Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 742b- Yemen War Mosaic 742b

Yemen Press Reader 742b: 25. Mai 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 742, cp7 - cp19 / May 25, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 742, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 742, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 742, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-742-yemen-war-mosaic-742

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 Waffenexporte / Arms exports

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

Houthis call Saudis for serious talks to end Yemen war

The Saudi-led coalition is called to lift blockade and seriously engage in talks to end war in Yemen, head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council said on Friday.
On the 31st anniversary of Yemeni Unification, Mahdi al-Mashat also called on all the parties to jointly press for cessation of all hostile acts, fix war's impacts and ramifications, and resume relations on basis of good-neighbor policy, mutual respect and cooperation.
"We reiterate, for the United Nations and everybody, our full willingness to effectively contribute to making peace," Mashat said, stressing the need for humanitarian be separated from other aspects.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25180.html

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WHO chief lauds Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts, especially in Yemen

The WHO chief lauded the Saudi efforts during his meeting with Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, who is the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/606867/SAUDI-ARABIA/WHO-chief-lauds-Saudi-Arabias-humanitarian-efforts-especially-in-Yemen

My comment: Disgusting.

(A P)

Mohammed Abdulsalam: Peace can only be achieved if the siege on Yemen ends

Head of the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has confirmed on Thursday that any call for peace will not be considered serious unless it includes the complete lifting of the siege on Yemen.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/20/mohammed-abdulsalam-peace-can-only-be-achieved-if-the-siege-on-yemen-ends/

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Flurry of political activities bring hope to Yemen

Experts say talks between Saudi Arabia, Iran, emergence of new political groups to have a positive effect on peace efforts in Yemen

Although the latest developments question the willingness and seriousness of the warring parties to establish peace in the war-torn country, the recently reported contacts between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the major external players in the conflict have raised hopes.

Further another notable development included various groups coming together in a bid to form National Salvation Front -- an anti-Houthi group.

According to the Jamestown Foundation -- a Washington-based defense policy think tank – the new front will be composed of a cross-section of emergent elites drawn from across Yemen.

According to insiders the core goals of this alliance will be to restore state institutions within a federal framework and put an end to foreign interference in Yemen across the board.

Many observers believe that Saleh’s establishing a political bureau is an attempt to make sure that his presence is not ignored at the negotiating table.

Analysts believe that so far three UN special envoys failed to bring two warring parties to sit across the table. They are skeptical that with more political groups now entering into the fray, it will be more exhausting to make them agree on any compromise.

“Any new political component that wants to be part of any potential political process will have no prove its worth to claim a seat in either the government’s delegation or on the Houthis side,” said Olfat al-Dubai, an academician at Taiz University.

Observers apprehend that the longer the war continues in Yemen, more and more groups will emerge, thus making a settlement difficult.

Negotiation to center around federal structure

Dubai said negotiation should center around forming a federal structure in which all parties will have a say. “It will be more difficult to find a solution to this war by returning to the previous arrangement,” he said.

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

Dubai, however, suggests that direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran, under the auspices of the US, will inevitably have a positive effect on accelerating the peace process, especially after it is proven that the local Yemeni parties are unable to take any decision.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/flurry-of-political-activities-bring-hope-to-yemen/2247939

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Achieving Sustainable Peace in Yemen

A political settlement with the Houthis is important, but no agreement can last without local buy-in and concerted efforts to rebuild Yemen’s infrastructure, institutions, and governance practices.

At present, the Yemeni parties have little reason to strike a deal. The Houthis are pushing into Marib, lured by the province’s resource wealth and aiming to strike a blow to a key government stronghold.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni government is hardly incentivized to enter into peace talks with the Houthis dominant in Marib for fear that a transitional agreement now would simply codify Houthi gains on the ground into permanent political gains. The coalition, thus, is in a tight spot: conditions are not favorable, but its negotiating position risks deteriorating further as the war goes on.

The Solution Must Be Sustainable

Moreover, getting to a peace agreement is just one part of actually creating sustainable peace. The problems of governance that led to this war remain, and a quick-fix political agreement that creates a permanent Houthi fixture disproportionate to their popularity and leaves out important actors who can act as spoilers will inevitably lead to more conflict. Yemen will need help in ending that cycle by building a stable state and economy with buy-in from across society.

A political agreement would have a stronger foundation if there was already a framework for the restoration of infrastructure and state institutions, a stabilized economy, and alignment behind good governance models that serve as working options for a future (likely federalized) Yemeni state. Although much of the world focuses solely on the Saudi-Iran layer of the war, the conflict has precipitated a fracturing of the centralized Yemeni state, ironically underlining the salience of the planned federal system of governance whose implementation was sidelined by the conflict: prior to the war, an extended and inclusive Conference of National Dialogue concluded that a federalized Yemen was the future, even if the current six region federal system remains controversial. Still, a bottom-up model that seeks to create the conditions for sustainable peace would be a tough pill to swallow as it requires the international community to embrace Yemen’s complexity and accept being in it for the long haul—a prospect none of the countries involved in Yemen prefer.

Of course, even with such support, it is Yemenis themselves who will ultimately do the work of restoring the peace and repairing the damage of the war.

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/achieving-sustainable-peace-yemen = https://www.yemenpolicy.org/achieving-sustainable-peace-in-yemen/

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Yemenis lower expectations regarding US peace effort

Since his appointment in February, the US envoy to Yemen has striven to revive diplomatic efforts in a bid to stop the war; yet the situation in Yemen remains bleak, and violence has not ebbed away.

Some Yemenis reckon that US-led diplomatic efforts will not pay off given the Houthi group's agenda and ideology. The failure of previous peace talks could be a predictor of what is in store for Lenderking's peace plans in Yemen.

Khalil Muthanna al-Omary, a political commentator and editor-in-chief of Rai Alyemen news website, told Al-Monitor that the United States could pressure the Yemeni government to act in a specific direction; however, it has failed to pressure the Houthi group to respond positively to the peace proposals.

Omary added, "The Houthis are part of Iran's political project in the region. They are also part of an ideological project and believe they are an extension of God to rule and enslave the people."

Omary believes it is hard to negotiate with the Houthis and reach a political solution. The Houthis see the United States as a main partner of Saudi Arabia in the war on Yemen and expect no peace from Washington. Accordingly, they would likely not take any US peace proposal seriously.

Since the start of the Saudi military intervention in Yemen, the Houthis have been saying that the Saudi war in Yemen would end if the United States stops its military assistance to the Saudis. They see America as the center of strategies, while Saudi Arabia is the puppet that takes action. Thus, their confidence in US-sponsored peace is nonexistent.

The Houthi officials have displayed consistent stances concerning their perception of peace talks about ending the war in Yemen.

The Houthi defiance and dissatisfaction have been apparent. This prompted the United States to say that the Houthis will worsen the humanitarian situation by attacking Marib and exacerbating dire conditions for already vulnerable Yemenis.

The hope in the success of peace talks with the Iran-backed Houthi group is uncertain. The yearslong Yemen-related negotiations have not succeeded in reaching a serious truce that could last even days, let alone permanently end the deep-rooted hostility between the Houthis and their political opponents.

"The Houthis do not believe in democracy, the peaceful transfer of power and dialogue. The Americans need to revisit the Houthi ideology as they did with other militant groups such as the Taliban, Islamic State and Boko Haram," said Omary.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/yemenis-lower-expectations-regarding-us-peace-effort

My comment: This article is biased anti-Houthi and does not take into acoount that the US still is a biased warring party which cannot play the role of peace broker.

(A P)

The UN's failure in Yemen must be addressed properly

The UN does not want to admit its failure in Yemen; instead of changing plans, it resorts to changing envoys, as if it is a sports club changing coaches and blaming failure on one person. As it waits for a new envoy to be appointed, the international organisation should evaluate its performance in Yemen, and look carefully for the cause of its failure. Is it, for example, due to the complexities of the crisis that obscure envoys are being pushed forward, or is the weakness of the international mediator's personality and their inability to understand the roots of the problem the main reason for what is going on?

In effect, the UN is treating Yemen like a testing ground for envoys with sufficient experience in humanitarian work and a modest amount in political affairs. Mauritania's Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed came from a position in the UN Development Programme, while the British envoy, Martin Griffiths, worked more in humanitarian programmes, from UNICEF to the World Food Programme. His only political position was as a short period as an advisor to the UN envoy in Syria.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210518-the-uns-failure-in-yemen-must-be-addressed-properly/

My comment: This article starts seriously but leads to propaganda claiming that the UN envoy should not be a mediator, but should side with the “legitimate” government. What else than a neutral mediator he should be?

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(A P)

Changing Griffiths Won’t Settle Yemen War, Says UK Ambassador Aaron

Changing UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths will not settle the six-year conflict there. Still, his appointment as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator fulfills the diplomat’s “dream,” the UK ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aaron, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“We need Houthis to be serious. Is the current plan a failure? Maybe. Accordingly; we need new efforts, but the envoy is no problem,” said Aaron, adding that the solution lies in the hands of Yemenis.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2983041/changing-griffiths-won%E2%80%99t-settle-yemen-war-says-uk-ambassador-aaron

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Houthis reject appointing new UN envoy for Yemen

The Houthi group rejects the appointment of a new UN special envoy for Yemen, member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted on Tuesday, as the country has been plagued by a devastating war for more than six years now.
"We don't want Yemen to be a guinea pig for UN envoys," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added.
"It's enough for the Republic of Yemen to serve as guinea pig for American and European arms," he said, hinting at the arms sales for Saudi Arabia and its coalition fighting in Yemen against his group.
The UK former minister for MENA is one of the most likely candidates for the post of UN envoy for Yemen, a western diplomatic source told Debriefer on Sunday.
Great powers' representatives to the UN Security Council have been coordinating to keep the Yemeni dossier at hands of the UK, which named Alistair Bert to substitute Martin Griffiths.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25114.html

My comment: Why the world should “keep the Yemeni dossier at hands of the UK”? there is no reason at all for it. Britain is a warring party in Yemen. Ans, furthermore, how it could be that the UK [i. e. the British government] “named Alistair Bert to substitute Martin Griffiths”??? The British government naming an UN envoy? What is this???

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Diplomatic source for "Debriefer": Aleister Burt is the most prominent candidate to succeed Martin Griffiths

A Western diplomatic source said that the former British minister for the Middle East and North Africa, "Aleister Burt," is one of the most prominent names currently circulating in the corridors of the United Nations as a candidate to assume the duties of the UN special envoy to Yemen, succeeding the outgoing envoy Martin Griffiths. In an interview with Debriefer, the source indicated that there is great coordination between the representatives of the permanent members of the UN Security Council to keep the Yemeni file in the custody of the United Kingdom, which placed Burt's name to succeed Griffiths. Last Tuesday, Martin Griffiths was appointed as the United Nations Assistant Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, succeeding Mark Lowcock.

Aleister Burt, born in 1955, is one of the most prominent British political names and has extensive experiences as he was elected to Parliament for several electoral rounds and held a number of government positions, including Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry and Minister of State.

https://debriefer.net/news-25079.html

Comment: I get this is all still rumor mill, but please Lord don't put in another British guy who has no idea what the heck is going on in Yemen. At least give it to one of the Yemen ambassadors

https://twitter.com/NickJBrumfield/status/1394389365372116995

My comment: Oh my goodness. For Burt, look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Burt

In Yemen War Mosaic 501 I had commented: Minister Alistair Burt was and is an obtrusive backer of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and of support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

In Yemen War Mosaic 513, having linked to a parliament report (https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/international-relations-committee/news-parliament-2017/yemen-giving-peace-a-chance-report/ and https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldintrel/290/29002.htm and https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldintrel/290/29003.htm, I commented: This report mostly gives Minister Burt’s (the UK government’s) twisted view of the Yemen War (“The Minister said”). In the paragraphs quoted here, he actually justifies the whole Yemen War by claiming that it was “to support that process in order to see a legitimate government restored.

In Yemen War Mosaic 516, I linked to a report telling that “British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt pointed out that Riyadh was the “biggest donor of humanitarian efforts in Yemen” (http://www.arabnews.com/node/1455851/middle-east), I commented: This is propaganda bullshit, just showing the close British-Saudi ties. Burt’s statement is the joke of the week.

After the Khashoggi murder: “The U.K won’t follow Germany’s lead and ban arms exports to Saudi Arabiafollowing the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Alistair Burt, a foreign office minister, said.” (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-25/u-k-won-t-follow-germany-in-banning-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia)

Or look here: Alistair Burt: The UK Very Actively Supports Saudi Arabia’s Right to Self-Defense (https://eng.majalla.com/node/46386/alistair-burt-the-uk-very-actively-supports-saudi-arabia’s-right-to-self-defense).

In Yemen War Mosaic 475 for the https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/terrorist-and-insurgents-inserted-on-yemen-payrolls-britain-warns-1.786209 report I had commented: this Alistair Burt is a disgusting backer of the Saudi / UAE side in this war, supporter of arms sales, and the last sentence quoted here simply is unmasking. All he further tells of peace in Yemen is hypocritical bubbles, the rest of what he said is blaming the Houthis and Iran, and not those who have Al Qaeda on their payroll.

Ot ake this: UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt in a debate in the House of Commons blithely stated that the Saudi led coalition had not breached any international law (https://southfront.org/us-and-uk-complicit-in-saudi-acts-of-genocide-in-yemen/). And there would be much more.

My comment now: Nearly the worst choice you could imagine.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A P)

#Saudi Monarchy continues to pick #American graduates one after another, the last is Abdullah Jehlan arrested days ago. He is a graduate of @WCUPAOnline.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1396972342224502785

(A P)

Saudi Arabia enacts further discriminatory measures against Yemeni expatriate workers

Saudi authorities have on Sunday set new conditions for Yemenis to enter Saudi territory, and returned hundreds of passengers from the al-Wadea land crossing despite them having received a corona vaccine dose.

Travelers said the Saudis had informed them to obtain a second dose of vaccine as a condition for entering their land.

Health sources said that the period for obtaining a second dose for the vaccine is 8 to 12 weeks, which means that Yemeni expatriates and travelers will not be able to enter Saudi Arabia before this period expires.

The decision is expected to harm many expatriates because of their absence from their jobs in Saudi Arabia, and their continued inability to renew residence permits, the sources said.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/24/saudi-arabia-enacts-further-discriminatory-measures-against-yemeni-expatriate-workers/

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My friend Abdullah Yousef Jelan was arrested by the #Saudi authorities on 5/12/21. His crime: TWEETING. His fiancé Elle has spoken up and is worried his fate in #SaudiArabia will end like #JamalKhashoggi.

https://twitter.com/naturallysamie/status/1395743631428968452

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Which lesson will Biden teach MBS?

The Biden administration needs to go further. It should cancel the multi-billion-dollar weapons sale approved by Trump. That means fewer weapons for attacking Yemeni civilians as well as Saudi citizens and a sobering loss of prestige for a preferred customer for America's most exclusive toys. As MBS continues to hawk his futuristic "Vision 2030," it might also disrupt the ingrained mutual dependency of American guns for Saudi oil.

In the early weeks of Biden's presidency, the Saudi government abruptly freed two Saudi-American dual nationals, Badr Al Ibrahim and Salah AlHaidar, after two years of detention. The renowned women's rights activist Loujain AlHathloul was also released.

Biden himself welcomed Loujain’s release, making history as the first U.S. president to personally comment on a Saudi activist, and he has also pledged not to ignore Saudi violations of human rights.

But though he may fear the new sheriff in Washington, D.C., MBS is still trying to project his power and play favorites. It should be obvious that MBS, who now exercises absolute control over the courts and every other part of the Saudi system, gave these gifts to Biden as a courtesy and to provide a fig leaf should this new administration seek to merely pay lip service to true reforms and rule of law in Saudi Arabia.

At roughly the same time, the crown prince's minions arranged a summary trial to convict Abdulrahman Al Sadhan, a young humanitarian worker, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the crime of tweeting. It is well known that Abdulrahman's mother and sister, who are U.S. citizens, live in the congressional district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — a prominent critic of Saudi brutality.

MBS has handed a rose to Biden and thrown down the gauntlet to Capitol Hill. The same lack of nuance in his approach to internal dissent may also be driving an assumption that, like his predecessors, this president will not heed calls by congressional Democrats and Republicans to impose some discipline on Saudi behavior.

MBS wants American decisionmakers and corporate shareholders to believe he's serious about democratic reforms and free markets as a guarantee of stability. Nothing he has done so far reflects a sincere commitment, and at the very least the Biden team can reject that misleading narrative.

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/554814-which-lesson-will-biden-teach-mbs?rnd=1621628218

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Saudi Arabia blackmails Yemeni travellers at border crossing, TV

Saudi Arabia is tightening measures and blackmailing Yemeni passengers at Al-Wadiah Crossing, the Iranian Alalam TV reported on Wednesday.

It quoted sources at the crossing as saying the Saudi authorities are forcing Yemenis travellers to quarantine at very expensive hotels in the Saudi Town of Sharorah and pay fees that have nothing to do with measures to face Covid-19.

The Yemeni travellers are being ordered to get two Covid-19 vaccine doses, each for 300 Saudi riyals, and to stay at very expensive hotels not at quarantine centres, the sources said the TV.

In addition, the Saudi authorities are imposing a fee of 400 Saudi riyals on every bus heading to Yemen, the TV added.

Hundreds of Yemeni families with SUVs were prevented from entering their country and stranded at the crossing for more than a month recently. Saudi Arabia which leads a military coalition fighting in Yemen said it was concerned SUVs would be used by or sold to the Houthi fighters.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25131.html

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Saudi Arabia asks airlines to register traveller immunisation data

Saudi Arabia has launched an online portal for airlines operating in the kingdom to register immunisation data for all foreigners travelling to the Gulf Arab state, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Wednesday.

The portal will facilitate procedures upon arrival in the kingdom and link visitors’ data with the Saudi mobile app that tracks coronavirus cases, it said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines-saudi/saudi-arabia-asks-airlines-to-register-traveller-immunisation-data-idUSKCN2D013X

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News that #Saudi monarchy has arrested its mouthpiece General Mansour AlTurki who was made famous during AlQaeda attacks in 2000s.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1395001224102035458

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Film: Former #Saudi amb to #Washington Bandar bin Sultan “We bought scud missiles for #Saddam to bomb the #Persians#Iran. These missiles carried chemical weapons & killed 1000s of civilians

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1396105420465397761

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Film: The #US envoy to #Yemen: #Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government announced a ceasefire, and we need the same approach from the Houthis.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1396921173397626880

My comment: BS.

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US general: As US scales back in Mideast, China may step in

As the United States scales back its military presence across the Middle East to focus on great power competition with China and Russia, it risks giving those two countries a chance to fill the gap and expand their influence around the Gulf, the top U.S. commander for the region said Sunday.

“The Middle East writ broadly is an area of intense competition between the great powers. And I think that as we adjust our posture in the region, Russia and China will be looking very closely to see if a vacuum opens that they can exploit,” McKenzie told reporters traveling with him. “I think they see the United States shifting posture to look at other parts of the world and they sense there may be an opportunity there.”

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-china-europe-middle-east-government-and-politics-21995550f2a657e70768645425f21d78

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‘They Want Help’: Saudi Arabia Afraid of Iran, Houthis if US Pulls Troops Out, US General Claims

The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) told reporters on Sunday that Riyadh is still asking for US military assistance in deterring Iran.

US Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told members of the press that the Saudis “want reassurance that they're going to be helped if they're attacked by Iran, and they want help against the continuing attacks” by Ansarallah, the Yemeni Shiite movement also known as the Houthis.

"I believe our posture in the theater has prevented a state on state attack from Iran," McKenzie said. It’s not clear how he determined that, since while the Saudis and Iranians have long been at odds over leadership of the Middle East, there have also reportedly been several attempts at burying the hatchet since the two nations cut formal relations in 2016.

“The Middle East writ broadly is an area of intense competition between the great powers. And I think that as we adjust our posture in the region, Russia and China will be looking very closely to see if a vacuum opens that they can exploit,” McKenzie told reporters. “I think they see the United States shifting posture to look at other parts of the world and they sense there may be an opportunity there.”

As the US shifts its strategic focus toward “great power confrontation” with Russia and China, US commanders in regions that once enjoyed greater focus, such as the Middle East and Africa, are raising concerns about the future of their own missions if their manpower is lost to Asian or European bases.

However, McKenzie said that even if the US troop presence in Saudi Arabia is numerically smaller, "far more important is sort of the broad spectrum of capabilities that we give them.” He pointed specifically to the Saudi-led war in Yemen as something “we want to help them with,” noting that US and Saudi air defense systems have been linked.

Supporting Saudi War Once More?

"They're under constant bombardment from Yemen, with a variety of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and small UAS (unmanned aerial systems) they're very concerned about,” McKenzie said. "They're proxies of Iran, so they're under constant bombardment, so they feel that they are under attack, and they are under attack.”

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202105251082987048-they-want-help-saudi-arabia-afraid-of-iran-houthis-if-us-pulls-troops-out-us-general-claims/

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US, UAE hold talks on ending war in Yemen

The US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, discussed on Friday, with the diplomatic advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Anwar Gargash, the Yemeni government’s efforts to improve service and implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.
The US envoy to Yemen recently made a tour that included the UAE

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32992

(A P)

Film: Senator Murphy Asks Questions on Venezuela and Yemen at Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Mt4FN5PR4

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China is the most urgent national security issue, says ex-U.S. ambassador to Sanaa

"The U.S. clearly considers great power competition, especially with China, as its most urgent national security issue," Gerald Michael Feierstein tells the Tehran Times.

Q: It seems Saudi Arabia is changing its foreign policy when it comes to Qatar, Iran, and Yemen? What is the main cause of this policy shift?

A: I think there are a number of factors that are influencing a desire in Riyadh to reduce regional tensions. These include a need to focus on domestic challenges, a recognition that an outbreak of open conflict in the region would be damaging to Saudi Arabia, and an interest in coordinating more closely with what the Saudi leadership recognized as changing U.S. positions.

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/461021/China-is-the-most-urgent-national-security-issue-says-ex-U-S

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

Yemen National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer bests wishes to the people of Yemen on the occasion of your 31st National Unity Day. The United States appreciates the Republic of Yemen Government’s ongoing commitments towards achieving peace in Yemen.

An inclusive and lasting resolution of this conflict is a top priority for the United States. I look forward to the continued engagement between our countries and other partners to achieve peace, and I affirm our commitment to helping bring about a prosperous future for all Yemenis. May you enjoy a celebratory National Unity Day.

https://www.state.gov/yemen-national-day/

My comment: LOL.

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Special Briefing via Telephone with Timothy Lenderking, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen

I think first and foremost, I want to reaffirm how important the U.S. commitment is to resolving the Yemen conflict. It’s reflected in the fact that President Biden made this an early priority of the administration. It’s reflected in the fact that he appointed a special envoy.

So in that vein, I have made now five trips out to the Gulf Region, various countries. Had contact with all of the Gulf countries in one way or the other. Have also been in very close contact with European partners.

Similarly, I’ve made a point in all my travels of meeting with the P5, the principal members of the UN Security Council. There’s very strong alignment in the P5 also toward a resolution of the Yemen conflict.

We’ve been troubled by the fact that the Houthis continue to fight in Marib. Marib, despite their predictions, did not fall during the month of Ramadan. It’s not falling now, and it’s not going to fall anytime in the foreseeable future. So the Houthis are not winning in Marib, and instead, they’re putting a great deal of stress on an already very fragile humanitarian situation.

Lastly, I want to say that when we talk about the humanitarian situation, it is a fundamental pillar of the United States that all economic arteries, all ports, all airports in Yemen should be open for commerce and for the access for vital humanitarian supplies. So any blockages, any restrictions placed on the flow of goods into Yemen, which are vital both for the economy and for the people of Yemen, we oppose.

https://www.state.gov/special-briefing-via-telephone-with-timothy-lenderking-u-s-special-envoy-for-yemen/

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Kuwait FM meets US Special Envoy for Yemen

https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2978738&language=en

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Is Biden Ghosting Yemen?

Welcome as it was, President Biden’s February 4 announcement left many questions, along with doubts among Yemenis about Biden’s sincerity.

Seeking answers, forty-one House Democrats wrote President Biden in February. The lawmakers requested a response from the White House before March 25, “the 6th anniversary of the disastrous Saudi-led military intervention.”

They are still waiting for Biden’s reply.

Nor are they the only ones waiting by the mailbox.

How the US Perpetuates Saudi Aggression

Biden may not want to admit that the US still provides crucial assistance to the Saudis which keeps the war going and Yemenis dying. There are three areas we should look at.

1) Fueling the War with US Arms. The Biden Administration has decided to allow a $23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates agreed to by the Trump Administration in its final days.

2) Keeping ‘Em Flying.

3) The Blockade. Biden promised in his February 4 address that the US would “ensure that humanitarian aid is reaching the Yemeni people.” Yet prior to an exposé in March by CNN senior correspondent Nima Elbagir, the Biden Administration did not even acknowledge the existence of a land, sea, and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The Way Forward

Biden must pressure the Saudis to lift the blockade immediately. There is a petition which asks members of Congress to sign a letter from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urging President Biden to act to end the blockade. Please sign.

There must be no preconditions to lifting the blockade. The Houthis have said that they will not agree to a ceasefire until Saudi Arabia lifts the blockade. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, will not lift the blockade until the Houthis agree to a ceasefire. Yemenis cannot wait for a ceasefire. Starving Yemenis need the blockade lifted now.

Though no progressive, President Joe Biden is a welcome change from Donald Trump. Biden has accomplished some good things. Yet, Biden has so fair failed Yemen. We should hold our applause until Biden actually ends American support for the Saudi coalition destroying Yemen.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/21/is-biden-ghosting-yemen-2/

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How Biden Is Repeating Obama's Yemen Errors in Gaza

The U.S. is implicated in everything that our clients do with the weapons our government provides them.

Because the U.S. has armed and supported these different governments, our government is complicit in what they do to their neighbors and to the people under their control. Just as the Obama administration could not credibly claim that the U.S. was not a party to the war on Yemen, the Biden administration cannot pretend that it is uninvolved in the bombardment of civilian areas in Gaza. The U.S. is implicated in everything that our clients do with the weapons our government provides them, and our government has an obligation to rein them in when they use these weapons to terrorize and kill innocent people. That means cutting off all pending and future arms sales until further notice, and that is just the start.

The war on Yemen and the bombing of Gaza also show beyond any doubt that cruel collective punishment of the population through the enforcement of blockades does not make anyone safer, but it does make ordinary people poorer, hungrier, and sicker. The blockades of both Yemen and Gaza must be lifted for the sake of protecting innocent lives, and the Biden administration needs to bring much more pressure to bear on U.S. clients to make that happen.

https://daniellarison.substack.com/p/how-biden-is-repeating-obamas-yemen

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Sen. Chris Murphy: Glad to meet with Yemeni American community leaders this week to talk about the importance of increasing humanitarian funding for Yemen, ending the assault on Marib, and lifting restrictions on the Hodeidah port and Sana'a airport.

https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1394841802235121667

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USA belegen zwei Anführer der Huthi-Rebellen mit Sanktionen

Die amerikanische Regierung belegt zwei Anführer der Huthi-Rebellen in Jemen mit Sanktionen. Ihnen wird vorgeworfen, für Militäreinsätze verantwortlich zu sein, die Jemen destabilisieren und die humanitäre Krise weiter zuspitzen. Muhammad Abd Al-Karim al-Ghamari wird für Einsätze der Huthis verantwortlich gemacht, bei denen Zivilisten zu Schaden kamen, zuletzt vor allem in der Provinz Marib. Die von ihm angeführte Offensive in Marib «verschlimmert das Leid der Menschen», erklärte das amerikanische Finanzministerium am Donnerstag (Ortszeit). Zudem werde der Kommandeur Jusuf al-Madani wegen des Verdachts auf terroristische Handlungen mit Sanktionen belegt. Damit kann möglicher Besitz der Huthi-Anführer in den USA eingefroren werden. Amerikanische Unternehmen und Personen dürfen keine Geschäfte mit ihnen machen oder sie unterstützen.

https://www.nzz.ch/international/jemen-die-hintergruende-des-buergerkriegs-ld.1556197

und auch https://www.volksblatt.li/nachrichten/International/Politik/sda/6328536/usa-belegen-zwei-anfuhrer-der-huthi-rebellen-mit-sanktionen

https://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i58590-usa_sanktionieren_zwei_kommandeure_der_jemenitischen_armee

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U.S. sanctions Houthi military leaders as peace efforts stall

The United States is imposing sanctions on two Houthi military officials leading the Iran-aligned movement’s offensive to seize Yemen’s gas-rich Marib region, the U.S. Special Envoy on Yemen said on Thursday.

Tim Lenderking urged the group battling a Saudi-led coalition for over six years to de-escalate and engage seriously with U.S. and U.N. efforts for a ceasefire needed to end the war, a top foreign policy priority for the Biden administration.

He also urged the Saudi-led military alliance to remove restrictions on all Yemeni ports and airports to ease what the United Nations says is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

“The Houthis are not winning in Marib. Instead they are putting a great deal of stress on an already very fragile humanitarian situation, they are putting the lives of 1 million internally displaced people ... in danger,” Lenderking said.

He said the United States would on Thursday impose sanctions on the head of the general staff leading the Houthi’s Marib offensive, Muhammad Abd Al-Karim Al-Ghamali, and on a leader of Houthi forces assigned to the advance, Yousuf al-Madani.

“If there were no offensive, if there were commitment to peace, if the parties are all showing up to deal constructively with the U.N. envoy there would be no need for designations,” Lenderking told a virtual media briefing.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-imposes-sanctions-two-houthi-military-leaders-2021-05-20/

and https://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-usa/update-2-us-sanctions-houthi-military-leaders-as-peace-efforts-stall-idUSL2N2N71H6

and also https://thehill.com/policy/international/554563-us-imposes-sanctions-on-two-houthi-leaders

My comment: The US again demonstrates that it is a warring party in Yemen, miming a peace broker.

Comment by a pro-Houthi journalist: Sanctioning this military commander shows that the US is backing the Saudi-UAE blockade on Hodeidah Port and the US envoy to Yemen isn't serious about the 1 million Yemeni in Marib but rather complicit in starving over 16 million due to the US backed blockade on Hodeidah Port.

https://twitter.com/Naseh_Shaker/status/1395398447809896450

and full US statement:

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The United States Designates Houthi Militants

PRESS STATEMENT

Today, the United States is taking action against two senior leaders of Houthi forces in Yemen who are involved in military offensives that exacerbate the humanitarian crisis, pose a dire threat to civilians, and destabilize Yemen. In doing so, we are promoting accountability for Houthi actions that perpetuate conflict in Yemen and undermine peace efforts, including the brutal and costly offensive targeting Marib. These actions have come despite an unprecedented consensus among the international community and regional actors on the need for an immediate ceasefire and resumption of peace talks.

The Houthis benefit from generous military support from the Iranian government to wage attacks against civilian population centers and commercial shipping infrastructure in Yemen, exacerbating conditions in what the United Nations calls one of the world’s worst current humanitarian disasters. The United States is therefore designating Muhammad Abd Al-Karim al-Ghamari pursuant to E.O. 13611 and designating Yusuf al-Madani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. The Treasury announcement outlining the implications of these sanctions can be seen here: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0191 .

We call on the Houthis to immediately cease all attacks and military offensives, especially their offensive against Marib, which only causes more suffering for the Yemeni people. We urge them to refrain from destabilizing actions and to engage in UN Special Envoy’s efforts to achieve peace.

It is time to end this conflict.

https://www.state.gov/the-united-states-designates-houthi-militants/

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Senators call on Biden administration to demand Saudi end blockade tactics on a starving Yemen

A group of Democratic senators are calling on President Joe Biden to take "immediate and decisive action" to end Saudi Arabia's "blockade tactics" in Yemen that have prevented food, medicine and other crucial supplies from reaching desperate and starving people there.

A Saudi failure to meet those demands should result in consequences, the senators wrote in a Wednesday letter to Biden that CNN has seen, "to include pending weapons sales, military cooperation, the provision of maintenance for war planes and spare parts, as well as U.S.-Saudi ties more broadly."

"Immediate and decisive action must be taken to end the ongoing blockade of fuel imports that is exacerbating the growing humanitarian crisis," sixteen Democratic senators wrote in a letter led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. "The United States has diplomatic and economic leverage to compel Saudi Arabia to end its callous blockade of Yemen and we must use it before more lives are needlessly lost."

The senators wrote that the block on the "importation of commercial fuel into northern Yemen needed by nearly two-thirds of the Yemeni population ... has negatively impacted food transporters and processors, hospitals, schools, and businesses."

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud also denied the existence of a blockade in an interview with CNN in April.

But in their letter, the senators say the blockade tactics continue, pointing in part to a statement from the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres who "confirmed this crisis in February, noting, 'no commercial fuel imports were allowed through Hudaydah Port' exacerbating an already dire situation."

"While your administration maintains that '[this] is not a blockade,' Saudi action is undoubtedly preventing much needed fuel from reaching those in need and is exacerbating an already grave humanitarian crisis; the United States must work to put an end to it," the senators wrote.

https://us.cnn.com/2021/05/20/politics/yemen-letter-biden-saudis/index.html

and also https://theintercept.com/2021/02/25/yemen-saudi-war-biden-democrats/

https://twitter.com/AnnelleSheline/status/1395405514616582144

and letter in full: https://www.warren.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/warren-colleagues-to-biden-admin-use-all-tools-to-end-saudi-coalitions-blockade-of-yemen

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US senator meets with Iranian ambassador over Yemen, Iran nuclear deal

The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee met with Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday to discuss the now-defunct Iran nuclear deal and the war in Yemen.

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/05/20/US-senator-meets-with-Iranian-ambassador-over-Yemen-Iran-nuclear-deal

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Iran agrees to extend deal on cameras at its nuclear sites

Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agreed Monday to a one-month extension to a deal on surveillance cameras at Tehran’s atomic sites, buying more time for ongoing negotiations seeking to save the country’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

The last-minute discussions, including the International Atomic Energy Agency pushing back a statement planned for Sunday, further underscored the narrowing window for the U.S. and others to reach terms with Iran as it presses a tough stance with the international community over its atomic program. The Islamic Republic is already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels far beyond those allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal.

Speaking at a news conference Monday in Vienna, IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi told journalists that came after a discussion with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s civilian nuclear program. He acknowledged that challenges remain, however, as the agency still can’t access images taken by its cameras.

“I’d want to stress this is not ideal,” Grossi said. “This is like an emergency device that we came up with in order for us to continue having these monitoring activities.”

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s representative to the IAEA, acknowledged the deal at the same time on Twitter. He said Tehran’s civilian nuclear agency, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, would keep the material already recorded by the IAEA cameras.

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-iran-europe-iran-nuclear-a9a1ff0cdc170b38cad13e0d85681af9

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Iran official says nuke inspector deal expired; talks go on

Iran’s hard-line parliament speaker said Sunday a temporary deal between Tehran and international inspectors to preserve surveillance images taken at nuclear sites had ended, escalating tensions amid diplomatic efforts to save the Islamic Republic’s atomic accord with world powers.

As fellow hard-liners demanded Iran delete the images, officials delayed an earlier-planned news conference by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. That signaled negotiations between the United Nations agency and Tehran will continue through Sunday night.

The last-minute discussions further underscored the narrowing window for the U.S. and others to reach terms with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels far beyond those allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran’s hard-line parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by February. The IAEA struck a three-month deal with Iran in February to have it hold the surveillance images, with Tehran threatening to delete them afterward if no deal had been reached.

That three-month deadline expired Friday under the Gregorian calendar. Under the Persian calendar, however, the three-month deadline comes on Monday.

On Sunday morning during a session of parliament, speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf announced the deal had expired. He said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, supported the decision to see the deal as void.

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-iran-religion-e1abc6d215a4bbb0b19fbe31373049e8

(A P)

Iran says inspectors may no longer get nuclear sites images

Iran’s parliament speaker said Sunday that international inspectors may no longer access surveillance images of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites, escalating tensions amid diplomatic efforts in Vienna to save Tehran’s atomic accord with world powers.

The comments by Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, aired by state TV, further underscored the narrowing window for the U.S. and others to reach terms with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels far beyond those allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal.

“Regarding this, and based on the expiration of the three-month deadline, definitely the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have the right to access images from May 22,” Qalibaf said. May 22 was Saturday.

Hours later, however, a website called Nournews that’s believed to be close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council quoted an anonymous official suggesting Tehran’s deal with the IAEA

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-iran-religion-e1abc6d215a4bbb0b19fbe31373049e8

(A P)

Saudi minister says talks with Iran still at ‘very early’ stage

“If (the Iranians) can see that their interest is in a good relationship with their neighbours, I can be hopeful,” Prince Faisal said

Saudi Arabia is “hopeful” after exploratory talks with Iran, its foreign minister said, in a rare comment on the delicate discussions.

“We have initiated some exploratory talks. They are at a very early stage but we are hopeful,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in Paris on Tuesday, where he is participating in two international summits.

https://thearabweekly.com/saudi-minister-says-talks-iran-still-very-early-stage

(A P)

Iran president gives his most upbeat view yet of nuke talks

Iran’s president on Thursday offered his most optimistic assessment yet of ongoing talks to resuscitate his country’s nuclear deal with world powers, claiming there had been “major” agreement among diplomats even as other nations involved suggested challenges remain.

The comments by President Hassan Rouhani come as Iran prepares for a June 18 election to determine who will replace the relatively moderate cleric. Saving his signature atomic accord before the vote could boost reformist and moderate candidates backing Rouhani’s agenda in an election in which many believe hard-liners already hold an edge.

Speaking at a ceremony inaugurating several petrochemical projects, Rouhani asserted that solutions to “major issues like sanctions” had been agreed to by diplomats, while other issues remained under discussion.

“We have taken a major and big step and the main agreement has been done,” Rouhani said.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-europe-middle-east-iran-iran-nuclear-3ae0f669faa3d40fcbb77fb04c818c06

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Iran nuclear talks show increasing hopes of a resolution

World powers met Wednesday for a new round of high-level talks on bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran amid growing hopes that an agreement might soon be within reach.

Enrique Mora, the European Union official who chaired the talks between Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran told reporters “we have made substantial progress” though there were “still things to be worked out.”

“I will not venture a date because you never know, but I’m quite sure there will be a final agreement,” he said.

Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted after the talks that participants had “noted that ‘good’ or ‘significant’ progress was made and that an agreement was ‘within reach.’”

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-europe-middle-east-iran-iran-nuclear-cb168343261bce3919e96030f3f2d94b

and

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Araqchi: 'Good progress' made in Vienna talks, diplomats to rerun home for consultations on remaining key issues

The top Iranian negotiator says “good progress” has been made in Vienna talks between the remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but participants need to return to their respective countries for further consultations on certain remaining issues.

“Over the past two weeks, which were the fourth round of the talks, I think good progress has been made, and there are certain key issues that call for more consultation and decisions to be made in the capitals [of the negotiators’ respective countries], which we hope will be reached in the next few days so that we can reach a conclusion on them in the next round of the talks,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday.

He added that there is agreement over other issues and good steps have been taken on a draft text for reviving the deal

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/05/19/657006/Iran-good-progress-Vienna-talks-remaining-key-issues-

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Détente with Iran Could Unlock a Foreign Policy Gold Mine

Bringing Tehran back into the diplomatic fold would foster other progress.

If the Biden administration successfully returns to the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—they will unlock a diplomatic goldmine for the region. It would start with detente between Riyadh and Tehran, which would aid efforts to end the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, while decreasing tensions across the region.

Step one: JCPOA

The JCPOA would bring Iran into the diplomatic fold, instead of keeping them isolated and free to pursue a regional posture of resistance.

It is productive and in our best interest to engage Iran, rather than pursue a failed pressure policy fueled by domestic political and ideological actors. To do so, we must tackle the nuclear issue first, to send a necessary diplomatic signal to Tehran after years of dangerously high tensions.

Step Two: Iran-Saudi détente

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/05/detente-iran-could-unlock-foreign-policy-gold-mine/174107/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Enge Verbindungen zur Filiale des Mullah-Regimes in Hamburg

Nicht nur die libanesische Terrororganisation Hisbollah, auch der Iran hat die am Mittwoch verbotenen Vereine dirigiert. Spenden flossen bis zum Jemen

Die am Mittwoch von Bundesinnenminister Horst Seehofer (CSU) aufgelösten drei Vereine aus dem Umfeld der libanesischen Terrororganisation Hisbollah wurden offenbar auch vom Iran gesteuert.

Ein weiteres Indiz für den Einfluss des Iran auf die verbotenen Vereine sind Spenden, die mutmaßlich von den Vereinen an die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen geflossen sind.

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/iran-steuerte-verbotene-islamistenvereine-enge-verbindungen-zur-filiale-des-mullah-regimes-in-hamburg/27211840.html

Mein Kommentar: Westliche Terroristen-Definitionen entsprechen oft mehr westlichen geopolitischen Interessen als den Realitäten im Nahen Osten.

(A H)

Fünf Euro gegen Hunger im Jemen: Hochschulgruppe ruft zu virteller Spendenlauf auf Instagram auf

Die Unicef-Hochschulgruppe Mannheim-Ludwigshafen veranstaltet einen deutschlandweiten, virtuellen Spendenlauf mit dem Namen #RUNICEF. Dieser findet noch bis zum 26. Mai unter dem Motto „#Run3Tag4Donate5“ statt. Die Teilnehmenden laufen dabei mindestens drei Kilometer oder gehen ihrem Lieblingssport nach.

https://www.mannheimer-morgen.de/orte/mannheim_artikel,-mannheim-fuenf-euro-gegen-hunger-im-jemen-hochschulgruppe-ruft-zu-virteller-spendenlauf-auf-instagram-_arid,1799186.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

Erstes Lebenszeichen? Foto soll Latifa Al Maktum zeigen

Ihr Hilferuf im Februar löste große Anteilnahme aus: In Dubai wird Prinzessin Latifa offenbar von ihrem Vater gefangen halten. Zeigt der internationale Druck auf den Scheich jetzt Wirkung?

Ein Foto auf Instagram könnte das erste Lebenszeichen von Latifa Al Maktum sein, seit die Prinzessin von Dubai vor drei Monaten in einem Video um internationale Hilfe rief.

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/id_90083092/lebenszeichen-aus-dubai-foto-soll-prinzessin-latifa-al-maktum-zeigen.html

Mein Kommentar: Schon mal was von Photoshop gehört?

(A P)

Photos show Dubai princess, focus of UN concern, at malls

Photos on social media appear to show a missing Dubai princess who months earlier described herself in a video as being held against her will out at two major malls in the city-state.

Images published by a woman identified in British media as former Royal Navy member Sioned Taylor show Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum at the Mall of the Emirates at a movie theater there, as well as at a restaurant at Dubai Mall near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-dubai-397db10d93e9d342c826c1721972c545

and

(A P)

Following media requests for a response to the publication of a photograph of Princess Latifa in Dubai, David Haigh, co-founder of the Free Latifa campaign and Detained International said: “We confirm that there have been several potentially significant and positive developments in the campaign. We do not intend to comment further at this stage, a further statement will be issued at the appropriate time”.

https://freelatifa.com/home_latest_news/press-statement/

(B P)

Saudi Arabia and UAE in the horn of Africa: Containing Security Threats from Regional Rivals

The paper attempts to explain the active policies adopted by Saudi Arabia and UAE towards the horn of Africa, which could be attributed to the existence of rival regional powers, especially Iran and Turkey, and their adoption of policies that deemed threatening to Riyadh and AbuDhabi. To this purpose, the paper utilizes “alliance politics” to explain how both countries are containing regional threats by building alliances with countries in the horn of Africa, through promoting military and trade relations, and boosting development.

https://www.academia.edu/41230240/Saudi_Arabia_and_UAE_in_the_horn_of_Africa_Containing_Security_Threats_from_Regional_Rivals?email_work_card=title

(A P)

Leader’s Aide: Ansarullah Movement Key Player in Yemen

Iranian Supreme Leader’s top advisor Ali Akbar Velayati reiterated Tehran’s support for the Yemeni Ansarullah movement, saying that the movement plays a pivotal role in the progress of the war-ravaged country.

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14000229000273/Leader%E2%80%99s-Aide-Ansarllah-Mvemen-Key-Player-in-Yemen

(A P)

Lebanese acting FM steps down over remarks on Gulf Arabs, IS

https://apnews.com/article/islamic-state-group-middle-east-lebanon-beirut-government-and-politics-b23360893f80c313fb433a418a9e3640

(A P)

UAE, Saudis summon Lebanon ambassadors over FM’s comments

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates summoned their Lebanese ambassadors Tuesday to protest televised remarks by Lebanon’s foreign minister, in which he suggested Gulf countries provided backing to extremists.

https://apnews.com/article/beirut-lebanon-middle-east-0494ff38c7e145052c9e95f32df8dc4c

and more https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229180

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229177

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229204

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229146

cp12b Sudan

(A P)

Sudan court sentences officer to death for killing protester

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-africa-sudan-cd0427091548875dd89bf74857cf0fcb

(A P)

Egypt, Sudan to hold joint drill amid Ethiopia Nile dispute

https://apnews.com/article/ethiopia-sudan-africa-middle-east-egypt-41c42e2e5a13ac30f2e622076fac2630

(* B P)

Sudan: Pariser Konferenz ebnet Weg für einen Schuldenschnitt

Sudan leidet unter einer Wirtschaftskrise. Mit einem Schuldenschnitt soll dem Land nun unter die Arme gegriffen werden.
(…) Galoppierende Inflation schwächt die Kaufkraft
Trotzdem kämpft das 43-Millionen-Einwohner Land mit großen wirtschaftlichen Schwierigkeiten. So ist die Inflationsrate gemäss «Bloomberg» im März auf 340 Prozent geschnellt. Experten in Khartum sprechen denn auch von Engpässen bei der Versorgung, mit besonderen Problemen bei Grundnahrungsmitteln, Benzin und Gas. An einer Konferenz von internationalen Partnern, Gläubigerländern und Investoren in Paris bezifferte Premierminister Abdalla Hamdok die Schulden des Sudan auf $60 Milliarden.
Premier Hamdok braucht wirtschaftliche Fortschritte
In dieser Situation, welche den Zugang zu dringend benötigten Devisen erschwert, setzte PM Hamdok seine Hoffnungen auf die internationalen Partner, unter anderem die «Friends of Sudan», welche am Montag in Paris den Ton angaben. Diese Gruppe bildete sich auf Initiative von Deutschland im Jahr 2019, um die demokratische Transition des Sudan zu unterstützen. Darin sind Länder der Europäischen Union, die USA, Großbritannien aber auch befreundete Länder am Golf sowie Äthiopien vertreten.
Premierminister Hamdok braucht Erfolge, um sich einerseits gegen den Druck des nach wie vor bestens vernetzten alten Regimes, aber auch um der Enttäuschung der Revolutionäre von 2019 zu begegnen. Letztlich geht es darum, ob die demokratische Regierung die ökonomischen Bedürfnisse der Bevölkerung zu decken vermag und damit die nötige Legitimität gegenüber den Sicherheitsorganen und damit der alten Regierung behalten kann.

https://www.infosperber.ch/politik/welt/sudan-pariser-konferenz-ebnet-weg-fuer-einen-schuldenschnitt/

(* B P)

Ausbeutung kann beginnen

Afrika-Konferenz in Paris: Frankreich und BRD streichen dem Sudan Schulden. Zeit Rund 60 Milliarden Euro Auslandschulden drücken den Sudan, fünf Milliarden Euro will Frankreich dem Land erlassen, versprach Präsident Emmanuel Macron am Montag in Paris, mit 360 Millionen Euro Nachlass habe sich auch die BRD der »großen Geste« angeschlossen. Es sei »Zeit für die Investoren«, freute sich Wirtschaftsminister Bruno Le Maire – »wir kümmern uns um die Schulden, ihr könnt jetzt investieren«, riet er französischen und europäischen Konzernbossen.für »Investoren«…
Der Sudan, der noch im Dezember des vergangenen Jahres auf der US-amerikanischen »schwarzen Liste der Staaten, die den Terrorismus unterstützen«, stand, dürfe endlich »zurückkehren in die internationale Gemeinschaft«, so Le Maire. Kein Wunder, das bitterarme Land im Südosten der Sahelzone ist reich an Erdöl, Gold, Eisen, Marmor und Uran – Schätze der Natur, die gehoben werden wollen. Es gilt außerdem als schätzenswerter Kunde der Waffenschmieden in Europa und den USA: Mehr als 30 Prozent seiner Staatsausgaben flossen in den vergangenen Jahren in den Militärhaushalt….

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/402648.neokoloniale-hilfe-ausbeutung-kann-beginnen.html

cp13a Waffenexporte / Arms exports

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(B P)

Youths engaging in #Cash4Work in restoring Shibam town's urban landscape, incl repairing the mud wall, mud houses, public spaces, emergency sanitation & water infrastructure. This partnership w/ @EUinYemen, @UNESCO_GCCYemen enhances #HDN approach & leadership n #Cultural_Heritage (photo)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1396877853178793984

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In # Zabid, 25 women and 10 men completed a workshop on traditional carpentry UNESCO and the European Union aim to promote gender equality in the field of # heritage by empowering women and integrating them into work on techniques for protecting Yemeni heritage (photo)

https://twitter.com/UNESCO_GCCYemen/status/1396880114340802565

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Houthis Accused of Smuggling 4,800 Yemeni Manuscripts, Antiquities

Yemeni Workers in the antiquities sector accused the Houthi militia of systematic destruction of national artifacts, through smuggling, trading, bombing, and using the museums as military barracks.

Last year, Yemeni officials accused the group of smuggling and looting over 14,000 rare Yemeni manuscripts and hundreds of artifacts.

A number of antiquities workers told Asharq Al-Awsat that prominent Houthi leaders had smuggled since the beginning of this year, more than 4,800 antiquities and manuscripts, dating back to hundreds of years.

The artifacts were sent to Iran, Lebanon, and other countries after they were stolen from museums and archaeological sites in areas under the group's control.

Some workers at the General Authority for Antiquities and Museums in Sanaa noted that the insurgents are looting many manuscripts from museums in Sanaa and other Yemeni cities.

Sources indicated that prominent Houthi leaders in Sanaa still possess many antiquities, including large and small bronze statues, inscriptions, gold and silver coins, amulets, tablets, and others.

They noted that local archeologists are following Houthi directives in excavating manuscripts and ancient monuments in dozens of mosques and historical sites in areas under the group’s control.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2987736/houthis-accused-smuggling-4800-yemeni-manuscripts-antiquities = http://en.adenpress.news/news/32997

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46857

My remark: As claimed by a Saudi news site, mixing it with anti-Iranian claims.

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UNESCO’s Heritage Emergency Fund implements post-flood interventions in Old Sana’a

Thanks to the financial support of the Heritage Emergency Fund and the European Union, UNESCO conducted rapid damage assessments, in partnership with the Public Works Project (PWP) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities of Yemen (GOPHCY). Emergency works stabilized 18 historical houses, which are significant examples of outstanding mud civil architecture. Works focused on the stabilization of roofs, walls and foundations made of organic materials. Complementary interventions consisted of raising supporting stone walls along Wadi Al-Sailah, as well as paving and construction of decks to further protect the entrances and ground floor of vulnerable building that are used as storage and shops. The works are thus maintaining income generation activities while mitigating future risks of deterioration. The emergency works were implemented through a cash for work scheme, which mobilized 87 young workers (44 skilled and 43 unskilled) over a period of 56 days.

https://en.unesco.org/news/unescos-heritage-emergency-fund-implements-post-flood-interventions-old-sanaa

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17BRT16x2cs

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#Cultural_Heritage is the most #innovation-based activity we use to provide skills & livelihoods & preserve #Yemen's cultural identity. Supported by @UNESCO_GCCYemen& @EUinYemen, youths build durable solutions to protect #Shibam town (world first skyscrapers) vs recurrent floods (photos)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1394712870793879553

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1394711628545859587

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Sirwah photos

https://www.djg-ev.de/de/den-jemen-entdecken/bildergalerie/sirwah.html

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Pasolini: The Snaa Walls (1971; in Italian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocKUTpQZVco

(B C)

The EU-@UNESCO #Cash4Work gathered around 100 young people from Yemen to express #CulturalDiversity through music. Listen to their song and get inspired (film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsfK1pjczXY

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Loud scandal as grandson of Hayel Saeed Anam defrauds Yemeni investors abroad

A group of investors say they have been defrauded and victims of a ponzi scheme by a scion of the wealthiest family in Yemen.

Information obtained by Debriefer indicates that Marwan Ahmed Hayel, the grandson of Hayel Saeed Anam who stayed in Malaysia for 20 years, escaped to Turkey in 2019 with more than $1.7 million that belonged to the investors.

The sum was part of a capital the investors gave to Marwan under investment portfolio contracts in light of an investment and partnership plan he had submitted to them.

Debriefer has obtained copies of official documents, including investment portfolio contracts, bank statements and cash receipts, showing the investors' plight which it is going to cover in a series of detailed articles.

Efforts, both in person or through mediation, have been made in hope of reaching a settlement with Marwan to get our money back but regrettably he has been uncooperative, one of the investors said.

"The name Hayel Saeed Anam was alone enough for us to feel reassured and a decisive factor to have confidence that our money was placed in safe hands. We never thought we would be defrauded by the scion of the wealthiest family in Yemen".

Meanwhile, there are suspicions about the complicity of some family members and a large bank linked to the Hayel Saeed Anam Group in this scandal. The bank is said to have transferred abroad large funds from Marwan's accounts though investors say they had received notifications the bank was not allowed to transfer large amounts.

In addition, the board of directors of the group is not cooperating with the investors and is refusing to respond to official letters with regard to the issue.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25161.html

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[Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Telecom.: Saudi-led Aggression Targeted Telecom. Networks, Facilities

Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology confirmed on Monday, that the US-Saudi aggression has systematically targeted 1,041 civilian telecom. facilities, with more than 2,409 airstrikes.

In statement on the occasion of World Telecommunication Day, it stated that the raids destroyed more than 30% of the infrastructure including the network and facilities. It pointed out to the fall of dozens of martyrs among employees working in this field.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19468/Ministry-of-Telecom.-Saudi-led-Aggression-Targeted-Telecom.-Networks%2C-Facilities

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Leading al-Qaeda figure allegedly killed during infighting in Ma’rib

One of the so-called emirs of al-Qaeda was killed in Ma’rib city on Saturday, amid mysterious circumstances.

Al-Qaeda revealed on Saturday on its official website that terrorist leader Nasir Saeed Lakra was killed, allegedly by conscripts affiliated with Saudi-led coalition forces.

The terrorist organisation indicated that Lakra was liquidated by coalition recruits in the city of Ma’rib, even though he was participating in the ranks of that same coalition in the battle against the National Salvation Government of Yemen.

The exact reasons for his death, as well as the circumstances surrounding it, remain unclear.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/22/leading-al-qaeda-figure-allegedly-killed-during-infighting-in-marib/

and

(A T)

Salih al-Samil al-Bahili, Emir of #AlQaeda's Mahfad stronghold in #Abyan #Yemen, & another #AQAP operative were reportedly killed in a road accident yesterday Convenient. But the real question is: Given he was captured in March 2018, who let him out?

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1395394412969082886

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AQAP claims responsibility for terrorist attacks in Abyan

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attacks against the soldiers of the Security Belt Forces in Abyan.
In a new video released on Tuesday, AQAP showed its terrorist operation against a checkpoint of the Security Belt Forces in Ahwar city last March claiming the lives of 12 people (8 soldiers and 4 civilians).

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32969

and

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#AlQaeda in #Yemen releases slick new video stoking tensions in south & showcasing attacks on #UAE-backed Security Belt checkpoints in #Abyan. Title “From the Field” bodes badly: it echoes an action series title from 2014-15 when #AQAP ramped up ops in south. Batarfi looks well

Ok, the reason #AQAP leader Batarfi looks so well in today's video is that his footage is lifted from an old video (July 2017) when #UAE-backed Security Belt Forces were still rampant Is someone trying to make #alQaeda in #Yemen seem greater than the sum of its fragmented parts? (images)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1394684791925116935

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/19/al-qaeda-announces-major-offensive-against-southern-transitional-council-in-southern-yemen/

cp15 Propaganda

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Former Houthi leader accuses his group of assassinating moderate leaders

A former Houthi leader has slammed the Houthi group and accused it of assassinating a number of its moderate leaders, including Abdulrahman Sharaf Al-Din, Abdulmalik Al-Mutawakil, Abdukareem Al-Khaiwani and Abdulkareem Jadban.

The group has resorted to getting rid of its enlightened and open-minded leaders after it failed to convince them to follow its new methodology which has changed in line with developments in Yemen, Saleh Habrah wrote on Facebook.

Habrah was a top leader and one of the founders of the group. He was also a representative of the group during talks with the Yemeni governments, including the one which was ousted by the Iran-allied group in late 2014.

It has involved other good leaders in problems and infighting, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25183.html

(A P)

The gains the US wants Houthis to have are more concrete than its proposed penalties on them

At the same time, the Lenderking was pressing a Houthi demand, a more concrete one than the FANTASTICAL sanctions against two Houthi members: lifting the blockade on all Houthi-controlled ports of entry to Yemen!

Everyone in Yemen knows what it means to unblock the International Airport of Sana’a while the city is still under the control of the sectarian Shiit religious terrorist network of Houthis

It means Houthis will be able to import arms freely like any sovereign state and genocide off the rest of the Sunnis!

I believe the US is, figuratively, the ‘mother’ of the Houthis, and will definitely stand by their side forever.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46827

(A P)

EER Webinar: Yemen, Iran, and American Policy in a New Era

Oved Lobel began by noting that the Western media coverage of the Yemen war has been highly misleading; the focus has been on the Saudi-led Arab Coalition and the purported American support for their intervention. This misses the drivers of the war. And U.S. policy at the present time has been similarly divorced from reality.

In the areas the Houthis control, their nascent Islamic republic, they have matched ISIS for brutality, they just—like Iran’s other groups—do not advertise it, Lobel pointed out. And, again, this state is what the Houthis want, it is what they started this war for, and it makes nonsense of proposals for “ending” the Yemen war that emphasise withdrawing support from Saudi Arabia, whose intervention was defensive and defensible.

The reason that people can argue for pressure on the Saudis as the way to

“The links between the Houthis and Iran go back [the Iranian Revolution] in 1979”, Lobel goes on.

Having built up the Houthis, formally called Ansar Allah, including helping them create an armed wing, in 2004 Iran prompts the Houthis into “launching a jihad”, Lobel explains.

Ari Heistein opened by saying he agreed with Lobel that “in terms of the radicalism of the ideology, the extremism”, the Houthis were certainly comparable to ISIS, but “the Houthis have much better weaponry than ISIS ever had … there’s just no comparison” and the difference is that the Houthis have state support from Iran, while everyone in the world was against ISIS (with webinar in film)

https://eeradicalization.com/eer-webinar-yemen-iran-and-american-policy-in-a-new-era/

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Iran's agendas obstructing peace in Yemen, bin Mubarak

The subservience of the Houthi group to the Iranian agendas is obstructing the efforts to end the war in Yemen, the Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs in Yemen's internationally recognised government Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak on Saturday.

The Houthi practices, continued military escalation in Marib province and inflexibility pushed by Iran's agendas are a roadblock to peace and stability in Yemen, he said at a meeting with a team from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue led by Romain Grandjean

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25184.html

(A P)

Yemeni President: Prospects of Peace are Possible Despite Huge Challenges

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has stressed that prospects for peace are possible despite the complicated circumstances his war-torn country is gaining through.
Hadi was quoted by the Yemen News Agency as saying that the Yemeni people are looking forward for the peace efforts of the UN and Washington’s envoys, underlying the Yemenis’ rejection of replication the Iran model in his country.

The president also noted that his government is looking forward to peace and dialogue on the basis of the relevant international conventions that can put an end to war and alleviate the burdens of the Yemeni people.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230131

(A P)

Yemeni Official Urges Intensified Pressure on Houthi Rebels to Resolve Safer Oil Tanker Crisis

Yemen’s Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Muammar Al-Eryani had urged the international community and the UN Security Council’s Permanent Members to step up intensified pressure on the terrorist Houthi militia to solve the issue of the FSO Safer oil tanker and avert a large-scale environmental, humanitarian and economic crisis

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230136

(A P)

Yemeni Foreign Minister: Iran-backed Houthi Militia is Major Obstacle to Achieving Peace

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak has accused the Iran-backed Houthi militia of serving Tehran agenda and obstructing all genuine efforts to achieve peace.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230135

(A P)

Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Is One of Biggest Contributors to Yemen

Al-Bilad newspaper reported in its editorial that within the humanitarian and relief efforts being exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has continued its projects in various vital sectors and infrastructure there.

Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest contributors to developing and supporting Yemen's economy in addition to building the capacities of the Yemeni government and its institutions, the further added.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229899

and

(A P)

Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Goes Forward in Providing its Humanitarian Efforts to Needy Countries.

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that as the entire world is witnessing unprecedented challenges and crises, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is going forward in providing its relief humanitarian efforts to the needy and affected countries in the world.
Such efforts reflect Saudi Arabia's noble stances and firm approach since its establishment until this prosperous era being led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH the Crown Prince, the paper said.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230106

(A P)

The Battle for Ma’rib: Insights and Outlook

The Houthis have long prioritized territorial gains over humanitarian concerns, especially in Ma’rib where the economic and military advantages of controlling this city may shift the balance of power in Yemen’s conflict. Ma’rib’s strategic importance is enhanced by the city’s historic regional significance. Today, Ma’rib has become a pivotal arena in the conflict among the Yemeni government, the Houthis, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Stopping attacks on Ma’rib is the most fundamental step to protect civilians and rebuild Yemeni trust in the international community. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the international community to hold the Houthis accountable for resorting to an assault on Ma’rib to win the war, with its impending catastrophic humanitarian consequences. However, to build a successful peace process, the international community—and especially the United States— must change their approach to dealing with the Iranian-backed Houthis. Where containment and political enticement have failed, only the strategic destruction of military capabilities can be effective. These steps alone will not stabilize Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition too must be accountable to facilitate the Yemeni government’s ability to run its own institutions and better serve the Yemeni people.

https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/84588

(A P)

Saudi FM Prince Faisal says ball is in Houthis’ court for Yemen ceasefire

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Wednesday that the Kingdom’s peace initiative to end the war in Yemen was currently stalled because of the Iran-backed Houthis.

“There is no stability without addressing the concerns of the countries in the region about Iran’s behavior, the issue of Iran’s ballistic missiles and interventions must be addressed; the ball is now in the Houthis’ court,” Prince Faisal told Al Arabiya during an interview.

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/05/19/Saudi-FM-says-ball-is-in-Houthis-court-for-Yemen-ceasefire

(A P)

Yemeni President Values Saudi Arabian-led Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen's Role in Supporting Yemeni Army

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229581

(A P)

HRH Crown Prince: Saudi Arabia affirms its pioneering role in advancing development in African continent, its support for international and regional efforts to lay foundations of security and stability

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229247

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230451

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230461

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230133

https://www.isdb.org/news/sdrpy-and-isdb-launch-executive-program-for-development-cooperation-in-yemen

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229994

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229976

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229717

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229445

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229207

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2228980

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2228979

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

May 3: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2026629440820744

May 2: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2025810664235955/

May 1: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2025808487569506/

(A K pS)

Thirteen Houthis have been killed by the army and Arab Coalition airstrikes as the militants sought to overrun army posts in Almashjah outside Marib./Yemen Talk website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46825

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Four Citizens Killed, Injured in US-Saudi Raid on Sa’adah

The US-Saudi aerial aggression launched a raid on Friday morning in Adh-Dhahir district, Sa’adah governorate.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that three citizens, including an eight-year-old child, were killed in the raid and one were wounded.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19534/Four-Citizens-Killed%2C-Injured-in-US-Saudi-Raid-on-Sa-adah

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140845.htm

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25167.html

(A K pS)

Several Houthi militants killed in coalition raids west of Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/05/20/several-houthi-militants-killed-in-coalition-raids-west-of-marib/

(A K pH)

Child Injured by US-Saudi Remnant Bomb in Sana’a

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19494/Child-Injured-by-US-Saudi-Remnant-Bomb-in-Sana-a

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/20/yemeni-children-injured-by-cluster-munition/

(A K pH)

Civilian killed, 6 injured in Saudi-US-led airstrikes on Saada

At least a civilian was killed and six others wounded due to two airstrikes launched by the US-Saudi aggression coalition on Maran area in Haidan District, Saada Governorate on Tuesday.

A local source told Saba that one of the aggression air raids that targeted the Maran area led to the death of a health worker and the injury of two workers and four citizens.

The source indicated that the aggression's warplanes bombed the health center in the area and destroyed it completely.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140442.htm

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140383.htm

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/19/al-qaeda-announces-major-offensive-against-southern-transitional-council-in-southern-yemen/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25115.html

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141114.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/post/19584/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Monday%2C-May-24%2C-2021 Marib p., Jawf p., Hajjah p.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19572/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Sunday%2C-May-23%2C-2021 Marib p., Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141004.htm Hajjah p., Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141024.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140897.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140816.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140714.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140612.htm Saada p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140621.htm Bayda p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140504.htm / https://debriefer.net/en/news-25130.html Hodeidah p.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19505/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Wednesday-%2C-May-19%2C-2021 3 prov.

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.

(A K pS)

Two girls were killed and four others were injured in Almaafer district of Taiz province on Monday in the explosion of a bomb they were fooling around with. The bomb was left by Houthi armed militants before their withdrawal./Multiple social media pages.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46858

(A K pS)

Houthis' marine mine destroyed in Red Sea

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33003

(A K pS)

Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen Foils Houthi Attack South of Red Sea - State Media

The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen thwarted an "imminent" Houthi attack using an explosives-laden boat south of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabian state media said on Monday.

A coalition statement carried by state media said the Iran-aligned movement - which it has been battling for more than six years - continued to threaten maritime channels and global trade.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-24/saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-foils-houthi-attack-south-of-red-sea-state-media = https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-foils-houthi-attack-south-of-red-sea-state-media/articleshow/82903720.cms

(A K pS)

KSrelief Project "Masam" Dismantles 2,500 Mines in Third Week of May

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center's project for clearing mines (Masam) in Yemen demined 2,500 mines during the third week of May 2021, including 1,500 anti-tank, 1,000 unexploded ordnance in Aden and Al-Jawf.
Since the beginning of the project, 249,366 landmines have been dismantled after they had been planted by the Houthi militias.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2230415

(A K pH)

Citizen Injured in Sa’adah By Saudi Bombing

A citizen was injured by Saudi army fire on Monday in Munabbah border district, Sa’adah province.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19582/Citizen-Injured-in-Sa-adah-By-Saudi-Bombing

(A K pH)

Aggression kills man in Sa'ada

A man was killed on Sunday in a Saudi artillery shelling on al-Raqo area in Munabeh border district in Sa'ada, a military official said.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141037.htm

(A K pH)

A citizen was wounded by Saudi army fire on Sunday in Munabbah border district, Sa’adah province.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19571/Citizen-Killed-in-Sa-adah-By-Saudi-Bombing

(A K pH)

Yemeni Air Defense Shoots Down Saudi Drone in Al-Jawf

Yemeni Air Defenses of the Army and Popular Committees shot down early Sunday a hostile spy drone run by the US-Saudi aggression while flying in the skies over Al-Jawf governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19567/Yemeni-Air-Defense-Shoots-Down-Saudi-Drone-in-Al-Jawf

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140916.htm

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/23/yemeni-air-defences-shoot-down-another-saudi-drone/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25198.html

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T2sfNE03cw&t=4s = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8qCcNGMYm4

(A K pH)

Jemens Luftabwehr [der Sanaa-Regierung] schießt saudisches Aufklärungsflugzeug ab

Die jemenitische Luftabwehr hat nach Angaben eines Armee-Sprechers ein Aufklärungsflugzeug der saudisch-geführten Kriegskoalition über Najran abgeschossen.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i58550-jemens_luftabwehr_schie%C3%9Ft_saudisches_aufkl%C3%A4rungsflugzeug_ab

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Air Defense Shot Down Fighting Drone, Najran

Yemeni Air Defenses shot down a fighting spy drone operated by Saudi Air Force in Najran front.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19520/Yemeni-Air-Defense-Shot-Down-Fighting-Drone%2C-Najran

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/20/yemeni-defences-shoot-down-saudi-reconnaissance-plane-in-najran/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25179.html

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYmF2AXVyUQ

and

(A K pH)

More details revealed about Saudi UAV downed by Yemeni defences in Najran

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/21/more-details-revealed-about-saudi-uav-downed-by-yemeni-defences-in-najran/

(A K pH)

Citizen Wounded in Sa’adah By Saudi Bombing

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19516/Citizen-Wounded-in-Sa-adah-By-Saudi-Bombing

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/19503/Saudi-Artillery-Shells-Target-Homes-Injuring-Citizen%2C-in-Sa-adah

(A K pH)

Child, man injured in Nehm, Sa'ada

A child was wounded on Wednesday by a bomb explosion left by the aggression in Ramada village in Nehm district in Sa'ada province, a military official said.

The official added a man was injured by a Saudi artillery shelling on Shada border district in Sa'ada province.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140612.htm

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 3,154 Mines in Yemen During 2nd Week of May

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)'s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen has dismantled 3,154 mines during the second week of May 2021, including 122 antipersonnel mines, 2,720 anti-tank mines and 312 unexploded ordnance, it was reported here today.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 246,866 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled, added the report.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2229510

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Kampf um Marib / Theater of War: Fight for Marib

Siehe / Look at cp4

(* B K pS)

Houthis use US counterterrorism equipment in Marib offensive: Studies center

The Yemeni Dimensions Studies and Researches Center unveiled in a report on Sunday (23 May 2021) that Houthis have been intensively using the US counterterrorism equipment and other weapons they inherited from the Saleh regime to perpetuate their months long war against the government-held city of Marib.

The report said the militants are using tanks of the versions T82, T72 and armored vehicles of the version BTR 80, BM 2020, self-propelled cannons, Katyusha rockets, surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, Scud missiles as well as Iranian made missiles.

It said the Houthis “used 30 American armored vehicles in their recent war on Marib including 12 vehicles specially affiliate to the counterterrorism program” and “other American armored vehicles originally purchased by the UAE army.”

The report cited the US announcement in 2015 that it was unable to account for more than $500 million worth of U.S weapons - given to Yemen – after the Houthi takeover of Sana’a.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46859

My remark: The larger part of the Yemeni army is loyal to the Houthis, and they use their weapons; what else did you expect?

(A K pS)

Houthi drone injures 3 in Yemen market attack

An explosive drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis injured three civilians in a market in Marib province on Monday.
One of the victims suffered serious injuries in the center of Marjiz market in the village of Asdas in Raghwan district, Saba news agency reported.
The Yemeni army said it shot down two drones launched by the Iran-backed militia.
The first drone was headed toward the Kassara front and the second targeted the popular market.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1864076/middle-east = http://en.adenpress.news/news/33004

Film: https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1397004481074769923

(A K P)

Mercenaries torture to death captive in Marib

The National Center for Returnees condemned on Sunday the crime of torturing to death of captive Kahlan Abdul Hakim al-Rumim by the aggression's mercenaries in the prisons of Marib province.

During the implementation of an exchange deal with mercenaries two weeks ago, the committee was surprised to receive al-Rumim's body with physical effects of torture, and after a post-mortem examination by the forensic doctor, it was confirmed that al-Rumim have been killed under torture, the committee said in a statement.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141020.htm

(A K pS)

[Hadi] Government forces say make new advances in Marib

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25185.html

(A K pS)

Houthi terrorist cell seized in Marib by Yemeni Security Forces

A security source in Marib explained that Sana’a-based Houthi militia recruited members of the cell to carry out terrorist acts in various areas of Marib with the aim of creating chaos, destabilizing security and stability, disturbing the general tranquility of citizens.

He noted that security forces seized the members of Houthi terrorist cell when they planted explosives on the international line, targeting medical crews, cargo trucks and passengers.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/05/20/houthi-terrorist-cell-seized-in-marib-by-yemeni-security-forces/

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46793

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1395472214959480835 (photos)

(A K pH)

16 [Sanaa gov.] prisoners in Marib front liberated

The National Committee for Prisoners Affairs has announced the liberation of 16 prisoners of the army and popular committees.

Deputy head of the committee Ahmed Abu Hamra said the liberation of prisoners took place in an exchange process through local mediation in Marib front.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140479.htm

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-25124.html

(A K)

Houthis suffer dire losses in Marib fighting against Yemeni gov't troops

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25101.html

and also https://www.arabnews.com/node/1860811/middle-east

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Siehe / Look at cp1

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

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

(A K pS)

Two women killed by Houthi-laid mine blast in Hodeidah

Two women were killed and two other were injured on Sunday, by Houthi-laid land mine explosion in Hays district, south Hodeidah governorate.
According to local sources, the four women were herding their goats and sheep when they stepped on a Houthi-planted landmine in al-Sha'ela village of Hays.
The blast killed two of them; Douniya Saeed and Sa'eeda Ibraheem. The other two women were seriously injured and they were immediately taken to the nearest hospital by the soldiers of the joint forces who rushed to the place right after the explosion happened, the local sources added.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33000

and also, getting numbers wrong: https://republicanyemen.net/archives/27953

and Xinhua reportsd 3 killed: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/23/c_139965332.htm

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoQQkyYukKQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBmW8NHb_IE

https://twitter.com/abduhothifi/status/1396518246166286336

and

(A K P)

United Nations Mission at Hodeidah: The reported deaths and injuries of many women following the explosion of remnants of war in Heis District, Al Hudaydah yesterday are another strong reminder of the urgent need to strengthen efforts to clear remnants of war, mines and unexploded ordnance. The United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement extends its condolences to the families of the victims

https://twitter.com/UN_Hudaydah/status/1396914989613584389

(A K pS)

Houthis brutally target people's homes in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32983

(A K pS)

Film: More than 120 Houthi violations were monitored in Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peRCOaW6qbA

(A K)

8 killed in renewed fighting in Yemen's Hodeidah: source

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/20/c_139956964.htm

(A K pS)

Film: The village of Ras Al-Hassi in Hodeidah ... Another witness to the brutality of the Houthi militia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66cH5r5_U2s

(A K pH)

Aggression wages raid on Hodeida

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3140504.htm

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-25130.html

(A P)

Daily violations as claimed by the Houthi side

May 24: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19584/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Monday%2C-May-24%2C-2021

May 23: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19572/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Sunday%2C-May-23%2C-2021

May 21: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19545/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Friday%2C-May-21%2C-2021

May 20: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19518/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Thursday%2C-May-20%2C-2021

(A K P)

UN mission denounces Houthi bombardment of market in Hodeida

The United Nations' mission in Yemen has denounced the bombardment of a popular market in Hodedia by the Iran-backed Houthis.

One civilian was killed, and five others were wounded as the Houthis targeted by a drone a restaurant in a suburb of Hodeida last Tuesday.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46794

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(* B C)

Remembering My Grandfather, Who Toppled the Imamate in Yemen

Abdullah Al-Sallal was a revolutionary who toppled the Imamate in North Yemen and proclaimed a republic in 1962. Here, his granddaughter remembers what he was like, as he struggled to remake his country

Jeddou, the first president of North Yemen, lived a long life filled with sacrifice, imprisonment, blood, tears, and ultimately triumph and victory, all for the greater welfare and prosperity of his beloved home, Yemen. And although my time with him was short, I am grateful that I was able to witness the last few pages of his life story before he moved on from this world.

https://newlinesmag.com/first-person/remembering-my-grandfather-who-toppled-the-imamate-in-yemen/

(B D)

Red Star: Artist Alia Ali’s Yemeni Futurism

Born to a Bosnian mother and Yemeni father who emigrated to the US, Alia Ali draws on a question that often concerns diasporic communities: how to identify with your heritage when physically separated from the nation, or nations, in which it was born. But in the case of Yemen it is a question that is perhaps more urgent than it might otherwise be. “Where is the place for Yemen when the land is being erased?” Ali asks

The 13-minute video installation is a psychedelic, multimedia vision of Yemen that pulls together contemporary imagery recognisable to Yemenis

https://artreview.com/red-star-artist-alia-ali-yemeni-futurism/

and

(B D)

Alia Ali’s Yemeni Futurism

From her earliest works, Ali has confronted colonial histories, challenged racial and gendered biases, and put pressure on borders both physical and conceptual.

During a time that is all but apocalyptic, Yemeni-Bosnian-US artist Alia Ali is looking to the future with a radical sense of hope. The photographer and filmmaker is pioneering the field of Yemeni Futurism. Her new work is currently on virtual view at the Benton Museum at Pomona College, in Alia Ali: Project Series 53, curated by senior curator Rebecca McGrew with independent curator Hannah Grossman.

From her earliest works, Ali has confronted colonial histories, challenged viewers’ preconceived racial and gendered biases, and put pressure on borders both physical and conceptual. Her new work follows the same anti-imperialist threads as she shifts from the still to the moving image and contends with the war in her native Yemen, educating international viewers and engaging Yemenis globally in a radical act of imagination. (photos)

https://hyperallergic.com/647489/alia-ali-yemeni-futurism/

(B D)

Analysis of Heavy Metal Pollutants in the Sediments from Coastal Sites of Al-Hodiedah Governorates, Yemen

https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/analysis-of-heavy-metal-pollutants-in-the-sediments-from-coastal/19178170

(A H)

Two people washed away by floods in Lahj

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32993

(B H)

Yemenis find rare leisure time at Sanaa lake

A countryside dam outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa provides the city’s residents with a rare distraction from the six-year civil war that has left many facing poverty and hunger.

Jet skis and small boats ply the water. Children scream and shout with joy as they jump in and out of the lake, a one-hour car journey from Sanaa.

“Families and children find relief in this place and take some respite from city congestion,” said Muhammad Ismail Zabibah who escaped the crowds of the capital, which have swelled in recent years as people flee violence elsewhere in Yemen.

https://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-tourism-int/yemenis-find-rare-leisure-time-at-sanaa-lake-idUSKCN2D407J

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-741-yemen-war-mosaic-741

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-741 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-741:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

07:15 25.05.2021
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