Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 465 - Yemen War Mosaic 465

Yemen Press Reader 465: 4. Oktober 2018: Jemens Wasserkrise – Jemens unvollendete Revolution – Separatisten rufen zum Aufstand auf – Wirtschaftskrieg gegen Jemen – Emirate rekrutieren Söldner...
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... Söldner in Afrika – Saudische Lobbyarbeit in den USA – Cholera breitet sich aus – und mehr

October 4, 2018: Yemen’s water crisis – Yemen’s unfinished revolution – Separatists appeal for uprising – Economic war against Yemen – Emirates recruiting mercenaries in Africa – Saudi lobbying in the US – Cholera is spreading again – 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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah / Most important: Hodeidah battle

cp2 Allgemein / General

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

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

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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Einführende Artikel u. Überblicke für alle, die mit den Ereignissen im Jemen noch nicht vertraut sind, hier:

Yemen War: Introductory articles, overviews, for those who are still unfamiliar with the Yemen war here:

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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In Yemen, war, bad management and climate change are at fault for water shortage

Yemen, the stage of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, is facing a severe water crisis: 16 million people lack access to clean water in the country, according to UNICEF.

“What is worse than not having the most basic human right, water?” asks Shoushou, a young activist from the capital Sana'a, in a conversation with Global Voices.

Sana’a is among the 10 most water-scarce cities in the world and is at the risk of running dry in a few years. Yemenis use 95 percent less water than the average resident of the United States.

Three years of war undoubtedly affected water sources as reservoirs and pipelines were regularly targeted. In February 2016, there were reports that Saudi planes had bombed and destroyed a reservoir that supplied drinking water for 30,000 Yemenis. This was shortly after a bombing of a major desalination plant in the city of Mokha, also allegedly by the Saudi-led coalition.

However, poor management also helps explain the deteriorating situation. Drilling for limited groundwater has long been the norm for the Yemeni government and it's unlikely that authorities will implement more sustainable strategies as the war rages on.

“I blame the government for not managing and supervising the water crisis. No one cares about the people,” Shoushou tells Global Voices.

While groundwater is drastically depleted, Yemen’s climate seems to be getting drier. In 2009, the UN Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) forecasted that Yemen could be the first county in the world to exhaust the entirety of its groundwater resources.

Water is already very expensive in the country, with ordinary citizens paying over 30 percent of their income just to have water supplied to their houses. It's the highest rate in the world.

As the crisis deepens, combatants treat the resource as a weapon. Both the Houthi and Saudi-backed forces have repeatedly blocked deliveries of humanitarian aid consisting of food and water, leaving many Yemenis with no choice but to store as much water as they can, most of the time in unsanitary conditions.

Fetching water is also a challenge in Yemen. The responsibility of collecting water, when sources are located far from human settlements, tends to fall upon women and girls. The long journey leaves them exposed to sexual harassment. They are at risk of drowning in open water reservoirs or of suffering miscarriages caused by carrying heavy containers.

Young girls who are unable to carry heavy lifts often have to make more than one trip. The mission can take the whole day, making them miss school.

Cholera outbreaks

The inadequate water storage has led to an epidemic of cholera in Yemen – by Romy Haber

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Yemen: Unfinished Revolution

Executive Summary

One of the main problems in Yemeni society that was not resolved during the turbulent transformations of the 20th century was the correlation of the tribal and state systems, which inevitably entailed a conflict of sovereignties.

The conflict within the Hashid tribal confederation between the representatives of the Saleh and al-Ahmar families is the most important factor in the Yemeni crisis. It had two main tendencies: the increasing role of tribal elites, and the sharp increase in the number of conflicts.

In the early 1970s, President Abd al-Rahman al-Iryani launched a policy of “sunnization” of Yemen, which was subsequently implemented by Abdallah al-Ahmar. Its roots go back to the early 1960s, when the head of the strongest tribal confederation Hashid supported the Republicans, acting simultaneously against the Zaidi Sayyids formally occupying the supreme position in the tribal hierarchy of Northern Yemen.

The response to the implanting Wahhabism doctrine in Yemen was the creation of the “Faithful Youth” movement in 1995 in the Saada province, the main mission of which was the patriotic upbringing of the younger generation of Yemenis, where the study of Yemeni history and the foundations of the Zaidi dogma played a systemic role.

As a weak political figure, Hadi almost immediately allowed the al-Ahmar family to pull the blanket over to its side, which eventually knocked the political bottom out from under the influential family, and then the president himself.

Since the beginning of 2012, the situation in which the power in Yemen gradually began to be monopolized in the hands of al-Ahmars in the face of al-Islah, put almost all their opponents on one side and forced them to take extreme measures, predetermining the failure of the General People’s Congress, as well as the seizure of power in Sana’a in September 2014.

Within the framework of the National Dialogue Conference, its participants did not manage to reach consensus on three key points: “on the issue of Saada”, “on the issue of the South”, “on the transitional justice” and “on the state structure”.

The Kuwait talks failed largely due to the fact that both parties live in parallel worlds, and each world has a right to exist. Yet if authorities in Sana’a focused on the current status-quo, the government in exile, on the contrary, proceeded from retrospective views, insisting on the restoration of the status quo, which is relevant for the beginning of 2014.

At the talks in Kuwait, there occurred a situation in which the main demands of the parties, on the establishment of a transitional entity and on the disarmament of the Houthis, were by no means denied by the opponents. However, they, could not agree on what should be done first.

The change in all key parameters of the Yemen crisis over the past three years calls for a serious revision of the UN Security Council resolution 2216. The Yemeni crisis is considered by the Security Council exclusively as a confrontation of the “legitimate power” in the face of Mansur Hadi and “Houthi rebels” who committed a military coup in 2014-2015, which is absolutely irrelevant in the realities of 2018.

The current balance of powers (even after the murder of Ali Saleh) in Yemen, as well as the difficulties experienced by the Coalition in Yemen, is acting against Hadi. Time plays in favor of the Sana’a government, that is, Houthis and Saleh: the longer Mansur Hadi remains just a nominal president in exile who is not control the situation in the country, the less incentive the international community will have to recognize him as a legitimate president.

Yemen is a hostage to its periphery not only globally but also regionally, which leads to a serious lack of interest in this country from the international community.

Saudi Arabia has never been able to successfully implement the function of the main “moderator” of the Yemen crisis, which is largely due to the death of Prince Sultan in October 2011, and later Prince Nayef in June 2012, who for more than thirty years managed the Yemeni portfolio in the Kingdom.

The Yemeni campaign by no means became a zero-sum game for Riyadh: on the contrary, the Saudi army managed to carry out the minimum program, limiting the expansion of the Houthis.

The main problem for Yemen is the preservation of the state in its current borders. To date, a triple power has been established in the country: in addition to the world-recognized government of Mansur Hadi, Northern Yemen remains under the control of the Houthi-led Supreme Political Council, and in the south of the country the Southern Transitional Council that acts on the independence of South Yemen, took the power. This problem becomes even more urgent due to the split within the coalition, when the UAE is staking on the Southern Movement, and Saudi Arabia on Mansur Hadi.

A possible scenario is to end the military operation of the Coalition under a plausible pretext, while simultaneously adopting a plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Yemeni conflict under international control. That could, in turn, create the necessary conditions for the formation of a government of national unity, the distribution of power between the parties to the conflict, the withdrawal of troops from Sana’a and other key zones – by Leonid M. Issaev with Download of full paper

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Spotlight: Pro-secession council urges anti-gov't uprising in Yemen's Aden

The pro-secesssion Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Wednesday blamed the Yemeni government for rampant corruption, calling for public uprising in Aden and neighboring main cities.

"The southern people have the legitimate right to stage an uprising due to the rampant corruption and the starvation policies exercised by the government," the Aden-based STC said in a statement.

The statement urged the local government authorities and the governors of southern provinces "to declare a clear stand for the call aimed at ousting the Saudi-backed Yemeni government."

All the military units loyal to the STC will join the anti-government uprising and provide protection for the southern citizens, according to the statement.

The pro-secesssion council concluded its statement by calling "the southern people to take control over all the government's institutions which provide revenues and expel the pro-government officials."

Just a few hours after the STC's call for uprising, the internationally-backed Yemeni government warned the southern leaders of the dangerous consequences of such call.

"The STC's call for uprising might lead to riot and sabotage acts that would harm the security and unity of the country," the Yemeni cabinet said in a statement.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government urged the STC to join the political process and reject the acts of violence including mobilization of some military units not linked to the country's Defense or Interior ministries, according to the statement released by Saba News Agency.

Observers said the current escalation of tension between Yemen's government and the STC might lead to deadly armed confrontations in Aden and other southeastern provinces with oil fields.

Some even called the Saudi-led coalition, which has the upper hand in southern Yemen, to intervene and exert efforts to prevent further escalation.


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Yemen's UAE-backed southern separatists announce popular uprising

Southern Transitional Council calls on Aden residents to take over public institutions and restore South Yemen

Following days of protests in south Yemen’s Aden over the government’s inability to tackle an economic crisis, a southern separatist group on Wednesday called for independence and a popular uprising.

Yemen is suffering a crippling economic crisis as the rial plummets in value and prices of essential goods rise across the board.

In response, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) called on the people of Yemen’s south, which was independent between 1967 and 1990, to rise up against the government.

The STC formed last year to push for the restoration of the former independent state of South Yemen.

"The ruling gangs of corruption take our money, the food of our children and the incomes of the liberated south out of the south to their own treasury,” the group said in a statement.

“They live with their children in luxury and our children and grandsons suffer famine, diseases and malnutrition.

"This frivolity led to the collapse of economy and currency, the instability of the society, and affected services and stopped development."

The government warned the call could cause mass riots that "would only harm the security and unity of Yemen and its people," in a statement that urged the STC to abandon its plans.

The statement has been well-received by people in Aden, who noted that it addressed people’s suffering. Many Aden residents Middle East Eye spoke to said they believe it is time to expel the government from Yemen’s south.

"We revolted together last January and we promised to change the government but that has not happened yet, so the government continued its frivolity and corruption," the statement said.

"We announce that all southern provinces are disaster areas as result of the disastrous politics of the so-called legitimacy and its government. We announce we cancelled all the commitments that connect us with the government and promise to our nation in the all southern provinces that we support a popular uprising. We confirm that the uprising will be peaceful and protesters should maintain the public and private institutions."

Spark of chaos

While many southern people welcomed the STC’s announcement, some people worried it could be the "spark of chaos" in the southern provinces.

"When the STC tells people to control public institutions, it sends a message to people to destroy them," Jamal, an Aden resident who wished to only be known by his first name, told MEE. "Protesters destroy, burn and maybe kill - but they cannot manage to control institutions peacefully."

If the STC are so keen for autonomy, Jamal said, it should take control of the public institutions itself, a step that would be welcomed by southern Yemenis.

"The STC has a military wing - the Security Belt forces – which is backed by the UAE, and it can force the public institutions to stop working under the leadership of [Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour] Hadi and start working under the leadership of the STC," he said.

"The STC announced the spark of chaos in Aden with this announcement today and Aden will head towards worse from today and onward. This is the bad fact that residents must be aware about.”

Like Abdul-Jabbar, Jamal believes the protests will continue in Aden. He warned they will likely spiral into violence if residents obey the STC.

"We do not want to witness a new war in the south, it is enough to see needy people starve to death."

Division in the southern street

Political analysts in Aden fear commenting on the STC’s announcement because they believe it is dangerous to give their opinion against the group, whose military wing is powerful in the south.

One analyst, who heads a strategic studies centre in Aden and wished to remain anonymous, told MEE: "We have witnessed several of the STC’s announcements since it was established last year, but none were valuable as all of them led to chaos and more division on the southern street."

"The STC is announcing a popular uprising now to exploit the anger of hungry people, not to help them. This is the bitter fact that I feel sorry about,” he added.

The analyst confirmed that many southern people are loyal to the STC and will obey its announcement and keep protesting in the city.


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"Southern transition" calls on its supporters to seize control of government institutions in Aden and the southern governorates

The so-called Southern Transitional Council called on its supporters on Wednesday to take control of all the Yemeni government's institutions in the southern city of Aden, the temporary capital, and the southern provinces.

In a statement, the Council called on its supporters to expel government officials "by all peaceful means", in a move that could increase the chaos and congestion in the south of the country.

"We call on the unions and the employees of the honorable State institutions to take control over their institutions and administrations, and this is a work that is guaranteed to you by local and international laws and charters," he said.

The southern transition described the government of Ahmed Ben Dagher, the "ruling Gangs of corruption, which are transferring our money and the strength of our children and the proceeds of the liberated south to their coffers outside the south, away from the eyes of the world, so that they can tamper with the destiny of these people to live and their children. And our grandchildren, who have been affected by famine, disease and poor living. "

The government had caused the collapse of the economy, currency and social instability, damaged services and halted development and rebuilding, he said.

He noted that the Council has made promises to change the government, "a clear promise, which has not been done so far, which has led to the government's lack of futility, corruption, and immorality."

"We assure our people who are patient in all the southern governorates of our support for a popular uprising that will remove all this trouble and stress on our people that the revolution should be peaceful, preserve public and private property and prevent infiltrators who will seek to provoke chaos and sabotage," he said.

"We call on all the military and security sectors in all the provinces of the south to stand up to the choices of our people and to triumph for their security, dignity, and sovereignty."

The statement called on the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to support the revolution.


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Security beefed up across Yemen's Aden amid separatists' calls for uprising

Yemeni security forces intensified security measures near several government institutions in the southern port city of Aden following calls from pro-secession southern leaders to stage a public uprising.

A source of the Presidential Guard troops loyal to the government told Xinhua that they have started deploying armored vehicles to secure the government buildings, the city's seaport and other institutions from any sabotage.

Other military units loyal to the government upgraded their alert levels to confront possible acts that may destabilize the situation in Aden, the source confirmed.

The deployment came just a few hours after the statement released by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which blamed the Saudi-backed government for rampant corruption and vowed to organize an uprising.

Meanwhile, military units loyal to the STC started preparations to seize all government institutions in Aden and other neighboring southern provinces.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government warned of mass riots after the STC's call for a public uprising, and urged the citizens to protect the institutions in the southern provinces.

Remark: More at cp6.

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Economic war on Yemen is alternative option for coalition

The coalition turned to use the economic war on Yemen by targeting the purchasing value of the national currency, deliberately hitting the economic and living stability in the country.

On September 18, 2016, the first moments of the economic war began in Yemen. The resigned president Abdrabo Masnour Hadi issued a decision to transfer the Central Bank of Yemen from the political capital of Sana’a to Aden, which was welcomed by the pro-coalition countries.

The transfer of the central bank led to the interruption of staff salaries as a result of turning all oil, fisheries and gas revenues into the bank in Aden, which contributed to the deterioration of living conditions of citizens.
The salaries crisis continued in Yemen. As the days passed, civil society organizations warned against the spread of epidemics and famine, which caused many diseases that killed many children and poor people.


In mid-2017, the Yemeni riyal collapsed to its lowest level at that time after the coalition imposed a ban on the remittances to and from Yemen, with the cessation of oil and gas exports, which are the most important sources of national income from hard currency.

In addition to the cessation of aid and donations and foreign loans, the screws were tightened on the remaining national exports to abroad.
The Yemeni riyal continued its collapse after printing at the beginning of this year one trillion riyals of local currency by the government of Hadi without insurance to settle down then at 360 riyals against the US dollar.
But the Yemeni riyal has returned to collapse again since the coalition recent escalation of the Hodeidah, in an attempt to win the battle of the coast, subject the Yemenis and to gain political papers in any consultations.

Behind the curtain

In his televised speech following the Eid al-Adha, Leader of Ansaruallah said that the US ambassador threatened the Yemeni delegation participating in Kuwait’s consultations in 2016 to exert economic war on Yemen “until the situation reaches the Yemeni currency is not worth the price of ink and paper, “If Sanaa does not accept the dictates of the coalition.

The economic war continued, and the coalition stood as a stumbling block in front of the efforts of banks to feed their assets abroad in hard currency. It refused more than a request to allow the transfer of hard money from the coffers of commercial and Islamic banks in the capital Sana’a to foreign banks, so that Yemeni banks can not cover the value of necessary imports as food and medicine. Thus, the situation reached to freeze all foreign reserves of hard currency owned by the Yemeni government and private banks, and hundreds of millions of dollars were held as receivables to Yemeni companies abroad without any justification.

A few days ago, Hadi government printed a trillion riyals, and 24 billion riyals of which arrived at the port of Aden a week ago. This was followed by the collapse of the Yemeni riyal to reach 800 riyals against the US dollar.

Remark: Houthi viewpoint.

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UAE recruiting Africans for Saudi-led war: Report

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia’s key partner in the ongoing Riyadh-led invasion of Yemen, has reportedly been recruiting tribesmen from northern and central parts of Africa to fight in the war.

The campaign features Emirati envoys “seducing” the tribesmen across a vast area spanning southern Libya as well as entire Chad and Niger, who earn a living by herding as well as human and material smuggling, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) press monitoring organization reported on Wednesday.

“This campaign is supervised by Emirati officials who gained material profits in collaboration with human traffickers,” the report added.

An awareness campaign has been launched by Chadian activists, led by campaigner Mohamed Zain Ibrahim, to warn the tribesmen against joining the Saudi-led war.

“The Arabs of the [Persian] Gulf region, especially the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have never bothered to get to know the Arabs of the desert, and today they are asking for their support and seducing them to fight by their side in Yemen!” MEMO cited Ibrahim as telling pan-Arab Arabi21 electronic newspaper.

The envoys offer potential mercenaries such incentives as sums ranging from $900 to $3,000, in addition to acquiring UAE citizenship in return for their applying for jobs in Emirati security companies.

Ibrahim said the job opportunities were “an actual military recruitment campaign to gather mercenaries for the Yemeni war and use them to fight the people of Yemen, who are Arabs and Muslims as well, and all that for a bunch of dollars.”

“A delegation of Emirati people in business visited Niger in January 2018, where they met Arab tribal leaders and recruited 10,000 tribesmen living between Libya, Chad, and Niger,” MEMO said.

and from April 2018:


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Abu Dhabi recruits mercenaries from Arab tribes of Chad and Niger to fight in Yemeni war

Abu Dhabi’s envoys are located throughout Africa, not to spread peace, love, or happiness – as promoted by the UAE to be a part of its external policies – but in search of mercenaries from Arab tribes to be recruited to fight in the Yemen war as Emirati soldiers.

Rumours from the neighbourhood of Campo Tiouli in the city of Sabha, southern Libya, are is being spread about an Emirati campaign to recruit Arab tribesmen to send to fight in Yemen.

In this area, lives a group of families originating from the nomadic Arab tribes scattered even in Chad and Niger. The dream of travelling to Europe drives the young tribesmen to make a living out of shepherding and smuggling on the southern border, especially cigarettes and illegal immigrants, Arabi21 reported.

Abu Dhabi lures these young tribesmen, with promises of new horizons in front of them. Such attractive offers include compensations ranging from $ 900 to $3,000, in addition to acquiring the UAE citizenship, in return for applying to job offers in UAE security companies.

A delegation of Emirati people in business visited Niger in January 2018, where they met Arab tribal leaders and recruited ten thousand tribesmen living between Libya, Chad, and Niger.

Chadian activists launched an online campaign warning young men of Abu Dhabi’s recruitment plan of Arab tribesmen in Central Africa to join the UAE in the Yemen War. One of the most notable actions undertaken by the awareness campaign was a video by the activist Mohamed Zain Ibrahim, warning Chadians and Nigerians of these job offers.

Ibrahim considered these job opportunities as constituting “an actual military recruitment campaign to gather mercenaries for the Yemeni war and use them to fight the people of Yemen, who are Arabs and Muslims as well, and all that for a bunch of dollars.”

He added: “The Arabs of the Gulf region, especially the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have never bothered to get to know the Arabs of the desert, and today they are asking for their support and seducing them to fight by their side in Yemen!”

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Remark: There had been earlier reports on UAE recruiting in Africa.

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The Royal Touch

How Saudi money keeps Washington at war in Yemen

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately for them, despite mounting evidence that the U.S.-backed, supplied, and fueled air campaign in Yemen was targeting civilians, the Saudi government turned out to have just the weapon needed to keep those bombs and other kinds of aid coming their way: an army of lobbyists.

That year, their forces in Washington included members of more than two dozen lobbying and public relations firms. Key among them was Marc Lampkin, managing partner of the Washington office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS), a company that would be paid nearly half a million dollars by the Saudi government in 2017

Lampkin’s story was anything but exceptional when it comes to lobbyists working on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was, in fact, very much the norm. The Saudi government has hired lobbyists in profusion and they, in turn, have effectively helped convince members of Congress and the president to ignore blatant human rights violations and civilian casualties in Yemen. According to a forthcoming report by the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative program, which I direct, at the Center for International Policy, registered foreign agents working on behalf of interests in Saudi Arabia contacted Congressional representatives, the White House, the media, and figures at influential think tanks more than 2,500 times in 2017 alone. In the process, they also managed to contribute nearly $400,000 to the political coffers of senators and House members as they urged them to support the Saudis. Some of those contributions, like Lampkin’s, were given on the same day the requests were made to support those arms sales.

The role of Marc Lampkin is just a tiny sub-plot in the expansive and ongoing story of Saudi money in Washington. Think of it as a striking tale of pay-to-play politics that will undoubtedly be revving up again in the coming weeks as the Saudi lobby works to block new Congressional efforts to end U.S. involvement in the disastrous war in Yemen.

A Lobby to Contend With

The roots of that lobby’s rise to prominence in Washington lie in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As you may remember, with 15 of those 19 suicidal hijackers being citizens of Saudi Arabia, it was hardly surprising that American public opinion had soured on the Kingdom. In response, the worried Saudi royals spent around $100 million over the next decade to improve such public perceptions and retain their influence in the U.S. capital. That lobbying facelift proved a success until, in 2015, relations soured with the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear deal.

As a result, the growth of Saudi lobbying operations would prove extraordinary. In 2016, according to FARA records, they reported spending just under $10 million on lobbying firms; in 2017, that number had nearly tripled to $27.3 million. And that’s just a baseline figure for a far larger operation to buy influence in Washington, since it doesn’t include considerable sums given to elite universities or think tanks like the Arab Gulf States Institute, the Middle East Institute, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (to mention just a few of them).

This meteoric rise in spending allowed the Saudis to dramatically increase the number of lobbyists representing their interests on both sides of the aisle.

And keep in mind that all this new firepower was added to an already formidable arsenal of lobbying outfits and influential power brokers.

While the term “foreign agent” is often used as a synonym for lobbyist, part of the work performed by the Kingdom’s paid representatives here resembles public relations activity far more than straightforward lobbying. For example, in 2017, Saudi foreign agents reported contacting media outlets more than 500 times, including significant outreach to national ones like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and PBS, which has aired multiple documentaries about the Kingdom.

Following the Money from Saudi Arabia to Campaign Coffers

Just as there’s a clear pattern when it comes to contacting congressional representatives who might help their Saudi clients, so there’s a clear pattern to the lobbying money flowing to those same members of Congress.

The Saudi Lobby Today

Fast forward to late 2018 and that very same lobby is now fighting vigorously to defeat a House measure that would end U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen. They’re flooding congressional offices with their requests, in effect asking Congress to ignore the more than 10,000 civilians who have died in Yemen, the U.S. bombs that have been the cause of many of those deaths, and a civil war that has led to a resurgence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.

In the end, even if the facts aren’t on their side, the dollars are. Since September 2001, that reality has proven remarkably convincing in Washington, as copious dollars flowed from Saudi Arabia to U.S. military contractors (who are making billions selling weapons to that country), to lobbying firms, and via those firms directly into Congressional coffers.

Is this really how U.S. foreign policy should be determined? – by Ben Freeman, the director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy (CIP). = = =

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Der Ausbruch der Cholera im Jemen hat sich beschleunigt

Die jüngsten Daten der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) vom Dienstag zeigten, dass der Ausbruch der Cholera im Jemen wieder beschleunigt wird und wöchentlich 10.000 Verdachtsfälle gemeldet werden.

Der Sprecher der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO), Tariq Jasrvic, sagte, dass bis September 18 160 Personen an Cholera erkrankt waren.

Seit dem Ausbruch der Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen im April 2017 seien 1,2 Millionen Verdachtsfälle der Krankheit mit 2515 Todesfällen gemeldet worden, sagte Jasryvic.

"Wir haben seit Juni eine Zunahme der Cholera-Fälle in Jemen beobachtet", sagte er.

In der ersten Septemberwoche wurden rund 11.500 Verdachtsfälle von Cholera gemeldet, in der Vorwoche waren es noch 9.425 Fälle.

Save the Children sagte, Luftangriffe der saudischen Koalition hätten Ende Juli eine der Abwasseranlagen und eine Wasserstation beschädigt, die den von Houthi kontrollierten Hafen Hodeidah mit Wasser versorgten.

"Nach diesem Vorfall wurde die Inzidenz von Cholera zwischen Juli (732) und August (1.342) in von Save the Children unterstützten Zentren fast verdoppelt", sagte sie.

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Verdächtige Cholerafälle nehmen in Hodeida rasch zu

Die verdächtigen Cholerafälle in der Küstenregion des Jemen, in der Hodeida Region, haben sich nach den Kämpfen im Juni fast verdreifacht, so ein Bericht der Hilfsorganisation Save the Children. (Infographic)

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More than 20 people die of cholera epidemic in Al-Zaidiah district of Hodeidah

More than 20 people died in a week after a cholera outbreak broke out in the country, medical sources in the Al- Zaidiah district of Hodeidah province said Thursday.

The source said that dozens of people are suffering from the symptoms of the epidemic and that the victims of the epidemic are mostly children, newborns, and women, as well as the elderly.

It noted that there were other victims in distant villages, which were not included in the Census.

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Yemen: as cholera surges again, UN and partners double down on vaccination efforts

Following an “important increase” in the number of suspected cholera cases recently in Yemen, a new vaccination campaign is underway in coordination with the government to prevent a third major outbreak

About 540,000 women, children and men who received a first dose of the vaccine in August, in Hudaydah and Ibb governorates, are targeted in this new four-day campaign. More than 3,000 health workers have been trained and mobilized for this effort.

During the latest campaign, close to 387,400 people were vaccinated, covering 72 per cent of those in need of inoculation. =

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Yemen cholera outbreak accelerates to 10,000+ cases per week: WHO

Yemen’s cholera outbreak - the worst in the world - is accelerating again, with roughly 10,000 suspected cases now reported per week, the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed on Tuesday.

That is double the average rate for the first eight months of the year, when 154,527 suspected cases of cholera - which can kill a child within hours if untreated - were recorded across the country, with 196 deaths.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said 185,160 suspected cholera cases were reported into September.

Some 1.8 million Yemeni children are malnourished, making them more vulnerable to disease, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. They include nearly 400,000 whose lives are at risk from severe acute malnutrition.

Since Yemen’s cholera epidemic erupted in April 2017, a total of 1.2 million suspected cases have been reported with 2,515 deaths, Jasarevic told a news briefing. Children account for 30 percent of infections.

“We have been seeing the number of cholera cases increasing in Yemen since June. This increase has been even more important in the last three weeks,” Jasarevic said.

In the first week of September, nearly 11,500 suspected cases were reported, up from 9,425 the week before, he said.

The WHO said 16 percent of Yemen’s cholera cases were in Hodeidah where only half of the health facilities are operational.

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Five cases of cholera deaths and 62 infections recorded in the town of Ibb Governorate

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Film: Jemen: Mit Frühwarnsystem gegen Cholera

1,1 Million Cholera-Verdachtsfälle wurden im Jemen seit März 2017 registriert. Ein computergestütztes Frühwarnsystem konnte helfen, die Neuinfektionsrate um 95% zu senken. =

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Government collaborating with Arab Coalition in fighting cholera: Hodeidah Governor

Four trucks laden with anti-cholera vaccines, drugs and other types of medications have been sent by the Arab Coalition states and arrived in Hodeidah in a bid to control the disease across the territories ruled by the internationally recognised government of Yemen, the Governor of Hodeidah said.

"In coordination with the Emirates Red Crescent, the Ad Durayhimi Field Hospital, opened by the Emirates Red Crescent less than a week ago, will provide additional stocks of medications to fight the disease, which has not been confirmed so far in any part of the liberated areas," Dr Al Hassan Taher added.

Remark: After having caused the disaster by the assault against Hodeidah, now they send four trucks.

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah / Most important: Hodeidah battle

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Film: Hodeida Battle risks tipping Yemen into famine

With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen's most vital port, Hodeida. Thousands of civilians are caught in the fighting and at risk of famine. (Oct. 4)

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Key battle in Yemen's war risks tipping country into famine

But the battle on the Red Sea coast also threatens to throw Yemen into outright famine.

Hodeida's port literally keeps millions of starving Yemenis alive, as the entry point for 70 percent of food imports and international aid. More than 8 million of Yemen's nearly 29 million people have no food other than what is provided by world relief agencies, a figure that continues to rapidly rise.

A protracted siege could cut off that lifeline. The battle has already killed hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes

Amid the fighting, cholera cases in the area leaped from 497 in June to 1,347 in August, Save the Children reported Tuesday.

A coalition victory at Hodeida would be the first breakthrough after more than two years of deadlock.

The UAE says taking the port will force the Houthis to the negotiating table.

Hodeida's fall would cost the rebels a major source of income, since they heavily tax commodities and aid coming from the port. That cash has helped them finance their fight and the iron fist they wield in their territory.

But if the Houthis won't negotiate, the coalition faces an even tougher fight into the rebel-held north.

It took two years for the coalition to reach Hodeida, so "how many months or years will it take for this same collection of — often competing and opposed — militias to make their way through Yemen's mountains toward the capital of Sanaa?" said Michael Horton, a fellow at the Jamestown Foundation.

The two sides have pounded each other for months.


Thousands of civilians have been caught in the middle, unable to escape their homes because of heavy bombardment by both sides and the Houthis' minefields.

In Durayhimi, just south of Hodeida city, around 20,000 people remain trapped. Food, fuel and water have run short, and aid agencies cannot reach them, a health official who fled the district said.

Houthis in the district have buried dead fighters and civilians in mass graves, the official said. "When one grave is full, they dig another," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Saadia Ibrahim, a grandmother in her 60s, said that as her family fled their village, a Houthi mortar hit near their home, killing three of her relatives. As they drove off, another explosion — she doesn't know what it was — blasted the car, killing four more and throwing her through the air. Wounded by shrapnel, she was rescued by one of her sons on a motorcycle and taken to Bajil, a nearby town crowded with families fleeing the fighting.

"We fled right and left, and then the world toppled on our heads," she said.

The fighting has displaced half a million of the 2.6 million people living in the province where Hodeida is located. Documented civilian deaths in Hodeida spiked to an average 116 a month in June, July and August.

Hodeida port has so far kept operating.


The battle brings in to sharp relief a question hanging over the war: What will be the shape of Yemen after all the destruction it has wreaked? =

Remark: Senior #Yemen official “The government knows nothing about what is going on in Hodeidah. It’s all in the hands of the Emiratis.”

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European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations: Yemen – Hodeidah Crisis: Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) – DG ECHO Analytical Team | 03/10/2018

DG ECHO partners are providing assistance to the displaced Yemenis, notably through the provision of food, NFIs (Non Food Items), cash, health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

Total number of registered IDP’s (individuals) since the start of the Hodeidah offensive in June 2018: 503 619 *

Red Sea Hodeidah DG ECHO partners are providing assistance to the displaced Yemenis, notably through the provision of food, NFIs (Non Food Items), cash, health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

40 000 HHs in Hodeidah city received blanket food distribution in September.

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United Nations: 550 thousand displaced from Hodeidah since June

The United Nations said fighting is continuing on the outskirts of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, as well as in some of its southern neighborhoods, displacing more than 550,000 people since the fighting erupted on June 1st last year.

At a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, Secretary-General Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson, warned of the "repercussions of the decline in the Yemeni local currency, the riyal, on the ability of citizens to cover their daily food needs."

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Yemeni Resistance Forces carry out clearance operations south of Hodeidah

The UAE-backed forces are fighting the Houthi rebels for control of inland districts in Hodeidah province

A military operation by joint Yemeni Resistance Forces on Yemen’s Red Sea coast has killed scores of Houthi rebel fighters, UAE state media Wam reported.

A surveillance operation around the districts of Bayt Al Faqih, Al Tuhayat and Hays on the coastal plain south of Houthi-held Hodeidah was followed by attacks in which 54 fighters were killed and 13 captured.

Over the past few weeks, Yemeni Resistance Forces have battled in the south of Hodeidah to take control of the inland districts of the province.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Is Spain an accomplice in genocide in Yemen?

This systematic attack on the civilian population was from the beginning a military response to the inability to defeat Houthi fighters on the ground. The superiority of the Saudis lies in their indisputable air power, which the Houthis try to compensate with drones and missiles. That is why the Saudis are bombarding the civilian population again and again.Their strategy is to cause him the greatest possible suffering, until exhausted stop supporting the Houthis. The attack on the port of al-Hodeidah, where almost all the humanitarian aid enters, is part of the genocidal strategy that tries to defeat Yemen due to hunger. A military strategy prohibited by international law and by humanitarian resolutions of the United Nations.

These air strikes by the coalition with guided bombs are aimed at paralyzing the daily life of the population. They seek to create fear and collapse economic activity.

Spain, last year sold arms to Ryad for a value of 496.25 million euros. This secret - well guarded - of the complicity of Spain with war criminals escaped between the cracks of the new government.

Pedro Sánchez has decided to continue with Rajoy's policy for political reasons. It is linked to the same interests as Rajoy. We have seen how he protects King Juan Carlos, known for his good commercial nose with the Saudis.

Remark: Translated from Spanish by Google Translator.

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Is Anyone Actually Winning the War in Yemen?

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

Sarah Leah Whitson | Executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch

The Yemen war has been a huge financial boon for American and British defense contractors (and their shareholders).

They astutely spend a fraction of their profits to lobby their own governments to approve these sales, despite the overwhelming evidence of repeated misuse of these weapons in unlawful attacks that should lead to a ban on such activity. Fear of lost arms sales is today America’s pathetic basis for certifying that the Saudi-led coalition is “working to minimize civilian casualties.”

Ahmad Nagi | Nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in Yemen

There is only one winner: chaos. Since the beginning of the conflict in September 2014, all local warring parties have been paying a very heavy tribute, both human and material, without a tangible victory.

Sheila Carapico | Professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond

No one is “winning.”

Profiteers? Sure. American, British, and other international weapons manufacturers are making a killing, so to speak. Smugglers, armed gangs, corrupt officials, and some businesspeople in sparsely-populated eastern and southern Yemen are already benefiting from covert activities or large-scale Saudi and Emirati investments in pipelines and ports, or from both. Gulf (or international) companies might reap handsome financial or strategic profits in Shabwa, Ma’rib, Hadhramawt, Mahra, or the island of Socotra.

David B. Des Roches | Associate professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

It’s pretty easy to pick out the losers in the Yemen war. It’s a lot harder to say who is winning

Losers? Most of the 28 million Yemenis.

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Who is really killing Yemen … and what the hell for?

Justification for the Yemen War and US support of Saudi Arabia’s assault on the Yemeni people is sold on many fronts, but what is the real truth?

Of all the ink and decibels experts, officials and media have spent on Yemen few have ever addressed the core of the matter … the proverbial why? A Yemen War … Why?

Why Yemen? Why would a country such as Saudi Arabia – arguably a financial powerhouse strong on its billions of dollars in natural resources would ever consider bleeding its arguably lesser neighbor to the tune of punishing air raids when it sat on the brink of a historical political and institutional transition?

More to the point still, why would the United States of America support Saudi Arabia, a totalitarian unrepresentative family-controlled entity with no historical roots created by Britain in 1932, tainted by the fanaticism of Wahhabism/Salafism (a brutally reactionary interpretation of Islam) against Yemen, a long-established Republic on the verge of a democratic makeover? Why, why, why?

If anything I would like to impress on you one essential point: Saudi Arabia brought war to Yemen. Yemen did not wish to engage in any military conflict, and it certainly never asked to be put under a brutal humanitarian blockade, pushing over 22 millions of its people – 90 percent of the total population – towards famine.

For all intents and purposes, Yemen is a nation in resistance. For all its poverty, and its instability Yemen, like any given sovereign nation, has an inherent and inalienable right to self-defend, as per international law.

To deny Yemen such right would be to forfeit ours … and I would like to think that we are not as foolish as to contemplate such a ludicrous idea as the end of nations’ territorial integrity!

In truth, the Yemen war boils down to this very simple, and yet powerful principle: Resistance. Can nations expect to exercise and have recognized the right to their territoriality or can such rights be declared null and void by virtue of exceptionalism?

My question is in no way rhetorical. I’m in fact putting forward a very real legal issue, which, should we fail to adequately address, will eventually lead to the hyper militarisation of foreign relations. Our young century has witnessed too many wars already for anyone to contemplate such avenue. Violence and military posturing should be relegated to the dark pages of our history, and no longer pollute the public debate.

But back to Yemen! To excuse Saudi crimes is to enable the war in Yemen

Worse still, Saudi Arabia has been time and again excused of its crimes on the premise that its intentions are politically sound, since aligned to Washington’s narrative.

I’m not quite sure how cholera, famine, and the many plagues Saudi Arabia unleashed onto Yemen qualifies as protective of the civilian population.

Scott Paul, Oxfam America’s humanitarian policy lead reacted to Pompeo’s remark with the following: “This administration is doubling down on its failed policy of literally fueling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.”

But this is where I believe the straw breaks the camel’s back: the unpalatable counter-terrorism argument.

In his memo to Congress Pompeo writes: “Saudi Arabia and the UAE are strong counterterrorism partners,” citing the expulsion of Al Qaeda’s affiliate from the Yemeni port city of Mukalla in May 2016.

Only that’s not exactly true … I will go as far as to say that it is bordering the comical to brand Saudi Arabia a counter-terror anything when its state religion calls for the murders of Jews, Christians and Shia Muslims as a matter of religious duty.

Iran, by virtue of Saudi Arabia’s blockade, is nowhere near Yemen’s war theater. To posit then that Tehran‘s influence is what forces Riyadh to discharge death onto Yemen civilians is preposterous.

Control is what motivates Riyadh. Control over Southern Arabia and its waterways. Control over the world oil route and the ever-enticing opening onto Europe.

The question we should ask ourselves is whether or not we are willing to hand Arabia to the powers feeding Terror’s army? – by Catherine Shakdam

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Selon les Nations Unies, le Yémen connait la pire des catastrophes humanitaires qu'a connue le monde depuis la fin de la Seconde guerre mondiale. 60% des armes utilisées contre les populations civiles viennent d'Europe. Comment en sortir ? Entretien avec le député européen Patrick Le Hyaric ( GUE-GVN ).

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Yemen: three conflicts and three scenarios

The senior research fellow at the European Research Centre of the International Relations Institute, expert of the Russian International Affairs Council Nikolai Surkovis inclined to believe that the Saudis are interested in the gradual attenuation of this conflict. "They have other problems now, in particular internal ones, and they are not ready to spend money and resources on Yemen, throwing new army units there. Sooner or later, the parties will try to reach an agreement and that's a solution which everybody needs."

As for Hodeidah, the expert sees three possible scenarios:

"The first scenario, which is quite possible. As for now, all attempts to take Hodeidah have failed, and it may well happen that the UAE military will be near Hodeidah for another half a year, and then we will observe a positional war without any major changes. It would mean a gradual aggravation of the humanitarian crisis, but without any breakthroughs. This is the first option, which is quite possible.

The second scenario, which I think is more or less optimistic, is the capture of Hodeidah. Yes, it will lead to a humanitarian collapse, but on the other hand, there is some hope that the capture of Hodeidah may cause the start of real negotiations. Some kind of collapse in the rear of Houthi rebels is also possible. Then there is a chance that they will make serious concessions, and we can expect some kind of contractual solution. But of course, it will happen against the backdrop of a humanitarian catastrophe and will be very difficult for Yemen, because the external players are trying to split it.

The third scenario is the capture of Hodeidah and further war, when the Houthi rebels and allies will fight till the last breath. With this development, one can expect a lot of scary things.

Surkov also suggests to consider the fact that there are three conflicts in Yemen, not just one: "First - an internal conflict between various political forces of Yemen. Second - the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. The third conflict that imposes its imprint or serves as ideological, is a standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Completion of one of these conflicts does not mean the end of the other two. Therefore, for the time being, we have a crisis, the settlement of which is not possible for at least ten years."

Meanwhile, senior researcher at the Arab and Islamic Studies Center at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Serebrov believes that the overall situation in the conflict zone is developing according to the scenario of hybrid wars, where many regional and global interests intersect, because Yemen occupies a geopolitically important location on the world map.

He considers "dragging" the Yemen conflict into the paradigm of the Saudi-Iranian contradictions is extremely dangerous: “There are contradictions in Yemen, but they are not religious, not ideological. The myths about this conflict are constantly being invented.

„It is well known what happened on September 21, 2014. Houthi rebels peacefully entered Sana'a and signed an agreement on peace and partnership, it was signed by President Hadi and all the parties participated in the national dialogue, including the moderate Islah party. Its radical wing hastily left Sana'a and moved to Saudi Arabia to prepare for the intervention. Hadi remained in office as president. Relying on the support of the Houthi rebels and former President Saleh, in the period from September to December 2014, Hadi was able to do what Americans failed to do in Yemen. They cleared the entire north of Al-Qaeda in 4 months. For some reason nobody remembers this either. The myths that are put in place of the facts to drag it into the paradigm of the Saudi-Iranian contradictions have reached the level of the Congress and publications in serious sources. This is a dangerous turn in the development of the Yemeni conflict, which fuels the war."

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Le Yémen et l’insensibilité au monde

Le sociologue Jean-Marc Salmon s'interroge sur l'indifférence internationale face à la situation au Yémen, même si le silence commence à craquer.

Sous la plume d’Adriano Sofri, qui, dans sa jeunesse organisait de vastes manifestations contre la guerre du Viet-Nam, les conflits du Yémen sont « une guerre oubliée ». L’expression fait mouche car des images, il y en a abondamment, des photos de victimes, des vidéos de leurs frères et de leurs parents en larmes aux funérailles ou capturant leur regard sec détaillant les débris où l’être aimé a vécu sa dernière seconde, peut-être pour intégrer leur deuil.

Tant de clichés et de vidéos des malheurs du monde et tant d’indifférence. Quelle disjonction !

On pouvait espérer de la mondialisation de l’information, une conscience au monde. Il n’en est rien. Peut-être faut-il retravailler un paradoxe que Cornelius Castoriadis aborda à quelques reprises, celui où il contrastait l’interdépendance croissante des relations humaines et le repli sur la vie privée. Simultanément branchés sur le monde et cependant distants ?

On a soutenu au XXe siècle que l’image avait une force supérieure à l’écrit. Dès 1922, un journaliste célèbre, Walter Lippmann écrivait : « Les photographies ont aujourd’hui sur l’imagination le type d’autorité qu’avait hier le mot imprimé, et avant-hier la parole. Elles semblent être totalement réelles. »Et, cependant, un siècle plus tard, au moment où les visuels et les écrans ont pris le dessus sur les imprimés, l’image a perdu cette force. Elle a migré du registre de la véridicité vers celui du spectacle et de l’entertainment. Les suspicions du sens des visuels, de leurs manipulations se télescopent à la saturation des scènes violentes, depuis les actualités jusqu’à la fiction – trop, ce serait trop – rejetant le spectateur à distance ? Coupant les fils de l’empathie ? À coup sûr, confortant la privatisation de la vie.

Par contrecoup, les caractères alphabétiques reprendraient-ils de l’influence?

Alors les médias, des deux côtés de l’Atlantique, le New York Times, Mediapart, Le Monde, etc., traitèrent les questions […] ?

Le dispositif de censure et de silence, qui fit du Yémen une « guerre oubliée », commence à craquer. L’implication des dirigeants britanniques et espagnols, américains, français devient visible. Peut-elle devenir un enjeu dans nos contrées, où l’attraction à la vie politique reste forte, au moins en Espagne, aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni ? L’insensibilité aux malheurs du Yémen pourrait-elle à une empathie pour les civils ? – by Jean-Marc Salmon

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Afrah Nasser: As an independent freelance journalist, I don’t know how long I can survive in this media landscape. Last year, I founded “Sana’a Review” aiming to provide independent critical stories on Yemen with a group of Yemeni writers. I’ve been looking for funds and have knocked on Swedish and Danish doors, but all my requests have been unsuccessful so far. I am calling on you, dear readers, to forward any tips you may have on potential funding sources, specifically for Sana’a Review, or even if you would personally like to support this publication, please contact me: (

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Film: Do you know what's happening in Yemen? A Social experiment!!

A social experiment that aims at raising public awareness of the Yemeni crisis.

Comment: An interesting and must seen video, Where do you think the world's worst humanitarian crisis that is happening at the moment? The million dollar question in Budapest that revealed the crisis of faith in the mainstream media

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JS: What is the U.S. motivation for this mass slaughter in Yemen right now that is primarily being carried out by Saudi war planes that were given to the Saudis by the United States? And, of course, the U.S. is doing all the intelligence assistance, the refueling and the providing of munitions. But what is the U.S. agenda in Yemen as you can see?

NC: The U.S., and you’re quite right in tracing this back to Obama, in fact, even earlier. The United States wants to ensure that Yemen will be incorporated within the system of reactionary Arab states that the U.S. dominates and largely controls that’s Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, which is a quite a significant military power by the standards of the region and quite vicious and brutal. The Houthi presumably get some degree of Iranian support. To regard that as the Iran as the major threat in the region is ridiculous. The U.S. and secondarily Britain have been arming and developing, supporting the military forces and actions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the consequences that you describe. It’s becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, the attack on the port, the Hodeida port.

But Yemen has been regarded as it’s the poorest of Arab states the most miserable in many ways, torn by all sorts of internal conflicts. And the U.S. continues to be committed to trying to ensure that its close allies, the radical Islamist states — Saudi Arabia, UAE — maintain control against any adversary. Egypt at that time, Iran, which is a very minor participant in fact, not like Egypt which had a major army there, very minor participant in this case.

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Essay: Yemen’s destruction, a global catastrophe

The war in Yemen is far more than just a political struggle. The political struggle does not even begin to capture a fraction of what the conflict is really about.

The war on Yemen today is a brutal example of how the expansion of global capitalist interests destroys nations.

It first takes the form of neoliberalism (often innocently labeled as globalisation) and then, as the inevitable structural collapse of the targeted country begins, (with its inevitable popular resistance undermining the political order), a more overt form of violence is introduced.

Yemen’s recent retelling of an oft-repeated story is something to which those in other countries, even countries as powerful as Turkey, should pay heed to.

This war on Yemen may have been first predicted by an American Ambassador representing the Obama administration.

As Washington reacted negatively to a popular uprising against economic “reforms” it’s neoconservative and Clintonite cliques threatened Yemenis with financial destruction via the devaluation of their national currency, the Rial.

The origins of the war

The war itself is officially the responsibility of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), leading a campaign sanctioned by the UN and IMF to reinstall the 2012 imposed “transitional government” led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, an old Yemeni political hand.

His “government” had the short-term mandate of imposing economic austerity after the previous government—that had agreed to insert these “reforms”—was overthrown by popular revolt.

This was Yemen’s brief contribution to the “Arab Spring”.

The formula of this supposedly interim government under Hadi devastated the country within the first few months of its enforcement. It was the violent austerity such economic policies imposed on Yemeni people that has animated the resistance to globalism (and thus the endurance of the war).

Crucially, what Yemen’s people revolted against in 2010-2011, and again in 2014, were the kinds of austerity and structural adjustments that were also recently made on Greece.

As elsewhere in the world, IMF-imposed austerity hurt the poorest of Yemen’s population, whose suffering matched those of Egypt’s and Tunisia’s masses prior to 2011.

For Yemen, victims of globalisation found a champion in the resistance movement emerging from the cities and villages of northern Yemen. Long associated with a charismatic spiritual leader, incorrectly labeled “the Houthis”, this populist outburst remained intact by late 2014 and orchestrated a successful second campaign to again remove the international regime of global capitalism.

The destruction

Criminal intent?

The war today is the frantic attempt to reverse a popular uprising against imposed economic devastation. The GCC partners who formed the heart of the “coalition” to enforce Yemen’s compliance at the time were Qatar and Saudi Arabia (and their EU and US partners).

This “coalition” sanctioned by the UN used violence, by way of mercenaries. Crucially, this violence that targets civilians and wields righteous “international law” as its legitimising bludgeon, is nothing new.

Economic war

Lessons to learn – by Isa Blumi

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There's no civil war in Yemen, university lecturer claims

Isa Blumi is a senior lecturer at Stockholm University and author of a book published earlier this year – "Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World". It's a "superb" book according to a commentator on RT, the Russian propaganda channel, and Vanessa Beeley, a prominent defender of Syria's Assad regime, is no less admiring of its author. In posts on Twitter she describes Blumi as "wonderful" and urges everyone to watch a video of his "outstanding" talk on Yemen delivered at Copenhagen University last May.

Not everyone is so complimentary, though. A review posted on Amazon says:

"Apart from being flatly ridiculous, the book is polemical, moralistic, simplistic, and reminiscent of the worst of Trotskyist discourse and conspiracy theories."

Regardless of his own advice, in the remaining 300-or-so pages of the book he sets out one of the most simplistic interpretations imaginable. The war in Yemen, he asserts, is not the fault of Yemenis themselves but the result of "empire". By "empire", Blumi says, he means "a system of economic, political and cultural domination that has reigned supreme since the conclusion of World War II".

The most worrying thing about the book is its obvious appeal to those who like to fit wars into anti-imperialist narratives whether the facts justify it or not.

Similarly in Yemen, Blumi views the Houthi fighters who imposed their rule over vast swathes of the country as resisting "empire". Far from contributing to a better understanding of what is plainly a multi-faceted war, this obscures the reality rather than clarifying it.

Blumi's reluctance to accept that Yemen's wounds are even partly self-inflicted is little short of preposterous. Of course there are international dimensions too but lumping everything together under the all-embracing concept of "empire" is unhelpful, to say the least. It also masks a diversity of goals and interests among the participants.

The Yemen conflict has three main strands, overlapping to some extent, and each with its own complexities. First, there is the civil war itself. Secondly there is the regional dimension, primarily involving Gulf states, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE at its forefront. Thirdly, and less directly, there is the enabling role of western powers, in particular the US and Britain – by Brian Whitaker

Comment: Part of Prof. @IsaBlumi's work has been ridiculed.
As a page, we suggested his book 'Destroying Yemen' as a must read, along with others.
We reiterate the message.

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Audio: Kavanaugh, Yemen and Zionism - Friendly Discussion

Today I am joined by some friends to discuss kavanaugh, Yemen and Zionism. I believe this to be a very great and fruitful conversation. We covered the topic of kavanaugh being a huge distraction and how it links to the genocide in Yemen, the situation in Palestine and even how it effects pipeline deals in Syria and Immigration in Europe.

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Who Is Violating Arms Trade Treaty in Yemen?

The Middle East is still filled with violence and terror, because warmongers can easily buy arms from the most significant violators of Arms Trade Treaty in the world and use them against whoever comes their way.

In Yemen, for instance, American weapons sales to Saudi Arabia are a serious violation of International Law and Arms Trade Treaty. They contribute to serious human rights violations, where the Saudi-led bombing campaign is systematically hitting civilian targets including schools and hospitals - in contravention of the rules of war.

As reported by Oxfam, the UK government has also switched from being an “enthusiastic backer” of the Arms Trade Treaty to “one of the most significant violators”.

The message rings out loud and clear:

The US and Britain still license billions of dollars of arms sales to Riyadh. The Saudis are leading a brutal military operation in which US and UK-supplied aircraft, bombs and missiles are playing a major role. The British and American military officials are also in the command and control centre for Saudi airstrikes, and have access to lists of targets, playing a key role in choosing them - even school buses that carry children.

One side-effect of the chaos resulting from this illegal campaign is that the local franchises of Al-Qaeda and ISIL are now thriving as never before.

Save the Children, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Committee of the Red Cross, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights are now calling on the UK and US governments to suspend their illegal arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Some have even launched formal legal challenges in courts to halt the sales on those grounds. But to no avail.

The response from the British and the American governments has been thoroughly cynical. They “shamelessly and disingenuously” deny any evidence of Saudi violations, simply ignoring the world’s leading human rights organisations, who have been documenting such violations from day one.

This is not surprising. For decades, the regime changers have provided arms to their regional vassals capable of being used for external aggression and internal repression. They play lip service to the global Arms Trade Treaty, and expect others to believe they have in their own investigations found nothing untoward, concluding that the arms sales should continue.

The Anglo-American military alliance with one of the cruellest and most anti-democratic regimes in the world shows British and American complicity in the horrors of Yemen.

My comment: From Iran. When they are right, they are right.

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'Western-enabled Saudi behavior in Yemen would never survive due democratic scrutiny'

Saudi Arabia feels empowered by the US, UK and France to carry on war in Yemen but if at least one of those countries voted to stop it, democracy would be contagious, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy Robert Naiman told RT.

On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are holding a debate in Strasbourg on the situation in Yemen, where a devastating war has been raging since 2015. Thousands of civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi-led military coalition.

RT discussed the reasons and ways to tackle the war in Yemen which resulted in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to UN, with Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy who believes that the US, UK and France have enabled Saudi Arabia’s behavior on Yemen.

He noted that those are not only the countries arming Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, but they are also prominent members of the UN Security Council. And Britain, in particular, being “a so-called penholder on Yemen at the UNSC,”“abused its role and prevented, together with the US and France, from adopting a resolution on a ceasefire.”

Commenting on recent reports about Spain secretly supporting the Saudi-led intervention by selling laser-guided missiles to Riyadh, Naiman said that Europe overall, and some countries in particular, is complicit in the atrocities in Yemen.

“Sweden of all of countries in Europe in the SC has tried to push back against the US, UK and France to some degree. But there are interests of the arms manufacturers, largest being in the US – 60 to 70 percent of the arms sale to Saudi Arabia come from the US. But English, French, Germans, the Norwegians have historically sold weapons and that is an economic interest. Of course, there are other economic interests in …Saudi Arabia,” Naiman noted.

According to the analyst, “the whole concept of the war involves targeting the civilian population.”

“And it is not only me saying this. Senator Chris Murphy has said that the policy of the Saudis is to deliberately starve the civilian population at Yemen,” he argued.

He said this dates back to 2015 when the Saudis were bombing the wastewater treatment plants in Yemen.

In Naiman’s view, the only way to change the current state of affairs is if American Congress takes some action.

“But we have inside councils that are close to the Saudi regime and want to protect it. Certainly, the CIA in the US has very intimate relationship with the Saudi regime going back decades. So, as long as the policy is in the hands of the people in the CIA and inside councils, I don’t think we should expect any change. We need to force it into public debate, force Congress to debate about it. That is how we are going to end this war,” Naiman claimed.

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Landmines new scourge in war-torn Yemen

For Imad and his sister Alia, life will never be the same after their father was killed by a landmine and they had to leave their endangered home in Yemen's western Hodeida province.

With their house surrounded by the deadly munitions, the two children and their mother, left Al-Dunain village and headed for shelter at the Al-Waara camp in the Khokha district, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the town of Hays.

Withdrawing Iran-backed Huthi rebels had dotted the area with mines, their mother Fethiyeh Fartout said.

And it was while her husband made his way to market that he was killed on a road "riddled with landmines".

"The Huthis then told us to either leave the house or risk being killed," she told AFP.

While the Saudi-led coalition has come under fire for air raids that have killed civilians, including children, in rebel-held areas, the Huthis have been accused of widespread and indiscriminate use of landmines.

Yemen is a signatory to the international Mine Ban Treaty, which came into force in 1999, and aims to eliminate landmines and clear up vast tracts of polluted land.

And indiscriminate use of landmines is deemed a war crime by international bodies.

But for Fartout and her children there is no way to return home, even if they tried, said her father Jamal Fartout.

"The Huthis planted landmines everywhere, and their explosives destroyed the roads," he told AFP.

"All the roads leading back to our home are lined with explosives."

HRW said in June that landmines in Yemen were hindering aid access and entrapping people.

"Huthi forces have repeatedly laid antipersonnel, anti-vehicle and improvised mines as they withdrew from areas in Aden, Taez, Marib and, more recently, along Yemen's western coast," the HRW said.

Landmines "will pose a threat to civilians long after the conflict ends," it warned.

In July, the Washington Institute said that, while landmines have plagued Yemen for decades amid different conflicts, the Huthis are using them today "at an astonishingly high rate."

While exact numbers are "notoriously difficult to verify", the institute said one "Yemeni de-mining official claims the Huthis have laid 500,000 mines since 2015" while de-mining teams "have reportedly removed 300,000 landmines".

The non-governmental Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor recorded more than 2,100 casualties in Yemen from landmines in 2016. = =

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Zarif: US 'obsession' with Iran is backfiring everywhere

The Donald Trump administration's “obsession” with Iran is backfiring throughout the region, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview Friday evening.

“I think US policy direction in the entire region, which is so focused on their obsession with Iran, has backfired in Lebanon, backfired in Syria, backfired in Iraq,” Zarif said. “It will backfire elsewhere.”

AL-MONITOR: Turning to Yemen, both Saudi Foreign Minister [Adel] al-Jubeir and Emirati Foreign Minister [Anwar] Gargash said this week that they are fully behind the UN process on Yemen. Does Iran support this process?

ZARIF:Well, we support any process that leads to an end to bloodshed and bombings in Yemen, but first, the Saudis and the Emiratis need to get their own act together to see whether they want to divide Yemen or whether they agree with the rest of the world on the need to maintain the territorial integrity of Yemen.

And, second, if they're interested in talks between the Yemenis, they should allow the Yemeni delegation to leave Sanaa and to be able to have a guarantee for return to Sanaa, because they do not want to leave Sanaa without the possibility of returning. And since the Saudis and the Houthis control Yemeni airspace, they need to provide that assurance. And they haven't.

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Film: Saudi violating UN Convention on Rights of Child: Pundit

Saudi Arabia violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by repeatedly targeting Yemeni children at schools and in buses, says a commentator.

Colin Cavell, former lecturer at the University of Bahrain, told Press TV that “the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child found numerous discrepancies with Saudi behavior in Yemen.”

“They (Saudis and their allies) have bombed schools in Yemen” and “they have killed 6,500 children since March 2015,” Cavell said. “So, they are repeatedly violating this UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

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Tanks from France, US bombs from Spain: Saudis ‘empowered & enabled’ by West to obliterate Yemen

In Europe and across the Atlantic, officials like to talk about the war in Yemen as a horrible humanitarian crisis. They also like to sell weapons to the Saudi-led coalition, which bears most of the blame for that crisis.

French President Emmanuel Macron talks about "the risk of harm to civilian population" as $3.5bn worth of French Leclerc tanks roll across Yemeni deserts. A Canadian MP calls the Yemeni war the “worst humanitarian crisis in our time,” and Prime Minister Trudeau talks about "transparence, openness and rigor" in dealing with the Saudis – but the $12bn armored vehicles sale stands. Spain “finds no reason” to not go forward with delivering $9.2 US-made missiles to Riyadh

Compared with the streams of weapons and cash, humanitarian deliveries to Yemen are a trickle: over 20 million people there are in need of aid, more than five million are on the verge of starvation. Images from the Aslam region, one of the country’s poorest, show people boiling and eating tree leaves to survive (with film)

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Yemen Shelter / NFI / CCCM Cluster Winterization Strategy: October 2018 – February 2019

This document represents the Winterization Strategy for IDPs and affected populations. It is part of the Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster efforts to put in place measures to support people of concern in order to avert the risk of humanitarian tragedy and loss of life during the winter months, particularly between October and February. The Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster’s response requires coordinated efforts by partners and timely implementation to address this situation by distributing Winter NFIs and Shelter assistance.

Given the current numbers of displaced persons concerned and the growing humanitarian needs, more effort will be required to bolster the response in the affected areas during the winter months. The cluster will seek to provide people most at risk, particularly women and children, with mostly the cash equivalent of the “winter package” composed of different items as outlined in this document.

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More than 2000 textbooks were delivered today by @monarelief's team in the capital Sana'a to 2 public schools. @monareliefye started last month a campaign to collect textbooks from private schools to be then delivered to students studying at public schools.

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Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Persists, Despite Humanitarian Funding

When over $2 billion was pledged for the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) earlier this year, it was considered not only a success but also the best funded response plan worldwide according to anonymous aid workers who spoke to the author during the UN General Assembly. So far, 65% of the pledged funds have been delivered. The delivery of the remaining funding is expected throughout this year.
Despite all of the aid allocated to Yemen, the country remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Famine-like conditions remain, while two-thirds of its roughly 29 million people need humanitarian assistance, and about 8 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Cholera and other infectious diseases continue to threaten millions of people amidst a collapsing health care system.
While there are about 183 United Nations (UN) agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO)s working together across Yemen’s 23 governorates, all coordinating together the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people, they are struggling to meet the people’s growing needs.
One UN humanitarian aid worker in Sana’a, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the author, “As the conflict nears its fourth year, Yemen’s economy has collapsed and its health care system is devastated. The number of internally displaced persons increases and more humanitarian needs emerge. Humanitarian needs have increased, often outstripping the capacity to respond and putting pressure on humanitarian organizations that have to provide for failing social services which are beyond their mandate.”
Two major events this year have impacted the country’s massive humanitarian crisis. First, an on-and-off again battle in Hodeidah.

The humanitarian crisis is further exacerbated due to the conflict and the hurdles to conduct and maintain humanitarian work.

Most of the international humanitarian organizations that spoke to the author, complained about the difficulties of obtaining visas to the country.

Humanitarian work faces further structural problems that hinder or slow down the process.

Access to different areas across the country is also undermined by the spread of violence

Reports show that food has been used as a weapon of war in Yemen. As a result, humanitarian workers have had to negotiate the delivery of aid to hard-to-reach areas.

“If it wasn’t for the international and local aid community in Yemen, many more lives would have been lost already,” says the UN humanitarian aid worker in Sana’a.

Among humanitarian aid workers, the consensus seems to be that the aid system is broken in Yemen. Those most in need rarely receive basic assistance due to the unique restrictions on all but one of the airports being closed, lengthy visa processes, obstruction of aid deliveries by regional state actors, as well as targeting of staff. Many of these limitations are not unusual to the providing of aid in a conflict zone, what is unique is that Yemen includes all of these factors in addition to being a poor population prior to the conflict with erratic media coverage. All these factors exacerbate conditions on the ground that aid workers continue to navigate seemingly with their hands tied behind their backs – by Afrah Nasser (with films) =

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An organization says the famine that strikes the country is a war crime

The child protection organization Seyag (NGO) said on Wednesday that the famine that strikes the country is a war crime and continues to kill hundreds of children and starve to death.

In a statement, she noted that garbage drums and tree leaves have become a source of food for children and mothers in Yemen, with a rapid increase in food prices, lack of livelihoods and looting of humanitarian funds.

That was a historic crime borne by regional and international powers and their affiliates.

The international community had been failing to confront the threat of famine and the blockade imposed on Yemenis. Humanitarian aid was being systematically looted and publicized in the media, the majority of which went to the actual undeserving.

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Film: This is the way that people of Jabel Habashi District hospitalize their patients !

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They are invisible: 2018 Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Barometer - Inventory of access to a vital resource #04 March 2018

Every year, on the pages of our Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Barometer, we seek to portray the realities of these men, women and children: those who are threatened by cholera in the DRC or Haiti; those who are asserting their right to water in Dhaka; those living in Yemen where water was already scarce before the war; Syrians, Rohingyas, or those living in the Sahel... All those men, women and children whose lives, health and hope for the future are under threat because they do not have access to drinking water and sanitation.

With the assistance of experts from various backgrounds—politicians, humanitarian workers, doctors, academics—this 4th issue of the Barometer examines the current situation of this vital, shared resource, analyzes the causes and consequences of drinking water shortages, highlights the actions being taken to achieve universal access to water and sanitation, evaluates progress made by world nations, condemns the lack of political will and funding, and pinpoints inconsistencies.


Long before Houthi rebels took control of Sana’a in September 2014, plunging the country into a tribal and religious war, Yemen was already recognized as the most water-scarce country on the planet.

As of 2018, Yemen’s annual per capita renewable water supply is less than 200 m3 . Worse yet, this catastrophically low figure is projected to drop to 40 m3 by 2050. This alarming outlook points to a crisis of unprecedented scale impacting a nation of 25.3 million whose population is projected to double over the next 25 years. Such data has led American intelligence experts to conclude that Yemen may not survive as a nation in the absence of water resources and infrastructures, two elements that are vital to a population’s survival.

The country’s descent into hell can be attributed to several factors similarly present in a number of other countries with little or no water resource governance, i.e. a lack of investment in the maintenance and renewal of existing collective infrastructures and a glut of individual pumping installations that has placed a strain on water tables.

As elsewhere, insufficient reforms to agricultural irrigation practices are also all too frequently to blame for continuous pressure on water resources. On top of this, Yemen has one key characteristic in common with another country suffering from water stress: Afghanistan. Like Afghanistan, Yemen channels a large proportion of its water resources towards drug production: the former is the world’s biggest producer of opium and the latter is the leading producer of qat. and full report:

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Hungersnot im Jemen

Die Hungersnot im Jemen gerät außer Kontrolle.

Die Hungersnot im Jemen gerät außer Kontrolle. Auf dem Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter teilte das Jemen-Büro des Entwicklungsprogramms der Vereinten Nationen (UNDP) die Mitteilung „Die Hungersnot wird zur Realität des Jemens”. Die Menschen im Jemen würden im Elend zu Bett gehen und in einem noch größeren Elend erwachen. Die einheimische Währung habe im Vergleich zu ausländischen Devisen einen großen Wertverlust eingebüßt.

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Film: Yemen on verge of famine as millions cannot access aid

About one million people in northern Yemen are living in makeshift camps on the verge of famine.

They're in a Houthi-controlled area that the Saudi-Emirati coalition has been attacking and that's making it difficult for aid to reach camps. Without a ceasefire and end to the attacks, aid organisations cannot bring in the amount of food necessary for the displaced Yemenis to survive the conflict. =

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Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders regional manager thanked the Isnad Center and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for their help

Al-Jaber said: “We have discussed mechanisms for benefitting from the support of the member states of the Saudi-led coalition, and how to show those efforts to the people of Yemen and the international community.” A mechanism has been agreed to cooperate with various relevant organizations, he added.

My comment: Up to now, how often Saudi coalition air raids had deliberately targeted MSF facilities?

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Films by Ahmad Alghobary:

After 7 hours of driving from #Sanaa, I arrived to Aslam area #Hajjah Governorate. Famine hit the area and people are eating tree leaves to survive. most of them are displaced, they have fled from #Hodeidah and other cities.

To everyone who can hear me in this world.

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David Milliband: I went to Yemen for three days. Here's what I learned.

I'm just back from Yemen where I went to listen to and learn from those working and living in the country, and to use their testimony to call global attention to the humanitarian crisis.

A visit to Yemen is a wake-up call, and the world needs a wake-up call to the situation in Yemen. The risk is that it will get much worse. The Yemeni people have suffered too much.

Yemen’s healthcare system has been decimated:

Vaccine treatable diseases have skyrocketed.

The number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition has tripled.

The country has seen the largest cholera outbreak in known history.

With 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, the Yemeni people have suffered enough.

More of my thoughts after the three-day trip here:

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Instead of their plastic bags, @monarelief distributed today school backpacks to 200 students in the capital Sanaa to help them to continue their education. Million thanks to all our donors who supported those students.

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Film: While the team visited the children in the health unit isolated Beni Haidan to confine them and put them in the relief program for tomorrow.

They noticed the shock of youth from what they saw and how they lost the ability to express and speak.

Is there a greater pain than this !?

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Charity For Yemen Affected Families

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Many projects have been carried out since we started, and over 10,000 families fed and this great works returned to our donors. We believe that in spite of heavy humanitarian crisis but there is a hope for patient to cure and no one deserve to die hungry
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The best way for these children and poor and displaced families is by donate to the charity organization inside Yemen. YOUR ABILITIES organization's caring in all aspects, starting of child care to youth care to family care and to society care, which make YOUR ABILITIES a destination for who want to help. Draw a smile on faces, pleasure to their hearts and create an environmental education to all is a duty that YOUR ABILITIES found for that. All funds raised will now be sent via western union or money gram each time the sum raised reaches $3,000. (photos)

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The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, presented yesterday, Monday, a humanitarian initiative to prevent the famine in Yemen, because of the collapse of the local currency against foreign currencies, and the continuation of the embargo imposed by the coalition for more than three years.

The Houthi initiative, which was presented to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lokoc, included “the replacement of relief items in kind with the financial cash allocated to the needy families hand in hand, by opening a bank account for each family to achieve the principle of transparency and effective access to the beneficiaries.”

The head of the revolutionary committee attributed the aim of the initiative to “deliberate and repeated violations of the coalition that targeted everything, including the warehouses and convoys of the United Nations, and the associated siege and preventing or obstructing the arrival of a lot of assistance to the needy people of the Republic of Yemen, it has been mentioned in some reports over and over. ”


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Houthi Leader urges UN chief to facilitate humanitarian aid in Yemen

The chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to create a mechanism for delivering humanitarian assistance to the people of the Arabian Peninsula country.
In similar letters to Guterres, the UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, and the UN special envoy to Yemen, Houthi has suggested a mechanism for replacing food assistance with financial assistance so that poor families in Yemen would be able to meet their needs directly, the Arabic-language al-Masirah TV reported.
Houthi emphasized that the proposal would guarantee the delivery of assistance to needy families and help overcome obstacles created by the Saudi-led siege on Yemen.

My comment: Replacing food assistance by financial assistance is nothing new and is already practiced in Yemen. Also compare:

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UNICEF: Announcement, text in image

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National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response: Cash For Work rehabilitated the rainwater harvesting pond after 34 years of burial

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Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Dashboard (January to August 2018)

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Yemen: Passengers Transport Overview - Djibouti - Aden - Djibouti, September 2018

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Somalia UNHCR Operational update Somalia 1-31 August 2018

Over 821,939 Somalis are living outside their county as asylum-seekers and refugees. The majority live in neighbouring countries of Ethiopia (257,283), Yemen (256,733) and Kenya (256,326). During the month of August 917 Somali refugees voluntarily repatriated from the following countries of asylum: Kenya (663), Yemen (251), and others (3).

As of 31 August 2018, UNHCR also recorded 34,176 Somalis who returned from Yemen spontaneously, out of whom 138 returned in August (1,696 in 2018).

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Internally displaced persons from Hudaydah endure harsh circumstances in Sana'a

Dissipated sense of security

With the recent escalation of conflict in the port town of Al-Hudaydah, thousands of people were forced to flee to the capital city Sana’a to escape the insecurity and increasing poverty, malnutrition and disease outbreaks. These displaced people include Yemen’s most vulnerable: the elderly, pregnant women, people who carry the burden of chronic illnesses, and caregivers who bear the responsibility of providing for their children.

Abu Bakr school in Sana’a serves as a transit facility for many displaced families from Al-Hudaydah who have nowhere else to go. Through its partnership with the World Bank under the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project (EHNP), WHO has provided the transit facility with emergency medicines and health supplies for 1000 medical consultations. Support from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) also enabled WHO to provide medicines for 200 patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes and psychosis.

Weighed down by harsh circumstances and forced displacement

Being from Al-Hudaydah, many displaced families are not used to the colder weather in Sana’a and have not yet acclimated to it. Their living space is crowded, with several families often living together in one classroom. Their main concern is the safety and well-being of the children.

Many of the displaced families are headed by women, some of whom are weighed down by old age, chronic illnesses, children to care for, and empty stomachs to feed. Many are sitting on the ground in the schoolyard. They look tired. They have been all been faced with unique circumstances during their displacement, but they all have one thing in common: uncertainty of the future.

No child is supposed to face violence of such magnitude at such a tender age, yet displaced children in Yemen experience this daily.

Nada is a mother of four and was displaced from Al Mina district in Al-Hudayah. She took an overcrowded bus to Sana’a. Upon her arrival, she had nowhere to go. Prior to the conflict, Nada had nothing and was hardly able to provide the day to day necessities for her family. “We heard the sounds of aircrafts and missiles hitting the city, and the battle tanks were already in the neighborhoods. I was terrified for my family and I had to leave,” says Nada while describing the situation after the armed conflict had gripped the city.

“Hospitals and pharmacies were closed; people didn’t know where to go. It was a ghost town. All you could hear was the shelling,” She added. Nada does not have a room, so she sits on one of the school corridors where her 2-year-old lies sick on a mattress they all share. “I don’t know what she is sick with, and I can’t afford medical care.”

“We have nothing; we are not part of this. Yet we bear the burdens of this war” (with photos)

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ECHO Factsheet – Somalia – October 2018

There are above 1 million Somali refugees in neighbouring countries, mostly in Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Yemen. Repatriation from Kenya and Yemen has continued with more than 82 000 and 37 000 returns since 2014 respectively. The EU position is that any repatriation should be voluntary, informed, safe, and dignified.

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Registered Persons of Concern Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Jordan (30 September 2018)

From Yemen: 12,729

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International Organization for Migration: IOM Yemen Hudaydah Response Bulletin: 30 September 2018, Situation Report: 16 - 22 September 2018

Served hot meals among 2,160 displaced individuals in Al-Marawah and Al-Qutaeei districts and distributed 89 shelter kits and 89 NFIs in Al-Mansouriah district in Hudaydah Governorate in the past week.

A total of 16,986 (4,239 men, 5,896 women, 3,448 boys, and 3,403 girls) IDPs and other conflict-affected Yemenis and 424 migrants (302 men, 38 women, 71 boys, and 13 girls) were provided with healthcare assistance, including Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and health promotion sessions.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Film: Video of #Yemen #Houthis executing citizen Yehya Faqih in #Dhamar in front of his mother & children as he refused to enlist in their illegal militia. They shot him & left him bleeding to death.

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Former detainee in al-Houthi prison leaves life after release in case of Clinical death

A former kidnapped in the Houthi detention camp died on Wednesday after suffering from the disease, more than one year and three months after his arrest.

Sources told “Al Masdar online" that the former detainee Mohamed Said al-Selwi died on Wednesday, nearly two and a half months after his release.

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The #Houthi militia authority has banned the holding of "Karama Yemen Human Rights #Film Festival", which was supposed to be held within five days, starting from today (Oct 4 until Oct 8) in #Sanaa. Festival organisers said the Houthis did not state reasons (images)

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Information Minister discusses media role to confront Saudi aggression propaganda

In the meeting, the minister affirmed on the political leadership gave great interest in enhancing the national media in exposing the crimes of the coalition countries committing against the Yemeni children and women four-year ago.
The meeting stressed on importance of the unification of the media message and its roles in failing the coalition conspiracies targeting Yemen.

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UN suspends crucial cash aid to 9 million Yemenis

The U.N. children's agency on Wednesday suspended cash transfers to 9 million of Yemen's most impoverished citizens under pressure from Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The move comes at a time when Yemen's local currency has been deteriorating, increasing prices of food and fuel, and sparking fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

UNICEF said the decision came after it was unable to set up a call center to get feedback from beneficiaries, without providing further details.

Two individuals familiar with the program said the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen hindered the launch of the call center because they feared it might reveal their manipulation of the cash transfers. The two spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals from the rebels.

My comment: This action contradicts to Houthis‘ own claims:

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Yemeni officials: Rebels release slain ex-president's sons

SABA's report quoted an unnamed source as saying that Saleh's sons were pardoned by Mahdi al-Mashat, the head of the rebels' Supreme Political Council.

Jordan said Saleh's sons arrived at Alia airport in Amman for a one-hour layover. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Sabah al-Rafie, said they would depart to another country. She did not elaborate.

The sons had been in custody since the rebels killed Saleh, their onetime ally, when they gained the upper hand in days of fighting with Saleh's forces for control of the capital Sanaa in December 2017.

and also and by Houthis’ Saba net:


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Jordan says that two Saleh sons did not enter Amman and went to another country


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Yemen's Houthis free two of Ali Abdullah Saleh's sons

A source in the Houthi-run interior ministry in the capital Sanaa confirmed to MEE that Salah and Maydan have been released.

"They were released by a presidential pardon issued by President of the [Houthi] Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat, and they will leave Sanaa today on a UN plane from Sanaa airport", the source said.

Mohammed Ali, a seasoned Yemeni journalist and political commentator, told MEE that the Houthis likely released the brothers after receiving a ransom.

"I think the Houthis released the sons of Saleh in this time for a ransom, which can help them to overcome the current economic crisis," he said.

"It is impossible that the Houthis would release Saleh’s sons without receiving anything. We have heard about several mediators sent to the Houthis to release Saleh's sons for a huge amount."

"Saleh's wealth was more than $60 billion, and this wealth now lies with his sons living outside Yemen, so they will not hesitate to pay a ransom to free their brothers."

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UN envoy negotiates release of slain Yemeni president Saleh’s sons

“The Omanis were excited to mediate the release of Salah and Madeen because they both have Omani nationalities,” he said.

“On their way to Jordan, they transited in UAE,” he added.

Other Yemeni officials told the Associated Press that UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths was integral to the deal being made.

It remains unclear if the pair will remain in Jordan or move on to a third country.

The deal was struck on the condition that the pair step down from Yemeni politics. An amount was paid to the Houthis for their release but it was unclear by whom or how much.

Mr Griffiths has become a key figure in the negotiations over any conclusion to the conflict in Yemen. He travelled to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to meet with top Emirati and Yemeni officials to discuss the peace process in the country and confidence building measures.

The pair's exit from Yemen had been planned for earlier in the month but a last-minute issue led the Houthi rebels to block the UN plane landing to complete the deal, Sky News Arabia reported.

The Houthis had reportedly demanded that an Omani plane be sent for the transfer while the Arab coalition demanded the UN undertake the flight.

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Yemen ex-president Saleh's sons transferred to Jordan: Saudi-led coalition

Two sons of slain former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh are being transferred from Sanaa, the capital held by the Houthi movement, to Jordan in an operation facilitated by a Saudi-led anti-Houthi coalition, Saudi state TV reported on Wednesday.

“The coalition announces that it has issued necessary authorizations to a U.N. flight to transport Saleh’s two sons,” Saudi state TV al-Ekhbaria said.

“The coalition is facilitating the transport of the two sons from Sanaa to Amman in Jordan,” it added. It did not name the two sons or specify whether they had already left Sanaa.

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“My son has been in Houthi prisons for 4 years. I want nothing else but to see my son free", said the mother of the abducted #journalist Tawfeq Al-Mansory. #Yemen (photo)

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Security services will take legal action against merchants of war: security official

The security services confirmed that they will take strict legal measures against merchants of war who monopolize goods and raise their prices in an exaggerated manner and restrict the citizens and multiply their suffering.

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Dozens of Militants Killed in Houthi in-Fighting in Yemen

Zaidi cleric, Mohammad Abdulazem al-Houthi, mobilized on Monday his forces in Houthi-controlled areas following fierce clashes between his forces and others backed by Abdulmalek al-Houthi.
“Mohammad Abdulazeem mobilized his forces in Sanaa, Amran and Dhamar to protect their comrades who are currently present in Houthi-controlled areas in Saada,” Yemeni tribal sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on.

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The #Houthis are bombing the houses of the pro-Abduladheem Al-Houthi citizens in Aal Humaidan area in the Houthi stronghold of Saada after violent clashes between the two sides, which resulted in dozens of causalities.

Remark: As claimed by Saudi media. Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 464, cp5.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Aufstand im Süden / Uprising in southern Yemen)

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An angry revolution began in Aden .. Angry popular crowds in Crater against the government of corruption and a prelude to control of government facilities and revenue (photos)

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Yemeni government warns the Transitional Council of any chaos or riots that may occur in the southern governorates

The Yemeni government on Wednesday warned the so-called " Southern Transitional Council” of any riots or chaos that may occur in the southern provinces.

The government said in a statement that the so-called "transitional council" has a tendency towards political action, abandoning any military or security formations that are not under legitimate authority.

The government also called on all parties to "return to the path of political action, instead of calling for the chaos that will be burned by everyone, and no one will be excluded."

In its statement, the Government reiterated its call for "parties, national forces, social organizations and the masses of the people to reject subversive acts and territorial calls, which some call for undermining the state and the normalization of life, and for uniting the ranks to preserve Yemen's unity and security." and Stability “.

The statement also warned of "any riots that would damage the security and unity of the nation, and the security and safety of the Yemeni citizen."


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Yemeni interior holds the leadership of the Arab coalition “legal Responsibility " in securing and protecting Aden

The Yemeni interior ministry said that the leadership of the Arab coalition hold the responsibility of protection and security of the temporary capital of Aden in Yemen.

"the Arab coalition bears the legal responsibility for ensuring the safety of the situation in the temporary capital of Aden and in all liberated governorates as a key partner with the Yemeni government to restore constitutional legality and standing up against The Houthi coup project, the preservation of State institutions and the protection of its facilities from Tampering.

The interior statement, hours after the issuance of the so-called "southern transitional council", backed by the United Arab Emirates, made a statement announcing the rebellion against the government and initiating an armed coup to control government institutions.

"the security apparatus will not stand idly by for any acts of chaos and sabotage that affect state institutions and facilities, disrupt their interests, disturbing public tranquility and threaten social peace under any guise or justification," said the interior statement of the Ben Dagher Government.


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STC in has called in statement for massive peaceful protests in South

Southern Transitional Council in #Yemen has called in statement for massive peaceful protests in the south to topple Hadi government and seize state institutions.


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Yemen separatists call for southern uprising

Yemen's southern separatist movement on Wednesday called for an uprising against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, accusing the government of negligence and corruption.

The Southern Transitional Council, mainly based in the government bastion of Aden, has gained traction in its push for self-rule over the past year and regularly denounces the Saudi-backed government as corrupt.

Allied with army troops trained by the United Arab Emirates, the separatists in January seized control of parts of Aden province.

The STC on Wednesday called for a "peaceful, popular uprising" in protest against inflation and poverty in the war-torn country, where the government has battled northern Huthi rebels linked to Iran for four years.

The council also called on security forces to prevent "damage to public property".

"All of southern Yemen is a disaster area thanks to the policies of the so-called legitimate government," read a statement released by the STC.

The separatists called on Saudi Arabia and its allies, which publicly support the president, to back their push for independence and find a "solution to the issue of the south".


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Yemen separatists call for uprising as U.N. pursues peace

Yemen’s southern separatist movement called on Wednesday for an uprising in the restive port city of Aden and the southern provinces against the country’s internationally-recognized government.

The call could put further pressure on U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who is expected in Abu Dhabi later on Wednesday to meet Emirati officials and Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, who is president of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and leader of the separatist movement.

Tensions between southern separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates, and the Saudi-based government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi demonstrate the complexity of Yemen’s war, as both sides are also allied against the Houthi group which controls the capital Sanaa.

The separatists want to revive the former South Yemen republic which merged with the north in 1990.

“We assure our people in all the southern provinces that we support a popular uprising which would end the suffering, and we insist that it be peaceful,” the STC said in a statement.

It called on “the people to control the government’s institutions that provide revenues” but did not say whether this should include oilfields.

The STC statement also urged the separatist forces to protect southern Yemenis protesting against the deteriorating economic situation and a weakening currency.


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STC: We call on the southern resistance to be getting ready and protect the people until they achieve the full objectives of "expelling" the government, empowering the people of the South to manage the wealth and benefit from wealth, and build military and security institutions.

We call on the military and security sectors in all governorates of the South to stand with the choices of the people and victory for the security, dignity and sovereignty of the south.

We call upon the local authorities in the southern governorates to define a clear position of the people's uprising.

We call on the Arab alliance & all countries to adopt supportive positions for the people's uprising & take practical measures that will help end the war and ensure a just solution that guarantees the security, stability and safety of both peoples in the north & the south.

We call upon the people to take control of all the institutions and expel corrupt officials by all peaceful means. We also call upon the trade unions and employees of the honorable state institutions to tighten control over their institutions and administrations.


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Yesterday [= Oct. 2] the Southern Transitional Council called for full independence and to establish a sovereign state along the pre-1990 North-South border, likely posturing for their upcoming meeting with the UN envoy to


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UAE proxies turn on Saudi proxies in occupied south Yemen. Call for rising up against Saudi puppets, removing them from all institutions, freezing their money outside&inside. Immediately after the call, they started to take over all resources&revenues of the state.

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In the first reaction to the statement of the Southern Transitional Council .. The governor of Hadramout @FaragALbahsani accuses the Yemeni government not to meet the demands of local authorities, and declares stand with the people if he came out to control his wealth.

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Mass rally in Radfan city in the province of Lahj in support of and support for the statement of the Southern Transitional Council (photo)

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Protests in Crater Aden condemn currency collapse

Protests erupted Wednesday in the Crater district of Aden, the interim capital of the southern part of the country, to denounce the collapse of the local currency and the rise of basic commodities, witnesses said.

According to the witnesses said to Al-Masdar online, the protesters cut the main streets, set fire to the damaged tires, and tried to close some shops in order to implement what they called civil disobedience.

They pointed out that protesters had raised slogans denouncing the policies of the Government and the Central Bank of Yemen, and their inability to stop the deterioration that hit the local currency within days only.

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Marches and protests for second day in Taiz against government's inability to halt riyal decline

Marches and protests continue for the second consecutive day in the southwestern city of Taiz, protesting the collapse of the Yemeni riyal, which reached the lowest level in its history.

"The demonstrators raised slogans denouncing the inability of the Government and the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to save the riyal, accusing the coalition countries of deliberately humiliating Yemenis," said the Al-Masdar online reporter.



film: Now in #Taiz, uprising against all the parties to conflict in #Yemen: the presence of coalition and their destructive policy, Hadi’s corrupted government, and Houthis


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Political parties have manipulated the protests of #Taiz for their own agenda away from the woes of the people. Partisan protesters chanted support to president #Hadi & gov. rather than holding them responsible for this economic mess!

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Hadramawt. Protest vigil denounces government and local authority over currency collapse

A number of activists on Wednesday staged a protest in front of the Al-Mukalla Radio building in Hadramawt province to protest the collapse of the local Currency.

The stand lifted banners denouncing the silence of the government and local authority in Hadramawt province for the collapse of currency and price rises.


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“Yemen Shabab” Stop its broadcasting «Mourning and solidarity with the suffering of Yemenis»

Yemen Shabab Channel halted its broadcasts on Tuesday, saying it was "mourning and solidarity with the suffering of the Yemeni people due to the deteriorating living conditions resulting from the war and the collapse of the local currency."

The channel blamed four parties for the destruction of the country and the collapse of its economy

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STC in has called in statement for massive peaceful protests in South

Southern Transitional Council in #Yemen has called in statement for massive peaceful protests in the south to topple Hadi government and seize state institutions.

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Socialist demands the formation of a small emergency government and the provision of a $5 billion USD Deposit

The Yemeni Socialist Party on Tuesday called for the formation of a small emergency government and a $5 billion USD financial deposit to spare the country the disastrous money that is pushing Yemen to the brink of famine as a result of the rapid collapse of the currency.

According to a statement issued by an official source in the party, "this collapse would not have been so catastrophic if an economy had originated in the liberated provinces under a clear relationship between the legitimate national government and the Arab coalition."

The statement added that the simultaneous collapse of the currency, the suspension of the salaries of employees and the erosion of jobs, spark another hell in the lives of citizens and pushes them beyond the limits of patience, and to multiple options that hunger does not make any considerations.

The socialist renewed his call for the resumption of peace negotiations in order to stop the war within a comprehensive political settlement and to deal objectively with the corresponding national authorities and Security Council resolutions.

Remark: This political party is of little political importance.

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Protesters in Taiz close shops and streets to condemn government's inability to save currency

Hundreds of people marched in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz on Tuesday, denouncing the government's inability to save the local currency, which has been in rapid decline for months and has been reflected in a steep rise in commodity prices.

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Yemeni Deputy FM Praises Cuba's Support for Arab Causes

Yemen's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mansour Ali Baggash, condemned on Monday in Havana the U.S. economic and financial blockade against Cuba, while highlighting the island''s support for Arab causes, especially the Palestinian cause.

Despite the geographical distance, Cuba is a country close to the Arab world because we are united by positions and values, Baggash told Prensa Latina.
The deputy foreign minister highlighted the support of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, to the Palestinian people in their fight against the Israeli occupation.

My comment: LOL. They really are strange bedfellows! The Hadi government is depending on US assistance. – The reason: In the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba had voted against the extension of the investigation in Human rights violations in Yemen (Look at Yemen War Mosaic 463, cp7).

Comment: The government in exile (backed by the #US) knows nothing of diplomacy: its #Yemen-i Deputy FM condemned on Monday in Havana the U.S. economic and financial blockade against Cuba.
Thus forgetting the enforced blockade perpetrated by the US backed Coalition in Yemen

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Médecins Sans Frontières: Yemen: MSF strongly condemns attack against its staff in Ad Dhale and suspends activities

The staff house of the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ad Dhale governorate, southern Yemen, was targeted with explosives on Monday evening, 1 October 2018. Fortunately, nobody was harmed.

This was the second attack against the MSF house in less than a week.

MSF strongly condemns the attacks on our compound and staff. Due to the severity of these attacks and the clear lack of safety for the team working there, the organisation has been forced to withdraw its staff from Ad Dhale and suspend its medical programmes until further notice.

Targeting the civilian population and humanitarian actors is prohibited under international humanitarian law at all times and deprives the population of humanitarian assistance. MSF calls on all warring parties, armed groups and individuals to respect and ensure the protection of humanitarian and health workers in Yemen.

MSF has been working in Ad Dhale since 2011 providing free medical care to the people of Ad Dhale, Qatabah, Al Azariq and Damt districts.



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#AQAP recently temporarily held aid workers captive in al Dhaleh, according to local news sources. Unclear still who is responsible for the recent attacks. Al Dhaleh is contested in the #Yemen civil war and southern and local militias have vied for control of "liberated" areas.

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Government forces officer and others killed in Al-baydha by IED blast

The source told Al-Masdar online that a bomb exploded in a military vehicle carrying Capt. Abdulrahman Al-Arifi al-Mouradi, spokesman for the government forces in Shabwah and al-baydha, and other Soldiers.

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Aden and other southern governorates have been witnessing a wave of assassinations

Aden and other southern governorates have been witnessing a wave of assassinations against activists of the Islah party, mosque preachers, government soldiers and political activists. All the assassination cases remain an unresolved mystery since no one case was investigated into or any arrests in connection with the crime were made.

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Gunmen assassinate two brothers in Sayoun

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Gunmen kidnap director of charitable association in Aden

Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday morning kidnapped the director of the Charitable Society for Social Welfare Mohammed al-Shujainah and took him into an unknown destination. sLocal sources affirmed that his car was looted as well.


Chief of key charity assassinated in Aden

The chief of the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) was found assassinated in the temporary capital Aden on Tuesday.

Mohammed al-Shojayna was found dead, bullet-ridden, chained and blindfolded hours after he was reported to have been abducted by gunmen near his house earlier this Tuesday as he was heading to his work in the CSSW.

The CSSW is a WFP-accredited non-governmental organization formed by volunteers known for offering charitable and humanitarian aid to the masses.

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Mohammed Abdullah Shugainah, Vorsitzender der Islah-Wohltätigkeits-organisation in Aden, wurde jetzt tot in seinem Auto in Aden aufgefunden. Mörder, die mit Invasoren der VAE arbeiteten, hatten ihn am frühen Morgen von einer Straße in Aden entführt. In 48Std. das zweite Attentat

Mohammed Abdullah Shugainah, chairman Islah charity in Aden, was found now dead in his car in Aden south Yemen Gunmen working with UAE invaders had kidnapped him early morning from a street in Aden This is the second assassination within 48 hours by UAE invaders in the city (photos)

Comment: Killings in #Aden: they kidnapped a member in the Islah Party in the morning and people found the body at noon. UAE must be kicked out of Yemen. Immediately

Saudi-led coalition was requested to help fight Houthi putschists not to kill citizens and decide about political rights in #Yemen. The Islah Party is a Yemeni citizen, and the UAE is a foreign country and does not have the right to decide about the right to life in our country.

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Yemenis angrily took to streets in Taiz today! Denouncing high prices after 1 dollar reached about 1000 Yemeni rials up from 215 ! US-Saudi-UAE use food of people as a weapon of war! (photos)

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Film: One of the shorter fuel queues in #Aden #Yemen a couple of days ago. Electricity a few hours a day and Royal tumbling at a frightening pace.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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President of the Southern Transitional Council, Maj. Gen. @AidrosAlzubidi, meets the Special Envoy of the United Nations for #Yemen Mr. Martin Griffiths and discusses with him the Yemeni crisis (photo) and

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#Griffiths' visit to #AbuDhabi comes in conjunction with issuing a statement by the Southern Transitional Council, calling for a popular uprising against the internationally recognized government, and a control over revenue institutions, to ensure South Independence (photo)

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U.N. envoy says top priority in Yemen is fixing the economy

The best way to resolve Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is to fix the economy so stemming a slide in the riyal currency is the top international priority, the U.N. special envoy said on Thursday.

Martin Griffiths said the United Nations is discussing an emergency plan to stem the riyal’s fall and restore economic confidence.

“There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that this economic issue is now the overwhelmingly most important priority,” envoy Martin Griffiths told Reuters.

“Within the U.N. we’re talking about the need for such a master plan ... an immediate set of measures over weeks which the World Bank, IMF, UN agencies, the Gulf obviously, the government of Yemen could come together to discuss,” he said.

The riyal has lost more than half its value against the U.S. dollar since the start of the war.

Griffiths said that by November the United Nations hopes to resume consultations with the warring sides.

Griffiths, who took up his post in February, said he was close to securing a solution in order to avoid more “last minute surprises”.

My comment: Peace first!!! Without peace, nobody can fix the economy.

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Film: UN Envoy on Yemen discusses prospects for resumption of peace talks

UN Envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths discusses prospects for resumption of peace talks during his visit to New York for the annual high-level segment of the UN General Assembly

“Don’t believe that to resolve the war you have to stop it in advance.” Ceasefire not a precondition for talks

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Shame, shame! The UN security council, headed by @Bolivia_ONU this month overlooks the magnitude of the world's largest humanitarian crisis and it only puts Yemen in the footnotes of the council's programme for this month! referring to

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Saudi-UAE alliance 'interfered' in UN panel's work in Yemen

Head of a UN-mandated team of investigators on Yemen says the UAE interfered in his panel's work.

The head of a United Nations-mandated team of investigators on Yemen has accused Saudi Arabiaand the United Arab Emirates of interfering in his panel's work, which accuses all sides of the conflict in Yemen of rights abuses.

Kamel Jendoobi told Al Jazeera on Thursday that his team presented a list of human rights abuses to the UN.

Many of these violations may amount to "war crimes", the report said, pointing to widespread arbitrary detention, rape, torture and the recruitment of children as young as eight to fight.

"I did not expect such a harsh reaction, we've done a professional, neutral and objective job," Jendoobi told Al Jazeera.

"All we did was report based on allegations and actions we collected during our visits, from testimonies and reports ... It's a normal process for any experts," he said.

The report said air attacks by the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates-led military coalition had caused the most direct civilian casualties in the war, and a blockade of Yemeni ports and airspace may have violated international humanitarian law.

"The group of experts has reason to believe the government of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, are responsible for violations of human rights," Jendoubi said when the report was published.

"Violations and crimes have been perpetrated and continue to be perpetrated in Yemen by the parties to the conflict.

"Members of the government of Yemen and the [Saudi-UAE] coalition may have conducted attacks that were disproportionate and could constitute war crimes," Jendoubi added.


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UN expert group accuses Saudi Arabia and UAE of obstructing investigation in Yemen

The head of the UN panel on human rights violations in Yemen, Kamal al-jandubi, said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have formed lobbying groups to influence the team, and their efforts to stop their work "have not and will not bear fruit".

He did not anticipate the reaction of the two countries to his team and his recent report, "because we were professional and impartial in our work," he said.

In an interview with the program "sans frontières", He added that the Yemeni government's refusal to deal with his team or to extend its mission was "built on a political viewpoint and will make it difficult for the team", forcing him to rely on other sources and methods to document human rights violations in Yemen.

He called on the legitimate government of Yemen and all States parties to the conflict to comply with their international obligations towards respect for human rights, and not to harm food and medical supplies destined for civilian victims in the country, describing the incident assessment team of the Saudi-Emirati coalition in Yemen He is "not independent" in his work and decisions in relation to his "membership" of the coalition.

Al-jandubi confirmed that his UN team presented a confidential list of violators of human rights in Yemen to the United nations, refusing to disclose any of them, explaining that the accountability mechanism for the perpetrators of crimes in Yemen is determined by the security council, and that the role of his team is to document information and not to convict individuals because it is not a judicial body.

He described the UN human rights council's extension of the Team's mission in Yemen as "evidence of a UN desire to monitor violations there."

Al-jandoubi pointed to the use of "suspicious channels" to distort him personally in order to influence the work of his UN team and beat his credibility with public opinion, stressing that the team will reach the facts despite difficulties and obstacles, and that he is convinced that his reports contribute to stop the war in Yemen and end the «tragedy there that is made Human beings».


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Chairperson of the Group of Eminent Experts on #Yemen, Kamal Jendoubi in an interview with Al Jazeera Channel:
We will rely on other methods to document human rights violations.
The refusal of the legitimate government to deal with us will make our work difficult.
Saudi Arabia and UAE pressed to influence the group.
The government and all states must meet international obligations.
Government's rejection of the report and the extension built on a political point of view.
We have not asked to visit Yemen so far but we will do so.

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UN investigation in Yemen extended

In a victory for human rights groups and European countries, the UN Human Rights Council voted last week to extend the investigation of human rights conditions in Yemen with a 21 to eight majority, despite objections by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The duration of the investigation of atrocities committed during the war in Yemen has become an annual diplomatic quarrel, with Holland frequently demanding an investigation of the war, while Saudi Arabia objects to any international scrutiny. Last year, the two sides reached a compromise by forming a group of experts to investigate, but the report issued last month angered Riyadh because it blamed the majority of deaths on the Saudi-led coalition

Remark: From Egypt, retelling the events, with some background.

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Yemen at the UN General Assembly 24-28 Sep 2018

This week, the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) annual debate began and, as I predicted in my review of last week, all eyes were on the American president Donald Trump - which has shifted the focus away from more serious global issues. This week has also been bad timing for Yemen, as almost all American press attention has been focused on the all-American if historical hearing in Washington, Ford-Kavanaugh Senate hearing.
Overall, Yemen for UN officials remains a top humanitarian concern while it remains solely a political issue for the Yemeni-Saudi-Emirati block. Between Trump’s misleading claims about Yemen, the Yemeni government’s continuous obsession with Iran’s role in Yemen, and the Saudi-UAE well-planned and well-funded PR work in New York, discussions about the conflict in Yemen remain highly selective and focused on more war rather than peace. Despite the fact that Yemen is on this year’s UNGA agenda, no substantial progress was achieved this week in the security council. However, a glimpse of victory was achieved for Yemeni victims of war in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council, when the council voted to extend an inquiry commission into war crimes in the country.

Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan

Trump on Yemen

It was difficult to expect any hopeful comment from Trump about American efforts for a peace process in Yemen, as he was busy bashing Iran and globalism. Next day, Trump made another awful misleading claim, this time about Yemen, during a major press conference held on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Saudi-UAE PR Work
One might think UNGA is the most powerful diplomatic event of the year but I’ve been observing how events happening on the sidelines of UNGA are rather more important events. There are about dozens of events happening outside the UN organized by Saudi Arabia, United Arab of Emirates, the Yemeni government, Qatar, the US state department, where stronger messages are conveyed via controlled narratives.
The annual “United Against Nuclear Iran” summit; for instance, has been taking place since 2008 on the sidelines of UNGA to bash Iran and all its supporters. This year’s summit included an explosive speech by the National Security Advisor of the United States, John Bolton - one could leave the room believing a US war against Iran is surely on its way.

Both the Saudi UN ambassador and the Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir held separate conferences on the sidelines of UNGA. These events are attended by invitation only, sent to influential officials and media outlets. Not to mention that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar have each its own media groups working with it. Hence, it’s not only a diplomatic war but also a media war. Each country seems well-prepared with its UN events, outside-UN events, its media outlets - all geared to shaping the international public opinion.

Where is the Yemeni government in all of that? The Yemeni government remains a puppet in the hands of the Saudi-UAE coalition's hands. Evidently, Yemeni president, Hadi’s speech on Wednesday was one written by Saudi Arabia.

My takeaway from this week is that media is a weapon both KSA and US have used very well because of their great economic capability. They can control newspaper coverage, and direct their own TV channels and organize well-publicized press conferences, thus sending their well-crafted messages to the world from - in other words, money speaks loudly! – by Afrah Nasser

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Iran Quotes Hillary: Saudi’s Biggest Terror Sponsors in the World

A fiery speech by an Iranian representative, responding to Saudi accusations at the UN General Assembly, blamed terrorist activity around the globe on Riyadh – and even quoted Hillary Clinton to back that up.

Accusing Iran of supporting terrorism was a “strange and outlandish claim” by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir the Iranian representative said. He was addressing the United Nations in Arabic, explaining that he was doing so in order “to make sure that our position is rendered clear” to Riyadh.

“Everybody knows that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism in a very blatant and widespread manner,” the diplomat said. He then added, unexpectedly, that “in the framework of WikiLeaks in 2009, Hillary Clinton is said to have stated that Saudi Arabia is the greatest donor to terrorist groups around the world.”

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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The "Princes of Darkness" who have torn apart Yemen

" Dangerous little boys" is how the political circles of the Middle East call, and not in a low voice, the Saudi crown prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS) and his Emirati colleague Mohamed bin Zayed (MBZ).The gerontocracy, relic of the traditional "white beard" councils, which praise moderation and the temple, accuses MBS of 33 years and MBZ of 56 of sacrificing the lives of thousands of people in the region, as well as peace world for their impertinent military ambitions and make kings without even being them. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in recent years have intervened militarily in Yemen, Syria, Libya, have sponsored the Al Sisi coup d'état in Egypt, have imposed an economic and political bloc on Qatar, are financed with 130 million dollars the military alliance "G5 Sahel" for the looting of Africa, and have come to threat to Iran.

In their unsettling adventure, the two "kids", backed by a third, Trump‘s son in law, Jared Kushner of 37 years, have deactivated the Gulf Cooperation Council (Persian), forming the Saudi-Emirati Coordinating Council to impose their guidelines to the rest of the countries of the zone, terrified by the mega stores of arms and the economic power of the blackmailers.

Although MBZ, leader of a small federation of seven sultanates of 9 million inhabitants, has designed a low profile, is the true mentor of the arrogant MBS, who is not worried about the image that his country gives to the world, despite bribing to the press to hide the demolition of Yemen with its people inside.

The two Sunni Arab monarchies are absolutist dictatorships of family clans, without political or social institutions

MBS dreams of transforming Arabia into an UAE: a militarist dictatorship with a friendly face, diversifying the economy, reducing the role of the religious caste, although it will be difficult for the Saudi to simulate a federalism that pretends UAE, reduce the influence of the powerful Wahhabi religious sect and to establish " what Caesar is to Caesar ", with supposed reforms - such as creating a city of leisure and allowing the leadership of women - in order to change the tribal-religious legitimacy for a political-charismatic one. But, the methods used by this young man are not "friendly".

The objectives of Riyadh in Yemen remain unfulfilled:

Establish his political-military domain over the fate of Yemen.

Become the gendarme of the area, taking the place of the Shah of Iran in the seventies, crushing the progressive movements of the region, such as Dhofar.

The "Little Boys" have no intention of ending the war against Yemen, and if their plans go ahead, the region will sink into more conflicts and also with new actors involved: Qatar, to protect itself from the US, Arabia and the UAE has ceded a military base to his Turkish ally, the "Muslim Brother" Tayyeb Erdogan – by Nazanín Armanian

Remark: Translation from Spanish by Google Translator.

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Saudi Campaign Arrests Preacher Hassan Farhan Al – Maliki

Saudi authorities have arrested the historical thinker and researcher, Hassan Farhan Al-Maliki and accused him of 14 charges including "inciting demonstrations in Bahrain."

Sabaq electronic Saudi newspaper said that the Specialized Criminal Court began to consider the case filed by the Public Prosecutor against Al-Maliki and has been handed over the list of the lawsuit to be respond in the next session.

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Angry Workers Clash With Police In Saudi Arabia Over Unpaid Salaries

Clashes have broken out between police forces and workers at an industrial free zone in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated and oil-rich Eastern Province during riots over unpaid wages.

Local sources, requesting not to be named, said the confrontation erupted on Wednesday morning after police tried to clear a gathering that workers from the AZMEEL Contracting & Construction Corporation had formed in protest over their unpaid salaries.

Workers at the corporation said that dozens of Saudi and foreign workers had not been paid for six consecutive months and negotiations with the management had gone nowhere.

Several people were injured and killed as Saudi regime forces fired shots to disperse the riot that took place in the Dhahran district.

Workers, in return, pelted police and AZMEEL officials with rocks. An unspecified number of vehicles, including a sport utility vehicle, were damaged as well (with film) = and film also here.

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Exclusive: Saudi Arabia, Russia agreed in Sept to lift oil output, told U.S.

Russia and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices


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Oil retreats further from 4-year high as Saudi pumps more

Oil slipped on Wednesday, retreating from session peaks near a four-year high as top exporter Saudi Arabia said it increased output and after Reuters reported that Russia and Saudi Arabia had struck a deal to pump more.

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Ten die of MERS in Saudi Arabia among 32 cases in last three months: WHO

Ten people have died among 32 infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia since June in a series of clusters of the viral disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

MERS first emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to cause outbreaks in dozens of countries around the world. The vast majority of the cases - around 1,800 of them - have been in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi-arabischer Regimekritiker Chaschukdschi verschwindet im Konsulat

Ein Saudi in Istanbul will Unterlagen für seine Hochzeit besorgen und taucht nicht wieder auf. Die Türkei bestellt nun den saudi-arabischen Botschafter ein.

Der saudi-arabische Journalist Dschamal Chaschukdschi ist in der Türkei verschwunden. Der 59-Jährige, der unter anderem für die „Washington Post“ arbeitet, wollte im Konsulat seines Landes in Istanbul die notwendigen Unterlagen für seine Hochzeit besorgen, tauchte aber nicht wieder auf. Das Konsulat erklärte am Donnerstag, Chaschukdschi habe das Gebäude wieder verlassen.

Das türkische Außenministerium hat nun den saudi-arabischen Botschafter einbestellt.

Auf der Internetseite des Verschwundenen erscheint ein Banner, auf dem steht: „Dschamal Chaschukdschi wurde im saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul festgenommen!“ Chaschukdschis Verlobte, Hatice C., äußerte sich gegenüber der „Hürriyet“: „Ich glaube, er wurde von hier ins Ausland entführt“.

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Leading Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi missing after entering consulate

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, has disappeared after visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, his fiancee told Middle East Eye.

“He entered at 1pm [11am BST] and hasn’t surfaced since then. I have no media statements to make at this point, but I have contacted Turkish authorities for help,” Khashoggi’s fiancee, who did not want to be identified by name, told MEE by phone.

According to the fiancee, Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but was asked to return on Tuesday to complete an application related to family matters, a journalist at Arabi21 news website, who has spoken to her, told MEE.

and by WaPo:

and an earlier debate attended by Khashoggi:


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Turkey summoned Saudi envoy over disappearance of Saudi journalist

Turkey’s foreign ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador for consultations over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish sources said on Thursday.

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Saudis Use Israeli Spyware On Canada-Based Activist: Report

Saudi Arabia has used an intrusive Israeli-made spyware to monitor the online activities of prominent Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz in Canada, according to internet watchdog Citizen Lab.

The University of Toronto-based lab confirmed the use of the controversial software, known as Pegasus, on the Saudi dissident after identifying his Canada-based phone checking into a Saudi server, according to The Canadian Press on Monday.

Citizen Lab released a study two weeks ago, detailing greatly increased use of the spyware in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Pegasus’s owning company NSO Group brands the program as a means for governments to monitor terrorists and criminals, a claim that is contested by Citizen Lab director Ron Deibert.

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The Increasingly Repressive ‘New’ Saudi Arabia

The “new” Saudi Arabia continues to distinguish itself by prosecuting innocuous dissenters out of spite.

The economist, Essam al-Zamil, is being prosecuted because he had the temerity to question one of Mohammed bin Salman’s grandiose plans for the future of the country. As it happens, the Aramco IPO isn’t happening and was reportedly shut down by the king himself, but that isn’t stopping the crown prince from having an innocent man charged with terrorism for questioning the wisdom of his agenda.

This man’s year-long detention and prosecution on spurious charges are more proof of the increasing repression and authoritarianism of Saudi Arabia under Mohammed bin Salman’s de facto rule. This is not a government that the U.S. should be indulging and backing to the hilt, but unfortunately under this administration that has been the policy and will continue to be unless Congress does something to change it. The prince that Western politicians and businessmen feted just a few months ago is a cruel despot and a war criminal, and it is long past time that he was treated accordingly.

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Over 60 Saudi Officers Resign for Feeling Guilty of Yemen War

Tens of Saudi officers fighting in Yemen war have resigned for feeling guilty of committing war crimes and the fear of being listed as war criminals, a prominent Saudi whistle-blower revealed.

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, wrote on his twitter page on Tuesday that more than 60 Saudi officers have resigned after the UN issued statements about the Saudi crimes in Yemen.

"Some of these Saudi officers and military men resigned for feeling guilty of what is happening in Yemen and some others resigned for the fear of their names being enlisted as war criminals," he added.

Mujtahid said that most of the resignations have not been accepted and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is punishing those who have resigned.

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Film: Bolivian President Evo Morales had some pretty strong words about United States' global policies at the UN Security Council.

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Film: Speeches that matter, part IV: U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s speech on bringing an end to US interventionism around the world, particularly in Yemen

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Normal American Life Continues As Our Government Carries Out A Genocide In Yemen

The biggest atrocity in decades is happening at the hands of the U.S./NATO empire.

Like most of the other crises the world is facing, the situation in Yemen isn’t inevitable. It’s the result of decisions that our own country is making, and as Americans we have the power to put an end to it.

All we have to do is take action against this, which I suggest people do by avoiding paying taxes for the military, joining anti-war organizations like World Beyond War.

If enough people do these things, the slaughter in Yemen will end, along with most of the world’s wars. And the global plutocracy that relies on these perpetual wars would lose its control in the process of this upheaval.

So when it’s come to Yemen, our government and media have successfully tried to keep Americans in the same detached mindset that the Germans were in. We sometimes hear about how the U.S. and Britain have directly supplied Saudi Arabia with the weapons that have been used to kill many thousands of people. We see how the U.S. is supporting the Saudi blockade of goods to Yemen that’s making over 100 children die every day from starvation and disease. But even people who know about these things can very easily separate themselves from it, think of it as just another detail in the news, and go on with their daily lives.

Otherwise, people either ignore the situation in Yemen or they believe the pro-Saudi talking points that are often put out by the media. For instance, neoconservative pundits characterize the Yemen conflict as “Iran’s war” even though Iran has played a very small role in it for the last three years; they also claim that the Houthis are behind the main Yemen blockade, despite the Houthis neither controlling enough territory nor having the motivation to do this; Saudi Arabia’s defenders also say that the Saudis were “forced” to impose their own blockade, despite this blockade having been completely unprovoked; and the Saudis say that their 2015 blockade is only about preventing weapon smuggling, but it’s directly prevented the shipment of food and medicine to Yemen and put eight million people in danger of starvation.

Also, the Saudis’ actions are not defensive.

American imperialism has always protected itself with these kinds of distortions of the truth. And a lot of the time, it’s been easiest to simply keep Americans away from any news about the wars that their government is involved in.

Between the constant distractions in our political situation, along with the stresses that people are always navigating during the era of neoliberal capitalism, it can be hard to focus on something so seemingly far away. But every person’s fight for justice is interconnected, and the powers that be are hoping we stay away from the fight – by Rainer Shea

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Trump’s Terrible ‘Arab NATO’ Idea Won’t Go Away

The Trump administration keeps trying to make its “Arab NATO” happen.

A regional anti-Iranian alliance of Arab states is a terrible idea for the reasons I have laid out before, and it is also an unnecessary and undesirable thing for the U.S. to create. There is no need for this alliance. Iran’s military spending is already dwarfed by that of its Gulf neighbors, and its power projection is limited. Doug Bandow explains.

An anti-Iranian alliance would not stabilize the region, but would more likely become a vehicle for more destructive meddling in the affairs of other states. The Saudi coalition’s war on Yemen is a preview of what happens when regional governments backed by the U.S. use force to combat imaginary Iranian “expansionism”: the country is wrecked, the people suffer and starve, and everyone is less secure than before.

The shorthand of referring to it as “Arab NATO” is also misleading. The administration’s proposed Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) will have none of the virtues of NATO and all of its flaws. The anti-Iran gang that Trump is trying to organize will exist mainly for the purpose of picking fights rather than deterring them. The creation of a formal alliance organized in opposition to Iran will intensify existing regional rivalries and increase tensions between the alliance’s members and Iran, and the U.S. will then be on the hook to support the alliance if those tensions spill over into conflict. The creation of an anti-Iran alliance will deepen U.S. ties to clients that it should be distancing itself from, it will become a new excuse to flood the region with more weapons, and it increases the likelihood of getting the U.S. into yet another regional war that it doesn’t need to fight. Creating this alliance would formalize everything that is already wrong and destructive in U.S. foreign policy in the region, and it would serve only to exacerbate existing divisions. It would not make the U.S. more secure, but it would almost certainly impose significant costs on our military down the road – by Daniel Larison


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US Pushes Forward With Plans for Anti-Iran Arab Alliance

The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an "Arab NATO" that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in New York with foreign ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to advance the project.

The State Department said Pompeo had stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations as well as ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, securing Iraq and "stopping Iran's malign activity in the region."

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told a news conference afterward that the alliance should be built on existing institutions, and he asked how that could be done when the most powerful Gulf countries have been engaged in a more-than-yearlong dispute.

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Trump: I told Saudi king he wouldn't last without U.S. support

President Donald Trump made an undiplomatic remark about close ally Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, saying he warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the U.S. military.

“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich. And I love the King, King Salman. But I said ‘King - we’re protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military,’” Trump said to cheers at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch.


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Trump says Saudi King wouldn't last 'two weeks' without US support

US President Donald Trump told supporters Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and its King would not last "two weeks" in power without American military support and appeared to call on the country to pay more for its own defense.

"And how about our military deals where we protect rich nations that we don't get reimbursed. How about that stuff? That's changing too folks," Trump told a campaign rally in Southaven, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

"We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich? And I love the King ... King Salman but I said 'King, we're protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us. You have to pay for your military,'" Trump said.

Trump has previously called on a number of other allies -- including NATO nations, Japan and South Korea -- to shoulder more of the costs of defense.


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Imagined sovereignty: How Donald Trump is humiliating Saudi Arabia

How long can the Saudi regime remain deaf to its regular humiliation at the hands of US President Donald Trump?

The answer is: for a long time.

Trump does not miss an opportunity to remind his Saudi proteges that without the US, the regime would be exposed to troubling winds coming from both the domestic front and the region

These were his latest insults that a different, respectable president trained in the art of high diplomacy would never have uttered when addressing his partners in a region where friends of America are increasingly becoming an extinct species. Trump knows he can get away with even worse slander.

From US backing for the treacherous war in Yemen to Washington telling Riyadh to keep the price of oil low, Trump does not miss an opportunity to remind the Saudi regime of its vulnerability without America.

The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US under Trump is a naked one, void of the veneer of the polite language of diplomacy, partnerships and alliances. It is a transactional one in which the strong party stampedes on the weak one, as Trump knows well how fragile the Saudi regime is. Consequently, by regularly reminding the Saudis of their vulnerability, Trumps keeps them on their toes, always eager to please and deliver the required token in return for protection.

Saudi Arabia will continue to pay a high price for its total dependence on the US for regime security. The Saudis know well the consequences of the US withdrawing its unconditional support, leaving it totally exposed to unexpected hazards.

The Saudi regime, however, flexes its muscles when other less strategically vital Western governments criticise its domestic policies, such as the detention of Saudi human right activists and critics, or the abysmal killing of civilians in Yemen.

If the vulnerability of the Saudi regime without America is an undisputed fait accompli, the dramatic and theatrical insults of Trump tell us more about his domestic audiences, who cheer every time he humiliates the "oil Sheikhs".

Those who clap in appreciation of Trump’s blunt humiliation of his allies are a bunch of misguided Americans.

Trump needs to keep the insults flowing to please his electoral base, who are entertained and enchanted by his short, simple and often incoherent statements. That means keeping the Saudis in a state of fear that America could one day withdraw its support. This relationship is not based on love, but on fear and loathing – by Madawi al-Rasheed

Comment: The Saudi Arabia is silent, the banana kingdom had to bite its tongue in the past, you owed apology to Sweden, Germany and Canada.

Can't wait to see Al Jubeir repeating the same words about Trump comments.

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U.S. Completes Second Iteration of Training to Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) Border Guards

Twenty-eight Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) Border Guard members completed a rigorous two-week training program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia led by visiting security professionals from the United States from 16-27 September 2018. The Yemeni border guards were the second group to benefit from U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Border Security (EXBS)-sponsored training.

As a result of this joint Yemeni-U.S.-Saudi initiative, Yemeni border guards are better positioned to intercept and seize smuggled weapons, explosives, ballistic missile components, and Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, and Nuclear (CBRN) materials, and build upon methods to improve the overall security presence on Yemen’s borders.

The training marks a significant milestone in U.S. Security Cooperation with Yemen, as well as the ROYG’s efforts to re-establish a viable border protection force. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. plan to continue their partnership on additional programs later this year.

My comment: The US, a warring party in Yemen.

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Film: 'I interviewed 10-year-old Moataz at a protest outside the United Nations General Assembly, where Yemeni-Americans called for an end to the US-Saudi war on their home.

Moataz — who has been dubbed "Yemen's child ambassador" — proclaimed, "Everything is literally about money... [But] money does not matter. Even how long it takes to stop the war, no matter what, even if it’s 20 years, 10 years, 50 years, we’ll still keep going to stop — we’ll still keep trying. Never stop until the war stops."

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Keine Waffen für den Krieg im Jemen

Heute findet im Europäischen Parlament eine Aussprache über die eskalierende Lage im Jemen statt. Am Donnerstag wird das Europäische Parlament dazu einen Resolutionsentwurf abstimmen.

Hierzu sagt Barbara Lochbihler, Vizepräsidentin des Menschenrechtsausschusses des Europäischen Parlaments und außen- und menschenrechtspolitische Sprecherin der Fraktion DieGrünen/EFA:

„Der Krieg im Jemen entwickelt sich aktuell zur größten humanitären Krise in der Welt. Im Jemen benötigen derzeit 22 Millionen Menschen humanitäre Hilfe und Schutz, 8 Millionen sind in Folge der Kriegshandlungen vom Hungertod bedroht. Eine militärische Lösung ist nicht in Sicht. Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Koalition führt einen Krieg gegen die Zivilbevölkerung.“

Scharf kritisiert Frau Lochbihler die fortgesetzten Waffenlieferungen.

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Film: Interkulturelles Fest Münster 2018: Infostand von Re - Peace Germany

Mit einem Infostand auf dem 26. Interkulturellen Fest des Integrationsrates der Stadt Münster informierten Angehörige der Initiative Re - Peace Germany über die Kultur im Jemen und über den herrschenden Krieg im Land.

Und das ist (leider) Satire:

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Deutschland liefert Waffen an Saudis, damit sie den Hunger im Jemen bekämpfen können

Seit ihrer Vereidigung im März hat die Bundesregierung Rüstungsexporte im Wert von 254 Millionen Euro an Saudi-Arabien genehmigt. Die Lieferungen sollen dem Königreich dabei helfen, endlich den Hunger im vom Krieg schwer gezeichneten Nachbarland Jemen zu bekämpfen.
"Die Bundesregierung sieht natürlich das Elend im Jemen und will helfen, wo sie kann", so Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. "Mit deutschen Radarsystemen für Artilleriegeschütze beispielsweise kann unser Verbündeter Saudi-Arabien den Hunger dort künftig auch aus großer Distanz und mit noch mehr Präzision bekämpfen."
Schon jetzt fliegen Saudi-Arabien und seine Verbündeten praktisch täglich Luftangriffe und setzen Artillerie ein, um den Hunger im Jemen zu besiegen. Auch Patroullienboote aus Deutschland kommen zum Einsatz

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Film: Bahrain, verbotene Bilder (Doku)

König Ḥamad ibn 'Isā Āl Khalīfah und sein Umgang mit dem Arabischen Frühling 2011 Ein Film von Stephanie Lamorré - arte France 2012 In Bahrain als Journalist zu arbeiten, ist zurzeit zumindest offiziell unmöglich, weil das Königreich am Persischen Golf im Gegensatz zu Ägypten und Tunesien keine Presse-Visa ausstellt. Ein illegaler Grenzübertritt wie nach Syrien ist kaum machbar, da Bahrain ein Inselstaat ist. Auch Mitgliedern von Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGOs) wird die Einreise sehr schwer gemacht. Mehrere Amerikaner wurden bereits mit Militärgewalt aus der Hauptstadt Manama ausgewiesen, als die Polizei entdeckte, dass sie an Demonstrationen für die Demokratie teilgenommen hatten. Bahrain gehört zur saudischen Kriegskoalition gegen den Jemen

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UAE: A petrostate bereft of morality

When I first read about the unveiling of the world's most expensive shoes in Dubai, an old Quranic verse sprung to mind. "The wasteful are brothers of the devil," as the good book says, and 'wasteful' is perhaps one of the more tame adjectives one could use to describe the creation of these shoes, which are available to buy at an astonishing $17 million.

The shoes, created by the Emirati-owned firms Jadai Dubai and Passion Jewellers, are made of golden leather and adorned with over 100 carats of flawless diamonds encased in white gold. The display pair of the world's most expensive shoes sits in one of the world's most luxurious hotels, the only 7-star hotel on earth, in one of the world's largest buildings.

Even the very worst autocratic civilisations of antiquity could not have produced a spectacle as filthy and opulent as this, but, as ever with the repugnant splendour of the UAE, the petrostate's media remained blissfully bereft of self-awareness as they pushed this as yet another triumphant moment for their country.

But this is not a case of mere rich ignorance. The UAE should not be thought of as a Marie Antoinette of the world. It's far more malign than that.

The production of these shoes in a world ravaged by fatal poverty would be obscene in any circumstances, but the spectacle is made all the more horrific by the grotesque socio-political and geopolitical nature of the country.

Though Saudi Arabia gets most of the blame for the interrelated catastrophes of war and famine that are currently engulfing Yemen, the UAE plays a role almost equal to, and even in some ways, worse than Saudi Arabia in this conflict.

The UAE, as with its huge financial support for Sisi's brutal counter-revolution in Egypt, wants to avert any Islamic force that advocates democracy gaining power. They have little interest in peace emerging in Yemen any time soon.

The world takes direct action against 'blood diamonds', (mined by warlords often utilising slave labour and sold to exploitative dealers in the West), it ought to look upon these shoes in similar terms.

On the home front, behind the extravagant mirage of the world's most expensive shoes, skyscrapers, artificial islands and tax havens, UAE viciously exploits migrant workers, allowing those rich enough to live there an experience that harks back to the lost luxuries of something akin to the British Raj.

While the shoes might be easily dismissed as an unaffordable gimmick, the sheer obscenity of footwear that costs $17 million gets to the heart, (or lack of) of what's wrong with the UAE.
It's an entity that embodies the very worst of the region: States and enterprises built for ultra-rich people over the bones of starving Yemenis, oppressed South Asian slaves and people who don't deserve lives of basic dignity, never mind ones of luxury.

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Entschließungsanträge der Grünen und der Linken im EU-Parlament (Grüne) (Linke)

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Dealing with the Saudis

THE long-standing strategic alliance between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has taken on a new dimension with prospects of the kingdom participating in CPEC projects.

The Saudis have reportedly also shown an interest in investing in the oil, energy and mineral sectors. The new Pakistani government is looking to Riyadh to bail it out of its financial woes.

It is evident that the chill in relations between the two allies in recent years has diminished.

Their relations, however, hit an all-time low when the Nawaz Sharif government declined the Saudi request to send troops to fight in Yemen in 2015.

The decision, which had parliament’s unanimous support, not only annoyed the Saudis but also affected Pakistan’s relationship with other Gulf countries, some of whom publicly rebuked Pakistan for its ‘non-cooperation’.

Pakistan’s refusal to Saudi Arabia’s request for troops was a reiteration of its long-standing policy of not taking sides in the Saudi-Iranian proxy war in the Middle East and maintaining its neutrality in the conflict.

However, Pakistan’s strategic tilt towards the kingdom is not without its perils, particularly in view of the growing hostility between Riyadh and Tehran.

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Citigroup plans to grow offshore booking center in UAE: executive

Citigroup (C.N) plans to boost the United Arab Emirates’ role as an offshore booking center and is working towards a full banking license in Saudi Arabia, helping to propel its regional growth, a senior executive told Reuters.

My comment: This is fitting well to the war in Yemen.

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France: Composition du groupe d'amitié France-Yemen

My comment: “Amitié”: This sounds like Orwellian speech.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Exclusive: Saudis seek wide-ranging deals with South African arms firms

Saudi Arabia is in talks with South Africa’s major arms manufacturers and is considering taking an equity stake in the struggling state-owned defense firm Denel, the head of the Saudi state defense company told Reuters.

Saudi Arabian Military Industries’ (SAMI) chief executive Andreas Schwer said he expected to conclude the first partnership deals with South African companies by the end of the year, though he would not identify those initial partners.

South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises, which oversees Denel, acknowledged the talks with SAMI but said it was too early to give details of any potential partnership arrangement.

The Paramount Group, a privately held South African company, has already said it is in talks with SAMI.

“To make it clear, we are in discussions with all major South African companies, not only Paramount, not only Denel,” Schwer said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

The Saudi government is now seeking to develop its own domestic defense industry with the goal of localizing half of its military spending by 2030.

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Vizepräsident des Europa-Parlaments: Wir fordern ein Verbot von Waffenexporten nach Saudi-Arabien und in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate

Der Vizepräsident im Europäischen Parlament sagte, dass viele Mitglieder dieses Parlaments für das Verbot des Waffenverkaufs an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) seien.

Fabio Massimo Castaldo sagte am Mittwoch in einem Gespräch mit dem Nachrichtensender al-Jazeera: Ich und viele meiner Amtskollegen im Europa-Parlament sind der Überzeugung, dass ein Gesetz verabschiedet werden muss, wonach allen EU-Mitgliedsstaaten verboten wird, Waffen an Saudi-Arabien und alle anderen Staaten, die am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt sind, zu schicken.

Er bezeichnete die Lage im Jemen als eine humanitäre Katastropheäsident_des_europa_parlaments_wir_fordern_ein_verbot_von_waffenexporten_nach_saudi_arabien_und_in_die_vereinigten_arabischen_emirate

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Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

High above Yemen's rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.

Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.

The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.

Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world's main distributor of armed drones.

"The Chinese product now doesn't lack technology, it only lacks market share," said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. "And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity."

The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region crucial to American security interests.

"It's a hedging strategy and the Chinese will look to benefit from that," said Douglas Barrie, an airpower specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "I think the Chinese are far less liable to be swayed by concerns over civilian casualties," he said.

At the start of the year, a satellite passing over southern Saudi Arabia photographed U.S.-made surveillance drones at an airfield, alongside Chinese-manufactured armed ones.

According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College, that was the first documented example of the two drone systems being used in the war in Yemen. The country has emerged as a "sort of a testing ground for these strike-capable drones," said Dan Gettinger, the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. "There's a rapid turnaround from delivery to deployment." =

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Geheimabkommen: Israel und die Emirate bilden Hunderte Söldner für den Jemenkrieg aus

Finanziert von den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, werden Hunderte Söldner in der israelischen Wüste von IDF-Soldaten ausgebildet. Die Söldnertruppe soll den bislang gescheiterten Sturm auf die Hafenstadt Hudaida unterstützen.

Die Informationen über die Söldnertruppe von Israels und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten Gnaden gehen auf einen Bericht des Nachrichtenportals Al-Khaleej zurück und wurden vom investigativen Onlinemagazin Mindpressaufgegriffen. Demzufolge erhielten Hunderte Söldner, vor allem aus Kolumbien und Nepal stammend, von israelischen Soldaten in der Negev-Wüste eine Kampfausbildung. Die Aktivitäten gingen auf ein Geheimabkommen zwischen Israel und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zurück, die offiziell Teil der saudischen Kriegskoalition im Kampf gegen die jemenitischen Rebellen sind. Die Aufgabenteilung sieht demnach vor, dass die Emirate die Finanzierung übernehmen, während die IDF (Israel Defence Forces) für die Ausbildung in geheimen Trainingscamps verantwortlich zeichnen, die den geographischen Gegebenheiten im Jemen gleichen.

Eingesetzt werden die Berufskrieger demzufolge bei der Wiederaufnahme der Bemühungen, die strategisch wichtige jemenitische Hafenstadt Hudaida zu erobern. Zuvor zeitigte ein erster Anlauf, der im Juni 2018 seinen Anfang nahm, nicht die erhofften Ergebnisse.

Auch die israelische Beteiligung an den Kampfhandlungen erfolge bislang verdeckt und ohne offizielle Bestätigung. Doch nutze die Kriegskoalition nicht nur israelische Rüstungsgüter, auch die Vereinigten Staaten sähen sich dazu gezwungen, die "Sicherheit Israels" im Jemen zu verteidigen. Diesem Zweck diente demzufolge die Absicht, eine Militärbasis an der international bedeutsamen Meerenge von Bab al-Mandab zu errichten. Zwar unterhalten Riad und Tel Aviv nach wie vor keine offiziellen diplomatischen Beziehungen, doch seit geraumer Zeit herrscht geopolitisches Tauwetter zwischen den eigentlich verfeindeten Staaten.

Remark: Reporting in English already some times ago:

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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World Bank: Yemen's Economic Outlook - October 2018

Violent conflict has caused a dramatic deterioration of the economic and social conditions in the country. Output is estimated to have contracted by about 50 percent; household incomes have been declining since 2015, poverty has dramatically increased with an estimated 52 percent of the population living below US$1.90 a day PPP (or 81 percent at an income rate of US$3.20 a day). UNOCHA estimates that 22.2 million people in Yemen—approximately three-quarters of the entire population—are in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance.

Since the escalation of violent conflict in March 2015, the economy has deteriorated sharply the estimated contraction amounts to approximately 50 percent cumulatively. The decline in GDP growth is bottoming out in 2018 with an estimated reduction of 2.6 percent compared to 5.9 percent in 2017. Conflict related adverse economic impacts and distortions show equally negative impact for the supply response and demand side, the latter being much driven by reduced household incomes. Employment opportunities have significantly diminished.

Economic prospects in 2018 and beyond will critically depend on rapid improvements of the political and security situation, and ultimately whether an end to the ongoing conflict will allow for rebuilding the economy and social fabric. If violence can be contained by late 2018, GDP is projected to begin to recover in 2019, with double-digit GDP growth. Inflation is like-ly to decline in such a case as supplies will increase. Less conflict might also help to stabilize further the exchange rate and bring back more options for monetary policy. Restoration of more peaceful conditions will allow for resumption of hydrocarbon production, which in turn will help restore government revenues and the balance of payments.

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Sana'a.. Dollar exchange rate stops at 710 but exchange shops refuse to sell

Bankers in the capital Sana'a said Wednesday that the exchange rate of the dollar stopped

At 710 Riyals while the Saudi riyal price reached 190 riyals, while yesterday settled on the price of 700 riyals for one dollar.

But the sale prices reached 800 riyals for the dollar and 205 for the Saudi riyal, while the exchange shops refrain from selling, which makes the riyal threatened at any moment by the collapse again as demand increases and the banks stop buying and selling.

On the huge difference between the buying and selling price by the exchange shops, a bank professor at the National Institute of Administrative Sciences, Tariq Abdul Rashid Mlahhi, said the huge difference between buying and selling points to instability.

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Member of the Economic Committee reveals the reasons for the collapse of the Yemeni riyal

A member of the Economic Committee set up by President Hadi said the committee has prepared a package of urgent measures aimed at halting the collapse of the currency, stabilizing it and enhancing its value to foreign currencies.

Faris al-Ja’adabi, a member of the Economic Committee, said in a dialogue published by "New Arab ", and republished by "Al masdar online ", that the Committee discussed these procedures with the Government, which in turn approved them and issued the first group in the form of decisions that the executive institutions have responsibility to implement.

Dialogue text

Since the decision to form the Commission, the collapse of the Yemeni riyal has accelerated. How do you understand that?

It should not be overlooked that the Commission formed the price of the dollar was 670 riyals, then fell to 580 riyals after the Commission began its discussion with major merchants, banks and cashiers and reached understandings with them by not entering the random speculation in the market with a promise to provide their needs of hard currency. Indeed, the advisory authority of the Commission did not enable it to implement what it had promised, especially the central bank did not open the documentary credits it requested at the agreed time, so the dollar price returned to rise again until it reached 620 riyals for the dollar before jumping to more than 700 riyals finally.

But, what are the reasons for the sudden rise of the dollar during the recent period?

As the government's decision to restrict the import of petroleum derivatives to shipments delivered through international trade banking means and channels approaches, and because war dealers finance their battles from derivatives trading and monetary trading on the black market, and the efforts to hinder this decision have been frustrated by pressure Through international organizations, and sometimes attacking the Commission, the oil derivatives dealers of the coup militia were forced to buy the dollar from the market using the large monetary mass they had from the trade of petroleum derivatives and through the cashiers and a government bank in their regions, In large quantities, which led to a sudden rise in the dollar price from 620 to 730 in two days, a day off, usually in no circumstances.

The sudden rise was caused by the disruptive policy of the economy, resulting from the unreal demand due to random speculation

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Al-Houthi Calls On Aggression Countries and Their Mercenaries to Neutralize Economy

Head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, called on the US-Saudi-UAE aggression and its government in Yemen to freeze the printed currency, hand over revenues to restrict them to the bank from all outlets and not loot them, and to pay salaries unconditionally in accordance with the mechanism provided through the United Nations. Also to supply all the country's resources from foreign currencies to the Central Bank, the most important of which is oil sales, and to work carefully on covering the import invoice for basic materials, resources in hard currency, grants and aid on condition that coverage is covered without restrictions such as cash supply to Aden.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Al-Houthi highlighted some of the most important reasons for the deterioration of the national currency and exposed the methods of the aggression countries and their mercenaries in this regard. He holds the pro-aggression government legal responsible for continuing the misdeeds and inflicting the economy in the political and military conflict.

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Unprecedented Collapse of the Yemeni Currency Leads to Inflation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reacted with a letter from the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, to the United Nations, in which he pledged to stop the collapse of the national currency and pay the salaries throughout the republic just as was done before transferring the Yemeni Central Bank to Saudi-held Aden Province, southern Yemen.

In the context, informed sources told YemenExtra about an alert by the International Monetary Fund to stop the (Swift) of the Central Bank of Aden, against the background of the contrary use of international financial standards in the printing of banknotes and purchasing of hard currency from exchange companies then transferring them abroad for suspicious purposes.

The source told YemenExtra that the warning included a threat to return Swift to the Central Bank of Sana’a, especially that the government of Hadi did not comply with the terms announced by the President of the Fund when the Central Bank was transferred to Aden in September 2017, and to use the bank’s financial and banking services to serve the objectives and agenda of the forces of Saudi-led coalition.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) controls financial transactions and external payments through SWIFT International and has already agreed to hand over SWIFT from the Central Bank in Sana’a to the central bank branch in Aden.

My comment: from the Houthi side.

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Supreme Political Council holds Saudi-led aggression responsible for economic crisis

The council's meeting, which was chaired by president Mahdi al-Mashat, stated that the crisis is a systematic step to destroy the national economy and target the internal front and starve the Yemeni people.
The council also held the local authority of Saudi-backed resigned Hadi the full responsible for the crisis and the transfer of the Central Bank to Aden that target the national currency.
The council taunted the coalition media baseless reports that blamed the Supreme Political Council for the crisis, reaffirmed that the one who is responsible is the coalition states and their puppet Hadi who switched the center bank from Sanaa to Aden.

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With the #Yemen-i Riyal continuing its downfall (exchange rate: 1 USD = 790 YR), King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered the 'donation of US $ 200 million' to the Central Bank of Yemen in support of its financial position.
Contrary to what is being claimed, this grant will not contribute to 'the alleviation of the economic burden on the brotherly Yemeni people'.

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In liberated Mukalla, Al Qaeda is gone but economic woes remain

Salaries are paid intermittently and the currency has devalued, the people of Yemen still feel the hardship of war

It is more than two years since Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was ousted from Mukalla.

The great preoccupation for locals is no longer everyday security but money after a rial crisis gripped the country. Disturbances about the lack of cash welled up in recent weeks.

As the currency has dropped below 600 rials to the dollar in recent weeks, life has become harder for Huda Abduallah.

A gynaecologist in Mukalla’s Hospital for motherhood and childhood, the 45-year-old doctor now requires treatment herself – follow-up appointments for breast cancer she was diagnosed with three years ago.

Like many others, she has taken a second, part-time, job where she teaches in the local university. “I’m exhausted,” she tells The National plainly.

The value of government salaries paid in the rial has declined throughout the war. The disruptions are manifold, with pay often coming late and sometimes not at all. The falling currency has pushed the price of many things up, raising the cost of living in a country where millions were already on the precipice of poverty.

For Ahmed Ali Bin Aram, 50, who works in a fish-canning factory outside the city, the pressures inflicted by the collapse are written on the face of his family. “I have four children, every day it seems we have less rice, and less bread. I spend more but get less. At least we have the sea, the fish stay even when there is a crisis”.

International efforts are afoot to bring about some sort of reunification, and an IMF-backed meeting in Kenya next month will attempt to do just that. The Nairobi plan will look to overcome the problems of two central banks, by instead operating the institution out of four regional offices. Western diplomats say bringing the institution’s former governor, Mohammed bin Hummam, back in from the cold to oversee the plan is integral to its implementation.

Under Mr Hummam’s governorship, the central bank was a meritocratic oasis in a country where state institutions were riddled with corruption. He sent staff abroad for training, and during his eight-year tenure staved off a foreign currency crisis and kept government salaries flowing – including to Houthi-held Sanaa.

As Mansour Rageh, chief economist at the independent think tanks Sanaa Centre for Strategic Studies, says: “He kept the central bank away from the conflict.”

My comment: An Emirati news site is applauding to the original Yemen Central bank, which is under Houthi control at Sanaa, and its governor Hummam. This is a hit against the Hadi government and Hadi’s policy of founding anew concurrent central bank at Aden.

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Central Bank governor: The Saudi Grant was credited to the Yemeni central account

Yemen's central bank governor, Mohammed Zammam, said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's $200 million grant to the central bank was credited to the bank's interim capital, Aden (south of the country).

He stressed that the grant will stabilize the economic situation and represent an urgent rescue to stop the decline of the Yemeni riyal.

My comment: The effect of this little donation will be: Nothing. – This sum stands against ca. US$ 150 billion losses by the war, for the greatest part by the Saudi aerial war.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Despite continual US drone attacks, and Security Belt forces operations, Al-Qaeda remains present in Yemen, and may even expand

Some Western analysts predict that Al-Qaeda will see a resurgence in Yemen aided by the Islamic State group’s failure to establish an organisational base there and in spite of the setbacks Al-Qaeda in Yemen sustained at the hands of the Security Belt forces, also known as the Hizam Brigade, and in the wake of US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda strongholds.

Al-Qaeda activity in Yemen has increased noticeably in recent months, even if, according to international reports, the number of operations carried out by the organisation has declined to half of their rate a few years ago due to Security Belt military operations, one of the most successful of which was Resolute Sword, spearheaded by an elite force from Shabwa Province in February.

The organisation’s recent attacks have focused primarily on security checkpoints manned by the UAE-supported Security Belts in the governorates of Shabwa and Hadramout

In a recent policy paper for the Washington-based Middle East Institute, Elisabeth Kendall examines both the pressures on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its incentives for staying in Yemen.

the same study suggests that Al-Qaeda still has many incentives for trying to revive its activities both in Yemen and abroad. Among those that Kendall enumerates are the need to reassert and prove itself, the need to avenge the large number of deaths by US drones, and Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Despite of the offensive against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, the ongoing war will continue to fuel extremism and feed Al-Qaeda, even if the organisation remains remote from the point of focus of the battle in Sanaa and Al-Qaeda remains unengaged with the Houthi movement. Funding may be one of the main reasons as Al-Qaeda has established itself in oil rich areas in the south, in Shabwa. There are probably other environmental, historical and social reasons but, perhaps too, as some Yemeni sources observed, there is a political one, namely the former regime’s determination to exclude Al-Qaeda from certain settlements.

My comment: Mixed with a lot of propaganda: Good UAE-backed militia, bad Iran.

cp15 Propaganda

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Arab Parliament Condemns Iranian Intervention, in Yemen, Holds Houthi Militias Responsible for Thwarting Geneva Negotiations

The Arab Parliament condemned the Iranian interference, in Yemen, through its support for the Houthis and threats to neighboring countries, by continued firing of ballistic missiles, at Saudi Arabia.
The Arab Parliament called, in a statement issued here today, at the end of the first meeting of the third session, in the second legislative term, for the peaceful solution to the Yemeni crisis, according to the three main references: Gulf sponsored initiative, the outputs of the national dialogue and relevant Security Council resolutions, especially the Resolution no. 2216.
Pointing out that the Houthis are presenting every day new evidence of their unwillingness to engage, in any serious effort to resolve the Yemeni crisis, peacefully, confirming their efforts to make the last Geneva negotiations a failure, and blaming the Houthi militias backed by the Iranian regime and holding them responsible for the continued suffering of the Yemeni people.
The parliament stressed the support of the Yemeni legitimacy and the role played by the Arab Coalition for Restoring legitimacy, in Yemen, calling on the Arab institutions to assume their responsibilities, in bringing peace and security, in Yemen.

My comment: This supranational “parliament” – by a group of states which fight against parliamentarism and democracy – is a Saudi mouthpiece.

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West right to ‘collude’ with Saudi Arabia on Yemen crisis

Jeremy Corbyn last week gave what many commentators are describing as the best speech of his career as the UK’s Leader of the Opposition. The bar was not high.

On international affairs, he was depressingly predictable, following the path of least resistance. Everything is easy. The world is divided into good and evil, and Corbyn will stand on the side of the righteous. He is for peace and against war. Aren’t we all? The problem is he has no idea how to achieve peace in any context beyond bland commitments to dialogue.

Of course, the war in Yemen received special attention, but it was a curiously one-sided description. In Corbyn’s telling, it is a Saudi war of aggression backed up by imperialist Western allies, and Saudi Arabia alone bears responsibility for the suffering the war has brought.

This leads me to reflect — not for the first time — on the capacity for many in the West to ignore Iran’s self-evident imperialism, driven by an expansionist ideology, and on the curious way in which the Houthis are barely mentioned when the war in Yemen is discussed. The repeated obstacles that the Houthis put in the way of peace have been ably discussed in these pages by Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg.

The intellectual laziness of Western media and politics is helping drive this trend.

It cannot be said that the coalition is free of mistakes in the conduct of the war; it has admitted making them. But it must be acknowledged that it is not in the interests of any of the coalition members, let alone the legitimate Yemeni government, for this war to drag on any longer than it needs to. The Houthis could end the war tomorrow by reverting to the status quo ante — but they won’t.

I wrote an article for London’s Times newspaper in June, calling for the Houthis to be recognized for the extremists they are – by Peter Welby, managing editor of a think tank on religious extremism, the Center on Religion & Geopolitics

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Ben Dagher accuses three parties of standing behind the collapse of the Yemeni riyal

The head of government Dr. Ahmed Obaid Bin Dagher, accused three parties in Yemen, of being behind the collapse of the local currency versus foreign currencies.

The Yemeni government held a meeting Tuesday to discuss current developments and economic conditions related to the collapse of the local currency against foreign currency and the actions taken by the Government.

Ben Dagher accused both the al-Houthi group and the "separatists, as well as the terrorists," of the deterioration of the currency, saying "the reasons that led to the collapse of the riyal are " The Houthi coup, and the political reasons emerging on the Yemeni scene, in which the Houthis, separatists, and terrorists harmonize, and who stands behind them. "

"Our position in defending the interests of our supreme people will not budge, we will maintain a united Yemen, a federal Yemen, a new Yemen.

My comment: “behind the collapse of the local currency” are the downfall of the economy due to the war, the destruction of economic activity and infrastructure by the war, mainly by Saudi coalition air raids, and by the abysmal economic policy of the Hadi government.

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Saudi Arabia at the UNGA2018: Qatar/Iran Terrorism Must Stop!

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was lined up for their slot at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 73rd session on September 28, which was utilized by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir wherein His Excellency talked about the Kingdom’s efforts for ensuring world peace. From Palestine to Yemen, Iran to Qatar, and the challenges faced by the world, the Foreign Minister delivered a historic speech, touching all the major aspects of the monarchy’s foreign policy.

Yemeni people have suffered at the hands of Houthi rebels, which are a perfect example of state-sponsored terrorism by Iran. Iranian regime’s role in destabilizing the region needs to be stopped and the Kingdom is doing its best to help the Hadi’s regime to overcome the situation. The humanitarian aids and the supplies provided to the Yemeni people is a small link in the chain of the Kingdom’s role in ensuring world peace. It is high time to provide a political solution to the Yemen crisis.

His Excellency extended the Kingdom’s support for the United States policy regarding Tehran’s aggressive role in the regional extremism, stressing the need to isolate Iran. The Mullahs regime has been violating all international accords, harboring terrorists and disrupting the world peace through state-sponsored extremist activities in the Middle East and beyond.

“Iran should be held accountable in the international legal system”, he reiterated.

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United States is Doing More to Fight Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis than the Press Knows

The Houthis, known for their atrocities against civilians, paid as much attention to the U.N. resolution as they did to international standards of decency. The war has continued.

In the face of all this, the United Arab Emirates in particular, and US humanitarian efforts, have bravely continued, with the UAE stepping up efforts to meet humanitarian needs.

From January 1, 2018 to August 5th, the UAE alone has provided $1 billion in aid, according to the Financial Tracking Service, an independent monitoring organization.

The UAE has focused on building a humanitarian infrastructure to head off mass tragedy.

The Trump Administration, has quietly stepped up to the challenge. The U.S. has sent more than $854 million in aid since the start of fiscal year 2017. Through USAID and the State Department's Bureau for Population Refugees and Migration, the U.S. has supplied food, medicine, vaccinations, emergency obstetric services, blankets, pots and pans for displaced families.

This time, however, the colleges and networks do not seem to notice. It is welcome that President Donald J. Trump has, and that timely action is preventing a death toll possibly equal to World War II.

The good news about the bad news is that the U.S. in engaged and helping – by Ahmed Charai, a Moroccan publisher, on the board of directors of the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Foreign Policy Research institute and Center the National Interest in Washington. He is also Advisory Board member of the Gatestone Institute in New York.

My comment: LOL. – For the author:

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Mitigating suffering of Yemenis

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his directive to provide a grant of $200 million to the Central Bank of Yemen to boost its financial position to help alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.
King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, Minister of Media Awwad Al-Awwad said that the new grant is in addition to the Kingdom’s previous deposits in the Yemeni Central Bank amounting to $3 billion in its bid to reduce the economic burden on the people of Yemen.

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UN Organizations… The Failure Continues

The Yemeni crisis is not only a military war between the two sides of the conflict. There is another political battle raging in a place that is thousands of kilometers away from Yemen, in the corridors of the United Nations and its affiliated organizations. Unfortunately, those corridors and platforms cannot be described but as unfair and biased, where the standards of professionalism, impartiality and neutrality have gradually disappeared, and where a blind eye is turned to the serious crimes and violations committed by the Houthis against human rights and international law.
The straw that broke the camel’s back with regards to the humanitarian standards of the UN Human Rights Commission was the latter issued a decision on the extension of the mission of the Panel of Experts in Yemen regardless of the unprecedented and major split among the Commission’s members.
This was the first time that the resolution did not receive the consensus accepted by the Commission and was made away from traditional accord. What is more puzzling, is that the decision was opposed by those who were directly concerned with it, Yemen and the Arab group. Yes, it is the first time that such division occurs in this wide discrepancy within the Commission, which is composed of 47 countries.

Undoubtedly, the credibility of the United Nations organizations is slowly diminishing. These organizations suffer unprecedented growing divisions, which in turn reduce their already weak effectiveness.

My comment: Repeating, varying former propaganda. – The Saudi side cannot stand that there war crimes are described as such and that they are held accountable at least politically. The objection that the UN would be biased in favour of the Houthis is totally odd – The Houthis’ crimes are listed in the UN report; claiming anything different would be a lie. The Saudi coalition members just are disgusted that their own crimes are specified as well – and thanks to air raids and blockade, they prevail.

This was the first time that the resolution did not receive the consensus accepted by the Commission and was made away from traditional accord “ translated into reality means: The Saudi coalition’s well-tried method of bullying the UN and the other states did not work this time.


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Foreign Minister Yamani: international community engages in extortion against government and coalition

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani said on Thursday that the international community is engaged in extortion in dealing with the legitimate government and the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, through the positions of some EU Member States in the Human Rights Council.

He explained in an interview with the Saudi newspaper "the Middle East" that Yemen will not deal with the decision of the last Council to extend the mission of the Yemen inquiry, which it considers non-existent, in the spirit of its sovereign right as a Member State of the United Nations.

He described Britain's vote on the Yemeni dossier on the Security Council as extortion, aware of the crisis in Yemen and "after all the information and facts that it possesses to vote with this resolution, without consulting the Yemeni government."

Prior to the session of the Human Rights Council, at the end of last September, his country had sought to "dislocation these blocs" in the Council against its country, in direct dialogue with many of its foreign ministers, to clarify the picture directly, and to try to reach a compromise, "but unfortunately, they argued that they would not be able to Exit or penetrate the European consensus».

My comment: Yamani’s claims are really odd. The matter simple is that the UN Yemen inquiry equally had listed and denounced war crimes and crimes against humanity by all parties in the Yemen war. And the Saudi coalition puppet masters as their Yemeni puppets had been spoiled by international acceptance and complicity for 3 ½ years now and simply were not accustomed to being treated in an appropriate way. Well, this is “extortion” according to Yamani. And he is angry that he and his puppet masters did not succeed in bullying and urging the Europeans.

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Yemeni Officials to Asharq Al-Awsat: Foiled Houthi Boat Attack Has Iranian Hallmarks

Yemeni officials stressed that the foiled boat attack by Iran-backed Houthis over the weekend has the hallmarks of Tehran.
The Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen announced on Sunday the foiling of a terrorist attack by the Houthi against Saudi Arabia’s Port of Jizan. The Royal Saudi Navy Forces intercepted and destroyed two remote-controlled explosive boats headed towards the port.
Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani told Asharq Al-Awsat that the failed attack “was a message from Iran that was being executed by the coup militias in order to destabilize the region.”
“It is banking on militias that are losing all of their military capabilities on the ground against the advance of the national Yemeni army, which is backed by the Arab coalition,” he added.

My comment: Odd propaganda; it’s not the Iranians waging war in Yemen.

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More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day:

Oct. 2:

Oct. 1:

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6 Saudi-led airstrikes targets Sanhan district in Sanaa

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Noisy morning in #Yemen capital Sanaa. Airstrikes & explosions all over Nahdayn mountains and Sabaeen in Haddah district.

#Breaking: #Saudi airstrikes targeted the Presidential palace and the immigration & passport building in #Sanaa (photo)

more photos:

Comment: This is insane. The passport authority was reportedly hit in Saudi airstrikes a while ago on capital Sanaa. It's usually packed most days

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Aggression’s Daily Update for Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

In Hajjah, a number of citizens were injured when two US-Saudi aggression air raids targeted a truck belonging to a citizen, in the public line in Bani Hassan area of Abs district.

In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Bagim border district, injuring a citizen and destroying houses. The US-Saudi Aggression launched eight air raids in Majazh, in Aseer.

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Aggression warplane kills displaced family in Hajjah

A displaced family were killed in aggression airstrike on Mustaba district in Hajjah province, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.
The warplane targeted the citizen's Mohammed al-Hajory family in al-Hamra'a area in Mustaba district, killing his wife and their only daughter

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A 30-year-old witness told MintPress News:

Two airstrikes targeted Hussein al-Hajouri`s house at 2 a.m., killing Hussein and his wife and daughter. We found some parts of their bodies 100 meters from the house that was bombed; some of it is still under the rubble.”

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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Aggression targeting a food truck under pretext and continue shelling houses in Saada


Rocket bombardment and intensive artillery on the homes and farms of citizens in the Directorate of Baqem

A citizen injured by rocket and artillery shelling on residential areas in the Directorate of Border #


The destruction of a truck with two citizens on the public line in the area of ​​Bani Hassan Directorate # Abs

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Army launches 5 Zilzal-1 missiles strike Saudi military Sites in Asir

The missile force of the army on Wednesday, fired 5 Zilzal-1 missiles towards gatherings of the Saudi-backed militants at Alib crossing western part of Majaza area, in the Saudi southern border province of Asir.

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Al Houthi forces claimed to fire a Zilzal 2 ballistic missile and a number of artillery shells at Saudi forces gathered near the al Khadra border in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia on October 2. The attack killed and wounded dozens of Saudi troops, according to al Houthi media. The Saudi Ministry of Defense has not confirmed the missile strike.[4]

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Woman injured in mercenaries' artillery shelling in Jawf

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Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone in Najran

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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New Book: Islands of Heritage

Conservation and Transformation in Yemen

Soqotra, the largest island of Yemen's Soqotra Archipelago, is one of the most uniquely diverse places in the world. A UNESCO natural World Heritage Site.

Islands of Heritage shares Soqotrans' stories to offer the first exploration of environmental conservation, heritage production, and development in an Arab state.

Examining the multiple notions of heritage in play for twenty-first-century Soqotra, Nathalie Peutz narrates how everyday Soqotrans came to assemble, defend, and mobilize their cultural and linguistic heritage. These efforts, which diverged from outsiders' focus on the island's natural heritage, ultimately added to Soqotrans' calls for political and cultural change during the Yemeni Revolution. Islands of Heritage shows that far from being merely a conservative endeavor, the protection of heritage can have profoundly transformative, even revolutionary effects.

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Yemen exhibition highlights human cost of war

Images of an emaciated child crying and a boy hobbling on crutches are among more than 100 paintings on display in Yemen's rebel-held capital aimed at highlighting the human suffering of war.

The week-long exhibition, inaugurated by rebel leaders, is being held at an ultramodern gallery that stands in sharp contrast to the rest of conflict-scarred Sanaa.

"It's a message to all humanity," said Akram Yahya Baker, head of the People's Development Foundation, considered close to the rebels.

Art enthusiast Fouad Naji sees in the exhibition a "sign of resistance despite the wounds and blockade".

The show, which opened on Saturday, is the result of a workshop launched in early 2018 that saw artists visit bomb sites in Sanaa for inspiration, according to organisers (photos)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-464 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-464: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

und alle Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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