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“Stop armi italiane in Yemen”. Nessuna risposta del Ministro Di Maio a richiesta di incontro.

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Le Organizzazioni della società civile rilanciano le preoccupazioni per la situazione in Yemen e per il ruolo dell’Italia nel conflitto yemenita, chiedendo al nostro Paese di spendersi con maggiore forza e produttività per la pace in quel martoriato Paese.
          

Forget the tech bubble. Craft coffee is the next boom industry

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Coffee startups are racing to expand in a market that will be worth $85 billion by 2025, from creating algorithms to match you with new roasts to redesigning instant coffee.

There was a time, just a few decades ago, when coffee was a simple affair. You’d wake up, mosey over to a diner or coffee shop, and drink whatever coffee they had brewed in their industrial-size pot. But those days are long gone. If you stop by a cafe today, your barista will pelt you with a stream of complex, existential questions: Do you want a single-origin brew from Guatemala with a tart palate? Or a blend with a sweet and smooth finish from an artisanal roaster based Topeka, Kansas? Or maybe you want to spring for $16 cup sourced from Yemen?

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Join the last day of Ajyal Film Festival celebrations this Saturday

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Experience magical performances and compelling feature films on the last day (23 November) of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara Cultural Village.

As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old. A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30 AM at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public. Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schünemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.

Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start yesterday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar Alyafai among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana Almeer. Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents. Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10 PM.

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The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30 PM, including Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio Fäh; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).

The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bańkowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert,  Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood Al-Ali.

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Today is your last opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films:

  • For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30 PM. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl, at 5.30 PM.
  • DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30 PM at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30 PM and is rated PG-15.
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City.

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films

2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s Official Partners include: Katara Cultural Village – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, St. Regis Doha - Signature Partner.

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The October uprising in Iraq

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Since early October, there has been a spontaneous wave of demonstrations in Iraq’s capital Baghdad and other cities against widespread corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

Green Left Weekly’s Susan Price spoke to Sydney-based Iraqi human rights activist Abeer Hasan Abdulazeez about the significance of this movement.

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What has caused the protest movement in Iraq and how significant is it?

I nicknamed it the October Revolution and in Arabic language it is called intifada.

The protests started on October 1, a date which was set by civil activists on social media, spreading over the central and southern provinces of Iraq, to protest 16 years of corruption, unemployment and inefficient public services.

The protests lasted for a whole week, continuously, then stopped on October 8 and resumed on the 25th. After this day, the demands escalated into calls to overthrow the administration and stop Iranian interference in Iraq’s affairs

The Iraqi government used excessive force to suppress these demonstrations, using live bullets, snipers, hot water and tear gas against protesters. This resulted in 327 dead and over 6427 wounded, according to the latest statistics we have received.

The significance of this Intifada and what distinguishes these demonstrations, is that they did not come at the invitation of a party or political or religious groups, but were spontaneous, by young people who are not politically affiliated and from various regions of Baghdad and other provinces.

What are the people's demands?

As I explained earlier, corruption, unemployment and poor public services such as electricity, water, medical services and the absence of social security made Iraqi people struggle and suffer.

These were the primary factors that led to the intifada in its first phase. In the second phase, other demands were added for a radical change of government, including all members of parliament, as well as to change all the principles on which the Iraqi government was formed after 2003. They also added the demand for the removal of Iranian interference in Iraq's internal and external affairs and independence of the Iraqi political decision-making, to serve the interests of the Iraqi people and the region.

The Iraqi government tried to obscure the facts, distort the truth and the goal of the uprising, by accusing the demonstrators of not having clear and specific demands as well as not having leaders to represent them — so the Iraqi government could sit with them to negotiate the demands of the protesters..

The advanced political awareness among protesting youth and others made them reorganise themselves to form a group of leaders, representing the demonstrators and by states and provinces. They also reviewed all the demands of the demonstrators to make them clear, specific and uniform.

How has the United States invasion of Iraq contributed to the conditions for this uprising?

I do not think so there is a relation between these two events. Some may find that there is a strong link between the entry of US troops to Iraq in 2003 and the uprising that is occurring at present. But that is at least from my point of view.

That is because this big military operation carried out by the US in 2003 in Iraq was the reason for the removal of the former dictatorship and helped to adopt a new political system.

Unfortunately, the government that took power after 2003 with the support of the US was not able to meet the government promised to the Iraqi people, because it was occupied with political and partisan conflicts to obtain sources of power in Parliament as well as money.

On the other hand, I agree with those who say that the entry of the US into Iraq in 2003 also had negative aspects. The severe destruction that accompanied these military operations is one of them, which led to the destruction of 95% of Iraq's infrastructure, as well as the destruction of the army and its equipment in almost complete form.

Iraqis are still suffering from the effects of the destruction of its infrastructure, which not all governments since 2003 have been able to repair. The Iraqi people are still suffering from the lack of electricity, water and sewage services as well as in the areas of health and education.

The most important negative factors that emerged after the occupation of the US in Iraq is the security vacuum in the region as well as Iraq. The Iraqi border became unprotected during US military operations, which resulted in the entry by many militias who work with regional or external forces. This is what we saw through the invasion of ISIS militias into northern Iraq and the occupation of Mosul and some other areas, which required a lot of effort and money as well as sacrifice of lives to liberate these areas from ISIS by the Iraqi army.

What has been the response of the traditional parties of the left to this movement?

The reaction and response of the traditional Iraqi opposition parties were supportive of the uprising and the demands of the demonstrators, despite the difference of emphasis. Where some appeared to be trying to exploit the uprising to promote a party through the assertion and support for the demands of the demonstrators, others showed double attitudes and lack of clarity and frankness.

The general response was in favour of this uprising, supportive of its demands and belief in political reform as the radical solution to the crisis in Iraq.

All Iraqi opposition parties, as well as many parties in Arab countries, Europe, Latin America, all human rights organisations and other international parties have supported the demands of the demonstrators and condemned the use of excessive force by the Iraqi authorities, which have included the killing of many people and injuring of thousands.

The Iraqi community and other communities in a number of countries, including Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and the US are also standing in support of the rightful demands of the demonstrators and condemning the practices of power against the protesters.

What new political forces are emerging?

At the moment, there is no indication of the emergence of new political forces or ideologies.

On the contrary, all political forces in Iraq and parties are now considering and monitoring the results that will follow the intifada, to determine their stance.

Some parties have claimed support for the demonstrators and their demands, but the support by those parties is nothing but political deceit to ensure their survival in power and in the political scene.

In addition, some political forces and parties involved in the current Iraqi government think that support for the demonstrators will give them the opportunity in the future to change stances and ensure the support of the Iraqi people.

Swinging positions by some political forces, as I mentioned earlier, was a strategy to ensure they stay in the political game, whatever the outcome of this crisis.

Dual positions are only a temporary political tactic, in the event of the victory of the intifada and the fulfillment of the demands of the demonstrators — which will certainly be achieved and won.

Where do you see this movement going? Will it succeed? What are the next steps needed?

This revolution is going in the right direction, as long as the demonstrators stick to the demands and particularly, the demand for the overall change of government, parliament and the non-participation of the current parties in the upcoming elections.

The intifada will succeed, but will need more time than everybody expected, due to overlapping political interests, as well as the intervention of foreign forces that have the desire to retain the current Iraqi government in power. 

The next and important step is to mobilise more international support to pressure the Iraqi government to sit at the negotiating table and discuss the demands of the demonstrators, which represent the demands of the entire Iraqi people.

As part of the process to increase international support, we are in constant contact with most of the Iraqi community living in Australia and abroad.

Also, we are encouraging them to ask the governments of the countries in which they live to raise the issue in all international forums and to pressure the Iraqi government internationally, which will accelerate the process of political changes in Iraq.

In line with the requirements of supporting the uprising in Iraq, The Dream association is working hard with Iraqi community members to raise the issue of Iraq and explain the reasons that caused the intifada. We are succeeding in getting solidarity from other organisations and communities living in Australia, such as the Chilean community and their organisations as well as Australian organisations, including the Greens, other human rights organisations and a few members of  parliament.

The October uprising will succeed eventually, the people of Iraq will get their rights, no matter how long it takes.

How united are the forces in this movement? How important is unity?

What attracts attention about the October uprising and makes it distinctive and different from the previous uprisings in the past, is that the demonstrators are spontaneously united in all their categories and that is something that encourages optimism.

The goals of the October uprising unite the protesters and brings them together as one against the Iraqi government. Moreover, the October uprising was born from 16 years of suffering of the Iraqi people. This suffering affected all categories of the Iraqi people, except the ruling class and the rich.

The protesters' strong belief in the issues and in changing the government and its underlying principles has united them all. These principles led to sectarian division and have divided Iraqi society. It is now known to everyone that these principles and ideologies were marketed by Iran to serve Iran’s interests in Iraq and in the region, through its affiliates in the Iraqi government.

The young intellectuals, who form the largest volume in the uprising, have a great awareness of the reality of the political situation in Iraq and the changes needed to the government.

They will maintain the momentum that will push the uprising to continue until the changes are achieved and for the fulfillment of all demands.

The people of Iran are once again mobilising against the regime. Do you see this struggle as related to the struggle in Iraq? Does the Iraqi movement see itself as part of the struggles emerging in the Middle East, Chile and elsewhere?

Certainly, there is a relationship between the struggle of the Iraqi people and the Iranian people, but it is an indirect relationship and there is no cooperation between the two movements.

The two movements in Iraq and Iran suffered corrupt regimes that seized the wealth of the people.

Most of the Iranian people, especially intellectuals and youth, reject the expansionist policies of the Iranian government in the region and its interventions in the affairs of neighboring countries — such as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen — to attempt to control them completely.

The struggle against corrupt government, unemployment and poverty of public services and for freedom, equality and justice has become the demand of all peoples who struggle across the world. Therefore, the Iraqi movement is part of struggles that are emerging in the Middle East, Chile and elsewhere — and vice versa.

The protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Chile and elsewhere are complementary, because they represent the right of all humankind to live in freedom, with dignity and justice.

[Abeer Hasan Abdulazeez is the founder of The Dream association, an organisation that supports human rights and assists refugees. She has worked in international diplomacy, publishing and broadcasting.]

Protest in solidarity with Iraq in Sydney on November 24.

          

Commentaires sur Convention Syntec : le cadre autonome au forfait jour par zwindler

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L'article n'est pas à jour sur les chiffres. Ma lecture de la syntec, c'est effectivement que vous devriez avoir 2x le pmss. Mais ne vous faites pas d'illusions, vous ne les obtiendrez jamais, même aux prud'hommes. La jurisprudence est plutôt du genre à annuler le forfait jour, octroyant le payement des heures supplémentaires non payés (dans la limite de 3 ans). Si vous gardez ce genre de compte, ça peut vite chiffrer, surtout que l'employeur sera bien en peine de prouver que vous ne les avez pas faites, puisqu'il n'est pas censé tenir de compte vu que lui dit que vous êtes en forfait jour ;)
          

Yemen - Iraq maçını canlı izle 02 Aralık 2019

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02 Aralık 2019 tarihinde Yemen - Iraq maçını alternatif kanal seçeneklerimiz ile sitemizden canlı izleyebilirsiniz.
          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt trade and flights over Qatar’s links with Iran and support for Islamist groups.Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 began releasing jailed Houthis, as efforts to end the conflict gather momentum. Oman is quietly hosting high-level meetings, according to people familiar with the matter, and even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hinted at direct channels with the U.A.E.Spooked by the prospect of a catastrophic war with Iran and its proxy militias across the region, Gulf monarchies are in the midst of a strategic rethink. The U.A.E., whose economic model relies in large part on its international links, quickly realized it had most to lose from a military escalation. It had removed most of its troops from Yemen by the end of a turbulent summer that saw oil tankers targeted and a U.S. drone downed in the Gulf without significant American response.While the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the Yemen war trained an unwelcome spotlight on Saudi Arabia, it took a brazen strike on Saudi oil installations -- which knocked out half the country’s crude production -- to ram home the risks and prove that Trump was not about to ride to his allies’ rescue.“The attacks shattered any illusion of this magical U.S. security umbrella,” said David Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London who studies the Gulf. “It burst the bubble and showed that Iran had the willingness to both do something astonishing like the attack on Aramco facilities and the capability to carry it out.”Iran denies U.S. and Saudi assertions it carried out the Sept. 14 strikes, pointing to Houthi claims of responsibility. But people familiar with investigations into the attacks say they were almost certainly launched from southwestern Iran -- an explosive escalation in Tehran’s pushback against an economic offensive unleashed by Trump and enthusiastically backed by the Saudis.The Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and reimposed sanctions that have crippled its oil exports. But the “maximum pressure” policy is designed to coax Tehran into more concessions not to drag the U.S. into a new Middle East war just as it draws down troops in Syria.Rolling back Shiite Muslim Iran’s power remains a priority for the Sunni Gulf Arab leadership. There’s an increasing recognition, however, that no one stands to gain from a military escalation in the world’s top oil-exporting region.Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. The U.A.E. declined to comment. But in a Nov. 10 speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he saw “a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon” be ready to embark on if Tehran demonstrated commitment.War to ‘Cold Peace’In search of a breakthrough, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer elected with the backing of a powerful army that provides extensive support for the Saudi military, shuttled between Tehran and Riyadh in October. He met Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, as well as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, describing talks as “encouraging.”Khan said he traveled at the request of Trump and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the diplomacy wasn’t prompted by the kingdom. But deepening unease in the Gulf catalyzed the effort.Turning these overtures into lasting peace between countries that have grown further apart since the 1979 Iranian revolution remains far off.The Gulf states resent Iran’s deep reach into Arab nations. While ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon suggest Iran has reached the limit of its regional influence, they are unlikely to reverse political and military advances decades in the making.“Cold peace is possible but we are certainly far from a grand bargain,” said Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. “For that, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would have to accept a role for Iran in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”As they explore ways forward, Gulf states are moving at different speeds.The U.A.E. broke with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by not naming Iran as the culprit behind attacks in May and June on oil tankers as they sailed toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.It sent coast guard officials to Iran for the first time in six years and Rouhani hinted at other meetings with senior U.A.E. officials. “We’re moving toward improved relations,” he said Oct. 14. Saudi Arabia is catching up.Washington built a multilateral naval operation to protect shipping in the Gulf after the attacks and sent more troops to Saudi Arabia. Both actions resulted in a “down tick” in Iranian actions,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 13. “The Iranians should not mistake our restraint for weakness.”Where the U.S. holds back, however, others are crowding in. Besides his role in saving Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has forged a partnership with Iran, created an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia and built ties with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who was warned by the U.S. last month against plans to purchase Russian jets.Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in October after visits by the Saudi king and the U.A.E.’s de-facto leader Mohammad bin Zayed to Moscow. The two Gulf countries and Russia have signed deals valued at billions of dollars.For Iran’s Rouhani, the case for regional engagement is obvious.“Don’t you know that Iran is going to stay here and we will remain neighbors throughout history?” he has said, referring to Iran’s Arab neighbors. “Trump will only be around for a few years and will go back to whatever it was he was doing.”\--With assistance from Golnar Motevalli and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Dopo le dimissioni del premier, la piazza non smobilita in Iraq. E la rivolta è anche generazionale

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Iraq, la rivolta e il caos. A un passo dalla guerra civile. Iraq, uno Stato fallito, senza più un’autorità riconosciuta, e da oggi, formalmente senza più un primo ministro, dopo le dimissioni del primo ministro Adel Abdul Mahdi, venute al termine della più cruenta giornata di sangue registratasi in Iraq dal primo ottobre, quando la rivolta è iniziata. Dimissioni accettate oggi dal Parlamento iracheno, riunito in seduta straordinaria. In una nota diffusa dal suo ufficio si legge che Abdul Mahdi ha “sottolineato il principio del trasferimento pacifico di poteri nel sistema democratico, facendo notare che il governo ha compiuto ogni sforzo possibile per rispondere alle richieste dei manifestanti fornendo un pacchetto di riforme”. Il presidente del Parlamento ha dichiarato che ora chiederà al presidente Barham Salih di nominare un nuovo primo ministro. Ma la piazza non smobilita. La rivolta continua. Ed è anche una rivolta generazionale. “Sono i giovani i protagonisti delle proteste dell’ottobre-novembre 2019 rimarca Irene Costantini in un documentato report per l’Ispi - Lo sono stati anche nel movimento del 2011, del 2015-16, e dell’estate del 2018. In un paese dove il 67% della popolazione ha meno di 30 anni, i giovani rappresentano una forza sociale. La descrizione del movimento di protesta iracheno come spontaneo non rende però giustizia al ruolo di una sempre più attiva società civile, organizzata localmente in comitati di coordinamento che attraverso i social network riescono a coinvolgere il più largo pubblico. È vero invece che il movimento rimane senza una chiara leadership, ad esclusione del ruolo della coalizione Saʿirun tra il 2015 e il 2016”. “Abbracciamo e facciamo nostri i sogni degli iracheni. Sono molto colpito dal loro desiderio di vedere nascere un Paese libero, forte, stabile, sicuro, dove il progresso, la giustizia, l’uguaglianza e la cittadinanza sono i segni distintivi. I giovani sono la ricchezza del nostro Paese”, dichiara al Sir il patriarca caldeo di Baghdad, card. Louis Raphael Sako.

“I manifestanti – aggiunge Sako - chiedono riforme, diritti, lavoro, servizi, vogliono giustizia, la fine della corruzione. Ma non c’è altra via che il dialogo. La via della repressione militare scelta dal Governo non risolve il problema, piuttosto lo complica, scatenando la vendetta. In questi Paesi la mentalità di vendetta è forte, per via del sistema tribale. Se qualcuno viene ucciso quelli della sua tribù cercheranno di vendicarsi. Occorre fiducia tra manifestanti e Governo ma è difficile ricrearla in questa situazione”. Difficile quando si contano a centinaia (418 ad oggi) i morti dall’inizio della rivolta, e i feriti superano i 15mila. Ed è ancora più difficile quando ad agire dietro le quinte, nella repressione, è una potenza regionale che considera l’Iraq come un suo feudo: l’Iran. Da Kerbala a Najaf, le due città sante sciite, da Nassiriya a Baghdad: i manifestanti sciiti danno alle fiamme le immagini della Guida suprema iraniana, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei e di Qassem Soulimani, il potente generale che comanda l’unità d’élite Quds dei Pasdaran, l’uomo che tiene le fila, e i cordoni della borsa, del rapporto tra il regime di Teheran e le milizie affiliate in Medio Oriente: da Hezbollah in Libano alla Jihad islamica e Hamas in Palestina, dalle milizie paramilitari irachene agli Houth in Yemen.

“Teheran e i suoi sodali hanno fallito nel tradurre le vittorie militari e politiche in una visione socio-economica. Detto più semplicemente: la narrazione della resistenza dell’Iran alla lunga non ha saputo mettere cibo nei piatti”, sintetizza efficacemente Foreign Policy.A giovani che cercano lavoro, la nomenclatura sciita al potere risponde con la vecchia narrazione khomeinista che non fa più presa nelle nuove generazioni. La piazza allarma i vertici di Teheran perché è una piazza che non può essere eterodiretta o orientata, come in passato, contro l’Occidente e il “nemico sionista”. Tasto su cui, invece, continua a battere la Guida suprema dell’Iran, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei, che incolpa Stati Uniti, Israele e alcuni paesi occidentali per le proteste in corso in Iraq e in Libano. Una retorica complottista che non fa più presa, non mobilita piazze alternative. E allora è meglio affidarsi a una repressione più pervasiva ed efficace: di massa e al tempo stesso selettiva. E allora ecco entrare in scena l’uomo forte del regime iraniano. Stando a quanto riferisce la Associated Press, il generale Soulimani, è volato a Baghdad dopo lo scoppio della seconda ondata di proteste nel paese, e ha presieduto un incontro con gli ufficiali di sicurezza iracheni durante il quale ha spiegato come il regime iraniano ha saputo domare le protestate. “In Iran sappiamo come affrontare le proteste – avrebbe affermato Soulimani – Cose di questo genere sono accadute in Iran e le abbiamo messe sotto controllo”. Un controllo che ha lasciato dietro di sé una lunga scia di sangue e carceri piene di oppositori.

Negli ultimi anni l’Iran è riuscito a ottenere grande influenza nella politica irachena, ma non solo. Le milizie sciite presenti nel Paese – legate aa Teheran e diventate ancora più potenti grazie alle vittorie militari contro l’Isis– hanno costruito una specie di impero economico: hanno preso il controllo dei progetti di ricostruzione postbellici e hanno sviluppato innumerevoli attività illecite. Le dimissioni del premier iracheno non sono solo il portato della rivolta popolare che dal primo giorno di ottobre si è scatenata in tutto il Paese per denunciare la carenza di posti di lavoro, la mancanza di servizi e la corruzione del governo.

Alla base c’è anche, e per certi versi soprattutto una resa dei conti nel variegato, e maggioritario, fronte sciita. All’indomani dell’uccisione di decine di manifestanti anti-governativi nel sud dell’Iraq, la massima autorità religiosa sciita irachena, il Grande Ayatollah Ali Sistani, aveva invitato il Parlamento iracheno a togliere la fiducia al governo del premier Mahdi, sostenuto da Iran e Stati Uniti, nell’ambito della crescente tensione politica e di sicurezza a Baghdad e nel sud sciita in rivolta. Nella predica settimanale, tenuta da un suo rappresentante, Ahmed al-Safi, durante la preghiera comunitaria islamica del venerdì nella città santa sciita di Kerbala, a sud di Baghdad, Sistani aveva chiesto al Parlamento di intervenire per cambiare l’equilibrio politico nel paese e ascoltare le pressanti richieste della popolazione del sud del Paese. “Il Parlamento, da cui il governo trae sostegno, deve rivedere la sua scelta riguardo all’esecutivo considerando gli interessi dell’Iraq”, ha detto Sistani, attraverso il suo portavoce. Per un premier già sfiduciato dalla piazza, è stata la mazzata finale. “Lo scontro è totale. Il clerico sciita Moqtada al-Sadr, leader della coalizione al-Sairoon (primo partito in Parlamento), già noto in Iraq per la sua capacità di smuovere le masse e guidare proteste e in questo momento il principale rivale dell’Iran nel Paese, aveva da tempo  invocato le dimissioni del primo ministro, e nuove elezioni sotto l’egida delle Nazioni Unite, dopo avere boicottato i lavori del Parlamento che erano stati indetti per sabato 5 ottobre col fine di discutere, fra le altre cose, un taglio degli stipendi dei funzionari a favore delle fasce più deboli e della disoccupazione.

Le dimissioni di Mahdi sono anche un ulteriore, pesante smacco per l’Iran, grande protettore dell’ormai ex premier. Ma una cosa è certa: per il regime iraniano, e in particolare per lo “Stato nello Stato” iraniano, quello rappresentato dai Guardiani della Rivoluzione, perdere il controllo dell’Iraq rappresenterebbe una disfatta insopportabile, anche per l’effetto domino che potrebbe avere in Siria, in Libano, nello Yemen. Soulimani aveva cercato di ricompattare il fronte sciita a sostegno di Mahdi: missione fallita, ma questo potrebbe aprire la strada ad una guerra civile, come in Siria, e come in Siria altri attori regionali, dalla Turchia all’Arabia Saudita, passando per l’Egitto e gli Emirati Arabi Uniti, entrerebbero in gioco. Oggi anche papa Francesco si è detto preoccupato dalla situazione in Iraq. “Seguo con preoccupazione la situazione in Iraq. Ho appreso con dolore che le manifestazioni di protesta dei giorni scorsi hanno ricevuto una dura reazione, che ha causato decine di vittime”, ha detto, “Prego per i defunti e per i feriti; sono vicino ai loro familiari e all’intero popolo iracheno, invocando da Dio pace e concordia”.

 


          

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt trade and flights over Qatar’s links with Iran and support for Islamist groups.Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 began releasing jailed Houthis, as efforts to end the conflict gather momentum. Oman is quietly hosting high-level meetings, according to people familiar with the matter, and even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hinted at direct channels with the U.A.E.Spooked by the prospect of a catastrophic war with Iran and its proxy militias across the region, Gulf monarchies are in the midst of a strategic rethink. The U.A.E., whose economic model relies in large part on its international links, quickly realized it had most to lose from a military escalation. It had removed most of its troops from Yemen by the end of a turbulent summer that saw oil tankers targeted and a U.S. drone downed in the Gulf without significant American response.While the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the Yemen war trained an unwelcome spotlight on Saudi Arabia, it took a brazen strike on Saudi oil installations -- which knocked out half the country’s crude production -- to ram home the risks and prove that Trump was not about to ride to his allies’ rescue.“The attacks shattered any illusion of this magical U.S. security umbrella,” said David Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London who studies the Gulf. “It burst the bubble and showed that Iran had the willingness to both do something astonishing like the attack on Aramco facilities and the capability to carry it out.”Iran denies U.S. and Saudi assertions it carried out the Sept. 14 strikes, pointing to Houthi claims of responsibility. But people familiar with investigations into the attacks say they were almost certainly launched from southwestern Iran -- an explosive escalation in Tehran’s pushback against an economic offensive unleashed by Trump and enthusiastically backed by the Saudis.The Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and reimposed sanctions that have crippled its oil exports. But the “maximum pressure” policy is designed to coax Tehran into more concessions not to drag the U.S. into a new Middle East war just as it draws down troops in Syria.Rolling back Shiite Muslim Iran’s power remains a priority for the Sunni Gulf Arab leadership. There’s an increasing recognition, however, that no one stands to gain from a military escalation in the world’s top oil-exporting region.Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. The U.A.E. declined to comment. But in a Nov. 10 speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he saw “a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon” be ready to embark on if Tehran demonstrated commitment.War to ‘Cold Peace’In search of a breakthrough, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer elected with the backing of a powerful army that provides extensive support for the Saudi military, shuttled between Tehran and Riyadh in October. He met Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, as well as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, describing talks as “encouraging.”Khan said he traveled at the request of Trump and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the diplomacy wasn’t prompted by the kingdom. But deepening unease in the Gulf catalyzed the effort.Turning these overtures into lasting peace between countries that have grown further apart since the 1979 Iranian revolution remains far off.The Gulf states resent Iran’s deep reach into Arab nations. While ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon suggest Iran has reached the limit of its regional influence, they are unlikely to reverse political and military advances decades in the making.“Cold peace is possible but we are certainly far from a grand bargain,” said Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. “For that, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would have to accept a role for Iran in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”As they explore ways forward, Gulf states are moving at different speeds.The U.A.E. broke with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by not naming Iran as the culprit behind attacks in May and June on oil tankers as they sailed toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.It sent coast guard officials to Iran for the first time in six years and Rouhani hinted at other meetings with senior U.A.E. officials. “We’re moving toward improved relations,” he said Oct. 14. Saudi Arabia is catching up.Washington built a multilateral naval operation to protect shipping in the Gulf after the attacks and sent more troops to Saudi Arabia. Both actions resulted in a “down tick” in Iranian actions,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 13. “The Iranians should not mistake our restraint for weakness.”Where the U.S. holds back, however, others are crowding in. Besides his role in saving Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has forged a partnership with Iran, created an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia and built ties with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who was warned by the U.S. last month against plans to purchase Russian jets.Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in October after visits by the Saudi king and the U.A.E.’s de-facto leader Mohammad bin Zayed to Moscow. The two Gulf countries and Russia have signed deals valued at billions of dollars.For Iran’s Rouhani, the case for regional engagement is obvious.“Don’t you know that Iran is going to stay here and we will remain neighbors throughout history?” he has said, referring to Iran’s Arab neighbors. “Trump will only be around for a few years and will go back to whatever it was he was doing.”\--With assistance from Golnar Motevalli and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Yemen - Oxfam:"12mila civili uccisi anche da bombe Made in Italy. In raid sauditi anche ordigni Gb, Usa e Iran"

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AnsaMedIl conflitto regionale in Yemen ha causato in più di quattro anni circa 100mila vittime, di cui 20mila solo quest'anno. Lo denuncia oggi Oxfam, organizzazione umanitaria internazionale che da decenni lavora nel martoriato Paese arabo.


Dal 2015, secondo Oxfam, sono stati uccisi 12mila civili, 8mila dei quali hanno trovato la morte a causa di raid aerei sauditi, con bombe fabbricate in gran parte in Gran Bretagna, USA, Francia, Iran e Italia.


In Yemen sono in corso da anni diversi conflitti intrecciati fra loro e che coinvolgono attori locali accanto a potenze regionali e internazionali. La guerra a cui si riferisce l'ultimo rapporto di Oxfam è quella combattuta dal 2015 dalla Coalizione araba a guida saudita contro gli insorti Huthi, vicini all'Iran.

In questo quadro, secondo Oxfam, "dall'inizio del conflitto in oltre un caso su tre l'uso di armi esplosive ha ucciso una donna o un bambino, vittime 'collaterali' di raid aerei o bombardamenti via terra che colpiscono aree popolate, campi profughi, scuole e ospedali". 

Secondo l'organizzazione internazionale, negli ultimi tre mesi il numero dei civili uccisi è aumentato del 25%.

Dall'inizio del 2019 sono oltre 1.100 i civili uccisi, 12mila dal 2015.

          

Y el premio a la comida estrella de Oriente Medio es para... ¡El falafel!

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Nadie sabe de qué país procede ni cuándo comenzó a deleitar paladares, pero una cosa está clara: no hay plato que quite al falafel, una suerte de bola aplastada hecha a base de garbanzos o habas, la corona de comida callejera más popular de Oriente Medio.

Y el premio a la comida estrella de Oriente Medio es para... ¡El falafel!

¿Libanés? ¿Sirio? ¿Palestino? ¿Egipcio?. "La región al completo reclama este plato (...) No creo que nadie sepa dónde apareció por primera vez", explica a Efe la profesora de Egiptología experta en comida de la Universidad Americana de El Cairo, Salima Ikram.

Hay hipótesis, claro, y como buena egipcia Ikram menciona la posibilidad de que una variante del falafel fuese consumida ya en el Antiguo Egipto, eso sí, sin que fuese frita en abundante aceite como se hace hoy en día.

"Las habas habían estado presentes en Egipto pero no se hicieron muy populares hasta alrededor de los siglos III y II a.C., es posible que los antiguos egipcios hiciesen cosas a base de harina frita o al horno", dice, si bien reconoce que no hay pruebas de ello.

Algunos mantienen incluso que el exquisito plato procede de la India, pero "¿quién sabe cuál vino primero?", concluye la experta. Lo que sí sabemos es que hoy el falafel, más allá de las disputas sobre a quién pertenece, es plato común en la gastronomía regional.

La única diferencia, apunta Salima Ikram, es que en el país de las pirámides se hace a partir de habas y en el resto de la región, generalmente, de garbanzos.

"Los egipcios, por supuesto, están hechos de habas y sale como una maravillosa cosa verde, mientras que los palestinos están hechos de garbanzos. Pero, de cualquier modo, es la misma idea del ajo y la cebolla y el perejil y el comino y el cilantro", enumera la profesora universitaria.

Cada casa palestina, un sabor

El restaurante palestino Lina, dentro de la ciudad amurallada, es uno de los más populares de la Ciudad Vieja, Jerusalén Este, donde cada día Firas Zahde comienza a preparar cientos de piezas de falafel a partir de las 8.30 de la mañana.

Pone los garbanzos a remojo el día anterior y, por la mañana, los mezcla con ajo, pimiento picante, cilantro, perejil y lo pasa todo dos veces por la máquina de picar, antes de amasarlo con carbonato y sal.

¡Listo! Con el aceite a unos 200 grados, los fríe cinco minutos y los entrega a los clientes en bolsas de papel para que los desayunen en casa.

Zahde explica a Efe que hay muchas variantes y cada uno lo hace a su manera, "como lo vio hacer" en Hebrón, en Ramala o en Jerusalén. Aunque sean el mismo país, unos ponen pan, otros pimiento dulce en lugar de picante.

En el mes sagrado del Ramadán, es típico comer en Palestina falafel relleno, del que hay de dos variantes: de cebolla y "zatar" (mezcla de especias que se utiliza en la cocina medioriental) o de queso.

Zahde cree que el de Egipto es algo diferente porque se hace a partir del "fulful", no del garbanzo natural, y defiende que esta comida, aún con sus pequeñas diferencias, es más típica del Líbano, Siria, Jordania y Palestina, sobre todo.

La "tameya" egipcia, ¿Primo hermano del falafel?

Es cierto que su composición es ligeramente distinta y que en zonas como El Cairo se conoce como "tameya" y no como falafel, pero Mohamed Kamal Mohamed, al frente de un pequeño establecimiento capitalino con cerca de 60 años de historia, defiende que las singulares croquetillas son "egipcias, egipcias".

"Las habas y la tameya son comidas egipcias, creo que otros países lo han cogido y han cambiado la receta (...) Para nosotros son platos muy antiguos, como se puede ver en las películas en blanco y negro, ¡son egipcias, egipcias!", afirma.

El Primera Hora pertenece a su padre, un anciano que hoy se encarga de la caja registradora y, aunque Mohamed estudió Derecho, se enorgullece de dedicar su tiempo a ofrecer a los clientes "comida casera" de "primera calidad".

¿El secreto? "¡Lavar bien las habas!", desvela a Efe, y asevera que en el caso de su establecimiento el truco se aplica hasta diez o doce veces. Al fin y al cabo son el ingrediente principal de la "tameya".

"El falafel sirio o libanés lleva ingredientes como garbanzos más otras cosas y especias especiales de sus países (...) La tameya se compone de habas peladas y partidas a la mitad, cebolla y verduras", explica, y añade que hay otros ingredientes "secretos" que no se pueden compartir.

Desde la cocina, el sonido del aceite en ebullición se funde con el tris-trás de una enorme máquina que mezcla cantidades ingentes de una masa verdosa. Y vuelta a empezar, el cocinero mete la mano al cuenco y hace bolitas que saltan directas a una enorme sartén.

Al final del día, habrá freído entre 80 y 90 tandas con 30 piezas de crujiente falafel cada una.

Israel y el legado de los judíos árabes

El restaurante israelí Ben Sira, en el centro de Jerusalén Oeste, es un lugar usual para muchos israelíes que quieren comer buen falafel.

Abierto hace diez años, pertenece a un israelí de ascendencia marroquí que ofrece platos típicos del país de sus abuelos, como suele ocurrir con los establecimientos de falafel en Israel.

El principal cocinero del local, Simja Tochover, explica a Efe cómo éstos están generalmente gestionados por mizrajíes, los judíos con orígenes en países árabes "como Yemen, Marruecos o Irak", que integran una parte importante de la población del país e hicieron popular esta comida.

Según comenta Tochover, el falafel es un producto propio de la región, "típico de todas partes de Oriente Medio", donde "la comida está mezclada".

"No es original de Israel", pero sus habitantes lo consideran "comida israelí", un producto propio de la comida local. "Es lo que acostumbramos a comer, igual que el humus", indica el chef.

Y es que pocos conocen tan bien como él los entresijos del negocio, pues está acostumbrado a producir 60 kilos de masa, que cada día se transforman en unas 1.200 unidades de falafel.

Durante la noche anterior ha cocido los garbanzos, que hierve durante ocho horas, y los tritura a primera hora con cebolla, ajo, levadura para hornear, comino, cilantro, pimiento rojo, verde y picante, y sal.

El libanés, posiblemente el más famoso

Junto a Siria -donde hoy el conflicto civil ha reducido el turismo gastronómico a cero-, quizás el Líbano sea el más famoso de los productores de falafel.

Jad Lufti, de Falafel Abu Andre, considerado uno de los mejores del país, destaca en declaraciones a Efe cómo el plato es una parte clave de la "cultura alimenticia libanesa", junto a la ensalada tabulé y el humus.

Eso sí, la geografía también afecta a la receta de las suculentas bolitas, que generalmente se sirven dentro de un pan de pita y acompañadas de verduras variadas siempre expuestas a la vista del cliente.

"En Beirut y en el norte del Líbano lo hacen ya sea con garbanzos o con habas, pero en el sur mezclan ambos", mantiene Lufti.

A pesar de esas pequeñas diferencias, el falafel también tiende puentes entre la polarizada sociedad del país, pues los musulmanes lo consumen durante el Ramadán y los cristianos sobre todo en los días en que no pueden consumir carne, detalló.

La comida libanesa une en la mesa a las distintas comunidades culturales, étnicas y religiosas del país.

"Con el estómago lleno se haya el entendimiento entre civilizaciones" concluyó a Efe Fadia, una experta culinaria.

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Yemen, migliaia le vittime civili per le bombe occidentali

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Nel 2019, denuncia Oxfam, sono circa 20mila le vittime nello Yemen, da più di quattro anni in preda ad un conflitto regionale che dal 2015 ha ucciso oltre 100mila persone, molte delle quale morte per i raid aerei sauditi, con bombe fabbricate in Gran Bretagna, Usa, Francia, Iran e Italia
          

Corbyn would stop arms sales to Saudi for use in Yemen if elected

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Reuters yazdı: Körfez krizinde sürpriz ziyaret

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Reuters yazdı: Körfez krizinde sürpriz ziyaret

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Reuters haber ajansı, Katar Dışişleri Bakanı Şeyh Muhammed bin Abdurrahman el Sani'nin Suudi Arabistan'ın başkenti Riyad'a geçen ay sürpriz bir ziyaret gerçekleştirdiğini yazdı.

Bu ziyaretin gerçekleşmiş olması, 2,5 yıldır Körfez ülkeleri tarafından Katar'a uygulanan ablukanın hafifletilmesi anlamına gelebilir.

Bu konuyu ilk defa dile getiren ABD merkezli Wall Street Journal gazetesi oldu.

BBC Türkçe'nin aktardığına göre gazete, Amerikalı ve Arap yetkililere dayandırdığı haberinde el Sani'nin Suudi Arabistan'da üst düzey yetkililerle görüşmeler gerçekleştirdiğini kaleme aldı.

Reuters haber ajansı, iki kaynağına dayandırdığı haberinde bu ziyaretin, mayıs ayında Katar başbakanının Mekke'de düzenlenen Arap zirvesine katılımının ardından gerçekleşen en üst düzey ziyaret olduğunu belirtiyor.

Ancak Katar Dışişleri Bakanı el Sani'nin, Suudi Arabistan'ın veliaht prensi Muhammed bin Salman ile görüşüp görüşmediği bilinmiyor.

ABD'li Senatör Chris Murphy, Reuters'a yaptığı açıklamada Katarlı bakanın ziyaretinin iki taraf arasında bir diyalog başladığına dair önemli bir gelişme olabileceği yorumunu yapıyor.

Cumhurbaşkanı Tayyip Erdoğan da bu hafta başında Katar'a gerçekleştirdiği ziyareti sırasında Katar ile Körfez ülkeleri arasındaki krizin bir an önce sona ermesini umut ettiğini söylemişti.

2017 yılının Haziran ayında Suudi Arabistan, Mısır, Bahreyn, Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri ve Yemen, Katar ile diplomatik ilişkilerini kestiğini açıklamıştı. Karara gerekçe olarak "Katar'ın terörizme destek vermesi" gösteriliyordu.

Beş Arap ülkesi Katar'ı; Irak Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD) ve El Kaide dahil çeşitli militan grupları destekleyerek "bölgeyi istikrarsızlaştırmakla" suçluyor.

Katar'ın ayrıca Müslüman Kardeşler'e verdiği desteğe de dikkat çekiliyor. Doha yönetimi ise suçlamaları reddediyor.

Bu ülkeler Katar'a 13 talep sıralayarak ancak bu isteklerinin gerçekleştirilmesi halinde ablukanın kaldırılacağını belirtiyorlar.

Bu talepler arasında Katar'daki Türk askeri üssünün kapatılması da yer alıyor...

Erdoğan, bu hafta gerçekleştirdiği ziyaretinde bu talep ile ilgili olarak, "Hiç kimse ülkemizin bu coğrafyadaki mevcudiyetinden rahatsız olmamalıdır. Sizler, Katar başta olmak üzere tüm bölgede gelecekte özellikle takdirle anılacak tarihi bir görev icra ediyorsunuz. Bu vesileyle Körfez bölgesinde iki buçuk yıldır devam eden krizin bir an evvel çözülmesini temenni ediyorum" karşılığını vermişti.

Suudi Arabistan hükümeti konu ile ilgili olarak Reuters'ın sorularına cevap vermezken geçen hafta sonu Suudi Arabistan Dışişleri Bakanlığı halen Katar'ın taleplerini yerine getirmesini beklediklerini söylemişti.

Reuters'a konuşan bir Arap diplomat ise gelecek ay Suudi Arabistan'da düzenlenecek bölge zirvesinin ilişkilerin geliştirilmesi için bir vesile olabileceğini aktardı.


          

How did November become the Mizrahi Heritage Month? And what’s Mizrahi anyhow?

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Recently, a growing number of Jewish American organizations began marking November as the "Sephardic/Mizrahi Heritage Month." In the American context, awareness months come to illuminate histories of marginalized communities whose stories are overshadowed and underrepresented in the official curricula and memory. The Mizrahi heritage month, by contrast, is not a local, grassroots initiative that emerged in response to experiences of discrimination or marginalization. Instead, it is a transatlantic importation of recent attempts by the Israeli government to commemorate the forced expulsion of Jews from the Arab and Muslim world in the wake of the establishment of Israel. Nor is November a month that has any particular significance in the histories or rituals of any of the dozen Jewish minority communities that resided in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the specific date, November 30th, was chosen by the Israeli lawmaker as a symbolic birth date of the mass exodus of Jews from Arab speaking lands triggered by the UN Partition Resolution of November 29th, 1947.

 

Erroneously, in the North American Jewish world, the terms “Sephardi” and “Mizrahi” are often treated as synonymous. Yet, unlike the term “Sephardi,” which originates in the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 (Sepharad is the Hebrew term for Spain), Mizrahi is a category which is not only far more recent in historical terms but is also politically charged and rooted in a specific Israeli context. Mizrahi, literarily meaning “eastern” or “Oriental” in Hebrew, was an adjective-turned-term that was coined in pre-statehood Palestine and later used in Israel to denote any non-Ashkenazi Jew. In early statehood Israel, a considerable degree of patronizing attitude and discrimination towards “Oriental Jews” who were regarded as less civilized, ill-educated, lacking sufficient ideological commitment resulted in discrimination. During the 1950s, Mizrahi Jews were sent to frontier settlements and to newly established "development towns" that were established in the country's peripheral regions. Soon enough, these towns transformed into conspicuous pockets of deprivation and poverty, and their Mizrahi residents became a discernible low-status blue-collar class, deprived of the same employment and education opportunities as their Ashkenazi peers. In that process, the adjective "Mizrahi” became a highly contested and politically charged term, and not a neutral sociological category.  

 

Years of a persistent civic struggle for equal rights by Mizrahi activists and scholars in Israel, accompanied by demands for recognition of their full history, did not solve all social problems and inequality nor erase past scars. During the 1970s, the Likud Party’s leadership reappropriated the Mizrahi struggle to claim a stake at the Israeli national story. Other political parties, such as Shas, the non-Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party that was established during the mid-1980s, also tried to harness the Mizrahi struggle with a considerable level of success. A 2014 legislation that created a new day of commemoration for Mizrahi Jews is yet another attempt to divert the Mizrahi call for equality in Israel to a political cause. In particular, it uses the politics of memory to create a false equation between "Jewish refugees from the Arab World" and the Palestinian refugees. Jewish communities in the Middle East and North Africa region had undergone different experiences, not just between different countries, but even between various communities in the same country. 1948 was undoubtedly a turning point for a great number of them, and the Israel-Palestine conflict loomed over much of it. But casting these rich histories into one single-dimensional narrative is, in fact, a cynical strategy employed by the Israeli Right to avoid the need to address Palestinian claim for compensation on behalf of the Palestinian refugees. 

 

Right-leaning Jewish organizations in the US, such as the San Francisco based JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East), were quick to adopt the Israeli ready-made mold of “Mizrahi commemoration” and to blend it with the American practice of “awareness months.” Their website describes them as a non-profit “committed to achieving universal recognition to the heritage and history of the 850,000 indigenous Jewish refugees Arab from countries.” Similar ideas are expressed by Hen Mazzig, a charismatic yet controversial "Hasbarah" (pro-Israeli advocacy) speaker who tours North American campuses, to speak to students about his family's immigration from Tunisia and Morocco, his experiences as a gay officer in the IDF, and ways of combating anti-Israeli critics. Critics of Israel on US campuses are described by him as silencing Middle Eastern and North African Jews. Almost simultaneously, a call upon Jews to join a mass kaddish (a prayer traditionally recited in memory of the dead) on November 30th appeared on the pages of the Jerusalem Post. It remains unclear if these are grassroots initiatives or a well-orchestrated state-funded campaign. As the Jewish daily The Forward revealed, Mazzig is most probably a contractor paid by the Israeli government. 

 

While asserting correctly that the heritage of Middle Eastern Jews does not receive equal space in the American-Jewish establishment, the kind of heritage that JIMENA and wishes to promote is equally superficial and shallow and is mostly comprised of stories of persecution and harassment followed by a final expulsion and a Zionist redemption. The historical narrative they are offering has less to do with the particular heritage and histories of these diverse communities and more to do with a politics of competitive victimhood and a “quid pro quo” argument about the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Jewish refugees from the Middle East are cast as mirror images of the roughly 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled during the 1948 War.

 

As historians who dedicate their careers to research modern Jewish history, who believe in the importance of studying the histories of Middle Eastern Jewish communities alongside Ashkenazi communities, we welcome the intent to deepen and broaden our understanding of the place of these communities. Eurocentric assumptions, including our tendency to understand Jewish modernity writ large as coming out of the experiences of European Jews, provides a very narrow prism that fails to capture the Jewish historical experience in all its richness and diversity. It is about time that academic Jewish Studies programs would expand their curriculum and educate the students and the wider public about the culture and history of Mizrahi Jews, alongside other non-Ashkenazi communities such as the Yemenite Jews, Iranian (Persian) Jews, Greek and Balkan Jews, Caucasus Jews, Bukharan Jews and more. We also believe in the value and the importance of heritage months to raise awareness to and help advance our understanding of marginalized social groups. Notably, per the Library of Congress website, the American-Jewish Heritage month is celebrated in May, as part of an effort of Jews to be part of the “big American Jewish tent.” We raise our eyebrows, however, at what seems as what might be an attempt to hijack this noble cause for a partisan issue and a state-sponsored invented tradition. Jewish communities in the US should pay greater attention to the non-Ashkenazi stories alongside the Ashkenazi saga. But we wonder if a day of commemoration that is copy-pasted mechanically rather than reflectively by Jewish diaspora communities would serve that purpose.


          

Solar Energy Offers Lifeline in Power-Starved Yemen

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  Yemen’s civil war has resulted in widespread power outages across the country. The United Nations estimates that about 90 percent of the country’s population lost electricity after the war broke out in 2015. The severe power shortage has led some Yemenis to buy solar energy equipment to produce their own electricity. Ebrahim al-Faqih recognized this need four years ago and started selling solar panels. The demand for solar equipment has continued to rise, leading more people to get into the business. “Even people who used to work selling food moved to work in solar energy because of the high demand,” Faqih told the Reuters news agency. He runs a store in the capital Sanaa which sells solar water heaters and panels imported from India and China. Solar energy systems are providing answers to people struggling to meet their personal power needs. The availability of electricity was already extremely limited in Yemen’s rural areas even before the conflict began.     In many areas, electricity is needed to provide one of life’s main necessities, water. Pumps are used to bring water to the surface for drinking and farming. Muhammad Yahya bought solar panels to power his home in the capital. He told Reuters that solar energy has become an important lifeline for many. “Electricity these days isn’t just for lighting, electricity is life,” he said. Yahya said solar energy is clearly being used by many as a way to help them get through the conflict. But he hopes people will keep using it as a main source of electricity when the war ends. Sanaa is controlled by the Houthi movement, which ousted internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power in 2014. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting a ground and air campaign in support of the government of Hadi, who fled to exile in Saudi Arabia. Iran supports the Houthi rebels. Some Yemenis use diesel fuel generators to produce electricity. But such equipment pollutes the air and is too costly for many people. “Alternative energy is better, it changed my life dramatically,” said Akram Noman, who lives in Sanaa. He says he now has very little use for traditional electrical power. Noman said the government should offer tax breaks for people to use solar energy and should help farmers buy solar equipment. Omar Homadi has a farm south of the capital in the Houthi-controlled rural area of Dhamar. He told Reuters he could not cover the cost of running a diesel generator to water his land, so he bought a solar-powered pump. “Our land had dried up but now it has come back to life thanks to the solar energy,” he said. Dhamar’s water production had fallen to 30 percent of pre-war levels, said local water official Muhammad Ali al-Habshi. But production has now returned to 70 to 80 percent of levels before the war because of solar projects supported by international donors. “People used to get water every 10-12 days,” Homadi said. “Now it is every three days...Solar energy was like a dream.” I’m Bryan Lynn.   Reuters news agency reported on this story. Bryan Lynn adapted the report for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter Jr. was the editor. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page. _________________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   panel – n. piece of equipment that attaches to the surface of something generator – n. a machine that produces electricity alternative – adj. different from what is usual or traditional dramatically –adv. suddenly and to an extreme extent  
          

Fame Spreads Fast for Eight-Year-Old Yemeni Singer

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It is a dangerous time to be a child in Yemen. Besides facing war, hunger and poverty, more than 25 percent of children are not in school. But eight-year-old singer Amr Muqbel, known as "The Water Seller," is different. He attends school in the morning. In the afternoons, he used to sell water to help support his family. Now, he makes extra money singing for weddings, fans and several major Arabic news channels. “I’m proud he has become a singer,” said Ahmed Muqbel, Amr’s 70-year-old father, with tears in his eyes. One of their relatives is a soldier, he added, and Amr used to sing war songs. Now, he sings about love and peace in a country where other children can be forced to join military groups. "Children out of school face increased risks of all forms of exploitation, including being forced to join the fighting, child labor, and early marriage," said Sara Nyanti, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen, in a statement. Teachers in the schools have not been paid in more than two years. As the war continues, danger for children outside of the school system deepens, workers for aid organizations say. Growing fame Amr first became well-known this year when a local hiker recorded him singing to a group of people. The hiker posted the recording on Facebook, where it received 20,000 likes, loves and sad faces. Since then, the boy appears on Arab media regularly. He has appeared on BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera Arabic and RT Arabic. Amr’s family remains poor, however. He, his mother and his four siblings still struggle to survive in a small house. But as Amr gains the attention of music professionals, the family hopes his voice will help lift them further out of poverty. "I didn't even know Amr was singing for the drivers," said Amr’s mother, Muneerah, near her Sanaa home. "He sells water so he can earn money to pay for his private school fees. I used to reprimand Amr for singing while he did his homework.” Sobhi Mohammed is a renowned Syrian Kurdish music writer from Lebanon. He has expressed interest in mentoring Amr, inviting him through an online video to visit Lebanon. Mohammed has mentored other young people with musical skills, like Nomer El Beik and Amir Amuri from Syria. “I was like Amr while still a little boy,” Mohammed said in an online report. “I promised myself that I would assist every talented child who had no one.” Amr has not gone to Lebanon because of passport delays and competing ideas about his future. His father wants to go to Lebanon so Amr can try to get into the professional music business. His mother wants Amr to continue to be mentored locally, so he can sing more often at weddings to increase the family’s income. “I believe Amr will become a star," added Mohammed. "He has the voice and charisma." Yemenis hesitancy Publicly, Amr has accepted Mohammed’s invitation in an online video. Some of his local fans do not want him to leave. "His songs come out from his heart," said Mohammed al-Adaimi, a 23-year-old who listens to Amr’s songs on YouTube. "He should stay and sing for us and we will support him." Like other fans, al-Adaimi is concerned Amr’s musical style might change if he trains in Lebanon. He might learn a more common Lebanese style of Arab music. Other local people said they are proud that a young Yemeni is getting international attention. “He is a talented boy,” said Mabrouk al-Baqash, who has been listening to Amr sing for eight months.  “It’s fine to travel to Lebanon.” I’m Caty Weaver.   Naseh Shaker and Gabrielle Resnick wrote this report for VOA News. Caty Weaver adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor. ____________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   exploitation - n. the act of to use (someone or something) in a way that helps you unfairly​ hiker - n. someone who walks a long distance especially for pleasure and/or exercise reprimand - v. to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone who has done something wrong, disobeyed an order, etc.)​ mentor - v. to teach or give advice or guidance to (someone, such as a less experienced person or a child) : to act as a mentor for (someone)​ talented - adj. having a special ability to do something well : having talent​ charisma - n. a special charm or appeal that causes people to feel attracted and excited by someone (such as a politician)​ style - n. a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed​   We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.
          

بازداشت ۱۱ فلسطینی در یورش اشغالگران به کرانه باختری

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– اخبار بین الملل – به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از گروه بین الملل خبرگزاری تسنیم به نقل از فلسطین الیوم، نظامیان رژیم اشغالگر به برخی مناطق کرانه باختری حمله کردند. بر اساس این گزارش، اشغالگران در این یورش، دست‌کم ۱۱ فلسطینی را بازداشت کردند. کرانه باختری|زخمی شدن ده‌ها فلسطینی در […]
          

شکست طرح معامله قرن؛ پازل آمریکا و رژیم صهیونیستی به هم ریخته شد

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به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از  گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، «دونالد ترامپ» در پی آغاز به کار خود در کاخ سفید از طرحی برای صلح میان رژیم صهیونیستی سخن به میان آورد. در ماه‌های ابتدایی سال ۲۰۱۹ مقام‎های آمریکایی مدعی شدند که این طرح موسوم به «معامله قرن» در آینده […]
          

معرفی حزب‌الله به عنوان تروریست در کتاب درسی لبنان

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به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از گروه بین‌الملل خبرگزاری دانشجو، شبکه «المنار» اعلام کرد، یک کتاب جغرافی به دستش رسیده که در برخی مدارس لبنان تدریس می‌شود و مطالبی علیه حزب‌الله و حماس دارد. بر اساس این گزارش، این کتاب درباره جغرافیای سیاسی در منطقه غرب آسیاست، بر اساس منابع فرانسوی […]
          

مخالفت عربستان با موضع آمریکا در “قانونی” خواندن شهرک‌سازی‌ها

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به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از ایسنا، به نقل از روسیا الیوم، عبدالله بن خالد بن سلطان بن عبدالعزیز، سفیر عربستان در اتریش و نماینده دائم این کشور در سازمان ملل و سازمان‌های بین‌المللی در وین در جریان سخنرانی خود به مناسبت روز همبستگی جهانی با ملت فلسطین خاطرنشان کرد: ریاض […]
          

"لیلاج" روی پرده سینما فلسطین رفت

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مدیر سینماهای موسسه بهمن سبز همدان روز  یکشنبه در گفت و گو با ایرنا اظهار داشت: این فیلم که پیشتر “فصل شکار” نام داشت، به تهیه کنندگی علیرضا ابوالقاسمی و کارگردانی و نویسندگی داریوش یاری در ژانر اجتماعی سال گذشته تولید شده است. سعید شرفی با اشاره به اینکه “لیلاج” سومین فیلم بلند سینمایی داریوش یاری پس از […]
          

واکنش فتح به احداث بیمارستان آمریکایی در غزه و متهم کردن حماس

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به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از ایسنا، به نقل از سایت النشره لبنان، جنبش فتح موافقت حماس با ساخت این بیمارستان که آن را پایگاه نظامی آمریکا در شمال نوار غزه خوانده، محکوم کرد. این جنبش در بیانیه‌ای ادعا کرد: حماس با این موافقت علیه مسأله فلسطین و ملت آن مرتکب […]
          

یک جوان فلسطینی در کرانه باختری با گلوله صهیونیست‌ها به شهادت رسید

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به گزارش پایگاه اطلاع رسانی وقایع یمن به نقل از افکارنیوز، وزارت بهداشت فلسطین شنبه شب از شهادت یک جوان فلسطینی به ضرب گلوله نظامیان صهیونیست در اراضی اشغالی کرانه باختری رود اردن خبر داد.  اخبار بین‌الملل– به نوشته پایگاه خبری «قدس»، این تیراندازی در نزدیکی منطقه «بیت عوا» در الخلیل رخ داده و نوشته […]
          

Basics

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Some basic facts to mull over:

A new study from Brown University’s Costs of War project puts that terror into stark relief. It estimates that 800,000 people have been killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen in the wars we’ve launched since 9/11, with local civilians representing the largest share of that total.
But that’s a conservative estimate. When you add those who died from preventable causes thanks to decimated health care, food, and sanitation systems in our many war zones, American University’s David Vine writes, the figure climbs to 3.1 million. The vast majority are civilians.
That’s over 1,000 times the number of innocents who died on 9/11—an almost incomprehensible toll.


Americans have also paid dearly for these wars: $6.4 trillion, plus significant losses of life and limb. Some 7,000 U.S. troops have died in these conflicts. 


Maybe toss out that when you're passing the turkey around the table.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  More problems for Joe Biden and the protests continue in Iraq as another protesters is shot dead.


Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  What also continues?  War Hawk Joe Biden's struggling campaign.  As Kat noted, Joe's lost a key staffer.  Vanessa Cardenas.  Marc Caputo (POLITICO) reports:


A senior Joe Biden campaign staffer in charge of outreach to Latino, African-American and women’s groups has quit her post, telling two allies she was frustrated over her lack of input and with the presidential candidate’s immigration rhetoric.

Vanessa Cárdenas, the most senior Latina Biden staffer, had been serving as national coalitions director since the campaign formally announced its existence April 25. She resigned last week and has since changed her bio on Twitter to say she was “formerly with @joebiden.”
Cárdenas did not return a call or text message, but two friends familiar with her thinking told POLITICO that she felt the campaign wasn’t heeding her advice on immigration as she tried to reach out to Latino groups that have had longstanding concerns with the former vice president’s rhetoric and record stemming from the Obama administration.  



Adrian Carrasquillo adds a few thoughts.

Important scoop by . Here’s some additional context I just found out. 1/x






  • According to someone with knowledge of Vanessa Cardenas frustration from her time within Biden camp, there was concern the campaign is not welcoming on any suggestions on tone, immigration messaging, and they’re defensive on Obama deportations.





  • Again, there was mention of how frustrated they were with Jorge Ramos pummeling from September debate. The thing is Latino staff/activists know Ramos would ask Qs like this since he did of Obama.





  • A feeling from people who have spoken with Vanessa Cardenas was also the belief that Biden camp is taking Latinos for granted.


    Biden telling a Latino immigration activist “You should vote for Trump” came after Vanessa Cardenas decided to leave but like Caputo said it underscored the reasons for leaving.


    As it was said to me, you don’t have to hit Obama to say to activists “you’re right, DHS and ICE have been weaponized against Latinos, I will clean house and will review orders of deportation,” even if you won’t say you will end them all.
              

    Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each Other

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    Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each OtherPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe constellation of federal investigators, attorneys, prosecutors and judges orbiting Donald Trump in the last three years have a unique, shared history.Relatively unknown to the American public is the fact that before many of them became household names, cast as either the heroes or villains of the Trump saga (depending on where you stand on Trump), they were colleagues in the trenches of some of America’s biggest terrorism cases. They crossed paths numerous times in courtrooms and at crime scenes, often united by a single case.  From my perch working for the House Intelligence Committee, at the FBI as a congressional liaison, and then on the 9/11 Joint Inquiry, I observed what in many respects were their finest achievements, how those played out politically, how they fought their turf battles at home and with foreign governments, how they learned to communicate with the American public after each tragedy—and ultimately, fundamentally how they changed America’s approach to national security.  If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand?In the 1990s, as hundreds of Americans were being slaughtered in acts of terrorism from Oklahoma City to Kenya to lower Manhattan—and while Donald Trump was hosting teenage beauty pageants—these men helped capture, extradite, prosecute, and put away for life some of the worst mass murderers of American citizens in our nation’s history. But now they have become caricatures and cable news fodder—and their reputations are part of the professional carnage that comes to almost everyone who is part of the Donald Trump story. They are known to the American public primarily for the things they have said, for one reason or the other, about Trump—and even more to the point, for what he has said about them.Rudy Giuliani, James Comey, Robert Mueller, William Barr, James Kallstrom, and Louis Freeh have all taken divergent paths over the past few years. But in the more than two decades that preceded Trump’s descent down the golden escalator on election night 2016, their résumés overlapped as they worked to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice in such cases as Pan Am 103, a 747 blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland; the devastated Federal Building in Oklahoma City; the Khobar Towers full of American personnel, blown up in Saudi Arabia; the Atlanta Olympics bombing; the devastated American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya; the attack on the USS Cole at anchor in Yemen; then, of course 9/11. And it’s a sad fact that the work they did during their impressive law enforcement careers got lost in the noise created by Trump’s presidency.Most interesting of all, however, is the fact that for most of these men, what they thought of Trump in 2016 had a lot to do with their opinion of the occupants of the White House—Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton—during those years their lives had intersected. Those opinions proved to be enduring and consequential. * * *THE DIRECTOR* * *In September 1993, Federal Judge Louis J. Freeh walked out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and into FBI Headquarters as its new Director. Both his youth, 43 years of age, and his background as a former FBI agent, made him an inspired choice to lead the Bureau when nominated by the new American President, Bill Clinton. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection viaGettyFreeh’s predecessor, William Sessions, had not completed his 10-year term as director before a report alleging ethical improprieties was released by President George H. W. Bush’s Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is today Trump’s Attorney General).Sessions refused to exit his position voluntarily, so it was left to Clinton’s new attorney general, Janet Reno, to fire him. Clinton may wish he had held on to Sessions. The new president and the new FBI Director would soon be at loggerheads. Although there was still a sense of excitement in Washington over the generational shift that the 1992 election represented, the fact was the Clinton administration began as an unmitigated disaster. It seemed undisciplined and chaotic to Freeh, and its early days were consumed with FBI investigations into Filegate, Travelgate, Whitewater, Paula Jones and Jennifer Flowers, and even an investigation into China’s attempts to meddle in the 1992 elections. And, most mysteriously, there was the investigation into the shocking suicide of Bill and Hillary’s long-time friend from Arkansas, Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster. FBI agents walked around the halls dispirited, talking about their affection for George H.W. Bush and their disdain for the dirty campaign they felt the Clintons had waged against him. While Clinton came off cool (playing sax on The Arsenio Hall Show, for example), “The Wimp Factor” tagline stuck to George H.W. Bush—a man who had flown 50 combat missions during World War II, had been one of the Navy’s youngest aviators and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Freeh, who had been appointed a federal judge by the senior Bush, had a deep affection for him. He accepted the job as FBI Director even though he believed not only that the wrong man had won the presidency, but was firmly convinced that the winner, Clinton, was dirty. In those years, the FBI’s antipathy towards the Clintons flowed from the top down—and would become ingrained in its organizational culture. For his part, had Clinton wanted an FBI Director who would do his bidding and sweep his scandals under the rug (which the current president seems to believe is part of the job description), he knew damn well it wouldn’t be Freeh. Yet, he courted Freeh. Freeh, considered tough and clean as a hound’s tooth, would give the new Clinton Administration a patina of ethical validity it desperately needed. But Freeh’s FBI was immediately immersed in investigating Clinton’s skeletons. Freeh gave back his White House pass that had allowed him unlimited, unrecorded, access to the White House believing it would pose a conflict of interest while the Clintons were under investigation. Clinton, now realizing Freeh would be breathing down his neck, was not happy with this slap in the face. But during his entire administration, and with the endless ethical clouds that hung over him, Clinton did not dare fire Freeh.Freeh and Clinton would not speak for four years, until the bombing of the USS Cole.* * *THE HILL* * *Freeh was an instant darling with Members of Congress, and was accorded great deference and latitude. He would need it. The FBI Freeh walked into had a plethora of problems and investigations of its own to contend with. His earnest demeanor served him well—and he was complemented by his equally earnest Congressional liaison chief, John Collingwood, who was spectacularly effective at putting out the FBI’s fires. Without a drop of arrogance and possessing a deep belief in the mission of the Bureau, Collingwood was also a master at turning every FBI screw-up into an opportunity—for more resources or more law enforcement authorities. He was perhaps the greatest asset the Bureau had when facing its many challenges with Congress. When I worked in his office, I learned from Collingwood a simple formula for dealing with the Hill that most federal agencies refused to learn: Congress can be your best friend if you don’t treat its members and staff like the enemy. Give them (most of) what they ask for, be personable and on a first-name basis with staffers, and give them a heads-up to important stories before they hit the media—even if its means calling them at home at 2 a.m. (which we often did). If trust is built, Congressional staffers will, in turn, give you a heads up to potential problematic or embarrassing issues that could otherwise blindside the Director at an oversight hearing. (The first rule of any good staff work, anywhere: never, ever allow your boss to be surprised by bad news.)Collingwood could wrap his arm around the shoulder of Senator Robert Byrd (the most powerful man in Congress at the time), and Byrd would feel the entire goodwill of the FBI in that gesture—especially after Byrd made it possible for the FBI to move its badly outdated Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) to Clarksburg, West Virginia, Byrd’s home state. The CJIS is the largest division of the FBI responsible for, among other things, its automated fingerprint identification lab and national instant criminal background check system. Byrd was known as “the king of pork” for his ability to shovel millions of dollars to West Virginia. The FBI was smart enough to seize on the opportunity Byrd was offering, thus giving him a stake in the sustainability of the FBI, as well as much needed jobs for West Virginians.And the FBI’s sustainability was not a given. Freeh took charge of an FBI still reeling from its role in the carnage that occurred at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. Both locations had been the site of standoffs between citizens and federal agents, and Waco and Ruby Ridge had become rallying cries for anti-government militias. The overly aggressive actions of federal agents had left 83 Americans dead. The country’s faith in federal law enforcement was at an all-time low. Armed, anti-government militia groups were sprouting up across the nation. At the same time, far removed from Ruby Ridge and Waco, in lower Manhattan an even more insidious threat was about to make itself known. On Feb. 26, 1993, a rental truck carrying 1,400 pounds of ammonium nitrate exploded under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people were killed in an attack right in the heart of America’s financial center.The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had energized the jihadist movement around the world. After the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan, mujahideen veterans and fellow-travelers seemed to replace their anti-Soviet fervor with an extreme anti-American ideology. Many began congregating in Islamic centers and mosques across the U.S., including New York and New Jersey. Although American military assistance had helped turn the tide for the mujahideen in their war against the Soviets, they now turned their sights toward the U.S. This was known as “blowback.” But blowback would not be coming just from Afghanistan’s jihadists. It was also developing in America’s heartland.* * *OKLAHOMA CITY* * *The security guard sitting outside the offices of the House Intelligence Committee stopped me and pointed to the television on his desk. On the screen was a horrific scene coming out of Oklahoma City. A building was sheared in half. Under tons of rubble lay an unknown number of bodies. A moon-like crater was obvious in the street where a Ryder rental truck had detonated 4,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate—a much bigger and more powerful bomb than the one used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ralf-Finn Hestoft/CORBIS viaGettyWhen Timothy McVeigh was apprehended, the motive for the carnage became clear. The date of the slaughter was April 19, 1995, exactly two years after the federal standoff at David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas. This was McVeigh’s revenge—blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children.The scale of the Oklahoma City attack, the very audacity of it, the very cruelty of it, committed by an American against other Americans, seemed like evil incarnate. Here was an “all-American white boy,” as people said, brutally killing fellow innocent Americans and children right in America’s heartland because of his hatred for federal agencies. If this level of anger existed out there in the country, how and where else might it express itself? Federal law enforcement and the media became obsessed and slightly hysterical over the idea of anti-government militias, even though McVeigh had no formal ties to any of them. Ultimately, however, McVeigh’s actions had an effect opposite to the one he intended. Instead of adding fuel to the anti-government movement, militia members resented the fact that the Feds would now be breathing down their necks. And they certainly were disgusted by the killing of so many innocent children. Some militia members began cooperating with the Feds, alerting them to possible violent extremists in their midsts. The FBI created a Domestic Terrorism Planning Section which found itself handling mostly threats against abortion clinics and crimes committed by radical animal rights groups, like the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Without reasonable cause, there was little the FBI could do to surveil American citizens traipsing through the woods with legally owned firearms playing weekend warrior. They couldn’t be arrested simply for their views. But after Oklahoma City, the FBI drafted a wish list of expanded authorities to monitor potential terrorists domestically. A coalition of left and right civil libertarians on the Hill thwarted attempts to pass these measures. (Some of the expanded authorities gained new life after 9/11 when they became part of The Patriot Act.)Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever* * *THE SAUDI MIRROR* * *One again the terror spotlight was about to shift. On June 26, 1996, just weeks after the FBI had successfully concluded an 81-day standoff with the anti-government Freeman group in Montana, a truck bomb exploded in a housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Air Force personnel who were there to enforce the no-fly zone imposed on the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Hezbollah in the Hijaz (or “Saudi Hezbollah”) took credit for the attack. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Saudis knew more than they let on to the FBI about this group, but getting information from the Saudis involved a very delicate diplomatic dance—something FBI agents abhor. The deference paid to the Saudis after Khobar would never be accorded to another country within whose borders American servicemen had been killed. Less than a year before the Khobar bombing, another bomb had exploded in Riyadh, killing five U.S. Defense Department contractors. But before the FBI could interrogate the suspects, the Saudis extracted confessions from them and had them beheaded. Now 19 American airmen had been killed in Saudi Arabia, and the United States was once again saying “pretty please” to Saudi royals to get them to share information. It’s hard to determine whether it was Freeh’s strained relationship with the Clinton administration, or the Clinton administration’s hope for a rapprochement with Iran that led to other roadblocks in the Khobar investigation. Iran was clearly behind Saudi Hezbollah, but it was the Saudis, and the Saudis alone, who held the key to the investigation. With the information they possessed on the attack the year before, Khobar might have been prevented.  To shake information loose from the Saudis, and with less than enthusiastic support from the Clinton Administration, Freeh turned again to his friend, former President George H.W. Bush, who had liberated Kuwait from Saddam’s occupation and guaranteed the security of Saudi Arabia four years earlier. Freeh also weighed in with his own pal, the flamboyant Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  As Lawrence Wright reported in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower, John O’Neill, the chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Section, had angered Freeh (who valued his relationship with Bush, Prince Bandar, and his ability to gain access to Saudi Arabia without help from the Clinton White House) by telling him on a flight home from the Kingdom, “Boss, they’re blowing smoke up your ass.” The FBI did finally get access of sorts to the Khobar detainees held by the Saudis—but only by watching behind a two-way mirror as members of the Mabahith, the Saudi secret police, asked the questions. * * *PRECEDENTS* * *To understand how the Bureau developed its response to terrorist attacks you’d have to go back to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. Pan Am 103 was the first major terrorist attack against American civilians. A Hezbollah bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon three years earlier had killed 220 Marines and 21 civilians. But Pan Am 103 was a watershed: 190 passengers had been American citizens on their way home for the Christmas holidays; 43 were British, and at least 19 other nationalities were represented among the lost. Among those killed were 35 students from Syracuse University returning to the U.S. after a semester studying in London. The U.N. Commissioner for Namibia, the CEO for Volkswagen America, the CIA’s Beirut Deputy Station Chief and a group of other U.S. Intelligence specialists were on that flight, raising suspicion that it might have been specially targeted. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Bryn Colton/GettyLegislation was passed giving the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction over investigations wherever Americans were killed, and the Pan Am 103 investigation would be handled by the Justice Department’s Criminal Division—headed by one Robert S. Mueller—a recent Bush 41 appointee. Mueller had been overseeing the prosecution of Manuel Noriega and mob boss John Gotti, but Pan Am 103 had the greatest emotional impact on him. As recently as 2018, Mueller met once again with family members of that ill-fated flight, including the now-adult children of victims, telling them, “There are those who say that time heals all wounds. But you know that not to be true. At its best, time may dull the deepest wounds; it cannot make them disappear.”  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/GettyOn Nov. 19, 1991, Acting Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is attorney general today), announced the indictments of two Libyan intelligence operatives for placing the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103. A trial would not begin until 2000. In 2003, Libya would pay $2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the victims. The man found guilty, Abdelbasit Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, would ultimately die at home in Tripoli in 2017.But in 1988, never having dealt with a terrorist attack on the scale of Pan Am 103, the Bureau received very poor marks for its outreach to the grieving families. So when the Khobar Towers bombings occurred, Freeh would go out of his way to promise justice to the victims’ families—a justice that would, however, have to be finessed to suit Saudi sensibilities.In his 2005 memoir, My FBI, Freeh credits the ultimately successful indictments of the Khobar Tower suspects to his hand-picked choice as prosecutor, James B. Comey. (Yes, that James Comey.) “I will always be grateful for his leadership and pursuit of justice,” Freeh wrote of Comey, who was responsible for a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia returning a 46-count indictment against 14 defendants charged with the bombing of the Khobar Towers.But the Bureau barely had time to catch its breath. Just three weeks after the Khobar Towers attack, the genuine, overwhelming desire by the FBI to convince grieving families they would receive justice would be tested in unimaginable ways. On July 17, 1996, TWA 800 exploded over the Atlantic shortly after taking off from JFK airport, killing 240 people.END OF PART ONETOMORROW: CONSPIRACIES AND DISASTERSRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



              

    Jan 01, Yemen: New Year's Day

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    What may sound as a dramatic movie script happened in real as nine fishermen fled their employer from Yemen, taking a rather perilous journey. Undertaking a 10-day journey from Yemen to India through the sea, they put their lives at risk, to get out of the misery they were suffering at their employer’s hand. Some 100 nautical miles away from the Kochi sea coast, they were rescued by the Indian coastal Guards and brought to the Indian coast. The first thing the fishermen did upon reaching the Indian Coast was…

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    Los comandos especiales despedazan niños en Yemen, Irak y Afganistán

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    Hace 18 años que la Alianza del Norte tomó Kunduz y Kandahar, y proclamó su victoria sobre los talibanes. Los elfos y sus aliados norteños derrotaron a los pérfidos velados de Mordor, tras unos meses de combate. Después del ¡salvemos a las mujeres!, los inmorales negocian la paz con los fanáticos del Kalasnikov. Ya nada importa. Afganistán es el país … Continuar leyendo "Los comandos especiales despedazan niños en Yemen, Irak y Afganistán"
              

    OMV Sustainability Newsletter Out Now

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    Sustainable development in and around our operations is a key focus to OMV. In addition to our efforts in improving our sustainability performance and people’s wellbeing in our operations, we also invest in sustainable development solutions for society and neighboring communities. This newsletter summarizes our recent sustainability progress.

    OMV strengthened cooperation with VERBUND for renewable energy options in Austria

    OMV and VERBUND first joint project will be to build Austria's largest photovoltaic plant.

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    OMV with Snam and TAG started exploring potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria

    Gas is the most immediate solution for reducing pollution from fine dust and CO2 emissions from light and heavy transportation. The MoU with with Snam and TAG lays out the intention to jointly explore potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria.

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    OMV remained the only Austrian company listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

    For the second year in a row, OMV has entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and is still the sole Austrian company included.

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    All greenhouse gas reduction projects implemented in OMV's operations since 2009 have delivered a total reduction of 1.7 mn t CO2 equivalent. This equals removing 850,000 cars from Austrian streets. 

    OMV's recent achievements in social and community investments:

    EUR 4 mn committed to more energy efficient public buildings in Romania

    More energy efficient buildings can lower Europe’s CO2 emissions. In Romania, OMV Petrom endorsed “Romania Eficienta”, a national four year programme for raising awareness and financing deep renovation for efficiency of public buildings.

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    Raised public awareness on circular waste management in Romania and Norway

    In Romania, our community investments raised awareness among over 4200 people about recycling and valorization of domestic waste. In Norway, we collected ocean waste for local recycling together with the organization “Clean Shores”.

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    Funded 11 innovations for sustainable development in Romania

    OMV Petrom funded 11 innovations with EUR 0.5 mn in seed funding contributing to e.g. increasing access to education in remote communities and improving the recovery and integration of children with autism through virtual reality.

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    Raised capacity of local suppliers in Yemen

    In Yemen, we organized a supplier workshop to enhance our local content outreach. 27 local companies were introduced to OMV's tendering procedures, the importance of HSSE & CSR, current local contractors’ performance, and ways to improve. 

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    Launched an entrepreneurship challenge in Tunisia

    As part of Nawara Project community investments we launched a Program of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training – the “TAHADDI” Program. TAHADDI is Arabic for “challenge”. This programme aims to offer subcontractors’ demobilized workers’, as well as the unemployed community members of Tataouine, a path to alternative employment or self-employment. 100 beneficiaries will benefit from entrepreneurship training, seed money, and post-business creation coaching. Another 60 will be able to participate in certified trainings in domestic gas installation, or scaffolding (pictured).

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    Yemen civil war: 128 detainees sent home from Saudi Arabia

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    Houthis announce 350 dead and injured, including Saudi and Emirati soldiers

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    Yemen’s Houthi militia announced on Monday that more than 350 Yemeni government soldiers, along with Saudi, Emirati and Sudanese fighters, have been killed or wounded in attacks on the western city of Mocha on 6 November.
              

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    African Migrants Among 20 Civilians Killed In Attacks On Yemen Within A Week ' U.N

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    African migrants were among at least 20 civilians killed this week in two attacks on a market in northern Yemen where migrants are known to congregate as they make their way to wealthy Gulf states in search of a better life, the United Nations said. The U.N. statement, issued on Thursday, did not specify the []The post African Migrants Among 20 Civilians Killed In Attacks On Yemen Within A Week U.N appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
              

    Inteligencia yemení aborta complot saudí para crear disturbios en el país

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    Mientras el régimen saudí intenta acordar un cese el fuego con Ansarulá mientras prosigue sus bombardeos sobre el terreno, su bloqueo y sus crímenes de guerra, la Resistencia yemení ha mostrado una vez más sus capacidades. Además de sus misiles balísticos y sus misiles de crucero, Ansarulá y el Ejército yemení han revelado sus capacidades ...
              

    Giornata della Memoria

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    In occasione della Giornata della Memoria, il LAC presenta un concerto straordinario di cui la protagonista assoluta sarà Noa. La serata è organizzata in collaborazione con ASI Ticino – Associazione Svizzera Israele sostenuto dal Dipartimento delle Istituzioni Achinoam Nini, nota come Noa, dopo la trentennale carriera non ha quasi bisogno di presentazioni, considerata la sua notorietà su scala mondiale e i riconoscimenti ottenuti. Non possiamo tuttavia non ricordare la sua instancabile abilità nello sperimentare e attraversare gli stili della musica, mantenendoli sempre in armonia tra loro, che la portano a presentare a Lugano, in occasione del Giornata Internazionale della Memoria, il suo nuovo progetto musicale Letters to Bach. La sua origine Yemenita, gli anni di formazione negli Stati Uniti e il ritorno in Israele a 17 anni, il Paese che lei ama e dove prestò servizio militare per due anni, hanno contribuito alla maturazione di questa artista dalla...

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    Of course Facebook and Google want to ‘solve’ social problems. They’re hungry for our data | Nathalie Olah

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    Giving big tech companies power over the NHS or the climate crisis won’t build a fairer world. But public ownership would

    We hear it said all the time, most recently in a national campaign for BT: “Technology will save us.” The slogan was plastered on billboards across the country as part of BT’s new advertising campaign, linked to a “UK-wide digital skills movement” developed partly with Google. The sentiment is so ubiquitous that it even led to a dispute with a startup of a similar name. But in an era dominated by the “big four” (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) the idea that tech will save us rings hollow, an example of utopian messaging being used to conceal the simple pursuit of profit.

    Having proposed solutions to everything from food shortages to suicide prevention to climate breakdown, companies such as Google and Facebook – two of the leading western companies in the artificial intelligence arms race – claim there’s almost nothing that cannot be tackled through tech. But there are reasons to be sceptical. These companies’ business models depend on the development of ever more complex algorithms, sustained by enormous quantities of data. This data is used to improve the algorithms – but access to it is also sold to advertisers and third-party businesses.

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    128 Detainees Repatriated Back to Yemen From Saudi Arabia

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    Press Release – Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday facilitated the repatriation of 128 detainees from Saudi Arabia to Yemen following a request from the Coalition’s Joint Forces Command and in agreement with both parties. Before the operation, the ICRC confirmed the detainees’ identities and verified that they […]

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    New Book on Southern Yemeni Ports

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    UNITED STATES/YEMEN : Yemeni separatists keep up pressure in Washington

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    A new Canadian Foreign Minister, updates on Yemen, Israel-Palestine, Ukraine, Bolivia and more!

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    Democrats Want to End U.S. Support for the Yemen War — but They Might Continue Funding It Anyway

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    Progressives want to use the defense budget to stop support for Saudi Arabia’s war, but are enough Democrats willing to take a stand?

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    Labour Party leader vows to end weapons sales to Saudis if elected

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    Al-Thawra Net Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that he would stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen if he wins the election this month, according to Reuters. “Labour will stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and work to end the war there, and not
              

    PM condemns looting and destruction of Yemen’s cultural heritage by invaders

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    UNHCR: Nearly 5,000 Somali refugees in Yemen returned to Somalia since 2017

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    Al-Thawra Net The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday said that 4,940 Somali refugees have left Yemen and returned to Somalia since 2017. UNHCR indicated, in a press release, that 131 Somali refugees have been evacuated from Yemen to Somalia as part of the “voluntary return” program for Somali refugees wishing to
              

    Watch: Yemeni Defences Shoot down ‘Wing Loong’ Spy Drone over Hajjah

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    Al-Thawra Net The military media unit of the Yemeni army has on Sunday released video footage showing Yemen’s air defences downing a reconnaissance aircraft (Chines Wing Loong) belonging to Saudi-led coalition in Hajjah province. The video showed the wreckage of the aircraft that was downed over Hiran district. The scenes highlighted on the two long
              

    West Nile Virus appears in Taiz

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    Al-Thawra Net A new virus has emerged among some residents of Taiz province, as health services deteriorate in Yemen, an official at the Ministry of Public Health and Population said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told Anadolu Agency that the
              

    Abdul Salam meets with EU and Dutch ambassadors

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    Al-Thawra Net The Head of the national negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdul Salam, has on Saturday met with the EU and Netherlands ambassadors to Yemen in the Omani capital of Muscat. During the meeting, the officials discussed the latest political and humanitarian developments as well as the EU’s support to achieve peace in Yemen. The meeting
              

    Al-Houthi comments on downing of Chinese-built drone

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    Al-Thawra Net Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has commented on downing of a Chinese-made reconnaissance Wing Loong aircraft run by the Saudi-led aggression coalition in the Hiran district of Hajjah province. On Twitter, Mohammed al-Houthi expressed his concern over China’s denial of supplying the Saudi-led coalition with military aircraft. “Yemen’s air
              

    Report: Saudi Arabia admits loss of Apache attack helicopter and crew

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    Al-Thawra Net Saudi Arabia has admitted the deaths of two of its pilots in what it called the “crash of their Apache helicopter in Yemen.” This coincided with broadcasting of video footage scenes by the military media of the Yemeni army on Saturday, showing the moment when a surface-to-air missile hit the Apache helicopter in
              

    Group says 5 more years of war in Yemen will cost $29B aid

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    CAIRO (AP) — An international relief group says another five years of fighting in Yemen will cost as much as $29 billion just to sustain the current level of humanitarian aid — more than the entire ...
              

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    Nueva Representación Subregional de la OIE en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos

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    En el marco de la 15.a Conferencia de la Comisión Regional de la OIE para Oriente Medio, la OIE inauguró oficialmente su Representación Subregional en Abu Dhabi, para los seis países del Consejo de la Cooperación del Golfo (Arabia Saudita, Baréin, Catar, los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Kuwait y Omán) y Yemen. Esta nueva oficina reforzará la cooperación regional entre la OIE y sus Miembros, respondiendo así a sus principales preocupaciones, tales como el control de las enfermedades animales transfronterizas, zoonosis incluidas, y el bienestar animal en el contexto particular del comercio.


              

    Yemen güçleri, Suudi Arabistan’a ait helikopteri düşürdüklerini duyurdu

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    Yemen güçleri, Suudi Arabistan’a ait AH-64E Apache tipi helikopteri düşürdüklerini açıkladı. Husilerin askeri sözcüsü Yahya Seri, Twitter hesabından yaptığı paylaşımda, Suudi Arabistan’ın Yemen sınırında bulunan Asir bölgesinde Suudi Arabistan’a ait AH-64E Apache tipi helikopteri düşürdüklerini belirterek, hesabında olaya ait görüntüleri yayımladı.    Suudi Arabistan tarafından ise olaya ilişkin herhangi bir açıklama yapılmadı. 
              

    Yemen’li güçler işgalci Suudi rejiminin askeri helikopterini düşürdü

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    Yemen’de Asir kentinin yakınlarında Suudi Arabistan ordusuna ait Apache tipi bir helikopterin Yemen güçleri tarafından düşürüldüğü belirtildi. | Anadolu Haber Almasirah TV kanalına göre, Yemen’de Asir kentinin yakınlarında Suudi Arabistan ordusuna ait Apache tipi bir helikopter Yemen güçleri tarafından düşürüldü. Askeri helikpoterin düşürülmesi sonucu iki kişi öldü. Yemen Silahlı Kuvvetleri Sözcüsü Yahya Seri, konuya ilişkin […]
              

    Yemen Ensarullah Hareketinden işgalci Suudi rejimine AĞIR DARBE! 220 ölü, 160 yaralı

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    Yemen Ensarullah Hareketi, Suud İşbirlikçilerinin Meha Sahillerindeki Ana Karargahını 9 Adet Badr-F Tipi Balistik Füze Ve 25 İHA’yla Vurması Sonucu Aralarında Suud Ve BAE’ne Bağlı 25 Subay’ın da Bulunduğu 220 İşbirlikçinin Öldüğü 160 Suud İşbirlikçinin de Yaralandığı Bildirildi. Karargah İçinde Çok Sayıda Tank Ve Zırhlşı Aracında İmha Olduğu Bildirildi. 
              

    Sudan is still waiting for justice. The world can’t look away

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    Sudanese protesters gather outside the house of a man killed by security forces on June 3, during a demonstration against the ruling military council, in Khartoum, Sudan, June 30, 2019.

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    On a hot May afternoon in Khartoum, less than a month after the ouster of former Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, I met a 29-year-old college graduate at a tent that served as a base for Darfuri protesters near the army headquarters. The protesters had vowed to stay until the military leaders who took over when Bashir stepped down transferred power to civilian rulers.

    “I am worried that political compromises [by the military] would lead to a situation of, ‘Let’s move on,’” he told me. “Every single one of us here at the sit-in has a story with [the Bashir regime], and their stories must be heard. They have to see justice served.”

    Months later, the question of justice in Sudan remains.

    Tensions were already rising fast in May, with military leaders trying to break up the sit-in and deploying the feared Rapid Support Forces, who shot live ammunition at protesters. On June 3, they attacked the sit-in and dispersed all the protesters. On that bloody day and the ones that followed, more than 120 people were killedhundreds injured and many raped.

    The protesters continued to demonstrate for civilian rule, despite another violent crackdown on June 30. Finally, on Aug. 17, military and civilian leaders agreed on a transitional power-sharing government for three years, followed by elections. Though far from perfect, the agreement made it seem that the protesters’ demands had been heard.

    As one of his first acts as prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok met with families of the protesters who were killed. A month later, he established an investigation committee into the violence on June 3, which the power-sharing agreement mandated. He has since named the members, and in October the new attorney general said the committee would have prosecutorial powers.

    But the families of victims and rights groups have rightly raised concerns about the long delays in setting up the committee, its limited mandate, its independence and the members’ lack of expertise, especially regarding sexual violence cases. It remains to be seen whether this committee will get the expertise, legal powers and independence it needs to function in line with basic international standards.

    Sudan’s transitional government faces many challenges. The power-sharing agreement does not dismantle the power structures inherited from the old regime. The same military and national security institutions that were once Bashir’s tools of oppression still exist. And the agreement puts the military members in control for the first 21 months, including Rapid Support Forces leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, or “Hemedti.”

    These days, many refer to Hemedti as Sudan’s de facto ruler. He stands implicated in a long list of abuses. The forces under his command committed grave crimes in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, including burning and pillaging civilian property and raping women and girls in brutal counter-insurgency operations.

    He has successfully evaded accountability by putting himself and his troops at the center of complex local, regional and global dynamics. His forces fought in Yemen alongside Saudis and Emiratis, and Hemedti has curried favor among the gulf states. He also claims that his forces combat illegal migration, as part of the European Union’s migration management program. If that is true, E.U. funding is going to abusive forces.

    Hemedti denied authorizing the June 3 attack, blaming infiltrators. The military leaders at the time admitted “mistakes.” An investigation by the former attorney general, widely rejected by protesters, blamed a handful of “rogue” officers.

    But video evidence overwhelming shows forces in Rapid Support Forces uniforms attacking and abusing protesters, physically and verbally. The forces took their time killing, burning and beating protesters in front of the army headquarters, with no protection for the fleeing panicked protesters. Scores of protesters remain missing.

    The Troika countries — the United States, Britain and Norway, which helped with the power-sharing deal — along with the European Union and the African Union, all sent strong messages condemning the June 3 attack and stressed the importance of holding those responsible to account.

    Yet, almost five months on, the transitional government has made little concrete progress and the international community — especially donor governments — has gone quiet. They should urgently throw support behind justice and accountability, the cornerstone for the envisioned transition. To this end, they should adopt human rights benchmarks in their dealings with Sudan’s new rulers and find every opportunity to remind the government, especially its military component, of what is at stake.

    Meanwhile, victims’ families continue to demand justice. If the transitional government wants to keep its promises, it should revise the investigation committee’s mandate, ensure its independence, listen to the families’ concerns and seek international and regional expertise. To do otherwise will just confirm my young friend’s worst fears: that the country’s leaders will say “let’s move on” and leave old wounds to fester. That’s not an outcome Sudan and its international partners should allow.


              

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    Air Defenses of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees downed on Friday morning a hostile Apache helicopter, run by the Saudi aggression, across from Asir. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Air Defenses of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees downed on Friday morning a hostile Apache helicopter, run by the Saudi aggression, across from Asir. “Yemeni…

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    Overnight Defense: Senators challenge Trump on military pardons | State Department to investigate if US weapons ended up in wrong hands in Yemen | Dems release final impeachment transcripts

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    In December, the Council will receive its monthly briefing on Yemen from Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock may brief on the humanitarian situation, and General Abhijit Guha, the head of the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) and chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), is likely to brief in consultations.
              

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    Following arrest of Yemeni national, staying illegally in India, the Guntur Urban police have dig out a racket spread as far as Karnataka.
              

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    Unlike previous crises, millions of urban dwellers are threatened along with the rural population.

    Millions of people in Zimbabwe are on the brink of starvation as the southern African country struggles with relentless drought and the impact of cyclones, against a backdrop of years of economic decline.

    “Within weeks the country may run out of maize, the staple food,” said Verity Johnson of CAFOD. “At best there will be further massive hikes in food prices for an already desperate population, who have seen the price of maize meal [flour] increase five-fold since the beginning of the year. There are severe bread shortages across the country. Where it can be found, a loaf of bread in Zimbabwe now costs up to fifteen times more than it did a year ago. In the struggle to feed their children, parents are going without themselves.”

    People are also facing severe water shortages as dams and rivers dry up and urban supplies fail, exacerbated by lack of maintenance. Crippling power shortages are set to get worse, with the Kariba dam, the country’s main source of electricity generation, down to less than a fifth of capacity.

    CAFOD is starting to receive worrying reports from volunteer health workers; one told us that he has noticed a number of breastfeeding mothers not able to feed their babies because they [the mothers] are malnourished, and not producing milk.

    “People are already dying from poor nutrition and disease as health provision fails, but this could substantially increase”,  Ms Johnson added, warning of “a prevailing sense of despair”.

    The UN warns that 7.7 million people, over half of Zimbabwe’s population, are short of food. This is more than anywhere else in the world, apart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Yemen, all of which are conflict zones.

    Unlike previous crises, millions of urban dwellers are threatened along with the rural population. Zimbabwe’s Christian church leaders have cited “systemic corruption, shortages of fuel, prices going out of control and collapse of the health sector” as characterising “the current deteriorating economic crisis”.

    Neighbouring maize exporters such as South Africa and Zambia have suffered crop failures of their own, because of the impact of climate change in the region. According to the UN’s Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change, Southern Africa is warming at about twice the global rate and is set to become drier with frequent droughts and increased number of heatwaves. This is a disastrous situation for Zimbabwe, where most of the rural population depend on rain-fed farming to live.

    * CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. It works with communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to fight poverty and injustice. The agency works with people in need regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality https://cafod.org.uk/

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    On November 29, 2019, Yemen’s Houthi rebels shootdown of a Royal Saudi Army Boeing AH-64A Apache helicopter near the border with a surface-air missile, killing two pilots. The Houthis announced late on November 30 that their Air Defense Force had shot down an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) of the Saudi-led coalition over the northwestern …

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    Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed the shooting down of a Royal Saudi Army Boeing AH-64A Apache helicopter near the border with a surface-air missile, killing two pilots. “A Saudi Apache helicopter was shot down by a surface-to-air missile… and its two pilots were killed as it was completely burned,” the group’s military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, …

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    12/1/2019: Opinion: Belated block on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE is right thing to do

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    ● Just three months into SA’s transition from apartheid to constitutional democracy, Armscor was caught red-handed exporting AK-47s, G3 semiautomatic rifles and ammunition to Yemen. Then as now, Yemen was torn apart in a vicious civil war, and subject...
              

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    BY THOMAS C MOUNTAIN The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all…

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    Yemen-Press The heroes of the Yemeni army and popular committees on Sunday repulsed an infiltration carried out by the mercenaries of the US-Saudi aggression in Taiz governorate. It is worthy to mention that the heroes of the army and popular committees repulsed on last November 19, an attempt of the US-Saudi aggression’s mercenaries in Al-Gahyfah […]

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    Yemen-Press The United Arab Emirates on Saturday released an Indian businessman who disappeared in the city of Aden that is under the control of pro-Emirati forces, months ago but he was appeared in Abu Dhabi and was released there. The 59-year-old Indian businessman, Keralit Surish Kumar, arrived in the country after an official intervention from […]

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    Director of Criminal Investigation Agency appointed by the UAE-Saudi aggression assassinated in Aden

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    Yemen-Press Gunmen assassinated on Sunday the director of the criminal investigation service appointed by the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression in Al-Mansoura district in the southern governorate of Aden. According to media close to the aggression’s countries, unidentified gunmen opened fire on Major Salah Hajiri in front of his house. Major Hajjiri died on the way to hospital, […]

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    clashes between faction of Pro-UAE Security Belt, tribesmen erupt in Aden

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    Yemen-Press As Aden was devoid of celebrations marking the 52nd anniversary of independence, four gunmen were killed or wounded late on Friday night, in an exchange of fire between tribal gunmen and the security belt forces loyal to the UAE against the backdrop of a conflict over empty residential areas in the Brega Aden. Local […]

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    Aggression forces continue to target Hodeidah province

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    Yemen-Press The aggression forces continued to target the homes of citizens in new violations of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah during the past 24 hours. A security source pointed out that the forces of aggression bombarded with artillery and medium and heavy weapons several areas of Beit al-Faqih district, as well as it was combed […]

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    Sons of Hajjah present the “Greatest Prophet” convoy with more than 125 million riyals

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    Yemen-Press Sons of Abss city in Hajjah provinces launched, on Sunday, the convoy of the “Greatest Prophet” presented in support of the army and popular committees stationed on the fronts. During the operation of the convoy, which included in-kind materials and cash worth more than 125 million riyals in the presence of the province’s supervisor, […]

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    Yemen Faced With Outbreak Of Dengue Fever: Red Cross

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    Yemen-Press Yemen is grappling with a new outbreak of dengue fever, The International Committee of Red Cross Yemen (ICRC) warned on Monday, adding to its woes of war and cholera caused by devastating Saudi-led aggression. Robert Mardini, the ICRC´s UN observer, told journalists that the Arab world´s poorest nation faces “a very dire humanitarian situation.” […]

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    An official reception ceremony for the freed prisoners in Ibb province

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    Yemen-Press The governor of Ibb Abdul Wahid Salah said that the sacrifices of the heroes of the army and popular committees have resulted in great victories on various fronts against the forces of the Saudi-led aggression. The Governor Salah, in a reception ceremony for the freed prisoners of the province, today Sunday, renewed the pride […]

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    Plan to face dengue and malaria in Hodeidah

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    Yemen-Press A meeting held on Sunday under the chairman of Hodeidah Deputy Governor, Abdul-Jabbar Ahmed, discussed the plan of the Public Health and Population Office to face the dengue and malaria pandemic, which has spread during the past period in a number of directorates. At the meeting, which was attended by the head of the […]

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    Yemen Kültür Bakan Yardımcısı Zaid Jaber, Karabük Üniversitesini ziyaret etti. KBÜ’de eğitim alan Yemenli öğrenciler hakkında bilgi alan Bakan Yardımcısı, KBÜ ile eğitim alanında iş birliğini artırmak istediklerini söyledi. Yemen Kültür Bakan Yardımcısı Zaid Jaber beraberinde Yemen Millet Meclisi Üyesi Dr. Saleh Alsanabane, Türkiye Yemenliler Dayanışma Topluluğu Başkan Yardımcısı Dr. Ahmed Alokabe, Bursa Uludağ Üniversitesinden […]
              

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