to the Gulf with HMS Ocean, the UK’s flagship which is due to take charge of coalition naval operations against ISIS later this month.”

My comment: Will this b more: more interference in the Yemen war?

8.11.2016 – Huffington Post (A P)

In-tray For The New President: Saving Yemen

Whether or not the President-elect will be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, Yemen will be on the agenda.

It is fitting therefore that in New York last week, the UN Security Council met to discuss Yemen for the first time in six months. I watched as its Members were told that Yemen is in the midst of a crisis, which is already a catastrophe, and on the brink of becoming a tragedy.

Just like that, a terrible countdown to save the people of Yemen began.

When four fifths of a population require urgent humanitarian assistance and 3 million are suffering from acute malnutrition, any solution is a race against time. We need global leadership to get peace in Yemen, or it may become one of the great failures of Western diplomacy.

The path forward is clear. The UK’s four point plan is sensible, practical and would pass a strong message that the fighting must stop. As we count down to a humanitarian tragedy, it may fall on the new President to stop the clock, end the violence, and save the people of Yemen. – by Kenneth Vaz, MP Labour

My comment: That are nice words by a MP who himself abstained on the motion to stop support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen ( How can this man dare to blow his phrase bubbles on this subject, with no step leaving the mainstream path of not pulling in doubt the own support for one side of the war? – What a bullshit: “We need global leadership to get peace in Yemen”: there has been enough “global leadership” in the world, by the US and UK, taking side in this war and furnishing the arms and more for all this carnage; the best these states still can do for Yemen is just to stop any interference arms supply, support for any of the warring parties. – And more: “Yemen […] may become one of the great failures of Western diplomacy” – it still is for long, from the very moment on when the West declared to support one side in this war, to support the Saudi aerial war. In the case of Britain, this clearly was proclaimed just the first day after the start of aerial war carnage. – We must hear such hypocrites on Yemen almost every day; just shut up.

8.11.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Film: #Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confronted Prime Minister Theresa May over #Saudi_Arabia's continued membership of the #UNHuman Rights Council.

7.11.2016 – Dr. Karim (A P)

Yemeni Lawyer Kim Sharif files the first lawsuit against KSA and Qatar in British courts for crimes in Yemen.(images)

3.11.2016 – Activist Post (* B K P)

UK Involvement In US’ Secret Drone War Revealed

New evidence suggests that the US isn’t conducting this deadly and illegal program alone as the United Kingdom is intimately involved.

According to documents obtained by the UK-based rights group Reprieve, the UK military has been working with the US to select the targets of the drone campaign. At RAF Molesworth, a UK military base leased to the US, the US employed a “MQ-9 REAPER [drone] ISR Mission Intelligence Coordinator” while a private military contractor advertised for an “All Source Analyst – Targeting” to work at the same base. For years, the UK government has refused to confirm if the base plays a role in the covert drone war though they have said that “the US does not operate RPAS [drones] from the UK.” However, they have refused to answer questions about the UK’s role in choosing targets and creating the US “kill list.”

A third job advertisement obtained by Reprieve showed contractor Leidos was looking for someone to provide “FMV [full motion video] intelligence analysis in support of USAFRICOM and Special Operations Command Africa,” also at the RAF Molesworth base. This indicates that the base is involved in supporting illegal drone strikes in countries such as Somalia and Libya, where neither the US or UK is publicly at war – By Whitney Webb

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe cp12 zu Italien / See cp12, Italy

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

8.11.2016 – Alistair Reign (* A K P)

CDN: Now Second Largest Exporter Of Weapons Used Against Civilians

Even on the rugged, back roads of Canada – THAT is NOT a JEEP! Back in 2014, the Harper government shook hands on a $15-billion deal to sell, what Trudeau later referred to as “lightly armed jeeps,” to Saudi Arabia. However, Ken Epps of Project Ploughshares, an anti-war group that tracks arms sales, said the LAV weaponry shows how lethal this Canadian deal really is.

Videos, dated from 2012 and 2015, show Saudi authorities using LAVs (not Canadian-made) against Shia citizens in the “Wahhabi-State of Arabia“.

“Such vehicles, far from simple troop carriers, are capable of major destruction, and given the ongoing deplorable human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, there is great risk that they will be used against civilians opposed to the Saudi government. This is why the new Canadian government should be reconsidering the Saudi contract,” Mr. Epps said.

During the 2015 election campaign, Mr. Trudeau played down the strategic nature of the sale, saying General Dynamics was merely exporting jeeps. Mr. Trudeau went on to characterize the sale as a private contract involving a manufacturing company – omitting Ottawa’s crucial role.

Regardless of worldwide outrage of the reprehensible Saudi war crimes against women and children in Yemen, and innumerable human rights crimes against their own citizens – the Trudeau government has approved the export permits for the lethal vehicles anyway.

What is happening to the Canada I grew up in?

We have just come through a veritable “decade of darkness” characterized by reckless military spending, disastrous foreign wars, and Cold War sabre-rattling.

We can clearly see the terrible results. The Defence Lobby, and the arch Conservative think tanks they fund, have become so deeply entrenched in the Canadian body politic and they have such a stranglehold on government that the Liberals seem powerless (or unwilling) to escape their clutches.

The ball is in your court Prime Minister Trudeau.Are you going to turn a blind eye to Saudi’s inhumane treatment and killing of women and children, while dragging Canada into their disregard for the right to life in Yemen – a grievous crime surmounting to genocide? – by Alistair Reign and film

7.11.2016 – Diwan ( B P)

Why Oman is Important: Active foreign policy, neutral host as the Middle Man

A collection of articles on Oman’s role during Yemen’s year and a half old conflict…..

10.11.2016 – Radio Italia IRIB (B K)


RADIO ITALIA IRIB, Hamid Masoumi Nejad corrispondente della Radio e Tv Iraniana in Italia

13.10.2016 – Sarita Libre (* A K P)

Le bombe sganciate sui civili in Yemen arrivano dall’Italia. Ma si può fare.

Negli ultimi giorni una larga parte dei cittadini italiani si è unita alla Rete Disarmo e ad altre associazioni per chiedere delucidazioni al Ministro della Difesa Roberta Pinotti sulla provenienza di una bomba inerte ritrovata in Yemen. Ne è nato anche un hashtag, #Pinottirisponda.

Ma torniamo alla bomba in questione, quella ritrovata, e al suo numero di matricola.

Eccolo, è un codice NATO (Nsn vuol dire “Nato Stock Number”) a 13 cifre:

Nsn 1325-15-150-5814

Come si legge?

I primi numero indicano il tipo di ordigno e la classe. Il quinto e sesto numero indicano invece lo Stato in cui la bomba è stata prodotta. In questo caso è il numero 15 che corrisponde a…Italia.

Sulla bomba c’era anche un altro numero, A4447, che è quello dell’azienda produttrice. Se fosse un pacco di pasta sarebbe De Cecco, Rummo, Barilla. Qui però il “made in Italy” è un altro e parliamo di bombe, non di rigatoni. A4447 vuol dire…RWM.

RWM Italia spa come si legge qui ha sede legale italiana a Ghedi (Brescia) e fabbriche nel nord Italia e nella nostra amata Sardegna. con film: Per la Pinotti tutto regolare,

Kommentar: Dieser Artikel geht auch Deutschland an! Die im Jemen gefundene Bombe stammt aus der Fabrik in Sardinien – und die gehört zum deutschen Rheinmetall-Konzern. Nicht nur Italien, sondern auch Deutschland bombt im Jemen mit.

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

10.11.2016 - Hisham Al-Omeisy (A H)

It's 3°C tonight and sub zero with wind chill. Three million IDPs in and many in tents or out in the open. Lord have mercy.

9.11.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen Situation - 2016 Funding Update as of 8 November 2016

172.2 required for 2016
75.0 M contributions received, representing 44% of requirements
97.2 M funding gap for the Yemen situation and in full: =

Comment: The gap is equivalent to the cost of ½ day Saudi aerial war against Yemen – day by day, since 600 days now.

8.11.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

"I want to return home. I want to see a ceasefire in Taizz and across my country” - Wedad, 10 months displaced from Taizz to Abyan (photo)

31.10.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

UNHCR Yemen Cholera Response Update, 31 October 2016

UNHCR’s population of concern in Yemen

269,255 Registered refugees

9,087 Registered asylum seekers

2.18 million Internally Displaced People

1 million IDP Returnees

According to WHO, 2,070 suspected cases have been reported as of 1 November 2016; 67 have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae in Yemen.

The cholera outbreak is particularly worrying for refugees, asylum seekers and local communities in Yemen, whose risks and vulnerabilities are compounded by the ongoing conflict and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Access to safe water and sanitation is indeed essential to prevent and cure cholera. UNHCR’s response aims at preventing and controlling the outbreak by supporting health facilities for refugees and asylum seekers as well as their local host communities in Sana’a, Aden, Lahj and Shabwah governorates. and in full:

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A E H P)

The Yemeni government instructs Central Bank start pay salaries of retired staff

The Yemeni news agency "Saba" reported that the government has approved on Wednesday the payment of retired staff salaries in the public sector starting next Saturday.

The Government, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Arab, directed the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank to start payment of retirees salaries, and to accelerate preparing the salaries lists of all the civil sectors so as to pay their salaries.

The Yemeni government has paid over the past week the salaries of the month of September for the staff in the governorates under its control, while the Houthi rebels authorities have failed to pay the salaries, amid liquidity crisis in the local currency.

Despite the promises of the PM Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr late last October to pay the overdue salaries of state employees in the foreign currency available, no salary was paid until this moment, at a time the economic situation in the troubled country is collapsing.

My comment: This Central bank at Aden just is the central Bank for Hadi’s south. There is no payment to people in the north. Remember, before Hadi’s order to transfere the Central Bank to Aden the Central Bank in Sanaa managed to pay salaries in the whole country, despite of the war.

9.11.2016 – Hana Alshowafi ( E H)

Students left schools at 10.30am due to teachers strikes, they r'nt paid for the third month now! Students pay war ugly price!

9.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A E P)

In Hajah: Pay the Salaries Without Discounts

Homed manager of the agricultural Cooperative Credit Bank “CAC Bank” in Hajah confirmed that, the September salaries will be spent without any allowances.

In a statement to “Yamanyoon” after reaching a text message to the bank’s clients borrowers of the bank’s staff refers to the monthly premium deducted them to raise questions of staff and their fear of the monthly premium deducted from their salary.

Hamid said they are working to restore what has been his opponent to borrowers receive their salaries even without discounts.

8.11.2016 – Judith Brown (A H)

I've been sent this - a picture of a woman who died standing in line to wait for her salary - since Hadi moved the central Yemen and to Aden no one has been paid - for 3 months (photo)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

10.11.2016 – AP (A T)

Al-Qaida in Yemen threatens UAE-enlisted forces

In a new video, al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has threatened to escalate attacks against forces recruited by the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition against the Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis.

The video obtained Thursday, titled “deterring aggression,” accused the UAE of waging an “immoral war” in which its warplanes undertake airstrikes under the banner of fighting terrorism while allegedly slaying civilians.

The video showed militants marching through the southern city of Aden, training in mountainous areas, and suicide bombers preparing attacks against recruitment camps.

My comment: They are free to march through Hadi’s “capital city” Aden.

10.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS Beheading (cut heads) in Selw of Taiz central. Leader is Saudi-financed Mumen Mekhlafi. US backing such groups (photo, graphic)

10.11.2016 – Peter Salisbury (A K T)

Along with naval assault I also expect to see Salafi fighters inserted into Sa'dah and renewed offensives in Nihm, Mareb, Beidah

Comment by Judith Brown: Peter Salisbury is a keen follower of Yemen and has a great insight into politics surrounding Yemen. This is his forecast for the next few months for Yemen. Sounds worrying.

8.11.2016 – IUVM Press (A T)

The License plates of Saudi Arabia and Jordan in Mosul

Iraqi forces in Mosul have published the images of the ISIS members cars, which have the license plates of Saudi Arabia and Jordan (photos)

cp15 Propaganda

9.11.2016 – National Council of Resistance for Iran (A P)

Im Jemen wurde das Bündnis zwischen dem iranischen Regime und al-Qaida und den Huthis enthüllt: Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi

Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, der Präsident des Jemen, betonte in einer Rede, die Erfahrung der vergangenen Jahre von Krieg und Konflikt in seinem Lande zeige, daß zwischen dem iranischen Regime, al-Qaida und den Huthi-Putschisten ein Bündnis bestehe.

„Die Erfahrung des Krieges, den die Putschisten mit Unterstützung durch Teheran der Nation des Jemen auferlegt haben, hat das Maß der Koordination des Handelns zwischen dem iranischen Regime, der Terrorgruppe al-Qaida und den Huthi-Putschisten deutlich an den Tag gebracht.“

„Wir verfügen über reichlich Erfahrung von der Koordination und Zusammenarbeit zwischen diesen drei Achsen: dem Iran, den Huthis und al-Qaida; am deutlichsten zeigte sie sich nach der Besetzung der Städte Abyan, Al-Houta und Hadhramaut durch al-Qaida. Als al-Qaida Hadhramaut besetzte, traten ihr die vom iranischen Regime gedeckten Huthis nicht nur nicht entgegen, sondern sie verringerten durch Angriff auf unsere Truppen den Druck, dem al-Qaida unterlag. Und als unsere Truppen diese Städten befreiten, kämpften darin die Huthis mit voller Macht gegen uns,“ sagte Mansur Hadi.

Erneut warnte er vor dem expansionistischen Handeln des iranischen Regimes in der Region und seiner Drohung, den Schiffsverkehr in internationalen Gewässern zwischen der Straße von Hormuz und Bab-el-Mandeb durch ihre Leute unsicher zu machen.

Mein Kommentar: Hadis Äußerungen und damit die weiterverbreitete Propaganda sind in ihrer Absurdität weiter steigerungsfähig, wie dieser Artikel zeigt. Siehe bitte die englischsprachigen Kommentare von Judith Brown und mir unter der englischen Version.

and the English version:

8.11.2016 – National Council of Resistance for Iran (A P)

Iran regime alliance with al-Qaeda and Houthi revealed in Yemen: Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi

Yemen’s president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, emphasized in his speech that the experience of war and conflict in Yemen over the past year shows that in playing a role (in the conflict), there is a coalition and coordination between the Iranian regime, al-Qaeda and the Houthi putschists.
“The experience of the war inflicted on Yemen nation by the putschists (conductors of coup) backed by Tehran has clearly exposed the level of coordination and sharing of role between Iranian regime and al-Qaeda terrorist group and Houthis putschists,” he said.

“We have abundant evidence of the coordination and cooperation between the three axes of Iran, Houthis and al-Qaeda, the most obvious of which was exposed after the occupation of the cities “Abyan, Al-Houta, and Hadhramaut” by al-Qaeda. When al-Qaeda occupied Hadhramaut, the Houthis backed by Iranian regime not only did not confront it..., but also reduced pressure on al-Qaeda by storming our forces. However, when our forces freed these cities, the Houthis fought with full forces against us in the cities,” Mansur Hadi said.

He once again warned about the Iranian regime's expansionism in the region and their threat to unsafe shipping activities in international waters from the Strait of Hormuz to Bab-el-Mandeb by their agents in the region.

Comment by Judith Brown: Wow this is maybe the most deranged report I have read yet - by an expected alliance of an Iranian dissent group and the ever desperate Hadi. Have you noticed how often the Western media uses the term 'legitimate' in relation to Hadi. Now I think this is strange. When there is a coup in any country and the ruler is ousted, even if 'we' are on the side of the usurped our media and government do not put the adjective 'legitimate' in front of the term 'president'. This makes me think that they are doing this with Hadi because they now that he is NOT legitimate but they are keen to fool the world that he is. And to the uninitiated - the Houthis and Iran really are the sworn enemies of Al Qaeda who have a murderous anti-Shia sentiment as part of their reason for existence. Only the foolish would believe this - and by the way, Al Qaeda operatives have fought - and are fighting - on the same side as Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen.

Comment: Brown is right. Hadi seems to become more and more insane, inventing more and more grotesque stories. There is no possible connection of Iran and the Houthis to Al Qaida. As time passes on, I presume Hadi will enrich his grotesque conspiracy theory with still more allies to these three: I guess Putin and the Russians, Assad, the Pope might be, and he will not stop with Aliens.

8.11.2016 – Buzz Feed (* A P)

Islamic Institutions Say They Never Signed Saudi-Linked Mosque’s Open Letter About Yemen

A number of Muslim organisations have distanced themselves from a letter published by the London Central Mosque, which carried their signatures.

A number of leading Muslim organisations have said they never gave approval for their signatures to appear on an open letter about an alleged attack on Mecca by Yemen’s Houthi militia, which was published by a Saudi Arabia-linked London mosque.

In October Saudi Arabia, which is leading coalition air strikes intervening in Yemen’s civil war between the Houthi militia and supporters of its exiled President Hadi, claimed in a statement on its state news agency that the Houthis had launched a ballistic missile towards Mecca, Islam’s most holy place.

Houthi rebels – who belong to the Zaidi sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam – confirmed the launch of a Burkan-1 ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia to their official news agency, according to Reuters agency, but said they targeted King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, the kingdom’s busiest airport.

The Saudi state news agency statement was followed by a letter on the website of the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, which 16 major mosques and organisations appeared to have signed. Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the UK, Prince Mohamed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz, currently sits among the mosque’s board of trustees.

It stated there was “profound regret and bottomless pain” from the Muslim community in Britain after it received news of the missile’s launch.

The letter had signatories from a number of significant Muslim institutions, including the Islamic Sharia Council and some of Britain’s largest mosques. However, it has since emerged some organisations had not seen the letter before it was published, and were not aware they were signatories.

A spokesperson from the Al Manaar mosque in West London said they had been caught by surprise over the letter, while the East London Mosque has asked to be removed from it – by Aisha Gani

My comment: That’s the way Saudi Arabia wins supporters: Just claim them and put them on the list. Remember: When prince Salman with great pathos founded a Muslim anti-terror coalition of ca. 34 states, he added several states to the list the governments were quite astonished about, I believe Lebanon and Indonesia for instance. Saudi propaganda is bullying, primitive – and thus often traps itself.

8.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen’s minister says army has secured Bab Al-Mandeb Strait

Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, General Hussein Arab, has revealed that the army, backed by Saudi-led coalition forces, has secured the strategic Bab Al-Mandeb Strait at the mouth of the Red Sea. He made the announcement at a symposium organised by the University of Aden on Monday

The event looked at maritime piracy and the risks to Yemen’s economy and regional and international security. The strategically-important waterway connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean; 50 per cent of the world’s oil supplies pass through it.

General Arab added that the Houthi rebels have tried to control and affect the strait in various ways, causing more than $350 million in losses per year for Yemen. The cost of maritime insurance has also increased by more than 400 per cent as a result of the rebels’ efforts. Local fishermen have faced significant losses dues to terrorist attacks.

However, the minister denied that the southern provinces serve as an incubator for Al-Qaeda militants. There is compelling evidence, he insisted, to show who is behind the terrorism, which will be revealed should local or international tribunals ever be held.

My comment: Funny propaganda piece. How the hadi government should have secured Bab Al-Mandeb, where the danger of piracy actually had increased (see cp18)? – How Houthis control of the Bab Al-Mandab would have created any losses, seems to be a mystery to me. Vessels pass by. – “The cost of maritime insurance has also increased by more than 400 per cent as a result of the rebels’ efforts”: because of war in general seems more probable. – The best joke: “Local fishermen have faced significant losses dues to terrorist attacks”. Well, which “terrorist attacks”? There only have been many Saudi air raids targeting fishing boats. Well, these air raids certainly were “terrorist”, thus the statement is right. – The still greater joke: “The minister denied that the southern provinces serve as an incubator for Al-Qaeda militants”; that in the best case is wishful thinking; in reality that’s exactly what southern provinces are. – “There is compelling evidence, he insisted, to show who is behind the terrorism”: Great: It’s actually Saudi Wahabism. Will this puppet minister really “reveal” this??

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(one more photo of this girl)

7.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

CNN Garnering Viewer Sympathy against Saudi Arabia with Misleading Yemen Footage

The American based cable CNN recently used five-year-old misleading footage of Yemen when reporter Christiane Amanpour was interviewing Arab coalition’s spokesman and Saudi top Defense Ministry consultant Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition is an Arab effort to restore the internationally recognized government to authority in Yemen, a country which has been ravaged by Iran-aligned putschists.

Amanpour, in an offbeat attitude, accused Saudi Arabia of crimes against humanity in Yemen, such as forced starvation against local civilians.

Commenting to the wild accusations of Amanpour, Brg.Gen Assiri said that he was sure that the footage was retrieved from areas sieged by coup forces, namely Taiz.

My comment: This really is an odd propaganda. Of course, the reuse of older photos in propaganda happens quite often. If this photo which garner showed here would be a single one this possibility could not be excluded. But – there exists dozens of photos and several films of this starving young women, and not just from Yemeni but also from Western sources as Reuters. We know her name, her story and where she is in the moment: in Al Thawra hospital at Hodeida. Thus, this Saudi article is a very stupid propaganda story. The outrage of Saudi backers reported in this article thus is just one thing: ridiculous. Here the latest films: and

Comments by Ali AlAhmed: I can confirm that this @aawsat_eng story was written by @qorvis who defends Saudi terrorists killing Americans

.@qorvis trains #Saudi military spokesman Aseeri & organizes his interviews & is justifying war crimes & genocide

My comment to comment: I doubt. The propaganda of this article is so primitive that I must think it originates from Saudi Arabia. – If AlAhmed really would be right, I must say: Qorvis certainly would not be worth the bulk of money Saudi Arabia is paying them.

4.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (*A P)

Truth behind The Intercept’s selective report on Saudi ambassador to US

A full video of an encounter between Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States and journalists from The Intercept has emerged showing earlier reports of the conversation to be inaccurate.

A short 13-second clip of Prince Abdullah al-Saud shows the ambassador responding to The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani and In These Times Eli Massey’s questions on whether Saudi Arabia will continue to use cluster bombs in Yemen with the answer “This is a question like ‘Will you stop beating your wife?’”

“The infamous loaded question, ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ … implies that you have indeed been beating your wife. How do you answer without agreeing with the implication? How do you not answer without appearing evasive?” corporate presentations coach Jerry Weissman wrote on The Huffington Post.

What is not reported in the Intercept’s article is al-Saud’s full response to the question of whether Saudi Arabia’s uses cluster munitions by saying, “I think that this is greatly exaggerated” after he employed the clichéd “wife beating” question as an example.

“You want to talk data and facts, we can show you,” al-Saud told Jilani earlier in the clip. The ambassador then looks to one of his embassy aides asking him to provide the journalists with fact sheets and information on the war.

“We appreciate this interest. We have to live with the Yemenis forever. We are not doing this for fun and showing our muscles,” he says.

When Massey asks another question, the ambassador requests the reporter to stop using the term “Saudi regime” and instead what he deemed the proper term of “government of Saudi Arabia”.

“You’d be upset if we called it the Obama regime. The other thing is I’m sure you’ve come here with questions you have already [formulated answers] in your mind.”

Massey then responds quickly with the same question using the “Saudi regime” term which prompts the ambassador to respond: “You’re a heckler.”

Al-Saud questioned throughout the encounter whether Jilani and the second reporter were journalists or “political operatives,” and responded to their questions by disputing the notion that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the majority of causalities in Yemen.

Comment: It is correct that by showing only a very short part of a statement a quite different dense can be transported. This seems to have been the case here and seems not to have been correct by the media. – But taking the whole answer given by the ambassador, what he says on bombing Yemen, just is the well-known propaganda about Yemen.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

10.11.2016 - Saudi War Crimes (* A K)

Images of the effects of the bombing of aviation on the road Sanaa-Hodeidah near Mana´kah, Sanaa province, where the air force targeted at dawn on a truck carrying vegetables, which was completely burned, and damaged another truck carrying food, and killed and woundeda number of civilians. The names of 3 killed nd 10 injured are reported (photos) and

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10.11.2016 - Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi American Raids Target a Main Road in Hajjah Governorate

Fighter jets of the US-backed Saudi coalition waged air raids today Thursday on the region of Al Khadali, Kuhlan Affar district, completely destroying a main road linking the Yemeni governorates of Hajjah, Amran and Sana’a. The raids caused the obstruction of traffic and additional suffering Yemeni people endure in a war waged by the US-backed Saudi coalition.

Yemeni citizens confirmed that the coalition waged about 16 raids during the recent period, aiming at Al Khadali region, specifically the main road to cause as much damage and disrupt citizens’ affairs (photos)


10.11.2016 – Saudi War Crimes (A K PH)

Pictures of the effects of airline bombing on the road to Kmala link between the provinces of Hajjah and Amran. The bombing led to cut the road. and


10.11.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

Unconfirmed : Saudi Apache helicopter gunships using US Navy warship USS Ponce as naval helipad attacked Al Mokha port in Yemen.

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression drop cluster bombs on Saada, Hajja

Saudi war aggression war jets dropped cluster bombs on Saada and Hajja governorates overnight, security officials told Saba on Thursday.
The cluster bombs were dropped on al-Ataifain area of Kutaf district in Saada.
In Hajja, the Saudi aggression warplanes targeted Muthalath Medi three times with the cluster bombs.

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets kill 3 civilians, wound 9 in Sanaa

Three citizens were killed and nine injured, including four in critical cases when the Saudi fighter jets struck Manakhah district of Sanaa governorate overnight, an official told Saba on Thursday.
The strikes also resulted in destruction of residents' cars, houses and the regular road linking Sanaa with the Red Sea port city of Hodayda.

10.11.2016 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

#Sanaa #Haraz #Manakha under heavy bombing

The whole world sleep in peace at night but in #Yemen we wake up with saudi bombing in midnight

Salam guys, Saudi airstrikes hitting now the capital Sanaa, massive explosions were loudly heard here in Sanaa. #Yemen

Saudi's celebrating Trump's win by bombing hell out of Sana'a right now. Good news for weapons makers, bad news for #Yemen

#Sanaa: second airstrike
Madness has restarted

And the 5th explosion rocked #Sanaa

The jet in da sky 5th bomb fell nearby My dogs r singing The song of War-cry 6th bomb!; No time to poem try Better hit tweet B4 I die

1:00am,,, frenzy airstrikes now on Sana'a.. Wonder when this nightmare is going to end...

5th hugggge explosion in Sanaa Yemen 1:27am 10Nov2016,seems Saudi jets showing anger due to Trump won the election

Just now about five resounding booms around North Sana'a area in Rawdha. Some shaking glass and doors.

Reports of missiles I heard: did hit the outskirts of #Sanaa.. that far yet sounded close. The big stuff just came out it seems.

These are huge bombs the Saudis are throwing at Yemen capital Sanaa tonight : Over 11km N of me, but I can hear and feel the explosions.

Explosions tonight do shake the ground like never before.. must b some new high tech missiles sold to Saudi by UK\US.. #Sanaa

and see

10.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition fighters bomb Houthis and Saleh forces sites southern Sana'a

Local residents in Yemen Capital Sana'a stated on Wednesday that the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched 3 airstrikes on Houthis and Saleh forces sites south of Sana'a city.

The locals told Almasdaronline that the air strikes targeted Alhafa military camp which is the main stronghold of the Reserve Forces, that carries strong loyalty to the former president Saleh.

It is worth mentioning that Sana'a city has been quiet and the airstrikes have stopped since after the two airstrikes that targeted the funeral hall south of the city last month, in which about 140 persons were killed, most of whom were senior officials.

My comment: Seems to be a bad joke. And hear the locals above.

10.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list):

9.11.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

LOVE of WAR: 45 Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemen capital Sanaa & 6 regions today terrifying millions civilians in war torn country.

9.11.2016 – Yemen TV Today (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air aggression bombing of a gas station north of Sa'ada city 09 - 11-2016

9.11.2016 – Hassan Al-Haifi (A K)

Saudis continue to use cluster bombs with impunity. Air raid with cluster bombs today in Al-Atfain, Kitaf, Sa'ada

9.11.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Breaking : 3 #Saudi air strikes targeted a coffee farm in Baqem Sadaa #Yemen .

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage raids on Taiz

Saudi aggression's warplanes launched late on Tuesday a series of strikes on several areas in Taiz province, an official told Saba on Wednesday.

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes launch raids on capital Sanaa

The strikes targeted al-Hafa and Nokem residential areas east of the capital, causing large damage to citizens' houses, public and private properties

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets raid al-Maslob

huge damage to citizens' Property

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets two strikes on Jawf

two strikes on al-Maslub district of al-Jawf province overnight

destruction in citizens` properties

8.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list9: and also

8.11.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

DIRTY WAR: 78th Bridge destroyed today by Saudi airstrikes, this time in #Yemen region Mahweet destroying infrastructure of poor country.

Ma comment: That is the Shibham Kawjaban bridge.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is terrible. In a country of mountains destroying bridges hinders the distribution of food and other essential goods and makes it impossible for people to travel to find health care or safety from bombs. Mahweet is very rugged and this will make their difficult lives impossible. I feel so frustrated at the lack of world interest.

and photos:

and films: and

7.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list):

7.11.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air raid at Kmala area, Hajja province

7.11.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Desalination plant bmbed in Mokha by Saudi coalition

My comment: Seems to be an earlier raid?

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

10.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Soldiers Killed in Demolished Military Vehicle in Lahj

The Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed today Thursday a military vehicle carrying Saudi soldiers in Kahboub region, Lahj governorate.

A number of Saudi soldiers have been killed and others got injured as a result of the Yemeni forces targeting their military vehicle, Kahboub, Lahj, military source confirms.

In the same context, the Yemeni artillery waged shells today aiming at groupings of Saudi soldiers by Al Sawda hill and mountains of eastern Kahboub, Lahj governorate.

10.11.2016 – Saudi Sniper (A K PS)

Film: Houthi fighters have launched multiple attacks on border positions over the last few days. Video via @saudi_sniper1

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army forces shoot down US-Saudi aggression scouting plane

The army and popular committees' forces managed to shoot down a scouting plane belonging to the US-backed Saudi aggression in Zabid district of al- Hodeidah province, a Military official told Saba.

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces hit Saudi mercenaries in Taiz

The artillery units of the army and popular forces pounded gatherings of the US-Saudi-paid mercenaries in al-Wazaaih district of Taiz governorate, a military official told Saba on Thursday.
The artillery hit the target directly, causing heavy casualties among the enemies and their equipment.

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile forces hit mercenaries `gathering in Marib

he army and popular forces hit Saudi-paid mercenaries in al-Jadan area of Marib province, a military official told Saba on Thursday.
The forces fired Gharad missiles on the posts and groups of the mercenaries in Salb in the same district, killing and injuring dozens

10.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries` infiltration in Nehm

Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others wounded in an unique operation carried out by the army and popular forces in Nehm district of Sanaa province, a military official told Saba on Thursday.
The operation was on Wednesday when the mercenaries tried to advance toward Yam Mount and al-Tabab al-Sawd area as the aggression war jets flew over in attempt to back their mercenaries in the same district.
The national forces killed dozens of mercenaries and wounded scores, as well bombed a 14,5 caliber machine gun.

10.11.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

13 Saudi civilians injured by Houthi shelling on the border near Dhahran Aljanoub

10.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces fend off Houthis advancement attempt western Taiz

The Government forces and the Popular Resistance fended off on Wednesday an attack launched by Houthi militants and Saleh forces on several locations in the western part of Taiz City, southwestern Yemen, according to a military source.

The source told Almasdaronline that the Houthi militants launched an intensive attacks in Sayahi area east of Taiz city, in an attempt to advance in that area, but the government forces fended them off.

On the other side, the Houthis are going on bombing the neighborhoods of Thabat and hasanat eastern Taiz city.

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

TV cameraman injured, reporters crew survived death in Taiz

A local TV channel cameraman was injured and a crew of reporters escaped death on Wednesday after being besieged in Alselw south of Taiz Governorate, southwestern Yemen. One of the colleagues in Taiz City told Almasdaronline that "the cameraman of Bilqis TV Channel was injured by a Houthi sniper, while the reporter and the crew of the "Yemen Shabab" TV channel survived the death after being besieged for hours.

The crew were on a mission to cover the events in Alselw area of Taiz Governorate. It is worth to mention that fierce fighting has been flaring up in Alselw area since two weeks between the Government forces backed by the Popular Resistance from one side and Houthi militants and Saleh forces on the other side in an attempt to control the area which is the highest area southern Taiz Governorate.

9.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthis blow up house, Arab Coalition Fighters destroy military vehicles in Taiz

A local source said that the Houthi militants and Saleh forces bombed on Tuesday evening house of a person called Abdulwahed Sultan, east of Taiz City, noting that the Houthis are still shelling the residential houses from their sites in Alhawban area.

Relief Coalition of Taiz reported that 119 houses, stores, schools, and government buildings in Taiz were damaged in the last two months.

On the other side, a source in the 35 Armored Brigade stated to Almasdaronline that the Arab Coalition fighters launched several air strikes on Tuesday evening on sites of Houthi militias and Saleh forces in Khadder and Alselw districts, southern Taiz, and destroyed Katyusha rockets launcher in Saelat Al-Ghadeer.

Coalition fighters also launched another air raid targeting the locations of the Houthis and Saleh forces east of Alselw area.

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

A number of Saudi–paid mercenaries were killed and others injured when the mercenaries` attack foiled by the army and popular forces in al-Salu district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Wednesday.
The mercenaries attempted to infiltrate toward the army and popular forces` posts in the district.
The national forces killed dozens of the mercenaries and wounded others.

9.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army's artillery targets military locations of mercenaries in Marib

The army's artillery targeted military locations of the aggression mercenaries in Hreeb Nehm area of Marib province, a military official told Saba on Wednesday .
The artillery forces also shelled Salb mount, killing and wounding scores of the enemies.

8.11.2016 – Saba Net (AK PH)

Army hit mercenaries in Marib

A number of US-backed Saudi-paid aggression mercenaries were killed and others injured in artillery shelling by the army and popular forces` artillery units in Marib governorate, a military official told Saba on Tuesday.
The shelling targeted those in Kaufal military camp in Serweh district of Marib, killing and wounding dozens as ambulances were seen rushing to the site.

quite different to:

8.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Hours following two missiles, air defense systems intercept Houthis ballistic missile on Mareb

A local source in Marib City, east of Capital Sana'a, said that the air defense systems of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militants and forces loyal to the former president Saleh towards Mareb City.

The source told Almasdaronline that the Houthi launched the missile towards some targets in the city, but the air defense systems shot it down in the desert without causing any casualties.

Firing this missile comes only hours after two ballistic missiles were fired on Mareb City, which is considered the main centre for the Arab Coalition and the government forces, and were shot down by the aid defense systems.

8.11.2016 – Almasdar News (A K PS)

Government forces control new sites in Al Buq'a, Saada Governorate

Government forces backed by the Popular Resistance took control on Monday over new sites in Al Buq'a area of Saada Governorate, the stronghold of the Houthi group, far north of Yemen.

The Armed Forces Media Centre posted on its facebook page that, "the government forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters, launched attacks on Houthi sites, which led to the killing and injuring of a number of Houthis.

The Armed Forces Media Centre quoted a military source saying, "the army forces have freed Khaliqa site after fierce fighting with the Houthi militia, while the army artillery destroyed a rocket launcher and a howitzer in Salafeh area. "A Houthi military vehicle carrying dozens of mines was also destroyed by the army artillery," added the source. On the one hand, engineering teams are still going on demining the Houthis mines planted in the roads leading to Buq'a City.

My comment: it’s already weeks that the Saudi and Hadi government side had claimed they had entered Saada province from the north through Buqa checkpoint – but there happened little more, and the other side claimed to have repelled the attack. Now Buqa again. Wait and see.

8.11.2016 – Almasdar News (A K PS)

Ongoing clashes in Taiz, Houthis arrest teachers

The confrontations flared up again between the National Army forces backed up by the Popular Resistance against the Houthi militant and Saleh's forces, western Taiz governorate.

Field sources told Almasdaronline that the clashes broke out in Alsayar and Alsayrteen villages east of Alselw area, after an attack waged by the Houthis to regain control over the two villages.

At the same time, the Houthis are continuing shelling with heavy artillery and Katyusha rockets the locations of the National Army southwest of Taiz. In another context, the Houthis arrested on Monday six teachers in Alwazeyah District, western Taiz City.

The sources pointed out that the Houthis arrested the six teachers while they were meeting the salaries committee appointed by the Houthis.

8.11.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

4 Houthi rebels killed in Yemen ambush

Four Houthi rebels were reportedly killed Tuesday in an ambush by pro-government forces in central Yemen.

Pro-government fighters attacked a Houthi patrol in Mashaba area in the central al-Bayda’ province, a pro-government commander told Anadolu Agency.

“Four Houthi militants were killed in the attack,” he added anonymously due to security concerns.

He said no casualties were reported among pro-government fighters.

The Houthi group could not be reached for comment on the claim – By Mohamed al-Samai

8.11.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

5 Saudis injured by cross-border fire from Yemen

Five Saudis were injured Tuesday by a military projectile fired from war-torn Yemen into the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan, according to the Saudi Civil Defense.

The agency said on Twitter the cross-border attack had also damaged three vehicles – By Ahmed al-Masri and by Almasdar Online:

7.11.2016 – Southfront (A K PH)


Die Allianz Huthi-Saleh hat ihre grenzüberschreitenden Angriffe auf Saudi-Arabien fortgesetzt. Seit dem 03. November führte die Allianz eine Reihe von Angriffen auf das saudische Militär nahe der Grenzstadt Najran durch, zerstörten dabei drei Militärfahrzeuge und töteten bis zu zehn Militärs.

Die von den Saudis angeführten Angriffe an der Taiz-Front im Süden des Jemen führten dagegen zu keinerlei nennenswerten Geländegewinnen gegen die Kräfte der Allianz Huthi-Saleh.

7.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

7Houthi militants, senior leader, killed by air attack in Al-Jawf Governorate

A source in the Popular Resistance said that seven militants from the Houthi group and forces loyal to Saleh were killed in an air strike for the Arab Coalition fighters in Almutun District, west of Aljawf Governorate northern Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that among the dead was a senior leader called "Abu Kayan."

The source noted that the air strike targeted them while on their way to reinforce the Houthi militants attacking the site of the Popular Resistance in the same district.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

10.11.2016 – Muftah (* B)

Arabia Incognita” Is Required Reading on Yemen

The volume Arabia Incognita sheds light on a region, which to many observers in the West remains “terra incognita”: the Arabian Peninsula. Edited by Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond and a renowned Yemen expert, the volume makes the insights of influential regional experts available to a broader audience.

Made up of a collection of articles that originally appeared in the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), the book presents both empirical research and analysis in an easy to read style. Most of all, Arabia Incognita provides important context for understanding the current conflict in Yemen as more than just a sectarian conflict or proxy-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as so many in the West and in the region incorrectly view it.

Providing Context

Though its title suggests a focus on the entire Arabian Peninsula, Arabia Incognita is primarily directed toward Yemen and for good reason. In the introduction, Carapico notes that “you will find more writings about Yemen than about any of the other countries of the Arabian Peninsula [in this book],” because the kind of free-ranging on the ground field work Arabia Incognita reproduces has generally been more possible in Yemen than in any Gulf state. At the same time, the volume helps the reader appreciate the general forces at play in the Gulf, as well as the nuances and intricacies of Yemen itself, thanks to its effective portrayal of the county’s regional relations, as well as Yemen’s on-the-ground realities.

Addressing the various facets of Yemeni history, politics, economics, and social developments since (roughly) the 1950s, Arabia Incognita is organized chronologically, with additional thematic chapters on “Modern Political Islam in the Arabian Peninsula,” “Water, Oil and Workers,” and “America’s Deep Engagement.” With the oldest articles dating back to the 1980s, the book contains detailed analyses of events as they occurred in real time. This gives the volume an edge over comparative publications, in providing contemporary views and analyses on unfolding developments in Yemen.

This is particularly valuable today, given the country’s current circumstances. Reading the book in 2016, while Yemen is mired in a bloody war and devastated by a dramatic humanitarian catastrophe, allows the reader to develop a detailed and critical understanding of the root causes of the current conflict – by Mareike Transfeld

8.11.2016 – Reuters (* A E)

Ships more at risk after first Somali pirate attack in years: officials

Merchant vessels sailing through busy shipping lanes between Somalia and Yemen may be underestimating the risk of piracy and terrorism following two attempted attacks last month, maritime officials say.

More than 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil supplies pass through the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea, a major shipping lane also used to move exports and commodities such as food between Asia and Europe.

The European Union's counter-piracy naval force (EU Navfor) confirmed on Nov. 4 that six armed men attacked chemical tanker CPO Korea 330 nautical miles (610 km) east of Somalia on Oct. 22, the first reported attack on a major vessel off the country for two and a half years.

The last reported attack was in February 2014 and involved a container ship which came under fire from gunmen in waters near Somalia, EU Navfor said.

On Oct. 25, assailants opened fire on a gas tanker off Yemen. The tanker's owner said the gunmen had a "substantial amount of explosives" and one maritime source told Reuters it may have been an attempted suicide attack.

"Recent incidents off Somalia, the Bab al-Mandab and wider Indian Ocean indicate an increased threat level to shipping from piracy and maritime terrorism," said Gerry Northwood at British maritime security firm MAST – By Jonathan Saul

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Film: Jemen Mit 14 in die Todeszelle

Dutzende Jugendliche warten im Jemen auf die Vollstreckung ihrer Todesstrafe – Jemen zählt mit Saudi-Arabien, dem Sudan und dem Iran zu den vier Ländern, die jugendliche Straftäter zwischen 14 und 18 zum Tode verurteilen. Ein wenig Hoffnung besteht immerhin im Jemen: Die neue Regierung, an die Macht gekommen durch die Demokratiebewegung des arabischen Frühlings, prüft derzeit das ganze Justizsystem.

Vorige / Previous: oder / or

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-225: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-225: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!) und / and

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