Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 488B- Yemen War Mosaic 488B

Yemen Press Reader 488B: 6. Dezember 2018: Ich habe gesehen – Welche Rolle Lügen über den Jemen spielen – Sudan im Jemenkrieg – Deutsche Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien – Kinder und der Westen..
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... Kämpfe in Hodeidah, Luftangriffe – Friedensgespräche: Delegationen reisen an, Beginn der Gespräche, geringe Erwartungen – und mehr

December 6, 2018: I have seen – Why Lies About the War on Yemen Matter – Sudan in the Yemen War – German arms exports to Saudi Arabia – Children and the “West” – Fighting at Hodeidah, air raids – Peake talks: Arrival of delegations, start of talks, low expectations – and more

Dieses Jemenkrieg-Mosaik besteht aus 2 Teilen / This Yemen War Mosaic is divided in two parts

Teil 1 / Part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

(Teil 1: Kursiv / Part 1: In Italics)

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Deposed aide to Saudi crown prince accused of role in female activists' torture

A top aide to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, fired for his role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, personally oversaw the torture of at least one detained female activist earlier this year, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Saud al-Qahtani was a royal adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman until October, when he was sacked and then sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury over the Washington Post columnist’s murder.

Now three sources, briefed on the activists’ treatment, say a group of men subjected this woman and at least three others to sexual harassment, electrocution and flogging between May and August at an unofficial holding facility in Jeddah.

My comment: This is not just Mr. Qatani style – this is Saudi style.

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Under pressure over Khashoggi affair and Yemen, Mbs grants scraps of religious freedom

Under attack on several fronts for the bloody war in Yemen, with civilian victims, the murder of journalist Jamal Khasshoggi and the repression of pro-human rights activists, the Saudi hereditary prince is opening - in small steps - to freedom religious.

Arab media this week published pictures and articles on the "first" - according to the news - Orthodox Coptic Mass celebrated in Saudi Arabia last December 2. A ceremony that, in reality, was held in a private house and was presided over by the Egyptian bishop Ava Morkos, of Shobra El Kheima.

The Coptic bishop visited Saudi Arabia at the personal invitation of Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful number two of the kingdom; in the context of the trip, he "brought with him all the objects necessary to celebrate a Mass". The liturgy, repeated over a period of two days, was held at the home of a Copt in the presence of several Christian families in the area.

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Brother of Saudi crown prince returns to the U.S.

The Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. has been out of the country since he left in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Prince Khalid left Washington and flew to Riyadh shortly after news broke of Khashoggi’s disappearance, and hasn’t been back to the U.S. since.

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Mohammed bin Salman should be prosecuted over the Yemen conflict

After waging war in a manner that made deaths from hunger and disease inevitable, the Saudi prince should be tried for starvation crimes

Mass starvation may not have been Bin Salman’s initial intent, but it soon became evident that this would be the outcome. He nonetheless persisted in waging war using methods that had the predictable effect of depriving millions of people of food, clean water, medicine and other basic necessities.

Among these methods is an economic blockade, enforced by air, sea and land, that restricts the import of essential items and limits the possibility of Yemenis travelling abroad for medical care.

Taken together, over more than three years, these actions amount to the use of starvation as a method of warfare, which is prohibited by the Geneva conventions, the Rome statute of the international criminal court, and UN security council resolution 2417 on armed conflict and hunger, which was unanimously adopted in May.

To date, no international court has prosecuted a case of starvation crimes. Bin Salman would be an appropriate first accused.

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Film: Saudi activist: ‘One tweet is enough to ruin your life’

In the fallout from the Khashoggi murder case, some Saudi activists in the US and Canada have told Channel 4 News they believe they've been actively targeted by Saudi authorities.

From new passports denied, to educational funding withheld they perceive attempts are being made to lure them back home. They say they fear for their own safety - following the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

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Film: Massive thanks to G20 leaders who ignored the Saudi killer of Yemen, killer of Khashoggi. And massive shame on those drooling over his money!

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Turkey: Seek UN Inquiry on Khashoggi

Would Have Credibility, Authority to Gather Facts from Saudis

Turkey should formally submit a request to the UN secretary-general to establish an international, independent investigation into Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights Watch said today.

An international investigation under the authority of the secretary general would have the mandate, credibility, and stature to press officials, witnesses, and suspects in Saudi Arabia to cooperate with requests for facts and information about the murder in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. It would help cut through efforts designed to shield Saudi officials and obfuscate the truth.

“The Turkish government should make good on its call for an international investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s death by formalizing it with an official letter to the secretary general,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

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Ankara Threatens Saudi Arabia of Opening International Investigation on Khashoggi

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mouloud Gawishoglu, said that "we will not hesitate to participate in any international investigation into the killing of Khashoggi. We will continue until the end and we will not hesitate to resort to international investigation if there is a blockage."

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Istanbul prosecutor seeks arrest of Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

Istanbul’s chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

The prosecutor’s office has concluded there is “strong suspicion” that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri, both removed from their positions in October, were among the planners of Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the officials said.


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Turkish prosecutor seeks arrests of Saudis over Khashoggi murder

Ahmed Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani are among those thought to be responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The prosecutor's office concluded that there is "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed Asiri, who were both removed from their positions following the murder, were among the planners of the murder, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

"The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals," one of the officials told Reuters news agency.

The official added that Saudi Arabia could address the international concern by extraditing all suspects in the case to Turkey.

My comment: Both are Saudi fall guys already.

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Iron Curtain over the Arab world: Evaluating Trump’s inaction on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Trump’s statement on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is worth examining for the baldness of its cynicism and perhaps unprecedented about-face on human rights. Since the Cold War, if at times only nominally, the US has emphasized human rights as a foreign policy tool to promote democratic governance and punish outliers. Beginning with “America First!,” the current administration yet again signaled to the people of the Middle East and elsewhere that for President Trump, the checkbook speaks loudest.

President Trump spoke about why his administration views Saudi Arabia as important, a view that does not differ overmuch from his predecessors.

Trump also emphasized in his statement that Saudi Arabia has pledged billions of dollars to fight “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” However, through its global evangelism of the state Wahhabi ideology, Saudi Arabia is responsible for promoting a brand of Islam that opposes pluralism and democratic ideals.

The November 20th statement from Trump, therefore, was a godsend for MbS and his father, King Salman, because it offers them political cover from the White House against punitive U.S. action , at least for now. It was also a reminder of how the Trump administration’s transactional view of international relations threatens global human rights.

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'Zero question' MBS directed Khashoggi murder, US senators say

After meeting with CIA director, Republican senators say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is 'complicit' in journalist's murder.

Two US Republican senators have emerged from a meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday saying it's clearer than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday that bin Salman, known as MBS, is "complicit" in the killing of Khashoggi.

"MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible," Graham told reporters after he came out of the meeting with Haspel.

"I think the behaviour before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing and I cannot see him being a reliable partner to the United States."

Haspel delivered a closed-door briefing on the Khashoggi murder to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees on Tuesday morning.

While Saudi Arabia and the crown prince "are two different entities", Graham said the relationship between Washington and Riyadh was imperilled due to MBS's control of the Saudi government.


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GOP senators turn up heat on Saudi prince following CIA's Khashoggi briefing

Republican senators briefed Tuesday by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi immediately turned up the heat on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying they are convinced more than ever that the prince was involved in the activist's death.

"If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes, guilty," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told reporters after the briefing.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who says he will push the Senate to vote on a resolution that finds the crown prince complicit in the murder, said one would have to "be willfully blind" not to come to the conclusion that Khashoggi's death was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince.

"There's not a smoking gun. There's a smoking saw," Graham said

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., both Tuesday afternoon called for a full Senate briefing.


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C.I.A. Briefing on Khashoggi Solidifies Senators’ View of Prince Mohammed’s Complicity

A bipartisan group of senior senators said on Tuesday that a classified briefing by the C.I.A. director had only solidified their belief that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Senators were eager to hear directly from Ms. Haspel about what officials have described as the C.I.A.’s conclusion that Prince Mohammed had ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s killing.


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GOP senators come out and say it: The Trump administration is covering up Khashoggi’s killing

To be clear, these senators aren’t just accusing the administration of missing the point on Khashoggi; they’re saying they feel misled and that the administration has obscured the truth. Graham saying he’d question Pompeo’s and Mattis’s motives if this were a Democratic administration is a particularly striking statement — and one from someone who is a frequent Trump ally these days. Corker has been more of a Trump critic, but his suggestion the he feels last week’s briefing wasn’t on the up-and-up is also remarkable from a Republican.

and also

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Sen. Rand Paul: Do you want to know what the deep state is? The CIA Director is coming to the US Senate and only briefing a select few members of the Senate. Why shouldn’t every senator know what is going on? The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. This is just ridiculous!

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Film: Sen. Lindsey Graham says Saudi Arabia's crown prince is a "wrecking ball" and is "complicit in the murder" of Khashoggi to the "highest level possible." "Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs," he adds

more on Graham:

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Film: Corker yesterday: "The CIA director came in with some analyst and gave the most precise presentation I've ever heard in 12 years .... When I said if [MBS] went before a jury he'd be found guilty in 30 minutes, one of my colleagues came up and said, 'No, no, no, no. Twenty.'"

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Saudi Dissident Sues Israeli Spyware Firm Over Khashoggi Killing

A Saudi opponent and a friend of Jamal Khashoggi has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli spyware firm for helping Riyadh spy on his communications and kill the dissident journalist.

The New York Times reported that Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist and Canadian permanent resident, is accusing Israel’s NSO Group Technologies of hacking his phone in the service of the Saudi regime.

The lawsuit was filed in Israel by Alaa Mahajna, an Israeli lawyer, in cooperation with Mazen Masri, a lecturer at the City University of London, according to the report.


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Saudi dissident sues Israeli spyware firm over Khashoggi killing

Omar Abdulaziz says NSO Group helped Saudi government hack his phone and uncover his conversations with the slain journalist

A Saudi dissident close to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi is suing an Israeli spyware company, charging that they helped Riyadh monitor his communications with Khashoggi, The New York Times reported Sunday.

According to the report, the suit was filed in Israel by the Montreal-based Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, accusing the NSO Group of hacking his phone in the service of the Saudi government.

Abdulaziz charged that he was repeatedly pressed by the same people who have been accused of killing Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to return to Saudi Arabia. He recorded some of the conversations.

and more details

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Jamal Khashoggi cast the largest shadow at the G20 summit

However, sometimes the wind doesn’t blow in your favour, as the Crown Prince found out in Buenos Aires. Although he arrived at the hall early and stood at the side of the platform in order to come face to face with everyone walking into the room, thus forcing them to greet him, the delegations generally ignored him and walked away quickly. When the senior leaders entered, none of them greeted him; he was alone and isolated. Furthermore, after the leaders in attendance stood for a group photograph, Bin Salman was marginalised, as Reuters noted, causing him to leave the room quickly, without greeting anyone.

After all of this, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman must assess whether the humiliation and international shame was a price worth paying for silencing a lone dissenting voice. Tyrannical regimes are always mistaken in their calculations, as they do not accept advice or consultation from others. By attributing god-like status to themselves they put their countries at risk of trials and tribulations. In this case, all entirely self-inflicted.

cp9 USA

Siehe cp8a

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Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen

Spread the word, call your senators, and help refugees in your community.

This week’s Take Action Now offers ways to push legislators to defund the violence and help people who have been displaced by the conflict.

Take Action Now gives you three meaningful actions you can take each week whatever your schedule. You can sign up here to get these actions and more in your inbox every Tuesday.

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US Congress seeks path forward on Saudi rebuke

Congress will consider measures next week to reprimand the Saudi crown prince, punish those involved in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder and curtail US support for the Yemen war, senior American lawmakers said Thursday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she expects a briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia by national security officials to the entire House, as senators received last month, followed by an intelligence briefing specifically on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pelosi, who will likely be House speaker when the Democratic-majority Congress opens in January, said there is bipartisan support for a measure seeking to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition conducting a brutal war in Yemen.

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Senators Seek Compromise on Amendments Before Yemen Debate

Senators from both parties are eager to end the United States’ role assisting the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni civil war and to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October but a path forward for a number of legislative remedies remained unclear after a bipartisan meeting between a key group of lawmakers on Thursday morning.

A Yemen war powers resolution sponsored by Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy could come to the floor as soon as next week, and its sponsors are seeking an agreement to avoid a potential quagmire that could ensue if senators are left to their own devices without determining rules for which amendments can be offered.

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The Iran Connection: Water Privatization in California

Without out a doubt, President Carter’s embargo on Iran was what gave birth to America’s pistachio business. Historically, pistachios imported from Iran had dominated global markets, including in the US. When America was suddenly cut off from Iran’s pistachio supply after Carter’s economic blockade in the wake of the Iranian hostage crisis, it left a giant hole in the market and created the need for an alternative source of pistachios.

From then on, America’s pistachio industry grew at crazy pace

Iran has had America’s market closed to it pretty much since 1979. But more than half of their pistachios are exported internationally and are thus directly in competition with Iran’s exports.

So battling and taking over Iran international marketshare — whether in Europe, China, South Korea Russia, India or Israel — has been a prime objective of the Resnicks and the greater pistachio lobby. This is done with sanctions, but it is also done with free trade agreements — lobbying countries through American government trade reps to raise tariffs on Iranian pistachios, while lowering tariffs on American pistachios to zero.

They will use every tool they have to restrict and suffocate Iran’s pistachio industry.

And that’s where we are today: not only are American pistachio farmers destroying California, but they are willing to risk war in Iran and the Middle East — all in order to boost and protect their lucrative pistachio business.

There is a bigger issue here that goes beyond pistachios and water in California. The fact is that we in America cannot fix our belligerent and destructive foreign policy without first reigning in the economic interests that drive it and benefit from it. In that sense, the pistachio business is no different than oil companies or weapons makers — it’s just that it is not so well known. and full interview:

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Sen. Chris Murphy: US is enabling war that has made Yemen a hell on earth for civilians

Washington is agonizingly slow at learning from its mistakes. Especially in the Middle East. Over the last decade and a half in that critical but chaotic part of the world, the United States has repeatedly witnessed the limitations of using the blunt instrument of American military force to solve complicated political, social, economic and religious conflicts.

To anyone paying attention, it's clear that the United States is engaged in a war in Yemen. And yet this war has not been authorized or debated by Congress.

It's time for Congress to reclaim one of its most fundamental duties -- deciding when and where the United States goes to war.

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Senate Measure Holds Saudi Crown Prince Accountable for Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

MBS also held accountable for atrocities in Yemen, blockade of Qatar, use of force to intimidate rivals

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) today introduced a Senate Resolution that holds Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman accountable for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the blockade of Qatar, the jailing of political dissidents within Saudi Arabia, the use of force to intimidate rivals, and the abhorrent and unjustified killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“I believe it’s vitally important to U.S. national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident – Mr. Khashoggi – who has three American citizen children,” said Senator Graham. “This resolution – without equivocation – definitively states that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and has been a wrecking ball to the region jeopardizing our national security interests on multiple fronts. It will be up to Saudi Arabia as to how to deal with this matter. But it is up to the United States to firmly stand for who we are and what we believe.”

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Der US-Drohnenkrieg geht weiter
Donald Trump scheut meist keine Mühe, die Politik seines Vorgängers ungeschehen zu machen – mit einer folgenschweren Ausnahme
Wurde Barack Obama im Drohnenkrieg noch genau auf die Finger geschaut, ist es unter Trump still geworden um die umstrittene Tötung aus der Ferne. Dabei geht der Drohnenkrieg der USA unvermindert weiter. Es gibt sogar Anzeichen, dass er sich intensiviert.
Seit Beginn seiner Amtszeit hat Trump im Jemen, in Pakistan und Somalia, wo die USA nicht offiziell Krieg führen, 238 Drohnenangriffe abgesegnet, pro Jahr knapp doppelt so viele, wie sein Vorgänger 2016 in denselben Ländern befohlen hatte. Diese Zahlen stammen vom U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) und wurden vom «Bureau of Investigative Journalism» (TBIJ) bestätigt.
Mehr als die Hälfte davon, nämlich 129 Drohnenangriffe, zählte das TBIJ 2017 im Jemen.

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Elisabeth Kendall: Following stinging criticism of the #Saudi Crown Prince yesterday by several prominent US Senators in the light of the CIA chief's testimony on #Khashoggi, what next for the US, Saudi & the #Yemen war? Here's a clip from my & Bill Law's comments for "The Globalist" this morning

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A bipartisan group of senators just introduced a resolution declaring Saudi Crown Prince MBS as complicit in the execution of Jamal Khashoggi. Co-signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, Dianne Feinstein, Marco Rubio, Ed Markey, Todd Young and Chris Coons.

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Leading senators push towards deal targeting Saudi Arabia

Top senators eager to target Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi plan to meet Thursday to try to cut a bipartisan deal to curtail US involvement in the war in Yemen, suspend arms sales with the Saudi kingdom and rebuke the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The goal of the senators is to reach bipartisan consensus on a deal that could be on the floor as soon as Monday, according to members involved in the effort.

"There's a consensus among a lot of us that we want to suspend arms sales and stop support for the war -- how do you best do that?" said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is directly involved in the effort.

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Why Congress Suddenly Cares About Yemen

It’s about psychology, not politics.

When we assess the importance of large-scale humanitarian crises, the more people who die, the less we care.

This bias in our humanitarian accounting has been documented in numerous psychological experiments on life-saving behavior, showing that humans’ intuitive feelings—which we trust to guide us in making all manner of decisions—are innumerate.

These insights into our moral psychology help to explain the sudden upsurge of congressional interest in ending support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Last week, however, a new Senate resolution demanding an end to U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen received strong support.

What has changed? This time, there was a single, high-profile victim of the Saudi regime whose brutal murder received enormous publicity not afforded to the many other victims that preceded his death: Jamal Khashoggi

Sad as the circumstances are, psychologically this makes sense. Numerous studies have shown that people tend to feel more empathy for a single, identifiable victim like Khashoggi than they do for a group of unidentified victims. The details of Khashoggi’s murder—such as the fact that he wrote for a prominent newspaper and the gruesome manner of his death—also made for an attention-grabbing storyline. A captivating story about a single person, in turn, creates powerful images in our minds that connect us to the victim and evoke strong emotions like shock, sadness and anger. By contrast, deaths and starvation in Yemen are reported to us as statistics with unnamed victims. As the author Paul Brodeur once wrote, “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off.”

The power of the single story to overcome statistical numbing has been seen before. Who among us doesn’t remember the shocking photograph of the 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi lying lifeless on a Turkish beach?

There is a strong and important message here: To draw meaning from the statistics of disaster, no matter how large the scope, we cannot rely only on our gut feeling – by Paul Slovic

My comment: OK. Agreed. But: In this case, the failure of our media is even more evident: Yemeni victims of this war by no means are “a group of unidentified victims”. Many of these victims had been personally identified, they had a name, a life and they had a personal story which had been told. But our media did NOT REPORT AND DID NOT SHOW ALL THIS. Correctly, Slovic mentions the “shocking photograph of the 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi lying lifeless on a Turkish beach”. Everybody will remind this. There had been plenty of photos of Yemeni children killed in the war or starved to death – no Western media ever cared. It’s the media: They have concealed these photos for not creating empathy for Yemeni war victims, for not disturbing Western support for the Saudi coalition in this war, for not disturbing killing and destruction. The New York Times finally did (3 ½ years after the war had started!!!!, which means it had let happen killing for 3 ½ years). That’s the crime of the media they never again will get rid of.

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The US Congress is finally doing its job regarding Yemen

Entering this proxy war was a colossal mistake from the beginning. However, the coalition members’ power-blindness prevented them from seeing that their involvement would make the situation worse.

Nevertheless, it looks as if the Saudi-led alliance is insisting on prolonging the war in Yemen. Now it is the responsibility of the international community to make the effort to bring it to an end. The US administration has called for this even though it still supports the coalition; that’s just one of the many contradictions of Trump foreign policy, especially in the Middle East.

If the US does not end its support for Saudi Arabia and its coalition, then it is difficult to see the war ending soon.

Remark: Overview article, the headline does not fit very well.

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How the “Arms Sales Oversight Act” Could Prevent American Arms from Contributing to the Next Overseas Crisis

Other members of Congress are planning to increase their long-term leverage over weapons sales to problematic security partners. Foremost among them, Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) recently introduced House Resolution 7080, the “Arms Sale Oversight Act,” to little fanfare. The bill’s unassuming title and procedural focus should not escape the attention of conventional arms control advocates. If passed, H.R. 7080 would expand Congress’s constricted ability to vote down damaging arms sales and mark a first step toward preventing the United States from exacerbating the human cost of conflict.

The legislation would reform Section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to ensure that any supportive representative can move to discharge a joint resolution of disapproval against a proposed arms sale ten days following its introduction if the presiding committee fails to report it. Win the vote in the House, pass the same joint resolution in the Senate (or vice versa), and Congress has successfully exercised its primary legal means of immediately barring a harmful transfer (whether or not the White House agrees).

The measure could dramatically reshape congressional authorities over arms exports.

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Trump’s nominee for Yemen ambassador eyes post-conflict recovery

Christopher Henzel told Congress that there could be over one million former combatant in need for rehabilitation

The Trump administration’s nominee for it's next ambassador to Sana’a said Washington has started to plan for post-conflict recovery efforts, as Yemen's warring parties arrive in Sweden for peace talks scheduled to launch on Thursday.

Christopher Henzel, a foreign service diplomat who is nominated by US President Donald Trump for the role of Yemen ambassador, told Congress in his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that "there is no military solution to the conflict and it is a tragedy what's been happening in Yemen. The administration is working to end the hostilities.”

My comment: What a hypocrisy. The US has fueled this war by supporting and arming one side of the conflict for 3 ½ years now.

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Stop Making Excuses for Saudi War Criminals

Winston Groom offers up one of the dumber arguments in defense of the current U.S.-Saudi relationship

The Saudis do not serve as a “bulwark” against Iran. Everything that the Saudi government has done in the last several years has aided Iran and increased their influence. Even if they were an effective “bulwark,” it would not be worth very much to the U.S. because Iran isn’t capable of threatening our country. Iran is not “nuclear-armed” and never will be as long as it complies with the JCPOA, which the Trump administration stupidly reneged on six months ago. There is not much danger that the Saudis would leave Washington’s orbit, but if they did they would stand to lose far more than we do. The Saudis may be Iran’s enemies, but that does not make them our friend, and it certainly doesn’t make them an ally. We owe them nothing, and they should be the ones going out of their way to placate us.

When we strip away the nonsense that defenders of the U.S.-Saudi relationship use to justify continued support for a bad, reckless client, we find that there is very little substance left. Fawning over Saudi despots gets the U.S. virtually nothing, and support for the Saudis imposes increasing costs on the U.S. that we don’t have to accept.

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The Trump Team’s Fawning Over Saudi Arabia Is Getting Ridiculous

The latest: A fawning op-ed from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was a strongly worded, combative and highly partisan defense of the Trump administration’s relations with Saudi Arabia.

Having spent a combined 50-plus years working on Middle East policy at the Department of State, we understand the importance to America of Saudi stability and the need to maintain a relationship with Riyadh. But we don’t accept Pompeo’s over-the-top, Alice in Wonderland-like perceptions of the value of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, much of the op-ed describes the behavior of a country we can barely recognize.

Saudi Arabia is not a U.S. ally no matter how many times the president, Pompeo and other senior administration officials affirm it. Unlike traditional allies, such as Britain, Canada, France or Australia, the Saudis don’t share fundamental American values: respect for human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. At best, they are an occasional and often reluctant, half-hearted security partner and their interests, particularly under the influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (commonly known as MBS), only episodically align with ours.

Here’s a close look at Secretary Pompeo’s dubious claims.

“The Kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East”

No, it’s not. Under MBS, it’s a force for instability.

“Saudi Arabia … recognizes the immense threat the Islamic Republic of Iran poses to the world.”

Sure. But far from containing Iran, the Saudis are helping it expand.

“The Crown Prince has moved the country in a reformist direction”

Sure, while creating the most brutal, authoritarian and repressive regime in Saudi history.

It’s time to rethink U.S.-Saudi relations

Saudi Arabia simply doesn’t matter as much to the U.S. as it did in decades past. The oil-for-security bargain is coming apart: We are far less dependent on Saudi oil, and they no longer trust the U.S. for their security – By AARON DAVID MILLER and RICHARD SOKOLSKY

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Trump’s Iran-centric Syria Policy Takes Shape

Congress likely won’t take action to rein in the military powers it granted the president after the 9/11 attacks—powers that Trump uses with the broad aim of countering Iran.

But in Syria, like Yemen, the underlying tension can only be resolved by confronting the AUMF itself, which Congress doesn’t appear any more willing to tackle in the coming years. In the Senate, there appears to be little appetite for a bill like Merkley’s—let alone one that a Republican president would sign. In the House, Democrats’ priorities are already piling up and attention is being diverted elsewhere, to matters like investigating the president’s finances or his administration’s contacts with Russia. The Pentagon and the White House may be better policed by Congress, but only under existing laws – by Samuel Oakford

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On Yemen, the Right Choice Is the Popular One

This article is a joint production of Data For Progress and Fellow Travelers Blog, drawing on data from Data For Progress’s What The Hell Happened project. The project conducted nationwide polls in the run-up to and aftermath of the 2018 midterms to explain the dynamics that drove the election. Among the topics polled was support for American involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and the results point to a clear path forward for left wing leadership in Congress to lead on this crucial foreign policy issue.

Horrific images of dead children and maimed, lifeless bodies from Yemen scroll past American eyes on a daily basis and, according to new polling data, Americans are becoming more and more aware that their own government is playing a key role in doling out destruction in Yemen.

And they want the US to end its role in that war.

From the last week of October through election day, 2018, YouGov Blue and Data for Progress fielded a nationally representative survey of American voters and included an item on America’s support for Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen’s civil war, which was weighted to be representative of 2018 voters.

Respondents strongly favored ending America’s role in this conflict. Among those who responded with an opinion, about 52 percent supported ending assistance, compared with just 19 percent who opposed ending assistance.

Among Democrats, 64 percent supported ending intervention and 19 percent opposed, among Independents 60 percent supported and 25 percent opposed. Even among Republicans, 48 percent supported ending intervention and only 24 percent were opposed, despite Trump’s strong support for intervention.

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Congress grills incoming Middle East commander on Yemen

Just a week after the Senate voted to advance a bill that would end US support to Saudi-led forces fighting in Yemen, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead American troops in the Middle East faced harsh questions from Congress today about the US role in the fight.

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who serves as director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, sought to bat back congressional fears that US involvement in the conflict is deepening as Saudi Arabia and the Iran-backed Houthis head to the negotiating table in Geneva for talks to end the war. McKenzie notably indicated that US-gathered information is not supporting Saudi airstrikes, which have been blamed for dozens of civilian deaths.

“The intelligence we’re providing is not target-level intelligence,” McKenzie told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to lead US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Yet McKenzie’s response and the Pentagon’s decision to end aerial refueling for the Saudi-led forces did little to quell the fears of lawmakers

My comment: Lies continue: ““The intelligence we’re providing is not target-level intelligence.” )Mc Kenzie) – Downplaying continues: “Saudi airstrikes, which have been blamed for dozens of civilian deaths” (Al Monitor). The correct version would be: “Saudi airstrikes, which have caused many thousands of civilian deaths”.

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Saudis, Yemen War Leading New Democrats Away From Obama Foreign Policy

For several years now, commentators have wondered if Democrats—who have shifted left on domestic issues—would shift left on foreign policy, too. We now know the answer; the shift is under way. The clearest evidence yet is the Senate’s vote last Wednesday to move forward a bill that would end America’s role in the war in Yemen. It signals the birth of a post-Obama Democratic foreign policy.

Remember that America’s participation in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen did not begin under Donald Trump. It began under Barack Obama.

These anti-war insurrections represent the rebirth of a spirit—suspicious of military entanglements and the unchecked presidential power that enables them—that marked Democratic foreign policy from the last years of Vietnam through the struggle over the Reagan administration’s proxy wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1980s. Turning that spirit into a coherent post-Obama foreign-policy vision will be the task of those Democrats who seek the presidency over the next two years – by Peter Beinart =

My comment: I am not this optimistic. The Democrats’ establishment is at least as hawkish as Trump is; just take the Russiagate paranoia. For Democrats, Hillary Clinton still is a “hero”, she is a horrible example. Which parts ever will win in the US, one party is always winning: it’s the War Party.


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Democrats Are Finally Splitting With Republicans on Terrorism-Focused Foreign Policy

This reorientation within the Democratic Party has been in progress for quite some time, beginning with the opposition of many Democrats to George W. Bush’s disastrous Iraq War, and becoming more general as most Democrats objected to Bush’s global war on terrorism framing of U.S. foreign policy (Obama, notably, refused to use that terminology). Now the Yemen war has pushed the evolution further as Democrats no longer think in terms of basing much of U.S. foreign policy on anti-terrorist alliances with Israel and conservative Arab regimes like Saudi Arabia at the expense of every other principle.

Splitting with Republicans on Yemen, the Middle East, Afghanistan, or even the primacy of anti-terrorism efforts is one thing; articulating a positive foreign policy is another altogether, and that’s where the 2020 presidential campaign comes in.

My comment: As comment above.

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US propaganda war against Iran doomed to failure

At a time when the Trump administration is facing backlash at home over its military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and disgraceful defeat in Afghanistan after 18 years of war, spin doctors in Washington are looking for convenient scapegoats to escape accountability.

Displaying pieces of what he said were ‘Iranian weapons supplied to militants in Yemen and Afghanistan’, a tried-and-tested ploy to intimidate Iran, Hook accused the Houthis’ of ‘reckless use of advanced weapons provided by Iran’.

He didn’t mention the billion dollar arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia, the same arms being used to slaughter Yemenis. He didn’t talk about the blockade of aid supplies triggering world’s worst humanitarian crisis with thousands of deaths over the past three years and more than 22 million people in need of assistance.

Iran, he said, has ‘no legitimate interest’ in Yemen, other than to ‘expand its sphere of influence and to create a Shia corridor of control’. So, what interest does the Saudi regime have in Yemen and what interest does the US government have in supplying arms to Riyadh.

My comment: From Iran. How disgusting Iran might be: As US politics and propaganda deliver a head start for Iranian propaganda, the Iranians simply must tell the truth and they are right.

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Will foreign policy matter for the Democrats in 2020?

Unlike in 2016, there is a major foreign policy question to draw everyone's attention — namely, how Trump has justified Saudi Arabia's butchering of a legal America resident, and how he has enabled an accelerating genocide in Yemen. It raises the question: Will the next Democratic nominee develop an alternative foreign policy to the neocon-lite imperialism that has dominated the party for over a decade?

In the 2016 primary, Clinton's leftist challenger Bernie Sanders was palpably rusty on foreign policy at first, allowing one of his strongest angles of attack against her to lay fallow for months. She won, of course, making her probably the most belligerent Democratic nominee since Lyndon Johnson.

However, Sanders has considerably upped his game since then.

Still, the liberal imperialist wing of the Democratic Party is strong, which is probably why even Sanders and Warren have yet to lay out a really stark moral case for imperial rollback. But if Trump continues to enable the Yemen conflict, it may turn out that McGovern-style anti-imperialist politics will make a comeback. In any case, would-be 2020 contenders would be wise to develop a sensible, moral foreign policy platform.

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Loophole in Bernie Sanders’ Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen

While SJR 54 claims to be aimed at achieving “the removal of United State Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress,” it contains a major loophole that will allow the majority of U.S. troops in Yemen – if not all – to stay.

As the bill states, it will require the president to remove troops “except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forces.” Notably though, the only U.S. troops “on the ground” in Yemen that are involved in “hostilities” (i.e., combat operations) are those that are allegedly involved in operations targeting Al Qaeda — operations that the U.S. frequently conducts jointly with the countries waging war against western Yemen, such as the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. troops deployed in Yemen to target Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also collaborate with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in “intelligence sharing,” “midair refueling,” and “overhead reconnaissance” for forces involved in counterterrorism operations that the U.S. is leading. This cooperation is what the very text of SJR 54 claims to want to end, but only in regard to the coalition’s war in western Yemen. However, the current text of the bill would allow all of this cooperation to continue, just not in areas where there are no claims of AQAP presence.


Film: MintPress editor in chief Mnar A. Muhawesh explaining why there's nothing to celebrate in Bernie Sanders "Yemen Bill" which was aimed at ending the US involvement in Yemen. It actually does the opposite.

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CIA director to brief key senators behind closed doors about Khashoggi killing

CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday will brief a key group of senators behind closed doors on the details of the agency's assessment that the Saudi crown prince likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, just days before the Senate is expected to begin debating a resolution to withdraw support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.

The briefing will be just for Senate leaders and the heads of national security committees seen as having a national security interest in Saudi policy regarding Yemen and the intelligence surrounding Khashoggi's killing, according to multiple people familiar with plans. =


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CIA director to brief handful of senators on journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death

The chairmen and top Democrats on key national security panels - Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Intelligence and the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee - will meet Haspel behind closed doors in the secure room of the Capitol, the aides said.

It was not clear why the group was limited to just eight senators.

"I think it would have been good to have the full Senate," said Bob Corker, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. When asked why it was limited, Corker said, "I don't know."

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Street at Saudi Arabia's US embassy may be renamed 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'

Proposals to change street's name emerged about month ago amid online petition

Local officials in a Washington, DC, neighbourhood have unanimously voted to rename a street outside Saudi Arabia's embassy in honour of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The measure now goes to Washington's city council, which will decide on the advisory commission's measure to rename a stretch of road going past the expansive embassy building in the upscale Foggy Bottom neighbourhood as "Jamal Khashoggi Way".

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Trump can end Obama-era failures in Yemen

If the U.S. has any objective in Yemen, it is protecting Americans from AQAP, a terrorist group that has attempted to strike the U.S. in the past. But Yemen’s civil war and Washington’s involvement in it has only made AQAP a more lethal, wealthy, and versatile organization.

Throughout his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump committed to removing the U.S. from costly and unnecessary conflicts that didn’t serve our interests. If President Trump wants to fulfill one of his most significant campaign promises, he can start by withdrawing the military from an Obama-era conflict that Washington should not have intervened in to begin with.

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End the Atrocities in Yemen, Then End the War on Terror

Over the long term, the Senate’s decision to invoke the War Powers Resolutionmight prove even more consequential in the political struggle now belatedly underway to roll back America’s ever-metastasizing and endless “war on terror.”

Since the September 11 attacks, America has militarized every aspect of its foreign policy, and has subordinated its most important core values—civil liberties, due process, universal rights—to a blinkered obsession with counter-terrorism. Long-standing tensions between values and interests tilted abruptly in favor of an extreme counter-terror approach.

U.S. policymakers have chased the mirage of zero-risk security while undermining basic bulwarks of the American system, most importantly our criminal justice system and our diplomatic corps.

The victory of the proposed joint resolution could begin the long overdue process of bringing sunshine to a dark chapter in American history.

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Saudi $$, Trump Arm-Twisting Fail to Stop Bill to End US Military Support for Saudis’ Yemen War

For some U.S. senators, Saudi campaign funding appears to be more important than preventing the imminent and needless deaths of millions of innocent Yemenis.

While it seems likely that these senators were financially influenced to vote against advancing the Senate bill that would end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen, others may have voted against the measure in order to please President Trump, who has vocally opposed the bill and threatened to veto it if it is passed.

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Principled stand

Young prods nation on Saudis, Yemen

But his steady efforts to chart a wiser course with Saudi Arabia show he understands Congress' role in the constitutional system of checks and balances better than some of his colleagues. On Yemen, Young is demonstrating the courage to do what's right, even if that means clashing with his party's leadership.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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The hypocrisy behind British endorsement of Bahrain’s ‘sham’ elections

UK’s support for Bahrain’s sham-elections emboldens the Gulf nation to continue intensifying its crackdown on civil rights with impunity.

The FCO’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights is evidently contingent upon their strategic interests and political will. To western leaders, the need for allies to buy their weapons is infinitely more important than holding their allies accountable for crushing civil society at home or starving children to death in Yemen, among other ongoing human rights abuses. As long as the money is flowing, these abuses are not their problem.

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Photo: #RSAF F-15, Typhoon, Tornado and @RoyalAirForce Typhoon fly in diamond formation over King Fahad AFB, Taif.

#RoyalSaudiAirForce & @RoyalAirForce conclude exercise #GreenFlag 2018 (photos)

My comment: Britain is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

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Sara Khan to speak in UAE alongside Trump envoy who 'lobbied for Tommy Robinson'

The UK's commissioner for countering extremism is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at a conference in the United Arab Emirates alongside a Trump administration official who is reported to have lobbied on behalf of British anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson.

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Film: Jeremy Corbyn slams Theresa May for being soft to the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman who ordered the murder of Jamal khashoggi, & was the chief architect of the war in Yemen, killing 56,000 people! "Leaders should not just offer warm words, but back-up their words with action!"

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp1

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German FM warns of humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen

Maas calls on international, regional powers to use influence on parties to conflict to achieve progress in peace talks

My comment: Well, Germany will supply more arms soon?

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Der Tod kommt aus Düsseldorf

Es ist unfassbar, dass einer der Anstifter dieses Verbrechens, der saudische Kronprinz, sich scherzend im Kreis der G20-Regierungschefs tummeln darf. Und es ist ebenso unfassbar, dass die deutsche Firma Rheinmetall trotz des von der Bundesregierung verhängten Rüstungsexport-Stopps den saudischen Kriegstreibern offenbar weiterhin Munition liefert. So lautet übrigens die Anschrift des Unternehmens: RHEINMETALL AG, Postfach 10 42 61, 40033 Düsseldorf

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German rights group blasts arms sale to Saudi Arabia

At a press conference on Wednesday, Beate Rudolf, head of the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR), stressed that Berlin has committed to pursue a pro-human rights foreign policy, but its arms exports are an exception to this.

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German Politician: Ben Salman Missed Opportunity to Build Confidence during G20 Summit

"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman missed an opportunity to clarify and begin to build confidence at the G20 summit hosted by Argentina," German foreign policy spokesman Juergen Hart said on Monday.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Pakistan in touch with Iran, Saudi Arabia on Yemen peace: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is in-touch with Iran and Saudi Arabia to bring peace in Yemen by bringing all the parties concerned to the negotiating table, Radio Pakistan reported.

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UAE's forum for 'promoting peace' is another cynical PR initiative

The UAE has been engaged in similarly murderous and reckless behaviour as the Saudis, albeit with far more effective PR

But as observers of the region know well, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in many ways simply the impetuous protege of the equally dangerous, but far more sophisticated, crown prince of the UAE, Mohammad bin Zayed. As noted recently with eloquent concision by Carnegie's Richard Sokolsky and Daniel R DePetris, the UAE has been engaged in similarly murderous and reckless behaviour as the Saudis, albeit with far more effective PR.

Whether engaged in brutal wars like the one in Yemen with hundreds of thousands displacedand tens of thousands killed, or crushing dissent and political liberties at home, the UAE government is no better than its neighbour next door. Yet its savvy PR means that such matters frequently fall below the radar of international observers.

One such PR initiative meets this week for its fifth annual conference, namely the UAE’s Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (FPPMS) whose official patron is the country’s foreign minister, Abdullah bin Zayed. The forum, established in 2014 as a direct counterweight to the Arab revolutionary demand for more accountable government in the region, is headed by a learned Saudi-based scholar and one-time Mauritanian politician, Abdullah bin Bayyah.

Accordingly, at the inaugural forum, Bin Bayyah spoke of the religious obligation for subjects of Muslim states to be obedient to their rulers, while highlighting that calling for democracy in the Arab world was "essentially a declaration of war".

Bin Bayyah’s services to the UAE have likely made him the Emirates' most sought-after Islamic scholar. He has recently been placed at the head of a newly formed Emirates Fatwa Councilthat presents itself as a promoter of "moderate" Islam.

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As the Gulf Warms Up to Israel, a Synagogue Grows in Dubai

The U.A.E. has tried to project a more tolerant image.

The U.A.E. in particular has sought to project an image of openness, easing restrictions on religions other than Islam in a campaign aimed at generating more business. The country has appointed a minister of tolerance, who in November sponsored a World Tolerance Summit for 1,200 Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and others from around the world.

My comment: ??????????????????????????ß

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UAE Wanted the British Student to Be Double Agent

A British student arrested for spying in the United Arab Emirates said he was subjected to "psychological torture" and was asked to be a double agent. The 31-year-old Matthew Hedges said the UAE authorities had drugged him and forced him to stand "all day" handcuffed.
Hedges said he had been "plagued by panic attacks and suicidal thoughts." He told the BBC he had been asked to be "a double agent" in the British Foreign Office and had to admit to being an F-16 captain until "torture" stopped.

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Malaysia: ‘NSC handled Ops Yemen 2’

THE controversial Ops Yemen 2 was handled by the National Security Council (NCS), says former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

“But, you must declassify this information as it is considered national interest,” he said.

Hishammuddin said this in response to the bombshell dropped by Liew on Monday that Malaysian Armed Forces personnel were deployed to assist military operations in Saudi Arabia in relation to the Yemen war without Cabinet approval.

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South Korea Shuts the Gates

Just a few hundred Yemeni refugees have created a national political crisis in South Korea.

Now, hundreds of thousands of Koreans are back in the streets, and though they haven’t swelled to quite the same size as the anti-Park demonstrations, they are once again too large to ignore. These protests, which began in June, are against the presence of about 500 Yemeni refugees on the island of Jeju (the nation’s southernmost territory and a tourism hot spot billed as “Korea’s Hawaii”). On an island with 660,000 residents, and in a nation of over 50 million, it’s a negligible amount of people—especially considering that South Korea has the 11th-largest economy in the world. But 500 is considered far too many in a country that accepts fewer refugees than almost any comparable nation.

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Amnesty International calls for Thailand to release Australian refugee footballer wanted in Bahrain

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Bahrain 'requested Aust resident's arrest'

Head of Thailand's immigration bureau says Bahrain requested the arrest of an Australia-based refugee prior to his arrival in Thailand raising the prospect he was under surveillance

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Bahrain Center for Human Rights: Oppressive Bahrain Authorities Arrest 15 Citizens

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#PMOEthiopia: Message from H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the People of Yemen calling upon all to restore peace and prosperity in the country through dialogue and applying wisdom (document)

and also

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Saudi King Salman invites Qatar to GCC meeting in Riyadh: Report

Despite rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, King Salman invited Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to participate in summit next week

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1


WTF..... Facebook is inviting me to sell weapons on its site. Lawless. these Americans.

Actually for sale in #Yemen : Brand new O'Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol. I guess it's from the new Glock Factory in the Scottish Highlands (photo)

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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#Yemen Riyal exchange rates USD$1 = 1 Oct 2018 : 820YR 15 Nov : 700YR 30 Nov : 350YR Today 6 Dec : 500YR

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The central bank set the exchange rate at 440 Yr

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Stop Press.. #IslamicState in #Yemen claims to have killed a Houthi (by sniper in NW al-Bayda'). It's precisely 1 month since their last Houthi victim.

cp15 Propaganda

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Ending U.S. Military Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen Would Trigger Dangerous Consequences

The killing of Khashoggi was certainly abhorrent, but ending U.S. support for the multinational coalition in Yemen is not the proper solution. It risks dangerously conflating two separate issues and would inevitably trigger unintended consequences that would undermine U.S. national security interests in the region.

Senators must remember that Saudi Arabia is not the only belligerent in Yemen. A cutoff of U.S. support would also hurt the elected and internationally recognized government of Yemen, which was ousted by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in 2015 in a bloody coup that violated a U.N.-brokered ceasefire.

Withdrawing U.S. support would also harm the interests of other U.S. allies fighting in Yemen, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The war in Yemen is complex. Those who rush to blame Saudi Arabia entirely for the suffering of the Yemeni people ignore the war crimes and heavy-handed treatment meted out by the Houthis to their opponents and the ruthless role that Iran plays in supporting the Houthi Ansar Allah (“Supporters of Allah”) movement, a Shia Islamist extremist group. =

My comment: Oh my God. This is by Heritage Foundation think tank,


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Fox guest claims Iran, not Saudi Arabia, is "the number one actor ... responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen"

NILE GARDINER (DIRECTOR, HERITAGE FOUNDATION): But it is vital, at the same time, the United States I think continues to work with Saudi Arabia especially in the ongoing war in Yemen. This war in Yemen is being fueled by Iran and Iranian proxy organizations, movements, especially above all the Houthi movement inside Yemen itself.

without a doubt, I think the number one actor in all of this responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the Iranian regime, which has been funding a brutal war on the country, funding a terrorist organization, overthrowing the legitimate elected government of Yemen. And so I do think Iran has to be held to account.

My comment: This man sounds as if he is on crack.

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Iran’s Role in Yemen and Prospects for Peace

This conflict is primarily a civil war. Other regional governments have interceded to protect their interests, but the conflict will only end through an agreement among the Yemenis themselves. In that context, Iran could play a constructive role in encouraging its Houthi partners to engage in a political process to end the fighting and return to the negotiating table. But neither the Saudis nor the Iranians can force an end to the conflict.

Iranian supplies and personnel, including Lebanese Hezbollah allies, began flowing into Yemen.

Iran’s historic role in Yemen has been marginal, especially in contrast with the major roles of GCC states, notably Saudi Arabia and Oman, Yemen’s immediate neighbors. Iran has not provided significant economic support for Yemen, and it has not been engaged politically – by Gerald M. Feierstein

My comment: So what???? – Since the Saudi interference, this no more is just a civil war.

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Stockholm talks unlikely to yield long-term Yemen peace deal

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Saudi Ambassador: we provided 1.5 billion dollars to UN organizations and they spend only 40%

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Iranian IRGC soldiers and Hezbollah militants were among the al Houthi members who were evacuated from Yemen to Oman on December 3, according to pro-Saudi media. The al Houthi movement issued passports with fake names for the IRGC and Hezbollah members. The UN sponsored an evacuation of 50 wounded al Houthi fighters to Oman on December 3. UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths allegedly was aware of the evacuation of IRGC and Hezbollah members. [1]

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World efforts for Yemen

Countries and international organisations are working hard to ensure the success of Yemen peace talks in Stockholm. The Houthis remain the unknown factor

Some analysts believe the international community should not settle matters with the Houthis, who don’t recognise UN Resolution 2216 nor believe in a political solution for Yemen’s predicament. The Houthis are pending their agreement to attend the Stockholm talks upon the international community’s approval of their demands.

My comment: Overview mixed with biasded propaganda, from Egypt.

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Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis

Today, America isn’t fighting Hitler. But a nuclear-armed Iranian theocracy is no laughing matter. It is important to keep the Saudis in the U.S. orbit; they have ordered about $100 billion in U.S. arms to serve as a bulwark against Iran in the Middle East.

Killing Khashoggi was reprehensible. And to say that the Saudis are not completely attuned to Western values would be a vast understatement. But perhaps the malediction presently heaped upon them will give them pause in the future. Either way, an old proverb comes to mind: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Comment: A good reply, ba Daniel Larison (excerpt above in cp9):

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UAE launches initiative to help families of Yemen war dead

The Emirati Red Crescent is creating 1,000 opportunities for relatives and disabled people in Aden

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‘Iran replicating Hezbollah model in Yemen’

The Iranian regime is trying to copy the Hezbollah model in Yemen by financing the Houthi militia and arming it with lethal weapons enabling them to attack the Yemeni people, disrupt international shipping routes and destabilize the whole region, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid Bin Salman said on Tuesday.

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Hadi Aide to Asharq Al-Awsat: Legitimacy Committed to Recapturing Hodeidah

An aide to Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed on Monday that the legitimacy forces were committed to liberating the Hodeidah province from the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.
Yassine Makkawi told Asharq Al-Awsat that international inaction against the militias will only lead to the failure of peace efforts.
Hadi and the legitimate government support these efforts, he stressed.
Moreover, he questioned how international forces could support the Houthis, deeming such a stance as a “dangerous precedent.”
He spoke of international agendas that seek to prolong the war in Yemen, adding that they are exploiting the humanitarian file to achieve those goals. The latest of evidence of this can be seen in Hodeidah.
Makkawi declared that Hodeidah must be liberated in order to restore safety in the region and in international waters.

My comment: The Hadi government obviously wants war, not peace: “Committed to Recapturing Hodeidah“. – What should this „international support“ for the Houthis really be? This is a propaganda claim. – „international agendas that seek to prolong the war in Yemen“, what is this? This refelcts anger about those who noit fully agree with the Hadi government’s stance: Support us, let us do what we want, don’t ask anything.

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Houthis use children to fuel war, Yemen’s PM tells UNICEF regional director

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Evacuation of #Houthi injured members by UN plane will negatively affect lasting #peace.People who were peaceful and illegally detained are still in prison &sidelined while those who carried guns being heard and http://respected.It could have been done by a 3rd party not UN

Rewarding violence is pretty much the international order. It never worked and never brought peace but key Intl players somehow still “believe” in it. In this twisted reality of right and wrong, criminals always win and victims remain forgotten

My comment: The subject is giving a better medical treatment to injured fighters. The way this is criticized here is simply infamous. Already in WW I, both parties of the war cared for injured enemy soldiers as well as for the own ones. This was no question of friend or foe.

What could be criticized is the fact that the Houthis had selected 50 of their fighters to get a better medical treatment abroad, and not a single civilian of those bulk of people who urgently would need this, men, women, and children: Those injured by Saudi air raids, by shelling, cancer patients, those suffering from kidney failure, malnourished children etc.

But, it’s really the Houthis who are to blame that no civilians are brought abroad for better medical treatment? It’s the Saudi coalition blocking Sanaa airport for passenger flights. It’s the Saudi coalition who even had blocked an agreement on special flights to bring patients abroad for better medical care in September. THIS is the real scandal.

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Houthis ‘still break international law’ despite confidence-building measures: Arab Coalition

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The hell of Yemen and the ambitions of Iran

Iran’s great geopolitical purpose is to form an Iranian-dominated ‘Shi’ite Crescent’creating a land bridge across the Middle East, from Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean. This would give it a power bloc to the north of Sunni Saudi Arabia.

As part of its policy it is attempting to surround Saudi Arabia with client states. Taking power by proxy in Yemen would place it with influence with a territory to the south of Saudi Arabia.

My comment: If there really is a problem with Iran, this has almost nothing to do with Yemen.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

Dec. 4:

Dec. 3:

Dec. 2:

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Wrong air raid injures 4 soldiers and intense fighting in Al-Baydha

Five soldiers of the government forces were injured in a raid by Saudi Arabia's Arab coalition fighters on Wednesday morning, in a front of al-Bayda ' in central Yemen.

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Two citizens killed in Saudi-led air strike on Saada

Two citizens were killed in a Saudi aggression air strike on Saada province, a security official told Saba.
The strike hit a citizen's farm in Baqim district

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#SaudiArabia tanker showing over Yemen Royal Saudi Air Force A330 MRTT 2402 NAJID14 (map)

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On Monday, December 3, 2018, the Saudi Arabian Aggression Coalition launched a new war crime by launching an air strike targeting a car carrying civilians shoppers who were about to reach their homes in al-Rabak district, Qataf district, Sa'ada governorate, killing 5 civilians and injuring 6 ) And the destruction of their car on board, the horror of the terrible crime left by the barbaric raid on shoppers is visible through the preliminary images of victims documented by the legal center and circulated by activists in social networking sites.

earlier reporting (mentioning 4 killed, 9 injured):

photos: = =

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Film: The crime of the Saudi - American aggression Baqam Directorate in Saada 03-12-2018

earlier reporting:

3 Citizens Killed by US-Saudi Apache Airstrikes in Saada.

Three citizens were killed on Sunday by US-Saudi Apache airstrikes in Baqim district of Saada.

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Aerial of aggression destroys Al - Mansaf Complex in Al - Mutama Directorate in Al - Jouf Governorate

earlier recording:

2 Saudi-led airstrikes targret governmental complex in Jawf

Two Saudi-led airstrikes on Sunday hit the building of governmental complex in Matama district of Jawf province, a security official told Saba.
The airstrikes caused heavy damages in the building.

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Dec. 6: and Saada p.

Dec. 5: Hajja p. Saada p. Hodeidah p. Hodeidah

Dec. 4: and Hodeidah p. Nehm, Sanaa p. Sanaa city

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Six Yemeni missiles hit gatherings of Saudi-led forces in Jizan

Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have hit gatherings of Saudi soldiers and Saudi-led mercenaries in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region with six domestically-manufactured missiles in retaliation for the kingdom’s campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation.

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Saada prov.. the Saudi rocketry and artillery shelled civilians’ homes and farms in Baqim and Monabih districts.

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Yemeni Army: Houthis Have Stepped up Assaults

Yemen’s national army on Wednesday accused Houthi militiamen of military escalation, confirming that its forces thwarted a number of attacks staged by the group in Nihm district located 40 km east of Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

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Enemy intensifies raids on Yemen a day before peace talks : Spokesman of Armed Forces

Spokesman for the armed forces Brigadier General Yahya Sarie said on Wednesday the US-Saudi aggression and their mercenaries intensifies raids and the military escalation on Yemen in the day which the Yemeni' delegation arrived to the Swedish capital and a day before one day of the start of negotiations.

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Those videos are vivid yet painful reminder of the existence of more than 5000 k landmines. #Peace talks should seek an end of landmines and mitigate its impact.

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Film: at the moment of finding a maritime mine, #Houthis throwed it nearby the international corridor, west of the island of Baklan in the province of Hajjah, on the Red Sea, where it was transferred and destroyed by the maritime formation of the legitimate authority.

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Aggression coalition shells border areas in Saada

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IRGC Commander: Ansarullah's Indigenized Missiles Enjoy Precision-Striking Power

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qaani said that Ansarullah has been able to develop home-made missiles with high precision-striking power, dismissing Tehran's involvement in Yemen war.

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The mercenaries of the US-Saudi aggression on Tuesday targeted a citizen's home in Lahj province, which led to a fire.

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Medical source: a child was killed by a Houthi militia sniper bullet in Alahkoom area, in #Taiz governorate.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other


i just found this on my facebook-timeline.

maybe it is nice to have something positive in between

,In the 1990s Yemen was more than a travelling destination: it was a place to be. For arts, culture, inspiration, even fashion.
Not by chance GLAMOUR France chose the Arabia Felix Nation as the perfect place for its fashion shoot 'The Yemen Se Devoile' (July-August 1990 issue).
Yemen not only welcomed, it inspired.' (photo)


Beautiful Photos for #Yemen

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The main George HW Bush-Yemen connection I can think of would be the so-called "Most expensive no vote ever cast"--that is, the punitive measures taken by the US against Yemen after its vote voted no on UNSR 678 in the face of massive pressure to do otherwise.

Yemen's decision to vote no led to an end to US military cooperation and the cessation of US, World Bank and IMF aid programs mere months after the unification of the YAR and PDRY--arguably the most important period in the nation's modern history.

George Bush Senior imposed the most draconian punishment on yemen when it exercised its democratic right to oppose US intervention in Kuwait on the basis that this was an Arab matter and should be dealt with by Arabs. Yemen never recovered from this before the war and now this further punishment. The trouble with yemen is that it's people are independent minded.

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Photos To Remind You How Beautiful Yemen Is

Unless you’ve been there, we bet you didn’t know Yemen was this breathtaking. Here is visual proof of the country’s stunning scenery, from the ecological haven of Socotra Island to surreal Sana’a, the world’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the greenery of Ibb and the desert architecture of Hadramaut… Feast your eyes:

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-487 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-487: 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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