Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Made in Britain, Tested on Yemenis: The Reality of Working for the “Bomb-makers”

9 March 2017 — Middle East Eye


Jack sits down with his pint in the Fielden Arms in Mellor, and contemplates his latest shift making Typhoon warplanes for the Saudi air force.

Tucking into steak and chips, the 25-year-old talks of moving in with his girlfriend, his good pay at the nearby BAE factory – £40,000, almost twice the local average – and the security it brings.

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Media: Downplaying US Contribution to Potential Yemen Famine

28 February 2017 — FAIR

For almost two years, the United States has backed—with weapons, logistics and political support—a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has left over 10,000 dead, 40,000 wounded, 2.5 million internally displaced, 2.2 million children suffering from malnutrition and over 90 percent of civilians in need of humanitarian aid.

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Zaid Jilani on Trump’s Yemen Raid, Andrew Rosenberg on Science and Resistance

3 February 2017 — FAIR

Eight-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, killed in a US raid in Yemen.Eight-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, killed in a US raid in Yemen.

This week on CounterSpin: No one should be surprised that the Trump White House declared the recent commando raid in Yemen that killed at least 23 civilians, including children, “a successful operation.” Some media accounts are describing the first raid on Trump’s watch as “botched,” but that’s not the same as questioning it, much less putting it in a broader context of what’s happening in Yemen and what the US is doing there. We’ll get more information from Zaid Jilani, reporter for The Intercept.

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Trump’s first disastrous airstrike, followed by ‘boots on the ground’

1 February 2017 — Drone Warfare

American broadcasting network NBC was the first to report news from a senior US military official that in the first airstrike and military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Southern Yemen on Sunday. One was a member of SEAL Team 6 a U.S. Navy component of Joint Special Operations Command, sometimes referred to as a Special Mission Unit. The raid, conducted by JSOC, was intended to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment – but local accounts describe US personnel running amok, reporting a body count of 59 combatants and civilians, including women and children.

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Media Lens: Yemen Vote – The Responsibility To Protect- Profits

3 November 2016 — Media Lens

At first sight, compassion appears to loom large in ‘mainstream’ politics and media. When the American and British governments target countries like Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, ‘compassion’ is always at or near the top of the agenda.

Time and again, the cry from the political system is: ‘We Must Do Something!’ ‘We’ must save Afghan women from the ‘Medieval’ Taliban. ‘We’ must save Kuwaiti new-borns flung from their incubators by Iraqi stormtroopers. ‘We’ must save Iraqi civilians from Saddam’s shredding machines. ‘We’ must save civilians in Kosovo from Milosevic’s ‘final solution’.

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Yemen Newslinks 4-7 October 2011

7 October 2011 — williambowles.info

Women’s rights trio wins Nobel Peace Prize
CBS News
(CBS/AP) OSLO, Norway – Africa’s first democratically elected female president, a Liberian peace activist and a woman who stood up to Yemen’s authoritarian regime won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to secure women’s rights, …

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‘Mowing the grass’ in Yemen By Eric Walberg

4 October 2011 — Eric Walberg

Radical Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, the victim of assassination by US forces 30 September, was born in New Mexico in 1971, educated at Colorado State University in engineering, and radicalised while preaching in US mosques and visiting Afghanistan in the 1990s. His sermons attracted a large following, first in Denver and then San Diego, where he completed a Masters in education.

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Yemen Newslinks 5 August 2011

5 August 2011 — williambowles.info

Tribe digs in as army advances on Yemen capital
Tribes wield much influence in impoverished Yemen, where the Hashid is a heavily armed tribal confederation capable of rallying and financing thousands of fighters. The Bakil is the other main tribal confederation.

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Yemen Newslinks 3 August 2011

3 August 2011 — williambowles.info

Latest word from Yemen’s ill president doesn’t allay tensions
By ADAM BARON SANAA, Yemen — When Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia on June 5 after suffering severe injuries in a bomb attack on his compound, many in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation breathed a …

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Arab Awakening and Western Media: Time for a New Revolutionary Discourse Ramzy Baroud

28 July 2011 — Dissident Voice

When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrations in Sana’a – playing on cultural sensitivities and a very selective interpretation of religion – the response was even more poignant. Thousands of women took to the streets, denouncing Saleh’s regime and calling for its ouster.

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Yemen Newslinks 28 July 2011

28 July 2011 — williambowles.info

Yemen president won’t give up power by force: minister
By Samia Nakhoul LONDON (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who escaped an attempt on his life by opponents, will only cede power through the ballot box and the country will descend into civil war if he is forced from office, …

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What WaPo Won’t Tell You About CIA’s Yemen Drone Base By Peter Hart

27 July 2011 — FAIR Blog

In a piece today, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reports on a CIA base that will be used to conduct drone strikes in Yemen:

The agency is building a desert airstrip so that it can begin flying armed drones over Yemen. The facility, which is scheduled to be completed in September, is designed to shield the CIA’s aircraft, and their sophisticated surveillance equipment, from observers at busier regional military hubs such as Djibouti, where the JSOC drones are based.

The Washington Post is withholding the specific location of the CIA facility at the administration’s request.

The existence of the base has been reported elsewhere–the New York Times noted on June 15 that an ‘American official would not disclose the country where the CIA base was being built.’ The Times pointed out that the shift to CIA control was important, since with ‘the operations under CIA control, they could be carried out as a ‘covert action,’ which can be undertaken without the support of the host government.’ Meaning the U.S. could bomb Yemen without the approval of Yemen’s government, in the event that the current government were to fall.

The story seemed to have been broken by the Associated Press (6/14/11), which, like the Post, is not telling readers what it knows about the base: ‘The Associated Press has withheld the exact location at the request of U.S. officials.’

This is reminiscent of the Post’s decision in 2005 to report on CIA secret prisons (‘black sites’) in Eastern Europe–without disclosing the location of those sites, where terrorism suspects were taken to be interrogated (Extra! Update, 12/05).

It obviously makes senses for any White House to want to keep its secret programs under wraps–particularly when there’s a chance that laws are being broken, or civilians are being killed. (Recall that the U.S. Navy launched a cruise missile loaded with cluster bombs into Yemen in 2009, reportedly killing 41 civilians.) It does not make sense, however, for news outlets to assist them in these efforts.

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Yemen Newslinks 26 July 2011

26 July 2011 — williambowles.info

12 suspected Qaeda militants killed in south Yemen
File Photo by AP ADEN: Twelve suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in overnight bombings and clashes near Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province in south Yemen, a military officer and a local official said on Tuesday. “The Yemeni air force carried …

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Yemen Newslinks 14 July 2011

14 July 2011 — williambowles.info

US airstrike kills 3 Islamic militants in Yemen
The Seattle Times
Yemeni officials say a US warplane has attacked a police station overrun by Islamic militants in southern Yemen, killing three of the fighters. By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article. Yemeni officials say a US …

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