Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 688, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 688, part 1:
Schwerpunkte / Key aspects
Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1
Klassifizierung / Classification
Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject
cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important
cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics
cp1b Am wichtigsten: Großer Gefangenenaustausch / Most important: Great prisoner swap
cp2 Allgemein / General
cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade
cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation
cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees
cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis
cp6 Separatisten und Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen
cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks
cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia
cp8a Jamal Khashoggi
cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf
cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain
cp11 Deutschland / Germany
cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries
cp13a Söldner / Mercenaries
cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage
cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy
cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism
cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids
cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War
cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle
cp19 Sonstiges / Other
Klassifizierung / Classification
(Kein Stern / No star)
? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating
A = Aktuell / Current news
B = Hintergrund / Background
C = Chronik / Chronicle
D = Details
E = Wirtschaft / Economy
H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions
K = Krieg / War
P = Politik / Politics
pH = Pro-Houthi
pS = Pro-Saudi
T = Terrorismus / Terrorism
cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis
Houthis celebrate Prophet’s birthday with forcible donation
The Houthis began this week intensive campaign forcing commercial shops and companies to pay forcible donation for organizing a nationwide party in areas of their control to celebrate Prophet Mohmmed’ birthday.
Though the event is still almost two weeks far, the Houthis have already forced businesses and commercia shops to paint doors and exterior appearances green and light the streets with green.
Since they took control of Sana’a in late 2014, the Houthis use this debated religious event to impose certain political and cultural rituals that glorify the Houthis and their leader. They do so with the claim that their leader has a family connection to the Prophet Mohammed.
Houthi leader executes his comrade in Aljawf and dumps him in the road. The militia told the slain’s relatives he had been killed in confrontation with the government forces. Source: Multiple websites.
The head of the Houthi self-styled “Political Council” forms intelligence cells to spy on released Houthi detainees. Source Almashehad Aldowali website.
Female NGO: Houthis assaulted women captives in Sana’a
Female Relatives to Detainees Association said on Tuesday that three female captives at the Sana’a Central Prison were harshly beaten by the prison officials.
It said that it received a report on three women captives were beaten by the prison governor and several soldiers for no reason.
The victims were isolated in cells for three weeks and banned communication with their families, the NGO said.
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Fourteen Houthi officers killed in fighting with Yemeni gov’t troops
Fourteen Houthi officers have been killed in fighting with the Yemeni internationally-recognized government troops, the Sana’a-based Saba said late on Monday.
The Houthi group buried the bodies of 14 officers, some of whom with senior ranks including a general, the Houthi-run news agency added, in the presence of senior officials in Sana’a.
The officers were killed „while performing their duty.. in defense of the homeland,“
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Audio: Got 6 minutes? Listen to this impressively succinct explainer on #Yemen’s Houthis (who, what, when, why) by @peterjsalisbury & @thomasjuneau for @convsix. Topped off with a quick look at US attitudes & the pros/cons of designating them as #terrorists
President Al-Mashat: US-Saudi Aggression Uses War Prisoners as Political Card
The head of Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat, affirmed keenness to free war prisoners in the US-Saudi aggression prisons.
„We feel for the suffering of the are prisoners and their families, so we were keen to make ultimate concessions for their release, but the problem is the other party,“ he said. He noted that „the pro US-Saudi Aggression party does not care about its prisoners, and they do not view their suffering and the suffering of their families with humanitarian eyes. They look at the prisoners‘ issue, purely as part of a political or military agenda. This view of the countries of aggression and their mercenaries is the biggest obstacle preventing the total release of the prisoners, as a humanitarian issue.“
Houthi: US, Western Intelligence Services Behind Creation of Takfiri Terrorist Groups
The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement held the United States and Western intelligence services responsible for the creation of Takfiri terrorist groups, saying France’s external intelligence agency plays a significant role in this regard.
“Takfiris are supported by the US, France and Western countries. They are the parties that have stood by Takfiris to target Muslims as they massacre them. The United States and its allies in Syria, Yemen, and other countries are supporting Takfiris, because they are using the extremists to tarnish the image of Islam. Western intelligence agencies, including the one in France, are involved in monitoring and supporting them,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said at a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Monday evening, presstv reported.
Houthi also warned that distortion and misinterpretation of Islamic teachings have created a deep rift among Muslims and posed serious problems to them.
“Enemies have used such deviation to insult the Holy Qur’an and Islam. There is no mercy or sympathy whatsoever in the Western civilization. They trample on [the rights of] human societies, deprive people of their freedom, plunder their wealth and occupy their lands, and then lecture others on human rights,” he highlighted.
The Ansarullah chief then questioned Western states’ respect for human rights in Yemen, Palestine and other Arab and Muslim countries, saying US President Donald “Trump is proud that he is ready to give Arab lands to the [Israeli] enemy and expropriate them as he did in the Syrian Golan Heights. What sort of civilization is this?”
Houthi went on to say that insulting Islam is allowed while criticizing Zionists is prohibited in France and whoever does so will be brought to trial.
“In the West, on the other hand, you are allowed to insult Islam and prophets, become atheists and insult God. But you are not permitted to insult Zionists and stand up to them,” the Yemeni Ansarullah leader pointed out.
English instructors leave premier language center in Sana’a
Eminent English teachers had to leave a premier language center in Sana’a following a growing harassment by Houthis-forcibly imposed principal.
Al-Asima News Website quoted local sources that Yousuf Al-Dailami who was installed by the Houthis to manage the Yemeni-American Language Institute (YALI), has been practicing racial discrimination against the staff that eventually made several workers to quit.
Houthi group starts to prosecute the journalist Nabil Al-Sadawi and 13 others on charge with espionage
Houthi group begins to prosecute the media worker in Saba agency, Nabil Al-Sadawi and 13 others on charge with espionage.
The lawyer of the detainees, Abdul Majeed Sabrah stated that the Yemeni constitution requires that any detainee in the security authorities should be transferred within 24 hours, however Al-Sadawi has detained in the security authority and intelligence agency since 2015, assuring that he was subjected to enforceable disappearance, torture, and prevention of visits.
Sabrah added the court’s judgment depends on the evidentiary records which were taken during enforceable disappearance and torture and therefore these make judgments null and void.
Film: The sons of Yemen open their great celebration [Mohammed’s birthday] with a number of activities 10/18-2020
Prophetic preparations despite the wounds … Taiz is called upon to receive the anniversary of the birth of its Prophet 1
Houthis get rid of 750 dead bodies of own militants claiming they could not be identified. Source: Yemeni Sport website.
The Houthis announce the burial of 35 unknown bodies in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, bringing the number of unidentified bodies that have been buried since the beginning of this year to 232 (Arabic text, photo in image)
ICRC accused of aiding Houthis to hide crimes
An official in the [Hadi] Yemeni government on Tuesday accused the International Committee for the Red Cross of aiding the Ansar Allah group to hide murders and crimes of torture through burying bodies of victims.
The group said on Monday it started burying unknown bodies in coordination with the ICRC. The bodies had been put in mortuaries for five years and could not be buried earlier because of the circumstances of the war, it said.
The government-run Saba news agency said the Houthis have buried 232 out of 750 bodies in the capital Sanaa and the provinces of Hodeidah and Dhamar.
Deputy human rights minister, Majid Fadhayel, wrote on Twitter: „I can’t rule out these bodies belonged to civilian abductees killed under torture and that they had been mutilated so as to make it difficult to recognise them“.
Houthis welcome return of foreign missions to Sanaa
The Houthi group on Monday welcomed the return of foreign diplomatic missions to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in its first comment on the arrival of the Iranian ambassador.
Senior Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, wrote on Twitter: „It is now clear that the US-Saudi security information which foreign missions have depended on was untrue“.
That information laid the groundwork for the war and was part of the conspiracy against Yemen, he added.
Foreign minister in the Houthi salvation government, Hisham Sharaf, said on Sunday the arrival of the Iranian ambassador in Sanaa was an introduction to the return of a number of foreign ambassadors in the coming period.
Houthi attacks French president over anti-Islam remarks
The Houthi leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, on Monday attacks the French President over anti-Islam remark.
Islam is living a crisis, Emanuel Macron has said, so France has to counter the Islamic isolationism.
For his part, the Houthi leader dismissed Macron’s remarks as offensive against Islam and as a form of aggressive rhetoric against Muslim nation, according to the Houthi-run al-Masyra TV.
Houthis recruit 5.000 Yemeni children this year, government says
The [Hadi] Yemeni government on Monday accused the Houthi group of recruiting around 5.000 children during the past nine months.
General manager of international organisations at the human rights ministry, Esam Al-Shaeri, said the group has taken advantage of the disruption of the educational process to recruit children and send them to warfronts.
The group has turned many schools in regions under its control into military bases and weapons depots and forced teachers to adopt its slogans and joint warfronts, government reports revealed.
We have documented the use of 222 schools for military purposes, including 21 schools used for recruitment and ideological promotion, Al-Shaeri said.
Recently, social media activists circulated videos of tens of children recruited by the group. Some were from the marginalized segment, the black-skinned people.
The Houthi militia in Sana’a tortured a young man (24 yr. old Marwan Al-Haddad) to death for refusing to join the warfronts. Source: Yemen Shabab news TV channel and website.
Houthis impose new restriction on the use of WIFI networks and Whatsapp application. Source: Yemeni Sport
Yemenis preparing to celebrate Prophet’s Birthday
Yemenis in the capital Sana’a and other provinces have started to prepare for celebrating the birth of the Prophet of Islam Muḥammad (PBUH) by decorating cars with green colors as well as rising green banners and illuminating lights.
House of Representatives Congratulates Prisoner Exchange Process
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Amid Aggression, Siege… Yemen Starts New Academic Year
The new academic year began, Saturday, in primary and secondary education schools in the capital, Sana’a and all governorates, after being late due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the continued aggression against the Yemeni people.
Informationsminister fordert Teilnahme an der Tweets-Kampagne für Verbrechen der US-Aggression gegen Jemen
Eine große Tweet-Kampagne über die Verbrechen der amerikanischen Aggression gegen den Jemen startet heute um 21:00 Uhr auf der Social-Networking-Website „Twitter“.
Information Ministry Launch Tweeting Storm Hashtag: #USAggressionCrimesOnYemen
The Minister of Information, Dhaifullah al-Shami, called on the Yemeni People and the free people of the world to actively participate in the campaign to highlight the hideous crimes and violations committed against Yemeni People during 6 years, pointing out that the crimes against civilians were done with US-produced arms.
He stressed that the continuation of the aggression reflects the US-desire to keep the war against Yemeni People
Mohammad Al-Houthi: 29 Million Yemeni Trapped by US’s Battleships
Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Al-Houthi, called for participation in the largest campaign of tweets against US.
Al-Houthi said on Twitter platform: Let us all participate in the largest campaign of tweets that is directed against US, to expose the bloody aggression against the Yemenis and its main role in every crime.
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Yemeni Judiciary begins full strike after members assaulted
The Judicial Club in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Saturday announced a full strike at all the courts and prosecution offices, in protest of Houthi „systematic assaults“ against the Judiciary.
The assault against the chief justice of Sana’a City northern court, along with that against president and judges of the city’s southeastern court, means the Judiciary faces systematic transgressions, the Club said in a press release.
„Given their responsibility, Yemen’s Judiciary Club has decided [to begin] a general strike at prosecution and courts of law, in all provinces, until judges‘ demands are met,“ the release read.
The Club called on security authorities to arrest and bring to justice all those involved in these assaults against law lords, and those who helped them to divert justice course.
They also called for security protection for all the judges and courts, and for a clear, credible policy be put in place by the Houthis so that the Judiciary’s requirements are met and solemnity is maintained.
Sana’a court sentences Aghbari killers to death
A Yemeni Houthi-run court on Saturday sentenced five people to death on the charge of torturing and killing their coworker Abdullah Quid al-Aghbari.
The accused Abdullah al-Sibaie, Waleed al-Amiri, Mohamed al-Homaidi, Dalil al-Jirbah and Munaif Mughalis face death penalty, rights sources said, as the court sentenced Abdullah al-Qadasi to two years in prison for deceiving the judiciary.
The Sana’a City-based prosecution accused the five people of intentionally and directly killing Aghbari.
On 26 August, Abdullah al-Aghbari was killed, after being tortured, by a group of his workmates inside a mobile phone shop in Sana’a City.
Iranian Envoy Enters Yemen
Iran confirmed on Saturday that the country’s new Ambassador to Yemen Hassan Irlou has arrived in Sana’a, noting that he will soon submit his credentials to the Yemeni officials.
„Hassn Irlou, the plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Yemen, has entered Sana’a,“ Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told FNA.
cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government
Aden verbleibt in der Hand der Separatisten im Süden. Ihre medien verbreiten eine große Menge von parteiischen Berichten, die das Narrativ der Separatisten überihren Hauptgegner, die Islah Partei (genannt „Muslim-Bruderschaft“), über die Kämpfe in Abyan und Shabwa, ihre Herrschaft in Aden und den von ihnen kontrollierten Gebieten verbreiten.
Aden remains in the hands of southern separatists. Their media are spreading a bulk of biased reports, showing their narrative of their foes from Islah Party (labeled “Muslim Brotherhood”), the fighting at Abyan and Shabwa, their self-rule at Aden and the areas under their control.
Lamlas: Riyadh Agreement is ‚road map for peace‘
The governor of Aden Ahmed Lamlas stressed the imperative need to discuss the supportive means for the Riyadh Agreement which constitutes a keystone and a road map for the new phase of security, stability and peace for all.
My comment: This is propaganda BS. Lamlas is a separatist official, and the separatists block the implementation of the Riyadh agreement as it requires that the separatist militia must leave Aden.
Security official escapes assassination with wounds in Yemen Taiz
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Türkischer Entwicklungshelfer bei Anschlag im Jemen verwundet
Ein humanitärer Helfer des Türkischen Roten Halbmonds ist bei einem Anschlag im Jemen verletzt worden, teilte die Agentur am Dienstag mit.
der verletzte Arbeiter habe sich in der jemenitischen Stadt Aden einer Operation unterzogen und werde in die Türkei zurückgebracht.
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Turkish aid worker wounded in Yemen attack
“One of our colleagues in the Turkish Red Crescent delegation in Yemen was injured in an armed attack by unidentified person or persons,” Kerem Kinik, the agency’s head, said in a tweet.
He said the injured worker underwent a surgery in Yemen’s Aden city and will be brought back to Turkey.
Report: Organized crime rate is rising in occupied Yemeni southern provinces
A statistical report revealed on Tuesday that the rate of organized crime in the occupied Yemeni southern provinces has increased to the highest levels during the past 40 days.
The report issued by the [Sanaa gov.] Media Center for the Southern Provinces, of which the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) received a copy, stated that the crimes varied between assassinations, arrests, house raids and armed robbery of the rights and property of citizens by armed militias.
The total number of monitored crimes and violations that affected citizens of both sexes in the occupied southern provinces amounted to 162 crimes, including 30 assassinations and nine assassination attempts against some leaders of the parties to the conflict, according to the report.
The Media Center monitored 16 armed attacks on citizens in the provinces of Aden, Al-Dhalea and Socotra, pointing out that the crimes of armed robbery on citizens‘ lands and violations against public and private property amounted to 19 crimes and are increasing on a daily basis in light of the complicity of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias in the city of Aden.
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After days of calm, Islah breaches Abyan ceasefire
The militias of Islah party, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen’s legitimacy resumed on Monday night, their heavy shelling of the locations under the control of the southern forces in Abyan province, military official reported.
In his statement, the spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Muhammad al-Naqib said that the terrorist Brotherhood’s militias brutally targeted the liberated areas of Abyan using medium and heavy weapons, including artillery and tank guns.
My remark: As claimed by the separatists.
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Southern army [= separatist militia] sends more reinforcement to Thor al-Baha
The southern armed forces sent on Monday, more troops to back up their locations in Thor al-Baha following the escalation in the military campaign waged by the terrorist militias of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The military reinforcement of the southern army consists of hundreds of soldiers in armored vehicles while more men with dozen of tanks, rocket launchers and military equipment will be sent in a second batch.
Yemeni FM discusses with EU envoys Iran’s infringements in Yemen
The Yemeni official foreign minister on Monday highlighted the consequences of „Iran’s blatant infringements in Yemen, including supporting and smuggling its elements to Houthis.“
As their recent escalation failed in Marib and Hodeida, the Houthis continues to hinder a solution for Safer issue, FM Mohamed al-Hadhrami said at meeting with the European Union ambassadors for Yemen.
Aden court tries 14 government troops
The specialised criminal court in Yemen’s interim capital Aden has held a second hearing for 14 government troops including a senior officer who have been detained in UAE-run prisons.
Judicial sources said on Friday the hearing opened on Thursday and that the press was barred from attending it.
The first hearing for Col. Abdullah Al-Tayri from the 83rd armoured brigade and 13 soldiers from other military units took place in September.
They were abducted after clashes between the presidential protection brigades and the forces of the UAE-backed southern transitional that ended with the latter’s takeover of the city two years ago.
The STC is trying to pin charges of assassinations that have rocked the city in the past five years on them after a UN team of experts on Yemen said the assassinations amount to war crimes, Debriefer learned.
Aden two years after the signing of the Riyadh agreement! Early this week STC leader said he only signed the agreement out of respect to Saudis. Hadi doesn’t seem to care about pretty much anything happening in #Yemen
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Amid Suffering of Fishermen, UAE Ships Plunder Marine Wealth in Socotra
The General Authority for Fish Resources, in the occupied Socotra Governorate confirmed that the waters of the islands of the archipelago are damaged by foreign ships. Ahmed Ali Othman, said, during his meeting with the members of the Administrative Council of two fish societies on the island of Abdulkouri, that the marine wealth is being hunted and bulldozed by foreign ships, especially in the autumn and times of turbulent sea, without revealing the identity of the foreign ships.
He indicated that the random dredging contributes to the destruction of the rare fish and aquatic life on the island. He pointed out the lack of oil products on the island threatens the livelihood of hundreds of fishermen’s families, according to Al-Harf 24.
Socotra residents resort to logging amid gas shortages
Residents on the Yemeni island of Socotra have reportedly resorted to logging due to a shortage of domestic gas, heightening fears of its impact on the island’s unique biodiversity.
Al-Mahriya quoted Muhammad Salem, Director General of the Environment Office in Socotra as saying, “The risk of logging is increasing day after day due to the lack of domestic gas in the governorate and its high prices on the black market.”
“Many local residents have resorted to logging, which is a dangerous phenomenon that has many and great damages,” he added.
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UAE compels Yemen forces to withdraw from gas facility vicinity
United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces have compelled their Yemeni counterparts to withdraw from the vicinity of the Balhaf oil facility in southern Yemen.
Unnamed sources told Al-Jazeera that the Yemeni government forces had withdrawn from sites around the facility in the Shabwa province following the Abu Dhabi calls.
The sources added that the withdrawal of the Yemeni forces came after the UAE vowed to control the facility.
The Balhaf oil facility is located on the Gulf of Aden coast in the southern part of the country, between Mukalla and Aden. It is linked to the rich gas fields in the Marib basin by means of a 322-kilometre overland pipeline.
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Yemen: STC prevent Aden’s new police chief from assuming post
The security situation in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden has continued to deteriorate amid reports that the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) have prevented the incoming police chief of the city to assume his position.
Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Hamidi was appointed by the exiled but internationally-recognised Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi two months ago as Aden’s new police chief. The appointment was part of the Saudi initiative, the Riyadh Agreement, which seeks a power sharing arrangement between the Hadi government and the STC.
However, in spite of this, it has been reported that the STC have not allowed Al-Hamidi to assume his role until the future of the former police chief Shalal Shayea is determined. The UAE is in favour of Shayea being made interior minister or deputy interior minister in the proposed new government, however this has been turned down by Hadi according to news site Debfriefer.
cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks
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Concerned about Lasting Conflicts, Terrorism, Sectarian Tensions Plaguing Persian Gulf, Speakers in Security Council Stress Need for Coherent Approach to Collective Security
Calls for Yemen Ceasefire, Return to Iran Nuclear Programme among Main Points of Debate
Deeply concerned about long-term conflicts, terrorism and sectarian tension in the Persian Gulf, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, expert briefers and ministerial‑level representatives called for the entire region’s security to be addressed in a coherent manner during a Security Council video teleconference meeting today.
“The regional situation underscores the urgent need to work collectively to lower tensions and prevent conflict,” Mr. Guterres said as he opened the meeting entitled “Comprehensive review of the situation in the Persian Gulf region”, following a proposal by the Russian Federation, Council President for October, based on that country’s vision for collective security in the region outlined in its concept note (document S/2020/1013).
The meeting was presided over by Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Also briefing were Robert Malley, the President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, and Vitaly Naumkin, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“Given the complex and multifaceted challenges in the Persian Gulf region, it is important to reflect more deeply on how the international community — particularly the Security Council — can work in unison to promote peace and security in this vital part of the world,” Mr. Guterres said.
He expressed deep concern, in that context, over the situation in Yemen,
My comment: A lot of propaganda and hpocrism by Western delagates and Saudi mouthpieces, and empty bubbles by the rest.
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New Yemeni talks will release 300 prisoners from two sides: Houthis
The UN is expected to call for new negotiations at which the Yemeni rivals would agree to the second phase of prisoner swap, head of the Houthi prisoner committee said Sunday.
The swap deal will include the release of 200 Houthis and 100 government troops, Abdul Kader al-Murtadha added in remarks to media.
OSESGY denies involvement in transfer of Irloo into Sanaa
The Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen denied in a statement on Sunday, its involvement in the transfer of Hassan Irloo into Sanaa and urged media professionals to check and verify information before publishing through contacting the Office’s communications team.
Hassan Irloo arrived in Sanaa yesterday as ambassador of Iran, Faris news agency reported.
The Office of the Special Envoy for #Yemen denies involvement in the transfer of Hassan Irloo into #Sanaa & urges media professionals to check and verify information before publishing through contacting the Office’s communications team:
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Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, 17 October 2020: Scores of civilians killed and injured in Hudaydah and Taizz Governorates in recent fighting
The number of civilian casualties has increased sharply in Hudaydah and Taizz in recent fighting. In Hudaydah Governorate, at least 4 civilians have been killed and 28 injured, including women and children in multiple incidents since the end of September.
“Innocent Yemenis continue to die and suffer because of this terrible war,” said Ms. Grande.
“We have to be clear, absolutely clear about this,” said Ms. Grande. “Parties which have taken up arms are responsible, morally and legally, for doing everything possible to protect civilians and ensure they receive the assistance they are entitled to and need. There are political options on the table to end the fighting and move to political dialogue. With famine looming and funding running out, the parties have to find the strength and courage to do this.”
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TIME FOR A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO YEMEN’S CONFLICT
The ongoing crisis in Yemen today reflects a blatant and abject failure of the international community and regional actors to address the suffering of those trapped within the conflict. A major gap exists between humanitarian realities on the ground and rhetoric from major donors, particularly with respect to aid pledges and the flow of arms into the poor Gulf country. Such issues can be resolved but require true engagement and a proactive approach to addressing the needs of civilians in Yemen and ultimately peace.
While the situation in the country is grim, steps can be taken by the international community to coordinate a coherent response that saves lives. Such a response includes a combination of economic and diplomatic tools that can be applied to pressure the various groups involved in the conflict towards peace, while also aiding a desperate populace.
First, the international community will need to immediately address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Yemen. Outside of humanitarian considerations, there are real risks to further destabilization in Yemen and beyond if this crisis is allowed to continue to spiral out of control. Upticks in violence due to a lack of basic resources will have spillover effects that will impact neighboring countries in the Gulf and Horn of Africa for decades. Yemen cannot be allowed to fall into a state of disrepair like Somalia, or to a lesser extent Iraq, as it will become a breeding ground for sustained extremism and violence.
The United Nations and its members should work to fill funding gaps outlined by the various UN agencies.
Further, states must remove political interests from humanitarian aid activities. This includes the United States, which ended aid dissemination to Houthi-controlled areas months ago. On top of this, Saudi Arabia and its coalition members must finally send the long-delayed aid they pledged at the beginning of the year.
Second, pressure must be applied to the Yemeni government, Houthi Movement, Southern Transition Council (STC), and other various warring internal parties towards peace and stability. On one hand, diplomatic pressure from security council members and major arms dealers designed to harm the reputation of Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies can project a unified front against their actions.
More importantly, it will also apply pressure on Mohammad Bin Salman and his strategy to modernize Saudi Arabia. MBS has worked to present a more tolerant Saudi Arabia to promote business investment and tourism via recent progressive policies. As I have previously argued, the use of diplomatic tools to harm the depiction of progress is impactful on Saudi Arabia and can influence decisions for a country looking to exit the prolonged conflict in the first place.
On the other hand, economic tools designed to threaten future weapons sales to the various Saudi-coalition members can promote genuine efforts to end the fighting. While it is unlikely that weapons sales to the Gulf states will completely end, they can be used to pressure foreign policy decisions towards a sustainable ceasefire and eventual peace in Yemen.
The benefits of such an approach can be immense if applied swiftly in coordination with other states, as it is difficult for a nation to shift military weapons systems and takes significant time. – by Alexander J. Langlois
My comment: With the US as it is in the moment (since 1945 at least), this unfortunately never will happen.
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Security Council Press Statement on Yemen
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Vassily Nebenzia (Russian Federation):
The members of the Security Council reiterated that only an inclusive political solution can end the conflict in Yemen and emphasised their steadfast support for United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. They urged the parties to urgently endorse the United Nations-facilitated Joint Declaration proposals without delay in order to achieve an inclusive and sustainable peace. They stressed the need for urgent agreement to the Joint Declaration to enable negotiation of a comprehensive transitional agreement to end the conflict where power is shared among diverse political and social components. They underlined the importance of an inclusive political process allowing for the full and effective participation of women and youth. They called for the swift resumption of talks between the parties, in full engagement with the mediation led by the United Nations Special Envoy.
They reiterated their commitment to an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process as set out in the relevant United Nations resolutions, including resolution 2216 (2015), as well as by the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism and the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference. They reaffirmed the international community’s firm commitment to uphold Yemen’s sovereignty, unity, independence, and territorial integrity.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement on 28 July of renewed implementation of the Riyadh Agreement and the mediation led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this regard. They called on the Yemeni Government and Southern Transitional Council to fully implement the Riyadh Agreement urgently.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the agreement by the parties on 27 September to release 1,081 prisoners
My comment: Abandon Resolution 2216, or you will stay an obstacle to peace in Yemen.
cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia
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Eyeing normalisation, Saudi Arabia joins the assault on Palestinian history
A Saudi-Emirati effort is underway to discredit Palestinian narratives of the conflict in favour of Israeli ones in order to pave the way for normalisation
Recently, Saudi and Emirati officials, prominent journalists and TV channels have gone on the offensive against the Palestinian people and leaders, and worst of all, against the Palestinian narrative, as they engage in efforts to falsify our history.
A prime example of this aired throughout last week on the Saudi state channel Al-Arabiya. Prominent Saudi prince, Bandar bin Sultan made a three-part appearance viciously attacking Palestinians and falsifying the entire history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a meticulously choreographed talk that can only be seen as a prelude to Saudi Arabia’s normalisation with Israel.
Bandar’s central theme about Palestinians pivots on the infamous and grossly inaccurate Israeli propaganda line, that „the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.“
This claim has been debunked time and again by Palestinians as well as international observers.
But the Saudi and Emirati campaign has not been limited to Bandar’s appearance on Al-Arabiya.
Though Palestinians can barely believe it to be real, Saudi and Emirati TV channels have dedicated a significant portion of their airtime to attacking, slandering and demonising the Palestinians, falsifying their history, and whitewashing Israel.
Saudi Arabia appears to be laying the groundwork to follow in the UAE’s steps. Rather than confining relations with Israel to diplomatic and elite circles – like Egypt and Jordan, for the sake of its narrow interests it is choosing to embrace Israel and its false narrative entirely, at the catastrophic expense of the Palestinians and their rights. – by Ali Adam
Saudi Arabia to Host Women’s Summit While Women Activists Sit Behind Bars
Until Activists Are Free, Talk of Reform Rings Hollow
Saudi Arabia will virtually host the Women20 Summit (W20) this week. During the event, over 80 women’s rights experts representing nonprofits, private companies, and academic institutions will discuss “realizing opportunities of the 21st century for all,” a catchphrase that belies the reality of many Saudi women’s rights activists today.
The Saudi government’s use of women’s rights to divert attention from other serious abuses is well-documented. Recent changes, including the right to drive and to travel without male guardian permission, might be significant, but do not hide the fact that some of the women who campaigned for these changes still languish behind bars.
W20 is an official engagement group of the G20 that makes sure gender considerations are reflected in world leaders’ agendas and policy commitments. Participants should be aware of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS’s) government’s crackdown against women’s rights activists. Beginning in May 2018, authorities arrested prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul and several others, just weeks before the driving ban was lifted.
Al-Hathloul, well-known for her campaigning against the driving ban, was held incommunicado for three months following her arrest, and family members say that authorities subjected her to electric shocks, whippings, and sexual harassment in detention. Others have faced the same or similar abuse. None have been convicted.
While some have since been released, al-Hathloul, as well as Nassima al-Sadah, Samar Badawi, and Nouf Abdulaziz – who were arrested later that year – remain in detention. Those released risk immediate return to prison if they step out of line.
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Saudi Arabia: Alleged Child Offenders Face Death Sentences
Reform to Curb Death Penalty for Children Leaves Glaring Exceptions
Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against eight Saudi men charged with protest-related crimes, some of which they allegedly committed as children, Human Rights Watch said today. The ongoing cases demonstrate critical gaps in a 2018 criminal justice reform curbing the death penalty for child offenders, leaving the eight men at risk of capital punishment.
Human Rights Watch obtained and analyzed the charge sheets for two group trials that included the eight men in 2019. Some of the crimes listed were allegedly committed while the men were between ages 14 and 17. One of the men, now 18, is charged for a nonviolent crime he allegedly committed at age 9. All eight men have been in pretrial detention for up to two years.
“Saudi spin doctors are marketing judicial reforms as progress while prosecutors appear to blatantly ignore them and carry on as usual,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “If Saudi Arabia is serious about reforming its criminal justice system, it should start by banning the death penalty against alleged child offenders in all cases.”
Saudi Arabia believes in ‘eventual normalisation’ with Israel
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud announced on Thursday that his country believes in “eventual normalisation” of ties with Israel, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy reported.
In a virtual meeting with the prince, he conveyed: “I believe that the focus now needs to be on getting the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table. In the end, the only thing that can deliver a lasting peace and lasting stability is an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”
My comment: And, what about the Saudi peace plan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Peace_Initiative)?
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Interview mit der saudischen Sozialanthropologin Madawi al-Rasheed
Die Gesellschaft ist für Veränderungen längst bereit
Madawi al-Rasheed hat mit einer Gruppe von Aktivisten eine Partei im Exil gegründet, die sich für Demokratie und Pluralismus einsetzt. Über die Ziele der Partei und die politische Situation in Saudi-Arabien hat sich Jannis Hagmann mit ihr unterhalten.
Frau al-Rasheed, Sie haben etwas gegründet, das es in Wirklichkeit gar nicht gibt: eine saudische politische Partei. An wen wenden Sie sich damit?
Madawi al-Rasheed: Es ist sehr wohl eine Partei. Wir sind eine Gruppe Akademiker*innen und Aktivist*innen im Exil und haben beschlossen, dass es an der Zeit ist, eine politische Partei zu gründen. Unsere Hauptbotschaft geht an die Menschen in Saudi-Arabien. Wir fordern, Demokratie als politisches System einzuführen und die absolute Monarchie zu ersetzen.
In Ihrer Gründungserklärung fordern Sie ein gewähltes Parlament, Gewaltenteilung, eine unabhängige Justiz und Rechtsstaatlichkeit. Ist das ein Aufruf zur Revolution?
Al-Rasheed: Das ist Sache des Volkes, aber ein Aufruf zur Revolution ist es nicht. Wir haben nicht dazu aufgefordert, auf die Straße zu gehen, sondern versuchen, die Menschen friedlich zu mobilisieren mit einer Strategie, die den engen Spielraum für politischen Aktivismus anerkennt. Angesichts der Repression wäre es unethisch, die Menschen in Saudi-Arabien aufzufordern, sich in Lebensgefahr zu bringen. Leute sind verhaftet worden, nur weil sie kritische Meinungen getweetet haben.
Ermächtigt MBS Saudi-Arabiens Frauen?
Al-Rasheed: Nein, das Regime nutzt Frauen als Symbole von Modernität. Indem es Frauen auf bestimmte Posten beruft, ermächtigt es sie nicht. MBS hat Frauen in äußerst sichtbare Positionen gesetzt, um zu zeigen, wie fortschrittlich das Regime ist. Schauen Sie sich Reema bint Bandar an, die saudische Botschafterin in Washington. Warum ist dort eine Prinzessin in Washington, während Loujain al-Hathloul, eine junge saudische Aktivistin, immer noch im Gefängnis sitzt? Berufung ist kein Empowerment. Es bleiben ernsthafte Probleme bestehen, die angegangen werden müssen, etwa das Recht auf freie politische Meinungsäußerung.
Loujain al-Hathloul hat sich unter anderem für das Recht auf Autofahren eingesetzt und ein Ende des Systems der männlichen Vormundschaft in Saudi-Arabien gefordert. Warum gilt jemand wie sie als gefährlich?
Al-Rasheed: Die feministische Bewegung hat eine wichtige Kluft in der saudischen Gesellschaft überwunden. Sie ist weder eine regionale oder tribale noch eine konfessionelle oder islamistische Opposition, sondern findet Anklang in einem breiten Teil der Gesellschaft. Diese Aktivist*innen haben nationale Politik gemacht und Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Milieus mobilisiert, um politische und bürgerliche Rechte sowie Gendergerechtigkeit einzufordern.
Viele in Saudi-Arabien haben mir erzählt, man müsse, wenn man wirklich etwas verändern wolle, langsam vorgehen – in Übereinstimmung mit der tribal geprägten konservativen islamischen und arabischen Tradition des Landes. Was halten Sie davon?
Al-Rasheed: Am 23. September hat das Regime den neunzigsten Jahrestag der Gründung des saudischen Staates gefeiert. Neunzig Jahre sind eine lange Zeit und wir haben immer noch keine Institution, die das Volk vertritt. Wir haben keine Nationalversammlung, sondern einen ernannten Konsultativrat. Wir haben keine gewählte Regierung. Wir haben keine Meinungs- oder Versammlungsfreiheit. Wie lange sollen wir warten? Weitere neunzig Jahre?
Saudi Arabia restructures top religious and advisory bodies
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a series of orders on Sunday restructuring the kingdom’s advisory Shura Council, the supreme court and the highest religious body.
The orders, carried on state media, appointed a new speaker and two deputies for the Shura Council, an influential advisory body which is due to start a new term this week. One of the deputies is a woman.
The king also ordered a “reformation” of the Council of Senior Scholars to be headed by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, and appointed a new Supreme Court chief, Khaled bin Abdullah al-Luhaidan.
Islamic State tells supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia
An Islamic State spokesman called on the militant group’s supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines and economic infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
“Targets are plenty … Start by hitting and destroying oil pipelines, factories and facilities which are the source (of income) of the tyrant government,”
Activists accuse the Saudi Telecom Company of spying on citizens
Activists said that linking the account to “Twitter” means access to activists’ information, and thus providing the authorities with it; What may cause harm to them.
The company explained its request that this procedure helps it provide the best service to its customers, without further explanation.
The Saudi authorities are arresting many activists against the background of tweets criticizing the situation and the current approach of the Kingdom.
It is noteworthy that many of the detainees were writing under false names, but the authorities were able to obtain their identities by various means.
https://www.saudi24news.com/2020/10/activists-accuse-the-saudi-telecom-company-of-spying-on-citizens.html = https://www.alkhaleejtoday.co/saudi-arabia/5118654/Activists-accuse-the-Saudi-Telecom-Company-of-spying-on-citizens.html
cp8a Jamal Khashoggi
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Fiancee of Khashoggi, human rights group sue Saudi crown prince in U.S.
The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a human rights group that he founded filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court on Tuesday with allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered him killed.
The civil lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also named more than 20 other Saudis as defendants. It coincides with complications in the U.S.-Saudi relationship over the 2018 slaying of Khashoggi, Riyadh’s human rights record, its role in Yemen’s civil war and other issues.
Cengiz and Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), a U.S.-based human rights group founded by Khashoggi, a legal resident of Virginia, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It names several of the crown prince’s aides and officials who were convicted in Saudi Arabia of the murder. The prosecution declared the Saudi case closed.
The lawsuit charged that MbS, his co-defendants and others carried out a plot to “permanently silence Mr. Khashoggi” no later than the summer of 2018 after discovering his “plans to utilize DAWN as a platform to espouse democratic reform and promote human rights.”
Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a
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Im Gespräch: Dr. Daniele Ganser (“Imperium USA: Die skrupellose Weltmacht”)
In der Geopolitik ist die Anwendung von Gewalt das tägliche Brot. Daran hat auch die offizielle Einführung der Demokratie oder das offizielle Gewaltverbot der UNO nichts geändert. Wo es um Ressourcen oder Geld, im Kern also um Einfluss und Macht geht, gilt das Recht des Stärkeren. Das galt im römischen Imperium und erst recht für das amerikanische.
Die Kunst, die eigene Gewalttätigkeit unsichtbar zu machen, während die Gewalt des Gegners vollkommen übertrieben verkauft wird, ist die Aufgabe der Propaganda und da ist das Pentagon und seine 27.000 PR-Berater unangefochtener Weltmeister. Es geht um das inszenieren von Wirklichkeit. Es geht um Gehirnwäsche oder neudeutsch Framing an der Heimatfront, um immer neue Eroberungskriege führen zu können und dafür von der Bevölkerung auch noch beklatscht zu werden.
Der Schweizer Historiker Dr. Daniele Ganser gehört bei der Enttarnung dieser imperialen Politik zu den Meistern seines Faches. Wer sein aktuelles Buch „Imperium USA: Die skrupellose Weltmacht” gelesen hat, muss mit der Erkenntnis leben, dass wir nicht die Guten sind und unsere Presse alles andere als staatsfern ist. Wir alle leben in einer Ideologie-Blase und werden so unter Spannung gehalten. Das System erzeugt in uns Angst über die Konstruktion eines permanenten Feindbildes. Was gestern die Atombombe, der Russe, dann der Terror der Araber war, ist heute ein tückisches Virus, das zuerst in China aufgetauchte und uns alle vorübergehend wesentlicher Grundrechte beraubt.
Die neue Normalität ist die alte und beruht auf unbedingtem Gehorsam. Eine bewährte Methode autoritärer Systeme, die nur beim einzelnen greift, wenn dieser eingeschüchtert werden kann. Angst essen Seele auf. Umso wichtiger ist es, den inneren Frieden zu finden. Ohne ihn ist ein Friede im außen nicht möglich. Er bleibt Utopie.
Im Gespräch mit Dr. Daniele Ganser geht es natürlich um den Status quo der Geopolitik, aber nicht nur.
0:04:05 Das UNO-Gewaltverbot als Weg aus der Systemkrise / 0:13:41 Unsere Lehren aus vergangenen Konflikten / 0:18:33 Selbsterfahrung im Umgang mit eigenen Konflikten / 0:32:12 Gewalt und Lüge: Amerikanischer Imperialismus im Überblick / 0:40:11 Korruption in der Oligarchie USA / 0:47:09 Die Täuschung der Medien / 0:54:45 Die Rolle der USA im 2. Weltkriegs / 1:09:30 Der gläserne Bürger – Manipulation durch digitale Medien / 1:20:30 Kapitalistischer Rassismus (Arm und Reich) Reiche benutzen die Armen um Krieg zu führen / 1:28:03 Bewusstseinswandel: Das Respektieren aller Lebewesen / 1:38:13 Erfahrungen der Achtsamkeit
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As US vote looms, Gulf powers count Trump blessings
As Trump trails in the polls against Joe Biden — Obama’s vice president who would be expected to shift back to a more conventional stance on human rights and arms deals — the oil-rich region faces a delicate balancing act.
„The historic visit in May 2017 was the beginning of an exceptional relationship with a US president. It has opened many doors,“ a Gulf official close to political circles in the region told AFP on condition of anonymity.
„Decision makers here would logically want those doors to stay open, but they aren’t blind,“ the official added. „They are also getting ready for the other scenario.“
„Saudi Arabia and the UAE shared a perception that the Obama administration abandoned its traditional Gulf allies,“ said Elham Fakhro, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group.
„Saudi Arabia has vastly improved relations with the Trump administration, owing in part to its decision to impose the ‚maximum pressure‘ campaign“ against Iran, she said.
With Biden leading in the polls, now both the UAE and Saudi Arabia worry about a rollback on sanctions against Iran under a Democrat administration, said Fakhro.
Trump was „also more willing to ensure that arms sales to these states moved ahead swiftly,“ and a Biden administration would be unlikely to be as accommodating, she added.
„A Biden administration will come with a foreign policy team that is ready to re-examine the underlying tenets of the US-Saudi relationship and will embrace a hard-line position on the Saudi leadership,“ said Slim from the Middle East Institute.
„As long as MBS is the crown prince and if he were to ascend the throne in the next four years, US-Saudi relations will at best enter a deep freeze.“
A Biden administration would most likely attempt to bring Iran back to the negotiating table and adopt more vocal rhetoric on human rights.
„It would be a difficult thing for the Saudis, but at the end of the day, they would have to live with it,“ said Middle East expert James Dorsey.
How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question
Toward the end of Joe Biden’s October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. „So peace is breaking out all over the world,“ the questioner claimed. „Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis are talking peace, which I believe is a modern-day miracle, what’s going on. Does President Trump’s foreign policy deserve some credit?“
This question encapsulated all the smoke and mirrors that Trump has used to confuse the public and obscure his broken promises to end America’s wars, bring our troops home and build a more peaceful world. This was a fantastic opportunity for Biden to clarify the reality of Trump’s abysmal record and explain what he would do instead. But he didn’t. Instead he endorsed some of the most deceptive elements of Trump’s propaganda, dropped some clangers of his own and, in a classic Freudian slip, laid bare his own enduring commitment to American imperialism.
In response to the questioner’s designation of Israel’s deal with the UAE and Bahrain as a „modern-day miracle,“ Biden simply rolled over and said, „I complement the president on the deal with Israel.“ What he should have said was something like this:
Film: High School Students Raise $18k for Yemen Crisis
Most high school students like to spend their free time doing anything but school work, but a group of students at Hinsdale Central took their extracurricular activities to a global scale.
#Yemen is the world’s worst famine and Raytheon bombs are fueling the war. Stop the war in Yemen NOW!
We gathered at the Irish Famine Memorial in downtown Boston.
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Audio: The World according to Jesse: US still bombing Yemen
Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos discuss the unraveling of the US narrative about its involvement in Yemen, and the surprising findings of a UK inquiry into Cambridge Analytica and alleged Russian interference in Brexit. Retired Army Major Danny Sjursen talks patriotic dissent.
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Could Saudi Arabia And The UAE Throw The Election To Donald Trump?
Between now and Election Day, the possibility of the Saudis and Emiratis helping Trump to win a second term through election interference cannot be dismissed.
The national media has focused heavily on Russian, Chinese, and Iranian meddling in domestic politics. It has paid rather less attention to Arab governments’—America’s “friends”—interference in its internal affairs. “America’s adversaries are engaging in an all-out assault on American democracy,” writes Ben Freeman, Director of the Center for International Policy’s Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative. “Yet it is still abundantly clear that America’s friends are also influencing American democracy in ways antithetical to American interests.”
The Gulf States’ Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections
A look at changes to America’s foreign policy after Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017 helps to explain why a number of Arab governments—chiefly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt—worry he might lose this year’s election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
To prevent this, the Saudi kingdom has made clear efforts to circulate misinformation via social media, both in Saudi Arabia and in the United States. On October 13, the Washington Post reported that the Saudi government propagated a false rumor that Mike Pompeo had released thousands of Hillary Clinton’s classified emails, and that these emails showed that the Obama administration secretly plotted to replace Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) with his deposed cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef (MBN). Washington Post columnist David Ignatius described the purpose of this deception as twofold: it gave MBS an excuse to prosecute MBN for treason, and, were Biden to win in November, it would give the Saudi government political cover to confront America on other issues without losing domestic support.
Nor is such influence confined to Saudi Arabia. In the United States, Twitter took down three separate misinformation operations run by the Saudis in 2019 and 2020, and Twitter and Facebook have also removed UAE-operated misinformation networks. Furthermore, throughout Trump’s presidency, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have invested more than $100 million into lobbying in Washington. Much of this lobbying has been focused on ensuring that Washington continues to support the Saudi-led coalition in its five-year war in Yemen, shielding the Saudi government from accountability for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, attempting to tarnish Qatar’s international image, and advocating for increasingly aggressive policies against Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran.
Concerns about the two Gulf states’ interference in America’s political arena are not new. “Various witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with influential individuals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe,” the Daily Beast reported in December 2018.
What is clear is that Biden and a growing number of figures within the Democratic Party have moved in an increasingly anti-Saudi direction. The former Vice President has used strong language to denounce the leadership in Riyadh, even referring to the oil-rich kingdom as a “pariah” state.
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America Is Complicit, as Yemen Spirals Toward Mass Starvation
This is an American war, and Americans have Yemeni blood on their hands.
The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen largely stems from the war on that country launched in 2015 by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which is backed to the hilt by the Trump administration. This is an American war, and Americans have Yemeni blood on their hands. A third of Yemen’s infrastructure has been destroyed, mostly by Saudi and UAE air strikes, and over 100,000 have been killed.
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Twitter’s Unholy Alliance With The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice charged two former Twitter employees with acting as unregistered agents of Saudi Arabia.
Twitter purports „to power positive global change by fostering respectful conversations, creating deeper human connections and encouraging diverse interactions among individuals.“ But the company acts without transparency, explanation or accountability in far too many cases.
For better and worse, social media platforms have become our public squares. We cannot allow them to continue to behave as private kingdoms.
My name is Ali and I am a Saudi dissident.
Twenty-two years ago, the United States granted me political asylum. When my activism on behalf of women’s rights, freedom of expression, and the right to dissent made it impossible for me to return to Saudi Arabia, America — the land of the free — took me in. Earlier this year, I became an American citizen.
But for the past two years, unbelievably, I’ve been fighting for my rights not in Saudi Arabia, but here in the United States. In May 2018, Twitter inexplicably closed my Arabic-language account, which had over 36,000 followers.
Twitter’s actions are a matter of life and death for dissidents inside Saudi Arabia whose communications have been compromised by Twitter or its employees. The company must be held accountable for its actions.
Since Twitter banned my Arabic-language account, the Saudi government has arrested or disappeared people in the Kingdom who either followed me or contacted me via direct message on Twitter. While there is no way to know the exact number of those tortured, killed, or imprisoned by the Saudi regime, I know of dozens with whom I was in direct contact. I feel responsible.
Twitter has yet to explain why they closed the account and hasn’t allowed me access to my account ever since. The company has refused to shed any light on the circumstances of my ban or whether the Saudis used information and messages connected to the account to crack down on fellow dissidents.
Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice charged two former Twitter employees with acting as unregistered agents of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. government accuses the two former employees, one of whom was a Saudi national, of using their employee credentials to gain unauthorized access to information about Twitter account holders and providing that information to officials of the Kingdom.
In an eerie echo of the recent hacks of Joe Biden, Elon Musk and others, one of the accused in that case was responsible for managing high-profile Twitter users in the Middle East, and so had access to the accounts of prominent figures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. That case has received comparatively little media attention — if it had, this summer’s hacks in the United States would have been seen as part of a pattern.
cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf
Iran will give ‚direct, clear‘ response to any Israeli threat in Persian Gulf: Defense minister
Russia slams US ‘wrong approach’ over new Iran-related sanctions against Chinese firms
Russia has blasted the United States for adopting yet another “wrong approach” in the wake of new Iran-related sanctions targeting Chinese companies, stressing that Moscow will keep up its business ties with Tehran despite such bans.
“Wrong approach again… The United States playing a ‘world policeman,’ substituting the UN Security Council is an unwelcome role,” Deputy Russian Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy tweeted on Monday.
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Film: Michael Lüders | Eine neue Ära nach Trump? Konfliktlinien im Nahen Osten. Ein Überblick.
Corona hat internationale Konflikte weitgehend aus den Schlagzeilen verdrängt.
Darunter auch den Krisenherd „Naher Osten“. Dort ist nichts geregelt, der Brand schwelt weiter und kann jederzeit ausbrechen – mit verheerenden Konsequenzen auch für Europa.
In Syrien tobt nach wie vor ein Bürgerkrieg, an dem von außen der Iran, Russland und die Türkei direkt beteiligt sind. Trumps USA zogen sich zwar zurück, sind aber immer noch mit einer kleinen Schutzmacht für ihre bisherigen Verbündeten, den Kurden, im Lande. Die Atommacht Israel fühlt sich von dem Iran bedroht und drängt auf militärische Maßnahmen, falls der Iran seine atomare Rüstung vorantreibt. Der israelische Ministerpräsident Netanjahu will große Teile palästinensischen Landes völkerrechtswidrig annektieren und hat in dem US-Präsidenten einen offenbar bedingungslosen Verbündeten. Neuerliche Aufstände sind damit vorprogrammiert. Der Irak ist in sich gespalten: Schiiten, Sunniten und Islamisten verfolgen eigene Ziele – auch mit Gewalt. Und Saudi-Arabien mischt sich in den Bürgerkrieg im Jemen ein und kämpft damit auf fremden Boden gegen den Iran, der den schiitischen Teil der Bevölkerung mit Waffen unterstützt. Auch Libyen kommt nicht zur Ruhe – in den Bürgerkrieg mischen sich ebenfalls verschiedene Mächte mit Waffenlieferungen ein – darunter wiederum die Türkei.
Und die Europäische Union?
Sie müsste jedes Interesse haben, den gefährlichen Unruheherd vor der eigenen Haustüre zu befrieden. Schließlich werden immer mehr Flüchtlinge aus den Kriegsgebieten in Europa Schutz suchen – die Grenzen wird man auf Dauer nicht sichern können. Können wir als Europäische Union etwas mehr tun, als warnende Zuschauer sein?
Dr. Michael Lüders ist einer der brillantesten Nahost-Kenner in Deutschland.
Seine Bücher, seine Kommentare – unter anderem im Deutschlandradio – stellen die Lage im Nahen Osten aus einem Blickwinkel dar, der immer auch die Interessen aller Beteiligten einbezieht. Das schafft ihm nicht nur Freunde, vor allem dann nicht, wenn er auch die Interessen der Palästinenser oder des Irans berücksichtigt. Gerade diese Eigenschaft macht ihn jedoch in den Augen derer, die den Problemen auf den Grund gehen und die Kämpfe befrieden wollen, besonders wertvoll.
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UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections
A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States, which insists the ban remains in place.
While Iran says it plans no “buying spree,” it can now in theory purchase weapons to upgrade military armaments dating back to before its 1979 Islamic Revolution and sell its own locally produced gear abroad.
In practice, however, Iran’s economy remains crippled by broad-reaching U.S. sanctions, and other nations may avoid arms deals with Tehran for fear of American financial retaliation. The Trump administration has warned that any sales of weapons to Iran or exports from Iran will be penalized.
Iran declares official termination of UN arms embargo
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the UN Security Council’s arms restrictions against Tehran have all been terminated in defiance of the United States’ efforts.
“As of today [October 18, 2020], all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the United Nations member states previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated,” a statement by the Foreign Ministry said.
According to Press TV, the longstanding UN ban on the sale of arms from/to Iran is terminated under the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
Iran’s UN mission hails end of ‘unjust’ arms embargo
Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations hails the end of a “baseless, unjust, and unlawful” arms embargo against the Islamic Republic that has just expired.
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Die USA beschlagnahmten iranisches Benzin, aber ein Rechtsstreit muss klären, ob sie es verkaufen können
Das Justizministerium argumentierte, das Gas gehöre den Revolutionsgarden und sei für Venezuela bestimmt.
Vom Justizministerium als die größte Treibstofflieferung bezeichnet, die jemals dem Iran abgenommen wurde, verschiffen die USA das Benzin langsam die Küste hinauf nach New Jersey. Die Behörden wollen es verkaufen, aber das ist eine rechtliche Frage, die das Justizministerium noch nicht geklärt hat.
Vier Benzintankschiffe wurden von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika beschlagnahmt, um die Lieferung nach Venezuela zu verhindern. Nach Angaben der Regierung handelt es sich dabei um iranisches Benzin, es gehört den Revolutionsgarden, die damit eine Lizenz erhalten, es zu nehmen und zu verkaufen.
Die tatsächlichen Besitzer des Benzins sind anderer Meinung und sagen, dass sie das Benzin besitzen, nicht der Iran, und dass die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika es nicht einfach nehmen können. Die USA haben es einfach genommen, um es klar zu sagen, aber sie müssen vor Gericht gehen, um es verkaufen zu dürfen.
Die Beweise dafür, woher das Benzin kommt und wohin es geht, scheinen eindeutig zu sein, und die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika scheinen darauf gesetzt zu haben, dass niemand diese anfechten wird, wenn sie die Anschuldigung öffentlich machen. Der Rechtsstreit könnte teuer werden und wahrscheinlich mehr kosten, als das Benzin wert ist, aber diejenigen, die es beschlagnahmt haben, durften wenigstens mit der größten Beschlagnahme prahlen, die es je gegeben hat.
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US Seized Iranian Gasoline, But Legal Battle Ensues on If They Can Sell It
Justice Dept argued that the gas belonged to Revolutionary Guards, was bound for Venezuela
Described by the Justice Department as the largest fuel shipment from Iran ever taken, the US is slowly shipping the gasoline up the coast to New Jersey. Officials want to sell it, but that’s a legal issue that the Justice Department has yet to sort out.
Four gasoline tankers were seized by the US, to prevent delivery to Venezuela. The way the administration figures it, it’s Iranian gas, so it belongs to the Revolutionary Guards, which gives them a license to take it and sell it.
The actual owners of the gasoline disagree, saying they own the gasoline, not Iran, and that the US can’t just take it. The US has just taken it, to be clear, but they have to get through court to be allowed to sell it.
Evidence of where the gas came from and where it’s going doesn’t seem cut and dried, and the US seems to have bet on no one challenging this if they made the accusation publicly. The legal battle could be expensive and likely will cost more than the gasoline is worth, but those who seized it got to brag about the biggest ever seizure for awhile.
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A Secret U.S. Rescue in Yemen Played a Role in Mideast Peace Deal
The U.S. helped rescue U.A.E. soldiers after a 2017 helicopter crash, building a reservoir of trust that helped lead to recent agreement
On Aug. 11, 2017, a United Arab Emirates helicopter filled with soldiers taking part in an offensive against al Qaeda militants crashed in Yemen, leaving three soldiers dead and seven seriously wounded, including a young member of the royal family.
As Emirati leaders scrambled to rescue their soldiers, they turned to the U.S. and asked America to organize an urgent rescue mission.
In a matter of hours, based on U.S. navy officers, American particular operations forces rushed to avoid wasting the Emirati royal and the opposite troopers. In ways in which could not have been anticipated on the time, the weird navy mission helped pave the way in which three years later for the Israel-U.A.E. peace deal that’s reshaping the Center East.
Till now, the U.A.E. and U.S. navy have by no means acknowledged that American forces saved the younger royal that day.
The rescue mission made Gen. Correa one thing of a hero amongst Emirati leaders, together with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the nation’s ruler, who can also be uncle and father-in-law of the wounded soldier saved by the Individuals that day.
Gen. Correa’s shut relationship with the Emirati leaders grew to become an unanticipated asset within the Trump administration’s secret talks between Israel and the U.A.E. that led to the historic peace offers—often known as the Abraham Accords—signed last month on the White Home.
Officers from the varied nations acknowledged the notable behind-the-scenes position performed by Gen. Correa. On the White Home, earlier than the Sept. 15 signing ceremony, based on individuals in attendance, the Emirati international minister—who’s the crown prince’s youthful brother and an uncle to the soldier America saved in 2017—pointed to Gen. Correa and instructed President Trump: “That normal is a part of my household.”
“This could not have occurred with out him,” mentioned Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.
That was a sense shared by the White Home group led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and the White Home level man on Center East coverage. Whereas Mr. Kushner and his deputy, Avi Berkowitz, did a lot of the heavy diplomatic lifting, they each mentioned Gen. Correa performed a key position in securing the deal.
Gen. Correa was at his residence in Abu Dhabi in 2017 when he acquired a name that the Emirati helicopter had gone down in Yemen whereas finishing up a counterterrorism mission.
Formally, Emirati officers mentioned mechanical issues introduced down the helicopter. However U.S. officers have mentioned the trigger was unclear, leaving open the chance it was shot down by militants in Yemen.
Three Emirati troopers had been killed. Zayed bin Hamdan al Nahyan, a 27-year-old nephew and son-in-law to the nation’s crown prince, was one in all seven others significantly injured. U.S. officers quickly discovered that the younger Emirati royal was amongst these being rescued.
Two American Ospreys carried a particular operations forces medical group to the helicopter crash web site in Yemen. The American medical group flew the seven injured troopers to the united statesBataan, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship within the Gulf of Aden, mentioned Capt. Invoice City, spokesman for U.S. Central Command. One soldier died on the way in which to the ship as a surgeon on the Osprey revived a second Emirati whose coronary heart stopped, mentioned Capt. City.
cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain
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Yemen: Military Intervention
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 19th October 2020.
Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on ensuring that country (a) records and (b) retains data on the (i) locations and (ii) types of explosive ordnance they have used in Yemen.
James Cleverly, Minister of State, Foreign Office: The UK regularly raises the importance of International Humanitarian Law and of conducting thorough and conclusive investigations into alleged violations with Saudi Arabia, including at senior levels. We share UK experience of best practice for conducting air operations in accordance with acceptable international norms. This includes the provision of training to the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) on best practice for investigating alleged violations. We have supported the development of the JIAT’s investigations into allegations and continue to urge Saudi Arabia to ensure findings from its investigations are published clearly and its recommendations, including payment of compensation and changes to procedures, are properly implemented.
My comment: The answer really is ridiculous; Cleverly pretends to tell us British support for the Saudi war in Yemen is a from of humanitarian intervention.
cp11 Deutschland / Germany
Film: 17.10.2020 – Berlin: Teil 1 „Beendet den Krieg im Jemen – Stoppt die Rüstungsexporte“
Stop the WAR in Yemen – Mobile Wanderausstellung
cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries
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Lawmakers urge EU to downgrade presence at Saudi-hosted G20
Sixty-five European lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the European Union (EU) to downgrade its attendance at next month’s G20 summit in Riyadh over human rights concerns, according to a document released on Monday.
The letter signed by European Parliament members follows a wide-ranging resolution passed earlier this month that also appealed for the downgrade to „avoid legitimising impunity for human rights violations“ in Saudi Arabia, the current G20 president.
A downgrade would imply Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, do not take part in the virtual summit if they heed the call of lawmakers.
Sweden expresses willingness to host new round of Yemeni talks
Sweden said on Monday that it devotes its efforts with Saudi Arabia, the United Nations (UN) and its partners of the European Union (EU) to convince parties to the conflict in Yemen to cease the fighting and reach an inclusive political deal.
It also expressed its readiness to host any new Yemeni political talks if it had been requested on this regard.
The Swedish Ambassador to Yemen, Niclas Trouvé whose country hosted Yemen’s peace talks in 2018, affirmed that Sweden and Saudi Arabia work together to find a sustainable peace solution to the conflict in Yemen.
He indicated that Riyadh plays a significant role as it is the direct neighbor to Yemen and its deep knowledge about Yemen as well as
Trouvé who also serves as Swedish ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Oman, said that until now no definite plans about hosting any talks on Yemen in the short term.
My comment: ??? Mentioning Saudi Arabia in any positive correlation to Yemen is disgusting.
Exclusive: Details emerge on UAE spy nabbed by Turkish intelligence
During an 11-year-long espionage career, Jordanian national Mahmoud Ayesh Al Astal posed as a journalist to obtain information about Turkish domestic and foreign politics and passed it on to handlers in the UAE.
TRT World has exclusively obtained documents detailing the activities of a spy working on behalf of the UAE.
UAE delegation to Israel signs agreements to strengthen cooperation in Investment, Tourism, and Technology
First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel
UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault
The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him.
Caitlin McNamara alleged she was attacked in February by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, the Sunday Times reported.
Emirati officials pay first Israel visit after forging ties
Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties
Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel.
The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain.
Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates at a festive White House ceremony last month marking the “Abraham Accords,” a pair of U.S.-brokered diplomatic pacts with Israel.
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Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list
President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families, but some hurt in the attacks weren’t happy with the deal.
The move would open the door for the African country to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country’s transition to democracy.
Delisting Sudan from the state sponsors blacklist is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to normalize relations with Israel. Trump’s announcement came after Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin traveled to Bahrain to cement the Gulf state’s recognition of the Jewish state.
My comment: A very strange deal. it shows the US rules the world. This US “terrorism” list has little to do with terrorism and much with US geopolitics. Why poor today’s Sudan should pay such sums to US victims and the US pays no cent to all thos ca. 3 million victims of US endless wars of the last 20 years?
PM office: ICC prosecutor visits Sudan over Darfur charges
The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor is arriving Saturday in Sudan to discuss cooperation with local authorities over bringing to trial those internationally wanted for war crimes and genocide in the country’s Darfur conflict, the Sudanese government said.
Prime Minister Abdallla Hamdok’s office said in a statement that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and other court officials would stay in Sudan till Wednesday. It’s the first announced visit for Bensouda to Sudan.
“The ICC delegation will discuss methods of cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the ICC with regard to the suspects against whom the ICC has issued arrest warrants,” read the statement, which did not name any of the suspects.
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cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage
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Mud-brick palace is Yemen’s latest heritage site facing disaster
Yemen’s Seiyun Palace, one of the world’s largest mud-brick structures, has become the war-torn country’s latest heritage site facing the risk of collapse as heavy rains and years of neglect take their toll.
The deterioration of the bright white building, reminiscent of a giant sandcastle with rounded turrets on its corners, reflects Yemen’s downward spiral since 2014, when Iran-backed Huthi rebels began battling the government.
A Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of the government in 2015.
Authorities have struggled to secure funds to maintain important sites such as the palace, now a museum, in the city of Seiyun in central Hadramawt province.
The building has fallen into disrepair, making it vulnerable to floods that have hit the country in recent months.
Abdullah Barmada, an engineer who specialises in the restoration of historical buildings, appealed for international assistance to save the structure.
„It is dangerous and, if not quickly restored, it is at risk of collapsing,“ Barmada said. (photos)
and Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiyun_Palace
cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy
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Film: Belhaf oil facility.. Has the activity of Total Oil Company shifted from energy producer to extractor of confessions?
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Yemen government will resume oil exports from Marib through Al-Nushaima terminal in Shabwa later this year, oil minister said on Saturday, according to Saba news agency. Marib oil used to be exported through Ras Isa terminal in Red Sea in west which is now under Houthi control
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Mortars fired at all Houthi positions in Tayyab (6 photos)
[Hadi] Yemeni gov’t tells UNSC Iran appointing envoy enables Houthis to act as UN member state
By sending an ambassador to Sana’a, Iran would enable the Houthis to act in the name of Yemen Republic as a state member in the United Nations, the Yemeni UN-recognized government said Monday.
This blatantly affirms Iran’s intentions towards Yemen, the government added in a letter sent to the UN Security Council, citing the remarks of spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, who said Tehran sent its envoy to Sana’a.
Iran smuggled one of its elements to the Republic of Yemen and appointed him as an ambassador for Houthis, in flagrant violation of the international law and UNSC resolutions, according to the government-run Saba News Agency.
The Yemeni government dismissed Iran’s sending an ambassador to Sana’a as a violation of its international commitments under the UN Charter, Vienna treaties on diplomatic relations and UNSC Resolution 2216 for 2015.
Government sends letter to SC on Iran’s agent smuggling to Yemen as ambassador
The government of Yemen sent Monday a letter to the Security Council on Iran regime’s smuggling an agent to Yemen as an ambassador to Houthi militia.
The letter described Iran’s act as stark violation to International Law and to Security Council’s resolutions led by Resolution 2216.
The letter also pointed out to Iran Regime’s statements on October 17 by Iranian Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry Khatib Zadah to state run Persian News Agency that the reckless regime sent an ambassador to Sana’a named Hassan Erllo.
The government confirmed that these practices by Iran regime are considered blatant challenge to international community and international accords and as well as a breach to international commitments by Iran and Vienna accords regarding diplomatic relations.
Iran’s new ambassador to Sanaa
The announcement by Iran that it has sent a plenipotentiary ambassador to Sanaa reveals a shift in its stance on Yemen, towards military approaches over diplomacy
The 8Hadi gov.] Yemeni information minister added that, according to available intel, Hassan Eyrlou was a major Iranian religious leader and a military officer who had commanded training exercises on anti-aircraft weapons and had been responsible for the training of terrorist activists and Hizbullah elements in the Yahunar military camp in Karaj, on the outskirts of Tehran. In Al-Eryani’s opinion, the appointment of the new Iranian ambassador to the Houthis added nothing of note to the relationship between Tehran and the Houthis, or to the course of the battle. It merely affirmed that Iran was fully responsible for the Houthi coup and dictated the Houthi militia’s political and military decisions, he said.
The Yemeni information minister added that, according to available intel, Hassan Eyrlou was a major Iranian religious leader and a military officer who had commanded training exercises on anti-aircraft weapons and had been responsible for the training of terrorist activists and Hizbullah elements in the Yahunar military camp in Karaj, on the outskirts of Tehran. In Al-Eryani’s opinion, the appointment of the new Iranian ambassador to the Houthis added nothing of note to the relationship between Tehran and the Houthis, or to the course of the battle. It merely affirmed that Iran was fully responsible for the Houthi coup and dictated the Houthi militia’s political and military decisions, he said.
Other observers were not surprised by Eyrlou’s appearance in Sanaa. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been infiltrating into Yemen since the outset of the Houthi coup, so the arrival of one more officer was nothing out of the ordinary.
The appointment of an ambassador to Sanaa marks the beginning of a new phase in Tehran’s relations with the Ansar Allah movement, especially given Eyrlou’s IRGC background and his “plenipotentiary” authorities.
Tehran “sent over a governor general, not an ambassador”, scoffed many Yemenis, angered by this latest move in support of the illegitimate government in Sanaa.
The appointment of a “plenipotentiary and extraordinary” ambassador to Yemen now signals that the IRGC has decided to take the driver’s seat in Tehran’s handling of the Yemeni question.
However, Eyrlou will have other tasks that Iranian ambassadors generally perform. One is to build pro-Iranian espionage networks in Yemen. Another is to promote pro-Houthi and pro-Iranian propaganda. This is often conveyed through Shia religious activities, which have been on the rise recently and are likely to increase.
Biden’s Proposed Middle East Policy Would End Any Prospect for Saudi-Israeli Normalization
It is Washington’s strong support for Saudi Arabia’s security needs, clear stance against Iran’s pursuit of regional hegemony, support for Saudi actions in Yemen, and willingness to set aside its criticism of Riyadh’s domestic policies that have allowed for even the possibility of a formal shift in the kingdom’s stance on Israel. But Joe Biden has made clear that if elected, he intends to reverse all those policies. Such changes, along with his preemptive rejection of Israel’s extension of sovereignty to any new territory, would undermine any prospect that exists for normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Biden foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan has argued that the US “should absolutely be removing all forms of support for the continuing hostilities in Yemen” as well as adopting a greater willingness to pressure Riyadh on its domestic human rights shortcomings. Biden himself recently penned an op-ed outlining his plan for a renewed détente with Tehran.
The above proposals would constitute drastic changes to the current policy. Taken as a whole, Biden’s program is essentially that the US administration should say to Muhammad bin Salman: “Look, we’re not going to sell you any more missiles for your operations against Iran’s proxies in Yemen. We’re abandoning the maximum pressure policy against Iran and instead are going to pursue a more conciliatory relationship with your greatest rival and most serious geopolitical threat
Yemen [Hadi gov.] Denounces Appointment of Iranian ‘Military Ruler’ in Sanaa
The Yemeni government warned that Iran intends to send weapons and military expertise to the Houthi group, with its recent appointment of a “military ruler” as Tehran’s ambassador to Sanaa.
Yemeni Minister of Information Muamar al-Iryani told Asharq Al-Awsat that Tehran’s appointment of a new ambassador to the Houthi militia in Sanaa is a blatant violation of the international norms and agreements.
He warned that this reaffirms Iran’s political and army support to the coup led by the Houthi militias.
Yemen’s Saba News Agency quoted Iryani as saying that Tehran is sending to Sanaa an officer who worked under Qasem Sulaimani, and made recent statements on plans to sell weapons to the Houthis.
According to the information, the new appointee is a top commander who specializes in anti-crafts weapons and also trains elements, said the Minister.
New ‘ambassador’ in Sana’a signals Iran’s ambitions in Yemen
Iran is the only country to hold diplomatic relations with the Houthis.
Consecrating its interventionist ambitions in Yemen, Tehran has assigned a new ambassador to Sana’a for the first time in years.
Analysts see the Houthis also serving the interests of Tehran as a regional proxy carrying out destabilising activities in the Arab Gulf region on behest of Tehran.
Yemeni official warns against grave risks if war continues
The world will face grave risks if Yemen’s war continues without horizon for peace in the near future, human rights minister in the Yemeni official government has said.
Recruiting and arming children for long years would convert them in the future into members in criminal gangs and terrorist groups, which would not harm Yemen only, but all the world, Mohamed Askar added at interview with the Sputnik International.
There is no alternative to cessation of war and founding a real peace that would maintain what left for coming generations, he said. „We should know that the persistent recruitment of children in Yemen – northern areas in particular – by the Houthi group poses perilous disaster.“
Yemen’s legitimate government has exerted great efforts in this regard, signed a road map with the UN, and seeks through a joint committee with the UN to stop this recruitment in all freed and Houthi-held areas.
„Response is still weak from the Houthis
My comment: The Hadi government had done verything it could to prolong this war.
UAE has a vision for world security and stability
The country seeks to build secure societies that believe in coexistence and dialogue
Since its establishment on December 2, 1971 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates has adopted a rational foreign policy based on the principles and charter of the United Nations. It has a stance that abides by the laws and customs on which international legitimacy is based. This consistent approach has always characterised the UAE’s relations with all countries of the world. Therefore, the recent speech delivered by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the United Nations General Assembly, expressed the trends that represent the basic framework for Emirati diplomacy, which is characterised by a tremendous extent of dynamism, effectiveness and the ability to move outside the frameworks of traditionalism and stereotyping.
My comment: Yemen is a good example for reality.
Yemeni gov’t army says battle continues to restore State
Yemen’s government troops will continue their battle to end the Houthi coup, restore the State and free all the abductees detained at the Iranian-backed group’s jails, the national army’s chief of staff said Friday.
The Yemeni armed forces made sacrifices for the sake of all Yemeni’s freedom and dignity, General Aziz Bin Sagheer added while welcoming in Marib the prisoners released from Houthi jails
Iran wants conflict in Yemen to continue: Saudi foreign minister
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan stressed that Iran wants the conflict in Yemen to go on and it continues to supply the Houthi militia with weapons.
Prince Faisal Bin Farhan made these remarks during a virtual talk session with the Washington Institute, a think tank based in Washington, on Thursday.
The Saudi minister said that the ”maximum pressure campaign is working and the Iranian regime is less capable of supporting its proxies,. The campaign has constrained and contained Iran more than in the past.”
More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda
cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids
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Coalition combat jets hit tribal sheikh’s house
The Saudi-led coalition fighter jets hit on Monday a tribal sheikh’s house in Marib province with two strikes, a security official told Saba.
The official affirmed that the strikes hit the house of sheikh Abdullah Ka’alan in Madghal district. The sheikh’s house and an adjacent other one were completely destroyed.
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Coalition destroys Houthi communications outposts in Saada
The Arab coalition fighters jets launched on Saturday, airstrikes targeting military communications outposts in Yemen’s Sa’ada governorate, the stronghold of Houthis.
Local sources said that the communications outposts of the pro-Iran militias were destroyed, adding that the air raids pounded Houthi gatherings in Kitaf district in the east of Sa’ada, without giving further details.
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More Saudi coalition air raids:
https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113068.htm Marib p., Jawf p.
https://www.saba.ye/en/news3112651.htm Hajjah p.
https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15366 Several prov.
https://www.saba.ye/en/news3112536.htm Marib p., Jawf p.
cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War
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Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.
There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition’s offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.
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Dozens of Houthi militants killed, injured northern Al-Dhale
Fighting resumes between Yemeni gov’t, Houthis in Marib
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Four young girls wounded in Houthi projectile in Al Dalea province
Four young girls were wounded on Monday morning in an explosion of a projectile left by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Al Dalea province, south Yemen.
According to relatives of the victims, the girls ___ Fatima Matonsh Qasem, 14; Amat Al Aleem Qasem Saleh,15; Amat Alrahman Qasem Mohammed Ahmed,15; and Amat Al Khaliq Mohammed Ahmed,17___ were collecting firewood in a valley in Hajar district, west of the province, when they saw projectile and tried to play with it, causing the projectile to go off.
A medical source in Al Nasr Hospital said the four girls were moved to the hospital and are now receiving medical treatment, noting that they are in a stable condition.
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Saudi Army Kills, Injures Yemeni Soldiers of Pro-Aggression Government
the Saudi army killed and injured soldiers of the so-called 1st Brigade Border Guard, of the pro-aggression Hadi government, by bullets in the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, military sources revealed.
The sources pointed out, Sunday, that Saudi forces fired directly at Yemeni soldiers of the so-called 1st Brigade Border Guard in Jizan during a protest against them, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others.
The sources indicated that the soldiers had not been paid for nearly ten months.
It is noteworthy that the last period has witnessed many similar incidents on the border fronts.
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Saudi shelling injures man in Sa’ada
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Houthis Blow up Three Houses in Albaidha
[Hadi] Government forces launch massive offensive to liberate remaining parts of Dhale
The government forces advanced against the Houthi fighters in north Yemen’s southern province of Dhale on Sunday as they launched a massive offensive to liberate the remaining parts of the province, a field source said.
They have recaptured the villages of Hajlan, Al-Rahbah and Soun and are pushing deeper in the villages of Al-Hakib and Soun Warmah and Al-Ma’asar, the source said.
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KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,413 Mines in Yemen during 2nd Week of October
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)’s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen demined 1,413 mines during the second week of October 2020, including 263 anti-tank mines, 1,109 unexploded ordnance and 41 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 192,467 mines planted by the Houthi militia have been dismantled.
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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Terrorist Houthi Militia Launches Ballistic Missile (Sunday) Morning from (Sana’a), Falls Short in (Sa’dah)
The Houthi militia continues its flagrant violations of the International Humanitarian Law by launching ballistic missiles that fall indiscriminately on civilians and population centers, threatening the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians.
My comment: The Saudi attempt to blame the Houthis is grotesque.
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US-Saudi Mercenaries’ Shelling continues, Killing, Injuring 4 Children with
Four children were killed and injured, Friday, with US-Saudi mercenaries‘ shells in Taiz.
Almasirah net correspondent stated that a child was killed and three others were injured by targeting them with a shell fired by US-Saudi mercenaries in Salh district.
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Two Citizens Injured by US-Saudi Aggression in Sa’adah Governorate
Two citizens were injured by Saudi border guards fire Thursday in Munabih district, Sa’adah Governorate
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Aggression kills two children in Taiz, Sa’ada
a five-year-old girl was killed and her sister was injured in a Saudi missile attack on the border Baqim district of Sa’ada province, he said.
Film: The death of the child Rasha Yasser and the wounding of her sister Nihal in the Baqim border directorate in Saada by missile strikes
cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle
Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.
Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.
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Video: Houthi-launched missile destroys five homes in Hodeida
A missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia destroyed on Tuesday five homes in Al Mandar neighborhood near Al Hodeida PA missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia destroyed on Tuesday five homes in Al Mandar neighborhood near Al Hodeida Airport, south of the port city of Hodeida. ort, south of the port city of Hodeida.
Locals said the missile landed in Al Mandar neighborhood, leaving five homes completely destroyed and wounding two women and three children.
More Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZN6YUXC-4o
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Film: A story of tragedy: a Houthi mine explosion kills two young men: Omar and Abdul-Majeed, and their two friends. On the roadside
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Film: A Houthi mine disabling (Muhammad), losing his ability to work, and doubling the suffering of his family
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Desert Locust situation update 19 October 2020
YEMEN. Breeding is ending in the interior where infestations have declined due to control operations, migration, no significant rains for the past month and drying conditions; hence, only a few late-instar hopper bands remain near Al Hazm. A few swarms from the interior may appear on the southern coast. More immature adult groups and swarms are forming on the northern Red Sea coastal near Suq Abs from local breeding. Control operations are in progress.
and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/28354
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Teures Gut, bezahlbar und sauber
Zwei Berliner entsalzen Wasser für die Welt
„Die Nachfrage nach sauberem Trinkwasser ist enorm“, sagt Ali Al-Hakim im ntv-Podcast „Wieder was gelernt“. Er ist Geschäftsführer des Unternehmens Boreal Light, das er 2014 zusammen mit seinem Partner Hamed Beheshti in Berlin gegründet hat.
Ihre Idee war so einfach wie kompliziert: Sie wollten etwas erschaffen, was die Menschen wirklich brauchen. Keinen Schnickschnack, sondern etwas, das Menschen hilft, die sich wenig leisten können. Sechs Jahre später haben sie Entsalzungsanlagen für Kenia, Somalia, den Jemen, die Philippinen und Indonesien produziert. Anfragen gibt es aus Kolumbien, Mexiko, Chile und vielen anderen Ländern in Afrika, Südamerika, Ostasien und im Mittleren Osten.
Gerade erst haben sie zusammen mit den Nichtregierungsorganisationen The Zahra Trust und Help Yemen Germany vier solarbetriebene Wasseraufbereitungsanlagen für den Jemen gespendet. Dort leiden Millionen Menschen unter Hunger, Krieg und seit 2017 auch an der schlimmsten Cholera-Epidemie, die bisher weltweit erfasst wurde.
Vier Anlagen, die kleine technische Wunderwerke sind: Sie sind solarbetrieben und funktionieren deshalb selbst da, wo es keinen Strom gibt. Vor allem aber sind sie leicht zu warten, darauf haben die beiden Männer Wert gelegt. Denn als sie andere Entsalzungsanlagen inspiziert haben, ist ihnen aufgefallen, dass viele nicht mehr arbeiten, weil sie kaputtgegangen sind.
Das Wasser kann Salz, aber auch Sand, Schleim, Algen und andere Dingen enthalten, die es ungenießbar machen. „Es wird mithilfe einer Brunnenpumpe hochgepumpt. Dann wird es durch Sandfilter und Carbon-Filter gepresst und in einer UV-Anlage gereinigt, damit es komplett keim- und virenfrei, aber auch glasklar und frei von Gerüchen ist“, erklärt Ali Al-Hakim den Reinigungsprozess. Erst dann gehe es an die Entsalzung: Dabei werde das Wasser mithilfe einer Hochdruckpumpe durch eine Membran gepresst, die nur von Wassermolekülen passiert werden könne. Ganz zum Schluss wird das Wasser durch einen Re-Mineralisierungsfilter gejagt, in dem ihm wichtige Mineralien zugeführt werden.
Das Ergebnis ist Trinkwasser mit einem Reinheitsgrad von 99,9 Prozent. Der deutsche Qualitätsstandard sei der Anspruch gewesen
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Vorige / Previous:
Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-686 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-686:
Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 687 entfällt / Yemen War Mosaic 687 is omitted
Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:
(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!)
Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:
Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected air raids:
Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films: