Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 536a- Yemen War Mosaic 536a

Yemen Press Reader 536a: 11. Mai 2019: Kampf der Parlamente, Jemen im April 2019 – Ramadan: Hunger, Teuerung, verdorbene Hilfsgüter – Sanaa: Luftangriff am 7. April traf Explosivmaterial-Depot...
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May 11, 2019: Rivalry of parliaments; Yemen in April 2019 – Ramadan: Hunger, rise in prices, rotten food aid – Sanaa: April 7 air raid hit warehouse of explosives – Money transfers improve child nutrition – Yemen’s forests, another casualty of war – In 2014: Yemenis sold their kidneys – Yemen’s fractured South – The Emirates’ policy at Socotra – The revival of Blackwater – and more

Dieses Jemenkrieg-Mosaik ist in zwei Teile geteilt / This Yemen War Mosaic is divided in two parts.

Teil 1 / Part 1: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-536-yemen-war-mosaic-536

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Teil 1 / In Italics: Part 1

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

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(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

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

(A P)

The Government calls for a unified international stance toward the Houthi violations in Hodeidah and the shelling of the relief stores

The Yemeni government has called on the UN humanitarian agent, Emergency Relief Coordinator mark lowcock, and humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Lisa Grande, to intervene urgently to stop the crimes and violations of the Houthis, which she described as terrorist, which was targeting wheat silos in Red sea Mills in the Hodeidah.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167484

(A P)

A soldier in Al-Khokha was killed by clashes and a military commander's house was attacked in Taiz

A soldier was killed and five others wounded, including three civilians, on Friday as a result of clashes between government troops in Al-Khokha town in southern Hodeidah province in western Yemen.

A local source told "Al-Masdar online" that the clashes erupted between members of the Ninth Brigade Giants and their colleagues in the Tenth Brigade giants, and the clashes spread from the coast to near al-Khair mosque south of the city market.

According to the source, the clashes resulted in the death of a soldier, the wounding of two others and the wounding of three civilians.

In the city of Taiz, unidentified gunmen on Friday evening attacked the house of war staff commander of the 170- Air Defense Brigade in the city centre.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167487

(A)

Aden.. Gunmen hit a shopping mall in Crater and wounding of a woman in armed clashes

Masked gunmen, including a woman, attacked a shopping mall in the old city of Crater on early Friday morning, in the southern city of Aden.

A local source told al-Masdar online that gunmen carried out a robbery at the Al-Khairat supermarket in Crater City and looted money and collectibles at the mall located at the entrance of the city.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167476

(A P)

Shatara: Southerners are faced with Houthi-Islah project

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Lutfi Shatara said that the Southerners are now faced with a full-fledged project led by the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia, supported by the Muslim Brotherhood represented by its arm in Yemen, the Islah party.
Shatara wrote on his Facebook timeline that "only some southern morons who linked their personal future to the North and not to the cause of the people in the South, tend to be quick to rush for that project, but we tell them let bygones be bygones and you should know that the South and its cause became a matter of life and death."
Shatara confirmed that the conspiracy on the project of the restoration of the southern state is not a matter of dispute for the ruling gang in the North.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/4222

My comment: This is southern separatists’ conspiration theory. There does not exist any common project of Houthios and Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood): both are extreme foes to each other. Shatara only could refer to the fact that both are opposing southern separatism and both upheld the unity of Yemen – as do the Hadi government, Saudi Arabia, the US and the UN.

(A P)

The Information Attaché of the Yemeni Embassy in Riyadh, Aref Abuhatem, accused Emirati-backed al Hizam Security Forces on May 9 of attacking Presidential Protection Forces in Dhaleh governorate in south-central Yemen the day prior. Abuhatem criticized the UAE for its support of al Hizam Security Forces and also accused the UAE of transporting al Hizam troops to Socotra, an island off the Yemeni coast.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-10-2019

(A P)

Yemen official, loyal to Saudi Arabia, saying that UAE is enslaving Yemenis (film)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1126801748247687168

(A P)

Alyemany receives American Ambassador to say goodbye

Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany received on Thursday the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Mathew Tuller whose tenure in our country has expired.

Alyemany heaped praise upon Mr. Tuller for the active role he played during his mission that helped further enhancing Yemeni-American bilateral ties.

He highly appreciated Tuller’s significant contribution to the efforts aimed to get the Yemeni crisis resolved and re-establish peace based on the three terms of reference.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/09/alyemany-receives-american-ambassador-to-say-goodbye/

My comment: Ambassador Tueller is one of the most extreme backers of the Saudi coalition. He has a very great influence – much more than an ambassador to a failed 3. World government would have – and seems to be an important and horrible puppet master in the background: https://theintercept.com/2017/12/13/yemen-war-peace-talks-matthew-tueller/

(A P)

Forces aligned with the al Islah, a Yemeni Islamist party, raided the home of Abu Abbas Brigade Head of Operations Muhamad Najib in Taiz city in south-central Yemen on May 8. Commander of the Abu Abbas Brigade Adel Abdu Farea, AKA Abu Abbas, accused al Islahi militias of raiding the homes of other Abu Abbas Brigade members as well. Abu Abbas Brigade forces withdrew from Taiz city on April 25 following clashes with al Islah-aligned forces.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-9-2019

(B K P)

Film: Marees city is in a normal state despite the intense battles in northen Dhale

The Houthis have been trying for a while, to control the city of Marees, north of Dhale governorate in southern Yemen, after they were recently defeated by some side parties of the city, despite its proximity to the lines of contact and intensification of battles in the north of Dhale governorate, the city maintained it's usual security state that prevails in most of it, things are going normally in the city, whose people are normally pursuing their work and daily life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZYcpgfwFp0

(A P)

Asian investment team detained three times by security forces in Shabwah and Abyan

Local forces supported by the United Arab Emirates in Abyan and Shabwah governorates have held a Malaysian Chinese investment team three consecutive times in two days while the team was on a work mission to study investment opportunities on the fish in Aden and Abyan provinces, according to an official source talked to Al-Masdar online.

According to the source, the team was disturbed by the arrest and obstruction of his work, despite having official permits from government authorities.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167432

(A P)

Member of Political Council Confirms Increasing Differences of Coalition States, Comments on Salaries

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, pointed to the escalation of quarrels between the coalition countries and their mercenaries in the long-lasting war without achieving the declared goals due to Yemenis steadfastness.

Regarding the comments of the coalition and the pro-aggression government on the employess’ salaries, Al-Houthi said: "I am surprised how the mercenaries are trying to make salaries a pressure card, as if they were paying salaries from their coffers with mercenary money."

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6803

(* A P)

Political Parties in Al-Maharah Demand Departure of Saudi Forces

Political parties and forces in Al-Maharah province (east of Yemen) called for the departure of the Saudi forces in the province since the beginning of last year.

The parties called in a joint statement on Saturday, all the people of the province elders and heads, social figures and all tribes and political components to align and assume their national responsibilities to quell the fire of sedition.

According to the statement issued by the Congress Party and the Baath Socialist Party, the political parties and political forces are following the latest developments, which it described as "serious" and threaten security and social peace in the province.

The parties reiterated their position on rejecting the presence of Saudi forces.

The parties confirmed their support and steadfastness and demanded an investigation of all the crimes committed in the governorate, including the crimes of financial corruption, administrative and tampering with the revenues of the province and the disbursement of large sums of money to buy the debts and loyalties.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6788

(* A K P)

Returned to Aden.. The Presidential Protection Brigades find themselves in the crossfire of a friend forces in al-Dale

President Hadi's Presidential Protection troops returned to the interim capital of Aden on Wednesday evening after being shot by other armed formations in al-Dale province.

The presidential protection forces had moved to al-Dale on the basis of presidential directives to take part in repelling the Houthis ' progress towards the city of al-Dale, but found themselves the target of a friend's forces supposedly fighting with them against a common enemy.

The leadership of the presidential protection issued an explanation for the clashes that took place between its forces and those of the 33rd Armored Brigade, led by the governor of al-Dale, General Ali Moqbel, and later ambushed by forces from the security belt.

The Presidential protection Command said that its forces had gone to Al-Dale to take part in the fighting against the Houthis there, explaining that with the arrival of the force the first day the forces were subjected to a large-scale media provocation, which took place there and affected the mentalities of fighters who should have been on one side to confront the Houthis.

The command indicated that a presidential protection force was positioned immediately after its arrival at the security Department building in Qa’tabah district following the withdrawal of the 33-Armoured Brigade forces following the recent progress of the Houthis.

The leaders said the presidential protection forces remained stationed in the building but were surprised at dawn on Wednesday with the arrival of a force from the 7th Battalion of the 33rd Armored Brigade to ask the presidential protection forces to leave the building because they claimed it.

The disagreement between the parties has evolved into clashes that have led the presidential protection Force's to withdraw towards Aden.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167408

My comment: More and more conflict and infight between anti-Houthi forces… and now even within the southern separatists’ “Southern Transitional Council”:

(A P)

Southern Movement leader says he has received death threats from figures in the Southern Transitional Council

Southern Movement leader Mohammed Qasim al- Jawfi said he had received a death threat from figures from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (NTC).

Al- Jawfi published a communication that included what he said were threats of physical liquidation against the leaders and supporters of the Southern Transitional Council, but Al-Jawfi, who did not specify the personalities who threatened to kill him, said that many of the supporters counted on the NTC are playing an inflammatory role between Southerners in the sites of Social networking.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167409

(A P)

Human Rights Minister discusses preparations for rights report in Yemen

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/09/human-rights-minister-discusses-preparations-for-rights-report-in-yemen/

My comment: This will be quite biased, as one can imagine.

(A H P)

Electricity and water outage in the month of Ramadan in the city of Aden

Local residents told the "Al-Masdar online" that a wave of successive electricity and water outages began since the first day of Ramadan, coinciding with the rise in temperature in the southern coastal city of Aden.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167401

(A K P)

Taiz.. A citizen killed by Houthi sniper and another by Abu al-Abbas brigades

the citizen Ahmed Ali al-Ra’ee was killed while returning with his sheep in the village of Mate’ in Al-Dhabab area by the Houthi militia sniper stationed in Khalwa hill.

On the other hand, Mohammed Sultan Naji, a resident of al-Arif village, was shot dead by gunmen from Abu Abbas in the al-Beyrin market in the Ma'afer district, southwest of Taiz.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167397

(A K P)

According to Directives of President Al-Zubaiadi, the First Commandos Brigade Heads to Al-Dalia

On may 7th, 2019, the first commandos brigade, under commandership of colonel Abd Al-Kareem Musa (Abu Kassem), left Aden heading to Al-Dalia to defend the southern territories against Al-Houthi militias packed by Iran and Al-Eslah Party.

https://en.smanews.org/according-to-directives-of-president-al-zubaiadi-the-first-commandos-brigade-heads-to-al-dalia

and

(A K P)

The Council Sends Reinforcements Towards Al-Dalia and Calls for Al-Houthis to Retrieve Their Dead Bodies

Local sources indicated that the southern transitional council sent new military reinforcements to north of Al-Dalia after Al-Houthi militias, packed with Al-Eslah militias, sent their troops to Al-Dalia

https://en.smanews.org/the-council-sends-reinforcements-towards-al-dalia-and-calls-for-al-houthis-to-retrieve-their-dead-bodies

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/4194

My comment: The southern separatists’ council is behaving like a parallel government, sending troops to the theater of (civil) war. – And again, tey blame the anti-Houthi Islah Party to be allied to the Houthis – what seems to be a fact-free conspiracy theory.

And also

(A P)

Al-Zubaidi Inspects Several Military Units and Attends Graduation Ceremony of New Recruiters of the First Brigade Commandos

President Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi, president of the southern transitional council and supreme commander of southern resistance, in accompaniment of Gewneral Ahmed Said Ben Brik, chairperson of the Southern National Assembly, inspected several military units in Aden to see for their readiness for combat.

https://en.smanews.org/al-zubaidi-inspects-several-military-units-and-attends-graduation-ceremony-of-new-recruiters-of-the-first-brigade-commandos

(B P)

Film: Yemeni Actor Sultan Al-Badr Arbitrarily Tortured by #Aden Security.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLuukGQEzkE

and extract https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1126139238536359939

(A K P)

Southern independence can be addressed through negotiations: Crisis Group

Members of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) suspect that renewed fighting in al-Dhale is directly linked to the issue of southern separation.
STC media outlets reported that government military units fell back in the face of the Houthi offensive, and that some previously government-aligned commanders defected to the Houthi side.
STC media outlets have presented the offensive as part of a plot to destabilise the South, undermine the STC and UAE-backed southern forces, and pave the way for a joint Houthi-Islah attack on Aden. The STC suspects a “northern” Houthi-Islah reconciliation aimed at subduing the South and pre-empting a possible separation bid.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/4189

My comment: Conspiration theories by Southern separatists.

(A P T)

The second in a week. Gunmen assassinate leader of Southern movement faction in Aden

Late Monday evening, unidentified gunmen assassinated a southern movement leader on the 90th Street in the interim capital of Aden.

Eyewitnesses said that unidentified gunmen aboard a motorcycle shot at the leader of the Supreme Council of Revolutionary movement Abdullah Hussain al-Quhaim near his headquarters

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167362

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/4186

and

(A P T)

Gunmen killed early today in Aden South Yemen, Abdullah Hussein Al Kuhaim, a senior leader of southern movement, Herak, that’s against UAE occupation of the South (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1125638290575691778

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

Saudi Arabia, UAE hinder prisoner exchange: Head of Prisoners Affairs Committee

Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs [Houthi government] Abdulqader al-Mortada on Friday said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the main obstacles in the implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement.
Al-Mortada noted, in a statement, that After Sweden Agreement Saudi Arabia issued a directive forbidding any local mediation to lead to a prisoner exchange agreement.
“We launched an initiative to make an exchange of 1000 prisoners on the occasion of the month of Ramadan, but Saudi Arabia stopped any local efforts from the other part to accomplish it,’’ al-Mortada said.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535772.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6815

(A P)

Vice President discusses with Griffiths the possibility of pressuring the Houthis to release captives and abductees

Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh said the government has offered several concessions out of its interest in peace while Houthis failed to honor any (peace) initiative to demonstrate their good faith.
In a meeting with the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in the presence of Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany here on Wednesday, the Vice President said the government on its part has facilitated the WFP's access the Red Sea grain mills to make use of stored grains.

The meeting discussed the Stockholm Agreement (signed by the government and the militia in Sweden on December 13) the implementation of which has made no progress so far due to Houthi obstructions.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167423

and also: http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/08/vp-cites-govts-several-concessions-versus-houthi-failure-to-honor-any-peace-initiative/

My remark: Hadi government. Griffiths is shuttling, now at Riyadh, with little effect.

(A P)

Deputy Defense Minister Meets UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Yemen

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, has met here with Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Yemen Martin Griffiths, to discuss latest developments in Yemen.

During the meeting, they stressed the Kingdom's support for the United Nations efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1922184

(A P)

The al Houthi movement demanded the return of former al Houthi Interior Minister Abd al Hakim al Mawiri’s body from Lebanon as a condition for the implementation of the al Hudaydah deployments, according to anti-al Houthi media. Al Houthi officials made the demand during a meeting with UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Sana’a on May 5. Al Mawiri died in Beirut on April 20, 2019. Al Houthi officials also reiterated their previous demand that Sana’a International Airport be reopened as a condition of the al Hudaydah redeployments.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-7-2019

(A P)

Griffiths Confronted with Houthi Intransigence as Militias Threaten ‘Painful’ Measures

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ truce efforts suffered a new disappointment as the Iran-backed Houthi militias continued to refuse to implement the Sweden deal and redeploy from the Hodeidah province, informed political sources in Sanaa said Monday.
“Houthi leader (Abdul Malek al-Houthi) told Griffiths that he agrees to implement the first phase of the redeployment plan in the two ports of Ras Isa and Saleef on condition that the Houthis are allowed to keep their militias in control of security and administrative affairs there,” the sources added.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1711201/griffiths-confronted-houthi-intransigence-militias-threaten-%E2%80%98painful%E2%80%99-measures

My comment: By a Saudi news site. Both sides insist on confronting interpretations of the Sweden deal.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* B P)

Saudis’ troubled ties in region threaten Trump's anti-Iran agenda

As the United States ups the pressure on Iran, the Donald Trump administration is relying on Tehran's archenemy and longtime US ally Saudi Arabia to shore up regional support for its policies. Yet, strains in Riyadh's relations in the Arab world could complicate matters.

Saudi Arabia’s relations with its Arab neighbors are more troubled than usual, largely due to the impetuousness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. While ties to a few neighbors are close, relations with many others are tense behind the scenes, with significant implications for the Trump administration's policy in the region.

The kingdom’s closest allies are Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Oman did not join the Saudi crown prince’s war in Yemen or the blockade of Qatar.

Yemen, the poor boy of the Arabian Peninsula, is the greatest casualty of the crown prince’s reckless policies.

Jordan, the other monarchy in the Mashriq, is dependent on Gulf aid for its health but privately is anxious about the Saudi prince.

At the core of Hashemite-Saudi tensions stands the future of Jerusalem.

Among the Egyptian people, however, Saudi Arabia is intensely unpopular, in particular because of its takeover of two islands in the Straits of Tiran that Egypt had occupied for decades. Many believe that the islands were the Saudis' reward for backing Sisi.

Riyadh is deeply concerned about the recent popular movements in Sudan and Algeria and their overthrow of Presidents Omar al-Bashir and Abdelaziz Bouteflika, respectively.

Last December, Morocco's King Mohammed VI pointedly decided not to receive the Saudi crown prince

The Saudis have always been eager to proclaim their standing as the leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds, but that is less true today than in decades. The Saudis' relationship with Turkey remains jeopardized by the Khashoggi affair

The Saudis' rocky relations around the Arab world have significant implications for several Trump administration policies – by Bruce Riedel

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/05/saudi-arabia-ties-arab-world-washington-iran-policy.html

(* B E P)

Saudi Arabia Takes Steps to Assure Foreign Investors

The economic components of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious transformation, in which local and foreign investments play a pivotal role, ultimately hinge on the government’s ability to improve the transparency of commercial processes.

Three years after the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, global investor confidence in the country remains mixed. Google, Blackstone, HSBC, and AMC Theatres are ramping up projects in Saudi Arabia, but the country is grappling with historically low levels of foreign direct investment. The frenzy over a $12 billion bond sale by Saudi Aramco was tempered by the subsequent news that the prices of all five slices of the bond issue dropped below their initial sale prices. Prominent businesspeople withdrew from the second Future Investment Initiative in October 2018 in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, fearing the reputational costs of conducting business inside Saudi Arabia or with its government. Yet a renewed vote of confidencein April by the chief executive of HSBC, John Flint, who said, “It’s a privilege to be back in Saudi Arabia,” at a conference in Riyadh, seems to reflect diminished anxieties on the part of the global business community.

Bond issuances and the Saudi stock exchange’s inclusion in major international indexes have boosted capital inflows to Saudi Arabia. However, many of these investments represent “hot money,” or capital that moves regularly and quickly between financial markets

https://agsiw.org/saudi-arabia-takes-steps-to-assure-foreign-investors/

My comment: The Yemen War, Human rights, executions, Khashoggi murder do not play any role at all…

(A P)

Saudi Arabia's military invites British soldiers to perform Umrah in Makkah

Nine soldiers are travelling to the Kingdom during Ramadan at the invitation of Riyadh's armed forces

Ramadan will be particularly special for a group of British soldiers this year, as they are set to make Umrah to Makkah at the invitation of Saudi Arabia.

The participants have arrived in Jeddah from the UK and are being hosted by the local army’s religious directorate, along with other troops from armed forces from around the world. One of the British group’s civilian chaplains and an officer were chosen, alongside eight soldiers wo were selected via a lottery system to ensure fairness.

Cpl Sohail Ifraz recounted he was “a bit shell shocked” to hear his name had been picked.

“I felt so privileged to kind of get the opportunity to go to the blessed lands of Saudi Arabia," he said. "Spiritually it's a place that every Muslim across the world have a connection to. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, you have a connection to that one place because you know, everyone prays to that location, towards that direction everyday.”

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/saudi-arabia-s-military-invites-british-soldiers-to-perform-umrah-in-makkah-1.859907

My comment: By an Emirati news site. The soldier might have got something wrong: For Muslims, there are no “blessed lands of Saudi Arabia”, it’s just blessed lands of Arabia.”

(A P)

Saudi cleric apologizes for ‘intolerant’ views of Sahwa movement

A prominent figure in the Islamic Awakening (Sahwa) movement has apologized to Saudi Arabia for what he described as its offenses against Islam.

“I am today supportive of the moderate Islam, open to the world, which has been called for by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” the Saudi cleric, scholar and author Ayed Al-Qarni said.

“We invite the world to come over ... our religion was sent as a mercy and safety to mankind,” he said during a Ramadan show on the Rotana Khalijia channel.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1493956/saudi-arabia

(A E P)

Saudis Said Willing to Meet Orders From Ex-Iran Oil Buyers

Saudi Arabia plans to meet all requests for oil purchases it has received for June, notably from countries that had to stop buying Iranian crude because of recent U.S. sanctions.

The world’s biggest oil exporter has received moderate requests from customers for shipments next month, including from former buyers of Iran’s oil, according to a Persian Gulf person familiar with Saudi plans

https://uk.investing.com/news/commodities-news/saudis-said-willing-to-meet-orders-from-exiran-oil-buyers-1505638

(* B E P)

Wall Street may be returning to Saudi Arabia, but it's not back to business as usual

Businesses are returning to Saudi Arabia, but only tepidly. And their return says less about their confidence in Saudi Arabia than it does about their hunt for global yield.

Saudi Aramco's bond sale is a case in point. Demand for the oil company's debut offering topped $100 billion, allowing Aramco to raise $12.5 billion.

While Saudi officials could tout this demand as a sign of renewed confidence in the kingdom, Aramco's bond issue shows institutional investors' desperate hunt for yield. As interest rates remain low in developed markets, investors are turning to emerging markets to satisfy their appetite for higher yields — a big factor pushing them toward Aramco, which is the world's most profitable company with $111 billion in net income last year.

Banking and finance executives' eagerness to return to Riyadh underscores a similar dynamic.

Banks may be returning to Riyadh, but foreign direct investment suggests that other businesses don't share the banks' enthusiasm. Investment plummeted to $1.4 billion in 2017 from $7.5 billion in 2016, as the political risks generated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's so-called anti-corruption roundup spooked investors.

Despite the concerns of many firms, it's unclear whether Mohammed bin Salman realizes — or cares — how serious a blow the kingdom's image has taken.

Under such conditions, Saudi Arabia is unlikely to get the buy-in it wants from the business community. Executives may return to conferences and investors may pursue yield. But until Saudi Arabia acquires the kind of deep, long-term partnerships, that Vision 2030 needs — which can boost Saudi nationals' employment and benefit Saudi society — it's not yet back to business as usual in Riyadh – by Varsha Koduvayur

https://us.cnn.com/2019/05/08/perspectives/saudi-arabia-financial-sector-conference/index.html

(A H P)

10,000 Ethiopian maids may arrive in Saudi Arabia by mid-Ramadan

Some 10,000 Ethiopian housemaids are expected to arrive in the Kingdom by mid Ramadan (May 20), local daily Al-Madina reported on Wednesday quoting a source at the Ethiopian consulate general in Jeddah.
The source, who requested anonymity, said the delay behind the arrival of housemaids before Ramadan was due to their training and qualification for a month on the house chores and the Saudi customs and traditions.

Under a contract signed between the labor ministries in the two countries, the monthly salary of an Ethiopian housemaid will be SR1,000 while the cost of her recruitment will rage between SR4,000 and SR7,000

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/565889/SAUDI-ARABIA/10000-Ethiopian-maids-mayarrive-in-KSA-by-mid-Ramadan

My comment: Poor girls. And their salary will be US$ 266 a month.

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Responding to Gaza events, Saudis tweet in support of Israel and against Hamas

Saudi journalists and intellectuals accuse Hamas of acting on behalf of Iran in retaliation for tightened U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Gaza sparked many reactions from Saudis on Twitter.

Noteworthy among these responses were tweets, some by prominent intellectuals and journalists, siding with Israel and expressing hope for its safety and victory, while attacking Hamas and its policy, in particular its firing of rockets. Some wrote that Hamas was acting on orders from Iran, in retaliation for the United States tightening sanctions on the Islamic Republic on May 3. It should be noted that this is not the first time Saudi intellectuals and academics have openly expressed support for Israel and criticized Hamas.

https://www.memri.org/reports/responding-gaza-events-saudis-tweet-support-israel-against-hamas = https://www.jns.org/responding-to-gaza-events-saudis-tweet-in-support-of-israel-against-hamas/

and also http://www.thetower.org/7322-prominent-saudis-blame-iran-for-gaza-escalation-express-solidarity-with-israel/

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As Saudi Arabia Builds A Nuclear Reactor, Some Worry About Its Motives

On the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is building what it sees as the future of its energy production.

At the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the Saudi government is constructing a small nuclear research reactor.

Saudi Arabia's plans appear, on paper, to be entirely peaceful. But some arms control experts are concerned that its nuclear energy ambitions may also be part of its ongoing rivalry with Iran, which already possesses dual-use technology that could aid in the production of a nuclear bomb.

The U.S. and others such as South Korea and China are pushing ahead with plans to help Saudi Arabia's civilian nuclear program.

"The big, big question in the background," says Sharon Squassoni, a nuclear expert and professor at George Washington University, "is do we have enough controls in place that we can trust [Saudi Arabia]? Since they've been pretty clear about their intentions should things go bad with Iran."

Squassoni says she's a bit flummoxed by Saudi Arabia's continued interest in nuclear, given its high cost and the ease with which the country could adopt renewable energy sources like solar.

But the interest may make a lot more sense, she says, when considering Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Iran.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/06/719590408/as-saudi-arabia-builds-a-nuclear-reactor-some-worry-about-its-motives

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Powerful explosions heard in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Yanbu': Local sources

A number of powerful explosions have been heard in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Yanbu', local sources said Monday, with reports falling short of giving any reason for the blasts or possible casualties.

No further details have been made available up to this moment and no group or individual has assumed responsibility for the blasts.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/06/595262/Saudi-Arabia-Yanbu

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CIA warns Arab activist of potential threat from Saudi Arabia

Pro-democracy campaigner İyad el-Baghdadi has been vocal critic of Saudi crown prince

The CIA has warned Norway that a prominent Arab activist who is living in the country under asylum protection is facing a potential threat from Saudi Arabia, the Guardian has learned.

The pro-democracy activist, İyad el-Baghdadi, is a vocal critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

El-Baghdadi was alerted to the threat on 25 April, when Norwegian authorities arrived at his doorstep, took him to a secure location, and warned him he was in possible danger from an unspecified threat emanating from the kingdom.

The activist was told the threat had been passed on to Norwegian authorities by a foreign intelligence agency, which the Guardian has confirmed was the CIA.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/cia-warns-arab-activist-of-potential-threat-from-saudi-arabia

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190507-cia-warns-palestinian-activist-of-saudi-threat-on-his-life/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-security-saudi/arab-activist-says-norway-warned-him-of-potential-saudi-threat-idUSKCN1SE145

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Saudi Arabia Prevents Yemenis from Performing Umrah for Political Reasons

Hajj and Umrah Section at the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments and Guidance) on Sunday announced that Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims, from the northern provinces, to perform Umrah for the current season, despite fulfilling the conditions.

"Saudi authorities used to return Yemeni pilgrims from Wadia avenue, although they hold the necessary visa for Umrah, under the pretext that they are from areas under the control of the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation Government," said Hajj and Umrah's Undersecretary Ismail Dhaifallah in a press statement.

"It is the right of every Muslim to pilgrimage to Makkah Holy Mosque or to perform Umrah. No one has the right to prevent or deprive Muslims of visiting the Holy Mosque, especially after the completion of the procedures and regulations in force," Dhaifallah added.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6768

My remark: Umrah = pilgrimage to Mekka at another time than the great Hajj.

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Fugitive Saudi sisters to leave Georgia

The two had found refuge in the Caucasus and garnered international media attention for their stories of escaping abusive male relatives.

Two runaway sisters whose stories of a daring escape from abuse in Saudi Arabia put them in the international media spotlight are leaving their temporary shelter in Georgia for an undisclosed location in another country.

The 28-year-old Maha and 25-year-old Waha made international headlines when they emerged in Tbilisi, asking for protection from their family, saying that they suffered regular beatings from their father and other male family members.

https://eurasianet.org/fugitive-saudi-sisters-to-leave-georgia

and tweet: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaSisters2/status/1125672980095234048

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Saudi government's 'wife-tracking' app linked to domestic violence and abusive working conditions, says rights group

'Saudi authorities allow male guardians and employers to trap women and migrants in the country,' says Human Rights Watch researcher

A controversial Saudi government app that can be used by men to control women’s movements and stop them from travelling enables domestic violenceand abusive labour conditions, a leading human rights organisation has warned.

Absher, an app owned and operated by the kingdom’s interior ministry, is available in the Saudi version of Google and Apple online stores.

The app, which has been downloaded more than one million times, gives men the power to grant and rescind travel permission for women and to set up SMS alerts for when they use their passports.

Human Rights Watch has called for Google and Apple to strongly urge the Saudi government to end the male guardianship system.

“Saudi authorities allow male guardians and employers to trap women and migrants in the country,” Rothna Begum, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said. “Such control over people’s lives facilitates domestic violence and abusive labour conditions.”

She added: “The mobile app Absher is a modern tool for an outdated and repressive system of control over women. Saudi Arabia should end its humiliating and discriminatory requirement for women to have male guardian permission to travel abroad.”

Absher, which roughly translates as “yes sir”, also enables Saudis who sponsor foreign nationals to control whether their foreign workers, foreign spouses, or foreign children can leave the country, the organisation said.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-absher-app-wife-tracking-human-rights-middle-east-a8903376.html

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The chilling message of the Saudi executions

A couple of weeks have passed since the dramatic beheadings of 37 Saudi citizensthat shocked the world.

But these executions served a clear purpose -- to strike fear in the Saudi Shia population while rallying the royal family's ultra-conservative Wahhabi -- the official creed of the Kingdom -- fundamentalist base. In the end, to be Shia in Saudi Arabia has always been a complicated affair.

Few Americans know that Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam, looks down on Shia Muslims as apostates. Violence against Shia communities is deeply rooted in the Saudi Kingdom's DNA. Like African Americans in the Deep South, the Shia have suffered discrimination and suspicion from the Wahhabi ruling elite since the founding of the country in 1932.

Those who were executed in April included protestorswho were arrested and convicted of terror-related crimes during the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 and 2012.

Little was spent in the Shia communities, yet they have represented the majority of Saudi manpower in Aramco -- now likely the world's most profitable company.

Instead of benefiting from the profits of vast oil fields that lay under historically Shia lands, they have been treated as second-class citizens since Ibn Saud, who would eventually go on to found Saudi Arabia, and his family conquered their homeland in 1913.

Even today, some Shia friends of mine call it "religious apartheid."

When I returned as a management consultant to Saudi Arabia in the 1980's, clerics had condemned mixing between Sunnis and Shia as well as intermarriage.

In numerous religious rulings, the late grand mufti, Abdulaziz Bin Baz, condemned the Shia community. Bin Baz's religious rulings are still available in the kingdom's official database and are often cited in Saudi court rulings, which are based on Islamic law.

More recently, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars said that Shia Muslims were "not our brothers ... rather they are the brothers of Satan...", according to Human Rights Watch.

Because of the historic conflict with the Shia community, the execution orders handed down by Saudi magistrates in April were expected – by Terence Ward (with film: Author on the link between Wahhabism and jihad)

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/08/opinions/saudi-arabia-shia-executions-message-ward/index.html?no-st=1557500029

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Film: Lawyer for executed men fears Saudi Arabia may target him

Saudi Arabia says 37 men have been executed after being convicted of terror-related crimes, but documents reviewed by CNN show that many said their confessions had been written by the people who tortured them. CNN's Arwa Damon talks to a lawyer who defended some of activists and fears the government may now be accusing him of false crimes.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/05/07/saudi-arabia-executions-court-documents-lawyer-speaks-out-damon-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

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[Three more of those 37 who had been executed]

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1126180760111783936

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1126552126099005442

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1126931543983833089

https://twitter.com/Kingslayer745/status/1126261464631738376

https://twitter.com/Kingslayer745/status/1126242521103982592

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1125811796819042304

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1125472348491124737

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1125099089711046662

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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The CIA Sent Warnings to at Least 3 Khashoggi Associates About New Threats From Saudi Arabia

The CIA and foreign security services are warning friends and colleagues of Jamal Khashoggi that their efforts to continue the pro-democracy work of the slain Saudi journalist has made them and their families the targets of potential retaliation from Saudi Arabia, according to individuals appraised of the threats and security sources in two countries.

Three of those who were given security briefings in recent weeks––democracy advocates Iyad El-Baghdadi of Oslo, Norway; Omar Abdulaziz of Montreal, Canada; and a person in the U.S. who asked not to be named––were working closely with Khashoggi on politically sensitive media and human rights projects at the time of his killing inside a Saudi diplomatic facility in Turkey last October. Based on the security briefings, the advocates say they have been targeted because they have become especially vocal and influential critics of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accusing him of ordering Khashoggi’s murder as part of a broader crackdown on Saudi dissidents worldwide.

The CIA was the source of the threat warning, according to an overseas intelligence official, Baghdadi and others involved with the briefings.

The nature of the new threat was not specified. Neither Baghdadi nor Abdulaziz were told that they or their families were in physical danger, either now or in the future, according to people familiar with briefings. But Baghdadi said he was instructed to take a wide range of precautions.

http://time.com/5585281/cia-warned-jamal-khashoggi-associates/

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Film: Why Khashoggi assassins are still free?!

Ahmed Assiri is the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia General Intelligence Presidency who ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist "Jamal Khashoggi". Recent tweets from his family members show Assiri is not on a trial neither in jail. There is no justice in Saudi Arabia and apparently Assiri took his orders from the Crown Prince "MBS".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iVNf_c72JA

cp9 USA

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Yemen resolution sponsor pushing Pelosi to sue over Trump veto

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Friday he is pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to go to court over President Trump’s veto of his Yemen war powers resolution.

“I’ve been speaking with Speaker Pelosi now to take that to the Supreme Court because under The Steel Seizure Case, it’s unsettled law whether the presidential veto is the final word or whether Congress actually has the power under our founding to adjudicate matters of war and peace,” Khanna said at the National Security Action forum.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/443096-yemen-resolution-sponsor-pushing-pelosi-to-go-to-court-over-trumps-veto

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US charges intelligence analyst for leaking information on drone program

The US Department of Justice has charged a former intelligence analyst for leaking top secret information on its global drone program. The information included targeted assassinations in Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Daniel Everette Hale, a former intelligence analyst, with the theft and disclosure of sensitive government information in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday.

Hale, who was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday morning, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of leaking classified information on the targeted assassination of individuals in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

The indictment did not name the publication or journalist, but the description appeared to match that of Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. The information was published in an eight-part series titled "The Drone Papers" by the online news organization The Intercept in 2015.

Hale, 31, worked as an intelligence analyst for the US Air Force in Afghanistan, where he was assigned to the National Security Agency (NSA) from 2009 to 2013. During that time he was involved in numerous drone strikes.

After leaving the Air Force, Hale was employed at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The NGA is a key intelligence agency in the US.

Hale is accused of having met and delivered information to Jeremy Scahill, one of The Intercept's founding editors, during his year at NGA. Scahill wrote the 2013 book "Dirty Wars," which critically outlined the Obama administration's expansion of the US global drone program.

https://www.dw.com/en/us-charges-intelligence-analyst-for-leaking-information-on-drone-program/a-48680748

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Too Afraid to Ask: Yemen

There’s a lot more at play in Yemen than we’ve covered, or have time to discuss in full. The U.S., which has upped its saber-rattling against Iran in recent weeks, argues that the conflict in Yemen is driven by Tehran and is part of a larger proxy war in the Middle East. And the legislation intended to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen is part of a power struggle between the president and Congress over war powers. Both are important topics, but they can wait for other TATAs, because at the end of the day, regardless of everything else going on, the U.S. is still supporting the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.

That means that U.S. bombs will continue to kill innocents and children will continue to starve — just the latest example of U.S. abdication of responsibility on the global stage. We’re way past what U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called the “toleration of unspeakable atrocities, often committed in clear view” in her book “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide. Now, the U.S. is complicit.

http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/too-afraid-to-ask-yemen/

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THE CASE FOR ARMS EMBARGOES AGAINST UNCOOPERATIVE PARTNERS

The efficacy of withholding military assistance, including grant aid and arms sales, to modify the behavior of recipient countries is a hotly debated topic in the U.S. foreign policy community. Last month, War on the Rocks published another contribution to this discussion.

First, the empirical record does not support Rounds’ contention that arms embargoes do not deliver. While these suspensions are not a silver bullet, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that they can be effective in changing the policy of a target country.

Second, Rounds also overstates the costs of suspending arms transfers. He is particularly focused on the potential for losing “access,” a term that encompasses relationships with the recipient country’s military leadership; insight into their views, organization, and doctrine; and permission for the U.S. military to use that country’s bases and airspace. These are legitimate concerns, but suspensions do not automatically compromise access.

The author’s other major concern is that arms suspensions could result in the loss of arms sales to strategic competitors like Russia or China.

Fundamentally, the author’s implicit argument — that if the United States reliably supplies weapons to strategically important countries, they won’t seek them elsewhere — is suspect.

The reluctance to use the leverage afforded by arms transfers is symptomatic of a broader pathology in U.S. foreign policy: a fixation on maintaining relationships without regard to the value they provide. Relationships are important, but the United States should receive a commensurate return on its investments.

https://warontherocks.com/2019/05/the-case-for-arms-embargoes-against-uncooperative-partners/?singlepage=1

My comment: A typical US „liberal“ mainstream article. US imperialism is not questioned, there is just a call to recalibrate thew assumed utility for US interests.

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Divest from Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. | Yemen Campaign

Please endorse and sign our call to divest from the ruling families of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The full statement is below. Add your name on the right.

Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. have bombed and killed tens of thousands of civilians in the country of Yemen. In their war with Houthi rebels, the monarchies of Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. have targeted civilians and used starvation as a weapon of war.

Once you endorse this statement, we will update you with next steps you can take. Together, we will help end the war in Yemen by putting grassroots economic pressure on the ruling families of Saudi Arabia and U.A.E.

The Call to Divest from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates:

We, representatives of the Yemeni diaspora and allies, call upon individuals, organizations, institutions, and governments to impose and implement boycotts, divestment initiatives, and other penalties against the ruling families of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/divestsaudiuae

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Secret 'Ninja' missile armed with six razor-sharp blades shreds enemies to death

America's new dive-bombing R9X weapon - the 'Ninja bomb' or 'flying Ginsu' - doesn't explode and has been used to kill at least two senior terrorist figures, it is claimed

The US military has built a secret 'Ninja' missile armed with six razor-sharp steel blades designed to shred enemies to death in a precision strike, it is reported.

Designed to wipe out individual terrorists, the new dive-bombing R9X weapon could potentially kill a car's passenger without any fatal injuries to the driver.

Unlike other US military weapons the 'Ninja bomb' or 'flying Ginsu' isn't packed with explosives - potentially reducing collateral damage in a strike - and is fired from a Reaper drone operated remotely.

It is claimed the laser-guided missile has been used by the CIA and Pentagon on targets in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia - including Jamal al-Badawi, a suspect in a deadly terror attack on an American naval destroyer.

he weapon has only been used about half a dozen times since it was developed from the 5-ft long, 100lb Hellfire missile and deployed in 2017, the Wall Street Journal wrote in a report quoting sources.

Instead of exploding it crushes targets or shreds them with six blades that fan out from the body seconds before impact and can slice through a car from a range of five miles (photos)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/secret-ninja-missile-armed-six-15024213

and

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CIA's Solution to Killing Too Many Civilians: Knife Bomb

The CIA and the U.S. military have been using a new type of missile during some drone strikes in recent years, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. What makes this new missile unique? It doesn’t explode and instead deploys sharp blades, hitting targets “like a speeding anvil” from the sky.

The new missile, which has never been acknowledged publicly before today, is called the R9X and is a variant of the Hellfire missile. But unlike a traditional Hellfire, the R9X is designed with six long blades that only emerge from the missile seconds before impact. The R9X, nicknamed the “flying Ginsu” by insiders, doesn’t contain a warhead. The goal, according to anonymous U.S. officials speaking with the Journal, is to reduce unnecessary casualties and hopefully only kill the person who was targeted in the first place.

https://gizmodo.com/cias-solution-to-killing-too-many-civilians-knife-bomb-1834637209

Comment: It cannot kill terrorists: it kills suspects. Just suspects. Without a trial, without evidence. Unethical extrajudicial killing

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2265055800214104

and

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CIA Used Secret Missile to Kill Terrorists ‘With No Explosion’– Report

The missile’s development, which reportedly began under former US President Barack Obama, was aimed to avoid civilian casualties during US campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

The US government has developed a secret missile to launch pinpoint airstrikes against terrorists and their leaders “with no explosion”, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The newspaper cited unnamed US officials as saying that the use of the specially designed new missile with “extraordinarily accurate intelligence about a target’s location and surroundings” will help “drastically” reduce damage and minimise chances of civilian casualties.

“A modified version of the well-known Hellfire missile, […] the R9X is designed to plunge more than 100 pounds of metal through the tops of cars and buildings to kill its target without harming individuals and property close by”, the officials said.

https://sputniknews.com/us/201905091074858085-us-government-missile-terrorists/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/secret-u-s-missile-aims-to-kill-only-terrorists-not-nearby-civilians-11557403411 (subscribers only)

My comment: How this would avoid killing civilians??? This is an idiotic claim.

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With Trump's declaration he made the #US a party to the #Saudi war crimes in #Yemen. #America needs to get out of the weapons manufacturing business. It is sad to think the US economy is based on war to the detriment of its own people, and world peace. (infographic)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1126290286722916358

My comment: The US was exactly the same, already before Trump.

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How Yemen crystallized Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy message

“I don’t think people fully appreciate the significance of foreign policy,” Sanders griped to me in his Senate office in late April, after two straight weeks on the campaign trail. The media, he said, doesn’t cover the world enough.

Specifically, he focuses on Yemen.

It took every ounce of political will fighting Saudi Arabia’s powerful lobby, a legacy of hawkish anti-Iran lawmakers — both Democratic and Republican — and President Trump’s personal affinity for MBS to pass the War Powers Resolution through the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-run House

Even so, for Sanders, the War Powers Resolution has served as a clarifying issue for his 2020 foreign policy message. The fight against the Yemen war fits so perfectly within his worldview that to listen to him explain it, you can hear the echoes of his famed speeches about millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street.

“MBS, who I think has the unique distinction of owning the largest home in the world and the largest yacht in the world — he should not be determining American military and foreign policy,” Sanders told me with a smile.

This story begins in 2015 with an antiwar activist no one would listen to: Robert Naiman, the director at the progressive group Just Foreign Policy, who saw what was happening in Yemen.

Sanders joined the movement to end US involvement in Yemen in November 2017.

Over the course of two years, support for the Yemen resolution became a litmus test of the Democratic Party’s progressive shift on foreign policy.

Sanders’s leadership on Yemen could truly set him apart in a crowded field

On the presidential campaign trail, only two candidates have meaningfully occupied this progressive space on foreign policy: Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://www.vox.com/2019/5/8/18525486/bernie-sanders-foreign-policy-2020-yemen-war-powers

My comment: Candidate Tulsi Gabbard has been ignored here – why? She is much more progressive and anti-war than Elisabeth Warren.

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HOW ONE PROTESTER MADE SURE LOCKHEED MARTIN NEVER FORGETS ITS ROLE IN DEADLY YEMEN SCHOOL BUS BOMBING

The bomb that destroyed the children was a 500 pound, laser-guided device built by Lockheed Martin

It was the date of their deaths, August 9, 2018, along with a single word—”Yemen”—that Bryce Druzin, 34, spray-painted in blood-red across Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, in a non-violent protest of the Yemen War.

“It’s where I grew up, it’s where I lived most of my life,” Druzin told Newsweek, comparing Lockheed Martin to bad neighbors. “There’s a company in my hometown enabling it. I felt an obligation.”

Druzin, a stand-up comedian now living in San Francisco, parked nearby and walked on to the Lockheed Martin campus on Saturday, April 27. After painting “Yemen” in the parking lot and on Lockheed Martin signage, he called Palo Alto police, who took him into custody and charged Druzin with felony vandalism (his court date is June 26). “The message is more effective when there’s a person taking responsibility and explaining why they did it,” Druzin wrote on Facebook. “It’s in line with non-violent principles. I didn’t want Lockheed employees wondering ‘Who did this? What will he do next?’”

https://www.newsweek.com/lockheed-martin-yemen-school-bus-bomb-war-resolution-death-toll-saudi-arabia-1418598

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U.S. energy secretary says Saudi raising production to counter Iran sanctions impact: CNBC

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told CNBC on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is increasing its oil production to meet needs arising from sanctions on Iran.

“Our allies, Saudi Arabia for instance, are increasing their production to meet these needs relative to the Iran sanctions,” Perry said in an interview with CNBC, adding that the message for U.S. allies around the world is to not do business with Iran.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-saudi/u-s-energy-secretary-says-saudi-raising-production-to-counter-iran-sanctions-impact-cnbc-idUSKCN1SD24H

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Bolton & Co treiben den Iran zum Vertragsbruch

Extremisten in Washington wollen Iran schon lange bombardieren, um einen «Regime Change» zu erreichen.

Schon lange, bevor John Bolton Donald Trumps (Un-)Sicherheitsberater wurde, wusste er, wie die USA mit Iran umgehen sollen: „Bomb it!“. Er kommt seinem Traum von Tag zu Tag näher.

Dank seiner – vom US-Präsidenten mitgetragenen – Provokationen brachte er die iranische Führung dazu, aus Teilen des 2015 abgeschlossenen „Atom-Abkommens“ (offiziell heisst es JCPOA, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) auszusteigen. Er wird es wohl zutiefst bedauern, dass die Iraner trotz allem, was sie jetzt als Reaktion auf die US-amerikanischen Haudegen-Beschlüsse bekannt gaben, zumindest noch für eine Gnadenfrist vertragstreu zu bleiben – täten sie das nicht, könnten Bolton, Pompeo und Trump von heute auf morgen erklären, ein Krieg gegen Iran sei unvermeidlich oder gar im Interesse der so genannten internationalen Gemeinschaft. So oder inhaltlich ähnlich argumentierte Washington ja schon einmal, 2003, unter dem damaligen Präsidenten George W. Bush, als der Krieg gegen Irak vorbereitet wurde.

https://www.infosperber.ch/Artikel/Politik/Bolton-amp-Co-treiben-den-Iran-zum-Vertragsbruch

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Nachdem er ein Jahr still gehalten hat, hat der Iran nun auf den US-Vertragsbruch beim Atomabkommen reagiert. Was bedeutet das für die Region?

Da die EU nicht den Mut hatte, den USA die Stirn zu bieten und den Handel mit dem Iran aufrecht zu erhalten, hat der Iran nun reagiert und kleine Teile des Abkommens ausgesetzt. Das ist ein Sieg für die Hardliner in Israel und um Trumps Schwiegersohn Kushner, der auch US-Beauftragter für den Nahen Osten ist. Diese Hardliner waren von vornherein gegen jedes Abkommen. Sie wollen den Iran auf die Knie zwingen.

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2019/pulverfass-naher-osten-usa-schicken-weiteren-flugzeugtraeger-eskaliert-die-krise-um-den-iran/

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U.S. officials: Iran official OK'd attacks on American military

Intelligence revealed Iran told some proxies and surrogates they could go after American military targets in the region, say 3 U.S. officials.

The U.S. decision to surge additional military forces into the Middle East was based in part on intelligence that the Iranian regime has told some of its proxy forces and surrogates that they can now go after American military personnel and assets in the region, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence.

The intelligence shows that an Iranian official discussed activating Iranian-backed groups to target Americans, but did not mention targeting the militaries of other nations, the officials said.

Among the specific threats the U.S. military is now tracking, officials say, are possible missile attacks by Iranian dhows, or small ships, in the Persian Gulf; attacks in Iraq by Iranian-trained Shiite militia groups; and attacks against U.S. ships by the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The three officials say that in addition to learning that an Iranian official had discussed attacks on Americans, the U.S. began seeing the movement of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in various places across the region, prompting the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, to request additional forces move to the region.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/u-s-officials-iran-official-ok-d-attacks-american-military-n1003421

and also https://hotair.com/archives/2019/05/09/nbc-iran-preparing-attack-americans-middle-east/

My comment: The US obviously is looking and mongering for war. – And it again arrogates the role of policeman of the world.

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Sudden US threat against Iran adds to Middle East volatility

Frustration in Washington at its failing foreign policies could be a factor in growing pressure

John Bolton’s sudden, unexplained threat to use “unrelenting force” against Tehran has raised US-Iran tensions to a new high. But its impact is not confined to these two countries. Like a lethal poison, their mutual enmity is seeping through the veins of an already unstable region that has experienced dangerously high levels of volatility in recent days.

No clear reason was given by Donald Trump’s national security adviser for his decision to advertise the pre-arranged deployment of military reinforcements to the Middle East. But Bolton singled out Iran, and specifically Iran’s non-state allies and proxy forces, as causes for concern.

Frustration in Washington that its Middle East policies are everywhere failing could be another factor.

Nor can Trump and his advisers rely on traditional allies in efforts to force regime change in Iran. European countries, including Britain, continue to uphold the UN-approved 2015 nuclear pact with Tehran, which the US reneged on last year, while the UN’s nuclear watchdog insists Iran is in compliance.

Trump’s “maximum pressure” has poisoned wells elsewhere, too. China, Turkey and India are expected to ignore US demands to cease buying Iranian oil, despite a 1 May deadline set by Washington. China told the US last month not to interfere in its legitimate and lawful “cooperation” with Iran. In other words, butt out.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/06/sudden-us-threat-against-iran-adds-to-middle-east-volatility

Remark by Sen. Chris Murphy: Trump’s Iran strategy is blind escalation. There is no endgame. No overriding strategy. No way out. It’s just escalation for the sake of escalation. That’s wildly dangerous and inexcusably dumb, in that order.

https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1125940323165843456

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Iran moving ballistic missiles by boat, US officials say

Intelligence showing that Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf was one of the critical reasons the US decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region, according to several US officials with direct knowledge of the situation.

The concerns over the movement of the missiles was one of multiple threads of intelligence from various sources that led the US to believe Iran had a capability and intention to launch strikes against US targets.

On Tuesday US Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said they had seen "indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region."

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/07/politics/us-iran-transporting-missiles/index.html

My comment: A „possible attack BY US forces“ is much more probable.

Comment: How is this a "new threat"? The administration has been claiming this wrt to #Yemen for years. That never caught fire so now it seems they're testing an expanded version of this claim to justify unconstitutional US military action against #Iran.

https://twitter.com/KateKizer/status/1125859038137393155

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US deploys B-52 heavy bombers to Middle East amid rising tensions

The US is deploying a B-52 bomber force alongside an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran.

Officials have released details of the military forces heading to the region overseen by the Pentagon's US Central Command (CENTCOM).

The US Air Force is dispatching four long-range B-52 bombers, capable of carrying 30,000 kilograms of bombs and flying at heights of 15,000 metres. They will operate from Qatar’s Al Udeid Air base, a regular regional hub for the US Air Force, reports CBS News.

https://www.9news.com.au/world/news-world-us-deploys-b52-heavy-bombers-to-middle-east-amid-iran-sanctions/88b3e8fd-c194-4ab2-aec2-842500f5de25

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Trump inches toward military confrontation with Iran

The Trump administration has redirected an aircraft carrier to the region as Iran is expected to pull back on commitments to freeze its nuclear program.

President Donald Trump has moved closer to a military conflict with Iran than at any time in his presidency, redirecting warships to the Middle East to respond to what officials said Monday are heightened Iranian threats to U.S. troops and facilities.

Taken together, Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic and its latest attempt at gunboat diplomacy may be reaching a hazardous crescendo.

“I don’t think either side wants to go to war, but this is the kind of brinksmanship that could get out of hand," said Alex Vatanka, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.

The situation has escalated swiftly since Trump designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization last month

The Trump administration's overall goal appears to be to starve the Iranian regime of funding so that at the very least it cannot support proxy militias and other groups that have given Tehran a foothold in other countries in the Middle East. The U.S. pressure has already badly damaged Iran's economy.

“There’s going to be gradually increasing pressure,” predicted the Arab diplomat. “Any revenue stream Iran has, there’s going to be attempts to cut it off. The policy is designed to cut off revenue to a country that we all know conducts foreign terrorist operations."

But the sanctions will also make tougher the lives of ordinary Iranians who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet.

"It's really unfortunate," the Arab diplomat said. "But this is the result of the regime's policy choices."

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/06/trump-iran-military-1306782

(A K P)

U.S. Deployment Triggered by Intelligence Warning of Iranian Attack Plans

Unusually specific intelligence reports about fresh Iranian threats to American forces in the Middle East triggered a U.S. military request in the Middle East

U.S. intelligence showed that Iran has made plans to target U.S. forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, triggering a decision to reinforce the American military presence in the region in an effort to deter any possible moves by Tehran, U.S. officials said Monday (subscribers only)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-deployment-triggered-by-intelligence-warning-of-iranian-attack-plans-11557180106

and also https://sputniknews.com/us/201905071074771735-us-middle-east-presence-boost/

Comment: Dejavu of Saddam's WMD for instance.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2260329647353386

My comment: This sounds like a propaganda article.

(A P)

Film: Sen. Murphy Questions Administrator Green on Yemen During Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g05Bfzw4mY

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THE DEMOCRATIC COUNTERREVOLUTION HAS A SELF-APPOINTED LEADER: JOSH GOTTHEIMER

His boldest bid for internal power, however, came amid the push for a congressional War Powers Resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. As progressives in the House neared a historic achievement, Gottheimer organized behind the scenes to take the resolution down, in part by attempting to make it a referendum on support for Israel — and very nearly succeeded.

Gottheimer’s rearguard action against the Yemen resolution, and his attempt to link the issue to Israel, hasn’t been previously reported. It’s been perhaps the most aggressive move any Democrat has made against the caucus and its leadership this session — and the intensity with which he approached it suggests that Gottheimer is working to establish himself as a leading player in the years to come.

GOTTHEIMER’S INTERVENTION IN the effort to end the Saudi-led war in Yemen takes on new resonance in the context of his longstanding links to Saudi money. Gottheimer is a protege of Mark Penn, a notorious Democratic operative who has become a leading Trump cheerleader on Fox News. Penn’s companies, where Gottheimer has held senior positions over the years, have long been on Saudi Arabia’s payroll.

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/08/josh-gottheimer-democrats-yemen/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp13a

(A K P)

Church of England has up to £10m invested in arms firm

The Church of England has invested up to £10m in one of the world's major arms firms, which supplies systems and technology for unmanned drones and jets to conflicts around the world. The discovery, on the eve of what is set to be the biggest day of protests against DSEi – the UK's leading arms fair – in Docklands, London, tomorrow, has led worshippers to accuse church leaders of profiting from conflict.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/church-of-england-has-up-to-10m-invested-in-arms-firm-8803469.html

(A K P)

Bombs bring peace, arms dealer tells shareholders

ATOP arms dealer has been heavily criticised by investors for making the bizarre claim that British bombs bring peace to Yemen, as part of a desperate bid to justify his firm’s arming of Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the BAE Systems annual general meeting on Thursday, chairman Sir Roger Carr said his firm’s role was to “provide defence equipment that ultimately encourages peace.”

And speaking about the war in Yemen specifically, he said: “Saudi are not the aggressors, they are the defenders.”

He faced a barrage of questions from activist shareholders, who repeatedly accused the company of profiting from the war in Yemen, which is world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

The arms dealer was quizzed by a British-Yemeni lawyer, 26-year-old Rehab Jaffer, whose family have been directly affected by the war.

Ms Jaffer told the BAE boss: “Your weapons are being used to slaughter children in Yemen.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/bombs-bring-peace-arms-dealer-tells-shareholders

Comment by Judith Brown: Saudis are not the aggressors they are the defenders, says head of BAE as he pockets billions of pounds from Saudi Arabia for buying nasty weapons that are destroying Yemen, and killing Yemenis by conflict or by embargo. Well...what do you think folks? I think none if these guys fighting in Yemen deserve weapons. Instead the innocent men, women and children who are the victims of war deserve a home, food, education, security, clean water, sanitation and medical care.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10157568215728641

(A P)

MANX GOVERNMENT REFUSE REQUEST TO HALT POSSIBLE SAUDI AIRCREW TRAINING
A disappointing response from the Manx (Isle of Man) Chief Minister over our request that he ask the RAF to preclude Saudi Air Force personnel training on Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in Wales from utilising the Isle of Man Civil Airport at Ronaldsway for ‘touch and go’ landings. He sets out the government's reasoning in the correspondence below.

https://www.facebook.com/805941286121301/photos/a.806379472744149/2156454097736673/

(A K P)

This morning we are attending the #BAEAGM, to hold the company to account for its complicity in repression across the world and the war in #Yemen.

No live tweeting today; apparently BAE is not very keen on public scrutiny! More updates later

https://twitter.com/CAATuk/status/1126412310241783808

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Britain has a crucial role in stopping the war in Yemen

When I was invited to meet Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt I felt a responsibility, knowing I’d be speaking to someone with the power to help end the war in my country.

The independent human rights organisation I lead, Mwatana, documents violations by all sides, relying on the power of truth to seek peace and accountability. I prepared to draw on these principles to deliver three messages to Mr Hunt.

First, peace in Yemen is still possible but it needs the will of the international community, with greater pressure to help carry forward momentum from recent peace talks. Second, accountability for crimes carried out against Yemeni civilians is a crucial part of any push towards sustainable peace. Third, UK military support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates makes peace in Yemen harder and there are steps Britain could take to minimise suffering, such as ending arms sales – by RADHYA ALMUTAWAKEL

https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/britain-has-a-crucial-role-in-stopping-the-war-in-yemen-a4137096.html

and a tweet by R. Almutawakel: @Jeremy_Hunt told me today the UK would end arms sales to Saudi/UAE if they violated human rights in #Yemen. I gave him our latest @MwatanaEn report “ Day of Judgment “ showing they already have, including with UK weapons.

https://twitter.com/RAlmutawakel/status/1126123349137084416

My comment: We know this since 4 years, and the British government arbitrarily denied all the facts. Hunt will continue, thus he lied in Almutawakel’s face.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

(A K P)

Die Völkermord-Komplizen

Die westliche „Wertegemeinschaft“ darf sich an das Grauen im Jemen niemals gewöhnen.

Der folgende Text ist ein Aufruf von Rudolf Hänsel und Ullrich Mies, den sie aufgrund der sich zuspitzenden Lage im Jemen geschrieben haben. Der Jemenkrieg ist ein imperialer Krieg (1) und Völkermord der USA und seiner europäischen Vasallen, der von einer saudi-arabischen Kriegskoalition geführt wird (2). Wenn sich die Völker daran gewöhnen, dergleichen hinzunehmen, gibt es nichts mehr, was sie nicht hinnehmen (3).

https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/die-volkermord-komplizen

(B H)

Film: Assistenzarzt aus dem Jemen

https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/av/video-assistenzarzt-aus-dem-jemen--100.html

Mein Kommentar: Im Jemen würde er dringend gebraucht… aber ich wäre auch lieber in Deutschland!

(B K P)

Liefern, um zu schießen

Politik und Industrie drängen auf baldige Wiederaufnahme der Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien. Dabei laufen die Geschäfte auch trotz des Embargos prächtig (nur im Abo)

https://www.cicero.de/wirtschaft/waffenexporte-saudi-arabien-deutsche-ruestungsindustrie-waffen-krieg/plus

(B K P)

Widerstand gegen Rüstungsexporte über Bremerhaven

Viele Rüstungsexporte werden über Bremerhaven abgewickelt – auch Waffen- und Munitionslieferungen an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Dagegen regt sich nun Widerstand.

Die Ware geht in ferne Länder, und sie ist explosiv: Raketen, Sprengstoff, Geschosse und jede Menge Munition. Wie viel genau davon im vergangenen Jahr über bremische Häfen umgeschlagen wurde, hat der Senat jetzt in seiner Antwort auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Linken-Fraktion in der Bürgerschaft veröffentlicht. In der Summe waren es 736 Container, etwas weniger als im Jahr zuvor.

Geliefert wird nicht nur in Länder wie Island, Kanada und den USA, sondern auch in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Das empört die Linken besonders. „Munitions- und Waffenexporte in verbrecherische Golfdiktaturen sind völlig inakzeptabel“, erklärt Nelson Janßen. Der Linken-Abgeordnete aus Bremerhaven geht für seine Partei noch weiter: „Wir wollen die bremischen Häfen für Rüstungsgüter und Munition sperren, vergleichbar mit dem Umschlagsverbot für Kernbrennstoffe.“

https://www.weser-kurier.de/bremen/bremen-wirtschaft_artikel,-widerstand-gegen-ruestungsexporte-ueber-bremerhaven-_arid,1826032.html = https://endofroad.blackblogs.org/archive/7162

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DRONE WAR VICTIMS DESERVE US ACCOUNTABILITY, GERMAN COURT RULES

A German court has taken the unprecedented step of ordering its government to ensure US drone strikes comply with international law, citing evidence the US “regularly” kills civilians using an air base located on German soil.

But the most important legal victory to date in the global opposition to America’s targeted-killing program, announced on March 19, has not generated a single article in the US mainstream media.

Ruling in favor of Yemeni drone attack survivors — who say they are still in danger — the court acknowledged their “right to life,” noting that US drone operations in Yemen “at least in some cases violate international law.”

Jennifer Gibson, a lawyer with the human-rights group Reprieve supporting the plaintiffs, told WhoWhatWhy she considers it “remarkable in its very clear statement that the [US drone] program is likely illegal.”

But the Higher Administrative Court rejected the demand to actually prohibit the use of Ramstein, America’s largest base outside of the US, for the transfer of data to US drone pilots.

For years, Germany’s government has claimed with ever less credibility to have no knowledge of Ramstein’s role. The revelations of former drone operator Brandon Bryant and the “Drone Papers” — secret military documents leaked by an anonymous source to the Intercept — show Germany is America’s closest and most important ally in its global drone wars.

Because there have been “civilian casualties on a regular basis” in Yemen, the court decision calls for an independent investigation. According to the Associated Press, at least a third of those killed in 2018 were civilians.

Kill Chain Data

The court refused the plaintiffs’ request to ban the use of German territory for the drone program. But the idea that a judge sitting in a courtroom in Münster, a university town in Northwestern Germany, could declare a halt to America’s global drone war is based on a simple fact: the technology architecture of Ramstein Air Base enables the deployment of armed US drones in the Middle East and Africa.

Based on leaked US military documents, like a secret power point presentation tracing the arc of “kill chain” data from remote-controlled drones via satellite to Ramstein and then back to America by fiber optic cable, the court demanded the German government make sure the US respects international law at Ramstein. The information can be analyzed in real time by any US intelligence official sitting at a screen.

Bryant says he had Ramstein on speed dial while he was working in the Air Force. In an interview with German television and later in testimony before German parliament, he described Ramstein as the nerve center of America’s global drone war.

“Ramstein is absolutely essential to the US drone program,” he said. “All information and data go through Ramstein. Everything. For the whole world. Also for the CIA operations.”

“Were it not for the help of Germany and Ramstein, men like my brother-in-law and nephew might still be alive today,” Faisal told the court in Münster. “It is quite simple: without Germany, US drones would not fly.”

The ruling is a rare victory in the efforts by international lawyers and human-rights groups to challenge the legality of US drone attacks. To date, US courts have refused to check the claim of a US president to have the last word in deciding who lives and who dies – by Brent Gregston

https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/05/09/drone-war-victims-deserve-us-accountability-german-court-rules/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp13a

(B T)

The presenter is astonished after Libya’s Haftar (backed by UAE, & Saudi) says he often released Tunisian ISIS fighters after his forces captured them. The presenter asks if he meant hand them over to Tunisian gov., but he still said no we just let them go (film)

Recall too that weapons and logistics going to al-Qaeda in Yemen from the Saudi-Emirati coalition forces. But probably coincidence!

https://twitter.com/hxhassan/status/1126661699996672001

We told you for years #Saudi Klan supports ISIS.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1126842107413635072

(A K P)

Reynders gegen Waffenexporte nach Jemen: "Die Menschenrechte sind wichtiger"

Belgiens scheidender Außen- und Verteidigungsminister Didier Reynders (MR - Foto) ist der Ansicht, dass unser Land damit aufhören soll, Waffen in das Konfliktgebiet Jemen zu liefern. Im Zweifel und am Beispiel des Jemen ist der frankophone Liberale der Meinung, dass Menschrechte wichtiger sind, als Arbeitsplätze in der Waffenindustrie.“

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/de/2019/05/10/reynders-gegen-waffenexporte-nach-jemen-die-menschenrechte-sin/

(A K P)

Foreign Minister calls for an end to Belgian weapon exports to Yemen.

The Foreign Minister in Belgium’s caretaker federal government Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal) has said that he wants Belgian arms manufacturers to stop exporting arms that as destined for the conflict in Yemen. This week a VRT News report showed that weapons made at the FN factory in Herstal, near Liège were being used in Yemen.

Mr Reynders told VRT Radio 1’s morning news and current affairs programme ‘De Ochtend’ that human rights considerations should always take precedence.

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2019/05/10/foreign-ministers-calls-for-an-end-to-belgian-weapon-exports-to/

My remark: For Belgium, look at cp13a.

(A K P)

Iranian Foreign Ministry: Houthi rebels fight in Yemen with Saudi and Tehran weapons and Tehran do not support them against the government

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country does not support Al-Houthi group in Yemen, saying they are fighting with the Saudi weapon, which was granted to former President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

"Iran does not support the Houthis militarily against the Yemeni government and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi," Zarif said in remarks to the Russian "Sputnik" agency.

He noted that America's accusation to Iran of its support for the Houthis to "cover up" its presence in the region and the war crimes it committed and noted that Iran only supports the group politically.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167421

(B P)

Yemen war 'does not serve any party' says Oman’s ambassador to US

Oman rejects military operations against Yemen and believes the war there “does not serve any party” and is “devastating for the Yemeni people,” said Hunaina Al-Mughairy, Oman’s ambassador to the United States, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor at the Omani Embassy in Washington.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/05/oman-ambassador-yemen-israel-palestine-peace-gcc-qatar.html

(A P)

China's Xi speaks to Saudi king amid Iran tensions

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-china-saudi/chinas-xi-speaks-to-saudi-king-amid-iran-tensions-idUSKCN1SE1S3

(A P)

#Ramadan in #Bahrain: 45YO detainee Hussain Naamah passed away in #JawPrison today. He had served 14months of a 3yr sentence in a financial case. Exactly 1 hour before his death, he complained to his family over the phone about ill-treatment & denial of medical attention (photo)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1126594593837977606

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Bahrain Court Upholds Death Terms for Two Shiites

Bahrain's supreme court Monday upheld death sentences for two Shiite activists and jail terms for dozens of others on terror-related charges and links to Iran, BNA state news agency reported.

The court, whose rulings are final, also stripped 47 of the defendants of their Bahraini citizenship, said BNA, citing an official statement.

The court upheld life terms for 19 convicts and sentenced 37 others to between five and 15 years in jail, the statement said.

The men were charged of forming a "terror cell" that carried out a number of attacks, killing at least two policemen and wounding several others.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/bahrain-court-upholds-death-terms-for-two-shiites-119050601067_1.html

My comment: This is the Bahrain way of dealing with protesters.

(A K P)

Waffenexport nach Saudi-Arabien gestoppt

In Frankreich haben Menschenrechtler ein Waffengeschäft mit Saudi-Arabien durchkreuzt. Ein saudischer Frachter, der die Rüstungsgüter abholen sollte, trat die Heimreise ohne die umstrittene Ladung an.

Behördenvertreter teilten mit, das Frachtschiff Bahri-Yanbu habe den nordfranzösischen Hafen Le Havre verlassen. Präsident Emmanuel Macron hatte das Rüstungsgeschäft befürwortet mit der Begründung, die Regierung in Riad habe ihm versichert, die für die Schiffsladung bestimmten Waffen würden nicht gegen Zivilsten eingesetzt.

Dagegen hatte die Menschenrechtsgruppe Acat vor Gericht Einspruch erhoben und erklärt, das Rüstungsgeschäft verstoße gegen Grundsätze der Vereinten Nationen, da die Waffen gegen Zivilisten im Jemen eingesetzt werden könnten. Auch Amnesty International und Human Rights Watch protestierten gegen den Waffendeal. Zwar wies das Gericht den Einspruch von Acat ab, trotzdem stach das saudische Schiff ohne Fracht in See.

https://www.dw.com/de/waffenexport-nach-saudi-arabien-gestoppt/a-48693720

Mein Kommentar: Da der Einsatz franzöasischer Waffen im Jemen mittlerweile eindeutig nachgewiesen ist – mit welcher begründung konnte das Gericht den Einspruch ablehnen? Hier:

(A K P)

Einspruch gegen Waffen-Lieferung abgewiesen

Eine französische Menschenrechtsorganisation ist mit dem Versuch gescheitert, eine Waffenlieferung an Saudi-Arabien zu stoppen.

Das Pariser Verwaltungsgericht wies eine Beschwerde gegen die Lieferung ab. Zur Begründung hieß es, von den Waffen gehe keine „unmittelbare Gefahr“ aus.
Die Organisation Acat wollte verhindern, dass ein saudisches Schiff mit französischen Artilleriegeschützen beladen wird. Acat befürchtet, dass die Waffen im Jemen-Konflikt eingesetzt werden könnten.

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/frankreich-einspruch-gegen-waffen-lieferung-abgewiesen.1939.de.html

Mein Kommentar: Von Artilleriegeschützen geht in einem Krieg „keine unmittelbare Gefahr“ aus. Hä?? Vielleicht, wenn sie nicht benutzt werden, oder wenn man dahinter steht. Was ist das für eine Justiz? Die Richter werden auch nicht ihr Auto gekauft haben, um es in die Garage zu stelle.

(A K P)

Protest against arms supply to Saudi Arabia

People attend a demonstration to protest against the loading of weapons aboard the Bahri-Yanbu, a cargo ship operating for Saudi Arabia's defence and interior ministries, in Le Havre, France (photo)

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/631107/Protest-against-arms-supply-to-Saudi-Arabia

(A K P)

Amid outcry over Yemen war, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo

A Saudi vessel that had been due to load weapons at a northern French port on Friday set sail without them and headed for Spain, a day after a rights group tried to block the cargo on humanitarian grounds.

French rights group ACAT argued in a legal challenge on Thursday that the consignment contravened a U.N. treaty because the arms might be used against civilians in Yemen.

A French judge threw out that legal challenge but the Bahri-Yanbu set course for Santander shortly after minus the weapons, officials said and ship-tracking data showed.

The saga is an embarrassment for President Emmanuel Macron, who on Thursday defended arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-france-arms/amid-outcry-over-yemen-war-saudi-ship-leaves-france-without-arms-cargo-idUSKCN1SG15N

(A K P)

‘Why do we fuel the war?’ French peace activists manage to stop arms shipment to Saudis – report

A ship that was set to carry arms to Saudi Arabia has apparently left France without them, a day after a protest at port. Activists rallied to stop the delivery, saying the weapons could be used to slaughter civilians in Yemen.

The Bahri-Yanbu, a cargo ship that was meant to deliver the latest shipment of French weapons to the Gulf kingdom arrived in the port Le Havre on Thursday. Protesters gathered there to denounce their government’s refusal to stop arms trade with Saudi Arabia after reports revealed that French weapons have been used by Riyadh in its four-year-long military campaign in neighboring Yemen.

On Friday, the ship left the French coast and set sail to Spain without loading arms at Le Havre, Reuters reported citing local officials and ship tracking data. This apparently gives at least a temporary win for the protesters.

https://www.rt.com/news/458983-france-protest-arms-saudis/

and also https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/10/victory-saudi-ship-leaves-port-without-french-weapons

(B P)

Keine Scheu vor Waffenexporten

Eine gemeinsame europäische Verteidigungspolitik – das ist die Vision des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron. Während die Debatte darüber in Deutschland hitzig geführt wird, ist in Frankreich sogar die Linke nicht kategorisch dagegen.

Weil Frankreichs Waffenindustrie viele Arbeitsplätze schafft, ist nicht einmal die politische Linke generell gegen Waffenexporte. Die Länder, in die die Rüstungsgüter gehen, müsste man sich jedoch gut aussuchen, argumentiert Bastien Lachaud. Im Fall von Saudi-Arabien habe Frankreich sich seinem Allierten unterworfen – aus wirtschaftlichen Interessen und wegen seiner Abhängigkeit vom Öl. Überhaupt, findet Lachaud, sollte die französische Rüstungsindustrie in erster Linie der Landesverteidigung dienen

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/franzoesische-ruestungspolitik-keine-scheu-vor.795.de.htm

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Macron defends arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE amid Yemen war criticism

French President Emmanuel Macron stood by his country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday as campaigners brought to light a new shipment to leave from the northern port of Le Havre bound for the two Gulf countries.

"Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are allies of France and allies in the fight against terrorism. We accept responsibility for that," Macron told reporters when asked about the arms sales.

Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of EU leaders in Romania, Macron said that arms exports were overseen by a government committee that had demanded guarantees that the weapons would not be used against civilians.

"We received that," he added.

Leftwing lawmakers stormed out of parliament on Tuesday in protest after Genevieve Darrieussecq, secretary of state for the armed forces, said there was "no proof these weapons are being used against civilian populations".
Contrary to Macron's claims, a classified military note leaked last monthrevealed that the UAE and Saudi Arabia have deployed French weaponry - including artillery, tanks and ships - in their war against Houthi rebels.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/5/9/macron-defends-saudi-arms-exports-amid-yemen-war-criticism

My comment: There is enough proof that French arms are used in the Yemen war. Who tells something different, is lying. After the Disclose report, it’s proofed. – and more details in French:

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Guerre au Yémen : Emmanuel Macron « assume » la livraison d’armes à l’Arabie saoudite

Le chef de l’Etat a toutefois assuré avoir la « garantie » que les armes françaises « n’étaient pas utilisées contre des civils » au Yémen.

Malgré les critiques, la France poursuit sa livraison d’armes à l’Arabie saoudite, engagée dans une guerre au Yémen, et Emmanuel Macron l’« assume » : « L’Arabie saoudite et les Emirats arabes unis sont des alliés de la France. Et ce sont des alliés dans la lutte contre le terrorisme. Nous l’assumons totalement », a-t-il affirmé en marge d’un sommet européen, jeudi 9 mai, à Sibiu (Roumanie). Le chef de l’Etat a toutefois assuré avoir la « garantie » que les armes françaises « n’étaient pas utilisées contre des civils » au Yémen :

« Il y a un comité qui gère ces exports, sous l’autorité du premier ministre, dans lequel les choses d’ailleurs ont été durcies ces dernières années, et où nous demandons la garantie que ces armes ne puissent pas être utilisées contre des civils. Elle a été obtenue. »

Emmanuel Macron réagissait à un recours en urgence, déposé jeudi par l’Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture (ACAT) au tribunal administratif de Paris, afin d’empêcher le départ du Havre (Seine-Maritime) d’un cargo saoudien chargé d’armes qui pourraient, selon l’ONG, être utilisées dans cette guerre meurtrière. L’association a déposé un « référé liberté », visant à protéger une liberté fondamentale menacée.

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/05/09/guerre-au-yemen-une-ong-fait-un-recours-en-urgence-contre-le-depart-de-france-d-un-cargo-saoudien-charge-d-armes_5459971_3210.html

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Après une réponse sur le Yémen d'une secrétaire d'Etat, communistes et insoumis quittent l’hémicycle

Geneviève Darrieussecq s'est attiré les foudres des communistes et des insoumis en répondant à une question du député Jean-Paul Lecoq sur les armes françaises au Yémen. La sécretaire d'Etat a même provoqué le départ des élus des deux partis.

Reponse de Geneviève Darrieussecq, secrétaire d’Etat auprès de la ministre des Armées : «Le gouvernement n’a jamais nié l’existence d’armes d’origine française au Yémen et Florence Parly l’a dit et je le répète aujourd’hui, c’est que nous n’avons pas de preuves que ces armes sont employées contre les populations civiles. Et croire que cet horrible conflit disparaitrait si la France mettait fin à son partenariat avec l’Arabie saoudite et les Emirats arabes unis est faux.»

Des réponses loin de satisfaire le groupe communiste qui a décidé, accompagné des insoumis de Jean-Luc Mélenchon, de quitter l’hémicycle à la suite de l’intervention de la secrétaire d’Etat (with links to films)

https://francais.rt.com/france/61862-apres-reponse-sur-yemen-secretaire-etat-communistes-insoumis-quittent-hemicycle

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JSC: Do not prosecute French journalists who revealed use of French weapons in Yemen

On 15th April French public interest investigation group Disclose published a report obtained from the French government revealing details of the use of French manufactured weapons in Yemen. The report was intended to only be seen by Emanuel Macron and a small group of ministers, but it was leaked to Disclose who published it on the grounds that the information is in the public interest. Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal (Disclose) and Benoît Collombat (Radio France) have been summoned for questioning by the French domestic intelligence agency on the 14th May - they have vowed to protect their journalistic sources - but could face jail time if they are found guilty of compromising national defence secrets.

The Journalist Support Committee calls on the French government to refrain from any measures which violate the freedom of the press and the protection of journalistic sources. Article 10 of the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights (ECHR) guarantees the right to freedom of expression.

http://journalistsupport.net/article.php?id=376251

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UAE: UN experts condemn conditions of detention for jailed activist Ahmed Mansoor

UN human rights experts are gravely concerned over imprisoned activist Ahmed Mansoor’s physical well-being and say the poor conditions of his dete

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24571&LangID=E

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Can Sudan's revolution survive external hijacking?

Currently the opposition are in a deadlock with the military - considered to be Sudan's "deep state", to gain greater civilian representation in a new transitional government.

As with any revolution, and particularly past attempts in the Middle East and North Africa region, external powers often attempt to hijack them. Observers are suspicious that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been trying to subvert the revolution even before Bashir fell from power.

No leading world power such as the United States, China, Russia or the EU has actively called for a democratic transition in Sudan, leaving the revolution vulnerable to such interference.

Fears the UAE and Saudi Arabia trying to hijack Sudan's revolution are not misplaced, given how both have backed undemocratic leaders and tried to crush reforms in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and elsewhere.

Both states seek to prevent democratic transition which could trigger further regional calls for democracy, and ultimately inspire reformers with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The pair are also trying to establish themselves as dominant in the wider region.

Securing Sudan as a regional ally would keep the country in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. One of the protestors' complaints was over Sudan's involvement in Yemen, and another withdrawal from the coalition could further de-legitimise Saudi Arabia's war in the country.

Notably, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have already showered the Military Transitional Council with $3 billion, with the UAE also depositing $250 million into Sudan's central bank. The Emirates had also donated money to Bashir's regime in the weeks before his downfall.
Some may believe this is an act of creating stability, in a country facing economic and political insecurity.

But in reality, these financial efforts aim to gain the favour and subordination of the regime to their own influence, making Sudan more dependent on their support, while shoring up a military regime – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2019/5/6/can-sudans-revolution-survive-external-hijacking

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Libya missile strikes point to possible UAE role: UN report

UN experts are investigating missile strikes near Libya's capital that were likely fired by Chinese-made drones and point to possible involvement by the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report seen by AFP on Monday.

The April 19-20 missile attack on the southern suburbs of Tripoli was carried out as forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar battled to seize the capital from the UN-recognized government.

A UN panel of experts said in the report to the Security Council that it had examined photographs of missile debris and had identified the weapon as a Blue Arrow air-to-surface missile, which has not been used in Libya before.

That missile is only in use in three countries -- China, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates -- and is paired with the Chinese-made Wing Loong drone.

"The panel is now investigating the probable use of Wing Loong UAV variants by the LNA, or by a third party in support of the LNA," -- Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said the report.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are seen as key supporters of Haftar, praising his battlefield successes against the Islamic State group and other extremists in Libya.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190506-libya-missile-strikes-point-possible-uae-role-un-report

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UAE allegedly using Chinese drones for deadly airstrikes in Libya

Military analysts are blaming Chinese-made drones for deadly missile strikes on Tripoli as Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar tries to conquer the city.

Aircraft seen circling over the Libyan capital during nighttime raids in recent days were likely Chinese Wing Loong II drones operated by the United Arab Emirates, which is backing Haftar’s bid to overthrow the United Nations-backed government in the city, analysts claimed.

The UAE previously supplied the general with air support from a base it set up at Al Khadim in eastern Libya in 2016, and its Chinese drones were reportedly used to strike Derna last year as Haftar battled Islamic militants there.

"It would be possible to fly these drones from Al Khadim, which is about 460 miles from Tripoli, with a pilot at the base, and a mobile ground station set up closer to Tripoli acting as a relay to enable the radio control of the drone,” said Justin Bronk, also with the Royal United Services Institute.

"The pilots will probably be UAE nationals,” he added.

https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2019/05/02/uae-allegedly-using-chinese-drones-for-deadly-airstrikes-in-libya/

My comment: Shocking. Yemen is not even enough??

And, as deflection and defence (?), now comes this by a propaganda website: Iran’s Missile Shipping: Libya too?, https://securitystudies.org/irans-missile-shipping-libya-too/

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Film: Le armi italiane in Yemen: cosa ne pensano i politici

http://www.la7.it/piazzapulita/video/le-armi-italiane-in-yemen-cosa-ne-pensano-i-politici-09-05-2019-271224

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11, cp12

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BAE working with UK government to supply Saudi arms despite German ban

Defence giant will continue to ship weapons including Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets

British defence giant BAE Systems said it was working with the UK government to deliver arms contracts for Saudi Arabia after Germany extended its own ban on weapons exports to the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Germany halted weapons exports to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. In March, the restrictions were extended for a further six months.

But BAE, Europe’s biggest defence company, said on Thursday it would continue to ship weapons to Saudi Arabia

“Following the recent updates from the German government regarding export licences, we are working closely with industry partners and the UK government to continue to fulfil our contractual support arrangements in Saudi Arabia on the key European collaboration programmes,” BAE said ahead of its annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bae-systems-weapons-sales-saudi-arabia-german-arms-export-ban-a8906851.html

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Yemen war: breaking point in EU arms sales to Gulf?

The Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen may have increased public pressure on EU governments to freeze arms sales to the kingdom but for now, it seems unlikely to spawn radical new policy changes.

In countries like Britain and France, arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia and its key partner the United Arab Emirates -- regarded as close allies -- are seen as critically important for keeping military influence and also preserving potentially thousands of jobs.

"Clearly, with the war in Yemen there has been a rupture," Aymeric Elluin of Amnesty International France said.

"There has been an awakening for a time in Germany, Belgium, Britain and Italy. In France, it's something very new."

Tony Fortin, a researcher at the Armaments Observatory NGO in France, said the current situation was the result of years of secrecy.

"What we are seeing today is that this lack of transparency is coming back to us and resulting in catastrophes like the one in Yemen," he said.

The current positions of key EU arms suppliers are as follows:

"There is a growing worry concerning these questions and a lack of oversight" in the French parliament, said Jacques Maire, an MP for Macron's ruling party.

"And at the end of the day, in all the countries, the executive has the last word."

Denis Jacqmin, a researcher at the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (Grip) in Brussels, acknowledged that public opinion "tires quickly", saying it was "complicated to carry out a campaign based on Yemen".

https://www.afp.com/en/news/3954/yemen-war-breaking-point-eu-arms-sales-gulf-doc-1gc0ip1

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Zoll bestätigt neue belgische Waffenlieferung an Saudi-Arabien

Belgien hat erneut Waffen aus der Waffenfabrik FN Herstal nach Saudi-Arabien geliefert. Die Vermutungen vom vergangenen Wochenende wurden jetzt durch ein Schreiben der Zollbehörde an den Anwalt der belgischen Menschenrechtsliga und der Friedensorganisation CNAPD bestätigt. Die beiden Nichtregierungsorganisationen haben unterdessen angekündigt, Strafanzeige gegen die Waffenauslieferung zu erstatten.

https://brf.be/national/1279472/

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#BelgianArms beweist: Belgische Waffen u.a. im Jemen und in Syrien im Einsatz

Die in beide Konflikte involvierte Armee aus Saudi-Arabien nutzt belgisches Waffenmaterial sowohl bei Bodenoperationen, als auch bei Luftangriffen.

Mitarbeiter von #BelgianArms fanden z.B. Beweise dafür, dass die saudische Armee in Belgien produzierte Gewehre vom Typ FN F2000 im Jemen nutzt. Saudi-Arabien setzt dort auch Panzerfahrzeuge mit Anti-Tank-Kanonen des belgischen Rüstungsunternehmens CMI Defence ein und Munition des ebenfalls belgischen Herstellers Mecar ein.

Überdies befindet sich in den Kampfbombern vom Typ Eurofighter-Typhoon und in der militärischen Version des Airbus A330 belgische Technologie. Beide Flugzeugtypen werden von einer von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition bei Bombardements auf Syrien eingesetzt, wie #BelgianArms belegen konnte.

Die wallonische Regionalregierung rechtfertigte sich in dieser Frage damit, dass sie die entsprechenden Exportlizenzen für die Lieferungen von Gewehren, Kanonen und Munition lediglich für die Nationalgarde in Saudi-Arabien erteilt habe. Walloniens Ministerpräsident Willy Borsus (MR) hatte noch im vergangenen Jahr erklärt, dass die dortige Nationalgarde „auf keine einzige Art und Weise militärische Operationen im Ausland durchführt.“

Auch dazu fand #BelgianArms Belege dafür, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Die saudische Nationalgarde sei sehr wohl im Jemen aktiv, was Fotos von Nationalgardisten belegen, die dort FN F2000-Gewehre tragen und die mit Panzerwagen unterwegs sind, die mit belgische Kanonen ausgerüstet sind.

Nicht nur Wallonien liefert militär-technisches Material an kriegsführende Länder, wie z.B. Saudi-Arabien, sondern auch Flandern. Hier allerdings handelt es sich in erster Linie um Software oder kleine mechanische Komponenten für Kampfbomber

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/de/2019/05/08/belgianarms-beweist-belgische-waffen-u-a-im-jemen-und-in-syri/

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Made in Belgium: Wallonische Waffen töten im Jemen

Ein Video aus dem März letzten Jahres zeigt einen Angriff im Jemen: Schiitische Huthi-Rebellen attackieren einen Kontrollposten der saudischen Armee. Danach zeigen sie stolz ihre Beute in die Kameras: Unter anderem F2000-Sturmgewehre, aus der Produktion der wallonischen Waffenschmiede FN in Herstal.

Und das ist nur ein Film, den ein Kollektiv von belgischen Investigativ-Journalisten ausfindig gemacht hat. Die Medienhäuser Le Soir, Knack und VRT haben sich zusammengetan und gemeinsam auf die Suche nach belgischen Waffen im Jemen gemacht. Unterstützt wurden sie dabei von Kollegen internationaler Medien, unter anderem vom unabhängigen Recherchenetzwerk Bellingcat.

Hauptquelle sind frei zugängliche Videos im Internet. Die Journalisten sind spezialisiert darauf, diese Filme auf ihre Echtheit zu prüfen, den Ort des Geschehens zuzuordnen und die Bilder auszuwerten. Name dieser Recherche-Operation: #BelgianArms – belgische Waffen. Für Experten besteht kein Zweifel: Mehrmals sind auf Bildern aus dem Bürgerkrieg im Jemen eindeutig Waffen von FN zu erkennen – unter anderem.

Aber bleiben wir zunächst bei FN. Die Waffenschmiede aus Herstal hat jahrelang Waffen nach Saudi-Arabien geliefert.

https://brf.be/national/1278703/

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Proof that Belgian arms sold to Saudi Arabia are being used in Yemen

Saudi Arabia is using weapons and arms technology in the civil war in Yemen, despite assurances given by the Walloon regional government when export licences were granted.

On issuing export licences for the arms deliveries from Mecar, a company based in Nivelles and FN Herstal, based in Herstal in Liege province, the Walloon government received assurances the weapons were intended only for internal use by the Saudi national guard.

However according to an investigation by the NGO #BelgianArms, together with media organisation Lighthouse Reports, researchers Bellingcat, the VRT, Knack magazine and Le Soir newspaper, it has been revealed that the Saudis have deployed the weapons and technology in the conflict in Yemen.

The Walloon government issued export licences for sales to Saudi Arabia on condition the weapons and munitions were for internal use only, with minister-president Willy Borsus last year giving an assurance that the arms would “in absolutely no circumstances be used in military operations outside Saudi Arabia”.

#BelgianArms also reports that despite an embargo by Wallonia on new export licences to Saudi Arabia following the murder last year of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arms are still being exported under licences issued before last October.

http://www.brusselstimes.com/business/15422/proof-that-belgian-arms-sold-to-saudi-arabia-are-being-used-in-yemen

and also https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2019/05/08/saudis-using-belgian-weapons-in-yemen/

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Rights group tries to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

A French human rights group on Thursday sought to block the loading of weapons onto a Saudi Arabian vessel that is due to dock in northern France later in the day, its lawyers said, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty.

The move comes weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that showed weapons sold to the kingdom, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, were being used against civilians in Yemen’s war.

Speaking on behalf of rights group ACAT, lawyer Joseph Brehem told Reuters he had filed a legal suit to prevent the weapons being loaded aboard the Bahri-Yanbu, a cargo ship operating for Saudi Arabia’s defense and interior ministries, on the basis of an article of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-france-arms/rights-group-tries-to-block-saudi-vessel-loading-french-arms-idUSKCN1SF1FI

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France confirms contested arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

The French government confirmed Wednesday that a new shipment of weapons will head for Saudi Arabia, despite claims Riyadh is using the arms in the Yemen war.

Defence Minister Florence Parly told BFM television the weapons would be loaded onto a Saudi cargo ship scheduled to arrive Wednesday in the French port of Le Havre.

She refused to identify the types of arms, but reiterated France's stance that they have been used only for defensive purposes by Saudi Arabia since it began its Yemen offensive in 2015.

"As far as the French government is aware, we have no proof that the victims in Yemen are the result of the use of French weapons," Parly said.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190508-france-confirms-contested-arms-shipment-saudi-arabia = https://thedefensepost.com/2019/05/08/france-arms-shipment-saudi-arabia-parly/

My comment: If she still claims this, Parly lies.

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Amid Amounting Criticism to the French Government, New Weapons Shipping to Saudis

French arms shipments is continuing to arrive at Saudi ports. As an important supplier of weapons, to the aggression against Yemen, a Saudi shipping vessel "Navi Yanbu" is expected to reach Jeddah's Saudi port from the French port of Le Havre. It is carrying French-made artillery weapons.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6777

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Armes françaises au Yémen: questions autour d'un cargo saoudien attendu en France

La controverse sur les livraisons d'armes françaises à l'Arabie Saoudite, susceptibles de servir dans la guerre meurtrière du royaume au Yémen, a rebondi mardi avec de nouvelles précisions concernant un chargement imminent, démenti par Paris.

Interpellée à l'Assemblée nationale, la secrétaire d'Etat française aux Armées a esquivé une question concernant un cargo saoudien attendu en France mercredi et soupçonné de venir s'approvisionner en matériel de guerre.

Mais pour Disclose, nouveau média français d'investigation en ligne, "huit canons de type Caesar" doivent être chargés "mercredi 8 mai en fin d'après-midi" à bord du cargo Bahri Yanbu battant pavillon saoudien lors de son escale dans le port du Havre: "Destination finale: le port de Djeddah, en Arabie saoudite", insiste le site.

https://information.tv5monde.com/info/armes-francaises-au-yemen-questions-autour-d-un-cargo-saoudien-attendu-en-france-299035

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(March 26, 2019) Australian super funds investing in Saudi weapons deal

New disclosures have revealed that industry super funds have invested $6.4 million in a weapons company involved in the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

A new campaign run by SumOfUs is urging investors to divest from Electro Optic Systems (EOS), the company behind the Saudi Arabia arms deals.

EOS is still getting support from super funds with new disclosures revealing that Industry Super Holdings has $6.4 million worth of shares in the weapons company.

The sale by EOS to Saudi Arabia was revealed last month following an ABC report that showed the Australian government was providing millions in funding and a letter of intent by the EOS board to sell 500 remote weapon systems to Saudi Arabia.

IFM Investors, an international asset manager controlled by Industry Super Holdings, an investment vehicle jointly owned by 16 of Australia’s industry super funds, owns a 6.6 per cent stake in the systems.

This stake makes it the largest single shareholder in the manufacturer despite a movement across the industry to de-invest in “sin stocks”.

https://www.nestegg.com.au/superannuation/12977-aussie-super-funds-investing-in-saudi-weapons-deal

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(Dec. 13, 2018) Documents reveal Australia's secret arms deals with nations fighting Yemen's bloody war

The Australian Government has approved the export of dozens of shipments of military items to Middle Eastern countries embroiled in the bloody Yemen war, a conflict dogged by accusations of war crimes and indiscriminate civilian killings.

Internal Defence Department documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and from parliamentary hearings reveal since the beginning of 2016, Canberra has granted at least 37 export permits for military-related items to the United Arab Emirates, and 20 to Saudi Arabia.

Australia's burgeoning exports to the UAE and Saudi Arabia may be connected to a plan announced by then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in January to drastically increase defence sales over the next decade.

The Government has tried to keep details of the exports secret, but New South Wales lawyer and human rights activist Kellie Tranter has spent a year trying to shed light on the sales.

The heavily redacted FOI documents do not show which Australian companies are receiving the permits, who their international customers are, or even what items they are planning to export.

"Not even members of the Opposition who have been trying to extract this information from the Government are permitted to know," Ms Tranter said.

Questions are being asked about an Australian defence company's recent export deal to supply high-powered weapons systems, which according to sources may be bound for the UAE.

Electro Optic Systems, better known as EOS, is an Australian defence and space technology company with ambitions to become the world leader in next-generation remote weapons systems.

The systems are a collection of sensors, cameras and lasers set around a small cannon or heavy machine gun. They are built onto a swivelling mount that can be affixed to the roof of a military truck or the deck of a naval vessel.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-13/australias-secret-backing-for-nations-fighting-bloody-yemen-war/10600912

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(Jan. 30, 2018) EOS Wins A$410m Defence Export Order

Electro Optic Systems, (ASX: EOS) has been awarded an AU$410 million contract to supply significant quantities of its new R-400S-Mk2 remote weapons systems to an overseas customer. This contract brings sales of this new EOS product to AU$600 million in the first 12 months of product release.

https://www.eos-aus.com/eos-wins-410m-defence-export-order/ and in full https://www.eos-aus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/EOS-wins-defence-export-order-300118.pdf

My comment: “to an overseas costumer”?? LOL.

And already linked earlier:

https://newmatilda.com/2018/03/25/australian-military-licences-saudi-arabia-quietly-quadrupled/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-20/australian-firm-eos-weapons-systems-bound-for-saudi-arabia/10825660

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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The complete mercenary: How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback

WHEN ERIK PRINCE arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game.

Prince was no stranger to the Emiratis. He had known bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto ruler of the UAE, since 2009, when he sold the sheikh on creating an elite counterterrorism unit. That deal ended badly for Prince, but Trump’s election had recalibrated his usefulness. As a prominent Trump supporter and close associate of Steve Bannon, not to mention the brother of incoming cabinet member Betsy DeVos, Prince was invited to the meeting as an unofficial adviser to the incoming administration.

When Prince joined the Emirati royals and other government officials on a deck overlooking the Indian Ocean, bin Zayed made it clear to everyone there that “Erik was his guy,” said a source close to the Emirati rulers, who was briefed by some of those in attendance. Prince, in bin Zayed’s view, had built and established an elite ground force that bin Zayed had deployed to wars in Syria and Yemen, the first foreign conflicts in his young country’s history. It was because of Prince, bin Zayed said, that the Emiratis had no terrorists in their country. Prince had solved their problem with Somali pirates. “He let his court know that they owed Erik a favor,” the source said.

Suitcases Full of Cash

Bin Zayed was determined to bolster the UAE’s sphere of influence and project power in the Middle East. Despite Prince’s tarnished reputation, bin Zayed saw in him a glimpse of the future. It didn’t hurt that “Erik could sell you your own hat,” according to one former associate. The former SEAL and self-described CIA “asset” saw in bin Zayed a willing buyer who shared his desire to play soldier. Prince sold bin Zayed on the idea of creating a half-billion-dollar program in which he would train, equip, and lead an elite cadre of foreign soldiers called the Security Support Group that would serve as a presidential guard for the Emirati monarchies and help quell any internal unrest. Bin Zayed insisted that Prince use non-Muslim ex-soldiers, according to two senior advisers who helped build the unit, telling him that he did not believe Muslim soldiers could be trusted to kill other Muslims. Eventually, Prince also sold bin Zayed on the creation of an armed aviation wing, a team to protect the Emirates from a weapons of mass destruction attack, and a separate force to combat Somali piracy.

One indication of both Prince and R2’s growing value to bin Zayed was that Prince became a favored foreign policy and military adviser, joining bin Zayed’s inner sanctum. Prince told his colleagues at R2 that bin Zayed, whom Prince often referred to as “the boss,” gave him ownership of two side-by-side villas in Abu Dhabi, which were originally worth $10 million each – by Matthew Cole

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/03/erik-prince-trump-uae-project-veritas/

and in short here:

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US WEBSITE: UAE REVIVED BLACKWATER TO IMPLEMENT ITS SCHEME IN YEMEN

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, has supported Blackwaterto resume its activities in order to use it to implement the Abu Dhabi agenda in Yemen, Libya and Syria.

The Intercept American website reported that the company was allocated to work in Iraq, but it has resumed its activities as a result of the support received from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The company’s founder, Erik Dean Prince, met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, and one of the Russian bankers at the Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles Islands in the Pacific Ocean to discuss the return of Blackwater’s activities.

The company’s founder, Prince was the one who formed the special ground forces deployed by bin Zayed in the war in Yemen.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/us-website-uae-revived-blackwater-to-implement-its-scheme-in-yemen/

and also http://www.newnewss.net/uae-revived-blackwater-to-implement-its-scheme-in-yemen/

and

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DIFFICULT CONDITIONS, GRIEVANCES EXPERIENCED BY SUDANESE FORCES IN YEMEN

The Sudanese newspaper ” Sudan Today ” said that the news of the grumbling of Sudanese soldiers in Yemen and decisions of punishing those who did not participate in the military operations and preparing them to return to the country is the important thing that disturbed the Emirates and the Saudis and forced them to circulate to all military points along the Mukha-Aden road, to prevent Sudanese of passing without having a permission from the operations of the West Coast.

This action is due the fear of the escape of large numbers of those forces and their discovering that their front is vulnerable, where the Sudanese soldiers were informed that the decision to stop their combat is in the hands of their government, according to the cooperation agreement between them and the alliance.

Hundreds of Sudanese soldiers have declared their desire to stop fighting and return to their country, and not only expressed their desire to leave the fighting, but also hundreds of them have tried to evacuate their military positions on the outskirts of the city. Some Sudanese soldiers besieged them and prevented them from moving

The newspaper added, it is not the first time of grumbling Sudanese soldiers and not the first time that the UAE forces besieged the Sudanese colleague, but the first time that the number of insurgents trying to withdraw so large and it is the first time that the lifting of the voice High in the battlefield by refusing to participate in it synchronized with the rise of voices inside the courtyard of the sit-in insist on withdrawing our soldiers from Yemen and calling for the rejection of the policy of axes and alignment in the region.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/sudan-today-newspaper-reveals-the-difficult-conditions-grievances-experienced-by-sudanese-forces-in-yemen/

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Hölzerne Haustüren im Jemen (Jemen-Studien, Band 15) Traugott Wöhrlin

Zu den bekanntesten Schätzen des Jemen zählt ohne Zweifel seine Architektur, und entsprechend umfangreich ist auch die darüber veröffentlichte Literatur. Obwohl man die meist mit reicher Schnitzerei oder Stuckumrahmung verzierten hölzernen jemenitischen Haustüren als Teil dieser Architektur betrachten muss, scheinen sie bislang noch nicht als kulturelle Besonderheit wahrgenommen worden zu sein, am wenigsten bei den Jemeniten selbst. Mit dem geschärften Blick des Architekten und Holzhandwerkers hat der Autor die faszinierende Kultur… (Download; Gratis registrieren)

https://sites.google.com/site/borecoogi/cjwzea3vj0ihbs2qk

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Jambiya, symbol of Yemeni men’s pride

Yemeni men have a unique way to show off their wealth and social class – daggers.

Curved knives, or jambiya, are the symbol of male honor in Yemen. "In Europe, people give importance to the tie or the suit you wear," Yaya Mohammed Sariya, a Yemeni who wears a jambiya worth thousands of dollars in his belt, explained to NPR, "Here, people recognize that you come from a good family based on the jambiya you carry."

Jambiya is derived from the Arabic word for "side," because the dagger is usually worn on the side of a person. The Yemeni jambiya generally has a curved, double-edged blade (photos)

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d514f3263544e34457a6333566d54/index.html

Remark: The photo is not a Yemeni. They have different headdresses without the black band around the head

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10157568225568641

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Steadfastness of the Yemeni People Facing Cruel Economic War, Puzzling US-Saudi Aggression

The aggression forced foreign Oil and gas companies, which represents 70% of the state resources, to leave Yemen. The Oil sectors in Hadhramout, Shabwa and Mareb were ceased despite that Mareb was under the control of mercenaries at the beginning of the war. 2015 and 2016 recorded intensive airstrikes targeting economic facilities, bridges, factories and farms. The aggression has targeted everything related to the the public and private Yemeni economy. It continues to disrupt the business market and force tens of thousands of workers in industrial and agricultural sectors towards unemployment.

The Economic War revealed who is truly running the aggression against Yemen. When the U.S. threatened to transfer the Central Bank and destroy the Yemeni currency, during the negotiations in Kuwait 2016, which was what happened later, the Yemeni People became very sure of the U.S. major role in orchestrating the aggression against them.

In General, we can understand how could a besieged State whose resources have been cut off to withstand and mobilize its people. How is it possible for the people to resist the starvation weapon that reached the corners of every home and the cavity of every child, man and woman in the most despicable aggression against humanity.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6833

My remark: By Houthis’ Almasirah.

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$88 billion needed for reconstruction, stability and security, Planning Minister says

Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Najib al-Awj, said that the war-torn country needs a baseline $28-billion-dollar fund for reconstruction efforts over the next four years.

In the long term, Yemen’s reconstruction could run a bill as large as $60 billion for post-war restoration of institutions, stability and security.

“So far there are no field surveys or precise studies that can give a certain figure– but as a starting point, signs show a need for a minimum of $28 billion in the short term—which runs from two and four years. After tha

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/11/88-billion-needed-for-reconstruction-stability-and-security-planning-minister-says/

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190507-minister-yemen-needs-28bn-for-reconstruction/

My comment: By the Hadi government. It’s much more than 28 billion and certainly even surpasses 88 billion, taking into account all losses of private citizens and private businesses. And the main precondition for everything is stopping the war. A study by the United Nations Development Program showed that that economic losses has reached $88.8 billion this year because of the conflict. Already about two years ago, there had been an estimate of about the double of this. Therefor, as a “conservative” estimate US$ 150 to 180 billion would be more realistic.

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Measuring electricity access amidst active conflict: Lessons from Yemen

Access to electricity has always been an issue for many households in Yemen. Little more than two thirds of the poor had access to electricity when it was last formally measured in 2014, the lowest such rate in the Middle East.

But things deteriorated rapidly when the conflict started. In March 2015, the country’s largest power plant in Marib, responsible for powering most of the country, went offline and represented a turning point for the country’s electricity sector. The high price of power from private generators and frequent fuel shortages meant that most Yemenis were thrown into the dark.

Necessity is the mother of innovation

What followed the collapse of the public utility was a surprising and unlikely success story amid otherwise troubling circumstances.

Ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit helped the private sector step in to fill the void left by the absence of public utilities. Several firms started importing cheap solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The number of solar importers in the country multiplied, while many small electronic retailers started selling solar home systems, encouraged by surging demand. Solar panels started dotting more and more rooftops in Sana’a.

Today more than half of all Yemenis use solar power as their main source of lighting.

But how do we know that?
When the World Bank team had an opportunity to design a project in the energy sector in Yemen a critical challenge was to get a better understanding of the conditions on the ground, and the true reach of solar power in Yemen.

Satellite imagery showed that nearly 55 percent of power sector assets (including transmission lines, power stations) currently have some degree of damage, while 8 percent are completely destroyed – all evidence to support our finding that grid access to electricity was dismally low in Yemen.
But the results of the surveys showed a silver lining - we found that electricity access rates in rural areas have improved during the conflict.
How?
Simply put – solar power. While the three data sources cover different aspects of the problem, they all point towards the emergence of solar as the primary and most competitive source of electricity in the country.
The results also show that poor households do not have other viable alternatives compared to richer households, who can rely on expensive private generators to power larger homes and appliances.

http://blogs.worldbank.org/energy/measuring-electricity-access-active-conflict-lessons-yemen

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Aden-Abyan Islamic Army

The Aden-Abyan Islamic Army (AAIA) is an Islamist militant group based in southern Yemen, led by Zein al-Abideen al-Mehdar (also known as Abu El-Hassan El-Mohader).[2] The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by Canada and the United Kingdom.[3]The group is thought to have organized in southern Yemen in the mid 1990s, with members that include veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan[4]. Their stated mission is to "promote jihad in the fight against secularism in Yemen and other Arab States; to establish an Islamic government in Yemen".[5]

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Al-Qaeda: Still Deadly Threat In Yemen

Despite being contained in Yemen’s eastern and central provinces of Hadramawt, Shabwa, and Abyan, the faction still poses a deadly threat to the rest of the country, while the conflict environment in which it flourished remains.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the transnational faction’s biggest franchise. It gained much territory in Yemen after the Arab Spring, survived a crackdown from the post-Arab Spring government in 2012, then expanded rapidly during the current conflict. According to UN and Yemeni government estimates, it has 6,000-8,000 members as of last year.

It poses a much greater threat than the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) in Yemen, which has failed to embed itself in Yemeni society and establish links with other local factions with the success that AQAP has achieved. After all, al-Qaeda has existed in Yemen since the faction’s earliest days and had built connections with various tribal factions before and during the current war. Compared to other locations, foreign IS recruits struggle to reach Yemen due to the blockade and face security restrictions on entering the country, while al- Qaeda relies on recruiting Yemenis locally.

Along with carrying out various deadly attacks across Yemen, AQAP has also posed an international threat.

However, like other recent al-Qaeda branches, such as Jahbat al-Nusra in Syria, AQAP has focused on regional goals and state-building to secure a powerful domestic base. It had some success in this too, using its financial capabilities, acquired mostly from looting banks and smuggling oil, to provide security for and win approval from parts of Yemeni society.

As Yemen’s state has disintegrated after President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s exile to Saudi Arabia following the Houthi insurgency and Riyadh’s subsequent bombing campaign, AQAP has had much freedom to expand.

The UAE claims that it has pushed AQAP in 2016 from its stronghold Mukalla, Yemen’s fifth-largest city. But in fact, the UAE paid al-Qaeda to withdraw from the city, rather than fighting it, in order to easily allow Emirati forces to increase Abu Dhabi’s hegemony over the south.

Indeed, both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have supported AQAP in their anti-Houthi campaign.

However, since the situation in Yemen is volatile and various local factions can align with al-Qaeda as they have done in the past, AQAP still could expand into various parts of the country.

The conflict has also allowed other extremist groups to emerge, including the Taiz-based, anti-Houthi, Salafist militia of warlord Abu Al-Abbas, who has directly received Emirati money and weapons despite being a U.S.-designated terrorist.

Only by ending the war in Yemen, pushing Saudi Arabia and the UAE to cut their support to al-Qaeda, and rebuilding the shattered country can the extremist threat in Yemen begin to diminish – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://lobelog.com/al-qaeda-still-deadly-threat-in-yemen/

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Yesterday #alQaeda claimed a new martyr in #Yemen. Habib al-Jadawi (so possibly #Saudi or of Saudi origin) was killed in a "Crusader" #drone strike. Likely recent, but #AQAP gives no details of date or location (image)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1126523598913572864

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Liste von Terroranschlägen im Jemen

[von 2000 bis heute]

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_von_Terroranschlägen_im_Jemen

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Four suspected al-Qaeda militants killed in US drone strike in Yemen

A suspected US drone strike killed four alleged al-Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Tuesday, a security official in the area said.

The strike targeted the men's vehicle as they were heading to a farm in Marib province, according to the official, who did not want to be named.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/5/7/us-drone-strike-in-yemen-kills-four-al-qaeda-militants

and also https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-7-2019

referring to https://www.bawabatii.com/news242230.html

and film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfmhIVsjoaM

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The Islamic State in Yemen claimed to detonate a suicide vest (SVEST) targeting a meeting of AQAP officials al Abil area in the Qayfa region in eastern al Bayda governorate in central Yemen on May 4. The Islamic State in Yemen claimed to kill the AQAP emir of al Abil, Faruq al Ibbi, in the attack.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-7-2019

cp15 Propaganda

(B P)

Hamas, Hisbollah, Huthis

Der Iran hat viele Möglichkeiten, den USA und ihren Verbündeten im Nahen Osten Schwierigkeiten zu machen. Irak, Libanon und Jemen - systematisch fördert Teheran seit vielen Jahren militante Verbündete.

Seit Jahren hat der Iran an Macht und Einfluss im Nahen Osten gewonnen. Häufig genügte es dazu, die Fehler der USA in der Region auszunutzen.

Egal, wohin die sunnitisch geprägten Eliten in der arabischen Welt schauen: Vielerorts sehen sie den mehrheitlich schiitischen Iran am Werk.

Ohne den Iran wären die Huthi-Kämpfer nichts

Und noch einen Hebel könnte Teheran betätigen: Die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen. Berater sowie technische, politische und auch militärische Unterstützung hätten sie in den vergangenen Jahren vom Iran erhalten, sagt der unabhängige jemenitische Experte Hafez Albukari zählt auf.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/iran-einfluss-nahost-101.html

Anmerkung unseres Lesers G.R.:So wird bei der Tagesschau Politik im Sinne der USA gemacht. Eigentlich hatten ja die US-Amerikaner das Atomabkommen einseitig aufgekündigt. Aber bei der Tagesschau konstruiert Herr Kühntopp eifrig das Bild des bösen Iran, ganz im Sinne von Trump und Co.

https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=51598#h01

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Houthi militias demolish academic education, employ it to spread extremism, PM says

“The Houthi militia is systematically destroying the academic education and employed it to spreading extremism and sectarian ideas,” the prime minister tweeted at his Twitter account.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/10/houthi-militias-demolish-academic-education-employ-it-to-spread-extremism-pm-says/

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U.S. ally Oman seeking stronger ties with Iran, report warns

Oman, the key American ally that helped Washington broker the now defunct 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, is quietly seeking to bolster ties with Tehran at the expense of its relationship with the U.S., conservative foreign policy experts warn.

The tiny Persian Gulf country, often called the “Switzerland of the Middle East,” may have been complicit in Iran’s movement of weaponry to a key Tehran-backed proxy in Yemen, triggering unease among other U.S. partners in the region

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/8/oman-us-ally-seeking-stronger-ties-iran-report-war/

My comment: This is bullshit – blaming aneutral country for ist neutrality – which means to keep serious relations to ALL sides.

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Robert Charles: Trump is responding decisively to Iran’s aggression and terrorism

In response to Iran’s increasingly bellicose foreign policy, which extends from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to civil war in Yemen, terrorist attacks on regional American allies to supporting Hamas in dropping 600 rockets on Israel this week, the Trump administration has squeezed the Iranian economy.

In a confirmation of Iranian bad faith, Islamic leaders went full throttle testing long-range missiles, which could one day carry nuclear warheads. In response to Iran’s regional belligerence and overt support of anti-Western terrorism, Trump began ratcheting up sanctions.

What other actions? The endgame is probably multi-pronged. Although anyone’s guess, primary objectives are probably causing Iran to retreat from a regionally destabilizing foreign policy, ending aggression in Syria –which has included attacks on Israel, stopping Iranian-supported Shite militia destabilization of Iraq, drawing back from civil war in Yemen – which threatens Saudi Arabia, and getting Iran to rethink unbridled support for state-sponsored terrorism – including Hamas attacks on Israel – by Robert Charles, a former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/robert-charles-trump-iran-aggression-terrorism

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VP cites govt’s several concessions versus Houthi failure to honor any peace initiative

Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh said the government has offered several concessions out of its interest in peace while Houthis failed to honor any (peace) initiative to demonstrate their good faith.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/08/vp-cites-govts-several-concessions-versus-houthi-failure-to-honor-any-peace-initiative/

(A P)

Houthis Respond to Government Economic Measures with Terror Threats

Economic measures enforced by the Yemeni government and the Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) has managed to close the tap on money laundering by the Houthi militias.
The host of regulations has sent shockwaves of panic among Houthis, who rely heavily on Iranian smuggled oil and their coercive monopoly over banks in areas under their control.
Contrary to counteractive measures targeting hostile Houthi banking practices, the Yemeni government eased some red tape in support of major importers and local commercial banks.

Many analysts agree that the Iran-backed militia has no viable defense against economic strangulation impacted by the CBY and Yemeni government.
Ruffled by the sudden and serious countermeasures, Houthis resorted to making terror threats such as blowing up oil reserves kept at the Ras Isa port in Hodeidah, which is run by militiamen since 2014.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1713181/houthis-respond-government-economic-measures-terror-threats

(B P)

The US, Iran and a New American Deployment

Iran’s influence has spread across the Middle East, and the U.S. is pushing back.

The United States has announced that it is deploying a carrier battle group and a bomber group to the Middle East. The reason given is that U.S. intelligence has detected an Iranian threat against U.S. and allied assets in the region. The United States has stated that it does not want war with Iran but is prepared to defend its interests in the region. It’s not clear what threat the U.S. detected, but since this force will take some time to reach the area, we can assume that the threat is not perceived to be imminent. And we will assume that the type of threat the U.S. believes is posed by Iran can be countered by the type and amount of air power deployed. But as with all such deployments, there are military, psychological and political components that must be understood.

Iran has therefore emerged as a major regional force. It is a dominant power in Iraq and Lebanon, a significant force in Syria and is deeply engaged in the war in Yemen. It is in the process of surrounding Saudi Arabia.

Without a global power imposing force, the region rearranged itself, as the U.S. had hoped it would, but the rearrangement put Iran in a powerful position, which the U.S. certainly didn’t want. Anticipating that Iran will try to strike against the new anti-Iran coalition, the U.S. is trying to reassert its power without redeploying ground forces. In the end, the Israelis, the Saudis and the (hitherto unmentioned) Turks have more at stake than the U.S. and therefore need to take the risks, either way – by George Friedman

https://geopoliticalfutures.com/the-us-iran-and-a-new-american-deployment-1

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THE CASE AGAINST ARMS EMBARGOS, EVEN FOR SAUDI ARABIA

Arms exports are best used for maintaining or strengthening relationships while limiting adversary access to client states; a tool of nuanced influence, not outright coercion. In fact, threatening to withhold arms sales to coerce a state into changing its behavior often has the opposite effect, leading clients to diversify their arms sourcing instead of shifting course.

Arms sales are useful tools for maintaining communication, strengthening relationships, and keeping potential adversary states at bay. Conversely, as a blunt instrument of coercion (i.e. if you do not do X, we will suspend Y), they are likely losers.

These conclusions should therefore inform U.S. policy on Saudi Arabia. The intent here is not to argue the moral or ethical responsibility of U.S. leaders in responding to Saudi Arabia’s execution of journalists or tactics in the war in Yemen.

Rather, embargoing Saudi Arabia is unlikely to fundamentally alter Saudi policies, but likely to further damage U.S. ties with Riyadh.

In the near-term, Saudi Arabia can substitute other weapons, such as the Eurofighter and Tornado, and “dumb bombs” instead of U.S.-built “smart weapons.” The Saudis can also rely more heavily on their Emirati and Egyptian partners using non-U.S. produced arms.

https://warontherocks.com/2019/04/the-case-against-arms-embargos-even-for-saudi-arabia/

(A P)

More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/11/ksrelief-center-launches-food-baskets-distribution-to-16000-families/

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/09/ksrelief-launches-dates-distribution-project-in-10-yemeni-provinces/

http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=UAE%26%2339%3Bs-Ramzan-campaign-to-benefit-over-2.5-million-people-in-Yemen&id=363116

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1711606/ksrelief-delivers-aid-orphans-families-yemen

http://en.adenpress.news/news/4191

http://en.adenpress.news/news/4187 and http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/05/07/ksreliefs-iftar-meals-distribution-in-6-provinces/

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

May 6: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1557251423./1301603276656701/

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3 killed, more than 13 citizens injured with Saudi airstrike in Dhalle

Three killed, more than thirteen citizens were injured with US- backed Saudi-led aggression coalition airstrike in Dhalle province, a military official told Saba.

The air raid hit Qatba area in Dhalle provinces causing two women and a man were killed, and other thirteen citizens were wounded.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535845.htm

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6844

Photos of the victims of the air raids of the #American aggression #Saudi on the homes of citizens in the village of Shaleel Directorate of #Qataba province of Dali, whose victims were # 16 between martyr and wounded, mostly children.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2025778064384844 = https://twitter.com/mamashami/status/1127344235370426368

More photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2026402240989093

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPDdIJzDoC8

(A K pH)

In Hajja, two citizens were injured Saturday morning by US-Saudi air strikes that targeted a farm in Abs district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6844

and also https://almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=39534 and https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1127031515479728128 (with photo)

(A K)

The Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes targeting al Houthi forces near Shakhab west of Qatabah city in northern Dhaleh governorate in central Yemen on May 9. Al Houthi and Hadi government-aligned forces are fighting for control of Qatabah district.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-9-2019

(A K pS)

Coalition airstrikes hit military targets in Saada

http://en.adenpress.news/news/4190

and by the Houthi side: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535572.htm

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

May 10: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535801.htm Saada p.

May 9: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6820 Saada p., Asir

May 7: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6779 Hajjah p., Saada p., Asir

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535631.htm Hajjah p.

May 6: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535560.htm Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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May 11: houses of citizens in Qa'ataba were hit by rocket and artillery of US-Saudi mercenaries, destroying two houses and killing eight citizens and injuring others, mostly children.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6844

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Clashes are the heaviest in Qa’tabah north of al-Dale, civilian casualties and mass displacements

Clashes between government forces and the Arab Coalition and the Houthi fighters escalated in sporadic areas of the southern Yemeni province of al-Dali

According to the sources, the clashes intensified in the past hours after the Houthis launched attacks to try to advance to the city of Qa’tabah following their progress and their stationing in the western and northern parts of the city.

Yesterday, al-Houthi militants took control of a number of institutions, neighbourhoods and streets of Qa’tabah city and penetrated it, but the joint forces managed to defeat them after fierce battles in the city, but other sources reported that the Houthi militia still controls the building of the economic company in the city of Qa’tabah.

The city of Qa’tabah turned into a battlefield amid a large exodus of civilians as dozens of shells hit several neighbourhoods and streets of the city, while a number of residents said they could not flee or leave their homes due to the intensity of the confrontations.

Local sources said that civilians were killed and wounded, including children, after a shells fell on the home of Hassan Omar Saif , in AL-Markazi neighbourhood in Qa’tabah.

The sources said at least three people were killed and four others from two neighbouring families were shelled in their homes in the city centre.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/167486

and

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Yemen in Focus: A deadly new battle emerges in Dhale'

Scores have been killed in Yemen's Dhale' province in recent weeks, the location of a newly-emerging frontline battle between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces.

The deadly battles, which have been largely overlooked as the world focuses on the port city of Hodeida, have killed many fighters from both sides of the camp, after rebels attempted to infiltrate the southern province following a failed attempt in 2015.

Houthi rebels have so far managed to advance towards the strategic Qataba area after seizing control of several government-held areas within the Dhale province but have yet to fight off resistance from fighters in the main city.

"Most of the Houthi fighters captured or found killed along the battlefield are unfortunately child soldiers," a government source told The New Arab.

"Dhale' is the border between the north and south of Yemen, whoever controls this strategic part of the country holds the gateway to the south," the source added.

Although the battle pits rebels against government forces, it has seeped into the pro-government camp, with clashes being reported between units from Hadi's presidency brigades and the Security Belt Forces – a UAE-backed pro-government militia.

Local news reported Hadi's forces were ambushed and sent back to Aden by the UAE-backed militia group after they had attempted to enter Dhale' to assist in the fighting. But the in-fighting is nothing new.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/5/10/yemen-in-focus-a-new-battle-emerges-in-dhale

and

(A K)

Yemeni officials: Houthi rebels push into southern province

Yemeni officials say fighting continues in the country’s southern Dhale province between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and pro-government forces.

The officials say rebel incursions into Dhale, which had been under the control of forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government, started in April, killing hundreds of fighters on both sides.

https://apnews.com/be6382d89cfa40dcb83b03da2e91f959

and

(A K pS)

Pro-gov't forces thwart new Houthi attack in southern Yemen

Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government fought off a large armed attack launched by the Houthi rebels against areas in the southern province of al-Dhalea on Thursday, a military official told Xinhua.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/10/c_138046691.htm

(A K pH)

May 9: In Sa'ada, the US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on Ketaf district. Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Munabbih district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6820

(A K pH)

Army fires 3 rockets in Jizan, Najran

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535751.htm

My remark: Saudi territory.

(A K pH)

May 8: In Saada, densely populated villages in the border district of Shada witnessed rocket and artillery attacks in Saudi Arabia.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6795

(A K)

Two Presidential Protective Force brigades deployed from Aden governorate in southern Yemen to the frontlines in Qataba district in Dhaleh governorate in central Yemen on May 6. President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered the 2nd Presidential Guard Brigade and 3rd Infantry Brigade to reinforce Emirati-backed Yemeni forces fighting against al Houthi forces on the front. Presidential Protection Forces clashed with the Hadi government-aligned 33rd Armored Brigade and Emirati-backed al Hizam Security Forces upon arriving in Qataba on May 8.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-8-2019

(A K P)

According to Directives of President Al-Zubaiadi, the First Commandos Brigade Heads to Al-Dalia

On may 7th, 2019, the first commandos brigade, under commandership of colonel Abd Al-Kareem Musa (Abu Kassem), left Aden heading to Al-Dalia to defend the southern territories against Al-Houthi militias packed by Iran and Al-Eslah Party.

https://en.smanews.org/according-to-directives-of-president-al-zubaiadi-the-first-commandos-brigade-heads-to-al-dalia

and

(A K P)

The Council Sends Reinforcements Towards Al-Dalia and Calls for Al-Houthis to Retrieve Their Dead Bodies

Local sources indicated that the southern transitional council sent new military reinforcements to north of Al-Dalia after Al-Houthi militias, packed with Al-Eslah militias, sent their troops to Al-Dalia

https://en.smanews.org/the-council-sends-reinforcements-towards-al-dalia-and-calls-for-al-houthis-to-retrieve-their-dead-bodies

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/4194

My comment: The southern separatists’ council is behaving like a parallel government, sending troops to the theater of (civil) war. – And again, tey blame the anti-Houthi Islah Party to be allied to the Houthis – what seems to be a fact-free conspiracy theory.

(A K pS)

At the First Night of Ramadan, 110 Militants of Al-Houthis, including a Major Field Commander, Were Caught

Southern resistance troops caught 110 militantsa of Al-Houthi militias including brigadier Yahia Al-Kabsi

https://en.smanews.org/at-the-first-night-of-ramadan-110-militants-of-al-houthis-including-a-major-field-commander-were-caught

My remark: Southern separatists’ militia.

(A K pS)

At least 27 Houthis killed in clashes with Yemeni army

At least 27 Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with the Yemeni army in southeastern Al-Bayda province, local media reported Thursday.

National army forces backed by popular resistance groups launched an operation after Houthis attempted to carry out an attack in Az Zahir district, according to the Ministry of Defense’s official website September Net.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/at-least-27-houthis-killed-in-clashes-with-yemeni-army-3480695

(A K pS)

At least 35 Houthis killed in clashes with Yemeni army

At least 35 Houthis were killed in clashes with the Yemeni army Tuesday in Qataba district of Al-Dhalea province, according to the Ministry of Defense’s official website September Net.

National army forces backed by popular resistance groups launched an attack on positions of the Houthi militia in the areas of Hamrat and Watta Al-Wa’al, it said.

At least 15 others were wounded during the clashes, the source said, adding the soldiers destroyed and confiscated some military vehicles and ammunition of the Houthis.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/at-least-35-houthis-killed-in-clashes-with-yemeni-army-3480631

(A K pS)

Two civilians were killed and two others injured in the explosion of a landmine in Maqbanah district, west of Taiz.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1125855343916064769

(A K pH)

COALITION’S MISSILES AND ARTILLERY SHELLS HIT RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN SA’ADA

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/coalitions-missiles-and-artillery-shells-hit-residential-areas-in-saada/

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6779

(A K pS)

Film: Fierce battles continue between government forces and Houthis north of Dhale

Violent battles continue to take place between the government forces and the Houthis in the west and north of Dhale, southern Yemen. The commander of the first brigade in Dhale’s resistance forces, Major General Saif Sakra, affirmed that the government forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Houthis, in both lives and gear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi8hU4p-m1k

(A K pH)

Artillery, air forces launched joint attack on Mashreeq center in Jizan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535569.htm

Army kills tens of mercenaries in Najran

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news535566.htm

My remark: On Saudi territory.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(* B P)

In the Middle East, a new military crescent is in the making

Counter-revolutionary forces are seeking to resurrect the military dictatorship model the Arab Spring dismantled.

In 2011, the US and European countries once again demonstrated their deep conviction that their interests in the Middle East are served best by autocratic leaders and that they see the democratic aspirations of the Arab people as a threat.

But they are not alone in this belief. Regional players Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates too felt threatened by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and for many years now, they have been leading the counter-revolutionary forces in the region to re-establish military rule. Ironically, the two GCC states weren't always supporters of Arab military strongmen.

Today, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, like their US and European allies, see their interests better served by military dictatorships in the region. Thus, after funding the military coup in Egypt in 2013, they are now hoping for military rule to extend to Algeria, Sudan and Libya.

In all three countries[ Sudan, Algeria, Libya], Saudi Arabia and the UAE have stood by the military generals seeking state capture, and so have the US and a number of European countries. In the case of Libya, US President Donald Trump expressed direct support for Haftar, while France has been accused of directly supporting his military operation.

There seems to be a concerted effort to establish a crescent of military-ruled countries from Sudan in northeast Africa to Algeria in the northwest through Egypt and Libya to ward off popular upheaval and keep "Islamist" forces in check. It is based on the misguided belief that military strongmen such as el-Sisi in Egypt, Haftar in Libya or even Bashar al-Assad in Syria can provide security and stability in the region.

But the truth is - as all uprisings since 2011 have demonstrated - the stability, which they promise, is a mere illusion – by Marwan Kabalan

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/middle-east-military-crescent-making-190429115639893.html

Vorige / Previous

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-535-yemen-war-mosaic-535

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-535 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-535:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

14:32 11.05.2019
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