Krieg im Jemen-Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 164

Yemen Press Reader 164: Saudi-Arabien auf dem amerikanischen Schachbrett -Mehr Totgeburten u. Missbildungen - Friedensgespräche verschoben - IS-Anschlag, 43 Tote - Saudischer Luftschlag, 40 Tote

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Saudi Arabia on the American Chessboard - Yemen: More stillborns and birth defects - Peacetalks postponed unteil July, 15 - Attack by IS, 43 killed - Saudi air raid, 40 killed - 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

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(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

27.3.–28.6.2016 – American Herald Tribune (*** B K P)

Saudi Arabia on the American Chessboard

Part One: Independent player, compliant pawn, blackmailed clan, or criminal regime seeking survival?

I assert the following. By adding the Saudi regime's determination to keep power to the US determination to change the configuration of the Arab world to suit its imperialist designs, we would have the metric needed to explain the US-Saudi relation. That is, to stay in power by American decision, the Saudi regime has to partake in the American plan to destroy the Arab nations for reasons that I shall discuss in the ensuing parts. I also assert that the American-Saudi relation presents the case for an indirect protectorate regime whereby the center is in charge of the periphery in a new way. And I assert that we are dealing with a yet-to-be-defined form of indirect hegemonic colonialism but without the necessity to impose classical territorial control – by B. J. Sabri =

Comment by Judith Brown: This is such an interesting series of articles on the Saudi US relationship - this questions the term 'ally' and shows how an 'ally' of the U.S. is often a person or a regime and not the actual country. It shows that the term 'ally' can often mean that the regime in question is hostage to the U.S. will, and in the case of Saudi regime a condition is that they attack other Muslims and Arabs such as in Afghanistan and Yemen.

Part Two: The occupied mentality Syndrome

I argue that the combination between lack of means, lack of resistance, and other forms of dependence (US political and public relations support, for example) has created a situation of dependency. It incrementally forced the Saudi regime into a mental subordination to the United States similar to an occupied mentality. What is an occupied mentality?

As stated earlier, noticing the magnitude of US military forces stationed at sea, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, and Jordan there can be but one conclusion: all these countries are under virtual US occupation. In addition, if we consider US global and regional agenda and the objective of its forces in the region, stating that the material occupation of the Gulf is moving in unison with a parallel occupation of the mind of rulers is a valid statement – by B. J. Sabri =

Comment by Judith Brown: This is an interesting paragraph in article two "My argument of the Saudi succumbence to the US power is threefold. First, the Saudi regime realizes it has no means, power, or courage to make the United States leave the Gulf or, at least, lessen its supremacy over the governments of the Gulf. Second, consequent to this realization, submissiveness to it in the form of fear sets in and resistance to it disappears. Third, besides protracted psychological conditioning, other tangible factors turned the Saudi-American relation into a complex interplay".

Part Three: How the Occupied Mentality Syndrome Works

Attributing the Saudi policies to the bonds of "partnership" with the U.S. is frivolous. There are no bonds between these two thugs except those of business, military deals, secret plots, and wars.

Marked differences between the U.S. and Saudi polities make it intuitive that such a relation is no more than an opportunistic convergence between two regimes. Said differently, what we have here is a forum for massive business encounters and ideological boastings that both regimes struggle to call "alliance".

I contend that many facts of the U.S.-Saudi relation point into the direction of multiple forms of dependency. The U.S. as a "protector" of the clan, massive Saudi purchase of U.S. arms, financial deals, and U.S. military presence in the kingdom are just the most prominent forms. One crucial aspect of the relation deserves stringent analysis.

A subject often overlooked: Saudi Arabia as a destructive interventionist tool in the hands of U.S. imperialists.

It is beside the point to state that analyses meant to explain post-9/11 Saudi actions and policies must consider the determination of the Saudi regime to take whatever is needed to appease the United States.

Another significant outcome of 9/11 was tangible: the transformation of Saudi Arabia from an American "ally" into a near hostage pliable for blackmail.

I hold, therefore, that the radical change in Saudi Arabia's post-9/11 regional conduct (the war against Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq; the harassment of Lebanon; the anti-Iran bellicosity; the tryst with Israel) was not in response to pressing Saudi needs, or to sudden wakening of the regime's dormant "democratic values". By extracting meanings out of statements, and by reading deeply into the cumulative consequences of the Saudi actions and their purpose, the answer should dispense with theoretical uncertainties. That is, those radical changes were in response to U.S. pressure or other forms of hard persuasion including implicit blackmail. =

Comment by Judith Brown: This article states what I have said all along - that Saudi involvement in war such as in Yemen is a result of background US manipulation. I also think that the background policy of USA is to weaken Saudi and make it more and more amenable to US take over of its assets. The more it does this, the weaker Saudi feels and the more it has to comply with US needs, even if it puts itself onto a suicidal path relating to the Saudi regime.

Comment: A very well explaining series, very long articles, worth your time. I doubt whether Saudi Arabia really can be described not only as totally dependent, but also as almost conquered by the US. In spite of the relationship to the US, Saudi Arabia still - and even more since Prince Dalman is the "strong man" in Riyadh - pursues it's own agenda. Part 4 is to follow.

29.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (** B H)

More Yemeni women delivering stillborns, babies with birth defects: Medics

Yemeni doctors and medical officials have warned about the impact of the Saudi war, saying they have detected a dramatic rise in the number of stillbirths and babies born with congenital defects.

Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in Sana’a, who identified herself only as Jamila, said the number of premature births and fetal abnormalities has grown exponentially over the last four months.

The rate now stands at two cases a day, the Arabic service of Deutche Welle quoted her as also saying that in some cases, babies have even been born without heads or with joint contractures.

MD Wafa al-Mamari, an obstetrician at al-Rahma Hospital in northern Sana’a, said that scores of surgeries and cesarean sections have been carried out at her medical facility in alarming conditions to remove deceased or deformed fetuses from the wombs of pregnant women, and the number is continuing to rise.

MD Ahmed al-Haidari, a lecturer and researcher at Ta’izz University, said that chemical agents of internationally-banned munitions dropped on Yemen will impact Yemenis’ health conditions in the mid- and long-run.

He called for an international investigation into Saudi Arabia’s use of non-conventional weapons against Yemen.

cp2 Allgemein / General

29.6.2016 – Fars News (* B K P)

Interview with Richard Edmondson on Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Wars, Geopolitics

I don’t think the Western media have as yet tried to sell us on the idea that the Saudis are bringing “democracy” to Yemen. That would be a good laugh, although, who knows – maybe that’ll be the next lie they try to pedal. One way to understand this conflict in Yemen is the same way in which, I suppose, most people try to fathom most of the conflicts in the world today – that is in terms of the geopolitical interests of the major powers. Just about every conflict in the world today is a proxy war to one degree or another, and certainly, as you point out, the US and Israel have both picked sides in this fight and are clearly supporting the Saudis. So that’s one way of looking at it. At the same time, I don’t doubt that there is a considerable amount of inter-tribal and inter-clan politics playing a role in this as well. Nor do I for a moment pretend to be an expert in Yemeni domestic politics. What never ceases to amaze me, though, is the effect to which the divide-and-conquer strategy gets successfully employed, over and over again.

That there are people who still believe the United States is all about promoting democracy is just amazing to me – and apparently a fair number of people do still cling to that belief.

Comment by Judith Brown: An interesting interview of an American activist and author on the policies of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. It is of course of an Iranian website but none the less shows quite as astute grasp of some of the major power bases and their effects on humanity, policy, war, and not least, the UN.

28.6.2016 – Truth NGO (** B K P)

Saudi Intervention in Yemen Is a Clear Violation of International Law. Interview with Conn Hallinan

The demand by Saudi Arabia and some of its GCC allies to remove the country from the list was really a scandal. It also put the U.S. and the United Kingdom in an uncomfortable spot because the Saudi-GCC air campaign and naval blockade [as] the source of most of the damage being inflicted on Yemeni children could not be carried out without the active help of both western powers.

Saudi intervention in Yemen is a clear violation of international law. A country can only take military action if it is attacked, or there is imminent danger.

The international community has disgraced itself in Yemen. It has largely remained silent in the face of an endless string of war crimes.

The Saudi lobby works best when it works in the shadows, because, as I said, the Kingdom is not popular with most Americans.

Daesh is a direct outgrowth of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Wahhabism. The Saudis don’t claim they have created a caliphate – in this they differ from the Islamic State, but otherwise they are the same.

Clinton will be friendlier to the Saudis than Obama, because the latter resented Saudi Arabia’s efforts, as well as Turkey’s, to pull the U.S. into the Syrian civil war and Yemen.

By Conn Hallinan and Kourosh Ziabari =

28.6.2016 – Law Fare Blog (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia and Yemen at the Crossroads

The United Nations’ new "roadmap" is unlikely to put the country back together, but it may keep the fragile ceasefire in place.

The Security Council adopted Resolution 2216 in April 2015 to provide a framework for resolving the Yemen war. It is a very one-sided document.

The newly announced U.N, roadmap is unlikely to be implemented. The Houthis are unlikely to quit Sanaa and other northern cities, disarm and accept Hadi's return. At a minimum, they want a new transitional government to replace the discredited old regime. Hadi would be sidelined.

It's unclear where the Saudis are positioned now on the war.

While the parties to the U.N. talks in Kuwait say they want a united Yemen, many southerners would prefer a return to southern independence. Saudi Arabia backed a southern secessionist rebellion in 1994. In the Middle East, 'temporary' partitions have a tendency to be lasting.

The Houthis may prefer to keep control of Sanaa and other major northern cities to the ambiguity of a transitional government. A de facto, Houthi dominated north is predominantly Zaydi. The south is Sunni – by Bruce Riedel

11.6.2016 – Yemen Watch (* B H K P)

The UN Hears No Evil and Sees No Evil in Yemen

MONA’s co-founder Dr. Riaz Karim tells me that he is not surprised by the UN move.

"By removing the Saudi-led coalition from the blacklist for child deaths in Yemen, the United Nations has once again sold out its principles to the Saudi bloodlust," Dr. Karim stresses.

"The number of child deaths reported by the UN does not reflect the reality on the ground. Those children who die everyday due to a lack of food and medication are also part of the grand scheme of things. They are dying because of the blockade, which is also used as a weapon of war," he says.

The decision to remove Riyadh from the blacklist is not just about saving the estimated 150 million dollars in contributions to UN agencies from the US, UK and Persian Gulf Arab monarchies.

It is rather about the billions of dollars in arms deals, which were seriously jeopardized by the UN announcement declaring Saudi Arabia as a violator of children’s rights.

According to the Leahy Law, the US Department of State and Department of Defense are prohibited from providing military assistance to foreign governments that are classified as human rights violators.

So, less than 48 hours after the UN was forced to remove Riyadh from its list of disrepute, the American multinational corporation Boeing announced that it would start delivering 24 US AH-6i Little Bird attack helicopters to the Saudis.

The helicopters can be armed with Hellfire missiles, rocket launchers, mini-guns, and machine guns – by Darko Lazar

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

29.6.2016 – Oxfam (* B H K)

Oxfam chief calls Yemen 'Syria without the cameras'

Fact-finding mission reveals depths of suffering

The people of Yemen are facing one of the world's gravest humanitarian crises away from the gaze of TV cameras while Western backers fuel its destruction, Oxfam said today.

The fact that the almost three million people fleeing their homes are trapped within the country’s borders and the international media is unable to get access has meant that the suffering continues under the world’s radar.

Just back from a fact-finding mission to Yemen Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said:

“The scale of suffering for millions in Yemen is staggering with half the country going to bed hungry every night because of astronomical food prices. Since the beginning of the conflict, regular bombing and shelling have forced 2.8 million people from their homes, while the economy is in tatters.

“I met people who had been bombed out of or fled their homes in fear, now dependent on agencies like Oxfam for food, water and shelter. They want to go home, but can't. I saw children with guns, bombed out schools, and communities with very little, sharing what they have. and download of footage:

29.6.2016 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen - Taizz Governorate; Access Constraints as of 28 June 2016

28.6.2016 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen Access Constraints as of 28 June 2016

28.6.2016 – Qatar Red Crescent Society (A H)

QRCS provides medical supplies, dispatches mobile clinics in Yemen

Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) mission in Yemen has continued its efforts to support the medical sector in the war-torn country, by initiating the 2nd phase of supplying hospitals with medications and medical consumables as well as dispatching mobile clinics over three days in four Yemeni governorates, at a cost of $272,777 (QR 992,355).

28.6.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (B H)

Infographic: What do Yemenis expect from us: To uphold the norms that safeguard humanity

27.6.2016 – 7 Days (* B H)

Yemeni diplomat describes water and power shortages

Vice Consul General Rafat Hassan Mohammed spoke about the challenges his people face after the United Nations last week said it will have to scale back aid due to severe funding problems.

It said 14 million people are in need of urgent food aid that the organisation can no longer afford to provide.

The UN’s World Food Programme currently supports about 3.5 million people, which it said would cost about $200 million to fund in the coming months.

“No one has enough food in any of the governorates, even in Sana’a,” Mohammed said of Yemen’s 21 governorates. “The situation is very difficult.”

Comment: Even this can be used to blame the Houthis. Also in their “liberated” areas, the Hadi government still was not able to restore electricity. And the Saudi blockade, combined to the destruction of roads and infrastructure by the Saudi air raids, even is not worth mentioning.

27.6.2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen EMOP: Monitoring and Evaluation Quarterly - Issue 02 (January - March 2016)

This quarter, 2.6 million, 3.2 million and 3.4 million beneficiaries were assisted with emergency general food distribution in January, February and March respectively. The reach has greatly increased since last quarter.•For half of the beneficiaries, food assistance provided their main source of food.

Food consumption of general food distribution beneficiaries continues to be substantially better this quarter when compared to the pre-assistance baseline.

Nutrition treatment and geographical coverage had significantly increased following the scale up of the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach. Under this expansion, the number of targeted beneficiaries had doubled, and health service facilities had tripled in the 14 high prioritized targeted governorates. and in full:

27.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (B H)

More than 100 Yemenis died & more than 1500 still conflicting with dengue fever in Baihan-Shabwa south.Health ministry appealing for help!

6.2016 – Uncloak (* B H)

War experiences told by the people who lived them.

Ali's story

My leg was bleeding, my hand was bleeding, and I was dizzy and I couldn't hear a thing.

Salah's story

It was as if we just passed into a different country or even a different realm!. it was an incredible eye-opening experience for me!

Younis's story

All these thoughts kept rushing in my mind. Till my mobile rang. and It was her.

Alaaddin's story

I realized that my brother was not there, fear crept into my body and I started shaking "where is shady?" I said. and on this site also:

27.6.2016 – The talking of the Soul (B H)

The War Stories Collector

‘I made a website called Uncloak that shares the stories of people living in war zones and the incidents and experiences they had. Until now I’ve published four stories. And I’m looking for more.
Uncloak was made to share the incidents and stories that happened to people in all war zones. Not just Yemen.’

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

It is evident that the Houthis commit crimes against humanity and war crimes. Pro-Saudi propaganda uses these facts for rather odd propaganda vile concontions. Look at cp15 Propaganda.

29.6.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Houthis apologise to US over use of 'Death to America' slogan

Yemen’s Houthi rebel movement have given the United States a “sincere apology” for its infamous slogan “Death to America,” according to a pan-Arab newspaper.

Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Wednesday that the apology was made during a meeting between the two sides in Kuwait on Tuesday evening.

According to al-Quds al-Arabi, the explanation the Houthis gave for using the slogan was that it was for "domestic consumption as a means to attract support in the streets and create a common cause between their supporters to keep them united". – by Karim El-Bar

Comment: True or not, this is what the media reports. (and the slogan dates long back: journalists should do a bit of research)

29.6.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A)

Ten Armed men breaking into a gas station in ‪#‎sanaa and kill the owner. News in Arabic in the link

28.6.2016 – Alezzisa (A K P)

The Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee opens first exhibition ofYemeni military industries (images)

27.6.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

New GPC party proposal to end #Yemen war calls for international war crimes inquiry and GCC-funded war compensation fund.

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

27.6.2016 – The National UAE (A P)

Yemen qat ban breathes new life into Aden

The ban on qat in Aden has transformed the city with some men now taking their families for picnics and walks instead of sitting outside their homes, eyes glazed and cheeks puffed up with wads of the narcotic leaf.

Authorities in southern Yemen banned the sale of qat on week days in May, citing “security, social and health" concerns. Qat is now only sold on Thursdays and Fridays — the Yemeni weekend – by Mohammed Al Qalisi

Comment: Government’s authority in Aden is almost at zero, and there are much greater problems than qat, which the government is not able to solve. Do the people really care for the ban on qat, or is this article mainly propaganda?

27.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS killed tonight brigadier Huraiz Halemi in Aden south where these exploit Saudi-made chaos to rule

27.6.2016 – Zeit Online (* A T)

"Islamischer Staat" bekennt sich zu Anschlägen mit mehr als 40 Toten

Im Süden des Jemen sind mehr als 40 Menschen bei Terrorangriffen getötet worden. In der Hafenstadt Mukalla, einer ehemaligen Hochburg des Islamisten-Netzwerks Al-Kaida, sprengten sich nach Angaben der Regierung fünf Angreifer an vier verschiedenen Orten in die Luft. Die Terrorgruppe "Islamischer Staat" (IS) bekannte sich zu den Selbstmordattentaten und sprach von 50 Toten.

Nach Angaben von Sicherheitskräften sprengten sich zunächst zeitgleich an drei Kontrollpunkten drei Attentäter in die Luft. Die Terroristen griffen an, als die Soldaten am Abend gerade das Fastenbrechen begingen. Einer der Attentäter fragte demnach die Streitkräfte noch, ob er mit ihnen essen dürfe, bevor er sich in die Luft sprengte. Wenig später gab es eine vierte Attacke am Eingang eines Militärcamps, dort schlugen zwei Selbstmordattentäter zu.

Insgesamt wurden mindestens 40 Soldaten sowie eine Frau und ein Kind getötet. und von dpa und von TRT:

Kommentar: Zuletzt wurden offiziell 48 Tote und 30 Verwundete genannt.

27.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A T)

MORE DEAD: 42+ killed in series of car bomb attacks targeting military positions in #Yemen region of Hadramout (images)

Comment: Figure of 42 killed reported also by AFP.

27.6.2016 – Reuters (* A T)

Islamic State bombings in southern Yemen kill 38: medics

Three coordinated Islamic State bomb attacks on Yemeni government forces killed 38 people in the southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, medics and security sources said.

They said 24 other people were wounded in the bombings, which occurred just as soldiers were about to break their day-long fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack via their online news agency, Amaq.

The first explosion occurred as an attacker detonated his suicide vest at a checkpoint on Mukalla's western approaches.

A second blast came from a bomb-laden car at the military intelligence headquarters, and the last was an improvised explosive device which went off as soldiers were about to begin their evening meal – by Mohammed Mukhashaf and by AFP: and by The Guardian:

Comment: The figure has increased to 48 killed and 30 injured:

28.6.2016 – AAP (A T)

Senior military commander Major General Farag al-Bohsony said the death toll from a series of attacks on Monday night in the southern city of Mukalla rose to 48.

He said the attacks, blamed on Yemen's Islamic State affiliate, also wounded 30 people.

27.6.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

How terrorists killed 43 soldiers in Hadhramaut today : By preying on their kindness.

27.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

1 of 4 Yemen ISIS suicide bombers who killed 54 soldiers under US-backed UAE invaders in Mukalla east tonight. (graphic image)

27.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen ISIS claimed responsibility for killing 54 soldiers tonight in Mukalla east/under US-backed UAE invaders and also

27.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS carried out 4 suicide bombings against US-backed UAE forces in Mukalla east. More than 30 killed (images)

27.6.2016 – Saeed Al-Batati (A T)

Ambulances sirens still echoing the city of #Mukalla and hospitals are calling for blood donations

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

29.6.2016 – Human Rights Watch (A P)

Saudi Arabia tried to block @HRW and @AmnestyOnline press conference at the UN. Tune in at 11am EST to find out why and

29.6.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A K P)

UN: Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Assembly should immediately suspend Saudi Arabia’s membership rights on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. A two-thirds majority of the General Assembly may suspend the membership rights of any Human Rights Council member engaged in “gross and systematic violations of human rights.”

“Saudi Arabia has amassed an appalling record of violations in Yemen while a Human Rights Council member, and has damaged the body’s credibility by its bullying tactics to avoid accountability,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch. “UN member countries should stand with Yemeni civilians and suspend Saudi Arabia immediately.” and film

29.6.2016 – DPA (A P)

Friedensgespräche für zwei Wochen unterbrochen

Die festgefahrenen Jemen-Friedensgespräche in Kuwait werden für mehr als zwei Wochen unterbrochen. Die Unterhändler beider Seiten würden die Zeit bis zum 15. Juli nutzen, um sich mit ihren jeweiligen Führungen zu beraten, teilte Uno-Vermittler Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed mit.

29.6.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

U.N.-backed Yemen peace talks adjourn until July 15: envoy

United Nations-mediated talks to end more than a year of war in Yemen have adjourned and will reconvene in Kuwait on July 15 after the Muslim Eid holiday, the U.N. envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said on Wednesday.

"The two delegations will use the coming two weeks to meet their respective leaderships," Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

"(They) will then return to Kuwait on 15 July with practical recommendations on how to implement the necessary mechanisms that will enable them to sign a peace accord and thus end the conflict in Yemen," he said.

29.6.2016 – UN News Centre (* A P)

UN-supported Yemeni peace talks entering new phase, says UN envoy

With an agreement on the guiding principles for the Yemen peace talks, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today announced that the UN-supported talks will enter a new phase for the next two weeks.

“After extensive discussions with the participants, the main principles that will guide the next phase of Yemeni talks had been established,” UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, told reporters in New York, quoting Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

He added that the principles are based on working papers submitted by the two delegations and the recommendations of the specialized committees.

“The two delegations will use the coming two weeks to meet their respective leaderships and will then return to Kuwait on 15 July with practical recommendations on how to implement the necessary mechanisms that will enable them to sign a peace accord and end the conflict in Yemen,” Mr. Haq said.

During the next two weeks, the Special Envoy will also meet with key Yemeni and regional stakeholders and urge them for a comprehensive solution that will address the issues discussed in the talks, and ensure the security and stability of Yemen.

29.6.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Russland fordert Fortsetzung der Jemen-Friedensverhandlungen in Kuwait

Das russische Außenministerium hat in einer Erklärung die jemenitischen Gruppen und Konfliktparteien aufgefordert die Friedensverhandlungen in Kuwait zu unterstützen.

28.6.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Film: Yemen talks pause, Houthis pledge to US some withdrawals

Yemeni government delegation has reiterated during the Kuwait consultations, that the road map for a comprehensive and sustainable peace inevitably requires the removal of the coup, the withdrawal of weapons, and the withdrawal from cities. On the other hand, Western diplomatic sources told Al-Arabiya that the coupists delegation pledged to the US Under-Secretary of State, Thomas Shannon, to carry out some withdrawals in implementation of a US request.

The UN envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, unveiled his diplomatic activity, and held separate meetings with the delegations of the government and the coupists on the draft of a joint statement, announcing the suspension of consultations for two weeks. In the eyes of observers, this step gives a chance for the negotiators to catch breath, and have a break before welcoming the most important stage in the consultations lifetime.

Comment: Saudi media. The Hadi government still blocking the peace talks by asking the capitulation of the Houthis (their delegation here as: “coupists delegation”).

Comment: What is interesting is that the Arabic media is continuosly referring to a possible 'battle for Sanaá'. It has been in the media for a year, now and it would nullify over 2 months of peace talks.

27.6.2016 – Inner City Press (* A P)

On Yemen, ICP Asks UN of Saudi Strikes, Talks Suspension, UN In Denial

Meanwhile, Inner City Press' sources tell it, Houthis are negotiating directly with Saudi, making the UN talks in Kuwait essentially a sideshow, now suspended.
On June 27, Inner City Press asked Ban's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN Transcript here : (and following) – by Matthew Russell Lee

27.6.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Film: Houthi delegation continues efforts to derail Yemen talks

In Kuwait, the delegation of the legitimate government to Yemeni peace consultations will meet today with Thomas Shannon, US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and British Prime Minister's envoy, while UN envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed intends holding two separate meetings with the delegations of the government and the rebels to discuss the draft of a joint statement announcing the suspension of consultations for two weeks. The government's delegation meetings came after a meeting between the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Houthi rebels' delegation, amid reports about American-British efforts to convince the Yemeni government to continue the dialogue with the rebels, and grant the United Nations special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed more time to continue his efforts in order to bridge the gap of deep differences and reach a comprehensive solution acceptable by both sides.

Comment: The headline has nothing to do with the report itself, it is mere propaganda. Obviously, the opposite is true, look at YPR 163, cp1. While the Houthis want to achieve a consensus government and power sharing, the Hadi government refuses any compromise with the Houthis and demands that they should capitulate. Who is eager to derail the talks?

27.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Ban Ki-moon Calls for the Release of Political Prisoners in Yemen

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon called for the release of political prisoners, journalists and civil society activists in Yemen before Eid Al-Fitr. His comments came after he recently said that he was optimistic about the release of prisoners and detainees.

This confirms the report that Asharq Al-Awsat published last week about the fact that the detainees who were recently released by the rebel militias in Yemen were in fact citizens who were arrested from their homes, on roads and at checkpoints, and that they have nothing to do with the legitimate forces and the fighting. The local sources from Taiz that informed Asharq Al-Awsat about this added that there are still many citizens who are languishing in the militias’ prisons in various areas under their control.

Comment: On the Saudi claim about these prisoners see also YPR 163. It is almost impossible to differ between propaganda and reality.

27.6.2016 – AFP / AP (A P)

Yemeni talks to be suspended after deadlock - officials

They will return to talks in mid-July following the Eid Al Fitr holiday

Yemen’s warring parties plan to suspend talks on ending more than a year of conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough, negotiators said Monday.

Two negotiators representing Al Houthi rebels and their allies, and one from the internationally-recognised government, said that the two sides were drafting a joint statement to announce that they will return to talks mid-July, following the holiday of Eid Al Fitr.

One of the negotiators, a minister in the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, says “the return to the talks is meant to save face after reaching a deadlock.”

27.6.2016 – Tasnim News (A P)

Comprehensive Solution at Hand in Yemen Peace Talks: Houthi Movement

Spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammed Abdulsalam said a comprehensive solution to the Yemeni crisis is close to reach at the ongoing peace talks between the movement and representatives of the Arab country’s former regime in Kuwait.

The main bone of contention in the talks is reportedly a demand by the Hadi delegation for the Houthis to start disarming and withdrawing from the areas they have captured before any political settlement. The Houthis took over state matters when Hadi resigned back in January 2015.

Houthis have rejected the call, saying they will only accept a deal on military and security issues after a consensus is reached on the next president and a unity government in Yemen. and also

Comment: This statement is only a wish, the reality up to now is different (see YPR 163, cp1).

25.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

S Arabia does not want peace in Yemen: Activist

Press TV has interviewed Hussain al-Bukhaiti, an activist and political commentator in Sana’a.

I think it is about time that Ansarullah delegates in Kuwait might come soon back to Yemen because you have seen that the Saudis have not stopped their air campaign in Yemen and we know that these talks in Kuwait are just a cover-up by the UN for Saudi new military operation in Yemen especially land operation and we remember as well that the invasion in Aden last year happened during a UN ceasefire, a UN truce.

So the same story is happening again in Yemen

So I think the talks in Kuwait are going nowhere because we have seen that after two months of talks, strikes still continue, attacks still continue, there is no lift of the blockade, people in Yemen are still suffering.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

28.6.2016 – Washington Post (A P)

A 30-year-old Saudi prince could jump-start the kingdom — or drive it off a cliff

Starting in January 2015 with the accession of King Salman, Saudi Arabia has been shaken by the bold reform campaign of his son, known at home and abroad by his initials, MBS. By outmaneuvering and sometimes defying his elders, the young deputy crown prince has turned the politics of this conservative, sometimes sclerotic monarchy upside down.

It’s hard not to root for a young leader who seeks to transform a country whose conservatism and religious fundamentalism have been obstacles to change in the Muslim world for generations. A half-dozen prominent Saudi-watchers who have met MBS told me they think he has the potential to rebuild Saudi Arabia into a more dynamic country that’s much more able to protect its security and that of its neighbors. But many worry that he’s also capable of driving his country off a cliff with his headstrong, sometimes reckless behavior.

A simple way to explain MBS’s goal is that he would like to make an inward-looking, hyper-cautious Saudi Arabia look more like the neighboring United Arab Emirates, with its dizzying skyscrapers and freewheeling market economy. MBS seems to recognize that this economic transformation won’t be possible without easing Saudi Arabia’s strict Islamic traditions – by David Ignatius

Comment: And again – as already so many – a story of the reformer and new hope price Salman. Is this a propaganda agenda, or why the American press again and again tells this story? This prince is a warmonger who is responsible for a more aggressive foreign policy and the Yemen war.

28.6.2016 – Irato (* B K P)

On Saudi Arabia Rated as Not Free

Saudi Arabia, the same regime that has no national elections, no parties and no parliament, still insists on restoration of democracy in Yemen, which is silly at best. Saudi Arabia is rated as "not free” and has been given the lowest possible score in a report by Freedom House, a nongovernmental organization that tracks human rights.
In January, Human Rights Watch published a report stating that, "Saudi Arabia imprisons activists on broad, catch-all charges designed to criminalize peaceful dissent, such as breaking allegiance with the un-elected ruler or setting up an independent organization.”
In March, the Islamic Human Rights Commission also reported there are some 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where they are publicly flogged, amputated and beheaded.

So the Saudis are not in a position to dictate policy or be the teacher of democracy in Yemen.

Comment: That is really true. It might be somewhat funny that this text is from an Iranian site, Iran itself really also not being “free”. Anyway, the Saudis bomb in Yemen and starve the country – Iran does not.

6.2016 – Amnesty International (* A H P)

SAUDI ARABIA 2015/2016

The government continued to severely restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly. The authorities arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned human rights defenders and government critics, including under the 2014 anti-terror law, often after unfair trials. Some of those detained were prisoners of conscience. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common. Unfair trials continued before the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), a special court for hearing terrorism-related cases, with some trials resulting in death sentences. Discrimination against the Shi’a minority remained entrenched; some Shi’a activists were on death row awaiting execution. Women faced discrimination in law and in practice and were inadequately protected against sexual and other violence. Thousands of migrants were summarily expelled, many to countries where they were at risk of serious human rights violations. The authorities used the death penalty extensively and carried out more than 150 executions.

28.6.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A)

Recruitment of doctors from Yemen approved

The concerned Saudi authorities have given the nod for recruitment of Yemeni doctors to work in the health sector in the Kingdom.

Quoting informed sources, Makkah daily said on Monday that the move was within the Kingdom’s immense facilities being extended to the Yemeni people to work in Saudi Arabia under its existing rules and regulations.

The Kingdom has recently started granting the Yemenis with “visitor visas” permanent iqamas (residence permits) which enabled them to work and have access to free medical treatment and education.

The Council of Saudi Chambers has asked the concerned authorities to allow recruitment of Yemeni medical doctors, especially those working in a number of Arab countries, to come for work in the Kingdom.

Comment: They must be really desperate.

Comment: They are needed in Yemen.

cp9 USA

27.6.2016 – Reuters (A P)

U.S. troubled by trial of Bahraini activist for critical tweets

Bahrain's plan to try an activist for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and involvement in the war in Yemen is worrisome to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

"We are concerned that Nabeel Rajab will face trial for a series of tweets he published last year," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters at a briefing in Washington.

"The United States believes no one should be prosecuted or imprisoned for engaging in peaceful expression or assembly, even if considered controversial," she added.

Bahrain, which hosts the United States' Fifth Fleet and is seen by Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdoms as a strategic bulwark against Iranian influence, drew U.S. and United Nations criticism earlier this month when it moved to strip its top Shi'ite cleric of his citizenship and closed the main Shi'ite opposition group al-Wefaq.

Comment: Well, they are among the US' best friends in the region.

27.6.2016 – (* B K P)

Geschäfte mit Streubomben und weshalb sie nicht verhindert werden

JPMorgan Chase und Bank of America finanzieren Streubombenproduzenten

“Ein neuer Bericht der in den Niederlanden ansässigen Friedensorganisation PAX wirft 150 Finanzinstituten, darunter die US-Bankenriesen JPMorgan Chase und Bank of America, vor, mehrere Milliarden Dollar in Unternehmen zu investieren, die international verbotene Streubomben produzieren. Die Waffen enthalten „bomblets“, welche sich über eine große Fläche ausbreiten, oft nicht explodieren und dann zu einer Gefahr für Zivilisten werden.“ – von democracy Now

Besorgt über “Stigmatisierung” von Streubomben billigt Kongress weitere Verkäufe nach Saudi-Arabien

“Am Donnerstag [16.06.2016] hat der amerikanische Kongress mit knapper Mehrheit eine Maßnahme abgelehnt, die den Transfer von Streubomben nach Saudi-Arabien verboten hätte. Das knappe Ergebnis war Ausdruck einer im Kongress wachsenden Opposition gegen das Verhalten der von den USA gestützten Koalition der Saudis im Jemen.

„Das Verteidigungsministerium widersetzt sich dieser Änderung stark,“ sagte Republikaner Rodney Frelinghuysen, Vorsitzender des Ausschusses für Verteidigungsmittel, während der Debatte im Kongress. „Sie beraten uns dahingehend, dass Streumunition stigmatisiert würde, die legitime Waffen mit klaren militärischen Nutzen sind.“

Trotz der Niederlage im Kongress feierten Menschenrechtsaktivisten die nur knappe Mehrheit der Abstimmung. „Das ist eine große Sache für die USA-Saudi-Arabien Allianz,“ sagte Sunjeey Berry, Amnesty International Advocacy Direktor für den Nahen Osten in den USA. „Immer mehr Mitglieder des Kongresses sind eindeutig müde Bomben an Saudi-Arabien zu verkaufen, wenn sie auf Zivilisten im Jemen geworfen werden.“ – von Alex Emmons

23.6.2016 – Bloomberg (A P)

Saudi Prince Ends Silicon Valley Tour at Facebook Before UN Trip

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince met Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg during a tour of Silicon Valley.

In the second week of a U.S. trip aimed at improving ties with government officials and drumming up investment, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met Zuckerberg for the first time.

Prince Mohammed’s stops in the San Francisco Bay Area included visits Tuesday with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and executives of Cisco Systems Inc. The prince signed memorandums of understanding with Microsoft and Cisco that provide for training Saudis and helping to expand the kingdom’s technology industry – by Nafeesa Syeed and Kambiz Foroohar

and see image:

28.6.2016 – I’m Muslim (A P)

Facebook shut down “Syrian news official page” along with “Al Mayadeen News”

Comment: Facebook censorship of anti-Saudi sites.

16.6.2016 – Code Pink (A P)

As the U.N. Capitulates, the U.S. has a Duty to End Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia

Now that the U.S. administration has woken up to the horrors of the Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen, it has a duty to stop supporting other weapon sales to the Saudis. The Obama administration has taken a step in the right direction by blocking the sale of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. But it is unconscionable for the U.S. government to sell ANY additional weapons to this repressive kingdom. It’s time for President Obama and his administration to implement a full ban on weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. =

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

28.6.2016 – Huffington Post (* A P)

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

This Thursday, the High Court will determine if a legal action, brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, represented by human rights lawyers Leigh Day, will be allowed to proceed to judicial review.

We will be asking the court to consider the legality of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of the humanitarian catastrophe Saudi forces have unleashed throughout their 15 month long bombardment of Yemen.

The arms sales haven’t just been immoral; they have been illegal, flying in the face of national and European arms control legislation.

For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day – by Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

28.6.2016 – CAAT (* A P)

Stop Arming Saudi: decision time

This Thursday Campaign Against Arms Trade will be in the High Court challenging the Government’s decision to keep arming Saudi Arabia.

The Government still insists it is satisfied the sales are legal – a position it has maintained by denying and ignoring all of the evidence.

The sale of £2.8 billion more weapons since the bombing began. That’s the equivalent of £7.7 million of arms sales every single day.

There can be no moral or legal justification for continuing the sales.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

28.6.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Germany Supports WFP In Tackling Undernutrition In Yemen

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €15 million (approximately US$16.9 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany to help WFP treat and prevent moderate malnutrition among more than 660,000 children under five, and pregnant and nursing mothers.

Comment: That is ca. 60 Euro cent per person, or at a whole ca. 2 hours Saudi aerial war against Yemen.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

28.6.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

UAE government blocks access to Middle East Eye

Emirati authorities have not said why the Middle East Eye website has been blocked in the country

The United Arab Emirates has blocked access to the Middle East Eye website, according to UAE residents who have shared screenshots of the blocked site after they tried to access it.

The residents said on Wednesday morning that the site was no longer able to be viewed in the Gulf state.

Anyone who attempts to access the website in the UAE now receives this official message: “Access to this site is currently blocked. The site falls under the Prohibited Content Categories of the UAE’s Internet Access Management Policy.” – by Rori Donaghy

Comment: Freedom of the press, Gulf style.

Comment: It is, most of the times, far too easy to make fun of Saudi Arabia. We have long stated on our page that situation in the UAE is not dissimilar on many fronts.
Though they can rely on a polished image thanks to an excellent PR campaign started in the 90s, they can show some backwardness and hard fist on freedom of information.

28.6.2016 – World Politics Review (unrated B K P)

The UAE’s Yemen Pivot Could Make Differences With Riyadh Unbridgeable

Earlier this month the minister of state for foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, announced that the tiny federation of Persian Gulf emirates had declared an end to combat operations in Yemen, where it is part of a Saudi-led military coalition – by Peter Salisbury (for subscribers only)

28.6.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Entzug der Staatsbürgerschaft von 5 schiitischen Aktivisten in Bahrain

Ein Gericht in Bahrain hat am gestrigen Montag 5 schiitischen Aktivisten die Staatsbürgerschaft entzogen und diese verhaftet.

Wie die offizielle Nachrichtenagentur von Bahrain mitteilte, entzog dieses Gericht die Staatsangehörigkeit dieser Menschen mit dem Vorwurf des "Kontakts zu extremistischen und terroristischen Gruppen".

Das Gericht verurteilte zwei von ihnen wegen der Mitgliedschaft in einer Partei der Gegner des Ale Khalifa-Regimes zu 3 bzw. 10 Jahren Haft, die 3 weiteren Aktivisten wurden zu 15 Jahren Haft verurteilt.ürgerschaft_von_5_schiitischen_aktivisten_in_bahrain

28.6.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Jailed Bahraini activist taken to hospital with heart problems: supporters

28.6.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets: lawyer

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets he allegedly made about the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison.

Rajab was arrested earlier this month on unspecified charges in what appears an escalating crackdown by the Sunni-led government that also included a court shutting down a main opposition society and a decision to strip the spiritual leader of the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority of his citizenship.

The case appears to relate to tweets he is alleged by the authorities to have made last year in which he suggested security forces had tortured detainees in a main prison and on a military campaign in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition which also includes Bahrain.

27.6.2016 – Bahrain center for Human Rights (A P)

Bahraini Authorities Forcibly Deport Human Rights Lawyer Taimoor Karimi

On 26 June 2016, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Bahraini authorities deported human rights lawyer Taimoor Karimi, a torture survivor whose citizenship was revoked in 2012.

Karimi was previously arrested in 2011, after which he alleged being subjected to torture while in detention. As a human rights lawyer, he defended political detainees, before his license to practice law was revoked, due to being stateless.

In November 2012, the Bahraini authorities issued an administrative decision revoking the citizenship of Karimi and 30 other individuals, citing Article 10 of the Citizenship Law which allows withdrawal of citizenship from people who have allegedly “caused damage to state security.”

27.6.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Oman ‘not leaving the GCC’: official

Rumours about Oman wanting to leave bloc goes viral after a foreign ministry tweet about Brexit

Oman’s foreign ministry has refuted rumours about the country’s desire to leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and hold referendum on its membership in the bloc akin to that held in the UK last week.

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

24.6.2016 – Alreconomia (* A K P)

Armi dalla Sardegna allo Yemen: la versione tedesca contraddice quella italiana

Secondo il ministero della Difesa, lo stabilimento sardo di RWM Italia non avrebbe bisogno di autorizzazioni italiane all'export, perché fa parte di un gruppo tedesco. Ma un documento del governo tedesco, che Altreconomia pubblica in esclusiva, spiega che le bombe inviate verso il regno saudita in guerra non sono state prodotte sotto licenza tedesca. Sul numero di luglio/agosto di Ae un reportage da Domusnovas, il paese della fabbrica d'armi - di Francesco Vignarca

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

29.6.2016 – Albawaba (A T)

Yemen: Al-Qaeda leader reported injured after US drone airstrike

The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, Qasim al-Raymi, was injured in an airstrike launched by an American drone on Tuesday in the village of al-Fufid in Abeen.

Sources claimed that the leader of the Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen was rushed to the al-Maraqsha hospital in Abeen for treatment, adding that his condition was serious.

The source added that it is likely that there were civilian casualties in the American strike which targeted al-Raymi's home in Abeen.

28.6.2016 – Reuters (* B T)

Yemen counter-terrorism mission shows UAE military ambition

The United Arab Emirates, one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East, is deploying its military against al Qaeda in Yemen, and in the process providing what some see as a badly-needed new template for counter-terrorism in Arab lands.

UAE special forces are orchestrating the hunt for al Qaeda in remote deserts and mountains, adding the capability of Arab troops seasoned in war zones like Afghanistan and Somalia to a campaign long the preserve of the U.S. and Yemeni militaries.

The UAE's al Qaeda push meets a demand made repeatedly by Washington that Gulf Arabs do more to ensure their own security.

The UAE response is to use special forces to try to sharpen a long-running push against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), seen as one of the jihadi network's most capable.

The Emiratis are working with the United States to train, manage and equip Yemeni fighters in that effort – BY WILLIAM MACLEAN, NOAH BROWNING AND YARA BAYOUMY =

Comment: This is almost a propaganda article in favor of the Emirates stressing how keen and seriously they fight against Al Qaida. So it does not astonish that Gulf News also adopted it. Well, for a very long time they did not and fought against the Houthis instead, now they seem to fail. The horrible attack in Mukalla (see cp6) point to such a failure. This article seems to come just now in this moment after the attack when the will and ability of the Emirate forces to defeat Al Qaida are in doubt.

cp15 Propaganda

29.6.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Qatar, Yemen Discuss Human Rights Cooperation

Chairman of Qatari National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met with Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Ezzedine Al Asbahi. During the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen partnership.

Comment: Foxes setting themselves to keep the geese.

28.6.2016 – Qatar News Agency (A P)

Hadi Promises to Uproot Terrorist Groups in Yemen

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has promised to uproot the remnants of terrorist groups and those who support and fund them to undermine the security and stability of the country.

Hadi said the war on terrorist groups will not stop whatever the sacrifices are, adding that there is no going back on uprooting terrorism whatever the price is, stressing that Yemenis will overcome the forces of darkness sooner or later.

He noted that there is no social incubator for al-Qaeda and Houthis in Yemeni provinces, adding that they and their bloody and destructive ideologies are foreign to Yemen and aim to implement foreign agendas with the use of domestic tools that hate peace, security and stability.

Comment: Ridiculous as he really cannot keep such a promise.

28.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthis Commit Crimes Against Citizens in Saada and Amran

Military sources within the legitimate Yemeni forces have revealed that Houthi militias and those loyal to the ousted president have committed crimes against citizens in Saada and Amran. Both these areas are under Houthi control, and these crimes come in the wake of conversations in which citizens distanced themselves from the militia.

The sources said the rebels abducted five notables from Amran because they did not chant phrases at a social occasion, raising questions about the current tense situation experienced by rebel leaders in these areas.

Comment: About Saudi Arabia’s own human rights level, look at Amnesty International (cp8) and – for the Yemen war – at (graphic) and

Comment by Judith Brown: Amazing. KSA declares Saada a military zone and bombs everything - schools, hospitals, mosques, markets, homes - and then moans about Houthi crimes against the people. Let's get this is proportion folks. Not surprisingly this is in a Saudi paper. Of course if the journalist reported Saudi war crimes they wouldn't have a long life in front of them any more.

27.6.2016 – Daily Pakistan (A P)

Houthi rebels reportedly smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia

Military officials in Yemen have reportedly foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs to Saudi Arabia claiming that drugs were being smuggled by Houthi rebels.

According to an Arab news portal, Security forces foiled an attempt to smuggle as much as half ton cannabis to Saudi Arabia during an operation in border area of “Hajja”.

Comment: This is actually quite funny. The other day it was a truck entering Sanaá with half a ton of hashish. Now it's Houthi smuggling drugs. Enjoy the news going berserk. Also look at the comments to this post to see that this whole story has to be labeled as “propaganda”.

27.6.2016 – The National UAE (A P)

Talks are the path to peace for Yemen

There can be no resolution to any dispute until people of goodwill sit together, talk through their differences and resolve them. That requires compromise on all sides. In Yemen, there will be no peace when one party is being deliberately obstructionist, as the Iran-backed Houthis have proven to be again and again. Not only have they vetoed all attempts to find a political solution to the crisis, but they have also regularly defied the ceasefire that began on April 11 and continued their campaign of violence.

Comment: Of course, there is no other path to peace. It is rather funny to blame the Houthis for obstruction, as the peace process from the beginning was blocked by the Hadi government just requesting that the Houthis should capitulate.

ca. 15.6.2016 – Scisco Media (A P)

Yemen’s Houthis Violence

A Houthis’ armed coup in Yemen is ongoing and is escalating in violence and danger on a daily basis, despite a truce agreed in April of this year. The civil war in Yemen has killed over 6,400 people and plunged the region into a humanitarian crisis in its severity.

Houthi’s armed group continues to raid the homes and offices of political parties as well as the organisations of both the public and private properties, including using heavy weapons. They took control of the government media and they started to mock their opponents.

They stormed the headquarters of oil companies and changed the management structures, appointing those loyal to them into all the important governmental positions.

Yemen’s Houthis violence is open-ended, with widespread murders, torture, shelling areas within neighbourhoods, hospitals and public markets and kidnapping are regular occurrences. Oppression of the media is also prominent – by Basem Alabsi

Comment: I was in doubt whether to place this article at cp5 (Northern Yemen and Houthis) or here. It finally came here. In an article on Houthi crimes, there are specified over 6,400 people killed in the Yemen war, without even mentioning the Saudi coalition air raids. 2/3 of these victims were caused by these air aids, the remaining 1/3 by all sides in this conflict die to fighting. This just is demagogic.

1.8.2014 – Richard Edmonton (* B P)

Public Relations…Israeli Style! (Saudi Style?)

Comment: Well, this is almost exactly like Public Relations Saudi style. Point 6 and 7 must be differed. 6. Replace “other countries” by “Iran”. 7. Instead of this text, here would fit all the other fairy tales Saudi coalition speaker General Asiri likes to tell, like his "phantom cars" (see cp16). Or just the statement: We are the good guys anyway.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

28.6.2016 – Shuaib M. Almosawa (A K)

Saudi has reportedly bombed Althahir district of Sa'da. Fighter jets can be heard now over capital Sana'a

28.6.2016 – Fatima Alzhra (A K)

Saudi airstrukes fly now at 4:24AM in sky of #Yemen for more scary and kill..

28.6.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Now and with Fajr prayer Adhan in the capital Sanaa, intense Saudi airstrikes flying over the sky of the city.

28.6.2016 – DR. Karim (A K)

The very frequent coincidence of #Saudi-Co jets & athan of #fajr prayer is amazing

28.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on al-Moton

28.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launch three raids on Jawf

28.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes hit hirelings in Serwah, kill dozens

Saudi warplanes hit on Tuesday a hireling military vehicle in Mareb province, a local official said.
At least ten hirelings were killed or injured in the air raid, that took p

Comment: “Friendly fire”.

28.6.2016 – AP (* A K)

Mindestens 25 Tote bei Luftangriffen

Im Süden des Jemen hat das Militärbündnis unter Führung von Saudi-Arabien die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen bombardiert und mindestens 25 Menschen getötet. Darunter seien 15 Kämpfer und zehn Zivilisten, weitere acht Zivilisten seien verletzt worden, berichteten Sicherheitsbeamte. Der Luftangriff am frühen Morgen habe eine Einkaufstraße zwischen zwei Dörfern der Region Tais im Süden des Landes getroffen. Unter den Opfern seien Ladenbesitzer und deren Kunden.

Kommentar: Es sind nach AFP 34, nach neuesten Angaben aus Jemen sogar 40 Tote. Die angeblichen Kämpfer sind wohl eine Erfindung der saudischen Propaganda. An der Kleidung sind Zivilisten und „Kämpfer“ nicht zu unterscheiden, und ein Gewehr trägt im Jemen ein Großteil aller Männer. Der englischsprachige Artikel erwähnt selbst, dass „die meisten Opfer Käufer und Ladeninhaber waren“ – im Deutschen deutlich abgeschwächt, warum? Sieht für die Saudis besser aus.

AFP schreibt noch von einem LKW mit Waffen für die Huthis, den der Luftangriff eigentlich treffen sollte – dann haben die Saudis sich zum Zuschlagen dann natürlich genau den allerbelebtesten Punkt an der ganzen Fahrstrecke ausgesucht – wie auch schon am 27. Februar in Nehm und am 15. März in Mastaba, wo solche vorbeifahrenden „Geisterautos“ der saudischen Propaganda dann ebenfalls als Begründung Volltreffer auf einen Markt herhalten mussten.

28.6.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Death toll rises to40ppl &10 others wounded due to sorties committed last night by KSA regime in Hayfan

28.6.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

Update #Yemen: civilian death toll increased to 40 incl women & kids; 15 wounded in latest #Saudi-led #Taiz massacre

28.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression commits dreadful massacre in Taiz, kill 26

At least 26 people, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday by a Saudi airstrike on Haifan district of Taiz province.
The Saudi warplanes struck Haifan intersection that links between two villages where oil derivatives are sold for people, a local official said.
Most of the victims were oil shoppers or storekeepers. Ten people were wounded in one of the biggest horrific massacres committed by the Saudi aggression against civilians in Taiz province, the official said.

28.6.2016 – AFP (* A K)

Yemen fighting kills 80 in one day as peace talks stall

Intensified fighting and air strikes over the past 24 hours in Yemen have left 80 people dead, including 37 civilians, as lengthy peace talks in Kuwait made no headway, officials said.

In the largest death toll, jets from the pro-government Saudi-led coalition killed 34 people, including 19 civilians when they targeted Houthi rebels in the southwestern region of Taiz, a Yemeni military official said.

The pre-dawn air strike hit a lorry transporting weapons for the Houthis as it crossed a busy road, a provincial official said, adding that four women were among the dead, as well as 15 rebels.

In Taiz province, a coalition warplane hit a vehicle carrying pro-government forces "by mistake", killing four soldiers and wounding four others, another military official said.

In the south, at least seven civilians including two children were killed in air strikes "probably by drones" on militants which hit a nearby house in Mahfed, between the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa in Yemen's south, a local official told AFP. =

Comment: See my critical remarks on the claimed “fighters” below. Now, the total of those killed has risen even more. It is strange that they once given figure of 15 fighters should have stayed equal and just 9 more civilians should have died (compare to article by AP below). In this AFP report, the story is enriched by “a lorry transporting weapons for the Houthis” which is claimed to have been the real target. Well, who did tell this to AFP?? There is no destroyed lorry to be seen in the photos and films of the incident (just a pick up, which hardly could have transported a greater lot of arms and the 15 claimed “fighters”. The story reminds very much of the story (or one of the several stories) told by the Saudis after the raid at the market in Mastaba in Hajjah province on March 15, with 119 people killed. The Saudis had claimed, several cars transporting Houthi fighters would have passed by. There are no photos of these cars as all.

The same happened on February 27, when Saudi air raids hit a market in Nehm district (Saada province), killing about 40 people. Also in this case had been claimed, several cars transporting Houthi fighters would have been the intended target. There are no photos or any other proofs of hit cars full of “fighters”. And, as in Mastaba and at Nehm, now here at Hayfan the same strange thing again: If you really are working to target a driving car, you will do it at a section of the road outside any settlement, or do you wait until the car passes by the most crowded place possible, what actually is a market? No. This lorry certainly just is one of these Saudi propaganda fairy tales (

28.6.2016 – AAP / AP (* A K)

Saudi-led airstrike kills 25 in Yemen

An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's southern province of Taiz killed 25 people - 15 fighters and 10 civilians.

Tuesday's airstrike also wounded eight civilians, officials said. Most of the victims were shoppers or storekeepers in the area that was hit, a commercial road that lies between two villages.

The Taiz attack came amid an uptick in coalition airstrikes on Monday night and early Tuesday, the officials said, adding that the fighting also raged east of the capital, Sanaa. =

Comment: How the division between “fighters” and civilians can be achieved? They wear equal clothing, a great part of Yemeni men is wearing a gun when in the street – so what? This sounds like propaganda, the report itself stating that “most of the victims were shoppers or storekeepers” – and no “fighters”. Again, that looks like labeling the victims as “fighters” to justify one’s own bombings.

28.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Saudi airstrikes leave 20 Yemeni civilians dead despite truce

At least 20 civilians have been killed as Saudi warplanes bombed Yemen’s Ta’izz Province in violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire.

Saudi jets targeted a petrol bomb in Hayfan district of the southwestern province of Ta’izz early on Tuesday, leaving at least 20 civilians dead and 15 others injured, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.

Some Yemeni media outlets have put the number of those killed at 35.

Comment: The Iranian source labels the victims as “civilians”, what certainly is more probable, unless there come up clear proofs of who of them really is a (Houthi) fighter.

27.6.2016 – Dr. Karim ( A K)

Update #Yemen: 10 civilians killed, 9 others wounded in #Saudi-led airstrike on fuel-selling point in Haifan #Taiz

#Yemen: the #Saudi Co massacre in #Taiz took place 11:30 pm local Monday 22 #Ramadan and

And graphic photos: and and and and film: = and film of aftermath:

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi air raid targets al-Dhaher district in Sa’ada

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Kitaf district in Sa’ada

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage raids on Serwah

The Saudi-led coalition launched on Monday two air raids on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official said.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

28.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings bombs Jawf, kill man

A citizen was killed on by hirelings bombing on al-Ghail district of Jawf province, a local official said Tuesday.
The hirelings bombed the house of Sheikh Hussein Alaowi Ka'asham, who is a member of the local de-escalation committee, in al-Arodhi area in al-Ghail district.
The official said two citizens were injured in the bombing.

28.6.2016 – AFP (* A K)

Yemen fighting kills 80 in one day as peace talks stall

In the flashpoint city of Taiz, 11 civilians and a soldier were killed when rebels bombed a residential area, a military official said.

Meanwhile, 12 rebels and three loyalist soldiers were killed in clashes in Nahm, northeast of Sanaa, while six other rebels were killed in fighting in Marib, east of the capital, the official said. =

28.6.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K T)

House in Abyan province hit by US drone missiles this morning. Target unclear. Child & 2 women killed (image)

Unclear what the target was, but I do see the turret of an armoured vehicle in that wreckage.

To be fair, it could be a Saudi drone or a UAE drone behind this attack, not a US one. Pack of devils in Yemen now. and and

28.6.2016 – Fars News (* A K PH)

Yemen's Ballistic Missile Hits Israeli Military Experts in Saudi Base in Asir Province

A Yemeni missile strike hit a Saudi-led coalition military base in Asir province where Israel's military experts are stationed.

The Khamis Mushait air base in Asir province came under Yemen's Qaher-I ballistic missile on Tuesday.

There were no immediate report on the exact number of casualties, but eyewitnesses confirmed that the Yemeni missile precisely hit Khamis Mushait airbase.

The Yemeni missile attack came in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen's civilians.

Earlier, local sources in the Asir region located in the South of Saudi Arabia had also confirmed that an Israeli Air Force plane transported weapons, missiles and other equipment to Khamis Mushait air base in Asir to support the Saudi Alliance in aggression against Yemen.

27.6.2016 – Southfront (A K PH)


Die von Saudi-Arabien unterstützten Hadi Loyalisten fliehen aus der Provinzhauptstadt Mareb, nachdem der Al-‘Abidah Stamm diese heute Morgen im Nordjemen angriff. Die Kämpfer der Al-‘Abidah begannen ihre Attacke, indem sie militärische Einrichtungen der Hadi Loyalisten in Brand setzten. Nach dem ersten Angriff der Al-‘Abidah schloss sich der mit ihnen verbündete Al-Jalal Stamm den Kämpfen gegen die von den Saudis unterstützten Truppen an.

Vorläufige Berichte sagen, dass die lokalen Stammeskämpfer die von den Saudis unterstützten Kräfte aus Mareb vertrieben haben, allerdings wurden diese Berichte bisher nicht mit Bildern oder Videos untermauert.

and the same in English:

27.6.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Saudi-backed forces in mass panic as tribal fighters kick them out of Mareb

The Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists are fleeing the provincial capital of Mareb after the Al-‘Abidah tribesmen launched an attack against their forces this morning in northern Yemen. The Al-‘Abidah tribesmen began their assault by setting ablaze several military installations that belong to the Hadi loyalists. Following the initial attack by the Al-‘Abidah tribesmen, their allies from the Al-Jalal tribe joined them in their battle against the Saudi-backed forces. Preliminary reports from Mareb indicate that the Saudi-backed forces have been expelled by the local tribesmen; however, no pictures or video footage has been released to corroborate these claims.

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils hirelings' advance on Hailan Mount in Mareb

The army and popular committees forces repelled the hirelings’ attempt to advance toward Hailan Mountain in Serwah district of Mareb province, a military official said Monday.
The official added that the clashes resulted in a number of dead and wounded among the mercenaries, including head of the political office of the Islah Party in Mareb Mohammed al-Yosfi.

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings bombing kill three in Mareb

A woman and her two children were killed on Monday by artillery shelling dropped by the Riyadh's hirelings in the east of Mareb province, a local official said.
The artillery shells fell down on the house of Nasser Hamid Jalal in al-Hasoon al-Jalal area, the official said, adding the three were killed immediately.

27.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches ballistic missile on Khamis Mushayt

The army and popular committees fired on Monday a ballistic missile on Khamis Mushayt Air Base in Asir region, a military official said.
The official added the missile of Qaher-1-type hit its target accurately. The Missile attack came in response to the aggression and the hirelings breaches of the UN-sponsored ceasefire.

27.6.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Film: Houthi militias intensify attacks on all Yemen fronts

The Houthi and ousted Saleh militias are escalating their hostile acts and violations of the ceasefire, in various parts of the country. In Taiz, field sources reported that the National Army repelled two attacks by the militias that targeted the 35th Brigade Camp in Al-Hasab and Resistance positions in Osaifara District, causing losses to their personnel and equipment.

Comment: This is what AlArabya is writing. For those new to the Gulf panorama, AlArabya has big owners. And they are not Yemeni.

25.6.2016 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

Now: intensive and fierce battles are going on with huge blasts in the northern and western parts of #Taiz city.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

29.6.2016 – World Bank (B E)

Yemen, Republic of - Mocha Wind Park Project : P146055 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 05 (English)

Comment: Far from reality in the moment…

29.6.2016 – Newsweek (D)

Yemen Cinema: Behind The Scenes

War, lack of funding and militia-imposed restrictions hamper Yemen’s cinema industry

24.6.2016 – The Arab Gulf States Institute (* B P)

Royal Women in the Gulf: Agents of Change or Defenders of the Status Quo?

Women of the ruling families of Arab Gulf states are well situated to lead or impede significant change for women in their societies. On the one hand, these women occupy a unique position of influence due to their close proximity to political power. This grants them unparalleled firsthand access to political discussions and opportunities to propose change. Nevertheless, transforming the status quo is a difficult task, as royal women are under the same political restrictions, if not more, as their fellow women citizens, since positions taken by royal women must always reflect monarchial, patriarchal expectations of them. It is not surprising, therefore, that the majority of roles adopted by these women are geared toward enforcing existing political power.

However, a few royal women have managed to widen the boundaries imposed on those in their position and take up unprecedented roles that require skills and characteristics that are rarely possessed by privileged women. However, no matter what roles women in the ruling families embrace, recognition of the royal family as the patron of their leadership must always be emphasized – by Hala Aldosari

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-163: / Yemen Press Reader 1-163: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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