Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 693b- Yemen War Mosaic 693b

Yemen Press Reader 693b: 14. November 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 693, cp8 - cp19 / November 14, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 693, cp8 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 693, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 693, 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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d 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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia’s image-building efforts suffer another setback

Saudi Arabia’s presidency of this year’s G20 is no longer the golden PR opportunity Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dreamed of.

The glory days are over for Saudi Arabia. The announcement that the G20 summit in November will now take place virtually will surely have disappointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and the Saudi authorities. Without the coveted photo-ops or the chance to roll out the red carpet for foreign dignitaries and business leaders, the prince’s attempts to promote the image of Saudi Arabia as a modernising and progressive member of the international community have suffered yet another setback.

Human rights supporters do not share the crown prince’s disappointment. Instead, this shift provides another opportunity and spotlight to build on campaigns urging G20 governments and delegates not to let the occasion distract them from the kingdom’s long list of abuses, including the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi two years ago.

However, MBS’s rehabilitation project stalled when it became clear that the new gilded sheen of Saudi Arabia was undergirded by the same (if not worse) disregard for the most basic human rights.

Last year’s announcement that Riyadh would host the G20 this year presented another glorious opportunity to boost the country’s image and woo international friends and investors. But much to the crown prince’s dismay, the international community has not embraced him. To date, more than 220 civil society organisations from around the world have decided to boycott the G20 civil society engagement process, and in response to the NGOs’ campaigning the mayors of London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles pulled out of the U20 summit of global city chiefs.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament, members of the US Congress, and national parliaments of other G20 states have urged their representatives to boycott the meeting, conveying the message loud and clear that we can no longer go back to business as usual.

For now, Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 is no longer the golden PR opportunity MBS dreamed of. And thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates, elected officials and especially Saudi dissidents, MBS and the Saudi monarchy’s calculus – that they can disregard the human rights of Saudi citizens without consequence – may finally be forced to change.

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Saudi king urges world to take 'decisive stance' against Saudi's regional foe Iran

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz urged the world on Thursday to take “a decisive stance” to address efforts by Iran to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in an annual address to the top government advisory body.

“The kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran’s regional project, its interference in other countries, its fostering of terrorism, its fanning the flames of sectarianism and calls for a decisive stance from the international community against Iran that guarantees a drastic handling of its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and develop its ballistic missiles programme,” the king said.

My comment: LOL. These allegations would apply to Saudi Arabia even more than to Iran.

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Fitch revises Saudi outlook to negative on weakening balance sheets

Ratings agency Fitch on Monday revised its outlook on Saudi Arabia to negative from stable, citing weakening fiscal and external balance sheets, but maintained its core ‘A’ rating.

The world’s top oil exporter, whose finances have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and lower crude prices, could see its budget deficit widen to 12.8% of GDP this year from 4.5% in 2019, reflecting a 33% drop in oil revenue, a 5% decline in non-oil revenue, and a 1% increase in spending compared to last year, said the agency.

Net foreign assets are expected to decline to 60% of GDP by 2022 from about 72% in 2019-2020, due to debt issuance and reserve drawdowns, Fitch said.

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Saudi-Arabien: Anschlag auf europäische Diplomaten

Vertreter mehrerer Konsulate, darunter aus Frankreich, seien bei dem Gedenken auf einem nicht-muslimischen Friedhof in Dschidda zur Erinnerung an das Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs dabei gewesen, gab das französische Außenministerium in Paris bekannt.

Frankreich verurteile nachdrücklich diesen „niederträchtigen Anschlag“.

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Two wounded in bomb blast at WWI memorial in Jeddah

Explosion at cemetery during international World War I commemoration ceremony strongly condemned by kingdom, France and others.

At least two people have been wounded when an explosive device hit an international ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at a cemetery in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

Several countries had representatives at Wednesday’s commemoration, which was held at a cemetery for non-Muslim dead and was attended by foreign diplomats.


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French Foreign Ministry: confirms attack at WW1 ceremony in Jeddah

France’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that an attack had taken place at a ceremony marking the end of World War One in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, and that several people had been wounded as a result of an explosive device.

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Official: Safety of diplomatic missions a top priority for Saudi Arabia

The First Secretary and Member of Saudi Arabia's Permanent Delegation to the United Nations, Nidaa Abu Ali, said yesterday that the kingdom considers the safety and security of diplomatic missions and consulates working on its territories a "top priority", the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Abu Ali affirmed her country's commitment to implementing strict security measures, including a permanent committee within the Ministry of Interior whose mission is to secure diplomatic sites and facilities in the kingdom.


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Islamic State group claims attack at Saudi WWI ceremony

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Thursday for the explosion the previous day at a cemetery in Saudi Arabia, saying it primarily targeted French diplomats attending the ceremony in remembrance of the end of World War I.

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Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion

The Council of Senior Scholars (Ulemas) said in a statement announced here today that the Muslim Brothers' Group is a terrorist group and that it do not represent the method of Islam, rather it (blindly) follows its partisan objectives that are running contrary to the guidance of our graceful religion, while taking religion as a mask to disguise its purposes in order to practice the opposite such as sedition, wreaking havoc, committing violence and terrorism.
Henceforth, the statement added, anything that might affect the close of ranks around the Guardians of Muslim, through dissemination of suspicions, notions or founding groups of pledge-allegiance, organizations or alike, is forbidden, right-out, fairly and squarely, in accordance with the Book (the Holy Quran) and the Sunnah (the Guidance of the Prophet).
Subsequently, we put, namely, atop of such groups the Muslim Brothers' Group, as it is an aberrant and deviating group, based on fighting the Guardians, calling for rebellion against the rulers, wreaking havoc in the states, destabilizing co-existence in the country, as it tend to stigmatized Islamic communities calling them pagan-oriented, the statement elaborated.
Since the very inception of this group, it has never shown any care of Islamic creed, or the domains of knowledge related to the Book or to the Sunnah, for its only goal is to grab the reins of power, it stated.
The statement concluded that the history of this group exposed that it is full of evils and mischief, and that out of its womb, a lot of extremist and terrorist groups have come out, which wreaked havoc in so many territories and affect as much of mankind, a matter that vindicated by the scenes of violence and terrorism crimes, watched all over the world.

Eventually, the council calls on the public to be careful against this group and stay away from joining it or showing sympathy to it, praying to the Al-Mighty to save us against all evil and sedition.

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G20: Saudi-Arabien zur Verantwortung ziehen

Freilassung von inhaftierten Aktivisten und Dissidenten einfordern

Die G20-Staaten sollen von Saudi-Arabien einfordern, dass jeder unrechtmäßig verhaftete Gefangene freigelassen wird. Zudem sollen sie vor dem virtuellen G20-Gipfel am 21. November Rechenschaft für frühere Menschenrechtsverletzungen des Landes verlangen, so Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch startet heute die Kampagne #G20SaudiArabia. Die Staats- und Regierungschefs der G20-Länder sind aufgefordert, die saudischen Gastgeber für Menschenrechtsverletzungen zur Verantwortung zu ziehen. Bereits im Juli und August waren entsprechende Schreiben an die Regierungen verschickt worden.

Saudi-Arabien wurde für das Jahr 2020 die G20-Präsidentschaft übertragen, obwohl das Land weiter fundamentale Freiheiten verletzt

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Washington Post: Trump Loses, But Bloody Regimes Protecting Bin Salman Remain

"Washington Post" newspaper said that President "Donald Trump" is already on his way out of the White House, but this does not mean lifting the protection of the Saudi Crown Prince, "Mohammed bin Salman," because the global bloody dictatorial regimes that work to empower the latter are still presented

After the US people sent Trump outside the White House, Bin Salman should shiver, but according to the newspaper, the more cruel truth is that the regimes that helped pave the way for the current path of despotism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are still in place.

It added: “As the international economic community continues to provide legitimacy to the Saudi regime .. Saudi Arabia took over the presidency of the G20 this year, despite the violations of prisoners' rights, torture of activists, and the assassination of one of the most prominent Politicians' voices, the G20 continues to close its mouth and turn a blind eye to the violations of Bin Salman.

The newspaper said that the administration of "Joe Biden" has an opportunity to make the relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia A relationship that builds more safeguards against rampant impunity that has worsened in the past five years, but the international community continues to turn a blind eye to the kingdom's worst violations as the hands of the so-called guards of the liberal world order are also stained with blood.

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Film: Houthi official asks Biden to help end Yemen war

An official within Yemen's Houthi rebels has called for US President-elect Joe Biden's support in ending the country's war. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hisham Sharaf, the Houthi government's minister of foreign affairs, said although Biden has talked about decreasing US support for their rivals Saudi Arabia, it was not enough. He said the Americans should use their influence "to instruct, to pressure the Saudis and the Emiratis to stop the war in Yemen." Sharaf added that his government remains ready to work with the United States and other countries who are looking for peace, and that there is no enmity between Yemenis and the American public.

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Biden bedeutet US-amerikanische Normalität: „Krieg und Invasionen“

Der britische Ex-Botschafter Craig Murray warnt vor falschen Hoffnungen auf eine Regentschaft der US-Demokraten. Er kritisiert zwar scharf Donald Trumps „zynische Manipulationen“ – die Niederlage des US-Präsidenten bedeute aber auch „die Wiederherstellung der Herrschaft des militärisch-industriellen Komplexes“. Unter Joe Biden werde „Business As Usual“ einkehren – und das bedeute Krieg.

Murray: Aber Trump wurde nicht von einem Bernie Sanders besiegt; er wurde durch einen korrupten politischen Trick besiegt. Dieser Coup wird von der großen Mehrheit der Medien im Besitz von Milliardären unterstützt und von der Wall Street finanziert: Dadurch soll nichts anderes als neoliberale Wirtschaftspolitik sichergestellt werden. Es ist auch die Wiederherstellung der Herrschaft des Sicherheitsstaates und des militärisch-industriellen Komplexes. Trumps instinktiver Isolationismus machte ihn zu einem Feind der Interessen des Sicherheitsstaates, der viel Zeit damit verbrachte, den Präsidenten zu untergraben.

Mit Biden werden wir zum business as usual zurückkehren, und das bedeutet Krieg und Invasionen. Unter Trump haben wir keine neuen Kriege begonnen, auch wenn er alte Kriege mit wenig Kontrolle fortsetzte. Ohne Trump habe ich nicht den geringsten Zweifel, dass Syrien, genau wie Libyen, in die Steinzeit zurückgebombt worden wäre und Millionen Menschen mehr getötet worden wären. Ungeachtet des unzweifelhaften Schadens, den Trump innerhalb der Vereinigten Staaten an vielen Fronten angerichtet hat, hätte Hillary (Clinton) viel mehr Menschen getötet. Nur eben keine Amerikaner.


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Film: Rückkehr der US-Falken: Das Netzwerk von Joe Biden

Der gewählte neue US-Präsident Joe Biden spricht von Versöhnung, Gemeinsamkeiten, Multilateralismus. Dabei war er als US-Senator starker Verfechter der US-Militärinterventionen auf dem Balkan, in Afghanistan und im Irak und Befürworter des Drohnenkriegs unter Obama. Und heute?

Kommentar: Das ist ein guter Beitrag von Monitor von gestern. Er beseitigt die letzten Zweifel daran, dass die USA (und wir) von der Rüstungsindustrie regiert werden“. So NDS-Leser Rolf Erdmann. Er hat recht. Die Sendung ist wirklich sehr informativ und widerspricht der Mehrheitsmeinung, die unsere Medien sonst verbreiten. Der Öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk kann, wenn er will.

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Kompromisse statt Konfrontation: Wie Joe Biden als künftiger Präsident die Nahostpolitik der USA neu ausrichten könnte

Biden dagegen hält Trumps Politik des „maximalen Drucks“ gegen Teheran für gescheitert. Der künftige US-Präsident ist grundsätzlich zu einer Rückkehr zum Atomvertrag bereit – sofern der Iran wieder die dort festgelegten Auflagen befolgt.

Zudem will Biden die amerikanische Unterstützung für den saudischen Krieg im Jemen beenden und die Menschenrechte wieder stärker betonen.

Iranische Zuversicht

In Teheran haben die Machthaber schnell begriffen, dass sich der Wind gedreht hat. Schon vor der Wahl habe sich Präsident Hassan Ruhani die Erlaubnis von Revolutionsführer Ali Chamenei für neue Verhandlungen mit Washington geholt, schreibt Iran-Experte Mohammad Hossein Ziya vom Nahost-Institut in Washington.

Das Regime hofft in erster Linie auf einen Abbau der US-Sanktionen, die die Wirtschaft des schiitischen Gottesstaats an den Rand des Zusammenbruchs gebracht haben.

Biden dürfte zwar sehr vorsichtig vorgehen, nicht zuletzt wegen der starken anti-iranischen Stimmung im US-Kongress. Doch dass er den „maximalen Druck“ Trumps beenden will, steht außer Frage.

Saudische Sorgen

Für Mohammed bin Salman sind das denkbar schlechte Vorzeichen.

Biden hat die Golfmonarchie sogar als „Pariah“ bezeichnet. Bei aller Distanzierung bleibt Saudi-Arabien jedoch ein wichtiger amerikanischer Verbündeter, was nicht zuletzt umfangreiche Waffengeschäfte einschließt. Ein völliger Bruch ist also nicht zu erwarten – auch wenn die Zeit der nahtlosen Zusammenarbeit zwischen Riad und dem Weißen Haus wohl zu Ende geht.

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Iranische Illusionen nach Bidens Wahlsieg

Teheran scheint zu glauben, dass der Abgang seines Erzfeindes Trump ihm mehr diplomatischen Spielraum für seine regionalen Ambitionen bietet. Das könnte sich als schwerer Irrtum herausstellen.

Rückkehr zum "diplomatischen Weg"?

"Der kommende US-Präsident hat wiederholt erklärt, dass er bereit sei, seine Haltung zum Iran flexibel zu gestalten", sagt Günter Meyer, Leiter des Zentrums für Forschung zur Arabischen Welt an der Universität Mainz. "Das gilt sowohl mit Blick auf Irans Ausgestaltung seines Atomprogramms wie auch auf seinen Umgang mit den Nachbarn."

Dilemma in Jemen

So hat Biden wiederholt erklärt, auch das Verhältnis der USA zu Saudi-Arabien neu ordnen zu wollen. Insbesondere kritisierte er das militärische Eingreifen einer regionalen Koalition unter Führung Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen. Der dort herrschende Krieg gilt als Stellvertreterkonflikt zwischen dem Königreich und dem Iran.

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American Presidents

But Trump has not been defeated by a Bernie Sanders; he has been defeated by a corrupt political hack backed to the hilt by the large majority of the billionaire owned media, financed out of Wall street and with no intention of pursuing anything other than neo-liberal economic policies. It is also the firm re-establishment of the rule of the security state and the military-industrial complex. Trump’s instinctive isolationism made him an enemy of the security state interest which spent a great deal of time in trying to undermine its President.

With Biden we will return to business as usual, and that means war and invasions. Under Trump we have had no new wars started, even if he continued old ones with little control. Without Trump, I have not the tiniest doubt that Syria would have been bombed back to the Stone Age, exactly like Libya, and millions more people would have been killed. Irrespective of the undoubted damage Trump has caused inside the United States across many fronts, Hillary would have killed a lot more people. Just not Americans.

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How Biden will roll back Trump’s ‘America First’ legacy on foreign aid

Early foreign aid priorities for the new administration will include restoring aid to the Palestinians and potentially Yemen.

On Biden’s long foreign policy to-do list, development experts say, is restoring the American foreign assistance dollars imperiled by the current administration.

His key foreign policy adviser on the campaign, Antony Blinken, has pledged the Biden team would “bring aid back to the center of our foreign policy” through an emphasis on diplomacy, democracy and development.

In contrast, Trump has called for aid to be given only to “friends" and revoked from those who don’t support US policies.

Biden will assemble a team that recognizes “foreign assistance is a positive tool for US influence abroad in that it can help achieve national security and geopolitical interests, and that we have an altruistic reason to provide assistance,” said Conor Savoy, executive director of the bipartisan advocacy group Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.

One possible target for additional US humanitarian support is Yemen.

The Trump administration has accused the Houthis of interfering with the distribution of food and humanitarian supplies, and earlier this year, slashed millions of dollars in aid to areas controlled by the rebels in northern Yemen. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has identified carve outs for life-saving aid, but relief organizations operating in Yemen say they are far too narrow.

A former US government official who advised the Biden campaign on foreign policy told Al-Monitor that the incoming administration, as part of its broader commitment to try to end the war in Yemen, will likely move quickly to return aid to previous levels.

My remark: “Biden will assemble a team that recognizes “foreign assistance is a positive tool for US influence abroad in that it can help achieve national security and geopolitical interests” is crucial.

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Sanders: US support for the “disastrous Saudi war” in Yemen must...

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders confirms his demand for an end to US support for the war in Yemen, that the people suffering there “do not need more bombs, but rather more jobs, food and health care.”

Democratic US Senator Bernie Sanders stressed the need to end US support for the “unauthorized, unconstitutional, and disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen.”

And Sanders said in a tweet on “Twitter” on Tuesday evening, “The people who are suffering there do not need more bombs. They need more jobs, food and health care.”

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Bidens Schattenkabinett: Ein Schwarm aus Falken über dem Weißen Haus

Das potenzielle Biden-Team besteht aus strammen Falken und sogar Befürwortern der Folter.

Jeder, der sich die Mühe macht, die Biografien und Werdegänge der für die Außenpolitik und die Geheimdienste genannten Kandidaten des Biden-Teams anzuschauen, wird feststellen, dass noch mehr Falken für führende Ämter vorgesehen sind, als unter Trump. Das russische Fernsehen hat eine mit schwarzem Humor gespickte Zusammenfassung gebracht, deren Wahrheitsgehalt jeder mit einer handelsüblichen Suchmaschine schnell überprüfen kann. Ich habe den Beitrag des russischen Fernsehens übersetzt.

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Biden Is Already Loading His Pentagon Transition Team With Pro-War Think Tank Staffers

It hasn’t taken long for Joe Biden to get down to the business of preparing to assume the presidency — by drawing staff from hawkish think tanks financed by arms companies.

In July 2019, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, Joe Biden declared in a foreign policy speech, “It’s past time to end the Forever Wars, which have cost us untold blood and treasure.” But the president-elect — who, as vice president, oversaw wars in Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, and more — is already embracing personnel with strong ties to the military apparatus driving this endless combat.

On November 10, Biden announced his agency review teams, which he says “are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One.”

Of the twenty-three people who comprise the Department of Defense agency review team, eight of them — or just over a third — list their “most recent employment” as organizations, think tanks, or companies that either directly receive money from the weapons industry, or are part of this industry. These figures may be an undercount, as the writer was not immediately able to exhaustively source the funding of every employer.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is listed as the “most recent employment” of three individuals on Biden’s Department of Defense agency review team: Kathleen Hicks (a former defense official under President Barack Obama), Melissa Dalton, and Andrew Hunter. CSIS is a hawkish and influential foreign policy think tank that receives funding from General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and other weapons manufacturers and defense contractors, as well as oil companies.

Raytheon is a key supplier of bombs to the US-Saudi war in Yemen, and has aggressively lobbied to prevent any curbs on arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition.

CSIS also receives money from a host of governments, including the United States, as well as the United Arab Emirates, which has joined with the United States and Saudi Arabia to wage war on Yemen. CSIS, in addition, receives money from the state-run oil company Saudi Aramco, which effectively amounts to a donation from the Saudi government´– by Sarah Lazare =

My comment: This is exactly what I had expected.

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Mwatana: As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the #US election, people in #Yemen hoped a new administration would finally end the US role in Yemen's humanitarian & human rights crisis. We are asking them to stand by what they promised, and to do more.

Mwatana calls on Joe Biden to stand by promise to end US support to #Saudi/ #UAE-led Coalition, including ending arms sales. For a small taste of what US support to the Coalition has meant for Yemeni civilians, read our "Day of Judgment" report:

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What a President Biden Could Mean for Political Prisoners Jailed in Saudi Arabia

As a Democratic candidate, Biden has taken a tough tone on Saudi Arabia. A statement on his campaign website says as President Biden would “reassess” relations with the Kingdom, “end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil.” The statement adds that Biden will “defend the right of activists, political dissidents, and journalists around the world to speak their minds freely without fear of persecution and violence.”

What that means in practice remains an open question — especially as, when Biden was Vice-President, the Obama Administration supported Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and sold more arms to the kingdom than any of his Republican or Democratic predecessors. “I think there would be some international debate between those who want a very assertive change in the U.S.–Saudi relationship and those who would be more cautious,” says McInerney. “The more cautious approach would be in line with historical precedent.”

In recent interviews, several diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters it was unlikely that Biden would upend U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia but that he might place stronger conditions on U.S. support—for example, demanding public concessions such as the release of jailed women’s rights defenders.

Most prominent among those defenders is Loujain al Hathloul.

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Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

We must vigorously advocate for a team that would put an end to the normalization of war and make diplomatic engagement in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation our number one foreign policy priority.

Joe Biden has certainly paid his dues to and reaped rewards from the same corrupt political and economic system as Trump, as the latter delightedly trumpeted in every stump speech. But Biden must understand that the young voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to put him in the White House have lived their whole lives under this neoliberal system, and did not vote for “more of the same.” Nor do they naively think that deeply-rooted problems of American society like racism, militarism and corrupt corporate politics began with Trump.

During his election campaign, Biden has relied on foreign policy advisors from past administrations, particularly the Obama administration, and seems to be considering some of them for top cabinet posts. For the most part, they are members of the “Washington blob” who represent a dangerous continuity with past policies rooted in militarism and other abuses of power.

These include interventions in Libya and Syria, support for the Saudi war in Yemen, drone warfare, indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, prosecutions of whistleblowers and whitewashing torture. Some of these people have also cashed in on their government contacts to make hefty salaries in consulting firms and other private sector ventures that feed off government contracts.

During the campaign, Joe Biden’s website declared, “As president, Biden will elevate diplomacy as the premier tool of our global engagement. He will rebuild a modern, agile U.S. Department of State—investing in and re-empowering the finest diplomatic corps in the world and leveraging the full talent and richness of America’s diversity.”

This implies that Biden’s foreign policy must be managed primarily by the State Department, not the Pentagon. The Cold War and American post-Cold War triumphalism led to a reversal of these roles, with the Pentagon and CIA taking the lead and the State Department trailing behind them (with only 5% of their budget), trying to clean up the mess and restore a veneer of order to countries destroyed by American bombs or destabilized by U.S. sanctions, coups and death squads.

But there are appointments Biden could make to give his foreign policy the emphasis on diplomacy and negotiation that he says he wants.

U.S. cabinet positions are positions of power that can drastically affect the lives of millions of Americans and billions of our neighbors overseas. If Biden is surrounded by people who, against all the evidence of past decades, still believe in the illegal threat and use of military force as key foundations of American foreign policy, then the international cooperation the whole world so desperately needs will be undermined by four more years of war, hostility and international tensions, and our most serious problems will remain unresolved.

That’s why we must vigorously advocate for a team that would put an end to the normalization of war and make diplomatic engagement in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation our number one foreign policy priority – by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies =

My comment: Dear Americans, this exactly is what you will get now once again and again: “more of the same”: neoliberal system, militarism and corrupt corporate politics, drone warfare, indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, prosecutions of whistleblowers and whitewashing torture, illegal threat and use of military force as key foundations of American foreign policy, interventions in Libya and Syria and Countries A, B, C, D, E the Biden administration will select.

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US-Wahl: Worte und Werte

Der Krieg im Jemen, die Menschenrechtslage in Ägypten, die Sanktionen gegen den Iran: Setzt Joe Biden auch in der US-Außenpolitik auf Befriedung?

Vor allem der Sohn des Königs, Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman, dürfte den neuen Wind von der anderen Seite des Atlantiks bald zu spüren bekommen. Schon im Wahlkampf erklärte Biden an die Adresse des Thronfolgers, er werde den „desaströsen Krieg“ im Jemen nicht weiter unterstützen und die US-Waffenhilfe beenden.

Doch damit nicht genug: Biden kündigte an, er wolle auch „die Beziehung zu Saudi-Arabien neu bewerten“. Er werde US-amerikanische Werte nicht „an der Garderobe abgeben, um Waffen zu verkaufen oder Öl zu kaufen“, erklärte er und drohte in einer TV-Debatte sogar, das Königreich „wieder zu dem Paria-Staat zu machen, der er ist“. Der US-Kongress, bei dem der saudische Thronfolger in den vergangenen beiden Jahren viel Kredit verspielte, dürfte diesen Kurswechsel billigen.

Auch der bestialische Staatsmord an dem saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi im saudischen Konsulat von Istanbul im Oktober 2018 ist für Biden noch nicht zu den Akten gelegt. Er werde dafür sorgen, dass die Verantwortlichen zur Rechenschaft gezogen würden. „Jamals Tod war nicht vergebens“, schrieb er auf seiner Webseite.

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Pompeo calls for release of Yemeni Jew held by Houthi militia

Levi Salem Musa Marhabi was arrested for aiding a Jewish family to make aliyah.

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Clinton, Verveer & Georgetown: Withdraw From UAE-Sponsored Event

We are deeply disturbed to learn of your participation in a joint Georgetown event with the government of the United Arab Emirates. The so-called “Advancing Women’s Participation in Post-Conflict Reconstruction” event on November 11, 2020, risks creating a propaganda platform for the UAE government that it can use to hide its repression, war crimes, and violations of women’s rights.

My comment: Clinton’s 2016 campaign had been paid by the Saudis and UAE – she already is so shitty dirty, why she should?

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Film: What does a Biden win mean for Yemen?

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Joe Bidens Pläne könnten auch das Reisen in den USA verändern

Direkt zum Amtsantritt versprach Biden, die Einreisebeschränkungen für Reisende aus Libyen, Iran, Somalia, Syrien, Jemen, Nordkorea, Venezuela, Eritrea, Kirgisistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan und Tansania aufzuheben, berichtet „USA today

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What will a Biden presidency mean for travel? Here's what changes to expect

He's pledged to reverse two policies of the Trump administration: a ban on travel to the United States from 13 mostly Muslim countries

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

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Why the Iranian regime is breathing a sigh of relief

Iran’s state-owned news outlets have dedicated significant time and space this week to coverage of the US election. From the perspective of the regime in Tehran, Joe Biden’s projected victory over Donald Trump is definitely also a triumph for Iran.
Headlines that appeared in state-controlled newspapers included: “World without Trump” (in Aftabe Yazd) and “Trump must leave” (Donyaye Eghtesad)

Iran’s leaders cannot wait until Trump leaves the White House, because of the pressure and damage that his administration has inflicted on the regime.

The Iranian regime is breathing a sigh of relief — but it is difficult to believe that the social, political and economic problems it faces will be resolved when the administration changes in Washington.

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Iran's Rouhani: Time for US' ‘maximum pressure’ policy over

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the time for the United States’ policy of exerting ‘maximum pressure’ on other countries, including the Islamic Republic, is over and this policy has failed to produce any results.

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Iran urges IAEA to take ‘unbiased’ stance on Saudi, Israeli nuclear activities

Iran’s UN ambassador has expressed concerns about secretive nuclear activities by Saudi Arabia and Israel, calling on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, to adopt an “unbiased” approach towards both regimes.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks at a virtual meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that endorsed the IAEA’s annual report.

He said it is “of utmost importance” for the IAEA to consider available information on Riyadh’s nuclear activities, adding, “If Saudi Arabia is seeking a peaceful nuclear program, it should act in a very transparent manner and allow the agency’s inspectors to verify its activities.”

Additionally, he noted, the IAEA needs to take “an unbiased and professional approach” toward Israel, which has refused to adhere to the agency’s safeguards, is not a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons.

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Fate of Iran deal rests on new US administration's behavior: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal depends on the course of action and behavior of the new US administration

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US envoy says it will be hard to re-enter Iran nuclear deal

The U.S. envoy for Iran says the Trump administration will maintain its pressure campaign until the inauguration and anticipates it will be difficult for a future President Joe Biden to bring the U.S. back into the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Elliott Abrams spoke to local journalists on Monday during a visit to Israel, which was staunchly opposed to the nuclear agreement.

“It doesn’t really matter who is president on Jan. 20 in the sense that there’s going to be a negotiation with Iran anyway,” Abrams said, echoing the Trump administration’s position that the U.S. election results are not final until they have been officially certified.

“Whether it is possible to go back to the JCPOA remains to be seen,” he added, referring to the Iran deal.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Arms sales to Saudi Arabia set to soar after Whitehall clears backlog of export applications

Hundreds of weaponry deals put on hold during 12-month ban on new exports to Saudi Arabia have been processed

Sales of British weaponry and defence equipment to Saudi Arabia are to set to soar after a “backlog” of hundreds of applications to export arms to the desert kingdom was cleared in just four months following the lifting of a ban on sales.

A senior Whitehall official has revealed that 500 applications to approve defence sales to Saudi Arabia have been processed since July, when Trade Secretary Liz Truss announced that exports to Britain’s single-biggest arms purchaser could recommence following a 12-month moratorium on new deals while allegations of human rights breaches were investigated.

The figures suggest that arms exports to Saudi Arabia are set to accelerate dramatically after Mrs Truss declared that a court-ordered review had found there was no evidence of systematic use of British weaponry by Saudi forces in breach of human rights laws in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) declined to reveal how many of the 500 applications had been rejected or approved. However, figures seen by i show that since the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen began in 2015, just 34 licences for weaponry or defence equipment to be sold to Riyadh have been rejected or revoked, suggesting that the vast majority of the 500-strong backlog will have been approved.

The result is a likely boon for Britain’s defence manufacturers. In each of the last two years, just over 200 licences for Saudi Arabia have been approved – suggesting that as many as twice the annual number of exports to the kingdom could have been cleared in the last four months

Defence sales are likely to be a post-Brexit priority for the Government.

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British Foreign Secretary Urged to Boycott G20 Over Saudi Arabia's Bid to Evict Tribe from Homeland

Dominic Raab is facing calls to boycott the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia over the Kingdom's attempts to drive a Bedouin tribe from their homeland to make way for a futuristic "megacity".

According to the British daily newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, British lawyers representing the tribe sent a letter to the foreign secretary, said Mr Raab had a “moral imperative” to stand up for the Howeitat tribe, which has inhabited northwestern Saudi Arabia for hundreds of years but is now being ordered to leave the area.

“The Howeitat Tribe are the victims of ongoing serious human rights violations by the Saudi Arabian government," wrote Rodney Dixon QC, in a letter seen by the Telegraph.

"[They] are now in the process of being forcibly removed from their homeland by the Saudi Arabian authorities."

The tribe is being cleared from the area so that construction can begin on Neom, a $500bn (£377bn) city of skyscrapers, self-driving cars and robot dinosaurs next to the Red Sea.

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UK government slams Iran’s support of Houthis in Yemen

Britain accuses Houthi rebels of failing to comply with UN resolutions

The UK government has rejected criticism by the House of Lords over arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, and slammed Iran’s interference.

The government said it held “longstanding concerns” about Iranian involvement in Yemen, particularly reports that Tehran gave the Houthis missiles and drones.

This threatened regional security and risked prolonging the conflict, it said in response to a House of Lords report.

“We call on Iran to cease activity that risks escalating the conflict and to support a political solution to the conflict in Yemen,” the government said.

It quotes reports by the UN's panel of experts that confirmed Iran was failing to comply with UN Security Council resolutions enacted to stop the conflict.

“We must not forget that the Houthis have consistently failed to adhere to UN Security Council resolutions and routinely obstruct humanitarian access, including the UK’s own programmes, and divert aid for their own uses,” the government said.

The government denied the claim by Lords that it was “narrowly on the wrong side of the law,” insisting it was “operating one of the most robust export control regimes in the world”.

“We also have a longstanding diplomatic and defence relationship with Saudi Arabia, which pre-dates the Saudi-led coalition’s military intervention to restore the legitimate government of Yemen to power,” it said.

My comment: Lol.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Germany concludes major naval arms package to Egypt, despite opposition

Egypt boosts its naval power after Germany agrees to sell naval equipment to Cairo amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean that is rich in oil and gas resources.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Humanitarian community reunites to tackle the deterioration of Yemen crisis

On 12 November, the European Commission and Sweden hosted the second Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

All participants expressed their concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen compounded by restricted access, a collapsing economy and shortages of humanitarian funding with an alarming risk of widespread famine.

Humanitarian actors, donors, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reaffirmed their commitment to continue acting jointly along the collective and coherent stand adopted back in February at the first Yemen Senior Officials Meeting, upholding humanitarian principles and global accountability standards through a constructive and sustained engagement with the parties to the conflict.

Looking ahead to 2021, donors reaffirmed their full support for the humanitarian organisations who are operating under extreme and difficult conditions on the ground and highlighted the importance of mobilising additional resources urgently.

Participants identified potential areas for support to prevent the collapse of the Yemeni economy as well as concrete modalities allowing for more focused development and financial support to address the drivers of the crisis in order to keep Yemen from collapse.

The following joint statement was issued by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič **and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter **Eriksson:

My comment: LOL: The EU miming “Humanitarian community”; better, the EU would end its hypocrisy and stop supplying arms to the Saudi coalition.

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Reviving Turkey’s role in Yemen; Its advantages and risks

Turkey’s neo-Ottoman foreign policy in West Asia in recent years has made the country one of the most important and interfering players in regional changes. Although in these interventions, the pragmatism of this country has been preferred to the ideological dimension of foreign policy as in the past, but behind such an approach, supporting the currents close to the Muslim Brotherhood and the alliance with Qatar in the region has been very important.

And for this reason, the type of convergences and divergences of this country in West Asia is largely influenced by Brotherhood tendencies. The kind of the country’s intervention in the crises in Libya and Syria is a good indication of this fact, because in both countries, the ruling party of Turkey, along with Qatar, has been the main supporter of this political current of thought. After the experience of Syria and Libya, it seems that the country is preparing for a larger intervention, and of course far from the border areas, that’s mean the war-torn country of Yemen.

In early 2019, a Turkish delegation met in Aden with Prime Minister Moein Abdul Malik and Interior Minister of resigned state Ahmed al-Misri. The Turks, who have always hidden the ground for their influence and intervention in the affairs of the countries in the guise of the soft and humanitarian activity of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency called “Tika” and the Turkish Red Crescent Organization, but in recent years have more explicitly stated their intentions and goals, they do not hesitate to announce their direct and military intervention in crisis-stricken countries.

It seems that after Syria and Libya, this time it is Yemen‘s turn, and the Turks are happy with the results of the military intervention in Libya and the establishment of the Siraj Brotherhood government, seeking to repeat this experience in Yemen in order to stabilize the Muslims Brotherhood of Reform Party.

Although the Reform Party and officials of the resigned Yemeni government have been Saudi-backed and an ally of Riyadh from the beginning until today, the ambiguous performance of the Saudi leaders in the recent conflicts of the resigned government with the UAE affiliated Transitional Council and the Humiliation of resigned government hotel officials in Riyadh And the severance of their salaries and benefits has led the resigned government Brotherhood officials to try to persuade Turkey to enter Yemen as a reliable supporter.

The rivalry that began in Egypt and the coup of General Sisi with the victory of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and continued in Libya with the victory of Turkey and its success against the Al-Siraj movement against the forces of General Haftar.

However, it seems that Turkey’s entry into the Yemeni developments on the one hand reduces the rivalries and tensions between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the two countries return to their previous military and political alliance in the Yemeni developments, and on the other hand By being close to Iran and Qatar, the Turkish government will try to compensate for the reactions of previous years to the military invasion of Yemen, and introduce itself as Ansarullah’s preferred and good actor for a Yemeni-Yemeni negotiation with the Reform Party.;-Its-advantages-and-risks

My remark: From Iran, therefore critical against Turkey.

My remark:

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Lesermeinungen zur Kriegsgeschäfteinitiative

Zur eidgenössischen Abstimmung vom 29. November

Die Schweiz investiert in den US-Konzern Raytheon, dessen Präzisionsbomben im völkerrechtswidrigen Jemen-Krieg von Saudi Arabien eingesetzt werden. Der Krieg fordert Tausende zivile Opfer und trotzdem investierte unsere Schweizer Nationalbank Ende 2019 ganze 206 Millionen Dollar in Raytheon. Neutralität ist viel mehr als nur keine direkte Einmischung in bewaffnete Konflikte, sie ist ein Versprechen. Ein Versprechen für einen verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit Mensch und Umwelt, Solidarität und konsequentes Engagement für eine sichere, friedliche Welt. Darum Ja zur Kriegsgeschäfte-Initiative.

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Yemen: humanitarian community to discuss deteriorating humanitarian situation

On 12 November, the European Commission and Sweden will host the second Yemen Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting to discuss the most pressing issues.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU is fully committed to support the people in need in Yemen

My comment: Blabla. Stop interference in the Yemen war and arming the Saudi coalition.

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Konflikte in Libyen und Jemen sind Terror-Quellen – Putin

Im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika gibt es eine gefährliche Instabilität. Zu dem Thema äußerte sich Russlands Staatschef Wladimir Putin bei einer Sitzung der Shanghaier Organisation für Zusammenarbeit (SOZ).

„Der bewaffnete Widerstand in Libyen und Jemen, die auf dem Territorium Syriens verbleibenden Enklaven von Bandengruppen sind Quellen der Ausbreitung von Terror-Bedrohungen, Drogen und Waffen.“

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan Deploys Troops on Border with Ethiopia

Sudan has deployed troops on the border with Ethiopia to stop the infiltration of armed elements to its territories.

Member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman said on Tuesday that the government has taken all the necessary arrangements to deal with a flow of Ethiopian refugees.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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US-Regierung will die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate aufrüsten

Die andere Seite der “US-Friedenspolitik” im Nahen Osten
Ein großes Waffengeschäft: Die US-Regierung hat laut Außenminister Pompeo den Kongress davon in Kenntnis gesetzt, dass sie den Verkauf von fortgeschrittenen Waffensystemen im Wert von 23,37 Milliarden US-Dollar an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate zu erlauben beabsichtigt.
In der offiziellen Erklärung werden aufgelistet: bis zu 50 Kampfjets des Typs Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, deren Wert mit 10,4 Milliarden angegeben wird; bis zu 18 Reaper-Drohnen MQ-9B im Wert von knapp 2,97 Milliarden US-Dollar und “Munition” im Wert von 10 Milliarden US-Dollar. Konkret handelt es sich dabei nach Informationen von al-Monitor um 1.500 Hellfire-Raketen und 800 Luft-Luft-Raketen mittlerer Reichweite.
Der Waffendeal war schon länger vorbereitet worden; er hatte Gegner im israelischen Verteidigungsminister Gantz, unter israelischen Militärs und Geheimdiensten, wo der Verkauf der F-35 an die VAE als problematisch gegenüber eigenen Sicherheitsinteressen gesehen wurde. Als publik wurde, dass Premierminister Netanjahu dies als Geschäft für die historische Vereinbarung zwischen den VAE und Israel, den sogenannten Abraham-Vereinbarungen, akzeptiert hatte, führte dies in Israel zum Streit zwischen Gantz und Netanjahu.


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Mittäterschaft bei Kriegsverbrechen – Menschenrechtler kritisieren Verkauf von US-Drohnen an Emirate

Damit sind die USA mitverantwortlich für Kriegsverbrechen, so Amnesty International.

In dieser Woche hat das US-Außenministerium angekündigt, dass die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) modernste Waffen und Kampfflieger, darunter F-35-Kampfjets und bewaffnete Drohnen, im Wert von über 23 Milliarden US-Dollar erhalten sollen. Darüber hat informierte Trump-Administration den Kongress, wie Außenminister Mike Pompeo am Dienstag per Twitter mitteilte. Pompeo verwies dabei auf eine "zunehmende Bedrohung aus dem Iran".

Der Vertrag umfasst 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 – womit die Emirate als erster arabischer Staat den Tarnkappen-Kampfflieger erhalten würden – sowie 18 fortschrittliche MQ-9B-Drohnensysteme, zusätzlich zu Luft-Luft- und Luft-Boden-Waffen.

Obwohl dieser Deal vom militärischen und politischen Establishment in Israel abgelehnt wurde, weil er die regionale militärische Gewichtung verschieben wird und der Doktrin widerspricht, dass nur Israel im Nahen Osten über die fortschrittlichsten US-Waffen verfügen sollte, scheint der israelische Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu diesen zusammen mit Verteidigungsminister Benny Gantz als Teil des "Abraham-Friedensabkommens" gebilligt zu haben.

Der von den Republikanern geführte Bewilligungsausschuss des US-Senats veröffentlichte am Dienstag eine Ausgabenrechnung, wonach der Verkauf der F-35 an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate den qualitativen militärischen Vorsprung Israels nicht schmälern und keine Bedrohung für die Vereinigten Staaten darstellen dürfe, indem die Technologie in die Hände Russlands und Chinas gelangen könnte – beide Staaten unterhalten Beziehungen zu den VAE.

Amnesty International kritisierte den Verkauf bewaffneter Drohnen an die Stammesmonarchie, die als Teil der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Kriegsallianz im Jemen vor allem mit höchst umstrittenen Luftangriffen kämpft, um die Riad gewogene Regierung wieder an die Macht zu bringen, und in Libyen General Chalifa Haftar unterstützt.

Philippe Nassif, bei Amnesty zuständig für den Nahen Osten und Nordafrika, betonte am Montag in einer Erklärung, die USA riskierten "Komplizenschaft bei wahrscheinlichen Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen".

„Die alarmierende Tatsache, dass die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten weiterhin unerschütterlich die Bereitstellung von Waffen unterstützt, welche die Gefahr bergen, die verheerende Zahl jemenitischer Zivilisten, die unrechtmäßig durch US-amerikanische Waffen getötet und verletzt wurden, noch zu erhöhen, sollte jeden Menschen, der in diesem Land lebt, zutiefst erschüttern.“

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U.S. approves $23.37 billion advanced arms sale to UAE, Pompeo says

The Trump administration told Congress on Tuesday it had approved the U.S. sale of more than $23 billion in advanced weapons systems, including F-35 fighter jets and armed drones, to the United Arab Emirates, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

The formal notification followed a U.S.-brokered agreement in September in which the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the first of three Arab states to make such a move in recent months.

“This is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE’s need for advanced defense capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats from Iran,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The $23.37 billion package includes up to 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft, up to 18 MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, the State Department said.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees - whose members have criticized UAE’s role in civilian deaths in Yemen’s civil war - review major weapons sales before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

Any deal the United States makes to sell weapons in the Middle East must satisfy decades of agreement with Israel that it must not impair Israel’s “qualitative military edge” over its neighbors.

“The proposed sale will make the UAE even more capable and interoperable with U.S. partners in a manner fully consistent with America’s longstanding commitment to ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge,” Pompeo said.


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Trump’s UAE Arms Sale Means More Slaughter in Yemen

Under the $23 billion sale, the UAE will receive up to 50 F-35 Lightning II warplanes, armed aerial drones, and air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions. The sale is made possible by the so-called Abraham Accords. William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy writes that if President Donald Trump, who helped broker the agreement, “had been honest for a change, he would have dubbed those Abraham Accords the ‘Arms Sales Accords.’” Impeding the sale to the UAE was a long-standing US commitment not to impair Israel’s “qualitative military edge” over its Middle East rivals. The Abraham Accords removed this obstacle. Under the Abraham Accords, signed by Israel, the UAE, and the US on August 13, the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel, while Israel gave the nod to the US arms transfer to the UAE.

Congress has attempted to stymie Trump’s Middle East arms sales in the past, particularly after the Saudi murder of dissident Saudi journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018. On May 24, 2019, Trump and Pompeo circumvented Congressional opposition to an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan by declaring a phony national emergency.[1]

Trump cited imaginary increased tension with Iran to justify the emergency declaration, but the truth is that Trump loves arms sales. I mean really loves them.

The American jobs Trump is talking about exist principally in Trump’s mind. President Trump likes to spew wild figures about the number of US jobs arms sales create. The reality is that the US defense sector produces relatively few jobs.

If not workers, who benefits from US arms sales? Do we need to ask? The answer is obscenely wealthy merchants of death like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Boeing. William Hartung points out that US corporations control “nearly half” of the arms market in the Middle East.

Will Congress block the sale to the UAE? Some Democratic lawmakers would like to; they object to the Trump Administration’s effort to ram through the deal in its closing days. However, some Democratic Congressional aides question whether Democratic efforts would receive enough Republican support to block the deal. It will be up to the incoming Biden Administration to cancel the sale.

President Barack Obama took the US into the war on the side of the coalition as a sop to the Sunni countries who opposed Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Obama got the US into the war. Obama’s vice president can get the US out, but will he? Biden is no dove.

Still, doubts persist about Biden. Biden can end the war, but will he? It is not encouraging that one third of Biden’s Pentagon transition team is made up of persons from organizations which take money from arms manufacturers – by Charles Pierson


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US-UAE weapons deal is detrimental to peace

And I think this deal went forward because of the recent agreement Israel and the UAE and signed this restore normal diplomatic relations so that may have set the groundwork for this deal.

But I think it's very bad for the region and some of these repressive and autocratic regimes have ever more sophisticated weaponry including drones which they could use to spy on their own people, or again these weapons could be used in wars like in Yemen to kill civilians.

So I think it's something that progressives should be opposed to, and I would hope that the new Biden administration will be pressured to cut back on some of these kinds of deals.

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The UAE Has Put France’s Leclerc Tank to Work in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates was the only other army to purchase Leclercs. The UAE acquired 390 “tropicalized” versions with V12 engines plus 46 armored recovery vehicles.

The Emirati Leclercs are split in two armored battalions, one of which remains stationed around Aden, while the other patrols Yemen’s mountainous central region. The armored brigade also includes a mechanized battalion of Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles equipped with 100-millimeter guns, plus a battery of G6 155-millimeter self-propelled howitzers.

In videos, Leclercs can be seen racing down roads and firing their main guns in urban skirmishes. But how effective are they? It’s unclear whether the Emirati tanks have directly clashed with the Houthis’ own small number of captured tanks. But there is some information to work with.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Saudis crack down on their own mercenaries after protests about lack of payment

Tensions between Saudi forces and Yemeni mercenaries on the Jizan front have escalated, informed sources said Tuesday.

The sources explained that clashes broke out between Yemeni soldiers and Saudi forces following demand for the payment of their salaries, which resulted in injuries nearby Haradh, in Jizan province.

The sources indicated that the protesting soldiers had detained a Saudi force, including the commander of the joint forces in Jizan, Saleh al-Nashmi, and the commander of the so-called Fifth Military Region, Yahya Salah.

Saudi forces pushed military reinforcements into the area in order to free the detainees, igniting clashes.

The protesters appealed to Hadi’s puppet government to intervene quickly to protect them after the Saudi army threatened to bomb them.

The tension and clashes came two days after the deadline for the payment expired, after salaries have been suspended for more than nine months, the sources said.

In recent weeks, Yemeni recruit camps in the kingdom’s southern border have witnessed sporadic protests, which have reached armed confrontations with the Saudi army.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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In Pictures: Yemen’s ‘Manhattan of the Desert’ risks collapse

The ancient city of Shibam, a World Heritage Site, has largely been spared by war but remains at the mercy of natural disasters.

Dubbed “Manhattan of the Desert” for its centuries-old skyscrapers, Yemen’s ancient city of Shibam escaped damage in the civil war – but now faces collapse from disrepair amid rains and floods.

Against a stunning backdrop of cliffs, the UNESCO World Heritage Site sits on a rocky spur high above the river valley of Wadi Hadramout in the arid centre of Yemen.

Some of the hundreds of fantastical sun-dried mud-brick towers, many dating back to the 16th century, soar seven stories high, nestled within a traditional fortified wall built for protection.

The UN describes the city, once an oasis stop for camel caravans on the spice and incense routes across southern Arabia, as “one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction”.

But Shibam is struggling because the crumbling mud-brick constructions need constant repair.

“The city looks like it was hit by a disaster – without precedent,” said Abdulwahab Jaber, a local official in the town, 480km (300 miles) east of the capital Sanaa.

Jaber said at least four of the town’s towers have been destroyed and 15 others damaged in recent floods, which have killed tens of people across Yemen.

Hassan Aidid, head of the General Organisation for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Yemen, said the roofs and exteriors of the mud towers had sustained the most damage.

“Residents of the city have been unable to restore them because of the war and the difficult situation in which they live,” Aidid told AFP news agency.

Aidid said an emergency response plan in cooperation with UNESCO is under way, with approximately 40 buildings being restored at a cost of $194,000.

But while restoration plans are going ahead, helped by funding from the European Union, they are not going fast enough, said Barak Baswitine, head of the mud-brick architecture association in Shibam.

“There have been some difficulties,” he said. “The work is slow due to lack of local skilled manpower that meets the standards.”

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen’s Young Leaders: Mechatronic Engineers Lead Local Solutions for National Recovery

Having witnessed the talents of 12 young unemployed mechatronic engineers at the Yemen Hackathon 2020, we asked them: How can you help Yemen fight back against COVID-19? With their know-how, skills, and commitment, the were surely able and determined to overcome significant challenges facing Yemen in the face of COVID-19.

Long delays and the high cost of importing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), disinfectant tunnels, ventilators, face shields, and hospital gowns, was limiting the ability of Yemen’s first responders to safely care for people who contracted COVID-19. But local solutions are sustainable. If UNDP could provide them with the funding to purchase essential materials and components for the design of critical medical equipment, the mechatronic engineers could ensure affordable, accessible healthcare in Yemen.

Armed with technical skill and passion, these engineers conceived of a future in which locally produced, affordable equipment was able to save lives. But they needed support. By UNDP connecting them to Engineers without Borders (EWB) and University of Wisconsin (UW), the engineers tapped into global medical expertise and set their goal to produce a product that would pass World Health Organisation standards.

A key component for the engineers’ success was using local, affordable raw materials. This not only overcame import limitations, but presented the added opportunity of bringing production to scale with the help of local micro-small-medium enterprises (MSMEs).

With the engineer’s designs, over 2,000 UNDP-supported MSMEs have produced more than 52,000 masks, 300 hospital gowns, and 4000 litres of liquid soap have been produced – resulting inover USD 13,000 in profit.

But what if the prototypes are produced at scale? Local production capacity would increase and the potential for Yemeni-led production for national – and possibly international markets – could boost local businesses and support a stronger local and national economy.

Over the coming months, UNDP Yemen will continue to support the engineers in rolling-out their designs.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni security forces kill top ISIS commander in southern Ibb

Yemeni security forces have carried out a military operation targeting the hideouts of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country’s southwestern Province of Ibb, killing a senior militant in the process.
The Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing a statement released by the Yemeni Interior Ministry, reported that Salah al-Rashedi, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Yousef al-Ta’izi, was killed on the outskirts of al-Qaida city when he refused to surrender himself and engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire with security troops.

cp15 Propaganda

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't urges int'l support to counter Houthi Nazism

The Yemeni information minister on Thursday called on the international community to support his UN-recognized government in its fight against the "Houthi Nazism" and its battle to restore the State, and to stop attempts to transform Yemen into a source for regional and international chaos and terrorism.
The Houthi group has committed "thousands of unprecedented crimes and violations against civilians in the form of killing, forced disappearance, torture, compulsory recruitment, displacement, blasting houses and looting public and private properties," Moammar al-Eryani added on Twitter.

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Saudi King Salman voices support for Yemen

Saudi Arabia's King Salman Bin Abdulaziz reiterated on Thursday Saudi Arabia's support for the Yemeni people to reclaim their independence and sovereignty.

Speaking at the opening of the eighth Shura Council session on Wednesday, King Salman denounced the Iranian-backed Houthi militia's violation of international laws by launching booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles towards civilians in the kingdom.

My comment: This obviously is propaganda BS. saudi “support for Yemen” – a joke in itself. “to reclaim their independence and sovereignty“: another joke: Saudi Arabis is the greatest threat to Yemeni “independence and sovereignty”. – “Houthi militia's violation of international laws by launching booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles towards civilians in the kingdom”. Another joke; the Houthis limit their attacks to military targets and airports, while the Saudis deliberately have attacked all kinds of civilian targets.

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OIC Supports Efforts of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen in Confronting Houthi Attempts to Target KSA

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has affirmed that the OIC supports efforts of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen to confront Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia crimes and attempts to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

My comment: Another Saudi mouthpiece.

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[Hadi gov.] Official info minister: Houthis push Yemeni scientists abroad

The Houthi group deliberately "insults hundreds of Yemen's scientists, geniuses and academics who spent their lives in the scientific and educational progress, in order to push them abroad," Yemen's official information minister tweeted on Wednesday.

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Presidency of Transitional Council praises steadfastness of our southern armed forces to thwart Houthi-Brotherhood scheme

My comment: The separatist’s propaganda narrative of a Houthi-“Brotherhood” (meaning: Islah Party; meaning: hadi government) secret alliance od evil “northerners” against the south: an absurd conspiracy theory.

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Coalition pullout means western intervention in Yemen: Saudi diplomat

Western powers would intervene in Yemen if the Saudi-led coalition leaves or pulls out from the war-torn country, the Saudi ambassador to Jordan warned on Monday.
Arab coalition's withdrawal from Yemen could force western powers to directly intervene in the country to fight terrorist groups and stop the Iranian aggression, Nief al-Sadiri added at interview with the Sputnik International.
The international community is now aware of the need for supporting the Kingdom-led coalition efforts to combat the terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Daesh, the Saudi diplomat urged.
The Houthi group of follows Tehran's dictations, refuses calls for political dialogue and defies the UN Security Council's resolutions, prolonging the conflict, the envoy claimed.
Saudi Arabia is today taking part in Yemen's war to defend its territories where civilian places were targeted by "terrorist acts" through "more than 312 ballistic missiles and nearly similar number of bomb-laden drones," Sadiri added.
The Saudi diplomat's remarks come two days after a US Democrat MP talked about an end to the US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, following Joe Biden's win of the US president election.

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL.


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[Sanaa gov.] FM to Saudi Ambassador's Statements: Yemen Doesn't Accept Tutelage of Any Regional or International Powers

Statements of Saudi ambassador to Jordan is a media attempt by the Saudi regime to flirt with the New US administration, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf said on Wednesday.

The minister said that the ambassador’s statements to the Russian Sputnik News Agency is a failed attempt to show that Riyadh was and is still able to play the role of the assigned policeman in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf to implement the policies of the US administration and its NATO allies.

and also

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia’s Congratulation to US President-Elect Reflects Strong Historical Relations Between Two Countries

Al-Yaum, Al-Eqtisadiah, and Okaz newspapers reported in their editorials that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has established historical and strategic relations with its partners and allies at regional and international levels.
The papers said that such great progress in relations reflected Saudi Arabia’s firm approach since its inception until this prosperous era, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
In this regard, the paper further added that the cables of congratulations extended by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince, to US President-elect Joe Biden has expressed the depth of the close historical relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United States of America and their two peoples.
The paper concluded that the two countries are seeking to strengthen and develop their relations in all fields, especially in combating terrorism, establishing peace in the Middle East, and ensuring stability of Oil markets as a pillar of economic and strategic interests.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Citizen Killed, Another Wounded by US-Saudi Airstrikes in Marib Governorate

Net correspondent in the governorate reported that US-Saudi aggression targeted a tank truck loaded with gas, in the Majzar district, killing a citizen, wounding another, and burning it completely.

and also (photo)

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The commander of the Houthi Battalion Sujjad 1 Aseel Al-Ahdal was killed along with a number of escorts in an Arab Coalition strike near Marib on Thursday, Al-Mashehad Alyemeni website published quoting ‘sources from the battlefield.’

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In Yemeni Airspace.. Western Technology Faces Innovations of Necessity

One of the most important characteristics of the war in Yemen since 2015 is that it has proven that the Saudi Air Force is not superior to Yemeni Air Defense. No matter how simple or outdated the Yemeni weapons, as long as they are used in innovative ways, limiting the huge technological gaps between Saudi warplanes and Yemeni air defense units. This strategy clearly contributed to the shooting down of large numbers of warplanes, helicopters and drones, some of them were among the most recent types in the Air Forces of the Middle East.

Apache helicopters ... First catch

It was reported that the first shooting down of a coalition aircraft by the Yemeni air defenses was in May 2015. It was a US-made "Apache" combat helicopter belonging to the Saudi Land Forces' Aviation, and it was shot down by a shoulder-fired missile.

It is worth noting that the Apache helicopters are produced by the US company "Boeing". They are considered the main combat helicopters in the UAE Air Force, which has 30 helicopters, while the Saudi land forces have 82 helicopters of this type, in addition to 72 other helicopters of the "A" version. It is owned by the Saudi National Guard.

Available statistics show that the total number of "Apache" helicopters, which have been confirmed to be downed by the Yemeni air defenses, are 9 helicopters.

Domestic-Made Defense Systems

The European-made "Tornado" fighter bombers was the most type that was dropped in Yemeni airspace, two of them were downed in the 2017, and the third was shot down in Al-Jawf on last February. All these aircrafts of this type are belonged to the Saudi Air Force, which is the only air force in the Middle East region that uses this type of fighter bombers.

This type of fighter-bomber was first shot down by using domestically developed air defense system in Yemen, which is "Fater 1" system, that was a comprehensive local development and rehabilitation of missiles of the medium-range air defense system "SAM-6".

After Tornado, the newest US F-15 fighters in the Saudi arsenal are downed, two of them were shot down, the first in March 2015, and the other in March 2018, noting that the Saudi Air Force possesses about 40 warplanes of this type.

Other warplanes were added to the above, including a Jordanian F-16 fighter jet that was shot down in February 2017, an Emirati Air Force AT80 light bomber that was shot down in September 2017, an Emirati A Mirage 2000 fighter jet was downed in March 2016, and a Saudi Typhoon fighter jet was shot down in September 2017.

It is worth noting that some of these fighters were targeted by another home-made air defense system, which is "Thaqib 3".

My comment: I am not convinced. Compared to the lots of Saudi coalition air raids, the number of downed aircraft is almost nothing.

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Coalition airstrikes kill Hezbollah military experts in Yemen

Arab coalition warplanes killed two Hezbollah military experts in Yemen during airstrikes on a training camp outside Houthi-held Sanaa last week, Yemen’s defense ministry said.

Along with the two Lebanese experts, at least a dozen Houthi fighters who were undergoing military training in Sanaa’s Arhab district were killed in the same raid.

Yemeni military and political analysts, along with diplomats, say that the incident again lays bare Iran and its proxy Hezbollah’s continuing military interventions in the country.

and also

My comment: This osunds like a propaganda story. How they could have realized that they had killed “Hezbollah” men? A different claim related to this (?) Sanaa air raid:

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Coalition airstrikes target missile platforms in Sana'a

Local sources told the press that the airstrikes targeted ballistic missile platforms in the area of al-Kassara that had been transformed into a restricted military zone used as weapon cache by the pro-Iran militants.

My comment: So often they had claimed this… There must have been hundreds or thousands of missile platforms at Sanna; BS.

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., Jawf p. / Marib p., Jawf p. / Marib p., Jawf p. Hajjap p. Several prov. Marib p. Saada 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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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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Houthis flooded Aljawf fronts with hundreds of fighters as part of their non-stopping mad dashes to try to advance in the desert province, but mostof them were killed with the aid of Coalition strikes. Source Belqees, Yemen Shabab and several other media outlets.

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Houthis are vehemently seeking to include their female expert in landmine planting Sameera Maresh in any coming prisoner exchange deal with the government. Source: Multiple websites.

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A woman has just been killed and her children injured in the explosion of a Houthi-laid landmine in the road between Marib and Alyatamah district of Aljawf. Source: Barakesh News.

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High-ranking Saudi and mercenary leaders killed and wounded in massive blast in Ma’rib camp

At least three Saudi officers were killed on Thursday in huge explosions in Ma’rib province, according to informed sources.

The sources affirmed that explosions occurred in the Saudi-UAE coalition forces camp of Tadawain.

The sources added that the status of a number of leaders, including the Minister of Defence in the Saudi-backed Hadi puppet government, are unknown.

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Strategic base in Yemen's Marib falls to Houthi forces

Allied forces of the Houthi movement and the Yemeni armed forces have captured one of the most strategically important areas in the Marib province following announcements earlier today of the fall of the Mas Camp from Saudi-supported militia fighting on behalf of the exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi


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Houthi rebels kill 5 pro-gov't soldiers in southern Yemen

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[Saudi demining project] Masam .. Engineering teams trainings and qualification processes are continuing|

Project Masam was able to train and qualify 32 engineering teams, where other skills were instilled and perfected with Saudi care, as part of the Kingdom’s goals to help Yemeni people overcome humanitarian tragedies resulting from the spread of mines, enable them to assume responsibility and deal with this dilemma on the long term.

Engineer Hassan Salem Ba Ras, deputy team leader of the fourth team, Masam, who is currently undergoing a refresher course at the headquarters of Project Masam in Ma’arib governorate, confirmed that, refresher courses that Project Masam experts implement for the engineering teams working in the field are very important, through which extractors acquire skills, and new methods that will positively affect their achievement level and enhance their capabilities, it gives them a great incentive and moral impulse to continue their humanitarian mission to secure Yemeni people from mines danger.

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The Joint Forced Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of (5) Bomb-Laden UAVs Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdo

A statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki stated that the “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed today (Thursday ) (5) bomb-laden UAVs launched deliberately and systematically by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian. objects in the Kingdom.

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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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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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Houthis vow to escalate attacks on Saudi military, economic facilities

The Houthis will take violent steps against Saudi Arabia in the next few days, the group's military spokesman tweeted on Wednesday.

Foreign companies based in the Kingdom are urged to depart as soon as possible, Yahiya Sarei added.

He warned all the civilians (Saudis and foreigners) to keep away from areas near to the vital military and economic facilities. "All these sites will be legitimate targets" for the Houthi forces."

This military escalation is in response to the persistently unfair aggression and blockade, the Houthi officer added.

and by Saba:


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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army warns visitors and Saudi citizens to stay away from military targets

Yemeni army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has warned foreign companies operating in Saudi Arabia to stay away from military installations.

In response to the continued unjust aggression and blockade, military escalation, and Saudi insistence on closing airports and seaports of Yemen, the Yemeni Armed Forces won’t hesitate to escalate its retaliatory actions in the coming days, said Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Sare’e.

Sare’e added that the Armed Forces of Yemen warn all foreign companies operating on Saudi soil, as all civilians who live in Saudi Arabia to avoid approaching any vital military and economic Saudi facilities in the coming days, because they will be legitimate targets for Yemen’s military forces.


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Upcoming Escalatory Steps .. Will Sana'a Prepare For Major Military Operation in Saudi Depth?

It seemed that a major military operation in the depths of Saudi Arabia is coming soon. The Yemeni Armed Forces warned foreign companies operating in Saudi Arabia, and citizens to stay away from military and economic establishments of a military nature inside Saudi territory.

Through the statement of the Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e, it will become clear that the military and economic objectives of a military nature mean primarily airports in addition to sea ports.

It is noteworthy that Sana'a had announced earlier that the closure of Saudi airports or their complete paralysis is the closest way to end the siege on Sana'a airport. It seems that Sana'a has taken an irreversible decision to began attacking these airports and sea ports, especially in light of the coalition countries' refusal to lift the siege on Yemeni airports.

Also, it will become clear to us from Brigadier Saree’s statement that the attacks will include, in addition to the southern governorates of the Kingdom, the regions of Najd and Hejaz, meaning that most Saudi airports and sea ports will be targeted.

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Verminte Boote an Station mit Ölprodukten in Saudi-Arabien zerstört

Zwei verminte Boote, die von Rebellen der jemenitischen Bewegung Ansar Allah (Huthis) gestartet wurden, sind in der Nähe einer schwimmenden Plattform einer Ölverteilungsstation in der Provinz Jizan im Südwesten des Königreichs zerstört worden. Dies sagte ein Sprecher des saudischen Energieministeriums gegenüber dem Sender Al-Ikhbariya.

Laut dem Sprecher brauch danach ein Feuer aus, es wurde aber niemand verletzt.

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Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden USV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia from Hodeida Governorate

“Coalition Navy Forces detected this evening (Wednesday, 11 November 2020) an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia to carry out a hostile, terrorist act in Southern Red Sea using (2) bomb-laden Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) launched from Hodeida Governorate.
The USVs, which pose a threat to regional and international security, Sea Lines of Communication and International Trade, were destroyed.


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Saudi says dealt with limited fire at Jazan oil products terminal

The Saudi ministry of energy said on Friday it dealt with a limited fire on Wednesday that broke out near a floating platform belonging to the Jazan oil products terminal, Reuters reports.

The limited fire on the platform's floating hoses caused no injuries or fatalities, according to the ministry statement carried by the state news agency.

The fire occurred after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two explosive-laden boats in the southern Red Sea launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement from the Yemeni governorate of Hudaidah on Wednesday.


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Film: Heavy Casualties among Houthi Militias Following Clashes with Yemeni Troops in Mqubnp Front

Yemeni legitimate government's troops declared foiling an attack on Mqubnp Front, west Taez, by Iran-backed Houthi militia. Fierce clashes between the two sides were raged for three days

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Local official admits Houthis "pushing deeper into northwest of Marib"

The Houthis are pushing deeper in Yemen's Marib province amid raging clashes with the government forces, a local official said on Tuesday.
They are advancing in northwestern parts, taking over new positions in the district of Madghal and approaching the centre of the district of Raghwan, director of the district of Raghwan, Taha Alawi, said.
The clashes are taking place 15 kilometers from the centre of Raghwan, he said.
"The war with the Houthis is fateful. We will not rest or give up even if only 10 meters of land is left for us," he said, calling on the free people of Marib and the national army to support the fighters in the district.
On Monday, the Houthis said they were advancing in the northwestern parts of Shafan, Al-Dirah, Al-Ghayth, Jabal Al-Safra'a and Al-Hanaya.
They are seeking to seize the oil-rich province where the headquarters of the army of the exiled government is based.

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Marib: Five IDPs injured in Houthi artillery and drone attacks

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Der Schrecken durch Landminen geht weiter

Wer glaubt, dass konventionelle Waffen, Sprengkörper und Minen ihren Schrecken verloren haben, der irrt. Auch für 2019 legen Hilfsorganisationen alarmierende Bilanzen vor und machen auf die Not der Opfer aufmerksam.

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Report: Houthis-laid mines continue inflicting heavy losses among civilians

A report by the Mine Action Review said that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has increased risks of mine contamination as the Houthis-laid mines continued to inflict heavy civilian causalities and have hampered deliveries of humanitarian aid.

It affirmed that that ani-personnel mines are not used militarily anymore, but by the Houthis and armed groups in Afghanistan.

Levels of current contamination resulted “from conflicts in 1962–69 and 1970–83, as well as mines laid in border areas between North and South Yemen before they unified in 1990, and mines from successive conflicts that erupted since 1994.”

It indicated that the conflict which erupted in March 2015 “changed the

extent and complexity of contamination dramatically. It also largely halted systematic survey preventing a determination of contamination in any part of the country.”

The Mine Action Review is a research organization that collates and analyses mine action data globally from mine action centers, national authorities, clearance operators, and other implementing partners such as the United Nations (UN) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).

The report said that the use of landmines by states is almost over, but it affirmed that no-state armed groups continue using largely antipersonnel mines as the Houthis in Yemen and other armed groups in Afghanistan, Colombia, African coast and Chad.

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Film: Human Rights Advocates Demand Halting Houthi Militias Artillery Shelling on Residential areas

As Houthi Militias intensify indiscriminate attacks targeting residential neighborhoods in Taez, human rights advocates demanded the international community to provide refuge and protection for peaceful citizens.

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[Hadi gov.] Deputy FM says Houthi militia maintain aggression on civilians in Ma’rib

Yemen’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mansour Bajjash said the Houthi militia maintain their aggression killing civilians and re-displacing refugees in the governorate of Ma’rib using a wide range of warfare tactics from landmines to ballistic missiles.

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Houthis are pushing deeper in #Marib, 15 km from city centre.

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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Yemeni gov't Hodeida delegation urges serious probe in officer killing

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Tuesday called on the United Nations to start serious probe into the killing of one its liaison officers delegated to the UN-led Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeida.

At a meeting with the UN Mission to Support the Hodeida Agreement (UNMHA) in Mocha, the Yemeni government RCC delegation reiterated call for UNMHA office to be moved to a neutral place intermediating the two rivals.

The Houthi military escalation in the western coast (Doraihimi, Hodeida city and Hais) discloses a comprehensive plot to blow up the Stockholm Agreement, head of the RCC government team said.


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Film: United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement Meets the Redeployment Coordination Committee.

Coordination Committee affiliated to the legitimate government in Al-Hudaydah to discuss Houthi militias escalation. This meeting came after months of Houthi's attempts to impede the work of the UN-supervised control points and after shooting the liaison officer in the government team to monitor the ceasefire in the Hodeidah governorate in western Yemen, Mohammad Al-Sulihi during his duty.


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UNMHA team gets acquainted with people's suffering in Hays

The team of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) accompanied by the government team in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) paid a field visit on Wednesday, to Hays district in the south of Hodeidah.
The visit aimed at getting acquainted with the scale of the people's suffering due to the ceasefire violations committed by the Houthi militia within its escalation to undermine the U.N. peace efforts in the province.

and obviously, blackmailing threatening to commit violence is the main purpose of all of this:

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A government representative in the Hodeidah Joint Redeployment and Coordination Committee Najib Waraq gives the UN a last chance to force the Houthis abide by the Hodeidah Agreement, or the army will resort to force to regain the city. Source: Al-Sahel Algharbi.

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Arab coalition airstrike leaves Yemeni civilian killed in Hodeida

Arab coalition airstrikes have left one civilian killed and three others wounded in the Yemeni western port city of Hodeida.
Najeeb Mohamed al-Hamadi, a Yemeni national, died on Tuesday of wounds he sustained in a raid by the coalition warplanes that targeted civilian houses in the 50-meter St, al-Masyra said.
Monday airstrike left also three civilians seriously injured by the coalition bombs thrown on Tahaita district, south Hodeida, the Houthi-run TV added.


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One killed, six wounded in coalition bombing on Yemen's Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition forces on Monday again committed new crimes against civilians in Hodeidah province, killing and wounding seven civilians, including a child.
A security source in the province reported that coalition forces intensified their shelling during the past hours and targeted a number of residential neighborhoods located in al-Hali and Tuhayta districts.
The mercenaries’ artillery bombardment hit a commercial hangars belonging to al-Hammadi located on Gaza Street in the same directorate, killing a citizen and injuring three others, including a child, in addition to destroying the hangar completely.


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One killed, six wounded in Saudi shelling of Hodeidah

Saudi-led aggression forces on Monday again committed new crimes against civilians in Hodeidah province, killing and wounding seven civilians, including a child.

A security source in the province reported that coalition forces intensified their shelling during the past hours and targeted a number of residential neighborhoods located in al-Hali district.

The Saudi-led aggression waged four airstrikes on a commercial hangar belonging to al-Hammadi located on Gaza Street in the Hali directorate, killing a citizen and injuring three others, including a child , in addition to destroying the hangar completely. (photos)

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Aggression injures three civilians in Hodeida

Three civilians were seriously injured on Monday when the aggression forces' spy planes fired shells over al-Tuhaita city in Hodeida province, a military official said on Tuesday.

The official added that the aggression forces hit the city with more than 14 shells, causing heavy damages to civilians' properties.

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Daily violations Nov. 12

Nov. 10:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Film: Desert Locust Crisis 2020: Locust infestations in Yemen

Desert Locusts, considered the most destructive migratory crop pest, have infested large swaths of land Yemen. A single swarm can consume the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people. Desert Locusts pose a serious threat to livelihoods and food security in Yemen

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen FM, FAO discuss desert locusts response plan

The Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Al-Hadrami, discussed with a delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the plan to combat desert locusts in Yemen and the Horn of Africa.

and also


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Desert Locust situation update 12 November 2020

In Yemen, summer-bred swarms are still present in parts of the interior. On the 8th, a swarm was seen flying near Bayhan. Breeding continues on the northern coast of the Red Sea while conditions are dry along the Gulf of Aden coast.
In Saudi Arabia, a swarm was treated in the southern Asir Mountains.


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Desert Locust situation update 9 November 2020

Yemen. Control operations continue against immature adult groups and swarms on the northern coast of the Red Sea between Al Zuhra and Suq Abs.

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Iranian vessel caught off Mahra

[Hadi gov.] Minister of Fishery Wealth, Fahd Kefayen, said on Thursday that one Iranian fishing vessel was caught off Mahra coast in the Arabian Sea while doing illegal fishing in the Yemeni waters.

Kefayen wrote on his Twitter account that the Iranian fishing vessel was caught on Thursday’s morning 12 November while committing the illegal fishing.

and also

and what propaganda makes of this: “An Iranian boat carrying drugs and weapons was seized on the coast of Mahra,” 7adramout, November 13, 2020:

My comment: Look at the map to see where mahrah province lies. Certainly a very bad point for smuggkling anything to Houthi-held territory.


Laudatio von Anna-Beeke Gretemeier, Chefredakteurin STERN, auf Amrai Coen und Malte Henk, Preisträger in der Kategorie Printmedien, anlässlich der Verleihung des Katholischen Medienpreises 2020 am 12. November 2020 per Videomeeting

herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Katholischen Medienpreis 2020 in der Kategorie Printmedien für euer bewegendes ZEIT-Dossier „Wenn sie euch nicht in den Jemen lassen, berichtet trotzdem!“

Ihre Überschrift ist ein Appell an alle Journalisten: Auch wenn es euch schwer gemacht wird, auch wenn ihr auf widrige Umstände trefft – macht weiter. Berichtet und erfüllt eure Aufgabe, zeigt euren Lesern, was auf der Welt gerade passiert.

Ihr schafft es, den langjährigen Krieg anhand von einzelnen Protagonisten anschaulich, unaufgeregt und trotzdem tief unter die Haut gehend zu transportieren. Dem Kämpfer des Nordens stellt ihr wertfrei den Kämpfer des Südens gegenüber. Er ist es, der den Satz sagt, der mir schon das erste Mal bei eurer Lektüre hängen geblieben ist: „Es gibt zu viele Waffen in diesem Land.“ Dieser Krieg hat normale Menschen zu Kämpfern gemacht

Ihr habt euch von der Berichterstattung des Jemen-Konflikts nicht abschrecken lassen. Nicht von den fehlenden Genehmigungen, nicht von den Themen, nicht von den Gesprächspartnern. Detailliert zeichnet ihr das Bild eines langjährigen Kriegsschauplatzes, in dem alle Seiten zu Wort kommen. Ihr liefert uns eine Collage aus Oral History, einordnenden Recherchen und Handyscreenshots, die einen dabei sein lässt an diesem verlorenen Ort

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-692 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-692: 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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