Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 390 - Yemen War Mosaic 390

Yemen Press Reader 390: 7.3.2018: Muss der neue UN-Gesandte scheitern? – Jemen: Friedhof für Imperien – Geheime britische Waffenverkäufe – Kulturgüter bedroht – Saudi-Kronprinz in Großbritannien
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March 7, 2018: Will the new UN Yemen envoy be destined for failure? – Yemen a graveyaed of empires – Secret British arms sales – Cultural heritage in danger – Visit oft he Saudi Crown Prince to the UK: Protests, Propaganda and Politics – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: 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 Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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 Sonstiges / Other

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A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

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Zwischen Cholera und Hungersnot
Der humanitäre Alptraum des Jemen-Kriegs
Seit März 2015 wird der Jemen von einem brutalen Krieg beherrscht, in dem eine von Saudi-Arabien geführte Koalition einen erbarmungslosen Bombenkrieg gegen die Aufständischen der Houthi-Bewegung führt, dem bereits weit über 10.000 Menschen zum Opfer fielen, über 3 Millionen sind auf der Flucht. Der Krieg wird dominiert von brutalsten Kriegsverbrechen der Saudi-Koalition. Eine „vollständig menschengemachte“ Folge ist die größte Cholera-Epidemie in der Geschichte und die größte Hungersnot seit Jahrzehnten mit potentiell „Millionen von Opfern“.

Der Krieg im Jemen ist gekennzeichnet von extremer Gewalt gegen Zivilisten und zivile Infrastruktur. Dabei macht sich vor allem die Saudi-Koalition schwerer Kriegsverbrechen schuldig, wie die Menschenrechtsorganisationen Human Rights Watch und Amnesty International in ihren Berichten unzweideutig feststellen. Ohne die Unterstützung westlicher Staaten wäre die Bombardierung des Jemen undenkbar und so tragen insbesondere die USA, Deutschland, Großbritannien, Frankreich, Italien, Australien und Kanada durch Waffenlieferungen, Luftbetankung saudischer Kampfjets, Bereitstellung von Logistik und Geheimdienstinformationen oder Entsendung von Militärberatern eine zentrale Mitschuld an den Kriegsverbrechen der Saudi-Koalition.

Nach einer kleineren Welle 2016 brach im Jemen als Folge des Krieges ab Mai 2017 die global verheerendste Choleraepidemie seit Beginn der modernen Aufzeichnungen aus.

„Dieser tödliche Cholera-Ausbruch ist die direkte Folge von zwei Jahren heftigen Konflikts,“ erklären die Köpfe von UNICEF und WHO in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung. „Durch den Zusammenbruch der Gesundheits-, Wasser- und Sanitärsysteme wurden 14,5 Millionen Menschen vom regelmäßigen Zugang zu sauberem Wasser und sanitären Anlagen abgeschnitten, wodurch sich die Krankheit weiter ausbreiten konnte.“

„Dieser Choleraskandal ist vollständig menschengemacht“, urteilt daher auch UN-Nothilfekoordinator Stephen O’Brien.

Neben dem vorsätzlich zerstörten Gesundheitssystem ist die massive Choleraepidemie auch untrennbar mit der zweiten großen Katastrophe im Jemen verknüpft: der Hungerkatastrophe.

Die Gründe der Hungerkatastrophe liegen einerseits auf der Nachfrageseite. So stürzte die jemenitische Wirtschaft als Folge des Krieges in die verheerendste Krise seit den späten 1960er Jahren, kriegsinduziert ist das jemenitische Finanzsystem nahezu vollständig kollabiert.

Fataler ist jedoch die Angebotsseite. Vor dem Krieg importierte der Jemen 85 Prozent seiner Medikamente und 90 Prozent seiner Nahrungsmittel aus dem Ausland. Unter dem Vorwand, Waffenlieferungen an die Houthis zu unterbinden, verhängt Saudi-Arabien seit Frühjahr 2015 eine Seeblockade gegen den Jemen, die das UN-Menschenrechtskommissariat als völkerrechtswidrig und „schwerwiegenden Bruch grundlegender Menschenrechtsnormen“ bezeichnet.

Bei Recherchen zum Thema Jemen-Krieg finden sich auf entsprechenden Fotos und in Videos immer wieder herzzerreißende Bilder von Babys und Kleinkindern, die, ausgezehrt von Hunger und Cholera, in den Armen ihrer verzweifelten Mütter, oder auf Bahren in zerstörten Hospitalen liegen. Die beschämende Wucht dieser Bilder der jemenitischen Kinder, die ihre letzten physischen Kräfte für gelegentliche Atemzüge aufwenden, gerade so noch nicht tot, ist ein Schlag ins Gesicht des Menschheitsgewissens – von Jakob Reimann

http://justicenow.de/2018-03-04/zwischen-cholera-und-hungersnot/ = https://www.freitag.de/autoren/jakob-reimann-justicenow/zwischen-cholera-und-hungersnot = https://diefreiheitsliebe.de/politik/zwischen-cholera-und-hungersnot/

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Der vergessene Krieg im Jemen

Die humanitäre Lage im Jemen, gegen das Saudi-Arabien einen erbarmungslosen Krieg führt, ist katastrophal. [Überblicksartikel]

https://www.swp.de/politik/inland/der-vergessene-krieg-im-jemen-24771468.html

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Film: For those new to here's a 25 minute doco we made 2016 explaining how this UK & US backed war has already killed tens of thousands of civilians in airstrikes, from famine & lack of medical care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CxiNMN5EsM

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Film: Yemen Millions of children and families are on the brink of starvation UNICEF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT9jRp2Z1K4

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MORE THAN 21 MILLION YEMENIS LACK ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
More than 21 million Yemeni citizens lack access to clean drinking water and need urgent assistance, 17.8 million of whom are unable to meet their food needs, Minister of Agriculture Othman Majali said on Thursday.
This comes during a speech at the fortieth session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, noting thatabout 19.4 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation services, 9.8 million people can not access the water because of the war.
According to Saba news agency, about 8.4 million Yemenis are threatened by famine, an increase of 24% compared to the data of 2017.
He pointed out that about 14.1 million citizens live without adequate health care, in addition to the fact that at least 2.7 million people have fled their homes to other areas within Yemen or to other countries.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1649644028421954/?type=3

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Amnesty: JEMEN 2018

In dem 2017 weiterhin andauernden bewaffneten Konflikt verübten alle Beteiligten Kriegsverbrechen und andere schwere Verstöße gegen das Völkerrecht; unzureichende Maßnahmen im Rahmen der Rechenschaftspflicht verhinderten, dass Opfer Gerechtigkeit und Wiedergutmachung einfordern konnten. Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärallianz, welche die international anerkannte Regierung des Jemen unterstützte, bombardierte erneut zivile Einrichtungen und verübte wahllose Angriffe, bei denen Zivilpersonen getötet oder verletzt wurden. Die bewaffnete Gruppe der Huthi und ihre Verbündeten, darunter Armeeeinheiten, die dem ehemaligen Präsidenten Ali Abdullah Saleh die Treue hielten, beschossen Wohnviertel in Taiz mit Granatwerfern und feuerten Artilleriegeschosse wahllos über die Grenze nach Saudi-Arabien. Dabei gab es Tote und Verletzte unter der Zivilbevölkerung. Die jemenitische Regierung, die Huthi und mit ihnen verbündete Armeeeinheiten des ehemaligen Präsidenten Saleh sowie jemenitische Streitkräfte, die sich den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten unterstellt hatten, griffen auf rechtswidrige Haftpraktiken wie Verschwindenlassen, Folter und andere Misshandlungen zurück. Frauen und Mädchen wurden nach wie vor Opfer von Diskriminierung und anderen Menschenrechtsverstößen wie Zwangsverheiratung und häusliche Gewalt. Die Todesstrafe blieb in Kraft. Es gab jedoch keine öffentlich zugänglichen Berichte über Todesurteile und Hinrichtungen.

https://www.amnesty.de/jahresbericht/2018/jemen

and English version:

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Amnesty International: YEMEN 2017/2018

All parties to the continuing armed conflict committed war crimes and other serious violations of international law, with inadequate accountability measures in place to ensure justice and reparation to victims. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government continued to bomb civilian infrastructure and carried out indiscriminate attacks, killing and injuring civilians. The Huthi-Saleh forces indiscriminately shelled civilian residential areas in Ta’iz city and fired artillery indiscriminately across the border into Saudi Arabia, killing and injuring civilians. The Yemeni government, Huthi-Saleh forces and Yemeni forces aligned to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) engaged in illegal detention practices including enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment. Women and girls continued to face entrenched discrimination and other abuses, including forced and early marriage and domestic violence. The death penalty remained in force; no information was publicly available on death sentences or executions.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/yemen/report-yemen/

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"1- The humanitarian crisis in#Yemenis the most important story in the world,but it rarely receives the coverage that such a massive crisis ought to have.
2- Ongoing blockade by#Saudiand willingness to impose collective punishment on the civilian population.
3- suffering from the largest famine the world has seen 4 decades .
4- struggling with an acute hunger crisis that has effected at least 17M ppl ,third of them considered close to famine.
5- Diseases r spreading like a wildfire,the closure of Yemeni ports will worsen the epidemics.
6- There is a gas and fuel crisis ,people are without salaries for 18 months ,the #Saudi bombardment has really scared our children .
7- Almost daily massacres by #Saudi bombs made in#UK&#US.
8- Poor sanitation,famine,malnutrition,water crisis and etc...
9- The delay to the restoration and expansion of humanitarian access will cost the life of innocent people .
10- The only way to stop the war is if people put pressures on #UK & #US governments to stop selling arms to #Saudi and to find a sustainable peace solution. "

Ahmad Algohbary

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/967827245212602368(thread) =https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1659463720773318

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Is the New UN Envoy for Yemen Destined for Failure?

Martin Griffiths, the new United Nations special envoy for Yemen and a British international mediator, will soon begin work on a war that is called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

No matter how promising Griffiths’ background, however, the current peace talks on Yemen are based on what one diplomat called a “scandalous” framework that calls for one side, the Houthi rebels, to essentially “give up.”

So the question remains: Is UN-sponsored peace in Yemen even possible, given the weak backing by powerful Western nations and other major obstacles — like weapons sales — to stopping the war?

Griffiths’ immediate predecessor, a Mauritanian diplomat named Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, saw his legitimacy dissipate over his nearly three years in office.

Just getting Ahmed out of office was a step in the right direction, said Yemen experts who spoke to PassBlue. But for Griffiths to really improve on-the-ground dynamics of the UN peace process in Yemen, some civil society leaders assert that he must begin by actively involving local political figures who hold extensive power in the deeply fractured and localized country.

Without strong international and regional diplomacy, the UN envoy is “a tool without arms,” Alhariri said.

The actions of Saudi allies with permanent seats on the UN Security Council make it more unlikely that the Council will de-escalate proxy tensions.

The desire for weapons sales has been a major source of hesitancy among certain Council members to counter Saudi Arabia’s proxy war narrative, according to a diplomat who spoke on background to PassBlue.

The resolution under which the UN envoy must operate only adds to the imbalance. Adopted less than a month after the Saudi-led coalition started bombing Yemen, the resolution places all responsibility to “end the use of violence” on the Houthis, who are expected to “withdraw their forces from all the areas they have seized.” The Council had expected Russia to veto the resolution, but it abstained.

The resolution is “outdated and, frankly, has become one of the multiple obstacles to resuming negotiations,” said Eric Eikenberry, director of policy and advocacy for the Yemen Peace Project, a US-based nonprofit group. “By asking the Houthis to unilaterally disarm and withdraw from much of the territory under their control, it places unrealistic preconditions on one party to the conflict.”

Considering that recent actions by the US and Britain support the Saudis so openly, and unless Saudi Arabia accepts Hadi’s engaging in a power-sharing agreement or a secret deal is worked out between the parties, Griffiths’ path to peace may never materialize.

As Carisch, the sanctions expert, said, “Martin Griffiths is taking on an impossible job.” – by Chris Gelardi

http://www.passblue.com/2018/03/05/is-the-new-un-envoy-for-yemen-taking-on-an-impossible-job/

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Saudis Find Out Hard Way: Yemen Is Another Graveyard of Empires

Invaders throughout history have thrown themselves against the anvil, only to be left bloodied and defeated.

The war, which is commonly referred to in Saudi Arabia as Muhammad bin Salman’s war, was meant to mark the ambitious young prince’s debut on both the national and international stages. It was also supposed to check what Saudi Arabia views as growing Iranian influence in the region.

Instead, it’s shown Saudi Arabia’s lavishly funded and equipped army to be a paper tiger incapable of even defending the Kingdom’s southern border from sandal-clad rebels equipped with nothing more than light and medium arms. Rather than checking Iranian influence, the war may force the Houthis, whose relationship with Iran has heretofore been limited, to enhance their dealings with Tehran. Most critically, it has resulted in what could be the permanent fragmentation of Yemen. That country’s strategic location along the Bab al-Mandab, just across from the Horn of Africa, and long border with Saudi Arabia mean that the instability in Yemen will be hard, if not impossible, to contain.

In South Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and UAE backed militias—ranging from southern separatists to militant Salafi groups that are indistinguishable from al-Qaeda—are competing with one another to secure influence and access to the weapons and materiel provided by their backers. Aden, the de-facto capital for Yemen’s powerless government in exile, is now the scene of almost daily assassinations and bombings.

Still, many in northern Yemen respect the Houthis for their continued ability to defy Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both of which are increasingly viewed as colonizers by Yemenis in the north and the south. Yemenis living in the north also fear the chaos and violence that could engulf their home if the Houthis are defeated. The Houthis and the parts of the Yemeni army that are allied with them have acted as an effective bulwark against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State.

However, it is only a matter of time until the UAE-backed militias turn on their patron. The rhetoric in southern Yemen is already infused with descriptions of the UAE as a neo-colonial power intent on asset stripping.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE should have examined the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – by Michael Horton

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/saudis-find-out-hard-way-yemen-is-another-graveyard-of-empires/

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Huge rise in Britain's secretive arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Labour's Emily Thornberry says the government is 'fuelling' Saudi war in Yemen, as new figures show 'secret' arms exports have soared

The UK has been accused of concealing the true extent of its support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen by overseeing a vast rise in the use of secretive arms exports licenses, Middle East Eye can reveal

The dramatic new figures on the opaque open licence system, which keeps the value of arms and their exact nature out of the public domain, come as Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and chief architect of the war in Yemen, is due to visit London on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.

The UK has used standard arms licences to approve more than $6.4bn in arms to Saudi Arabia since the start of the war in Yemen in 2015, including advanced jets and munitions.

But figures seen exclusively by Middle East Eye show that the government has actively overseen a more than 75 per cent increase in the use of secretive "open licences" to approve additional arms sales to the kingdom, including vital parts for the jets striking targets in Yemen.

However, the opaque nature of the open licence regime, known in Whitehall jargon as Open Individual Export Licences, or OIELs, means the actual volume of exports approved under the secretive system could be far higher, say campaigners.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-huge-rise-britains-secret-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-2114276785

Comment: This is very worrying as it means huge increases in arms sales to a country with an abysmal human rights record that can be used in destroying Yemen and enforcing a cruel embargo and not under parliamentary scrutiny. This really should be a subject that is raised with members of parliament as it not only is against the interests of Yemen and world peace but also against the interests of democratic rule in U.K.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452956473641

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Yemen War Erodes the Country’s Architectural Heritage

According to Muhannad Al-Sayani, director of the Yemeni General Organization of Antiques and Museums (GOAM), over 78 pieces of history had been damaged or destroyed, among them are ten archaeological sites, eight museums, ten mosques, two churches, 17 tombs, and six UNESCO world heritage sites.

Fifty-nine of the sites – just over 75 percent – had been damaged by the Saudi-led coalition bombing, despite UNESCO providing a list of sites to avoid.

As soon as the war started, so did the erasing of Yemen’s history.

“Even if not targeted, historic heritage has been damaged by nearby explosions which by shaking buildings foundations provoked major cracks to their traditional structures, collapse of gypsum windows and decorations and more, and by random armed conflict,” Anna Paolini, UNESCO’s Gulf and Yemen representative, told The Globe Post.

Even museums like the Damar Archaeological Museum, which held over 12,500 historic artefacts, was destroyed by the bombing.

https://www.theglobepost.com/2018/03/06/yemen-war-heritage/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Onchocerca volvulus infection in Tihama region - West of Yemen: Continuing transmission in ivermectin-targeted endemic foci and unveiled endemicity in districts with previously unknown status

Onchocerciasis in Yemen is one of the most neglected diseases, where baseline estimates of onchocerciasis and monitoring of the impact of ivermectin regularly administered to the affected individuals on its transmission are lacking. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the anti-Ov16 IgG4 seroprevalence among local communities of Hodeidah and Al-Mahwit governorates of Tihama Region. The factors possibly associated with previous exposure to infection were also studied.

Onchocerciasis is endemic in certain foci in the western governorates of Yemen. Monitoring the impact of the regular ivermectin administration to affected individuals on the transmission status and providing baseline onchocerciasis estimates in endemic areas are crucial for planning effective elimination strategies. We found that the disease transmission is still ongoing in Hodeidah and Al-Mahwit governorates of Tihama Region.

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0006329

Remark: This is a disease caused by a parasite worm, spread by the bites of a fly. Symptoms include severe itching, bumps under the skin, and blindness: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onchocerca_volvulus and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onchocerciasis

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Film: Humanitäre Tragödie im Jemen

Drei Millionen Menschen sind in dem Land im Süden der Arabischen Halbinsel auf der Flucht. Es herrschen Armut und Gewalt, seit Jahren tobt ein Bürgerkrieg. Die Flüchtlingslager sind überfüllt, es grassieren Cholera und Diphterie.

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-journal/videos/humanitaere-tragoedie-im-jemen-100.html = https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-sendungen/180306-humanitaere-krise-im-jemen-100.html = https://www.facebook.com/ZDFheute/videos/10156282395200680/

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Just some reminders:

This was the April 2015 headline from @TheEconomist about the Saudi war on Yemen.

An easier road in than out

In Yemen, Saudi Arabia is staking its claim to regional leadership

https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21647597-leadership-test?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/saudiarabiaandyemen

In April 2015, @BBCWorld had this headline about the then 1 month old #Saudi war on #Yemen: "Saudi Arabia's new muscular foreign policy"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32381798

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International organization: Yemen has become a fertile environment for violations of media freedoms and press freedoms

Yemen has become a fertile environment for violations by both the Houthis and the security forces of the United Arab Emirates, which target the media sector mainly from institutions, newspapers and media outlets, an international organization said on Tuesday.

SAM ORGANIZATION FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS expressed its deep dissatisfaction with the continued violations by the Houthi armed group in Sana'a and its increase by the security forces in Aden, which is directly under the supervision of the UAE member of the Arab Coalition, in addition to the violations committed by the authority of Hadramout under the legitimate authority.

The organization described the violations as a serious breach of the provisions of international humanitarian and human rights law.

The Geneva-based organization said it had monitored several abuses in recent years, some by al-Houthi group and some by the security belt and Hadramout forces.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1669123366474020

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Fire and forget: The bloody amnesia at the heart of UK-Saudi ties as Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits the UK

Labour MPs Chris Williamson and Grahame Morris say its time for Theresa May to reconfigure our relationship with the middle east

While the Prime Minister sips tea with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today, a family in Yemen will sit for dinner.

With the Saudi blockade hindering vital food imports, dinner will be a meagre affair.

In the sky above, capable of striking at any moment, Saudi warplanes will stalk, laden with British bombs.

Among these instruments of death is the RAF’s ALARM, whose macabre marketing material describes it as a ‘fire-and-forget’ missile system.

There is no more apt metaphor for Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Proudly made in Britain and used with British oversight, Saudi Arabia has trained these missiles on hospitals and health centres, water facilities and schools.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/fire-forget-bloody-amnesia-heart-12139160

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Saudi Lies and the Unjust War on Yemen

Governments that choose to intervene in other countries’ conflicts frequently claim that they have been “forced” to do so, but this is almost never true. In the case of Yemen, the Saudis and their allies launched a military campaign in 2015 that had nothing to do with self-defense. They were not attacked, nor was there much danger that they would be, and the attacks on Saudi territory have been in response to the coalition bombing. These governments intentionally picked the side of a government that had been driven from power, they waged a bombing campaign that has routinely targeted civilian sites, and they imposed a blockade that starves the civilian population of basic necessities. No one forced them to do these things. None of this was “imposed” on them. That is another lie that the Saudi government promotes in an attempt to evade responsibility for what they and their allies have done to Yemen. If the Saudis don’t want this war, they have only to stop fighting it and lift the blockade. They continue to wage the war because they launched it recklessly in the hope of scoring a quick victory and now can’t face up to their failure – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/saudi-lies-and-the-unjust-war-on-yemen/

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Photo: 27 children were withdrawn by the Houthis from schools and sent to the front lines of the war they captured by the national army, and now working through a civil organization in #Marib to rehabilitation into life again.

https://twitter.com/hussamA123/status/970904535534223360

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Saudi plans to build naval bases on Yemen coast

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz is said to be going ahead with a project to set up naval military bases on the coast of South Yemen, notably in Al-Anad, Hadramut, Socotra and Bab Al Mandeb.
Tactical Report has prepared a 400-word report to shed more light on the subject. (paywalled)

http://www.tacticalreport.com/view_news/Saudi-plans-to-build-naval-bases-on-Yemen-coast/5670

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Interactive Map of Yemen

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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West complicit in S Arabia, UAE mess in Yemen

During a meeting on Monday in Tehran Iran’s SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani and French Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed regional and international developments as well as bilateral ties.

He then touched upon the latest proposed resolution of European countries in regards with the Yemeni crisis and described the drafted resolution as a disappointing measure and a sign of westerners’ indifference to genocide, the violation of human rights, and humanitarian catastrophes in Yemen.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/132614/West-complicit-in-S-Arabia-UAE-mess-in-Yemen

My comment: That’s simply true. Western policy towards Yemen simply is a “true ball” for Iran.

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Film: ARD Reportage׃ Was von Kriegen übrig bleibt Irak, Syrien, Jemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc11XgnMfNk

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Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents

Legal Counselor Mansour bin Ahmed Al-Mansour, spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen held a press conference at Army Officers Club in Riyadh today, refuting claims on 14 incidents raised by some international organizations against military operations carried out by the Coalition Forces in Yemen.
Following is Al-Mansour's review of the results of investigations into the relevant incidents:

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733461

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 2 Riyadh

Regarding the reports issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and Amnesty International and; the statement issued by the Joint Coalition Forces, concerning the attack on a residential area in (Faj Atan) at 1:30 am on (24 August 2017), two air strikes hit a residential complex, Killing (33) persons and injuring (12) others.

JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the procedures; rules of engagement, the daily mission schedule, the video footage of the executed mission and the satellite images of the location of the target; and after assessing gathered evidence. JIAT found that based on intelligence reports, the Coalition Air Force targeted a legitimate military target (Communications Control System) used for military purposes located in (Faj Atan) in Sana'a at (1:57am), Friday (25/08/2017).

Based on its findings, the JIAT concluded that the incident was unintentional, due to a technical fault. JIAT therefore concludes the Coalition States to consider providing assistance to the families of the victims, and material damage.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733463

My comment: Make it clear that there are not even any “legitimate military targets” for Saudi air raids in Yemen, because the whole Saudi aerial war is a “War of Aggression”. – And even if this would not be the case, a Communications Control System within a city far away from the battlefront hardly could be labeled a “legitimate military target” in any war.

Comment: Oh another accident. They seem to have a lot of them. Funny how they all kill civilians.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452846993641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 3 Riyadh

Regarding the report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which included the bombing of a house in the village of (Mahdah) in (Al-safra) area (Saada) province, during the night of (04/08/2017), killing 9 persons, including three women six children; and wounded 3 others.
JIAT verified the incident and, after reviewing all the documents, including the procedures; rules of engagement, the schedules of daily air missions, the satellite images, and after assessing gathered evidence. JIAT found that The Coalition did not carry out any air missions on the village of (Mahdah) on the claimed date. The closest target was a (Gathering of Houthi armed militias), which was (6km) away from the international borders of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and (49km) from the village of (Mahdah).
In light of this, JIAT found that the coalition forces did not target the village of (Mahdah) in (Saada) province on the claimed date..

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733464

My comment: Where should I place this article? – It 100 % belongs to cp15 “Propaganda”. – This Saudi JIAT (“Joint Incidents Assessment Team Regarding Yemen Investigations” is nothing more than a propaganda scam whose only task is whitewashing Saudi coalition air raids, in the disguise of an investigation team. – Read this letter by HRW to this JIAT team, dated Jan. 13, 2017 https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/16/letter-saudi-led-coalition-joint-incidents-assessment-team-regarding-yemen

And for this air raid which is whitewashed here, just look:

http://newnewss.net/?p=9417

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1709134776049176

https://www.facebook.com/Yemen.Hiroshima/videos/794047137434168/

https://twitter.com/AJArabic/status/893557160608546816

Comment: And they didn't do that either! Shame the family pretended to be dead to discredit Saudi Arabia.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452849138641

and more and more

(A K P)

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 4 Riyadh

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733467

Comment: Oh people were just pretending it was a market. Funny how everyone gets this wrong except Saudi Arabia. And UK of course. They just know that their bombs never cause any damage.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452854383641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 5 Riyadh

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733470

Comment: Another accident as a bomb went astray. Why do they pay so much money for these faulty bombs? Does it mean the manufacturer of the bomb is to blame or that the civilians who lived in the house just were stupid to live in a house where a bomb could fall accidentally - knowing that Saudi bombs just are not under their control???

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452865373641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 6 Riyadh

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733473

Comment: Now all these accidental killings of civilians are making me rather cross. Really Saudi you should stop dropping bombs and then there won't be any more accidents.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452872203641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 7 Riyadh

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733474

Comment: Now come come JIAT. It's beginning to sound like you tell nasty porkies

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452875298641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 8 Riyadh

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733475

Comment: Now just stop bombing Saudi Arabia. You really are useless at taking out military targets and too horribly good at killing civilians.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452877578641

Spokesman of JIAT in Yemen Refutes Claims on 14 Incidents 9 Riyad

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733476

Comment: JUST STOP JUST STOP JUST STOP JUST STOP JUST STOP. DO YOU HEAR ME? JUST STOP.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156452880638641

My comment: That's typical for Saudi propaganda. They always think the more is the better, the greater figure is the better. Until everybody, even the most naive, realizes that it just is a propaganda scam. As Saudi sportsmen jump 2?, 3?. 4?, no 100 meters high. All clear??

(B K P)

SANA’A INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CLOSURE IS A WAR CRIME

Sanaa International Airport Director confirmed that the continuation of the closure of Sanaa International Airport by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen is a war crime.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/sanaa-international-airport-closure-is-a-war-crime.html

Remark: The airport is blocked by the Saudis.

(B H K)

Map: Yemen: Access Constraints as of 04 March 2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-access-constraints-04-march-2018

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Film: Saudi war further worsening Yemen's humanitarian crisis

As the third anniversary of the Saudi military campaign against Yemen draws near, people of the war-torn country continue to suffer from devastating airstrikes and crippling blockades.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdiV27COLuw

(B K P)

Film: L'infect jeu israélien au Yémen

La guerre déclenchée en 2015 par l’Arabie saoudite contre le Yémen ne semble pas profiter simplement aux Saoudiens qui s'acharnent à la faire perdurer.

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

Remark: From Iran.

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Stop the Saudi-Led Coalition’s Starvation of Yemen

The Saudis and their allies need to be publicly pressured into lifting the blockade of Yemen, and in order for that to happen their Western patrons need to be called out again and again for their role in enabling this massive crime. It bears repeating that more than eight million people are on the verge of starvation largely because of the coalition blockade, and millions more are badly malnourished.

Western governments have mostly been able to avoid scrutiny and criticism for arming and supporting the coalition’s war and blockade for the last three years.

Mohammed bin Salman’s upcoming visits to the U.K. and U.S. are unfortunate in many ways, but they do provide an opportunity to call attention to the war’s terrible effects.

It is shameful that the U.K. and U.S. governments are welcoming Mohammed bin Salman, but it is even more so that they have been actively supporting the disastrous war of which he is one of the chief architects and leading war criminals – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/stop-the-saudi-led-coalitions-starvation-of-yemen/

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Role of UAE in Yemen is worse than of Iran, Tawakkol Karman says

The Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkol Kerman has again attacked the United Arab Emirates, pointing out that the UAE plays a very worse role in Yemen.

This came in response to an editorial by the UAE Gulf newspaper that indicated that nobody could question the pivotal role played by the UAE as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, and that the military intervention in Yemen was basically aimed to rescue Yemen from the coup d'état carried out by the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

"You are worse than Iran and your militias are no less ugly than the Houthi militia," she said addressing the newspaper, emphasizing that Yemenis have already reached this conviction.

https://www.tawakkolkarman.net/en/news/Role-of-UAE-in-Yemen-is-worse-than-of-Iran-Tawakkol-Karman-says

My comment: Why it took nearly three years until you realized this???

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YCMHRV director says human rights in Yemen entered sensitive stage

The director of the Yemen Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) Mutahar al-Budheiji said "the human rights situation in Yemen has entered a very sensitive and complex stage."

He said that YCMHRV has documented the atrocities that occurred from January 1 to December 31, 2017 in 20 Yemeni provinces.

That violence caused "the killing of 2260 people and injuring of 2780 others."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16084

and

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Human Rights Coalition Documents Houthi Atrocities against 5,000 Civilians in 2017

A Yemeni human rights coalition accused the Houthi militia of committing grave abuses against civilians in 20 Yemeni provinces, killing and injuring some 5,000 people in 2017.
The findings were revealed in the third annual report on human rights situation in Yemen, which was released by the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1193661/human-rights-coalition-documents-houthi-atrocities-against-5000-civilians-2017

My comment: This seems to be more an anti-Houthi propaganda action than a serious report. The Saudi (aawsat) version even seems just to ascribe all killed and injured to the Houthis.

And also

(B K P)

Yemeni Group for Monitoring Violations calls on world community to end Houthi coup in Sanaa and restore peace in Yemen

Yemeni Group for Monitoring Violations called upon the world community and its civil organizations to end the course of violence and armed disputes, led by the Houthi coup in Sanaa, to pave the way for restoring peace in Yemen.
http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1733453

My comment: This is by Saudi Press Agency. This call seems to be extremely biased as the far most greatest violator is not even addressed by this strange “Group for Monitoring Violations”.

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Global Solidarity Needed Against Merchants of Death in Yemen

In all, there is no authorization for the war, not even a United Nations mandate, which clearly makes the US government, due to a host of reliable data and official statements, complicit in Saudi war crimes and crimes committed against humanity in the poorest country in the Arab world:

1) Western governments approving the export of arms to Saudi Arabia have received many detailed and credible reports from the UN and other reputable bodies over the past months pointing to a pattern of horrific human rights abuses and war crimes committed throughout Yemen by the Saudi forces and allies.

2) In the face of unbearable suffering of civilians and mounting casualties, Western governments have failed to enact convincing measures to prevent further violations, conduct independent and impartial investigations, or bring the perpetrators to justice.

3) This is a clear breach of the golden rules in the Arms Trade Treaty, International Law, International Humanitarian law, and the UN Charter.

Under its own Charter, the world body has a duty to exert pressure on Riyadh and Washington to end this horror

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961213001830

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Film: Saudi war further worsening Yemen's humanitarian crisis

Report on the economic impacts of the war on the Yemenis' daily lives.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/04/554364/Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-humanitarian-crisis-

(A P)

The New Internet Company in Adan Increases Al-Houthis Concerns

Continuous attitudes and statements of Al-Houthis concerning the new internet company in the liberated territories reflect their concern about this governmental step that will deny the coup forces access and control over Yemeni data.

It is noteworthy that Al-Houthis dominate internet through “Yemen Net” company in Sanaa as the sole service provider in Yemen. Al-Houthis use this company as a political tool for blocking opposition websites in addition to gaining massive profits of the telecommunication and internet sector. Al-Houthis use these profits for financing war against Yemeni people under the notion of “Military Efforts”.

http://en.smanews.org/the-new-internet-company-in-adan-increases-al-houthis-concerns

Remark: By anti-Houthi southern separatists.

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Film: Bringing Yemen Back from the Brink: What Role for Youth Activism?

Yemeni youth activists played a critical role in the popular movement that led to the end of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s presidency and the National Dialogue Conference that followed. In the wake of Saleh’s death, and suggestions of new alliances being formed, can Yemeni youth mobilize themselves again to serve as a catalyst for a negotiated end to the war and a transition to an inclusive, postconflict government? Is it even possible to imagine the resurgence of a cohesive youth “movement,” or have Yemen’s young people fragmented along with the rest of society? This panel addressed these questions and more.

http://www.agsiw.org/bringing-yemen-back-brink-role-youth-activism/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzsvfFci3s0

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There’s No Moral, Legal, or Strategic Justification for What the US Is Doing in Yemen

The United States has spent almost three years helping Saudi Arabia bombard Yemen, killing thousands of civilians along the way. Now members of Congress say America needs to stop supporting the unnecessary bloodshed.

As maintained by many US officials and Pentagon commanders, the US-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen is unwinnable

Yemen has suffered greatly due to the US-Saudi blockade and airstrikes

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the mastermind behind the war. It’s part of his aggressive anti-Iran policy in the Middle East

US support for the growing humanitarian crisis likely isn’t going away. The US has said that the best way to end the crisis is through "aggressive diplomacy". If that’s the case, then the US, with or without the Congress resolution, must immediately stop its military support to the Saudi war

Indeed, there is still room for the Americans in a political settlement.

Under the prevailing environment, the United Nations Security Council must hold Saudi Arabia and the United States responsible for their repeated and blatant violations of International Law and International Humanitarian Law in Yemen.

In short, Yemen is the latest US foreign policy disaster

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961209001692

(B P)

Yemeni minister sees a way forward in conflict

During a visit to London last week, however, Moammar al-Eryani, information minister in the Hadi government, sounded a bit more hopeful.

Responding to doubts about how much control the Hadi government really has in the "liberated" areas, Eryani said the aim was to devolve responsibilities: "Local authorities should be in charge and should take a lead in government. We don't want to replicate the previous experience of a very centralised form of goverment."

Eryani said the key lies in Hodeidah, the Red Sea port held by the Houthis and partially blockaded by the Saudi-led coalition. The aim, he said, should not be to capture Hodeidah but to surround it – thus cutting off an important source of revenue for the Houthis.

http://al-bab.com/blog/2018/03/yemeni-minister-sees-way-forward-conflict

My comment: I do not know what sense it should make to take these minisister’s tales as more than propaganda. Whitaker really had written much better reports.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Film: Saudi Arabia's 'humanitarian aid plan' for Yemen‘tighten blockade, monopolise access to aid’

Presented as a great humanitarian effort, the Saudi-led coalition's new aid plan for Yemen essentially aims to tighten the blockade and monopolise access to aid in the hands of the aggressors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX91aGsB4rU

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How political and military conflict caused the return of famine

South Sudan and Yemen are at the brink of a severe food crisis, with over 400,000 malnourished children in Yemen, the United Nations estimates. Alex de Waal, a professor at the Tufts Fletcher School who spent years in the Horn of Africa, talks to Megan Thompson about his new book, “Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine” and how military conflict causes famine.

In Yemen, which is the biggest famine crime of the day, possibly the biggest famine crime of our generation, the blockade of the entire country enforced by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with not much protest from Western powers including the United States, has brought that country into a deep food crisis. We are beginning to see a few steps by the Saudis to allow food shipments in, which are very late, they are welcome, but they are a small drop in the ocean compared to the enormous need of the starving Yemeni people (and audio)

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-political-and-military-conflict-caused-the-return-of-famine

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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War leaves Yemenis struggling to buy fuel to cook

Long queues of men line the streets of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa waiting alongside empty propane gas canisters they are desperate to replace so they have fuel to cook.

Three years of war accompanied by a crippling Saudi-led blockade has led to chronic shortages and with them prices that are skyrocketing.

The price for a refill of cooking gas has more than doubled in recent weeks from $12 (10 euros) to $26 (21 euros).

Longtime Sanaa resident Mohammed Khaled Hussein said he had been waiting three days for a replacement canister to take back to his family with the hope of at least making tea and rice.

But each time he went home with the empty one.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5472435/War-leaves-Yemenis-struggling-buy-fuel-cook.html

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ICRC:Yemen’s Poverty Rate Rose to 62% IN 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that Yemen’s poverty rate rose to 62% in 2017. In a tweet on its Twitter page, the committee said that before the war on Yemen in 2015, nearly half of Yemenis were living below the poverty line.

The World Bank estimated Yemen’s poverty rate in 2017 to rise to 62%.

http://www.newnewss.net/icrcyemens-poverty-rate-rose-to-62-in-2017/

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Death threatens dozens of children in Diab district of Mahweet after due to malnutrition

The life of dozens of children in the province of Al-Mahweet, west of Yemen, is threatened by malnutrition in the region due to lack of food and medicine needed to cope with the danger.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1669192913133732/?type=3

(B H)

The fate of a famous Yemeni journalist in times of war

Activists through social media circulated a picture of a famous Yemeni journalist working in Sarawis car washing after leaving his profession and heading to work to cope with difficult living conditions.

A photojournalist for the Yemeni newspaper and deputy editor of the state sports daily Ali al-Raimi, who works at the Sarawes store, was deployed to face the difficult life he had endured like many Yemenis in the capital Sanaa.

Journalist Ali al-Raimi is the most famous sports pen in the republic, where he has practiced journalism since 1984 and still is. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1669180203135003/?type=3

(A H)

Yemen Situation Update, February 2018

WFP chartered an additional vessel, VOS Theia, to perform regular return trips between Djibouti and Hodeidah.

On 26 February, MT Celesta carrying 5 million litres of diesel procured by WFP berthed in Hodeidah

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-february-2018

(A K P)

Wounded Saudi Soldiers Protest Against Yemen War by Showing Their Fake Limbs

Saudi soldiers wounded during Saudi aggression against Yemen, many of whom are now living in tents in Maar'ib Stadium courtyard in the center of Yemen, gathered to protest the Saudi authorities’ lack of attention to them, WhatsuPic reported.

A number of protesters, who fought on the Maidan front against Ansarullah, told Al-Arabi news agency that they have not receive their waiver for ten months (photos)

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961215000764

Remark: They look like pro-Saudi Yemeni mercenaries.

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One woman's route to building a successful business in Yemen

Fatima (name changed) is a baker in Yemen. She talks about the particular challenges for women within Yemini society, and her route to building a successful business.

How did underage marriage affect your early life and education?

How did financial instability affect you and your family?

When did you initially find a way to use your skills and experiences to improve your situation?

What practical steps did you take toward starting your business?

What is an average day like now that you run a successful business?

What plans have you made for your future?

https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/successful-business-yemen-women-and-girls

(A H)

Aden, Yemen to see scheduled cargo ops in late 1Q18 (paywalled)

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/65012-aden-yemen-to-see-scheduled-cargo-ops-in-late-1q18

(A H)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Governorate Dashboard by Hub (as of December 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-governorate-dashboard-hub-december-2017-enar

(A P)

Iran Asks EU to Play Active Role in Resolution of Yemen Conflict

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the European Union to play an active role in the resolution of the Yemen conflict, and voiced Tehran's readiness for cooperation in this regard.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961214000583

My comment: The West wants to confront Iran, not to achieve peace in Yemen.

(B P)

Riyadh paddle in Yemen swamp

Disappointed with the outcome of the war on Yemen, Riyadh toughened the living conditions for Yemenis through intensifying brutal attacks and imposing more crippling economic sanctions.

Some analysts believe that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz is determined to end the war but wants to hide his war crimes, human rights abuses and the bloodshed against innocent civilians.

To that end, Riyadh has allegedly found “salvation” from the swamp of war in Yemen in the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and through the buying more US arms.

But it remains to be seen what Washington will do, going forward given the failure of Riyadh to “win” the war.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421786/Riyadh-paddle-in-Yemen-swamp

Remark: This is from Iran.

(B H)

Film by Your Abilities: Donate for an ill child in Yemen

https://twitter.com/Yourabilities_o/status/970447822788202496

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Film: Yemen - Warnings Over Collapse Of Health System In Taiz

The Health Ministry official in the city of Taiz warned of the collapse of the entire health system in the city with the onset of summer, as a result of the poor condition of hospitals in the city and the increase in the number of malnourished patients due to epidemics and the spread of garbage and open sewage within the neighborhoods of the city. Hospitals in the city suffer from deteriorating health services because of the acute shortage of medicines and medical supplies. He called on the health authorities and the legitimate government and international organizations to save the tragic situation in Taiz.

http://arab24.com/portal/index.php/en/stories/2017-09-05-06-26-75/item/9948-yemen-warnings-over-collapse-of-health-system-in-taiz

(B H)

Taiz launches production of crutches as more people lose legs to Houthi landmines

The Center of Prosthetics Limbs and Rehabilitation in Taiz has launched the production of crutches as people who lose their legs or walking ability to Houthi attacks increase in the central Yemen city.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16083

My comment: There are really no other possibilities to lose legs in Yemen???

(A H)

Nutrition Cluster: GAM Rate Classification (as of February, 2018)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/nutrition-cluster-gam-rate-classification-february-2018

Yemen Nutrition Cluster: Estimated number of children in 2017 with MAM not treated (December 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-estimated-number-children-2017-mam-not-treated-december-2017

Yemen Nutrition Cluster: Estimated number of children in 2017 with SAM not treated (December 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-estimated-number-children-2017-sam-not-treated-december-2017

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Film: YEMEN CARE IS HERE

Hear about the impossible choices that mothers in Yemen are facing during conflict. Find out more at www.yemenneverbroken.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxuw5xlxmlY

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen UNHCR Update, March 2018

22.2 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

More than ever, UNHCR will prioritize maintaining and building its capacity to mobilize rapidly, reliably and effectively in response to emergencies and to strengthen protection response for persons of concern, including through the expansion of the cash programme.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-update-march-2018

(A H)

Yemen: Al Hudaydah / Taizz Displacement Update

In Al Hudaydah, there were 324 new families in Al Mina, Al Hawak and Al Hali districts displaced from Hays and Al Jarrahi districts.

In Aden, increase of IDPs figures

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-al-hudaydah-taizz-displacement-update-25-feb-1-march-2018

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

(A P)

Yemen’s General People's Congress Wants to Retrieve Saleh's Body for Burial

Leaders of the branch General People's Congress that is controlled by the Houthis officially revealed their ongoing efforts with militias to retrieve the body of late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and release his detained relatives.
A statement issued following a "General Committee" meeting of senior party leaders announced on Monday that Saleh's body is still with the Houthi militias and has not been buried as it was claimed. The statement hinted that the group refuses to hand over the body, release Saleh's relatives and return seized money.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1195831/yemen%E2%80%99s-general-peoples-congress-wants-retrieve-salehs-body-burial

(A)

Houthi militant kills 4 persons upon returning from radicalization course

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16117

(A E P)

The gas crisis is escalating in Sanaa, a stab that strikes a citizen, queues and restaurants that close their doors

The domestic gas crisis in the capital city of Sana'a, controlled by al-Houthi militia, has escalated, causing negative repercussions, as well as stopping some of the restaurants that have blocked their doors.

The streets of Sana'a were crowded with citizens lined up in front of gas stations.

It also draws attention to the presence of large numbers of women carrying gas cylinders and queues in a scene that reflects the magnitude of the crisis suffocating caused by the Houthi criminal militia. (photo)

https://www.khabaragency.net/news94245.html

My comment: Quite certainly, this crisis was NOT caused by the Houthis but by the Saudi blockade.

And

(A H)

#Sanaa streets are full of people with cooking gas cylinders standing in lines. Women, men and children wait all day long in order to buy with the cheapest price after doubling the price last week. Transportation prices increased! Faces say: life is suffocating

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/970579819757961216

Photos: http://www.epa.eu/war-photos/conflicts-general-photos/cooking-gas-supply-shortages-in-yemen-photos-54175384

https://twitter.com/Nuha31r/status/970528055520321537

(A K P)

Almost every day, you see new fighters joining battlefronts against US-Saudi invaders. Under this holy slogan! Those 'lions' graduated on March 5, 2018. Somewhere in coastal province of Hodeida, west of the country. (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/970882476838195200

(A P)

Fighting corruption in Yemen Is an important part of fighting US-Saudi aggression. Yemen President Saleh Samad discussing, in Sanaa today, How to win economic war imposed by US-Saudi war criminals With officials of anti-corruption agency, the COCA. (Photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/970691192118763520

(A)

Distribution 13 ,000 Gas cylinder in Dhamar

The Dhamar's governor Mohammed Hussein al-Maqdashi Launched a distribution 13.000 Gas cylinder to the citizens in Dhamar.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489421.htm

(A P)

Protests against Houthi militia continue for second day in Yemen’s Sanaa

Protests broke out in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday against the Houthi militia by tens of civilians after the militia closed down gas filling stations for the sixth day in a row.

Yemeni media outlets reported that civilians organized demonstrations and burned car tires in front of the capital’s secretariat building. Protesters closed down the main road in front of the building, meanwhile the militia has increased its presence in the streets, especially in areas prone to civilian demonstrations.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/03/04/Protests-against-Houthi-militia-continue-for-second-day-in-Yemen-s-Sanaa.html and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16118

My comment: By Saudi media. Well, what would have happened in Saudi Arabia in that case? Look at the Imam who criticized Prince Salman, in cp8.

And

(A P)

Yemenis protest against gas shortage in Sana’a

Yemenis across rebel-held Sana’a protested on Sunday against a severe gas shortage caused by additional taxes implemented by the Houthis on fuel tankers.
Dozens of people took to the streets, blocking roads, burning tires and demanding there be an end to the shortage crisis – now in its second week.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/97448

(A K P)

Photos: This is a new batch of fighters who graduated on March 3, 2018. In secret place in western coasts. All heading to battlefronts.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/970309820103512064

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Houthi rebels free 2 Yemeni journalists

Scores of journalists were detained by Houthis on charges of 'communicating with foreign countries'

Houthi rebels on Sunday released two Yemeni journalists after nearly two years of detention, according to a Yemen NGO.

“The two journalists were set free two years after being abducted in Dhamar, some 100 km south of Sanaa,” Hussein al-Sufi, head of the National Organisation of Yemeni Media (SADA), told Anadolu Agency by phone.

He said the two had never been charged since their detention.

According to al-Sufi, there are 13 other journalists still languishing in Houthi-run prisons in Yemen.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180304-houthi-rebels-free-2-yemeni-journalists/

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

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A Leader in the Southern Transitional Council: Military Commanders of the Government Smuggle Weapons to “Ansar Allah”

Mansour Saleh, a leader of the southern transitional council said: “The problem in Yemen is not smuggling weapons from Iran to Al-Houthis in the north. Instead, military commander of Ben Daghar’s government do so”. In a phone call with Sputnik, Russian media agency, om Monday March 5th, 2018, Saleh said: “The main problem is neither in the international society nor in Al-Houthis. It is proved that military commanders loyal to the legitimacy government smuggle weapons to Al-Houthis.

http://en.smanews.org/a-leader-in-the-southern-transitional-council-military-commanders-of-the-government-smuggle-weapons-to-ansar-allah

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Gunmen fire at fireworks store in Aden causing explosions

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16155

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Unanimous Persons Assassinate a Young Man in Sheikh Othman – Adan

http://en.smanews.org/unanimous-persons-assassinate-a-young-man-in-sheikh-othman-adan

Remark: Anonymous??

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Mothers of detained Yemenis urge UAE to release information

Dozens of Yemeni mothers have marched in the southern city of Aden to demand information about their sons, who are allegedly detained by the United Arab Emirates in secret prisons.

The protesters carried pictures of missing relatives and banners demanding that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni rebels, which includes the UAE, either charge or release their relatives.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mothers-detained-yemenis-urge-uae-release-information-53556483

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Unknown gunmen assassinate one man, injure another in Aden

The gunmen, riding a Corolla car, shot dead a man the sources identified only as someone who works as a security guard in Aden International Airport

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16121

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ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan assassinated two Hadi government soldiers in al Mansoura district, Aden on March 4. ISIS militants conducted a complex suicide attack targeting a counterterrorism headquarters in al Tawahi district, Aden on February 26.[5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-march-5-2018

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Political parties condemn assassinations wave

The Yemeni political parties condemned in the strongest terms the assassination of Eideroos bin Sumait in Hadhramout on Friday and the previous assassinations and attacks on moderate Muslim preachers, journalists, activists and media organizations in the liberated provinces in south Yemen.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16120

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Yemen’s Socotra Island .. Survived of War but Fell Under UAE Ambitions

Over the past months, accusations have increased for the UAE to exploit the absence of state authorities by acting in its territory and its diversity of plant and animal.

Earlier this February, fugitive ex-president Hadi directed the authorities to “stop the disposition of the lands of Socotra Island,” an area of 3,796 square kilometers, after the growing accusations against the UAE.

But the UAE authorities did not make any official comment on it, claiming that, its presence on the island is to provide health and humanitarian services, as is the case in the rest of the liberated provinces.

Since the events in the province of Aden, in late January, there has been increasing talk about another agenda the UAE is seeking to implement.

According to a report, the Socotra archipelago “is at a critical juncture”, in terms of its unique tourism heritage.

He also pointed out that the coast of the island was sold to an Emirati official named Khalfan al-Mazroui and Wakni by Abu Mubarak

http://www.newnewss.net/yemens-socotra-island-survived-war-fell-uae-ambitions/

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Military commander survives assassination attempt in Aden

A Yemeni military commander on Monday survived an assassination attempt on Sunday after coming under fire by a group of unidentified gunmen in Yemen's southern province of Aden.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489413.htm

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Top security official shot dead in Yemen's Aden

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attack

A senior security official was shot dead in Yemen's coastal city of Aden on Monday, according to a local security official.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Abdul Karim Abdullah, the deputy security chief of the 7th security zone, inside a restaurant

https://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/top-security-official-shot-dead-in-yemens-aden/1080135 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/97449 and https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16152

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IS claims deadly drive-by shooting in Yemen's Aden

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a drive-by shooting that killed two security personnel in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Sunday.

In a statement by its official news agency Amaq, the IS said its fighters assassinated "two apostate soldiers in Aden's neighborhood of Mansourah."

The terror group also posted four pictures showing two of its fighters launching the attack in Aden.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/05/c_137016025.htm

and

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#IslamicState #Yemen claims this morn's assassination of 2 "apostate soldiers" in #Aden's al-Mansura (local reports say 1 dead, 1 injured). IS' 4 photos imply coordinated op by min.2 guys in combats & balaclavas. This is IS' 2nd Aden op this year (of total 10). 5 Aden ops in Nov (photo)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/970268625620914176

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Hats off to the brave journalists in Yemen's Taiz who protested today against abductions, arrests and attacks against media professionals in the UAE-run south

https://twitter.com/faisaledroos/status/969942985583546368 referring to http://adengad.net/news/305818/

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Armed attackers set fire to Yemen media foundation printing press

Yemeni authorities in Aden should investigate an attack on a media foundation's office and ensure that journalists working in areas under their control can operate freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Armed men raided the offices of al-Shomou Foundation on March 1 and set fire to the presses it uses to print the weekly Al-Shomou and daily Akhbar al-Youm, according to the local human rights group Rights Radar and news reports.

https://cpj.org/2018/03/armed-attackers-set-fire-to-yemen-media-foundation.php

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Vermittlung im Jemen-Konflikt: Die unbekannte Rolle des Sultans von Oman

Oman gilt als Stabilitätsanker in einer unruhigen Region. Das wird vor allem dem Charisma des Staatsoberhaupts, Sultan Qabus, zugeschrieben. Wenig bekannt ist seine Rolle als Vermittler in internationalen Konflikten. So auch im aktuellen Krieg im Jemen. Die Politologin Kathrin Warweg hatte die seltene Gelegenheit, dies vor Ort zu analysieren.

Doch hier kommt die Persönlichkeit von Sultan Qabus zum Tragen. Seine Autorität, die eines wirklich absolut regierenden Monarchen, ist der entscheidende Schlüssel für seinen Vermittlungserfolg..

Deshalb haben sowohl Riad als auch Teheran großes Interesse an der Beendigung der Kampfhandlungen und stehen Vermittlungen grundsätzlich offen gegenüber. Wie immer in solchen Situationen ist entscheidend, dass ein Vermittler es schafft, dass keine der Seiten einen Gesichtsverlust erleidet – im kulturellen Verständnis des arabischen Raumes ein nicht verhandelbarer Aspekt (mit Audio: Interview)

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20180306319829866-oman-qabus-islam-konflikt/

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Johnson ’18 Researching Policy Solutions for Yemen Peace Project

As the civil war in Yemen stretches into a third year, Amelia Johnson ’18 is in the midst of conducting a long-term research project for the Yemen Peace Project (YPP), exploring “the role of civil society in Yemen’s peace and reconstruction process, and how civil society groups can be supported during the war.”

Founded in 2010, the YPP is a U.S.-based non-profit that works to support the rights of Yemenis; advocate for peaceful, constructive policies; and promote a better understanding of the country globally. Johnson began working remotely for the organization from the HWS campus this semester, following last fall’s political science capstone course, “Yemen and the Politics of Disintegration,” taught by Yemen expert and Associate Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav.

http://www2.hws.edu/johnson-18-researching-policy-solutions-for-yemen-peace-project/

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Film: The Coalition has always supported a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. And as the former UN envoy attests, the Kingdom has worked with the legitimate Government to offer substantive compromise only to be faced with intransigence on the part of the Houthis.

https://twitter.com/FaisalbinFarhan/status/970019296880537601

My comment: This UN envoy had been pro-saudi biased. Now he got or will get a fine job by a Saudi bank.

Comment: President Hadi never won a contested election, resigned, his term of office is expired & #Yemen's parliamentary elections were last held in 2003. UK got his government recognised by UN as 'legitimate'. It's not #democracy. It's UK-supported #Saudi Final Solution for Yemen

https://twitter.com/PaulBarasi/status/971118809879842816

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What Happens When Yemen Collapses?

Ending the fighting between the Hadi government and the Houthis will not bring an end to the Yemen crisis—but it's a start.

Moreover, as a number of recent studies have highlighted, the Houthi-Saleh assault on the Hadi government is only one aspect of a much more complicated story of Yemen’s splintered society.

With the conflict still stalemated and the UN-led political process frozen for the past eighteen months, Yemen’s survival as a unified country appears in doubt. Yet the international community does have a vital interest in ensuring that Yemen survives.

Successful engagement requires the following steps: – by Gerald Feierstein, ex-US ambassador to Yemen

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-happens-when-yemen-collapses-24774

My comment: Yawn. This article by feierstein (who is quite supportive to Saudi and US intervention) brings nothing new.

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Rights Group: United Nations ‘An Utter, Abject Failure’ On Yemen

The UN is an utter and abject failure as far as Yemen and many other poor countries are concerned. It has became, more or less, dominated by the Security Council and the Security Council itself is dominated by three prominent members, who bully everybody else politically and diplomatically, and we all know that,” Human Rights for Yemen Director Kim Sharif told English-language RT television news network, Yemen Press reported.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961214000830

Remark: From Iran.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp10

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Family fears pregnant kin arrested In Saudi Arabia could be stoned over alleged adultery

Relatives of a girl who has been detained in Saudi Arabia for two years are appealing for help to bring her back home. The family fears she could be rotting away in a Saudi prison as she awaits the death sentence for having an affair with a fellow employee.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001272256/girl-held-in-saudi-arabia-risks-death-by-stoning

My comment: So much on „reforms“ in Saudi Arabia.

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Fashion show in Medina sparks Saudi anger on Twitter

A fashion show in Medina has sparked anger among Saudi Twitter users.

Twitter users launched a sharp attack on the organizers of fashion show, saying that such events are not suitable for a the holy city of Medina.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180307-280690/

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Saudi Arabia says U.S. not a rival: Saudi Aramco CEO

The world's growing demand for oil will allow both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. to increase production, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said in a CNBC interview.

The two countries are seen butting heads for dominance in the global oil order, but the head of the world's largest energy company said their fates are actually closely aligned

http://www.kallanishenergy.com/2018/03/07/saudi-arabia-says-u-s-not-a-rival-saudi-aramco-ceo/

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Film: Reformer or rogue? Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman – video profile

His aim is to make Saudi Arabia a more open nation. However, the war in Yemen and his diplomatic rivalry with Iran have caused the international community to question how radical his changes really are as he begins a series of diplomatic visits to the UK and US

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-OoH89ZMSE

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Modernity Saudi style: yes to concerts, but no to swaying or dancing

The provision laid down by the Saudi authorities on the tickets for the Egyptian pop star Tamer Hosny, which reads "No dancing or swaying" has sparked a wave of derision and criticism on social media. Spectators attending the concert scheduled for March 30th in Jeddah, in the west of the country, will be able to listen to live music [a recent novelty] but only in absolute silence and if they remain motionlessness.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Modernity-Saudi-style:-yes-to-concerts,-but-no-to-swaying-or-dancing-43285.html

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Saudi Arabia: Scant Justice for Pakistanis

Brief Unfair Trials, No Legal Representation

The Saudi criminal justice system tramples the rights of Pakistani defendants to due process and fair trials, Human Rights Watch and Justice Project Pakistan said in a report released today. The glaring defects in the criminal justice system are especially acute for Pakistanis, who face substantial difficulties finding legal assistance, navigating Saudi court procedures, and getting consular services from Pakistani embassy officials.

The 29-page report, “‘Caught in a Web’: Treatment of Pakistanis in the Saudi Criminal Justice System,” documents the Saudi criminal justice system and Saudi courts’ rampant due process violations in criminal cases involving Pakistanis. The violations include long periods of detention without charge or trial, lack of access to legal assistance, pressure on detainees to sign confessions and accept predetermined prison sentences to avoid prolonged arbitrary detention, and ineffective translation services. Some defendants reported ill-treatment and poor prison conditions.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/saudi-arabia-scant-justice-pakistanis and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FOvylhtAs

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There is great danger in lauding Mohammed Bin Salman for his stratospheric aims of instituting a massive range of reforms in Saudi Arabia while oblivious to the glaring fact that his walk falls far short of all his grandiose talk.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/971090918852956160

Remember the mega PR & media blitz nearly 2 years ago about Mohammed Bin Salman's (McKinsey-created) "Saudi Vision 2030"? No updates since April 2016. Just like so many other Saudi mega-projects.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/971088074204766210 referring to http://vision2030.gov.sa/en/media-center

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Film by HRW: Saudi Ruler Mohammad Bin Salman: Reformer or Authoritarian?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR3nhRHF7zw

And in the afternoon of March 6, the reports on Saudi crown prince and his visits reached a peak.

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Al-Azhar grand imam meets Saudi crown prince, discusses counter-terrorism efforts

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/292199/Egypt/Politics-/AlAzhar-grand-imam-meets-Saudi-crown-prince,-discu.aspx

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Royal visit highlights the half a million Saudis living in Egypt

For many Saudi citizens, Egypt is second home

https://www.zawya.com/uae/en/story/Royal_visit_highlights_the_half_a_million_Saudis_living_in_Egypt-SNG_111323408/

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Common Interests Between Riyadh, Cairo Reinforce Historical Ties

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recent visit to Egypt this week was a sign that Riyadh and Cairo have maintained close ties, which date back to 1926.
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1195981/common-interests-between-riyadh-cairo-reinforce-historical-ties

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MBS visit to Egypt is ‘immense responsibility’: Saudi media

Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s (MBS) visit to Egypt topped the front pages of Saudi newspapers on Monday, expressing the kingdom’s hopes that the historic visit would boost Egyptian-Saudi ties for the interests of the Arab region.

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/44584/MBS-visit-to-Egypt-is-%E2%80%98immense-responsibility%E2%80%99-Saudi-media

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Kingdom, Egypt firm on uprooting terror

In a joint statement, issued at the end of the state visit of the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia and Egypt reiterated their determination to confront the danger of extremism and terrorism and threats against security and peace in the region and around the world.
The two sides stressed the need to uproot terrorism and defeat all terrorist organizations. They affirmed their resolve to confront all those who support terrorism either through funding or provision of safe shelters and media platforms.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/529928/World/Mena/Kingdom-Egypt-firm-on-uprooting-terror

Comment: By Saudi media. – What if Saudi Arabia itself is one of world’s greatest sponsors of terrorism?

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A hard sell? Saudi crown prince goes West to woo allies

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to persuade his British and U.S. allies that “shock” reforms have made his country a better place to invest and a more tolerant society on his first foreign tour as heir apparent.

But it could be a tough sell.

But the severity and secrecy of an anti-corruption crackdown last November, after Prince Mohammed ousted an older cousin as crown prince in a palace coup last June, has unnerved some investors.

Though London and New York are rivals to host the partial public listing of state oil firm Saudi Aramco, the enthusiasm of some Western business leaders — even for such an important contract — has been sapped by concerns about human rights and a lack of limitations on executive power in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-saudi-trip/a-hard-sell-saudi-crown-prince-goes-west-to-woo-allies-idUSKCN1GI0HF

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Is Saudi Arabia the next holiday hotspot?

Your questions answered about visiting the kingdom

Saudi Arabia is opening up to tourism. The Kingdom has a new, professional approach to attracting visitors, easier visa rules and, for the first time, the prospect for younger, unaccompanied women to see the country as tourists. But why would you want to visit? Should you go? And what are the challenges?

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/saudi-arabia-holiday-hotspot-tourism-visa-change-red-sea-jeddah-riyadh-a8241191.html

My comment: Oh my goodness.

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Saudi Arabia is expanding the refinancing of a $10 billion global loan to raise $16 billion due to strong demand, its Debt Management Office said on Friday. Existing holders and new banks showed "an exceptional response", the debt management office of the ministry of finance said in an e-mailed statement on Friday.

http://newburghgazette.com/2018/03/06/saudi-arabia-holds-first-ever-marathon-for-women/

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Report: 5,000 Held in Saudi State Security Jails

According to Saudi daily Okaz, detainees include 4,419 Saudi nationals, 68 Egyptians, 315 Yemenis, 204 Syrians, 18 Jordanians, 13 Bahrainis and five Iraqis, Anadolu Agency reported.

91 people of varying nationalities have been detained by the Saudi authorities within the past two months alone, according to the newspaper.

http://www.newnewss.net/report-5000-held-saudi-state-security-jails/

My comment: Certainly it will be much more. A Saudi newspaper certainly will not give the real figures.

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Saudi crown prince visits Cairo Coptic cathedral, meets pope

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral on Monday in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official from the conservative Muslim kingdom.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-egypt-christians/saudi-crown-prince-visits-cairo-coptic-cathedral-meets-pope-idUSKBN1GH2R6

My comment: A cheap propaganda trick.

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Film by Human Rights Watch: UK Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson says the #Saudi Crown Prince is a reformer. But Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for repression and massive rights violations within Saudi and a brutal war in Yemen.

https://twitter.com/hrw/status/970704237402337280

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Film: #Saudi claims to stand with Yemeni people ,but the truth is shocking . Watch this video of 2 Yemeni migrants get handcuffed in #Saudi prisons ,waiting to be deported back to #Yemen You will see in this video that they couldn't go to the bathroom together

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/970674535266770944

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Saudi crown prince embarks on foreign tour to woo leaders

Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads for London during first tour after chequered year in foreign affairs

Saudi Arabia’s heir in waiting, Mohammed bin Salman, has embarked on his first trip abroad, a three-country visit with stops in Cairo, London and New York that aims to press his credentials on a wary global stage.

When he arrives in London on Wednesday, Prince Mohammed will be received as head-of-state-in-waiting, and will travel to Windsor Castle for a dinner with the Queen. As a senior member of Britain’s most important trading partner in the Middle East, he will also arrive with a twin agenda: as head of a lucrative trade mission, and as a leader looking for validation after a chequered debut year in foreign affairs.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/saudi-crown-prince-embarks-on-foreign-tour-to-woo-leaders

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Today marks 2yrs since 25YO #MakkiAlOrrez was tortured to death 2 days after his arrest at an #Awamia checkpoint that he was falsely accused of having photographed. While his corpse bore clear signs of torture, #Saudi claimed Makki died of cardiac arrest! (photos)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/970431399445630983

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Crown prince signs $10 billion deal on mega-city during Cairo visit

Saudi Arabia and Egypt set up a $10 billion joint fund on Sunday to develop a planned mega-city, committing more than 1,000 square kilometers in the south Sinai, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.

A Saudi official told Reuters that Riyadh’s part of the new joint investment fund will be cash to help develop the Egyptian side of NEOM, which Prince Mohammed unveiled last October as part of plans to wean the world’s top crude exporter off oil revenues.

The investment deal underlines the strategic ties between the richest Arab state and the most populous.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-egypt/crown-prince-signs-10-billion-deal-on-mega-city-during-cairo-visit-idUSKBN1GG0QD and also http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/292235/Egypt/Politics-/Saudis-Bin-Salman-talks-about-megacity-project-in-.aspx

My comment: Saudi Arabia using its money to enforce its grip on Egypt.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince: Changes in defense ministry to get better results

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, said that the recent changes made to the Ministry of Defense would bring better results, state-owned news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported on Wednesday.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1256056/saudi-arabia

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Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Saudi Arabia's crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States from March 19-22.

The trips are aimed partly at courting investors and come after a tumultuous period that saw a major military shake-up and a royal purge, part of the prince's sweeping power play that has shaken business confidence.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/39387237/saudi-crown-prince-sets-off-on-maiden-foreign-tour/

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Saudi crown prince lands in Egypt as part of foreign tour

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/03/04/Saudi-Arabia-s-Prince-Mohammed-bin-Salman-sets-off-on-maiden-foreign-tour.html

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Saudi Power Academy partners with Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College is partnering with a Saudi Arabia-based institute to provide energy industry training to Saudi youth.

The college was chosen for a five-year contract to provide curriculum and training at the National Power Academy in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/energy/2018/03/03/Saudi-Power-Academy-partners-with-Bismarck-State-College.html

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Film: Saudi Imam who criticised Crown Prince MBS policies and what happened to him....watch it!

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1971843696409441/

My comment: Freedom of speech, Saudi style.

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Audio: What's the Deal with Saudi Arabia's Sudden 'Revolution'?

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know hosts Matt Frederick and Ben Bowlin wanted to take a closer look at the young crown prince's rapid ascension to power, plus the numerous reforms he seems to be behind, which appear to be signaling major changes in the Middle Eastern country. So what is the future of Saudi Arabia? That's what the guys discuss in this episode of the podcast: What's Happening in Saudi Arabia?

https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/cultural-traditions/whats-deal-with-saudi-arabias-sudden-revolution.htm

cp9 USA

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Emails show UAE-linked effort against Tillerson

The BBC has obtained leaked emails that show a lobbying effort to get US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sacked for failing to support the United Arab Emirates against regional rival Qatar.

Major Trump fundraiser and UAE-linked businessman Elliott Broidy met US President Donald Trump in October 2017 and urged him to sack Mr Tillerson, the emails reveal.

In other emails, he calls the top US diplomat "a tower of Jello", "weak" and says he "needs to be slammed".

Mr Broidy says Qatar hacked his emails.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43281519

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UAE leadership praised at AIPAC

Iran labelled 'common enemy' of Israel and Arab Gulf states while Palestinian leadership comes in for criticism.

The chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the US has praised the UAE for its "tolerance" and "fight against terrorism", and urged the pro-Israel lobbying group, AIPAC, to encourage and support Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states "pursuing a similar path".

Stephen Greenberg told the annual conference, under way here in the US capital, on Monday that he visited the UAE and Jordan and was encouraged by the leaders of the UAE for being "tolerant" and "committing to fight terrorism".

"In the UAE, I found a country that is tolerant, pluralistic, promoting women in government and the private sector, while committing to fight terrorism and extremism in every form," Greensberg said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/aipac-speakers-praise-saudi-arabia-uae-leadership-180305184008667.html

My comment (to this and previous article): The US is a swamp of political corruption, lobbyism and propaganda hard to imagine.

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I guess #Saudi princess Reema @rbalsaud is really afraid of @CODEPINK. She cancelled her event in congress because 2 of us were there. Too bad. We wanted to ask her about #Yemen and the guardianship system that oppresses women. And we wore our tiaras for her. (photo)

https://twitter.com/medeabenjamin/status/969300604232364032

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Audio: Yemen: One War or Three?

We discuss the ongoing war in Yemen and U.S. involvement with Kate Kizer from Win Without War.

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/power-problems/yemen-one-war-or-three

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Audio: America Aids In Destruction of Yemen, Part II – The Mike Church Show

HEADLINE: “Senators Issue Challenge: Vote On War in Yemen, or Get Out” by Bruce Fein

Starvation of millions caused by a Saudi blockade.
Are you ProLife?
Seeing to it international conflicts are never resolved.
Single crime from Mordor this is outright theft.
The lives of 10’s of million have been made poor because of our American Exceptionalism
“We are doing a great job running the rest of the world…FOR the rest of the world.”

http://www.mikechurch.com/america-aids-in-destruction-of-yemen-part-ii-the-mike-church-show/

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Geheimdienstveteranen warnen vor wachsendem Risiko von Feindseligkeiten zwischen USA und Iran auf der Basis von Falschmeldungen

Die Sorge über das mögliche Entstehen einer schiitischen Landbrücke, die auch als „Bogen“ oder „Halbmond“ bezeichnet wird, ist ebenfalls übertrieben. Sie ignoriert die Realität, dass der Irak, Syrien und der Libanon eine starke nationale Identität und eine religiös gemischte Bevölkerung haben.

Wir glauben, dass die zunehmende Iran-Hysterie, die sich in den Medien der USA manifestiert und sich im Gruppendenken des inneren Zirkels widerspiegelt, weitgehend von Saudi-Arabien und Israel produziert wurde, um ihre eigenen Bestrebungen nach regionaler, politischer und militärischer Überlegenheit zu stützen. Es stehen keine lebenswichtigen amerikanischen Interessen auf dem Spiel und es ist höchste Zeit, innezuhalten und einen Schritt zurückzugehen, um zu prüfen, worin diese Interessen bestehen in einer Region, die seit 2003 nichts als Katastrophen erlebt hat. Einer vermuteten iranischen Bedrohung entgegenzutreten, die minimal ist und einen Krieg auslösen könnte, würde die Instabilität verstärken und wahrscheinlich zum Zusammenbruch der derzeitigen politischen Ausrichtung des gesamten Nahen Ostens führen. Das käme die USA teuer zu stehen.

http://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=42746

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Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network?

A recent study revealed that MSNBC’s coverage of ‘Russiagate’ vastly outweighs its coverage of other issues, such as the US-backed humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and the network’s refusal to correct the disparity could lead to dangerous conclusions.

The evidence is damning. And the silence underscores the arrogance.

FAIR’s study, “MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic U.S.-Backed War in Yemen,” documented a picture of extreme journalistic malfeasance at MSNBC:

— “An analysis by FAIR has found that the leading liberal cable network did not run a single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017. And in these latter roughly six months of the year, MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.”

In effect, the programming on MSNBC follows a thin blue party line, breathlessly conforming to Democratic leaders’ refrains about Russia as a mortal threat to American democracy and freedom across the globe.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/03/05/is-msnbc-now-the-most-dangerous-warmonger-network/

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Trump's Diplomatic Jujutsu in the Middle East

The Trump-MbS meeting, however, is expected to primarily focus on the Trump-administration’s push to resolve the Gulf crisis, which was triggered on May 24, 2017, when the official Qatar News Agency was hacked and attributed a fake statement to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. U.S. officials have since attributed the hack to the United Arab Emirates, a charge that Abu Dhabi denies.

The upcoming Trump-MbS meeting is tied to the U.S. administration’s recently launched National Security Strategy, which identifies Saudi Arabia and Israel as the principal pillars of Washington’s regional agenda. The document also calls for GCC unity.

The U.S. administration has in parallel sought to provide the Kingdom with the necessary intelligence support to prevent Yemen’s Houthi rebels from securing strategic gains.

The failure to accelerate a peace process for Yemen could potentially have significant consequences for Saudi security.

By engaging in what appears to be nothing less than diplomatic jujutsu, Trump’s support for Israel and Saudi Arabia could potentially change the region for the better should he be able to provide the Palestinians with a symbolic victory.

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/trumps-diplomatic-jujutsu-the-middle-east-24740

My comment: What’s speculated here on the role of Iran in Yemen is partly bullshit.

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Yemeni Immigrants Focus on Future in US Amid War Back Home

Yemeni immigrants, focusing on their long-term future in US, are making their culture part of their businesses.

Yemenis have been coming to the U.S. for more than a century — especially since the 1960s — but in recent years they have been planting stronger roots, raising their profile and looking outward — opening upscale restaurants and cafes and running for political office.

And, in cases like Alhasbani, they are making Yemeni culture a key part of the business proposition.

It's a path that's not unusual for first- and second-generation immigrants in the U.S.

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-03-05/yemeni-immigrants-focus-on-future-in-us-amid-war-back-home

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Film: Yemeni expats in the #US: building a bridge between war-torn #Yemen and the new land.
These are some of their voices

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1667349269984763/

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Film / Petition: The war in Yemen is one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades — and the U.S. is making it worse. Sign the petition to end U.S. support for this immoral war:

https://twitter.com/abcdaee198/status/969951320374472709

https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-end-us-support/

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Bernie Sanders' Petition to End US Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen

In the midst of Trump's tweets, the dysfunctionality of Congress and the general craziness of Washington, it's easy for the media and the public to lose sight of some enormously important issues.

Meanwhile, with very little notice, the United States is actively participating in a morally indefensible war in Yemen that most Americans know nothing about and that Congress has never voted to authorize.

Thanks to this Saudi-led war and blockade, the people of Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, are undergoing unimaginable suffering:

Our role in supporting this humanitarian catastrophe is a moral stain on our nation, only made worse by the fact that Congress has actively abdicated its constitutional duty to debate and vote on our direct involvement.

If Congress does not authorize U.S. participation in this war, our bill would require our involvement to end.

There should be no issue of more importance to members of Congress than the question of when it is appropriate to send the young people of our country into harm's way, knowing that some of them may not return alive.

Add your name if you agree:

Please sign my petition if you agree: "It is long past time for Congress to exercise its constitutional authority on matters of war, and that if the United States is going to participate in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, there must be a debate and a vote. Otherwise, our involvement is unauthorized and unconstitutional, and it must end." – by Bernie Sanders

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Bernie-Sanders-Petition-t-by-Bernie-Sanders-Humanitarian_Petition_President_Unconstitutional-180306-182.html

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Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen

For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

I then asked Senator Murphy about his support for a new bipartisan bill to end U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen.

SEN. CHRISMURPHY: Well, we’re obviously, rightly, focused on the violence that the federal government and the U.S. Congress facilitates in our own country because of our inaction, but we also need to talk about the violence that we export. Yemen today, a place that not a lot of Americans think about, is going through the worst humanitarian crisis in the world—a famine, a cholera outbreak that has affected over a million people. All of it is happening because of the United States. (with film)

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/6/sen_chris_murphy_the_us_is

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Exclusive – Sen. Rand Paul: ‘In Principle I Agree’ with Lee-Sanders-Murphy Yemen War Powers Resolution

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Tuesday that he supports “in principle” a bipartisan, anti-establishment effort in the Senate to invoke the War Powers Act to end U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1669560513096972

Comment: In principle. But he questions the 'language used'. Utterly disturbing

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1669560513096972

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Now Is America’s Chance To Stop Waging Brutal War on Yemen

A new bipartisan bill offers an opportunity to withdraw U.S. support for a devastating military onslaught.

But have we, the American people, turned our backs to our government’s involvement in Yemen’s destruction?

We can no longer stand by and watch as Yemeni children die of curable diseases.

Now, 30 months into this aimless war, there’s an opportunity for the United States to finally withdraw from Yemen. Congress will soon debate and vote on House Concurrent Resolution 81.

Let’s email and call our representatives and urge them to vote in favor of H.Con.Res.81 – by Shireen Al-Adeimi

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/04/only-americans-can-stop-americas-war-yemen = http://inthesetimes.com/article/20959/only-americans-can-stop-americas-war-on-yemen

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Win the Vote, End the War

How a Senate resolution can end Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

The Sanders-Lee Yemen war powers resolution will get a vote. While this tool has never been used to force a Senate vote on war powers, it has been used to force Senate votes on arms sales. In September 2016 and June 2017, these provisions of law were used to force Senate votes on arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The resolution could pass the Senate, because the margin of the June 2017 vote was narrow.

If the Sanders-Lee resolution passes, it is likely that the Trump administration will comply with the Senate's demand. Presidents have backed down when faced with broad Congressional pushback on war powers

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/world-report/articles/2018-03-06/the-sanders-lee-resolution-can-end-saudi-arabias-war-in-yemen

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Film: Bernie: End The Illegal War In Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXpr2zDLZa0

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U.S. supports proxy war in Yemen

Alas, the Lee-Murphy-Sanders resolution is largely symbolic. Most Senators and Congressmen are made members of the war party. Congressional leaders will never let their SJR get a vote much less pass. Nearly a century ago, President Calvin Coolidge declared that 'the business of this government is business.' Today it's more appropriate to declare that "the business of this government is criminal war."

http://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180304/us-supports-proxy-war-in-yemen

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Film: Rep. Ro Khanna

Our nation’s military involvement in Yemen, the worst humanitarian crisis in our modern world, is unconstitutional and unauthorized. I applaud Senators Sanders, Lee and Murphy for their leadership on their resolution in the Senate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijhiaq5dCak

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Where do our senators stand on war in Yemen?

There is no legal basis for U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. The War Powers Act clearly states that the president cannot send American soldiers into hostilities, or situations where hostilities are imminent, absent congressional authorization or a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States.

Given that U.S. support for the coalition has included literal coordination with foreign military forces — the sharing of coordinates for targeting purposes — and participation in the movement of foreign military forces — mid-air refueling of coalition planes between bombing runs — there is no question that U.S. involvement in Yemen meets the criteria of the War Powers Act.

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article203558379.html

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Legal Scholars Trash Pentagon’s Effort To Prevent Senate Debate On Yemen War

HuffPost obtained a letter the experts sent today to Senate leaders McConnell and Schumer.

Two top legal experts have told the Senate’s leaders that they see little merit in a Trump administration legal opinion criticizing Senate efforts to debate U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war.

“The insinuation... that the President may unilaterally engage the United States in military action to defend presidentially decreed American interests is frivolous,” write Bruce Ackerman, a Yale Law School professor, and Bruce Fein, a Reagan-era Justice Department official, in a letter obtained by HuffPost. “If the law means anything, it means that the Senate should debate and vote on S.J. Res. 54.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/legal-scholars-trash-trump-pentagon-effort-to-prevent-senate-debate-on-yemen-war_us_5a9f0d99e4b002df2c5e895d

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Chaos will erupt in the Middle East if US leaves Yemen

America is there for a reason: to keep the region from falling apart. The collapse of any friendly regime there is bad for us.

The greatest threats to Middle East stability and security are Iran and transnational Islamist terrorists groups, principally the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. And it is precisely these forces that are fueling the Yemen war.

If Congress forces the administration to abandon our allies, Tehran, Islamic State group and al-Qaida would feel emboldened and likely double-down on expanding the war.

Meanwhile, Washington would lose its ability to influence how Saudi Arabia and the UAE conduct coalition operations. Without our mitigating presence, the carnage of this vicious war would only increase – By James Jay Carafano

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/06/opinion/contributors/chaos-will-erupt-in-the-middle-east-if-us-leaves-yemen/ = https://www.heritage.org/middle-east/commentary/chaos-will-erupt-the-middle-east-if-us-leaves-yemen

This odd propaganda piece is answered here:

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The Ridiculous Hawkish Arguments for Supporting the War on Yemen

Carafano frames stopping U.S. support for wrecking Yemen as “turning our back on Yemen,” which is about as misleading as can be. The U.S. has been turning its back on the civilian population of Yemen for the last three years by aiding and abetting the governments that have been bombing and starving them.

If the U.S. were no longer enabling coalition war crimes and collective punishment, that would be the first time in years that our government would be seriously paying attention to the plight of the people of Yemen.

U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war has been contributing to the country’s fragmentation. The war is causing the country’s devastation and division, and by supporting it the U.S. is encouraging those outcomes

Helping the Saudis and their allies to pummel and starve a country that has done nothing to us is what is bad for the U.S.

Carafano gets something else profoundly wrong

There is no reason to think any of this is true. First, these governments aren’t really our allies, and calling them that creates the impression that we owe them something when we do not – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-ridiculous-hawkish-arguments-for-supporting-the-war-on-yemen/

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THE EVITABLE YEMEN CATASTROPHE

Were the resolution to gain any traction, it would represent a significant pushback against the growth of executive power over security policy. At the very least, it suggests that someone cares about the fact that the US (under Obama and now Trump) is effectively underwriting the Saudi campaign to immiserate and destroy Yemen. [many comments]

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2018/03/evitable-yemen-catastrophe

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Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee and Chris Murphy All Have One Thing in Common

More generally, this resolution may indicate the spark of interest on the part of Congress in regulating executive conduct of foreign policy. While the technicalities of what constitutes a deployment of armed force are worth thinking through, the Sanders-Lee resolution arguably fulfills the broad intent of the WPR’s framers.

The Obama administration committed the United States to a war in Yemen with obscure strategic goals, no public debate and no apparent end. The Trump administration has only redoubled the U.S. commitment to this war, waged with American bombs, American aircraft and American intelligence. At the very least, the resolution hopes to force a debate on whether the United States should continue to commit its money, weapons and prestige to this conflict.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/bernie-sanders-mike-lee-chris-murphy-rand-paul-all-have-one-24728

Remark: Broad earlier reporting in YPR 389, cp9.

And

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End America’s unauthorized war in Yemen

Of all the facets of our cherished democracy that have begun to erode, few erosions are more horrifying than Congress’ abdication of its duty to debate and vote on whether or not we go to war. Of all the people that have suffered the consequences of this erosion, few have suffered them more acutely than the people of Yemen, residents of a country where unauthorized U.S. military action has helped give rise to the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.

Now that senators have stepped forward to force a vote on the U.S. role in Yemen, members of Congress are faced with an obvious question: how can they uphold their oaths to the Constitution and to the American people without supporting an end to unauthorized military operations in Yemen? The answer is they can’t.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/376621-end-americas-unauthorized-war-in-yemen

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Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to U.A.E. Indicates Broader Inquiry

George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of international diplomacy for three decades. He was a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration, reinvented himself as an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and last year was a frequent visitor to President Trump’s White House.

Mr. Nader is now a focus of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s investigators have questioned Mr. Nader and have pressed witnesses for information about any possible attempts by the Emiratis to buy political influence by directing money to support Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

The investigators have also asked about Mr. Nader’s role in White House policymaking, those people said, suggesting that the special counsel investigation has broadened beyond Russian election meddling to include Emirati influence on the Trump administration.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/us/politics/george-nader-mueller-investigation-united-arab-emirates.html

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1 and cp15

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Saudi crown prince’s UK visit: Who is he & why is this trip so important?

For Britain, rolling out the red carpet for the crown prince may mean that the Saudis choose to float part of their state oil group, Aramco, on the London Stock Exchange. Such a move would be a significant boon for the British economy, and a massive boost in the UK’s post-Brexit economic landscape.

MBS’ visit in the coming days will be a tour of diplomacy and relationship building. The UK government is eager to prove that it can be a reliable ally and business partner, and the Saudi government wants a platform on which to show its new, quick-changing liberal ways – that’s if the Prince’s ad campaign is anything to go by. [Overview]

https://www.rt.com/uk/420684-saudi-prince-protest-yemen/

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UK to focus on areas of agreement as Saudi crown prince arrives

Tensions exist but officials predict handshakes on deals worth $100m over 10 years

Despite the demonstrations, however, British officials hope the visit will shift the Saudi relationship beyond traditional spheres of security and defence so the UK can capitalise commercially on the recent social and cultural reforms inside the deeply conservative country.

Saudi efforts to diversify the economy away from oil revenues will provide new opportunities for British firms in health, technology, entertainment, sport and education. Both Saudi and UK officials are predicting handshakes on bilateral contracts worth more than $100m (£72m) over 10 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/uk-to-focus-on-areas-of-agreement-as-saudi-crown-prince-arrives

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Mohammad Bin Salman: 'Bizarre' PR drive launched by Saudi Crown Prince's backers in face of UK protests over Yemen war

Backers of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince have launched a “bizarre” public relations drive to improve his image, as he is accused of waging a bloody war in Yemen ahead of an official visit to the UK..

But anticipating bad publicity, the Saudi regime’s supporters are pushing back – sending digital poster vans around London and even purchasing advertising that appeared next to Ms Thornberry’s attack article in the press.

[and overview on visit]

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mohammad-bin-salman-uk-visit-protests-pr-publicity-adverts-yemen-saudi-arabia-crown-prince-a8243486.html

Comment: Indeed it is bizarre - and the whole point is that as this is backed by government elites who parrot the same phrases - then it is going to be believed by a lot of people inside U.K. This is why alternative perspectives as given by Labour's Emily Thornberry are so important.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156457962378641

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Key questions about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit

Although the crown prince has very publicly embarked on a modernisation programme in the kingdom, critics say it is little more than a smokescreen. Rules banning women from driving are being lifted but they still need permission from a man to travel, get a job or receive an education. Human rights charity Reprieve claims executions have doubled under the crown prince.

http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/key-questions-about-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salmans-visit-11364256335266

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Saudi crown prince must not be given a pass on press freedom during UK visit

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other senior officials to raise press freedom concerns and call for the release of jailed journalists in their meetings with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit this week to London.

https://rsf.org/en/news/saudi-crown-prince-must-not-be-given-pass-press-freedom-during-uk-visit

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Kate Osamor MP: Saudi visit puts trade deals ahead of the lives of millions of people in Yemen

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Kate Osamor does not support the government rolling out the red carpet for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who she calls 'the architect of Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war in Yemen'.

Theresa May must now use that meeting not to sign deals, but to insist Saudi Arabia lifts its Yemen blockade, grants full humanitarian access to Hodeidah port, and saves lives.

Saudi Arabia may be only one side in the conflict, but it bears a particular responsibility for the impact the war has had on civilians.

Today, the British public will rightly be wondering why Theresa May and the royal family are meeting with a principal architect of the war in Yemen, and whether this is the new normal for so-called Global Britain under the Tories. If May’s meeting today does not result in Saudi Arabia lifting its blockade on Hodeidah port and granting full humanitarian access, it will have been worthless.

This is what it feels like for our great country to be on the wrong side of history. It is high time we put human rights and social justice at the heart of our humanitarian and foreign policy.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/world/middle-east/opinion/house-commons/93382/kate-osamor-mp-saudi-visit-puts-trade-deals-ahead

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Britain’s red carpet for the Saudi ruler is shameless

Yet today the architect of that Saudi intervention in Yemen – crown prince Mohammad bin Salman – will visit Britain, and will receive the red carpet treatment from the Tory government, as if he were Nelson Mandela. This is the man behind the rolling blockade of Yemen’s rebel-held ports, preventing the supply of essential food, medicine and fuel to Yemeni civilians, and – on all the available evidence – breaching international law by using starvation as a weapon of war.

The man who –, in an equally flagrant breach of the Geneva convention, authorised the destruction of Yemen’s agricultural and food infrastructure in the early stages of the war, with systematic air strikes on farms, dairies, food factories and markets – by Emily Thornberry

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/07/saudi-arabia-arms-sales-yemen

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Keith Vaz MP: UK visit of the Saudi Crown Prince must bring an end to the carnage in Yemen

The Chair of All Party Parliamentary Party on Yemen Keith Vaz MP writes that the visit by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia offers a historic opportunity to end the three year long conflict in Yemen.

Praise for the reforming tendencies of the Crown Prince is not off the mark. Mohammed Bin Salman (or MBS as he is known) may offer the best (if not last) hope for meaningful modernisation of the Kingdom. However, it is widely acknowledged he has been the instigator of the tragic war in Yemen.

The Prime Minister must call on the Prince to open Yemen’s borders to commercial and humanitarian aid, allowing food and fuel to flow into the country.

Restarting and reviving the stalled diplomatic process in Yemen is essential.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/world/opinion/house-commons/93379/keith-vaz-mp-uk-visit-saudi-crown-prince-must-bring-end

My comment: Weak and not hitting the spot. Any praise for “reforms” is inadequate.

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Tory MP roasted on Radio 4 over ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for Saudi prince

So Crispin Blunt, the former chair of the foreign affairs select committee, was wheeled out by Tory HQ for the Today programme. His task? To defend Theresa May’s complacent stance on the Saudis and the crimes they are committing in Yemen.

Presenter Mishal Husain was on top form.

Husain: “Is it right to roll out the red carpet at a time when Saudi Arabia is engaged in a war that has caused the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster?”

Blunt: “I think you have to put that war into context…It’s the first time the Saudis have stepped up to the plate to conduct this kind of operation and we ought to be grateful that they are taking their responsibility…”

https://leftfootforward.org/2018/03/watch-tory-mp-roasted-on-radio-4-over-rolling-out-the-red-carpet-for-saudi-prince/

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The embrace of a Saudi prince with blood on his hands: Mirror Politics morning briefing

Theresa May will today roll out the red carpet for a man accused of war crimes, repression and sponsoring terrorism

Today the British establishment will roll out the red carpet for a state sponsor of terrorism, human rights abuser and a man guilty of war crimes.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, will meet the Prime Minister, several Cabinet ministers and members of the Royal Family.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/embrace-saudi-prince-blood-hands-12140943

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Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in Britain on Official Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, arrived in London on Tuesday on an official visit to Britain that will last several days.

He was received at the airport by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, and a number of princes and officials.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1196896/saudi-crown-prince-arrives-britain-official-visit

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Westminster today - LIVE: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives as EU expected to rebuff Theresa May's Brexit terms

Follow for all the latest updates from Westminster

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/westminster-today-live-updates-brexit-theresa-may-pmqs-saudi-arabia-yemen-mohammed-bin-salman-a8243341.html

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Film, Photos: Arrival of crown Prince, welcome by Boris Johnson

https://twitter.com/sabqorg/status/971173690082766848

https://twitter.com/sabqorg/status/971168372909068289

and Foreign Office propaganda:
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The visit of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman ushers in a new era in our bilateral relations focused on a partnership that delivers wide-ranging benefits for both our countries. #CrownPrinceVisit

https://twitter.com/foreignoffice/status/971131850679816192

My comment: LOL, LOL.

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British FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Want End to Iranian Missiles Fired at Saudi Arabia

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stressed on Tuesday that the visit to London by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, will pave the way for new strategic ties with Riyadh.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that talks with Saudi officials will discuss bolstering bilateral ties, as well as the situation in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia has the right to defend its security, he stressed. It is completely unacceptable that Iranian missiles are launched at the Kingdom by the Houthis in Yemen.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1196936/british-fm-asharq-al-awsat-we-want-end-iranian-missiles-fired-saudi-arabia

My comment: Up to now, these missiles did not succeed in harming anybody. – Saudi air raids to Yemen, killing and injuring thousands and destroying half a country, do not care Johnsaon at all. That’s hypocrisy and double standard at its worst.

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Film: You must watch this Video : #UK activists are doing a bus tour in #London to protest against the visit of #Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman #MBS

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/971153030619033601 and also other film https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/971075018389147648

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Sorry Theresa May, you can't kid us about the real nature of the Saudi Crown Prince's visit

This Wednesday will be a very busy day for Downing Street.

The international media will descend on it in the morning morning, when the Prime Minister, Theresa May, will welcome and greet Mohammad Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. They will smile and exchange pleasantries as they try to put as positive a face as possible on his visit.

People say that a picture tells a thousand words, and there is no doubt that the pictures taken outside Number 10 will be broadcast all over the world.

The two leaders will use it as a chance to talk about ‘cooperation’, ‘reform’ and ‘progress’ in the Kingdom. However, neither of them will mention the fact that, despite some minor changes, the regime of which the Crown Prince is the figurehead has one of the worst human rights records in the world.

http://talkradio.co.uk/politics/sorry-theresa-may-you-cant-kid-us-about-real-nature-saudi-crown-princes-visit-18030624611

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If you were prepared to protest against Donald Trump, why aren't you protesting against Mohammed bin Salman?

We should be in no doubt that the arms sales that may be agreed this week could feed wars and repression in the future – and as such we should be banning those sales for our own security as much as anything else

Britain is well and truly rolling out the red carpet for Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia this week.

The reasons for the visit are clear. Saudi Arabia is trying to both project a new image of moderation to the world, and also build upon the deep trade and business ties that already exist with the UK.

Behind the smiles and handshakes on show tomorrow, and despite Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s attempts to be a poster boy for progress, there are some uncomfortable truths about his repressive government that must not be forgotten.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-mohammed-bin-salman-uk-visit-protests-saudi-arabia-crown-prince-yemen-bombing-a8242251.html

My comment: These articles is telling us more of what’s really going on than others like this.

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Why Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's UK visit matters

MBS - as he is known - will be granted this warm welcome not just because he is the de facto leader of his country. But also because Saudi Arabia has had a long alliance with the UK, a relationship that will take on a different shape after Brexit.

For now, the relationship is based on deep and close security links. Saudi Arabia shares intelligence which the prime minister says has saved British lives on British streets.

But this visit will not just be a case of two allies refreshing their relationship.

In other words, post-Brexit Britain will need allies, markets and money - and the Saudis are high on the UK's wish list.

But amid the diplomatic love that will be showered upon the Crown Prince, there will also be an appetite for reassurance. There are nerves about what some see as a young man in a hurry.

Some are concerned about reforms being forced on a conservative society so quickly that there could be a backlash at home.

The Crown Prince wants to reassure global allies about his reforms and project a little Saudi economic leadership. And Britain wants to broaden its economic base after Brexit, and show its allies that it can remain a reliable partner in business and diplomacy.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43235643

My comment: A long article, but somewhat strange; omitting all real problems.

And more of this, also by BBC:

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PM to raise Yemen concerns in Saudi crown prince visit

The UK hopes to capitalise on the Saudi economy's opening-up but No 10 said the PM would also express "deep concern" at the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43308416

and more of this http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-salman-crown-prince-brexit-a8242701.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/may-under-fire-for-rolling-out-the-red-carpet-for-saudi-crown-prince-uk-visit-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman_uk_5a9f1740e4b002df2c5e92ce

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/928231/saudi-arabia-theresa-may-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-uk-yeme-iran

Comment: The red carpet rolled out at taxpayers expense for this human rights abuser. Since he has been in power there have been more human rights abuses inside Saudi Arabia - amongst the Shia community and amongst critics in the royal family - and the terrible war on Yemen which they are trying to whitewash out of sight. And with the media's assistance succeeding

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156456503618641

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Saudi Arabia's crown prince gets the royal treatment for UK state visit

"Saudi Arabia is among the largest political, diplomatic and economic powers in the Middle East, and the visit will usher in a new era in our bilateral relations with one of our oldest friends in the region," the U.K. government said in a press release Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia appears to have seen the visit as an opportunity for good public relations, with large ads taking out in a number of national newspapers.

Mohamed Abdelmeguid, a Saudi Arabia analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), said he was sure new Saudi-U.K. commercial partnerships will be signed during the visit but noted that "Brexit creates a lot of uncertainty for foreign investors." He added that this could be sufficient to derail planned investments before they reach execution level.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/07/saudi-arabia-crown-prince-uk-visit.html

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Film: U.K. PM May Seeks Post-Brexit Deal With Saudi Arabia

Indosuez Wealth Management Global Chief Economist Marie Owens Thomsen weighs in on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s lightning reform program for Saudi Arabia and his visit to the U.K. She speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-03-07/u-k-pm-may-seeks-post-brexit-deal-with-saudi-arabia-video

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Film: British firms hope to benefit from Saudi Crown Prince visit

British businesses are hoping for a bonanza from tomorrow’s visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. They’re hoping to benefit from his ambitious plans to modernise the Saudi economy.

Since being elevated to the position of Crown Prince last year, he’s led an anti-corruption crackdown and pushed for social reforms, including allowing women to drive.

But he’s also the main architect of the war in Yemen

https://www.channel4.com/news/british-firms-hope-to-benefit-from-saudi-crown-prince-visit

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Britain: Saudi royal visit exposes the hypocrisy of the ruling class

The attitude of these “democratic” rulers of Britain towards this reactionary despot is indicative of their true interests. The same people who do not hesitate in launching wars on any country on the supposed grounds of democracy promotion, have no qualms whatsoever about being deeply involved with one of the most reactionary regimes on the planet.

https://www.marxist.com/britain-saudi-royal-visit-exposes-the-hypocrisy-of-the-ruling-class.htm

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Jeremy Corbyn urges UK pressure on Mohammed bin Salman

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader has called on his country's prime minister to use the visit of Saudi Arabia's crown prince to London for a protest against kingdom's war in Yemen.

Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday that Theresa May, the prime minister, should announce to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, on Wednesday that the UK would no longer supply arms to Riyadh "while the devastating Saudi-led bombing of Yemen continues".

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/jeremy-corbyn-urges-uk-pressure-mohammed-bin-salman-180306124103823.html

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Saudi Foreign Minister Expects Deals With UK During Crown Prince’s Visit

Britain’s planned exit from the EU has not reduced its attractiveness as an investment destination, the minister told reporters.

Saudi Arabia expects to sign agreements with Britain covering a range of issues during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London this week, foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday.

Britain’s planned exit from the EU did not reduce its attractiveness as an investment destination, the minister told reporters, and he said he expected the crown prince’s visit to take bilateral relations to a higher level.

“Our relationship is so strong that the talks will be broad and wide ranging. There will be agreements and memorandums of understanding signed in a number of areas involving a broad range of issues,” he said during a media briefing at theSaudi embassy.

https://thewire.in/230049/saudi-foreign-minister-deal-uk-crown-prince-visit/

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It’s Time The UK Started Showing Some Backbone In Its Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Heaping praise on Saudi Arabia for its supposed reforms is a foreign policy based on deliberate omission

Wealth isn’t an irrelevance here. In a lengthy newspaper article glowing with praise for the Crown Prince last week, Boris Johnson sought to emphasise the value to our economy of UK exports to oil-rich Saudi Arabia. In the post-Brexit future, Mr Johnson seemed to be suggesting, these lucrative sales will be good for the British economy.

Sales of what, though? Mr Johnson doesn’t specify, but we can be fairly sure that a large chunk - if not the lion’s share - of recent exports to Riyadh have been of UK-manufactured military equipment and the back-up staff and expertise that goes with them.

And here the risk is plain to see. The period being hailed a success for Anglo-Saudi exports overlaps with the terrifying war ravaging Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbour.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/heaping-praise-on-saudi-arabia-for-its-supposed-reforms_uk_5a9ec68ee4b0ef2aaff7044e

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The crown prince doesn’t listen to Saudis – why would he listen to Theresa May?

Britain once had a ‘big stick’, now the prime minister has little influence over Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and her only concern will be for Saudi Arabia’s money

For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise. But at the same time, the brash and abrasive young innovator has not encouraged or permitted any popular debate in Saudi Arabia about the nature of his many changes. He appears to be moving the country from old-time religious extremism to his own “You-must-accept-my-reform” extremism, without any consultation – accompanied by arrests and the disappearance of his critics.

Britain bears its own responsibility for the 13,000 people who have been killed in Yemen since 2015 – by Jamal Khashoggi and Robert Lacey

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/06/crown-prince-saudis-theresa-may-britain-saudi-arabia-money

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Theresa May and Boris Johnson should deliver tough messages during Bin Salman visit

The Saudi crown prince is far from the great reformer that he claims to be and that his admirers suggest he is

Repression and violations

Despite MBS' ambitious reform rhetoric and his stated desire to transform the country economically and politically, repression and human rights violations have increased in the kingdom under his leadership.

Britain's international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has rightly pointed out that using starvation as a method of war violates international law.

Theresa May and Boris Johnson should make this unambiguously clear to their new best friend, the crown prince, and demand an immediate end to restrictions of humanitarian and commercial supplies by all sides to the Yemen conflict.

But if Britain is really serious about helping the Yemeni people, it will need to recast its relationship with the Saudis more fundamentally.

Britain should not continue to arm the Saudis when those weapons could be used to attack schools, hospitals, markets and mosques in Yemen

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/06/theresa-may-and-boris-johnson-should-deliver-tough-messages-during-bin-salman-visit

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Saudi Arabia is a brutal regime and state sponsor of terrorism. So why are we rolling out the red carpet for its crown prince?

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most repellent regimes yet the British establishment is welcoming Prince Salman with open arms

Tomorrow the British establishment will roll out the red carpet for a state sponsor of terrorism, human rights abuser and a man guilty of war crimes.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, will meet the Prime Minister, several Cabinet ministers and members of the Royal Family.

But it is noticeable how those on the right and left who rushed to criticise Mr Corbyn for the company he keeps find no difficulty with Britain cosying up to the Saudis.

They excuse the regime because of it is a major market for the UK defence industry.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/saudi-arabia-brutal-regime-state-12137501

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Theresa May piggybacks on scraps of Saudi reform. Male guardianship must end now

Rather than celebrating Mohammed bin Salman's baby step reforms, Theresa May should amplify the voices of Saudi women calling for the abolition of male guardianship

But Britain's role in this visit is less altruistic moral compass, and more Brexit-fuelled trade desperation.
The truth is that superficial reforms provide a convenient ethical cover while Britain continues shaking Saudi hands in weapons trade deals, and while remaining silent on the grave human rights violations faced by, thousands of Yemenis, by Saudi women and by imprisoned dissidents.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/3/6/theresa-may-must-tell-mbs-to-end-male-guardianship

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Vast majority of Britain opposes arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Poll

Only six percent of the British public support UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a new poll has revealed on the eve of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's three-day trip to the country.

According to the survey, commissioned by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), there is very little British support for the multi-billion-pound arms sales to the Arab kingdom, despite the thousands of jobs in the UK that are reportedly reliant on the trade.

The polling carried out by Populus also indicated that 37 percent of people in the UK opposed the visit of the crown prince to the UK, with only 21 percent in favour.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/vast-majority-uk-opposed-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-says-poll-896741398

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Foreign Office diplomat on "leave" at Saudi Crown Prince's PR firm

A senior British diplomat is working for a firm at the heart of a multimillion dollar Saudi public relations offensive whilst still employed by the Foreign Office (FCO), the Bureau can reveal.

Jolyon Welsh, whose roles at the FCO have included Deputy Director of Middle East, and Head of Government to Government Contracting, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum. This London and Middle East-based communications firm was founded by former executives from the scandal-hit agency Bell Pottinger. He has remained there ever since.

Consulum’s client list includes Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2018-03-06/foreign-office-lends-diplomat-to-pr-firm-working-for-saudi-crown-prince

My comment: The British government is a swamp of political corruption.

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Theresa May’s welcoming of Saudi Crown Prince visit shames Britain — We can’t let it pass in silence

This week, the architect of the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, visits the UK, as Theresa May seeks to secure more lucrative deals for the UK arms industry. We can't let this shameful visit pass in silence, writes Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

We will no doubt hear lots of hyperbolic platitudes about the small-scale reforms and cosmetic changes that he has brought in Saudi Arabia. However, he will say nothing about the appalling repression that has been inflicted on the Saudi people, or the thousands that have been killed by the deadly war on Yemen he has spearheaded.

There is no doubt that arms sales will be on top of the agenda.

https://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/theresa-mays-welcoming-saudi-crown-prince-visit-shames-britain-pass-silence/

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Revealed: The £700k hospitality bill for MPs’ visits to repressive regimes

Saudi Arabia and other autocratic regimes with poor human rights records have spent nearly £700,000 in the last five years on luxury trips for MPs, prompting claims that British politicians are being used to the “launder the reputation” of some of the world’s most repressive governments, i can reveal.

The largest spender is Saudi Arabia.

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/revealed-700k-hospitality-bill-mps-visits-repressive-regimes/

My comment: How cheap tehy sell themselves! Just for the famous apple and an egg.

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Saudi heir vows to help Britain defeat terrorism before he arrives in London for high-profile three day visit

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet Theresa May at No 10 tomorrow

He is due to spend three days in Britain on a controversial trip to build closer ties

Meetings are also expected with the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5467625/Saudi-heir-vows-help-Britain-defeat-terrorism.html

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What to expect from Mohammed bin Salman’s UK visit

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will be greeted by the Queen, Prime Minister – and protesters

Prince Mohammed and his entourage will get the red-carpet treatment when they land in London on Wednesday for his first official meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.

The talks are aimed at strengthening defence, security and economic ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Demonstrations are set to take place outside Downing Street

http://www.theweek.co.uk/92077/mohammed-bin-salman-uk-visit

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Protests against Saudi crown prince ‘based on misunderstanding’

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said the expected protests would not affect the official visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Protests planned for the visit of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince are based on a misunderstanding of the war in Yemen, the country’s foreign minister has said.

But foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir insisted the conflict was “just” and protests should focus on the role of the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Mr al-Jubeir told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the expected protests would not affect the crown prince’s visit.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/protests-against-saudi-crown-prince-based-on-misunderstanding-36675138.html and audio: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/970953713924886528

and

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Mohammed bin Salman visit: UK protesters ‘misunderstand war in Yemen’, claims Saudi foreign minister

Government officials have stressed Saudi Arabia is a key ally in the global fight against terrorism as well as a key trading partner

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s 'Today' programme on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insisted that the Saudi presence in Yemen was justified.

“I believe [opposition group’s] positions are based on misunderstanding and not knowing.

They criticise us for a war in Yemen that we did not want, that was imposed on us.

“They criticise us for a war in Yemen that is a just war, that is supported by international law.

“They criticise us for the casualties in Yemen when it was imposed on us by the Houthis.

“They should be demonstrating against the Houthis for taking nine-year-old boys into battle, they should be protesting against the Houthis for laying siege on towns and villages and starving people, for stealing humanitarian assistance.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mohammed-bin-salman-uk-visit-uk-protests-yemen-war-saudi-arabia-foreign-minister-a8242641.html

My comment: “Misunderstanding”. LOL. How to “misunderstand” slain and injured civilians, destroyed houses, cities, streets, farms etc. etc.?? When seeing and hearing this man, I always think of him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels

Comment: Well the Independent seems to be taking a softer line on this obnoxious man. No Mr Jubair I don't misunderstand the Yemen war. I don't like the Houthis and if you were finding ways to overcome their power I would be glad - whether it was military or political methods. It's not long since you were in negotiations with the Houthis and they withdrew from the areas in Saudi Arabia after negotiations and you said positive things about them. They descend from the Mutawakkil dynasty that you fought to defend in the 1962-1970 civil war. The thing that I hate about your war in Yemen is that you are killing and starving civilians. That is unforgiveable and illegal.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156456478698641

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UK ‘complicit in Yemen’s destruction’ – activist attacks government on eve of Saudi visit (VIDEO)

The UK’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia make it “utterly complicit in the destruction of Yemen,” according to Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) Andrew Smith. The activist was speaking on RT’s Going Underground.

The damning indictment comes as the UK faces accusations of hiding the extent of its support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen. A significant increase in the number of arms-export licenses from the UK to Saudi Arabia has been revealed by the Middle East Eye.

https://www.rt.com/uk/420526-saudi-prince-salman-social/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ATn7yIIM-4

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Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

Take Action: Say #SaudiPrinceNotWelcome

The Saudi Crown Prince, who has led the war on Yemen, has been invited to the UK. The government wants to make more arms deals. But we know Saudi Arabia is sensitive to public criticism, so if enough of us speak out we can stop the visit. Sign the petition and ask your MP to speak out.

https://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/stop-arming-saudi

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Saudi crown prince to face protests during UK visit over Yemen war atrocities

A coalition of UK-based human rights groups have said protests will be held in London this week against a state visit by the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The coalition has planned demonstrations outside the prime minister's residence in Downing Street for when Theresa May meets Mohammed bin Salman, who is on his first official foreign tour as heir to the throne.
Rights campaigners including the Campaign Against Arms Trade have denounced the visit due to Riyadh's human rights record and the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/3/5/saudi-crown-prince-to-face-protest-during-uk-visit

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British PM May to raise concerns over Yemen to Saudi during visit

Prime Minister Theresa May will raise Britain’s concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he visits the country later this week, her spokesman said on Monday.

“What you can expect her (May) to do is to raise our concerns at the humanitarian situation there,” the spokesman told reporters.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-britain-saudi/british-pm-may-to-raise-concerns-over-yemen-to-saudi-during-visit-idUSKBN1GH1P5

My comment: LOL: What she wants is business. The rest is for appeasing the public. May had promised the same at earlier times, and what happened: nothing.

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The Saudi Crown Prince Is Flying Into A Very 21st Century PR Battle On The Streets Of London

Billboards, hashtags and online adverts declaring that Mohammed bin Salman is "bringing change" to Saudi Arabia are competing with vans branding him a "war criminal".

Advertising vans have appeared on the streets of London in recent days, declaring that the crown prince is a "war criminal" who is not welcome in the UK.

They're the work of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK, an alliance of campaign groups protesting his visit that also includes the Stop the War Coalition, War on Want, and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

They also have two open-top buses packed with protesters and megaphones that will be driving around the capital city during the state visit.

But the Saudi regime is giving as good as it gets. Huge billboards declaring that Prince Mohammed is "bringing change" to Saudi Arabia line the M4 from Heathrow Airport to London.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/the-saudi-crown-prince-is-flying-into-a-very-21st-century

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London 'turning into Riyadh' as Mohammed bin Salman flies in

Huge adverts go up across the British capital bearing the smiling face of a Gulf autocrat. The hashtags #WelcomeSaudiCrownPrince and #SaudiPrinceNotWelcome duke it out on Twitter and in billboards, and a war of words is fought by supporters and staunch critics of Mohammed bin Salman. But his presence and accompanying PR campaign has already created huge arguments on social media and preparations for demonstrations.

The adverts in support of the "reform" and "change" the crown prince is said to be bringing to Saudi Arabia have popped up all over London, hosted by Saudi-based company AEI Saudi. Taxi cabs also bear the image of the crown prince.

Hashtags #SaudiPrinceNotWelcome and #WelcomeSaudiCrownPrince kicked off on Twitter as users tweeted both in anger and support of the visit. http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bin-salman-visit-sparks-controversy-102504286

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Saudi prince harnesses power of social media to promote UK trip…. badly

Internet users have been flooded with ads for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's UK trip. Instead of fostering positivity, however, the ads are being used as a way to condemn the prince for his alleged war crimes in Yemen.

The ads have been spotted on Twitter and Reddit. So far, the reception to the Saudi royal’s visit has been largely hostile, with the prince widely slammed for his complicity in the war on Yemen.

Using the hashtag #Welcome_saudi_crown_prince – because who doesn’t love an underscore in a hashtag – the ads are trying (and failing) to promote a positive narrative about the prince’s trip.

https://www.rt.com/uk/420526-saudi-prince-salman-social/

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Ad Vans rolling around the streets of #London protesting Mohammaed Bin Salman's visit to the #UK.

https://twitter.com/hosseinsafari99/status/971104625951731712

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This is too funny! In opposition to the #SaudiPrinceNotWelcome protests, #Saudi #FakeNews has created the inept @Welcome__Prince. I am so please we are having such a great effect and the Butch of #Yemen is upset that people in Britain do not want him here!

https://twitter.com/SamWalton/status/970407593641463809

and

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Film: Cheap Saudi propaganda in London, placed next to Qatar airways office deliberately.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/970727031922155521

and more. https://twitter.com/jjstewart457/status/971069104441393153

https://twitter.com/Ahmed_Asif1/status/971120464826458116

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How the UK became a Saudi client state after 1973

Britain’s ambassador in Jeddah, Hooky Walker, wrote that the 1973 oil price rises represented ‘perhaps the most rapid shift in economic power that the world has ever seen’; the Foreign Office acknowledged that the crisis had propelled Saudi Arabia ‘to a position of world influence’. Britain, both before and after the crisis, was reliant on the Gulf states for 70 per cent of its oil supplies, 30 per cent of which came from Saudi Arabia. ‘The disappearance of cheap oil’, the Foreign Office’s planning staff wrote in February 1974, ‘has transformed the world in which British foreign policy has to operate.’ Whereas in 1972 industrial countries had a trading surplus of $10 billion, in 1974 they were likely to have a deficit of $48 billion, while the oil producers were likely to have accrued a surplus of $69 billion.

The oil price rise occurred alongside a worldwide rise in commodity prices and, in Britain, an ongoing coal dispute between the Conservative government of Edward Heath and the National Union of Mineworkers, which had reduced coal deliveries to power stations. Britain was plunged into energy shortages and the ‘gravest economic crisis since the Second World War’, the Cabinet was told by the chancellor, Tony Barber,

However, the Saudis, under the pro-Western Faisal, began to seek a lifting of the embargo as soon as possible, encouraged by the US decision in early 1974 to step up arms supplies to the regime, and worked with the US to find a face-saving formula to end the impasse between the Arabs and the West. In fact, the Saudis, and also Sheikh Zayed’s regime in Abu Dhabi, provided additional oil supplies to Britain in late 1973 and early 1974, to ease its energy crisis, despite the official restrictions agreed in OPEC at the time. On 15 November 1973, Edward Heath wrote to King Faisal, emphasising the excellent state of British–Saudi relations, and underscoring his personal friendship with Faisal.

The Saudis formally lifted the embargo in March 1974. In subsequent OPEC meetings, Saudi oil minister Sheikh Yamani consistently called for low oil prices in support of the Western states – by Mark Curtis

http://markcurtis.info/2017/01/22/how-the-uk-became-a-saudi-client-state-after-1973/

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Britain’s Decision to Host Mohammed bin Salman Is Misguided

Western policymakers and pundits are always overeager to praise a “reforming” leader in other countries before he has achieved anything, and once they have endorsed the “reformer” they tend to become apologists for whatever he does because he is on the side of “reform.” Instead of waiting to see whether the promised reforms materialize and succeed, Western cheerleaders take the promises of the “reformer” at face value and ignore all of the evidence that shows that they are being taken for a ride.

If MbS has been crown prince for only a few months, surely it is too early to tell whether “genuine reform” has happened. If we judge MbS by his entire record since 2015 and not just by the handful of modest changes that he has made (or promised to make in the future) in the last year, we would have to conclude that he is at best an inept, overreaching leader and at worst a power-hungry menace.

May’s willingness to host MbS is an embarrassment for Britain, so I suppose it is fitting that her embarrassment of a Foreign Secretary should be the one to defend it – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/britains-decision-to-host-mohammed-bin-salman-is-misguided/

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Film: "Have we learned nothing? Do we want more blood on our hands from the Middle East? Do you have agents making sure the bombs we sold the Saudi Arabians are landing on the right targets in #Yemen?

Amazing. You should call them back and get them to negotiate #Brexit."

Yanis Varoufakis exposes the Conservatives government hypocrisy in Saudi Arabia

https://www.facebook.com/NyeBevanNews/videos/vb.1716413101905955/2087542538126341/?type=2&theater

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Enough of the shameful kowtowing to the Saudis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit gives Theresa May a chance to show backbone on human rights. Or she could sell more weapons#

The man who controls Badawi’s fate, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler, will be in London this week. There is no chance of him being flogged. But many in Britain and France, which he will also visit, believe Salman is due, at the very least, a serious talking-to about his regime’s continuing repression of political opponents and activists, systemic discrimination against women, routine use of torture and capital punishment and, not least, its murderous war in Yemen.

Salman’s two-day visit, which includes a trip to see the royals at Windsor, raises many big issues. Theresa May has said that the meeting is about “strengthening our relationships around the world and standing up for our values”. She promised “frank” discussions about issues of mutual concern “such as regional security and the conflict and humanitarian situation in Yemen”.

This would be fine if it were believable

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/04/shameful-kowtowing-saudi-prince-visit-uk

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Only 27 MPs have signed the parliamentary motion opposing Bin Salman's visit. The entire British establishment continues to suck up to the Saudis: officials, govts, royals, business etc.

https://twitter.com/markcurtis30/status/969871357336084480 referring to

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/865

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Artists pull out of Great Exhibition of the North over arms dealer sponsorship

Group launches petition calling for arts festival to refuse backing from BAE Systems accused of “profiteering from the deaths of innocent children”

Artists are withdrawing from the Great Exhibition of the North (22 June — 9 September) after it recently announced that BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest arms dealer, is one of its main sponsors

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/artists-pull-out-of-great-exhibition-of-the-north-over-arms-dealer-sponsorship

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US investigation into BAE Saudi arms deal watered down, leaked memo suggests

Document seen by the Guardian suggests US law firm influenced investigation into £43bn deal between UK and Saudi Arabia

The outcome of a US criminal investigation into alleged bribery in a £43bn arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia was watered down following a secret lobbying campaign, according to a leaked document.

The confidential memo seen by the Guardian provides a rare insight into behind-the-scenes negotiations between an American law firm hired by a Saudi prince and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

The discussions took place in the runup to the DoJ’s completion in 2010 of an investigation into the deal between Saudi Arabia and Britain’s biggest arms firm, BAE.

The Washington-based law firm boasted in the memo that it had wrung a string of concessions from investigators that led to the removal of potentially embarrassing details from an official document announcing their conclusions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/us-investigation-into-bae-saudi-arms-deal-watered-down-leaked-memo-suggests

and a reminder from 2007:

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Blair called for BAE inquiry to be halted

Saturday 22 December 2007, The Guardian
Tony Blair's personal role as prime minister in halting the Saudi arms sale bribery investigation is revealed in court documents which the Guardian is publishing in full on its website.

Government memos stamped "Secret" reveal that the then attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, twice tried in vain to stop Blair interfering in the criminal investigation.

https://www.theguardian.com/baefiles/story/0,,2231496,00.html

My comment: Things never seem to change…

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Deutscher Bundestag Drucksache 19/1052

Kleine Anfrage: Deutsche Rüstungsexporte an unmittelbar am Jemen-Krieg beteiligte Länder

Wir fragen die Bundesregierung: 1. Inwieweit betrifft der Stopp von Genehmigungen von Ausfuhren an die Länder, die unmittelbar am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt sind, Ausrüstungen, die auch militärisch relevant sein könnten und somit in Teil I Abschnitt A der Ausfuhrliste – Anhang zur Außenwirtschaftsverordnung – oder in Anhang I der EG-Dual-Use-Verordnung (EG) Nr. 428/2009 – genannt werden, sowie Ausrüstung, die auch zur Folter verwendet werden könnte, wie zum Beispiel bestimmte Hand- und Fußfesseln, und somit in Anhang III der Anti-FolterVerordnung (EG) Nr. 1236/2005 – aufgeführt werden?

(28 Punkte)

http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/010/1901052.pdf

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Audio: Interview mit der LINKEN über Rüstungsexportstopp in den Jemen

DIE LINKE verlangt von der Bundesregierung einen absoluten Rüstungsexportstopp für Länder, die gegen den Jemen Krieg führen. Ihnen genügt es nicht, dass lediglich ein Exportstopp für Staaten angekündigt wird, die „unmittelbar“ am Konflikt beteiligt sind und bereits genehmigte Lieferungen weiter laufenzulassen, wenn zugesichert wird, dass die Waffen im Land verbleiben.

Radio Lora sprach mit Heike Hänsel, der stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden der Fraktion DIE LINKE im Bundestag.

https://www.freie-radios.net/87836 b

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Russia's deadly game in Yemen

Moscow is poised to use its regional influence to act as a power-broker and exploit the chaos in Yemen to expand its Middle East power.

Will Picard, executive director of the Yemen Peace Initiative, claims that outside powers responsible for stoking the conflict - including the UK and the US - have neglected their responsibilities for making peace.

Yet given the impunity given to the coalition by both nations, with Britain reportedly increasing weapons sales and blocking UN investigations into Yemen, there is little reason to believe either will make peacemaking in Yemen a priority.
That no global power has tried to restore peace has left a void, which Russia appears to be looking to fill.

Russia's stronger position in Yemen is indicative of a shifting power balance in the Middle East. Russia has overwhelmingly outmanoeuvred the United States in Syria. Overall, Moscow's presence is expanding.

Yemen's crises present Russia with an opportunity to further expand its influence and once again outmanoeuvre the West. But, as ever, it is the people of Yemen who are being used as playing pieces in the game of geopolitical power.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2018/3/6/russias-deadly-game-in-yemen

My comment: What a stupid headline. There is no “Russia's deadly game in Yemen” (the article itself does not mention something like that). It’s the saudis’, the US’, the UK’s “deadly game in Yemen” so far.

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Why Pakistan has troops in Saudi Arabia – and what it means for the Middle East

Pakistan recently announced that it will send military personnel to Saudi Arabia. The details of the deployment remain elusive, but a composite brigade of the Pakistani military will reportedly fulfil advisory and training roles. It seems Islamabad and Riyadh’s longstanding relationship is getting stronger – so what are the implications?

Reports broke in early 2017 of Pakistan sending a brigade of its troops to Saudi Arabia, but there was never a confirmation from Islamabad. The decision to send troops was finally made in February 2018 and announced in a surprise press release from a Pakistan military spokesperson on February 15, 2018. The military was clearly the decisive authority here, as parliament was apparently not consulted on the deployment. The timing of the announcement also spoke volumes about Pakistan’s current worries.

https://theconversation.com/why-pakistan-has-troops-in-saudi-arabia-and-what-it-means-for-the-middle-east-92613

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Today in #Brussels
In front of the European Parliament building "Jean Rey Bruxelles"
#StopTheWarOnYemen (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1785685938394059

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Arms exporters must answer for Yemen 'war crimes': Iran's Rouhani tells Macron

Countries selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies must answer for "war crimes" being committed in Yemen, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart in a phone call on Sunday.

"In Yemen we are witnessing war crimes and countries that provide weapons for Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition must be answerable in this regard," said Rouhani in the phone call with President Emmanuel Macron, according to the presidency's website.

https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/04/03/2018/Arms-exporters-must-answer-for-Yemen-war-crimes-Iran-s-Rouhani-tells-Macron

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Somalia rejects Somaliland port deal with Ethiopia and UAE company

The government of Somalia has rejected the agreement signed between Ethiopia, Somaliland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) logistics company DP World.

http://www.africanews.com/2018/03/04/somalia-rejects-somaliland-port-deal-with-ethiopia-and-uae-company/

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Bahrain arrests 116 suspects in counter-terror operations

In-line with its commitment to combatting terrorism and external interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs, the security authorities have launched a series of successful counter-terror operations resulting in the arrest of 116 suspected terrorists.

The individuals arrested are suspected of a range of terror crimes, including planning and executing terror attacks as well as manufacturing, storing and transporting explosive devices.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/03/03/Bahrain-arrests-116-suspects-in-counter-terror-operations.html

My comment: By Saudi media. In reality, states like Bahrain label all opposition as “terrorists”.

And

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Bahrain says seizes armed network set up by Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Bahrain said on Saturday it had rounded up 116 members of an armed network established and supported by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, suspected of plotting attacks on Bahraini government officials and security forces.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bahrain-security/bahrain-says-seizes-armed-network-set-up-by-irans-revolutionary-guard-idUSKCN1GF0G4

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Is the 4-nation coalition boycott against Qatar nearing an end?

What are the arguments for putting an end to this GCC conflict, ongoing since June 5, 2017?

UK’s daily the Guardian said Gulf states are considering plans to bring end to Saudi-led Qatar boycott.

“Qatar dispute is likely to be major topic of discussion between Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, pictured, and Theresa May starting today,” said the daily.

“Gulf states are studying plans to break the deadlock over the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar by persuading the two sides to agree to relax restrictions on civilian movements as the first step to a wider deal.”

https://ameinfo.com/money/economy/boycott-against-qatar/

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Saudi prince says Qatar won't be barred from Arab summit

Saudi Arabia's crown prince says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/07/saudi-prince-says-qatar-wont-be-barred-from-arab-summit.html

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Clouds Part on Qatar: How the Persian Gulf State Weathered the Saudi-Led Storm

It's hard to imagine the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE thought it would go this way. Officials from their governments - as well as junior partners Egypt and Bahrain - described the punitive sanctions they collectively slapped on Qatar in early June as a necessary action, aimed at bringing the Qataris to heel. It was as if Qatar, accused by its neighbors of fomenting extremism near and far, was an unruly child who needed to be disciplined.

But the move failed to achieve its goals.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961215001709

Remark: By Iranian media.

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Saudi crown prince: I do not occupy myself with the Qatar crisis

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Monday with retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni and Timothy Lenderking, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for Gulf affairs, who were dispatched by the US to the region to discuss solutions for the crisis with Qatar.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/03/06/Saudi-crown-prince-I-do-not-occupy-myself-with-the-Qatar-crisis.html

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Mohammad Bin Salman describes Qatar crisis as very small

Saudi Crown Prince slams Iran ‘paper tiger’ regime’s policies

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman told Egyptian media the Qatar issue was “very trivial” and that the entire population of Qatar was less than the number of people on one avenue in Egypt.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/mohammad-bin-salman-describes-qatar-crisis-as-very-small-1.2183533

My comment: LOL. Why this idiot then had provoked this crisis?

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Russia, Qatar move forward on military cooperation

A month ago, on Jan. 25, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah told the Russian state news agency TASS that Doha was holding “advanced negotiations” with Moscow over the purchase of S-400 air missile defense systems. The announcement came just weeks after Russia’s presidential aide for military-technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, singled out Qatar as an important new Russian arms export partner.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/russia-qatar-military-cooperation-s400-missile-defense.html

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Isländische Fluglinie stoppt Waffentransporte

Die isländische Fluggesellschaft Air Atlanta, die für ihre Waffentransporte nach Saudiarabien scharf kritisiert worden war, hat sämtliche Waffentransporte ausgesetzt, während die Regierung die Lage prüft, berichtet RÚV. Das Unternehmen informierte seine Kunden darüber, dass es über keine Lizenz für Waffentransporte mehr verfügt.

Air Atlanta hatte mindestes 25 Waffentransportflüge von Bulgarien, Serbien und der Slowakei nach Saudiarabien unternommen, sämtlich mit Erlaubnis der isländischen Behörden. Waffentransporte nach Saudiarabien enden typischerweise in Syrien und dem Jemen, wo Menschenrechte massiv verletzt werden.

http://icelandreview.com/de/news/2018/03/06/islaendische-fluglinie-stoppt-waffentransporte

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Skirting Saudi arms sales, France says Iran has 'lots' of weapons in Yemen

France’s foreign minister on Tuesday sidestepped questions on whether his country should end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because they were being used in Yemen, saying that Iran also had “lots” of weapons there.

“I’m really worried by the situation in Yemen,” Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee. “It’s an absurd war. It’s true that there are Saudi weapons, but would you believe it there are Iranian weapons too, lots (of them).”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-france/skirting-saudi-arms-sales-france-says-iran-has-lots-of-weapons-in-yemen-idUSKCN1GI2N3 and in film: http://videos.assemblee-nationale.fr/video.5632442_5a9eb8384638d

My comment: That’s one of the most stupid arguments I ever heard for defending own arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

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War 'at the gates' of Zabid UNESCO World Heritage

Architectural marvel of early Islam is now under threat.

Yemen's devastating war closes in on its historic capital, famed as an architectural marvel of early Islam. The town of Zabid can only hope to survive the three-year-long war behind its ancient mud and rock walls.

The sand-coloured town, overlooking the country's west coast, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 for its centuries-old urban planning and architecture, including the world's fifth-oldest mosque.

So far, Zabid has been spared in the battle between Yemen's Houthi rebels and a government backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

But a fight for nearby Hudaida, home to Yemen's most vital port, has raised fears the violence is closing in on Zabid.

Residents and international organisations fear the Saudi-led coalition's warplanes may hit the town itself, as it is still under the control of the Houthi rebels.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/war-gates-zabid-unesco-world-heritage-180306095309992.html

My comment: The Saudis already had bombed Zabid.

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Historic Yemen town fights to survive as war closes in

Once Yemen's capital and famed as an architectural marvel of early Islam, the town of Zabid is fighting to survive as a brutal war closes in on its fortified walls.

The sand-coloured town overlooking the country's west coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 for its centuries-old urban planning and architecture, including the world's fifth oldest mosque.

So far the town has been spared in the battle between Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels and a government allied with a military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia.

But a fight for nearby Hodeida, home to Yemen's most vital port, has raised fears the violence is closing in on Zabid.

The town predates the foundation of Islam but is an architectural marvel of the faith: four gates surround the city, where a web of narrow cobblestone streets links a souk with quieter residential areas. (photos)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5462673/Historic-Yemen-town-fights-survive-war-closes-in.html and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb-5Pp3O7c0 = https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6fpvgg

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Kahramana Yemen: Preserving heritage in a country that burns

From a small room in an old house in the Al Qasimi district of the historic city of Sanaa, Yemeni activists and academics are leading a unique initiative to preserve Yemen's cultural heritage and revive traditional handicrafts. Under the roof of the Kahramana Cultural and Artistic Foundation, accessories, hand-made textiles, utensils, household items, paintings, colorful tables, engravings and geometric designs that reflect the diversity of Yemen's heritage are beautifully in display. Kahramana Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organisation: "Our goal is to develop awareness of the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of Yemen and to highlight our national identity, which unfortunately began to distort, blur and marginalize," said Dr. Alaa Al-Asbahi.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-in-yemen-on-the-edge/kahramana-yemen-preserving-heritage-in-a-country-that-burns/1666910776695279/

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Internationally recognized President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on his government to liberalize the fuel market at all Yemeni ports on March 5. Hadi called for liberalization as a means to facilitate trade, reduce prices, and address the humanitarian crisis. Al Houthi forces attempted to impose customs duties on fuel tankards and prevented the fuel from reaching Sana’a in Dhamar city, central Yemen on March 6, according to anti-al Houthi forces.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-march-6-2018

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Yemen’s Aden-based Central Bank denied reports that Saudi Arabia postponed a $2 billion deposit and that the Central Bank will be relocating to Amman, Jordan on March 3. Local sources reported that the new governor for Yemen’s Aden-based Central Bank Mohammed Zemman was already in Amman preparing for the relocation of the Central Bank on March 1. Local sources also reported that Saudi Arabia postponed a $2 billion deposit into Yemen’s Aden-based Central Bank on March 1.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-march-5-2018

https://twitter.com/MaherFarrukh/status/970697007168917504 (Arabic text)

My comment: Why? The Hadi government itself had told the Central Bank was tob e transferred.

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Zemam Discusses Support of the Banking Sector to Restore its Economic Role and Restoring Monetary Cycle to Yemeni Banks with US Ambassador

Dr. Mohamed Mansour Zemam, governor of Central Bank of Yemen, discussed the mechanisms of reactivating the economic and monitoring functions of the Central Bank of Yemen over the Yemeni Banking Sector, including support of the banking sector to restore its economic role and restoring the monetary cycle in Yemeni banks. This came as Zemam received the US ambassador, Matthew Tuiler, in Riyadh.

http://en.smanews.org/zemam-discusses-support-of-the-banking-sector-to-restore-its-economic-role-and-restoring-monetary-cycle-to-yemeni-banks-with-us-ambassador

My comment: Prewsident Hadi’s new Aden Central bank. – According to earlier reports, the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE had planned to transfer the Central Bank to Jordan.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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A child killed by US drone

A child was killed Tuesday in an air strike launched by a US drone in al Jouf province, northern Yemen, local sources said.
The sources stated to Almasdaronline that that the air strike targeted the 13-year-old son of the resistance leader, Ali al-Saqra, while he was driving his father's car on the highway.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/97470

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Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s capacity to commit acts of international terrorism—especially the targeting of commercial aviation—was recently the subject of a revealing New York Timesstory. Al-Qaeda’s success in resurrecting its global network is the result of three strategic moves made by Zawahiri.

https://www.cfr.org/expert-brief/al-qaedas-resurrection

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Der Kommandant von al-Qaida im Jemen, Mkhout al-Sairi, wurde mit 3 seiner Gefährten bei einem Luftangriff einer Drohne im Bereich der Al Aibar in Hadramout getötet

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/de/2018/5-march-the-commander-of-alqaeda-in-yemen-mkhout-alsairi

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4 killed in U.S. drone strike on al-Qaida vehicle in Yemen

Four members of the the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed by a U.S. drone strike in the province of Hadramout on Tuesday, a local security official told Xinhua.

"A pilotless plane of the U.S. Air Forces conducted a strike on a moving vehicle in Albar desert of Hadramout province, killing four members of al-Qaida network and destroying their vehicle," the source said

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/07/c_137020739.htm

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Al-Qaeda ringleader with 3 other terrorists killed in Yemen

An Al-Qaeda ringleader together with 3 other terrorists was killed in an unknown drone attack in eastern Yemen.
The terrorist leader, Mabkhut al-Saeeiri, was killed in Hadhramaut, southern end of the Arabian Peninsula (photos)

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/al-qaeda-ringleader-with-3-other-terrorists-killed-in-yemen_884601.html

and also

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Photo: In the desert badlands between Zamakh and Al-Abr, Wadi Hadhramaut: 2 bodies in car hit by drone strike discovered by chance 2 or 3 days after.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/970798422050639872

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1/ Pro-#alQaeda #Yemen wires are touting 5-pager “Did the Mujahidin Lose the Battle of Wadi al-Masini in Coastal Hadramawt?” (i.e. #UAE-led Operation al-Faisal vs #AQAP in Feb) (images)

2/ #AQAP read-out of #UAE-led CT op in #Yemen in Feb •Forces were encircled, as AQ leaders had planned •40+ troops killed, dozens hurt •Lasted 5 days, >2k soldiers •AQ withdrew to "nearby area” •Warns “You’re fighting men who love suicide belts & driving booby-trapped cars”

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/970327912128839680

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/970331865658920960

cp15 Propaganda

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Memo to the President on Saudi Arabia

From: The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia (if we had one.)

Subject: Saudi crown prince visit

Mr. President, in advance of the visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. M.B.S., I want to share some thoughts:

It’s only a matter of time before King Salman turns over the reins of power to M.B.S., who’s already the effective ruler. M.B.S. is not a democrat, nor is he interested in promoting democracy. He’s a modernizing autocrat. The most we can expect from him is the modernization of Saudi Arabia’s economy and religious/social structure, but given how badly the country has stagnated from years of tentative reforms, this is deeply significant.

M.B.S. is definitely bold. I can think of no one else in the ruling family who would have put in place the profound social, religious and economic reforms that he’s dared to do — and all at once. But I can also think of no one in that family who’d have undertaken the bullying foreign policy initiatives, domestic power plays and excessive personal buying sprees he’s dared to do, all at once. They are two halves of the same M.B.S. package. Our job: help curb his bad impulses and nurture his good ones.

His potential is vast. M.B.S. is trying to forge a societal transformation in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/opinion/trump-saudi-arabia-mbs.html and also http://newsrust.com/memo-to-the-president-on-saudi-arabia/

My comment: And again and again this Saudi mouthpiece Thomas Friedman. Look at earlier reports. http://www.merip.org/open-letter-senior-middle-east-scholars-new-york-times-regarding-its-thomas-friedmans-column-saudi-a#.WiAjpuG-pOk.facebook

http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/34727/Seventy-Years-of-the-New-York-Times-Describing-Saudi-Royals-as-Leading-Reform?mc_cid=19ca5f8d02&mc_eid=cdad1a519c

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/friedmans-love-letter-to-a-war-criminal/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/opinion/saudi-prince-mbs-arab-spring.html (Friedman propaganda piece in NYT)

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Saudi crown prince shocks Islamists with bold moves in Egypt

It is hard to overstate the significance of a hugely symbolic move by the reformist crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). American media mostly are clueless about religion and lack any understanding of the momentous changes underway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the full support of the Trump administration.

This move, as recorded by the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya network, is startling and highly important.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/saudi_crown_prince_shocks_islamists_with_bold_moves_in_egypt_.html
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Human rights report accuses Houthis causing 92 thousand Yemenis disabled

On Monday, A human rights report accused the Houthis group of disabling 92,000 Yemenis because by planting internationally banned landmines and also of the war they have waged since early 2015.
The report, issued by the Yemeni Coalition of Monitoring Human Rights violations ''RASAD'' that 92 thousand people have become disabled to exceed the number of disabled people in the country two million disabled.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/97472

My comment: This seems to be a typical pro-Hadi government propaganda scam, including the invention of a new nice labeled NGO. Google it, find 2 matches. It’s an example of the exaggerated play with large figures this type of propaganda prefers. Yes, there are disabled victims of Houthi landmines, as there are from the relicts of Saudi cluster bombs, Saudi coalition air raids, shelling by all warring parties.

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Forget ‘stereotypes’ about Saudi Arabia, UK firms urged

The visit to the UK by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, this week will set the stage for a new trading relationship between the two countries, Dr. Afnan AlShuaiby, head of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, predicted.

“I would like to see more British interest in Saudi Arabia and more companies investing in Saudi Arabia, whether they are small and medium companies or even the bigger companies that haven’t explored or been in Saudi Arabia,” she said.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1260811/saudi-arabia

Remark: By Saudi media.

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Film: UK and Saudis expected to launch strategic partnership council

CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the importance of Saudi Arabia for stability in the Middle East.

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/03/07/uk-and-saudis-expected-to-launch-strategic-partnership-council.html

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Saudi Crown Prince presents his transformative Vision 2030 to UK

UK royals and government leaders to offer hospitality and support as Saudi Arabia's crown prince seeks to consolidate ties

Consolidating the ties between the British royals and the new generation of the house of Saud is a prime of objective for the trip.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/saudi-crown-prince-presents-his-transformative-vision-2030-to-uk-1.710853

Remark: By Emirati media, Western author.

Flanking the Saudi crown Prince’s visits abroad, a bulk of bullshit propaganda and PR is flooding western media.

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Saudi future rests on winning war in Yemen

Crown prince’s modernisation plans will fail if he can’t end conflict with Iran-backed Houthis

Saudi Arabia has a public relations problem. In the eyes of the world a fabulously wealthy nation is currently bombing a miserably poor one.

The red carpeting of the crown prince — lunch with the Queen, dinner with Prince Charles, a day at Chequers — is thus an elaborate attempt to change the conversation. The crude transactional model of the oil-for-guns relationship is being adjusted, even prettified. The prince’s Vision 2030 attempts to diversify and modernise Saudi Arabia, open it up for a young generation, construct new cities and promote moderate Islam. At least part of the point is to win the argument with Iran: to present Tehran as a backward-looking regime set on suffocating its children.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/saudi-future-rests-on-winning-war-in-yemen-2b0nq5b52

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Saudi Arabia cannot achieve its ambitious reforms alone

Saudi Arabia is changing, and changing fast. This week and next, the architect of that social and economic transformation, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is visiting the capitals of Egypt, the UK and US, outlining his plans and seeking support.

For Britain, the crown prince’s visit and its purpose could not be more timely. As the UK seeks to reshape its economy and forge new trade relationships after Brexit, the expansion of the Saudi Arabian market represents an important opportunity.

But there is no doubt, too, that the image of Saudi Arabia as it is portrayed in the UK media is often negative. However, we are asking and encouraging the British people to see our kingdom through the new lens afforded by the crown prince’s Vision 2030 reform programme that he will explain this week – by Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the UK

https://www.ft.com/content/a41812d2-2121-11e8-a895-1ba1f72c2c11

My comment: LOL.

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Mohammed bin Salman interview: 'British and Saudi people will be much safer if we have a strong relationship'

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the young Saudi royal charged with undertaking the most radical reform agenda in his country’s history, is the epitome of a human dynamo.

Not content with transforming Saudi Arabia’s long-standing dependence on its vast oil wealth, the crown prince is simultaneously embarking on an overhaul of the country’s social norms.

In one of the more high profile reforms, Saudi women will in a few months’ time be allowed to drive.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/05/exclusive-interview-british-saudi-people-will-much-safer-have/

and

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Mohammed bin Salman's London visit marks a key moment in Saudi Arabia's transformation programme

The kingdom's Crown Prince has embarked upon an ambitious reform agenda. His UK visit will tell us more about his long-term plans

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s official visit to Britain, which starts on Wednesday, is a vital milestone on the road to his efforts to initiate wholesale economic and social reform in his country.

Since being appointed by his father, King Salman, last June, the 32-year-old Crown Prince has been charged with making radical changes to the kingdom’s conservative outlook.

And Prince Mohammed regards maintaining a close and constructive relationship with the UK as being vital to the reform programme’s chances of success, as he made clear when, prior to his arrival in London, I had an exclusive interview with him for the Daily Telegraph at his impressive residence in the upmarket Riyadh suburb of Irqah – by Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph’s Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/mohammed-bin-salman-s-london-visit-marks-a-key-moment-in-saudi-arabia-s-transformation-programme-1.710792

My comment: This is in Emirati media, by the author of the sycophantic interview above…

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'We need to promote moderate Islam', says Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi crown prince lauds UK-Saudi relationship ahead of visit on Wednesday

In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper ahead of his visit to the UK on Wednesday, the crown prince said that he believes that Saudi Arabia can play a significant role in defeating Islamist extremism by promoting a more moderate vision of Islam in the kingdom.

“The British and Saudi people, along with the rest of the world, will be much safer if you have a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The extremists and the terrorists are linked through spreading their propaganda. We need to work together to promote moderate Islam.”

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/politics-economics/391542-we-need-to-promote-moderate-islam-says-mohammed-bin-salman

My comment: LOL. Saudi Islam is not moderate at all, and they never had spreaded “moderate Islam” anywhere.

and

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‘Kingdom and Britain together in fight against extremism’

“The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Britain is historic and goes back to the foundation of the Kingdom,” he told The Telegraph’s Con Coughlin.
“We have a common interest that goes back to the earliest days of the relationship. Our relationship with Britain today is super.”
He added: “The British and Saudi people, along with the rest of the world, will be much safer if you have a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“The extremists and the terrorists are linked through spreading their agenda,” he said, adding “We need to work together to promote moderate Islam.”
“We want to fight terrorism, and we want to fight extremism because we need to build stability in the Middle East,” he said.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/529901/SAUDI-ARABIA/Kingdom-and-Britain-together-in-fight-against-extremism

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Protesting the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to the UK risks making the situation in Yemen much worse

As protesters gather in London to greet the arrival of Mohammed bin Salman this week, it’s worth reflecting on what could happen if they get their way

I am quite confident that Saudi Arabia wants to get out of this war as much as if not more than anyone else.

What no one anticipated at the time was the extent to which Iran would get involved directly in the conflict, sending heavy weaponry and financial assistance to the rebel Houthis.

Do you want the Saudi-led coalition to withdraw from Yemen unilaterally?

Iran would build its Houthi clients into the predominant force in the country, turning them into a Hezbollah-style group with missiles lined up along Saudi’s long border with Yemen.

Mohammed bin Salman is beginning the demanding process of modernising Saudi society and economy at a breath-taking pace – by Geoff Hoon, a former Defence Secretary and Foreign Office Minister

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-crown-prince-uk-visit-london-protesters-mohammad-bin-salman-theresa-may-a8242021.html

My comment: What a 100 % propaganda bullshit.

And more of this kind, even worse (hard to imagine):

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Britain is right to welcome Saudi crown prince and support his reforms

When Saudi Arabian Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman comes to London this week, it will be an opportunity to exchange views and ideas on a wide range of issues – none more important than our political and humanitarian cooperation.

In Iraq, both the UK and Saudi Arabia are deeply involved in vital reconstruction in areas where Daesh (Islamic State) has been territorially defeated.

In the political sphere, the UK and Saudi Arabia work together in forums ranging from the G20, to the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

While we sometimes disagree about approaches and decisions, we do so with a shared concern for the security, stability and prosperity of our people and the wider world. The partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia has foiled terrorist attacks, directly saving British lives and the lives of others around the world.

Of course, when the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia is discussed it is often in the same breath as the ongoing conflict in Yemen. This is one of the world's largest humanitarian crises, and it is a tragedy unfolding in Saudi Arabia's backyard.

Indeed since November 2017, the Houthi forces have targeted Saudi Arabia's capital with ballistic missiles on two occasions.

It is important not to forget that the war began when Houthi militias overran Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and kidnapped the legitimate prime minister, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition's military intervention came at the request of President Hadi, and aims to restore the legitimate government and to counter regional security threats – by Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/it-right-britain-welcome-saudi-crown-prince-uk-and-support-his-reforms-1036550784

And this is by Labour, quite disgusting:

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Graham Jones MP: UK is right to raise humanitarian concerns but Saudi visit is a chance to reiterate support for Arab coalition in Yemen

Labour MP Graham Jones writes ahead of the visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and questions those people protesting over the legality of British defence sales to Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, who arrives in the UK on Wednesday, is overseeing an ambitious programme of social and economic reform across the Kingdom. He has also prioritised tackling extremism in his own country and across the wider region. His visit to London provides us with an opportunity to make clear that these are missions which we fully support: a modernised Saudi Arabia is in our interests.

The Labour leadership needs to revisit its approach on this. Corbyn has been a bridge builder with all sorts of rogue elements and he should be a bridge builder with Saudi, not an isolationist bridge burner.

What about the war in Yemen, you may ask?

Those who plan to line the streets of Whitehall to protest his visit will much of their fury on the war in Yemen. The war is unethical they argue. They have repeatedly called for Britain to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia. I find it impossible to agree with them.

No one would argue that the war, which began in 2015, has gone to plan. There have been mistakes in the way the war has been fought, sometimes with tragic consequences. It is only right that these mistakes are investigated. Saudi ministers in Parliament admit their concerns – by Labour MP Graham Jones

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/opinion/house-commons/93372/graham-jones-mp-uk-right-raise-humanitarian

My comment: I really can’t believe it.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is double speak and it makes me ashamed that a Labour MP can write like this. For one thing, the Saudis are not supporting the legitimate government nor the legitimate president. That is quite untrue - Hadi was elected as interim president for a fixed term of two years in February 2012 and the fact that he delayed elections and stayed beyond his term was the reason why Saleh and others were eyeing his succession. Hadi's government was corrupt, inefficient and unpopular. The Iranian connection - weak at the start of the war has got stronger as the war has continued, but their involvement is almost certainly overstated - but as to whether I would rather Iran or Saudi Arabia was an ally I would say until either country improves significantly I really do not see why we need to be allied to either - it is a choice between two unpleasant regimes.

Relating to the modernisation of Saudi Arabia so far reforms have been minimal and they have not significantly improved the lot of women, and the Shia Muslims from Eastern Saudi Arabia probably have suffered more repression under King Salman and this Crown Prince than under the last nasty ruler, Abdulla. As for the Yemen war - if the Saudis were fighting the Houthis that would be one thing and maybe I would applaud it. But they are fighting and killing and starving the whole population with the benefit of U.K. manufactured weapons. The court ruling was extraordinary especially as within the ruling it stated that Saudi Arabia probably has committed human rights violations but still thought the government was doing the right thing. That does not make me happier with the government and its policies of selling weapons. It makes me question the law and the legal system if this travesty in Yemen is allowed to continue.

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

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Film: Crispin Blunt: Roll out red carpet for Saudi Arabia

Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has said the UK is right to roll out the red carpet for the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The former chair of the foreign affairs select committee argued we "ought to be grateful" that Saudi Arabia is trying to help deliver security to Yemen.

He told the Today programme the UK should use its influence as a key partner of Saudi Arabia to try and address the crisis in Yemen.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-43315346/crispin-blunt-roll-out-red-carpet-for-saudi-arabia

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Saudi Arabia to leapfrog the region as champion of women in the workforce

WHILE the ambition of Vision 2030 to open new paths for more women to enter the workforce can contribute significantly to Saudi Arabia’s economic development and diversification agenda, the nation has a unique opportunity to take its strategy a step further and ultimately leapfrog others in the region and around the world as a true champion of women in the workplace.
Vision 2030 has a specific objective to increase female participation in the workforce from 22% today to 30% in all sectors by 2030.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/529910/BUSINESS/Saudi-Arabia-to-leapfrog-the-region-as-champion-of-women-in-the-workforce

My comment: Saudi media, by a Western female author who never would be accepted in Saudi Arabia as looking like on the photo shown with this article.

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Again, Hadi Accuses Iran of Supporting Houthi Militias

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi on Monday accused Iran of supporting the Houthi militias in his country with money and arms, stressing that Houthis reject all chances for peace and give no attention to the interests of Yemenis.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1195936/again-hadi-accuses-iran-supporting-houthi-militias

and

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Foreign Ministry reiterates call for pressuring Iran to stop supporting Houthi militia.

Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi has stressed the need for the international community to work together to stop Iran from continuing to export weapons to the Houthi rebels in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16119

and

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Yemen: The international community must unite to stop export of Iranian weapons to the Houthis

The Yemeni government reiterated its call for the international community to join forces to stop the continued export of Iranian weapons to Houthi militia, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1259321/middle-east

My comment: That’s odd as long as not ALL arms exports to ALL participants of the Yemen war are stopped.

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[The Emirates’ “We are benefactors” propaganda is almost reaching a peak]

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-reopens-school-hadramaut-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-opens-therapeutic-feeding-centre-malnourished-children-tarim-hospital-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-thousands-school-bags-students-khawkhah-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-funds-construction-secondary-school-al-houta-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-inaugurates-water-project-lahej-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-food-baskets-residents-hays-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-supplies-al-rabwa-health-centre-yemen-equipment

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-delivers-food-aid-tarim-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-food-aid-mocha-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/uae-continues-delivery-food-supplies-shabwa

http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/f9611e38-3ecc-4401-8b17-fc7dbb839951.aspx

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-food-aid-silw-district-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-food-aid-silw-district-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/uae-delivers-urgent-relief-remote-villages-hadramaut-yemen

and of course the Saudi PR campaign is lasting on:

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Over One Million Beneficiaries of Aid in Yemen

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) Support Center announces that over one million people are now direct beneficiaries of humanitarian aid and relief under YCHO plan. In less than six weeks, 1,024,439 people have received food, shelter or medical aid under the YCHO.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/over-one-million-beneficiaries-aid-yemen

and

(A P)

King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre Donates 900,000 Liters of Fuel to the World Food Programme for Distribution inside Yemen under the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/king-salman-humanitarian-aid-relief-centre-donates-900000-liters-fuel-world-food

(A P)

Moderate Islam in King Salman’s era

Saudi King Salman is well aware of the machinations of Brotherhood, which exploits our honorable religion to gain political power even if it undermines the kingdom’s security and stability. After becoming King, one of his first decisions was to decisively curb their activities. King Salman had closely dealt with them when he was governor of Riyadh. We knew for a fact that these Brotherhood affiliates were few in number. However, they had a loud voice because they were organized, or to be more accurate, because they received directions from their foreign patrons even if it was at the expense of the kingdom’s independence and sovereignty.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/03/04/Moderate-Islam-in-King-Salman-s-era.html

My comment: Nice propaganda. – But: Radical Islam in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere has less to do with Muslim Brotherhood than with Saudi Wahabism – and Wahabism is the DNA of Saudi Arabia.

(A P)

What justifies Russian veto against Iran’s supply of weapons

The question is how Russia justifies to Gulf countries the veto it exercised against the resolution that prevents Iran from supplying Houthis with weapons. I hope that GCC countries will deal seriously with this Russian decision. It is time to link our economic strength with our security interests, either by suspending our business deals, or by canceling them. What is important is that the international community should know that we will not accept what undermines our security.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/03/03/What-justifies-Russian-veto-against-Iran-s-supply-of-weapons.html

(A P)

Cold War-like conflicts in the region and the Arab dilemma

The Russian veto of the draft resolution condemning Iranian interference in Yemen brings to mind the Cold War era. It is clearly an incident reminiscent of that time, if not more terrifying in its import, which took place in the UN Security Council in the context of the Ghouta attacks. Although the military and humanitarian truce was finally approved after Russia’s several earlier vetoes against it, prevailing conditions and circumstances arising from this decision have made its implementation next to impossible.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/03/04/Cold-War-like-conflicts-in-the-region-and-the-Arab-dilemma-.html

(A P)

Destroyer in Yemen attack to visit Boston

A U.S. Navy destroyer that became an enduring symbol of freedom after it was damaged in a 2000 terror attack in Yemen that left 17 sailors dead and 39 others wounded will make a port call in Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council said.

The USS Cole is slated to arrive at Black Falcon Pier in Southie at 2 p.m. March 15, and will stay in port through St. Patrick’s Day weekend, organizers said.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/03/destroyer_in_yemen_attack_to_visit_boston

(A P)

ERC's efforts help restore normalcy in Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent’s, ERC, efforts, as well as the military victories of the Arab Coalition in Yemen in February, under a humanitarian intervention strategy to restore normalcy to the liberated areas, have helped alleviate the suffering of citizens and rescue them following the horrors they witnessed at the hands of the Houthi militias.

In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, the Minister said that this strategy confirms the noble goals of Operation Restoring Hope, led by Saudi Arabia with the participation of the UAE.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302671821

My comment: LOL. And: “noble goals of Operation Restoring Hope”: That’s Orwellian. “Operation Restoring Hope”” is the Saudi-UAE bombing war.

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Yemeni Presidency Laughs off Rumors of Rift with UAE

Yemen’s internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi officially denied on Saturday all allegations by media outlets on a clash between Hadi and a senior Emirati official during a meeting reportedly held in Riyadh in the presence of a Saudi prince.
The government said that the event is only being circulated by propagandists “hostile” to the Saudi-led Arab Coalition backing the Aden-based administration.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1193686/yemeni-presidency-laughs-rumors-rift-uae

My comment: That’s ridiculous as many times Hadi and members of his government had heavily criticized, blamed, accused the UAE.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day:

March 5: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/986938618123170/?type=3

March 4: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/986937594789939/?type=3

March 3: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/985758984907800/?type=3

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Child killed, 9 people injured in Saudi airstrikes on Saada

At least a child was killed and nine civilians, mostly women and children were injured on Wednesday in airstrikes of Saudi-led aggression coalition on Saada province, a security official told Saba.
Four airstrikes hit Kahlan area in surrounding areas of Saada city, targeting a citizen's home, which led to the killing of a child and wounding nine people, mostly women and children.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489610.htm

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Coalition aircrafts launch over 20 raids on Houthis sites in Sa'ada

http://almasdaronline.com/article/97471

My comment: What is a „Houthis site“? The saudis had declared the whole province a „military target“.

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Film: Attacks on the infrastructure in Saada and Hodeidah 06-03-2018

The air of the American-Saudi aggression continues to launch barbaric attacks targeted at infrastructure in the governorates of Saada and Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG9dXdDh97A = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1993567334302913/ = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/971114200675299328

(A K PH)

Film: Destruction of the aggression of the property of citizens in the Directorate of # Baqem # Saada, March 6

The general scene in the Directorate of Baqam in Saada province continuous raids of the US-Saudi aggression and the bombing of a cluster of cluster bombs on houses and properties of citizens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG4HvhpecY0 = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/971109165216223234 = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1993533004306346/

(A K PH)

20 Saudi air strikes target several provinces on Monday

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489502.htm

(A K)

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Houthi positions in Yemen's Sanaa

Saudi-led coalition carried out 10 airstrikes against positions controlled by the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday, residents told Xinhua.

According to residents based in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, "a series of airstrikes by Saudi-led warplanes hit military sites manne

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/04/c_137015759.htm

My comment: “Military positions” in the city? Don’t tell us stories. That’s like sharks in Central Park.

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Media Union condemns aggression's attack on Sawt al-Shaab radio

Yemeni Media Union condemned on Sunday the Saudi-led aggression coalition's airstrike on the broadcasting station of Sawt al-Shaab Radio in Aiban Mountain in the capital Sana’s, which led to the interruption of broadcasting.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489355.htm

and photos:

5 powerful explosions rocked the Capital #Sanaa - Jebel Eiban- amid intensive, continuous warplanes hovering

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1666294793423544

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Three women killed in coalition airstrike on Taiz

Three women were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes waged a strikes on Mouza district of Taiz province, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The strike hit al-Arish southern area.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489337.htm

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

March 7:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489612.htm Hajjah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489613.htm Hodeidah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489614.htm Nehm, Sanaa p.

March 6:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489595.htm Hajjah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489512.htm Saada p.

March 4:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489410.htm Sanaa p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489375.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489356.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489327.htm Hajjah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489324.htm Serwah, Marib p.: targeted citizens' houses and burned farms, aiming to push residents to starvation

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

(A K PS)

Houthis kill child in Taiz in fresh sniper shooting (photo)

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16156 and http://almasdaronline.com/article/97470

(A K PS)

Army dismantles dozens of mines, improvised explosive devices

The armed forces announced that their engineering teams dismantled dozens of mines and improvised explosive devices that the Houthi coupist militia had planted in a number of areas of al-Boqaa in Saadah before their defeat there.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-16153

(A K PS)

For the Second Day, Al-Houthi Militias Randomly Bombard Lodar and surrounding villages with heavy artillery

http://en.smanews.org/for-the-second-day-al-houthi-militias-randomly-bombard-lodar

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About 120 houses were blown up by #Houthis in #Taiz province since the breakout of the war.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/971066442283147264

referring to film https://twitter.com/taha_saleh_taiz/status/971025813800964096

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Saudi Arabia deployed a brigade to participate in an offensive to seize Harad city, northern Hajjah governorate, near the Saudi-Yemeni border on March 6. Sudanese and Hadi government forces are also taking part in the offensive to seize the city from the al Houthi movement. Hadi government forces are simultaneously conducting an offensive into western and northeastern Sa’ada governorate, which is located north of Hajjah.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-march-6-2018

(A K PS)

Yemeni army seizes control of last Houthi-held site in Nehim

At least 13 Iran-backed Houthi fighters were killed in the Nehim district

“They took control of the Houthis’ last site in the Yam Mountains in the Nehim district,” Mahmood Al Humaidi, a reporter based in the area, told The National.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-army-seizes-control-of-last-houthi-held-site-in-nehim-1.710639

Remark: President Hadi army. As claimed by Emirati media.

(A K PS)

Engineering teams disarm 150 landmines western the country

A military source in the western coast said on Monday that the engineering teams of the government forces removed about 150 mines planted by the Houthi militants in several areas.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/97451

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Tens civilians killed, injured in coalition artillery bombing on Taiz

Dozens of citizens were killed and wounded on Monday when the Saudi-led coalition militants waged an artillery shelling on Taiz province, an official told Saba.
The shelling hit a residential neighborhood crowded with civilians in the part of the province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489499.htm

and film:

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Two martyrs and a number of wounded victims of a shell launched by the Takfir groups stationed in the basin and the revolution district of the center of the city, which constantly fall on these residential areas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKv31QkimcA = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1993531960973117/ = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/971108512725159936

(A K PH)

Two children killed in Saudi artillery bombing on Saada

Two children were killed, a woman and her child were injured when Saudi artillery and missile bombing hit Razih district of Saada province, an official told Saba on Saturday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news489326.htm

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSAPzLLaqc8&bpctr=1520316335 = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1992443404415306/ = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/970398015973453824

(A K PS)

Dozens of Houthi coup militias killed

Dozens of members of Iran's backed Houthi coup militias have been killed in clashes with forces of the Yemeni National Army in the Directorate of Nahm, east of Sanaa. Dozens of members of Iran's backed Houthi coup militias have been killed in clashes with forces of the Yemeni National Army in the Directorate of Nahm, east of Sanaa.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1732746

and also

(A K PS)

Al Houthi ‘death squads’ perish outside Sana’a

Top military official says militia ‘left the bodies to rot’

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/al-houthi-death-squads-perish-outside-sana-a-1.2182455

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Scores Killed as Ansarullah Fight Saudi Mercenaries Outside Yemen's Sana'a

A confrontation between Saudi-backed militants and Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement across the war-battered country left around 80 people dead on both sides.

More than 55 died and dozens more were wounded in Sana’a Province’s Nihm District, Northwest of the country’s capital, on Saturday, Yemen's medical officials said, presstv reported.

The sources also added that fighting killed at least 25 people on both sides along Yemen's West coast.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961213000700

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B H)

Film: Jemen: Fußballleidenschaft inmitten des Bürgerkriegs

Seit mehr als drei Jahren beherrscht der blutige Konflikt zwischen Huthi-Rebellen und Regierungstruppen den Jemen. Zerstörung ist allgegenwärtig. Auch das Stadion des Traditionsclubs Al-Tilal fiel ihr zum Opfer, aber nicht die Spielfreude der Profis.

http://www.dw.com/de/jemen-fu%C3%9Fballleidenschaft-inmitten-des-b%C3%BCrgerkriegs/av-42851451 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2naIwZBW-Rc

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Yemen HR: Jobs and Tenders in Yemen

https://www.yemenhr.com/

(A K)

'Silent victims': Yemeni street artist paints boy holding own leg

Street artist Haifa Subay is bringing attention to children's suffering in war-torn Yemen with an attention-grabbing mural that shows a child holding his own leg after losing it in a landmine.

The piece of art in the capital Sanaa, titled 'Just a Leg,' is part of Subay's 'Silent Victims' campaign. "The artwork and the campaign in general are aimed at raising awareness of women and children's issues and their suffering in the time of war," she told RT's Ruptly agency. (film)

https://www.rt.com/news/420442-yemen-street-artist-war/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=mOTI0ERdjsc

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-389-yemen-war-mosaic-389

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-389 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-389:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

und alle Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

13:36 07.03.2018
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

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