Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 482B- Yemen War Mosaic 482B

Yemen Press Reader 482B: 21. November 2018: Atomvertrag mit Iran, Europa und Frieden im Jemen – 85.000 Kinder unter Fünf verhungert – Wasserproblem: Es werden wieder Brunnen gegraben ...
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... Wiederaufbau im Jemen – Trump, Khashoggi und Jemen – Opfer der US-Kriege ab 2001 – Hodeidah: Neue Kämpfe, Luftangriffe – UN: Friedensbemühungen, britischer Resolutionsentwurf – und mehr

Nov. 21, 2018: The Iran Nuclear Deal, Europe and peace in Yemen – 85,000 children under five starved to death – Water problem: Digging wells again – Reconstruction in Yemen – Trump, Khashoggi and Yemen – Toll of US post 9/11 wars – Hodeidah: Fighting starts again, air raids – UN: Peace efforts, new British resolution draft –and more

Dieses Jemenkrieg-Mosaik besteht aus zwei Teilen / This Yemen War Mosaic is divided in two parts

Teil 1 / Part 1

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Teil 1: Kursiv / Part 1: In Italics

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1b1 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Deutsch/ Most important: Hodeidah battle: German

cp1b2 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Englisch / Most important: Hodeidah battle: English

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp8a

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Film: Saudi Arabia post-Khashoggi: Business as usual?

After Khashoggi's killing, Saudi Arabia tightens grip on media and public discourse. Plus, South Korea's 'Defector TV'.

On this episode of The Listening Post: More than a month after Jamal Khashoggi's killing, control on media and public discourse in Saudi Arabia continues to tighten. Plus, 'defector TV' in South Korea.

A l-Jasser ran what he thought was an anonymous account on Twitter, a platform that used to be a proxy public square for Saudis, but where an army of trolls has poisoned debate, harasses dissidents and spreads misinformation.

The mastermind of that campaign was Saud al-Qahtani, who worked behind the scenes as an enforcer for Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

As his boss conducted a charm offensive on the western media, al-Qahtani ensured journalists back home toed the line and critics stayed quiet. He was reportedly fired over his role in the Khashoggi killing, but the chilling effect of his work remains.

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Saudi Arabia: Reports of torture and sexual harassment of detained activists

Several Saudi Arabian activists, including a number of women, who have been arbitrarily detained without charge since May 2018 in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahban Prison, have reportedly faced sexual harassment, torture and other forms of ill-treatment during interrogation, Amnesty International said today.

According to three separate testimonies obtained by the organization, the activists were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging, leaving some unable to walk or stand properly. In one reported instance, one of the activists was made to hang from the ceiling, and according to another testimony, one of the detained women was reportedly subjected to sexual harassment, by interrogators wearing face masks.


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Detained activists in Saudi Arabia subjected to torture, sexual harassment: rights groups

In a similar statement, Human Rights Watch quoted “informed sources” as saying Saudi interrogators tortured at least three female Saudi activists. Both Amnesty and Human Rights Watch said the detainees were subjected to sexual harassment.

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Saudi energy minister says kingdom launches uranium exploration programme

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the kingdom had launched a uranium exploration programme and initial indications were positive.

Falih added that a project to construct two nuclear plants, was proceeding at an excellent pace according to plan.

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Abdullah Akeel was arrested by #Saudi authorities two days ago. Some believe he was detained for his recent article highlighting the terrorizing wave of enforced patriotism. #MBS list of humanitarian violations keeps getting bigger while the world sits silent!

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Exclusive: After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals turn against king’s favorite son

Amid international uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, three sources close to the royal court said.

Dozens of princes and cousins from powerful branches of the Al Saud family want to see a change in the line of succession but would not act while King Salman - the crown prince’s 82-year-old father - is still alive, the sources said. They recognize that the king is unlikely to turn against his favorite son, known in the West as MbS.

Rather, they are discussing the possibility with other family members that after the king’s death, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, 76, a younger full brother of King Salman and uncle of the crown prince, could take the throne, according to the sources.

Prince Ahmed, King Salman’s only surviving full brother, would have the support of family members, the security apparatus and some Western powers, one of the Saudi sources said.

Senior U.S. officials have indicated to Saudi advisers in recent weeks that they would support Prince Ahmed, who was deputy interior minister for nearly 40 years, as a potential successor, according to Saudi sources with direct knowledge of the consultations.

These Saudi sources said they were confident that Prince Ahmed would not change or reverse any of the social or economic reforms enacted by MbS, would honor existing military procurement contracts and would restore the unity of the family.

One senior U.S. official said the White House is in no hurry to distance itself from the crown prince despite pressure from lawmakers and the CIA’s assessment that MbS ordered Khashoggi’s murder, though that could change once Trump gets a definitive report on the killing from the intelligence community.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp8, cp9

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Trump statement on Saudi role in Khashoggi case 'shameful': Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday it was “shameful” that U.S. President Donald Trump had pledged support for Saudi Arabia despite the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate.

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Jemen, Syrien, Zypern und der Khashoggi-Fall

Außenminister Çavuşoğlu kam in New York mit UNO-Generalsekretär Guterres zusammen.

Meinungsaustausch über die jüngsten Entwicklungen im Jemen, in Syrien, die Zypern-Frage und den Khashoggi-Fall geführt. Weil bisher kein Antrag gestellt wurde, stehe eine internationale Ermittlung des Khashoggi-Mordes nicht zur Debatte. Ferner fügte Dujarric hinzu, dass dem für eine internationale Ermittlung des Khashoggi-Falls dem UN-Generalsekretär eine Befugnis erteilt werden müsse.

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Saudi foreign minister says CIA assessment on Khashoggi murder is false

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that claims, including by the CIA, that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi were false, according to an Arabic-language newspaper interview.

“We in the kingdom know that such allegations about the crown prince have no basis in truth and we categorically reject them, whether through leaks or not,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in Saudi-owned Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper in the first Saudi official comment on the CIA report.

“They are leaks that have not been officially announced, and I have noticed that they are based on an assessment, not conclusive evidence,” he added.

Jubeir was also asked about comments by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the kill order came from the highest level of the Saudi leadership but probably not King Salman, which has put the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

“We have already asked the Turkish authorities at the highest level about the meaning of these comments, and they confirmed to us categorically that the crown prince is not meant by these comments,” he said.

“The leadership of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (the king) and the crown prince, is a red line, and we will not permit attempts to harm or undermine them,” he added.

My comment: Oh, this is hid “red line”, whatever the facts are. – We could discuss whether this statement will be classified in history as (since taking office) will be Jubeir’s lie No. 645, 812 or 1,235.

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U.S. spy chiefs should publicly report on Khashoggi death: Senator

U.S. intelligence officials should issue a public report on the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Democratic U.S. Senator said on Monday, following published reports the CIA believed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had personally ordered the murder.

Senate intelligence committee member Ron Wyden, in a statement to Reuters, called on U.S. spy chiefs to “come out and provide the American people and the Congress with a public assessment of who ordered the killing.”

My comment: Of course, he is right. – And this finally would speed up the necessary political implications.

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House members demand answers about Khashoggi from top spy chief

More than 50 Democrats and one Republican in the House sent a letter to the nation’s top spy chief Monday, demanding information about when the United States learned of Saudi Arabia’s plans to target slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and whether they warned him about what they knew.

“We seek urgent answers as to whether Mr. Khashoggi was in fact contacted about the credible threat to his life and liberty posed by the Saudi plot to capture him,” the members, led by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), wrote to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. They also insisted the director tell them “the precise date” when the intelligence community learned of the plot against Khashoggi, and to know whether any of intercepts of Saudi officials’ plans would be declassified. They threatened to compel the information from the intelligence community if it was not readily provided.

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Complicity: US Must Stop Supporting Saudi Narrative on Khashoggi Murder

Facing pressure to act against the Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also clearly not wanting to imperil US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration has announced sanctions on 17 Saudis over the grisly murder.

It’s a way to keep everything in line with the oft-changing Saudi narratives, and their consistent theme that the crown prince MBS was wholly blameless.

Meaning, the US won’t sanction the despotic regime. Indeed, all 17 people they did sanction are people that the Saudis had already singled out as being targets of their own token investigation. The US used almost that entire Saudi investigation list, except for military generals, as their own list of sanctions targets.

Now US Treasury officials claim they did “achieve justice” for Khashoggi’s family, which is far from the truth. They just want to sell the idea that they did something, without doing anything at all that might risk juicy US arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Here, the rules of Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which became International Law in 2014 are simple: If a country knows that the arms about to be sold will be used for genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, then they must stop the transfer. =

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Trump does not want to hear tape of 'vicious' Khashoggi murder

U.S. President Donald Trump said he does not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite facing mounting pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing.

“I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

“I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it ... It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.”

Comment: Well well well - people in Yemen see their loved ones dead all the time; painful but they have courage, unlike the president of USA.

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Turkey may seek U.N. inquiry if Saudi cooperation reaches impasse

Turkey is not entirely satisfied with the level of cooperation it is receiving from Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and may seek a formal United Nations inquiry if its liaising with Riyadh comes to an impasse, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

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Turkey says Khashoggi killers may have taken body parts out of country: CNN Turk

The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have taken his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by broadcaster CNN Turk on Sunday.

“One probability is that they left the country three to four hours after committing the murder. They may have taken out Khashoggi’s dismembered corpse inside luggage without facing problems due to their diplomatic immunity,” CNN Turk cited Akar as saying.

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Footage of Saudi monarch agents carrying body parts of Khashoggi

Remark: Just a reminder: We got this earlier by Ali AlAhmed.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp8a

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Rand Paul Responds to White House Statement: This is Saudi First, Not America First

Senator Rand Paul, a long time critic of Saudi Arabia, released a scathing statement regarding the response to the slaying of journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi.

“The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser of two evils compared to Iran and so the US won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident in their consulate. I disagree,” Senator Paul tweeted. “We should, at the very least, NOT reward Saudi Arabia with our sophisticated armaments that they in turn use to bomb civilians.”

The Kentucky Senator took aim squarely at the White House statement on the issue that was titled “America First!”

Senator Paul tweeted that, “I’m pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First. I’m also pretty sure John Bolton wrote it.”

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U.S. lawmaker Schiff says U.S. must end Saudi support in Yemen war, suspend arm sales

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ intelligence panel, on Tuesday called for an end of U.S. support to Saudi Arabia and said it was “inconceivable that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was either unknowing or uninvolved” in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Preventing World War III

Delusion #3: The Middle East's problems can be contained
The lesson of global terrorism and the refugee waves that have inflamed European politics is that what happens in the Middle East doesn't stay in the Middle East. A growing U.S. confrontation with Iran, the ripples from the brutal Khashoggi murder in Saudi Arabia, and ongoing civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria have significantly increased the immediate risks.
Message to the U.S. and its European and regional allies: don't let these crises go to waste. Delusion #4: U.S. global leadership is assured
The window is closing on our ability to shape a future to our liking.
The United States has dynamism, resources, human capital and sources of attraction that could extend its global leadership. However, with China on track to surpass the U.S. as the world's biggest economy, it has far less leverage and relative resources than it had in 1945.
That means U.S. leaders will have to summon even more strategic and collaborative vision, renewing alliances, adapting current institutions and preventing major conflict.
To think U.S. leadership can be assured otherwise would be the mother of all delusions.

My comment: This is demasking. US global leadership is described as the evident goal of US foreign policy: the world should be ruled and exploited according to US interests. This could not be the goal of anyone outside the US corporate and political elite – by Frederick Kempe

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A brave new US Congress or same old hypocrisy?

The ‘Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act’ bipartisan bill in the US Senate suggests that long-missing congressional activism in American foreign policy might be on the horizon, but likely would be on a selective basis.

Since the mid-1990s, the US Congress has abdicated its oversight of the executive’s foreign and national security policies owing to increased partisan polarization, decreased legislative expertise on foreign affairs, and greater deference to the presidency on war, counter-terrorism and trade issues. This default congressional tendency of leaving the White House unconstrained on foreign policy may, however, shift in response to changing international circumstances.

The Senate bill challenges the Trump administration’s core strategy of continuing a no-questions-asked, all-weather alliance with Saudi Arabia.

Given the victory of the Democratic Party in the House in the recent midterm elections, more moral and human rights-heavy legislation and proceedings from January 2019 are likely to emerge with the intention of checking Trump’s executive authority to conduct his narrow ‘America First’ foreign policy.

Notwithstanding congressional venting against target countries, the return of a liberal Democrat-led House after eight years cannot fully stymie Trump’s foreign policy. The still Republican-held US Senate has relatively greater foreign policy-related powers than the House.

Moreover, there are serious inconsistencies and contradictions in the foreign policy preferences of the Democrats themselves

Thus, if the US Congress becomes more progressive and activist in foreign policy from January, it will be on a selective and subjective basis. The moral outrage is going to be aimed at specific countries but not at other nations which have powerful lobbies in Washington and have manufactured positive consensuses in their favor.

The general double standards which inform the foreign policy of the American executive branch, wherein allies get a pass on human rights and democracy while antagonists are pilloried, also operate in the US Congress.

The discrepancy is already on clear display with regard to Bahrain

American foreign policy is not going to undergo a major course correction or moral infusion as a result of one midterm election or improved congressional oversight and scrutiny over the White House. A Democrat-controlled House will at best look to embarrass Trump on some foreign policy aspects for domestic score-settling. The laser-focus on Russia, for example, is a partisan political hobby horse and will go on as long as Trump remains in office.

As to rendering the US’ role in the world more humane and less oppressive, hoping that Congress will deliver is as vain as ‘waiting for Godot’. – by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia

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Join us this Thanksgiving: Fast For Yemen

What can we do about it?

Electing democrats obviously won’t help because the democrats began this criminal venture with Saudi Arabia, and I can’t remember a war that the democrats didn’t support and pay for.

Writing letters to Congress, or calling them is also a fruitless endeavor because Saudi Arabia and its vast oil wealth and influence has the US Congress and the UN under its thumbs.

I embarked upon a hunger strike on 11.04.18 to highlight these issues and to bring awareness to the genocide in Yemen because most USAians probably never even heard of a country called “Yemen."

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MBS has a toxic record of recklessness. The Trump administration doesn’t need him.

A COMMON theme has emerged in the Trump administration’s rhetoric about Saudi Arabia’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The president and his top aides keep saying they intend to get to the bottom of the case and to hold all those responsible accountable. But there is always one caveat: Any action must be consistent with “maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia,” as the State Department put it on Saturday.

The implication is clear: Nothing can disrupt the White House’s bond with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s most powerful figure. That imperative apparently has prompted President Trump to resist the CIA’s firm finding that the crown prince was responsible for ordering Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. And it has so far prevented the State Department from publicly stating what conclusions the United States has reached about the case — though Mr. Trump vaguely spoke of a report this week.

The administration is right that the relationship with Saudi Arabia, which dates to President Franklin D. Rooosevelt’s administration, is worth preserving. But it is exaggerating the importance of a country that gets far more from the United States than it delivers. It is also mistakenly conflating the Saudi regime with one 33-year-old prince — a man who in a handful of years has run up a toxic record of recklessness.

The United States cannot force Mohammed bin Salman’s removal from power, and the fact that he may remain is another rationale for the administration’s response. But it is entirely possible to sanction and shun the Saudi leader while still doing business with his regime

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Sen. Chris Murphy’s Lonely Quest to End the War in Yemen

The Connecticut senator on the U.S. role in yet another disastrous war in the Middle East, our ‘head-scratching’ ties with Saudi Arabia, and the Khashoggi case

For Chris Murphy, the newly re-elected junior senator from Connecticut, Yemen is a byword for the failures of American foreign policy in the Middle East. For the past three years, he has been a consistent and often lonely voice in the government for ending United States military support for Saudi Arabia’s war on its southern neighbor, which has turned the country into a hellish failed state while accomplishing nothing.

I spoke with Sen. Murphy in August, and caught up with him again this week to get his take on the latest developments in Yemen.

Murphy: The Saudis would never admit to intentionally causing a humanitarian catastrophe as a military strategy, but they seem to be very methodical in their efforts to make it as hard as possible to get humanitarian resources into the country. [Saudi crown prince] Mohammed bin Salman once said that time is an asset for the coalition. What I think he meant is, as the campaign continues and starvation gets worse, it’s more likely the Houthis will be forced to the negotiating table.

I’m glad the administration has stopped support for refueling. It’s an important first step. But I don’t get the sense that Pompeo and Mattis are willing to undertake the direct and consistent intervention necessary to end this quagmire.

One problem is we don’t talk to the Iranians. There’s been this strange double-standard where the administration is gleefully enthusiastic to talk to the North Koreans but not the Iranians, which makes no strategic sense.

Yemen is a symbol of our continued military hubris in the Middle East.

There are a lot of humanitarian nightmares in the world, but there’s only one country that’s in the middle of a famine caused by the United States.

We’re radicalizing a generation of Yemenis against the United States. They see the bombs falling on them as U.S. bombs, not Saudi bombs. AQAP is much stronger than it was before the civil war started.

I’ve been beating the drum on Yemen for years and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why Congress didn’t care more. I’m sick over the fact that it was one journalist’s death that caused many of my colleagues to wake up.


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Our Complicity in the Starvation of Yemen

Seth Harp interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy on the war on Yemen and his opposition to it. This answer from Murphy is worth highlighting.

It is rare to see someone describe our government’s responsibility for helping to create the humanitarian disaster in Yemen as bluntly and accurately as Sen. Murphy does here. One of the important things that Murphy has done in speaking out against U.S. involvement has been to call attention to that responsibility and to force the public and his colleagues in Congress to acknowledge the harm that this policy has caused to tens of millions of people. Because our government has had such a large role in creating the crisis, Americans have a greater obligation than most to help put an end to the war and the horrific conditions it has created. It is not only the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, but it is also the one for which our government is most responsible.

Unfortunately, the likely effects I identified more than three years ago have all come to pass, and some of them have been even worse than I could have imagined.

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Film: Ro Khanna On Stopping U.S. Aid in the Saudi War Against Yemen

The war in Yemen is the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world’ — Representative Ro Khanna is calling for the U.S. to stop aiding Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni war.

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Paul to Trump: Saudis consider sanctions for Khashoggi killing a "sign of weakness"

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says the Trump administration's sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian individuals for the death of Jamal Khashoggi will be viewed "as a sign of weakness" by the U.S., and reiterated his call to cut off arms sales to the country to punish the Saudi leadership.

"Most of these people are in prison other than the crown prince. But the crown prince runs the country and we deal with him. If we put sanctions on people who are in prison. Are we really doing anything to punish them? They're already in prison.

"We need to punish who ordered this, who's in charge, and really the only thing they understand over there is strength," Paul added (with film, interview)


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Film, Rand Paul about Saudi Arabia: “We should not be arming the enemy. It’s not just the Republicans admitting this. Hillary Clinton said, in a cable that was leaked, that Saudi Arabia was the most significant source of funding to terrorists worldwide.”

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Jamal Khashoggi's murder could be a game-changer for the Yemen war

Instead, Western nations are responding to Saudi aggression by addressing the war in Yemen, ratcheting up pressure on the Crown Prince to enter a ceasefire agreement that will put an end to the three-year conflict.

There are plenty of members of Congress in the US who don't agree with Trump's lax response to the Khashoggi killing.

"This legislation is an important way to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for various acts in Yemen as well as the death of Jamal Khashoggi," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said last week.

Joost Hiltermann, the Middle East and North Africa program director at the International Crisis Group, said that Khashoggi's murder coincided with a growing willingness to address the Yemen war, particularly as hunger worsens in the country and ahead of a possible announcement at the end of the month that Yemen is officially in famine.

But the concern is that the renewed vigor for action on Yemen -- however desperately welcomed it may be -- has come at the cost of disclosing the full truth on Khashoggi.

The response to Khashoggi's killing has been soft, or has at least avoided direct targets at the Crown Prince.

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Yemen's humanitarian crisis worsens each day. Here's how to stop it

If President Donald Trump and his foreign policy team really want to end the war, they need to use all the tools at their disposal -- military, diplomatic and economic.

Trump seems unlikely to do so. In fact, it's more likely that the US will remain complicit in the civilian deaths that have resulted from Saudi attacks. It is therefore imperative that Congress hold Trump's feet to the fire by passing legislation that invokes the War Powers Resolution, which bars the United States from playing a substantial role in any conflict that has not been authorized by Congress.

But with the Democrats taking control of the House in January, the prospects of passing a War Powers Resolution on Yemen will increase dramatically.

In the face of this unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, the Trump administration's steps to ameliorate the crisis are woefully inadequate. The Pentagon's announcement on the end of refueling for Saudi aircrafts involved in the war is a case in point. It describes the decision as taken jointly with Saudi officials and suggests that the kingdom is largely able to do its own refueling at this point.

And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration officials continue to perpetratethe fiction that the Saudi regime is taking good faith steps to limit civilian casualties in its air campaign.

If it wants to make an earnest effort to protect innocent lives, the Trump administration should end all support for the Saudi/UAE war effort

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Obama Officials’ Incomplete Reckoning with Failure on Yemen

On November 11, 30 senior Obama administration officials issued a statement calling on the Trump administration to end all support for Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen. This was a positive and thoughtful effort, given America’s participation in a war that has had catastrophic outcomes for the people of Yemen. But it was, ultimately, a failed reckoning for the Obama administration’s role in risking American complicity in Saudi-led coalition abuses in the first place.

The statement by the former senior officials attempts to acknowledge that America’s participation in the war — providing intelligence, refueling, and logistical assistance to the Saudi-led coalition — was now clearly a mistake, given the coalition’s failure to limit its myriad violations and end the war. But they justify the Obama administration’s initial decision to support the war as based on “a legitimate threat posed by missiles on the Saudi border and the Houthi overthrow of the Yemeni government, with support from Iran.”

A more honest reckoning for how the US got to where it is in this war in Yemen would start with a greater admission of the truth of the Obama administration’s motivations and mistakes in participating in this war. In their letter, the Obama officials try to distinguish their administration’s support for the war as “conditional,” vs. Trump’s “unconditional” support. Of course, this matters little to the Yemeni people because the outcome has been the same: death and destruction, very often by US bombs.

The Obama administration’s stated justifications for joining the war effort obscure the truth of what led them to the war. Other Obama administration officials had already stated that their support for the war, coupled with a $1 billion arms deal, was first and foremost payback for Saudi’s grudging tolerance of the Iran nuclear deal, and to reassure them that the US remained a reliable ally, despite the deal – by Sarah Leah Whitson

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The United States Should Leave Yemen, Not Broker Peace

Withdrawing U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's regional feuds long ago could have spared Yemen years of disaster.

While these moves are long-overdue, the signal Mattis has given that the United States would continue its military involvement, while also now seeking to broker peace, is the wrong approach.

Instead, the United States should do what it should have done from the start: leave.

U.S. support for the Saudi-led military coalition began in 2015

Even beyond complicity in the slaughter of Yemeni civilians, the United States is also responsible for the growth of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. According to the International Crisis Group (ICG) , the terrorist organization is “stronger than it has ever been” after two years of conflict

In short, by supporting Saudi Arabia in Yemen, the United States is aiding AQAP—even though combatting AQAP is America’s stated purpose in Yemen, according to a December 2016 presidential brief .

The United States could have avoided complicity in Yemen’s slaughter and AQAP’s rise by avoiding Yemen altogether. If the United States had pulled out sooner, then the Saudis would have suffered the full weight of international condemnation, potentially sparking the very negotiations U.S. officials are now seeking.

But the United States did not want to leave Yemen because leaders feel compelled to counter Iran’s influence and support Saudi Arabia.

Having exhausted their justifications, U.S. officials defend their folly in Yemen with increasing irrationality. Despite the carnage of Saudi strikes , the Pentagon has maintained that U.S. involvement “helps reduce civilian casualties.” In June, Britain and the United States vetoed a United Nations attempt to protect a seaport critical to 8.4 million starving Yemenis from Saudi attack. In September, Secretary of State Pompeowrongfully certified that the Saudis were limiting civilian damage

If the United States would recognize that withdrawing support long ago could have spared Yemen years of disaster, it could learn a valuable lesson. Instead of embroiling itself any further and risking more unintended consequences, the United States should cut its losses and leave Yemen once and for all –by Michael Zigismund =

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The U.S. Backs The Mideast’s Most Reactionary Nation

Trump and his allies initially supported the Saudi-Emirati war against Yemen, having fallen for the false claim that great Satan Iran was backing the Yemeni Houthi forces. Britain and Israel strongly supported the Saudi war.

In reality, Saudi Arabia’s headstrong Crown Prince Mohammed, got his nation embroiled in a no-win war against tough Yemeni tribes who refused to accept a Saudi-imposed figurehead ruler. The United Arab Emirates, a Saudi ally, also got involved to expand its little country-big ambitions around the Red Sea littoral.

Instead, the Saudis relied on their US and British-supplied air force to prosecute the war in Yemen by indiscriminate terror bombing and trying to starve the Yemenis into submission.

No one in the West cared about this massacre until the unfortunate Khashoggi was murdered in Istanbul.

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US-Drohnenkrieg im Jemen: Fast ein Drittel der Todesfälle betrifft Zivilisten - nicht al-Qaida

Die Vereinigten Staaten führen seit 16 Jahren einen Drohnenkrieg im Jemen gegen al-Qaida. Aber die Kampagne fordert einen hohen Preis: Dutzende Zivilisten, die durch US-Drohnenschläge ermordet wurden. Trump baute den Drohnenkrieg nochmals aus.

In einer Untersuchung über Drohnenangriffe im Jemen in diesem Jahr fand die US-Nachrichtenagentur The Associated Press (AP) heraus, dass mindestens 30 getötete Menschen nicht zur Terrororganisation al-Qaida gehörten. Das entspricht etwa einem Drittel aller Menschen, die 2018 bisher bei Drohnenangriffen getötet wurden.

Das Pentagon gibt seine Einschätzung der Zahl der Todesopfer nicht preis, aber unabhängige Datenbanken zählten laut AP 88 Personen, darunter Kämpfer und Zivilisten, die in diesem Jahr von Drohnen im Jemen getötet wurden.

Der AP-Report bietet zu einer Zeit, in der die Trump-Administration den Einsatz von bewaffneten Drohnen dramatisch erhöht hat, einen Einblick in die Häufigkeit, mit der Zivilisten von Drohnenschlägen getroffen werden. Die US-Armee hat während der fast zweijährigen Amtszeit von Trump 176 Luftangriffe durchgeführt, denen 154 Luftschläge während der gesamten acht Jahre der Obama-Regierung gegenüberstehen, so eine AP-Zählung und des Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Campaigners seek to shut down Raytheon bomb factory

The firm - which has benefited from huge sums of Scottish government cash - is involved in making missiles linked to civilian deaths.

Human Rights Watch say the Paveway IV missiles - used by the Saudi forces throughout the bombing of Yemen - are made in Raytheon’s Scottish plant.

With 2015 sales worth $28 billion, the global firm is among the biggest arms companies in the world.

Protester Sean Clerkin said campaigners would blockade the “Raytheon bomb factory” to “demand they stop selling arms Saudi Arabia who killing innocent people in Yemen.”

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Iran Raps UK Involvement in War Crimes in Yemen

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned the visiting British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that UK’s arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen makes London complicit in war crimes in Yemen.

Rear Admiral Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Tehran on Monday.

Touching upon the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including Saudi-led food blockade against the war torn country and the use of prohibited weapons like cluster bombs against residential areas, Shamkhani slammed UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE-led coalition which contribute to their war crimes in Yemen.

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Britain's Hunt in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, Yemen, detainees: state TV

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt discussed the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, the conflict in Yemen and other issues in meetings with Iranian authorities in Tehran on Monday, Iranian state media reported.

Comment in image:

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SNP demand an end to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

THE SNP has called for UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to end following revelations that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) knew of hundreds of alleged humanitarian law breaches in Yemen by the regime.

“Despite the mounting evidence of breaches in international law, the UK Government is still content on looking the other way, whilst simultaneously supplying arms and military advice to the Saudi government.

He continued: “The sale of arms to the Saudi government must end now.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Im Jemen tobt ein Stellvertreterkrieg

Ali Hassan Al-Gamrah ist Arzt in der LEA. Im Missionshaus der Comboni-Missionare hielt der 70-Jährige einen Vortrag

Er berichtete von der großen Hungersnot, von chronischer Unterernährung, dem Fehlen von Trinkwasser, dem Müllproblem und von Krankheiten wie Cholera. Die Saudis hätten Krankenhäuser bombardiert, die Flughäfen seien weitgehend zerstört und fast alle Häfen gesperrt: „Die Saudis haben Interesse am Öl.“

Mit einem Arbeitsvisum kam Al-Gamrah mit seiner Familie wieder nach Deutschland. Er arbeitet als Arzt in der Landes-Erstaufnahmestelle für Flüchtlinge und wohnt mit seiner Familie in Ellwangen.,-im-jemen-tobt-ein-stellvertreterkrieg-_arid,10966510.html

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„Der Jemen-Krieg wäre ein Grund gegen Waffenlieferungen gewesen – Khashoggi nicht“

Deutschland reagiert auf die grausame Tötung des saudischen Regierungskritikers Jamal Khashoggi – unter anderem mit einer Einstellung aller Waffenlieferungen. Der bekannteste Verdächtige kommt aber wohl erst einmal ungeschoren davon. So kommentiert die deutsche Presse die Maßnahmen.

„Immer noch bildet die Bundeswehr saudische Soldaten aus“

„Weitere Sanktionen werden folgen müssen“

„Kronprinz bin Salman von den Einreiseverboten auszunehmen, wirkt halbherzig“

„Ein Zeichen ist gesetzt, dass Untaten Folgen haben“

„Realpolitik ist oft ein schmutziges Geschäft“

„Der Jemen-Krieg wäre ein Grund gegen Waffenlieferungen gewesen – Khashoggi nicht“

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Deutsche Regierung verfügt Stopp der Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien
Als Begründung werden Konsequenzen aus der Tötung von Jamal Khashoggi genannt. Der Jemen-Krieg hat dafür nicht ausgereicht
Die deutsche Regierung hat die Rüstungslieferungen an Saudi-Arabien “komplett gestoppt”, wie am Montag das Wirtschaftsministerium bekannt gab. Begründet wird der Stopp, der die Auslieferung von Waffen und anderen Rüstungsgüter betreffe, mit der Konsequenz aus der Tötung des saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi.
Die Entscheidung, getroffen nach einer Prüfung, die nicht nur neue Exportgenehmigungen, sondern auch bereits erteilte Genehmigungen umfasste, entspricht einer Forderung, die in der Öffentlichkeit umso forcierter vorgetragen wurde, je mehr über die haarsträubende Aktion, die sich Anfang Oktober im saudischen Generalkonsulat in Istanbul zutrug, durchsickerte.
So konsequent die Entscheidung im ersten Moment erscheint, bleiben doch ein paar Fragen stehen wie hartnäckige sture Kegel, die bei diesem Wurf nicht umfallen wollen. Eine wäre: Warum reagiert die Bundesregierung auf die Aktion eines Killerkommandos, das einen Feind der Herrschaft im Haus Saud zur Seite räumt, aber nicht auf eine brutale Kriegsführung des Königreiches im Jemen, die bislang über 50.000 Tote und Millionen Hungernde und von Krankheiten und Schwäche gezeichnete Menschen auf dem Konto hat? Der saudische Wahnsinn im Jemen hätte längst nach Konsequenzen verlangt.

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Getöteter Jamal Khashoggi: Bundesregierung stoppt alle Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien

Wegen der Tötung des saudischen Regierungskritikers Jamal Khashoggi hat die Bundesregierung alle Rüstungsexporte in das Land gestoppt. Einige Hersteller dürfte dies hart treffen.

Als Konsequenz aus der Tötung des saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi hat die Bundesregierung die Rüstungslieferungen an Saudi-Arabien komplett gestoppt. Das Wirtschaftsministerium gab bekannt, dass auch keine Waffen oder andere Rüstungsgüter mehr nach Saudi-Arabien ausgeliefert würden, deren Export bereits genehmigt wurde.

Ein Sprecher des Wirtschaftsministeriums sagte am Montag in der Regierungspressekonferenz, dass die Bundesregierung "auf die Inhaber von gültigen Einzelgenehmigungen hinwirkt mit dem Ergebnis, dass es derzeit keine Ausfuhren von Deutschland nach Saudi-Arabien gibt". Die Ausfuhren würden mit "unterschiedlichen Instrumenten" unterbunden, zu denen er aus verfassungsrechtlichen Gründen aber nichts sagen könne, ergänzte der Sprecher auf Nachfrage.

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Berlins zwiespältiger Einsatz im Jemen: Millionen für humanitäre Hilfe, aber Waffen an Kriegsallianz

Deutschland rühmt sich mit "einer restriktiven und verantwortungsvollen Rüstungsexportpolitik" und gehört zu den größten humanitären Helfern im Jemen. Gleichzeitig war Saudi-Arabien zweitbester Rüstungskunde, das die katastrophale Lage erst entstehen ließ.

Die grausame Tötung des saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi hat nun dazu geführt, dass die Bundesregierung alle Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien komplett stoppt. Wie es am Montag aus dem Wirtschaftsministerium hieß, werden auch keine Waffen oder andere Rüstungsgüter mehr nach Riad ausgeliefert, deren Export bereits genehmigt wurde. Wie lange der nun verhängte Export-Stopp gelten wird, ist unklar.

In den letzten Jahren hatte Berlin Rüstungsausfuhren in Milliardenhöhe nach Saudi-Arabien gebilligt. Riads Beteiligung an dem verheerenden Krieg im Jemen war dabei kein Hindernis.

Stattdessen stellte die Bundesregierung hunderte Millionen für die humanitäre Hilfe für den Jemen bereit. Seit Beginn des Jahres 2017 waren es 265 Millionen Euro, womit Deutschland einer der größten direkten Geber humanitärer Hilfe ist.

Trotz der Beteiligung Saudi-Arabiens am Jemen-Krieg hat die neue Bundesregierung seit ihrer Vereidigung im März Rüstungsexporte für 254 Millionen Euro an das Königreich genehmigt.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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France: Press UAE Crown Prince on Abuses in Yemen

French Arms Sales to Coalition Raise Complicity Concerns

President Emmanuel Macron of France should raise serious concerns with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince regarding laws-of-war violations in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will visit Paris on November 21, 2018.

The UAE plays a prominent role in the Saudi-led coalition’s military operations in Yemen.

“As the UAE’s de facto leader and deputy commander of its armed forces, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan could have acted to stop grave abuses in Yemen, but instead war crimes have mounted,” said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at Human Rights Watch.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s records of abuse, France, along with the United States and the United Kingdom, continue to sell weapons to both countries.

Macron should press the UAE to investigate alleged serious violations by its armed forces and Yemeni forces it supports, to appropriately prosecute those responsible for war crimes, and to provide reparation to victims of violations, Human Rights Watch said. France should stop supplying weapons and munitions to the UAE if there is a substantial risk that these arms are being used in Yemen to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law.

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„EU muss Waffenstillstand im Jemen erreichen“

Die UN sprechen von einem „apokalyptischen Szenario“: Mehr als 14 Millionen Menschen im Jemen sind von Hunger bedroht. Österreichs Außenministerin Karin Kneissl sieht Chancen für neue Friedensgespräche.

Nach Ansicht von Österreichs Außenministerin Karin Kneissl muss sich die Europäische Union stärker für eine Friedenslösung im Jemen engagieren. „Die EU muss sich politisch einbringen, um einen Waffenstillstand im Jemen zu erreichen“, sagte Kneissl.

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Iran’s Red Crescent Ready to Aid Yemeni People

Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Secretary General Mahmoud Mohammadi Nasab said that IRCS is willing to increase cooperation with the Red Cross to address deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and provide help to the poor people of the war-hit country.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, its unyielding neighbour Qatar and what’s next for the region

Nearly a year and a half into a Saudi-led boycott that was supposed to bring this country and its foreign policy into line with Riyadh, Qatar hasn’t budged. Nor, despite mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia and Prince Mohammed to change course after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has its angry big neighbour. The deep-pocketed Qatari government – which has survived the boycott by opening other, more expensive, trade routes, and subsidizing the costs of imports in order to minimize the impact on citizens – says it sees no signals that the Saudi-led boycott will end any time soon.

Analysts say the moves against Yemen and Qatar – as well as the Khashoggi assassination and a crackdown of Saudi political activists – are linked by Prince Mohammed’s desire to crush all dissent not just inside Saudi Arabia but around the region. Qatar, in particular, was targeted because it used its cash, as well as the influence of Al-Jazeera, to support the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 While international attention has been focused on Prince Mohammed, the Qatar and Yemen adventures had a co-sponsor in Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

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How Qatar is working to boost its influence in Yemen

Although Qatar officially sidelined its independent ambitions in Yemen after it normalized relations with its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rivals in November 2014, Doha’s desire for increased influence in Yemen has resurfaced in recent months. To facilitate the Yemen conflict’s transition to a peace settlement and increase Doha’s leverage in Yemen, Qatar has actively obstructed the Saudi-led coalition’s military activities by balancing close relations with Houthi and Islah factions.

While allegations of Qatari financial assistance to Houthi rebels are admittedly based on circumstantial evidence, Doha’s critics in the Arab world have stridently condemned Qatari state media coverage of Houthi military activities. Abdulsalam Mohammed, chairman of the Abaad Studies Research Center, told Al-Monitor that Qatari media outlets have ignored the retreat of Houthi forces from western Hodeidah and try to divert attention to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis when Houthi forces are weak.

Allegations of Qatari financial assistance to the Houthis and Doha’s sympathetic media coverage of Houthi forces in Hodeidah have led to the proliferation of anti-Qatar conspiracy theories across the Arab world. Yemeni political analyst Najib Ghallab spread alarm about a Qatar-Houthi alliance, as he alleged in July 2017 that Qatar has colluded with Iran to save the Houthis from defeat

Although Qatar has been accused by its GCC rivals of destabilizing Yemen, Doha’s alignments with Houthi and Islah rebels are carefully calibrated, as Qatar wants to stymie the Saudi-led coalition’s military campaign without derailing prospects of a Yemeni peace settlement.

My comment: There seems to be a lot of anti-Qatar propaganda in this. – The Abaad Studies Research Center seems to be closely linked to the Hadi government ( ). – saudi coalition propaganda smears against Aljazeera are nothing new.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Khashoggi killing complicates Saudi rescue bid for South African arms firm

Loss-making South African arms maker Denel has a problem as it fights to survive. Its potential savior is Saudi Arabia, now drawing fierce criticism following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

What emerged is that Saudi Arabia and its allies account for almost half of South Africa’s recent arms exports and a significant portion of future orders.

So rejecting Riyadh’s $1 billion offer could severely hamper efforts to save Denel, which relies on foreign sales for more than 60 percent of its revenue.

Saudi Arabia is seeking a broad partnership with Denel that would include acquisition of the company’s minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall.

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Europäische Allianz der Aufrüster

Die Lage im Jemen wäre längst nicht so eskaliert, wenn europäische Staaten keine Hightech-Waffen dorthin liefern würden. Doch eine laute Debatte darüber fehlt.

Weder der Krieg im Jemen, noch die von den Vereinten Nationen beklagten Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Saudi-Arabien und auch der Mord an dem Journalisten Dschamal Kashoggi stören EU-Staaten bei den Rüstungsdeals mit Riad.

Lediglich Deutschland hat nach dem Mord an Kashoggi verfügt, auch die bereits zugesagten Deals einzufrieren.

Insgesamt haben seit 2010 zwölf EU-Staaten Rüstungsgüter an Riad verkauft, das geht aus der Datenbank des Stockholmer Instituts Sipri hervor. Auffällig ist, dass die osteuropäischen Staaten Bulgarien und Slowakei altes, noch in der Sowjetunion entwickeltes Gerät verkaufen, während die westlichen EU-Mitglieder die Saudis mit moderneren Waffen versorgen.

Der wichtigste Waffendealer der Saudis sind zwar mit Abstand die USA. Doch nach Einschätzung des Internationalen Konversionszentrum Bonn (BICC) hätte der Krieg im Jemen nicht diese Ausmaße, wenn dort keine europäischen Waffen eingesetzt würden

Die Frage, ob europäische Waffenbauer für die vielen zivilen Opfer im Jemen mitverantwortlich sind, steht seit Kriegsbeginn im Raum.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemeni riyal continues to improve, driven by UAE and Saudi Arabia grant

Bankers in the capital Sana'a said the exchange rate improved dramatically in front of the foreign currency basket, with the black market exchange rate reaching 550 riyals, while the Saudi Riyal price reached 144 riyals.

According to identical statements to Al-Masdar online, the Yemeni riyal continues to improve in the market, driven by the announcement by the UAE and Saudi Arabia of the financial grant to deal with the humanitarian situation, estimated at half a billion dollars.

My comment: The prospect of a possible settlement cretainly is of greater importance than the saudi grant.

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USD = 515 Yr.. Yemeni riyal recovers again in front of foreign currency

the price of the dollar in the capital Sana'a reached 515 riyals, while in Taiz reached 510, and in Aden city, the interim capital (south of the country) the dollar price reached 520 riyals.

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Government of Yemen: Yemen 2018 Socio-Economic Update, Issue 36 - September 2018

1st: Exchange rate shock.

2nd: Impact of exchange rate shock on inflation.

3rd: Response to crisis.

4th: Conclusion.

The exchange rate is one of the most sensitive indi-cators to political and economic volatility, conflict and war. It reflects the stability or instability of any country. As a result of the successive shocks sustained by Yemen’s national currency during the ongoing war, the exchange of the US dollar increased by 33.3% in just two weeks and peaked at YER800/US dollar at the end of September 2018, influenced by, among other factors, the increase in global prices of fuel imports, which add-ed more pressure on the exchange market that is already suffering from foreign exchange scarcity.

In a country that relies mainly on imports to cover most of its food and non-food needs, the rapid collapse of the national currency has confused the citizens and forced large businesses to close their doors for several days. Prices have skyrocketed, thus increasing the cost of minimum food basket by 27.6% in the first week of October, compared to the average in August 2018 (1). As a result, approximately 3-5 million additional people may likely to join people identified as in acute need of emergency food assistance (2).

In response to the currency crisis, many fruitful measures were taken

My comment: by the Hadi government, thus containing propaganda: “many fruitful measures were taken”.

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Rial rises vs. dollar, trading at 550 per dollar.

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Yemeni Rial Continues to Recover amid Hard Currency Manipulation Threats

Despite an ailing economy and a bloody coup, Yemen’s national currency saw a shimmer of hope for recovery with exchange rates registering their best improvement yet this month trading at YER590 per US dollar.
But hopes were soon battered by doubts that better rates are a mere consequence of Houthi currency manipulators.
The dollar exchange rate maintained a YER590-600 range, depending on region and whether they were run by Houthi militants or by legitimate government forces, currency exchangers in Aden told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The Iran-backed Houthis are known for driving down national currency rates by operating a robust black market.

My comment: Well, these bad Houthis. – What really caused the downfall of the currency, is not mentioned here.

cp15 Propaganda

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Houthis Say UK Draft Resolution for Hodeidah is 'Nonbinding’

Yemeni Houthi militias, ahead of a scheduled visit by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to their stronghold, Sanaa, lambasted the draft resolution for halting military operations in Hodeidah presented by the UK to the United Nations Security Council.
The Iran-backed putschists said that the draft resolution in its current wording and conditions is nonbinding.

The UK proposal demands the militants halt all missile launches and drone attacks against Yemen’s neighbors, namely Saudi Arabia, added to the removal of all obstacles inhibiting the delivery of humanitarian aid.

My comment: As saudi propaganda puts it; look at cp7.

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UAE Press: Do not allow Houthis to exploit food campaign

The Iran-backed Houthi militia has inflicted unimaginable misery on the Yemeni people. The war imposed by the militants has achieved nothing and, instead, has left the nation on the edge of mass starvation. Now cornered, the Houthis are realising that the negotiation table, and not senseless violence, is the only way forward.

In an editorial today, Sharjah-based newspaper The Gulf Today said that the earlier gestures by the Houthis regarding negotiations proved to be deceptive as they used the time to regroup and inflict more suffering on the Yemeni population. "This time the world community should not allow such deception. This is the best opportunity for the Houthis to seize the chance for peace," it said, adding that the "reprehensible actions of the Houthi militias are in stark contrast with the humane approach of the Arab Coalition Forces Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen and the role of the Emirates Red Crescent, which has led the humanitarian operations to curtail the impact of war."

The paper noted that the launching of a new food aid initiative, "Imdaad," by the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the World Food Programme and other international bodies to combat famine would go a long way in helping the Yemeni people and alleviating their hardships.

My comment: LOL, very nice propaganda: „the reprehensible actions of the Houthi militias are in stark contrast with the humane approach of the Arab Coalition Forces Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen and the role of the Emirates Red Crescent, which has led the humanitarian operations to curtail the impact of war."

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Saudi Arabia and UAE Launch $500 Million Yemen Aid Initiative

Kingdom had joined hands with the UAE and Kuwait to bolster UN humanitarian effort in Yemen by donating $1.25bn

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and Emirates Red Crescent on Tuesday announced a joint US$500 million aid initiative to alleviate a food crisis in Yemen. The move will benefit 10 to 12 million Yemenis.

Comment: This was the news on the BBC today - not the renewed Hodeida offensive, the deaths of innocent civilians in air attacks, the ongoing assassinations and instability in Aden, THE FAMINE CAUSED BY THE SAUDI-LED COALITION. Oh no, the PR firms have been paid, the delivery of aid gets the front page, whilst the culpability of the Saudi-led coalition in causing the destruction of Yemen's economy and hence the starvation has been omitted from 'news'.

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Turkey needs to hurry for Yemen

The first step to end the civil war in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis is to persuade both sides. The human-centered policy of Turkey since the beginnings of the crisis can contribute to the resolution of this crisis and end this civil war. Actually, it doesn’t seem possible that any state other than Turkey could assume this intermediary role.

As our President Erdoğan said, “The Khashoggi murder that was not carried out by King Salman but by a high-level Saudi authority” is a key in solving the problem in Yemen. Don’t ask, “What is the connection?” Because with the Khashoggi case, the power and popularity of Crown Prince bin Salman weakened. No sane person could say that Crown Prince Salman will become the next king of Saudi Arabia. Even if he does become king, his reign will always be under the shadow of a murder and continue without having any legitimacy even in the eyes of the Saudi people.

Turkey opened up the way to persuade the Saudi government, now Turkey has become a country which is listened to in the region. King Salman will become aware of this reality and he will want to end the war in Yemen with Turkey’s efforts.

My comment: Turkish propaganda. No, this is no Saudi-Iranian proxy war. No, the US does not support the Houthis.

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Houthis Rally Loyalists in Sanaa for Sect-Driven Power Display

Houthi militias in Yemen are rallying up loyalists in Sanaa for celebrating the birth anniversary of Islam’s prophet Mohammad (pbuh), local media stated.
Most Houthi-held neighborhoods, in observance of the event, were swarmed with green colored banners and Khomeini-related mottos. For the Houthi Shiite militia in Yemeni, the 1970s Khomenini-led revolution in Iran is a major inspiration.
Militiamen have sent out an invitation for all loyalists to gather at the heart of Sanaa city, in a display of absolute sectarian clout, insider sources told Asharq Al Awsat.
More so, rally participants are being paid by Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi.
Despite Yemen’s ailing economy, Houthis have allocated over YER65 billion (some $108 million) to organize a collective display of bellicose sectarianism across the war-torn country’s governorates and districts controlled by the Iran-backed putschists.

My comment: The Saudis show thgeir disgust for celebrating Mohammed’s birthday. This is disguised as a political matter here, the real background is religious, as Wahabism sectarianism interdicts celebrating birthdays, the one of Mohammed included.

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Yemenis are subject to the biggest #robbery in history under the pretext of "Celebrating the #Prophet's Birthday" and other #Houthi religious and political occasions in areas under their control, as they are celebrating twice a week, said Activist and Writer @Ali_Albukhaiti .

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#Saudi Columnists Writer Mohammed al-Sheikh while on airplane between #Dubai & #Riyadh says #Qatar seems like the testicle on the Arabian Peninsula map. MBS supporters have recently escalated attacks on #Qatar & Turkey due to their coverage & leaks regarding #Khashoggi killing (image)

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The Washington Post scandal

The important thing here is not what Al-Houthi said in his opinion article, because no one believes him. Everyone knows what his group did in Yemen and what made him a fugitive from justice. What is important is the timing and purpose of publishing this article.
THE least that I had expected was to read an article written by a person like Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, former president of the Revolutionary Committee — a body formed by the Houthis of Yemen — in an American newspaper.
The Washington Post published his opinion article. This became one of the biggest surprises thrown by the newspaper.
A person with modest education and writing ability like him cannot publish a political opinion even in a local newspaper. Al-Houthi surprised us by writing in The Washington Post.

Iran resorted to playing the media card through an international newspaper at a time the results of the mid-term congressional elections were announced in the US. The elections were won by the Democrats, who had sided with Iran and supported it.

This is a desperate attempt by the Iranians to save their agents in Yemen. But they will not succeed given the current situations on the ground.

My comment: Saudi media really should shut up on this. For years, the WaPo had given a stage for a bulk of Saudi mouthpiece propaganda articles. If they once also let speak the other side of the conflict, this hardly is scandal. The real “Washington Post scandal“ related to Saudi Arabia ist he brutal killing of a Washington Post correspondent by Saudi Arabia in a Saudi diplomatic mission. – And blaming Iran for the Houthi leader’s WaPo article, and Iranian influence on US elections, is a really ridiculous conspiration theory.

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Saudi king in plea for action to stop 'Iran creating chaos'

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has urged the international community to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and reiterated the kingdom's support for UN efforts to end the war in Yemen.

The king's annual remarks to the Shura Council, a top governmental advisory body, were his first public comments since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, which sparked a global outcry.

King Salman, who did not mention the Khashoggi affair, condemned the actions of Iran, its arch-rival, for influence in the region, including in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

"The Iranian regime has created chaos and devastation in many countries in the region," the 82-year-old monarch said.

"The international community has to work to put an end to the Iranian nuclear programme and stop its activities that threaten stability."

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My comment: This is somewhat odd, as the Saudis have their much more effective fighters jets, and a nuclear program themselves.

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Coalition spokesman confirms commitment to finding political solution to Yemen crisis

Al-Maliki said the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths had praised the coalition’s desire to reach an agreement in the conflict

Al-Maliki said the Iranian-backed militia continues to commit violations and ignore international law

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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

Nov. 18:

Nov. 17:

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Citizens Injured by US-Saudi Airstrikes Targeted Their Farm in Sa’ada

The US-Saudi airstrikes targeted a citizen's farm, in Sahar district, in Sa'ada province, Injuring a women and some children. I

and film:

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Film: Preliminary scenes of the wounded of the crime of aviation against civilians at the farm of a citizen in Bani Moaz 19-11-2018

Remark: Bani Moaz, Sahar district, Saada province.

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4 civilians injured in Saudi-led air strike on Hodeidah

More than civilians were injured on Monday when the warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led coalition waged an air strike on Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba.
The air strike hit a citizen’s car in Maghars area of Tuhiata district in the western coast


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US-Saudi Aggression Jets Targeted Yemenis Cars And Farms Killing ,Injuring Many

A civilian killed and injured four when the warplanes of the US-Saudi aggression targeted a citizen’s car on Monday at the public road at Almaghris area, Atuhita district of Yemen’s Hodeida .

Local source clarified that the wounded were in dangerous as they were taken to a near hospital, in addition, the shrapnel fragments have reached into wide areas,causing serious damages at the citizens’ car (photos)

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Nov. 21: Bayda p. Hajjah p.

Nov. 20: Bayda p. Hodeidah p.

Nov. 19: Hajjah p. Saada p.

Nov. 18: Saada p.

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Film: Yemeni father pleads for an end to air strikes after losing four children in renewed fighting

Ten year-old Naziha Ghaleb lay wounded in a hospital bed on Sunday after an air strike hit her family’s home in Hodeidah, killing four of her sisters, while fighting in the port city intensified.

The deputy director of al-Thawra hospital, where Naziha Ghaleb is being treated, said that most of the hospital’s staff and able-bodied patients fled the hospital out of fear of the ongoing fighting in the area.

An air strike hit the Ghaleb family’s house in Hodeidah on Friday, Nazhia’s father Maged Ghaleb said, killing three of his daughters on impact. One more died on the way to the hospital, while Naziha remains unconscious in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) suffering from a torn intestine.

Remark: For this air raid, look at Yemen War Mosaic 481, cp1b2 = cp16.

Comment: dignified plea for the people of the world to end the war in Yemen? What a courageous man, I so much admire him and only hope that his suffering is not in vain. Let this be a plea that shakes the world's heartless rulers into action.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Government forces destroy 12 marine mines planted by Houthis off Midi Shores

Government troops on Tuesday destroyed 12 marine mines found off the coast of Midi (northwest Yemen).

A military source said that the naval formations of the fifth military region had destroyed 12 marine mines that had been found earlier after the Houthi militia planted the Red Sea off the coast of Midi.

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Why are Saudi Arabia’s M1 Abrams tanks being knocked out so easily in the Yemeni War? How many have they lost, and are there any tactical methods they are using now to reduce the losses?

After I read this question, I went on YouTube and watched a bunch of videos of rebels destroying M1As. There are plenty of those.

What I saw are things that have nothing to do with M1 Abrams itself. Any tank would suffer the same fate. It is not a tank issue, it is a usage issue.
I do not know how many they have lost, but if we go by the videos, they have lost too many, and in fact, they should have lost, precisely 0. There are methods that they can use to reduce losses. They are called training on tank warfare basics.

Comment: The reality is that the Saudis are completely clueless due to lack of training. While #Yemen's feeling confident enough to simply stroll barefooted around to destroy and burn the best tanks.

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Houthis blow up two houses in Jabal Habashi, west of Taiz

Militants of the al-Houthi group blew up two houses on Tuesday evening in Jabal Habashi district, west of Taiz province, southwest of the country. (photo)

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local sources in Hajjah province said the militia planted mines in buildings in Mothalth Ahem before fleeing.

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Saudi enemy shells border areas in Saada

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Houthi ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabia intercepted

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Monday that the Houthi terrorist militia is continuing to target the Kingdom. A ballistic missile fired from the Houthi side toward the Kingdom was intercepted yesterday morning. He added that the Houthi terrorist militias of Iran continue to recruit children to participate in the fighting

My comment: To put things straight: If Houthis are “terrorists”, the Saudis are twice. And the new wording of labeling the Houthis as “militias of Iran” simply is odd propaganda.

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Gov't forces launch new anti-Houthi military operation in NW Yemen

Forces loyal to Yemeni internationally-recognized government launched a new military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah on Sunday to seize control over key areas.

Media center of Yemen's Defence Ministry reported that government troops had managed to recapture the Ahem Triangle and other surrounding villages following the large military operation.

It said that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition backed the ground forces by launching a series of airstrikes on Houthi gatherings and reinforcements, resulting in the destruction of a military truck carrying a number of fighters.

An unknown number of people were killed and many others were injured during the armed confrontations, according to the local source.

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House destroyed in coalition’s rocketry's bombardment on border areas of Saada

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Saudi-led artillery, rocketry bombard border areas in Saada

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A Child was killed on Sunday and other wounded in Saudi rocketry's shelling on border area of Dhahrer and four Saudi-led airstrikes hit various areas in Saada province, a security official told Saba.
The shelling of the rocketry targeted Ghafra area

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Child killed, other injured in Saudi rocketry shelling on Saada

A Child was killed on Sunday and other wounded in Saudi rocketry's shelling on border area of Dhahrer and four Saudi-led airstrikes hit various areas in Saada province, a security official told Saba.

The shelling of the rocketry targeted Ghafra area. (with photo)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-481 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-481: 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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