Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 297 - Yemen War Mosaic 297

Yemen Press Reader 297: USA und Völkermord im Jemen–Bedrohung von Hodeida und Lebensmittelhilfe–Wirtschaftsprobleme-Militär. Expansion der Emirate–D. Ignatius, Propagandist–Merkel-Besuch am Golf
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US and Yemen genocide – Threat to Hodeida and food aid – Economic problems – UAE military expansion – David Ignatius, a Saudi propagandist – Merkel’s Gulf visit – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Merkel-Besuch / Merkel visit: cp11

30.4.2017 – Salon (** B H K P)

Is the Trump administration enabling genocide in Yemen? And will Americans ever pay attention?

While President Donald Trump has been busy distracting attention from the Russia inquiry at home and shoring up his humanitarian credentials in Syria, his administration has also participated in a quiet effort to starve millions of Yemeni civilians into submission.

Most Americans ignored what was happening under the quiet leadership of the Obama administration.

While it has become quite common to refer to Stalin’s forced famine of Ukraine in the early 1930s, and Mao’s Great Famine of rural Chinese farmers in the late 1950s, as genocides, few if any have begun to speak of Yemen in such terms.

So whatever the nature of the crimes now being committed in Yemen, we should not expect to hear much talk of genocide for years to come. Nevertheless, the pattern of the bombings and their resultant starvation beg the question of whether America is now contributing to a genocide. And the pattern of bombings suggests that the Saudis are deliberately starving Yemenis into submission.

In fairness, there is little reason to believe the Saudis are deliberately attempting to kill off some portion of the Yemeni population. If that is the case, then the forced famine in Yemen — like the Ukrainian Holodomor and Mao’s Great Famine — should not technically be classified as a genocide. But with no expression to describe the deliberate murder of millions stronger than “crimes against humanity,” which is ambiguous in both nature and scale, we should prepare for people to describe what is now happening in Yemen as a genocide.

Given everything we know about President Trump, we cannot expect him to recognize that he may be a party to what is fast shaping up to be perhaps the most brutal genocide of this century.

It is not possible to take part in a forced famine without restraint and not be responsible for it. And with supposedly expert advisers around you, there is no excuse for failing to grasp your own role as a mass murderer.

Whether or not Trump is possessed of the moral development needed for such an inquiry, Americans themselves should begin to ask questions. In so doing, we may find that the phantom shadow of famine in Yemen points its ugly finger at our own callous ignorance. Somehow we are able to focus on everything else under the sun, but not the most horrific crimes to which our nation has contributed in several decades. It is time to open our eyes and see – by Theo Horesh

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/30/is-the-trump-administration-enabling-genocide-in-yemen-and-will-americans-ever-pay-attention/

29.4.2017 – PRI (** A H K)

The threat of war over Yemen's main seaport is slowing delivery of food aid

The latest flashpoint in Yemen's long civil war is the port city of Hodeidah. Aid groups have sent up warnings, trying to prevent a humanitarian disaster.

The mere threat of war at the port has been enough to drive shipping companies to steer clear of Hodeidah.

“We haven't been able to use the port of Hodeidah basically since early February, and that's linked to insecurity around the port,” says Trevor Keck of the International Committee for the Red Cross, which has recently doubled its committment to bring needed food and medical assistance to Yemenis. “There's this looming concern about a new offensive. And so the [shipping] company that we worked with simply stopped going."

Keck, who is deputy head of communications for the ICRC in Washington, DC, says many international companies have stopped using Hodeidah altogether, causing a major problem for international aid agencies that use that port. "Many of the stocks are running critically low,” he confirms.

Keck says the ICRC has rerouted its aid shipments to Aden, the major port in Yemen's south. But Aden is much farther from the Yemeni capital, which slows deliveries. “There could be as many as a hundred checkpoints from the various armed actors in Yemen. It involves crossing multiple front lines – by Stephen Snyder

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-29/if-theres-war-around-port-its-going-have-grave-consequences

1.5.2017 – INC Arabia (** B E H P)

How Has The War In Yemen Affected The Country’s Many Businesses?

We speak to the International Finance Cooperation on how it is helping to rebuild the war-damaged economy.

The International Finance Cooperation (IFC), the financing arm of the World Bank Group, is working to bridge the financing gap left by the break-up of the Yemeni central bank and the exodus of financial assets and capital from the war-ravaged southern peninsula country, its top regional official told Inc. Arabia.

“It’s obvious that the private sector community and their capacity has been impacted on a highly negative basis, by the unfortunate destruction of infrastructure in the country which closed many businesses,” Saad Sabrah, country head for Yemen at the IFC, said.

“At the eco-system level, it has also created problems with the unemployment rate,” he added.

In August, the internationally recognized, and UAE and Saudi coalition-backed government decided to ‘clone’ the Central Bank of Yemen, which was headquartered in Sana’a at the outbreak of the war.

This resulted in two central banking entities, one based in the north of the country, controlled by Iran-backed Houthi forces, who seized power from the government in 2014, and one in the south, run by the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Sabrah said.

“Right now, unfortunately, the Yemeni central bank has been split into two entities, one in Sana’a and one in Aden,” and that has led to a situation where the central banking system is paralyzed, said Sabrah.

As a result, food importing merchants have gone underground to borrow money from the black market to cover purchases, while many of Yemen’s 300,000 SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) have been forced to shutter their businesses, Sabrah said.

The country’s largest importers of critical food commodities, like wheat, rice, and sugar, have reached a deadlock with the international banking community, who are no longer issuing letters of credit to facilitate the financing of imports, Sabrah said.

“Right now we’re trying to define ways to support the food crisis in the country by offering finance to one of the local banks in Yemen, to help largest importers of critical food commodities,” Sabrah explained.

“We’re in the process of defining a bridging mechanism to help them finance these needs by offering the private sector community in Yemen, namely the banks and importers of these products a way of providing the financing they need on a temporary basis.” – by Shoshana Kedem

www.incarabia.com/money/how-has-the-war-in-yemen-affected-the-countrys-many-businesses/

30.4.2017 – AP (** B K P)

UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast

Already, the UAE has landed expeditionary forces in Afghanistan and Yemen. Its new overseas bases on the African continent show this country, which U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis calls "Little Sparta," has even larger ambitions.

Today, the UAE hosts Western forces at its military bases, including American and French troops. Jebel Ali port in Dubai serves as the biggest port of call for the American Navy outside of the United States.

The UAE decided in recent years to grow its military, in part over concerns about Iran's resurgence in the region following the nuclear deal with world powers and the Islamic Republic's involvement in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

In 2011, the UAE acknowledged working with private military contractors, including a firm reportedly tied to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, to build up its military. The Associated Press also reported that Prince was involved in a multimillion-dollar program to train troops to fight pirates in Somalia, a program by several Arab countries, including the UAE.

In Yemen, UAE troops are fighting alongside Saudi-led forces against Shiite rebels who hold the impoverished Arab country's capital, Sanaa. Areas where the UAE forces are deployed include Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, and the port city of Aden, where the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is stationed.

Additionally, the UAE appears to be building an airstrip on Perim or Mayun Island, a volcanic island in Yemeni territory that sits in a waterway between Eritrea and Djibouti in the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait, according to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly.

UAE forces and aid organizations have also set foot on Yemen's Socotra Island, which sits near the mouth of the Gulf of Aden, after a deadly cyclone struck it. It too represents a crucial chokepoint and has seen recent attacks from Somali pirates.

Outside of Yemen, the UAE has been building up a military presence in Eritrea at its port in Assab, according to Stratfor, a U.S.-based private intelligence firm.

South of Eritrea, in Somalia's breakaway northern territory of Somaliland, authorities agreed in February to allow the UAE open a naval base in the port town of Berbera. Previously, the UAE international ports operator DP World struck a deal to manage Somaliland's largest port nearby.

A UAE military expansion into Somalia is also possible, as Trump recently approved an expanded military, including more aggressive airstrikes against al-Shabab in the African nation – by Adam Schreck and Maggie Michael

https://apnews.com/21735cadd41f4f2990cb2497b0ba4c73 and look also at slide show: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/uaes-battle-hardened-military-expands-into-africa-mideast/war-in-yemen/slideshow/58432516.cms

28.4.2017 – Fair (** B P)

David Ignatius’ 15 Years of Running Spin for Saudi Regime

Last week, in “A Young Prince Is Reimagining Saudi Arabia. Can He Make His Vision Come True?,” Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius (4/20/17) wrote what read like a press release for the Saudi regime. What’s more, he’s written the same article several times before. For almost 15 years, Ignatius has been breathlessly updating US readers on the token, meaningless public relations gestures that the Saudi regime—and, by extension, Ignatius—refer to as “reforms.”

Ignatius columns on Saudi Arabia break down roughly into two groups: straight reporting mixed with spin and concern trolling, and outright press releases documenting the dictatorship’s spectacular reforms. First the latter:

Let’s begin by taking a look at his most recent iteration of this genre (4/20/17), featuring a brave Saudi prince taking on “religious conservatives” (vague reactionaries who are never named or defined) to change his own monarchy:

Ignatius begins by doing something a lot of “reformer” boosters do in Saudi Arabia: conflating “economic reform” with social reform. The latter is typically the neoliberal lubricant to get to what really matters, the further privatization and leveraging of Saudi’s immense wealth.

Ignatius’ cheerleading columns always rely on vague person-on-the-street sources as a placeholder for the Voice of the People.

Then there’s the other genre of Saudi coverage we’ll call Checking In On the House of Saud:

Strangely, in 15 years of writing columns about the monarchy, David Ignatius has not himself used the term “human rights,” much less addressed their abuse in a meaningful way.

The Saudis’ ruthless bombing of Yemen, which has claimed over 10,000 civilian lives since March 2015, is almost never mentioned by Ignatius, and the few times it is touched upon it is glossed over as “costly and unsuccessful.” It is bad—not in terms of morals, but in process. It’s “costly” like an ill-advised real-estate investment.

Ignatius, of course, is not alone. He joins a long line of faithful Western pundits who frame the Saudi regime as a reformist entity, earnestly pushing change in a fundamentally reactionary country under perma-threat from Shia forces. The Al Saud mafia is not in league with religious extremists, but a bulwark against them; they are not an illegitimate dictatorship, but an enlightened ruling class helping usher in “reform” in the face of a hyper-religious population.

And throughout it all, they are on a 71,500-year reform plan where they are effusively praised for moving their country toward the 19th century every five years or so. Other regimes that oppress their people and bomb civilians “must go” now, and are beyond the moral pale—mere allegations of being friendly with them, a career-ender. But the Saudi regime, a friendly host to light-touch US pundits, is just a well-meaning scrappy band of reformers this close to turning into Switzerland. All they need is a bit more time – by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/home/david-ignatius-15-years-of-running-spin-for-saudi-regime/

My comment: An excellent analysis of pro-Saudi propaganda in the West. This one writer stands for many – so-called journalists and politicians as well.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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30.4.2017 – Nuo Memcaj (* B H K)
Film: The Secret War in Yemen

Allow me to explain the conflict in Yemen and how you can help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCi22Axhh1g

1.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K)

Saudi Arabia thwarts trafficking of weapons from Yemen

Saudi security sourced in Gazan have revealed that they managed to thwart the trafficking of weapons from Yemen to Saudi Arabia.

They told Alarabiya TV that security patrols pursued the smugllers and forced them to surrender, pointing out that large amounts of weapons were captured.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6430 and by Xinhua: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/30/c_136247670.htm

My comment: LOL. There are so many weapons in Yemen that they are exported to Saudi Arabia?

30.4.2017 – Huffington Post (* B H K)

The Case Against Attacking Yemen’s Port of Hodeida

The coalition has long spoken of its plan to take over Hodeida, but now it’s finally finding a responsive US ally.

Seizing Hodeida will not be easy. While the coalition has superior air power, the Houthis have the advantage on the ground.

Aside from the military challenges, the battle for Hodeida will have disastrous humanitarian costs. The port handles 70 percent of Yemen’s food imports and foreign aid; this is vitally important for a country that imports 90 percent of its food supplies and in which over half of its 27 million people are currently food insecure.

Should the coalition secure Hodeida smoothly, the disastrous humanitarian costs will hinder any support for a political solution. It took coalition forces almost three months to reopen the Mocha port after it was recaptured last January. An effort to reopen Hodeida would likely take longer, further limiting food supplies. If the Yemeni people blame Hadi and his regional backers for exacerbating the famine crisis, it could cripple his ability to claim legitimacy and stabilize the country.

Furthermore, it is unclear if an offensive on Hodeida would force the Houthis to make serious concessions in a new round of peace talks.

The Hodeida offensive is a highly risky operation with little return. With such uncertainty and the possibility of exacerbating famine in Yemen, do the Saudis and the Emiratis really want to achieve a victory at such high human cost? Pressuring the Houthis to concede at the negotiating table will be necessary to reach a political settlement to the conflict, but simply bombing Hodeida will not achieve that outcome.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-case-against-attacking-yemens-port-of-hodeida_us_59068950e4b03b105b44b9e8

My comment: The author is right in many points, but keep things right: It’s NOT the Houthis who have blocked all negotiations.

30.4.2017 – Haykal Bafana (* A K P)

#Yemen media report 2 US military aircraft landed on Yemeni islands of Hanish in the Red Sea, and offloaded soldiers & equipment.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/858760270382067712

My comment: US support for the preparation of the attack against Hodeida?

30.4.2017 – End Yemen Siege (* B H K)

Yemen: Destruction and Siege Enter Year 3

[Overview, with photos]

http://www.shaharah.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Report.pdf

29.4.2017 – FAZ (* B H K)

Humanitäre Lage im Jemen: Ein Land wird ausgehungert

Im Würgegriff des Krieges schlittert der Jemen in eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Das größte Problem ist jedoch nicht das Geld – sondern die saudisch geführte Militärkoalition.

Geld ist nicht das größte Problem. Rund eine Milliarde Euro sind gerade auf der Geberkonferenz in Genf zugesagt worden, um den Menschen im Jemen zu helfen, die unter dem Krieg leiden. Die Vereinten Nationen halten zwar fast das Doppelte für nötig, um eine Hungerkatastrophe abzuwenden, doch die große Differenz schien UN-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres nicht zu beunruhigen. Er wies auf ein anderes, derzeit kaum zu überwindendes Hindernis für die humanitäre Hilfe hin: Die Blockade der saudisch geführten Militärkoalition.

Grund zur Hoffnung, dass die Not bald gemindert wird, gibt es kaum. Die von den UN vermittelten Gespräche treten auf der Stelle, und die Führung in Saudi-Arabien macht keine Anstalten, den Würgegriff zu lockern, mit dem sie den Widerstand der Houthi und ihrer Verbündeten strangulieren will. Hohe WFP-Funktionäre haben dem Vernehmen nach schon vor Monaten hinter vorgehaltener Hand scharfe Kritik an Riad geäußert und angedeutet, sie verstünden die Blockade als Belagerung, die sich bewusst auch gegen Zivilisten richte. Westliche Beobachter glauben, dass Riad auch immer wieder Bemühungen hintertreibt, Hilfsgelder zusammenzubringen – zum Beispiel indem das Königreich große Summen zusagt, um diese dann aber an Bedingungen zu knüpfen.

Derzeit richten sich die Blicke vor allem auf Hudaydah, das von den Houthi-Gegnern eingekreist ist. Der Hafen ist eine wichtige „Lebensader“, wie der Länderbeauftragte des WFP unlängst hervorhob.

Die Trump-Administration wird vor allem mit den Plänen der Koalition zur Eroberung von Hudaydah in Verbindung gebracht. Diese werden maßgeblich von den mit Riad und der Hadi-Regierung verbündeten Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten betrieben. Diplomaten berichten, amerikanische Militärs hätten die emiratischen Streitkräfte bei der Planung eines Angriffs mit Landungstruppen unterstützt. Demnach zögert Washington aber, sich maßgeblich militärisch zu engagieren. Ohne massive amerikanische Unterstützung dürften die Angreifer indes kaum Aussicht auf Erfolg haben.

Mit dem Tonwechsel und dem ständigen Verweis auf iranische Wühlarbeit sind wohl auch Hoffnungen verbunden, größere Unterstützung der Trump-Administration zu erhalten, die Teheran deutlich feindseliger gegenübersteht als Obamas Regierung. - Von Christoph Ehrhardt

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/jemen-erlebt-eine-humanitaere-katastrophe-14989025.html

30.4.2017 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

Saudi Regime Integral Part of Capitalist Global Order: US Peace Activist

Caleb Maupin, an American political analyst and peace activist denounced the Riyadh regime’s key role in “securing Western domination” over the Middle East region and said the Saudi aggression on Yemen is in line with the same policy.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of the capitalist global order. The British began working with them in the 1800s. They have been key in securing western domination of the region. Ronald Reagan's administration made clear in the 1980s that they would never allow a revolution in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia purchases weapons from the United States, and it is central in promoting the Wahabbist ideology around the world, essentially creating foot-soldiers that can be used to attack Iran, Syria, and any other country that asserts its independence.

The fear is that the uprising in Yemen and the Revolutionary Committee that includes the Ansarullah Organization, the Southern Movement, the Arab Spring Party, and other forces could introduce a new level of independence on the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen could become another independent country like Iran. Based on that fear, and the integral role of Saudi Arabia in securing Wall Street and London's oil hegemony, the USA is working with the Saudis to put down the Yemeni uprising.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/04/30/1393485/saudi-regime-integral-part-of-capitalist-global-order-us-peace-activist

29.4.2017 – Mohammed Al-Qadhi (* B H K)

Film: #Health institutions and workers in the under-siege city of #Taiz sustain huge losses during two years of #conflict. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/858350102557143042

28.4.2017 – Red Cross (* B H K)

Film: #Yemen used to import 90% of its food, fuel and medicines – much of which came through Hodeida port. Today, less than half is getting in.

https://twitter.com/ICRC/status/857980623838990336

29.4.2017 – Moon of Alabama (* A K P)

"If You Take East-Syria, I'll Take That Yemeni Port"

Will the U.S. leave Syria if doing so prevents a Russian fleet in Yemen?

The question seems weird but if Russia succeeds with its negotiations in Yemen it will soon have to be asked.

A U.S. neoconservative outlet recently published an interesting but mostly unsourced bit about Yemen:

Back in August 2016 the former Yemeni president Saleh had indeed made an offer to Russia:

But a well-informed source in Yemen dispelled my doubts. It confirmed the report. Russia is negotiating with the UAE, the Houthi/Saleh alliance and the various southern groups in Yemen over a peace deal and has been doing so for the last six month. The deal would include Russian naval basing rights in Aden.

The red lights must be flashing at CENTCOM, the Pentagon and the National Security Council. For the last twenty-five years the Arab Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea were largely U.S. controlled waters. That China recently opened an "anti-piracy" base in Djibouti has already led to concerns. Now the Russians are coming!!!

The Saudi war on Yemen, actively supported by the U.S., is going nowhere.

The Saudis are pulling back from their planned invasion on Yemen's Red Sea coast in Hodeidah.

The Saudi fear of an Iranian stronghold in Yemen is baseless. The alleged Iranian support for the Houthis never materialized.

If the Saleh/Houthi alliance can make peace with the southern movements that so far supported Hadi, the war can be ended within a few month.

Russia can moderate the negotiations and provide, to some degree, guarantees. Unlike the U.S. it is seen as neutral and sober by all sides of the conflict. The UAE and the Saudis will have to pay up for the carnage they caused. The UAE would probably get commercial Aden port rights for its DP World business. The Saudis would only get some peace within their borders. But by now the Saudis are likely to agree to such a deal - if only to keep face while ending that calamitous adventure in Yemen.

As for the naval port and Russian basing rights - these are excellent bargains in negotiations with the U.S. over Syria.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/if-your-take-east-syria-ill-take-that-yemeni-port.html = http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-to-establish-a-naval-base-in-yemen-implications-for-us-military-involvement-in-syria/5587768

My comment: Quite speculative. Wait and see.

29.4.2017 – Fars News (A K)

Media: Washington Likely to Repeat Syria Chemical Plot in Yemen

Yemeni media sources warned that the US might plan to conduct a false-flag operation in Yemen similar to its chemical attack in Syria's Khan Sheikhoun to justify its missile attack against the country.

A report by the Arabic-language al-Najm al-Thaqib news website said following the damages and losses sustained by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in the war against Yemen, the coalition has been left with no option but using a false-flag operation, including the use of chemical weapons, to set up the stage for a future invasion by the US.

The report said based on its intel, the forces loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi and ISIL terrorists have attacked a vaccination center in Ta'iz several days ago and broke the microbes and virus storage containers.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960209001263

28.4.2017 – Jason Unruhe (* A H)

Mass Starvation in Yemen Quickly Approaching

The largest humanitarian disaster going unreported right now is the Saudi Arabian war on Yemen.

This is nothing less than mass murder being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, which the U.S. has been dead silent about. U.S. foreign policy has been supportive of the Saudi conflict – by Jason Unruhe

https://maoistrebelnews.com/2017/04/28/mass-starvation-in-yemen-quickly-approaching/

13.1.2017 – Freedom (A K)

Photos: #Haydan #Saada Proliferation of skin disorders and malignant tumors among the people. #Saudi #warcrimes in #yemen

https://twitter.com/Yemen333333/status/819959042319716354

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

1.5.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Map: Yemen: Assessment Tracking (January - March 2017)

http://ochayemen.org/assessment/2017/dashboard.html

1.5.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A H)

This Yemeni girl has to go abroad for treatment of kidney. Someone donated a kidney. But she's going to die coz of blockade. No airport! (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/859056995764248576

30.4.2017 - IMMAP, Protection Cluster (A H)

Child Protection Sub-Cluster Yemen: Thematic 3W (Who, What, Where) for 1st Quarter of 2017 (as of April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/child-protection-sub-cluster-yemen-thematic-3w-who-what-where-1st-quarter-2017-april-2017 and in full:http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/cpsc3wmap2017q1_forsharing.pdf and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/infographic/child-protection-sub-cluster-3w-map-2017-1st-quarter

30.4.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

here is pix of @monareliefye's activity today taken during food distribution 2 IDPs in Sanaa

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/858648312085401600

.@monareliefye's crew distrbuting food aid to most vulnerable families & IDPs in Sanaa We are the best. Million thanks to our donors

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/858712194871152640

Your donation is in the field Million thanks to Leah and Qassim for supporting @monareliefye's humanitarian work in #Yemen (Film)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/858778807830032384

No food No wheat No rice No sugar It is the kitchen of nothing Pix taken by @monareliefye of a kichen of IDP family in Sanaa (Photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/858819842966736900

1.5.2017 – Saudi War crimes (A H)

The Yemen Society for Consumer Protection has obtained a report and photographs of a World Food Program ship unloading moldy and unfit wheat in the port of Aden and filling it in bags for aid to Yemeni citizens (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1671468549815799/?type=3

and

30.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H P)

Photos: Again!!
World Food Program supplies expired wheat to Aden port.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1357440950975598 and also https://twitter.com/B_yemeni124/status/858758392055296000

30.4.2017 – UNDP Yemen (A H)

98,000 m² of obsolete land has been rehabilitated. #C4W and providing tools and skills to encourage youth and engage community (photos)

https://twitter.com/UNDPYEMEN/status/858577998748016640

30.4.2017 – Thana Faroq (*B H)

In women like us, I open a window into the lives of women and their experience of the war in Yemen: their struggles, their aspirations, and their ambitions.

The series gives these women an opportunity to tell their stories and share them with the outside world. By capturing the women in their familiar surroundings, I provide a snapshot into the daily life of these women –what has changed and is missing due to the war – and thus I try to offer more detailed insights into the Yemeni society slide show)

http://thanafaroq.com/british-council

30.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A H)

Cholera in Yemen: Fighting deadly disease in face of war and siege

Yemen has been battling a cholera outbreak since mid-October 2016, exacerbated by the war

More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency said in March, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured had become increasingly difficult.

Doctors were already scarce in Yemen's rural areas. Since the war started, many have deserted their jobs due to months of unpaid salaries.

"When we arrived, the cholera had already killed several people and dozens of others had contracted the disease and were suffering severe diarrhoea and vomiting," Sanah told MEE.

More than a fifth of Moukeras' population of about 5,000 people were suffering symptoms associated with the disease, Sanah told MEE.

For several weeks, the team crisscrossed villages treating suspected cholera cases and sending critical ones to better health facilities in Bayda city. Meanwhile they helped raise health and hygiene awareness among the villagers to limit the spread of the disease.

Despite reaching dozens of people, Sanah said his team only scratched the surface of the problem. He says more efforts are needed to remove the breeding grounds of the disease.

Thousands of Yemenis suffered from cholera early this year as healthcare has deteriorated as a result of the war. According to the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), only 45 percent of the country's health facilities remain fully functional and accessible and at least 274 have been damaged or destroyed during the conflict. - by Saeed Al-Batati

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/cholera-patients-suffer-lack-medical-care-war-torn-yemen-459185402

5.4.2017 – World Bank (* A E H)

Early recovery programs help restore economic stability in central Yemen

One district in Taiz governorate affected by the war was Mawza'a, which had a poverty rate of 90%. The war spread to it early in 2016, and all types of weaponry were used. The violence displaced and killed civilians, placing the economic stability of survivors at risk. Among the villages affected in the district was Alaqamah, where most of the population were jobless.
Dozens of families fled Alaqamah. They lived in neighboring areas without shelter, often exposed to worse violence than in their home village itself. As calm began to return to Alaqamah, the displaced held back, remaining without aid or security in areas, such as Albarh, Mokha, and Alma'afir.
However, the Social Fund for Development’s (SFD’s) Cash-for-Work interventions encouraged IDPs and other villagers to go home and resume their old means of making a living in their home areas. It provided cash for returnees’ basic needs until they were able to get themselves going again.

Households participating in the program spent their cash on food and other basic commodities. All the residents of Alaqamah reaped the benefit of this public project - BY ABDULELAH TAQII

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/early-recovery-programs-help-restore-economic-stability-central-yemen

31.3.2017 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 March 2017) [EN/AR]

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-31-march-2017-enar and in full: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/infographic/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-31-march-2017 = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_organizations_3w_operational_presence_as_of_31_march_2017_eng_1.pdf

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

2.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

YJS: Journalist was abducted seven months ago

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) has revealed that a Yemeni Journalist, Mohammed al-Solowi, was detained by the Houthi-Saleh militias seven months ago.

Al-Osaidi spelt out that the militias investigated him after one week in al-Rahidah of Taiz, and then he was transferred to al-Saleh town in Taiz, pointing out that he was subjected to various sorts of torture until being unconscious. Ultimately he was only conscious inside a prison in the city of Dhamar.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6465 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/90884

1.5.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police dismantle three bombs in Baidha

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463549.htm

1.5.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President visits Raimah province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463556.htm

1.5.2017 – Khabar News (A P)

Parliament rejects the exemption of 7 thousand cars for the "Popular Committees" of customs

The House of Representatives rejected the exemption of 7 thousand cars, especially the popular committees of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) of customs duties.

In a report, the parliament said that the directives of the president of the political council and the prime minister include demarcation rather than exemption, while the minister of finance directed to the Customs Authority in addition to the memorandum of the Minister of Interior to implement the directives of the president of the political council and the prime minister.

http://khabaragency.net/news79262.html

1.5.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Yemen: Tensions between Houthis and Saleh become public

The head of the so-called Higher Political Council in Sana'a, Saleh al-Samad, canceled a decision taken by the head of the Houthi militia government to appoint Hisham Sharaf as foreign minister in the militia government to take the authority of the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation.

A direct clash between the Houthi leader, President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Samad and the leader of the conference Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor, who is loyal to the ousted Ali Abdullah Saleh, head of the non-recognized government.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/01/Yemen-Tensions-between-Houthis-and-Saleh-become-public.html

My comment: Saudi source, might be doubtful.

30.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Noted ex-Houthi militant reveals GPC has lists of its affiliates who support Houthis &action will b taken against thm n post conflict (document)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/858787344371068928

30.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

The dispute b/n GPC & #Houthis over the senior gov't posts in #Sanaa.Houthi militia replacing the GPC's chairman with its militant. (document)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/858782685677969408

30.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A)

Houthi gunmen abduct businessman from Sana'a

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6406

30.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A)

Houthis start prosecuting 14 journalists in Sana'a

A Houthi-run court on Saturday started prosecuting 14 journalists on charges of arranging a protest demanding to have their salaries paid.

The defense lawyers said that the Houthis suspended 14 journalists who worked with Althawrrah newspaper on charges of incitement and causing riots.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6404

30.4.2017 – Haykal Bafana (B P)

Only one big blackhole in the otherwise tight Houthi security in #Yemen capital Sanaa : Women. No one checks them. Al Qaeda knows this.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/858631510739623937

29.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

Yemen military maneuvers in secret places today, April 29th, 2017. Build up of trained fighters against US-Saudi invaders (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858379564162134016

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858378964485775362

https://twitter.com/taizynews/status/858352740145262592

29.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM tasked to run ministry of planning and Int'l cooperation

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463331.htm

29.4.2017 – Yemen Post (A P)

Another kid in top GOVT POST: 19-year-old assigned to senior post in #Yemen ministry in Sanaa. He is grandson of top aide to Ex Pres Saleh (documents)

https://twitter.com/TheYemenPost/status/858453538304917504

29.4.2017 – New News (A K P)

Yemeni Tribes Confirm their Continuation in Supporting the Yemeni Army and Public Forces till Victory

Food and financial convoys as support for army and popular committees from tribes of Saada and Al-Jouf and women of Imran

http://newnewss.net/?p=5014

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

1.5.2017 – Al Sahwa ( P)

King Salman meets President Hadi

King Salam affirmed that Yemen's security is integral part of Saudi Arabia's, indicating that Yemen is a strategic depth for Saudi Arabia, signaling out that Saudi Arabia will constantly support Yemen's constitutional legitimacy.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6431 and also http://nationalyemen.com/2017/04/30/king-salman-reiterates-kingdoms-support-to-yemen/

My comment: In reality telling us they Yemen is Saudi Arabia's prey they never will release.

1.5.2017 – FAS 58 (A P)

The march of empty bellies to demand the payment of salaries, the settlement of the conditions of employees and the disbursement of annual bonuses and the addition of a cost of living allowance. Our capital Aden ... Our legitimacy Aden (photos9

https://twitter.com/58Fahmee/status/859016227901120513

1.5.2017 – AWD News (* A P)

Differences widening between UAE-Saudi Arabia in the South of Yemen

The scene of the conflict between the different forces of aggression and mercenaries of the Saudi regime and the United Arab Emirates is described as bigger than of a chaos and as smaller than of a war.

Media sources said the brigade belongs to the so-called presidential protection returned to barracks after the spread around the airport of Aden of the commander of the four general presidential protection Mahran Qabati to Riyadh.

The sources added that the evening ceremony of the decisions and appointments issued by Hadi poured oil on the fire, only after a few minutes of announcing of the latest decisions a heavy flight of the air force in the sky of Aden broke out after violent clashes between security forces and gunmen on a tour of Aden and violent clashes where used According to eyewitnesses.

The events are accelerating in the field accompanied with the media field between Hadi flags and the so-called southern resistance, as it is seen in its last decisions an inadmissible excess; prompting some southern parties to call for rallies to Aden and the mobilization of hundreds of people of the south in different areas.

http://www.awdnews.com/political/differences-widening-between-uae-saudi-arabia-in-the-south-of-yemen

1.5.2017 – Shuaib M. Almosawa (A P)

Son of Presidential Protection Brigade's commander, a pro Hadi, was reportedly assassinated in Aden.

https://twitter.com/Shuaibalmosawa/status/859165938008117251 referring to https://twitter.com/AdenNowNews/status/859154453563363328

1.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Leaders of Southern Movement welcomes appointment of new governor for Aden

Leaders of the Southern Movement has welcomed the decree of appointing Abdul-Aziz al-Maflahi as a governor of Aden, expressing their refusal to any tensions, violence acts or chaos.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6467

My comment: You always will find a few supporters. The great part of them is against Hadi’s measures, as events show. – And: Al Sahwa is an Islah Party media, and the new appointments favour Islah Party.

1.5.2017 – New News (* A P)

Southern Military Camps Burned Hadi Pictures

The military camps of the southerners in Almakha district of Taiz province burned Hadi’s pictures as
Published on social networking accounts owned by southerners A southern soldiers .

There are under the supervision of the UAE forces groups of South people were brought to unload the southern arena of its men to eliminate the southern movement..

These soldiers are under the supervision of UAE forces, those groups of southern men have been brought to this war to empty the southern provinces from its men to eliminate the southern movement.

The anger comes in the southern provinces, especially Aden, after Hadi issued a decision to get rid of the southern movement in Aden and replace them with people loyal to Al-Islah Party

http://newnewss.net/?p=5039 and a photo: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/859107906100359168

30.4.2017 – New News (A P)

New Scandal : Hadi Know the last Decisions from the Media

A source in the presidency said that President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi knew of the decisions issued appointments and resignations from the media.
“After that happened, the presidency was forced to avoid the rebellion of some officials in the presidency and the government pressures and mediations from parties prevented the work to arrest.

The source confirmed that President Hadi charges those who dared by such decisions, which are caused by reactions that may emerge liberated provinces from control and make the country in chaos and bloodbath.

http://newnewss.net/?p=4996

30.4.2017 – Yemen Press (A P)

Saudi-Emirati Occupation Cuts off Electricity and Salaries in Aden Druing Hot Summer

Saudi-Emirati occupation cuts off Electricity in Aden “and southerners without salaries or electricity facing dark and hot summer nights.

Under Saudi-Emirati occupation forces wreaking havoc in Aden and southern provinces with administrative and security chaos sweeping all walks of life. In a new incident within the overwhelming chaos, Aden-based Governors, net published a story of a number of recruits in Saudi-led Badr 33 Armored brigade militias in Aden province , submitted a complaint against their officers taking their salaries indiscriminately and without justification. Recruits are forced to pay money to committees before getting salaries while their absent colleagues get their salaries in full.

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/saudi-emirati-occupation-cuts-off-electricity-in-aden-%E2%80%9Cand-southerners-without-salaries-or-electricity-hot-summer-nights.html

30.4.2017 – Ammar Aulaqi (A P)

Saudi National Guard units arrive Aden airport to takeover & prepare for the arrival of the new Aden governor. Major shift.

https://twitter.com/ammar82/status/858915277974712320

29.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Yemeni Political, Military Support for Hadi’s Sudden Orders

As much as Hadi’s decisions were surprising, they have led to mixed reactions in the Yemeni arena. In general, they have received wide support by various ministers, governors and heads of the security and government agencies while some parties have criticized them in the context of what is described in any regime as internal conflicts, according to some observers.

In this matter, the cabinet reshuffle was expected to be carried out few weeks ago, and observers believe that dismissing Aden’s governor was due to the fragile situation regarding the services in the interim capital, Aden, along with the growing criticism of the legitimate government over the apparent shorten in action when it comes to this area despite the improvement in security aspects.

Recently, terrorist groups and sleeper cells, which the government has repeatedly accused Saleh and Houthis of recruiting them in southern Yemen, were besieged.

At the time when the cabinet reshuffle was carried out one year after the formation of bin Dagher’s government, observers said that President Hadi has the right to issue appropriate decisions, in light of his assessment of the performance of officials, according to what Political Analyst Bassem al-Hakimi told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Hakimi praised the performance of the former governor of Aden, who took control and contributed greatly to improving the security situation in the interim capital during a critical phase and called on Yemeni political parties to “assume responsibility.”

http://english.aawsat.com/arafat-adhal/news-middle-east/yemeni-political-military-support-hadis-sudden-orders

Comment: With a clear propaganda bias. In Saudi eyes, Hadi's measures are seen as positive and justified.

Remark: Earlier reporting for Hadi's measures and protests, YPR 296, cp6. The conflict is not a new one: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170307-uae-to-saudi-abandon-yemens-hadi-or-we-will-withdraw-our-troops

30.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

US to open office in Aden

US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tuller on Saturday met in Riyadh with Governor of Aden Abdul-Aziz al-Maflahi, revealing that the United States will open an office for its embassy in Aden.

Al-Maflahi discussed with Tuller challenges and difficulties faced by the local authorities of Aden.

Tuller affirmed the support of the United States to President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his efforts aiming to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, pointing out that the United States will stand by Yemen to realize development and stability, and fight terrorism.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6408

29.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Matthew Tueller, the US Ambassador to #Yemen meets with the new governor of Aden and declares his full support (photo)

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/858361338967588868

29.4.2017 – Anti-Hadi protests in Aden (A P)

For the second day straight in #Aden people are taking to the street in support for the sacked governor, Aidaroos.

https://twitter.com/SalehAlBatati1/status/858216256289345536

It's like a tinder box, different to the dismissal of Bahah, Zubaidi is actually on the ground & has local support

https://twitter.com/Zayed17/status/858244160674988032

Protests against Hadi in four southern provinces today. Plus talk (just talk for now) in UAE of troop withdrawals from Red Sea coastal front (film)

https://twitter.com/ionacraig/status/858362147772006400

South #Yemen: Hadi's billboard burned down, another w/ leaders he dismissed is up & says, "No to legitimacy of runaways in hotels (ie Hadi)" (photos)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/858672037107249152

Tens of thousands demonstrating in #Aden #now raising huge panel says: There's no legitimacy for those who fled in hotels (photos)

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/858350125445459969

The army and security forces are joining the protesters #now in #Aden city against President #Hadi decisions !! #SouthYemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/858356017607966721

Struggling to keep up? These are UAE-backed anti-Houthi/Saleh southerners. They never liked Hadi. Now they hate him

https://twitter.com/ionacraig/status/858366888853766144

Anger, clashes, riots In Aden south Yemen after firing UAE-backed governor replacing him with Saudi-backed one linked to Qaeda/ISIS (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858362254177251329

Angry protesters set fire to pictures of Saudi-installed President Hadi, for firing UAE-backed governor of Aden south Yemen. Hadi still exiled (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858381247260831746

Southerners accuse Islah party (Muslim Brotherhood) of being responsible for the botched situation; & burn their office in Lahj..

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/858369686781775878

Hadi, Saudi's rubber stamp & prez in exile, antagonizing South #Yemen that gave him his first victory & hosted his temporary capital in Aden

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/858284120450977792

29.4.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Hadi is NOT accepted by either North or South #Yemen, but legitimized by Saudi & intl community, setting fires all over to continue in post.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/858284797927579649

30.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Al-Qaeda kills soldier in Lahj

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6407

29.4.2017 – Anadolu (* A T)

Soldier killed, 8 injured in Qaeda attack in S. Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants attack a security checkpoint in Lahij province

A Yemeni soldier was killed and eight others were injured in a suspected al-Qaeda attack in southern Yemen on Saturday, according to a local security official.

Al-Qaeda militants attacked a security checkpoint in north of Lahij province in southern Yemen, the official said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

He said eight soldiers were injured, including some seriously.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/soldier-killed-8-injured-in-qaeda-attack-in-s-yemen/808046

My comment: Does not sound probable to me.

29.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

A banner in Aden, There is no legitimacy for fugitives in hotels. Hummm, Where did i heared this sentence before?
https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/858380447541325825

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

1.5.2017 – Reuters (A K P)

U.N. rights chief warns against Saudi-led attack on Yemen port

The United Nations is continuing to receive signals that the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen could attack the key port of Hodeidah, causing humanitarian suffering and loss of life, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said on Monday.

"The U.N. is concerned about the humanitarian repercussions of such an attack in terms of inflaming the humanitarian crisis even further, let alone our concerns about loss of civilian life were there to be a large-scale attack on port," Zeid told a news conference in Geneva.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKBN17X1F1

29.4.2017 – Fars News (* A P)

The World Regrets the Vote: Time to Kick Saudi Arabia Out of UN Human Rights Council

The Saudi regime, which bombs Yemen, propagates the extremist ideology of Wahhabism throughout the world, and supports head-chopping terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, still remains on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

is said forget regret, or life is yours to miss. Belgium and several other governments which were forced to back Riyadh’s profane UN bid now have the chance to make the most of their regrets. They should never smother their sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a global and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. And to live afresh is to change course:

Otherwise the regret will just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds. The people of Yemen are dying out there. It is time to remove Saudi Arabia form the Council. This will send a powerful diplomatic message to the Wahhabi absolute monarchy that the world is no longer fine with your war on Yemen

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960209001588

My comment: The problem is that the „world“ (= US and vassals) IS fine with the Yemen war.

29.4.2017 – Wikileaks (A P)

Sweden is hiding docs about its vote: re placing Saudi on the UN Women's Rights Commission. We issue a €10k reward. https://wikileaks.org/#submit

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/857195834403954688

Comment by Ali AlAhmed: I do not want a whisper from @SwedenUN & @BelgiumMFA about women rights after placing #Saudi clansmen in @UN_Women bigots support apartheid

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/858448236054552576

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

1.5.2017 – Ali Al Ahmed (A P)

Reassured by German leader #Merkel, #Saudi clansmen arrest women for driving a car today. Great job

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/859100163503251457

1.5.2017 – Al Monitor (* A P)

Saudis seek renewed relations with US under Trump

US President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to repair US-Saudi ties, which suffered under former President Barack Obama because of divergent views on how to settle the region’s crises, including those posed by Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Zuheir Harithi, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, told Al-Monitor that US policy in the past three years has been vague and confusing for the allies, including Saudi Arabia. He added that policies made during the Obama era need to be reconsidered in a way amenable to Gulf countries.

He pointed out that during recent meetings, Saudi and US officials spoke frankly but with fairness and respect. He believes the United States now realizes the magnitude of the threats facing the region because of the neglect of the previous administration, which Harithi said handed Syria over to the Russians.

The Trump administration has not yet taken tangible measures to counter Iran's influence in Iraq, Syria or Yemen, which concerns Saudi officials. This prompted, at least in part, the Saudi monarch to dismiss on April 22 Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki from the post of Saudi ambassador to the United States. Instead, the king's son Khaled bin Salman was appointed to the post. By making such a move, Saudi Arabia is racing to revive US-Saudi ties and positioning itself to counter the influence of Iran and other countries in the region that pose a threat to US interests – by Fahd al-Otaibi, a Saudi journalist.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/us-saudi-bilateral-ties-between-obama-trump-administrations.html

My comment: Saudi pont of view.

29.4.2017 – Modern Diplomacy (* A P)

Is the survival of the regime at risk in Saudi Arabia?

2017 will be a challenging year for Saudi Arabia, who is losing its leadership in the Middle East and faces looming economic challenges stemming from low oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has been humiliated in Syria, and embroiled itself in an endless and costly conflict in Yemen.

However the main cost of these military failures is not a financial one, they also dealt a fatal blow to the Saudi monarchy who used military nationalism to foster support, and implement a cult of the personality to King Salman. The Saudi propaganda relies on anti-Iranian rhetoric, and exaggerate Tehran’s geopolitical role to justify its foreign policy. In Yemen, Saudi monarchy has mischaracterized the Houthis as Iranian proxies. They claim that Tehran provides the Houthis financial and logistical support, as well as military advisers (Financial Times, February 2014). One of the arguments put forward is that the Houthis, who were isolated in the mountains in the North, would not have been able to gain such prominence without external support. However, their growth is primarily due to the support of the ex-president Saleh, who still has tribal and military allies. Thus, the extent of Iran support in term of funding and supply of arms remains unknown. (Salisbury, P (2015).

The war in Yemen embodies a military nationalism, which fired the Islamists imagination but could turn against King Salman. Indeed, Islamists in Saudi Arabia expected a quick victory against the Houthis, qualified as blasphemer puppet of Iran.

Saudi Arabia’s difficulties pose a threat to its hegemony in the region, which reverberates on its allies support. Indeed, Egypt pursues its own national interest when Saudi Arabia was expecting total cooperation, and unconditional support. There could be a backlash from Saudi Arabia population who expect Saudi Arabia to keep its leadership in the region.

Their lack of leadership in the region is aggravated by the deterioration of its relationship with the USA.

The economic difficulties only add pressure to the government, who can’t afford to be present on all fronts.

The challenge is high for King Salman, who massed extraordinary domestic power, using a wave of Sunni based Saudi nationalism. The lack of leadership in the region, the military failures, and the economic difficulties poses a threat to the monarchy. For too long, the monarchy has postponed the necessity to implement economic reforms, cut public spending and diversify the economy.

But the situation is critical and the survival of the regime depends on the King’s ability to reform the country, and assure Saudi Arabia leadership in the region – by Elodie Pichon

http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2520:is-the-survival-of-the-regime-at-risk-in-saudi-arabia&Itemid=139

My comment: „According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia is spending $175 million per month for bombings in Yemen“: Oh no!! It' $200 million A DAY.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

2.5.2017 – Digital Journal (A K P)

Over the last two months US made 80 drone strikes on Yemen

Instead of pursuing a more isolationist and nationalist policy as suggested by some of Trump's campaign rhetoric, Trump has adopted an opposite policy of ramping up US military activity in several different countries including Yemen.

AQAP often has ties to local Sunni tribes and cooperates with them in fighting the rebel Houthis

Over the last two months US made 80 drone strikes on Yemen.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/op-ed-over-the-last-two-months-us-made-80-drone-strikes-on-yemen/article/491628

1.5.2017 – CNN (* A E P)

Saudis take 100% control of America's largest oil refinery

Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's state-owned oil behemoth, took 100% control of the sprawling Port Arthur refinery in Texas on Monday, completing a deal that was first announced last year.

Port Arthur is considered the crown jewel of the US refinery system. The Gulf Coast facility can process 600,000 barrels of oil per day, making it the largest refinery in North America.

Aramco's deal allows the oil giant to shore up one of its best customers -- the US -- ahead of next year's planned IPO. Now that it controls the largest American refinery, Aramco can send more Saudi crude into the US for refining to sell to North American drivers – by Matt Egan

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/01/investing/saudi-arabia-buys-largest-oil-refinery-port-arthur/

30.4.2017 – Senator Rand Paul (A P)

Aktive US-Soldaten tanken die Bombenflugzeuge während ihren Angriffen in vielen Regionen Jemens in der Luft auf! Aber wann haben wir jemals Jemen den Krieg erklärt, fragt Paul? Wann hat das Parlament den Einsatz von Gewalt gegen Jemen diskutiert und beschlossen, wie es die Verfassung vorschreibt? Wer ist der Feind der USA in Jemen? Warum hat Trump US-Soldaten im Jemen eingesetzt und Menschen töten lassen, Al Kaida-Kämpfer, die den von uns unterstützten Kräften eigentlich die Houthi-Milizen bekämpfen?

Schaffen wir uns mit diesem Krieg nicht noch mehr Feinde, Menschen, die uns über Generationen hassen werden, noch mehr terroristische Gefahr? Wir könnten mit unserer Unterstützung erreichen, dass sie die Houthis und ihre Gegner so stark gegenseitig schwächen, dass ein Vakuum entsteht, das Al Kaida nutzen wird.

http://www.aktivist4you.at/wordpress/2017/04/30/usa-aber-wann-haben-wir-jemals-jemen-den-krieg-erklaert-fragt-paul-der-republikanische-us-senator-rand-paul-gesteht-ein-aus-in-den-usa-gebauten-kampfflugzeuge-werfen-saudis-in-den-usa-produz/

and this is the English original: http://rare.us/rare-politics/issues/foreign-policy/rand-paul-the-u-s-should-not-fund-saudi-arabias-war-on-yemen/

29.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A )

Letter to 9 US senators (see images)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858357695958724612

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/858357729810927616

27.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B K P)

Why American calls to escalate militarily against Iran are dangerous

Proponents of Iranian regime change in Washington should look carefully at America's intervention track record over past 20 years

Don’t be fooled, there will be no US-imposed regime change in Iran without a bloody, drawn out and costly war.

Washington’s peddlers of regime change in Tehran may use sanitised euphemisms for war like “push back” or “pressing on all fronts”, but this does not alter the reality that their proposals all lead to a brutal confrontation.

Pretending such an intervention would be welcomed by the Iranian people or is necessary for the protection of human rights undermines the very Iranian voices for democratic change that regime-change advocates purport to elevate.

Calls for increased sanctions, an amplified US military presence in the region and direct confrontation with Iran, will not only fail to upend the Islamic Republic but will instead pull the US into yet another unending war – by Adam Weinstein

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/there-no-regime-change-without-war-963678291

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

1.5.2017 – RT (A P)

Film: "Saudi Arabia won't win Yemen war" - Andrew Mitchell

"Saudi Arabia won't win this war" says Tory MP Andrew Mitchell as protesters gathered outside arms company.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU0szNJEOX0

29.4.2017 – The Independent (A P)

Labour will block the sale of weapons to repressive regimes if it wins the election

The shadow International Trade Secretary says the party would ensure that exports could not be used for human rights abuses

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-party-british-weapons-sales-saudi-arabia-jeremy-corbyn-yemen-war-bae-systems-cluster-bombs-a7709076.html

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

1.5.2017 – DPA (* A P)

Deutschland will im Jemen-Krieg vermitteln - Chancen für Wirtschaft

Deutschland will mit Unterstützung aus Saudi-Arabien einen neuen Vorstoß für ein Ende des verheerenden Bürgerkriegs im Jemen starten. Bei neuen Gesprächen unter Leitung der Vereinten Nationen könnte Berlin eine Vermittlerrolle einnehmen. "Deutschland hat angeboten, diesen VN-Prozess mit seinen eigenen diplomatischen Möglichkeiten zu unterstützen. Das ist in Saudi-Arabien auf Zustimmung gestoßen. Wir werden jetzt die entsprechende Koordinierungen mit dem UN-Generalsekretär vornehmen", sagte Merkel am Montag bei einem Besuch in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten.

Sie habe am Vortag im saudischen Dschidda mit dem Verteidigungsminister und dem Innenminister intensiv über den Konflikt gesprochen und habe das Thema auch schon vor ihrer Reise mit UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres diskutiert.

Merkel bezeichnete ihre Reise nach Saudi-Arabien als sehr sinnvoll. Sie habe Fragen der zivilgesellschaftlichen Entwicklung, der Menschenrechte, der Wirtschaft und eben der Krisen und Konflikte angesprochen.

Die Bundeskanzlerin betonte, dass Deutschland und Saudi-Arabien gut zusammenarbeiten könnten, ohne dass die strikten deutschen Exportrichtlinien für Rüstungsgeschäfte dabei "stören".

Sie verwies auf das am Sonntag geschlossene Abkommen beider Verteidigungsministerien für die Ausbildung saudischer Militärkräfte in Deutschland. "Wir können nicht überall auf der Welt deutsche Soldaten haben, aber wir können sehr wohl unser Know-how weitergeben", sagte sie. Deutschland unterstütze andere Länder dabei, dass sie zunehmend selber "den Kampf auch durchführen können".

http://www.onvista.de/news/deutschland-will-im-jemen-krieg-vermitteln-chancen-fuer-wirtschaft-61156839 und auch https://blog.ard-hauptstadtstudio.de/merkel-abu-dhabi-103/

Mein Kommentar: Kritiker werfen Merkel Heuchelei vor – m. E. zu Recht.

1.5.2017 – Linke Zeitung (* A P)

Trotz Jemen-Krieg weiterhin Unterstützung für Saudi-Arabien: Besuch von Angela Merkel in Dschidda

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel konnte bei ihrem Besuch in Saudi-Arabien ein großes Themenspektrum ansprechen. Dazu gehören vor allem wirtschaftliche Präferenzen für die EU, Aufträge für deutsche Industrie und militärische Kooperation. Bei Politik – Beendigung des Jemen-Krieges und Menschenrechten bliebt nach wie vor sanftes Zureden das diplomatisches Instrument.

So viel Nachsicht für die Deutschen lohnt sich: Die militärische Zusammenarbeit wird im Ausbildungsbereich trotzdem ausgebaut: Die Verteidigungsministerien schließen ein Abkommen zur Ausbildung saudischer Militärangehöriger in Deutschland ab. Neben Soldaten werden die Deutschen künftig auch Polizisten und Grenzschützer verstärkt ausbilden.

Dafür werden saudische Militärangehörige und Sicherheitskräfte künftig nach Deutschland reisen. Auch Frauen sollen künftig ausgebildet werden. Deutschland unterstützt das Königreich bereits seit einigen Jahren beim Grenzschutz.

Angela Merkel machte sich auch für einen baldigen Abschluss eines EU-Freihandelsabkommens mit den Ländern des Golf-Kooperationsrates (GCC) stark – von Egester

https://linkezeitung.de/2017/05/01/trotz-jemen-krieg-weiterhin-unterstuetzung-fuer-saudi-arabien-besuch-von-angela-merkel-in-dschidda/

1.5.2017 – Radio Eins (A P)

Emirate warnen Merkel vor radikalen Predigern

Im Vorfeld des Besuchs kündigten die Emirate an, sie wollten in der Flüchtlingshilfe und beim Kampf gegen die Armut mit Deutschland zusammenarbeiten.

Al-Ahmed riet dabei zur Wachsamkeit gegenüber radikalen islamischen Predigern in Deutschland. «Es ist sehr wichtig, dass man darauf achtet, welche Art von Botschaft Prediger in der Moschee in Europa an die Einwanderer weitergeben», sagte er.

http://www.radioeins.com/emirate-warnen-merkel-vor-radikalen-predigern-7738283/

Mein Kommentar: Radikale Prediger haben die Golfstaaten selber genug – und fördern Sie auch eifrig, s. cp12 zu Katar.

1.5.2017 – AP (* A P)

After Saudi stop, Merkel visits UAE

Germany has offered diplomatic help to try to end the war in Yemen, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday as she ended a two-nation Gulf tour taking in the Arab world’s largest economies with a stop in the United Arab Emirates.

She said Berlin is offering diplomatic support aimed at resolving the Yemen conflict and has been in contact with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about its proposal, according to a transcript of her remarks provided by her office.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1093011/saudi-arabia

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Then stop selling arms to Saudi (>$500M in 2016). Close the G3 factory - Riyadh sent tens of thousands of German rifles to Yemen's war.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/859015981217316865

1.5.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

German chancellor Merkel arrives in Abu Dhabi

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/20170501/german-chancellor-merkel-arrives-in-abu-dhabi

30.4.2017 – German Foreign Policy (* A P)

Beihilfe zur Hungersnot
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel wird am Sonntag zu Gesprächen über die Kriege in Syrien und im Jemen in der saudischen Hauptstadt Riad erwartet. Dies berichten saudische Medien. Demnach nehmen die Stellvertreterkriege, die Saudi-Arabien zur Zeit gegen Iran führt, neben dem Ausbau der Wirtschaftsbeziehungen eine zentrale Stellung beim Besuch der Kanzlerin in der Golfmonarchie ein. Berlin unterstützt Riad in den Stellvertreterkriegen – politisch, aber auch mit der Lieferung von Waffen, obwohl diese nachweislich im Jemen zum Einsatz kommen. Saudi-Arabien wird wegen des Krieges im Jemen scharf kritisiert: Dieser führt zu zahlreichen Todesopfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung; außerdem provoziert die von Riad verhängte Seeblockade gegen jemenitische Häfen eine Hungersnot. Bereits jetzt sind 2,2 Millionen Kinder im Jemen mangelernährt, 500.000 von ihnen sind vom Hungertod bedroht. Erst im März hat Berlin die Lieferung weiterer deutscher Patrouillenboote an Saudi-Arabien genehmigt, obwohl diese genutzt werden können, um die Seeblockade zu erzwingen. Hilfsorganisationen laufen Sturm.

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/59584

30.4.2017 - DPA (* A P)

Deutschland unterstützt Saudi-Arabien im Kampf gegen IS
Bei ihrem Besuch beim saudischen König betont die Bundeskanzlerin die Bedeutung Saudi-Arabiens im Anti-Terror-Kampf. Kritik übt sie allerdings auch – nicht nur an der schlechten Menschenrechtslage. […]
Im Beisein der Kanzlerin und des Königs wurde vereinbart, dass die Bundeswehr in Deutschland saudiarabische Soldaten ausbildet. Das Innenministerium vereinbarte zudem die verstärkte Ausbildung von Grenzschützern, Bahnpolizisten und Experten für die Luftsicherheit. Dabei sollen künftig auch Frauen ausgebildet werden. „Wir können nicht überall auf der Welt deutsche Soldaten haben, aber wir können sehr wohl unser Know-how weitergeben“, sagte Merkel. Deutschland unterstütze, dass Länder zunehmend selber „den Kampf auch durchführen können“.
Die Kanzlerin verteidigte die verstärkte Ausbildungshilfe. „Saudi-Arabien ist … ein wesentlicher Teil der Koalition im Kampf gegen IS“, sagte sie mit Blick auf den Kampf gegen die islamistische Extremistenmiliz in Syrien und Irak. Auch Deutschland habe deshalb ein Interesse daran, dass Saudi-Arabien seine Grenzen gut schützen könne. Deutschland leiste seit Jahren dabei Hilfe. Die Ausbildung sei auch im deutschen Interesse. Denn wie in Afrika wolle man Ländern helfen, sich selbst zu verteidigen.
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/merkel-saudi-arabien-wichtig-bei-kampf-gegen-is-14994839.html

Anmerkung Oskar Lafontaine (via Facebook): Hat Merkel jeden moralischen Kompass verloren?
Die Bundeskanzlerin war in Saudi-Arabien. Sie hatte Vorstandschefs deutscher Unternehmen dabei. Schließlich sind wir eine Exportnation. Erleichtert hörten wir, dass sie den Saudis „zur Zeit“ keine Waffen verkaufen will.
Aber was macht sie stattdessen? Sie vereinbart, dass saudische Soldaten in der Bundeswehr ausgebildet werden.
Ist Merkel durchgeknallt? Hat sie jeden moralischen Kompass verloren? Die Saudis führen im Jemen einen blutigen Krieg, über 10.000 Zivilisten sind getötet worden, Hunderttausende sind vom Hungertod bedroht, und die deutsche Bundeskanzlerin bietet an, saudische Soldaten bei der Bundeswehr auszubilden. Und in der Jubelpresse lesen wir dann noch, sie setzte sich für Menschenrechte ein.

30.4.2017 – Spiegel Online (* A P)

Merkel fordert Ende der Bombardements im Jemen

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel hat in Saudi-Arabien für eine Deeskalation des Jemen-Konflikts geworben - und für eine noch engere wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit Deutschland und der EU.

Angesichts der saudischen Militärintervention im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen hat sich Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel für ein Ende der Luftangriffe ausgesprochen. "Wir setzen auf den Uno-geführten Prozess einer diplomatischen Lösung", sagte Merkel bei ihrem Besuch im saudi-arabischen Dschidda.

"Wir glauben nicht, dass es eine militärische Lösung dieses Konfliktes geben kann", so Merkel weiter. Es müsse verhindert werden, dass noch mehr Menschen im bitterarmen Jemen in eine "ausgesprochen schlechte humanitäre Situation" kämen. Saudi-Arabien sei hier aber nicht der einzige Akteur, der Kompromisse eingehen müsse.

Deutschland sei bereit, zu einem Ende des Bürgerkriegs beizutragen, sagte Merkel: "Wir können hier sicher unsere Expertise einbringen." Deutschland habe Erfahrungen im Jemen. Jedes Engagement müsse aber unter dem Dach der Uno geschehen.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jemen-angela-merkel-fordert-ende-von-saudischem-bombenkrieg-a-1145551.html

30.4.2017 – RT (* A P)

Trotz Jemen-Krieg weiterhin Unterstützung für Saudi-Arabien: Besuch von Angela Merkel in Dschidda

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel konnte bei ihrem Besuch in Saudi-Arabien ein großes Themenspektrum ansprechen. Dazu gehören vor allem wirtschaftliche Präferenzen für die EU, Aufträge für deutsche Industrie und militärische Kooperation. Bei Politik - Beendigung des Jemen-Krieges und Menschenrechten bliebt nach wie vor sanftes Zureden das diplomatisches Instrument.

Es liegen die Welten zwischen Deutschland und Saudi-Arabien. Die Unterschiede reichen von Freizügigkeit, Freiheitsrechten, Religionsfreiheit bis zur Verschleierung von Frauen, öffentlichen Auspeitschungen und Strafen bei nichtmuslimischen Glaubensbekundungen in einem autokratischen System.

Aus der Sicht der deutschen Presse, ist dennoch wichtig intensive Gespräche mit dem Saidi-Arabien zu führen. «Dramatisch wichtig» ist das Land mit seinen rund 30 Millionen Einwohnern aus deutscher Regierungssicht für die gesamte konfliktreiche Arabische Welt, meint die Deutsche Presseagentur.

https://deutsch.rt.com/international/49946-merkel-besuch-saudi-arabien-militärausbildung-diplomatie-jemen-krieg/

30.4.2017 – Der Westen (* A P)

Merkel bietet deutsche Hilfe im Jemen-Konflikt an

Bei ihrem Treffen mit dem saudi-arabischen König Salman bin Abdelasis al-Saud hat Kanzlerin Angela Merkel am Sonntag Themen wie Terror-Bekämpfung, Klimaschutz und Frauenrechte angesprochen. Auch der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen stand auf dem Programm.

Deutschland sei bereit, zu einem Ende des Krieges im Jemen beizutragen, sagte Merkel. Sie habe mit dem saudischen König Salman bin Abdelasis al-Saud über das Thema gesprochen.

„Wir glauben nicht, dass es eine militärische Lösung des Konflikts gibt“, warnte Merkel. Nötig sei eine politische Lösung. Deutschland wolle Saudi-Arabien aber beim Schutz der Grenze zum Jemen helfen. Dazu sollen verstärkt Grenzschützer von der Bundeswehr ausgebildet werden.

Laut Informationen des „Spiegel“ will das autokratisch geführte Saudi-Arabien künftig keine Waffenlieferungen aus Deutschland mehr beantragen. „Wir akzeptieren die deutsche Zurückhaltung, was Exporte nach Saudi-Arabien angeht, wir kennen die politischen Hintergründe“, hatte Vize-Wirtschaftsminister Mohammad al-Tuwaidschri vor dem Saudi-Arabien-Besuch von Merkel gesagt. Man werde der deutschen Regierung keine Probleme mehr bereiten „mit immer neuen Wünschen nach Waffen“.

https://www.derwesten.de/politik/merkel-reist-nach-saudi-arabien-gespraeche-mit-koenigshaus-id210410591.html

30.4.2017 – Spiegel Online (* A P)

Saudischer Vizewirtschaftsminister: "Merkel ist ein Vorbild für alle saudischen Frauen"

Mit großem Wirtschaftstross besucht Kanzlerin Merkel Saudi-Arabien. Hier spricht der Vizewirtschaftsminister Mohammad al-Tuwaijri über die Öffnung seines Landes und die umstrittenen Rüstungsdeals mit deutschen Firmen.

T.: Wir wollen Deutschland zu einem unserer wichtigsten Wirtschaftspartner überhaupt machen.

Die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland sind uns sehr viel wichtiger als der Streit um Waffenexporte. Wir haben sehr viele Anbieter weltweit, was den Einkauf von Waffen oder anderen Rüstungsgütern angeht.

Wir akzeptieren die deutsche Zurückhaltung, was Exporte nach Saudi-Arabien angeht, wir kennen die politischen Hintergründe. Wir werden also bei Waffen-Deals nicht starrsinnig sein, wir werden nicht gegen die deutschen Vorbehalte anrennen. Kurz gesagt, wir werden der deutschen Regierung keine Probleme mehr bereiten mit immer neuen Wünschen nach Waffen.

Interview von Matthias Gebauer

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/angela-merkel-in-saudi-arabien-interview-mit-saudischem-vize-wirtschaftsminister-a-1145485.html

30.4.2017 – FDIK (B P)

Die Bundeskanzlerin unterstützt Saudi-Arabien beim Massenmord im Jemen. Und sie unterstützt die Saudi-Terror-Diktatur beim Unterjochen ihres eigenen und weiterer Völker. Die deutsche Presse schweigt.

Der Aufschrei ob all der Verbrechen und der offiziellen Unterstützung durch die Deutsche Bundesregierung jedoch bleibt in den Qualitätsmedien aus. Nüchtern wird über ein “Wirtschaftsprogramm” in der Tagesschau berichtet, das vor allem Siemens zugute komme. Darüber hinaus wird von einer “Zusammenarbeit” mit der Deutschen Bundeswehr sowie “auf Polizeiebene” gesprochen. Im Blätterwald erzeugt die bundesdeutsche Unterstützung von Diktatur, Terror und Massenmord nicht einmal ein laues Lüftchen, geschweige denn ein Rauschen.

https://blog.fdik.org/2017-04/s1493564094.html

30.4.2017 – Verschiedene / Various (A P)

Fotos zum Besuch / Fotos of the visit

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/859100163503251457

https://twitter.com/GermanyinKSA/status/858625400670433281

https://twitter.com/KSAMOFA/status/858661896811053056

https://twitter.com/GermanyinKSA/status/858665749237387265

https://twitter.com/RegSprecher/status/858700518880944129

https://twitter.com/ahksaudi/status/858687803202449408

30.4.2017 – AP (* A P)

GERMANY'S MERKEL PRESSES SAUDI ARABIA ON REFUGEES AND RIGHTS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his successors in her first visit to the kingdom in seven years, saying she pressed them on women's rights, the war in Yemen and other sensitive issues..

After her meetings in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, she told German journalists traveling with her that she raised human rights concerns with Saudi leaders, including the rights of women.

She said Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen also was discussed.

During the meetings, Merkel said, she specifically discussed the kingdom's death penalty. - BY ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI AND AYA BATRAWY

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_GERMANY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-30-17-25-38 and more critical by Press TV Iran and Fars News: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/01/520103/yemen-saudi-arabia-germany-merkel and http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960211000689 and film, with interview, by Press TV Iran: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbwr7agwWCk

30.4.2017 – The Independent (A P)
Angela Merkel arrives without headscarf in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/angela-merkel-headscarf-saudi-arabia-king-salman-refugees-a7710476.html

30.4.2017 – Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert (A P)

Film: Eindrücke vom Tag in #SaudiArabien: Kanzlerin #Merkel trifft bei ihrer Reise @KingSalman und Frauen aus der Zivilgesellschaft.

https://twitter.com/RegSprecher/status/858759347341582337

30.4.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Eyes on #Germany. German diplomats by far the most respected & trusted by all sides in #Yemen & with significant clout to make a difference.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/858576829636116480 referring to https://twitter.com/AmbSanaa/status/858384472458375168

30-4-2017 – Arab News (* A P)

Kingdom, Germany to sign several agreements to strengthen ties

Saudi Arabia and Germany will sign several agreements during the visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will arrive in Jeddah on Sunday, German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller said on Saturday.

“Merkel will hold wide-ranging talks with high-ranking Saudi officials, including King Salman, on Sunday,” he said, adding that she will also hold consultations with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“The talks... will focus on bilateral relations, fields of cooperation between the two countries, further possibilities of collaboration, and regional and international developments,” Haller added. “The next meeting of the G20 will also feature in the talks, with Germany hosting the G20 Summit on July 7 this year in Hamburg.”

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1092406/saudi-arabia

My comment: That’s obvious: All human rights and peace for Yemen is peanuts for the Saudis. And, be honest, for the German government and managers as well. All this is emphasized in the reports – to comfort the German public which dislikes the Saudis and dealing with them.

30.4.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia 'wants no more German weapons': report

A Saudi official has told "Der Spiegel' magazine that good relations with Berlin come before arms deals. This comes as Chancellor Merkel, on a visit to the kingdom, called for an end to Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia intends to refrain in future from asking for more weapons from Germany, and to concentrate instead on economic cooperation in other sectors, according to an interview in the German news magazine "Der Spiegel" published on Sunday.

"We accept the German reticence with regard to exports to Saudi Arabia; we know the political background," Saudi Deputy Economy Minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri told the magazine.

"We will not cause any more problems for the German government with new requests for weapons," he added.

Al-Tuwaijri said the reason for the change was a desire for closer cooperation with Berlin in areas other than arms, with Riyadh aiming to make Germany one of its "very most important economic partners."

"Relations with Germany are much more important to us than arguing about weapons deals," he said – by Timothy Jones

http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-wants-no-more-german-weapons-report/a-38647662

28.4.2017 – Bundesregierung (* A P)

MERKEL BESUCHT ARABISCHE HALBINSEL: Wichtige Region im Fokus

Kanzlerin Merkel reist vom 30. April bis 1. Mai nach Saudi-Arabien und in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Ihr Besuch in Djidda dient der Vorbereitung des G20-Gipfels. Bei Merkels Aufenthalt in Abu Dhabi handelt sich um einen Gegenbesuch. Kronprinz Scheich bin Zayed al Nahyan war 2016 in Meseberg zu Gast.

Saudi-Arabien und die VAE spielen außerdem eine wichtige Rolle bei den Bemühungen der internationalen Gemeinschaft, die Stabilität in der Region wieder herzustellen.

Politische Lösung für Jemen-Konflikt

Eine politische Lösung im Jemen etwa ist nur unter Einbindung Saudi-Arabiens und der VAEmöglich. Klar ist, dass der Konflikt nicht militärisch gelöst werden kann, sondern einzig die Rückkehr an den Verhandlungstisch dem Land Frieden bringen kann.

Die Bundeskanzlerin will die Anstrengung der UN und ihres Sondergesandten, des mauretanischen Scheichs Ahmed, unterstützen.

https://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/DE/Reiseberichte/2017-04-27-merkel-in-saudi-arabien-und-vae.html

Mein Kommentar: „Saudi-Arabien und die VAE spielen außerdem eine wichtige Rolle bei den Bemühungen der internationalen Gemeinschaft, die Stabilität in der Region wieder herzustellen.“ LOL. Ja wohl deswegen, weil sie die hauptsächlichen Gefahren für die „ Stabilität in der Region“ sind.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1

1.5.2017 – New Khalij (* A P)

The UAE plan for the coup in Yemen: Pasendo is president with Moscow backing for its presence in Aden

Russia's in-depth involvement in the Middle East is a positive development from the point of view of the UAE. Embracing their unique relationship with the Kremlin, Emiratis are trying to solve regional security challenges that threaten their interests.

The strong relationship between the UAE and Russia emerged when Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, visited Putin in the Kremlin on April 20.

In Russia, Mohammed Bin Zayed said that the channels of communication between Abu Dhabi and Moscow are open to all regional and international issues and expressed the possibility that Russia will play a constructive role in achieving stability and peace in the Middle East. In a joint statement issued at the end of the visit, the UAE and Russia announced their intention to study a strategic partnership to strengthen the Russian-Emirati relations.

According to Russian and Arab officials, this emerging strategic partnership will focus primarily on Yemen, where the UAE wants Russia's help in extricating Saudi Arabia from its war against the Huthi rebels. With the help of the Kremlin, the Riyadh-led coalition could achieve this goal after a political process involving presidential elections in Yemen later this year.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fthenewkhalij.news%2Far%2Fnode%2F66532&edit-text= and original: http://thenewkhalij.news/ar/node/66532

1.5.2017 – Reuters (A H P)

Video: Business-savvy migrants from war-torn Yemen, Iraq and Syria make a new life in China

For years the Chinese town of Yiwu has welcomed business-savvy Syrians, Yemenis, Libyans and Iraqis. Although China does not have laws recognising refugees, it has granted visas to migrants who want to set up businesses to pursue higher education in the country. In 2016, Yiwu city issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, almost half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan.

This film by the Thomson Reuters Foundation tells the story of three people. Ammar Albaadani, first came to China from Yemen 19 years ago as a student on a state scholarship. When fighting in his country escalated three years ago, he decided to settle in Yiwu.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/01/video-business-savvy-migrants-war-torn-yemen-iraq-syria-make-new-life-china/

30.4.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Congress must press Qatar for highlighting hate preacher

In 2013, the preacher Saad bin Ateeq al-Ateeq called upon God to “destroy” the Christians and the Jews in a sermon at Qatar’s massive state-controlled Grand Mosque, which can accommodate over 10,000worshippers indoors alone. Qatar then invited him back to the same mosque for a February 2015 sermon beseeching the almighty to “destroy” not just the Christians and Jews but the Alawites and Shi’ites as well – by David Weinberg

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/foreign-policy/331264-congress-must-press-qatar-for-highlighting-hate-preacher

My comment: That’s Gulf Wahabism – the West’s closests allies in the region.

30.4.2017 – Medium.com (A P)

Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad: The rise and fall of political corruption in international sports

For Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, long seen as one of the three most powerful men in international sports, resignation from world soccer body FIFA could be the beginning of the end in more than one way – By James M. Dorsey

https://medium.com/@mideastsoccer/kuwaiti-sheikh-ahmad-the-rise-and-fall-of-political-corruption-in-international-sports-36987c0f88f6

29.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A K P)

Egypt 'to build naval base on Eritrea's Nora island'

Egypt will open a massive new naval base in Eritrea, after the two countries reportedly signed secret agreements, members of the Eritrean opposition have claimed.

Under the current proposed plans, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Egyptian navy crew will be deployed to Nora, a sparsely populated island in the Dakhla peninsula off Eritrea's coastline.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/4/29/egypt-to-build-naval-base-in-eritreas-nora-island

Comment by Ananke Group: #Egypt to have a naval port in #Eritrea - but who will pay for it?

https://twitter.com/AnankeGroup/status/858390980931747840

29.4.2017 – Netral News (A P)

Habib Rizieq to be Put into Most Wanted List If Not Return to Indonesia

Politician Ruhut Sitompul is convinced that the Grand Imam of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq Shihab will be put in the Most Wanted List (DPO), if he does not immediately return and leaves the legal case he faces in Indonesia.

http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/4946/habib.rizieq.to.be.put.into.most.wanted.list.if.not.return.to.indonesia

Explanation by Haykal Bafana: Leader of Indonesia Islamic militant group Front Pembela Islam flees Indonesia porn case. Now in Saudi Arabia.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/858377010829295616

My comment: Saudi Arabia, he heaven for Islamic militants from all over the world? With or without pornography.

28.4.2017 – Friday Times (* B P)

A friendship fit for a king

70 years of Pakistan’s ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in light of new archival material

As Pakistan commits 5,000 operational troops to Saudi Arabia to become part of its 33-nation counter-terrorism coalition, some Pakistanis wonder why we couldn’t just say ‘no’. It is felt that had it not been for the prime minister’s personal interests or our civil-military leadership’s hankering for oil at concessional rates and the lure of military support, we may have not considered joining an arrangement that could encourage greater internal insecurity and spoil relations with neighbours such as Iran. These points of view are not, however, the correct lens through which we can decipher developments in a bilateral relationship that is as strategic as the one we have with China but that is rarely talked about in detail.

What is important to note is that there may be tactical divergence of goals and the intensity of the relationship may vacillate. But Saudi Arabia remains central to Pakistan’s pan-Islamism, which is the one direction in which both the state and society seems to be headed. It would also be helpful to remember that we were not led by a noose into this relationship but it was one that developed out of mutual interest. Now, however, it is very much part of our foreign policy DNA – by Ayesha Siddiqa

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/a-friendship-fit-for-a-king/

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

29.4.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (* A H)

Film: Real situation of IDPs in Yemen

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/858300946970968064

28.4.2017 – UNCHR (* AH)

UNHCR SOMALIA RESPONSE TO YEMEN SITUATION - 1 - 31 March 2017

In March, a total of 551 new arrivals; 498 Somali returnees, 52 Yemeni refugees and one Nigerian national, were received in Somalia from Yemen

Legal assistance was provided to 146 Yemeni refugees and Somali returnees;  Access to education was provided to 780 Yemeni refugee students

Health care assistance was facilitated to 1,698 refugees

Core relief items (CRI) were distributed to 217 persons of concern

1,579 Yemeni refugees were provided with cash assistance.

https://data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/details/56153 and in full https://data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/download/56153

27.4.2017 - International Organization for Migration (*B H)

Protecting Children in Yemen

Chissey Mueller, Migrant Assistance and Protection Officer with IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Yemen, talks to us about child protection in Yemen

Yemen’s migration flows consist of large numbers of unaccompanied migrant children from the Horn of Africa who aim to transit Yemen to go to Saudi Arabia. There’s also been a well-established pattern of unaccompanied Yemeni child migrants who cross irregularly into Saudi Arabia to work or carry contraband.

25% of the migrants IOM assists in Yemen are unaccompanied migrant children. They are mainly Ethiopian boys between the ages of 14 and 17, who are in need of urgent life-saving assistance and protection having travelled from Ethiopia overland through Djibouti, and sometimes Somalia, and crossed the sea to Yemen. More often than not they have been abducted, injured or shot, held captive, abused, exploited, and robbed, while on their journey. We provide these young men – boys - with primary and secondary health care, temporary shelter, food and drinking water, non-food items such as clothing and hygiene kits. We also work with them to understand what happened, what are their vulnerabilities and what are their needs. If they want to go home, we help them.

Two years of ground fighting and aerial bombardment has destroyed many homes, rendering families homeless, and forcing schools to close. Children, family, and entire communities are suffering and need mental health and psychosocial support, in addition to material life-saving assistance. So IOM has established 31 Child-Friendly Spaces in Aden and Sana’a through which conflict-affected children and families can receive psychosocial support.

https://weblog.iom.int/protecting-children-yemen = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/protecting-children-yemen

14.4.2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

KEY FIGURES

18.8 million people in need

1,991,340 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)

84 % IDPs displaced for more than a year

1,048,896 IDP returnees

803,393 recipients of NFIs since March 2015

279,480 registered refugees and asylum seekers

15,948 new arrivals to Yemeni coast since 1 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

UNHCR’s response reaching affected populations in Taizz was bolstered with delivery of humanitarian assistance from both the north and the south. In the first two weeks of April, 1,650 families have received life-saving support in districts surrounding Al Mokha, with further distributions underway pending access challenges.

Growing concern that conflict-led famine is leading to a deepening protection crisis. An intensification of the conflict is anticipated in the weeks and months ahead, making access to food even more challenging. The risk of hunger is most acute for the most vulnerable among the displaced, with UNHCR cautioning on the clear correlation between protection risks and food insecurity.

Focus group discussions take place with Somali community as information campaign on the Assisted Spontaneous Return programme is underway. The return help desk in Basateen has also been established, with Somalis seeking information on the situation in their country of origin and the support available to them.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-1-14-april-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20UNHCR%20Operational%20Update%20April%201_14%202017.pdf

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

1.5.2017 – The Times (unrated B T)

Al-Qaeda looks to exploit Yemen’s chaos

When the disguised special forces officer from one of Britain’s closest Middle East allies stepped on to the beach and met the guide sent to bring him to military headquarters, he was in for a surprise. His guide turned out to be the local head of al-Qaeda.

The officer and his companions, clad in Yemeni robes and skirts, pressed on regardless. In the coming weeks they forged an unofficial alliance that helped to turn the tide of the civil war, driving back an occupation force backed by Iran.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/al-qaeda-s-down-but-not-out-in-yemen-fv5p3s3pc

1.5.2017 – AP (* B T)

AL-QAIDA LEADER SAYS GROUP FOUGHT ALONGSIDE US-BACKED FORCES

The leader of al-Qaida' branch in Yemen said that his militants have often fought alongside Yemeni government factions - remarks that could embarrass the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the impoverished Arab country's Shiite rebels.

Qasim al-Rimi leads the group known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. He succeeded Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike nearly two years ago.

We fight along all Muslims in Yemen, together with different Islamic groups," he said, adding that his followers have teamed up with an array of factions - including the ultraconservative Salafis, "the Muslim Brotherhood and also our brothers among the sons of (Sunni) tribes" - against Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

Al-Rimi did not elaborate on what exactly fighting "alongside" meant but al-Qaida has emerged as a de facto ally of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his backers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthis in a grueling civil war - BY MAGGIE MICHAEL

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_YEMEN_AL_QAIDA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-01-05-10-08

Comment by Judith Brown: Claims!!! It was filmed. Even by BBC

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155478126588641

1.5.2017 – Huffington Post (* B T)

Trump’s War In Yemen Is A Gift For Al Qaeda

On Sunday, the terror group’s chief claimed it is cooperating with a U.S.-backed coalition. Experts agree.

But the terror group continues to thrive ― in large part, it appears, because of the U.S.’s own policies. The latest Yemen update from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, notes that al Qaeda operates alongside a brigade in the key city of Taiz that receives Saudi and UAE support. The U.S.-backed Yemeni government has failed to strengthen itself in a way that would allow it to compete with AQAP for popular support instead of relying on the group, the update says.

“American policy does not account for how the civil war feeds al Qaeda’s strength in Yemen and that the protraction of the conflict has enabled al Qaeda to expand where it is operating as Yemenis accept al Qaeda’s resources in their fight against the al Houthi-[Ali Abdullah] Saleh forces,” Katherine Zimmerman, a research fellow at AEI, told HuffPost in an email.

Lawmakers have noted the growing presence of AQAP in their loud criticisms of the U.S. plan for Yemen –
By Akbar Shahid Ahmed

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-yemen-al-qaeda_us_5907641de4b05c397680fff7?section=us_politics

30.4.2017 – Terror Monitor ( AT)

#AQAP Leader Qassam al-Rami Accuse #US Of Coordination With #Houthis In Anti-#Sunnis Battle (document)

https://twitter.com/Terror_Monitor/status/858733072753152000

30.4.2017 – Fars News (* A P)

Al-Qaeda Leader Declares Readiness to Join Forces with Saudi-Led Groups aganist Yemeni People, Army

The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Qassim Al-Raymi, issued a statement that his terrorist organization is ready to fight the Yemeni army and the popular forces the war-hit country.

Al-Raymi also said he is ready to make truce with Yemen's fugitive President Hadi government and to set for negotiations but with conditions.

“All external interference on Yemeni affairs must be stopped and all US intervention must be banned,” Al-Raymi added.

On the same context, Qasim Al Raymi, confirmed that a huge number of those Yemeni citizen whom America has put on terror list have no organizational connection with Al-Qaeda.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960210001293

29.4.2017 – Terror Monitor (A TK T)

Islamic State has published pictures targeting the Houthi sites in the area of Qarishiya in the province of Baidah. (photos)

https://twitter.com/TerrorMonitorAR/status/858345344970756096

30.4.2017 – APA (AT)

Fünf mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Kämpfer im Jemen getötet

Bei einem Drohnenangriff im Jemen sind fünf mutmaßliche Kämpfer des Al-Kaida-Netzwerks getötet worden. Die US-Drohne habe am Sonntag in der zentralen Provinz Marib ein Fahrzeug attackiert, erklärte ein Vertreter der jemenitischen Sicherheitskräfte. Das Fahrzeug gehörte demnach einem örtlichen Al-Kaida-Anführer und sollte Waffen nach Jakla in der Provinz Bayda bringen.

http://www.salzburg24.at/fuenf-mutmassliche-al-kaida-kaempfer-im-jemen-getoetet/apa-1435781658

29.4.2017 – AFP (A T)

Drone Strike Kills Three Al-Qaeda Suspects in Yemen

A presumed US drone strike in south Yemen on Saturday killed three suspected members of Al-Qaeda, a Yemeni security official said.

The strike targeted a car in which the suspects were travelling in the Rawda region of Shabwa province, according to the official who did not want to be identified.

http://www.news18.com/news/world/drone-strike-kills-3-al-qaeda-suspects-in-yemen-1387419.html = https://guardian.ng/news/drone-strike-kills-3-qaeda-suspects-in-yemen/ and also 4 and 5 killed are reported: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/drone-strike-kills-suspected-al-qaeda-fighters-170430082159413.html

29.4.2017 – Yemen

Al-Qaeda denies being targeted by Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, specifically in Yemen, denied in an official statement on Friday that Saudi Arabia had captured and detained any of its commanders as the Gulf Kingdom otherwise claimed yesterday.

Saudi Arabia stated that it had arrested a number of Al-Qaeda leaders in Hadramaut province southern Yemen on April 26. On the other hand, Al-Qaeda described it as ” complete fabrication”.

The full statement released by Al-Qaeda can be seen in Arabic here:

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/04/29/al-qaeda-denies-being-targeted-by-saudi-arabia-in-yemen/

and

27.4.2017 – Jihadology (A T)

New Nashīd from al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula: “Soon”

New statement from Anṣār al-Sharī’ah in the Arabian Peninsula: “Statement of Denial”

http://jihadology.net/category/countries/yemen/

cp15 Propaganda

Siehe / Look at cp1

2.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemeni newspaper: UN organizations involved in supporting Houthis

The Yemeni military-run 26 September newspaper has revealed that about 40 organizations backed by the United Nations are involved in supporting the Houthis.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6466

My comment: 1. Class Bullshit.

1.5.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Saudi Cabinet allocates $100m for relief projects in Yemen

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministers of interior, defense and foreign affairs recently held their 18th joint consultative meeting and expressed their desire to extend bridges of cooperation with regional countries to consolidate security and peace, and to expand economic cooperation.
Chaired by King Salman, the Cabinet at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah Monday commended the ministers’ efforts in preventing external interference in their internal affairs, attempts to infringe their national unity, incite sectarian strife, support terrorist groups and criminal activities, and hostile media campaigns.
The Cabinet appreciated the concerted efforts and coordinated stances of the GCC ministers to boost joint security in the Gulf.
The UN-sponsored donors’ conference is funding the humanitarian response plan in Yemen 2017 in Geneva.
The Cabinet noted the Kingdom’s donation of $150 million to support projects of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in addition to another $100 million allocated to support KSRelief’s projects in Yemen.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1093376/saudi-arabia

1.5.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Al Houthis must be ready to talk peace

During their illegal rule, all Yemenis have suffered hardships. Now is the time for the rebels to accept talks before Ramadan

For the past two years, the people of Yemen have endured hardship, violence and humanitarian privation under the illegal rule of Al Houthi rebels. These Iranian-backed usurpers overthrew the legitimate government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and have since used plundered the resources and finances of Yemen to continue their illegal and internationally condemned rule. And because of their actions, the people of Yemen have suffered. Al Houthi actions necessitated military intervention by a Saudi Arabia-led international coalition, acting on mandates from the United Nations Security Council, and in which the UAE is proud to play a role in assisting its Arab brothers.

Every effort by the international community, be it under the leadership of the UN itself or through the offices of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has been shirked by Al Houthis.

They have attended numerous talks over the past two years, and each time they have refused to yield, dragging their feet as they waited for indications from Tehran on how to proceed.

Make no mistake, the international coalition in Yemen has but one aim, restoring peace and proper rule there, laying the conditions for the development of proper infrastructure, education, health and agriculture to enable Yemenis to build a better future.

And once more, there is now a proposal to Al Houthis to come again in peace, to sit and negotiate and to end their ill-conceived, illegal and ill-fated rebellion.

http://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/al-houthis-must-be-ready-to-talk-peace-1.2020315

my comment: Always the same – we stay at square One!!

1.5.2017 – Asharq l-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni PM: Arms Trafficking via Hodeidah Port Continues

Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr said on Sunday armed trafficking going en route the Hodeidah port continues and threatens the security of both Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Daghr urged that local, Arab and international forces monitor the port.

Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, which is playing a major role in supporting Yemenis facing famine, Daghr said that arms smuggling has been a leading cause for great damage.

Proved by Hodeidah’s continued suffering and deficiency in resources, the port has not been used to deliver humanitarian relief.

The Yemeni government had offered the United Nations to single-handedly run the port of Hodeidah, but the world body remains undecided, said Daghr.

He accused the UN of ignoring the fact that armed putschists now have full control over Hodeidah port, later calling on the international community to help the internationally recognized government to help its people.

He pointed out that Saudi humanitarian aid provided to Yemen amounted to about 600 million dollars in the past two years, stressing that without the help of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, the recently held fundraising event in Geneva would not have backed humanitarian aid project in Yemen, pointing out that at least 45 percent of humanitarian aid to Yemen Came from Gulf States.

http://english.aawsat.com/n-al-rasheed/news-middle-east/yemeni-pm-arms-trafficking-via-hodeidah-port-continues

My comment: Permanent repeating this odd propaganda on Hodeida is a preparation of the attack against Hodeida. - Praising the Gulf States for their relief is an odd puppet's comment. The Saudis and Co. Devastate the country and give some peanuts for propaganda purposes.

1.5.2017 – Asharq l-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni Minister of Human Rights: We Will Fight Misleading Organizations

The Yemeni government is adamant on fighting local organizations that are misleading the public, according to recently appointed Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar.

Askar said that the ministry’s priority is to protect Yemeni human rights during the tough times the country is going through and releasing the kidnapped and detained civilians with Houthi and Saleh militias.

Recently, the ministry inaugurated the international campaign to abolish death sentence issued against journalist Yahya al-Jubaihi.

The minister said thousands of families are suffering daily because one of their members had been kidnapped. He stressed that this issue is a top priority whether on the level of rights or publicizing international pressure to force militias to release the citizens.

The ministry wants to have active workers within the field of human rights that are capable of documenting any violations, especially crimes committed by Houthi and Saleh militias.

Minister Askar said that he hoped that in the near future the ministry would have trained and rehabilitated a large number of human rights activists and educated them on rights issues. He also hoped that on the long run the ministry would help in building a permanent comprehensive peace in Yemen and achieve justice to help implement the outcomes of the dialogue.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemeni-minister-human-rights-will-fight-misleading-organizations

My comment: The bias will be propaganda, not „human rights“.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well it is a Saudi funded news outlet. I guess we all fight against misleading organisations but it depends where people are being misled to.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155478132363641

30.4.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

West’s view of Yemen is altering

Ever since the Saudi-led coalition began operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, there have been mutterings of dissent from Gulf allies in the West. Stories have appeared in newspapers documenting the costs of war. But precious few have examined the reasons why members of the Saudi-led coalition would put their blood and treasure on the line for a conflict in a neighbouring country. That is a shame, because the reasons are compelling. The war in Yemen affects the whole Middle East and the West.

Ever since the Saudi-led coalition began operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, there have been mutterings of dissent from Gulf allies in the West. Stories have appeared in newspapers documenting the costs of war. But precious few have examined the reasons why members of the Saudi-led coalition would put their blood and treasure on the line for a conflict in a neighbouring country. That is a shame, because the reasons are compelling. The war in Yemen affects the whole Middle East and the West.

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/wests-view-of-yemen-is-altering

My comment: LOL. „West's view“ is not altering at all. Politics and parts of mainstream media support Saudi coalition slaughter in Yemen, the greatest part of the media is ignorant and generally follows the government line.

30.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

KSA info: .. Houthi militia admitted defeat on the coasts of Taiz and Nihm. Lol, Nihm is rugged mountainous area east of Sana'a. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/858751156503408641 referring to https://twitter.com/Infographic_ksa/status/858727977848385536

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

1.5.2017– Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 30/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/818304141653286/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

29.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 29/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/817825941701106/?type=3

1.5.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Barbaric Air-raids on Nehm and Alwaziyah districts

http://newnewss.net/?p=5035

1.5.2017 – Saba Net ( A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Saudi airstrike on Taiz

wo citizens were killed and four others wounded when the US-Saudi warplanes waged a raid on Maqbanah district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Monday.
The strike hit Al Waza'aih junction, killing two the citizens and wounding the other four.
Moreover, the aggression fighter jets hit Khalid camp twice in the same district, and struck Hawzan area of Dhubab district, as well as another one on Al Waza'aih junction in Maqbanah district, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463490.htm

1.5.2017 – Saba Net ( A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wages strike on Marib

The strike hit a herd of camels, killing a large number of them.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463488.htm

30.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes hit citizens' properties in several provinces

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463427.htm

29.-30.4.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

#Saudi jets are hovering over the capital #Sanaa right now11:58 PM

https://twitter.com/hashemalameer/status/858425339038629893

29.4.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Series of Saudi-led Alliance’s air-raids on Several provinces

The warplanes of the Saudi-American aggression continued their aggressive raids targeting residential neighborhoods and infrastructure in a number of provinces during the last hours.

Security sources said that the warplanes of aggression launched a raid on the morning Al-seanah military camp north of the capital Sanaa, causing damage to a number of neighboring houses.

The sources said that the planes of aggression targeted with four raids in the area of Amri in thubab district, and two others on muza’a directorate of Taiz province.

http://newnewss.net/?p=4959

29.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Coalition air strikes kill Saleh forces, Houthi militias in Yemen

Two field commanders and at least eight members belonging to militias loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed in raids north of the Khaled bin al-Waleed military camp at al-Mukha northwest of Taiz.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/04/29/Coalition-air-strikes-kill-Saleh-Houthi-militias-in-Yemen.html

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

30.4.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Two Reconnaissance Planes Shoot down During the Past 24 hours in Midi

http://newnewss.net/?p=4991 and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463477.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463487.htm

30.4.2017 – Anadolu (A K)

Landmine explosion kills 2 soldiers in Yemen's north

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/landmine-explosion-kills-2-soldiers-in-yemens-north/808574

30.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

the Saudi artillery and missile shelling hit Al Sheikh, Amar areas of Monabah district and various areas of Razah district

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463427.htm

29.4.2017 – New News (A K PH)

the Saudi army launched missile and artillery shelling on different areas in the border Directorate Razeh of Saada province , which led to the destruction and damage a number of citizen homes and farms.

http://newnewss.net/?p=4959

Pro-Houthi /-Saleh reports:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463489.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463492.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463500.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463498.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463497.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463415.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463431.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463453.htm

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/04/30/1393484/yemeni-forces-kill-16-saudi-mercenaries-in-ma-rib-hajjah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463324.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463328.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463330.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

1.5.2017 – Stern

Film: Dieser Mann macht Kunst gegen den Krieg

Seit 2014 herrscht Krieg im Jemen, zehntausend Zivilisten sind in diesen Jahren gestorben. Sief Al Jabri macht aus Patronenhülsen und anderen Spuren des Krieges Kunst. So will er sich und anderen Hoffnung auf Frieden bewahren.

http://www.stern.de/politik/ausland/jemen--sief-al-jabri-macht-aus-den-spuren-des-krieges-kunst-fuer-den-frieden-7425046.html

1.5.2017 – UNICEF (A H)

In Yemen, a young girl overcomes adversity to excel in school

In Yemen, children with albinism often face discrimination and exclusion from their peers, and sometimes from teachers as well. Learn how thirteen-year-old Hosson has gathered strength in the face of adversity, and now excels in school and supports children who have been affected by conflict – By Ansar Rasheed (with photos)

https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/yemen_95916.html

1.5.2017 – ABC Net (* B P)

How can Muslim feminists reclaim their religion from men?

male guardianship and authority proliferates in Muslim faith communities.

It is a form of control that has a profound impact on women seeking divorce and religious mediation in marital disputes, and normalises the social policing of a woman's movements, behaviour and even dress, the kind of control that defines domestic violence.

So why is this occurring?

n part it is because of the problematic Quranic verse 4:34, which is misused by some men to claim superiority over women.

It's an evasion to say beliefs in male headship are only cultural when the framework of guardianship asserted in understandings of this verse inform roles and expectations of women.

The push for equality in Islam should not be dismissed as irrelevant or minor.

In my life, I see many people speaking up in religious circles to question and challenge readings that normalise unilateral divorce, unequal spaces, the inferior legal status of women and resistance to female leadership.

But now, those who believe Islam can be meaningful in a modern Western context and provide a strong family framework for women and men to experience equality, respect and mutual support, need to speak up and speak often.

They need to do so without being howled down or pigeon-holed.

What is at stake is too important: the opportunity for every young girl to realise her highest potential and value in the world – by Sarah Malik

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-01/how-muslim-feminists-can-reclaim-religion-men/8484994?pfmredir=sm

29.4.2017 – Haaretz (* C)

First-ever Photos of Yemen's Jews Stunned the Jewish World
When adventurer and photographer Hermann Burchardt arrived in Sana'a in 1901, he became the first person to chronicle this unique community’s way of life (with photos)

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/national-library/1.785952

27.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B E)

Why it's hard times for the Middle East's petro-economies

Downdraft in oil market will likely squeeze any Middle East economy that relies heavily on oil for revenue http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/analysis-hard-times-middle-east-petro-economies-824326649

25.3.2017 – Manar

Alya Al Harazi: Yemen from Above

http://www.manar.at/en/2017/03/25/alya-al-harazi/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-296-yemen-war-mosaic-296

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-296 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-296:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / and http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

07:34 02.05.2017
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

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