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Yemen’s Leningrad: The Unforeseen Consequences of the State Department’s Houthi Designation

    Yemen’s Leningrad: The Unforeseen Consequences of the State Department’s Houthi Designation

The war-torn country of Yemen is in the midst of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world thanks in large part to a Saudi-led war fueled by American weapons. Now, as the war nears its six-year anniversary in March, any hopes for a diplomatic resolution have faded faster than the presidency of Donald Trump, whose…

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As US Sanctions a Starving Yemen, Iran Asks Interpol to Arrest Trump

    As US Sanctions a Starving Yemen, Iran Asks Interpol to Arrest Trump

Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the United States will be designating Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organization and increasing sanctions on the already beleaguered nation.  “The Department of State will notify Congress of my intent to designate Ansarallah – sometimes referred to as the Houthis – as a Foreign Terrorist Organization…

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A Manufactured Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Uses Oil to Bring Yemen to its Knees

    A Manufactured Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Uses Oil to Bring Yemen to its Knees

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Yemen’s oil is in thrall to a complex, intertwined network of elites that control the smuggling of fuel imports and new, thriving black markets. Starving Yemen of petroleum products has always been a conspicuous feature of Saudi Arabia’s nearly six-year-long war on the country, however, the most recent blockade is significantly more…

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“An Israeli Blitzkrieg” Signs Point to Imminent Israeli Military Action in Yemen

    “An Israeli Blitzkrieg” Signs Point to Imminent Israeli Military Action in Yemen

ADEN, YEMEN —  Saudi Arabia has rung in the new year in a familiar way, with an airstrike targeting a large gathering of civilians at a wedding ceremony in Yemen. On new year’s night, at least five civilians were killed when Saudi-backed militants launched artillery rounds at a wedding ceremony in the populated al-Hawk area in the…

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Mass Starvation Looms as Yemen’s Currency Nears Historic Freefall

  Mass Starvation Looms as Yemen’s Currency Nears Historic Freefall

TAIZ, YEMEN- – Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates seem to be doing everything in their power to prevent an end to the suffering in Yemen. Even those living in areas under the total control of the wealthy Gulf monarchies are facing levels of devastation that harken back to the total destruction of…

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Yemen: Trump is Showering Saudi Arabia with Last-Minute Gifts

  Yemen: Trump is Showering Saudi Arabia with Last-Minute Gifts

SANA’A -YEMEN — While the administration of Donald Trump readies its exit from the White House and the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s use of American diplomatic cover and weapons alike has taken on a fevered pace as the Kingdom deepens the tragedy it has afflicted upon Yemen, where millions of forgotten people are struggling against…

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Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen

  Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen

Despite presenting itself as a force for good and peace in the Middle East, the United States sells at least five times as much weaponry to Saudi Arabia than aid it donates to Yemen. The State Department constantly portrays itself as a humanitarian superpower with the welfare of the Yemeni people as its highest priority, yet figures released…

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Biden Signals a Desire To End the Yemen War. Here’s Why Yemenis Aren’t Buying It

  Biden Signals a Desire To End the Yemen War. Here’s Why Yemenis Aren’t Buying It

As news broke that Joe Biden almost certainly won the U.S. presidential election, some Americans became hopeful that the new administration could hearken in an era of calm in the Middle East. In Yemen, however, that sentiment was not shared. Most Yemenis have little hope that the new White House will end the blockade and…

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War-Weary Yemenis See Threat in Israel’s Increasingly Public Role in Their Country

  War-Weary Yemenis See Threat in Israel’s Increasingly Public Role in Their Country

Israeli battleships now sit side by side with Emirati corvettes ominously docked in Hodeida’s territorial waters in a blatant sign of Israel’s increasingly visibly role in the Saudi-led Coalition’s half a decade long war in Yemen. The ships also represent something else to residents in Western Yemen, where a Houthi-led commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday…

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Questions Surround Timing and Details of Trump’s Recent Yemen Prisoner Exchange

  Questions Surround Timing and Details of Trump’s Recent Yemen Prisoner Exchange

SANA’A, YEMEN — “Lak Al Hamd Ya Allah.” These words, which translate roughly from Arabic into “All thanks be to God,” were the first uttered by a 60-year-old Yemeni mother upon seeing her son for the first time in five years. The tearful reunion took place in Yemen’s Sana’a International Airport on Wednesday after the…

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