Iran-backed Houthi is the winner in Yemen

Friday, 8 April 2022 — Indian Punchline

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) received Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council , Riyadh, April 7, 2022

These are early days and Yemen has witnessed many a ceasefire in its tortuous civil war that began in September 2014 when Houthi forces took over the capital city Sanaa, which was followed by a rapid Houthi takeover of the government. There is a feeling of déjà vu about the 2-month long Ramadan ceasefire that has been announced.

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As US Renews Support for Saudi War in Yemen, Civilian Death Toll Nearly Doubles

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — MintPress News

HAJJAH, YEMEN – Two parallel but very different meetings took place recently — one in search of peace, the other to plan more war. In Oman’s capital, Muscat, an official delegation headed by Ansar Allah, met with Omani and European officials to negotiate de-escalation and humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Meanwhile, the United States and the Saudi-led Coalition held meetings to plan a ground escalation in Sana’a and Hajjah province in Yemen’s southeast to coincide with airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in other cities throughout the north, which have killed and injured dozens of people and caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure.
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COP26: why advanced countries must proportionately make by far the biggest cuts in carbon emissions–factual briefing

31 October 2021 — MROnline

| UNDER THREAT Reduced sea ice due to climate change might cut the polarbear population by twothirds by 2050 Photo Andreas Weith | MR Online UNDER THREAT: Reduced sea ice due to climate change might cut the polar-bear population by two-thirds by 2050. (Photo: Andreas Weith)

by John Ross

Originally published: Learning from China (October 29, 2021 )  |

The COP26 conference on climate change is discussing an issue which will profoundly affect every person on our planet. Climate change, together with nuclear war, is one of the two issues which can overturn the present basis of human civilisation. Because of the extreme seriousness of this issue, the COP26 conference should therefore be an arena for strictly objective international scientific discussion and international cooperation. Fortunately, as will be seen, strictly objective scientific evidence on the issue of climate change has been put forward in the run up to the conference.

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Watch: Warton’s War on Yemen

13 October 2021 — Declassified UK

Tomorrow (14 Oct) we launch our new film “Warton’s War on Yemen” live at 5pm on our YouTube channel followed by a Q&A at 6.30pm, registration required.

In this revealing film we investigate an arms factory in Warton, Lancashire making warplanes to bomb Yemen – the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Interviewing local residents and a former Foreign Office lawyer, our team tracks down a secretive supply flight that Britain’s largest arms company BAE Systems sends every week from Warton to Saudi Arabia, and questions whether the air war could continue without UK support.

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Biden Doctrine appears in Persian Gulf

13 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Iran’s Vice-President & head of the Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Eslami (second from right) met International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Grossi, Tehran, Sept 12, 2021

The incipient signs of a US retrenchment from Saudi Arabia have appeared in a series of moves in the past 2-3 weeks. On a parallel track, the Biden Administration is factoring in that new Iranian government is returning to the negotiating table at Vienna on nuclear issues.

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Saudi-Iran reset will take time

11 May 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (R) received Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L), Jeddah, May 11, 2021

The Saudi-Iranian contacts that began last month in secrecy has gained gravitas. The unannounced trip to Jeddah last night by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the exceptional courtesies he received, with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeting him at the airport, calls attention to the winds of change sweeping Gulf region. Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha by the crack of dawn but it was a substantive visit.

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The British Cabal Behind a Gulf Dictatorship

23 April 2021 — Consortium News

Senior figures in the British establishment have secretly served as “privy councillors” to a highly repressive dictatorship in the Gulf state of Oman, Phil Miller reports.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman. (CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Phil Miller
Declassified U.K.

The repressive ruler of a close U.K. ally in the Gulf secretly received decades of advice on security, foreign and economic policy from a group of privy councillors who were drawn almost exclusively from the British establishment, it has emerged.

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Coup attempt in Jordan leaves a trail

5 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

“What happens in the Middle East has a way of making itself felt everywhere around the world,” Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein while addressing the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 15th January 2021

A coup attempt is an orphan unless it succeeds. Therefore, all we can say is that a coup was in the making in Jordan. In a televised news conference on Sunday in Amman, all that Deputy Prime Minister Ayman al-Safadi would admit was that “These were efforts that threatened Jordan’s security and stability, and these efforts were foiled.”

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US, Lobbyists and Arm Dealers Scramble to Reposition Amid Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen

25 March 2021 — Mint Press News

WASHINGTON — In his last months in office, former President Donald Trump gave American defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Reaper drone manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems billions in projected earnings through a controversial $23 billion arms deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a deal now “under review” by the Biden administration.

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Ten years on, Syria is almost destroyed. Who’s to blame?

20 March 2021 — Indian Punchline
Syria in ruins after ten years of conflict (File photo)

In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, the ruling pigs led by Napoleon constantly rewrote history in order to justify and reinforce their own continuing power. The rewriting by the western powers of the history of the ongoing conflict in Syria leaps out of Orwell.

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Yemen war a quagmire for Saudi Arabia

9 March 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Houthi fighters claim to have taken control of 10 out of fourteen districts of the strategic northern city of Marib, Yemen

With the world’s largest oil export terminal coming under missile and drone attack — a giant Saudi Aramco complex capable of exporting roughly 6.5m barrels a day, nearly 7% of global oil demand — the war in Yemen surges in the global media. During the night on Saturday, the Houthis fired eight missiles and 14 drones towards Ras Tanura on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. And Brent crude oil price shot up to highs not seen since before coronavirus was declared a pandemic.

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Britain’s role in the death & injury of Yemeni civilians

14 December 2020 — Airstrikes (formerly Drone Warfare)

Above: typical of the destruction wrought by coalition air strikes

July – December 2020

After taking the UK government to court over its arms sales to the Saudis, the latest CAAT newsletter (Issue 258 Winter 2020) recalls that in July 2020 the Government said that it had made the required assessment as to “whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of IHL in the past, during the Yemen conflict” and its conclusion is that these are ‘isolated incidents’.

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First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order

24 March 2020 — Voltaire Network

by Thierry Meyssan

While Europeans and Arabs are being absorbed by the coronavirus, Anglo-Saxons are changing the world order. Under US command, the United Kingdom took control of the Red Sea entrance; the United Arab Emirates turned on Saudi Arabia and inflicted a bitter defeat on South Yemen, while the Houthis did the same in North Yemen. Yemen is now split into two separate states and the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia is threatened.

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How black swans are shaping planet panic

11 March 2020 — Asia Times

A case can be made that the current financial panic will only subside when the ultimate black swan – Covid-19 – is contained.

Two black swans swim in a lake of a park in Shenyang. Photo: AFP

Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans – a Wall Street meltdown, caused by an alleged oil war between Russia and the House of Saud, plus the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 – leading to an all-out “cross-asset pandemonium” as billed by Nomura?

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Saudi Arabia Retreats From The Troubles Its Clown Prince Caused

6 December 2019 — Moon of Alabama

When the Saudi King Salman promoted his son Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) to Defense Minister and then Crown Prince the expectations were high. But three of the major projects Muhammad launched since then soon ran into trouble. Now initiatives are under way to limit the damage he caused. The end of the five year old Saudi war on Yemen is coming into sight. The public offering of the Saudi state owned ARAMCO oil company is finally happening but with a much lower valuation than originally planned. The thirty month spat with Qatar is under repair.

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Saudi Arabia News Links 25-27 September 2019

27 September 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Why does Europe Prefer Saudi Arabia over Iran?
https://journal-neo.org/2019/09/27/why-does-europe-prefer-saudia-over-iran/

Liz Truss admits the UK has unlawfully sold arms to Saudi Arabia at least three times
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheCanary/~3/CWMxrKHFfIo/

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How Yemen’s Houthis are bringing down a Goliath

25 September 2019 — Asia Times

How Yemen’s Houthis are bringing down a Goliath

An image taken from a video made available on July 7, 2019 by the press office of the Yemeni Shiite Houthi group shows ballistic missiles, labeled ‘Made in Yemen,’ at a recent exhibition of missiles and drones at an undisclosed location in Yemen. Footage showed models of at least 15 unmanned drones and missiles of different sizes and ranges. Photo: AFP/ Al-Houthi Group Media Office

‘From a military perspective, nobody ever took our forces in Yemen seriously,’ scholar says

By Pepe Escobar, Beirut

“It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to establish further details.”

The statement above was not written by Franz Kafka. In fact, it was written by a Kafka derivative: Brussels-based European bureaucracy. The Merkel-Macron-Johnson trio, representing Germany, France and the UK, seems to know what no “ongoing investigation” has unearthed: that Tehran was definitively responsible for the twin aerial strikes on Saudi oil installations.

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Saudi Arabia News Links 22 September 2019

22 September 2019 • 15:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Aramco’s Operation Disrupted Worse Than Initially Presented: Report

Iran warns foreign forces to stay out of Gulf, amid new US deployment
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-49785413

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