Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 588 - Yemen War Mosaic 588

Yemen Press Reader 588: 20. Okt. 2019: Europäische Waffen im Jemenkrieg der Saudis – Den Jemenkrieg durch Aufarbeiten der politischen Geschichte beenden – Wer was im Südjemen kontrolliert ...
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Oct. 20, 2019: European arms in the Saudi-led war in Yemen – Ending the War by Coming to Terms with Yemen’s Political History – Who controls what in Southern Yemen – US weapons in the hands of Yemeni militia – Saudi tourism propaganda campaign – Southern Yemen: deal on power sharing? – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Separatisten und Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Imperialist Strategy in the Middle East and the War on Yemen

Saudi Arabia is one of the most militarized nations in the world, with the support of the U.S. and other imperialist countries it has been waging a cruel war against the people of Yemen. The war has only brought death and destruction to Yemen and has further fractured the country and destabilized the Middle East. A real solution to the crisis would have to include an immediate end of the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The cruel blockade on the country must be immediately lifted to allow for critical goods and medicine to reach Yemen.

The Yemeni people have shown their steadfast commitment in defending their country and their hope for peace and an end to the foreign aggression on their homeland.

The self-determination and sovereignty of Yemen needs to be respected, the future of Yemen needs to be decided and built by Yemenis themselves, not by foreign powers fuelling the conflict with money and weaponry. The only interest of the United States and its imperialist allies is to expand their hegemony and control in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). They have no credibility whatsoever. Their history of interventions in MENA is one of continuous destruction by war and occupation.

https://medium.com/fire-this-time/imperialist-strategy-in-the-middle-east-and-the-war-on-yemen-a054dc2ff399

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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DOCUMENTING EUROPEAN ARMS IN THE SAUDI-LED WAR IN YEMEN

WAR IN YEMEN, MADE IN EUROPE.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among the largest customers of the European arms industry. Several of their major weapons systems used in Yemen have been made in Europe. Firms from all over the EU have been involved in their production and remain involved in maintenance and repair or in the export of ammunition. Meanwhile, the ongoing war seems to be no reason for most European states to stop exporting new weapon systems.

This report will document the role of European arms in the war in Yemen. It is divided into three parts, beginning with a brief overview of the conflict in Yemen. The second section documents the use of European weapons in the air war, the naval blockade, and the land war. The report concludes with an analysis of the apparent contradiction between the export of arms to Yemen and EU arms export law.

The inventory of military material and companies is a best effort based on information from open sources. However, we do not claim to have been able to be comprehensive. An important source and starting point for this research, which we have not referenced each time, is the SIPRI Arms transfers database1. For the identification of companies the Arms Trade Watch database was used as well, which is maintained on this website.

Lastly, we were able to make use of the results of several investigative journalism projects, such as the EUarms network and Disclose, as well as the research done by several ENAAT member organisations, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations. This report builds on the results of these research efforts and combines them to present an overall picture of how European weapons fuel the war in Yemen.

[You can click to information on all the companies involved]

THE WAR IN YEMEN

[a very good overview]

THE AIR WAR

[Beginning by a very good overview]

This air war has continued up until today. The Yemen Data project recorded roughly 19511 air raids in the first 4 years of military intervention or approximately 400 air raids per month, with a peak of 921 air raids in September 2015. Casualties include at least 8000 civilian deaths and 9000 injured civilians. The Yemen Data project counts incidents or air raids, defined as ‘all air strikes on a single location in an hour’, because the actual number of air strikes is difficult to verify. Its unverified count of single air strikes is 45563.7

In a note that leaked on 26 september 2018, the French intelligence services mention 24000 counted air raids, of which 6000 in 2018, and 150000 missions in total (including air strikes, but also reconnaissance, supply and transport)

MILITARY MATERIEL FROM EUROPEAN ORIGIN

Coalition airstrikes are conducted by fighter aircraft manufactured in Europe or the United States (except for 3 Sudanese Sukhoi-24 fighters of Russian origin). They are supported by tanker aircraft and carry munitions that are made in Europe or the United States. The Saudi air force is estimated to launch 120 sorties daily. They conduct airstrikes with F-15s, (operating from Khamis Mushait and Taïf), Eurofighter Typhoon (operating from Khamis Mushait, al-Kharj, and Taïf) and Tornado fighter planes (operating from the King Abdulaziz airbase in Dhahran). The Emirati air force operates F-16s from Taïf (Saudi Arabia) and Mirage 2000-9s from Assab in Eritrea. The other coalition members' fighter jets also operate from Saudi bases. Fighter aircraft are supported by tanker planes, including the Saudi and Emirati Airbus 330 MRTT, likely operating from Jeddah.

[and details]

THE NAVAL BLOCKADE AND NAVAL OPERATIONS

AS THE YEMENI GOVERNMENT HAS NO SHIPS ANYMORE, in practice the operational leadership for the blockade is with the UAE and Saudi Navy. Strongest participation comes from the UAE Navy, while also the Saudi Navy has been continuously active and other coalition members participated less regularly. The actual composition of the naval blockade is not known, although some information exists based on observations. EUArms found video evidence of Saudi and UAE ships performing inspections1. The UAE also actively uses its military base in Assab for the blockade and several UAE vessels have been observed on satellite images. Egypt is known to have sent 4 warships in 2015, and continued to participate in the blockade. Bahrain sent its frigate in 2017.2

This blockade also received some support from US warships, though the US is not officially participating in the Saudi coalition. The official reason is to support the enforcement of the arms embargo against the Houthis. Also other Western military vessels have operated to enforce this embargo. E.g. an Australian warship intercepted a fishing vessel with weapons in February 20163.

Aside from participating in the naval blockade, warships of the Saudi-led coalition also support land operations with artillery fire and as platform for amphibious landings. As the major land forces along the Southern and Western Yemeni coast are led or supported by Emirati forces, the UAE naval forces have a major role in these naval support operations. Other coalition vessels have participated in littoral combat operations as well. E.g. Egyptian and Saudi warships were observed shelling Houthi forces during the capture of Aden in 2015

MILITARY MATERIEL FROM EUROPEAN ORIGIN

Both the UAE and Saudi Navy vessels have mostly been built in Europe and the US, and carry weapon systems and use munitions originating from Europe and the US.

THE LAND WAR

In terms of boots on the ground by the Saudi-led coalition the UAE army has been the most active.

However, the bulk of the fighting forces CONSISTS OF YEMENI, trained and armed by the UAE or to a smaller extent by Saudi Arabia. They fight as member of the Southern Resistance/Alliance (a group of militias in South Yemen who want autonomy or independence for South Yemen), of the Hadi-allied Yemeni army or of local or tribal militia. Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have transferred arms to such Yemeni forces.

MILITARY MATERIEL FROM EUROPEAN ORIGIN

The main foreign armed forces active in Yemen are the UAE and Saudi Arabia, while both countries are also heavily supplying their allied militias with military materiel.

EVALUATION

EVALUATION OF EU LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND POLICY ON ARMS EXPORTS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WAR IN YEMEN.

It should be clear from the preceding chapters that the war in Yemen is fought with a lot of European weapons. Military materiel from European origin is a key enabler for the warfighting capacity of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as for some of the contributions of other participating states. Some of these arms have been exported long before the military intervention in Yemen started, but after the start of the war new materiel has been delivered or contracts have been signed. Further, the European arms industry plays an important role in sustaining this war through the delivery of ammunition and by providing maintenance for the earlier exported and now deployed equipment.

This situation seems in sharp contradiction with the existing legal framework.

https://yemen.armstradewatch.eu/evaluation.html

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EU should put human life over profits of arms industry

Almost five years after the start of the Saudi-led intervention, the war in Yemen still rages on. While thousands have died, one actor that has fared well: the European arms industry

In 1935 Smedley Butler, an American Major General, wrote the book ‘War is a Racket’. Butler was disgusted by the profiteering of business interests from the horrors of the First World War. He wrote that “War is a racket. It always has been. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

More than 80 years after Butler wrote these words, nothing has changed. In a report published today by the Belgian peace organisation Vredesactie, the extent to which the European arms industry has been profiting from the war in Yemen is laid bare. The report documents hundreds of European companies and dozens of EU states involved in the export of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition. The sale of weapons to the actors in the Yemeni civil war stands in stark contrast with the EU’s rules and policies regarding human rights and arms exports.

Both the Arms Trade Treaty and the EU Common Position prohibit issuing export licenses when there is a clear risk that weapons could be used to violate international humanitarian law. This has been increasingly recognised by courts across Europe.

Governments don’t respect their own rules.

Already in 2016, the European Parliament took an important stance and called on EU member states to stop arming the Saudi-led coalition and to respect the EU Common Position on arms exports – the most important legal framework for arms export controls.

However, despite mounting evidence that European weapons have been instrumental in keeping every aspect of the war going from the naval blockade to the siege of Hodeidah, to the relentless bombing campaign, in September, after a two-year long review, EU member states concluded that the Common Position is more or less working fine. European governments are not only guilty in sustaining one of the deadliest wars happening right now, they are also willfully undermining their own legal framework. The Common Position may be a common legally binding framework, but its implementation is far from common.

This divergence in national arms export controls is all the more problematic as the arms industry is increasingly Europeanised. For example, at least 75 arms companies from all over of Europe are involved in the production of the Eurofighter Typhoon – a fighter jet which is being used in the bombing of Yemen.

The logical conclusion is that the compliance with the rules from the Common Position has to be made enforceable towards the Member states, and other actors need to get the possibility to ensure this enforcement – By Bram Vranken and Hans Lammerant

https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/opinion/eu-should-put-human-life-over-profits-of-arms-industry/

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Ending the War by Coming to Terms with Yemen’s Political History

While Saudi Arabia sits only days away from a political agreement with Yemen’s STC forces (Southern Transitional Council) in its bid to salvage Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s presidential claim over an increasingly divided nation, such headways remain symptomatic of Yemen’s unravelling. And though many will see in the move proof that Yemen’s conundrum is in fact solvable, we ought to remember that solving the puzzle that is Yemen’ southern provinces is but one stone of the fallen edifice of the Republic of Yemen.

For Yemen’s war to become a distant memory, Yemen will need to be made whole again – its sovereignty and the potency of its institutions will have to be reaffirmed and most important of all its people will need to trust in the rule of the law.

Broken up along tribal, religious, and political lines Yemen finds itself caught in the most traumatic identity crisis of its history – a history it needs to be said which stretches several centuries if not millenia.

Yemen’s failures one can argue are not as much its own than that of its foreign meddlers, if anything for a lack of a cohesive socio-political vision coupled with a propensity to ignore its idiosyncrasies. Yemen is only a failed state for many tried to reinvent its institutions while denying its identity.

Yemen, should all actors choose to envision it, could be restored back to its initial roles – that of a commercial pathway and a gatekeeper to Gulf countries security and stability.

And yet, today, Yemen has become a thing of nightmares – fractured, battered, starved and diseased … Yemen has also learnt, courtesy of certain actors’ war games, to wield sectarianism as a weapon.

Again, it needs not be so should all players choose to apply themselves to rational pragmatism – the same pragmatism which prompted the UAE for example to disengage its troops from South Yemen and instead promote local actors to support overtures towards peace. And though such overtures may not have been welcomed by all – such is the nature of the game, a return to political pluralism will offer much needed respite at a time of heightened military tensions.

The use of brutal force in Yemen will only serve to further entrench factions in their own hyperbolic militantism, thus denying Yemenis not only a future but the right to fair political representation.

Riyadh’s involvement in Yemen came on the back 1962 Revolution, when the kingdom attempted to defeat the advances of Egypt’s republican adventures south of its borders by squarely aligning itself with Yemen’s Zaydi Imamate.

From that moment on Saudi Arabia became invested in Yemen’s future, a reality we must grasp will unlikely change. This is not to say that Yemen should bow in retreat, only that it will have to contend with its rich neighbour’s ambitions and needs to chart its own waters.

As late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz reportedly stressed in 2007 “Yemen’s security is inseparable from Saudi Arabia’ security.” Such a statement implies causality. Beyond that, proof that Riyadh’s interests in Yemen need not be defined in belligerence and that in actuality Yemen’s unrest would only translate in the destabilisation of the kingdom – putting the onus on the kingdom to support a strong Yemen.

The Houthis’ latest intrusions onto Saudi Arabia’ southwestern province of Najran and the attack on Aramco this September made that point abundantly clear. Peace in Yemen is an issue of national security for both Riyadh and Sana’a. To contemplate further escalation can only lead to mutual destruction – by Catherine Shakdam

https://journal-neo.org/2019/10/19/ending-the-war-by-coming-to-terms-with-yemen-s-political-history/

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Military map in the provinces of southern and eastern Yemen. Who controls on the ground?

Since the outbreak of armed clashes in the interim capital Aden in mid-August, a new military reality has been formed on the ground, in which the armed formations of the transitional council demanding secession, backed by the UAE, have been able to take control of the interim capital Aden and the provinces of Lahj and Al-Dhalea. Abyan headed towards Shabwa, before aborting their movement and government forces recaptured large areas of the areas they lost in Shabwa and Abyan to the al-Alam point east of Aden, before UAE fighter jets intervened and targeted government forces to stop their advance.

Recently, it seems that the scene is preparing for a settlement of some sort that will reshape the drawing of the military map, with the transfer of Aden and its surrounding to Saudi Arabia from UAE hands. "Al-Masdar Online" provides the followers with a map of military control in the provinces of southern and eastern Yemen until October 14, and its stability or change depends on the accuracy of the information about the departure of UAE forces from Aden and the delivery of sensitive sites to Saudi forces instead of them starting with the airport and port of Aden which are most vital

First: STC and UAE control areas

Aden

Since August 10, the interim capital, Aden, in the south of the country, has been fully under the control of armed formations of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) after five days of fierce fighting with government forces, leaving more than 15 soldiers dead, three of them are civilians.

Currently, the armed formations are distributed among the city's directorates, and the security belt forces of the Transitional Council are also stationed in the buildings of the 3rd and 1st Brigades, presidential protection in Khormaksar, Critter and Ma’ashiq Palace in the same city, and at Badr military base, which previously included three brigades. The government army also took control of the Transport Brigade camp in Dar Saad, north of the city.

Lahj and Al-Dhale’a

The two provinces are fully under the control of the STC formations and these forces are deployed in former army and security camps and are fully in control of the two cities.

Although the Al-Anad military base is home to the 131 armored brigades and the 201st Brigade, they lack weapons, training and personnel, and their commanders have not shown a clear position on the conflict between the STC formations and government forces last August.

Socotra

Socotra island is witnessing the presence of UAE forces at the island airport and a number of positions that Abu Dhabi controlled two years ago in parallel with the light presence of Saudi forces arrived the island about two years ago during the dispute between the UAE and the Yemeni government, which accused Abu Dhabi of taking control of the island and bypassing the powers of the Yemeni government.

Not long ago, the UAE trained groups from the "security belt" in Aden and sent them to the island for deployment to a number of locations, security posts and checkpoints in the archipelago.

The Yemeni government has a naval brigade on the island, but so far it has been far from renewed differences between the government on the one hand and the UAE on the other.

Second: control-sharing areas

Abyan

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172921

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American weapons ended up in the wrong hands in Yemen. Now they're being turned on the US-backed government

American-made weaponry has fallen into the hands of rival militia groups in Yemen, some of whom have turned their arms against each other in a bitter and worsening conflict, a new CNN investigation has found.

Fresh evidence shows that military hardware that was supplied to US allies has been distributed in contravention of arms deals to militia groups, including UAE-backed separatists. They are now using it to fight the Saudi-supported forces of the internationally recognized government, who are also armed with US weapons.

These new findings follow an exclusive investigation by CNN in February which traced US-made equipment that was sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The weapons were being passed to non-state fighters on the ground in Yemen, including al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, the report found, in violation of arms sales law.

Following CNN's initial reporting, the Pentagon said it had launched its own investigation into the unauthorized transfer of US weapons in Yemen. But more than half a year on and the situation on the ground only seems to have got worse.

Breaking arms agreements

Working with local journalists, CNN was able to film a number of US-made Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that have been used by separatist militia groups led by the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

One was a BAE Caiman that was used by separatists in the fight for Shabwah, southern Yemen, against government forces in August.

It, like several other pieces of weaponry that CNN identified, can be traced back to a $2.5 billion arms sale contract between the US and the UAE in 2014. Like all arms deals, this contract was bound by an end user agreement which certifies the recipient -- in this case the UAE -- as the final user of the weaponry. From this evidence, it is clear that this agreement has been broken.

In response to CNN's new findings, Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Carla Gleason said in September that the joint investigation by the State Department and Department of Defense into unauthorized weapons transfer in Yemen remains "ongoing."

Driving into battle

Analyzing hours of social media video of recent clashes in southern Yemen, CNN found multiple instances of American MRAPs being used by militia groups, many of them fighting against government forces.

One of the most prominent is a group known as Alwiyat al Amalqa or "Giants Brigade" -- a predominantly Salafi, or ultra-conservative Sunni -- militia supported by the UAE. One of their videos shows a US-made MaxxPro MRAP vehicle, purportedly being driven in convoy to join the separatists' battle against government forces in the south.

A UN-commissioned panel of experts recommended that the US, UK and France "refrain from providing arms to parties to the conflict" because of "the prevailing risk that such arms will be used by parties to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law." – By Nima Elbagir, Mohamed Abo El Gheit, Florence Davey-Attlee, and Salma Abdelaziz

https://us.cnn.com/2019/10/18/world/american-weapons-yemen-war-intl/index.html

Film: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/10/18/american-armored-vehicles-yemen-elbagir-pkg-vpx.cnn

Und eine (schlechte) deutsche Übersetzung: https://hotinfonow.com/germany/amerikanische-waffen-landeten-im-jemen-in-den-falschen-handen-sie-zielen-jetzt-auf-die-von-den-usa-unterstutzte-regierung/

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Saudi Arabia turns to influencers to give nation's image a makeover

Country is slowly opening up to tourism.

As war in Yemen rages on and controversy around Jamal Khashoggi's murder lingers, Saudi Arabia is turning to influencers to shed a positive light on the country as it slowly opens up to tourism. It is part of a broader PR offensive to improve perceptions in line with Mohammad bin Salman's "2030 vision".

Travel and tourism PR experts believe the use of influencers to change Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservative reputation is a smart move to side-step traditional media and attract young travellers.

Saudi Arabia has been investing heavily in PR, lobbying, advertising and influencer campaigns to change perceptions abroad, particularly following the high-profile murder of Khashoggi, its role in the ongoing war in Yemen, which the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, and concerns about the country's human rights record.

The influencer campaigns are focused on presenting Saudi Arabia as an attractive destination with several world heritage-listed sites.

Several PR agencies are leading these efforts, including Influencer – a platform co-founded by Ben Jeffries and Caspar Lee – and Consulum.

Influencers are being taken on all-expenses-paid trips to explore Saudi Arabia’s tourism hotspots that are not so well-known outside the country. Sites include the Red Sea – a famous diving spot – and the Al Ula desert.

Social media posts (pictured below) feature beautifully curated photos and videos of mythical sites accompanied by largely positive descriptions.

The posts PRWeek has seen avoid mention of controversial topics, such as Saudi Arabia’s human-rights abuses, restrictions to civil liberties or the war in Yemen.

The use of influencers to promote tourism is not new, but in the case of Saudi Arabia it is a relatively new tactic to curate a fresh image of a country

'Luring young travellers'

Paul Charles, founder and chief executive of The PC Agency, said the use of social media stars was a "clever" tactic to attract younger audiences lured by iconic sights more than traditional media.

"It’s attempting to showcase a modern, young-at-heart nation that will appeal to more adventurous travellers keen on finding out for themselves what’s beyond the borders," Charles said.

He accepted that Saudi Arabia’s swing from an extremely closed country with tight visa controls to one that adopts an open visa policy in a matter of days was likely to divide opinion.

However, he added: "It’s very refreshing to see the country open up, but we’ll discover in the coming months how much of a welcome reception tourists will receive as they mix with local citizens.

"Many criticise Saudi Arabia for its human rights record and recent involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but it’s not the only country with a damaging past that is trying to turn a corner."

Providing a gateway

Influencers are not the only marketing tactic Saudi Arabia has been using to improve its image. The country has run strategic paid advertising campaigns to coincide with the visit by bin Salman and a new campaign to promote tourism, with outdoor advertising in key spots such as Piccadilly Circus.

It has also spent tens of millions on lobbyists across the world and retained many consultancies in the wake of Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi Arabia is also hosting major sporting events, including the upcoming world title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, which PR pros have criticized – by Arvind Hickman

https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/saudi-arabia-turns-influencers-give-nations-image-makeover/1662726 = https://www.prweek.com/article/1662276/saudi-arabia-turns-influencers-give-nations-image-makeover

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Medical sources said that al-Razi hospital in Abyan governorate has been receiving about 25 cases of #cholera every day.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1185530031457689606

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

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Army [anti-Houthi-militia] repels militia [Sanaa government army and affiliated fighters] attack in Hodeida

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/19/army-repels-militia-attack-in-hodeida/

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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi forces targeted southern Hais with 9 artillery shells.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9358

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Int’l community should not keep ignoring Houthi maximalism, says FM

Yemen’s [Hadi gov.] Foreign Minister said the international community should not keep ignoring the Houthi maximalism in rejecting and evading the Hodeidah Agreement.

In a meeting with the UN peace mediator Martin Griffiths here Thursday, Mohammed al-Hadhrami said the government’s representatives in the Joint Redeployment Coordination Committee are reacting positively and honoring their end of the ceasefire agreement in the red Sea port city.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/18/intl-community-should-not-keep-ignoring-houthi-maximalism-says-fm/

My comment: LOL. Is there any side not claiming its own “maximalism”. The Hadi government obviously is great in this – even withholding oil shipments to Northern Yemen just for executing and imposing its claimed “legitimacy”.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, October 19th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9345

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Saudische Koalition greift Hilfskonvoi an

Weitere Medienberichte meldeten den Angriff der saudischen Koalition auf Konvois mit Hilfsgütern im Jemen.

Die Nachrichten-Webseite al-Masirah berichtete am Freitag, Kampfjets der saudisch-geführten Kriegskoalition gegen Jemen hätten in den vergangenen 24 Stunden mehrere Hilfskonvois, die die Stadt Ad-Durayhimi im Westen Jemens erreicht hatten, unter Beschuss genommen.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i49406-ankunft_von_vier_tankern_im_jemen_saudische_koalition_greift_hilfskonvoi_an

Meine Bemerkung: Artilleriebeschuss, nicht Kampfjets, s. folgender Artikel.

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Coalition Aggression Targets Humanitarian Shipment in Ad-Duraihmi

The artillery of the aggression mercenaries in the West Coast Front, on Friday, targeted the shipment of humanitarian aid that entered the besieged city of Ad-Duraihmi in Hodeidah.

A local source in the besieged city revealed that the artillery shells of the aggression coalition have burned the shipment of humanitarian aid that entered the city on Thursday, causing great damage.

In the same context, coalition mercenaries targeted by a number of artillery shells houses of citizens in the city, led to serious material damage.

Coalition mercenaries on the West Coast front prevented UN humanitarian tankers carrying flour, sugar and medicines from entering the besieged city and shot it in the presence of WHO officials, the International Red Cross and UN delegates.

After efforts led by the National Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the aggression mercenaries released some trucks, prevented medicines and some aid, and did not allow the entry of the doctor accompanying the campaign.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9338

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Yemen: We did not attack the convoy of humanitarian aid to Hodeida (military leader)

A Yemeni military official on Friday denied that government forces had taken a shipment of World Food Program (WFP) aid targeted in the western province of Hodeidah. This was said by West Coast Joint Forces spokesman Colonel Wadah Al-Dabish in Anadolu, in response to remarks by the Houthi media yesterday. "Government forces have not targeted the dispatch of assistance provided by the World Food Program to al-Durahami, "said Al-Dabish. He added, "What the Houthi media are peddling is nothing more than pure slander and lies that fall within the misinformation policy they use to hide the fact that they are the ones who are starving the Yemeni people. ".

https://www.aa.com.tr/fr/monde/y%C3%A9men-nous-navons-pas-attaqu%C3%A9-le-convoi-daides-humanitaires-%C3%A0-hodeida-responsable-militaire/1619191

My comment: Interesting. There must have been meteors, or vulcanic activity in Yemen, or the Austrian navy shelling from the sea??

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[Hadi government minister] Fatah praises the UN team’s efforts to deliver aids to Al-Duryhmi

Minister of Local Administration—Chair of High Relief Committee (HRC)—Abduraqeeb Fatah commended the tireless efforts made by the team of WFP, WHO, UNICEF and UNHCR to provide the urgently needed relief aids to the population of Al-Duryhmi Hodeidah governorate in spite of obstacles and hindrances created by the Houthi insurgent militia to deny the team from access to the area.

In a statement to the Yemeni News Agency (SABA) Fatah said” Houthi rebellious militia had prevented Thursday, October 17 the UN’s team from entering into Al-Duryhmi for 8 hours, however the team did not give in rather they kept on trying, doing utmost efforts so that they finally managed to deliver the most needed humanitarian aids to the people in need at 4:00 afternoon”.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/19/fatah-praises-the-un-teams-efforts-to-deliver-aids-to-al-duryhmi/

My comment: LOL.

(A K pS)

Over 20 Houthis killed in explosion at arms depot in Hodeidah

The joint forces reported that the explosion occurred in a residential building which had been transformed by the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militants into an arms and ammunition depot in one of the neighborhoods under their control in the Khamsein Street. The blast caused a state of fear and panic among the inhabitants, mostly women and children, throughout the city.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14549

(A K pH)

A security source confirmed that a child was injured as a result of the aggressors targeting the houses of the citizens in Al-Zohour neighborhood in Hodeidah with machine guns

https://www.uprising.today/over-saudi-30-airstrikes-hit-yemens-north-in-24-hours-time/

(B K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Governor Taher reveals that 300 civilians have been killed in Hodeidah since Stockholm agreement and says conditions have been more complicated

Hodeidah Governor Hassan Tahir has revealed that 300 civilians have been killed in the coastal city of western Yemen since the Stockholm agreement between the legitimate government and the Houthi coup d'état last December.

He added that the total number of violations by the Houthis since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement last December reached 11,000, resulting in the death of 300 civilians and the injury of thousands.

He said 30,000 families have been displaced from Hodeidah, thousands of homes, schools and mosques have been damaged

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172856

My comment: It’s quite odd to put the blame for this on the Houthi side. Oh, the anti-Houthi forces are firing footballs, pens and candies. This would explain it.

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Recording 685 Cases of Abduction, Rape Against Children, Women, Men in West Coast

A press conference was held in Hodeidah province on Thursday to highlight the rape and abduction crimes that are committed by Saudi-Emirati coalition forces against women and children in the province.

Head of Tihama Organization for Human Rights and Heritage Abdul-Qader al-Maqbouli said,“The most prominent violations reached 685 cases of abduction and rape against children, women and men in the western coast, as well as violations in secret prisons of the aggression coalition”. “Among the crimes were 244 crimes of rape against children, women and men.”
Al-Maqbouli indicated that the kidnapping crimes amounted to 414 crimes, including 56 against women, 145 against children and 214 against men. He reviewed the crimes of rape committed by the aggression forces against women and children, which amounted to 443 crimes.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9326

and also https://www.yemenextra.net/2019/10/17/recording-685-cases-of-abduction-rape-against-children-women-men-in-west-coast/

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“EYE OF HUMANITY CENTER” HOLDS THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTACKS ON WOMEN IN YEMEN

The Center pointed out in a statement to the criminal and terrorist action committed by a group of US-Saudi aggression’s mercenaries, last Wednesday, when they attacked the house of the citizen, Abdullah Ali Barah Rami, in the district of Al-Matina in Tuhaita directorate, trying to rape a woman in that house, but its owner confronted them and they killed him and injured another woman called Marim Essa Ali Muheb as they kidnapped and imprisoned many citizens.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/eye-of-humanity-center-holds-the-security-council-responsible-for-attacks-on-women-in-yemen/

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, October 17th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9331

(A K pH)

Two Citizens Seriously Injured in Saudi-mercenaries’ Shelling on Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9312

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Mercenries Target Civilians’ Houses, Injury Child in Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9307

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

(* A K)

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON OCTOBER 18, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-october-18-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON OCTOBER 17, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-october-17-2019-map-update/

(A K P)

UN reports September was deadliest month for Yemen civilians

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the council that “September was the deadliest month for civilians so far this year, with reports of 388 killed or injured due to conflict across the country.”

“That’s an average of 13 people every day,” he said.

https://nypost.com/2019/10/18/un-reports-september-was-deadliest-month-for-yemen-civilians/

(B K P)

Can Peace Come to Yemen?

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) hosted a panel on 16 October, entitled, “Yemen at a Crossroads: Are New Conflict Dynamics Reshaping the Country’s Future?” The speakers worked through this complicated and intractable conflict, trying to make the current situation understandable.

First to speak was Abdulghani al-Iryani, a Yemeni socialist and Political and Development Consultant on Yemen. In terms of where the war is going, Al-Iryani said that the Saudis have been willing to make peace for a long time, but felt they needed to “knock the Huthis down a peg or two” before the terms were worked out. This has turned out to be impossible, indeed humiliating, and laid bear many of the issues with the Saudi system.

Next, Elana DeLozier, a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), said that Yemen had proven so immune to settlement because there are really three sets of negotiations to get through: (1) between the recognised government of Abdrabu Hadi and the Iran-backed Ansarallah, better known as the Huthis; (2) between the Huthis and the Saudi government, which leads the Arab Coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to reverse the Huthis’ coup against the recognised Yemeni government; and (3) between Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a secessionist movement in the south of the country that was until recently allied with Hadi against the Huthis.

The problem in even making a start was illustrated in Hudayda, says DeLozier,

https://eeradicalization.com/can-peace-come-to-yemen/

My comment: What to say? There is a lot of biased propaganda (mostly by DeLozier) in here. And: The US as a possible peace mediator, Iran could be “spoiling”.

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How Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Policy is Backfiring

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman presented himself as Riyadh’s reformer, supposedly beckoning a new progressive era in Riyadh. However, his pursuit of an aggressive foreign policy has undermined this image and created serious repercussions for the country’s security and economic aspirations

Mohammad Bin Salman (MbS), the architect of Saudi Arabia’s Yemen war as the country’s Defense Minister before ascending to Crown Prince in 2017, was keen to showcase the country’s military clout. This bellicose stance appears set to continue.

The Saudi-led intervention, which was claimed to reinstate the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, whom the Yemeni Houthis had forced into exile, has been fruitless and detrimental for Riyadh

Yet months into the conflict, Saudi Arabia realized it was struggling against the local Houthi rebels, who were well equipped and trained within the country.

It therefore aimed to target food supplies and infrastructure, to force the Houthis into submission. This however led to a collapse of Yemen’s state, which not only generated a grave humanitarian crisis, but gave the Houthis more room to manoeuvre and secured their position with the diminished government opposition.

Though the Houthis launched a violent coup that disrupted Yemen’s peace process and threatened the country’s stability, seizing the capital Sana’a in September 2014 and then expanding southwards, they posed no threat to Riyadh at the time. Saudi Arabia was instead seeking to prevent its loss of influence in Yemen, under the guise of fighting an Iran proxy and preventing Yemeni and regional destabilization.

Riyadh’s fears and claims have come to fruition.

Therefore Riyadh, traditionally seeking influence over Yemen as a whole, has failed in this objective.

To make matters worse, the Houthis are firing back at Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s policies have also driven the Houthis into the arms of Iran. Though Iran and Houthi ties exist, their closeness during the war particularly in its early stages had been exaggerated, as they had had only limited support from Tehran – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://insidearabia.com/how-saudi-arabias-foreign-policy-is-backfiring/

(A P)

Nobel Peace laureate: Yemenis will end Saudi Arabia, UAE ‘occupations’

Yemen’s Nobel Peace Laureate activist Tawakkol Karman has said her country has almost succeeded in forcing out what she called the “Emirati occupation”, and it remains determined to do the same with Saudi Arabia.

The solution to the country’s crisis, she explained, lies in “getting rid of the Saudi tutelage” and “expelling it” from the country.

She added that the intervention of both countries in Yemen is an “occupation and guardianship”.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191017-nobel-peace-laureate-yemenis-will-end-saudi-arabia-uae-occupations/

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Film: Huge petrol station queues as fuel shortage hits

A fuel shortage in Yemen has triggered lengthy queues at petrol stations across Sanaa. The capital and other Houthi-controlled provinces are in their second week of shortages, which are causing widespread public discontent.

Yemen is in the grips of a fuel shortage. Save the Children says fuel prices increased 100 percent over the past 40 days after the internationally recognised government imposed customs duties in the interim capital Aden. That caused a 60 percent decrease in the amount of fuel coming through the key port of Hodeida, the group says. Khaled Al Joufi, a Yemeni citizen waiting to fill his car with petrol, says he fears for the future. "The fuel shortages will lead to major disasters such as the closure of hospitals and schools, and will affect electricity, transportation and rubbish collections," he says. But these shortages are about more than petrol. Save the Children says fuel shortages are leading to a jump in food prices and, as a result, a deepening health crisis.

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

(A K P)

Ankunft von vier Tankern im Jemen

Die Ölgesellschaft Jemens teilte am Samstagmorgen mit, dass der mit Benzin beladene Tanker "Aston 1", der mit Diesel beladene Tanker "Monitor" und die Schiffe „Seeheart“ und „Majnoon2, die seit etwa einem Monat vor der Küste des Jemen beschlagnahmt wurden, den Hafen von al-Hudaida schließlich erreicht hätten. Diese Gesellschaft betonte, dass sechs weitere Öltanker in der Nähe des al-Hudaida-Hafens von der saudischen Koalition beschlagnahmt worden sind.

Zuvor hatte die jemenitische Ölgesellschaft in einer Erklärung gewarnt: "Wenn Saudi-Arabien weiterhin Öltanker daran hindert, in den Hafen von al-Hudaida in Jemen einzulaufen, droht eine weitere Katastrophe."

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i49406-ankunft_von_vier_tankern_im_jemen_saudische_koalition_greift_hilfskonvoi_an

(A K P)

Four Oil Tankers Arrive At Hodeidah Port

Four tankers loaded with great amount of oil derivations arrived late on Friday at Hodeidah port, according to a Yemen oil company statement.

https://sabanews.net/en/news3077600.htm

My remark: This means two had been recently released: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9357, https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/only-two-oil-ships-arrived-at-yemen-after-43-days-of-siege/

(A K P)

Yemeni Petroleum Company continues demand for full release of oil vessels

In a statement, the YPC warned that the remaining oil derivatives in its reservoirs are running out, which could lead to the suspension of the most important basic services for vital sectors that cover the needs of citizens.

https://www.uprising.today/yemeni-petroleum-company-continues-demand-for-full-release-of-oil-vessels/

(A K P)

YPC Announces Arrival Of 3 Oil Ships In Hodeidah Port

Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) on Thursday announced the arrival of two vessels carrying 22,000 tons of diesel in the port of Hodeidah along with another ship loaded with fuel oil for Hodeidah electricity plant.

https://sabanews.net/en/news3077372.htm

(* B H P)

Photos: YEMEN FUEL SHORTAGES

https://www.lusa.pt/fotos?imageid=27285948

(A K P)

US-Saudi Aggression Releases 1 of 11 Detained Tankers

Yemen US-Saudi aggression forces on Thursday released one of the 11 oil derivatives tankers held for 64 days, Almasirah Net correspondent in Hodeidah reported. Citing sources at the port of Hodeidah, the correspondent said that the amount of oil and diesel on the released tanker does not cover the necessary needs in the service sectors.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9315

and https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172871

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The Houthis deny the alliance's launch of detained oil ships. Who is behind the oil derivatives crisis?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the government's permission to enter the 10 ships and unload their cargo, "an initiative that comes out of its keenness to accelerate the introduction of fuel shipments into Hodeidah, alleviate the suffering of citizens and improve the humanitarian situation in areas under the coup d'état militias, as well as in response to requests Specialized international organizations, in support of the international envoy's efforts to implement the Stockholm Agreement."

The statement, published by the state-run Saba agency at dawn on Tuesday, stressed the need to comply with the previous controls of the government's decision No. 75 for 2018, and the commitment of the traders who own edited the ten ships to pay cash for tax and customs fees and other legal returns in accordance with the circular Economic Committee No. 5 (under the supply portfolio issued by the Technical Office) to the Branch of the Central Bank of Yemen in Hodeidah and provide confirmed notices.

Houthis Denial

The Houthi group on Tuesday denied the government's announcement, denying in a statement issued by its oil company, the authenticity of the news circulated about the launch of oil derivatives ships held at sea, stressing that "the coalition of aggression continues to exercise its arbitrary measures."

The oil company explained that the false news of the release of 10 detained oil ships by some media affiliated with the mercenaries of aggression is a desperate attempt to mislead local and international public opinion, pointing out that the crime of detaining oil derivatives ships by the Alliance of Aggression and their mercenaries has become the talk of the whole world. It is the subject of public and official condemnation," it said.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172871

My comment: This long report is by a pro-Hadi government news site. – It would be odd to claim that the Houthis blockade themselves (as the Hadi government rally claims). By long, the Hadi government’s reasoning and claims are repeated here. It’s quite odd that the Hadi government has been given the possibility to retain any ships going to Hodeidah by implementing any tax and toll rules. The UN accepts to dance like a bear with a ring through his nose. – And, what ever the Hadi government now tells us: Out of 11 vessels, up to now just one had arrived – with a delay of more than 60 days.

(A K P)

[Sanaa gov.] HODEIDAH GOVERNOR COMMENTS ON UN POSITION OF DETENTION OF OIL’S SHIPS

According to al-Masirah website, Hodeidah governor, Mohammed Qahim, called on the United Nation to stop its indifference and its weak position regarding the continued detention of oil tankers and preventing them from entering Hodeidah ports.

“The United Nations did not even condemn the ongoing siege imposed by the aggression on the ports of Hodeidah,” Qahim said.

Qahim added that the aggression is stronger than the international institutions and it is running and this is understood through the continued siege on the ports of Hodeidah.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/hodeidah-governor-comments-on-un-position-of-detention-of-oils-ships/

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Film: "Abhängig von humanitärer Hilfe": IKRK-Präsident zur aktuellen Lage im Jemen und Venezuela

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PxdIAD1Tag

(B H)

Right to Live organization revealed that more than 3,000 children are deprived of education in al-Jawf governorate as a result of a lack of schools and population density.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1185590681307361282

(A H)

#Great news my friends, I received a Pic of Afaf in school's clothes. I'm happy 2 see that girl I met a year ago who was one step away from death has regained her life & she is back to study. All thanks, appreciation & gratitude 2 all donors &friends http://gofundme.com/food-and-medicine-for-yemen

https://twitter.com/ghalebalsudmy/status/1185673588201938945

I also received pictures of the food baskets we sent to malnourished children in remote villages. So happy to see Samah, Nora & Samar in good health after 9 months from their surgery. Thanks so much to all donors. Please #RT & #donate via link http://gofundme.com/food-and-medicine-for-yemen…

https://twitter.com/ghalebalsudmy/status/1185641760808144897

(B H)

Relief and Development Peer Foundation: Yemen: Monthly Situation Report No. 09 (September 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-monthly-situation-report-no-09-september-2019

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[Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Health: UN, WHO Disavow Agreement of Medical Bridge

The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) have disavowed medical treatment flights abroad from Sanaa airport, Minister of Public Health and Population Taha al-Mutawakel said on Saturday, blaming the international community for silence in killing 30,000 patients in need of treatment abroad.

This came during a press conference held by the ministry addressed the United Nations and the World Health Organization disavow of the medical bridge for patients from Sana'a airport.

Al-Mutawakel said that the United Nations and the World Health Organization disavowed for the tenth time the medical humanitarian flights abroad from Sanaa airport.

He explained that the date October 20 was set for fifty patients to travel in the first medical trips and before 24 hours, the United Nations apologized after the patients had traveled to the capital Sanaa.

He blamed the international community for the silence in front of the killing of 30 thousand patients in need of treatment abroad, demanding the opening of Sanaa airport unconditionally.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9347

My comment: Well, he is right. This “medical bridge” appointment never had been realized.

(B H)

UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster: Yemen WASH Cluster - Humanitarian Dashboard (January - September 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-wash-cluster-humanitarian-dashboard-january-september-2019

(B H)

US Agency for International Development: Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019

USAID/FFP partner WFP provides food assistance to 12.4 million people in August, the highest monthly total to date

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-11-fiscal-year-fy-2019

Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 09/30/19)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-093019

(B H)

Years-long conflict continues to breed poverty in Yemen

Most of the Yemeni families are largely affected by the internal conflict that destroyed their properties and pushed them into abject poverty.

Um Hawa, a displaced woman, told Xinhua that it's a very difficult task to earn a livelihood as the military conflict is still ravaging in Yemen.

"Fishing was the main source of livelihood for my husband, but we are now poor due to the war that pushed us into this miserable situation," said Hawa, a mother of four children.

She said that "we become homeless and are struggling to get basic needs such as clean drinking water or food from relief organizations."

"Eradicating poverty will only be realized through the cessation of this deadly conflict and finding economic solutions to rescue the Yemeni people," said Salem Zaher, a displaced school teacher.

On the outskirts of Aden province, scores of poor families are living in a displacement camp after fleeing their war-ravaged areas located in other Yemeni provinces.

Ashraf Ahmed, a supervisor working at the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Aden, urged the international humanitarian organizations to operate in Yemen to help the displaced families.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/19/c_138483669.htm

(B H)

Rotes Kreuz: 80% der Jemeniten benötigen humanitäre Hilfe

Nach Angaben des Präsidenten des Internationalen Komitees vom Roten Kreuz (IKRK) seien 80 Prozent der Jemeniten auf humanitäre Hilfen angewiesen

Er wies auf den Mangel an sauberem Wasser, Medikamenten und medizinischen Geräten im Jemen hin und sagte, ungefähr 20 Millionen Jemeniten hätten keinen Zugang zu sauberem Wasser und einer Gesundheitsversorgung

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i49380-rotes_kreuz_80_der_jemeniten_ben%C3%B6tigen_humanit%C3%A4re_hilfe

(B H)

Hodeidah Deputy Announces the Death of Patients After Heath Facilities Shut Down

The[Sanaa gov.] deputy of Hodeidah governorate, Ali Qeshr, said that 120 facilities in the province are on the way to stop and there are deaths among patients because of the crisis of oil derivatives. He said in a call with Almasirah on Wednesday, "We still hope that the coalition forces are aware of the disasters caused on Yemen, especially chronic diseases," adding, "so far there has not been UN mediation to release the detained ships."

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9305

(B H)

“Divinely Green, from Allah”

Memories of Women’s Beauty Culture in Yemeni Villages

This is how my teenage generation used to dress up, long before the black abayas conquered and replaced everything with a cloak and a veil. Still, my teenage years appear quite simple in style in comparison to my mother’s generation. I always look at their old pictures and feel fascinated by their beauty and style. One of the pictures that I wish I could publish is of my mother sitting together with my aunts and grandmother on the rooftop, sometime in the late 1980s.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/06/28/divinely-green-from-allah/

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

(A H)

The lives of the displaced people has worsened in Lahj governorate as a result of the lack of drinking water, shelter, and shortage of food. The IDPs demanded the responsible authority and the donors to support them and reduce their suffering but they have not responded.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1185267956097454080

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

(A P)

The day after the killing of two militia leaders. Houthi gunmen kill woman and child in Al-Daleel in Ibb

A woman and a child were shot dead Friday by Houthi militia in a town in the central province of Ibb, a day after two of the group's leaders were killed after storming the homes of citizens of the family of Beit al-Daghmari

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172951

(A K P)

Al-Houthi militias impose conscription on the Sons of Otma and arrest those who refuse

Al-Masdar Online has knew that al-Houthi militia is carrying out a forced recruitment campaign against the sons of the Otma directorate, west of Dhamar city, and threatens the rejectionists with arrest or forcing them to pay large sums of money.

Tribal sources in the directorate of "Otma" said that the Houthi militias have been visiting all the directorates of Otma and imposing on the sheikhs and the mayors to send new fighters from their areas, or arrest and pay financial royalties to those who refuse.

The Houthi campaign is part of a broader campaign in recent days involving all Dhamar directorates to push new fighters to reinforce their fronts, which lose fighters every day.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172949

(A P)

Houthi militias set up black market to sell school textbooks

The Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen are continuing their crimes against Yemen’s education sector.

Residents living in regions controlled by the Houthis revealed that the militias have set up a “black market” on the streets to sell school books at astronomical prices, in a new ingenious method to extort the people and deprive students of an education.

The first month of the academic year is about to end and some students have yet to receive their books, they revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Mohammed al-Saeedi, a father of three, told Asharq Al-Awsat that his children had yet to receive their textbooks. Not even one book was provided by the school.

“Why aren’t the books provided to all students? How can officials accept that the book be sold at the black market at manipulated prices, which is compounding the burden on Yemeni families?” he wondered.

He revealed that when approached with these questions, school administrations claim that they do not have books for this year.

They can instead be found in heaps and piles in the black market and sold at very high prices, he lamented.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/18/houthi-militias-set-up-black-market-to-sell-school-textbooks/

My remark: This would be shameful. As it is claimed by a Saudi news site, this must be read with caution.

(A P)

Two Houthi leaders shot dead by unknown assailants north of Ibb and Source: liquidations within the group

after unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in the area of al-Makhader directorate in the north of the province.

The sources talked about the cause of the incident, which is likely to be the result of internal differences between Houthi leaders in the province, but other sources talked about differences between the two dead and one of the families in the directorate

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172920

(A P)

Finally. Ibrahim al-Hammadi and his companions released after 8 years of unjust detention for attempted assassination of Saleh

Late Thursday evening, Houthi militias released a number of activists of the 2011 popular youth revolution after eight years of detention as part of a prisoner exchange deal between government forces and militias.

The five youths were arrested in 2011 during a campaign of arrests launched by Saleh's regime following the presidential attack, at which time more than 100 people were arrested, but then all were released and only five remained.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172916

and also on this topic https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172917

(A P)

FM Renews Gov’t’s Commitment To Implement Sweden Agreement

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf on Wednesday renewed the National Salvation Government’s commitment to the implementation of Sweden Agreement, referring the unilateral steps taken in this regard for bringing peace to Yemen.

During his meeting with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer, who is currently visiting Yemen, Sharaf discussed areas of cooperation between Yemen and the ICRC and ways of enhancing them.

https://sabanews.net/en/news3077359.htm

(A P)

Parliament Reviews Letter Of Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Parliament , in its meeting chaired by Speaker Yahya Ali al-Ra’i, reviewed the letter of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), within the framework of the correspondence between the two sides on issues of parliamentary concern.

The letter confirmed that the IPU’s President to visit Sanaa to address a number of parliamentary issues.

https://sabanews.net/en/news3077349.htm

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Yemen's rebel court issues 'subpoena' for Donald Trump, Barack Obama and MbS

A Houthi court has summoned prominent world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman within a next month before slapping a lawsuit against them over alleged war crimes in Yemen.

A total of 124 figures were ordered to appear in court to defend themselves of charges of war crimes, with the names published inin al-Thawra newspaper.

Politicians across the world are on the list, including Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, former US defence secretary James Mattis, along with former British Prime ministers Theresa May and David Cameron.

A number of Arab leaders were also mentioned, including Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi who has been in exile in Saudi Arabia since 2015.
Prominent Emirati figures have been mentioned in the list, along with Jordan's King Abdullah and former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Top level members of the Saudi monarchy are on the list, including King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Lower-level Yemeni politicians and journalists were also mentioned in the list, which was considered a way to silence opponents to the milita.
The court threatened that those who refused to appear in court will be tried in absentia as fugitives.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/10/17/houthi-court-issues-subpoena-for-trump-obama-and-mbs

My comment: This could have been interesting, but Houthi courts weren’t serious in the past – thus this will get a propaganda show.

And

(A P)

US President Trump is (Wanted) in Yemen

These days, the Houthi rebels in Yemen are discussing international legal measures calling for the criminalization of US President Donald Trump and a number of US and British officials in addition to the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 2016 The Houthis issued an indictment that included President Trump and former President Obama to attend the court in Yemen considering them as fugitives from justice and wanted by the Houthis in northern Yemen.

https://www.yemenonline.info/politics/2542

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Riyadh Requests Visiting Its Prisoners, Sana’a Requires Protection of Prisons

Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi met, on Tuesday, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, Al-Houthi confirmed that the Supreme Political Council and the Salvation Government are providing all facilities to the Committee to practice its activities, including allowing its teams to visit places of detention and to interview prisoners.

Al-Houthi pointed to the need for the Committee to understand the fears that occurred because of the recent bombing of the detention center in Dhamar. He noted that there are directives issued by the Ministry of Defense to provide the ICRC coordinates of the headquarters of the new prisoners to carry out its mission, to avoid the coalition bombing of prisoners in the future.

He called on the ICRC not to prejudice its role, as happened in the evacuation of the wounded from Ad-Durayhimi city, although the Red Cross has the right to evacuate even the military, urging the Red Cross to have an active role in implementing the Stockholm Agreement on the exchange of prisoners.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9322

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Houthis reveal Red Cross request to visit Saudi prisoners to group

The Houthi group on Thursday revealed the ICRC's request to visit the group's "Saudi prisoners."

This came in a meeting with all the Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) "Peter Maurer", as the Houthis Al-Masirah reported on its website.

Al-Houthi confirmed that they provide all facilities for the committee to carry out its activities, including allowing its teams to visit places of detention and meet detainees and prisoners.

Al-Houthi noted that the so-called Supreme Council of his group "will take the ICRC's request to visit Saudi prisoners seriously," adding that this will be through the Foreign Ministry in their internationally not recognized government.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172855

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Aggression Coalition Share South Resources

Exchange of roles, This is reflected in the distribution and redeployment of the Saudi and Emirati occupation forces, in the occupied southern provinces, which may be part of agreements under the table between the two forces.
A few days ago, Aggression's media circulated news indicating the withdrawal of Emirati forces from the occupied Aden province and their stay at sea in Al-Zait port.Today, these methods re-highlight the arrival of Saudi forces in Aden under Saudi protection and the receipt of sites that were under the control of Abu Dhabi forces, including Aden International Airport.
Saudi Arabia has in the past week deployed more forces to replace Emirati troops at Aden airport and military bases in the city, two Yemeni officials told Reuters.
An official handover to a Saudi commander took place last week under which he would oversee security in the city and its suburbs, two other sources familiar with the matter said.
Scenario prepared in advance, within the framework of the occupation forces to share the wealth and key resources in the southern governorates, when the eye of the UAE on the port of Aden and the Free Zone, Mocha and Balhaf, the Saudi eye on the airports of Aden, Sayun, and Ghaidha.
The majority of the Yemeni people became fully aware that the excuse of the alliance to return what it called “legitimacy” is only a lie that the coalition countries have always invested in their favor and were a justification for the occupation and looting of the wealth of the south to this day. Are the people of the south aware that they are on the verge of collapse in front of this submission to the Saudi and Emirati occupation forces?

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9350

(B K P)

SOUTHERN YEMENI MP: JEDDAH DIALOGUE EXHAUSTES THE SOUTH, FORCING TO ACCEPT MAJOR CONCESSIONS

The Yemeni southern MP, Abdulrahman Al-Wali, considered Jeddah dialogue as an exhaustion for the South to force southerners to make major concessions, pointing out that its signature is not in their hands.

“It seems that the Saudi Arabia and other international bodies control the play of Jeddah dialogue and the signature on it ,” Al-Wali said on Twitter.

“It seems to be that it would be a compromise with the UAE to move away (fully or temporarily?) from the situation in the South,” he added.

He stressed that Jeddah dialogue is exhausting the South to force it to accept major concessions, pointing out that Jeddah agreement can be signed at any time.

Observers believe that Jeddah dialogue revealed that the Southern Transitional Council and Hadi government do not have any decision.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/southern-yemeni-mp-jeddah-dialogue-exhaustes-the-south-forcing-to-accept-major-concessions/

My remark: MP in the Houthi’s parliament at Sanaa.

My comment: A Houthi view of the developments in southern Yemen. It seems to be quite realistic.

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*DRAFT* Jeddah Agreement to resolve #Yemen gov conflict with #STC -Postpones secession issue til after Houthi war ends -Transfers #UAE-backed southern forces to gov control -Keeps Hadi as President but shares gov positions equally north/south -Appoints #Saudi to supervise in Aden (document in Arabic)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1185214447582887936

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Source: No signing of an agreement between the government and the transitional today and Saudi efforts to bring the views closer

An informed source told "Al-Masdar Online" that the Saudi government is making intensive efforts to bring the views between the legitimate government and the Southern Transitional Council, in order to reach a compatible formula for the Jeddah agreement, and to resolve the problems related to the security and military aspect in Aden and neighboring areas.

The Yemeni government and the Transitional Council (STC) delegations arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, and media reported that the Jeddah accord was expected to be signed on Thursday.

The source added that the discussion and communication continue, Thursday, between the Yemeni parties and Saudi authorities, in active efforts to resolve the remaining problems related to the items and observations made by the parties and is still the subject of controversy and ongoing discussion.

The source confirmed that Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman is leading the kingdom's efforts to bring the views closer in a new round of indirect dialogue, taking place today in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

According to the source, efforts are continuing to reach a greedy version of the agreement, pointing out that there is no official signature or announcement in this regard on Thursday.

The Yemeni government denied yesterday, setting a date for the signing of the agreement with the southern transitional, and its spokesman Rajeh Badi, said that the provisions of the draft Jeddah "leaks suspicious and untrue, stressing the government's adherence to national principles and ending the rebellion against state institutions."

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172877

(A K P)

Yemen government and southern separatists close to deal over Aden

The STC also demanded to be included in international talks led by the UN, which last year led to negotiations in Sweden and a truce in Hodeidah meant as a springboard toward a broader peace.

Yemen's government had insisted that no talks over Aden could take place until the STC withdrew fighters.

Britain's top diplomat at the UN, Ambassador Karen Pierce, indicated that the southern group was about to enter a power-sharing agreement.

“We need a deal that brings southern representatives into the government,” she said of the talks in Riyadh.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-government-and-southern-separatists-close-to-deal-over-aden-1.925062

My comment: Wait and see.

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Saudi troops arrive in Yemen’s Aden as deal with separatists stalls

Local sources have said Saudi and Sudanese troops have arrived in Yemen’s southern province of Aden in spite of a Reuters report indicating that an agreement between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists was due to be signed today.

The Yemeni government hopes to retake the city as its interim capita

So far no date has been confirmed for the signing of the agreement, according to state news agency SABA.

According to the Houthi-aligned Yemen Press Agency, leaked confidential details of the so-called Jeddah Agreement between the Hadi government and the STC include the assignment of security tasks in the southern provinces by the Security Belt militia – the armed wing of the STC.

It has also been reported that the Hadi government and the Saudi-supported Islah party have been under pressure from Riyadh to agree to the terms of the pact in exchange for reducing the presence of UAE forces in the southern provinces.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191017-saudi-troops-arrive-in-yemens-aden-as-deal-with-separatists-stalls/

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Yemen: Parents in Taiz demand answers over alleged rape of their children

Six months after Amnesty highlighted delays in justice, families speak out despite concerns of reprisal and shame

At the time, Amnesty said the alleged perpetrators, which included members of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, and trusted community leaders, had yet to be held to account for what the organisation described as war crimes.

Six months later, parents say they are still waiting for justice.

Some, like Raed's mother, say they are too intimidated to approach authorities because the attackers who hurt their children hold positions of power. Others want to hide what happened because they consider rape to be shameful.

But after another mother, who did not give her name, came forward last week, in a TV interview accusing a leader in the Yemeni army in Taiz of raping her son, the unresolved cases are back in the public eye, drawing parents to speak out once again.

"I am talking about my child's case for the sake of protecting all children in Taiz, not only for the sake of my child," said Zubaida, who was speaking to the media for the first time.

"I hope that authorities in Taiz can stop their men from raping children."

While incidents of gender-based violence have shot up in Yemen since the start of the war, there are no publicly available figures recording sexual violence against children over the same years.

Experts say cases of these kinds of assault are underreported, both because they are difficult to prove and also because they are considered scandalous in Yemeni society.

Despite this, in Taiz - along with Amnesty's investigation - local newspapers and activists have reported that they believe around a dozen incidents of child rape have taken place this year.

There have not been reports of increasing numbers of child rape in other provinces, which may be down to the lack of a strong governing authority in Taiz.

Slow justice

Zaed Alawi, a lawyer in Taiz city, said he knows of several parents who have, in fact, taken complaints to the provincial prosecutorin the past few years, but no one has been punished.

But Alawi blames this on Yemeni law, not on local authorities.

"In the Yemeni law, it is very difficult to prove rape. A judgment is only issued after the confession of the criminal and a statement from the victim, and this hasn't happened even for one case in Taiz," Alawi told MEE.

"The parents of the victims are not educated enough about Yemeni law so they keep accusing the authorities of neglecting them.

"I hope that parents of children in Taiz raise the awareness of their children about sexual harassment and teach them how to complain to their fathers if they suspect anyone," Alawi added.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-taiz-child-rape-power-impunity-militias-government

(A T)

Last night armed individuals shot & killed a patient & injured a medical staff during an attack inside the ER at #MSF-supported Al-Thawra Hospital in #Taiz city.

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1185609264414576644

#MSF is alarmed by this violence carried out in the hospital & condemns this attack. Such incidents seriously threaten our ability to continue working in #Taiz.

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1185609316734242816

(A P)

#Mahra #Yemen is becoming battleground for regional powers. This week 10/14 #STC meeting 10/16 STC organised rally in Sayhut 10/17 General Council of Mahra/#Socotra meeting 10/19 Press conf by new Salvation Council 10/19 Mahris protested destabilisation driven by external actors

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1185659419075457025

(A P)

3 prisoners died under torture in Marib prisons: Prisoners’ Affairs Committee

“The coalition mercenary forces in Marib tortured the prisoners Khalid Ahmed Ali Abdullah al-Quraish from Sanaa province, Mohammed Hussein al-Mahbashi from Hajjah province and Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Ali Jahmous from Dhamar province inside the prison until they died under torture,” the committee said in a statement.

Bodies of the three prisoners are still held by the coalition mercenaries, the statement added.

http://en.ypagency.net/138240/

(A K)

Unidentified gunmen attack security belt checkpoint west of Abyan

A local source told Al-Masdar online that one of the security belt elements and one of the attackers were injured during the attack, which is the second targeting security positions belonging to the UAE-backed security belt in Abyan

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172953

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Minister in Hadi’s govt orders recruiting 3,000 soldiers from Hadramout

Interior minister in Hadi’s government Ahmed al-Miasri on Saturday ordered the recruitment of 3,000 soldiers from sons of districts of Hadramout province, eastern Yemen, after the withdrawal of UAE forces from the province.

Al-Miasri’s decision came after his arrival in Sayoun city, in reference to the declaration of war against the UAE-backed southern transitional council’s militias in the city.

http://en.ypagency.net/138269/

(A K P)

Interior and Transport Ministers Arrive "Sieyun" ahead of Agreement in Jeddah Dialogue

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ahmed Al-MAysari, accompanied by Transport Minister Saleh al-Jabwani, arrived Saturday at Sieyun airport in Hadhramaut province.

A government source said the two ministers had arrived to settle in one of the liberated provinces.

The two ministers' arrival comes more than two months after the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Forces took control of Aden province.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172947

My comment: Had not these two been the guys who had been thrown out by Egypt?

(A K P)

Shatara reveals STC's success factors

"unified and impenetrable leadership, its expansion in all the southern governorates in ways that strengthen its popularity and its concern for building a military institution based on southern doctrine are among the success factors of the Council."
He added that the STC's success factors also include opening accessible channels of regional and international communication, developing and consolidating its relations and responsible dealings with the Arab Coalition countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/13552

My comment: LOL. Nice separatist propaganda, drunk by overconfidence. And more of this:

(A P)

STC Spokesman:The Arab Project will Win Just as our Southern National Project Won

The Southern Transitional Council’s leadership arrived at the Saudi capital Riadh amid great welcome from the kingdom's leadership.
The leaders of the STC are visiting the Saudi capital to attend the Jeddah Agreement, sponsored by the Kingdom.
The STC's spokesperson Mr Nizar Haithem said on his facebook account, 'The STC’s visit is a key step on the road to support the Arab project in the region, a project that the southerners won and did not fail when others failed them.'
‘We will be with the Kingdom and the UAE's leadership for the dialogue, the Arab project will win just as our southern national project won’.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/13545

My comment: What for heaven’s sake such an “Arab Project” actually is? Saudi / UAE predominance?

(A P)

Chaos Strikes #Taiz: * Journalist Taha Saleh was kidnapped and held in a secret prison for five hours. * Gunmen broke into Al Thoura Hospital and killed a patient. * Forces cracked down on a stand-in for sanitation workers demanding their rights (photos)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1185268181704818688

(A P)

Source reveals why 27 foreign tourists were prevented from entering Socotra archipelago

The source told "Al-Masdar Online" that the ban came after a telegram by the Coalition Operations Center in Riyadh to the Yemeni Air office to prevent any foreigner from traveling to the archipelago, likely the UAE is behind the telegram.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172913

(A P)

President Hadi discusses terrorism and Iranian interventions in his meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

President of Republic Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi received today, Thursday, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and his accompanying delegation.
The session aimed to discuss a range of issues and topics of common interest including situations in Yemen, peace efforts and prospects.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172878

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1950931/us-delegation-hadi-discuss-iranian-interference-counter-terrorism

My comment: Since 2015 (or even 2014) “president” Hadi is playing his role in “Groundhog Day” – the sleepy groundhog himself, probably.

(A K P)

Military campaign clashing with tribal gunmen in Marib to open international line

A military campaign clashed Saturday morning with tribal gunmen who cut off the international line in the eastern Province of Marib.

A military source said that a military campaign from various brigades and units moved at dawn in the direction of the area of "Al-Araqeen" in the valley directorate in the north of Marib province, where the militants cut off the international line.

The source added that violent clashes broke out this morning and are still continuing until the moment of writing the news, with the aim of opening the international line that the militants have cut since yesterday.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172946

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Yemen: Second State Firm Restarts Production

The recent resumption of crude production at Yemen’s central Block 18 could prove to be a turning point in the country’s oil sector, unlocking output from neighboring blocks. Yemen’s export focus is increasingly turning to the previously-minor Bir Ali terminal.

https://www.mees.com/2019/10/18/oil-gas/yemen-second-state-firm-restarts-production/97c55ec0-f1a7-11e9-8e6f-67ec7aad0caf

and

(A E P)

OMV resumes oil exports from The Al-Oqla fields after two-day hiatus

Austria's OMV on Friday resumed crude oil exports after a two-day suspension due to a strike by army units responsible for protecting oil tankers.

An informed source told Al-Masdar Online that the Austrian company had suspended exports for two days due to a strike by army units responsible for protecting oil tankers to claim dues to the company.

The source added that a solution was reached with army units and the export of crude oil was resumed this afternoon.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172944

while the Houthis blame the Hadi government and it’s masters for looting:

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REUTERS: US-SAUDI AGGRESSION AND ITS PAID-MERCENARIES LOOT SEPOC COMPANY

The agency reported that an official in Safer Exploration & Production Operations Company SEPOC said on Wednesday that the company is resuming pumping oil from its fields in Shabwa, southern Yemen to a port in the Arabian Sea to exporting it abroad.

“Safer state-owned company, is currently pumping 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and expects a pipeline pumping rate to triple”, the official added.

The Ministry of Oil and Minerals announced during a press conference in Sana’a on October 5 that the countries of the aggression alliance and their paid-mercenaries looted an amount of more than 18 million barrels of oil exports last year, and received their value to a bank in Saudi Arabia.

The Minister of Oil and Minerals, Ahmed Daris, said that Yemenis are ready for any agreement allocating oil and gas revenues to pay the salaries of all Yemeni employees.

The official statement of the company open to Reuters, the file of Yemeni wealth that are in the Yemeni territories under the control of the invaders and occupiers of aggression alliance led by US, UAE and Saudi Ariba , and their paid-mercenaries who inhabit in the hotels of Riyadh, while the Yemeni people suffer from the loss of their salaries

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/reuters-us-saudi-aggression-and-its-paid-mercenaries-loot-sepoc-company/

and

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New clashes over Ma’rib oil fields leave several dead

Tribal gunmen clash with Saudi-backed forces over oil revenues

Local sources said that tribal gunmen from Al-Muthanna attacked areas held by Hadi’s forces near the oil fields of Safer, due to them rejecting the gunmen’s demands for compensation for Saudi coalition raids.

The sources pointed out that violent clashes broke out between the parties, and that the army forces loyal to the Islah Party and Hadi in Ma’rib used tanks in the bombing of tribal areas.

On Wednesday, border areas between Ma’rib and Shabwah provinces in eastern Yemen witnessed bloody clashes as a result of the Islah Party’s decision to transport crude oil from Safer oilfield in Ma’rib to the Ayadh area of Shabwah.

“Armed clashes erupted between Islah’s militias and gunmen in al-Makhtam area in Ma’rib province during the process of transporting crude oil from the oilfields of Safer to Ayadh area and then to the oil port of al-Nushayma in Shabwah,” sources briefed on the events told Yemen Press Agency.

https://www.uprising.today/new-clashes-over-marib-oil-fields-leave-several-dead/

and

(A K P)

Tribal gunmen attack oil shipment in Ma’rib

Unknown assailants attack petroleum transport from Saudi-occupied province

Tribal gunmen intercepted an oil shipment after it left the Safer oil fields, northeast of Ma’rib, one of the sources said.

He said that the gunmen burned one of 10 tankers, while the rest continued on their way, but it was not clear what motivated the gunmen to try intercept try the shipment.

A source at the oil company of Safer said that the company resumed crude oil exports on Wednesday for the first time since the operation was halted by the war in early 2015.

https://www.uprising.today/tribal-gunmen-attack-oil-shipment-in-marib/

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Over 5,000 barrels of oil stolen per day by Hadi officials

Corrupt functionaries stow wealth in Saudi bank accounts

Officials in the exiled Hadi’s government have seized 5,000 barrels of oil per day from a field in Shabwah province, exporting it through a Yemeni port in the Arabian Sea, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

“The company is resuming pumping oil from its fields in Shabwah in southern Yemen to a port in the Arabian Sea for export abroad,” an official at Safer Oil Company quoted as saying.

The official added that Safer is currently exporting oil at a rate of 5,000 barrels per day and expects to triple the pumping rate through the pipeline.

https://www.uprising.today/over-5000-barrels-of-oil-stolen-per-day-by-hadi-officials/

and also https://www.uprising.today/islah-party-stealing-yemeni-oil-wealth/

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SOUTHERN OFFICIAL ACCUSES UAE OF OBLITERATING DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE THAT PROVE ITS CRIMES IN ADEN

The head of the sit-in committee, Ahmed Belhaf, accused the UAE of trying to obliterate all the evidence that condemn it of committing crimes and abuses in Yemen.

Balhaf said in on Twitter that the UAE forces in Aden are burning all documents, papers and files for fear of being condemned, pointing out that the UAE is hiding such evidence to escape from revealing the truth of the crimes of torture and kidnapping and all the violations that it have been involved since the occupation of Aden, and some southern governorates as he put it.

Balhaf’s accusation comes in coinciding with the arrival of Saudi forces to Aden as a substitute of the UAE forces to exchanging roles between them to occupy Aden

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/southern-official-accuses-uae-of-obliterating-documents-and-evidence-that-prove-its-crimes-in-aden/

(A K P T)

Al-Qaeda and Islah threaten UAE and Emirati-backed mercenaries

New rift possible as Saudi-backed terrorists threaten Emirati-backed ones

Activists on social media circulated a video footage on Wednesday showing a group of al-Qaeda and al-Islah party militias threatening the UAE and promising to pursue and attack them.

Emirati military analyst Khalfan al-Kaabi commented in a tweet, saying: “We must protect ourselves from them.”

https://www.uprising.today/al-qaeda-and-islah-threaten-uae-and-emirati-backed-mercenaries/

referring to https://twitter.com/KhalfanAlkaabi5/status/1184354219358380032

and

(A K P T)

Caution is advised re. videos claiming to show #AQAP taking over #UAE-backed forces positions in Shabwa #Yemen -AQAP has not yet formally claimed them, nor any op in Shabwa this year -Guns for hire use AQAP brand -External actors stand to benefit from idea of fighting #terrorism

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1184741518021668865

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

Griffiths to Address the UNSC from Riyadh

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1949496/griffiths-address-unsc-riyadh

and

(A P)

BRIEFING OF THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR YEMEN TO THE OPEN SESSION OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL

Well, Mr President today, I want to claim that there are indeed signs of hope for the people of Yemen, even in the middle of a misery, which Mark has just described with his usual accuracy and depth, and which for those involved might sometimes seem endless.

Yes, indeed, there are signs of hope. But these are fragile and in need of our diligent care and attention.

In my briefing today, Mr President, I will seek to point to these signs of hope: in the south of course as I have already mentioned; but also in the reduction in violence very recently in the north; and also in a growing generosity of spirit between the parties and in the parties which often seem so lacking in, for example, freeing some of those detained and imprisoned, and in finding creative ways to allow those desperately needed oil ships that Mark has been referring to, to enter Hodeida in a very impressive way in these last few days. And as Mark has been telling us much needed they are.

So these are small signs perhaps in a frightening season but something for us to nurture.

Many of us had hoped, including myself here in Riyadh, that an agreement could have been announced today. I understand we are not quite there yet but it certainly does seem that progress has been made, very significant progress during the Jeddah talks under the leadership of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to their strenuous diplomatic efforts, the Saudis, there are encouraging signs that an agreement aimed at resolving the issues between the Government of Yemen under President Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council may be well within reach.

I welcome, as I did publicly at the time the initiative by Ansar Allah, under the leadership of Abdel Malek al Houthi, to suspend all drones and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

I welcome the release of 290 detainees by Ansar Allah.

In Taiz, we have heard reports of potential offers from both parties to open humanitarian corridors

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/briefing-special-envoy-un-secretary-general-yemen-open-session-security-council

and in film: http://webtv.un.org/watch/martin-griffiths-un-special-envoy-for-yemen-on-the-situation-in-the-middle-east-yemen-security-council-8642nd-meeting/6095566276001/

and

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Yemen conflict: 'Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and OCHA chief, Mark Lowcock, told members September had been “the deadliest month for civilians so far this year” with an average of 13 killed every day.

But when it comes to lifesaving aid, the Government has made “substantial progress” clearing backlogs in humanitarian delivery caused by the in-fighting across the south, he added, noting that funding gaps in recent months had forced “key programmes” to simply close.

Turning to the key issue of funding the UN response plan, he welcomed the generous contributions last month of $500 million from the Saudis, and $200 million from the United Arab Emirates, together with a recent $88 million pledge from Kuwait.

“With hundreds of millions in new funding over the last six weeks, the response plan has gone from 45 per cent funded in early September, to 65 per cent funded today”, said Mr. Lowcock, adding that although “substantial gaps remain, UN agencies have re-opened many programmes that had been suspended, including support for health facilities, malnutrition treatment centres and vaccination campaigns.”

There are signs, he added, that the battered Yemeni economy was also beginning to push the country towards the brink of widespread famine once again, coupled with a worrying Government policy, blocking commercial fuel imports, that has caused severe fuel shortages – although some vessels have been allowed to enter Hudaydah in recent days.

“Rising fuel prices also mean families are less likely to get help when they need it, because transport becomes too unaffordable or unavailable. In some areas, the number of people reporting to health facilities over the last several weeks dropped by 50 per cent because people could not reach them. At the same time, mobile health teams struggle to reach patients where they are, as the teams don’t have enough fuel.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/10/1049481

and Lowcock’s statement in full here: https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-mark-23 and in film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjUjWVGsN7E

and here the whole session including statements of delegates and the Hadi government:

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Amid ‘Positive Indications’, Warring Parties in Yemen Must Stop Hostilities, Restart Talks to End World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis, Special Envoy Tells Security Council

JONATHAN R. COHEN (United States), affirming his country’s commitment to the people of Yemen, said it is unacceptable that 17 million people need immediate food assistance there. [LOL!!!]

NICOLAS DE RIVIERE (France) stressed the absolute priority of civilian protection and humanitarian access in Yemen and said restrictions placed by Houthis on humanitarian operations are unacceptable.

ABDULLAH ALI FADHEL AL-SAADI (Yemen) said his Government is working hard to end the suffering of the Yemeni people, which resulted from an unjust war imposed by Houthi militias. However, he warned that, like Iran, “Houthi militias live off war and instability”.

Describing the exploitation of the suffering of the Yemeni people as unacceptable, he pointed out that the Houthis continue to block the reopening of the Sana’a airport and the resumption of domestic flights, despite many overtures by the Government. Such flights would significantly reduce the suffering of the Yemeni people.

the Government [….] stands ready to transfer fuel to all areas in need — even those controlled by militias — as long as the United Nations is in charge of the resulting revenues and the militias refrain from imposing any tariffs or taxes (Several LOL!!!]

https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/sc13990.doc.htm

and British statement in full: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/small-signs-of-progress-in-yemen

and the Hadi gov. statement: https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172922

My comment: You get Western hypocrisy and empty bla bla and Hadi government propaganda lies.

(A P)

No New Consultations before Implementation of Stockholm Agreement, Yemen's Government

Yemen’s government has reiterated that the transition to any political consultations on a comprehensive settlement of the conflict depends on the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.
“This is what the Security Council and the international community should work to achieve because those who do not abide by previous agreements will not comply with any new deals or political settlements,” it added.
The stance was made by Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah al-Saadi in his speech before the Security Council.
He was also briefed on Thursday by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on developments to achieve peace and the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.
Saadi stressed that the legitimate government seeks to achieve sustainable peace and end people’s suffering as a result of the unjust war waged by the armed Houthi militias.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1952511/no-new-consultations-implementation-stockholm-agreement-yemens-government

My comment: This actually means: “Implementation of Stockholm Agreement” only as we want it, everyone accepting our claimed “legitimacy”, otherwise a blockade to a further peace process.

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Secretary-General of Political Council: Griffiths Briefing Formal and Fragmented

Secretary-General of the Supreme Political Council in Sana'a Yasser Al-Houri described the briefing of the UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths before the UN Security Council in its session Thursday as a formality and rather fragmented.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9333

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UN relief coordinator thanks Saudi Arabia for supporting humanitarian efforts in Yemen

The Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting UN efforts to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen on Thursday.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1570246/middle-east

My comment: The UN should not be in need to accept such blood money – and they never should praise the perpetrator paying it.

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UNESCO Agrees to Establish Regional Center for Dialogue and Peace in Saudi Arabia

The UNESCO Executive Council unanimously approved on Thursday the establishment of Regional Center for Dialogue and Peace in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the supervision of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Sabeel extended thanks to the Minister of Education and Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, for his efforts and support for the establishment of Regional Center for Dialogue and Peace.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1983831

My comment: They must have smoked too much hashish.

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Yemen's warring parties swap 29 prisoners

The Yemeni government and its foe Houthi rebels have exchanged 29 prisoners through a tribal mediation, Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohamed Askar said on Saturday.

"We welcome the release of prisoners ... in one of prisoner swap with the Houthi militias," Askar tweeted, giving no further detail.

Pro-government Almasdar Online news website reported that "among the pro-government released were five people who had been in prison without trial for over eight years."

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/19/c_138486254.htm

and

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19 Prisoners Of Army Released In Exchange Deal In Marib: Al-Mortada

https://sabanews.net/en/news3077512.htm

and

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[Hadi] Government welcomes release of revolutionary youth detainees, affirms right to compensation and reparations

According to the Minister of Human Rights, Houthi militias have traded this and other files.

Askar congratulated the young people who had been given their freedom under an exchange deal concluded by the government's army with Houthi militias, and Askar stressed the need to compensate them for the years they spent in detention.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172961

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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[from early 2017] Saudi Arabia – Iran's Foreign Policy Crisis: A Case Study of Execution of Saudi Shia Cleric Shaikh Nimr al-Nimr

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been in conflict since the Iran revolution in 1979. Three factors shape their relationship: 1) Sunni-Shia disagreement, 2) the rivalry to be the regional power in the Middle East, and 3) the politics in the OPEC. The execution of Saudi's Shia cleric, Shaikh Nimr al-Nimr, is a continuing phenomenon of the protracted conflict between the two countries. The study found that the root cause of their foreign policy crisis is their rivalries for hegemonic ambition in the Middle East and a quest for leadership in the Muslim world. The sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia plays the most important role to ignite the hatred throughout the region. The impact of the execution was tense, whereby Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States cut diplomatic ties with Iran as a response to the burning of Saudi's diplomatic places by a group of Iranians. However, the tendency toward a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is unlikely because the highest-level of policymakers of the two countries are rational. They fully realize that if they waged war against each other, the result would be a catastrophe, not only in the region but to the entire world.

https://www.academia.edu/31607531/Saudi_Arabia_Irans_Foreign_Policy_Crisis_A_Case_Study_of_Execution_of_Saudi_Shia_Cleric_Shaikh_Nimr_al-Nimr?auto=bookmark

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi Arabia hands over first batch of the Holy Quran, to the Islamic Council of Southern Sudan

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1984004

My comment: Saudi Arabia spreads Wahabism by flooding the world with Salifist books. It’s not just the Quran.

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Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry urges its citizens not to travel to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry told its citizens on Friday not to travel to Lebanon, according to state news agency (SPA), as Lebanese protests entered a second day calling for the removal of leaders they accuse of looting the economy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-economy-protests-saudi/saudi-arabias-foreign-ministry-urges-its-citizens-not-to-travel-to-lebanon-spa-idUSKBN1WX295

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EXCLUSIVE: The Jeddah station and Hariri firm’s role in it

Saudi Arabia’s high-speed railway linking the holy cities of Mecca and Medina took 10 years to build and cost more than $16 billion. It was meant to be a triumph of design and engineering but on Sunday, less than a year after carrying its first paying passengers, the line was shut down when one of its stations caught fire.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown but it’s clear from the way it spread that the roof had been constructed without adequate fire resistance. It’s also clear from photos and videos that laminated roofing panels were at the root of the problem.

The main contractor on the Jeddah station project was the now-bankrupt Saudi Oger company headed by Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri. Instead of buying the roof panels from a specialist firm, as contractors on some of the other stations did, Saudi Oger decided to make them itself.

https://medium.com/@Brian_Whit/exclusive-the-jeddah-station-and-hariri-firms-role-in-it-56a00900e1e9

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Saudi Aramco delays planned launch of long-awaited IPO

Saudi Aramco has postponed the launch of its long-awaited initial public offering, due on Sunday, three people familiar with the matter said, putting the planned November flotation in jeopardy. One of these people said the company wanted to wait until it could provide investors clarity on its most recent quarterly earnings after attacks on Saudi infrastructure last month that temporarily halved production. The listing, which is central to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious economic reform plans, has been dogged by delays and doubts over whether it can achieve a $2tn valuation desired by the kingdom’s heir apparent.

https://www.ft.com/content/b34d35c8-f106-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195

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Banks warned over Saudi Aramco by environmental groups

Ten green groups send letter to express concern over planned market float

Green groups have warned that banks linked to Saudi Aramco’s $2tn (£1.6tn) market float are undermining global efforts to tackle the climate crisis by supporting the listing of the world’s biggest oil producer.

The world’s biggest-ever IPO is expected to give a $450m windfall to a string of major international banks and advisers, or less than 0.01% of what Saudi Arabia expects to earn by listing 3% of its state oil giant, according to Bloomberg.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/17/banks-warned-over-saudi-aramco-by-environmental-groups

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IMF slashes 2019 growth forecast for Saudi Arabia to 0.2% from 1.9%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Saudi Arabia’s economy to grow 0.2% this year, down from an earlier estimate of 1.9%, due largely to oil output cuts.

The impact to growth of last month’s attack on Saudi oil facilities - which initially halved production of the world’s biggest crude exporter - was difficult to assess but it “adds uncertainty to the near-term outlook,” the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook report published on Tuesday.

The Saudi economy, the largest in the Arab world, has suffered in recent years because of low oil prices and austerity measures aimed at reducing a huge budget deficit.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-economy-imf/imf-slashes-2019-growth-forecast-for-saudi-arabia-to-02-from-19-idUSKBN1WU22J

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Oxfam stands with faith leaders from all 50 states who demand an end to US support for the war in Yemen

Today these leaders have sent a joint letter to members of Congress demanding action.

The letter opens: “As Americans of faith, we call upon Congress to end all U.S. arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the war in Yemen, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and put millions more at risk of famine, in what has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

These faith leaders are joining an ever-growing coalition of organizations and individuals across the country – and around the world – who refuse to accept the continued role the US and the international community are playing in the conflict. It is further proof that even in these troubled times, the US people will not stand by while millions of innocent people are caught in bloody, senseless wars. This group voicing their concern today is leading with their joint sense of humanity and faith. The letter continues:

“Our faith compels us to protect the most vulnerable, and to seek a peaceful end to deadly conflict. Now is the time when the United States could help halt the unimaginable horrors the Yemeni people have suffered for more than four years.”

https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/stories/oxfam-stands-faith-leaders-all-50-states-who-demand-end-us-support-war-yemen/

and the letter in full: https://ousweb-prodv2-shared-media.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/media/documents/Yemen_100_faith_leaders_letter_-_letter_print_copy.pdf

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Today's Washington Post delivered to all 535 congressional offices. #YemenCantWait Big thanks to @bread4theworld, @oxfamamerica, @avaazfor their leadership in this effort. (photo)

https://twitter.com/FreedomForward/status/1184843597700620288

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Why a US soldier turned against drone warfare

As the technology advances, drones are becoming more and more capable—and independent—which worries people like Attia, who fear that they are too quickly and without serious regulation becoming fully autonomous weapons, or as some activists call them: “killer robots.”

How Attia got here

While stationed in Iraq, Attia implemented and managed a region-wide geospatial database in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The massive mapping project involved nearly 170,000 square miles of terrain. Attia never knew exactly what his individual maps and intelligence reports would be used for, only that his commanders needed extremely precise geolocation data.

“And then some of it was for targeting purposes, for hunting the ‘bad guys,’ so to speak,” Attia said. “I had no real knowledge of what was going on, who the person was, why they were being hunted or killed.”

It is difficult work, and the strikes don’t always get it right, or are not as surgical as advertised, Attia said. At first, while he was serving in Iraq, Attia said he felt “pretty neutral” about the use of drones. But in time he began to view the war as immoral, and that American involvement in Iraq was doing more harm than good. When his contract expired, Attia, who joined the service to pay for college, entered art school in New York City.

“I just felt like overall, the war was totally immoral for a number of reasons,” he said. “Mostly because of the destruction in general we were causing in the country. And I saw that there was really no plan to help the country get back on its feet, and we were doing more harm than good. So I did my time, kept my mouth shut, and I got out.”

https://qz.com/1725819/why-a-us-soldier-turned-against-drone-warfare/

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

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#Saudi dissident Dr. @AnassAlShikh says his sources says that former Saudi DC ambassador Bandar Sultan is on #Tehran to negotiate a settlement with #Iran.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1185720980657848321

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Saudi Arabia and Iran may finally be ready for rapprochement

To achieve peaceful co-existence, however, both regional powers need to make significant compromises.

What is apparent, however, is that the current state of uncertainty, mistrust and confusion cannot be sustained if Iran wants to rejoin the international community after decades of isolation and if Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies seek further economic and social development. Only a return to quiet and purposeful diplomacy - with the assistance of third parties - can bridge differences between the two sides and help prevent what could arguably be one of the most calamitous military confrontations in the region's history.

Saudi Arabia is not interested in a confrontation

despite the ongoing friction between the two sides, Riyadh does not want to rule out the possibility of a rapprochement with Tehran in the near future. MBS was clear, in a recent interview with CBS, about his preference for a political solution to the region's ongoing problems. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's visits this week to Iran and Saudi Arabia can only be seen as an effort at reconciliation that he could not have undertaken without a green light from the leaders of both countries.

Saudi Arabia can no longer count on Washington's direct assistance in the event of a confrontation with Iran. Whatever existed of Saudi enthusiasm for such a confrontation has dissipated after US President Donald Trump aborted the mission to punish Tehran over its downing of an American spy drone last June.

Iran cannot remain a pariah in the region

Despite the defiant rhetoric emanating from its leaders and institutions, the Islamic Republic is also interested in a rapprochement with Saudi Arabia. Tehran understands that it cannot remain outside the confines of regional and international systems. It also understands that it needs to make compromises, both in the region and in the international arena, to find necessary accommodations. To be sure, its signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015 clearly signalled its willingness to meet the international community's expectations if that helps it in preserving national pride and interests and escaping debilitating sanctions.

However, on the regional front, Iran's insistence on interfering in the domestic affairs of Arab countries continues to stymie its good relations with its neighbours. To be sure, no other outside force has been able to secure the kind of influence that Iran maintains in Iraq and Lebanon. Yemen's Houthis, meanwhile, have become closer to Iran than ever before

What is to come?

In the current atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust, it is hard to accurately postulate what could be in store for Saudi-Iranian relations. But both Riyadh and Tehran have recently been talking about the dangers of escalation and expressing their desire to find a compromise that would allow for the two regional powers to peacefully co-exist. This, above anything else, signals a real possibility for sustainable peace in the Gulf. Friendly but neutral third parties can also assist in finding the means to bridge differences that have stymied a closer relationship between arguably the two most consequential states in the Muslim world.

One thing is sure, however: peaceful co-existence can only work if Tehran scales down its interference in the affairs of Arab states and Riyadh accepts that Iran also has a say in regional issues.

Peaceful co-existence, however, is difficult and requires the will to talk and compromise. If either party shows reluctance to change its ways, the region will continue to live with the possibility of a war that could make all past wars look minor in comparison – by Imad K. Harb

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/saudi-arabia-iran-finally-ready-rapprochement-191015103242982.html

My comment: Iran hardly does interfere more in neighboring countries than Saudi Arabia does, certainly it’s even less. So, why in this point the author has been caught by US / Saudi propaganda, and does not weigh both sides realistically?

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Japan won't join U.S. coalition to protect Middle East shipping, will send own force

Japan said on Friday it will not join any U.S. coalition to protect merchant vessels in Middle Eastern waterways, but will instead send a separate force of ships and planes to guard ships supplying Japan from the key oil-producing region.

“We won’t join the United States, but will cooperate closely with them,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news briefing. “Self Defense Force assets will ensure the safety of vessels related to Japan.”

Although it is the closest Asian ally of the United States, Japan has been reluctant to join forces with Washington in the Middle East because it maintains close diplomatic and economic ties with Iran. Tokyo has offered to act as a intermediary between the two countries to help ease tension in the region.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-japan-ships/japan-wont-join-us-coalition-to-protect-middle-east-shipping-will-send-own-force-idUSKBN1WX0TQ

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VAE haben Schritte unternommen, um Streit mit dem Iran beizulegen

Der Stabschef des Präsidentenamtes, Mahmoud Vaezi, sagte am Donnerstag, dass die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) Schritte unternommen haben, um den Streit mit dem Iran beizulegen.

„Die Länder, die der US-Politik in der Region sogar zustimmen, wollen politische Probleme lösen und ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis zur Islamischen Republik Iran aufbauen“, sagte Vaezi in Semnan.

https://de.irna.ir/news/83521617/VAE-haben-Schritte-unternommen-um-Streit-mit-dem-Iran-beizulegen

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U.S., Saudis Heighten Security Defenses After Attacks on Oil Industry

The two allies hold talks on connecting their air-defense systems; government explores antidrone technologies

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have stepped up efforts to protect the kingdom’s oil production, holding talks on connecting Saudi missile defenses to U.S. systems and investigating new antidrone technologies, after an attack last month knocked out half of the country’s crude production.(paywalled)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-saudis-heighten-security-defenses-after-attacks-on-oil-industry-11571304601

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Iran to limit inspectors' access to its nuclear facilities

Move announced by senior MPs represents another step away from nuclear deal signed in 2015

Iran will further reduce its commitment to the nuclear deal signed with world powers by limiting international inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites, senior Iranian MPs have said.

The move, which is expected to take place at the beginning of November, will be the fourth Iranian step away from the deal, and puts pressure on France, Germany and the UK to make some form of counter-move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/16/iran-to-limit-inspectors-access-to-its-nuclear-facilities

My comment: This report puts upside down. – It’s the US which had killed the deal, and US’ European vassals no more fulfilled their commitments – thus Iran was the last of all to step away from the deal. The only pressure on the Europeans would be to finally fulfill their commitments according to the deal.

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French Foreign Minister: De-escalation of Tensions between US & Iran Requires Restoration of Nuclear Deal

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed Thursday that de-escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran requires the restoration of the nuclear deal and the deactivation of sanctions.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9320

My remark: I did not find anything else on this press conference. – Here a Figaro interview:

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In Biarritz, then New York, the French President took initiatives to enable a de-escalation and define the parameters of an agreement with Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani. It’s about persuading Iran to once again fully honour the commitments of the Vienna agreement (JCPOA), open negotiations to discuss the crises in the region and discuss the agreement’s future after 2025. Concurrently, American sanctions would be gradually lifted and Iran could have its oil resources. These parameters still exist, even though the political space is narrowing, because Iran is threatening to go back on other JCPOA commitments at the beginning of November. Today it’s important for the two sides to grasp this opportunity for negotiation. Otherwise, pressure will mount as time goes by and the risk of an uncontrolled escalation will increase, when none of the players in the crisis, particularly the United States and Iran, say they want that.

https://in.ambafrance.org/Interview-given-by-Jean-Yves-Le-Drian-to-Le-Figaro#Iran-s-nuclear-programme

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PM Imran’s Iran-Saudi mediation mission an uphill task

During his visit to Washington last month, PM Imran said US President Donald Trump had asked him to “mediate” between Riyadh and Tehran, a claim later refuted by Trump.

A day before the Iran visit, the Pakistani media quoted an Iranian government spokesman as claiming that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had sent a message for mediation through the premier.

However, during the joint press briefing with Rouhani, PM Imran insisted it was Islamabad’s “own initiative” to facilitate a dialogue between the longtime Middle Eastern rivals.

“We would like to play the role of a facilitator and not mediator. We want to facilitate two brotherly Islamic countries,” he said.

PM Imran and the local experts recognised the “complex” challenge to bring the Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Shia-dominated Iran closer.

“We recognise it is a complex issue but we feel that it can be resolved through dialogue”, he said during the press conference.

Shahid Amin, a former diplomat, dubbed the prime minister’s initiative “difficult”, but “doable”.

“It’s not essential that you achieve all goals in one go. The start of peace negotiations itself is a big achievement”

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2079506/1-pm-imrans-iran-saudi-mediation-mission-uphill-task/

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Pakistan: Threat Of Saudi-Iran War Subsiding Due to Diplomacy by Islamabad

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia and Iran have both shown a willingness to settle mutual disputes through diplomacy and negotiations, reducing chances of an immediate war in the Gulf.

The development stemmed from Islamabad's diplomatic initiative aiming to defuse Tehran's escalating tensions with Riyadh and "facilitate" possible talks between the two rivals, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on October 16.

He was speaking after making trips with Prime Minister Imran Khan this week to the Iranian and Saudi capitals, where they discussed with leaders of the two countries how they both can overcome increased "misunderstandings" following last month's devastating strikes against vital Saudi oil-producing installations.

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/pakistan-threat-of-saudi-iran-war-subsiding-due-to-diplomacy-by-islamabad/30221209.html

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Minister Strongly Rejects Reuters' Report on US Cyber Strike against Iran

Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi categorically dismissed a report by the Reuters news agency citing a successful US cyber attack on Iranian facilities and infrastructures.

https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980724000593

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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800 Euro: Hallescher Künstler sammelt zu seinem Geburtstag spenden für Unicef

Die Gelegenheit der Feier ließ Peter Ziegler nicht verstreichen, ohne für die notleidenden Kinder des Jemenkrieges zu sammeln.

„Statt Blumenglückwünsche entgegenzunehmen, hat Peter Ziegler Spenden für den UNICEF-Einsatz im Jemen gesammelt und UNICEF 800,- € überreicht!

https://dubisthalle.de/800-euro-hallescher-kuenstler-sammelt-zu-seinem-geburtstag-spenden-fuer-unicef

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Altmaier erklärt deutsches Rüstungsembargo für gescheitert

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier (CDU) rückt von dem geltenden Stopp deutscher Rüstungslieferungen an Saudi-Arabien ab. "Unser deutsches Exportembargo gegen Saudi-Arabien hat dort wenig bewirkt und in Europa leider keine Mitstreiter gefunden", sagte Altmaier den Zeitungen des Redaktionsnetzwerks Deutschland (RND - Samstagsausgaben). Deutschland stehe in dieser Angelegenheit "allein auf weiter Flur".

"Alleingänge zeigen zu wenig Wirkung und sollten künftig nicht mehr stattfinden", forderte Altmaier. Kritik übte er in diesem Zusammenhang an der SPD. "Ich wünsche mir, dass sich in der SPD stärker die Erkenntnis durchsetzt, dass wir ein gemeinsames europäisches Vorgehen brauchen."

https://www.tah.de/welt/afp-news-single/altmaier-erklaert-deutsches-ruestungsembargo-fuer-gescheitert.html

Mein Kommentar: Drummdreister und unverfrorener und prinzipienloser geht’s nimmer. Es sei denn, das Prinzip lautet: Make money, make more money. Was ich Herrn Altmeier wünschen würde: Er wird mit 50 Dollar in der Tasche mit dem Hubschrauber in Hajjah abgesetzt und nach einem Monat wieder abgeholt.

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Pressemitteilung von Sevim Dagdelen, 17. Oktober 2019

Nein zu Merkels Rüstungsdeal für Diktaturen

„Die Einigung des deutsch-französischen Ministerrats auf gemeinsame Regeln für Rüstungsexporte ist nichts anderes als ein Freifahrtschein für die ungehemmte Aufrüstung von Despoten-Regimen wie der Kopf-ab-Diktatur Saudi-Arabien. Es ist einfach nur erbärmlich, dass die SPD dieser ‚Lex Dictatura‘ ihren Segen gibt“, erklärt Sevim Dagdelen, stellvertretende Vorsitzende und abrüstungspolitische Sprecherin der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Dagdelen weiter:

https://www.linksfraktion.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/detail/nein-zu-merkels-ruestungsdeal-fuer-diktaturen/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Film: As received from a friend in #Lebanon, protestors were chanting for #Yemen, #Syria, #Egypt, #Libya, #Sudan, #Tunisia, #Palestine, #Iraq, #Bahrain, #SaudiArabia

https://twitter.com/osamahfakih/status/1185327376126926848

Other film: https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1185638943741661184

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MOFAIC warns Emiratis against travel to Lebanon

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has warned UAE citizens against travelling to Lebanon until further notice due to recent security developments.

http://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302795718

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#Bahrain: Several #JawPrison detainees, incl. 13 on death row, continue their hunger strike for the 8th day, demanding their rights: an end to humiliating searches of family members, extended bimonthly visits, and the removal of barriers during visitation. #BahrainPrisonersStrike

On Day 8 of their hunger strike, the death row detainees' health has seriously deteriorated: Hussain Ali Mahdi was hospitalized with dehydration; Mohamed Radhi collapsed, and he was incorrectly administered an IV, causing his hand to swell up!

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1184954607501488129

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1184954630150774785

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Trading values to sell weapons: The Canada-Saudi relationship

In August 2018, the relationship between Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appeared to break down in a most public and modern way: over Twitter.

In the eyes of many, Canada appeared to be taking a principled stand that placed human rights ahead of monetary gain.

Trudeau’s Canada also appeared the polar opposite of a conservative kingdom infamous for denying women basic rights

Less publicly, Canada has supported independent investigations into war crimes allegations against Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Tory support

It started in March 2015, immediately after the entry of a Saudi-led coalition into the civil war. Rob Nicholson, the Conservative foreign affairs minister at the time, publicly lauded Saudi Arabia for its actions:

Ottawa backed up those comments with large-scale arms exports to help Saudi Arabia wage war.

The Trudeau government is well aware of the purpose of these sales. After the Liberals came to power in late 2015, approval was given to export light armoured vehicles (LAVs), manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS), to Saudi Arabia.

As a now-declassified memo states, the reasoning was that they would be useful for Saudi Arabia’s efforts at “countering instability” in Yemen.

Most would agree the Saudi-led coalition’s impact on the war in Yemen has been anything but stablizing.

While the Trudeau government announced “a review” of arms deals with Saudi Arabia in October 2018, it allowed this to drag on while permitting weapons shipments on an undisclosed number of existing permits.

This includes at least CDN$1.34 billion worth of exports since Khashoggi’s murder.

Ongoing Canadian involvement

Though the Trudeau government announced it would not authorize new export permits during the review, this may be little more than a symbolic gesture.

While none of the newly produced LAVs have yet been spotted in Yemen, older-model Canadian-made LAVs and sniper rifles are regularly seen in battle footage uploaded by Saudi and Yemeni forces. The Yemen war has also been flooded with armoured vehicles made by other Canadian companies, like the UAE-based Streit Group, Terradyne Armored and IAG.

Business as usual

Regardless of a few high-profile cases of Canada providing support for individual women and reformers in the kingdom, it appears to be favouring perceived economic gains over human rights values.

While Canada has been increasing its aid budget for Yemen, this means little compared to the destruction wrought by the weapons and training it sells

https://theconversation.com/trading-values-to-sell-weapons-the-canada-saudi-relationship-124961

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Dozens International Human Rights Groups Demands UAE Immediately Release Activist

138 international human rights groups on Thursday demanded the United Arab Emirates (UAE) immediately release activist Ahmed Mansoor.

The letter's signatories expressed their grave concern for the health of Mansoor, whom the UAE has held in solitary confinement for prolonged periods.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9319

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Mysterious UAE Cyber Firm Luring ex-Israeli Intel Officers With Astronomical Salaries

Probe finds DarkMatter works for UAE’s intelligence agency attacking Western targets, journalists and human rights activists, with graduates of Israel's Defense Forces earning up to $1 million annually

DarkMatter, a cybersecurity company formed in 2015 in Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates, officially limits itself to cyber defense. But according to a Reuters expose published earlier this year, DarkMatter provides hacking services to the UAE intelligence agency against Western targets, journalists and human rights activists.

The company operates an office in Cyprus, which among other things employs Israeli software developers. “That is de facto smuggling of Israeli intellectual property without any supervision of the [Israel Defense Ministry’s] Defense Export Controls Agency,” said one source in the Israeli cyber intelligence sector

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-uae-cyber-firm-luring-ex-israeli-intel-officers-with-astronomical-salaries-1.7991274

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Landing In Riyadh: Geopolitics Work In Putin’s Favour

When Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in Riyadh this week for the second time in 12 years, his call for endorsement of his proposal to replace the US defense umbrella in the Gulf with a multilateral security architectureis likely to rank high on his agenda.

So is Mr. Putin’s push for Saudi Arabia to finalize the acquisition of Russia’s S-400 anti-missile defense system in the wake of the failure of US weaponry to intercept drones and missiles that last month struck key Saudi oil installations.

“We are ready to help Saudi Arabia protect their people. They need to make clever decisions…by deciding to buy the most advanced S-400 air-defence systems. These kinds of systems are capable of defending any kind of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia from any kind of attack,” Mr. Putin said immediately after the attacks.

Mr. Putin’s push for a multilateral security approach is helped by changing realities in the Gulf as a result of President Donald J. Trump’s repeated recent demonstrations of his unreliability as an ally.

By comparison, Mr. Putin, with the backing of Chinese president Xi Jinping, seems a much more reliable partner even if Riyadh differs with Moscow and Beijing on key issues, including Iran, Syria and Turkey.

“While Russia is a reliable ally, the US is not. Many in the Middle East may not approve of Moscow supporting Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but they respect Vladimir Putin for sticking by Russia’s beleaguered ally in Syria,” said Middle East scholar and commentator Mark N. Katz

https://lobelog.com/landing-in-riyadh-geopolitics-work-in-putins-favour/

cp12a Katar / Qatar

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Dialog, diplomacy can solve tensions between Iran, some Arab countries: Qatar

Qatar says Iran and some Arab countries can solve their existing tensions through "constructive dialog and diplomacy."

"The tension is not sectarian, as it appears to some; rather it is a power and influence struggle in the region between two different poles," the Qatari spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah al-khater, said in response to a question about the nature of the tension between some Arab nations and Iran, on the sidelines of a panel titled "Middle East- Is Anyone Still Looking for a Solution."

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/10/19/609068/khater-Iran-Qatar-Persian-Gulf-diplomacy-Middle-East

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Qatari photographer's exhibition displays beauty of Yemen at Katara

Qatari photographer Modhi Hamad Al Hajri captures the beauty of Yemen in more than 100 photographs on display at 'Yemen, A Captivating Love exhibition which opened on Thursday at Katara Cultural Village.

https://menafn.com/1099148985/Qatari-photographers-exhibition-displays-beauty-of-Yemen-at-Katara = https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/19/10/2019/Qatari-photographer%E2%80%99s-exhibition-displays-beauty-of-Yemen-at-Katara

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp11, cp12

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Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Europe's 'double standard' in arms sales

Europe's swift move to ban arms sales to Turkey stands in stark contrast to its reluctance to sanction Saudi Arabia.

European powers have moved quickly to censure Turkey over its long-threatened military offensive in northeast Syria.

The condemnation was followed swiftly by bans on arms sales to Turkey.

Europe's top weapons exporters - France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy - all said they would halt the export of arms that Turkey could use in its military operation in Syria.

The swift response to Turkey stands in stark contrast to the resistance most of them showed this time last year when human rights groups had called for similar penalties against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The UK was ultimately forced to suspend weapon sales to Riyadh in June when an appeals court said it had broken the law by allowing arms exports that might have been used in Yemen's war. The British government, however, plans to appeal the ruling.

France, Spain and Italy refused to follow suit. That's despite a recent United Nations report saying countries that sell arms to Riyadh may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen.

"When you compare Turkey to Saudi Arabia, we see an element of hypocrisy in the position of European and other Western countries," said Marwan Kabalan, Director of Policy Analysis at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar.

"This is because countries are less concerned about principles or consistency when it comes to foreign policy. They are mainly seeking their own interests."

The "double-standard" in policy towards Ankara and Riyadh, according to Kabalan, mainly comes down to the volume of weapons each country imports.

Saudi Arabia is the world's top arms importer and spent $16.9bn buying weapons in the period between 2014 and 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a defence think-tank. At least $4.9bn of that amount was spent on European arms.

In contrast, Turkey spent $3.4bn on weapons imports in the same period, SIPRI said, half of which went to European countries.

Sinan Ulgen, chairman of the Istanbul-based Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, said Europe's top arms exporters stood to "forgo a much larger pie if they were to stop arming Saudi Arabia than if they were to stop military exports to Turkey.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/turkey-saudi-arabia-europe-double-standard-arms-sales-191016231548811.html

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Turkey's operation in Syria exposed Europe's double standards

European powers condemn Turkey over its Syria operation, but turn a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's crimes in Yemen.

The EU's swift response to Turkey's operation in Syria against the YPG exposed the 28-member body's hypocrisy when it comes to protecting "the stability and the security" of the Middle East.

The same European countries that recently imposed sanctions on Turkey for attacking the YPG see no problem in continuing their arms sales to a country like Saudi Arabia, which is responsible for a war in Yemen that already killed tens of thousands of civilians.

The EU has an arms export policy - the 2008 Common Position on arms export controls - which sets out the criteria by which member states must judge potential export licenses, including respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in the destination country. When the UN's experts concluded that Saudi Arabia is violating international human rights and humanitarian law in Yemen, therefore, all EU member states should have stopped their arms exports to the kingdom.

Such an export ban, however, never materialised.

According to the EU's own reports, EU member states issued at least 607 licences worth over 15.8 billion euros ($17.6bn) to Saudi Arabia in 2016 - a year after the start of Yemen's devastating conflict.

In 2017, France approved export licenses potentially worth 14.7 billion euros ($16.4bn) to Saudi Arabia. Not only did France not stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia after it had been established that Riyadh committed war crimes in Yemen, French intelligence tried to silence journalists who reported on the use of French weapons in Yemen's war.

In 2018, Saudi Arabia was the second-biggest client of Germany's arms industry after Algeria. From January to September of that year, the German government approved arms exports worth 416.4 million euros ($463.3m) to Riyadh.

Even when an appeals court in the UK declared the country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia "unlawful" in June this year, the UK government, which is now saying it cannot continue its arms sales to Turkey in light of its operation against the YPG, did not agree to suspend the flow of arms from London to Riyadh.

The EU, clearly, is applying double standards to Saudi Arabia and Turkey – by Ali Bakeer

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/turkey-operation-syria-exposed-europe-double-standards-191017191835691.html

My comment: The author tries to combine this with whitewashing the Turkish aggression in Syria – this simply does not work.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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To anyone who consistently scrutinises the output of #ISIS in #Yemen, this video screams fake The real questions are: 1/ Who benefits from exaggerating #Islah links to ISIS? 2/ How do we rein in the growing exploitation of terrorist "brands" to serve political agendas?

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1185601847995895809

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Film, a reminder: Realities that our big brothers in the region won’t to hide. They sow terrorism; the harvest is destructive for all of us. Who will compensate our generations - severely affected by terrorism- for all the losses?

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1185699104921399299

cp15 Propaganda

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Houthis exploit poor Yemenis to be recruited as soldiers

The Iran-backed Houthis are exploiting poor and marginalized Yemenis to be recruited as soldiers.

Yemeni activists have affirmed that Houti leaders visited last week a number of areas residing by marginalized people in Sana’a and forced families to allow their sons to join cultural courses, which are always held before sending new fighters to battle fields.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-33794

My comment: All warring parties in Yemen do. Many people have no other choice, as their jobs and their livelihood had been destroyed by the war. But, compared to the Houthis, the Saudis, the UAE have much more money to spend for their mercenaries: thus they can recruit much more.

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Film: Houthi crimes in #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1185608587399368705

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500 houthi violations in less than two weeks

The houthi militants committed 514 violations against civilians in less than 9 days in areas under their control, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
The breaches happened between Oct. 1 and 10 and include killings, injuries, abductions and random bombings, among other violations, Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms said in a report

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14550

My comment: Definitely, there are many “violations” by the Houthis. Anyway, “reports” like this one, obviously just mixing anything from war to human rights violations to anarchy to create high figures, must be labeled as propaganda.

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Iranian Regime Malign Activities During Negotiations With Iran and During JCPOA

During the period of JCPOA negotiations, Iran continued to provide arms, financing, training, and the facilitation of Shia fighters to the Assad regime.

Between late 2011 and mid-2013, IRGC-linked entities conducted a coordinated distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) campaign against the U.S. financial sector, threatening the international global financial system. The DDoS campaign disabled bank websites, prevented customers from accessing their accounts online, and collectively cost the victims tens of millions of dollars in remediation costs as the banks worked to neutralize and mitigate the attacks.

In 2013, one of the Iranian hackers involved in the DDoS campaign also conducted an intrusion into the industrial control system of a U.S. dam just north of New York City.

In 2013, Iran further integrated the IRGC-QF into forces loyal to Assad.

On January 23, 2013, Yemeni authorities seized an Iranian dhow, the Jihan, off the coast of Yemen. The dhow was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, C-4 explosives, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and a number of other weapons and explosives. The shipment of lethal aid was likely headed to Houthi separatists in Northern Yemen.

https://www.state.gov/iranian-regime-malign-activities-during-negotiations-with-iran-and-during-jcpoa/

My comment: A long list, just proving one: The US takes it for granted that it’s just the US’ right to interfere worldwide – to start with, in Syria, and to sell arms to who ever the US wants to do – while when other states do it’s “Malign Activities”.

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Houthi rebels plotted new fuel crisis for their own advantages

Yemen’s legitimate Government accused the rebels Houthi militia of plotting a new fuel crisis in their areas of control for their own advantages.

The Economic Committee, a consultative body concerned with the Yemeni economy said, “The Houthi rebel militia prevented merchants from applying for governmental permits for importing fuel in a clear plot to create fuel crisis in their regions … to exploit the resulting suffering of the Yemeni people before the international community, and to uphold the black market which the militia run and draw on to finance their media and terrorist activity.”

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/18/houthi-rebels-plotted-new-fuel-crisis-for-their-own-advantages/

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1952221/yemen%E2%80%99s-legitimacy-accuses-militias-evading-their-obligations

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172950

My comment: The Hadi government’s odd explanations why they withhold the fuel ships destinated to Hodeidah. It’s absolutely odd, that after Saudi / US blockers and the UN also the Hadi government should be a third instance having anything to decide on vessels going to Hodeidah.

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Saudi Arabia Affirms Keenness on Promoting, Protecting Human Rights

At a UN specialized sub-committee meeting as part of the 74th general assembly deliberations, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed its commitment to continuing its efforts to enhance and protect human rights as well as its keenness to cooperate with the United Nations, the international community and world organizations and bodies in order to contribute to the promotion of human rights in accordance with its national distinction.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1984040

My comment: LOL. The real snag is “in accordance with its national distinction”, which means Saudi style. This includes women as second class humans, no religious freedom, head-chopping, flogging, torture etc.

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Congress plays party politics regarding Syria and Saudis

Lack of understanding of the complexity and interaction of events in the Middle East, and of exactly where our national interests lie, can be seen in the contrary positions that Trump’s congressional critics are taking. Ironically, some of those blasting the president for failing to support our Kurdish allies are the same ones blasting him for supporting a very important ally in the region — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, lost within the unfolding international drama and U.S. congressional complaints about abandoning the Kurds is the lack of congressional concern about also abandoning the Saudis.

Critical to a Saudi victory in Yemen is Riyadh obtaining U.S. weapons. As Trump sought to sell the Saudis $8 billion in weapons, his anti-Saudi critics, such as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), opposed it and sponsored legislation to limit those sales. The main reason given for the opposition was widespread civilian casualties — a tally to which Iran has materially contributed, a regime with no qualms about executing thousands of its own citizens let alone being anxious about Yemeni civilians.

Then there is Russia. Sensing a developing crack in the U.S.-Saudi alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin wasted no time in currying favor with the Saudis and is visiting Riyadh this week.

Our congressional leaders must recognize that we cannot continue foolishly playing party politics in such a dangerous part of the world. For foreign policy to be effective it must be consistent, defining where our national security interests lie and letting the world know we will stand and defend them. That means supporting both the Kurds and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – by James G. Zumwalt

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/466254-congress-plays-party-politics-regarding-syria-and-saudis

My comment: LOL. Look who the author is: http://www.jamesgzumwalt.com/. He had written better things: https://www.amazon.de/Bare-Stories-Other-Vietnams-Battlefields/dp/0977788431

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Bahrain FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Qatar Plays Negative Role to Obstruct Solution In Yemen

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Al Khalifa said, “Qatar is trying to prevent a solution in Yemen. We can see it through Doha’s positions announced in the media, broadcasted by Al Jazeera channel.”
He explained that Qatar always failed to enforce this role in Yemen facing the people’s will to stop all foreign interference, including Iran’s attempt to incite strife.
The Bahrain FM said that Qatar does not only play a negative role in Yemen, but also in Libya, Tunisia, Gulf States and Iraq.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1950976/bahrain-fm-asharq-al-awsat-qatar-plays-negative-role-obstruct-solution-yemen

My comment: LOL.

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Pompeo lehnt Aufhebung von Waffenembargo gegen Iran ab

In einer Kurzbotschaftendienst Twitter schrieb Mike Pompeo am Freitag: Nach Ablauf des UN-Waffenembargos gegen den Iran im nächsten Jahr würden Russland und China die Möglichkeit haben, Irans moderne Waffen zu liefern, was zu einem Wettrüsten in der Nahostregion führe.

So forderte der US-Außenminister den UN-Sicherheitsrat auf, das Waffenembargo gegen Teheran zu verlängern.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i49399-pompeo_lehnt_aufhebung_von_waffenembargo_gegen_iran_ab

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What Should The West Do As UN Arms Embargo On Iran Ends In 2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran has consistently proven how much damage it can cause without having access to high-tech military equipment and formal arms markets. The past few months are indeed instructive. Under a slashed defense budget and outmatched in terms ofregional military spending, Iran still managed to turn-up the heat without inviting kinetic reprisal.

With increased capabilities and more accurate equipment, the threat from Tehran will only grow. Washington and the international community should not sit idly by as the Islamic Republic capitalizes on an international own-goal from 2015 and prepares a shopping spree for 2020.

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/what-should-the-west-do-as-un-arms-embargo-on-iran-ends-in-2020/30219365.html

My comment: What a strange lamenting. What the West should do? Reinstall the Iran Nuclear Deal. What the author (as the Trump administration) ask for, a “better and more comprehensive agreement in place that addresses not just the nuclear issue, but the regional security situation”, is a fake: The US does not ask for a peaceful solution for the whole region, but just for more action and more pressure against Iran. And, how could the US claim an arms embargo against Iran, while itself arming Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the teeth? This only contributed to a continuous deterioration of the “regional security situation”, as did permanent US interferences, from Libya to Syria to Iraq to Yemen… Well, look where the author comes from: Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_for_Defense_of_Democracies, and understand more.

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KSA Affirms Keenness on Promoting Moderation, Respecting Rights and Justice, Reducing Hate Speech and Fighting Extremism

At a UN specialized sub-committee meeting as part of the 74th general assembly deliberations, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed its keenness, through its media, to consolidate the approach of moderation, respect for rights and justice, reduce hate speech and combat extremism, and not allow terrorist and extremist groups to use media platforms to spread hatred and violence.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1983824

My comment: Well, all this is what we know Saudi Arabia for…

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More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

http://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302795636

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1983922

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Over Saudi 30 airstrikes hit Yemen’s north in 24 hours time

Saudi-Emirati warplanes have launched more than 30 airstrikes on Saada and Hajja provinces

mostly on the directorates of Harad and Hiran in the province of Hajjah, in a continuous escalation of aggression in the border fronts, without the invaders making any progress.

The source pointed out that the aggression warplanes launched a raid on the farm of a citizen in Maggz district, Saada province.

https://www.uprising.today/over-saudi-30-airstrikes-hit-yemens-north-in-24-hours-time/

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Oct. 19: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9358 Saada p., Asir

Oct. 18: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9345 and https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9343 Saada p., Hajjah p., Najran

Oct. 17: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9331 and https://sabanews.net/en/news3077370.htm Saada p.

Oct. 16: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9306 Hajjah p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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At least 100 Houthi militants killed in Hajjah

At least 100 elements in the Iran-backed Houthi militia were killed in the past week during clashes with national army backed by Arab coalition in Hajjah province, western Yemen.

More than 100 Houthi militants including ground leaders were killed, tens others injured and a number of their combat vehicles were destroyed by the gunfire of army troops and Arab coalition airstrikes.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/10/19/at-least-100-houthi-militants-killed-in-hajjah/

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172945

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Hajjah: Mass exodus of residents of ”Al-Tinah” villages in Midi as the Houthis shell their homes

Dozens of families in Midi district, Hajjah governorate in northwestern Yemen, were forced to flee their homes as a result of heavy shelling by Houthi militants on their areas.

According to a source from the villages of "Al- Tinah ", isolation of Bani Ati, who spoke to "Al-Masdar Online", all 74 residents of the villages of Al- Tinah left their homes after being subjected to unprecedented Houthi shelling, and were displaced to the areas of Hayran District and al-Ja'ada area of the same directorate.

The source added that the families fled to escape death and were unable to take anything from the houses they had left forced to walk and in mined areas, after the shelling intensified and the Houthis cut off the official road.

A number of camps and villages have already been shelled by the Houthis, which have killed dozens of civilians, including the targeting of the Shalila camp for displaced persons in Haradh district, which killed more than 15 displaced people, including four children, eight women and more than 30 wounded.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/172918

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INTENSIVE SAUDI SHELLING TARGETS RESIDENTIAL VILLAGES IN SAADA (with film)

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/intensive-saudi-shelling-targets-residential-villages-in-saada/

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Demining in Yemen .. world's most critical, humane mission

Yemen is the world's top country with amount of landmines since World War II (WWII) with relentless efforts to demine the killer objects that threaten millions of Yemenis and making their daily life a misery.
Houti militias have planted around a million landmines in random locations since the conflict began in Yemen, and the pro-Iranian group continues to place more mines, according to figures by the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) and The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).
The Houthis are using landmines as a defensive mechanism to stop advacement of the Saudi-led coalition-backed legitimate government forces.
The Yemeni government, which is recognized by the international community, said Houthis randomly placed, since mid-2018, thousands of mines in the Red Sea posing threat to international navigation and Yemeni fishermen.
Yemen ratified in 1998 the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.
There are three entities with a mandate of clearing Yemeni territories from mines: Yemen Mine Action Center (YEMAC), Masam and the Yemeni army.
Yemac and Masam succeeded in removing around 600,000 mines and unexploded ordnance.

https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2824808&Language=en

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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A la découverte du Yémen avec Mohammed Ismâ'il al-Khamîsî

Il est l'un des derniers joueurs de plateau en cuivre du Yémen.
Mohammed Ismâ'il al-Khamîsî est un grand chanteur, grand musicien qui a exercé presque tous les métiers : cuisinier, photographe, électricien, hymnode religieux, mécanicien automobile, gardien de prison. C’est un poète dont l’œuvre est dispersée au 4 vents de sa vie aventureuse, et qu’il a écrite sur des coins de table et des bidons d’huile.

Le répertoire poétique noble qu’il chante est avant tout, d’inspiration courtoise, dans la grande tradition du chant de Sanaa. (avec Audio)

https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/dans-la-discotheque-d-ocora/a-la-decouverte-du-yemen-avec-mohammed-isma-il-al-khamisi-76752

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Film: Aden in October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEyKFZ1qJc

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Film: Want to visit the old city of Sanaa but you can't? Watch this!! A year ago two young film makers, Ali & Essam, made this video to take us around the city with their modest tools.

https://twitter.com/alialsonidar/status/1185220808937017350

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Photos of Street life, old Sanaa city at night!

https://twitter.com/alialsonidar/status/1184957454561492993

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After a long trip, 2019 #AuroraPrize Humantiarian Huda Al-Sarari is finally in Yerevan, Armenia to attend the

@ForumAurora and Aurora Prize events.

https://twitter.com/auroraprize_/status/1184418604109979648

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Saudi Civil Aviation Academy Qualifies 79 Yemeni Air Traffic Controllers

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1983512

My comment: What should they do, as the Saudis block Yemen’s main airport?

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Life on Facebook and the Dematerialization of Death in Yemen

From limited realism to the vast virtual world

The Internet came to Yemen in the mid-1990s. In its early years the service was exclusive, it came at a high cost and was offered by one provider.

It was only after the introduction of accessible devices such as smartphones that the Internet became widespread.

However, the availability of the service alone was not incentive enough to spread Internet usage. It was rather the emergence of new mainstream uses, beyond business or work. The events of 2011 and the following popular political activity drew the general public to the Internet. The spread of Internet usage allowed individuals to take part in the sphere of influence and to become active participants in what was then widely considered a popular revolution. This is where the increase in number of users surged from 420,000 in 2010 to more than 7 million users in 2018.

The main motivation behind Yemenis joining the Internet, as far as we can deduce, was the desire to take part in an ongoing social and political event.

Data on the most visited sites by country indicate that Facebook is the most popular in Yemen, compared to other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia where YouTube is the most popular

This article is the result of a desire to reflect on the phenomenon of Internet usage in Yemen and to read it from the perspective that virtual interaction has become a dominant and influential reality in our personal, psychological, practical and cognitive lives. The majority of people we know, across a variety of gender and age groups, are active on social media. Together we follow each other’s lives, share news, concerns, ambitions and preferences. We live among one another more than we ever have before. In addition to the individual, personal aspect, there is a collective aspect, or a Yemeni ‘common thematic group’. For nearly a decade, the political and social conditions in Yemen have dominated the lives of the Yemeni population both within the country and abroad. These shared circumstances have had their influence on the topics discussed on social media, news and other visual media.

Within the Yemeni political context, most users on Facebook are following pages or groups representing figures or entities that are linked to the current political scene in Yemen, as well as the consequent economic, social and relational conditions. Against this background, we will expand on some of these figures, sites and channels in Yemen to demonstrate how political issues of an existential nature are at the forefront of users concerns – by Mustafa Naji

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/09/26/life-on-facebook-yemen/

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Perceiving Yemen

Yemen Polling Center, in collaboration with Data for Change, has recently launched the Perceiving Yemen website. The website provides an overview of life in Yemen, covering 20 governorates. Perceiving Yemen is a tool that compares livelihoods at a sub-national level in order to provide data that is of importance for all those interested in the situation in Yemen. Data was collected through a nationwide survey, where 2000 people between the ages of 15 and 25 were surveyed in various governorates. The process of data collection is part of the European Union funded project ‘Youth Voices in Yemen’.

In order to understand further young people’s lives in Yemen, the participants in the survey were asked questions that included topics such as the impact of the current war and conflict on their lives as well as accessibility to basic services such as water, food and electricity. Additionally, they were asked about their opinions on the government, foreign policy, security and media representations, among other issues.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/10/07/perceiving-yemen/

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Women in the Rasulid State: A History of Founding Schools in Yemen

In 647AH, Omar Bin Rasul separated from the Ayyubid state and established the Rasulid state, which lasted from 626AH/1229AD to 858AH/1454AD. The culture of building schools in Yemen reached an unprecedented momentum during the Rasulids’ time, as kings, princes, princesses and ministers competed on building schools and allocating financial resources to maintain and support schools.

Scholarly schools were the universities of that era for they presented the highest rank of establishments providing scholarly education and research at the time. When the Abbasid Caliphate fell in 656AH/1258AD, only 30 years after the Rasulid state was established, Zabid and Taiz became destinations for scholars – students and teachers. Rasulid schools taught Islamic jurisprudence, linguistics, medicine, astronomy, agricultural science, chemistry, algebra, mathematics and geometry among other sciences. It is no surprise that schools in Taiz and Zabid became hubs for the sciences and for scholars in the Islamic world as the Rasulid sultans themselves were scholars who published in the fields of agriculture, astronomy, genealogy, history and trade.

History writing suffers from both a lack of and marginalization of women’s roles. In Yemen, the mainstream focus in writing about women does not pay enough attention to women’s historical struggles and achievements. For this reason, this article aims to shed some light on Rasulid women and the schools they built during the time of the Rasulid state.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/09/30/women-in-the-rasulid-state/

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Weihrauch, Khat und Pfeffer

Erinnerungen an den Jemen

Jemen, Arabia Felix. Diesen Jemen gibt es nicht mehr. Aber noch gibt es Marianne Mandas Erinnerungen an ihn. Hier berichtet kein Politiker, kein Journalist, sondern eine, die dort mehr als 30 Jahre lebte und auf archäologischen Ausgrabungen als wissenschaftliche Zeichnerin alle Gesichter dieses wunderschönen Landes kennenlernte. Mit ihren Geschichten werden die Menschen dort wieder lebendig. Mit neugierigem und unbeeinflussbarem Blick, distanziert wie einfühlsam, leichtfüßig und elegant geschrieben, erfahren wir von Krummdolch und Schleier, von der Arbeit auf den Ausgrabungen im Wüstensand und dessen Schätzen, von Hochhäusern, Großfamilien, der Frauenwelt, vom Stolz der Stämme des Nordens und vom Islam im Alltag.

https://www.isbn.de/buch/9783904068048_weihrauch-khat-und-pfeffer.htm

Leseprobe: http://www.edition-tandem.at/images/2019/Jemen.pdf

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-587-yemen-war-mosaic-587

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-587 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-587:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected aur raids:

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

06:59 20.10.2019
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Dietrich Klose

Vielfältig interessiert am aktuellen Geschehen, zur Zeit besonders: Ukraine, Russland, Jemen, Rolle der USA, Neoliberalismus, Ausbeutung der 3. Welt
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