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Yemen Press Reader 179: Terrorismus und wir – Importieren die USA Terrorismus? – Lügen und Heuchelei: Saudische „Untersuchung“ der Luftangriffe – Friedensgespräche enden - Jemens Zentralbank
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Terrorism and us – US importing terrorism to Middle East? – Lies and hypocrisy: Saudi coalition “investigation” of air raids – Peace talks ending – Yemeni Central Bank - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13b Zentralbank / Central Bank

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

5.8.2016 – Amerika 21 (** B K P T)

Europa – Der Schlamm unter dem Sand

Wenn über kurz oder lang ein neues Attentat in Europa geschieht, wird sich vielleicht jemand fragen: warum?

Europa, besser gesagt die Europäische Union und die Nato, kannten sehr wohl den Weg in die Zerstörung Libyens, Syriens, des Irak und Afghanistans, aber niemand hatte ihnen erklärt, wie man von dort wieder zurückkommt.

Um die neuen Schlachtfelder übersichtlicher zu machen benutzten die großen westlichen Strategen das BARS-System (Battlefield Augmented Reality System) oder "System zur Vergrößerung der Realität auf dem Schlachtfeld". Zusätzlich orientierten sie sich an den Vorgaben der interdisziplinären Labors oder "Denkfabriken", wobei die Politik und die Medien das Ganze einstimmig unterstützten. Mit ihrer Flut von Raketen machten sie ganze Länder mit äußerster Sorgfalt dem Erdboden gleich, tausende von Dörfern, hunderte von Städten, Millionen von Menschenleben und Jahrhunderte an Zivilisation wurden vernichtet.

Niemand kann es leugnen: falls der Plan darin bestand, einfach zu zerstören, dann war der militärische Teil des "arabischen Frühlings" der durchschlagendste Erfolg des Westens seit der Niederschlagung des sozialistischen Blocks und der Öffnung der Berliner Mauer.

Fast 20 Jahre lang bereiteten sich die USA und ihre europäischen Verbündeten für den finalen Überfall auf die energieerzeugende Welt vor, besonders auf die Öl- und Gasreserven. Es ging um die Auslöschung der Länder die sich weigerten, ihre Ressourcen widerstandslos zu übergeben, wie Syrien, Libyen und Iran – von Guidi Calvo

https://amerika21.de/analyse/157172/schlamm-sand

25.7.2016 – Asia Times (** B K P T)

Is US ‘importing’ terrorism to Middle East as claimed by Philippine president?

US policy of supporting “moderate” jihadists and “legitimate” dictators by ignoring their war crimes and arming them and selectively overthrowing governments elsewhere seems to lend credence to President Duerte’s assertion that US “imported” terrorism to the Mideast — even if unintentionally. No wonder, the US is being viewed as a “half democratic” country with a democratic system at home and a hegemonic and autocratic power abroad.

During Eid al-Fitr celebration in July, the new Philippine President Rodrigo Duerte blamed the US for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Mideast countries. “It’s not that the Middle East is exporting terrorism (to) America. America imported terrorism [to the Mideast].” Duerte said.

US arms to al-Qaeda affiliates

According to a 2015Business Insiderreport, the beheading culprit, Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement (Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki), is one of various extremist groups under the Free Syrian Army umbrella receiving advanced US weaponry such as anti-tank TOW missiles.

Even if US no longer needs Mideast oil and is pivoting to Asia, energy-importing Asian states are pivoting to the Mideast and will suffer the consequences of increasing instability in this region.

Moreover, this policy of supporting “moderate” jihadists, ignoring their war crimes, proliferating arms to various terrorist groups, and overthrowing foreign governments in Iraq, Libya and Syria that spawned Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, seems to lend credence to President Duerte’s assertion US imported terrorism to the Mideast — even if unintentionally.

Now, he is concerned Asia will be the next victim of US Mideast policy as PhilippinesAbu Sayyafand other Asian Islamist groups are merging with IS.

US as a partial democracy?

Ironically, these destabilizing regime change policies also prompted retired PLA Colonel Liu Mingfu from China — an autocratic government — to call US a partial democracy: a democratic system at home, but a hegemonic and autocratic power abroad.

Liu chastised US for its double standard and argued that “the substantive characteristic of a democratic country has two aspects: The first, democratic domestic policies without totalitarianism in domestic society and the second, democratic international policies without hegemony in the international community.” – by Christina Lin

http://atimes.com/2016/07/is-us-importing-terrorism-to-middle-east-as-claimed-by-philippine-president/

4./5.8.2016 – SBS (** B H K P)

The catastrophic civil war the US and UK don’t want you to know about

It's a humanitarian crisis larger than Syria, but the US and the UK don't want your attention on it.

Unlike Syria, the civil war in Yemen rarely makes the evening news.

Looking purely at the numbers, it should be a leading story. 21 million people are in need of humanitarian aid – that's more than the total population of Syria.

Since then, almost 9,000 people have been killed and 30,000 people injured in the conflict, according toofficial figures. In reality, the numbers are likely to be double that.

At least a third of those casualties are civillians, the UN says.

But battle-deaths only tell part of the story.

The Saudi-imposed naval blockade – backed by the US and the UK – has led to mass starvation and medical shortages.

More than 2 million children are starving. The World Health Organisation says that 82% of the total population is in need of humanitarian aid.

Over 14 million Yemenis are in need of urgent health services and dengue fever and malaria are on the rise.

By the numbers, Yemen – not Syria – is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

The coalition's blockade has kept many foreign journalists and human rights organisations out of the country, with relatively few outsiders able to gain access. Matthieu Aikins for Rolling Stone had to find a smuggler willing to bypass the naval blockade in a speedboat.

Houthi rebels on the ground are just as hostile to the press, meaning the conflict is often referred to as an ‘invisible’ or ‘hidden’ war.

The US, UK and Saudi Arabia have also been making a concerted effort to keep the messy, bloody conflict off front pages and away from diplomatic attention.

In fact, the US and the UK have worked actively to avoid scrutiny.

In the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year, diplomatic maneuvering halted an independent investigation.

Observers have said that the West is undermining its credibility through its support for the Saudi-led coalition. They've opened themselves up to accusations of hypocrisy for criticising Russia's bombing campaign in Syria while remaining silent on Yemen.

But perhaps the most damning aspect of the intervention in Yemen is that for all the bombing, blockades and suffering – little by way of security or stability has been achieved – by Ben Winsor

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/08/03/catastrophic-civil-war-us-and-uk-dont-want-you-know-about

Comment: A good overview article with disturbing images. Critics: it is no “civil war” any more since Saudi Arabia and it’s coalition started air raids, blockade and intervention on the ground.

5.8.2016 – AP (** A K P) – see YPR 178, cp7

SAUDI-LED COALITION'S COMMITTEE ADMITS "UNINTENDED BOMBINGS"

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels announced Friday that the coalition has committed "unintended bombings" and blamed U.N. agencies for not coordinating with the coalition, causing civilian casualties, according to the Saudi official news agency.

Spokesman Mohammed al-Mansour, in comments published Friday by the Saudi Press Agency, chronicled eight incidents which rights groups said killed hundreds of civilians.

Among them was a deadly incident in Mokha where 65 civilians, including 10 children, were killed. Al-Mansour said that the victims died as a result of "unintended bombing based on inaccurate intelligence information." He recommended that compensation be paid to the victims' families.

Regarding a second incident in which food trucks managed by the World Food Program were bombed last November, al-Mansour said the agency is to blame for not notifying the coalition.

The Saudi investigative committee's conclusions varied in regards to multiple incidents where hospitals and medical facilities affiliated with the relief agency Doctors Without Borders were targeted. In one incident in January, the committee said that the coalition should have notified the agency before warplanes targeted rebels in Saada. In a second incident a month later, the committee said that the relief agency should not have placed their mobile clinic near a grouping of rebels in the western city of Taiz.

"It is necessary to keep the mobile clinic away from military targets so as not to be subjected to any incidental effects," al-Mansour said.

Overall, the committee concluded that there was no deliberate targeting of civilians and therefore no violation of international laws. The coalition's investigative committee, according to SPA, is independent and composed of representatives from six countries, all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council - the core group of the coalition- in addition to a Yemeni representative.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-08-05-06-14-34 and see the Saudi explanations in full at the site of Saudi Press Agency:

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1524832

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1524838

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1524839

Comment by Judith Brown: Well KSA now admits it has bombed unintended targets but you will no doubt be relieved to hear that it was not their fault - it was caused by the UN and others not giving them the right information. Oh, that explains why they made the whole of Saada governate into a military zone. The UN didn't tell them civilians lived there. Their excuses would be funny if the consequences had not been so tragic.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582684903641

Comment: These Saudi coalition “excuses” are absolutely ridiculous. But it is questionable whether the peak of hypocrisy is reached by that. Well, the “West” and the UN accepting these Saudi explanation in my eyes would still be a greater hypocrisy than just the Saudis and allies making these explanations.

26.7.2016 – Huffington Post (** B)

Yemen & Image Politics: Weapon, Qat & Misogyny

Visualization is an integral part of how we perceive the world, so visual images about Yemen do construct how Yemen is perceived. That’s the case, as well, in how Yemenis perceive each other. Having said that, I tackle Yemen and Image Politics on two levels. One, how western media use images to portray Yemen? Second, how Yemenis use images to narrate stories about each other. Between the misleading political image and misogynic image, images from Yemen are confusing.

Yemen’s Image in Western Media

The image of an Arab has always been demeaned in Western media; we are told that we, Arabs are barbarians, terrorists and uncivilised. Yemen falls into that stereotyped image which perhaps can be summarised in the “Salmon Fishing in -the- Yemen” movie.

Images’ Use among Yemenis

Media in Yemen is obsessed by a political debate that mainly revolves around today’s political leaders. For instance, topics that dominate media in Yemen are the states of the ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, president, Abdurabou Mansour Hadi, and Houthis’ leader, Abdelmalik al Houthi. Images about this or that political leader represent a mirror in which Yemenis see through each other. Polarisation is extreme and any middle ground is inevitably absent.

In this regard, one of the issues that concerned me the most is the issue of Misogyny and how images are used in Yemen’s political debate.

The problem of insulting a male political leader by describing him as a female is something that a Yemeni man won’t understand unless we reverse the meaning.by Afrah Nasser

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/afrah-nasser/yemen-image-politics-weap_b_10997970.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Great article about Yemeni culture and how it is depicted within Yemen and to the outside world.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582818353641

cp2 Allgemein / General

6.8.2016 – 14Yemen (A H)

"We are human bins, Stop killing us" a Yemeni citizen message to the World !

https://amp.twimg.com/v/6c7371dc-d330-44ec-abd4-6eec77615edd

6.8.2016 – Norwegian Refugee Council (* B K P)

Yemen peace talks: 500 days of conflict leave Yemen in worst crisis ever

Tomorrow marks 500 days since the escalation of conflict in Yemen—a disastrous milestone for the millions of Yemeni civilians under attack, forced to flee their houses and pushed into further poverty. Right now, peace talks between the parties to the conflict are on the verge of collapsing once again, propelling the entire country into further disaster that will take decades to undo.

Despite the staggering figures of ordinary Yemenis suffering because of the raging conflict, the outside world has kept its eyes shut to this crisis,” said NRC’s Country Director in Yemen, Syma Jamil. “The situation for Yemenis keeps deteriorating and it is now untenable. Yemenis won’t be able to cope for much longer.”

Coupled with the violence, an ongoing air and naval trade blockade has destroyed the Yemeni economy, forcing more Yemenis than ever to dependency on humanitarian aid.

https://www.nrc.no/news/2016/august/500-days-of-conflict-leave-yemen-in-worst-crisis-ever/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/500-days-conflict-leave-yemen-worst-crisis-ever

Comment by Judith Brown: So very very sad. And shame in the world for letting Yemen slip,into the abyss, by not taking a positive stand on the war, by taking one side at the UNSCR, by appointing KSA to head the human rights commission at the UN despite its terrible record at home and in Yemen, by not providing funds sufficient to stop babies dying of hunger, all of this and more. And my beautiful Yemen and the wonderful Yemeni people keep suffering more and more and more, the scale of their suffering is hard to understand.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154594371638641

5.8.2016 – Deutsche Welle (* B H K)

The suffering in Yemen

For almost 18 months, Houthi rebels and government troops backed by an international coalition have been warring in Yemen. Al Qaeda is also on the ground. Civilians are suffering most.

It borders one of the busiest waterways in the world - yet it is a country that rarely makes its way into the headlines. Parties involved in the ongoing conflict in Yemen are using that fact to their advantage, finds a confidential United Nations report that has recently become public.

No desire for peace – Terror and ideological hardening – A humanitarian catastrophe – Attacks with 'shortcomings' – by Kersten Kripp

http://www.dw.com/en/the-suffering-in-yemen/a-19452355

Comment: Overview article.

5.8.2016 – RT (* A P) – see YPR 178, cp2

Al-Qaeda, ISIS compete for recruits in war-torn Yemen – UN report

The 105-page report to the UN Security Council covering the past six months in Yemenwas seen by Reuters on Thursday. The data was collected remotely, the UN expert panel said in the report, as they couldn’t go to the country.

In particular, the document detailed a few Saudi-led bombings: one of a civilian home in Al-Mahala village in May, and three other cases being probed now.

Saudi officials were quick to say they follow the international humanitarian legislation.

Another issue touched upon in the report, is the Houthi rebels using civilians as human shields, having concealed fighters and equipment close to civilians in Al Mukha in the Taiz Governorate"with the deliberate aim of avoiding attack."

Houthis also allegedly transferred some $100 million monthly from the central bank to back their military action.

RT contributor Catherine Shakdam, political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East, believes there are a lot of questions to be answered about the Saudis' role in the Yemeni conflict.

"I think that the Saudi are playing a very dangerous game. You have to understand what it is they want in the region to really understand why certain things are happening in Yemen. And why is Al-Qaeda or ISIS is making a return in southern Yemen where the Saudi have said to be in control? Aden is under Saudi occupation, de facto, there are Saudi troops in Aden. Why is Al-Qaeda returning? Are they in control?"

The report added that in March and April this year IS received a large amount of funds in Yemen, “to attract recruits, finance operations, and purchase equipment,” but the experts didn’t specify the source of the cash flow.

https://www.rt.com/news/354735-yemen-report-isis-saudi/

Comment: Apparently the big crime of all this investigation and 500 days of war on Yemen is that Houthis used human shields while ''Saudi officials were quick to say they follow the international humanitarian legislation. Earlier, there was a Saudi-led investigation into bombings on markets, clinics and a wedding in Yemen, and it justified the strikes with the fact that there were allegedly militants at the locations.' Enough said.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1077209508998745

4.4.2016 – Atlantic Council, US Institute of Peace (not rated B H K P)

Rebuilding Societies: Strategies for Resilience and Recovery in Times of Conflict

This paper lays out what the international community can do to help violence-torn countries in the Greater Middle East (MENA) restore their social cohesion and cope effectively with the ongoing refugee crisis. More specifically, the report's author 1) clarifies why the fates of refugees, internationally displaced persons and local communities in the region are indeed interwoven; 2) outlines the key principles and implementation strategies that should govern international aid to the area (the emphasis should be on long-term recovery and not merely humanitarian relief); and 3) prioritizes the types of aid that should be distributed, particularly in light of existing funding limitations.

The ongoing crises in the Middle East might seem far away to many decision-makers, particularly those in the United States. But our ability to answer, now, the challenges the crises present, including in terms of massive displacements of local populations, will shape our prospects of winning peace and defeating violent extremism. Ultimately, the unfolding of the events in the Middle East and their echo in Europe and beyond are symptomatic of the international community’s inability to support a solution to the violent conflicts in the region. Several international voices have long advocated for an urgent paradigm shift in funding and response mechanisms to better address crises like the ones plaguing the Middle East. Beyond that, we need a more systemic and sustainable peacebuilding process,

as well as a new aid architecture truly able to support such a project, over the long term. The current crisis is an opportunity to make that choice.

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/rebuilding-societies-resilience-in-conflict.pdf

Comment: That sounds all serious, but be aware that the Atlantic Council is a typical US think tank propagating NATO interests, and who has fueled wars in the Middle east for decades, lined up with the worst dictatorships there, now leading, supporting and fueling wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan?

26.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (B K)

Film: The insane reality of war - Don't worry, it's just tiny pieces of lead traveling really really fast. Only in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/757894543954026496

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

7.8.2016 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Infographic: Yemen: Humanitarian Pooled Fund Planned Response overview (2016 - 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/HPF_Response%20plan_July2016_Final.pdf

6.8.2016 – Uncloak (A H)

War experiences told by the people who lived them.

Coming back home almost cost him his life

I was pushed to a difficult and adventurous day by a promise I made to my classmates to accept their invitation before the war started. I didn’t know why they invited me and insisted that I come despite the war that started from the neighborhood I live in ,Shamlan, in the events if September 2014.

I went after trying many times to convince my family to let me go to my friends. After trying really hard they agreed on the condition that I keep my promise that I won’t go through the road where the battles and clashes are but instead go from the ones with no clashes. – by Yousef Mohammed Bishr

https://uncloak.github.io/yemen/coming-back-home-almost-cost-him-his-life/

5.8.2016 – NPR (* B H)

A Yemeni Mother's Plea: Don't Forget Our Children

When I was 5 years old, I experienced war for the very first time. It was 1986 in Aden, South Yemen, and political rivalries turned into violent conflict.

We see few signs of progress for the children who have been dragged into this war. We must find a way to address their needs within the peace process, be it at the negotiating table or on the ground.

Those needs do not just include keeping them safe from gunfire and bombs. Children have been forced to become active combatants in this latest conflict. The U.N estimates that children under age 18make up a third of the fightersin the current Yemeni conflict. And UNICEF has documented cases of children recruited by all warring parties to fight in the war since March 2015, some as young as 10 years old. The majority of children, 72 percent of 762 documented cases,are being recruited by the Houthis,says a reportby the U.N. Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict.

But returning them safely is not enough. Yemen desperately needs properly funded and staffed programs to help stop the recruitment of children, disarm child combatants and reintegrate these children into society by working with parents, helping them cope with trauma and returning them to school – by Rasha Jarhum

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/08/05/488246411/a-yemeni-mothers-plea-dont-forget-our-children?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

3.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A H)

PRICE of WAR: Poor #Yemen child has no home & sleeps in street curb after war killed his family. Life not the same.. (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemenpostnews/status/761176189436301312

2.8.2016 – WAM (A H)

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has signed a partnership agreement with a UAE-based SME, Galleria Saraya, to support the foundation’s campaign to provide books for public libraries in Yemen.

The books set to be distributed in Yemen will cover a wide range of topics including art of management, history, heritage, success stories and inspirational books.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/[Emirates]/1395298426177.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Some good news from UAE - but it is a drop in the ocean of need.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582730128641

1.8.2016 – WHO (A H)

Today, WHO opened medical oxygen gas plant in Hodeida, #Yemen, to relieve shortage of oxygen supplies in the area.

https://twitter.com/whoyemen/status/760154294389772288

Comment by Judith Brown: Some new hospital equipment to replace that which has been destroyed I guess.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582793128641

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

5.8.2016 – Der Tagesspiegel (* B K)

Der vergessene Krieg

Im Jemen wird das Kulturerbe zerstört. Das Deutsche Archäologische Institut versucht, das Schlimmste zu verhindern

Dabei haben deutsche und französische Archäologen nach einer Unesco-Tagung im Juli 2015 Saudi-Arabien die Koordinaten der Museen, Magazine und archäologischen Stätten zur Verfügung gestellt, um Schaden vom kulturellen Erbe des Jemen abzuwenden. Die Saudis haben sich bedankt, man werde es berücksichtigen, doch Krieg sei Krieg und wer sich in Kulturstätten verschanzt, mache sich zum Ziel, berichtet Iris Gerlach, Leiterin der 1978 in Sanaa eröffneten Außenstelle der Orient-Abteilung des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts.

Wahabitische Extremisten hatten schon vor dem Krieg Gräber und Moscheen der Sufiten im malerischen Hadramaut verwüstet. Die jemenitische Antikenverwaltung zählt bisher 60 Orte mit schweren Schäden, viele Kunstobjekte seien zerstört, vieles wisse man gar nicht.

Deshalb arbeitet das DAI an einem Handbuch zum Kulturerbeschutz des Jemen – von Rolf Brockschmidt

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/kulturerbe-im-jemen-der-vergessene-krieg/13972312.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

6.8.2016 – Saba News (A P)

Political Council formed, al-Sammad PresidentThe Supreme Political Council (SPC) was formed on Saturday and held its first meeting in the Capital.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435947.htm

6.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Yemen’s leading parties announce coalition council members

Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, a coalition between the Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party, has announced its members, Press TV reports.

The 10 member council is equally divided between members of Ansarullah movement and Saleh’s party, according to an official list released on Saturday.

“We have chosen the members of the Supreme Political Council, hoping they help the country face the unabated Saudi aggression and to unite the Yemeni people in one front,” Supreme Political Council member Hussain Hazieb told a Press TV correspondent in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/08/06/478822/yemen-ansarullah-report-supreme-political-council

6.8.2016 – Afrah Ateiq (A P)

Supreme Political Council (#‎SPC‬) hold its first gathering in capital #‎Sanaa‬, formally announcing its formation
It should be noted that the formation of #SPC comes in conjunction with 500 days anniversary of #‎Saudi‬aggression on #‎Yemen‬
After declaring its establishment and appoints its 10-members, president and VP, #SPC next step is to form a national government in #Sanaa
I will now briefly introduce the 10-members of Supreme Political Council (#SPC), established in #Sanaa :

In summary, the 10-members SPC contains diverse background such as Houthis, GPC, liberal, tribal sheikhs, pro-human right, and leftists

https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/873396149457234

Comment by Ivan Castro: National Unity government, in other words. Even southerners are present, as I understood.

https://twitter.com/IvnastroC/status/761926266597548033

6.8.2016 – Tony Toh (A P)

After declaring its establishment and appoints its 10-members, president and VP, #SPCnext step is to form a national government in Yemen

https://twitter.com/tonytohcy/status/761901395721072642

6.8.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Yemen's Houthi-led bloc sets up governing council, peace talks wind down

Yemen's two dominant political movements on Saturday announced a 10-member governing council, pushing ahead with plans to run the country as U.N.-sponsored talks to end a 16-month-old war drew to a close without a deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN10H0B4

6.8.2016 – Al Araby, based on AFP (A P)

Blow for Yemen peace as Houthi rebels form 'government'

Yemeni Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdallah Salehon Saturday have appointed a councilto govern areas of the country under its control.
The move has been a crushing blow for prospects of an agreement between warring sides.

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said it would damage the talks and represented a "grave breach" of UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
The council includes 10 members, equally divided between Houthi and Saleh loyalists, according to a list published by the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency on Saturday.
They include Salah al-Sammad, head of the Houthis' political wing Ansarullah, and Sadek Abu Ras, deputy head of Saleh's party, the General People's Congress.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/8/6/blow-for-yemen-peace-as-houthi-rebels-form-government and similar AFP: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Aug-06/365917-yemen-rebels-name-governing-body-in-blow-to-talks.ashx , the AFP article was totally Saudi-affiliated that it was reused by Arab News: http://www.arabnews.com/node/965986/middle-east

Comment: A new political council “damages the talks”, heavy air raids and a blockade don't. Double standards by Western media, of course welcomed by Saudi media.

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

7.8.2016 – AFP (A T)

Qaeda suspects kill Yemen army colonel

Suspected members of Al-Qaeda shot dead an army colonel in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Sunday, a military official said.

The gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at Colonel Abdullah Shamba, killing him immediately before driving off, the official said.

Shamba headed a local anti-Al-Qaeda militia in Abyan, the source added.

Late on Saturday, Saudi-led coalition jets attacked Al-Qaeda positions in Abyan's provincial capital of Zinjibar and in the nearby town of Jaar, military sources said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/238136/World/Region/Qaeda-suspects-kill-Yemen-army-colonel.aspx = https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Aug-07/366028-qaeda-suspects-kill-yemen-army-colonel.ashx

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

7.8.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Jemen-Ansarollah: Zwischen Friedensalternativen wählen

Eine dauerhafte Lösung der Krise im Jemen setzt Willen beider Konfliktparteien voraus, der etwa darin besteht, zwischen den vorhandenen Friedensalternativen zu wählen.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, der offizielle Sprecher der Ansarollah-Bewegung, twitterte: "Unsere Alternative ist eine dauerhafte Lösung. Die Tür zum Frieden ist offen und wir glauben, es ist nun an der Zeit, ein umfassendes und vollkommenes Bild von verschiedenen existierenden Lösungsalternativen, vorzulegen. Partielle Lösungswege und Zeitvergeudung helfen nicht weiter.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i12640-jemen_ansarollah_zwischen_friedensalternativen_wählen

7.8.2016 – Der Standard (A K P)

Im Jemen sprechen wieder die Waffen

Von einem Scheitern wollte der Vermittler der Vereinten Nationen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, nicht sprechen, als er am Samstag die jemenitischen Friedensverhandlungen in Kuwait offiziell suspendierte. Er will die Konsultationen weiterführen und auf neun Punkte konzentrieren, darunter vor allem vertrauensbildende Maßnahmen wie Gefangenenaustausch oder lokale Waffenstillstände, um humanitäre Hilfe zu ermöglichen.

Sheikh Ahmed hofft, dass er die Voraussetzungen für eine zweite Runde schaffen kann. In der Substanz sind die Parteien so weit voneinander entfernt wie zu Beginn der Gespräche im April. Das heißt auf einen einfachen Nenner gebracht, die Huthi-Rebellen wollen zuerst die politische Neuordnung klären. Die Regierungsseite beharrt auf der Rückgabe der eroberten Gebiete und Waffen, bevor politische Verhandlungen beginnen können. Beide Seiten sind zu keinen weitreichenden Kompromissen bereit; sie gehen offensichtlich davon aus, dass sie ihr militärisches Potenzial noch nicht ausgeschöpft haben – von Astrid Frefel

http://derstandard.at/2000042497352/Im-Jemen-sprechen-wieder-die-Waffen

6.8.2016 – Deutsche Welle (A P)

Friedensgespräche für den Jemen erneut abgebrochen

Das Ende des blutigen Bürgerkriegs im Jemen ist erneut in weite Ferne gerückt. Auch die dritte Runde der von den Vereinten Nationen unterstützten Friedensgespräche ist ergebnislos abgebrochen worden.

Die Verhandlungen zwischen den sunnitischen Huthi-Rebellen und der international anerkannten jemenitischen Regierung würden ausgesetzt, teilte UN-Vermittler Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed am Verhandlungsort in Kuwait City mit. Gleichzeitig betonte er, dass die Gespräche nicht gescheitert seien. "Wir glauben, dass die Gespräche große Fortschritte gebracht haben. Es gibt eine gemeinsame Grundlage, auf der wir weiter aufbauen", sagte der mauretanische UN-Vermittler.

Er wolle in den kommenden Wochen bilaterale Gespräche mit beiden Konfliktparteien führen, um Details für einen Friedensplan zu erarbeiten. Beide Seiten hätten sich zudem darauf verständigt, innerhalb von einem Monat wieder zu direkten Gesprächen zusammen zu kommen. "Wir haben Garantien und Zusagen von beiden Seiten, dass sie bereit sind, an den Verhandlungstisch zurückzukehren", sagte Ould Sheikh Ahmed.

http://www.dw.com/de/friedensgespr%C3%A4che-f%C3%BCr-den-jemen-erneut-abgebrochen/a-19453659 und von dpa: http://www.morgenpost.de/politik/ausland/article208014169/Friedensgespraeche-im-Jemen-enden-ergebnislos.html

7.8.2016 – Die Zeit (A P)

Beide Seiten wollen die alleinige Macht

Die Friedensgespräche kamen in den vergangenen Monaten kaum noch voran, weil die Positionen der beiden Konfliktparteien bisher offenbar unvereinbar sind. So verlangt der Präsident der international anerkannten Regierung, Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi, dass sich die Huthi-Rebellen aus allen von ihnen besetzten Städten zurückziehen, darunter auch die im September 2014 eingenommene Hauptstadt Sanaa; dies fordert auch eine Resolution des UN-Sicherheitsrates. Die aus dem Nordjemen stammenden Huthis fordern ihrerseits, an der Macht und an jeglicher neuer Regierung beteiligt zu werden.

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2016-08/jemen-militaer-eroberung-sanaa-huthi-friedensgespraeche-pause

Kommentar: Teil eines Artikels. Die Überschrift zu diesem Abschnitt passt nicht zum Text. Der sagt ganz klar, dass die Huthis eine Beteiligung an der Macht fordern, nicht die alleinige Macht. Das passt aber wohl zu wenig zur gewünschten Tendenz.

6.8.2016 – Inner City Press (** A P)

On Yemen, Ban Ki-moon's & Envoy's Failure Confirmed, Sold Out To Saudi

The UN Secretariat of Ban Ki-moon's bungling of Yemen mediation has become ever more clear, according to multiple sources and documents exclusively seen by Inner City Press, see below.
And now the failure is public: Ban's enovy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on August 6 issued this statement (full text via InnerCityPro.com).
With the Yemen talks in Kuwait run by Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed on their last legs, the UN Security Council met on the topic on August 3. While from what was said outside the meeting it appears the difference of opinion about whether to only chide the Houthi / GPC delegation or all parties was between Russia and the UK, Inner City Press is informed that as before, the most intransigent pro-Hadi (that is, pro-Saudi) member was Egypt.
Egypt previously argued that the UN Group of Experts has no right to look at the impacts of the Saudi-led Coalition. This as Egyptian state media Akhbar Al Yom, gifted with Inner City Press' long-time office by Ban Ki-moon, has an invisible correspondent Sanaa Youssef who asks no questions, even on Egyptian topics. This is a scam, that must be reversed.

At the August 3 UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Dujarric why the envoy IOCA focused on military issues and only now at the eleventh hour says he might put forward a political proposal. Dujarric, garbling an American idiom, said he's against “Monday quarterbacking,” dropping the word “Morning.”(The UN simply inserted it into the transcript, without brackets - by Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/yemen164fishy080616.html

6.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

UN, S Arabia not seeking peace for Yemenis: Activist

Press TV has conducted an interview with Hazem Salem, activist and political commentator from Cairo, about an announcement by UN special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh, which says the Yemen peace talks in Kuwait is going to be suspended on Saturday.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

actually it’s very clear that the talks were not going to go any further and there was no intention from the Saudi side or even from the UN side to get to a real discussion and negotiation. And that’s why things ended up by throwing a deal by the UN on the table with the idea of take it or leave it. And that deal could not be accepted by the other side and thus the negotiations collapsed.

There has been three and half months of hectic meetings that were not scheduled or structured in a way that leads to a breakthrough or a deal. Despite that the Yemeni side or the Yemeni opposition or the Ansarullah side wanted to get to something, but the pro-Saudi Arabia Hadi and the UN had been trying to force a certain deal that is coming to the outcomes before the sequence of events that lead to these outcomes.

The outcome is withdrawal and giving up weapons before any peace deal and arrangements for peace to be made. And that’s why I think that Kuwait on one side decided not to continue with this and the UN has no clue about what to do. And Saudi Arabia has no intention to continue anything that might lead to a reconciliation or a deal

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/08/06/478708/Yemen-Peace-Talks-UN-Salem

Comment by Judith Brown: I guess that is what happened - the Saudis tried to force the Houthis to surrender. But it's obvious the wouldn't - so the war continues.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154585910218641

6.8.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Kuwait supports continuation of Yemeni consultations

Deputy Foreign Minister of the State of Kuwait Khaled Al-Jarallah confirmed on Saturday his country’s support for the continuation of the Yemeni consultations.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435962.htm

6.8.2016 – UN Special Envoy (A P)

Statement of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen

http://sanaa.sites.unicnetwork.org/2016/08/06/statement-of-the-special-envoy-of-the-united-nations-secretary-general-for-yemen/

6.8.2016 – UN News Service (* A P)

Yemeni peace talks enter 'new phase,' as UN envoy announces month-long pause for consultations

The United Nations envoy facilitating peace talks on Yemen announced today that as the discussions wind down for a one-month break, the process will enter a “new phase,” during which “the focus will be on working with each side separately to crystalize precise technical details.”

“We depart Kuwait today but the Yemen peace talks continue. The structure and mechanism will change during the coming weeks so that we give the parties space to consult with their leaderships,” UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said of the talks, which have been hosted by Kuwait for the past three months, between a Yemeni Government delegation and a delegation of the General People's Congress and Ansar Allah.

“We will work with each party separately to crystalize the precise technical details. I once again repeat that a lasting solution is one which is worked upon with care, study and consideration. Every rushed solution comes truncated and incomplete,” he added.

As for the current round of talks, he said that the biggest dilemma was the deficit in trust between the parties and in that regard, the focus had been on the necessity of offering concessions and advancing a step towards the other side so that the other side can advance a step in return.

“We must continue to urge the parties to initiate a series of confidence-building measures and it is their duty to continue the releases of detainees and refrain from adopting unilateral measures<' he said.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54637#.V6Yd3rgrLIU = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemeni-peace-talks-enter-new-phase-un-envoy-announces-month-long-pause-consultations

6.8.2016 – AP (* A P)

UN's Yemen envoy announces one-month recess for peace talks

The U.N. envoy to Yemen has announced that peace talks to end the country's ruinous civil war would go into a one-month recess

he U.N. envoy to Yemen announced Saturday that peace talks to end the country's ruinous civil war would go into a one-month recess.

The widely expected announcement came in a statement issued Saturday by the envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The talks, held in Kuwait, have failed to make any tangible headway. No venue was announced for the talks when they resume.

"The biggest obstacle we faced is the lack of trust between both parties, despite our efforts," said the envoy. "We are leaving Kuwait today, but the peace talks will go on. I want to reiterate that we are on the right path."

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-08-06/uns-yemen-envoy-announces-one-month-recess-for-peace-talks and the events of the last days by Aljazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/yemen-peace-talks-collapse-fighting-intensifies-160807042106210.html and Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-s-yemen-envoy-announces-one-month-recess-for-peace-talks-1470494251

6.8.2016 – The National AE (A P)

Pause in Yemen peace talks as UN report lists Houthi abuses

A Yemeni government delegation has returned to Kuwait to attend a final session of UN-mediated talks today before the negotiations are suspended.

The minister for human rights, Ezzadeen Al Asbahi, said the delegation was expecting a new schedule of talks to be announced but had returned mainly "for the sake of thanking the emir of Kuwait, the people and government, and to say farewell to the people who tried to helped Yemen and to the UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed."

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/pause-in-yemen-peace-talks-as-un-report-lists-houthi-abuses

Comment: The Hadi government / Emirates view. The Houthi abuses related in the UN report are broadly reported here, the Saudi coalition air raids reported in the same UN report just are not mentioned here. Propaganda.

5.8.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Jemen-Friedensgespräche in Kuwait erneut ausgesetzt

Laut Scheich Ahmed wird die Suspendierung der Gespräche zwischen den Vertretern des geflüchteten jemenitischen Präsidenten, Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi , und der Houtis am Samstag(morgen) offiziell verkündet.

UNO-Gesandter machte dabei keine Angaben über den Ort und das Datum eines neuen Anlaufes und sagte lediglich, es sei möglich, dass auch nächste Jemen-Gespräche in Kuwait stattfinden.

Scheich Ahmed wies dabei auf Vereinbarungen in einigen Punkten bei den Gesprächen der letzten drei Monate hin und erklärte, alle Streitpunkte seien behandelt und in gewissen Punkten auch Erfolge erzielt worden.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i12580-jemen_friedensgespräche_in_kuwait_erneut_ausgesetzt

Kommentar: Und der Krieg geht dann weiter….

6.8.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Kuwait talks 1st round ends up with fair ideas, but refused: al-Mashat

The first round of seventy-day talks in Kuwait has concluded with fair ideas to reach a solution, said a member of the national delegation to Kuwait talks.
On his Facebook account, Mehdi al-Mashat said the ideas included establishing consensual executive authorities (presidency and government) and security and military committees in addition to stopping the aggression and lifting the siege on the country and restrictions that have damaged the national economy.
"It was agreed that the UN envoy for Yemen will draft a deal based on these ideas during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and after which, we will return to sign not to discuss it."
Al-Mashat stressed the ideas have been rejected by the United States and Saudi Arabia, through their mercenaries inside, he said.
So they work together with the UN envoy to fabricate a solution that will not hold the aggression's powers responsible for rejection.
They presented a solution deal to the UN envoy - not the real previous one - to get out of the predicament of being showed as refusing to the comprehensive and lasting solution, he said.
Al-Mashat said that the UN envoy has received their plane and adopted it as it is the UN's.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435931.htm

Comment: National delegation = Houthi / Saleh delegation.

5.8.2016 – Al Araby (A P)

Final session of Yemen’s strained peace talks announced

Yemen’s strained peace talks have been suspended for the weekend, the UN special envoy to Yemen said on Thursday, despite the final deadline announced by the negotiating parties.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who has been mediating the talks between President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels and their allies in Kuwait since April 21, made the comments ahead of the expected August 7 deadline.

"We plan to hold the final session (of the talks) on Saturday," the Mauritanian diplomat said in an interview on state-run Kuwait TV.

"We are working on issuing a communique that will emphasise on the main points we have achieved."

But he confirmed the talks would resume later, suggesting they could once again be held in Kuwait, despite the royal family warning it would not further extend the deadline beyond August 7.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/8/5/final-session-of-yemens-strained-peace-talks-announced

Comment: Why that? Did he give up? By this way, there will be no peace in Yemen.

5.8.2016 – Judith Brown (* A P)

[The last UN peace proposal]

This is a very strange deal. The UN produced a peace deal based on the talks in Kuwait. It was not accepted by Hadi but it was accepted the the Houthi-Saleh alliance. So the UN writes out a new peace deal that Hadi and Co like. Hadi accepts it. The Houthi lot don't. So the war goes on. That will please BAE systems, Raytheon, and all the other thousands of suppliers of weapons and munitions. And children will carry on dying.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582804158641

4.8.2016 – Fars News (* A P)

Betraying Humanity in Yemen: UN Hustled Into a Game of Complicity

Nothing strengthens Saudi war crimes in Yemen so much as silence on the part of the United Nations.

Here, the UN says some 14 million Yemenis are going hungry, with at least 370,000 children suffering from malnutrition. Some 15 months into a devastating war led by Saudi Arabia and its partners in crime, the UN says the situation has the potential to exacerbate and turn into a public health crisis - with about half of the population in urgent need of food and medical aid. Moreover, the UN says some 500,000 children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with two thirds of them so sick they could die if they don't receive immediate assistance. But then the UN takes it quietly.

Why? Because its rich member says so. This isn't fair, we would think in this awkward situation. This isn't compassion and humanitarianism. It is something, but it's not compassion and accountability. The world body has been hustled into a game of complicity, one it never intended to play. But it did – in broad daylight and before the cameras.

The powerful reality is that the United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful and richest members, and UN secretaries-general ( plus many member states) have always been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the regime over its blackmail-style tactics.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950514000932

Comment: You might be distant because this comes from Iran, the Iranians themselves hardly having much sympathy for Human Rights if they themselves are concerned. But nevertheless – all this scandalous behavior of the West and of the UN strangled by it really offers a through ball for all criticism. And here, the critics from Iran is just one – absolutely right.

4.8.2016 – Visit Virginia (A P)

The Russian foreign Ministry welcomed the extension of talks on Yemen

http://visitwinchestervirginia.com/the-russian-foreign-ministry-welcomed-the-extension-of-talks-on-yemen/

Comment: They really should have cared more, but there seems to have been no interest in Yemen. Thus, the Russians had let pass by the one-sided UNSC resolution 2216, which closed the eyes from Saudi air raids, giving them free hands, and which up to now is an obstacle to any peaceful solution.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

6.8.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Saudi Arabia to help Germany investigate attacks - Spiegel

Saudi Arabia has offered to help German investigators find those behind Islamist bomb and axe attacks in July, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday, citing a senior member of the Saudi government.

Saudi authorities are in contact with their German colleagues, responding to new findings that show both attackers were in close contact via a chat conversation with possible Islamic State backers from Saudi Arabia, Spiegel said.

Traces of the chat, which investigators have been able to reconstruct, indicate that both men were not only influenced by but also took instructions from people, as yet unidentified, up until the attacks, the report said.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-europe-attacks-germany-saudi-idUKKCN10H08L

Comment: The attackers had been to to have had contacts to Saudi Arabia, from where they got instructions for these attacks. Saudi Arabia, one of the main sources of terrorism.

28.4.2016 – The Independent (A P)

Saudi Arabia is 'not ready' for women drivers, says deputy crown prince

The deputy crown prince has previously appeared to express support for more women working

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-is-not-ready-for-women-drivers-says-deputy-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-a7004611.html

cp9 USA

7.8.2016 - Sputnik News (* A P)

Assange nennt wichtigsten Geldgeber der Clinton Foundation

Saudi-Arabien ist möglicherweise einer der größten Sponsoren der Stiftung der Clinton-Familie, der Clinton Foundation. Das vermutet der Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

Der WikiLeaks-Gründer kommentierte ebenso die Veröffentlichung der französischen Presse, dass ein Sponsor der Clinton Foundation, der Baustoffhersteller Lafarge, angeblich der Terrorgruppierung Islamischer Staat (IS, Daesh) Geldmittel übergeben haben soll. Unter Verweis auf französische Medien merkte er an, dass das Unternehmen Lafarge „in den Syrienkonflikt mit verwickelt“ sei.

http://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20160807/311993754/clinton-finanzierung-saudis.html

Kommentar: Das mit den Saudis ist nichts Neues und wurde schon mehrmals berichtet. Saudi-Arabiens Vize-Kronprinz Salman hat selbst ganz offen gesagt, dass 20 % der Mittel für Hillary Clintons Wahlkampagne von den Saudis kommen: http://de.sputniknews.com/panorama/20160614/310611998/riad-bezahlt-clintons-wahlkampagne.html

5.8.2016 – CNN (** B T)

Prince and the '28 pages': Indirect 9/11 link to Saudi royal revealed

The possibility of official Saudi involvement in 9/11 has hung over the relationship between the two countries

Bandar is a key Saudi royal figure known to have a very close relationship with George H. W. Bush

the "28 pages," reveals an indirect link previously hidden from the American public between the alleged al Qaeda operative and a company associated with a key member of the Saudi royal family, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Ever since 19 men -- 15 of them Saudi nationals -- hijacked four airplanes and changed the course of American history, the possibility of official Saudi involvement has hung over the relationship between the two countries. While the alleged association with Bandar revealed in the newly declassified pages does not provide direct evidence the prince was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, it raises new questions about Saudi Arabia's involvement – Jennifer Rizzo

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/05/politics/28-pages-saudi-prince-bandar-9-11/index.html

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

7.8.2016 – Daily Record (B K P)

As the death toll mounts in Yemen, what about their bairns? What about our bombs?

BOMBS made in Scotland are killing people in Yemen in what human rights investigators say are war crimes and it's time to end the conspiracy of silence.

T'S even got a name now. Virtue signalling, apparently.

The overwhelming desire of people to publicly show how they care just as much, if not more, than just about everyone about just about everything.

Not always but often found on social media, where hashtags like Bairns not Bombs and Kids not Cuts reveal a vehement, implacable opposition to all those heartless monsters who back bombs not bairns and support cuts not kids.

Westminster ministers can no longer be allowed to long-grass the increasing stench around Britain’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia as the gravest possible concerns are raised about how those arms are being used against civilians in Yemen.

These might be atrocities happening far from our homes but they are being inflicted by weapons made up the road.

The arms sales to Saudi must be frozen until these alleged war crimes are properly investigated and prosecuted.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/death-toll-mounts-yemen-what-8579445

5.8.2016 – RT (A K P) – See YPR 177, cp9

Bombs made in UK dropped on Yemeni civilians, human rights group claims

New links have been found between bombs dropped on Yemeni civilians and arms factories in Britain, according to evidence collected by human rights campaigners.

Missile debris found by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a bombed-out building in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, revealed that the rockets used were made by American arms manufacturer Raytheon, which has a factory and 600 employees in Fife, Scotland.

The group said the codes found on the smart bombs – which incorporate laser guidance systems and were found in the ruins of a building where 52 people worked – linked the destruction in Sanaa back to Fife.

https://www.rt.com/uk/354736-british-bombs-yemen-children/

and film:

3.8.2016 – RT (* A K P)

Are British Arms Killing Civilians in Yemen?

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Saudi arms. Andrew Smith from the Campaign against Arms Trade talks about the impact of the UK 3.3 billion pound arms deal with the Saudi’s. Plus why can’t the government make up their mind on the breaking of humanitarian law in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gbE1jhyBr4

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

2.8.2016 – Bahrain Center for Human Rights (A P)

Nabeel Rajab Trial Postponed a Second Time, Faces 15 Years Imprisonment Over Tweets

http://bahrainrights.org/en/node/8044

More Bahrain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=puurcpq2hvQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0Ob1t__l9k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qza4hhLEHzc

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

Almasdar (* A K P)

Saudi FM to recruit thousands of soldiers during African tour

Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al Jubeir, held talks with the Senegalese president Augustin Tine, during an official visit to the poverty-stricken western African country.

Al Jubeir was received by the Senegalese Minister of Defense, with whom he held a secret meeting later on.

According to mepanorama.net, Israel has encouraged its oil-rich Saudi ally to find out more African allies in its interminable conflict in neighboring Yemen, and curb the increasing influence of Iran in the African continent.

Mr. al-Jubeir has allegedly conveyed a message from the Saudi ambitious minister of war, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, luring the desperate and destitute African nation into joining the war by promising unimaginable sums of money, Saudi Arabia is looking for further 5,000 Senegalese child soldiers–each soldier shall receive $ 5.000 per month, a mouth-watering offer —to initiate the ultimate decisive battle for Sana’a (the Yemeni capital city) in order to recapture it from Yemeni revolutionaries.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/saudi-fm-recruit-thousands-soldiers-african-tour/

cp13b Zentralbank / Central Bank

6.8.2016 – ORF (A E P)

Jemen will Rebellen Zugang zu Auslandskonten versperren

Jemens Regierung will offenbar den Huthi-Rebellen den Zugang zu im Westen gelagerten Geldern versperren. Es lägen Informationen vor, wonach die Aufständischen über die von ihnen kontrollierte Zentralbank versuchten, im Ausland geparkte Reserven anzuzapfen, meldete die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur sabanew.net heute.

Aus Sorge um das Geld, das dem Volk gehöre, habe sich die international anerkannte Regierung daher entschlossen, Banken in Europa und den USA aufzufordern, der Zentralbank keinen Zugang zu den Geldern zu gewähren.

Der Schritt könnte allerdings dazu führen, dass die Lage der Zivilisten in dem Bürgerkrieg sich noch mehr verschlechtert. Den Vereinten Nationen (UNO) zufolge droht in vielen Provinzen in dem verarmten Land eine Hungersnot.

http://orf.at/stories/2352826/

Kommentar: Die Not der Menschen ist dieser Regierung halt egal. Zur Zentralbank mehr in den folgenden englischen Artikeln. Die Hadi-Regierung möchte die in Sanaa residierende Zentralbank unter ihre alleinige Kontrolle bekommen. Bisher hatte die Zentralbank strikte Neutralität gewahrt und Kämpfer und Angestellte beider Seiten bezahlt. In der derzeitigen Lage übersteigt das auf Dauer natürlich die finanziellen Möglichkeiten.

6.8.2016 – Reuters (* A E P)

Yemen aims to stop central bank officials tapping state funds abroad

Yemen's government has asked international financial institutions to prevent central bank officials from accessing state funds held in overseas banks, the state-run sabanew.net news agency reported on Saturday.

The move could exacerbate a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a civil war has been raging between the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and the central bank, and the internationally recognized government of Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr based in the southern port city of Aden.

Bin Daghr has received "confirmed information" that the central bank administration is tapping Yemeni foreign reserves held at banks in Europe and the United States after exhausting funds in Sanaa and elsewhere for the war effort, an official at the prime minister's office told the news agency.

"Out of concern for the funds and belongings of the Yemeni people, and in order to preserve the remaining public funds, ... the Yemeni government has decided to take this step, which includes suspending dealing with Central Bank Governor Mohammed Awad bin Humam," the official was quoted as saying.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-centralbank-idUSKCN10H0FL and http://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-centralbank-idUSL8N1AN0BG and by Saudi media: http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55355912/yemeni-government-aims-stop-houthis-squandering-state-funds-abroad

5.8.2016 – Arab News (A E P)

Yemeni economy tottering, says minister

Yemeni Finance Minister Mansour Alqaiiti has said that the Yemeni economy is on the verge of collapse and is unable to meet its international obligations. He explained that when the Houthis entered Sana in September 2014, Yemen had $5.2 billion in reserve, however, now its Central Bank has only $1 billion remaining.
Alqaiiti said that the Yemeni Central Bank is suffering due to monthly withdrawals from the Houthis, estimated at around 25 billion Yemeni riyals, or $100 million. He said that the coffers of the Central Bank's branches in Aden and in some other provinces are empty.

He added that all of the state apparatuses are under Houthi control, including the financial sectors and IT systems, which is enabling them to continue their work at this time. Given that they control the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry, they are able to continue spending as they like, and can continue to pay youths to fight for them in exchange for salaries.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/965001/saudi-arabia

Comment: If you think the main subject of this article (and the minister’s statement) is economy, you are wrong. The main intention is blaming the Houthis, i. e. war propaganda. The Central Bank is not under Hadi government’s control, just because it is located at Sanaa, and they would not tolerate that. Of course, they would like to spend the money for their own fighters alone. The Central Bank had kept neutrality, paying salaries of fighters and employees of both side. That on a longer run this will overstress the possibilities, will be obvious, especially I a time when the costs of war on both sides have exploded. – Hadi government statements seem to have only a few subjects: Blaming the Houthis and Iran; praising the Saudis and their coalition; claiming “legitimacy”. End of subject list.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well is this news – it’s obvious to me that if ports, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, factories, warehouses, farms, and many other places are targeted on a large scale - particularly by the aerial attacks by KSA - that the economy will not function.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582637313641

The idea that they just want to get their hand on the Central bank seems to be right, as can be seen from the following:

5.8.2016 – Mohammed Basha (A E P)

#Breaking#ROYG request to freeze foreign accounts of #Yemen's Central Bank and to stop recognizing Governor Bin Humam via Abduljabbar Saad

https://twitter.com/yemen411/status/761587028534460416 and this is what is shown as the letter of the government to the IWF: https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/761636814629302272 and https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1077325248987171/?type=3&theater

Comment by Judith Brown: There is a letter from the IMF. Well, we all know the political bias of this bank and here we have proof. Irrespective of who is fighting who, the ordinary people of Yemen will suffer horribly if this bank cannot function it's only been the actions of the bank that has kept Yemen from total failure. As if things were not bad enough all ready.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154583546733641

5.8.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A E P)

Situation is precipitating. According to local media, Central Bank of Yemen can no longer pay state employees for second month in a row. Not only bombs kill

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1077299985656364

For better understanding, please read again an older article by Reuters on the Central Bank:

10.6.2016 – Reuters (** A E P)

How Yemen's wartime central bank keeps country afloat

As civil war engulfs Yemen, the central bank is so committed to staying neutral that it payssalariesof soldiers on both sides.

The bank distributes money to public-sector workers in both government and rebel-held areas, and guarantees payments for vital grain and flour imports.

Central banks play an important role in many economies but in Yemen, which has been plagued by a war for more than a year, it is keeping the country from financial collapse and the population from running out of food.

The Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) is based in the capital Sanaa, which isn't even controlled by the internationally recognized government.

The CBY represents the last bastion of the financial system in the impoverished country and is effectively running the economy, according to central bank officials, foreign diplomats and Yemeni political sources on both sides of the war.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-cenbank-insight-idUSKCN0YW0F7

Comment: Well, it’s just the bank’s neutrality – paying for soldiers and employees on both sides – that enrages Hadi & Co.

And read this:

4.8.2016 – Deeproot (**A E P)

Yemen Transition 2.0: The Foreign Exchange Crisis

Yemen's official foreign currency reserves have declined to $2.1 billion at the end of 2015, covering only two months of imports. Without sufficient foreign currency reserves, the Central Bank of Yemen is quickly running out of options, and Yemen is quickly sliding into a foreign exchange crisis, which could be the precursor of a long-feared dramatic collapse of Yemen's economy.
In its latest publication, DeepRoot Consulting provides an overview of the current state of the economy in Yemen, and argues that aggressive monetary policy interventions are needed to stabilize the currency. The paper provides a summary of intervention by the Central Bank of Yemen since the current war started, and explores the Japanese experience in foreign exchange control after the second world war.
You can download the full paper by clicking on the PDF icon below.

http://www.deeproot.consulting/#!Yemen-Transition-20-The-Foreign-Exchange-Crisis/tv2qr/57a31afe0cf2f2718baf015b

Comment by Judith Brown: This is an important article especially in light of the attempts to stop the a Central Bank in Yemen from functioning.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154587227278641

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

5.8.2016 – Radio Vatikan (A T)

Jemen: Bischof dämpft Hoffnungen für verschleppten Priester

Im Fall des seit April im Jemen entführten katholischen Priesters warnt der zuständige Bischof vor voreiligen Hoffnungen. Bisher gebe es „keine sichere Nachricht", dass der Geistliche noch lebe, sagte Bischof Paul Hinder, Apostolischer Vikar für Südarabien.

http://de.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/08/05/jemen_bischof_d%C3%A4mpft_hoffnungen_f%C3%BCr_verschleppten_priester/1249527

5.8.2016 – Gulf News (A P T)

Saleh ties to Al Qaida revealed after arrests

20 operatives arrested in Aden who were involved in attacks on security forces

A senior security official in Yemen’s southern city of Aden said yesterday that at least two dozens of Al Qaida militants running death squads targeting security and resistance figures have been arrested in Aden. Munir Al Mashali, the commander of the elite Special Task Forces, told Gulf News yesterday that detectives who interrogated the captured militants discovered they were colluding with figures loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/saleh-ties-to-al-qaida-revealed-after-arrests-1.1873699

Comment: Wait and see. For a long time, Hadi / Saudi propaganda tries to construct a connection between Saleh and Al Qaida, up to now this just stayed a claim. It will not be impossible that somebody like Saleh, who has proved to be a master of intrigue, will work together or at least make some sort of agreement with anybody when he thinks there could be some benefit for him. But in this case, these claims just sound like propaganda. Other connections of Al Qaida now are far more obvious: to Mohsen, the vice-president of the Hadi government; to so-called “popular resistance” in Taiz, when they are fighting side by side against the Houthis; to a politician like Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Humayqani, to the UAE themselves, who had founded the jihadists who just a few days ago had blown up a 16. century mosque at Taiz.

5.8.2016 – Business Standard (A K T)

Four killed in US drone strike in Yemen

A US drone strike targeted suspected militants of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda offshoot at a checkpoint in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa on Thursday, leaving four killed, a security official told Xinhua.

"At least four Al-Qaeda militants were killed and three others injured when their own tent and a checkpoint were targeted by US missiles in Azzan town of Shabwa province," the Yemeni security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Residents confirmed to Xinhua that US drones kept hovering over the airspace of Azzan for several hours and huge blasts were heard in the area.

Elsewhere in Yemen's southern part, suspected Al-Qaeda militants hurled grenades on two police stations in the port city of Aden, causing only material damages.

According to government officials, large Yemeni-Saudi military preparations continued in Aden on Thursday to launch a new anti-terror offensive to flush out Al-Qaeda militants from Abyan in the upcoming days.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/four-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-yemen-116080500131_1.html

and confirmed by the US: http://www.centcom.mil/news/press-release/august-5-u.s.-central-command-announces-yemen-counterterrorism-strike

Comment: Who was really hit? They victims always are labeled “Al Qaida” or “suspected Al Qaida”, whether schoolboys or grandmums.

cp15 Propaganda

7.8.206 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Saleh, Houthis Establish Division in Yemen

On Saturday, Houthis and the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh jointly announced the formation of a supreme council of 10 members to govern Yemen in rotation. Both parties will rotate the position of the president and the vice president.

But what does this new insurgents’ step mean?

The sure thing is that both Houthis and Saleh chose to divide the country between a Yemen that follows Iran and accepts the insurgents, and a Yemen that refuses subordination to Iran and the insurgents.

This step means the destruction of Yemen as a whole and turning it into a chaotic country, as well as a depleting the countries in the region primarily Saudi Arabia, and not to forget the Arab Coalition that has been in the war in Yemen for 16 months.

So, the persistent matter in question here is: what’s the solution for Yemen? Is withdrawal a solution which leaves Yemen an easy prey for Iranians, Houthis, and Saleh and thus drains the Gulf countries making Yemen a grazing land for Iranians, al-Qaeda, and ISIS? Or continue with the war as it is? Or set a new strategy that can ensure lessening war losses based on a scheme that secures fewer damages?

Whereas in Yemen, Houthis and Saleh want to further establish division everyday and with the support of Iran. And they finally announced a council to govern Yemen alternately.

So, why the hesitation in regard of something that is already a fact?

Division is the logical solution for Yemen, and it would protect it from complete decline.

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55355932/saleh-houthis-establish-division-yemen

Comment: Saudi propaganda of course blames the Houthis and Saleh party for their new governing council. This council is “destruction of Yemen” (Saudi coalition air raids then seem to be not). Quite a new aspect: A Saudi media propagating the division of Yemen – remember that in the past, 25 years ago Saudi Arabia was against the unification of Yemen, because two smaller Yemen are weaker than one. Now thinking of this policy again? Or the idea that the Houthis and Saleh party should keep the north, Hadi the south?

7.8.2016 – Arab News (A K P)

Houthis won’t be allowed to expand an inch: Coalition

The legitimate government in Yemen will not allow Houthis to expand an inch, said Saudi-led coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri.

In statements to the media, Al-Assiri said the Yemeni government forces will battle Houthi militias in Naham or anywhere else inside Yemen.

“The Houthis are feeling the heat after failing to bow to the international will to achieve peace in Yemen during talks in Kuwait.”

He said: “The coalition’s top priority is to give more space for peace. The momentum of the military operations was slowed to allow a peace agreement between the legitimate government and the Houthis with a view to saving lives. Now that the talks are over, we will step up the military operations.”

He added: “They have no option but to comply with the international legitimacy and the UNSC Resolution 2216 and the GCC initiative,” he said, pointing out that the coalition is coordinating with the UN to take important steps to protect Yemeni civilians.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/965801/saudi-arabia

Comment: That really is a very childish propaganda: typical for Asiri, the greatest story-teller of this war. “Not an inch”: The Houthis quite successfully proceeded in several areas in the last days. ““The coalition’s top priority is to give more space for peace”: that is a joke from the first day of Saudi coalition air raids onward until today. “The coalition is coordinating with the UN to take important steps to protect Yemeni civilians“: There was never any protection for civilians, but deliberate targeting; there was no cooperation with the UN in this matter apart from blackmailing UN for the children's rights violators and now giving ridiculous explanitions to the UN as a result of a farce investigation.

7.8.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A K P)

Arab Coalition to revive Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen

Arab Coalition will revive its Operation Restoring Hope after Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait ended because of violations by Houthis, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri, spokesman of the Arab Coalition, told Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath.

While the operation began on April 21, 2015 and it is still active, “Operation Restoring Hope will be revived,” he said.

The operation was launched to bolster political and peace efforts but without ruling out the use of force. The operation followed the military Operation Decisive Storm.

Asiri, who is also an advisor to the Saudi defense minister, said Iran-backed Houthi militias considered the ending of Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait as an “opportunity” to expand their operations.

He said after suspending the talks, the Houthis started launching operations on the Saudi borders.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/arab-coalition-revive-operation-restoring-hope-yemen/ and similar by Al Arabiya: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/08/06/Arab-Coalition-to-revive-Operation-Restoring-Hope-in-Yemen-.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Restoring Hope!!!??? More like restoring despair.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154587189368641

Comment: Nice propaganda that sounds whether there wound not have been any Saudi coalition air raids and attacks during the so-called „ceasefire“. - „Restoring Hope“ has been and is an Orwellian wording.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Saudi coalition SP says ops paused for sake of talks, will resume. Weird, somehow missed few months "pause". So, far more bombs now?

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/762040169763594240

6.8.2016 – Aljazeerah (AP) – see YPR 178

JIAT disputes claims against Arab coalition in Yemen

Yemeni Information Minister Mohamed Qubaty told Al Jazeera from Aden on Saturday that reports of coalition forces targeting civilians were not independent, and were coming from groups that sided with the Houthis.

The minister also said that Houthis were purposely using locations near hospitals and civilian areas from which to strike at coalition forces.

Referring to the coalition destroying World Food Programme trucks, the minister said there was no coordination between WFP and the government on the movement of the vehicles.

"We know the way Houthis can force people", so that while "there might have been food on top of these cars or caravans carrying them, but underneath them there are munitions", the minister said.

"All the time they have been using these tactics all across the place."

The minister, however, conceded that some civilians have become victims, but he denied it was deliberate targeting by coalition forces.

"It can happen. There are some damages. We don’t deny that there sometimes [are] some damages but in all, and overall, the coalition forces have been all the time targeting specific military targets," he said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/jiat-disputes-claims-arab-coalition-yemen-160806105813872.html

Comment: How simpole the world can be. Amnesty International, HRW and others just describing what the Saudi colation is doing just are „siding with the Houthis“. Whooow.

6.8.2016 – Arab News (A P)

That elusive peace (A P)

Hope for a solution to Yemen’s crisis and war faded away when the United Nations presented its new peace plan, which was approved by the legitimate government and Gulf countries. Hope evaporated when the Houthis and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh set impossible conditions to accept the plan – by Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

http://www.arabnews.com/node/965261/columns

Comment: Blaming the Houthis for the failure of the peace talks. This is rather odd, as the Saudi / Hadi side just tried to use the peace talks just for getting the Houthis to capitulate, and the UN, by UNSC resolution 2216 is bound to be one-sided. And this resolution is based on Saudi interests – and was pushed by Saudi Arabia's Western allies, US and UK in the first place.

Comment by Judith Brown: Saudi newspapers didn't protest when Hadi turned down the first peace plan that the Houthi-Saleh alliance accepted. But the Houthis haven't got the power to change UN policies - like Saudi has.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154585901173641

6.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

So #Yemengov now calls upon civilians to avoid Sana'a areas where Houthis present. Bombing soon? But Houthis are EVERYWHERE in Sana'a.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/761889311197364224

Comment by Sophie McNeill: True. Having just visited, I can't see how civilians can avoid #Houthipresence in Sana'a #Yemen

https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/76193655830813491

5.8.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

UN Deplores Mass Executions in Iran

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein deplored today the execution of 20 people in Iran this week for purported terrorism-related offences.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1524941

Comment: Yes, this is disgusting and deplorable. But from the Saudi side, this sounds like a joke.

5.8.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A K P)

Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) on Yemen Responds to Claims on Coalition Forces' Violations in Decisive Storm Operations

5.8.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen PM: Power should be gained through democracy not force

Houthis want to govern Yemen by force, Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghr said yesterday, adding that they should respect the democratic processes.

Speaking during a meeting held with the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs Office in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Bin Daghr said: “The continuation of war in Yemen increases the suffering, destruction and siege and the non-arrival of relief aid to citizens, and this is what the coup militia that refused to abide by the UN Security Council resolution or sign the Kuwait Agreement want.”

“Instead, they continued the siege and war on the people, and cut off humanitarian corridors to the province of Taiz,” he added.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160805-yemen-pm-power-should-be-gained-through-democracy-not-force/

Comment: This again is odd propaganda of the “Blame the Houthis” genre. There is no indication at all why especially the “Houthis want to govern Yemen by force and the Hadi government does not. Hadi had called for Saudi air raids for keeping him in government – that seems not to be force for his paladins. Odd. And he laments the continuing war increasing suffering and destruction – as if Saudi air raids and the Hadi government clinging to rule legitimacy) would have nothing to do with that. And siege and the non-arrival of relief aid to citizens seems to have nothing to do with the Saudi blockade of the whole Houthi-held northern Yemen. And, looking at the headline: What does Saudi Arabia have to do with democracy?

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a strange article - it seems to imply that Saudi Arabia is supporting democracy in Yemen. Oh, how far from the truth is that. Let's get it straight. Democracy anywhere is not likely to be popular with Saudi Arabia. They seem to think a few rich rulers with allegiance to very conservative and narrow minded religious leaders know more about how to run the world than anyone else.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582652738641

5.8.2016 – Fuad Rajeh (A P)

Saudi coalition admitted to killing civilians in only 2 airstrikes. Who will believe that only 2 out of 1.000.000 airstrikes were mistaken?

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/761508005892464640

Comment: 999.998 legal airstrikes, hence. Bombing for peace,‪#‎Saudi‬style

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1077109215675441/?type=3

5.8.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Yemen and the distant solution

Hope for a solution to Yemen’s crisis and war faded away when the United Nations presented its new peace plan, which was approved by the legitimate government and Gulf countries. Hope evaporated when the Houthis and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh set impossible conditions to accept the plan.

Members of the Saudi-led coalition must continue their work while keeping in mind that a solution will not be reached soon. They should also look for partial solutions that enable Yemen’s government to work in liberated areas.

Coalition forces are only 10 kilometers from Sanaa airport, which is only 8 kilometers from the center of the capital – by Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2016/08/05/Yemen-and-the-distant-solution.html = http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55355840/opinion-yemen-distant-solution-peace

Comment: As always: The Houthis are to blame, we must take the military option (look at “liberated areas”, we are very successful, we are moderate and care for the population. Grrr.

5.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

I just read a report by Saudi, on Saudi airstrikes in #Yemen, accusing everyone BUT Saudi, of war crimes..WTH!?

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/761464292734566400

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

7.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The outcome of #500_days. Statistics of casualties and damages that caused by#Saudi_aggression_in_Yemen (infographic)

https://www.facebook.com/551288185021551/photos/a.670623209754714.1073741836.551288185021551/670623333088035/?type=3&theater

7.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

6-8-2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.
Casualties and Damages (complete list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=670860256397676&id=551288185021551

6.8.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Saudi Jets Slaughter Tens of Friendly Troops in Northern Yemen Again

Saudi warplanes hit the positions of the friendly forces in Northern Yemen and killed a large number of militants loyal to fugitive former President Mansour Hadi, in what has come to be known as "routine" shooting and bombing of friendly troops by the Saudi air force.

Tens of pro-Hadi militias were killed in the Saudi fighter jets' air raid on their positions in al-Jawf province in Northern Yemen.

The friendly fire came as the pro-Hadi militias were trying to push back the popular forces to open their way into al-Jawf province with the aerial support of the Saudi fighter jets.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950516001263

6.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Multiple airstrikes east of Sana'a and in Taiz including Mocha. Yes, same Mocha Saudi few days ago admitted killing civilians at

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/762179280428232704

6.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

Well done, ya Salman. | Via @adenalghad: #Saudiairstrike today in Abyan province #Yemenblew up truck carrying food & infant milk formula.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/762034283582263297

5.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets destroy mosque in Jawf

The Saudi aggression destroyed on Friday a mosque in al-Ghail district of Jawf province.
A local official told Saba that the hostile war jets targeted the Great Mosque in al-Ghail with an airstrike, which led to the destruction of the mosque in full.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435834.htm

5.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Total of16Yemeni civilians including 3women&3children killed2day by US-backed Saudi war criminals air hitting houses in Nehm&Bakem.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/761580925171949568 and see https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/761641710065770497 (12 killed this day)

5.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills two women in Nehm

Two women were killed on Friday by a Saudi airstrike on Nehm district of Sana'a province.
According to a local official, the aggression's war jets struck a house of "Zaid Ahmed al-Faraj" in Amshitbah village.

The airstrike left also four injuries, including children, the official said, adding all the airstrike victims are of one family and the house was completely destroyed.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435809.htm

5.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

New MASSACRE: Entire family of 6 killed today (4 women) when Saudi airstrikes destroyed home in #Yemen region Saada.

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/761556539027120128

Comment: Another massacre or the same as the following?:

4.8.2016 –Hussain Albukhaiti (A K)

#Saudi#UAEtargetd Salem Algarady family car n road2Baqem #Saada#Yemen Reportd 1 lone survivor rest of family kild (graphic images)

#Saudi#UAEjet kild her wth mum,dad&3brothers on road2Baqem #Saada#Yemen Lone survivor3relatives injured #UN

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/761559017575645186 and https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/761624781112373248https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1077273918992304/?type=3

4.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

#Yemen Breaking: #Saudi-led airstrike on Al-majaweha, Nehm region #Sanaa province resulted in civilian deaths incl women

Developing #Yemen: the #Saudi-led airstrike targeted house of zaid Alfaraj. # of his family got killed incl women.

https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/761318307156951042 and https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/761319351479853056

4.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

Breaking in #Yemen : #Saudi airstrike on house in Nehm area, 50 km north of capital Sanaa kills 14 women & children.

Bodies (& pieces of flesh) still being counted, so it'll be a while before we know the final casualty toll.

https://twitter.com/bafana3/status/761309696968028160 and https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/761314138190733312

Comment by Judith Brown: How come we don't see this is any of the mainstream media?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582751093641

More air raids:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435987.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news436034.htm

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/762312599212027905

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/762271460543135745

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435965.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435964.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435865.htm

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/761685327018860544

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435807.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435811.htm

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/761314122298454017

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

7.8.2016 – Nano News (A K)

Armed attack at Yemen border kills 5 Saudi border guards

On Monday evening, the coalition said two Saudi officers were killed when their Apache helicopter crashed in Yemen because of bad weather.

The guards in the line of duty clashed with the armed groups for eight hours and thwarted their attempt to infiltrate the Saudi borders.

A video posted to YouTube claimed to show a Saudi military vehicle being blown up as it hit a Houthi-laid explosive device on a road in the province.

Local sources, requesting not to be named, said the militia forces have launched at least 12 attacks against the area in recent days in an attempt to retake it from fighters supporting the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

http://nanonews.org/armed-attack-at-yemen-border-kills-5-saudi-border-guards/

6.8.2016 – Deutschlandfunk (A K)

Militär startet neue Offensive gegen Huthi

Nach der Vertagung der Friedensgespräche im Jemen hat das Militär nach eigenen Angaben eine neue Offensive gegen die Huthi-Rebellen gestartet.

Östlich der von den Aufständischen kontrollierten Hauptstadt Sanaa seien mit Unterstützung der saudi-arabischen Luftwaffe mehrere Stellungen der Miliz erobert worden, wird ein Militärsprecher zitiert.

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/jemen-militaer-startet-neue-offensive-gegen-huthi.447.de.html?drn:news_id=642778

Kommentar: Nach Angaben der Huthi-nahen Saba News wäre die Offensive zurückgeschlagen worden.

6.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Dozens of hirelings killed as trying to advance on Nehm
At least 52 of Riyadh's hirelings were killed as trying to advance on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a military official said Sunday.
The army and popular committees repelled the attempt, he said, adding the hirelings have sustained big losses.
17 bodies of the hirelings were still lying on way to the al-Houl Mount, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435976.htm and also, stating 52 killed: http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/07/478869/Yemen-Ansarullah-Mansur-Hadi-Saudi-Arabia-Kuwait

Comment by Judith Brown: I don't know whether this is true..

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154588697353641

6.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils hirelings’ attempt to advance on Nehm

The army and popular committees repulsed on Saturday an attempt by the hirelings to progress toward western Nehm areas in Mareb province, a military official said.
The official added that dozens of hirelings were killed or injured in the confrontations when they tried to advance on al-Madfon and al-Manarah areas under an intense air cover of Saudi warplanes.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435912.htm

6.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K PH)

Saudi coalition & #Yemengov will shortly claim gained major ground in Nihm in advance to Sana'a. FYI - Total bull, crushed last night.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/761847928101142528

6.8.2016 – Reuters (A K)

Yemen's Hadi launches military operation east of Sanaa, peace talks end

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched a new offensive east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the military command said, after United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement.

The offensive, which is backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, came as the Iran-allied Houthis and the party of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced a 10-member governing council, against the wishes of the U.N.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN10H0B4

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Saudi media hyped about op to liberate Sana'a & alleged footage of troops advancing thru Nihm #Propaganda

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/762042957088391172

6.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings' attempts to progress in Jawf foiled

The army and popular committees repelled on Saturday attempts by Riyadh's hirelings to advance on al-Moton district of Jawf province.
The first attempt came from the eastern part of Ham Mount in the district and the second from the direction of the government compound, a military official told to Saba.
Many hirelings were killed or injured in the confrontations with the army and committees forces, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435913.htm 5.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army bombards enemy’s sites in Najran, Jizan

The missile force of the army and popular committees mounted on Friday a rocket and artillery bombing on the Saudi enemy’s sites in Najran and Jizan.
A number of Saudi soldiers were killed or injured and two military vehicles were destroyed in an artillery shelling of the army on Na’shaw center in Jizan, a military official said.
The official added that the army’s missile force bombed a maintenance camp and a Saudi military gathering in al-Sodis site in Najran with six Katyusha rockets, which hit their targets accurately.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435835.htm

5.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils hirelings’ progress in Jawf, killing dozens

The army and popular committees forces repulsed a big attempt by hirelings to advance on al-Ghail district of Jawf province, a military official said Friday.
The official explained that the hirelings tried to progress toward al-Ardhi village and al-Adhba area from three directions under intense overflights of Saudi warplanes.
Dozens of hirelings were killed or injured, including leaders, and two of their military vehicles were destroyed in the confrontations, he added.
He pointed out that the aggression’s war jets waged eight raids on al-Ghail district to support the hirelings’ advance.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435833.htm

5.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K)

Saudi Arabia forcefully evacuating residents near Yemen border

Saudi Arabia has launched a forced evacuation of locals in its Jizan region, as Yemeni forces advance deeper into the Saudi territory in response to Riyadh's war on their country.

Yemen’s Khabar news agency website reported the development on Friday with pictures of departing locals as well as a video showing Saudi military personnel arguing with locals who resisted the order to leave their homes.

The report said villages and towns affected by the order are closest to the common border with Yemen.

The Saudi military has threatened to strip locals of their citizenship and invalidate their identification and travel documents if they refuse to leave. Saudi forces have also deployed to residential areas in the region in anticipation of a major escalation.

Some activists say the Saudi regime has already cut the locals’ access to food resources and water reservoirs and limited their freedom of movement.

http://www.presstv.us/Detail/2016/08/05/478546/Saudi-Arabia-Jizan-evacuation-Yemen

and film:

5.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi Arabia forcefully evacuating residents near Yemen border [Amateur video]

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

More Houthi rockets and shelling:

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-soldier-dies-cross-border-fire-yemen/

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/07/478869/Yemen-Ansarullah-Mansur-Hadi-Saudi-Arabia-Kuwait

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news436024.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435923.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435905.htm

More fighting:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news435906.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXvTniyC6CU&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

5.8.2016 – UPI (* A E)

Report: Oil shipped from war-torn Yemen

The first shipment of crude oil from Yemen frees up enough storage so that oil production in the east of the country can resume, reports said Friday.

International Oil Daily, a service from Energy Intelligence,reports sources have confirmedthat Swiss trader Glencore has pulled about 1 million barrels from Yemen, the first time since the latest bout of civil war erupted last year. The loading frees up storage capacity enough so that oil production in eastern Yemen can resume and sources said another shipment from the Ash Shihr export terminal is scheduled for next week – by Daniel J. Graeber

http://www.upi.com/Report-Oil-shipped-from-war-torn-Yemen/9771470401431/

Comment: The feeling is that Yemen has to apologise for the war and not being able to provide the former flow

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1077276408992055

Comment by Judith Brown: They have rather severe need for oil themselves in Yemen. I really don't understand this article.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582661118641

6.8.2016 – Washington Post (* C)

A 70-year-old mystery: Yemeni Jews say young relatives were stolen in Israel

A 70-year-old mystery: Yemeni Jews say young relatives were stolen in IsraelA 70-year-old mystery: Yemeni Jews say young relatives were stolen in Israel

t 84 years old, Yona Yosef is full of life. Her eyes sparkle as she talks about her nine children and many grandchildren. But ask her what happened 67 years ago, when she and her family arrived in Israel from Yemen, and her eyes fill with tears.

“I was only 15. The people came, they told me to take Saade to the clinic,” said Yosef, her voice stalling as she recalled the day she took her 4-year-old half-sister for a routine check-up for new arrivals. “At the clinic, they told me to go home. They said they would bring her back. What did I know? I was only a child myself.”

Yosef never saw her sister again.

Like many immigrants at the time, Yosef and her family lived in a transit camp after they came to Israel in 1949. Her father’s second wife and two children, including Saade, lived with them.

Over the past 70 years, Israelis have become familiar with tales of Jewish immigrants from Arab lands who say their children simply vanished, possibly kidnapped, in the late 1940s and early ’50s, soon after arriving in Israel. In some cases, the children were taken away, never to be seen again. In others, parents were told their babies had died suddenly – by Ruth Eglash

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-70-year-old-mystery-yemeni-jews-say-young-relatives-were-stolen-in-israel/2016/08/05/385c8d4f-0831-48a9-aaba-a3c9ff3c275c_story.html

5.8.2016 – Aljazeera (** C)

The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

For nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum's life was a lie, including his name.

He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. Grunbaum had been stolen from his mother by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956, moments after she gave birth.

His biological parents - recent immigrants to Israel from Tunisia - were told their child had died during delivery. They were sent home without a death certificate and denied the chance to see their baby's body or a grave.

Despite his darker looks, it never occurred to Grunbaum that the parents who raised him were not biologically related to him. Now aged 60, he says the discovery was "the most shocking moment imaginable. Everyone I loved - my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins - had been deceiving me for decades."

And so had government officials.

Grunbaum's story would be deeply disturbing if it was unique. But growing evidence suggests that there could be thousands of other children who were abducted in Israel's first decade – by Jonathan Cook

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/shocking-story-israel-disappeared-babies-160803081117881.html

4.8.2016 – Elisabeth Kendall (A)

Film: The Big Clean Up! al-Mahra, Yemen

In April 2016 in Yemen's eastern-most al-Mahra governorate, volunteers from 17 grass roots organisations came together. In a massive effort, they cleaned up their 500 km coastline!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYGSzaW8JZo

Comment by Judith Brown: Glad to see positive news - but Mahra is a sparsely populated governate close to Oman that has had less military activity than any other Yemeni governate. But it shows what Yemenis can do if the world leaves them alone to run their own lives.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154582742838641

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/krieg-im-jemen-neue-artikel-zum-nachlesen-178

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-178: / Yemen Press Reader 1-178:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / andhttp://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

20:40 07.08.2016
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