Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 627b- Yemen War Mosaic 627b

Yemen Press Reader 627b: 27. Feb. 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 626 – cp7 - cp18 / Feb. 27, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 626 – cp 7 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 627, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 627, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen crisis back to Geneva track

Yemen’s warring political forces have met in Amman under UN auspices, but while the Geneva settlement track looks set to be revived, negotiations will be fraught

Participants in the gathering told Al-Ahram Weekly before the meeting that the Geneva process is a comprehensive settlement track that discusses all aspects of the crisis. So-called “active” political forces in Yemen were expected to participate in the meeting; namely, political forces that are politically and militarily involved in Yemen, including the General People’s Congress Party, the Reform Party, the Houthis, the Transitional Council and the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Movement of the South.

Fouad Rashed, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Movement of the South, expected the agenda in Amman to discuss three main issues. First, agreeing to relaunch the comprehensive Geneva track. Second, forming the platforms that will participate in it, since there is still debate about the South participating with a delegation independent of the legitimate government. Also, whether the issue of the South will be included on the agenda of talks or if it will be under the umbrella of the recognised government. The Houthi platform will be led by Mohamed Abdel-Salam, the leader of the movement at Stockholm. Third, setting a deadline to launch the initiative, either within one month after the Amman meeting, at the end of March, or in April. If agreement is reached on the process and timeline, the agenda will be discussed.

Other sources at the meeting said there has been Saudi-Houthi rapprochement recently and they have almost reached agreement amongst themselves. The source said the recognised government in Yemen is aware of these steps which began in parallel with the Riyadh agreement between the government and the Transitional Council in the South.

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Optimism as Yemen Govt., Houthis Expected to Reach Prisoner Swap Deal

A Yemeni government source expected on Tuesday that ongoing negotiations in Jordan between the legitimate government and Houthis should complete the final lists to swap more than a thousand detainees under the auspices of the United Nations.

“There is optimism that the two sides will reach a final agreement on the lists of names that should be released, despite the ongoing Houthi obstacles,” the informed source told Asahrq Al-Awsat.

He said that negotiators at the office of UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths are exerting efforts to dispel any disputes over the list of names, despite obstruction by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The source failed to set a final date for the release of the list, but he expected it will be soon.

and also

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Government-Houthi talks to end economic war stall in Amman

The overall aim of the UN-sponsored talks was to reach an economic settlement to end financial and banking divisions by unifying central bank branches

Economic talks between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthis have stalled after months of preparations, a senior government official told Almasdar Online.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the government delegation was ready to participate in UN-sponsored talks in Amman, Jordan, scheduled to start on Wednesday, but is unable to move forward due to the Houthis' intransigence.

While the talks haven’t been cancelled, it’s unclear whether they will take place on the originally scheduled date or at a later time.

The official accused the Houthis of deliberately thwarting any economic settlements that focus on distribution of Hodeidah port revenues to pay state employees’ salaries.

In the run up to the scheduled talks, a Houthi ban on new banknotes issued by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government has further exacerbated various crises in the banking sector and created further division in financial institutions.

The talks are supposed to include measures to unite the warring branches of the Central Bank of Yemen under a united leadership.

Since September 2016, the central bank has been split along the conflict’s battle lines between Hadi’s government in the interim capital in Aden and Houthi-held Sana’a.

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OSESGY hosts consultative meeting on Yemen

The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) is hosting a consultative meeting with a group of Yemeni public and political figures in Amman, Jordan, on 26-27 February 2020.
The meeting brings together a diverse group of Yemeni stakeholders, both men and women, including members of some political parties and independent public figures.
Discussions will focus on approaches to resume the official peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations. Participants will further engage in a constructive dialogue about ways to ensure the peace process is inclusive and capable of bringing sustainable peace to Yemen.

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Expert reduces importance of international sanctions on Yemen, reveals facts about arms market in region

The researcher at the Paris Geopolitical Academy, and expert on Yemeni affairs, Dr. Faisal Jalloul, commented on Wednesday on the adoption of the International Security Council to extend international sanctions related to the conflict in Yemen until February 26 next year.

Jalloul said in an interview with "About the World" on "Sputnik": "The conflict in Yemen is not due to the military technical factor until it can be resolved by a decision of this kind. This conflict is caused primarily by a politician, and therefore the only solution for it is political."

Jalloul noted that the Security Council had to adopt a "political, not a technical, decision," noting that "no one will be able to enforce the prevention of arms smuggling."

Jalloul stressed that "Yemen does not need to import arms, which is a market for weapons in the region, in Somalia and in the former Horn of Africa."

Pointing out that the Yemenis possess about 60 million weapons according to pre-war statistics, so how is the situation today, adding, "and in light of these developments, there is no prospect for a political solution to this crisis. "

Yemen undergoes sanctions prohibiting arms imports since 2015, under the UNSC Resolution (2216) issued against the Houthi group and the forces loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The sanctions are renewed yearly.

The sanction list includes Saleh, his son Ahmed Ali, Houthi leader Abdulmalik and other leaders like Abdul Khaliq al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahiya al-Hakim.

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Der UN-Sicherheitsrat hat die Sanktionen gegen den Jemen verlängert und an die Notwendigkeit, das Waffenembargo einzuhalten, erinnert

Die Mitglieder des UN-Sicherheitsrates stimmten am Dienstag dafür, die Sanktionen gegen den Jemen um ein Jahr zu verlängern — bis zum 26. Februar 2021.

13 Länder unterstützten die Ausweitung der Sanktionen, und zwei, darunter Russland, enthielten sich der Stimme. «Nicht alle unsere Bedenken wurden berücksichtigt», kommentierte der Ständige Vertreter Russlands bei der UN Wassili Nebensja.

Das genehmigte Dokument erinnert auch an die Notwendigkeit, das Waffenembargo gegen den Jemen einzuhalten. Es spricht auch von Besorgnis, dass eine der Konfliktparteien in diesem Land — die Huthi-Rebellen — weiterhin illegal Waffen aus dem Ausland erhält.

Darüber hinaus sieht die Entschließung die Verlängerung der Arbeit von Sachverständigen zur Überwachung der Umsetzung von Sanktionen gegen den Jemen bis zum 28. März 2021 vor.

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Security Council Extends 2014 Sanctions Imposed on Those Threatening Security, Stability in Yemen, Adopting Resolution 2511 (2020)

As China, Russian Federation Abstain, Permanent Representative Accuses Houthi of Child Abduction, Rape, Other Atrocities

The Security Council authorized a one-year extension today of the asset freeze and travel ban imposed in 2014 on individuals or entities threatening peace, security and stability in Yemen.

Adopting resolution 2511 (2020) by a vote of 13 in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions (China, Russian Federation), the Council also reaffirmed the provisions of an arms embargo imposed in April 2015 on militias of Ansar Allah — also known as the Houthis — and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, it also reaffirmed the need for full and timely implementation of the political transition, following the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference.

By other terms, the Council extended until 28 March 2021 the mandate of the Panel of Experts tasked with gathering information about those who potentially meet the criteria for designation. It requested that the Panel provide a midterm update to the Committee no later than 28 July 2020, and a final report to the Council itself no later than 28 January 2021. Both should contain information about the commercially available components used by individuals or entities designated by the Committee to assemble unmanned aerial vehicles, water-borne improvised explosive devices and other weapons systems, bearing in mind that the request should not have an adverse impact on humanitarian assistance or legitimate commercial activities.

The Security Council Committee established by resolution 2140 (2014) — which monitors implementation of the sanctions and designates the individuals or entities to be subjected to the measures — may exempt any activity, on a case‑by‑case basis, from sanctions imposed under resolutions 2140 (2014) and 2216 (2015) if it determines that such exemption is necessary to facilitate the work of the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations in Yemen.

Karen Pierce (United Kingdom) expressed disappointment that two Council members chose not to vote in favour of the resolution, saying she is concerned that potential use of the veto could become a negotiating tactic. She added that her delegation — the resolution’s main sponsor — made compromises over what would otherwise have been its ideal text so that the Council could speak authoritatively. “I hope this does not herald a shift in the way the Council does business,” she emphasized.

Rodney M. Hunter (United States) said that, while his delegation supports United Nations efforts to hold spoilers in Yemen to account, Iran is defying its obligations under the sanctions regime by smuggling increasingly sophisticated weapons to the Houthis. He added that the resolution rightly calls out Houthi abuses against the Yemeni people and refers for the first time to the environmental risks posed by the oil storage tanker Safer, located in Houthi‑controlled northern Yemen, and the need for United Nations officials to inspect the vessel without delay.

Vassily A. Nebenzia (Russian Federation) said his delegation was unable to support a resolution that did not take all its concerns into account. The international community must focus on resolving the crisis and not on pinning blame, he emphasized. What happened today attests to the non-constructive working methods of the resolution’s sponsors, he said, emphasizing that the Council’s “penholdership mechanism” requires meaningful consideration. The Russian Federation wanted a balanced text but cannot agree to a take‑it‑or‑leave‑it approach that does not allow for compromise, he stressed.

Wu Haitao (China) said his delegation proposed many amendments, but the final text failed to meet its concerns. China could not, therefore, vote in favour of its adoption, he added, describing the resolution’s requirement that the Panel of Experts collect information on commercially available components that can be used for drones and improvised explosive devices as excessively broad. The text also makes unnecessary amendments to designation criteria, he noted, emphasizing that the work of the 2140 Sanctions Committee should be more constructive.


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UN Security Council approves resolution on Yemen sanctions

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday extending targeted sanctions for war-torn Yemen following contentious negotiations among the council's member nations.

Among the disputes had been whether to refer to U.N. experts´ findings that Yemen´s Houthi Shiite rebels are receiving parts for drones and weapons, some with technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in Iran.

Britain, which drafted the resolution, and the U.S. and other Western nations supported the inclusion of the experts' findings, but Russia and China objected. The much-revised British draft that was put to a vote and approved 13-0 eliminated all references to the Houthis and Iran, but Russia and China said their demands still were not fully met and abstained.

That appeared to surprise Britain and its Western allies who thought after last-minute negotiations into the early afternoon that all 15 council members would vote "yes."


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UN sanctions regime for Yemen renewed

The UN Security Council on Tuesday renewed its sanctions regime on Yemen for another year, after tense negotiations between Britain and Russia, which threatened to veto any mention, even implicit, of Iran.

Thirteen countries eventually adopted the London-drafted resolution on the sanctions, which now are in effect through February 2021. Russia and China abstained.

The sanctions plan, which would have expired on Wednesday, includes the extension of the mandate of UN experts who monitor the arms embargo imposed in 2015.

The resolution also extends the measures that provide for the freezing of assets and travel bans on targeted officials.

Talks had been ongoing for a week with little apparent difficulty, but suddenly on Monday, Moscow said it could not support the text drafted by London.

It threatened to use its veto and offered a counterproposal, diplomats said.

Russia was up in arms over any mention of Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels in their battle with government forces supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

During the Security Council negotiations, Britain initially abandoned any mention of Iran.

But then -- shortly before the vote and after France and Belgium stepped in to mediate -- London agreed to omit any reference to the arms possessed by the Huthis and their similarity to Iranian weapons.


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UNSC Resolution on Yemen Sanctions Failed to Address Russia's Concerns – Diplomat


(A P)

Explanation of Vote on a UN Security Council Resolution Extending Yemen Sanctions

Rodney Hunter, Political Coordinator, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Thank you, Mr. President. I also want to thank the United Kingdom for preparing this timely and important resolution in such an inclusive and transparent manner. Thank you.

The United States voted today in favor of the resolution to extend the Council’s sanctions against the Houthis and others responsible for the conflict in Yemen. These sanctions support the UN’s efforts to find a political solution to this war, and they help us hold spoilers accountable. All Member States have an obligation to implement these sanctions in full. However, Mr. President, the reality is that one Member State continues to blatantly defy their obligations under this sanctions regime. In their recent annual report, the Yemen Panel of Experts concluded that the Houthis continue to receive weapons that have quote “characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran” end quote.

This is not a new finding

And Iran’s violations continue.

My comment: The whole matter is a bad joke –sanctioning the one side, which is receiving minor arms supplies, while continuing to arm the other side to the teeth and mime peace brokers. The UN is highly biased, as long as not all sides of this war are sanctioned and all arms supplies are stopped.


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[Hadi] Govt. welcomes the UNSCR about renewing Yemen sanctions regime for another year

The Government of Republic of Yemen welcomed the International Security Council Resolution about renewing Yemen sanctions regime.

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Yemen's warring sides agree to swap over 1,400 detainees

Al-Monitor reached out to ICRC spokesman Fareed Alhomaid on Feb. 19 to comment on whether the parties will exchange final lists of prisoners on Feb. 20, according to the phased release of all conflict-related detainees. Alhomaid declined to comment if there is progress in this regard.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this issue and the ongoing work being done,” Alhomaid told Al-Monitor via WhatsApp. “Further details about the upcoming exchange will not be disclosed at the moment.”

Feb. 20 passed with no reports of exchanging the lists or reports of making any move forward amid a media blackout by both parties.

Al-Monitor reached out to the Houthis’ representative office late Feb. 20 via WhatsApp for a comment on exchanging lists of prisoners for the upcoming release. The office did not respond.

Apparently, the parties are trying to sustain the seriousness and momentum they have gained to release their detainees, a move that hailed by Griffiths Feb. 16, following the signing of the detailed plan.

“Today the parties showed us that even with the growing challenges on the ground, the confidence they have been building can still yield positive results,” Griffiths said in a statement.

Like any other agreement signed between Yemen’s warring sides since the war erupted in 2015, more important than the signing is the implementation on the ground.

It’s no different with the most recent swap deal, as the latest military developments threaten its implementation. Hope for its success remains scarce, while the traditional war of words between the warring sides is slowly turning into a war of agreements.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A H P)

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage, tourism amid coronavirus

Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended foreigners’ entry for the Umrah pilgrimage and tourism from countries where the new coronavirus has spread, as a growing number of cases outside China deepened fears of a pandemic.

The ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that the suspensions were temporary but provided no timeframe for their expiry. It was unclear if the haj pilgrimage, which is scheduled to begin in late July, would be impacted.

Entry is also suspended for visits to the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

and Saudi statements

and more

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#Saudi government has effectively shutterd the country to outsiders. Dozens of #COVIDー19 cases have been quarantined #Riyadh alone. #Jeddah, #Makkah & #Medina will be hit hardest due to foreign travelers. With war on #Yemen, this will end so bad.

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#Saudi Minister or Health bans disclosing any news regarding cases of #coronavirues #COVID19 found & quarantined in the country according to this

Dr. # Tawfiq Al-Rabiah sends an official letter to doctors not to leak any information about the cases infected with the # Corona virus that was received by the city of King Fahd Medical City in order to preserve the national security claim.

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We Value Sweden's Role, Efforts Exerted to Reach Stockholm Agreement, relating to Yemen, Al-Jubeir Says

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir valued the role and efforts of the Kingdom of Sweden, in relation to the Stockholm Agreement, peace process and issues of the region.
This came during a joint press conference held here today with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden Anne Linde.

My comment: Lol.

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Mekka-Girl”: Gegen die Diktatur der Saudis rappen – indem einfach normale Dinge erzählt werden. Auf einem plötzlich verschwundenen Video

„… „Mecca Girl“ ist der Titel eines Musikvideos, das derzeit in Saudi-Arabien Furore macht. Denn die saudische Rapperin namens Asayel, die es produziert hat, soll verhaftet werden. Eine junge Frau, die am heiligsten Pilgerort der Muslime rappt, das gehört sich scheinbar nicht – auch wenn sich der eigentliche Regent und Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman mit seinen gesellschaftlichen Reformen brüstet, etwa der Aufhebung des Fahrverbotes für Frauen.

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The Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against detainee Mustafa Hashem Al Darwish after a sham trial based on confessions extracted under torture. The charge of "participating in protests" in #Qatif dates back to when he was a minor, yet the death sentence is final

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Trials in Saudi Arabia not legal, sham, cover for suppression: Dissident rights activist

An exiled Saudi human rights activist has censured the judicial process in the kingdom, stating that trial sessions there are not legal and genuine, and are indeed a cover for further suppression amid a widening crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against rights campaigners and intellectuals.

“While Saudi authorities make claims about the integrity of the judiciary and fairness of the judgments, judges actually obtain papers condemning the defendants even before the trials are held. Therefore, they rule based on confessions extracted under duress, and categorically reject all attempts to defend the detainees,” Taha al-Haji told Arabic-language Mirat al-Jazeera news website in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

He added, “Saudi trials are not legal, as they are bogus and merely meant to burnish the image of authorities. Such trials are held only to claim that the defendants had obtained their rights before any verdicts were passed against them.”,-sham,-cover-for-suppression:-Dissident-rights-activist

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Saudi Arabia sentences eight on charges of spying for Iran: state TV

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced one Saudi citizen to death and seven others to jail on charges of treason and spying for Iran, Saudi state television tweeted on Tuesday.

The seven sentenced to jail were found to have “associated and cooperated with people working in the Iranian embassy”

My comment: This sounds not very serious, but like a pretense to oppress the opposition of the Shia minority.

(A P)

Saudi arrests former SBA director general amid crackdown on journalists: Report

Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested the former director general of the state-owned Saudi Broadcasting Authority (SBA) as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against rights campaigners and intellectuals widens in the conservative kingdom.

Arabic-language al-Khaleej Online news website, citing a post published by the rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, reported on Monday that Saudi officials had detained Dawood al-Shiryan.

Shiryan had purportedly gone missing since the beginning of the current month.

(A P)

Film: #Saudi Monarchy arrested Ahmed AlThyabib an #MBS look alike. Human rights criminal AbdulAziz AlHwairini has gine too far & he must be held accountable. AlThyabi has been behind bars for a year.

(A E P)

G20 Finance Ministers and Governors of the Central Banks Issue Final Communique


Film: Heartbreaking: The failing #Saudi Monarchy sprayed desert grass & plants with pesticides to kill locusts & then camels ate the grass & died.

(A P)

In first, Saudi king hosts Israeli rabbi at royal palace

Jerusalem-based David Rosen, invited to Riyadh as part of interfaith meeting, hails ‘revolutionary moment’; says Palestinian issue still ‘glass ceiling’ for Israel-Saudi relations


(A P)

Saudi royal family welcomes Israeli rabbi to court

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a delegation on Thursday in the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, which included Israeli Rabbi David Rosen.

The announcement of the presence of an Israeli rabbi in the Saudi royal palace is an unprecedented event in the kingdom’s history.

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Facing diminishing financial resources, the #Saudi Monarchy quietly cuts social security aid benefiting over 1 million #Saudis. This comes with a stock market losing 16% of its value in one year

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp 9a

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You can't make this stuff up. The US embassy in Syria is discussing "close cooperation" with the extremist Wahhabi Saudi dictatorship "in support of the Syrian opposition." Saudi Arabia literally supported ISIS. And they both have spent years supporting al-Qaeda-linked "rebels"

referring to

US Embassy Syria: We just finished a productive meeting with our Saudi partners. We discussed the U.S.-#Saudi Arabia partnership and close cooperation in support of the Syrian opposition and in support of a political solution to the Syrian conflict as envisioned in UNSCR 2254.

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Commerce Expands US Export Controls on Russia and Yemen

New Export Controls on Yemen

The February 24, 2020 rule issued by BIS also tightens export controls on Yemen, removing it from more favorable treatment under Country Group B and adding it to Country Group D:1 to impose a licensing requirement for items controlled for NS [National security] reasons. These include a broad array of military and spacecraft technologies, sensitive electronics, and others.

License applications to provide NS-controlled items to Yemen can still be granted if BIS determines that the items are for civilian use or otherwise would not make a significant contribution to Yemen's military potential that would prove detrimental to US national security interests.

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Film: Amerikas Drohnenkrieger

Im Dokumentarfilm kommen Menschen zu Wort, die das Schweigen über eine der umstrittensten militärischen Maßnahmen brechen. Sie sprechen über den weitgehend geheimen Drohnenkrieg der USA. (…) Kampfdrohnen gelten als die Waffen der Zukunft. Mit Kameras ausgestattet, können ferngesteuerte “Reaper”- oder “Predator”-Drohnen aus mehreren Kilometern Höhe Menschen wochenlang überwachen, ohne dass sie es bemerken. Wie eine Art unsichtbarer und tödlicher Stalker verfolgen sie ihre menschlichen Ziele.

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Senior State Department Official On Developments in Yemen

So I thought I’d just give a few toplines and then move in whatever direction you all want to. The U.S. is continuing to work with partners in the region to move Yemen toward stability. Meanwhile, we’ve got Iran, al-Qaida, ISIS continuing to destabilize Yemen. And so I sort of think of our main issues in three categories: counterterrorism, the southern split, and the Houthi conflict. So just a couple of words on all those.

On counterterrorism, the U.S. is working closely with our partners in the region, chiefly the legitimate government of Yemen – the Hadi government that’s recognized by the UN – Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, and a few others. Al-Qaida and ISIS in Yemen have shown that they can threaten the United States and the international community. There have been some important successes in the counterterrorism fight recently. Most prominently you saw – I’m sure you all saw the White House announcement about the killing of al-Rimi near Marib.

On the southern conflict, we’ve congratulated the Saudis for their work in coming up with the Riyadh agreement between the legitimate Yemeni Government and the Southern Transitional Council.

And then lastly on the Houthis, Iran is continuing to send advanced weapons into Yemen. We saw that most recently with a dhow that was intercepted off the coast of Yemen. CENTCOM did some press on that last week.

We continue to support the efforts of the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths

And then I’ll just say a brief word on the humanitarian situation. I believe [Senior State Department Official] in AID did a briefing last week. [Chit-chat.]

Anyway, I mean for the technical aspect of this you might want to talk to AID, but more broadly there’s a consensus among the UN agencies, NGOs, and the major donors that the way the Houthis have been treating the relief effort and the relief actors has risen to the point where it can’t be tolerated anymore.

So where we are now is that the – each donor and each implementer is drawing up plans on how to – what to do if the Houthis do not change their behavior on the ground. And the plans involve suspending a lot of assistance programs, with exceptions for truly lifesaving programs – feeding sick children and things like that. But it’s the Houthis themselves have made it impossible for the implementers to continue providing assistance on the ground and still adhering to international relief principles.

My comment: The bizarre US view on Yemen. The greatest arms supplier to the war claims “The U.S. is continuing to work with partners in the region to move Yemen toward stability”. – And, the US will misuse humanitarian aid as a leverage to put pressure on the Houthis, i. e. to achieve US geopolitical goals.

(A H P)

CBP Arrests Three Yemeni Nationals Arriving in San Diego by Boat

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Port of San Diego's Joint Harbor Operations Center spotted a suspicious vessel entering American waters, leading to the arrest of three Yemeni citizens and five Mexican nationals. Illegal cross-border migration is a routine occurrence on San Diego's shoreline

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75 years after a historic meeting on the USS Quincy, US-Saudi relations are in need of a true re-think

The relationship has had ups and downs but every American president has courted the Saudis. None has been as accommodating — even sycophantic — than Donald Trump.

The president has absolved his favorite.

But it won’t work. The crown prince is toxic, his reputation permanently stained. And the bargain struck on the Quincy is out of date. The United States doesn’t need Saudi oil anymore, it is almost energy independent. The White House has sent American combat troops back to Saudi Arabia (they left in 2003), but they did not deter the Iranians from striking the kingdom’s most critical oil facilities last September. The Saudis were literally shaken out of their complacency, and their acute vulnerability was exposed to all.

The next president should bring American troops home immediately from the kingdom and cut off all military support to the Saudis, at least until there is a permanent political settlement in Yemen. Saudi diplomatic facilities in the United States should be shut or stripped down because they are used to spy on dissidents like Khashoggi. Saudi soldiers in the U.S. for training or other tasks should be sent home. The Saudis should understand that anyone implicated in the Khashoggi murder will not be welcome in the U.S. The attorney general should review what judicial process may apply to the case.

All of this should be part of a larger review of policy toward the region to reduce our military footprint and use more diplomacy. Iran should be engaged, and the Iran nuclear deal should be revived and strengthened – by Bruce Riedel

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The Time To End The Noxious Saudi Relationship Is Now

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is one of the chief examples of what is wrong with our foreign policy today. Not only are they an increasingly repressive authoritarian state and one of the worst governments in the world, but they don’t even provide the U.S. with any meaningful strategic advantages. The distorting influence of the lobbyists that they pay for has allowed them to escape most of the consequences of their reckless foreign policy over the last decade, but the next administration needs to make clear that the time for impunity and indulgence is over. Maintaining this relationship is not worth the increasing costs to the U.S., and trying to cater to Riyadh has kept the U.S. involved in a monstrous and indefensible war in Yemen for the last five years. The U.S. owes Saudi Arabia nothing, and the Saudi government has never been our ally. Whatever value the relationship with the Saudis may have had forty or fifty years ago has greatly diminished, and at this point they are a liability to U.S. interests and an obstacle to reorienting our foreign policy away from the Middle East. If we want to extricate U.S. forces from the region and disentangle ourselves from the region’s conflicts, the relationship with Saudi Arabia as it exists today will have to go.

Mohammed bin Salman will almost certainly be the next king, and there is every reason to expect him to rule for a long time to come. That makes ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in all its forms that much more important. The crown prince has already demonstrated his ineptitude, his recklessness, and his dishonesty to the world on many occasions – by Daniel Larison

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Pompeo drums up 'Iran threat' on visit to Saudi Arabia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeated trumped-up "Iran threat" on a visit to Saudi Arabia amid US push to sell more arms to Riyadh, which is America's number one weapons buyer.

Pompeo "assured the Crown Prince that the United States stands with Saudi Arabia in the face of these threats, as reflected in our greater military presence in Saudi Arabia," US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

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Corona-Cluster im sanktionierten Iran – der perfekte Sturm

In Iran hat sich hinter China, Südkorea und Italien der viertgrößte Ausbreitungsherd für die vom neuen Coronavirus ausgelöste Covid-19-Erkrankung gebildet. Doch dies ist nur eine Schätzung, die auf den leider nicht gerade glaubhaften iranischen Angaben beruht. Die Dunkelziffer der iranischen Infizierten dürfte weitaus höher sein und es besteht begründete Sorge, dass das durch die US-Sanktionen bereits massiv geschwächte iranische Gesundheitssystem mit der Situation hoffnungslos überfordert sein wird. Die Uhr tickt. Wenn die USA ihre Sanktionen nun nicht zumindest aus humanitären Gründen aussetzen, könnten die Folgen für die gesamte Region und letztlich sogar global verheerend sein.

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Iran is racing to curb the rapid, deadly spread of the new coronavirus, but these efforts are complicated by tight economic restrictions imposed by the United States and frustrations among an increasingly embattled population.

Concerns that Iran is ill-equipped to handle the burgeoning health crisis have been compounded by Iran's trade isolation that has resulted from sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration. These measures have already helped to sabotage Iran's economic growth and foster social unrest across the country.

Naveed Mansoori, a co-editor of online Middle East magazine Jadaliyya's Iran Page, told Newsweek that it's difficult to predict how Iranians will react if their government further fails to protect them from the coronavirus but suggested new displays of frustration directed at both leaders at home and the U.S. were likely.

"The U.S.' sanctions regime has severely impacted the access that Iranians have to life-saving medical supplies and will most likely hamper the Islamic Republic's ability to respond to the coronavirus efficiently," Mansoori said. "In light of discontent with the sanctions, we will likely witness a field of criticism that resembles what we have heard in the past few months."

and also

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Mit allen Mitteln für das große Inferno

In Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz kämpft eine äußerst aggressive und mit ultrarechten US-Denkfabriken vernetzte Lobby für eine Eskalationspolitik gegen Iran – mit Geldern von der Bundesregierung und Schützenhilfe aus der Linken. (…) „Die deutsche Regierung muss aufhören, die Bemühungen anderer Staaten zur wirksamen Eindämmung des iranischen Expansionismus zu bremsen“, forderte das Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB) bereits im Jahr 2008.

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Iranian Regime Targeted by Finance Watchdog for Refusing to Stop Sponsoring Terrorists

The Iranian regime’s devotion to supporting violent groups from Hezbollah to Hamas to anti-U.S. militias in Iraq is set to take a further toll on its already precarious financial situation.

A global anti-money laundering and terror-financing watchdog announced it will impose “countermeasures” for Iran's failure to clean up its act.

Since 2016 the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has held off on taking the step, giving Iran time to comply with international standards on countering terror finance. After several extensions and a final warning last October, the 39-member FATF at a meeting on Friday decided to act.

My comment: There would be a lot to say here.

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Iran: Countries Imposing Medical Bans Not Qualified to be HRC Members

The head of the Iranian Judiciary's High Council for Human Rights says countries imposing sanctions on supply of medicine to Iran are "murderers of human beings" and lack qualification to be members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

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Connecticut senator: 'Trump policy on Iran has been a total disaster'

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Sunday that President Trump’s policy on Iran “has been a total disaster" after the president criticized Murphy for meeting with an Iranian official last week.

Murphy met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zariff last weekend

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Das Iran-Hisbollah-Gespenst, vom Fall Nisman zur Offensive gegen Venezuela

Teil 2: Wie eine geheimdienstliche Intrige Israels und der USA die Außenpolitik Lateinamerikas vergiftet.

Neue, „schmerzvolle“ Sanktionen gegen Venezuela. Die Ankündigung machte James ‘Jimmy’ Story – Leiter der Abteilung für venezolanische Angelegenheiten der US-Botschaft in Kolumbien – am vergangenen 8. Februar während einer Tagung der Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS-COA).

Doch Ziel der Achse Tel Aviv-Washington ist, zugleich drei Fliegen mit einer Klappe zu schlagen, nämlich Venezuela, den Iran und die libanesische Regierungspartei und schiitische Miliz Hisbollah. Daher das Anheizen der Stimmung mit medialem Szenenwechsel zum Kriegsschauplatz Syrien, wo die Syrien-Russland-Iran-Hisbollah-Koalition Idlib als letzten Terroristen-Hort auszuheben versucht.

Doch zurück zu Venezuela. Israel, das State Department, einflussreiche Medien des Mainstreams, bis hin zu Regionalzeitungen, TV- und Radiosendern der tiefen gesamtamerikanischen Provinz behaupten seit 1994, die libanesische Hisbollah sei nur ein anderer Name des Teufels. Die Dämonisierung erstreckte sich jedoch sehr bald auf die gesamte syrisch-libanesische Emigrantenszene Lateinamerikas, insbesondere in Brasilien, Argentinien, Chile und neuerdings in Venezuela.

Auf venezolanischem Gebiet leben derzeit etwa 126.000 Libanesen, mit auf 1.000.000 Menschen geschätzte Nachkommen, von denen sich 60 Prozent als Muslime, 30 Prozent als Christen, die restlichen 10 Prozent unter anderem als Drusen bekennen.

Mike Pompeos Warnung vom 20. Januar 2020, die Hisbollah bedrohe die Sicherheit Lateinamerikas, zieht sich wie ein roter Faden der geheimdienstlichen Feindbeschwörung und medialer Chimäre von Buenos Aires im Jahr 1994 bis nach Caracas im Jahr 2020.

Immer dann, wenn die Fabulierung im Zeitstrom verblasst beziehungsweise die Exhumierung der Fabel einer neuen politischen Konjunktur dienlich sein kann, wird das Phantom mit neuen, düsteren Farben und Revolvergeschichten ausgestattet und medial beschworen.

Weshalb der Mossad die Fabel neu aufgetischt hat, dürfte einen naheliegenden Grund haben: Druck auf die Administration Donald Trump für neue Iran-Sanktionen, die ebenfalls Hisbollah als Kollateralschaden treffen sollten – von Frederico Füllgraf

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The Futility And Cruelty Of Sanctions

Ineffective, Immoral, Politically Convenient: America’s Overreliance on Economic Sanctions and What to Do about It

American sanctions target around two dozen countries, with some states experiencing what amounts to near total economic embargoes. Why are these policies in place, what effects do they have, and how successful are they in achieving their geopolitical objectives? Sanctions have massive humanitarian costs and are not only ineffective but likely counterproductive. On these points, there is overwhelming agreement in the academic literature. Such policies can reduce the economic performance of the targeted state, degrade public health, and cause tens of thousands of deaths per year under the most crushing sanctions regimes. Moreover, they almost always fail to achieve their goals, particularly when the aim is regime change or significant behavioral changes pertaining to what states consider their fundamental interests. Sanctions can even backfire, making mass killing and repression more likely, while decreasing the probability of democratization.

and on this subject also.

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The ‘Well-Meaning’ Warmongers

Interventionists rarely anticipate and weigh potential consequences, because if they did that it would be much harder for them to get the interventions they want. Advocates for military action routinely minimize the risks and costs of war in order to reduce opposition to it, but “humanitarian” interventionists have another incentive to downplay negative consequences and preferably to ignore consequences in their entirety. If a “humanitarian” intervention creates worse conditions than existed prior to the intervention, it has to be declared a failure on its own terms. That is why “humanitarian” interventionists go to such lengths to turn a blind eye to the destructive effects of their interference. After all, they see themselves as defending the legitimacy of “humanitarian” intervention and preserving the possibility of future interventions. To admit that one of their interventions failed and made things worse, especially when it was one that they sold so aggressively as “good” and successful, would be to bring discredit on the entire project.

on this subject, also:

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Iran open to talks with EU on ways to save 2015 nuclear deal: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic has not closed the door to talks with the European Union on possible ways to save a 2015 landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers following the US’ unilateral withdrawal from it.

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IMEIS Annual Conference 2019 GCC: Evaluation, Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Gathering the proceedings from the 2019 Annual Conference of the Institute of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Durham University (UK), this volume explores the policies and priorities of Gulf Cooperation Council states, the tensions within and across the organisation, and behavioural traits of its key actors. My chapter ("United We Stand? Measuring Threat Perceptions of Iran within the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi Axis") dissects similarities and divergences in how the "Irani threat" is perceived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Freiburger Asche-Mittwoch: Adbustings gegen Rüstungskonzern LITEF

Der 26. Februar ist traditioneller Aktionstag gegen Rüstungsexporte. Auf Adbustings umliegender Bushaltestellen griffen Mitglieder der Zunft "Asche Mittwoch" LITEFs Rüstungsproduktion an. Von den meisten Freiburger*innen unbemerkt, produziert die Tochterfirma der multinationalen Waffenschmiede Northrop-Grumman hier Navigationssysteme für Panzer und Kampfjets.
Auf einem Adbusting wird dem saudischen König fröhlich angedichtet: "Mit Freiburger Systemen zerbomben wir den Jemen. Danke LITEF!"
So navigieren etwa die Leopard 2 Kampfpanzer und die Kampfjets Tornado und Taifun mit Systemen von LITEF.

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HRH the Crown Prince meets former German Foreign Minister

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in Riyadh today met with former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

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Röttgen für längeren Rüstungsexportstopp nach Saudi-Arabien

«So lange sich Saudi-Arabien an dem Vernichtungskrieg im Jemen beteiligt, kommen Waffenlieferungen nach Riad nicht infrage», sagte der Vorsitzende des Auswärtigen Ausschusses im Bundestag den Zeitungen der Funke Mediengruppe. «Daher bin ich dafür, das Embargo zu verlängern.»

Das Königreich Saudi-Arabien erwartet von der Bundesregierung die Aufhebung und verweist dabei vor allem auf die Bedrohung durch den Iran. Wie Röttgen befürwortet aber auch die SPD eine Verlängerung der bis zum 31. März befristeten Sanktion, und zwar bis Ende des Jahres. = =

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SPD ist gegen Waffen an Riad

Regierung noch unentschieden.

Die SPD will das noch bis Ende März gültige Lieferverbot für Rüstungsgüter an Saudi-Arabien verlängern. "Ohne eine grundlegende Kehrtwende Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen-Krieg, eine der schlimmsten humanitären Katastrophen weltweit, kann und darf es weiterhin keine Rüstungsexporte geben", sagte die stellvertretende Vorsitzende der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion, Gabriela Heinrich. Daher müsse das Moratorium mindestens bis Ende des Jahres verlängert werden.

In der Koalition gibt es noch keine Verständigung über die Frage. Der Parlamentarische Staatssekretär im Wirtschaftsministerium, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), hatte am Freitag auf dem Exportkontrolltag des Bundesamts für Ausfuhrkontrolle in Berlin gesagt, die Bundesregierung habe "hohe ethische und moralische Ansprüche" an ihre Exportpolitik. "Da gibt es nicht immer nur einfache Antworten."

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Joint maneuvers (Samsam 7) between Royal Saudi Land Forces and Pakistani Land Forces concluded

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Algerian leader to go to Saudi Arabia in first state visit since election

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will travel to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, state media reported, his first state visit since being elected in December.

Tebboune is making the trip as Algeria seeks to build support for a summit meeting it plans to host on the crisis in neighboring Libya and the day after he met the emir of Qatar in Algiers.

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Political prisoner put in UAE solitary confinement after accusing Dechert lawyers of torture

Following our earlier news item about Karam al Sadeq filing a Claim in the London High Court against US law firm Dechert LLP and two partners in their London office, we are sorry to announce that Karam has since been denied access to legal representation and apparently placed in solitary confinement.

Detained in Dubai CEO, Radha Stirling commented, “The actions by RAK authorities to punish Karam al Sadeq and prevent his communication with legal counsel and the outside world in response to the complaint filed against Dechert LLP, is indicative of the collaborative and complicit relationship between RAK and the law firm; particularly in relation to the abuses Karam has suffered.”

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Human Rights Organizations Renew Call, Open an International Investigation to UAE Run Razeen Prison

A number of human rights centers have renewed their call to international human rights and humanitarian societies and organizations for an international investigations on the Razeen Prison. It is classified as the third worst Arab prison, and is located on the outskirts of the desert of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

After two days of a prominent Emirates human rights center claim to open the prison to human rights monitors and institutions. The London-based Emirates Center for Human Rights said that inside the notorious Razeen prison, there are an unknown number of detainees, including prisoners of public rights, prisoners of conscience, human rights, university and government officials. In addition there are prisoners of Arab nationalities, supervised by mercenary soldiers of foreign nationalities, most of whom are Nepalese.

The center revealed that detainees who are isolated from the outside world are more likely than others to make confessions under pressure and coercion, using evidence against them in court.

The Center called on the UAE authorities to provide real figures for the number of detainees and their nationalities in Razeen, the charges against them and the provisions against them, and the application of what was stated in international conventions. The Center called for the accused to be allowed fair trials.

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Bahraini activists denounce repression in the Gulf monarchy

Senate of Belgium expresses support for activists as Bahraini human rights symposium takes place in Brussels

The Belgian Senate has expressed its concerns regarding violations of human rights and repression of basic democratic rights in Bahrain, calling on the Bahraini regime to stop violations of the rights of activists and to release human rights activists.

During a symposium held in Brussels, Bahraini activists asked the European Union to exert more pressure on the Al-Khalifa monarchy through the imposition of economic sanctions and the ratification by the European Parliament of resolutions condemning human rights violations in Bahrain.

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Bahrain Using Targeted Immigration To Quell Political Dissent

Bahrain’s Sunni ruling elite is naturalizing Sunnis en masse to dilute dissent among its majority Shiite population and bolster its security forces. Whether this amounts to demographic engineering or ethnic cleansing, the implications are grave and far-reaching.

With the country caught between the formidable wills of its Shiite majority and Sunni monarchy, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa decided to sanction the acceleration of a naturalization policy that has been equated to demographic engineering due to its sectarian and ethnic nature — a policy that uses national security as a smokescreen to obscure sectarian repression.

“Although Bahrain has long seen political polarization between the ruling Sunni elite and the dominantly Shi‘a opposition, the events of 2011-12 stand out because of the intensity of the popular mobilization, the state’s reliance on violent repression, and the increasing shift from economic and political grievances to sectarian religious conflict,” Quinn Mecham, a scholar of civil conflict and political Islam, wrote last December.

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Interesting Trend in #Iran's media coverage of the #UAE's policy in #Yemen: Moderate outlets blame the war on #KSA, and have softer criticisms of UAE policy, though the #Sudan mercenary issue features. Hardline outlets push the theory that KSA and UAE wish to partition Yemen.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Saudi-led blockade against Qatari nationals based on racial profiling: Top Official

A senior Qatari official has strongly condemned the ongoing Saudi-led economic and diplomatic embargo against the energy-rich Persian Gulf country, describing the punitive measures as a violation of human rights and all international conventions.

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Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain to resume Qatar post services despite dispute

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have agreed to resume postal services to Qatar almost three years after they were stopped due to a political dispute, the United Nations said on Monday.

The announcement follows a meeting last month of representatives for the countries and the U.N. postal agency.

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IMEIS Annual Conference 2019 GCC: Evaluation, Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Gathering the proceedings from the 2019 Annual Conference of the Institute of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Durham University (UK), this volume explores the policies and priorities of Gulf Cooperation Council states, the tensions within and across the organisation, and behavioural traits of its key actors. My chapter ("United We Stand? Measuring Threat Perceptions of Iran within the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi Axis") dissects similarities and divergences in how the "Irani threat" is perceived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Mansour bin Zayed opens UMEX and SimTEX 2020, launches first UAE-made VTOL drone

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, opened the 4th edition of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition, UMEX, and Simulation and Training Exhibition, SimTEX, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the theme "Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the Age of Smart Systems", the biennial event is taking place from 23rd to 25th February. It is organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Supreme Command of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Mansour toured several local and foreign pavilions and talked with exhibitors about their latest innovations and technologies for drones, robotics, components and unmanned systems and the importance of sharing experiments and experiences in that respect.

The event that showcases the MENA regions industry leading and growing unmanned systems segments

H.H. Sheikh Mansour launched the first UAE-made high-performance "Garmousha" vertical take-off and landing drone, VTOL, at the EDGE stand.

Aimed at further advancing air operations and enhancing performance, the new Garmousha drone is a light military unmanned aircraft designed to carry payloads of approximately 100kg, with an endurance of six hours and 150km. A new platform offering greater endurance, higher payload, an integrated high-definition camera and coverage of a larger surface area, the helicopter provides optimal operational flexibility, allowing militaries to save manned helicopters for critical missions.

The Garmousha drone can also be used to detect gas pipeline leaks, to survey infrastructure, and in search and rescue operations. Its advanced capabilities are expected to reduce its overall cost of operations.

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Just learned that #American arms manufacturers are charging #Saudi Monarchy rent on weapons they have already paid for because the Saudis do not have space to keep them.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Yemen welcomes US restrictions on archaeological, cultural material

The US decision imposing restrictions on importing Yemeni archaeological and ethnological material has been applauded by the internationally recognised government of Yemen.

The ministry for foreign affairs tweeted: "We welcome the US decision for import restrictions on Yemeni archaeological and ethnological to the USA".

The decision comes within US measures to protect Yemeni cultural properties and prevent the trade in them, the ministry said.


Film: Aden cisterns are a testament to the ancient Yemeni civilization

In the city of Crater in the southern Province of Aden, the cisterns of Aden are shrouded in mystery in terms of the date of their origin and the prevailing view around its construction which has passed through multiple historical stages

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp7

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WFP Reveals Food Price Difference Between Sana’a, Southern Occupied Governorates

The World Food Program has recognized the financial and economic management, in governorates under the Supreme Political Council, as much better than the rest of the occupied southern governorates. A report issued by the World Food Program revealed, that the food prices in the occupied southern governorates increased by 4.6% recently.

The program emphasized that the rise in food prices changed its direction at the end of last January, due to the exchange rate in the southern governorates, which affected the cost of the minimum food basket price.
It added that the exchange rate fluctuations and the depreciation of the Yemeni riyal have not yet translated into significant differences in the prices of food basket commodities for the Food Security and Agriculture bloc.

The program indicated that the large differences in commodity prices in the northern and southern governorates will emerge if the exchange rate differences persist for some time. It Points out that the depreciation of the Yemeni riyal has not yet translated into an increase in commodity prices, due to the fact that there is sufficient food stocks in the country for a period of 2 to 3 months.

The government authorities in Sana'a has taken a number of successful financial and economic policies by restricting the circulation of the new currency in all governorates under the control of the Supreme Political Council during the past months.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

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As Yemen's War Intensifies, An Opening For Al-Qaeda To Resurrect Its Fortunes

The death last month of the leader of al-Qaeda's Yemen branch in a U.S. drone strike has dealt a blow to the group's ambitions, but Western officials and analysts warn that a recent escalation in Yemen's conflict could allow it to regroup to some extent. “An ideological hardcore of AQAP will always remain,” said Elisabeth Kendall, a Yemen scholar at Oxford University, using the acronym for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen affiliate is called.

AQAP has made strong comebacks before, reuniting its scattered fragments into an ideological whole again. This is no time for complacency.” In a 16-minute audio message over the weekend, AQAP confirmed of the death of its leader Qasim al-Rimi. The group also announced its new leader, Khalid Batarfi, a poetry-reciting veteran al-Qaeda operative often shown in videos offering religious guidance on good parenting and other subjects. Over the past decade, al-Qaeda has bounced back a few times, regaining territory and recruits by taking advantage of security vacuums arising from the conflicts among Yemen’s myriad warring factions. Now, after a relative lull in the war, fighting is intensifying in at least four provinces, including in or near areas where both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have a presence or support from local tribes.”

and short summary

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#AQAP #Yemen: New 64-minute #spy video (11th since 2014) recognises that internal spies remain a huge problem: Promises TOTAL amnesty & anonymity to spies who give themselves up New leader Batarfi shows both compassion & iron will Outed spies offer remorseful testimonies (images)

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#ISIS in #Yemen posted 12 stage-managed photos yesterday claiming to show it handing out hard copies of this week's Naba' bulletin in Qayfa, al-Bayda' (obv it can't stretch to colour cartridges) Today it posted a pic of military kit it says it took by force from Houthis in Qayfa (photos)

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There's zero credibility to stories that new #AQAP leader is aligned with #Yemen separatists & Gulf. This extract from his lengthy interview in 6/2018 calls the Southern Transitional Council "a new scourge" reviving godless socialism & accuses #UAE of economic hegemonic ambitions

on the surface that's true. AQAP leaders in Yemen pretend to be against separation and so on but there're multiple evidence - won't go through them - that many of them are supporting southern separatists and harbor hate for northerners.

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Disputes arise within AQAP ranks amid naming of a new emir

Some AQAP members have accused Omar Al-Nadhi and Batarfi himself of working with US intelligence to kill Qassim Al-Raimi

“Major differences” have emerged within the ranks of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the weeks leading up to the naming of Khaled Batarfi as the terrorist group’s new emir, a source familiar with AQAP’s internal operations in Yemen told Almasdar Online.

Batarfi’s appointment on Sunday comes nearly a month after Qassim Al-Raimi, who led the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda franchise for three years, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 29.

The statement announcing Batarfi’s appointment suggested that the choice of Batarfi was not unanimous because “the pursuit of enemy drones targeting the mujahideen (AQAP fighters)” made it difficult to gather the opinions of all of its decision-makers throughout Yemen.

The emerging differences within the group’s ranks involve accusations by AQAP leaders in Al-Baydha governorate and other areas that Omar Al-Nahdi, a Hadhrami AQAP member close to Batarfi, worked with U.S. intelligence to lure Al-Raimi out of his hiding place in Al-Baydha a week before an American drone strike killed him there.

The accusations of Al-Nahdi working with American intelligence to eliminate Al-Raimi have even spread to Batarfi himself, the source said. Whether there's any truth to the allegations remains unclear.

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Al-Kaida im Jemen bestätigt Tod von Anführer Nachfolger benannt
Der Ableger des islamistischen Terrornetzwerks Al-Kaida im Jemen hat den Tod von Anführer Kassim al-Rimi bestätigt und Khalid al-Batarfi als Nachfolger benannt. Die Terrorgruppe AQAP (Al-Kaida auf der Arabischen Halbinsel) bezeichnete Raimi in einer am Sonntag verbreiteten Botschaft als «Vordenker».

Mit Khalid al-Batarfi rückt ein ranghohes AQAP-Mitglied zum Chef auf. Der saudische Staatsbürger hatte 2001 mit den Taliban in Afghanistan gegen die USA gekämpft. Dem Ableger im Jemen schloss er sich 2010 an und führte dort den Kampf um die Provinz Abjan im Süden des Landes an =

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New Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula leader Batarfi will revive group's core religious ideology, say analysts

Yemen analysts see Khalid Batarfi’s selection as a new leader for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as a move to revive the terrorist group’s fragmented religious ideology.

Earlier on Sunday, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed the death of its leader Qasim Al Rimi.

That paved the way to leadership for Batarfi, also known as Abu Al Miqdad Al Kindi, a Saudi Arabian militant and a senior member of Aqap.

“Batarfi is a strong and charismatic Al Qaeda ideologue,” Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Yemen expert at the University of Oxford, told The National.

"His appointment may be designed to revive the core religious ideology of the group in the wake of its recent fragmentation and pursuit of expedient pragmatic goals.

“Batarfi has been prolific in Aqap media, issuing several video series offering guidance.

"These include Stories from the Prophets in 2017, in which he extracted lessons for modern life on everything from good parenting to fighting oppression over 20 episodes.

"He also released the video series Towards Correct Consciousness” in 2015 to teach people how to think 'the Al Qaeda way'.

“Much less has been heard from Batarfi since Al Qaeda’s self-imposed internet ban in December 2017. But he has broken his silence at significant moments to issue important responses to political events on behalf of Aqap."

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Elisabeth Kendall:

IMPORTANT: #AlQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announces NEW LEADER. New 16-minute audio message

Confirms (for 1st time) the death of Qasim al-Raymi by US #drone strike

Announces Sheikh Khalid Batarfi as #AQAP's leader This may suggest a (re-)prioritization of ideology

Film: Here are some of my thoughts on where #alQaeda in #Yemen had got to under its previous leader Qasim al-Raymi. These is the #AQAP that newly appointed Khalid Batarfi will now try to revive.



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Who is Khalid Saeed Al Batarfi, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s new leader?

Batarfi has risen through the ranks of Al Qaeda for over 20 years

Just hours after the death of leader Qasim Al Rimi, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula named his successor, Khalid Saeed Al Batarfi.

Also known as Abu Al Miqdad Al Kindi, the Saudi Arabian militant is a senior member of Aqap in Yemen’s Hadramout province and served on Aqap’s shura council.

Batarfi has been a member of Al Qaeda for over 20 years. He began his journey with the group in Afghanistan in 1999, training at the Al Farouq camp before fighting alongside the Taliban during the 2001 US invasion.

Little is known about his childhood in Saudi Arabia.

In 2010, Batarfi took up the cause of Aqap in Yemen, leading fighters in taking over the country’s southern Abyan Province. He was later named Aqap’s emir of Abyan following the death of Aqap leader Nasir Al Wuhayshi”

Batarfi also spent a spell in prison with his Aqap comrades. He served 4 years in Al Mukalla central prison until Aqap forces swept through the city in April 2015 and set a number of senior Aqap members free, including Batarfi, a security source in Al-Mukalla told The National.

His actions in Yemen earned the interest of the US

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Photo: Batarfi defiantly &disparagingly tramples on Yemen flag inside republican palace in Hudhrmout in 2016.

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AQAP confirms death of leader Qassim al-Rimi

Announcement reported by SITE Intelligence Group comes weeks after US said it killed al-Rimi in Yemen.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed the death of its leader Qassim al-Rimi, according to a monitor, weeks after the United States said it had killed him in Yemen.

SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors armed group networks worldwide, said on Sunday that the announcement was made in an audio speech delivered by AQAP religious official Hamid bin Hamoud al-Tamimi.

cp15 Propaganda

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Mullahs Moving More Menacing Munitions to Yemen

Add surface-to-air missiles to the growing list of advanced weapons—such as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and armed drones—that Iran is smuggling to its proxy, the Houthi rebels, in Yemen.

Clearly, Iran has no interest in ending the nearly 5-year-old Yemeni civil war, stopping its proxy conflict with the Saudi-led coalition—or shortening its long list of malign, destabilizing behaviors in the Middle East – by Peter Brookes, Heritage Foundation =

My comment: The US is moving 10,000 times (or something like that) more „menacing munition“ etc. to the Yemeni theater of war. Thus, there hardly is any US interest to end this war. – Lamenting Irans „long list of malign, destabilizing behaviors in the Middle East” while turning a blind eye on the US is rather ridiculous. – You wonder about this text? Look for the Heritage Foundation: and for the author:

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Militias prosper in Yemen by income loss and low access to education

Public teachers in the Houthis-held areas have been unpaid for over four years and this situation led to open military recruitment among leaders of the militias in Yemen.

Thousands of children are already out of schools due to absence of teachers who stopped going to work for no monthly payment.

My comment: This could be an important subject; for anti-Houthi propaganda, it does not fit.

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I firmly believe that almost no western media (and sometimes UN media) report about Yemen without misrepresenting the truth of what is happening in Yemen, by purposeful bias (usually in Houtis' favor) or by ignorance.

This has been the case for years now, and I am feeling it is my duty to bring such biased articles to the spotlight, as much as I can.

Today's example of such faulty reports is Borzou Daragahi 's article, on the Independent, under the title: "Western powers could help conclude the war in Yemen swiftly…"

My comment: It is a recorded fact that the war erupted because the Houthi armed group mounted a coup in 21 September 2014 and the legitimate President Hadi requested an Arab intervention months later!

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[Saudi] Foreign Minister Participates in Disarmament Conference in Geneva

Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, participated here today in the Disarmament Conference held in Geneva.
At the outset, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah affirmed the Kingdom's support for the efforts being exerted to guarantee the success of the conference.

In a statement, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah said the Kingdom shares the international community its concerns on the current stalemate and the stumbling that the Disarmament Conference suffers from, as it is the only party concerned with disarmament issues and the one who could prepare the scene for multilateral negotiating bodies.

He noted that the Kingdom is the leading country in terms of providing humanitarian and development assistance, and the United Nations and the donor countries have joined the creation and exaltation for all and the importance of cooperation, and interdependence among the countries of the world.
He said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia leads many initiatives to resolve disputes between countries, and strive to resolve all conflicts facing the peoples and countries.

My remark: Look at

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Yemen envoy to US says Houthi escalation spoils peace hopes

Yemen was forced to use the military option to pressure the Iranian-backed Houthis to come to the negotiating table since they never complied with peace deals, the country’s ambassador to the US has told Arab News.

“The military option has never been our choice or something that we initiated,” Ahmed bin Mubarak said.
“The government has always sought peace since the beginning of the war by signing the Peace and National Partnership Agreement,” he said, referring to the first peace deal that the internationally recognized government signed with the Houthis, which was designed to defuse the tension caused by the rebels’ takeover of Sana’a.

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni Information Minister: Houthi Coup Militia's Attempt to Target Commercial Vessels Movement Comes As Escalating Course of Its Crimes

Yemeni Information Minister Muamar Al-Iryani confirmed that the failed terrorist operation that the Houthi militia planned to carry out in the Red Sea and Bab El-Mandab comes within the escalating path of its terrorist crimes in implementation of Iran's sabotage policies in the region.
Al-Iryani said in a statement, carried by the Yemeni news agency (Saba) today, that the failed terrorist action that the Houthi militia planned to implement in the south of the Red Sea by using a booby-trapped remotely-controled boat, which attempted to plant marine mines, reaffirmed the danger that it poses as they still have a presence in parts of the coastline

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Yemen: UN Should Exert Pressure on Houthis to Stop Arrest Campaigns

The Yemeni government warned Sunday from the repercussions of a campaign of arrests and kidnappings launched by Houthi militias in areas falling under their control, where they use prisoners as bargaining chips.

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani called on the United Nations to exert pressure on the Houthis to stop their campaigns, which he described as a threat to the ongoing negotiations between the legitimacy and the militias on a prisoner swap.

My comment: Yes, the Houthis are committing these Human rights violations. Other parties in Yemen do as well.

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Iran’s Houthi proxies targeted G20 in Saudi Arabia

Even as Iranians were lining up to buy masks to help stop the coronavirus from spreading, the regime was urging the Houthis in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia amid the G20 gathering.

Iran and its allies were planning to disrupt the meeting. On Sunday naval forces from the Saudi Arabia-led alliance stopped an “Iranian-backed Houthi militia attempt to conduct imminent and hostile action,” according to Saudi-led coalition spokesman Col. Tukri al-Maliki. The Houthis had tried to use a booby-trapped boat.

My comment: Conspiracy theory, Israel style.

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New films document Yemen's food crisis and life in mine-riddled Taez

For much of her life, Jordan-born filmmaker Nisreen Al Shbeihi Noman has had strong ties to Yemen.

Having lived in the capital Sanaa with her husband from the country for a decade, she also holds citizenship there. She uses film to document the plight of innocent children and women who have been affected by Yemen’s civil war.

In late 2018, Al Shbeihi Noman spent three months there shooting footage, leading to four short films. Two of them were first shown last week and were nominated for several awards at North Europe International Film Festival in London.

Her first film, What Remains of Me, won the Best Story Award at the festival’s ceremony over the weekend.

In the 20-minute film, she interviews several amputees in the city of Taez, where mines planted by the Houthi rebels regularly explode and harm civilians.

The filmmaker shows the viewer that mines are all over the city, in its hospitals, houses and schools.

They and hidden explosives that were designed to look like toys and tree trunks posed a challenge for Al Shbeihi Noman to safely navigate through its residential areas and shoot the footage.

The second film, Assem, is mainly based in Aslam, a part of the country where war has not broken out but is still heavily affected by the Houthi militia.

The documentary tells the heartbreaking stories of famished families who have had their food aid stolen by the Houthis to sell on the black market.

In one particularly shocking part of the film, Al Shbeihi Noman obtains secret footage inside a mosque where a Houthi supporter is teaching children to chant one of the movement’s slogans: "God is greatest, death to America, death to Israel, curse on the Jews, victory to Islam".

Although they are harrowing watching, Al Shbeihi Noman’s films raise awareness of Yemen’s crisis using powerful footage and anecdotes.

My comment: Of course, these Houthi warfare and war crimes are committed. But this here looks like propaganda films. We not even are told which a London film festival this actually is.

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Iran, Hezbollah operating with impunity in Yemen

Four Hezbollah military operatives working alongside the Iran-backed Houthi militia east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa were killed by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes last week. The operatives were in Al-Jawf and Nihm, areas that witnessed intense fighting at the start of the year. These locations, known to be heavily tribal, are strongly aligned with Yemen’s government and the majority of them are under its authority. Hezbollah’s involvement and cooperation with the Houthis in these areas point to Iran’s overall interest in sustaining violence in Yemen and increasing the Houthis’ territorial gains, as it relies on its proxies to bolster its overall position in its current standoff with the US.

This increased appetite for violence and expansion is at odds with the Houthis’ rhetoric of de-escalation, which it signaled in September last year. The activity points to a renewed calculus in Yemen’s war, dictated to a large extent by Iran’s interest in the region, especially since the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) member Qassem Soleimani, who was the commander of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force that specializes in unconventional warfare outside of Iran’s borders.

Evidence to support Iran or Hezbollah’s military involvement in Yemen was challenging to come by at the beginning of the conflict. But this involvement has been uncovered gradually throughout the years.

The Houthis’ direct relationship with Iran’s transnational Shiite network needs to be assessed on its own, because it will have consequences for Yemen’s peace process. Undermining this aspect will lead to further policy miscalculations, which up until now have completely underestimated the level of Iran’s dictation of policymaking by the Houthis, who continue to operate with significant latitude in Yemen. Stronger critical thinking into the Houthis’ behavior and prompt actions regarding their violations are needed if a settlement for Yemen is to be achieved – by Fatima Abo Alasrar =

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Global intervention is needed to stem a humanitarian catastrophe largely instigated by the Houthis

During the nearly six years of conflict, the Houthis have committed egregious crimes, ranging from torture, kidnap and rape of citizens to indiscriminate bombing of cities. They have also used increasingly sophisticated drones and long-range ballistic missiles to strike populated areas across the border in Saudi Arabia. While they should be held accountable for such brutalities, it is just as important to focus on their use of strong-arm tactics, which do not necessarily involve guns, bombs or drones, but are much deadlier and have consequences that are more lasting.

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Yemeni documentaries show Houthi crimes in London

Two Yemeni documentaries revealed Iran-backed Houthi militia's crimes against Yemeni people in different Yemeni provinces.
Attending North Europe Films Festival is being held in London, Yemen's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Yaseen Saeed Noman said introducing such documentaries help in showing the real image of the Houthi war against Yemeni people since September 2014 till now.
He stressed making more similar films showing reality and neutrality.

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Suicide...Yemenis Last Resort to Escape Houthi Oppression

Suicide rates have been rising in Ibb, in which 15 cases were recorded last year.
Local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Sanna saw the highest rate of suicide, followed by Ibb, Taiz, Hodeidah, Hajjah, Edema, and Al-Mahwit.
Yemeni activists and human rights advocates blame the Houthis for the decline in living standards, as employment has become widespread, salaries have been withheld and corruption has become systemic.
Yemenis continue to suffer while Houthi leaders acquire more and more of money and properties. This, in addition to the Houthis’ repressive practices, are to blame for the rise in suicide rates, observers say.

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Lamlas: Riyadh Agreement will proceed towards implementation as long as the wise leadership of Saudi is its sponsor and supervisor

The Secretary General of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, acting president of the council, Ahmed Hamed Lamlas assured that the Riyadh Agreement will go towards implementation, and that talking about the failure of the agreement is totally out of the question and impossible as long as there is wise and rational leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that sponsors and supervises the agreement.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

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Aggressionskampfflugzeuge bombardieren die Ausrüstung der Jabal Salb Company

Die saudi-amerikanische Luftwaffe hat heute eine Reihe von Maschinen und Ausrüstungen des Bergbauunternehmens in Jabal Salb im Distrikt Nehm angegriffen.

Eine Sicherheitsquelle erklärte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass die Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression zwei Luftangriffe auf das Unternehmen angeflogen und die Maschinen und Geräte stark beschädigten.

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Saudi-led jets attack Sanaa

Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led aggression coalition fighter jets hit on Tuesday Sanaa province, a security official told Saba.

The strikes hit equipment of the mining company in Salb mountain in Nehm district, the official added.

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Coalition fighters launch intensive raids on Houthi militia in Al-Jawf

Fighters jets of the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy launched on Monday air strikes targeting gatherings and equipment of the Iran-backed Houthi rebel militia in Al-Jawf Governorate.

The raids resulted in losses in life and equipment among the militia, on the Al-Mahzamat front, west of the province.

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Verkehrsministerium und Zivilluftfahrtbehörde [der Sanaa-Regierung] verurteilen Luftangriffe auf dem Flughafen Taiz

Das Verkehrsministerium und die Generalbehörde für Zivilluftfahrt verurteilten nachdrücklich die Luftangriffe der saudisch-amerikanischen Luftwaffe, die heute Abend Zwie Luftangriffe auf dem internationalen Flughafen Taiz angeflogen hat und zur Zerstörung ihrer Einrichtungen führten.

In einer Erklärung des Verkehrsministeriums und der Behörde heißt es, die jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) eine Kopie davon erhalten habe , dass die Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression flog heute Abend zwei Luftangriffe auf den Flughafen Taiz an, den ersten Luftangriff auf das Terminalgebäude und den zweiten Luftangriff auf den Ankerplatz, der schweren Schaden verursachte.

In der Erklärung wurde darauf hingewiesen, dass die Luftwaffe der Aggression in der letzten Zeit eine Reihe von Luftangriffen anflog, die 60 Prozent ihrer Einrichtungen zerstörten, während die heutigen Luftangriffen zur vollständigen Zerstörung der Einrichtungen des Flughafens führten.

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[Sanaa gov.] Transport Ministry, Aviation Authority condemn aggression coalition’s airstrikes on Taiz airport

The Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority strongly condemned the airstrikes launched Sunday evening by Saudi-led aggression coalition aircraft on Taiz International Airport, which led to the destruction of the airport’s facilities.

The aggression coalition warplanes waged two airstrikes on Taiz airport; the first one hit the airport’s terminal while another targeted the aircraftanchorage, causing severe damage, according to a joint statement issued by the ministry and the aviation authority.

The statement indicated that the aggression coalition aircraft had targeted Taiz airport with a series of raids, destroying 60 per cent of its facilities, while Sunday’s raids resulted in the total destruction of its facilities.

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Targeting and Destruction of Ballistic Missile Assembly, Storage and Launch Sites, and UAV Logistic Storage Facilities of the Terrorist Iran-backed Houthi Militia in Sanaa

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki
“Further to the statement issued by the Joint Forces Command on Friday, 21 February 2020 regarding the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia’s launch of ballistic missiles toward the Kingdom targeting cities and civilians, the Joint Forces Command has conducted a military operation to destroy legitimate military targets of Iran-made ballistic missile and UAV assembly, storage and launch capabilities in the Capital (Sanaa)
The targeting operation came following the transformation of the Capital Sanaa into a ballistic missile and UAV assembly, storage and launch hub to target cities and civilians deliberately and systematically. The destroyed targets include locations for assembly, storage and launch locations in (Faj Attan, Al Amad Camp and Al Nahdain Mountain)
The targeting operation was conducted in compliance with the Customary International Humanitarian Law. The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has undertaken all preventive measures and necessary precautions to protect civilians and spare them from collateral damage

My comment: This is the Saudi claim. They already had bombed all these places for many, many times. The explanation given here is propaganda. And the last paragraph quoted here is even more than propaganda: it’s a bad joke as it has been told thousands of times – with many thousands of killed civilians.


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Saudi war criminals’ warplanes bombed now the completely bombed-out presidential house and its sprawling but empty and bombed-out military base in southern outskirt of capital Sanaa. 3 airstrikes hit the place now (just 1 pm local time).


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Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 3 Luftangriffe auf die Hauptstadt Sanaa an

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Sanaa has three air strikes. A raid on the presidency Two raids on Attan (photos)

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Film: #Watch the video

50,000 airstrikes on #Nehm Directorate, east Capital #Sanaa by the #US- Saudi coalition. Watch part of the total destruction.

50,000 raids on only one district, what about #Sadah,in all its directorates, which have been bombed for an hour since 1795 days,how many raid ?

What about Hajjah governorate and its directorates: Haradh, Abs, Midi, and Mustaba, how many raids How about Sarwah, how many raid? What about Sanaa: Atan, Al-Nahden, Naqam, Sanhan, Bilad Al-Rus ..?

How about #Hadidah 26 districts how many raids? What about the rest of the governorates of the Republic of #Yemen ??

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Air Defenses intercept Saudi, Emirati warplanes with Fater_1 missiles east of Sana’a

Air Defenses intercepted Saturday the formation of a combat component consisting of Saudi and Emirati warplanes with a number of Fater_1 missiles, in the sky of Nihm, east of Sana’a, Armed Forces Spokesman said.
He added that “Air defenses forced the warplanes to leave the airspace before carrying out any hostile missions in Nihm. =

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Feb. 26: / Jawf p., Marib p.

Feb. 24: / Sanaa p., Jawf p., Marib p.

Feb. 22: Jawf p., Saada p.

Feb. 21: / / / / / Sanaa p., Jawf p., Marib p., Hajjah p. Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Al Houthi militants bombed al Salah School in Majzar district in Ma’rib governorate in northern Yemen on February 25, according to local sources. Local media sources stated that this attack was in retaliation for the Saudi-led coalition airstrike in al Mahzamat in Yemen’s northern al Jawf governorate in mid-February. [3]

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Armee schießt in Al-Sawh vor Nadschran ein aggressives Spionageflugzeug ab

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Spy plane of aggression coalition shot down in Najran

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At least 800 Houthi-laid mines removed by [Hadi gov.] Army Forces in Hajjah

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Armee schießt ein aggressives Spionageflugzeug in Dschisan ab

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Yemeni air defences shoot down UAV

The Yemeni army’s air defences have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Saudi-led aggression coalition forces in Jizan province, a military official said on Saturday.

According to the official, the coalition drone was downed while it was carrying out hostilities over the east part of Al Khobah area district in Jizan region.

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More Saudi coalition air raids

Feb. 23: / Sanaa p., Jawf p., Taiz p.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Yemen – Climate & Culture

Yemen, already in a fragile arid state is facing grave risks as a result of climate change. The rapid population growth has already put enormous pressure on water and food resources in a country already dependent on food aid. But climate change is perhaps the tipping point in the greater scheme of the challenges the country faces.

With extreme water scarcity due to exploitation of the groundwater (now being impacted by salt water contamination in the coastal regions) – with the World Bank concluding in 2014 that the water table was then already sinking by six metres per annum around Amran, Dhamar, Sadah, Sanaa, and Taiz, ² (other experts predicting that Sanaa, the largest city in Yemen, would deplete its water supply by 2023³) Yemen is already in dire water straits. Combine this with the increasing temperatures as a result of climate change (the mean annual temperature is expected to increase by 1.2-3.3 ºC by 2060°) effecting a variability in rainfall that is creating shortened growing seasons exacerbating the already critical food insecurity.

Niall Smith who analyses climate change vulnerability for global risk consulting firm Maplecroft told Time Magazine that “it’s also necessary to weigh in what’s happening politically and socially in a region to figure out if the country can prepare” for climate change impact. “The places with the least level of economic development are certainly in line to feel the impacts with the greatest degree, partially just due to their geographic fate — or their location — but more so based on the socio-economic and governance factors,” says Smith.

And Yemen has plenty of socio-economic and governance issues.

Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute told TIME that not only is Malaria becoming a problem in the area because of rising temperatures, but Yemen with its long coast was also affected by rising seas levels. Going on to say that something to watch “whenever you’re thinking about a country in that region… [is] the issue of rising temperatures impacting water scarcity, especially when it’s exacerbated by water management challenges and expanding population.”

The combination of socio-political upheaval with the environmental changes affecting water availability and agriculture for food supply make Yemen one of the countries most threatened by climate change.

According to a research paper, Assessing the impact of war on development in Yemen, “prior to the escalation of conflict in 2015, development in Yemen was strained. A country of 30 million people, Yemen ranked: 153rd on the Human Development Index (HDI); 138th in extreme poverty; 147th in life expectancy; 172nd in educational attainment; and was in the World Bank low-middle income category. Projections suggest that Yemen would not have achieved any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 even in the absence of conflict.”

It is no wonder that Yemenis have had little to no time to consider the impacts of climate change.

“Climate change has affected most aspects of life in Yemen…sea level rise is causing environmental issues in ports such as Aden and al-Hodeidah. As a result of unusually high temperatures, malaria is spreading. Fluctuations in rainfall have affected crop yield across Yemen. The supply of fish in the seas around Yemen is decreasing, and several species have vanished. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity,” former official in the Environmental Protection Authority, a government agency within the Yemeni Water and Environment Ministry, Abdulhakim Aulaiah, told Arab Today.

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Film: Locusts came to Saudi Arabia Massive waves of locusts sweeping the worst cities in Saudi Arabia for a quarter of a century, and caused many damage to agricultural crops

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[Hadi gov.] Health minister opens precautionary isolation center in Sayoon

Yemeni Minister of Public Health and Population Nasser Ba’om- along with Deputy Governor of Hadhramout for the Valley and Desert Affairs Isam al-Katheri- opened Sunday the Precautionary Isolation Center at Sayoon Airport.


Abu Dhabi exterminates first locust swarm on island

Small groups of locusts were reported on Dalma Island and were 'promptly' dealt with

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Locusts swarms worry Telugu farm labourers in Gulf

The locusts arrived from Eastern Africa to Yemen, along the coast of Red Sea, and reached Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.

The agriculture farms in the Gulf region, where some thousands of Telangana workers are engaged, have been attacked by locusts — a large insect found in hot areas, and destroys plants and crops.

The locusts arrived from Eastern Africa to Yemen, along the coast of Red Sea, and reached Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region. It is likely to enter India and Pakistan, say experts.


Film: The color of the sea in the coast of Aden in # Aden has turned green. It is more likely to be contaminated due to oil waste, as oil shipping ships clean their tanks in the waters of the Gulf of Aden, causing sea pollution and changing the color of the water

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-626 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-626: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

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