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Yemen Press Reader 146: Krieg gegen den Terror im Jemen gescheitert - Südjemen will Unabhängigkeit - Krebspatienten müssen sterben - Wassermangel und Radikalisierung - Friedensgespräche stocken

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War on Terror in Yemen failed - Southern Yemen to announce independence - Cancer patients must die - Water scarcity helping radicalism - Peace talks in deadlock - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13b Medien / Media

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

18.5.2016 – Foreign Policy (** B T)

How the War on Terror Failed Yemen

The West decided to make fighting al Qaeda its top priority — and only ended up making things worse.

Eight years of Western training not only failed to build a military that could defend the state, but led to a myopic focus on counterterrorism that accelerated its implosion. The mistakes made in Yemen — where military trainers were deployed without consideration for local political dynamics — provide a clear demonstration of the unintended consequences of a military-centric approach to the war on terror. Throughout the period of U.S. and U.K. military assistance to Yemen, al Qaeda expanded both its territory and membership year on year.

The initial battle against al Qaeda in Yemen was remarkably successful.

Deeming the mission accomplished, policymakers in Washington and London severely curtailed military assistance to Yemen, and turned their attention to democratization. This infuriated President Saleh, who lost access to considerable funds and opportunities for patronage. Then, in 2006, 23 senior al Qaeda militantsescaped from a Yemeni jail. Al Qaeda had returned — and with it came renewed Western military aid.

The response set the worst possible precedent. It effectively tied millions of dollars in aid — and the corresponding support for President Saleh — not to al Qaeda’s elimination, but to its continued presence. From that moment, Yemeni efforts to confront the insurgency lost their previous vigor.


Washington and London had sought to increase training and assistance to the bitter end, but without political reform, it had been rendered entirely useless. Today, al Qaeda is in direct control of a large swathe of southern Yemen and is no longer entirely dependent on its tribal allies.

The futility of the Western training program is reflected in the bitter recollection of some British personnel who took part. One lamented the fact that “most of the guys we were mentoring are dead now. There are two who I know are working for Yemeni headquarters in Saudi, but the rest of them are dead.”

“What happened in Yemen,” explained another British official, “was just a lot of money spent, a lot of time wasted, and nothing whatsoever was achieved.” – by Jack Watling and Namir Shabibi

Comment: Very worth a read, here only the beginning and the end of the article. The authors do not take into account the enormous effect of the Saudi aerial war on the further rise of Al Qaida.

18.5.2016 – Press TV Iran (** A P)

Yemen’s south to announce independence on Saturday

The leader of the separatist Southern Movement in Yemen says the group will announce the secession of the south from the rest of the Arab country and declare independence in a ceremony in the city of Aden on Saturday.

According to al-Mashhad-al-Yemeni news website, Saleh Yahya Saied, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Peaceful Movement for the Liberation and Independence of the South, said time has come to announce the breakaway from Yemeni unification as “most of the territories of the south have been liberated and the establishment of a southern national army has been launched.”

He added that the independence document will also be unveiled in the ceremony on May 21.

The port city of Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, used to be the capital of a once independent South Yemen before unification in 1990.

Saied further said that the document includes the formation of a national council for a transition period of two and a half years and an interim government which will be followed by elections in the south as well as the formation of a presidential council. The council will be comprised of six members where each of them will represent one of the provinces of Aden, Abyan, Lahij, Hadhramaut, Mahrah and Shabwah.

Comment: Until May 19, no other report. If this really is true, this clearly shows: 1.) “President” Hadi has little to no support also in the South. 2.) Hadi’s claims to represent the “legitimate” government of Yemen get even more ridiculous looking at the simple facts on the ground. 3.) Peace talks just between the Houthi / Saleh side and the Hadi government do not make sense, more groups must be included. 4.) As a result of the peace talks, a new unity government representing all these groups must be created onto which “legitimacy” must be transferred. 5.) Hadi’s time is over.

19.5.2016 – AP (** B H)

In Yemen's War, Untreated Cancer Patients Wait for Death

Yemen's civil war has wreaked massive destruction and created a humanitarian disaster in what was already the Arab's world's poorest country. Taiz, one of the worst battlegrounds, has seen another level of misery: The city of around 400,000 is home to Yemen's largest cancer hospital, the Amal Hospital, and the war has doomed hundreds of its patients to death because they are unable to get treatment.

Amal Hospital itself has been a battleground.

Taking only patients' records and three of the machines, staffers relocated to a new building in a shopping mall in downtown Taiz. It receives up to 50 cases a day, a third of the number it took in the past, with only 20 beds.

Now patients have few choices.

More than 640 cancer patients being treated at the hospital died in 2015, triple the number of deaths the year before, said Amal's chief Mokhtar Said Ahmed. The number of those who have died in their homes is not known, he said.

Those who were getting treatment have had to endure months-long disruptions in their treatment. And those who survived so far struggle to get back to Amal's new facility.

Feras Ali Hassan, a 10-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 6, had seen improvement over two and a half years of treatment at Amal. But for months, his father couldn't get him to treatment because the family lived in a frontline district, Wadi Hanish.

"We were caught in the crossfire; Houthis on one side and resistance on the other. People were sandwiched in between. People are the victims," said Ali Hassan, Feras' father. Finally, he and his son moved closer to Amal, leaving the rest of the family behind.

But Feras' condition deteriorated in the meantime and now's back at square one. His doctors fear the cancer has spread.

Ahmed al-Makhalfi, who is supervising Feras' case, said that even after resuming chemotherapy, they can only give him small amounts of medicine because of shortages of supplies.

At the Amal facility, corridors are filled by patients waiting to get treatment because bedspace is now so limited.

"An empty bed is usually available only after a patient passes away," said Feras' father – by Marzouk al-Jabari and Maggie Michael = and see also film (German):

19.5.2016 – N24 (A H)

Krebsrückfall – weil Bomben den Weg zur Chemo abschneiden

Seit Jahren tobt der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen. Dadurch ist auch die medizinische Versorgung im Land stark beeinträchtigt. Ganz besonders leiden darunter die Patienten in der Krebsklinik in Taizz.

Comment by Judith Brown: The restricted medical care is not only in Taiz but over much of Yemen, where it is estimated 58% of people have no access to any medical or health facilities.

25.4.2016 – Vice (** B H)

Water Scarcity Is Helping Radicalize the Middle East

Al Qaeda is building wells in Yemen, ISIS is trying to capture dams in Iraq, and Hezbollah doled out cans of H2O in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel. Until the Middle East's colossal water crisis is alleviated, militant and extremist groups may continue to exploit the shortage to gain power, loyalty, and state-like legitimacy.

Lack of water empowers extremists. Nearly 1.6 billion people confront economic water scarcity, and the Middle East's arid climate—along with an increase in droughts attributed to climate change—put the region in particular danger. In Congressional testimony given in March, Paige Alexander, USAID's Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East, said that if the region continues on its current trajectory, it "will likely face 'absolute' water scarcity by 2030."

Access to clean drinking water is only part of the problem. Without water, farmers can't produce crops, which leads to food insecurity. Water scarcity also limits people's ability to carry out basic sanitary habits, thus speeding the spread of illness and disease.

These conditions make communities vulnerable—especially to extremist groups. By either providing water access or holding it hostage, militants like Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Sunni extremist group's arm in Yemen, and ISIS take advantage of the shortage to buy the population's gratitude or exert control.

Yemen is a prime example of the ways in which water scarcity enables extremists. One of the Middle East's poorest countries, Yemen's water scarcity is correlated to its conflict, said Marcus King, Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, in an interview with VICE

The situation is dire. Farmers have stopped collecting and storing rainwater, instead opting for groundwater irrigation, which is extracting water 12 times faster than it can be replenished. Other factors, like population growth, government mismanagement of resources, and the population's addiction to Qat—a leafy stimulant whose trees use half of the country's water meant for agricultural purposes—all exacerbate the shortage. Sana'a may become the world's first capital to drain its water supply, with estimates claiming the city could run dry within the next ten years.

As the Houthi insurgency fights against forces still loyal to the exiled president—and Saudi air strikes continue in support of Hadi—AQAP is building wells and other water infrastructure in Yemen's rural villages to win support.

This strategy is purposeful. In 2013, the Associated Press discovered a document in which AQAP suggested manipulating residents by "taking care of their daily needs like water. Providing these necessities will have a great effect on people, and will make them sympathize with us and feel that their fate is tied to ours."

King, whose research includes overlaying areas of water scarcity with outbreaks of Islamic extremism, says, "In terms of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, [water] will only play into the hands of extremist groups." – by Alyssa Martino

cp2 Allgemein / General

18.5.2016 – PRI (B K)

Shireen AlAdeimi interviewed on Yemen

and the petition she started at Stop Bombing Yemen

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

19.5.2016 – Famine Early Warning System Network

Yemen Food Security Outlook Update April 2016

A further depreciation of the Yemeni Rial is likely in the coming months, resulting in reduced import levels, rising food prices, and a weakening of household purchasing power and food access. This factor will contribute to a continuation of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity in the coming months.A further depreciation of the Yemeni Rial is likely in the coming months, resulting in reduced import levels, rising food prices, and a weakening of household purchasing power and food access. This factor will contribute to a continuation of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity in the coming months.

The highest food and fuel prices continue to be observed in Ta’izz Governorate, where trade flows continue to be significantly reduced. WFP humanitarian assistance levels increased in March in this governorate, reaching around 500,000 beneficiaries in March compared to 181,000 in February.

Although monitoring and treatment efforts have been severely limited due to conflict, locusts have been observed along the southern coast, mostly between Arkha and Bir Ali. Given recent rainfall levels, which would likely be favorable for locust development, there are escalating concerns about an atypically high number of locusts in the interior of Yemen over the coming months. Should an outbreak occur, agriculture labor opportunities in areas including Al Jawf, Ma’rib and Hadramaut may be affected, further limiting incomes and food access for affected households.

In April, heavy rainfall and flash floods were observed in seven governorates (Al Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah, Sana’a, Aden, Ma’rib and Al Mahwit), causing population displacements and the loss of livelihoods assets, crops, livestock, agricultural inputs, and infrastructure, as described in OCHA's recent update. Preliminary estimates suggest that 49,000 people were affected. These unusually heavy rains and last year’s tropical cyclones are also escalated concerns about Desert Locusts (DL). Regular monitoring and treatment interventions have been halted since 2015 but according to the latest FAO Desert Locust Situation Update, at least one area along the southern coast, mostly between Arkha and Bir Ali, has seen several DL adult groups and swarms. As vegetation dries out, the desert locusts are expected to move to interior adjacent regions that have experienced recent rainfall, such as Al Jawf, Marib, Hadramaut, Shabwah and Al Mahrah. During the second week of April, it was confirmed by FAO that adult groups were laying eggs in the western parts of Wadi Hadramaut, as well as several wadis of the interior plateau.

In Sa’dah, roads and bridges that were already weakened by heavy airstrikes were further damaged by heavy rains in April, according to WFP’s Yemen Access Constraints Map. Other key routes that have been affected by the rains include Amran-Hajjah and Al Mahwit-Sana’a, which led to extra traffic and slower movements along the Al Hudaydah -Sana’a route as well. Routes disruptions due to conflict also persist, particularly around Ta’izz.

According to the Task Force Population Movement (TFPM) latest estimates, around 2,756,000 IDPs were identified due to conflict as of April 2016, which compares to 2.4 million as of March 2015. According to the TFPM data, the increase this month is attributed to further IDP populations identified, especially in Amanat Al ‘Asimah, Ta’izz and Al Hudaydah. Due to a generally better security situation in parts of the south compared to northern areas, return movements have been observed in certain areas of the south while displacement continues to increase in active conflict areas. As of April 2016, Ta’izz Governorate continues to have the highest numbers of IDPs (621,000) with around additional 65,900 individuals in April.

Based on available Fleetmon data, bulk carrier arrivals have declined from 21 in January to 16 in February and 13 in March. According to UNOCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 10, uncertainty about access to credit lines for importers, as well as increased insurance costs, bureaucratic processes, and demurrage costs, are all contributing factors to these declining imports. According to official data from the Central Bank of Yemen, the Yemeni Rial depreciated by 16.3 percent in April against the US Dollar, and is currently 250 after being stable at 215 during the past year. Parallel market exchange rates, collected by FEWS NET in Sana’a City, suggest a stability in the exchange rate as of the third week of April, at 268.3, compared to March 2016 levels, but is 20 percent higher than April 2015’s levels.

Wheat flour prices have generally declined since the middle of last year ago due to improved import levels since November 2015, cereal harvests during the last quarter of 2015, and poor household purchasing power due to atypically low income levels. However, the average price in March 2016 increased slightly compared to the previous month (1.4 percent) and is 6.4 percent above January 2016 levels. This slight increase during the last two months are attributed mainly to the depreciation of YER on parallel markets and increased demand in several governorate for wheat flour by traders who are expecting increased prices in the upcoming months. During March 2016, Al Ma’afer market in Ta’izz had the highest price at 235 YER/Kg, or 57 percent above the national average.

Based on average January to March 2016 mVAM data, there are 13 governorates where at least 20 percent of the population had a poor Food Consumption Score (FCS), with the highest percentage of respondents with poor food consumption observed in Ta’izz (33 percent). Al Jawf, Raymah, Ad Dali’, Dhamar, Al Bayda’, and Hajjah also had more than 25 percent of respondents with poor food consumption. Meanwhile, Hajjah has the highest median reduced Coping Strategies Index (rCSI) across the country (27) followed by Al Jawf, Raymah and Dhamar (21.3, 20.9 and 20.8 respectively). = =

18.5.2016 – Yemen Post (A E H)

Economic TRAGEDY: 170% price hike for cooking gas in #Yemen this week causing outrage & fear of millions poor people

18.5.2016 – Spiegel Online (* A H)

Hungersnot: Uno beklagt skandalös niedrige Hilfsbereitschaft für den Jemen

Die humanitäre Hilfe für den vom Bürgerkrieg zerrütteten Jemen ist nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen dramatisch unterfinanziert. Die bisherigen Hilfszusagen der internationalen Gemeinschaft seien "skandalös niedrig", sagte der Uno-Direktor für humanitäre Hilfe, John Ging, in New York.

Die Uno hatte 1,6 Milliarden Euro für 2016 erbeten, um die Menschen im Jemen zu versorgen. Davon sind bislang aber nur rund 16 Prozent zugesagt worden. Derweil verschärfe sich die humanitäre Krise in dem arabischen Land, so Ging.

Rund 13 Millionen Jemeniten seien auf Hilfsleistungen angewiesen, 7,6 Millionen Menschen litten unter einer unsicheren Ernährungslage und brauchen dringend humanitäre Hilfe. Sie benötigten sauberes Trinkwasser und Nahrungsmittel. Rund 180.000 Kinder seien unterernährt. 2,5 Millionen Bürger seien zu Flüchtlingen geworden.

Die internationale Gemeinschaft verschließe davor die Augen, so Ging: "In den vergangenen Monaten hat sich die Zahl der Spender für die humanitäre Hilfe für die Menschen im Jemen schockierend verringert."

Ausgerechnet das Land, das mit seiner Militäroperation die Krise seit März 2015 deutlich verschärfte, hat in diesem Jahr noch keinen Cent für die Not leidenden Menschen überwiesen: Saudi-Arabien. Im vergangenen Jahr hatte das Königreich noch mehr als 200 Millionen Euro gespendet.

Kommentar: Zum Vergleich: Ein Tag saudischer Luftkrieg gegen Jemen kostet ca. 200 Millionen Dollar. Der Krieg dauert jetzt ca. 420 Tage. Saudi Arabien hat bisher den Gegenwert von einem Tag Luftkrieg gespendet. Die UN hat den Gegenwert von 8 Tagen Luftkrieg für 2016 erbeten, die „internationale Gemeinschaft“ hat bisher den Gegenwert von knapp 31 Stunden Luftkrieg für die elementarste Hilfe für den Jemen übrig gehabt.

18.5.2016 – The American Conservative (* A H K)

Famine Stalks Yemen

The U.N. is warning that millions of Yemeni civilians are threatened by famine:

The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are ”one step” from famine.

John Ging, who just returned from Yemen, told a news conference that there has been ”a shocking fall off” in support from the donor community over the last few months for the millions of Yemenis who need food, clean water and basic health care.

The Saudi-led blockade is largely responsible for creating these horrible conditions, but things are made worse for Yemen’s civilian population thanks to the lackluster, tardy response from outside governments to requests for funding relief efforts. The Saudis’ coalition is starving the country to death, and for the most part the response from the rest of the world has been to shrug or offer woefully inadequate assistance. The war on Yemen has mostly been overlooked by the outside world, and that neglect is having dire consequences for millions of people cut off from the outside world by the Saudis and their allies.

Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has been classified by the U.N. as one of the worst in the world, and I don’t think it would be an exaggeration at this point to say that it is the very worst crisis anywhere. A famine should be an avoidable disaster nowadays, which should remind us that this crisis is almost entirely man-made. What makes this crisis especially obscene is that the near-famine conditions in Yemen are the result of the policy being pursued by the Saudis and their allies with U.S. and British support. “Reassuring” despots means supporting them as they starve millions of people as part of their appalling and unnecessary war – by Daniel Larison

18.5.2016 – New York Times (* B H)

Yemen’s War Becomes the Mother of Reinvention

Yemenis are also famously resilient, living in the poorest country in the region and saddled for decades with feckless leaders. To cope with the war, many have seamlessly adapted to new roles.

Pediatricians have doubled as trauma surgeons, businesspeople have transformed into aid workers, and proprietors of electrical supply shops have become experts on solar power.

“We didn’t know anything,” said Khairullah Ali al-Omeisy, 24, who owns an electrical supply shop but learned all he could about solar panels when the boom began several months ago. “We tried to know everything.”

After scouring the Internet, he can now tell customers about the difference between Chinese and Canadian solar panels or the life span of Vietnamese gel batteries.

Solar panels are all over Sana these days, even available on installment plans for those who cannot afford them outright.

Closer to Yemen’s front lines, people have made more jarring transformations.

On my flight out of Sana, I saw another doctor trying to deliver care in terrible conditions.

He was accompanying a mother, a father and their sick infant son, Muhammad, who was breathing with the aid of a manual ventilator. They had set up a makeshift intensive care unit in a row of seats across the aisle from me, on an aging Airbus operated by Yemenia that is one of the few links between the capital and the outside world.

One machine, the size of a briefcase, sat on the tray table in front of the boy’s mother, and another, a monitor of some kind with flashing red lights, sat in his bassinet, never leaving the doctor’s gaze. The doctor sat next to the father, and they took turns gently squeezing the airbag.

It was not clear what ailed the boy, and no one wanted to interrupt the doctor to ask. The father’s frantic calls to Jordan, the plane’s destination, requesting that an ambulance meet them on the tarmac, suggested the boy’s condition was grave. The journey, which once took a few hours, now takes six hours or more.

Planes to and from Sana now stop for a two-hour security check in Saudi Arabia. The inconvenience of the stopover has infuriated Yemeni travelers, who see the security measures as an unnecessary and almost colonial imposition by the Saudis.

As Muhammad fought for breath, the delay was potentially fatal – by Kareem Fahim

18.5.2016 – Reuters (* A H)

Citizens of Sanaa yearn for end to Yemen's war

Anxiety reigns in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, where ordinary people await the outcome of almost a month of peace talks they hope can end a devastating war.

Life was already a struggle for many residents of one of the Arab world's poorest countries, but the onset of the conflict more than a year ago has made mere survival the priority and extreme hardship the norm.

The crump of air strikes, power outages and the deep-seated gnawing fear that their society may never emerge intact have all become part of daily life.

Hope is hard to find, and what little exists lies with the peace delegations representing the armed Houthi movement - which controls Sanaa - its allies, and their enemies in Yemen's exiled, Saudi-backed government taking place in Kuwait.

Seemingly a world away in Sanaa, the ancient city whose old city is clustered with majestic mudbrick towers, the past looks brighter than the future.

But flickers of hope still shine among these Sanaa residents, whose portraits can be seeen at

"God willing, they would agree, because we are exhausted. And if they love the country, they will stop the war that brought devastation and destruction to the people of Yemen."

The sentiment is widespread.

Youth activists fed up by the deadly feud among Yemen's political and military elites that has left 25 million citizens suffering the consequences have warned them on social media: "Don't come back to Yemen unless with peace." – by Mohamed al-Sayaghi and

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

19.5.2016 – ABNA (A P)

Fotos: Konferenz der jemenitischen Gelehrten zur Bekämpfung der amerikanischen Angriffe auf Jemen

18.5.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

NYemen biggest gathering, Clerics call 2day4JIHAD against US invaders Fighting all invaders is a MUST nowCLERICS say

Comment: The US military interference fuels internal strife in Yemen.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

19.5.2016 – Morning Star (A P)

Ousted president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s foreign minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi said his delegation had left the talks in Kuwait over presidential pretender Ali Abdullah Saleh’s insistence on a power-sharing government.

The Saleh delegation also objected to the Hadi team’s controversial nomination of fugitive Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar to head the proposed transitional military committee.

“Hadi is responsible for the [Saudi-led] assault on Yemen,” said Saleh delegation spokesman Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi. “He has no legitimacy.”

19.5.2016 - The Saker (A K P)

Film: International Military Review – Yemen, May 19, 2016

19.5.2016 – Veterans Today (A P)

SouthFront: Yemen battlespace, May 19, 2016

The Hadi government suspended participation in the ongoing peace talks on the Yemen war, Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi, Foreign Minister of the Hadi government stated on May 17. Al-Mekhlafi said the Houthi alliance had backtracked on “commitments”: to pull out of territory they seized in 2014 and to give up heavy weapons they had captured. These demands of the Saudi Arabian side were unreal initially because this move will mean a capitulation. Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi blamed the Houthi alliance that they are pushing for the formation of a new government that would give them a share of power. He also said that the alliance has been violating the truce announced by the U.N. on April 10. Since it went into effect, the two sides have exchanged accusations of breaching the cease-fire.

19.5.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Houthis slam Saudi-backed delegates for leaving Yemen talks

19.5.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Yemen president asks delegation not to leave

Yemen President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered the government delegation participating in peace talks in Kuwait not to leave despite Al Houthis’ unwillingness to accept his legitimacy, a member of the delegation told Gulf News on Wednesday. “We have received a directive from President Hadi asking us to stay put,” Salim Al Khanbashi, a member of the delegation, said. Peace talks in Kuwait came to a standstill on Tuesday after the government walked out when Al Houthis and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s representatives refused to recognise the legitimacy of the internationally supported Hadi. Al Khanbashi said the government delegation briefed envoys of countries that monitor the political progress in Yemen.

The government delegation said that it would return to talks after Al Houthis pledge in writing that they would accept the legitimacy of Hadi and adhere to references of talks and meeting’s agendas. “We agreed to send a letter the UN envoy including our demands to Al Houthis. We would not leave Kuwait as not to be blamed for failing the talks,” he said.

Comment: The best way to bring the talks to a fail is insisting on “legitimacy”.

18.5.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

Yemen rivals recognize UN resolution, legitimacy: UN

UN envoy says Yemen’s peace talks ‘faced some serious challenges’

UN mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that Yemen’s rivals recognize UN Security Council resolution 2216 for resolving the conflict in the Arab country.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government suspended its participation in UN-brokered talks in Kuwait in protest at what it described as the refusal of the Shia Houthi group to abide by the agenda of the talks.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement that the talks “faced some serious challenges”.

He, however, said that “all challenging issues should be addressed at the negotiation table".

“I reiterate that all parties fully recognize UN Security Council resolution 2216 and the issue of legitimacy,” he said – by Zakaria al-Kamali

Comment: What does it really mean: „Yemen’s rivals recognize UN Security Council resolution 2216”??

18.5.2016 – AFP (A P)

Yemen PM rejects rebel-proposed unity govt

Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher Wednesday rejected a unity government proposed by Iran-backed rebels whom he accused of bringing the country's economy to the brink of collapse.

At a cabinet meeting in the Saudi capital, Bin Dagher insisted the rebels surrender their weapons and withdraw from seized territory in line with a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted in April last year.

"The retreat (of the rebels) from state institutions is non-negotiable," the premier said.

The meeting was held inside a Saudi government hall where Dagher read from a statement, with cabinet ministers seated at a long table in front of him.

At U.N.-brokered peace talks which began on April 21 in Kuwait, the rebels made a transitional government of consensus a precondition for applying Security Council Resolution 2216.

But the prime minister attacked "those who want a national unity government before handing over the weapons" which constitutionally belong in state hands.

Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi said his team will stay in Kuwait until the weekend and then take a decision.

A foreign diplomat told AFP he was "not optimistic," while raising the possibility of international pressure on the government to show greater flexibility over rebel disarmament and the transitional government proposal.

Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Wednesday called on the two sides to continue negotiating to "reach positive results." = and by AP

Comment: Thus, any peace talks would not have any result. They do not want a unity (shared) government, but sole rule in the whole country. For that, they play the card of their “legitimacy”, what has been given to them by the US and UK through the UN resolution 2216. That “legitimacy” does not have any other source any more; Hadi’s term actually expired Feb. 25, 2015.

Comment by Judith Brown: Hadi changed the government just before the peace talks, appointing hardliner who were not likely to accept compromise. So its hardly surprising that they did as was expected and blamed the opposition for everything. Predictable.

18.5.2016 – AF P (A P)

Kuwait emir urges Yemen foes to press on with peace talks

uwait’s emir on Wednesday urged Yemen’s warring parties to press ahead with peace talks, a day after the government delegation threatened to pull out of the UN-brokered negotiations.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, whose country is hosting the talks, called on the two sides to continue negotiating to “reach positive results,” the official KUNA news agency reported.
The appeal came after the emir met separately with the two delegations and the UN envoy, in an attempt to salvage the talks that began four weeks ago.
Senior officials from Kuwait have repeatedly mediated and sought to prevent the collapse of the negotiations aimed at ending nearly 14 months of bloodshed.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

19.5.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A H)

Film: Saudi engineer brutally beats up Indian worker.
Every foreign worker living in Saudi Arabia knows that if he does not cater to them, he'll be miserable at best.

Film: Three Indians being beaten brutally by their ‪#‎Saudi employer has evoked strong reactions in Kerala.
They had forwarded the video to their family members, with an appeal for help.

18.5.2016 – RT (A P)

Saudi Arabia warns of ‘Plan B’ for Syria while US calls on all sides to work together

While the world powers that gathered in Vienna on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian peace process stressed that all parties to the conflict should make peace a priority, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister warned that time may be coming for “Plan B” in Syria.

“It was made clear that Bashar al-Assad has two choices – either he will be removed through political process or he will be removed by force,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting co-chaired by Russia and the US.

“We believe we should have moved to a ‘Plan B’ a long time ago,” he said.

“If they do not respond to the entreaties of the international community... then we will have to see what else can be done.”

A few comments: who the hell is he to talk about Plan B or A for Syria. Only Syrians can decide for Syria. He should focus on introducing human rights to his country first!. – saudi arabia a country that cut the head and crucify people a country that women are not considered as humans and a country that there is no voting and parliament in it demands toppling of the leader of another country that elected by peoples vote! what a joke – Dictator with no mandate demands removal of neighbouring government...surrealism lives.

cp9 USA

19.5.2016 – The Week (* B P)

Obama's odious war in Yemen

Just this month, the United States added "boots on the ground" in Yemen, as Obama expands on our involvement in that war. All those self-flattering interviews mention Obama's "frustration" with Saudi Arabia, yet they never mention our cooperation with its discreditable war.

We had already been providing logistical aid to the Saudis and their Arab allies. We've also been using drone strikes on their behalf, a kind of rent-a-murder arrangement with our close allies. The air campaign in Yemen has bombed refugee camps, hospitals, and weddings. But, our Nobel Peace prize-winning president is now more deeply implicating the U.S. in the humanitarian crisis that is the war on Yemen. So, boots it is.

Just this week Yemen's Sunni-dominated "government" suspended peace talks with the Houthi rebels, because the insurgents demanded a new government that would give them some share in the governance of the country in which they live. Needless to say, this strong-arming tactic was made possible only by the assistance of Saudi Arabia, powered by the United States.

Obama only appears to be a man of peace because he hasn't provoked American opinion against further involvement in the Middle East. But the truth is, he is made the United States co-belligerent in a war that had nothing to do with U.S. interests.

By depriving America of even consultation over the use of its military, Obama has positioned American troops just as they were before other humiliation moments like the Lebanon bombing in 1983 or the disaster in Somalia in 1993.

I know it must seem unbearably pious, in the days of kinetic-actions, humanitarian intervention, and drone warfare to ask that the people in a reputed democracy be consulted before their military is deployed to kill and starve Yemenis at the behest of the neighborhood's oil-selling theocrats. This constitutional concern was a piety that Obama once faked when running for president. Well, he's faked a lot of pieties along the way.

And now he's faking his way to being a peacemaker, while America connives to starve Yemen – by Michael Brendan Dougherty

18.5.2016 – Sleuth Journal (* A K)

Washington’s War On Yemen

Obama waged naked aggression on Yemen throughout his tenure, along with bombing half a dozen other countries illegally, exceeding the worst of George Bush.

He’s a constitutional lawyer. In 2008, he admitted presidents don’t “have power under the Constitution (and international law) to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

None existed throughout his time in office. Every country America attacked since WW II posed no threat to the nation’s security. Yet endless US wars of aggression rage in multiple theaters.

Yemen is Obama’s war, partnered with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf States and Israel, orchestrating terror-bombing, choosing targets to strike, committing slow-motion genocide against millions of affected Yemenis.

What’s ongoing is largely unreported, 24 million people at risk ignored, thousands dying from war, related violence, preventable diseases and starvation.

Official numbers way undercount reality on the ground. Media scoundrels ignore Washington’s responsibility for appalling carnage, an entire population at risk.

Is greater US war than ever about to be initiated against an already devastated country, the region’s poorest in normal times, its people victimized by US imperial lawlessness.

Millions of Yemenis are trapped by war, desperate for help and refuge, over 80% of the population in dire need for humanitarian aid in short supply or unavailable for many.

Endless war continues – perhaps for years as long as Washington rejects peace. To no avail, Amnesty International called on Washington and Britain to halt the “reckless” deliveries of “arms for use in” waging war, civilians harmed most.

They’re “flooding the region with arms,” said AI, including cluster munitions and other banned weapons. On May 4, Human Rights Watch accused all sides of war crimes.

It blamed Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries for “indiscriminate airstrikes against residential neighborhoods, markets, and other civilian structures,” massacring defenseless Yemenis in cold blood.

UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait since April 21 accomplished nothing, unlikely to ahead because Washington wants endless wars throughout the region and beyond.

It’s a national sickness, an addiction, an incurable disease threatening humanity’s survival – by Stephen Lendman

18.5.2016 – The American Conservative (* A P)

McCain’s Sickening Defense of the War on Yemen

John McCain reminds us that his foreign policy views are truly vile:

Had it not been for Saudi Arabia, Yemen would have reached a catastrophic situation, US Senator John McCain has said, according to pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

It isn’t news that McCain consistently takes the wrong side in every major foreign policy debate, but it is striking how committed he always is to the terrible positions that he takes. When the Saudi-led war on Yemen began thirteen months ago, McCain’s main complaint was that the U.S. wasn’t doing enough to help. A normal person might reconsider that position after a year of desultory warfare, indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, and the starving of an entire country, butnot McCain. No matter how destructive a military intervention is, McCain will defend it as long as it is waged by the U.S. or one of our clients, and no matter how shameful and atrocious the war is McCain will conclude that everyone is better off because of it.

It takes a particularly deranged interventionist to believe that Yemen would have been worse off without the Saudi-led intervention, when outside intervention clearly exacerbated every problem Yemen had and added a few ones. It is undeniable that the coalition has done an enormous amount of harm and has only made existing conflicts in Yemen worse and harder to resolve. Yemen was already a poor country with many serious problems, and the Saudi-led intervention turned it into one of the most catastrophic humanitarian crises of this century. Yemen has reached a catastrophic situation in large part because of the Saudis and their allies with U.S. and British help. It is sickening that we have members of Congress willing to defend what the Saudis are doing, but unfortunately it isn’t surprising. As far as John“Thank God for the Saudis” McCain is concerned, it is par for the course. – by Daniel Larison

18.5.2016 – Telepolis (* A P)

US-Kongress will Aufklärung über saudische Verwicklung mit den 9/11-Anschlägen

Saudi-Arabien droht, die US-Staatsanleihen zu veräußern, Obama hat ein Veto angekündigt

15 Jahre nach den 9/11-Anschlägen spitzt sich der Schlagabtausch zwischen den USA und Saudi-Arabien zu. Umstritten war eine mögliche Beteiligung der Saudis an den Anschlägen. Nicht nur kamen die meisten Selbstmordattentäter in den Flugzeugen aus Saudi-Arabien und gab es einen scharfen Konflikt über die Nahost-Politik zwischen beiden Staaten (Der saudische Sonderweg - ein Motiv für 9/11?), es konnten auch einige Flugzeuge mit saudi-arabischen Staatsangehörigen, darunter auch Angehörige der bin Laden-Familie, aus den USA ausfliegen, einige möglicherweise auch in der Zeit, als der Flugraum für Privatflugzeuge noch gesperrt war. 2004 war bestätigt worden, dass es sich um 162 saudische Staatsangehörige gehandelt hat, zwischen 14. und 24.9.2001 flogen weitere 142 Saudis mit gecharterten Maschinen in ihre Heimat (Die Flucht der Saudis nach dem 11.9. aus den USA).

Noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit richtete sich auch die Saudis, nachdem die US-Regierung vor allem 28 Seiten in dem 900-Seiten-Bericht der 9/11-Kommission schwärzen ließ, in denen es um die Rolle Saudi-Arabiens geht ("Ewige Freundschaft". Angeblich ging es hier um die finanzielle Unterstützung der Attentäter. So sollen der saudische Botschafter und der später in Jemen mit einer Drohne getötete Imam al-Awlaki diesen geholfen haben. Atta und Konsorten hatten auch Esam Ghazzawi, einen Berater des Neffen von König Fahd, in Florida besucht, der vor den Anschlägen das Land verlassen hat.

Mit allen Mitteln versucht nun auch die Obama-Regierung, derzeit mit dem saudischen Regime vereint im Krieg gegen die Houti-Rebellen im Jemen und in schwieriger Liaison in Syrien wegen der saudischen Unterstützung offen islamistischer Gruppen, die Verstrickung nicht bekannt werden zu lassen. Der Kongress folgt der interessengeleiteten Realpolitik derzeit aber nicht, was sicher auch dem Präsidentschaftswahlkampf und der Opposition zu Obama geschuldet ist.

Es geht dabei im Wesentlichen um eine Klage der Familienangehörigen von 9/11- Opfern, die Schadensersatz von Saudi-Arabien fordern, weil die al-Qaida-Islamisten von Saudis bis in die Kreise der Königsfamilie ein finanziell unterstützt worden seien (Die saudische Königsfamilie und die Anschläge vom 11.9.). Der Senat hat nun, auch mit Stimmen von Demokraten, einstimmig ein vor Jahren eingereichtes Gesetz (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) gebilligt, nach dem die Familienangehörigen Saudi-Arabien anklagen können.

Das Weiße Haus hat schon einmal ein Veto angekündigt – von Florian Rötzer

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

18.5.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A H)

Dozens of #Muslim workers in Gulf state are beaten by wealthy Wahhabis, weekly. Every foreign worker living in Saudi Arabia knows that if he does not cater to them, he'll be miserable at best. This is because the court will persecute foreigners in favor of the Saudis.
When will this injustice come to an end?

Comment: Emirates, see car plaque. The same in saudi Arabia, see cp8.

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

19.5.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Somalia Task Force on Yemen Situation: Inter-Agency Update #9 (25 April - 8 May 2016)


32,162 Arrivals from Yemen since 27 March 2015, at the early onset of the crisis

5,778 Yemenis registered in Somalia since 27 March 2015 (including Somalis with dual Yemeni-Somali citizenship)

20,142 Arrivals registered at Reception Centres in Berbera, Bossaso and Mogadishu since 27 March 2015

52% Registered arrivals expressing intention to return to Mogadishu

9,957 Somali returnees provided with onward transportation assistance since 27 March 2015


During the reporting period, a total of 99 individuals arrived in Somalia through the ports of Berbera (54 persons), in Somaliland, and Bossaso (45 persons), in Puntland. Out of this total, 80 individuals were registered by UNHCR in collaboration with local authorities and partners in the Berbera and Bossaso Reception Centres. and in full:

cp13b Medien / Media

17.5.2016 – Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (* B P)



In addition to providing information, media reporting also shapes the public’s perception of conflicts. The way local, regional, and international media portray a conflict often sets the tone as to what image of the conflict is being conveyed to the conflicting parties and the public at large. Good journalists reflect on the manipulative power of words and images as well as their influence on the dynamic of ongoing conflicts. Hence, media also appear as a relevant actor in every major conflict.

In the context of the civil war in Yemen, media also play a destructive role. Ever since the transformation process under the National Dialogue fell apart in the fall of 2014, media are being utilised as a weapon in the fight for political power and fuel the escalation of violence in the country. The Houthi rebels were able to seize control of state media and are now employing them as a means to legitimise their position. At the same time, the government in exile under President Hadi uses a large number of satellite TV channels as well as the website of the official news agency to delegitimise the insurgents and to strengthen its own position.

Journalists often follow one of the two contrary discourses. In doing so, they disregard fundamental principles of journalism dedicated to non-partisanship and the prevention of violence, which – using neutral communication channels – could contribute to de-escalation and overcoming the conflict peacefully.

Against this background, the Regional Office Gulf States will host its first inter-regional conference on the role of media in the Yemen conflict. From May 17-19, Yemeni, Arab, and international journalists will address the nexus of journalism and the narratives of local and regional conflict parties. The event aims at discussing and deconstructing the impact of journalism and the specific use of language in the context of polarisation and competing narratives of conflict.

Additionally, a collection of papers that examine this nexus between media language and conflict in Yemen will be published in cooperation with the online magazine “Muftah”.

and related tweets of participants:

18.5.–19.5. – Mareike Transfeld

Arab public sphere is owned by the Gulf, media adopt Gulf narrative

presenting sectarian discourses in KSA regarding conflict in Yemen

KSA narrative: position MBS as strong decision-maker, patriotism, diverted attention from socioeconomic issues

people have lost trust & fight media to show how disconnected they are from situation

Syria receives more coverage, narrative: Yemen is not as bad as syria, there is no DAESH in Yemen

stories that are sexy enough for int. media are those focusing on AQAP

people know little about Yemen, will believe what they are being fed by media

only concerted effort will change narrative on Yemen

very little interest in US population in information on Yemen, this determines media coverage

no financial motivation to cover Yemen in US media

US Media invoke sectarian framing although understand sectarianism is nt dominant factor Yemen

coverage improved during the Arab Spring, but biases remained, strong focus on Tawakkol Karman and comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: By doing so, they helped the likes of Tawakol and corrupt opposition to hijack spring.

18.5.2016 – Maryam Jamshidi

The Twitter debate on #yemen dominated by Saudis who have highest user numbers in Gulf

Tweets on Houthis (from the Gulf) spoke of the group as being anti-Arab and anti-Islam

Tweets on #yemen often framed in sectarian or nationalistic narrative that fueled solidarity spaces (primarily for Sunnis)

Because so many Yemenis have turned to social media for facts, certain parties have started using social media for propaganda –

Gulf states directing media campaign abt region 2 West since 2011; #Yemen conflict is only latest ex of this influence

With several Arab states involved in #Yemen intervention, most of Arab media scene supports one (Saudi-driven) narrative

Vision 2030 intended to show "reformist" character of govt and divert attention away from Yemeni campaign

Saudi PR machine twd West is driven by presenting new nation building process, as through Vision 2030 plan

Saudi intervention driven by desire 2 look strong, strengthen Saudi nationalism, & divert attention away from domestic challenges

No criticism of Saudi intervention in #Yemen in Saudi press or social media –

Much of #Iran narrative on #Yemen is set by Ayatollah Khamanei –

#Iran's general foreign policy narrative in the region is that Iran is the savior of the oppressed

Iranian media narrative on #Yemen revolves around struggle of oppressed against oppressor

#Iran not sectarian in its foreign policy; motivated by shared political interest w/Houthis in challenging regional order

Pro-Saudi Lebanese media presents Houthis as Yemeni Hezbollah & suggesting Shias are not Arabs but Persians –

Houthi narratives focus on fighting ISIS and righteousness, communicated through songs, chants etc

Houthi media brings paradise to the battlefield & presents martyrdom as a way of resisting oppression

Because of civil war, Yemeni ppl are not that interested in neutral media

Intl journos may have challenges entering country but many #Yemen journos are also trapped, unable to movie btwn cities cc

What is most needed from Yemeni media is practical information that helps the ppl survive and live their lives - Sara al Zawqari

Instead of receiving useful practical info, Yemenis are getting sectarian, highly biased media from its news orgs - Sara al Zawqari

In a world of group think, counter-narratives are rejected

Journos limited by the readers pre-conceived notions & their own, meaning coverage often disconnected by reality

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

19.5.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A T)

Huge Arms at al-Qaeda’s Dens in al-Mukalla, Confirming Plans to Establish Emirate

“The campaign launched by the coalition and government forces in Yemen to clear al-Mukalla Governorate has revealed the presence of large amounts of heavy arms and high explosive ammunitions hidden at government headquarters or other places and were used by al-Qaeda militants before they were expelled from the city,” informed sources from the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen said.

Various types of heavy arms were found at al-Qaeda’s hideouts, the sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. These arms include “T-55” tanks, “Mortar” cannons, “Tochka” and “Katyusha” missiles, explosives, anti-tank mines.

Despite finding this large amount of weapons, Yemeni government and coalition forces have also found two local plants that have been constructed by the terrorist organization; the first is specialized in manufacturing improvised explosive devices, and the second is specialized in booby-trapping cars.

The sources explained that the large amount of arms and equipment manufactured by al-Qaeda terrorist organization before being expelled from the city recently, reveals clearly their expansion schemes and their willingness to establish an emirate in the Arabian Peninsula in order to threaten regional security and peace.

In addition to the arms, leaflets calling for fighting against coalition and U.S. forces, and warning from working for these forces were found at al-Qaeda’s hideouts.

18.5.2016 – Newsweek (A T)


An Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen is alive and safe in the war-torn country and New Delhi is in the last stages of negotiating his release, according to a government minister.

Four gunmen had reportedly attacked a Catholic nursing home overseen by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity organization in March in the southern port city of Aden, where they kidnapped Uzhunnalil and killed 16 people, including four nuns.

Media reports had claimed that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was behind the attack but no organization claimed responsibility.

But a government minister, speaking to India’s New Delhi Television (NDTV) station, confirmed that Uzhunnalil, a member of the Salesian order, remained alive in the country and that talks between the Indian government and Yemeni rebels to ensure his release were continuing – by Jack Moore

20.6.2015 – Press TV Iran (B T P)

US-KSA alliance represented by al-Qaeda in Geneva talks

A man designated as a high level al-Qaeda terrorist by special order of the US president in 2013 participated in the US-sanctioned and UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks in Geneva this week.

It appears since technically, Humayqani appears to be negotiating on behalf of the USA-KSA alliance rather than with them.

23.6.2016 – Long War Journal ( B T P)

Ban Ki-Moon shakes hands with alleged al Qaeda emir

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was photographed last week shaking hands with ‘Abd al Wahhab al Humayqani, a man the United States accuses of being Al Qaeda’s emir for the Yemeni province of Al Bayda. Standing next to them was Ban’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed.

Humayqani was in Geneva for peace talks in his capacity as a member of the Yemeni government in exile’s delegation.

Comment: A nice connection. More on Humayqani see here:

18.12.2013 – US Dep. of the Treasury (* B T)

Treasury Designates Al-Qa’ida Supporters in Qatar and Yemen

The U.S. Department of Treasury today imposed sanctions on two al-Qa'ida supporters based in Qatar and Yemen. Abd al-Rahman bin 'Umayr al-Nu'aymi (Nu'aymi) and `Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad `Abd al-Rahman al-Humayqani (Humayqani) were named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Nu'aymi was designated for providing financial support to al-Qa'ida, Asbat al-Ansar, al-Qa'ida in Iraq, and al-Shabaab, and Humayqani was designated for providing financial support to and acting on behalf of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

In his capacity as the head of a Yemen-based charity, Humayqani has used his status in the charitable community to fundraise and has provided some of that funding to AQAP and has facilitated financial transfers from AQAP supporters in Saudi Arabia to Yemen in support of AQAP operations. As of 2012, Humayqani was an important figure within AQAP and reportedly had a relationship with important AQAP leaders. Humayqani and others in March 2012 reportedly orchestrated an AQAP attack on a Yemeni Republican Guard base in al-Bayda' Governorate, Yemen. The attack employed multiple vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and killed seven. He is suspected to have recruited individuals to AQAP who were involved in a plot to assassinate Yemeni officials.

Humayqani has provided financial support and other services to AQAP and acted for or on behalf of the group. He has represented AQAP in meetings with Yemeni officials to negotiate the release of Yemeni soldiers held by AQAP and worked with AQAP operatives to coordinate the movement of AQAP fighters within Yemen. Humayqani has directed a group of armed AQAP associates that intended to carry out attacks on Yemeni government facilities and institutions, including a Yemeni government building in al-Bayda Governorate. He has also recruited individuals in Sana, Yemen on behalf of AQAP in support of AQAP efforts in southern Yemen.

Along with the U.S. and UN designated cleric Shaykh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, he has issued religious guidance in support of AQAP operations. Humayqani and AQAP leadership have planned to establish a new political party in Yemen, which AQAP planned to use as a cover for the recruitment and training of fighters and a means to attract broader support. AQAP leadership decided that Humayani would play a public role as a leader and spokesman for the new political party.

cp15 Propaganda

19.5.2016 – taz (B K P)

Debatte Friedensprozess im Jemen: Mit dem Finger am Abzug

Nur eine Entwaffnung der Huthi und die Rückkehr der Regierung können den Krieg beenden. Alles andere ist Verrat an der Revolution.

Wir, die wir für die Revolution gekämpft haben, wollen einen demokratischen Staat, der über den gesamten Jemen und alle staatlichen Institutionen seine Souveränität ausübt; einen Staat, in dem alle Interessensgruppen und politischen Strömungen sich friedlich organisieren, um ihre Ziele zu erreichen. Uns gegenüber steht die Huthi-Miliz, die vom Iran unterstützt wird und mit Gewalt die Macht an sich gerissen hat – von Tawakkol Karman!5302753/

Die frühere Friedensnobelpreisträgerin ist zu einer 150 %igen Propagandistin der Hadi-Regierung geworden. Politisch scheint sie in ihrer Glanzzeit im Jahr 2011/12 stehengeblieben zu sein. Sie suggeriert hier, die Hadi-Regierung wäre der legale Erbe des von Frau Karman „Revolution“ genannten Arabischen Frühlings im Jemen. Freilich hat Hadi mit dieser „Revolution“ herzlich wenig zu tun. Die Golfstaaten und die USA haben diese „Revolution“ kanalisiert in eine Regelung zur Wahrung der Kontinuität im Land durch die Ablösung von Präsident Saleh und die Installation seines Vize Hadi durch eine „demokratische“ Wahl mit Hadi als einzigem Kandidaten. Er wurde für zwei Jahre „gewählt“, die Amtszeit noch einmal um ein Jahr verlängert. Seine Amtszeit begann am 25. Februar 2012; festzustellen, wann die „Legitimität“ von Hadi definitiv zu Ende ging, erfordert nur Grundschul-Rechenkenntnisse. Seine „Legitimität“ zum heutigen Zeitpunkt ist genau so hoch wie beimukrainischen Präsidenten Janukowitsch. Demokratisch gewählt (bei Janukowitsch sogar eine echte Wahl, bei mehreren Kandidaten), mit Gewalt aus dem Amt und dem Land gejagt, Amtszeit in der Zwischenzeit abgelaufen.

Der Artikel kommt wohl zeitlich passend zum aktuellen Stand der Friedensverhandlungen in Kuwait. Dort geht es jetzt um die Frage, wie und wann die Houthis an einer Einheitsregierung beteiligt werden sollen. Die Hadi-Regierung will ja die Houthis nicht an einer Regierung beteiligen, verlangt vielmehr die kapitualiation der Houthis. Nur, warum sollten die das tun und Selbstmord begehen? Es ließe sich eine Menge erwidern, was an vielen Stellen in den Yemen Press Reader immer wieder geschehen ist. Weder die Zerstörung des halben Landes durch den saudischen Luftkrieg noch die dem halben Land von den Saudis auferlegte Hungerblockade sind Frau Karman auch nur einen halben Satz wert. Hier nur ein Kommentar, vom Nutzer Krampe unter dem Artikel auf der Seite der taz:

Nach diesem absolut einseitigen Statement möchte ich in dieser Zeitung auch eine Stellungnahme der Gegenseite veröffentlicht sehen. Weder der Iran noch die Huthis legen die zivilen Strukturen im Jemen in Schutt und Asche, das ist die Luftwaffe der GCC-Länder. Sie veranlassen auch keine Seeblockade, die die Versorgung der meisten Zivilisten erheblich erschwert, und sie dulden auch keine Steinzeit-Salafisten im Hadramawt. Dass westliche Mächte dies alles unterstützen ist moralisch nicht gerechtfertigt, die Waffenlieferungen nach SA und Qatar sind rechtlich fragwürdig.
Genau wie im syrischen Bürgerkrieg sehe ich bei vielen Vertretern der liberalen sunnitischen Bevölkerung den Wunsch, die Uhr auf den arabischen Frühling 2011 zurückzudrehen und zu ignorieren, was seitdem geschehen ist. In dieser Vogel-Strauß-Denkblase gibt es keine konfessionellen Unterschiede, keine geostrategisch handelnden Welt- und Regionalmächte, keine in- und ausländische islamistische Milizen und Terrorgruppen - nur das Volk und seine Unterdrücker, nur die, die den demokratischen Frieden wollen (sie selbst) und die anderen. So geht kein Friede, so geht nur Kriegspropaganda. Ein echter Friede entsteht erst aus der Notwendigkeit, die andere Seite verstehen zu wollen. Davon lese ich hier nichts.

Und Yared A. Myers kommentiert ebenda:

Ist es das Schicksal jedes Friedensnobelpreisträgers, zu einem Krieger zu mutieren? - Ich habe Frau Karman als das Gesicht des "neuen Jemen" erlebt in 2011, war ein wenig skeptisch, als sie sich zu den Muslim-Brüdern und Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar (al-Islah Party) bekannte, der vor der Revolution 2011 nicht durch Freundschaften mit liberalen Studenten und emanzipierten Frauen aufgefallen war - und halte ihren Schritt, die Houthi zu verfluchen, für konsequent aber hinsichtlich eines Friedens nicht zielführend.
Aus den Reihen der Zaidi, von denen die Houthi die prominenteste Familie ist, kamen die Emire, die (den Nord-) Jemen bis in die 60er Jahre hinein von allen modernen Entwicklungen abschotteten -zunächst im Auftrag der Osmanen. Später war die Bergregion des nordwestlichen Jemen für Kolonisten wenig interessant, so dass nur Südküste und Hadramaut an die Briten, später an die "sozialistische Völkerfamilie" gingen.
Die Houthi lieferten sich seit jeher einen Kampf mit Präsident Ali Abdullah Salih - um die absolute oder relative Unabhängigkeit ihrer Territorien Sa'ada, Hajja, Al Jauf und eines Teils von Amran. Sie stürmten in 2014 Sana'a erst, nachdem zwei ihrer Verhandlungsführer an der National Dialogue Conference erschossen worden waren und ihre Wunschregion nicht zustande kam, sondern auf andere Regionen aufgeteilt wurde.
Angesichts ihrer Gefechtsbereitschaft und ihrer Stärke (gemeinsam mit ca. 1/2 der alten Armee) SIND sie DER Machtfaktor und lassen sich nicht wegbomben - es sei denn, man wolle den gesamten West-Jemen plattmachen und ein paar Millionen Tote dafür in Kauf nehmen.
Im Übrigen werden die Houthi, wenn überhaupt, dann nur marginal vom Iran unterstützt: https://www.washingt...ranian-proxies/
Frau Karman, eine Autonomie der Houthi-Provinzen müsste die Demokratie im Jemen nicht stören. Ohne diese Autonomie käme die Demokratie aber nicht zustande. Was ist Ihnen lieber?

18.5.2016 – Asem Alghamdi (A P)

Did The Former UN Special Envoy To Yemen Legitimize The Coup? – by Asem Alghamdi =

Comment: This article in large parts repeats the well-known Saudi propaganda. In special, it blames former UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who had pointed out that before the Saudi aerial war he had led peace efforts which were nearly at reaching success, thus blaming the Saudi aerial war as having interrupted the way to peace, having started the path to the final Yemeni nightmare. That’s off course something Saudi propaganda never will forgive him.

Comment by Judith Brown: This article is rather one sided - for example it doesn't state that Hadi was only elected as internim President for a fixed 2 year term from February 2012, although it was extended by the NDC for one year (and some question their authority in this matter) by February 2015 his term had well and truly expired. It does not state that the Houthis along with other interest groups were all willing to have a five man leadership team with Hadi at the head until elections could be held - the only party that did not agree was Hadi. Partial facts designed to blacken the name of Benomar who as very critical of Saudi Arabia's military involvement, and resigned in protest at the attacks on Yemen.

18.5.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

John McCain: Yemen Would Have Been Far Worse Without the Saudi Intervention

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain recently highlighted the fact that Yemen would have faced a much worse fate had Saudi Arabia not intervened.

He lauded the Riyadh spent efforts, which are being led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, on backing the course of constitutional legitimacy in Yemen, and protecting Yemenis from the Houthi militia who appropriated state institutions and inhibited the law.

McCain expressed his deep concerns on the Iranian administration’s policy practiced in the Arab region and unjustified meddling in affairs of other regional countries.

Saudi Arabia is a main factor playing in the war against terrorism, said McCain. He considered it regrettable that the international community had completely overlooked Assad’s scandalous atrocities committed against the people of Syria. McCain made a point of the international attention being curbed on fighting terrorism.

His statements were made in light of a visit taken by the Saudi Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council Dr. Mohammed Al-Jafari, who is also heading the delegation visiting the U.S..

The delegation had sat down with McCain on Monday in his office at the U.S. congress center in Washington.

At the meeting, Al-Jafari emphasized the Saudi and the coalition’s efforts in Yemen being launched based upon the request of the constitutionally assigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had sent out a plea to back the people of Yemen against Houthi militias and pro-Saleh followers (armed supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh) and to encourage the course of legitimacy, so that all Yemen is subject to both justice and authority.

Al-Jafari reiterated the importance of sustaining Yemen’s stability being a part of upholding regional peace and security.

The Saudi Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council also exhibited all works employed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism in all shapes and forms. He underlined the efforts spent on fighting extremist ideology, and the legislation of laws inhibiting the funding of terrorist organizations.

Al-Jafari gave emphasis to the royal decrees incriminating all accomplices and those involved in combat outside the kingdom. The decrees also include those affiliated with groups labeled as terrorist organizations.

Comment: Living like in a space ship far from all reality on the ground, McCain already had attracted attention with similar absurd statements related to the Ukraine war of 2014/2015. See cp9 USA, comment by Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

19.5.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K PH)

A woman has been killed by KSA jets in Walad Masood area of Sehar district in Saada.

18.5.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

More ATTACKS: 14 Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemen regions Amran & Jawf today as UN peace talks sidelined for 2nd day.

18.5.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Several #Saudi #UAE CO strikes targeted Harf Sufian NE #Amran province N #Sanaa - 3 children were injured by IEDs in Bayda central #Yemen

18.5.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K PH)

At least 3 ppl have been killed in sorties by Saudi jet on al-Shaqraa area in Amran province in northern

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.5.2016 – Veterans Today (A P)

SouthFront: Yemen battlespace, May 19, 2016

Clashes continue along the frontlines with minor advances by Houthi-Saleh forces on the southern front and the Saudi-led attempts to consolidate the ground in the Taiz city. The Houthi-Saleh alliance forces reportedly moved to the Lahij governorate from positions in the al Wazi’iyah district in southern Taiz. These forces took part in the clashes in Kirsh in northern Lahij.
Clashes were also observed in Lawder on the al Bayda-Abyan border and in central al Bayda itself. Al Qaeda supports the Saudi-led operations in al Bayda and participated in the clashes against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Abyan. The Houthi-Saleh forces continue to defend the peripheries of the Taiz city. Clashes are also ongoing in Ma’rib, in Nihm district near Sana’a, and sporadically in parts of southwestern al Jawf and northwestern Shabwah.

Considering the fail of the talks and the tense situation at the frontline, the Yemeni war is facing a military escalation. The Saudi-led coalition will make at least one more attempt to make a devastating blow at the Houthi-Saleh alliance before the kingdom is ready to re-launch the negotiations.

19.5.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

24 hour DEATH TOLL: 8 killed & 25 injured by Saudi attacks & Houthi clashes as UN peace talks cancelled for 3rd day.

18.5.2016 – Khabar Agency (A K PH)

#Yemen army killed of a senior military commander loyal to #Saudi Arabia in #Jawf

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

18.5.2016 – FAO (A H)

Desert Locust situation update 18 May 2016

Swarms likely to form in Yemen

The Desert Locust situation continues to remain extremely alarming in Yemen. Breeding is in progress in the interior desert where good rains fell in November from two cyclones and again in April. As a result, ecological conditions continue to be favourable and locust numbers are increasing. Hatching and hopper band formation are currently under way. Hoppers will start to fledge in about two weeks and the new adults will form immature swarms from early June onwards. These swarms are expected to fly about within the interior as long as vegetation remains green.
The scale of the current outbreak is not well known. The few national survey teams currently active in the field cannot check many areas due to insecurity and remoteness. So far, teams have found hoppers bands in central areas of Wadi Hadhramaut and in numerous wadis on the rugged plateau to the north between Thamud and Minwakh. This area is extremely remote and difficult to access. Consequently, only a small portion of this area has been surveyed so far. Hopper bands have also been reported in desert areas west of Al Abr and near Bayhan as well as on the southern coast near Aden. This suggests that breeding has occurred over a large portion of the interior and many more locust infestations are likely to be present than are currently reported.
In the past few days, ground teams treated 39 ha but control operations are hampered by insecurity, remoteness and the presence of beekeepers and herders. Once swarms do form, control operations will become more difficult.
If breeding conditions continue to remain favourable in the interior of Yemen, there is a possibility that the swarms which form will move about between Marib and Thamud, mature and lay eggs from early July onwards. If so, this will result in a further substantial increase in locust numbers. On the other hand, if vegetation starts to dry out, then the swarms are likely to move south in June towards the Gulf of Aden where the southwest monsoon winds could carry them to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border in time for the arrival of the seasonal monsoon rains.
All efforts are required to mobilize additional field teams for survey and control operations in the interior of Yemen wherever it is safe and possible in order to determine the extent of current infestations and reduce swarm formation and subsequent breeding or migration.

18.5.2016 – Imperial College London (* B H)

Yemen's Schistosomiasis Control Project is meeting its targets under the most difficult of situations. Report in from the 7th Technical Meeting

SCI staff, amongst others, have been prohibited from travelling to Yemen since early 2015 when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) suspended operations and all diplomatic staff were withdrawn. FCO continues to advise against all travel to the country. Unable to meet in Yemen the 7th technical meeting took place in Amman, Jordan between 28-30 April 2016. Participants included Ministry of Public Health and Population, Republic of Yemen (MoPH&P), World Bank (WB), The END Fund, SCI, HPP Project Administration Unit, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and WHO.

The Director of the SCH/STH Control Programme in Yemen, Sami Al-Haidari, updated partners on the mass drug administration treatment campaign which took place from 18-21 April 2016.

The campaign targeted 402,338 school-aged children (SAC - 256,550 enrolled and 145,788 non-enrolled) for treatment in 20 districts in 6 governorates (Al-Dalee, Abyan, Alhodeidah, Amran, Hajjah, and Al-Jowf). A total of 356,803 individuals were treated: 200,021 males (56%) and 156,782 females (44%). Overall coverage was excellent considering the security situation in the country. 89% of the overall targeted population received treatment, while coverage of enrolled SAC was considerably higher (94%) when compared with 79% of non-enrolled SAC.

Due to the suspension of the programmes there is an estimated US$3m underspend in the schistosomiasis control project. In addition, approximately 12 million tablets of praziquantel are currently in country ready for distribution. The WB has made the following recommendations to the MoPH&P: not use any of the remaining funds to procure more drugs but rather request drugs from the Merck/WHO donation programme. This would, in addition to reducing the cost per treatment, engage a new partner, increasing further the partnership approach of the project which has proven to be very successful. The WB recommend the underspend be used in its entirety to cover operational costs – by Alexandra Weldon

17.5.2016 – Transparency International (B P)


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