Saudi regime kills Yemeni children, gets slap on the wrist

This video says about itself:

A message from Yemeni children to Trump

20 March 2017

‏Next to the house destroyed by Saudi coalition warplanes, Yara sent a message to Trump.

‏The message summarizes the reality of Yemeni children.

‏Their suffering. Fear. Fleeing.

‏Two years of US-KSA aggression on Yemen! Why!

What have we done to deserve all this?

Why are you killing us?

‏We no longer have any dreams … except that we don’t want to see our loved ones die in front of us, due to an aircraft bombing their homes or their event halls or workplaces.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi killing ‘not as bad as other states doing it’

Friday 6th October 2017

Riyadh ‘taking steps to improve protection of children,’ says UN despite deaths

THE Saudi-led invasion coalition in Yemen has made this year’s United Nations blacklist of child-killers — but on a list of lesser sinners.

The coalition’s inclusion on a list of countries which, though guilty of killing youngsters, are said to be taking steps “to improve the protection of children” was leaked to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

But Yemen’s Saba news agency reported yesterday that one child had been killed and three injured — along with two adults — in a coalition air strike on a civilian car in the Baqim district of northern Saada province.

The day before, two other civilians were killed in a coalition raid on a farm in the same district, which borders Saudi Arabia.

The US-backed coalition, which the UN said had killed or injured almost 700 Yemeni children in 2016, was first added to the list of children’s rights violators last year.

But it was swiftly removed by then secretary-general Ban Ki Moon under intense pressure from Saudi Arabia.

Mr Ban’s successor Antonio Guterres divided this year’s list into two sections. One is of parties which recruit, use, kill, maim, rape, sexually abuse or abduct children in armed conflict or attack schools and hospitals.

The other, which includes the Saudi-led coalition, lists parties “that have put in place measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children.”

The secretary-general’s report did not specify what those measures were.

But he said: “In Yemen, the coalition’s actions objectively led to the listing for the killing and maiming of children, with 683 child casualties attributed to this party, and as a result of being responsible for 38 verified incidents, for attacks on schools and hospitals during 2016.”

Also accused are al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — allegedly a Saudi proxy force directed against coalition ally the United Arab Emirates’ scheme to declare a breakaway state of South Yemen — and militias loyal to former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s shadow government in the Saudi capital Riyadh, including the salafists.

Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen: here.

THE PUSH TO END PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S SUPPORT FOR THE SAUDI CARNAGE IN YEMEN Just picked up a few more high-profile names. [HuffPost]


Saudi women’s victory on driving, struggle continues

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A Saudi woman who dared to drive | Manal al-Sharif

14 June 2013

There’s no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it’s forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.

Ms Manal al-Sharif and other Saudi women were jailed and flogged for driving cars. Their courageous struggle inspired solidarity all over the world; though not from Hillary Clinton, then United States Secretary of State.

Now, the Saudi absolute monarchy has announced that from June next year on women will be allowed to get driving licences. Proving that even the most cruel dictatorships sometimes have to make concessions to mass popular struggles.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Al Sharif said she was pleased with the disappearance of “one of the most draconian laws

not a law; just oppression in practice

in modern times”, and that she will continue the struggle for equal rights for women. Because there’s still a long way to go

The activists will now focus on male custody of women. According to Saudi law, women need permission from their husband, father or brother for the simplest things. Requesting a passport, for example, or a scholarship for a study abroad, but also to marry women must get permission from a male relative.

The right to get a driving license is only the beginning of the struggle to abolish long-established unjust laws, al-Sharif says now. “We will continue to act against male custody which imprisons women in this country. We ask for nothing less than fully equal rights for women.”

Eight things women still can’t do in Saudi Arabia: here.

Saudi Arabia lifting the driving ban is little more than a glitzy distraction from its continued geopolitical problems. King Salman signs the decree; but the world knows that the Crown Prince is behind all this, just as he was behind the ambitious new economic plan to move away from the world’s oil ‘greed’, which has even now been watered down by Saudi officials, its ambitions extended in time or abandoned altogether: here.

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban: here.

United States bombs killing Yemeni children

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Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.

22 September 2017

A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemen’s capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.

Amnesty International’s arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an “entirely man-made catastrophe.” We speak with Raed Jarrar, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA.

Yemen: a tragic tale of humanitarian hypocrisy: here.

Saudi royal air force continues killing Yemeni children

This music video from Yemen says about itself:

We are the world, for Yemeni children

23 January 2016

These are the children of Yemen .. They are not the children of Haiti or Africa.. This murder is about Yemeni people..

This destruction and devastation in Yemen.

Is there any one who can stop this killing and destruction?

Yemeni children need a gesture of world…Yemeni children need to help the world..

Thank you for sharing this song ..

Thank you for your talking about Yemeni children.

Thank you for your talking about them and said they’re just kids..

I hope that my message has reached to you..

We just want to help children..

We want to help humanity in Yemen..

Prepared by Reem Alsaqqaf.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: 4 children among 12 killed in Saudi raid

Tuesday 19th September 2017

A SAUDI air strike has killed 12 civilians in Yemen’s Marib province, according to medical officials.

They said four children and four women were among those killed on Saturday. The attack hit a car in the Harib al-Qaramesh area, along the only route used by civilians to escape the fighting …

Several civilians were also wounded in the raid.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations but their accounts were corroborated by local tribesmen.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has waged a blistering air campaign against the Shi’ite Houthis and their allies, after they won control of most of the country and drove out then president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi,

Hadi resigned and went into exile in Saudi Arabia.

whom Riyadh wishes to restore.

Labour announced yesterday that it had banned Saudi Arabia from its party conference this month over human rights concerns.

Saudi absolute monarchy kills Yemeni Red Crescent founder

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Saudi Arabia Can’t Stop Bombing Hospitals & Schools In Yemen

17 August 2016

After the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a hospital in Yemen supported by Doctors Without Borders on Monday, the U.S. State Department offered a rare condemnation of the coalition’s violence.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: ‘Saudis to blame’ for death of Red Crescent founder

Monday 4th September 2017

THE son of Yemen’s Red Crescent founder has blamed Saudi Arabia for his father’s death.

Zubair al-Khamesi, whose father Abdullah died in the Ibn Sinaa hospital in Sanaa on Friday, told the Guardian “he died because of lack of access to lifesaving medicine.”

Mr Khamesi’s doctor Mohammed al-Kaattaa said his family had made heroic efforts to obtain stents, which are used in treating narrow and clogged arteries, but the closure of Sanaa airport and a blockade imposed by the Saudis slowed the treatment.

Zubair added that his father could have lived had it been possible to get treated in Egypt or Jordan, but “the Saudis have stopped the planes.

“You are angry, you can’t do anything — but it’s not the [doctors’] fault, it’s the king of Saudi Arabia and [the emirs] of the Emirates” [a confederation of seven absolute monarchies each ruled by an emir].

Saudi restrictions on Yemen’s airspace, to allow its bombers free range as they pound the country’s hospitals and schools, allow a limited number of aid flights in but no commercial flights in or out.

Mr Khamesi founded Yemen’s Red Crescent in the 1970s. It is estimated to have saved thousands of lives since that time and has fought a desperate battle to provide humanitarian assistance to civilian victims of the Saudi-led war on the country which has raged since 2015.

Recent activities have included providing meals and clean water to Yemenis displaced by bombing and setting up makeshift schools with professional counsellors for children affected by the war.

Yemen’s cholera outbreak surpasses 600,000: here.

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.