Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 692b- Yemen War Mosaic 692b

Yemen Press Reader 692b: 20. November 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 692, cp6 - cp19 / November 20, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 692, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 692, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 692, 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: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Großer Gefangenenaustausch / Most important: Great prisoner swap

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 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

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

Aden verbleibt in der Hand der Separatisten im Süden. Ihre medien verbreiten eine große Menge von parteiischen Berichten, die das Narrativ der Separatisten überihren Hauptgegner, die Islah Partei (genannt "Muslim-Bruderschaft"), über die Kämpfe in Abyan und Shabwa, ihre Herrschaft in Aden und den von ihnen kontrollierten Gebieten verbreiten.

Aden remains in the hands of southern separatists. Their media are spreading a bulk of biased reports, showing their narrative of their foes from Islah Party (labeled “Muslim Brotherhood”), the fighting at Abyan and Shabwa, their self-rule at Aden and the areas under their control.

(A K P)

UAE turns against former mercenaries on Yemen’s west coast

A number of officers and members of the so-called Amaliqa Brigades, a pro-UAE mercenary faction active on Yemen’s west coast, were killed during infighting in the outskirts of Al-Khokhah, Hodeidah province.

Local sources said that clashes broke out between the forces of the 2nd Alamaliqa Brigade and other mercenaries known as the “Guardians of the Republic”.

These clashes are an extension of previous battles between the two sides that began in 2018, coinciding with the start of the UAE use of mercenary leader Tariq Saleh, leader of the Guardians of the Republic, instead of southern Yemeni factions on the west coast Frontline.

But the intensity of the confrontation has escalated recently, as the UAE pushes Tariq Afash, also known as Tariq Saleh, to lead the scene on the west coast as part of its efforts to find a foothold by creating its own territory along the coastal strip of Yemen

(A P)

UAE-backed mercenaries continue abuses against citizens from northern Yemeni provinces

The UAE-baked Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias have continued their violations against citizens from the northern provinces in the southern port city of Aden.

Local sources reported that the Security Belt forces at al-Alam checkpoint prevented hundreds of travelers from Taiz and other northern provinces from traveling to Abyan, Shabwah, Hadhramout and Ma’rib provinces.

According to the sources, the passengers undergo humiliating security checks along with their families and were forced to return to their provinces.

The sources said that the mass transit buses were forced to return hundreds of travelers, including people who were scheduled to travel outside Yemen from Seiyun airport.

(A P)

UAE stresses importance of Riyadh Agreement

"We stress the importance of the Riyadh Agreement and the importance of accelerating its implementation between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council," H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said at a joint meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of GCC countries and China that was held virtually on Monday.

LOL. While their separatist puppets destroy it.

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Riyadh deal military application begins with Yemeni gov't declaration

The Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni official government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) will be applied in the coming days, Yemeni firsthand sources said Monday, noting that the political and military sections of the deal would coincide.

Application of the pact's two sections will commence at the same time as the new government's announcement, the sources added in remarks carried by Asharq Al-Awsat, without further details.

According to the Yemeni president's advisor, the final touches of the new government formation completed, and it will be declared within days.

All the government formation's measures are finished, Abdul Aziz al-Maflahi added in statements to the Saudi paper, after the obstacles were coped with.

"The government formation finalized all the procedures," he said, as all the parties nominated their candidates to the cabinet portfolios.

The matter is now at the Yemeni President's table, waiting for his approval to the proposed names, Mr. Maflahi said.

My comment: If this is true, Hadi would have failed and the STC would have won the struggle about which part of the agreement would be installed first. They never will let their militia leave Aden, as it’s required by the agreement, and the whole matter will fail.


(A P)

Presidential Advisor: Cabinet formation to be declared within days

The President’s Advisor, Abdulaziz Al-Muflehi, said on Monday that the formation of the new cabinet has been finalized and it will be declared within few days.

In a quote published by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper, said that barriers to the formation of the new government have been overcome by efforts from the Saudi-led coalition.

(A K P)

Fierce clashes between government, STC forces in south Yemen

lashes between the forces of the internationally recognised government and the southern transitional council have renewed in Yemen's southern province of Abyan as the two sides are trading accusations of military escalation to obstruct the implementation of the Riyadh agreement.

and how the separatists tell it:

(A K P)

Brotherhood launches fresh attack in Abyan to foil Riyadh Agreement

The militias of Islah party, the arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy, blew up the military situation on Monday, by launching an attack on the locations under the control of the southern armed forces in Abyan

(A E P)

Yemeni gov't inks pact to build first seaport in Shabwa

The Yemeni official government on Sunday signed a pact to build the first seaport in the oil-rich governorate of Shabwa on the Arabian Sea.

Under the pact, the QYZ non-governmental company would implement the 'Qana' seaport's first stage in Rodhoum district, according to the Riyadh-based Saba.

The project's first stage includes the provision of oil floating storage facilities, while the second phase will focus on the erection of oil discharge docks, building 8 strategic tanks with total storage capacity of 60,000 tons, and erection of harbors for commercial activities.

(* B P)

Human Rights Center: The UAE Refuses to Release Prisoners of Conscience Despite the Outbreak of the Corona Pandemic

The International Center for Justice and Human Rights, in Geneva, revealed that the ruling regime in the UAE refused to release prisoners of conscience despite the outbreak of the Corona pandemic inside the regime's prisons.

The Center received many testimonies from prisoners' families regarding the emergence of symptoms of the Corona pandemic on a number of public right prisoners, political prisoners, human rights activists and bloggers.

A number of prisoners complained of fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, pain in the joints and bones, and the inability to sleep and eat. In what is known as the second wave of the Corona epidemic, the UAE recorded many numbers of infected people, on October 27, 2020, exceeded thousand cases, and the epidemic moved to the regime's prisons and spread to detention centers.

The UAE authorities refuse to publish the numbers of people infected with the Corona epidemic in their prisons, in order to hide their shortcomings and failure to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus among prisoners.

(A P)

STC congratulates Biden, looks for US support to southern forces

The southern transitional council on Sunday called on the US president-elect Joe Biden to support its counterterrorism forces.
In a letter of congratulation to Biden, the council's president Aidarous Al-Zubaidi said: "The southern transitional council is keen to consolidate the relations between our southern country and the United States of America".

(A P)

Socotra residents protest against Emirati plans to send illegal settlers and workers

Residents of the occupied island of Socotra have condemned the decision made by head of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) to establish an office for migrant workers from outside the island.

A number of Socotra island residents said that Ra’afat al-Thaqali’s approval of the establishment of an office for migrant workers in Socotra came under the order of the UAE occupation forces.

They noted that the directives included commissioning the so-called Security and Military Committee to form a military division to protect the office and to take firm action against any objections or riots expected by the residents of the island.

Residents pointed out that they are suffering from unemployment, and that Socotra does not need an office of expatriate workers, stressing that Yemenis living on the island are treated as outsiders.

The people of Socotra said that they considered the decision as a racist move taken by the UAE occupation force, pointing out that the STC militias are implementing what is dictated by Abu Dhabi.

(A P)

Yemeni President congratulates Biden, urges enhanced mutual ties

(A P)

Proposal put forward to create Western Coast Province in Yemen, MP claims

Member of Parliament Mohammed Ahmed Waraq on Saturday said members of the local government in Yemen's western province of Hodeidah have put forward a proposal to create a new province named the Western Coast.
The new province would stretch from Al-Jah area in Hodeidah to Bab Al-Mandab in the south, he said, adding that Makha in Taiz would be its capital.
The proposal comes after the district of Al-Durayhimi in Hodeidah fell to the Houthis two months ago, he said, accusing those behind it of providing a legal cover to divide and weaken Tihamah in order to control and marginalize it and systematically loot its wealth.

(A P)

Yemen Parliament speaker owns no palaces anywhere: Barakani office

(* B P)

Saudi forces increase efforts to occupy key coastal region of Yemen

Saudi forces have stepped up their moves in the coastal Huswain District of Mahrah province, through establishing military barracks in the directorate, tribal sources reported on Saturday

Tribal sources said that Saudi forces have established new military points and barracks in Huswain District, which has an important coastal strip, under the pretext of conducting studies for the Saudi reconstruction program headed by Saudi ambassador Mohammed Al Jaber.

The tribes Mahrah however, accused Saudi Arabia of using the Saudi reconstruction program as a means of occupying the province under false pretenses.

The chairman of the Shihan sit-in committee, Sheikh Za’about, explained that the Saudis are expanding in the province to occupy it under the name of the Riyadh Agreement.

(B P)

Socotra: #SAM documented the dismissal of opponents of the Transitional Council militia from their jobs and the arbitrary arrests of many activists and opponents of its policy on the island, the last of which was the arrest of the director of #Socotra Port Riyadh Saeed Suleiman on Nov 2

(A P)

Statement from the Central Bank of Yemen Aden

(A P)

PM: to manage challenges, govt must be created as soon as possible

The designated Prime Minister Dr. Ma’een Abdulmalik stated that relation with the Saudi-led Arab Coalition is a matter of joint fate, national security and security and stability of the region against Iran’s schemes to ignite sectarian conflict in the region to serve its political and military expansion and control over Arab region.

In an interview with the Saudi daily “Ukadh” he appreciated the Kingdom’s commitment to support the Yemeni government headed by President Hadi to restore that state and eliminate Houthi militia’s coup. He cited the Kingdom’s sponsorship of Riyadh Agreement as a case-in-point for the joint cooperation between the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition in support of legitimacy.

My comment: LOL.


(A P)

New Yemeni government expected after months of delays

A source with the Yemeni government and another with the Saudi-led Arab coalition revealed to The Arab Weekly that there will be an imminent announcement of a new Yemeni government after the failure of Al Islah party, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, to obstruct efforts to form a government by delaying submitting a list of candidates for four ministerial portfolios.
The new government, according to the Riyadh Agreement, consists of 24 portfolios.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the leaders of Al Islah party have exhausted every effort to block the announcement of the new government.
A new government was expected this month, but the announcement was delayed several times.

My comment: LOL. How often this had been announced already? And the separatists blame Islah Party once again for the failure! What a joke.

(A P)

STC forces arrest Yemeni gov't officer near Aden

Emirati-backed forces on Thursday arrested an officer affiliated to the Yemeni government troops near the southern port city of Aden, Yemeni sources said Friday.
A military checkpoint of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces arrested Mustafa al-Kazimi, the sources added, while the officer of the Presidential Guard third brigade was travelling from Abyan to Aden.

and what separatist propaganda makes of it:

(A P)

Terrorist leader of Brotherhood's militias arrested

The security forces arrested on Friday, a high-ranking commander of the Muslim Brotherhood's militias at Dofas checkpoint, the eastern entrance to Aden.

My comment: LOL. Militia are labeled “security forces”, and Presidential guard is labeled “terrorist”.

(A P)

Brotherhood militias escalate in Abyan and bomb southern forces

My comment: This is how the separatists tell the story of Abyan fighting. And more of this:

(A K P)

Violations of Abyan ceasefire increase after arresting al-Qaeda leader

The pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias have intensified their ceasefire violations following the arrest on Friday of a high-ranking leader in al-Qaeda terrorist organization by the security forces.
The spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Mohammed al-Naqib said that more serious violations were committed in Abyan by the Brotherhood's militias after the apprehension of Mustafa Mahdi, a prominent leaders in Al Qaeda and in the position of the military staff officer of one of the brigades of the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias on Shuqra front.

and by a neutral Yemeni news site:

(A K P)

Yemeni gov't officer serves as Qaeda Amir: STC

The Yemeni UN-recognized government troops have resumed violating the ceasefire in the southern governorate of Abyan, spokesman for the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) tweeted on Saturday.

"The Muslim Brotherhood militias resumed its breaches after one of its key leaders in al-Qaeda, Mustafa Mahdi (called Abu al-Zobair), and four of his bodyguards were captured in Dofas checkpoint," Mohamed al-Naqib added.

Serving as the deputy commander of a government brigade, Abu al-Zobair is "one of the most dangerous terrorist leaders and an Amir of al-Qaeda," he said.

(A P)

People of Yemeni province of Shabwah found new organisation for victims of Emirati aggression

A number of Shabwah province inhabitants have on Thursday declared an association for those affected by the crimes of the UAE and the militias loyal to it in the province.

The preparatory committee of the association confirmed, in a statement, that the association’s goal is to “uncover the crimes committed by Abu Dhabi against the people of Shabwah.”

The idea of establishing the association came after meeting and coordinating with the families of the victims and the prisoners held in the UAE’s secret prisons.

The committee vowed to continue efforts to bring justice to the victims, to reveal the fate of the disappeared, and to prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes against them.

(A K P)

UAE Sends New Military Reinforcements to Socotra

Local sources reported that an Emirati plane carrying foreign soldiers and mercenaries arrived at the airport of the city in conjunction with the docking of a ship in the port of Haulaf carrying military equipment on board.

The new Emirati moves coincided with the start of an intense military deployment of the UAE-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC) in steps aimed at suppressing any popular protests against the Emirati presence.

An Emirati intelligence group had arrived on the island of Socotra during the past two days, led by the retired Emirati officer, Mohammad Ali Arhama, and two others.

The UAE’s move came as part of its steps to strengthen its grip on the island ahead of any agreement between the Hadi government and the STCl.

(* A K P)

STC threatens to take painful steps as talks to form Yemen government falter

The southern transitional council on Thursday threatened to take painful steps and go too far beyond the self-administration of the south if the failure to form a new government and implement the Riyadh agreement persists.
The patience of the council will not last long, chairman of the council's foreign relations committee, ambassador Qasim Askar, said, adding that the council has options bigger than the self-administration.
"Any comprehensive solution in Yemen requires the implementation of the Riyadh agreement and reaching a settlement among the factions that will sit around the negotiation table first. The agreement represents one of the bases of the comprehensive solution in the country," he said.

Askar accused the General People's Congress and Islah Parties of obstructing the formation of the new government.
"The Islah Party is looking for important portfolios in the new government other than those granted to it under understandings among the factions. And the problem of the General People's Congress Party is related to its quota," he said.
But he did not hide the real intentions of the council expressed in the name of the south, saying the south should have representation in the sovereign ministries in the new government.
We are not talking about our shares but the south in general because there should be a real partnership, he added.


3 killed, 2 injured in exchange of fire in Abyan

(A K P)

Infighting between mercenaries reaches boiling point in Dhalea

Fierce clashes broke out on Wednesday among the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia factions in Dhalea province, southern Yemen, local sources reported on Wednesday.

According to the sources, the violent clashes erupted among STC militiamen and elements of the so-called Fifth Sector, due to disputes among the militants in Naqeel al-Sheem and al-Jabara areas of Murais

(A K P)

UAE bombs camp of Saudi-backed mercenaries

The UAE air force has bombed a military camp belonging to the Islah party in Taiz province, southwestern Yemen.

This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on local sources.

According to the sources, a large explosion was reportedly heard inside the Yafrs camp that funded by Islah leader leader Hammoud al-Mekhlafi.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene, and sources said the blast was caused by shelling done by a drone. Casualties have been reported, one of the sources confirmed.

(A P)

Yemeni ex-minister demands PM ouster over appealing for PP

The Yemeni prime minister office has appealed for the Public Prosecutor (PP) to probe the insults and incitements released by former minister of transport against PM Maeen Abdulmalek.
The resigned minister, Saleh al-Jabwani, on Wednesday mocked at the PM's respond to his accusations of "giving written approval" for the Emirati warplanes to bomb government troops at Aden fringes last year.
"You should be sacked first for hiding the massacre and coup in Aden and for the loss of Socotra, and then me and you would be investigated and then appear at court of law," Jabwani tweeted.


(A P)

Army denies involvement of Yemeni premier in UAE strikes on national forces

A senior Yemeni army officer on Tuesday denied that prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik was involved in UAE airstrikes against the national forces in Aden last year.
Such accusations are aimed at creating a deep gap between Abdulmalik and the national national, said Brig. Gen. Abdu Mujali, the spokesperson for the army


(A P)

Premier orders chief prosecutor to open investigation into defamation campaign

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik on Wednesday ordered the chief prosecutor to open an investigation into defamation of and incitement against him, following accusations by former transport minister that Abdulmalik gave a written authorisation to the UAE to strike the Yemeni forces last year.
The government-run Saba news agency quoted a source in Abdulmalik's office as saying that Abdulmalik attached a copy of tweets and statements to media by former transport minister Saleh Al-Jabwani with his letter to the chief prosecutor.
Such crimes are punishable under the Yemeni law, the source said, adding that the defamation campaign and fabrications would weaken the military position of the government under the current sensitive circumstances and encourage divisions among the people.

(A P)

The Abductees' Mothers Association demands to know the fate of 37 abductees who have been held in security forces' prisons, supported by UAE in Aden.

(A K P)

Saudi-backed mercenaries assigning teachers to battlefront positions

An official document revealed on Tuesday that teachers loyal to the Saudi-backed Islah militia have been assigned to take part in battle in the Tor al-Baha area of Lahj province.

The document, issued by a commander of the so-called 4th Mountain Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Abu Bakr al-Jabbuli, requested the local council’s officials in Al-Maqatera district to assign 11 teachers for the brigade and allow them to continue their work at the front.

The document clarified the approval by the local council, to facilitate the tasks of teachers required to be assigned to the battle fronts.

(A P)

Campaign on Twitter Supports Al-Huraizi That Rejects Saudi Military Presence in Mahra

A campaign on Twitter, in solidarity with the former deputy governor of Mahra, Ali Salem Al-Huraizi, has reached the trend. It was launched by Yemenis to support Al-Huraizi that rejects the Saudi military presence in the governorate.

(A P)

Socotra is not stable, even though it is under STC’s sole control

Socotra is not secure and stable even though it has for months under the sole control of the militia of the Southern Transitional Council, daily reports from the remote Yemeni Indian Ocean Island confirm.

“The UAE-backed fascist militia keep triggering unprovoked emergencies, curfews and crackdowns on government-era soldiers and employees in civilian offices such as the local seaport; banishing people, native and mainlanders, from time to time out of the island; fabricating armed clashes and finding reasons to start them, even though there is no rival faction to exchange fire with,” Abdullah Ali, an analyst who follows Socotra’s news said.

“It is just a malignant desire by the occupant to perpetuate disturbance. You only need to follow the news and what they have been doing since they captured island on June, 19,” he says.

“It is are a reflection of the magnitude of hatred directed at us, the Yemenis. The STC in the south and the Houthis in the north are the tools in the relentless and pointless chaos project” that the foreign conspirators have drawn for Yemen.

(A P)

STC deals with Yemenis from outside Socotra as foreigners

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Tuesday asked Yemenis coming to Socotra from other Yemeni governorates to obtain residence permissions if they want to stay in the southern archipelago, local sources said.
The Emirati-backed STC also established an office in the island to register Yemeni workers from outside Socotra as foreigners, the sources added.
The separatist Council launched a special office in the island tasked with recording the data of Yemeni workers from other provinces and issuing them work permits, they said asking anonymity.
By this move, the STC aims to count Yemeni nationals from outside Socotra, prevent them from practicing any business activity, allow for loyalists to assume these works instead, and enhance Emirati ambitions in the strategic island, according to the sources.
Head of the STC office in Socotra tasked the security and military committee with forming a military squad to guard the office against any potential protests against this faultily illegal measure, they added.

Earlier on Tuesday, military patrols and armored vehicles were deployed in Socotra port and the nearby, as well as in Qulonsia district, where government supporters are hosted and many rallies were staged against the STC.

(A P)

UAE-backed STC register Yemenis from outside Socotra as ‘foreigners’

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) yesterday established an office in Socotra island to register Yemeni workers coming from outside the island as “foreigner” workers, Anadolu news agency reported.

A local source in Socotra told the agency that the UAE-backed STC forces have established an office for Yemeni workers coming to Socotra, adding that “the office records the data of Yemenis who come from outside Socotra, grant them work permits on the island, and treat them as foreigners despite their Yemeni nationality”.

(A P)

Army denies involvement of Yemeni premier in UAE strikes on national forces

A senior Yemeni army officer on Tuesday denied that prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik was involved in UAE airstrikes against the national forces in Aden last year.
Such accusations are aimed at creating a deep gap between Abdulmalik and the national national, said Brig. Gen. Abdu Mujali, the spokesperson for the army, following revelations by former transport minister Saleh Al-Jabwani that Abdulmalik and other officials gave a written authorisation to the UAE to strike the Yemeni forces.

and also

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* A P)

Griffiths hands over final draft of Yemen’s peace plan

A source of the United Nations (UN) said that parties to the conflict in Yemen received on Monday the final draft of the UN-drafted joint peace plan.

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths has been working on this peace draft with the government and the Houthis since early this year.

The Turkish-Anadolu News Agency quoted a source of the Griffiths’ Office in Yemen that both the government of Yemen and the Houthis received the final draft to end the fighting in Yemen.

The source who requested anonymity because he is unauthorized to speak to the press, said that the UN draft includes ceasefire, resumption of political talks and taking economic and humanitarian measures to alleviate suffering of the Yemeni people.

The ceasefire must be effective upon signing of the daft by the two parties to the conflict, according to the source.

A UN-headed military coordination to be formed with members from both the government and the Houthis, the source said.

It indicated that part of the peace draft is also the release of all prisoners, detainees and enforced disappeared people in line to the Stockholm agreement.

Disbursement of monthly salaries to the public servants according to lists of 2014 is one crucial part of the UN final draft to end the conflict in Yemen, the source said.

It added that the draft includes also reopening of the Houthis-held Sana’a Airport, lifting restrictions on entrance of commercial vessels and fuel imports and immediate permission to the repairing of the Safer floating tanker.

The government of Yemen and the Houthis released no comment yet on the draft news.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A P)

Watch this space: #Wednesday #Saudi King is set to deliver remarks for the newly appointed advisory Shura council. If he doesn’t deliver his own remarks, then his mental capacity has greatly diminished. I had noticed he had not even made a call after passing of Q8 Emir Sabah

(A P)

Human Rights Watch urges G20 to press Saudis to free illegally detained activists

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Group of 20 member states to press Saudi Arabia to free activists detained unlawfully and provide accountability for past abuses ahead of the virtual G20 summit in the kingdom this month.

As current chair of the G20 major economies, Riyadh has tried to repair its image after global outrage at the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi at its Istanbul consulate, detention of women’s rights activists and the Yemen war.

HRW, based in New York, said in a statement that the G20 presidency conferred an “undeserved mark of international prestige” on the government of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite its “unrelenting assault on freedoms”.

(A P)

König und Kronprinz von Saudi-Arabien gratulieren Biden zum Sieg der US-Wahl

Mehr als einen Tag nach Verkündung des Siegs von Joe Biden bei der US-Präsidentschaftswahl hat auch Saudi-Arabien dem Nachfolger von Donald Trump gratuliert.

Der König habe darin “die engen historischen Beziehungen” zwischen Saudi-Arabien und den USA betont, “die jeder stärken und in allen Feldern weiterentwickeln möchte”, hieß es weiter. Kronprinz Mohammed habe den Vereinigten Staaten “noch mehr Erfolg” gewünscht und ebenfalls sein Interesse an der Zusammenarbeit beider Länder bekundet. =

(A P)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President-elect Joe Biden on Winning United States Presidential Elections

HRH Crown Prince Congratulates President-elect Joe Biden on Winning United States Presidential Elections

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Winning United States Presidential Elections

HRH Crown Prince Congratulates Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Winning United States Presidential Elections

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Saudi Arabia holds its breath after Biden win

Saudi Arabia, which may have more to lose from Joe Biden’s U.S. election victory than other Arab states, has taken its time to comment after the defeat of Donald Trump whose Middle East policies and staunch opposition to Iran had Riyadh’s backing.

As other Arab states raced to congratulate the Democrat challenger, the kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remained silent on the U.S. vote for hours even as he sent warm words to the president of Tanzania on his re-election.

Prince Mohammed’s close personal ties with Trump had provided a vital buffer against a tide of international criticism over Riyadh’s rights record sparked by the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh’s role in Yemen’s war and the detention of women activists.

Those areas may now become points of friction between Biden and Saudi Arabia, a major oil exporter and buyer of U.S. arms.

A Saudi political source played down the risk of a falling out between the kingdom and the United States, pointing to Riyadh’s historic ties with Washington.

But Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper offered a sense of the uncertainty about how the future plays out for the kingdom. “The region is waiting ... and preparing ... for what happens after Biden’s victory,” it wrote in a front page article.

The kingdom may not have to wait long. Neil Quilliam, associate fellow at Britain’s Chatham House think-tank, said the Biden administration would likely seek to signal early on its discontent with Saudi domestic and foreign policies.

“The Saudi leadership is concerned that a Biden administration and a hostile Congress will carry out a full review of relations, including re-evaluating defence ties and therefore will likely make positive sounds and moves towards ending the Yemen conflict,” he said.

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Mohammed bin Salman Should Be Very Worried About Biden

Saudi Arabia went all-in for Trump—and might be about to reap the consequences.

As the U.S. election goes down to the wire, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince must be pacing nervously in his gilded palace.

Mohammed bin Salman bet big on Donald Trump’s reelection when he gave his tacit approval to the decision by his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, to sign a peace deal with the Arab world’s supposed archenemy Israel. But if Joe Biden wins, the Saudi position, which came at the cost of offending Muslim sentiment globally, makes him look more isolated.

At the start of Trump’s presidency, Mohammed bin Salman wooed Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and even referred to him—and by implication the U.S. president—as being “in his pocket.” The two 30-something novices on the world stage played statesmen and forged a close relationship. In strategic terms, that meant close coordination on Iran and the region and U.S. backing for Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power. The crown prince in particular was emboldened by Trump’s support and took an ever more bullish position on Tehran, which Riyadh sees as the main threat to its unofficial position as leader of the Muslim world since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Biden, however, has promised to reengage with Iran and reinstate the nuclear deal in some form. If that happens, and sanctions are lifted again, Iran would, in the Saudi view, have the funds to expand its arc of influence from Tehran through Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and as far as Yemen.

It is not clear if and how Biden intends to continue containing Iran’s ambitions in the absence of sanctions. That is a major cause for Saudi concern.

But more generally Biden described Saudi Arabia as a pariah and promised to treat it as such. He has also supported the findings of the CIA that the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was indeed ordered by the Saudi crown prince. Whether that makes a difference to policy toward Saudi Arabia in practice is one of the big foreign-policy questions arising from the election.

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Film von Michael Lüders

Das Ende der saudischen Ära?

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UN Committee urges Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul

The worsening health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, who has been on hunger strike since 26 October to protest against her prolonged detention, is deeply alarming, the UN women’s rights committee said today. The Committee called for the immediate release of Al-Hathloul and all other women human rights defenders in detention.

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Saudi Arabia to host Formula One race in 2021 in Jiddah

Saudi Arabia will host a Formula One race next year, a move aimed at attracting well-heeled globe-trotting visitors and raising the kingdom’s profile internationally as a tourist destination.

The kingdom said Thursday it will host the race in November 2021 in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, using scenic roads along the coast.

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Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced reforms that will abolish some key restrictions tying millions of low-paid and vulnerable migrant workers to their employers in conditions that have been rife with abuse and exploitation.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development said the reforms will allow foreign workers the right to change jobs by transferring their sponsorship from one employer to another, leave and re-enter the country and secure final exit visas without the consent of their employer, which had long been required.

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Yemen watchdog group faces wall of CENTCOM denial

Pentagon denies involvement in numerous airstrikes which have allegedly killed at least 86 non-combatants

On the heels of a watchdog report on the number of civilians killed by the US military in the Yemen conflict, US Central Command (CENTCOM) simply swept away dozens of allegations, choosing instead to take responsibility for one single airstrike, which they conceded killed two civilians, Al-Monitor reported.

The report concluded that at least 86 non-combatants were credibly reported to have been killed during US operations in Yemen since 2017.

The group also concluded the majority of those alleged deaths occurred shortly after US President Donald Trump rolled back engagement restrictions for the US military in certain conflicts, Al-Monitor reported.

“US CENTCOM conducted a thorough review of the information Airwars provided,” spokesperson US Navy Capt. Bill Urban told Al-Monitor via email. “Of the information Airwars provided, one strike on September 14, 2017, was assessed to have caused injuries to two civilians.

“The bulk of the information asserted by Airwars, however, did not correspond with dates and locations of US military strikes or raids in Yemen,” Urban wrote. “Other Airwars allegations either did not allege civilian harm or were not assessed as credible upon our review,” he wrote.

Airwars responded to CENTCOM’s statement on Thursday, saying that more than half of the alleged US military engagements deemed to have resulted in civilian casualties corresponded to confirmed US strikes and raids, Al-Monitor reported.

“The ongoing failure of CENTCOM to provide locational information for its strikes in Yemen — and the opacity of its civilian harm assessments — contrast sharply with its processes for Iraq [and] Syria,” Airwars tweeted.

Airwars acknowledged that the inconsistency between its findings and US Central Command’s claims may suggest that another party — namely the CIA — could have been behind some of the drone strikes, Al-Monitor reported.

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U.S. Diplomats Should Work For America, Not Other Nations

The Trump State Department has failed to live up to its 'America First' promises.

President Donald J. Trump and his supporters offered up the so-called Abraham Accords as evidence of his diplomatic skill through the closing days of the campaign. Through a mix of veiled threats and de facto bribes, he convinced Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to recognize Israel, and Sudan to move towards doing the same.

These agreements are not a good deal for America. Instead, the administration illustrated yet again how Washington’s nearly singular focus on Israel distorts policy in the Middle East and at home. As the administration sought to negotiate a final pre-election stimulus bill with Congress, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was in Tel Aviv. Instead of being available to meet with congressional leaders, most importantly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he had to call from the road. The interests of the American people suffered as a result.

It is undoubtedly better for countries in the region to talk and trade rather than fight. However, the Trump-brokered deals are not peace treaties.

The U.S. would have made better use of its efforts in resolving violent conflicts elsewhere.

Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has failed, empowering hardliners in Tehran and increasing tensions throughout the Gulf. The U.S. has browbeaten Iraq, the supposed beneficiary of American liberation, over Baghdad’s ties with Iran.

These problems are far more urgent than pushing friendly countries to do what they could have done themselves. And, for Washington, these deals come at a price. As has been the case in the Middle East for decades, the U.S. is now expected to pay. In this case, the most important obligation due is the administration’s promise to sell sophisticated F-35 aircraft to UAE.

How will Abu Dhabi use such advanced weaponry?

Five years ago, UAE joined Saudi Arabia in the invasion of Yemen, one of the poorest nations on earth, in order to restore a friendly regime to power. The result has been a terrible war on civilians, creating what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

American security has suffered. The Emiratis and Saudis have turned an ongoing internal dispute into a sectarian war, increasing Iran’s involvement. Even worse for Washington, UAE armed and financed local extremists, including al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and promoted separatist forces seeking to break up Yemen.

Moreover, the Emirates was the driving force behind the ongoing economic/diplomatic campaign, which almost culminated in an invasion of Qatar, another American ally. What’s driving these efforts is a common concern regarding Iran, one that is shared by Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain. Rather than creating a new pathway to peace, the resulting quasi-alliance could turn belligerent, drawing America into a religious war that would decimate the Middle East.

What’s happened with Sudan also illustrates the shallow nature of the administration’s supposed success.

President Trump promised an “America First” foreign policy. He has failed to deliver. His administration, like those before him, has routinely placed the interests of other governments first. Americans continue to suffer as a result.

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MBS and Kushner discuss MBS providing the funds for ALL legal fees covering Trump's battles to reverse the results of the election. If true, this should be investigated.

Hot line between Mohammed bin Salman and Kushner An open check from bin Salman to Trump to pay all lawyers ’costs in cases that will be filed in complaints of vote-rigging in many states and the drain on all legal tricks to withdraw victory from Biden

If the reports of #Saudi funding of #Trump legal fight to turn the elections results are true, what is the sleepy @FBI doing about it. This is the ultimate foreign muddling in #US elections

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Yemeni community in the US demands that Joe Biden ends support for Saudi-led war on Yemen

The Yemeni community in the United States has on Monday carried out the largest community-wide march in the country.

This comes on the eve of the announcement of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory over incumbent President Donald Trump. Biden had previously voiced his position of wanting to end direct US support to the Saudi-led war against Yemen.

Activists posted pictures of thousands of Yemenis gathered near the White House, waving American and Yemeni flags. They chanted slogans calling for an end to the war and a change in immigration policy.

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US Democratic Congressman: We will stop funding Saudi war in Yemen

Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna announced on Saturday that the United States will stop funding Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen.

“We will stop funding the Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen,” Khanna said on Twitter shortly after Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the US presidential election to become the country’s 46th president.

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Die Herausforderung für Joe Biden

Wenn er klug ist, wird der wahrscheinlich gewählte Präsident die unpopulären endlosen Kriege beenden und das Geld zur Unterstützung unserer heimischen Wirtschaft verwenden.

Biden kann in den ersten 100 Tagen seiner Amtszeit eine progressive und populäre Politik umsetzen, in vielen Fällen Programme, die er bereits versprochen hat und die nicht der Zustimmung des Kongresses bedürfen. Dazu gehören:

Beendigung des Krieges im Jemen: dieser jahrelange Konflikt, der niemandem außer den ölreichen Herrschern Saudi-Arabiens und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate nützt, hat mehr als 100.000 Menschen getötet und den vermeidbaren Tod von 113.000 Kindern verursacht. Biden könnte die Waffenverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien und die VAE sofort einfrieren und sie zwingen, die Bombardierung der Zivilbevölkerung einzustellen und ihre Truppen abzuziehen. Das wäre ein Schritt zur Beendigung unbeliebter, endloser Kriege.

Anfang dieses Jahres stimmten Demokraten und antiinterventionistische Republikaner im Senat dafür, sich auf das Kriegsermächteigungsesetz zu berufen, um die Finanzierung des Jemen-Krieges zu stoppen. Trump legte sein Veto dagegen ein.

Zu seiner Ehre unterstützte Biden die Resolution über die Kriegsgewalt. Sein Wahlkampfsprecher Andrew Bates sagte der Washington Post: "Vizepräsident Biden ist der Ansicht, dass es an der Zeit ist, die Unterstützung der USA für den Krieg im Jemen zu beenden und den Blankoscheck zu annullieren, den die Trump-Regierung Saudi-Arabien für die Führung dieses Krieges gegeben hat.

Wiederaufnahme des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran: Trump zog sich einseitig aus dem international verbindlichen iranischen Atomabkommen zurück und verhängte harte Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen das iranische Volk. Diese Politik des "maximalen Drucks" hat die iranische Innen- und Außenpolitik nicht verändert. Biden sollte dem Abkommen unverzüglich wieder beitreten und alle Sanktionen im Zusammenhang mit Atomfragen aufheben.

Im September schrieb Biden: "Sollte der Iran zur strikten Einhaltung des Atomabkommens zurückkehren, würden die USA dem Abkommen als Ausgangspunkt für Folgeverhandlungen wieder beitreten". Er fügte hinzu, dass die neue Regierung das "schändliche" Verbot, das Iranern und Menschen aus anderen muslimischen Nationen die Einreise in die USA verbietet, aufheben würde.

Doch Bidens Versprechen waren in kriegerischer Rhetorik des Kalten Krieges über die angeblichen Drohungen des Iran gegenüber den USA verpackt. Demokratische und republikanische Falken werden Biden sicherlich unter Druck setzen, eine harte Linie gegen den Iran zu verfolgen. Aber beide Länder würden von einer erneuten Umsetzung des Abkommens und einem Abbau der Spannungen profitieren.

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The Challenge for Joe Biden

If he’s smart, the likely President-elect will stop the unpopular endless wars and use the money to help our domestic economy.

Biden can implement progressive and popular policies during his first 100 days in office, in many cases, programs that he already promised and which don’t require Congressional approval. These include:

Stop the war in Yemen: This years-long conflict, which benefits no one but the oil-rich rulers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, has killed more than 100,000 people and caused the preventable deaths of 113,000 children. Biden could immediately freeze weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, forcing them to stop bombing civilians and withdraw their troops. It would be one step toward ending unpopular, endless wars.

Earlier this year, Democrats and anti-interventionist Republicans in the Senate voted to invoke the War Powers Act to stop funding the Yemen war. It was vetoed by Trump.

To his credit, Biden supported the war powers resolution. His campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates told The Washington Post, "Vice President Biden believes it is past time to end US support for the war in Yemen and cancel the blank check the Trump Administration has given Saudi Arabia for its conduct of that war.”

Rejoin the Iran nuclear accord: Trump unilaterally withdrew from the internationally binding Iran nuclear accord and imposed harsh economic sanctions on the Iranian people. This policy of "maximum pressure" has failed to change Iranian domestic or foreign policy. Biden should immediately rejoin the accord and lift all sanctions related to nuclear issues.

In September, Biden wrote, "If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the US would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations." He added that the new administration would lift the "disgraceful" ban that prohibits Iranians and people from other Muslims nations from entering the US.

But Biden’s promises were couched in bellicose, Cold War rhetoric about Iran’s alleged threats to the US. Democratic and Republican hawks will certainly pressure Biden to take a hard line against Iran. But both countries would benefit from re-implementing the accord and lowering tensions.

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Mideast heads for policy revamp under Biden

Contrary to Donald Trump's impulsive policies in the Middle East, Joe Biden is expected to shift back to a more conventional US stance and re-engage with Iran, redrawing regional geopolitics.

But with the election of Biden, the energy-rich region is on the verge of another major shift that could see a tougher US stance on human rights and arms deals.

"This is a region where a... Biden administration is expected to both refocus US policy on issues such as Iran and push for respect of normative values across the region," the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) said in a report.

"Biden has made clear he intends to re-enter the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) if Iran also comes back into full compliance and to pursue diplomacy with Tehran on wider issues."

- Rolling back sanctions -

Trump's personalised relationships with regional regimes led to a freeing of the hands of Arab leaders and monarchies, notably Saudi Arabia's young de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Biden's regional strategy will have to grapple with a series of thorny issues where Trump is accused of either neglect or mismanagement, from taking a decisive role in ending the war in Libya, to containing a rising Turkey and facing the threat of attacks in Iraq.

Analysts say that one of the administration's first moves will be to restore contact with the Palestinians, who are angered over the Jerusalem embassy issue and also by the US push for the Arab world to normalise ties with Israel.

Biden heartily endorsed the decision by several Arab nations to forge ties with Israel, and he is very unlikely to shutter the new embassy.

However, he is expected to "row back the most negative consequences of the Trump era" with a renewal of US aid to the Palestinians, reopening the Palestinian mission in Washington, and returning to the traditional two-state position, the EFCR said.

"Still, there is unlikely to be a full return to the status quo."

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Now that President-elect Biden will take office on Jan 20, how might his administration approach key issues in the Middle East? A thread on what some of Biden's advisors have been saying recently, with the caveat that this may not necessarily translate into policy once in govt

Tony Blinken was the senior foreign policy advisor to the Biden campaign and served as Deputy Secretary of State in Obama's 2nd term. This July 2020 interview with the Hudson Institute is worth a read

Blinken underscored the importance of the rebalancing of U.S. resources to Asia and predicted that ‘we would be doing less not more in the Middle East.’

Blinken stated also that a Biden administration would return to the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA), provided Iran returns to compliance as well, and that the U.S. would work with partners and allies ‘to try and build a stronger and longer agreement.’

Also in July 2020, Blinken reportedly told a conference call that ‘We would review the U.S. relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia, to which President Trump has basically given a blank check to pursue a disastrous set of policies'

Sullivan stated in August 2020 that the foreign policy of a Biden presidency would return to a multilateral approach with allies and partners and re-engage with international institutions such as the UN, the WTO, and the WHO.

Sullivan also expressed support for a drawdown of U.S. forces from the Middle East and South Asia in favor of a greater emphasis on economic and diplomatic engagement.

On Iran, Sullivan added that after rejoining the JCPOA the Biden administration would ‘immediately begin negotiating a follow-on agreement that deals with some of our ongoing concerns with Iran in respect of its nuclear program and its behavior’ in the region.

Benaim argued that U.S. goals would be to ‘reassert its considerable leverage, reinforce lapsed expectations regarding Saudi behavior, and reorient regional diplomacy’ and bring an end to the seeming blank check approach of the Trump administration.

Specific actions that would be demanded of the Saudis would include an end to the war in Yemen and, together with the UAE, swiftly end their feud with Qatar.

Benaim called also for a structured regional dialogue with Iran and warned Saudi and Emirati leaders that they would need to ‘actively dispel the perception that their respective countries have become politicized actors.'

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I wonder which country Biden will bomb first

The reality is the Biden admin will probably bomb *multiple* countries on its very first day. It will continue the ongoing imperial U.S. wars on Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Niger. And Biden will likely further expand covert drone wars across the globe.

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One more thing about the US democracy, the US media, including Mr David, will continue to give lessons to media and journalists in other countries, especially the Middle East, about professionalism and how media must not be politicised.

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Joe Biden Said He's Against the Yemen War. He Needs To End It on Day One.

Here’s what the next president can do to halt all U.S. assistance to the onslaught.

P resident-elect Joe Biden bears direct responsibility for a host of grievous foreign policy harms, from the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to the occupation and persecution of Palestinians to the still-ongoing war in Afghanistan. The list of actions he must take to even begin to repair the wreckage left by this legacy is long, and much of what he has done cannot be fixed: People, after all, cannot be brought back from the dead.

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How a Biden win could transform US policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Victory for Joe Biden is likely to bring three big policy shifts in the region, opening new possibilities and challenges for Europeans

This is a region where a potential Biden administration is expected to both refocus US policy on issues such as Iran and push for respect of normative values across the region. But he is also likely to want to lower the level of US engagement.


If the nuclear deal can be preserved until Biden’s inauguration, then the Iran file presents a natural area for renewed transatlantic cooperation. Biden has made clear he intends to re-enter the JCPOA (if Iran also comes back into full compliance) and to pursue diplomacy with Tehran on wider issues. The United Kingdom, France, and Germany (the E3) are likely to support this approach after spending the Trump years seeking to preserve the nuclear agreement and pushing for damage control in the Middle East.


Biden’s team has outlined support for a diplomatic approach to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the GCC states. His election could create momentum to pursue a regional security dialogue, including Saudi-Iran talks, something that the Europeans have long supported.

The Yemen conflict may offer a particular opportunity for progress. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are already, albeit unsuccessfully, pursuing a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Biden has made it clear that he will stop US support for the war. Europeans should work with the US to throw their combined weight behind a diplomatic process that can finally deliver much-needed peace to the country and potentially unlock a wider regional security dialogue.

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Trump Promised to End America’s Wars. Biden Might Actually Do It.

The former vice president contributed to a legacy of failed wars in the Middle East. Can he fix it?

Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee who may be poised to win the presidency, intends to walk the middle path, somewhere between Barack Obama and Trump, to mitigate the damage unleashed by wars that started during his tenure as vice president and those in Iraq and Afghanistan that he signed off on as a senator.

“It’s long past time we end the forever wars,” Biden said in his first speech on his foreign policy in New York in 2019. He opposes the war in Yemen and is unlikely to veto if Congress decides to pass another resolution to stop the sale of weapons to Riyadh. But while he has been openly critical of Saudi Arabia, few believe that any American president can for long stop deals worth billions of dollars to one of its most prominent clients. He can, when he has the time and when Yemen figures on his long list of priorities, push the Saudis toward diplomacy and force Mohammed bin Salman to make enough concessions to the opposition, the Houthis, that an agreement can be reached. But it is unclear exactly how he would go about it.

In Syria, Biden has more to answer for. In its 10th year, the Syrian war has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and hal

The biggest difference between Trump’s and Biden’s approaches to the region is Iran. While Trump was obsessed with punishing Iran through his campaign of “maximum pressure,” Biden wants to reinstate the nuclear deal. Beyond that, it’s hard to judge the extent of Biden’s ambitions. The real prize would be to facilitate talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with a view to easing tensions between the Islamic powers, each vying for supremacy in a region fraught with fundamentalist religious doctrines. But Biden’s plate will be full enough trying to bring existing wars to an end, before he starts contemplating a lasting regional peace.

My comment: Fot the US wars, little will change.

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At US elections, Yemenis said their word 'Biden to WH'

Yemeni Americans have to represent people in Yemen, who have no voice, says Ma'ali Luqman one week ago while commenting on the US elections and whom the Yemenis should support.
"We should help them by making sure that we don't support policies that allow for bombs to fall on them," the Yemeni academic (36) added in remarks to the 'Middle East Eye'.
The Yemeni community in the US prefers the Democrat candidate, Joe Biden, over Donald Trump, who "imposed travel ban on the poor country," the British website quoted other activists in Michigan as saying.
Even Republican Yemenis said they would support the Democrat runner for the White House

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Biden’s Criticism of Saudi Arabia Invades Websites, Coinciding with His Electoral Supremacy

Social networking sites were ignited by previous statements of the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, Joe Biden, about Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, coinciding with Biden's great progress over Trump.

Activists on Twitter repeated Biden’s previous statements about Saudi Arabia, in which he promised to hold bin Salman accountable for his heinous crimes, especially the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as killing children and innocent people in Yemen to implement a political plan.

Biden has previously made contemptuous statements towards Saudi Arabia. During a Democratic nominee debate in November 2019, Biden said he would stop selling arms to the Saudis, accusing the Gulf kingdom of “murdering children” in its long and bloody intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

Analysts and politicians say the US election could change the political calculations of major players in the Middle East. The outcome of the presidential election can have a drastic effect on the issues of the region like the Iran nuclear deal and the so-called deal of the century that US President Donald Trump launched for the Israelis and Palestinians.

Biden promised to abolish what many see as a key component of Trump's foreign policy, from turning a blind eye to autocracy and human rights violations in favor of blunt realpolitik. =

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Foreign policy has played little role in this election cycle, and recent polling shows voters rank it at or near the bottom of their most pressing concerns as they choose our next president.

So far, President Trump has committed himself to prolonging US entanglement in Yemen, going so far as to issue the second veto of his presidency to kill a bipartisan resolution to extricate us from the Yemeni civil war last year.

The approach former President Obama started and Trump has continued is fostering chaos and suffering, running afoul of what the American people want, and doing worse than nothing for US security.

The past five years of US involvement in Yemen has, in part, been characterized by direct counterterrorism, which the Trump administration escalated, a report published last week by British watchdog organization Airwars showed.

But US military intervention in Yemen isn’t an effective means of suppressing AQAP — quite the opposite. Years of civil war, lengthened by US involvement, have created a power vacuum in which AQAP has flourished and acquired American weaponry. Yes, US airstrikes occasionally take out high-ranking AQAP leaders, but they are swiftly replaced.

All this happens with Washington’s help, first under Obama and now under Trump, despite opposition from the American public and the irrelevance of Yemen’s civil strife to vital US interests. This is at most a conflict of regional import in which the US role has been to protract hostilities, facilitate unconscionable treatment of innocents, and unintentionally benefit the very terrorists we oppose. However our presidential election turns out, it is time to end US military intervention in Yemen – by Bonnie Kristian

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US increasing imperialist stranglehold over key Yemeni province of Hadhramaut

The US embassy in Yemen has confirmed on Monday that its activities increased among the civil community in Hadhramaut province.

The US embassy to the Saudi-backed exiled Hadi government said on its Twitter that the embassy’s military attaché, Christopher Townsend, gave a detailed explanation in his lecture on the Yemeni women’s role in the US elections.

The US embassy considered that the lecture delivered by Townsend was part of a “new women’s initiative to support women and girls in Yemen.”

The move revealed the extent of direct communication between the CIA activity and the US military attaché carried out by Washington in Hadhramaut, through organisations working in Yemen.

This came after multiple visits by the American ambassadorto the city of Mukalla, the capital of Hadhramaut, and his meeting with general directors of the executive offices and the local authority in the governorate, in a flagrant violation of diplomatic norms.

Al-Rayyan airport, the most important air base in the province, has become an American military base, after being closed by UAE forces in 2015.

The United States is seeking to achieve strategic objectives by controlling Hadhramaut, in order to enable it to cut right through the middle of the New Silk Road project conducted by China.

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Why the Middle East’s Strongmen Are Rooting for Trump

On substance and style, authoritarians see an ally in the White House—and hope to keep him there.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a fair amount of speculation about what the U.S. presidential election means for the Middle East. I’ve chatted with American, Turkish, and Egyptian journalists about this, and no matter how you slice it, it seems clear that a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump would be good for the region’s leaders and their supporters. Not so much for Iran, the Palestinians, or the democratic opposition in the rest of the region.

The Middle East’s pro-U.S. strongmen and their backers seem to know it. Saudi social media, which has become one immense propaganda campaign for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has sought to reinforce the Hunter Biden laptop story. Many Israelis also openly favor four more years of Trump. And a pro-regime Egyptian singer, Wissam Magdy, has taken an old ode to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and turned it into a paean to Trump.

None of this should be surprising. Just look at Trump’s record: He is tough on Iran, doesn’t care about human rights, has moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, has shielded regional authoritarians from congressional criticism and legal jeopardy, has produced a plan to resolve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that reads as though it was written in the Israeli prime minister’s office, and wants to transfer more high-tech weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. That’s a list that should make nearly all the Middle East’s kings, presidents, and prime ministers happy. The exceptions being, of course, the people in the Middle East who dare to resist.

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

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US maximum pressure failed, proud Iranians stand tall: Foreign Ministry spokesman

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Araghchi: US presidential election has no impact on Iran's policy

Referring to the US presidential election, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said on Saturday that the results of the US presidential election would not affect the main policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Iran’s president calls on Biden to return to nuclear deal

Iran’s president called on President-elect Joe Biden to “compensate for past mistakes” and return the U.S. to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a state-run news agency reported Sunday.

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Rouhani Advises Next US Administration to Obey Law

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani called on the next US administration to learn lessons from the futility of sanctions against the Iranian nation, abide by the law and resume honoring its commitments

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Leader: Iran will maintain unfaltering stance whoever takes helm of US

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that Iran will not be concerned about who emerges the winner of the US race for presidency and that the Islamic Republic’s stance towards the US hegemony will remain unaltered whatever the result of the election.

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Neue US-Sanktionen würgen die iranische Insulinversorgung ab

Jüngste Maßnahmen gegen den iranischen Finanzsektor verschärfen die bestehende Medikamentenknappheit

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New US Sanctions are Choking Iran’s Insulin Supplies

Latest measures against Iran's financial sector are exacerbating existing medicine shortages

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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We Support British Soldier’s Stand of Conscience Over Saudi Arms Sales

On Monday 24th August, British soldier Ahmed Al-Babati was arrested by the military police outside the MoD for protesting against the government's involvement in the bombing of Yemen.

As he said, "the British government has blood on its hands" by continually backing the Saudi-led campaign militarily and with arms sales. As well as protesting outside the Ministry of Defence, Al-Babati has said he will refuse to continue his military service until this involvement and the arms trade with Saudi Arabia is put to an end.

We support Al-Babati because we believe that the armed forces should not be pursuing aggressive wars abroad. We urge that no disciplinary action is taken against Al-Babati's stand of conscience.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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'Moderate Islam' Made in the United Arab Emirates: Public Diplomacy and the Politics of Containment

This essay addresses the ideological utilization of religion in the international relations of the United Arab Emirates during the Arab Spring and beyond. By referring to the theoretical framework of public diplomacy and analyzing UAE regional and domestic attitudes, this essay intends to examine the politics of 'moderate Islam' in line with: (a) the monarchy's nation building visions for the 21st century; (b) its national rebranding strategies; (c) its geopolitical empowerment in the Gulf and the Middle East. Throughout our analysis, it is argued that even though 'moderate Islam' has been devised for creating 'soft power', it serves 'sharp power' as well. As will become obvious, this has been mainly the case as far as the containment of Political Islam is concerned.

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Trump’s closest allies in Arab world congratulate Biden on victory

Leaders of several Arab countries, which used to be closest allies of US President Donald Trump, are extending congratulations to his Democratic rival Joe Biden over his victory, even though the incumbent has yet to concede defeat.

“Congratulations to Joe Biden and [Vice-President] Kamala Harris on winning the US elections,” Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates tweeted.

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UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.”

The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners and outrage in their home countries.

The reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” said state-run WAM news agency, which offered only minimal details in the surprise weekend announcement. The government decrees behind the changes were outlined extensively in state-linked newspaper The National, which did not cite its source.

cp12b Sudan

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a speech from senior official, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, on November 5. Qosi called for Sudanese Muslims to revolt against their government. He urged Sudanese youth to attack American and Jewish interests in Sudan and across East Africa. Qosi gave a speech on the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel in late August.[1]

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan fail to make progress on disputed dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan failed to agree on a new negotiating approach to resolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the three countries said Wednesday.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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White House approves nearly $3B drone deal with UAE: report

The State Department has informally told Congress that it plans to sell 18 armed aerial drones worth approximately $2.9 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The reported sale would mark the first armed drone export since the Trump administration reinterpreted a component of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which prevents its 35 members from selling armed drones to other nations.

The U.S., which helped form the agreement in 1987 amid the Cold War, is not legally binding and is treated as an understanding among its member nations.

The UAE would become the latest to receive drones in the Trump administration’s policy change, with the first being a $600 million deal to sell four unarmed but weapons-ready SeaGuardian drones to Taiwan that Congress was notified about on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported Thursday that the informal notification of the UAE sale is meant to be followed by a formal and public notification. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees will have the ability to review and potentially block the weapons sale prior to a formal notification.

The members of these committees have criticized UAE’s role in civilian deaths in Yemen’s civil war, with more than 17,500 civilians killed and injured since fighting broke out in 2015, according to data compiled by the Human Rights Watch.

The State Department may wait to formally notify Congress of the sale once staff and members are briefed on it, one of the people familiar with the plans told Reuters. The formal notification gives Congress 30 days to object.

The drone sail comes a week after the Trump administration told Congress that it would be moving forward with a planned F-35 fighter jet sale to the UAE.

Comment: There are 60 days between now & Jan 20. Sigh

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Ahead of plans by the United States to sell 18 armed aerial drones worth approximately $2.9 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA said:

“The startling fact that the United States government continues its unflinching support of providing weapons that risk adding to the devastating toll of Yemeni civilians unlawfully killed and injured by US-made weapons should shake to the core every person living in this country. The United States must resolutely refrain from supplying weapons that could be used in the conflict and not transfer weaponry to the UAE, or risk complicity in likely war crimes in Yemen.

“These US drones could be responsible for UAE attacks that violate international humanitarian law and kill, as well as injure, thousands of Yemeni civilians already bearing the brunt of the one of the world’s most devastating humanitarian catastrophes.”

Amnesty International USA is calling for the United States to immediately halt transfers of all arms, equipment, and military assistance to all parties to the conflict for use in Yemen; and to enforce the United Nations arms embargo on Libya by prohibiting the transfer of arms and equipment that may be used in the armed conflict there.

and also

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“They Burn Through Everything”

The Human Cost of Incendiary Weapons and the Limits of International Law

Over the past decade, the use of incendiary weapons, including white phosphorus, in Afghanistan, Gaza, Syria, and elsewhere has generated serious concerns for dozens of states parties to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). Many of these states call for strengthening CCW Protocol III, the only international instrument dedicated to regulating incendiary weapons. Because the CCW’s annual meetings operate by consensus, however, a small number of countries have blocked progress, and the forum has become bogged down in a debate about whether to include incendiary weapons on the agenda. Instead of discussing whether to discuss these issues, states should be addressing how to deal with the weapons’ humanitarian consequences.

This report aims to refocus the debate on incendiary weapons by highlighting the horrific human cost of their use. A humanitarian approach more appropriately frames the issue in terms of human suffering and underscores the urgent need to revisit and strengthen the existing international law governing these weapons.

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cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: The West Asia Post | Yemen's ancient city risks collapse | Manhattan of the Desert

Dubbed the "Manhattan of the Desert" for its centuries-old skyscrapers, Ghadi Francis talks about how Yemen's ancient city of Shibam faces collapse from neglect amid rains and floods.

and film showing Shibam:

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Restoring ancient houses damaged by rain in Zabid discussed

A meeting in [Sanaa gov.] Hodeida province has discussed practical measures for implementing a project of restoring and rehabilitating archaeological houses in the historic city of Zabid.

The meeting, chaired by Hodeida province undersecretary Abduljabbar Mohammed, touched on the recent damage to historic houses in the city by floods.

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Houthis Accused of Smuggling 14,000 Historical Yemeni Manuscripts

The Yemeni government has accused Houthi militias of looting and smuggling more than 14,000 ancient manuscripts and artifacts.

During a recent cultural event in Marib, Sanaa Governor Abdul-Ghani Jamil called on Yemenis, including those interested in history and heritage, activists, intellectuals, writers and journalists to act against the group’s systematic targeting of Yemeni identity.

Some attendees spoke of the “dreadful” crimes and violations committed by the militias against Yemeni cultural heritage.

Employees working in antiquities accused Houthi leaders of being behind the looting and smuggling of many valuable manuscripts in the libraries of historical mosques, as well as carrying out systematic acts of destruction of hundreds of old manuscripts that contradict with their sectarian ideology.

They told Asharq Al-Awsat that the militias’ “crimes” included hiding and destroying hundreds of manuscripts under the pretext that they contradict with their ideas, as well as smuggling large numbers of antiquities and manuscripts through mobs they support and supervise.

Informed sources also told Asharq al-Awsat that the stolen antiquities are smuggled through illegal networks to be sold abroad.

My comment: As claimed by the Hadi government and published by a Saudi-affiliated news site here. Propaganda bias: High. A similar article by the Hadi government army news site I had labeled as “propaganda” as they also had blamed Iran for this looting (

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The [Hadi gov.] Culture Ministry has formed a committee to prepare a dossier on Marib’s historical sites to pave for a UNESCO classification of the city as a World Heritage site. Source: Multiple websites.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) - Remittances Tracker (October 2020)

Remittances are cash transfers sent by migrants, usually to family members in their country of origin. International remittances can also make up part of the regular income of some people, for example, those who perform cross-border work, such as seasonal workers who tend crops in neighboring countries. According to UNDESA, migrants send an average of 15% of their earnings back home. Remittances often represent up to 60% of family income. Due to the downturn in the global economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, Yemeni workers abroad may have had difficulty securing work and sending money home, thus impacting the purchasing power of local households.
The Remittance Tracker is a short survey completed monthly and encompasses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on remittances throughout the assessed area. The question center around the impact of COVID-19 and the change in remittances over the previous two weeks.
The October data is composed of in-person interviews where strict confidentiality was enforced. A total number of 47 interviews were conducted across 7 governorates and 9 districts.

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Cash Consortium of Yemen - Flash Update 9: YER Exchange Rate Volatility 1st November 2020 (W2 & W3 of October)

The Flash Update for Exchange Rate Volatility consolidates daily exchange rate data collection throughout Yemen by CCY partners. The data is split between the two main economic spheres: De facto Authority (DFA) and the Internationally Recognized Government (IRG). This flash update is meant to give insight into the exchange rate and allow the actors within the Yemen response to make more informed decisions. Methodology: The analysis is predicated on assessing the averages of exchange rates between the spheres of influence for both actors. Enumerators were told to assess three exchange shops per district, however, due to travel constraints and the size of towns where enumerators are present, assessing three shops daily, may not be possible.

Key findings:

The implementation of the new transfer system through the creation of a company is still on-going in the areas currently aligned with the central bank of Yemen in Aden

IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 27% difference

The economy is still strained under the worldwide impact of COVID 19, mainly in trade and travel

Remittance flows from Yemenis abroad into Yemen have continued to stagnate (see CCY Remittance tool)

Clashes between STC and IRG continue to take place sporadically Due to a lower supply of USD, exchange shops continue to have irregular hours of operation

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World Bank discusses project to unify aids and banking transfer channels through central bank of Yemen Aden

My comment: as the Aden Central Bank isn’t anything more than a split-off from the Yemen’s Central Bank at Sanaa, having been erected by the Hadi government for political reasons, such a plan would be politically biased and it would severely disadvantage the Houthi-held part of Yemen.

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Yemen food costs soar as currency plunges to new low

Yemen’s currency has tumbled to a record low against the US dollar despite fresh measures by the country’s central bank to bring the chaotic exchange system under its control.

The riyal hovered around 840 against the dollar early on Wednesday, plunging from 800 in recent weeks.

In an attempt to shore up the currency, the Aden-based central bank closed unlicensed exchange companies, banned the internal transfer network between exchange companies — known as hawala — and provided oil importers with dollars.

The bank’s measures helped the riyal to bounce back from 850 in September to 780 the same month before falling against the dollar to almost the same level on Wednesday.

Despite the bank’s repeated threats to punish local exchange companies that failed to adhere to the measures, many firms continued to operate the hawala system, wiring millions of dollars and Saudi riyals internally away from the central bank’s observation, officials at local companies told Arab News.

While Houthi rebels imposed a fixed exchange rate for local companies in their territories and had observers monitoring daily transactions, the central bank in Aden has largely failed to enforce monetary policies.

“No one has adhered to the measures,” an official at an exchange company in the port city of Al-Mukalla told Arab News.

The official, who declined to be named, said that the latest measures highlight the growing competition between the central bank in Aden and the Houthi-controlled counterpart in Sanaa.

“It is like a match between the two central banks. Each is trying to bring financial activities in the country under its control,” the official said.

In addition to the raging conflict in Yemen, economists argue that printing billions of riyals in new banknotes over the past four years, a fall in foreign remittances as well as oil and gas revenues, and misspending the Saudi deposit in the central bank are main reasons for the currency’s fall.

Ali Bawazer, a Yemeni economist, said that the latest plunge in the riyal shows that the central bank has lost control of the exchange market.

“Moneychangers’ speculation has led to the fall of the riyal and central bank appeals have been unable to stop them,” he said.

However, moneychangers have denied any role in the fall of the riyal, demanding the central bank and government tighten their grip on the market.

The fluctuating value of the riyal over the past five years has pushed up the cost of basic foodstuffs, fuel and rent, forcing many Yemenis to take more than one job to make ends meets.

Public servants who once boasted about their income are now battling to stay afloat since salaries have lost almost third of their value due to the falling riyal and a halt to annual bonuses.

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Crisis Risk Analysis: Global Risk Analysis, October 2020

88.8 billion dollars cumulative loss in #Yemen's real GDP during the period 2014-2019, and it is expected to reach about 181 billion dollars by 2022 if conflict and war counties. *Source: Ministry of Planning and the United Nations.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Qaeda circulates film for Houthi captives appeal for release

Ansar al-Sharea, the al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen, has a set of Houthi captives, the group's media said Sunday.

Al-Malahim corporation, Qaeda media department, posted on its website a footage filming 7 Houthi captives detained by the group while appealing for their release.

The prisoners said their detention ranged from 4 months to 3 years, and that they were from Baydha, Shabwa and Hajjah governorates.

They appeared calling for their group and leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, to free them through prisoner swap deals.

Al-Qaeda is willing to exchange prisoners, one of the captives said, appealing for the Houthi group to strike a deal for the sake of his release. (image)

and also

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Is another #AQAP-Houthi #prisoner swap on the cards? #AlQaeda in #Yemen releases short video "Pleas of Houthi Captives". 7 scared-looking Houthis are interviewed briefly. 5 have been captive 6 months or less. At least 2 were "Houthi-ized" (joined Houthi side in past 2 years) (image)

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Al-Qaeda forces clash with Yemeni tribes

Al-Qaeda terrorists have on Saturday imposed a suffocating siege on the Yafa’i tribes in Lahj province for the second day in a row, local sources said

According to sources, members of the terrorist organisation blocked the road linking Bayda and Lahj provinces, in order to tighten the noose on the villages of Al-Arawi in al-Hadd area in Lahj.

Moreover, the sources said that on Friday, al-Qaeda members advanced from areas of control in al-Zaher district of Bayda governorate towards the areas of al-Hadd, in an attempt to take over the areas belonging to the Yafa’i tribes.

The sources added that the nearby al-Arawi tribes responded to the group’s attempts to organise raids against their lands, with clashes leading to several deaths and injuries between the two sides.

According to the sources, the terrorist organisation is seeking to put pressure on the al-Arawi and Yafa’i tribes to accept the expansion of takfiri organisations in their tribal ancestral lands.

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Houthis say ISIS dangerous militant killed in security raid

A militant of the terrorist Daesh group was killed during a security raid in the Yemeni central governorate of Ibb, the Houthi group said Wednesday.

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The group calling itself ISIS in #Yemen has for some time tried to slip into the cultural space once monopolized by #AQAP in al-Bayda'. Latest is an earthy authentic #poem circulated by pro-ISIS group "Bayda' of the Unitarians" entitled "We Reject the Rejectionists (=Houthis)"

cp15 Propaganda

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Gargash denounces Iran, Turkey expansionist plans

During the seventh Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate held by the Emirates Policy Centre, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash said that Iran and Turkey weren’t respecting the national sovereignty of others in the region. While Iran continued to flow arms into Yemen, Turkey bolstered Islamist forces in Libya.
“Iran and Turkey have become increasingly aligned in the region in using interference as a tool to advance their expansionist agenda. Iranian-backed militias persist in undermining the security of various Arab countries. We cannot accept the destabilizing nature of these policies in the Arab world."

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OIC praises the vigilance of Coalition Forces for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, citing the destruction of a Houthi drone in Yemen’s airspace

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) praised the vigilance of Coalition Forces for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, citing the interception and destruction of a bomb-laden drone in Yemen’s airspace this evening launched by the terrorist Houthi militia targeting civilians and civil objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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PM: Yemen and coalition have common destiny

Prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik said on Friday Yemen's internationally recognised government has been working in very difficult circumstances but could keep the cohesion of the political system and do the minimum state responsibilities.
The government and the Saudi-led coalition share a common destiny to protect the region from Iran's sectarian violence and ambitions, he said in an interview with the Saudi Okaz Newspaper.
The government's project under president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi is to restore the state and end the coup, he said, pointing out that the partnership between it and the coalition is a fateful matter and must not be broken.
"Alliances or relations that violate these two principles are not accepted," he told the newspaper.

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[Hadi] Government urges international community to protect civilians from Houthi attacks

Spokesperson for the armed forces of the Yemeni government, Brig. Gen. Abdu Mujalli, on Friday called on the international community to designate the Houthis as a terrorist group for terrorist actions they are committing against civilians.

and also

My comment: As the Hadi government itself had asked for Saudi interference and Saudi air raids, this call is absurd propaganda BS.

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Film: For the first time, ambassadors are received in this way ..!? The reception given to the Iranian ambassador in Sanaa, Hassan Erlo, confirms that he is more than just an ambassador .. Rather, he is an actual ruler in the name of the Iranian guide to the capital of Yemen, and the Houthis are nothing but tools to implement the scheme to export the revolution .. Republic of Yemen

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American think-tank: Iran intensifies cooperation with Houthis to threaten GCC

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an American public think-tank said that Iran intensifies cooperation with the Houthis militia to threaten the Gulf countries.

It said that Iran faces a growing security threat from an anti-Iran coalition in the gulf region and the world.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Coalition destroys Houthi militia reinforcements eastern Al-Jawf

Arab Coalition Fighters supporting Yemen’s legitimate government on Sunday launched air strikes, targeting Houthi militia reinforcements and vehicles, eastern Al-Jawf province, a military source said.

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Saudi-Koalition greift systematisch Brücken im Jemen an

Seit 2015 hat die von den USA unterstützte Koalition regelmäßig die zivile Infrastruktur ins Visier genommen

Seit die von den USA unterstützte und von den Saudis geführte Koalition 2015 im Jemen intervenierte, hat die Koalition regelmäßig die zivile Infrastruktur ins Visier genommen. Ein am Mittwoch veröffentlichter Bericht des jemenitischen Archivs dokumentiert 131 Fälle, in denen Brücken im Jemen zwischen 2015 und 2019 von Luftangriffen getroffen wurden.

In mehreren dieser Fälle wurden die Brücken mehr als einmal getroffen oder "doppelt angegriffen", was bedeutet, dass die Zerstörung absichtlich erfolgte. "Dies sind keine zufälligen Angriffe", sagte Abdulrahman al-Jaloud, Projektleiter des jemenitischen Archivs, gegenüber der DW. "Was wir sehen, ist, dass diese Angriffe systematisch sind."

Der Bericht fand heraus, dass über 100 Zivilisten direkt durch die Luftangriffe auf die Brücken getötet wurden. Die Angriffe haben dazu geführt, dass Millionen von Menschen, die extremem Hunger ausgesetzt sind, von der medizinischen Versorgung ausgeschlossen wurden. "Viele dieser Angriffe blockieren das Straßennetz zwischen Städten und Häfen, wodurch der Transport von humanitärer Hilfe und Nahrungsmitteln unterbrochen wird", heißt es in dem Bericht.

and English version:

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p. Marib p., Jawf p. Saada p. Bayda p. Marib p. Marib p. / Marib p., Jawf p. Several prov. Marib, Jawf, Hajjah prov. Marib p., Jawf p. Marib p., Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.

There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition's offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.

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Clashes flare up as Houthis say advanced in northwest Marib

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Forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi claimed halting an al Houthi advance toward al Makhdara front in northern Yemen’s Ma’rib governorate on November 9. Hadi government–aligned forces previously clashed with al Houthi militants in Ma’rib governorate’s Sirwah district in late October.[3]

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom

“Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon (Monday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region.”

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom

"Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed, in Yemeni airspace, this afternoon (Monday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom."

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KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,320 Mines in Yemen During 1st Week of November

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)'s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen dismantled 1,320 mines during the first week of November 2020, including 10 antipersonnel mines, 441 anti-tank mines, 862 unexploded ordnance and 7 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 196,591 mines planted by the Houthi coup militias in Yemen have been dismantled.

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Battles rages eastern Sana’a, Houthi militia suffers heavy losses

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen army says intercepts 4 rebel drones

Army says several rebels killed, injured in artillery shelling of Houthi positions

Government forces shot down four explosive-laden drones fired by Houthi rebels east of Sanaa, according to the Yemeni army on Sunday.

A military statement said army forces were engaged in fierce battles with Houthi rebels in Nihm district, east of Sanaa, for the third day in a row. =

and also

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30 civilians including women and children, killed, injured by Houthi militia shelling in a week

About 30 civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded by Houthi militia shelling housing areas in Taiz, Al-Dhale and Hodeidah provinces.

A harsh week for civilians in a number of areas and populated places in the three provinces, following direct targeting, artillery shells, tanks, mortars and machine guns.

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Eight people injured by Houthi shelling in Taiz

At least eight people were severely injured by heavy shelling conducted on Saturday by the pro-Iran Houthi militia targeting the residential areas in the eastern parts of Taiz City.


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Photos: Houthis intensify attacks on Taiz city, 11 civilians wounded

The Iran-backed Houthi militia showered the five-year besieged city of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, on Saturday with heavy bombardment, particularly the eastern parts of the city, leaving at least 11 civilians wounded.

Medical sources said at least 11 civilians were injured, some of them seriously injured due to indiscriminate shelling launched by Houthi rebels on Al Ashbat, Althawra, Osaifira, Al Shamasi, and Albirara neighborhoods north and east of the city.

The shelling caused collateral damage to houses, leaving civilians panicked, local sources said.


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MSF says 'shelling of civilian areas in Taiz is unacceptable'

"13 wounded including a child were treated at MSF supported Al Thawra Hospital as a result of the increased ground shelling that is landing on civilian areas in Taiz city." MSF added.

and also

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The National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights (NCIAVHR) said it documented the killing of 25 civilians, 15 of whom children, who fell victim to #Houthi indiscriminate shelling on #Taiz city from mid Oct to the beginning of Nov

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About 50 Houthis militants killed over one week

Around 50 Houthis militia leaders were killed during the first week of November, the Yemeni 8Hadi gov.] army said.

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Yemeni gov't-Houthi fighting in Marib leaves 62 deaths, injuries

The Houthis on Friday scored an advance in the Yemeni northeastern governorate of Marib, a military source supporting the group said, after clashes with the official government troops that left 62 people killed or injured from both sides.

The group's forces launched a massive attack on sites hosting government troops and tribal supporters in Madghal district, northwest Marib, he added.

The 72-hour fighting ended with Houthi control of al-Jowah village, nearby sites and a strategic crossroads, and left 25 troops and fighters killed and 37 others injured, he said in remarks carried by the Sputnik International.

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15 Houthi militants killed western Taiz

and also

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Missile attack targets residential quarter in Yemen's Marib

The Houthi group on Friday fired a ballistic missile at the Yemeni northeastern city of Marib, local sources said without further details on any casualties.
The rocket hit the Rawdha residential quarter, downtown Marib city

and also

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Houthis Lay Mines near Mosque in Yemen

On Thursday, Al-Houthi Militia in Yemen laid mines near a mosque in Taiz governorate, southwest of the country, with dozens of landmines, but Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance “MASAM” removed them.

“The team managed to secure the mosque in the Mawza District from dozens of armored landmines that had been laid in the mosque’s vicinity and in front of its main gate,” according to the team commander Abdu Ibrahim.

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom

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Film: Mortar shrapnel fired by the Houthi militias kill a child

A child died after hours of being hit by mortar shrapnel in the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz, southern Yemen. Hisham Shaif Sharaf, a 9-year-old child was held at a funeral

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Houthi crime in Taiz provokes wide fury against Houthis, silent UN

The crime of shelling a house and killing three siblings in Taiz has provoked a wide fury by several rights organizations against the Houthi culprits and the “ever silent United Nations organization.

The Shia extremist Houthis besieging the central Yemen city shelled Jame’a al-Khayr neighborhood in the city’s downtown on Wednesday morning. One rocket hit a house and injured Khadeejah Shayef, 5, sister Rasayel, 10, and brother Hisham, 9. They have all died within hours


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Houthis shell Taiz city, injure three children

The Houthi militia injured three children in heavy artillery fire on Al-Khayr Neighborhood in the central Yemen city of Taiz on Wednesday afternoon, local sources said.

“The shells hit one of the neighborhood’s houses injuring the young siblings, a girl of them seriously,”

Five children:

Film (5 children): =

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6 children injured by Houthi shelling in SW Yemen

A total of six Yemeni children were injured in shelling carried out by the Houthi rebels against residential neighborhoods in the southwestern province of Taiz on Wednesday, a government official told Xinhua.


cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.

Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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UNMHA team to resume its tasks in Hodeidah

The team of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) arrived on Monday, in the capital, Aden, coming from Sana'a in a first visit since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and in conjunction with renewed violence in Yemen's Hodeidah.
UNMHA team intends to resume its task of monitoring and supporting the implementation of the ceasefire and redeployment of forces in the province and the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement.

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Man killed in artillery attack on Hodeida

A man was killed on Monday by artillery shelling attack carried out by the aggression forces on Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.

Three men and a child were injured in the attack that hit a storehouse in al-Hali district.

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Elderly woman injured by Houthi shelling in Hodeidah

Film: and also

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Houses destroyed by Houthi missile attack in Hodeidah

Film: 3 houses were destroyed in Mashir neighborhood, as a result of Houthi missile strikes

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Warring parties trade accusations of military escalation in west Yemen

The Houthi group on Friday accused the pro-government forces of military escalation in Yemen's western province of Hodeidah.
At least 371 breaches of the ceasefire by the joint forces were reported in the past 24 hours, including artillery shelling and drone operations in the districts of Al-Tuhayta and Al-Durayhimi, the Houthi-run Saba news agency reported, quoting a military source.
The UAE-backed joint forces include the Giant Brigades, the Guards of the Republic and the Tihamah Resistance.
The Houthis breached the ceasefire 112 times on Wednesday, the information centre of the Giant Brigades said

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Daily violations

Nov. 9:

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Nov. 3:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other


Salma: The Misery of Tin

Editor’s note: As the Yemen Review is re-launching as a monthly magazine, we are pleased to begin publishing fiction, poetry, and book reviews from Yemeni authors. Our first selection is an excerpt from Rim Mugahed’s forthcoming untitled novel, which deals with the social costs women face in war. – By Rim Mugahed

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[from 2018] Too much leadership for such a region: The competing status-seeking behaviours of Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia after 2011

On March 2018, the ambitious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), declared that a “triangle of evil” was affecting the stability of the Middle East, namely Iran, Turkey and Islamist groups. Even though Saudi embassy in Ankara later denied that affirmation, it raised the question: why Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey are proactively engaging in the regional turmoil, such as Syria, and, more recently, Qatar? This article supports that the three countries aspire the same goal, regional leadership, explained by their growing status-seeking behaviour. Iran has been a revisionist country since the Revolution; however, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, especially under the assertive and vigorous rule of Erdogan and MBS respectively, are showing dissatisfaction with their ascribed status in the regional system. This article’s goal is to understand their status-seeking behaviour as three peer competitors in the same status community. They try to project images of leadership that are antagonistic or mutually exclusive. The fact that Turkey’s foreign policy fluctuates and does not choose a side in the open rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia further support this logic.


Beautiful Photos Of Bani Matar District، Sana'a. #Yemen. Photos by


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Book release:

I don’t recognize me in the shadows

The book explores Thana’s journey that leaves war-torn Yemen and finds asylum in the Netherlands. She decided to make this book to find out how everything happened - to find out the war, the escape, the transition, and the unknown.

Thana decided to make this book to find out how everything happened - to find out the war, the escape, the transition and the unknown. It is not easy to talk about a trauma while you are living in it because you cannot recognize it. By creating this work she was able to address the trauma and on her own condition

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-691 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-691: 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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