Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 711b- Yemen War Mosaic 711b

Yemen Press Reader 711b: 25. Januar 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 711, cp5 - cp19 / January 25, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 711, cp5 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 711, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 711, part 1:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1b

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Houthis are using devilish (cunning) ways to withdraw hard currency from the liberated provinces and freezing the accounts of customers in CAC Bank and the militia’s ‘central bank.’/Bawabati

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A Houthi campaign has killed 11880 stray dogs in Sana’a in a cruel way stoking wide anger./ Watan Alghad.

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A Houthi tribal figure and his sons assault and stab an elderly man (Yusuf Ahmed Qasem Aljudayeei, 60) because he claimed his Social Cafety card from the Houthi militant./Multiple websites. The Social Safety Card in Yemen is the voucher whereby you receive trimonthly governmental (cash) benefit.

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Rights group: roughly 1000 violations committed against education in Yemen

The Iran-aligned Houthi insurgents have committed roughly 1000 violations against education in areas under their control since 2017, a non-profit organization said on Sunday.

In a report issued on International Day of Education, Sam for Rights and Liberties said it had documented over 950 violations against education, noting that Houthis shut 27% of educational institutions, while 7% are being used for military purposes and places for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Geneva-based organization reiterated that Houthis committed serious violations against education in Yemen, of which politicizing education, assigning loyal headmaster and deans imposing amendment on curriculum to serve their ideology, and holding sectarian events in schools

It added that the militia has stormed over 300 private schools in Sana’a, Dhamar, Amran, and Hajja since 2017 and appointed loyal headmasters and deans to run private schools and universities.

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187 service projects worth more than YR 10 b opened

Deputy Prime Minister for Services and Development Hussein Maqbouli and Amran governor Faisal Juma'an on Saturday inaugurated 187 projects.

The open projects included education, health, electricity, water, and sanitation sectors at a cost of YR 10.5 billion, funded by the local authority in the province and supported by a number of donors.

It is worth mentioning that 93 projects were implemented last year in the field of water and sanitation and rural water projects in Amran at a cost of YR 1.5 billion.

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Houthi militias force families in Rahaba area to leave homes, kidnap others

The Houthi terrorist militia is carrying out criminal and retaliatory acts against citizens living in the areas of its control in Rahaba district, south of Marib province.

Local sources reported that the rebel militia conducted several raids on villages near fighting frontlines, abducting civilians and forcing families to flee their homes.

The sources said Houthi militia stormed a number of houses of and kidnapped several civilians, including a 13-year-old child, and forcibly kicked families out if their houses to the open air.

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Houthi militants kidnap 30 civilians, raid 70 houses in Al Haymah

Houthi militants kidnapped 30 civilians including school teachers and stormed 70 houses as part of a relentless crackdown campaign on villagers in Al-Hayma, a countryside in the central Yemen province of Taiz.

The Human Rights Center, a local NGO, said in a statement on Thursday that the Houthi theocratic militia are pressing ahead “with abuses and atrocities against the people of Al Hayman amidst international silence.”

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Houthis prepare to bury 49 corpses, NGO calls on UN to intervene

The Houthis in Amran province are preparing to bury 49 corpses belonging mostly to people the terrorist organization killed earlier and relatives of these victims fear claiming their corpses, local sources said.

The militia’s “Public Prosecution” invited in a public advertisement on January 15 the relatives of the 49 slain people kept in a morgue in the northern province to come forward to collect the corpses or “they will be buried within 15 days.”

Sam Organization for Rights and Liberties said it followed the Houthi advertisement “with disdain and serious concern” and called on the UN Security Council to intervene to protect the rights of the civilians.”

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Iran Ambassador to Houthis: Int’l aid organizations aim to eradicate civilization

Iran illegitimate [????] ambassador to Houthi militia in Yemen, Hasan Irlu, has accused international aid organizations of working on “eradicating civilization and fueling soft war”

Yemen is currently going through a period of time similar to what Iran has previously faced, noting that Tehran had used an “advanced strategy” to restore civilization, Irlu said on Monday in a meeting with a youth group named Awareness and Cohesion in the rebel-held capital, Sana’a.

This came one day following attacks by a well-known Houthi religious scholar against international aid agencies.

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After enforcing segregation in schools & restaurants, Houthis today raided shops destroying manikins bcz they violate "Islamic conduct" &"arouse teenager's desires." Their Mayer's Office issued order prohibiting the use of photos that violate "Yemeni religious identity." (photos)

The Mayor Office in the tweet is actually against a local Restaurent called Rainbow. It was closed down by Houthis later because the name "encourages homosexuality."

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Film: Information Minister of #Houthis said in a Friday sermon they had to close a restaurant for being named "Rainbow", claiming they had to protect society from lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) signs and that Yemenis "must be aware of the enemies' plans."

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Supreme Political Council: Sana’a Does Not Place Hopes on Biden, His Administration

The new US administration should take a counter-stance towards the war on Yemen "if there are real intentions to bring peace to Yemen," Yemen’s Secretary of the Supreme Political Council Yasser Al-Houri has confirmed.

"If there is no clear position for the new US administration to stop the war in Yemen, it bears responsibility for all the destruction that occurred in Yemen and the massacres that were committed," Al-Houri said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen on Wednesday, welcoming any tendencies to stop the aggression and lift the siege on Yemen.

Al-Houri stressed that 6 years of aggression "which has proven its failure in Yemen, must represent an important indicator for Washington and others that there is no plac

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Jemen: Sanktionierung der Ansarullah bedeutet, dass die USA keinen Frieden im Jemen suchen

Einer der Stellvertreter des Ministerpräsidenten der Nationalen Rettungsregierung des Jemen, sagte bezogen auf die Kritik an den Sanktionen gegen die jemenitische Ansarullah-Bewegung durch 190 internationale Organisationen, dass nur das zionistische Regime, Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und die Ale Khalifa in Bahrain diesen Schritt der USA unterstützten.

"Die Entscheidung der USA, die jemenitische Ansarullah-Bewegung als terroristische Organisation zu bezeichnen, sandte eine Botschaft an die Welt, nämlich das die USA keinen Frieden im Jemen suchen", sagte der stellvertretende Premierminister der Nationalen Rettungsregierung, Hussein Maqbouli, gegenüber Al-Masira.

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Salvation Government: US Classification of Ansarullah As "Terrorist Organization" Reflects US's Rejection of Peace

A number of officials in the National Salvation Government commented today, Wednesday, on the US State Department's classification against Ansarullah as a "terrorist organization."

Vice President of the National Salvation Government for Services and Development Affairs, Dr. Hussein Maqbouly, considered the American decision to classify Ansarullah as a "terrorist organization" as a message to the world that America does not want peace in Yemen.

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

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UAE-backed separatists demand Saudi-led Hadi “government” consult them on decisions

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has announced that any decisions made by the Hadi government that are not being previously consulted with the presidency of the Council will not be implemented.

In a statement on Sunday, the STC threatened to take appropriate steps due to the functional appointments of Hadi’s government, calling on Saudi Arabia to assume its responsibility as the sponsor of the so-called Riyadh Accord.

The statement called for the cancellation and cessation of unilateral resolutions of any kind.

The Council’s statement rejected the “provocative military actions of the Islah militants party in the Shuqra front, and the re-deployment of its militants in some outposts, from which it had previously withdrawn, in accordance with the plan to implement the military component of the Riyadh Agreement,” the statement said.

The STC alsk renewed its demand for the Saudis to visit areas of friction between its militias and al-Islah militants in Shuqra.

and by a STC news site:

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Shatara accuses al-Iryani of delaying reopening of media institutions

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Mass protests hit Aden in response to continuous power outages

Hundreds of inhabitants of Yemen’s southern city of Aden have taken to the streets on Sunday, in an angry protest rally to denounce the power outages and the deterioration of essential service in the city.

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Tensions rising between local government, STC in Shabwa

Tensions are rising between the local government of Yemen's Shabwa province which is loyal to the internationally recognised president and the UAE-backed southern transitional council, a week after the government started to operate the Qana oil port.

Local officials said the governor Saleh bin Adyo headed to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. He was summoned by president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to discuss the latest developments in the province, they said.

The council is pressuring to fire bin Adyo and appoint a new governor from its men to run the oil-and gas-rich province.

Earlier, media outlets said there have been disagreements within the newly formed government over the Qana port. STC ministers in the government are angry, reports said, adding that minister of transport Abdulsalam Hamid boycotted a meeting of prime minister with ports officials last week.

With UAE instructions, the council is seeking to obstruct the operations of the port which is not under its control after it and the UAE forces succeeded in halting exports through the Balhaf port in the province, Debriefer has learned.

Bin Adyo has threatened to resign in case the port, which has been operated under presidential orders, was shut down, a local official said.


Street plants vandalized in government-held Shabwa


Huge fire sets Aden presidential place ablaze

A huge fire broke out early Saturday inside the residence of Hadi’s government in the southern port city of Aden, local sources said.

The sources said that the flames were seen rising at dawn from inside the Al-Masheeq Palace, where Hadi’s new government has been in place since its arrival to Aden a month ago.

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At least one dead and three wounded in mercenary infighting in Aden

At least one recruit was killed and three others injured on Saturday’s clashes that had broken out between two major factions of UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) factions in Aden.

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Socotra residents protest against Emirati occupation

Popular anger in the occupied island of Socotra is escalating from day to day, reports show.

On Friday, dozens of its residents removed military barriers built by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) mercenaries in the Shuaab area.

The people declared their rejection of the armed operations on the protected lands in their areas and their conversion into military areas of the Emirati occupation forces.

The people promised to escalate further and organise widespread popular protests against the presence of the Emirati occupation.

Local sources in the Socotra Archipelago Governorate confirmed that an Emirati electricity company has begun uprooting government electricity meters from citizens’ homes and shops, under protection of the STC, and replacing them with Emirati versions.

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Yemeni gov't supports Saudi measures against Houthi attacks

Yemen's foreign ministry on Friday condemned the Houthi attempted attacks targeting Saudi Arabia, reiterating support for Riyadh to defend its territories.

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Yemen asks IMF to facilitate loans

Yemen's government on Thursday requested the International Monetary Fund to facilitate loans needed to boost the national economy.

The request was made by Minister of Finance Salim bin Breik at a meeting with the Executive Director of the IMF Mahmoud Mohieldin, according to the state Saba news agency.

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Taiz women denounce Houthi militia’s crimes against citizens in Al-Haymah region

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Taiz school students organize protest against Houthi massacres, UN silence

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More protests against the violations and crimes committed by Houthis in al-Hayma area are taking place in al-Qahira district in Taiz governorate. Demonstrators demand an immediate end to human rights violations in Taiz and the rapid rescue of affected civilians.

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Yemen's STC forms new forces in Aden

Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) has announced the formation of new forces in the southern port city of Aden.
Under a decision taken by General Muhsin al-Wali, commander of the Emirati-backed supply and security belts forces affiliated to the STC, Aden Ring Belt forces were formed with Naji al-Yahari appointed as commander and Major Mohamed Yaslim al-Sobaihi as chief of staff.
Lieutenant Colonel Yahari served as commander of al-Alam checkpoint at the eastern gateway of Aden, the seat of Yemen's UN-recognized government, according to Yemeni sources.
Formation of such troop could harm the political accord hardly reached between the official government and STC, under which the new cabinet was formed last December.
The move may also hinder the application of the Riyadh Agreement military provisions stipulating the inclusion of STC's forces into the interior ministry.

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Hadhramaut sheikh assassinated

A tribal sheikh was killed on Thursday by unknown gunmen in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen, a local source reported.

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Yemen's STC vows to rage new war after soldier murder

Yemeni UN-recognized government troops have killed a soldier of the Shabwani Elite forces, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) said Thursday, threatening of scenarios contrary to the Riyadh pact's goal.
Earlier on Thursday, Zakaria al-Aqil was killed by Muslim "Brotherhood authority" in Joul al-Raidah in Maifa'a, a district of the southern governorate of Shabwa, the Emirati-backed STC said in a statement.
Al-Aqil was killed "in revenge of the heroic role played by the Shabwani Elite forces in combating terrorism in the governorate, before it was conquered by the Brotherhood militias," the statement read.
The STC accused the official government troops of curbing the Riyadh pact commitments fulfillment, by obstructing the return and deployment of Shabwani Elite forces in Shabwa and rejecting to withdraw from Aden and Abyan.
The statement underscored the need for the "Riyadh Agreement pledges to be fulfilled, suitable conditions be prepared for its application, and all suppressing acts against the Elite forces be stopped to help their return and deployment in their definite sites and avoid scenarios that don't serve the goal for which the Riyadh Agreement came."
The STC called on the "Saudi mediators and Riyadh Agreement sponsors to condemn these acts in contradiction of the pact" and to force "outlaw militias into applying their commitments as essential condition to carry on implementing the deal's other provisions."



Emirati-backed soldier assassinated southeast Yemen

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Southern Transitional Council issues important statement abou -continuing targeting members of Shabwani Elite

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Yemeni Govt Pledges Pragmatic Program to Achieve Stability, End Insurgency

The Yemeni government has promised to set a pragmatic program that would lead to stability, end the Houthi coup, and improve services in liberated areas.

The cabinet held on Wednesday a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik in the interim capital Aden, to review the latest military and political developments, and to discuss services provided to Yemenis.

The Prime Minister stressed that the government must succeed and will carry out all its duties to achieve the aspirations of citizens.

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Government taking measures to restrict impact of US designation of Houthis on humanitarian situation

Yemen's government on Wednesday affirmed that it will take all necessary measures to guarantee the US designation of Houthis as a terrorist group will not exacerbate the humanitarian situation in the country.

My comment: Even if they want, they can’t.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen's warring sides resume prisoner swap talks in Jordan

A U.N.-chartered plane carried four Houthi officials from Sanaa to Amman on Saturday. The government also sent four representatives, according to Mohammad Fadayel, the head of the government’s prisoners committee.

The talks aim to free 300 prisoners, including high-ranking officials like the brother of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose internationally recognised government was ousted by the Houthis, sources familiar with the matter said.

“The meetings started on Sunday morning,” Ismini Palla, spokeswoman of the office of U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths, told Reuters, adding that he had opened the talks.

The talks are part of confidence-building measures aimed at restarting peace negotiations last held in Sweden in December 2018, when the two parties agreed to exchange 15,000 detainees split between the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the group since 2015.

Around a 1,000 prisoners were exchanged last year.

Griffiths, in a statement on Sunday, urged the parties to discuss and agree on names “beyond the Amman meeting lists to fulfill their Stockholm commitment of releasing all conflict-related detainees as soon as possible”.

The Houthis’ chief negotiator has told Reuters the group would not walk away from talks.

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The fifth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners and Detainees Exchange Agreement has started today in Amman, Jordan.

The Committee resumes discussions between the parties to the conflict in Yemen to discuss the release of more detainees following the release of 1065 detainees last October.

The Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths opened the meeting and said: “I urge the parties to prioritize in their discussions the immediate and unconditional release of all sick, wounded, elderly and children detainees as well as all arbitrarily detained civilians, including women. I also urge the parties to discuss and agree on names beyond the Amman meeting lists to fulfill their Stockholm commitment of releasing all conflict-related detainees as soon as possible.”


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Houthi delegation in Jordan for talks with Yemeni gov't on prisoners

Houthi delegation has arrived in the Jordanian capital, the group's senior negotiator tweeted on Saturday, in preparation for a new round of UN-sponsored talks on prisoners and detainees.
No reports have been released on the date of the Yemeni government delegation's arrival in Amman for the same purpose.

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Yemen: Warring groups seethe at UN envoy’s 'partisan’ role

Yemeni government and Houthi rebels both accuse UN Envoy Martin Griffiths of failing to mediate and end war

As the world awaits steps by new US President Joe Biden to end the bloodshed in war-ravaged Yemen, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has come under fire from both rebel Houthis and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government.

Both parties accuse Griffiths, a former British diplomat, of taking sides, rather than meditating to bring peace to the country. Appointed in February 2018, he has spent nearly three years working as a special envoy for the UN secretary-general to bring peace in Yemen.

While Houthis accuse Griffiths of being biased towards the Saudi-Emirati coalition, his call on the US to reverse its recent decision designating the Houthis a foreign terrorist organization has angered the internationally recognized Hadi government.

“Griffiths does not view the crisis in Yemen in terms of UN Resolution 2216 as a coup against legitimacy,” instead seeing it only as “a competition between certain parties to gain power,” Abdulsalam Muhammed, chairman of Abaad Studies and Research Center, told Anadolu Agency.

On Griffiths’ performance over the past three years, Muhammed said he does not seem keen to solve the crisis, with his methodology apparently based on “dividing the bigger problem into smaller parts and addressing them separately, such as the Houthis in the north, the STC [Southern Transitional Council] in the south, military operations in Hodeida, the blockading of sea and airports, food and humanitarian aid, and prisoners and the detainee problem.”

He said that the UN envoy has strayed far from his main goal to end the coup and restore the Yemeni government.

My comment: After almost 6 years of war, a “main goal to end the coup and restore the Yemeni government” would be an anachronism.

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Diplomatic sources: Yemeni gov't rejects political talks with Houthis

The Yemeni UN-recognized government has rejected a UN proposal to hold a meeting with the Houthi group and discuss political solution for the 6-year-old war, diplomatic sources said Friday.
"The legitimate government says it's impossible to sit with Houthis," the sources told Asharq Al-Awsat, "but stopping the war and crisis is more important, so the UN envoy continues his efforts.
"If the parties have other proposals, all right. [Envoy] Martin Griffiths wants peace, war be stopped and matters be normalized. He doesn't have one way. If there is another way, he'll listen to parties' opinions," the sources added asking anonymity.
According to western sources, the two parties could meet to discuss other files relating to confidence-building, the Saudi paper reported.
On Thursday, the UN special envoy for Yemen discussed on phone with Yemen's foreign minister the latest developments in the war-torn country and prospects for political process, Griffiths office said.

My comment: Oh, that’s it. Make war, not peace.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Cristiano Ronaldo 'REJECTS lucrative £5.3m-a-year deal to become the face of Saudi Arabian tourism' with the country still heavily tarnished by a questionable human rights records - while 'Lionel Messi has also been approached' to front the drive

The deal included Cristiano Ronaldo's face being on all promotional material

It is also stipulated that the Portuguese superstar would visit the country

Lionel Messi was also made an offer as Saudi Arabia looks to improve its image

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International Human Rights Defender to Mohammed bin Salman: See You in Court Soon

DAWN Executive Director, Sarah Leah Whitson, sent a message to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "See you in court," Whitson said in her message.

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Film: This is how #AntiShia #Saudi Monarchy is attacking #Shia #Arab cemetery in #Shia oil region AlAhsa on the orders of this hyper sectarian @AdelAlmulhem

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Saudi Opposition: Bin Salman’s Recent Steps, Attempt to Polish His Image before Biden

The prominent Saudi opposition, Omar bin Abdulaziz, raised questions about the nature of new steps by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s. Omar published a series of tweets, in which he said: “Mohammed bin Salman has not changed. He is only trying to gain time and convince the American administration that he has changed.”

He wrote, “Therefore, you should not be tempted by the notion that he yielded to belief in reform but rather in fear of the brutality of the Biden administration.” He asked, “Why is the Fitaihi family still banned from traveling? Where will the consideration be restored after defamation? How are those who tortured him held accountable with Ritz?” =

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Saudi Arabia expects 'excellent relations' with Biden administration

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday the kingdom was optimistic that it would have “excellent relations” with the new U.S. administration of President Joe Biden and that it would continue to talk with Washington regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

“I am optimistic. Saudi Arabia has built solid, historical relations where it worked with different administrations. We will continue to do that as well with President Biden,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in an interview with Arabiya TV.


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Saudi minister optimistic that ties with U.S will be 'excellent' under Biden - Al-Arabiya

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be “excellent” under U.S. President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday.

The appointments made by Biden show “understanding of the common issues” by the new U.S.. administration, the minister added

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Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp9a

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Biden steht vor einer Kehrtwendung, die den Saudis nicht gefällt

Die USA wollen ihre Unterstützung für Saudi-Arabien im Jemen-Krieg beenden und so der Forderung von Hilfsorganisationen nachkommen.

"Sie haben uns in einem Krieg hineingezogen, indem sie unsere Ausrüstung benutzen und Tausende von unschuldigen Menschen töten", hatte US-Präsident Joe Biden während seines Wahlkampfes dem Regime in Riad vorgeworfen. Er verstehe nicht, fügte er hinzu, warum Donald Trump Autokraten wie den saudischen König Salman und seinen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman, kurz MBS, unterstütze.

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Tough tests for Joe Biden in 'new' Middle East

"They've learned from what went wrong with the Obama administration's approach to the Middle East," observes Kim Ghattas, a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the book, Black Wave, on Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the region. "They may take things in a different direction because they've learned from the mistakes, and because the region today is a very different place."

In the top tray of the new administration's foreign files is policy towards Iran. The landmark 2015 nuclear deal by world powers is now dangling by a thread after Donald Trump discarded it and despatched waves of crushing sanctions. There is also the devastating war in Yemen, which Mr Obama initially supported, partly to assuage Saudi anger over the accord with its arch-enemy Iran.

"Active diplomacy by some of the old hands that served under Obama may be just what the region needs," says Hassan Hassan, editor of Newlines magazine, a new publication focusing on the region.

"Arab states believed they could redraw the political map of the region in the absence of American leadership. But, after half a decade of trying, they recently recognised their limits in places like Libya, Yemen, Iran, and even against a tiny neighbour like Qatar."

An emphasis on re-engaging with old traditional allies is already at the top of the new team's talking points.

"It's vitally important that we engage on the take-off, not the landing, with our allies and partners in the region, to include Israel and the Gulf countries," pledged Antony Blinken, the nominee for secretary of state, during a Senate confirmation hearing which lasted more than four hours and often focused on Iran.

"If you look at the Biden appointees for foreign policy, nuclear disarmament and treasury positions, so many had a direct hand in the nuclear talks or the implementation of the deal," notes Ellie Geranmayeh, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

"The Biden camp and Iranian leaders seem to be overlapping on one thing - the need to bring all sides back into full compliance with the nuclear deal - and they'll need to move swiftly to discuss how to sequence this," she emphasises. The appointment a US special envoy is on the cards.

Media reports, based on intelligence sources, have said the CIA established a "medium to high degree of confidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have ordered the killing. He has repeatedly denied this.

"The Americans will have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because there is no smoking gun," insists Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst. "Whether it's the CIA or the state department, or the Pentagon, the reality is a fundamental understanding that Saudi Arabia is absolutely crucial for them to be able to do anything in the region."

There are many shared priorities, including ending the disastrous war in Yemen. But like most files in this region, there are no easy options.

"It isn't as simple as ending military support for Saudi Arabia," cautions Peter Salisbury, the senior Yemen analyst with the International Crisis Group. "If the US wants peace there, it is going to have to become much more active as a diplomatic player."

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Transkript der Befragung des neuen US-Außenministers Blinken durch Senator Paul. Ein interessantes und „zukunftsweisendes“ Dokument

Die deutsche Politik und die Mehrheit der Medien haben überschwänglich und erfreut auf die Veränderungen in Washington reagiert. Der republikanische US-Senator Rand Paul sieht das deutlich anders. Darauf hatten die NachDenkSeiten mit dem Video-Hinweis Nr. 7 am Samstag aufmerksam gemacht: Sen. Rand Paul Questions Sec. of State Nominee Blinken on Regime Change – Jan. 19, 2021
Quelle: SenatorRandPaul, 19.01.2021.

Diese Befragung ist ein ausgesprochen wichtiges Dokument:

  1. Es zeigt die selbstverständliche Kriegsbereitschaft der neuen US-Administration.
  2. Es zeigt die selbstverständliche Attitüde, die Welt zu beherrschen.
  3. Es zeugt davon, dass die USA den Anspruch, anderen Völkern einen Regime Change zu verpassen, zu bringen usw., als eine Selbstverständlichkeit betrachten. Das ist Teil der Politik. Jetzt wird damit fortgefahren, dieses Konzept auch auf Russland anzuwenden.
  4. Die Befragung zeigt die Rücksichtslosigkeit und Borniertheit, mit denen hier neue und leidvolle Kriegsgefahren heraufbeschworen werden.
  5. Es zeigt, dass den handelnden Personen eine wichtige Eigenschaft einer Verständigungs- und Friedenspolitik fehlt: Sie können und mögen sich nicht in die Lage Anderer, anderer Völker und anderer Regierender versetzen.
  6. Text und Bild zeigen auch, was für eine problematische, unsichere bis – Pardon – gestörte Person mit dem neuen Außenminister Blinken nunmehr eines der wichtigsten Ämter der Welt besetzt.

RP: Ganz ehrlich: Wofür Sie und Joe Biden und auch John Bolton sich stark machen – Regime Change – hat sich als Desaster für den Mittleren Osten herausgestellt. Wir machen uns Sorgen, alle schreien: Iran! Iran! Warum ist der Iran stärker? Wer ist deren bester Freund heute in der Region? Der Irak! Wir hatten ein Gleichgewicht der Mächte, zwar nicht ein perfektes, aber immerhin. Ihr Kerle habt das kaputt gemacht. Ihr habt einen Tyrannen ausgebootet und der nächste wurde dadurch stärker. Dann habt ihr in Libyen dasselbe nochmals veranstaltet. Als Ausrede wurde verwendet: Libyen ist ein Einzelfall! Aber vielleicht gilt es, etwas aus der Geschichte zu lernen. Vielleicht sollten wir nicht jedwede Regierung im Mittleren Osten bekehren wollen. Anstatt überall die Regierung bestimmen zu wollen, sollten wir nicht immer auf die «schlechten» zielen.

All die Erfahrungen aus den Kriegen im Irak und in Libyen, das anschließende Chaos, das Vakuum haben doch dazu geführt, dass der Terrorismus zugenommen hat, mehr Menschen wurden getötet. Syrien zum Beispiel. Auch dort wurde nichts dazugelernt.

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RP: But mostly, what you have gotten to the policies you have advocated and Joe Biden has advocated and, frankly, John Bolton has advocated, this idea of regime change has been a desaster for the Middle East. We complain, everybody around here is concerned, Iran, Iran, Iran. Well, why is Iran stronger? Who's their best friend in the region now? Irak! You know, we did that. We had a balance of power, it wasn't perfect, but we had somewhat of a balance of power in the Middle East and you guys messed it up. You got rid of the one bad guy and another bad guy got stronger. And so then you went to Libya and did the same thing and they said, maybe Libya is a one off. Maybe there's a rule here, maybe there is something we can learn about regime change and maybe we can learn that humility would be that maybe we shouldn't be chosing every government in the Middle East. I would argue that instead of chosing every government maybe we should not reward the bad ones.

and film: Sen. Rand Paul Questions Sec. of State Nominee Blinken on Regime Change - Jan. 19, 2021

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Silence is Complacency: 5 reasons why Iowa students must oppose the war on Yemen

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America Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now.

Beyond revisiting the terrorist label for the Houthis, the Biden administration intends to cease helping Saudi Arabia prosecute the Yemen war with logistical support and arms sales.

Biden’s challenge as president will be to extricate the U.S. from its current position of making this crisis worse and find a path toward mitigating or resolving it instead. This is not a matter of picking between good guys and bad guys, because there are no good guys to pick.

Yemen is a massive crisis on its own, but it is also a microcosm of a larger regional puzzle. Realigning the U.S. position in the Middle East away from “Saudi Arabia, right or wrong,” as Biden wants to do, will be challenging, especially given the risk of overcorrecting and becoming too solicitous of Iran. What Biden can do to differentiate his policy from Trump’s is put the interests of the U.S. ahead of those of Saudi Arabia and define those interests more broadly than profits from arms sales.

If Riyadh can no longer buy America’s acquiescence along with its tanks, planes, and bombs, that is a positive change in U.S. foreign policy by any standard. Approaching the Middle East with an emphasis on diplomacy and moral leadership is much better than making bellicose threats and seeding a regional arms race. If Biden can find a way to resolve the conflict in Yemen, then unlike his predecessors, he might actually deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. Stopping the bloodshed, or at very least ending our complicity in it, is a good first step.

My comment: A typical US centrist article: The US should put its own interests first. It’s US business to pick good or bad guys. If the US president behaves less evil, he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. No: There are no real US interests 7000 miles away from the US. The US are the bad guys – in almost every part of the world. Obama had killed about 200.000 in 8 years, and he got a Peace Nobel price for it; ok, Trump had been worse, he killed about 400.000 in 4 years; what will be Biden’s “merit”?

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Caitlin Johnstone: The next two years will be the Democratic Party at its most transparent

Joe Biden is now the president of the USA. His day-one executive orders should have prioritized ending the single worst crisis in the world in Yemen, a war in which he campaigned on ending US involvement, but they did not.

Ending US participation in the Yemen genocide could and should have begun on day one.

Biden did none of these things, which, while unsurprising, is still inexcusable. This isn’t some 10-year infrastructure plan we’re talking about. This is the worst mass atrocity on our entire planet, and it should be treated with proportionate urgency. This administration consciously chose not to end US participation in that atrocity as swiftly as possible, which will remain an inexcusable decision, even if the Yemen war is eventually ended later.

Instead of grilling Biden about his decision not to prioritize his promise to end the Yemen war, which is what any real journalist would do, the press are asking him stupid-nonsense questions about whether he can “unite the country.”

In the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, we were treated to some Senate hearings on his cabinet picks, in which we learnt that this administration will continue Trump’s murderous coup-mongering in Venezuela, that it will maintain Trump’s incendiary decision to have the US embassy in Jerusalem, that reviving the Iran nuclear deal is a long way off from happening and will first require consultation with Israel, and that it will be continuing Trump’s cold-war escalations against China.

In one of the more bizarre displays in the Senate hearings, Biden’s nominee to lead the State Department, Tony Blinken, defended his support for the disastrous Libya intervention during his time in the Obama administration by blaming its aftermath on Muammar Gaddafi, the leader who was mutilated to death in the streets after a US-led intervention to oust him.

The next two years will be the Democratic Party at its most transparent. After two years, they are statistically likely to lose control of the House and/or Senate, after which time they’ll be able to pawn off all imperialist bloodshed and lack of progress on an ‘obstructionist Congress’, like they did for the last six years of the Obama administration. But until then, the Democrats are going to have to own all their reactionary depravity and mass murder on their own.

This will set a sharp contrast from the past four years, during which every mundane part of the US empire’s institutionalized abuse was portrayed as an anomaly unique to the Trump administration. Unable to blame their refusal to advance progressive policies and basic human decency on Trump and Vladimir Putin these next two years, they’ll be forced to kill any leftward movement all on their own. Which is why we are now already seeing mass-media articles with headlines such as “Under Biden, it’s time for Democrats to let go of Medicare for All.” =


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Today, @JoeBiden must: - End the terrorist designation of Ansar Allah - End intelligence sharing with the Saudi coalition - End arms sales - End logistical support - End spare parts transfers for Saudi warplanes - Resume humanitarian aid to north Yemen

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UAE Signed Deal to Buy US F-35s Just One Hour Before Biden Was Sworn In as POTUS – Report

Barely an hour before Biden was sworn into office, the outgoing Trump administration signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to sell the Persian Gulf country 50 of its Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighters.

The jets are part of a huge $23.3 billion weapons sale that includes 18 MQ-9B Reaper drones and a slew of anti-air and anti-surface missiles. While the final delivery schedule is unclear, drafts of the agreement stated deliveries would begin in 2027.

The possibility it might be able to buy the advanced fighter jet was a major part of Washington convincing Abu Dhabi to a historic rapprochement with Israel last September. Israel is presently the only Middle East nation that operates the F-35 and maintaining Israel’s strategic superiority to other nations is a key part of US policy.

However, critics accused the Trump administration of rushing the deal after the State Department gave its approval in early November. After Democratic lawmakers mounted a failed bid to block the sale, the New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs announced a lawsuit against the State Department, saying the deal contained no provision to stop the UAE from sharing the F-35’s proprietary information with other nations.

The advanced jets sport not only a stealthy design and coating, but a slew of advanced avionics, computers, and sensors as well. Congress forced Turkey’s removal from the F-35 program in 2019 on news Ankara had also purchased Russian-made S-400 air defense systems. Pentagon leaders feared operating the two systems in close proximity would be too revealing of the F-35’s capabilities and weaknesses, of which Russia or other nations using the S-400 could make use.

The incoming Biden administration still has the ability to undo the last-minute deal,

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Saudi Arabia, MBS Brace for Biden Action on Yemen, Khashoggi Murder

Biden has signalled a pivot away from Riyadh and consequences for the crown prince, colloquially known as MBS.

The Trump administration gave MBS cover. But Biden and his team have vowed to hold Riyadh to account. Biden has said the Saudi monarchy has "very little social redeeming value," specifically accusing Riyadh of murdering "children...and innocent people" in Yemen.

Reuters reported on Thursday citing unnamed diplomats that MBS is already working to soften Biden's reassessment of ties and improve his standing with the new administration.

Biden's incoming team is already sending clear signals to Riyadh. Avril Haines, the new director of national intelligence who was confirmed Wednesday, said during her confirmation hearing that the Biden administration would release a report on the Khashoggi killing.

MBS is also facing the end of American logistical and intelligence support for the war in Yemen, where millions are at risk of starvation amid the ongoing conflict between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the deposed internationally-recognized government.

Blinken also reiterated Biden's past comments on the Yemen war. "The president-elect has made clear that we will end our support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and I think we will work on that in very short order," he told senators.

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Biden Just Ended Trump’s Muslim Ban

The bans have led to thousands of children, spouses, and parents being separated from loved ones in the United States. Immigration lawyers say bureaucratic hurdles, Trump’s attacks on the immigration system, and the ongoing pandemic mean that it will likely take months, and potentially more than a year, before people are finally able to immigrate to the United States.

“While this is absolutely amazing news that Biden is getting rid of the Muslim and Africa travel ban,” said Mahsa Khanbabai, a Massachusetts immigration attorney, “I think, sadly, it’s really going to take time for families to be able to actually come together.” Hiba Ghalib, an attorney at the Atlanta-based immigration law firm Kuck Baxter, said that in other cases people haven’t started green card applications because of the Muslim ban. Now, those cases will be starting from scratch.


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Repeal of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ offers new hope to frustrated immigrants and long-suffering families

But the ban’s legacy will remain. For many of those affected, there will be no regaining what was lost: the moments with loved ones, the money spent on visits to stranded partners or far-flung consulates, the opportunities to live in the United States that were dangled, then dashed or delayed.

“It takes a toll on you emotionally, financially to travel back and forth. Physically and mentally,” said Harbi, who took a leave of absence from her job last year to be with Hamoud in Lebanon and was unemployed for six months.

Refugees, their advocates and many others around the world saw something else: anti-Muslim bigotry. The ban heaped hardship on people who had already had their fill, including survivors of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. For a time, many of the ban’s victims — doctoral students, professionals and blue-collar workers — were stranded around the world, their lives upended.

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President Donald Trump awards Bahrain ruler the US Legion of Merit

Comment: Former #american president #Trump gave Hamad Khalifa, a known dictator with blood on his hands on award.

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'Psychological trauma and stress': The lasting impact of the 'Muslim ban'

President-elect Joe Biden said he'd reverse the Trump administration's travel ban on his first day in office. For many families, the damage has already been done.

It has been over two years since Hussein Saleh, 34, has seen his wife and sons.

"It's not easy. You know, I call. I try. I talk to my kids every day," said Saleh, who works at his cousin's gas station near Midway Airport in Chicago.

His boys, ages 4 and 7, are used to only hearing their dad's voice through a phone. They're over 7,000 miles away in his home country, Yemen.

"They say, 'Daddy,' you know, 'when are you coming?' It's hard. I tell them, 'Very soon, very soon I'll come and bring you here with me.'"

Saleh is a U.S. citizen, but his wife and boys can't be here with him. In fact, they've never been to the United States.

"I grow up here, you know. I've been here since I was 13. That's almost 21 years," he said. "You know, this is my country."

After he and his wife met and married in Yemen and had two boys, they began to start a life together in the U.S.

But in 2017, the year they applied for visas, the so-called Muslim ban went into effect.

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Iran would welcome change of approach by Riyadh, if genuine: Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says Saudi Arabia has begun to realize that its aggressive foreign policy has been a failure and appears to be revising some aspects of it accordingly, adding that the Islamic Republic would welcome any genuine change of approach by Riyadh.

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Biden’s US should seize chance to lift bans, rejoin Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

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Revenge for US assassination of General Soleimani certain: Leader’s website

The official website of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has posted a photo-montage of former US President Donald Trump playing golf under the shadow of a drone, vowing to avenge the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani (photo)

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US blocking Iran’s payment of UN membership dues: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday said the government has allocated funds for the payment of its dues to the UN, but Washington is preventing Tehran from paying its contributions.

According to reports, the FM said Iran’s unpaid membership contributions are the only reason the UN General Assembly has stripped the country of its right to vote.

“We should have paid $16 million to settle our debts to the UN and secure our right to vote. The government allocated the fund, and urged that the country’s frozen assets in South Korea be used [to pay the debts], but the US blocked the payment to the UN account,” Zarif told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

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Twitter suspends Iran top leader’s account over Trump threat

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Toward an Inclusive Security Arrangement in the Persian Gulf

Executive Summary

Abandon dominance.For many of the United States’ security partners, even a dysfunctional Pax Americana is preferable to the compromises that a security architecture would inevitably entail. The preconditions for creating a successful security architecture can emerge only if the United States begins a military withdrawal from the Persian Gulf and credibly signals it no longer seeks to sustain hegemony.

Encourage regional dialogue, but let the region lead. The incoming Biden administration’s hint that it will seek an inclusive security dialogue in the Persian Gulf is a welcome first step toward shifting the burden of security to the regional states themselves. For such an effort to be successful, the United States should play a supporting role while urging regional states to take the lead.

Include other major powers.The regional dialogue should include the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and major Asian powers with a strong interest in stability in the Persian Gulf. Including them can help dilute Washington’s and Beijing’s roles while protecting the region from inter–Asian rivalries in the future.


By all metrics, Pax Americana in the Middle East has failed. The region has become progressively more unstable and violent under U.S. military hegemony. In 1998, it suffered from five armed conflicts. By 2019, 22 violent struggles had engulfed the area.[1] This unadmirable result is perhaps not surprising. Though Washington has ostensibly sought stability, its policies do not appear to be centered around that objective. Rather than acting as an impartial arbiter, America’s military presence in the region has been justified on the grounds of deterring, balancing, and defeating “bad actors” — from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to al–Qaeda, the Islamic State, and Iran. This has frequently made the United States a direct belligerent in conflicts involving these nations and groups. Over time, the entire organizing principle of America’s Middle East policy has morphed into “confronting Iran” regardless of the destabilizing effects of this policy on the region. By imposing society-collapsing sanctions on non-compliant states while selling billions of dollars’ worth of arms to its security partners, U.S. hegemony has tended to exacerbate the very factors that have made the region unstable.

As the political will to uphold Pax Americana withers, new thinking has started to emerge in Washington.

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Rouhani: Trump registered state terrorism on US record by assassinating Soleimani

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A Demoralizing Middle East Awaits Biden, With Iran as His Most Important Test

Another question is whether Biden is seeking to repair the world or whether he will get sucked into the whirlpool that Trump bequeathed him and just try to fix a few things

Following Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, the Iranian nuclear issue becomes the main question preoccupying the world, particularly Israel and the Arab countries. Biden is bringing the Iranian elephant to the White House. He has declared his intention to bring the United States back into the nuclear agreement, from which President Donald Trump withdrew. The new president has made this the most important plank of his anticipated foreign policy – and made it his most important test. (paywalled)

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Join the Global Day of Action to demand an end to UK and US support for the war in Yemen.

We’re joining the World Says No to War in Yemen Global Day of Action on 25th January. The war has killed thousands of people and left millions dependent on food aid, and continues to be fuelled by UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Find out what events are happening, download the action pack, or let others know about the event you are organising here:

Follow us on social media: Twitter , Facebook, and Instagram (or the Caat Unis Insta if you are student) for updates on the day, and to get more background on this dreadful war.

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Parliament: Yemen: Military Intervention

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st January 2021.

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many breaches of international law in Yemen by Saudi forces and its allies have been documented by his Department in its tracking document since January 2020 to date.

A by James Heappey, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I am unable to answer the hon. Member's question due to ongoing legal proceedings.

My comment: LOLOLOLOLOL.

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Despite UK's Major Involvement, Largest International Effort Against War on Yemen Starts in London

Former British Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, launched the largest global campaign against the ongoing six-year US-Saudi aggression on Yemen. Corbyn wrote on his Twitter account,

"The situation in #Yemen is now the worst humanitarian disaster in the world - and British-made bombs are responsible for the deaths of 1000's."

Corbin called for joining the campaign, which starts on Monday, January 25, under the slogan #WorldSaysNo to the brutal war on Yemen."


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British campaigners urge Joe Biden to keep his promise on ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia

BRITISH campaigners urged new US President Joe Biden today to stick to his promise on ending the country’s support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen through arms sales.

Campaigners have said that an early test of Biden’s commitment will be whether he carries through with the $290-million (£213 million) bomb sale that the Trump administration approved to Saudi forces in December.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said the humanitarian crisis in Yemen would not have been possible without the arms sales and support of the US and Britain which has “empowered Saudi forces and enabled the destruction.

“Joe Biden has spent decades at the heart of Washington and has a long history of supporting arms exports and interventionism, often with terrible consequences,” Mr Smith said.

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Film by Jeremy Corbyn: The situation in #Yemen is now the worst humanitarian disaster in the world - and British-made bombs are responsible for the deaths of 1000's.

Join me on Mon 25 Jan as the #WorldSaysNo to this brutal war:

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Helfen, bevor es zu spät ist: Unterstützung für WFP in Jemen

Die Situation der Menschen in Jemen wird immer schwieriger. Um eine verheerende Hungersnot abzuwenden, unterstützt Deutschland jetzt die Arbeit des Welternährungsprogramms mit rund 50 Million Euro.

Vor dem Hintergrund der akuten Gefahr einer flächendeckenden Hungersnot hat Deutschland dem Welternährungs­programm (WFP), das eine wichtige Rolle bei der Versorgung der notleidenden Bevölkerung spielt, jetzt 49,5 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Bereitstellung der Mittel erfolgt früher als die reguläre Bereitstellung der Mittel für humanitäre Hilfe an andere Organisationen in diesem Jahr. Mit dieser Unterstützung kann den Menschen in Jemen umgehend geholfen werden. Außenminister Maas sagte anlässlich der Bereitstellung:

Die Zeichen in Jemen stehen auf tiefrot. Den Menschen in dem krisengeschüttelten Land fehlt es an Allem. Jede Minute, in der wir nicht handeln, wird weitere Menschenleben kosten. Das dürfen und wollen wir nicht hinnehmen.

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Helping before it’s too late: supporting the WFP in Yemen

The situation in Yemen is getting worse and worse. In order to avert a devastating famine, Germany is supporting the work of the World Food Programme (WFP) to the tune of around 50 million euro.

Against the backdrop of the acute risk of a nationwide famine, Germany has now provided the World Food Programme (WFP), which is playing an important role in helping to feed the suffering population, with 49.5 million euro. These funds are being provided earlier than the regular allocation of humanitarian assistance funds to other organisations this year. With this support, the people in Yemen can now be helped without delay. Foreign Minister Maas said the following with respect to the provision of funds:

The situation in Yemen is code red. People in the crisis-stricken country lack everything. Every minute we do not act will cost more lives. We cannot and will not accept this.

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Menschenrechte-Beauftragte: Keine deutsche Rüstungsexporte nach Ägypten

Die Menschenrechts-Beauftragte der Bundesregierung kritisiert die deutschen Rüstungsexporte nach Ägypten.

Das Land am Nil gehört zu den Hauptempfängern von Rüstungslieferungen aus Deutschland.

Bärbel Kofler (SPD): Dort wird massiv gegen Menschenrechte verstoßen.

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Wolgast: Zwei neue Schiffe mit Kurs auf Ägypten

Ein Ausbildungsschiff und ein Patrouillenboot haben die Peene-Werft in Wolgast verlassen. Die beiden ursprünglich für Saudi-Arabien bestimmten Fahrzeuge nahmen Kurs auf den Hafen Sassnitz-Mukran, von wo aus sie nach Ägypten verschifft werden.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

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Mossad-Chef will mit Joe Biden über mögliche Rückkehr der USA zum Atomabkommen sprechen

Der israelische Premierminister Benjamin Netanyahu will laut lokalen Medien Mossad-Chef Yossi Cohen nach Washington entsenden, um Israels Forderungen in Zusammenhang mit dem internationalen Atomabkommen mit Iran darzulegen.

Wie der israelische Sender Channel 12 berichtete, wird Cohen voraussichtlich nächsten Monat in die USA reisen. Er wird der erste hochrangige israelische Verantwortliche sein, der den neuen US-Präsidenten Joe Biden trifft. Es wird auch erwartet, dass er sich mit dem neuen Chef der CIA trifft.

Laut dem Bericht würden Cohen und sein Team der Biden-Regierung alle Informationen vorlegen, die Israel über das iranische Atomprogramm besitze.

In dem Fernsehbericht heißt es dazu weiter, Cohen werde von Joe Biden verlangen, im Falle des erneuten Beitritts der USA zum Atomabkommen, Iran aufzufordern die Urananreicherung einzustellen. Außerdem müsse Teheran die Produktion fortschrittlicher Zentrifugen, die Unterstützung von sogenannten "Terrorgruppen", vor allem der Widerstandsbewegung Hisbollah im Libanon, einstellen, seine militärische Präsenz im Irak, in Syrien und im Jemen beenden, die Terroraktivitäten gegen israelische Ziele in Übersee einstellen und der Internationalen Atomenergieagentur in Wien (IAEA) uneingeschränkten Zugang zu allen Aspekten seines Nuklearprogramms gewähren.

Israel befürchtet ein Abkommen, bei dem Iran sowohl weiterhin Uran anreichern als auch finanzielle Erleichterungen erhalten kann, die es Teheran ermöglichen, die Wirtschaft zu reparieren.

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Report: Mossad chief to meet with Biden on Iran deal revamp

Immediate halt of Iranian uranium enrichment and construction of centrifuges, end to its support for regional terror proxies, primarily Hezbollah and ouster of Iran from Yemen, Syria and Iraq

According to the report, Cohen is also expected to present Biden and senior U.S. defense officials, including the newly appointed CIA chief David Cohen, updated information on Iran's secretive nuclear program. He will reportedly be accompanied by officials from the defense and foreign ministries.

He was also reportedly expected to ask that the new administration compel Iran to heavily restrict their nuclear program, in light of Tehran's ongoing breaches of the 2015 deal.

Biden said before he took office that he wanted to use the previous agreement as a starting point from which to “tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, as we address [its] missile program.”

Should the U.S. rejoin the deal, Channel 12 said, Jerusalem wants Washington to incorporate a number of core components into the agreement to ensure Israel's national security.

Israel also wants the U.S. to end Iran's military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and compel Tehran to grant full access to inspectors from the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, Channel 12 said.

My comment: This is rather odd. The only regional power in the Middle East posessing nuclear weapons is Israel itself. So, why any noise about Iran??

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Regeni and Zaki, all the rules that Italy is violating by selling weapons to Egypt

On 23 December, Italy quietly delivered a warship to Egypt, a frigate built by Fincantieri. Two weeks earlier, Egyptian President al-Sissi had received the Legion of Honor at the Elysée from Macron's hands.

Since taking power in 2014, al-Sissi has stepped up the arms trade both with both countries and with China.

If France is the main exporter of arms to Cairo, Italy is no different, and since Giulio Regeni was killed, Rome has not stopped signing military contracts with Egypt. So much so that it has yet to deliver another frigate to the regime, along with dozens of Eurofighter fighter-bombers, patrol boats, rocket launchers and military helicopters.

Egypt, in whose prisons the University of Bologna student Patrick Zaki languishes today without due process, is the third largest importer of arms worldwide ( source: Sipri ).

He is engaged in the wars in Libya and Yemen, but also in a sort of "cold war" both with Ethiopia, and with some countries involved in the conflict in Yemen and Turkey on the maritime borders of the Mediterranean.

After the transfer of the first frigate to Egypt, Messrs. Regeni filed a complaint with the prosecutor denouncing the government for violating a rule of our legal system that regulates the transfer of arms.

A few days ago, with the approach of the fifth anniversary of Giulio's disappearance (January 25, 2016), the Rome prosecutor's office filed the request for indictment for the four 007 Egyptians accused of having kidnapped, tortured and killed the Italian researcher .

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Yemeni Jewish families under threat could be brought to UAE, says senior Rabbi

Rabbi Dr Elie Abadie, who helped reunite a family in Abu Dhabi after more than 20 years apart, says more could be offered refuge

More members of Yemen’s Jewish minority could be brought to the Emirates to escape persecution from Houthis, and offer them a safe haven in which to live, the UAE’s senior Rabbi in residence said.

Rabbi Dr Elie Abadie’s spoke to The National weeks after the UAE reunited two Yemeni Jewish families, who had been separated for decades after most of them were forced to flee danger in Yemen.

My comment: There are just a few dozen Jews in Yemen left.UAE propaganda versus Israel and the US.

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UAE Fails to Release Political Prisoners when their Sentences End

Across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at least fourteen people are currently being subjected to indefinite detention. These prisoners are being held, often in inhumane conditions, beyond the original end dates of their sentences in breach of internationally agreed standards on detention. Many of the prisoners were sentenced following grossly unfair trials that are emblematic of the systemic injustices within the UAE.

The UAE has consistently failed to release political prisoners at the end of their sentences. Indefinite detention is primarily facilitated by the country’s draconian anti-terror legislation, which uses ambiguous criteria to force political prisoners into ‘counselling centres’ once their prison sentences are complete. Officially used to ‘guide and reform’ those convicted of terrorist offences these “counselling centres” are increasingly employed as a political tool to silence dissent, under the pretext that political prisoners pose a “threat” to the state and society. Twelve of those currently indefinitely detained are believed to be held in a centre located in Al-Razeen prison. Prisoners held in Al Razeen have consistently reported inhumane living conditions as well as the use of torture and other forms of ill-treatment by prison wardens. Conditions within “counselling centres” are believed to differ little from the prisons in which they are located.

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cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Saudi embassy in Doha will reopen 'in days': Al Arabiya quotes minister

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Qatar will reopen “in days”, Al Arabiya TV channel said on Thursday, citing Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan.

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Egypt and Qatar agree to resume diplomatic ties, Cairo says

cp12b Sudan

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UN: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur killed 250, displaced 100,000

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 250 people and displaced more than 100,000 people since erupting earlier this month, the U.N. refugee agency said.

The violence in the provinces of West Darfur and South Darfur has posed a significant challenge to the country’s transitional government.

Among those displaced were some 3,500 people, mostly women and children, who fled into neighboring Chad, according to Boris Cheshirkov, a spokesman for the UNHCR said Friday.

Those fleeing the violence into eastern Chad’s Ouaddai province have been overwhelmingly forced to seek shelter — often nothing more than a tree — in remote places that lack basic services or public infrastructure, the spokesman added.

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UK backs Sudan economic reforms with over $50 million

Britain’s foreign secretary announced Thursday that his government would offer more than $50 million to help poor Sudanese families as their government embarks upon major austerity measures to revive its battered economy, Sudan’s state news agency reported.

My comment: Introduction of neoliberalism, sponsored by the West.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Pottery, stone possessions found in Yemeni Hadhramout's graveyard

Pottery and stone possessions have been found in archeological graveyard that was discovered last week in Hadhramout and dates from 2,500 years ago, the Yemeni general authority for antiques in the eastern governorate said Saturday.
The authority's mission commenced few days ago digging operations to rescue the found tombs in al-Mashhad area in Dawan district, the Aden-based Saba quoted the authority's general director as saying.
"It's very early to identify the graves' nature," Riyadh BaKarmoom added, but "more bones along with some pottery and stone possessions were found, and thought to be funereal attachments."

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Mummy of Himyarite king found in war-torn Yemen

A mummy which archeologists believe to be the body of a Himyarite king who lived 2.500 years ago was found in Yemen's Houthi-controlled province of Ibb this past weekend.

It was the third discovery in one a half years in the war-torn country which has one of the world's oldest civilisations.

The director of the local office of the Yemeni archeology authority Khalid Ghalib said locals found the mummy in the district of Al-Sayani.
It could be brought from another site in the area, he said, adding that it has been kept in a safe place.

Archeologists urged to keep it where it was found to conduct studies on it.

It was the first time a mummy was found in Ibb, according to archeologists.

The first mummy was discovered in the country by a US mission in mid-1900s.

In 1938, remains of 26 people, including an intact body, were found in the area of Shibam Al-Gharas in Sanaa.

The authorities have failed to build a museum for ancient discoveries since 1990s. (ohoto)

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cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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In Yemen, Solar Power Has Become a Lifeline

Across Yemen, a growing number of farmers are turning to solar power to irrigate their fields, a shift that comes as the country tries to stave off what the United Nations warns is an impending famine.

The migration to solar power is part of what researchers say is an energy revolution in the country of 28 million, where the electric grid has been decimated by fighting. More than 50 percent of Yemeni households rely on the sun as their main source of energy, and solar arrays power everything from shops to schools to hospitals.

“For many in Yemen, especially for farmers, solar power has been a lifeline,” says Matt Leonard, who specializes in microfinance with IFC. “The key now is to scale up its use.”

But a collapsing power grid—only 10 percent of Yemenis have access to central electricity—means that many farmers in Yemen’s arid hinterland rely on diesel generators to power wells.

Along with belching out greenhouse gases, farmers say the generators are expensive to run. The price of diesel in Yemen tripled between 2010 and 2016 and fuel is often impossible to find.

That has pushed farmers toward solar arrays. But the up-front costs can be high. Rassam paid about 50 million Yemeni rials (around $90,000 based on the unofficial market exchange rate) for his system, which is considered large by local standards. The average cost of an array is around $10,000.

Rassam financed the solar panels with a loan from Al Kuraimi Islamic Bank, one of the country’s largest private lenders.

In 2018, IFC began advising the bank, helping it gauge the market for solar power, refine its lending practices, and develop loan offerings tailored to farmers, homeowners and small businesses.

“With the solar system, we do not need diesel anymore,” said El Rassam, standing in front of a reservoir slowly filling with water. “We are thankful for the blessings of the sun.”

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

Pro-#alQaeda media alleges jihadis in #Yemen fired rockets at #UAE forces on a #Shabwah base. Interesting as it conflates #AQAP & pro-gov militias, either because alliances are genuinely opaque, or deliberately to mislead. Formal AQAP ceased claiming ops in Shabwah in 9/2018

(A T)

[Sanaa gov.] Security services capture one of most dangerous ISIS elements in Taiz

and also

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

#Houthis & #ISIS: two sides of the same coin #Cartoon

(A P)

Yemen social media users launch campaign to acquaint world about Houthi terrorism

(A P)

Not a single western media outlet said Houthis deserve terror designation!

While the Yemenis massively welcomed the US Houthi terror labeling as “well-deserved” “long overdue” or “late”, not a SINGLE western media outlet welcomed it, or even acknowledged that there is a distinguished Houthi “terrorism” going on for years and, to be honest, it needs to be stopped.

Instead, they all stuck to their usual denial on Houthis’ behalf, or tried to make the Shia militants’ acts of terrorism seem less dangerous by calling them “abuses” and equating the government with Houthis in the degree of responsibility.

They rose up in a united growl: “famine” “the UN said … famine” “it will hasten the famine” “large-scale famine” “famine not seen in 40 years” “famine” famine” and famine and famine. Their usual unchanging tactic!

(A P)

Yemen, Middle East, and NatSec watchers: With the Biden Administration undergoing a review of the FTO designation of the Houthis, I want to highlight some striking contradictions relating to the Yemen war.

The Houthis have an ideology that is inconsistent with democracy, freedom, liberty, and modernity. The Houthis are also the one party that can change the trajectory of the humanitarian crisis tomorrow.

They could simply open access and facilitate an international humanitarian response. The Houthis won’t - they simply refuse to alleviate the suffering of millions of Yemeni people within their area of control.

(A P)

What will be the one single but paramount benefit of Houthi terror labeling?

Largely stopping the war in Yemen!


If the US designation of Houthis as a terrorist organization stays, it will impact the Houthis largely on the morale level.

They may stop waging those pyrrhic offensives on the government-held towns, mainly Marib and the already too scarce airstrikes on Houthi positions.

Those offensive constitute almost 80% of the hostilities and all the cause of them. Without them, the frontlines would be in lull.

A fact the UN, western media platforms and the rest of the conspirators ignore.

(A P)

Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Always Seeks to Promote A Culture of Peace And Tolerance

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that spreading the culture of peace, tolerance, coexistence, respect for religions, protecting the human life and preserving its dignity, whatever its religious beliefs represents a fundamental pillar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's firm approach since its inception until this prosperous era, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH Crown Prince.
In this regard, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted draft resolution submitted by Saudi Arabia to promote a culture of peace and tolerance and to safeguard religious sites, as the resolution strongly condemns all acts of violence or threats and terrorist attack against such sites, the paper said.
The resolution rejects all speeches of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief and deplores violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, indicating that the freedom of opinion and expression imply responsibilities and duties in addressing all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief the paper added.
The resolution confirms that the terrorism and extremism in all their forms and manifestations cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, the paper further added.


(A P)

Houthi group has not faced international pressure to give up violence, says minister

Yemen's [Hadi gov.] Foreign Minister Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak on Thursday said the Houthi group has not come under enough international pressure to drop violence and acts of terror, blaming the deepening humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country on the group.

(A P)

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for U.S. Sanctions in Yemen

Rather than continue permitting the rebels to use the Yemeni population as “human shields” – something U.S. law requires punishing – the Biden administration can use this moment to better calibrate its sanctions policies while addressing divergent domestic concerns. The new administration can broaden general licenses permitting humanitarian assistance to Yemen, while also cracking down on the Houthis’ malign activities.

The Houthis – also known as Ansar Allah (the Helpers of God) – easily meet the State Department’s designation criteria for an FTO. In addition to receiving lethal material assistance from the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, for their military takeover of Yemen, the Houthis have also reportedly received training from Lebanese Hezbollah, which is also an FTO. Hezbollah fighters have fought and died in service of the Houthi campaign, and the Houthis have even attempted to fundraise for Hezbollah.

In addition to retaining and broadening these ties, the Houthis have fired missiles at targets such as population centers, airports, and oil installations; attacked vessels in the Red Sea; and even employed child soldiers and sieges. Designating the Houthis could punish such behavior and strengthen U.S. counterterrorism policy toward Iran and Yemen.

The designation means Washington can continue to rely on economic, political, and legal means to impede Iran’s revolutionary foreign policy.

My comment: What a propaganda BS. If really firing missiles at civilian targets deserves should be punished, obviously punish the US and Saudi Arabia first. In the last years, the US had dropped a bomb every 12 minutes – day and night, non stop.

(A P)

#Houthis are poisoning children's minds!

(A P)

Activist says “any organization” that defends Houthi terrorists from now on is their accomplice.

(A P)

Houthis creating crises to pressure removing them from blacklist, claims Yemen UNESCO envoy

Yemen's ambassador to the UNESCO Mohammed Jumeih on Wednesday claimed the Houthi group is planning to create crises in regions under its control in north and west Yemen after the US designated it as a terrorist group.

(A P)

How Yemen’s Houthis’ well-deserved terrorist label gives Biden important leverage

One reason why the Trump administration was able to achieve a lot in the Middle East was probably its readiness to call a spade a spade. The war in Yemen escalated in 2015 when the Iran-backed Houthis overthrew the UN-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A coalition of Arab states, backed by the US, Britain and France, launched a military campaign to restore the legitimate government to power.

For the Yemeni government, any peace agreement with the Houthis would be contingent on the militia breaking its ties with Tehran — a development that is highly unlikely at present.

Iran’s support for the Houthis has been an open secret since long before the Houthi takeover of Sana’a in 2015. It has caused the brutal war to rage on unabated and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises to fester.

Almost all the findings of an Arab News-YouGov pan-Arab survey conducted in late 2020 suggest that Biden would be wise to shed the Obama administration baggage. The most popular response (53 percent) was that Obama left the region worse off, with another 58 percent saying Biden should distance himself from Obama-era policies.

With Houthi attacks on civilian targets triggering condemnations from inside and outside Yemen and prompting calls for more pressure on the leadership, the State Department’s “terrorist” designation gives Biden valuage leverage for future negotiations both with the Houthis and their patrons in Tehran.


(A P)

Biden’s team should beware of Houthis’ misuse of humanitarian concerns

The designation is notable because it can financially cripple an organization found to be conducting any transaction with the designated entity.
This has caused concern among some UN-backed NGOs as well as officials from the Biden administration, who fear the impact on Yemen's ability to import food for millions of citizens in a country entirely dependent on imports to feed its people.

If anything, the designation should offer the Biden team greater leverage over Iran and the Houthis. Allowing the Houthis to use food as a weapon to maintain control over the Yemeni people while also blackmailing the international community will do little to alleviate civilian suffering.

The Houthi leadership has shown scant regard for the well-being of ordinary citizens or Yemen’s food security.
The Houthis’ cross-border attacks, which mainly target civilians, have intensified at the behest of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in recent years.

There are good reasons why the terrorist designation should remain. The Houthis have become inexorably a part of the IRGC's regional terror network. The two are ideologically and operationally joined at the hip.
President Trump rightly designated the IRGC as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” in 2019. The IRGC's external activities and global network are designed to implement Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strategic vision.
In no way do US national security interests, be it under a Democrat or Republican administration, benefit from the IRGC expanding its influence and control.
If anything, American diplomats and service members will become more vulnerable to unconventional IRGC proxy attacks utilizing a new array of precession weaponry that has proliferated at a rapid pace.


(A P)

Team Biden is off on the right foot

We, US allies in the Middle East, a region that has always been directly affected by US elections, are obviously looking forward to working with the new administration on resolving regional issues.

no seasoned establishment politician with Biden’s long administrative experience needs a reminder that, as retired Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland used to say, if America does not go to the Middle East, the Middle East will come to America.

Indeed, despite appeasement policy Team Obama followed with Iran, the Tehran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen (whose official slogan is ‘Death to America’) ended up attacking the US Navy three times by the end of 2016. Biden advisors, who may have less informed views prior to taking offices, would be well advised to be remember these facts before considering reversing a Trump decision which designated the Houthis as a terrorist group.

My comment: These articles hsow the new Saudi propagaganda narrative.

(A P)

Victory against terrorist Houthi group so close, says [Hadi gov.] senior army chief

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Jan. 21:

Jan. 20:

Jan. 19:

(A K pH)

Aggression warplanes hit communication network in Saada

and also

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids / Marib p., Saada p., Najran Saada p. Marib p. Jawf p., Marib p. Al Bayda p. Hajjah 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.

(A K pS)

A vehicle loaded with oranges totally destroyed in a landmine explosion laid by #Houthis in Al Jawf province, northeast #Yemen (photo)

(A K pS)

KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,446 Mines in Yemen During 3rd Week of January

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the third week of January 2021, a total of 1,446 mines, including 9 anti-personnel mines, 177 anti-tank mines, 1,258 unexploded munitions and 2 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 213,018 mines.

(* A K)

Mysteriöse Gruppe übernimmt Verantwortung für jüngsten Angriff auf saudische Hauptstadt

Eine bewaffnete und unbekannte Gruppe hat die Verantwortung für den jüngsten Angriff auf die saudische Hauptstadt Riad übernommen. In ihrer Erklärung betonte sie, dass der Angriff eine Reaktion auf die Bombenanschläge vom 21. Januar in Bagdad gewesen sei.

Ein Vertreter der Huthis dementierte am Samstag jede Verantwortung der schiitischen Miliz für diesen Angriff. "Unsere Kräfte haben in den vergangenen 24 Stunden keinerlei Angriffseinsatz gegen die Aggressionsländer durchgeführt", sagte ein Huthi-Militärsprecher.

Mittlerweile übernahm eine bewaffnete und unbekannte Gruppe namens Alwiyat Al Wa'ad Al Haq (Brigaden der Gerechten Verheißung) die Verantwortung für den jüngsten Angriff auf die saudische Hauptstadt Riad. In einer Erklärung, die kürzlich veröffentlicht wurde, teilte die Gruppe mit, sie habe Riad mit einer Reihe von Kamikaze-Drohnen (eine Art von Angriffsdrohnen) angegriffen. Nach Angaben der Gruppe zielte der Angriff auf mehrere Ziele in der saudischen Hauptstadt ab, darunter der Yamama-Palast, die offizielle Residenz und das Amt des Königs von Saudi-Arabien sowie der Sitz des königlichen Hofes.

"Der zweite Schlag wird mit Hilfe des Allmächtigen die Höhlen des Bösen in Dubai treffen, wenn die Verbrechen von Bin Salman (saudischer Kronprinz) und Bin Zayed (Kronprinz der VAE) wiederholt werden", sagten die Brigaden der Gerechten Verheißung in ihrer Erklärung.

Inzwischen zirkuliert es in den Medien, dass der Raketenangriff auf Raid vom irakischen Territorium aus mit Drohnenflugzeugen gestartet worden sei.


(A K)

Saudi-Arabien zerstört „feindliches“ Luftziel über Riad

Saudi-Arabiens Luftabwehrkräfte haben über der Hauptstadt Riad offensichtlich eine Rakete oder Drohne abgefangen. Wie der Nachrichtenkanal Al Ekhbariya am Samstag mitteilte, habe das von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärbündnis, das im Jemen gegen die Huthi-Rebellen kämpft, ein „feindliches Luftziel“ zerstört.

Der Nachrichtenseite Gulf News zufolge hätten Anwohner am Himmel über Riad eine Explosion gehört. Aufnahmen des Vorfalls zeigten eine weiße Rauchwolke und zwei zickzackförmige Kondensstreifen am Himmel. Es blieb zunächst unklar, um was für einen Flugkörper es sich genau handelte und wer den mutmaßlichen Angriff angeordnet hatte.

(A K)

Explosion heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts 'hostile target'

Capital's King Khaled International Airport reports number of flight delays, but unclear if these were linked to incident

Saudi Arabia intercepted a "hostile target" over Riyadh on Saturday, said state media in the kingdom, which has come under repeated attack from Yemen's Houthi rebels since 2015.

It was unclear who was behind the incident, with the kingdom's brief statement stopping short of accusing anyone and the Houthis saying they were not involved.

A blast was heard in the Saudi capital at around 11am (08:00 GMT), AFP correspondents reported.

"I heard a loud sound and thought that something had fallen from the sky," said one resident, who lives in the Al-Sulaimaniyah district of Riyadh. "The whole house was shaking."

The Saudi-led coalition, which backs Yemen's internationally recognised government against the Houthis, said it had "intercepted and destroyed a hostile air target going towards Riyadh," without elaborating, according to state-run Al Ekhbariya television station.

Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport said there were a number of flight delays, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to Saturday's incident.

Rebel spokesman Yahya Sarie said the Houthis were not behind the incident and "have not conducted any offensive operations against the aggressor countries in the past 24 hours".

In a statement carried by rebel media, Sarie added that "any operation is announced with full pride and honour".

and also



(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.]: No offensive operation launched against aggression countries: Army Spokesman

and also


(A K)

Iraqi Group Claims Responsibility for Aerial Attack on Riyadh

An Iraqi group has claimed responsibility for an aerial attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh, saying it was a revenge for the blood of those killed in a twin terrorist bombing in Baghdad.

The al-Wa'ada al-Haq Brigades said in a statement early Sunday that it had "fulfilled its promise by sending drones to the Al Saud kingdom and targeting its strongholds at the al-Yamamah Palace and other sites inside Riyadh."

The attack followed "the excessive demands and insistence of the Arab regimes on their crimes against the regional countries and their continued support for the criminal Takfiri groups such as Daesh that have the blood of the innocent on their hands," it added.

The Iraqi group also said its retaliatory drone operation was just the beginning of its bid to draw the deterrent equation into Saudi Arabia.

If the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, continue their terrorist attacks, retaliatory strikes will also target “the dens of evil” in Dubai, it added.


(A K)

New group or fake news? The Righteous Promise Brigades [Alwiyat Al Wa'd Al Haq] claims responsibility for the #Riyadh #KSA attacks

Comment: It's early days, but on the face of it, this unverified claim by an opaque group has the effect of providing #Iran (or #Yemen's Houthis) with deniability, whilst at the same time increasing the pressure on the #Biden administration to engage Iran & ease regional tensions


(A K P)

Attack on Saudi Arabia: US Issues Statement

The United States strongly condemns the latest attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The State Department said in a press-release: “We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians. Such attacks contravene international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace and stability. As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help our partner Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory and hold those who attempt to undermine stability to account.”

Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport said there were a number of flight delays, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to Saturday’s incident.

My comment: Nothing had changed, compared to the Trump administration.

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.

(A K pS)

Woman killed by Houthi-laid mine in Hodeidah

(A K pS)

Child injured by Houthi shelling in Hodeidah (Video)


(A K pH)

Daily violations

Jan. 23:

Jan. 22:

Jan. 21:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(* C)

Sufi mystics’ reverence for coffee led to Yemen’s world monopoly on bean production—for 300 years

You might think a certain global megabrand has a chokehold on all things coffee, but way back in the 15th century, a tiny southern Arabian country launched our love for the caffeinated concoction. Yemen had a world monopoly on coffee production for nearly 300 years.

How did the Yemenis come to revere caffeine? In various legends, a sheikh was traveling through Ethiopia when he saw birds behaving strangely, and observed that they were eating berries off a plant. The weary traveler tried the berries himself, and noticed immediately their perky power. (Another version has a traveler noticing goats eating the berries, to the same effect.) In another tale, a Yemeni priest was banished to a cave for bad behavior. On the verge of starvation, the priest reached for coffee berries. Because they were too bitter, he spit them out on a fire, and then noticed their redolent aroma, thus giving rise to roasted coffee beans.

While both stories are likely apocryphal, this much remains true: By the early 1400s, Sufi mystics in Yemen sipped coffee as a stimulant to keep them awake and alert during their epic chanting prayers to God. And coffee drinking soon spread from monasteries to newly created coffee houses.


Art show held at Basement Culture Foundation in Sanaa, Yemen

An art project inspired by traditional Yemeni elements is seen on an art show about Yemeni heritage and traditional culture at the Basement Culture Foundation in Sanaa, Yemen on Jan. 21, 2021

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: USA stufen Huthis als Terroristen ein / Most important: US terror designation against Houthis

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

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-710 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-710: 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:

06:56 25.01.2021
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Dietrich Klose

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