Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 280 - Yemen War Mosaic 280

Yemen Press Reader 280: Streubomben, um Kinder zu töten–Hungersnot–Separatisten im Süden–Wasser wird knapp–Zerstörtes Kulturerbe–2 Jahre Jemenkrieg–Pentagon: Mehr zeitweise Kampfgebiete weltweit

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Cluster bombs for killing children – UN: Yemen on famine alert – Yemen’s southern separatists – Yemen is running out of water – Yemen’s destroyed cultural heritage – Yemen’s war turns Two – Pentagon: More “temporary battlefields” worldwide – and more

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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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Küste / Theater of War: Coast

cp17 Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Others

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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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

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13.3.2017 – Abu Zeid Alkebsy (** A K)

This is a bomb from cluster bombs thrown in Hajjah yesterday from Saudi warplanes to kill our children Saudi criminality continues in #Yemen (photo)

My comment: Look at it. I did not see any photo of this before. it really looks like a pen. Who ever produces this, who ever uses this, really WANTS to kill non-combatant civilians, and children in special.

13.3.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** A H)

Yemen on famine alert

Since the conflict escalated in Yemen in 2015, the humanitarian suffering endured by men, women and children has increased at an alarming rate. Some 18.8 million people now need humanitarian assistance or protection to survive and 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. This food crisis is man-made: attacks from the ground, air and sea have displaced millions of people, interrupted food pipelines, disrupted food production and caused food prices to rise. Responding to the crisis is ridden with difficulty: conflict and bureaucratic constraints make it hard to access people in need, while severe funding shortages hamper scale-up. Just 6 per cent of Yemen's US$2 billion humanitarian funding needs have been met. UN Humanitarian Chief, Stephen O’Brien, has just traveled to Yemen to assess the latest crisis conditions and to push for better access to people in need. He left with one clear message: if we do not dramatically step up our aid efforts, famine will break out in this fragile country.


In Ibb, in southern Yemen, O'Brien met Mariam, 13, who now looks after her seven siblings after they were separated from their parents. They are currently living in a school alongside 16 other displaced families, where they survive on random handouts. Also living in the school is Abdulrahman, his wife and children, who fled Taizz Governorate in 2015 when their house was destroyed in an airstrike. Arriving in Ibb with no possessions, they survive by begging for food.


Safaran, 22, with her daughter Safia aged five months, and son Badel, aged two, lives in a camp for internally displaced people in Ibb. She shares a room with three other families - the women sleep inside, the men outside. They have received some basic relief items but no food, leaving Safaran's children malnourished and very sick. Safia is currently having difficulty breathing, but her mother cannot afford to take her to hospital. She begs money for food to survive.


Yasser, a truck-driver, told O'Brien of the difficulties he faces in trucking supplies into Yemen, facing road blocks and insecurity. Equipment at the port in Hodeidah, which was once the entry point for 70 per cent of Yemen's commercial food needs, has been destroyed by bombs, bringing commercial imports to a standstill and leaving food stocks dangerously low.


In the city of Aden the UN Relief Chief witnessed the staggering scale of destruction that had taken place. This was once a health clinic with a maternity ward, that was destroyed in June 2015 in the battle to control the city. Yemen's health infrastructure has been decimated, with less than half of hospitals or health clinics currently functioning, even at the most minimal levels (with photos)

14.3.2017 – Whimn (** B H)

On The Brink Of Famine, Yemen Is Facing A Human Tragedy. Here's How To Help

In Yemen, "an entire generation could be crippled by hunger,” Torben Due, the World Food Program director in Yemen, has warned.

The most severely affected are babies, Yemeni photographer Deif Allah has said, with infants "disfigured because their mothers were too weak to breastfeed and were forced to feed them sugar water," according to The Times.

“People have exhausted all their survival strategies. Millions of people cannot survive without external assistance,” Muhannad Hadi, head of World Food Program in the Middle East, has said.

“Every day is getting worse," say Jawaher Assaad, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

She is from Taiz city, one of the worst affected areas by the current conflict. Now living and working in the capital Sana’a she recalls days and nights spent huddled under the stairs in her home as bombs rained down. “I could not sleep any more. Every night when the shelling intensified, I put my hands on my ears, trying to hide myself under the blanket and waiting for the moment when I will see the grenade nearby me.” With food running out her family were forced to make do with what little they had. “No one could even sneak out of the window fearing the snipers, the shrapnel and everything else”.

Assaad says that supplies are often not available and if they can be found the prices are so high that most can’t even afford them. The health care system is also crumbling. Doctors and nurses are forced to work for free with no money left to pay their wages and medicines are running out. With a lack of fuel to power generators electricity is being cut and residents across Yemen are living in a perpetual state of darkness. To make matters worse the Al-Hudaydah port, one of the main entry points to the country, is barely functioning and aid supplies are being redirected to the southern port of Aden and then sent on trucks through areas thick with fighting. “Imagine a life with no salaries, no homes, no electricity and no proper water to drink and even to clean,” Assaad says.

A generation disabled?

The United Nations says the children who do survive will likely be left with developmental disabilities. “Last year more than 100 children died from severe malnutrition in our therapeutic feeding centre,” Dr Suhail has said. “The majority of children who come here are from Al-Hudaydah city itself. Those from outside the city can’t afford the cost of transport, so many children simply die at home.”

But despite the dire situation, famine is yet to be officially declared. – by Gemma Wilson

How you can help UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen. Support their effort by clicking here and donating.

13.3.2017 – War on the Rocks (*** B P)


The media has all but forgotten about the Southern secessionists, Hirak, a movement that will be essential to establishing lasting peace in Yemen whenever hostilities finally end. Hirak, now frequently referred to as the Southern Resistance, is a movement comprised of several ideologically and politically fragmented factions that share a common desire for Southern independence, either through the creation of a southern federal region or outright secession. The movement shares some of the same grievances as those that led the Houthis to seize Sanaa in 2014, but the civil war that has raged since then has only stoked their desire for independence from the North.

Civil wars create unusual alliances. Hirak has been a quiet force behind the Yemeni government and Saudi coalition’s military successes in the south, but the group’s military alliance with exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Saudi Arabia does not presage a smooth transition when the war ends. Saudi Arabia, emboldened by signs of support from the Trump administration, appears keen on securing a military victory rather than pursuing a political solution with the Houthis. However, there will eventually come a time when the Houthis, Hadi, and Saudi Arabia return to the table to end hostilities and establish the terms of a transitional Yemeni government. When that time does come, the pressures holding the Hirak-Hadi alliance together will dissipate as pre-conflict fractures reemerge. The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council must involve Hirak in the process to avoid repeating the same mistakes made in the flawed agreement and National Dialogue Conference that followed Yemen’s Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

Shared Grievances, Different Approaches

Southern military and political leaders in Aden formed Hirak in 2007. The peaceful protest movement aimed to call attention to the exclusionary policies of northern elites who captured many key government and military positions following Yemen’s unification in 1990 and the civil war in 1994. After attempts to secede during the civil war, the movement spread east from Aden to al-Mahra and began addressing broader grievances such as the appropriation of southern land and resources.

The Houthis and southerners were both politically and economically marginalized in their respective areas of the country by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who sought to limit the power of those who might pose a threat to the ruling General People’s Congress.

Although Hirak’s grievances are tied to local political realities, the group’s disdain for the ruling elite led them to find common cause with the Houthis during the Arab Spring and while participating in the National Dialogue Conference.

Among the most important and elusive goals of the conference was the establishment of a new state structure that would reconcile tensions with the Houthis in Saada and satiate Hirak’s desire for southern independence. The “8+8 committee,” comprised of eight representatives from the north and eight from the south agreed to transform Yemen into a federal entity in December 2013 but did not agree on the boundaries or number of federal regions. Without consulting the 8+8 committee, a different committee appointed by Hadi created six new federal regions – Saba, Azal, al-Janad, Tihama, Aden, and Hadramawt – and sent the proposal to the Constitution Drafting Committee for acceptance in the conference outcomes.

Thus, although the National Dialogue Conference gave greater representation to Yemen’s youth and women, it still clearly favored the interests of the United States and the Gulf monarchies because it ensured that Yemen would be governed by a well-known, predictable political figure willing to support U.S. operations against al-Qaeda and mantain an amicable relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council. As a result, it was viewed by many Yemenis, not least the Houthis and Hirak, as an elite pact that sought to demobilize groups that participated in the Arab Spring uprisings. The entrenched political and bureaucratic structures that Yemenis fought so hard to dismantle were intentionally left intact by the Saudi-sponsored agreement, which favored maintaining the status quo over social justice and the creation of a progressive democracy.

Hirak and the Houthis immediately rejected the outcome. While Hirak staged demonstrations across Southern Yemen, the Houthis were making their march toward Sanaa, where they seized control of the government.

However, Hirak’s relationship with the Houthis soured when the latter’s forces began laying siege to southern towns in pursuit of Hadi, who resigned on January 22, 2015 before fleeing to Aden in February . The Houthi’s plundering of southern territory was too reminiscent of previous northern hostilities for Hirak to support the Houthis, pushing them into an uneasy relationship with Hadi and the Saudi coalition.

Military Allies, Political Foes

Lessons and Implications for the Future – by Brian M. Perkins is a Senior Intelligence Analyst at iJET International.

My comment: very interesting article, going back several years in the conflict. Please read in full at the original site.

13.3.2017 – Think Progress (** B H)

Yemen is on the verge of running out of water

In Yemen, climate-driven war is a deadly reality.

Long a precious commodity, the impacts of climate change are making water even more scarce in Yemen, fanning the flames of violent conflict. While the United Nations warns of climate-driven wars as a danger of the future, in Yemen they are already a deadly reality.

In just a few decades, Yemen has undergone dramatic changes — shifting from a population that generally clung to the coast to one living in large inland cities. Since 1980, the number of people living in Yemen has exploded from 8 million to over 27 million, an increase that has put intense stress on the country’s already strained water resources.

Meanwhile, the country began to open up to global trade, resulting in an introduction to a cash economy. Farmers switched from sustenance farming to cash crops, many of which use comparatively large amounts of water. Production of a stimulant drug called qat soared, which used up even more water, at the cost of food for the average Yemeni.

To address the growing demand for water, Yemen introduced new drilling techniques to tap into the country’s fossil water reserves. Year after year, an unsustainable amount of water was taken from the country’s aquifers. Wells got deeper, water became harder to come by, and prices rose. At the same time, the impacts of climate change only exacerbated the drought. Similar to the situation in Syria, as water and food became more scarce, populations were uprooted and violence ensued.

Today, Yemen is a country on the verge of drying out.

As tension over water resources reached a fever pitch, Yemen began to fracture along sectarian and regional lines. In 2014, protests against petrol price rises began, led by the country’s Houthi minority. These rises also invariably increased the price of water, which is often transported by truck. Eventually the unrest morphed into a revolution against the sitting government, which fled south to Aden.

In Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, residents report that piped water is non-existent.

“We use to get piped water; where I live we never bought water trucks. But since the war began we become almost dependent on water trucks which are from water wells,” said Sanaa-based journalist Hussain Al-Bukhaiti.

In war-torn Saada Governorate, close to the border with Saudi Arabia, water stress is even more severe. There, 544,000 people, making up more than 60 percent of the population, fall into the “acute” category. Moreover, the fighting itself has made the search for water even riskier.

“The water project in Saada City has been hit by air bombs more than one time,” said Mohammed Al-Saiyaghi, a local administrator with Doctors Without Borders. “In the districts, the access to water is affected by two factors: people are afraid to be targeted by airstrikes or G2G (Ground to Ground) projectiles while bringing water, and people are afraid of cluster bombs distributed in some areas.”

Through the help of aid organizations, Saada City has been able to cling to some semblance of order. In provincial areas, life is even harder, and water prices are exorbitant.

While the country’s warring factions may reach a political solution in the near term, the factors underlying Yemen’s water scarcity are not likely to improve. Primarily, Yemen is beset by a weak, and in many places non-existent state.

What’s more, the impacts of climate change will only intensify in the coming years.

Within this environment, some researchers have suggested that Sanaa could the be the world’s first capital city to “run out of water” as groundwater reserves simply dry up. Douglas, however, believes the city is more likely to fall into a period of decline before this even happens – by Michael Cruickshank

12.3.2017 – Deutschlandradio Kultur (** B K)

Jemen-Krieg zerstört Kulturerbe: Bedrohtes Reich der Königin von Saba

Seit zwei Jahren herrscht Krieg im Jemen: Er bedroht nicht nur das Leben der Menschen, sondern auch die reichhaltigen Kulturschätze des Landes. 65 antike Stätten wurden bereits durch Raketen beschädigt. Auch Museen wurden getroffen.

Der Archäologe Mohanned al-Sayani kämpft unterdessen an einer ganz anderen Front.

"Als Chef des Antikenamtes muss ich mich um den Schutz unseres Kulturerbes kümmern, darauf wird nämlich bei den Kämpfen überhaupt keine Rücksicht genommen. 65 verschiedene antike Orte im Jemen wurden bereits durch Raketenangriffe beschädigt, 18 religiöse Bauwerke von IS-Terroristen zerstört. Und dann sind da noch die Antikenschmuggler, die sich die Krise zu Nutze machen."

"Durch den Raketenbeschuss auf die umliegenden Berge ist die historische Altstadt von Sanaa ständigen Erschütterungen ausgesetzt. Das verursacht auch neue Schäden. Und inzwischen wurden auch Bauwerke aus osmanischer Zeit gezielt beschossen. Die prächtigen Fassaden, die kostbaren alten Fenster. Vieles ist stark beschädigt."

Und selbst da, wo rechtzeitig evakuiert werden konnte, geht immer mehr kaputt.

"Wir haben als erstes alle Museen geschlossen und die Ausstellungsstücke versteckt. Aber mittlerweile haben wir zwei Jahre Krieg hinter uns. Und die Objekte leiden in ihren Not-Unterbringungen: Sie verstauben, werden von Schädlingen befallen."

Doch das ist immer noch besser als das, was im Hochland des Jemen passiert ist:

"Das Museum von Dhamar wurde mit zwei Raketen beschossen. Dabei wurde das Gebäude komplett zerstört. Im Museum und in den Archiven gab es 12.500 Exponate. Bis jetzt konnten wir 7.500 beschädigte Stücke evakuieren. Wir graben immer noch im Schutt."

Iris Gerlach hat für das Deutsche Archäologische Institut prächtigen antiken Stadtanlagen erforscht. Jetzt versucht sie, aus der Ferne zu helfen:

"Unser Institut zum Beispiel betreffen weit über 30 Jahre Forschung, die wir dem Jemen zur Verfügung stellen können, damit man – falls es zu einem Aufbau kommt, es auch jetzt schon zu einer Art Schadenskartierung kommt, dass man dort auf den Vor-Zustand, auf diese ganzen Informationen zurückgreifen kann."

Ganz aktuell wird gemeinsam mit dem British Museum eine Rote Liste für gefährdete Kulturgüter vorbereitet, um den illegalen Handel einzudämmen.

"Beispielsweise im Jemen diese wunderschönen, abstrakten Alabasterköpfe aus Gräbern, erste Jahrhunderte nach Christus. Diese Objekte landen vielfach auf dem Antikenmarkt. Und diese Rote Liste soll erstellt werden, damit vor allen Dingen auch Zollbeamte sofort erkennen..." – Von Corinna Wegerhoff und Audio:

12.3.2017 – Al Monitor (** B K P)

Yemen war turns two

This month the war in Yemen is 2 years old. It pits a coalition of mostly wealthy Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, supporting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government against a ragged alliance of Houthi Shiite rebels and backers of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who enjoy Iranian support. Despite occasional claims that victory is near by the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists, there is little prospect for the war to end. The Yemeni people, the poorest in Arabia, are paying a terrible price.

The war is Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud's war.

The Houthis opened direct commercial flights from Sanaa to Tehran, Saudi Arabia's nemesis, and took other steps to strengthen their longstanding but limited ties to Iran.

Riyadh panicked. Salman feared an Iranian puppet state on his most vulnerable border, with 27 million Yemenis under Iranian influence demanding a fair distribution of the Arabian Peninsula's wealth.

It quickly became clear that the young defense minister had no game plan for victory or an endgame for the war. The mission was titled Operation Decisive Storm, but two years later there is no decision. The young prince originally was the public face of the campaign; now he prefers to discuss his ambitious plans to oversee the kingdom's economic transformation to Saudi 2030. The Saudi border towns have borne the burden of the Houthis' counterstrikes with rockets and missiles. Reporters are not allowed to visit.

Even if the Saudis take back Sanaa, the kingdom will face a prolonged, possibly endless, struggle to pacify the Houthis.

Salman's father, King Ibn Saud, and all his brothers who have ruled since 1953 recognized that Yemen is a morass that can suck in resources.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been a beneficiary of the war.

Iran is the biggest beneficiary. Its support to the Houthis costs it very little. A handful of Iranian and Hezbollah advisers and some weapons transferred is a pittance for Tehran. But it gains propaganda advantage by helping the Yemenis against the Saudis. It gains from bogging down its rival in a conflict that is strategically crucial to Riyadh and marginal to Tehran. And it would like to see America bogged down in Yemen, too.

The United Nations has tried to get a lasting cease-fire and begin a political process. But the guidelines provided hastily by the UN Security Council at the start of the war are hopelessly tilted toward the Saudi position because all the major powers wanted to court the new king. Ironically, only Russia argued that the resolution was one-sided. In any case, none of the Yemeni parties has shown any significant willingness to compromise, and the Saudis are unwilling to force Hadi to step aside. So the diplomacy is as stalemated as the war.

The war is a costly one for the kingdom, especially when oil prices remain low.

Several members of the new American administration have experience with Yemen, including the secretaries of state and defense. Now is the time for a thorough interagency policy review of Yemen.

The prime American interest is to help our oldest ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, find a way out of a conflict that is not working out in its own interests. Our other urgent interest is to stop the carnage against the Yemeni people. Diplomacy is the answer, but it will need to be American-led with conviction and consequences.

My comment: We all know that there will be no such change in US policy. Instead:

13.3.2017 – The Guardian (** A K P)

Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields

White House is asked to designate ‘temporary areas of active hostility’, giving commanders same latitude to launch actions as in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Donald Trump’s administration is considering a military proposal that would designate various undeclared battlefields worldwide to be “temporary areas of active hostility”, the Guardian has learned.

If approved, the Pentagon-proposed measure would give military commanders the same latitude to launch strikes, raids and campaigns against enemy forces for up to six months that they possess in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

The proposal would in effect unravel a highly controversial bureaucratic structure for launching lethal assaults, such as drone strikes and counter-terrorism raids, set up by Barack Obama’s White House.

Under Obama’s structure, known as the Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), the president and his counter-terrorism adviser at the National Security Council played a substantial role in approving life-or-death strikes on suspected terrorists on undeclared battlefields such as Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia.

The Pentagon’s proposal would push those authorities down to military commanders during the 180-day lifespan of the temporary designations, according to an administration official familiar with the proposals, who described Obama’s PPG as, functionally, a dead letter.

Accordingly, the proposal would lower a threshold for ensuring the safety of civilians in such strikes, from a “near certainty” that civilians would not be harmed to “reasonable certainty”, similar to the standard on official battlefields.

It is unclear from the proposal, described by an administration official, how many countries would be designated temporary zones of active hostility. It is similarly uncertain how such designation would square with the War Powers Resolution, a much-eroded 1973 law that permits presidents to launch military hostilities for 60 days before needing congressional approval – by Spencer Ackerman and look also at

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13.3.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Moskau besorgt: Sturm auf Jemens größte Hafenstadt führt zu Chaos

Russland ist wegen der Pläne der Koalition mit Saudi-Arabien an der Spitze, Jemens größte Hafenstadt zu stürmen, äußerst besorgt, wie es aus dem Außenministerium des Landes verlautete.

„Die Pläne, Jemens größte Hafenstadt al-Hudaida zu stürmen, erregen eine äußerst große Besorgnis. Die Kampfhandlungen in diesem Gebiet werden nicht nur unvermeidlich zu einem Massenaufbruch der Einwohner führen, sondern auch die Hauptstadt des Landes Sanaa von den Kanälen für die Lieferung von Lebensmitteln und humanitärer Hilfe abtreffen“, heißt es in der Erklärung der russischen Außenamtssprecherin Maria Sacharowa, die auf der Seite der Behörde veröffentlicht wurde.

Sacharowa zufolge machen sich vor allem die Terroristen der Gruppierungen „Islamischer Staat“ (IS, auch Daesh) und Al Qaida das Chaos in Jemen zunutze. Dabei werde diese Situation nur selten in den westlichen Medien erwähnt.

„Der Westen interessiert sich für sie (die Situation in Jemen – Anm. d. Red.) auch auf den internationalen Plattformen nicht, was sich sehr von der übertriebenen Aktivität in Bezug auf Syrien unterscheidet“, so die Sprecherin des russischen Außenministeriums weiter.

Russland sei davon überzeugt, dass es keine militärische Lösung des Jemen-Konflikts gebe, und rufe zu einer sofortigen Einstellung aller Kampfhandlungen in dem Land auf, so Sacharowa abschließend.

13.3.2017 – Russian Foreign Ministry (* A K P)

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Once again, we must return to the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The situation there has become even more catastrophic following the latest escalation in combat. These alarming conclusions have been backed up at the briefing by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’ Brien at the UN Security Council on March 10. He painted a shocking picture of the state of affairs, characterising Yemen as the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

Plans to launch an offensive against Yemen’s biggest port, Hodeida, are especially worrying. Combat in this region will not only cause mass flight of the population, but will essentially cut the capital, Sana’a, off from food and humanitarian aid supply routes. There is no need to say what disastrous consequences this would have.

Airstrikes continue causing tremendous damage to Yemen’s civilian infrastructure.

Terrorists from ISIS and Al-Qaeda are capitalising on this chaos

But Western media and NGOs pay little attention to this situation, and indeed pass it over in silence. The West shows no interest in it within its various international forums, in strong contrast to its hyper-active position on Syria.

The Russian Embassy in Sana’a is making active efforts to facilitate the work of the UN humanitarian team in Yemen, headed by Jamie McGoldrick. It was with our effort that a secretariat was set up to ensure coordination between the UN personnel and the de-facto authorities in the capital, above all in the interests of ensuring the population’s unhindered access to humanitarian aid.

We call for an immediate cessation of all use of force, no matter the justifications for combat. It is our firm belief that the Yemeni conflict cannot be resolved by military means. The parties must return to the negotiating table, with the aid of UN Special Envoy Ismail Ahmed, with the aim of reaching a lasting ceasefire and finding a political solution to the conflict.

13.3.2017 – Council on Foreign Relations (* B K P)

The Futility of Force in Yemen

Interviewee: Barbara K. Bodine, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Interviewer: Zachary Laub, Senior Copy Editor/Writer

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has escalated counterterrorism strikes in eastern Yemen against the al-Qaeda affiliate there. But his administration is no more likely than President Barack Obama’s to be successful in degrading the group, says Barbara K. Bodine, a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen. “Even when a drone takes out al-Qaeda leaders, it doesn’t dislodge the organization or affect why people support it,” Bodine says, noting al-Qaeda’s steady territorial gains. Similarly, she says, the separate Saudi-led air campaign to restore the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi has little prospect of defeating Houthi rebels. There should be a new U.S.-driven effort for a political settlement to the civil war, she says, but barring that, the United States and other major international actors should consider a “humanitarian intervention of sufficient duration and size to try to forestall catastrophe.”

Late March will mark two years since Saudi Arabia launched its campaign to restore Hadi’s government, and it seems to have hardly moved the frontlines. Does it have an endgame?

The Saudis did not have a clear idea of an endgame beyond putting the Hadi government back in charge. Securing the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia was a strategic objective, but [most of] the fighting has been in the south. What their endgame is, beyond a Yemen that doesn’t threaten its borders and isn’t controlled by Iran, is pretty unclear. There has not been any real reconstruction—political reconstruction, physical infrastructure—and there is no “day after” plan.

The Saudis went in with the hubris that given the size and sophistication of their air force and the prowess of Emirati ground troops, this would be a short war; the Houthis, a ragtag insurgency, would collapse after “shock and awe.” It has not worked out that way.

The campaign has to be seen within the context of Saudi dynastic maneuvering. The war was, by many accounts, designed to bolster the standing of the second crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman. To the extent that’s true, it makes the resolution that much more difficult, because whatever the endgame is, it cannot be a political defeat for the Saudis.

Did Hadi think the Trump administration would share the Saudi view that the Houthis are an Iranian proxy?

The calculation was that the Trump administration would be more open to those arguments than the previous administration was. We were already very much on the Saudi side; we just didn’t entirely buy the argument.

There’s a great deal of debate on the degree and importance of Iranian support for the Houthis. The International Crisis Group makes a persuasive case that “the Houthis are not Hezbollah,” as a recent report is titled. That’s the view of most people who watch this part of the world, but the Saudi view is that the Houthis are part of Iran’s machinations to take over more of the Middle East and surround Saudi Arabia.

13.3.2017 – Tasnim News (* A K P)

UN Complicit in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen: British Analyst

“If not for the UN, Yemen would not be starving,” Director of Programs at Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies Catherine Shakdam from London said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

“…The United Nations is not only enabling but actually acting complicit to odious war crimes as it continues to entertain and orchestrate Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian blockade on Yemen,” she noted.

The following is the full text of the interview:

Too much has happened for anyone to dare deny the painful truth: that Yemen is being genocide by Wahhabism so that al-Saud could claim its victory over Arabia.

You have first to understand that the international community - and I’m referring here to international agencies and bodies, are more often than not slave to the funding they receive, and this essentially means that they sit under the control of Saudi Arabia. If you recall how the kingdom threatened to withdraw all funding from the United Nations should the Secretary General insist on flagging Riyadh as serial human rights offenders, then you can see what rules really govern the international community.

Numbers and statistics have been played with in Yemen as well. The death toll the UN is admitting to is really not a reflection of reality. There is such a desire to cover up truths it’s actually sickening. Yemenis are being murdered in their sleep and the world is using euphemism.

Another matter worth considering is the fact that the United Nations is not only enabling but actually acting complicit to odious war crimes as it continues to entertain and orchestrate Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian blockade on Yemen. If not for the UN, Yemen would not be starving.

Yemen has been savagely thrown to the fires of war and the world has looked on without so much of a whisper of condemnation, all for the sake of money!

Western capitals have a lot to answer to in Yemen. If not for their willingness to turn a profit on the back of innocent civilians Yemen would not have suffered the injustices it has suffered. Yemen’s civilian infrastructures have been exploded and disappeared under the nose of those democracies which claim the moral high-ground. The degree of hypocrisy is unparalleled really.

How can anyone look onto the likes of Washington and London and still believe that those governments have morally sound? There is a point where truths and agendas can no longer remain hidden and I believe Yemen tore whatever veil of falsehood and lies the West was hiding behind.

Western capitals have made millions upon millions of dollars upon Yemen’s blood.

The kingdom wants to obliterate Yemen and Yemenis so that Resistance could be beaten out of the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia fears the independence of Yemen. It detests Yemenis’ will to sit away from Riyadh’s economic, religious and political influence.

This war on Yemen goes beyond political points, or even a religious agenda. The kingdom recognizes in Yemen the end of its empire, and the end of its tyranny. Saudi Arabia we have to realize is losing to an army of shoeless soldiers. Saudi Arabia’s grand military coalition is losing before the poor and the destitute - this is a slap across the face. Riyadh never imagined that Yemen would rally behind its leadership - Ansarallah, and fight with such heart.

In all fairness, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated the courage the Resistance demonstrated in battles. Yemen Resistance fighters have been awe-inspiring in their stand for freedom and justice.

The kingdom is terrified such bravery will inspire others to rise up and fight back against the Wahhabi complex.

12.3.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (B K)

Thanks to the conflict and massive proliferation of weapons, food now costs more than guns in #Yemen. Ugly scenario with looming famine (cartoon)

12.3.2017 – Hassan Al-Haifi (* A P)

What’s left of the Englsh press in Yemen?

12.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

International Quartet to meet Monday in Germany

The International Quartet Committee is to meet Monday in the German capital, Berlin, with the aim of discussing the Yemeni crisis, well-informed sources told Alsahwa Net.

The sources affirmed that the UN Special Envoy Esmael Ould Cheikh Ahmed will attend the meeting.

In addition to the ministers of the United States, the foreign ministers of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Omani Foreign Minister will attend the meeting.

Oman will participate because it is supposed that it will guarantee the implementation of any deal by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

My comment: The “International Quartett” is no peace brokers quartett, they all are warring parties in Yemen. That would be the same as Germany, Italy, Japan and Croatia meeting in 1943 to broker a peace to end WW2. Oman seems it is the choice to play the Quartet’s useful idiot in this game: “it is supposed that it will guarantee the implementation of ANY deal”.

12.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K P)

Four Lebanese captured in Marib

A Yemeni military commander Ahmed Hassan has said that four Lebanese were captured in Marib, affirming that they are still investigated.

Hassan, who is Commander of the Third Military Region spelt out that the four Lebanese will referred to prisons after the completion of investigations.

He said that Lebanese experts of Hezbollah could flee from battlefields in Nidhim district.

My comment: Let’s look for closer information. This claim already has been reported earlier. There are some of Hezbollah advisors in Yemen; but just a few, as once even the anti-Houthi side had stated.

12.3.2017 – Nicholas Kristof (A P)

Saudi Arabia is not only starving Yemenis, but it is also barring journalists (including me) from getting to Yemen to document the hunger.


12.3.2017 – Nawal Al-maghafi (A P)

the Saudis have stopped journos from going to the North on their UN flights/ I went with my Yemeni passport

12.3.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Saudi bans journos from reporting #Yemen truths, backs crooked NGO reps in Geneva. "In 2016: Houthis killed 1910 & airstrikes 322"! REALLY!?

Comment by Jane Novak: Those figures are total BS, Orwellian even.

12.3.2017 – RT (B K P)

Saudi-led strikes in Yemen may amount to war crimes, arms sales to Riyadh should stop – HRW to RT

Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen that killed hundreds of civilians may be war crimes, an HRW official told RT, adding that the country has plunged into a “deep humanitarian catastrophe” and calling on the US, UK and France to stop selling weapons to Riyadh.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is “increasingly unsustainable” and urgent action must be taken by both sides in the conflict, he said, adding that the situation is turning into a “deep humanitarian catastrophe,” Ahmed Benchemsi, communications and advocacy director at Human Rights Watch’s Middle East & North Africa, told RT.

“We ourselves, at Human Rights Watch, were able to document 61 apparent unlawful airstrikes, all conducted by the coalition, some of which may amount indeed to war crimes and that have killed nearly 900 civilians and have hit civilian areas, including markets, schools, hospitals and private homes,” Benchemsi told RT.

“Targeting civilian targets is an absolute violation of the laws of war and this is what we [HRW] are closely monitoring in Yemen,” he added.

Benchemsi also slammed the blockade “organized by the Saudi-led coalition” and “in some areas” by the Houthi rebels that hinders the access to humanitarian aid.

He called on western powers who supply Saudi Arabia with weapons to immediately halt deliveries.

My comment: That’s no news. And not hundreds, but many thousands had been killed by Saudi airstrikes. And these not “may amount to war crimes”, they simply DO.

And film:

11.3.2017 – RT (* B H K)

Millions displaced by humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, more than 80% relying on aid– HRW to RT

11.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Saudi airsrtikes to consolidate Yemenis support for Ansarullah, analyst says

Every bomb Saudi warplanes drop on Yemeni people will consolidate their support for the Ansarullah movement rather than weaken their faith in resistance, a London-based political analyst says.

Shabir Hassanally, an activist and Islamic scholar, made the remarks after a Saudi airstrike on a marketplace in Yemen in which dozens of people were killed.

“So far in just over two years you have got Saudi Arabia pummeling Yemen, literally bombing it day in, day out. To what end? What war objective Saudis are going to achieve? If it hasn’t achieved them today, it won’t achieve in a hundred years,” he noted.

The analyst further continued that if Saudi officials are under some sort of illusion that the more they pound Yemen, the more Yemenis are going to turn around, they must know that this is a wishful thinking.

“Every time they throw a bomb, be it a big one, be it a small one, on Yemen, they increase the support for the resistance. This is a formula that was experienced by the Israelis when they did something very similar to Lebanon, to Gaza. Every day when they bombed these countries, they found the resistance progressively stronger,” Hassanally underscored.

He also warned against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying this is a short-term policy (with interview in film)

Comment by Judith Brown: I guess this is true. The main support for the Saleh-Houthi alliance is not because people like their politics or methods of governance - but more because people fear Saudi Arabian control and the return of Hadi more.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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13.3.2017 – New York Times (* B H)

Bushra Aldukhainah, a humanitarian coordinator for CARE, tells of the forgotten war in Yemen

Bushra Aldukhainah, a humanitarian coordinator for CARE — an organization fighting to end global poverty — was forced to flee her home in Haradh, Yemen, during the summer of 2015 when a nearby camp for internally displaced citizens was pummeled by heavy airstrikes. Aldukhainah had often visited the camp, which provided basic refuge to some of Yemen’s 3.11 million internally displaced, and knew some of its inhabitants well. Nothing then could have prepared her for the images that emerged from the camp following its bombardment. In an interview with Women in the World, Aldukhainah spoke of how she had been sent pictures of the destroyed camp shortly after the attack. “You cannot imagine how painful these pictures were to see” she said “I was crying like a baby when I saw [them].”

The images, which depicted the bodies of mothers, fathers and children ripped to pieces, blood everywhere, would become an early indication of the devastation that was to be wrought upon the already battle-worn country.

Aldukhainah is among the millions who have been forced to flee their home since the fighting ratcheted up. The day after the IDP camp was destroyed, a site closer to her home was hit and she received a call informing her that more airstrikes were expected and advising she take her family and leave the city immediately. Certain they would soon return they left that night with nothing but some clothes and a few bare essentials.

More than a year and a half has passed and they have little hope of going back. “The city is a ghost city now,” Aldukhainah explained. “It has been totally destroyed … not even dogs and cats live there anymore.” Even those who were once rich have now been left with nothing, forced to sell any valuables they managed to take with them as they fled to pay for food and rent.

One of the biggest misconceptions that remains around the refugee crisis unfolding there is, she said, that the 3.11 million internally displaced people are in camps. “This is not true! People are just spread out everywhere. The displaced are in urban communities and people just take them in as much as they can.” And people have now largely given up hope of finding safety. When airstrikes fell previously people would quickly relocate to another area, only to find themselves subject to attack all over again. Eventually they grew tired of moving and the mindset changed to “let’s just face our destiny … we will die whether we stay here or not.”

“Even before the crisis Yemen was in a really bad position … now the war has worsened the situation. This absolutely feels like the forgotten war,” Aldukhainah concluded – by EMMA-LOUISE BOYNTON

13.3.2017 – Zeit Online (* B K)

1.500 Kinder durch Krieg im Jemen gestorben

Durch den internationalen Konflikt sind bislang mehr als 1.500 Kindern gestorben, wie die UN-Kinderhilfsorganisation Unicef mitteilte. Etwa zwei Drittel davon seien Jungen. Zudem seien knapp 2.500 Kinder infolge der Kämpfe verstümmelt worden. Auch hier seien mehrheitlich Jungen betroffen. Erklärt werden können diese Zahlen mit anderen Zahlen: Unicef zufolge gab es 212 Angriffe auf Schulen und 95 auf Krankenhäuser. und von Spiegel Online:

Mein Kommentar: Es ist tatsächlich ein Vielfaches. Das sind nur die offiziellen Zahlen, und Kinder, die an indirekten Folgen des Krieges und der saudischen Blockade gestroben sind, werden hier gar nicht berücksichtigt.

13.3.2017 – AFP (* B K)

More than 1,500 children dead in two years of Yemen war: UN

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government's side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that by March 10, at least 1,546 children were killed and 2,450 others maimed in Yemen.

Of those killed, 1,022 were boys and 478 were girls while 46 were of "unknown sex", UNICEF said in a statement.

During that same period 1,801 boys and 649 girls were wounded while 1,572 boys were recruited to serve as child soldiers, said UNICEF.

My comment: These official figures are too low – by an extreme level. And totally omitted are all those who die as victims of this war on a longer scale: by hunger, by lack of medical care, both as a direct consequences of the war, of the destructions by Saudi air raids and the Saudi blockade.

13.3.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

WFP Appeals For Access And Resources To Prevent Famine In Yemen

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, who has been visiting Yemen, urged the international community to help prevent a famine by providing resources to meet the immediate needs of the severely food insecure.

Cousin also pleaded with the warring parties and authorities in Aden and Sana’a for access to reach hungry people who will die if they do not receive food and nutrition support.

“Humanitarians and aid workers are making a difference in Yemen as they have prevented Yemen from slipping into a famine until now,” said Cousin. “The challenge is that there are areas that are inaccessible where people are severely food insecure. These are the pockets that are at serious risk of people dying of hunger.”

Cousin described the situation in Yemen as heartbreaking.

“The numbers tell us the story, with over 17 million people who are food insecure and approximately seven million people severely food insecure,” said Cousin. “It is a race against time, and if we do not scale up assistance to reach those who are severely food insecure, we will see famine-like conditions in some of the worst-hit and inaccessible areas which means that people will die.”

Despite considerable access challenges, WFP reached a record number of 4.9 million food insecure people in Yemen in February. Because of inadequate funding WFP reduced the food ration to stretch assistance to more people.

Plans are in place to further scale up to reach all the seven million people who cannot survive without external food assistance but urgently needed resources -- and access by sea and land – is required to reach those people.

“The root cause of the situation in Yemen is a conflict that should end. We cannot address the food security risks in the country efficiently without peace and security,” Cousin added. “We need peace in Yemen.”

WFP appealed for US$950 million to support over seven million people in Yemen this year. Of this, WFP urgently requires nearly US$460 million from March to August to fully cover the food needs of the people it hopes to reach.

Journalist resources: High-resolution photos are available to download here. Access streaming video here = and reported by Reuters:

13.3.2017 – Médecins Sans Frontières (* A H)

Without Borders: Issue 35 January – March 2017


The scale of modern conflict has a tendency to reduce people to numbers, as individuals are swept away in violence and its aftermath. But it’s the individuals caught up in conflict who allow us to look past the broad strokes and rhetoric so often used in crises. Their lives and priorities lend us new perspectives. The war in Yemen is one such situation, where Field Communications Manager, Malak Shaher recently spoke to some of MSF’s patients in Ibb Governorate.

One day in December, I travelled to the governorate of Ibb to visit an MSF hospital. I walked through one department and saw the patients in their beds. My job requires me to share the stories of patients, to better convey the humanitarian situation (after taking their consent of course). In one room I saw six patients: two were children under 10, two were young men, another was a middle-aged man in his early fifties. The last man was thin, with brown skin, in his early forties. He lay on his bed at the far end of the room. Each of these patients has a story of their own. The eyes of that man in his forties were piercing, despite his exhausted body. He repeatedly asked the doctor when he would be able to go home. The doctor told me a bullet had hit him in the chest, and that he was lucky to be alive. I approached the man to find out more. In an halting voice he told me that he had been collecting firewood in an uninhabited area when a bullet struck him, seemingly from nowhere. To his astonishment, there was no one to be seen after the shooting. The only person with him at the time was his eight-year-old daughter. His name is Abdurrahman, he is 45-years old and from Taiz. and full issue: on page 9–10.

12.3.2017 – TAZ (* A H)

Einschätzung der Vereinten Nationen: Vier Milliarden Euro gegen Hunger

Mit dieser Summe könnten 20 Millionen Menschen in Afrika vor dem unmittelbar drohenden Hungertod bewahrt werden.

Die Welt steht nach Einschätzung der UN vor der größten humanitären Katastrophe seit 1945. Über 20 Millionen Menschen sind infolge von Dürre und Bürgerkriegen derzeit allein in den vier Ländern Jemen, Somalia, Südsudan und Nigeria akut vom Hungertod bedroht, warnte der UN-Nothilfekoordinator Stephen O ’ Brien am Freitagabend vor dem Sicherheitsrat in New York. „Um die Katastrophe abzuwenden“ müsse die internationale Staatengemeinschaft bis Juli 4,4 Milliarden US-Dollar (4,1 Mrd. Euro) bereitstellen, appellierte O ’ Brien an die Mitgliedsländer der UNO.

Für den Nothilfekoordinator ist ein „kritischer Punkt in der Geschichte der Vereinten Nationen“ erreicht. „Ohne gemeinsame und koordinierte weltweite Bemühungen werden die Menschen einfach verhungern, Existenzen werden verloren gehen und hart erkämpfte politische Errungenschaften umgekehrt werden“, erklärte er. Viele der Hungerkrisen seien „von Menschen gemacht“, betonte er mit Blick auf die Gewaltkonflikte in den vier betroffenen Ländern. O ’ Brien warnte zugleich vor der Ausbreitung von Cholera und anderen Epidemien.

Mit dem Sofortbedarf von 4,4 Milliarden Dollar wird die ohnehin schon dramatische Finanzkrise des UN-Systems weiter verschärft.

Die Gesamtkosten für sämtliche Aufgaben und Einrichtungen des UN-Systems – inklusive seiner rund 40 Sonderorganisationen und der im Einsatz befindlichen Blauhelmmissionen – beliefen sich zuletzt auf jeweils rund 15 Milliarden Dollar pro Jahr – also zwei Dollar pro Kopf der Erdbevölkerung. Davon werden lediglich drei Milliarden Dollar – also nur 20 Prozent des Gesamtbedarfs – durch die Pflichtbeiträge der 193 Mitgliedsstaaten gedeckt. Die restlichen 80 Prozent muss die UNO ständig erbetteln.!5388106/

Mein Kommentar: „Mit dieser Summe könnten 20 Millionen Menschen in Afrika vor dem unmittelbar drohenden Hungertod bewahrt werden.“ 60 % der Betroffenen sind im Jemen, und Deutschland liefert zur Verschärfung der Not Waffen.

12.3.2017 – The Link Yemen (* A H)

Amal Center for the treatment of cancerous tumors in Hodeidah announce a distress call to humanitarian organizations

Launched the Hope Center for the treatment of cancerous tumors in Hodeidah distress call humanitarian and human rights organizations because of the suffering of the patients suffering due to prevent states aggression entry of medical treatments.

The patients suffering from cancerous tumors that the blockade imposed on the country caused the lack of medicines adding to their suffering.

The Hope Center, which provides free treatment to patients from Hodeidah province and its environs had the face of a humanitarian appeal to local and international organizations running out of medicines because of the scarcity of resources and the late arrival of medicines due to the blockade imposed by the aggression. ( and film (Arabic)

12.3.2017 – Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (A H)

Yemen ETC Factsheet March 2017


The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate almost one and a half years after the escalation of conflict in March 2015. More than 19 months since conflict escalated have left an estimated 18 million people in need some kind of assistance or protection in order to meet their basic needs. The ETC continues to operate in Yemen since April 2015, providing emergency coordination, basic security telecommunications, connectivity services and power charging stations.
The ETC provides shared vital communications services in five sites across the country, namely Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah, Ibb and Aden.


The ETC continues to provide vital communications services in 5x common operational areas across Yemen: Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah, Ibb and Aden. Services such as Internet connectivity and security telecommunications allow humanitarians to carry their jobs more efficiently and safely on the ground.

The ETC conducted a user satisfaction survey among the humanitarian community in Yemen resulting in an 83% satisfaction rate. New areas of focus have been identified and the ETC is incorporating them into its 2017 workplan.

The ETC continues to lead a coordinated IT response on the ground. Local ETC working group meetings are organized on a monthly basis and have been attended by 21 humanitarian organisations on the ground. Global ETC meetings are held monthly.

The ETC is teaming up with the lead agencies on the ground to establish services for humanitarian community, utilizing local resources to provide consistent and quality service.


Humanitarian workers face insecurity and movement restrictions due to the intensification of the conflict.

Importation of IT and Telecoms equipment, especially security telecommunications, remains a major obstacle to the ETC operation in Yemen.

The total project of the ETC in Yemen in 2017 is US$3.2 million. No contributions have yet been received. The ETC is actively engaging with local partners to identify further funding opportunities. and in full: =

12.3.2017 – Doctors without borders (A H)

@MSF has expanded its medical activities in #Yemen as health needs have been growing. Still, more needs to be done (map, photos)

12.3.2017 – IOM (A H)

NO working Hospital NO functional infrastructure in war torn #Yemen IOM Medical doctors in Sa'ada Governate work tirelessly under the trees (photo)

12.3.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H)

UN Refugee Agency in #Yemen, writes:
'This is a UNHCR emergency distribution for displaced Yemeni families in the district of Bayt al Faqih in the Red Sea governorate of Hudaydah. Families receive critical supplies to help cope through displacement including emergency shelter and household items such as mattresses, sleeping mats, blankets cooking utensils and wash buckets.'

Is this a guarantee that the lives of civilians will improve? Absolutely not.
Until there are indiscriminate bombings, nothing will change. It will simply deteriorate further (with film)

12.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Yemen's quiet revolution as women enter the shopfloor

The conservative country is not used to seeing women working in shops, but the war has forced some to do just that

Since the civil war broke out in early 2015, many women have found themselves the sole breadwinner for their families after local charities, overwhelmed by requests for help, closed their doors.

Yemen's traditional social codes would have left many women unable to work, but these codes are slowly changing.

After three months of looking for work, Zikri found a job in a clothes shop alongside two other women. It was a ray of light in the storm that is Yemen, and such opportunities offer at least some respite for women like Zikri.

"I was in the fourth year of a degree in chemistry at Taiz University, but I couldn't finish my studies if my family had no food," she said.

Zikri had concerns about what people would think when they found out she was working in a clothes shop, but her friends encouraged her to support her family, she said.

The owner of the shop was welcoming and supportive, which also helped.

The shop sells both men's and women's clothing, and Zikri and her colleagues have generally been able to sell to both genders.

But occasionally, they have had to ask their male colleagues to step in.

"Some of the young men are poorly educated, and they harass the women with lewd comments, so then the shop assistants ask their male colleagues to serve the customer instead," Dobaei said.

About five young women and four men work together in the store.

The challenges of surviving war and its repercussions are having a cultural impact in Yemen where women are, for the first time, taking jobs outside the home.

While some male customers may prove a bit difficult, women are more than happy to buy their clothes from women, as they are aware of what they are looking for, according to customers.

"I always hear that we are a conservative society and women should not be working selling clothes, but this is false, and actually the opposite is true," a woman customer, Narges Abduqader, told MEE.

Fadhl al-Thobhani, a professor of sociology at Taiz University, said women entering the workforce was just one of the effects of the war and one which he believes has both positive and negative consequences.

"Humans created social conventions, and they can break them too," Thobhani told MEE.

"But they do not have the right to break religious conventions," he said, explaining that he does not believe women should be able to serve male customers or work alongside male colleagues, as he said this was a step contrary to Islam.

But while the war has forced many to the front lines or to steal to feed their families, these shop assistants and shopkeepers are merely trying to help support their families, Zikri stressed.

"Even if I manage to complete my studies, I will not be able to find a job because of the war we are living through, so I will work until my younger brother, Hamdi, who is 17, finishes school and is able to work." – by Nasser al-Sakkaf

Comment by Judith Brown: Yes this is true - shopkeepers we all men. I lived next to Jamal Street in Sanaa and that is like Oxford Street in London. No women worked there, even in the stalls that sold ladies' lingerie. War is a catalyst for change and it might be that the changes Yemen experiences are not those that are expected.

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

13.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Mohammed Sharaf al Din died of torture in Houthis’ prison – relative source

A source in Jabalah al Rabadi area in Ibb province, central Yemen, said that a detainee died of torture on Sunday in the prison of the Houthis-Saleh forces, four days after taking him to hospital.

“Mohammed Abdul Hakim Sharafuddin was released from a prison in central Dhamar city, of Dhamar province in central Yemen, after he had went into a coma that required urgent treatment in a hospital”. Said the uncle of Sharafuddin.

“There were obvious signs of torture on his body, and he was in absolute coma since his release until his death”.

13.3.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K P)

Film: Yemen Bani Matar tribesmen sent 1000s of trained fighters to battle fields against US-backed Saudi invaders.

13.3.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K P)

Film: tribes Huth and Osaimat at a rally Imran horn to announce the public in the presence of President of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

PM meets WFP excusive director

Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor met with excusive director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, who is visiting Yemen.
At the meeting held on Sunday, the officials discussed the cooperation and partnership relations between Yemen and WFP to reduce the aggravation of the acute food crisis the Yemeni people is suffering from because of all-out blockade imposed by the Saudi aggression.

13.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Prominent Houthi figure and security guards join pro-government forces

The spokesperson of the pro-government forces and the popular resistance in al Jawf province in northeastern Yemen said on Sunday that a prominent figure of the forces loyal to the Houthi group and former president Saleh and a number of his security guards have joined the pro-government forces.

he spokesperson Abdullah al Ashraf wrote on his Facebok page that the Houthi leader Mohsen Hasan al Nofi has joined the Sixth Military Region of the government force along with his security guards.

“The deputy governor of al Jawf has called on the figures and members of the Houthi group from al Jawf tribes to join the pro-government forces.” The spokesperson added.

12.3.2017 – Pure Stream Media (A P)

Yemen According To Yemenis | Abdul Malik al-Houthi (speech in TV; English subs)


12.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Six detainees die under torture in al-Hudeidah

Association of Abductee Mothers has revealed that six persons were murdered under death in the governorate of al-Hudeidah.

The association strongly denounced the torture practiced inside custodies of Saleh and the Houthis, affirming that the detainees are subjected to brutal mental and physical torture.

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President discusses gov't performance

The President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, and his Vice-President Qasim Labuza held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the government performance.
At the meeting, the President directed the government to implement decisions of reinforcing frontlines to confront the Saudi aggression and its mercenaries.
The meeting reviewed the latest developments at the national, regional and international arena.
Meanwhile, the President strongly condemned the Friday's massacre committed by US-Saudi aggression warplanes on the shoppers and sellers in the popular Souk of al-Khokhah area of Hodeida port city.

12.3.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

In Yemen, Houthi chanter becomes military commander

Abdulazim Ezzeddine who used to be a religious chanter in Yemen is now a Houthi colonel.
Ezzeddine, who was the Houthi’s favorite chanter, became a colonel overnight, triggering many to take to social media to mock him and the Houthis.
Another example of swift military recruitments is the case of Abdulhakim al-Khaywani, who is believed to have been an unemployed man from Saada but now has more medals than the militias’ minister of interior.

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM praises facts in U.S. Congress's letter about humanitarian situation in Hodeida

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf appreciated the stance of some members of the Congress of the United States in their letter to the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, about worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen's port city of Hodeida.
In a statement obtained by Saba, Sharaf said the facts stated in the latter written by the U.S. Congress's members make it clear that the humanitarian situations in Hodeida city are deteriorating rapidly as the Saudi-led aggression coalition and its all-out siege are blocking humanitarian organizations to enter the city to provide aid.

Remark: this letter YPR 279, cp9.

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

13.3.2017 – Aden Now News (A)

We condemn and deplore the militant campaign of killing more than 200 peaceful dogs in the Directorate of Brega Aden (photos)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

14.3.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen’s ‘London Meeting’ Tackles Ending War

Representatives of the Yemen quartet, as well as the Sultanate of Oman, met on Monday in the British capital, London, to discuss prospects of a political settlement to end the war in the country.

A British diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the meeting held at the level of ambassadors, in the presence of UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, had discussed UN efforts to end the war and the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The meeting included Saudi Arabia, the United States, the UAE, the United Kingdom and Oman.

The diplomat said participants in the “London meeting” tackled issues in detail, ahead of handing their conclusions to ministers, who are expected to meet later.

“The main issues discussed during Monday’s meeting were the UN efforts related to the Yemeni peace process. Ambassadors also discussed the humanitarian conditions in Yemen and means to help improve them,” the diplomat said – by Abdul Hadi Habtoor and Saeed al-Abyad

My comment: All four quartet members are warring party in Yemen, and this meeting is sold to us as an effort to broker peace. This is liitle bit the same as if Germany, Italy, Japan and Croatia in 1943 hold a meeting to broker peace in WW2. Stupid propaganda, really.

13.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

President Hadi has reservations about plan of UN Envoy

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has reservations about the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, a presidential source has told Alsahwa Net.

The Saudi Okaz newspaper said that Hadi promised to positively deal with the amendments suggested by Ould Cheikh.

During a meeting held between Hadi and Ould Cheikh in Riyadh, Hadi stressed the importance of implementing the UN Resolution 2216 and the completion of the political process on the basis of the GCC-brokered initiative and outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.

The source affirmed that the meeting was fruitful, pointing out that Ould Cheikh showed understanding towards challenges and difficulties that will be faced if "an incomplete political process" is fulfilled".

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Hadi's lip service "we're committed to a political solution", while fanning flames & rejecting UN peace plan, is almost comical.

My comment: For understanding how baseless these steady reiterations of Hadi really are, read Bruce Riedel’s article in cp 1 (on UNSCR resolution 2216) – one voice out of many.

13.3.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Exclusive: Italy’s foreign affairs undersecretary sees ‘political solution’ to Yemen crisis

taly is working alongside Saudi Arabia to find an end to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, said Vincenzo Amendola, undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. As a non-permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) starting this year, Italy is working on pushing efforts to find a political solution to this conflict.
In a recent two-day visit to Riyadh and Jeddah, the Italian undersecretary of state met with the UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and the Secretary General of the GCC Abdullatif Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
“The meeting was to confirm our common work on creating a political order in the Middle East that is now shaken by conflict,” Amendola told Arab News in an exclusive interview during his visit to Jeddah. He added that Italy is coordinating with the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Yemen.
“We are deeply involved in finding a political solution to this conflict,” he said. “We think that the base is already clear in the Kuwait dialogue when the UN proposed a solution that unfortunately the Houthis did not accept.”
He added that his country stands for political negotiation

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

13.3.2017 – Ben Hubbard (A P)

I hereby present to you "The Qassim Girls Council" in Qassim Province, Saudi Arabia (photo)

referring to:

13.3.2017 – Emarah Al Qassim (A P)

Qassim met with members of the Board of girls through CCTV

The Council of the first girls in the Kingdom

My comment: LOL. Pretty girls. There seems to be a lot of transsexuals in Saudi Arabia.

13.3.2017 – The Independent (A P)

Saudi King brings two golden escalators and 100 limousines for four day trip to Japan

King Salman is in Tokyo to negotiate trade links as his country tries to wean itself off oil

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-aziz al Saud and his thousand strong entourage have arrived for a four day trade visit in Japan, along with two golden escalators and a demand for a fleet of dozens of limousines.

The royal, who took over following his brother’s death in January 2015, is touring several Asian countries to boost trade links as part of his plan to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy away from oil.

It followed a nine-day trip to Indonesia which saw the king arrive with 459 tonnes of luggage and two Mercedes limousines.

There, a special toilet was built for him in a mosque. A custom seat was also constructed for him in the country’s House of Representatives.

Some 1,200 rooms in Tokyo’s most luxurious hotels were booked by the delegation for three nights following their arrival over the weekend.

A fleet of limousines have also reportedly been ordered to ferry him around the city as well as two golden escalators to help him on and off his private jet, The Daily Mail reported.

Saudi Arabia is the largest supplier of oil to Japan, which lacks many fossil fuel resources other than coal.

But King Salman is hoping to diversify into non-energy sectors such as manufacturing after the drop in the oil price has led to a financial crisis back home – by Caroline Mortimer

13.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: WATCH: Saudi king causes another awkward moment, this time in a meeting with Premiere Abe

My comment: Dementia is progressing.

13.3.2017 – Alhurra (A P)

King Salman in Japan: 1200 hotel rooms and 500 Limousines

The last visit by a Saudi king to Japan is about half a century ago, Salman bin Abdul Aziz arrived in this country with his more than 1,000 facilities, as reported by Japanese media and international.

After his arrival at Haneda International Airport late Sunday the Japanese media focused on the facilities of the king Salman and equipment "enormous" accompanying the delegation, according to The Japan Times News.

He wrote Kudo News story entitled "Saudi King starts visit to Japan with a delegation enormous."

The newspaper quoted a source in the Saudi delegation that they have booked between 1,000 to 1,200 rooms in the finest hotel in the capital for three days, in addition to hire more than 500 luxury limousine.

13.3.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: Saudi breaks into the Malaysian show, the honor guest of #Riyadh International Book Fair, to stop the music which is contrary to Allah's law!

Comment by Ayana Noor: This is reason enough for the Malaysians to stand up against the strain of wahabism that crept into their culture and threatens to wipe out all the most beautiful things about Malay culture. I hope they kick out all the wahabi imams and teach them a lesson or rather snatch back their culture from these low life scums with money.

12.3.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A)

#Saudi Monarchy hatred of live. They killed 13000 dogs in Makkah alone. referring to

7.9.2016 – Sputnik News (* A P)

Top Saudi Imam Calls for Killing Shia, Jews, Christians in Prayer Broadcast

Video of a daily prayer service at the Saudi Arabian Masjid al-Ḥarām, the largest mosque in the world, reveals a top Saudi imam calling for the killing of Shia Muslims, Jews, and Christians. This as the West continues to send billions of dollars worth of military aid to Riyadh.

Masjid al-Ḥarām, also known as the Sacred Mosque, or the Great Mosque of Mecca, surrounds the holiest place in Islam, the Kabba, in the city of Mecca. It is the center toward which Muslims globally pray, and the primary destination for pilgrimages.

“O Allah, grant victory, dignity and empowerment to our brothers Mujahideen (Jihadists) in Yemen,” the imam sings in Arabic. “In Sham (Syria), and Iraq, and everywhere. O Lords of the Worlds grant them victory over the godless Rafidah (Shia Muslims).”

The prayer was broadcast live on Egyptian TV channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas.

“Grant them victory over the treacherous Jews, and over the spiteful Christians, and over the untrusted hypocrites,” the imam intones. “O Allah, grant them victory, help and strength.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir appeared on CNN on Tuesday, lecturing Syria on human rights, as Riyadh continues to bomb civilians and hospitals in Yemen.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

14.3.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

CIA darf nun selbständig und geheim Terrorverdächtige vernichten – Medien

Der US-Präsident Donald Trump hat die Zuständigkeiten, Terrorverdächtige mit Hilfe von Drohnen anzugreifen, der CIA übertragen, wie die Zeitung „The Wall Street Journal“ berichtet.

Trumps Entscheidung, solche Zuständigkeiten an die CIA zu übergeben, bedeutet eine Abweichung von der herkömmlichen Vorgehensweise, die noch während der Amtszeit von Barack Obama entstanden war, als sich die CIA ausschließlich mit der Ausspähung von Bodenzielen befasste, während die Schläge allein die Militärs versetzen durften.

Die Entscheidung über die Übertragung von Zuständigkeiten zur Versetzung von Luftschlägen an die CIA wurde den Quellen der WSJ zufolge jetzt getroffen, um vor allem die Durchführung von Operationen in Syrien zu erleichtern. Doch im Endeffekt könne dies dazu führen, dass die CIA die Möglichkeit bekommt, ihre geheimen Operationen zur Vernichtung von Terrorverdächtigen nicht nur in Syrien, sondern auch in Jemen, Libyen, Somalia und anderen Konfliktregionen durchzuführen.

Dem Blatt zufolge soll Trump die neuen Zuständigkeiten bereits am nächsten Tag nach seinem offiziellen Amtsantritt an die CIA übertragen haben, noch bevor der neue CIA-Direktor in seinem Amt bestätigt wurde.

13.3.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Saudi deputy crown prince to meet Trump, investment in focus

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in charge of Saudi Arabia's reforms, left on Monday for Washington to meet President Donald Trump on a visit expected to promote the world's top oil exporter as an investment destination.

It will be the first meeting since Trump took office in January between the U.S. President and the powerful prince leading the kingdom's efforts to revive state finances by diversifying away from falling crude oil revenues.

Under the plan, which seeks to promote the private sector and make state-owned companies more efficient, Riyadh plans to sell up to 5 percent of state oil giant Saudi Aramco in what is expected to be the world's biggest initial public offering.

Facing a growing budget deficit after recent falls in oil prices, the kingdom also announced an austerity drive to reduce state spending, although industry sources say it has also promised major development projects later this year to soften the economic impact of those cuts.

John Sfakianakis, director of economic research a the Gulf Research Center, said the focus of the visit would be "to showcase Saudi investment opportunities... the Saudi Aramco IPO as well as the reforms undertaken in the wider economic space." – by Mohamed El Sharif, Marwa Rashad and Katie Paul

My comment: The Yemen war is not even mentioned here; I cannot imagine that this will not be subject of talks as well.

13.3.2017 – The Atlantic (*A K P)

Trump's Yemen Policy Serves Saudi Royals Better Than Americans

The president is escalating another costly war of choice in a country where blowback for the many innocents killed is more likely than lasting security gains.

How many highway lanes could be paved, how many bridges repaired, how many illnesses averted, how many opiate addicts saved from overdoses, how many veterans given better care with the hundreds of millions of dollars that the Trump administration is spending on discretionary military operations in impoverished Yemen?

The United States is allied with Saudi Arabia as it prosecutes a brutal military campaign there.

It’s just the sort of messy intervention that an establishment hawk like Hillary Clinton would’ve hubristically prosecuted and that populists are understandably tired of financing. (Some hawks regard it as a proxy war against Iran, a view many dispute.)

Still, Trump persists in deepening American involvement.

“This is a major new development in a military intervention launched by the Obama White House without public discussion or a declaration of war,” Bonnie Kristian argues at Business Insider. “Obama started US involvement in Yemen secretly and illegally, and to escalate to ground war—to putting US troops in harm’s way—without so much as a go-ahead from Congress would be a serious mistake.”

What she means by describing the war as illegal is that, in her estimation, it falls outside the bounds of the Authorization for Use of Military Force that Congress passed right after 9/11. Rep. Barbara Lee cast the lone vote in opposition, presciently fearing that its broad language could be used to justify military actions far beyond anything that the legislators who lined up behind the measure were contemplating – by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

11.3.2017 – Antimedia (* A K P)

Trump Greenlights Arms Sales to Saudis Frozen Under Obama

The US State Department under Donald Trump has announced today that they will green-light the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that were previously frozen in the final months of the Obama administration.

The State Department announced the resumption of the sale of arms today, that will primarily be used by Saudi Arabia to fight their ongoing war in Yemen. The problem is that the announcement did not include any conditions that would require the Saudis to improve the standards used in this war that have already led to a host of war crimes and human rights violations.

The weapons shipment will primarily consist of technology used to carry out more precision air strikes, but even with that in mind there is cause for concern. The U.K., which has already been providing technology like this, have had concerns that they’ve sold more bombs than there were actual targets for in the small country. So despite the “precision” of these weapons, it’s know the Saudis continue to intentionally target civilian infrastructure.

The foreign policy shift that a lot of people were hoping for from Donald Trump is unlikely to come as long as he keeps with traditional allies like the Saudis or Israel. Aiding the nation that is most responsible for terrorism across the Middle East and the globe is unlikely to set the conditions for change anytime in the near future – by Jim Carey (* A K P)

11.3.2017 – CBS (* A P)

White House plans meeting with Saudi prince amid terror threats

The Trump Administration is planning a meeting this coming week with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, CBS News has learned. Salman is a powerful force within the royal family, second in line to the throne, and currently serves as defense minister. The White House has not yet announced the visit, as it is still confirming details.

The visit comes as the U.S. expands its military mission against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, a country on the brink of widespread famine and torn apart by civil war involving Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. The U.S. has been providing support and precision training to a Saudi-led military coalition fighting those rebels.

The Trump Administration has been considering its approach to the Yemeni war, and eyeing a tougher approach to roll back Iranian interference in the country.

My comment: Politics orienting itself at propaganda, not at facts and reality. And: wanting to fight against terrorism with making allies with the greatest sponsors of terrorism.

Comment: When the media is on the side of war mongers and still portrays the conflict with the rancid narrative of 'Iran backed Houthis'

10.3.2017 – United States Mission to the United Nations (* A H P)

Remarks at a Security Council Briefing on Yemen, South Sudan, and Somalia

Ambassador Michele J. Sison, U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City, March 10, 2017

But it’s not too late to prevent famine from spreading. It’s not inevitable. But preventing famine means that the parties fighting on the ground have to prioritize access to food, access healthcare and other life-saving aid, and take measures to reduce the impact of hostilities on the civilian population. So we call on the members of this Council to use their influence over the parties in these four situations to allow unfettered access and not obstruct aid. Additionally, it is vital that the UN and its partners have the resources they need in order to respond. Right now, the four appeals for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria are just 1.6 percent funded. So we’ve got to collectively contribute more to this relief effort.

By numbers of people at risk, the stakes in Yemen are the highest, as Stephen has impressed upon us. The UN has assessed that 65 percent of all households in Yemen are food insecure. 7.3 million people need food emergency aid, and 460,000 children under five years old – children under five years old – are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, which is up 200 percent since 2014. And we hear that UNICEF is now estimating that one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from malnutrition-related causes. We know that Yemen is overwhelmingly dependent on imports for its food and that humanitarian aid is insufficient to meet the enormity of the need. Commercial food imports are critical to averting famine.

And just like all three other cases, in Yemen, an end to the conflict would do the most to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis. And that is why the United States supports UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s efforts to renew the Cessation of Hostilities and bring the parties back to the table for negotiations. There is no military solution to this conflict Yemen; a comprehensive peace will require compromise from all sides for the sake of Yemen’s people.

But while the conflict continues, the parties must allow sustained access both for humanitarian aid and for commercial imports of food, medicine, fuel, and other basic supplies. These essential goods must be able to arrive through all of Yemen’s ports, and they must be able to move within Yemen. The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism, UNVIM, plays a key role in facilitating food deliveries. But constraints on access, particularly at Hudaydah – as you noted, Stephen – contribute to the risk of famine. The closure of Sana’a airport, along with checkpoints on the ground, complicate relief efforts even more. Obstructions to aid in Yemen must be lifted.

The United States also urges international and regional partners to help Yemenis afford to buy food again. Contributing to the cash transfer programs that provide payments to Yemen’s neediest families would help prevent families from going hungry.

My comment: That’s all 100 % right what he says. But, it’s a almost historic document of a grotesque hypocrisy and blindness. In the case of Yemen, it’s for a great part the US’ direct fault that all this is happening now.

9.3.2017 – US Department of (* A P)

Iran Poses Threat to Centcom’s Area of Responsibility, Votel Says

Iran poses the most significant threat to U.S. Central Command's complex area of responsibility, Centcom commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Centcom has dealt with a number of significant challenges over the past 12 months, including in Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and the Sinai, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, he said.

"We are also dealing with a range of malign activities perpetrated by Iran and its proxies operating in the region," the general said at the hearing on the posture of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command.

"It is my view that Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to stability for this part of the world," Votel said.

Iranian activities of concern, according to Votel, include "malign influence across Iraq and Syria," and efforts to prop up the Syrian regime and exploit Shia population centers.

'Highly Complex Area'

The Centcom area of responsibility, which covers four million square miles from the Arabian Gulf region into Central Asia, remains a "highly complex area, widely characterized by pervasive instability and conflict," he said.

The region is "increasingly crowded" with external nation-states, including Russia and China, that are pursuing their own interests in attempting to shift alliances, Votel said.

"The central region has come to represent the nexus for many of the security challenges our nation faces," he said, "and, most importantly, the threats in this region continue to pose the most direct threat to the U.S. homeland and the global economy."

Violent extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are taking advantage of the fragile security environment of heightened ethno-sectarian tensions, economic uncertainty, and weak or corrupt governance, Votel explained.

"These groups have clearly indicated their desire and intent to attack the U.S. homeland, our interests abroad and the interest of our partners and allies," he said – by Lisa Ferdinando

My comment: Be aware what a lot of hypocrisy this is. The US thinks it would be their right to interfere everywhere in the world. “Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and the Sinai, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait” don’t have anything to do with US “defense”. US “defense” would deal with Florida, California, Alaska, Hawaii etc. The rest is imperialism and warmongering. In this case, mostly against Iran.

7.3.2017 – This aint hell (* A P)

Saudis use vets as pawns to fight JASTA

The government of Saudi Arabia doesn’t much like the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) because it makes them liable for the events that occurred in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia on September 11, 2001. So, according to some military veterans and the New York Post, the Saudis are using veterans to lobby Congress on their behalf and many of those veterans aren’t aware of the fact that they’re lobbying for the Saudis.

Vets complain they’re not only being misled but openly lied to. During one recent trip, an organizer denied any “Saudi involvement” in sponsoring the trip, even though federal filings show the organizer has a $100,000 contract with the Saudis and is a registered foreign agent for the kingdom.

Johns’ bio describes him as president of No Man Left Behind Veterans Advocacy Group. But federal records also list him as a registered Saudi agent making $100,000 to mobilize vets to lobby against JASTA. The primary registrant on his disclosure form is Qorvis MSLGROUP, the Saudi government’s top PR firm in Washington.

The Saudi government pays for transportation to and around the nation’s capitol as well as footing the $560/night bill at Trump International Hotel, meals and drinks. In return, veterans are expected to “storm” Congress and convince members to weaken the bill in favor of Saudi government interests, all the while veterans aren’t told the story of who is providing for their trip to the halls of Congress – by Jonn Lilyea

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp19

7.3.2017 – Mark Curtis (* A K P)

In last 10 yrs, UK has exported £122bn worth of #arms - 20% of the global total referring to

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

13.3.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* A E P)

Commerzbank: Restriktive Geschäfte mit dem Jemen

Die Weigerung deutscher Banken, für jemenitische Staatsbürger in Deutschland Konten zu führen, hat offenbar größere Ausmaße. Nach Recherchen der DW steht ganz Jemen auf der schwarzen Liste der Commerzbank.

Im Februar hatte die Deutsche Welle berichtet, dass mehrere deutsche Kreditinstitute, darunter die Deutsche Bank und die Commerzbank, die Bankkonten von fast 100 jemenitischen Studenten, Geschäftsleuten und Diplomaten in Deutschland ohne Angabe von Gründen gekündigt haben.

Ein Brief der Commerzbank, der der DW vorliegt, zeigt nun, dass nicht nur einzelne Jemeniten das Ziel der Kündigungswelle sind, sondern die Republik Jemen selbst.

In dem Brief, datiert auf den 17. Februar und adressiert an Jemens Botschafter in Berlin, Yahia Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shaibi, heißt es: "Aufgrund von Änderungen in der Geschäftspolitik werden wir keine Geschäfte mehr mit dem Jemen unterstützen oder durchführen." Auf Nachfrage der DW sagte ein Sprecher der Commerzbank, man werde den Sachverhalt nicht weiter kommentieren.

Die neueste Enthüllung ist ein herber Rückschlag für die circa 2000 Jemeniten in Deutschland und ihre Versuche, bei anderen Banken Konten zu eröffnen.

Botschafter Al-Shaibi sagte der DW, es sei ihm ein Rätsel, warum die Sperre der Commerzbank scheinbar nur gegen den Jemen gerichtet ist. "Wie soll die Situation im Jemen anders sein als in Ländern wie Syrien oder dem Irak? Wenn die Commerzbank wirklich glaubt, es gebe ein Problem, dann müssen wir genau wissen, was dieses ist. Nur so kann ich mit meiner Regierung Lösungen diskutieren." – von Benjamin Bathke

13.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

President Hadi receives German official

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi received on Sunday Regional Director for the Near and Middle East and the Maghreb Philipp Ackermann, exalting all relief and assistance programmes provided by Germany to Yemen

The German official expressed pleasure over the meeting, emphasizing that Germany will continue supporting Yemen in all fields.

12.3.2017 – Verschiedene Zeitungen (* A K P)

Trotz Bürgerkrieg im Jemen Deutschland erlaubt weiter Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien

Dieser Krieg ist langwierig und zäh, das Leid der Zivilbevölkerung riesig, aber die Aufmerksamkeit der Weltöffentlichkeit gering. Wohl deshalb bleibt die Rolle des Westens bei den saudischen Angriffen im Jemen heikel – auch die deutsche: Während die Bundesregierung die Kriegsverbrechen und die humanitäre Not im Jemen anprangert, will sie die deutschen Waffenexporte und die militärische Zusammenarbeit mit Saudi-Arabien nicht grundsätzlich aufgeben.

Das geht aus einer noch unveröffentlichten Antwort des Auswärtigen Amtes auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion hervor, die dieser Zeitung vorliegt.

„Die anhaltenden Kampfhandlungen“, erklärt das Auswärtige Amt in dem noch unveröffentlichten Schreiben, „haben gravierende Auswirkungen auf die humanitäre Situation der jemenitischen Zivilbevölkerung.“

Einerseits dringt man deshalb nun auf Konsequenzen: „Die Bundesregierung setzt sich im Rahmen der Vereinten Nationen für eine unabhängige internationale Mission ein, die die Aufgabe haben soll, mutmaßliche Verletzungen des humanitären Völkerrechts im Jemen-Konflikt zu untersuchen“, heißt es. Dazu zählten auch Angriffe auf zivile Einrichtungen „mit zahlreichen zivilen Opfern“.

Andererseits steht die Bunderegierung weiter dazu, dass sie deutsche Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien sowie Katar und in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate – die beide zur saudischen Allianz im Jemen gehören – nicht grundsätzlich untersagt. Unter den genehmigten Ausfuhren zählten laut einer Liste im Anhang halbautomatische und Maschinenpistolen, Sturmgewehre und Raketenabschussgeräte.

Zur Frage ziviler Opfer führt die Bundesregierung aus, „ein ziviles Objekt kann im Einzelfall zu einem militärischen Ziel werden“, wenn vor dort aus militärische Handlungen ausgehen, und „seine Zerstörung einen eindeutigen militärischen Vorteil darstellt“.

Ebenso wenig will Deutschland seine Unterstützung bei der Modernisierung des saudi-arabischen Grenzschutzes aufgeben: „Aus sicherheitspolitischer Sicht ist Saudi-Arabien weiterhin ein wichtiger Kooperationspartner“, heißt es.

Auch andere Kritikpunkte am saudischen Regime bestätigt das Schreiben durchaus – darunter die Menschenrechtslage, die Todesstrafe sowie „Hinweise, dass Saudi-Arabien im Zusammenhang mit seiner wahhabistisch religiösen Staatsdoktrin häufig wirtschaftliche Investitionen“ zur Missionierung im Ausland nutze.

In der Gesamtsicht bleibt die Bundesregierung jedoch bei ihrer Bewertung, Saudi-Arabien sei ein Stabilitätsanker in der Region: Das Land spiele „mit seinem politischen Gewicht ... weiterhin eine Schlüsselrolle für die Sicherheit und Stabilität in der gesamten Region“, sodass es „ein unverzichtbarer Partner bei der Lösung der regionalen Krisen“ sei.

Die Linke kritisiert diese Haltung scharf – von Steven Geyer = =

Mein Kommentar: „Beihilfe zum Mord“ heißt es von den Linken. Stimmt. So ist das immer, wenn man Waffen in Kriegsgebiete liefert. Was schert das die Bundesregierung, dass das durch die deutschen Gesetze verboten ist. Das Statement der Bundesregierung ist (mal wieder) ein perfektes Beispiel für Heuchelei. Man erzählt humanitären Schmus und liefert gleichzeitig die Waffen zur Fortsetzung von Krieg, Zerstörung und humanitärer Katastrophe. Wasch mir den Pelz, aber mach mich nicht nass. Und saudi-Arabien ist weder ein „Stabilitätsanker“ in der Region, sondern mit seinem Wahabismus-Export und Waffenlieferungen an Rebellengruppen und Terroristen das genaue Gegenteil davon. „Ein unverzichtbarer Partner bei der Lösung der regionalen Krisen“: der Brandstifter als Feuerwehrmann, Benzin im Löschschlauch. Hier werden wir für dumm verkauft.

12.3.2017 – Deutsche Welle (A P)

Gabriel wirbt für UN-Aktion gegen Hungersnot

Einigen afrikanischen Staaten und dem Jemen droht eine Hungerkatastrophe. Bis zu 20 Millionen Menschen sind betroffen. Bundesaußenminister Gabriel will die Initiative ergreifen und internationale Hilfe organisieren.

"Wenn jetzt nicht bald umfassende internationale Hilfe einsetzt, droht Millionen von Menschen in den betroffenen Regionen der Hungertod", erklärte der deutsche Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel. Die Lage in den Hungerregionen am Horn von Afrika, in der Tschadsee-Region sowie im Südsudan sei zum Verzweifeln, so Gabriel weiter: "Kinder sterben unter den Augen der Weltöffentlichkeit".

Mein Kommentar: Absicht, dass Gabriel Jemen dabei auslässt? 60 % der vom Hungertod Bedrohten leben dort. Und gleichzeitig macht sich Gabriel für mehr Waffenlieferungen an Saudi Arabien stark. Wenn Gabriel jetzt einen auf humanitär macht, ist das wieder einmal ein Beispiel mehr für die erstaunliche Heuchelei und Blindheit für die eigene Verstrickung, wie es für den Westen so typisch ist. Und Gabriel ist hier ja noch ein besonderer Fall. Er kann gleichzeitig für und gegen TTIP sprechen, für und gegen Aufrüstung …

1.3.2017 – The Independent (* B K P)

Guns assembled in the UK may be arming child soldiers, says report

European charities say German weapons firms bypass domestic controls by using British subsidiaries, exploiting a lack of transparency over UK arms sales

Rifles and submachine guns assembled in the UK could be exported for use in conflicts involving child soldiers, according to a report by European children’s charities.

The report accuses Heckler & Koch (H&K) – a German company that is among the world’s largest producers of small arms – of sidestepping obstacles to exports at home by using its subsidiary in the UK, where a “lack of transparency” has frustrated attempts to scrutinise arms deals.

H&K and another major German firm, Sig Sauer, turn to UK and US operations when guidelines and political pressure in Germany are likely to block exports to conflict-affected countries, according to the report – entitled Small Arms in the Hands of Children (English, German pdf) – by the Berlin Information-centre for Transatlantic Security.

The charities behind the report said they hoped a focus on child soldiers would help to illuminate an under-reported consequence of the lack of control in the global arms trade.

“When you bring [child soldiers] up … German MPs do then see that the arms trade and support to those countries is problematic,” said Ralf Willinger, of Terre des Hommes, one of the four organisations behind the report. “If you just say these are exports going to a war zone, or to Saudi Arabia, that doesn’t necessarily mean MPs find it problematic – but when it becomes clear that these are children with German guns, then it is something that they don’t want to happen.”

The report showed that in 1969 and 2008, the German government allowed H&K to sell Saudi Arabia licences to manufacture its assault rifles. In May 2015, Berlin admitted that Saudi Arabia, a country that Germany, the UK and the US all see as a key ally, had supplied H&K rifles to militias fighting in Yemen. On Tuesday, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it had been able to verify that more than 1,400 children were recruited as part of the conflict, adding that the actual number was expected to be higher.

German weapons exports typically come with “end user certificates”, which are meant to guarantee the buyer will not pass on the weapons to other parties. However, the report noted Germany has no legal instruments in place to sanction violations of those certificates.

“That just isn’t happening,” said Willinger. “Every German fast food stand is monitored better than weapons exports are – because they have all kinds of controls, hygiene and so on. With weapons the policy is: we deliver it, hand over a piece of paper, and whether or not they abide by that, it doesn’t interest us.” – by Ben Knight and Ben Quinn

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

13.3.2017 – The Arab Gulf States Institute (A E P)

Economic Nationalism at the Expense of GCC Integration

As a burgeoning global trend, especially evident in the economic ideology of the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, economic nationalism is also surging in the Gulf. Each GCC state is competing with its neighbors to create a more attractive business environment for foreign investment and squeeze as much revenue as possible from new and existing fee and tax structures. A casualty of these tax reforms could be a weakening of GCC economic integration, especially on agreed upon common tariffs. The GCC secretariat, meanwhile, is interested in ways to streamline the bedrock of foreign investment rules in the region, the agent structure, which each GCC state uses to regulate how foreign businesses must partner with local citizens or entities to create domestic businesses such as retail and restaurant franchises and distributors of consumer products. One complication of the agent structure is the disincentive for intra-GCC trade, as each state seeks to award a franchise or distributor role to its citizens. Finding common ground on tax and tariff policies that directly impact job creation, citizen income, and state revenue is becoming more complex. In effect, while the great economic reform momentum sweeping across the GCC is necessary for shared diversification goals, it also pits states against each other in putting their domestic economic agenda before integration efforts – bby Karen E. Young

14.3.2017 – Business Recorder (A H P)

Pakistani PM announces US one million dollars humanitarian assistance for Yemen

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday while expressing desire for early return of peace for Yemen announced an immediate provision of US one million dollars in humanitarian assistance for the distressed people of Yemen.

My comment: This is a nice combination to:

13.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A K P)

EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan sends combat troops to Saudi southern border

Brigade deploys to shore up border against Houthi reprisal attacks from Yemen, but sources tell MEE it will 'not be used beyond Saudi borders'

The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in Yemen, according to senior security sources.

The brigade will be based in the south of the Kingdom, but will only be deployed inside its border, the sources told Middle East Eye. "It will not be used beyond Saudi borders," one said.

The deployment of the Pakistani brigade follows a visit by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to Saudi Arabia on a three-day official visit in December last year.

"COAS reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of the Holy Mosques and also the territorial integrity of the kingdom," the Pakistani army said in a statement.

"Later, General Qamar Javed Bajwa met chief of general staff of Saudi Forces, General Abdul Rehman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, to discuss military to military relations, defence cooperation and regional security situation.

"Both leaders agreed to boost military cooperation and collaboration."

The area of deployment for the Pakistani brigade is politically sensitive in Islamabad, because two years ago the parliament rejected a request by Saudi Arabia's King Salman for Pakistan to join a "Sunni" coalition to fight the Houthis – by David Hearst

My comment: Now the Saudis finally got what they wanted. What is the reason for this? How much did they actually pay?

13.3.2017 – Dawn (A P)

Islamabad reaffirms support to Yemeni leadership

Top government officials in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed their support to Yemeni leadership amid reports that the Pakistan army is sending combat troops to reinforce Saudi Arabia's southern border from attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels.

President Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Abdulmalik Aduljalil Al-Mekhlafi today asserted that Muslim countries should work together for progress and stability by avoiding mutual differences, Radio Pakistan reported.

He told Al-Mekhlafi, who is also Yemen's foreign minister, that Pakistan wishes to contribute to progress and stability in Yemen, and desires the restoration of peace in the conflict-stricken country.

Manoon said Pakistan supports Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's efforts for peace in Yemen and regards him as the legitimate leader of the country. He added that Pakistan would continue to support Hadi and Yemen for peace and progress in the region.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a separate meeting with Al-Mekhlafi assured the Yemeni foreign minister that Pakistan has always supported the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen, and would continue to offer all possible assistance for restoration of peace and stability in the country, Radio Pakistan reported.

Aziz appreciated the Yemeni government's efforts towards restoring peace, harmony and stability in the war-torn country.

My comment: The problem is, there are almost no “Yemeni government's efforts towards restoring peace, harmony and stability in the war-torn country” at all.

13.3.2017 – IRNA (A P)

Yemeni Deputy PM in Pakistan two years after Yemen war

Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi who is also the foreign minister of the country, on Monday met with President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad and discussed bilateral relations, Pakistani state media reported.

Talking on this occasion, Pakistan President said that Islamabad considers Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi as the legitimate leader of Yemen.

Saudi Arabia had wanted Pakistan to join the war, but Pakistani parliament passed a unanimous resolution urging the country to stay neutral in the conflict.

My comment: Iranian media. “Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen”, Hadi government.

12.3.2017 – Bolivian UN Mission / Living in Yemen on the Edge (A P)

Thank you #Bolivia:
<< On #Yemen: "You have to lift restrictions at the port of Hodeidah to allow access to humanitarian aid" >> (photo)

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

12.3.2017 – Shabia Mantoo (A H)

Shabia Mantoo, Spokesperson for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in #Yemen, writes:

Adnan's little girl, Asal. Her name means 'honey' (for which the Yemeni varieties are well prized). She doesn't quite know what's going on but only three years old she's been displaced thrice by conflict. First she fled as a baby with her parents from their coastal home town of Mokha to Mawza. Then the fighting came to Mawza so they packed up and returned back to Mokha. But then Mokha became worse and so they fled for the third time to Hudaydah. They are exhausted and just want to return home. In peace. (photo)

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Feature: Civil servants left unpaid for months amid liquidity crisis in war-torn Yemen

The liquidity crisis is continuing to deepen in Yemen amid the ongoing conflict, with government employees left without pay for a fifth or even sixth successive month.

The liquidity crisis adds to Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe.

Investments, including the oil and gas ones which used to contribute more than 70 percent of the state budget, were forced to shut down in early 2015 because of the civil war and the blockade by the Saudi-led coalition.

No earnings, except from taxes and small local projects which have been affected by the conflict as well, have since come in.

Mustafa Nasr, the head of the Studies and Economic Media Center, said the suspension of foreign aid and donations also contributed to the liquidity crisis in Yemen.

"Other challenges that have deepened the crisis included the government's failure to control the situation in regions under its control. The government can't resume investments and exports and even can't control the situation at institutions to collect taxes and other resources properly," Nasr said.

The good news is that the government has started to pay salaries to some institutions after cash was delivered from Russia under a deal between the government and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

So far, Yemen has received 74 billion Yemeni rials (0.3 billion U.S. dollars) from Russia, according to Zakarya.

In Sanaa, the parliament failed on Saturday to approve measures suggested by the Houthi-Saleh government to address the crisis.

Nasr said the crisis will not be solved unless the war ends, aid resumes from members of the Saudi-led coalition and a competent government takes office.

"If the interruption of salaries continues, that will contribute to an inevitable famine in Yemen that the UN has been warning of for months," he added – by Fuad Rajeh

My comment: Unfortunately, Rajeh just reports the Hadi government’s propaganda story about the financial and Central Bank crisis. This propaganda was rejected and commented by many reports and comments before. Until only a short time ago, apart from announcements the Hadi government was not able to pay even its military, causing protests and riots in Aden.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

14.3.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS "Arrested" journalist4criticizing them. The group summoned him with a warrant showing the group is the authority in Taiz (document in image) and also

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

Saudi paid mercenary Ben Dagher's allegations about state salaries are false: official

A government official on Monday refuted allegations by Saudi paid mercenary Ahmed bin Dagher about state employees' salaries, in which the aggression uses this card to retaliate from the Yemeni people after their military aggression on the ground has failed.
The official said that the state revenue depends on oil and gas exports by 75-80 percent, and that are under control of the Saudi aggression and its mercenaries.
The rest of resources were blocked and destroyed under tightened all-out blockade imposed by the Saudi aggression.
"The state employees' salaries have not been paid since the unconstitutional decision to transfer the Yemen Central Bank to Aden last September," the official said.

My comment: Ahmed bin Dagher, labeled as “Saudi paid mercenary” here, is the prime minister of the Hadi government. Hadi’s attempts to transfer the Central Bank from Sanaa to Aden – to get it under his own control – actually has led to a split with now two Central Banks, none of which still is able to work seriously. Thus, both failed to further on pay state employees and retired people – since several month now. All announcements of Hadi government, they now would start to pay state employed all over the country, up to now have been void. They even were not able to pay their own military, thus causing protests and riots at Aden.

cp15 Propaganda

14.3.2017 – Fox News (* A P)

The Saudis are coming: Seven things Team Trump needs to know

When Saudi Arabia’s young and dynamic Deputy Crown Prince, son of King Salman, arrives in Washington this week, he’ll seek to both reaffirm the strong security alliance with America and to impart a powerful message of how the Kingdom is changing.

In just over two years, the 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, has tackled the threat posed to the Kingdom by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthis as defense minister.

He has taken on serious economic reforms that have curbed government subsidies.

He launched an ambitious plan to wean the country’s economy off oil. And of high importance to the West, he has made clear that he intends to push for considerable social reform. At the top of his agenda: greater rights for women.

After eight years in which the Saudis watched as the Obama administration seemed to pivot towards Iran—a country where “Death to America” is still shouted daily in the streets—this is the moment for a reset on national security issues, with an eye toward the exciting social changes happening in the kingdom.

1. Saudi Arabia’s leaders have already seen that the Trump administration has a clear vision of the Iranian regime’s trouble making. In Trump’s generals, at the Pentagon, and among national security advisers, they see veteran Middle East hands, with boots on the ground experience, no illusions about Iranian meddling, and an understanding of the price paid by many U.S. servicemen and women, killed by Iranian made IED’s. Even with this increased comfort level in Riyadh, more reassurance from the Trump team would be even better, signaling that the U.S. will continue to support and contribute to the defensive war in Yemen, and hold the line against further Iranian expansionist efforts that undermine regional stability.

2. The Kingdom is on the front line of the War on Terror, crushing Al Qaeda and ISIS at home, and working very closely with the U.S. and their allies to hunt them down across the region. Saudi intelligence provided information to the U.S. that stopped attacks planned to take place on American soil. The Kingdom has been recognized by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, in testimony to Congress last year, as a world leader in combatting terrorism financing.

4. In Riyadh, there is frustration that too often, the U.S.-Saudi relationship is not fully appreciated in the United States.Recognition that the relationship is mutually beneficial—that Saudi purchases of U.S. military equipment have brought hundreds of billions of dollars back to the States and helped create tens of thousands of jobs, while enhancing the U.S. goal of greater regional stability, is important. As a businessman, Trump is likely to understand this – By Ali Shihabi

My comment: This is a shameless (or ridiculous, as you prefer to see it) propaganda article, as ordered and paid directly by the Saudis. The author is Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Arabia Foundation, and is a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group. More of this sort of propaganda at the foundations’s Twitter account:

14.3.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A P)

38,000 Yemeni casualties since Houthi takeover, report finds

Yemen's ministry of human rights has said that nearly 38,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed and injured at the hands of Houthi militias and those allied to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh since the war began in 2014.

These numbers came as part of a report presented by the Yemeni Deputy Minister of Human Rights, Mohammed Askar, during a human rights council meeting in Geneva on Monday, discussing the situation in Yemen during the period between January 1, 2015 to January 31, 2017.

According to Askar, Houthi bombings in populated areas, villages and farmlands and roads led to 673 civilians injuries and deaths, mostly women and children.

The report also mentioned that the militia kidnapped 16,804 activists, reporters and academics. Moreover, those who have been released suffer from serious health and psychological issues, and some 2,866 where forced to disappear.

The report also shows that the militia used children to fuel their war and increase their numbers; they recruited more than 1,000 children under the age of 18, as well as recruiting female fighters.

According to the report, the Houthi militia destroyed more than 29,000 establishments, which include government buildings, schools, hospitals, water and electricity facilities, roads and bridges.

Nearly 26,000 private properties, including homes and residential buildings, markets, cars, farms and factories were also destroyed.

During the session, Askar demanded the implementation of immediate support from the UN Human Rights Commissioner's Office towards the human rights program in Yemen, as well as calling for the condemnation of Houthi militia and ousted President Saleh, holding them responsible for violations committed in Yemen and for the declining humanitarian situation.

My comment: This is a really nice propaganda. Yes, there are plenty of Human Rights violations by the Houthis, and a plenty of war crimes committed by them. But even due to the UN, 2/3 of all victims of the Yemen war are due to the Saudi coalition air raids alone, the rest to be divided among all other parties, the Saudis, UAE, Hadi army, so-called “popular resistance”, AQP, Houthis and pro-Saleh forces all together. Here simply all victims and destructions of war are ascribed to Houthi and Saleh forces, it's rather ridiculous.

13.3.2017 – The Tower (A P)

Iran-Backed Yemeni Rebels Said to Plant Mine in Major Strait, Threatening Global Shipping

Iran-backed Houthi rebels reportedly planted a naval mine in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, killing two Yemeni sailors in an explosion on Friday and raising concerns over threats to the free passage of vessels through the strategic waterway.

Iran and its proxies have significantly stepped up their aggressive naval behavior in recent years. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command, accused Iran in October of orchestrating several attacks against U.S. vessels in the area that month.

My comment: The Red Sea story told with the main US propaganda spin. The bad Houthis and the evil Iranians of course as well (although there are no Iranian activities in the Red Sea at all). And about all the Saudi aerial bombings of harbours and of the coastline, of fishing and refugee boats, of Saudi war ships pounding the coast and blocking the harbours, which have caused the Yemeni reactions deplored in this article: no word at all.

13.3.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

AlHadath - Saudi TV - fabricate false news" they made Progress in Arhab governorate". Well, Arhab is directorate Not a governorate (photo)

My comment: Well, this really is a minor failure of Saudi propaganda.

13.3.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Yemeni president: Liberating Provinces still under Control of Coup Militias, Irreversible

Yemeni president, Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi confirmed that the combat operations for the Liberation of the provinces that are still under the control of the coup will not stop.
Hadi said during the two phone calls today the Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Almekdashi and the governor of Sanaa Abdulqawi Sharif the purging the rest of the provinces of militia coup is irreversible, whatever are the sacrifices.
Yemeni official news agency said that the Yemeni President briefed during the two conversations on the developments of the military situation on the ground and the victories achieved by the Yemeni army forces and popular resistance, in various battlefronts against the putschists, especially in the Naham front.

Remark: “Naham front”: NE of Sanaa, look at cp17b.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Hadi: Mil Ops (war) will continue til Houthis/Saleh purged from all #Yemen provinces, "whatever are the sacrifices."

13.3.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Special units of IRGC guard leader of Houthis

Units of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are guarding the leader of the Houthi Movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the Saudi al-Watan newspaper reported.

The newspaper quoted sources of leaders of the Saadah Resistance as saying that al-Houthi suffers from several mental illnesses due to his hiding for several months inside caves of Saadah.

My comment: I classify this as “propaganda” here.

12.3.2017 – Arab Times (* A P)

Yemen graveyard for Iran’s scheme

THE war in Yemen is not only aimed at militarily abolishing Iran’s expansionism scheme by some Yemeni factions, but it is also intended at rebuilding the state and military forces after the “coup” crippled Yemeni institutions particularly the military and security authorities.

This war is definitely aimed at restoring life to the Yemeni nature, reviving its official institutions, and ensuring its government works very fast, but not hastily, from the temporary capital. All this wouldn’t have been possible if not for the support of the Arab Coalition towards the national army and the Yemeni resistance.

For the past two years, Iran’s mouthpieces have been bragging about their control of four Arab capitals. They gave huge importance to what was transpiring in Yemen in terms of the invasion of gangs of the ousted president and the Houthi rebels in Sana’a, Aden and other areas, which they considered as their victories.

The events of the last two years have proven that Yemen will not go back to the era of Sayf ibn Dhi- Yazan — the Himyarite king of Yemen who lived between 516 and 578 AD, and is known for ending Axumite rule over Southern Arabia with the help of the Sassanid Empire. Instead, this time, the Southern Arabia is where the new Persian dream will be buried.

The burial of the scheme is ongoing but the mercenaries are blinded, which causes them to continue killing the innocent and pushing millions of people to starvation in their desperate attempt to impose their plans, at least on some areas of Yemen, as majority of Yemeni areas are under the control of the legitimate government.

After its humiliating defeat in Yemen, Iran should review all its policies in the region and in the world, especially since it wasted every opportunity that was given to it because of its arrogance – by Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

My comment: What a stupid piece of propaganda. If once somebody in Iran had boasted the Iranians would control four capitals this was far from rality. To take this as base for such a propaganda is ridiculous in itself. Starting from the headline, “Yemen graveyard for Iran’s scheme”, this would perfectly fit for Saudi Arabia, not for Iran (look at article by Bruce Riedel, cp1).– “This war is definitely aimed at restoring life to the Yemeni nature, reviving its official institutions”: telling that to hail a 2 years bombing campaign is rather Orwellian speech. – And imagine how odd it is when this author is going back to 6th century history to parallel and even to explain what is happening in our time!!

12.3.2017 – Baghdad Post (* A P)

Iran using civilian flights to transfer soldiers, ammunition to Syria, Yemen

Iranian security agencies are secretly transferring soldiers, wounded and dead soldiers and ammunition from the battle sectors in Syria and Yemen via civilian flights, according to a report by an Iranian military official belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
These smuggling activities were reported by the official on the anti-government "Amed News" site and were translated and published by the MEMRI institute which tracks media outlets in the Middle East.
According to the reports, the flights by the Iranian airline Mahan Air to Damascus in Syria and Sana'a in Yemen are utilized for transporting large quantities of ammunition in the cargo department which are then sent to battle zones

My comment: That is fine propaganda. Look at the date of this article. Sanaa airport is totally blocked for any civilian flights since August 9, 2016. And in the time before, starting with the Saudi air raids on March 25, flights to Sanaa airport either were interrupted or strictly regulated; they had to pass Saudi Arabia for a strict Saudi control. So please tell me, how the Iranians since two years now manage to “use civilian flights to transfer soldiers, ammunition to Yemen"??? This is the winner of the "Stupid Propaganda" Contest

12.3.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Sana’a…The Last of Yemen Battles ?

Reclaiming Yemen insurgency-held capital Sana’a has become a contentious topic on the war-torn country’s arena.

Analysts say that the Sana’a battle will spell the end of the civil war spurred by Putschists that are chiefly composed of Iran-aligned Houthi militias and armed loyalists Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Iran’s militia war is vividly exposed in Yemen, as Houthi gunmen are funded, armed and tasked to overrun the internationally recognized government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

More so, the Iran-backed insurgency in Yemen has staged countless and brutal war crimes according to human rights advocates who demand Houthi militiamen be held accountable for their atrocities before international courts.

Anti-Houthi resistance forces–made up of national tribesman and national army forces– continued their advance towards Sana’a—popular resistance forces and army units have reportedly arrived to Arhab, one of Sana’a’s key districts situated some 3 kilometers away from the capital.

Political analyst Yasin al-Tamimi says that ongoing battles and advances registered on behalf of pro-government forces present a critical advantage against coup militias.

What is worth mentioning is that other than loss of territory, the insurgency’s chief strategy of futile tossing of troops into battle has been further weakened due to internal conflict. Saleh loyalists, on many occasions, have withdrawn from battles against valiant pro-government tribesman.

My comment: Nice propaganda. Houthis neither are funded, nor armed, nor tasked by Iran, as it is claimed here. – The report refers to fighting at Nehm region east of Sanaa city, in which both sides are claiming to be successful (newest: below in cp17b; before: YPR 279, cp17b). – The pro-Saudi side had claimed to have occupied two mountains. Here, they suddenly should have reached a point just 3 km away from Sanaa city. That really is a strange claim. Nehm – the district where the fighting is taking place, is about 30 to 60 km NE of Sanaa. Arhab district, which the Hadi troops are told to have reached here, is NW of Sanaa. And, another “mistake”: From Arhab to the outskirts of Sanaa it’s about 25 km, not 3 km.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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14.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen, March 13, full list: and (

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13.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen March 12, 2017 (full list): and (

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12.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen March 11, 2017 (full list): and ( )

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes continue heinous crimes against citizens in different provinces

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11.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen March 10 (full list): and (

14.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches three airstrikes on Nehm

The Saudi aggression launched overnight three airstrikes on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a security official said Tuesday.
The Saudi hostile warplanes struck Bani Naji area three times, leaving serious damage to private properties.
The three airstrikes raised the number of airstrikes to nine launched by the Saudi aggression on Nhem district only, the official said.

13.3.2017 – Abu Zeid Alkebsy / Saudi War crimes (A K PH)

Pic of child n woman + other 9 who's injured tonight by Saudi led airstrikes cluster bomb in Saadah city Saudi crimes continues in #Yemen

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression wages six raids on Nehm

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched on Monday six raids on several areas in Nehm district of Sana'a province.
A security official told Saba that the hostile warplanes targeted Nehm junction with two raids and four raids on Zatar, Khalaqa and al-Razwah areas.
The raids caused heavy damage to citizens' houses and their properties. =

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression launches raid on al-Hada

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes on Monday waged an air raid on Dhamar province.

A local official told Saba that the raid targeted the main road at al-Rakbain area in Bani Dhabyan zone in al-Hada district in the province. =

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Three airstrikes hit Serwah

The Saudi aggression launched on Monday three airstrikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official said.
The airstrikes targeted Al Zaidi area, Hailan Mount and al-Mashjah area in the district, leaving serious damage to several houses and farms.

12.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Two Arab Coalition airstrikes target the Republican Guards Forces school in Sana’a – locals

Locals in the capital Sana’a said that the fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Sunday evening two airstrikes on the northern parts of the city, causing violent explosions.

The locals told Almasdaronline that the airstrikes have targeted the school of the Republican Guards Forces, forces loyal to former president Saleh, in Raslan area in northern Sana’a.

The two airstrikes have probably bombed ammunition depots. According to the locals.

My comment: How often they already had bombed this building? There certainly will be nothing left, certainly there will not have been any ammunition depot any more.


13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-led coalition launches 2 airstrikes on Sana'a

The Saudi-led coalition launched two air raids overnight on the capital Sana'a, a security official said Monday.
The coalition's warplanes hit the Guard School in Jeraf district of Sana'a capital, causing serious damage to citizens houses and private facilities.

12.3.2017 – Sanaa in the evening (A K PH)

#Sanaa under airstrikes

#Sanaa: second airstrike

Massive explosions rocking the capital Sanaa now following intense Saudi jets flying over the sky of the capital Sanaa.

12.3.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

A man was working in his farm today in Abs area #Haja,suddenly #Saudi dropped cluster bombs on his farm,he died with his son

and, reporting only one killed:

12.3.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Hajjah: A Citizen Killed by Cluster Bombs Dropped by Aggression

A citizen has been killed on Sunday due to two international banned cluster bombs dropped by the fighter jets of the Saudi American aggression on Hajjah governorate.

The civilian named Ibrahim Mohamed Ashram got killed while others got injured by the international prohibited bombs dropped on a farm in the region of Al-Jar, Abss district, local source reported.

Al-Jar farms in Abss district have been witnessing heavy bombardment since the beginning of the aggression, who deliberately aims at farms to destroy the crops (with photo)

12.3.2017 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

Airline aggression sheds cluster bombs in the form of toys and pens in Abs District m- argument yesterday afternoon.

I request that the image, dissemination and warning children not to touch any game they find them anywhere (photo)

12.3.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: The collection of more than 1,500 cluster bombs which Saudi aggression had dropped during the last month in Saada

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches airstrike on al-Haimah al-Dakheliah

The Saudi aggression launched overnight an airstrike on al-Haimah al-Dakheliah district of Sana'a province, a security official said Sunday.
The airstrike targeted a souk in the district on the Sana'a-Hodaida road, stopping vehicles' movement between the two provinces, causing serious damage to the nearby houses. =

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches 2 airstrikes on Mareb

Saudi aggression launched overnight two airstrikes on Hailan mountain in Serwah district of Mareb province, an official told Saba on Sunday.

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Injury woman cluster bombing explosion in Sada'a

A woman injured because cluster bombing explosion remnants of US-backed Saudi aggression in Haidan district of Sada'a province, an official told Saba on Sunday.

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four citizens killed in US-Saudi airstrike on Nehm

Four citizens were killed when US-Saudi aggression coalition waged on Sunday airstrike on their car in Nehm district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes hit the car one time in al-Madraj area, killing four citizens. and photos and and and and film

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Three citizens injured in US- Saudi airstrikes on Mahwait

Three citizens were killed in US-Saudi airstrikes Sunday on two al-krashah and Bab Raishah in Bani Sad area of Mahwait province, an official told Saba.
The warplanes waged a series of strikes on the bridges of the public roads linking Sana'a with Hodeida province.
The official said the strikes resulted in heavy destruction in the bridges and damaged to the residential houses. = and film:

11.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

A Condemnation Statement
Among a series of raids by Saudi coalition warplanes on civilians and civilian facilities, the warplanes committed a new crime by targeting a popular market in Al-Hodeida province, which led to kill 22 civilians, and injure 10 others that happened on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Legal Center for Rights and Development condemns the continuation of Saudi alliance crime in targeting the markets and civilian facilities, and continue killing of civilians in light of the silence of the United Nations and its ignorance these violations that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, which should take the coalition to international courts so the perpetrators can’t escape from such crimes and not to overlook the perpetrators of these crimes who have made the silence of the United Nations as a pretext to continue committing more crimes against civilians and civilian facilities.
Two years of airstrikes that killed nearly 12,041 civilians, including 1870 women, 2568 children, and injured 20,001, including 1960 women and 2354 children, in addition to, thousands of hospitals, schools, markets and civilian facilities that are destroyed by those airstrikes.
The legal center calls on the local and international organizations including the United Nations to do their humanitarian duties also the defense and protection of human rights and punishing the perpetrators of such crimes as soon as possible for violating them the conventions and international humanitarian laws.
Issued by Legal Center for Rights and Development, March 11, 2017

Remark: For this raid, YPR 279, cp16a.

13.3.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Can you ID this Pics of a reported cluster bomb dropped by #Saudi #UAE CO on Alsaagiah area n Aljawf province NE #Yemen on 8/March/2017 (photos9

13.3.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US-UK leaders Provide Saudi war criminals to kill Yemenis,pointlessly, with banned cluster bombs every day. Dirty war. Shame on humanity (images)

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Küste / Theater of War: Coast

14.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

National forces makes advance in Taiz

The Army and popular forces made an advance towards Saudi-paid mercenaries positions in the east of Makha of Taiz province, a military official said.
The national forces retook control over several farms in the east of Mokha and the mercenaries have sustained serious losses.

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army's artillery kills tens of mercenaries in Taiz

Tens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and many others wounded in artillery shelling in Taiz province, a military official said.
The army's artillery shelled positions of the mercenaries in Tabat al-Imam in Thubab district, killing and wounding dozens of them.

13.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition warplanes launch airstrike on Houthis sites western Taiz, pro-government forces go on clearing landmines

The fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Sunday several airstrikes on the forces loyal to the Houthi group and former president Saleh in Mawza and Dhubab districts in western Taiz province, southwestern Yemen.

A source in the field told Almasdaronline that three airstrikes have targeted the Houthis and allied forces in Khaled camp, and three raids hit their sites between Dhubab and Mawza.

Meanwhile, the pro-government forces landmines teams have been clearing the

landmines over the past two days from the recently secured Maushaj and Ruois areas.

Maushaj and Ruois areas are the last parts of northern al Mocha region, and the areas witness widespread deployment for the pro-government forces.

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

13.3.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Film. Nehm Hypocrites were killed and injured in a Failed attacking from several directions

Film: Another view for defeating an attack in Alqatab area, Nehm distric

13.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenaries hit in Nehm

The army and popular forces on Monday foiled an attempt of Saudi-paid mercenaries to infiltrate toward Nehm district of Sana'a province, a military official told Saba.
The national army hit mercenaries when they tried to infiltrate toward Yam Mountain.
The official said the operation caused in heavy causalities in lives and equipment on the mercenaries.
Meanwhile, the aggression warplanes waged two striles on Zatr area in the same district, the official added. and also

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Dozens of mercenaries killed in Nehm

The army and popular forces killed dozens of the Saudi-paid mercenaries in Nhem district of Sana'a province, a military official on Sunday.
The mercenaries were trying to infiltrate toward al-Manarah Mountain, al-Qatb and al-Agran valley in the district. The national forces thwarted the mercenaries' attempt forcing them to go back and leave their dead bodies on the battlefield.
Meanwhile, the Saudi aggression warplanes launched several airstrikes on different areas in

Remark: This is the same region, in which both sides claim victories:

12.3.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A K PS)

Yemeni army approaching Sanaa

Brig. Gen. Abdou Abdullah Bamajalli, Spokesman of the Armed Forces and Consultant at the General Staff of Yemen, announced today that the Yemeni army is approaching the Directorate of Arhab and Capital Sanaa.

According to the government-run Yemeni news agency, Mr. Bamajalli confirmed that, meanwhile, battles are continuing to liberate Nahm, eastern front of Sanaa, a development preceded by liberating a series of mountains, including Dorah, Al-Ayani, Al-Safeh, Al-Dhabeeb, Al-Tibab Al-Hamaraa, west of Al-Garn mountain, and Al-Safeenah.

He added that a number of sites located between the directorate of Nahm and Bani Hashish were liberated while great breakthroughs and advances were achieved by the national army and the popular resistance in Al-Masloub directorate and the western coast front as well as other fronts of Taiz. = and

My comment: “Yemeni army” = pro-Saudi “president” Hadi fighters. There are claims like this one since more than a year. Wait and see.

12.3.2017 – Ruptly (A K)

Film: Yemen: Saudi-backed forces make gains against Houthis east of Sanaa

The Yemen National Army, backed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, gained control of two strategic mountains in Nahem District, east of Sanaa, Saturday evening.

12.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

the Saudi-paid mercenaries fired artillery shells on al-Robieah and al-Matar areas in Serwah district, Marib province.

Houthi / Saleh reports:

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports:

Houthi / Saleh films:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

27.1.2015 – Scoop Empire (*)

Photos To Remind You How Beautiful Yemen Is

Unless you’ve been there, we bet you didn’t know Yemen was this breathtaking. Here is visual proof of the country’s stunning scenery, from the ecological haven of Socotra Island to surreal Sana’a, the world’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the greenery of Ibb and the desert architecture of Hadramaut… Feast your eyes: (photos)

cp19 Mark Curtis: Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam, and other

Mark Curtis’s new book was published on 1 July 2010.

Read The Guardian‘s coverage of the book, 6 July 2010, here.

Read Mark Curtis’s Guardian article, 6 July 2010, here.

Read reviews here (Independent), here (Metro), here (New Humanist) here (Asharq al-Awsat, in Arabic) here (Al-Masry Al-Youm, in Arabic) here(Morning Star) here (Tribune) here (Socialist Review) here (History Today) here (GreenLeft) here (New Statesman) here (Executive Magazine) here (New Internationalist).

Listen to interviews with BBC Radio Scotland here and with RTE Radio 1 (Ireland) here (latter interview begins at 1hr 15 mins).

Read an online interview about the book here.

Mark Curtis’ new book recounts the history of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist groups.

About Secret Affairs

In his ground-breaking new book, Mark Curtis reveals the secret history of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist groups. It shows how Labour and Conservative governments have connived with militant groups linked to al-Qaida to control oil resources, overthrow governments and promote Britain’s financial interests. The current terrorist threat to Britain is partly ‘blowback’.

The story of how Britain has helped to nurture the rise of global terrorism has never been told. Secret Affairs reveals how Britain has covertly supported radical Islamic groups in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, Indonesia and Egypt. Drawing on declassified government files, it documents Britain’s hidden strategic alliance with the two major state sponsors of radical Islam – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. And it shows how British policies of ‘divide of rule’ – rooted in the Empire – have used Islamic forces to promote imperial interests in India, Palestine, Jordan and Yemen. Similar British policies continue today in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mark Curtis shows how British collusion with radical Islam is intimately related to its postwar imperial decline. Expedient and pragmatic, and lacking any moral compass, policy-makers have aimed to counter popular, nationalist forces in a desperate attempt to uphold their power in a changing world. and in Google books:

and Introduction:

and excerpts here (the paragraph from the book in attached image):

Did #MI6 collaborate with Bin Laden in a covert campaign in #Yemen in the early 1980s?

The long-known #Saudi role in funding terrorism

This UK declassified file from 1969 captures nicely actual UK interests in the #Gulf

Former SAS commander’s view of the ‘benign’ way #SaudiArabia spends its money

One of the advantages to UK elite of working with Islamist terrorist groups, explained by Foreign Office Minister

Then UK Labour foreign sec’y says UK interests in #Gulf are: keep regimes in power, sell arms, protect oil

Evidence that Libya arms supplies to IRA in 1970s were arranged by MI6 agent whose cover UK didn’t want to blow.

UK’s collusion with radical Islam has tried to achieve two big foreign policy objectives. From my Secret Affairs

Five ways in which radical Islam/terrorist groups have been seen as useful by the UK govt. From my Secret Affairs

It is likely that Cameron govt gave #SaudiArabia the green light to brutally intervene in #Bahrain in 2011

British support for the Saudi intervention in Bahrain

This is all the UK had to say at UN Human Rights Council on #Yemen, as famine looms and mass murder continues. referring to

UK govt de facto concedes that (its) policy backing human rights abusers in MidEast ‘endangers British citizens’ referring to

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-279 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-279: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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