Trump-Pompeo Saudi massacres in Yemen scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Fires His Fourth Inspector General, This One Investigating Saudi Arms Sales | MSNBC

President Donald Trump has fired the State Department watchdog Steve Linick, at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick was investigating Pompeo’s decision to greenlight arms sales to Saudi Arabia, despite bipartisan congressional opposition to doing so. The IG was also investigating whether Pompeo was using a political appointee to perform tasks like walking his dog and making dinner reservations. Commentators say this is yet another strike at government oversight. Aired on 5/18/2020.

HOUSE DEMS: OUSTED WATCHDOG WAS PROBING SAUDI ARMS SALE The State Department inspector general fired by Trump was reportedly investigating why Pompeo fast-tracked more than $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies and whether Pompeo made a staffer run personal errands for him. Steve Linick was reportedly probing the arms deal because of lawmakers’ frustration that it was carried out without normal congressional oversight. [HuffPost]

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 19 May 2020:

Pompeo denies politically motivated sacking over Saudi arms probe

A US INSPECTOR general who was abruptly sacked on Friday was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s approval of Saudi arms sales against the will of Congress, it has emerged.

It is the second investigation by State Department official Steve Linick to have been made public since he was removed from his post by President Donald Trump.

POMPEO ASKED TRUMP TO FIRE INSPECTOR GENERAL Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Trump to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, Trump acknowledged. Pompeo said he had made the request because Linick’s work was “undermining” the department’s mission. “I never even heard of him,” Trump said, adding that Pompeo should have fired Linick a long time ago, since “he’s an Obama appointment, and he had some difficulty.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP WANTS POMPEO TO WORK, NOT ‘WASH DISHES’ IF HIS WIFE ISN’T AROUND Trump apparently expects Mike Pompeo’s wife to wash the dishes in the Pompeo household. And when his family isn’t around, it’s apparently OK for Pompeo to use taxpayer-funded federal employees — including the Secret Service — to do his domestic chores, Trump said. “I’d rather have him [Pompeo] on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t there … it’s so stupid,” Trump said. [HuffPost]

BAE Saudi massacre of Yemenis profiteering continues

This Associated Press video says about itself:

(29 July 2019) Yemeni officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a market in northern Yemen, killing at least 10 civilians, including children.

They say the strike took place Monday in the Saada province …

A hospital manager in Saada blamed the coalition for the attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to brief the media.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition.

The … Health Ministry said the airstrike wounded another 27 people.

While in Saudi invaders-occupied Aden hundreds of Yemenis are dying from COVID-19 … more Yemenis die from the famine imposed by the Saudi regime and its allies. And more Yemenis die from BAE British bombs dropped from Saudi Royal Air Force warplanes.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 15 May 2020:

Campaigners slam BAE’s ‘essential’ weekly flights to Saudi Arabian air base

BRITISH arms giant BAE has continued supplying military equipment to Saudi Arabia throughout the Covid-19 crisis, sparking fury from campaigners today.

Weekly flights from a BAE Systems factory in Warton, where Typhoon jets are made, to a military base in Saudi Arabia, have continued despite the global pandemic.

The Gulf kingdom is using its fleet of Typhoons to bomb Yemen.

On Monday, Junior Defence Minister James Heappey told Parliament that the trips had been designated as essential “logistics support” to the Saudi army.

He also admitted that the flights were using an RAF base in Cyprus to refuel en route.

The minister was responding to a question from Labour MP Sam Tarry, who had pressed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about the purpose of the flights.

Investigative website Declassified previously revealed that the flights carry spare parts from Warton to the Saudi military’s main operating base, from where it launches its airstrikes on Yemen.

A Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states announced a ceasefire in April, but campaigners say that the bombing has continued, with three civilians injured by an airstrike as recently as May 2, according to the Yemen Data Project.

“UK-made fighter jets have played a key role in the devastating Saudi-led bombing of Yemen,” said Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

“The war has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and, especially at this time, further military support for Saudi forces can only make it even worse.

“Despite the terrible humanitarian crisis and the outbreak of Covid-19, the war is still raging. There must be a meaningful ceasefire from all sides.

“The suffering of Yemeni people will be made far worse by the airstrikes that Saudi fighter jets are being used for.

“We are in unprecedented times and this should not be happening.

“Fighter-jet maintenance is not essential work, whether it is for the UK or any of the human rights-abusing regimes and dictatorships that BAE sells its arms to.”

Since 2015, Britain has licensed £5.3 billion worth of arms to the Saudi regime, CAAT said.

In 2019, the Court of Appeal ruled that the government had acted unlawfully when it authorised the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia without assessing whether they would be used in Yemen.

However, this has not stopped the sale of weapons under previously granted licences.

Hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Saudi-occupied Aden

This 28 October 2015 video says about itself:

A Doctors Without Borders hospital is bombed in Yemen, making it the 20th to be destroyed since the start of the war.

Since then, the coalition of the regime in Saudi Arabia and its allies has destroyed many more hospitals in Yemen.

Dutch NOS radio reports today that in Aden, South Yemen city occupied by Saudi invaders, hundreds of people have died, probably because of the coronavirus.

In non-occupied north Yemen, one coronavirus death has been reported.

The World Health organisation fears that half of the 30 million Yemenis will get infected and 40,000 will die.

Donald Trump’s navy enforces famine in Yemen

This 2 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

​Senate fails to override Trump’s Yemen war veto

The Senate fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the president’s veto of the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 13 April 2020:

US accused of holding the people of Yemen under siege in latest act of piracy

WASHINGTON has again been accused of piracy after its navy helped prevent 17 ships carrying much-needed food and aid from reaching war-stricken Yemen, which recorded its first case of coronavirus on Friday.

The US and its Saudi Arabian allies stopped 14 oil tankers and three vessels loaded with other fuel, despite them having the required permits to enter Yemen.

Marine forces prevented the ships from reaching their destination and the Yemeni Oil Company confirmed on Sunday that 12 of the oil tankers were being held in the port of Hudeyda.

“We are facing a new case of piracy by Saudi Arabia and its allies,” Yemeni TV station Al-Masirah reported.

Red Sea Ports Corporation vice-president Yahya Sharaf al-Din warned yesterday that the Saudi-led coalition was keeping the people of Yemen under siege.

He accused Washington of “partnering” with the belligerents in the continued aggression and the denial of much-needed aid.

Yemen has been subjected to a five-year bombing campaign by Riyadh and its Gulf allies, using weapons and tactical military support from Britain, France and the US.

Allegations of war crimes, including missiles strikes on schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure, are being investigated by the United Nations.

In one sickening attack, an airstrike killed a group of schoolchildren travelling back from a picnic. Saudi Arabia insisted that their coach had been a legitimate target.

More than 10,000 people have died as a result of the bombing campaign, which has also left some 24 million — 80 per cent of the Yemeni population — reliant on humanitarian aid.

The UN has warned that the country is on the brink of the world’s worst famine for a century.

Nonetheless, Washington cut off aid to Yemen last month, in a decision described by a United States Agency for International Development spokesman as “a last resort”.

The Trump administration came under fire for cutting vital lines of support to the country during the Covid-19 crisis after its first confirmed case of the virus was reported on Friday.

Yemen officials say they have just “700 ICU beds and 500 ventilators to equip a country with a population of about 30 million.”

A Saudi ceasefire announced last week was dismissed yesterday as “a fraud and misleading to the world” by the head of the Yemeni National Delegation, who said an “air and ground escalation” continues along with the siege.

“If there was a serious effort and a real will towards peace, the UN security council would have issued an explicit resolution to stop the absurd war and lift the unjust siege, not be contented with a meagre statement,” he said.

COVID-19 will compound catastrophic impact of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen. By Jean Shaoul, 14 April 2020.

Coronavirus in war-devastated Yemen

This October 2019 United States CNN TV video says about itself:

Saudi-led war could lead to historic famine, World Food Program warns

The World Food Program tells CNN’s Nima Elbagir that 12 million people could be facing famine in Yemen as a result of a 3-year war in Yemen between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels.

There is coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. In Yemen, on which the Saudi regime wages war, no cases were known yet, until today. Though some anti-pandemic measures have been taken already. Like weddings are banned. That also means that the Saudi regime cannot bomb Yemeni weddings any more. There may have been cases already, as there is few testing material in Yemen.

A pandemic in Yemen would be devastating, as the Saudi royal air force has bombed most Yemeni hospitals with US, UK, French etc. bombs.

Dutch NOS radio reports today that the first coronavirus case has been found in Yemen; in Hadramaut, a Saudi invaders-occupied region.

The coronavirus crisis hits the Saudi economy hard. Maybe that will help to stop the regime’s expensive war on Yemen.

Stop British weapons killing Yemeni civilians

This 29 July 2015 video says about itself:

Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill Civilians In Yemen

Human Rights Watch has released a report on Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that hit a residential compound in the town of Mokha in Yemen. 65 civilians were killed in this attack alone, bringing the total number of civilian deaths to 1,693 since March 26.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Anti-arms campaigns call for ceasefire of British-made weapons in Yemen

The country is facing a Saudi-led bombardment which has destroyed hospitals and aid facilities

ANTI-ARMS campaigners demanded a ceasefire of British-made weapons in Yemen today in order to protect the “almost collapsed” healthcare services in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

Yemen is facing a Saudi-led bombardment which has destroyed hospitals, aid facilities and other vital healthcare infrastructure, leaving services operating at 50 per cent capacity while 24 million people need aid.

On Monday, widespread attacks, including by Saudi Arabian forces, continued the region’s ongoing war, just five days after reports that a ceasefire had been agreed to allow Yemen’s healthcare system to respond to the threat of Covid-19.

British bombs still killing Yemenis

This 30 July 2019 video says about itself:

Yemeni officials: Saudi led airstrike kills 10 civilians

Yemeni officials said an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a market in northern Yemen, killing at least 10 civilians, including children. They said the strike took place in the Saada province.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Friday, March 27, 2020

British bombs continue to rain on the people of Yemen

BRITISH bombs and rockets continue to rain down on the people of Yemen for the fifth year despite a court ruling that their sale to Saudi Arabia is unlawful, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) reported yesterday.

The group said that Britain’s government has not acted on a Court of Appeal ruling that it was unlawful to have licensed British-made arms to the Saudi regime in its offensive against Yemen without assessing whether their use breaches international humanitarian law.

Saudi’s war on Yemen began in March 2015, creating what the United Nations has called “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” with more than 100,000 Yemeni deaths.

Trump keeps supporting Saudi bloodbaths in Yemen

This 17 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

“They Have Not Relented”: U.S. Maintains Support for Yemen War as Saudi Airstrike Kills 31 Civilians

In Yemen, 31 people were killed in U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes over the weekend, including women and children. The strikes in the northern al-Jawf province came just hours after the Houthis said they had shot down a Saudi fighter jet in the same area. The United Nations called the drone strike “shocking.” The deadly strike follows a recent uptick in violence in northern Yemen and comes as the war there hits a five-year mark.

More than 100,000 have died, and far more have been displaced, since the conflict began in 2015. On Sunday, the United Nations said the Houthis and U.S.-backed Saudi and United Arab Emirates coalition had agreed to a major prisoner swap, the first of its kind in the long-running war. We speak with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni scholar, activist, and an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Saudi warplanes kill scores of Yemeni civilians

Homes of Yemenis killed by Saudi warplanes, Reuters photo

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that the United Nations says that the royal air force of Saudi Arabia has once again killed at least thirty civilians in Yemen; including women and children. At least 12 people were injured.

The NOS report says (translated):

Aid organization Save the Children condemns the air raids and calls for an independent investigation. The organization blames Western countries that sell weapons to the Saudi coalition for contributing to the bloodshed in Yemen.

Since the start of the war in Yemen in 2015, an estimated 100,000 people have died in the country. The years of fighting have also caused one of the greatest humanitarian crises in modern history. Millions of people are starving and in recent years have been affected by outbreaks of diseases such as cholera.

British Yemen war profiteers dine with politicians

Stop the war in Yemen sign

By Bethany Rielly in England:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Politicians cosy up with profiteers of Yemen destruction at arms dealer dinner

ARMS dealers who profit from the destruction of Yemen cosy up with politicians tonight at a black-tie dinner in central London.

The annual event, which is hosted by arms-industry trade body ADS Group and costs up to £470 a head, was met by anti-war protesters opposing “the carnival of violence”.

Protest organisers Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) highlighted the involvement of companies attending the dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel with the devastating war in Yemen.

These include event sponsor and ADS member BAE Systems, which supplies parts for Typhoon aircraft used by the Saudi-led coalition in its bombardment of Yemen.

CAAT media co-ordinator Andrew Smith told the Morning Star: “Right now, UK-made fighter jets are flying over Yemen firing UK-made missiles and dropping UK-made bombs.

“It has created the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world and left millions of people on the edge of starvation, yet the arms-company heads and politicians who supported the sales are getting together for a £235-per-head dinner.”

While members get a reduced rate, public guests are charged £470 each to attend.

MPs are treated to seats at the table by arms companies, representing a major opportunity for weapons manufacturers to influence British politicians, the campaign group said.

A leaked guest-list from the 2015 ADS dinner revealed that 40 MPs had been sponsored to attend, including [then still] Labour’s John Woodcock, former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable and Tory MP Tobias Ellwood.

Mr Smith said that the cosy dinner sends a message of “uncritical support” for Britain’s arms trade, regardless of the “terrible damage it has done around the world.”

Under pressure from CAAT, BBC sports presenter Clare Balding withdrew from attending this year’s event.

In a letter, the group asked Ms Balding to reconsider her attendance given that she had fronted an emergency appeal for victims of the war in Yemen.

CAAT had urged the other speakers to follow Ms Balding’s example and withdraw.

“We urge all of the speakers and attendees to consider if this carnival of violence is something they really want to support,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s not social-justice campaigners that need to be stopped, it’s the arms dealers.”