Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 361 - Yemen War Mosaic 361

Yemen Press Reader 361: 26.-29. November / Nov. 26-29: Saudische Hunger-Blockade gelockert nicht beendet, Hungersnot und Seuchen / Saudi hunger blockade eased but not ended, famine and epidemics
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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Zuerst: Verschleppte der Huthis / At first: Houthi detainees

cp1 Am wichtigsten: Blockade / Most important: Blockade

cp1a Seuchen / Epidemics

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensverhandlungen / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12 Libanon / Lebanon

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstige / 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

Zuerst: Verschleppte der Huthis / At first: Houthi detainees

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A kidnapped died in Houthis prison due to severe torture in Zabid city

A human rights source said Monday that one of the kidnapped died after torture in the prison of the Houthis-Saleh forces in Zabid city, western Yemen.

The Houthis kidnapped Hassan Salem Ahmed, 25, about a week ago, and put him in a prison in the faculty of education building, which was recently transferred to the headquarters of torture.

The Houthis told his family that his body is in the military hospital in al Hodeida city. The source added.

Hassan's body had marks of brutal torture, resulted in his death in just a few days, as happened to dozens of civilians who breathed their last under torture.

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In Yemen, Mothers Of Detained Won't Stop Protests Till Their Sons Are Freed

The mothers of Yemen's disappeared fill city streets with the sound of their chants.

They protest outside the prisons that hold their sons, and the offices of human rights workers they feel should do more to help.

In Yemen's conservative society, women are rarely prominent in public life. But the women of the Abductees' Mothers' Association make themselves hard to ignore.

The group was formed a little over two years ago, in response to a surge in the number of people arrested and disappeared in Yemen's civil war.

Jailed for criticizing Sanaa's new rulers

Activists and journalists who criticize militias are routinely imprisoned on both sides of the frontlines. But this is especially true the capital Sanaa since it was taken over by Houthi rebels and allied militia in late 2014.

Human Rights Watch has tracked dozens of arrests. But the organization also cites the work of local rights group who say thousands are arbitrarily detained.

Stories of torture

"He eats the rotten food or whatever leftovers the guards give him. Now he's in solitary confinement in the dark," she said.

"They ask him to confess to things ... things that he didn't commit. Then they tortured him. They tied his hands and feet together for a week."

Journalists seen as dangerous criminals

Journalists in particular are targets. In Sanaa, some reporters have now been in jail for years, in many cases still without a trial.

A small number of members of the Abductees' Mothers' Association, has seen their sons released she said. But so far, none of the journalists have been freed. The mothers won't stop, she says, until they are. and film (Arabic)

Comment: Since the start the Houthis have detained people who have spoken against them - and some people outside Yemen who don't understand the complexity of Yemen politics see the Houthis as protectors rather than as a militia - and like all militias, mercenaries and armies fighting in Yemen they have little respect for human rights - winning is their priority. Journalists have had a terrible time in Yemen - they have been imprisoned, harassed, tortured, killed, and this is part of the complicated reason why the news doesn't get out of Yemen. Even the political commentator Hisham Omeisy who criticised Saudi Arabia as well as all other groups taking part in this war and was the voice of Yemen helping the world outside Yemen to understand the difficulties Yemenis face everyday was detained recently - the Houthis really shot themselves in the foot by this action. Of course Saudi Arabia also has its own restrictive practices - they haven't allowed many journalists into Yemen to investigate their wrongdoings - nor any other investigators of war crimes. And they tell such lies at press conferences - denying that they are killing civilians and blaming others for their own aerial attacks even though non of the militias in Yemen have access to air power.

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Houthi-Saleh militias burn a child to death

Local sources said "six militants abducted Bashar al-Afeef, 16 year old, from his fathers' shop in al-Makhader in Ibb last Wednesday to an unknown location where they poured oil on him and set him ablaze to death."

My comment: Hard to proof whether this is fact or fiction.

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Update: Amran and Hajja have now run out of fuel. That's hundreds of thousands more people in #Yemen with no access to clean water.

Remark: Due to the lack of fuel for the pumps, thanks of Saudi blockade.

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ICRC buying fuel to pump clean water in Yemen as 'last resort'

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday it was making a “stop-gap” purchase of fuel so as to provide clean water to one million people in the Yemeni cities of Hodeidah and Taiz for one month.

The fuel shortage in Yemen has become “critical” under the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade, partially lifted this week, leaving water systems in nine cities without fuel to run pumps, ICRC spokeswoman Iolanda Jaquemet said.

“As a last resort and in light of the large and urgent needs...we are purchasing fuel to supply the urban water corporations in Hodeidah and Taiz with fuel, enough to operate their water pumps for one month,” Jaquemet told Reuters.

The ICRC is buying 750,000 liters of fuel for the two cities, she said, calling it “an exceptional stop-gap measure”.

The lack of fuel has a “cascading impact on several vital sectors” - water and sanitation as well as health and food, as prices have risen sharply, she said. Fuel is needed to transport goods and run hospital generators and maintain cold chains for vaccines and medicines.

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No Exit for Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom’s War in Yemen

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 22

Apart from the extraordinary damage done to Yemen and its people, the war may well produce blow-back that endangers Saudi Arabia and its ruling family.

Saudi Arabia and its primary collation partner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are discovering what the Romans, Ottoman Turks and Egyptians before them learned from their own ill-conceived invasions: Yemen is an abyss for invaders. Yemen’s cultural and physical geography defies and confounds foreign military forces.

In contrast, Saudi Arabia has committed few ground troops to Yemen. It, like the UAE, is largely reliant on mercenaries and proxy forces. Operation Decisive Storm relies on aerial bombardment, but that has achieved little in terms of degrading the military capabilities of the Houthis and their allies, which include many of the best trained units of the Yemeni Army.

A blockade of Yemen’s ports and airspace is also a core part of the Saudi strategy (al-Jazeera, November 9). Like its aerial campaign, the blockade has failed to diminish the martial capabilities of the Houthis and their allies. However, it has produced what is currently the world’s most significant humanitarian crisis.

Just as Israel learned about the Egyptian military’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Iran is learning as much as it can about Saudi Arabia’s vulnerabilities. At the same time, the Iranians are happy to sit back and watch the Saudis sink further into the abyss of an unwinnable war in Yemen, just as the Israelis were with the Egyptians.

In a recent interview, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman said that the war in Yemen would continue because Saudi Arabia would not allow a “Hezbollah” on its southern border (Majalla, November 3). The irony of this is that by continuing the war, the Saudis risk creating what they fear — an organization that evolves into a proto-state, like Hezbollah, with a formidable hybrid warfare capability.

By continuing the war in Yemen, the Saudis ensure that the unlikely but pragmatic alliance between the Houthis and loyalists aligned with former president Saleh remains in place

By continuing its war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia risks generating blow-back just as profound as that experienced by Nasser 50 years ago. The Saudi effort in Yemen may well end up creating exactly what they fear — a Hezbollah-like organization that is capable and has deep societal and political roots.

The current turmoil within the House of Saud cannot be separated from the country’s failed efforts in Yemen – by Michael Horton

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The Indelible Stain of Starving Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition has permitted a few shipments of humanitarian aid into the country in the last couple of days, but this represents a tiny fraction of what the population needs to survive. Without commercial imports of food and fuel, the massive famine that the U.N. and numerous aid groups have predicted will claim countless innocent lives. Millions of lives are being deliberately threatened, and unless something changes very soon many hundreds of thousands will needlessly perish. The U.S. and Britain are already deeply complicit in the coalition’s crimes, and every day that they support the war on Yemen they become more so. The U.S. and British governments are among the leading accomplices in causing Yemen’s great famine, and their responsibility for this crime will stain them indelibly.

The disaster now engulfing the people of Yemen was entirely foreseeable and preventable, but the Western governments in a position to prevent it from happening chose instead to ignore the crisis and continued arming the governments responsible for creating it. Yemen has often been called the “forgotten” war, but millions of Yemenis are suffering from starvation and disease precisely because the coalition governments and their Western supporters have been paying the country the most destructive kind of attention. This is one of the largest crimes against humanity in recent times, but because its perpetrators are called “allies” and our governments are implicated in making it possible it still generates remarkably little outrage or opposition in the West – by Daniel Larison

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Yemen Is in Chaos (and America Is Making It Worse)

How did the current crisis in Yemen come about? And what can the United States do to stop it?

The real roots of the current conflict in Yemen are fundamentally connected to Saudi Arabia’s systematic proselytization of Salafism, a puritanical form of Islam, inside Yemen. The effect of this proselytizing has caused prominent Shia Zaydi Yemenis—namely, the Houthi group—to revolt. This uprising has also been instigated in part by former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and his manipulation and occasional conspiracy with the Houthi group. The Houthis’ current unusual alliance with Saleh, and their control over Yemen, was precipitated by the 2011 Yemen Arab Spring Uprising, which caused great geopolitical disruption in the country.

It can be argued that the United States and international organizations can do more to improve the current conditions in Yemen. But let’s not fool ourselves: as long as President Donald J. Trump remains the head of the U.S. government and the Republicans control Congress, the United States will continue to remain indifferent to the conflict in Yemen.

The Sunnification of Yemen

Since the fall of the Imamate rule in 1970, Saudi Arabia has continued a Salafist crusade to maintain some leverage over the Yemeni government. But its most aggressive Salafist campaign began in late 1970s. In 1979, a student of the Islamic University of Medina in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muqbil Bin Hadi al-Wadi’i, founded the Dar al-Hadith in a village called Dammaj in the heart of Saada governorate, the stronghold of the Shia Zaydi and Houthi groups. The center targeted Zaydi adherents and converted them to Sunnism, while in other parts of the country, individual Salafi advocates would receive financial support from the Saudi government. In 1984, the center expanded and opened a branch in a city called Mabar, another Zaydi predominant village, located in Damar governorate, approximately 70 km south of Sana. A student of Sheikh Muqbil, Sheikh Mohammed Imam headed that center.

In response to the widespread campaign of these centers, Hussein Badr Eddin al-Houthi, the older brother of Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, the current leader of the Houthi group, founded the Believing Youth Club (BYC) in 1990s. The BYC started as a peaceful movement. It “aimed at providing education to the youth of [Sa'ada] while reviving the influence of [Zaydiya], a Shiite branch endemic to Yemen, which had been in decline since the overthrow of the imamate.” The movement became very critical about Saudi Arabia’s campaign. They opened Zaydi centers across northern Yemen, and digitized older Zaydi scripts and made it accessible to the public. They then demanded more recognition and attention from the Yemeni government, as evidenced by Houthi group’s first demonstration in the 1990s, which came in response to the surge of Salafism in the north. As the power and influence of the Houthis increased, Saleh would utilize the Houthi movement against neighboring Saudi Arabia—falsely describing it as a Iranian intrusion, which intimidated the Saudis.

Yemen’s 2011 Uprising: The Greatest Geopolitical Disruptor

In late 2013, after two years of conflict, Saleh ordered his loyalists within the Yemeni army to stand down and allow the advancement of the Houthi militia towards Amran, the hometown of Hameed and Sadiq al-Ahmar, resulting in the Houthis taking control of city. On February 3, 2014, they blew up the house of Abdullah Bin Hussein al-Ahmar and then marched toward Sana. When they invaded Sana in late February 2014, Hameed and Sadiq al-Ahmar fled their home in city and exited Yemen. They both live in exile today. In that same period, Yemen’s internationally recognized president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, fled Sana for Aden and then flew to Riyadh.

When Saudi Arabia realized Yemen had just about fallen into the hands of the Houthis, it felt betrayed by Saleh and began to take matters into its own hands. It began its bombardment in March 2015. The current unusual alliance between Saleh and the Houthis has thus been cemented by Saudi Arabia’s military intervention. Saleh and the Houthis are historical archrivals and, had it not been Saudi Arabia’s involvement, their differences would have resurfaced.

So far, human rights organizations and activists have been begging the U.S. government to take constructive steps toward Yemen and deny Saudi Arabia the purchase of U.S. made weapons. But it seems Uncle Sam is too busy feuding with “Little Rocket Man” on Twitter.

Why The U.S. Policy Towards Yemen Will not Change Anytime Soon

The Trump administration, as well as the Republicans in Congress, will not change their policy towards Yemen anytime soon – by Mohamed Mahad D. Dara, an academic based in Colorado

My comment: A lot of background information on the Yemen crisis. The crisis was caused by Saudi spreading of Wahabism in Yemen starting decades ago. And the West was a close ally to the Saudis since even before the Second World War and had given them Carte Blanche since then. And still does.

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Aswan lost her legs, but not her will

It was at 6am on 9 May 2017 when life for the Al-Kubati family was turned upside down. The night before, 15-year-old Aswan went to bed with her long to-do list for the following day – that includes helping her mother with housekeeping work. More and beyond, Aswan was thinking of how to outsmart her peers in the village and become the doctor she has always wanted to be. The village school is far and the road is rocky – but not for young and active Aswan who used to climb the mountain many times a day while helping her mother or going back and forth to school.

The young girl woke up to heavy sounds of shelling. As a child, she was curious to check what was going on. To the roof of their house she went, where she saw a random mortar heading towards her. Frozen in fear, she jumped a meter but was too late. Aswan was severely injured in both legs, her mother was wounded in the chest and lost her left eye, and her grandfather, the family breadwinner, was found dead by shrapnel while still in bed. In a few seconds, everything had changed forever.

Aswan was hospitalized in an MSF clinic in Taizz. The doctors had to amputate both legs from the knees. “I was under anesthesia; and I had some sort of nightmare that I had my legs cut,” Aswan said. “My doctors tried to comfort me that I would be ok, but I told them that I had already seen my limbs cut.” After the needed trauma treatment, she was moved to Sanaa to receive artificial limbs and physical therapy.

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The UAE's Ulterior Motives in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates will continue to target al-Islah, Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood branch, as part of a wider campaign against the umbrella organization and its ideology.

But the campaign will undermine the government of embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi, complicate any peace settlement and increase the risk of blowback against the United Arab Emirates and its coalition allies.

Moreover, the Emirati effort could ultimately empower the members of al-Islah — as well as al Qaeda or the Islamic State — rather than weaken them.

The United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's most active military partner in the country — has also steadily revealed strategic priorities in Yemen that often differ from Riyadh's own. Chief among them is Abu Dhabi's deepening crackdown on al-Islah, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. And as the United Arab Emirates steps up its effort to take down the organization, it risks undermining any peace settlement its coalition allies support while empowering militant groups throughout the war-torn country.

Perhaps fittingly for a party whose name means "reform," al-Islah comprises a wide array of Sunni tribes, local business figures and political leaders who seek to "Islamize" public life in Yemen.

Whereas Saudi Arabia intends to restore the political status quo Yemen experienced prior to the Houthis' conquest of Sanaa, the United Arab Emirates aims to alter the country's political landscape in its favor. To that end, the United Arab Emirates has worked to deprive its ideological rival, the Muslim Brotherhood, of its clout in the country by targeting al-Islah.

Ousting al-Islah won't be an easy task. The party is deeply entrenched in Yemeni politics, is part of the Hadi alliance and has the backing of the powerful Ahmar tribe on the battlefield.

As it stands, Abu Dhabi doesn't have the firepower or manpower on the ground in Yemen to accomplish its goal. And the more the Emiratis pressure al-Islah, the greater the risk that the Hadi government will split along yet another factional line. The party's disenchanted followers may even turn to the same forces that embittered Sunnis elsewhere have embraced: al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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UAE runs Aden as protectorate, while Hadi hides in the shadows

Emirati leaders' portraits dominate the streets and the UAE controls every major institution, while Yemeni president is nowhere to be seen

The UAE controls Aden's seaport and airport, most of its military checkpoints, if not all, and formed and now commands the powerful military force known as the Security Belt. Its Red Crescent Society rebuilt the city's public institutions.

It has set up a prison system, with claims from some in Aden of arbitrary arrests designed to silence those in opposition to the UAE powergrab, and the the UAE-allied Southern Transitional Council's call for independence from Yemen.

And no where is there any visible influence of Hadi, who the UAE is ostensibly defending as part of the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis. His presidential guard and his supporters in the Islah party, outnumbered and outgunned, keep a low profile.

The posters adorning the streets of Aden are either erected by Yemenis grateful for the UAE, or by the institutions controlled by the UAE.

The strength of the Security Belt's forces are such that its men have shut down Islah party offices in Aden, and imprisoned many of its senior members.

MEE contacted several pro-Hadi and Islahi leaders in Aden but all declined to speak, saying they were concerned for their welfare and reprisals from the UAE's supporters.

A member of the Islah party, who did not wish to be named, said he believed the UAE was acting against the interests of Yemen in Aden, and was seeking to undermine the Hadi government to realise its own foreign policy aims.

"The UAE supports militias against the government and the president; this is enough reason to say that UAE creates chaos in Yemen."

The source said there were no Houthis in Aden, and the UAE's troops should either fight them in Taiz to the north, or leave.

"No one can criticise the UAE in Aden without fear of retaliation - the Security Belt forces have spread everywhere. They can arrest and imprison anyone."

"The UAE is the strongest in Aden, and no one can oppose it, so people try to adapt this fact to avoid danger."

The Islah source claimed the UAE was also siding with Salafi militias in Taiz, and undermining the "Popular Resistance" forces fighting the Houthis.

On Saturday, there were fierce clashes between Salafi fighters under the leadership of Abu al-Abbas - recently branded an al-Qaeda operative by, among others, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - and the guards of the security office backed by Islahi fighters in Taiz.

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Saudi-Arabien radikalisiert Muslime auf dem Balkan

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) richtet ein zunehmendes Augenmerk auf den Balkan und hier insbesondere auf Bosnien-Herzegowina.

Hauptgrund dafür seien wachsende islamistische Bestrebungen in der Region.

Außerdem geben die Golfstaaten, allen voran Saudi-Arabien, viel Geld aus, um die bisher dort geltende gemäßigte Spielart des Islam durch eine radikalere Variante der eigenen sogenannten wahhabitischen Prägung zu ersetzen. Aus keinem europäischen Land schlossen sich, gemessen an der Bevölkerungsgröße, in den vergangenen Jahren so viele Kämpfer dschihadistischen Gruppen an wie aus Bosnien.

Im Nordwesten Bosniens haben sich im Kanton Bihac die Wahabisten zwischen Velika Kladusa und Bu in zahlreichen Gruppen organisiert.

Die Finanzierung der Zellen wird von den Golf-Staaten getragen: Golijanin sagt, dass Katar, Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in der Region investieren. Mittlerweile gebe es rund 2.000 Fundamentalisten, wie Salafisten oder Wahabiten.

Von Bosnien aus können die Wahabisten, zu deren Ideologie der Export der Scharia in alle Welt gehört, nach Europa expandieren

Bemerkung: Kürzlich ein ähnlicher Bericht über Malaysia: . Und der westen hat immer noch nicht genug davon!

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Why is US Complicity in Yemen's Crisis Ignored?

After a lengthy "60 Minutes" report fails to even mention the vital US support for the devastating Saudi-led war on Yemen, Shireen Al-Adeimi says Americans are largely hidden from their government's complicity

This week the CBS News program, 60 Minutes, took an in depth look at the devastating Saudi-led war on Yemen.

  1. AL-ADEIMI: Right, so here was this one opportunity for the American public to learn about the neglected war in Yemen. It's not forgotten. It's just deliberately ignored by U.S. media in general for the past two and a half years. Here was this one opportunity for a mainstream audience to learn about what's going on and more importantly, how they can help. Within just minutes, I was very disappointed that the 60 Minutes program decided to completely neglect, like you said, the role of the United States in creating this conflict right from the beginning and continuing to support it at its worst, which is the blockade currently.

AARON MATÉ: Right. Let's talk about that blockade briefly. It's intensified in recent weeks after Saudi Arabia accused the Houthi rebels of firing a missile towards Riyadh that was intercepted. What has been the impact of that intensification? Saudi Arabia just said today that it's going to be easing it a little bit. Do you find that credible?

  1. AL-ADEIMI: Not at all. They've said in April ... April 2015, they said that they were going to stop bombing Yemen and here we are in November 2017, and they're still bombing Yemen, so they have very little credibility. Even if they left the blockade at this point, it's frankly too late to save the, not only hundreds, but thousands of lives now who are being lost daily because of this blockade.

AARON MATÉ: Right. In terms of the U.S. media, it's not just 60 Minutes that's been ignoring the U.S. role. Adam Johnson of the group FAIR did a report on this recently and he pointed out that a number of editorials, including from the Washington Post, have ignored the key U.S. role. Let's talk about that. It began not under President Trump, under President Obama, but it certainly has ... It appears to have intensified under Trump. Can you talk about some of the vital support that the U.S. is supplying to the Saudi-led war in Yemen?

  1. AL-ADEIMI: They're helping them in every way possible.

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Drone strikes have intensified since Donald Trump assumed the presidency.

This fact should surprise no one. The ability to kill by remote control without judicial review was one of the many gifts we bequeathed to Trump prior to his inauguration.

Most of the media obsessed over the particulars of the botched and luridly insensitive phone call Trump made to the family of slain U.S. soldier Sgt. La David Johnson at the end of October.

A few reporters did ask parenthetically what we were doing there – usually by asking Pentagon officials – but even in those cases, there has been virtually zero questioning of the righteousness of the missions.

A few senators asked questions.

But the basic premise of his military's presence in this part of the world has consistently gone unchallenged in the U.S. media since January, as it was mostly unchallenged under both Obama and Bush.
The core idea of our presence in places like Niger is to partner with local countries, often ones with monstrous human rights records themselves, to make remote war easier.

The loosely and apparently interminably defined War on Terror is just one example. Presidents have assumed for themselves powers to make war that were once the province of the legislature.

In other words, secret operations against secret suspects are conducted according to rules that by simple logic must also be secret.
This reduces the legal foundation for much of post-9/11 military action to, "You have to trust us."
Judges have consistently refused to take on the responsibility of reviewing these matters – by Matt Taibbi

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US-Historiker dokumentiert 70 Jahre Propaganda für Saudi-Arabien in der »New York Times«

Abdullah Al-Arian, Assistenzprofessor für Geschichte an der Georgetown University, hat am Freitag einen veritablen 1-Mann-Twittersturm entfacht, indem er in über 30 Tweets die seit 70 Jahren andauernde Propaganda der ach-so-renommierten „New York Times“ für die saudischen Despoten dokumentierte.

Dass auch die New York Times in den vergangenen 70 Jahren regelmäßig PR für Saudi-Arabien gemacht hat, kann niemanden verwundern

Hier nun die 35 (!) Tweets von Abdullah Al-Arian, wie sie gestern auf Washingtons Blog veröffentlicht wurden. Es beginnt mit einem Beitrag in der NYT, der König Saud als „progressiver“ und „internationaler orientiert“ bewirbt, als es sein Vater gewesen sei. Ein PR-Narrativ, das wir heute wieder genauso vorgesetzt bekommen.

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For 70 Years, the New York Times Has Heralded Saudi Leaders As “Reformers”

Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University Abdullah Al-Arian has written an epic tweetstorm showing that the “paper of record” has long pretended that the leaders of our close “friends”(cough … radical head-choppers) the Saudis are on the verge of becoming “moderate”:

My comment: Great! A lot of more examples, showing what a disgusting propaganda polluter the New York Times really is. This is a permament agenda for decades to whitewash one of earth’s most horrible regimes.

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How the US Came to Label Iran the Top State Sponsor of Terrorism

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse dives into the origins of the claim and the sordid cast of characters behind it.

This incident — the Khobar Towers bombing — became the lynchpin of the accusation by the Saudi royal family, the U.S. State Department, and the CIA, that Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism. Both Robert Mueller and his longtime ally James Comey (the latter of whose firing as the FBI chief, by U.S. President Trump, had sparked the appointment of Mueller to become the Special Counsel investigating the U.S. President) had performed crucial roles in establishing that the Khobar Towers bombing was a Hezbollah operation run by the Iranian Government — and, starting upon this basis, in helping to develop the case that Iran “is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism.” However, as has been made clear by several great independent investigative journalists, on the basis of far more-solid documentation than the official account, the Khobar Towers bombing was instead entirely a fundamentalist-Sunni operation, specifically perpetrated by Al Qaeda, which hates Shia and which also hates America’s military presence in the Middle East. Osama bin Laden’s claim of the bombing’s having been done by Al Qaeda, was, in fact, entirely honest and accurate.

America’s “Deep State,” which extends to Saudi Arabia and to a number of other Governments — it’s an international network — is deeply committed to supporting the fundamentalist-Sunni war to conquer and destroy Shia Islam, and not merely to conquer the leading Shia nation, which is Iran. The U.S. Government has intensely taken a side in the Sunni-Shia religious war. That war is comparable in some respects to the 30 Years’ War (1618-1648) between Catholics and Protestants, which killed an estimated eight million Europeans; and, both the United States and Israel have clearly joined with the fundamentalist-Sunni leaders, against Iran, and against Shias generally.

The reasons behind the prevailing lies about this matter will also be documented here. Discrepancies between the official story and the solidly documented facts, need to be explained, in order for a reader to be able to understand truthfully why Mueller (who cooperated with Comey in order to rig the official account of the bombing, so as to condemn Iran and Hezbollah instead of Al Qaeda) received his appointment. This is also important in order to understand why Trump, though rabidly anti-Iranian himself, is nonetheless insufficiently anti-Iranian to satisfy the Sauds, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or the rest of the U.S.-and-allied Deep State.

Before proceeding further here, however, the statistical falseness of the allegation that Iran is the foremost state-sponsor of terrorism has to be clearly recognized as being the ultimate fact; because, if this entire question — to which Mueller and Comey contributed so importantly to answering by their identifying Iran (and Shia generally) as being precisely that (‘the foremost state sponsor of terrorism’) — can be assessed at all objectively, then the statistical answer to it would certainly be the objective one.

Wikipedia’s article on “Iran and state-sponsored terrorism” says: “According to the Global Terrorism Database, the majority of deaths, more than 94% attributed to Islamic terrorism since 2001, were perpetrated by Sunni jihadists of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and others.[3][4].” Only 6% were Shias, at all — from any country. Similarly, my own independent study of 54 especially prominent global instances of Islamic terrorism was headlined (and reported that) “All Islamic Terrorism Is Perpetrated by Fundamentalist Sunnis, Except Terrorism Against Israel.” (The anti-Israel terrorist instances might constitute the “6%” which was referred to in the Wikipedia article, but that article provided no good link to its source for the “6%” figure.)

So: the basic allegation is false, that Iran is the foremost state-sponsor of terrorism; the general allegation isn’t anywhere near to being true. It’s a lie – by Eric Zuesse

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The UK hypocritically condemns blockades in Syria but not in Yemen

Britain angrily denounced this tactic when it was carried out by our established enemies, but when our allies are culpable for those same actions, we offer only ‘deep concern’

This year Boris Johnson said: “Together we should make clear our abhorrence of the regimes’ tactic of starve or surrender.”

He was talking about Syria. But when it comes to Yemen, where siege and starvation are in full force with British military and diplomatic support, he doesn’t talk like this.

Instead, “profound concern” and polite phone calls are the order of the day, not abhorrence, and certainly not determination to end the crisis.

There are important differences between the crises in the two countries, including the scale of the killing. Yet there are also many similarities that represent uncomfortable truths for Britain’s diplomats.

In both cases, a government with little domestic legitimacy survives because international law, embodied in the UN Security Council, grants it sovereignty, and because foreign powers provide it with the means to visit massive violence and starvation upon its own population.

Britain colludes in two lies which enable the blockade, and the war of which it is a part.

The first is that the coalition is defending the legitimate political order of Yemen.

The second lie is that its blockade of northern Yemen is motivated by the legitimate need to prevent the smuggling of Iranian arms to Houthi rebels.

Britain angrily denounced this tactic when it was carried out by our established enemies, and when our words made no difference. But when our allies are culpable for those same actions, we offer only “deep concern”.

It makes Britain a hypocrite. And what’s worse, a hypocrite motivated by greed – by Tom Dale

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Yemen: "I saw 16,000 people recover from cholera"

When we first heard about the initial cholera cases, I remember panicking quietly for about 10 minutes, and then pulling myself together. No one in that part of Yemen had ever seen cholera before.

I was there for six months, arriving on 1 April. I was less than a month into my assignment before cholera broke out.

It was one of the biggest outbreaks the world has seen.

At the start, it was a nightmare. Cases were coming in so fast; there were 10 to 20 people a day. Within 24 hours, we had set up a tent in Khamer hospital.

For the first few months, there were no other organisations there. We were on our own, trying to contain the outbreak. We didn’t have a second to stop and think – we had to react straight away.

Other agencies were waiting on supplies of funding. In that first month, thousands of people would have died without the MSF treatment centre.

The extent of the cholera outbreak is a direct result of the conflict. Hospitals are shutting down faster than you can blink an eye. Families have nowhere to go – especially the poorest.

Suddenly, the outbreak hit the Khamer Valley. That’s when we knew we were in trouble. This is one of the poorest parts of Yemen. There’s no sanitation – everyone gets drinking water from the river.

When it spread to the river, we knew it would be out of control. We set up four treatment centres and around nine or 10 oral rehydration points. We distributed hygiene kits in the valley – jerry cans, soap and chlorine.

I think one of the worst moments was seeing a child of about 12 years old being brought into the hospital. His family had travelled 10 hours to get to us. He had cholera, and he died just before reaching us.

In the space of three months, I saw 16,000 people recover from cholera. That’s what kept me getting out of bed every day – by Claire Manera and DONATE TO OUR YEMEN APPEAL >

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A Community’s Mobilization to Fight the Spread of Cholera

With emergency funding from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF), Relief International (RI) has been able to quickly respond and establish emergency cholera treatment facilities to treat people suffering from de-hydration. RI partnered with a national organization, All Girls Foundation for Development (AGFD), who work tirelessly in the surrounding communities, distributing hygiene kits and educating people and raising awareness on how to stop the spread of cholera. Together, RI and AGFD are the only humanitarian actors operating in these areas and we’re saving the lives of more than 100 people every day.

I received training from AGFD and became one of their community volunteers. I help deliver awareness sessions in my community to improve people’s practices in their homes and stop cholera.

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Suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpass 960,000: WHO

Over 2,200 cholera-related deaths have been documented in country since April, according to World Health Organizat

More than 960,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in war-torn Yemen since April 27, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released Wednesday.

According to the report, the WHO has recorded a total of 962,536 suspected cases of the disease throughout the impoverished and war-torn country.

Over the same period, the report goes on to note, 2,219 cholera-related deaths have been documented in 22 out of Yemen’s 23 provinces.

The highest number of suspected cases (about 140,000) were reported in Yemen’s western Al-Hudeidah province, while the highest number of cholera-related deaths (about 417) were reported in the northwestern Hajjah province.

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Yemen: Cholera Response Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin: W47 2017 (Nov 20-Nov 26)

The cumulative total from 27 April 2017 to 26 Nov 2017 is 959,810 suspected cholera cases and 2,219 associated deaths, (CFR 0.23%), 1049 have been confirmed by culture.

59.2 % of death were severe cases at admission

The total proportion of severe cases among the suspected cases is 18%

The national attack rate is 348.51 per 10,000. The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rates per 10,000 remain Amran (814), Al Mahwit (773), Al Dhale’e (642), Abyan (492) and Sana’a (465).

Children under 5 years old represent 28% of total suspected cases.

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WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread.

The shipment of 1,000 vials of life-saving anti-toxins and 17 tonnes of medical supplies arrived in Sanaa on Monday (November 27) after being stalled by the three-week closure of sea and air ports.

"It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen.

The anti-toxins can help stop the spread of the bacterium to vital organs in patients already infected with diphtheria. But no supplies were available in Yemen before the arrival of the WHO shipment on Monday.

Antibiotics and vaccines are also critical to treating and preventing the highly infectious respiratory disease – both of which are in short supply in Yemen.

"In recent days, children and adults have died while the medicines needed to save their lives were available only a few hours away. We need unconditional and sustained access to all areas of Yemen to stop these unconscionable deaths from malnutrition, cholera, and now diphtheria," Zagaria added.

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WHO EMRO Weekly Epidemiological Monitor: Volume 10, Issue 47 (19 November 2017)

Diphtheria in Yemen

A significant increase in suspected diphtheria cases has recently been reported in Yemen between epidemiological week no 33 and 44. A total number of 118 suspected cases including 10 deaths (CFR: ing 9 associated deaths (CFR: 8.7%). 8.5%), were reported in 10 governorates of the country. Majority of these cases– about 103 were reported from Ibb governorate, including 9 associated deaths (CFR: 8.7%).

Starting from 14 August up to 8 November 2017, a total of 118 suspected cases of diphtheria including 10 associated deaths were reported from 10 governorates in the country. According to the geographical distribution of cases, Ibb governorate has been worst affected with 87% of suspected cases reported from this governorate.

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Film: Footage from inside hospitals in Yemen reveals the battle to contain the world's worst outbreak of #Cholera #Yemen

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Film: While the north and south remain in stalemate, IS and al-Qaeda grow stronger.

On Tuesday evening, a powerful car bomb at the offices of Yemen’s Finance Ministry in the port city of Aden claimed at least two lives and left two people injured.

This the latest in a series of atrocities claimed by IS in Aden as extremists take advantage of Yemen's civil war.

A hospital doctor told ITV News: "We're used to seeing such traumatic injuries, most of these explosions are carried out in very crowded places to inflict maximum damage."

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Der Jemen geht uns alle an

In diesen Krieg sind wir verwickelt. Durch falsche Entscheidungen, durch Schweigen und Wegsehen. Durch direkte Unterstützung der von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition, die den Jemen in die Steinzeit bombt.

Man kann, wenn man sucht, sehr erhellende Artikel in der amerikanischen Presse aus dem Jahr 2015 finden.

Am 29. 11. wird das Europäische Parlament, unter Punkt 33 der Tagesordnung, erneut die Lage im Jemen debattieren und am 30. November eine Resolution verabschieden.

Mit Datum vom 22. November liegen Entschließungsentwürfe der einzelnen politischen Gruppierungen vor. Einig sind sich alle Fraktionen in der Frage, dass es einer politischen Lösung bedarf und dass sich anderenfalls die humanitäre Situation im Jemen noch weiter verschlechtert. In allen übrigen Punkten klaffen Welten zwischen den Entwürfen. Was die eine große politische Gruppe allenfalls „bedauert“, verurteilen viele andere politische Gruppierungen. Was von den verschiedenen Fraktionen aufgegriffen wird und was nicht, spricht ebenfalls Bände. So darf man auf die Debatte und Entscheidungsfindung am 29 und 30. November sehr gespannt sein.

Natürlich kann man es halten, wie der britische Verteidigungsminister, der in einer Anhörung im Oktober 2017 vor dem Parlament sagte, Kritik an Saudi-Arabien wäre nicht hilfreich für einen beabsichtigten neuen Waffendeal.

Man kann es halten, wie die deutsche Bundesregierung, die sich –formal korrekt- auf den UN-Beschluss zurückzieht, von einem inneren Konflikt im Jemen spricht, 2017 erneute Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien legitimierte. Und ansonsten auf ein Ende des Krieges dringt.

Wie groß muss das Heer der Toten, Hungrigen und Unterernährten im Jemen sein, bis es der Weltgemeinschaft reicht?

Es lohnt sich ebenfalls, darüber nachzudenken, warum der UN-Sicherheitsrat mit konstanter Beharrlichkeit in den vergangenen Jahren falsche Entscheidungen getroffen hat, siehe Libyen, siehe Syrien, siehe Jemen.

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Excellent journalists covering the Middle East to follow instead of Friedman: @ABarnardNYT @LizSly @Abihabib @LovedayM @Sophiemcneill @Beltrew @rcallimachi @AzadehMoaveni @BBCKimGhattas @wrightr @RajaAbdulrahim @diaahadid @clarissaward @leloveluck

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“How would you respond if Iran fired a missile at Heathrow?” the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told reporters on Tuesday, adding he had shown the British, Americans and the UN that the missile was Iranian supplied and had a range of over 560 miles (900km).

Al-Jubeir counters that the Houthis have been using the port to smuggle disassembled arms, and to seize humanitarian aid to sell on to the black market.

The Saudis want full checks on boats, saying the previous UN-backed inspection regime has been largely worthless or under-used. Al-Jubeir claimed no blockade had been imposed, pointing out that government-controlled ports remained open.

If the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, mounted a private assault on the Saudi role in what he has described as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, and specifically the need to reopen commercial as well as humanitarian shipments, he had little effect.

The reality is that Yemen has become yet another proxy in the interconnected contest between Iran and an ever more assertive Saudi Arabia across the Middle East

My comment: Jubeir is ruthless cynical

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THE UNCONSCIONABLE GENOCIDAL destruction of Yemen is continuing unabated. This week on Intercepted: Sen. Chris Murphy blasts the U.S. government for its support of Saudi Arabia and lays out his fight to end the carnage in Yemen. Jeremy tears apart Thomas Friedman’s gross love letter to the Saudi crown prince and talks about the bi-partisan war against journalism from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump.

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Editorial: Saudis should ease up on Yemen

Not surprisingly, a Trump administration that has cozied up to the Saudi regime has reacted to the Yemeni crisis with barely a yip. Saudi Arabia has been a U.S. ally for decades, but President Donald Trump has further embraced the Saudi government in his pursuit of other goals in the Middle East.

Trump hasn’t seemed fazed by recent examples of Saudi recklessness: An attempt earlier this year to isolate Qatar in retaliation for what Riyadh claims is Doha’s linkage with Iran; the regime’s purge of more than 200 princes, businessmen, officers and officials; a wave of arrests widely seen as a consolidation of power rather than an anti-corruption initiative; and Riyadh’s meddling in Lebanon, where the prime minister has stepped down

Tightening the blockade had been Riyadh’s latest aggressive tack. While Saudi regime appeared to be easing its restrictions on aid to Yemenis, the Trump administration can do a lot more to rein in Saudi aggression. Trump’s closeness with the Saudi regime has given him a good deal of clout with Riyadh. He should use it to get the Saudis to begin working toward a day when Yemeni citizens are free from the gears of conflict. Alliances, regardless of their importance or usefulness, should never require turning a blind eye to outright cruelty.

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Yemen: A country ripped apart and on its knees after two years of war

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery has been to Yemen to see first hand the devastation wreaked by the country's civil war.

More than two and half years of war have left Yemen on its knees - its infrastructure ripped apart, creating the perfect breeding ground for disease and hunger.

The United Nations says Yemen is the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

For Ahmed every breath is an ordeal. He's suffering from diphtheria - the country's new killer.

His mother cradles the 18-month-old as best she can given his pain as he lies coughing and gasping for breath in hospital.

In the room next door, Hammah is also fighting the infectious disease. She was one of the first cases brought to Aden's Al-Sadaqa Hospital.

Yemen is already in the midst of the largest cholera outbreak in recorded history, and now it's having to confront diphtheria.

Nawara barely has the strength to cry. Severe acute malnutrition has left her clinging onto life as her mother Omhasim comforts her.

She's so hungry the two-year-old grinds her teeth.

Disease and hunger are killing more people here than bombs and bullets – by Neil Connery (with film) and smaller version of film also here:

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All the Wrong Moves: Saudi Foreign Policy

Efforts by Saudi Arabia to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East are having the opposite effect.

Saudi insistence in making every regional issue about opposing Iran has led to many middle-class Iranians becoming increasingly nationalist and opposed to both Washington and Riyadh.

While outwardly committed to fighting terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s sectarian wedge threatens to undermine its counterterrorism strategies and the credibility of the first meeting of KSA’s Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition on November 26.

Washington is acting contrary to its stated counterterrorism strategy by aligning itself with one side in a sectarian battle.

Despite having an essentially blank check from the White House when it comes to Iran, Saudi Arabia has not only failed to counter Tehran’s influence in the Middle East but has actually enhanced it.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s anti-Iranian policies, as they are being played out in Yemen, have embroiled the kingdom in a geopolitical and humanitarian nightmare that has benefitted Tehran. Efforts by the Saudi-led coalition have greatly increased Iranian military support for Houthi rebels, who were considerably less aligned with Iran before the war began in 2015. The entire point of the war, from Riyadh’s point of view, was to roll back Iranian influence in Yemen; it has achieved the opposite at a horrific cost for a country at risk from both a cholera epidemic and growing starvationand famine.

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#Yemen humanitarian crisis in a conference that is being held righ now in Amman of Jourdan with a participation of #Yemen-i Journalists & NGOs.

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Yemen’s maze, from the tragedy to its solution

The majority of Yemenis, at the heart of the maze, are living under a brutal siege and daily bombardment. When these innocent people try to find their way through this maze, they are taken down such paths as those of civil war, of malnourishment, of the collapse of health services, of the failure of the education system, and of economic collapse.


As you walk the path of civil war, you will see on the walls pictures of warlords and all types of slogans.

The warlords are driven by greed, selfishness and the propaganda of those with sectarian and regional agendas. The worst of the warlords are those who would kill you and attempt to justify the murder in the name of the God. The bodies of innocent victims are scattered wherever you go, but a lot of people still choose to tread this path. Why?


Those who tread the path of malnourishment risk ending up in the “room” of famine. In that room, you will see ghosts, bodies of skin and bone, unable to move, eyes barely open to see where they are.


The next path is the path of the collapse of Yemen’s health services. Tread this path, and you are on your way to a room (Let’s imagine a vast hall with zag-zagging corners) filled with people suffering from every kind of malady imaginable.


Although the war has robbed us of what we had acquired in the past and is destroying what we have in the present, the state of education is what is really worrying the Yemenis. The deterioration of education affects children and young people, who are the future of Yemen.



The Yemeni dilemma is solvable, and it is possible to escape the maze. However, certain conditions must be met first.

– The Saudi coalition’s aggression towards Yemen should stop immediately. They are the problem, and there cannot be a solution if they are still bombing Yemen.

– Yemenis should talk to each other with minimum interference from the UN, given that it was proved that the GCC initiative, the UNSC resolution No. 2016 and the outcomes of the Movenpick hotel dialogue were impeding the solution.

– The leaders of the parties involved in the conflict must sign up to a truce before further dialogue takes place.

– The Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue and negotiations should take place in a neutral state which wasn’t involved in the conflict. Maybe an African country?

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The Conflict in Yemen: A Primer

My comment: A quite long but quite superficial overview.

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Klage gegen Emirate wegen Jemen-Krieg

Wegen mutmasslicher Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen hat eine Menschenrechtsorganisation beim Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag Klage gegen die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) eingereicht.

Die arabische Organisation für Menschenrechte in Grossbritannien (AOHR) beschuldigt die Emirate, "willkürliche Angriffe gegen Zivilisten" verübt zu haben, wie ihr Anwalt Joseph Breham der Nachrichtenagentur AFP am Montag sagte. Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate sind Teil der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition im Jemen.

Breham zufolge wirft die Nichtregierungsorganisation den Emiraten zudem vor, international geächtete Streubomben eingesetzt zu haben. Angeheuerte Söldner sollen ferner Foltermethoden in jemenitischen Gefängnissen angewandt haben.

Der Chefankläger des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofes, Fatou Bensouda, wird darüber entscheiden, ob aufgrund der Vorwürfe Vorermittlungen eingeleitet werden.;art46446,1148128 = =

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UAE accused of using mercenaries in Yemen

Complaint to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the use of Australian and Latin American mercenaries by UAE in the war against Yemen.

ANCILE Avocats French law firm filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor's Office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the use of an army of mercenaries trained in the UAE and sent to participate in the ongoing war in Yemen.

Information was acquired confirming that in May 2015 the UAE sent mercenary troops, with nationalities from Australia, South Africa, Colombia, El Salvador, Chile and Panama, to participate in the war.

There have been numerous calls to refer the case of Yemen and the horrific crimes committed there to the ICC, but there have been two obstacles: the refusal of the Security Council; and the fact that Yemen is not a member of the ICC, nor are any of the coalition countries involved in the war. However, the participation of mercenaries who belong to member states of the ICC, poses an obligation upon the ICC to open an investigation.

In this context, the lawyer Me Breham said: “UAE did not want to get its own hands dirty, so it employed foreigners to do its dirty work. This has opened a breach in the wall of impunity in Yemen. The ICC must seize this opportunity. We cannot look away this time.” and see also and

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Rights group urges ICC to probe UAE 'war crimes' in Yemen

A rights organisation has called on the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of war crimes in Yemen by the United Arab Emirates, the group's lawyer told AFP on Monday.

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK accuses the UAE government, part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen, of "indiscriminate attacks against civilians", lawyer Joseph Breham said.

The London-based AOHR further charges that the UAE has used banned cluster bombs and hired mercenaries to carry out torture and executions.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will have to decide whether or not to open a preliminary probe.

Yemen and the UAE are not signatories to the Rome Statute which underpins the court in The Hague, so Bensouda would only have jurisdiction if nationals from another country were involved.

"Our complaint targets acts perpetrated on Yemeni territory by the United Arab Emirates which does not recognise the ICC," said Paris-based Breham.

But he added: "The perpetrators of these crimes are mercenaries employed by the Emirates and coming from Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, South Africa or Australia -- countries that recognise the ICC."

It would therefore be possible for the court to launch an investigation, Breham said, accusing Emirati forces of "air strikes targeting civilian homes, hospitals and schools". = and also

My comment: Writing war crimes as ‘war crimes’ is superfluous.

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Nearly three years of war in Yemen

Conflict-ravaged Yemen, scene of alleged war crimes which have just been referred to the International Criminal Court, is currently facing "the world's worst humanitarian crisis", the UN says.

Remark: Very short overview; figure of victims given here much too low however.

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Al-Houthi Militias Exchange Captives with Southern Resistance in Al-Subaiha

field source of the southern resistance in Al-Subaiha indicated that the resistance exchanged captives with Al-Houthi militias on Sunday November 26th 2017 in Al-Sahar – Tour Al-Baha. Mohamed Al-Kouba Al-Soubaihy indicated that total number of exchanged captives was (46) with 23 captives for each party

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Film: A man and his trumpet are saving lives in #Taiz

As soon as the fighting breaks out, he blows the trumpet for people to take shelter.

He has a university degree and has chosen to volunteer for his community.

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Saudi Coalition Crumbles In Yemen: Sudanese Mercenaries On Front Lines, Foreign Officers, Proxies In Revolt

But any level of meticulous review of how the Saudi coalition (which heavily involves US assistance) is executing the war in Yemen would reveal a military and strategic disaster in the making. As Middle East Eye editor-in-chief David Hearst puts it, "All in all, the first military venture to be launched by the 32-year-old Saudi prince as defense minister is a tactical and strategic shambles."

Hearst concludes further of MBS' war: "The prince, praised in Western circles as a young reformer who will spearhead the push back against Iran, has succeeded in uniting Yemenis against him, a rare feat in a polarized world. He has indeed shot himself, repeatedly, in the foot."

So how has this come about, and how is the war going from a military and strategic perspective?

First, to quickly review, Saudi airstrikes on already impoverished Yemen, which have killed and maimed tens of thousands of civilians (thousands among those are children according to the UN) and displaced hundreds of thousands, have been enabled by both US intelligence and military hardware

But the Saudi coalition is now in shambles according to a new Middle East Eye investigation

Below are 5 key takeaways from the full report.

Remark: The Hearst report was already presented in YPR 360.

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Short Film: The Disgraceful U.S. Role in Yemen

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Bombing of hospitals and grain distribution centres, however, is just part of the story of the West’s genocide against the Yemeni people. Yemen is dependent on imports for more than 80% of its fuel, food and medicine, and 70% of these imports come through the Huydadeh port. This port was bombed in August 2015 by the Saudi-led coalition, and has been blockaded ever since, directly creating the current situation in which 21 million suffer food shortages, including 7 million facing famine. As the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions has noted, this blockade is “one of the main causes of the humanitarian catastrophe”, helping to lead to what he called “this man-made famine”. Needless to say, this blockade – along with every aspect of the Saudi genocide in the Yemen – is fully supported by the US and Britain.

Yet Yemen is not the only place where Western policy is leading to famine.

Whilst Yemen’s near-famine was caused by the Western-directed bombing and blockade of that country, then, South Sudan’s actual famine is the result of years of proxy war funded by the West and the disastrous partition it produced

Remark: From July. It seems I missed this article.

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

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Together with eight other organisations that carry out humanitarian assistance in Yemen, NRC sent the following letter to Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State for the Unuted States of America.

Dear Secretary Tillerson, As organizations that implement and support humanitarian assistance in Yemen, we write to urge you to mobilize any and all means of diplomacy to lift the Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on commercial access to all ports in Yemen. […] Simply restoring limited humanitarian access is not enough to avert a potential famine or further disease outbreaks. Commercial supplies, including fuel, are critical to feed the population while continuing to support the delivery of basic services such as clean water and sanitation.

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Easing of blockade enables UN aid to enter Yemen, but agencies say imports must also be allowed

The United Nations food relief agency said Tuesday that humanitarian air service into Yemen has resumed, and a ship waiting in international waters for three weeks has now docked in Saleef, stressing that unhindered access to all airports and ports is vital to end the dire situation in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country.

“The situation in Yemen is currently the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world and aid is urgently required in order to avoid famine,” said Bettina Luescher, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), at a press briefing in Geneva.

She said two daily flights to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, from Jordan’s Amman and one from Djibouti will continue until the end of this month, and a WFP-chartered vessel carrying 25,000 metric tons of wheat grains, now docked at Saleef port, will be unloaded over the coming days.

Ms. Luescher stressed that it is essential that commercial imports, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country’s food requirements, also be allowed in to Yemen, as the UN can not feed the entire population, and that continued access to Hudaydah and Saleef is especially vital as those ports are equipped with unloading, storage and milling facilities.

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Film: MSF's first flight into Sana'a earlier today since early Nov. NGO flights alone won't solve Yemen's humanitarian crisis though - commercial goods badly needed too

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Reigning in Saudi aggression

Tightening the blockade had been Riyadh's latest aggressive tack. While Saudi regime appeared to be easing its restrictions on aid to Yemenis, the Trump administration can do a lot more to rein in Saudi aggression. Trump's closeness with the Saudi regime has given him a good deal of clout with Riyadh. He should use it to get the Saudis to begin working toward a day when Yemeni citizens are free from the gears of conflict. Alliances, regardless of their importance or usefulness, should never require turning a blind eye to outright cruelty.

Remark: Overview.

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Yemen famine: will food aid resolve humanitarian crisis?

In Depth: a three-week Saudi blockade has been lifted but war-torn nation faces a bigger problem

The partial easing of a three-week blockade by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition will not avert the unfolding crisis

Remark: Overview.

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Aid reaches Yemen as blockade eases, but shipments still few

While humanitarian aid is beginning to enter the country again, the WFP is also concerned about ensuring commercial cargo -- particularly food and fuel -- gets through, he said. A ship with 5,500 tons of commercial wheat flour arrived on Sunday, and two others with sugar and soy were about to dock, but it is unclear whether the flow would continue unhampered, according to Anderson.

Nearly all of the country’s food is imported, three-quarters of it through Saleef and the nearby port of Hodeidah, according to Anderson.

While aid groups have targeted the most vulnerable Yemenis -- the WFP provides assistance to a quarter of the country’s 28 million people -- a large percentage of the population must seek other sources for sustenance.

“There are many others who we’re not assisting,” Anderson said via phone from Sanaa. “They rely on the markets for their food and for other necessities, and if there’s a disruption in the supply line of commercial food, this can impact them directly.”

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Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has eased blockade: UN

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said three humanitarian flights landed and took off from the capital of Sanaa on Saturday, the first commercial cargo vessel docked in the port of Hodeida on Sunday, and a UN-chartered vessel docked at the port in Salif on Monday.

Despite the resumption, he warned that rapidly dwindling fuel stocks and the dire humanitarian situation are pushing at least 7 million people toward famine.

Dujarric said the commercial ship carried 5,500 metric tons of wheat flour and the UN-chartered vessel carried 25,000 metric tons of bulk wheat.

But he stressed that "it is important that there is unimpeded access for both humanitarian and commercial cargo to enter Hodeida and Salif ports, including those carrying fuel."

"Fuel is urgently required to operate generators for hospitals, water well pumps and sanitation units and to facilitate the trucking of drinking water and staple food" to some 21 million Yemenis who need humanitarian assistance, he said.

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UN urges Saudi-led coalition to allow more aid ships

The Saudi-led coalition should do "much more" to ease a blockade on Yemen impeding shipments of aid and fully reopen the key port of Hodeida, the UN said Monday.

"Obviously we welcome the easing of the blockade, the partial lifting of it... but much more needs to be done," Jamie McGoldrick, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, told AFP.

He singled out Hodeida.

"We need the ports to be opened fully -- especially Hodeida -- for commercial and humanitarian goods so that people can get food cheaper. Otherwise, more and more people will suffer," he said.

"What we need to do is to keep those ports opened and to expand the number of ships coming in to Hodeida port," added McGoldrick.

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UNICEF: Hilfslieferungen in den Jemen dürfen kein Einzelfall bleiben

Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen (UNICEF) hat mehr humanitäre Hilfe für die Kinder im Jemen gefordert. Trotz der erfolgreichen Lieferung von 1,9 Millionen Impfdosen am Sonntag am Flughafen von Sana’a, benötigten immer noch mehr als 11 Millionen jemenitische Kinder dringend Hilfe.

„Der gestrige Erfolg kann kein Einzelfall bleiben", sagte Geert Cappalaere, UNICEF-Regionaldirektor für den Nahen Osten und Nordafrika auf einer Pressekonferenz in Amman in Jordanien. Impfstoffe werden dringend gebraucht

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Yemen’s Sana’a airport opens after blockade; UNICEF says vaccine delivery ‘cannot be a one-off’

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday warned that more than 11 million Yemeni children – almost every single Yemeni boy and girl – are in acute need of humanitarian assistance, despite the successful delivery of 1.9 million doses of vaccines to Sana’a airport on Sunday.

"Yesterday’s success cannot be a one-off,” Geert Cappalaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said Sunday at a press briefing in Amman, Jordan, welcoming the reopening of Sana’a airport, which enabled the agency’s first humanitarian delivery in three weeks.

Vaccines are urgently needed for a planned campaign to vaccinate 600,000 children across Yemen against diphtheria, meningitis, whooping cough, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

“Today, it is fair to say that Yemen is one of the worst places on earth to be a child,” he said. “The reason behind this is very straightforward: decades of conflict, decades also of chronic underdevelopment.”

Today it is estimated that every 10 minutes a child in Yemen is dying from preventable diseases, he added, noting that the outbreak of acute watery diarrhea and cholera this year is not a surprise, because the water and sanitation system throughout the country is almost entirely devastated and the health system is on its knees.

“The war in Yemen is sadly a war on children,” he said, calling on all parties to the conflict to stop fighting.

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'Nobel Women' laureates urge Saudis to end blockade on Yemen

A group of Nobel Peace Laureates on Monday urged the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen to end their blockade on the Arab world's poorest country that has deprived it of much-needed aid and squeezed it to the brink of famine.

The Nobel Women's Initiative said in a statement said that the blockade "rendered access to humanitarian assistance impossible for the people of Yemen," and "denies millions of vulnerable and innocent civilians access to food, fuel and medical supplies."

"It further aggravates what the United Nations has called the world's 'worst humanitarian crisis' to date," they wrote, where over 20 million people lack needed life-saving humanitarian assistance in what amounts to "collective punishment."

The letter was signed by Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala, Jody Williams of the United States, Shirin Ebadi of Iran, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen.

My comment: Oupps – Islah Party’s karman, who had been enthusiastic about the Saudi Coalition, seems to be able to learn.

Comment: Now there is one way interesting name on this list - Tawakkol Karman. At the beginning of the war she was strongly pro-Saudi - she is from the Islah party - but she has added her name to the call to end the blockade. Which is quite a change. A welcome one.

Comment: Houthis are not 'Shiite Rebels'. Rhetoric question regarding Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman: Was it Qatar's isolation by the GCC countries which made her speak, at last, for the millions of Yemenis starving?

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Wheat aid arrives in blockaded Yemen amid famine fears

About 25,000 tonnes of wheat has arrived in Yemen, the second batch of food aid that has been allowed into the country since the Saudi-led coalition imposed a blockade nearly three weeks ago.

A spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Abeer Etefa, said the shipment landed on Sunday at the Houthi rebel-controlled Red Sea port of Saleef in western Yemen.

Saleef port is 70km north of the key port of Hudeida, also on the Red Sea and in rebel hands. Hudeida Port is the main conduit for UN-supervised deliveries of food and medicine but has been blocked by the Saudi-led coalition for weeks.

On Sunday, the first vessel carrying food and medical supplies also arrived through Hudeida.

According to an official who heads operations at the port, the ship, sent by the WFP, was carrying "flour and relief materials weighing 5,500 tonnes".

"This is not enough for the Yemeni people's needs, but we hope this is a good sign to open the port of Hudeida and lift the siege in all Yemeni provinces," the official told reporters on Sunday. and (photos)

My comment: Because of the gap in the supply caused by the total blockade, because of the time it will take for distribute this up to the remote mountain villages, more people will die. And what about the fuel needed for the trucks you need for transporting it? You need fuel for at least 1.000 trucks to transport this food aid. – And also fuel is lacking due to the Saudi blockade. And Saudi air raids have destroyed trucks, roads, bridges. If there are not enough trucks, the time until the food will reach the people will last even longer. – Lots of food trucks on Yemeni roads now? Saudi air raids will target them, as they did so often before. And people will starve.

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Houthi Document Embarrasses Yemeni Campaigns to ‘Open Ports’

Preliminary information, issued by Yemen Ports Authority, specifically by Hodeidah Port’s official website, revealed that no medical aid was received by the port between January and September.
The document was retrieved from information issued by an institution under the control of the Houthis and was posted on the port's website.
This gap opens the door to the wide demands in the media since the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced, after Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, the closure of the ports temporarily, and put them “in a tight spot.”

My comment: And what Saudi propaganda actually wants to tell us by that? It’s evident that already before the total Saudi blockade, in the period of the severe Saudi blockade, only few medical aid could reach Yemen. Do they want to tell us this – well, they blame themselves by this article. Well, let it happen.

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Saudi Arabia, like the Nazis, uses 'hunger plan' in Yemen

The Saudis and their partners in crime have rained destruction on Yemen and presided over an impending famine

Nazis' 'hunger plan'

More recent wartimes have also seen hunger wielded as a weapon. In a June 2017 essay for the London Review of Books titled "The Nazis Used It, We Use It," Alex de Waal catalogues the reliance on starvation as an "effective instrument of mass murder" in World War II. While "forced starvation" was, of course, "one of the instruments of the Holocaust," the Nazis had also devised a "hunger plan" for swathes of the Soviet Union in accordance with German agri-territorial designs.

The Nazis, meanwhile, were hardly the only 20th-century profiteers from famine. De Waal writes that "about 750,000 German civilians died of hunger" courtesy of Britain's blockade of Germany during World War I, and that "the name chosen for the aerial mining of Japanese harbours in 1945 by the US Air Force was Operation Starvation."

As for more contemporary instances of depriving civilian populations of necessary survival materials, the UN sanctions against Iraq of the early 1990s come to mind - as does the 1996 response by then-US ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright to estimates that half a million Iraqi children had died because of them: "We think the price is worth it."

Luckily for Saudi & Co, US complicity in criminal endeavours is pretty much assured so long as Saudi oil revenues - not to mention contributions to regional chaos - continue to translate into big bucks for the US arms industry.

Assisting the US political establishment, meanwhile, is an obsequious media that enjoys portraying the Saudi royals as innovative and reform-minded pioneers. – by Belen Fernandez

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Yemen Humanitarian Fund allocates US$70 million for life-saving activities

“Through this new allocation, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund will respond to the immediate causes of food insecurity and malnutrition; improve access to food, nutrition, health, water and sanitation services; and continue to support the ongoing cholera response,” said Mr. Jamie McGoldrick

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Film: A British doctor in Yemen describes to @itvnews the horrors unleashed by the country's ongoing civil war

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'People living in Al Hali district of #Hodeidah governorate.
No sewage disposal, no clean water, no cleanliness in streets. And that's an urban area' (photos)

Message and pictures received from Yemen Act, a newly born Association and NGO located in Hodeidah city, whose main goal is to ensure working towards the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country, especially those who are affected by the humanitarian crisis
Yemen Act works to ensure people have access to fundamental rights of life including - but not limited to - shelter, water, health care and education.
To have a pulse on the situation on what is happening in the Western coastal area, you may check their work directly. referring to

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GIEWS Country Brief: Yemen 28-November-2017

Conflict and below average rainfall endanger agricultural livelihoods

Below average cereal harvest forecast for 2017

Estimated 17 million people food insecure

Remotely sensed weather information suggests below average and poorly distributed rains in the 2017 agricultural season. In addition, the persistent conflict is seriously compromising agricultural livelihoods and production. Almost all governorates are reporting shortages and high prices of agricultural inputs.
Agricultural activities, particularly those related to irrigated crops, suffer from high fuel prices, with consequent increases in the share of rainfed crops, which in turn bear lower yields. Many rural households increasingly rely on casual labour opportunities as their main source of income. By contrast, in most conflict-affected areas, hired agricultural labour tends to be replaced by family labour in order to cope with the increased costs of production.
The severity of the impact varies across the country.

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A thank you message from Human Needs Development - HND in #Sanaa:
''"SAVE A FAMILY IN YEMEN" Update: 25-November-2017
"100" hungry families were helped with food packages in the Yemeni northern governorate of Hajjah. Those families are of the most vulnerable families in this governorate. (photos9

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A message from Human Needs Development - HND in #Sanaa:
''Tarek 13 years, Yahya 11 years and Hani 9 years old are three brothers, and they are children in their flower's age who lost their dreams and rights to continue their education as other children.
They belong to a displaced Family from the Harad area whose parents could not enroll them at school because of the impossibility, of the parents, to work. These children worked in a mechanical garage to provide a living and pay the rent. (photos)

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Film: #Yemen's children talk about some of the events of the Saudi aggression and its allies, And what was happened to their lives of changes.

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Escalating humanitarian crisis


HI has been present in Yemen since 2014. The organization’s team of 60 staff members, including eight international staff (three based in Sanaa), work in five health centers and hospitals in Sanaa where they provide rehabilitation care, train and assist medical teams in providing functional rehabilitation care, distribute mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs) and equip hospitals. HI also runs psychosocial support sessions for traumatized conflict-affected people.

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11 Millionen Kinder im Jemen brauchen dringend Hilfe

Vom Krieg in Jemen sind besonders Kinder betroffen. Laut Unicef leiden Millionen von ihnen unter starker Unterernährung, viele sterben an vermeidbaren Krankheiten.

Im Jemen stirbt nach Schätzung vom UN-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef alle zehn Minuten ein Kind an einer Krankheit, die zu vermeiden gewesen wäre. Das teilte Geert Cappelaere mit, Unicef-Regionaldirektor für den Nahen Osten und Nordafrika. Laut der Hilfsorganisation benötigen insgesamt mehr als elf Millionen Kinder dringend Hilfe.

"Heute kann man mit Recht behaupten, dass der Jemen für Kinder eines der schlimmsten Länder auf der Welt ist", sagte Cappelaere. Zwei Millionen Kinder litten unter starker Unterernährung. Die bereits in fünf Regierungsbezirken verbreitete Diphtherie sei in weiteren Gebieten ausgebrochen. Bei knapp einer Million Menschen wird vermutet, dass sie an Cholera oder Wasserdurchfall erkrankt sein könnten.

Der Krieg im Jemen sei ein "Krieg gegen die Kinder", sagte Cappelaere weiter.

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11 million children in Yemen desperately need aid: UN

More than 11 million children in war-torn Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, the United Nations children's fund warned on Sunday.

"Today it is fair to say that Yemen is one of the worst places on earth to be a child," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"Two million children today in Yemen suffer acute malnutrition (and) almost every single Yemeni boy and girl" is in acute need of humanitarian assistance, he told a press conference in Jordan's capital Amman.

"Today we estimate that every 10 minutes a child in Yemen is dying from preventable diseases."


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The War in Yemen: UNICEF: Yemen battle is a war against children

'A war on children'. That's how UNICEF is describing the ongoing conflict in Yemen. More than 11 million children in Yemen are in desperate need aid. And as Staci Bivens reports Aid agencies say more needs to be done to allow medicine and supplies into the war-torn country. and

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Yemen: Flow Monitoring Report, July 2017 - Enhancing the Understanding of Migration and Population Mobility in Yemen

IOM’s DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) was launched in Yemen in April, 2015 in an effort to better inform the humanitarian community about the location and needs of the displaced populations in Yemen. By the end of 2016, as part of DTM activities, IOM began implementing Flow Monitoring (FM) assessments in order to monitor the human mobility of other country nationals in Yemen and full report

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'Why the Syrians, but not us?': Yemenis urge Ottawa to act amid humanitarian crisis

While permanent residency applications for Yemeni families were left unanswered, Canada welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees. In 2016, Canada accepted a total of nearly 47,000 refugees from around the world. That same year, 344 Yemenis filed refugee claims for resettlement in Canada. Only five were accepted.

Yemenis applying for permanent residency in Canada face wait times of more than two years. Given this reality, the Yemeni-Canadian community has a simple question for the Canadian government: "Why the Syrians, but not us?"

My comment: Western hypocrisy. Syrians = Bad Assad ousted them; Yemenis: brave Saudis did, why should this interest us?

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Clashes kill four in Yemen capital as anti-Saudi alliance frays

Four supporters of Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed in clashes with their supposed allies from the Houthi movement in the centre of the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, his party said.

The fighting around the city’s main mosque complex underlined deepening rifts between the armed groups who have together confronted a Saudi-led alliance in three years of war.

In an official statement, Saleh’s General People’s Congress Party accused Houthi forces of trying to occupy part of the mosque site on Wednesday for a coming political rally.

Hundreds of Houthi fighters, the statement said, “broke into the Saleh Mosque and fired RPGs and grenades inside the mosque and put its regular guards under siege.”

They said four of Saleh’s supporters died and six guards were wounded in the complex built by Saleh and bearing his name which straddles a major highway and is close to the presidential palace. The Houthis, the statement said, were “responsible for every drop of blood.”

Officials from the Houthi group were not immediately available to comment on the reports of gunbattles, which were also reported in Arab media.

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Gunfire erupts in Yemen capital as anti-Saudi alliance frays

Residents heard gunfire in the center of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, escalating a week of mutual criticism between two armed political groupings who have held the city during nearly three years of war against a Saudi-led coalition.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing the sound of shooting around a sprawling mosque complex which straddles a major highway and is close to the presidential palace.

A source in Saleh’s political party told Reuters that armed Houthi fighters entered the mosque, which was built and named after Yemen’s former strongman, and sought to take it over.

“This will increase tensions. There are sporadic clashes going on in the political district in Sanaa,” the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There were no reports of casualties, and officials from the Houthi group were not immediately available to comment on the gunfire reports, which also were reported in Arab media.

Taha Mutawakil, a Houthi spiritual leader, in a Friday sermon blasted Saleh’s rule as “black days” for Yemen and called for the Houthis to declare an economic state of emergency and seize the assets of Saleh-aligned businessmen.

The movement’s leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi appeared to direct an unprecedented salvo at pro-Saleh officials in a speech on Saturday: “He who does not understand the concept of alliance and partnership, is an obstacle and knows only how to be a rival.”

For their part, Saleh’s General People’s Congress party referred to pro-Houthi fighters as “cartoonish mercenary things” in a statement.


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Clashes Erupt between Yemen’s Houthi Militants, Saleh Supporters

Clashes erupted on Wednesday between supporters of deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi insurgents.
The fighting broke out near the Saleh mosque in southern Sana’a.
Informed sources revealed that the clash started when guards at the mosque prevented Houthis from setting up surveillance cameras on the mosque’s minarets.
The insurgents wanted to use the cameras to monitor the nearby al-Sabeen square.
One Houthi was killed and a Saleh supporter was wounded in the unrest, said security sources close to the deposed president.
Meanwhile, republican guards loyal to Saleh blocked all roads leading to the al-Seyasy neighborhood in western central Sana’a.
Clashes soon ensued between the loyalists and Houthi militants, who were seeking to storm the residence of Colonel Tarek Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, the deposed president’s nephew.

My comment: The Houthis are so stupid that sometimes it is hard to understand.


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This will be a loooooong weekend in #Yemen capital Sanaa. In English: More than 20 captured, over 30 killed and dozens injured from the ranks of "Houthi mercenary militia" who tried to attack house of General Tareq Saleh in Al Siasi district.

Nothing on this by Houthi media so far.

I could swear that Ali Abdullah Saleh in his speech yesterday instructed media on all sides in #Yemen capital Sanaa to STFU.

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Ex-President Dismisses Reports on Iran's Presence in Yemen

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected media reports claiming that Iran has military presence in Yemen and is assisting the country in developing its missiles.

"A missile was fired from Sana'a to Riyadh and enemy claimed that the missile is Iranian while Iran is not present in Yemen and I swear to God that I, myself, demanded Iran to enter a strategic coalition with us as we are entitled to form a coalition with them to protect ourselves and our dignity but I swear to God that Iran didn’t accept it and the media reports about it are completely baseless," Saleh was quoted as saying by the Arabic website of Sputnik on Wednesday.

He once more called on Iran to join a coalition with Yemen to confront the Saudi-led coalition which has waged the devastating and bloody war against Yemen.

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Al Jouf: Houthis kills civilian asking his debts

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Despite war, siege and pain, #Saada is preparing and decorating to celebrate the occasion of Prophet Mohamed's Birthday. (photos)

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Yemeni women vigil protest Statement
We are silence when our children sleep, but we can not be silent when we see them being killed by air bombardment, starvation, in pain and displacement.
On behalf of all women in Yemen and the mothers of martyrs and wounded, we came here today to the United nations office in sana'a to revive the international community consciences by marching with 11 baby bodies who got killed in the international child day by Saudi's Alliance air bombing.
we came today demanding to buried those bodies of ours at the UN yard properties front of the UN office building to express our condemnation and rejection of the international community severe silence about what happening to our children (photos)

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Ibb: Houthis break into court, escape criminal

Houthis gunmen attacked on Monday a court in Ibb province, central Yemen, and escaped a prisoner committed a murder, while the province judges announced a nationwide strike in all courts protesting the incident and called for the arrest and accountability of the perpetrators and the protection of the courts and judges.

A local source told Almasderonline that the Houthis, led by al Sabra district supervisor Abu Sirraj, came on seven military vehicles, and opened fire on the prisoners truck and its guard, and stormed the criminal court on Taiz Street.

The gunmen succeeded in smuggling the prisoner Abdulwahab al Washli, who was accused of killing Amran al Faqih in front of his wife and mother at al Mahwa chick point in al Sabra district, southeastern Ibb, several months ago.

My comment: Ibb Houthis seem to be the worst in the whole country.

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Yemeni Minister Accuses Militias of Seizing Medicine-Loaded Trucks in Ibb

A Yemeni government official said that Houthi and Saleh militias have seized a truck loaded with medicines for children in Ibb governorate.

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Abdul-Raqib Fateh said that the detained cargo of children's medicines, which was supposed to reach Hodeidah Governorate and is provided by the Child Welfare Organization, was seized at the customs outlets established by the coup militias at a number of entrances to Ibb Governorate.

My comment: This could have happened, but it’s from a dubious source full of propaganda stories. The local Houthis from Ibb, anyway, seem to be the worst in the whole country. – And it’s strange to read such things in a Saudi newspaper anyway, thinking of the Saudi blockade.

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Houthi gunmen attack the Criminal Court building in Ibb governorate, assault the prison vehicle in front of the court, and smuggle four suspects, including a murderer. (Arabic document)

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Yemeni Figure Vows Swift Response to Saudi Attacks

President of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Saleh Ali al-Sammad underlined that Yemen’s response to Saudi Arabia’s attacks against Yemen’s defenseless people will be swift and surprising.

“(Our) reaction to the aggressive Saudi coalition will be a blitz and (be shown) in the battlefield,” Lebanon's Arabic-language Al Mayadeen TV network quoted Sammad as saying.

He referred to international and regional bodies’ silence on the Saudi led coalition crimes against the defenseless people of Yemen and said, “We are witnessing an international conspiracy (against Yemen) today.”

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Houthi Ansarullah Leader Cautions about Escalation of Saudi War against Yemen

The Secretary General of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah Movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi cautioned the Yemeni people about escalation of Saudi war against the country following the defeat of Riyadh plots against Syria and Iraq.

Al-Houthi on Saturday called on the Yemenis to prepare themselves for the imminent escalation of Saudi war, noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) seek revenge for its defeats in Syria and Iraq.

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

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#AlQaeda #Yemen claims 2 bomb ops injuring #UAE-supported Security Belt forces in Abyan yday: Multiple bomb ambush on convoy of Rapid Reaction Force commander ‘Abd al-Latif al-Sayyid in al-Mahfad & bomb vs vehicle in Zinjibar region

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Taiz deputy governor wounded in clashes between the military police and the axis forces

The deputy governor of Taiz city, Aref Jamal was shot by troops due to clashes broke out on Tuesday between the command axis forces and the military police forces at the headquarters of the military police western Taiz city, central Yemen, a military source told Almasdaronline.

A rebellion led by the Colonel Jamal Al-Shamiri, the commander of the military police, handed over weapons to Abu Abbas Brigades, although the police were neutral in the tension between battalions and the Al-Saalik Brigade. The source added.

Troops from the axis stormed the headquarters of the military police to end the rebellion, while the arrival of the province's deputy Aref Jamal with others to end the new tension between the military police and Axis forces, the source stated.

The exchange of fire between the two sides was wounded in the wake of the heavy.

The source said that the clashes took place between the two parties for hours, and ended by stopping the military police rebellion appointing a new commander, instead of Colonel Jamal al-Shamiri.


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AQAP official helps mediate conflict between Hadi government-aligned militias in Taiz city, central Yemen .[1]


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Yemen: The First Peace And Renaissance Conference In Taiz

Organized by Fajr Al-Amal Charitable Foundation for Social Development and under the slogan "Comprehensive Renaissance and Peace, The Peace and Renaissance Conference was launched yesterday in Taiz as the first four-day conference on peace at the governorate level, with the participation of a group of academics, party leaders and community organizations. The conference aims to produce results and recommendations that will promote education and training in peace and security and the comprehensive renaissance among all components in the city of Taiz. (with film)

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AQAP militants detonate IED targeting Emirati-backed commander in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen[5]

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Car bomb kills 5 in southern Yemen; IS claims responsibility

Yemeni witnesses and officials say a powerful car bomb has struck a government building in the southern port city of Aden, killing five people and wounding 12. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

The witnesses and security officials say the early Wednesday blast completely destroyed the finance ministry building, damaged nearby houses and triggered fires in shops in the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility in an online statement. and and and reports with photos by RT and ABNA and and film und

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President Hadi replaced the governor of al Mahrah governorate, eastern #Yemen. #Saudi-backed forces recently deployed to al Mahrah to secure its ports in order to limit #Iran's smuggling. Local councils tentatively granted them access.

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Yemeni forces kill Al Qaida provincial leader in Lahj

The Lahj province Al Qaida commander, who plotted multiple attacks against military and government targets, was killed in a brief clash with security forces, Brigadier General Saleh Al Sayed, Lahj’s security chief, said.

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President Al-Zubaidy Sends an Important Call for the Southern People

General Aidarous Al-Zubaidy, president of the southern transitional council, called all southern people for mobilizing and attending the event of the golden Jubilee of the national day of independence “30th November”, to be held next Thursday in Al-Shaheed Khaled Al-Gunaidy Square – Kriter – Adan and see also

Remark: Southern separatists; Southern Yemen became independent in 1967.

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An Important Statement from Shabwa Citizens Concerning Escalation Against the Governor of Shabwa

Tribal leaders, public figures, local authorities and NGOs of Shabwa issued an important statement concerning public escalation against the governor of Shabwa who acted in an unacceptable manner, robbed public money and threatened citizens with guns. SMA News Publishes the statement as it is:

we were all astonished by appointing “Ali Ben Rashed Al-Harethy” as a governor of Shabwa and since his appointment he committed the following unacceptable acts:
1. Unlike other governorates, prices of all petroleum products were increased without a law to organize prices and revenues were deposited in his personal accounts. The increase reached 800 Riyal for each 20 liters.

These illegal acts were met by sincere advice from public figures, tribal leaders and local authorities but he insisted on his acts and used his sons to threaten those figures by guns.
Therefore, all citizens of Shabwa demand that president Abd Rabu Mansour Hady should interfere and transfer that corrupt person and his followers outside Shabwa in addition to confiscating all sums of money he and his followers robbed from the public treasury of the governorate.


First grade students at Khawlah bint Al-Azwar school in Al-Basateen area of Dar Saad #Aden now have desks kindly provided by Sheikh Jamal bin Attaf (photos)

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Gunmen attacked the home of Southern leader Adeeb Al-Issi with an RPG and gunfire wounding him and killing 2 others in Al-Basateen area of Dar Saa (photos)

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Assassinations continue apace in #Yemen. #IslamicState Aden-Abyan province has just claimed today's assassination of Khaldun Madah (young man in his 20s) in al-Mansura #Aden.


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ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan released images of the assassination of Khaldun Madah in Mansoura district (photos)

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No fuel in the government's in exile (in Riyadh) 'de facto' capital #Aden (photo)

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Bouts Erupt Among Saudi-Paid Militias in Taiz, Central Yemen

Clashes broke out on Monday between two factions of Saudi-paid militias in the governorate of Taiz, which left at least two killed and five wounded.

The fierce bouts erupted last Saturday among the Abu-Abbas al-Takfiri Brigades, backed by the United Arab Emirates and another military faction affiliated with the pro-Saudi Islah Party.

The UAE forces are seeking to form a security belt consisting of their militias in the city of Taiz, similar to what we observe in the southern Yemeni governorates.

Factions affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition exchange accusations about bursting the military situation in Taiz and belonging to the Takfiri organization of Daesh.

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Al-Attas: Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen are Lords of War and Don’t Want to Reach an En
Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas, chancellor of President Abd Rabu Mansour Hady, described leaders of the Yemeni Reform Party as lords of war who don’t want to reach an end. In a forum held in Al-Ahram Al-Araby Magazine in Cairo – Egypt, Al-Attas indicated that war in Yemen will not reach an end soon because of Muslim Brotherhood lords of war who are benefiting from this war and won’t allow it to end now. Al-Attas indicated that Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Yemen invest the money they get in major economic project in Turkey and this prolongs the war

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Two Injuries among Soldiers of the Third Brigade “HAZM” in an Explosion in Kehboub

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Shabwan elite forces blew up a house southern Shabwa

The United Arab Emirates-backed elite of Shabwa forces blew up on Sunday the home of a resident in al Houta town southern Shabwa province in southeastern Yemen, a source and activists said.

Activists on social networking sites posted pictures and a video of the moment when the 5-storey house, a landmark of the city seized two weeks ago after fighting against al Qaeda, was blown up, which severely damaged.

A local source told Almasdaronline that elite forces had arrived in the city and surrounded the house of Muhammad Abdullah Budhas, owned by his heirs.

The house was empty of the population at the moment of detonation. The source added.

The source quoted the tribal leader of the city Hussein Bahnhn said that the bombing of the house came against the background of one of the sons of Podhas belonging to the extremist organizations, before returning to work in the land and electricity.

He said that the bombing of the house caused widespread resentment among the residents of the city

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Banan Foundation condemns the stopping and confiscation of a relief locomotive in a point of the alliance in Marib

Banan Development Foundation condemned in the strongest terms the stopping and confiscation of its aid locomotive by a point in the Marib governorate of the alliance and the looting of relief materials and the detention of the driver of the locomotive.
The foundation said in a statement received by the Saba news agency that the relief locomotive provided by benefactors from the Sultanate of Oman and other relief locomotives coming from Oman are subjected to harassment and obstruction and search is unjustified despite the clarity and completion of customs papers, which enter through a shehyen land port and pay all fees for the hackers.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Protecting Civilians: A Humanitarian Responsibility and Necessity for Ending Yemen’s War

Indeed, even if peace negotiations were to resume, they could not be successful as long as civilian casualties remain high and the majority of the population struggles to survive under such precarious conditions. No party to the conflict is ever likely to stop fighting and enter negotiations as long as the civilian populations dependent on them for survival are being systematically ravaged.
Yemen’s war, now entering its third year, is multi-sided, a reality that merits attention in alleviating the current suffering as well as in devising a long-term peace process. The current UN plan continues to recognize only a two-sided conflict, and one in which only one side—the Saudi-backed coalition—is viewed as having legitimate claims. This is not an approach that can achieve peace.
The political reality on the ground—from the real complexities of the war to the toll on civilian populations—must be addressed now and in the future. In the long-term, peace and reconstruction for Yemen is at stake. In the immediate term, the protection of the civilian population may be the key to whether a long-term peace is ever possible – BY JILLIAN SCHWEDLER

My comment: “The current UN plan continues to recognize only a two-sided conflict, and one in which only one side—the Saudi-backed coalition—is viewed as having legitimate claims. This is not an approach that can achieve peace”: fully hitting the spot!

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Foreign Secretary hosted meeting on Yemen

The Foreign Secretary hosted a meeting on Tuesday 28 November to continue the UK’s work to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia (Adel Al Jubeir), United Arab Emirates (Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed), Oman (Yusuf bin Alawi), the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The meeting of key stakeholders, known as the ‘Quint’, is part of the main, multilateral process aimed at achieving a long-term political solution to the conflict in Yemen.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

The UK is hosting this important forum on Yemen because it is vital that we redouble efforts to work towards a sustainable political solution to the conflict. Since the beginning of the crisis the UK has played a leading role in diplomatic efforts and we will continue to do so. and also read

My comment: What a propaganda scam! This meeting unites four warring parties just of one side, thus it hardly can be “aimed at ending conflict in Yemen”. And Johnson tries to highlight a positive British role – Britain is a warring party in this war as well, it is complicit in Saudi war crimes by various aspects, look at cp10.

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A ministerial meeting of the Yemen Quartet will be held in London on Tuesday

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the sources explained.
No extra information was given, yet Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who has not given any statement since his latest tour in the region, has specified these three major issues in his files: “cessation of hostilities, measures to build confidence and return to the negotiating table.”

and by Saudi media:

My comment: What should this “Yemen Quartet” really be? All four states are warring parties in the Yemen war. This “Quartet” does not have anything to do with peace brokering

Comment: If you are wondering how close we are to a political solution to the conflict in #Yemen, ponder the fact that there was no Yemeni representation at this meeting today


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Arab foreign ministers in London hail progress in re-opening Yemen's ports

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Adel Al Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian foreign minister, attended.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen eased restrictions at the main Mr Jubeir said the meeting examined options for reviving political negotiations after 70 failed attempts at agreement. It also took account of the need to ensure that Iranian missile smuggling had stopped.

“This missile was an Iranian missile that was cut into pieces and reassembled. The US, the UK, has examined this as has a UN team. It is Iranian."

He added that the coalition has not blocked aid flows but has had to carry out inspections of cargo vessels to make up for a deficient UN mechanism.

“The ships carrying food and other supplies have been allowed in," he added. “Not one ship has been turned down.”

The UN inspection mechanism must be upgraded, he added. It has only processed a handful of vessels.


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London foreign ministers meet charts progress on Yemen relief effort

A meeting of Arab foreign ministers in London heard how the reopening of the country’s ports had given a boost to the international humanitarian effort underway in the country.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the stakeholders, known as the “Quint,” expressed “full support for Saudi Arabia and its legitimate security concerns” and underlined that the firing of ballistic missiles by Houthi forces into neighboring countries posed threats to regional security and prolonged the conflict.”
“Ministers discussed ways of enhancing inspection mechanisms to prevent weapons smuggling into Yemen, while ensuring unimpeded movement of goods into and throughout Yemen,” the statement said.

My comment: This meeting has nothing to do with peace efforts; this is a propaganda scam.

And more reports in Saudi media, which show that this just is a meeting of the main allies representing the warring parties of onne side and has nothing to do woith peace brokering:

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London Meeting Stresses Need to Prevent Arms Smuggling to Yemen

The International Quartet Committee on the Yemeni crisis underlined the need to strengthen inspection mechanisms to prevent arms smuggling to Yemen, while ensuring unrestricted movement of goods and safe and rapid access to relief materials throughout the country.
The meeting, which was held in London, gathered the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the United Arab Emirates and the US Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in the presence of Omani Foreign Minister.
Participants underlined that the provision of weapons to the Houthi militias and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh was a violation of Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231, while expressing their support to the UN efforts to investigate the sources of rockets fired on Saudi Arabia and take the appropriate action in this regard.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministers condemned the rocket attack on Riyadh in November, which deliberately targeted a civilian area, stressing their full support for Saudi Arabia’s right to defend its security.


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International meeting on Yemen in London confirms Kingdom's right to defend its security

The participants in the international meeting on Yemen affirmed today their support for the right of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to defend its security and stability because of the threats posed by the Houthis in Yemen to the security of the Kingdom and neighboring countries.

This came in a joint statement issued after the international meeting on the Yemeni crisis.

and this is by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen

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Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Quint countries meet for Yemen

Ministers underlined that the conflict has created an urgent humanitarian crisis. Ministers agreed that there was a shared responsibility among all parties to ensure safe, rapid and unhindered access for goods and for humanitarian personnel throughout Yemen. Ministers discussed ways of enhancing inspection mechanisms to prevent weapons smuggling into Yemen, while ensuring unimpeded movement of goods into and throughout Yemen.

The Ministers strongly condemned the 4 November missile attack on Riyadh, which deliberately targeted a civilian area. They expressed full support for Saudi Arabia and its legitimate security concerns. Ministers underlined that the firing of ballistic missiles by Houthi forces into neighbouring countries posed threats to regional security and prolonged the conflict. Ministers called for an immediate end to such attacks by Houthi forces and their allies.

The Ministers reaffirmed that the provision of weapons to Houthi forces, and those allied to former President Saleh, is a violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231. The Ministers expressed strong support for UN efforts to investigate the origins of the missiles and take appropriate action.

My comment: The bias is breath-taking.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Rouhani says Saudis call Iran an enemy to conceal defeat in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia presents Iran as an enemy because it wants to cover up its defeats in the region.

“Saudi Arabia was unsuccessful in Qatar, was unsuccessful in Iraq, in Syria and recently in Lebanon. In all of these areas, they were unsuccessful,” Rouhani said in the interview live on state television. “So they want to cover up their defeats.”

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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1st death linked to #Saudi MBS corruption campaign. Jamaz Assuhaimi, ex head of Saudi stock exchange who was involved in the 2006 stock collapse & theft of > $500 billions with Saudi princes like AlWaleed.

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Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

Although still nascent, the emerging Saudi-Israeli 'alliance' is one of convenience and shared interests

Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council.

These relations, however, accelerated significantly during the P5+1 negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal, and especially since Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) became the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Israel joined forces in a vigorous lobbying campaign in Washington to thwart the nuclear deal, to no avail. Despite failing to derail it, they have since collaborated closely to undermine the agreement and demonise Iran. Their claims that Iran has violated the conditions imposed on it under the deal have not been recognised by international observers or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

With MbS' dramatic rise to power, bellicose attitude towards Iran and more recently Hizballah, along with the failing war in Yemen, and his unabashed power grab in the kingdom under the guise of fighting corruption, he once again has joined forces with the Israelis to halt the spread of a "Shia Crescent" in the Middle East.

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Those who disputed Tom Freedman's @nytimes article need to reconcile their views with this survey. 94.4% of Saudis approve of Crown Prince, according to a Saudi think tank.

My comment: And, would this make him any better??

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Saudi Arabia Shifts Policy From Risk Averse to Downright Dangerous

A perfect storm is gathering around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Economic weakness, foreign policy setbacks and political infighting in the royal family threaten to destabilize America’s oldest ally in the Middle East. Volatility in the kingdom will have a ripple effect throughout the region.

The kingdom is at a crossroad. Low oil prices have damaged the economy which flat-lined in 2016 and went into recession this year. A third of the country’s foreign reserves have been spent since Salman ascended the throne just three years ago. The Saudi cradle-to-grave welfare state is unsustainable.

The good news is that the king and crown prince recognize the need for profound changes and have proposed a new economic strategy called Saudi Vision 2030 including innovative ideas for opening society and reducing dependence on oil.

But implementing Vision 2030 has been weak. Necessary cuts in public-sector salaries and subsidies were quickly reversed. The purge of family members, allegedly an anti-corruption campaign, has frightened investors and is leading to capital flight.

The blockade of Qatar is another failed adventure by the crown prince. Qataris have rallied behind the emir, and Saudi efforts to promote dissidents have been mocked.

For now the crown prince is unchallenged, but many suspect that once his father passes MBS may be vulnerable.

Rather than handing over a blank check to Riyadh, Washington should be urging a more conservative approach – by Bruce Riedel

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Seven Beheaded in Saudi Arabia For Murder, Robbery, Drug-Running

Seven people were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday following their convictions on charges of murder, robbery and drug smuggling. The condemned included a gang of six Yemeni home invaders and one Saudi drug-runner.

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Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious Upheaval

Stung by an apparent defeat in Syria, Saudi Arabia’s aggressive Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has arrested rivals within the kingdom’s elite and provoked a political crisis in Lebanon

I spoke with Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut

Mohammad bin Salman has pushed a so-called “reform” agenda to liberalize the Saudi economy. He wants to have the Saudi oil company, Aramco, go on the public market. He has taken a stand against corruption, which he claims has cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars. He is going after the very rich in an attempt to recover some of these billions to help close the budget deficit inside Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, he has talked about the need to rein in extremism. But while he is saying all these things, he is prosecuting a decidedly anti-Iranian agenda, which is of course red meat to the extremists. It is not clear how he could, on the one hand, put the extremists in their place, while at the same time basically parroting the rhetoric of the extremists.

He might not only consolidate power from the rest of his family, he might consolidate power from some of the clerics and become the most extremist player in Saudi Arabia with his rhetoric against Iran. It is not a very comforting sight.

If this Saudi monarchy precipitately collapses, there will be serious chaos in Saudi Arabia. The entire institutional framework has been set up around the monarchy and there is no easily identifiable separate power base.

I was a little surprised that the corporate media didn’t pick up on this. About a week before the arrests were made, there was a major investors’ conference in Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince had asked a consultancy firm to write an important report titled “Saudi Vision 2020,” where he laid out the plans to diversify the Saudi economy away from reliance on oil to make Saudi Arabia a kind of “Singapore in the Sand.” To use the country’s wealth to help it track into the future.

He has plans to build a vast new high-tech city in northern Saudi Arabia bordering Jordan and Egypt. At this conference, many banks and hedge funds appeared to be very excited to get involved in this project. Now, if you want to raise investor confidence, the last thing you should be doing is arresting some of the richest people in your country.

But I think this was a message the Crown Prince wanted to send to these investors, saying that he was not going to tolerate internal corruption. This is a kind of neoliberal message to the banks, that you won’t have to worry about paying bribes, etc., this is going to be run in a modern way – by Dennis J Bernstein

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Former Mossad chief describes Saudi Arabia as ‘lagging behind’ in development

Former Mossad Chief Gad Shimron has said that Israel is a developed country, while Saudi Arabia is a country “lagging behind” in terms of development, Shehab news agency reported on Monday.

“Foreigners control the Saudi economy,” Shimron told a TV audience. “Saudi damaged many of the files it was involved in: the Syrian file as it supported the opposition; the Yemeni file; and the economic domination of the Lebanese file. The Kingdom is a big story of failure.”

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The kingdom was entrusting its financial markets to a woman. In February, Sarah Al Suhaimi was elected chair of the Tadawul, Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, becoming the first and only woman to lead an exchange in the Middle East.

News of her appointment is all the more significant in a country where just 20 percent of women work — compared to roughly 60 percent in the United States — and one-third of female job seekers are unemployed, five times the rate for men. The majority of Saudi women still require the consent of a male guardian, either by law or custom, to work, marry or travel outside the country.

Breaking the glass ceiling? Suhaimi, 37, has already shattered three in her still young career

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Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

Senior Saudi Arabian prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, has been freed after agreeing to pay over $1 billion to settle corruption allegations against him, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.

The official, who is involved in the crackdown and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Miteb was released on Tuesday after reaching “an acceptable settlement agreement”. The official said he believed the agreed sum to be the equivalent of over $1 billion.

“It is understood that the settlement included admitting corruption involving known cases,” the official said, without giving details.

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Saudi Arabia is asking some royals and businessmen caught up in corruption crackdown to pay 70% of their wealth in return for their freedom

Saudi Arabia could make billions of dollars from its unprecedented corruption crackdown, according to a new BBC report.

When asked about reports of cash and assets totaling $800 billion that belong to the people accused of corruption, the official said, "Even if we get 100 billion back, that would be good."

The Financial Times reported earlier this month that Saudi Arabian authorities are negotiating settlements with the princes and businessmen currently detained at the Ritz Carlton.

Saudi officials are asking some of the businessmen, royals and ministers detained in Crown Prince Mohammad's purge to pay as much as 70% of their wealth in return for their freedom, people familiar with the situation told the Financial Times.

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How Far Will the ‘Friendship’ of Israel and Saudi Arabia Go?
Recently, Israel and Saudi Arabia began to demonstrate their mutual readiness for proximity or even collaboration based on the joint opposition to Iran. So far, these two ferocious geopolitical enemies of Tehran are trying to stick to the policy of confidentiality in the conducted negotiations and have not entered the level of official inter-state contacts yet. However, even now, many things testify to the readiness of Tel-Aviv and Riyadh to go towards ‘bold decisions’, to the extent of making visits of official persons and establishing diplomatic relations.

By intending nowadays to take the place of the regional hegemon, with the support of Washington, the current Israeli politicians, due to U.S. pressure, decided to correct their previous mistakes in ‘Iran’s Regional Position Strengthening’, being poised to concluding an alliance with their opponents from Saudi Arabia. However, even this temporary political-military alliance between the Jews and the Saudi looks highly suspect. =

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#Saudi CP orders release of ex National Guard minister Miteb Bin Abdullah who looted billions referring to

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Saudi Arabia Is Freeing a New Batch of Former Gitmo Detainees

And the Trump administration isn't happy.

Saudi Arabia is quietly preparing to release a group of Yemenis once held in Guantánamo, the first non-Saudis to graduate from its 13-year-old deradicalization program. The imminent release of the nine Yemeni men, however, comes at a tense time for the kingdom and a potentially awkward moment for Washington.

The Yemenis will be freed in Saudi Arabia in the coming days, an official at the Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care told Foreign Policy during a visit in late October. Another official confirmed on Friday the men have not yet been released, but will be shortly. Another four are slated to leave the rehabilitation facility outside Riyadh in 2018.

President Donald Trump is unlikely to welcome their reentry into society. “There should be no further releases from Gitmo,” he warned when former President Barack Obama’s administration transferredthem there last year. “These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.”

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Saudi Arabia's advisory council studying proposals to protect whistleblowers

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, a top advisory council to the government, is studying proposals for protection of people who report financial crime, local media reported, following the government’s anti-corruption crackdown.

My comment: Whistleblowers in Saudi Arabia? LOL.

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Bin Salman, The Family of Saud, Wahhabism. Nazism by Another Name?

In fact, the reality of the situation is that Mr Bin Salman, with his adventures – failed though they might be – in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as in Bahrain and Eastern Occupied Arabia, bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Movement. If we were to transpose Mr Bin Salman and Wahhabism with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Movement; as well as Jews with Non-Wahhabis; you would not be able to tell the difference between the two.

Through the course of this paper, we will discuss certain statements by Mr Bin Salman of so-called Saudi Arabia attempting to equate the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khamenei with Adolf Hitler.

The immature and ignorant words of this absolute monarchist, Mr Bin Salman Al-Saud, indeed reveal a lot about him and his failing absolute monarchy than about the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

On November 23, 2017, an interview was published by veteran journalist Thomas L. Friedman. [2] A very interesting and revealing interview. An interview with the now de-facto “king” of the country named after a family – “Saudi” Arabia.

Yes, so I’ve said it – Mr Bin Salman, bears an uncanny similarity to Adolf Hitler; and his Wahhabi Takfiri Family bear a terrifying conformity to the Nazi Movement. Remove the location from Europe to the Middle East, and the persecuted from Jewish (and many minorities), [104] to anyone who is not Wahhabi, and there you go. Same exact thing. A rose by any other name … as we said at the start.

It seems that the world has yet to learn the lessons from history, that the United Nations has yet to realise that when it says, “never again”, [105] it doesn’t really know what it is saying “never again” to; rather – they are once more supporting a tyrant, giving him a mouthpiece and promoting a false description of history.

Those who do this will make the same mistakes again and again. Until they learn from history, the real history, that is not tarnished with propaganda and lies spewed by the unscrupulous mainstream Zionist and Saudi controlled media, these atrocities will continue, they will just have a different décor – BY SHABBIR HASSANALLY

My comment: Such comparisons mostly are delicate and problematic. Interesting, although I cannot agree to this equalization.

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Film: 'MBS' seems like a brand name that nobody want's to buy or a disease with no cure
Mohammed bin Salman's attempts in boosting his brand is something more like a bad high budget horror show with low ratings

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Die saudische Allianz muslimischer Staaten gegen Terrorismus und den Iran

Saudi-Arabien, das die muslimische Welt führen will, setzt sich an die Spitze der Islamischen Antiterrorismus-Allianz von 41 Ländern und will mit der Auslöschung des Terrorismus das "wahre Wesen des Islam" verbreiten

Am Sonntag fand das erste Treffen der Islamischen Antiterrorismus-Allianz (IMCTC) in Riad statt. Der saudische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman will damit auch eine Dominanz Saudi-Arabiens als muslimische Führungsmacht demonstrieren, ausgeschlossen bleiben der Iran, mit dem Saudi-Arabien als Regionalmacht konkurriert und Stellvertreterkriege führt, sowie die mit dem Iran verbundenen Länder Irak und Syrien.

Die anwesenden Verteidigungsminister bezeugten Saudi-Arabien in der Abschlusserklärung Dank für die Bemühungen zur Bildung der Allianz

Auf die Jagd auf Terroristen kann man sich gut verständigen. Zumal, wenn man nicht so genau sagt, um wen es sich handelt. Ausgerechnet Saudi-Arabien führt eine Allianz von 41 islamischen Staaten an, deren Ziel es sein soll, den Terrorismus auszulöschen militärisch, ideologisch, finanziell und medial.

Dabei fördert Saudi-Arabien den islamischen Fundamentalismus, auf dem sunnitische Terroristen wie al-Qaida oder der Islamische Staat aufbauen. Die Korruption in vielen autoritär geführten islamischen Ländern ist zudem ein Grund für die Existenz islamistischer Terroristen.

Gefördert werden sollen die "islamischen Prinzipien der Toleranz und des Mitleids" in dem Land, das Menschen auspeitscht, Hände abhackt und kreuzigt und einen gnadenlosen Krieg gegen Muslime im Jemen führt

Äußerst vage Terrorismusdefinition

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Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’

In Riyadh on Monday, there was a meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) defense ministers.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t face the threat of external aggression. Therefore, how useful is the IMCTC in warding off an enemy that slouches within Saudi Arabia itself? Again, will IMCTC countries go to war with Iran to re-establish Saudi pre-eminence in the Muslim Middle East?

Most IMCTC countries – drawn from distant lands in the Maghreb, Africa or Central Asia – maintain friendly relations with Iran. (Even Pakistan seems eager to turn a new leaf with Iran.)

Simply put, the IMCTC is the latest manifestation of the Saudi approach of throwing money at a problem to shoo it away. But the crisis today is existential, and the IMCTC gives a false sense of security

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Egypt attack to spur on Saudi-backed Muslim military alliance: crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday an attack on an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshippers would galvanize an Islamic military coalition that aimed to counter “terrorism and extremism”.

Top defense officials from 40 Muslim-majority nation’s met in Riyadh on Sunday. They are part of an alliance gathered together two years ago by Prince Mohammed, who is also Saudi defense minister. and also


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Saudi crown prince pledges to rid world of Islamist terror

Mohammed bin Salman launches military alliance some fear will deepen regional rifts

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has pledged to rid the world of Islamist terrorism as he launched a military alliance that critics fear will deepen rifts between the kingdom and its arch-rival Iran. Mohammed bin Salman, the architect of an increasingly assertive regional policy, said on Sunday the new Islamic coalition signalled greater military, political and financial co-operation against terrorism after years of poor co-ordination among Muslim states.

Prince Mohammed has vowed to restore moderate Islam in the kingdom, where puritanical strains of the faith that encouraged violence have been promoted for decades. and also

My comment: Still promoting Salmans PR gag “has vowed to restore moderate Islam in the kingdom”: For this, he would be forced to make undone Saudi history since 1744. – This meeting is a propaganda gag – by creating this “alliance”, the Saudis want to demonstrate that they are the leaders of the Muslim world. – 100 comments to the article!

Comments: Iran was obviously not invited by the Saudi regime either, so the 3 countries that did the majority of the fighting in defeating ISIS -- Syria, Iraq, and Iran -- are not part of the Saudi-led IMA that is absurdly, laughably taking credit for it.

"Saudi Arabia also made a point to put Qatar, absent from the gathering, at the end of the list of 41 countries that belong to the anti-terrorism alliance."

Typical idiocy : Saudi Arabia blockades Qatar as the world's top financier of Islamic terror, but also lists Qatar as a member of Saudi's anti-terror Tupperware party.

Comment: This guy has a natural talent for dark comedy. #Saudi crown prince pledges to rid world of Islamist terror

Comment: Note FT's subtle 'programming' of its readers: it's not to eliminate *exported Saudi Wahhabi-inspired* terror, but *Islamist* terror. Salman only seeks to rid the world of his paranoid delusional *Iranian Shia terror* by exporting more fanatical Wahhabi Death Cult clerics.

and how Saudi media present it:

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Muslim defense ministers vow to support global efforts against terrorism

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Donald Trump is reshaping the Middle East. Will it work?

Tensions are building between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The consequences could be disastrous.

In trying to reckon with that "disaster," Trump seems to have set his stall in Riyadh, tacitly encouraging the kingdom's ambitious crown prince to shake up Saudi foreign policy and embark on a dramatic series of confrontations across the region.

Our loyalty to Saudi Arabia may actually have contributed to the kingdom's many mistakes in Yemen, among other challenges and missed opportunities," wrote Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, referring to the ruinous Saudi-led intervention across its southern border. "Forcing countries like Jordan to choose between Washington and Tehran may simply put them in Iranian crosshairs, with no likely major benefit to our own regional influence."

"To average citizens of the region, the power plays involving Iran, the Gulf States, Turkey, Russia, and the US and other regional actors have only complicated their lives, leading to chaos, war, displacement, and poverty in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq and raising fears of further conflict," BuzzFeed's Borzou Daragahi wrote. "Saudi popularity has been steadily declining, according to independent polling data. Another survey conducted last year shows that Arabs view the U.S. and Israel as greater threats than Iran."

In this context, Washington could play a more moderating role in an attempt to defuse tensions and stoke much-needed diplomacy between Tehran and Riyadh – By Ishaan Tharoor

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Saudi Arabia's Millennial Crown Prince Leading Time's 'Person of the Year' Poll

Move aside Donald Trump: Mohammed bin Salman is currently leading the field which includes Taylor Swift and Vladimir Putin - the distinction has been given to controversial leaders in the past like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin

My comment: Oh my goodness.

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New Drone Strikes Underscore, Again, How Much Power We Give Trump

Americans rolled over for decades while we gave the executive branch unreviewable authority to kill – now that power is in the hands of an idiot

The ability to kill by remote control without judicial review was one of the many gifts we bequeathed to Trump prior to his inauguration.

Most of the media obsessed over the particulars of the botched and luridly insensitive phone call Trump made to the family of slain U.S. soldier Sgt. La David Johnson at the end of October.

The La David Johnson story received a lot of attention by members of the media on both sides of the aisle. But very little of it was directed at the question, "What the hell are we doing in Niger?"

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Stop the Obama- and Trump-Supported War on the People of Yemen!

We in the Black Alliance for Peace call on the people of the United States to demand an end to all military support to the murderous Saudi dictatorship.

We demand that the blockade be lifted, and humanitarian aid be provided.

We demand that the United Nations Security Council move to resolve the war in Yemen by calling for an immediate cessation of military actions, followed by a diplomatic resolution of the governmental crisis in that country.

We call on the U.S. Congress to launch an immediate investigation into the Saudis possibly violating U.S. law by using U.S. arms to commit crimes against humanity. And we demand the prosecution of all Obama administration officials who were complicit in the decisions that led to committing those crimes.


Call your representatives in Congress and in the Senate beginning today, November 20, to demand that the U.S. government force the Saudis to lift the blockade of Yemen and let the people live!


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Supreme Court declines to take up drone strike lawsuit

The Supreme Court is declining to revive a lawsuit over a drone strike in Yemen that killed five people.

The court said Monday it would not take up the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled earlier this year that the case had been properly dismissed. The appeals court said taking up the case would require it to second-guess the wisdom of a military action, which it said courts could not review.

The case arose out of a 2012 drone strike in eastern Yemen. The relatives of two people killed in the strike sued the United States, saying it was a U.S. drone strike that had killed their relatives who were innocent civilians.

My comment: Oh that sounds dubious. The case reveals the crazyness of US actions in Yemen and elsewhere. The drone strike was no “military action” according to international law. The US never had declared a war according to international war against anyone in Yemen. Whatever such a drone strike is, it cannot be a “military action”. Might-be just a crime.

Comment: We come, we drone, we kill (in this case) 5 innocent civilians, we tell you it's ok. We repeat it.


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A Drone Killed His Family. The U.S. Courts Just Buried Them.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber’s kin were marked for death in a American ‘targeted killing’ program that can’t tell apart terrorists and their foes. For his pain, all he wants is an apology.

Ahmed Salem bin Ali Jaber, better known as Salem, was an imam who preached against al-Qaeda in Yemen. Waleed bin Ali Jaber, Salem’s son, was a traffic cop. On August 29, 2012, a U.S. drone strike killed them. On Monday, the American justice system buried them.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber is Salem’s brother-in-law—he preferred to say brother—and Waleed’s uncle.

He wants one thing from Washington: a public apology. Faisal wants basic recognition of something all of us know from our daily lives—we make mistakes, even awful ones, and as the severity of our mistakes intensify, so too does our obligation to make restitution.

Faisal will never get what he wants for Salem and Waleed. On Monday, the Supreme Court released a list of cases that, among other things, it won’t hear. Among them is Jaber, Ahmed S. et al v. United States et al.

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Iran rejects U.S. accusation of breaching UNSC resolutions

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected the U.S. accusation that Tehran violated the UN Security Council resolutions on Yemen.

In a statement on Saturday, Qassemi blasted the recent White House statement concerning Saudi Arabia’s political gesture and move to open a port and an airport to allow international aid to reach Yemen.

He also dismissed Washington’s accusation that Iran has violated resolutions by the UN Security Council, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran spares no effort to echo to all people and circles around the world the Yemeni people’s chants of justice-seeking and of expressing their [being subject to] oppression.”

“We have announced, time and again, and on different occasions that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no military links with Yemen, and that the country’s defence and missile capabilities are completely a domestic issue which is related to that country only,” said the spokesman.

“Undoubtedly, the White House statement overtly proves the United States’ complicity in, and responsibility towards Saudi Arabia’s crimes against Yemen,” said the spokesman.

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A Less Than Modest Proposal to End the War in Yemen

the U.S. is complicit in what has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Our role in the crisis is not limited to the provision of high-tech weapons and munitions; the military has been waist-deep in the Big Muddy of turning Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, into a nation of widows and orphans.

So let us bow our heads and give thanks for America’s continuation of the war of conquest that began five centuries ago and has evolved into the imperium’s onslaught against the poor and defenseless elsewhere in the world and its ruthless drive for hegemony, even when this means supporting the likes of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and other heartless rulers as long as our interests and theirs are closely aligned.

It’s an old story.

It will take much more than a non-binding resolution and a Senator’s act of conscience to stop the bloodshed in Yemen and bring an end to the war.

If Jonathan Swift were alive today, I can well imagine him considering the tragedy that is unfolding in Yemen.

Personally, I would propose at the very least a moratorium on all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies, an unconditional end to the blockade, a major relief effort bringing in tons of life-saving supplies, and an independent investigation into war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition, its supporters—the U.S. and UK—and Houthi forces – by George Capaccio

From October, I missed it:

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Congress, End America's Role in Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen

It’s time to break with such destabilizing policies that threaten fundamental U.S. security interests.

Short version: it's not the "proxy war" that Obama and Trump administrations have claimed, and the U.S. bears ultimate responsible for continuation of the war and attendant starvation and cholera epidemic – by Lawrence Wilkerson, Gareth Porter

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Film: PMQs: Blackford and Green on Saudi weapons and Yemen war

The UK has made more than £4.6bn from arms sales over the Yemen War, leaving the nation "on the brink of famine", said SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, calling for the UK to suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Standing in for Theresa May who was in Saudi Arabia, Damian Green said the money went to UK companies and their workers, and the UK was the fourth largest humanitarian donor to Yemen.


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Government attacked over £4.6bn arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The Government has been attacked for allowing £4.6bn arms sales with Saudi Arabia amid calls for the Middle Eastern kingdom to end its blockade of Yemen.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said regime must “stop killing children” as he condemned the Government for failing to suspend sell arms to Riyadh during the devastating three-year conflict in Yemen.

Theresa May’s de-facto deputy Damian Green – who stood in during Prime Minister’s Questions – said the UK had “one of the most rigorous and robust defence sales regimes in the world”.

and so you hit the spot:

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The First Secretary of State has an appalling excuse for the deaths of 150,000 children

First Secretary of State Damian Green has an appalling excuse for the imminent death of 150,000 children in Yemen: “Significant job losses” [in Britain]

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Extremely disturbed by @foreignoffice allowing women abuser #Saudi Abdulaziz bin Abdullah to enter #UK while shedding crocodile tears for women rights

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Theresa May travels to Saudi Arabia powerless to rein in impulsive ally

Pressure to end arms sales over Yemen conflict may have grown stronger, but British PM will have little sway in Riyadh

The prime minister has promised to press Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman specifically on the issue of blocking aid in Yemen, but do not expect a démarche. Denouncing a Saudi potentate in public is not a short cut to influence.

British ministers have already withstood relentless pressure in parliament and the UK courts to end arms sales to Saudi on the grounds that UK weaponry is being used in an air campaign over Yemen conducted in breach of humanitarian law.

But in recent weeks the political heat has redoubled.

Parts of the foreign office are privately anxious about the conduct of Saudi’s impulsive foreign policy.

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Theresa May to challenge Saudis on Yemen blockade, but won’t risk breaking trade ties

As she headed to Jordan’s capital, Amman for the first leg of the three-day trip, May launched a meek defense of her relationship with Saudi.

“Building our relationship with them enables us to get that greater knowledge and understanding which enables us to address issues which are of concern to us,” she said.

But as relationships in Europe sour, May seems determined to make friends in the Middle East. “We’re very concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Yemen,” May told the Times.

“The United Kingdom is now, I think, the third-biggest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen. We are very clear that we want to see full humanitarian and commercial access to the port of Hodeida, and obviously that’s an issue I’ll be raising when I’m in Saudi Arabia.”

"As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union we’ve got to build and create and forge a new, confident future, a bold future for ourselves in the world.”

My comment: Last paragraph: That’s what she really wants. The rest is camouflage.

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Theresa May vows to raise Yemen crisis in face-to-face meeting with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia faces condemnation over its bombing and military action, and Britain has resisted calls to suspend arms sales

Theresa May has hailed Saudi Arabia for allowing women to drive and said she wanted to see more females in the workplace across the Middle East.

But she also revealed she will push for the end of a blockade affecting humanitarian access to Yemen during talks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince tomorrow night.

Speaking as she arrived in the Middle East tonight, Mrs May vowed to raise humanitarian issues during her meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. and also

My comment: What a farce making this the headline. She comes to Saudi Arabia to strengthen the economic ties and for getting more business connection for the time after Brexit. The rest is façade for the public. “The Independent” better gets it:

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Cumnock and Glasgow displays in support of Yemen for Auchinleck artist Brian Carey

AUCHINLECK artist Brian Carey continued to showcase his latest work in protest at the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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Boris Johnson hosts Yemen peace talks... while British Army secretly trains Saudi troops

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is meeting Arab foreign officials on Tuesday to seek a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. The talks come just days after the British Army accidentally revealed it is secretly training Saudi troops.

The UK government has been criticized for its weak response to the port closures. Boris Johnson previously condemned the Syrian government for using “starve or surrender tactics.” However, when Saudi Arabia sealed off ports and trade routes into Yemen, condemnation was not on the cards. Instead, Johnson merely had a chat with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to express his concern. Johnson said the UK will host the peace forum as it is “vital that we redouble efforts to work towards a sustainable political solution to the conflict.”

The gaffe-prone foreign secretary’s appeals for peace have all the tell-tale signs of crocodile tears. and this is the government’s statement:

My comment: These are no “peace talks”: This would be a propaganda scam.

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Film: Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis of "biblical proportions" if a political solution to the country's civil war cannot be found, according to Boris Johnson.

The Foreign Secretary told ITV News the UK "urgently" wanted the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels to bring an end to the two-year conflict.

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Britain’s dirtiest war

Boris Johnson hasn’t got on his bike. Nor has he jogged on. Instead he is busying himself by playing the big man as he talks Yemeni peace with a visiting Arab delegation. To seek a political solution to the conflict that has been raging nigh on for three years.

We don’t mean to step out of line. But we would like to suggest to BoJo the Foreign Secretary that he and his government stop clowning around. Meaning that Downing Street is a big part of the problem. For not only is it arming Riyadh as it continues its military aggression towards one of the world’s poorest nations — the British Army is now said to be actively engaged in the military training of Saudi combat troops.

Thus the question remains: what happens now?

Sadly, the answer is very likely nothing.

So we put it to the British people: as Boris readies to play host to the Middle East’s most powerful men — can you really be sure that the entire ‘event’ isn’t simply a ruse to add to the £283 million in arms that the May government agreed to sell to the Saudis in the aftermath of the coalition strike on a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a?

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None of the many questions about Yemen really matter; the war just needs to end

Having signed up to the general premise of the war, Britain is involved intimately in the way that it is being fought, or the way that the Saudis have chosen to fight it. This, perhaps, explains the reticence of Her Majesty’s Government in Whitehall to tell the full truth about our involvement.

The latest such lie to be told has now been revealed by the Mail on Sunday. British soldiers have been photographed training Saudi troops on their way into Yemen, in what one former senior minister, Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, has called a “dirty war.” In addition, British advisers are in the coalition headquarters, where air strikes are planned, and so the attacks on mosques and schools are being done with Britain’s knowledge, if not actual complicity.

This is not the first time that the truth has been absent from the British government narrative on the Yemen war.

The British government’s economy with the truth doesn’t matter much when it comes to winning votes. In an incredible failure of the media, more than half of the British public are unaware that Britain is helping to fight the war in Yemen. There is such little political capital in opposing the war that even the anti-war candidate and Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn MP, has been relatively mute on the issue.

Is Britain playing the part in Yemen that Putin has in Syria, as I have argued previously? In retrospect, I have considered briefly that my statement went a touch too far, but looking at the ancillary effects of the war in Yemen, the moral case for withdrawing British support completely is growing – by Alastair Sloan

My comment: “there is no constitutional basis under which they [the Houthis] should be running the country.“ Please free yourself of Western propaganda narratives. 1) Yemeni parliament which still is legitimate according to the Yemeni constitution, has legalized the Houthi / Saleh government. 2) Overthrowing a government to form a new one, as the Houthi / Saleh forces did, is a quite normal matter which happens often and which very often even is fueled, supported, initiated by Western powers (“regime change”), as in Ukraine, in Libya, in Syria (a bloody try up to now), in Chile, and many other countries. Taking power either creates legitimacy – or it does not. In this case, the Ukrainian government of today still is not legitimate.

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British support of Saudi Arabian military should shame us all, says SNP MP

Responding to the new claims, the Ministry of Defence deny the Scottish regiment has been training Saudi troops in "irregular activity" but confirmed army personnel were providing some assistance.

But now Stephen Gethins, the SNP MP for North East Fife, has called for a review into the arms Britain sells to the Saudi Arabia.

"The war in Yemen is having devastating humanitarian consequences and is one of the worst man made disasters of our time," he said.

My comment: See reporting YPR 360, cp1b. – The MoD’s reply really is laughable.

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From 'our man in Riyadh' to apologist for Saudi purge

Sir John Jenkins, once regarded as the foremost Arabist of his generation at the British foreign office, is now providing intellectual cover for Mohammed bin Salman's version of the Saudi monarchy

The project to establish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a Middle Eastern strongman has a dubious collection of mainly Western backers.

They include financiers with an eye on the Aramco billions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, the Trump family, ex-generals, spies, oilmen, unscrupulous PR fixers and a galaxy of bought and paid-for journalists who ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Until last week however, bin Salman had lacked a theorist, an eminent intellectual capable of explaining away the crimes of the regime and placing events within a positive narrative.

Ladies and gentlemen, can we have a generous round of applause, please, to welcome the arrival of Sir John Jenkins, the former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia!

Sir John, who was regarded as the foremost Arabist of his generation at the British foreign office, this week emerged as the Western world's most-learned apologist for bin Salman's Saudi Arabia.

In a speech delivered this week at Policy Exchange, the neoconservative think tank, Sir John set out the historical, intellectual and above all the moral reasons for supporting bin Salman's version of the Saudi monarchy.

Cut out the show-off name dropping and look-at-me academic jargon, and Sir John's speech can be boiled down to some very old-fashioned sentiments indeed.

The Arabs can't be trusted with democracy. Not ready for it. Best to stick with the House of Saud because they are on our side and will do what we want.

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Keith Vaz MP: Why is Yemen bleeding to death?

Time to end this senseless and unwinnable war, says Keith Vaz MP.

As we approach the 1000 day anniversary of the conflicts beginning it is clear that they only way to end the suffering in Yemen is with a successful peace process and a restarting of National Dialogue talks between all of the sides involved. A recent meeting of the Quint countries on Yemen, Foreign Ministers of United States, the United Kingdom, The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman was cancelled without explanation. Since we are dealing with worst crisis in the world this is shameful. All of the United Kingdom’s political energies must be expended to ensure that this meeting is rescheduled and the opportunity is properly seized.

With the United States agenda in Yemen being dominated by counter terrorism concerns, the UK must assume the lead in pushing for a ceasefire and ensuring appropriate humanitarian access is granted.

My comment: Honest, but weak. Saudi security is endangered only because of the Saudi intervention (Houthis started firing missiles to Saudi Arabia ten weeks AFTER the start of Saudi air raids). – “However, the weight of international opinion is that Iran…”: What this “international opinion” should be? It does not exist as such. What he thinks to be the “international opinion” just is the Western one, with all its bias.

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So, UK complicity in Saudi war crimes in #Yemen now includes: selling aircraft, training pilots, selling missiles, maintaining military equipment, presence in military control rooms, combat training. And still little real pressure on the state. Goebbels wld be amazed.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Auch Deutschland kann handeln

Der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen ist eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Die Bundesregierung sollte reagieren und sämtliche Rüstungsexporte an die Kriegspartei Saudi-Arabien stoppen.

Die Bundesregierung hat in diesem Jahr bereits 120 Millionen Euro für die Jemen-Hilfe zur Verfügung gestellt. Auch spenden die Deutschen in vorweihnachtlicher Mildtätigkeit wie immer viel. Doch nützen alle Hilfsgelder, alle Gaben nichts, wenn die Versorgungswege gesperrt bleiben. Zuallererst muss denn die Blockade aller Flug- und Seehäfen gestoppt werden.

Als Nächstes müssen dann aber die Saudis dazu gebracht werden, ihren Bombenkrieg einzustellen. Das können weder Deutschland allein noch die Europäische Union erreichen. Die deutsche Regierung sollte allerdings sämtliche Rüstungslieferungen an Saudi-Arabien stornieren – mindestens bis keine Bomben mehr fallen. Im Übrigen jedoch sollte auch die Übergangsregierung um Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) sich in Washington mit Nachdruck bemühen, Donald Trump von seiner einseitigen Unterstützung der saudischen Politik abzubringen – von Theo Sommer

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Weitere gezielte Desinformation und Kriegspropaganda der ARD über den Krieg der Saudis gegen den Jemen

ARD tagesthemen 26.11.2017

erwähnt gestern mit keinem Wort, dass es Saudi-Arabien ist, das den Jemen blockiert – und das genaugenommen nicht erst seit 3 Wochen, denn schon vor Monaten wurden Häfen bombardiert, um Hilfslieferungen zu verhindern.

unterschlägt die Propaganda der ARD damit einmal mehr, dass es Saudi-Arabien ist, dass für diese Verbrechen verantwortlich ist und lügt obendrein erneut einen „Stellvertreterkrieg“ gegen den Iran herbei, obwohl die Perser bis dato in keinster Weise militärisch im Jemen involviert sind.

In der von Jan Hofer verlesenen Meldung über die Unterbrechung der Blockade, die in tagesschau und tagesthemen gleichermaßen verbreitet wurde, kommt der Name Saudi-Arabiens schlicht und einfach nicht vor.

Die ARD tagesschau unterdrückt auf ihrer Webseite Kommentare, die darauf hinweisen, dass die Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik Saudi-Arabiens Krieg gegen den Jemen als „Bombardierungspraktikum“ bezeichnet.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Yemen - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (27 november 2017)

A - All parties in Yemen have a duty to ensure unconditional, full and unrestricted humanitarian access to all populations in need. President Macron and Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed this obligation during their respective visits to Saudi Arabia.

In this respect, we welcome the Arab coalition’s decision to authorize the resumption of humanitarian flights to Sana airport. This measure must now be expanded as swiftly as possible to include access by sea - first and foremost to the port of Hodeidah. In this respect, please refer to my statement of November 25.

In its national capacity, France contributed €6.9 million in assistance to support humanitarian and stabilization efforts in Yemen in 2017. It also contributes to the EU’s humanitarian efforts, amounting to more than €51 million for 2017.


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Yemen – Resumption of humanitarian flights - Reminder of the statement by the spokesperson (25 November 2017)

France welcomes the resumption of humanitarian flights to Sana airport. It calls for this measure to be expanded to include access by sea to the port of Hodeidah and demands that the decisions taken in this respect by the Arab coalition be fully implemented as swiftly as possible.

My comment: France is Saudi Arabias third largest arms supplier.These statements sound quite hypocritical then.

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Entschließungsanträge der verschiedenen Fraktionen im EU-Parlament zur Lage im Jemen (hierzu:äischen_Parlament#Gegenwärtig_existierende_Fraktionen_im_Europaparlament )

Fraktion der Europäischen Volkspartei (Christdemokraten) (1)

Progressive Allianz der Sozialdemokraten im Europäischen Parlament (10)

Die Grünen/Europäische Freie Allianz (15)

Vereinte Europäische Linke/Nordische Grüne Linke (20)

Allianz der Liberalen und Demokraten für Europa (20)

Europa der Nationen und der Freiheit: (14)

Europäische Konservative und Reformer (4)

Mein Kommentar: Suche nach „Saudi“ ergab wieviel Treffer im Text? Das läßt schon tief blicken (in Klammern am Ende)

Und das ist der gemeinsame Entschließungsantrag von 7 Fraktionen, der die anderen ersetzt: (15)

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Aurangabad, India's mini Yemen: Safety, affordable college education, region's Islamic history make city popular

For decades, Aurangabad, a tier-2 city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, has been a safe haven in India for Yemeni migrants.

Most Yemenis come to the city as students in the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) and affiliated colleges, that have for four decades reserved 15 percent seats for foreign students, including those from Kenya, Somalia, Iraq, and Thailand. The first three Yemeni students came in 1987. Yemeni alumni from the nineties have left to greener pastures: one is a leading English professor in Yemen, another is a manager in the Yemen vice-president's office, and yet another heads the language department in Amran University, Yemen.

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Patriots group against Malaysia’s role in Saudi attacks on Yemen

Questioning rationale of sending armed forces to join Saudi coalition in mid-east conflict, NPA chief questions under whose authority decision was made.

The National Patriot Association (NPA) has revived the issue of Malaysia’s link to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that is bombing Yemen, questioning the rationale for Malaysia’s participation.

In a statement, NPA president Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji said based on a recent report by Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera, “Malaysia is understood to have sent our military personnel to join the coalition forces”.

“If the Al Jazeera news report is true, then NPA wants to register its strongest protest against the participation of the armed forces in the Saudi-led coalition forces and the involvement of our military personnel in this Middle-Eastern conflict,” Arshad said.

Now, Arshad questions under whose authority did the government deploy armed forces personnel outside the country in the first place, let alone to assist the Saudis in its conflict with Yemen since 2015.

“Does Malaysia have any military agreements with Saudi Arabia allowing our country to send its troops to Saudi Arabia? Has the ‘Jawatankuasa Panglima-Panglima’ (JPP) discussed and approved our military deployment to Saudi Arabia?

“Also, who is financing the cost of the armed forces’ involvement in Saudi Arabia so far?

He also questioned if this “very important issue” was debated in Parliament?

cp12 Libanon / Lebanon

Siehe / Look at

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Raytheon to help Saudi Arabia create indigenous defense industry

US defense contractor Raytheon has announced plans to create an indigenous defense industry in the Kingdom by “accelerating its localization strategy” within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030.
“As part of the localization plan, Raytheon will generate billions of dollars in local defense revenue, and create 1,200 jobs for Saudis,” said Kurt Amend, chief executive of Raytheon Saudi Arabia.
Amend said on Tuesday that the company’s local entity Raytheon Saudi Arabia has been licensed by the Kingdom, which will help to achieve substantive self-reliance in the design, development and production of defense equipment locally.

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Athen bewaffnet Riad

Griechische Regierung will Rüstungsgüter an Saudi-Arabien verkaufen. Im Parlament gibt es Widerstand

Griechenland könnte ebenfalls bald zu den Staaten gehören, die Rüstungserzeugnisse liefern. Bereits im Juni wurde am Flughafen in Thessaloniki ein Vertrag unterzeichnet, in dem der Verkauf von 300.000 Geschossen, vorgesehen für den US-amerikanischen Kampfpanzer des Typs M48A5 Molf, zum Preis von etwa 66 Millionen Euro geregelt wurde.

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Anger over Greek plan to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

A political dispute in Greeceover a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia is deepening, with opposition politicians and critics decrying plans to sell 66m euros ($78.7m) worth of surplus missiles and bombs to the Arab Gulf country.

Opposition politicians have accused the government, which is currently headed by the leftist Syriza party, of not following the proper procedures for an international agreement, while critics have decried selling weapons to a country engaged in war.


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Amnesty urges Greece to scrap Saudi arms sale as war in Yemen continues

The rights organization voiced deep concern Monday over the proposed deal, saying there was a “real danger” that the artillery shells would be used by the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Shiite rebels. The agreement has been strongly criticized by Greek opposition parties. At least two lawmakers in the governing left-wing Syriza party have called for its cancellation on grounds that the arms could be used in Yemen. and also by AP:

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Armi: il boom dell'export italiano nel 2016 in barba all'etica

Vendita di pistole, fucili e munizioni per 1,2 miliardi. Aumento del 63% in Medio Oriente. Riforniamo i sauditi per la guerra in Yemen. E la polizia in Turkmenistan e nell'Egitto di Regeni. Nonostante i divieti. I dati.

Italy: partner in crime with the Saudis
With an unprecedented boom in sales of arms and ammunitions, (1.2 billion €), Italy is registering + 63% of exports to the Middle East with Saudi Arabia ordering 40 million € worth of arms

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OPAL: cala l'export italiano di armi, ma non ai regimi del Medio Oriente

Diminuisce, seppur di poco, l’export italiano di armi e munizioni, ma toccano record storici le forniture al Medio Oriente di munizionamento militare e di armi leggere, soprattutto di pistole. E’ questo, in estrema sintesi, ciò che emerge dal “Rapporto sulle esportazioni nel 2016 di armi e munizioni dall’Italia e dalla provincia di Brescia” che gli analisti dell’Osservatorio Permanente sulle Armi Leggere e Politiche di Sicurezza e di Difesa (OPAL) hanno presentato in anteprima nazionale durante una conferenza stampa venerdì scorso a Brescia.

In Italian, on arms exports with full sales continuing to Middle Eastern Regimes
''Air bombs produced at RWM Italia factory in Domusnovas, Sardinia are used by the Saudi military air force to carry out bombings in #Yemen, including civilian areas.
The exports of these deadly bombs continued this year with the approval of the Gentiloni government: in the first six months, bombs were shipped from Sardinia for over 28.4 million euros, which means that the supplies are six times higher than the 4.7 million in the first half of 2015''

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Yemen's Permanent Delegation to UNESCO Organizes a symposium on preservation of heritage and antiquities in Yemen

Addressing the symposium, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki reviewed the efforts of the Coalition in Yemen to preserve historical and cultural heritage there, noting that for more than two years to start military operations to support and restore legitimacy in Yemen, coalition's efforts continue to preserve the heritage and culture of Yemen.


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Al Jaber says kingdom keen to save Yemen from rebels' crimes

The ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber said the kingdom is keen on saving the
Yemeni people from the the Houthi-Saleh rebel militias' crimes that threaten Yemen and its cultural and civilizational legacy.
Al Jaber was delivering a keynote speech In a seminar on "Preserving Heritage and Artifacts in Yemen" held by the Gulf Researches Center and Yemen's permanent mission to the UNESCO in Paris on Monday.
He said that the Arab Coalition forces backing the government against the rebels follow strict instructions to avoid hitting Yemen's archaeological sites. But the rebels deliberately embed themselves in these sites and set up their military outposts to take them as shields and, hence, "expose them to danger."

My comment: What a crazy propaganda. The Saudi coalition’s bombings have destroyed a lot of cultural heritage and antiquities in Yemen. There is a long list. Just one destination: Make a city tour at Saada. As a reminder from 2016:

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Film: The destruction of #Yemen and the impact it will have worldwide

St John Simpson, Curator for Ancient Arabia and Ancient Iran, talks about the impact that the destruction of Yemeni cultural heritage will have on humanity. He also looks at what international museums can do to assist authorities in limiting the looting and trafficking of portable antiquities in a post-conflict Yemen.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Fire Sale: Auctioning Yemen's Natural Resources

In Yemen’s capital city, people are chopping down trees from streets and gardens and taking the wood home for fuel.

In late September 2017, Houthi rebels tripled the price of cooking gas in areas under their control, citing critical supply shortages. Because generous government subsidies over decades had cultivated a dependence on cheap gas for heating and cooking, the price surge hit hard, and it pushed poor Yemenis to look for cheap wood.

Now, savvy vendors hawk bundles of firewood at a fifth of the price of a gas cylinder. Sales are booming, but they are exploiting a shrinking asset. Between 2001 and 2012, NASA recorded a 78.5 percent reduction in Yemen’s tree-covered area. That was long before the current conflict.

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Sixteen scraps and metals recycling companies are about to be close due to the war on Yemen.
This incident threatens the living of thousands of people and families who depend on the salary of the workers.
Taiz was the first city hit by the crisis already in 2015 as the heavy figthing and the aerial campaign forced owners to halt processing and production of goods.
In other areas (Sanaa and Hodeidah) a few companies survived but Yemen's economy seems to be reaching a halt.
It must be remembered that since the beginning of the airstrikes, in 2015, factories have been Saudi led Coalition's primary target of missiles: textile companies, dairy farms and industries, cement factories, food processing companies, water bottling plants, etc, rendering survival of Yemeni citizens a task.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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10 Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen drone strikes

Ten suspected Al-Qaeda members in southern Yemen were killed in drone strikes over the weekend, government officials said Monday, as raids targeting the radical group intensify.

Fadl Tissi, Han Tissi and Sultan Amri -- three Yemenis "known for their ties to Al-Qaeda" -- were killed when their car was hit in a drone attack on Qaifa in the central Baida province late Sunday, a local government official said.

Another drone attack at around midnight Saturday targeted three vehicles on the road from the southern province of Shabwa to Baida, killing seven suspected jihadists, an official told AFP on condition of anonymity. and


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#Yemen pro-#AQAP wire names martyrs in US #drone Sat: 'Amar al-Hamiqani, Humam al-Baydani, Abu M. al-Baydani, BaHila al-Waqqari al-Abyani, Abu Sa'd al-Yazidi al-Abyani Further drone yday in Qayfa, al-Bayda' reportedly killed 'Ali al-Khashal, Duhan al-Bar'asi, Salman Salim Mabkhut


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Another image of a destroyed, burning Toyota Land Cruiser pickup in Merkhah Al-Ulya district #Shabwa after a US drone targeted the vehicle killing 5 #AQAP militants.


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The attacks were described as a success in most Western newspapers. The Daily Mail in London highlighted the fact that "10 Al-Qaeda Suspects" were killed in the attacks, as confirmed by government officials.
One minority-ish report by Gulf News Yemen,one of the few on-the-ground sources that covers such attacks, had details of the killings. Quoting an on-the-ground activist, it added:
"The recent US drone strikes have also killed five civilians, displaced residents and caused panic in the two areas."

cp15 Propaganda

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Houthis steal food supplies to give to families of children sent to fight for them

“Too often, the food supplies we send are seized by Houthis, who give them to families that agree to send their children to fight for them in the front lines,” said a high-level official at Saudi High Relief Committee, which provides logistical support to King Salman Relief Centre (KSRelief) in its operations in Yemen.

“Gruelling poverty in the Houthi-held areas means many families have little option but to accede to their demands,” she said on the condition of anonymity as she feared revenge attacks by the militias on her family in Yemen.

Houthis also steal medical supplies and expensive medical equipment, especially dialysis machines, sent by KSRelief and other nongovernmental organisations, and sell them outside.

Comment: By the Saudi government. Taking into account the Saudi blockade, such “reports” sound odd.

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UAE National Day 46: WAM Report 6 - UAE aid to Yemen

On the occasion of the UAE's 46th National Day celebrations, the Emirates News Agency, WAM, has compiled a series of reports regarding the achievements of the state over the past year. In part six, we look at the UAE aid to Yemen over the last 12 months.

Over the course of the last year, Operation Restoring Hope, the campaign by the Saudi-led Coalition to restore political legitimacy to Yemen, has continued to work to bring to an end the illegitimate authority represented by the Houthi militias and the forces supporting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, along with their foreign backers.

At the same time, the UAE has maintained and increased its programme of providing humanitarian assistance and of facilitating reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure, all part of a programme designed to meet the needs of Yemen’s people. Latest figures indicate that the UAE ranks as the top country in the world in terms of providing relief assistance to the country.

My comment: A full roundup of the “We are the humanitarian champions” propaganda.

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Iran Admits Supporting Houthis, Holds onto 'Hezbollah’s' Arms

Iran confirmed on Thursday that it was determined to support its Houthi ally in Yemen and stressed on refusing to discuss pulling out the arms of its other ally in Lebanon, “Hezbollah.”

Iranian state television quoted chief commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying that the republic provides "advisory assistance" for Yemeni Houthi militants.

My comment: And, what about "advisory assistance"?

Comment: This is in a Saudi funded newspaper that is published in U.K. Iran is in a good place as it supports the Houthi-Saleh alliance in rhetoric but at very little cost to itself as the Yemen war grinds on under its own steam. But whenever it opens its mouth it is to rub in its rhetorical support which puts Saudi into a defensive position, as to Saudi Arabia it is a deeply proxy war that it cannot afford to lose, as otherwise the current leadership of Salman and son will fall - and maybe the house of Saud will be fatally weakened. What foolish mistakes they have made.

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Saudi domestic and foreign policy 'missteps' may undermine religious reform, warns Thomas Friedman

Religious reform is the most important item on the Saudi crown prince's agenda, says Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman.

Rolling back the strict form of Islam that has dominated since 1979 would lead to education reforms and rein in global extremism, according to Friedman.

However, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "missteps" in foreign and domestic policy threaten to undermine the "central project," he warns.

The bold anti-corruption campaign by Saudi Arabia's crown prince and his aggressive foreign policy threaten to undermine his effort to promote a more moderate form of Islam, warns Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman.

Friedman said Mohammed's campaign to roll back the strict religious atmosphere that has dominated the kingdom since 1979 is the most consequential item on his reform agenda. It would allow the Saudis to overhaul their education system and help rein in a militant strain of Islam that has spread throughout the world, he said.

However, Friedman said Mohammed is guilty of "missteps" at home and abroad that could undercut the religious reforms that the Saudi public broadly supports.

"I was blown away about how much of this is coming from the bottom up, but ... how he handles these domestic issues and these foreign issues can really undermine him on what is the central project," Friedman said.

and an enthousiastic propaganda film by NBC telling the same (just listen to the vouce of the reporter!):

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Inside Saudi Arabia’s changing kingdom

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is making big changes to Saudi Arabia’s conservative culture, allowing women more freedom and ending a 25-year ban on concerts in the capital.

My comment: Friedman continues his pro-Saudi propaganda – and of course is given a stage. For his propaganda “interview” with Prince salman, look at YPR 360, cp1c. And here, Friedman labels the greatest war crime of this century as “misstep”.

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Yemeni Amb: Stability in Yemen key for regional stability

”Yemen witnesses blatant violation of state institutions and civil society organizations by Al-Houthi,” said Yemeni Ambassador to Cairo, Mohammed Ali Maram, to Egypt Today on Monday.
“Stability and unity of Yemen is the key to the stability of the whole region so we demand the Arab coalition and international communities to use their power to remove Al- Houthi’s influence inside Yemen,” said Maram.
“Saleh and Al-Houthi seized 85 per cent of Yemen as well as the resources of the state and use it for personal interests as well as funding from foreign bodies so they are refusing all the initiatives to meet on the Roundtable for Dialogue,” added Maram.

My comment: LOL. The Saudi and Hadi propaganda always claim they have “liberated” 85 % of Yemen. Maram must have misunderstood this.

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UAE accuses Qatar of being behind 'war crimes' complaint

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday accused Gulf rival Qatar of being behind a call for the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of war crimes by the UAE in Yemen.

A group calling itself the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK said on Monday it was taking the UAE to the ICC over "indiscriminate attacks on civilians" in Yemen.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash accused Qatar of being responsible.

"The Arab Organisation for Human Rights with its address in Qatar has filed a media complaint against the UAE to the International Criminal Court," Gargash wrote on his Twitter account.

"People with knowledge are aware that this move aims to create noise, which is Qatar´s favourite game," he said.

My comment: That’s odd propaganda.

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Is Iran Trying to Inflate Yemen’s Currency as a Tool of Warfare?

On Nov. 20, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces sanctions, identified and designated individuals and entities connected to an operation by the Quds force, the special forces division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to print counterfeit Yemeni money worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars using European equipment. Treasury only released limited information about the plot, but the sanctions are likely to spur policymakers to analyze carefully Iran’s next moves.

Two developments are important to watch. First, the U.S. should be paying close attention to whether, and how, Iran might use economic warfare to destabilize an adversary’s economy. Second, the Quds force managed to draw Europe into its actions, tempting a European Union response; if Europe fails to respond adequately, it may embolden the IRGC.

The revelation that the Quds force was printing the Yemeni rial invites the question: Why did the Iran choose to counterfeit Yemeni currency in particular?

My comment: What is the background and the proofs of this story? The only ones who up to now had illegally brought Yemeni currency into the country and by this had inflated the currency was: the government of “president” Hadi’s prime minister:

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More aid flows into Yemen as coalition works on humanitarian plan

More ships packed with aid have arrived in Yemen as Saudi Arabia and coalition forces draw up a humanitarian plan, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the war-torn country told Arab News.

Regional UNICEF director Geert Cappelaere earlier said that the delivery of vaccines “cannot be a one-off” and that more supplies are needed.
But Mohammed Al-Jabir, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, confirmed that more aid was arriving as the allies work on a plan to boost the response to the humanitarian situation.
“More than three ships arrived to Hodeidah with different kinds of foods (on Saturday and Sunday), and also five flights to Sanaa airport from different UN organizations,” he told Arab News.
“Saudi Arabia and the coalition are preparing for the humanitarian operations plan, which will be announced maybe over the next few days.”

My comment: This really is odd propaganda. What the Saudis make out of their easing of the blockade. All what is brought into Yemen now, the Saudis deserve not any credit for it.

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Stations Selling Oil Derivatives Roam Sanaa Streets

Houthi insurgents, controlling Yemeni capital Sanaa, established black markets for selling fuel and its various derivatives, as well as exchanging currencies in areas outside the legitimate government's control and away from the supervision of financial transactions censorship.
Not only that, insurgents also invented mobile fuel stations that goes around cities selling oil and petroleum.
A spokesman for the Yemen Petroleum Company, affiliated with Houthis, accused Sanaa insurgency authorities of "fabricating a crisis."

My comment: How odd! The crisis is fabricated by the Saudi blockade blocking the supply of fuel. In such a situation, you certainly do not need Houthis for establishing a black market; if the Houthis being the local authority would install such markets, they no more would be “black” markets.

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#Yemen Military source" United States of America turning the Republic of Yemen into a test field for its weapons by using "biological weapons" to spread epidemics and diseases (photos)

My comment: The so-called “chemtrails” shown in these photos have a quite plain treason:

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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The Violation and Crimes that are committed by
#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 26 – 28 Nov 2017

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Arab coalition bombs secret Houthi hideouts, military reinforcements to Saada

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen continued its support of the Yemeni army where they executed 15 air raids on Houthi sites and hideouts in Naseem and Khadraa farms south of Harad.

My comment: In Northern Yemen, every target is labeled as “Houthi”.


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Coalition aircrafts kill 24 Houthis, wound dozens in Taiz and Marib provinces

A military source told Almasdaronline that the coalition aircrafts launched seven air raids on Houthi sites in Hamli area northern Mozza district and other sites eastern of the Directorate, western Taiz province southwestern Yemen.

The raids led to the killing of 5 Houthis and wounding 9 others.

On the same time, four Houthis were killed and 15 others were wounded, and a number of vehicles were destroyed by air raids launched by Apache fighters on their sites and reinforcements in Yakhtel and Zahari districts.

More air raids recorded on:

Nov. 29: Hajjah prov. Nehm

Nov. 28: Marib prov. Hodeida prov.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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Houthi-Saleh militias pound western Taiz with Katyucha rockets

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Northern Occupation Troops and Al-Houthi Militias Attack Al-Gawazea with Rocket Shells and One Martyr Down in Al-Kubaita

Local sources in Al-Gawazea, north of Tour Al-Baha, indicated that the area is under rocket shells attack, including, mortar shells, Katjusha and other rocket shells that citizens could not identify, for the third consecutive day. This led citizens to leave their homes and head towards safer areas in Tour Al-Baha, Lahj and Adan. Strikes caused one martyr down as Fahmy Hazem Abd Al-Gazeay was killed in the strike

cp18 Sonstiges / Other




Cheap flights to Yemen

The top airport serving Yemen is Ben Gurion Intl Airport (Tel Aviv-Yafo)

On Arrival...

Ben Gurion Intl Airport is the closest major airport to Yemen.

Seiyun Airport (Sanaa, Yemen)

Every week, at least 0 domestic flights and 1 international flights depart from Seiyun Airport.


Iranian naval forces interdict pirate attack in Gulf of Aden[2]

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While reporting about the war on #Yemen is necessary
here's something we'd like to share from our land

[Film on the beauties of Yemen]

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Abdul Aziz al-Maqaleh: A Name Embedded in Yemen

Amid the exceptional circumstances facing the country, Abdul Aziz al-Maqaleh’s name appears as a symbol of the intellectuals role, and raises the question of the purpose of culture. Al-Maqaleh is a poet whose name has remained attached to his homeland throughout his life. The totality of what he has accomplished is a cultural discourse in its own right, worthy of close reading and in-depth analysis. It is crucial to understand the nature of his oeuvre, its development and its objectives. No matter how individual it seems, it reveals the dimensions of an important era of our cultural and social history.

Al-Maqaleh is a presence who is never absent from anything that has happened and is happening to Yemen. He describes this state as being in a Sufi union with Yemen, and illustrates this in one of his poems.

Although today he stands 80 years into his dream, he maintains a high level of recognition. He overcame his personal pain at the condition of the country, which does not leave his heart, or his poetry

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-360 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-360: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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