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