British military links to dictatorships

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26 August 2017

There are calls for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen to be blacklisted.

Yemen is being pounded on an almost daily basis from air and land. The latest attack came on Friday when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a residential area, killing at least 14 people including five children.

On Wednesday, a hotel north of the capital Sanaa, was also hit. Forty-one people [other estimates are higher] were killed and many more injured.

The Saudi block said those it killed were militants.

But the UN disputes that and wants an impartial investigation into these strikes. Amnesty International says the coalition ‘rained down bombs on civilians while they slept’. And the International Committee of the Red Cross condemned the latest raid as ‘outrageous’.

What’s the international community doing about this continuing carnage?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Nigel Timmins, Humanitarian director for Oxfam
Afshin Shahi, Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Bradford.
Adam Baron, visiting fellow for the European Council on Foreign RelationsMiddle East and North Africa Programme

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Red Arrows to tour despotic states

Tuesday 29th August 2017

THE Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows will tour the Middle East next month as part of a PR exercise, the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday.

They will perform displays in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, supposedly reviewing the campaign to defeat Isis, said the Red Arrows displays would promote Britain’s longstanding relations across the Gulf.

Mr Fallon said Kuwait was a “vital partner” and he wanted to carry out more frequent joint exercises.

The MoD said the tour would show that Britain was “open for business” and highlight the links with British armed forces in each nation.

Britain has licensed £3.3 billion of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia since it began bombing Yemen in March 2015, as well as to 20 of the 30 countries on its own list of human rights abusers.

The DSEI arms fair will take place in London next month with some of the world’s most despotic regimes in attendance.

War Crimes: Saudi Arabia Should Pay the Penalty for Catastrophe in Yemen: here.

1 thought on “British military links to dictatorships

  1. Dear friends,

    Honestly, this is as bad as it gets.

    In Yemen, every 10 minutes a child dies from hunger and disease, 500,000 people have been hit by the worst cholera epidemic the world has ever seen — and a savage Saudi bombing campaign is cutting off all aid access.

    It’s an apocalyptic scenario for these innocent people — but we can help.

    Most of us have never heard of this nightmare because Saudi Arabia has blocked foreign journalists from the country. They want to keep the impact of their campaign out of the headlines — so that our governments can keep selling them tanks, missiles, and ammunition.

    And it’s working — our leaders are turning a blind eye. But Avaaz is unique — our money comes from ordinary citizens with no policy agenda. We can be a lifeline for Yemen’s people:

    Smuggling reporters into the country to expose what’s happening;
    Going after donor countries to increase humanitarian funding, now;
    Lobbying countries like Canada and the UK to stop supplying the weapons that make all this possible.

    The sad truth is: if we don’t do this, no one will. 20 million(!) Yemenis desperately need aid — chip in and let’s get to work:

    Saudi Arabia’s devastating bombing campaign in Yemen is all about a power struggle with Iran. They say they’re defending the ‘legitimate’ government against a group of rebels. But this isn’t about democracy, it’s about regional influence.

    Innocent Yemeni civilians are the victims, much like their brothers and sisters in Syria, but without global attention. Yemen was already the poorest country in the region and now hospitals, schools, and entire neighbourhoods have been turned to rubble. The latest craziness is that Saudi Arabia is blocking fuel for UN planes ready to deliver humanitarian aid into the country!

    What might be worst is that the Saudis aren’t doing this alone. Many of our governments are making it possible by supplying weapons, military advice, and even boots on the ground. Trump just kicked off a $100 billion arms deal! For our leaders, Saudi friendship and oil seem more important than Yemeni lives.

    We don’t have to be part of that. If enough of us donate below, we can show the people of Yemen that we are not our governments, that we care about the desperate situation they’re facing, and will fight to stop the bombing of innocent civilians. Some courageous groups are trying to make this work, but right now no one has got it done. Let’s come together urgently, before things get even worse:

    We can cross our fingers that Yemen will somehow be saved. Or we can do what our community does best and rise up to speak for those who have no voice. Let’s not sit in silence.

    With hope,
    Danny, Rewan, Alice, Wissam, Nataliya, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team

    More information:

    ‘It’s a Slow Death’: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis (NY Times)

    Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children (BBC)

    In Yemen, a child dies every ten minutes from preventable causes (UNICEF)

    Yemen conflict: How bad is the humanitarian crisis? (BBC)

    In Saudi Arabia, Trump Reaches Out to Sunni Nations, at Iran’s Expense (New York Times)

    Saudi Arabia’s expected military assault on Yemen will almost certainly cause mass starvation (VICE)


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