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Jemen Verstärkte Luftangriffe im Jemen, über 100 Tote in Sanaa und Saada. Analyse der Paranoia der Saudis. Kriegsverbrechen made in USA. Zerstörung des Weltkulturerbes Sanaa.

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21.9.2015 – Middle East Eye

Yemen pays price for Saudis' sectarian paranoia

The Shia-Sunni divide or the Riyadh-Tehran rivalry as an explanation of Yemen’s strife-ridden country is a cruel and futile fantasy

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is a crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. Looking beyond the political fog enveloping the conflict, the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population emerge with stark clarity.

What makes it even more difficult to make sense of developments in Yemen is the geopolitical tendency to reduce an incredibly complex national history and interplay of contending forces to a simplistic story of Sunni versus Shia rivalry for the control of the country.

Such a prism of interpretation, above all, allows Saudi Arabia to portray the strife in Yemen as another theatre of the wider region proxy war pitting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Iran, which is a guaranteed way of securing US and Israeli backing. The same rationale has served the kingdom well (and the world badly) in explaining why it supports anti-Assad forces in Syria over the last several years. If considered more objectively, we begin to understand that this sectarian optic obscures more than it reveals.

What emerges, then, is not a regional politics based on sectarian priorities, but rather a pathological preoccupation with regime stability in the Saudi monarchy, with anxieties arising whenever political tendencies emerge in the region that elude its control, and are perceived as threatening.

The people of Yemen are paying a huge price for this brand of Saudi paranoid security politics. Yet much of the world is lulled to sleep, not taking the trouble to peer below this sectarian cover story.

It is difficult to know what would bring some kind of peace to Yemen. What we do know is that both the sectarian optic and Saudi interventions are dead-end options. The beginning of a constructive approach is to take root causes into account. Several need to be considered. There is a long experience of division between the north and the south, and this means that any unity government for the whole of Yemen can only be sustained by an iron-fisted dictator like Saleh or through a genuine power-sharing federalist kind of arrangement. Beyond this, the country bears the scars of Ottoman rule intermixed with a British presence in Aden and the surrounding area, vital for colonial priorities of controlling the Suez and the trade routes to the East.

Additionally, Yemen remains a composite of tribes that still command the major loyalty of people. The modern European insistence on sovereign states in the Middle East never succeeded in overcoming the primacy of Yemeni tribal identities. Any possibility of political stability requires subsidising Yemen’s tribes as Saudi Arabia did during Saleh’s dictatorship (1990-2012) or creating a multi-coloured quilt of autonomous tribal polities. When geography and tribalism are taken into account recourse to the Shia-Sunni divide or the Riyadh-Tehran rivalry as an explanation of Yemen’s strife-ridden country is a cruel and futile fantasy.

What should be done, given this overall situation? A potential key to achieving some kind of peace in Yemen is held by policymakers in Washington. Yet as long as the US government remains beholden to the rulers in Saudi monarchy and to the extremists running Israel, it is unusable. This makes political turmoil in the Middle East stuck on a lethal fast-moving treadmill. How to get off, that is the question.

There are two obvious moves, neither ideal, but with the modest goal of a first step in creating a new political order: first, negotiate a ceasefire that includes an end to the Saudi intervention; secondly, establish a more credible revival of the National Dialogue Conference that two years ago made a failed attempt in Sanaa to find a power-sharing arrangement. What is needed is establishing a political transition sensitive both to the North-South split and the strength of Yemeni tribes coupled with massive economic assistance from outside and the creation of a UN peacekeeping presence tasked with implementation. Nothing less has any chance of working.

Such a rational path is currently blocked, especially by the intense militancy of the aggressive Saudi leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, and his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Secretary of Defence, the apparent champion of military intervention.

The United States, with its special relationship to Israel and its strong ties to Saudi Arabia, seems to be swallowing the central contradiction between opposing both its real adversaries, AQAP and ISIS, and implicit ally, the Houthis.

Instead of treating the enemy of their enemy as a friend, Washington is reversing the proverb. This Gordian Knot is strangling the people of Yemen. Cutting it will require a drastic break with current policy. The way forward is evident, but how to get there is not, and in the meantime the bodies pile up – by Richard Falk


19.9.2015 – The wall will fall

Saudi air strikes target Old Sanaa, the cradle of civilization.

I have envisioned visiting this childhood dream city, this vale of history and cradle of humanity in all its diversity, colour and spectacle. All those images I pored over rise up to greet my tired mind as I hear of the bombs that Saudi Arabia dropped upon this ancient testament to the artistry and creativity of mankind.

Last night, I was talking to friends in Sanaa as the Saudi jets roared overhead, the familiar drone of their engines recorded by those I was conversing with. I shuddered as I listened to one recording after another of that dull, regular beat of their steel hearts and then the ferocity and power of the explosions. What to say, stay safe? Sounds so ridiculous “there is nowhere safe in Sanaa”. Then the muffled exclamation..they have hit the old city. Incredulity and a tipping point. Saudi Arabia has already committed endless crimes against humanity in Yemen, blockade, starvation, wholesale slaughter of civilians, the targeting of a maternity and premature baby hospital, the use of illegal, lethal and hideous WMDs but somehow the ancient city of Sanaa was sacrosanct, not any more.

Last night the Saudi jets spat out two US or UK made bombs over the holy city. These bombs hit their target and destroyed a part of this city that has withstood 2, 500 years of history unscathed. These bombs crushed a family as they cowered, petrified in their homes. The father was a simple farmer, not a soldier, a civilian. He believed in his right to freedom, that was his only crime for which his entire family was wiped out in the strike.

This morning the recovery and clean up started..images of people, dazed and disbelieving, wandering desolately through the dismembered buildings, strewn beneath their feet. Picking through the debris, searching for what, for a reason for this insanity, for this barbarity? When did their simple life become this turmoil, this incessant drumming of fear and death? When did their music pool at their feet in a throb of terror and trauma? When did their dreams become their death knell? When did their children become ghosts?

A little girl in the midst of the rescue workers, stands dazed and dishevelled. A dot of blue against the dust and stone, her face registers only shock and disbelief. She is the loneliness of Yemen, starkly silhouetted, alone against this backdrop of bloodshed and tears. Standing brokenly, defiantly against all that is wrong with the world. Silently suffering, voiceless, wordless, screaming inside for the help that never comes. Crying the tears that creep through the dust and dry unnoticed on the graves of their fallen.

It is our silence that must be shattered, not this child nor the next. Too many broken babies litter the sands and the valleys of this dazzling country for us to count. Will we pick through their remains and mourn their splintered, lacerated corpses or will we raise our voices for those that can’t be heard above the symphony of terror being played by the House of Saud with their US & UK instruments of death. Yemen must know they are not alone.


21.9.2015 – TV Newsroom

Yemen loyalists launch offensive in province east of capital

Kommentar: Eigentlich noch nichts Neues.

21.9.2015 – New York Times von Reuters (Film)

Video. Kämpfe in Taiz

21.9.2015 – Transcend

Yemen: A War Crime Made in America

On Sunday [20 Sep], a Saudi-led coalition air strike ripped through a market in Sanaa, Yemen, killing 69 civilians and injuring dozens of others. People had been out shopping for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, when the bombs fell. Photos posted on social media show corpses strewn amidst the rubble in the aftermath of the assault.

Air raids on Friday destroyed portions of Sanaa’s historic Old City, which is on the United Nation’s list of World Heritage sites. The area is the site of thousands of unique multi-storied homes that were constructed before the 11th century. Historic cultural sites throughout Yemen have come under repeated attack in the course of the six-month Saudi-fronted assault.

In the 24 hour period between Friday and Saturday morning, at least 57 civilians were killed and a further 130 people wounded in coalition air strikes throughout the country. The Yemen Health Ministry reported that at least 31 people were killed and 120 wounded in air raids on Sanaa that included multiple strikes on the Interior Ministry. Hospitals in the city, which face a shortage of medical supplies and fuel for power generators, were overwhelmed by the causalities – by Niles Williamson.

Kommentar: Der Markt mit den 69 Toten (es gibt abweichende zahlen, auch 57) nicht in Sanaa, sondern in der Provinz Saada.

20.9.2015 – TRT Deutsch

Jemen: 36 Tote bei Angriffen

Bei den von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalitionsstreitkräften sind 36 Menschen getötet worden.

Bei den von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalitionsstreitkräften sind 36 Menschen getötet worden.
Bei den Luftangriffen in der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa seien 30 und in Taiz sechs Menschen getötet worden. Ziel der 72 Luftangriffe sei unter anderem das historische Bab-al in Sanaa gewesen. Die von den Huhi-Rebellen als politische Büros benutzten historischen Gebäude seien bei den Luftangriffen zerstört worden. Es gebe wegen der hohen Zahl an Verletzten in der Stadt Engpässe bei den Medikamenten. Das von den Huthis kontrollierte Gesundheitsministerium hätte für sich für Medikamente an internationale Einrichtungen gewandt, da in vielen Krankenhäusern die Medikamente ausgegangen seien. Auf der anderen Seite seien bei Angriffen der Huthi-Rebellen in der Stadt Taiz sechs Zivilisten, darunter zwei Frauen getötet worden. Zudem seien bei den Angriffen acht Menschen verletzt worden.

20.9.2015 – RT (mit Filmen)

Saudi air raids kill dozens of Yemeni civilians amid humanitarian crisis

The latest Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have left dozens of civilians dead and nearly 160 injured at a time that sees medical facilities struggling to provide even the most basic services. The country is suffering from a shortage of vital supplies due to the ongoing blockade.

The coalition air raids against Houthi forces in Sanaa overnight on Friday killed at least 40 civilians and injured at least another 130 people, Yemen News Agency (SABA) reported.

One strike leveled an apartment building in the center of the city killing a family of nine, while another strike killed a man who had been searching for his family in the rubble, AP reported. The coalition has even managed to attack Yemen’s interior ministry in the capital, launching about 10 strikes at the building as well as at a police camp and a military building close to it.

The airstrikes also hit the residence of Oman’s ambassador in Sanaa.

One strike leveled an apartment building in the center of the city killing a family of nine, while another strike killed a man who had been searching for his family in the rubble, AP reported. The coalition has even managed to attack Yemen’s interior ministry in the capital, launching about 10 strikes at the building as well as at a police camp and a military building close to it.

The airstrikes also hit the residence of Oman’s ambassador in Sanaa.

A further 38 civilians were killed by the airstrikes in the northern province of Saada while another 27 were left wounded, according to a DPA-interviewed official.

19.9.2015 – Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen: Government loyalists advance in Ma’rib as coalition jets pound Sana’a

Loyalists to Yemen’s exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi made strategic gains in the eastern Ma’rib province on Friday after fierce battles with the Houthi rebels, military sources said.

At least 25 rebels were killed and dozens injured in the violent clashes that erupted in Nakhla area in the oil-rich province between Pro-Hadi fighters, known as the Popular Resistance, and Yemeni army units on the one hand, and Houthi insurgents and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other.

“Fighting continued for more than three hours and different types of heavy weapons were used in addition to aerial bombardment, light weapons and hand grenades,” according to the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Four military vehicles belonging to the Houthis were destroyed by the Popular Resistance forces who lost eight fighters.

Ma’rib has been at the center of recent efforts by government loyalists and local tribes, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, to cleanse the strategic province of the Iran-allied rebels.

This comes after Houthi claims that several local tribes in Ma’rib have declared their backing for the Iran-allied rebels against the internationally recognized government which analysts have dismissed as “lies”.

Houthis have cut mobile phone networks in several parts of Ma’rib since the military operation to retake the oil-rich province started, according to activists.

19.9.2015 – Press TV Iran

Yemen army attacks Saudi base in Aseer, captures several soldiers

The Yemeni army, with the support of the popular committees, has managed to hit a Saudi military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Aseer, taking several soldiers captive.

In a video released by Yemen's al-Masirah television network on Saturday, the Yemeni forces are seen engaging the Saudi soldiers in the region, destroying their vehicles.

Kommentar: iranische Quelle, daher sind hier wieder die auf Seiten der Huthi kämpfenden Jemeniten gemeint

19.9.2015 – Deutsche Welle

Viele Tote bei Luftangriffen im Jemen

Im Kampf gegen schiitische Rebellen hat die saudische Luftwaffe erneut Ziele im Jemen bombardiert. Dabei wurden zahlreiche Menschen getötet. Auch die Residenz des omanischen Botschafters wurde zerstört.

Bei den Luftangriffen vom Freitag und Samstag wurden mindestens 95 Menschen getötet, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur dpa unter Berufung auf das rebellennahe Gesundheitsministerium. Demnach wurden bei den Angriffen der saudischen Luftwaffe in der Hauptstadt Sanaa 57 Menschen getötet und 130 verletzt. In der Provinz Saada, einer Hochburg der Rebellen, wurden 38 Menschen getötet. Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition kommentierte die Angriffe nicht.

Nach Angaben des Gesundheitsministeriums fehlen die Kapazitäten um die zahlreichen Verletzten zu versorgen. In den Krankenhäusern mangele es an notwendigen Medikamenten, zudem fehle Benzin für die Krankenwagen.

Die saudische Luftwaffe hatte seit Freitagabend mehrere Ziele in der Hauptstadt angegriffen, darunter das Innenministerium. Anwohner sprachen von etwa zehn Luftschlägen auf das Ministeriumsgebäude im Norden der Stadt, auf eine nahegelegene Polizeistation und auf ein Militärgebäude. Auch das Gelände des Präsidentenpalasts, der bereits 2011 zerstört worden war, wurde getroffen.

Am frühen Samstagmorgen zerstörten Luftschläge mehrere Häuser in der Altstadt, die zum UNESCO-Welterbe zählt. Das Außenministerium von Oman teilte mit, das Wohnhaus des omanischen Botschafters sei getroffen worden. Opfer habe es dort nicht gegeben. "Das Bombardement ist eine eklatante Verletzung internationaler Abkommen und Normen", teilte das Außenministerium des arabischen Landes mit.

19.9.2015 – Der Standard

Jemen: Fast 100 Tote durch Luftanschläge befürchtet

Bei Luftangriffen der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärkoalition auf das Bürgerkriegsland Jemen sind am Freitag und Samstag nach Angaben des rebellennahen Gesundheitsministeriums mindestens 95 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Alleine in der Hauptstadt Sanaa seien 57 Menschen gestorben und 130 verwundet worden, hieß es.

In der nördlichen Provinz Saada seien alleine 38 Zivilisten gestorben.

Zudem meldete das Sultanat Oman, dass die Residenz seines Botschafters in Sanaa bei einem der Luftangriffe getroffen worden sei. Angaben über Opfer gab es zunächst nicht. "Das Bombardement ist eine eklatante Verletzung der internationalen Vereinbarungen und Normen", heißt es in einer Stellungnahme des omanischen Außenministeriums.

19.9.2015 – MSN News

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen's interior ministry in Sanaa

Aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Yemen's interior ministry in the capital, Sanaa, late on Friday and launched several other raids on sites in the heart of the city, residents and other sources there said.

The air raids by the coalition have intensified in recent weeks as a Gulf Arab ground force and fighters loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi prepare a campaign to recapture Sanaa, seized by Houthi fighters in September 2014.

Residents said about 10 air strikes were launched on the ministry building in the north of the capital, a police camp close to it and a military building.

The health ministry issued an urgent appeal saying it did not have the capacity to treat all those injured as a result of the strikes on several areas of Sanaa, the official Houthi controlled news agency said on Saturday.

Hospitals lack the basic medicines necessary for treating the wounded and lack fuel to operate ambulances and hospital equipment, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.

The raids also targeted the presidential complex and a party building of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh which had already been destroyed in 2011, residents said.

Several air raids also targeted the Fulaihi area of Old Sanaa early on Saturday morning, destroying several houses.

In Saada province, about 30 people were killed in various strikes in various strikes on Friday, a news agency controlled by the Houthis said.

(Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa, additional reporting by Fatma al-Arimi in Muscat; Writing By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Robert Birsel and David Evans)

19.9.2015 – AP

Arab Coalition Bombs Yemen’s Capital, Killing Dozens

Airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies have killed 29 people, including civilians, in the capital Sanaa, security and medical officials in the city said Saturday.

The coalition's airstrikes overnight hit an apartment building in the center of the capital, an area that is a UNESCO world heritage site, killing a family of nine, said the officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has divided Yemen's security forces.

Another civilian was also killed and rescuers were searching for other possible victims buried under the rubble – by Ahmed Al-Haj

19.9.2015 – New York Times

Arab Coalition Bombs Yemen’s Capital, Killing Dozens

A Saudi-led military coalition bombarded government buildings and residential neighborhoods in Sana, the Yemeni capital, overnight on Saturday, killing more than two dozen people, officials and witnesses said, and destroying homes in Sana’s Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site.

The airstrikes hit the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and a military honor guard, killing at least 17 security and military personnel, according to government officials and witnesses. But several of the targets appeared to have no military value, witnesses said.

One set of airstrikes crushed a group of houses, killing at least 10 members of one family and destroying at least two other houses, all in the Old City, which has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years.

Other bombs struck an underpass, damaging a passing truck, as well as a four-story residential building.

The bombing was the second major attack on the Old City since the start of the war in March. Around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, bombs destroyed the Ayni home, killing the family and damaging wells and several other homes in the area, according to Taha al-Maghribi, a neighbor. Mr. Maghribi said he had no idea why the family had been targeted: The father, Hifthallah al-Ayni, had no connection to either of the warring parties, he said, and the house was far from any military or security installation.

Near the site of another attack that wounded two people in a four-story building, Hisham Abu Oraig, a neighbor, said a nearby government building could have been the target. “But I don’t think so,” he added. “The bombs are precise. They just want to scare people off.” – by Shuaib Almosawa and Kareem Fahim siehe auch und

20.9.2015 – Reuters

Saudi-led coalition denies attacking home of Oman envoy to Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition has denied its warplanes bombed the Omani ambassador's home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, target of months of its air strikes, and called for an investigation, Saudi media reported on Sunday.

The Omani foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador in Muscat on Saturday and handed him a protest letter over the air strikes, which the state news agency ONA said had targeted the residence of its ambassador to Yemen.

The coalition's military spokesman, Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, said Saturday's air strikes had targeted the Yemeni Interior Ministry building, but not the Omani ambassador's residence, the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat said.

Asharq al-Awsat quoted Asiri as saying the coalition would welcome an investigation and suggested the house may have been hit by a Houthi mortar shell.

"One would be able from the beginning to distinguish between a mortar strike and a plane strike," he said.

Kommentar: Dummdreist.

19.9.2015 –Iran German Radio

Oman verurteilt Bombardierung des Botschafter-Gebäudes im Jemen

Das omanische Außenministerium hat in einer Erklärung den Angriff saudi-arabischer Kampfflugzeuge auf das Wohnhaus des omanischen Botschafters in der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa verurteilt.

Laut der Nachrichtenagentur Yemen 24 forderte Maskat die UNO vor wenigen Stunden in einer Erklärung auf, alle erforderlichen Maßnahmen zur Beendigung des jetztigen Krieges im Jemen zu unternehmen, bevor dieser eine Bedrohung für die Region werde. Die omanische Regierung forderte alle jemenitischen Seiten auf, die Notwendigkeit der Beilegung der Konflikte zur Schaffung von Stabilität in der Region und im Jemen zu verstehen.

19.9.2015 – Al Jazeera

Oman says ambassador's home hit in Yemen

Foreign ministry condemns incident in Sanaa as Arab coalition bombards Houthi-held sites as part of move to retake city.

The Omani ambassador's home in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa has come under fire during continued bombardment of the country, according to the country's foreign ministry.

The Omani foreign ministry, in a statement released on Saturday, did not offer any details of the incident on the previous day, but condemned the attack and described it as a clear violation of international law.

"Oman received with deep regret yesterday's news targeting the ambassador's home in Sanaa, which is a clear violation of international charters and norms that emphasise the inviolability of diplomatic premises," the statement said.

19.9.2015 – Khaber Agency (Arabisch)

Saada News

Martyr fell 63 others were injured, most of them women and children, Saturday, September 19 / September 2015 in an intensive raids by fighter jets aggression alliance led by Saudi Arabia on the houses and mosques of Saada province, north Yemen.

According to a local source told the news, the fighter jets launched two raids on the home of one of the citizens in the area Asaah Directorate clipper which led to the martyrdom of 10, mostly women and children.

The fighter jets targeted aggression popularly market in the area of convincing the Directorate of alarm, leaving 50 martyrs and 14 wounded in the initial statistical reported as "news" a local source.

He added that the Saudi aggression targeted a mosque in Milhan Maran area, which led to almost completely destroyed, and another mosque and two houses Juma bin Fadhil area in haydan district.

He reported that other raids on the public road area Asnm Baqim led to the Directorate cited two citizens and wounding others, with 8 fighter jets launched air strikes on two legs Directorate, focused on the area between SPA and about 4 raids on Sha'af Directorate.

The source pointed out, that a citizen was killed and three others wounded in two raids targeting the castle area Razih Directorate.

Saudi artillery also targeted more than 25 mortar shells repression District Directorate of epaulette and other shells several areas along the border between the two countries.

The fighter aggression committed, Friday, September 18 / September, two slaughters in Saada province Ooukata 34 martyrs from the four families.

Politik von Saudi-Arabien

21.9.2015 – AWD News

Al Saud to pay dearly for Yemen aggression

Oppressive Saudi monarchy since the beginning of its aggression against Yemen hysterically has wasted people's money that is not logical at all.
Some precise details mentioned in this article that reflect Saudi hatred toward Yemenis.
The cost of renting 2 battleships, each ship150 million dollars, is 300 million dollars per day. In other words all the costs of battleships, as well as related accessories of the ship including 6,000 soldiers and 450 warplanes and their equipment, weapons, long-range missiles and 6 frigates will be cost $54 billion within 6 months.
The cost of 2 military satellites per hour is one million dollar and all the costs of the satellites will be $48 million per day. That is1 billion and 800 million dollars a month and during 6 months it will become 8 billion and 640 million dollars.
According to reports and satellite images, each satellite costs $ 5 million per day. Here we have two satellites which cost $10 million per day and $300 million per month. This means that during 6 months it will cost one billion and 800 million dollars.
AWACS aircraft costs 250 thousand dollars per hour, $ 6 million per day and 180 million dollars monthly and during 6 month it will be cost 1 billion and 80 million dollars.
Saudi air attacks against Yemen were carried out by more than 159 aircrafts and 35,000 attacks up to now.
Amid war on Yemen Saudis fired 140 thousand missiles, mostly civilian targets and 40 thousand missiles (small size) that cost 150 thousand dollars each, totally $ 6 billion. 50 thousand average size missiles 300 thousand dollars cost each, totally 15 billion dollars.
50 thousand large size missiles that cost $ 500 each, and totally cost $ 25 billion (in addition to the cost of air resources and jet fuel), the cost of maintenance and spare parts and, used kerosene in each aircraft will be150 thousand dollars that totally will cost $ 5 billion, and the cost of their air resources will be $ 2 million per day.
Arms deals: Saudi Arabia purchased American weapons worth 150 billion dollars plus the cost of maintenance and spare parts for five years as well as purchasing aircraft from France worth up to $ 36 billion and giving $ 26 billion gift to Egypt to buy Raphael aircraft and also signing a political deal with Russia worth 30 billion dollars. Furthermore, Yemen destroyed 300 Saudi tanks and military vehicles since the start of Saudi aggression against Yemen.

Politik der Huthis

21.9.2015 – Al Alalam

Yemen’s Ansarullah Leader al-Houthi: “Yemeni Revolution Continues”

Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said that the Yemeni revolution will continue until it achieves its legitimate rights.

"Our revolution will continue until we guarantee our existence, dignity and independence, these things cannot be compromised," Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said while addressing Yemenis on the eve of the first anniversary of the Yemeni revolution, al-Manar reported.

Al-Houthi pointed to the immense of greediness that threatens Yemen and its wealth, stressing that the revolution saved Yemen from loss and from the invaders attempt to control it through several pretexts, including the influence of Al-Qaeda.

"The 21st of September Revolution represented a popular choice at the time previous political forces were a tool to pass the invasion of Yemen scheme."

"They wanted to occupy the country and seize its wealth and its location and if this was achieved they wouldn’t have hesitated to sow more discord," he said.

Al-Houthi stressed that the Yemenis welcome any efforts for peaceful solutions as long as they doesn’t violate the Yemeni people rights.

Kommentar: Ansarullah, Eigenbezeichnung der Huthis.

21.9.2015 – Channel News Asia from Reuters

Leader says Yemen's Houthis to fight on, but political settlement possible

The leader of Yemen's Houthis said on Sunday his group remained open for a political settlement to end nearly six months of fighting but would resist what he called Saudi-led aggression.

The leader of Yemen's Houthis said on Sunday his group remained open for a political settlement to end nearly six months of fighting but would resist what he called Saudi-led aggression.

In his first televised speech since an Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia began military operations in Yemen, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi also called on Yemenis to demonstrate in Sanaa on Monday afternoon to mark the anniversary of his group's capture of the capital.

"We call on our people, all strata of our people, to maintain their moves to confront this criminal aggression," Abdel-Malek said, adding that "political solutions were still possible".

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

Politik der USA

21.9.2015 – Transcend

Yemen: A War Crime Made in America

While these bloody attacks were carried out by jets belonging to Middle East monarchies fronted by Saudi Arabia, the responsibility ultimately lies with the Obama administration. The atrocities carried out by the Saudi monarchy and its allies would not be possible without the backing of the American government and military.

President Obama welcomed Saudi King Salman to the White House with open arms earlier this month, even as Saudi war planes were slaughtering and terrorizing men, women and children throughout Yemen. A billion dollar deal was announced to replenish the kingdom’s stockpile of bombs. The US government has provided billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, assisting Saudi Arabia in developing one of the largest and most advanced militaries in the Middle East.

The entire assault is being overseen from a joint operations center in Saudi Arabia staffed by dozens of American military advisors. American drone operators are providing live video streams of potential air strike targets, while American advisors give their stamp of approval.

Deploying American-made jet fighters and American bombs, supported by American refueling flights and with the aid of American logistics and intelligence, the Saudi-led coalition has carried out more than 25,000 air strikes over the last six months. This compares to approximately 7,000 air strikes carried out in the air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now in its second year.

There has not been a single week since the assault began in which there has not been an attack that resulted in mass civilian casualties. This is the outcome of the coalition’s practice of deliberately targeting non-military civilian targets for destruction, including water bottling factories, ports, power plants, residential neighborhoods, workers’ housing units, market places, schools and hospitals.

Given the brazen and murderous character of the crimes being committed in Yemen, the response—or, more precisely, the non-response—from official political and media circles in the West is striking. Mass civilian casualties and unspeakable suffering are treated at most as an embarrassing public relations problem in the US imperialist drive to dominate the Middle East and its vast energy resources.

There is no limit to the hypocrisy and cynicism of the media. The American press raises a hue and cry over Russia’s reported dispatch of military equipment and some 200 troops to Syria because it disrupts Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is allied with Russia and Iran, and install a more pliant US puppet regime. The Russian intervention pales in comparison to the billions spent by the CIA and US allies in the region on arms and other forms of support for right-wing Islamist militias, including those linked to Al Qaeda, that are battling the Assad regime.

But the US media has virtually nothing to say about mass murder being committed by US allies, directly aided by Washington, in Yemen.

Over the last decade and a half, under the pretext of fighting terrorism and defending human rights, American imperialism has devastated one country after another in the Middle East and North Africa. Across the region, more than a million people have been killed, while tens of millions more have been made refugees, desperately seeking safety outside their home countries, most recently flooding into Europe.

The Obama administration has overseen a general expansion of neo-colonial interventions, including the wars for regime-change in Libya and Syria and the renewed war in Iraq. The new Iraq war and the escalation in Syria are ostensibly being carried out to contain and defeat ISIS, which has overrun much of Iraq and large parts of Syria. However, as is well known, ISIS is itself a product of US imperialist interventions in the region.

These crimes are carried out in the interests of the same corporate ruling elite that is imposing brutal austerity measures against the working class within the US, by means of a political system it totally controls – by Niles Williamson

20.9.2015 – Eastern Echo

The U.S. involvement in Yemen is a crime and it should be punished by the International Court of Justice

The Houthis are the current and most prominent group of rebels in Yemen at this time. According to Al Jazeera’s Saeed Al Batati, the Houthis’ request was for a more representative government, not only for their own group, but of all independent parties’ discussed during their National Dialogue Conference. Additionally and honorably, unlike the tar and feathering that occurred in our own country’s revolution for an increase of representation with taxation, the Houthis stormed President Hadi’s palace not to execute him and his electorate, but to simply put them under house arrest.

These diplomatic actions of rebellion and war were met by “humanitarian intervention” by both the United States and Saudi Arabia.

It is clear that this sort of vicious intervention to stop violence is a massive failure, but it also fails the standards set for interventions, like those put in place by the United Nations. The Responsibility to Protect policy outlines, under its three pillars, that a state has the responsibility to protect its citizens. Should the state fail under the first tenet of sovereign protection, surrounding and concerned states to aid the state in regaining protection and sovereignty of itself. The third pillar explicitly states, as a guideline for intervening countries, that, “...the international community has a responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other means to protect populations from these crimes.”

The Saudi Arabian and U.S.’s collaborative humanitarian intervention of Yemen does not follow the three pillars put forth under the Responsibility to Protect in any fashion and, due to the further death of innocent lives as a direct result of their actions, decreases the stability of the State of Yemen instead of increasing it. The purpose is also contradictory to the history and beliefs of revolution for the sake of representation that the U.S. purports to hold dear to its humanitarian interventions, marking the process of these two countries a complete and utter failure that should be punished as crimes by the International Court of Justice – by Corson Nickel

Politik von Israel

20.9.2015 – Press TV Iran

Israel assisting UAE in aggression against Yemen

The Israeli regime is providing logistic and material assistance to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in its military offensive against Yemen, reports say

Political commentator Anna O’Leary told press TV that Israel and the UAE are “collaborating” with Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen.

“The UAE is now openly showing its hand that it is collaborating with Saudi Arabia and using Israeli firepower in Yemen. This is a terrible situation in the Arab world,” the analyst said.

She noted that the Tel Aviv regime is “manipulating” the UAE and Saudi Arabia to achieve its expansionist goals in the Middle East region.

It is also believed that the Tel Aviv regime has been closely collaborating with Saudi Arabia in the aggression against Yemen.

“I see this war once again is a product of the unholy alliance between the Saudis and the Israelis,” Saeb Shaath, an author and Middle East expert in Belfast, told Press TV in June, adding, “this is a war executed by the Saudis and the Israelis and led I think by Israeli generals who are executing this for the Saudis.”

“The Israelis see Ansarullah as enemies and they see Saudis as friends,” Seif Da'na, professor at University of Wisconsin in Chicago, told Press TV in June.

The development comes as Saudi Arabia intensifies its deadly aggression against the Yemen people.

Kommentar: Iranische Quelle, daher mit Vorsicht zu lesen, scheint aber glaubhaft.


20.9.2015 – UN Watch

Again: Saudi Arabia Wins Bid to Behead of UN Human Rights Council Panel

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini should condemn and work to reverse the appointment of Saudi Arabia as head of a key UN Human Rights Council panel that selects top officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide, said UN Watch, a non-governmental watchdog organization based in Geneva.

“It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.”

“Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights, and continues to imprison the innocent blogger Raif Badawi,” Neuer added.

“This UN appointment is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief, and underscores the credibility deficit of a human rights council that already counts Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and Venezuela among its elected members.”

According to UNHRC documents obtained by UN Watch, Saudi Arabia was chosen to head a 5-member group of ambassadors, known as the Consultative Group, which has the power to select applicants from around the world for more than 77 positions dealing with country-specific and thematic human rights mandates.

“The UN often describes these experts as the ‘crown jewels’ of its Human Rights Council, yet the world body only undermines their legitimacy by picking a fundamentalist theocracy that oppresses women and minorities to preside over the experts’ appointment.”

A UN report dated September 17th reports that Faisal Trad, Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the UNHRC, was selected to chair the panel for appointments to be made in the current 30th session of the council, which opened on Monday and will last for another two weeks. The Saudi ambassador was first elected to the post ahead of the recent June 2015 session, yet Geneva diplomats chose to keep silent and that initial election went unreported until now.

“We cannot forget that the U.S. and the EU refused to utter a word of protest when weurged them, together with Saudi dissidents, to oppose the monarchy’s election in 2013. It’s a sad comment on our world that oil continues to trump basic human rights principles.”

“It’s bad enough that Saudi Arabia is a member of the council, but for the UN to go and name the regime as chair of a key panel only pours salt in the wounds for dissidents languishing in Saudi prisons, like human rights activist Raif Badawi.”

Kommentar: Grotesk. Und es zeigt, dass man die UN beim Thema Menschenrecht nicht ernstnehmen kann.


19.9.2015 – The Independent

Saudi blockade starves Yemen of vital supplies, as bombing raids continue

Fuel and vital medical supplies will run out in a matter of weeks in some of the hardest-hit areas of Yemen, aid agencies have warned, amid a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that has been conducting bombing raids over the country for months.

The blockade was compounded in August when airstrikes hit the Red Sea port of Hodeida, the main point of entry for most goods into the north – which was controlled by the Houthis at the time of the attack. The majority of commercial vessels have since deemed the port too risky to enter. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien condemned the attack as “unacceptable” and “in clear contravention of international humanitarian law”.

On 3 September the United Nations announced it was setting up its own verification method for vessels coming into the country – a process currently run by Saudi Arabia, too slowly many think, with an aim of stopping weapons entering Yemen. However, the UN said that it had not yet secured funding..

“If you had to sum up daily life in one word: traumatic,” said Mr Kaye, who recently returned from Sanaa. “There are queues of cars and taxis [for fuel] that are four or five deep and go on for a kilometre.”He added: “Women and children are suffering day in, day out. I met a single mother with six children. Her three-year-old got sick and needed medicine, and they didn’t have enough money, so they sold their only mattress.” – by Emma Gatten

Freilassung von Geiseln

20.9.2015 – BBC

Yemen Houthi rebels free six foreign hostages

Yemen's Houthi rebels have released six foreign hostages including at least two Americans, two Saudis and a Briton, officials say.

There are no details on their identity. They have been flown from the capital Sanaa to neighbouring Oman.

Shia Houthi rebels have seized much of Yemen, including Sanaa, since last year. They are fighting government troops aided by a Saudi-led coalition.

Many foreigners have been taken hostage in Yemen in recent years.

Reports say the six involved in the latest incident were captured several months ago, and at least one was a journalist detained after entering the country without notifying the rebel authorities.

The US and UK governments confirmed late on Sunday that two Americans and one Briton who had been held had arrived in Oman.

The authorities in Oman are believed to have helped secure their release siehe auch

20.9.2015 – NZZ

Sechs Ausländer freigelassen

Nach Monaten in der Hand der Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen sind sechs ausländische Geiseln wieder frei. Zwei US-Bürger, ein Brite und drei Bürger Saudiarabiens seien nach Oman ausgeflogen worden, teilte das dortige Aussenministerium am Sonntag mit. Die US-Regierung bestätigte die Freilassung zweier Amerikaner und bedankte sich bei Oman für die Vermittlung. Zuvor hatten Beamte der Huthi und Flughafenmitarbeiter in Jemens Hauptstadt Sanaa von drei Amerikanern, einem Briten und zwei Saudi-Arabern gesprochen.

Wie es zu den unterschiedlichen Angaben kam, liess sich zunächst nicht aufklären. Die Huthi wollten die Freilassung der Geiseln nicht offiziell bestätigen. siehe auch und

Jemeniten in Guantanamo

Guantánamo captives despair as Yemen civil war severs family links

In stark contrast, for the captives who’ve spent more than a decade in detention, the disconnect from home and family is much greater and getting worse. Sixty percent of the prisoners are Yemeni, from the Red Sea nation shattered by civil war and air strikes. Their country is imploding, and so is their precious link with family.

Part of the problem is that, just like for the hundreds of guards who do temporary duty at Guantánamo, phone and video calls are emotional lifelines for the prisoners — those approved to go and those who aren’t. Red Cross links have brought prisoners photos of babies born during their time in captivity, word of the deaths of parents and, since 2008, phone calls from home as a perk for cooperative captives – by Carol Rosenberg oder

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