Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 734b- Yemen War Mosaic 734b

Yemen Press Reader 734b: 13. April 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 734, cp8 - cp19 / April 13, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 734, cp8 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 734, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 734, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp13d Söldner / Mercenaries

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia crown prince's past makes his vision a tough sell abroad

His plan to open up the economy may be jeopardised by his reputation

Yet internationally, the Saudi heir has two stains on his record that he can’t seem to make go away: the war in Yemen and the 2018 murder and dismemberment of critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. With a less pro-Saudi White House, these threaten to undermine Prince Mohammed’s economic transformation plan, which relies at least partly on Western money.

According to government figures published on March 31, foreign investment in Saudi Arabia reached a new high in the last quarter of 2020. Yet it was Egypt and India that topped the list of 10 countries awarded projects there, followed by the US and UK, the only Western nations on the list.

At an online event hosted by the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council on March 10, Fahad Nazer, the spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, urged participants to visit his country and invest to help the kingdom “move this exciting stage of our development forward.” One attendee raised a red flag. “The things that you’re talking about are exciting,” he said. “But it’s hard to get past Jamal Khashoggi.”

Indeed, Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, has tried hard to shift the focus back onto Vision 2030, his transformative plan for the nation’s future. His recent efforts range from working to reform the judiciary to calling heads of state to discuss the environment. He’s also keen to play the role of statesman in a region that’s not getting any less volatile.

Some observers believe the prince has squandered goodwill from the West, which welcomed his changes to a society long governed by an austere strain of Sunni Islam and his plans to overhaul an economy long dependent on oil. “MBS would’ve been the West’s darling had there not been Yemen and Khashoggi,” says Ayham Kamel, head of the Middle East and North Africa at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group.

“Europe and the U.S. were charmed by his outlook on reforms. That damage is in some ways irreparable.”
That could have an impact on attracting Western investment to a country where obstacles to doing business include an unpredictable judiciary (something the government is trying to change) and frequent delays in government payments.

The prince’s reform efforts, as well as steps to improve the country’s human-rights image such as the release of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul from prison, appear to be attempts to mollify the Biden administration. =

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Saudi-Arabien: Soldaten wegen "Hochverrats" hingerichtet

Saudi-Arabien hat drei Soldaten unter dem Vorwurf des Hochverrats hinrichten lassen. Nach Angaben des Verteidigungsministeriums in Riad wurden die Männer wegen der Zusammenarbeit mit einem Feind der Monarchie zum Tode verurteilt. Um welchen Feind es sich genau handelt, wurde nicht mitgeteilt. Das Urteil soll nahe der Grenze zum Jemen vollstreckt worden sein.

und auch

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Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers sentenced for 'high treason'

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed three soldiers who were sentenced for “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy”, a statement from the kingdom’s defence ministry said.

It said that the three had been sentenced to death by a specialist court after a fair trial.

The ministry did not name the alleged “enemy” but the executions were carried out in the southern province bordering Yemen


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#Saudi govt accuses several Southern soldiers of treason & spying for a foreign power. Saudi discrimination against southerners is clear. King Salman himself uses pejoratives against them & his nephew Khaled Faisal calls them “monkeys”

The execution took place in front of 100s of soldiers near the #Yemeni borders. Both #American & #British soldiers are stationed at the Southern Command Headquarters where the killings took place.

Leading political party says the #Saudi execution of 3 soldiers yesterday is to spread fear among soldiers & prevent them from running away especially after military subsidies were cut. Is military mutiny inevitable?

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All the Kings’ Sons

Recent leadership transitions in the Gulf monarchies are crystallizing a trend toward direct lineage and away from fraternal succession, consolidating decision making and centralizing state power.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s decision to appoint his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as his heir, elevating him over more senior rivals, marked a decisive turning point in the history of Saudi Arabia. Yet the Saudi king is not the only Gulf royal championing his offspring. In the past six months, three other countries have seen a strengthening of the direct patrilineal line.

To most observers this may seem unsurprising. What monarch wouldn’t groom his son to rule? But in Gulf tradition, primogeniture has not been the norm, at least not until now. Instead, the selection of future rulers from among a proscribed group of candidates often followed seniority, with consideration paid to fitness to serve and demonstrated success in building a supportive familial coalition. This often resulted in lateral transitions, with leadership passing from brother to brother, as in Saudi Arabia, or from cousin to cousin, as oftentimes in Kuwait. Indeed, it was commonly joked that the presidents of Arab republics seemed more eager to hand power to their sons than the Arab monarchs.

What explains this swing toward sons? And what are the implications of this new generational shift in succession?

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Yemeni activists accuse Saudi authorities of preventing Yemenis living in the Kingdom from crossing into Yemen via Al Wadeeah land port with their SUVs for over 10 days (photo)

The activists say Saudi& Hadi authorities claim the SUVs are going to be sold for Houthis to be used in their fight against KSA.


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Dozens of Yemenis stuck at border crossing as Saudis bar entry

Dozens of Yemeni families have been sleeping in the open at the Saudi Sharurah border crossing for nearly 20 days after Saudi Arabia banned the entry of four-wheel drive cars (SUVs) to Yemen, Yemen Press Agency reported, citing eyewitnesses

According to the eyewitnesses, some families ran out their money because of the sudden and wrong decision by the Saudi regime to prevent the exit of SUVs.

Local sources considered that Saudi Arabia has “an enormous abundance of revenge and works to disturb the mood of Yemenis before the holy month of Ramadan, while the so- called legitimacy (Hadi’s government) remains silent as is usual.”

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Saudi Arabia jails alleged satirist ‘identified in Twitter infiltration’

Activist claims 2014 breach led to aid worker being sentenced to 20 years over parody account

A Saudi court’s decision to sentence an aid worker to 20 years in prison for allegedly using a satirical Twitter account to mock the Riyadh government has been linked to the infiltration of Twitter by Saudi agents in 2014, in a case that has drawn the attention of senior US officials.

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, a 37-year-old aid worker with the Red Crescent, was sentenced by Saudi Arabia’s specialised criminal court, and given an additional 20-year travel ban, following allegations that he used a popular parody account to mock the Saudi government.

The case is significant in part because Sadhan’s 2018 arrest and subsequent trial – following a long disappearance during which his family did not hear from him – is believed to be connected to the infiltration of Twitter by agents of the Saudi government in 2014 and 2015. The connection was first reported by Bloomberg in 2020.

The US Department of Justice in 2019 charged three Saudi nationals with illegally accessing private information of “certain” Twitter users accounts and providing information about the accounts to Saudi officials.


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Twitter Is Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissent

The jailing of a dissident and two lawsuits reveal Twitter’s complicity with MBS’s dictatorship.

This crackdown began, in part, on Twitter, which is used by approximately 10 million people in Saudi Arabia, making it the service’s largest Middle Eastern market.

After a brief honeymoon of unfettered speech, pro-regime trolls and surveillance emerged on the site. Now as popular with members of the Saudi ruling family as the public, Twitter is no longer a place where ordinary Saudis feel comfortable speaking freely. Much the same could be said of Saudi dissidents and exiles, who talk of constant harassment, death threats, and attempts to hack their accounts. In their view, Twitter bears some responsibility for how its service has been abused. “There was no real step taken by the company to take care of and protect these activists,” said Al Sadhan.

Saudi Twitter has since become a place for the government to propagandize, track dissident thought, and identify victims for MBS’s personal team of enforcers. Regime officials are even known to chat with their future targets.

The story of MBS’s renewed crackdown on dissent is not as simple as combing Twitter for anti-regime statements, but Twitter plays a major role in the savage turn that’s occurred since MBS rose to power.

Over the years, Saudi investors, chief among them Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the country’s most famous business mogul, have bought up shares in U.S. tech companies like Twitter. By 2015, the prince owned an estimated 5.2 percent of Twitter—more than Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey himself.

According to Abdulaziz’s original complaint, “Because of the tremendous wealth of key figures in [the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia], major corporations have enabled, collaborated with, and turned a blind eye to KSA’s efforts to suppress, torture, falsely imprison, terrorize, and murder dissenters both within Saudi Arabia and around the world.” Other exiles have expressed similar thoughts

“Instead of these tools being used to enable freedom of speech, [they are] being used by dictators to oppress freedom of speech and to track their personal information and target them personally,” said Al Sadhan.

Ali Al Ahmed has been the target of numerous hacking and phishing attempts, some of which he’s detected before they were able to succeed.

More than five years have passed since the FBI told Twitter it had a Saudi spy problem. The company has since promised tightened procedures and access controls. But for many dissidents, it’s too late. Put another way, a murderous autocratic government abused its close relationship with Twitter to cultivate spies who provided information that then got innocent people thrown in jail. That government remains one of Twitter’s largest outside shareholders and continues to harass and monitor its citizens via the micro-blogging service.

For Al Ahmed, the relationship, and Twitter’s passivity in the face of Saudi aggression, is difficult to explain.

“If somebody was spying on my company, would I be his friend?” Al Ahmed asked. “This is very serious. People died, people are in jail. Abdulrahman, this beautiful young man, is going to spend 20 years. This is sick, honestly.”

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Saudi Arabia's SCC (terrorism court) has sentenced two prisoners of conscience, writer Khaled al-Mahoush and rights activist Yasser al-Ayyaf, to 10 and two years in prison respectively: @ALQST_En. This follows the recent 20-year sentence against aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan.

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Rights group: 80% of people sentenced to death as minors in Saudi Arabia still face execution

Anti-death penalty group Reprieve said on Friday that 80% of those sentenced to death for crimes in Saudi Arabia while minors still face execution despite reforms announced in 2020.

Saudi authorities said last year they would stop sentencing to death any individuals who committed crimes while minors and would apply this retroactively.

However, the March 2020 royal decree announcing this was not reported by state media or published in the official gazette as would be normal practice. Human rights groups and western lawmakers have raised concerns about its implementation.

Asked whether the decree applied to all types of crimes, the state-backed Human Rights Commission told Reuters in February the ban only applied to a lesser category of offence under Islamic law known as “ta’zeer.”

This would mean judges can therefore still sentence child offenders to death under the other two categories, according to Saudi Arabia’s interpretation of sharia: “houdoud”, or serious crimes that carry a prescribed punishment, including terrorism, and “qisas”, or retribution, usually for murder.

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The Mysterious Case of Saudi Dissident Ahmed Abdullah al-Harbi

The case of Ahmed Abdullah al-Harbi, who “vanished” from Canada earlier this year, suggests that Saudi dissidents living in the West have something serious to worry about.

The Washington Post published a piece on February 27 titled “After dissident vanishes in Canada, Saudi exiles fear they are in jeopardy.” This article, written by Sarah Dadouch, reported on the case of Ahmed Abdullah al-Harbi, a 24-year-old Saudi dissident who was, until earlier this year, living in Montreal, Canada.

Due to the mystery surrounding his sudden absence and reappearance in Saudi Arabia weeks later, human rights activists will likely point to Harbi’s file when arguing that the Biden administration’s refusal to sanction Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in connection to the Jamal Khashoggi murder case is misguided and sends the wrong message.

In 2019, Harbi came to Canada where he was granted asylum. Along with other Saudi dissidents, Harbi “worked on several projects” which entailed “an opposition talk show on YouTube and participation in a network of volunteers active on Twitter to counter Saudi Arabia’s ‘flies,’ the government-backed operation that attacks social media users critical of authorities.” According to the Washington Post piece, Harbi underwent an interrogation at the Saudi Embassy in Ottawa. Under pressure, he provided information about the network of Saudi dissidents and activists in Canada.

“When you enter, you feel like you’re Khashoggi,” was how he put it. Harbi explained that the Saudi Embassy staff in Ottawa provided him with a ticket to the Kingdom. But he refused to fly home and Harbi, unlike Khashoggi in Istanbul, was able to leave the diplomatic building alive.

But that’s not the end of his story.

After leaving the Saudi Embassy, Harbi “disappeared” for approximately three weeks. On February 18, he had a new Twitter account. Unlike his previous one, this account had no references to Khashoggi’s murder, prisoners in Saudi Arabia, or any other controversial political issue. This account featured MBS’ picture and its first tweet was a celebration of Harbi’s return to the Kingdom with a photo of a plane ticket, dated February 7, that included Harbi’s name. Harbi’s friends believe that the Saudi government forced him to return home to the Kingdom after his embassy visit.

Dadouch quoted Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi dissident involved in “Say It and Walk Away” (the name of the YouTube show) and their Twitter network. He said that by making Harbi “vanish” from Canada, the Saudi authorities may now have learned “intimate details of these operations.” An anonymous source who spoke to the Washington Post voiced concern about Harbi being at risk of torture in Saudi Arabia.

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Testimony of the former detainee Hoda Muhammad, on the suffering she faced in the Saudi prison of Dhahban

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Analysis: Saudi $7 trillion investment goal puts spotlight on oil prices

In order to wean Saudi Arabia off its dependency on crude the kingdom needs higher oil prices.

A multi-trillion dollar spending push designed to diversify the economy’s sources of income will require state companies to cut the dividends they pay the government to boost capital spending, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said.

It is not clear how much companies like oil group Saudi Aramco - whose $75 billion dividends last year were vital to support state revenues - would cut their dividends, but any reduction would likely need to be compensated by higher oil prices, analysts say.

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Saudi Regime Puts Mecca Under Siege During Ramadan

The Saudi regime decided to impose an exorbitant fine of $ 3,200 for those who perform the Umrah in the blessed month of Ramadan without obtaining a permit, and a penalty of $ 350 for those who enter the Sacred Mosque- House of God- without permission, and deployed hundreds of soldiers at the entrances to Mecca and the Grand Mosque.

During the last two years, the Saudi regime has used to restrict the pilgrims, Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the House of God under the pretext of confronting Covid-19, while keeping theaters, cinemas and cabarets open under the pretext of stimulating tourism.

The Saudi Interior confirmed the imposition of a security cordon around Mecca and its entrances, and another around the Grand Mosque to control the entering without official permits, which means that it will be under a strict security siege throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Lokk at cp1, cp9a

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Film: Biden's Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War

Abby Martin explains what President Biden really means by the duplicitous language in his major Feb. 4 foreign policy speech on ending the Yemen war.

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Saudis are blockading already-devastated Yemen into a famine. Israel is attacking Iranian nuclear sites amid sensitive P5+1-Iran diplomacy. Unclear how these steps by client states help the US strengthen a "rules-based international order."

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As 75+ House Democrats demand that the U.S. use its leverage to compel the Saudis to lift their blockade on Yemen, Vox details a debate unfolding on whether the U.S. still supports the war and blockade. I argue, yes, in any reasonable sense, it does:

In my view, this all amounts to a concerted, deliberate diplomatic campaign by the U.S. to provide political cover for the prolonged use of this Saudi war tactic, even as the UN and WFP pleaded for the blockade to be lifted independently of a ceasefire. (13/x)

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It is day 15 of Iman Saleh’s hunger strike to demand an end to the blockade of Yemen. Follow @LiberateYemen and spread the word. Links to media coverage and donations to support can be found here:

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As Activists' Hunger Strike Reaches Day 13, Calls Mount for Biden to End US Complicity in Starvation of Yemen

"My pain cannot amount to that of Yemenis under siege," said one hunger striker. "I am starving, but I am not being starved. I am suffering, but I can choose to end that suffering."

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Film by Rep. Jamaal Bowman: People are starving. Children are dying. @POTUS, demand that the Saudis end the blockade in Yemen and put an end to this humanitarian crisis.

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Film: “12 days of a hunger strike is long. I hope that those who r watching realize that the longer u r on a hunger strike, the longer that there r people actually dying in Yemen.” @IlhanMN holding back tears calling for an end to the US-backed Saudi blockade of #Yemen.

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Is Biden resolving or complicating Yemen crisis?

Experts say cooperation between US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia can only bring lasting solution to Yemen and other regional issues

While the Biden administration seems serious about ending the war in the country, its moves have raised questions, whether the new policy is leading to the resolution or deepening of the conflict.

“The Biden Administration seeks to revive the political trajectory of the peace process in Yemen within its first 100 days but has yet to mirror a profound understanding of the conflict's dynamics,” Ibrahim Jalal, an expert on Yemen affairs at Washington-based Middle East Institute, told Anadolu Agency.

He said it is early to say whether the US is making any progress in Yemen. “But it must factor in the complexities of the conflict rather than to seek a quick fix,” he added.

Many experts argue that for a long time, the US has not had any Yemen policy. Instead, its attitude towards the country was aligned with Saudi Arabia. Previous US administrations under Donald Trump and Barack Obama backed the Saudi-led alliance in its intervention in the civil war in Yemen.

However, the Biden administration seems to have a different approach.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, former US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald M. Feierstein, who served from September 2010 to October 2013 said the Biden administration can play an important role by cooperating with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in pressing the parties to return to the negotiating table,

“I believe that the US can and is playing an important role in strengthening the international community's effort to achieve a peaceful resolution of the Yemen conflict and beginning the long process of reconstruction and rehabilitation in Yemen,” he said.

The developments show that the US efforts have worked in the light of Saudi Arabia’s offer of the cease-fire to Houthi rebels to end the six-year military conflict.

A quick look at the opposing parties’ actions on the ground makes it unlikely that the Yemen crisis is near to any solution and also proves that there are limits to US diplomacy. It looks that pressuring one side, while ignoring the other does not seem to be the right plan.

The US administrations, be that under Trump, Obama or Biden have seen the Yemen crises through the prism of broader Saudi-Iranian rivalry.

It appears that Biden is also following the same path, using Yemen as a pressuring tool on both Saudi Arabia and Iran. He uses the Iranian support to the Houthis in Yemen to negotiate a successor agreement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear deal.

“The question is whether Iran is attempting to link ending its support to the Houthis to the negotiations with the US to return to the Iran nuclear deal. If the Iranians believe they can hold the Yemen conflict hostage to the US position on the nuclear file, it will mean prolonging the conflict because the US may not accept the linkage,” said Feierstein.

Iran praised the Biden administration’s decision to halt support for offensive operations in Yemen, but it also urged Biden to take concrete steps toward rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

Jalal believes that Iran is certainly trying to leverage the Yemen conflict in the run-up to the JCPOA negotiations, but the complexity of the dynamics merits a detachment to have more viable prospects.

But Feierstein argued that Iranians can improve the atmosphere for negotiations with the US as well with its neighbors by aiding the UN negotiation process in Yemen.

“Thus, either helpful or unhelpful, the Yemen conflict is linked to the broader question of Iran's regional policies,” he said.

A partial solution to Yemen may reduce US-Iranian disputes, but will not end them. However, cooperation between the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia over Yemen could lead towards a more solid solution and resolve regional issues.


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Ex-Drexel student whose Facebook posts wished ‘death to all Americans’ will be deported for ties to Yemeni rebels

Gaafar al-Wazer was suspended from an English-language program at Drexel after staff became concerned about Facebook posts showing him carrying an AK-47 and wishing “death to all Americans.”

A former Drexel University student jailed since 2019 for lying about his contact with anti-American insurgents in Yemen will be released from custody and immediately deported under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

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Hunger striking activists seek to end the Yemen blockade

Activists with the Yemeni Liberation Movement are on a hunger strike in Washington, DC demanding the Biden administration end its support for the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen.

On March 29, activists launched a hunger strike in Washington DC to demand that the United States end its support for the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen.

The action was organized by the Yemeni Liberation Movement (YLM). Mondoweiss spoke with Monica Isaac, an organizer with YLM who participated in the hunger strike.

Tell me about the Yemeni Liberation Movement.

We began last spring and we’ve been together as a group organizing for a solid year now. We came together during the uprisings at the beginning of 2020 to mobilize and educate our communities, to end the war in Yemen, and restore liberation and sovereignty to the country.

Most of us live in the Detroit and Dearborn area in Michigan. There’s a really large concentration of Yemenis in those communities.

Biden is saying the administration does not support any offensive tactics, but they are still supporting this fuel blockade. So they’re saying they want aid to get to Yemen and they support that, but the fuel blockade does not allow that.

and also


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I’m on hunger strike until the U.S. ends all support for the Saudi-led blockade against Yemen - The Washington Post My name is Iman, and I am entering the 11th day of my hunger strike in Washington, D.C. I’m Yemeni American, and for years I have watched helplessly as a Saudi-led coalition — backed by the United States — has blocked food and basic necessities from reaching my family and my people as part of an illegal war, creating one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

During the past few days, I have marched and chanted and drummed my way through the streets of Washington. I have cried and laughed and sung with whatever voice I was able to muster. I have linked arms with other hunger strikers, with my sister, friends and strangers. I have strived to not only imagine a more just world, but also to demand one. =

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Saudi Arabia’s Yemen blockade is starving millions. Democrats want Biden to stop it.

The Biden administration faces relentless pressure from the left to push Saudi Arabia to lift its Yemen blockade.

Anger from Democrats and progressives in the US isn’t just directed at Riyadh, though. It’s also aimed at the Biden administration for failing to fully pressure Saudi Arabia to lift the restrictions.

In early February, President Joe Biden promised the US would stop supporting the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in the war. But, he added, “We’re going to continue to support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people.”

Some analysts believe Riyadh took that as implicit support for the blockade, even as the Biden administration has consistently expressed the free flow of fuel and goods into Yemen is “critical.”

That may partly explain why Saudi Arabia has kept the restrictions in place.

Now, Democrats want Biden to push Riyadh to end the blockade once and for all. Nearly 80 Democrats made that clear in a Tuesday letter to the president.

“We ask you to take additional steps to publicly pressure Saudi Arabia to lift this blockade immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively,” wrote the lawmakers

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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EU sanctions on Iran undermine Vienna talks on saving nuclear deal: Russia FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned the European Union for imposing sanctions on Iran at a time when Tehran and the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal are engaged in a diplomatic process in Vienna to save the troubled agreement.

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Korea says Iran's frozen funds should be returned quickly

The prime minister made the remark during a visit to Tehran, where he met Iranian officials amid tension over the funds locked up in South Korea under United States sanctions.

"I have said before that this money is Iran's money and should be returned to its owner," Chung told reporters traveling with him, the Korea Herald reported on Monday.

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Die EU sabotiert Verhandlungen zur Rettung des Atomabkommens

Während die EU offiziell verkündet, sie wolle das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran retten, provoziert sie den Iran, ohne dass die Medien groß darüber berichten. Und das auch noch unmittelbar nachdem der israelische Geheimdienst eine iranische Atomanlage sabotiert hat.

Anscheinend um das Gesprächsklima weiter zu verbessern, hat die EU am 12. April neue Sanktionen gegen acht Iraner und drei iranische Organisationen verhängt. Verhält man sich so, wenn man in schwierigen Verhandlungen steht und eine Einigung erzielen möchte?

Der Iran hat daraufhin die Zusammenarbeit mit der EU auf den Gebieten Terrorismus, Drogenbekämpfung und Flüchtlinge gestoppt.

Die Hardliner im Iran fordern sogar, dass der Iran zu den geplanten Verhandlungen über das Atomabkommen nicht mehr anreisen sollte.

Die Israelis und die Falken in Washington scheinen ihrem Ziel, das Atomabkommen zu verhindern, einen großen Schritt näher gekommen zu sein und sie bekommen dabei alle Unterstützung EU, die nicht nur den Terroranschlag auf die iranische Atomanlage nicht verurteilt, sondern zur gleichen Zeit sogar selbst die Sanktionen gegen den Iran verschärft.

Ich frage mich, warum man davon in deutschen Medien wie dem Spiegel kein Wort erfährt.

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Iranverhandlungen in Wien: wenig hoffnungsvoll

„Atomdeal“ mit Iran – beide Seiten erheben Maximalforderungen
Für israelische Medien war die Sachlage schon am Sonntag klar: Israel habe die elektrischen Anlagen der iranischen Atomanlage Natanz so schwer wiegend beschädigt, dass ein Grossteil der neu installierten Zentrifugen für die Urananreicherung jetzt unbrauchbar sei, schrieben etwa Haaretz oder die Jerusalem Post – und in gleichem Sinn äusserte sich der öffentlich-rechtliche Radiosender Kan. Wenn dies zutrifft, war es schon der dritte Anschlag, den der israelische Geheimdienst in Natanz bewerkstelligt hat: letztes Jahr ein Brand, Jahre davor die Sabotage mit dem Stuxnet-Virus.
Der jetzige Anschlag steht in direktem Zusammenhang mit den so genannten Atomverhandlungen in Wien – Israel will sie, koste es, was es wolle, ins Abseits laufen lassen. Als würden sie nicht schon tief genug in Schwierigkeiten stecken. Denn was am Sonntag aus „gut informierten Kreisen“ ( je ein Mitglied der iranischen und der russischen Delegation gaben gezielte Indiskretionen preis) über die Erfolgsaussichten an die Öffentlichkeit drang, wirkt nicht hoffnungsvoll, im Gegenteil.

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Der Iran droht Israel mit Rache

Der Schaden soll weit größer sein als zunächst angenommen. Über einen Cyber-Angriff, womöglich aber auch eine gezielte Sprengstoffladung, soll das interne und schwer bewachte Elektrizitätssystem in Natanz, das die unterirdischen Zentrifugen versorgt, komplett zerstört worden sein. Es dürfte neun Monate dauern, schreibt die „New York Times“, um eine unabhängige Stromproduktion dort wieder herzustellen.

Im iranischen Staatsfernsehen beschuldigte derweil Außenminister Javad Zarif Israel als Drahtzieher des Anschlags, um die Gespräche in Wien zu torpedieren. „Wir werden uns an den Zionisten dafür rächen.“ Bereits zuvor hatte Ali Akbar Salchi, Atomenergiechef in Teheran, den Blackout in Natanz als „nuklearen Terror“ bezeichnet. Angeblich hat der Iran bereits einen Israeli festgenommen.

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Attack on Iran’s Natanz plant muddies US, Iran nuke talks

The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over Tuesday’s resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Neither Iran nor the U.S. say the incident will crater the negotiations. But the attack and the destruction of a significant amount of Iran’s uranium enrichment capability add uncertainty to the discussions in Vienna.

The attack gives both sides reason to harden their positions, yet each has incentives to keep the talks on track.

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Saudi columnists urge firm Western stand on Iran in Vienna talks

Saudi columnists on Sunday voiced concern that Western nations were not taking a tough enough stance in indirect talks aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia opposes the deal because it does not address the wider regional behaviour of Iran, its arch enemy.

Comments: A memo from up high must have gone round the editors (see also Arab News, Why Biden will regret seeking a ‘quick win’ on Iran: 'Biden now risks squandering the diplomatic capital gained from four years of accumulated pressures against the ayatollahs.')

This piece by @Reuters staff states "Saudi Arabia opposes the deal because it does not address the wider regional behavior of Iran" No, Saudi Arabia, Israel & other US security partners oppose any deal bc they prefer an isolated Iran WITH nukes to an integrated Iran w/o nukes

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As one colleague admitted pre-JCPOA: He was against a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear problem because fear of Iran's nuclear weapons program was the most effective issue around which to organize a campaign to isolate the Islamic Republic.

He wanted sanctions because he loathed the regime and wanted it removed. He was frank about his goal and clear-eyed about his strategy: Other countries would not support sanctions for Iran's other malign behaviors, only for the nuclear issue. So, you go with your best argument.

This is also, FYI, why the Bush Administration in 2002-2003 emphasized Saddam's non-existent nuclear weapons program. It was, as Paul Wolfowitz admitted, not his motive, just the argument that could command internal consensus:

And so, as I say in the @irandealpodcast : the problem isn't that the JCPOA didn't work; it's that it *did*. Much more so than assassinations, sabotage or sanctions ever could.

Comment by Matt Duss: Good thread here, but need to highlight this one. Anyone who has worked in Mideast policy has probably heard this admitted in off-record settings multiple times. I know I have. And yet in public these folks are out pretending they just want a "better deal.

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Iran’s Vice President: South Korea must unfreeze Iran’s assets as soon as possible

Iran’s first vice president says South Korea must take action to unfreeze Iran’s foreign exchange assets as soon as possible, noting that freezing Iran’s money has badly tarnished the image of South Korean banks among Iranians.

Es’haq Jahangiri made the remarks in a joint press conference with the visiting South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun in Tehran on Sunday.

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'Maximum Pressure' on Iran Has Failed.

A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.

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Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility

Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor’s new centrifuges were started

Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran’s main nuclear facility on Sunday, which Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described as an act of terrorism that warranted a response against its perpetrators.

The apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.

As Iranian authorities scrambled to deal with a large-scale blackout at Natanz, which the country’s Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged had damaged the electricity grid at the site, the Israeli defence chief, Aviv Kochavi, said the country’s “operations in the Middle East are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy”.

Israel imposed no censorship restrictions on coverage as it had often done after similar previous incidents and the apparent attack was widely covered by Israeli media. Public radio took the unusual step of claiming that the Mossad intelligence agency had played a central role.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said later Sunday that “the struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission”.

“The situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow,” he added, without elaborating.

The unexplained shutdown is thought to be the latest in a series of exchanges between the two arch-enemies, who have fought an extensive and escalating shadow war across the Middle East over more than decade, centred on Iran’s nuclear programme and its involvement in matters beyond its borders.

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Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site

Iran blamed Israel on Monday for a sabotage attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium, warning that it would avenge the assault.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, suspicion fell immediately on it as Israeli media widely reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused the blackout.

Sunday’s assault and Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh’s comments blaming Israel could imperil ongoing talks in Vienna with world powers about saving a tattered accord aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

If Israel was responsible, it would further heighten tensions between the two nations

remarks: Pro-Israeli messaging clearly aims to assert that Iran is so weakened by the Natanz attack that the US can wait Iran out - no need for diplomacy now. This is exactly what Israel has claimed EVERY TIME the US & Iran were close to a deal. Hence, beware of the propaganda

There's an obvious reason Israel publicly claims these attack. If the objective is to get Iran to lash out and quit the nuclear talks, taunting Iran publicly is necessary. If the attacks were kept anonymous, Iran wouldn't be pressured to lash out.

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Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage

Iran’s nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz facility.

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Report: Iran's verification of US reversal to take 3 months at least

A detailed report by the Iranian parliament's Research Center says the verification of any US removal of sanctions on Tehran would require at least three months, emphasizing that the process would not be possible within hours or days.

“It is obvious that the real test of sanctions removal and fulfillment of measurable indices put forward by Iran is not possible in a matter of few hours or days, and would take at least 3 to 6 months. It is also necessary to verify within specified intervals (for example every six months) that the Iranian economy benefits from the removal of the sanctions,” the parliament’s Research Center (IPRC) said in its report.

The report said Article 6 of the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, a law passed in December by Iranian legislators, stipulates several general criteria concerning the removal of the anti-Iran sanctions.

They include normalization of banking transactions, total removal of export barriers, unhindered sale of Iranian petroleum and oil derivatives, in addition to complete and rapid return of revenues from Iranian oil sales.

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US sanctions must be removed in practice rather than on paper, says top Iranian negotiator

Iran’s permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations says US sanctions on Iran must be removed in practice, rather than on paper.

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Informed source tells Press TV: Removal of JCPOA-related sanctions not sufficient

A source close to the Vienna discussions says a possible US removal of sanctions merely related to the 2015 agreement with Iran is not enough, and that all sanctions, including those re-labeled under the administration of former president Donald Trump, will have to be terminated.

“It is not sufficient to only remove the JCPOA-related sanctions. Trump’s sanctions imposed under other labels need to be removed as well,” the source told Press TV Sunday, referring to the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Further, the anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the administration of former president Barack Obama under the so-called Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) and the visa program will have to be terminated, the source added (with film)

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No need for direct, indirect talks with US before removal of all Iran sanctions: Foreign Ministry spokesman

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has once again ruled out the possibility of engaging in “any direct or indirect talks” with the United States as long as Washington refuses to remove all the sanctions it has imposed, re-imposed or relabeled against Tehran (with interview in film)

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Iran won’t accept division of US sanctions into JCPOA-related, non-related ones: Senior official tells Press TV

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Russian diplomat: US not willing to remove Trump-era sanctions on Iran

Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Russian radio of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

“What is clear is that the Iranian side wants the lifting of all sanctions at once, but the Americans are only ready to lift the sanctions related to the JCPOA,” he said, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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Iran not to reduce nuclear activities before US removes all sanctions: Chief negotiator

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs says Tehran will not reverse the reduction of its nuclear compliance before the US removes all its sanctions and returns to the landmark nuclear deal it abandoned under former US President Donald Trump.

“Until the United States removes all of its sanctions and returns to the JCPOA, none of Iran’s nuclear activities, especially in the field of enrichment, will be halted or even reduced,” Abbas Araqchi said late Thursday, according to IRNA.

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Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’

Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion fell immediately on Israel, where its media nearly uniformly reported a devastating cyberattack orchestrated by the country caused the blackout.

If Israel was responsible, it further heightens tensions between the two nations, already engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met Sunday with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, has vowed to do everything in his power to stop the nuclear deal.

Details remained few about what happened early Sunday morning at the facility, which initially was described as a blackout caused by the electrical grid feeding its above-ground workshops and underground enrichment halls.

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Film: Why Biden Admin. May Be 'Racing Against the Clock' to Rejoin Iran Deal | The Mehdi Hasan Show

After years of turmoil over the Iran nuclear program, it seems the U.S. and Iran have started new Iran Nuclear Deal talks, albeit indirectly. Quincy Institute Distinguished Fellow Joe Cirincione helps Mehdi understand the geopolitical challenges that may interrupt negotiations. And Rep. Ruben Gallego explains why efforts by some lawmakers to negotiate a "better" deal may actually lead the U.S. into a conflict.


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Deciphering Iran’s Position on Restoring the Nuclear Deal

At the start of the Vienna meeting, Araghchi also reiterated that the United States must “first” remove all sanctions before Iran returns to JCPOA compliance. Meanwhile, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has reiterated that the United States “will not entertain unilateral gestures” to “induce Iran to a better place.” If Araghchi and Price’s comments reflect each side’s bottom line, the diplomatic process started in Vienna this week will be hard pressed to lead to a breakthrough.

Iranian rhetoric against a step-by-step return to the JCPOA and insistence that the United States make the first moves on the surface appears intransigent and a major impediment to diplomatic progress. However, it is rooted in fundamental distrust in U.S. intentions and a concern that the United States seeks to extract nuclear concessions from Iran in exchange for piecemeal sanctions relief rather than the removal of all sanctions that violate the JCPOA.

Comments from Iranian officials and analysts inside the country suggest that a creative return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA is possible but requires narrowing the trust gap and the United States clarifying its intent to fully return to the JCPOA.

U.S. Special Envoy to Iran Rob Malley’s recent comment to the PBS Newshour emphasizing that the United States will “remove those sanctions that are inconsistent with the deal” appears to have spurred diplomatic momentum. Ali Rabiee, the Rouhani administration’s spokesperson, said Malley’s stated position was “realistic and hope-inducing” and “can be the start of fixing the incorrect process that brought diplomacy to a deadlock.” He said Iran “welcomes” this U.S. policy, but is “waiting for the implementation of this constructive approach.”

Rabiee’s response highlights Iran’s principal worry on returning to its JCPOA commitments. While Iranian leaders, whether President Hassan Rouhani or Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have consistently expressed a readiness to restore the deal, they are apprehensive about the United States, which formally remains outside of the deal, seeking to hack away at Iran’s nuclear leverage while not undoing the spider’s web of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran.

The key to the Vienna talks reaching success is for the United States to agree to a framework with Iran on how each side will return to JCPOA compliance.

Iran wants assurance that the U.S. end-goal is the removal of all of Trump’s sanctions that violate the JCPOA. The governmental spokesperson, Rabiee, said in this regard after the Vienna talks began that a “roadmap” to full JCPOA compliance can be agreed to as part of a single, quick step that is implemented over the longer term.

Diakou Hosseini, a director at a Tehran think tank affiliated with Rouhani’s administration, elaborated in a tweet on how a “single step” to JCPOA compliance would work. He said it would involve a set of “reciprocal but related and continuous independent actions in a single stage that will take time but is short.” He then compared the “stage” of a JCPOA return to a theater stage, “which is composed of components and segments whose implementation is coordinated among actors,” but is done in a “single stage of performing a show.”

The somewhat ambiguous comments out of Iran on restoring the JCPOA in a single step boil down to a solidifying and new bottom-line: both sides coming to a detailed understanding on how each will return to full JCPOA compliance over a short stretch of time. Iran no longer wants to enter a vaguely-defined “step by step” process where it risks giving away its nuclear bargaining chips in exchange for limited U.S. sanctions relief, a process that could easily stall. This aversion stems from both the Biden administration’s initial rhetoric and steps and Iran’s experience with the JCPOA’s initial implementation in 2015-2016.

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Does Iran Have A Nuclear Weapons Program? Nuclear Arms Expert Joseph Cirincione

In light of the renewed focus on nuclear talks, Phoenix Media Co-op asked nuclear policy specialist Joe Cirincione if Iran has a nuclear weapons programme. He answered:

No, they don’t. They used to have a nuclear weapons programme. That is, under the Shah of Iran in the 1960s and 70s, Iran had a very ambitious civilian nuclear programme, including plans to build facilities to enrich uranium and facilities to process the spent fuel from reactors so they could extract the plutonium. Uranium and plutonium are the two materials that are used for nuclear weapons. The US okayed those plans after much discussion because the Shah of Iran was our ally, bought a lot of military equipment from us – hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment. And we knew the Shah… was secretly exploring the possibility of building nuclear weapons; but we didn’t object as strenuously as we should’ve.

When… Ayatollah Khomeini took over in the Revolution in 1979, he cancelled all that – he shut down the nuclear programmes: civilian programmes, the secret nuclear weapons research. He said it was a Western technology and Iran shouldn’t have any part of it. He restarted the nuclear programme in the 1980s when Iraq attacked Iran and started using chemical weapons against Iran and no one came to their aid. In fact, the United States at that time vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would’ve condemned the Iraqi chemical weapons attack. He then decided: ‘Well, maybe we do need this option.’

When the war ended, that nuclear weapons exploration went back into the shadows, but it didn’t quite end; and they started… exploring it again in the 90s. But according to US intelligence, the coordinated nuclear weapons program – that is a programme that was looking at how to build a nuclear weapon, how they could manufacture it – that ended in 2003 and has not restarted.

what you have instead is a civilian nuclear programme where they… built a reactor at Bushehr… . And then they said they wanted to make the fuel for it. They wanted to enrich uranium. The problem, of course, is that the same machines – centrifuges – that can enrich uranium for fuel can be used to enrich uranium for weapons purposes. The same facilities, same machines, same process – you just run it a little longer. …

So no, they don’t have a dedicated nuclear weapons program. What they have is a civilian nuclear programme that could be used at some future point to make the material for a bomb.


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Ayatollah Khamenei: Verification of US sanctions removal means Iran should be able to sell its oil

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says any US claim to having removed Iran’s sanctions must be verified by Tehran and this means that the Islamic Republic should be able to sell its oil under normal conditions and receive its money.

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Iran vows to respond to attack on Safiz in Red Sea

Iran's forces will respond to an attack that targeted the Iranian ship Safiz on Tuesday in the Red Sea off Yemeni coasts, spokesman for the Iranian army said Friday.
Tehran does not accuse any Arab Gulf country of the attack in which naval mines were used, AbulFadhl Shkargi added, noting that Israel and the US are to blame for the assault and that the army would react to the attackers once probes conclude.
The targeted ship is owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpse, according to Al-Arabiya TV and Iranian media.

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Positive atmosphere, little progress in Iran nuclear talks

Nascent talks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran broke Friday without any immediate signs of progress on the thorny issues dividing Washington and Tehran, but with delegates talking of a constructive atmosphere and resolving to continue the discussions.

Two working groups that have been meeting in Vienna since Tuesday to brainstorm ways to secure the lifting of American sanctions and Iran’s return to compliance with the deal reported their initial progress to a joint commission of diplomats from the world powers that remain in the deal — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia.

Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted that participants had “noted with satisfaction the initial progress made.”

“The commission will reconvene next week in order to maintain the positive momentum,” he said.

The talks took place without the United States, which unilaterally left the nuclear deal

But an American delegation headed by the Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, also has been in the Austrian capital this week. Representatives from the other world powers have been shuttling between the U.S. and the Iranians to facilitate indirect talks.

A senior State Department official said the overall atmosphere was “businesslike” and encouraging, but cautioned that the U.S. is waiting for Iran to show it is serious about responding to the sanctions relief the Biden administration might offer. The official was not authorized to discuss the negotiations by name and spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity.

The official said that in exchange for Iran’s return to full compliance, the U.S. is prepared to lift all of the Trump-era sanctions that are “inconsistent” with the deal as well as sanctions that are “inconsistent with the benefits” that Iran expected to get from it.

The official said that some non-nuclear sanctions, such as those related to terrorism, human rights and ballistic missiles, would remain in place. If Iran holds to a position that every single sanction imposed on it since the U.S. withdrew from the deal must be lifted, the official said “we’re heading to an impasse.”

However, the official also left open the possibility that some non-nuclear sanctions could be lifted or eased because of the manner in which the Trump administration imposed them, including by using alternate authorities not covered by the deal.

Iran argues that Washington’s departure from the deal was the first violation and that the U.S. must make the first move and remove sanctions before Iran returns to compliance.

As the talks opened, China’s representative in Vienna, Wang Qun, backed the Iranian stance. “We, in China, have a saying to the effect that the one who ties the knot should be the one to undo it,” he said.

Complicating matters further, Tehran argues that the U.S. needs to drop all sanctions, including measures not related to the deal and Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, showed no sign of backing off that position in comments posted Friday on the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

All sanctions imposed by Trump’s administration, including “sanctions imposed under non-nuclear pretexts ... must be lifted completely,” he said.

Still, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iran’s Press TV on Friday that the talks in Vienna had not been fruitless.

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Parties to ‘Constructive’ Vienna Nuclear Talks Prepare for Next Meeting

First round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers sparks hope ahead of Friday sit down

Iran and the world powers will continue their deliberations Friday in Vienna, as the parties to the largely abandoned 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) look to finally reach an agreement regarding sanctions relief and Iranian compliance with uranium enrichment restrictions.

Mark Hibbs, a Germany-based senior fellow in The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Nuclear Policy Program, advises caution when projecting about possible achievements.

“[We’re] not in the room. Most people talking about this are speculating based on … a polarized conversation,” Hibbs told The Media Line.

He explained that the best-case scenario “is that there will be an agreement on a definition of what mutual baseline compliance with the JCPOA is [and] that the best way to get there is by stepwise actions taken by both sides.”

As for the likeliest outcome of the Vienna round of meetings, Hibbs believes it “will probably be less” than that.

“Perhaps an agreement on the process and mechanics for reaching and implementing an agreement, with a timetable and a schedule. If the US and Iran instead try to negotiate a complete package deal like they did in 2015, both sides will be under more time pressure because in the interim they won’t have anything to show in the way of near-term progress,” he said.

Yet not everyone is pleased with the apparent success of the summit’s first few days. [Israel]

Hibbs notes that a “framework understanding” will need to be reached about “how to go beyond compliance with what is in the 2015 deal to address issues that have been raised by the US and the Europeans.”

Among the items Washington hopes to resolve are Tehran’s quickly expanding missile program and its aggressive activities in Middle Eastern proxy nations both near and far.

“The 2015 agreement de-escalated the Iran nuclear crisis for the near term, so it is in Biden’s interest to try to restore it and then use it as a baseline for follow-on diplomacy,” Hibbs says.

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Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars held in Seoul was freed and sailed away early Friday, just hours ahead of further talks between Tehran and world powers over its tattered nuclear deal.

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Analysis: Attack on Iran ship off Yemen escalates shadow war

An attack this week on an Iranian cargo ship that is said to serve as a floating base for Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen has escalated a yearslong shadow war in Mideast waters. The development comes just as world powers are negotiating over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal.

The assault on the MV Saviz on Tuesday appears to have caused the most-extensive damage yet in this shadow war, seemingly between Iran and Israel — and one that could further escalate regional tensions. Attacks and counterattacks between the two nations could spin out of control.

Since at least 2019, there have been a series of mysterious attacks on vessels, typically with limpet mines attached by a special forces diver to a ship’s hull. The attacks came at a time of mounting tensions between Iran and the United States over then-President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out of the atomic accord.

The U.S. Navy blamed a series of blasts in June 2019 in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Iran. Video after one blast showed Revolutionary Guard troops removing an unexploded limpet mine from one targeted ship, something never fully explained by Tehran.

Who planted the first explosive in this conflict remains unclear. Iranian vessels similarly have suffered mysterious incidents at sea, with the first public case involving an Iranian oil tanker in May 2019. As time went on, Iran began acknowledging attacks on its own vessels, as recently as an explosion onboard a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea in March. There’s yet to be a clear accounting of all the ships struck.

In recent weeks, Israel also publicly entered the conflict. An Israeli-owned car carrier suffered an apparent limpet mine blast in February. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for the attack at the time, saying: “Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel, I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the entire region.

Then came the explosion on the MV Saviz.

While the previous attacks on shipping targeted only commercial vessels and caused cosmetic damage above the waves, Tuesday’s blast apparently blew through the hull of the Saviz below its waterline. While still floating off the Dahlak archipelago, a chain of islands off the coast of the African nation of Eritrea, it appears the damage to the vessel was severe.


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Israel-Iran Maritime War Heats Up with Alleged Israeli Attack on IRGC Ship

Naval commandos reportedly attached a limpet mine on the military vessel, which was stationed in the Red Sea

In an apparent escalation of the ongoing maritime battle between Israel and Iran, Israeli forces reportedly attacked an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Red Sea, causing an explosion.

According to The New York Times, it is the first such attack on an Iranian military vessel. The attack comes as indirect talks hoping to bring the US and Iran back to the 2015 nuclear deal open in Vienna.

The ship was hit by a limpet mine, Iran’s Tasnim news agency said.

The Saviz suffered an explosion early on Tuesday morning, another in a string of mysterious blasts that have plagued Iranian and Israeli vessels for years, and especially in recent months.

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Iran und Israel im gefährlichsten Kriegsschiffsspiel der Welt

Israelische und iranische Schiffe im Roten Meer waren in den letzten Wochen und Monaten regelmäßig Gegenstand von Angriffen.

Tel Aviv und Teheran beschuldigen sich gegenseitig, jedoch mit wenig Beweisen, die die Behauptungen der einen oder anderen Seite stützen.

Beide Seiten streiten alle Vorwürfe vehement ab.

Dennoch zitierte das Wall Street Journal US-Beamte, die behaupten, dass Israel mindestens ein Dutzend Schiffe, die auf dem Weg nach Syrien waren, ins Visier genommen hat. Die Schiffe gransportierten meist iranisches Öl und die Angriffe fanden aus Sorge statt, dass die Gewinne aus dem Erdölverkauf den Extremismus im Nahen Osten finanzieren würden.

In der Tat hat der Iran seit 2019 wiederholt behauptet, Opfer genau einer solchen subversiven israelischen Politik zu sein.

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Israeli and Iranian ships in the Red Sea have been subject to regular attacks in recent weeks and months.

Tel Aviv and Tehran blame each other but with little evidence to support either side’s claims.

Both sides vehemently deny all accusations.

Still, the Wall Street Journal cited US officials claiming that Israel has targeted at least a dozen vessels bound for Syria, mostly carrying Iranian oil, out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East.

Indeed, Iran has repeatedly claimed to be a victim of just such a subversive Israeli policy, from 2019 onwards.

This is likely out of concern that any such incident could hurt the unofficial talks taking place in Vienna to salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal. Tel Aviv strongly opposes any normalization on that front, and has vowed to go to some lengths in order to impede it.

Tel Aviv’s efforts are not only limited to the dangerous game of battleship. An alleged Israeli spy was arrested in Iran. Israel and the US were accused of subterfuge and attempting to undermine the upcoming June 18th elections.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp7

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Deutschland ist besorgt über die humanitäre Lage im Jemen

Die Bundesregierung hat ihre tiefe Besorgnis über die anhaltende humanitäre Lage im Jemen vor dem hochrangigen internationalen Treffen in der kommenden Woche zum Ausdruck gebracht, das darauf abzielt, einen umfassenden Waffenstillstand in dem vom Krieg heimgesuchten Land wiederherzustellen.

Auf einer Pressekonferenz in der deutschen Hauptstadt sagte der Sprecher des Außenministeriums, Christopher Burger: „Die humanitäre Lage im Jemen ist sehr besorgniserregend.“

Burger wies auf internationale Bemühungen zur Vermittlung des Konflikts im Jemen hin, und Bundesaußenminister Heiko Moss forderte am Montag den UN-Sicherheitsrat auf. Er sagte, er plane, sich mit dem Sonderbeauftragten Martin Griffith und dem US-Sonderbeauftragten für den Jemen in Berlin zu treffen.

Das Treffen konzentriert sich auf den „landesweiten Waffenstillstand und Maßnahmen zur Vertrauensbildung zwischen Konfliktparteien und die Bemühungen der Vereinten Nationen, zum politischen Prozess zurückzukehren“ im Jemen, fügte Burger hinzu.

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Germany concerned over Yemen humanitarian situation

Berlin P5+4 meeting next week to focus on UN cease-fire efforts in Yemen, official says

Yemen ahead of next week’s high-profile international meeting in Berlin aimed at restoring a comprehensive cease-fire in the war-torn country.

Speaking at a news conference in the German capital, Foreign Ministry's deputy spokesman Christofer Burger said: “The humanitarian situation in Yemen remains extremely worrying.”

Pointing to international efforts to mediate in the Yemen conflict, Burger said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas plans to meet on Monday with UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffith and US special envoy for Yemen Timothy Lenderking in Berlin.

The meeting is to focus on “efforts of the UN for a nationwide ceasefire and trust-building measures between the conflicting parties and a return to the political process” in Yemen, Burger added.

Following the meeting with the minister, the two special envoys will take part in a virtual meeting of high-ranking government officials in the P5 plus 4 format (five UN veto powers plus Germany, Sweden, Kuwait, and the EU).

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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UN still awaiting proof of life for captive Dubai princess

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Canada is making the same mistakes in Yemen that it did in Vietnam

We Canadians try to be on the right side of history – but too often we fail. We fail largely because morality and money are seldom on speaking terms. Consider our role in two immoral wars.

Canada was officially neutral in the slow-motion tragedy that was the Vietnam War – but we were not.

It would be nice to think that we learned from our Vietnam War experience. We have not. In 2017, we exported $1.03-billion in arms, with the U.S. our best customer. Second was Saudi Arabia.

In November, 2017, the standing committee on foreign affairs and international development was considering changes to laws regulating arms production and sales to foreign customers. Christyn Cianfarani, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, appeared before the committee and said she represented more than 800 Canadian defence and security companies that generated $10-billion in annual revenues and employed more than 63,000 Canadians who earned wages 60 per cent higher than average manufacturing wages. The committee ended up recommending no changes that would threaten those impressive numbers.

Yet, in 2019, Saudi Arabia continued to be Canada’s second-best customer, accounting for $2.9-billion, or 76 per cent, of non-U.S. military export sales.

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Russia is friendly with the Houthis in Yemen. But it’s complicated.

Russia has played a very different role in the conflict in Yemen than it has in Syria and Libya.

Russia has long called for an internal Yemeni dialogue to bring about an end to the conflict and has offered its services as a mediator. The Russian Foreign Ministry has also received Yemenis from different factions in Moscow.

The US, United Kingdom, France, and several other countries withdrew their embassies from Sanaa in 2015 after the Houthis took over the Yemeni capital in September 2014. By contrast, Russia maintained its embassy there until December 2017. In April 2015, Russia was the only member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to abstain on Resolution 2216, which imposed an arms embargo on the Houthis and a travel ban on its leader. Three years later, in February 2018, Russia vetoed a UNSC resolution extending the arms embargo against the Houthis.

Despite all this, Moscow has shown a lack of support and even disagreed with the Houthis on several occasions. In December 2017, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the rebels for having killed former President Saleh.

Unlike in Syria, where Russia and Iran support the Assad regime, Moscow is not backing the Houthis to the same extent that Iran is in Yemen. On the other hand, Russia’s actions also indicate that it does not see a resolution to the conflict in Yemen if it does not include the Houthis either. But beyond proposing intra-Yemeni dialogue, Moscow does not seem to have any concrete plan for ending the civil war. Instead, Moscow’s treatment of the Houthis as a legitimate Yemeni actor—and its criticism of the movement and support for the continued arms embargo against it—seems designed to keep all internal and external actors guessing about what the Kremlin might do next, thus, providing them all with an incentive to court Moscow in the hope of gaining its favor. In other words, what Moscow seems to want is to remain on good terms with all external and non-jihadi internal parties as long as the Yemen conflict continues and for Russia to be in a position to influence its resolution, however unlikely that prospect appears to be at present.

My comment: By Atlantic Council – thus, an US propaganda bias against Russia is included.

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EU joins IMF’s efforts for debt service relief in Yemen

The European Union (EU) has contributed 20.5 million euro in debt service relief to Yemen under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“The fiscal space generated by the additional tranche of debt service relief will allow investments in social and economic areas. All women, men, girls and boys in Yemen have the right to vital healthcare services, education and livelihood opportunities,” noted the Ambassador of the European Union to Yemen,” Mr. Hans Grundberg.

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Ten Years a Prisoner in Bahrain

My father was arrested and tortured during the Arab Spring. My son has never known him beyond bars

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UAE general unsuitable for role of Interpol chief, says UK report

Election of Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi would serve to validate UAE’s record on human rights, ex-prosecutor says

An Emirati general linked to human rights abuses is unsuited to head Interpol and his possible appointment may be seen as a “reward” for donations to the agency, according to a report by the UK’s former director of public prosecutions.

The process of electing a president of Interpol, which is due to happen later this year, is “shrouded in secrecy and opaque”, Sir David Calvert-Smith wrote.

“Not only would an Emirati president of Interpol serve to validate and endorse the [United Arab Emirates’] record on human rights and criminal justice but, in addition, Maj Gen [Ahmed Naser] Al-Raisi is unsuitable for the role,” he wrote. “He sits at the very top of the Emirati criminal justice system. He has overseen an increased crackdown on dissent, continued torture, and abuses in its criminal justice system.”

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Emirates: Amnesty ends, crackdown to start

Yesterday was the last day for amnesty seekers to leave without penalty. The authorities have announced that they will begin a massive crackdown and search for those illegals who are still in the country.

The Ministry of Interior is scanning the irises of those leaving. Those found living in the country illegally from now on will be punished under Federal Law No. 13 of 1996. They will face a maximum jail term of 10 years and Dh10, 000 fine.
The minimum punishment is one-month jail term and Dh1, 000 fine under the current law. The authorities will not only punish the illegal workers, but also those who are giving them shelter will be immediately deported without trial.
The last hours of amnesty did not show any rush in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Though the number of illegal residents in the country exceed 400,000, so far the number of those who have left has not reached the anticipated 100,000 since the enforcement of the amnesty in January.


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'He was burned alive': Port Moody man leads call to end Canada's export of weapons to Saudi Arabia

As the war in Yemen enters its sixth year, a Port Moody man calls on Canada to stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, and is looking to raise $100,000 to support war victims caught between airstrikes, COVID-19 and hunger

cp12b Sudan

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Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress.

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Dispute over Nile Dam Project May Lead to Military Conflict

As negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over Addis Ababa’s massive dam reach impasse some analysts believe military confrontation is imminent

Talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Addis Ababa’s disputed dam on the Nile River has reached a political impasse, amid rising concerns that the crisis may turn into a military conflict.

The latest round of talks that ended this week failed to reach an agreement.

Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Seleshi Bekele said on Wednesday that his country would continue filling the dam’s massive reservoir during the upcoming rainy season, which normally begins in June or July.

“As construction progresses, filling takes place,” Bekele said. “We don’t deviate from that at all.”

That sparked an angry response from neighboring Sudan, whose irrigation minister warned that his country is ready to harden its position in the dispute.

“For Sudan, all options are possible, including returning [the matter] to the United Nations Security Council and hardening policy … (if) Ethiopia embarks on a second filling (of the dam) without agreement,” Yasser Abbas told reporters.

Sudanese independent journalist Mohamed Mustafa told The Media Line that the failure of the three countries to reach an agreement was because all parties are suspicious of one other.

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Sudan official: Death toll in Darfur clashes rises to 132

The death toll from tribal violence in Sudan’s restive Darfur region has climbed to 132 as looting continued on Thursday, a local Sudanese local official said.

The violence poses a challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end decades-long rebellions in areas like Darfur, where conflict often falls along ethnic lines.

The latest clashes grew out of a shooting on Saturday that killed two people from the Masalit tribe in a camp for displaced people in Genena, the capital of West Darfur province, the U.N said earlier.

Fighting ensued between the Rizeigat and the Masalit tribes, with both mobilizing armed men and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency in West Darfur.

Governor of West Darfur Mohamed Abdullah al-Doma said that along with 132 people killed, at least 208 have been wounded.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Arms sales: US remains world's top supplier as Middle East spending spikes

US arms exports increased from 32 to 37 percent over last five years, with imports by Middle East and North Africa growing by 25 percent, report by Sipri finds

The report concluded that not only was the US the largest exporter of major arms, a position it has held since the end of the cold war, but its global share of arms exports also increased from 32 to 37 percent over the last five years.

In its new report, countries that saw the largest percentage shift in imports include Qatar (+361 percent), Egypt (+136 percent) and Saudi Arabia (+61 percent) - as compared to the previous five years. Others, like Algeria, saw imports increase by 64 percent, whereas Morocco and the UAE saw a decrease in imports by 60 percent and 37 percent respectively.

Even then, the UAE remained the world's ninth-largest importer of arms, a majority of which is secured from the US, France and Russia.

During the 43-month Saudi-imposed blockade on Qatar that began in 2017, US major arms exports to both sides increased substantially, elevating tensions in the regions further.

"The increases in arms imports by several states in the Middle East occurred against the backdrop of tense relations between several states in the Gulf region and in the eastern Mediterranean," Alexandra Kuimova, a researcher at Sipri, told Middle East Eye.

"Many states in the region seek to play a major role in the Middle East and use arms as a key tool in the pursuit of this aim," Kuimova said.

Between 2016-2020, the US supplied major arms to 96 states, far more than any other country.

Saudi Arabia, the report found, accounted for 24 percent of all US arms sales.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Project offers hope that the medieval city of Ta’izz can be restored

Once the capital of medieval Yemen, the city of Ta’izz bears the scars of some of the worst fighting of the country’s current civil war. Occupying a strategic location between the major urban centers of Sana’a and Aden, Ta’izz was transformed into one of the longest-running battlegrounds of the Yemeni conflict. Here at the front lines of war, between 2015 and 2017, rebels seeking to wrest control from the government left a path of destruction as they held the city under siege. But in the wake of violence, signs of revitalization emerge.

Since 2018, World Monuments Fund (WMF) has led a wide-ranging initiative to support the recovery of one of Yemen’s most iconic cities. Reinvigorating landmarks and reasserting their role in communal life, local heritage professionals trained by WMF have stabilized the Ottoman-era mausoleum Qubbat al-Husayniyah, finished conservation of the Imam Palace in the Ta’izz Museum complex, and will embark on a new project to rehabilitate Hammam al-Mudhaffar, a public bathhouse built in the late thirteenth century. This extraordinary work is only the start of the Old City’s continued resurgence. In collaboration with local stakeholders, WMF will also develop conservation guidelines for the historic center that facilitate its long-term protection and support a vision for greater livability.

“Preservation can be a powerful tool to bring together communities after the brutality of war. The buildings that are being restored are symbols of the history, dignity, and resilience of the Yemeni population and we are proud to be working with them on this crucial endeavor,” said Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO of WMF.

WMF brought international attention to the condition of Ta’izz’s urban heritage and the welfare of its residents with the inclusion of the Old City on the 2018 World Monuments Watch, WMF’s biannual program spotlighting 25 sites under threat with the potential for social impact. Since then, WMF has partnered with the General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) in Ta’izz to conserve important cultural sites in urgent need of intervention and to develop a blueprint for long-term stewardship.

Beyond individual projects, WMF is preparing a set of conservation guidelines for the protection of the entirety of the Old City of Ta’izz. A crucial resource for informing future development that is sensitive to the city’s defining historic features, the guidelines will enable GOAM to proactively safeguard their cultural heritage when the inevitable reconstruction and development of the city takes place. This effort, supported by ALIPH, will put culture at the heart of Ta’izz’s long-term recovery through a collaborative process inviting participation from local stakeholders and communities.

“The protection of the exceptional cultural heritage of Yemen is a key priority for ALIPH. We can intervene in this country thanks to partnerships like the one we have with WMF, which has a great experience in cultural heritage rehabilitation and works hand in hand with local actors.” said Valéry Freland, Executive Director of ALIPH.

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The Manhattan of the desert: the Yemeni city that invented skyscrapers in the 16th century

In the Middle East, in the middle of the desert, is Shibam, a place full of slender, close-knit towers that challenge the other neighboring buildings in height. They are neither modern nor made of steel, they were built more than four hundred years ago with adobe and lime

and another report in Spanisch:

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Action to rescue Old Sanaa City underway

The General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Sanaa on Thursday started a survey of damage to buildings of the Old Sanaa City with funds provided by the UNESCO and the EU.

The organisation is now identifying damage to buildings in various parts of the city that has been caused Saudi-led airstrikes and rain floods, the Vice Chairman of the organisation Aqeel Nosari told Sputnik.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Emirati oil tanker arrives in Yemen to steal thousands of tons of Yemeni oil

The Ministry of Transport in the National Salvation Government said on Sunday that a giant oil tanker called SAGA has arrived at the port of Bir Ali in Radhom district in Shabwah province, coming from the UAE’s port of Fujairah.

In a statement to Al-Masirah TV channel, the source explained that the mission of the giant oil tanker was to transport more than 115,000 tons (approximately one million barrels) of stolen crude oil, to sell for the benefit of the Saudi-led coalition forces.

The source said that the value of the crude oil that will be shipped on board of the ship amounts to 58 billion Yemeni riyals, as part of the continuous plundering of Yemen’s wealth.

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cp13d Söldner / Mercenaries

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Saudi Arabia attempts to dig out every reason why its war in Yemen is failing, and on April 10th announced the execution of three of its soldiers for “high treason”.

They were allegedly collabarating with an enemy against Riyadh’s military interests.

They could have been in contact with the Houthis or with Iran.

This is practically the same, as Tehran supports Ansar Allah.

This means that Riyadh can’t fully trust its own armed forces, and it could require some help, in the form of mercenaries.

The militants in Syria that Turkey deploys and uses in small-scale conflicts such as Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh could be potential candidates for this.

Turkey, under Egyptian pressure, is expected to withdraw the mercenaries from Libya.

According to reports, it will do so within the next 5 months.

Separately, a video showing Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries complaining for not getting paid after fighting for Azerbaijan went viral.

Immediately after it gained popularity, these same militants released a video saying that the news was fabricated, and that they never fought in Nagorno-Karabakh to begin with.

According to unnamed Yemeni intelligence sources, terrorists from Syria were expected to join the Saudi-led coalition in early April.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was reportedly waiting for new militants to arrive in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan to latter send them to Marib.

Today, many Turkish-backed mercenaries are sitting idly, unemployed.

This could mean either bad news for Syria, which will have to deal with them, or Ankara might decide to send them to Riyadh, if it “asks” for assistance.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) formally denied on April 8 the UN’s claim that security forces arrested AQAP’s leader Khaled Batarfi in eastern Yemen’s Mahrah governorate in October 2020. AQAP also denied the death of high-ranking AQAP official Sa’ad Atef al Awlaki. The group claimed the UN’s claim intended to affect AQAP fighters psychologically.[i]


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#AlQaeda in #Yemen formally denies UN report of Batarfi's arrest & Sa’ad bin Atef's killing in #Mahra 10/2020. What’s interesting: Lacks religious content. Just slams UN. Urges media to expose UN bias & lies UN report is 9 weeks old. Why would so-called #AQAP wait til now...

cp15 Propaganda

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Hadi Rejects Copying Iran’s Experience in Yemen, Urges Independence of Judiciary

With Iran-backed militias keeping up a fierce offensive against Yemen’s Taiz and Marib governorates and continuing to violate the UN-sponsored Hodeidah Agreement, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi on Sunday called for unity against attempts for copying the Iranian experience in the war-torn country.

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In Near Future Yemeni People Victoriously Set Conditions for Peace

The situation in Yemen in light of the imposed aggression and siege, after 6 years, is completely different from its situation in the early days of the war. The representatives of the coalition and the United States moved to the Sultanate of Oman, where the national negotiators are present. They are waiting in the hotel lobbies for hours for the national negotiators to answer the proposals being presented for a ceasefire that does not ignore Sanaa’s Red lines.

The seventh year of the aggression has entered and the Saudi leaders have realized that they are stuck and are now in a dangerous situation after the last operation on the eve of the commemoration of the start of the war on Yemen, and previous operations. The Armed Force showed that the Yemeni side has become able to paralyze air traffic in the Kingdom, targeting all economic targets from Ras Tanura, Jizan in the south and Yanbu in the west.

There is no doubt that the Saudi and US military war has come to an end, and that is acknowledged and said by Western and American study centers, and that the political front is the one that will flare up in the next stage. Muscat negotiations are directed towards a general solution that separates humanitarian issues, such as the opening of Sana’a airport and the port of Hodeidah from political issues. The ceasefire and lifting of the blockade should be preceded by an access to the negotiating political process.

There is a historical fact that the victors at the end of wars are the ones who set their conditions.

And there is another historical fact as well that the traitors here are represented by Hadi, the Islah party, the transitional and the remnants of Saleh, are always absent at the end of wars while making peace.

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Daghsan Consortium, an association of oil, medical, tobacco and other companies, is the main financier and importer of explosives (in the form of fertilizers) for Houthis, Regain Yemen Initiative has revealed./Yemen Time website.

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VP: Houthi seeks to replicate Iranian experiment in Yemen

Vice President of the Republic (Lt Gen) Ali Mohsen Saleh stated that Houthi militia leader has been working tirelessly on changing the Yemeni national identity, voiding the republican regime of its fundamental principles, seeking to import the Iranian experiment and replicate it in full.

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Hi Jamaal, take a look at the March 2021 reports regarding Hodeida port (very much active) by UN which is spun by some activists in the US as completed blocked. This includes fuel and food.

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Al-Asbahi warns of using Yemen by Houthis, Iran to harm regional, international security

Yemen’s Ambassador to Morocco Ezuddin al-Asbahi has warned of Houthi-Iran plots of using Yemen’s strategic location to threaten regional and international security.

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Houthis transform Yemen into broad minefield: Sa'adi

The Iranian-backed Houthi group has transformed Yemen into a huge minefield, putting millions of civilians at risk, the Yemeni representative to the UN said Friday at a high-level debate in the Security Council on mines and peacekeeping works.
The Houthis planted more than one million mines in areas under their control, including cities, main roads and international shipping routes in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb, Abdullah al-Sa'adi added.
The group laid the landmines randomly, "to target civilian residents – women and children in particular – in a systematic, deliberate killing of innocents and civilians," he said.

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Aron to Asharq Al-Awsat: Saudi Arabia is Yemen’s True Friend, Iran is Only Spurring Trouble

Reducing Iran’s influence in Yemen can only be achieved through ending the war and bringing the fighting among rivals in the war-torn country to a halt, British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The diplomat went on to stress that Tehran is directly linked to spurring conflict in Yemen.

Aron, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, warned that Yemenis, including Iran-aligned Houthis, would eventually come to the realization that Tehran’s goals in Yemen were only to stir up trouble.

The envoy reiterated his belief in the possibility of separating the Houthis from Iran, saying even if the Iranians have influence over the Houthis, they do not control the group.

He also warned that Iran’s influence in Yemen will continue to grow so long the war is ongoing, stressing the importance of putting an end to the conflict.

Aron affirmed that ending violence in Yemen will automatically cull Iranian influence there.

Reaffirming that the battle-weary country has a true ally and friend in neighboring Saudi Arabia, Aron said that the Kingdom will employ its resources to help rebuild Yemen.

My comment: It’s really asthonishing what a British diplomat is telling here. He just once again shows that Britain is a warring party in the Yemen War – as Britain much more than Iran by its arms exports and by direct support is “directly linked to spurring conflict in Yemen”. he better should shut up and look for peace brokers from anywhere (even Yemenis could know what to do) to get fixed the conflict in Northern Ireland which had been inflamed once again, thanks to the consequences of Brexit.

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Biden must get tougher on Yemen’s Houthis: military chief

Nephew of Yemen’s former president says capitulating to Iran will not yield peace

Washington's efforts to end the war in Yemen will fail unless it gets tough with Houthi rebels and their Iranian backers, a top Yemeni military commander said on Friday.

Brig Gen Tareq Saleh, a nephew of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is aligned with the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen, said the new US administration was taking a one-sided approach to the conflict.

“It's a new administration that comes in with hopes that this pressure might lead to peace, might try to take that path,” Brig Gen Saleh, commander of the National Resistance Forces, said in answer to a question from The National.

“But when they start dealing with the Houthis, when they start seeing how the Houthis behave and how they respond to political dialogue, I think they'll change.”

The US president is reluctant to crack down on the Houthis and their allies in Tehran, Brig Gen Saleh told a group of reporters and diplomats at a virtual event hosted by the Sanaa Centre for Strategic Studies think tank.

“This pressure by the Biden administration is exaggerated because it didn't actually provide any solutions, did not try to have tangible points and it also did not exert pressure on the other side, which is Iran, to ensure there is progress,” said Brig Gen Saleh.

“So, the Biden administration should also pressure Iran as well, not just one side of the parties to the conflict.”

My comment: Nice propaganda by an UAE news site relying on an UAE proxy militia leader.

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Al Qaeda shows signs of resurgence in Yemen

Recent attacks add to evidence the extremists are regrouping in southern Yemen

After years of setbacks and disarray, Al Qaeda's Yemen branch appears to be attempting a comeback in southern areas – some under the control of militias nominally allied to the government and with links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a spate of recent attacks.

The attacks indicate a resurgence for Aqap, particularly in Shabwa and Abyan, which, with Hadramawt province, were its former strongholds.

Operations against Al Qaeda by coalition-trained Elite Forces in Shabwa and Security Belt Forces in Abyan were halted after fighting broke out between pro-government forces and those supporting the separatist Southern Transitional Council in August 2019.

Militias comprising mainly Muslim Brotherhood followers then seized control of these areas in breach of a coalition-sponsored ceasefire.

Members of Aqap have been returning to former strongholds in Shabwa and Abyan since 2019, local leaders and military officials said.

Sheikh Salem Al Othali, a tribal leader from Lawder district in east Abyan, said dozens of Al Qaeda militants returned to Abyan recently from neighbouring Bayda province. They began regrouping and recruiting in their former strongholds of Moudyah and Al Mahfed districts, he said.

"The Security Belt Forces in Abyan and the Elite Forces in Shabwa, working with the tribes, inflicted fatal blows to Al Qaeda and successfully secured 90 per cent of Abyan and Shabwa," Sheikh Al Othali told The National.

"Unfortunately, these forces could not carry on the battle to eliminate Al Qaeda and the other terror groups in Abyan and Shabwa because the two provinces [are] under the control of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood militia, which advanced from Marib and Jawf provinces to support the government forces which clashed with the pro-STC forces in August 2019," he said.

"Since then, Al Qaeda militants returned to former pockets and started launching retaliatory attacks targeting security personnel, especially the Security Belt Forces and tribal leaders who fought them."

My comment: The UAE blames “Muslim brotherhood” for Al Qaeda – this is propaganda.

Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: This article on #alQaeda in #Yemen includes my comments. But it's important to add -Defining #AQAP is murkier than ever -Extremist spike in south should not be conflated with alleged activity in north -Yes, possible regrouping but from weak start point

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The West is championing Iran’s cause in Yemen and will always do

As I have been saying for long ago, the west is meant to champion only Iran’s cause in Yemen. The western officials, the media outlets, research groups and think tanks have always been by the Iranian Houthi militia’s side and will always be.

Today we are reading from the CNN that “a group of more than 70 congressional Democrats has sent President Joe Biden a letter pushing the White House to encourage Saudi Arabia to end a blockade of Yemen that has led to food and fuel shortages in the country.” ! After lifting Houthis from the US terror list, this ending of the “blockade” on Houthi-controlled ports including the Sana’a Airport seems to be the second key Houthi demand on the way to be fulfilled thanks to persisting western pressures, even though the blockade is on the entry of arms not commercial goods or humanitarian shipments to the Houthi territories.

Shall we expect any western official to demand lifting the real blockade of real humanitarian impact in Yemen: The Houthi siege on the government-held city Taiz? Impossible!

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Yemen faces trinity of Judaization, Zionism, and naturalization

Since ancient times, Yemen has been strongly present in the agenda of Jewish ambitions due to its strategic location and control over the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which is considered as the regional security complex and the link between East and West. The ambitions of the Jews were strengthened after the inauspicious Balfour Declaration in 1917, which granted them an alternative homeland in occupied Palestine after centuries of diaspora and stray. Before the issuance of the promise, Yemen was one of the countries put forth among the Jews to establish their promised state, due to religious heresies claiming the existence of the Sulayman Temple in it.

The Jewish presence in Yemen was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. Judaism was one of the main religions that spread and masters in Yemen before Islam. And those Jews who remained after Islam preserved their existence and became part of the tissue and identity of Yemen. They obtained all their rights under the rule of "Zaydi imams", including protection and patronage by the successive Zaidi states, and the freedom to practice religious rites.

With the beginning of the emergence of the Zionist Agency, many Yemeni Jews were lured in and were encouraged to immigrate to occupied Palestine in return for obtaining promises of benefits, which soon evaporated after they arrived in occupied Palestine. =

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Yemeni Scholars: Saudi Initiative Reflects Kingdom’s Keenness on Yemen

Several Yemeni scholars have stressed that the initiative launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to end the crisis in Yemen emanates from protecting Yemen and the Yemeni people from Iranian interventions through the Houthi militia and its coup on the Yemeni government.
President of the Yemeni Al-Rashad Union Dr. Mohammad bin Moussa Al-Ameri said that there are three reasons for Houthi militias to reject the Saudi initiative to end the Yemeni crisis, including their lock-step mentality that controls them and their racism, their being servants and tools in the hands of Iran that moves them the way it likes as part of its destructive project in the region, and Houthis’ desire to prolonging the war to have more time to collect money from the people and trade in their suffering.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

March 31:

March 30:

March 29:

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Aggression's bomb kills child, injures another in Sa'ada

A girl was killed and another was wounded on Monday in a bomb exploded from the remnants of the US- Saudi aggression in Majz district in Sa'ada province.

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Photos, Film:

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Coalition airstrikes hit Houthi positions in Hajjah

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On Daily Basis, Remnants of Saudi Cluster Bombs Consumes Limbs, Life of Yemenis

The director of the Yemeni Executive Center for Mine Action, Brigadier General Ali Safra, stated that "the US-Saudi aggression raids that were dropped in separate areas of Yemen have represented the sowing of permanent suffering. They are still reaping the limbs of Yemenis and are causing the death of dozens of children and women."

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

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp17a, cp18

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

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

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Huthi-Rebellen - Haben Ölanlagen in Saudi-Arabien angegriffen

Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen haben nach eigenen Angaben erneut Öl-Einrichtungen in Saudi-Arabien mit Drohnen und Raketen angegriffen.

Dabei seien unter anderem Öl-Raffinerien des Konzerns Saudi Aramco ins Visier genommen worden, twitterte am Montag Rebellen-Sprecher Jahja Sarea. Auch militärische Ziele seien beschossen worden. Insgesamt seien 17 Drohnen und zwei ballistische Raketen abgefeuert worden. Die Regierung in Riad äußerte sich ebenso wie Saudi Aramco zunächst nicht.

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Thirty of Shaaban Operation Hits Saudi Depth with 17 Drones, Ballistic Missiles

Yemeni Armed Forces announced, Monday, the implementation of the "Thirty of Shaaban" operation, which targeted the Saudi depth, in response to the escalation of the US-Saudi aggression and its unjust siege.

The Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, said in a statement that Thirty of Shaaban Operation was carried out by 17 drones and ballistic missiles.

He indicated that Aramco's refineries in Jeddah and Jubail were hit with 10 Sammad-3-type drones, and sensitive military sites in Khamis Mushait and Jizan regions were also hit with 5 Qasif-2k-type drones and two Badr 1 ballistic missiles.

He pointed out that the operation lasted from yesterday evening until dawn today, Monday, and it has successfully achieved its objectives.

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and by Reuters


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Oil Prices Rise After Targeting Thirty of Shaaban Operation

and also

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,665 Mines in Yemen during 1st Week of April

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the first week of April 2021, a total of 1,665 mines, including 5 anti-personnel mines, 468 anti-tank mines, 1,149 unexploded ordnance and 43 explosive devices.

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A Houthi sniper has shot injured a woman in Maqbana district in the central Yemen province of Taiz./Ababeel Net website.

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NGO gathers testimonies from Houthi aggression survivors in Marib

A Yemeni NGO has gathered testimonies from IDPs who survived the Houthi recent escalated aggression on Marib province.

The Bloc of 8 March for Yemen Women collected testimonies from IDPs who experienced Houthi bombardments on their camps which incurred casualties among them and forced to leave from place to place within the province.

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Arab Parliament calls for lifting Taiz severe blockade

The Arab Parliament has called on the international community and all rights groups to take practical steps to lift severe blockade imposed on the Yemeni southwestern city of Taiz by the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

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My remark: This “parliament” is a Saudi puppet tool.

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Over 100 Houthis Killed in Hajjah, Marib Battles

Over 100 Houthi militants were killed on Friday and Saturday as fierce battles continued to rage between the Iran-backed militia and pro-government forces in the Yemeni governorates of Marib and Hajjah.

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Saudischer Flughafen Dschidda wegen militärischer Maßnahmen geschlossen

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Jeddah Airport In Saudi Arabia Closed Due To Military Action

Military activity in the vicinity of Jeddah has seen that city’s airport temporarily closed. Flights are diverting to other airports around Saudi Arabia.


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Jemen startet Vergeltungsschlag gegen saudischen Flughafen und Luftwaffenstützpunkt

Jemenitische Streitkräfte und Kämpfer der alliierten Volkskomitees haben separat neue Luftangriffe gegen Saudi-Arabien durchgeführt, die auf Flughallen von Militärflugzeugen auf einem Flughafen in der südlichen Region des Königreichs Jizan und einem Luftwaffenstützpunkt in Asir abzielten.

Zwei im Inland hergestellte Qasef-2K-Kampfdrohnen trafen am frühen Sonntag den Flughafen von Jizan, auch bekannt als King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, sowie den Luftwaffenstützpunkt King Khalid mit großer Präzision, twitterte der Sprecher des Brigadegenerals der jemenitischen Streitkräfte Yahya Saree.

Die Angriffe seien eine "legitime Reaktion" auf die verheerende Militärkampagne des Riad-Regimes und die lähmende Blockade gegen den Jemen.

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Army hits Jizan Airport, Khamis Mushait Airbase

The army's drones on Sunday hit Jizan Airport and King Khaled Airbase in Khamis Mushait area, armed forces spokesman Yahya Sare'i said.

Sare'i added the air drones targeted warplanes' hangers with 2 Qasef-2k drones in Jizan airport and King Khaled airbase in Khamis Mushait.

and also


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Saudi-led coalition intercepts explosive-laden drones launched by Yemen's Houthis - state TV

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Sunday intercepted and destroyed six explosive-laden drones launched by Iran-aligned Houthis towards the kingdom, Saudi state TV reported.

The coalition said that “Houthis’ hostile attempts are deliberate and systematic to target civilians”, adding that it is taking the necessary measures to protect the civilians, according to state TV.

and also

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Two Injured in Saudi-mercenaries’ Shelling on Hajjah

A child and a woman were injured on early Sunday as a result of bombing of the US-Saudi aggression’s mercenaries in Hajjah governorate.

and also

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Houthis planted more than one million landmines, says Yemen’s government

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Saudi enemy fire kills one citizen in Sa'ada

and (child)

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Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward Saudi Arabia in Yemeni airspace

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[Sanaa gov.] Army carries out attack on sensitive site at Abha Airport

The army's drones on Friday carried out an attack operation on Abha International Airport, armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said.

Sare'i added the army's drones launched the attack on a sensitive site at Abha International Airport with a drone of Qasef 2K.

and also

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Saudi-led coalition says it destroys Houthi drone - Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, state TV reported on Friday.

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Yemeni Qasef-2K Hits Jizan Airport

The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees has carried out drone attacks against Jizan Airport in Saudi Arabia with a number of drones.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, said in a statement that Yemeni Air Forces accurately hit Fighter Jets' Hangers at Jizan Airport with drones, Qasef 2K.

He explained that the operation of targeting the enemy's Fighter Jets' Hangers comes within the legitimate response to the continuation of the aggression and the siege on our country.

and also


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Coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan

and also

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Aggression kills child, injures his father in Al-Dhale'

and also

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles more than 200,000 Mines in Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) is considered a humanitarian project that seeks to clean Yemen from death traps that were installed by Houthi militias and claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Yemenis, in addition to helping the Yemeni people overcome humanitarian tragedies resulting from the spread of mines and empowering Yemenis to bear responsibilities in the long term.

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Kampf um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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UAE mercenaries suddenly withdraw from battlefield west of Ma’rib

Ma’rib has witnessed a sudden withdrawal of Giants Brigades mercenary forces, which are affiliated with the UAE, from the battle fronts at the western entrance to the city.

Tribal sources reported that the groups sent by Hamdi Shukri, deputy captain of the Brigades, withdrew from the fronts of al-Mashajah and Sirwah.

This coincides with an attack launched by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees on mercenary positions there.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Armed Forces advance to mere 5 kilometers from Ma’rib city center

The battles between the Yemeni army forces backed by the Popular Committees on one hand and the Saudi-led coalition forces on the other, have expanded on Sunday towards the main entrances to Ma’rib city from both the north and west.

Local sources in Ma’rib told Yemen Press Agency that the army forces advanced west from Sirwah front and from Al-Sanjar and Harmal hills at the valley of Al-Mashajeh mountain towards the main entrance and the asphalt road leading to the city center.

The sources indicated that the the army forces established fire control during the past hours over the asphalt line of the Ma’rib city, as they are now a mere five kilometers away from the city center.

Regarding the battles in the north of the city, the sources confirmed that the army forces managed at dawn today to repel the advance of the coalition forces and al-Qaeda elements towards the Al-Alam Al-Abyadh Front, and move towards north of the international road linking the eastern gate of Ma’rib city and ths Al-Abr road in Hadhramaut province with the Al-Wadea’ border crossing.

These military advances made by the Yemeni forces have confused the coalition forces and the militias loyal to them, which prompted them to entrench themselves inside the city and tighten security measures.

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70 dead as battle for Yemen's Marib rages on three fronts

Fierce fighting for Yemen's strategic Marib city has killed 70 pro-government and Huthi rebel fighters over the past 24 hours, with battles raging on three fronts, loyalist military officials said Sunday.

The Huthis have been trying to seize Marib, the capital of an oil-rich region and the government's last significant pocket of territory in the north, since February.

Two officials from pro-government forces told AFP that the rebels were mounting a concerted push that had left 26 loyalist soldiers dead as well as 44 from Huthi ranks. The rebels rarely disclose their losses.

The new toll adds to 53 killed on both sides in the previous 24 hours, according to loyalist military officials. =

and also

and by Iranian news site:

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Kämpfe um strategisch wichtige Stadt Marib im Jemen spitzen sich zu

Die Kämpfe zwischen der Armee und den Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen um die strategisch wichtige Region Marib spitzen sich weiter zu. Wie am Samstag aus Armeekreisen verlautete, wurden binnen 24 Stunden 53 weitere Kämpfer auf beiden Seiten getötet. Die jüngsten Gefechte konzentrierten sich demnach auf die Fronten im Nordwesten der Stadt Marib.

Den Angaben zufolge waren unter den Toten 22 Soldaten der Armee und 31 Rebellen. Den Huthis sei die Eroberung eines kleinen Gebiets gelungen, hieß es weiter. Die Regionalhauptstadt Marib selbst sei jedoch nicht bedroht.

und auch

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Battle for Yemen's Marib heats up, 53 dead in 24 hours: loyalists

Fighting for the key Yemeni region of Marib has intensified, with 53 pro-government and Huthi rebel fighters killed in the past 24 hours, loyalist military officials said Saturday.

The same source said 22 government soldiers including five officers had been killed, along with 31 rebels.

The Huthis rarely announce casualties on their own side. =

and also

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30 Houthi militants killed, others injured west of Marib

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Child badly injured by Houthi bullet in Hodeidah


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Explosive device kills five GB soldiers in Yemeni Hodeida

An explosive device blast on Saturday left five soldiers from the eighth Giant Brigade (GB) in Tohaita, a district in the Yemeni western governorate of Hodeida.
All the killed soldiers come from the southern governorate of Abyan, Yemeni media sources said.
The GB troops are main part of the Emirati-backed Joint Forces fighting fierce battles against the Houthi group in Yemen's western coasts.

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Film: Fire breaks out in al-Nakheel IDPs' camp south of the port city of Hodeidah due to Houthi shelling

and by a pro-Houthi journalist

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Daily violations as reported by the Houthi side

April 11:

April 9:

April 8:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Fotografieren auf Socotra

Als Fotograf, der sich gerne abseits der ausgetretenen Pfade bewegt, habe ich Socotra schon lange auf dem Radar. Da ich einige meiner Frühjahrsreisen verschieben oder absagen musste, habe ich mich kurzerhand entschlossen, nach Socotra zu gehen. Die Einreisebestimmungen haben gerade gepasst und ich hatte ja schon länger Kontakt zu einem einheimischen Guide.

Ja, Jemen ist seit mehr als 10 Jahren im Bürgerkrieg. Das war auch ein Grund der mich bisher von einem Besuch auf Socotra abgehalten hat. Seit kurzem gibt es nun aber Direktflüge von Dubai und Kairo. Somit fällt der Umweg über das jemenitische Festland weg. Vom Krieg in Jemen habe ich auf der Insel überhaupt nichts mitbekommen. Ich habe mit grossem Militäraufgebot gerechnet, da die Insel im arabischen Meer extrem wichtig gelegen ist. Weit gefehlt, jemenitisches Militär ist kaum zu sehen. De facto ist ja Socotra seit 2018 unter der Schirmherrschaft der Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Doch auf von diesem Umstand bekommt man, abgesehen von unzähligen UAE-Flaggen, nichts mit. Während der ganzen Reise habe ich mich immer sicher gefühlt und ein gutes Gefühl gehabt.

Meine Ankunft habe ich als lustig in Erinnerung. Als ich das Flughafengebäude verlassen wollte musste ich meine Covid-Schutzmaske abgeben. Aus Umweltgründen sind auf der Insel keine Masken erlaubt (Photos)


"This is #Marib" , a new video by Yemeni Youtubers on Marib governorate.

second part of video


Photos: Night in Mukalla


Der Magensaft eines Pottwals macht Fischer in Jemen zu Millionären

Der Krieg in Jemen sorgt seit Jahren für Hunger und Elend. Doch für eine Gruppe glücklicher Fischer hat die Not ein Ende: Sie fanden im Magen eines Wals über 100 Kilogramm «schwimmendes Gold».


Photos: Only in #Yemen you can play football above the clouds. Youth villagers prepared stadium in their village beside clouds in Al-Mahwit province


Yemen: Fishermen find valuable 'whale vomit' and become rich overnight

Thanks to a displaced fisherman from Hodeidah, a huge chunk of precious ambergris was found in a sperm whale, bringing wealth to a whole village

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-733 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-733: 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:

Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

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