Krieg im Jemen: Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 52

Yemen Press Reader 52: HRW und AI kritisieren USA wegen Verkauf von Bomben für 1,3 Milliarden $ an Saudi-Arabien, mehr Bomben, als bisher insgesamt über Jemen abgeworfen wurden, und anderes
Bei diesem Beitrag handelt es sich um ein Blog aus der Freitag-Community

Allgemein / General

19.11.2015 – Critical Threats

Gulf of Aden Security Review

Day by day, main events

http://www.criticalthreats.org/yemen/gulf-aden-security-review

19.11.2015 – The American Conservative

The Indefensible War on Yemen Continues

The Saudi-led intervention has been failing on the Saudis’ own terms. The coalition hasn’t been able to drive the Houthis out of the capital, nor does it seem likely to be able to do so anytime soon. The Saudis haven’t been able to reimpose Hadi as president, part of the country is ruled by AQAP, and the territory that the coalition nominally controls is vulnerable to attacks from them and the local ISIS affiliate. Instead of weakening Iranian influence in the region, they opted to attack a country where that influence was minimal, and so they are fighting a proxy war with Iran in a place where they can do the least harm to Iran. If one wanted to counter Iranian influence in the region, waging a protracted, atrocious war in Yemen would be the most useless thing that one could do, so of course this is what the Saudis and their allies have been doing for the last eight months with U.S. and British backing.

On top of all that, an entire country has been devastated and its people have been starved of basic necessities to such an extent that millions of people are at risk of famine. None of the countries involved in battering and starving Yemen has been made more secure, Yemen has been wrecked, and all so that our panicked despotic clients could pretend that they were dealing a blow to Iranian “expansionism” that wasn’t even happening. This is the disgraceful and unnecessary war that the U.S. has supported from the beginning for the sake of “reassuring” those despots that they can count on us to indulge their most stupid and destructive behavior – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-indefensible-war-on-yemen-continues-3/

18.11.2015 – AP

The United Nations said Wednesday that 5,700 people had been killed in the conflict in Yemen since March 26, including 830 women and children. The United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, said 21.2 million people, or 82 percent of the country’s population, required some kind of humanitarian aid.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/world/middleeast/yemen-un-tallies-wars-grim-toll.html

Commentary: The death toll is I know far far higher than this - people tell me of so many deaths every day, but the statistics remain amazingly low. Deaths are only counted if he bodies are taken to hospital but if bodies are crushed and severed why waste precious petrol to take the victim to hospital for a pointless death certificate. Water borne diseases are endemic due to the lack of petrol due to the Saudi led blockade, and food is in short supply so children are dying from a combination of diarrhoea like disease and lack of food. Hospitals are destroyed and damaged or without electricity water and medical supplies, so many are closed, so sick people I not become patients but instead stay at home and die. People are trapped in this hell that is Yemen today and cannot get out. Please world, Yemen exists and what is happening is more than people can be expected to tolerate.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1058553940963763

18.11.2015 – EU

Council conclusions on Yemen, 16 November 2015

5. The EU is extremely concerned by the impact of ongoing hostilities, including bombardments, reported use of cluster munitions, fighting between competing factions on the ground and the disruption of essential services on the civilian population, in particular on children, women and other vulnerable groups. It is also very concerned by the damage inflicted to civilian infrastructure and cultural heritage. Yemen is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, with 21 million people or 80% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance and 6 million in need of immediate life-saving assistance. The EU urges all parties to respect the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality, as well as to ensure the protection of civilians and of humanitarian aid workers. The EU is deeply concerned by the indiscriminate targeting of civilian infrastructure notably medical facilities, schools and water systems, ports and airports, and by the use of civilian buildings for military purposes. The EU regrets the deaths of humanitarian workers in Yemen since the beginning of this conflict. All parties to the conflict should urgently prioritise and facilitate sustained and systematic access, including safe passage for emergency, humanitarian and commercial goods - including fuel - through all of Yemen's ports. Onward distribution across the country must urgently and unconditionally be restored.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/council-conclusions-yemen-16-november-2015

Kommentar: Angesichts der britischen, französischen und deutschen Waffenhändler, der Allianz mit den Amerikanern: Viele schöne Worte, gemischt mit einer großen Dosis Heuchelei.

17.11.2015 – Beforeitsnews

Yemen update 11/17\2015..Hadi returns but will most likely return to Saudi Arabia for fear of his life

Overview on what happened the last days, text and films

http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2015/11/yemen-update-11172015-hadi-returns-but-will-most-likely-return-to-saudi-arabia-for-fear-of-his-life-2757830.html

17.11.2015 – Huffington Post

Don't Hold Back Your Tears for Yemen

It surely should not take a humanitarian disaster on the scale of Syria or for European cities to bear witness to the appalling crimes of ISIS to force Yemen on to the international agenda.

As with Syria, the solution lies not with internationalizing the conflict, but in internationalizing the political and peace efforts. To do so there are a number of no doubt uncomfortable truths that the Saudis will need to recognize, not least that the Houthis are not simply going to vanish, and that Iran's influence in the region is now a fact of life for Arab countries. The Iranians too should know that the region cannot go on supplying the venues for its proxy conflicts; peace negotiations are about bargaining, it is for all parties to make concessions in favor of the wider goal of peace in Yemen.

At the moment, there is little hope for the Yemeni people. Though UN Security Council resolutions exist to protect vulnerable groups in conflict -- such as refugees and women at risk of sexual and other gender-based violence -- they are near worthless when there are no local or international institutions prepared or capable to implement them. In circumstances where there is no effective government to protect people in conflict, then surely the international community has a responsibility to implement these standards and protocols?

Rather than escalating the conflict, foreign intervention should be concerned with promoting dialogue, not drone strikes. Just as in Syria, the people of Yemen will need support to bring an end to the conflict and build lasting peace. It is only by involving all parts of Yemeni society -- including the women of Yemen -- that a lasting strategy can be established to end not only the war, but years of internal violence. This must start with comprehensive demilitarization in a country where radicalization has been exacerbated -- not solved -- by escalating conflict. But pressure to switch resources from military interventions instead to political efforts is -- like international media coverage of the conflict -- almost non-existent – by Hibaaq Osman

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hibaaq-osman/dont-hold-back-your-tears-for-yemen_b_8545358.html

Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian Situation

18.11.2015 – Reliefweb

Yemen: Cluster response coverage and gaps (Mar to Oct 2015), by OCHA

Infographics by UN : Humanitarian and ecomic situation (Food security and agriculture; Water, sanitation and hygiene; Health; Nutrition; Shelter; Protection; Early Recovery; Education; Multi-Sector

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cluster-response-coverage-and-gaps-mar-oct-2015 in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_gap_analysis_nov_2015.pdf

18.11.2015 – Aqua Now

Coalition Airstrikes Destroy Water Project in Yemen’s Saada Province

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have destroyed a water project in Yemen’s Saada province, Yemeni news agency Saba reported this week, quoting an unnamed security source.

https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2015/11/coalition-airstrikes-destroy-water-project-yemen-s-saada-province_168839 see also Yemen - Destruction of Drinking Water Plant in Alhamazat district Saada city caused by Saudi strikes: http://asia.jokpeme.com/2015/11/yemen-destruction-of-drinking-water.html (photos)

18.11.2015 – Oxfam

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #10, 9th November 15

YEMEN HUMANITARIAN HEADLINES

2.3 million people internally displaced 21.1 million in need of assistance - OCHA

In response to the current crisis Oxfam has supported 348,733 individuals

Oxfam in Hajjah and Al Hudaydah have now provided 249,319 people with safe and clean water. This includes both internally displaced people as well as people living in the host communities.
Complementing this, Oxfam is doing public health promotion, constructing latrines and distributing hygiene and shelter kits that include items like kitchen utensils, soap, cleaning products.

In Amran, Oxfam has provided safe and clean water to 47,015 people in 106 locations and 143 distribution points in the Huth, Khamir and Al‐Qaflah districts. Each person is receiving approximately 14 liters per day.

Oxfam started providing drinking water to 9,000 people in Taiz through suppliers and volunteers as the trapped residents are in desperate need for water. The teams trucked water to 1,007 people, 4,104 people received Hygiene kits and Oxfam launched solid waste management activities expected to reach 50,000 people for IDPs and host community in Al‐Shamayatayn district.

Procurement process started to support Aden Local Water & Sanitation Corp. to provide water to 800,000 people. Coordination continues to support water services for Lahj, Abyan and Al Dhali’e.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/oxfam-yemen-situation-report-10-9th-november-15 and full report http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20External%20Sitrep10%20091115.pdf

17.11.2015 – Middle East Eye

Over 500,000 children face malnutrition in Yemen: UNICEF

Additionally, one in four schools in Yemen have been shut down due to the civil war

More than half a million children are facing life-threatening malnutrition in Yemen where the humanitarian crisis is worsening, the head of the UN children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday.

"The stunting rates in Yemen are likely to go up. It means children do not reach their full height but also that their cognitive capacities are affected, which becomes a permanent burden on the whole society," said Anthony Lake in an interview with AFP.

The United Nations has designated Yemen as one of its highest-level humanitarian crises with 80 percent of the population on the brink of famine.

Aid deliveries have been severely restricted, compounding the crisis from eight months of civil war that have left 10 million children in need of urgent relief.

"The situation continues to worsen," said Lake. "What we need is a political settlement urgently."

According to UNICEF, the conflict in Yemen has also had a severe impact on children's access to education.

"Education has come to a standstill for nearly 2 million children, with 3,584 schools, or one out of four, shut down," UNICEF stated on its website. Some "860 of these schools are damaged or sheltering the displaced".

The agency said last month that at least 500 Yemeni children had been killed in the war since March.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/over-500000-children-face-malnutrition-yemen-unicef-380657074

Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.11.2015 – Press TV Iran

Saudi attack kills 20 fishermen in northwest Yemen

At least 20 Yemeni fishermen have been killed in Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in coastal areas, a report says.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said on Thursday that the fishermen were killed after Saudi warplanes pounded their boats off the coast of Zaqar Island and near Hanish Island in al-Hudaydah Province.

The report said several others were wounded when the Saudi aerial raids hit two Yemeni islands on the Red Sea.

Saudi airstrikes were also reported in the northern Sa’ada Province, a main bastion of Houthi Ansarullah movement and a major target of Saudi attacks over the past months.

Meanwhile, Saudi aircraft destroyed an arts and industrial center in Juhana, which is located just outside Yemen's capital, Sana'a.

Sources say the warplanes also carried out at least nine airstrikes across the oil-rich province of Ma’rib in west-central Yemen.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/19/438341/Yemen-Saudi-Hudaydah-Province-Zaqar-Island---Hanish--

19.11.2015 – Southfront

Yemen Map of War – Nov. 11-18, 2015

The US State Department has signed off on the sale of $1.29 billion worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, including tens of thousands of bombs that will restock a Saudi arms stockpile depleted by the country’s air campaign in Yemen, which has been linked to civilian deaths.

At the Dubai air show, a General of the US Air Forces Central Command remarked that he is impressed with the GCC nations and every nation in the (Saudi) coalition. Secretary James also said that the US is making progress in defeating militant group Daesh in Syria and Iraq. Are these people ignorant of the fact that the Saudi coalition includes Al-Qaida and IS (Daish) forces in Yemen? Surely not!

The arrival of reinforcements from Eritrea and Sudan (with dismal human rights records) has the potential to plunge Yemen even deeper into chaos and may put the United States in an extremely awkward position, as it has repeatedly criticized these countries for committing atrocities.

But as the conflict drags on, mounting civilian casualties, a worsening humanitarian crisis and massive destruction of infrastructure, have drawn criticism from international rights groups and lawmakers in the United States. More than 5,400 people have been killed since the intervention began, and UN officials warn of famine.

The EU urged the Government of Yemen to assume its responsibility in the fight against extremist and terrorist groups, such as Al Qaida and Da’ish in Yemen, which are taking advantage of the current instability. They condemned all terrorist attacks in the strongest terms, in particular those against civilian and religious targets. They are also extremely concerned about the use of cluster munitions and the disruption of essential services on the civilian population and the damage to civilian infrastructure and cultural heritage.

British Foreign Secretary called for an investigation into whether the use of British weapons sold to Saudi Arabia had violated international law.

In a letter to President Obama, 13 congressmen called on the administration to work with their allies in the Saudi collation to protect civilians to reduce possible backlash against the U.S. U.S. intelligence officials have also expressed concern that the conflict has strengthened Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate.

Ex-President Hadi said there will be no negotiations with the Houthi alliance and that peace talks in Geneva will only be a discussion about how to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

Meanwhile, the Houthi alliance spokesman said that the Hadi presidency is over since the period set by the Gulf initiative had ended, was extended and then Hadi himself resigned. He also stressed that the Houthi alliance consisting of the Yemeni army and the popular committees loyal to Ansarullah revolutionaries are untouchable because they are defending the country against the Takfiri threat represented by al-Qaeda and ISIL, sponsored by the Saudi coalition.

The UN has described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as catastrophic with more than 80 percent of Yemen’s 25 million people in dire need of aid.

The Saudi military is trapped in a protracted and devastating conflict that is straining relations with its allies. It is hobbled by divisions and unable to find a face-saving way to exit the costly conflict.

It is unclear how Saudi Arabia can end its military involvement without coming off as the loser. A ground assault to wrest Sana’a and northern areas from rebel control could produce many casualties. UN-backed peace efforts, moreover, have repeatedly failed while the Houthi alliance is escalating the fight by launching cross-border attacks into southern Saudi Arabia.

“This war is draining the Saudis militarily, politically, strategically,” the Washington Post quoted a Yemen analyst, saying. “The problem is they’re stuck there.”

An expert on Persian Gulf countries said: “As far as Iran is concerned, this war demonstrates that Saudi Arabia just isn’t as formidable a counterweight as many people had thought!”

Follows Nov 11 to 18 day by day

Eight months after launching a war in Yemen, the Kingdom appears trapped in a protracted and devastating conflict that is straining relations with its allies, intensifying internal power struggles and emboldening its regional rival, Iran!

To add insult to injury, Al-Qaida and IS/Daish terrorists, who went unnoticed in the past, are now audaciously driving their armed vehicles around the city of Aden, passing army checkpoints spurred authorities to clamp down on arms ownership. In the streets of Aden, people have many reasons to be skeptical about the government’s plans and ability to restore peace to the battered city. Their plan includes a week-long awareness campaign to convince people to keep their guns at home, the setting up of more checkpoints, absorbing local militiamen who fought the Houthis into the army and raiding rebels’ hiding places in the city. The United Arab Emirates, which has a strong military presence in the area, will fund the plan.

Aden has been racked by armed clashes, explosions, and assassinations since the Houthi alliance was pushed out of the city in July, despite the deployment of thousands of pro-government forces.

http://southfront.org/yemen-map-of-war-nov-11-18-2015/ = http://newzsentinel.com/yemen-map-of-war-nov-11-18-2015/

18.11.2015 – Daily Star

10 killed in fighting for key Yemen province

Yemeni pro-government forces advancing into the strategic province of Taez were battling rebels on the outskirts of its second largest town Thursday, military sources said.

Eight rebels and two loyalists were killed in the fighting for Rahida, the pro-government sources said.

The town lies on the main road from government-held territory towards Taez, Yemen's third largest city, 40 kilometers (25 miles) further north, where loyalist troops have been besieged by the rebels for months.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Nov-19/323722-10-killed-in-fighting-for-key-yemen-province.ashx

18.11.2015 – Sputnik News

Hundreds of Bahraini Soldiers Arrive in Yemen to Join Anti-Houthi Forces

Between 200 and 300 Bahraini servicemen arrived in the Yemeni southern port of Aden, the source said, adding that "they will take part in combat action against the Houthi rebels and their allies in Taiz Governorate."

The Saudi-led coalition's spokesman Ahmed Asiri confirmed the arrival of the soldiers, as reported by the Al-Arabiya television channel.

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151118/1030345163/houthis-bahrain-soldiers-coalition.html

18.11.2015 – Newszentinel

New Saudi airstrike kills two civilians in SW Yemen

At least two civilians have been killed in a Saudi airstrike against Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

On Wednesday, Saudi warplanes pounded a residential area in the al-Sarawi district of the province, situated 260 kilometers (166 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, leaving two members of a family dead, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Meanwhile, a commander of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, has succumbed to injuries he sustained during intense clashes with Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province on Tuesday.

Hashim al-Seyed, who was shot in the head and critically wounded, died in a Saudi hospital on Wednesday. He had reportedly been transferred to the medical facility onboard an Emirati military aircraft.

There are reports that Seyed’s son and nephew were killed during the Tuesday gunfight in the Omari district.

Separately, two high-ranking members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party lost their lives when they engaged in heavy fighting with Yemeni forces in the Beihan district of Yemen’s southern province of Shabwah on Tuesday.

The slain militants were later identified as Sha’fal al-Faraji and Jalal al-Mansouri.

http://newzsentinel.com/new-saudi-airstrike-kills-two-civilians-in-sw-yemen/

Huthis

18.11.2015 – AFP

HRW beklagt Einsatz von Antipersonenminen im Jemen

Die Organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) hat den Einsatz von Antipersonenminen durch die schiitischen Rebellen im Jemen beklagt. Durch die Minen seien seit September mindestens zwölf Menschen getötet und neun weitere verletzt worden, teilte die Menschenrechtsorganisation mit. Betroffen seien vor allem die südlichen Provinzen des Landes. Die tatsächliche Zahl ziviler Opfer durch die verbotenen Minen schätzt HRW ohne nähere Angaben als "viel höher" ein.

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation bezeichnete die geächteten Antipersonenminen als "blinde Waffen" und forderte die Huthi-Rebellen auf, auf ihren Einsatz "sofort zu verzichten".

http://www.afp.com/de/nachrichten/hrw-beklagt-einsatz-von-antipersonenminen-im-jemen

Hadi-Regierung / Hadi government

19.11.2015 – Hit 967.ae

Yemen’s President urges ministers to return to work in Aden

The President of Yemen is urging government officials to resume work in Aden.

According to national news agency WAM, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has asked the ministries to commence their work and run the state until the capital, Sana’a is liberated from Houthi rebels.

President Hadi has stressed the urgent need to normalise life and provide for the daily requirements of people in Aden and other areas surrounding it.

President Hadi, who returned to the southern port city on Tuesday, is calling for unity and co-operation in order to achieve stability.

http://hit967.ae/yemens-president-urges-ministers-to-return-to-work-in-aden/

18.11.2015 – AFP

Rebel landmines killing Yemen civilians: HRW

Landmines planted by Yemeni rebels in an effort to halt the advance of pro-government forces are exacting a mounting toll on civilians, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

“Landmines have killed at least 12 people and wounded over nine,” Human Rights Watch said, adding that the real casualty toll “may be much higher.”

“The Huthis are killing and maiming civilians with landmines,” said HRW’s arms director Steve Goose.

“Antipersonnel landmines are indiscriminate weapons that should not be used under any circumstances.”

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/11/rebel-landmines-killing-yemen-civilians-hrw/ see also http://www.trust.org/item/20151118050338-jx3wu/

UNO und Friedensverhandlungen / UN and peace talks

18.11.2015 – Gulf News

Control of Taiz is vital ahead of Yemen talks

Control of shoreline is critical to coalition efforts to rebuild Yemen

As fighting to liberate Taiz raged between pro-government forces and Al Houthi militiamen, analysts said capture of the province will be a major strategic and tactical win marking the militants’ loss of a bargaining chip in any current or future talks regarding the future of Yemen.

“The Yemeni Popular Resistance gained the upper hand with robust assistance from UAE forces and logistics networks,” Dr. Theodore Karasik, a UAE-based Geo-Strategic and Political Economic Analyst Dubai, told Gulf News on Wednesday.

Dr Karasik explained more importantly, the win in Taiz illustrates the geographical necessity for the Aden government to control key urban and rural areas in Western Yemen. Yemen’s future economic hopes lie in this region.

“For Al Houthis, the fall of Taiz will be the loss of a bargaining chip in any current or future talks regarding the future of the country,” Dr Karasik stressed.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/control-of-taiz-is-vital-ahead-of-yemen-talks-1.1622309 see also http://www.globalpost.com/article/6689980/2015/11/18/seizing-taez-would-pave-yemen-loyalists-way-capital

Kommentar: Sozusagen eine Absage an Friedensverhandlungen.

Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

19.11.2015 – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik

Saudi-Arabiens Engagement in Ägypten

Finanzhilfen kommen beim Volk nicht an

Nach den Umbrüchen im Jahr 2011 erhielt Ägypten Milliardenhilfen aus Saudi-Arabien. Dem Golfstaat war daran gelegen, Ägypten politisch und wirtschaftlich zu stabilisieren. Für die breite Bevölkerung hat die Aufbauhilfe kaum positive Effekte. Sie zielte erfolgreich darauf ab, die Muslimbrüder von der Macht zu verdrängen und das alte Patronagenetzwerk wiederherzustellen. Damit könnte jetzt Schluss sein.

Zwischen 2013 und 2015 flossen insgesamt etwa 12 Milliarden US-Dollar an saudischen Finanzspritzen in Form von Zentralbankeinlagen, Energiesubventionen und Budgethilfe an die Militärregierung unter al-Sisi. Inoffizielle Schätzungen gehen davon aus, dass zusätzlich bis zu 30 Milliarden US-Dollar direkt in den Haushalt der Armee geflossen sind. Auch wirtschaftliche Ziele ließen saudische Milliarden in das Land fließen, das mit einer Bevölkerung von fast 100 Millionen ein attraktiver Markt und Handelsdrehkreuz zu Zentralafrika und Europa ist. Außerdem ist Saudi-Arabien in Megaprojekte wie den Ausbau des Suezkanals oder in al-Sisis Pläne zur Errichtung einer neuen Hauptstadt involviert.

Dass das Geld fast ausschließlich den Eliten und der Militärregierung zugutekam und die Bedürfnisse der breiten Bevölkerung außer Acht gelassen wurden, war Teil der saudischen Regionalstrategie. Statt einen langfristigen Strukturwandel voranzutreiben, die Mittelschicht zu stärken, statt den Bildungs- und Gesundheitssektor auszubauen, Korruption und Bürokratie abzubauen, ging es König Abdullah vor allem darum, den Status Quo von vor 2011 mit den alten Patronagenetzwerken wieder herzustellen.

Der Ausbruch des „Arabischen Frühlings“ ist für das Königreich ein Schock gewesen. Langjährige Partner wie Hosni Mubarak oder Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunesien wurden gestürzt, in Bahrain gingen Aktivisten auf die Straße und in Syrien und Libyen begannen Bürgerkriege. Die politische Führung Saudi-Arabiens sah in diesen Umstürzen keinen Prozess zu mehr Freiheit oder Demokratie, sondern den Sturz ins Chaos. Dies musste in Ägypten unbedingt vermieden werden, auch um eine Destabilisierung der eigenen Gesellschaft zu unterbinden – von Sebastian Sons

https://dgap.org/de/think-tank/publikationen/weitere-publikationen/saudi-arabiens-engagement-aegypten

19.11.2015 – Die Welt

Die Wahrheit hinter dem Glanz der Öl-Supermacht

Mega-Bauten, Feste, Wohltaten fürs Volk: Saudi-Arabien leistet sich einen Luxus wie kaum ein zweiter Staat. Doch nun droht den Scheichs der Abstieg. Warum das für Deutschland gefährlicher ist denn je.

Saudi-Arabiens Königshaus investiert mit aller Kraft, aber wie lange kann es sich das noch leisten? Das Problem, das die Träume zunichte machen könnte, verbirgt sich hinter einer Zahl: 44,78. Bei 44,78 Dollar lag am Freitag der Preis für ein Fass Öl der Sorte Brent. Vor gut einem Jahr kostete der Barrel noch rund 100 Dollar, also mehr als das Doppelte.

Der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF) hat errechnet, dass die Saudis einen Ölpreis von mindestens 82 Dollar je Barrel benötigen, um den Staatshaushalt auszugleichen. Schuld daran, dass der Kurs weit darunterliegt, sind auch die Machthaber selbst. Sie haben sich in einen Ölkrieg mit den USA gestürzt, um den dortigen Aufschwung der Schiefergasgewinnung zu bekämpfen.

Analysten rechnen damit, dass das Herrscherhaus seine Schuldenquote in den kommenden fünf Jahren auf 50 Prozent steigern könnte – von Stefan Beutelsbacher und Holger Zschäpitz

http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article148836257/Die-Wahrheit-hinter-dem-Glanz-der-Oel-Supermacht.html

USA

19.11.2015 – NZZ

Huthi-Rebellen lassen drei US-Geiseln laufen

Drei US-Amerikaner sind nach mehr als zwei Monaten der Gefangenschaft in Jemen von schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen freigelassen worden. Das berichteten übereinstimmend die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur von Oman sowie jemenitische Regierungsvertreter am Donnerstag. Die drei seien nach einer entsprechenden Bitte der US-Regierung von Sanaa in die omanische Hauptstadt Maskat gebracht worden, teilte die omanische Agentur weiter mit. Ihre Identität wurde nicht bekannt, auch die Umstände ihrer Freilassung blieben unklar.

Die drei Männer seien vor mindestens zwei Monaten in der Hauptstadt Sanaa gefangen genommen worden, hiess es in Kreisen der Huthis und unabhängiger jemenitischer Sicherheitskräfte weiter. Der Grund für die Geiselnahme blieb unklar. Zwei von ihnen sollen Uno-Mitarbeiter sein.

http://www.nzz.ch/newsticker/huthi-rebellen-im-jemen-lassen-drei-us-geiseln-laufen-1.18649297

Kommentar: Die drei wurden der Spionage verdächtigt. UN-Mitarbeiter sind es keine. Einer war Sergeant der US-Army und in anderen Positionen für die USA tätig. Siehe frühere Press Reader.

19.11.2015 – Reuters

Three Americans evacuated from Yemen to Oman, Omani news agency says

Three Americans have been air-lifted out of Yemen to Oman, the Omani foreign ministry said on Thursday, according to a report by the state news agency ONA.

The three were flown out of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, which is controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, on an Omani air force flight late on Wednesday, ONA said. The brief statement gave no details on the identities of the Americans, but a Yemeni security official said the men had been detained.

"The three Americans were detained by the security forces run by the Houthis and were held on suspicion of spying," the official said by telephone from Sanaa.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/19/us-yemen-security-oman-usa-idUSKCN0T819A20151119#cMWKOxC4gPmwZElb.97

Kommentar: Im Jemen ging sehr stark das Gerücht, dass es sich dabei um CIA-Agenten gehandelt hat.

19.11.2015 – ntv

Verzweifelter Appell von Ex-Soldaten: "Drohnen fördern IS-Rekrutierungen"

Vier Ex-Angehörige der US Air Force wollen nach dem Terror in Paris nicht länger schweigen. In einem Brief an US-Präsident Obama erklären sie: Gerade der Drohnenkrieg führt zur Rekrutierung neuer IS-Terroristen und destabilisiert die Welt.

Die vier Männer wissen, wovon sie reden: Jahrelang waren Cian Westmoreland, Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant und Stephen Lewis als Piloten und Techniker in der US Air Force Teil des US-Drohnenkriegs. Doch nun, nach den Terroranschlägen von Paris, appellieren sie in einem dramatischen Brief an US-Präsident Barack Obama, Verteidigungsminister Ashton Carter und CIA-Chef John Brennan, ihre militärische Taktik zu überdenken. Ihr Argument: Der Drohnenkrieg führt unmittelbar zur Rekrutierung neuer Kämpfer von Terrororganisation wie dem Islamischen Staat (IS).

"Wir haben erkannt, dass das Töten von unschuldigen Zivilisten nur das Gefühl von Hass verstärkt hat, das zu Terrorismus und Gruppen wie dem IS führt", schreiben die ehemaligen Angehörigen der Air Force. Dabei sei der Drohnenkrieg ein ähnliches Rekrutierungswerkzeug wie Guantanamo. "Diese Regierung und ihre Vorgänger haben ein Drohnenprogramm erschaffen, das eines der verheerendsten Triebkräfte für Terrorismus und die Destabilisierung in der Welt ist."

Den Grund, warum sie gerade jetzt an die Öffentlichkeit gehen, nennen die Soldaten auch: "Wir können nicht mehr schweigen und Tragödien wie in Paris beobachten, wenn wir wissen, welche verheerenden Effekte das Drohnenprogramm in der Welt und bei uns hat". Solch ein Schweigen würde ihrem Eid widersprechen, die Verfassung zu schützen und zu verteidigen. Sie seien Zeugen gewesen von großer Verschwendung; Missmanagement, Machtmissbrauch und öffentlicher Lügen über das Drohnenprogramm.

Der Brief der vier Männer, die am Drohnenkrieg in Afghanistan, dem Irak und anderen Konfliktgebieten beteiligt waren, ist außergewöhnlich. "Es ist das erste Mal, dass so viele Menschen zusammen über das Dohnenprogramm sprechen", sagt Jessely Radack dem "Guardian". Sie arbeitet für die Investigativ-Plattform Expose Facts, die die Männer juristisch vertritt und sich um Whistleblower kümmert. Ihnen sei klar, dass sie strafrechtliche Verfolgung riskieren – von Gudula Hörr

http://www.n-tv.de/politik/Drohnen-foerdern-IS-Rekrutierungen-article16388576.html siehe auch http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/drohnenkrieg-us-piloten-kritisieren-obama-in-offenem-brief-a-1063551.html

19.11.2015 – Sputnik News

Sorge um Jemeniten: Menschenrechtler gegen Verkauf von US-Bomben an Saudi-Arabien
Aus der Befürchtung um weitere zivile Opfer im Jemen hat die Menschenrechts-Organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) den US-Kongress aufgerufen, den Verkauf von Flugzeugbomben an Saudi-Arabien zu stoppen.

http://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20151119/305785344/jemen-opfer-bomben-saudi-arabien.html

Kommentar: Deutschsprachige Medien berichten darüber nichts? Mit Englisch kommt man viel weiter, wenn man sich über den Jemen informieren will. Ansonsten helfen offenbar die russischen Medien weiter, wenn auch hier leider nur sehr knapp.

18.11.2015 – Human Rights Watch

US: Reject Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

Coalition Failure to Investigate Civilian Deaths in Airstrikes on Yemen

The Obama administration should not sell aerial bombs to Saudi Arabia in the absence of serious investigations into alleged laws-of-war violations in Yemen.

On November 17, 2015, the United States Department of Defense announced that the State Department had approved a sale of US$1.29 billion worth of air-to-ground munitions such as laser-guided bombs and “general purpose” bombs with guidance systems. “The purchase replenishes the Royal Saudi Air Force’s current weapons supplies, which are becoming depleted due to the high operational tempo in multiple counter-terrorism operations,” the statement said.

“The US government is well aware of the Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate air attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen since March,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director. “Providing the Saudis with more bombs under these circumstances is a recipe for greater civilian deaths, for which the US will be partially responsible.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/18/us-reject-bomb-sales-saudi-arabia

18.11.2015 – International Business Times

Yemen conflict: Amnesty International criticises US arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has been criticised by Amnesty International after it approved the sale of $1.3bn (£860m; €1.2bn) worth of bombs and other equipment to Saudi Arabia.

The London-headquartered rights group warned that the munitions could be used by the Saudi military to conduct "unlawful" air strikes on Yemen. It accused the US of breaching the Arms Trade Treaty, which forbids a state from selling arms to a party in an armed conflict if it is aware that the weapons are being used to target civilians.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency on 16 November said the proposed sale of munitions would replenish the Saudi air force's fast depleting supplies. "The proposed sale augments Saudi Arabia's capability to meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations," it said in a statement.

"This acquisition will help sustain strong military-to-military relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, improve operational interoperability with the United States, and enable Saudi Arabia to meet regional threats and safeguard the world's largest oil reserves."

The US Congress, which was notified of the sale last week, has 30 days to stop the deal if it wishes.

Saudi Arabia is a key regional ally of the West and is one of the largest buyers of weapons from the US and the UK. Nearly half of all British arms exports went to the ultra-conservative monarchy between 2009 and 2013, according to Amnesty's estimate.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/yemen-conflict-amnesty-international-criticises-us-arms-sale-saudi-arabia-1529249 = https://uk.news.yahoo.com/yemen-conflict-amnesty-international-criticises-042926658.html#uxCUf5m and also http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/saudi-arabia-bombs-sale-yemen-151117160003912.html

17.11.2015 – Aljazeera

Amnesty queries $1.3bn US bombs deal with Saudi Arabia

Rights group says some bomb types in proposed arms sale have previously been used in unlawful strikes in Yemen

The US state department has approved the sale of $1.3bn of bombs to Saudi Arabia, to allow the Gulf nation to replenish its depleted weapons supplies as it continues to conduct intensive air strikes in Yemen and Syria.

Amnesty International, however, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that some of the types of bombs the US proposes to sell have previously been used in air strikes in Yemen that violated international humanitarian law.

Amnesty International released a report last month calling on states like the US to stop selling certain arms to Saudi Arabia, after it investigated a number of air strikes in Yemen, where civilians were killed, and found evidence of what it called unlawful air strikes which could amount to war crimes.

Amnesty's Yemen researcher Rasha Mohamed told Al Jazeera that of the bombs that the US proposes selling to Saudi Arabia, the group opposes the sale of three types because they have previously been used in unlawful strikes in Yemen.

The three types listed by Mohamed are the BLU-117/MK-84 2000lb general purpose bombs, BLU-110/MK-83 1000lb general purpose bombs and BLU-111/MK-82 500lb general purpose bombs.

Combined, the US is proposing to sell more than 10,000 of the three bomb types to Riyadh.

Mohamed added that another type of bomb on the DSCA list - GBU-24 Paveway III laser guided bombs - had been linked to an air strike in a residential area in Yemen which Amnesty believes "involved international humanitarian law violations".

Combined, the US is proposing to sell more than 10,000 of the three bomb types to Riyadh.

Mohamed added that another type of bomb on the DSCA list - GBU-24 Paveway III laser guided bombs - had been linked to an air strike in a residential area in Yemen which Amnesty believes "involved international humanitarian law violations".

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/saudi-arabia-bombs-sale-yemen-151117160003912.html

17.11.2015 – The American Conservative

More U.S. Weapons for the Saudis’ War on Yemen

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/more-u-s-weapons-for-the-saudis-war-on-yemen/

There had been a slight chance that delaying new weapons sales to the Saudis might be used to pressure the coalition to scale back its campaign and possibly to get them to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the conflict, but that obviously didn’t happen. Unfortunately, it was always unlikely that the administration would even make the effort. Instead of using what influence the U.S. has with Riyadh to rein in or end its unnecessary war, the Obama administration has chosen to offer unstinting support for the campaign by providing refueling, intelligence, and weapons. While the U.S. pretends not to be a party to the war, it has helped provide diplomatic cover for the coalition’s war crimes, and it refrains from saying anything about the many civilian casualties caused by indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas and in some cases the deliberate bombings of civilian targets. The rule seems to be that U.S. clients in the region are always to be coddled and “reassured,” and they must never be inconvenienced or criticized for their errors.

The bombing campaign will continue to claim more civilian lives, and the U.S. will be partly responsible for that by having provided the arms, fuel, and political support to help keep the war going – by Daniel Larison

16.11.2015 – Defense Security Cooperation Agency

The Government of Saudi Arabia - Air-to-Ground Munitions

Transmittal No: 15-57

WASHINGTON, Nov 16, 2015 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia for air-to-ground munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.29 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 13, 2015.

The Government of Saudi Arabia requested approval to procure the following:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE) includes:
One thousand (1000) GBU-10 Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs)
Two thousand, three hundred (2,300) BLU-117/MK-84 2000lb General Purpose (GP) Bombs
Four thousand twenty (4,020) GBU-12 Paveway II LGBs
Eight thousand twenty (8,020) BLU-111/MK-82 500lb GP Bombs
One thousand, one hundred (1,100) GBU-24 Paveway III LGBs
One thousand, five hundred (1,500) BLU-109 2000lb Penetrator Warheads
Four hundred (400) GBU-31(V1) KMU-556 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits
One thousand (1,000) GBU-31(V3) KMU-557 JDAM tail kits
Three thousand (3,000) GBU-38 KMU-572 JDAM tail kits
Two thousand (2,000) GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II, dual mode Global Positioning System
(GPS)/LGB with the MXU-667 Airfoil and the MAU-169L/B Computer Control Group (CCG) Dual mode
Two thousand (2,000) BLU-110/MK-83 1000lb GP Bombs
Five hundred (500) GBU-54 KMU-572 Laser JDAM tail kits, dual mode GPS/LGB with the MXU-667
Airfoil and the MAU-169L/B CCG Dual mode
Three hundred (300) GBU-56 KMU 556 Laser JDAM tail kits, dual mode GPS/LGB with the MXU-667
Airfoil and the MAU-169L/B CCG Dual mode
Ten thousand two hundred (10,200) FMU-152 Fuzes

This request also includes the following Non-MDE items and services: procurement of bomb equipment components such as adaptors, nose plugs, fusing mechanisms, swivels, support links and connections; associated support equipment; publications, such as technical orders, and system manuals; training; engineering and technical support; transportation (to include special airlift support); program management; and other administrative support and related services. The total estimated MDE value is $1.10 billion, and the estimated total overall value is $1.29 billion.

The purchase replenishes the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF) current weapons supplies, which are becoming depleted due to the high operational tempo in multiple counter-terrorism operations. The purchase of these munitions rebuilds war reserves and provides options for future contingencies.

The RSAF will have no issues fielding, supporting, and employing these munitions.

The proposed sale augments Saudi Arabia's capability to meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations. Providing these defense articles supports Saudi Arabian defense missions and promotes stability in the region.

This acquisition will help sustain strong military-to-military relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, improve operational interoperability with the United States, and enable Saudi Arabia to meet regional threats and safeguard the world's largest oil reserves.

This acquisition contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by increasing the security of an important partner that continues to be a significant force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. Sustaining Saudi military capabilities deters hostile actors, increases U.S.-Saudi military interoperability, and has a positive impact on the stability of the global economy. This acquisition also directly conveys U.S. commitment to the RSAF's current and future ability to sustain combat operations.

The prime contractor will be determined by competition. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

There is no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/government-saudi-arabia-air-ground-munitions

For this new arms sale, see this article from the day when the Saudi aggression startef:

26.3.2015 – Washington Post

How U.S. weapons will play a huge role in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

Between October 2010 and October 2014, Washington and Riyadh reached more than $90 billion in weapons deals, according to a report published in January by the Congressional Research Service. The sales have included everything from war planes to armored vehicles, along with powerful missiles and bombs.

“In spite of apparent differences of opinion over regional developments, U.S.-Saudi security cooperation continues to anchor official bilateral relations as it has for decades, bolstered by major new arms sales, continued security training arrangements, enhanced counterterrorism cooperation, and shared concerns about Iran, Al Qaeda, and, more recently, the rise of the group known as the Islamic State,” the report said.

“The latter group’s military advances in Syria and Iraq appear to have generated serious concern among Saudi officials, as have reports that suggest popular support for the group may be strong among a small, but potentially dangerous minority of Saudis,” the report adds.

Saudi officials said Wednesday that they had deployed 100 fighter jets over Yemen as they sought to drive back Shiite rebels.

The Saudis reached a $29.4 billion deal with Washington in 2010 for the sale of 84 new F-15SA fighters and the upgrade of 70 older F-15S fighter jets. The deal also included thousands of bombs to be loaded on the planes, U.S. military officials said at the time.

The United States also reached a separate $25.6 billion deal in October 2010 to send 36 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, 72 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, 36 AH-6i light-attack helicopters, and 12 MD-530F light-turbine helicopters to the Saudis. The companies involved included Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft, MD Helicopters, General Electric and Longbow. Separately, another $5.5 billion in deals were reached to send Apache Longbow helicopters to the Saudi army and Royal Guard, the Congressional Research Service said – by Dan Lamothe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/03/26/how-u-s-weapons-will-play-a-large-role-in-saudi-arabias-war-in-yemen/ see also http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/human-rights-watch-united-states-bombs-saudi-arabia

Propaganda

18.11.2015 – WAM

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Vice President of Yemen

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, today received Khalid Bahah, Vice President, Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen and the accompanying delegation, currently visiting the country.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Vice President of Yemen, praising his strength of the existing fraternal relations between the UAE and Yemen.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation and progress of joint action in the best interest of the two countries and the two brotherly peoples.

Bahah briefed Sheikh Mohamed about the latest political and military developments in Yemen and the role of the government in Aden after the liberation, besides preparations for the liberation of the rest of the Yemeni territories from the rebels with the support of the Arab coalition. The Vice President of Yemen also briefed Sheikh Mohamed about the humanitarian and relief operations taking place in many areas to help the affected people in Yemen.

Sheikh Mohamed reiterated the support of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the people of Yemen to overcome the security and economic challenges, achieve their national aspirations, and rebuild what was damaged by the rebels when they overthrew the legitimate government.

He added that Operation Restoring Hope for Yemen, carried out by the Arab coalition and led by Saudi Arabia, "is proceeding according to the plan in terms of provision of humanitarian assistance, ensuring stability and security for all parts of Yemen, as well as contributing towards rebuilding the national, economic and social institutions for the people of Yemen to continue their march towards construction, development and prosperity."

For his part, Bahah extended his thanks and appreciation to the UAE for its historic support to the people of Yemen at a critical time during which Emiratis demonstrated their sincere support to their brothers in Yemen. He also thanked the UAE for providing humanitarian aid to Yemen's Socotra island hit by the cyclone.

The two sides stressed their support for the UN-backed negotiations between the Yemeni parties.

https://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395288198842.html

Kommentar: “the two brotherly peoples” – “liberation” – “support of the UAE to the people of Yemen […] to achieve their national aspirations, and rebuild what was damaged by the rebels” – “Operation Restoring Hope for Yemen [so heißt die laufende militärische Operation der Koalition einschließlich der Luftamgriffe in Propagandasprech] in terms of provision of humanitarian assistance [was war mit Luftangriffen und Seeblockade?] , ensuring stability and security for all parts of Yemen – “for the people of Yemen to continue their march towards construction, development and prosperity” [mittels Luftangriffen??] – “thanks and appreciation to the UAE for its historic support to the people of Yemen” – “brothers in Yemen” – die kommen auch im folgenden Propagandastückchen vor.

18.11.2015 – WAM

Yemen's President commends national army, resistance forces and people of Marib's role in defeating Houthi militia

The Yemeni President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, has commended the heroic role of the national army, resistance forces and the people of Marib, who sacrificed their lives in defence of the dignity of their homeland, nation and people to purge the country of wickedness.

This came during a phone a call between Hadi and Sultan Al Arada, Governor of Marib, in which Al Arada briefed the Yemeni President on the recent developments in the province and the achievements accomplished by the national army and the resistance forces. The governor assured President Hadi that the province enjoys security and stability, especially after their victory against the Houthi militias, pointing out that the people of Marib stand together with the legitimate government.

The governor praised President Hadi's efforts to get Yemen out of the current situation, and his continuous support for the national army and the resistance forces to restore security and stability in all provinces and cities in Yemen.

https://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395288164677.html

Kommentar: Schön.

17.11.2015 – WAM

Arab Parliament delegation visits Aden, hails support of coalition forces to Yemen resistance

The Arab Parliament has put its full weight behind the people of Yemen to restore the country's legitimacy and end the Houthi and the Ali Saleh group rebellion.

Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, said in a statement, in Aden while heading a high-profile Arab Parliament delegation, that "This visit comes amid the winning streak in the battlefields to offer our congratulations to the people of Yemen, the local authority and the resistance in Aden, on their achievements in the light of backing of the Arab coalition-led by Saudi Arabia," he said, noting that the Arab Parliament supports all positive trends that meet the interests of Yemen.

He commended the roles of the armed forces of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other coalition members on supporting the brothers in Yemen.

"The security of Yemen is part and parcel of the Arab national security, and deserves our sacrifice. We have to defend the people of Yemen because they are our brothers, children and cousins," he said.

While meeting with the delegation, Governor of Aden, Major General Mohammed Saad, thanked the coalition for its valuable and unlimited support to end the rebellion, citing the role of the UAE in all fields, especially the role of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), which provides health, water, sewerage, electricity, education and other services.

Al Jarwan underlined that the Arab coalition's support to Yemen reflects the depth and strength of inter-Arab relations. "We are looking forward to forming the joint Arab Defence Force," he added.

He noted that Aden is now safer and stable in the light of increasing support from Emiratis, ERC and the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, with the relief aid reaching each house in Aden.

https://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395288136240.html

Kommentar: Schönes Propagandastück. Das fängt schon mit einem Saudi-arabischen “Parlament” an. Wie oft hier auf das “jemenitische Volk” abgehoben wird! Das wird dann so formuliert, dieses Parlament steht „mit vollem Gewicht hinter dem jemenitischen Volk“ (was soll diese völlige Leerformel, während die Luftwaffe das Land bombardiert?), da wird dem „jemenitischen Volk gratuliert“, für militärische Erfolge gegen die Huthis. Nun, davon hat das Volk viel, während es gerade von der saudischen Luftwaffe bombardiert wird. Und was sollen die militärischen Erfolge der „Koalition“ zu tun haben mit „positiven Trends im Interesse des Jemen?“ Sind Tod und Zerstörung durch die saudischen Luftangriffe so ein „positiver Trend?“ Nach Meinung des Sprechers ja offensichtlich. Und was die Aktivitäten der „Koalition“ mit „Unterstützung für die Brüder im Jemen“ zu tun haben, mag sich ebenso jeder in Verbindung mit den saudischen Luftangriffen ausrechnen. Und es geht noch dicker: „Wir müssen das Volk des Jemen verteidigen, weil sie unsere Brüder, Kinder und Cousins sind.“ Nun ja, das ist wohl eher Verwandtenmord, so etwas kommt ja in den besten Familien vor.

Presse / Press

18.11.2015 – The Media Line

Muzzling the Press in Yemen, Distorting the Story

“Those journalists who are allowed to enter are monitored. If we suspect anyone, we arrest them and deport them, after torturing them a little bit,” an exclusive source inside the Yemeni National Security Bureau (NSB), remaining anonymous for fear of his safety, told The Media Line.

Impoverished, war-torn and bombarded day-and-night, this is Yemen — one of the most difficult places in the world to be a journalist. Local reporters trying to detail what is taking place in the country face constant harassment and a number have been killed, but for overseas journalists there is an added pressure.

“Currently, we are banning foreign journalists from entering Yemen, fearing that they might be linked to international intelligence agencies,” the source, said. This suspicion that foreigners are acting as ‘spies for the West’ has brought unwanted scrutiny to a number of journalists who travelled to the country in recent months.

“We know of at least a dozen cases of local journalists who are held against their will. Several foreign journalists were kidnapped and released, some were killed,” Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told The Media Line. Times are dangerous in Yemen for journalists who complain of directly- and indirectly- enforced censorship by the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis, Mansour said. […]

Presumably, it is not just the Houthis who think this, as they themselves employ journalists. As Sherif Mansour from the Committee to Protect Journalists pointed out, “The height of the conflict is making more journalists partisan, but then on the other side of the equation, the Saudi coalition is also responsible for killing some of the journalists and hase worked to mobilize supporters of former president Hadi.” – by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki and Yasser Rayes |

http://www.themedialine.org/news/muzzling-the-press-in-yemen-distorting-the-story/

Commentary: When is there not media control in war? I seem to remember the U.S. killing a lot of independent - ie not embedded with the U.S. And UK military - in Iraq. And Israel has killed many journalists, including at least two British journalists. And as for the propaganda - you hardly know what is going on. And tell me - exactly WHO is stopping the Western media from reporting the attacks and the blockade by the Saudi led coalition in Yemen ? It certainly isn't the Houthi-Saleh alliance.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1058004597685364

Terrorismus / Terrorism

19.11.2015 – Al Monitor

In the battle against IS, where is the Arab coalition?

In the wake of the Islamic State's (IS) attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, Beirut and Paris, there is an urgent need to mobilize resources to deal with the threat, especially resources in the Arab world. Instead, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are devoting their resources and efforts to a floundering and expensive military campaign in Yemen.

Riyadh's attention and resources are focused on Yemen as the war there has come to a stalemate. Even worse is that the major beneficiaries of the war so far are al-Qaeda and Iran. Al-Qaeda has seized control of large parts of southeastern Yemen since the war began. Its black flags fly in Aden, the temporary capital of the pro-Saudi government. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has grown stronger in the months since it attacked Paris in January, not weaker. That is a disturbing portent for those now promising to defeat IS.

Iran is fighting to the last Houthi, laughing at the Saudis and Emiratis as they spend resources in what Tehran hopes will be an endless quagmire. Iran gains in Iraq and Syria from the Sunni forces' diversion to Yemen.

Washington and Paris have both indulged Riyadh's Yemen mission, as both have hosted Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman — the 30-year-old architect of the Yemen war — and have done far too little to bring an end to this disaster. They have the leverage, along with London, since they control the pipeline of military resupply to the RSAF and its allies, but their half-hearted attempts to start a political process need much greater urgency. Both sides have accepted UN mediation and the UN Security Council resolution for a cease-fire, but the conflict drags on without pause – by Bruce Riedel

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/11/islamic-state-gulf.html#

18.11.2015 – Yemenipress

Taiz: private security sources said Yemen's Press-evening Wednesday, November 18, 2015 that the most dangerous and the most prominent al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in Taiz province.

The source added that the terrorist leader "Aboazubayr" which US states claimed for years that they are chased was killed at the hands of the military heroes of the People's Committees yesterday in the violent clashes that took place in Aharijh, with a number of leaders of the terrorist organization.

The death of the terrorist "Aboazubayr" reveals the lie that the fight against terrorism sing the American and prove to everyone that this terrorist organization and funded directly by the US arm of the first in the region and it's used -alsaudih- organization peg to access and control over Yemen and plundering its wealth.

https://www.facebook.com/yemenipress/posts/892707470782466

Auslandsstudenten / Students abroad

18.11.2015 – Ryersonian

Left in Limbo: the stories of Yemen’s international students who can’t go home

Einzelschicksale jemenitischer Studenten, die in Kanada festhängen. Mit einer interessanten Infografik zu den Opfern des Krieges.

http://www.ryersonian.ca/left-in-limbo-the-stories-of-yemens-international-students-who-cant-go-home/

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-51: / Yemen Press reader 1-51:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Angriffe der saudischen Koalition / Saudi coalition attacks

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible / Graphic!)

16. Nov.: http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2015-11-16-Salah.htm

17. Nov.: http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2015-11-17-Khokha.htm

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