Saudi genocidal war on Yemen


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Yemen war pushes country ‘towards the edge of a cliff’ – UN

5 August 2017

Yemen’s ongoing conflict and a “man-made” humanitarian catastrophe has “no end in sight,” the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the war-torn country has said, warning that nearly 7 million people are at risk of starvation.

British Conservative government covers up Saudi export of terrorism


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Saudi Arabia fueling extremism in UK, Europe: Ex-UK ambassador

13 July 2017

A former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia says the kingdom is directly involved in funding extremism in Europe.

William Patey accused the Saudis of funding and promoting the Salifist Wahhabi ideology urging Britain to address the matter with Riyadh. The ideology has inspired Takfiri terrorists across the globe including Daesh [ISIS] and Al-Qaeda. Patey’s revelations came a day after London said it would not publish, in full, a report on extremist funding in the country, citing security reasons. Britain’s opposition parties said the government was trying to protect its ally, Saudi Arabia, by not fully publishing the report that was commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.

By Jean Shaoul in Britain:

May government conceals UK-Saudi terror connections

25 July 2017

Survivors and bereaved relatives of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States have demanded that Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May finally publish a report dealing with the foreign funding of Islamist extremism in Britain.

The report is believed to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in sponsoring Islamist extremism and terrorism.

Last week, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the investigation had been concluded, but would not be published for reasons of “national security.” Both Rudd and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had earlier indicated that the contents of the report would never be made public.

The report will, however, be made available to privy councillors, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, who will be sworn to secrecy about its contents.

The report was commissioned by David Cameron and approved by May, as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats to secure the party’s support before a crucial vote to carry out airstrikes on Syria in December 2015.

The survivors’ letter adds to the growing number of voices accusing May of suppressing the report due to incriminating evidence relating to Saudi Arabia. There are powerful commercial, but also political, reasons why this is necessary.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest market for UK arms and there are reports that Tory politicians have received nearly £100,000 in gifts, trips and fees from Riyadh. The scandal over the report follows opposition to the government’s refusal to criticise Saudi Arabia for its human rights record and its approval of £3.5 billion of arms sales to the country, which has used these weapons in attacks on civilians in the war against neighbouring Yemen.

Then there is the vital role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in funding Islamist groups that provide essential proxy forces for the imperialist powers in Libya, Iraq and Syria. To acknowledge how blow-back from these filthy imperialist adventures leads to terror attacks in the UK and elsewhere would not only threaten lucrative trade deals, but also expose the war propaganda emanating from London, Washington and other Western capitals that they are backing democratic and “moderate” movements in their efforts to engineer regime change to secure control of the oil-rich Middle East.

Rudd was therefore forced to play down the suggestion that foreign funding was a factor in fomenting Islamist extremism in Britain. She issued a statement, based upon a 585-word summary of the report, saying that most of extremist funding in the UK came from “small, anonymous public donations, with the majority of these donations most likely coming from UK-based individuals.”

Some extremist organisations posed as charities in order to “increase their credibility and to take advantage of Islam’s emphasis on charity,” while being “purposefully vague about their activities and their charitable status.”

The statement acknowledged, “For a small number of organisations with which there are extremism concerns, overseas funding is a significant source of income.” But Rudd refused to say where the money was coming from and insisted that overseas funding was not a significant source for the vast majority of extremist groups in the UK.

Her statement flies in the face of widespread reports from the US and other official sources that Riyadh has spent $50 billion since the 1970s promoting its particular brand of Islamism—Wahhabism—around the globe, in what one think tank described as the “largest worldwide propaganda campaign ever mounted.”

Although these annual expenditures are now believed to be about $4 billion, it is unknown how much is sent to Britain. There are believed to be 110 mosques associated with Wahhabism.

To underscore the degree of Western collusion with such forces, no less than 15 of the 19 Al Qaeda terrorists involved in 9/11 were Saudi citizens who were allowed to fly in and out of the US without hindrance. The now deceased leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, is a member of a billionaire Saudi family with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Relatives of 9/11 victims have filed claims for billions of dollars in damages from Saudi Arabia, citing King Salman and other members of the ruling family as defendants.

Rudd’s statement is contradicted by an email written by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, released by WikiLeaks, describing Saudi Arabia and Qatar as direct supporters of ISIS and other groups. This funding was part of Saudi Arabia’s broader strategy of promoting political Islam as a means of countering the growth of any progressive political tendencies within the working class.

Britain supported Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s use of Islamist terrorist groups for covert operations in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Chechnya, the location of the huge energy resources of Central Asia, facilitating its energy corporations’ access to the region. It gave the nod to Islamabad’s and Riyadh’s funding and arming of the Taliban, which in turn gave succour to Al Qaeda, originally funded by Saudi Arabia and the CIA, and worked closely with them and similar forces as it suited their interests.

In the 1990s, London gave sanctuary to numerous Islamist groups, with several leading figures saying that Whitehall had given them a “green light” so long as they only carried out terrorist activities overseas. Among those involved were Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, the Jordanian cleric sentenced in absentia for terrorist activities who reportedly worked as a double agent for MI5. The security forces used the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), based in London, in an unsuccessful MI6-sponsored attempt on the life of Libya’s then leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and then again in the war for his removal and murder in 2011.

The most recent UK terror attacks two months ago in Manchester and London testify to the closest relations with these Islamist forces.

One of the attackers in the London Bridge killings, Yousseff Zaghba, was stopped at an Italian airport while attempting to travel to Syria, freely admitting that he “wanted to be a terrorist” and carrying ISIS literature. Another was featured in a British television documentary that chronicled his confrontation with and detention by police after he unfurled an ISIS flag in Regent’s Park in London.

The authorities were equally familiar with Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi. In 2011, they allowed his parents, members of the LIFG, to return to Libya to assist the US-NATO regime-change operation against Gaddafi. Abedi himself met Islamic State operatives in Libya, veterans of the Syrian civil war, with whom he maintained close connections in Manchester.

Despite the 16-year-long “war on terror,” these elements move freely in and out of Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the US under what amounts to state protection. They are never stopped at passport control because they are vital intelligence “assets.”

Terrorist attacks by these “assets” also provide the pretext for further repression, surveillance, attacks on democratic rights and the deployment of troops and armed police on the streets.

British authorities are looking with increasing interest at their neighbour across the Channel, where France has declared a state of emergency and is seeking to embed it into law. These measures are of little value in preventing future attacks, but are indispensable for controlling the working class and suppressing social unrest.

Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians with cholera


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24 July 2017

More than 600,000 Yemenis could have cholera before the end of the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned.

Nearly 2,000 people have died from the pandemic and 300,000 people are infected.

Al Jazeera’s Sara Khairat reports.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

YEMEN CHOLERA EPIDEMIC

THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that about 600,000 people in war-torn Yemen could contract cholera by December this year, a figure which is almost one in every 45 people in the 27.5-million-strong country.

The ICRC’s news on Sunday came as the relentless bombardment of the impoverished country by Saudi Arabia’s war planes has not only brought Yemen’s health care system to the verge of total collapse but also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

According to the ICRC’s the highly contagious disease is ‘a direct consequence of a conflict that has devastated civilian infrastructure and brought the whole health system to its knees.’

Both the ICRC and World Health Organisation (WHO) have already announced in recent reports that over 370,000 people across the country had caught cholera and 1,800 others had lost their lives after succumbing to the infectious illness since late April in Yemen’s second cholera outbreak in less than a year.

Caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, the cholera infection first became an epidemic last October. Since March 2015, Yemen has suffered heavy air strikes by Saudi fighter jets as part of a brutal campaign in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The relentless aerial aggression has put well over half of all health facilities in Yemen in a state of complete or partial shutdown. There are critical shortages in medical staff in over 40 per cent of all districts, according to Yemen’s Health Ministry.

Nearly 3.3 million Yemeni people, including 2.1 million children, are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. The war has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands more. On Saturday, the International humanitarian agency Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) raised alarm at the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, calling the situation a ‘shame on humanity.’

They added: ‘Sixty per cent of the country is food insecure and over half the population is unable (to access) safe drinking water. Many areas in Yemen are just one step away from a famine situation.’

The US and the UK have been providing most of the military ordnance used by Saudi Arabia in the war. London has sold £3.3 billion worth of weapons since the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen in March 2015.

Washington also sealed a multi-billion arms deal with Riyadh when US President Donald Trump made his maiden visit abroad in May. The deal, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years, $110 billion of which will take effect immediately, was hailed by the White House as a significant expansion of the security relationship between the two countries.

To combat cholera in Yemen, one scientist goes back to basics. As epidemic rages on, health care system is close to collapse. By Cassie Martin, 1:00pm, August 7, 2017.

Saudi regime beheads, British government silent


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Saudi Arabia Is Beheading Children & Disabled People

24 August 2015

Saudi Arabia executed more than 102 people in the first half of this year, according to an Amnesty International report—for a total of more than 175 in the past year. The 2015 execution rate is nearly a person every other day, meaning it may well top the country’s previous record, set in 1995, when it put to death 192 individuals.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Ministers sit on hands as 14 people face execution in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Gutless government has merely told Saudi allies we’re not fans of beheading

THE British government has failed to call for a halt of the execution of 14 people in Saudi Arabia amid criticism yesterday over its relationship with the Gulf state’s head-chopping regime.

Lords were told that the Saudi despots remain an important ally for Britain and should be supported as they “keep our streets safe” from terrorist attacks.

Tory peer Baroness Goldie was responding to an urgent question from Lord Dholakia about government efforts to stop the executions.

She told the Lords that the Saudis were “aware of our position” on the death penalty and rights abuses but stopped short of saying the government had asked for the executions to be halted. The 14 are facing “imminent” death for protest-related offences according to rights group Reprieve.

Those who face beheading include at least two who were children at the time they were arrested, alongside Munir alAdam, who is partially blind. Reprieve says that the individuals were sentenced after confessions were extracted by torture and mark an escalation in executions under new crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.

The group has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to tell the prince “loudly and clearly” that the executions are unacceptable.

Lord Collins pointed to the recent trip to Saudi Arabia by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, during which eight people were beheaded in just one day.

“When is his government going to publicly condem the abuses of human rights? Our silence is deafening,” he said.

And Lord Singh of Wimbledon questioned the government over “billions of arms sales to the greatest human-rights abusers in the world.”

However, Baroness Goldie opined that it was a matter of striking the right balance and claimed that support for the Saudi regime “keeps us safe at home and abroad.

Saudi Arabia can help in the fight against Daesh [Isis],” she said, as she told peers of the strategic importance of good relations with the headchoppers.

Though the House of Saud may not be directly involved, it is widely held that much of the funding for Isis and other terrorists in the region comes from Saudi Arabia.

Reprieve director Maya Foa warned: “This is an extremely worrying move from the increasingly brutal regime in Saudi Arabia.

“To execute a disabled man and a juvenile protester would be an appalling breach of international law, and world leaders cannot stand silently by and let this happen.”

Saudi Arabia executed 154 people in 2016, according to Human Rights Watch.