Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 543 - Yemen War Mosaic 543

Yemen Press Reader 543: 7. Juni 2019: Saudische Luftangriffe im Mai 2019 – Wer hat Angst vor den Saudis – Die Beziehungen der USA zu den Saudis – USA: Kult um Bomben und endlose Kriege...
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... Wachsende Spannungen im Mittleren Osten, USA bereiten Krieg gegen Iran vor – und mehr

June 7, 2019: Saudi air raids in May 2019 – Who’s afraid of Saudi Arabia – The US-Saudi relationship – The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War – Mounting tensions in the Middle East, the US prepares war against Iran – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

cp19a USA bereitet Krieg gegen Iran vor / The US is preparing war against Iran

cp19b Weitere Spannungen im Mittleren Osten / More tensions in the Middle East

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

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

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

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

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-einfuehrende-artikel-u-ueberblicke

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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YEMEN DATA PROJECT AIR RAIDS SUMMARY FOR MAY 2019

Civilian Casualties Rise to Highest Since October 2018

Civilian casualties increase for the fifth consecutive month as air raid numbers rise for the first time since November

Civilian casualties in coalition air raids* jumped by 14% in May, reaching the highest number in a single month since last October. The number of air raids increased for the first month since November 2018, rising by 7% from April.
The Yemen Data Project recorded 149 civilian casualties in May, up from 131 in April. Civilian fatalities in Saudi/UAE-led coalition air raids increased by more than 50% from April to 41, a further 108 civilians were injured. Women and children made up 54% of civilian casualties in the month. The civilian casualty number was the highest in seven months, matching the October 2018 figure. However, the number of air raids in October was over 50% higher than May.
There were four mass civilian casualty events caused by air raids in May with almost 70% of those casualties occurring in two air raids, in the capital Sana'a and in the contested district of Qatabah in Al-Dhalie.
For the second consecutive month the capital saw the most significant single incident. 77 civilian casualties, mostly women and children, were recorded in one air raid on 16 May, hit civilian houses on Al-Raqas Street in Ma'ain district in the city. 4 children and one woman were amongst the 8 civilians killed in the bombing, a further 27 children and 16 women were injured.

https://mailchi.mp/a5ec7bb098a7/june2019-yemen-data-project-update-526495

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Who’s Afraid of Saudi Arabia?

The Qatari blockade, now two years old, is a reminder of how impotent the government in Riyadh has become.

Though the blockade is still in place today, its advent was the low point of a struggle that has more or less existed ever since Saudi Arabia became a de facto leader in the Middle East – a role that Riyadh has tried to use to bend all other Sunni Arab nations, especially Arab Gulf nations such as Qatar, to its will. Yet it has rarely succeeded in that regard. It’s true that Saudi Arabia has cobbled together a loose alliance of nations that bolsters its power and helps to isolate Iran, its regional rival, but a cursory glance at its recent history shows that the ties that bind Riyadh to nearly every link in this chain are weak. It had to coerce Lebanon by kidnapping its prime minister. It had to save Bahrain by propping up its minority government. It had to buy the loyalties of Egypt and Sudan. Allies like the UAE are arguably more dependable, but their reliability tends to exist within the narrow parameters of countering Iran, preserving their monarchies and keeping oil revenue high.

In other words, Saudi Arabia may be a regional leader, but it’s only as strong as the coalition of allies it leads. So long as it fails to bring to heel the economically, politically and demographically congruous countries that reside in its supposed sphere of influence, it will struggle to be anything more than it is right now – a middling power – and its efforts to rise above its current station will affect the entire region. Of this there is perhaps no starker or more painful reminder than the failure of the Qatar blockade – by Cole Altom

https://geopoliticalfutures.com/whos-afraid-of-saudi-arabia/

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Reckless in Riyadh

The recklessness of MBS, as he is known, has been abetted by the Trump administration, which has boasted of its special relationship with the young de facto ruler

As the de facto alliance approaches its seventy-fifth anniversary, some American policymakers and scholars are questioning whether it still makes sense for the US.

In the seventy-four years since it was conceived, the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shown remarkable durability. One reason for its resilience has been the ease with which it has evolved as the partners prospered and global politics changed. Riding a tide of oil wealth, Saudi Arabia has been transformed from a congeries of seminomadic tribes into one of the twenty largest economies in the world, while US involvement in regional security grew so dominant that for decades, analysts spoke of the pax Americana in the Middle East. The relationship has also lasted in no small measure because of American leaders’ disinclination to criticize the Saudis’ domestic policies, especially their disregard for human rights.

The recklessness of MBS, as he is known, has been abetted by the Trump administration, which has boasted of its special relationship with the young de facto ruler (his father, King Salman, is in poor health, and MBS enjoys great latitude) and has avoided criticizing him for his misadventures. Yet Democratic contenders for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination are lining up to see who can Saudi-bash the loudest. The Democrats’ outrage has been further fueled by the suspicion that behind the president’s uncritical embrace of the Saudis are his hopes for personal enrichment from the relationship – by Steve Simon and Daniel Benjamin

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/06/27/mohammad-bin-salman-reckless-riyadh/

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The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War

From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. “boots on the ground” and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington’s many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plenty of high-profit business for weapons makers for whom the president can now declare a national security emergency whenever he likes and so sell their warplanes and munitions to preferred dictatorships in the Middle East (no congressional approval required). Its reality for various foreign peoples: a steady diet of “Made in USA” bombs and missiles bursting here, there, and everywhere.

Think of all this as a cult of bombing on a global scale. America’s wars are increasingly waged from the air, not on the ground, a reality that makes the prospect of ending them ever more daunting. The question is: What’s driving this process?

This country’s propensity for believing that its ability to rain hellfirefrom the sky provides a winning methodology for its wars has proven to be a fantasy of our age.

Who doesn’t know the old riddle: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Here’s a twenty-first-century air power variant on it: If foreign children die from American bombs but no U.S. media outlets report their deaths, will anyone grieve? Far too often, the answer here in the U.S. is no and so our wars go on into an endless future of global destruction.

In reality, this country might do better to simply ground its many fighter planes, bombers, and drones. Paradoxically, instead of gaining the high ground, they are keeping us on a low road to perdition – by William J. Astore

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176571/tomgram%3A_william_astore%2C_the_dark_side_of_air_power/ = https://truthout.org/articles/the-us-cult-of-bombing-and-endless-war/ = https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/04/american-cult-bombing-and-endless-war

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Film by Doctors Without Borders: Endemic in Yemen, cholera still hits Yemenis hard

Between January and March 2019, suspected cholera cases sharply increased in Yemen, even before the start of the rainy season, raising fears of a large-scale outbreak. Between January and March, the number of cholera patients treated by MSF increased from 140 to 2,000 per week. Following this exponential increase, we scaled up our response in March

Although the number of cases per month in our centres has now decreased, this video report highlights the ordinary Yemenis affected by cholera in a country ravaged by war.

https://www.msf.org/endemic-yemen-cholera-still-hits-yemenis-hard

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Film by Doctors Without Borders: War Magnifies Effects of Cholera in Yemen

Since the collapse of Yemen's health system, the disease, which is endemic in the country, has resurfaced. After outbreaks in 2016–2017, there was another spike in cholera cases between January and May this year. Over five months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated more than 10,000 patients with symptoms of the disease at its health facilities in Amran, Hajjah, Sanaa, Ibb, and Taiz governorates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seOFgAIZv0U

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Maintaining the Momentum Against Cholera

The world still has a great deal of work to do to eliminate cholera from the Global South, as the ongoing outbreak in Yemen shows. But significant progress is being made, and, in 2018, global health organizations set a new record in the delivery of oral cholera vaccines to many of the world's most vulnerable countries.

Where one lives should not determine whether one lives. But until we eliminate cholera deaths, that will be the tragic reality facing vulnerable communities across the Global South.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/cholera-gavi-gtfcc-oral-vaccine-delivery-by-anita-zaidi-2019-06

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

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Elderly man injured by Houthi sniper in Hays, Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7413

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

(B K pS)

US Dep. of State: U.S. Demining Support Enables Access to Desperately Needed Food Aid at Yemen’s Red Sea Mills

U.S.-funded demining teams managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and staffed by Yemeni deminers from the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC) deployed to the Red Sea Mills in March to begin the dangerous task of surveying the facility for explosive hazards and then clearing these hazards to facilitate safe access for the WFP. Over the next two months, 58 U.S.-funded deminers worked tirelessly to clear and destroy 1,239 explosive hazards from the Red Sea Mills including IEDs disguised as rocks and mass-produced landmines deliberately emplaced in and around the milling facilities, unexploded ordnance from recent battles, and 14 sea mines that washed ashore near the Mills (photos)

https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2019/06/06/en/us-demining-support-enables-access-desperately-needed-food-aid-yemen-s-red-sea

my comment: Even here, anti-Iranian propaganda can be added. – How much money did the US make since 2016 selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

(A K pH)

#Hodeidah: killing of an elderly woman, a girl and a man, and the injury of two women and a man seriously injured due to the artillery bombardment of the coalition's mercenaries on residential neighborhoods in al-Shuhada Street of al-Haly district.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564/2312265798826437/

(A K pH)

Yemeni air defenses down yet another US-made Saudi attack drone

Yemen has successfully targeted an attack drone belonging to Saudi Arabia, as the country continues to develop a deterrence against Riyadh's continued drone raids and surveillance flights over cities and civilian targets.

The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees downed the drone on Thursday afternoon in al-Jabaliyah in the country's west coast.

A source in the Air Defense unit told the al-Masirah news network that the drone was a US-made MQ-9 Reaper.

The Saudi air force launched a series of airstrikes on the wreckage of the drone to destroy it before it fell to the hands of the Yemeni fighters, the source added.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/06/597892/Yemen-Saudi-US-Reaper-MQ9-drone

and also https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564/2312084535511230/

(A K pS)

Man killed, another injured in Houthi shelling in Hodeidah

A man was killed and another injured by a Houthi shell while they were on their motorcycle in Hodeidah.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7409

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBfb83mro1U

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7257

(A P)

Chairman of the UN’s Redeployment Coordination Committee Michael Lollesgaard met with al Houthi representatives to discuss the withdrawal of al Houthi forces from three Red Sea ports in al Hudaydah governorate on June 4. Al Houthi representative Mohammad al Qadri claimed that al Houthi forces have withdrawn all military equipment from al Hudaydah port in accordance with the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement. The UN has not confirmed the withdrawal of military equipment.[2]

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1136179571513090048

(A P)

In their meeting with the Chief of redeployment Committee , Al-Houthi calls United Nations to operate Hodeidah ports and inspect ships

Danish General Michael Lolisgaard, Chief of the Al-Hodeidah Coordination and redeployment Committee, held a meeting with the Governor-designate of the Houthis Mohammad Ayyash Quhaim and security officials following the group to see the withdrawal steps carried out by the group from the three ports.

The Houthis media reported the UN official's commendation of the unilateral step taken by the group, noting that the steps to implement the agreement are as agreed in the mechanism for implementing the Stockholm resolution

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168243

(A K P)

Films: Sana'a Exposes Aggression's True Intentions by Implementing the Stockholm Agreement 03-06-2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc7Uu3_9y80

The UN Covers up for the US-Saudi Forces, Refusing Implementation of the Stockholm Agreement 03-06-2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwXG2XrlpYc

My remark: The Houthi viewpoint. English subs.

(A K pH)

Child, Some Women Injured by Shells of Saudi-Mercenaries in Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7235

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Houthi military parade in Hodeidah violates UN agreement, government says

The military parade conducted by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah violates a UN-brokered peace deal, the government said on Tuesday.

The Iranian-backed rebels and government agreed, during UN-led peace talks in Sweden last December, to a ceasefire and a troop withdrawal from Hodeidah’s three ports.

But the rebels are yet to withdraw their troops and uphold their side of the deal.

“The Houthis are showcasing its members in Hodeidah with four vehicles handed by United Nations to the Houthis for demining efforts,” Yemeni Minister of Information Moaamr Al Eryani said on Twitter.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/houthi-military-parade-in-hodeidah-violates-un-agreement-government-says-1.870403

My comment: Obviously. The Houthis had retreated their military from Hodeidah, how can they still conduct a military parade there??? – And furtheron, using the UN demining vehicles for a military parade is misuse, at least.

(A K pS)

Southern Forces Gain Ground West of Morais

http://en.adenpress.news/news/6398

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt-g8UuxEl8

(A K pH)

In Hodeidah, The US-Saudi mercenaries targeted a house with 11 shells in Al-Khamseen Street. The mercenaries fired a number of artillery shells on Al-Hawk district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7225

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 6, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-6-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 5, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-5-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 4, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-4-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 3, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-3-2019-map-update/

(A K P)

Latest Updates on Yemen 4 June 2019

http://www.english.iswnews.com/5875/latest-updates-on-yemen-4-june-2019/

(B K P)

Film: Ambassador Gerald Feierstein Comments on the Ongoing War in Yemen in light of the Tension in the Gulf Region

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vurzzDQb9gA

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Yemen Cannot Wait for Peace to Pursue Decentralization

The future of Yemen depends upon the state’s ability to restore its legitimacy. Both the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite revivalist movement based in northern Yemen, and President Hadi’s government have grown increasingly unpopular in the eyes of the Yemeni people due to the prolonged civil war and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

If the focus of peace efforts remains limited to securing a ceasefire between these two sides, the underlying causes of unrest, corruption, political patronage, and enflamed regionalist tensions will persist and continue. The only path forward for a united Yemen is an inclusive process that brings together all stakeholders and begins reconstructing the state along decentralized lines.

https://www.democracyspeaks.org/blog/yemen-cannot-wait-peace-pursue-decentralization

(A P)

Yemen: First day of Eid al-Fitr observed June 4 or 5

First day of Eid al-Fitr observed in Yemen June 4 or 5, as Saudi-backed government and Houthi authorities split on beginning of holiday; celebrations mark end of the holy month of Ramadan

https://www.garda.com/fr/crisis24/alertes-de-securite/236521/yemen-first-day-of-eid-al-fitr-observed-june-4-or-5

(B H P)

“Their Eid with Their Families”

Mwatana concludes a campaign for arbitrarily detainees and forcibly disappeared in Yemen

Mwatana concludes today its campaign “Their Eid with Their Families” which launched on May 28, 2019, in the last days of Ramadan to shed light on the victims of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance whom are held by conflict parties in Yemen.

http://mwatana.org/en/eid-with-families/

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'No One Really Cares' About Yemen, Says Save the Children CEO

Efforts to end, or even lessen the impact, of five years of war in Yemen are fighting mostly against indifference, the CEO of charity Save the Children said Tuesday, and the result is the death of more than 100,000 children from hunger and malnutrition since the conflict began five years ago.

http://fortune.com/2019/06/04/yemen-war-save-the-children/

(B H K)

Video: I Pray For Yemen Video Song- For An End To Yemen Crisis

https://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=121010&lang=en

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Cheap drones are changing the calculus of war in Yemen

In Yemen, civilians have grown used to the high-pitched whine of drones overhead.

This past month was no exception, with Houthi rebels repeatedly using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against the Saudi Arabia-led coalition they are fighting.

Carrying out UAV hits on such far-off targets marked a breakthrough for the Houthis, who have no air force and achieved most of their military gains in Yemen with assault rifles, missiles, off-roaders and rocket launchers.

Justin Bronk, who wrote a report on drones in the Middle East for the Royal United Services Institute, a UK military think tank, said Houthis also use drone-mounted cameras as an “eye in the sky” so that other weapons, such as mortars, are better at hitting their marks.

For the Houthis, there is no downside to using UAVs. They expose militiamen to fewer risks than conventional attacks and, according to Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, cost as little as $45 per drone strike.

Houthis use “quadcopter” style drones or toy aircraft like those sold on Amazon and fit them with cameras and bombs wrapped in ball bearings. They can maim and kill, said Bronk, but won’t win a war any time soon.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-06-03/cheap-drones-are-changing-calculus-war-yemen

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

(A E P)

Yemen grants approval for tankers to import oil to Hodeidah

The Yemeni Economic Committee granted approval for two tankers to ship and import oil derivatives to Hodeidah port.
The approval came after the crisis of suspended shipments on the outskirts of the port and the return of flow of fuel in accordance with the controls stipulated by the government’s resolution 75 and its established executive mechanism.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7410

My comment: A further hurdly in the Saudi blockade of Northern Yemen: The Hadi government has to approve all vessels coming to Hodeidah port?

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

(B H)

Perched high on the mountain, people can now safely travel to and from the village of Haigat Al-Aina in #Taiz because @SFDYemen paved their rugged, mountainous roads. Completed by the #YECRP cash-for-work programme and through @WorldBankMENA partnership. (photos)

https://twitter.com/UNDPYemen/status/1136694265348796417

(B H)

Film: Bushra Al Maqaleh on why we need to support health systems NOW in #Yemen and why #SRH and #FP are priorities during emergency.

https://twitter.com/Souz99Al/status/1136377297882058752

(B H)

Picturing a brighter future: One woman's journey to serve her community through photography

Hayat, 20, sees photography as more than a creative outlet. For her, it’s a way to help her community, allow girls finish their education and provide for her family.

When Hayat first attended a Mercy Corps career selection orientation, she wanted to sew, despite her parents’ wishes for her to seek out a career in the medical field.

When she left two days later, she wanted to be a photographer.

At the orientation, she learned of her community’s immediate need for a female photographer.

Should she and her photography business succeed, it will be monumental for her and her community. Her business would be the first female-owned photography company in Mahweet.

https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/yemen/community-photography

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Film: The US-Saudi Aggression has Made Yemen a Prison with a collapsed Health Care 05-06-2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bjkcscfq0U

My remark: By Houthis’ Almasirah TV.

(B H)

the country's deepening #economic crisis. A thread:

https://twitter.com/ContrastVR/status/1136346322141929472

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Film: Determined for Hope: Manal al Amal

"The war changed my life. I covered stories I never imagined I would witness in my country." As Yemen enters its fifth year of war, two local journalists, Manal and Amal, tell the stories of Yemeni children and mothers who are at the heart of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_84Uzr_uTvY

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Ahmad Algohbary‏: This thread comes straight from the heart. #Yemen-i children in #EidUlFitr: -The sadness dominated the hearts of a lot of children. -Their happiness has gone with those who died in the war. -Their fear is increasing day after day. -They fear to lost their loved ones.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1136407911440273410

(B H)

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau: Water, crises and conflicts: how these interrelate and the need for action using the Middle East as an example

Water shortage is a factor in conflicts and a cause of crises

In armed conflicts, water infrastructure is a popular target of attacks in order to demonstrate and consolidate power by threatening the enemy's existence. Air strikes on water reservoirs in Yemen and Syria are good examples of how conflicts can cut off the water supply.

Serious supply bottlenecks are the result, worsening the humanitarian situation of the population.
Migration caused by conflicts also has negative repercussions on the water supply.

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/water-crises-and-conflicts-how-these-interrelate-and-need-action-using-middle-east

(A H)

Heuschrecken helfen

Im vom Krieg gebeutelten Jemen essen die Menschen die Insekten inzwischen gegrillt oder gebacken.

Eine Heuschreckenplage sucht den Jemen heim. Das Land, in dem wegen des seit vier Jahren andauernden Krieges 76 Prozent der Bevölkerung auf Überlebenshilfe des Welternährungsprogramms (WFP) angewiesen sind, hätte das verheerende Folgen haben können (nur im Abo)

https://www.badische-zeitung.de/panorama/heuschrecken-helfen--173943525.html

und auch https://www.pressreader.com/

(A H)

Ghaleb Alsudmy: Today, We provided financial amounts to buy Eid clothes for 55 children of orphans & poor, In order to rejoice their hearts on the day of Eid as like other children. Thanks so much to our brothers in #Oman & all donors (photos)

https://twitter.com/ghalebalsudmy/status/1136030454069506049

(A H)

MONA: I have just finished distributing Zakat al-Fitr to 200 families in the capital Sana'a. Thank you so much to all our friends and backers who supported our humanitarian work in #Yemen God bless you all and Eid Mubarak. Fatik

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1136018882257444864

(B H)

World Food Programme: Yemen Emergency Dashboard May 2019

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-emergency-dashboard-may-2019

(B H)

Hadhramaut.. the Eid with the flavor of the "Ba-Khamri " and "Camel Race "

The people of Hadramawt celebrate Eid al-Fitr in a safe and stable environment, but the deterioration of the electricity service on the Hadramawt coast which disrupt the joy of Eid there.

In the Hadramawt valley, the residents celebrated Eid in a safe atmosphere and good services, which is considered this year either in Ramadan or the best days of Eid, especially with regard to electricity, which has seen a significant improvement in the electricity service.

Eid prayers were filled with worshippers who exchanged congratulations on the holiday before they went to exchange family visits

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168294

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Despite the war, the Eid spirit is still alive in Yemen

In war-torn Yemen, Yemenis still manage to keep Eid rituals and celebrations alive

The war failed to destroy the Eid spirit, but it has had a toll on Eid the same way it did on every aspect of Yemenis' lives.
It has affected Eid gatherings, as many families left the country in hopes of finding a better future somewhere else, and many people lost their families to the brutal war.

Yet when Eid arrives in Yemen, it still takes over the entire country. Shops and bakeries start working ahead of time to ensure that all customers are happy with their Eid purchases

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2019/6/4/despite-the-war-eid-spirit-is-alive-in-yemen

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Film: Eid in Yemen: Civilians endure another year of war

Outside Yemen, Eid means presents, treats, and sweets. But for thousands of Yemenis, they only dream of a decent meal.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/eid-yemen-civilians-endure-year-war-190604135844396.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt7rG78oDv8

And, the same in the last years…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3bzsRGxA5o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KzXkeFVB48

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M05qAEox5Ow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtbZOj9fUAw

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How the joy of Eid masks an unbearable grief for Yemeni war orphans

For the children of Taiz who have lost their parents, the holidays are a painful reminder of their former lives

“The war turned our lives into hell and things can’t get better. All the good days have gone since my parents were alive.”

Sama is one of thousands of children who have become orphans in the last four years. According to a UN commissioned report, more than 200,000 people have been killed or died of war-related disease and hunger since 2015, including thousands of civilians.

Instead of being a time of joy, the arrival of Eid al-Fitr - the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan - is a sad reminder for many Yemeni children of what they’ve lost.

Mona Mohammed - a social activist and an employee of the association al-Noor in Taiz, which assists women and children - said the number of orphans was always increasing, with their life circumstances only going from bad to worse amid war and economic difficulties.

“Organisations and associations do their best to help orphans, but every day there are new orphans and organisations cannot help them all,” Mohammed told MEE. “So we now see some orphans resorting to work in order to help their families.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/how-joy-eid-masks-unbearable-grief-yemeni-war-orphans

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@monarelief's team in the capital Sana'a continues for the third day delivering Eid clothes to displaced and orphan children. I'm happy to share with you guys one the best moment we ever lived. 980 children has received clothes during the last 3 days (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1135756460330299395

(B H)

World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen: Situation Update, 4 June, 2019

Air and sea transport

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-4-june-2019

(B H)

Map by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Hard-to-reach districts (as of 29 April 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-hard-reach-districts-29-april-2019

(A P)

Yemeni government announces Tuesday the first day of Eid al-Fitr and the Houthis say: Tomorrow is the complement of Ramadan

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168234

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1135632199376605185

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As Yemenis prepare for Eid, even celebration is a struggle

This year, families celebrate being alive and healthy as poverty, unemployment dampen spirits in war-torn Yemen.

Fawaz Fara rummaged through piles of clothes at a market in Sanaa as his wife Asma'a and six children watched. He stopped and told the vendor he could not afford anything, then led his family away.

"One [of my girls] asked me to buy toys for her. Another cried and asked why I don't buy anything," said Fara, 35. "I told them I couldn't even afford clothes. How can I afford toys?"

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/yemenis-prepare-eid-celebration-struggle-190603085206353.html

(B H)

Film (Arabic): Yemen | The citizens of Aden are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFbty6b7THU

(B H)

Yemenis observe various kinds of traditions ahead of Eid al-Fitr (photos)

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/03/c_138111792_2.htm

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Jemen: Flüchtlinge kehren zum Eid al-Fitr-Fest in ihre Heimat zurück

Immer mehr somalische Flüchtlinge entscheiden sich nun für eine Rückkehr in ihre Heimat.

4.298 Flüchtlinge sind mit Unterstützung des UNHCRs bislang nach Somalia zurückgekehrt. Dabei erhielten die Rückkehrer Unterstützung bei der Beschaffung von Reisedokumenten und nach ihrer Ankunft in Somalia eine Wiedereingliederungshilfe.

https://www.uno-fluechtlingshilfe.de/informieren/aktuelles/news/uebersicht/detail/artikel/jemen-fluechtlinge-kehren-zum-eid-al-fitr-fest-in-ihre-heimat-zurueck/

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Film: Displaced Families Suffering in the Hands of Saudi-mercenaries in Qatabah, Al-Dhalae Governorate 05-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IohbxsmcZ4M = https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=400194653919093

My remark: By Houthis’ Almasirah TV.

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Film: Eid for displaced people of Al-Durahmi Directorate in Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb1_br2PXAM

My remark: The text putting the blame for everything on the Houthis.

(A H)

SAMA Organization for Development and Guidance Continues Distributing Humanitarian Aids on refugees in Al-Dalia

https://en.smanews.org/sama-organization-for-development-and-guidance-continues-distributing-humanitarian-aids-on-refugees-in-al-dalia

My remark: Southern separatists.

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Tens of thousands of migrants pass through Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is among the corridors used by migrants headed to Europe via the Mediterranean, according to a report released Monday by authorities in Riyadh, who have documented a constant flow of migrants from Ethiopia and Yemen into the Arab peninsula.

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/06/03/tens-of-thousands-of-migrants-pass-through-saudi-arabia_7b266a74-e6ed-40a8-8248-e98d122c956a.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Houthi militia kills three innocent brothers in Sa’ada

Local sources told September Net that the rebel militia executed three young brothers from one family on the Eid day, in Sahar district of Sa’ada province.

because they refuse to accept the militia’s racist and sectarian ideology, according to the sources.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/06/houthi-militia-kills-three-innocent-brothers-in-saada/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7411

(A P)

Mothers of Abductees Association @abducteesmother in Hodeida voice their concern about the increase in incidents in abductions, forced disappearance, & torture to death of civilians by Houthis in the governorate.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1136618155965603841

Statement (in Arabic): https://twitter.com/abducteesmother/status/1136597877302730754

(A P)

A vigil for mothers of abductees in Ibb to demand the release of their sons

The vigil, which was carried out before the East Ibb court, demanded to hold and punish the perpetrators of kidnapping, concealment and physical and psychological torture of citizens be held to death inside the al-Houthi armed prison

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168245

(A P)

Houthi rebels kidnaps two civilians in Ibb

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/05/houthi-rebels-kidnaps-two-civilians-in-ibb/

(A P)

Huthi's circular to form oversight committees Eid in Yemen is a charge call for prosecution and arrest

Hours after the Houthis announced Tuesday is the complete of the month of Ramadan, the Ministry of Endowments in the government of the putschists (unrecognized) issued a circular criminalizing all those celebrating the Eid and assigned the Endowments officials in the directorates and the security authorities in coordination with the cultural officials of the group to go down "After Fajr prayer Until the morning to follow up the implementation of the directive and to arrest the violators and imprison them and confiscate their mosques, "according to the circular received by Al-Masdar online.

The past few hours have seen several religious fatwas about what people should do with the proclamation of two different dates for Eid in one country.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168244

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/06/houthis-ruin-eid-joy-launch-arrest-campaign/

and

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Houthis kill imam, 9 worshippers for following Saudi Eid al-Fitr moon sighting

An imam and nine worshippers were killed following Houthi militia attacks on a number of mosques for celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday, after Saudi Arabia announced the sighting of the Shawwal crescent, Yemen’s information minister Moammar al-Eryani and local media reported.

According to al-Eryani, the militias stormed mosques during Eid prayer in Houthi-controlled areas, including Sanaa and Dhamar.

“The Houthi militia prevented the majority of honorable citizens in their areas of control from celebrating Eid al-Fitr and stormed a number of mosques and arrested citizens in Sanaa, Dhamar, Hajjah, and Ibb who refused to comply with its decision to postpone the celebration,” al-Eryani tweeted on Tuesday night.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/06/06/Houthis-kill-imam-9-worshippers-for-following-Saudi-Eid-al-Fitr-moon-sighting.html

My remark: This really would be a combination of cruelty and stupidity. – As claimed by a Saudi news site.

and

(A P)

Houthis kidnap scores of civilians in Dhamar and Ibb For celebrating the Eid in Tuesday

Al-Houthi militias carried out a large-scale kidnapping campaign, which affected dozens of civilians in the governorates under their control, claiming their iftar Tuesday and celebrating Eid al-Fitr rituals.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168270

and

(A P)

Al-Houthi storm a mosque in Souadiyeh in al-Baydha and arrest citizens who tried to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

A number of al-Houthi gunmen raided a mosque in the Souadiyeh district on Tuesday morning and kidnapped a number of citizens for trying to set up Eid prayers, the government said.

The source confirmed the release of the kidnapped by the militias in the afternoon of the same day, noting the establishment of Eid prayers in several mosques in the province, without any clashes.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168271

and

(A P)

Al Houthi forces arrested 25 people for ignoring an al Houthi religious decree at a mosque in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on June 4, according to anti-al Houthi media. The individuals were celebrating Eid al Fitr, the last day of Ramadan. Al Houthi religious authorities had previously declared that Eid al Fitr would start on June 5 in contrast to a decree from Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government that it would start on June 4.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-4-2019

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Yemen's Houthis and WFP dispute aid control as millions starve

A dispute over control of biometric data between the World Food Programme and Yemen’s Houthi group is straining humanitarian efforts and threatens to disrupt aid distribution in a country already on the brink of famine.

The WFP has said the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa, were hampering the rollout of a WFP biometric system to identify those in most need.

The biometric system - using iris scanning, fingerprints or facial recognition - is already used in areas controlled by Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states.

Sources familiar with the discussions said Houthi leaders asked the agency to stop the registration process in early April after realizing the new system bypasses Sanaa’s supervision.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-wfp/yemens-houthis-and-wfp-dispute-aid-control-as-millions-starve-idUSKCN1T51YO

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-8855.html

My comment: Disgusting – this system would hindert he Houthis to further divert humanitarian help for their own use.

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Mega Funds Pumped into Houthification of Yemen’s Health Sector

As Houthis continue to run a shadow government in areas overrun by coup militias, the group’s self-styled health ministry sponsored a 25-day campaign whereby medical staffers and physicians were put through extensive sectarian indoctrination.

A Sanaa-based media official told Asharq Al-Awsat that medical staffs in Sanaa, Mahweit, Umran, Sadah, Hodeidah, Remyyiah, Dhamar and Ibb were targeted by the Houthi sectarian-inspired program.
Under the misleading label of ‘Ramadan evenings’ Houthi top brass leaders would mingle with teams from area hospitals with a goal to reshape social and cultural values.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1753441/mega-funds-pumped-houthification-yemen%E2%80%99s-health-sector

My comment: By a Saudi news site. Anyway, what happens in Saudi Arabia itself? What else apart from Wahabism is allowed there? They should not blame others for what they do themselves.

(A P)

In Photos: The Houthi fundraising campaign for Hezbollah

Since beginning a pledge drive to help procure funds for the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah almost two weeks ago, social media linked to Yemen’s Houthi insurgent movement have released several photos and videos showing the progress of the campaign.

dozens of both photos and videos have been released on Sam FM’s Telegram channel showing support among the Yemeni people for the campaign as well as the general progress of the drive.

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2019/06/in-photos-the-houthi-fundraising-campaign-for-hezbollah.php

(B P)

Report monitors crimes and abuses committed by Houthis against civilians

The civil Network for information development and human rights in the temporary capital of Aden held a press conference in which it presented a report on the human rights situation in the Governorate of Dhale, they detailed comprehensively the crimes and violations of all kinds committed by the the Houthi group against the civilian population

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-eH60eu0ng

My remark: Certainly quite biased, a spart of pro-Hadi government anti-Houthi PR.

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

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Film: "The Voice Kids" star Maria Qahtan celebrates her first concert in Aden

As part of the festival of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday evening in the Directorate of Mansoura, west of the city of Aden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99tioYt8uuA

and

(A T)

Unknown attackers detonated a bomb at a concert by child singer Maria Qahtan in Yemen's #Aden, which is controlled by UAE troops and UAE-backed militias, journalist Ftahi bin Lazrak posted on Facebook on Thursday. A child was killed and others injured in the attack.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1136748308578340864

Anonymous threw a sonic bomb at the talented Yemeni Maria Qahtan concert in #Aden city, where radical Salafist militias supported by the UAE & the terrorist militia of the Muslim Brotherhood supported by the Vice-President of the so-called legitimacy (film)

https://twitter.com/I4Yemen/status/1136796453504815104

Maria posted in Facebook “From #Aden I'm fine & everyone is fine, rumors being reported by some people are incorrect” On the other side eyewitnesses confirmed some injuries due to overcrowding & stampede that occurred after the explosion.

https://twitter.com/I4Yemen/status/1136796453504815104

The problem with UAE-controlled #Aden is that all crimes, including many assassinations, have been committed by "unknown attackers".

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1136755475066904587

(A T)

Third Brigade members survive a bomb attack in Aden

after an improvised explosive device (IED) hit a military vehicle they were travelling in.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168296

(A P)

Military force detains political activist against the UAE in Aden

a UAE-backed military force arrested political activist Abdelhamid Subaihi in Khormaksar district, east of Aden City, in the south of the country, after the latter announced joining a movement opposing the UAE presence in the city.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168293

(A P)

Taiz Authority Prevents Screening the Adeni film ‘10 Days Before The Wedding’

The decision was in response to demands from the extremist Brotherhood movement in Taiz City in central Yemen.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7407

and

(A P)

Taiz authority backs off decision to prevent film “10 days before the wedding”

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168301

(A P)

Al-Zubaidi Asserts the Importance of Positive and Purposeful Media that Supports the Culture of Belonging to the South and Motivates the Society to Work for the Future

He also demanded southern media men to adopt a discourse that supports southern unity and strengthens social texture in addition to uncovering vicious ideas seeking to dismantle and frustrate the society.

https://en.smanews.org/al-zubaidi-asserts-the-importance-of-positive-and-purposeful-media-that-supports-the-culture-of-belonging-to-the-south-and-motivates-the-society-to-work-for-the-future

My comment: Southern separatists working on propaganda.

(A P)

Southern Transitional Council Blesses the Outcomes of the Three Summits of Makkah and Renews Support for the Arab Project

The southern transitional council blessed the outcomes of the three summits of Makkah (Gulf, Arab and Islamic) held in response to the generous invitation of his Majesty King Salman Ben Abd Al-Azizi, the servant of the two holy sanctuaries.
In its statement, the council expressed confidence and expectations that these outcomes will fortify the Arab and Islamic lineup in the face of risks and threats of Iranian ambitions in the region.

https://en.smanews.org/southern-transitional-council-blesses-the-outcomes-of-the-three-summits-of-makkah-and-renews-support-for-the-arab-project

My comment: Southern separatists trying to flatter the Saudis.

(A P)

Transitional Political Council for the South (STC) President Aydarus al Zubaidi issued a decree to establish an STC Office of Foreign Affairs in New York City on June 3. The STC, an Emirati-backed southern Yemeni separatist organization, recently gained approval from the Russian government to open an office in Moscow.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-4-2019

(A P)

President congratulates custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Eid al-Fitr

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/03/president-congratulates-custodian-of-the-two-holy-mosques-on-eid-al-fitr/

(A P)

Al-Zubaidi to Commanders of Southern Resistance: Resistance is the Shield of the Southern People and Its Strength Came from the Southern Unity

President Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi, president of the southern transitional council and supreme commander of southern resistance troops, asserted that strength of the south came from its unity.
Al-Zubaidi called for maintain the southern model of lineup during the battels of clearing Aden and other governorates off Al-Houthis, when the southern united together and fought their battel to victory.

https://en.smanews.org/al-zubaidi-to-commanders-of-southern-resistance-resistance-is-the-shield-of-the-southern-people-and-its-strength-came-from-the-southern-unity

My comment: The southern separatists construct their political story.

And

(A P)

President Al-Zubaidi Opens a Photo Exhibition Titles “The Southern Transitional Council … The Will of The People”

https://en.smanews.org/president-al-zubaidi-opens-a-photo-exhibition-titles-the-southern-transitional-council-the-will-of-the-people

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Why is UAE 'occupying' Yemen's Socotra island?

The UAE's quest for greater political and economic regional influence has taken it to the Yemeni island of Socotra

The United Arab Emirates' latest attempt to secure the Yemeni island of Socotra are evidence it is seeking to reinforce its political clout in Yemen and ultimately further afield.

Now Yemeni officials report the UAE has sent hundreds more troops to Socotra in recent weeks, largely from Aden where its militias have significant control.

The UAE is seeking greater influence in Socotra, having built a military base there, installing communications networks, and carrying out other development projects - similar to its policies elsewhere in Yemen such as Aden and Mukalla.
It has also tried to win support there by offering healthcare and work permits in Abu Dhabi to Socotri islanders, while failing to do the same for other Yemenis.

Strategic access to Socotra would help the UAE expand its global trade routes to states such as India – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2019/5/10/why-is-uae-occupying-yemens-socotra-island

(A P)

Al-Mahrah.. Tribal people intercept Saudi military convoy in Shehn Directorate

Tribal militants opposed to a Saudi military presence in Al-Mahra province (eastern Yemen) on dawn of Monday intercepted a Saudi military force on the outskirts of Shehm directorate.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168233

Film: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1135624261383729152

and

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I share Mahri worries about #Saudi's military presence in east #Yemen & its true aims. But I also note that several incidents in #Mahra have been exaggerated or engineered to fit anti-#Saudi narrative. Several parties stand to benefit from this

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1135587394080727046

and, Houthi viewpoint:

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Abdulsalam Comments on Militarily Move of Saudi Arabia, UAE in Socotrah, Al-Mahrah

saying "it reveals the nature of the aggression on Yemen. It is an aggression of that leads to occupation and expansion."

"The infiltration of the invading forces in those areas, which are not part of the military conflict, is under the excuse of reconstruction. Our Yemeni People, however, all of its components, does not fall for such false allegations,"

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7224

(A T)

Unknown Gunmen Kill Bus Driver in Occupied Aden

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7221

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

THE UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR YEMEN ON THE OCCASION OF EID AL-FITR

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths extends his heartfelt greetings to the Yemeni people on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/un-special-envoy-yemen-occasion-eid-al-fitr

(A P)

Yemen Ambassador to UK: Replacing Ex-UN Envoy Upon Houthi Calls Was Wrong

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1751856/yemen-ambassador-uk-replacing-ex-un-envoy-upon-houthi-calls-was-wrong

My comment: And now the Hadi government smears the next UN envoy tob e replaced?

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Thug life, Mecca: Eid 'Hip Hop' performance in holy city angers Saudis

A 'hip hop' dance performance in Saudi Arabia's Mecca organised by the local authorities for the Eid Muslim holiday has left many Saudis angry over what they said is a 'desecration' unbefitting of the sanctity of Islam's holiest city.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/6/6/hip-hop-performance-in-mecca-holy-city-angers-saudis

Film: https://twitter.com/fahedmahmed11/status/1136016572835926017

(B K P)

Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz, commander of Arab coalition forces in Yemen

Prince Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz has been the commander of the joint forces of the Arab coalition to restore the legitimate government in Yemen since February 2018.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1506866/saudi-arabia

(A P)

Saudi officials arrest over 60 people for supporting Palestinian Hamas movement: Report

Saudi Arabian authorities have reportedly arrested more than 60 people, including Palestinians and Saudis, on charges of supporting the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.

Lebanese Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Akhbar, citing informed sources who requested anonymity, reported on Monday that officials in the conservative kingdom have been conducting a campaign against Saudi nationals and Palestinian expatriates for more than two months, detaining dozens of people over affiliation to the Palestinian group.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/04/597695/Saudi-officials-arrest-over-60-people-for-supporting-Palestinian-Hamas-movement-Report

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What is Sahwa, the Awakening movement under pressure in Saudi?

Scholars linked to movement are reportedly on death row, but Sahwa has not always been out of favour with the kingdom.

The Sahwa is a phenomenon which saw Muslim Brotherhood-inspired reformist movements influence Saudi society.

In its original sense, it has ceased to exist, but the Sahwa's ideas and activists remain influential.

Among the most prominent detainees are Saudi Muslim scholars Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni, and Ali al-Omari.

All three face the death penalty and, according to unconfirmed reports, may be executed after Ramadan

The Saudi al-Sahwa al-Islamiyya (Islamic Awakening), or Sahwa, was a period of powerful social and political change in Saudi Arabia between the 1960s and 1980s.

Although groups within the movement held a range of ideas, they believed in non-violence and supported an intersection between religion and politics.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/sahwa-awakening-movement-pressure-saudi-190603100555782.html

(A E P)

Chemicals group Ineos to invest £1.6bn in factories in Saudi Arabia as it claims the country is undergoing 'a process of change'

The chemicals group will build three manufacturing plants on part of a major petrochemical site which sees it team up with state-controlled Saudi Aramco and French oil giant Total.

Tom Crotty, a director at Ineos, claimed there is 'a process of change' going on in Saudi Arabia and that 'now is a good time' to get involved.

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-7100207/Chemicals-group-Ineos-invest-1-6bn-factories-Saudi-Arabia.html

My comment: It’s just business. These claims of „process of change“ actually had been told for decades.

(A E P)

#Saudi Monarchy moves ahead with privatization of Hajj & Omrah (pilgrimage) which means higher costs depriving most #Muslims from their religious duty & make it into a club of the wealthy. (link; Arabic)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1135553310390460417

(A E P)

Oil prices rebound on Saudi supply reassurances

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-prices-rebound-on-saudi-supply-reassurances-idUSKCN1T402N

(B K P)

Saudi Arabia Military Expenditure

Military Expenditure in Saudi Arabia decreased to 65843 USD Million in 2018 from 70400 USD Million in 2017. Military Expenditure in Saudi Arabia averaged 31179.81 USD Million from 1963 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 88233 USD Million in 2015

https://tradingeconomics.com/saudi-arabia/military-expenditure

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Photos: Rich Nation, Poor People: Saudi Arabia by Lynsey Addario

With its vast oil wealth, Saudi Arabia has one of the highest concentrations of super rich households in the world. But an estimated 20 percent of the population, if not more, lives in crippling poverty.

http://time.com/3679537/rich-nation-poor-people-saudi-arabia/

(B P)

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman spent £354million on 'fake' Leonardo Da Vinci

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is thought to have splashed out $450million (£354m) on what could be a fake Leonardo da Vinci painting.

Now its owners have been dealt another blow.

Curators at the Louvre in Paris have privately decided to label the painting "from the workshop" of da Vinci.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/saudi-arabias-mohammed-bin-salman-16208376

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

(B K P)

U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program – Yemen

The United States has invested more than $37.5 million in conventional weapons destruction (CWD) activities in Yemen since 1993 and is currently the largest donor to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) demining initiative in Yemen. The United States significantly increased CWD assistance to Yemen in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to address unprecedented levels of explosive contamination from the ongoing conflict, including Houthi manufactured and emplaced landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) estimated to number over one million.

https://www.state.gov/u-s-conventional-weapons-destruction-program-yemen/

My comment: ???? How much money did the US make since 1993 selling arms to Yemen and all the Gulf countries, which now are used in the Yemen War?

(* B K P)

While the world watches Donald Trump, it’s missing what’s really going on with US foreign policy

The human stories at the bottom of America’s military and arms supply chains are being told only to those who know where to look

Our leaders know how to bang the war drums and, by and large, we go along with them.

Meanwhile the real stories get pushed down the page – or “to the back of the book”, as we journalists used to say.

Take Donald Trump’s desire to furnish Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with billions of dollars of extra weapons so that they can increase the ferocity of their war in Yemen against the Houthis – whose support from Iran, such as it is, prompts much of the international abuse against the Islamic Republic. French intelligence officers in Washington have apparently discovered that this is no routine request from Riyadh but a desperate appeal to Washington, because so promiscuous has been the Saudis’ use of US munitions against Houthi rebels (and civilians, hospitals, aid centres, schools and wedding parties) that they are running out of bombs, guided and unguided missiles, drone parts and other “precision” arms to be used on one of the poorest countries in the world – by Robert Fisk

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-saudi-arabia-us-air-strikes-jordan-yemen-afghanistan-bolton-a8946726.html

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An “Emergency” Arms Deal: Will Congress Acquiesce in Another Blow to Its Authority?

The emergency declaration will allow 22 arms sales to nearly a dozen countries to go forward without a period for congressional review.

Some of the proposed sales had been blocked by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) for nearly a year

Other sales in the package bear no clear relationship to the emergency being declared about Iran.

With all of this in mind, what exactly has changed to warrant an emergency declaration for additional arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE? It is not as if the Trump administration has been unable to make arms deals with the Middle East up until now.

The principal beneficiary of the emergency declaration appears to be the U.S. defense industry.

Congress is not without options in responding to this assault on its powers, however. Republican and Democratic senators are joining together to disapprove all 22 “emergency” sales proposed by the president

https://www.justsecurity.org/64413/an-emergency-arms-deal-will-congress-acquiesce-in-another-blow-to-its-authority/

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Can We Expect No Consequences for Killing Yemeni Children?

If the war in Yemen continues, the death toll will likely exceed the number of deaths seen in Iraq throughout the 90s. President Trump has the power to stop the war, but in a statement defending his relationship with Saudi Arabia in November 2018, much like Clinton’s response to the sanctions in 2000, he took no responsibility for the war, "The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen." Blaming Iran for the war is a sad excuse.

The US government, along with the media, did an excellent job convincing the American people that September 11th was an unprovoked attack. According to their narrative, al-Qaeda hated us because of our way of life. But if we continue our war on Yemen, can we be surprised if we start to see blowback from it on US soil? Could we play the innocent victims again? The American people need to wake up and demand an end to this horrible war or we will again become the victims of our government’s recklessness in the Middle East – by Dave DeCamp

https://original.antiwar.com/dave_decamp/2019/06/05/can-we-expect-no-consequences-for-killing-yemeni-children/

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Jared Kushner dodges questions on whether Trump is racist, Saudi crown prince, despite Axios' best effort

In the teaser for Sunday's Axios on HBO, reporter Jonathan Swan pressed Jared Kushner — President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser — on his "close and influential relationship" with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After noting that bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, kidnapped Lebanon's prime minister, and "indiscriminately bombs civilians in Yemen," Swan asked Kushner, "What do you see in this guy?"

https://theweek.com/speedreads/844908/jared-kushner-dodges-questions-whether-trump-racist-saudi-crown-prince-despite-axios-best-effort

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

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Trump presses UAE on alleged human rights abuses in Yemen

The Donald Trump administration is calling on the United Arab Emirates to allow independent monitors to probe alleged incidents of torture in detention facilities in Yemen, just months after the Pentagon insisted that it had no evidence of detainee abuse.

In a joint March report to Congress on US strategy in Yemen seen by Al-Monitor, the State and Defense departments and the US Agency for International Development said the United States had “raised serious concern with the UAE” over the alleged abuse and “urged them to conduct a thorough investigation and allow access for independent monitors.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/trump-uae-human-rights-yemen-torture-detention.html

My comment: Looking at Trump’s Middle East policy since he took office, obviously this request is little more than propaganda. And keep in mind that US personal was present in UAE’s Yemeni torture prisons.

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Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats Reject Trump Administration’s End-Run Around Congress on Arms Sales to Gulf Countries, Promise New Legislation and Tough Oversight

Today, all Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs issued the statement below:

We have reviewed the Administration’s explanation of the so-called ‘emergency’ in the Middle East that required circumventing Congressional oversight, and their case is utterly without merit. It cannot stand.

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/2019/6/foreign-affairs-committee-democrats-reject-trump-administration-s-end-run-around-congress-on-arms-sales-to-gulf-countries-promise-new-legislation-and-tough-oversight

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US-Senatoren wollen Rüstungsdeals mit Saudi-Arabien verhindern

Parteikollegen von US-Präsident Donald Trump im Kongress wollen zusammen mit der Opposition geplante Rüstungsdeals mit Saudi-Arabien zu stoppen versuchen. Der republikanische Senator Lindsey Graham, normalerweise ein enger Verbündeter des Präsidenten, kündigte am Mittwoch in Washington an, dass gemeinsam mit Vertretern der Demokraten Resolutionsentwürfe gegen 22 von der Regierung beabsichtigte Rüstungsgeschäfte eingebracht werden sollten.

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/parteiuebergreifende-initiative-im-senat-us-senatoren-wollen-ruestungsdeals-mit-saudi-arabien-verhindern/24425934.html = http://www.dtoday.de/startseite/politik_artikel,-US-Senatoren-wollen-Ruestungsdeals-mit-Saudi-Arabien-verhindern-_arid,669553.html

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Republican, Democratic senators seek to block Trump Saudi arms sales

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to block President Donald Trump’s plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional review.

Backers said the introduction of the 22 “resolutions of disapproval,” one for each of the 22 arms deals cleared by the Trump administration, was intended to “protect and reaffirm Congress’ role of approving arms sales to foreign governments.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms/republican-democratic-senators-seek-to-block-trump-saudi-arms-sales-idUSKCN1T61PL

and

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Republicans rebuke Trump over Gulf arms sales

Some of President Donald Trump’s key Republican allies joined Senate Democrats today in a sharp rebuke of his decision to invoke emergency powers to get around Congress on arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Key Republicans who did not sign on to the bills also expressed their support.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/senate-resolutions-halt-trump-arms-transfers-saudi-arabia.html

and also https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-lawmakers-push-back-against-trump-8bn-emergency-arms-sales-middle-east

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The Deadly Price of U.S. “Emergency” Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration’s move on May 24 to authorize emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan is bad news for the already grievously suffering population of Yemen.

The Trump administration has unapologetically supported the Saudi involvement in Yemen despite the staggering human toll it has inflicted on that country’s civilian population.

Suspending armament sales to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and their allies will send an overdue message that the Trump administration will no longer be complicit in the criminality of the Yemen conflict. Failure to do so will relegate the United States to the status of an enabler of the ongoing depredation of Yemen and the death of thousands of its civilians – by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

https://phr.org/resources/the-deadly-price-of-u-s-emergency-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia/

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STATEMENT: REP. KHANNA ON WORK TO END U.S. COMPLICITY IN THE WAR IN YEMEN

https://khanna.house.gov/media/press-releases/statement-rep-khanna-work-end-us-complicity-war-yemen

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Progressives want the must-pass defense budget to tie Trump’s hands with Saudi Arabia

There’s a fight brewing to hold Trump’s unfettered alliance with Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war accountable.

Progressive lawmakers and activists are plotting their next move to hold President Donald Trump accountable over his relationship with Saudi Arabia, hoping to tie the president’s hands with the national defense funding bill.

The open question is, does the larger Congress, which only a few months ago took a historic vote to rebuke Trump’s foreign policy, still care about the war in Yemen?

Now, as the House prepares to tackle the annual national defense budget — a massive spending bill that will likely amount to more than $700 billion in military funding — progressives see an opening to force Trump’s hand in the Middle East.

Of course, there are uphill battles on all fronts. For one, Congress tying Trump’s hands on the defense funding bill would be a bold move that will undoubtedly run up against the interests of Congress’ many defense hawks

https://www.vox.com/2019/6/4/18650576/ndaa-trump-saudi-arabia-yemen-progressives

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Why Nancy Pelosi Needs to Sue the Trump Administration Over the Yemen War

Peace activists are urging lawmakers to step up their efforts to end the war.

Essentially, both Obama and Trump were in violation of a federal law, and when Congress finally passed a bill to reinstate its authority over the president’s violation of this law, the president vetoed its decision. If Congress is unable to reassert its authority over war—a right granted by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution—what measures are there to protect both the Constitution from the president and Yemeni civilians whose lives are disrupted or cut short by his senseless war?

“Her constituents and our communities are counting on [Pelosi] to make the war in Yemen a foreign policy priority,” says Hakim.

The call for Pelosi to challenge Trump’s veto through a lawsuit is also gaining momentum in the legal community.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21918/yemen-war-saudi-arabia-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-war-powers-nancy-pelosi/

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Obstruction Aside, Trump Should Be Impeached Over Yemen

https://freespeech.org/stories/trump-obstruction-yemen/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZPO0boiQYc

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Exclusive: Jared Kushner on MBS, refugees, racism and Trump's legacy

Kushner, who shares the president's view that Saudi Arabia is a crucial partner to counter Iran, has formed a close relationship with MBS and helped promote him as a great reformer. We see here that even eight months after Khashoggi's death in a Saudi consulate, the White House still refuses to publicly hold the Saudi leader accountable.

https://www.axios.com/kushner-mbs-refugees-racism-trump-legacy-a92d1982-4b6f-4164-a0e0-57d0a746c68e.html

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TLAV Video On Yemen Censored Even After YouTube Says It Does NOT Violate Community Guidelines

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

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Death of a dream: Yemeni-Americans caught between war and Trump's ban

Community shows resilience despite impact of travel ban and the war in Yemen, where many have families

New York and other American cities are full of stories like Ali’s, of Yemeni-Americans who made a life for themselves in the US, only to see their imagined futures transformed for the worse, facing insurmountable obstacles to reunite with their families and unable to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

Yemenis have owned and operated delis across the United States for more than half a century. The Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) estimates that there are as many as 5,000 Yemeni-run bodegas in New York City alone.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/yemen-american-dream-new-york-yama-war-travel-ban

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U.S. shared nuclear power info with Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killed

The Trump administration granted two authorizations to U.S. companies to share sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia shortly after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, a U.S. senator who saw the approvals said on Tuesday.

The timing of the approvals is likely to heap pressure on the administration of President Donald Trump from lawmakers

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-saudi/u-s-shared-nuclear-power-info-with-saudi-arabia-after-khashoggi-killed-idUSKCN1T52ER

and more details https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/04/trump-nuclear-expertise-transfer-saudi-arabia-khashoggi-1353179

http://time.com/5601097/jamal-khashoggi-murder-nuclear-information-saudi-arabia/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North

Remarkably, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum Northin Manchester is billed as the UK’s first exhibition to address the on-going conflict and realities of life inside the country. Examining both the historic roots and more recent conditions created in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011 that sparked the war, alongside other factors such as Britain’s complex involvement and the political turmoil of the wider Arab region, the exhibition will provide a vital introduction to what’s going on.

https://www.creativetourist.com/event/yemen-inside-a-crisis-iwm-north/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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»Völkerrecht stärken, nicht aufweichen«

Jemenitische Opfer von Drohnenangriffen der USA klagen gegen die Bundesrepublik. Nach Teilerfolg legt Berlin Revision ein. Ein Gespräch mit Andreas Schüller

Wie hat die Bundesregierung auf diesen Gerichtsbeschluss reagiert?

Sie hat Revision beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht eingelegt. Daher wird es in diesem Jahr keine rechtskräftige Entscheidung mehr geben.

Werden Sie die Familie bin Ali Jaber in ihrem Rechtsstreit weiter unterstützen?

Sicher. Das Revisionsverfahren bietet die Chance, höchstrichterlich wichtige Fragen klären zu lassen. Die Bundesregierung sollte schon heute verstärkt darauf hinwirken, dass die USA ihr Drohnenprogramm beenden und ihre Rechtsauffassung am Völkerrecht ausrichten – und dieses nicht neu interpretieren.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/356236.v%C3%B6lkerrecht-st%C3%A4rken-nicht-aufweichen.html

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Bayern belegt Spitzenplatz bei Rüstungsexporten

Bei den Rüstungsexporten liegt Bayern im Ländervergleich mit großem Abstand an der Spitze. Das geht aus einer Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Anfrage der Linken hervor, die report München vorliegt. Ein erheblicher Teil ging in Konfliktgebiete.

Im Jahr 2018 erteilte demnach die Bundesregierung Rüstungsexportgenehmigungen im Wert von 1,9 Milliarden Euro an bayerische Unternehmen. Damit entfallen fast 40 Prozent der bundesweiten Exportsumme von 4,8 Milliarden Euro auf Firmen aus dem Freistaat.

Ein erheblicher Teil der bayerischen Rüstungsexporte war nach Angaben der Bundesregierung für Spannungsgebiete wie die Golfregion bestimmt. So lag das Volumen der Ausfuhren nach Saudi-Arabien bei mehr als 250 Millionen Euro.

https://www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/bayern-belegt-spitzenplatz-bei-ruestungsexporten,RQRqJK5

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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A new request to the Italian Government to block all arm supplies to countries in conflict and where serious violations of human rights occur

The Globalization and Environment Commission (GLAM) of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) is paying attention to the situation in Yemen and to the position of RWM Italia S.pA., a factory that exports arms to Saudi Arabia, the country who leads the coalition that is intervening militarily and with bombings in Yemen.

https://www.nev.it/nev/2019/06/04/ccccccc/

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4 Yemeni families were on their way to Equator through Dubai airport. They got stopped by Dubai security, interrogates for 4 hours, humiliated, & sent back to Egypt. Humiliating Yemenis in neighboring Gulf countries is a pattern. Oman is the exception!

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1135958143454892033

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What Do European Parliament Elections Mean For The Middle East?

The outcome of the elections is bad news for Israel’s right-wing coalition, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. With the Trump administration embracing unreservedly the Israeli-Saudi-Emirati agenda on issues like Israel-Palestine, Iran, Qatar, and the Muslim Brotherhood, the EU was seen by these actors as an irritating outlier refusing to toe the line. The results of the elections suggest that the EU, embodied by the next high representative for foreign policy, will continue pursuing engagement with Iran.

https://lobelog.com/what-do-european-parliament-elections-mean-for-the-middle-east/

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Andre Gauthier interrogated by officers and denied access to Canadian diplomats

https://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/stirling-och-partners/pressreleases/andre-gauthier-interrogated-by-officers-and-denied-access-to-canadian-diplomats-2881320

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Film: IRGC Deputy Commander General: If We Had Forces in Yemen, the Houthis Would Be in Riyadh by Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uObBXfUU4

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'My country makes weapons': Reporting on France's role in the war in Yemen

France is the world's third-largest arms exporter. Recent reports show that French-made weapons have been used in Yemen

Journalist Anne Poiret spent 18 months investigating the French weapons industry for her book "My country sells weapons"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sb3vFTOw_4 = https://www.msn.com/en-au/video/sport/my-country-makes-weapons-reporting-on-frances-role-in-the-war-in-yemen/vp-AACjS6g = https://www.france24.com/en/20190603-perspective-anne-poiret-country-sells-weapons-french-arms-trade-war-yemen-france

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Qatar: Saudi-Led Bans Worsening Human Rights Situation

A high-ranking Qatari official says the continuation of a dispute initiated by a Saudi-led quartet of Arab states with her country would heighten the risk of human rights violations, and undermine the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC).

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/05/597790/Qatar-Persian-Gulf-Saudi-Arabia-human-rights-

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Qatar marks second anniversary of Arab quartet blockade

Despite Qatari attendance at recent high-profile Saudi summit, there is little sign the Gulf crisis is nearing an end (with film)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/qatar-marks-anniversary-arab-quartet-blockade-190604191944810.html

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Qatar: Two years of crisis in the Gulf

Two years ago Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region.

Here is a recap.

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-06-03-qatar-two-years-of-crisis-in-the-gulf

cp12b Sudan

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Der Schrecken kehrt zurück

Im Sudan schien der zivile Protest erfolgreich zu sein, nun wurde er brutal niedergeschlagen.

Das Sit-in von Khartum, diese wundersame Mischung aus Volkserhebung und Woodstock, die große Zeltstadt, die sich im Regierungszentrum über mehrere Quadratkilometer ausgedehnt hatte, war für die Opposition im Kampf gegen die Generale die mächtigste Waffe. An manchen Tagen strömten hier Millionen zusammen.

Die Hoffnung: nicht viel mehr als verbrannte Zeltfetzen, die auf regennasser Straße liegen. Zerrissene Kleidungsstücke, Brandflecken auf Asphalt, die Wracks von Bühnen, auf denen bis vor wenigen Stunden noch Musikbands Lieder über die Freiheit sangen, hier und da Blut. So kann man es auf Videos und Bildern im Internet sehen

https://www.zeit.de/2019/24/sudan-proteste-demonstranten-omar-al-baschir-militaer-gewalt

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Machtwille und Blendwerk

Arabien Der Koran fordert als maßgebliches Merkmal eines muslimischen Staates Gerechtigkeit. Im Sudan ist davon bislang wenig zu sehen

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/lutz-herden/machtwille-und-blendwerk

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Hemeti - the warlord who may control Sudan’s future

Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo is the vice-president of Sudan's ruling military junta and, at present, probably the most powerful man in Sudan.

He has the potential to shape the future of a broken country, but as the commander of one of Sudan's most prominent paramilitary forces, he leaves a trail of human rights abuse allegations from Darfur in his wake and has recently been accused of allowing those same forces to kill demonstrators in Khartoum.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48512465

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Sudan crackdown: All the latest updates

The latest from Sudan as army clamps down on protesters demanding civilian rule following Omar al-Bashir's removal.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/cloneofsudan-crackdown-protesters-latest-updates-190606083751943.html

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Film: Latest on African Union's suspension of Sudan

The African Union's Peace and Security Council says Sudan's suspension from the AU will remain in effect until power is handed over to civilians.

https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/videos/vb.7382473689/2219534158095768/

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Weiterhin extrem angespannte Lage im Sudan

Nach der gewaltsamen Unterdrückung der Proteste im Sudan hat die Afrikanische Union (AU) das Land von der Organisation suspendiert.

https://www.pnn.de/ausland/militaer-weiterhin-extrem-angespannte-lage-im-sudan/24428054.html

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Militärführung im Sudan beugt sich Druck - Dialog mit Opposition

Die Zahl der Toten nach der gewaltsamen Unterdrückung von Demonstrationen ist nach Angaben eines Ärzteverbandes auf mindestens 100 gestiegen. Mehr als 300 Menschen wurden verletzt.

Man sehe nicht, wie man zu Verhandlungen mit dem militärischen Übergangsrat zurückkehren könne, sagte ein Vertreter des Oppositionsbündnis Deklaration für Freiheit und Wandel, das mit dem Rat verhandelt hatte. Allerdings hat in den vergangenen Tagen der internationale Druck auf beide Seiten zugenommen, an den Verhandlungstisch zurückkehren.

Saudi-Arabien beispielsweise verlangte einen konstruktiven Dialog, weil davon die Sicherheit und Stabilität des Landes sowie der Schutz der Bevölkerung abhingen, teilte das Königreich laut der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur SPA mit. Die Regionalmacht Saudi-Arabien will vor allem die Verfechter eines konservativen Islams im Sudan stärken und verhindern, dass sich das Land mit Rivalen wie Katar oder der Türkei verbrüdert. Zudem kämpfen Tausende sudanesische Soldaten im Jemen an der Seite Saudi-Arabiens.

https://de.qantara.de/content/militaerfuehrung-im-sudan-beugt-sich-druck-dialog-mit-opposition

Mein Kommentar: Saudi-Arabien unterstützt die Militärjunta; den Saudis ist die Oppositionsbewegung herzlich zuwider. Um selbst nicht in die internationale Kritik zu kommen, müssen sie freilich so tun, als ob sie einen „Dialog“ unterstützen. Wie sähe ein solcher „Dialog“ etwa in Saudi-Arabien selbst aus?

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Militärführung im Sudan will mit Opposition reden

Nach dem gewaltsamen Vorgehen der Sicherheitskräfte im Sudan gegen Demonstranten ist die Zahl der Todesopfer inzwischen auf rund 100 gestiegen. Das teilte eine Ärzteorganisation am Mittwoch mit.

Zuvor war die Rede von 60 Toten gewesen. Inzwischen seien etwa 40 weitere Leichen im Nil entdeckt worden. Zudem seien mehr als 300 Menschen verletzt worden. Die genaue Zahl sei schwer festzustellen, da die Kommunikation mit Verletzten und Kliniken unter anderem durch das Abschalten des Internets in vielen Landesteilen sehr schwer sei.

https://www.antennemuenster.de/artikel/militaerfuehrung-im-sudan-will-mit-opposition-reden-183849.html

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Arab States Foment Sudan Chaos While U.S. Stands By

American officials are unhappy over the role of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE but say their hands are tied.

Sudan’s descent into bloody anarchy in recent days has been partly brokered by Middle Eastern countries that are filling the power vacuum since the downfall of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir, leaving some U.S. officials frustrated with Washington’s response to a massacre of civilians by Sudanese security forces.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/05/arab-states-foment-sudan-chaos-while-u-s-stands-by-sudan-khartoum-protests-violent-crackdown-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-egypt-democracy-push/

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Saudi influence in spotlight as US calls on Riyadh to end Sudan violence

The thorny question of Saudi Arabian political influence across the Middle East and Africa is back in the spotlight again with Washington taking the unusual step of effectively telling Riyadh to end Sudan’s military crackdown.

In an unusual public statement the US state department revealed that its undersecretary for political affairs, the diplomat David Hale, had phoned the Saudi deputy defence minister, Khaled bin Salman, to ask him to use the country’s influence to end the brutal repression against peaceful protesters by the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Sudan.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/washington-urges-riyadh-to-end-military-crackdown-in-sudan

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Who are Sudan's RSF and their commander Hemeti?

Paramilitary force violently cracks down on protesters despite its initial support for protests against Omar al-Bashir.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/sudan-rsf-commander-hemeti-190605223433929.html

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SPA Press Release: Complete civil disobedience, and open political strike, to avoid chaos

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) issued a statement that confirms the need for complete civil disobedience and open political strike, immediately, as the only measure left for the Sudanese people to hold the country from collapsing into total chaos and insecurity under the rule of the military coup council.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/sudanese-translators-for-change-stc/spa-press-release-complete-civil-disobedience-and-open-political-strike-to-avoid/485941312141113/

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“The general strike can force the regime to go”: Sudanese trade unionists speak out as killings continue

A general strike has brought Khartoum and all major cities and ports in Sudan to a standstill in response to a deadly rampage by pro-regime militias, the army and security forces, Sudanese trade unionists and community leaders in the UK told a press conference yesterday.

https://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2019/06/05/the-general-strike-can-force-the-regime-to-go-sudanese-trade-unionists-speak-out-as-killings-continue/

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Sudan: Security forces ‘hiding corpses’ of protesters dumped in the Nile and ‘raping doctors’ amid brutal crackdown

Khartoum now a ‘ghost town gripped by fear’ after dozens of people killed in surge of violence

The bodies of dozens of slain protesters have been pulled from the Nile in Khartoum and taken to an unknown location, opposition activists have claimed, saying 101 people were killed across Sudan during a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy rallies.

Feared paramilitary group the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) allegedly retrieved at least 40 corpses from the river on Tuesday, according to Sudan Doctors’ Committee, who organised the main sit-in in the capital that was cleared the day before.

Protesters separately told The Independent they witnessed the paramilitaries hurling corpses into the river in the capital after opening fire on civilians.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/river-nile-sudan-death-toll-crackdown-military-khartoum-latest-a8945871.html?fbclid=IwAR2QD-fSNo8qDJ5NgXnzxNjFSrvqDGccmsjFqgB9pclYDcdB-cou6ArjkUc

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Sudan protesters reject talks after 101 killed in crackdown

Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday turned down an offer by the ruling military council for talks and demanded justice for a crackdown that doctors said has left 101 people dead.

Security forces moved in to brutally disperse a protest sit-in on Monday

The Central Committee for Sudanese Doctors close to the protest movement said on Wednesday that at least 101 people had been killed in the crackdown, including 40 bodies that were recovered from the Nile river.

https://news.yahoo.com/gunfire-echoes-khartoum-protest-crackdown-leaves-60-dead-090044694.html

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2311137168939300

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Saudi Arabia says it is watching Sudan with concern, urges renewed dialogue

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it is watching developments in Sudan with great concern and it supports continued dialogue between the ruling military council and the opposition.

Saudi Arabia has close ties to the council, which has taken control of Sudan since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-saudi/saudi-arabia-says-it-is-watching-sudan-with-concern-urges-renewed-dialogue-idUSKCN1T61JS

My comment: LOL. Saudi Arabia evidently supports the military and id highly suspicious of the Sudan opposition – as it was of the Arab Spring of 2011. – With mounting international pressure after the Chartum massacres, Saudis cannot tell anything else.

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The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime

Dirty deals with regional allies and militias grown too big to disband have led to this – slaughter on the streets of Khartoum

Even though it was not unexpected, it is still horrifying. To assume that the Sudanese revolution would manage to topple not only Omar al-Bashir but also uproot the deeply entrenched network of military and security interests behind him was always optimistic.

The RSF and the military’s foreign alliances with the powers of the Gulf represent another front against the Sudanese revolution.

A delegation from the Sudanese military council met with representatives of all three countries in the run-up to this week’s massacre, strongly suggesting that the plan was hatched – or at least blessed – by these allies, eager to prevent the disruption of any military support they receive from Sudan, and keen to avoid the undesirable optics of a successful civilian revolution in the region.

And so the Sudanese revolution is fighting against four governments.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/04/military-sudan-bashir-protesters-death-khartoum

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Proteste im Sudan: Opposition will nicht mehr mit Militärrat verhandeln

Die Gewalt gegen Demonstrierende im Sudan erfährt internationale Kritik. Ärzte und Oppositionelle sprechen von mindestens 30 Toten. Die Proteste sollen weitergehen.

Bei gewaltsamen Aktionen gegen Demonstrierende in der sudanesischen Hauptstadt Khartum sind nach Angaben von Ärzten inzwischen mehr als 30 Menschen getötet worden.

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2019-06/proteste-sudan-militaer-gewalt-demonstranten

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Human Rights Watch: Sudan: Halt Attacks on Protesters

Sudan’s forces violently attacked protesters, bystanders, and medical workers on June 3, 2019, reportedly killing at least 35 people and injuring hundreds, Human Rights Watch said today. The forces attacking protesters included the Rapid Support Force (RSF), a paramilitary force with a well-documented record of abuse.

These egregious rights violations require urgent international action to halt further violations, and to advance accountability of those responsible and to bring justice for the victims.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/04/sudan-halt-attacks-protesters

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Sudanese crackdown comes after talks with Egypt and Saudis

The counter-revolution said to be favoured by Arab autocrats may just have arrived

It is probably no coincidence that the sudden, violent crackdown on protesters in central Khartoum followed a series of meetings between the leaders of Sudan’s military junta and autocratic Arab regimes that are actively attempting to shape the country’s future.

Analysts say the rulers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, no friends to democratic governance, are acting in concert to thwart the aspirations of Sudan’s reform movement.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/03/sudanese-crackdown-comes-after-talks-with-egypt-and-saudis

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Films from Sudan: Khartoum: Violence erupted at the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital, leaving more than 10 protesters dead.

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/1135510943125909504

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2306954682690882

https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastEye/videos/vb.629097450488980/1562012490597805/

and

(A P)

Reports of hospitals and clinics in Khartoum being besieged and attacked defy belief. Those injured in today’s horrific attacks need unhindered access to medical treatment. Medical centres must be a safe space.

https://twitter.com/FCOIrfan/status/1135553342833405958

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

(A K P)

Map: # WeaponsTraffic

Position of Saudi Arabian arms traffickers:

The #BahriJazan leaves from Saint John in Canada, and initially heads to #Bremerhaven in Germany, to later land on #Amberes and #Genova.

https://www.facebook.com/lguerraempiezaaqui/posts/871942733139598

(A K P)

Neuer Kampfjet: Deutschland will Geld für Rüstungsprojekt mit Frankreich freigeben

Die Entwicklung eines deutsch-französischen Kampfflugzeugs soll mit einer ersten Millionentranche aus Deutschland starten. Viele Punkte sind aber noch strittig – allen voran eine Regelung mit Paris für spätere Exporte.

Zur Finanzierung des gemeinsamen neuen Kampfflugzeugs von Deutschland und Frankreich soll am Mittwoch eine wichtige Entscheidung fallen.

https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/neuer-kampfjet-deutschland-will-geld-fuer-ruestungsprojekt-mit-frankreich-freigeben-a-1270866.html

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Exclusive: US intel shows Saudi Arabia escalated its missile program with help from China

The US government has obtained intelligence that Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, a development that threatens decades of US efforts to limit missile proliferation in the Middle East.

The Trump administration did not initially disclose its knowledge of this classified development to key members of Congress, the sources said, infuriating Democrats who discovered it outside of regular US government channels and concluded it had been deliberately left out of a series of briefings where they say it should have been presented.

The previously unreported classified intelligence indicates Saudi Arabia has expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology through recent purchases from China.

The discovery of the Saudi efforts has heightened concerns among members of Congress over a potential arms race in the Middle East

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/05/politics/us-intelligence-saudi-arabia-ballistic-missile-china/index.html

My comment: Now it’s China, the bad guy?? And the US simply forgets or neglects its own major role in arming Saudi Arabia to the teeth?

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Saudi Arabia continues to acquire arms from Eastern Europe

Saudi Arabia has continued to acquire Soviet-type weapons and equipment that are not known to be used by its own armed forces, according to reports released by the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNCROCA) (paywalled)

https://www.janes.com/article/89049/saudi-arabia-continues-to-acquire-arms-from-eastern-europe

(A K P)

Iran decries West for continued arms sales to Saudi, UAE

Iran's foreign minister has once again slammed Western governments for pushing through arms exports to Saudi Arabia and its allies, which are used in the devastating Yemen war.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/05/597745/Zarif-Saudi-arms-exports-france-yemen-war-uae

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French weapons sales to Saudi jumped 50 percent last year

France’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 pct in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the “dirty war” in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed.

France sold about 1 billion euros worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, with the main item being patrol boats. A partial naval blockade of ports controlled by the Houthi movement is one of the tactics used by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-defence-arms/french-weapons-sales-to-saudi-jumped-50-percent-last-year-idUSKCN1T51C0

(B K P)

Recent post by pro-Saudi military account puts lie to the likes of @OmarAlghabra, who maintained recently that Canadian-made LAVs are not deployed in war on Yemen: "[SANG] are advancing in Kataf governorate in Saada...more than 20 Houthis were killed" (image)

https://twitter.com/anthonyfenton/status/1135646164164829184

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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'Blood Antiquities' Looted from War-Torn Yemen Bring in $1 Million at Auction

At least 100 artifacts from Yemen have been successfully sold at auction for an estimated $1 million in the U.S., Europe and the United Arab Emirates since 2011, according to a Live Science investigation into the country's so-called "blood antiquities."

The artifacts include ancient inscriptions, statues, coins and manuscripts from the Middle Ages, Live Science found after analyzing auction records.

https://www.livescience.com/65641-yemen-blood-antiquities-investigation.html

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Aden' bank warns to issue amounts of money from new currency without cover: Bank source

A source in the banking sector warned of the Central Bank of Aden to issue huge sums of money from the new currency illegal and printed without a cash cover and put them in the market for local trading after Eid al-Fitr.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538271.htm

My remark: This is a longer strife between both Yemeni governments on the currency. The Houthi government fears that putting more newly printed banknotes into the market would accelerate inflation.

(B E)

Yemen is being viewed as the next food basket of the world due to the vast arable land and huge irrigation potential. Yet, yemen still fails to feed itself to date due to low adoption of improved farming technologies such as the use of irrigation. (photos)

https://twitter.com/MOHAMMEDALHUDA7/status/1136344523737632769

(B E)

Film: Aisha Jumaan on the Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Dr. Aisha Jumaan, of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, shares insights on receiving funding from the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, and offers a tip to innovators thinking of applying in the second round call for proposals in May 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyU6GqpF8ZQ

Comment: This is a great program that supports innovative ideas to help people in countries that are suffering from war or humanitarian crisis. Please apply so that you can be a catalyst for a positive change

https://twitter.com/AishaJumaan/status/1136670328715915264

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Second installment of AQAP-affiliated video series about #ISIS brutality in #Yemen tells story of a young fighter whom ISIS accused of spying. After brutal imprisonment, he falsely confessed and was savagely thrown from mountaintop, as shown in footage (images)

The video, which claims to be sourced from ISIS’ “archives,” comes a few months after AQAP seized several locations & “collections of electronic equipment” from #ISIS. The video of course helps #AQAP to show ISIS’ barbarity to jihadists in Yemen.

https://twitter.com/Rita_Katz/status/1136367806432403458

(A T)

Rare statement from #AQAP (dated tomorrow 6/6/2019) implies a forthcoming uptick in attacks against #UAE-backed #Shabwa Elite Force in #Yemen, deemed US agents. Warns "our Muslim brothers" not to go near their camps, barracks, outpost, vehicles. If they do, they risk being killed

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1136179571513090048

cp15 Propaganda

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Hezbollah Isn’t Iran’s Favorite Proxy Anymore

As tensions with Washington rise, Tehran has discovered the Lebanese militia isn’t up for doing its dirty work.

Hezbollah has historically been Iran’s most effective allied militia; it has long been expected to participate in all of Iran’s wars. But domestic pressures in Lebanon have complicated such participation, and Iran is shifting its foreign policy accordingly. There are a growing number of signs that Tehran now believes the Houthi insurgents of Yemen should be their preferred regional proxy in the growing confrontation with the United States and its allies.

In the present confrontation with the West, Iran’s focus seems to be on signaling its seriousness, and raising the stakes of the conflict in ways that would give its adversaries pause. The goal is to ensure any military action is painful for Iran’s enemies but remains clearly short of war.

The Houthis, already at war with Saudi Arabia over the kingdom’s support of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, a man the Houthis deem a Saudi puppet, serve this function well by offering Iran the greatest degree of deniability.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/04/hezbollah-isnt-irans-favorite-proxy-anymore/

My comment: A quite perfidious piece of warmongering propaganda, in one article blaming them all: Iran, Hezbollah, Houthis.

(A P)

Organizations Looting Aid Critically Needed no Less Serious than US-Saudi Crimes against Yemen

Despite the scandals that have exposed the international organizations work in Yemen, it is noted that these organizations don not show any care, to clarify the situation.

The battle of exposing the international and local organizations has recently witnessed a lot of revelations by the Yemeni parties. Revelations made what the organizations loot of aid a matter no less serious than the violations committed by the aggression against Yemen.

From the point of view of human rights observers, it appears that humanitarian and relief organizations are more dangerous to the Yemeni people.

http://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7251

My comment: This is a Houthi piece of propaganda, now trying to blame international organizations. But this is quite absurd.

(A P)

In a speech to the Yemenis for the Eid President Hadi: We know your suffering and we work to relieve you in every way

the fate of the Houthis and their leader is "the fate of all the dictators and tyrants that our Yemeni people have known throughout their history, ended and gone, and Yemen remains a free dear and the Yemenis remain free in their country."

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168242

(A P)

President Hadi: We reiterate adherence to the Yemeni Revolution’s principles

President of Republic Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has reiterated loyalty to the Yemeni great Revolution’s principles and goals; vowing to keep on struggling for reinstating official institutions and go on establishing the federal state that can achieve the Yemeni peoples’ aspirations to have honorable life as equal citizens.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/03/president-hadi-we-reiterate-adherence-to-the-yemeni-revolutions-principles/

(A P)

More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/05/ksrelief-distributes-eid-al-fitr-clothing-sets-in-al-jawf-and-al-bayda/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7405

http://en.adenpress.news/news/6394

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/04/ksrelief-distributes-eid-al-fitr-clothing-sets-in-aden/ and http://en.adenpress.news/news/6396

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A K)

Saudiarabische Luftwaffe greift Rebellen-Stellungen im Jemen an

Ziel der Luftangriffe am Donnerstag sei es gewesen, den Huthis die Möglichkeit “aggressiver Handlungen” zu nehmen, hieß es in einer vom saudiarabischen TV-Sender Al-Arabija verbreiteten Erklärung. Neun Ziele in Sanaa und der Umgebung der Hauptstadt des Bürgerkriegslands wurden Einwohnern zufolge angegriffen. Berichte über Opfer gab es zunächst nicht.

https://www.tekk.tv/deutschland/saudiarabische-luftwaffe-greift-rebellen-stellungen-im-jemen-an/

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In Al-Dhale'e, 3 citizens were killed and another was injured by a US-Saudi air raid on a citizen's house in Al-Hasha district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7257

and also https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/443137842902150/

and this is what the Saudi side claims: http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/05/senior-militant-leader-killed-by-coalition-raids-in-al-dhale/

(A K pH)

In Hajja, The US-Saudi aggression targeted a truck carrying food in Mustaba, injuring its driver. The aggression also launched a raid on Al-Halah area in Mustaba district.

In Sa'ada, the US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on the Telecom towers in Haidan district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7225

(* B K)

Yémen: la stratégie de la famine

[#Yemen: the strategy of famine

The analysis of the bombing in Yemen reveals that food-related sites are third - in importance - targets of #SaudiArabia and the #UAE]

L’analyse des bombardements au Yémen révèle que les sites liés à l’alimentation constituent la troisième cible visée par l’Arabie saoudite et les Émirats arabes unis.

Les sites civils font partie des objectifs de la coalition militaire engagée dans la guerre au Yémen.

C’est ce que démontre l’analyse des 19 278 bombardements recensés au Yémen entre le 26 mars 2015 (début de la guerre) et le 28 février 2019.

https://www.franceculture.fr/geopolitique/yemen-la-strategie-de-la-famine

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

June 6/7: https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564/2312247495494934/ and https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/1136740185931231233 Sanaa p., Sanaa city

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pS)

A woman was killed and three civilians injured in artillery shelling by the Houthi group at a village in al-Dale governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1136714404995706881

(A K pS)

Houthi rocket wounds two children north Al-Dhale

Two children were injured on Thursday after a rocket fired by the Houthi militia hit their house north of the southern province of Al-Dhale. http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/06/houthi-rocket-wounds-two-children-north-al-dhale/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7412

(A K pH)

Army killed 15 merceneries in Asir

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538284.htm

My remark: On Saudi territory.

(A K pS)

A Houthi sniper killed Mohammed Imad Abduljabbar a three year old boy, and injured his parents alongside him, the second child to be killed by a Houthi sniper today (Wednesday). (photo)

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-30235

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/7408

photos: https://twitter.com/Women4Yemen/status/1136607526399725568

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1136671732083937280

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168295

(A K pS)

A woman was killed in the explosion of a #landmine while she was herding sheep in al-Sawma’ah district in al-Baydha governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1136516286001942528

(A K pH)

In Hajja, seven children and women were injured by aggression shelling on Abs district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7257

photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2041675409461776

(A K pH)

Yemeni Army, Committees Gain Control over More Than 20 Military Sites in Najran

Yemeni Army and Popular Committees gained control over more than 20 military sites in Najran, in a large offensive that lasted for 72 hours, on Wednesday, said Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e the spokesman of the Armed Forces.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7255

and also http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538274.htm

Films: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1136308490442612737

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/video-yemeni-troops-storming-positions-of-saudi-mercenaries-in-najran/

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Yemen Update: April 4-June 4

As previously reported, there has been a significant decrease in reported Houthi missile activity over the past five months. While there are several potential explanations for this, a primary cause is likely that Houthi militants are substituting ballistic missiles with drones. Coinciding with this decrease in missile events is a substantial increase in reported armed UAV attacks.

Below is a summary of reported missile and UAV events and developments during the April 4 to June 4 period.

https://missilethreat.csis.org/yemen-update-april-4-june-4/

(A K pH)

SEVERAL MISSILES HIT RESIDENTIAL VILLAGES IN SAADA

The Saudi army shelled on Tuesday various villages in Saada province by artillery and missiles, in border Monabih district

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/several-missiles-hit-residential-villages-in-saada/

(A K pS)

A woman and a child were killed and six others wounded by a Houthi shell south of Taiz

A child and a woman were killed and six others injured on Tuesday morning, as a result of a shell fired by Houthi militias hit the Al-Misrakh district in south-western Taiz (photo)

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168254

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168267 (photo)

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/7404 (photos)

(A K pS)

Houthi militia shells Eid Mosque in Al-Bayda

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/04/houthi-militia-shells-eid-mosque-in-al-bayda/

(A K pS)

National Army Advances into Houthi Stronghold

During the offensive, the army forces achieved significant ground advances towards the center of Kitaf district, north of Sa’ada province. Dozens of Iran-backed Houthi militiamen were killed and injured and a number of their combat vehicles were destroyed during the army’s assault.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7397

(A K pS)

Houthi landmine kills two kids in Al-Bayda

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/04/houthi-landmine-kills-two-kids-in-al-bayda/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7403

(A K pH)

Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted several areas of Razih district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7225

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(A)

Film: "The Voice Kids" star Maria Qahtan celebrates her first concert in Aden

As part of the festival of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday evening in the Directorate of Mansoura, west of the city of Aden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99tioYt8uuA

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MOSSAD: Am Anfang war ein Kiosk

Wie Juden aus Syrien und dem Jemen den Grundstein für Israels Geheimdienstarbeit in der arabischen Welt legten

»Israels allererste nachrichtendienstliche Station in der arabischen Welt war also nichts anderes als ein kleiner Kiosk gegenüber der Drei‐Monde‐Grundschule in Beirut«, bringt es Matti Friedman auf den Punkt.

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/kultur/am-anfang-war-ein-kiosk/

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„Meine Heimat ist in meinem Kopf“

Die Schwestern Tair, Liron und Tagel Haim sind Urenkelinnen heimatvertriebener jemenitischer Juden. Unter dem Namen A-WA singen sie auf Arabisch für alle. Eine Begegnung in Tel Aviv.

https://www.welt.de/kultur/article194776105/A-WA-Jenseits-von-Israel-drei-arabischen-Juedinnen-auf-Tour.html

(B H)

Divorced at 11, Yemeni filmmaker uses camera to fight for girls' rights

At two years old, Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami witnessed her father beating her mother so violently she was rushed to the emergency room at hospital.

When her father was not punished, and Al-Salami was married off at the age of 11, she rebelled and started using a camera to expose girls’ suffering in Yemen, where one in three are wed before they turn 18, campaign group Girls Not Brides data shows.

“I use the camera as a tool to fight,” Al-Salami, now 48, said in a phone interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Paris, where she is now based

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-women-child-marriage/divorced-at-11-yemeni-filmmaker-uses-camera-to-fight-for-girls-rights-idUSKCN1T51M3

cp19a USA bereitet Krieg gegen Iran vor / The US is preparing war against Iran

(A P)

Iran not after tension with big powers but will firmly respond to any ‘foolish’ act: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic is seeking to promote security in the Middle East and is not willing to engage in any conflict but will give a firm response to any "foolish" act against its territory.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/05/597780/Iran-US-tension-Qatar-Rouhani-Trump

(* B P)

What a War With Iran Would Look Like

Neither Side Wants a Fight, but That Doesn’t Eliminate the Danger

The good news is that the situation is not as bad as it appears. None of the players—with the possible exception of Bolton—seem to really want a war. Iran’s military strategy is to keep tensions at a low boil and avoid a direct confrontation with the United States. Washington struck a tough public posture with its recent troop deployment, but the move was neither consequential nor terribly unusual. If the United States were truly preparing for a war, the flow of military assets into the region would be much more dramatic.

The bad news is that a war could still happen. Even if neither side wants to fight, miscalculation, missed signals, and the logic of escalation could conspire to turn even a minor clash into a regional conflagration—with devastating effects for Iran, the United States, and the Middle East.

A conflict would most likely start with a small, deniable attack by Iran on a U.S.-related target.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2019-06-04/what-war-iran-would-look

My comment: And this ist he point at which bias and propaganda begin. Why ever Iran should do this? Other scenarios are not even thought of. Much more probably, an unintended smaller incident , followed by a misunderstanding of the other side’s reaction, leads to a growing build up of mutual fighting, attack and counterattack, leading to a full-scale war. Another realistic scenario could be that the US misuses any attack of an alledged Iranian „proxy“ to start a greater war against Iran, or even a deliberate false-flag operation or a propaganda stroy of an Iranian „threat“ is taken as a pretense to start a war. Just think of the Vietnam war and the two wars against Iraq.

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Report on tanker attacks to be presented to U.N. Security Council: Sky News Arabia

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway will present to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday the results of a joint probe into attacks targeting four tanker vessels off the UAE coast last month, UAE-owned channel Sky News Arabia reported.

The Abu Dhabi-based channel gave no further details.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-tanker-probe-un/report-on-tanker-attacks-to-be-presented-to-u-n-security-council-sky-news-arabia-idUSKCN1T712L

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REPORT: MOSSAD GAVE KEY INTEL LINKING IRAN TO OIL TANKER ATTACKS NEAR UAE

Monday’s leak to the media appeared to be the next stage in a public relations war to impose responsibility for the incident on the Islamic republic.

The Mossad was responsible for the key intelligence linking Iran to the attack on four oil tankers near the United Arab Emirates coast last month, prompting the United States to accuse Tehran of carrying out the attack, according to a report by KAN late Monday.
According to the report, an Israeli official complimented the Iranians on a “high level commando operation” which intentionally only sabotaged the tankers, but did not lead to any injuries which might have escalated tensions further.

The US is expected to present both the Mossad intelligence and some additional intelligence before a UN body in the near future, possibly before the UN Security Council.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Report-Mossad-gave-key-intel-linking-Iran-to-oil-tanker-attacks-near-UAE-591577

My comment: Propaganda warfare is warming up.

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‘There's always a chance’ of war with Iran, Trump repeats anti-Iran claims in UK visit

US President Donald Trump has repeated his anti-Iran threats, claiming that “there's always a chance” of war with the Islamic Republic.

"So Iran is a place that was extremely hostile when I first came into office. They were in 14 different sites between Yemen and Syria and many other battle zones. They were behind terrorism in many different places. They were a terrorist nation, number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today. And they were a funder of terrorism,” claimed the US president.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/05/597782/Trump-calls-Iran-a-terrorist-nation

(A P)

US aircraft carrier deployed over Iran remains outside Gulf

A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf, so far avoiding any confrontation with Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces amid efforts to deescalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Officers aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln repeatedly told The Associated Press on Monday they could respond rapidly to any regional threat from their position, at the time some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the eastern coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.

https://www.apnews.com/e28d5ce56956498ebf54dc7190e548a3

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Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran will not fall for Trump’s politicking

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s people and authorities will not fall for US President Donald Trump’s political ploys.

The Leader warned about the US’s recourse to political approaches aimed at creating the impression that it has abandoned its subversive ways against the Islamic Republic.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/04/597703/Iran-Leader-Ayatollah-Khemenei-speech-Imam-Khomeini-departure-anniversary

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The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran

Now that the Shah is gone, the US propaganda machine and the mainstream media put out a flood of stories about how wonderful life was under the Shah. The propagandists use economic indicators of inflation, employment, gross domestic product, oil exports and the upper-class standard of living. Anybody who puts out those kinds of comparative economics deserves to flunk Economics 101.

Iran has been under sever US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact.

Constant US, Israeli and Saudi threats require Iran to divert its domestic budget more towards defense, instead of its desired economic goals

The US uses these same dirty tricks against Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and every other country that the US demonizes for not falling into line behind US domination in the neoliberal New World Order.

The US is still using the same gunboat diplomacy that it has been using since the 19th century to “open” Latin America, Japan, Korea, China and the Philippians to exploitation.

The real reason for economic sanctions is that the US is engaging in economic warfare against Iran. It is angry because their puppet shah was overthrown. US economic sanctions are an attempt to destroy Iran’s economy. As the most powerful and influential economic nation in the world the US can exert tremendous financial penalties, hardships and isolation on other countries. Most of the suffering from sanctions are borne by civilians.

The US is determined to undermine the government of Iran. President Trump’s violation of the JCPOA, “Iran Deal”, has put “all options on the table” again: economic sanctions, terrorism, war and even the use of nuclear weapons.

Trump says that the Iran Deal is the worst deal in history. What the US wants is the old deal that it had with Iran from 1953 to 1979. That was the “Greatest Iran Deal in History”. The CIA already has their man ready. They have been grooming him since he was 17 years old. He lives not far from the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He is Reza Pahlavi, the Crown Prince of Iran. He is the last heir apparent to his father’s defunct Peacock Throne. He is waiting in the wings for the job opening for a new Shah of Iran – by David William Pear

https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-wants-bring-back-shah-iran/253087/

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It will take more than Donald Trump to make Iran submit

The Revolutionary Guards are “Iran’s military-industrial complex”, and Trump’s provocations only make them stronger.

When Trump recently labelled the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organisation, he helped the corps bolster its position in Iran. For its leadership this has been a welcome change after its influence has declined under the relatively moderate government of President Rouhani.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/it-will-take-more-donald-trump-make-iran-submit/

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Nach Vertragsbruch der USA: Iran stellt Bedingungen für Verhandlungen mit Washington

Nachdem die USA den Konflikt mit dem Iran monatelang eskaliert haben, fordern sie nun Verhandlungen, aber der Iran zeigt Washington die kalte Schulter.

Allerdings sind die Reaktionen aus dem Iran verhalten, was auch verständlich ist. Worüber soll der Iran mit einem Land verhandeln, dass laufend gerade erst geschlossene Verträge wieder bricht?

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2019/nach-vertragsbruch-der-usa-iran-stellt-bedingungen-fuer-verhandlungen-mit-washington/

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Iran warns US of 'consequences' if economic war continues

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described new US sanctions against Iran as "economic terrorism," warning of “consequences" if the US keeps up its pressure against the Iranian nation.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/03/597590/Iran-FM-Zarif-US-sanctions

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Iran-Konflikt: Bolton und Pompeo anscheinend zum Krieg entschlossen

Pompeo bleibt gegenüber dem Iran bei der harten Linie und erhebt neue Anschuldigungen gegen den Iran.

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2019/iran-konflikt-bolton-und-pompeo-anscheinend-zum-krieg-entschlossen/

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US cuts funds for ‘anti-propaganda’ Iran group that trolled activists

The Iran Disinformation Project was funded by a state department group created to counter foreign propaganda

The US state department has cut off funding to a group that purported to combat Iranian propaganda, after it was found to be trolling US journalists, human rights activists and academics it deemed to be insufficiently hostile to the government in Tehran.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/31/us-cuts-funds-for-anti-propaganda-group-that-trolled-activists

and also https://www.apnews.com/a6f0f039f8d64afbad4e47161a367bec

cp19b Weitere Spannungen im Mittleren Osten / More tensions in the Middle East

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Immer noch „Regime Change“ in Syrien? Von Dr. Gerhard Fulda

Unter all den bisher genannten Ländern ist die Absicht, Regime Change abzuwehren, wahrscheinlich in Iran am stärksten ausgeprägt. Das hat historische Gründe

Dass Israel wünscht, in Teheran müsse ein anderes System etabliert werden, ist Beobachtern seit langem bekannt. John Bolton, Sicherheitsberater im Weißen Haus, setzt sich, mal mehr, mal weniger deutlich, öffentlich für einen Regime Change in Iran ein.

Also: Im gesellschaftlichen Bewusstsein der Iraner ist die historische Erfahrung präsent, dass die Machtverteilung im Inneren, die Essenz der Souveränität, immer wieder von außen determiniert worden ist. Man muss infolge dessen stets darum kämpfen, souverän zu bleiben. Dieses „souverän Bleiben“ gelingt den Staaten am leichtesten, die die Bombe haben, die Atombombe.

Man hört und liest immer wieder, Saudi-Arabien und Iran kämpften um die Vorherrschaft in der Region. Bei genauerem Hinsehen ist das nicht überzeugend.

Saudi-Arabien wird nicht von Iran militärisch bedroht und Iran nicht von Saudi-Arabien. Das subjektive Gefühl, bedroht zu sein, wird auf beiden Seiten dadurch genährt, dass auf der anderen Golfseite jeweils ein existenzbedrohendes Gegenmuster als Herrschaftssystem sichtbar ist: Würden in Riad wie in Iran die Mullahs regieren, dann wäre nicht mehr das Königshaus an der Macht, sondern die Muslimbrüder. Würden in Teheran Verhältnisse herrschen wie in Saudi-Arabien, dann würden die Ayatollahs vertrieben und ein Schah säße dort wieder auf dem Thron. Das heißt, der angebliche Kampf um die Vorherrschaft entpuppt sich als wechselseitige Angst vor einem Regime Change.

https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=52325

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Saudi Arabia and Iran after the summits of discontent

Was Riyadh able to unite Arab and Muslim leaders against Tehran?

By the end of the meetings, Saudi efforts to put diplomatic pressure on Tehran paid off, at least on paper. The final communique of the emergency Gulf and Arab summits condemned Iranian interference in Arab affairs. The closing statement of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) fell short of isolating Iran, but it did condemn recent attacks on Saudi and Emirati oil tankers and upheld their right to defend themselves.

How important is this diplomatic onslaught against Iran and how will it affect the tensions in the Gulf and Middle East regions? Here are three possible readings.

Regardless of whether Saudi Arabia's efforts behind the summits are, as argued above, successful, irrelevant or successful but irrelevant, they are wrongheaded. The Saudi obsession with Iran only deepened the Gulf crisis and gave ammunition to outside powers to interfere in the region.

Arab leaders are right to put Iran on notice and try to restrain its destabilising activities in the Arab world, but egging on Washington against Tehran is not the solution. It may, in fact, become their biggest problem.

Indeed, Saudi Arabia outsourcing its Iran problem to Washington will prove disastrous for the region.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/saudi-arabia-iran-summits-discontent-190604101807753.html

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Saudi-led coalition says it evacuated crew member of Iranian ship

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen said on Tuesday it evacuated a crew member for medical reasons from a “suspect” Iranian ship northwest of Yemen’s Hodeidah port after Saudi Arabia received a request for help from Iran.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-iran-ship/saudi-led-coalition-says-it-evacuated-crew-member-of-iranian-ship-idUSKCN1T52N4

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Arab-Israeli Normalisation: A desperate attempt at isolating Iran

US-Israeli politicking, however, aims at more than normalizing the Israeli occupation among Arab countries. It also intends to change the status quo of Arab centres of political and spiritual power as well.

But the story of normalization has long preceded Trump and his administration.

Indeed, the US – which became more actively involved in the Middle East region starting with the massive military buildup preceding the Kuwait war in 1990-91 – understood that normalization between Israel and its Arab allies should top its regional priorities.

The advent of Trump, an impulsive, erratic and opportunistic president, represented the perfect opportunity for the understated Saudi-Israeli anti-Iran alliance to take shape.

At best, the Deal of the Century will allow US, Israel and Arab ruling elites to merely buy time, each for his own domestic benefit.

However, it is also likely to result in the splitting up of an Arab camp that has served as the American vanguard in the Middle East for many years. This could be the US’s greatest political gamble in the region yet.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190603-arab-israeli-normalisation-a-desperate-attempt-at-isolating-iran/

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The Arab Alliance Is a Circular Firing Squad

Two years ago, the Trump administration started a new era in Middle Eastern cooperation. It's been a disaster ever since.

At the 2017 “Arab Islamic American Summit,” the attendees discussed an ambitious joint agenda for the years ahead under Saudi leadership.

Two years later, the cooperation of Washington’s regional allies has resulted in a shambles. Several of the region’s most pressing crises can be traced directly to the Trump summit, from the blockade of Qatar, which began two years ago this week, to the explosion of Libya’s “third civil war” in April. Far from collectively achieving its goals, the Saudi-led bloc forged two years ago has mostly just set itself back—and its members are increasingly turning against each other.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/03/the-arab-alliance-is-a-circular-firing-squad/

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Saudi summits mask Gulf divisions

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted three summits last week in an impressive display of the kingdom’s convening power. The Saudis won endorsement for their isolation of the Houthis but no practical support for the war in Yemen. Their main goal, confronting Iran, was undermined by defections from their camp. The Palestinians may be the biggest winner, as the one area of agreement was support for the two-state solution and condemnation of the US administration's policy on Palestine and Jerusalem – by Bruce Riedel

The GCC and Arab League communiques were harsh to the Iranians, condemning them for supporting groups like the Houthis. But Iraq disassociated itself from the statements.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/saudi-arabia-summit-oic-arab-league-gcc-divisions-gulf.html

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KRISENGIPFEL IN MEKKA: Iran, das tückische Dilemma

Bei Amerikas arabischen Verbündeten herrscht Genugtuung über die neue Härte gegen Iran. Doch in die mischt sich Sorge.

Amerikas arabische Verbündete stecken in einer Zwickmühe, denn eine militärische Konfrontation, die Washingtons Politik des „maximalen Ducks“ heraufbeschwören könnte, wünschen sie überhaupt nicht.

Töne, die dieses Risiko erhöhen, sind in jüngerer Zeit vor allem von John Bolton gekommen, Trumps Nationalem Sicherheitsberater

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/verschaerfung-der-us-iran-politik-besorgt-sogar-saudis-16215200.html

Mein Kommentar: Dass die Saudis keinen Krieg gegen den Iran wollen, wie hier behauptet, ist unwahrscheinlich.

Vorige / Previous

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-542-yemen-war-mosaic-542

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-542 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-542:

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/

07:03 07.06.2019
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