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10.7.2015 – Spiegel Online

Feuerpause im Ramadan:Uno verkündet einwöchige Waffenruhe im Jemen

Die arabische Militärkoalition und die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen wollen eine Woche lang die Waffen ruhen lassen. Nach Angaben der Uno haben sich die Konfliktparteien auf eine Feuerpause bis zum Ende des Ramadan verständigt.

10.7.2015 – BBC

Yemen crisis: UN says humanitarian pause to start on Friday

The UN says a humanitarian ceasefire will begin in Yemen on Friday, lasting until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, on 17 July also

9.7.2015 – NPR

In Yemen, Agony Continues As Civilians 'Bear The Brunt'

9.7.2015 – Democracy Now

A Mounting Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen: War Death Toll Tops 3,000, Fear of Famine Grows

Aid groups are warning Yemen is on the brink of famine as the Saudi-led attack intensifies. More than 3,000 people, including 1,500 civilians, have died in Yemen since the U.S.-backed Saudi offensive against the Houthi rebel group began on March 26. To talk more about Yemen, we are joined by two guests. Farea Al-Muslimi is a co-founder of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in Yemen. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. And here in New York is Matthieu Aikins, award-winning foreign correspondent. He’s a fellow at The Nation Institute. He was in Yemen last month reporting for Rolling Stone magazine.

9.7.2015 – The Conservation

More than 2,800 people are dead in Yemen – so why aren’t we outraged?

There's a massive war going on at the tip of the Arabian peninsula – but you'd hardly know it. Perhaps this is a factor of the distance between Yemen and the West, both real and imaginative. Yemen is further away from Europe than Gaza in both senses, and “we” simply know far less about it.

More importantly, reporting on Yemen has so far been based on the false identification of the state and its citizens with “uncivilised” tribes and angry, al-Qaeda-affiliated Muslims. Then there’s the matter of geopolitics. This war is simply less of a crisis for Western governments than the Islamic State offensive and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – but it’s hardly insignificant. It involves one of the US’s most important allies in the region and one of the world’s most important suppliers of oil.

It may seem that the risks for Western governments involved in Yemen are less pressing than the threat posed by Islamic State – but the spillover of this conflict threatens to create chaos in the Arabian peninsula and beyond.

Given the sheer volume of grim news coming out of the Middle East, addressing this disparity is a huge and near-impossible task – and those on the ground and their loved ones, near and far, will remain largely off the world’s radar – by Sophia Dingli =

9.7.2015 – Yemen Peace Project

EU Parliament condemns violence by Houthis, Saleh, KSA

The plenary session of the European Parliament adopted today a resolution on the current conflict in Yemen. Beyond the standard “expressions of concern” and calls for restraint, there are a couple of clauses in this resolution that are particularly noteworthy. Overall, it’s a more impassioned and strongly-worded document than we usually expect to see in such cases. The most striking thing about this resolution is that it positions the EU, as a body, outside the conflict. It does this by criticizing the Saudi-led coalition as well as the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Here’s a key paragraph (#3, emphasis mine):

[The European Parliament] Condemns the destabilising and violent unilateral actions taken by the Houthis and military units loyal to ex-President Saleh; also condemns the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition and the naval blockade it has imposed on Yemen, which have led to thousands of deaths, have further destabilised Yemen, have created conditions more conducive to the expansion of terrorist and extremist organisations such as ISIS/Da’esh and AQAP, and have exacerbated an already critical humanitarian situation – by Will

8.7.2015 – America’s Navy

The Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, flew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) July 7 to observe carrier operations at sea. After being welcomed onboard, Al Saud observed flight operations as aircraft launched from and landed aboard Theodore Roosevelt's flight deck. Lewis and Al Saud then discussed the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's (TRCSG) goals and strategies while operating in the Arabian Gulf. "We have a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia that is absolutely necessary for us to be successful in support of the objectives of our greater coalition," said Commander Rear Adm. Lewis. also

8.7.2015 – BBC

Yemen crisis: Dozens of soldiers killed in air strike

Dozens of soldiers have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on an army base in southern Yemen. One military source said the soldiers were loyal to the exiled president and that the facility was hit in error. But another source claimed the strike was called in to stop the soldiers defecting to the Houthi rebel movement. The incident in which the soldiers died reportedly took place on Tuesday night at the headquarters of the 23rd Mechanised Brigade in al-Abr, Hadramawt province, near the border with Saudi Arabia.

8.7.2015 – The Star

The world is silent while Yemen burns

Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen make it as heinous as Islamic State, yet it escapes international criticism. Saudi tactics in Yemen are frighteningly reminiscent of Israel’s in Gaza: siege; ruthless airstrikes; targeted bombing of schools, homes and hospitals; and collective punishment. All of this is supposedly to defend Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who came to power during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

But, let’s be honest. Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen has little to do with its love for democracy and everything to do with its loathing of the Shia Houthi rebels – allegedly backed by Saudi Arabia’s arch-rivals, Iran.

If Saudi Arabia and its Anglo-American allies were so concerned with restoring legitimate governments, why weren’t they and their motley crew in Cairo two years ago to ensure that a democratically elected Mohamed Mursi was still president of Egypt – rather than languishing in the prison of military dictator Abdel-Fatah Sisi who usurped Mursi through an illegitimate military coup?

Three weeks ago, an Islamic State bomber killed 27 Shia Muslims praying at the Imam Jaffar As-Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait during the holy month of Ramadaan. Is this any different from a recent Saudi airstrike on a livestock market in Fayyoush, southern Yemen, that killed 45 civilians? Silence on Saudi Arabia’s bombings of Yemen is a serious political and human failure – by Suraya Dadoo

7.7.2015 – Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Ärzte ohne Grenzen behandelt Dutzende Verletzte nach Angriffen auf Märkte und Wohngebiete

In den vergangenen Tagen hat Ärzte ohne Grenzen nach Luftangriffen und Artillerie-Beschuss in verschiedenen Landesteilen des Jemen Dutzende Verletzte behandelt. Die internationale Hilfsorganisation betont, dass Luftangriffe in dichtbesiedelten Gebieten inakzeptabel sind.

7.7.2015 – Der Freitag

Made in Germany

Waffen Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel lässt sich für seine restriktive Rüstungspolitik feiern. Leider ist das Unsinn – von Michael Schulze von Glaser

7.7.2015 – The Guardian

Jihadis likely winners of Saudi Arabia's futile war on Yemen's Houthi rebels

As another 50 civilians die in the forgotten war, only Isis and al-Qaida are gaining from a conflict tearing Yemen apart and leaving 20 million people in need of aid. “This is the most terrible conflict I’ve seen so far because it never ends,” said Thierry Goffeau, head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Yemen, a veteran of Somalia and Gaza who was on hand to treat the Lahj victims. “Every day, every day, there isn’t a single day of truce. Every day screams and dead people.”

The only groups poised to benefit from the war dragging on are the jihadis of Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the latter’s most powerful franchise, who are likely to gain influence amid the chaos. Isis has claimed recent, bloody suicide bombings in Houthi mosques and Sana’a when it once had no known presence in the country, while AQAP has continued to seize territory in eastern Yemen unhindered by American drone strikes.

All the while the war is tearing at the fabric of Yemeni society. Southerners in Aden have formed local militias to fight off the Houthi advance, and many have lost loved ones to what they see as an invading force, wounds that may never be healed at the war’s end and threatening Yemen’s future unity.

It is increasingly apparent that Hadi, sheltered by the Saudis, is unlikely to ever return as Yemen’s president, and a political solution to the war is unlikely to be reached unless Riyadh alters its goal of reinstating him, largely given that all the Houthis need to do to “win” the conflict is to survive – by Kareem Shaheen

7.7.2015 – Rolling Stone

Watch a Dispatch from the Scene of Saudi Arabia's Alleged War Crimes in Yemen. A road trip to the border where the Saudi-led coalition is bombing civilian areas

Saada City is utterly devastated, its main roads lined with shattered buildings. A local activist led us through its deserted old market, where a 30-foot crater sits outside the gate of a damaged 1,200-year-old mosque. The airstrikes targeted homes, shopping malls, cold-storage facilities, car dealerships, restaurants and gas stations. At one pump we were told 17 people were killed and 49 injured while waiting in line to fuel up – a column of blackened cars still stood in a row. According to a UN satellite analysis conducted on May 17, a total of 1,171 structures in Saada have been damaged or destroyed by airstrikes.

The situation may be even worse in rural areas near the border. At a hospital in Saada City supported by Doctors Without Borders (also known by its French initials, MSF), a stream of cluster bomb victims arrived from the village of Radha.

Many of Saudi Arabia's weapons and aircraft were purchased from the U.S. We have encountered remnants of both conventional and cluster bombs likely made in the U.S.A., including BU-97 cluster bomb submunitions, which were transferred to Saudi Arabia by the U.S. in the Nineties. The U.S. has also provided both in-flight refueling and targeting intelligence to bombing missions. As a result, there is a widespread perception among the Yemenis that the American government is equally responsible for the air war – by Matthieu Aikins

7.7.2015 – New York Times

As Yemen Collapses

The statistics are staggering. Over the past three months, the conflict has forced over a million Yemenis to flee their homes, and 21 million are in need of immediate help. Close to 13 million people are hungry and nearly half the provinces are “one step away” from famine, the United Nations said. Some 15 million people have no health care, and outbreaks of dengue fever and malaria are raging unchecked, in part because a fuel shortage has cut the electricity that keeps water pumps functioning.

The armed conflict is the biggest obstacle for United Nations relief agencies and private groups that are trying to reach desperate Yemenis, but a Saudi-imposed blockade along the coastline is also impeding crucial supplies from getting to those in need. …

What is needed is a permanent political solution that will ensure the Houthis, who have some legitimate grievances and are unlikely to give up, get a significant role in any new government. Negotiations should be started without preconditions. But Saudi Arabia and its allies have appeared intent on forcing the Houthis to surrender, no matter what the cost to civilians and Yemen’s cities and villages.

Yemen has been a breeding ground for extremists, including Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the most lethal Qaeda affiliate. Its further unraveling will make it impossible to contain those threats, and that is a consequence all sides should fear – by Editorial Board

7.7.2015 – Anti War

Weitere Beteiligung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika trotz Bedenken wegen saudischer Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen

Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika versuchen, ihre Rolle als Unterstützer des Kriegs der Saudis kleinzureden

Nachdem das alles mehr Aufmerksamkeit auf das zieht, was die Saudis machen, wird es unweigerlich auch Aufmerksamkeit auf die militärische Beteiligung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika an dem Krieg lenken, etwas, was seit Beginn stattfindet, aber nichts, was die Obama-Administration besonders an die große Glocke gehängt hat.

Als der Krieg im März begonnen wurde, stellte das Pentagon sofort Tankflugzeuge für die In-der-Luft-Betankung von saudiarabischen Kriegsflugzeugen zur Verfügung, die den Jemen bombardierten. Weiters stellte man Aufklärungsflüge über dem Jemen zur Verfügung, um bei der Auswahl der Ziele zu helfen in einem Krieg, der die zivile Bevölkerung unverhältnismäßig schwer getroffen hat.

Sogar an der skandalösesten Seite des saudiarabischen Kriegs, nämlich der Seeblockade eines Landes, das 90% seiner Nahrung importieren muss, haben sich die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika beteiligt, indem die Marine der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika Kriegsschiffe zur Verfügung stellte, um Schiffe aufzuhalten und zu durchsuchen, welche versuchten, grundlegende Güter in den Jemen zu liefern. Wie die Saudis behaupteten auch die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, dass die Schiffe wahrscheinlich iranische Waffen geladen hatten, aber in drei Monaten Schiffsdurchsuchungen wurde noch keine einzige gefunden.

Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika haben versucht, ihre Unterstützung des saudiarabischen Kriegs von den Titelseiten weg zu halten, indem sie herumredeten, sie würden die Bemühungen der UNO für Friedensverhandlungen unterstützen, aber die Saudis haben an derlei Bemühungen kein Interesse gezeigt. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika verbrachten die meiste Zeit damit, die Houthis zur Teilnahme zu bewegen, ausgerechnet die Gruppierung, die die Friedensverhandlungen von Anfang an unterstützt hat – von Jason Ditz

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7.7.2015 – New York Times / News of Yemen

Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism (Dhamar Museum)

For more than 10 years, I was one of a number of American and Yemeni archaeologists surveying and excavating sites dating to the fabled South Arabian kingdoms and beyond, to prehistoric times. We were members of the Dhamar Survey Project. The project collected thousands of artifacts from more than 400 sites, including tools, pottery, statuary and inscriptions in ancient South Arabian languages. We ensured that all of these artifacts, evidence of ancient cultures that traded at great distances during the Neolithic period and eventually built roads to link the highland towns to major incense trade routes, were deposited in the Dhamar Regional Museum. There, they were restored and studied by foreign teams and Yemeni archaeologists, and put on display.

This museum has just been obliterated from the air. In a matter of minutes, the irreplaceable work of ancient artisans, craftsmen and scribes — not to mention the efforts of Yemeni and foreign researchers who have dedicated years of their lives to studying and preserving this legacy — were pulverized. The museum and its 12,500 artifacts were turned to rubble by Saudi bombs.

Less reported is that these bombardments show a pattern of targeting cultural heritage sites. Mohammad al-Sayani, director of Yemen’s General Organization of Antiquities and Museums, confirmed to me by email that 25 sites and monuments have been severely damaged or destroyed since the beginning of the conflict.

The desecration of these archaeological sites and monuments, as well as the architecture and infrastructure of Yemen’s historic cities, can be called only a targeted and systemic destruction of Yemeni world heritage. Yet it has not been named as such.

The international media has devoted extensive coverage to the barbaric destruction of museums and archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State. This is not the case with the continuing aerial vandalism perpetrated in Yemen by Saudi Arabia. This Saudi cultural vandalism is hard to distinguish from the Islamic State’s – by Lamya Khalidi

6.7.2015 – UNO

Yemen: Humanitarian Emergency Situation Report No. 14 (as of 6 July 2015)

6.7.2015 – Spiegel Online

Jemen:Arabische Militärkoalition bombardiert Parteizentrale

Während des Besuchs eines Uno-Diplomaten hat die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz Luftangriffe auf Jemens Hauptstadt geflogen. Ihr Ziel: die Verbündeten der Huthi-Rebellen.

6.7.2015 – Big Story

Airstrike hits market north of Yemen's Aden, over 45 killed

A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels hit a local marketplace in Yemen, killing over 45 civilians on Monday, security officials and eyewitnesses said.

More than 50 civilians were also wounded in the strike in Fayoush, a suburb just north of the southern port city of Aden, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise.

"I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the wounded were being evacuated to nearby hospitals," resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi said. "(There was) blood from people mixed with that of the sheep and other livestock at the market." – by Achmed al-Haj

6.7.2015 – The Intercept

Today’s Civilian Victims in Yemen Will be Ignored Because U.S. and its Allies Are Responsible

In Fayoush, Yemen this morning, just outside of Aden, “a massive airstrike” hit a marketplace and killed at least 45 civilians, wounding another 50. Officials told the AP that “bodies were strewn about following the strike.” The bombing was carried out by what is typically referred to as a “Saudi-led coalition”; it is rarely mentioned in Western media reports that the U.S. is providing very substantialsupport to this “Saudi-led” war in Yemen, now in its fifth month, which hasrepeatedly, recklessly killed Yemeni civilians.

Because these deaths of innocents are at the hands of the U.S. government and its despotic allies, it is very predictable how they will be covered in the U.S. None of the victims will be profiled in American media; it’ll be very surprising if any of their names are even mentioned. No major American television outlet will interview their grieving families. Americans will never learn about their extinguished life aspirations, or the children turned into orphans, or the parents who will now bury their infants. … This is the pattern that repeats itself over and over. …

All of that stands in the starkest contrast to the intense victim focus whenever an American or Westerner is killed by an individual Muslim. Indeed, Americans just spent the last week inundated with melodramatic “warnings” from the U.S. government — mindlessly amplified as always by their media — that they faced serious terror on their most sacred day from ISIS monsters: a “threat” that, as usual, proved to be nonexistent.

This media imbalance is a vital propaganda tool. In U.S. media land, Americans are always the victims of violence and terrorism, always menaced and threatened by violent Muslim savages, always targeted for no reason whatsoever other than primitive Islamic barbarism. That mythology is sustained by literally disappearing America’s own victims, pretending they don’t exist, denying their importance through the casual invocation of clichés we’ve been trained to spout (collateral damage) and, most importantly of all, never humanizing them under any circumstances.

This is how the American self-perception as perpetual victim of terrorism, but never its perpetrator, is sustained. It’s also what fuels the belief that They are propagandized but We aren’t. While these deaths will be concealed from the American public, people in that part of the world will hear much about them… From this latest Yemen bombing and so many like it, the resulting differences in worldviews and perspectives isn’t be because “they” are propagandized, but because “we” are – by Glen Greenwald

5.7.2015 –Reuters

Islamischer Staat macht Al-Kaida im Jemen Konkurrenz

Nun ist der IS auch im Jemen dabei, der in dem Bürgerkriegsland bisher dominierenden Al-Kaida Konkurrenz zu machen. Bislang beträgt die Zahl der IS-Kämpfer nach Schätzungen des früheren Al-Kaida-Insiders Aimen Dean erst rund 300, während Al-Kaida auf der Arabischen Halbinsel (Akap) mehrere Tausend Kämpfer hat. Doch dürfte es nach Einschätzung Deans, der heute ein Unternehmen für Sicherheitsberatung am Golf führt, nur noch drei bis sechs Monate dauern, bis es zu bewaffneten Auseinandersetzungen zwischen beiden Gruppen kommt. … Vor Ort profiliert sich der IS allerdings auch mit spektakulären Anschlägen auf die schiitischen Huthi-Milizen, die sich einen erbitterten Krieg mit einer von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition arabischer Länder liefert. Im März wurden bei IS-Selbstmordanschlägen auf zwei Moscheen in der Hauptstadt Sanaa 137 schiitische Gläubige getötet – von Sam Aboudi =

5.7.2015 – Tehran Times

More successful Iran will calm the region: Powell aide

Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff for Colin Powell at the U.S. State Department, believes that a more economically successful Iran can keep the volatile Middle East region “quiet” and prosperous”. … the Saudis are feeling very very concerned right now. First of all, they’ve got a 50-year ally, the United States, that they cannot trust, and I don’t blame them. Second, they’ve got an increasingly restive population and when that restive population is exacerbated by conflict on the borders of Saudi Arabia, read “Yemen,” that makes it even worse in the eyes of the royals. And third, they’ve got no real prospects for the future. Once their oil is gone, they’re gone. This is a very very paranoid state. Saudis felt like they had to strike out at something and Yemen was as good a place as any to prove that it still could do it, and it still has power and could act. I think it’s as simple as that.“

4.7.2015 – Middle East Eye

Yemen: The world’s newest humanitarian catastrophe, and how Britain helped to create it

From the start, Whitehall pledged to back the Saudis “in every practical way short of engaging in combat”. This has involved ongoing logistical and technical support to the Saudi air force (which operatestwice as many UK-built jets as the RAF), as well as the continued supply of munitions, while Royal Navy liaison officers work alongside their Saudi counterparts enforcing the blockade. Media reports offer occasional unattributed intimations that the British have been urging restraint on the Saudis, but the PR value of this is limited given the material support that continues to be provided irrespective of the human cost. The recent announcement of a £40m UK donation to the UN’s $1.6bn humanitarian appeal for Yemen was practically an insult. A drop in the ocean of what was needed to heal a disaster that Whitehall had itself helped to create – by David Wearing

3.7.2015 – RT

Collateral damage: Yemeni man loses 27 family members in 1 Saudi airstrike

A man hosting guests for his daughter’s marriage proposal lost all 27 members of his family, including 17 children, in the deadliest case of Saudi-led airstrikes killing civilians in Yemen, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Walid Al-Ibbi lost his wife, his father, four daughters and 21 other family members, as Saudi Arabia-led strikes hit his house in Yemen’s northern city of Saada, known as a Houthi stronghold. Overall 17 children were killed that night, one of which was just a one-month-old infant.

In the interview, he describes the fatal night of May 5 that completely changed his life forever, when all the people closest to him were taken away.

3.7.2015 – PRI

Who's winning the war in Yemen?

The Saudis are not winning in Yemen, nor are their Yemeni adversaries, the Houthis. Whether the Saudi bombings can force the Houthis to the negotiating table — or limit Iranian influence in Yemen — may not be determined soon. For now, Yemeni civilians under threat of air strikes cannot be blamed for being wary not only of the Houthi rebels, but of their Saudi neighbors as wel – by Stephen Snyder

26.6.2015 – Al Jazeerah (Film)

Al Jazeera World Investigates, the Road to Sana'a

With access to Confidential Yemeni defence ministry documents and testimony, Al Jazeera World investigates how the way was paved for the Houthis to take the city of Amran on their progress towards the capital Sanaa. It asks whether the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his defence ministry were involved.

The Road to Sanaa tells the story of an alleged conspiracy by the Yemeni government against the apparently loyal army officer, Brigadier General Hamid al-Qushaibi and asks whether by appearing to collude with the Houthis, it unwittingly plotted its own downfall.

The Yemeni army fought a series of battles against the Houthis between 2004 and 2011 in which Qushaibi was key. He led the 310th Armoured Brigade based in the northern city of Amran, Qushaibi's hometown. As an army officer, he had been loyal to the governments of both former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his successor, Hadi.

The Road to Sanaa raises the question as to whether the government genuinely supported Qushaibi in his defence of Amran - or whether it effectively hung him out to dry, by allowing the Houthis to kill one of the men who'd openly supported the revolution against Saleh in 2011. It asks whether the Hadi government and its Ministry of Defence took a calculated risk by enabling the Houthis to defeat the 310th Armoured Brigade in Amran and kill Qushaibi.

End of June, 2015 – Pres Partners

Letter From Yemen: ‘Will the world know about our suffering?’

Almost three months since the beginning of the war, nothing has been achieved by any of the parties except for ruining the lives of civilians. The ground fighting between several armed groups in Yemen and the airstrikes have made normal life for thousands of civilians impossible. Hundreds of people have been injured; others have lost their homes, jobs, relatives, or their own lives. People cannot access health facilities, patients with chronic diseases cannot get their medication as pharmacies have run out of drugs due to the embargo imposed on Yemen. Women deliver babies at home with unskilled attendants.

Prices for food, water and other commodities have increased due to the shortage of fuel caused by the embargo. Many schools have closed.

Thousands of Yemenis have lost their jobs and thousands have not received their salaries since March as banks are closed in the areas where the ground fighting is intense. Life has stopped in many places and contagious diseases have started to spread – by Malak Shaher

13.4.2015 – Fabius Maximus

A guide to the players in the Middle East’s newest war – in Yemen

US Middle East policy has been captured by our regional “allies”, Israel and the Saudi Princes — who work in a de facto alliance to control the region — against Iran — using the US as their puppet. Dancing to their tunes has stripped our geopolitical policies not just of coherence but even rationality. Our interventions after 9/11 were stupidity on an unusual scale. Now we’re repeating these mistakes in any even odder way. It’s unlikely to end well for us. As for the other players, it’s too soon to say who will benefit from these wars

12.4.2015 – Wall Street Journal

U.S. Widens Role in Saudi-led Campaign Against Houthi Rebels in Yemen

Washington has concerns about Riyadh’s goals in the conflict

The U.S. is expanding its role in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, vetting military targets and searching vessels for Yemen-bound Iranian arms amid growing concerns about the goals of the Saudi-led mission, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

U.S. officials worry mounting civilian casualties will undermine popular support in Yemen and in other Sunni Arab countries backing the campaign. At least 648 civilians have been killed since the intervention began, and Saudi-led strikes have hit hospitals, schools, a refugee camp... – by Maria Abi-HabibAdam Entous

6.4.2015 – The Guardian

Yemen conflict: 'This war has killed everything that was beautiful'

As air raids continue to batter the Arab world’s poorest state, many Yemenis fear the country’s deepening divisions will inflict irreparable damage to its soul

While Jamal endures the air raids in the capital, her family in Aden has had no electricity or water for days, and she fears the latest conflict will do irreparable damage to the Yemeni soul.

“This war is tearing the social texture in a way that makes it impossible to repair,” she said. “The double aggression we are under from the outside and the inside is creating cracks. I can see all my loved ones watching in pain knowing that things will never be the same even when this war ends, if it ever does.

“We have survived so many wars. We have been stripped of jobs, security and basic services before, however, this time we are being stripped of a home,” she said. – by Kareem Shaheen

Von Interesse ist auch diese Masterarbeit von 2003 über die amerikanisch-jemenitischen Beziehungen:




APRIL 17, 2003


This study examines US-Yemen relations by focusing on four crucial turning points: Yemeni unity (declared May 22, 1990); the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990; the Yemeni Civil War of 1994; and the attacks of September 11 on the US. The study argues that US-Yemen relations were transformed in the latter half of the 1990s up to 2003 for several reasons, among them strained American-Saudi and Saudi-Yemen relations, and the rise of terrorism as the main threat to US interests and security.

The study argues that the events of September 11 in the United States were accompanied by economic deterioration in Yemen, which along with the rise of social and political problems, led to the convergence of interests between the Bush Administration and the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh’s objectives included the military, economic and political strengthening of his regime, particularly in terms of the expansion of his power to the remote regions of Yemen.

Ein paar Eindrücke von dem, was die Saudis und die Amerikaner diese vergangene Woche im Jemen angerichtet haben, vermitteln die Bilder (nichts für Sensible!!!) auf den Seiten

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