Yemen Press Reader 730c: | Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 730c- Yemen War Mosaic 730c

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 730, Teil 1 und 2 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 730, part 1 and 2:

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Nach den Saudis ein militärisches Ziel / According to Saudis, a military target

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1, Teil 2 / In Italics: Look in part 1, part 2

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

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

cp9 USA

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

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a, cp14

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Films (thread): In Chicago “United States” | Vigil for Yemen: Remembering 6 years of war

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The President Has Not Ended the War on Yemen; Congress Must Do So

But Congress has yet to act since the veto threat disappeared along with Trump. And every day that the war goes unended means more horrific death and suffering — from violence, starvation, and disease.

Congress has no excuse for the past two months and more of inaction. Were President Biden ending U.S. participation in the war, and were he and various Congress Members serious in their rhetoric about Congressional legislative powers, he would be delighted for Congress to legislate an end to the war. Since Biden is not ending U.S. participation in the war, Congress is obliged to act. And it’s not as if we’re talking about actual work for the Congress. They just have to hold a vote and say “aye.” That’s it. They’re not going to strain any muscles or get any blisters.

The Biden administration has paused two bomb sales to Saudi Arabia but not suspended or ended all U.S. weapons sales and shipments to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, not removed U.S. logistical and maintenance support for the Saudi military, not demanded an end to the blockade, and not sought to establish a cease-fire and peace settlement.

We’re now six years into this war, not counting the “successful” drone war that helped start it. Enough is enough. Deference to a president is not more important than human lives. And what we’re dealing with here is not deference, but subservience. This president is not ending a war or even explaining why not. He’s just pulling an Obama (that’s where you announce the ending of a war but keep the war going).

Congress needs to re-introduce the War Powers Resolution under the Biden administration. Congress needs to permanently end weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Here’s a place where you can tell Congress that.

There’s another reason to doubt the sincerity of Congress in acting to end the war on Yemen when it could count on Trump to veto it. Congress isn’t ending any of the other endless wars.

If Congress thought Biden had ended the war on Yemen, sparing it the heavy exertion of parting its lips and uttering “aye,” it could move on to ending the war on Afghanistan, or the one on Syria.

One media outlet says progressives are getting “ansty.” I may even start getting uppity. But people across western and central Asia are getting dead, and I consider that more important.

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Congressional options to advance peace in Yemen

Our recently published RAND report provides insights that may be helpful for Congress as it considers options going forward. In our study, we concluded that an enduring peace required addressing Yemen’s most-immediate needs while working in parallel to develop Yemen’s economic, political and security institutions. In addition to a continued commitment to humanitarian assistance, this approach suggests that Congress could focus its efforts in three ways to help build an enduring peace in Yemen.

Economic reform and institution building.

Empower and invest in local-governance structures.

Guarantee security of Yemeni citizens.

These three options for fostering needed institutional reform — which could do much to address the compounding humanitarian, economic, governance and security challenges that shape the conflict today — could be implemented at the national level. Alternatively, given the difficulties facing national reconciliation, these programs could focus first on the southern parts of Yemen currently controlled by the internationally-recognized Republic of Yemen government. Under this phased approach, these reforms could provide a powerful incentive for Houthi participation in a national-level political process.

While the international community, led by the U.N. Special Envoy, remains critical to resolving the conflict and bringing an enduring peace to Yemen, U.S. leadership is essential and has been sorely missed over the last few years. The U.S. Congress has the tools to help shape this effort and could play an important role in ending the conflict and bringing stability to Yemen.

My comment: “U.S. leadership is essential and has been sorely missed over the last few years”: US exceptionalsim at its “best”. World does not need it.

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State Department spokesperson Ned Price: Houthis Attack, Yemenis Suffer

The United States again joins the international community in strongly condemning the attacks against Saudi Arabia that struck an oil facility in Jizan. The attack comes days after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen announced a commitment to reach a ceasefire and engage in UN-led peace talks.

The actions by the Houthis are a clear provocation meant to perpetuate the conflict. This is the latest in a series of Houthi attempts to disrupt global energy supplies and threatens civilian populations. The Houthis’ actions are prolonging the suffering of the Yemeni people and jeopardizing peace efforts at a critical moment when the international community is increasingly united behind a ceasefire and a resolution of the conflict. We again call on all parties to commit seriously to and strictly uphold a ceasefire, and engage in negotiations under UN auspices, in conjunction with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and U.S. Special Envoy Tim Lenderking.

My comment: The US is wariing party in Yemen and miming to be a peace broker. Credibility: Extremely low.

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In Yemen, 6 Years of Suffering and Death in an Ill-Fated War

Biden must do more to force Saudi Arabia to end its cruel blockade.

For starters, Biden should suspend all US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE until the end of the blockade, support a durable cease-fire, and engage in an inclusive peace process that brings an end to the war, as called for by more than 80 organizations and individuals in a February letter to the administration.

Cutting off logistical and maintenance support for the Saudi armed forces would be a particularly effective way to convince the Saudis to end their role in Yemen’s suffering. As Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution has noted, the Royal Saudi Air Force would be grounded in short order without this kind of assistance from the United States.

As Hassan El-Tayyab of the Friends Committee on National Legislation has noted: “The Biden administration must pressure Saudi Arabia to unilaterally end its blockade on Yemen as a humanitarian act, independently of negotiations between the warring parties. Connecting lifting the blockade to ongoing talks is a recipe for prolonging the suffering of the Yemeni people.”

The Biden administration should use all the tools at its disposal to press the Saudis to make a comprehensive, unconditional lifting of the blockade, even as it pushes Saudi Arabia and the UAE to work toward a durable, inclusive peace accord to end the war. After six years of war, Yemen can’t wait.

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Film: US shifts policy but the Yemen war is not over

FT’s Katrina Manson discusses Joe Biden’s plan to end the war in Yemen with former US ambassador Gerald Feierstein and the IRC’s Amanda Catanzano.

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The Return Of The Quiet American

Meet the next head of USAID, Samantha Power.

Power’s transformation from crusading war correspondent (she and the execrable Christiana Amanpour deserve much credit, if that’s the word, for bamboozling the Clinton administration into getting tangled up in the Yugoslavian civil war in the mid-90s) to skilled bureaucratic infighter, who served as a member of President Obama’s national security council and later as his U.N. ambassador, has been nothing short of remarkable. Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide, A Problem from Hell, sharply criticized the U.S. government for repeatedly standing aside and allowing some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century to take place. Power, like the fictional Pyle, really seems to believe that there is only one country that has the wherewithal, duty, and moral right to wade in and solve the world’s problems: The United States of America.

And that is precisely why handing over the reigns of USAID to Power is so dangerous.

At the U.N., Power used her platform to push for regime change in Syria. Still worse, Power was one of the key Obama advisors urging support for the Saudi war on Yemen, a position from which she and her colleague, former NSC spokesman Ben Rhodes, have been at pains to distance themselves in recent years. Yet if she seems aware that support for the grotesque Saudi starvation campaign on Yemeni civilians is something of a stain on her record, when pressed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday, she evinced not a shred of regret for her support for U.S. military interventions in Libya and Syria. These, she explained to Paul, were “hard choices.”

At USAID, Power will have a budget of roughly $20 billion and a far-flung and powerful bureaucracy at her disposal. This is particularly concerning because over the past decade or so, USAID expanded its writ, from funding humanitarian assistance programs to running shadowy regime-change operations backed by partnerships with Silicon Valley behemoths like Google. The targets for such operations will be countries that have chosen the “authoritarian model” as Power made clear to the SFRC on Tuesday.

USAID will provide someone with Power’s well-established record as a liberal interventionist an unprecedented opportunity to pursue a strategy of regime-change operations globally. The question as to whether these adventures actually benefit U.S. national security is one that rarely, if ever, gets asked.

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U.S. special envoy for Yemen traveling to Middle East

U.S. Special Envoy Tim Lenderking will travel to the Middle East on Thursday to press a plan for a ceasefire in Yemen, talks on settling its civil war and an end to the humanitarian catastrophe that it has caused, the State Department announced.

Lenderking’s trip was expected to include meetings with Iran-aligned Houthi movement leaders as the veteran diplomat had said earlier this month that he would “immediately” return to the region when they were ready to talk.

He will meet with senior regional leaders in coordination with his U.N. counterpart, Martin Griffiths, the State Department said, with talks focusing on efforts “to promote a lasting ceasefire and peace agreement.”

and State Dep. release

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Blinken reaffirms support for Yemeni government in call with PM

US secretary of state underlined need for durable and inclusive peace agreement

“Secretary Blinken welcomed the Republic of Yemen government’s support for a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire and UN-led political talks, and its continued engagement with UN special envoy [Martin] Griffiths,” the US State Department said.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said Mr Blinken “stressed the need for a ceasefire and a durable and inclusive peace agreement to enable full economic recovery and to address the humanitarian crisis“.

and Blinken tweet

and State Dep. release

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Biden Says He Wants to End the Yemen War: These Should Be His Next Steps

But if President Joe Biden is serious about delivering on his promise to “step up diplomacy to end the war in Yemen,” more must be done.

An urgent first step to prevent millions from dying of famine in Yemen is for the international community to press Saudi Arabia for an immediate, unconditional lifting of the blockade on Yemen. And an essential next step, for successful peace negotiations, is for the Biden administration to push for a new, more balanced United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) to replace UNSCR 2216.

That resolution was drafted by Saudi Arabia in 2015 to provide international legitimacy for its blockade and military operations, assuming that it would meet the objectives of driving the Houthis out of Sana’a and reinstating President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi within a few weeks. Six years into a war in which the Houthi rebels now control areas of the country that are home to 80 percent of Yemen’s population, UNSCR 2216 is outdated, most notably in its call for the Houthis to “immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces.”

The Saudis just this week seized on the resolution in their ceasefire proposal, demanding the Houthis give up their weapons and abandon their territory. Unsurprisingly, the Houthis rejected the recent Saudi proposal, stating that it offered “nothing new,” and they continue to insist that the U.S.-backed Saudi blockade on Yemen be lifted before they will agree to a ceasefire.

The Saudi-led coalition has used UNSCR 2216 to legitimize its offensive operations and maintain international military support.

An Updated Resolution

A new, more balanced UNSCR must allow for all warring parties to engage in a dialogue on a more even playing field. This new resolution should call for an immediate nationwide ceasefire that includes ending the blockade, conducting an inclusive peace process with the Houthis at the table, an end to humanitarian obstruction by all parties, and a call for the international community to stop military support and weapons sales to all parties to the conflict.

The U.N. Security Council has considered several ceasefire proposals in recent years, though none have brought an end to the conflict. The Biden administration must now lead these efforts at the U.N., especially given the more favorable political environment in the United States for ending the war.

Biden must fulfill his promise with urgency, to help end the war and prevent Yemen from plunging further into famine. A fair and just U.N.-led peace process is paramount. That requires calling on Saudi Arabia to end the blockade and working at the United Nations on a new, more balanced approach to diplomacy.

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Biden’s Worrying Reluctance to Confront Saudi Arabia

The administration promised a firmer hand against MBS. Saudis are still waiting.

The bitter fruits borne by the increasingly violent rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, provide ample cause for the Biden administration to “reassess” the U.S.-Saudi relationship, as it has promised to do. Thus far, however, the new president’s policies have barely shifted from those of Trump, who, along with Jared Kushner, embraced MBS and his corrupt tendencies. The U.S. continues to avoid tough decisions with its longtime ally on issues from the Yemen war to the murder of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to the jailing of Saudi women’s rights activists, performing the diplomatic equivalent of gently backing out of the room whenever an uncomfortable topic comes up. The result has been to give MBS a free hand to continue to do as he pleases—to murder, jail, and torture innocent people—without fear of harming his most important alliance.

For Saudi exiles and critics of the regime, the Biden administration’s weak response to MBS would represent a disappointment if there weren’t already such low expectations. For decades, the United States has either enabled or looked the other way in the face of Saudi autocracy and sponsorship of terrorism.

The difference now is that Saudi’s mercurial leader is willing to break the boundary of what was once deemed acceptable. “The message they get is that they can basically get away with murder, and they did,” said Abdullah Alaoudh, research director for Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at DAWN, the pro-democracy organization founded by Khashoggi. “They were emboldened.”

As MBS strengthens his rule, there’s little sign of cleavage between the two allies. Despite the U.S. promising to wind down support for the Saudi war effort, the two countries’ forces remain intertwined, bound especially as partners in intelligence sharing (the CIA has long prosecuted its own war against jihadists in Yemen)

Thus far, the Biden administration’s actions provide little clarity as to exactly how the U.S. will extricate itself from Yemen, or if it truly plans to do anything besides dialing back some logistical assistance for Saudi bombing runs. Al Ahmad, who has made documentaries about the war in Yemen, thinks U.S. secrecy about its Yemeni operations is a big part of the problem. “It was easier to embed with Al Qaeda in Yemen than to get answers out of the Pentagon,” she said.

Without any outside force to challenge him, a sense of impunity undergirds all of MBS’s actions.

If MBS is willing to murder dissidents anywhere in the world, jail his most visible critics, prosecute savage wars of choice, and threaten U.N. officials, then there are few transgressions he’d leave unconsidered in the furtherance of his own ends. But that doesn’t mean he’s beyond challenge.

In short, whatever the Biden administration plans to do about MBS, it will take more than releasing a redacted ODNI report or a polite statement from Tony Blinken. “If the point of all this is to teach MBS a lesson,” said Alaoudh, “well, the mission is not accomplished.”

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The United States Welcomes the Clearance of Four Fuel Ships to Enter Hudaydah Port

The United States welcomes the news that four commercial fuel ships have been cleared to enter Hudaydah port. The free flow of fuel and other essential goods into and throughout Yemen is critical to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance and other essential activities. The United States appreciates this decision by the Republic of Yemen Government. The fuel must go to Yemeni markets without delay to power hospitals, ensure the delivery of food and access to water, and generally help alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.

The movement of these ships is a step in the right direction, but many more steps are needed, particularly an immediate end to the offensive in Marib and a comprehensive ceasefire. We call on all parties to come to the table to negotiate for the sake of Yemen and its people.

My comment: ???Who blocks these ships from coming to Hodeidah? The blockade still is not lifted, it’s a great difference when there’s just some act of mercy to get a better image but still keeping up the blockade. And the Marib offensive really does not have anything to do with this blockade. And while the US demands that the Houthis must stop their marib offensive, there is no word at at all mentioning the blockade. Look at cp1, article by William M. Boardman, on the US biased position.

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USAID nominee takes questions on Yemen, Libya, and Israel at Senate hearing

Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who is nominated to head the US government’s international development agency, was asked about Yemen, Libya and Israel before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Power if Biden removing the terrorist designation on Houthi forces worsened the situation in Yemen and about the role the Houthis and Iran have played in the crisis. In response, Power said the United States needs to recognize that Houthis govern much of Yemen’s population when determining how to help the Yemeni people.

“[The Houthis] have used food as a weapon of war. I’m on record condemning Houthi actions,” she said. “I think the challenge is the vast majority of Yemenis live under Houthi control at the moment.”

“It’s really important given that that’s the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophe right now that we find a way to get food to those vulnerable people,” said Power.

Later, Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming asked Power to directly answer Cruz’s question on whether removing the Houthi terror designation made the situation in Yemen worse, but Power declined to answer.

“That’s an empirical question. I don’t have an answer to the question,” said Power.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Iran: Maas spielt mit dem Feuer

Im Juli 2015 vereinbarten die USA, die EU, Großbritannien, Frankreich, Russland, China und Deutschland mit dem Iran, dass dieser alles Nuklearmaterial im Land ausschließlich zu friedlichen Zwecken verwenden sollte. Im Gegenzug dazu sollten die Sanktionen gegen den Iran schrittweise aufgehoben werden. International galt der „Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action“ (JCPoA) als großer Erfolg.
Die Internationale Atomenergie-Organisation (IAEO) überprüfte die Einhaltung der Vereinbarungen regelmäßig mit dem „weltweit robustesten Monitoring-Regime“ und bestätigte bis Ende 2018 in zwölf Berichten, dass sich der Iran an seine Verpflichtungen hielt.
Dann stieg die Trump-Regierung aus dem JCPoA aus und verkündete die „Politik des maximalen Drucks“.

Die Verschärfung der US-amerikanischen Sanktionen hatte allerdings da bereits zu Verwerfungen geführt: Der Ölmarkt brach ein, die Währung verfiel, Wasserknappheit, Stromausfälle, steigende Lebensmittelpreise, ein drastischer Mangel an Medikamenten und wachsende Korruption erschütterten den Iran. Rund 60 Millionen Iraner*innen sind inzwischen auf staatliche Hilfen angewiesen. Bei sozialen Unruhen 2019 starben über 300 Menschen. Inzwischen ist die Zahl der gegenüber dem Iran verhängten US-Sanktionen auf über 1.500 gestiegen, der iranische Präsident Rohani schätzt den dadurch verursachten Schaden für sein Land auf 200 Milliarden US-Dollar. Im März 2020 kam die Covid-19-Pandemie dazu: Die Johns-Hopkins-Universität hat inzwischen mehr als 60.000 Todesfälle im Iran gezählt, die iranischen Behörden melden täglich 7.000 Neuinfektionen, Tendenz steigend.

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Israeli media reporting that Iran fired a missile at an Israeli-owned vessel in the Arabian Sea. This follows media reporting that Israel has been conducting sabotage operations against Iranian oil tankers.

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Zarif: Inordinate spin’ about reviving JCPOA aims to ‘reverse victim and culprits

Iran’s foreign minister says the recent flurry of activity on the part of Western countries, which is apparently meant to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, actually aims to “reverse the victim and the culprits,” by ignoring the fact that Iran’s measures to reduce its commitments under the accord came after Western parties, topped by the US, failed to live up to their obligations.

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EU, US claim they ‘support’ JCPOA, turning deaf ear to Iran’s demands

The European Union and the United States have repeated their mere expression of support for the Iran nuclear deal that Washington ditched in 2018, while jointly voicing “concerns” over Tehran’s legal counter-measures, without making any mention of the party that first triggered the diplomatic crisis surrounding the agreement.

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Cruel sanctions on Iran will not get US anywhere: Envoy

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations said that the United States’ cruel sanctions against Iranians will not get the US anywhere, noting that although the Biden administration admitted that Trump’s maximum pressure policy failed, yet the policy is still in place.

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US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

The Biden administration is set to resume strategic talks with Iraqi officials next month on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. combat forces in the country and other matters related to the bilateral relationship.

The talks, which began in June under the Trump administration, would be the first under Biden, who assumed office in January. The discussions are meant to shape the future of the U.S.-Iraq relationship and will touch security, trade, climate and more, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The official added that the U.S. intended to use the meetings to clarify that coalition forces remain in the country “at the invitation of the Iraqi government and solely for the purpose of training and advising Iraqi forces” and to ensure that the terror group ISIS “cannot reconstitute.”

Iraqi officials confirmed they had sent a formal request to President Joe Biden’s administration for a date to resume strategic talks on bilateral relations and the withdrawal of remaining U.S. combat forces, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

Relations between the two countries have been fraught with tension, particularly following the U.S. airstrike in January 2020 that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis just outside the Baghdad airport.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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‚Stop selling arms, reconsider aid cut‘: Christian charity makes plea to Gov on 6th anniversary of Yemen war

Christian charity Tearfund has urged the UK Government to stop selling arms that could perpetuate violence in Yemen,

The charity has made the plea as the conflict in Yemen passed its sixth anniversary on Friday and the government recently decided to cut aid funding to the country.

Paul Cook, head of advocacy at Tearfund, said: „In Yemen, international aid is the difference between life and death.

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The War in Yemen Is a Very British Scandal

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the war in Yemen, the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster which has left 250,000 dead and millions facing starvation – all of it made possible by British government support.

This horrific war is a scandal – and it’s a British scandal.

As an expert on the war has observed, bombs supplied by Britain are dropped from planes built by Britain, flown by pilots trained by Britain and kept in the sky with British maintenance. The war and the humanitarian crisis would not be happening as it is without British support.

Since the war began, the UK government has issued arms export licences worth at least £6.8 billion to the Saudis.

This humanitarian scandal should be leading the front pages of the newspapers, day in, day out. But instead, the government is allowed to get away with murder.

When even US foreign policy shames Britain, you know how bad things must be. The Conservatives like to boast about Britain’s role on the world stage. They claim that the UK is a champion of justice and democracy across the globe.

Their record in Yemen is just the latest example of what a cruel joke this is. Far from promoting human rights, they are contributing to one of the most horrific wars and humanitarian catastrophes of recent times.

An alliance with the Saudis – and deference to arms dealer profits – has been put above the lives of the Yemeni people.

Instead of promoting war and imperialism, the UK must finally stand up for justice and peace on the world’s stage – by Zarah Sultana, Labour MP

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UK’s decision to cut Yemen funding while arming Saudi Arabia will be disastrous

It’s against this devastating backdrop that the UK Government has made its latest unconscionable choices. First, came the news that it was issuing licences allowing £1.36 billion of new bombs missiles and rockets to be exported to Saudi Arabia, many of which will be used in the conflict in Yemen. Second, in devastating contrast just weeks later, the UK Government said it would almost halve its direct aid to the people of Yemen.

The consequences of both these decisions will prove to be deadly.

Slashing aid to Yemen – a country on the brink of famine – is a betrayal of the UK’s claim to global leadership and its stated values if equality and human rights, as outlined in last week’s integrated review.

Aid cuts are a false economy that will remove a vital lifeline from millions of people in Yemen – people like Hanan – who can’t feed their families, have lost their homes and whose lives are threatened by conflict and Covid-19.

The UK Government should urgently think again and reverse the cuts. However, restoring lifesaving aid to Yemen is just part of the puzzle. The Prime Minister should also urgently stop the arms sales to Saudi Arabia which are fuelling the conflict. He must know this is the right thing to do.

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After six years of war, the UK is still arming Saudi Arabia

The UK government is complicit in this crisis. UK-made fighter jets, bombs and missiles have played a central role in attacks by the Saudi-led coalition, which have destroyed infrastructure across Yemen. The government has continued to supply weapons for use in Yemen despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.

The humanitarian disaster is a direct result of the war. Despite warnings from the UN that Yemen faces the worst famine the world has seen in decades the UK government recently announced a major reduction in aid for Yemen.

The UK government has refused calls to follow the US lead and end arms exports for use in the war in Yemen. US and UK support is absolutely essential to Saudi Arabia’s ability to wage its war in Yemen. An end to US and UK support, which includes training, maintenance and logistics, could ground the Royal Saudi Airforce in days.

Since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, the UK has licensed £6.8 billion worth of arms to the Saudi regime, including:

£2.7 billion worth of ML10 licences (Aircraft, helicopters, drones)

£3.9 billion worth of ML4 licences (Grenades, bombs, missiles, countermeasures)

In reality the figures are likely to be a great deal higher, with most bombs and missiles being licensed via the opaque and secretive Open Licence system. CAAT estimates that the true value of UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition amounts to at least £18 billion.

Government statistics show it licensed £1.4 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabian forces in the immediate aftermath of its decision to renew arms sales. The majority of these licences were for ML4 licences which cover bombs, missiles and countermeasures.

CAAT has filed a new legal challenge against the government’s decision to resume sales.

CAAT and Mwatana for Human Rights have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, a nomination intended to draw attention to the suffering of the Yemeni people.

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Can a new legal case stop UK arms sales to Yemen?

A collective lawsuit, led to the UK government suspending its arms sales to Yemen, can provide some lessons.

Can another legal case succeed where the previous one did not?

Legal action is a high cost, high risk and lengthy process requiring partnerships and a clear application of the law; however, conflicts too are lengthy. Influencing the behaviour of warring parties and their allies will always take time. As with any strategy that seeks to create change, using a package of tools, tactics and approaches is necessary to achieve impact, and legal action can be effective in a wider campaign to reduce civilian harm. A long-term approach is required, with sufficient resources, momentum and strong collaboration.

Legal action gains media and public attention. Regardless of the legal outcome, it can influence policy through media attention, public opinion and political scrutiny. Judgements, even when they don’t change the law, provide a foundation to change policy.

In other countries, a combination of collective legal action and public pressure have contributed to changes of arms sales policy.

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British Ambassador to Yemen: Hasan Irlu is an illegitimate ambassador to an illegitimate government. #Iran supports #Houthis with money and weapons and yet he says he doesn’t want to see foreign intervention in #Yemen (film)

My comment: LOL.

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Boris Johnson doesn’t rule out deploying troops in Yemen but ‘conditions would have to be very different’

‘It’s certainly something that we’d be prepared to look at if the conditions were right’

Boris Johnson has not ruled out deploying troops in Yemen as part of a future United Nations mission, but stressed conditions in the war-torn country would have to be “very different”.

The comments came as Tobias Ellwood — the Conservative chair of the foreign affairs committee — asked the prime minister whether Britain would be willing to provide troops for a UN international stabilisation force in the region.

“A ceasefire has been put forward by Saudi Arabia, a possible political solution could be secured. We are the UN security councils penholder,” Mr Ellwood said.

Quizzing Mr Johnson, the former defence minister asked: “Would be willing to provide troops if are requested for a UN stabilisation force?”

The prime minister told MPs at the Commons liaison committee there had been “no specific request or suggestion” for UK engagement “but it’s certainly something that we’d be prepared to look at if the conditions were right”.

Johnson added that the UK government backed the UN-led approach being led by special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

“It’s encouraging that there is a ceasefire now between the Saudi forces and the Houthis,” the prime minister said.

Comment: Oh please, spare us the peace-keepers pantomime

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Britain Confirms Keeping Air Defense Systems in Saudi Arabia

UK Minister of Defence James Heappey confirmed that his country would maintain air defense systems in Saudi Arabia to help counter the attacks of Ansarullah on the Kingdom.

According to reports, there are British air defense systems in Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh has continued to purchase British weapons over the past year.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issues letter to Sanaa demanding release of Briton held in Houthi-run jail

Luke Symons has spent four years in a Yemeni jail on spurious spying charges levelled by Iran-backed faction

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called on the leader of the Houthis to free a Briton illegally held for four years in a Yemeni prison.

Luke Symons, from Cardiff, Wales, was detained in April 2017 in Sanaa, accused of spying for the UK, but he has never been put on trial.

Mr Raab wrote to Abdul Malik Al Houthi, the head of the Houthi movement that controls Yemen’s capital, to urge him to release the 29-year-old immediately and offered to help bring the Muslim convert, his Yemeni wife and their young son back to the UK.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Krieg im Jemen mit Hilfe aus Deutschland

Zwei Jemeniten klagen vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht, weil ihre Familien Opfer von Drohnenangriffen wurden

Deutschland muss sich seit dieser Woche mit einer Verfassungsbeschwerde zweier jemenitischer Staatsbürger auseinandersetzen. Das Geschehen, um das es geht, liegt mittlerweile neun Jahre zurück, also noch vor dem Ausbruch des aktuellen Krieges zwischen dem Clan der Huthis und der von ihnen gestürzten Regierung. Die US-Administration unter dem Präsidenten Barack Obama flog zu jener Zeit immer wieder Luftangriffe mit Drohnen mit der Begründung, auf diese Weise Terroristen auszuschalten: in Afghanistan, Irak, Somalia und eben auch in Jemen. Eine völkerrechtliche Legitimation dafür gab es damals nicht und heute nicht. Das Pentagon hat sich darob nie geschert und auch die Nato-Verbündeten nicht. Gegenüber der Öffentlichkeit glaubte man, die tödlichen Drohneneinsätze mit dem erforderlichen »Krieg gegen den Terror« hinreichend rechtfertigen zu können.

Die Art, in der Deutschland darin mittelbar verwickelt ist, hat einen Namen: Ramstein. Von der dort befindlichen Luftwaffenbasis in Rheinland-Pfalz, Hauptquartier der US Air Force in Europa, wird der Drohnenkrieg im Nahen und Mittleren Osten gesteuert. Man könnte auch sagen: Ohne Ramstein im Landkreis Kaiserslautern kein Drohnentod in der jemenitischen Wüste.

Ahmed und Khalid bin Ali Jabir haben die deutsche Gerichtsbarkeit angerufen und klagen, weil sie bei einer Drohnenattacke ihre Familienmitglieder Salim und Walid bin Ali Jabir verloren haben, nach ihren Angaben geschehen nahe des jemenitischen Ortes Khashamir im Jahre 2012. Allein hätten sie das kaum vermocht, aber sie werden juristisch unterstützt von einer deutschen Nichtregierungsorganisation, dem Europäischen Zentrum für Verfassungs- und Menschenrechte (ECCHR).

Die beiden Jemeniten und das ECCHR gaben sich damit aber nicht zufrieden und haben dagegen Beschwerde vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karlsruhe eingelegt. Begründung: Das Recht des Schutzes des Lebens der Beschwerdeführer werde durch den Spruch des Bundesverwaltungsgerichts verletzt. Karlsruhe bestätigte inzwischen den Eingang der Beschwerde. Wann sie verhandelt wird, ist indes ungewiss. Das kann, wie man weiß, auch Jahre dauern.

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US drone strike case appealed to Germany’s highest court

Two Yemeni men who allege their relatives were killed in an American drone strike have appealed their case to Germany’s highest court, urging a ban on the U.S. military’s use of a base southwest of Frankfurt to help control such attacks, their attorneys said Tuesday.

The appeal was filed by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, or ECCHR, on behalf of the Yemenis, who allege their relatives were killed in a drone strike in 2012, and is the latest chapter in a years-long legal battle.

It comes after a federal administrative court last year weakened the 2019 decision of the Muenster administrative court, which had ruled the German government had partial responsibility to ensure that drone strikes involving the U.S. Ramstein Air Base were carried out in line with international law. The Muenster court stopped short of ordering the ban that the human rights activists had called for.

In the 2020 appeal, the federal court in Leipzig ruled that German diplomatic outreach to the U.S. over the strikes was sufficient, regardless of international law.

The Leipzig judges noted that the German government had taken some steps to address the issue in its communications by seeking assurances from Washington, thereby proving that Berlin had made an effort to ensure the plaintiffs’ rights were protected.

The Leipzig ruling restored a lower court decision from 2015 that concluded Germany had fulfilled its legal duties and was within its rights to balance them with “foreign and defense policy interests.”

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Film: Jemen: Proteste gegen französische Waffengeschäfte

Während sich der Krieg im Jemen und die damit verbundene humanitäre Katastrophe zum sechsten Mal jähren, haben in Paris NGO’s gegen die Kämpfe protestiert. Das mag weit weg sein, aber im Jemen-Krieg werden nachweislich Waffen eingesetzt, die aus Frankreich stammen.

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Film: Royal #Saudi Air Force & #Hellenic Air Force conclude Exercise #FalconEye-1

My comment: Greece hosting killers.

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Another grim anniversary of the Saudi-led war on Yemen

The Saudi regime receives weapons from a number of Western countries including Canada. We examine the latter’s role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen that most Canadians are opposed to.

Canada claims to champion human rights both at home and abroad yet it actively supports the genocide of innocent men, women and children in Yemen.

It is one of the largest arms suppliers for the tyrannical Saudi regime

The Saudi regime has been called “a key partner for Canada” and a “regional leader promoting regional security and stability” in a Global Affairs Canada document signed by then Foreign Minister Stephan Dion in 2016.

Despite awareness of its war crimes and human rights abuses, Canada decided to export arms to the Saudi regime.

As Saudi war crimes have escalated over the years, the Canadian government’s response has been to further increase and accelerate export of deadly weapons to Riyadh.

Aiding and abetting genocide is a war crime.

The fact that Canada entered into such an agreement in the first place is not surprising for those aware of its history.

If Canada truly cared about human rights, it wouldn’t have trampled on the rights of the indigenous peoples of this land.

Unfortunately, it continues to shamelessly do so both at home and abroad, in places like Yemen.

Human rights are mere words that Canada claims to live by.

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Russia’s growing ties with Iran-aligned militia groups

Russia is quietly strengthening its partnerships with Iran-aligned militia groups throughout the Middle East. On March 4, Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Yemen and urged Russia to reopen its embassy in Sanaa.

While Russia’s military alliance with Hezbollah in Syria is well-documented, its relationships with Iran-aligned militias elsewhere in the MENA region are often overlooked.

Moscow’s diplomatic aspirations drive its engagement with Hezbollah and the Houthis. Unlike the United States and the European Union, which label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, Russia strongly opposes this designation.

Russia’s relationship with the Houthis is more limited and less consistent than its interactions with Hashd al-Shaabi or Hezbollah. Russia abstained from UNSC Resolution 2216, which imposed sanctions on the Houthis and maintained an embassy in the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa until late 2017. However, Russia has repeatedly refused to establish commercial relations with the Houthis and ignored their petitions for a diplomatic intervention on their behalf.

From a Saudi/UAE-financed US think tank. Propaganda is evident.

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Saudi reconciliation could see Turkey on the wrong side of history in Yemen

„There is no reason for Turkey not to mend ties with Saudi Arabia,“ said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu two weeks ago. „If it takes a positive step, we will do so as well.“ The same goes for the UAE, he was reported to have said by Anadolu.

If reconciliation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia is on course, it is following a trajectory similar to Turkey-Egypt diplomatic developments. It will be interesting to see how this will affect the US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen, which is now entering its seventh year.

Turkey recognises the legitimacy of the Yemeni government-in-exile headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, as do Riyadh and the international community. Yet this administration is a puppet government working not for the interests and aspirations of Yemeni independence and self-determination, but to maintain the decades-old, exploitative status quo, with Saudi Arabia as the primary beneficiary.

I have previously addressed speculation that Turkey is already involved to some degree in Yemen and that its support for the Islah militia — which is already backed by the Saudis — would be a setback for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC). Should Ankara and Riyadh reconcile, it would not be implausible for Turkish support for pro-Hadi forces to become more apparent. In both Libya and Azerbaijan, it has been well-documented that Turkey transferredSyrian mercenaries to the conflict zones. There have already been unconfirmed reports this month that Turkey is now doing the same in Marib, with the pro-Syrian government news outlet Shaam Times reporting that 300 Syrian fighters have joined the ranks of the Islah militia.

However, Turkish drones were the game-changers in Libya and Azerbaijan, and the Saudi keenness to obtain them reveals Riyadh’s desperation as the war continues to progress in favour of the Houthis. According to some accounts, Turkish drones have already been used in Yemen.

Politically and ultimately where it matters most, any Turkish intervention will be futile, not only because of the Houthis‘ increasingly flexible arms industry, but also due to their political will and resolve.

There are also voices in Saudi Arabia and Turkey saying that this war is simply not winnable.

Whether or not Turkey and Saudi normalise relations in the near future, there is still an opportunity for Turkey and the rest of the world to be on the right side of history and to help bring this bloody conflict to an end. That, though, will require recognition of the National Salvation Government as the legitimate government of Yemen. Such recognition is long overdue.

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Rights Groups Slam France for Selling Arms to Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

French human rights groups marked the sixth anniversary of the Yemen war in Paris on Thursday, denouncing France’s arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates that are involved in the fighting.

Amnesty International France announced the French government is one of the major suppliers of arms to Yemen, including fighter planes and missile-guiding systems, Reuters reported.

Aymeric Elluin, an Amnesty International campaigner on arms sales, was quoted as saying that the French parliament must have a right to demand a stop to the sales and echo other international players who have suspended similar trades.

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How the EU can better pursue peace in Yemen

The EU has some influence over both Ansar Allah and the IRG. By refocussing on several critical interventions, it can make a positive impact on the situation inside Yemen and longer-term prospects for peace.

As a major donor, the EU can better support civil society actors in Yemen by decentralising more aid specifically for Yemeni led-responses, including in Marib.

EU diplomats need to push for accountable and inclusive dialogues that reflect the new political realities inside Yemen. This must include advocating for better protection for women, who are being targeted by Ansar Allah and excluded by the IRG.

Finally, member states need to hold each other to account regarding continuing sales of lethal weapons and equipment to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition by, for example, France and Spain.

Since 2015, the EU has contributed more than €1bn in humanitarian aid to Yemen. But this isn’t just about the amount of aid, it is also about how it is allocated.

Historically, Yemeni civil society actors have been amongst the most active and diverse defenders of human rights and democracy in the Arab world. In 2015, Yemeni organisations were the first responders to the war, when few international NGOs were present.

Their role is critical for the success of the national peace process that will need to be complemented by long-term local level dialogue initiatives that rebuild trust and foster accountable, democratic institutions.

Preventing gender-based violence is one of the EU’s stated priorities.

Building on dialogue initiatives fostered by Sweden, diplomats can push for new inclusive opportunities, where civil society, especially women – who have a history of political activism and representation – are integral to shaping an inclusive multi-level peace process.

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Today, EU #Ambassador @eusimonpa met His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the #EasternProvince of Saudi Arabia.Fruitful discussion about the current challenges and the future opportunities for both #EU and #KSA

Comment: #EU is meeting with an #AntiShia who is also an #AntiSemite . Progress there people, progress.

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Iran supports any peace plan in Yemen

Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday expressing support for any peace plan in Yemen.

The statement was issued on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of an invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the so-called coalition countries.

The statement said that Iran favors an end to the occupation of Yemen and lifting the economic siege of the country, initiating political dialogue and letting the Yemeni people determine their own future.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Katar: Was darf König Fußball?
Ein Rasenproduzent boykottiert die Fußball-WM 2022 in Katar. Ein wichtiges Zeichen für Fußball-Funktionäre und Spieler.
Die Kritik an der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft in Katar und am Weltfußballverband FIFA wächst weiter. Nicht nur Fans sehen die WM in Katar zunehmend kritisch, auch ein privater Zulieferer will damit nichts zu tun haben.

Es gibt viele Gründe für den Boykott
Die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2022 in Katar stand von Anfang an unter keinem guten Stern.

Weiter ist Katar, das sich nach außen gerne als weltoffen präsentiert, ein autokratisches Regime, das islamistische Umtriebe sponsern soll, Journalisten an Berichterstattungen hindert, Menschenrechte mit Füssen tritt und homosexuelle Handlungen unter Strafe stellt…

cp12b Sudan

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Cash-strapped Sudan clears overdue payments to World Bank

The Sudanese government said Friday it cleared all of its overdue payments to the World Bank, a move that gives the highly-indebted country access to new types of international financing for the first time in decades.

This development allows Sudan to resume normal relations with the World Bank after nearly 30 years of suspension, according to a statement released by Sudan’s Cabinet. The World Bank said that by clearing its debts, Sudan will have access to nearly $2 billion in grants for poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Sudan accumulated more than $60 billion in foreign debt under dictator Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country until his ouster in 2019.

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‚We don’t want war‘ with Sudan: Ethiopian PM Abiy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday his country did not want war with Sudan, as tensions over a contested region along their border spark fears of broader conflict.

„Ethiopia also has many problems, and we are not ready to go to battle. We don’t need war. It is better to settle it in a peaceful manner,“ Abiy told parliament in remarks translated into English for a live TV broadcast.

He stressed later that Ethiopia „did not want war“ with their neighbour over this decades-old territorial dispute, describing Sudan as a „brotherly country“ whose people loved Ethiopia. =

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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US, Lobbyists and Arm Dealers Scramble to Reposition Amid Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen

Recent developments in the Yemen war are increasingly pointing to the possibility that Biden’s ostensible moves towards peace may simply be an attempt to control the narrative and save face around what is looking like yet another defeat in the long-running American-sponsored global war on terror.

President Joe Biden’s temporary halt to the U.S. arms deal and his decision to remove the Yemeni Houthi rebels from the state department’s list of global terrorist organizations have been touted as a harbinger of peace in Yemen.

As the American arms industry rides a wave of record sales to the Saudi regime and the Middle East in general, a pause to the relentless advance of the biggest war economy on the planet strikes one as a political strategy, widely telegraphed by Biden even before he became the Democratic nominee.

Nevertheless, a bleaker reality may be conspiring to quash the designs of American arms dealers. Recent developments in the war are increasingly pointing to the possibility that Biden’s ostensible moves towards peace may simply be an attempt to control the narrative and save face around what is looking like yet another defeat in the long-running American-sponsored global “war on terror” and, more awkwardly, an attempt to protect the defense industry from a spectacular debacle.

In light of the Houthis’ bolstered position in the conflict, Biden’s decision to remove them from the list of global terrorist organizations, while overtly maintaining continued U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s “security” needs could very well be a signal that Washington has tacitly admitted that their proxy war in Yemen is not yielding the desired results. Meanwhile, in a joint statement, last week as preparations for Friday’s major attack on Marib were in the offing, Western governments attempted to make a show of strength in the press in lieu of actual results on the battlefield.

Who will think of the arms dealer?

Curiously, most of the other members who came together to condemn the Houthis’ advance on Marib have also publicly halted their own arms trade with Saudi Arabia or its coalition forces, in one way or another. Nonetheless, sub-surface efforts continue to bolster Saudi security in the region.

France, which last week voted to end the sale of security equipment “that fuels conflict in Yemen,” was nevertheless second behind the U.S. in arms exports to Saudi Arabia

In addition, the top four defense contractors that count the kingdom as one of their best clients – F-35 fighter jet-maker Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Boeing – also grace the top five defense-related companies that spend the most on wooing Washington lawmakers, with approximately $40 million spent among them in 2020 alone.

Despite the hold announced by the Biden administration, arms sales have not been entirely stopped

Seller beware

Since December 2020, when most of the world was confident Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia added a few new lobbying organizations to its payroll.

The arms trade lobby, for its part, is coming off substantial victories from the previous administration — which, among other things, loosened drone export laws, directly benefiting companies like General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and its pending $3 billion drone purchase order, which is part of the $23 billion arms deal currently on hold.

But, perhaps there is a much more mundane reason why all these multi-billion-dollar contracts are on hold and it’s that the potential buyers simply can’t – or won’t – pay for the merchandise.

Despite all the glamour and fantastical riches ascribed to the Saudi royal family, their wealth is quite literally all in one basket. If the price of oil plummets, so does the ability of the Saudi princes to close billion-dollar weapons deals.

The reality is that such deals are hardly worth the name. They are mostly comprised of letters of intent and proposals, which prospective buyers may or may not take up. In the case of American client states, like Saudi Arabia, there are ways to make them loosen the purse strings, but when these strings are tied to resources like oil extracted out of a foreign country teeming with armed groups intent on asserting their sovereignty, deals have a tendency to fall through.

However, it would be naïve to believe that the biggest war economy in the world would turn back and leave tens of billions of dollars on the table. If Saudi Arabia or its coalition partners can’t come up with the cash, history has shown that the Military Industrial Complex would not shy away from the chance to bring others to the negotiating table and expand the war to do so.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Peter Schlesinger documents the architecture and culture of Yemen during the 1970s

Brought to life decades later to raise awareness of “the beautiful country and culture”, Peter’s works are now composed into a book published by Damiani.

Peter Schlesinger: Eight Days in Yemen, a new book published by Damiani, captures the travels of a photographer and partner as they journey through this mesmerisingly archaic territory. Over the course of eight days, Peter took hundreds of photographs, lensing fascinating images of the capital, Sanaa, as well as the northern city of Sa’dah. “I didn’t really know anything about it,” says Peter of his preconceptions of the country. “Some scenes in the movie by Pasolini 1001 Nights were filmed there, which I had just seen. There were no tourists there. The only other foreigner we saw worked for the UN and he said it was the most unhygienic country he had ever been to. We had a wonderful driver who was sweet and told us about the culture and people.”

Peter and Eric stayed in the capital, and would take trips out to the surrounding areas, which includes an excursion to Sa’dah. “We needed permission from the military to go there,” he recalls. “The hotel was very primitive and the only place we could eat at, as the food was not safe to eat anywhere else.”

Upon meandering through this momentous documentation, the pages are awash with the incredible scenes of architecture and daily life. The detailed brick work, white painterly decor and traditional patterns mark each building, which – when captured through Peter’s array of artful landscapes – appear in beautifully uniformed fashion. It’s quite unlike any of the architecture found in western civilisation, and the scenes of Yemen’s locals going about their daily lives only add to the gentle hum of the city life. But sadly, much of what we’re observing within these pages have now been left in ruin. “Yemen plunged into civil war and was in the news every day – and still is,” says Peter. “Seeing the destruction going on and looking back at my photographs, I realised that it was a document of a country that had changed so much, and also been destroyed so much.”

It was a rare opportunity for Peter to capture these images; documenting a time before globalisation and the sheer destruction of civil war (photos)

and also

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp3

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War costs Yemen tourism 5 billion dollars Houthis

The Saudi-led military campaign inflicted Yemen’s tourism more than US$ 5 billion in annual revenues, the Houthi-appointed acting minister for tourism said on Thursday.
The Arab coalition ruined 473 archeological and historical sites across Yemen, and caused 543 tourist agencies to close, Ahmed al-Alii added.
The 6-year-old war left 95 percent of tourist sector’s workers fired, after they subsisted 500,000 people, he said in remarks to the Sana’a-based Saba.

and also

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Finance Minister: Transferring Central Bank’s Functions to Aden Deprived One Million Employees of Their Salaries

The transfer of the Central Bank’s functions to Aden and the transfer of the SWIFT, which enables international transactions, deprived one million employees of their salaries, Minister of Finance Dr. Rashid Abu Lahoum affirmed.

In an interview with Al-Thawra newspaper, Abu Lahoum explained that the pro-aggression government was not committed to implementing any of what had been agreed upon in Sweden, causing the continuing disruption of salaries.

He indicated that the Salvation Government used the fuel revenues to pay half of his salary every two months, but the pro-aggression government, with the complicity of the United Nations, prevented all fuel and gas ships from reaching the port of Hodeidah.

Abu Lahoum pointed out that the Ministry of Finance was forced to continue reducing expenditures in order to control as much as possible the level of the budget deficit in light of these exceptional circumstances.

He stressed that the aim of the US-Saudi aggression from the economic war is to achieve a comprehensive economic collapse and government failure in managing society’s affairs, but it failed.

The Minister noted that the US ambassador has threatened to make the Yemeni currency not worthy to the ink with which it was written. The overall economic and monetary policies implemented by the pro-aggression government came within this framework.

Abu Lahoum asserted that the American conspiracy against the economy was thwarted by taking the decision to prevent the circulation of the illegal currency that was printed by the Bank of Aden.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Reminder that #terrorism is rarely defeated, only managed Until today, #alQaeda in #Yemen had formally claimed only 2 ops this year. Today #AQAP claimed both Last week’s mass casualty attack on southern forces near Ahwar, Abyan,Attack on Houthis in Mukayras, Bayda‘ on Sunday (image)

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‘This Is My Person,’ CIA Director Allegedly Said Of Anwar Al-Awlaki

Leaked recordings from Yemen further indicate that „the bin Laden of the Internet“ was a U.S. government asset.

Investigative journalist Alex Rubinstein came out with a bombshell scoop on his Substack this morning, reporting that former CIA Director George Tenet had, in 2001, asked then-President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh to release an unnamed prisoner connected to the Al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in October of the previous year, which killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 37 others.

Though Tenet refused to name the person on the call, other sources confirm that the prisoner in question was Anwar al-Awlaki, an influential imam with dual U.S.-Yemeni citizenship, who would go on to become a key figure in Al Qaeda’s recruitment and operations throughout the subsequent decade. In April of 2010, the U.S. citizen was placed on a CIA kill list by the Obama administration, and successfully executed in a drone strike in September of the next year. (His 16-year-old son, also a U.S. citizen born in Denver, was killed in another U.S. drone strike two weeks later. His eight-year-old daughter was later killed by American troops in an attack ordered by President Donald Trump.)

The content of the 2001 calls leaves little ambiguity about Tenet’s—and the U.S. government’s—interest in al-Awlaki

Nor was American support for al-Awlaki limited to the CIA. Even in the wake of the 9/11 attacks months later, he remained a prominent voice in government orbits, though his public and private behavior ought to have aroused serious suspicion.

The special privilege that al-Awlaki enjoyed in the United States during these years is puzzling given not just his growing presence and escalating radicalism online—which earned him the moniker “bin Laden of the internet”—but his real-world connections to some of the most dangerous and prominent Islamic extremists in the country. Rubinstein recounts some of al-Awlaki’s established interactions with, in particular, some of the key players in the September 11th, 2001 attacks—which would have taken place, it seems, just after the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency sprung him from a Yemeni prison.

Despite what might seem obvious cause for concern, the way events played out from there makes it fairly certain that somebody had al-Awlaki’s back.

And yet, rather than “a moderate Islamic voice with positive views of the United States and the West,” al-Awlaki proved himself a central voice in radical circles both in the U.S. and the Middle East. Even an incomplete list of the extremists influenced by the imam is stunning.

But ongoing references to al-Awlaki in U.S. government documents are unambiguous concerning his relationship with the intelligence state. At least as late as the fall of 2003, the increasingly radical leader was treated as an asset.

There’s not much room for interpretation or explanation there. Such reports contribute to a mountain of evidence that the United States government has, for decades, granted both material and personal support to terrorists. The picture is familiar enough—plenty of people know that bin Laden was supported by the CIA when he was starting out—but the public hardly recognizes how enduring, wide-ranging, and destructive the cooperation really is. More work like Rubinstein’s is required to establish the full scope of U.S. involvement in the destabilization of the Middle East, to illuminate the relationship between that involvement and our ongoing wars in the region, and to demand accountability for grave government misconduct. Even today, as Rubinstein notes, the United States is rubbing elbows with Al Qaeda in Yemen. He quotes an important authority.

Al-Ahmed later repeated the point, taking it one step further:

“Al-Qaeda and ISIS would not survive without state support, including the U.S., and they do it because it serves their interests. Not the interests of the U.S., but of those in power and the companies that make money off this,” he said.

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Exerts Unprecedented Efforts At All Levels to End Crisis in Yemen

Al-Bilad newspaper reported in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is exerting unprecedented efforts at all levels to end the crisis in Yemen.
The Iranian regime and the Houthi militia do not want an end to the crisis in Yemen and the safety of its people and territories, as they are continuously committing murder and torture crimes against Yemeni people, the paper added.
Despite Saudi Arabia’s initiative to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution, the Houthi terrorist militia is continuing in committing war crimes against Yemenis, in addition to targeting civilians and civilian objects in Saudi Arabia, along with energy supplies and the global economy the paper further added.
The attacks on the petroleum products distribution terminal in Jazan in the past two days and Riyadh refinery before with bomb-laden UAVs represent a flagrant violation of customary international and humanitarian law, the paper concluded.

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Yemen ceasefire: The ball is in Al Houthi court

Latest peace offer by Saudi Arabia should be taken up by the Tehran-backed militia

Saudi Arabia has offered an unconditional olive branch to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It extended its latest peace offering which is aimed at ending the war that is now going into its sixth year and reaching a settlement to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.

The offer was comprehensive enough to placate all adversaries. Unfortunately, the Houthis were not buying it at first sight. Saying that the initiative provided nothing new, as it still fell short of their demand for a complete lifting of the blockade on Sana’a airport and Hodeida port.

The ink had barely dried on the latest peace offer when the Houthis responded with their message, sending drone after drone and targeting Saudi cities in proximity of the border with Yemen.

Such is not a response expected to the offering of an olive branch. The Houthis by their brutal response have demonstrated that their agenda is not one in the interest of the Yemeni people, nor is their conflict an ideological one. Rather, they are pawns in a much bigger game being craftily manipulated by their mentors back in Tehran.

Perhaps being emboldened by the lifting of sanctions by the US and the continuing encouragement by Iran, the Houthis are falsely swayed and throwing away their chance at a real and comprehensive peace that will indeed silence the guns in their country without the need for further bombs and bullets. The ball is in their court now.

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Houthi rejection of Saudi peace plan is based on ‘flawed notion’

The Houthi militias in Yemen and their Iranian sponsors have rejected the latest Saudi peace initiative designed to end the crisis in the country because they believe the international community is divided on the issue, according to experts.

“But the Houthis must realize that the world is completely united (in its desire to) achieve peace in Yemen, and it is united behind the Saudi initiative,” said political analyst Mubarak Al-Ati.

The Saudi initiative, which was announced on Monday, is an opportunity for the Houthis to be partners in achieving the peace that the Yemeni people want, and which is supported by the international community, said Al-Ati.
Instead, he added, “the Iran-backed Houthi militia seems to be unwilling to accept the Saudi initiative, which aims to reconstruct Yemen and bring peace and prosperity back to the war-torn Arab country.”

Tariq Al-Zahrani, a strategic expert, told Arab News that the Houthis have clearly rejected the latest Saudi peace initiative.
“The Houthis are following the instructions of Iran and are working on preserving Iranian interests in the region,” he said. “Iran is, in fact, plotting against Saudi Arabia. It wants Saudi Arabia to get busy in a conflict in the south, away from Syria and Lebanon.”
He added that the Houthis are blocking progress in Yemen and the Saudi plan offers a way to break the deadlock.

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Biden’s Next Foreign Policy Challenge: Yemen

The conflict there has raged for more than six years.

The Houthis demand an end to all blockades of Yemen before they are willing to negotiate. While the Houthis will frame this as a humanitarian demand, the prospect of greater weapons shipments from Iran is likely the driving factor. The suffering in Yemen has gone on for long enough, and all vested parties should seek a swift end to the conflict, even without a perfect settlement.

Radical solutions might be necessary: Yemen has been a “unified” country for only 30 years, and a renewed division of the artificial state might be best for all involved. Unfortunately, any peace agreement will likely embolden Iran, which will tout it as a victory, and free up resources for other Quds Force–backed efforts, perhaps in Lebanon or Gaza.

These are only future projections; the ongoing reality of the situation in Yemen demands an end to the violence so that Yemenis can begin rebuilding and recovering what little they have left. The United States is going to have to make the best of the non-ideal situation that will result from a cease in hostilities.

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If the Houthis don’t accept peace now, they are truly lost

The marked reluctance shown by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to engage with Saudi Arabia’s bold initiative to end Yemen’s civil war has demonstrated beyond doubt which side is the true protagonist in this country’s long-running conflict.

Ever since the Saudi-led coalition launched the military campaign in support of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the country’s internationally recognised leader, it has been Riyadh, and not the Houthis, which has attracted the lion’s share of the criticism for Yemen’s dire plight.

Yet, rather than trying to pursue diplomacy, recent evidence shows that the Houthis have only intensified their military campaign to extend their influence over the country, while at the same time continuing their attacks against targets in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

As a result, the number of conflict frontlines in Yemen has increased from 33 in 2019 to 49 today.

The insistence of the Houthis and their Iranian backers on initiating a new offensive at a time when their are renewed diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have been greeted with dismay in Washington.

Houthi intransigence over the new diplomatic effort has led to Tim Lenderking, the US Special Envoy for Yemen, to accuse the group of giving priority to a military campaign to take Marib over “suspending the war and moving relief to the Yemeni people”.

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The fuel for the war has arrived

Under pressure from the international conspirators, the fuel ships have now been permitted to dock at the Houthi-controlled Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

The cargo, as usual, will go to the fuel tanks in the backyards of the Houthi militiamen in Sana’a and straight to the black markets one can see in every nook and cranny of Sana’a.

It will be sold at several times the price, and will raise millions of dollars, not to pay the long unpaid civil servants, but to fund the next round of the endless military attacks on Marib.

This is what the conspirators wanted. And this is what is going to happen.

Just wait and see.

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For Yemen’s Houthis, the status quo is the key to power

The problem, however, is that the Houthis have no incentive to accept any peace proposal for the time being because a resolution to Yemen’s war, at least for now, is at odds with their political and military strategy. The Houthi rebels have achieved a considerable amount of progress in advancing their political and military interests and are more interested in maintaining the current status quo than resolving the conflict.

The Houthi rebels have gained more influence and power in Yemen’s conflict as a result of several political events and tactical military measures that have played out to their advantage.

Most of the political privileges that the Houthis enjoy today will cease to exist if they are not in power.

Failure of peace talks led to further Houthi control

On the military front, the Houthis have tightened their grip on the areas they control and continue to go deeper into critical government-affiliated areas.

Although the battle of Hodeidah was averted, the Stockholm Agreement was able to give the Houthis some breathing room as it enabled them to shift their strategy from defensive to offensive and redirect their efforts elsewhere.

The Houthis‘ war of attrition is enabling their rise

The Houthi rebels‘ wins were dependent on their ability to create chaos. Their strategy was to open up multiple battlefronts in a war of attrition that depleted government resources and tested Saudi ground and air defenses. They were able to expand locally with little international attention to the levels of violence they imposed on the local population or the consequences of the destruction they generated.

In the meantime, the Houthis‘ brazen military incursion across Saudi borders caused Riyadh to prioritize border protection over ally protection.

The current rate of expansion is advantageous for the Houthis. If they control Marib, they will be set to expand further into the heart of the South toward the Gulf of Aden to control the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The Houthis‘ theological approach stands in the way of peace

The Houthis have made it clear that they do not share power. They have rejected participation in Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference, refused to sign the U.N.-sponsored peace agreement in Kuwait after months of talks, and made grave errors among local tribes, either fighting or coercing them to accept their mode of governance.

Moreover, the Houthis‘ vision for Yemen is deeply connected to their theological understanding of Islam

For the time being, the Houthis‘ best move is to maintain the status quo by upping the ceiling of their demands, maintaining an emphasis on the Saudi role in the conflict, and continuing their military expansion and violence in order to negotiate from a position of strength. Given the new Biden administration’s priority for peace and the presence of a new U.S. envoy for Yemen, the Houthis realize that there is now more potential to achieve their long-term goals than ever before. Failing to understand that the Houthis have played the long game will undoubtedly pave the way for a non-inclusive Yemeni future that would end with the establishment of a theocratic Houthi state – by Fatima Abo Alasrar

My comment: There seems to be a new propaganda campaign. Also look at trhe following articles.

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Iran Is Increasingly Obsessed with Defeating Saudi Forces in Yemen

Iran is investing heavily in the war in Yemen, through technical know-how and provision of weapons over the last six years, as well as political capital. Where once the Houthi rebels were portrayed as an indigenous rebel force that sprang from the mountains of Yemen, Iran is now taking ownership of the war.

To understand how Iran has sought ownership of the war in Yemen, one can look at Iran’s media reports. The regime shows support by heralding each Houthi drone attack on Saudi Arabia as a success.

Now Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has upped the rhetoric again, singling out Yemen as a key property for the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s point is that Riyadh cannot now extricate itself. Tehran wants to hold Saudi Arabia in Yemen and pin it down and also test its drones and missiles on Saudi Arabia. The message is clear. Iran hopes this proxy war will prove to be a watershed – and that it can then use the same tactics it used in Yemen against the US in the region and against its partners and allies, such as Israel.

and very similar

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Iran and not peace is what matters for Houthis

The Saudi ceasefire initiative in Yemen will not be approved by the Houthis. There is no surprise there. The Houthis view their own position and the regional situation through Iranian eyes. They are satisfied with what meets Iranian interests and opposed to whatever is inconsistent with those interests.

And since Iran has used the war in Yemen as a card to pressure the United States, because of the danger that the Houthi military movement poses to American interests, it is neither acceptable nor permissible from their standpoint for the Yemeni crisis to be handled in a way that serves all Yemeni parties, including the Houthi side itself, which will certainly not come out as a loser from any negotiations between Yemenis.

The problem with the Houthis is that they identify their interests with those of Iran. They even put these ahead of their own, as they are ideology-driven. They look at their cause in terms of sectarian expediency even if it separates them from others, not in terms of national necessity that unites them with other parties. Therefore, they do not see compliance with Iranian dictates as a deviation from their principles.

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Global community needs to discard its failed narrative to guarantee peace in Yemen

In reviewing statements issued by the UN Envoy and the discussions on Yemen at the international level, it is impossible to fail to notice the huge gap between diplomats and the reality faced by people living on the ground.

By merely ending support for Arab coalition operations, this narrative assumes, the war will end. The UK-based charity Oxfam went as far to accuse the British government of prolonging the war in Yemen for not following suit with the Biden administration.

While western media outlets remained plastered with headlines celebrating what was deemed to be a way to end the war, the story on the ground is more complex.

The Houthis, since early January, have been launching a sustained assault on the Marib governorate

The Houthis have become more violent and oppressive since the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in late 2017. Since then, they have launched a brutal campaign to prevent all political parties from operating or running activities.

For the Yemenis, the Houthis are a theological armed movement that is struggling to coexist within the Yemeni political framework.

The international community should realize that military force is necessary to prevent the Houthis from further conquests. Many Yemenis are looking to the international community to help them restore the state institutions and start rebuilding Yemen, and not legitimizing the rule of militias. Caving into the Houthis demands without security military concessions is a recipe for chaos, not stability.

The Saudi initiative is simplifying the narrative for the international community and giving them the chance to view the conflict through the Yemeni lens. The Houthis will continue their violent trend and soon violate the ceasefire and launch missiles inside and outside Yemen.

The international community can seize on the opportunity and take serious steps to prevent the Houthis from foiling peace efforts once again, or they can sit back and watch the Houthis drag Yemen back into the conflict.

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In Yemen, Another Failed Saudi Cease-Fire Will Force U.S. Support

Yemeni Houthis’ likely rejection of a Saudi cease-fire will pressure the United States to soften its criticism of Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen to avoid more rebel advances that would worsen the country’s humanitarian situation (paywalled)

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Becoming Ansar Allah: How the Islamic Revolution Conquered Yemen

The relationship between the Houthis in Yemen and Iran has long been painted as a relatively recent Iranian sideshow that began in 2009 in response to Saudi Arabia’s overt intervention against the Houthis in their wars with Yemen’s government. Such conventional analysis will often stress that the ‘Fiver’ Shiism of Yemen’s Zaydis, to which the Houthis ostensibly subscribe, and the ‘Twelver’ Shiism of Iran are too incompatible to allow an ideological alliance, putting the Houthis in the same tactical category as Sunni Iranian proxies and allies—such as Hamas, the Taliban, or Al-Qaeda—as opposed to groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon or Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq.

Furthermore, it is almost universally asserted that the initial 2004 rebellion by Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi and his faction of the Believing Youth organization was purely a response to domestic grievances, including the Saudi and government-sponsored spread of Salafism in Zaydi areas and the alleged threat to Zaydi religious practice.

This report will re-examine these long-standing assumptions, demonstrating that in fact there is a deep ideological connection between Iran and the Houthis that stems back to 1979; that Iran carefully cultivated the al-Houthi family and its associates, using them to orchestrate an ideological schism in the Zaydi revival movement; and that far from being a reaction to domestic grievances, the 2004 insurrection by the Believing Youth was long-planned and a part of Iran’s broader regional attack on the US and its allies in the ‘war on terrorism.’ Moreover, Iran’s support for the Houthis is not merely a recent, convenient side hustle to needle Saudi Arabia, but is in fact the key battlefield in Iran’s export of Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution, the driver of all Iranian policy since the founding of the Islamic Republic.

The Houthis, far from being a local movement, are a core, organic component of Iran’s Islamic Revolution and always have been. Indeed, for the first time since 1979, Iran has managed to replicate itself fully without being bound by any democratic strictures or existing dictatorships as in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, marking the Houthis as Iran’s most successful revolutionary experiment to date – by Oved Lobel

Full report:

Main points in thread:

About the author:

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Jamal Benomar’s past is catching up with him. He also played an important role in legitimising Houthis coup through brokering the “Peace & Partnership Initiative” in 2014. He owes Yemenis an apology!

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Yemeni Government: Iran’s negative stance towards Saudi initiative aims to prolong the crisis

The Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, has affirmed that the Iranian negative stance towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative to end the Yemeni crisis aims to prolong it.
During a phone call made with the British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Affairs, James Cleverley, the Yemeni minister affirmed the importance of the Saudi initiative as an opportunity to end the crisis in Yemen and achieve peace, noting the international welcome of the initiative.

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Houthis believe God has directed them to liberate #Marib,so i think they won’t stop their escalation unless they receive new divine directives or get fucked up. In case they’re able 2 capture Marib, they wud say God told them the road 4 liberation of Jerusalem passes through KSA

(A P)

Don’t blame the spoiled kids, blame their mother!

The international community is not willing to do anything to force the Houthis to return to the track of peace no matter what crimes they commit, no matter how many peace calls they reject, no matter how long the Yemeni war lasts!

Since the eve of this year, the Shia terrorists have killed and injured thousands of people including civilians, hundreds of them actually: Yemenis and foreigners; permanent residents and IDPs; aid workers, passengers and refugees.

Since they learnt on February 5 that they would be removed from the US terror list, the Houthis launched a fierce war that has not stopped to this moment: The war on Marib. The offensive has been raging 24/7 ever since.

A couple of days ago, Saudi Arabia declared a ceasefire proposal, and he Houthis and the Iranian “ambassador” rejected it right away.

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Saudi ceasefire initiative confuses Houthis, Iran

For the Houthis, a ceasefire at the present time means an end to their offensive on the economically and politically strategic Marib governorate and this without achieving any gains.

Saudi Arabia’s plan for a “comprehensive” ceasefire in Yemen confused calculations of Houthi militias and their Iranian sponsors as it came at an inappropriate time for both sides, observers said.

For the Houthis, a ceasefire at the present time means an end to their offensive on the economically and politically strategic Marib governorate and this without achieving any gains.

As for Iran, a ceasefire and the permanent closing of the Yemeni front would mean the abandonment of a key pressure card on its regional rival, Saudi Arabia. This comes at a time when Tehran is hoping to maintain Yemen’s costly war of attrition that is unlikely to be resolved by military means, believing that the longer the conflict lasts, the weaker Saudi Arabia will become.

Iran, in fact, does not want to lose any of its pressure cards, including that of the conflict in Yemen, at least not before it completes rearranging its relations with the new US administration of President Joe Biden, possibly obtaining the lifting of sanctions that were reimposed by the previous administration of president Donald Trump.

In a sign of Tehran’s reluctance to close the Yemeni file, the Islamic Republic’s reaction to the Saudi initiative was almost identical to that of the Houthis, who demanded more concessions before agreeing to a ceasefire.

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Observers accuse UN Hodeidah mission of bias in Houthis’ favor

Yemeni observers have accused the UN Hodeidah mission of bias with Houthis after it said an Arab Coalition airstrike hit grains port of Al-Salif.

Three observers including Abdusalam Almaamari, a Taiz-based lawyer, said the Houthi militia use the seaports as military sites “and they use the whole port city of Hodeidah to launch ballistic missiles.”

He said, “The UN mission tends to issue statements to the liking of Houthis and therefore this mission has to move to a neutral place away from the Shia extremists’ influence, as the government repeatedly demands.”

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Cartoon: #Houthis & Political Solutions

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia’s Initiative to End Yemeni Crisis Comes in Continuation of the Kingdom’s Concern for Yemen’s Security and Stability

Al-Riyadh, Al-Bilad, Al-Eqtisadiah, and Al-Yaum newspapers reported in their editorials that many countries around the world have welcomed the Kingdom’s initiative to end the crisis in Yemen, for its included proposals that constitute a starting point for a political process between the Yemeni parties, which will lead to resolving the crisis that resulted from the Houthi coup who committed crimes and terrorist attacks against the Yemeni people and the neighboring countries, especially Saudi Arabia.
The initiative comes in continuation of the Kingdom’s initiatives and supports the United Nations efforts in order to reach the desired political solution under the auspices of the United Nations based on the references of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue.
The newspapers added that the Kingdom’s initiative is in line with the efforts of the United Nations in Yemen, as it includes all concerned parties under the auspices of the UN, and the Houthis should seize the opportunity to become real partners in establishing peace in Yemen.

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Inspiriert von Iran und Hisbollah (nur im Abo)

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In Yemen, Achieving Peace is Easier Said Than Done

The Houthis believe that Biden is hell-bent on talks irrespective of the military dynamics on the ground. In other words, if the Houthis successfully take Ma’rib, then their negotiating position becomes much stronger. If they do not, Biden will step in to prevent any credible counterattack by Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government forces that might curtail the Houthis’ military gains. In this win-win situation, the Houthis have thrown significant resources and firepower into the battle to seize Ma’rib and its important resources.

It is difficult to see how Lenderking will be able to leverage concessions from the Houthis who are unlikely to give up any of their military gains politically. Moreover, the Houthis are convinced that Washington has no appetite to deploy force, nor to allow any of its allies to continue using force. Therefore, they believe their gains are secure. The Houthis have also reneged on numerous political agreements on the basis that they are not bound to any deal that is not in accordance with their wider ambitions of restoring the Imamate that was overthrown in the 1962 revolution, and over which they have fought more than six wars already.

Moreover, Lenderking will find it challenging to coax Iran into convincing the Houthis to offer concessions. Iran sees Yemen as part of wider negotiations with Washington over its role in the region. For Tehran, Yemen is a pressure point alongside Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon through which to extract concessions from Washington. While Biden and Lenderking would prefer to deal with each conflict on its specific dynamics, Iran will seek to ensure that Yemen is part of wider regional considerations in its prospective talks with Washington.

(A P)

How the Houthis teach Yemeni youth to hate

The Iran-backed Houthi militia is using graphic violent imagery, including pictures of dead children, in educational materials to condition young Yemenis to support violence and hate the US, Saudi Arabia and Jews, according to a new report.

“Houthi educational materials are rife with violence and imagery of death, irrespective of the age of the target audience,” said the report, released on Tuesday by education watchdog IMPACT-se.

Images of dead children, for example, are used “to portray the Houthis’ enemies as monstrous and inhumane.”

Adversaries of the Houthis, in particular countries participating in the Saudi-led coalition’s military campaign against the group, are “presented as an inhuman, absolute evil.”

The report found that through magazines such as their signature publication Jihad, the Houthis are indoctrinating young Yemenis into an overtly violent and radical ideology.

My comment: And who killed them should not matter??? This is an absurd propaganda article blaming the Houthis for showing those killed by the Saudi/US/UAE aggression.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

March 22:

March 21:

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Film: Part of the most heinous crimes of the American-Saudi aggression against citizens in Saada Governorate 03-03-2021

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[Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Communications: Over 2,409 Saudi Airstrikes Targeted Communication Facilities During 6 Years

During a press conference held in Sana’a, the ministry stated that the telecommunications sector suffered material and human losses with more than 2,409 air strikes.

“The aggression targeted 1041 facilities, communications sites and post offices, resulting in the total destruction of 32% of the total infrastructure and the partial destruction of 23%,” it added.

The Ministry pointed out that the aggression caused the closure of 774 service facilities in the governorates. In addition, it resulted in the death of 60 employees in the sector.

The Ministry of Communications noted that the blockade resulted in the detention of 104 communications stations, nearly 7 million mobile phone cards and 16 containers for communications and messaging equipment, and stopped them in airports and ports under the control of the aggression.

The Ministry indicated that the initial material losses incurred by the telecommunications and postal sector amounted to more than one billion and four hundred dollars, equivalent to more than 3 trillion Yemeni riyals.

It also explained that the aggression caused the failure to restore service to more than 87 Yemeni villages and cities that were cut off from the world and deprived more than a million citizens of services.

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Over 520 Medical Facilities Destroyed in Saudi-led Attacks on Yemen, Senior Health Official Tells Press TV

A senior Yemeni health official says more than 500 medical facilities have been destroyed as a result of attacks by the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating military campaign against the country.

Dr. Najeeb Khalil al-Qabati, the spokesman for the Health Ministry in Yemen’s National Salvation Government, told Press TV on Wednesday that the Saudi-led alliance and their allied militants are responsible for the destruction of 523 hospitals in Yemen.

He added that more than 100 ambulances have also been badly damaged because of the Saudi-led aggression, and that over half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen are now closed, while medicine is urgently needed.

Qabati said Saudi-led attacks and acute fuel shortages due to a tight blockade on the entry of oil derivatives have turned the conflict in Yemen into the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

and also

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Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces

Official Spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Legal Counsellor Mansour Al-Mansour refuted a number of claims raised by global bodies and international organizations on errors allegedly committed by the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen during their military operations in Yemen.
In a press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh today, Al-Mansour reviewed the results of assessing five incidents included in those claims as follows:
With regard to the annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the reports of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General No. (A/HRC/42/CRP.1) issued (03 September 2019), that the Group of Experts documented the damages to the (Al-Thawrah) Hospital in the north-east of (Taiz) city of (Taiz) governorate, as a result of shelling and shooting, the hospital reported that the bombing killed an ambulance worker on (20 April 2015).
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents,

By studying the records of the Coalition Forces surface units on (20/04/2015) which is the day of the claim, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces surface units did not carry out any military missions using surface to surface weapons, in (Taiz) city of (Taiz) governorate in the date and location of the claim.

By studying the satellite images of (Al-Thawrah Hospital) after the date of the claim, JIAT found the following:
1. No damages resulting from air strikes on the buildings of (Al-Thawrah Hospital) of the claim.
2. The distance between (Al-Thawrah Hospital) and the military target in (Taiz) city of (Taiz) governorate is (930) meters, which is considered to be a safe distance, and outside the possible side effects of the air targeting.
In light of that, JIAT found that Coalition Forces did not target (Al-Thawrah Hospital) in (Taiz) city of (Taiz) governorate as claimed.

With regard to what JIAT observed in some media, that the Coalition Forces on (16/08/2020) targeted (fuel storage) in (Al-Arj) area in (Bajil) directorate of (Al-Hodeidah) governorate, other media reported that the site targeted by the Coalition Forces was (oil factory).
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents

The degrees of verification were available through the ground sources, which confirmed the existence of (site belonging to Al-Houthi armed militia, protected by air defense, and used to manufacture munitions, with an underground warehouse) in (Bajil) directorate of (Al-Hodeidah) governorate, based on Rule (16) of customary international humanitarian law which actively contributes to military actions, and considered to be a legitimate military target, that achieves a concrete, direct and certain military advantage, based on Article (52) of the First Additional Protocol of the Geneva Conventions and rule (8) of customary international humanitarian law.
Accordingly, the Coalition Forces on (16/08/2020) carried out an air mission on a military target.

In light of that JIAT found the following:
1. The procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military target (site belonging to Al-Houthi armed militia protected by air defense, and used to manufacture munitions, with an underground warehouse) in (Bajil) directorate of (Al-Hodeidah) governorate, were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.
2. Invalidity of what was broadcasted in some media that Coalition Forces targeted (fuel storage) or (oil factory) in (Al-Arj) area in (Bajil) directorate of (Al-Hodeidah) governorate.

With regard to what was stated in the report issued by Physicians Human Rights in (march 2020), entitled (Attacks by the parties to the conflict on the health sector in Yemen), which included that on (02/09/2015) Coalition aircrafts bombed (Al-Atfain Health Center) in (Kitaf and Al-Baqa’a) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, killing two people and damaging the center and the staff residence.
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents

JIAT found that the (Al-Atfain Health Center) of the claim is one of the medical centers mentioned on the official website of the Yemeni National Information Center designated for health centers and hospitals in Yemen, and is located in (Kitaf and Al-Baqa’a) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, and is in the Coalition Forces No Strike List (NSL). By studying the satellite images of (Al-Atfain Health Center) site after the date of the claim, by the JIAT specialists, and found the following:
1. (Al-Atfain Health Center) of the claim consists of two separate buildings inside a fence.
2. No damages caused by air strikes on the buildings of the (Al-Atfain Health Center).
In light of that, JIAT found that Coalition Forces did not target (Al-Atfain Health Center) in (Kitaf and Al-Baqaa) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate as claimed.

With regard to what was referred to JIAT from Coalition Forces Command, to study and evaluate the results of the targeting of Al- Houthi armed militia grouping on Thursday (13/09/2018), in (Marran) area of (Sa’da) governorate, and what was observed by JIAT in the open sources, that an air strike on (13/09/2018) hit a (house) of displaced families, killing two children in (Marran) area in (Haydan) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate.
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents

JIAT found that an intelligent information had been received from ground sources inside Yemen, that Al-Houthi armed militia is strengthening of its presence in the (Marran) area of (Sa’da) governorate, and developing new sites in vacant lands, approximately (8) km from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s international border, and preparing to carry out military operations.
The degrees of verification were available through the ground sources and electronic monitoring operations, which confirmed the presence of (gatherings of Al-Houthi Armed militia fighters with motorcycles, weapons and ammunition hidden under trees) in vacant lands, in (Marran) area in (Haydan) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, and their readiness to carry out an offensive operation on the Coalition Corces sites, based on rule (16) of customary international humanitarian law, which is considered to be a legitimate military target, that achieves a concrete, direct and certain military advantage, based on Article (52) of the First Additional Protocol of the Geneva Conventions and rule (8) of customary international humanitarian Law.
Accordingly, the Coalition Forces at (07:52) am on (13/09/2018), carried out an air mission on two legitimate military targets (gatherings of Al-Houthi Armed militia fighters with motorcycles, weapons and ammunition hidden under trees) in vacant lands, in (Marran) area of (Haydan) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, using guided bombs that hit their targets.

In light of that JIAT found the following:

  1. The procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military targets (gatherings of Al-Houthi Armed militia fighters with motorcycles, weapons and ammunition hidden under trees) in vacant land, were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.
  2. Coalition Forces did not target a (house) in (Marran) area of (Haydan) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate on (13/09/2018) as claimed.

With regard to what was stated in the report issued by Physicians Human Rights in (march 2020), entitled (Attacks by the parties to the conflict on the health sector in Yemen), which included that on (02/09/2015) Coalition Forces targeted the health center in (Kitaf and Al-Baqa’a) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, the attack partially destroyed the center and the surrounding area.
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents.

In light of that JIAT found the following:

  1. The procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military targets (gatherings of Al-Houthi Armed militia fighters with motorcycles, weapons and ammunition hidden under trees) in vacant land, were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.
  2. Coalition Forces did not target a (house) in (Marran) area of (Haydan) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate on (13/09/2018) as claimed.

With regard to what was stated in the report issued by Physicians Human Rights in (march 2020), entitled (Attacks by the parties to the conflict on the health sector in Yemen), which included that on (02/09/2015) Coalition Forces targeted the health center in (Kitaf and Al-Baqa’a) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate, the attack partially destroyed the center and the surrounding area.
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents.

By studying the Coalition Forces air missions carried out on (02/09/2015) which is the day of the claim, JIAT found that the closest military target the Coalition Forces dealt with was (47) km away from (Kitaf Health Center) of the claim.

No signs of aerial targeting on (Kitaf Health Center) building and the surrounding area in the date of the claim.
In light of that, JIAT found that Coalition Forces did not target (Kitaf Health Center) in (Kitaf and Al-Baqa’a) directorate of (Sa’da) governorate on (02/09/2015) as claimed.

My comment: I did not find many evidence and footage. Only:

Saada province, Marran area, House of displaced family, Sept. 13, 2018:


Details, photos:



Hodeidah province, Bajil dir., fuel storage, Aug. 16, 2020:

Only two short reports found, links working no more

These JIAT “investigations” are fake. The only reason for committing this charade is already stated in the headline of this report: It’s “refuting allegations”, i. e. whitewashing.

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More Saudi coalition air raids / Marib p., Hajjah p., Saada p. Marib p. / Several prov. Marib p. Hajjah p. Saada p. Marib p., Jawf p., Saada p. Marib p. Hodeidah Hajjah, Jawf, Marib p. Marib p. Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp17a, cp18

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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[Hadi] Government forces advance, capture positions from Houthis in southwest Yemen

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Navigation stops at Jeddah International Airport in Saudi Arabia

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Jemen feuert 26 Raketen und Drohnen tief ins saudische Territorium ab

Jemenitische Streitkräfte hätten laut ihrem Sprecher große Operationen mit 18 Drohnen und acht ballistischen Raketen tief in Saudi-Arabien durchgeführt.

Laut dem Fernsehsender Al-Masira sagte Brigadegeneral Yahya Sari-a, Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, gestern (Freitag), die Operation habe saudischen Militär- und lebenswichtige Stützpunkten und Strukturen gegolten.

Er betonte, die Operation mit 18 Drohnen und acht ballistischen Raketen sei tief in Saudi-Arabien durchgeführt worden.

Während der Operation seien die Aramco Oil Company in Raas al-Tanura, Yanbu, Rabigh, Jazan und „könig Abdul Aziz in Dammam angegriffen worden, fügte Sari-a hinzu.

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte sagte ferner, Aramco sei mit 12 Drohnen vom Typ Samad-3 und acht Raketen vom Typ „Zulfiqar“ und „Badr“ angegriffen worden.

Er fügte hinzu, andere militärische Positionen in „Najran“ und „Aseer“ seien mit sechs Drohnen vom Typ „Qasef 2K“ angegriffen worden.


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Mögliche Vergeltung für Angriff auf Getreidehafen: Huthi-Drohnen greifen saudisches Ölterminal an

Bei einem Drohnenangriff auf ein saudisches Ölterminal am Roten Meer wurde ein Treibstofftank in Brand gesetzt, so das saudische Energieministerium. Mehrere Drohnen der jemenitischen Huthi-Rebellen griffen Berichten zufolge zwei Städte unweit der Grenze zum Jemen an.

Ein Projektil traf am Freitag ein Ölterminal in Dschāzān, einer saudischen Hafenstadt am Roten Meer nördlich der Grenze zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Jemen. Ein Brennstofftank geriet in Brand. Menschen sollen nicht zu Schaden gekommen sein, geht aus einer Erklärung des saudischen Ölministeriums hervor.

Im Internet sind unbestätigte Videoaufnahmen im Umlauf, die den Brand zeigen sollen.

Während das saudische Energieministerium es ablehnte, den Angriff einem bestimmten Akteur zuzuschreiben, beschuldigten die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in einer Erklärung die jemenitischen Huthi-Rebellen der Attacke und stuften den Vorfall als Terrorismus ein. Der Golf-Kooperationsrat, ein regionaler Block von sechs arabischen Staaten, zog bald nach und machte in einer separaten Presseerklärung ebenfalls die Huthis verantwortlich.

Der Angriff auf den Hafen von Dschāzān folgte auf mehrere Drohnenangriffe, die laut Al-Arabiya auf weitere Orte in Saudi-Arabien abgezielt haben sollen. Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition behauptet, mindestens sieben Drohnen abgefangen zu haben, darunter eine über Chamis Muschait und eine weitere über Nadschran. Die Koalition veröffentlichte später Bilder von einigen der unbemannten Flugkörper, die man abgeschossen haben will.


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Jemens Huthi-Rebellen greifen erneut Ziele in Saudi-Arabien an

Jemens Huthi-Rebellen haben erneut Ziele im Nachbarland Saudi-Arabien angegriffen. Ein Huthi-Sprecher erklärte, es seien 18 Drohnen und 8 ballistische Raketen eingesetzt worden.

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[Sanaa gov.] Armed forces carry out major operation in depth of Saudi lands

The armed forces carried out on Friday a large-scale military operation, titled „the National Resilience Day Operation“ targeting vital military facilities and installations belonging to the Saudi enemy.

„The operation that came at the launch of the seventh year of steadfastness was carried out with 18 drones and eight ballistic missiles,“ Spokesman for the armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sarie, said in a statement, which Saba received a copy of it.

The headquarters of Aramco in Ras Tanura, Rabigh, Yanbu, Jizan and the King Abdulaziz base in Dammam were targeted by 12 Sammad-3 drones and eight ballistic missiles of Zulfiqar, Badr, and Sa’ir tayps, Brig. Gen. Sarie explained.

Other military sites in Najran and Asir were targeted by six Qasef 2k drones, he added.

The spokesman of the armed forces said that the operation had successfully achieved its objectives, warning the aggression forces of the consequences of their continued aggression and siege on the Yemeni people.

He also confirmed the readiness of the armed forces to carry out more severe and harsh military operations during the coming period.

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Saudi-led coalition intercepts and destroys several Houthi drones launched at kingdom

The Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi forces in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed several explosive-laden drones aimed at Saudi Arabia, state TV reported.

The coalition said the Iran-aligned Houthis attempted to target universities in both Najran and Jazan, Saudi cities near the Yemeni border. The coalition said it had destroyed the one targeting Najran, as well as six additional explosive-laden drones fired by the Houthis aimed at the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said one of the projectiles struck a petroleum products distribution station in Jazan that resulted in a fire in one of the tanks, state news agency SPA reported. There were no casualties, the ministry said.

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My comment: Targeting universities? This obviously is propaganda BS.


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Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Ballistic Missile Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the City of Najran

“Royal Saudi Air Defense has intercepted and destroyed this morning (Friday) a ballistic missile launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in Najran.


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Fuel tank attacked, catches fire in southern Saudi Arabia

A fuel tank at an oil facility in Saudi Arabia caught fire after being struck by a projectile, the kingdom said Friday, an attack that came on the sixth anniversary of its entry into Yemen’s yearslong civil war.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assault at Jizan in southwest Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, though it came during what Saudi defense officials described as a barrage of eight bomb-carrying drones launched by the Houthi rebels.

The attack in Jizan, some 970 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Riyadh on the Red Sea, struck a distribution facility just after 9 p.m. Thursday, the Saudi Energy Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

“The attack resulted in a fire in one of the terminal’s tanks,” the statement said, without elaborating. “The attack left no casualties.”

Saudi Arabia did not specifically identify the area struck. However, Jizan is home to a new refinery and port facilities for the energy giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

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Attack on Saudi oil terminal leaves fuel tank on fire after wave of Houthi drones targets nearby cities

Unverified video footage has circulated online purporting to show the blaze in progress.

While the Saudi ministry stopped short of attributing the attack to any particular actor, a statement by the United Arab Emirates condemned Yemen’s Houthi rebel group for the strike, which it described as terrorism. The Gulf Cooperation Council – a regional bloc made up of six Arab states – soon followed suit, also holding the Houthis responsible in a separate press release.

The attack comes after reports that several drones targeted other sites in Saudi Arabia

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Ministry of Defense: The Act of Vandalism Against Jazan’s Petroleum Products Distribution Terminal, The Attempt To Target Civilians, Civilian Objects Confirm Terrorist Houthi Militia’s Rejection of Kingdom’s Peace Initiative, Reaffirm Iran’s Control Of Militia’s Political, Military Decisions.

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki.
“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attempt to target Jazan’s petroleum products distribution terminal Thursday evening (25 March 2021) is a cowardly act of vandalism, which does not target the Kingdom and its economic installations, in fact it targets the core of global economy, the security of oil exports and stability of petroleum supplies, as well as the security of maritime navigation and international trade. It clearly demonstrates as well the utter disregard of the terrorist militia to the ecological and economic consequences of this act of vandalism.
The Royal Saudi Air Defense and the Royal Saudi Air Force have intercepted and destroyed (8) bomb-laden UAVs launched by the Houthi militia in a deliberate, systematic manner to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom in a flagrant violation of the customary International Humanitarian Law.
The Houthi militia has as well launched (3) ballistic missiles toward the Kingdom. One of which fell short in Al-Jawf governorate after its launch from Sana’a, and the remaining two fell in two uninhabited border areas.


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An official spokesman at the Ministry of Energy condemned the attack on the Jizan’s petroleum products distribution terminal with a projectile and stressed that such acts of sabotage target the security of energy supplies

An official spokesman at the Ministry of Energy said that today at 09:08 PM an attack with a projectile was made on the petroleum products distribution terminal in Jizan. The attack resulted in a fire in one of the terminal’s tanks. The attack left no casualties.
The spokesman stressed that the Kingdom strongly condemns this cowardly attack against vital installations. The attack does not only target the Kingdom, but also petroleum exports, the stability of energy supply to the world, freedom of world trade, as well as the global economy.
It also affects maritime traffic and exposes coasts and territorial waters to serious environmental consequences.


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Saudi Regime Should Not Expect to Be Safe

The journalist and writer Abdel Bari Atwan wrote an article in Rai Al-Youm newspaper,

Atwan said that there are four reasons that made the recent attack of the Yemeni drones on Aramco facilities in Riyadh very different from the previous ones, as follows:

First: The Ras Tanura attack, which was the first of its kind, means that oil exports, whose backbone is this port, are no longer safe and are more vulnerable to threats.

Second: The bombing of a headquarters and an oil refinery in the heart of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, constitutes a huge psychological and moral blow to the Saudi leadership, which derives its legitimacy by providing safety for its citizens. Most of the residents of the capital saw the pillars of flames and smoke that covered the sky as a result of the fire.

Third: The arrival of Yemeni drones and missiles to the oil facilities of the giant Aramco company in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Ras Tanura and Jizan will greatly reduce its financial market value in the local and international markets, while the Saudi regime relies on them and its shares to compensate the huge deficits in Its budget and to finance the necessary infrastructure projects.

Fourth: The failure of the US-made Saudi defense systems, for which tens of billions of dollars have been paid, if not more, to acquire them is a lightning blow to the US military industry and inflicts a lot of damage on its reputation in the global markets.

Atwan added: “This intensification of attacks on Saudi oil installations, airports and ports came with the current escalation of the war in Marib to control the huge Yemeni oil and gas reserves.“

And he added: “These Yemeni drones and ballistic missiles sent by their bombs a clear message to the Saudi leadership saying do not expect your oil installations and your infrastructure to be blessed in safety, as long as your aggression continues, imposing siege and starvation on our people, closing the port of Hodeidah, preventing our energy and food supplies, and trying to impede our forces‘ seizure of oil and gas reserves in Marib.“

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Houthis vow to attack Aramco

The Iranian-backed Houthi group on Thursday vowed to keep attacking the Saudi oil giant, Aramco.
„We’ll hit Aramco even if it feeds the whole world,“ Houthi spokesman, Mohamed Abdul Salam, said in remarks to al-Maideen TV.

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Saudi-led coalition destroys another explosives-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis -state TV

The Saudi-led coalition said on Thursday it destroyed an explosives-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the kingdom’s southern city of Khamis Mushait, according to state TV.

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Huthi-Rebellen attackieren saudischen Flughafen

Erst am Montag hatte Riad einen Vorschlag zur Beendigung des Bürgerkriegs im Jemen vorgelegt. Nun haben Huthi-Rebellen einen Flughafen in Saudi-Arabien mit Drohnen angegriffen.

Der Flughafen war den Angaben zufolge schon öfter Ziel von grenzübergreifenden Anschlägen. »Unsere Aktionen werden weitergehen, so lange, wie die Aggressionen und der Belagerungszustand anhalten«, verkündete der Huthi-Sprecher auf Twitter.

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Yemen’s Houthis say they fired drone at Saudi airport after truce offer

Yemen’s Houthi forces launched a drone attack on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the Iran-aligned group’s military spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after Riyadh presented a new peace initiative that includes a nationwide ceasefire.

There was no immediate confirmation by Saudi authorities or the Saudi-led military coalition that has been battling the Houthis for six years, of an attack on Abha airport which has been repeatedly targeted by cross-border attacks.

“Our operations will continue as long as the aggression and siege continue,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a Twitter post.

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Just in: US Central Command tells me “there is no operational reporting that supports that a US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen” on Tuesday, as Houthis claimed. „Our mission in Yemen is a raid against ISIS, and that mission continues,“ @PentagonPresSec says.

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cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Kampf um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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Battle for Marib: Last city in north Yemen under gov’t control

Marib’s fall would highlight the Saudis’ failure in overcoming a group seen as a ragtag pro-Iranian militia at the start of the war.

On the front lines to the west of Marib, the last major city under complete government control in Yemen’s north, the battles are still fierce.

The Houthi rebels, despite six years of Saudi-led military intervention to counter their attempted takeover of the Yemeni state, are on the offensive.

If Marib falls, it would highlight the Saudis’ failure to overcome an armed group that was seen as a ragtag pro-Iranian militia at the start of the war. It would also prove disastrous for a Yemeni government that has struggled to stamp its authority even on territory nominally under its control as it faces enemies from within the anti-Houthi camp.

Yet men like Adel Al-Qardaie are still fighting for the Yemeni government in Marib. The soldier has participated on the front lines against the Houthis since 2015 – and sees it as his patriotic duty.

“Marib will not fall because of the two million people who fled here from across the country, as well as Marib’s original inhabitants,” Al-Qardaie told Al Jazeera in a break from fighting. “They will not allow it to fall. Marib is the last haven of those who have been oppressed by the Houthis. They will defend Marib until the last person.”

Al-Qardaie said the situation at the front is constantly changing. The Houthis have been sending reinforcements to the governorate since their latest offensive in the area began at the start of February. However, despite early successes, they got no further than about 30km (19 miles) west of Marib city and government defences have held.

“The Houthis have taken the initiative militarily, no one else has,” said Maged Al-Madhaji, executive director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. “They decide where the battles will take place, and they’re stronger. They didn’t accept a deal when they were weaker militarily, so why would they accept one when they’re stronger and the military situation is in their favour?”

While the Houthis do have the upper hand, Yemeni government forces have attempted offensives of their own in recent weeks, in the central governorate of Taiz, as well as in Hajjah, in Yemen’s northeast. The offensives have been relatively successful so far, indicating the Houthis may be slightly overstretched.

The reality is while the Houthis are a united and cohesive unit, the anti-Houthi side continues to be divided.

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Security services in #Marib busted a Houthi sleeper cell while planning to destabilize the governorate, and confiscated weapons, explosive devices, maps, and walkie-talkies, security sources said on Friday. (photos)

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Dozens of Houthi militants killed in Murad front southern Marib

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Over 30 Houthi militants killed west of Marib

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[Sanaa gov. army] Air defenses shoot down spy aircraft of aggression in Marib

The army’s air defenses shot down on Tuesday a combat-spy aircraft of the Saudi-led aggression coalition in Marib province.

The army’s spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sarie confirmed, in a statement, that a US-made MQ-9 plane was shot down while it was carrying out hostile missions

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A statement issued by the Executive Unit in Marib Governorate about the incident of the Houthi group targeting the IDP camps in Marib, March 22, 2021 (text in image)

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Houthis stuck in Marib military quagmire, experts say

The Iran-backed Houthis find themselves embroiled in a costly military quagmire in Yemen’s central province of Marib as their month-long offensive has stalled and they have not been able to recapture the province’s capital.

The military deadlock has prompted the rebels into shifting their goal from taking Marib city to potentially using the offensive as a bargaining chip in future peace talks, Yemeni experts say.

“While the Houthis initially had momentum in their offensive on Marib, the battle has descended into a familiar stalemate,” Samuel Ramani, an international relations researcher at Oxford University, told Arab News.

“Houthis stumbled in Marib. Their offensive has been repelled,” Nadwa Al-Dawsari, a Yemeni conflict analyst and a non-resident scholar at the US-based Middle East Institute told Arab News.

Yemen experts argue that the Houthis, stuck deep in a military stalemate and increased fatalities, have dropped their goal of seizing Marib and could use the offensive as leverage at behind-the-scenes negotiations.

“There’s a possibility the Houthis knew the probability of taking Marib was low, especially given the power of the tribes and the terrain, which exposes them to Saudi airstrikes,” Katherine Zimmerman, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Arab News.

“They may be seeking to use their new positions as a bartering chip at future negotiations.”

The rebels are still close and pose a threat to the city, experts say.

“They are still sending reinforcements. While their offensive was stalled by the tribes and government forces, they are still a threat to Marib,” Al-Dawsari said.

Yemen experts predict three scenarios for the post-Houthi offensive on Marib: the Yemeni government forces and the Houthis plunge deeper into a military stalemate, the rebels break through and take full control of Marib, or the government forces completely push the rebels out of the Marib province.

The outcome of the offensive could decide the trajectory of the country’s political and military courses.

“If Houthis take Marib, the political process will officially collapse,” Al-Dawsari said. “Already, the rebels have demonstrated a lack of interest in political negotiations. They want an end to Saudi airstrikes and military intervention but they are not really interested in reaching a political agreement with other actors.”

But if the Houthis fail to capture Marib, they might pause the offensive and engage in talks with their opponents to buy time and regroup forces before renewing strikes.

“The unreliability of the rebels as peace partners makes it difficult to predict their response to a failed offensive in Marib,” Ramani said. “They might engage in dialogue with Saudi Arabia, perhaps facilitated by Oman, just to buy time and then escalate again.”

My comment: By a pro-Saudi news site.

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Film: Missile Strike in Marib city on March 16, 2021.

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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Film: A citizen was injured and his car was damaged by a Houthi mine explosion, south of Hais

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Two Citizens Injured in US-Saudi Bombing on Hodeidah

Number of residents were injured and houses were damaged as a result of the bombing of citizens‘ homes in Hodeidah governorate by the forces of the US-Saudi aggression, in a continuous violation of the Stockholm Agreement.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that a man and a woman were injured Thursday morning as a result of the artillery shelling of the aggression’s forces on homes in Al-Haly district.

The correspondent added that a number of citizens‘ homes were damaged as a result of the artillery shelling on Wednesday night on the 7Yolio neighborhood and 50th Street in Hodeidah.

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Aggression wages 9 airstrikes on Hodeida

The aggression forces‘ spy plane waged on Wednesday 9 airstrikes on Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.

The Air raids targeted various places in Kilo16 and al-Tuhaita regions, as part of the violations of the Swedish Agreement by the forces of aggression, said the official.

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Film: (Displaced person) narrates the tragedy of the martyrdom of his mother and his brother’s son and the destruction of his home and property in Houthi bombing in Hodeidah

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Film: Houthi shells: killed three of (Yahya Faraj) children, his pregnant wife, and two of his relatives

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Daily violations as claimed by the Houthi side

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cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Global Coalition of Coffee Industry Leaders Shine Light on Yemen Amidst World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

on April 9, 2021, a global consortium of coffee industry leaders will host the virtual launch event for Amal Yemen (“Hope for Yemen”), a unique and ongoing campaign designed to mobilize interest in Yemen’s culinary and artistic output – especially its highly distinctive coffee. Featuring internationally acclaimed BBC journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi, author Jonathan Morris, geneticist Dr. Christophe Montagnon, director of Yemen’s National Coffee Research Center Ahmad Al Muallim, as well as celebrated Yemeni artists and musicians, virtual attendees will also be able to also participate in guided Yemeni coffee tastings hosted by widely recognized coffee industry experts.

Amal Yemen was designed to create a new kind of engagement with Yemeni producers, artists and businesses while raising funds to support humanitarian relief efforts currently underway.

It aims to cultivate a global audience to plug in to Yemen’s rich history and unique contributions to the world of coffee. The event will include a raffle and subsequent auction featuring coffee gear, subscriptions, experiences, and unique artwork donated by dozens of roasters, equipment manufacturers, artists, and other individuals.

Thought to be the birthplace of modern coffee, Yemen is directly responsible for the existence of coffee consuming culture and the origin of the commercial coffee trade. As the country continues to suffer in its sixth year of war, coffee farmers are facing unprecedented challenges – in particular, a lack of vital resources to keep agricultural and business operations moving forward throughout the country.

“Yemen should sit near the top of the list of countries celebrated for its extraordinary coffees, yet it is nearly invisible within the modern specialty coffee movement” explained Geoff Watts, event organizer and co-owner of Intelligentsia Coffee. “Amal Yemen was designed as an international campaign to showcase Yemen’s profound coffee traditions and vibrant contributions in visual arts, music, and cuisine. We hope to create a magnetism that draws a global audience to form new relationships with the country and its 30 million inhabitants and engage with Yemeni businesses in their own communities. It is a forward-looking project that is simultaneously raising funds to alleviate acute suffering today.”


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del Almawery is a Yemeni visual artist whose art is inextricably woven with the deepest love for the country that is his physical and spiritual home.

”I have always loved art. Since I was a child. Seeing the Yemeni landscape, the vernacular architecture of the villages reminds me of my roots. I come from a village called like my last name, Mawery. You might have never heard of it, but I carry it with me, in letters and in heartbeats.”

When I moved to the capital, Sanaa, I understood immediately that what I felt was the soul of the city. Nothing was static to my eyes: I saw the houses move, like the people. It was the city’s soul pulsing. I still have this feeling after so many years and this is why in my paintings the houses seem to bend and there are no linear shapes: life and soul transpire; theirs is the eternal dance commenced 3000 years ago when our capital was first inhabited. I cannot express it differently: Sanaa is my soul, it embodies the warmth of our universe.”


Wikipedia: Shibam Kawkaban

is a double town[3] in Shibam Kawkaban District, Al Mahwit Governorate, Yemen,[5] located 38 km[1] west-northwest[3] of Sanaa, the national capital.[1]


Photos from Hadramaut


Photo: Khawkaban 1980, and others

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Film: Beautiful YEMEN – travel video around the world

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Photos: This Sanaa International Airport used to be packed with tourists. You can imagine … Of course, these photos are during my tenure as Executive Director of the Tourism Promotion Board.

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Yemen used to be: Using art to bring a rich history back to life

When we think of Yemen, war and famine often come to mind straight away. The UN has declared that Yemen is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and that the lives of millions are at risk if the situation on the ground does not change. But a group of Yemeni creators want the world to see what the country has to offer by highlighting what ‚Yemen used to be‘.

Founded by Ahmed AlHagri, who was later joined by Waleed AlWard, in 2019, the project is „an art initiative that aims to alter stereotypes held about Yemen“ and a platform which „directs its efforts in an artistic approach to change the negative image of Yemen in the eyes of those near and far“.

The following year, ‚Yemen used to be‚ launched its first art exhibition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Both Ahmed and Waleed „decided to put together an event to get creatives to share their work.“ Artists, singers and changemakers came together hoping to bring a „positive perspective“ to the narrative on Yemen.

Through the inspiring stories of Yemen, this initiative continues to create illustrations, videos and graphics that portray the country’s history. The production team aims to „produce different documentary style pieces“ about the „outstanding achievements in Yemen’s history“, curating these pieces throughout the year to give viewers a better understanding of the country.

„The Ramadan project was one of my favourites,“ Waleed says, as it was an opportunity to „share stories about the wonders of Yemen and the celebrations that we have which bring people together“ and shed light on the important „traditions“ Yemen carries during the fasting month.

Sixteen people now make up the team at ‚Yemen used to be‘, all are volunteers who are passionate about bringing these stories to life with the aim of „educating people“ around the world. „We don’t do this for the money, we are a group of volunteers that come and go, we do our best to just create what we really love,“ says Waleed. „We want to tell these stories because there is a meaning far and wide, Yemen is so broad and so different in many ways and we want people to learn about it.“

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A Castle in the Air: Trekking the Secret Mountain Paths of Yemen

The celebrated author recounts a trip he made 30 years ago, to a place in Yemen that may never have existed

This is the story of a journey I made in Yemen about 30 years ago. I put it into words nine years ago, early in 2012, when everything in the country was changing. Like much of the Arab world, we’d had a year of protests, fighting, massacres. The ruler of a third of a century, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was about to abdicate (or so he said, signing his power away with a smile that was … smug? Vulpine?).

Things were in thrilling, frightening flux. I suppose that in setting down the journey, I wanted to hold on to something from the past: from the country’s ancient continuity, and from my own history of rambles in Arabia Felix. This tale of a city in the sky seemed to catch something of the felicity of the land called, in Arabic, al-Yaman al-Sa’id, Yemen the Happy.

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I’m honored to share with you the launching of my website in which I document my work and journey of exile from Yemen, using line and light for thinking and writing. It’s also an invitation for more intellectual discussions. Plz share if it speaks to you.

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-729 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-729: oder / or

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: