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Finian Cunningham (SCF) : Nearly two weeks of unrelenting air strikes on Yemen by a US-backed Saudi foreign coalition is turning the already impoverished Arab Peninsula country into a humanitarian disaster. The imposed suffering seems to be part of a policy to coerce the Yemenis into accepting a US-endorsed talks process aimed at rehabilitating the ousted Washington and Saudi-backed regime of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Saudi Arabia, the main protagonist in the 10-country bombing coalition striking Yemen, has vowed to continue the aerial attacks and has refused Russia’s calls for a humanitarian ceasefire. Russia tabled a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council for a «humanitarian pause» in the aerial bombardment to allow aid agencies access. But the UNSC said it needs «time to consider» the Russian proposal. It is not clear whether the United States, the main foreign backer of the Saudi military coalition, will block the resolution.
This is in spite of reliable reports that over 500 people, including at least 90 children, have been killed in the violence that erupted when Saudi-led fighter jets began pounding Yemen on March 26 with nightly raids. Over the weekend, three people were killed in Saudi air strikes on a humanitarian aid convoy in the southern city of Taizz.
With Yemen now under an air and naval blockade, aid agencies are reporting critical shortages of food, water, medical supplies and fuel for the civilian population. Cities, including the capital Sanaa, are cut off from electricity and other basic necessities in what can only be described as a deliberate siege designed to maximise suffering.
The International Red Cross has openly blamed the Saudi-led bombing coalition for hampering access to Yemen. Hospitals are spilling over with the wounded and there are reports of corpses strewn on streets in the southern port city of Aden and other towns in surrounding provinces. Stray dogs are feeding off charred remains, according to eyewitnesses.
«We are living through pure horror,» was how one man described the aftermath of nightly aerial bombardments.
The country of 24 million was already classed as the poorest Arab state even before the aerial onslaught started nearly two weeks ago. The Saudi-dominated Arab League has endorsed the military attacks by a coalition of countries that include Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Persian Gulf monarchies. American refuelling tankers are reportedly assisting the Arab warplanes, and the White House has admitted it is also providing intelligence and logistics to coordinate attacks. Meanwhile, the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has only issued tepid calls for peace talks, but has refrained from making any condemnation of the air strikes, which critics have noted amount to flagrant aggression and violation of Yemen’s sovereignty.
Angry Yemeni citizens, who have come out on the streets in their tens of thousands to protest despite the danger of ordnance dropped from the sky, direct their fury at Saudi Arabia and the United States. They say that the air strikes are targeting civilians and social infrastructure to destroy the country.
Last week saw over 40 killed when a refugee camp in northern Yemen was hit. The victims included women and children who had been living in the Morzaq camp in Hajjah province since 2009. Tragically, they had ended up in the refugee centre after Saudi troops invaded the country five years ago, leading to a brief but bloody war with the Houthi rebels back then.
In another air strike last week on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, around 35 night-shift workers at a dairy factory were killed in what was believed to be another air strike. The extensive damage and incinerated condition of the bodies evidenced that it was an air strike, and not the result of an anti-aircraft missile from rebels gone astray, as some Saudi reports claimed.
In yet another deadly air raid, at least 10 workers were killed when their cement factory was hit in Lahj province, just north of Aden. The Yemen Times quoted the plant owner as saying: «Some of the workers in the factory heard aircrafts in the sky seconds before the bombings. The severe damage and the completely burned bodies of the victims indicates that it was an air strike».
The aerial bombardment carried out by the US-backed coalition is said to have the objective of defeating the Houthi rebels and reinstating the exiled government of deposed president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. At the Arab League summit in Egypt last week, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said the aerial bombardment will continue «until it achieves its goal for the Yemeni people to enjoy security.»
The Saudi monarch’s hollow words have only infuriated ordinary Yemenis even more. «We are all Houthis now,» said one protester to media. «Yemen is our home and no-one will break into our home.»
Saudi Arabia and its American and Arab allies claim that the Shia Houthis are backed by Shia Iran. Western news media routinely prefix reference to the Houthis with the «Iranian-backed» epithet. This claim is also asserted by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish president Recep Tayyep Erdogan. However, there is no evidence to support this speculation. And both Iran and the Houthis have strongly denied any military connection.
Besides, the Houthis are not the only section of Yemen’s population that have risen up to overthrow the erstwhile Saudi and American-backed president Mansour Hadi. While the Saudis and their allies would like to portray the Yemeni upheaval as a narrow sectarian cause led by Shia Houthis, the reality is that the protests against Hadi galvanised a broad swathe of the Yemeni working class. Those protests culminated in the take-over of government institutions earlier this year and the discredited president fleeing the country to seek sanctuary in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Saudi Arabia, the US and other members of the bombing coalition claim that they are acting in response to requests from the «legitimate government of Yemen». But Hadi was kicked out because he reneged for three years on promised transition to democracy, as demanded by the Yemeni population.
In truth, the Yemeni struggle is not one of Shia versus Sunni, or Iran versus Saudi Arabia. Rather it is one of a pro-democracy movement versus the US-Saudi old order of a repressive regime that has quashed the aspirations of the Yemeni people for decades.
Some analysts reckon that the bombing campaign on Yemen is to soften up the armed opposition within the country ahead of a land invasion. Saudi and Egyptian warships joined in the bombardment in recent days with shelling of the southern coastal province of Abyan, east of Aden. Up to 400 soldiers belonging to the Yemeni armed forces, who have formed an alliance with the Houthis, are believed to have been killed in the naval strikes, according to the Yemen Times.
There are also reports of fierce gun battles and artillery exchanges on the northern Yemeni border between Saudi troops and Houthi rebels. Some 150,000 Saudi troops have been mobilised on the border since last week when the air raids started. Egyptian and Saudi warships off the southern coast are also reported to have hundreds of marines at the ready for an amphibious assault.
Nevertheless, there are doubts that the Saudis or the Egyptians would embark on a risky land invasion that could turn into a costly quagmire. Both countries have incurred heavy losses in previous land wars inside Yemen. In 2009, the Saudis lost at least 200 infantry during a failed invasion which turned into a rout by Houthi fighters.
The Saudi-led air strikes are more likely being deployed as a campaign of terror to force the Yemeni rebels into engaging in political talks with the ousted American and Saudi-backed regime of exiled president Mansour Hadi.
While backing the Saudi military coalition, both Washington and London have at the same time urged «all sides» to engage in «political negotiations».
Reuters reported a US official who said «the Saudis had shown little appetite for a ground invasion if it can be avoided.» «The objective here is to get to a point where the Houthis halt their destabilising actions [sic] and come back to the table,» said the unnamed American official.
Such talks would be futile from the point of view of Yemen’s pro-democracy movement. Engagement with the Hadi regime has already proven useless over the past three years. However, renewed talks would be a way for Washington and Riyadh to reinstall the discredited Hadi regime through forcing a «compromise» with the Houthi-led uprising.
The Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, coordinated by Washington, is thus serving as a hammer to coerce the Yemenis towards the negotiation table. That table will then be the anvil upon which a terrorised population can be bent into political shape to suit American and Saudi objectives. Those objectives are to ensure that Yemen remains an enfeebled state under the tutelage of foreign domination.
With the Saudis covertly supporting Al Qaeda extremists in eastern Yemen and together with a reinstalled puppet regime, Yemen would thus be engineered back to failed-state conditions whereby democracy and national unity are thwarted. The last thing that the Americans and the Saudis want is a unified, democratic Yemen that serves the interests of its people, instead of the interests of foreign powers.
Worse still, would be a sovereign Yemen that adopts friendly relations with Iran and which is strongly critical of regional meddling by Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
That outcome is the essence of nightmares for Washington and its despotic clients in the Middle East. Hence, Yemen must be bombed and terrorised into «crying Uncle Sam» and accepting its fate of being a failed state under Washington’s dubious patronage. But the courage of the Yemeni people may yet confound that cynical plan.
Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture Foundation
7 April 2015 21:15
Great Satan US is accelerating sending weapons to assist in the Zionist Saudi regime-led military offensive against Yemen, a senior US official says. The US is also increasing intelligence exchanges with the Saudi regime as it continues its deadly airstrikes against neighboring Yemen, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. “We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence…
7 April 2015 21:12
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has raised the alarm over the humanitarian situation across Yemen as the Al Saud regime continues its deadly airstrikes against the neighboring country. “The humanitarian situation in Yemen is very difficult… (with) naval, air, and ground routes cut off,” said the spokeswoman for the ICRC in Yemen, Marie Claire Feghali, on Tuesday. Feghali also…
7 April 2015 21:11
Suspected al-Qaeda terrorists have attacked a remote Yemeni border post with Saudi Arabia, killing at least two soldiers including a senior officer, sources in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadhramaut say. A senior border guard officer, identified as Colonel Ahmed Washli, was killed in the attack at the border post near Manwakh, located about 440 kilometers (270 miles) northeast of the capital,…
7 April 2015 15:22
Fresh Saudi airstrikes on Yemen’s southwestern Ibb Province have claimed the lives of at least six school students, in the latest military aggression of the Arab country against Yemeni civilians. According to reports, Saudi-led warplanes pounded the province on Tuesday under the pretext of bombing the Yemeni army’s Al Hamza Brigade. This is while the Saudi attacks on Yemen’s infrastructure and the…
7 April 2015 15:19
More than 540 people have been killed in Yemen since a military conflict began in the Arab country in mid-March, the World Health Organization has confirmed. “More than 540 people have been killed and some 1,700 others wounded by the violence in Yemen since 19 March,” said Christian Lindmeier, a spokesman for the WHO on Tuesday. The official elaborated that the…
7 April 2015 7:14
Civilians in Yemen are increasingly suffering from the ongoing violence in their country as Saudi Arabia’s aggression against the Arab nation continues unabated, the United Nations says. Humanitarian access to those most in need in Yemen has been restricted due to “aerial attacks and ground incursions” in the country, the UN news center reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen…
7 April 2015 7:11
A senior Yemeni politician called on the people of Yemen to prepare themselves for giving a crushing response to the Saudi aggressors and their allies. “The Yemeni figures and elderlies should prepare the needed means for reconciliation inside Yemen by stepping in and standing up firm against the Saudi aggression in order not to allow the foreigners execute their plots in…
7 April 2015 7:09
It’s been a while since a number of nations, human rights groups, anti-war activists and the Red Cross have been calling for a 24-hour ceasefire in Yemen, but to no avail. Top political figures in Ansarullah have also expressed the resistance movement’s openness toward peace talks. But negotiations are unlikely. The Saudi regime, a cash machine for terrorists, has ruled out…
6 April 2015 22:20
There is no question that the US-supported and Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression. According to the Red Cross, the Saudis and their cohorts are blocking urgent aid shipments to the poorest country in the Middle East. The Red Cross has spent the past several days seeking Saudi permission to deliver the aid, but to no…
6 April 2015 22:14
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed on Monday that the conflict in the region is pure political, yet the religious differences are being used and exploited in such regional battles, in contrary to the righteous struggle that Hezbollah is fighting against the Zionist enemy. During an interview aired live on the Syrian al-Ekhbariya channel, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled the Arab and…
TASS – Cooperation between Moscow and Beijing is becoming a more significant factor in international affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
“Expanding cooperation with China in all spheres is our priority,” Lavrov said. “The basis for the current stage of developing relations is the joint statement of the leaders on strategic partnership,” the foreign minister added.
China is the leading trade partner of Russia, and the two countries actively cooperate in the financial and energy spheres, Lavrov noted.
“Cooperation on the international arena is becoming a more significant factor in international affairs,” the foreign minister stressed. “We demonstrate balanced approaches to solving global problems,” he added. Lavrov particularly noted cooperation with Beijing in UN, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).
The foreign minister said the sides will discuss today preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to Moscow in May.
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November 18, 2009
Rumors Of Coups And War: U.S., NATO Target Latin America
There is no way of overestimating the challenge that the emergence of ALBA and the overall reawakening of Latin America pose to the role that the U.S. arrogatesto itself as lord of the entire Western Hemisphere. The almost two-century-old Monroe Doctrine exemplifies Washington’s claim to exclusive influence over all of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin and its self-claimed right to subordinate them to its own interests. Never before the election victories of anti-neoliberal forces throughout Latin America over the past eleven years has the prospect of a truly democratic, multipolar New World existed as it does now.
It is in response to those developments that the U.S. and its former colonialist allies in NATO are attempting to reassert their influence in the Americas south of the U.S. border.
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Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said that Russia doesn’t set deadlines for resolving the crisis in Syria, stressing the need for efforts in this regard to be based on reality.
In a press conference, Lavrov said that the participants in the inter-Syrian talks round currently being held in Moscow have expanded compared to the first round held in January, with more opposition figures participating this time.
He said that Russia isn’t pleased that the “coalition” refused once more to send representatives, and that this refusal is motivated by special considerations for the coalition’s leaders.
Lavrov said that Russia’s efforts aren’t based on the idea of setting on group of the opposition as a principal group; rather it’s based on reality to realize the points agreed upon in June 2012 and in the first Geneva conference, which means involving all elements of the Syrian community in comprehensive dialogue.
The meetings of the second round of inter-Syrian talks began today in Moscow, with the first two days of the meetings being dedicated to meetings among opposition figures, and on Wednesday the opposition will meet the Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN Bashar al-Jaafari.
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I many times thought Peace had come
I many times thought Peace had come
When Peace was far away —
As Wrecked Men — deem they sight the Land —
At Centre of the Sea —
And struggle slacker — but to prove
As hopelessly as I —
How many the fictitious Shores —
Before the Harbor be —
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by Rick Sterling, SyriaSolidarityMovement
Part 1 of this article (31 March 2015) documented the campaign by Avaaz and others for a “No Fly Zone” in Syria and contrasted the promises with the consequences in Libya.
A massive campaign in support of foreign intervention against Syria is underway. The goal is to prepare the public for a “No Fly Zone” enforced by US and other military powers. This is how the invasion of Iraq began. This is how the public was prepared for the US/NATO air attack on Libya.
The results of western ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya have been disastrous. Both actions have dramatically reduced the security, health, education and living standards of the populations, created anarchy and mayhem, and resulted in the explosion of sectarianism and violence in the region. Now the Western/NATO/Israeli and Gulf powers…
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Cold War 2.0, part I
In last month’s Anti-Empire Report I brought you the latest adventure of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki trying to defend the indefensible. She said then: “As a matter of longstanding policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means,” which prompted me to inform my readers: “If you know how to contact Ms. Psaki, tell her to have a look at my list of more than 50 governments the United States has attempted to overthrow since the end of the Second World War.”
On March 13 her regular attack on all things Russian included this exchange withAssociated Press writer Matthew Lee:
Lee: On this issue, did you get any more about this request to the Vietnamese on Cam Ranh Bay and not allowing the Russians to – and not wanting them to allow – you not wanting them to refuel Russian planes there?
Psaki: Well, just to be clear – and maybe I wasn’t as clear yesterday, so let me try to do this again – it’s – our concern is about activities they might conduct in the region, and the question is: Why are they in the region? It’s not about specifically refueling or telling the Vietnamese not to allow them to refuel. [emphasis added]
Lee: So there hasn’t been a request to stop refueling them, or there has?
Psaki: It’s more about concerns. It’s not as much about Vietnam as much as it – as it is about concerns about what activities they would be in the region for.
Lee: Okay. Well, you – I mean, there are U.S. planes flying over there all the time.
Psaki: Sure, there are.
Lee: So you don’t want Russian planes flying there, but it’s okay for U.S. planes to fly there? I mean, I just – it gets to the point where you – the suggestion is that everything the Russians are doing all the time everywhere is somehow nefarious and designed to provoke. But you can’t – but you don’t seem to be able to understand or accept that American planes flying all over the place, including in that area, is annoying to the Chinese, for one, but also for the Russians. But the suggestion is always that the American flights are good and beneficial and don’t cause tension, and that other people’s flights do cause tension. So can you explain what the basis is for your concern that the Russian flights there in the Southeast Asia area are – raise tensions?
Psaki: There just aren’t more details I can go into.
On Saturday, the Obama administration released a series of satellite images that it said showed the Russian army had joined the rebels in a full-scale assault to surround troops in the area around the city. Russia has denied that it is a party to the conflict, and it was impossible to verify the three grainy black-and-white satellite images posted to Twitter by the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.
According to the United States, the images, commissioned from the private Digital Globe satellite company, showed artillery systems and multiple-rocket launchers Thursday in the area near Debaltseve.
“We are confident these are Russian military, not separatist, systems,” Pyatt tweeted. (Washington Post, February 15, 2015)
When the time comes to list the ways in which the United States gradually sunk into the quicksand, slowly metamorphosing into a Third-World state, Washington’s campaign of 2014-15 to convince the world that Russia had repeatedly invaded Ukraine will deserve to be near the top of the list. Numerous examples like the above can be given. If I were still the jingoistic nationalist I was raised to be I think I would feel somewhat embarrassed now by the blatant obviousness of it all.
For a short visual history of the decline and fall of the American Empire, see the video“Imperial Decay” by Class War Films (8:50 minutes).
During Cold War 1.0 the American media loved to poke fun at the Soviet media for failing to match the glorious standards of the Western press. One of the most common putdowns was about the two main Russian newspapers – Pravda (meaning “truth” in Russian) and Izvestia (meaning “news”). We were told, endlessly, that there was “no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.”
As cynical as I’ve been for years about the American mainstream media’s treatment of ODE (Officially Designated Enemies), current news coverage of Russia exceeds my worst expectations. I’m astonished every day at the obvious disregard of any kind of objectivity or fairness concerning Russia. Perhaps the most important example of this bias is the failure to remind their audience that the US and NATO have surrounded Russia – with Washington’s coup in Ukraine as the latest example – and that Moscow, for some odd reason, feels threatened by this. (Look for the map online of NATO bases and Russia, with a caption like: “Why did you place your country in the middle of our bases?”)
Following the murder of Russian opposition leader, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on February 27, the West had a field day. Ranging from strong innuendo to outright accusation of murder, the Western media and politicians did not miss an opportunity to treat Vladimir Putin as a football practice dummy.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution urging an international investigation into Nemtsov’s death and suggested that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Council, and the United Nations could play a role in the probe.
US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the Nemtsov murder. The Resolution also called on President Obama and the international community to pursue an independent investigation into the murder and redouble efforts to advance free speech, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia. In addition, it urged Obama to continue to sanction human rights violators in the Russian Federation and to increase US support to human rights activists in Russia.
So it went … all over the West.
Meanwhile, in the same time period in Ukraine, outside of the pro-Russian area in the southeast, the following was reported:
The Partia Regionov directly accused the Ukrainian government in the deaths of their party members and appealed to the West to react to these events. “We appeal to the European Union, PACE [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe], and European and international human rights organizations to immediately react to the situation in Ukraine, and give a legal assessment of the criminal actions of the Ukrainian government, which cynically murders its political opponents.”
We cannot conclude from the above that the Ukrainian government was responsible for all, or even any, of these deaths. But neither can we conclude that the Russian government was responsible for the death of Boris Nemtsov, the American media and politicians notwithstanding. A search of the mammoth Nexus news database found no mention of any of the Ukrainian deceased except for the last one above, Sergey Melnichuk, but this clearly is not the same person. It thus appears that none of the deaths on the above list was ascribed to the Western-allied Ukrainian government.
Where are the demands for international investigations of any of the deaths? In the United States or in Europe? Where is Senator McCain?
Discussions on constraining Iran’s nuclear program have been going on for well over a year between Iran and the P5+1 (the five nuclear powers of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), led by the United States. Throughout this period a significant stumbling block to reaching an agreement has been the pronouncements of Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, and its inspections are considered a key safeguard against countries using civilian nuclear energy technology to produce weapons. Amano has consistently accused Iran of failing to reply fully and substantially to queries about “possible military dimensions” of present and past nuclear activities, or failing to provide sufficient access to nuclear facilities.
Failure by Iran to comply fully with IAEA demands undermine Tehran’s efforts to win the lifting of crippling UN, US and other sanctions, which currently prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran and deny access to the global financial system. Media coverage of the negotiations regularly emphasize Amano’s claims of Iran’s insufficient responses to IAEA’s demands. It is thus worth inquiring just who is this man Amano.
In 2009 Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano became the head of the IAEA. What the Western media routinely fail to remind its audience is that a US embassy cable of October 2009 (released by Wikileaks in 2010) said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”
Even if Iran makes a superior effort to satisfy IAEA and Washington’s demands on all issues, it would remain questionable to what extent and how rapidly the sanctions would be removed, particularly under a Republican-controlled Congress. Iran specialist and author Gareth Porter recently wrote that “the United States and its allies have made no effort to hide the fact that they intend to maintain the ‘sanctions architecture’ in place for many years after the implementation of the agreement has begun. Last November, administration officials explained that US sanctions would only be removed after the International Atomic Energy Agency had verified that ‘Tehran is abiding by the terms of a deal over an extended period of time’ in order to ‘maintain leverage on Iran to honour the accord’.”
To appreciate the extraordinary degree of pressure and extortion the United States can impose upon another country we should consider the case of Libya in the decade-plus following the destruction of PanAm Flight 103 in 1988 over Scotland. To force Libya to “accept responsibility” for the crime, Washington imposed heavy sanctions on the Gaddafi regime, including a ban on international flights to Libya and payment of billions of dollars to the families of the victims. Libya eventually did “accept responsibility” for the crime, although it was innocent. As difficult as this may be to believe, it’s true. Read my account of it here.
Even after Libya accepted responsibility it still took years for the US to wipe out the sanctions, and it’s not clear that at the time of Gaddafi’s death in 2011 all of them had been removed. Once a nation becomes an Officially Designated Enemy of the empire the methods of torture can be exquisite and endless. Cuba is presently negotiating the end of US sanctions against Havana. They will need to be extremely careful.
I’ve never been too impressed by what college a person went to, or even if they attended college at all. Gore Vidal did not attend any college; neither did H. L. Mencken; nor did Edward Snowden, who has demonstrated a highly articulate and educated mind. Among the many other notables who skipped a college education are George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Then we have graduates from Ivy League colleges like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Tom Cotton. I don’t have to present the case for Bush’s less-than educated mind; we’re all only too familiar with its beauty. But Obama has matched Georgie Boy for stupidity and inanity time and time again. My favorite, which he’s used on at least five occasions, is his reply to questions about why his administration has not prosecuted Bush, Cheney, et al for torture and other war crimes: “I prefer to look forward rather than backwards”. Picture a defendant before a judge asking to be found innocent on such grounds. It simply makes laws, law enforcement, crime, justice, and facts irrelevant. Picture Chelsea Manning and other whistle blowers using this argument. Picture the reaction to this by Barack Obama, who has become the leading persecutor of whistleblowers in American history.
Is there anyone left who still thinks that Barack Obama is some kind of improvement intellectually over George W. Bush? Probably two types still think so: (1) Those to whom color matters a lot; (2) Those who are very impressed by the ability to put together grammatically correct sentences.
And now we have Mr. Cotton, Senator from Arkansas and graduate of Harvard undergraduate and law schools. He’ll be entertaining us for years to come with gems like his remark on “Face the Nation” (March 15): “Moreover, we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana’a as well.”
Heavens, Iran controls Tehran! Who knew? Next thing we’ll hear is that Russia controls Moscow! Sarah Palin, move over. Our boy Cotton is ready for Saturday Night Live.
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Damascus, SANA-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said the only danger which poses a threat to the region is the Zionist entity, affirming that there is no justification to have doubt about this, except the Israeli acts, its allies in Europe and its tools in the region which circulate that there are other dangers.
“After reaching a framework deal between Iran and p5+1 in Switzerland on the Iranian nuclear file which guarantees Tehran’s rights in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, it is natural to welcome such a deal because it will lead to easing tensions in the region,” Mikdad said in an article published on Lebanese al-Binaa newspaper on Saturday.
He added that all have become confirmed that the only side responsible for violating the principles of nuclear non-proliferation is Israel and the western countries which offered their capabilities to build Israel’s arsenal of chemical and nuclear weapon.
Mikdad went on to say that the cooperation showed by Syria and Iran in meeting the international community’s interests whether in relation to eliminating chemical weapons in Syria or to Iran’s coordination in the nuclear file confirms, once again, the true intentions of both countries which consider the use of such weapons an immoral matter that contradicts their religious values.
“Time has come for the international efforts to eliminate the Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction,” Mikdad said, adding that what encourages Israel to boost its weapon programs is the stance of some Arab regimes who connive with this entity.
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From Howards End (1910)
Her tenderness! Her innocence! The wonderful innocence that was hers by the gift of God. Ruth knew no more of worldly wickedness and wisdom than did the flowers in her garden or the grass in her field. Her idea of business – “Henry, why do people who have enough money try to get more money?” Her idea of politics – “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”
Looking back on the past six months, Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead…
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Anthony B. Newkirk
|Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) ChairmanHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs||Howard L. Berman (D-CA)Ranking MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs|
June 22, 2012
OnOctober 20, 2010, the Obama administration announced approval of projected arms transfer agreements with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia totaling over $60 billion in value. On February 16, 2011, I wrote a letter to you requesting further information. As I have not yet received a response, I am resubmitting my questions in a more public forum.
It is not hard to fathom why the United States and Saudi Arabia have very close ties. The perception that our country is dependent on “Arab oil” is firmly implanted in popular opinion. But the topic of security assistance for Saudi Arabia is not, an example being the 2010 Saudi arms deal. Of course, this is hardly the only problem facing our nation in this…
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive regimes on earth. The regime does not bother to hold fraudulent elections, or even pretend to be in any way democratic or respecting of human rights. The king is the absolute dictator, and the country and everything in it is considered his property. The rule of the Saudi monarchy is enforced with brutal repression. Beheadings occur on an almost daily basis. Flogging, torture, imprisonment without charges, and other extreme violations of basic human rights are considered routine. People are executed for crimes like “insulting the king” or “sorcery.” The Saudi kingdom is ruled by a circle of wealthy people who live through the exploitation of both impoverished Saudis and guest workers from other countries. Poor people from throughout the region are brutally exploited in the Saudi oil fields. Their wages are sometimes as low as pennies per hour.
While the politicians who lead the United States love to call themselves “champions of democracy,” they are absolute, unapologetic backers of the repressive Saudi monarchy. The Saudi regime functions as a vassal of US and British oil corporations. Saudi Arabia is now the fourth-largest weapons purchaser in the world. Its weapons are purchased exclusively from the United States.
One particularly vulgar aspect of Saudi society is its repression of religious minorities. Those in Saudi Arabia who practice Shia Islam face severe discrimination. They are legally barred from holding a number of jobs. Saudi schools teach children that Shias are apostates, and that Shia Islam is a “Jewish conspiracy” against the Saudi king.
In Saudi Arabia there are currently 300 schools for Shia girls. Not a single one of them is even permitted to have a principal who practices the Shia religion. Testimony before the US Congress described Saudi Arabia’s treatment of Shia Muslims as “religious apartheid.”
The monarchy’s repression of the Shia community extends beyond its own borders. In the Saudi-aligned Gulf states such as Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, Shias are often confined to occupations involving manual labor. The leaders of Shia communities face political repression and harassment by the government if they organize for their rights or even hold routine religious services.
Since the 1990 overthrow of the socialist Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen, the country now known as the Republic of Yemen has been led by a corrupt, repressive US-backed regime that heavily depends on Saudi military support. Minority Shias in Yemen face the same discrimination as in other US/Saudi regimes throughout the region.
The continued fallout from the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, including the drop in oil prices, has rendered millions of young Yemenis unemployed. The Shias in Yemen have been hit the hardest by the economic downturn, as they were already among the most impoverished peoples in Yemeni society.
Who are “the Houthis”?
Around two decades ago, a religious movement of Shias in northern Yemen began to take hold. The organization first called itself “Young Believers.” It provided summer camps for Shia youth to attend, and provided basic services to this oppressed and impoverished community. While the Yemeni government continued to align with the United States and Saudi Arabia, in 2003 the “Young Believers” took a political turn. The Young Believers began to loudly oppose the US invasion of Iraq, and preach an explicitly anti-imperialist message. They condemned the leaders of Yemen as well as the Saudi monarchy for its complicity in US and Israeli crimes throughout the Middle East.
Over the course of the last two decades, the “Young Believers” began to operate as more than simply a religious group. They practiced Zaidi Shia Islam and, much like the followings that developed around Elijah Mohammed or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States, many Shias rallied around the religious leader Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi as they demanded their rights.
What began two decades ago with a few thousand people has now turned into a mass movement. An army of thousands of young Shia men have “picked up the gun” to defend their communities from discrimination, and demand things like jobs, healthcare, and education. With slogans like “Death to America,” this group of young, armed Yemenis has continued to battle against the US/Saudi-aligned government.
The US media refers to them in the terms adopted by their opponents. “Houthis” comes from the name of their founding minister, who was hunted down and killed by the US-backed Yemeni government. Now his son leads this vast political and religious movement.
Crushing Democracy with Saudi Missiles
In 2011, when thousands of Yemenis poured into the streets as part of the larger “Arab Spring” — also sometimes called the Islamic Awakening — the Houthis joined them. They built alliances with other forces in the country that sought to depose the US/Saudi-backed regime. The Houthis represent a religious and tribal minority in Yemen, and don’t seek to impose their religion on other Yemenis. They are at the center of a coalition in northern Yemen that includes many different religious and secular groups.
After decades of building up their strength, the Houthis seized control of all Yemen’s major government buildings in the early months of 2015. The Houthis and their allies intend to convene a constituent assembly in order to form a new Yemeni government. The new government will be based on an alliance of forces in the country that want independence from the rule of the United States.
One of the forces that has expressed interest in forming a coalition government with the Houthis is the Arab Spring Party. This is a new political party formed in the aftermath of the mass protests of 2011 against the US-backed Yemeni regime. In a country with strong patriarchal traditions, the Arab Spring Party is led by a woman. Its rhetoric is viewed as being somewhat Marxist and anti-capitalist.
As the Houthis have announced the intention of writing a new, inclusive, democratic constitution for Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken swift action. The Saudis have begun to bomb Yemen. The United States has offered absolute support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it reigns cruise missiles on Yemen in order to depose the Houthis. The Saudis have formed a “coalition” to attack Yemen. This “coalition” includes a number of the repressive, US-backed autocratic kingdoms from throughout the region. These well armed vassals of Exxon-Mobile and BP are unleashing their stockpiles of US-made weapons against the Yemeni people, hoping to reassert the rule of Wall Street.
The United States has so often presented itself as a “champion of democracy” in the Middle East, but right now it is supporting a coalition of repressive absolute monarchies in bombing a country that is attempting to compose a democratic constitution after a popular revolution.
ISIS, Wall Street, and Saudi Arabia Stand Together
The US drone strike program, which has killed thousands of Yemenis, is supposedly done for the purpose of destroying “Al-Qaeda in Yemen” and their allied organization, the Islamic State or ISIS. US media analysts are bemoaning the fact that the Houthi revolution has made it difficult for the drone strike program to continue.
The Houthis and their allies are absolutely opposed to both ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which operate primarily in southern Yemen. They accuse ISIS and Al-Qaeda of secretly being agents of the US and Israel – that the role of these groups is to justify US military expansion.
The US media has been ignoring or belittling this key detail about the situation in Yemen. It has focused on the unproven allegation that the Houthis receive funding from the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as highlighting anti-Jewish slogans sometimes displayed at Houthi rallies. While the Houthis have gone out to fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda many times, the US media presents the Houthis as somehow the moral equivalent of these extremist Sunni forces simply because they are a religious organization with political goals.
The fact remains that the billions of dollars funding ISIS activities originate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While the Saudi government has denounced ISIS, money from Saudi banks continues to flow into accounts of the ISIS organization to fund its activities.
More than half of the US-backed terrorist group in Syria called the “Free Syrian Army” defected to join ISIS during 2014. Prior to their official parting of ways, ISIS and the Free Syrian Army conducted joint training programs and military operations.
Now, as the Houthis have seized power in northern Yemen, ISIS has attacked them and bombed Shia mosques. Considering them to be Shia apostates, ISIS has called for the overthrow of the Houthis. The US-backed Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the same stated intention, is conducting air strikes.
A Crime That Must Be Opposed
The US-backed regime in Saudi Arabia and the terrorist group called ISIS, are currently engaged in a joint operation that aims to overturn the Houthi revolution. Meanwhile, for almost half a decade the US, Saudi Arabia, and the forces that eventually constituted ISIS have been conducting a joint Syrian operation intended overthrow the government led by the Baathist party.
The Houthis are targeted by the US and their Saudi Allies because they stand for the possibility of a stable government. They represent a coalition of impoverished people who have a record of opposing US crimes and advocate an alliance with independently minded countries throughout the world. Like the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Syrian Arab Republic, Cuba, China, Russia, and the Bolivarian bloc in Latin America, the Houthis stand for the possibility of independent economic development beyond the control of Wall Street neoliberalism.
Progressive forces around the world, including within the United States, must both demand an end to the Saudi attack on Yemen and expose its true nature. The bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia must not be viewed as “yet another sectarian conflict” in some “far off land.” It is Wall Street viciously asserting its power – and desperately trying to keep its grip on the world filled with peoples and nations that want freedom.
Caleb Maupin is a political analyst and activist based in New York. He studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College and was inspired and involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
2 April 2015 19:06
Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi strongly condemned the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, and said that Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war designed and run by the US. “It would be wrong think that Saudi Arabia is administering the war in Yemen, while the US is in charge,” Brigadier General Naqdi said on Thursday. Addressing Riyadh…
2 April 2015 19:01
Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its aggressions against Yemen, and said that the Al Saud regime cannot stop Yemen’s popular revolution through airstrikes. “Saudi Arabia cannot stop the Yemeni revolution by attacking that country,” Moslehi said on Wednesday. Moslehi noted that Saudi Arabia cannot gain anything through ground offensives against Yemen because it has received…
2 April 2015 18:37
Al-Qaeda terrorists have raided a prison in Yemen and freed hundreds of inmates, including a senior terrorist leader, as Takfiri elements are using the Saudi-led aggression to fuel the unrest across the Arab country. Security officials said Thursday that around 300 inmates managed to break a prison in the coastal Yemeni city of al-Mukallah in Hadramawt Province after al-Qaeda forces…
2 April 2015 18:36
Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected earlier media reports that dozens of foreign troops have disembarked in the country’s southeastern port city of Aden, Press TV reports. Sources with the Ansarullah fighters in Yemen confirmed to Press TV on Thursday that the media reports circulating about the deployment of foreign troops of unknown nationality to Aden were baseless. According to the sources, the…
2 April 2015 18:34
The Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, which started in late March, have so far killed nearly 200 people, including women and children. Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite…
2 April 2015 16:01
Yemeni Resistance killed Ex-President Hadi’s Al-Qaeda son, Mohamad Ali Qasem, during a clash.
2 April 2015 15:57
Yemeni Hezbollah, National Forces, and Army captured Ex-President Dictator Hadi Mansour and General Ali Mohsini’s houses in Aden.
2 April 2015 15:49
URGENT- Yemeni Resistance killed two Zionist soldiers of Occupation Saudi Arabia at border, wounded 12. İslami Davet (Our Turkish Website)
2 April 2015 15:44
Yemeni National Forces hit Saudi Arabia’s radar system in Jezyan.
2 April 2015 12:36
The Yemeni army, backed by the popular forces, managed on Wednesday to control most of Aden neighborhoods, defeating takfiri groups and the fugitive president Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi militias, according to Al-Manar reporter. The Saudi war jets continued striking the various Yemeni targets, including the army’s posts.
More and More of al-Saud’s brutality appears to the surface. Within 24 hours, the Saud-US jets bombarded civilians all over Yemen.
On Tuesday, the Saudi aggression bombarded al-Jarbaa area in Dale’ province southern of Yemen.
The hostile planes also hit earlier at dawn the Yarim department in Doorin area in the province of Ebb, targeting civic homes.
The attack resulted in demolishing four homes and leaving more than 14 martyred and dozens injured.
Earlier on Monday, more than 40 civilians were martyred Monday at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen Monday, humanitarian workers said.
Yemen’s state news agency Saba said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi planes. It showed images of martyred women and children, laid out on a blood-streaked floor.
The International Organization for Migration, which initially reported 45 martyrs and 200 wounded – dozens of them severely hurt.
The medical aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres said at least 34 wounded people were brought to a hospital in Haradh that it supports. Another 29 were dead on arrival.
“People in Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions … and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” said Pablo Marco, MSF operational manager for Yemen.
31 March 2015 21:39
The Saudi warplanes bombarded Tuesday Al-Jarbaa area in Dale’ province southern of Yemen, Al-Mayadeen TV network reported. The hostile planes also hit earlier at dawn the Yarim department in Doorin area in the province of Ebb, targeting civic homes. The attack resulted in demolishing four homes and leaving their residents killed and injured, including women and children. Earlier on Monday, the Yemeni army…
31 March 2015 21:35
Presenting a new proof that the Saudi regime is a mere obedient follower of the US and Israeli masters, Riyadh has led an air aggression on Yemen in order to secure their interests in Bab El-Mandeb strait, the political analyst, Salem Zahran, told Al-Manar Website. Under the false pretexts of seeking to reinstall the fugitive Yemeni president Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi and…
31 March 2015 20:59
James Petras, professor emeritus at Binghamton University from New York, to discuss the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen. Petras argues that Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes on Yemen are causing major human rights disaster. He also believes that the Saudis are trying to radicalize the Yemenis by putting an enormous amount of damage on the civilian population. Petras further says the Saudis are in no…
31 March 2015 20:52
It is a disgraceful spectacle. Across the Arab world, illegitimate dictators have united to prop up the worst illegitimate dictatorship of them all – the doomed and desperate House of Saud. Their goal: Keep Yemen, and the rest of the Arab world, under Saudi-American-Zionist domination. As I write this the Saudis are bombing Yemen and preparing a ground invasion. They have…
31 March 2015 20:42
Thousands of people have held separate demonstrations across Iraq in protest against the ongoing Saudi military aggression against Yemen. On Tuesday, Iraqi protesters carried portraits of the leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, as they converged on the landmark Firdous square of the capital, Baghdad, to voice their resentment at Riyadh’s onslaught against its impoverished southern neighbor. A similar rally…
31 March 2015 20:37
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has warned that Yemen is on the brink of complete collapse amid Saudi-led airstrikes against the country. “The country seems to be on the verge of total collapse,” the UN official said in a statement released on Tuesday. He also expressed worries about the fatalities caused by the airstrikes, saying the situation…
31 March 2015 20:26
A senior Iranian official has slammed the Al Saud regime’s aerial assault against Yemen, saying the ongoing military aggression could endanger the entire the Middle East. “The fire of war in the region from any side… will drag the whole region to play with fire. This…
31 March 2015 20:14
Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeed Shahabi, a political analyst from London, to discuss the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Shahabi believes that there should be more voices in the world calling for a ceasefire and an end to this “blatant” aggression against Yemen. He says the lack of international condemnation is tantamount to complicity in the murder and…
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Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.
“This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.
He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.
Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.
Also, 15 more people were killed and injured in a second round of massive attacks by the Saudi Arabian fighter jets in the Northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada on Friday.
Yemen’s al-Massira TV reported that the Saudi air force targeted the Yemeni’s civilians who were shopping in a…
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Saudi fighter planes continue to attack neighboring Yemen in hopes of re-installing ousted Yemeni president Mansur Hadi and putting down the rebellion that forced him to depart.
As usual, civilians bear the brunt of such a foreign attack.
Today, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 40 and wounding as many as 200.
Hadi’s ouster earlier this year came on the heels of mounting public anger over his cooperation with the US government’s five years of drone attacks on Yemen, which killed scores of civilians. Hadi, who was “elected” by an impressive 99.80% of the vote (on a single-candidate ballot) had previously overthrown long-time Yemeni ruler, Abdullah Saleh, in the “Arab Spring” uprisings of 2011.
Billed as an awakening of democratic stirrings in the Middle East, the “Arab Spring” has produced bitter fruits: Egypt is back under military dictatorship, Libya…
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Footage broadcast by Al-Manar TV channel showed how the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen targets the civilians and the residential areas, committing massacres.
Dozens have been killed or injured of Yemenis since a coalition of 10 countries, led by Saudi Arabia, launched late Wednesday a wide military offensive on Yemen, causing also so much destruction.
Media outlets reported that Saudi Arabia has deployed “100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units” for the military campaign against Yemen. It also sent 5000 takfiri terrorists to fight against the Yemeni army.
Saudi Arabia is known for training and funding takfiri groups and sending them to the conflict-hit zones in the Arab and Muslim world, including Syria, Afghanistan and now in Yemen.
The military coalition warplanes led by the Saudi Arabia carried out a fifth straight night of air strikes against Yemeni people near the capital Sanaa and elsewhere in the country.
Fighter jets roared in the skies above Sanaa from 9:00 pm local time on Sunday night (1800 GMT) until around dawn.
The Saudi-led coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the Yemeni political parties accept the resigned and outgoing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.
The Yemeni army and Popular Committees are engaged in the resistance against the Saudi aggression.
In the area around Marib, 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Sanaa, radar facilities and surface-to-air missile batteries were targeted, local officials said, after downing a hostile warplane that was bombarding the country.
In western Yemen, anti-aircraft defenses were targeted in the port city of Hodeida, as well as several military positions farther south along the coast, residents said.
A coalition of 10 countries, led by the Saudi Arabia, launched late Wednesday a wide military offensive on Yemen, killing 20 civilians, wounding scores others and causing so much destruction.
Media outlets reported that Saudi Arabia has deployed “100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units” for the military campaign against Yemen. It also sent 5000 takfiri terrorists to fight against the Yemeni army.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known for training and funding takfiri groups and sending them to the conflict-hit zones in the Arab and Muslim world, including Syria, Afghanistan and now in Yemen.
Yemeni Source: 48 hospitals have been destroyed by Saudi Arabia and Coalition attack
i am guessing people do not know what constitutes war crimes and this is why you say NOTHING … i mean you can’t actually approve of what western powers and Zionist partners are doing, right????
The term “war crimes” evokes a litany of horrific images—concentration camps, ethnic cleansing, execution of prisoners, rape, and bombardment of cities. These images correspond in many ways to the legal definitions of the term, but international law draws lines that do not in all ways match our sense of the most awful behavior.
War crimes are those violations of the laws of war—or international humanitarian law (IHL)—that incur individual criminal responsibility. While limitations on the conduct of armed conflict date back at least to the Chinese warrior Sun Tzu (sixth century b.c.e.), the ancient Greeks were among the first to regard such prohibitions as law. The notion of war crimes per se appeared more fully in the Hindu code of Manu (circa 200 b.c.e.), and eventually made its way into Roman and European law. The first true trial for war crimes is generally considered to be that of Peter von Hagenbach, who was tried in 1474 in Austria and sentenced to death for wartime atrocities.
By World War I, States had accepted that certain violations of the laws of war—much of which had been codified in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907—were crimes. The 1945 Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg defined war crimes as “violations of the laws or customs of war,” including murder, ill-treatment, or deportation of civilians in occupied territory; murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war; killing of hostages; plunder of public or private property; wanton destruction of municipalities; and devastation not militarily necessary.
The 1949 Geneva Conventions, which codified IHL after World War II, also marked the first inclusion in a humanitarian law treaty of a set of war crimes—the grave breaches of the conventions. Each of the four Geneva Conventions (on wounded and sick on land, wounded and sick at sea, prisoners of war, and civilians) contains its own list of grave breaches. The list in its totality is: willful killing; torture or inhuman treatment (including medical experiments); willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health; extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly; compelling a prisoner of war or civilian to serve in the forces of the hostile power; willfully depriving a prisoner of war or protected civilian of the rights of a fair and regular trial; unlawful deportation or transfer of a protected civilian; unlawful confinement of a protected civilian; and taking of hostages. Additional Protocol I of 1977 expanded the protections of the Geneva Conventions for international conflicts to include as grave breaches: certain medical experimentation; making civilians and nondefended localities the object or inevitable victims of attack; the perfidious use of the Red Cross or Red Crescent emblem; transfer of an occupying power of parts of its population to occupied territory; unjustifiable delays in repatriation of POWs; apartheid; attack on historic monuments; and depriving protected persons of a fair trial. Under the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I, States must prosecute persons accused of grave breaches or hand them over to a State willing to do so.
The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 2734 (XXV) of 16 December 1970, (c) The duty of a State to refrain from armed intervention, subversion, military occupation or any other form of intervention and interference, overt or covert, directed at another State or group of States, or any act of military, political or economic interference in the internal affairs of another State, including acts of reprisal involving the use of force;
Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States
containing the Declaration on the Strengthening of International
Security, and its resolution 2131 (XX) of 21 December 1965,
containing the Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in
the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their
Independence and Sovereignty,
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolution 2734 (XXV) of 16 December 1970,
(c) The duty of a State to refrain from armed intervention, subversion, military occupation or any other form of intervention and interference, overt or covert, directed at another State or group of States, or any act of military, political or economic interference in the internal affairs of another State, including acts of reprisal involving the use of force;
According to health ministry of Yemen 174 people killed until fourth day of Saudi aggression in the country.
30 Yemeni citizen killed in Hadida region today,Al-Alam correspondent report added.
Today is 4th day of Saudi continues air bombardment in Yemen.
Aso today air strikes hit the headquarters of republican guard in Yemen’s capital, killing 15 people, a military official said Sunday.
The overnight raid struck the Al-Subaha base in western Sanaa, the official said.
A medic at a military hospital in the capital said it had received 12 bodies and 18 wounded soldiers after the raid, AFP reports.
Explosions rocked Aden’s on Saturday sending flames and smoke into the sky above the southern Yemeni city, witnesses said.
A Reuter’s correspondent saw fire and explosions at the Jabal Hadeed which is close to residential and commercial properties.
Yet there was no immediate word of casualties.
29 March 2015 22:50
Senior member of Ansarullah movement’s Political Council Mohammad al-Bakhiti warned that the movement will give a crushing response to any possible ground invasion of Yemen. “Any ground attack on Yemen will receive a rigidly harsh response,” al-Bakhiti said on Sunday. “We have not responded to the Saudi aggressions in the past five days because we wanted to allow the Arab countries to…
29 March 2015 22:47
Ansarullah fighters on Sunday regained control over Aden International Airport after heavy clashes with the forces loyal to fugitive Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, media reports said. The forces loyal to Mansour Hadi had seized control of the airport only three days ago, and German news agencies reported that Ansarullah could defeat them and took it back today. The Ansarullah fighters…
29 March 2015 22:45
Protesters have once again amassed in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a in condemnation of the Saudi invasion of their country. The demonstrators chanted anti-Saudi slogans and slammed other Arab countries that have been cooperating with Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen. The protesters carried banners reading “Stop the war on Yemen.” Some held posters showing children who have fallen victim to the…
29 March 2015 18:39
At least 35 people have lost their lives and dozens of others sustained injuries as Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with its airstrikes against neighboring Yemen. Doctor Ali Sarieh, director of medical emergencies at the Yemeni Health Ministry, told the official military news service, 26september, on Sunday that Saudi airborne attacks on Yemen killed 35 people and wounded 88 others overnight….
29 March 2015 17:59
The Saudi jetfighters stuck two districts in the Eastern parts of the capital Sana’a on Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, the Saudi jet fighters hit Naqm and Sawan districts in Eastern Sana’a. There are no reports on the exact number of people killed in Saudi airstrikes in Sana’a, but Naqm is one of Yemen’s biggest arms depots which is under the control of…
29 March 2015 17:53
Yemeni and Saudi forces engaged in heavy border clashes four days after the start of airstrikes by the Saudi-led army on Yemen. The fierce clashes broke out in Jayzan and Sabieh region along Yemen’s borders with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi media reported that the country has deployed its forces at the borders with Yemen in anticipation of an imminent ground attack…
29 March 2015 17:49
Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh who took refuge in Riyadh after being toppled in a popular revolution two years ago, has secretly met Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman just two days before Saudi Arabia started its aggressions against Yemen, media reports said. Saleh’s son approached the Saudi defense minister and offered him to…
29 March 2015 17:40
Military sources disclosed that Saudi Arabia has dispatched thousands of Takfiri terrorists to Yemen to fight against the revolutionary forces in the Arab country. “Saudi Arabia has sent around 5,000 Takfiri mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees,’ Yemeni Army Commander Colonel Abdel Sattar al-Boushali told FNA on Saturday night. The Yemeni commander, meantime, disclosed that the Saudi defense…
29 March 2015 14:16
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi condemned the military invasion of Yemen as a “grave strategic mistake”, describing national dialogue as the only way to end the current security crisis in the Muslim country. Speaking to reporters, the Iranian official stressed that the problem in Yemen should be settled through dialogue. He also regretted the “very strategic mistake” happening in Yemen and…
29 March 2015 13:44
Military sources disclosed that Saudi Arabia has dispatched thousands of Takfiri terrorists to Yemen to fight against the revolutionary forces in the Arab country. “Saudi Arabia has sent around 5,000 Takfiri mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees,” Yemeni Army Commander Colonel Abdel Sattar al-Boushali told FNA on Saturday night. The Yemeni commander, meantime, disclosed that the Saudi defense…