Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 484 - Yemen War Mosaic 484

Yemen Press Reader 484: 27. November 2018: Zivile Opfer Aug.–Okt. 2018 – Frieden: Die Saudis sollen sich zuerst bewegen – USA blockieren UN-Resolution zum Jemen – Jemens jüngster Warlord ...
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... Zainabia: Kämpferinnen der Huthis – Trump und die US-Außenpolitik – USA: Neue Umfrage zum Jemenkrieg – Schöne neue US-Oligarchenwelt und Außenpolitik – Saudische Lobbyarbeit in Deutschland – Medien und Propaganda – Buch von Michael Lüders: Armageddon im Orient – Hodeidah: Kämpfe, Luftangriffe – und mehr

Nov. 27, 2018: Civilian impact Aug.–Oct. 2018 – Peace: Saudis should move first – US block UN resolution on Yemen – Yemen’s youngest warlord – Zainabia: Houthi female fighters – Trump and US foreign policy – US: New poll on Yemen War – Brave new US oligarchic world and foreign policy – Saudi lobbying in Germany (in German) – Media and propaganda (in German) – Book by Michael Lüders: Armageddon the Middle East (in German) – Hodeidah: Fighting, air raids – 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

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

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:

Neue Artikel / New reports

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Civilian Impact Monitoring Report - August - October 2018

The Civilian Impact Monitoring Project (CIMP) is a monitoring mechanism for real-time collection, analysis and dissemination of data on the civilian impact from armed violence in Yemen, with the purpose of informing and complementing protection programming.

CIMP collect, analyse and disseminate data in real-time to allow for early warning and early protection response directed at communities affected by armed violence, including new and emerging local conflicts. This is done through daily reports on impact from armed violence for each hub,instant flash reports on significant events that require rapid follow-up from protection partners and weekly,monthly and quarterly analysis to inform protection strategies.

Key trends

Armed violence continues to generate a high civilian impact in Yemen

In the quarter, 670 incidents of armed violence with a civilian impact were recorded country-wide. These incidents generated 1,478 civilian casualties,including 359 children and 126 women,33% of the total.

Almost a quarter of all civilian casualties were children

24% of all civilian casualties were children: 144 children were killed and 215 were injured in the quarter. Almost a quarter of these came in a single incident, when airstrikes hit a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa’ada, causing 130 civilian casualties, including 96 children.This incident had the highest number of child casualties since CIMP began monitoring.

Vulnerable groups remain widely impacted by armed violence

In total, 400 incidents were recorded impacting women and children, with another 43 impacting only children and 14 impacting women alone. In addition, 13 incidents impacted on existing IDPs, including women and children, and 2 on refugees. In total, 70% of the recorded incidents impacted on vulnerable groups.

Dynamic frontlines drove civilian impact incidents

On average, 51 incidents with a civilian impact and 123 civilian casualties per week were recorded in Yemen

As ground fighting escalated, shelling was the main source of civilian impact in Sa'ada, Ibb and Aden hubs

Civilian impact was caused by 10 different types of armed violence: airstrikes, shelling, sniper fire, landmines, small arms fire (SAF), IEDs, small arms / light weapons (SA/LW), naval shelling, UXO, and hand grenades. The most incidents were the result of shelling, which caused 296 incidents country-wide (44%), followed by airstrikes, with 259 (39%).

Although shelling caused the most civilian impact incidents, airstrikes were deadlier

Airstrikes caused 661 civilian casualties in the reporting period, 344 fatalities and 317injuries,the most of all the types of armed violence, 47% of the total civilian casualties. This was followed by shelling, which caused 502, 34% of the total. All of the other types of armed violence caused less than 10% of the total with landmines the highest with 84 civilian casualties.

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The Only Way to End the War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Must Move First

The war in Yemen has been a disaster for U.S. interests, for Saudi interests, and above all for the Yemeni people.

For three and a half years, Saudi Arabia has insisted, with diminishing credibility, that military victory was imminent; and for just as long, the United States and other powers have largely turned a blind eye to the intervention’s consequences.

There is only one expeditious way for Saudi Arabia to end this counterproductive war, and that is to stop its military campaign unilaterally and challenge the Houthis to respond in kind. Doing so will not end all of the fighting inside Yemen. But it will create the conditions necessary for peace talks to gain traction and for Yemeni leaders, supported by regional and international partners, to address the country’s domestic troubles and the growing influence of Iran. The United States should lead an alliance of powers in pushing Saudi Arabia to move first, rather than letting it drag out talks as the war rages on.

Griffiths’ approach seems sensible. Leaders on both sides can more easily accept (and the UN can more easily monitor) a quid pro quo cessation of Houthi missile strikes and Saudi air strikes than a comprehensive cease-fire. Griffiths is wise to begin political discussions without waiting for a cessation of hostilities or an answer to the “who goes first” question.

But the problem with Griffiths’ step-by-step negotiation strategy is that it will take too long.

Unpopular and in poor health, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the president of Yemen, is widely considered dispensable. He knows that his patrons—Saudi Arabia and the United States—would happily trade him for a solution to the conflict, and this knowledge makes him a difficult and paranoid negotiator. But replacing Hadi will be complicated


Unilaterally ending its military campaign would serve Riyadh’s interests as much as it would everyone else’s. Not only would such a halt stanch the bloodshed in Yemen, it could slow or stop the slide in Saudi Arabia’s global reputation. If Saudi Arabia waits to end the conflict through talks aimed at a cease-fire, the Houthis may decide that the kingdom loses more in a continuation of hostilities than they do. The Houthis could gain the upper hand in negotiations and hold them hostage by making unreasonable demands on the Saudis.

Yet the Saudis do not seem to be moving in this direction.

A Saudi cease-fire is not a panacea. There is no guarantee that the Houthis would respond by agreeing to share power with Saudi-backed Yemeni leaders or that the south would stop trying to secede.

Resolution 2216 demanded something close to unconditional surrender from a movement that had repeatedly proven its military resilience. Rather than providing a formula for a negotiated end to the conflict, Resolution 2216 became an unhelpful litmus test in Saudi and Emirati hands: if a UN envoy, for example, did not sufficiently emphasize the terms of the resolution, the Saudis and Emiratis would darkly hint that he or she held Houthi sympathies. If an envoy did emphasize the terms of 2216, on the other hand, it would play into Houthi suspicions and provoke Houthi boycotts of UN meetings. If Saudi Arabia decides to endits military operations, the Security Council should pass a new resolution in support of that decision, which would provide Griffiths and his UN team with a more realistic mandate for talks.

A unilateral Saudi cease-fire will save lives and could change the narrative of the war to focus on these very real threats. But Saudi Arabia is unlikely to make this move unless the United States demonstrates to it that continuing the war will come at a cost to the relationship between the two countries – by Jeffrey Feltman

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US 'slams the brakes' on UN Yemen ceasefire resolution

The US has "slammed the brakes on" a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a limited ceasefire and increased humanitarian aid in Yemen over concerns about angering Saudi Arabia, two sources tell CNN.

One source familiar with the negotiations over the resolution tells CNN the US "has slammed the brakes on," saying that "we can't support a resolution at the moment."

The source also said the move is at odds with what US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has been signaling to her counterparts at the UN, since she was supportive of the planned resolution weeks ago.

The White House declined to comment, referring queries about the resolution to the US Mission to the United Nations. Officials there also refused to comment.

The reason for the delay continues to be a White House worry about angering Saudi Arabia, which strongly opposes the resolution, multiple sources say.

Sources say US concerns, which are shared by other nations -- including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, both of which support Saudi in the conflict -- hinge on the real possibility that if the Security Council resolution is voted through, Saudi Arabia or the Houthis, or both, won't show up for hoped-for talks that are expected to take place next month in Stockholm, Sweden.

The move to slow the resolution could increase tensions with lawmakers from both parties who have expressed deep reservations about US support for the kingdom's war in Yemen and would like to censure Saudi Arabia for what its officials admit was a premeditated murder.

And it will continue to fuel questions about Trump's unusual deference to the kingdom.

The draft resolution, crafted by the UK and obtained by CNN, is already seen by human rights groups as disappointingly watered-down: It calls for a ceasefire only in Hodeidah, the principal Red Sea port through which some 80% of humanitarian aid flows.

The resolution is not at all critical of Saudi Arabia, and in fact compliments Saudi action; it is critical only of the Houthi rebels

Although the resolution in its current form is far from harsh on the Saudis, sources with knowledge of the discussions tell CNN that Saudi Arabia views even calling for a ceasefire and urging more humanitarian aid as indirect criticism of the kingdom and its four-year-long intervention in Yemen.

"The Saudis are hugely sensitive -- ultra, ultra sensitive -- to international perceptions," one source told CNN. "They hate criticism. And (the crown prince) brings a whole new level of paranoia about this."

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My comment: It’s unbelievable.

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The teen warlord who runs Yemen's second city with fear

Ghazwan al-Mekhlafi is not yet 18 but has already driven rival militia out of Taiz amid the bloody chaos of the Yemen conflict

He is still a teenager, but he leads hundreds of fighters. He is reckless, but he is also a sheikh who can arbitrate in disputes between adults. He does not have a job, but has amassed wealth through extortion.

This week Ghazwan al-Mekhlafi, not yet 18 but one of the most powerful figures in Taiz, Yemen’s second largest city, proved yet again that he is too powerful to be detained by the police.

At lunchtime on Thursday his fighters were involved in clashes with the city’s military police, part of an ongoing crackdown against militias.

Among those caught up the fighting was a young girl, pictures of whose medical treatment sparked debate.

The military police arrested Mekhlafi later in the day - but by evening he had been released amid fears that further violence might follow his detention.

Mekhlafi is perhaps the most extreme example in Yemen of a common feature of the war, the child soldier.

Residents in Taiz are nervous about discussing Mekhlafi out of fear of being targeted. Rafat, one of his former neighbours, knew him before 2015 but did not want to be identified by his real name for reasons concerning his safety.

He said that Mekhlafi had grown up in a military family, had no interest in studying or lawful work, and had been dealing in weapons since he was ten.

Observers suggest that he is between 16 and 17: a source at his office denied that he is 16, but, while confirming that he had finished the third year of secondary school last year, did not give his age.

What is not in dispute is the power that Mekhlafi wields.

Aside from being a military commander, he is also a sheikh and has the power to arbitrate in disputes between residents.

But he and his fighters have become notorious in the markets of Taiz for extorting money from the city’s stallholders and shop owners.

The stallholder said that the sellers dare not oppose Mekhlafi due to his savagery and power, while the local authorities failed to offer any protection.

Mekhlafi's critics are often afraid to attack him publicly.

Mustafa al-Bukairi, a resident of Taiz, said: “No one dares to arrest Mekhlafi because he has fighters and they can fight anyone.”

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Houthis "Zainabia" ... Soft hands for dirty missions

video footages of a female student on board of a bus, she was assaulted and her colleagues were taken to hospital after being brutally beaten with rifle butts, batons and electric batons, and ethe kidnappers took the students to police stations, and forced them to sign a pledge not to call or to participate in any marches against them, and they found themselves accused by militias of acting in favor of aggression.

The worst of all,that video of the political bureau member of the Militia Hussein Al-Amlahi in which he threatened and vowed the women of all who will come out will be assaulted, describing them as " bastards " and he used bad and inappropriate words, and he mentioned that his group has prepared 40 buses full of recruits will suppress the march and beat, arrest all those who participate, and those who want to go out in the demonstration must leave the areas under their control to the areas of Legitimacy.

For the next days, the female recruits remained scattered in a number of educational institutions, the University of Sana'a (Faculty of Arts and the new University) were filled with them , the university professors were assaulted, searched and ordered to take off their shoes

The abuse, intimidation, and repression suffered by female students were aimed at instilling fear in people and silencing any dissenting voices.

The Zainabia

In Black clothes carrying various types of light and medium weapons, including rocket launchers, and on their shoulders slogans of jihad and "Death to America death to Israel " and waving their weapons and fists.

they are the armed women's wing of the Houthi militia

The Houthis converted some schools into camps to train and recruit women and, from our sources, they and under the supervision of leaders of the Houthis group

These women have been trained to use weapons, recruiting on Internet, broadcast rumors, and suppress protests, but their involvement in hostilities on the fronts has not been confirmed, despite some photos showing their presence on one front.

Female recruits for dirty missions

Female recruits are not limited to suppressing women's protests, storming and searching houses, inspecting computers and mobile phones and confiscating them, as happened to many families in Sana'a where telephones, computers, and gold jewelry were stolen on the pretext that they belonged to the people, the battalion consisted of a number of squads or companies for each a specific role and tasks with its own women's leadership.

A team that performs espionage missions, attending social events such as weddings and funerals, monitoring everything comes out about the militia or about Legitimacy, writing detailed reports, as well as soliciting the citizens and the female opposition.

There are a team specialized in cyber affairs monitoring the Internet activities and monitors what activists or citizens publish against the militia on the social media platforms

They also conduct intensive cultural courses, often focusing on illiterate women and those under the age of 18

The Houthis also took advantage of the fact that women were not searched at the points while traveling between governorates

There are no accurate information about their number, media reports said their number only in hundreds, while other reports said the strength of those battalions ranged from 3,000 to 4,000, and their recruitment did not begin with the Houthi coup and takeover of Sana'a, but since the start of the Sa'dah wars

Remark: By an anti-Houthi news site.

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In one statement, Trump clumsily sums up decades of empty US posturing on human rights

In a 20 November statement that began by shouting “America First!“, Donald Trump basically lifted the veil on decades of phony US concern about human rights around the world.

A shameless love letter to Saudi Arabia

In what read like a propaganda statement right out of Riyadh (or Israel), Trump insisted:

The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.

In short, the US would be “pursuing its national interests”.

Mainstream media outlets pointed out the inaccuracies in Trump’s Saudi “love letter“. And they called it “extraordinary”, with the New York Times labelling it “remorselessly transactional” and “founded on a theory of moral equivalence”. But in reality, there was little extraordinary about it. Because it simply summed up how US foreign policy works, exposing elite self-interest in all its ugly glory where previous presidents would try to conceal it.

The establishment may think this just reflects badly on Trump. But it doesn’t. It reflects badly on the US, which for many, many decades has preached about human rights with one breath while ordering abuses with its next.

When it comes to foreign policy, Trump isn’t exceptional in US history. He just walks around naked where other presidents would dress up in their Sunday best to hide the ugliness beneath.

The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.

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New IRC/YouGov poll: As pressure mounts for Yemen ceasefire, US opinion united: end support to the war

a YouGov survey* commissioned by the IRC reveals the majority of Americans (75%) who expressed an opinion** are opposed to US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, united in their desire to end US support to fueling conflict and humanitarian catastrophe.

Clear bipartisan consensus to end military support to the conflict

The YouGov survey results reveal a clear bipartisan consensus on ending US military support, with 89% of liberals surveyed and 54% of conservatives who expressed an opinion opposing continued arms sales to the Coalition to be used in the conflict.

Survey respondents who expressed an opinion were also in strong agreement (82%) that Congress should vote to decrease (25%) or end (57%) missile sales to Saudi Arabia completely. This call for a withdrawal of support to the Saudi and Emirati-led Coalition was also echoed by both sides of the aisle, with 98% of liberals and 63% of conservatives in agreement. Over half the respondents stating an opinion (56%) also agreed that the US’ involvement in Yemen does not advance American national interests.

Majority unaware of US involvement in the Saudi and Emirati war effort

58% of respondents stated they did not know about the US government sold weapons and provides military and intelligence support to the Coalition, and 64% of respondents reported they did not know that the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition was striking civilian targets.

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Pistachio Wars: Killing California for a Snack Food

A groundbreaking documentary about Beverly Hills billionaires, marketing madness, water privatization, and...war with Iran.

Pistachio Wars tells a wild and haunting story. It's not just a California story, but a story of our times.

At the center of Pistachio Wars are two Beverly Hills billionaires — Stewart and Lynda Resnick.

Our film is a journey into their world. But the story is bigger than the Resnicks.

Pistachio Wars is inspired by my reporting in "A Journey Through Oligarch Valley," a long form article I wrote for NFSWCORP magazine about a little-known but powerful group of corporate farmers that dominate California politics. Our documentary takes that story and goes deeper.

With your support, Pistachio Wars will:

Expose the stealth privatization of California’s water.

Show how snack food farmers are lobbying for war with Iran. California’s pistachio boom depends on sanctions that block the import of nuts from Iran. The film will look at how California pistachio farmers lobby for war and help drive America's aggressive, militaristic policy towards Iran — a policy that’s currently being advanced by President Donald Trump. Will pistachios help spark another war in the Middle East?

My comment: This article show what a Brave New Oligarchic World the US had become in 2018. Horrific. And, as everything which happens in the US also will come to the rest of the world and the US always is ahead to Europe and other parts of the world, we can take a glimpse here at the Europe of 2033. Horrific – and we only could avoid this by overcoming the US-sponsored neoliberal world order – the earlier, the better. Otherwise, we see how our future world will be. And it’s hardly imaginable how the US of this year 2033 would look like – this would be a horrific nightmare.

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Saudi-Arabien: So massiv unterstützen deutsche Lobbyisten den Kronprinz

DeutscheLobbyisten unterstützen massiv den umstrittenen Kronprinzen von Saudi-Arabien, Mohammed bin Salman. Das geht aus einem 50-seitigen internen Strategiepapier der Berliner PR-Agentur WMP hervor, das der “Bild am Sonntag” (“BamS”) vorliegt.

Demnach wirbt WMP im Dokument mit einem breiten Netzwerk, “das einen schnellen Zugang zu neuen Politikern und altgedienten Beratern in jeder neuen Bundesregierung garantiert”. Als mögliche Kontakte führt WMP Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier und Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel(CDU) an.

Eine Sprecherin des Bundespräsidenten betonte aber, Gespräche mit Steinmeier hätten nie stattgefunden. Eine Bewertung des Staatsoberhaupts als “jederzeit zugänglich” sei überdies “unangemessen”.

Die PR-Agentur WMP brüstet sich laut der “BamS” in ihrem Papier auch mit Kontakten zu deutschen Journalisten. Einige Redakteure hätten ihre Berichterstattung nach Kontakten geändert.

Sämtliche genannten Medien – darunter die “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, die “Welt”, die “Süddeutsche Zeitung” und die “Bild” selbst – weisen gegenüber der “BamS” eine Beeinflussung ihrer Berichterstattung zurück.

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„Es kann von propaganda-gelenktem Journalismus gesprochen werden“

Verbreiten Nachrichtensendungen in Deutschland und anderen demokratischen Ländern Propaganda? Eindeutig: Ja, sagt der Journalismusforscher Florian Zollmann. Der Dozent an der Newcastle University in England hat sich in einer Studie mit der Berichterstattung großer Medien über Konflikte wie in Syrien, im Irak oder im Kosovo auseinandergesetzt. Sein Ergebnis: „Die Politik der NATO und USA wurde dabei nicht substantiell hinterfragt.“ Beispielsweise die Gräueltaten der Verbündeten habe man in der Berichterstattung an den Rand gedrängt. Für Zollmann ist bewiesen, dass es häufig einen Gleichklang zwischen Mehrheitsmeinungen in der Politik und der journalistischen Berichterstattung gibt. So passiere es, dass immer wieder in den Nachrichten „die Sicht der politischen Eliten“ in den Vordergrund gerückt werde, während „kritische Stimmen aus der Bevölkerung, selbst wenn diese in der Mehrheit sind“, in den Nachrichten kaum noch vorkommen. Ein Interview über Medien und Propaganda.

FZ: Je größer die soziale Ungleichheit und damit die Klassenunterschiede innerhalb einer demokratischen, kapitalistischen Gesellschaft sind, desto wichtiger wird Propaganda als Instrument der Eliten zur Sicherung von Macht, Einfluss und Wohlstand. Und wir sehen derzeit eine noch nie dagewesene Ungleichheit in der westlichen Hemisphäre. Außerdem gilt es zu beachten: Fachleute aus der Wirtschaft entwickeln seit Jahrzehnten vielfältige Propagandatechniken, um ihre Produkte in den Verkehr zu bringen. Oftmals verwenden Konzerne Marketingstrategien, die auf selektiver Informationsvermittlung oder sogar Täuschung basieren. Die frühe Geschäftsliteratur fasste diese Techniken unter dem Begriff Propaganda zusammen.

Empirische Studien in der Journalismus-Forschung bestätigen allerdings, dass politische Offizielle mit Abstand den Großteil der verwendeten Quellen in Nachrichten ausmachen. Insbesondere in ihrer Berichterstattung über Kriege und Außenpolitik, aber auch über innenpolitische Sachverhalte spiegeln die Medien die Diskurse der etablierten politischen Parteien wider. Das ist besonders dann problematisch, wenn es einen parteiübergreifenden Konsens zu politischen Themen gibt.

In diesen Fällen zeigt sich, dass die Nachrichten die politische Diskussion einseitig betonen. Die Sicht der politischen Eliten rückt in den Vordergrund, kritische Stimmen aus der Bevölkerung, selbst wenn diese in der Mehrheit sind, werden an den Rand gedrängt oder kommen gar nicht mehr in den Nachrichten vor.

Ein Beispiel ist Deutschlands Beteiligung an der von den USA angeführten NATO-Militäroperation gegen die damalige Bundesrepublik Jugoslawien während des Kosovo-Krieges von 1999. Wie Studien bestätigen, folgten die deutschen Nachrichtenmedien den Verlautbarungen der politischen Elite und legitimierten damit den ersten deutschen Auslandseinsatz seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg.

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Armageddon im Orient


Das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran ist Geschichte: Die Zeichen stehen auf Sturm. Warum aber haben die USA es aufgekündigt, gegen den erklärten Willen der Europäer? Obwohl sich Teheran an alle Verpflichtungen hält? Worum geht es in diesem Konflikt? Um die Eindämmung eines «Schurkenstaats» oder aber die Vorherrschaft in der Region? Gewohnt anschaulich erklärt Michael Lüders die Hintergründe und macht deutlich: Ein Angriff auf den Iran hätte kein westlich orientiertes Regime in Teheran zur Folge, sondern Armageddon im Orient – mit katastrophalen Folgen auch für uns in Europa.
Der Orient kommt nicht zur Ruhe. Während die Kämpfe vor allem in Syrien andauern, nehmen Präsident Trump und seine Verbündeten den Iran ins Visier. Dahinter steht auch ein Machtkampf zwischen Riad, Tel Aviv und Teheran, der in die ganze Region ausstrahlt und sich der gewohnten Einteilung in «Gut» und «Böse» entzieht. Denn Saudi-Arabien führt im Jemen einen brutalen Bombenkrieg mit entsetzlichen Folgen für die Zivilbevölkerung. Michael Lüders beleuchtet die Hintergründe und macht deutlich, warum Washington einseitig Partei ergreift. Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen, der enthüllt, was leider nur allzu selten in der Zeitung steht.

S. 159–184: Hungerspiele im Jemen: Das nächste Land wird zerstört. Showtime bei den Vereinten Nationen.

„Der Neokonservatismus, der mit George W. Busch 2001 an die Macht gelangte, ist eine in den 1960er Jahren entstandene, ursprünglich stark antikommunistisch ausgerichtete Bewegung, die Werte wie Freiheit, Demokratie, Rechtstaatlichkeit ideologisch instrumentalisiert, um sie als Rammbock machtpolitischer Interessen einzusetzen. So soll amerikanische Hegemonie weltweit durchgesetzt und verteidigt werden, in Verbindung mit einem so weit wie möglich deregulierten, am Finanzkapital ausgerichteten Wirtschaftssystem. Gleichzeitig dienen die Neocons als eine Art ideologische Speerspitze pro-israelischer Gruppen in den USA.“ S. 90.

„Das Faustrecht ersetzt das Völkerrecht.“ (S. 227)

„Dummheit und Verblendung sind mächtige Triebkräfte menschlicher Entwicklung, und sie beherrschen die anti-iranische Agenda. Das Projekt Regimewechsel im Iran ist ohne Wenn und Aber völkerrechtswidrig. Davon unabhängig wäre jeder Angriff auf die Kulturnation Iran nichts weniger als ein Menschenverbrechen. Wer sich daran beteiligt, gleich unter welchem Vorwand, macht sich mitschuldig, mögen die vorgeschobenen Motive noch so edelmütig klingen.“ S. 234.

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Daraus: „Eine einzige Anklage und Bankrotterklärung für unsere Medien, die es nicht schaffen, diese Informationen ihren Zuschauern und Lesern näher zu bringen.“

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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UNICEF, WHO launch polio vaccination campaign in Yemen

Aid agencies have launched a polio vaccination campaign in Yemen to inoculate up to five million children under the age of five across the impoverished Arab state whose healthcare system has been crippled by more than three years of war.

The three-day campaign which began on Monday is organized by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the health ministry of the Houthi movement which controls most population centers in the country where millions face starvation, making them more vulnerable to diseases.

“The campaign comes at a very critical time,” said Meritxell Relano, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen.

“The lack of a fully functional healthcare system and widespread malnutrition have drastically increased the risk of preventable diseases.

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National polio immunization campaign launched in Bayda

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National Polio Immunization Campaign launched in Jawf

The second phase of the national immunization campaign against poliomyelitis was launched in Jawf province today at Al-Mtoon hospital .

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Marib province kicks off polio immunization campaign

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Anti-cholera epidemic campaign launched in Dhamar

Governor of Dhamar province Mohammed al-Maqdashi and Assistant Undersecretary of Ministry of Water and Environment Abdusalam al-Hakimi launched on Sunday an environmental campaign to combat the cholera epidemic in the province.

Remark: By the Sanaa government.

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

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Saudi-led airstrike hits Hodeidah

The airstrike destroyed a home in west of al-Safinah round of al-Hali district

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Houthis shot down UAV near Jabaliyah village, Hodeidah province (photos)

Drone was also shot down in Hodeidah city area (photos)

Comment: Very clear images of what looks like a drone that's been modified to drop bombs in Yemen. Apparently from the coalition.

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Saudi-led mercenaries target residential areas in western coast

The bombardment targeted citizens’ houses and property in al-Sharaf village of Kilo 16 are

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6 Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hodeidah, enemy artillery shells civilians

Two raids hit Kilo 16 area and Khamsin street, other raid targeted 7 July area, three airstrikes hit Sawla and Koai villages of Duraihimi district and another airstrike targeted areas nearby Fadhli mosque in Kilo 16 area of Hali district.
Meanwhile, the enemy artillery hit civilians’ properties in Duraihimi district and other residential areas in Kilo_16 area and Sharaf village of the mentioned district.


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In Hodiedah, US-Saudi aggression launched 5 raids on Addurahimi district, 2 raids on Kilo 16 and two other raids on Al-Hale district. Over 35 artillery shells were fired on civilians' properties in Addurayhimi district by US-Saudi mercenaries.

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Film: Targeting of citizens' properties and houses in Hodeidah Governorate 26-11-2018

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War in Yemen: Desperate civilians trapped inside Hodeidah fear what comes next if truce fails

The new father stared at his premature baby lying in the incubator, which flickered on and off with al-Hawbani hospital’s waning electricity. Being born in Hodeidah - the epicentre of the raging war in Yemen - was the infant’s first misfortune.

Fteeni Ali Jubaili stood alone watching over son Abdullateef. He had already sent his wife home, where he thought she would be safer.

His instincts would prove correct. Three days after she gave birth, Houthi rebel fighters surrounded the hospital and the Saudi-led, Western-backed coalition began bombing their positions.

“The doctors and the patients had to escape as an Apache helicopter was striking the rebel Houthis nearby, which prompted them to take...

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Saudi-led airstrike hits Hodeidah

hit kilo 16 area of Hali district near al-Fadli Masjed

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Al-Houthi looting rural electricity and water Authority stores in Hodeidah

Eyewitnesses said that Houthi militants looted the warehouses of the rural electricity and Water Authority in Hodeidah (western Yemen), and that trucks exit the authority with generators headed to the capital Sana'a.

A reporter of Al-Masdar online quoted the witnesses as saying that dozens of trucks came out carrying electrical transformers and equipment from the authority

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While the loyalist advance on Hodeida has largely stalled, minor clashes have continued.

Military officials quoted by the state-run Saba news agency on Sunday evening said the loyalists foiled a Huthi "infiltration attempt" into a camp in Hays province, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Hodeida.

The rebels said they had detonated an explosive device near the eastern entrance of Hodeida, "destroying a (pro-government) military vehicle... killing and wounding soldiers inside", Huthi-run Al-Masirah reported on Monday.

Loyalists did not confirm the attack.

But pro-government military officials told AFP Monday that pro-government forces' operations in the east and south of the Red Sea city had been suspended.

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Spotlight: Fresh fighting resumes in Yemen's Hodeidah, shattering UN-led peace efforts

Both warring parties ignored the UN calls aimed at de-escalating the situation in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, and engaged in armed confrontations on the ground amid heavy exchange of artillery shelling, raising questions about the fate of ongoing peace efforts.

An army commander told Xinhua by phone that the government forces clashed with Houthi rebels in the areas surrounding the Kilo 16 area in Hodeidah, but no military progress was made.

"Houthis positioned inside the citizens' farms keep targeting our sites with artillery shells and some of our soldiers were injured as a result of the bombardment," the commander said on condition of anonymity.

He said that the government forces responded and shelled the Houthi-controlled sites with artillery gunfire, sparking armed confrontations in the same areas around Kilo 16 area.

A source of the government's media center said that several shells fired by Houthis landed on residential buildings in Hodeidah's neighborhood of Mandher, causing casualties.

"Some of the houses were partially damaged and many families were evacuated as the Houthis randomly shell the area," the source said anonymously.

Witnesses told Xinhua that warplanes of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched a number of airstrikes against the Houthi-held areas in Hodeidah.

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Action Against Hunger USA: Yemen: Escalation of Fighting in Hodeida Threatens Humanitarian Assistance

With the ongoing clashes around the frontline of Hodeida, one of Action Against Hunger's main warehouses serving humanitarian operations in the country suffered collateral damage from the ongoing conflict.

Action Against Hunger’s warehouse, located in the north of Hodeida, was hit by a stray bullet around 10:50 am on Thursday, November 22nd. It came in through a glass door while two of Action Against Hunger’s staff members were on duty in the warehouse. The two staff members are safe but had to stop their activities.

Action Against Hunger in Yemen is extremely concerned about the escalation of fighting in Hodeida

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Saudi-led airstrike hits Hodeidah

The warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led fighter jets launched on Sunday an air strike on Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba.
The airstrike targeted an area near al-Wahah hotel in 7 July area of al-Hali district

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8 Saudi-led air strikes hit Hodeidah

Three airstrikes hit Lohia’a district near the city’s rural hospital, three others targeted Jarahi district and two other sir strikes hit the Zaffron area causing damages in citizens’ properties, added official .

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10 Saudi-led aistrikes hit Hodeida

The ten air raids hit Jarahy and Tuhaita districts.

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10 Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hodeidah

The warplanes waged eight strikes on Luhai and Jarahi districts.
They launched two other airstrikes on Jarahi and Tuhaita districts.

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Air raids hit rebel supply lines around Yemen's Hodeida

A Saudi-led military coalition resumed air strikes against rebel supply lines around Hodeida on Sunday two days after a UN envoy visited the lifeline Yemeni port city, pro-government military officials said.

The air strikes targeted convoys of rebel reinforcements at the northern entrance to Hodeida and south of the city, which is held by Iran-aligned Huthi insurgents, the officials told AFP.

The raids came alongside sporadic firefights on the eastern and southern edges of the port city, a resident told AFP.

Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdessalam said on Twitter there had been "35 air raids over the last 12 hours on Hodeida, accompanied by artillery bombardments".

No reports of casualties were immediately available for the air raids and the fighting.

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A massive #Saudi #UAE coalition attack on #Hodeidah city More than 70 strikes and artillery shelling on neighbourhoods in Road 50 in #Hodeida Coalition is trying to siege the city #Yemen-i ministry of defence in #Sanaa has announced that coalition has NO meaning of peace in Yemen

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Yemen army stops Houthi advance towards south Hodeidah

Yemen’s national army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, foiled an attempt by Houthi militia to infiltrate areas in the Hays district in the southern countryside of Hodeidah province, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

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Film: targeting the innocent people in Kilo 16 in Hodeidah province 24-11-2018

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Film: De-mining Yemen Could Take Decades

Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, gets access to the various fighting groups waging war for the Saudi/Emirati led coalition, and sees the devastating effect the war is having on civilians.

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Unter Rebellen - eine Kriegsfotografin im Jemen

Die Abaya, das traditionelle islamische Überkleid, gibt ihr Schutz. So reist Véronique de Viguerie in den zerstörten Jemen. Als westliche Fotografin unerkannt passiert sie militärische Checkpoints, sogar die Kriegsfront. Um solche Bilder zu machen. "Der Krieg im Jemen, da haben wir auch unsere schmutzige Hände im Spiel. Unser Gewissen wäre leichter, wir würden besser schlafen, wenn wir nichts darüber wüssten", erzählt die Fotojournalistin. "Denn Bescheid zu wissen, dass wir daran beteiligt sind, gibt ein Schuldgefühl. Aber es ist unsere Pflicht, es auszusprechen."

Zusammen mit einer Reporterin fährt Véronique de Viguerie auf eigene Faust in den Nordwesten des Jemen. Sie schaffen es, dem saudi-arabischen Geheimdienst zu entkommen, der Journalisten daran hindert, in das von den Huthi-Rebellen besetzte Gebiet zu fahren. Denn niemand soll der Welt zeigen können, was die Saudis hier anrichten,kriegsfotografin100.html

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She Escaped the Hell of Yemen, But Her 9-Year-Old Son Is Stranded

The intense bombing went on into 2016 and the family decided it had to escape. They thought of fleeing to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

“I was scared to go because I learned there is some kind of health issue in that camp and the kids would not make it,” D. told The Daily Beast.

She still had her green card and the youngest child, Hassam, had become an American citizen at birth, but she was unable to obtain visa for her husband and the other children. They reasoned it might be easier to obtain approval if she was in the United States and in 2016 she arrived with the youngest child. Her husband traveled to Egypt with the oldest child, Saleh, and managed to secure a visa at the American consulate.

had figured that with a war raging, the American authorities would expedite visas for the remaining two children, 9-year-old Haytham and 7-year-old Suhaib, who had stayed in Yemen in the care of relatives. The approval had still not come when D. learned that Suhaib had been struck and killed in Sana’a by a car while walking to school with his brother Haytham and several cousins.

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Shippers shun Hodeidah due to Yemen insecurity: U.N.

Operations at Yemen’s lifeline port of Hodeidah have nearly halved in two weeks, with shipping companies deterred by insecurity in the flashpoint Houthi-held city, the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

As 70 percent of imports come in through the vital Hodeidah port, a drop in the arrival of wheat and other supplies would affect food stocks in Yemen where 14 million people are facing possible starvation after nearly four years of war, WFP said.

“WFP is very concerned about a nearly 50 percent decrease in operations at Hodeidah port over last two weeks,” spokesman Herve Verhoosel said told a Geneva news briefing.

“Shipping companies appear to be reluctant to call to Hodeidah port because of the high levels of insecurity in the city,” he said.

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Der Krieg im Jemen ist kein Krieg, sondern ein Massaker

Der Jemenkrieg geht jedoch über einen saudisch-iranischen geopolitischen oder sunnitisch-schiitischen Konflikt hinaus. Die Forderungen der Houthis waren in erster Linie wirtschaftlicher und politischer Natur und versuchten, die Jemeniten aus einem Kreislauf der Armut herauszuführen. Die brutalen und willkürlichen Angriffe der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition haben ein verwüstetes Land hinterlassen, in dem Millionen von Zivilisten ums Überleben kämpfen.

Die im Land Verbliebenen müssen mit den unerbittlichen Angriffen der Koalition fertig werden, die nicht zwischen Zivilisten und Soldaten unterscheiden. Darüber hinaus sind Hilfsorganisationen im ganzen Land nicht in der Lage, die benötigte Hilfe zu leisten. Krankenhäuser wurden bombardiert, was zu Dutzenden von Todesopfern sowohl durch die Angriffe als auch durch die fehlende dringende medizinische Versorgung führte.

Der Krieg im Jemen ist ein Massaker, und es liegt in der Verantwortung der internationalen Gemeinschaft, angesichts einer solchen Tragödie für Gerechtigkeit zu sorgen.

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The War in Yemen is Not a War, It is a Massacre

The Yemen war, however, goes beyond a Saudi-Iranian geopolitical or Sunni-Shia conflict. The Houthis’ demands have been primarily economic and political, trying to take the Yemenis out of a cycle of poverty. The brutal and indiscriminate attacks of the Saudi-led coalition have left a ravaged country, with millions of civilians fighting for survival.

Those remaining in the country must cope with the relentless attacks by the coalition, which don’t distinguish between civilian and soldiers. In addition, across the country, aid organizations are unable to provide needed assistance

There is something pathetic when looking at some of the most powerful countries in the world: the United States, Great Britain, and France plotting with Saudi Arabia’s criminal regime to destroy the Houthis’ resistance movement in Yemen.

The War in Yemen is a massacre, and it is the responsibility of the international community to uphold justice in the face of such tragedy.

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Film: ‘Limited response to Yemen crisis due to collapse of intl. law’

The limited international response to the Saudi-led war on Yemen and a resultant humanitarian crisis there is the result of the “general collapse of international law,” says an academic.

“What we are witnessing here (in Yemen) is part and parcel of the general collapse of international law and the ideals that were established after World War II,” Lawrence Davidson, a professor at the West Chester University, told Press TV on Tuesday.

Responding to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen depends on the ability of humanitarian organizations “to impact governments,” Davidson said, adding that those organizations had shown a “very limited” capability to stop the Saudi-led war.

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Film: The one gift Santa can't deliver.

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Dispatch from Hodeidah #Yemen in today's @telegraph. New father had to grab his premature son from incubator after Houthi rebels took up position on top of hospitals and Apache helicopters started firing. Both sides committing war crimes and civilians trapped in the middle (article in image)

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Film: Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman on Yemen: ‘Stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia’

My comment: It took a long time until she got it. During the first two years of the war, she fiercly had backed the Saudi coalition and had neglected the air raids. Well, better late than never.

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Saving Yemen from the Worst Famine in Decades

The heads of five major humanitarian organizations have written an appeal urging the U.S. to apply all possible pressure on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to bring the war to an end and stave off famine.

It emphasizes that the U.S. shares responsibility with the other parties to the war for the horrific conditions that now prevail across much of the country.

As many as 14 million people are at risk of dying from a famine that can still be averted, but that can only happen if the U.S. and the other parties to the conflict act swiftly to prevent it. Halting U.S. support for the Saudi coalition is the first step in doing that.

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Die salbungsvollen Politiker-Reden zum 100. Jahrestag des Endes des Ersten Weltkrieges sind verklungen.

In der Zwischenzeit und während die Politiker so redeten und reden, finden auf der Welt ganz aktuell 46 weitere Kriege statt. Auch der vom allergrößten Teil der Menschheit nicht zur Kenntnis genommene und schon seit fünf Jahren mit perfider Barbarei betriebene Völkermord-Krieg im Jemen. Das unentschuldbar Unfassbare ist dabei die moralisch-korrupte Mittäterschaft der vielgerühmten „freien Welt“ beim „vergessenen Krieg“ im Jemen.

Den verlogenen Politiker-Reden zum Trotz. Erst kommt das Fressen und dann die Moral. Und freie Fahrt für Friedens-Schwätzer. Demnächst wieder in diesem Theater.

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Fünf Organisationen fordern USA zur Unterlassung der Unterstützung für saudisch-geführte Kriegsallianz auf

Die Hilfsorganisationen "Oxfam", "CARE", das Internationale Rettungskomitee, Save the Children, und der Flüchtlingsrat Norwegens unterstrichen in einer heute verbreiteten Erklärung, die militärische und diplomatische Unterstützung der USA für eine der Kriegsparteien im Jemen, das heißt Saudi-Arabien, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, verlängert nur noch die Auseinandersetzungen im Jemen.

In der Erklärung wurden die USA für die Ausweitung der Krise im Jemen verantwortlich gemacht.ünf_organisationen_fordern_usa_zur_unterlassung_der_unterstützung_für_saudisch_geführte_kriegsallianz_auf

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Charities to US: Halt support for Saudi coalition in Yemen

Five international charities on Monday urged the United States to halt all military support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels, saying this will save millions of lives.

A joint statement by the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam America, CARE US, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council said that 14 million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen if the parties to the conflict don't change course immediately.

"Starvation must not be used as a weapon of war against Yemeni civilians," the statement said.

The charities called the U.S. to back up its recent call for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen with genuine diplomatic pressure, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


and statement in full:

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Humanitarian CEOs to U.S. Government: We have no means left to avert a catastrophe, please act now to save Yemeni lives

The stakes in Yemen are shocking and must be stated clearly: 14 million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen if the parties to the conflict and their supporters do not change course immediately.

After years of conflict, people have exhausted their coping strategies and countless Yemenis are unlikely to live through the winter unless the parties to the conflict immediately cease hostilities, reopen all of Yemen’s ports and allow commercial shipments to enter the country without delay, facilitate access to people in need for humanitarian staff and supplies, and take basic measures to stabilize the Yemeni economy, including payment of civil servant salaries. If the Government of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Ansar Allah, and other parties to the conflict fail to take these steps, and if the United States does not use all levers of pressure to compel them to do so, responsibility for the deaths of many more Yemeni civilians will lie not only with the parties to the conflict, but with the United States as well.

We are pleading with the United States to back up its recent call for a cessation of hostilities with genuine diplomatic pressure, and to halt all military support for the Saudi/UAE coalition in Yemen in order to save millions of lives. It pains us to write these words, but we cannot escape the truth: if it does not cease its military support for the Saudi/UAE coalition, the United States, too, will bear responsibility for what may be the largest famine in decades.

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Q&A: Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe Demands Action

Open Society’s Soheila Comninos spoke to the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights’ Radhya al-Mutawakel about what has made this conflict so destructive.

RaM: Death surrounds us. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by this conflict.

The Yemeni people face almost unprecedented human suffering.

Our on-the-ground investigations show this war is especially brutal in the indiscriminate way that civilians have been attacked. International law is quite clear

We need some form of accountability.

To start, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and others should suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and its allies claim to be leading voices in efforts to enforce international norms and minimize civilian deaths in war. Yet it is these countries’ bombs which are killing my countrymen, women and children.

The war has created ideal conditions for extremist groups to flourish. There are many reasons for this.

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Report: Destruction in Yemen, a real disaster

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

The war in Yemen is far more than just a political struggle.

As air raids continue to batter the Arab world’s poorest state, many Yemenis fear the country’s deepening divisions will inflict irreparable damage to its soul.

Blessed with the region’s richest human resources, massive untapped oil/gas, mineral, water, and fishery wealth, Yemen has been the target of globalists since at least the 1920s.

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 legitimizing bludgeon, is nothing new.

Perhaps responsible leaders today can also consider what lessons they can draw from Yemen and hopefully avoid the impending disaster that awaits those too closely linked to a collapsing Western-centered capitalist order ensnared in southern Arabia’s destruction – by Mona Zaid

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Le Yémen victime de l’affaire Khashoggi?

Mohammed Ben Salmane paraît déterminé à se « venger », par un raidissement au Yémen, des revers subis lors de l’affaire Khashoggi.

Le président américain, dans son hallucinante déclaration du 20 novembre sur l’Arabie saoudite, n’a pas ouvert ses propos par l’affaire Khashoggi, mais bel et bien par le Yémen, endossant sans réserve la thèse de MBS.

Dans cette allocution où le peuple yéménite et ses souffrances ne sont pas mentionnés une seule fois, le président américain refuse de trancher sur la responsabilité de MBS dans l’assassinat de Khashoggi, une affaire présentée comme secondaire face à l’importance stratégique des relations américano-saoudiennes.

La Maison-blanche évacue ainsi la dynamique proprement yéménite du conflit en cours pour le réduire à un simple affrontement « par procuration » entre l’Arabie saoudite et l’Iran.

Mohammed Ben Salmane, en bon autocrate, est convaincu que l’écho planétaire donné à l’affaire Khashoggi n’est que le fruit d’un vaste complot aux sombres ramifications.

Dans le grand marchandage désormais en cours, la Grande-Bretagne s’est abstenue à ce jour de soumettre au vote du Conseil de sécurité son projet de résolution sur le Yémen.

Si cela ne tient qu’à Mohammed Ben Salmane, c’est ainsi le Yémen, déjà ravagé par trois ans et demi de guerre, qui risque bien de payer le prix fort de l’affaire Khashoggi.

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Der Westen schweigt zur weltweit grössten humanitären Krise im Jemen

400'000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren leiden im Jemen unter akuter Mangelernährung.

Dem Land droht eine der schwersten Hungerkatastrophen der letzten Jahrzehnte.

Der Hunger ist auch eine Waffe der Kriegsparteien im Bürgerkriegsland.

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Der Westen macht sich im Jemen mitschuldig

85.000 Kinder sind seit April 2015 im Jemen verhungert oder an Seuchen gestorben. Doch Frankreich, die USA und Großbritannien befeuern den Bürgerkrieg weiter mit Waffenlieferungen an die Saudis.

Dürre Statistiken wecken keine Emotionen, aber folgende Horrorzahlen müssten auch Zyniker rot vor Scham und Zorn werden lassen.

Europa könnte einen Beitrag leisten – und ein Waffenembargo über Saudiarabien verhängen.

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Films by Nasser Arrabyee: Shame on G20 leaders if they shake hands with the Saudi killer of Yemen, killer of Khashoggi, MBS. They trample on laws, values and principles if they welcome him to their summit next week in Argentina.

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Yemen’s Condemnation of Washington, London & Paris

Let’s be absolutely clear. This horrendous death toll is a direct result of Washington’s military support for the Saudi and other Arab coalition forces that have been attacking Yemen without relent since March 2015. Britain and France have also been key military suppliers and are therefore equally complicit.

The Western-backed blockade of Yemen’s sea, air and land routes has created a hellish situation for a whole population

Yemen and its skeletal children are an indelible stain on Washington, London and Paris. Their pious pretenses of human rights and rule of law are shown for what they are – bankrupt. So too for the Western news media.

The next time an American, British or French politician begins to pontificate about alleged Russian criminality or malfeasance, the appropriate response is to silently hold up a photograph of a Yemeni child.

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With Reaffirmed US Support, Saudis Continue Assault on Yemen and Attacks on Civilians

Washington has chosen to diverge from its European allies and continue support for the Saudi led-coalition against Yemen. Following a White House statement that reaffirms US commitment, the Saudi coalition has continued with its assault on Hodeidah port and civilians in Yemen.

The White House has issued a statement doubling down on its seemingly unconditional support for Saudi Arabia — particularly its assault on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has since continued its attacks on Yemen’s Hodeidah port and civilian areas.

Yemenis hold out hope for the European effort and UN envoy’s recent visit to Hodediah port. =

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Yemen Genocide About Oil Control

The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the fundamental casus belli for the US-backed Saudi war, ostensibly against the Shi’ite Houthi by the Sunni Wahhabite Saudis. As with virtually every war and destabilization since the British first discovered abundant oil in the Persian Gulf over a century ago, the Yemen war is about oil, more precisely about control of oil, lots of oil.

The roots of the ongoing Yemen war with the Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states can be traced back to the Bush-Cheney Administration in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and declaration of the so-called War on Terror.

What is the US or Saudi interest in Yemen? Control of the oil is the short answer, but perhaps not in the usual sense.

There are two strategic aspects of who is in control of Yemen, especially the areas now in control of the Houthi. One is the mentioned geostrategic control of oil flows passing Bab el Mandab in the Horn of Africa. The second is the control of the largely untapped oil wealth of Yemen itself.

Here, however, a CIA report from 1988 becomes interesting. The report, South Yemen’s Oil Resources: The Chimera of Wealth, heavily redacted and declassified, has a cryptic note on potential oil reserves in the large disputed border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Presence of huge oil and gas reserves in Yemen would explain much about why the Pentagon has actively backed the Saudi brutal effort to retake control of Yemen from the Houthi.

It has little to do with any Shi’ite versus Wahhabite Sunni conflict. Rather it has to do with strategic control of world energy – by F. William Engdahl

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World Inequality Database – Yemen

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What to expect when you're expecting, in Yemen

The perils of pregnancy in a nation ravaged by civil war.

The survival of a child is threatened in Yemen from the moment a mother-to-be becomes pregnant. How? Not only are they under attack due to war, there is also a dire need for food.
More than one million pregnant or breastfeeding women are acutely malnourished. Some of those who are pregnant already have children, but those children are among the 400,000 in Yemen who are suffering from such extreme starvation that they could die at any moment.
Mothers who are malnourished themselves struggle to breastfeed.

Every ten minutes a child in Yemen dies from preventable causes – war, starvation or disease. There’s no wonder that mothers across the country are worrying: what kind of place is Yemen for a child to be born in?
On top of malnutrition and the collapse of the health system, pregnant women suffer deep psychological trauma that can cause complications during childbirth.
“My previous births were by caesarean sections," says Anwaar, already a mother of two.
"I suffered a lot during these births because of high blood pressure and stress. That’s why I’m keen on repeated visits to the Reproductive Health Unit."

Preterm babies in Yemen suffer twice: the first time when they’re still in the womb due to their mothers’ poor nutrition and subsequent poor health, and the second time after they are born into a disease and conflict-ridden country.
Malnourished newborns have poor immunity. Many water sources are contaminated across Yemen and cases of the deadly water-borne disease of cholera are increasing.

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There's something the kids of Yemen say they want more than anything else, and that's peace.

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Film: The Escalating Crisis In Yemen

After nearly four years of war, Yemen has become a living hell. Indiscriminate airstrikes and fighting have killed at least 10,000 people. Ben Anderson reports on the reality on the ground in Yemen.

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WFP Yemen Situation Report #41,15 November 2018

The increased conflict in Hodeidah governorate between the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) backed forces and Ansar Allah (Houthis) caused the displacement of some 700,000 people since its outbreak in June 2018.

Deflation of the Yemeni currency in the last two months has diminished civilians’ purchasing power and is expected to increase the number of severely food insecure people in the country. The latest food security assessment to be released early December will allow to identify districts most at risk of famine.

WFP is scaling up its operations to cover the increasing needs, for which USD 412 million are required to meet critical gaps over the next six months.

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Film: UNICEF Representative: "Yemeni Children CAN'T WAIT!", 56,000 Children Dying from Preventable Causes

UNICEF Representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano discusses the harrowing statistics UNICEF have found with 56,000 Yemeni children Under 5 dying of preventable causes each year and says that the Yemeni children cannot wait, a ceasefire is needed now.

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Asma’a, Hajar & Nujoud are @UNICEF Community Health Workers and play crucial role in providing rural communities with health & nutrition services in #Yemen, through household visits. More than 877,000 children under 5 reached with these services, with support of @EUinYemen (photos)

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Within a few months #Yemen will be importing 20% less potatoe seeds as more seeds are produced locally. @SMEPSYEMEN support for tissue culture technology is paying off & will greatly enhance self sufficiency advancing food security.

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Photos by MONA Relief

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Film by Yemen Not Alone: Donate to save Yemeni infants

The "#YemenNotAlone" campaign comprises of young activists from #India, #Italy, #Britain, #Yemen, etc. and aims to help Yemeni children suffering from early stages of malnutrition. It makes efforts to prevent severe malnutrition of a number of these children. The number of children who are now on the verge of malnutrition stands at 5,200,000-- which is a shocking number. Yemen is seriously on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.
At its first stage, this campaign managed to-- thanks to your humanitarian helps-- raise 5000 euros in only 6 days. According to primary field studies by this campaign, infant milk powder enriched with vitamins-- which can help children at the early stages of malnutrition-- costs 5 euros per can. Thus, with 5000 euros, 250 infants can be fed for a month.

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Hungerhilfe Jemen - Kriegsopferhilfe und Stop the War in Jemen ersuchen um Mithilfe

Spenden sind möglich unter:

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Hunger-Katastrophe im zerstörten Jemen – Die Welt schaut weg

Alle zehn Minuten stirbt ein Kind. Auf 85 000 unter fünf Jahren schätzt die Kinderrechtsorganisation „Save the Children“ die bereits verhungerten Opfer. Über eine Million Menschen leidet unter der Cholera, die über mit Fäkalien verseuchtes Trinkwasser übertragen wird. Und die Welt schaut weg. Die menschengemachte Katastrophe im Jemen an der Südspitze der arabischen Halbinsel ist aus dem Blick geraten. =

(B H)

Keine Bruderliebe für den Jemen

Der vom Krieg geschundene Wüstenstaat erhält keine Hilfe von den arabischen Nachbarn

Das bedeute eine „riesige Menge“ finanzieller Mittel. Diese Mittel kommen jedoch nicht von den reichen Golfstaaten. Bald könnte aber jede Hilfe für die unter Bombardements leidenden Zivilisten zu spät kommen, wenn die Gewalt in dem Land nicht sofort endet.
Bislang hat noch kein Hilfswerk an die Solidarität der Araber oder der Muslime appelliert. Das schlechte Gewissen der Westeuropäer, gerade wegen der Waffenlieferungen, scheint ergiebiger zu sein.

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Map: Yemen: Access Constraints as of 25 November 2018

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Now for a bit of positive news! Fishermen in east #Yemen's #Mahra have completed training to use GPS. It's the 3rd in a whole series of courses. Fishing is vital to the (licit) economy & supports a huge number of families, so well done @SMEPSYEMEN & @MahraYouth for organising (photos)

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Film by UNICEF: Give £5 a month to help provide life-saving food

In Yemen a child dies every 10 minutes from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

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Film: Keeping hopes alive: Yemeni children visit amusement park

With many children unable to go to school due to war, social workers bring some cheer to their face.

Save the Children organised a visit of a group of children to an amusement park in the capital Sanaa to let them enjoy and forget their day-to-day struggles for some time. =

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Grausamer Bürgerkrieg im Jemen: Millionen Kinder hungern

In den letzten 30 Minuten gab es 15 Luftangriffe. 15. Es ist Krieg im Jemen. Die Ärztin Mariam Aldogani arbeitet für die Hilfsorganisation Save the Childrenin der Stadt Hodeidah. Sie sagt: „Das soll jetzt alles sofort aufhören.“ Das sei die schlimmste Zeit für die Kinder.

Mariam Aldogani erzählt von Bomben, die sogar das Krankenhaus getroffen haben. Von Kindern, die nur noch ein Bein oder einen Arm haben. Von Kindern, die auf dem Weg zum Markt, um Essen für die Familie zu holen, ihr Leben verloren. Und sie berichtet von einer Begegnung aus der vergangenen Woche im Al Amal Krankenhaus. „Ich habe ein Kind gesehen, einen Teenager, 15 Jahre alt. Er ist komplett gelähmt.“

Vor einer Woche wurde der Junge von einer Kugel, einem Querschläger, im Nacken getroffen, die seine Wirbelsäule durchtrennte. „Er ist total gelähmt“, sagt Aldogani, „er schaute mich mit seinen Augen voller Tränen an, er hat sein Leben verloren.“ Für die Ärztin sind solche Situationen immer noch schwer zu ertragen.

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Plz RT In May 2015, I started distributing aid items to IDPs & most vulnerable families after receiving a small amount of money from a lady called MONA & later I established @monarelief as a #Yemen-i charity based in Sana'a. Charts below of our work in numbers during 2015-2018

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Film: Severe Acute Malnutrition in Yemen

This is Yasmeen from #Yemen. She is only 8 months-old. Like many of the severely malnourished children in Al-Thawra hospital in Hodeidah, she doesn’t cry. Her little body is lethargic and feeble; it lacks the energy to cry.

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Yemen: Emergency response - November 2018

Yemen is facing the world’s largest food security crisis.

The agriculture sector is among the worst hit by the current crisis and local food production has been severely compromised.

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World Food Programme: WFP Yemen Country Brief, October 2018

In Numbers

99,345 mt of food assistance distributed

93,192 households received Immediate Response Rations between June and October 2018

US$ 412 million six months (December 2018 – May 2019)

7.2 million people assisted in October 2018

Operational Context

Yemen is classified as a low-income, food-deficit country, ranked 178th out of 189 countries, according to the 2018 Human Development Report. At least 50 percent of the population is estimated to be living in poverty, and more than 90 percent of food in Yemen is imported.

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UNFPA Response in Yemen: Monthly Situation Report #10 - October 2018

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. Twentytwo million people, 75 per cent ofthe entire population, require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including 8.4 million Yemenis who do not know where their next meal will come from.

UNFPA's response in Yemen continues to expand in size and coverage to address the growing reproductive health and protection needs.

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Yemen: Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Snapshot (January - September 2018)

Yemen: Health Cluster Snapshot (January - September 2018)

Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Snapshot (January - September 2018)

Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Snapshot (January - September 2018)

Yemen: Water and Sanitation Cluster Snapshot (January - September 2018)

Yemen: Third Reserve Allocation Dashboard 2018 (as of 21 November 2018)

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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IOM facilitates return of 418 migrants stranded in Yemen in first flight evacuation in more than three years

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) this week (26-29 November) began assisting 418 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen to safely return under IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) operation. This is IOM’s first airlift since shortly after the conflict broke out in 2015 and the largest VHR operation carried out by IOM in Yemen to date.

On Monday (26 November), 102 Ethiopian migrants travelled from Sana’a International Airport to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. In three subsequent flights scheduled through Thursday, another 316 migrants will follow. More than a quarter of the passengers – 121 of the returning 418 migrants – are minors.

IOM has been assisting many of the migrants returning this week for at least six months.

“The first airlift return operation increases IOM’s ability to ensure that migrants who wish to leave Yemen can do so in a safe and dignified manner,” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies, who added: “The airlift, made possible through close cooperation with authorities in Yemen and Ethiopia, opens the way for improved humanitarian assistance for migrants in Yemen.”


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Evacuation of 102 Ethiopians to their country via Sanaa airport

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday evacuated 102 Ethiopian immigrants from Sanaa Airport for the first time since the outbreak of the war in Yemen four years ago.

In a tweet on its Twitter page, the organization said that the evacuation was carried out on a chartered flight of the United Nations Immigration Agency (IOM) and that Ethiopians had voluntarily returned home.

More than 400 Ethiopian immigrants will be repatriated this week in four rented flights

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen UNHCR Flash Update, 17 – 23 November 2018

According to reports received by UNHCR in Aden, around 500 families have fled the Damt frontline

An increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDP) fleeing conflict in Al Hudaydah have settled in Farizi village, in Al Buraiqeh district (west of Aden).

On 19 November, the 23 nd boat departed from the Port of Aden with 141 Somalis on board, as part of UNHCR’s Assisted Spontaneous Return (ASR) programme.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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4 commercial malls in capital Sanaa closed for not respecting selling with offical prices

The committee charged with controlling prices in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday closed four large commercial malls and a wholesale shop in the capital Sana'a because of its lack of commitment to the price set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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Start the Trial of the 36 abductees by Houthis. The Court allows defence evidence to be presented for the first time

The Specialized Criminal Court (state Security) on Sunday held a trial session of the 36 abductees in the capital Sana'a, in which the kidnapped were given the opportunity to present defence evidence from the kidnapped ' defence counsel.

According to a source in the court of "Al-Masdar online", Dr. Yousef Al-Bawab, one of the abductees, complained the he was kidnapped without guilt and no official status.

According to the source, among the evidence provided by the lawyers for the abductees, seven of the abductees were charged with crimes that occurred while in prison.

According to the evidence, "the criminal court started initiating proceedings in the case without the direction of the Public Prosecutor's office, which makes all the proceedings void."

The lawyer Abdulal-Basit Ghazi, a trial lawyer, wrote that the defendants ' defence lawyers blew up prosecutors ' allegations and refuted those charges against the 36 abductees.


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Houthis assault abducted journalists after denying false charges

Houthi militias on Monday assaulted a number of abducted journalists in the capital Sana’a after they denied false charges leveled against them.

The sources said that the Houthis used sticks and gun butts in assaulting the journalists, pointing out that al-Ka’edi fell unconscious after he was undressed and put in the cold weather for three hours.


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Mothers of Abductees Association @abducteesmother says Houthis striped 4 journalists - who r in their custody-of their clothes & physically assaulted them until they passed out. The incident took place last night inside political security prison in Sana’a referring to (document)

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Houthi-Houthi confrontations in Nehm -Sanáa

A number of al-Houthi militants, including two field commanders, were killed and two others wounded in a clash on Monday in the area of Qubara, east of the capital Sana'a, according to a local source.

According to the decision on prevention, the President of the so-called "Supreme Political Council" (the highest authority of Houthis), Mehdi al-Mashat, issued a directive to the Minister of Social Affairs of the Houthi government (not recognized) not to grant any license or renewal to any formations (organizations, institutions, associations, federations, Unions, etc.) during this period, until further notice.

The source told "Al-Masdar online " that the clashes erupted between Houthis belonging to Sa'dah Governorate and others from the Directorate of Nehm

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Al-Houthi authorities wage a war on remaining civil associations and institutions

The authorities of Houthis in the capital Sana'a issued a directive not to grant licenses to any association or non-governmental organization to organize any event in the capital Sana'a, and the areas under its control.

In the four years since it took control of the capital Sana'a, the group has closed and confiscated dozens of civil institutions and charitable associations that do not guarantee that they are working for them.

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146 gas cars are distributes in Sanaa

146 gas cars are distributed to an official in every neighborhood for distribution it to citizens.

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Yemen condemns killing prisoner in Saudi-led mercenaries' jail in Jawf

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#Houthis kidnap Hanan Ahmed al-Haidari, secretary-general of Women Journalists without Chains in #Sana'a and take her with her baby and her sister Faten to the intelligence building.

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Human Rights Minister honors ICRC mission in Yemen

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Ibb residents receive army's eight prisoners

Residents of Ibb province held rally on Sunday to receive eight prisoners of the Yemeni army after an exchange operation with Saudi-led coalition's mercenaries

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"So politics don’t blur the crimes”... An Initiative on "Facebook " to count the houses detonated by the Houthis

Yemeni novelist and writer Dr. Marwan al-Ghafori launched an initiative to count houses detonated by Houthi militia in various Yemeni governorates.

He called on his Facebook page to recall and count the houses that were blown up, inspired by the idea of an article by the journalist Amin al-Waeli titled: We and the Bombers. The story that foreigners do not understand.

"Let us show what the Houthis do to the lives of Yemenis, the politics is about to blur the crime," al-Ghafori said.

The campaign was greatly interacted by writers and activists who counted out hundreds of houses detonated by militants of Al-Houthi group during their wars from Sa'dah north to Aden, the southernmost part of the country.

"The Houthis blew up my house in the villages of Damt Riashiyah (Al-Baydha '), despite that I did not carry the weapon to confront them," Yemeni lawyer and rights activist Abdirahman Barman said.

My comment: Blown up as an act of oppression or in war?

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

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Mothers of Abductees Association @abducteesmother protest in front of Presidential Palace, Ministry of HR Office, and Judiciary complex in Aden demanding releasing men forcibly disappeared illegally & without due process in government prisons. #Yemen

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A Military check point in Hadramawt holding dozens of cars for merchants since 160 days

The syndicate of importers of cars and heavy equipment said that a military checkpoint of government forces in the area of “Rumah in Hadramawt (east of the country) is holding their”imported cars and preventing their release.

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Deterioration of the security situation in Taiz. 3 civilians killed and 2 wounded in armed attack

The Security chaos increased in the southwestern city of Taiz on Monday, after a civilian was killed and two others injured in an armed attack by gunmen on the immigration building.

Eyewitnesses told Al-Masdar online that gunmen tried to storm the building, but security guards prevented them and led to a shooting, killing one civilian immediately, and wounding others with varying wounds.


Red Cross worker assassin in the hands of Taiz police

The police Department of Taiz province on Monday arrested the suspect in the assassination of a worker in the International Red Cross mission in Taiz, early April.

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UN delegation in Aden to inspect the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Human Rights minister Mohamed Askar said that the war had caused extremely difficult humanitarian conditions, not to mention the persistent violations of Houthis against civilians.

My comment: Hadi government filling them up with propaganda.

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The four Yemeni key political parties (GPC, Islah, Socialist and Nasserist ) have called upon the #UN envoy for #Yemen to pay much attention to the besieged city of #Taiz and lift the blockade imposed by the #Houthis and stop their shelling on citizens houses.


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Yemeni parties called "Griffith " to visit Taiz

Four of the most important Yemeni political parties have called on the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths to visit the city of Taiz, which under the siege of Houthis.

The political parties also called on, Martin Griffiths, to give more attention to the humanitarian situation in the besieged city of Taiz, as well as to work to break the siege and stop the continuous shelling of neighborhoods by Houthis.

My comment: Parties backing / mouthpiecing the Hadi government

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#AlQaeda in #Yemen still active & possibly blending more with local unrest. #AQAP has now claimed: -Friday's killing of 5 #UAE-backed Security Belt soldiers in Abyan to avenge local raids -Last Sunday's assassination of Deputy Commander of Abyan Security Belt forces in Aden

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Commander of Coalition Joint Forces meets sheikhs of Khawlan Altayal tribe in Yemen

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Yemen's president orders another senior leadership shake-up

President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi named new ministers of planning and international cooperation, electricity and energy, and justice, as well as a new governor for Shabwa province and a new presidential advisor for reconstruction.


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Yemen's Hadi names new energy minister amid drive to boost oil output

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Four articles allowing a glimpse into Southern separatists’ universe:

Under Auspices of the Southern Transitional Council, Academics of Aden University Hold a Seminar Titled “Partners in Liberation, Peace and Reconstruction”, in celebration of the Glorious Memory of Independence.

Under the Slogan of “This is Our South … Aden is Our Capital … Self-Determination is Our Right”, Al-Berika Transitional Council Holds a Naval Carnival in Celebration of the Glorious November Anniversary.

Chairman of the National Assembly: Shame on the Legitimacy Who Talks to Those who Turned on it While Ignoring Those Who Restored its Legitimacy

Denouncement Statement Against Raising Flags of the Occupation Over Some Places in Al-Makla

Remark: “Legitimacy” is the Hadi government (LOL), “Flags of the Occupation” are the flags of united Yemen.

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Called the coalition to resume Reconstruction and export of oil. What is beyond the angry appearance of the tribal leader "Musa’ad Hussein "?

Former minister and tribal leader Maj. Gen. Ahmed Musa’ad Hussein called on the Arab coalition to reconstruct the war-ravaged country and to provide development projects for the province of Shabwah.

Bin Musa’ad said during a mass rally organized by the city on Sunday morning in the so-called "Shabwah People's organization”: “The countries of the coalition should rebuild what has been destroyed by the war, offer new and vital projects to the province, allow the oil and gas to be repumped from the port of Balhaf and open Ataq Airport”.

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Suspension of study at one of Shabwah schools due to “Shabwani elite forces “ storming

The administration of the "martyr Jassar" secondary school in al-Rawdha district, southeast of the Shabwah, announced Sunday, closing its doors and suspending the study until further notice.

It said in a statement obtained by Al-Masdar online "This is a protest against the storming of the UAE-backed elite forces, by Ahmed Rab’an and his escorts,".

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen peace talks 'to resume next week' after long delay

Exclusive: A senior official tells Sky News a long-awaited meeting in Sweden will ideally start from "the middle of next week".

Peace talks between all sides in the Yemen conflict look set to resume next week in Sweden, according to three sources with knowledge of the plan.

The date could still slip, but the aspiration is for the long-delayed meeting between Houthi rebels and the internationally recognised Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-backed coalition, to start ideally from "the middle of next week", one senior official told Sky News.

A European diplomatic source confirmed this time frame for the United Nations-brokered process, saying: "It's still flexible but yes, that sounds about right."

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Yemen’s Legitimate Govt. Rejects Any Peace Deal Outside of 3 References

The legitimate Yemeni government rejected on Monday any United Nations peace efforts that would not be based on the three references.
Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani made this stance during a meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, revealed official sources.
The references are the national dialogue outcomes, the Gulf initiative and the UN Security Council resolution 2216.

My comment: The Hadi government clinging to “Square One”. This simply is obstructing peace efforts. The Hadi government insists on that the Houthis simply must cede sovereignty, and period. This way, “peace” does not work.

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UN Envoy in Riyadh to Lay Groundwork for Yemen Peace Talks

United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths met Yemeni officials in Riyadh on Monday as part of efforts to kick-start peace talks next month between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.

The Yemeni leaders discussed with Griffiths arrangements for the upcoming negotiations and possible "confidence building measures" to test the "rebels' seriousness" about peace efforts, Saba reported.

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Yemeni Vice President Meets with UN Envoy

In a meeting attended by Yemen's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani, Yemeni Vice-President reiterated the firm stance of Yemeni legitimacy towards the option of lasting peace.

My comment: Filling the envoy up with propaganda.

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UN Yemen envoy expected in Riyadh on peace push

The United Nations' Yemen envoy is expected in Riyadh on Monday as part of efforts to kick-start peace talks next month between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.

Griffiths is scheduled to meet Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani, a Saudi government source told AFP.

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Yemeni President Heads to Riyadh to Meet with UN Envoy

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi traveled Sunday from the US, where he underwent medical examinations in the state of Ohio, to the Saudi capital Riyadh.

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No winners in Yemen war

Conditions in Yemen have changed for the worse and both sides now realise that victory is no longer attainable.

There is now growing hope that when the two sides meet in Sweden next month, they will arrive with renewed conviction that Yemen desperately needs a political solution rather than a military one. With this change of state of mind, the suffering and plight of Yemeni people may, at last, end.

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UN envoy to discuss peace with Yemen’s president in Riyadh

Griffiths will hold talks on Monday in the Saudi capital, where Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and other officials have taken up residence.

The UN-recognized government had not yet received “any information from UN envoy Martin Griffiths about the talks in Sweden and what is to be discussed,” Rajeh Badi, a government spokesman, said on Friday.

“We are certain that the Houthi rebels have not yet taken a strategic and serious decision about peace,” he said.

“They (Houthis) will not let go of their weapons. They would tell us: ‘You’re dreaming if you think we’re going to disarm.’”

My comment: The Hadi government really claims: “Peace” is when our enemies lay down arm and we win. This way, “peace” never works.


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The government adheres to the three terms of reference for dialogue and refuses to surrender the port of Hodeidah to a third party

The government spokesman Rajeh Badi told the al-Bayan newspaper "Any proposals on the situation in Hodeidah outside the three terms of reference do not mean anything,".

"Any agreements, solutions or proposals concerning the Hodeidah that do not conform to the three terms of reference we are not concerned with, and what the international envoy said that he has up-to-date peace proposals based on the three terms of reference, and therefore no partial proposals can be talked out of those terms."

My comment: The Hadi government clinging to “Square One”.


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Griffiths in Riyadh today

UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths departed from Sanaa Airport Sunday and is scheduled to hold talks on Monday with Khaled Al-Yamani, Yemeni foreign minister.

Fayyadh Noman, undersecretary of the Yemeni ministry of information, said: “We welcome the UN role to end the humanitarian crisis caused by the Houthi militias. However, this should be according to the three basic references.
“The militias must withdraw from Hodeida port and Hodeida governorate and hand them over to the legitimate government, as this is a sovereign and legitimate right sanctioned by UN Security Council resolution 2216 and all prevailing international laws and norms. Any proposals to keep the militias in Hodeida will not receive any attention and will be considered an attempt by the UN envoy to legitimize the coup.”

My comment: This simply is obstructing peace efforts. The Hadi government insists on that the Houthis simply must cede sovereignty, and period. This way, “peace” does not work.


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New Hodeida Port Plan Faces Backlash

Many leaders and activists loyal to the legitimate government in Yemen condemned the proposal presented by UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to Houthi militias on handing Hodeidah port to a third party, especially after legitimate government forces became close to liberating the city.

The UN Envoy’s proposal involves ending all military operations in Hodeidah and handing over the port’s administration to UN supervision.

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration Abdul-Raqib Fateh tweeted that the international law and all international agreements stipulate that the national territory must be subject to a legitimate president and a legitimate government.

He added that anything aside from that is “an act outside the law, and Griffiths understands that,” criticizing the Envoy's proposal.

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Saudi Attacks on Yemen’s Hudaydah to Destroy UN Peace Efforts: Ansarullah

Spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah Movement Mohammad Abdulsalam said the increase of Saudi-led air strikes on the port city of Hudaydah will destroy peace efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

In remarks released on Sunday, Abdulsalam said the Saudi-led fighter jets have bombarded Hudaydah 35 times over the last 12 hours, adding that concurrently, the Riyadh-backed mercenaries pounded the city with missiles and artilleries.

He further emphasized that the increase of the aggressors’ attacks on Hudaydah have revealed their hidden objectives and that the escalation will only destroy peace efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen.

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Transport, Planning Ministers discuss possibility of Int'l support for Hodeidah port

Transport Minister Zakaria al-Shami on Saturday discussed with Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdulaziz al-Kumaim the possibility of supporting the port of Hodeidah through international organizations.

My comment: Saada government. This could be a hint that the Houthi government really thinks of handing Hodeidah port to the UN.

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Film: During his first visit to #Hudayda, the SE addressed press representatives at the Hudayda port

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Film: Yemen: 'We look forward to a just and honourable peace' - Houthi official

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths concluded talks with the Houthi leadership in Sanaa on Saturday

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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What you won’t hear from US govt: Iran is open to working with Saudi Arabia

Washington’s rhetoric regarding Iran paints the picture of an evil nation hellbent on destroying the world. In reality, it appears that Tehran would prefer dialogue with its rivals, which is unacceptable to the US.

Tuesday’s White House Statement from President Trump on “Standing with Saudi Arabia” was an outright condemnation of Iran and a total free pass for Saudi Arabia.

Iran is to blame for almost every issue in the Middle East, including the war in Yemen, according to the statement.

If you were naive enough to take the White House statement at face value, you would surely think that Iran has much to answer for. Iran is, after all, public enemy number one and has been for some time. Conversely, Saudi Arabia has been a longstanding ally of the United States, a faithfully serving client state, and it should be protected at all costs especially if there is to be any hope at pushing back against Iran as it yells “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

But what if Iran was, despite all of its flaws, not interested in fighting a war with Saudi Arabia?

Zarif recommends opening up dialogue and blames a “dialogue deficit” for instability throughout the region.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Money Lost Faith in Prince Long Before Khashoggi's Murder

Last year’s roundup of business chiefs still haunts economy

Instead of funding investment, capital is holding back

Ever since dozens of royals and business chiefs were detained in November 2017 as part of a declared crackdown on corruption, a growing number of rich Saudis have been trying to move money out of the kingdom or draw up plans to leave, according to interviews with more than 10 people familiar with the matter. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue is sensitive.

Saudis who stayed put are mostly parking their cash instead of increasing investments, adding to the headwinds buffeting the biggest Arab economy. Khashoggi’s killing has only intensified the trends, some of the people said.

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Saudi Daily Oil Output Surpasses Record 11 Million Barrels

Saudi Arabia is pumping more crude than at any time since its first barrel was extracted 80 years ago, responding to pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to keep driving oil prices lower.

Saudi daily output reached 11.2 million barrels a day, from 10.8-10.9 million barrels earlier this month


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Oil falls on record Saudi output; eyes G20 and OPEC

Oil prices fell on Tuesday, depressed by record Saudi Arabian production even as the kingdom tried to persuade other exporters to agree output cuts ahead of an OPEC meeting next week.

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Saudi crown prince on goodwill tour as royal family frets

The premeditated murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month was an act of terrorism. The Saudis are desperately trying to salvage the reputation and credibility of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who undoubtedly ordered the assassination. The Donald Trump administration is colluding with Riyadh. But revelations about the prince continue to emerge, further sullying his brand. At home there is unease in the royal familyabout what his tarnished reputation means for the kingdom.

Next is a regional tour starting in Abu Dhabi with a visit to the prince's closest ally, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayid.

The prince is also visiting two Saudi clients, Bahrain and Egypt, both with horrendous human rights records.

Desperately seeking rehabilitation, the crown prince is hoping the world will forget about Khashoggi and move on. So is Trump. But the reality is that the Saudi leader has a closet full of skeletons and horrors that won’t be shut.

The war in Yemen tops the list.

Despite the campaign to rehabilitate MBS’ image, there is mounting evidence that the royal family is concerned about how his actions have damaged the kingdom.

The security establishment has been embarrassed by the failure in Yemen.

The crown prince rules by terror, not consensus.

The only certainty is that the crown prince is likely to remain a reckless and dangerous player. Istanbul will not be the last debacle he leads the kingdom into – by Bruce Riedel

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Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greeted the heir to the throne of the world’s top oil exporter at the airport in Cairo when he arrived from Bahrain after a visit to the United Arab Emirates.


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Saudi crown prince to start visit to Egypt on Monday: MENA

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was due to arrive in Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit, state news agency MENA reported, part of his first trip abroad since the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “dealing with bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries ... as well as some political files of shared interest”, MENA said.

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Salman reiterates Kingdom’s clear stance on critical issues

King Salman last week delivered his much-anticipated annual speech before the Shoura Council and a host of senior dignitaries. The speech sketched a road map for Saudi policy for the coming year, particularly focusing on the key aspects of Saudi foreign policy, both regionally and globally. In this article, I will focus on five key aspects central to Saudi foreign policy that were included in the address.

On Yemen itself, King Salman […] asserted that the Kingdom would not retreat and would continue with the coalition’s operations until it fulfills all its targets. He said that the Houthi militia has continued to remain a thorn, as it has disregarded all settlement proposals that have been presented.

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Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal. Can They Be Trusted Not to Build a Bomb?

Before Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was implicated by the C.I.A. in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, American intelligence agencies were trying to solve a separate mystery: Was the prince laying the groundwork for building an atomic bomb?

The 33-year-old heir to the Saudi throne had been overseeing a negotiation with the Energy Department and the State Department to get the United States to sell designs for nuclear power plants to the kingdom. The deal was worth upward of $80 billion, depending on how many plants Saudi Arabia decided to build.

But there is a hitch: Saudi Arabia insists on producing its own nuclear fuel

The crown prince made headlines in March by shifting the public discussion over Riyadh’s intentions from reactors to atomic bombs. In a CBS News interview, he said that if Iran acquired nuclear arms, Saudi Arabia would quickly follow suit.

Nuclear experts said Prince Mohammed should have been disqualified from receiving nuclear help as soon as he raised the prospect of acquiring atomic weapons to counter Iran.

My comment: They of course cannot be trusted – but the article misses to clearly tell this.

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MbS hosted by dictator of #Bahrain, his 2nd visit to a state following #Khashoggi’s murder.

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Film: Doubting Crown Prince associated with "impiety"

As the pressure on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman grows, TRT World speaks to Khaled Abou El Fadl, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and one of the world's leading authority on Islam.

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Film by Aljazeera: How far Trump can shield Bin Salman?

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Saudi crown prince to visit Bahrain as part of regional tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was due to visit Bahrain on Sunday on the second leg of a regional tour, his first since critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

Siehe / Look at cp9

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More Republicans challenge Trump on defense of Saudi crown prince

Congressional Republicans continued to line up this weekend to criticize President Trump over his defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA believes ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I disagree with the president’s assessment,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s inconsistent with the intelligence I’ve seen. . . . The intelligence I’ve seen suggests that this was ordered by the crown prince.”

But even some who have sided with Trump in the past have begun to tire of his steadfast defense of Mohammed in the face of clear evidence of human rights abuses and U.S. intelligence’s high-confidence assessment implicating the prince in Khashoggi’s October killing.


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Film: On Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tells Chuck Todd that “the intelligence I’ve seen suggests that this was ordered by the Crown Prince”

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„Das Weiße Haus arbeitet als PR-Firma für den saudischen Kronprinzen“
Donald Trump stellt sich an die Seite Saudi-Arabiens. Die wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen zur Königsfamilie sind ihm wichtiger als deren mutmaßliche Beteiligung am Mord an Jamal Khashoggi. Die Kritiker des Präsidenten sind entsetzt.
„Amerika zuerst! Die Welt ist ein sehr gefährlicher Ort!“ So beginnt die Erklärung, die das Weiße Haus am Dienstag veröffentlichte, um Donald Trumps jüngste Wendung in Sachen Saudi-Arabien zu rechtfertigen. „Sehr einfach gesagt, nennt man das Amerika zuerst!“ schließt der Text. Dazwischen steht, im Ton von Trumps mäandernden Reden, die unverhohlene Zurückweisung der politischen Bedenken gegen Saudi-Arabien nach dem Mord an dem Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi.

Anmerkung Jens Berger:Dass die Transatlantiker nun die unmoralische Partnerschaft zwischen den USA und Saudi Arabien zu einer „Trump-Sache“ machen, ist schon putzig. Trump unterscheidet sich in seiner Politik in diesem Punkt in keinem Jota von seinen Vorgängern seit Ronald Reagan.

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Trumps Labyrinth der Lügen: Der Mord an Jamal Khashoggi

Nachdem die CIA vergangene Woche die Verantwortung für den Mord am saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi dem saudischen Königshaus zuschrieb, fühlte sich Trump genötigt, in einem Statement seine anhaltende Unterstützung für die Saudis zu rechtfertigen. Es strotzt vor Lügen und blankem Unsinn und macht die USA zur globalen Lachnummer.

Gestern veröffentlichte die Pressesprecherin des Weißen Hauses ein knapp einseitiges Statement des Präsidenten. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass Syntax und Vokabular sehr einfach sind, der Text mit Ausrufezeichen durchsetzt ist und mit America First! beginnt und endet, können wir darauf schließen, dass er tatsächlich aus Trumps Feder stammt.

Seine gestrige Erklärung – die selbst nach Trumpschen Maßstäben äußerst bizarr war – war ein Paradebeispiel für diese Verlogenheit: Anti-Iran-Propaganda, die sich in all ihrer Absurdität nahtlos in die Kriegsvorbereitungen der Achse Washington-Riad-Tel-Aviv gegen den Iran einfügt.

Die unsinnigsten Aussagen des Präsidenten sollen im Folgenden seziert werden.

„Iran ist für einen blutigen Stellvertreterkrieg gegen Saudi-Arabien im Jemen verantwortlich.“

Eine offenkundige Lüge.

„Saudi-Arabien würde sich gern aus dem Jemen zurückziehen, wenn die Iraner das Land verlassen würden.“

Dieser Satz ergibt keinen Sinn, da es – abgesehen von anderthalb Jahre alten Berichten über einige wenige Berater – im Jemen schlicht keine Iraner gibt

„König Salman und Kronprinz MbS bestreiten energisch jegliches Wissen über die Planung oder Durchführung des Mordes an Herrn Khashoggi.“

Genau wie wohl jeder andere unter Mordverdacht stehende Mensch dieser Welt auch – von Jakob Reimann

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Trump und der Fall Khashoggi: Schmutzige Allianz

US-Präsident Trump hält trotz der Khashoggi-Affäre weiter zum saudischen Kronprinzen Salman. In einem kuriosen Statement, mit dem er den Mord zu verschleiern versucht, offenbart er seine wahren Motive.

In einem befremdlichen Statement, das er offensichtlich selbst diktiert hatte, bestärkt Trump seine Weigerung, MbS für den brutalen Tod des Regimekritikers haftbar zu machen - obwohl längst auch die CIA davon ausgeht, dass der Kronprinz persönlich den Befehl dazu gegeben habe. Egal, so Trump: "Die USA beabsichtigen, ein unverbrüchlicher Partner Saudi-Arabiens zu bleiben."

Trumps zynische Prioritäten sind klar: Deals und Dollars sind ihm wichtiger als Menschenrechte und Menschenleben. Damit gibt er allen Autokraten, Diktatoren und Despoten grünes Licht: Die wissen, dass er ihre mörderischen Machenschaften dulden wird, solange sie den USA im Gegenzug genug bieten – von Marc Pitzke

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CIA soll Tonband besitzen, das saudischen Kronprinzen schwer belastet
Die CIA soll ein Telefonat mitgeschnitten haben, in dem Saudi-Arabiens Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman – MBS genannt – seinem Bruder Khaled bin Salman den Auftrag gab, “Jamal Khashoggi so schnell wie möglich zum Schweigen zu bringen”. Das behauptet der türkische Journalist Abdulkadir Selvi in seiner Kolumne für die Zeitung “Hürriyet”.

Selvi berichtet unter Berufung auf namentlich nicht genannte Quellen, dass sich der Kronprinz und sein Bruder über die “Unannehmlichkeiten” unterhielten, die durch Khashoggis Kritik am saudischen Königshaus entstanden seien.

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Bin Salman wüsste von Trump gerne, wie viele Journalistenmorde er noch frei hat

Einmal ist keinmal, aber wo liegt die Grenze? Der saudische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman wüsste gerne von Donald Trump, wie viele ungestrafte Ermordungen von Journalisten er noch frei hat. Nur so könne er das weitere Vorgehen gegen Kritiker seines Regimes planen.
"Also das mit Khashoggi geht ja jetzt vonseiten der USA klar, soweit ich das verstanden habe", erklärte bin Salman in Riad. "Aber es wäre schon gut zu wissen, ob wir jetzt völlig freie Hand haben und künftig so viele Kritiker ermorden lassen dürfen, wie wir möchten, oder ob es eine Art Obergrenze gibt. Können Sie uns da vielleicht noch die genauen Konditionen zukommen lassen, Herr Trump?"

Bemerkung: Das ist Satire, falls Sie es nicht gemerkt haben…

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Trump absolving the Khashoggi killing is bad. Trump backing the saudi’s war in Yemen is worse

It was a striking statement by an American president, publicly absolving a problematic foreign leader for the grisly alleged execution of a U.S. resident.

While his siding with Riyadh in the October Khashoggi killing has drawn the most scrutiny, the statement was also notable for Trump’s apparent continued backing of the Saudi war in Yemen.

But that statement mischaracterizes the situation in Yemen and fails to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its actions, according to Kate Kizer, policy director of Win Without War.

such an assessment abdicates American power and moral leadership

My comment: A US “moral leadership” actually never existed, looking at the US history.

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Pat Robertson on Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Money More Important Than Journalist’s Life

Christian morality: Leading evangelical Pat Robertson says “100 billion worth of arms sales” is more important than the life of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Remark: This is from Oct. 18.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp8a

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Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy Strikes Again

The Trump administration bows before the Saudis once more over the war on Yemen

U.S. policy in Yemen has been dictated by Saudi and Emirati preferences for years, but Trump and his administration have taken this disgraceful subservience to new lows since he came to office. Trump’s outrageous Saudi propaganda statement from last week confirmed that he would happily lie to defend Saudi Arabia from any and all criticism, and now he is shielding them from international scrutiny and pressure at the U.N. He is not just serving as a Saudi mouthpiece, but acts as their lackey as well.

The draft resolution doesn’t even call out the Saudis and their allies, and criticizes the Houthis alone.

Because Mohammed bin Salman “threw a fit” over the resolution, Trump gave in to the crown prince’s wishes yet again.

The administration is killing whatever momentum there was for a new Security Council resolution, and in doing so they have signaled to the Saudis and Emiratis that there will be no pressure on them from this administration to halt their offensive or end their bombing campaign.

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Are we the baddies? Al Qaeda team plays on the same side as the US in Yemen (VIDEO)

US media obfuscation of the truth about the Yemen war has effectively shielded the American public from learning that their country is in league with Al Qaeda forces there, Rania Khalek reports.

Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) is supposed to be the branch most dangerous to Americans because it is actively plotting attacks on the US. Yet, the US-backed coalition of Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, has cozied up with the group amid the stalled military intervention against the Houthis. AQAP not only fights coalition members, but even serves as a source of recruits for it.

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Film, Rania Khalek: The US is turning its back on its allies - and cutting deals with Al Qaeda militants

Comment: This is an amazingly lucid and logical summary by @RaniaKhalek about the Saudi war in Yemen. Listen to her to get the big picture.

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Film, Rania Khalek: Fresh sanctions roll out to "put pressure" on Tehran. THESE are the freaks they want instead.

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US complicit in Saudis' war atrocities in Yemen

As a taxpayer, I am outraged at our country's involvement in this illegal war. As a mother and a human, I'm horrified thinking of the millions of children and families – already fleeing for their lives and uncertain of their future – starving to death amid ongoing bombings.

It is devastating to imagine an entire generation of Yemenis, if they survive this conflict, grappling with the mental, physical and economic repercussions of this U.S.-sponsored war for the rest of their lives.

I'm thankful that lawmakers are finally paying closer attention.

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Senate plans vote on revoking US support for Saudi Arabia's military operation in Yemen

Senators are planning to vote this week on a measure to end US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen shortly after two Cabinet officials head to Capitol Hill to brief them on the situation - a briefing House members say they are being denied.

The expected vote on a measure to invoke the War Powers Resolution - likely to take place either Wednesday or Thursday - will be the first test of whether the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has broken Congress' long-standing pattern of prioritizing the sanctity of US-Saudi alliance through weapons sales and other cooperative military ventures above repeated, documented human rights violations.

Already, key senators are hinting that they are done turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's transgressions, even if President Donald Trump is still sticking by Saudi leaders.

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Yemen Horror

By Bernie Sanders

This week I will go to the floor of the United States Senate to try and stop a war that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, mass starvation and one of the greatest humanitarian crises the world now faces.

I am talking, of course, about the Saudi led war in Yemen and the United States' role in supporting that war.

Despite Trump's venal support for the Saudi regime, I am confident that we now stand an excellent chance to win this vote which I plan on bringing back to the Senate floor this week. But I need your help.

Please sign my petition and add your voice to the fight: Tell your senators that it's now time to end U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

The fact is the United States, with almost no media attention, has been Saudi Arabia's partner in this horrific war.

The Senate can stand up this week and take an important step forward towards ending this brutal and unauthorized war. Tell the Senate: It's time to end the U.S. role in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

With your help, we can win this vote.


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Sanders to force vote this week on US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

A spokesman confirmed that Sanders will vote this week and is in talks with leadership to lock down a Wednesday or Thursday vote.

The vote will also offer lawmakers their first chance to test a formal rebuke of the administration, after the president said last week that the slaying wouldn’t impact the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

The Senate narrowly rejected a similar resolution in March, in a win for the administration which lobbied hard against the resolution at the time.

The resolution would require Trump to withdraw any troops in "or affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda.

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Those interested can trawl recruitment ads to discover new exciting jobs for American military vets in Saudi Arabia: - F-15 Armament Systems Specialist - UH-60M Helicopter Crewmember - Patriot Battery Field Engineer - F-15 Weapons Maintenance Specialist (look at image)

My comment: Yes, the US is a warring party in Yemen, supporting the Saudis via private companies as well.

For jobs in Saudi Arabia, look here:

Among them:

F-15 Aircraft Armament System Specialist (W018) in Saudi Arabia

F-15 Hydraulic Technician (W264) in Taif, Saudi Arabia

F-15 Engine Technician (W385) in Taif, Saudi Arabia

F-15 Aircraft Weapons Maintenance Specialist (W025) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

My comment: Yes, the US by this personel keeps the Saudi air force bombing Yemen and bombing and bombing…

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Trump Runs PR For The Saudis But Congress Can Shut Him Down

Last week’s absurd statement from the White House was supposed to resolve any lingering questions about Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by the Saudi government. Instead, the statement only made clear that Donald Trump will do nothing to hold Saudi Arabia or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) accountable—for his role in the Khashoggi murder or his destructive war in Yemen. Fortunately, this week the Senate can impose a reality check on the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia by voting to end the shameful U.S. role in the Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) war in Yemen.

Yet, as indicated by his statement last week, Trump has doubled down on protecting MbS because he and his cabinet have pinned their entire regional strategy on Saudi Arabia (and because of Trump’s personal business ties and interests with Saudi Arabia). Trump’s apparent preference for continuing his march to war with Iran over ending the bloodshed and famine in Yemen should expose the bipartisan failures of decades of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

If the bill passes, the Senate could stop the president’s plan for more war in the region in its tracks. It could show that there are limits to the tired Washington consensus that military confrontation is worth throwing American values and international norms out the window to maintain a hand-in-glove relationship with brutal dictators – by Kate Kizer =

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Mattis says U.S. must balance rights concerns with ‘strategic’ Saudi ties

The United States must balance its concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record with the need to maintain a “strategic relationship” with the Saudis, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

In his first extended comments on last month’s killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that “there has to be accountability for anyone involved in the murder. Yes, I’m calling it murder.”

“We’re not going to apologize for our human rights stance,” he said. “Nor are we going to apologize for working with Saudi Arabia when it’s necessary for the good of innocent people who are in trouble.”

“Presidents don’t often get the freedom to work with unblemished partners,” Mattis said.

It was in American interests to work with the Saudis to “stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen,” he said.

My comment: What a 100 % bullshit.

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Trump Ramped Up Drone Strikes in America’s Shadow Wars

In his first two years in office, Donald Trump launched 238 drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia—way beyond what the ‘Drone President’ Barack Obama did.

In 2009 and 2010, Obama launched 186 drone strikes on Yemen, Somalia, and especially Pakistan. Donald Trump’s drone strikes during his own first two years on the three pivotal undeclared battlefields, however, eclipse Obama’s—but without a corresponding reputation for robot-delivered bloodshed, or even anyone taking much notice. In 2017 and 2018 to date, Trump has launched 238 drone strikes there, according to data provided to The Daily Beast by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the drone-watchers at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London.

Those numbers come with a slew of asterisks.

From Bolduc’s perspective, the fluctuations in drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen over the past two years paper over a persistent strategic incoherence that risks consigning all the death and sacrifice of a generation of war to futility.

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US complicity in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen spans Obama, Trump administration

As a scholar of genocide and human rights, I believe the destruction brought about by these attacks combined with the blockade amounts to genocide.

Based on my research, to be published in an upcoming issue of Third World Quarterly, I believe the coalition would not be capable of committing this crime without the material and logistical support of both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Because of these religious differences, it would be easy to recast what is largely a political conflict in Yemen as a sectarian one.

That characterization fits Saudi and U.S. assertions that the Houthis are controlled by Shiite Iran, a claim that has not gone uncontested. Both the Saudis and the U.S. are hostile to Iran, so U.S. support of Saudia Arabia in Yemen represents what U.S. administrations have said are strategic interests in the region.

The coalition’s genocide in Yemen would not be possible without the complicity of the U.S. This has been a bipartisan presidential effort, covering both the Obama and Trump administrations.

U.S. arms are being used to kill Yemenis and destroy their country. In 2016, well after the coalition began its genocidal assault on Yemen, four of the top five recipients of U.S. arms sales were members of the coalition.

As a genocide scholar, I believe that under international law, the U.S. shares responsibility with the coalition for genocide in Yemen.

What does this mean? It means that the U.S. must cease and desist all activities that facilitate genocide in Yemen. This would include stopping all sales of weapons and ending logistical support for coalition action.

The U.S. recognizes neither the International Court of Justice’s authority to judge the legality of its actions, nor the International Criminal Court’s authority to investigate the suspected criminal acts of individual U.S. officials. Such an investigation could be triggered by a U.N. Security Council referral, but the U.S. would simply veto any such effort.

All that is left, then, is for the people of the U.S. to hold their own to account for the crimes committed in their names – by Jeff Bachman =

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Americans agree—it's time to stop fueling the war in Yemen

A new poll commissioned by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows that Democrats and Republicans are united in their desire to end U.S. support to fueling conflict and humanitarian catastrophe.

Of those expressing an opinon, the majority of Americans (75%) are opposed to U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to a new YouGov survey commissioned by the IRC. The survey results also reveal a clear bipartisan consensus on ending U.S. military support: 82% of respondents agree Congress must vote to end or decrease arms sales, with 98% of liberals and 63% of conservatives in agreement.

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CNN’s selective attribution of blame for the deaths of Syrian and Yemeni children: direct and emotionally laden attribution of responsibility when the accused are the US’s enemies vs cold and detached attribution of blame to a nebulous “war” when the culprits are its allies (images)

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Bernie Sanders confident bill stopping U.S. support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen can pass

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said Sunday that he was confident the Senate will pass a resolution to pull back any kind of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, given the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (with film)

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Extricating the United States from Yemen: Lessons on the Strategic Perils of Partnered Operations

Dafna Rand, the deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor under Obama, warns that U.S. Yemen policy must change and that it has lessons for similar efforts when allies wage "limited" wars. Far from being an efficient, low-cost use of resources, Rand argues that these wars are not likely to achieve the results Washington wants, yet will implicate the United States in whatever goes wrong.

In sum, the limited approach chosen by the United States afforded almost no leverage to shape its allies’ doctrine, strategy, or operations. Meanwhile, the Yemen war has exposed that decades of military hardware sales and training clearly left out key principles on how to fight wars, including how to abide by international humanitarian law.

My comment: And another Obamaian now critizing the war his president had been responsible for. Self-reflection? Thinking of own culpability? No. Any “lesson” like: The US should not inflate wars in other countries? No.

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See Where Your Senators Stand on S.J.RES.54

We have a chance to end U.S. complicity in the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

We have a chance in Congress to stop our role in this massive humanitarian catastrophe and we need your help to do it.

Skip to the end of this post to find out where your Senators stand on S.J.Res.54, or read on for details on how we can win.

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Load weapons onto F-15s in Saudi Arabia. This is a real US job posting I saw today.

F-15 Aircraft Weapons Maintance Specialist (W024)

ManTech Mission & Solutions Group established itself as an industry leader in worldwide technology support providing support to the U.S. Army, U.S.Navy, and U.S. Air Force as well as other key Department of Defense customers and we would like to consider YOU as part of our team.

As the Exclusive Teaming Partner to the Saudi based contractor, Jadwalean International Operations & Management Company, ManTech will provide highly qualified and experienced personnel to work in various locations around the Kingdom to support Royal Saudi Air Force in systems, equipment, and training,also provide dedicated maintenance manning to the RSAF.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Loads munitions, explosive and propellant devices on aircraft; inspects, maintains, installs, modifies and repairs munitions launch, release, suspension and gun systems; and supervises aircraft armament systems activities
1. Perform loading and unloading of munitions on F-15 aircraft
2. Perform scheduled maintenance on F-15 launchers, gun system and all suspension equipment

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Trump to Iraqi PM: How about that oil?

President Trump twice raised to the Iraqi prime minister the idea of repaying America for its wars with Iraqi oil, a highly controversial ask that runs afoul of international norms and logic, according to sources with direct knowledge.

Trump appears to have finally given up on this idea, but until now it hasn't been revealed that as president he's raised the concept twice with Iraq's prime minister and brought it up separately in the Situation Room with his national security team.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Imperial War Museum: Exhibition: Yemen: Inside a Crisis



The UK’s first major exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going humanitarian crisis will be held at IWM North between 17 May – 24 November 2019.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis will examine the real impact that the current war is having on its people. It will explore how the conflict, which started in 2015, has tipped the fragile nation into an economic tailspin. With food and water beyond affordability for most Yemenis, the exhibition will consider the catastrophic impact this has on the people of Yemen.

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There’s now a blue plaque to acknowledge the UK’s role in Yemeni bloodbath

On 26 November, protesters gathered for a candle-lit vigil outside the Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT). People met to commemorate the lives lost in Yemen and to oppose the UK government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is leading the bombing of Yemen. They also gave the department a powerful new plaque, while labelling the government “war criminals”.

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Film: Reading out the names of the children of #Yemen killed by #Saudi in the school bus bombing. Outside the government office where Britain sells weapons to Saudi.

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Tories put relations with UAE above welfare of its citizens, says wife of jailed academic

Daniela Tejada condemned the Foreign Office over its handling of the case of British citizen Matthew Hedges, who has been locked up for life in the UAE over allegations of spying.

Ms Tejada said Britain had “failed” to take a strong position from the start.

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Cardiff mother pleading to bring abducted daughter home from Yemen

A mother from Cardiff is raising money to bring home her daughter from war-torn Yemen after she was abducted by her father over thirty years ago.

Jackie Saleh spent years looking for her three daughters after her ex-husband took them to the Middle East - they were aged 5, 4 and 18 months old.

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EXPOSED: Luke Akehurst, Saudi Arms Sales, Shai Masot, and the Israeli Lobby

We’ll go into his work and professional background, other activities, as well as links to the nefarious Israeli lobby, shortly, but let’s first start with what initially necessitated this blog exposé on his involvement.

On the 26 July, 2017, Luke tweeted the following: […]

His comments were made in reference to current war efforts and activities by the Saudi regime in Yemen.

To be clear, Iran is not currently active in Yemen.

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British Royal Air Force kicks off ‘combat readiness’ drills with Saudi Arabia (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

London has sent its airpower and servicemen for a joint drill with Saudi Arabia, despite international pressure to wind down military cooperation with Riyadh after the Khashoggi murder and amid its devastating war in Yemen.

Around 200 Royal Air Force (RAF) servicemen and eight Typhoon jets are now in Saudi Arabia taking part in a ‘pre-planned’ Green Flag exercise to help the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) maintain its combat readiness.

“The British Royal Air Force aims to integrate all combat systems, including air combat, air support and electronic warfare, and especially how to use them against the enemy’s land defense systems for maximum operational efficiency,” Major General Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari of the RSAF said on Monday.


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Exercise #GreenFlag2018 kicks off at King Fahad AFB, Taif, with the @RoyalAirForce (photos)

My comment: British Royal Air Force exercising with Saudi Air Force: Britain is warring party in the Yemen war.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Dr. Gniffkes Macht um Acht: Unsere Freunde, die Blutsäufer

Laut Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel sind die saudi-arabischen Despoten „unsere zuverlässigen strategischen Partner“. ARD-aktuell berichtet entsprechend. Zuverlässig. Der Mord an Jamal Khashoggi hat daran nichts wesentliches geändert.

Das Gewaltregime in Riad ist zugleich Großkunde der deutschen Industrie und Großaktionär hiesiger Konzerne. Es nimmt nicht Wunder, dass die deutschsprachigen Nachrichtenagenturen und Mainstream-Medien, angeführt vom „Flaggschiff der ARD“, der Tagesschau, zum internationalen Zensurkartell gehören, das den Informationsfluss über die saudischen Verbrechen und Verbrecher zu regulieren und trockenzulegen versucht. So gut (oder schlecht) es eben geht.

Auch greift „unser“ öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk gerne und gewohnheitsmäßig zu einem der wichtigsten Propaganda-Instrumente: Zum Verzicht auf Weitergabe wesentlicher Informationen und Nachrichtenteile.

Politik verfolgt ökonomische und Machtinteressen. Moralisches Denken und Handeln haben dabei selten Raum. Das behauptete Eintreten des Westens „für Menschenrechte und Demokratie“ beispielsweise ist Propagandageschwätz. Der politische Journalismus könnte als „vierte Gewalt“ ein notwendiges, kontrollierendes Korrektiv darstellen – wenn er denn in diesem Sinne betrieben würde. Die Dinge bei ihrem richtigen Namen zu nennen, wäre nur ein erster Schritt.

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Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien: Lieferstopp offenbar nur für zwei Monate

Rüstungsgüter, die für Saudi-Arabien bestimmt sind, werden Medienberichten zufolge zunächst nur zwei Monate lang nicht ausgeliefert. Die Industrie kommt damit offenbar einer Bitte der Bundesregierung nach.

Der Lieferstopp für bereits genehmigte deutsche Rüstungsgüter ist übereinstimmenden Medienberichten zufolge zunächst auf zwei Monate begrenzt. Die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters meldet unter Berufung auf Branchenkreise, die Regierung habe um diesen Schritt gebeten - und die Industrie halte sich freiwillig daran.

Das Ganze ist aber nicht rechtlich bindend. Denn nach Abstimmung der beteiligten Ministerien habe man sich gegen einen Widerruf von bereits erteilten Genehmigungen für Rüstungsexporte entschieden. In diesem Fall hätten hohe Schadensersatzforderungen der Rüstungsindustrie gedroht, heißt es in dem Bericht.

Anmerkung unseres Lesers U.D.: Die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte durch Saudi Arabien hat also eine Verfallszeit von zwei Monaten. Was waren noch die Dauermaßnahmen gegen Russland, nach dem unbewiesenen Giftanschlag in England? An Scheinheiligkeit ist diese Bundesregierung unübertreffbar.

Ergänzende Anmerkung Christian Reimann: Irgendeinen Haken musste es ja geben. Bevor die schwarz-roten Koalitionäre einen Konflikt mit (Rüstungs-)Unternehmen riskieren, könnte doch besser die Bevölkerung auf den Arm genommen werden …

Mein Kommentar: Glaubt die Bundesregierung tatsächlich, dass der Jemenkrieg in zwei Monaten beendet ist? Dsass dann Herr Khashoggi im Bundestag erscheinen und eine Ansprache zu diesem Thema halten wird???

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Frankfurt: Muslime versammeln sich zur Unterstützung von Jemeniten

Muslime in Frankfurt haben sich am Samstag zur Unterstützung der Jemeniten und zur Verurteilung der Verbrechen des saudischen Regimes versammelt.

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ABB, Siemens CEOs to visit Saudi Arabia for supplier conference

The chief executives of ABB (ABBN.S) and Siemens (SIEGn.DE) are traveling to Saudi Arabia to attend a supplier conference, just weeks after they pulled out of an investment event in the country following the death of a journalist.

My comment: Shame.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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EU erhöht Unterstützung für Menschen im Jemen und Irak

Für die notleidende Bevölkerung im Jemen hat die Kommission heute (Dienstag) ein weiteres Hilfsprogramm in Höhe von 30 Mio. Euro beschlossen.

Mein Kommentar: Etwas über einen Euro pro Einwohner – während EU-Staaten mit Waffen für viele Milliarden den Krieg im Jemen anheizen.

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Fall Khashoggi: Anzeige gegen Bin Salman in Buenos Aire

Eine Menschenrechtsorganisation hat in ArgentinienAnzeige gegen den saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman erstattet. Der Prinz solle wegen der Folterung und Tötung des Journalisten JamalKhashoggi bei seiner Teilnahme am bevorstehenden G-20-Gipfel in Buenos Aires verhaftet werden, beantragte Human RightsWatch (HRW) am Montag bei einem Bundesgericht der argentinischen Hauptstadt.

Der Richter Ariel Lijo wies die Staatsanwaltschaft an, zu bestimmen, ob die TötungKhashoggis im saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul in Buenos Aires geahndet werden könne, wie die Zeitung "Clarin" am Montag berichtete. HRW zeigte den saudischen Kronprinzen auch wegen mutmaßlicher Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen-Konflikt an.

Argentinien habe das Universalitätsprinzip bei Folterungen und Kriegsverbrechen anerkannt, hieß es in einer Mitteilung von HRW. Nach diesem Prinzip könne die Justiz Verbrechen dieser Art unabhängig vom Tatort und der Staatsbürgerschaft von Opfern oder Tätern verfolgen. =

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G20: Saudi Crown Prince Faces Legal Scrutiny

Human Rights Watch Files with Argentine Federal Prosecutor

Argentine judicial authorities have begun examining a submission concerning the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in connection with alleged war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and torture by Saudi officials, Human Rights Watch said today. The crown prince is expected to attend the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018.

On November 26, Human Rights Watch filed a submission with an Argentine federal prosecutor outlining its public findings on alleged violations of international law committed during the armed conflict in Yemen for which Mohammed bin Salman may face criminal liability as Saudi Arabia’s defense minister. The submission also highlights his possible complicity in serious allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of Saudi citizens, including the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinize Mohammed bin Salman’s role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The crown prince’s attendance at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires could make the Argentine courts an avenue of redress for victims of abuses unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia.”

Argentina’s constitution recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture.

Remark: Prince Salman planst o vist the G20 summit at Argentina.


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War Crimes Allegations Against Saudi Crown Prince Filed In Argentina Days Ahead Of His Visit

“The crown prince’s attendance at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires could make the Argentine courts an avenue of redress for victims of abuses unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia,” said Roth.

“MBS should expect more scrutiny of his rights record internationally and, when he visits rights-respecting states, the possibility that he will be investigated for connection to war crimes and torture,” saidMichael Page, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch.

The filing in Argentina is unlikely to restrict the ability of MBS to travel around most parts of the Middle East.

However, it will be in Western countries where MBS will have to tread most carefully. The situation adds another point of tension between Saudi Arabia and Western powers and will further undermine the Gulf country’s international reputation at a time when it badly needs to attract more international investment.

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Israeli Media: UAE to Finance Gas Pipeline, Saudis to Buy Sophisticated Offensive Weapons

Israeli media reported that Abu Dhabi is contributing $ 100 million in the historic agreement to build a gas pipeline connecting Israel to Europe. The agreement was signed by Israel, along with Greece, Italy and Cyprus with the support of the European Union. It is the longest and deepest sea gas pipeline in the world.

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Israeli Cyber Firm Negotiated Advanced Attack Capabilities Sale With Saudis, Haaretz Reveals

Just months before crown prince launched a purge against his opponents, NSO offered Saudi intelligence officials a system to hack into cellular phones

NSO: We abide the law, our products are used to combat crime and terrorism

The Israeli company NSO Group Technologies offered Saudi Arabia a system that hacks cellphones, a few months before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his purge of regime opponents, according to a complaint to the Israel Police now under investigation.

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Canada should suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia, says former Trudeau adviser

Roland Paris says he hopes government will move towards the decision quickly (with film)

Comment: It's sad but necessary to point out that Jamal Khashoggi's murder moved @rolandparis in a way that the murder of thousands of Yemeni civilians (with Ottawa's complicity) didn't.

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Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby

One has to admire the Canadian government’s manipulation of the media regarding its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Despite being partners with the Kingdom’s international crimes, the Liberals have managed to convince some gullible folks they are challenging Riyadh’s rights abuses.

By downplaying Ottawa’s support for violence in Yemen while amplifying Saudi reaction to an innocuous tweet the dominant media has wildly distorted the Trudeau government’s relationship to the monarchy.

Training and arming the monarchy’s military while refusing to condemn its brutal war in Yemen shouldn’t be called a "tough line on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record." Rather, Canada’s role should be understood for what it is: War profiteer and enabler of massive human rights abuses.

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'Do we stand by our principles, or are we happy being double-faced?': Canada's contradictory position on Yemen

Canada has committed millions of dollars of aid to Yemen, which is gripped by a brutal civil war and what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.

But the Canadian government also continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia

"I came across a reference to what an old Canadian diplomat said, that Canada is very good at holding principles but also finding ways around them, and that sort of crystallizes this," said Kamal Al-Solaylee, a journalism professor at Ryerson University.

"This is a conversation we should be having — not just Yemeni-Canadians, but all Canadians. It's about, what kind of country are we? Do we stand by our principles, or are we happy being double-faced?" he told The Sunday Edition's host Michael Enright.

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The Latest: France shrugs off Saudi prince's presence at G20

France appears to be shrugging off concerns about the Saudi crown prince's presence at a Group of 20 summit next week, despite global concern over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The French official deflected questions about the optics of Macron, Trump and other leaders around the same table with the prince at the G-20 meetings in Argentina Nov. 30-Dec. 1

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Statement on Matthew Hedges by UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

"Contrary to media reports, Matthew Hedges has been treated fairly and according to the constitution of the UAE.

"We are proud to have a system of justice that gives everyone the right to a fair trial.

"Our system also takes care to protect the welfare and physical wellbeing of suspects. Mr Hedge’s has had access to medical and psychological care throughout

"The case against Mr Hedges was thoroughly investigated by the public prosecutor. Compelling and powerful evidence was presented in court.

My comment: LOL.

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Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE

A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been freed after a pardon.

Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD

The UAE issued the pardon as part of a series of orders on the country's National Day anniversary. However, a spokesman said Mr Hedges was "100% a secret service operative".

Mr Hedges is out of detention and on his way to the British embassy in the UAE, a family spokeswoman said.


By BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner

The UAE is a close ally of Britain. That makes this case all the harder to comprehend.

Despite his official pardon, UAE officials remain adamant that - in their view - Matthew Hedges was caught red-handed spying for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, which he denies.

In an earlier video-taped confession shown at a news conference in Abu Dhabi today, Mr Hedges was shown describing himself as "a captain in MI6".

No such rank exists in MI6, which does not use military ranks.

Comment by Ali AlAhmed: #UAE dictatorship pardons a “spy” because he is #English but jails #Arabs like Dr. Mohamed AlRoken over human rights. Should be called UEE United English Emirates.

The #UAE pardoning of #MattHedges, a spy according to #UAE came after #UK preasure. This means #UK & #US never pressure #UAE for human rights of 100s of political prisoners.

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THREAD: I will modestly attempt to examine the case of #mathewhedges from a Legal perspective in order to hopefully shed some light on the surrounding legal issues:

Remark: Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 483, cp12.

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After Khashoggi’s murder, it’s time for the world to stop ignoring Bahrain’s abuses

Khashoggi’s killing is not a mishap. Rather, it is indicative of a broader theme of suppression in the Gulf that has been going on for years. Bahrain, Saudi’s little brother, is not above killing journalists. In 2011, Bahraini authorities tortured to death Karim Fakhrawi, the co-founder of the country’s only independent newspaper, al-Wasat. The only reason Fakhrawi’s case never received the same attention as Khashoggi’s is his name never appeared in a byline of The Post.

What is glaringly similar in the two cases is that no officials from the ruling family were ever questioned.

Bahrain is entering its parliamentary elections with around 4,000 political prisoners, no political opposition, no independent media, no freedom and no fairness. It’s time for the United States policy to shift dramatically in Bahrain.

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Counting under way as polls close in Bahrain elections

Activists called for boycott of what they describe as 'farce' elections, raising doubts about the poll's credibility.

Bahrain Holds Elections With Ban on Opposition Group

As Expected, Weak Turnout in Bahrain Parliamentary, Municipal Elections

Massive turnout of voters in Bahrain's parliamentary, municipal elections

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Egyptian Activists Voice Objection to Possible Visit of Saudi, Bin Salman

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Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest on Monday against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

and also



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Mass protest in the Tunisian capital against the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. This is what an Arab democracy looks like. Tunisia gives me hope. referring to photos:

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Tunisian activists call for protests over Mohammed bin Salman visit

Lawyers also tasked to lodge a complaint in the courts to oppose Saudi crown prince's visit amid continuing anger over Khashoggi murder

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Tunisia lawyers appeal to court to ban Saudi Crown Prince’s visit

A group of lawyers in Tunisia are preparing to file a lawsuit to prevent Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman from visiting the country following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Film: Tunisia protesters call for cancellation of MBS visit | Al Jazeera English

Tunisian Journalists: We Will Take all Measures to Counter Visit of Bin Salman

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Germany, Finland, Denmark Urge EU States to Halt Weapons Sales to Riyadh

Germany is now joined by Finland and Denmark in urging European Union member states to halt military transactions with Riyadh.

Berlin's Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, urged other EU member states to follow Germany's example.

"Only if all European countries are in agreement, it will make an impression on the government in Riyadh," Altmaier said, adding, "It will not have any positive consequences if we halt arms exports but other countries at the same time fill the gap," cited by Reuters.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Das Ergebnis von 17 Jahren "Krieg gegen den Terror": Es gibt nun fast viermal so viele Islamisten

Das sagt das "Center for Strategic and International Studies", eine Denkfabrik in Washington. In einem neuen Bericht analysieren die Terrorismus- und Außenpolitikexperten, was der "War on Terror" seit 2001 erreicht hat. Allein die USA haben seit 2001 knapp 6 Billionen (engl. "Trillion") Dollar in die Bekämpfung von Islamisten gesteckt. (The Daily Beast).

Das bedeutet: Der Krieg gegen den Terror hat den Islamismus nicht wirksam bekämpft – sondern ihn im Gegenteil noch stärker gemacht.

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Six suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike

Six suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike in central Yemen on Sunday, local security officials and residents said.

The strike hit a suspected al Qaeda site in al-Bayda province, killing two people believed to be local leaders of the group along with four other militants, the officials said.

cp15 Propaganda

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Don’t Let Yemen Become a Proxy of Iran

There is a dire need to alleviate the human suffering in Yemen. But a negotiated settlement that leaves the Houthis in a dominant position would turn the country into an Iranian proxy. That would be bad not only for the Saudis but for the broader international community, especially the U.S.

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The Yemen stalemate

The Houthi militia, as the world knows very well, is the one who is foiling all political initiatives for finding peace in Yemen. It uses any ceasefire to reposition and reorganize.

MANY voices in the West, be it politicians, media or human rights organizations, are pointing to the coalition forces fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen as the ones responsible for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country.

They put the blame squarely on Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition. They pin the primary responsibility for the humanitarian disaster in Yemen on the military operation led by Saudi Arabia, and make it out that the Kingdom does not want any political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

The Houthi militia, as the world knows very well, is the one who is foiling all political initiatives for finding peace in Yemen. It uses any ceasefire to reposition and reorganize.

Now they are repeating the same situation ahead of the Swedish meeting to foil the initiative before it starts.

The Houthis presented unreasonable conditions to the UN special envoy, who is presently in Yemen to pave the way for a political dialogue.

My comment: Do the Saudis prepare to obstruct Stockholm peace talks by claims like this?

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Most of the writing on #Yemen will cover almost everything except the main problem, the #Houthis. Analysts and diplomats love to talk about all geopolitical aspects and prescribe solutions that just scratch the surface. This op-ed is one of them.

My comment: saudi mouthpieces of course dislike articles like the one smeared here.

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Arab Coalition supports political solution in Yemen: Turki Al-Malki

The Official Spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, stated that the Arab Coalition Forces have hailed the recent announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on launching 'IMDAD' initiative to bridge the gap of humanitarian needs in Yemen and provide an additional support of $500 million.

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UN liberation of Hodeidah port long overdue

The Arab coalition, including Saudi Arabia, has consistently offered solutions for the Yemeni crisis. One of those solutions has been to ask the UN to supervise the Hodeidah port.

The Arab coalition has requested UN intervention over the past three years. The first time the legitimate Yemeni government requested assistance from the UN was in 2015. The UN’s refusal to address the issue and provide intervention and assistance has perpetuated the crisis and increased the humanitarian disaster that the Houthi militia has caused.

My comment: The Hadi government just had refused that the UN should administrate Hodeidah. The author tells tall stories here.

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Iranian regime’s fourth pillar: Antagonism toward Saudi Arabia

When Iran’s mullahs set up the Islamic Republic in 1979, the pillars of its foreign policy were opposition to the West (particularly the US), anti-Semitism, and asymmetrical warfare by funding, training and arming terrorist groups and militias to act as proxies. Antagonism toward Saudi Arabia has become another pillar. Tehran’s obsession with undermining the Kingdom has reached unprecedented levels under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani.

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Vice president, Hadi’s advisors discuss Yemen’s developments

The vice president affirmed that the Yemeni government engaged in all negotiations rounds with the Houthis with goodwill and keenness to reach a reconciliation, affirming that the Iran-backed Houthis were intransigent and continued their violations against the Yemeni people.

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Leader of Islah: Any peace agreement should be inclusive

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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. 25:

Nov. 24:

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6 Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hodeidah, enemy artillery shells civilians


Film: Targeting of citizens' properties and houses in Hodeidah Governorate 26-11-2018

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6 citizens killed, 3 injured in Saudi-led air raid on Hajjah

Six citizens were killed and three others wounded when the warplanes of US-Saudi aggression coalition launched air raid on a civilian' house in Harad district of Hajjah province, a military official told Saba on Monday.

The raid targeted al-Yamna village causing heavy damages in citizens' prosperities.

The rescue teams could not reach the place, and no one was able to assist the wounded because of continuous flight.



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With Peace Talks on the Horizon, Saudis Defy Truce to Redouble Deadly Strikes on Yemen’s Civilians

In a remote area in Mustaba, Hajjah, southwestern Yemen, two volunteers push through the rubble of a partially collapsed home hit by an airstrike. Onlookers shield their mouths and noses from the dust and stench of corpses of those who perished beneath. A rescue worker pulls out the skeletons of children and women from under the rubble.

A relentless payload of bombs was dropped on Mustaba in just a few hours on Saturday night, killing six civilians and injuring three. A woman and four children were among the victims of the Saudi airstrikes, which targeted homes in Ram district of the Mustaba region, dozens of kilometers away from the war’s closest frontlines.

Ahmed Suheil, an activist who lives in the Mustaba district, said he woke up to the sounds of bombing raids. “At 11 p.m., they attacked a home in our neighboring village four times. It’s far from my house, but it was so horrible to wake up to that sound,” Suheil recounted. “Everything was shaking.”

“They do not respect their covenants” shouts Mohammed Jumaie, who led the village’s emergency response team. “We are in a truce. Why should civilians pay with their lives for this dirty aggression?”

Recovery efforts were slowed by a lack of heavy machinery needed to access the bodies, as locals gathered around the site hoping their loved ones weren’t among the victims. One man could be heard crying: “Please, there are children under the rubble. My brother’s children. Maybe at least just one of them is still alive!”

This is not just the unfortunate collateral damage of war, say human-rights defenders — but an indication that civilians themselves are the targets.

But analysts also see these attacks as an attempt to punish resistance fighters by targeting their communities, hoping to undermine grassroots support they enjoy from local towns and villages that are sympathetic to their cause.

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Saudi-led aggression coalition destroys water tank in Saada

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Civilian injured in Saudi-led airstrike on Hajjah

The air strike targeted a citizen’s car in Ghazwah area of Mostaba district

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4 civilians killed, 5 injured in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hajjah

More than four civilians were killed and five others injured on Sunday when the warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition waged series of air strikes on Hajjah province, a security official told Saba.
The air strikes hit Abdo Al Khamisi fuel station at the entrance to al-Hayjah market

Hour after midnight #Saudi #UAE double tap strikes targetd 2 cars in Mustaba area in #Hajah #Haja province NW #Yeme killed 5 civilians injrd 7 1st strike targeted a car 2nd strike targeted another car trying to reach the site of 1st strike Casualties include rescuers (photos)



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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Nov. 27: Saada p. Lahj p.

Nov. 26: and Saada p. Hodeidah p. and Hodeidah p.

Nov. 25: Saada p. and and and Hodeidah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Dozens of cattle died by mines planted by the Houthis in Hayran – Hajjah

A network of mines planted by Houthi militia killed 30 sheep in Hayran district of the north-western district of Hajjah Province.

The owner of the cattle, Ali Ahmed al-Jeaidi, said that his sheep, who were grazing in a farm near his house, were completely gone after the mine network exploded on Friday.

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Saudi enemy bombards border provinces in Saada

residential villages in border districts of Razih and al-Dhahir

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Saada p.: Saudi rockets and artillery shelled several residential areas in Manabah border district.

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Yemeni ballistic missile hits military base in Asir region

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed military official from the missile unit of the Yemeni army, reported that the military base, located in al-Alab border crossing, had been hit with the short-range and solid-propellant Badr P-1 missile on Sunday.

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Fatima updates: 1- Skull Fracture by a bullet 2- Cerebral Bleeding - On her way now into surgery - 10 yrs old Was caught in middle of fire by villains extorting vendor sellers She was on her way back home from school in #Taiz

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The Joint National Resistance Forces have managed to entirely seize control over al-Dhaher city, southwest of the #Houthi militia's stronghold in the province of Saada, as they continue to advance towards Hydan: another militia key city.

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Coalition Specialized Teams Destroyed Dozens of Houthi-planted Naval Mines

The technical and specialized teams of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have destroyed at least 86 naval mines planted by the Houthi militia along the southern coast of Hodeidah, according to a senior military sources in the coalition.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other


Film: Jemen / Yemen (Impressions)


Photos: Camel and hoarse race in Alwadi district in Marib today

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Destiny in hindsight: Impotentiality and intentional action in contemporary Yemen

Zaydis are a Shiite sect, widespread in Highland Yemen, that upholds a doctrine of free will and human accountability. However, in everyday discursive practices, they indulge in a widespread usage of a destiny-related language. Building on this apparent contradiction, this article investigates how social actors give meaning to critical durations of their life through the distinction between qadar and nasib, thus investigating the interplay of intentionality and temporality (subscribers only)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-483 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-483: 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:

16:45 27.11.2018
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