Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 485 - Yemen War Mosaic 485

Yemen Press Reader 485: 29. November 2018: Die jemenitische Menschenrechtsorganisation Mwatana – Terroristenführer auf der Gehaltsliste der Emirate – Krieg um Jemens Internet ...
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... Westliche Waffen in Händen von Milizen im Jemen – Prinz Salman und Saudi-Familienfehde – US-Senatoren stimmen für Weiterverhandlung von anti-saudischem Gesetzesentwurf – Nur eine Straße von Hodeidah noch offen – und mehr

November 29, 2018: Yemeni NGO Mwatana Human Rights – Terrorist leader on UAE payroll – War to control Yemen’s internet – Western arms in hands of Yemeni militia – Prince Salman and Saudi family feud – US Senate votes for debate on anti-Saudi bill – Only one road from Hodeidah still open – 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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13 Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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It's not just the Middle East...

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Yemen’s Human-Rights Defenders Are Fighting Increasingly Desperate Odds

“This war will never stop until the international community decides to take action.”

As one of the most prominent defenders of human rights in Yemen, Radhya Almutawakel is well-acquainted with danger. Working in active war zones in the midst of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Almutawakel has spent years documenting human-rights violations as chairperson of Mwatana, one of the few still-operational civilian organizations in Yemen. In a country where political parties now control the vast majority of NGOs, Mwatana’s nonpartisan reporting has indicted all sides in the conflict. “In Yemen, there are no heroes,” says Almutawakel, who has met with scores of victims of bombings by the Saudi-led coalition, as well as numerous survivors of torture and unlawful detention at the hands of the Yemen government and the country’s main opposition group, known as the Houthis. “It’s a balance of weaknesses, and everyone is committing abuse.”

Political neutrality is core to Mwatana’s mission, which looks ahead to a postwar Yemen where all sides will be held to account. Yet such impartiality is a perilous endeavor. By refusing to bow to any one faction, Mwatana has attracted retaliation from all sides. “Every day, when I leave my apartment, there’s a small part of me that knows I may not return,” says Osamah Alfakih, former director of research and current director of media, communications, and advocacy for Mwatana. “It’s not just the falling bombs or the land mines—there’s always a possibility for detention, harassment, or even violence as a result of this work.” Many of Alfakih’s 70-plus colleagues have endured abuse, arrest, or long-term detention.

While Almutawakel remains undeterred, she says the country’s deepening chaos has triggered a recent escalation in her opponents’ efforts to silence Mwatana. “The language used against us is much more aggressive than it ever was,” says Almutawakel, who has been accused of everything from betraying Islam to spying for Saudi Arabia to working for the United States. The rhetorical threats are compounded by the suppression of free speech and crackdowns on Yemen’s beleaguered grassroots groups.

Amid the desperation, Almutawakel has been forced to reexamine the role of Mwatana. Even as her work documenting human-rights violations grows more dangerous, it has also come to feel like something of a luxury. “There is no time for most people to think about their rights, or the country’s future,” she says. “Most Yemenis are just trying to survive the bombings and starvation. There can be no social or political progress while people are dying this way.”

It was this realization that prompted Almutawakel and her colleagues to shift Mwatana’s strategy – by Sarah Aziza

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Cars, guns and TV interviews: The militiaman on the UAE payroll

Sources tell Al Jazeera that Abu al-Abbas, a Yemeni designated by the US as a terrorist, is receiving UAE support.

He is designated a terrorist by the United States, shares the same ideology as al-Qaeda, yet for more than three years, Abu al-Abbas, a Yemeni commander who controls most of the flashpoint city of Taiz, has been receiving financial and military support from the United Arab Emirates, sources told Al Jazeera.

After purging the Houthis from Taiz's eastern districts and killing dozens of Houthi fighters, al-Abbas' forces now patrol the city's streets with hi-tech US weaponry, arresting dissidents, reportedly carrying out extrajudicial killings, and instilling fear in the local population.

Sources in the southwestern city have told Al Jazeera that the Kataib Abu al-Abbas (Abu al-Abbas battalion), has crushed any group that opposes its strict interpretation of Islam - including al-Islah, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as secular and pro-democracy activists.

Al-Abbas, whose real name is Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani, reportedly received more than 40 pick-up trucks from the UAE last year, worth an estimated $600,000, the sources said, despite him being sanctioned by the US for allegedly financing al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

The sources added that based on communique issued by al-Abbas, he continued to receive political support from the UAE, including close military coordination with Emirati forces based in Aden.

"We've noticed a trend where the UAE supports extremist militias instead of the national army," said Burhan*, a government official based in Taiz.

"Instead of supporting the local authority represented by Taiz's governor Ali Al-Mamari and Major General Khalid Fadhel, the Emiratis are turning to militias, something we simply don't need," he added – by Faisal Edroos

and also

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Abu Al-Abbas returns to Taiz again

The source has learned that has led to the return of Abu Abbas to his residence inside the city of Taiz.

A senior security official told al-Masdar online that Adel Abdo Fare’a, known as Abu Abbas, returned to Taiz after a presidential mediation to attend funeral of one of his brigades leader, Nadim al-Sana’ani , who was killed by security forces in Aden earlier this week and he attended the funeral ceremonies escorted with more 30 military vehicles and dozens of gunmen.

Answering Al-Masdar online about the nature of the mediation the source said that the mediation or presidential directives were issued to allow Colonel Adel Fara, who is affiliated with the 35th Armored Brigade, to return to his home in Taiz without assuming any tasks or interfering in any security and military affairs and that his work is limited to the 35 armored brigade in areas of deployment in “Al-Hujariah” countryside and the road linking Taiz and Al-Turbah .

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Underlying Dimensions of Yemen’s Civil War: Control of the Internet

Executive Summary

In the midst of the ongoing Yemeni civil war, local and international players are waging a secondary war through internet control and other cyber means. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group assesses that dynamics of the Yemeni civil war are manifesting themselves online through a struggle over Yemeni access, use, and control of the internet. Recorded Future identified both censorship controls and traffic attempting to subvert those controls within Yemen, as well as spyware activity. This report intends to establish a baseline of internet activity, use, and access in Yemen.

Key Judgments

Since taking Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in September 2014, the Houthi rebels have supervised the main ISP YemenNet, as well as the same access controls and censorship tools previously used to disrupt, degrade, or monitor internet activity for the last three years.

Recorded Future assesses with medium confidence that the Houthi rebels within Sana’a are taking advantage of YemenNet’s vast IP infrastructure to host Coinhive mining services to generate revenue.

While official government sites hosted on YemenNet and the .ye domain space have been changed to reflect the Houthi government in Sana’a, rather than the Hadi government in Aden, Recorded Future has noted some vulnerabilities within YemenNet’s main name server and multiple servers that, until recently, hosted over 500 official .ye domains.

The Hadi government, now in Aden instead of Sana’a, produced a new ISP, AdenNet, in June 2018. We believe this could lead to new internet resiliency within the country as internet subscriptions and mobile subscriptions continue to rise.

A small percentage of internet users in Yemen are using either VPNs, Tor, or routers with DNS recursion to circumvent government controls.

Suspicious internet-related activity out of Yemen suggests low levels of adware and spyware, but information as to the actors behind it is inconclusive.

Major international players, including the United States, Russia, and China, are using malware, military activity, political leverage, and investments to further their interests in the Saudi-Iranian regional conflict for hegemony within Yemen.


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The Other War in Yemen—for Control of the Country’s Internet

Opponents in the civil war use the web to block access, gather intelligence, and even mine cryptocurrency.

Another conflict has been playing out in the background: a war for control of the country’s internet.

It began when Houthi rebels swept into Yemen’s capital of Sanaa in 2014. They not only seized the seat of power, but they also captured the country’s major internet infrastructure, allowing the group to filter the internet, carry out surveillance of web traffic, and even mine cryptocurrency, according to a new report from the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

“In the middle of the Yemeni civil war, the factions are also vying for control of internet access,” said Greg Lesnewich, a threat intelligence analyst with Recorded Future and one of the authors of the report, which will be presented Wednesday at the inaugural CyberwarCon.

While control over the internet in a conflict zone might once have required the capabilities of an advanced military, the proliferation of surveillance technology and a growing awareness of the internet as a tool of war have made militant groups even in the most impoverished countries aware of the web as a weapon to be harnessed.

For the Houthis, which are backed by Iran, it has provided the upper hand in shaping perceptions of the war. “The media war is a whole other front of the actual war,” said Adam Baron, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations who has reported extensively from Yemen.

In order to control internet access in Yemen, the Houthis turned to a simple commercial solution from the Canadian company Netsweeper, which sells technology to filter and block webpages.

If Saudi-backed forces reclaim Hodeidah, they will also control all the fiber-optic cables supplying internet access to the country, improving their ability to cut off or surveil web use.

The extent to which the Houthis have deployed that kind of surveillance technology is unclear, but researchers say that residents of Sanaa are highly fearful of the Houthis’ snooping abilities.

Comment by Judith Brown: This ridiculous article says that the Houthis are controlling war imagery in yemen. What RUBBISH!!! My own research shows that the UK media slavishly follow the governments line and I post from everywhere in the world on the yemen story. But my best sources are my friends within yemen who espouse very different viewpoints but give me very up to date pictures and news of their lives and the suffering around them. And NONE of my friends are Houthi supporters. What I hear from my own contacts in yemen is exactly the same as I see on posts from yemen in Facebook and Twitter

My comment to comment: As far as this point is concerned, she definitely is right…

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Arms used by Yemen rebel militia were supplied by west, analysts find

Investigators say weapons from UK and US have fallen into hands of splinter groups in Yemen, some with links to al-Qaida and Isis

An investigation into weapons being used in the war in Yemen has shown numerous examples of arms supplied by the UK and the US, among others, ending up in the hands of militias including those linked to al-Qaida and Isis.

In an apparent abuse of trade agreements by the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition, sophisticated armoured vehicles, rocket launchers, grenades and rifles are among the weapons being purchased from European and US companies and reaching local factions and groups.

As international concerns continue to rise over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the report by journalist Mohamed Abo-Elgheit and the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalists (Arij) alleges that not only are weapons being openly passed to militias aligned to the Saudi coalition but also to marginalised and feuding groups fighting their own territorial battles.

The details, to be aired in an Arabic-language documentary, The End User, came from analysis of thousands of broadcasts, social media and closed internet groups, alongside intensive research to verify the origins of weapons.

“Where we found abuse of the end user certification system, we sought explanations from the arms companies and government who authorised the sales to the coalition. Many simply turn a blind eye,” said Abo-Elgheit.

The documentary accuses the Saudi coalition, weapons suppliers and governments of a sustained breach of “end user” certification laws stretching back to the beginning of the conflict in 2015.

In the historical south-western city of Taiz, an absence of state or security services has allowed Aqap (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) to step into the vacuum. In 2016, Aqap broadcast footage of a battle in Taiz against the Houthis, in which their fighters used German MG3 machine guns.

“We spotted dozens of these guns in the possession of Yemenis in different provinces. A resistance fighter in Taiz told us that the Saudi army had handed them out to its allies,” said Abo-Elgheit. The gun is made by Heckler & Koch, who also licence Saudi Arabia to make G3 and G36 assault rifles.

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The Khashoggi killing had roots in a cutthroat Saudi family feud

Behind the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi lies a power struggle within the Saudi royal family that helped feed the paranoia and recklessness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Eventually, this rage in the royal court led to the death and dismemberment of a Washington Post journalist.

The opening scenes of this family feud took place in January 2015 in a VIP hospital suite in Riyadh, as King Abdullah lay on his deathbed.

The cutthroat scheming within the House of Saud over the following years matches anything in the fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” The fallout extended to the United States, China, Switzerland and other countries, as the two most powerful clans of the royal family jockeyed for power.

MBS, as Salman’s son is known, became increasingly anxious and aggressive toward those he considered enemies.

This real-life drama was described to me in a series of interviews by prominent Saudis and U.S. and European experts, in the United States and abroad, in the weeks since Khashoggi’s death. These sources had firsthand knowledge of events but asked not to be identified because they involve sensitive international matters.

Here’s the bottom line, for U.S. and Saudi experts who have reviewed the intelligence findings: Khashoggi was murdered by a team sent from the royal court in Riyadh, which was part of the rapid-action capability that had been organized 18 months before. Khashoggi’s provocative journalism and his ties to Qatar and Turkey had offended the increasingly autocratic crown prince, who issued a “bring him back” order in July 2018, one that wasn’t understood by U.S. intelligence until three months later, after Khashoggi’s disappearance in Istanbul.

As director of the court’s Center for Studies and Media Affairs, Qahtani fed MBS’s suspicion about potential rivals and coup plotters. Qahtani also began assembling cyberweapons to use on behalf of MBS.

Family politics

King Salman’s team began playing hard-nosed family politics from its very first week in power.

Members of the Abdullah clan were watching as MBS grasped the levers of power that had once been theirs.

Brutal paranoia

What’s haunting about this tale of family rivalry is that it helped breed the paranoia that led to Khashoggi’s death.

Why didn’t anyone stop this deadly chain of error?

The brutal paranoia of MBS’s royal court in Riyadh recalls Baghdad in the days of Saddam Hussein. The spotlight cast by Khashoggi’s killing gives Saudi Arabia, and the United States, a last chance to check a slide toward Hussein-like despotism from overwhelming the region.

The House of Saud rules with a sometimes bloody hand. The United States, as the kingdom’s key ally, has an obligation to calm this family feud before it does any more damage to Saudi Arabia and the world – by David Ignatius

My comment: This really looks like a great piece by this former extremely pro-Saudi and pro-Salman lobbyist.

Comment: Very interesting tale of another Saudi rendition attempt — but maybe the mention that the two main characters ran a company that was instrumental in the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scam belongs early on and not at the very bottom of the piece.

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BREAKING: Senate votes to move forward bill to end U.S. support for war in Yemen

The vote was 63 to 37.

The Senate voted 63-37 Wednesday to advance a resolution to stop supporting the Saudi-led coalition in its bombing of Yemen. The United States currently supports the coalition with arms, intelligence, and air support.

The measure, which invokes the War Powers Resolution, was the first major test to see if the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was enough to disrupt the close U.S.-Saudi relationship. It now heads to the Senate floor for debate.

The vote came just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis delivered a classified briefing before the Senate on Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the extent of the Saudi government’s involvement in the killing of Khashoggi.

The bill is unlikely to pass the House of Representatives. Earlier this month, House Republicans added a rule change to a completely unrelated bill (about wolves) stating that the War Powers Resolution’s expedited procedures do not apply to Yemen. Thus, Republicans can avoid debating this until January, when the new freshman class is in office.


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Senate Majority Rebukes Trump Administration And Saudi Arabia Over Yemen War

The bipartisan effort led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy and Mike Lee is the first majority vote in Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudis in Yemen.

Multiple Republicans aligned with almost every Democrat in the chamber to vote to consider a resolution authored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) that demands the policy be ended within 30 days.

Many complained about the failure of CIA director Gina Haspel to appear at the briefing to discuss U.S. intelligence about Saudi authorities’ roles in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The bill will now go through further votes. Even if it is ultimately passed, it cannot compel an end to the U.S. intelligence, logistical and diplomatic support for the Saudi campaign. But it’s a stunning moment for increasingly tense debates over who controls matters of war and peace for the U.S. and what to do about the decades-old U.S.-Saudi relationship.


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In rebuke to President Donald Trump, Senate opens debate on measure to force U.S. withdraw from Yemen

In a remarkable move, the Senate voted Wednesday to open debate on a proposal that would force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen – a horrific conflict that has become increasingly controversial in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside a Saudi consulate last month.

The Senate's 63-to-37 vote was a direct rebuke to the Trump administration for its aggressive support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

"We have a problem here. We understand that Saudi Arabia is an ally of sorts and a semi-important country," said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We also have a crown prince that's out of control."

Corker voted in favor of opening debate on the Yemen resolution – a step he had previously opposed in March – though he said he was not committed to supporting final passage.

Supporters said the Senate vote could represent a watershed moment in which Congress reasserts its authority on matters of war after years of ceding such decisions to the president.

He said the Senate would now engage in a free-flowing debate about the war and the U.S.-Saudi relationship, with lawmakers allowed an unfettered ability to offer amendments.

Even if the Lee-Sanders measure passes the Senate, it’s unlikely to clear the House, where the GOP majority recently blocked debate over a similar measure.

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Comment by Peter Salisbury: There is significant skepticism among #Yemen watchers, myself included, that Congressional action is not about the war but about DC politics and some wounded egos. Would love to see Senators and Representatives use the current moment to effect positive change.

My comment: As far as Yemen is concerned, this is the No. 1 news in US media. But, be honest: This is just a preliminary vote… It’s just a vote that this bill will be discussed and put to a final vote in Senate. It’s quite open how this vote will be, whether the bill really will be passed, whether it will be vetoed by the president – and what its really impact would be.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Statistics Reveals Yemen Cholera Outbreak to 1 Million and 316 Thousand, While Death Cases to 2,621

Yemen’s cholera outbreak - the worst in the world - is accelerating with roughly 2621 deaths, of the total laboratory-confirmed cases, which amounted to 3530 cases, mostly women, children and the elderly, during the period from 2017 to 20 November 2018, the latest statistics revealed.

According to Yemen Press Agency, the total number of people suffering from diarrhea amounted to 1 million and 316,783 cases, which were officially reported from various health facilities in the governorates of the Republic.

The highest level of death from acute diarrhea in the province of Hajjah with 464 deaths, and more than 131 thousand cases during the same period.

Ibb province came second in terms of the number of deaths of 358 deaths, and the number of infections exceeded 88 thousand cases of acute diarrhea.

While Hodeidah recorded the highest number of infections in more than 192 thousand cases, including the number of 1000 cases of cholera confirmed laboratory, and the death of 331 cases during the same period.

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Polio immunization campaign launched in Hodeidah

the campaign targets about 608488 children under the age of five in the districts of the province.

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

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Only road to Yemen's Hodeida under threat: aid worker

Only one road remains open to the vital Yemeni port of Hodeida, which has now been entirely encircled by the Saudi-led military coalition, an aid worker said Wednesday.

Suze van Meegen of the Norwegian Refugee Council said cutting off the one remaining road to Hodeida would spell disaster for 22 million people relying on imports passing through the port.

"As of yesterday, Hodeida has been entirely encircled by troops," van Meegen, an advocacy advisor based in Yemen for 18 months, told reporters on a trip to Paris.

The one remaining access road, to the north "is 60 kilometres (40 miles) longer than any other road that we would use to enter the city", making pick-ups harder for aid groups, she said.

If it is cut off, there will be "no means by which to get anything to up to 22 million Yemenis that depend on what is coming through that port".

Van Meegen said she believed the road would be kept open ahead of peace talks expected to take place in Stockholm in December.

But "if there is a negative outcome from those peace talks... and things escalate, the Saudi and Emirate coalition could cut that supply road off within two hours," she warned.

Given that about 70 percent of Yemen's imports pass through the port, such a situation would prove disastrous, she said.

"Humanitarian aid is not the solution -- we cannot feed 29.3 million people, the entire population of Yemen," van Meegen said.

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UNFPA expands emergency obstetric care services at Al Thawra Hospital in Hodeida, amidst heavy fighting in the city

United Nations Population Fund delivered life-saving reproductive health equipment and medicines to Hodeida city, leading to the opening an expanded maternity wing in Al Thawra Hospital; the only referral hospital in Hodeida.

Al-Thawra Hospital which serves as a major maternal and neonatal care facility with up to 500 deliveries a month, including more than 200 caesarean sections, has been directly impacted by the on-going fighting in recent weeks. UNFPA has supported the hospital to ensure uninterrupted provision of maternal health services with the establishment of a 300 square meter maternity ward, which includes a fully equipped operating theatre, infant incubators and other essential life-saving equipment and medicines. In addition, more than 40 staff in the maternity and neonatology sections of the hospital are being supported by UNFPA through incentives and operational support to ensure the continuity of these services.

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The #Houthi militia marches on its criminal practices and violations against the citizens in areas under their control as its elements continue to randomly shell the houses of civilians in al-Tuhaita district in #Hodeidah port city (photo)

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7 Saudi-led air strikes hit Hodeidah

The warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition on Wednesday waged seven air strikes on Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba.
The air strikes hit Hays district damaging civilians’ properties

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US-Saudi aggression coalition hit Hodeidah

The US backed Saudi aggression coalition on Wednesday waged with mortars citizens and their houses and properties in al-Hayal district

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In Hodiedah, the US-Saudi aggression targeted a civilian's house in Al-Hale district, destroying it completely. also the aggression launched two raids on a tourist resort in the same district. US-Saudi mercenaries targeted several areas with artillery shells.

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Film: The @WFPChief accused the #Iran-backed rebels of placing landmines inside grain bins in one of @WFP’s grain silos in #Hodeidah via @CNN.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Yemen Tribal Leaders Support US-UN Peace Process

Some tribal leaders in Yemen are supporting the U.S and U.N. proposed political solution to end the war and urge an active role in the ongoing negotiations.

“Both the people and the tribes in Yemen support the American political solution to the conflict in Yemen as long as it welcomes the demands of the tribes and the Yemeni people,” Abdurabuh Al-Shaif, a tribe leader from Daham tribe in al-Jawf province of Yemen, told VOA.

Nadwa Al-Dawsari, the Yemen country director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict, a Washington-based organization working for the protection of civilians in armed conflict, told VOA that tribes could play a crucial role and are a fundamental pillar of Yemeni society and wrongfully depicted as lawless and anti-state.

“In reality, tribes operate according to customary rules that govern the relationship between individuals and their tribes, among tribes and between tribes and the state,” Al-Dawsari said.

My comment: “US peace Process”: This is propaganda in the headline.

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Film: Unter Rebellen - eine Kriegsfotografin im Jemen

Véronique de Viguerie macht das Leid sichtbar. Seit mehr als zehn Jahren reist die Fotojournalistin in Kriegs- und Kriesengebiete. Nach Somalia, Afganistan und jetzt in den Jemen.

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End the suffering in Yemen

While the international community is trying to pave the way for Yemeni peace talks, the reality on the ground is completely different

[Overview; from Egypt]

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Report: 883 women direct victims of Yemen war

My comment: A strange figure; much more women had been victimized.

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The people of Yemen want to be seen and heard, and above all, to survive.

Here’s how we can end US support for the war, and give the Yemeni people hope.

“We are already living under the ground,” Ibrahim told me. An elderly man from Hodeidah, he had spent the last of his money traveling to al-Ma’afarah district, roughly 175 miles from home. He bent down and patted his open palm on the dusty earth in his new home—one of a few small, partly enclosed, corrugated metal houses on the side of the road.

“Under the ground” was the central message I heard from women and men in al Dhal’e, Taiz, Lahj, and Aden governorates during my recent visit. The meaning was clear: We’re as good as dead, and nobody seems to care.

Not a proxy war

In the US, media coverage and public policy on Yemen have been shaped by politics, not realities on the ground.

Leaders view Yemen principally through the lens of the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Contrary to media reports, however, the war in Yemen is not a proxy war. Life-and-death decisions are being made based on political posturing and fear, while the people of Yemen are killed in fighting and from curable diseases like cholera. All of the many parties to the conflict, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Houthis, are pursuing their own interests—not those of their foreign patrons. They believe their vital interests are served by continuing to fight, which they do with appalling indifference to the suffering they cause.

Help end US support for war

In a time when it can feel we are surrounded by hopeless causes, this is a time when we can speak up and see real results

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Yemen Crisis: How to help people and children facing famine

There are several direct ways people can help the starving children in Yemen.


It’s very difficult to get people and in-kind donations into Yemen right now, said Ramm. This makes financial donations extremely important. The following organizations are working in Yemen and are in need of financial support:

Save the Children


International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Oxfam America


Norwegian Refugee Council


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Jemen oder: Das saudische Vietnam

Die Friedensappelle blieben zunächst ungehört: Ende Oktober hatte der US-amerikanische Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis die Konfliktparteien im Jemen aufgefordert, innerhalb von dreißig Tagen Verhandlungen über einen Waffenstillstand aufzunehmen. Doch statt abzuebben, flammten die Kämpfe Anfang November wieder auf: Allein bei Gefechten um die Hafenstadt Hudeida kamen 150 Menschen ums Leben. Der Beschuss durch jemenitische Kämpfer und Einheiten der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Golfallianz zwang zehntausende Menschen, über Tage in ihren Häusern zu bleiben.

(aus: »Blätter« 12/2018, Seite 29-32) (kaufen, 1,00 €]

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GCC states say provided $18bn in Yemen aid in past 3 years. FYI, our Govt has no idea who gave this large aid, how, where & when. But let's talk objectively: why is Yemen continuing to suffer if Gulf is generous? One more thing, UN has appealed for only $3bn to face famine here!

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Film by Bernie Sanders: The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, with U.S. support, has killed thousands of civilians. Over 85,000 children have died of starvation. Enough is enough. The Senate must vote to end U.S. support for this war.

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Can Yemen survive the proposed ceasefire?

However, a cessation of hostilities without a clear roadmap for a lasting political solution is likely to make matters worse in the long run. Yemen is riven with deep divisions at every level, some of which, notably the quest by southern secessionists for independence, threaten the very integrity of the Yemeni state.

Currently, the country’s deep political divisions are masked by the intensity of the fighting between the Houthis and the Saudi-UAE coalition. Once that fighting stops, other divisions will likely come to the fore, leading to the de facto partition of Yemen.

The latest news on the diplomatic aspects of the Yemen conflict suggests that even a limited ceasefire is not guaranteed at this point.

Assuming the talks in Stockholm take place as scheduled in early December and assuming further that a “limited” ceasefire centred on Hudaydah is secured, based on the current military, political and strategic configurations a wider peace is still firmly beyond reach.

For a start, the Saudis will find it hard to cease air strikes indefinitely, especially when presented with opportunities to target the Houthi leadership

Then there is the issue of the political and military divergence at the heart of the anti-Houthi coalition.

In view of this confusing picture, the Saudis and Emiratis may well sabotage any limited ceasefire flowing out of the talks in Sweden for fear of expediting their collapsing positions in Yemen. The inherently fragile Yemeni coalition that is ranged against the cohesive Ansarullah movement is likely to implode once fighting against the Houthis stops.

At that point, a vicious civil war could break out in the south. Yemen it seems may not survive the proposed ceasefire.

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The Other War in Yemen—for Control of the Country’s Internet

Opponents in the civil war use the web to block access, gather intelligence, and even mine cryptocurrency.

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200 civilians likely to have died in Yemen in the 30 days since US called for peace talks

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Hunger als Kriegswaffe – 85.000 Kinder im Jemen ermordet
Die unsichtbaren Toten des Saudi-Kriegs

85.000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren sind im Jemen als Folge des seit März 2015 wütenden Kriegs an Hunger gestorben, so die Zahlen einer neuen Studie der Kinderrechts-NGO Save the Children.

Nach Angaben der UN stehen 400.000 Kinder im Jemen am Rande des Hungertods – entsprechend etwa der Zahl aller Unter-Fünfjährigen in ganz Baden-Württemberg.

Laut UN-Nothilfe ist die Zahl der akut von Hunger gefährdeten Menschen im Jemen auf 14 Millionen angestiegen, was der Hälfte der gesamten Bevölkerung entspricht.

Die 85.000 seit Kriegsbeginn im Jemen verhungerten Kleinkinder wurden ermordet. Von der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition, die – ermöglicht einzig durch die Unterstützung des Westens – Hunger als militärische Waffe missbraucht. Und damit durchkommt.

Umso bezeichnender ist es, dass nicht etwa das Leid dieser Kinder – diese Toten sind der Empathie des Weltgewissens nicht zugänglich – die Regierungen im Westen zwang, ihre Unterstützung für die Saudi-Emirate-Koalition zu hinterfragen. Vielmehr bedarf es des Mordes an einem Kolumnisten der Washington Post, um den weltweiten Druck auf Saudi-Arabien und dessen westliche Verbündete derart zu erhöhen, dass sie sich zumindest zu symbolischen Handlungen genötigt sahen – der Fall Jamal Khashoggi.

Doch die Sanktionen der Bundesregierung sind nichts als ein Täuschungsmanöver, um dem auch in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit zaghaft steigenden Druck den Wind aus den Segeln zu nehmen. Denn unter den 18 mit Einreiseverbot belegten Saudis befindet sich weder König Salman, noch der Kronprinz und eigentliche Machthaber Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) = =

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Khashoggi, the Hudaydah Offensive and Prospects for Peace in Yemen

The renewed offensive on Hudaydah is undoubtedly worsening prospects for peace in Yemen. The short lull in violence was unlikely to hold, even if it had been a genuine effort by Houthi and Saudi leaders. It is unclear how much of a handle the Yemeni government and Saudi Arabia have on many of the important forces fighting against the Houthis in Hudaydah and surrounding areas. If Saudi Arabia again fails to seize control of Hudaydah from the Houthis it will likely only serve to bruise their ego and bolster their resolution to secure a military victory as opposed to conceding defeat and pushing for a diplomatic solution. Similarly, given Saudi Arabia’s rhetoric and past attempts to broker peace, a victory in Hudaydah would likely only lead to a longer military push to further eradicate the Houthis. This would remove the group from the political equation as much as possible, paving the way for a political settlement more amenable to the Kingdom’s goals. At this juncture, it appears that further international condemnation and more coordinated diplomatic action are the only avenues that would bring Saudi Arabia to the table after another defeat in Hudaydah. Khashoggi’s death could be the spark that finally starts that process – by Brian M. Perkins

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UN sounds alarm over falling imports at crucial Yemen port

Operations at the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for the embattled country, have fallen by nearly 50 percent over the past two weeks, the UN said Tuesday.

World Food Programme warned that imports had fallen substantially "because of the high levels of insecurity in the city."

"Operations at Hodeida Port have decreased by 47 percent over the past two weeks," WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel told reporters in Geneva.

"If this situation persists or further deteriorates, it would have (a) drastic impact on food availability and prices in the markets and (would make) it increasingly difficult for Yemeni families to afford their basic needs," he added.

The UN estimates that 70 percent of all imports come through Hodeida, a port in western Yemen on the Red Sea.

Humanitarian shipments into Hodeida have remained steady over the past two weeks, but falling commercial imports could force more families to rely on food aid.

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Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again

Men caused the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, but it’s become clear they can’t fix it.

But women in Yemen say they are being excluded from critical discussions about rebuilding the nation after war. Yemeni activists say the U.N. and the United States—actors that have committed to the inclusion of women in peace processes—have not insisted strongly enough on women’s participation. Without women, peace in Yemen will be hard to come by. And in the meantime, countless Yemeni women who have been pushed into the role of breadwinner during the war still lack the education and training to get jobs to sufficiently provide for their families.

“The guns basically took over the space, and the international community also marginalized the women,” said Sanam Anderlini, founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN

Yemeni activists believe that the best way to improve women’s lives after the war would be to include them in the ongoing peace negotiations. Research shows that women’s participation in peace processes makes countries safer, less violent, and more stable.

The activists also feel that countries like the United States and United Kingdom, which have backed the Saudi-led coalition, have an obligation to ensure that women have a role in shaping the future of Yemen

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SA extradites 15 child soldiers to Yemen

Fifteen children, who fought to the side of the Houthis, were extradited by the Arab Coalition on Tuesday to the Yemeni legitimate government after they were captured in the Saudi border.

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Disaster in Yemen shows brutality of imperialism

Despite massacres, disease, impending famine and tens of thousands of deaths, the US “can’t support” even a limited ceasefire in the war on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is also Britain’s largest buyer of weaponry—it has bought almost £5 billion worth of arms since the war began.

The sales aren’t just about cash. They shore up Saudi Arabia’s close relationship with Britain.

So even though Tory foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on Saudi Arabia to “stop famine” he won’t stop the arms sales.

For the US and Britain, keeping their dominance in the Middle East is more important than the lives of millions of ordinary people.

And that means defending Saudi Arabia as it creates the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Foodgrains Bank members respond to devastation in Yemen

Vulnerable families in Yemen suffering from extreme hunger will receive emergency food through a new project of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Through the new project, 1,100 vulnerable families will receive emergency food rations of flour, beans, oil, sugar and salt.

The families live in the Harib Alqaramish district of Yemen. The area has experienced extremely intense conflict, including airstrikes and frequent bombardment. Many homes have been destroyed.

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Film: Remember Fatima, the little girl caught up in armed clashes in #Taiz. She is not okay and she needs urgent help, watch the story!

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Two different ways to die in Yemen

“As if anyone will care”

This is exactly what I heard when I visited Altahseen camp for internally displaced people in Amran governorate last month. This camp holds more than a hundred families who fled their homes in Hodeidah due to the ongoing fighting, and I was there to take photos reflecting their situation. While I was trying to do my job, a fight broke out between women who were jostling to fill their jerrycans with water. I immediately stopped taking photos, wanting to respect their dignity. But one of the women around the water tank shouted to me: “Continue! This is our daily routine!” Then she added: “As if anyone will care.” I left the camp thinking how desperate people have become and how exhausted they are after almost four years of war.

It is horrific to think how many people have fallen into the dark abyss of an unknown destiny.

Who will die first?

Imagine living in a small tent that the cold wind rips straight through. No food, no clothes, and nothing to provide to your seven member family. Every day you need to collect cartons from the garbage to burn in front of your tent to warm it up. You sit with your kids around the fire, trying to fight the cold winter with empty stomachs. You look at the backs of your children. You can clearly see their hair colour fading and their little bones drawn in detail against their soft skin due to malnutrition. At that moment, you realise how helpless you are, and the only question is who will die first and who will survive.

Two paths to death

With zero exaggeration, this is how desperate people are.

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Audio: Hungerkatastrophe in Jemen: "Es ist eine Hölle"

Alle 10 Minuten stirbt ein Kind im Jemen. Kein sauberes Trinkwasser, fehlende Nahrung und medizinische Versorgung sind die Ursachen. Die Lage im Jemen ist menschengemacht, so Ninja Charbonneau, Sprecherin von UNICEF Deutschland. (mit Bildern)

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Läge Hamburg im Jemen, wäre jedes Neugeborene der vergangenen drei Jahre tot

Was eine neue Zahl über verhungerte Kinder über die Lage im Jemen verrät.

In Hamburg werden im Schnitt 25.000 Kinder pro Jahr geboren. Wäre Hamburg der Jemen, wäre es so, als ob jedes Neugeborene seit 2015 nicht mehr am Leben wäre.

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Film: Aid groups in joint plea for US to cease support for Yemen war

Five international aid groups on Monday urged the United States government to halt all military support for a Saudi Arabia-UAE-led war in Yemen, saying this will save millions of lives.

The warring sides have undermined Yemen's economy with policies and practices that have caused rampant inflation while the value of currency plummets, it added.

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World Food Programme: Yemen: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Air Transport Services (November 2018)

This document provides an overview of the logistics services to be made available through the Logistics Cluster, how humanitarian actors responding to the crisis in the Republic of Yemen may access these services, and the conditions under which these services are to be provided.

The objective of these services is to enable responding humanitarian organisations to establish an uninterrupted supply chain that supports the delivery of relief items to the affected population.

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Red Cross: More Than 75% of Yemenis Need Aid

The Communication Coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen Mirella Hodeib said that according to the UN subsidiary organizations 16,200 Yemeni civilians have been killed since the start of the Saudi aggression against Yemen in March 2015, while three-fourth of the population is in dire need for help.

"Almost every aspect of daily life of Yemeni people has been affected by the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen – fuel and food prices, access to clean water and the ability to move around. More than 75 percent of the population is in need of aid," Mirella Hodeib said in an exclusive interview with FNA.

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'I've Lost My Baby, My Home And My Life'

The perils of being pregnant in war-torn Yemen.

‘Sometimes a day passes and I haven’t eaten anything,’ explains Walid, before adding: ‘and I’m pregnant’ in case anyone could somehow forget her anguish.

The family will often just eat plain rice, or nothing at all.

‘We can’t get enough food because we can’t leave the house due to the fighting. My kids are traumatised from the continuous airstrikes and hovering planes – they can't go to school. Everyone is scared. A lot of women I know have miscarried or are suffering complications.’

Women and girls did not bring about the conflict, says Sen, but they’re paying the heaviest price. They don’t simply stop getting pregnant when war hits, either, but support is a lot trickier to come by.

In Yemen, for example, the fighting has destroyed nearly half of all health facilities, cutting pregnant women off from emergency obstetric care. In one city alone – Hodeidah – 1,500 pregnant women are currently at risk of death due to the main hospital being inaccessible. Even if you’re lucky enough to live near a working medical facility, many can’t afford the services.

The lack of food is also alarming. If famine strikes, an estimated two million pregnant and lactating women will be at risk of death. More than 1 million are already acutely malnourished, which heightens the chance of miscarriage and stillbirth.

This is in a country that already has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the Arab region.

Naval and air blockades and have restricted the flow of life-saving medicines, vitamins and food supplies. Meanwhile doctors have fled the country because they haven’t received a salary in more than two years

If expectant mothers can’t find proper medical support, they’re forced to seek private care – or simply go without.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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WFP Djibouti Country Brief, October 2018

Djibouti is hosting approximately 26,300 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia, of which 21,100 reside in settlements. WFP provides assistance to all registered refugees and asylum seekers living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps in form of general distributions, nutrition support and a cash transfer component as part of the general distribution.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Houthis release activist after two months of detention

The Houthis on Wednesday released the activist Ali al-Sharabi after two months of detention in Sana’a.

Al-Shara’abi was abducted and detained lately of September after he took part in a protest against deterioration of economic situation.

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Yemeni Parliament Appreciates Positions of Arabs Countries Rejecting Bin Salman’s Visit

The House of Representatives expressed its appreciation to the positions of the free Arab people who voiced their rejection and condemnation of the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to their countries.

Remark: Parliament at Sanaa still in action, but hardly still will meet the quorum.

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Film: Responding to Sec. of State Pompeo’s op-ed today in the WSJ, Yemen’s Houthi-backed foreign minister launched a scathing appeal to the US to not use Yemen to fight a proxy war with Saudi Arabia. They “are trying to fight Iran in our territory. Why don’t they go to Iran?"

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Egypt's satellite provider stops broadcasting Yemen's Houthi rebel TV: spokesman

Egyptian satellite provider Nilesat on Wednesday stopped Yemen's Houthi rebel channel al-Masirah TV from the satellite stream, Houthi spokesman said in a statement.

"The Nilesat company suspended al-Masirah transmission on Wednesday morning," said Mohammed Abdulsalam, the chairman of al-Masirah network board and the head of Houthi representatives to the upcoming UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden.

"The removal of al-Masirah TV from the satellite stream was a result of Saudi-U.S.-France pressures on Nilesat," he said.

and also

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4 shops and pharmacy closed in Sanaa

Field Control Campaign inaugurated on commodity prices and basic materials and pharmaceuticals. Four shops and pharmacy were closed For its violation and non-compliance with the pricing set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade , also the closure of a number of pharmacies violation .


15 civilians killed by Traffic accident in Raymah

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Mothers of abductees: Houthis torture journalists in political security prison

The Mothers of abductees organization said Tuesday in a statement that Houthis tortured four journalists held at the political security prison in Sana'a on Sunday.

According to the statement , which quoted the the kidnapped ' parents said that , "Salah al-Qaedi, Akram Al-Walidi , Harith Hamid and Issam Balghaith " were severely tortured as the Houthis removed their clothes and left them for more than four hours in the cold freezing, until the journalist Salah al-Al-Qaedi passed out.

My comment: A Saudi news site adopting this report and blaming Houthis for torture is a bad joke.

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Yemen minister of information, Daif Allah Al Shami, attending a graduation ceremony of a new batch of highly trained fighters (of the army) this week somewhere in Sanaa province (photos)

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemeni forces launch operation to target remaining Al Qaeda pockets

Yemeni forces in the Hadhramaut governorate launched on Wednesday an operation to seek out Al Qaeda pockets in the Yabuth district, west of Al Mukala city, Captain Hisham Al Jaberi of the Second Military Zone told The National.

The operation, dubbed Iron Fist and led by pro-government forces backed by the UAE, aims to secure the isolated mountainous areas of Yabuth, where members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are thought to be hiding.

My comment: By UAE media, which emphasize how the Emirates fight against terrorism. Well, look at cp1 also!

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Al- Gaadi: Recent Presidential Decrees Record a New Victory for the Lobby of Corruption. It is Recycle to Corrupt Authority Wastes.

Al-Gaadi: Documents of Corrupt Appearing in Newspapers Are More Than Enough to Send Corrupts to Prison if We Were in Another Country

Fadl Al-Gaadi, assistant secretary general of the Southern Transitional Council indicating that fighting corruption and corrupt persons is a national responsibility and and ethical duty of all free honorable citizens who seek a state of citizenship and dignity

Al-Gaadi expressed his astonishment of the governmental dealing with daily systematic corruption in all administrative facilities and ministries. He added: ” Documents of Corrupt Appearing in Newspapers Are More Than Enough to Send Corrupts to Prison if We Were in Another Country Even If Smaller Than Yemen”.

Remark: Southern separatists claiming that Hadi government is corrupt (they are right).

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“ Ghazwan AL-Mikhlafi” among other assassinations suspects in the hands of Taiz police

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Al-Shaddadi: Yemeni Parliament will be convened

Deputy Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament Mohammed Ali al- Shaddadi said the council's session will be held after the quorum for members supporting the legitimacy of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Al- Shaddadi made a brief statement about the ongoing arrangements for holding the House of Representatives sessions during a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday

My comment: The Hadi side already several times had claimed “its” parliament (the MPs which joined hadi) will meet soon. However, the greater part of the MPs still is a t Sanaa under Houthi rule. They hardly ever will reach the quorum.

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Yemen Renews Request to Relocate UN Offices to Aden

Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik renewed on Tuesday his request to the United Nations to relocate its main offices from Sanaa to Yemen’s temporary capital of Aden, where the legitimate government is established, in order to avoid coming under pressure by Houthi militias.

My comment: “Yemen” is the Hadi government. This claim is bullshit. Sanaa is the capital of Yemen, and for helping the population in Houthi-held areas (which is 70 % of all Yemenis), offices in the Houthi-held part of Yemen would work much better. The Hadi government simply asks this for political reasons – fishing for a political kowtow of UN organisations to the Hadi government’s claimed “legitimacy”. This is reinforced by propaganda blames against the Houthis.

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UN delegation visits Marib

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The Military prosecutor survives and armed assassination attempt in Taiz

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Kuwaiti relief trucks detained by “Al-Shabwani Elite Forces” for the third day

A twenty Kuwaiti Red Crescent relief trucks have been detained by UAE-backed elite forces and they are still not allowed to pass, according to a local source on Tuesday.

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A campaign to demand the release of Zakaria Kassem in Aden

10 months after the kidnapping of Zakariya Qasim, by gunmen following the provincial security chief Shallal Saie’a while he was leaving for Fajr prayers at the mosque next to his home in Mu’alla City, and still hidden until today.

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President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s foreign minister, Khalid al Yamani, met with UK Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron and U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller separately in Riyadh on November 27. Aron and al Yamani discussed UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ efforts to bring both parties to peace consultations in Sweden by the end of 2018.[1]

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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UN chief says ready to meet Saudi prince to discuss Yemen

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he was ready to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to advance diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen.

Guterres will travel later Wednesday to Buenos Aires to attend the G20 summit that will see the prince make a first major appearance on the world stage since the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The UN chief told reporters "there is a chance" that talks on ending the war in Yemen could begin in early December in Sweden and that this was "an extremely important objective."

My comment: For what all that should feel well????

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Bürgerkrieg im Jemen-Guterres rechnet mit Gesprächen

UN-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres hat einen baldigen Beginn von Friedensgesprächen für den Jemen in Aussicht gestellt. Die Vereinten Nationen seien nahe dran, aber noch gebe es keine Vereinbarung mit den Konfliktparteien.

Mein Kommentar: Eher Wunschdenken: „noch gebe es keine Vereinbarung mit den Konfliktparteien“, und ohne das geht es ja wohl nicht.

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UN chief: UN close to starting Yemen peace talks in Sweden

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is close to creating conditions for the start of peace talks in Sweden between Yemen's warring parties in early December, but there is no agreement yet.

My comment: This is wishful thinking: “there is no agreement yet”.

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has called for all parties involved to meet in December. Mattis said Oct. 27 during the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue that any settlement in Yemen would have to be based on dividing the country into areas of self-rule — “the traditional homelands for the traditional peoples, for everyone to be in their own area” — and to provide Houthis with “some degree of autonomy.”

His statements were denounced by many in Yemen.

Houthis flatly reject Mattis’ proposal, though it could give them some chance for autonomy.

Abdul Malek al-Ejri, a member of Ansar Allah’s politburo, commented Oct. 29 on Twitterabout Mattis’ statement. “Talk about self-rule areas reveals separatist intentions," Ejri said.

“It is as though Ansar Allah is a national ethnicity and Yemen is a multiethnic country, or the conflict is social rather than political. Mattis has forgotten Yemen is a united country that is culturally homogeneous and that Ansar Allah is a national element, while the conflict is political,” Ejri added.

A political science professor at Sanaa University told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The settlement that Mattis unveiled complicates rather than solves the crisis. The US vision of the conflict is superficial. Even if they implement the self-rule idea, this will only temporarily delay another round of conflict over power."

He added, “The West must understand the composition of Yemen and its conflicts. Without that, it is useless to seek sustainable solutions to stop the war.”

Political analyst and journalist Khaled Abdul Hadi told Al-Monitor, “Mattis’ statements reflect a Western perspective of the US administration and its officials toward Third World countries. This perspective does not see the struggle of these countries for citizenship, democracy and civil politics, and only considers them minorities, sects and ethnicities that could only live in sectarian and ethnic divisions [like] Balkanization.”

The journalist said that Yemen is "not the right place" to discuss self-rule.

My comment: The US seem to propagate such ideas for many countries: Libya, Syria, Iraq. It’s doubtful whether this brings any peace. It cements US influence in the new minis statelets – this certainly is evident.

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Britain's push for U.N. action on Yemen's aid crisis slows

A British push for the U.N. Security Council to take action on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has slowed because several members, including the United States, are wary of impeding United Nations efforts to convene peace talks, diplomats said.

The 15-member council continues to work on the draft resolution that would enshrine five requests made by U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock - one of which was for a truce around facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely - but is undecided on when it should be put it to a vote.

Some members want to wait until after planned peace talks have been held next month, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In a note seen by Reuters, the United States signaled to council members on Tuesday that it was not ready to act on the draft resolution until after the talks had taken place.

My comment: Western “push” for peace in Yemen war a PR scam from its very beginning.

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Washington, London Back UN Envoy Griffiths’ Efforts in Yemen

Yemeni information Minister Moammar al-Eryani on Tuesday stressed that the key Red Sea port city of Hodeidah needs to return to government control, and the presence of paramilitary Houthi militias is inadmissible.
Eryani, in a tweet, said that Yemeni authorities welcomed the plan for Hodeidah proposed by UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths so long that it sticks to the three key references for peacemaking that encompass a total hand over of the port city to Yemen’s freely-elected government.

My comment: As we can see here again, the Hadi government obviously only accepts the UN peace efforts as a tool to drop the Houthis out and to obtain total control.

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US urges UN to hold off on Yemen resolution

The United States on Tuesday told the UN Security Council that a draft resolution demanding a truce in Yemen should be put on hold until peace talks are held in Sweden in early December.

Britain presented the measure last week as the United Nations stepped up its diplomatic efforts to hold talks on ending the war in Yemen.

During UN negotiations on the British-drafted text, the US mission to the United Nations said "it will be important to take into account the results of the imminent talks in Stockholm which will be a key inflection point in the political process," according to an email message seen by AFP.

The proposed resolution -- the first to be discussed by the council on Yemen since 2015 -- would significantly ratchet up pressure on the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Huthis to seek a negotiated settlement. =

Remark: Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 484.

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Yemen Peace Talks Could Convene As Soon As Next Week

Peace talks could begin as soon as next week. Sweden has agreed to host the discussions, and Sky News reports that the only remaining logistical issues are ensuring safe transit for the Houthi delegation and an arrangement to evacuate 50 wounded Houthi fighters to Oman for medical treatment.

A group of influential humanitarian organizations—the International Rescue Committee, and the U.S. branches of Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council—has called for the United States to act quickly to end the war.

But while the Senate is taking the lead in pressuring the Saudis to wind down the war, the Trump administration is backpedaling. CNN reports that the United States is stalling a U.N. Security Council resolution drafted by Britain that calls for a ceasefire in Hodeidah and increased humanitarian aid.

Comment: Sky News, 'senior officials', UN envoy, even Saudi media : All on a media frenzy today to claim reassuringly - without any basis whatsoever - that Yemen peace talks will be held next week. I presume this subterfuge is to help Pompeo & Mattis before the US Senate hearing today.

My comment to comment: This sounds serious.

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UN aid chief to visit Yemen as fears grow of mass starvation

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock will travel to Yemen this week amid intense diplomacy to end a war that has pushed millions to the brink of famine.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp12

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Saudi crown prince arrives in Argentina for G20 amid Khashoggi murder furor

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in Buenos Aires on Wednesday for the G20 summit of industrialized nations, Argentine state television reported, a visit fraught with controversy over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A representative of the federal prosecutor’s office that has been assigned the case told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday that the prosecutor was still reviewing the request by HRW and that no decision had yet been made on whether to investigate it.

He was greeted by Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie.

My comment: The Argentine prosecutor must seize the opportunity.

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In spite of @AmbJohnBolton denial of a @realDonaldTrump meeting #MBS #G20Argentina , a meeting is set to happen my #Saudi sources tell me

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MBS seeks support from Arab governments, unlikely to convince Arab public

MBS's arrival in Tunisia was turbulent as thousands of people staged protests against him over the murder as well as the ongoing war in Yemen.

Although Saudi Arabia was involved actively only in Yemen, Tunisians were furious because from the outset Saudi Arabia had been struggling to undermine revolutions across the Arab world.

Tunisians are unhappy with MBS's plans that place Israel at the center. On the other side, MBS has been looking for support from the Arab world similar to what he has found from Israel. Tunisia was not a randomly selected country as it suffers from economic difficulties and is in dire need of financial aid. Therefore, MBS and his administration are aware that Tunisia is not in a position to oppose Riyadh's offers.

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Saudi crown prince leaves Tunisia to Argentina to attend G20 summit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman left Tunisia for Argentina to attend the G20 summit where all eyes will be on world leaders' reaction to the man accused of ordering Khashoggi's murder.

The crown prince's G20 attendance is a bold effort to force the issue of whether world leaders will work with Saudi Arabia, analysts say. Riyadh is also indicating with his appearance in Buenos Aires that Prince Mohammed is back in the saddle and the worst of the controversy is over.

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Saudi Crown Prince Tries to Rally Support Ahead of G20 Meeting

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is traveling across the Middle East this week ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina.

After trying to shore up support at home with the help of his father, King Salman, MBS is now working to restore his position abroad. He has had some help from the Trump administration.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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U.S. defense chief: 'No smoking gun' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi killing

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday the United States has “no smoking gun” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the killing of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

Asked about reports that a CIA assessment earlier this month concluded the crown prince had ordered Khashoggi’s death, Mattis referred journalists back to the intelligence agency.

My comment: There is one ridiculous statement after the other.

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Film: Saudi-Arabien und der Journalist: Macht der Fall Jamal Khashoggi die Welt besser?

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Film: Khashoggi, Yemen haunt Saudi crown prince on tour =

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Cohen: Our considered silence on Saudi Arabia is no better than Trump’s brazen acquiescence

In fact, a cynic might say that things are unfolding as expected. This is what happens in a world in which your friends are the enemies of your enemies – or, more crassly, you just want their money. Call it practical.

Donald Trump is in denial over the murder; the president of the United States refuses to believe the findings of his intelligence services, who believe that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing.

Congress, for its part, may still suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But for Trump, what’s the lousy life of a journalist against all that money and those jobs?

In Canada, things are more complicated. We don’t worry about the Israelis, the Iranians and geopolitical questions. We’re caught between commerce and conscience.

Our problem is that, like all civilized people, we are appalled that the Saudis killed Khashoggi. Before that, we were appalled that the Saudis tortured and imprisoned leading human rights activists. We said so, and the Saudis hit us with a suite of diplomatic and economic measures.

Since then, though, not much has been said. The Saudis are still selling us oil and their students remain here, at least for now. We have not cancelled the $15-billion contract between General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada and the Saudis. And there things sit.

For all intents and purposes, then, our considered silence on Saudi Arabia is no better than Trump’s brazen acquiescence. It amounts to the same thing: a de facto acceptance that a government can kill a journalist it doesn’t like, in another country, and get away with it.

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Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

US national security adviser also says nothing to gain from listening to Khashoggi tape because he doesn't speak Arabic.

Nov. 27:

Bolton: What do you think I'll learn by listening to Khashoggi tape?

"I haven't listened to it," Bolton said.

"Why do you think I should? What do you think I'll learn from it?" he added.

Pressed further by Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, Bolton said because he doesn't speak Arabic, he cannot get much from the tape.

No plans for Trump-MBS meet at G20: Bolton

MBS asked to meet Erdogan at G20: Turkish FM

Argentina pressed to probe Saudi prince over Yemen, Khashoggi

Nov. 26:

US politicians' concern on Saudi Arabia prompts Pompeo, Mattis briefing

Turkish police search properties linked to Saudi businessmen

Police searched two villas in the province of Yalova, just south of Istanbul, in connection with the search for Jamal Khashoggi's body.

Officials brought sniffer dogs and forensic teams were also on the scene.

Nov. 25:

Members of US Congress disagree with Trump on Khashoggi murder

Senior Saudi prince casts doubt on reported CIA findings

Nov. 24:

Daughters vow to keep Khashoggi legacy alive

Nov. 23:

Khashoggi murder planned 12 days in advance, Turkish officials say

Turkish investigators analysing phone calls and the movement of the suspects in Khashoggi's murder have told Al Jazeera that the operation to kill the journalist was planned 12 days in advance.

Investigators sifting through 19 phone calls made by Maher Mutreb, thought to be the lead negotiator inside the consulate, to Saudi Arabia have found that four of them were made to Saud al-Qahtani and that there is a third voice on the calls.

Al-Qahtani was believed to be the right-hand man of Prince Mohammed before being removed as a royal court adviser following the uproar over the murder.

"Today we learned from the officials that when Mutreb and al-Qahtani were talking on the phone, there was a third voice coming from the background of al-Qahtani's phone ... Al-Qahtani was transferring the information that he got from Mutreb to that third person," Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Ankara, said.

"According to Turkish officials, they strongly believe that this third voice could belong to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman but the technical analysis hasn't concluded that yet.

Cavusoglu: Trump shows he will turn blind eye to Khashoggi murder

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Turkish investigators search for Khashoggi remains

Investigators in Istanbul have searched two adjacent villas in a remote village in northwestern Turkey as part of the hunt for the remains of Jamal Khashoggi.

Investigators are also studying a telephone conversation that took place between one member of the assassination team that allegedly killed Khashoggi and a resident at the property on Oct. 1 – one day before the murder took place, according to Irfan Fidan, Istanbul's chief prosecutor, who issued a statement on Monday afternoon.

"The communication has been considered to be about the disposal or hiding of Khashoggi's corpse," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign minister described an audio recording that allegedly captured the murder of Khashoggi.

"I listened to it. He was killed within seven minutes. It was a deliberate murder," Mevlut Cavusoglu told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Cavusoglu said he could hear the forensic doctor instructing others to listen to music while he cut up the body.

"It can be heard in the recording how the forensic expert gave instructions. He is heard saying that the others should listen to music while he is dismembering the body. It's clear that he is enjoying it. He likes to cut people up. This is disgusting," Cavusoglu said.

Cavusoglu also said that Ankara does not believe those who murdered Khashoggi acted alone. While pointing out that evidence was necessary before making firm accusations, Cavusoglu told Sueddeutsche Zeitung that many in the Turkish government believe Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for ordering the murder.

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Film: John Bolton says he has not listened to Khashoggi recording. "What do you think I'll learn from it?" he asks. "Everybody who says 'Why don't you listen to the tape'—unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?"

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Senate vote)

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Senat will Amerikas Beteiligung an Jemen-Krieg beenden

Im Streit um die amerikanische Unterstützung für Saudiarabien im Bürgerkrieg in Jemen haben die Kritiker von Präsident Donald Trumps Kurs eine wichtige Hürde im Senat genommen. Die Kammer stimmte am Mittwoch dafür, in der kommenden Woche eine Resolution zu debattieren, die Trumps Regierung zum Ende der Unterstützung für Saudiarabien in dem Konflikt zwingen würde. 63 Senatoren votierten dafür, darunter 14 Mitglieder von Trumps Republikanern. 37 stimmten dagegen.

Die Resolution stammt von dem Republikaner Mike Lee, dem Demokraten Chris Murphy und dem unabhängigen Senator Bernie Sanders. Sie würde die Regierung dazu zwingen, die Unterstützung innerhalb von 30 Tagen einzustellen.

Nicht betroffen von der Massnahme wäre der amerikanische Einsatz gegen die Terrororganisation Al-Kaida in Jemen

Wenige Stunden vor der Abstimmung hatten der amerikanische Aussenminister Mike Pompeo sowie der Pentagon-Chef James Mattis bei einem Treffen mit Senatoren dafür geworben, die Beziehungen zu Saudiarabien nicht in Frage zu stellen. Beide priesen die Bedeutung der Golfmonarchie und den amerikanischen Beitrag im Jemen-Konflikt. «Die Verbindungen zu Saudiarabien zu schwächen, wäre ein schwerer Fehler für die nationale Sicherheit der USA und für die unserer Verbündeten», hiess es in Auszügen von Pompeos Statement vor den Senatoren.

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Republikanische Senatoren rebellieren gegen Trump

Der US-Präsident verharmlost den Mord an Khashoggi und den Krieg im Jemen. Das verärgert auch Politiker, die ihm sonst treu ergeben sind.

Am Mittwoch brieften Aussenminister Mike Pompeo und Pentagon-Chef Jim Mattis hinter verschlossenen Türen den gesamten Senat über die Politik der Trump-Administration gegenüber Saudiarabien. Nicht dabei war CIA-Direktorin Gina Haspel, offenbar auf Anweisung des Weissen Hauses. Dort wurde das Auftrittsverbot für Haspel zwar dementiert, doch berichtete der demokratische Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois) nach dem Auftritt von Pompeo und Mattis, Haspel sei dem Aussenminister zu Folge «auf Weisung des Weissen Hauses» nicht vor dem Senat erschienen.

Besonders Pompeo verteidigte die Haltung der Administration und warnte davor, die US-Beziehungen zu Saudiarabien zu vergiften: Damit werde Russland und China Tür und Tor zu grösserem Einfluss in Riad geöffnet.

Sogar Trumps sonst ergebene republikanische Senatoren reagierten verärgert über die Einstellung des Präsidenten zum Mord an Khashoggi.

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Fall Khashoggi: Pompeo verteidigt saudischen Kronprinz

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo hat die Darstellung zurückgewiesen, der US-Geheimdienst CIA habe Belege für eine Verwicklung des saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman in den Mord an dem Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi.

Er habe alle Geheimdienst-Informationen zu dem Fall gelesen, sagte Pompeo in Washington. Es gebe "keine direkte Aussage" dazu, dass der saudische Kronprinz in den Mord verwickelt gewesen sei. Auch Pentagon-Chef James Mattis erklärte, es gebe keinen "unwiderlegbaren Beweis", dass Mohammed bin Salman involviert gewesen sei.

Pompeo und Mattis äußerten sich am Mittwoch nach einem nicht-öffentlichen Treffen mit US-Senatoren, bei dem beide dafür warben, die Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien nicht in Frage zu stellen. Mehrere Senatoren hatten erfolglos darum gebeten, dass auch Haspel Rede und Antwort stehen würde. Pompeo wich der Frage aus, warum die CIA-Chefin nicht teilnahm.

Eine Verringerung der militärischen Hilfe und ein Ende der Waffenverkäufe wäre "unklug" kurz vor "vielversprechenden" Friedensverhandlungen, hieß es in vorab verbreiteten Redeauszügen von Mattis.

Beide priesen die Bedeutung Saudi-Arabiens und den US-Beitrag im Jemen-Konflikt. "Die Verbindungen zu Saudi-Arabien zu schwächen, wäre ein schwerer Fehler für die nationale Sicherheit der USA und für die unserer Verbündeten", hieß es in Auszügen von Pompeos Statement vor den Senatoren. Das Königreich sei eine wichtig für die Stabilität im Nahen Osten. Auch ein Rückzug der USA aus dem Jemen-Engagement würde Schaden für die nationale Sicherheit der USA und anderer Partner verursachen.

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The Fight to End the War on Yemen Continues

Especially on Yemen the administration has proven that it can’t be trusted and will say or do just about anything to continue U.S. support for the coalition. If it means feigning interest in peace in order to keep the war going, that is what they will do. If it means telling senators that ending U.S. involvement in the war will hurt peace negotiations, that is what they’ll say. Indeed, Mattis made exactly that claim in the absurd briefing that he and Pompeo gave earlier today. The message that the administration delivered today was that the U.S. must keep enabling war to facilitate peace. Paired with their opposition to a new resolution at the U.N., this was obviously nonsense intended to make some senators waver in their support for the Senate resolution. Fortunately for the U.S. and for the people of Yemen, it didn’t work.

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Donald Trump to veto Senate resolution on Yemen

US President Donald Trump has threatened to veto a Senate resolution that would halt US involvement in the war in Yemen. The White House issued the veto threat as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis were on Capitol Hill briefing senators

The White House said the resolution would “harm bilateral relationships in the region and negatively impact the ability of the United States to prevent the spread of violent extremist organisations”.

and White House statement:

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S.J. Res. 54 – To Direct the Removal of United States Armed Forces from Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that Have Not Been Authorized by the Congress

The Administration strongly opposes passage of S.J. Res. 54, a joint resolution that purports to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces that have not been authorized by the Congress from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen. The fundamental premise of S.J. Res. 54 is flawed— United States forces are not engaged in hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi forces in Yemen. Since 2015, the United States has provided limited support to member countries of the Emirati and Saudi-led coalition

In addition to its erroneous premise, the joint resolution would harm bilateral relationships in the region and negatively impact the ability of the United States to prevent the spread of violent extremist organizations such as al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS in Yemen. The continued cooperation of the United States allows the Administration to support diplomatic negotiations to end the war, ensure humanitarian access, enhance efforts to recover United States hostages in Yemen, and defeat terrorists that seek to harm the United States

Accordingly, if S.J. Res. 54 were presented to the President in its current form, his advisors would recommend that he veto the joint resolution.

My comment: Repeating the main propaganda lie of US non-involvement in “hostilities”. – And, US support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war has nothing at all to do with “the ability of the United States to prevent the spread of violent extremist organizations such as al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS in Yemen”. On the contrary, the Saudi war in Yemen obstructs the US fight against AQAP and ISIS in Yemen.

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A Progressive Response To Saudi Crimes Begins, Not Ends, With Yemen

Donald Trump’s statements and actions are so blatantly awful, so thoroughly misguided and immoral, that he gets blasted from a spectrum of political commentators, from the far left all the way to Lindsey Graham (R-SC). But through all the criticism, little is said about what should be done.

The backlash against Trump’s shocking apologetics for Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has been powerful. Most Americans, including a significant number of Republicans, do not support a foreign policy based solely on cynical self-interest. They also object when the president makes it clear that if the price is right, the United States will allow an ally to get away with murder.

Trump’s argument is that the world’s sole superpower is somehow dependent on Saudi Arabia, that abandoning MbS would lead to a collapse of the world economy, and that strategic U.S. objectives in the region would be hopelessly compromised. Therefore, argue Trump and his supporters, it is naïve to pursue a case against MbS and better to be satisfied with the charges being brought against lower level Saudi officials.

The argument, of course, doesn’t pass even the most cursory examination.

So, what does it mean to hold Saudi Arabia accountable? Is the US willing to stop or suspend arms sales.

The Trump administration clearly wants MbS to stay. Its various Middle East ambitions—for an “Arab NATO,” greater cooperation with Israel despite the ongoing denial of Palestinian rights, and a new era of Saudi-led militarism in the region—depend on the crown prince.

If a more progressive policy is to take hold, the mainstream discourse must be injected with more specific policy demands. Calls for accountability are not enough, for they would impose only a minimum penalty on the Saudis. Instead, the list of demands must begin, not end, with stopping the horrors in Yemen.

U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia is at least as fundamental to regional U.S. strategy as U.S. policy toward Israel, perhaps even more so. If support for the Saudis is anathema to U.S. values—and it is—changing that policy is not as simple as standing on one issue. Although stopping the war in Yemen is an immediate imperative, if that’s the only change in policy, there will be more Yemens – by Mitchell Plitnick =

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Senate advances Yemen resolution in rebuke to Trump

The Senate issued a sharp rebuke Wednesday to President Trump, easily advancing a resolution that would end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen’s civil war despite a White House effort to quash the bill.

The administration launched an eleventh-hour lobbying frenzy to try to head off momentum for the resolution, dispatching Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Capitol Hill in the morning and issuing a veto threat less than an hour before the vote started.

But lawmakers advanced the resolution, 63-37, even as the administration vowed to stand by Saudi Arabia following the outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“There’s been a lot of rhetoric that’s come from the White House and from the State Department on this issue,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. “The rhetoric that I’ve heard and the broadcasts that we’ve made around the world as to who we are have been way out of balance as it relates to American interests and American values.”

The vote advances the resolution out of the Foreign Relations Committee, making it available for action before the full Senate.

The small step is a significant victory for supporters of the resolution

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Senate advances bill to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war after 'inadequate' briefing on Saudi Arabia

An all-Senate briefing by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier on Wednesday about Yemen and Saudi Arabia did little to convince senators to oppose the measure and instead seemed only to have pushed members to support it.

"I was leaning toward supporting it and this briefing helped to get me there all the way," Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., said after leaving the briefing.

She and 18 other senators switched their votes from the last time the measure was voted on in March when it failed by six votes. Fourteen Republicans joined all the Democrats in supporting the measure.

Anger was abundant on Capitol Hill because neither CIA Director Gina Haspel nor any representative from the CIA was present to brief the members. The CIA has the latest intelligence assessment of Khashoggi's murder.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the briefing "inadequate," adding that he will not be a reliable Republican vote on any key legislation until the CIA briefs the members.

Because of the administration's handling of Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia, Graham voted for the Yemen resolution — after switching his vote.

"I changed my mind because I'm pissed," Graham said.

more reports (there are plenty):

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, Film: For the first time, the U.S. Senate just voted to advance a resolution withdrawing U.S. Armed Forces from an unauthorized and unconstitutional war. Let us bring this catastrophic war in Yemen to an end, and help bring peace and humanitarian aid to this tortured country. =

Comment: Devil in details. But a major win nonetheless. This is not a sprint, rather a marathon. Very important to understand and not jump gun. Listen to Bernie as he explains what today's Senate vote means - spoiler: it doesn't end or withdraw U.S. support, yet.

Sen. Chris Murphy, Film: This is a big first step and it sends a message to this administration that they need to rethink their policy on Saudi Arabia or Congress will do it for them.

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Sen. Rand Paul: Today was a big day. The Senate woke up. The Senate said we aren’t going to keep turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia abuses or their war in Yemen. The Senate advanced the bill to stop U.S involvement in this war. Full debate and votes likely next week.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee makes impassioned plea to pull U.S. forces from Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

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Film: Sen. Cardin: 'We're not going to win' Saudi war in Yemen 'through military participation'

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Senate Defies Trump on U.S. Involvement in Yemen War

The resolution still has a long way to go. Today’s procedural vote will force a full floor debate and amendments could still be introduced. According to Murphy, Corker has indicated he could change his vote before it goes to a full debate if the administration takes further action on its own to pressure Saudi Arabia. It’s also unlikely to pass the House in this session.

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Overnight Defense: Senate rebukes Trump with Yemen vote

What now: The vote Wednesday was to discharge the bill from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

That means it's now available for action on the Senate floor. But it's unclear how that action will unfold.

The Senate is expected to delay any additional votes related to the resolution until next week

Outside groups cheer vote: Groups that have been desperate for the U.S. to end its military support in Yemen cheered Wednesday's vote as historic.

"Today's victory is a testament to the power of grassroots activism across the country to bring about change," Diane Randall, the Friends Committee on National Legislation's executive secretary, said in a statement. "This vote sets a historic precedent for future action Congress can take to reclaim its constitutional authority over war and end American involvement in wars around the world."

"This result sends a strong message today: the US public does not want to be complicit in Yemen's humanitarian crisis any longer," Scott Paul, Oxfam's humanitarian policy lead, said in a statement.

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White House threatens veto as Yemen resolution gains momentum

What they're saying

Signs of movement...

Voices of support...

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Support grows for Senate resolution on Yemen war

Support grows for Yemen resolution after briefing by Trump officials on Khashoggi's killing leaves senators frustrated.

Support is growing in the Senate for a resolution aimed at limiting US involvement in the war in Yemen.

The resolution needs a simple majority to advance in a vote scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The Trump administration has threatened to veto it if it passes Congress.

Politicians are frustrated with the administration's response to the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi and say the administration has not done enough to punish Saudi Arabia for its involvement.

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Senate set to consider a rebuke to Trump on Saudi Arabia

The Senate is expected to vote on legislation as early as Wednesday that would end U.S. involvement in the Saudi Arabia-backed war in Yemen, potentially issuing a major rebuke of President Donald Trump.

The vote could come after a late morning briefing by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for all senators on both issues.

The administration has been putting pressure on the Senate to reject the measure, which would cut off all support for Saudi Arabia's military actions on Yemen.

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USA verteidigen Unterstützung Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo und Pentagon-Chef James Mattis haben die Unterstützung für Saudi-Arabien im Bürgerkrieg im Jemen gegen Kritik aus dem Senat heute verteidigt.

Eine Verringerung der militärischen Hilfe und ein Ende der Waffenverkäufe wäre „unklug“ kurz vor „vielversprechenden“ Friedensverhandlungen, hieß es in vorab verbreiteten Redeauszügen von Mattis zu einem Treffen mit Senatoren.

Die USA könnten selten mit völlig unbescholtenen Partnern zusammenarbeiten, erklärte der Verteidigungsminister. Saudi-Arabien sei aufgrund der geografischen Lage ein wesentlicher Partner.

Auch Pompeo betonte die Bedeutung Saudi-Arabiens und den US-Beitrag im Jemen-Konflikt in dem nicht öffentlichen Treffen mit den Senatoren. „Die Verbindungen zu Saudi-Arabien zu schwächen wäre ein schwerer Fehler für die nationale Sicherheit der USA und für die unserer Verbündeten“, sagte er. Das Königreich sei eine wichtige Kraft für die Stabilität im Nahen Osten. Auch ein Rückzug der USA aus dem Jemen-Engagement würde Schaden für die nationale Sicherheit der USA und anderer Partner verursachen.

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Senators grilling US officials over Khashoggi response

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told senators Wednesday that America's national security interests are at stake as they consider a vote to halt U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

In prepared remarks released ahead of a closed-door Senate briefing, Pompeo said diplomatic efforts to end the conflict were underway.

"The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse," Pompeo said.

It's unclear if that message will be enough for senators, who have grown increasingly uneasy with the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The briefing with Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis could determine how far Congress goes in trying to punish the longtime Middle East ally.

The White House issued a veto threat of a possible Senate resolution as Pompeo and Mattis briefed the senators. A vote could happen later Wednesday but was not certain. = =

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Mattis tells senators that US military aid to the Saudi-led war in Yemen should continue

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was slated to tell senators in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the U.S. military should continue its support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, according to remarks released by Pentagon officials.

Mattis, in the prepared remarks, said the United States was at a critical juncture in the Yemen confrontation and couldn’t afford to withdraw at this time.

“Pulling back our limited U.S. military support, our weapons sales to our partners, and our protection of the Saudi and Emirati populations would be misguided on the eve of the promising initial negotiations,” Mattis said. “It took us too long to get here, but at this key juncture, a change in our approach would work against” United Nations efforts.

Mattis, in his remarks, said if the United States was to pull its support, it would disrupt ongoing efforts by U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and breathe new life into the Houthis' combat operations, just as they are reluctantly engaging with a U.N. interlocutor.

“We actively facilitate diplomacy and the U.N.-brokered peace process led by U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to end this civil war,” Mattis said of the progress so far in the Yemen conflict.

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My comment: Odd propaganda, nothing new compared to what he already had told before. Anyway: The US will keep up the alliance with Saudi Arabia and the arms sales, whatever is going to happen.

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Pompeo, Mattis brief Senate on Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi and Yemen

Mattis specifically mentioned Khashoggi, lamenting the journalist’s killing while underscoring the need to continue a partnership with Saudi Arabia even as the airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians as well as rebels.

“We are seldom free to work with unblemished partners,” he said in prepared remarks released by the Pentagon. “Long-standing relationships guide but do not blind us. Saudi Arabia, due to geography and the Iranian threat, is fundamental to maintaining regional and Israeli security, and to our interest in Mid-East stability.”

Pompeo warned that without U.S. involvement, the humanitarian crisis and the threat from Iranian-backed militants “would be a hell of a lot worse.”

Many senators have predicted the meeting with Pompeo and Mattis will be unsatisfactory, as the administration had not agreed to send an intelligence official to speak about the CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

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Yemen conflict would worsen without US support for Riyadh: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended America's increasingly contentious support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the brutal conflict would worsen without US involvement.

Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss US support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis.

"The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse," said Pompeo in prepared remarks.

"Abandoning Yemen would do immense damage to US national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners."

Ending US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which includes intelligence and target sharing, would actually lead to more deaths, Pompeo added.

"The Saudi-led coalition would not have the benefit of our advice and training on targeting, so more civilians would die," Pompeo said.

"Yemen's terrorist groups would enjoy safer havens."

And he warned lawmakers that a US drawdown would lead to a stronger Iran while reinvigorating both the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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My comment: Repeating the old absurd propaganda stories. The US wants to keep up the alliance with the Saudis (and the arms sales), Whatever happened, whatever will happen. Period.


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A Farcical Senate ‘Briefing’ on Yemen

Mattis and Pompeo go to Capitol Hill to brief the full Senate on Yemen and the Khashoggi murder today, but the White House has prevented any intelligence officials from joining them

The president doesn’t want the Senate to vote for S.J.Res. 54, and so he is sending Mattis and Pompeo to make their usual false and misleading claims about the war on Yemen. The sole purpose of the briefing appears to be to quash opposition to Trump administration policy instead of giving the senators an accurate assessment of the war and the Saudi government’s responsibility for its many crimes. If the administration wanted to brief the Senate properly, they would be sending an intelligence official along with the Secretaries of State and Defense, but it seems clear that they fear that an intelligence official would tell the senators things that contradict the president’s mindless, unconditional support for Saudi Arabia.

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What these Pompeo talking points make blisteringly clear is that his & Mattis' call a few weeks ago for the Saudis to accept a cease-fire within 30 days was basically bullshit.

This big question when they made that surprise announcement was whether the US would put any serious muscle behind it. His Senate briefing makes clear the answer is no.

These talking points are not the position of someone who wants the war to end ASAP to prevent a famine - they are the position of someone who wants the Saudis to prevail...because Iran.

The real messages are: -"This conflict isn't optional for Saudi Arabia" -"Abandoning Yemen would do immense damage" to US interests -If the US withdrew support, "the war wouldn't end" and "more civilians would die" -"an American drawdown [would yield] a stronger Iran"

This is garbage, particularly the claim that US involvement is in any way restraining or improving Saudi behavior.

Pompeo is arguing for total alignment with what the Saudis are doing, and how they are doing it. If they're telling the Congress this, they're surely signalling the same to the Saudis.

If you were MbS hearing this, would you stop fighting? Would you take any serious measures to stop famine? Would you fear any consequences whatsoever from this administration?

It it not inevitable. It is not natural. The US could stop it. The Saudis could stop it. They are choosing not to. They are CHOOSING not to.

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Senate Gears Up For Yemen War Powers Debate

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a briefing on the conflict Wednesday.

On Tuesday several senators remained undecided about a resolution that would end United States support for Saudi forces in the Yemeni civil war as they await an all-chamber briefing on Wednesday from Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker appears undecided as well.

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White House Muzzled C.I.A. on Khashoggi Slaying, Mattis and Pompeo Say

The White House blocked CIA Director Gina Haspel from attending a highly anticipated Senate briefing on Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis told senators on Wednesday.

Several senators confirmed to The Daily Beast that Mattis and Pompeo told senators at the classified briefing that the White House prevented Haspel from attending. Lawmakers, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had specifically asked for Haspel to brief senators on the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment about the murder of Khashoggi.

The CIA, for its part, contradicted Mattis’ and Pompeo’s account.

“While Director Haspel did not attend today’s Yemen policy briefing, the Agency has already briefed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Congressional leadership on the totality of the compartmented, classified intelligence and will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress,” CIA spokesman Timothy Barrett said in a statement. “The notion that anyone told Director Haspel not to attend today's briefing is false.”

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Why America Should Say No to an Arab NATO

Saudi Arabia is not fit to be the cornerstone of a new military alliance.

Perhaps Jamal Khashoggi did not die in vain. The state-sponsored murder by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia revealed the cruelty of those who rule what President Donald Trump bizarrely called a “truly spectacular ally.” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MbS) reckless brutality should end any further discussion of the United States creating an “Arab NATO,” modeled after the U.S.-European North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.

Establishing yet another alliance dependent on America would seem a curious step by a president who has criticized virtually every U.S. ally for leeching off the Pentagon. Yet administration officials talked of creating the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA). This alliance, explained a National Security Council spokesman, “will serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism, and will bring stability to the Middle East.”

The idea was tried before and failed miserably

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OpEd: Can the U.S. Change Saudi Policy in Yemen?

But can the United States substantially affect Saudi Arabia’s behavior in Yemen and to what extent?

Evidence over the course of the Trump administration suggests that it can. The Trump administration has invested in improving the U.S.-Saudi relationship without publicly criticizing its foreign policy moves, and Saudi leadership appears to have interpreted this as license to double down on the Yemen intervention. However, critically, on occasions when the Trump administration has publicly criticized the intervention, the coalition has shifted its behavior in response.

The Trump administration views the war in Yemen through the lens of regional competition with Iran. Seen through this lens, Yemen is yet another arena in which the United States and its regional allies can push back against Iran’s regional influence. These personal relationships and the Trump administration’s eagerness to confront Iran have led the Trump administration to virtually uncritically back the coalition intervention in Yemen thus far.

MESA would bring U.S. forces even closer to Iran and reinforce Riyadh’s dangerous influence over U.S. Middle East policy. As a result, Tehran would have little choice but to look for ways to improve its deterrence against attack—including getting nuclear weapons.

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Ahead of Peace Talks for Yemen, Senate Weighs Rebuke to Saudis

Passage of the War Powers Resolution would require the Trump administration to remove, within 30 days, any American military forces engaged in the war or helping allies there, although operations against Al Qaeda would continue.

Even if the Senate approves the measure, it amounts to a largely symbolic rebuke. The Republican-led House is unlikely to vote on it before the end of the year, when the congressional term ends.

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said its approval in the Senate would send a strong message to Mr. Trump to exact stiffer punishment against Saudi Arabia.

Even senators who oppose the resolution said it could be used to urge the administration to revamp relations with the kingdom as a result of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing.

If it is approved, the measure would be an even tougher test to ties between Washington and Riyadh than the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, said Bruce O. Riedel, a former C.I.A. officer now at the Brookings Institution. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia.

“It’s the most fundamental reassessment of U.S.-Saudi relations since the oil embargo of 1973,” Mr. Riedel said. “And this time, the crisis is deeply personal.”

Much of the Senate’s anxiety is directed at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

“Donald Trump is now seen as defending one of the most disliked countries in the world,” Mr. Riedel said. “And the people who despise Saudi Arabia the most tend to be Donald Trump supporters who see the Saudis as stealing their money at the gas pump.”

The vote portends an increasingly difficult future for Saudi Arabia, said Jon B. Alterman

“For the next two years, Saudi Arabia is going to get beaten up in public by its chief ally, which is a problem for a country that has bet its entire future on a partnership with the U.S.,” Mr. Alterman said.

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Report: White House Blocks Gina Haspel From Testifying Before Senate On Saudi Arabia And The War In Yemen

The sourcing here claiming that it’s the White House that’s holding Haspel back is thin. But it’s true that she’s not scheduled to attend tomorrow’s briefing on the Saudi-led war in Yemen and it’s also true that that’s … strange under the circumstances. By dint of her visit recently to Turkey to examine the evidence of Khashoggi’s murder, it’s possible that no one in the U.S. government knows as much about the Saudi regime’s culpability as Haspel does. And by dint of her position as head of the CIA, it’s certainly true that few people in the U.S. government know as much about the situation in Yemen as she does.

referring to

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White House denies Haspel prevented from briefing Senate on Khashoggi murder

Mike Pompeo and James Mattis are due to give a briefing on Wednesday but there is no sign CIA director will take part

The White House has denied preventing the CIA director, Gina Haspel, from briefing the Senate on the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.

The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the defence secretary, James Mattis, are due to give a briefing on US relations with Saudi Arabia to the entire Senate behind closed doors on Wednesday, ahead of a vote that could cut off US support for Riyadh’s military campaign in Yemen.

On a national security issue of such importance, it would be customary for a senior intelligence official to take part, Senate staffers said. On this occasion, the absence of the intelligence community is all the more glaring, as Haspel travelled to Istanbul to hear audio tapes of Khashoggi’s murder provided by Turkish intelligence, and then briefed Donald Trump.

Senior senators – including the chairman of the foreign relations committee, Bob Corker – have called for Haspel to appear, but there was no sign on Tuesday evening that she will take part.

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Senate Summons Pompeo and Mattis Over Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers are pushing to overrule the Trump administration and end U.S. involvement in the devastating Yemeni civil war.

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Why Trump Won’t Say Khashoggi Deserves Justice

After closing an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion, it makes sense for US President Donald Trump to refuse to say whether slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi deserves justice - just as he won’t say Yemen and Syria are entitled to peace or ending the twin wars is the best way to ensure their people have the security they need.

Instead, he has announced the $110 billion deal will go ahead, even extend up to $350 billion over 10 years, Saudi Arabia is US arms dealers’ most important client, and it is Washington’s No. 1 ally in the Middle East region, particularly in the forgotten military aggression against Yemen

In his view, Saudi client state has every right to murder its critics or incessantly pound Yemen or support terror proxies in Syria. Riyadh cannot and should never be punished for its crimes or be allowed to fail to reach its criminal goals despite suffering great expense.

Remark: From Iran.

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'Yemen Can't Wait': Ahead of War Powers Vote, Urgent Push for Senate to End US Complicity in Saudi Atrocities

On Twitter, Peace Action, CodePink, and other anti-war groups focused their pressure campaign on the Democratic senators who joined hands with a nearly unanimous GOP caucus in March to block Sanders' measure, Senate Joint Resolution 54.

To see where your senator stands on Sanders' Yemen resolution, see Win Without War's running whip count.

"It's long past time to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen," Peace Action wrote on Twitter. "Call your senators today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support Senate Joint Resolution 54 to end the unauthorized U.S. role in the war."

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US Senate to Vote on Yemen War as Near-Apocalyptic Disaster There Looms

US lawmakers will vote this week on a resolution seeking to end support for the Saudi war in Yemen as the country sinks deeper into despair

SJ Resolution 54 – introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy – seeks to force the U.S. military to immediately cease all involvement in the war.

and also

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Bernie Sanders Is Forcing A Vote On Support For Saudi Arabia. Here’s His Path To Victory.

A bill from Sanders, Chris Murphy and Mike Lee takes aim at the U.S. assistance for a Saudi campaign in Yemen, but it’s still at least five votes short of passage.

After months of global controversy over Saudi Arabia for its role in the devastation in Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Congress could issue the longtime American partner’s biggest U.S. rebuke this week ― if a handful of senators agree.

and also

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Trump administration launches last-ditch effort to halt anti-Saudi bills

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis will brief senators amid unprecedented bipartisan backlash against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the looming famine in Yemen.

The briefing is the administration’s last chance to convince lawmakers to vote against an expedited resolution ending US support for the Yemen war

Several key senators who opposed the Sanders resolution earlier this year are now undecided — and many are waiting to hear what Pompeo and Mattis have to say. At least two, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Chris Coons, D-Del., say they’re now “inclined to support” it.

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Bernie Sanders slams US support for 'despotic' Saudi Arabia in Yemen and bashes Trump over Khashoggi: 'No more! Enough death. Enough killing.

"No more! Enough death. Enough killing. Enough destruction," Sanders said.

The Vermont senator also ripped into President Donald Trump for standing by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Film, Senator Bernie Sanders: US Must Stop Supporting Saudi War in Yemen

The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, with U.S. support, has killed thousands of civilians. Over 85,000 children have died of starvation. Enough is enough. The Senate must vote to end U.S. support for this war.

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Film by Sen. Chris Murphy: Our support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis. Call your Senators and tell them to support S.J. Res. 54, my bill with @SenSanders and @SenMikeLee to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen.

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McConnell breaks with Trump, urges 'response' to Saudis

Breaking with President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he accepted U.S. intelligence findings on Saudi Arabia’s role in the killing of dissident U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that Congress should weigh in on the future of U.S.-Saudi relations and American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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The resolution would still need to pass the House of Representatives, which is unlikely while it remains in the control of Republicans. Last week, Republican leadership defanged a similar resolution — stripping it of its “privileged” status and making it less likely to receive a vote on the floor — by sneaking language into a measure about wolves that passed 201-187.

Once Democrats take back the House in January, it is likely that a similar measure could pass. At that point, it would need to go back through the newly constituted Senate again. But with enough GOP support, or perhaps as Saudi Arabia’s reputation continues to erode, passage could again be possible with enough Democratic votes.

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Exclusive: 50+ experts and former officials urge the Senate to end US role in Yemen war

The letter, containing all the signatures, will be sent to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer on Tuesday.

More than 50 prominent figures and former officials have signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his colleagues to end America’s involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The signatories — including two former US ambassadors to Yemen, leading legal scholars, top Saudi Arabia experts, a Nobel Peace Laureate, a former key aide for Secretary of State Colin Powell, and MIT linguist Noam Chomsky — want McConnell and other senators to support a bill that could forever remove US troops from the Yemen war, which will likely be put to a vote on Wednesday.

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Intel: Why the US opposes UN calls for a Yemen cease-fire

Why it matters: The report indicates that the Donald Trump administration is contradicting its stated policy goal in Yemen, which was to get the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthis to the negotiating table.

Capitol countdown: Even after the Pentagon stopped refueling Saudi aircraft in early November, the Trump administration faces mounting frustration on Capitol Hill,

What legislators want:

Target MBS:The Senate remains frustrated over Saudi Arabia’s role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — and has other ways to force the administration’s hand.

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Sec. of State Mike Pompeo: The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital

The Trump administration’s effort to rebuild the U.S.-Saudi Arabia partnership isn’t popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the kingdom’s human-rights record to call for the alliance’s downgrading. The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies.

The kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq’s fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West’s interests, not Tehran’s. Riyadh is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war by working with host countries, cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia has also contributed millions of dollars to the U.S.-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. Saudi oil production and economic stability are keys to regional prosperity and global energy security.

Is it any coincidence that the people using the Khashoggi murder as a cudgel against President Trump’s Saudi Arabia policy are the same people who supported Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Iran -- a regime that has killed thousands world-wide, including hundreds of Americans, and brutalizes its own people? Where was this echo chamber, where were these avatars of human rights, when Mr. Obama gave the mullahs pallets of cash to carry out their work as the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism? =

My comment: What a horrible piece pf propaganda.

Comment by Sen. Chris Murphy: This Pompeo op-ed is BANANAS. After several paragraphs of lavish fawning praise for Riyadh, Pompeo drops the HAMMER: “The US doesn’t condone the Khashoggi killing.” Huh? So wait...there was a chance we might?? Awesome.

Pompeo’s basic case is that we have to love Saudi Arabia because Iran sucks. This is a 3rd grade analysis of the Middle East. The region simply isn’t a zero sum Saudi/Iran puzzle where you need hate Iran and suck up to KSA by equal measure.


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Pompeo: Iran’s regime has no interest in easing Yemeni suffering; the mullahs don’t even care for ordinary Iranians. Saudi Arabia has invested billions to relieve suffering in #Yemen. Iran has invested zero.

Comment: This is monstrously Orwellian. The impurity of Iranian intentions aside, the Saudis are quite literally bombing and starving civilians by the tens of thousands.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Saudi Arabia Discusses Current Situation And Yemen

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, about the briefing to senators and how they are being urged to continue support for the war in Yemen.

CHANG: So today we heard Defense Secretary Jim Mattis say, quote, "we have no smoking gun that the crown prince was involved in Khashoggi's death." Do you believe that statement?

JORDAN: Well, I think what he means is there is no confession by the crown prince. There is no tape of him personally ordering something. But I think he is stopping far short of dismissing what has been reported as a CIA finding of high confidence that the crown prince was behind this murder. So I think you've got to parse his words, and he's being very artful in his words.

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Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources

President Donald Trump's reluctance to hold Saudi leadership accountable for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stemmed from a partly aspirational $110 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudia Arabia that was inflated at the direction of Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to two U.S. officials and three former White House officials.

Kushner, in a bid to symbolically solidify the new alliance between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia while claiming a victory on the president's first foreign trip to Riyadh, pushed State and Defense officials to inflate the figure with arms exchanges that were aspirational at best, the officials said. Secretary of Defense James Mattis supported Kushner's effort and ultimately endorsed the memorandum, according to a former NSC official familiar with the matter.

“We need to sell them as much as possible," Kushner told colleagues at a national securitycouncil meeting weeks before the May 2017 summit in Saudi Arabia, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Britain sends military resources to Saudi Arabia despite international calls to cut ties with regime

Activists put up a spoof blue plaque outside the Department for International Trade acknowledging Britain's role in the Saudi's war crimes

BRITAIN has sent hundreds of Royal Air Force (RAF) troops to Saudi Arabia for a joint military drill despite international calls for Westminster to cut ties with the brutal monarchy.

Around 200 troops and eight Typhoon jets are taking part in the “pre-planned” defensive drill as part of a series of engagements with Middle Eastern allies.

The drill has sparked an outcry with rights groups calling on Britain to cut military ties and arms trading with the Saudi regime

The Green Flag exercise, a military term for air-land training, began yesterday at King Fahd Air Base in Taif to help the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) maintain their “combat readiness.” The exercises are due to end on December 11.

Commander of the air base Major General Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari said Green Flag was a critical part of this year’s training plan for the RSAF and involves all air force combat systems supporting the Kingdom’s Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen.

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Britain Gets Involved in Supporting Saudi Air Force to Bomb Targets in Yemen

Saudi and British air forces started on Sunday at King Fahd Air Base in Taif the Green Flag Exercise for 2018, in confirmation of British support for the Saudi air force, the British Ministry of Defense role in developing the Saudis capabilities and training the Saudi pilots, all of whom were involved in carrying out the raids on Yemeni People.

Maj. Gen. Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari, commander of the air base and the exercise, said the drill will continue through Dec. 11, and it is a critical part of this year’s training plan for the armed forces, aiming to improve the overall combat readiness of the Saudi Air Force.

“All these scenarios take place in a real combat environment, involving all our air force combat systems and the British Air Force while keeping the war effort fully in the Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoring Hope ,” he added, in reference to the aggressive war carried out by the Saudi Air Force besid to other combat units in the Saudi army against the Yemeni People.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Audio: Weder blind noch taub – 28. November 2018 – RegPK

Krieg im Jemen (ab 51:33 min)
Hat sich die Bundesregierung schon auf die unmittelbar Beteiligten am Krieg im Jemen geeinigt?
Wann können wir damit rechnen?
Werden wir noch in diesem Jahr erfahren, wer für die Bundesregierung die unmittelbar Beteiligten am Jemen-Krieg sind?

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Not confirmed yet the Saudi Crown Prince is preparing to visit Algeria next week, if that true, so we are calling on Algerian people to get out &protesting against MBS, against his evil policy, against his greed, & war crimes against humanity committed in #Yemen under his command

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Film: Fleeing death threats in Yemen, this journalist and her traumatized daughter fled to Sweden - but now the country's threatening to deport them.

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Argentine judge seeks help from Turkey, Yemen in Saudi crown prince case

An Argentine judge reviewing a Human Rights Watch complaint against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked the foreign ministry on Wednesday to seek information from Turkey, Yemen and the International Criminal Court.

The office of federal judge Ariel Lijo confirmed the request to Reuters just hours after bin Salman landed in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit of industrialized nations.


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G20: Argentine Probe of Saudi Crown Prince Advances

War Crimes, Torture Allegations Under Scrutiny

The Argentine judiciary on November 28, 2018, took steps toward a formal investigation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s possible responsibility for war crimes in Yemen and alleged torture of Saudi citizens, Human Rights Watch said today. Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit on November 28.

Ramiro González, the federal prosecutor, formally asked Judge Ariel Lijo, an investigating federal judge assigned through a lottery, to examine the Human Rights Watch November 26 submission

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Amid Popular Anger Against Bin Salman, Morocco Refuses to Receive him

Moroccan sources confirmed that Morocco refused to receive Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, and asked Riyadh to postpone the joint summit that was scheduled between the two countries within days of protest against the crimes of Ben Salman. The Moroccan daily, Le Monde, quoted a source as saying that Morocco refused to hold a joint summit with Saudi Arabia

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on the muslim world to take responsibility for the crisis muslims are facing in Yemen

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Arab Paper: Saudis Furious at Sudan for Decision to Withdraw from Yemen

A leading Arab newspaper reported that relations between Riyadh and Khartoum have darkened due to the latter's decision to leave the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.

The Arabic-language al-Araby al-Jadid daily quoted diplomatic Sudanese and Egyptian sources as saying on Wednesday that the Sudanese officials have told their Saudi counterparts that they are under the opposition's pressures to withdraw their forces from Yemen, calling on Riyadh to find a way as soon as possible to end the military operations and crisis in the war-torn country.

According to the sources, the Saudi officials have expressed anger at Sudan's demands, stressing the need for them to delay withdrawal of their forces from Yemen until regional conditions improve.

My comment: Will Sudan really withdraw? In the moment, Sudan furnishes the greatest part of foreign cannon fodder for Saudi Arabia.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is the only place I have found this news - it is not confirmed but this Iranian source alleges that Sudan wants to withdraw its forces from Yemen. There was a time earlier this year when Sudan tried to withdraw before the Hodeida offensive but they were persuaded to stay. The problem is demotivated mercenaries not convinced they are fighting on the right side with a high death and injuries rate. Well of course it maybe rumour. Watch this space

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Saudi-Kronprinz im Visier der Justiz

Wegen Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen will Human Rights Watch Mohammed bin Salman in Argentinien vor Gericht bringen. Dort gilt das Weltrechtsprinzip.

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) hat bei der argentinischen Justiz eine Klage gegen den saudischen Kronprinzen eingereicht. Ihr Ziel: Muhammed bin Salman, der unter anderem Saudi-Arabiens Verteidigungsminister ist, soll in Buenos Aires wegen des Vorwurfs schwerer Kriegsverbrechen in Jemen verhaftet werden, wenn er am Freitag zum G20-Gipfel anreist.

Grundsätzlich möglich wird so eine Klage aufgrund des sogenannten Weltrechtsprinzips. Das besagt, dass jedes Gericht der Welt sich in Fällen von Folter, Kriegsverbrechen oder Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit für zuständig erklären kann, unabhängig von der Nationalität der Opfer, der mutmaßlichen Täter*innen oder dem Ort des Verbrechens.

Das Prinzip ist in Argentiniens Verfassung verankert.!5554240/

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Tunesien: „Hinaus mit dem Killer Bin Salman“

In der Hauptstadt Tunis protestieren mehrere Hundert Menschen gegen den Besuch des saudischen Kronprinzen.

Solche Bilder aus einem „arabischen Bruderstaat“ wollte das saudische Königshaus möglichst vermeiden. „Tunesien ist frei, hinaus mit dem Killer“, skandiert die Menge. „Salman ist ein Kriegsverbrecher“ schrieb Trilla Rihab auf ihr selbstgemaltes Plakat.

Schon am Vorabend hatten Demonstranten in Tunis protestiert und MbS, wie der saudische Monarchensohn in der Region genannt wird, symbolisch die rote Karte gezeigt.

Wie ihr Volk war offenbar auch die tunesische Staatsführung von der Kurzvisite des königlichen Gastes wenig angetan

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Alone in the Arab world, Tunisians can protest visit by Saudi crown prince

In the North African country that overthrew longtime dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, freedom of assembly and expression remains intact, and so people were able to say they aren’t thrilled with a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday.

In Tunisia, however, the Bar Association attempted to file a motion to block the visit, while the Journalists’ Syndicate issued a statement describing Mohammed as a “true enemy of free expression.”

The activists also adorned the villa that serves as a syndicate headquarters with a two-story banner showing a robed Saudi figure carrying a massive chain saw — a reference to the apparent dismemberment of Khashoggi.

“No to the desecration of Tunisia, the land of the revolution,” the banner stated.

The crowd protested in front of the national theater, carrying posters condemning Mohammed as a war criminal who is not welcome in Tunisia. There were even actors dressed as clowns and Saudis performing a satirical protest skit.

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Hundreds of Tunisians take to the streets against Saudi crown prince

Anger at Mohammed bin Salman's visit palpable in Tunis, as protesters held banners decrying Jamal Khashoggi's murder and Yemen war

It was the second protest in as many days against the de facto Saudi ruler, who flew into Tunis from Egypt on Tuesday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi.

Essebsi welcomed the crown prince on arrival at Tunis airport, the presidency said, and the two went into talks shortly afterwards at Carthage Palace.

The crown prince told Tunisian state television that Saudi Arabia has long had good relations with Tunisia. "I cannot come to North Africa without visiting Tunisia ... Tunisia's president is like my father," said bin Salman, also known as MBS.

A Tunisian presidency statement issued later said MBS and Essebsi reviewed ways to improve cooperation on the "economy and finance, investment promotion and security and military cooperation to counter extremism and terrorism".

Criticism over Yemen war

However, the mood on the streets of Tunisia was far less welcoming.

In Tunis, demonstrators shouted "Go away assassin!" and held placards with slogans including "The people want bin Salman to be judged", "No to the killer of Yemeni children" and "You're not welcome".




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Tunisia's prosecutor looking into complaint against MBS over Yemen war: Reports

Tunisia's prosecutor has launched preliminary research into a complaint against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over human rights abuses in Yemen, Tunisian news outlets have reported.

The National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ) filed the complaint against bin Salman Monday, on the eve of a visit by the Saudi leader to the North African country, Tunisian news website Tunis Webdo reported.

"Another victory for the Tunisian judiciary," the NSTJ said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, as it announced that the prosecutor would look into the complaint.


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Tunisians 'speak their mind', say no to Mohammed bin Salman visit (with film)

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United Arab Emirates Releases British Graduate Student Accused of Spying

Just days after sentencing him to life in prison, the Emirati government announcedMonday that it would pardon Matthew Hedges, a British PhD candidate who has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates since May on espionage charges.

An article full of unsubstantiated allegations published in the Emirati paper The National said that Hedges raised suspicions because he “asked too many questions,” in the words of an Emirati former coworker.

The government said the pardon was just one of 785 being granted in honor of the Emirates’ national day, and that it was a result of “the historical relationship and the close ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.”

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Bahrainis Incinerate Bin Salman’s Photos In Protest Of His Visit

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt to Continue Diplomatic, Trade Boycott Against Qatar

The ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against Qatar, which they imposed on the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom in June 2017, would remain in effect until further notice, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have jointly announced during a meeting at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo on Tuesday.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi Arabia inks deal for Lockheed's missile defense system

Saudi Arabia will buy Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) $15 billion missile defense system, a U.S. Department of State spokesman said on Wednesday, after aggressive lobbying by the administration to close the deal that included a personal call between President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman.

The State Department said the Saudis and U.S. officials signed the letters of offer and acceptance documents on Monday, formalizing terms for Saudi’s purchase of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers, missiles and related equipment.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemeni Riyal recover on front of foreign currencies

The Yemeni Riyal continues to regain its value to foreign currencies, and the dollar's exchange rate reached 480 riyals on the black market, which is lower than the official price of the central bank, which is set at 520.

This improvement of currency is due to the large market supply of foreign exchange, and the actions made by the central bank and the Yemeni government.

and from the Houthi side:

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Economic Committee: The Dollar Fell Due to Political Reasons

The Economic Committee confirmed that it is possible to return the exchange rate of the dollar to 300 riyals per dollar in the event of cessation the US-Saudi aggression and recovering the oil and gas revenues benefits to Yemeni People.

The Committee pointed out at a press conference held today, in the capital Sanaa, that the decline in the dollar value against the Yemeni riyal is due to political reasons and not economic, once again calling for neutralizing the economy and stop targeting the national currency and the central bank entirely from the conflict.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

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This is significant. The #alQaeda newspaper, al-Masra, has today been resurrected after 16-month gap. Leads with #Khashoggi. #Jihadist journalism take is that #Saudi is finding scapegoats to appease America & Crown Prince is a "murderer". Story makes it onto 4 of the 8 pages (image)

cp15 Propaganda

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Ending US support for Saudi Arabia would make things much worse in Yemen

I believe that the Senate has the authority to do this, but I also believe that course of action would be a terrible mistake, doing more harm than good to the civilians who have been suffering through the conflict.

But the problem is that the senators are wrong. If the U.S. pulls its functional support for the Saudi alliance, two negative consequences will immediately follow. First, the Saudis will lose all the inhibitions about accurate targeting of Houthi formations that American intervention has forced. Second, Riyadh will lose interest in energetic efforts by Washington to reach a durable cease fire.

Both of those developments will be disastrous for Yemeni civilians. For a start, the only reason the Saudis are now moving toward a cease fire is the Trump administration's pressure.

None of this is palatable for a democracy like ours. We want our world to be without wars. But reality sometimes sucks. And the simple reality of the Yemeni civil war is that it would be, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it on Wednesday, "a hell of a lot worse" were the U.S. disengaged from it.

My comment: What a bullshit propaganda. If the US stops support for this war, the Saudis would be forced to stop it. Stopping the support, really would mean US pressure. Speaking of “Trump administration's pressure” is a bad joke. There actually is none. Trumps support for Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi affair is showing the exact opposite: Saudi Arabia will get a free pass from Trump, whatever is going to happen.

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Negotiations on Upcoming Yemen Peace Talks in Sweden are Ongoing Despite Houthi Obstruction

During a press conference in Riyadh on Monday, The spokesman for the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Malki affirmed that all members of the coalition and Yemeni parties continue to support efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen. He hailed the US State Department for welcoming the upcoming peace talks in Sweden, as well as the legitimate Yemeni government’s readiness to attend the talks.​ Additionally, Col. Al-Maliki highlighted the United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths's visit to Sana'a and Hodeidah, and praised his efforts to hold peace consultations next month.

My comment: Just read

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Countering Iran's Regional Ambitions Will Bring Peace to Yemen

Iran has also been trying to form a "Shi'ite Crescent" across the Middle East, through Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean.

In addition, Iran has been sponsoring Shia uprisings in Bahrain.

With a common religious bond, Iranian agents built political alliances with Houthi clans with flattery, funds, and strategic marriages.

Their shared goal, according to Reuters, is to "'strengthen their hand in the region," create a Hezbollah-like militia in Yemen, and "encircle the Saudis..., expand its influence and power projection in the region and develop levers of unconventional pressure."

Yemen's neighbors know that if Yemen fell to Iran's allies, uprisings in Shia-majority pockets in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states would soon follow.

t's time also to Counter Iran’s regional hegemonic ambitions, the only way to guarantee stability in the region.

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Coalition hails UAE, Saudi role in Yemen

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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Houthis use civilians as human shields in Hodeidah - Yemen prime minister

Houthi militias are using civilians as human shields in Hodeidah, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed told the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen during their meeting on Tuesday.

“The Iranian-backed Houthi militia controls the city, takes civilians as human shields, deprives them of humanitarian aid and sells it in the market for their personal gain and to finance their wars,” the Yemeni prime minister said.

My comment: The Saudi coalition’s assault brings war into the city of Hodeidah. The “human shield” propaganda is odd. Does this propaganda wants to make us believe when Saudi coalition troops fight their way into the city, the Houthis must leave, otherwise they could be blamed for “using civilians as human shields“?

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Yemen FM: Houthis want war, reject peace

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani said yesterday that the Houthis want war and reject peace, the Saba news agency reported.

He added that the government’s efforts are contrary to the Houthi’s “adherence to war and rejection of peace”.

My comment: Facing Sweden peace talks, the same propaganda shit again and again.


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Bin Salman: Military pressure will bring Houthis to peace

The Saudi Ambassador to Washington Khalid bin Salman said on Tuesday that military pressure is the best way to bring Houthis to peace.

My comment: Remember his role and his lies in the Khashoggi murder and read

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

Nov. 27:

Nov. 26:

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Nov. 28: Hodeidah p. Saada p.

Nov. 27: and Saada p. Hodeidah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Ballistic Missile, Bader P-1, Hits Apache Helicopters Landing Pads in Najran

Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees fired Wednesday evening a domestically-designed-made a number of smart missile, Bader P-1, at Apache helicopters landing pads and pilots' resident building in Najran, a source in the Rocketry Force told Al-Masirah Net.

The source confirmed that Bader P-1 hit its target accurately, resulted in killing some pilots and destroying several Apache Helicopters.

Remark: As claimed by Houthi media.

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A child was injured by a mortar shell fired by Houthi militia on Alghail village, west of Al-Jawf governorate

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Al Houthi forces fired Zilzal 1 ballistic missiles at Saudi military bases in Asir and Jizan regions, southern Saudi Arabia on November 27. Al Houthi forces also fired a Zilzal 1 ballistic missile at anti-al Houthi forces in al Dhaleh governorate, southern Yemen on November 27.[3]

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-484 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-484: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

und alle Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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