Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 555 - Yemen War Mosaic 555

Yemen Press Reader 555: 14. Juli 2019: Drohnenkriege; Jemen Juni 2019 – Der „Rückzug“ der Emirate aus dem Jemen – Saudi Arabien: Mehr Freiheit für Frauen? – Es ist immer das Öl – USA-Iran-Krise

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July 14, 2019: Drone wars; Yemen in June 2019 – The UAE “withdrawal” from Yemen – Saudi Arabia: More liberty for women? – It’s always oil – US-Iran crisis, mounting tensions at the Gulf – 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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Wachsende Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Mounting tensions at the Gulf

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(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:

Neue Artikel / New articles

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La extinción de un reino legendario

[An introduction tot he Yemen War, in Spanish]

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Drone Wars – The Yemen Review, June 2019

Part 1: War by Remote Control

The Sana’a Center Editorial

The Yemen conflict is quickly becoming a model for how a non-state actor can effectively employ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, as a force equalizer in 21st-century wars.

Particularly in 2019, Houthi forces’ deployment of explosive-laden drones on long-range kamikaze missions has allowed them to continually extract costs from their adversaries far beyond the frontlines. In January, a Houthi spokesperson declared this the “Year of the Drones” just after Houthi forces flew a UAV into a military parade at Al-Anad air base in Lahj governorate killing, among others, the Yemeni government’s military intelligence chief and the army’s deputy chief of staff. Houthi UAV attacks this year have also regularly targeted civilian airports and military bases in southern Saudi Arabia, with Saudi authorities confirming almost 50 injured and one killed in attacks on Abha airport alone in June. This is even with Saudi and Emirati air defenses taking out many drones before they reach their target.

Guerilla tactics against a superior military force have long emphasized political impact over military effectiveness. The Houthi use of drones is a modern twist on asymmetric warfare, with the advantages of being able to reach deep into a rival’s territory and hit a specific target without incurring casualties and at relatively low cost. While various insurgent groups have sought to utilize drones similarly, the Houthis appear to be the first to have mass deployed them on the cheap as precision-guided weapons.

Yemen is no stranger to drones; the United States carried out its first extra-judicial killing of a suspected Al-Qaeda member in the country using a drone-fired missile in 2002.

US drones, however, are no longer beyond reach. In early June a Houthi-fired missile took down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over Hudaydah governorate.

Now, armies around the world are deploying drone technology, including Iran; the Houthis’ own UAVs mimic Iranian models, according to the UN’s panel of experts on Yemen.

The Yemen conflict, with its expanding use of drones and attempted measures to counter them, should be seen as a harbinger of the decreasing leverage of conventional military superiority in wars by remote control.

Part 2: Developments in Yemen / International Developments


Developments in Yemen

Yemen’s Drone Wars

Downed Drone Escalates US and Iran Tensions, Yemen “Key” Battleground

Houthis Claim Drone Attacks on Saudi Airports

US Officials: Drone Attack on Saudi Pipeline in May Originated from Iraq

Military and Security Developments

UAE Withdrawing Military Assets and Personnel from Yemen

Fighting Between Anti-Houthi Forces in Various Southern Governorates

Saudi Special Forces Capture Local Daesh Leader

Political Developments

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Steps Down After a Year in the Role

President Hadi Travels to the US for Medical Reasons

Economic Developments

Economic Committee Bans Oil Imports from Oman, UAE and Iraq Ports

Yemeni Government Attempts to Establish Monopoly Over Fuel Imports

Central Bank’s Marib Branch Connected to Aden HQ

Yemeni Money Exchange Companies Launch Strike

Economic Developments in Brief

Humanitarian Developments

World Food Programme Partially Suspends Aid Deliveries in Sana’a

MSF CRASH: Aid Delivery Lacks Transparency, Severity of Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Overblown

UN Humanitarian Chief Urges Donors to Fulfill Pledges

International Developments

Western Countries’ Arms Sales to Riyadh Face Increasing Scrutiny

United States: Congress Targets ‘Emergency’ Arms Sales

United Kingdom: Court Orders Reassessment of Weapons Exports

Switzerland: Bern Bans Aircraft Maker from Saudi Arabia, UAE

France: Arms Sales to Riyadh Jump 50%

At the United Nations

UN Expert: Mohammad bin Salman Should be Investigated in Khashoggi Killing

UN: No Houthi Presence at Hudaydah Ports

Countries Affirm Support for UN Yemen Envoy

In the United States

Acting Secretary of Defense Steps Down, Withdraws Nomination

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The UAE’s withdrawal from Yemen

There have been several media reports about the withdrawal of the Emirati forces operating within the so-called Arab Alliance for the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen. All of the direct and indirect reports achieved their goal quickly, i.e. to create a massive media atmosphere surrounding the matter and making a bigger deal about it in the media that is bigger than its size and reality. What is behind these statements? What is the truth behind the withdrawal? Why at this time? How is it related to the Iranian escalation in the region? What impact does all of this have on the course of war and peace in Yemen? What consequences will it have on the Arab Alliance? Are these statements related to the possibility of an Emirati- Iranian agreement behind the scenes?

There is talk of an Emirati military withdrawal from Yemen as if there are a large number of Emirati military forces in Yemen. However, there are only a few forces, consisting of officers, trainers, and consultants who are not on the battlefield, but instead in a fortified and safe military base.

This is especially the case after the missile incident that claimed the lives of 45 Emirati soldiers in September 2015. Rebels launched the missile on the Sahn al-Jin military camp in Ma’arib. Consequently, the UAE significantly reduced its presence. Moreover, the UAE had announced its withdrawal from Yemen a year ago, before denying it at the time.

In general, these statements come in at a sensitive time in the region due to several circumstances, beginning with the American-Iranian escalation and Tehran’s threats, which are met with clear American coldness. This indicates a significant decline in the US’s role in the Gulf during the leadership of current US President, Donald Trump, and Obama before him, in the face of the growing Iranian role in the region.

Hence, question marks are surrounding the reported withdrawal. This is especially since the UAE does not have a strong military and has worked hard to train armed militias, all of which are working outside the circle of the Yemeni state security and military institutions.

Before all of this, anyone observing the affairs in the region would have noticed the magnitude of the Iranian-Emirati relations and the accompanying arrangements in advance for the nature of the roles played by Abu Dhabi, especially since the nature of these relations remained effective and natural and did not experience any escalation, despite the war in Yemen. The economic ties remained intact, as the UAE is an essential channel to the world for Iran’s economy, along with the trade volume between the two countries, which is over $20 billion a year.

This includes the Southern Transitional Council, which was an Iranian wing in the south. Its members were trained in the militia camps in Saada before the coup. There is also a political alliance between the Houthis and the Southern Movement, which welcomed and blessed the coup, standing by and watching the Houthi militias invade the south. Only the Salafists and reformists fought and resisted the Houthis at the time, along with a few members of separation movements. Meanwhile, the members of the Southern Movement remained neutral towards the Houthis. Hence, question marks are surrounding the reported withdrawal. This is especially since the UAE does not have a strong military and has worked hard to train armed militias, all of which are working outside the circle of the Yemeni state security and military institutions.

This means that Abu Dhabi’s press releases on the withdrawal are nothing but a new phase of Emirati policies in Yemen, introduced by controlling and dominating the state institutions in the temporary capital city of Aden and other cities. The launch of this phase is also manifested in talking about transitioning from the strategy of military resolution first, according to an Emirati spokesman, to a peace plan.

This means that, by adopting this plan, the UAE has put Riyadh in a real dilemma regarding it bearing all the consequences of war and peace in Yemen, while evading these consequences itself. This includes preventing the Yemeni government from returning to Aden and allowing it access to its security, military, and civil institutions, such as airports and ports. The Emirati policies were clear from day one and were against everything related to the Yemeni legitimacy this manifested in the support and establishment of militias outside the state institutions in the south and the north. Its talk today about a withdrawal plan is merely the beginning of a phase of complete chaos and evading any responsibility and quickly avoiding the consequences, especially since the UAW has a bad reputation both locally and abroad. This is due to the hostile and foolish policies towards anything related to the revolutions of freedom, dignity, and democracy – by Nabeel Al-Bakiri

My comment: An interesting article, qualifying the so-called UAE withdrawal and the media hype on it.

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The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Any progress on women's rights will be a concession, not a royal gift conferred upon subjects, forced to answer with deference and gratitude

Saudi women may be on the verge of breaking loose of state-imposed subservience to male guardianship, yet Mohammed bin Salman's commandeering of the cause of female enfranchisement in the Kingdom comes with a big catch.

Saudi officials on Thursday told western media "instructions from the top" had come to prepare for relaxing travel restrictions on women imposed through the male guardianship system, which currently means a Saudi woman needs the permission of a male relative, sometimes even a male child, to obtain a passport and leave the Kingdom for any purpose.

This comes on the heels of a vague report in local newspaper Okaz, that said the unelected Shura Council, a supposedly advisory body, was preparing to propose a law to lower the age of legal adulthood from 21 to 18, and hand over control over travel documents to all Saudis who reach that age, rather than to their "guardians".

The report has caused a lot of confusion in Saudi Arabia as it was unlcear whether the new proposals would apply or not to women - considered "dependent minors" of their male relatives in all stages of their lives under current rules.

That that the details were shared only with western media is telling of the contempt in which Saudi officials hold their people, and no clarification has so far been offered in Saudi media.

At any rate, if these reports are true, Saudi women could be on the brink of life-changing improvements to their rights and status

But the Saudi Royal Court and religious establishment deserve no praise, premature or otherwise, for releasing a hostage they had kidnapped in the first place.

Whether for this or for lifting their ban on women drivers, they must not be allowed to pick up the fruits of others' struggle and claim the credit for themselves.

And despite the apparent intersection, their agenda should not be conflated with that of ordinary Saudi men and women yearning to gain their full rights, commensurate with the bare minimum standards set forth in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

The 'reform-minded despot'

A little context is needed to understand the difference between these agendas and why it's important.

Considered the architect of the ongoing savage war in Yemen, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) had already climbed to the highest echelons of power through the Ministry of Defence.

Wahhabi revisionism

Make no mistake, every oppressive law in the Saudi today comes from its harsh Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam, the ruling ideology in which the Saudi realm was conceived from its early beginnings more than two centuries ago.

This is an unassailable fact so well established that MbS has had to resort to altering history in a way primarily aimed at the young Saudis he is so keen to manipulate into rallying around his absolute rule.

Over the past two years, MbS-aligned media productions, including Ramadan TV series Al-Asouf and countless talk shows have peddled the line that Saudi Arabia was somehow moderate and even liberal, until Muslim Brotherhood influence through the Sahwa movement from 1979 onwards "radicalised" Saudi society - a line that MbS first launched on CBS 60 Minutes in 2018.

But the Sahwa, many of whose leading clerics now languish without charge in MbS' dungeons, is a moderate movement; its threat to MbS is that unlike the clerics who have pledged allegiance to his reign, it is politicised and independent, and cannot be bribed into acquiescence.

"MbS would like to advance a new narrative for my country's recent history, one that absolves the government of any complicity in the adoption of strict Wahhabi doctrine. That simply isn't the case," Jamal Khashoggi, later assassinated allegedly at MbS' orders, wrote in a Washington Post editorial.

"MbS is right to free Saudi Arabia from ultra-conservative religious forces, he is wrong to advance a new radicalism that, while seemingly more liberal and appealing to the West, is just as intolerant of dissent," he added, in a tragically prophetic conclusion

All your chains in return for one

MbS is presiding over an unprecedented and ongoing crackdown on moderate clerics, liberal bloggers, and pertinently, women's rights activists who lobbied for years for basic rights like the ability to drive and travel freely.

MbS probably never considered conceding more to women beyond the important but ultimately secondary right to drive. Ending male guardianship is a hard sell to still dominant conservative forces in Saudi Arabia, who are pushing back against women driving, including through physical assault – by Karim Triboulsi

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, It's Always the Oil

In other words, almost 18 years later, as Pompeo knows, if you can link any country or group you're eager to go to war with to al-Qaeda, no matter how confected the connection, you can promptly claim authorization to do your damnedest to them. How convenient, then, should you be in the mood to make war on Iran, if that country just happens to be responsible for terror attacks linked to the Taliban (which once did harbor al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden).

Let me hasten to add that the supposed link to al-Qaeda isn’t the only thing the Trump administration has conjured up to ensure that it will be free to do whatever it pleases when it comes to Iran. It’s found various other inventive ways to justify future military actions there without congressional approval. Pompeo and crew have, in that sense, been clever indeed. As TomDispatch regular Michael Klare, author of the upcoming book All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, points out today, there’s only one word largely missing from their discussions of the increasingly edgy situation in the Persian Gulf – by Tom Engelhardt

The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis: Oil’s Enduring Sway in U.S. Policy in the Middle East

It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support “Sentinel.” The aim of that administration plan: to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. Both Trump and Pompeo insisted that their efforts were driven by concern over Iranian misbehavior in the region and the need to ensure the safety of maritime commerce. Neither, however, mentioned one inconvenient three-letter word -- O-I-L -- that lay behind their Iranian maneuvering (as it has impelled every other American incursion in the Middle East since World War II).

Now, it’s true that the United States no longer relies on imported petroleum for a large share of its energy needs. Thanks to the fracking revolution, the country now gets the bulk of its oil -- approximately 75% -- from domestic sources. (In 2008, that share had been closer to 35%.) Key allies in NATO and rivals like China, however, continue to depend on Middle Eastern oil for a significant proportion of their energy needs. As it happens, the world economy -- of which the U.S. is the leading beneficiary (despite President Trump’s self-destructive trade wars) -- relies on an uninterrupted flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to keep energy prices low. By continuing to serve as the principal overseer of that flow, Washington enjoys striking geopolitical advantages that its foreign policy elites would no more abandon than they would their country’s nuclear supremacy.

The Iranian Challenge and the Specter of War

From Washington’s perspective, the principal challenger to America’s privileged status in the Gulf is Iran. By reason of geography, that country possesses a potentially commanding position along the northern Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, as the Reagan administration learned in 1987-1988 when it threatened American oil dominance there.

As things stand today, any Iranian move in the Strait of Hormuz that can be portrayed as a threat to the “free flow of commerce” (that is, the oil trade) represents the most likely trigger for direct U.S. military action. Yes, Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support for radical Shiite movements throughout the Middle East will be cited as evidence of its leadership’s malevolence, but its true threat will be to American dominance of the oil lanes, a danger Washington will treat as the offense of all offenses to be overcome at any cost.

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate – by Michael T. Klare

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

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, July 13th, 2019

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Houthis intensify attacks and shelling on Tahitia south of Hodeidah

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Film: Al-Houthi militias bomb houses in al-Tahita south of Hodeidah and civilian casualties

a mortar shell landed on the house of a citizen named Omar Yahya Qutab, wounding him, his wife and one of his daughters, and they were taken to the field hospital in Al-Khokha.

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Film: The suffering of the citizens in the village of Al-Mansi in Hodeidah by the mines of the militias

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Houthis continue to mobilize military reinforcements in Hodeidah

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Two children injured, one hit by a mortar shell and the other by a mine explosion on the West Coast

Two children were injured, one with a mortar shell and the other by a Houthi landmine, in the past few hours on Yemen’s west coast.

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Houthis bomb Red Sea Mills again

Houthis militants have targeted the Red Sea Mills in Hodeida again on Wednesday evening with four mortar-shells that landed few meters away from the silos.

The Houthis have been denying access to the mills since last September amidst UN attempts to resume work at


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Al-Hadrami: Govt determined to redress Stockholm implementation course

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Al-Hadrami stated that the legitimate government is determined to correct Stockholm implementing track about Hodeidah in line with the well-known three terms of reference and in accordance with Stockholm Agreement.

My comment: The Hadi government’s claim of these “three terms of reference” (freezing the political base of everything on the 2014 level and giving the Hadi government an eternal “legitimacy” and superiority), is the best way to block any progress on peace.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, July 11th, 2019

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Boy badly injured in Houthi landmine blast in Taiz

A boy was injured in the explosion of a landmine left behind by the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia in Moza' district, west of Taiz governortate


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Special source: Coalition seeks alternative to Muharram to lead the Giants forces

A special source told Al-Masdar Online that the Arab Coalition forces command is holding consultations and arrangements to discuss the appointment of a new commander of the Salafist Giants forces as the successor to Commander Abu Zar’ah al-Muharrami, who is scheduled to issue a decision to dismiss him in the coming days, the source said.


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assignment of Major General Haitham Qassem, as a commander of a military council leading combat operations on the West Coast

Armed formations in Yemen’s west coast announced the formation of a military council last Tuesday, and discussions are continuing to choose a consensus leader for the council.

An informed source told Al-Masdar Online that the joint forces formed their military council to deal with the new variables days after Saudi Arabia took command of the Arab Coalition operations on the west coast from UAE.

The source pointed out that the joint Yemeni forces did not agree to name the commander of the military council, and their discussions are continuing in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi.

According to the source, discussions were based on the selection of Major General Haitham Qassim Tahir, commander of the 20th Brigade, former minister of defense, commander and general supervisor of the military council assigned by the coalition forces led operations in the west coast until the selection of a commander of the council, and will also supervision of the council from the UAE forces command to the Saudi forces.


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The leaders of the unified command of #Yemen's Red Sea front [anti-Houthi units] have been announced today: includes the head of OP Golden Spear (defense minister that sided with the south in 94), several Giants Brigade commanders, Tariq Saleh, commander of the Tihama, two Salafi militia commanders (text)

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Al Houthis beef up military presence in Hodeida

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthi militiamen Thursday dispatched massive military reinforcements to Hodeida, months after a UN-brokered peace deal was reached on the western port city, local sources said.

The reinforcements included armoured vehicles and other military hardware, they added, according to the online newspaper Adan Al Ghad.

Hundreds of Al Houthi gunmen meanwhile deployed in the Red Sea city’s streets where they set up checkpoints, they added.

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Houthi militia bombards army positions south of Hodeidah

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Yémen : les Emirats désertent le bourbier

[As stated in the report of newspaper "Libération" the #MBS wants to get out of war of #Yemen. Nevertheless, he does not want to lose face. And the #UAE, sensitive to their international image, want to give themselves "the good role".]

[overview article, in French]

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Hamas-Mitglied in Marib im Jemen getötet

Ein Hamas-Mitglied wurde im Ostjemen getötet, bestätigte die palästinensische Widerstandsgruppe am Samstag.

Der 36-jährige Salim Ahmed Marouf wurde am Freitag an einem Sicherheitskontrollpunkt in der Provinz Marib erschossen, teilte die Gruppe in einer Erklärung mit.

Die Hamas sagte, Marouf habe mehr als 15 Jahre im Jemen gelebt und die jemenitischen Behörden aufgefordert, eine Untersuchung seines Mordes einzuleiten.

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Hamas announces the death of one of its members in Yemen and calls for an investigation into the incident

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced on Saturday the death of one of its members in Yemen and demanded an investigation into his death.

Hamas said in a statement published by its media that Salim Ahmed Marouf was killed insidiously on Friday morning, 12th July 2019 on a security checkpoint in Marib province in Yemen.

Hamas announced the arrangements for a funeral in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khanyounis for its son Salim Ahmed Marouf, 36, who had been living in Yemen for 15 years.

In the same vein, Marouf's family demanded that a fair and transparent investigation be opened to reveal the reasons for the death

My comment: Well, he lived in Yemen since 15 years – this man hardly couls serve as a proof for foreign interference in the Yemen War.


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UAE kills Hamas member in Yemen after ‘abduction, torture’

A Palestinian man has been killed at a check point in the central Yemeni province of Marib, Hamas has said, with reports claiming he was killed by Emirati intelligence personnel.

The Palestinian group said in a statement on Saturday that Ahmad Maarouf had been “killed in cold blood” a day earlier.

“Hamas mourns its martyr who lived in Yemen for over 15 years and calls on Yemeni security services to investigate the incident,” the statement said.

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Yemeni offensive fear: Riad closes its airports at night

The Saudis gave "secret instructions to close the airport of Abha from 06:00 in the afternoon until 06:00 in the morning, after the inability of the Air Defense of (crown prince, Muhammad) bin Salman to protect the airport of the repeated Yemeni bombing, "reported the famous Saudi political activist, identified as Moytahed, in a message posted on his twitter account on Saturday.

The Saudi activist, likewise, has affirmed that the authorities of the Al Saud have allegedly adopted the same measure for other airports, in view of the increase in damages caused by the Yemeni reprisal attacks against their vital infrastructures and aerodromes.

His comments come at the same moment that the images captured by the air traffic monitoring centers show pauses of the flights directed towards the Abha airport during the nights.

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US-Saudi Aggression Piracy on Civil Aviation, Ongoing Violations Against Yemeni Passengers

The US-Saudi Aggression crimes and violations are not only on the closure and bombardment of Yemeni airports and ports, but also to the air piracy, the intercept of Yemeni airlines and the threat of bombing and obstructing take off from various airports.

The coalition of aggression aims to cancel the permits of Yemeni flights to the airports of cities under occupation at the last moment. At other times it prevents Yemeni flights from landing at these airports, forcing planes to go back, as happened last week with the Yemeni plane heading from Cairo to Aden airport after the disruption of the basic plane for technical reasons.

Yemen Airways has repeatedly canceled its scheduled flights due to the refusal of the coalition countries to give them take-off permits. The airline suffers heavy losses as well as the suffering and losses of passengers who have to wait at airports or divert their flights from one airport to another, including patients, the elderly, children and women.

A source of navigation told Saba news agency that the coalition of aggression prevented, two weeks ago, a Yemeni plane carrying 175 passengers from landing at Aden International Airport, forcing it to return to Cairo airport after it entered Saudi airspace under the pretext of the end of the overtime. On board were patients, dead bodies, children and women, the source added. Showing the flagrant violation of international laws, conventions, charters and regulations, most notably the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944.

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Why Saudi Arabia and UAE Bicker as Yemen Is Torn to Pieces

The strained relations between the coalition members leave little hope for a political solution, foiling the U.S.-Saudi goal of defeating Iran’s Houthi partners

Usually facing these Western-Arab groupings are coalitions such as the Russia-Iran-Turkey axis. The forming of a coalition to police the Persian Gulf and Red Sea may indicate that an attack on Iran in reprisal for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf – attributed to Iran – isn’t in the cards.

The protection of ships is part of the new strategy. The United States has learned lessons fighting terror groups like Al-Qaida, the Taliban and the Islamic State, finding out that a heavy strike may work against a state but not against shoulder-held missiles or terrorists sticking a mine on a ship’s hull or firing missiles at an airport.

In Syria, the Arab coalition failed to recruit enough militias for the long haul; the militias fought each other instead of the Assad regime, and thus lost. It was the same in Iraq, where the government had to seek the help of pro-Iranian militias, which then became part of the regular forces. They fought well against the Islamic State but increased Iran’s hold on Iraq.

Yemen is now demonstrating a similar picture of local rivalries that make it difficult to fight the Houthi rebels. Ostensibly, the war zone in Yemen clearly separates the pro-Western from the pro-Iranian forces. But actually there are at least 30 fronts across the country.

With the formation of the Arab coalition, it was decided that local militias would operate under the coalition’s supervision, headed by Saudi commanders and UAE officers, with the air forces of these two countries providing support.

The Saudis and Emiratis train the militias, pay their salaries and buy their equipment. Sudan and Egypt sent token forces at first but Egypt soon sufficed with naval patrols and “advising.”

My comment: This is from Israel’s Haaretz. This article clearly shows (I think not even intended by the author) how Western imperialism in the Middle East (and elsewhere) actually works: Local conflicts are inflates by supporting one side, which is used as a proxy tool, which then is treated as “pro-Western “ by own propaganda. Or look at the “Western-Arab groupings” in this article; in the case of Syria, these “Western-Arab groupings “ also would include Al Qaeda! And, trhese local conflicts are pressed into a world-wide global “We versus them” scheme: “Usually facing these Western-Arab groupings are coalitions such as the Russia-Iran-Turkey axis.“. Whow.

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Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen Red Sea ports after UAE drawdown

Saudi Arabia’s military in Yemen has moved in to secure two strategic Red Sea ports and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after its leading ally the United Arab Emirates substantially reduced its presence there, four sources familiar with the matter said.

The UAE has drawn down its numbers in some parts of Yemen, where it had set up large bases amid a four-year-old multi-layered war that is widely seen as a proxy battle between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Two Yemeni military commanders and two Yemeni government officials told Reuters that Saudi officers had taken command of military bases at the ports of al-Mokha and al-Khokha, which Emirati forces had used to back their campaign in nearby Hodeidah and to monitor the coastline.

Riyadh has also sent an unspecified number of troops to the southern port city of Aden and Perim Island, a small volcanic rock in the strategic Bab al-Mandeb shipping lane where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden.

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Der Abzug der VAE könnte die Lage in Jemen komplett verändern, weiss Sicherheitsexperte Guido Steinberg.

Die Saudis sind vor allem für den Luftkrieg im Norden zuständig, welcher weitgehend erfolglos ist. Die Emiratis aber haben gemeinsam mit jemenitischen Bündnispartnern grosse Teile im Süden des Landes unter ihrer Kontrolle, vor allem die grossen Häfen.

Das scheint eines der Interessen der Emiratis gewesen zu sein. Die Kontrolle über die Perlenkette von Häfen von der omanischen Grenze bis zur Meerenge von Bab el-Mandeb zu erlangen.

Schwächt der Rückzug der VAE die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärallianz?

Ganz enorm. Die Emirate haben mit 63’000 Mann ein kleines Militär, es wird aber seit 2003–2004 effektiv gefördert. Die Emirate sind der aktivere und militärisch effektivere Teil dieser Allianz.

Sie haben es geschafft, zusammen mit südjemenitischen Milizen, vor allem separatistischen Gruppierungen, wirkungsvolle Streitkräfte aufzubauen. Die Saudis sind, obwohl grösser, nicht in der Lage, diesen Krieg zu führen.

Mein Kommentar: Diese Einschätzung des „Abzugs“ teile ich nicht. Siehe Artikel in cp1.

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UAE pulls most forces from Yemen in blow to Saudis: Report

The United Arab Emirates has pulled most of its forces from the Yemen “quagmire” in a “face-saving” decision that has deeply upset its Saudi allies, The New York Times has said.

UAE officials have been saying for several weeks that they have begun a phased and partial withdrawal of forces, estimated at 5,000 troops a few years ago.

However, significant reduction has already occurred, the Times quotedWestern and Arab diplomats briefed on the drawdown as saying.

Over the past month, the UAE has cut its deployment around the strategic Red Sea port of Hudaydah by 80 percent to fewer than 150 men, according to people briefed on the drawdown. They have pulled out their attack helicopters and heavy guns, effectively precluding a military advance on the city.

The UAE, according to a senior Emirati official, says the drawdown is intended to support a shaky United Nations-brokered ceasefire in Hudaydah that came into effect in December.

The drawdown, the Times said, is “a belated recognition that a grinding war that has killed thousands of civilians and turned Yemen into a humanitarian disaster is no longer winnable.”

The Associated Press also quoted experts as saying that the troop drawdown aims to restore the Persian Gulf country's reputation, even though it may strain ties with Saudi Arabia at a time of heightened tensions with Iran.

“The Emiratis are driven mostly by their desire to exit a war whose cost has become too high, even if it means angering their Saudi allies,” the New York Times said.

The paper quoted Mike Hindmarsh, a retired Australian major general who commands the Emirati presidential guard, recently telling Western visitors that Yemen had become a quagmire where the Houthis were the “Yemeni Viet Cong.”

The drawdown “is going to expose the Saudis to the reality that this war is a failure,” said Michael Stephens of the Royal United Services Institute, a research group in London.

“It tells us the two main protagonists on the coalition side, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, don’t have the same idea of what success looks like,” he told the Times.

According to diplomats, the Saudis were “deeply disappointed” by the Emirati decision.


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UAE shielding reputation with drawdown from Yemen 'quagmire': experts

A surprise UAE troop drawdown in war-torn Yemen aims to restore the Gulf country's reputation, but may strain ties with key ally Saudi Arabia at a time of heightened tensions with Iran, experts say.

"The political, reputational and operational risks Abu Dhabi incurred in Yemen stood in no relation to the anticipated benefits," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at King's College in London.

One factor driving the drawdown may have been hopes of limiting the damage to the UAE over its role in Yemen, with both the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthis standing accused of war crimes by rights groups.

The reputation of the Emirates, a staunch US ally which aims to be seen as "a liberal US partner in the region," has "taken a severe hit as of late," said Krieg.

"Human rights abuses, torture camps, war crimes and support of Al-Qaedaesque groups in Yemen severely damaged the UAE's standing in the US," Kreig told AFP.

Experts, however, agree that while the UAE decision to reduce troops may strain ties with powerful Gulf ally Saudi Arabia, it was unlikely to severely affect their strategic regional alliance.

"Behind closed doors, the Saudis aren't going to be happy, but I don't think that either Saudi Arabia or the Emirates have an interest in a public rift," said Dorsey.

My comment: Earlier recording: Yemen War Mosaic 554, cp1, cp2; 553, cp2. A recent article summing up:


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Film by Press TV Iran: UAE troop withdrawal from Yemen: a sign of defeat?

The UAE has drawn down its forces in Yemen. It says their forces will be redeployed, but the conclusion reached by many is that it has realized that continuing this war would threaten the tiny Persian Gulf Island security


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The UAE drawdown in Yemen is a welcome step, but it needs to be reciprocated

Reports that the UAE, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, has decided to draw down and reposition its troops should be welcomed and taken seriously. It is not a small or symbolic move, but rather a serious, strategic, and thoughtful military and political decision. If reciprocated by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, it could serve as the long-awaited breakthrough in the five-year-old Yemen war. Abu Dhabi's timely decision also has the potential to create momentum to de-escalate tensions throughout the region, which are currently at an all-time high.

While not all of the details are known, one thing is clear: the UAE will not hastily leave Yemen or totally pull out. Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are mindful of the havoc that a sudden withdrawal and subsequent power vacuum could cause.

My comment: This article reaches close to propaganda.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Film: Yemenis protest against severe fuel shortage

Hundreds of Yemenis have been protesting outside the UN office in Sanaa demanding action against fuel restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia.

The fuel shortage is forcing many people to choose between fuel and food because they cannot afford both.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed al-Attab reports from Sanaa. =

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School

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SFD Tamkeen Yemen‏: This 3 New Classroom for Almalkah Village School, Alfakore Sub-District in Atag District, Shabwah Goverornot #Yemen Total cost is 13,995,210 YER, Community contributed 40%. as part of SFDTamkeen Grant-Matching for VCCs to build community small-scale projects (photos)

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Film: Corrupt aid from the World Food Program increases the suffering of the sons of Jaafariyah Rima 12-07-2019

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As the MSF put it in a letter to us, which you can read below, "Every day that goes by in Yemen, fighting continues and new casualties arrive in our hospital. People are forced to live without basic care or adequate resources. This is happening now, in our time. We cannot forget about the people of Yemen".

The British–Yemeni Society would like to thank its members and everyone who has donated to the Yemen Crisis Appeal and encourage you to remain as generous to the people of Yemen as before. You can donate by sending your contribution to our Treasurer, John Huggins at 44 Constitution Hill, Norwich, NR3 4BT

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US Agency for International Development: Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019

Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 07/12/19)

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Giving fraud the finger: Are biometrics the final word in preventing aid diversion?

As Pro Bono News reports on a rise in fraud allegations in the NDIS, and the UN attempts to control diversion in Yemen with biometrics, technologies seem to offer simple fraud control solutions. But do they actually, asks Oliver May.

In June, the World Food Programme threatened to suspend the distribution of food aid unless Houthi leaders agreed to the use of biometric technology to prevent diversion. This developing situation has focused fresh humanitarian attention on biometrics – and technology more generally – as a means to prevent fraud

In this context “biometrics” means the use of physical human attributes to verify identity.

But there are three key points that social impact organisations, whether working in Australia or beyond, need to bear in mind.

Firstly, the risk of overemphasis. There is no “silver bullet” solution for fraud.

Biometrics may offer a control for authenticating identities during distributions, for example, but fraud is agile and mutates. If a project uses biometrics, then be on the lookout for the “other side” to use different fraud methods.

Secondly, we need to be clear about how any tool lowers the risk of fraud.

Finally, any technological or data solution – biometrics included – introduces its own integrity-related risks into aid work.

So, from a fraud control perspective, what are some of the considerations that your organisation should take into account, if it is contemplating using a technology like biometrics?

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World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen: Passengers Transport Overview - Djibouti - Aden - Djibouti, June 2019

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Film: El vuelo del cometa | Yemen

Aquel que lo ha perdido todo en Yemen puede ofrecerte más de lo que te imaginas… ya que por mas que intentes dar rienda suelta a tus pensamientos… no podrías imaginarte como es que esta bolsa de plástico se puede convertir en un juguete con el que se distraen los niños desviando su mirada de una guerra que les ha robado a su infancia los juguetes los ha ahogado en sangre…

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Victims or victors? Women's political empowerment during Yemen's crises, 2011-2018

Since 2011, Yemen has been torn apart by two subsequent crises: the 2011 uprisings which sought to overthrow the Saleh-government, and the current conflict between the Houthis and the government of president Hadi. Although women are often portrayed as primary victims of these crises, such moments of profound change can also offer possible positive changes for women. In this thesis, I analyse the impact of these two crises – the 2011 uprisings and the current conflict – on women’s political empowerment in Yemen. Did women get more opportunities to participate in politics due to these crises? Two important conclusions follow from this research. Firstly, there is a notable difference between women’s participation in informal politics and formal politics during and after crises; although women might be empowered in informal politics, this does not necessarily lead to empowerment in formal politics. And secondly, different crises have different impacts on women’s political participation. The nature of the subsequent formal political process determines the likelihood of women’s formal political empowerment.

The position of women in crises is a difficult and challenging matter, but also one of great importance in current-day societies. With this thesis, I seek to contribute to the knowledge of women’s problems, possibilities and potential during crises. My underlying personal interest is in looking how we can improve women’s position and is thus a rather subjective stance. Although my own position is normative, this thesis is an analytic exercise, not a normative one. It is an old mistake to think women in other cultures are ‘oppressed’ or ‘subjugated’ by men or their culture/politics/religion. Western feminists often argued for the need to ‘save’ Muslim women from this oppression (Abu-Lughod 2013). Writing as a Western feminist about empowerment of women in Yemen is thus a dangerous exercise, liable to many prejudices, mistakes and false sentiments. I am aware of the risk of wishful thinking on the one hand – seeing things that did not happen – or downplaying agency on the other hand – arguing something is not empowerment because it does not meet my personal standards. Being aware of this and using a combination of objective and subjective methodologies (see Methodology section), helps me neutralise my own partiality.

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'Kids face stepping on landmines daily' - NHS doctor lays bare warzone horror

Dr. Elma Wong takes unpaid leave from her hospital job at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital to help the young victims of the world's forgotten war

British doctor Elma Wong is faced with an endless stream of casualties as she tends, once again, to victims of Yemen’s savage war.

Whole families arrive after being blown up by landmines... and children watch in bewildered despair as parents die in front of them.

Among the victims is eight-year-old Amarah, who clutches Dr Wong’s hand.

The dedicated anaesthetist does her best to soothe the girl, another victim of the world’s forgotten war – a four-year conflict that has killed 140,000 children.

Dr Wong, 37, first helped out in the warzone in 2016. She has returned three times – taking unpaid leave from the NHS’s Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“And each time I go back it’s got worse. The health system there is completely broken. Hospitals have been bombed, doctors and nurses have fled for their lives, there are no supplies, no money.”

During her latest four-month stint she worked in a tented hospital set up by MSF in the port city of Mocha, close to the front line.

That’s where she met shepherd’s daughter Amarah, who was badly wounded while playing in a field near her home.

With childlike curiosity, Amarah had picked up an object with numbers on it.

The explosion that followed killed one of her playmates and left her with horrendous injuries.

Evacuated from the field on the back of a donkey, she was then rushed by car to MSF’s tented hospital an hour away.

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Film von Ärzte ohne Grenzen / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): 5 Tage im Jemen: Elma Wong blickt auf ihren Einsatz zurück

In unserer Serie "5 Tage im Jemen" konntest du uns in unser Krankenhaus in Mocha im Jemen begleiten und Anästhesistin Elma Wong kennen lernen. Inzwischen ist sie wieder zu Hause und erzählt uns mehr über einige ihrer PatientInnen.

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Film: Find more about @MSF Trauma Hospital in #Aden , which has been in operation since April 2012.

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ALHAMDULLAH, we finished distribute food baskets to poor families and orphans in Hodeidah area. We will driving back now to Sana'a. Thanks so much to all donors Plz #donate via link (photo)

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Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Dashboard (January to May 2019)

and GAP analyses:

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response: Protection interventions ensure a decent life for displaced women

The war came to eliminate everything: her home and property. She found herself forced to migrate to Al Baydh city. .

The details of MHA and her four children is a painful story as a result of the war in Zaher district. MHA has known nothing of her husband, as he was forced to flee from the hell of war and has disappeared until now.

Before the war, she lived a simple life with her children. She raised sheep and sold milk to help and cover her family's needs

As the situation worsened during the years of war, her life changed.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Film (Arabic): Houthis intervention in the educational system increases concerns

The war in Yemen is no longer confined to military but rather to the educational system. Yemeni social expert have warned of the risks of Houthis intervention in the education system and are working to spread sectarian hatred

My comment: As claimed by the Hadi government. Saudi interference by Wahabist brainwashing for decades is not lamentend on.

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The Houthi militia is talking about conscription. If it happens, millions would be forced to join warfronts. The majority of the Yemeni population lives in regions controlled by the militia, around 20 million.

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The Never-Ending Trial of Baha'i Prisoner Hamid bin Haydara in Yemen

A dark cloud continues to hang over Haydara's appeal against public execution, even as 30 more academics and political figures were sentenced to death this July.

July 9 was also the day that Hamed Kamal Muhammad bin Haydara was brought to court to appeal against the death sentence handed to him in January 2018.

Last year, Haydara was sentenced to public execution by a specialised criminal court in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital Sana’a.

The sentence came on the back of years of torture and detention at the hands of the National Security Bureau. Haydara, who has been in Houthi detention in Sana’a since 2013 on the charges of espionage and apostasy, is one among 2,000 Baha’is in Yemen.

According to the Bahá’í International Community, in its latest missive, the trial continues to be a travesty of justice. Haydara was notified of his latest hearing only the night before July 9.

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UN-Kommissarin besorgt über Todesstrafe in Jemens Rebellengebieten

Die UN-Hochkommissarin für Menschenrechte, Michelle Bachelet, hat sich tief besorgt über die vielfache Verhängung der Todesstrafe in Rebellengebieten im Jemen geäußert. Ein Strafgerichtshof der Huthi-Rebellen habe die Hinrichtung von 30 Menschen angeordnet, teilte die Hochkommissarin am Freitag in Genf mit. Allerdings könnten die Verurteilten Berufung gegen die Urteile einlegen.

Die UN lehnten die Todesstrafe unter allen Umständen ab, betonte die UN-Hochkommissarin. Bei den Verurteilten handele es sich um Akademiker, Studenten und Politiker, die einer Huthi-kritischen Partei nahestehen oder angehören. Das Gericht habe am Dienstag in Jemens Hauptstadt Sanaa den Beschluss gefasst. Sanaa wird von den Huthis kontrolliert. Den Verurteilten sei vorgeworfen worden, sich einer bewaffneten Gruppe angeschlossen zu haben. In der Haft seien viele von ihnen gefoltert worden.

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U.N. urges Yemen Houthi court to review 30 death sentences

Thirty men were sentenced to death by Houthi authorities in Yemen this week amid credible allegations that many were tortured during three years of politically-motivated detention, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

It urged the Appellate Court in the Houthi-held capital of Sanaa, which is due to review the ruling, to take into account the serious allegations and violations of their right to a fair trial and due process in the lower court.

and UN statement:

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Mohammed al-Houthi confirms Saudi-led coalition’s association with terrorism

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council, confirmed that the four-year war revealed the papers and showed the Saudi-led coalition’s association with terrorism.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2

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Government commission of inquiry uncovers corruption and mismanagement behind Yemenia's latest air accident

The source told "Al-Masdar Online" that the report submitted by the committee concerned with investigating the Yemenia air accident and discussed by the government at its last meeting last Wednesday included several reasons for the accident, most notably corruption, mismanagement, which caused its assets to deteriorate and its performance deteriorated rapidly.

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Issa al Aafrar is the only descendant of the old Sultan of al-Mahra and Socotra. It is positioning itself now as an alternative for the future of al-Mahra and Socotra.

The dissatisfaction with the role played by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in the complex three-year war in Yemen is still relevant both on the island and on the Yemeni continent, despite the fact that the Socotra incident.

On the east coast of Yemen, al-Mahra was part of a sultanate that also included Socotra until the British created a protectorate in 1886

Sheikh Abdullah bin Issa al Aafrar, a descendant of the old sultan, is based and funded by Oman. It is now positioned as an alternative for the future of Socotra and al-Mahra.

Al-Mahra, home to Saudi forces since last December, is becoming tense and increasingly polarized, said Dr. Elisabeth Kendall of Oxford University.

"Saudi Arabia has managed to gain some support among the northern desert tribes in al-Mahra, thanks to its efforts to fight smuggling and its donations of vital equipment, such as generators," she said. she declared. "But there is still a lot of hostility to the Saudi intervention. "

The Saudi organization plans to open a conservative religious school. The inhabitants are irritated and the peaceful neighbors worried.

Sheikh Aafrar traveled to al-Mahra earlier this month, stirring anti-coalition sentiment with protests and sit-ins demanding that the Saudis leave the region and the United Arab Emirs leave Socotra.

Al-Afrar is a popular and influential figure in al-Mahra because of his belonging to the former ruling dynasty. Since returning to the governorate, al-Afrar has assumed the role of advisory leadership exercised by his ancestors.

Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: No. Abdullah is not the only descendent of the former Sultan of #Mahra & #Socotra. He has 5 brothers, all living:

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Socotrans protest al-Islah’s ‘disruptive activities’

Although al-Islah is part of Hadi’s coalition government, protesters allege its actions in Socotra are part of a plan developed in collaboration with Qatar.

Protesters in Hadibu on Socotra took to the streets to protest what they said are attempts by Yemen’s al-Islah party to ‘”disrupt stability on the island.” Demonstrators also demanded the removal of Socotra Governor Ramzi Mahrous.

Mahrous and Yemeni Minister of Fisheries Fahd Salem Kafain, both from Socotra, are members of al-Islah, the local affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. The party is a part of the ruling coalition of the government of Yemen’s President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

My comment: This is a pro-UAE occupation, pro-separatists rally. Including spreading a conspiracy theory on Qatar.

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Al-Baldah Tourist Festival kicks off in al-Mukalla (Photos)

The event aims at presenting the popular artistic heritage and the significat maritime history of Hadramout, in particular the coastal areas.
Member of Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Aqeel Mohammed Al-Attas said that Al-Baldah season is a traditional gathering for people to enjoy their time and the beautiful weather.

My comment: Look at the flags. This is a Southern separatist propaganda event.

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Speaker of Parliament arrives in Abu Dhabi on several day state visit

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The writer and the southern journalist, Salah al-Saqladi, attacked scathingly the UAE and Saudi Arabia, mocking the services that the UAE have been talking about for four years it have done for the southerners, while reality confirms the widespread deterioration in various services, especially the power service where these oil exporting countries failed to solve.

He accused Saudi Arabia, the UAE and southern leaders, referring to the legitimate government and the transitional council with banditry and betray.

“If the power crisis in Aden and the neighboring provinces is the fuel shortage, where do the Saudi aid of fuel shipments go”, “which is said it amounts to $ 60 million a month?.

He also asked where the generators that the UAE was supposed to go to Aden would go if the power crisis was caused by generators.

Al-Saqladi criticized the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which for four years
has been lying to have provided power subsidies while the south is experiencing a major power crisis, the continuation of power outages, and other services.

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Film: Aden: A raid on a terrorist camp in al-Mualla and the seizure of weapons and explosive belts

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Protests in Al-Mahra Reject Saudi-Emirati Presence

Al-Mahra province witnessed on Friday mass protest and a new escalation that reject the Saudi-Emirati presence that created militias and terrorist groups in the province.
The protesters raised slogans Yemeni flag to emphasize their adherence to the unity, condemning the Saudi presence in the governorate.
The province had witnessed last Friday major protests in Algheza, during which the protesters demanded the departure of the Saudi-UAE coalition forces, in the light of the recent withdrawals of Abu Dhabi forces in four strategic areas in the country.

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After years of being detained. Court in Mukalla release 18 detainees on charges of belonging to armed organization

The Criminal Court, in the city of Mukalla, the center of Hadramaut province, eastern Yemen, on Thursday acquitted 18 of the 64 detainees held in a UAE-supervised prison at Al Rayyan International Airport.

A source close to the detainees' families told Al-Masdar Online that the president of the Criminal Court of the First Criminal Court in Mukalla, Judge Saad Mohammed Al-Yazidi, acquitted 18 detainees in connection with cases related to belonging to extremist armed groups "al-Qaeda".

The source stated that the remaining detainees were sentenced to one to three years' imprisonment on the same charge.

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In response to Al-Zubaidi’s Call, Southern Transitional Council of Al-Mansoura Rises the Southern Flag Over Governmental, educational and Health Care Facilities.

Local leadership of the southern transitional council in Al-Mansoura rose the southern flag over several governmental, educational and health care facilities in the directorate.

My comment: Something like this happens daily now. Southern separatists start to overtake the state – by appearence, first, and totally, coming soon.

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Chairman of Oil Company Syndicate: Aden Refineries are Monopolized by Smugglers

Chairman of the coordination committee of Yemeni Oil Companies Syndicates, Abdullah Quaed Hwaidi, indicated that Aden Oil Refineries are now initiating projects for the benefits of monopolizing trader, in a reference to private revenues being established, who sells oil products in black market. He considered that as illegal smuggling that causes several crises.


Aden Security seize weapons, including Qatar-made ammunition

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Presidential Decree appoints commanders to joint forces

President of the Republic issued decree-numbering 89 for 2019 appointing new commanders to joint military forces.

The first article of the decree appoints General Sagheer bin Aziz a Commander to Joint Military Forces Operations. =


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Who will be in command of forces and militias that the United Arab Emirates has built and trained in #Yemen?! A chief appointed by the Yemeni government or the UAE? These groups could turn against the government at anytime.

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Military Medical Committee announces suspension of treatment of wounded abroad due to delayed budget disbursement (statement)

The Military Medical Commission announced the suspension of the treatment department abroad, due to the intransigence of the Ministry of Finance and the manipulation of the Central Bank in the disbursement of the last batch of the amount approved by the President of the Republic for 2018.

In a statement Thursday, the committee reviewed the challenges it faces, including the suspension of medical interventions on more than 400 wounded national army wounded in Egypt to complete treatment, as well as the failure to approve and disburse the budget required to treat the wounded abroad for the current year 2019.

The Committee noted the accumulation of cases at headquarters travelling abroad for treatment, which put considerable pressure on the Commission and its work.

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Security forces deployed in Al-Sila and Al-Mahareiq neighborhoods north of Aden to arrest security suspects

Local residents and eyewitnesses told Al-Masdar online that military vehicles have been deployed in neighborhoods in the southern city of Aden to arrest security wanted persons accused of involvement in violence.

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Kidnapping of a Senior military commander and his son by tribal gunmen in Marib

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Yemen president sacks military official for fierce Saudi-UAE coalition criticism

Yemen's Riyadh-based president ordered the arrest of a senior military official on Thursday for his fierce criticism of the Saudi-UAE coalition fighting in Yemen, which he said had "failed to supply" his military with weapons.

Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi's order included the removal of Major General Mohsen Khasrof from his post as the director of the guidance department after he made the comments during a live television interview, according to an official source from the ministry of defence, news agency SABA reported.

The president, who has resided in Riyadh since fleeing the Yemeni capital in 2014, "ordered an investigation as a result of violations of the rules of the profession and regulations and laws governing the military", SABA reported.

"The political and military leadership will not hesitate to take legal action against all violators of the army," the source said. He also warned that the military leadership should be more disciplined.

Hadi's decision to fire the commander comes after a fiery interview with Khasrof, which was aired live on the government-run Yemen television channel. In it, the military official unleashed a barrage of criticism targeting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Khasrof said the coalition, which has been backing pro-government fighters battling the Houthis in Yemen since 2015, has failed to adequately arm Yemen's military, comparing the support given by Iran to the rebels.
"The Iranians have sent rockets to the Houthis, what has the coalition offered us? The coalition has not given us heavy weaponry, or a tank, or a rocket launcher or a fighter jet - we do not have anything," the major general said.

Comment: That is Yemen’s Hadi for you. The most incompetent and corrupt political “leader” Yemen has ever known.

FYI, the non-resident #Yemen President residing in a guest house in Riyadh since 2015 never said a word about Saudi led Coalition’s crimes against Yemeni civilians

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Southern leader vows to expel the UAE occupation from southern provinces

A leader in the so-called “southern resistance” on Wednesday has vowed to continue the struggle against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupation forces in order to expel them from the southern provinces.

Adel al-Hasani reiterated his rejection and disapproval of the decision to appoint Tariq Saleh as the commander of mercenaries on the west coast and south.

Al-Hassani vowed to expel the UAE occupation forces from the southern Yemeni governorates, saying: “We will proceed with the liberation of our country and drive them out of Yemen.”

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Government: Griffiths ignores execution of 30 detainees

The government of Yemen said on Saturday that its efforts for release of 30 detainees who were ruled to death by the Houthis rebels have not fruited yet.

Muammar Al-Eryani, Minister of Information, said that the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths never responded to a government request on the case to intervene for saving lives of 30 detainees that received a capital punishment by a Houthis-run court in Sana’a.

My remark: They lash out against Griffth, again.

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Film by Arabian Rights Watch Association (ARWA): In its last intervention in the Human Rights Council, the organization condemned the efforts of the Hadi government to exempt the coalition from any responsibility for strikes against civilian targets.

Item 10 Technical support and capacity-building

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UN drafts 'list of shame' over child deaths in Yemen

An upcoming UN report featuring a blacklist of child rights violators is expected to refrain from toughening criticism of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen despite a bus bombing last year that killed scores of children, according to diplomats.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to release the annual list of shame later this month ahead of a Security Council meeting on children and armed conflicts scheduled for August 2.

The coalition was put on the UN blacklist in 2016 and later removed after Saudi Arabia reacted furiously, threatening to cut funding to UN programs.

To appease Riyadh, the United Nations split the list into two sections in 2017 and put the coalition on "Section B" -- which highlights efforts by the Saudi-led group to avoid killing and maiming children in Yemen.

According to diplomats with knowledge of the report, Guterres has received a draft recommendation from his UN envoy who determined that the coalition should remain on the separate section of the list that recognizes measures taken to avoid targeting children.

This recommendation comes after 40 children were killed in August last year when their bus was attacked in Saada governorate. The coalition admitted that "mistakes" were made in targeting.

My comment: This “list of shame” stays a matter of shame for the UN.

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UNo-Gesandter für Jemen fordert Wiederaufnahme von Friedensgesprächen

Der Uno-Gesandte für Jemen, Martin Griffiths, will sich nach eigenen Angaben ernsthaft für die Wiederaufnahme von Friedensgsprächen zwischen den Konfliktparteien einsetzen.

Griffiths sagte heute(Donnerstag) im Gespräch mit der in London ansässigen Tageszeitung "Al Sharq Al Awsat": Er bemühe sich weiter um ein Ende des Kriegs im Jemen sowie Hilfe an die jemenitische Nation und eine umfassende politische Einigung.

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Griffiths to Asharq Al-Awsat: Gulf Tours Were Fruitful

UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths warned against the fall of the country into regional tensions, stressing that consultations between the government and Houthi militias would resume “as soon as possible” according to the three references, namely the Gulf Initiative, national dialogue outcomes and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat via email, Griffiths expressed his desire for the swift implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, which he said was the collective responsibility of the concerned parties.

Asked whether he would voluntarily abandon his UN mission if he faced more obstacles, the envoy, who has been in this post since March 2018, asserted that he would maintain his job as long as he had the trust of the UN Secretary-General.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states have written to the United Nations supporting China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters on Friday, in contrast to strong Western criticism.

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Dear @realDonaldTrump , this hostage whose #American family lives in @SpeakerPelosi district is being held #Saudi prison after traveling there 19 months ago. You can bring him home to his mother & sisters in California #AndulrahmanAlSadhan (photo)

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Saudis Plan to Ease Travel Restrictions on Women

Allowing women to move freely across borders would be a departure from the kingdom’s male-dominated guardianship system

Saudi Arabia is planning this year to loosen restrictions on women’s ability to travel without a male guardian’s permission, officials and people familiar with the matter said, a rare step against the system of male domination deeply rooted in Saudi society.

The plan would end guardianship laws pertaining to travel for men and women over 18 years old, allowing them to leave the country without the consent of a designated male family member, the people said. Currently, women of any age and men under 21 need a guardian’s permission... (paywalled)


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Saudi Arabia 'planning to relax male guardianship laws'

Strict rules governing women’s lives could be changed according to Saudi newspaper

Saudi Arabia could be planning to relax the country’s strict male guardianship laws to allow women to leave the country without needing permission from a male relative, according to reports.

Travel restrictions for women over the age of 18 are due to be lifted this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting Saudi officials familiar with the matter.

The planned changes would also lift restrictions on international travel for men under the age of 21 without the consent of designated male family members.

Potential reforms to travel rules for women were also mentioned in Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper on Tuesday.

Such a move would have a radical impact on life in the conservative kingdom, where human rights organisations say the male guardianship system makes women second-class citizens.

My comment: Wait and see. It’s reasonable to stay very skeptical (look at cp1).

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EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering gray list

The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new gray list after having been briefly blacklisted.

The EU executive added the oil-rich kingdom in February to its blacklist of 23 jurisdictions that represent a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, but after Saudi pressure the list was struck down by EU states.

Fearful of the economic impact of that listing, European governments led by Britain and France said the EU executive commission had given no chance to Riyadh and other listed states to address concerns.

Required by EU rules to adopt a list, the commissioner in charge of the issue, Czech liberal Vera Jourova, went back to the drawing board and has now come up with a revised process to list countries.

Instead of directly blacklisting those with shortfalls, the new process would be based on a “staged approach” under which risk countries would need to commit to changing their rules and practices by set deadlines, the document seen by Reuters said.

This would effectively produce a gray list of jurisdictions that would be blacklisted only if they failed to apply required reforms, a European official told Reuters.

My comment: LOL.

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Film: Watch Video: Top Saudi Imam "Muslim man with 4 wives, will get 19,600 virgin slaves in Paradise"

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Israel-Saudi Arabia Relations in Focus

Beneath the surface, relations are developing between Israel and Saudi Arabia, a powerhouse of the Arab world. Despite leaders’ efforts to keep their relationship low profile, Israel-Saudi relations over the last two decades have caught the attention of the Middle East and the wider world.

Israel’s burgeoning relations with Saudi Arabia, as well as ties with other Gulf states, mark an unprecedented shift as the focus of Arab countries switches from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to dealing with the Iranian threat. Although Israel and Saudi Arabia have not established any official diplomatic relations, both sides perceive Iran to be their greatest enemy. This common fear is pushing the two nations together, opening channels of diplomatic, intelligence, and business cooperation.

Through business ties and diplomatic channels, Israel-Saudi Arabia relations are expanding, but it is by no means a perfect alliance.

An evaluation of the relationship must factor in Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record.

The current trend though, seems to point towards a gradual strengthening of Israel-Saudi Arabia relations. With a common adversary in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel have a mutually beneficial partnership that is helping to cement Israel’s place as an important player in the Middle East. It’s only a matter of time before relations normalize and official diplomatic ties are established.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Says Saudi Arabia Has Paid the Price for Khashoggi Killing

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Saudi Arabia has paid the diplomatic price for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a keynote speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on Wednesday, Hunt said governments acting together can “impose a diplomatic price” on states who kill or imprison journalists. Asked on the sidelines if he thought Saudi Arabia had paid a big enough price for its actions, he told TIME “I think they have. I think they have paid a big reputational price and there have been profound diplomatic consequences.”

“In the end, if things are going to get back to how they were before, there has to be proper accountability for what happened and the world needs to know two things,” he said.

My comment: What???? He pledges for “Back to Usual” now?????

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UN rapporteur: Turkey cannot be left alone on the Khashoggi case

The international community must take responsibility to urge Saudi Arabia to shed light on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.N. rapporteur reiterated, setting Turkey's stance as an example for others

Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has called on the international community to push their governments to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by supporting Turkey's stance on the issue. She added that the G20 summit in Riyadh next year should be relocated elsewhere if the kingdom continues to drag its feet to shed light on the murder. In an exclusive interview with Daily Sabah on the sidelines of the Global Media Freedom Conference, co-hosted by the British and Canadian Foreign Ministries in London this week, Callamard said there is a need for an international criminal investigation in order to push the governments to take action against Saudi Arabia. She pointed to Turkey's intensive efforts and called on other countries to put more effort into the case.

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Saudi ups calls for Turkey boycott amid Khashoggi fallout

Saudi Arabian citizens in Turkey have been given a second security warning about traveling to the country in less than a week, prompting speculation that the kingdom is pushing for a boycott of Ankara amid tensions caused by the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi embassy in Ankara warned Saudis visiting Turkey to safeguard their belongings, claiming a rise in the number of cases of the theft of Saudi passports in Istanbul.

Last week, the embassy issued a similar warning, claiming that Turkish gangs targeting Saudi tourists had stolen the passports of 165 Saudi citizens in Istanbul neighborhoods popular with tourists.

“The thefts and pick-pocketing are not limited to Saudi tourists, but we have heard similar cases among Arab tourists,” Charge D’Affaires at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Meshary Al-Thyaby was quoted as saying by Asharq al-Awsat.

The warnings come as Khashoggi's murder appears to be having a negative effect on Saudi travel to Turkey, as calls grow in Riyadh to boycott Ankara.

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EXCLUSIVE: Saudi dissidents in US warned by FBI after Khashoggi killing

FBI agents visited at least four Saudis and a US-based Arab dissident connected to murdered journalist over concerns their lives were in danger, MEE learns

The FBI visited Saudi dissidents in the United States and others connected to Jamal Khashoggi in the weeks after the journalist's murder to warn them of a potential threat to their lives from the kingdom, Middle East Eye can reveal.

The visits began a month after Khashoggi was dismembered by a Saudi hit squad inside the country's consulate in Istanbul last October and have continued until as recently as six weeks ago, several of those approached told MEE.

At least four Saudi dissidents in multiple cities around the country received visits. At least one non-Saudi Arab activist was warned because of his connections with Khashoggi.

One of those warned runs a popular YouTube channel critical of the Saudi government. Another had participated at a Saudi opposition conference, while a third was working with Khashoggi on a project to fight Saudi trolls online.

“They were like, ‘Yep, we are worried about your safety. Your name has been flagged here in certain circles and in Europe’,” said one of the Arab activists who had been working with Khashoggi.

It is already known that the CIA and foreign intelligence agencies have approached close associates of Khashoggi in Canada, Norway and the US over fears for their lives, but this is the first time the FBI’s involvement has been reported.

An FBI spokesperson told MEE in an email that the agency “regularly interacts with members of the communities we serve to build mutual trust around protecting the American public”.

cp9 USA

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Saudi is in ‘complete violation’ of US values says Senator

Saudi Arabia has been a major source of division within Washington since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The White House has been at complete odds with Congress over America’s relation with the kingdom triggering strong displays of disgruntlement.

In the latest show of discontent, Republican Senator John Barrasso blasted Riyadh for being in “complete violation” of US values. His strong attack of the royals in Saudi was made during an interview with CNN, where the senator from Wyoming urged the US to “reevaluate” its relationship with the kingdom.

“We need to re-evaluate our long-term relationship with Saudi Arabia,” said Barrasso as senators introduced a bill aimed at creating accountability in the US-Saudi relationship. “They are in compete violation… of our American values,” he continued.

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Saudi Royals Would Face U.S. Visa Restriction in New Senate Bill

Senate Republicans seeking a way to punish Saudi Arabia over its human rights record without provoking a veto by President Donald Trump are trying a new strategy: denying visas for members of the kingdom’s royal family.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would bar members of the royal family who work in the Saudi government from entering the U.S. If signed into law, hundreds of people could face the restrictions.

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At 85, she holds daily antiwar protests along busy Route 1 in Chester County

There she would quietly stand — as she normally does — for the next two hours, accompanied by her three handmade picket signs denouncing U.S. involvement in global conflicts. She’s 85. And she’s been at this for the last 11 summers.

My comment: Hero of our time.

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Can’t Buy Mohammed bin Salman Love

After years of denouncing Obama and cozying up to Trump, Saudi Arabia is trying to resurrect its influence among Democrats in advance of the 2020 election. It won’t work.

Last month, credible reports emerged that the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was courting campaign investors linked to Saudi Arabia. In June, Buttigieg held a fundraiser in the home of Hamilton James, a major Democratic donor and the mastermind behind a $20 billion deal to generate Saudi investment in U.S. infrastructure.

Riyadh’s apparent decision to court both campaigns is an early sign that Saudi Arabia is seeking to rebuild its influence among Democratic presidential candidates following three years of increasingly strained relations.

Buttigieg is not alone. The Intercept revealed that former Vice President Joe Biden’s American Possibilities PAC includes investment from former Democratic Sen. John Breaux, a lobbyist for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, which is registered as a representative for Saudi Arabia.

Its efforts to do so will be difficult given Saudi Arabia’s open-armed embrace of U.S. President Donald Trump and the kingdom’s move away from a bipartisan approach to lobbying.

While the Saudi government has always maintained close ties with American politicians, it has dramatically expanded its lobbying and campaign activities since the 2016 U.S. election cycle. It was joined in these activities by its closest Arab ally, the United Arab Emirates.

The one thing working in the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s favor is that they remain important U.S. allies in the Middle East. Therefore, Democratic leaders could ultimately prioritize them over regional competitors such as Iran. However, the desire to rein in and reprimand the Saudis and Emiratis for their misadventures, especially those that put U.S. interests and citizens at risk, will remain. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have little to gain from further alienating Democratic policy advisors as they pursue these changes, even if they disagree with U.S. policies or priorities.

Regardless of how they approach this challenge, the rift between the Gulf and the Democratic Party will not simply disappear due to lobbying and campaign donations. The complications created by the Gulf monarchies’ abandonment of a bipartisan approach in recent years has likely created lasting damage for their standing as U.S. partners. If the Gulf countries are not willing to change course, the ill will created over the last three years could significantly change the nature of the United States’ relationships with these countries under a Democratic president.

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House moves again to cut off support to Saudi war in Yemen

But the most consequential amendments on Thursday continued Congress’s monthslong effort to intervene in the Yemen conflict and punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of the dissident Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Lawmakers voted 236 to 193 to prohibit the administration from using funds to support the Saudi-led military operations — either with munitions or with intelligence — against the Houthis in Yemen, a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and resulted in a widespread famine in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

In an answer to the administration’s decision in May to declare an emergency over Iran in order to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Congress’s wishes, the House on Thursday voted 246 to 180 on a measure by Representative Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, to block those sales. The emergency declaration infuriated lawmakers from both parties in both the House and the Senate.


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The House just passed an amendment to the #NDAA from @RoKhanna and @mattgaetz to block unauthorized war with Iran 251-170!! (image)


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House votes to end US role in Yemen, poised to block Trump from launching Iran strike

The House approved a measure Thursday that would force President Donald Trump to end U.S. military support of Saudi Arabia's military operations in Yemen.

Next up is a proposal that would bar Trump from launching a military strike against Iran, which supporters predict will pass in a vote set for Friday.

The twin legislative actions represent a new level of congressional push back against Trump's foreign policy, as Democrats use their House majority to rebuke the president over his aggressive stance toward Iran and his cozy ties with Saudi Arabia.

Both amendments are being considered as part of a broader defense bill. The Senate approved its version of the defense bill last month without those contentious add-ons. The two chambers will have to reconcile the competing versions in the coming weeks.

“Iran poses a massive geostrategic threat in the area around Yemen (and) throughout the Middle East,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said during Thursday's debate. “We cannot signal to Iran that their continued aggression will be tolerated.”

GOP lawmakers also argued that America's current role in Yemen – which involves providing logistical, intelligence and targeting assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – does not amount to using American military force.

But supporters of the Yemen measure rejected that argument and noted that the Saudi-led coalition has caused thousands of civilian casualties with their U.S.-assisted bombing campaign.

"The only way to prevent the starvation of millions of Yemenis is to end the war," Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a chief sponsor of the amendment, said in a tweet. "The US cannot be an effective broker for peace if it continues to arm and militarily support on side of the conflict. This is how we reassert Congress’ role in matters of war & peace."

Khanna is also a key backer of the Iran amendment, which would bar the Trump administration from using any federal funds for military force "in or against" the Islamic Republic. Democrats and some Republicans have become alarmed by Trump's actions and rhetoric toward Iran.

Comment by Bernie Sanders: I applaud the House of Representatives for voting to end all U.S. participation in the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen. Congress has the power to end this brutal, unconstitutional military intervention. I will do everything in my power in the Senate to see that it becomes law.


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Film: House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops

The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates' support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink's Medea Benjamin


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Intel: How Congress is curbing US support for Yemen war

In a series of votes today, the Democratically controlled House of Representatives again opted to curb the Donald Trump administration’s support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen in fresh amendments tacked on to the must-pass defense authorization bill.

Why it matters: Though the Trump administration has pledged to veto the bill in its current form, the new amendments would seek to block major elements of US support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen, including stalling the White House’s attempt to transfer $8 billion in weapons without approval from lawmakers and prohibiting Pentagon support for the coalition.

There’s more:Congress is also using the $733 billion bill as a conduit to tighten the reins on the Trump administration’s Middle East policy, to expand a small-scale authority to build facilities to handle a flood of Islamic State prisoners in Syria and to ensure the Pentagon can’t interpret the 2001 authorization for use of military force to commit US troops to a conflict with Iran. A fresh amendment up for consideration on the House floor also asks for an annual report on strikes against high-value terrorist targets.


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The House Rebukes Trump on Yemen Again

The passage of the amendment on arms sales shows that majorities in both houses are clearly opposed to Trump’s abuse of power in declaring the phony “emergency” to provide Saudi Arabia and the UAE with more weapons.

The passage of the amendment barring the use of funds to support the Saudi coalition shows that the House majority is not giving up on the effort to end U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen.

Opposition to the war hasn’t waned, and thanks to Rep. Ro Khanna the House keeps rebuking Trump over his shameful ongoing support for the Saudi coalition. The House has proven it is willing to use the power of the purse to halt U.S. involvement in an unauthorized foreign war, and that is an important reassertion of a Congressional power that usually lies dormant when it comes to our government’s illegal wars. There is a chance that these amendments will survive in the final bill after the House and Senate reconcile their different versions, and if that happens Trump would have to veto the entire defense authorization bill to continue enabling the Saudi coalition’s atrocious war.


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N.J. Dems leading fight to block Trump from attacking Iran without their approval

The three New Jersey freshmen who touted their national security backgrounds on the campaign trail last fall were out front in an effort to block President Donald Trump from attacking Iran unless Congress weighs in first.

They helped win passage of an amendment Friday to the $733 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense policy for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1. That’s the bill that includes funding for new tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and more research projects at the Picatinny Arsenal.

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GOP senator: US should 'reevaluate' long-term relationship with Saudis

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Thursday the U.S. needs to “reevaluate” its relationship with Saudi Arabia as the kingdom faces bipartisan scrutiny over its involvement in the killing of a journalist and the civil war in Yemen.

“We need to really reevaluate our long-term relationship with Saudi Arabia. We have a strategic interest in terms of working closely with them, but they are in complete violation, and specifically the crown prince, of our American values,”

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Congress should show Trump that the Saudi crown prince is no 'friend’ of America (limited access)

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In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi influence machine whirs on in Washington

In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi influence machine whirs on in Washington: Since fall 2018, lobbyists and lawyers have reaped millions of dollars for assisting the kingdom as it works to develop nuclear power, buy American-made weapons and prolong U.S. assistance to the war in Yemen.

After the killing in October of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a handful of lobbying firms and think tanks made a move rare in Washington: They publicly severed ties with Saudi Arabia, swearing off the kingdom’s money. But nine months later, Saudi Arabia’s efforts to (limited access)

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'They Took My Heart With Them': Yemeni Parents Stranded By Trump's Travel Ban

In Detroit, 6-year-old Albukhari Mohsin pushes a toy car across the floor of his uncle's living room. His sister Sara, 12, sits on the couch with their two brothers. Ahmed is eight and Muslim is just three.

"It's tiring," Sara said. As the oldest child, she's become the de-facto mother to her little brothers, especially the toddler. "I shower him, I dress him, I play with him."

They're living with relatives in the United States, parentless, because of the travel ban. A ban that became law one year ago.

The Michigan truck driver became an American citizen in 2009 and was traveling between Michigan and Yemen where his wife and four children lived. In the U.S., he was saving money and setting things up so his family could join him. In 2015, he applied for them to come to the United States to get away from the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen.

And separated families like the Mohsins are not unique. The Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia housed in Georgetown University, analyzed the impact of the ban in 549 cases. It found that one in four children were separated from their parents.

Mohamed had an impossible choice, but said he couldn't abandon his distraught wife in a foreign country completely alone.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Wachsende Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Mounting tensions at the Gulf

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9

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Verteidigungsbeamter: Großbritanniens Einsätze im Nahen Osten sind keine direkte Reaktion auf Spannungen, sondern schon geplant

Die gegenwärtigen Militäreinsätze Großbritanniens im Nahen Osten sind laut einem führenden britischen Verteidigungsbeamten keine direkte Antwort auf die bestehenden Spannungen zwischen den USA und dem Iran in der Region.

"Die derzeitigen Einsätze in Großbritannien sind im Voraus geplant und stellen keine direkte Reaktion auf die bestehenden Spannungen dar", sagte Generalleutnant Sir John Lorimer, der leitende Verteidigungsberater des Vereinigten Königreichs für den Nahen Osten, der kürzlich die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate besuchte, gegenüber der Emirates News Agency , WAM.

"Unsere anhaltende militärische Präsenz zeigt diese Absicht. Wir haben über 1500 fest in der Region stationierte Mitarbeiter sowie mehrere Schiffe der Royal Navy und einige der fortschrittlichsten Militärflugzeuge", fügte er hinzu.

Der britische Beamte bekräftigte jedoch, dass sein Land eine diplomatische Lösung und eine Deeskalation der Spannungen anstrebe.

Mein Kommentar: Umso mehr stellt sich die Frage, was die britische Marine routinemäßig denn in dieser Weltregion zu suchen hat. Iranische Kriegsschiffe vor Dover, so begründet wie hier, fänden die Briten sicher inakzeptabel.

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‘NEW WAVE OF TERROR’: Iran could unleash terror attacks on the West using proxy forces as tanker row escalates, US General warns

US General James T. Conway, who led the US Marines Corps during the Iraq War, said Iran could rally its regional proxy groups to carry out strikes.

Despite the heightening tanker row, General Conway believe there is “little chance” of a full-scale war between the US and Iran.

He instead believes Iran’s proxy terrorist groups pose the biggest threat.

“The Iranian regime has been at war with the Iranian people, the international community – through proxies with the US - for the past 40 years,” he told the Daily Star Online.

“My immediate concern is just that - a new wave of Iranian-supported terrorist attacks on civilians and an attempt to disrupt global oil supply.

“But one has to realise that the ayatollahs are weak and these are acts of desperation.”

From Lebanon and Syria to Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip, Tehran has significantly expanded its footprint over the past decade.

Iran has developed powerful allies in conflict-ravaged countries across the Middle East.

Hezbollah is one of the most prominent members of the self-styled “axis of resistance,” armed groups with tens of thousands of Shiite Muslim fighters beholden to Tehran.

My comment: Western propaganda beating the war drums.

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Slowakei: Lawrow kritisiert Netanjahu und US-Regierung für Umgang mit dem Iran

Moskau ist nicht an einer Eskalation der Situation im Iran und in der umliegenden Region nach der Urananreicherung des Landes über das im JCPOA festgelegte Niveau interessiert. Das sagte der russische Außenminister Sergej Lawrow gegenüber Journalisten, nachdem sich die Außenminister und andere hochrangige Vertreter der Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa (OSZE) am Dienstag in der Slowakei getroffen hatten.

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Iran’s IRGC Unleashes Fire on Terrorist Positions Along Border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has staged a multi-pronged offensive on terrorist positions along the Iranian border with Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, inflicting heavy losses on them.

The IRGC, in a statement on Friday afternoon, announced that it has been pounding the strongholds and positions of “counter-revolutionary terrorist groups sponsored by the global arrogance” in the Kurdish region since Wednesday.

The raids took place after Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities did not heed the IRGC’s earlier warnings that terrorist groups are using border areas to train, organize and dispatch terror teams into Iran.

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Iran faces US aggression and European hypocrisy, but this time it's ready

There is no reason to expect that a declining and desperate empire will conduct itself in a civilised manner. Iran is prepared for the worst

Western cultural arrogance rears its Medusa-like head each time US President Donald Trump rails about obliterating Iran.

Leaders and politicians of the self-proclaimed free and civilised world - along with some human rights organisations, major media outlets, and state-affiliated public figures - express their unique form of collective inhumanity through absolute silence. After all, repeated threats of a nuclear holocaust and genocide by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump are deeply imbedded in western civilization's centuries-old tradition of colonisation, mass slaughter and moral absence.

The global net of starvation sanctions, bullying, and military interventionism led by the US, is glossed over with mammoth globs of humanitarian jargon and moral righteousness.

Nevertheless, despite endless provocations and collaborations, the US still finds itself lagging behind its allies in the realm of hypocrisy, where the European Union and other western regimes continue to reign supreme.

While the US frequently and erratically turns to crude aggressiveness, Europeans passionately engage in endless dialogue, unofficial so-called Track II endeavours, and rebuke their "unsophisticated and reckless" American allies in private and semi-private conversations with Iranian scholars and officials. However, when push comes to shove, they faithfully stand by the US.

Western establishment politicians and pundits seem to thrill at threatening to send nations back to the stone age. But be sure that if there is war, this time around Iran and its allies will make sure they come along for the ride. – by Seyyed Mohammad Marandi

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‘The game plan is ultimately to steal Iran’s oil wealth in the same way that of Iraq is being exploited

I read the usual stuff about how ‘right of passage was impeded’ - something the Iranians deny - and how it was not in Iranian waters although the UK Guardian interestingly reports the waters are disputed.
I mused what would happen if the Iranian Navy popped up off the coast of Harwich one day? Maybe folk like Farage and Boris Johnson would be in ‘republican guard mode’ before you could say ‘rule britannia’.

The ‘British Heritage’ was reportedly on its way to Basra (Iraq) for a cargo of oil but turned round apparently. That got me thinking about oil and specifically Iraqi and Iranian oil. Both countries controlled their oil wealth prior to the Iraq war but as this article ‘What happened to the oil after the war’ points out things are very different now:
The Iranians still control their oil industry and oil wealth and that is what this tension in the Gulf is about trying to force a situation whereby the current government in Iran can be changed and the mainly US controlled global oil corporations can get their greedy hands on Iran's oil wealth. The game plan is ultimately to steal Iran’s oil wealth in the same way that of Iraq is being exploited now.

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"Es müssen Hunderte Millionen sein, besser noch Milliarden"

Kazim Gharibabadi, Irans Botschafter bei der Internationalen Atomenergiebehörde in Wien, fordert von den Europäern massive Unterstützung. Zugleich pocht er auf das Recht seines Landes, Uran stärker anzureichern.

KG: Nicht wir, sondern die Amerikaner zerstören diesen internationalen, bei den UN verankerten Vertrag. Sie haben ihn vor gut einem Jahr einseitig und völkerrechtswidrig aufgekündigt und uns mit Sanktionen überzogen. Wir waren sehr geduldig, aber jetzt reagieren wir darauf. Es stimmt, wir haben in der vergangenen Woche bei der Lagerung die Höchstgrenze des im Abkommen vereinbarten niedrig angereicherten Urans überschritten – aber das ist keine Vertragsverletzung.

Im Iran gibt es von höchster Stelle eine Fatwa gegen Kernwaffen, ein religiöses Verbot, sie herzustellen. Wir nutzen die Nuklearkraft zivil und friedlich, wir hatten nie vor, eine militärische Atommacht zu werden ...

Die Europäer müssen dringend etwas tun, um das Abkommen zu retten, wenn es ihnen wirklich so am Herzen liegt, wie sie sagen. Wir haben sehr viel Geduld gehabt.

Die Amerikaner haben die Sanktionen jetzt ausgereizt, die kann man nicht mehr steigern. Sogar unseren Religionsführer haben sie mit Auflagen belegt, unser Außenminister steht schon auf der Liste. Und so wollen die Amerikaner uns einer diplomatischen Lösung näherbringen? (Nur im Abo, Auszüge hier) und

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Fluchtursachen bekämpfen

„Wir müssen die Fluchtursachen bekämpfen“, sagen alle diejenigen, die gefragt werden, wie man das Elend der Flüchtlinge in der Welt verringern kann. Aber die wichtigste Fluchtursache wird so gut wie nie benannt: Die USA. Wer Fluchtursachen bekämpfen will, muss die Vereinigten Staaten – sprich ihre Führungs-Clique – bekämpfen.
Jetzt sucht die Trump-Regierung eine „Koalition der Willigen“, um die Öltransporte an der Straße von Hormus zwischen dem Iran und Oman abzusichern. Aber jeder weiß, dass die Kriegsverbrecher und Kriegstreiber Mike Pompeo und John Bolton einen Vorwand suchen, um, ähnlich wie in Syrien und im Irak, einen Krieg mit dem Iran zu beginnen. Dann müssten wieder Millionen Flüchtlinge außerhalb des Irans Zuflucht suchen.

Die korrupte US-Oligarchie verfügt über mehr als 800 Militärstationen weltweit, hat den mit Abstand größten Kriegshaushalt aller Staaten, führt Bombenkriege, verdeckte Kriege und Drohnenkriege in vielen Ländern und befindet sich fast mit der ganzen Welt im Handelskrieg. Schon durch die Sanktionen des Handelskrieges ermordet die US-Oligarchie täglich Menschen, weil sie die notwendigen Medikamente nicht zur Verfügung haben. (Die bekanntesten Beispiele: Im Irak starben über 500.000 Kinder, was die damalige US-Außenministerin Madelaine Albright richtig fand. Und in Venezuela starben aufgrund der US-Sanktionen allein in einem Jahr mehr als 40.000 Menschen.)
Solange Europa nicht erkennt, dass die US-Oligarchie die größte Fluchtursache ist, und sich daher gegen die Tyrannei der Trump-Regierung zur Wehr setzt, ist die Forderung nach Bekämpfung der Fluchtursachen leeres Geschwätz. Das gilt besonders für die Partei der Grünen, die bekanntlich die treuesten Vasallen der US-Politik im Deutschen Bundestag sind.

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Evangelikaler Extremismus: Trumps Gotteskrieger

Der amerikanische Präsident ist nicht sonderlich religiös. Doch seine Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik wird von evangelikalen Fanatikern bestimmt.
Der Krieg im Nahen Osten brennt weiter und hört nicht auf, nur weil irgendwo die Kriegsparteien gerade erschöpft sind, weil irgendwo ein Anti-Atomwaffen-Abkommen unterschrieben wurde oder weil ein US-Präsident gerufene Kriegshunde zurückpfiff. Denn der Konflikt ist wie ein immens brennendes Ölfeld, das nicht unter Kontrolle zu bringen ist. Der gefährliche Treibstoff ist dabei weniger das Öl als der Glaube.!5605777/

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CDU-Außenpolitiker Hardt will deutsche Marine in Straße von Hormus schicken

Der außenpolitische Sprecher der Union, Jürgen Hardt, ist offen für den Geleitschutz internationaler Handelsschiffe durch die deutsche Marine.


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US on deliberate, premeditated course to exacerbate tensions: Russia

Russia has blamed the US for the escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran after Britain claimed that Iranian boats had attempted to impede a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf waters.

"The situation is very concerning," said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, quoted by RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday, adding, "The reasons for this are clear. This is Washington's deliberate, premeditated course to exacerbate tensions."

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Russia Says Has ’Sharp Differences’ with US over Iran, other Areas

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow and Washington have “sharp differences” over Iran, among many other areas.

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Vor der Entscheidungsschlacht

Die USA zündeln im Iran und im Jemen, weil vieles an ihrer bisherigen Politik aus dem Ruder gelaufen ist.

Karin Leukefeld, seit vielen Jahren anerkannte Nahost-Expertin, hat auf Einladung von Attac-Augsburg im Zeughaus einen Vortrag gehalten zum Thema: Jemen — Der vergessene Krieg und die aktuelle Situation am Golf (USA-Iran). Der Vortrag wird demnächst im Internet verfügbar sein. Im Interview kommen Aspekte zur Sprache, die im Vortrag keine so große Rolle spielten. Karin Leukefeld analysiert darin die geopolitische wie die regionale Situation im Nahen Osten. Sie kommt zu Besorgnis erregenden Schlussfolgerungen. Wir dokumentieren das Interview im Folgenden. Die Fragen stellte Peter Rapke.

Welche Rolle spielen der Iran und der Jemen in den geostrategischen Plänen der USA und welche Pläne sind das?

Karin Leukefeld: Die Region, in der Iran und Jemen liegen, ist reich an Rohstoffen, Öl und Gas, und sie ist eine strategisch wichtige Region für Transportwege. Also 25 Prozent der weltweiten Erdölvorkommen sind in dieser Region der arabischen Halbinsel und der Iran hat ja auch sehr große Vorkommen. Wir haben westlich der Arabischen Halbinsel das Rote Meer und den Suezkanal, sehr wichtige Transportwege, und wir haben östlich der Arabischen Halbinsel den Persischen Golf mit Zugang zu den Erdölfeldern im Süden des Irak, Kuwaits, Bahrein, Katar, das sind alles sehr wichtige Ressourcen und Europa aber auch die USA sind Abnehmer des Öls und des Flüssiggases aus Katar und, um diese Region weiter zu sichern, gibt es diesen militärischen Aufmarsch in dieser Region schon seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Es geht weiter zurück bis in die Kolonialzeit. Frankreich, Großbritannien im 19. Jahrhundert. Das hat natürlich auch damit zu tun, dass die Situation in Syrien nicht so läuft, wie sich die USA das vorgestellt haben.

Es sieht so aus, als würden die USA eine Art Entscheidungsschlacht herbeiführen wollen, ökonomisch und vielleicht auch militärisch. Nicht nur im Nahen Osten, sondern global. Warum ausgerechnet jetzt?

Das hat unterschiedliche Aspekte. Es gibt einen innenpolitischen Aspekt in den USA. Die Administration ist ja in sich gespalten. Es gibt unterschiedliche Ansatzpunkte im Außenministerium, im Pentagon und im Weißen Haus, es gibt Konkurrenz und Widersprüche. Und es hat einen regionalen Aspekt mit der Situation in Syrien und im Irak, weil es nicht so läuft, wie die USA sich das vorgestellt haben – mit dem Sturz der Regierung in Damaskus auf der einen Seite und mit den politischen Veränderungen im Irak zugunsten des Iran.

Der Iran hat einfach sehr viel mehr Einfluss in der Region bekommen. Im Grunde seit der völkerrechtswidrigen US-amerikanischen Intervention 2003. Auf der anderen Seite gibt es eben den wachsenden Einfluss Russlands, also die Stärkung Russlands in der Region. Last but not least hat es natürlich mit China zu tun. Die Region ist Teil des Neuen Seidenstraßen Projektes von China und gerade die Häfen im Persischen Golf, im Roten Meer, der Suezkanal, die Häfen der Levante, also von Libanon und Syrien sind Teil dieses Projekts. Wir befinden uns in einer Zeit, in der die Rohstoffe knapper werden und eine internationale Auseinandersetzung sich beschleunigt um den Zugang zu den Rohstoffen und um ihre geostrategische Kontrolle. Und in diesem Zusammenhang muss man das sehen.

Können Sie sich vorstellen, dass die USA militärisch eingreifen?

Im Augenblick nicht, denn es gibt eine ganz offensichtliche Diskrepanz zwischen dem nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton, ein Hardliner, der unbedingt den Krieg im Iran will, und dem Außenminister Pompeo, ehemaliger Chef des CIA, der lieber andere Mittel anwenden möchte, um den Iran langsam, langsam zu destabilisieren. Auch US-Präsident Trump hat eigentlich nicht vor, diesen Krieg zu befeuern, sondern er will durch Sanktionen, wirtschaftlichen Druck den Iran in die Knie zwingen.

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After a series of suspicious attacks on oil tankers on May 12 and June 13, the United States blamed Iran without providing any hard evidence. The diversions were given as the reason for the strengthening of the American military presence in the region. By tightening the pressure on the Islamic Republic, the United States aims to create the conditions necessary for the building of the anti-Iranian Middle Eastern strategic alliance (MESA) – a military bloc similar to NATO, for which America now expects loyalty and support from its local allies.

Iran is a major irritant to the two key American allies in the region – Saudi Arabia and Israel. Therefore, after the attacks, both countries immediately joined in the US accusations against Iran.

Israel is worried about Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Iranian military forces on the border with Syria.

Although some Gulf countries do not like the regional activities of Iran, none of them want a real war. Three recent regional summits showed the differences between the countries of the Persian Gulf. In final statements, the Arab states expressed complete solidarity in opposing Iran, condemning all the recent attacks in the region, and supported any further Saudi Arabian actions to defend its territory. Thus, Jordan’s Ambassador Sufian Al-Qudah, stated that “any targeting of the security of Saudi Arabia is aimed at the security of Jordan and the entire region”. Making a thinly veiled threat, he also stated that Amman supports all measures taken by the Kingdom to maintain its security and to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The meetings were supposed to show Tehran the unity of the Arabs and their readiness for decisive actions, but this did not work out. The wording of all three outcome documents varied in their rigidity with the expansion of the members of the meeting. For example, Kuwait and Oman did not participate in the formulation of the final GCC communiqué at all.

The achievement of a tough pan-Arab condemnation of Iran, which John Bolton had insisted on, failed even despite all the guarantees of protection he gave during his visits to the KSA and the UAE on the eve of the summits.

This desire of the United States to strengthen anti-Iranian sentiment is connected to the fact that the growing tensions allow Washington to increase military spending. As for foreign policy, the United States would be justified in continuing their anti-Iran and pro-Israel policy, as well as in strengthening its presence in the Middle East. The growing threat to maritime security will lead to increased logistics costs for key oil consumers. This situation directly affects China, one of the key consumers of oil, and European countries with large industrial potential, such as Germany.

However,many countries in the region understand that the United States will not be able to protect them in the case of a serious conflict.

In the case of an attack, Iran could destroy vital facilities in the Persian Gulf, such as oil refineries, hydropower plants and desalination systems. The new military doctrine of Iran adopted in 1988 aims to transfer the war to enemy’s territory.

Thus, in the short term both sides are likely to continue to slide into a sluggish confrontation until something happens that could move the conflict off the ground. Trump will not make major adjustments in his policy toward Iran. Firstly, because of fears of image loss on the eve of the presidential election 2020. Secondly, because of the position of his closest allies in the region.

The Islamic Republic, for its part, will not meet the US halfway (with film) =

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Und wieder die Straße von Hormus: Hat Iran versucht, einen britischen Tanker zu kapern?

Die erwartete Zuspitzung des Konfliktes mit dem Iran ist heute eingetreten. Und wieder sind Anschuldigungen der USA und der Briten der Grund.

Der Grund des Konfliktes zwischen dem Iran und den USA tritt in den Medien immer weiter in den Hintergrund. Der Grund ist, dass die USA das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran gebrochen haben. Nun versuchen sie nach Kräften, dem Iran die Rolle des Bösewichts in dem Konflikt anzuhängen. Die Medien sprechen entsprechend auch nicht von einem Vertragsbruch durch die USA, sondern von einem „einseitigen Ausstieg“. Dass ein einseitiger Ausstieg aus dem Vertrag gar nicht möglich ist, liest man hingegen nicht. Die Fragen und Antworten zu dem Streit um das Abkommen habe ich hier zusammengefasst.

Das der Iran sich von den USA bisher aber nicht hat provozieren lassen, gab es dann im Mai Meldungen über „iranische“ Angriffe im Persischen Golfund im Juni im Golf von Oman. In beiden Fällen gab es keine Beweise, sondern nur Anschuldigungen aus Washington.

Dennoch ist es mittlerweile für den normalen Leser der Medien kaum noch nachvollziehbar, was dort vor sich geht. Die Medien berichten von iranischen „Ultimaten“ an die EU, während die EU angeblich das Atomabkommen retten will, sie melden „Verstöße“ des Iran gegen das Abkommen, dabei handelt der Iran in Übereinstimmung mit dem Abkommen. Und sie berichten von Angriffen auf Tanker, die angeblich auf das Konto des Iran gehen, obwohl es dafür keine Beweise gibt und diese Dinge dem Iran keinen Nutzen bringen, seinen Gegnern aber schon.

Was man in deutschen Medien nie liest ist, dass der Westen mit seiner Meinung zum Iran alleine auf der Welt ist.

Und wenn Großbritannien einen iranischen Tanker in internationalen Gewässern beschlagnahmt, wofür es keinerlei rechtliche Grundlage gibt, dann lenken die Medien von diesem völkerrechtswidrigen Akt der Piraterie durch ein Nato-Land ab.

Die USA und Großbritannien werfen dem Iran vor, heute einen britischen Tanker in der Straße von Hormus behindert zu haben. CNN berichtet, dass ein US-Flugzeug den Vorfall beobachtet habe, ein Video liegt aber nicht vor. Demnach haben fünf kleine Schnellboote des Iran den Tanker zwingen wollen, den Kurs in iranische Gewässer zu ändern.

Da es in den USA Kräfte gibt, die einen neuen Krieg wollen, war ein weiterer Zwischenfall zu erwarten. Und wieder gilt: Der Iran hat dabei nichts zu gewinnen, einen Krieg gegen die USA kann er nicht gewinnen.

Und so wundert es nicht, dass es bisher wieder keine Beweise dafür gibt, dass der Iran etwas mit dem Vorfall zu tun hat. Es gibt wieder nur Anschuldigungen aus Washington und London.

Drei oder fünf kleine iranische Boote, da sind sich Briten und Amerikaner nicht ganz einig, obwohl sie alles genau beobachtet haben, sollen also einen Tanker bedrängt haben, der von einer schwer bewaffneten Fregatte eskortiert wurde? Wie glaubwürdig ist das? Und was sollen die sich gedacht haben? Dass die Fregatte sie gewähren lässt? Und natürlich war auch zufällig ein US-Flugzeug dabei, um alles zu filmen. Aber ein Video haben wir, egal ob vom Tanker, der Fregatte oder dem Flugzeug, nicht zu sehen bekommen.

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Iran fordert sofortige Freigabe von Tanker durch Großbritannien

Kein Ende der Spannungen im Persischen Golf in Sicht: Iran fordert Großbritannien zur Freigabe des festgesetzten Tankers auf und droht erneut mit Konsequenz – nicht nur für die Briten.

Die Führung in Teheran verlangt von Großbritannien die sofortige Freigabe des vor Gibraltar festgesetzten iranischen Tankers. "Das ist ein gefährliches Spiel und hat Konsequenzen", sagte der Sprecher des Teheraner Außenministeriums, Abbas Mussawi, am Freitag der amtlichen Nachrichtenagentur Irna. Die angeführten juristischen Gründe für die Festsetzung seien vorgeschoben und nicht gerechtfertigt. "Die Freigabe des Tankers ist im Interesse aller Länder."

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IRGC rejects US claim of Iran attempt to seize UK tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed a claim by US officials that its naval forces tried to stop a British tanker in the Persian Gulf.

“Patrols by the IRGC’s Navy vessels have been underway in the Persian Gulf based on current procedures and missions assigned to them with vigilance, precision and strength,” said the Public Relations Department of the IRGC Navy’s Fifth Naval Zone in a statement.

“In the past 24 hours, there has been no encounter with foreign ships, including British ones,” it added.

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The UAE and Iran reportedly met secretly in Tehran

A high-ranking UAE security delegation visited Tehran a few weeks ago, a meeting that coincided with the UAE’s partial withdrawal from Yemen, diplomatic sources have revealed, according to pro-Hezbollah Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

In the secret meetings held with Iranian officials, the UAE reportedly pushed to restore relations between the two countries, secure joint protection of maritime corridors for oil transferred from all Gulf states, and also discussed Abu Dhabi’s willingness to leave Yemen, according to the paper.

The Iranian team was reported as saying: "We have nothing to negotiate with you after crossing the red lines.”

The Emiratis did not give up and asked for Russian mediation with Tehran during UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed's visit to Moscow at the end of last month. However, they got the same answer: “We have nothing to negotiate with you,"

My comment: In the Gulf, the UAE is not pushing escalation forwards; it would have been more intelligent for Iran to accept negotiations with UAE.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Offiziell: Die britische Regierung wird Entscheidungen über neue Waffenexportlizenzen für Saudi-Arabien und Verbündete beschleunigen

Die britische Regierung will die Entscheidungen über neue Lizenzen für Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien und seinen Verbündeten nach Ansicht eines führenden britischen Verteidigungsbeamten trotz einer diesbezüglichen gerichtlichen Verfügung beschleunigen.

"Unsere Absicht ist es, neue Exportlizenzentscheidungen zu treffen, sobald wir die richtigen Prozesse einführen können", sagte Generalleutnant Sir John Lorimer, der britische leitende Verteidigungsberater für den Nahen Osten, der vor kurzem die VAE besuchte, gegenüber der Emirates News Agency. WAM, in einem exklusiven Interview.

"Die britische Regierung hat ihre Exportkontrollverpflichtungen immer sehr ernst genommen und wir bemühen uns, diese Angelegenheit so schnell wie möglich im Einklang mit unseren gesetzlichen Verpflichtungen zu regeln", fügte er hinzu.

Das britische Berufungsgericht entschied am 20. Juni, dass die britischen Waffenverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien, die von der Arabischen Koalition zur Wiederherstellung der legitimen Regierung im Jemen eingesetzt werden könnten, "rechtswidrig" seien, was Sir John Lorimer als "enttäuschend" bezeichnete. "

Mein Kommentar: LOL. Die britische regierung wird alles tun, um das Gerichtsurteil zu umgehen.

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Saudi arms sales: Court gives UK government right to appeal suspension

The British government has been given permission to appeal an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal that it acted ‘irrationally’ and ‘unlawfully’ in allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The UK government can appeal a High Court ruling that its decision to license the sales of arms to Saudi Arabia was unlawful, the Court of Appeal decided on Friday.

The court, however, upheld a ban on future arms sales to the kingdom made as part of the landmark decision last month in the court battle over the legality of Riyadh's war in Yemen.

As a result of the ban, 57 applications for export licenses to sell arms to Saudi Arabia will not be allowed to proceed as the government reviews its practices, according to the Department for International Trade.


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Government given go-ahead to appeal against ruling on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The Government has been given the go-ahead to appeal to the UK’s highest court against a ruling that its decision to continue licensing military equipment for export to Saudi Arabia was unlawful.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the Government “made no concluded assessments of whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of international humanitarian law in the past, during the Yemen conflict, and made no attempt to do so”.

CAAT announced on Friday that the Government had been granted permission to appeal against that ruling to the Supreme Court.

The group said the Supreme Court had also rejected the Government’s application to lift a temporary block on new export licences, which it said means that the more than 50 outstanding applications will not be determined while the Government re-evaluates the legality of current licences.

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Brighton arms factory’s link to unlawful Saudi attacks in Yemen

ATTACKS on a civilian target were carried out using weapon parts made in Brighton.

That is according to a United Nations Panel of Experts authorised by the UN Security Council.

Inspectors took photographs of fragments of a bomb used in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a water pump factory in Yemen.

The UN found the attack “violated international humanitarian law”.

Written on the side of a fragment are the words “EDO MBM” – the name of the arms manufacturer in Brighton.

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Emma Lewell-Buck: South Shields MP calling for an end to arms sales

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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1. Juli 2019 – RegPK

Rüstungsexporte (ab 20:52)

zum Zwischenbericht: wir lernen, dass die ach so restriktive Rüstungsexportpolitik doch nicht so gut funktioniert. Im ersten halben Jahr 2019 wurden mehr Waffen und Rüstung im Wert exportiert als im gesamten letzten Jahr. Herr Seibert, wollen Sie da weiter von “restriktiv” sprechen? Und warum werden trotz der Ansage, dass keine Beteiligte am Jemenkrieg beliefert werden, in den Top 10 drei Staaten sind, Ägypten, VAE und die USA – wie kann das sein?
– Sehen Sie als BMWI überhaupt, dass die Ägypter, Emiratis und Amerikaner im Jemen beteiligt sind?

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Kriegspropaganda in der Tagesschau

Gestern konnten wir bei genauem Zuhören in einem Beitrag in der Tagesschau ein ebenso winziges wie wichtiges Detail subtiler Kriegspropaganda vernehmen.

Der Beitrag behandelte einen Vorfall im Persischen Golf, laut dem Boote der iranischen Revolutionsgarden versuchten, einen britischen Öltanker an der Weiterfahrt durch die Straße von Hormus zu hindern (was Teheran abstreitet).

Hier der 2-Minuten-Bericht. Es geht um ein einziges Wort – Propaganda erfolgt nicht mit dem Vorschlaghammer, sondern mit der Subtilität eines Windhauchs.

In seinem Bericht setzt der Washington-Korrespondent der Tagesschau, Stefan Niemann den vermeintlichen Vorfall im Persischen Golf – vollkommen richtig – in den größeren Zusammenhang:

„Streit gibt es zwischen Teheran und London bereits um einen Supertanker mit iranischem Öl an Bord. Die Briten hatten ihn vergangene Woche vor Gibraltar wegen des Verdachts illegaler Öllieferungen für Syrien festgesetzt, wogegen der Iran heftig protestiert.“

Einen Moment, bitte – „illegale Öllieferungen für Syrien“?

Die Frage stellt sich nun, ob ein iranischer Tanker, der Öl nach Syrien verschifft, „den Sanktionen der Europäischen Union gegen Syrien unterliegt“? Haben wir es also mit einer „illegalen Öllieferung“ zu tun, wie uns die Tagesschau subtil mit auf den Weg gibt?

Die EU liefert Abhilfe und beantwortet diese Frage in ihren Syrien-Sanktions-FAQs. Demnach ist der Geltungsbereich der Sanktionen wie folgt festgelegt (der Übersicht halber teils von mir zusammengefasst, nicht wörtlich zitiert):

im Gebiet der EU

an Bord von Flugzeugen und Schiffen unter der Hoheitsgewalt eines EU-Mitgliedstaats

für Staatsangehörige eines EU-Mitgliedstaats

für Entitäten, die nach dem Recht eines Mitgliedstaats gegründet oder eingetragen sind

für Entitäten, die Geschäfte in der EU betreiben

Trifft irgendeiner dieser Punkte auf einen iranischen Öltanker auf dem Weg nach Syrien zu?

Geht die EU nun denselben Weg wie US-Präsident Trump und verhängt über drei Ecken Sekundärsanktionen gegen alles und jeden?

Und die vielleicht wichtigste Frage:

Warum macht sich die Tagesschau zum Sprachrohr US-amerikanischer Kriegspropaganda? - von Jakob Reimann =

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Waffen für die Welt (IV)

Die Genehmigungen für deutsche Rüstungsexporte haben im ersten Halbjahr 2019 einen neuen Rekordwert erreicht und belaufen sich auf rund 5,3 Milliarden Euro. Dies geht aus Angaben der Bundesregierung hervor, die am gestrigen Donnerstag bekannt wurden. Demnach hat Berlin in den ersten sechs Monaten dieses Jahres die Ausfuhr von mehr als doppelt so viel Kriegsgerät erlaubt wie im Vorjahreszeitraum. Genehmigt wurde nicht zuletzt der Export von Rüstungsgütern im Wert von über einer Milliarde Euro an Staaten, die im Jemen Krieg führen. Der dortige Einsatz deutscher Waffen durch die Armee der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate ist belegt. Die im Jemen kämpfende saudisch-emiratische Kriegsallianz wird darüber hinaus auch mit deutscher Munition im Wert einer dreistelligen Millionensumme beliefert, die an Standorten des deutschen Rheinmetall-Konzerns außerhalb der Bundesrepublik hergestellt wird. Sie ist in den Angaben der Bundesregierung nicht enthalten. Schusswaffenproduzenten nutzen ebenso Werke im Ausland und umgehen damit den jüngsten Beschluss Berlins, Kleinwaffenexporte in Drittländer nicht mehr zu genehmigen.

und auch

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„Die Lieferungen sind eine Schande“: Unheilvoller Trend bei deutschen Waffen-Exporten

Linken-Politiker und Menschenrechtler kritisieren Waffen-Exporte

„Die aktuellen Zahlen zeigen, dass die SPD mit ihrem Ziel einer restriktiven Rüstungspolitik auf ganzer Linie gescheitert ist“, sagt Liebich Business Insider. „Die Lieferungen an die Mitglieder der Jemen-Kriegsallianz sind eine Schande. Auch die rechtsnationale Orban-Regierung in Ungarn muss nicht wirklich aufgerüstet werden.“

Mathias John, Rüstungsexperte bei der Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International, reagierte ebenfalls mit Kritik auf den Anstieg der genehmigten Waffen-Exporte.

„Es ist völlig inakzeptabel, dass im ersten Halbjahr 2019 in diesem Umfang Rüstungsexporte nach Ägypten und in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate genehmigt worden sind“

Auch die Genehmigungen für Exporte in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und nach Ägypten verteidigt Nils Schmid, der außenpolitische Sprecher der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion: „Da gibt es Zusagen, dass die Waffen nicht im Jemen-Konflikt eingesetzt werden.“

Mein Kommentar: Zum letzten zitierten Satz: LOL, LOL, LOL. Verarschen können wir uns selbst!!


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Die Exportgenehmigungen an die VAE seien "nicht akzeptabel", sagte Hitschler: "Die Formulierungen im Koalitionsvertrag sind eindeutig: "Keine Exporte an am Jemen-Krieg beteiligte Staaten."", sagte er. Hitschler fordert ein "verbindliches und restriktives Rüstungsexportgesetz, das eine klare und eindeutige Rechtsgrundlage schafft".

Der Grünen-Außenexperte Nouripour kritisierte den drastischen Anstieg der Rüstungsexporte scharf: "Diese Rekordzahlen führen alle Bekenntnisse einer restriktiven Rüstungsexportpolitik ad absurdu

und auch


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Welche restriktive Rüstungsexportpolitik?

„Die Rüstungsexportpolitik der Bundesregierung mit Verweis auf die gesunkenen Genehmigungswerte als ´restriktiv´ zu bezeichnen, ist Augenwischerei und entbehrt jeder Grundlage. Der Wert für Einzelausfuhrgenehmigungen stellt zwar mit 4,82 Mrd. Euro im Vergleich zu den letzten drei Jahren einen Rückgang dar. Aber auch nur, weil diese absolute Negativ-Rekorde brachen. Die Genehmigungswerte für Rüstungsexporte aus dem Jahr 2018 entsprechen aber dem hohen Durchschnittsniveau Anfang des Jahrzehnts“, erläutert Jürgen Grässlin, DFG-VK-Bundessprecher und Sprecher der „Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!“ und verweist auf die Grafik im Rüstungsexportbericht selbst, die diesen Sachverhalt veranschaulicht.

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Rüstungsexporte: "Nur bei Vorbereitungen von Angriffskriegen problematisch"

Union und SPD hatten sich im Koalitionsvertrag geeinigt, keine Rüstungsexporte in Länder zu genehmigen, die am Krieg im Jemen beteiligt sind. In diesem Jahr hat die Bundesregierung allerdings solche Exporte an Ägypten und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate genehmigt. "Völlig unproblematisch", sagt Joachim Krause vom Institut für Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Kiel. Die Lieferung an Ägypten habe bespielsweise nichts mit dem Jemen-Krieg zu tun - die Lage der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate könne er allerdings nicht einschätzen.

Mein Kommentar: Ach ja. Oft wenn mehr Rüstung das Wort geredet werden soll, taucht dieser Krause auf. Siehe hier: und


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Für Altmaier kommt Anstieg der Rüstungsexporte „nur scheinbar überraschend“

Drei Jahre lang sind die Rüstungsexporte kontinuierlich gesunken. Jetzt gibt eine Trendwende – Wirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier sieht den Grund in einem Entscheidungsstau der Koalition.

Den Vorwurf der Opposition, die Regierung verstoße mit Exportgenehmigungen für am Jemen-Krieg beteiligte Länder gegen den Koalitionsvertrag, wies Altmaier zurück. „Es gibt klare Festlegungen im Koalitionsvertrag, die von beiden Seiten eingehalten werden“, sagte er.

Mein Kommentar: LOL.

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German arms export approvals spike

Permits for German arms exports soared in the first half of 2019, defying dips and restraint over the past three years, government data has shown. Hungary is the top destination for new weapons exports.

German Economy Ministry data obtained by opposition Greens foreign policy spokesman Omid Nouripour itemized €5.3 billion ($6 million) worth of government approvals for arms sales between January and June.

That total for the first half of 2019 surpasses the €4.8 billion in arms export approvals for the whole of 2018.

Egypt and the UAE are members of a Saudi Arabia-led alliance of Arab states that since 2015 has fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Criticizing the figures made public late Wednesday, an outspoken Nouripour said the "record" data he had obtained rendered as absurd restrictive export rules espoused by Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition cabinet.

"Especially the deliveries to Egypt and the UAE, which are part of the war alliance in Yemen, violate coalition agreements and arms export guidelines," asserted Nouripour.

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German MP: German arms sales to UAE ‘unacceptable’

German MP Thomas Hitschler criticised his government for continuing to allow arms exports to countries participating in the war in Yemen.

Speaking to the German Press Agency (DPA) yesterday, Hitschler said he could not see why arms exports continued to the region, adding that the German arms exports to the UAE, an active member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is “unacceptable”.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) minister explained that there is no room for “misinterpreting” the coalition government’s agreement on this matter which states that “no exports to countries participating in the war in Yemen”.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Hezbollah leader praises role of Yemen in thwarting Zionist and imperialist plans

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Abu Dhabi, Saudi crown princes helped Dubai ruler’s wife flee emirate: Report

A Saudi prince says Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, through close coordination with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, facilitated the escape of the Dubai ruler’s wife from the United Arab Emirates.

An unnamed diplomatic source told Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper on Thursday that the Saudi prince, whose identity was not immediately available, was fully aware of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein’s decision to flee the Persian Gulf kingdom with her son Zayed, 7, and 11-year-old daughter Al Jalila, abandon her 15-year marriage , and finally seek political asylum in Germany.

The source added that the Abu Dhabi strongman had coordinated the escape with the Jordanian monarch. Special operation forces, supervised by bin Salam, then undertook the task.

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Seafarers trapped on ship for 33 months say jail threats forced them to reboard

Men stranded off UAE for almost three years claim they were told they could face two-year sentence for leaving vessel unmanned

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Wartungsverträge von Pilatus: Mögliche politische Lösung für Schweizer Flugzeugbauer

Die Pilatus Flugzeugwerke stehen unter Druck. Doch nun zeichnet sich in der GPK ein politischer Ausweg ab.

Der Vorwurf aus dem Schweizer Aussendepartement (EDA) lautet, Pilatus verletze mit den Wartungsarbeiten für ihre Trainingsflugzeuge das Söldnergesetz, Link öffnet in einem neuen Fenster. Gemäss diesem Gesetz müssen Dienstleistungen für fremde Armeen mit den Zielen der Schweizer Aussenpolitik vereinbar sein.

Wartungsarbeiten für gelieferte Pilatus-Flugzeuge seien das nicht, befand das EDA. Denn die beiden betroffenen Länder hätten eine führende Rolle im Jemen-Krieg. Deshalb muss der Flugzeugbauer Pilatus seine Wartungsverträge mit Saudi-Arabien und den VAE innert 90 Tagen aufgeben.

Nach den Sommerferien will nun aber die Politik aktiv werden. Die zuständige Untergruppe der Geschäftsprüfungskommission des Nationalrats (GPK-N) nimmt den Fall auf, um nach einer Lösung zu suchen.

Präsidentin Ida Glanzmann (CVP/LU) will unter anderem diskutieren, ob bei den Turbulenzen um Pilatus alles korrekt abgelaufen ist: «Wir werden auch diskutieren, ob eine Gesetzesänderung nötig ist. In der Sicherheitspolitischen Kommission haben wir diese Folgen für die Pilatus-Werke nie diskutiert und auch nie so abgeschätzt.»

Mein comment: LOL. Machen wir einfach eine Gesetzesänderung.

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Swiss prosecutor probes plane maker over Saudi, UAE business

Switzerland's federal prosecutor says it has opened a criminal investigation in connection with a Swiss airplane maker's sale of training aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose militaries are involved in the war in Yemen. =

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Jemen-Konflikt: Italien liefert keine Waffen mehr

Luigi Di Maio (einer der zwei Vize-Ministerpräsidenten, die die römische Regierung steuern) hat angekündigt, dass Italien keine Bomben oder Raketen mehr nach Saudi-Arabien und in die Emirate liefern wird. Jeder diesbezügliche Vertrag werde von nun an „blockiert“, so der Politiker der „5-Sterne“-Protestpartei. Und das war nicht nur eine Facebook-Ankündigung, wie Di Maio sie liebt: Ein entsprechendes Gesetz ist in Kraft.

„Angesichts dieser Entscheidung kann man jetzt mit Recht hoffen, dass das auch konkret so umgesetzt wird“, sagt uns der Priester Renato Sacco von der italienischen Friedensbewegung Pax Christi.

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Di Maio: "Stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia destined for war in Yemen"

Luigi Di Maio announces that the process to stop the export of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has taken a step forward.He gave the news with a video on his Facebook page: “Today in the Council of Ministers the process that from now on will tell the national authority that deals with the export of armaments around the world to block any contract in place or new that sees the export of air bombs, missiles or weapons structures that can go to Saudi Arabia or the Arab Emirates for the conflict in Yemen ”.

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‘We will not be a party to a war atrocity’

A wildcat strike by Italian dockers blocked military equipment from reaching Saudi Arabia. Gianni Del Panta speaks one of the strike organisers from Genoa’s autonomous dockers’ organisation, the Collettivo Autonomo Lavoratori Portuali.

Dockers in the Italian port city of Genoa are organising against the Saudi regime’s war on Yemen, twice blocking the unloading of equipment. The threat of a strike on 20 June forced shipping agency Delta to suspend the loading of 8 generators on the Saudi ship Bahri Jazan. The action on 20 June followed a successful strike on 20 May when dockers prevented the Bahri Yanbu from loading military equipment, eventually forcing the vessel to leave the port without its cargo. This action has reinvigorated a long-standing militant tradition of international solidarity among Italian workers, as the Genoa dockers are working to coordinate future actions with dockers in Naples and Trieste.

It also challenges the narrative that workers are racist, self-interested and reactionary.

cp12a Sudan

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Film: “I truly believe that what we have seen in the past months, and continue to see in #Sudan, will go down in history as one of the greatest non-violent mass movements of our generation" – @GilmourUN salutes “the extraordinary courage and determination” of the protestors.

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Sudan's military rulers say coup attempt thwarted

Sudan’s military rulers said on Thursday that several officers had attempted a coup in an effort to undermine an agreement between the military and the opposition to share power for three years ahead of elections.

The thwarted coup involved a number of retired officers as well as officers still in service, Jamal Omar Ibrahim, the head of the Transitional Military Council’s security committee said on Sudanese TV.

He added that 12 had been arrested and four detained in connection with the thwarted coup.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10, cp11, cp12

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the Saudi vessel #BahriJeddah just sailed into the port of Genoa. Unclear for now if again military equipment for Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be loaded. For now also no statements or strike announcements from @Cgil_Liguria like we've seen over the last two months

it appears that armed guards have been deployed to control all access to the vessel. Although reportely no weapons will be loaded in Genoa the hold of the Ro-Ro vessel contains different military equipment

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all this military equipment is apparently loaded on the first deck of the Ro-Ro and consists of 12 containers of explosives + also 15 U.S. manufactured CH-47F Chinook helicopters, the latter destined for India.

photo of the multiple Chinook helicopters made by a dock worker that was inside the hold of the #BahriJeddah in Genoa earlier today (via @tpi)

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Mohamed Abdulsalam: Mercenaries Are Tools Ordered Not Order

Head of National Delegation, Mohamed Abdulsalam, said on Saturday that Yemen is facing a clear external aggression that divests its mercenaries from any leading position that they conceive themselves, stressing that the aggression countries are in need to anyone to save them from destruction.

"The mercenaries are being stripped of any leadership position they may imagine to have."

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: The historical monuments and monuments in Juban district, Dhala province, between the hammer of aggression and the negligence of negligence 12-07-2019

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Film: War closes in on Yemen’s historical sites

Yemen's past is in danger...


Photos: Renovated Central Courtyard of Grande Mosque in Rawdha, Sana'a, Yemen. The Mosque is over 400 years old. Yemeni artwork 100%.

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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The Yemeni riyal is collapsing again and reaches 600 Yr per dollar

Bankers in several Yemeni cities said Saturday that the dollar rose in the past hours to reach 580 riyals, after stabilizing in the past weeks at 560 riyals.

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Biomass Waste in Yemen: Management and Challenges

The high output of biomass, which has increased during recent years, and the limitations of existing means of disposing biomass highlight the need to find alternative routes to manage this waste. The utilization of biomass as a renewable resource for energy recovery is the appropriate solution of how to manage the continuously increasing waste generation effectively in order to meet stringent environmental quality standards. In this chapter, an assessment of biomass resources, management and challenges will be presented. The broad areas of agricultural crop residues, urban wastes and animal wastes are included. The availability of these types of biomass together is given. A brief description of possible biomass conversion routes, sustainability measures, and current work and development activities in Yemen is provided. It is concluded that a large availability of biomass in Yemen gives a great potential for bio-fuel production from these biomass resources.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Film: Le conflit au Yémen comme matrice du terrorisme islamique

Si la montée en puissance de Daech depuis 2011 semblait corrélée d'un affaiblissement général d'Al-Qaïda, la branche yéménite du groupe terroriste, AQPA (Al-Qaïda dans la Péninsule Arabique) a su s'installer durablement dans le pays. Actuellement au Yémen, les djihadistes de Daech se comptent par centaines, ceux d'AQPA par milliers. David RIGOULET-ROZE, chercheur à l'IFAS (Institut Français d'Analyse Stratégique) et rédacteur en chef de la revue "Orients stratégiques" revient sur le développement d'Al-Qaïda au Yémen et décrypte les enjeux de contre-terrorisme dans la région.

cp15 Propaganda

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Die VAE unterstreichen das Engagement für die Förderung der Agenda für Frauen, Frieden und Sicherheit

Während des Treffens der Leiterinnen des WPS (Women, Peace and Security) am Mittwoch bekräftigten die VAE ihre Entschlossenheit, die WPS-Agenda voranzutreiben, und kündigten die zweite Runde der VAE an -UN Women Military and Peacekeeping Training Program für Frauen, das im Januar 2020 starten soll. Das Programm steht unter der Schirmherrschaft von SH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Vorsitzende der Allgemeinen Frauenunion (GWU), Präsidentin des Obersten Rates für Frauen Motherhood and Childhood und Oberste Vorsitzende der Family Development Foundation (FDF), die in Partnerschaft mit UN Women, dem Verteidigungsministerium der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und der General Women's Union geführt wird.

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Exclusive - Houthis Restore Slavery in Yemen

Modern slavery is prevalent in Yemeni regions under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militias, including the capital Sanaa.
Sources close to the group told Asharq Al-Awsat that several civilians have been forced into slavery by prominent Houthi leaders. More than 1,800 Yemenis work as servants and slaves at the residences and workplaces of high-ranking Houthi officials.

Several local reports have confirmed that slavery witnessed a rise in Yemen during the past four years when the Houthis staged their coup against the legitimate government. Crimes linked to modern slavery vary from actual slavery, abusing people’s poverty and hunger, forced marriage, human trafficking and the forced recruitment of children, women and African migrants.

My comment: This story is told by a Saudi news site – a joke, when looking at Saudi Arabia itself: and and and and and

And picking up this story:

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Shatara warns of poisons injected into the South

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Lutfi Shatara warned of poisons injected into the South by the enemies with the view to undermining the project of restoring the southern state.
"They invent lies and circulate them on social networks in order to create a state of confusion and instill uncertainty among the Southerners who receive those lies as real facts and accordingly they attack the Arab Coalition and the Southern Transitional Council, that's the whole point of those lies."

My comment: This and the following are more pieces of Southern separatist propaganda, denouncing “enemines” and their “poisons”.


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Ali AL-Katheri sends fiery message to the enemies of the South

we reiterate what we have already said, who thinks he can turn the clock back is under illusion."
"Any negotiations or political settlement override the Southerners, their cause and essential prerequisites for to implement their will, will be doomed to failure."

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Mehr “Wir sind Wohltäter”-Propaganda der saudischen Koalition:

More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda =

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Arab coalition strikes Houthis’ positions in Al-Bayda =

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Photos: Saada Province, 12. July .2019

A civilian was injured as a cluster bomb exploded from remnant of airstrikes by US-Saudi warplanes on Akwan area of Asfra district . =

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

July 11: Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Twenty Houthi rebels killed in Sirwah front

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In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted residential areas of Muabbih district, causing damages in houses and propeerties.

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Army defeats Houthi attack in Hodeida

My remark: „Army“ actually is anti-Houthi militia.

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Film: A woman and two children were injured by a shell fired by the Houthi group at al-Gail village, west of al-Jawf governorate.

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Army downs militia’s drone in Taiz =

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Film: A mine destroyed by the Houthi terrorist militia exploded in the Mukkah department west of Taiz province, injuring an 8-year-old boy

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cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Film: Football league kicks off in Taiz


Video | Tour in the Popular Markets in the Old #Sanaa City #Yemen

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-554 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-554: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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