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Friday, February 23, 2018

World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis Largely Ignored By Western Media

A day ago, a Saudi jet fired on a convoy of cars in Mawzaa district, Yemen. The strike is reported to have killed at least twenty civilians, many from the same family. These cars carried families who were fleeing renewed fighting near the city of Taiz in southwest Yemen. “Nowhere in Yemen is safe for civilians,” said Shabia Mantoo of the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This incident, like others before it, says the UNHCR, “demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict.”

July 25, 2017

Millions Are Facing Death By Famine In Yemen

Yemen stands as the worst-threatened of four countries where impending famine conditions have been said to comprise the single-worst humanitarian crisis since the founding of the U.N. On May 2nd, 2017, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published a grim infographic detailing conditions in Yemen where 17 million Yemenis — or around 60 percent of the population — are unable to access food. The U.S. and its allies continue to bomb Yemen.

May 8, 2017

Father Of Slain SEAL Says Son Died For Trump To Make ‘Grand Display’

Although U.S. military officials told The New York Times that “everything went wrong” during the mission, the Trump administration has called the operation a success. Administration officials have claimed that an investigation would tarnish the memory William Owens, but his father disagrees.

February 26, 2017
Trump, White House

Is Trump Really Running The White House?

Last weekend, Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort and watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Does Trump think being president is a part-time job? And is Trump the one doing the job? There’s no clear answer to either one.

February 9, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Muslim ban protest

Trump Ban Leaves 12-Year-Old Girl Facing Return To War-Torn Yemen

The Trump order, which bars citizens from Yemen and six other countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, has left a 12- year-old girl in what amounts to a stateless limbo in Djibouti. She cannot join her American-citizen parents and family in the United States, and she has no roots or family in Djibouti.

January 30, 2017
An Abrams battle tank during a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, Lima Army Tank Plant, in Lima, Ohio, April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

Senate Clears Way For $1.15 Billion Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

The overwhelming vote stopped an effort led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to block the deal over concerns including Saudi Arabia’s role in the 18-month-long war in Yemen and worries that it might fuel an ongoing regional arms race.

September 22, 2016

Cartoon: The UN Gives In

As long as they keep paying their dues, Saudi Arabia can keep bombing Yemeni children.

June 12, 2016
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Yemen Peace Talks In Kuwait Hit Impasse

The delegations resumed the negotiations on Sunday, but an hour into the talks, “it was obvious for the UN special envoy [Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed] that the talks were going nowhere”, said Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Kuwait City.

April 25, 2016

Yemen Peace Talks Set To Begin In Kuwait After Delay

Peace talks between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and government are set to begin in Kuwait after the Houthis agreed to participate following assurances that pro-government forces would respect a ceasefire, the United Nations has said. A delegation of Houthi representatives and their allies flew out of Sanaa on Wednesday to join the talks, saying the UN […]

April 21, 2016
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Saudi Arabia Isn’t Untouchable Anymore

In their long marriage of economic and military necessity, things haven’t been this icy between the United States and Saudi Arabia since 2001.

April 20, 2016
A Houthi follower rises a weapon as he attends a rally marking one year of Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemeni Truce Begins Amid Reports Of Clashes

The conflict between the Yemeni army and Houthi rebel rivals has killed more than 6,200 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.

April 11, 2016

Chattanooga Shooting Suspect’s Mideast Travel Being Probed

U.S. authorities are investigating trips that the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee took to the Middle East, including at least one to Jordan and a possible visit to Yemen, a source close to the probe said on Friday.

July 17, 2015

New Arab Coalition Coming Together To Intervene In Libya

Libya is now split between two governments, controlled by rival militias, and home to a blossoming Islamic State affiliate.

May 11, 2015

U.N. Meets On Yemen As Relief Ops Threatened

The U.N. Security Council began closed-door consultations Friday on the conflict in Yemen, where fuel shortages are threatening relief operations as Saudi-led air strikes enter a sixth week.

May 1, 2015
Putin Clinton

Putin Lifts Russia’s Ban On Delivery Of S-300 Missile System To Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday cleared the way for delivery of sophisticated air defense systems to Iran with a decree that U.S. officials warned could disrupt the emerging deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

April 14, 2015

Saudi Brigadier General Discusses Arab Coalition’s Fight In Yemen

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, who presides over the nightly news conferences, has said that the coalition’s priority is the security of the Yemeni people and neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia, which shares a long border with Yemen.

April 7, 2015

Yemen Rebels Say Ready To Talk If Saudi-Led Bombing Campaign Ends

Houthi rebels who control much of Yemen said Sunday that they were willing to resume talks with rivals if a Saudi-led coalition backing embattled President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi stopped its bombing campaign.

April 5, 2015

Cartoon: Situation Report From Yemen

It’s everybody against everybody in the Middle East.

March 27, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks Resume As Deadline Nears

Officials said last week’s five-day negotiating session, which ended Saturday for a three-day break, had made more progress than any previous round.

March 26, 2015
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Iran-Backed Rebels In Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

U.S. officials say the names of confidential informants and plans for counterterrorism strikes have been exposed.

March 26, 2015

Yemen Faces Power Vacuum After President Quits

Learn more about the volatile situation in Yemen.

January 23, 2015

Al-Qaida Group Threatens To Kill American Hostage Luke Somers In Video

Time appears to be running out for American hostage Luke Somers.

December 4, 2014

Intelligence Gap Poses Major Challenges In U.S.-Led Air War Against Islamic State

U.S. spy agencies are struggling to stay on top of intelligence about Syria.

November 17, 2014

Guantanamo Lawyers Spar Over CIA ‘Black Site’ Disclosures

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba—A defense attorney for a waterboarded prisoner told an Army judge he was as brave as the federal judge who helped topple the presidency of Richard M. Nixon in an impassioned plea on Wednesday to not reverse an order to let lawyers see details of […]

May 29, 2014