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Trying to Hold Its Own, Yemeni Island of Socotra Figures in Both Saudi and Emirati Plans

    Trying to Hold Its Own, Yemeni Island of Socotra Figures in Both Saudi and Emirati Plans

SOCOTRA, YEMEN — A.S. al-Socotri remembers fondly the strange beauty of the quiet island of Socotra with its amazing dreamlike vegetation, with no boats in the sea, no lights, no planes in the sky. “Now,” al-Socotri, a resident of the island, tells MintPress, “a never-before-seen military build-up has changed the reality on this quiet Island.”…

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Robert Fisk: Sudan Protesters Were Right to Fear the Arrival of Saudi and UAE Money

    Robert Fisk: Sudan Protesters Were Right to Fear the Arrival of Saudi and UAE Money

The Sudanese democracy demonstrators were the first to protest at Saudi Arabia’s interference in their revolution. We all knew that the Saudis and the Emiratis had been funnelling millions of dollars into the regime of Omar al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court and now chucked out of power by a Sisi-like…

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Few Good Men in Post-NATO Libyan Quagmire as Jihadists Battle Former CIA Asset’s Forces

    Few Good Men in Post-NATO Libyan Quagmire as Jihadists Battle Former CIA Asset’s Forces

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Libyan strongman and former CIA asset Khalifa Haftar’s blitzkrieg on the capital, Tripoli, has stalled for now as forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government have hamstrung his offensive in the suburbs. But the consequences of the operation are already unfolding, as Haftar’s international backers are being revealed and hardcore jihadists gain a…

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An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen’s Killing Fields?

    An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen’s Killing Fields?

ADEN, YEMEN — Ali Abdullah al-Bujairi — a Yemeni politician who served as a senior member on the failed UN-brokered transitional government and as Yemen’s ambassador to Iraq under former president Ali Abdullah Saleh — is accusing the United Arab Emirates of facilitating a transfer of ISIS officials into Yemen. “The UAE has recently transferred…

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Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions

  Pentagon Lies About Training Airmen From Country Accused of War Crimes for Combat Missions

The United States’ role in the devastating war on Yemen has been more involved than previously reported, marking the second time in recent months that the U.S. military has been caught red-handed doing things that they had long claimed they weren’t. Newly released documents show that the U.S. has been training airmen from the United…

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Saudis Bloody Last Peaceful Region in Yemen with Deadly Attack on Peaceful Al-Mahrah Protesters

  Saudis Bloody Last Peaceful Region in Yemen with Deadly Attack on Peaceful Al-Mahrah Protesters

AL-MAHRAH, YEMEN —  Three protesters were killed on November 14 when a Saudi armored vehicle raided a peaceful sit-in and fired live ammunition into crowds of demonstrators in the Tunnel District of Yemen’s eastern al-Mahrah province. The demonstrators were protesting the construction of a new Saudi military base near the Nashton seaport in Yemen’s al-Anfaq…

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The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

  The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month. What’s wrong with that, you…

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Yemen’s Civilians Face “Hell” as Saudis Launch Last-Ditch Effort to Build Leverage for Looming Talks

  Yemen’s Civilians Face “Hell” as Saudis Launch Last-Ditch Effort to Build Leverage for Looming Talks

SANAA,YEMEN– “Before the war started, my family used to drink traditional Yemeni coffee on the rooftop of our home next to the University of Hodeida. During those long winter days years ago, my friend and I would go to the beach to play while the adults sat around and conversed, chewing gat leaves. When the…

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Amid Famine and Economic Collapse, Major Protests Against Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

  Amid Famine and Economic Collapse, Major Protests Against Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

YEMEN — Hundreds of thousands of Yemen`s people took the streets of big cities on Friday to demonstrate against the U.S.-backed and Saudi-led coalition in the wake of the spread of famine throughout the country.  They accuse the coalition of causing that famine. To the country’s north, thousands of residents of four provinces — including…

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UN Panel: Saudi Arabia and UAE “Interfering” in Documentation of Yemen War Crimes

  UN Panel: Saudi Arabia and UAE “Interfering” in Documentation of Yemen War Crimes

SANA’A, YEMEN — The Saudi Arabia/UAE coalition is allegedly interfering with UN efforts to document war crimes in the conflict in Yemen, according to a recent statement from the head of the UN-mandated team of investigators sent to monitor human-rights abuses in the conflict. The panel of investigators, led by Kamel Jendoubi, recently presented a…

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