Depraved USA and UK green light Genocide of Millions for Profit in Yemen

We are witnessing an astonishing new level of human depravity in which the US sells $110,000,000,000 worth of arms to the terrorist  Saudi state while actively aiding it in bombing and starving it’s neighbours to death.

President Trump mouthes platitudes of ”alternative truth” in the middle east and is applauded by Western media, the sunni States and even the UN in a veritable cacaphony of hubris and damned lies.

Next day we read of a massive cholera epidemic but no one makes the connection. The coming Yemeni genocide is an object lesson, with the proof open to any blogger in the internet, of the capitalist insanity whereby just one day of arms spending could save the infinite suffering of poverty and lack of health services on the planet.

One  big ubiquitous lie is that President Hadi is legitimate president of Yemen. He lives in Saudi Arabia, he was appointed by Saudi and the US with no other candidate as a 2 year interim president. .. then he REFUSED TO STEP DOWN or implement any of the agreed power sharing reforms, and continues rejecting the latest UN peace plan solely to retain illegitimate personal power.

Hadi controls very little of the country, even parts of Aden are apparently held by Al Qaeda or separatists, despite his Omanese and Saudi mercenaries, and his ‘liberated’ south coast is now splitting among various jihadi, Al Qaeda, separatist, gangster and ISIS militias…..

Yet he is recognised everywhere as President of Yemen and all of the attacks, bombings, blockades, massacres, UN resolutions and blatant western war profiteering  are justified in order to restore him to power.

The latest ‘wizard wheeze’ (after 2 years bombing the cities to rubble has failed) is to starve the Yemenis of the majority Ansarullah movement into submission. An unimportant detail is that at least 10 million citizens on both sides will also starve or die slowly from thirst and disease.

The first step was to close down the Central Bank (CBY) by moving it from Sanaa to Aden. The bank had intelligently kept Yemen going by using its reserves and know-how to pay public employees and minimal poverty benefits on all sides , as well as by supplying credit for importing nearly 100% of food and by subsidising fuel and basics. The excuse was that public salaries were paid more, naturally, to the majority Houthi/Ansarullah held areas.

Code Pink Demo simulates a Yemen massacre by Saudis with US and British bombs

The sabotage of the bank, which left millions of public employees and the extreme poor with no income, was done with permission and in close collaboration with the World Bank and the ‘Quad Group’, US, Saudi, UAE and UK governments ( www.irispdf), as a continuation from an earlier funds blockade and with full knowledge of the genocidal consequences.

The new Central Bank in Aden has done virtually nothing yet, even for the ”liberated” areas in the South and is so far a failed tool of  starvation politics. The new governor, Monasser al Kaiti,  is a shady character with rumoured CIA and Al Qaeda connections.

Without credit guarantees wheat and other food imports have ceased, except for erratic aid shipments and an exorbitant black market. Yemen is a desert country and used to import 90% of its food. People are starving, water, drainage, transport, and  health facilities are destroyed and cholera is rife.

The other side of the Genocide is the naval blockade and the bombing and prepared assault on Al Hudaydah,  a port of 500,000 people where 90% of Yemen’s food used to enter the country. The assault plan was leaked by the US and is now being adopted under Trump’s new ‘resolute’ policy.

Okay wonderful idea, ‘we’ lay siege to the only port capable of feeding a starving nation. This is modern genocide in action, greasing the wheels of capitalism, clinching the $110 billion arms contracts and directing juicy profits to US corporations.

Just the preparations for an assault on Hudaydah have cut imports to a trickle. Thousands of starving people ‘marched for bread’ for 225 kms through the desert from Sanaa to Hudaydah (an event boycotted as usual by the decadent and slavish western media).

Starving Yemenis march for bread from capital city to Hudaydah Port

Fresh picture of the march. They still have to walk for 40K to arrive to
God with you guys

The marchers said they wanted to make their voice heard and that the world community should step in and help them ”end the unlawful Saudi blockade that has crippled our lives”.

The port was already blockaded (by the Saudi navy under US supervision), with the excuse of stopping arms imports. The cranes in the port were put out of action by Saudi bombing back in 2015 (with US coordination and aerial refuelling) so unloading is very slow and dangerous with the few ships waiting up to 30 days to dock. 

Although the new cranes (bought under Obama’s insistence) are waiting in Dubai there is no permission to deliver and install them under the genocidal starvation policy of ”President” Hadi and the Saudis, now endorsed and celebrated by Trump.

Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck during a tribal gathering held to show support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Ground troops paid via the Saudis began assembling north and south of Hudaydah city in early April 2017. The rebel government responded by recruiting fighters from outside the region to assist in its defense.  US officials leaked a plan to drive the Houthi rebels from Hudaydah with US help.

In exchange for the $110 billion  largest arms deal in history, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has offered to invest in US infrastructure “The weapons, will then be used to further pulverize Yemen.”

A pro-government fighter at the site of recent battles between Houthi fighters and pro-government fighters, on the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

But why are the Saudis so keen on destroying Yemen? Another big lie is that they fear Iranian influence because the Ansarullah/Houthi movement is also Shia moslem. Yet Yemen was ruled for 33 years by dictator Saleh, a Zaidi Shia moslem appointed and directed by the Saudis.

The Houthis are not a race as western media always imply, but rather a loose alliance of tribes which formed the Ansarullah anti corruption movement that swept the country and peacefully occupied the capital Sanaa, demanding that ”President” Hadi implement the agreed power sharing reforms and step down after his provisional 2 years as promised.

(In 2016 Hadi again refused a UN power sharing plan by which the Houthis would leave the cities and he would resign.)

In any case the ‘Houthis’ are not even real Shia’s, Their Zaidi branch of Islam is much closer to the Sunni faith and they often share mosques together. Iranian arms aid continues to be NOT FOUND despite the naval blockade while Iranian humanitarian aid shipments have been disgracefully stopped and turned back while people starve.UK illegally at war in Yemen

The Saudi State is trying to annihalate the ‘Houthis’ not so much due to the Irani influence but because the Zaidi moslems live on both sides of the border and ‘Houthi’ success would encourage the resistance movements in criminally oppressed and repressed southern and eastern Saudi Arabia.

Another endlessly repeated great lie is that ”President Hadi’ was deposed by a ‘Houthi’ coup d’etat”. After months of the Houthi/Ansarullah demonstrators peacefully occupying the capital  to demand he fulfill the agreement Hadi  finally resigned and moved to Aden.

But later he withdrew his resignation and fled to his fellow Sunnis in Saudi Arabia where he still resides in disgusting luxury. The Saudis immediately began blatantly bombing the defenseless Yemeni cities and recruited 10 more Sunni states plus the US and UK in a coalition to restore Hadi.yemeni-victims

In reaction the radicalized Houthi/Ansarullah movement took over most of the country. and the war began. Hadi was not deposed, he was tolerated by the Houthi/Ansarullah movement long after he finished his  term and broke every agreement.

Hadi has revealed himself to be another power crazed macho monster. He fled and provoked a terrible war after refusing myriad efforts at compromise from many sides. (Hadi has confirmed this by rejecting the latest UN peace plan, condemning millions solely because he would not retain personal power).

Once begun the war proved unstoppable and, angered by the continuous bombing, the Houthi/Ansarullah committed their share of war crimes, their nationalism leading them to take over and try to occupy South Yemeni cities of a very different heritage.

The Houthi/Ansarullah has been vilified for the agressive ‘Death to America’ slogans of the tribesmen. If I had to watch my children die of cholera in my bombed out house, slowly in their vomit and diarrhoea with no running water, drainage or health facilities and then catching the disease myself, I would surely join in their stupid chorus…’Death to America’.

Lies  lies,… a veritable Empire of Lies. Disgraceful mass murder and starvation of countless innocents for the already bloated rich rulers in Saudi  and the USA.

So Yemen degenerates into another nest of mini dictators backed by multiple factions and outside states, after Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, and millions of ordinary people are condmned to die painfully and disgracefully in a planned genocide for profit by the so called ”free world”.

Deliberate famines have been organised by the West in Colonial history, but nothing like this…  deliberately and maliciously blockading food imports, bombing the cities to rubble, closing the Central Bank, and cutting off salaries, subsidies,  water, sanitation, health servives, poverty aid and all other public facilities, etc

The ‘Alternative Truth’ is that President Trump has saved the World Economy with his ‘robust’ policies and his wise and benevolent trade deals.


The cities are bombed to pieces with no services and little food. T he Houthi/Ansarullah movement is reported to be largely relocating back to their mountain villages where they have lived for millenia with their sophisticated and vibrant culture.


Below we include some recent reports which, of course, hardly made it beyond this marginal media.

 

Saudi Arabia’s Blockade Of Yemen’s Largest Port Expected To Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Despite a warning from the UN to end its existing blockades of Yemeni ports, a Saudi-led coalition is planning another major assault on the nation’s largest port city of Al Hudaydah, a move that threatens to worsen Yemen’s already unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

Famine is already killing children in Yemen

Despite the severity of the crisis, as well as Saudi Arabia’s apparent penchant for bombing hospitals and civilian infrastructure, the U.S. has remained unusually silent, essentially turning a blind eye in the face of repeated war crimes committed by its ally. The U.S. has involved itself militarily in Yemen to aid in the Saudis’ destruction of their southern neighbor, launching missiles and – more recently – botched raids that claimed the lives of numerous civilians, including an eight-year-old U.S. citizen.

The U.S. has also enabled the Saudis to commit war crimes in Yemen by continuing to sell them millions of dollars in weapons, despite their documented tendency to attack and bomb civilians. While the U.S. has been quick to accuse other nations of similar atrocities in Syria, it has been eerily silent, as well as complicit in, the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia.

The combination of minimal media attention, as well as tacit U.S. support for the Saudi war effort, has Yemen on the verge of collapse. According to the NGO Save the Children, tens of thousands of children in the embattled nation are dying due to the collapse of the country’s health care system. Since Saudi Arabia first invaded, more than 270 health facilities have been damaged or destroyed, many directly by the Saudis.

Houthi Women at Sanaa Demo

In addition, more than half of Yemen’s estimated 3,500 health facilities are closed or barely functioning, leaving nearly eight million Yemeni children without access to adequate health care, resulting in the deaths of nearly a thousand children every week, according to estimates.

But the health crisis is only part of the suffering that has become a daily reality for Yemenis. Famine is also taking its toll, with an estimated 19 million people – two-thirds of Yemen’s entire population – in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. More than half of the nation is suffering from a lack of adequate nutrition, according to UN estimates, with more than 370,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe malnutrition.

Much of the famine is preventable, as it has largely manifested as a direct result of the Saudis’ naval blockade of key Yemeni ports. Recent changes to Yemen’s central bank also threaten to rob many Yemenis of their capacity to purchase what little food is still available in the country.

Cholera patients line the halls of Yemen's few medical facilities, less than 45 percent of which are fully functional after two years of war. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/IRIN News)

Cholera patients line the halls of Yemen’s few medical facilities, less than 45 percent of which are fully functional after two years of war. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/IRIN News)

Despite UN pleas to the Saudis to end their blockades, the Saudis and their anti-Houthi coalition have announced plans to assault Al Hudaydah, Yemen’s largest port city. Catherine Shakdam, associate director of the Beirut Center for Middle Eastern Studies and an expert on Yemen, told MintPress that “government officials in Hodeida have already confirmed an increase in attacks in Yemeni waters” as a result of the latest Saudi-led assault. She added that “fishermen have been shot at for trying to feed their families and drones have been spotted doing what is believed to be reconnaissance work.”

Shakdam added that this assault is only the most recent effort by the Saudis to cripple the strategic port city, remarking that the Saudis are “determined to punish civilians in the hope they will rise against the resistance movement and defeat its forces from the inside.”

Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the Saudis’ latest plan to cripple the Houthi movement, saying that the operation “would not only inevitably lead to a mass exodus of the [local] population but would also de facto cut the [Yemeni] capital of Sanaa from… food and humanitarian aid supplies.” The U.S. has yet to comment on the plan, but its silence thus far already speaks volumes.

AP reports on the horrible and worsening conditions in Yemen:

They are among countless Yemenis who are struggling to feed themselves amid a grinding civil war that has pushed the Arab world’s poorest nation to the brink of famine. The family lives in a mud hut in northern Yemen, territory controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with government forces and a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition.

A Yemeni girl carries plastic containers as she heads to collect donated water from a truck in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on April 17, 2017, as Yemenis continue continue to suffer from an ongoing wide spread disruption of water supplies. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

The coalition has been waging a fierce air campaign against the rebels since March 2015, trying unsuccessfully to dislodge them from the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north. A coalition blockade aimed at preventing the Houthis from rearming has contributed to a 60-percent spike in food prices, according to an estimate used by international aid groups.

The coalition’s responsibility for creating these conditions is even greater than the article states. In addition to a punishing blockade that has been in place for almost two years, the coalition has bombed major ports, roads, and bridges that are all critical to bringing in food and other aid.


Image of eight-year-old Nawar Al-Awlaki who was killed by US forces in Yemen

 from Uprooted Palestinians, with thanks..      While the media attention has been focused on the death of one US serviceman who was killed during a raid in Yemen, one of the most tragic casualties of the assault ordered by President Donald Trump was an eight-year-old girl.


The “legitimate” Yemeni government led by Hadi announced that the central bank was being moved to Aden last fall. That had the effect of rupturing one of the last national institutions left, and it made it much harder for importers to arrange financing to bring in necessities.

Shortly before the end of the year, major trading companies halted wheat imports into Yemen as a result of Hadi’s central bank decision, which made the already dire situation in the country even worse. The Hadi government and its coalition and Western backers have inflicted all of this on the civilian population of Yemen for more than twenty-one months in the service of an atrocious war effort that has failed in all of its stated objectives.

Yemen is suffering one of the worst man-made disasters of this century. The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen threatens millions of people with death from starvation and preventable disease, and yet the U.S. continues to support and enable the coalition war effort that bears a huge share of the blame for creating famine conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries. Unless something is done immediately to lift the blockade and bring in food to stave it off, Yemen’s famine will only grow more severe.

Yemeni rescue workers search for body parts amid the rubble of a destroyed building following a Saudi airstrike on the capital Sana’a on October 8, 2016.

The war in Yemen has most often been described to us either as a civil war between the government of Yemen and its supporters, and a Houthi tribal militia. It is also represented as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia backing the Sunni government of Yemen and Iran backing a Shia insurgency led by the Houthis, a Zaydi tribe from northern Yemen.   Neither description is entirely accurate.   To understand what is happening in Yemen, it is useful to understand the factions who are fighting, and specifically, the Houthis.

The ‘correct’ title of the political movement we call the Houthis is Ansarullah.   They are not a tribal organization but rather a revolutionary movement.

They are also not a Shia movement.   Zaydi Islam, though referred to by the Saudis as a Shia Islam, is in practice, much closer to Sunnism and in the north of Yemen, Sunni and Zaydi often worship in the same mosque.   In fact, Ansarullah, the group we know as the Houthis, has broad popular support because they espouse populist values.

The reason Ansarullah came to be called Houthis is that in 2004, they informally took the name of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who died while fighting in an insurrection against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.   Al Houthi was so beloved that the members of the organization began to call themselves ‘Houthis’ or ‘the Houthi Movement’. Yemen, the poorest country in the region, has had a painful history of difficulties moving beyond tribal divisions and colonial interference throughout the 20th century. The Houthis (Ansarullah) are the most recent movement for independence and national unity in Yemen.

The exiled -president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, has pledged to “liberate” the port from rebel control. Ground troops loyal to Hadi began assembling north and south of the city in early April. The rebel government responded by recruiting fighters from outside the region to assist in defense of Hodeidah, also known as Al Hudaydah.

Potential for US involvement in the fight was revealed in March, when US officials leaked a plan by the United Arab Emirates to drive the Houthi rebels from Hodeidah with US help.

report that leaflets dropped in Hudaydah urging ppl to support ‘legitimate’ gov; in advance of military op? – 27 Apr 2017

Photo published for التحالف العربي يلقي منشورات على الحديدة

التحالف العربي يلقي منشورات على الحديدة

ألقت طائرات التحالف العربي منشورات على مدينة الحديدة، تدعو فيها السكان إلى الانضمام والتعاون مع قوات الحكومة الشرعية، للمساهمة في تحرير الحديدة من ميليشيات الحوثي وصالح، ورفع المعاناة عن الأهالي.

The flyer invites residents to “Join our legitimate forces for the stability of Yemen and its people.”

The mere threat of war at the port has been enough to drive shipping companies to steer clear of Hodeidah.

“We haven’t been able to use the port of Hodeidah basically since early February, and that’s linked to insecurity around the port,” says Trevor Keck of the International Committee for the Red Cross

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

 

THOUSANDS PROTEST US PARTICIPATION IN SAUDI WAR AGAINST YEMEN

Written by  Published by:Shiite News   Sunday, 21 May 2017  Reports totally boycotted by Western Media.

Thousands protest US participation in Saudi war against Yemen

Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered on the streets of Sana’a to protest the US’s participation in Saudi Arabia’s relentless war against Yemen.

continues…

 

UPDATE  UPDATE::UPDATE::::

In a single attack in March last year, which involved a Saudi air strike on a crowded village market, 106 civilians, including 24 children, died. We must face up to the fact that there is a very realistic chance that the weapon used to cause so much destruction and grief was sold to Saudi Arabia by the UK.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely serious, and continues to spiral out of control. A report released by UNICEF yesterday makes harrowing reading. It states:

“Malnourished children across Yemen are teetering between life and death…. Cemeteries are filling up with small unmarked graves, the deaths of children unreported to authorities, their suffering invisible to the world.”

Some 9.6 million children—80% of all children in the country—are in need of humanitarian assistance. That is a moral outrage.

Since the arrival of the Trump regime, the United States has changed its stance significantly. The level of US bombing in Yemen has increased, and is higher than it has been in the last two years. The Trump regime has changed the Obama regime’s position on supplying precision weapons to the Saudi air force, which had almost run out of such weapons.

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 US base Lemonnier in Djibouti just across the Bab-el-Mandeb  channel, from whose luxury facilities it directs illegal drone war against Yemen.

It is feared that the Saudis will now use the resupply to intensify the bombing. Yesterday, the Washington Post contained a very reputable report that Defence Secretary Mattis was asking permission from the White House to change the rules of conduct to enable United States forces to intervene more strategically, with the Saudi-led coalition, in order to occupy the port of Hudaydah.

The Saudis and the Emirates do not have the materiel to undertake such an invasion; that would have to come from the US Marine carriers in the Gulf. That will only end up with a situation where, far from reducing the conflict, it will increase, and therefore the humanitarian crisis will get even worse.

“It appears the Trump administration is counting on the country with the worst human rights record in the region to enforce peace and security in the Middle East,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut wrote in an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post on Saturday, describing the arms sale as “a terrible idea.”

https://www.democracynow.org/embed/story/2017/4/17/peace_activist_kathy_kelly_yemenis_are

Trump ignores Saudi juvenile executions

(Reprieve) – Human rights organization Reprieve has urged President Trump to call for the release of three Saudi juveniles who face execution on terrorism charges, after they allegedly attended protests.Ali al Nimr, Dawoud al Marhoon and Abdullah al Zaher were 17, 17 and 15 when they were arrested in the wake of protests in 2012. They were tortured into making false confessions, and sentenced to death in a secretive counter-terrorism court. They could now be executed at any time by beheading – and, in Ali’s case, ‘crucifixion.’

US steps up bombing campaign in Yemen

Trump increasing U.S. support for the pointless, brutal war in Yemen.

Yemen air raids kill 16 rebels on eve of campaign’s second ..

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

“[Former President Barack] Obama withheld precision-guided munitions because the Saudis were using US-provided munitions to repeatedly target civilian and humanitarian sites in their bombing campaign inside Yemen, despite regular protests from the United States,” he wrote.


 


 

 

Yemeni protesters take part in an anti-US rally in the capital Sana’a on May 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

As Trump Pushes Massive Saudi Weapons Deal, Yemenis Suffer from Cholera, War, and Famine

One possible outcome of Trump’s visit could be a green light to attack the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, where the bulk of the humanitarian aid enters Yemen

Cholera outbreak claims 315 lives in Yemen, 20 million without clean water, no fuel for water pumps
Yemenis are suffering from a significant lack of food, clean water, and medications [Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters]

Yemenis are suffering from a significant lack of food, clean water, and medications [Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters]

The number of suspected cases reaches almost 30,000 in the war-torn country whose healthcare system is collapsing.

President Donald Trump will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Friday bearing a major arms deal for the Gulf kingdom, which observers warn will swiftly then be used against the people of Yemen, who are currently facing a deadly cholera outbreak, devastating famine, and two years of war that shows no sign of abating.

VIDEO- Burn injuries shows Saudi-US collation used white phosphorous bombs on Yemen in recent days. Where are so-called International Organizations?
VIDEO- Burn injuries shows Saudi-US collation used white phosphorous bombs on Yemen in recent days. Where are so-called International Organizations?

Saudi Arabia Sends over 5,000 ISIS /Takfiri Terrorists to Yemen

The deal, partially brokered by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, includes a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, as well as precision guided-munitions that had previously been withheld by the Obama administration “out of fear that they would be used to bomb civilians in Yemen,” the New York Timesreported. During his time in office, former President Barack Obama oversaw $115 billion in arms sold to the Gulf state.

“More than two years into the war, we’ve documented 81 apparently unlawful coalition attacks and almost two dozen in which U.S. weapons were used,” Beckerle wrote earlier this month. “For weapons produced later and shipped now, pleading ignorance is no longer plausible.”

by  at theantimedia.org

When he was in office, former President Barack Obama earned the ire of anti-war activists for his expansion of Bush’s drone wars. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning head of state ordered ten times more drone strikes than the previous president, and estimates late in Obama’s presidency showed 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, it was reported that up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets.


http://insurgente.org    A Spanish firefighter could receive up to four years of suspension from his job after he refused to approve a weapons and explosives-laden shipment from the port city of Bilbao to Saudi Arabia for potential use in Yemen.

Speaking from the town of Getxo, on Friday, Biscayan firefighter Inazio Robles said he refused to supervise the 26-countainer shipment after his superiors confirmed its contents and destination.

4,000 tons of explosives, bombs and detonators, .. used to kill civilians in the invasion of Yemen.

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