As Saudi Arabia quiety starts bombing Yeman again, the US just agreed to sell $1bn of weapons to them

  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2016 2:26 AM GMT
    As Saudi Arabia quiety starts bombing Yeman again, the US just agreed to sell $1bn of weapons to them

    http://www.independent.co.uk/us/saudi-arabia-us-arms-deal-weapons-sale-tanks-guns-barack-obama-a7182186.html
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    Aug 17, 2016 3:25 AM GMT
    I'm not familiar with the situation but here's this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian-led_intervention_in_YemenThe intervention began in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized but domestically contested Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The request was due to an offensive by the Houthis, an armed religious-political movement, aimed at its provisional capital of Aden. President Hadi fled Aden,[97] left the country and went to Saudi Arabia as the coalition launched airstrikes against the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings[98] but later switched sides and aligned himself with the Houthi revolutionaries.

    Fighter jets from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain also took part in the operation. Djibouti and Somalia made its airspace, territorial waters and military bases available to the coalition.[8] The United States provided intelligence and logistical support, including search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots.[9] It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states.[99] US and Britain have deployed their military personnel in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen...

    The intervention has received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on the humanitarian situation, that reached the level of a "humanitarian disaster"[104] or "humanitarian catastrophe".[105][106][107] After the Saudi-led coalition declared the entire Saada Governorate a military target, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said, air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada city in Yemen were in breach of international law....

    ...The de facto blockade left 78% (20 million) of the Yemeni population in urgent need of food, water and medical aid. Aid ships are allowed, but the bulk of commercial shipping, on which the country relies, is blocked...

    ...On 21 April 2015, the Saudi-led military coalition announced an end to Operation Decisive Storm, saying the intervention's focus would "shift from military operations to the political process".[141][142][143] The kingdom and its coalition partners said they would be launching political and peace efforts, which they called Operation Restoring Hope (Arabic: عملية إعادة الأمل‎‎ `Amaliyyat 'I`ādat al-'Amal). However, the coalition did not rule out using force, saying it would respond to threats and prevent Houthi militants from operating within Yemen.[143] Airstrikes and shelling continued under Restoring Hope...

    Background

    Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, running unopposed for president, won the 2012 Yemeni elections.[152] The Houthis (or Ansar Allah), a Zaidi Shia movement and militant group thought to be backed by Iran, took control of the Yemeni government through a series of actions in 2014 and 2015. Saudi Arabia and other countries denounced this as an unconstitutional coup d'état.
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    Aug 17, 2016 6:18 AM GMT
    metta saidAs Saudi Arabia quiety starts bombing Yeman again, the US just agreed to sell $1bn of weapons to them

    http://www.independent.co.uk/us/saudi-arabia-us-arms-deal-weapons-sale-tanks-guns-barack-obama-a7182186.html


    That is so messed up! U.S. should mind its own business and stop giving our money to foreign countries.
  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
    Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen Kills at Least 15


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    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/world/middleeast/yemen-doctors-without-borders-hospital-bombing.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
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    Aug 17, 2016 4:00 PM GMT
    Chomsky: Saudi Arabia is the "Center of Radical Islamic Extremism" Now Spreading Among Sunni Muslims

    http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/17/chomsky_saudi_arabia_is_the_center
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    Aug 17, 2016 4:08 PM GMT
    Sam27 said
    metta saidAs Saudi Arabia quiety starts bombing Yeman again, the US just agreed to sell $1bn of weapons to them

    http://www.independent.co.uk/us/saudi-arabia-us-arms-deal-weapons-sale-tanks-guns-barack-obama-a7182186.html


    That is so messed up! U.S. should mind its own business and stop giving our money to foreign countries.

    In this case we're selling for hard cash. We're doing the business of America, business. We might as well extract our dollars back from the Saudi's before we render their one product obsolete. Clean energy is the only way we can ever exit that hell-hole of a region.
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    Aug 18, 2016 6:20 AM GMT
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    "This photo was sent in by a doctor in Aleppo, Syria of a child who survived an airstrike there. The conditions that make this photo real should not exist. So much pain and bewilderment and innocence in this photo."


    In one image, this confused, hurt little boy captures the absolute horror that continues to unfold each day in Aleppo, in full view of the world.

    Video of bloodied five-year-old in Aleppo shows children continue to pay price of Syria conflict
    STORY: http://ab.co/2byImyT
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    Aug 18, 2016 10:03 PM GMT
    theantijoke> The intervention began in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized but domestically contested Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    More honest would be "internationally recognized but unelected Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi."

    theantijoke> The request was due to an offensive by the Houthis, an armed religious-political movement

    They are the armed militia of the Zaydi community, a minority Islamic community harshly repressed by this government and the last.

    theantijoke> former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings but later switched sides and aligned himself with the Houthi revolutionaries

    You mean the dictator Hadi used to work for, who handpicked him as his successor?
    Of course Saleh is an opportunist. He used the Saudis himself to bomb and immiserate the Houthis (who take their name by the way from Hussein al-Houthi - a Zaydi leader murdered by Saleh's forces in 2004).

    Really best methinks if you keep your elephant brain out of this as you haven't the first clue what you're talking about.