Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 319 - Yemen War Mosaic 319

Yemen Press Reader 319: US-Drohnen und Gerechtigkeit – Meine Tochter, Opfer der USA – Hunger und US-Imperialismus – Frauenrechte – Islamistischer Extremismus im Westen – Luftangriff, 15 Tote
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US drones and justice – My daughter, US raid victim – Famine and US imperialism – Women’s rights in Yemen – Islamist extremism in the West – Saudi air raid, 15 killed – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

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

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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4.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B K P)

‘Democracy is broken’: US federal courts powerless over civilian drone deaths

The American justice system should provide recourse for the families of civilians killed or injured by US drone strikes. A recent case in a US federal appeals court failed this test.

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a case brought forth by Salem’s brother-in-law and Waleed’s uncle, Faisal bin Ali Jaber. Faisal charges that the US government mistakenly killed the two noncombatants in a “signature strike”, in which an unidentified target is pinpointed based on metadata that detects patterns of suspicious behavior.

The opinion dismissing these charges (which can be read in full here) states that federal courts cannot make determinations on actions carried out by the executive branch of the government, thereby dismissing all of the charges brought forth by Faisal.

“Plaintiffs will no doubt find this result unjust,” the opinion reads, “but it stems from constitutional and pragmatic constraints on the Judiciary. In matters of political and military strategy, courts lack the competence necessary to determine whether the use of force was justified.

“The complex, subtle, and professional decisions as to the . . . control of a military force are essentially professional military judgments, subject always to civilian control of the legislative and executive branches. The ultimate responsibility for these decisions is appropriately vested in branches of the government which are periodically subject to electoral accountability

“…It is the Executive, and not a panel of the DC Circuit, who commands our armed forces and determines our nation’s foreign policy…Courts are not constitutionally permitted to encroach upon executive powers, even when doing so may be logistically, if not constitutionally, manageable.”

But Faisal is not seeking monetary compensation. He wants an apology from the US government and a public acknowledgement of his relatives’ wrongful deaths.

Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland, and Lisa Ling, Air Force and Air National Guard technicians who have previously worked on drones and military intelligence equipment, endorsed Faisal’s lawsuit and shared their knowledge of the drone programme with the court.

In their 17-page filing, they describe the case of Salem and Waleed as one among many where top-secret drone strikes mistakenly led to the deaths of unknown victims who are subsequently labelled “enemy kills”.

Included under the court’s official decision is a supplementary opinion by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who offers critiques of the balance between executive and judicial powers. According to her: “This begs the question: if judges will not check this outsized power, then who will?”

She acknowledges that Congress alone cannot be relied on to manage the drone programme, adding, “…congressional oversight is a joke, and a bad one at that.”

“Democracy is broken,” she added.

As long as the US military continues to use drones in targeted attacks, then we must also ensure that innocent civilians, who will inevitably fall victim to remote strikes, have a way to seek recourse through the American justice system.

If we fail to provide families like the bin Ali Jabers with a simple apology that is clearly owed to them, then how can we expect to build trusted alliances with local communities that are so crucial in the fight against extremism? – by Hannah Porter

Remark: Earlier reporting in YPR 318, cp9.

3.7.2017 – The Independent (** A K T)

My daughter was killed by Donald Trump’s botched drone attack in Yemen

What to tell you? I was home with my family. We were sleeping. At about 1:30am, I heard shooting taking place. At the beginning, I thought it was a confrontation with the Houthis, or clashes between our tribes. (We are nomads and our houses are at spaced distance.) Anyway, after half an hour of clashes, aircrafts flew over and started to strike anywhere and kill anyone coming out of their house.

I did not leave my house to the place where the shootings and confrontations took place, a few metres away. My family and I were inside and shootings and explosions continued. We did not imagine nor expect that it was a landing operation.

During the operation, I heard strong explosions hitting the area and Apache planes striking homes and targeting everything mobile. Anyone, who tried to escape from their homes – whether a man, a woman or a child – were killed.

In the early morning, after the operation ended, I went to the scene and saw the volume of destruction. I saw the dead bodies everywhere. While I was searching among the bodies, I found my daughter Fateem lying dead in the street with her child in her arms. She was covered with blood. I did not imagine this could happen – I cannot forget those painful moments.

I also thought at first that Muhammad, my tqo-year-old grandson, was also killed – but when we took him from Fateem’s arms, he cried. He was sleeping all the time in his dead mother’s arms.

The child was slightly injured in the hand by a bullet that hit and left his mother’s body. Such a scene no one could imagine nor comprehend – this level of criminality and killing.

This US operation killed women, children – civilians.

If the US Government truly wants to target terrorists, let them name an internationally wanted terrorist they killed or chased with this raid. I do not know what they were looking for – all I know is that they killed our children, women and civilians without mercy, and seemingly without any reason.

Our people are still shocked. We do not understand what happened, and why this crime was committed.

I thank my Reprieve caseworkers and all the free voices in the world, who seek to know the truth of what happened, and inform the world about this tragedy. We call upon you to visit our region to find out what happened on the ground and to show the real picture of us, who are intended to be killed twice – first by murdering us, then by accusing us of terror – by Saleh Mohsen al-Ameri, grandfather from the village of Yakla, where Trump’s first military operation took place in January 2017. Several of Saleh’s family members were killed in the raid

3.7.2017 – Mint Press News (** B H P)

The Hunger Games: How Modern Imperialism Creates Famine Around the World

Countries like Yemen, Chad and South Sudan have been devastated by famine and starvation in recent years, with millions of people suffering despite a global surplus of food. But the problem is not a lack of resources - they are starving due to the effects of unending Western imperialism.

I’ve never known hunger, not in a real sense. And chances are, very few of you reading this have either. Is it because our families and communities are more loving than those throughout much of the non-Western world? Is it because we’ve simply been lucky enough to be born into an age when hunger is no longer an issue?

Or is it because most of us had the good fortune to be born in the U.S.-led empire, rather than on the receiving end of its brutality?

Indeed, it seems that in today’s world, hunger is a manifestation of economic and political imperatives more than the mere result of a bad harvest or overtaxed resources, as it was historically. Instead, it is the twin sentinels of injustice – poverty and violent oppression – which today are prerequisites for hunger and famine, along with the insuperable torment of climate change, with its attendant ecological impacts.

By examining three contemporary examples of food insecurity and famine – Yemen, the Lake Chad basin of West Africa, and South Sudan – it becomes clear that famine is today inextricably linked with geopolitics and imperialism. For in each case, it is the U.S.-led empire which is ultimately responsible for the disturbing images of skeleton-like children, nursing mothers unable to produce milk for their babies and elderly bodies wasting away to nothing.

And, it must be said, that placing the blame where it belongs (America’s empire) is not an exercise in sophistry, but rather is an attempt to go beyond the mainstream narrative which tells of poor, wretched Africans and Arabs desperate for your donations to the world’s largest charities, foundations and non-profit organizations. No mention is made of why the famine really began, what material forces are at work in undermining food security and who benefits from the starvation of millions.

And it makes sense that these issues are almost never discussed, for to do so would expose the fact that the dead felled by hunger and related illnesses are not the victims of naturally occurring forces, but are actually victims of imperialism – no different from the teenager who is murdered by a drone strike, or the child soldier who is forcefully conscripted by a U.S.-backed warlord.

But to get to the root of the issue, one must examine the political, economic and environmental forces that come together to create hunger and famine. And one simply cannot do so without addressing the imperial agenda for continued global hegemony.

Yemen: the U.S. and Saudi Arabia’s slow genocide

Saudi Arabia, the instigator and primary belligerent in this war, has imposed a blockade on Yemen, effectively cutting it off from the outside world, and from critical supplies of food, medicine and other essential goods and services.

Consider for a moment the cruelty of the strategy employed by the Saudis and their U.S. allies in Yemen. Not only did Riyadh launch an aggressive war against a neighbor – a crime against peace, according to the Nuremberg Principles and international law – but they’ve done so while posturing as the humanitarian saviors of the country. As Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir cynically explained, “We have been the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in the world, by far, to Yemen.”

It is Saudi-coalition vessels and aircraft that patrol the seas around Yemen, thereby directly creating the famine there.

Additionally, outbreaks of cholera and other preventable diseases are directly attributable to the actions of the Saudis and their U.S. backers. Indeed, it must be remembered that none of Saudi Arabia’s crimes against Yemen could take place without the direct backing of Washington. In fact, while Obama at least paid lip service to humanitarian concerns vis-à-vis Riyadh’s atrocities in Yemen, the Trump administration has not batted an eye and has seemingly given the green light to the Saudis to do their worst by arming them to the teeth and looking the other way in regards to their genocidal policy.

And why? Because Washington wants to use Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen as a proxy conflict with Iran. Trump, like Obama before him, cares not a whit for the lives of Yemeni children. He cares about access to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which separates Africa from the Arabian Peninsula, and which is one of the most critical waterways in the world for commercial shipping. The strait is also crucial to the geopolitical and strategic interests of both the U.S. and China. As if it needed to be stated, Trump is interested in “making deals,” not saving lives.

Yemen is starving because the House of Saud wants to thump its chest at Tehran. Children stare into the camera lens, their emaciated bodies a testament to the callous disregard the empire has for its victims – collateral damage, as it is often called – By Eric Draitser

4.7.2017 – (** B H P)

Women’s rights in Yemen

Women’s rights in Aden flourished under the socialist regime. Some women even joined the army and the police.

The South’s progressive, secularist social policies encouraged women such as Nisma’s mother, herself a communist, to seek advanced degrees

When Nisma was born in 1994, the year of a brutal civil war between northerners and southerners after Yemen’s 1990 unification, her parents emphasized the importance of female education in a country that had been at the forefront of women’s rights in the Arab world.

After the northerners defeated the southerners in the 1994 civil war, they imposed family laws restricting women’s rights on Aden.

“Yemeni women face severe discrimination in all aspects of their lives,” Human Rights Watch reported in 2013. “Women cannot marry without the permission of their male guardians; they do not have equal rights to divorce, inheritance or child custody, and a lack of legal protection leaves them exposed to domestic and sexual violence.”

“Nisma’s approach to studying hydraulic engineering for development purposes actually fits very well within the framework Yemeni women’s movements have established since the outset—framing the issues as national duties, rather than women’s issues per se,” remarked Natana Delong-Bas, a professor at Boston College specializing in women and gender in the Muslim world. “This has long been a way for women to make a contribution seen to have national purpose.”

Hundreds of women like Nisma attend Yemeni universities, yet they face difficulties translating their education into employment. “All universities in Yemen have over 60 percent female enrolment, but it doesn’t transfer to the workforce,” said Fernando Carvajal, an academic who has lived in Aden and Sana’a and runs the blog Diwan. Extremists from al-Qaeda and ISIS have also threatened the University of Aden for failing to implement sex segregation. According to Nisma, they once kidnapped the dean.

“While most of the women in world enjoy their lives and rights, women in Yemen are fighting every day to get their basic needs,” Nisma wrote on Facebook. “They fight each and every day to ensure that their children will have clean water to drink and food to eat.”

A feminist with liberal political convictions, Nisma wants to work as a hydraulic engineer. In Europe or North America, no one would think twice about such a typical collegian. It might shock Westerners, then, to learn that Nisma lives in Yemen – by Austin Michael Bodetti

5.7.2017 – Henry Jackson Society (*** B P)

Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, “Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK”, has highlighted the need for a public inquiry into the foreign-based funding of Islamist extremism.

We report on a growing body of evidence on the considerable impact that foreign funding has had on advancing Islamist extremism in Britain and other Western countries. Our conclusions include:

The foreign funding for Islamist extremism in Britain primarily comes from governments and government linked foundations based in the Gulf, as well as Iran.

Foremost among these has been Saudi Arabia, which since the 1960s has sponsored a multimillion dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the West.

In the UK, this funding has primarily taken the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which have apparently, in turn, played host to Islamist extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. Influence has also been exerted through the training of British Muslim religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, as well as the use of Saudi textbooks in a number of the UK’s independent Islamic schools.

A number of Britain’s most serious Islamist hate preachers sit within the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology and are apparently linked to Islamist extremism sponsored from overseas, either by having studied in Saudi Arabia as part of scholarship programmes, or by having been provided with extreme literature and material within the UK itself.

There have been numerous cases of British individuals who have joined Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria whose radicalisation is thought to link back to foreign funded institutions and preachers.

and the full report:

Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK

Executive Summary

The foreign financing and promotion of Islamist extremism in Britain is a serious challenge that has now been recognised by the UK government. The government’s 2015 Counter-Extremism Strategy pledged to look at the role of overseas funding in driving domestic extremism. In January 2016 the Home Office’s Extremism Analysis Unit was tasked with investigating this matter, although the government has not announced plans to publish this research.

The foreign funding for Islamist extremism in Britain primarily comes from governments and government linked foundations based in the Gulf, as well as Iran. Foremost among these has been Saudi Arabia, which since the 1960s has sponsored a multimillion dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the West.

In the UK this funding has primarily taken the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which have in turn played host to extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. Influence has also been exerted through the training of British Muslim religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, as well as the use of Saudi textbooks in a number of the UK’s independent Islamic schools.

A number of Britain’s most serious Islamist hate preachers sit within the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology and are linked to extremism sponsored from overseas, either by having studied in Saudi Arabia as part of scholarship programmes, or by having been provided with extreme literature and material within the UK itself. There have also been numerous cases of British individuals who have joined Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria whose radicalisation is thought to link back to foreign funded institutions and preachers.

Over the past decade or more, governments in several Western countries have either proposed measures to address the foreign funding of Islamist extremism, or have intervened directly to block foreign funding for certain religious institutions.

In June 2017 the UK government pledged to establish a commission for countering extremism.


Following the recent Islamist terror attacks in Manchester and London, and a wave of terrorism in continental Europe, the threat level in the UK remains at Severe, meaning further attacks are highly likely. As of 2015 the national counter-terrorism strategy has placed increased emphasis on addressing the role that non-violent Islamist extremism and extremist ideology plays in ultimately leading some individuals to commit acts of violence. In the Queen’s Speech of June 2017, the government announced that as part of this effort it would establish a Commission for Countering Extremism1 . The phenomenon of so-called home-grown Islamist extremism clearly remains a major challenge for Britain, as indicated by an estimated 850 UK nationals having travelled to join Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria, around half of which have now returned to Britain. 2 However, domestic extremism in the UK has in many instances been driven and influenced from abroad, particularly through funding for the promotion of Islamist ideology sent from overseas.

The coalition government’s 2015 Counter-Extremism Strategy did note the significance of foreign funding and the need to disrupt this financing, noting that “the flow of people, ideology, and money is increasingly international”, and stating that “the extremism we see here is often shaped by and connected to extremism elsewhere in the world, including the movement of individuals, ideology, and funding.”3 However the issue has not been addressed as part of a detailed or comprehensive programme of legislation. Neither the Extremism Bill proposed in the Queen’s Speech of May 2015, nor the Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech of May 2016 detailed any measures for making the foreign financing of extremism a priority.4 While neither of these Bills were ever put before Parliament, the government did not outline any further plans for such legislation in the June 2017 Queen’s Speech, and although it has pledged to establish a commission on countering extremism, there has not yet been any indication of whether the body will undertake work on Islamist extremist ideology being financially driven from overseas.

Since the 1960s, Saudi Arabia has been committed to a policy of promoting the kingdom’s hardline interpretation of Wahhabi Islam globally. Over the past 30 years, Saudi Arabia has spent at least £67 billion on this endeavour. 5 The most profound impact has been in other parts of the Islamic world, where funding from Gulf States has been used to promote a more extreme interpretation of Islam, often overriding local practices and traditions that are more moderate. As the Wikileaks cables revealed, during the first term of the Obama administration the US State Department was not only concerned about how funds from countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar were reaching the West, but also about how funding from these countries was finding its way to countries such as Pakistan for the purpose of supporting clerics preaching a particularly hardline version of Islam. 6 India’s own intelligence agencies had reported that between 2011- 2013 Saudi Arabia sent $250 million dollars, as well as thousands of clerics, to India for the purpose of establishing Wahhabi mosques and seminaries. 7 At the international level this is a phenomenon that has arguably influenced the character and tone of religious practice and belief in Sunni Muslim societies from Africa to Indonesia.

Nevertheless, the money has also been used to export Wahhabism to the West. There have been reports that since the 9/11 attacks and the rise of groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, Gulf leaders have told Western diplomats that they now recognise the need to rein in funding that could be being used to promote Islamist extremism. 8 In recent years several of these nations have created domestic programmes for deradicalising and rehabilitating Islamist militants, with Saudi Arabia launching a new centre for countering the ideology of groups such as Islamic State in the spring of 20179 . In September 2016 the kingdom’s Ministry for Islamic Affairs, Da’awah and Guidance put new rules in place to regulate when the state’s Imams can preach in other countries10 . Nevertheless, it has also been alleged that the amount of funding for religious extremism coming out of countries such as Saudi Arabia has actually increased in recent years. In 2007 Saudi Arabia was estimated to be spending at least $2 billion annually on promoting Wahhabism worldwide. 11 By 2015 that figure was believed to have doubled. 12 The impact of this increased spending may well have been felt in Britain. In 2007, estimates put the number of mosques in Britain adhering to Salafism and Wahhabism at 68. 13 Seven years later, the number of British mosques identified with Wahhabism had risen to 110. 14

Many observers and policy makers have pointed to a double standard that exists when countries with an absence of religious freedom, such as states in the Gulf, take advantage of religious freedom in the West to promote intolerance. In 2015 the US State Department detailed Saudi Arabia as one of the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. 15 Under Saudi law, anyone born to a Muslim father is legally classified as a Muslim. Should such a person seek to convert to another religion then this is punishable by death under Saudi law. Speech considered blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death – although imprisonment is more common. Saudi law also makes it illegal to publicly practice any religion other than Sunni Islam, which includes preventing proselytising by other religions or even the construction of places of worship for other faiths – by Tom Wilson

My comment: All this is not typical just for the UK. The same happens in mostly all other Western countries – and in all other (mostly Muslim) countries, where Wahabi extremism ideology is spread. Look at Pakistan or Indonesia or at…

and as reported by Press TV Iran:

5.7.2017 – BBC (** B P)

Saudi Arabia has 'clear link' to UK extremism, report says

Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed.

The Henry Jackson Society said there was a "clear and growing link" between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence.

The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

The Saudi embassy in London says the claims are "categorically false".

Meanwhile, ministers are under pressure to publish their own report on UK-based Islamist groups.

The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published.

Critics have suggested it could make uncomfortable reading for the government, which has close and longstanding diplomatic, security and economic links with the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia.

It alleges individuals and foundations have been heavily involved in exporting what it calls "an illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology", quoting a number of examples.

In a minority of cases, the report alleges institutions in the UK that receive Saudi funding are run directly from Saudi Arabia, although in most instances the money appears to "simply buy foreign donors' influence".

In a statement, the Saudi embassy in London said any accusations that the kingdom had radicalised "a small number of individuals are baseless and lack credible evidence".

And it pointed out that the country has itself been subject to numerous attacks by al-Qaeda and so-called Islamic State.

It added: "We do not and will not condone the actions or ideology of violent extremism and we will not rest until these deviants and their organisations are destroyed."

The Home Office said it was determined to cut off the funding of extremism but it declined to comment on the think tank's report.

The BBC's Frank Gardner said the report's release comes at a sensitive time with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all accusing Qatar of supporting extremism - a charge the report says is hypocritical.

The think tank also accuses Qatar of links to terrorism, which it denies. and a short abridged report by The Independent:

My comment: Of course, this report’s finding are not at all “baseless”, but simply they hit the spot.

17.4.2017 –Amani Khalil (** B H)

Film: Humanity – the cost of war

Comment: There is no simple way to deal with this video (subtitled in English)
No graphic images. Just stories. Stories of how the war has affected us. Our neighbours, the people we meet in the street, someone in a city some hundreds kms away but all brothers and sisters of #Yemen.
Special thanks to those who worked on the video with no bitter feeling but one - and the only - message to share: Let us live in peace.
Salam, Yemen

30.6.2017 – Washington Institute (** B T)

AQAP Post-Arab Spring and the Islamic State

AL-QAEDA IS STRENGTHENING in the shadows of Yemen’s civil war. Two years of turmoil created conditions that have enabled al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to build and expand a popular support base that will persist beyond the current conflict. AQAP’s absence from the headlines is deliberate, not a sign that the group is weak. Instead, AQAP is more deeply embedded with the local population and will require more than a counterterrorism strategy to defeat.

The post–Arab Spring crackdown on AQAP and the Islamic State’s arrival in Yemen in late 2014 seemed to challenge AQAP’s position. An increase in counterterrorism operations after the Arab Spring weakened AQAP only temporarily. The victories Yemeni president Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s military achieved against AQAP in 2012 were hollow, permitting AQAP to regain its position as Hadi’s attention drifted elsewhere. AQAP could not stop the Islamic State from gaining ground in Yemen, but the Islamic State’s clumsy efforts to impose its ideology on a Yemeni base not ready to accept it undercut the group’s popularity. AQAP’s means and methods of operating in Yemen, as well as its reputation, enabled it to survive challenges from both the Yemeni state and the Islamic State and to emerge stronger for them – by Katherine Zimmerman

This article is part of a larger publication on Al Qaeda, a compilation resulting from a workshop on al-Qaeda convened by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in March 2017. The entire volume, representing different perspectives, is available for download at

and, to re-read by Katherine Zimmerman:

17.2.2012 – Critical Threats (** B P T)

Recipe for Failure: American Strategy toward Yemen and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Executive Summary

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) poses the greatest direct threat to the United States out of all the al Qaeda franchises. AQAP has benefited from a year of unrest in Yemen that has weakened the central state and hindered counter-terrorism operations there. AQAP’s affiliated local fighters have gained control over important parts of south Yemen greatly increasing AQAP’s ability to operate. American strategy in Yemen has pursued two tracks to date. The overarching approach is to facilitate the establishment of a stable government in control of a unitary Yemeni state that is willing and able to combat AQAP. In the meantime, direct action operations against AQAP leaders are meant to disrupt the organization and mitigate the challenges posed by the delay in forming an effective and willing counter-terrorism partner in Yemen. Both tracks have been affected by the insecurity resulting from the Arab Spring’s arrival in Yemen in early 2011, which stopped the implementation of many military and non-military programs supporting the counter-terrorism strategy. It is far from clear that the current American strategy toward Yemen and AQAP can succeed.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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5.7.2017 – WHO (** A H)

From 27 April to 4 July 2017, a total of 275,987 suspected #cholera cases and 1634 deaths have been reported in 21 governorates in #Yemen.

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A H)

The number of cholera victims in Yemen has increased to 1614

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the death toll of the cholera epidemic in Yemen to 1614.

The FAO office in Yemen, on its Twitter account, that the number of people infected with the epidemic, has reached 270 thousand cases, since late April.

It is worth mentioning that the Yemeni medical sources indicate that the number of victims of cholera more than the declared, noting that there are large numbers of deaths and injuries were not recorded or accurate statistics about them because of the ongoing conflict and conditions in the country. and in translation:

5.7.2017 – The Independent (** B H)

These are the appalling conditions that caused the cholera outbreak in Yemen – I should know, I live here

There is untreated sewage on the streets of Sana’a. Driving near the airport I simply cannot breathe because of the stench

Cholera is spread when faeces gets into food and water, and clean water, sanitation and healthcare are essential for tackling the disease. But following air strikes, blockades and currency collapse these services are disappearing. We chlorinate our drinking and washing water, but supplies of chlorine are running out, and most people can’t afford to buy clean water. The aid programme I run sends truckloads of clean water to health centres and community water tanks where local women and children wait for hours in the heat to collect it.

There is untreated sewage on some streets of Sana’a. Driving near the airport I simply cannot breathe because of the stench. We teach hygiene to try and minimise the spread of cholera. I’ve had urgent requests for help from hospitals that lack beds, mattresses and medical supplies. I’ve seen men and children lying in corridors and even in the car park as the hospitals are so full.

We’ve had no mains electricity in Yemen for two years. People rely on solar and generators, but of course buying generator fuel is extremely expensive.

Life for my friends and colleagues is a daily struggle.

As the conflict goes on I’m seeing more and more poverty – by Wael Ibrahim, country director for CARE International in Yemen

5.7.2017 – Xinhua (** B H)

Spotlight: Doctors call for public awareness, medical aid to contain cholera outbreak in Yemen

Doctors in Yemen are calling for raising public awareness and medical aid to the war-torn country to contain the spread of cholera.

Nashwan Aqlan, a doctor at Al-Jomhori Teaching Hospital in the capital Sanaa and member within the GTZ program to raise awareness about cholera, told Xinhua that almost all measures are being taken by local authorities and international agencies are only restricted to providing medicines and treatment for patients.

But more work need to be done to tackle the causes of the epidemic, including raising the public's awareness of the danger of the epidemic so to prevent more infections, Aqlan said.

"We need more activities to raise awareness about cholera. Many people don't take precautions to prevent it ... Most importantly, we need to address the collapse of the sanitation system," Aqlan said.

"This disease won't be contained unless we address the lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation services immediately," he added.

The Public Health and Population Ministry has allowed a specific number of hospitals and medical centers to treat people affected by cholera to prevent further spread of the disease.

But the number of these hospitals and centers, 10 in the capital Sanaa and 18 in the governorate of Sanaa, is not enough, Aqlan said.

"Many patients are being treated on the floor or in the lobbies. In some cases, a whole family, six members or more, receives treatment in a single bed," he added.

In addition, there is a need to address shortage of medicines for patients with chronic diseases, heart and kidney for example, since these patients make up the majority of the deaths from cholera, doctors said.

Doctors expected the number of infected people to increase as the rain season is approaching.

Wahhaj Al-Maktari, head of the Sanaa-based Sopol Al-Haya Hospital, Yemen's sole critical care hospital, said there is a need for an effective and successful mechanism to consolidate coordination between the authorities and aid agencies to contain cholera.

"Agencies are working separately, in a disorganized way and without coordination with the authorities or among themselves apparently because of lack of trust. This is a key problem affecting the efforts aimed at containing this epidemic," Al-Maktari told Xinhua.

Other challenges include the lack of funding, as many doctors and nurses have not been paid for 10 months, and a shortage of hospitals and doctors especially in remote areas, he added.

"The situation is worrying. If these issues are not addressed immediately, the situation will worsen in coming months and then 50 percent of the suspected cases could die," he said.

In addition, doctors are calling on the rivaling parties fighting in the war-torn country to reach a humanitarian truce so that aid agencies could access conflict areas to provide emergence medical service to cholera patients – by Fuad Rajeh

4.7.2017 – Save the Children (* A H)

Film: In the time it's taken you to watch this, another child in #Yemen has been infected by cholera. This can't go on and

4.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (* A H)

Film: Cholera in Yemen#

Film: The rise in cholera deaths in Dhamar to 112 cases

4.7.2017 – World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund, Government of Yemen (A H)

Fluid management of children with severe acute malnutrition with cholera

Fluid management in children with severe malnutrition and dehydration without shock

3.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A H)

Health Ministry spokesman: #cholera epidemic deaths reached 1,587 / number of suspected cases to 262.000

Remark: Miniytry at Sanaa.

3.7.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)
Map: Yemen: 'World's worst cholera outbreak' mapped

A look at the worst-hit areas in the war-torn country.

3.7.2017 – Save the Children (* A H)

Film: Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen

Eine Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen gerät ausser Kontrolle. Jeden Tag sterben 30 Menschen – darunter viele Kinder. Alle 35 Sekunden wird ein weiteres Kind infiziert. Schuld sind auch die Hürden, Hilfsgüter ins Land zu bringen: Unsere Hilfslieferungen werden zum Teil bis zu drei Monate verzögert! Das ist absolut inakzeptabel

3.7.2017 – The American Conservative (* A H)

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Keeps Getting Worse

Last week there were 200,000 cases of cholera in the country, and now there are almost 250,000. In another week, unless things change quickly, there will be even more. Cholera is treatable, but it requires being able to deliver the right medicine in sufficient amounts to the sick, and right now the Saudi-led blockade and the devastation of Yemen’s health care system make that very difficult. Aid agencies are working extremely hard to contain the epidemic, but they are doing so without adequate funding and with scant or no cooperation from the governments with the means to help. The civilian population is now especially vulnerable to preventable diseases like this one because of severe malnutrition caused by years of blockade and war. Because of the damage to the country’s infrastructure, it is difficult for people to find enough clean drinking water. The near-famine conditions make it much easier for disease to spread rapidly, and they make it more likely that the disease will kill many more people than it would have otherwise. These are man-made disasters inflicted on the people of Yemen as the result of deliberate policy choices by their neighboring states and their Western patrons.

The U.S. and other coalition supporters can still try to repair some of the damage they have helped cause, but after more than two years of working to bring about the world’s worst humanitarian crisis it is doubtful that any will make a serious effort – By DANIEL LARISON

3.7.2017 – Norwegian Refugee Council (*A H)

Yemen and East Africa: Preventable cholera claiming lives at an alarming rate

“Conflict in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan has ruined health sectors and public water and sanitation networks, spreading cholera to too many places where we have not seen it before,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. “Cholera in 2017 is easily preventable and should belong only in the history books. Its return as a major killer today is an outrage.”

Yemen is worst hit, with cholera having claimed 1,500 lives across the country in just two months. More than 250,000 suspected cases of the deadly disease have been recorded, with over 200 new cases every hour. War and a drastically shrinking economy continue to cause devastating food shortages and widespread malnutrition in the country. This is leaving many Yemenis weakened and more vulnerable to disease. Millions in Yemen now live without access to clean water, sanitation or health services.

In Yemen, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) currently delivers humanitarian support covering food security, shelter, education and water, sanitation and hygiene progammes. NRC has been present in Yemen since 2012.

3.7.2017 – Government of the People's Republic of China (A H)

The Chinese Government and WHO Sign Agreement on Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Help Yemen Cope with Cholera

To help them cope with the present crisis, on behalf of the Chinese government, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy China International Trade Representative Yu Jianhua signed an Agreement on Emergency Humanitarian Aid with the delegate of the WHO on June 30, 2017, aiming to provide the WHO with US$2 million for cholera check, medical supplies and local disease control system construction in Yemen and reduce the incidence and mortality rates caused by cholera. =

My comment: Peanuts.

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A H)

Two people die every day in Taiz with a cholera epidemic

The Cholera Epidemiology Unit in Taiz Governorate (Central Yemen ) reported 133 cases of cholera in two cases of death per day, while 19.5 thousand cases were suspected.

The director of the monitoring unit, Dr. Ilan Abdulhak, told the official Saba news agency on Monday: "The recorded cases from the centers in the province suspected cholera epidemic amounted to 19437, while the total death of 133 cases by two cases a day"

"The results of the positive agricultural examination amounted to 302 cases and a significant decline in deaths and cases in the areas where the spread of the epidemic, most notably the worst of the Runea, and the campaign of chlorination of water supported by centers and international organizations and awareness campaigns and health education."

The Director of the Monitoring Unit pointed to a significant increase in the number of cases of deaths and deaths in the city center districts as well as an acceptable Directorate due to the lack of implementation of chlorine water activities within the city and the lack of implementation of awareness programs and health education. and in translation:

My comment: I could not verify the ICRC figures given in this article.

2.7.2017 – Tom Miles (* A H)

Cholera has spread to Hadramawt for first time. 20+ deaths in Hajjah province for 3 days in a row. Outbreak not defeated yet.

2.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A H)

Yemeni (girls&boys)volunteers educate people how to fight Cholera in Hodeida province west of the country this week. (photos)

2.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack Rate (%) Population (From 27 April - 02 July 2017) and in full

cp2 Allgemein / General

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5.7.2017 – ARD Weltspiegel (* B K)

Film: Jemen: Ein Land zerfällt

Jeden Tag gibt es im Jemen Tote. Die Luftangriffe der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärallianz richten sich gegen die Huthis. Doch die Bomben treffen immer häufiger Zivilisten.

Mein Kommentar: „Immer häufiger“? Das tun sie vom allerersten Tag an.

5.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A K)

Map: Yemen conflict: Who controls what

5.7.2017 – Saba Net (* B P)

Yemen calls for investigation into deadly shutdown of airports, blockade

The Civil Aviation and Metrology Authority on Tuesday asked the international community and the United Nations to investigate the impact of the shutdown and destruction of Yemeni airports and a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni people.
Spokesperson for the Authority, Mazen Ghanim, said the shutdown and destruction of airports and the blockade have resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe and affected the lives of millions of Yemeni people.
"The shutdown of Sanaa International Airport, which used to be a major lifeline in the country with more than 8 million people served by it, has led to the death of more than 10.000 patients who were in urgent need to travel for medical treatment abroad," he said.
"It has prevented 45.000 Yemeni people from returning from abroad. These people are stuck in limbo and want to come back home. In addition, there are hundreds of Yemenis stranded in transit countries after flights from and to Seiyun and Aden Airports were suspended or restricted," he said.
The continued shutdown of Sanaa airport since August 2016, destroying Yemeni airports, hindering the reopening of Seiyun Airport and restricting flights from and to Aden Airport represent a violation of the civil aviation law and human rights, he said.
Ghanim called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and put an end to violations of the countries of the Saudi-led coalition against the Yemeni people and to keep the civil aviation away from the conflict in order to save what can be saved of it.

Remark: By the Houthi / Saleh authorities at Sanaa.

4.7.2017 – Yemen Press (* B K)

He visits # Harad and #Midi and writes: This is one of the biggest crimes # Saudi Arabia forgotten in # Yemen

Before the aggression, the population of Haradh was 120,000.

After the aggression, the population of the town of Haradh was zero.

This is one of the biggest crimes neglected in Saudi Arabia… Forgotten… silent, or untrained when talking about the humanitarian disasters that have been carried out by the aggression in Yemen so far.

It is the crime of forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, the use of deliberate mass killings, and widespread and systematic destruction.

I visited Haradh on the second day of the festival, without knowing that I was on a date with a visit that would be accompanied by its adverse consequences, until the end of my life.

It has become a ridge, some on top of some, no longer inhabited by a human being, and you can no longer hear it except the whisper of the wind and the whirring of warplanes that do not stop flying all day long.

For the purpose of forced displacement, since the beginning of the aggression, Saudi Arabia has beaten everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything: there is not one building in the city but it is totally or partially destroyed.

Saudi Arabia bombed Haradh building by building, a beta house, a hotel, restaurant, hospital, market place, station, until the city left the twenty-one thousand scattered kuma of cement and dirt.

It was not the sole target, but the whole northern region of Tihama, where the crime of forced displacement, the city of Midi, which has become a ghost town, has been long. In addition to hundreds of villages there.

The aggression must have drawn between its objectives and a population free zone at least 40 kilometers deep (the area extending from Tall to nearby Abss east and from the borders of the Saudi season to the end of the coast of Midi in the west and south and all the villages and markets in this area) in preparation for its occupation and creating the reality of ” Border “or” security “, or to turn it into an open theater of operations in Yemen against Yemenis.

In implementation, the only means was genocide.

Initially, the crime of targeting the Al-Mazraq camp, the IDP camp between Harad and the border with Saudi Arabia, led to the closure and relocation of the camp.

Then, in conjunction with the daily bombing, Al-Sajadi, inside Harad, a series of other mass crimes began, around Haradh and beyond:

Dozens of villages scattered around this spot, like Haradh, Midi and the popular markets, were forced to leave their homes, soon to be saddled with what could be the largest forced displacement camp in the Middle East.

120,000 people have been displaced from Haradh alone (nearly the entire population of a Gulf country like Qatar, without foreigners). This figure is at least twice that of Midi, neighboring villages and the two cities.

4.7.2017 – New News (* A K)

UAE Occupation Forces Fire on Fishermen, Damage their Boats in Al-Mukha Coast

The UAE occupation forces fired a heavy barrage of fire on a number of fishing boats belonging to the sons of Almokha which caused the dumping of a boat belonging to fisherman “Rashad Zerrougui” while the fate of his sailors is still unknown and the remains of other fishing boats disappeared.

The UAE occupation forces detained two fishing boats belonging to hunter Hafez Nadim and the other fishermen Hassan Rizki and Mohammed Al-Humaidi. They were kidnapped after a heavy barrage of bullets hit them then took them to an unknown location because they were trying to hunt for a distance of 15 nautical miles from the port of Al-Mukha.

It is worth mentioning that the UAE occupation forces closed the fishing port and prohibited the fishermen from moving totally. Anyone tries to go to the sea will be exposed to fire, damaged the boat, arbitrary detention, beatings and insults.

It is noted that the enemy lives in a state of panic and anxiety and exaggerated excessive exaggeration in strict surveillance on AlMokha port and prevented them from approaching after it turned into a military barracks by the military troops and warships.

My comment: That’s the way how the Saudi coalition “secures” free shipping in the Red Sea.

3.7.2017 – Al Araby (* A H P)

Uproar after Yemeni cleric suggests clothing to blame in rape of young girl

Just days after a three-year-old girl was raped in Yemen's capital, a cleric came under fire for suggesting the way in which she was dressed was to blame.

A Yemeni MP and cleric, known for provocative speeches, sparked a major uproar online after posting a Facebook post entitled “clothing of young girls is a gateway to rape”, days after a girl was raped in the capital Sanaa.

Abdullah al-Adaini was met with widespread criticism for suggesting the “absurd” way in which young girls dress leads to their rape.

“How many young girls have been raped due to the effects their clothing has had on the human animals [who rape them],” he wrote on Facebook. “The result [of these clothing] is a girl living in the ruins of psychological conditions, deformities or death."

Social media users slammed the comments made, accusing the cleric of justifying rape and spreading extremist views in his home city of Taiz.

The Yemeni Organisation for the Prevention of Human Trafficking on its Facebook social networking site said that the court sentenced the rapist to death by hanging in a public square.

3.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* B H K)

Film. Yemen: The world's largest humanitarian crisis

Now the Arab region's poorest country, Yemen has become a violent playground for regional and international powers.

The war and its economic effect are driving the largest food security emergency in the world: more than 17 million people in Yemen are currently food-insecure, of whom 6.8 million are severely food-insecure and in need of immediate aid.

The conflict has been going on for years but became especially violent in March 2015 after the involvement of a Saudi-led coalition.

With no sign of the conflict abating, it is likely that the humanitarian crisis in the Arab world's poorest country will only get worse.

So how did it all start? Watch our video

2.7.2017 – MSNBC (* B K P)

Film: Saudi arms deal could worsen Yemen crisis

Is it normal for the U.S. to strike a $110 billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia when that deal could very well prolong the death and suffering in Yemen? Ari Melber gets to The Point.

28.6.2014 – The Guardian (* B P)

Most Arab states share Isis’s ideology. They’re trying to have it both ways

Isis may be more brutal but many Arab governments are on the same ground – asserting the superiority of Islam

Bombing Isis and banning Islamist movements may suppress such movements for a while but it does nothing to address the ideological problem. Unless the question of compulsion in religion is tackled head-on, and in a serious way, they will resurface later or similar groups will emerge to replace them.

Although freedom of belief is a widely accepted principle internationally, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it is still far from becoming established in the Arab countries. This is true of both governments and society.

As far as many of the Arab public are concerned, discriminating against members of the “wrong” faith, or those who hold unorthodox views, is not only acceptable, but the right thing to do. For Arab governments, enforcing religious rules and allying themselves with God helps to make up for their lack of electoral legitimacy.

This causes a particular problem in combating the ideology of groups such as Isis because most Arab states – including several members of the military coalition against it – share Isis’s approach to compulsion in religion. Isis may be more brutal in practice but, basically, they are on the same ground – asserting the superiority of Islam and the legitimacy of religious discrimination.

Isis’s readiness to execute people for their beliefs has parallels in six Arab countries – Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the UAE and Yemen – where apostasy is a crime and in theory the death penalty can apply – by Brian Whitaker

13.6.2017 – Ben Norton (* A P)

The attempt in the past few weeks to erase Qatar's role in the bloody US-Saudi war on Yemen is disgraceful referring to

Doha News in March 2015, when the war began: "Qatar joins Saudi-led bombing campaign of Houthi targets in Yemen" referring to

Al Jazeera reported in September 2015 that Qatar sent 1,000 ground troops to Yemen, to help the US-Saudi coalition referring to

27 months into the US/Saudi war it originally backed, Qatar is acknowledging Yemen is the world's largest crisis referring to

After the Saudi blockade, Qatari Al Jazeera's editorial stance on Yemen suddenly switched overnight. (A welcome, but cynical, development)

When @Amelscript worked at Al Jazeera (before the Gulf rift), she "had to beg to get stories on Yemen approved" referring to

Until last month, Qatar actually still had troops in Yemen, fighting the Houthis on the side of the US-UK-Saudi-UAE referring to

Qatar said its soldiers were "defending the southern borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" when they were wounded in June. Very ironic now

and others also state that:

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

Arab newspaper reveals the coup of the Qatari media in dealing with the situation of Yemen

Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday that Al-Jazeera broadcast for the first time since the start of its attack on Yemen , news of the "killing of a woman and three children" in Sanaa in a raid launched by "The newspaper said that the news was" Bushra "a radical change in the method of using the network with the Yemeni file." We are hearing a different speech, sympathizing with the victims, and expelling the torturers, "the newspaper said. The secretions of the Qatari-Saudi conflict and the opening of a media front Of a new fight against both the UAE and Saudi Arabia "
The newspaper said that the description of this propaganda political and military, was a single, and a unified editorial room, the term of terminology, and create a "pure" image of aggression, from the Saudi and UAE platforms to the country. But today, we are witnessing a new phase, the features of which are evident after the Gulf crisis between Riyadh and Doha, specifically after the date of June 5, the date of the announcement of the leadership of the «alliance» ending the participation of Qatar in its military operations, and accused of supporting the "coup militias" in Yemen . After this date, Al-Jazeera has entered into a policy of liberation, if not expression, of all that it has promoted in two years, about the aggression against Yemen. Qatar was trapped economically and politically, so decided to dismantle the "media siege" on Yemen, and blackout on the crimes that claimed the lives of thousands of its people. and in translation:

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5.7.2017 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen: Contingency Concept of Operations 2017 and in full

4.7.2017 – Deutsche Welle (B H)

Unzensiert: Musliminnen sprechen über Menschenrechte

Das neue Buch "Unzensiert" der norwegischen Sachbuchautorin und Journalistin Birgitte C. Huitfeldt zeigt das Leben von muslimischen Frauen in der islamischen Welt.

Die Angst der Männer vor Frauen im Jemen

Der Jemen, Heimat der Feministin Amal Basha, steht auf dem UN-Index für geschlechtsspezifische Ungleichheit ganz unten. Die wirtschaftlichen, sozialen und kulturellen Rechte der Frauen im Jemen werden durch die Scharia begrenzt. Aber warum? "Männer haben Angst vor Frauen, weil Frauen die Stimme des Friedens sind. Sie haben kein Interesse an Kriegen, weil sie keine Waffenhändler sind", sagt sie.über-menschenrechte/g-39534895

4.7.2017 – Summer Nasser / Yemen Updates (B H)

Local in #ibb told us that local businesses are selling @WFP oil given to refugees in the province. Very unfortunate to see! #Yemen

#Houthis sell humanitarian aid: oil, food baskets, medicine..etc in the areas under their control.

4.7.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

I sent donation 4 Jamal,sadly #Saudi arrested his father n #Najran 4 smuggling Qat,he wanted to give his son some milk,Jamal is Orphan now.

His mom can't give anything, because his father was the breadwinner,I am afraid that Jamal will suffer from malnutrition again

I am looking for donationss for Jamal ,he becomes my reponsiblity, I hope people will act to help this poor kid .

4.7.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (* A H)

FAO Yemen Situation Report - July 2017


17 million people are food insecure while a staggering seven million people do not know where their next meal is coming from and are at risk of famine.

Acute food insecurity is expected to deteriorate further without an immediate scale up of emergency food and livelihood assistance programs.

Some 124 000 suspected cases of cholera and 923 deaths have been reported in 275 districts in 20 governorates from 27 April – 12 June, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health.

Domestic food prices are high, volatile and likely to further increase, exacerbated by conflict and dwindling economic situation in the country.

Water scarcity remains one of the main challenges in the agriculture sector. The unavailability of water for agricultural practices is the most limiting factor for food security.

Fishing in coastal areas of Hajjah, Taiz and southern Hodeida has stopped due to access, security issues and the blockage of land, air and marine ports for fish exports and other socio-economic challenges.

The poultry sector is on brink of disintegration. Given the high investment in this sector, its collapse will affect livelihoods of many in the country.

Prospect for the summer season production is precarious due to poor rains combined with the deterioration of access to farmlands and extension services as well as high prices of inputs. = and in full:

3.7.2017 – Saba New Net (AH)

Turkey to donate 12,000 tons of food and health aid to Yemen soon

In a meeting with top Yemeni relief and health officials, the representative of the Turkish Red Crescent has said that a Turkish grant of 12,000 tons of food and health aid will arrive in Yemen in the coming days.
The Turkish official was in a meeting with the chairman of Supreme Commission for Relief Abduraqeeb Fatah and another member of the commission, the minister of health, Naser Baoom in Aden today.
The Turkish official said the shipment would include two mobile hospitals and 100 wheelchairs.

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

World Food Programme Yemen facts and figures - June 2017


From April 2017 to 31 March 2018:

people in Yemen will be targeted to receive an integrated package of food and nutrition assistance

will receive General Food Assistance and
will receive critical nutrition support overlap

US$1.2 billion
cost of WFP Yemen Emergency Operation
US$946 million (81%)
Funding Shortfall

Yemen facts and figures

From April 2017 to March 2018:

WFP plans to assist 9.1 million people in Yemen through general food assistance, commodity vouchers through the traders network (CV-TN) and nutrition support. In addition, WFP will assist refugees and include a contingency plan in the case of a natural disaster or further displacement.

6 million people will receive general food assistance (in-kind) and 800,000 will receive CV-TN.

WFP will provide 1.9 million children and pregnant and lactating women with nutrition support. Targeted supplementary feeding programmes (TSFP) will treat Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) children 6 to 59 months with a ready-to-use supplementary food, Plumpy’Sup, which provides 535 kcal per day for an average of 90 days. Acutely malnourished Pregnant and lactating women (PLW) will receive a monthly 6 kg take-home ration of fortified blended foods (FBFs), SuperCereal, for an average of 180 days in line with Yemen Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Guidelines. The admission targets acute malnourished women from the second trimester of pregnancy until breastfeeding in the first six months of birth.

Through blanket supplementary feeding programme (BSFP) activities, children 6 to 23 months will receive a monthly 1.5 kg entitlement of a lipid-based nutrient supplement, Plumpy’Doz, which provides a daily 281 kcal and essential micronutrients, including iron. PLW will receive a monthly 6 kg entitlement of SuperCereal starting from the second trimester through six months of breastfeeding to prevent malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

[and more] and in full:

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

WFP Yemen Emergency Food Assistance: Prioritization and Targeting Strategy - June 2017

In April 2017, WFP launched a new Emergency Operation aimed at assisting 6.8 million people with General Food Assistance through an in-kind food basket and commodity vouchers and 2.9 million with critical nutrition support. WFP is targeting only severely food insecure people, therefore focusing mainly on life-saving activities. WFP also recognises that it may not be able to raise the necessary resources required to support the 6.8 million planned for assistance under the Emergency Operation. Against this backdrop, it is WFP’s responsibility to prepare for the undesireable possibility of funding shortages. If WFP is unable to meet all the life-saving objectives of the EMOP, WFP will have no other option than to prioritize within the most vulnerable with emphasis on those at risk of dying from starvation. To achieve this, a district level analysis and prioritization exercise was carried out which resulted in identification of 120 highest priority districts for both Nutrition and Food Security and Agriculture Clusters.

The objective is to ensure that targeted beneficiaries in the highest priority districts receive full rations of food assistance and resources for this group are secured before assisting other priority groups. WFP will carefully monitor the situation of those non-highest priority groups, as they are also food insecure and lack of assistance may move them closer to famine. The selection of beneficiaries will be done using a robust targeting process described below.

Targeting (identifying food-insecure communities and reaching households and individuals with food assistance), is the central element of all WFP food assistance operations. and in full

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

World Food Programme General Food Assistance in Yemen - June 2017

General Food Assistance is WFP’s primary modality of food assistance in Yemen and currently accounts for 85 percent of WFP activities in the country. WFP rolled out General Food Assistance in October 2015 under the Emergency Operation (EMOP 200890) through which WFP distributes a food basket consisting of six commodities: wheat, pulses, fortified vegetable oil, iodized salt, sugar and wheat-soya blend.

Since the beginning of the crisis, WFP has been working with 22 Cooperating Partners, providing lifesaving food assistance to 7 million severely food-insecure and vulnerable individuals.

The most recent assessment, March 2017 Integrated Phase Food Security Classification (IPC) analysis, reported an overall deterioration in the food and nutrition situation. Almost two-thirds of the population (17 million people) are food insecure, of which 6.8 million are severely food insecure and dependent on food assistance with no other means to secure their basic food needs. Given the dire humanitarian situation, WFP will prioritise the most severely food insecure. Under the new Emergency Operation, WFP will target 6.8 million severely food-insecure people through General Food Assistance and commodity voucher through Trader’s Network (CV-TN) modalities. Beneficiaries of both modalities will receive a food basket of similar entitlements and nutritional value.

Under the General Food Assistance, WFP will target 6 million individuals across some 2,700 food distribution points in 19 IPC phase 4 and 3 governorates, distributing a 100 percent entitlement, comprising 75 kg of wheat, 10 kg of pulses, 8 litres of vegetable oil, 0.5 kg of salt and 2.5 kg of sugar per person per month.

In line with the targeting criteria outlined by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster in Yemen - co-led by WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - WFP has established a prioritization plan in case sufficient funding is not received to cover all needs, ranking districts by level of severe food insecurity and Global Acute Malnutrition rates.

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

World Food Programme Commodity Vouchers through Traders' Network - June 2017


In February 2016, WFP successfully launched its first voucher-based food assistance in Yemen, targeting food-insecure populations residing in urban and peri-urban areas. Under this modality, beneficiaries redeem commodity vouchers distributed by WFP’s cooperating partners for food entitlements at the closest participating retail outlets linked to WFP’s food service provider in Yemen. WFP identified commodity vouchers as most suitable for the context and cost-effective market-based transfer modality.

WFP introduced the Cash Voucher through the Traders Network (CV-TN) in three governorates (Sana’a, Aden and Taizz), and thereafter progressively introduced in Lahj and Al Dhale’e. In 2016, the number of beneficiaries receiving voucher-based assistance expanded with an average rate of about 30 percent per month. Currently, voucher-based assistance is targeting 868,700 beneficiaries in 23 districts of four governorates: Sana’a City, Sana’a governorate, Taizz and Hodaida.

In terms of beneficiaries supported, the commodity-based voucher assistance implemented in Yemen is the largest programme of its kind within WFP. The strategy is to focus on populated urban areas and to develop retailers’ infrastructure, working with large food importers and distributors. The use of low-tech, readily-available delivery mechanisms (paper vouchers) is one of the main reasons behind achievements at the current scale within a short time span.

In 2017, under the new Emergency Operation, WFP Yemen will continue providing general food assistance through general food distribution and commodity vouchers through CV-TN. Beneficiaries of both modalities will receive a food basket of similar rations and nutritional value.

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

World Food Programme Nutrition Activities in Yemen - June 2017

Under its Emergency Operation 201068, WFP will target 1.9 million children and women through its nutrition activities. Targeted supplementary feeding programmes will treat moderate acute malnutrition in children 6 to 59 months with a ready-to-use supplementary food, Plumpy'Sup, which provides 535 kcal per day for an average of 90 days. Acutely malnourished pregnant and breast-feeding women will receive a monthly 6 kg take-home ration of a fortified blended flour, SuperCereal, from the beginning of the second trimester though to six months of breastfeeding.

Through blanket supplementary feeding programme activities, children 6 to 23 months will receive preventative monthly 1.5 kg entitlements of a lipid-based nutrient supplement, Plumpy’Doz, which provides a daily 281 kcal and essentiai micronutrients. Pregnant and breastfeeding women will receive a monthly 6 kg entitlement of SuperCereal to prevent under nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and support healthy maternal and neonatal outcomes.

In April 2017, 16,356 moderate acutely malnourished (MAM) children 6 to 59 months- out of the planned 72,575 children 6 to 59 months- and 14,839 acutely malnourished pregnant and lactating women (PLW) -out of the planned 46,040 - were admitted into WFP’s targeted supplementary feeding programmes (TSFP) through 561 health facilities and 99 mobile clinics in 13 governorates. WFP’s blanket supplementary feeding programme (BSFP) for prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition admitted 142 children 6 to 23 months out of the planned 20,945 in the same governorates. In the TSFP, 82 percent of MAM children were discharged as cured, 17 percent defaulted, and less than 1 percent died, while 97 percent of PLW admitted in March were discharged as cured, 2 percent defaulted and no deaths were recorded. The cumulative 2017 total for TSFP is 94,788 children and 59,917 PLW admitted, and for BSFP 43,041 children admitted.

28.6.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 28 June 2017 and in full

22.6.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 May 2017) and in full:

Infographic: Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 May 2017) and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Human rights report confirms that the militia committed 95 crimes against civilians in Ibb within a month

A human rights report confirmed that the Houthi and Saleh militias committed more than 95 violations against civilians in Ibb province last June.

According to the report issued by the Monitoring Unit of the Resistance Media Center in Ibb, the violations monitored were as follows: "37 murders and attempted murder, 21 kidnapping crimes and 5 suicide cases. The economic situation caused by the war by the Key in that. " and in translation:

4.7.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets UN Resident Coordinator in Sana'a

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf met on Thursday with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen Mr. Jimmy McGoldrick.
The minister and the UN official discussed a number of aspects of cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various United Nations organizations.
The Minister affirmed the commitment of the National Salvation Government to provide all facilities to all international organizations operating in Yemen

4.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Al-Bukhiti: This is the most dangerous thing that the Houthis are doing in Yemen ... Saleh is incapable of confronting them

In a statement to the London-based newspaper Al-Arab, al- Bekhiti said the Houthis distributed small pamphlets to the movement's founder on soldiers in the military and security establishment and various state institutions.

Al-Bukhaiti, a dissident Huthi leader, points to the inability of Houthi allies at home, led by the former president, to tackle their educational curricula.

The same is true of the position of the leaders of the Yemeni political parties abroad who do not pay attention to what Houthi is doing to "re-educate the society according to his narrow religious outlook". and in translation:

4.7.2017 – Saba Net (* A P)

Supreme Political Council extends presidential term of al-Sammad

The supreme political council on Tuesday extended the presidential term of Saleh al-Sammad and his deputy Kasim Labozah to two new term in the presidency.
The resolution was taken based on the internal regulations of the council and approved by all council's members.


4.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Al-Houthi group continues to exclude its allies in the Saleh Party from the presidency of the "Supreme Council"

The agreement signed by the two parties on 28 July 2016 stipulated that "the presidency of the Council shall be periodic between the General People's Congress and its allies, the Houthis and their allies, and the same shall apply to the position of Vice-President of the Council."

Under the agreement, the presidency of the council was supposed to move to the GPC and its allies in December 2016, but this was not done after the council extended the Houthi representative to the presidency for a session that was supposed to end in April. and in translation:

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Al-Houthi militia kills a citizen in Al-Jawf, hours after he was abducted from his home

The sources said that the militia attacked yesterday the house of Zakaria Yahya al-Ma'afa, director of Al-Humaidat, and kidnapped him from among his sons, and then hours later they killed him without any reason. and in translation

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Al-Houthi gunmen attend the trial of the abductees in the prisons of Hodeidah, west of Yemen

The Association of the Mothers of the Kidnapped, said late on Monday that the armed group of Houthi and its allies are preparing for a mock trial of a number of abductees in Hodeidah prisons.

In a statement, the association condemned the move by the Huthis without informing the families of the kidnappers, who were abducted from their premises without legal justification.

The Association revealed that the gunmen of Houthi in the central prison in the province of Hodeidah, some of the abductees under the torture of systematic, to recognize the subsequent forgery of charges and the signing of forced. and in translation:

3.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A T)
Film: Terrorists blow up the gate of the house of Sheikh Ali Najad in the capital 03 - 7 – 2017

3.7.2017 – New News (A H P)

In response to the call of the military hospital: citizens in the presence of Houthi donate blood

Dozens of citizens attended this morning in the presence of the head of the revolutionary committee, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, to donate blood in the military hospital in Sana’a in response to the request launched by the military hospital and the hospitals of the capital Sana’a (photos)

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Saleh's lawyer accuses al-Houthi militia of trying to kill him

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's lawyer, Mohammed al-Masuri, accused the al-Houthi militia of trying to assassinate him on Monday in central Sanaa , blaming al-Houthi's allied militia for Saleh, because their media had incited against him. and in translation:

3.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Al-Khalwa village residents forcibly displaced by the Houthis-Saleh forces

The Houthi militants and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have driven dozens of civilians out of their homes in the villages of Jabal Habshi district, west of Taiz province, southwest of Yemen, a local source said. The source told Almasdaronline that dozens of civilians were displaced on Sunday from their homes in village of Jabal Habashi, after the Houthis and allied forces have surrounded the village and the snipers targeted the people and their livestock.

2.7.2017 – Conatus News (* B P)

Iran’s Influence in Yemen is Bad News for Baha’is

Yemen’s Iran-backed government arrests Baha’is, even sentencing one to death. Conatus News spoke with the brother of one imprisoned Baha’i.

In April, arrest warrants for 25 Baha’is in Yemen were issued by the country’s Shia Houthi authorities.

Conatus News spoke with Baha’is and human rights activists in the US and Yemen about the current situation of Yemeni Baha’is. The activists in Yemen have chosen to remain anonymous due to safety concerns.

Baha’i representatives to the United Nations accuse Iranian politicians of involvement in the persecution of Baha’is in Yemen. A June report by the Baha’i International Community said that Rojeh Zayed, a member of Yemen’s Prosecution Office, as well as high ranking officials in Iran’s national security office, were “repeatedly reported as receiving instructions from Iran to persecute the Baha’i community.”

Prior to the Houthi takeover, Yemeni Baha’is mostly lived comfortably. Rezvan said, “the government knew of the existence of Baha’is but never gave them a hard time.” – by Tara Abhasakun

My comment: “instructions from Iran” is rather doubtful.

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

5.7.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Armed clashes broke out between the Resistance & soldiers from security belt east of Aden upon a checkpoint dispute!

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

This is what happened in the first meeting of the Council of the coup d'état in Aden - Zubaidi and Ben Brik threaten the Arab coalition and demand pressure on the government of Hadi before their impatience .. Details and image

The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council held its first meeting at its headquarters in the capital ofAden on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Maj. Gen. Eidros Qasim Al-Zubaidi, the President of the Council, in the presence of the members of the Board to discuss a number of reports and issues on its agenda.

At the meeting, Eidros Al-Zubaidi delivered an opening speech in which he stressed that the Southern Transitional Council is a national national entitlement aimed at moving the people of the south towards achieving the objectives of its revolution and resistance, which is to achieve independence and build the southern federal state on all the southern lands according to its internationally known borders, stressing the Council's adherence to its partnership and partnership with the brothers in the countries of the Arab coalitionled by Saudi Arabia and the active role of the brothers in the UAE United Arab until the completion of the goals of a storm blessed beam of defeating the Houthi militias Alavascheh the oppressive and uproot Almh The proceeds of Iranian expansion in the south and in Yemen .

During the meeting, the members of the Presidency of the Council listened to a report on the results of the Council's visits to a number of sister countries and their meetings with a number of representatives of friendly countries. In the context of the report, the Vice-President of the Council, Hani Brik, noted that these visits and meetings Strengthening the role of the Council as a political leadership working to save the will of the people of the South.

During its discussions on the deteriorating situation in most of the southern governorates, the Presidency of the Council assumed the responsibility of the government of all forms of deprivation and suffering and continue its collective punishment for the people of the South, calling on the brothers in the Arab Alliance countries to pressure the government to carry out its responsibilities fully and stop the futility of the lives of the citizens of the South. The Southern Transitional Council will not stand idly by in this systematic and thorough manipulation of the torture of the people of the South, in reference to the removal of power from the government of Ben Daghr by various means. and in translation:

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A)

Tuning gang drug promotion in Aden

The security services in Aden managed to seize a gang that promotes drugs among young people in the interim capital.

A security official said that a security force managed to capture a quantity of drugs and cannabis, estimated at only one-quarter, and seized a gang in Mansoura area. and in translation:

4.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Film: #Yemeni official, loyal to #UAE says pro#Saudi Yemeni VP Ali Mohsen is #AQAP godfather. He is right

Remark: This is Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the former governor of Aden and leader of the Southern separatists’ Political Council. He is right. The connections between Mohsen and AQAP last for years and are well-known.

4.7.2017 – AP (A P)


Yemen's prime minister has warned rivals in the country's south against violence during rallies this week.

Ahmed Abu Dagher said Tuesday that any challenges to the internationally-recognized government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi would only serve the Shiite rebels who control northern Yemen.

and the reply:

5.7.2017 – Suhf Net ( A P)

The southern transition is related to the rule of al-Qaeda, and he is attacking and attacking Ben Dagher and threatening him with a "punishment that no one wishes"

As usual, the leaders of secession in southern Yemen in response to those who advise them or warn them against the consequences of their foolishness and misdeeds are fleeing to the accusation of Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda sympathizers, and the Brotherhood and the regime of Saleh and Al - Houthi were unable to face the truth and the failure in the circle of viciousness except of hatred and regionalism and racism and false championships, In the communication sites and the simple north, and the decline in front of the militias ofHouthi and the forces of Saleh, the so-called "Southern Transitional Council" a sharp attack on the government of Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Dajr failure and failure and bankruptcy and threatened the president of "punishment does not wish anyone."
He said in a lengthy statement issued by the Information Office of the Council on Tuesday evening, commenting on Ben Dagher's remarks that "the letter published by Ben Dagher is proof of the failure of the government and its bankruptcy and its resort to incitement and stir up political and social conflicts and sectarian abandonment of its moral commitment to the Arab coalition forces that provided blood and money to build state institutions Civil and military, in which the call to hold the responsibility of security on the parties that have long failed legitimacy and tried to remove it.

The following is the text of the reply:

[Extracts only]

Ben Dagher was counting on the return of the presidency of the southern transitional council in the hope of breaking the souls of the southerners and a new attempt to defeat them, pointing out the efforts of those in the fight against terrorism and that hope may be another goal is to give terrorism a deep breath like what was always obtained under the government of Ben Dagher And devised. Ben Dagher tried to emphasize the progress of people's lives in the capital, Aden, and there is no doubt that electricity, water and the fight against cholera are all issues that Ben Dagher failed to solve even partially.

Ben Dagher forgets that the conflict is a struggle between right and wrong, between terrorism and life, between war and peace. He is no longer able to differentiate between those who fight terrorism and those who support it. Perhaps this is done by Ben Dugher in accordance with the rule of political maneuvering that says lies and then lies and then lies until you forget your memory that it is a lie and you believe it.
Ben Dagher's dispute is such as enmity, hatred and hatred that the southerners are concerned about alone

The letter published by Ben Dagher is proof of the failure of the government and its bankruptcy and its appeal to instigate political, social and sectarian conflicts and abandon its moral commitment to the Arab coalition forces that provided blood and money to build the civil and military institutions of the state. and in translation:

4.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Courts reopen in liberated provinces in Yemen

The courts were halted in 2015 when Al Houthis rebelled against the internationally recognised government

Yemen’s internationally recognised president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has ordered his government to work urgently on reopening courts in liberated provinces as to put an end to a backlog of cases and ease congestion inside prisons.

At two consecutive meetings with the country’s attorney-general, Ali Al Awash, and the head of the Supreme Court, Hamoud Al Hitar, Hadi said reviving judicial authorities inside the liberated areas would restore people’s trust in the government and help clear the backlog of cases accumulated over the years.

The country’s courts have been brought to a halt since early 2015 when Al Houthi rebels overthrew Hadi and his government and began military explosions in Southern Yemen.

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Bahah holds meetings in Hadramout to raise concerns about legitimacy

Former Vice President and Prime Minister Khalid Bahah has been moving since his surprise return to Hadramout a few days ago, in moves that are worrying the Yemeni government, unable to do the same, despite media leaks after Prime Minister Ahmed Ben Dagher's visit to Hadramout.

Khaled Bahah, a politician who starred shortly after his election as head of the competencies government formed under the peace and partnership agreement signed between President Hadi and the Houthi militia following its invasion of the capital Sana'a in late 2014, has enjoyed a strong personality and a burgeoning speaker, Local and regional and in the Yemeni popular circles to the north and south.

According to political sources, there are countries in the Arab coalition to support the legitimacy led by Saudi Arabia , strongly pushing for the election of Khalid Bahah as a compromise alternative to President Hadi to reach a political settlement and end the war in the country for more than two years, which is a factor of concern and fear of Hadi and his government . and in translation:

3.7.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Members of the Transitional Political Council for the South are preparing for an organized protest in Aden city on July 7. This date commemorates the end of Yemen’s 1994 civil war, in which southern governorates tried and failed to secede from the Republic of Yemen led by former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The protest will advocate for southern independence and condemn Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s dismissal of three governors connected to the Council on June 28. Al Zubaidi, Vice President Hani Ali bin Brik, council member and journalist Lufi Shatara, and Deputy Governor of Aden Adnan al Kaf arrived in Aden city from the UAE on July 3.[4]

29.6.2017 – Fuad Rajeh (B P)

South Yemen will be run either by Saudi-backed Govt led by Pres. Hadi or UAE-backed Salafists led by ex-Aden governor Hani Bin Breik.. Chaos

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

4.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

The solution for Yemen? Not headlines or humanitarian aid. Think local

Rather than endless elite-level discussions in Geneva or more alarming reports, those seeking to understand and improve the situation in Yemen should focus on local dynamics

The conflict has resulted in deep polarisation within the Yemeni community. But whatever side you support, most Yemeni people agree that the continuation of the current conflict threatens the very existence of our country.

Even if Yemen doesn’t always make the headlines, it’s easy to convince the public that Yemenis are in the midst of a dire humanitarian situation and, therefore, in need of donations and food packages. But that doesn’t mean this is good media coverage or that it even helps.

To significantly improve the situation in Yemen, we need complex and nuanced reporting. But given that Yemen is a conflict that doesn’t directly impact Europe or the US, detail is a luxury that editorial meetings and newsrooms apparently cannot afford.

The story of what has happened in Taiz City since 2011 is a good example of the type of local details that journalists, aid organisations and the UN need to understand to better respond to the ongoing crisis in the country.

How details matter in Taiz

After the Houthis and Saleh forces killed many of the protesters, the situation quickly escalated from an already tense situation into armed confrontation. Taiz turned into a war zone and fighting started in almost every street.

The Yemeni government decided to support the Popular Resistance, especially after Saudi Arabia decided to intervene and back Hadi. In August 2015, the resistance managed to push the Houthis out of the old part of the city in the west. The Houthis are still in control of the eastern part.

After August 2015, Houthi-Saleh forces placed western Taiz under siege, preventing food, water, aid and medical supplies from entering.

I talked to Akram a couple of weeks ago, soon after the OCHA donors conference in Geneva. He wondered how it was that the UN and the countries who gathered there would actually help end the siege on his city.

Instead of raising money or trying to implement nationwide measures ahead of negotiations, the UN, he emphasised, should focus on ending the siege and mount pressure on the Houthis-Saleh forces to allow access of aid, in order to reach a solution for the country as a whole.

If the UN succeeded in ending the siege in Taiz, it would provide a breakthrough in the peace talks and show the whole the country that the conflict is coming to an end.

Finding permanent solutions

Humanitarian aid may provide temporary solutions, but it can’t cover the absence of government. The Yemeni government can claim legitimacy but without paying salaries, it is putting thousands of people in jeopardy.

Over the past two years, many Yemenis have lost trust and hope in the international community. Humanitarian aid – the lack of it and the need for it – can make a flashy headline, but one that covers up the real problem that lies beyond.

The problem in Yemen is that local grievances that had been suppressed by the central government for many years have now emerged and it will be hard – if not impossible – for elites in Sanaa to suppress them again. The people of Yemen know this, but the UN, which continues to deal with the crisis at an elite level, does not – by Baraa Shiban

4.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Yemeni FM blames the United Nations for dire humanitarian situation

Yemeni government blames the international silence for the ongoing Saudi airstrikes and the blockade on the country. A rapidly spreading cholera outbreak has also worsened the humanitarian situation there. Mohammad al-Attab reports from the capital Sana’a.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

4.7.2017 – Fars News (A K P)

General Soleimani: Yemen War Result of Lack of Common Sense among Saudi Leaders

Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani underlined that the war in Yemen was staged by unwise Saudi officials who didn’t know what to do with their petrodollars.

"If a country possesses lots of crude oil but with no common sense and insanity rules the country, horrible events will happen and crazy things like the war against Yemen will be done," General Soleimani said, addressing a forum in the Southeastern city of Kerman on Tuesday.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

5.7.2017 – Telepolis (* B P)

Saudi-Arabien mit deutschsprachigem Propagandaportal

Weniger bekannt ist, dass es inzwischen auch ein Portal gibt, das "Nachrichten rund um das Königreich Saudi-Arabien" verbreitet, die sich deutlich freundlicher lesen als die anderer Medien: So findet sich bei Arabia Now zwar nichts über Enthauptungen von Meinungsverbrechern (vgl. Todesstrafe für Atheisten), aber dafür über "nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele", die "Bereitstellung von 300,000 Essensrationen an syrische Flüchtlinge" oder die "Fertigstellung von Saudi-Arabiens erster Windturbine". Solche Nachrichten werden neuerdings auch ungefragt als "Sponsored Tweets" in Twitter-Timeline angezeigt.

Dazu, dass man es zu Unterhaltung lesen könnte (wie beispielsweise RT), ist Arabia Now bislang allerdings viel zu langweilig, weshalb wohl auch die Breitenwirkung des Portals vorerst begrenzt bleiben wird. Typische Passagen wie die folgende erinnern einfach zu deutlich an Sendungen wie die Aktuelle Kamera in der DDR und zeigen, dass es keine leichte Aufgabe ist, PR so zu formulieren, dass sie auch ankommt.

Trotzdem scheinen bei Arabia Now Fachleute zu arbeiten: Ein Impressum fehlt zwar (vgl. Impressumspflicht bei Websites), aber die Domaindaten lassen den Schluss zu, dass die Qorvis MSL Group bei Arabia Now eine Rolle spielt. Die US-Firma ist dafür bekannt, dass sie Ländern mit Imageproblemen gegen Bezahlung ihre Dienste anbietet.

Gefärbte Nachrichten zu bezahlen ist nicht die einzige Methode, eine öffentliche Meinung zu beeinflussen. Oft halten Regierungen es für einfacher und es effektiver, andere Meinungen verschwinden zu lassen. Die saudische Regierung hat das aktuell mit dem Sender al-Dschasira vor – von Peter Mühlbauer

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5.7.2017 – Aljazeera (A H P)

Rights group criticises Saudi expat tax for refugees

Human rights group calls on Riyadh to exempt Syrians and Yemenis from new tax levied on dependents of expatriates.

Saudi Arabia has been criticised by a human rights monitoring group for not exempting Syrian and Yemeni refugees living in the kingdom from taxes it has imposed on expatriates.

Riyadh introduced the taxes on July 1 for dependents of expatriates in the country and they will gradually increase until 2020.

Expatriates have to pay 100 Saudi Riyal ($26) a month for each dependent on top of the existing fees and expenses. Some companies cover those costs.

Euro-Med said in a statement released on Wednesday that the decision not to exempt Syrians and Yemenis from the tax will have a negative impact on their living conditions.

5.7.2017 – New News (* B P)

“Mujtahid” Reveals Why Bin Nayef Stepped Down Without Resistance?!

The famous montane Mujtahid revealed on his Tweeter account the secrets behind the removal of Mohammad bin Nayef from the Crown prince-ship of Saudi Arabia.

Mujtahid said that the final reason why Mohammad bin Nayef was forced to step down without resistance is moral blackmail in a plot carried out by UAE clients for Bin Salman.

He added that this blackmail came after a series of actions in which Bin Salman cut Bin Nayef’s wings in stripping him of his powers and the removal of loyalists from the internal lines.

He further said that it seems that Mohammad bin Nayef himself did not succumb to blackmail, which affected his brother Saud, which he considered to destroy the reputation of the sons of Nayef and pressured Mohammad to step down.

He completed by adding,”But Saud’s intention does not seem to be clean. He is not concerned about the reputation of Nayef’s sons, but his aim is to respond to the temptation to appoint his son Abdul Aziz as interior minister and then Crown Prince”.

He said that, in an attempt by bin Salman to ensure his pledge to his son Saud, a change in the statutes was made by King and the crown prince come from two different lines in the family.

Thus Saud made the argument of extortion and scandal as a pretext to expel Mohammad and empower his son, exploiting him as the eldest son of Nayef on the grounds that the elder brother is at the place of father.

5.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Saudi ambassador: Canada should mind its own business over Raif Badawi

Naif Alsudairy said that Canada should support Saudi Arabia over GCC dispute but drop criticism of Saudi blogger imprisonment

The Saudi ambassador to Canada has warned the country to stop interfering in the case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, while also emphasising that Ottowa should back it over the Qatar-GCC dispute.

Naif Alsudairy told a news conference at the Saudi embassy in Ottawa that Canada should mind its own business when it comes to Badawi, whose wife Ensar Haider currently lives in exile in the country.

“It's a [Saudi] court decision we have to respect," he said, in response to a question on the subject, according to the Globe and Mail newspaper.

"We respect the court decisions here in Canada and we believe that the Canadian friends should respect the Saudi court decision.”

Amnesty International's Canada general secretary Alex Neve said that it was absurd for the ambassador to demand "respect" while the Badawi case was ongoing.

“Everything about Raif Badawi's case has violated human rights: his initial arrest, the charges laid, the nature of the trial and the cruelty of 1,000 lashes being part of the penalty," he told the Globe and Mail.

"This does not deserve respect; it deserves justice."

My comment: That’s politics Saudi style.

4.7.2017 – Noch ein Parteibuch (* B P)


Doch seitdem sein seniler Vater Salman bin Abdulaziz im Januar 2015 König der Saudis wurde und er damit zum de facto Herrscher von Saudi Arabien von Gnaden seines Vaters aufstieg, hat Mohammed bin Salman die destruktive und blutige Terror- und Kriegspolitik Saudi Arabiens nicht etwa zurückgefahren, sondern sie noch weiter auf die Spitze getrieben und verschlimmert. Und das ist sehr wohl Mohammed bin Salman selbst anzulasten.

Da ist etwa die Entscheidung von Mohammed bin Salman, zu versuchen, im Jemen durch Krieg eine mit Al Kaida verbandelte Regierung wieder ins Amt zu hieven

Beinahe noch schlimmer steht es um den Terrorkrieg gegen Syrien und Irak.

Jetzt ruhen die Hoffnungen von Mohammed bin Salman, aus diesem Disaster nochmal ungeschoren rauszukommen, allein auf Benjamin Netanjahu und Donald Trump. Das große Problem dabei ist, dass es nicht mehr funktioniert, dem Iran die Schuld für den ganzen wahhabitischen Terror in die Schuhe zu schieben. In den letzten Jahren hat es sich langsam herumgesprochen, dass Al Kaida, ISIS und ihre Kumpane, auf deren Konto die überwältigende Mehrheit der regionalen und globalen Terroranschläge geht, keine iranischen oder schiitischen Terrororganisationen sind.

Und es stimmt natürlich, dass der große Gasexporteur Katar ein wahhabitischer Terrorstaat ist, wie er im Buche steht.

Jetzt bezichtigt also der wahhabitische Terrorstaat Saudi Arabien den wahhabitischen Terrorstaat Katar des Terrorismus.

Da Saudi Arabien auf eine Zurückweisung seines Ultimatums an Katar offenbar nicht vorbereit war, hat Mohammed bin Salman für Mittwoch ein Treffen der Boykott-Staaten in Ägyoten angesetzt, und solange erstmal das saudische Ultimatum gegen Katar bis Mittwoch verlängert.

Die einzige Möglichkeit, wie die Saudis aus ihrer Dummheit gegen Katar noch ungeschoren herauskommen können, ist ein erfolgreicher Krieg gegen Katar. Wenn es Mohammed bin Salman gelingt, Katar nun zu erobern, dann hat er sein Ultimatum durchgesetzt und sein Gesicht als Führer der islamischen Welt in den Augen der Unterstützer der Terrorideologie des saudischen Wahhabismus gewahrt. Doch so einfach wie gedacht scheint das nicht zu werden, denn der türkische Sultan unterstützt Katar.

Sollte sich Mohammed bin Salman mit Katar genauso verkalkulieren wie im Jemen, könnte er mit diesem Krieg sein Königreich zerlegen, bevor er überhaupt König wird. =

4.7.2017 – Alwaght (A P)

Bin Salman Opening the Gates of Mecca to Israeli Regime: Activist

A leading Saudi opposition figure says newly imposed crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is going to open the gates of the Holy City of Mecca to the Israeli regime.

Madawi al-Rasheed a Saudi professor of sociology at the University of London’s Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences has attacked Saudi Arabia’s apparent rapprochement with the Israeli regime adding that "the dream of “Israel” to reach Mecca may be attained through Mohammed bin Salman."

“If the Israeli flag is hoisted in Riyadh, the problem is over. The Israeli dream of reaching Mecca may be attained in future through Mohammed bin Salman," she said.

My comment: “If the Israeli flag is hoisted in Riyadh“ that means if there are diplomatic relations. But Mecca??? Riyadh is not Mecca.

3.7.2017 – Der Freitag (* B K P)

Liebling des Monarchen

Porträt Mohammed bin Salman ist neuer saudischer Kronprinz – und führt bereits im Jemen Krieg gegen Irans Verbündete

Dass der Wechsel zuvor die Zustimmung des Weißen Hauses fand, kann als sicher angenommen werden. Im März hatte Mohammed bin Salman als erster bedeutender Repräsentant Saudi-Arabiens – damals noch als Verteidigungsminister – seine Aufwartung bei der neuen Administration gemacht und gemeinsame außenpolitische Ziele besprochen.

So wenig konstruktiv die Rolle Saudi-Arabiens im Nahen Osten und darüber hinaus bislang auch gewesen ist, unter der Ägide von Mohammed bin Salman dürfte sie sich weiter radikalisieren. Die spektakuläre Entscheidung, den erst 31-jährigen Heißsporn mit großer Machtfülle auszustatten, fiel sicher nicht zufällig in einem Augenblick, da der Konflikt mit Katar kulminiert und die von Riad geführte Allianz ein abwegiges Ultimatum gestellt hat. Es kennt in der Geschichte des Völkerrechts kaum seinesgleichen. Der Konflikt mit dem Emirat stellt nichts anderes dar als das Vorspiel zu einem wie auch immer gearteten Schlag gegen den Iran. Einen solchen zu riskieren, ist Mohammed bin Salman zuzutrauen.

Schließlich fungiert er als Commander-in-Chief für den 2015 von der saudischen Armee begonnenen Luftkrieg gegen den Jemen. Dieser wird nicht nur unter Missachtung humanitärer Prinzipien, sondern auch jeder Regel von „Kriegsrecht“ geführt, weil Riad den Nachbarstaat um jeden Preis zur Räson bringen will. Die offiziell als Teil des „Kampfes gegen den Terror“ firmierende Aggression hat im Jemen, einem der ärmsten Länder weltweit, eine latente Hungerkrise nicht nur extrem zugespitzt, sondern gleichzeitig zu einer Choleraepidemie geführt, die ein zusammengebrochenes Gesundheitssystem nicht mehr wirksam bekämpfen kann.

Eigentlich ist es erstaunlich, dass sich im Machtzirkel des saudischen Königreichs politisch niemand durchsetzen kann, der finanzieller Manipulation und militärischer Erpressung die Überzeugungskraft einer demokratischen Kultur vorzieht.

Dass sich Präsident Trump mit allzu konkreten Stellungnahmen zur Krise zwischen Saudi-Arabien und Katar auffallend zurückhält, zeigt einmal mehr, dass die Vereinigten Staaten ihre Interessen im Nahen Osten – ähnlich wie schon unter Barack Obama – eher von Stellvertretern als aus eigener Kraft ausfechten lassen, um dann als vermeintlich gemäßigter Vermittler in Erscheinung zu treten.

Die Europäische Union sollte angesichts der Personalie Mohammed bin Salman das größte Interesse haben, sich in deeskalierender Neutralität zu üben – von Sabine Kebir

2.8.2017 – Wall Street Journal (* A P)

Saudi Arabia Moves to Silence Deposed Prince, Dissidents

Royal court limits movements of Mohammed bin Nayef, infiltrates social-media accounts of activists and religious figures

The new heir to Saudi Arabia’s throne has launched a crackdown on dissent in recent weeks, attempting to silence activists and critical clerics as well as his deposed predecessor, according to U.S. and Saudi officials familiar with the events.

King Salman upended Saudi Arabia’s succession order last month by naming his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince and next in line to the throne, and sidelining his nephew and heir apparent, Mohammed bin Nayef, who has deep ties to U.S. intelligence and is widely viewed by U.S. officials as a stabilizing force in the region.

The newly elevated crown prince has limited the movements of Mohammed bin Nayef, the officials said. He has also replaced Mohammed bin Nayef’s guards with ones loyal to the royal court, they said, in a bid to ensure that Mohammed bin Nayef doesn’t take any steps to rally support

“They want to make sure nothing is being plotted,” one of these people said.

Referring to Mohammed bin Nayef, a representative of the Saudi royal court said in a text message that there were “no restrictions on his movement whatsoever, either in or outside of Saudi Arabia.” The prince has hosted guests since the leadership change, the representative wrote in an emailed statement.

U.S. and Saudi officials said the royal court’s efforts to stifle dissent within the kingdom include monitoring and in some cases infiltrating the social media accounts of some activists and bloggers.

Some activists and religious figures viewed as stirring protest on social media have also been summoned in person to meet with interior ministry officials, and at least one of those people was told by officials to quiet down or face jail time, according to people familiar with the matter.

The royal court official didn’t respond to questions about the broader attempt to stifle dissent that the people familiar with the situation described – By Justin Scheck and Shane Harris

3.7.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

An admission direct from a #Saudi mouth about the Saudi war on #Yemen : Sectarian genocide defined. referring to

9.6.2017 – Newsweek (* B H P)


Welcome to the world of women in Saudi Arabia, America’s foremost Middle Eastern ally, where misogyny is still a quaint cultural custom. Despite a social media campaign by and for Saudi women’s rights activists, and tweets and other signs of support from younger members of the royal family, the Kingdom keeps throwing women in jail for demanding basic human rights: the freedom to move and to be free of domestic violence.

A new book, Daring to Drive,by the Saudi exile and feminist activist Manal al-Sharif, was published this week in the midst of a new spate of female jailings. Al-Sharif, one of the founders of the Women2Drive movement, shares memories of growing up in Saudi Arabia and confronting the myriad medieval rules and regulations the Saudi government enforces in order to keep women down.

The book was published a week after Saudi Arabia locked up yet another young woman for driving a car.

In her book, al-Sharif, a former employee of Saudi oil giant Aramco, graphically described what happens to women in Saudi prisons: Besides being vaginally searched, they are packed into airless group cells crawling with cockroaches and smelling of diapers, as some of the inmates are locked in with babies.

On her first night behind bars, one of the inmates offered her bed to al-Sharif, who hadn’t slept in two days. “I could see the cockroaches climbing over everything,” she wrote.

Al-Sharif is somewhat optimistic, given the history. “It is way, way, way different than a few years ago because of the social media aspect,” she said. “Many more people are not afraid. There is still harassment, but at least there’s support.”

To its shame, the U.S. government has never officially supported the group. The topic of the treatment of women is not known to have come up during President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia

In an interview with Newsweek, al-Sharif said the most important thing Western women can provide to Saudi women is public support and acknowledgement of movements like #IAmMyOwnGuardian.

“The only thing we have is to never stop fighting,” said al-Sharif. “With Trump, it makes no difference, and we have no expectations from Trump. But what makes a difference is when media and social media speak up.” – BY NINA BURLEIGH

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

4.7.2017 – Antiwar (* B P)

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East

By staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands

The United States is at war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and possibly soon in Iran as well.

Donald Trump has also sided with Saudi Arabia in its bloodless conflict with Qatar. The Saudi Arabia-Qatar standoff is no less serious than the other hot wars. The two countries are extremely wealthy and influential in the Middle East and worldwide.

Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia played a role in encouraging the Saudis in their hardcore position against Qatar. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate have made 13 demands that Qatar must meet. The demands would make Qatar into a veritable satellite of Saudi Arabia. This conflict, too, can evolve into a bloody war.

The Middle East is in turmoil since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. The invasion was designed to increase U.S. influence in the Middle East and intimidate countries in the region to toe the line. The goals of the invasion were to secure the oil wells to the benefit of the West under US leadership; ensure the safety of our allies such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel; and decimate the Iraqi army once and for all to stop Saddam Hussein’s aggressive behavior in the region.

Now comes President Donald Trump. His policies for the Middle East are similar to those of the previous two administrations but on steroids. Trump has already escalated the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Recently the Senate bowed to the wishes of Israel lobbyists and passed a bill putting more sanctions against Iran by a vote of 98 to 2. Further, a potential war with Iran is brewing. The points of conflicts are multiplying

Consider what’s going on in Raqqa, the presumed capital of the Islamic State (or ISIS) and the last real estate it controls. The battle there has produced a “staggering loss of civilian life,” according to the UN, and displaced 160,000 civilians. In Mansoura, in the west of Syria, one airstrike alone by the U.S.-led coalition killed 200 civilians when it struck a school.

As long as the region must contend with periodic invasions that upend the social, economic and religious order, the local population will not see any progress any time soon.

The United States faces monumental tasks both domestically and in foreign policy. By staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, however, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands – by Adil E. Shamoo

4.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

New #Saudi amb to #US Khalid, son of @KingSalman will take office July 10, meet Tillerson to present paper. He bought a house in Great Falls

3.7.2017 – Lawfare Blog (* B P)

The DC Circuit Refuses to Adjudicate TVPA Claim Regarding the Lawfulness of Extrajudicial Killings

As Quinta Jurecic reported Friday, in Jaber v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the political question doctrine bars the adjudication of claims regarding a 2012 U.S. drone strike in Yemen. While that ruling is consistent with D.C. Circuit precedent, it improperly refuses to adjudicate a claim duly enacted by Congress under the Torture Victim Protection Act (“TVPA”), which requires federal courts to hear claims of extrajudicial killing in other countries taken under the color of foreign law. Courts, understandably, may be very uncomfortable in that role, but they cannot duck their responsibility (at least without the Executive’s invocation of a state secrets defense) based on the danger that TVPA claims may involve military, foreign affairs or political judgments. TVPA claims inherently involve sensitive foreign affairs and/or military matters. If Congress wanted to provide an out for matters too sensitive, it could have done so. And maybe it should have. But it is not the job of the courts to read in exceptions that are not in the statute – By Robert Loeb

3.7.2017 – Donald Trump on Twitter (A P)

Spoke yesterday with the King of Saudi Arabia about peace in the Middle-East. Interesting things are happening!

My comment: LOL.

Comments by Jamila Hanan: Peace? You are delusional. Blowing up thousands of homes in Yemen, burying kids in rubble and you call that interesting? It's an abomination

'Interesting things happening' says @realDonaldTrump #Yemen kids blown up daily by your Saudi buddies and you call it 'interesting'??

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

5.7.2017 – RT (* A P)

Theresa May hält Bericht über Terrorfinanzierung zurück, um saudische Verbündete zu schützen

Die britische Ministerpräsidentin Theresa May hält einen Bericht des britischen Innenministeriums über die ausländische Finanzierung britischer Terrororganisationen zurück. Die Opposition wittert dahinter Appeasement gegenüber dem Handelspartner Saudi-Arabien.

Der Bericht, dereinst in Auftrag gegeben, um zu untersuchen, ob ausländische Staaten extremistische Gruppen in Großbritannien finanzieren, harrt bis heute seiner Veröffentlichung. Und das, obwohl die Untersuchungen bereits vor sechs Monaten abgeschlossen worden waren. Die anhaltende Weigerung der Regierung, die Ergebnisse zu veröffentlichen, hat in Teilen der Bevölkerung Beunruhigung hervorgerufen und bei ihnen die Frage aufgeworfen, wie es mit Blick auf die laufenden britischen diplomatischen Beziehungen mit dem Golf-Königreich um die Ethik bestellt ist.

Der Bericht, der noch von Mays Vorgänger David Cameron in Auftrag gegeben wurde, sollte eigentlich noch im vergangenen Jahr vor Ostern eingereicht werden. Ursprünglich war es das Ziel, die Quellen und das Ausmaß der Finanzierung britischen Extremisten-Gruppen sowie allfällig dahinterstehende internationale Akteure zu untersuchen.

3.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Theresa May sitting on report on foreign funding of UK extremists

Green co-leader Caroline Lucas suggests ‘astonishing’ delay in publication is down to reluctance to criticise Saudi Arabia

A report on the foreign funding of extremism in the UK was given to Downing Street last year but Theresa May is still to decide whether to make its findings published, the prime minister has revealed.

The Green party co-leader, Caroline Lucas, said the delay in publishing the Home Office investigation, believed to focus on the influence of Saudi Arabia, “leaves question marks over whether their decision is influenced by our diplomatic ties”.

Since the beginning of her premiership, May has sought to deepen the UK’s relationship with the Gulf, visiting Saudi Arabia as one of her first trips after triggering the formal Brexit process in March, a highly symbolic move.

The whereabouts of the report into foreign funding of extremism and radicalisation in the UK became a controversial issue in the final days of the general election after the terror attacks in Manchester and London Bridge.

It was commissioned by David Cameron and approved by May as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats to secure the party’s support before a crucial vote on airstrikes in Syria in December 2015.

In written answers to Lucas this week, both the Home Office and Downing Street said the prime minister was personally responsible for deciding whether to release the report – by Jessica Elgot and by The Independent:

3.7.2017 – Simon Shercliff, British ambassador to Yemen (A P)

1/2 Good mtg with Mr Zubeidi. He explained more about Southern Transitional Council; said the STC wanted to be seen as main voice for South (photo)

2/2 I said UK supports a strong & unified Southern voice, which should pursue aims through political debate & reconciliation, not violence.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: E-l-e-c-t-i-o-n-s...... That's how we do it in #Yemen. Elections, with multi-candidates. Not shady deals & secret meetings with foreigners.

Comment by Fuad Rajeh: Seems Britain is suffering from Mad Cow Disease
--The British ambassador to Yemen, Simon Shercliff, said today his country is backing a united and strong voice of South Yemen after a meeting with head of the separatist southern political council.
Britain is backing Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, the legitimate president Hadi and the separatists in the south. Days ago, the British government's spokesperson for Middle East and North Africa, Edwin Samuel, said his country is backing the legitimate president of Yemen and will not leave Yemenis alone.
I don't know what Britain exactly wants from Yemen. It has been dedicated to backing Saudi Arabia's war and covering Saudi war crimes disgracefully. I can't believe Britain has become confused to this degree. But it should take a closer look at things here and reconsider its policy: backing Saudi war, covering Saudi crimes and backing separation will not serve peace. Only Al-Qaida and ISIL will benefit from chaos in the south. Only extremists will rule the south if separation happens. It is not reasonable to back the government and at the same time those undermining its legitimacy and performance during this crucial turning point.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp8 (Saudischer Propagandakanal in Deutschland)

4.7.2017 – Nachdenkseiten (* B K P)

Wie Deutschland an Kriegen verdient und arabische Diktaturen stärkt

Weder Luftschläge im Irak und Syrien noch Waffenlieferungen an „strategische Partner“ wie Saudi-Arabien haben bislang dazu beigetragen, den sogenannten IS an den Wurzeln zu bekämpfen. Stattdessen beschert die Aufrüstungswelle in Nahost deutschen Rüstungsfirmen und Konzernen volle Auftragsbücher. Der Journalist Markus Bickel dokumentiert in seinem Buch „Die Profiteure des Terrors“ mit beeindruckenden wie erschütternden Zahlen und Fakten, wer die wahren Profiteure des Rüstungswahnsinns sind, in den alleine 2016 weltweit 1.500 Milliarden US-Dollar investiert wurden. Und er beschreibt den fatalen Teufelskreis von Aufrüstung, Militarisierung und Repression durch die Regime in der Region. Der ehemalige ARD-Korrespondent Jörg Armbruster[*] hat das Buch für die NachDenkSeiten gelesen.

Markus Bickels „Die Profiteure des Terrors“ ist ein Buch, das nichts als Verdruss bereitet, zerstört es doch endgültig die schöne Illusion, die Bundesregierung verfolge weltweit eine Friedenspolitik, setze sich für Demokratie und Menschenrechte ein und – wenn schon mal militärische Gewalt eingesetzt werden muss – dann nur um Gutes und Gerechtes zu erreichen. So ungefähr das Narrativ der bundesdeutschen Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik, wie es von dem ehemaligen SPD-Außenminister Walter Steinmeier, dem ehemaligen SPD-Wirtschaftsministers Sigmar Gabriel und der CDU-Ministerin Ursula von der Leyen fast gebetsmühlenartig wiederholt wird.

Wer daran glaubte, der wird sich nach der Lektüre von Bickels Buch verdrießlich fragen, wie er nur so naiv sein konnte, solche Sprüche für bare Münze zu nehmen.
In sachlichem Ton und faktenreich beschreibt der ehemalige Nahost-Korrespondent der FAZ, Markus Bickel, am Beispiel verschiedener Länder der arabischen Welt, dass die Bundesrepublik durch ihre Rüstungsexportpolitik viel tiefer in Krieg und Zerstörung, in menschliches Elend und unkontrollierten Machtverschiebungen verstrickt ist als von der Öffentlichkeit wahrgenommen. „Die profitabelsten Märkte für die deutsche Rüstungsindustrie liegen in Konfliktregionen und Schwellenländern, wo die Freiheitsrechte am geringsten sind und die Gewalt am größten“, schreibt Bickel, und macht dies an Ländern wie Saudi-Arabien, Irak und Ägypten deutlich.

Nach Saudi-Arabien, ein Land, das einen erbarmungslosen Krieg gegen seinen Nachbarn Jemen führt, betrugen die Rüstungsexporte 2015 noch stattliche 270 Millionen Euro, ein Jahr später waren sie schon auf über eine halbe Milliarde Euro gesprungen. Erklärt wird der rasante Anstieg mit dem Export von Patrouillenboote, die man laut Außenministerium angeblich nur zum Küstenschutz einsetzen könne, die aber, so Bickel, bestens geeignet sind, auch die Küste des Jemen zu blockieren. Leisetreterei gegenüber der saudische Regierung wirft er Steinmeier vor, weder für den zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilten Blogger Badawie habe er sich eingesetzt, noch gegen die nun schon zwei Jahre andauernde Bombardierung des Jemen protestiert, geschweige denn Saudi-Arabiens zweifelhafte Rolle im Syrischen Krieg wenigstens einmal benannt. Immerhin ist das wahhabitische Wüstenreich der wichtigste Ideologielieferant für Terrormilizen und Banden wie Al-Qaida und dem sogenannten Islamischen Staat. Das gleiche gilt für Golfländer wie Katar oder die Emirate. Geschäft ginge halt vor.


3.4.2017 – Westendverlag (* B K P)

Markus Bickel: Die Profiteure des Terrors

Wie Deutschland an Kriegen verdient und arabische Diktaturen stärkt

aus dem Inhalt:

Einleitung: Tödlicher Handel 9

1 Ausverkauf: Deutsche Waffen für Arabiens Autokraten 21

2 Jemen: Krieg gegen die Kinder 41

3 Saudi-Arabien: Säbel und Sturmgewehre 65 und Leseprobe:

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

5.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Amnesty International has expressed concern about the Bahraini regime’s maltreatment of a female activist who has been critical of Manama’s crackdown on dissent.

4.7.2017 – New News (A P)

British Man Begins Hunger strike in UAE Prison

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

5.7.2017 – Telepolis (* B P)

"Die Saudis bewegen sich auf dünnem Eis"

Ex-CIA-Agent Robert Baer zur Krise um Katar

Im Interview mit Ramon Schack erläutert Robert Baer (ein prominenter ehemaliger Mitarbeiter des US-Nachrichtendienstes CIA, dessen Aufgabe die Infiltrierung von Hisbollah und al-Qaida war) die aktuellen Entwicklungen am Persischen Golf aus einem ganz besonderen Blickwinkel.

Sie selbst haben in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder die Nahost-Politik der Präsidenten Bush und Obama kritisiert, speziell deren Iran-Politik. Weshalb wiederholt Trump diese Fehler, obwohl er im Wahlkampf ja einen Neuanfang versprach, auch in diesem Politik-Bereich?

Robert Baer: Weil er - wie gesagt - keine Ahnung hat. Wenn er von Terrorpaten faselt, dann soll er sich bitte einmal genauer seine saudischen Freunde anschauen, die mit Waffen überschwemmt werden. Mit dieser Politik werden die Sicherheitsinteressen der USA und Ihrer Bürger massiv verletzt, von der Sicherheit der Menschen in der Region ganz zu schweigen.

Die sogenannten moderaten Staaten, allen voran Saudi-Arabien, werden massiv aufgerüstet und die Welt immer instabiler. Langfristig handelt es sich hierbei um eine Fehlkalkulation. Die USA und Iran haben einen gemeinsamen Feind - die sunnitischen Extremisten um ISIS.

Die Saudis sind doch schon im jemenitischen Sumpf versunken, geraten an ihrer Südgrenze in einen verlustreichen Stellungskrieg und schaffen sich durch das Katar-Abenteuer eine neue Krise an der Westgrenze. Von den innenpolitischen Krisen im eigenen Land mal ganz zu schweigen. Außerdem ist durch das harte Vorgehen die weitere Existenz des Golfkooperationsrat GCC in Frage gestellt. Eine Reduzierung des Staatenbundes auf Saudi-Arabien, die Emirate und Bahrain wäre ein Problem für Riad.

Das absehbare Scheitern des Kräftemessens mit Katar würde die Konflikte zwischen Riad und Abu Dhabi verschärfen. Die Saudis bewegen sich auf dünnem Eis. Wenn das Königshaus kippt, wer gelangt dann an die westlichen Waffen? Bestimmt nicht irgendwelche prowestlichen Demokraten …

Ja, beim Waffendeal mit den Saudis gibt es eigene Regeln. Es ist ein geschäftlicher Teilbereich für sich. Wir, die Amerikaner, kaufen Öl von den Saudis, raffinieren es und füllen es in die Tanks unserer PKWs - und ein kleiner Prozentsatz von dem, was wir für dieses Öl bezahlt haben, geht an Terroristen und wird von diesen genutzt, Anschläge gegen US-amerikanische Institutionen in den Staaten oder weltweit auszuüben.

Wenn man das alles begriffen hat, dann ist man bei dem wahnsinnigen Stand der westlichen Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien angelangt.

Wie schon vorher angedeutet, gehe ich von ernsten innenpolitischen Problemen in Saudi-Arabien aus. Wenn das Haus Saud durch einem salafistischen Putsch gestürzt wird, dann müssten amerikanische Truppen gegen die amerikanischen Waffen ankämpfen, die ihnen Trump und seine Vorgänger geliefert haben. Und gegen alle jene Piloten und Infanterieoffiziere, die vom US-Militär ausgebildet wurden. Aber zum Glück haben die USA ja eine Militärbasis in Katar.

5.7.2017 – DWDL (* A P)

Nachrichtensender Al Jazeera gibt sich kämpferisch

Nachdem unter anderem Saudi Arabien die Schließung von Al Jazeera forderte, geben sich die Verantwortlichen des Nachrichtensenders kämpferisch. Man werde sich auch weiter "für eine freie, aufrichtige und gerechte Berichterstattung" engagieren.

5.7.2017 – Sputnik News (* A P)

Saudi Arabia Vows to Keep Boycott in Place 'Until Qatar Changes Policies'

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and other countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar are set to keep the boycott in place until Doha changes its policies "for the better."

5.7.2017 – Frank Gardner (A P)

Qatar Fgn Min says 'UAE accounts for 96pct of Gulf trade with Iran so makes no sense for UAE to demand Qatar curb ties with Iran'.

5.7.2017 – Korea Times (* B P)

Qatar crisis - lesson in managing regional conflicts

The Saudi regime realizing that it was surviving on fragile moral ground, imposed a strict policy of not allowing "Muslim societies" to follow independent political processes. Since the middle 1970s, Saudi Arabia is projecting and promoting the minority Sunni-Salaafist ideology. This policy is of intolerance of other faiths, inward looking and exclusive. One can see that in play in crisis in the Muslim World from South East Asia to Yemen, Libya to Mali to name a few Muslim crisis hot-spots.
Qatar in its pursuit of policies independent of Saudi Arabia, was often favoring the wrong side in conflicts such as in Yemen, Libya, Mali, Sudan or in the Arab springs. In all these conflicts, Qatar seemed less afraid in supporting movements that could bring down unpopular autocratic leaders.

The emerging Qatar-Iran and Qatar-Turkey friendships may further upset the fragile peace in the Middle East. The region has multi-layered almost unreal complex alliances that delicately balance the peace. This new situation further complicates security and energy issues. In the Trump era if a future crisis is handled in a similar manner, it could lead to graver consequences. The up surging Turks and Iranians both now allied with Russia will push for a newer order in the Middle East that will surely hurt the Saudis and the US interests. Are we now looking to an open regional conflict or a proxy war?
One thing is clear, in this crisis there are no neutral players and no regional mechanism to resolve the issue. The credible partner, the US, in fact has become part of the issue – by Hasan Habib, a career diplomat has served in China, Iran, the Netherlands, Morocco, Switzerland and North Korea

5.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Saudi-led group receives Qatar response to demands

Qatar 'will receive a reply in due time' after the group of countries confirm receiving response to the list of demands.

On Monday, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani handed over a letter from Qatar's emir in response to the demands to Kuwait, which is mediating in the dispute, according to state-run Kuwait News Agency.

4.7.2017 – Times of India (* A P)

Qatar Crisis: Gulf Arab nations need to face up to realities

4.7.2017 – AFP (* A E P)

Under-pressure Qatar says to boost gas production 30%

Qatar Petroleum said intends to raise production to 100 million tonnes of natural gas a year by 2024

4.7.2017 – Medium (* B P)

Qatar: A case study for the role of small states in international relations

A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbours is a case study of the place of small states in international relations that is unfolding as a Saudi-UAE-led alliance prepares to tighten the noose around the Gulf state’s neck with likely new sanctions intended to strangle it financially – by James M. Dorsey

3.7.2017 – Lobelog (* A P)

Gulf Crisis Set to Escalate

The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at a time that he is riding high on a wave of Qatari nationalism sparked by the Gulf crisis.

Four weeks into the crisis, the demands appear to have been crafted for what is becoming a longer battle that the two Gulf states hope will end with Qatar, with or without Sheikh Tamim, adopting policies crafted in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have declared the demands to be non-negotiable, offered Qatar no face-saving way out of the crisis, and appear to have designed them to be deliberately insulting.

The Saudi-UAE-led coalition against Qatar is likely to further tighten the boycott of Qatar once the Monday deadline passes.

The lesson of the past weeks is that Qatar can survive the boycott as long as countries like Turkey and Iran help it meet its food and water requirements, retains access to international shipping lanes, maintains its oil and gas exports; and has uninterrupted, normal dealings with the international financial system.

All of this makes hopes for a negotiated solution of the Gulf crisis all but an illusion. Maintaining the status quo is not an option for Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Escalation of the crisis is risky not only for the Gulf states themselves but also for the international community. Yet, pulling the protagonists back from the brink without loss of face is a non-starter as long as both sides of the divide target absolute victory at whatever cost – by James M. Dorsey

3.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Arabic media review: Deadlines, diplomats and death threats

Ex-UAE police chief says Doha faces a coup, Saudi activist apparently incites against Qatar's emir, and Iran sends diplomats to Saudi Arabia

3.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Official says Qatar, Sudan and Turkey are ‘triad of terrorism’ in Libya

Libyan army spokesman Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari has described Qatar, Sudan and Turkey as “the triad of terrorism" in Libya”.

My comment: LOL. Why did he forget Saudi Arabia and the Emirates??

3.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi Monarchy produces a war song about #Qatar, calls for revolt against Tamim, slams #Turks as "Red Fez" referring to

2.7.2017 – The Duran (A E P)

Qatar, Iran, a French gas company and one natural gas field

Today, the French gas and oil company Total has announced the finalisation of a $4.8 billion deal with Iran to cultivate and develop the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf.

30.6.2017 – Global Research (* B P)

Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa

Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan

27.6.2017 – National Interest (* A P)

The Coming Gulf War: Qatar vs. Everyone

27.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

An Open Letter from Al Jazeera

Doha-based network responds to a Saudi-led bloc's attempt to shut down its global media operations.

Over two decades ago, Al Jazeera Arabic was launched with a simple mission: to provide reliable information to viewers across the Arab world. Ten years later, in 2006, Al Jazeera English began broadcasting with the same mission - to provide people around the world with accurate, balanced and impartial information.

Al Jazeera Arabic has remained the most watched news channel in the Arab world throughout its history. Al Jazeera Arabic channel has more viewers than the combined total of our main competitors.

Al Jazeera English is seen in more than 130 countries around the world, and is watched by tens of millions of people who respect our journalism.

We at Al Jazeera believe in our mission: People have a right to be informed. They have a right to get news that is not controlled by the narrative of authorities.

They have a right to know what is going on in their world. Equally, people have a right to have a voice. To have their stories told when they deserve and need to be heard.

Freedom of speech - and the freedom for journalists to carry out their responsibilities - may be an accepted norm in many parts of the world, but it is a right, which is so often challenged for political gain in parts of the Arab world.

The right to be informed by reliable information is one of the foundations of a healthy society.

Comment by Amel Ahmed: Inform your fans how management tried to buy my silence, shamelessly using an article on Yemen against me. Did that come from you or Doha?

remark: Also look at the thread of Ben Norton in cp2.

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

3.7.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

Yemen Situation - 2017 Funding Update as of 3 July 2017

79.8 M required for 2017

22.8 M contributions received, representing 29% of requirements

57.0 M funding gap for the Yemen situation

All figures are shown in USD and in full:

My comment: Shama on all. The sum still missing is just little more than 6 hours of Saudi aerial war against Yemen (6 out of ca. 20.000 hours from the beginning of the aerial war!!).

29.6.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen UNHCR Update, 23 - 29 June 2017


18.8 million people in need 1,988,946 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Percentage of IDPs displaced for more than a year 900,258 IDP returnees

860,061 recipients of NFIs since March 2015

280,096 refugees and asylum seekers

24,559 new arrivals to Yemeni coast since 1 January 2017


USD 114.6 million requested for IDPs and refugees in Yemen for 2017


As the Holy month of Ramadan came to a close, Eid brought little respite for Yemenis and refugee communities alike. Armed conflict and hunger continued to affect families, placing civilians directly in harm’s way.

UNHCR teams across the country worked to respond to the most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs), IDP returnees and refugees. and in full:

10.5.2017 – Danish Refugee Council, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (* A H)

Regional Mixed Migration in East Africa and Yemen in 2017: 1st Quarter trend summary and analysis

Mixed migration flows within, from and to the East Africa and Yemen region continued to be affected by a number of complex dynamics, including conflict, drought and economic reasons among others.
Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees continued to be at a significant risk of harm, ranging from abduction, physical abuse and death on land and at sea. Policy considerations remained focussed on limiting irregular migration, particularly to Europe.

Irregular Movement from East Africa and Yemen

Eastward (towards Yemen)

As witnessed in the final quarter of 2016, arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers from the Horn Africa to Yemen continued to decline this quarter. At least 15,948 persons (78 percent Ethiopian and 22 percent Somali) departed from Obock, Djibouti and coastal areas near Bossaso, Puntland towards Yemen in this period. Arrivals dropped by 17 percent when compared to the final quarter of 2016, and a more significant 44 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2016. Reports surrounding the deportation of those arriving in Yemen, which first surfaced in September 2016, continued during this quarter and seem to indicate that fewer migrants and asylum seekers are choosing to travel to Yemen in the current context.

A number of other reasons could also be contributing to reduced movement along the route.

In the opposite direction, arrivals of refugees, returnees and third country nationals from Yemen into the Horn of Africa stayed fairly steady over the past three quarters. 2,480 persons arrived into the region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan) between January and March 2017. By 31 March 2017, a total of 95,078 persons had sought refuge in the Horn since the outbreak of conflict in Yemen in March 2015. Intensified conflict in certain areas of Yemen kept internal displacement high – 2 million persons at the end of the quarter.

Based on these numbers and reports of fees payed to smugglers, RMMS estimates that the illicit migrant smuggling economy on the southern route is worth at least USD 47 million per year. and in full

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

3.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP released a video depicting attacks on al Houthi-Salehforces in al Bayda governorate, central Yemen on July 2. The video featured footage of attacks in al Jamajim on June 12 and 20, al ‘Aqla on May 14, al Hasir on April 27, al Zahir on April 28, al Sawma’ah on April 20, and al Tayab on April 28. AQAP released most of this footage in earlier propaganda pieces. The video also features speeches from AQAP spokesmen Khaled Batarfi and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi. They emphasized the sectarian nature of the Yemeni conflict and accused the U.S. of helping the Iranian-backed al Houthis to wage war on Yemen’s Sunni population.[2]

3.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP militants threw three hand grenades targeting al Houthi-Saleh fighters near Damtcity in al Dhaleh governorate, central Yemen on July 3. AQAP militants conducted a grenade attack on al Houthi-Saleh forces in Damt on May 14. AQAP militants also ambushed al Houthi-Saleh forces in Dhi Na’im, central al Bayda governorate on July 3.[3]

3.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Suspected American warplanes dropped leaflets requesting information on AQAP leadership in Ataq city, Shabwah governorate on June 30. The leaflets offer a reward of $20,000 for information on AQAP emir Qasim al Raymi, head bombmaker Ibrahim Asiri, spokesperson Khaled al Batarfi, and Shabwah emir Sa’ad Atef al Awlaki. [1]

Remark: Earlier reporting YPR 318.

cp15 Propaganda

5.7.2017 – Al Arabiya / Saudi Gazette (A P)

Cholera in Yemen: A new Houthi weapon killing thousands

Local sources in the province of Hudaydah, west of Yemen, confirmed that Houthi militias were selling cholera drugs provided by international relief organizations, in a move that would impede the rescue of thousands of people living in the province.

Witnesses said that Houthi militias in the Directorate of the north of Hudaydah, were selling free drugs intended to cure cholera and provided by the Red Cross and the world health organization

According to the same sources, the Houthis and the doctors working with them are selling one dose of medicine at a rate of 1,000 Yemeni Riyal and they want to continue selling it to the people of the Directorate where hundreds of people infected with the cholera epidemic were unable to buy the medicine due to extreme poverty.

Local sources confirmed the existence of medical treatments bearing the names of international and local organizations in private pharmacies, sold by the militia leaders in the black market, which made patients resort to buy treatment from pharmacies at their own expense.

There have been recent media reports about the involvement of Iranian and Lebanese advisors from the terrorist group of Hezbollah in assisting the Houthi coup on how to exploit the cholera epidemic, provide an environment conducive to its spread, blackmail the international community and exert pressure under the pretext of humanity to ease the sanctions after their political and military defeats.

The reports quoted credible Yemeni sources as confirming that these advices focused on explaining how the coup militias ought to exploit this humanitarian crisis to their favor stressing that the international community would not act to stop the military operation of the Yemeni National Army and the Arab Coalition to restore the city and port of Hudaydah unless a humanitarian crisis stands in the way emphasizing that the cholera epidemic is an important opportunity to be exploited.

The militias rushed to implement these instructions, preventing medical staff under threat from providing necessary assistance to fight the epidemic, and averting Sanaa hospitals from receiving patients

In May, eyewitnesses reported that the Houthi militia had prevented the entry of cholera medicines for cholera-infected abductees in prisons after the outbreak of the epidemic at the correctional institution, especially in the prison of Habra east of the capital Sanaa. =

My comment: It sounds probable that medicines are looted and illegally sold for own profit – what will be probable everywjhere in Yemen – as it would happen elsewhere. The rests sounds like propaganda – odd as mostly when spread by Saudi propaganda factories. – The headline tries to top the own propaganda. While the text claims Houthis’ looting and selling of medicines would put the suffering people at risk, the headline claims the Houthis would use cholera as a “weapon” just to deliberately kill thousands of Yemeni civilians: Odd, odder, oddest.

3.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Blame Al Houthis, Iran for Yemen’s cholera crisis

As long as the militia is backed by Tehran and continue its pursuit of power, vulnerable Yemeni children will die from the disease

Up to the end of June, there have been 246,000 suspected cases of cholera across Yemen since Iranian-backed Al Houthi militia deposed the legitimate and internationally recognised government. That act of sedition has dragged the nation into a cycle of violence, creating the conditions where the waterborne disease thrives in the filth and chaos of displaced people crowded together in poor and unsanitary living conditions.

Make no mistake, the international coalition working to restore the legitimate government in Yemen – and the UAE is proud to be playing a leading part – is also providing humanitarian relief and emergency supplies to meet the needs of our Arab brothers at this difficult and challenging time.

So far, the UAE has provided more than $2 billion (Dh7.34 billion) in aid to alleviate the suffering endured on Yemenis by a group who have no interest other than retaining their illegal and tenuous grasp of power.

The reality is for as long as Al Houthis and their warlords in Tehran continue this fruitless insanity, the vulnerable children of Yemen will suffer needlessly.

My comment: This really is odd propaganda, which could be achieved by great intellectual contorted movements only. Neighbouring countries interfering in Yemen and spreading destruction, death and despair, bombing everything to ruins and blocking food and medicals from getting in – and propagating themselves as humanitarian benefasctor also.

Comments by Haykal Bafana: Talking about idiocy, this is the #Saudi variant.

#Saudi jets bomb #Yemen's hospitals, sewage treatment plants, water wells, desalination plants. But let's blame Yemenis for the cholera.

3.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Next week begins the first phase of reconstruction in Aden

The Deputy Minister of the province of Aden for the project sector Engineer Ghassan Zamki, said that next week will be the signing of the first agreement for the reconstruction of some houses in the Directorate of Tawahi within the government's plan for reconstruction in the districts of Tawahi, Mualla, and Sayira as a first stage.

He added in statements to Saba news agency that after the signing of the first phase, the agreements required for reconstruction will go into all the damaged houses in the province of Al Tawahi, which number 12 thousand houses worth 2 billion 300 million riyals. and in translation:

My comment: I think this is nothing more than propaganda – the Hadi government does not have the means for greater reconstruction works at all – and, not less worse, Aden hardly is under this government’s real control at all.

3.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Hindus and Muslims live like a family in Yemen

Civil war has not affected historic ties between Muslim and Hindu families, Al Jefri says

A Yemeni man who reached India for medical treatment said he felt the trip was like a journey back to his roots as he grew up around Indian culture with many Indian friends, especially Hindus, in Aden, a port city in Yemen.

“We Muslims and Hindus are living like one family in Aden,” Mohammad Omer Al Jefri, 54, a retired limousine driver, told Gulf News from his hospital bed with the help of a translator.

Gulf News visited the Yemeni patients who were flown to the VPS Rockland Hospitals in Delhi last week as part of an Emirates Red Crescent initiative to help Yemeni people.

He said Indians [people of Indian origin], including Hindus, have joined Yemeni Muslims in fighting Al Houthis.

My comment: Nice propaganda: the second largest aerial war killer in Yemen describing himself as a benefactor caring for injured people and as a nice side-effect telling a story of all being united in fighting against the Houthis.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: #UAE desperation in #Yemen soars. Sky high. | "Indian Hindus have joined Yemeni Muslims to fight Houthis."

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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5.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

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

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3.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 3 July 2017 (full list)

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3.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 2 July 2017 (full list)

5.7.2017 – Ahmed Jahaf (A K PH)

#Hajjah: 6 airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition jets with U.S & UK bombs on Harid & Maydi during the past hours (map)

5.7.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

9 #Saudi air strikes targeted a village in my city Dhamar called Anes

5.7.2017 – Belal Yemeni (* A K)

Desalination plant targeted by aircraft of #Saudi aggression which led 2the destruction completely.thats why cholera sprding vry fast (photos)

4.7.2017 – Princess of Yemen (A K PH)

Film: US-Saudi destroyed water desalination tanks on island of #Kamran #Yemen 3-7-2017

and film by Al Masirah TV: =

5.7.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

#Sanaa under airstrikes (photos)

5.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes wage 5 airstrikes on Marib

3.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Fresh Saudi air raids against Yemen claim 15 civilian lives

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said fifteen people lost their lives on Monday when Saudi fighter jets bombarded a residential building in the Yakhtal area of the Red Sea port city of Mokha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital, Sana’a, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

The sources noted that the fatalities included seven children and eight women.

Earlier in the day, Saudi warplanes had carried out seven aerial assaults against a mechanized infantry camp in the Harf Sufyan district of Yemen's northwestern province of ‘Amran. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damaged inflicted though.


4.7.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

At least 15 civilians killed in fresh US-Saudi air strikes on Mokha

At least fifteen civilians from one family were killed overnight when a US-backed Saudi warplanes hit their house in Yakhtil area of Mokha district, an official told Saba on Tuesday.
The attack took place late on Monday, killing seven children, seven women and a pregnant woman, said the official.
Several others were wounded from the air attack.


3.7.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (* A K PH)

A new Saudi Genocide against a whole family in Yemen


Saudi-led has committed a fresh massacre against a whole family in Taiz city, when its fighter jets bombarded a residential building, killing 15 members of a family

A local source told Khabar Agency that fifteen members of a family killed on Monday when Saudi fighter jet bombarded a residential building in the Yakhtal area of the Red Sea port city of Mokha

The source added that the fatalities included seven children and eight women (graphic photos) and and film by Al Masirah TV = and film by Yemen Today TV and place on map

4.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A K PH)

Youngest ever Yemeni victim was this 9-month fetus who crushed to charred pieces &his mother&13 others by Saudi airstrike in Mokha S west (photo)

My comment: The father, Abdo Ali Salem, was the only to survive. He, as the breadwinner of the family, came back from work just to find his whole family erased:

3.7.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The Saudi-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on al Houthi-Saleh military and infrastructure targets. Seven coalition airstrikes struck al Houthi-Saleh positions and weapons stores in southern Sana’a city on July 3. Coalition airstrikes killed 12 al Houthi-Saleh fighters in al Matan district, al Jawf governorate, northern Yemen on July 2. The Saudi-led coalition also launched three airstrikes targeting water storage tanks and a desalination station on Kamaran island, al Hudaydah governorate.[6]

3.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthi casualties in coalition airstrike west of al-Jawf

A military source in the province of al-Jawf, northeast of Yemen, said on Sunday that a number of militants of the Houthis-Saleh forces were killed and injured in an aerial bombardment launched by the aircrafts of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in al Motun district of al-Jawf. The source told Almasdaronline that the air raids had bombed at dawn on Sunday a gathering of the Houthi militants at al Waresh farm in al Motun, west of the province. He pointed out that ambulances rushed to the site to aid the victims.

3.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi air strikes hit Marib

3.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes hit Saada, Jizan

2.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)
#KAF F/A-18C Hornets deployed to KKAB fly missions for Opr Restore Hope & contributed to +3,000 coalition sorties over #Yemen (photos)

Remark: KAF: Kuwaiti Air Force; KKAB: King Khalid Air Base in Saudi Arabia.

28.6.2017 – AlMasirah TV ( A K PH)

Film: Statistics of crimes of aggression during the Eid al – Fitr

And the world is living ecstasy of joy Eid al-Fitr The Yemeni people are still killing the most powerful types of weapons, his children pursue missiles to where they are with their mothers
Where the US-Saudi aggression, four crimes during the first four days in the Eid, where he killed about 10 citizens and injured a citizen after a

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

4.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B K)

Yemeni women keep engines of war rolling in battle for Taiz

Women volunteers face sniper fire as they run food to resistance fighters on the front lines, but see their work as a national duty

Criticised by the religious establishment, and challenging social norms, a group of Yemeni women insist it is their duty to put themselves in harm's way.

Naseem is one of five women who support fighters on the front lines as part of a pro-resistance collective called "Love It".

In Taiz province, the anti-Houthi resistance finds itself fighting alongside the local al-Qaeda branch, AQAP, among others.

Odaini and those like her are acutely aware their work puts them in danger, but it is a sacrifice they are willing to take.

They have no military training, and eschew combat fatigues for traditional Yemeni dress. She says she does not see the need to wear camouflage.

"We chose this work precisely because it is not easy, and if we don't do it, no one will.

"Sometimes when we are distributing food, the clashes arrive near us, so we are forced to hide," she said.

"We have seen injured people near us on more than one mission to the front."

Odaini has a degree in marketing, and used to work with a local health organisation. But when the war broke out in 2015, she lost her job, and with four other unmarried women, all supporters of the resistance, set up Love It.

The project is designed to provide fighters and civilians in need in pro-government areas with food, water and medical supplies, and prioritises those living in conflict zones, and fighters on the front lines, she says.

"We want to encourage the pro-government forces to advance in the province, by raising the spirits of the fighters," Odaini said.

"We want to help build a new country which respects and implements the rule of law."

The project depends on support from pro-government philanthropists and the women then use the money to buy produce from the market, and then cook the meals themselves at home, before delivering them to the front lines.

Quite aside from tangible support, Badr and her friends believe that lifting the spirits of the fighters is even more important, something the fighters reiterated to MEE.

"The women activists do not just provide us with food and water, but they provide a boost to morale," one member of the pro-government forces in Taiz city told MEE.

Local academic and expert on social norms at the education office in Taiz, Naef Nouradeen, says that while the participation of women on the frontlines may raise the spirits of the fighters, it contradicts Yemeni traditions.

Comment by Judith Brown: An unusual story about Taiz. Although it is the area most affected by ground war these days it is rarely in the news. The fighting there is very intense and it involves Islah militias - Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood and other salafist militias fighting on the side of Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia and this has been heavily criticised by UAE who see Islah as a terrorist group. The trouble in Taiz is that there has been so much suffering and people are very entrenched in their viewpoints and it really is an area where peace will be hard to achieve, and the Taizi position makes peace for the whole of Yemen more elusive.

4.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Two Saudi soldiers killed in Yemen borders

Saudi Arbia on Sunday declared that two Saudi soldiers were killed in Yemen borders while fighting the Houthi-Saleh militias.

2.7.2017 – Fuad Rajeh (* B K)

Houthi militants are using schools in #Yemen for military purposes: positions and weapons stores, and even to make landmines.

This is one of the schools they have used for making landmines, in Marib province.
Well, since the Saudi-led coalition started a bombing campaign against Yemen in March 2015, the Houthi militants have been using schools and other public facilities for military purposes. At the beginning when I was still in the country, I saw their anti-aircraft guns on rooftops of many schools, other public compounds and houses in the capital Sanaa. And lately I have contacted people in Sanaa who confirmed the militants are still using some schools as weapons stores.
Houthi war crimes are countless including that they sometimes attack schools, hospitals and other facilities in a flagrant violation of the laws of war.
They have planted hundreds of thousands of landmines in conflict areas, many in populated areas, the government and international agencies have said. Some have claimed the militants have planted more than 500.000 landmines since the war began (photos)

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports: (film)

Pro-Hadi / Pro Saudi reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

4.7.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (B E H)

Water use innovations crucial to face climate change in Arab countries

Joint FAO-Arab League event hears climate change poses serious risk to water availability

Arab states must continue to seek innovations to overcome water scarcity in the face of climate change, said UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva at an event co-hosted by the Arab League on the sidelines of FAO's biennial Conference.

In the Near East and North Africa region, the per capita renewable water availability is around 600 cubic metres per person per year - only 10 percent of the world average - and drops to just 100 cubic metres in some countries.

"It is fundamental to promote ways for agriculture, and food production in general, to use less water, and use it more efficiently," he said. "Population growth and the impacts of climate change will put more pressure on water availability in the near future. Climate change, in particular, poses very serious risks."

Farmers and rural households should be at the center of strategies to address water scarcity, Graziano da Silva said. "Not only to encourage them to adopt more efficient farming technologies, but also to secure access to drinking water for poor rural households. This is vital for food security and improved nutrition."

Agriculture accounts for more than 80 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the region, reaching peaks above 90 percent in some countries including Yemen and Syria. Sustainable and efficient water management practices in agriculture are therefore key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. =

2017 – Za.Pinterest

117 photos Yemen

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-318 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-318: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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