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          Yemen's Houthis in Sweden for peace talks; U.N. warns of economic breakdown      Cache   Translate Page      
A Houthi delegation arrived in Sweden on Tuesday for U.N.-sponsored Yemen peace talks, the first since 2016, as Western nations press for an end to the war and the United Nations warned of a looming economic disaster.

          İnsanlık ölürken Yemen ve Türkiye      Cache   Translate Page      

          Measles Cases Rise Globally With Spikes In The Middle East, Europe And The Americas      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Measles used to be one of the leading killers of children worldwide. Through the 1950s in the U.S. alone, three to four million people got sick with measles each year. Thousands died. Well, that changed dramatically when a measles vaccine became widely available in 1963. But the number of cases is on the rise again, with the most significant increases in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports. JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: The World Health Organization says there were 6.7 million measles cases in 2017, a 30 percent increase from the year before. Measles deaths are also up significantly. In the Middle East, measles has spiked in war-torn Yemen. In Venezuela, it crept back as the economy and health care systems have collapsed. In Europe, Ukraine is getting hit the worst, but there have also been significant outbreaks in France, Italy, Serbia, and Greece. The WHO warns that anti-vaccination
          The Angle: The Radical Approach Edition      Cache   Translate Page      

Civil disobedience: Pat Maginnis may be the most important pro-choice activist you’ve never heard of. In the ’60s, she distributed information about abortion—and talked openly about her own—on the streets of San Francisco, flouting both California law and the more moderate efforts of other abortion reformers. Read Lili Loofbourow’s cover story on the “unlikely avatar of female rage.”

Let them in: About 500 Yemeni refugees have made their way into South Korea, and just this has been enough to catalyze wide-scale protest from the citizenry and exclusion by the government. Why would South Korea, a country that is itself historically familiar with the pain and adjustment of mass displacement, react so harshly? Stephen K. Hirst analyzes.

Change is coming: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has already made a name for himself as a determined criminal justice reformer, taking bolder steps than most prosecutors around the country. Maura Quint examines his latest move: reducing the overcharging of murder cases.

The Net: It only took multiple decades, but Hollywood has finally captured the internet’s mise-en-scène, according to Inkoo Kang. She looks through the lens of four 2018 films in order to understand how movies have “successfully dramatized and illuminated how the web has transformed our relationships to ourselves and each other.”

For fun: Stop fawning over that picture of Sully.

Get over it,
Nitish


          South Korea Shuts the Gates      Cache   Translate Page      

In late 2016, South Koreans took to the streets for months of massive protests against government corruption that became known as the “Candlelight Revolution.” At one point, crowds in Seoul were estimated at over 1 million. The overwhelmingly peaceful protests deposed President Park Geun-hye and landed her behind bars. The protesters achieved tangible results, garnering international praise for their organized, nonviolent political activism.

Now, hundreds of thousands of Koreans are back in the streets, and though they haven’t swelled to quite the same size as the anti-Park demonstrations, they are once again too large to ignore. These protests, which began in June, are against the presence of about 500 Yemeni refugees on the island of Jeju (the nation’s southernmost territory and a tourism hot spot billed as “Korea’s Hawaii”). On an island with 660,000 residents, and in a nation of over 50 million, it’s a negligible amount of people—especially considering that South Korea has the 11th-largest economy in the world. But 500 is considered far too many in a country that accepts fewer refugees than almost any comparable nation. (Only about 4 percent of applicants are accepted.)

More than 3 million Yemenis have been displaced by the brutal war between a U.S.-backed Saudi Arabia–led coalition and the Houthi rebels, and tens of millions more are at risk of cholera and malnutrition. The U.N. has dubbed it the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world. But many Koreans are convinced that the Yemenis are somehow “fake” refugees because they have cellphones and clean clothes.

For a country intimately familiar with wartime refugees resulting from its own bloody conflict, the hostile attitudes can be difficult for foreigners to grasp. Since 1953, up to 300,000 North Koreans have fled the country, and over 30,000 defectors currently live in South Korea.

The Yemenis began trickling in from nearby majority-Muslim country Malaysia (also featuring visa-free access, leading many Yemenis to seek refuge there initially) in December 2017, which is when budget carrier AirAsia began direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju. Previously, the resort island waived visa requirements for many foreign travelers to promote tourism (which has resulted in legions of Chinese travelers drawn by its famous beaches; this is yet another sore spot for locals). The government has since slammed that window shut, removing Yemen from the list of accepted countries for visa-free entry in June. The move elicited international criticism and appeared to be a concession to the protesters.

An anti-asylum online petition broke records last summer, drawing over 700,000 signatures and forcing President Moon Jae-in (himself a child of North Korean wartime refugees) to vow tighter screening and enhanced border control. The government has so far refused to grant the Yemenis official refugee status, instead giving them one-year residence permits and initially containing them to Jeju—where they have received a frigid reception for a subtropical volcanic island.

“I suppose I have a negative viewpoint because Muslims have had a lot of criminals and terrorists in other places” says Park Jong-hee, a 21-year-old college student. “I’m afraid of sexual violence against women.”

Song Jae-hyun, a 38-year-old entertainer, is somewhere in the middle. “Korea does need more policies to promote acceptance of different cultures. Yet there are also many foreign criminals in Jeju, and the people there are concerned about damage to their way of life.”

Widespread youth unemployment and economic disenfranchisement play a role in these sentiments, as does the monocultural country’s deeply ingrained xenophobia and racism. Like its neighbor Japan, South Korea is a country where the foreign population is below 5 percent. Some Jeju residents are so afraid of the asylum-seekers that they no longer allow their children to play outside. There is a widespread perception that the Yemeni refugees are potential job stealers, rapists, or terrorists—or simply that they won’t assimilate.

“The Yemeni refugees do not accept different cultures. My friends in Jeju have told me about this,” Park Jong-hee adds.

The debate over the refugees comes at the same time as a controversy involving K-pop’s biggest act, the boy band BTS. Last month they were featured on Time magazine’s cover, after previously being named one of the 25 most influential people on the internet. In September, the group was invited to speak at the U.N. General Assembly, following in the footsteps of entertainer-activists like Emma Watson. But the group has also come under fire for several incidents, including one where a member was photographed smiling and wearing a Nazi-era SS Death’s Head hat, and another where they posed for a crass photo shoot at a Holocaust memorial. More recently, another member wore a T-shirt depicting two atom-bomb mushroom clouds and a slogan appearing to celebrate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to more friction between the always-tense relations between Japan and Korea.

Lee Taek-Gwang Lee, a cultural critic and professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, told the Guardian these scandals are symptomatic of the nation’s struggle to reconcile nationalist sentiments with its growing global cultural presence: “BTS insist they are a global brand, but their identity is rooted in Korean nationalism, as it is with many young South Koreans,” he said.

Bigotry and xenophobia can’t shoulder all of the blame—economic conditions and insecurity about the future are also driving these protests. Youth unemployment nationwide is close to 10 percent, and that likely contributed to an all-time low of marriages in 2017. Like their American counterparts, young Koreans are putting off marriage until they feel more economically stable. A popular internet meme among young Koreans is “Hell Joseon,” (meaning “Hell Korea”) which can refer to economic inequality, youth unemployment, the notoriously brutal Korean work culture that is literally killing people, and a host of other social issues. Predictably, President Moon’s approval rating has been falling as the unemployment rate has risen.

Of course, the angriest voices are the loudest, but there’s certainly no shortage of Koreans with more sympathetic views. Lee Jin, a 36-year-old academic director at a private academy (or hagwon) views the refugees through a historical lens. “During and after the Korean War, we got a lot of international help from other countries. It’s important to do something in return, and help these refugees,” she says.

“Racism does contribute, but this young generation doesn’t have a clue about the past, and the favors our country was given—favors that we need to return to others. A lot of people simply don’t want to share even any little piece of the pie.”

Some Jeju residents have been welcoming, opening their homes to these asylum-seekers. Local civic groups, religious organizations, and expat teachers have teamed up to create the Jeju People’s Coalition for Refugee Rights, working to provide food, housing, and Korean language classes for the Yemenis.

Esmail al-Qublani, a 31-year-old Yemeni refugee currently still in Jeju, says that “overall, it was a great welcome. Because this is a tourist island, we actually haven’t encountered much xenophobia.” The hardest part for al-Qublani, a journalist in his home country, has been employment. “Finding work on Jeju island has been very difficult, but now there are more opportunities since a lot of us have traveled to the mainland.” So why are they being labeled “fake” by some Koreans?

“You’d have to ask them,” he says, his voice heavy with exhaustion. “We are only humans. We are refugees from a war. If they can get to know us, they will come to understand our reality by getting to know us one by one—if they want. We’re easy to make friends with.”

Lee Yu-lim, an unemployed 24-year-old woman, noted that “they came to Korea because their life was so hard. I feel empathy for them. And not all Islamic people are terrorists.” As far as the economic effects, Lee sees it as a positive: “They can start businesses, create more jobs, and help to grow the economy.” Indeed, a Yemeni restaurant opened in November: Wardah (Arabic for flower) already seems pretty popular with the locals.

But the hostility remains. Lee Hyang, the leader of an anti-refugee activist group in Jeju, told a Bloomberg reporter the refugees are “not only a threat to our people, but they’re also a threat to our future generation, because of our youth unemployment issue … they’re not even real refugees. If they were women or babies, I would believe them, but they’re able-bodied men. They’re fake, like fake news.”

The bottom line is that even after months, South Korea has refused to grant even a single Yemeni refugee status—although in October, 339 were granted the humanitarian visa. This means they can finally leave the island and travel within the mainland peninsula, but their ability to seek employment is curtailed, and they won’t receive rights that official refugee status would grant (among them health care, labor insurance, and the opportunity to bring their families into the country).

Though it’s one of the world’s richest countries, and one that was founded by a devastating war that sparked its own refugee crisis, many Koreans still aren’t ready to open their country’s door to others.

Benjamin Malcolm contributed reporting to this piece.


          Israele, la guerra dei tunnel apre la campagna elettorale di "Bibi"      Cache   Translate Page      

La "guerra dei tunnel" è solo l'inizio di una resa dei conti fra Israele e Hezbollah pianificata da tempo e che spiega le ragioni per le quali Benjamin Netanyahu aveva voluto, nonostante le critiche piovutegli addosso dalla destra più radicale, negoziare una tregua a Gaza con Hamas. Operazione in codice "Scudo del Nord": è quella che Tsahal, l'esercito dello Stato ebraico, ha avviato a partire dalla scorsa notte per distruggere tunnel di attacco degli Hezbollah che dal Libano si addentrano oltre il confine in territorio israeliano. Ad annunciarlo è stato il portavoce militare di Gerusalemme, tenente colonnello Jonathan Conricus "La costruzione di questi tunnel di attacco che Israele ha scoperto, prima che diventassero operativi e fossero una imminente minaccia per la sicurezza di civili israeliani - ha spiegato il portavoce militare aggiungendo che l'operazione è in corso da questa notte - costituisce una evidente e grave violazione della sovranità israeliana ed è un ulteriore prova del mancato rispetto da parte dell'organizzazione terroristica Hezbollah delle Risoluzione Onu, prima fra tutte la 1701".

Le attività degli Hezbollah, ha aggiunto il portavoce, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". Da quel poco che filtra si sa che il centro dell'operazione è la città di Metulla (al confine tra i due Paesi) e che alcune aree vicine al confine sono state chiuse. Secondo una fonte militare, inoltre,l'operazione potrebbe richiedere settimane prima di essere completata. Un video dell'esercito pubblicato oggi mostra alcuni militari israeliani impegnati in alcune località non meglio precisate e sostiene che si tratta di "preparazioni tattiche per mostrare il progetto dei tunnel di Hezbollah". Tunnel che per ora, fa sapere l'esercito, non sono ancora operativi ma che comunque pongono "una minaccia immediata" ai civili israeliani oltre a costituire una "violazione grave e palese della sovranità israeliana".Perciò, afferma, Israele ha "aumentato la sua presenza e la sua prontezza" nell'area ricordando al nemico sciita che è "pronto a qualunque scenario. La tensione è altissima. L'esercito libanese è stato posto, da questa mattina, in stato di "massima allerta", anche se le operazioni israeliane sono al momento limitate al lato israeliano del confine.

Quattro giorni fa il leader di Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah aveva minacciato di portare la guerra "in Galilea", cioè nel Nord di Israele, dopo un attacco missilistico alla base della milizia sciita in Siria, nella cittadina di Kiswah, a 20 chilometri da Damasco. Era il primo attacco di questo tipo da settembre. Netanyahu è convinto che Israele non possa condurre una guerra su due fronti – Sud-Hamas, Nord-Hezbollah - e ha deciso di concentrarsi in una offensiva diplomatica e militare contro Hezbollah e l'Iran. Ieri è volato a Bruxelles per incontrare il segretario di Stato americano Mike Pompeo e controparti europee. Ha avvertito del rischio di una guerra in Libano se "non saranno trovate soluzioni". All'escalation militare si aggiunge quella delle dichiarazioni. Stiamo prendendo azioni determinate e responsabili simultaneamente in tutti i settori e continueremo con altre operazioni, aperte e coperte, in modo da assicurare la sicurezza di Israele", dichiara Netanyahu, "Chiunque attacchi Israele - ha aggiunto - pagherà un prezzo pesante". Il premier israeliano ha detto di aver informato il segretario di Stato Usa sull'operazione in corso. E da Washington è arrivato il pieno sostegno all'alleato israeliano. "Gli Stati Uniti sostengono con forza l'iniziativa d'Israele per difendere la sua sovranità e chiediamo ad Hezbollah di porre fine alla costruzione di tunnel verso Israele e a qualsiasi azione che inneschi una spirale di violenza", dichiara John Bolton, consigliere per la Sicurezza nazionale di Donald Trump. Secondo un recente rapporto dell'intelligence militare di Gerusalemme, attualmente Hezbollah disporrebbe di oltre 100mila missili, rispetto ai circa 12mila che aveva prima della guerra dell'estate 2006.

Ma c'è dell'altro. E a metterlo in luce con HuffPost è Anthony Samrani, uno dei più autorevoli analisti militari libanesi: "Oltre ad un incremento significativo, in quantità e in qualità, del suo arsenale militare, i miliziani sciiti hanno acquisito nuove tecniche di guerriglia urbano combattendo in Siria, a fianco dei pasdaran iraniani, dei russi e dell'esercito di Assad. In cinque anni, Hezbollah è divenuto un attore regionale capace di dispiegare rapidamente le proprie forze dal Libano all'Iraq e ora anche in Yemen". Secondo il sito French Intelligence, gli Hezbollah starebbero costruendo almeno due installazioni in Libano, dove produrre missili ed armamenti. Sebbene questa notizia circolasse da tempo sui siti arabi, il magazine francese ha fornito maggiori dettagli su queste due strutture, indicandone la posizione e la tipologia di armamenti prodotti. Una prima struttura si troverebbe nei pressi di Hermel, nella Beqaa, mentre la seconda sarebbe posizionata tra Sidone e Tiro. Nella prima installazione verrebbero prodotti razzi Fateh 110 capaci di colpire quasi tutto il territorio israeliano, con una gittata di 300 km e un discreto livello di precisione. Nel complesso situato sulla costa mediterranea invece verrebbero fabbricate munizioni di piccolo calibro. La valenza di "Scudo del Nord" va oltre gli obiettivi ufficialmente dichiarati da Israele. Perché dietro la "guerra dei tunnel" vi è una strategia politico-militare da parte israeliana che ha nel mirino non solo Hezbollah quanto il "Grande Nemico di Gerusalemme": l'Iran. Sul piano militare, dicono ad HuffPost fonti della difesa israeliane a Tel Aviv, l'operazione in corso sposta, o comunque estende, il fronte anti-Iran dalla Siria al Libano.

Fino a ieri, le operazioni militari condotte dall'Idf (le Forze di difesa israeliane) contro Hezbollah avevano come teatro d'azione quello siriano. Con "Scudo del Nord" le cose cambiano: Israele ha posto delle "linee rosse" che coinvolgono anche il governo e l'esercito libanesi. "Scudo del Nord" è parte di una strategia che Israele condivide con l'Arabia Saudita e l'amministrazione Usa: contenere l'espansionismo sciita-iraniano che si dispiega sulla direttrice Baghdad-Damasco-Beirut. La prova di forza voluta da Netanyahu ha anche spiegazioni di politica interna. Per la tregua a Gaza, "Bibi" era stato accusato di "cedimento ai terroristi" dal super falco e alleato di governo, Avigdor Lieberman, che in polemica con la "mollezza" del premier si era dimesso da ministro della Difesa, incarico che Netanyahu ha avocato a sé, nonostante le dichiarate ambizioni del leader di "Focolare ebraico", e attuale ministro dell'Educazione, Naftali Bennet. "Mr Sicurezza", al secolo Benjamin Netanyahu sa di essere di fatto in campagna elettorale e intende giocarsi le sue carte esercitando il pugno di ferro a Nord. Una scelta rischiosa, ma calcolata. Una scelta che può investire direttamente l'Italia. La ragione è nella presenza di caschi blu italiani nella missione Unifil 2, dislocata proprio al confine tra il Libano e Israele.

L'Unifil ha annunciato oggi di avere aumentato i suoi pattugliamenti alla frontiera con Israele in coordinamento con l'esercito libanese. Non è ancora allarme rosso, ma le affermazioni del portavoce militare israeliano destano preoccupazione anche al quartier generale dell'Unifil, in particolare la sottolineatura, da parte israeliana, che le attività degli Hezbollah, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". D'altro canto, quella di Unifil, è una missione contestata da tempo e a più riprese da Israele e dall'amministrazione Trump. Uno degli attacchi più duri era stato sferrato dall''allora ambasciatrice all'Onu, Nikki Haley, che aveva accusato la missione di lasciar transitare le armi che Hezbollah invia al regime siriano. La forza di pace di 10.500 uomini, di cui 1.125 italiani, "non sta svolgendo il suo lavoro in modo efficace", aveva sostenuto Haley. Washington ha chiesto che i caschi blu, oltre a monitorare il rispetto del cessate il fuoco lungo il confine con Israele, contrastino il traffico di armi che dall'Iran, attraverso la Siria, giungono alle milizie sciite di Hezbollah, come denunciato più volte dal governo israeliano. Un'idea già bocciata dalla Francia per la quale si rischierebbe di mettere a rischio l'esistenza stessa della forza Onu e la sua legittimazione, nonché la sicurezza dei caschi blu schierati nel cuore del territorio controllato da Hezbollah nel sud del Paese dei Cedri, che non dispongono di mezzi e armamenti adatti al combattimento ma solo a perlustrare il territorio e la Linea blu che segna il confine con Israele. Se i venti di guerra tornassero a spirare in Libano, e "Scudo del Nord" ne è una concreta avvisaglia, a rischiare sarebbero anche i nostri 1.125 caschi blu.


          Il Qatar esce dall'Opec: lo strappo di Doha è l'ultima sfida a Riad      Cache   Translate Page      

Lo strappo di Doha è di quelli destinati a lasciare il segno su più versanti: su quello della partita petrolifera, ma anche sul piano più strettamente geopolitico e nello scontro intersunnita. Dal primo gennaio 2019 il Qatar uscirà dall'Opec. La decisione di ritirarsi dall'organizzazione dei Paesi esportatori di petrolio è stata annunciata dal ministro dell'Energia Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi: "Il Qatar ha deciso di ritirare la sua membership dall'Opec a partire dal gennaio 2019", dichiara al-Kaabi in conferenza stampa a Doha, aggiungendo che all'Opec è già stata comunicata la decisione. Intanto in avvio di giornata si registra un rimbalzo sostenuto per i prezzi del greggio. Sui mercati asiatici i future sul Light crude Wti (West Texas Intermediate) crescono a 53,5 dollari, quelli sul Brent a 62,16 dollari. A trainare il rimbalzo, dopo i recenti crolli, la notizia che Russia e Arabia Saudita sono d'accordo nell'estendere fino al 2019 il loro accordo per gestire il mercato petrolifero.

Ufficialmente il Qatar ha spiegato di volersi concentrare sul gas naturale liquefatto, di cui è il maggior fornitore con quasi il 30% della produzione mondiale. Ma le motivazioni "tecniche" lasciano il tempo che trovano, perché ben altre, e più corpose, sono le motivazioni che hanno spinto il Qatar a questa decisione. A rimarcarlo è l'autorevole Financial Times, secondo cui la decisione segue un peggioramento dei rapporti di Doha con i suoi vicini.

La "Guerra delle petromonarchie" ha una data di inizio, 5 giugno 2017: Arabia Saudita, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Bahrein ed Egitto annunciano la rottura delle relazioni diplomatiche con Doha, ritirando i propri ambasciatori e imponendo l'espulsione dei cittadini del Qatar. E questo dopo che il Qatar aveva respinto la lista di 13 condizioni imposta dal "fronte dei Quattro" per l'abolizione delle sanzioni contro Doha definendola "irrealistica". Tra le richieste avanzate dal fronte guidato da Riad figuravano quella di chiudere la tv Al Jazeera, interrompere i rapporti con l'Iran e con la Fratellanza musulmana, rinunciare ad una base militare turca. Una lista che andava ben oltre le accuse iniziali di sostenere il terrorismo e che impone di fatto all'emirato una limitazione della sua sovranità. La mossa ha visto anche la chiusura dello spazio aereo, che per i Paesi del Golfo ha implicato l'interdizione delle acque territoriali. Riad ha inoltre chiuso il proprio confine terrestre con il Qatar impedendo di fatto qualsiasi transito di merci. Alle misure hanno aderito tra gli altri anche Eritrea, Mauritania, Maldive, Senegal, il governo yemenita del presidente Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi e l'esecutivo libico non riconosciuto di Al Baida. Giordania, Gibuti, Ciad, Niger hanno declassato invece le proprie rappresentanze diplomatiche. E lo scontro si veste anche di guerra di religione con l'Arabia Saudita che vieta ai qatarini di entrare nella più sacra delle moschee, quella della Kaaba alla Mecca. L'accusa mossa al Qatar, in sintonia con la dottrina-Trump, è di supportare al-Qaeda, i Fratelli musulmani e, più recentemente, anche gruppi filo-iraniani. Questa strumentalizzazione del termine non è certamente nuova. È sufficiente ricordare l'esempio eclatante di quando Saddam Hussein fu accusato di finanziare il terrorismo internazionale per giustificare e legittimare l'intervento in Iraq.

Al fianco del Qatar si schiera il "Sultano di Ankara": nella notte dell'8 giugno, il presidente Recep Tayyp Erdogan ha controfirmato la legge che gli permette di inviare soldati turchi e addestratori nell'emirato, un primo contingente di 5 mila uomini che potrebbe salire a 15 mila. Il sostegno di Ankara a Doha si spiega soprattutto esaminando il versante economico: secondo le cifre pubblicate dai media gli investimenti qatarini in Turchia ammontano a 1,5 miliardi di dollari. Compagnie turche hanno ottenuto contratti per più di 13 miliardi di dollari per i progetti in vista della Coppa del Mondo di calcio prevista nel 2022. La Turchia, inoltre, ha già aperto una base militare in Qatar e presto verrà stabilito anche un comando divisionale congiunto a Doha. Tra le 13 richieste-ultimatum c'è anche la chiusura della base turca. Anche questa richiesta suona come inaccettabile. Non solo per Doha ma soprattutto per Ankara. Aperta l'anno scorso dopo l'accordo del 2014 fra l'emiro Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani e il presidente turco Erdogan, la base militare turca dista 30 chilometri da Doha. Prima della crisi accoglieva 300 soldati i turchi. Ma il ponte aereo in corso dovrebbe portare in tempi molto brevi il loro numero fino a 5mila militari, con l'appoggio anche di aerei e navi da guerra. Soprattutto, ai Sauditi non sono mai piaciute le "relazioni normali" che il Qatar tradizionalmente intrattiene con l'Iran: relazioni basate su solidi interessi economici comuni, a cominciare dallo sfruttamento congiunto del giacimento gasifero di South Pars/North Dome, il più grande del mondo". Il Golfo – rimarca Eleonora Ardemagni, in un documentato report per l'ISPI - complice la rivalità storica tra sauditi e iraniani e quella intra-sunnita tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, è stato ed è il primo artefice, il demiurgo -seppure per vie indirette- dell'attuale disordine mediorientale: attraverso i suoi proxies, esso ha partecipato allo scardinamento dell'ordine regionale. Un processo aggravato dalle linee rosse disattese (Stati Uniti in Siria) oppure dagli ambigui interventi militari (Russia in Siria) delle potenze internazionali. Perché molto di ciò che accade oggi in Siria, Iraq, Yemen, Libia, Egitto, dipende primariamente dalle scelte politiche di Arabia Saudita, Iran, Qatar ed Emirati Arabi Uniti....". Geopolitica, affari, e non solo. Quel che è già evidente, - riflette Rami Khouri, tra i più autorevoli giornalisti libanesi - è la determinazione di alcuni Paesi arabi, guidati dall'Arabia Saudita, a ricorrere alla guerra economica e militare, a tattiche di deprivazione alimentare e ad altri mezzi pur di mantenere il mondo arabo nella sua fatiscente condizione attuale. È questa la reale minaccia che pende sui cittadini e le società del mondo arabo. Anche se lo spazio politico per esprimere simili opinioni, nella regione e altrove, si fa sempre più esiguo". E quello spazio rischia di chiudersi completamente se alle macerie siriane si aggiungessero quelle provocate da una nuova Guerra del Golfo.

Di certo, il Qatar vede ormai il suo futuro al di fuori dell'Opec, dominato dall'Arabia Saudita, il maggior produttore dell'organizzazione con oltre 11 milioni di barili al giorno. Le "crisi passano", ma vi sono cicatrici che "durano nel tempo" come la controversia economica e diplomatica che, da oltre un anno, vede opposte Doha e Arabia Saudita È quanto aveva sottolineato l'emiro del Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani nell'annuale discorso alla nazione, lo scorso 6 novembre, rivolgendosi anche alle nazioni alleate di Riyadh nell'area e chiedendo loro di rispettare la sovranità del proprio Paese e "non interferire" negli affari interni. "La storia ci insegna – aveva sostenuto nel suo discorso al-Thani - che le crisi passano, ma una loro cattiva gestione si lascia alle spalle effetti che poi durano nel tempo". "È davvero deplorevole - ha proseguito l'emiro del Qatar - che il perpetrarsi della crisi mostri in tutta la sua portata il fallimento del Consiglio di cooperazione dei Paesi del Golfo (Gcc) nel raggiungere i propri obiettivi e nel soddisfare le aspirazioni del nostro popolo". Egli ha quindi voluto rassicurare i cittadini, sostenendo che la nazione non ha subito effetti negativi dal boicottaggio e continuerà a mantenere il primato mondiale nell'esportazione di idrocarburi. "Il blocco - ha detto - non ha provocato alcuna ripercussione sulla vendita del nostro petrolio e del gas naturale". Lo Stato, ha concluso l'emiro, "è entusiasta di adempiere a tutti i suoi obblighi derivanti dai contratti in essere" e ne ha firmati altri "a lungo termine, l'ultimo dei quali con Petro China", gigante cinese dell'energia.

Le mosse di Doha sono monitorate con particolare attenzione dall'Italia. E la ragione è molto prosaica, e si lega fortemente alla "diplomazia degli affari" che va oltre il pur fondamentale settore energetico. Al Qatar, infatti, piace tanto lo "shopping" italiano. Tra i colpi messi a segno c'è quello in Sardegna dove la Qatar Airways si è presa il 49% di Meridiana. Nel 2011 gli Al-Thani, la dinastia che regna il Paese, hanno acquisito l'Hotel Gallia a Milano, nel 2012 il fondo sovrano ha praticamente rilevato la Costa Smeralda. Nello stesso anno, attraverso la "Mayhoola for investment", i reali del Qatar hanno comprato la maison Valentino per 700 milioni di euro. E più di recente la stessa QIA, che ha comprato Porta Nuova, è entrata con un investimento di 165 milioni nel capitale di Inalca, la società del gruppo Cremonini, insieme al Fondo Strategico italiano. In Italia hanno comprato alcuni dei più prestigiosi alberghi di Firenze: acquisiti il Four Season, all'interno del Palazzo della Gherardesca, che fa tuttora parte della Compagnia italiana alberghi. A Milano, il Qatar Investment Authority si è concentrato sulle sedi delle banche come il palazzo di via Santa Margherita che ospita gli uffici di Credit Suisse. Oltre ad aver partecipato a un fondo costruito ad hoc per valorizzare un portafoglio di filiali di Deutsche Bank. Alberghi, maison di moda, compagne aeree, palazzi. E non solo. Lo shopping dello Sceicco Al-Thani. investe anche un settore alquanto delicato: quello degli armamenti. In poco più di un anno l'Italia ha venduto a Doha sette navi da guerra Fincantieri per 4 miliardi di euro, 28 elicotteri NH 90 (ex Agusta Westland) per 3 miliardi di euro, inoltre è stata siglata un'intesa da oltre 6 miliardi di euro per 24 caccia Typhoon del consorzio Eurofighter, di cui Leonardo-Finmeccanica ha una quota del 36%. E anche i nostri produttori agricoli hanno registrato un aumento dell'export, con un volume di esportazioni quadruplicato negli ultimi 10 anni e certificato dall'ultimo accordo siglato da Coldiretti con l'emirato per la distribuzione dei prodotti italiani.

"I rapporti tra Italia e Qatar – ha recentemente detto all'Adnkronos l'ambasciatore a Doha, Pasquale Salzano - sono veramente ottimi, nell'ultimo anno abbiamo aumentato di circa l'11% il nostro interscambio. Nell'emirato c'è una grande richiesta di Italia, presente in modo massiccio già con i grandi gruppi, come Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher, Leonardo, che riguarda le piccole e medie imprese, l'artigianato, i prodotti di lusso e dell'agroalimentare, senz'altro una novità per le dimensioni nelle quali ci viene richiesto".

Nella disputa tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, Roma tifa per Doha. E per il suo shopping miliardario.


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The UN appealed Tuesday for $4 billion to cover humanitarian needs in Yemen in 2019 – its largest country appeal ever – and announced its first appeal related to Venezuela, calling for $738 million to help those who have fled the country’s economic meltdown and health crisis.

 

The UN appeal to help some 2.2 million Venezuelans living in neighbouring South American countries was one of 31 humanitarian response plans released for 2019 by the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, in an overall $21.9 billion donor funding request.

 

The total price tag is swollen by Yemen, where the UN’s call to help 15 million people is the largest country appeal in the UN’s history. The equivalent appeal for aid within Syria was $3.64 billion in 2018, while costs for Syrian refugees across multiple countries was an additional $5.6 billion.

 

Intensifying conflict and displacement, hunger, irregular imports, and a macro-economic crunch have driven 24 million people – nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s population – into need, and half of those may require food assistance in the months ahead, according to the UN.

 

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said “the extreme edge could get taken off the suffering” in Yemen if peace talks and the military outlook improve, but the UN planning is looking at “what the situation will actually be, rather than wishful thinking”.

 

Vittorio Infante, humanitarian advocacy advisor for the NGO Islamic Relief, said that given the scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, especially in the province of Hodeidah where recent fighting has made conditions worse, the UN’s record ask was merited.

 

“$4 billion is a lot of money, but this pales in comparison to the dire need in Yemen, where [the majority] of the population are relying on humanitarian aid to survive,” Infante told IRIN.

 

“Our staff in Hodeidah are helping people with literally nothing left because they have sold all their belongings just to make sure that their families are fed. However, as long as this conflict continues, this amount will merely be a plaster on a fragile humanitarian situation.”

 

The Venezuelan appeal, meanwhile, is set to help Colombia and other host countries, but it does not cover needs inside Venezuela, where the government resists any labelling of events as a humanitarian crisis.

 

A UN-managed emergency fund released $9.2 million to UN agencies to step up humanitarian-related responses within Venezuela in November.

 

“People describe what’s going on in different ways,” Lowcock told IRIN, referring to Venezuela’s reluctance to term it a humanitarian crisis, adding that inside the country the UN is only “trying to scale up our support” and expand its “normal activity”.

 

Mixed picture

In Geneva to launch the package, dubbed the Global Humanitarian Overview, Lowcock said the UN and its NGO and governmental partners had drawn up plans to help 93.6 million people in 2019 – about one in 70 of the world population. The number of people in need and the value of total appeals would be about the same as in 2018, reaching a price tag of around $25 billion once Syria’s plan was completed, he said.

 

Syria’s response plan is as yet uncosted. Lowcock said finishing it was delayed until February while the UN attempts to gather fresh data on needs inside the country. The update will require Syrian government flexibility on in-country surveys and access to boost the credibility and data behind funding requests – a measure demanded by donors on which Lowcock has been seeking Damascus’ cooperation.

 

According to OCHA, a number of situations around the world have eased this year, including in Burundi, Iraq, and Somalia. Others have improved and no longer require emergency plans: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal.

 

But some situations have worsened. in Cameroon, the number of people in need has jumped 77 percent thanks to a brewing civil war, while Afghanistan’s appeal, due in part to conflict and drought, is 41 percent higher.

 

A third category contains countries where the situation remains serious but relatively unchanged: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Sudan.

 

 

UN-coordinated humanitarian response plans are a compendium of projects from UN agencies and NGOs on the assistance they will provide, such as supplying food, running clinics, providing clean water, and setting up shelter.

 

Even though they are presented as meeting only the highest priority needs, the plans are, on average, only 56 percent funded in 2018. Some emergencies struggle to capture donor interest (Haiti got only 11.2 percent of the requested funding), while others, like Afghanistan and Iraq, which command greater international attention, tend to do better.

 

Separately on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced its 2019 emergency appeal, for 2.1 billion Swiss Francs, for which Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq are the largest country operations.

(TOP PHOTO: Displaced families from Hodeidah receive UNHCR assistance in Bajil district, Hodeidah province, Yemen. CREDIT: Haitham al-Akhali/UNHCR)

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Houthi Ansarullah Delegation Departs Yemen for Peace Talks in Sweden
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Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, prepare to board a Kuwaiti plane and head for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, in Sana’a, Yemen, on December 4, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, have flown from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a to Sweden to attend UN-sponsored peace negotiations with representatives from the administration of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthis left aboard a Kuwaiti airliner on Tuesday, one day after 50 wounded fellow fighters were allowed to fly to neighboring Oman for treatment in a major boost to peace efforts.

An unnamed senior United Nations official said Griffiths offered to accompany the Ansarullah delegates after they voiced fears that the Saudi-led military coalition, which has imposed an aerial blockade on Yemen and is conducting a devastating aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country, might intercept the flight.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the Ansarullah movement, wrote on his official Twitter page that the Houthis “will spare no effort to make a success of the talks to restore peace and end the aggression.”

Ansarullah officials said that preliminary consultations with Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists could begin as early as Wednesday.

Although no date has been announced for the start of the talks, there are reports they could begin on Thursday.

Britain has presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen, and called on parties involved in Yemen’s crisis to restart peace negotiations.

“The conflict in Yemen can only be resolved though an inclusive political process,” the draft resolution said.

The draft sets a two-week deadline for warring Yemeni parties to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid, halt attacks on civilian areas and allow unhindered access to the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

Also on Tuesday, tens of Saudi-backed militiamen after Yemeni army troopers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, thwarted their offensive on al-Qatab area in the Nihm district of Yemen’s province of Sana’a.

Moreover, a young girl lost her life after Saudi military forces and their mercenaries targeted residential buildings in the al-Durayhimi district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah with a barrage of artillery rounds and mortar shells.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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After waging war in a manner that made deaths from hunger and disease inevitable, the Saudi prince should be tried for starvation crimes

There is a manmade famine in Yemen, even if it has not been officially acknowledged. The man who made it is Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and there is strong prima facie evidence that he should be charged with causing starvation in an international court.

Along with the comparably culpable Mohamed bin Zayed, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Bin Salman launched a war against Houthi rebels in Yemen in 2015, and pursued it primarily through actions intended to reduce people to desperation in areas under Houthi control, compelling them to submit.

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Post: Protection Officer

DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: Amran/ Yemen

JOB FAMILY: Protection Program   

SALARY:

LEVEL: D2

Duration: 11 months

 

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering

Oxfam’ Country Overall Protection Strategy Objective:

The protection of the conflict affected population, with a special focus on the most vulnerable people and groups including ’marginalised communities, persons with specific needs, elderly people, women and children’ is enhanced and their access to the services is facilitated, their capacity and awareness on protection issues increased, enabling them to better protect themselves and their communities.

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DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: Amran/ Yemen

JOB FAMILY: Protection Program   

SALARY:

LEVEL: D2

Duration: 11 months

 

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A bunch of stories got the whole world talking this year - and for very good reasons. Sadly though, many stories were difficult to hear, and some even upsetting to watch... thankfully we saw good people helping to change those stories for the better.

In the tricky world of politics in 2018, a lot of eyes were on America. Thousands of teenagers demanded to be heard on the issue of gun violence.

US President Donald Trump entered his second year in office and he went for a stroll with North Korea's leader, and North Korea's leader walked over to meet South Korea's leader. All aiming to turn old enemies into new friends.

In many places in the world, disaster struck. There were deadly earthquakes and tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions. Countries battled some of the worst forest fires they'd ever seen, and others are still struggling with drought.

But it wasn't just natural disasters that had the world worried. The war in Syria continued and people kept fleeing the country causing the biggest refugee crisis in decades. In another Middle Eastern country, Yemen, a different war escalated. Leaving around 11 million kids facing famine. In Central America, thousands of people left their homes to walk towards the US and Mexico border in search of a new life. But wherever there was disaster or war or poverty, there were always people working to make things better as well.

There was the incredible rescue of a boys' soccer team who were stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand. Many nations also came together to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War and to celebrate the biggest sporting event in the world. But some stories stretched beyond our world. We sent a probe on a mission to get closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it, and another touched down on Mars to uncover more of the red planet's secrets.

Back on Earth, we said goodbye to a genius who spent his life studying the universe. A singer whose voice helped change lives through music and activism and a man who created superheroes. A super blue blood moon made us look up to the sky, a search engine's 20th birthday that made us look down at our screens, and a whole lot of other wild, weird, wonderful things made us take a closer look at the world around us.


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Bouteflika postponed a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February 2017 and was last seen on Algerian television on November 1 laying a wreath at the country’s independence war memorial.


Prince Mohammed, who has been making his first foreign tour since the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, held talks instead with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, Algeria’s presidency said.

The visit would focus on “partnerships and investment projects”, the Algerian presidency said before the prince arrived in Algiers late Sunday on a flight from Mauritania.

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Jason Sattler 

 November 29, 2018

One of the defense world’s newest and most promising innovations is the High Energy Laser Weapon System. It is the most advanced and capable concept for a tactical, ground-based defensive laser system, capable of being mounted on a variety of air, land, or sea-based platforms. Of course, lasers themselves are not a new technology. Lasers have been studied and tested for military use for decades. Recently, companies such as Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon have taken this existing technology, scaled it down, and adapted it for a variety of platforms with a new purpose: to shoot down weaponized drones and small munitions. This new mission set for the tactical laser offers the military a drone-killing weapon system that could keep the U.S. ahead of the power curve on the modern battlefield, especially in the fight against non-state actors and armies increasingly using drones for combat operations. Such new weaponry would ensure U.S. and coalition troops engaged in irregular warfare can maintain tactical air supremacy. America’s adversaries are developing new techniques like swarming and obtaining cheaper technology like commercially available drones to overcome, or at least deny, the preponderant American overmatch in the burgeoning field of unmanned vehicles in all domains.

GENESIS

The first exploration into the different possibilities for weaponized lasers began in the 1990s, which culminated in a major study published by the Defense Science Board Task Force in 2001. The Task Force explored the range of possibilities and limitations related to mounting lasers on land, air, and naval platforms, and examined the budgeting timeline and technological advances necessary to build an effective operational system. In short, they recognized laser capabilities were possible and could be developed in the future, but the technological limitations of 2001––weight, energy efficiency, and laser potency, for example––did not permit the creation of effective prototypes. Nevertheless, the Task Force correctly identified the technological advances necessary to create effective platforms that could both provide both offensive and defensive capabilities.[1]

ISIS Drones (Abu Medinah/YouTube)

Since 2001, laser technology has become lighter, more potent, and more energy efficient. Recently, the development of ground-based laser defense technology has been scaled down and adapted for tactical use as a result of changing trends in contemporary warfare. This sudden interest “has been sparked in part by the proliferation of cheap, easy-to-obtain drones.”[2] Contemporary armed groups such as the Islamic State and the Houthi rebels in Yemen have employed small and inexpensive commercial-off-the-shelf drones to conduct reconnaissance missions and attack U.S. and allied forces in their respective areas of operation. To combat this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a “low-cost solution for a low-cost problem.”[3] DARPA recognizes the military needs a cost-effective way to defend against lowball attacks, one that is not using a $3 million Patriot missile to take down a $200 consumer drone, which will likely increase in both quality and lethality as drone technology further develops and becomes cheaper.[4] Such a low-cost adaptation is necessary as more state and non-state actors gain access to and employ unmanned technology.[5] At present, conducting Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems operations (C-UAS) by jury-rigging multi-million dollar defense systems such as Israel’s Iron Dome is unsustainable in the long run and diverts these systems from their original purpose. If we accept that hostile drone threats will persist, the U.S. military requires systems similar to Lockheed Martin’s prototype: The High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck. It is equipped with a 50-kilowatt high-energy solid-state fiber laser and has a cost per kill of about $30.[6]

LIMITATIONS

What makes the High Energy Laser so cheap to operate? The technology has become more compact and more cost effective to produce than the early concepts of 2001. Below is the initial concept for a vehicle-borne high energy laser system as it existed in 2001.[7]

ZEUS-HLONS (USASMDC/Wikimedia)

Unfortunately, the vehicle was enormous, bulky, and overweight; this is hardly the type of agile weapon system needed on a contemporary era battlefield. The laser unit itself created an incredible amount of heat, and the vehicle’s cooling system could only keep the laser running for about 10 engagements before requiring a 30-minute cooldown period.[8] Heat signatures are a major problem on the 21st century battlefield, as most foreign militaries, to include some insurgents, have infrared sensing technologies able to detect even a well-hidden laser-shooting vehicle due to its heat signature.

Finally, the vehicle’s batteries lacked the capacity and staying power needed to operate such a large unit for normal combat operations. This laser was 100 kW––double the energy output of Lockheed’s concept. The 2001 Science Board Task Force report identified this shortfall, and recommended “the cost in terms of watt of output energy must fall by over an order of magnitude to be affordable for an Army ground weapon system.”[9] Also, the Board noticed “the primary cost driver [appeared] to be the microchannel cooler manufacturing” and suggested a “hybrid-electrical ground vehicle is ideally suited to carry [the laser], since the same prime power source can serve to provide both the propulsion of the vehicle and power to the laser.”[10] These limitations hindered the production of a viable platform until more efficient and cost-effective technologies became available.

DEVELOPMENT

Newer vehicles tested by Lockheed and Raytheon address these problems by both limiting the laser’s energy output to around 50 kW and using hybrid engines that can both move the vehicle and provide electricity for the lasers.[11] Additionally, as noted by John Kester in Foreign Policy, “traditional weapons require stockpiles of ammunition, which is costly to produce and transport,” but “the high energy laser system requires only fuel to complete its mission.”[12] This advantage could perhaps be exploited even further with the emergence of alternative fuels such as hydrogen cells, which could be a robust alternative since a hydrogen-powered vehicle would only need to carry water, an immensely more useful and available resource on the modern battlefield. In addition, it would be less dangerous than carrying around combustible fuels.

The 2001 Task Force also made the following observation regarding the system’s capabilities at the time:

While continuing to move towards deployment of a mobile system using deuterium, fluoride chemical laser, the Army should broaden efforts toward development of laser technologies for a more robust, supportable system––closed-cycle chemical, solid-state, and fiber lasers. Program options for choosing a new laser should be kept open as long as possible.[13]


The solid-state lasers mentioned in the report were not a well-developed technology at the time, so the 2001 concept was equipped with a less potent chemical laser. As the technology has developed, new prototypes are equipped with solid-state lasers, which “require no volatile chemicals to produce high-powered beams,” and instead act as “combined-beam fiber lasers,” which “[pull] together different beams of light and [squish] them into one.”[14] Furthermore, solid-state lasers can be varied in size and output because “the more fiber optics you add, the more energy you get out the other end.”[15]

CONCEPT

Raytheon’s prototype, the HELWS-MRZR, takes the High-Energy Laser Weapon System, which combines a solid-state laser weapon with Raytheon’s own Multi-Spectral Targeting System, and mounts it on a Polaris MRZR® all-terrain vehicle. What results is an advanced, lightweight, and adaptable weapons system that meets a specific military demand. In creating the HELWS-MRZR, Raytheon has not really invented a new technology; they have simply combined existing technologies to create a low cost solution. By changing traditional linkages, improving existing capabilities, and adapting to a specific demand, Raytheon may have created an innovation with the potential to improve the battlefield environment for the U.S. and its allies.

HELWS-MRZR (Raytheon/Wired)

This is important as U.S. ground forces in Iraq and Syria have had to rely on anti-drone rifles that incidentally scramble their own electronics, degrading their anti-Islamic State operations.[16] A Popular Mechanics article on the HELWS-MRZR quoted Ben Allison, director of Raytheon's high energy laser product line, who said, “We didn't want to go out and do a bunch of research and development…We wanted to take the assets and capabilities Raytheon has today and use them to really affect this asymmetrical threat. We settled on a small system that's hugely capable.”[17] In short, Raytheon has not developed a disruptive breakthrough, but simply pieced together existing technologies in an innovative manner to meet a very specific need.

IMPLEMENTATION

Based on the capabilities afforded by the High-Energy Laser Weapon System, we can speculate how this innovation will influence future military operations. Because of its size and mobility, the High-Energy Laser Weapon System can provide force protection for small ground units or convoys by defending against enemy airborne drone threats. The High-Energy Laser Weapon System can run the targeting system for up to four hours and fire the laser 20-30 times on a single charge, and if connected to a generator it could, in theory, fire indefinitely.[18] Ideally, this innovation would immediately neutralize enemy drone threats using its precision and intense heat, thus denying enemy drone capabilities. By creating an umbrella over troops and vehicles, it can provide immediate protection against drone-borne attacks, which occurred up to 10 to 15 times a day against U.S. and Syrian Democratic Forces in Mosul. In some cases, the system can even intercept some mortar and rocket fire, an ongoing problem in current theaters of operation.[19] High-energy lasers might even be able to assist in explosive ordnance disposal efforts, as well as prevent vehicle-borne improvised explosive device threats, which would largely benefit disposal teams and the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization by providing a rapid response asset class that could decrease both the risk to friendly forces and collateral damage to innocent bystanders. Each of these advances would free up the situational awareness of U.S. and allied troops who need to maintain a competitive edge over insurgents.

As tactical laser technology keeps advancing, the potential for further implementation and integration will likely grow. In addition to providing unmanned aerial vehicle defense for small units and special operations forces, perhaps multiple High-Energy Laser Weapon System could be employed to create a mobile aerial defense umbrella using layered systems to defend convoys or forward operating bases against drones and precision munitions. In addition, the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines are each exploring ways to mount the laser system on their own ships and aircraft for counter-unmanned aerial system defense and other uses. Currently, the Air Force Research Lab has embarked on their Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, which is “aimed at creating sufficient on-board power, optics and high-energy lasers able to defend large platforms such as a B-52 bomber, C-130 aircraft or fighter jets.”[20] Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations Command are also exploring options for airborne defense against “ground-to-air and air-to-air weapons” as well as offensive capabilities.[21]

Finally, the U.S. Navy has tested an “active laser weapons system” on the Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ponce.[22] The laser is capable of destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, mortars, and moving surface targets such as small boats within “one to five miles.”[23] The U.S. Army has also begun testing high-energy laser systems, deploying the High-Energy Laser Weapon System MRZR in combat maneuver exercises and mounting a test version of Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System on AH-64 Apache helicopters.[24] It might not be long before these weaponized laser systems become so miniaturized and efficient that soldiers in the field could carry them as easily as an M-4.

CONCLUSION

By adapting a current technology, defense industry giants Raytheon, Lockheed, and Boeing have each developed weapon systems specifically designed to employ the High-Energy Laser Weapon System to counter modern asymmetric threats. This cheaper approach is particularly novel, as they have done this without having to budget and program for the long-term development of a specific and costly weapon system. Tests have shown these systems offer precise, effective, and relatively inexpensive defense capabilities that can be adapted for a multitude of roles and numerous platforms.[25] If successfully implemented, innovations such as the High-Energy Laser Weapon System MRZR and similar vehicle-borne laser defense systems have the potential to change the tactical and operational landscape by effectively neutralizing an array of airborne threats; protecting countless American, allied, and civilian lives and assets.

Jason Sattler is a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The views expressed at the author’s alone and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Header Image: Conceptual Image of Lasers Attacking Unmanned Systems (Lockheed Martin)

NOTES:

[1] Welch, Larry D., USAF (Ret), and Donald C. Latham. "Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Energy Laser Weapon Systems Applications." (June 2001), accessed October 24, 2017.

[2] Kester, John. "Army, Defense Companies Making Renewed Push for Laser Weapons." Foreign Policy. last modified October 12, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017, http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/12/army-defense-companies-making-renewed-push-for-laser-weapons/.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Jahara W. Matisek, “Shades of Gray Deterrence: Issues of Fighting in the Gray Zone,” Journal of Strategic Security 10, no. 3 (2017): 1-26.

[6] Kester, Army Defense.

[7] Welch, Report, 123.

[8] Ibid, 123.

[9] Welch, Report, 79

[10] Ibid., 34.

[11] Tucker, Patrick. "US Army to Test Powerful New Truck-Mounted Laser 'Within Months'." Defense One, last modified March 16, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017. http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/03/us-army-test-powerful-new-truck-mounted-laser-within-months/136239/

[12] Kester, John. "Army, Defense Companies”

[13] Welch, Report, xvii

[14] Tucker, Patrick. "US Army to Test”

[15] Ibid.

[16] Gibbons-Neff, Thomas. "ISIS Drones Are Attacking U.S. Troops and Disrupting Airstrikes in Raqqa, Officials Say." The Washington Post, last modified June 14, 2017, accessed November 09, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/14/isis-drones-are-attacking-u-s-troops-and-disrupting-airstrikes-in-raqqa-officials-say/?utm_term=.50b414d7d24c.

[17] Mizokami, Kyle. "This ATV Shoots Down Drones With Lasers." Popular Mechanics, last modified October 16, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Moore, Jack. "ISIS Using Drones Rigged with Munitions to Attack Advancing Forces in Raqqa." Newsweek, last modified June 26, 2017, accessed January 26, 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/isis-using-drones-rigged-munitions-attack-advancing-forces-raqqa-628955.

[20] Osborn, Kris. "Air Force Tests Bolt-On Aircraft Laser Weapon." Scout Warrior, last modified May 28, 2017, accessed November 5, 2017. https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/Air-Force-Tests-Bolt-On-Aircraft-Laser-Weapon-101458201

[21] Ibid.

[22] Gady, Franz-Stefan. "US Navy Tests Worlds First Drone-Killing Laser Weapons System." The Diplomat, last modified July 19, 2017, accessed November 05, 2017. https://thediplomat.com/2017/07/us-navy-tests-worlds-first-drone-killing-laser-weapons-system/.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Judson, Jen. "US Army tests laser on Apache helicopter." Defense News, last modified August 08, 2017, accessed November 28, 2017. https://www.defensenews.com/2017/06/26/us-army-tests-laser-on-apache-helicopter/.

[25] Hawkins, Derek. "Laser-equipped Helicopter Zaps Its First Target, to Defense Contractor's Delight." The Washington Post, last modified June 27, 2017, accessed November 15, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/27/laser-equipped-helicopter-zaps-its-first-target-to-defense-contractors-delight/?utm_term=.35228e1c7754.



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Yemeni soldiers in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud via Getty Images

The conflict tearing Yemen apart is a human catastrophe and a geopolitical mess. It's also providing a look at how today's shooting wars spill over into digital conflict, even in the poorer corners of the world, as two presentations at Wednesday's CyberwarCon in Washington, D.C., elucidated.

The backdrop: Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, currently control the capital city of Sanaa — and with it the main internet service in the country, YemenNet. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government, backed by the Saudis, control much of the rest of the country, save for a few territories controlled by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Hadi government launched its own internet service in its territory, AdenNet.

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By gaining control of YemenNet, the Houthis gained control of the “.ye” domain — the Yemeni equivalent of “.com.” At the conference, threat intelligence firm Recorded Future noted that the Houthis used that control to take over national websites and declare themselves the official government.

It had already been reported that the Houthis disrupted access to social media networks and to any website showing troop positions. They also cut as much as 80% of the incoming submarine cables providing internet to disrupt international communications.New from Recorded Future's findings: It appears that the Houthis have installed cryptocurrency mining operations on the internet infrastructure in order to fund the regime.

The Hadi government built its AdenNet using Huawei routers. The Chinese telecommunications firm’s presence reflects China’s practice of using infrastructure assistance to secure valuable alliances (the Belt and Road initiative). Yemen is currently a war zone, but some day it will return to being a nation that controls important shipping lanes.

Accepting China's infrastructure aid comes at a cost. Huawei is believed by most Western countries to sabotage its own equipment to facilitate Chinese spying.

The influence campaign: The Houthi government is also running social media influence campaigns to pressure the West and Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Yemen, Johns Hopkins student Dan O’Keefe reported at CyberwarCon.

The campaigns use a "Twitter board" — essentially a massive collection of prewritten tweets focusing on a topic of the day.Citizens, including those directed to the boards from government websites, select tweets and post them rapid-fire to try to make issues trend.The campaigns suggest a maximum posting rate so the accounts don't get flagged as bots.

Though many big players are involved in bringing weapons to the region — with Saudi Arabia and Iran, both liberal users of surveillance technology, among them — it doesn't appear that there is a proxy war of surveillance tech underway in Yemen, yet.

Recorded Future notes that the level of devastation in the conflict reduces surveillance's payoff: The humanitarian crisis limits the amount of tech being used in Yemen and makes guns a more "useful" export.



https://www.axios.com/yemen-civil-war-cyber-cyberwarcon-7556c328-3e29-47b0-921f-16dd1cb2ef08.html


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What can the UK learn from those fighting the far right across Europe? Take history seriously

Memorial to "the victims of the Nazis", Budapest.

Fascists are obsessed with history. Their ideology is less a doctrine about the economy or the future and more a story about identity and the past. It is harvested from half-truths about great victories and cruel injustices, spun into national myths about superiority and struggle, and applied as a bandage to wounded egos in times of trouble. Fascism is a story learnt in childhood, and the fight against fascism is a battle for truth about the past.

In Hungary, the front line in that argument was, for a moment, led by Kálmán Sütö, the homeless former truck driver who sells the country’s street magazine outside the gold-plated national parliament. When Viktor Orbán’s government erected a monument to “the victims of the Nazis” not far from Kálmán’s patch, he made a placard: “Horthy was the biggest Nazi of them all!”, and signed it “Kálmán the historian”. The iconography of the memorial implies that Hungary as a whole was the victim, deflecting from the historical reality that under Miclós Horthy, the country was fascist in its own right.

For Orbán, rewriting the national story of the second world war to make the Hungarian state the victim of Nazi aggression rather than a murderer of Jews, Roma, LGBTIQ people, disabled people, communists and trade unionists allows his regime to ignore the true lessons of history, and once more to draw boundaries around who counts as ‘us’, once more to promote hatred of those very same groups.

The protests against this rewriting of history became so big that Orbán was, Sütö told me, afraid. Hungary’s post-modern dictator erected a barrier around his monument to a false past, and our homeless historian was eventually arrested for decorating this fence with a more accurate account of what happened 75 years ago. At the police station, he told me with a smile, he insisted that the officers write on his papers the full list of his specific objections.

It’s not just warped stories about the second world war which scar Hungarian history. The treaty of Trianon, signed in 1920, confirmed peace between Hungary and the allied powers of the 1914-18 war. It was part of the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire and, as far as Hungarians are concerned, they lost two-thirds of their country (the peoples who gained independence as a result have a somewhat different narrative).

Olivio Kocsis-Cake is the country’s first black MP and the leader of Dialogue for Hungary, a member of the European Green Party. He told me that a huge portion of Orbán’s rhetoric is focussed on history, and on the injustice of Trianon in particular. As he was in full flow, in English, his aide quickly intervened in Hungarian, telling him to clarify that the treaty was indeed unjust – which he duly did. Even Hungary’s Green Party doesn’t dare suggest support for a century-old treaty that gave some self-determination to Slovaks, Croats and Romanians.

I got a liftshare (along with my Hungarian friend) to Miskolc in the north-east of the country. The man who took us, an off-duty police officer, spent the whole journey talking about the Roma people in the city. The government, he said, had promised to clear them from their homes in “the numbered streets”. But he thought they were only saying it to get votes, and wouldn’t really act. Roma people, he believed, were all criminals. He talked about children growing up with mothers with “three lovers”. He didn’t talk with hatred, but with the banal practicality of a technician, saying that it’s important to understand that they had been raised this way. The ultimate solution would be to take the children away, and force them to be raised in boarding schools.

József Csendes, a local Roma sociologist and activist, said, unprompted, that he was worried the government would take their children away: “We don’t want to suffer the same fate as the native Americans,” he said, though he later downplayed the likelihood of this happening. Roma children in a school common room got me dancing to YouTube videos of what they called “gypsy music” (the term is contested, but they embraced it) and told me how they are forced to get on trams at the front so that their tickets can be checked, while everyone else gets on where they please. A couple of them, whose families are over the border in Slovakia, showed me a video containing evidence of Slovak riot police attacking their village and beating up its Roma residents.

Orbán – described by many of the people I spoke to as a dictator – has ramped up rhetoric against immigrants in recent years. But in a country with almost no immigration, the real meaning is clear. Just as his attacks on George Soros are coded anti-semitism, “migrants” really means “Roma”.

Austrian victimhood

"Kill the Jew" board game.

In Vienna I got a preview of a new museum that aims to tell Austrians a more accurate version of history than the one they have been taught. The country has long liked to tell itself that it was the first victim of the Nazis. But the reality is that it had a fascist ruler, Englebert Dollfuss, before Hitler deposed him, and, as photos displayed in the new museum show, the Fuhrer was greeted by huge “Sieg Heil”-ing crowds in Vienna when he arrived. Austrian women stitched swastika flags, and children played a board game called ‘kill the Jew’.). A huge Trojan horse at the centre of the exhibition is used to argue that the lie that Nazism was entirely imposed on the country allowed Austrian Nazis off the hook – to the extent that second-world-war fascists held government positions in Austria for four decades after the war.

Today, with Austria governed by a coalition between the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party, this battle over the past has become urgent. The Freedom Party was founded by (‘ex’) Nazis in the 1950s, and its members wore blue cornflowers until a month before the elections late last year: in the 1930s, the cornflower was worn by Austrian Nazis so they could recognise each other, though the anti-immigrant party founded by Nazis likes to pretend the connection is just a coincidence.

At the weekly protest against the ruling parties, though, people talked more about the present and the future. An ecologist at the local university described how a clamp-down on NGOs risks lakes and rivers. A young black man talked about the impact on refugees. A teacher talked about her fear of cuts to public spending. A disabled man talked about the assault on the rights of the disabled. A group of trans protesters talked about the attack on their rights. And one of the organisers talked about how the misogyny of the far right, how they are trying to push women back into the home, and how the resistance is feminist.

Italian memories and France’s ‘golden age’

The squatted stables, Turin.

In Turin, I went to the former stables of the Italian royal family, now squatted, where a leading lawyer was talking about the new government’s proposed anti-migrant laws to a lecture theatre full of attentive students. As fire jugglers lit the courtyard outside orange, I spoke to a young artist who had taken a break from the talk because the stories being told were too horrifying. When I asked about the far-right Lega getting into government, she too began by talking about people’s view of history. In Italy, she believes, fascism has been blamed on one man – Mussolini. Rather than try to grapple with the murky undercurrents in their own national mythology, too many people in the country are content with focussing on a long-gone man. The result, she argues, is that many younger people don’t see fascism as a real, living threat.

Later that week, at the studio of a pirate radio station, I spoke to a vineyard worker who said he’s a communist, but his parents and many of his friends are fascists. My first question was, “What do they mean when they say they are fascist?” and, again, his first answer was that it was about an understanding of the past, a view of history and how that shapes your understanding of your culture.

In a week in Italy, more than one person talked about the sudden mushrooming of racism against black people, how people they hadn’t previously thought of as bigots had started using the Italian equivalent of the “N” word. A young barman in a village in the Alps (where everyone I saw was white) described how “older people hate black people” and how, watching the TV coverage of migrants arriving from North Africa, “people became racist”.

In Turin, while the refugee detention centre was covered in anti-racist slogans, this grafito showed a different view.

"Roma = ovens" - grafitti in Turin

In Paris, political organiser Maïder Piola-Urtizberea talked about Marine Le Pen’s obsession with France’s ‘golden age’ – an era that, she says, is never quite defined. And, as in Italy, Austria and Hungary, the second world war has played a major part in the political story of the French far right. Le Pen’s father and predecessor as party leader was a convicted Holocaust denier and, during the 2017 election, she and Emmanuel Macron fought a bitter battle over France’s responsibility for the arrest and deportation to death camps of 13,000 Parisian Jews during the war.

The fight back for history

During that election, Macron went to Algeria and demanded that the French state apologise for what he later called “crimes against humanity” committed when the country was a colony run from Paris: a history which has re-emerged as debates about migration surface once more.

In Turin, there is a museum dedicated to the resistance against fascism. It is a collection of video testimonials that recount the experiences of people during the war: mostly partisans or people who were against the war, but also a man who had been a teenage supporter of Mussolini. It would be hard to leave with the reassuring belief that Mussolini was Italy’s lone fascist.

In Hungary, in the face of the most repressive government in the EU, people have protested against the warping of history. Like Italy, Austria now has a museum dedicated to telling the less savoury stories from the countries’ pasts.

But I wasn’t travelling around Europe to see the sights and gawp at their problems. I was there to study how Britain should respond to the rise of the far right here. And what was perhaps most striking is that, although no British government has imposed fascism at home, imperial revisionism and nationalist nonsense permeate almost all of our official historical institutions: not because they lie, but because of the truths they don’t tell.

This is the case with school text books and TV histories. But it’s worth for a moment just thinking about our curatorial failure. Although Liverpool does host a museum of slavery, where is the collection which tells British people about the genocide British colonisers completed in Tasmania? Where can you go to find out about the Irish famine, the Bengal famine, the plundering of Persia, the castration of the Mau Mau, the looting of India? The first opium war? Or the second? Where can you learn about the brutal conquests in Africa? The torture in Yemen? The violence in Cyprus? The invasion of New Zealand? The treatment by the British of First Nation Canadians?

These are the stories of how Britain got rich, how we became who we are. And yet they are almost entirely undocumented in Britain’s vast array of galleries, museums and public collections. Go to the Imperial War Museum and there’s barely a whisper about any of the imperial wars, just endless artefacts from the second world war, the one moment Britain can lay claim to having been the good guy. Go to the British Museum and you’ll see a parade of plunder, displayed with pride, as though it wasn’t looted by vandals. Go round any of our major cities, and you’ll find it pock-marked with statues of imperial thugs.

Contemporary British history is a story about how this archipelago emerges from the shadow of empire. As with Hungary, and Italy, and Austria, and France, whether we escape into the light will be shaped by how we understand what brought us here. Fascism is a view of history. The fight against fascism is a fight over the past, and it’s time for Britain to start telling the whole truth.

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          A cantarle al G20 !!!      Cache   Translate Page      

¿Es importante para el bolsillo de los argentinos el G20?. Parece poco probable que el mega evento internacional venga a acercarle a Macri una fórmula mágica para lograr la pobreza cero que prometió durante su campaña electoral. Menos, para solucionar la inflación, ni producir la llegada de los brotes verdes, como generar tampoco una burbuja imponente de trabajo genuino o disipar el siempre peligroso riesgo de quedar en default, si la economía no florece



Los únicos que si mejorarán, serán los ingresos por hotelería y gastronomía que alcanzará los $ 228 millones, según informó la Federación de Comercio e Industria de la ciudad de Buenos Aires (Fecoba).
El rubro hotelería facturará aproximadamente $ 200 millones, mientras que el sector restaurantes sumará $ 28 millones adicionales.
Hay que tener en cuenta que las delegaciones que lleguen a Buenos Aires para la Cumbre del G20 tendrán un mayor poder adquisitivo a la hora de gastar sus dólares.
Para el común de la gente, el  G20 puede representar un motivo de sorpresa por la opulencia del despliegue, los autos lujosos, los aviones imponentes, las vestimentas de las personalidades extranjeras, el monumental operativo de seguridad compuesto por 22 mil agentes de fuerzas federales y tres mil militares o "La bestia", el vehículo blindado y a prueba de explosivos de alto poder que utiliza el presidente norteamericano Donald Trump para movilizarse.
Lo que es real, que nunca antes hubo en nuestro territorio tantos poderosos juntos. Ni semejante despliegue de fuerzas de seguridad: Buenos Aires se encuentra poco menos que amurallada hasta en el espacio aéreo y los vecinos como una suerte de rehenes, salvo que sigan el consejo de la ministra  Patricia Bullrich y se vayan.
Vivimos dos días en que hay que poner los pies sobre la tierra, ya que no dejaremos de estar en los arrabales del mundo. No obstante, vamos a sentir que sacamos chapa de país del primer mundo.
 Las verdaderas estrellas son como siempre, los jefes de las grandes potencias, sobre todo de  Estados Unidos y China. Y sobre todo porque están envueltos en una guerra comercial que tiene al universo bailando alrededor de ellos. También hay una historia de misterios y sangre que acaba de colarse en el escenario. Tiene que ver con la figura  de Mohamed bin Salmán, príncipe heredero y hombre fuerte de Arabia Saudita. Este personaje de tupida barba, tiene  33 años y maneja una cantidad de petróleo que mete miedo. Es un aliado clave de Trump en la pelea con Irán. Pero no es esa la razón de que todos pongamos los ojos en él. El motivo es una salvajada casi a la vista de todo el mundo, cuando tomó estado público que agentes secretos de su país torturaron, mataron y descuartizaron en el mismísimo consulado de Estambul a un periodista opositor.
Exiliado en los Estados Unidos, Jamal Khashoggi había ido a buscar documentos para casarse con su novia turca, que se quedó en la puerta y lo esperó hasta la madrugada. Khashoggi pertenecía a una familia de notables saudíes y había sido director de periódicos y de cadenas de TV. Toda su culpa fue criticar a Salmán.
Human Rights Watch, una organización defensora de los derechos humanos, lo denunció y pidió que lo metan preso. Por Khashoggi y por el genocidio en Yemen. ¿Qué hizo el juez Lijo?. Muy sencillo: esquivó esa papa caliente con las armas de la Justicia: pidió informes afuera y acá para precisar el carácter de los delitos, descartar que esté siendo buscado por la Justicia de otro país y chequear si Salmán cuenta con inmunidad diplomática. Salvo la última respuesta, el magistrado lo que hizo fue ganar tiempo, ya que las otras señales le llegarán cuando el Príncipe se haya marchado.
El G-20 es una caja de resonancia de los grandes temas de la agenda global pero pocas veces produce resultados concretos, porque existen desacuerdos muy fuertes. En definitiva, puede ser comparado con una suerte de recreo que se toman los líderes mundiales para salir por dos días del molde asfixiante de dificultades cotidianas.
Lo que nunca o casi nunca faltan en la historia de este evento, son las habituales protestas, en su mayoría violentas. Macri ruega al cielo que no las haya, menos después del dolor de cabeza de los oscuros vericuetos del River-Boca. 
Lo concreto es que se firmará un documento final para cosechar resultados en los contactos bilaterales. Por el momento, la mini cumbre más importante que se perfila es la de Macri con Xi Jinping, el líder chino. Habrá que ver qué pasa con las compras a ese país oriental, el financiamiento de obras de infraestructura como la central nuclear y el otorgamiento de otro swap que engrose las reservas para alejarnos del default. Pocos están invirtiendo en la Argentina y el mensaje puede ser importante. Y marcaría que el país puede sostener buenas relaciones tanto con Pekín como con Washington.
Otra reunión clave es precisamente con Trump, reacio a que otros firmen convenios con China y capaz de manifestarlo. Dependerá de Macri que saque ventaja a esto.Por lo menos, hay un avance con la exportación de las carnes argentinasd al país del Norte. También importan los encuentros con los europeos: muchos razonan en función del Acuerdo Mercosur-Europa, que nunca termina de salir del pantano. No se sabrá qué piensa Bolsonaro: prefirió no venir con Temer.
Moraleja: cuando llegue el lunes nada habrá cambiado en la Argentina. El dólar seguirá su camino, la inflación y la pobreza, serán las mismas, el empleo no mejorará y el G20 solo será una anécdota para comprender que estamos muy lejos de esos paraísos que ostentan las naciones desarrolladas.

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History will judge us harshly for our inertia on Yemen, Christopher George Halkou explains how the conflict has been overlooked.
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(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) HODEIDAH, 4th December, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has begun the revamping and furnishing of a vocational workshop in New ...
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(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The UN Yemen envoy sought Tuesday to press forward planned peace talks in Sweden as a key backer of the beleaguered government said they offered a "critical o...
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(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) HODEIDAH, 4th December, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, distributed over 350 tonnes of food aid and basic supplies to the peopl...
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(MENAFN) The Yemeni government will be able to prevent a currency crisis through being supplied with billions of dollars of financial aid so as to fund its budget for next year.UN ...
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what david swanson says: 'And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels.'

what david swanson does: russia (2017-05), ireland (2018-11), santa cruz (2018-10), minnesota (2018-08), toronto (2018-10).

it would be a heck of a lot easier to take you seriously if you practiced what you preach. have them mail the award next time. teleconference in to santa cruz instead of accumulating yet another 10,000 frequent flyer miles.

what erik solheim says: 'Earth sends us a loud and clear message with calamities'

The planet is sending a clear message - to act and that too within a short time-frame or lose the ability to turn things around, says United Nations Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim.

"That's (natural calamities) what the scientists predicted, and it's what we're seeing play out now right in front of our eyes. Our planet is sending us a clear message. We have to act, and we're a short time-frame to do so before we lose the ability to turn things around."

what erik solheim does: UN Environment Chief Resigns After Racking Up Huge Carbon Footprint

At issue in particular were his frequent trips to Paris and Oslo. The audit found that Mr. Solheim, referred to in the audit as “a senior manager,” had spent 79 percent of his time away from the agency’s headquarters in Nairobi and incurred $488,519 in travel expenses over a 22-month period.

According to the audit, he selected flight itineraries that passed unnecessarily through Oslo and Paris and failed to account for what he did in those cities for a total of 72 days. The audit found that the travel arrangements were “uneconomical” and contravened United Nations travel rules.

“Most of the rerouted trips to the two cities were made prior to or during weekends or public holidays,” the audit found. Immediately after taking office, in July 2016, the audit found, Mr. Solheim flew to Paris for a one-day meeting but stayed for a month, accounting for nine days as his annual leave. Then, he went on a six-city tour of North and South America. His travel costs for the whole trip exceeded $14,000.

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As shown in this article, American taxpayers are supporting both sides in the Saudi-led war in Yemen:

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Washington has proven itself to be completely unable to understand the repercussions of its global agenda.


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Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House’s timid response to the killing. GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the charge to offer new legislation that would rebuke Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as potentially limit US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, saying […]
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La Oficina de Coordinación  de la Ayuda Humanitaria ha solicitado 738 millones de dólares para ayudar a los países latinoamericanos que reciben a venezolanos. En total, el plan de respuesta humanitaria asciende a 21.900 millones de dólares. Yemen es el país que recibirá más fondos.
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A growing number of migrants are flocking to Yemen, even as its dire humanitarian crisis deepens, with nearly 150,000 expected to arrive in the war-ravaged country in 2018, the UN said Tuesday. Yemen remains a major stop on the route for migrants from Africa to wealthy Gulf states, and smugglers are taking advantage of the chaos of the war to ev ...
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Ron. You do not seem to be aware of the work of the gapminder institute which has excellent tools and data on population: https://www.gapminder.org/tools/ It is instructive to take their 'chimpanzee test' population quiz to check your assumptions. https://www.gapminder.org/news/help-us-spread-a-fact-based-worldview/ https://www.gapminder.org/ignorance/ I agree that population is a massive problem, which makes most of the other problems much worse, but the point is that it is already under control in most of the world. The number of children born worldwide (136 million) has barely changed in 4 years - essentially the base population finally stopped rising (obviously overall population will still rise significantly because those new people last ~70 years). https://www.gapminder.org/tools/#$chart-type=popbyage It's simply not true that 'developing countries in Asia' have high fertility rates. Most of them are already low. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China are all well below replacement, and Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar are only just above and still dropping. Thailand and China have rates well below the US and most of Europe. Only Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Jordan, PNG and Palestine remain above 3. Only sub-Saharan Africa still has high fertility rates, and they are dropping there too since the 70s and 80s. Nigeria is the biggest problem as it's big _and_ high birthrate. It's currently projected to be a 400m population country by the time it stabilises. https://www.gapminder.org/tools/#$state$time$value=2018;&marker$axis_x$which=children_per_woman_total_fertility&domainMin:null&domainMax:null&zoomedMin:null&zoomedMax:null&scaleType=linear&spaceRef:null;;;&chart-type=bubbles The point of all this is that the population problem is actually largely fixed, assuming we can keep current trends in place. Fertility rates are already below replacement in most of the world, and we are already on track for a stable population around 2070. There isn't much that can be done to bend the curve very far there - people last a long time... The thing we _can_ change quickly, if we put our minds to it is the other half of the problem: consumption, which is why it makes sense to concentrate efforts there, whilst not taking our eye off the development/contraception/healthcare ball in the developing world. It is possible for countries to regress, see Egypt 2006, Tunisia 2005, France 1997, USA 1977 (and 2002), but it's quite rare.
          CIA Director Gina Haspel finally addresses key senators in closed-door briefing on Jamal Khashoggi killing      Cache   Translate Page      
The CIA's findings reportedly contradict Trump's favored line.

CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong—and that MBS himself did not order the killing. But according to reports, CIA intelligence implicates MBS and indicates that Khashoggi’s killers were likely acting on direct orders from the Saudi crown prince.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, “I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince’s knowledge. I left the briefing with high confidence that my initial assessment of the situation is correct.”

The South Carolina senator continued, “Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, and the relationship is worth saving—but not at all cost. We’ll do more damage to our standing in the world and our national security by ignoring MBS than dealing with him. MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible. I think the behavior before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing, and I cannot see him being a reliable partner to the United States.”

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was equally convinced that MBS played a key role in Khashoggi’s murder—telling reporters after the briefing, “If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes.” And when a reporter asked Corker if it would be a murder conviction, he replied, “Yes.”

Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, however, have all asserted that there is no real proof that Khashoggi’s killing was ordered by MBS. But according to Graham, “(There is) zero chance—zero—that this happened without the crown prince.” And today’s briefing with Haspel seemed to reaffirm Graham’s belief that MBS was behind Khashoggi’s murder.

Some senators have complained about the way the briefing was handled today, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul—who asserted that he shouldn’t have been excluded from it and that the full Senate should have been briefed rather than strictly a handful of senators.

On November 20, Trump issued an official statement on U.S./Saudi Arabia relations, emphasizing that he still considered the Saudi royal family valuable allies and had no interest in imposing any sanctions on the Saudi government. And the Trump Administration’s support of MBS was equally evident during a November 27 briefing that Haspel was conspicuously absent from.

When Bolton was asked, at that November 27 briefing, whether or not he had listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing, Trump’s national security advisor responded that he saw no point in listening to it because it was in Arabic.

“Unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?” Bolton argued. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, in response, described Bolton’s assertion as “imbecilic.” And veteran Democratic consultant Paul Begala was equally critical of Bolton; in a November 29 article for CNN.com, Begala wrote, “Sure, (the) comments are in Arabic, but torture is a universal language.”

Last week, a combination of Republican and Democratic senators voted, 63-37, to advance a resolution to end U.S. support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

Khashoggi’s murder is a rare example of Senate Republicans—at least some of them—parting company with the Trump Administration on foreign policy. And for once, Graham and Democrats in Congress have found something they can agree on.


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          CIA Director Gina Haspel finally addresses key senators in closed-door briefing on Jamal Khashoggi killing      Cache   Translate Page      
The CIA's findings reportedly contradict Trump's favored line.

CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong—and that MBS himself did not order the killing. But according to reports, CIA intelligence implicates MBS and indicates that Khashoggi’s killers were likely acting on direct orders from the Saudi crown prince.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, “I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince’s knowledge. I left the briefing with high confidence that my initial assessment of the situation is correct.”

The South Carolina senator continued, “Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, and the relationship is worth saving—but not at all cost. We’ll do more damage to our standing in the world and our national security by ignoring MBS than dealing with him. MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible. I think the behavior before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing, and I cannot see him being a reliable partner to the United States.”

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was equally convinced that MBS played a key role in Khashoggi’s murder—telling reporters after the briefing, “If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes.” And when a reporter asked Corker if it would be a murder conviction, he replied, “Yes.”

Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, however, have all asserted that there is no real proof that Khashoggi’s killing was ordered by MBS. But according to Graham, “(There is) zero chance—zero—that this happened without the crown prince.” And today’s briefing with Haspel seemed to reaffirm Graham’s belief that MBS was behind Khashoggi’s murder.

Some senators have complained about the way the briefing was handled today, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul—who asserted that he shouldn’t have been excluded from it and that the full Senate should have been briefed rather than strictly a handful of senators.

On November 20, Trump issued an official statement on U.S./Saudi Arabia relations, emphasizing that he still considered the Saudi royal family valuable allies and had no interest in imposing any sanctions on the Saudi government. And the Trump Administration’s support of MBS was equally evident during a November 27 briefing that Haspel was conspicuously absent from.

When Bolton was asked, at that November 27 briefing, whether or not he had listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing, Trump’s national security advisor responded that he saw no point in listening to it because it was in Arabic.

“Unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?” Bolton argued. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, in response, described Bolton’s assertion as “imbecilic.” And veteran Democratic consultant Paul Begala was equally critical of Bolton; in a November 29 article for CNN.com, Begala wrote, “Sure, (the) comments are in Arabic, but torture is a universal language.”

Last week, a combination of Republican and Democratic senators voted, 63-37, to advance a resolution to end U.S. support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

Khashoggi’s murder is a rare example of Senate Republicans—at least some of them—parting company with the Trump Administration on foreign policy. And for once, Graham and Democrats in Congress have found something they can agree on.

 

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WASHINGTON – Senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is “zero chance” the crown prince wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s death.

“There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,” Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Graham said “you have to be willfully blind” not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince’s command.

But President Donald Trump has equivocated over who is to blame for the killing, frustrating senators who are now looking for ways to punish the longtime Middle East ally. Senators overwhelmingly voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing U.S. backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

It’s unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward. The vote last week set up debate on the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say.

Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she didn’t attend a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last week.

Pompeo and Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration’s broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

The two men also echoed Trump’s reluctance to blame the crown prince. Pompeo said there was “no direct reporting” connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was “no smoking gun” making the connection.

After that briefing, Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said.

That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37.

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin said the briefing with Haspel “clearly went in to an evaluation of the intelligence” and was much more informative.

“I went in believing the crown prince was directly responsible or at least complicit in this and my feelings were strengthened by the information we were given,” Durbin said.

Some senators were frustrated that they were not invited to the briefing with Haspel. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some lawmakers is “the very definition of the deep state” and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some lawmakers to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what U.S. officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the U.S. and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

In a column for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed “astounding arrogance entitlement” and disregard for international norms.

“We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country’s long-term interests, values and reputation,” wrote Graham, a frequent ally of the president. “After all, someone’s got to do it.”

Even if the Yemen resolution passes the Senate, it appears unlikely to advance in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution “isn’t the way to go.”


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Following a special briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel Tuesday on the murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, GOP senators said they were convinced that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the brutal killing.

“It’s not a smoking gun, it’s a smoking saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters, referring to the bone saw investigators believe was used to dismember the journalist dissident. “I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible.”

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, said he had “zero question” that the crown prince, known colloquially as MBS, ordered the killing and monitored it.

Also Read: Trump Defends Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi Murder: 'We May Never Know All of the Facts'

“If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” Corker said.

Haspel’s briefing came about a week after Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo similarly failed to stave off outrage among leading lawmakers with their own briefing on U.S.-Saudi relations, urging them to vote down a resolution that would end support for the war against Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Senators were outraged that Haspel did not show for the meeting last week, blaming the White House for her absence and voting to advance that Yemen resolution.

Khashoggi disappeared in October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. After denying any knowledge of his whereabouts (and insisting Khashoggi left the consulate on his own accord), the Saudi government eventually admitted that he was murdered by a team of Saudi officials with close connections to the government.

Also Read: CIA Says Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Killing of Jamal Khashoggi (Report)

The CIA concluded that the Saudi crown prince likely ordered the killing, basing their assessment on intercepted communications, according to the Washington Post.

Haspel’s closed briefing comes days before the Senate is expected to begin debating the Yemen resolution, which calls on the U.S. to withdraw its support for the Saudi’s war in Yemen.

Tuesday’s briefing was limited to the Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the Senate’s Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Intelligence Committees and the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, which drew ire from some rank and file lawmakers, who were excluded from the meeting.

“I can’t even ask to be included in it because I didn’t know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. “That’s not the way it should be.”

The vote on the Yemen resolution could come as early as Thursday and is expected to pass.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Canadian Officials Have Heard Tape of Jamal Khashoggi Murder, Justin Trudeau Says

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Khashoggi Death a 'Heinous Crime That Cannot Be Justified'

Turkish President Calls Khashoggi Death 'Premeditated Murder,' Challenging Saudi Account


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Abu Dhabi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday addressed the India diaspora in UAE and highlighted the closeness in the relationship between the two countries.

The event, organised by India's Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was started with the rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan -Vaishnav Jan To and Raghupati Raghav Rajaram by an Emirati singer, as part of the Father of the Nation's 150 birth anniversary celebrations.

Swaraj talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build relations with Muslim countries.

She further highlighted that a request has been made to the UAE government to take cognisance of the exploitation of Indian women in the nation, "who are brought to the UAE on tourist permits which are later converted to work permits leading to their exploitation." "I have requested the UAE authorities to put an end to this, and advised the youth to follow safe migration and skilled migration," she added.

Swaraj talked about the steps the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken by directing Chief Ministers of the Indian states in nabbing scamsters who trick Indian citizens by sending them to gulf nations on false job promises. "MEA has rescued over 2,33,000 Indian citizens, from all around the world, who were duped by scamsters on false promises of jobs," she noted.

Bringing attention to the increasing investments between the two countries, Swaraj also talked about UAE and India's decision to move towards co-production in the energy sector.

She thanked the Indian community for making the country proud due to their law-abiding and amiable nature while shedding light on the MEA's work in ensuring the safety and protection of the Indian diaspora in foreign nations.

She also shed light on India-Saudi relations and the cooperation showed by Saudi Arabia during the Yemen rescue, where "India rescued almost 5000 Indian citizens along with over 2000 citizens of various nations caught in the crossfire between the Arab coalition and Houthi rebel forces."

Swaraj had a long day full of engagements, including co-chairing the 12th Joint Commission Meeting between UAE and India and the inauguration of the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in the UAE capital.


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A delegation of the Iranian-aligned Houthi group has arrived in Sweden for U.N. sponsored peace talks, and a Saudi-backed Yemeni delegation is on its way. The negotiations are a renewed push to end a civil war that has brought economic ruin and famine to the country and are considered the biggest step towards peace since 2016. The latest round of talks will focus on agreeing on other confidence-building steps and the formation of a transitional governing body, as the U.S. Senate is set to consider a resolution to end support for the coalition in the war. U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths secured some new measures, including the evacuation of Houthi wounded, to help persuade the rebel movement to attend the talks. "Griffiths was true to his word ... we are certain he has put in place a general framework for negotiations in order to proceed with the political process," delegate Abdelmeguid Hanash said. The nearly four-year-old conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and left more than 8 million facing famine although the United Nations has warned this could rise to 14 million. Three-quarters of the population, or 22 million, rely on aid. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday that the Sweden talks are a "critical opportunity". "A sustainable Yemeni-led political solution offers the best chance of ending the current crisis. A stable state, important for the region, cannot coexist with unlawful militias." The talks, which will focus on reopening Sanaa airport, implementing a prisoner swap and securing a truce in Hodeidah, the entry point for most of Yemen's commercial goods and aid. This would serve as a foundation for a wider ceasefire that would halt coalition air strikes and Houthi missile attacks on Saudi cities. WATCH: The Houthi team arriving in Sweden for the talks and chairperson of the Food4humanity Foundation, Muna Luqman, who told Euronews she is optimistic about its outcome:
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The last three years of that war have caused the deaths of an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under age 5.

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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine.
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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine.

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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to hold peace talks with representatives of the Iranian-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine to the country.

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Un hombre desplaza a un hospital un niño herido en un bombardeo saudí en la zona rebelde de Saada, el pasado agosto.

Una delegación del movimiento rebelde hutí ha llegado a Suecia para participar en las consultas de paz con el Gobierno de Yemen, después de que fracasaran las anteriores el pasado mes de septiembre en Ginebra por la ausencia de los insurgentes, informaron el Gobierno sueco y un medio yemení.

El avión, de bandera kuwaití, aterrizó ayer en Estocolmo con la delegación de los hutíes a bordo y acompañado del enviado especial de la ONU, Martin Griffiths, que llegó ayer a Saná para supervisar el viaje y que se cumpliesen las garantías de seguridad que pedían los rebeldes, indicó el canal yemení Al Masira, portavoz de los hutíes.

La ministra de Exteriores sueca, Margot Wallström, aseguró en su cuenta de Twitter que la delegación hutí ya ha llegado a Suecia "junto a los enviados especiales de la ONU, Suecia y Kuwait para las consultas previstas sobre el Yemen", auspiciadas por la ONU.

Indicó que espera que "la delegación del Gobierno de Yemen llegue pronto", sin dar más detalles, pues el Ejecutivo reconocido internacionalmente del presidente yemení, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, todavía no se ha pronunciado al respecto.

Asimismo, Wallström afirmó que espera que estas consultas "que se llevarán a cabo pronto" sean "un paso urgente hacia el final del conflicto". Hasta el momento no se ha revelado ni la fecha de inicio ni el lugar preciso en el que se llevará a cabo esta reunión.

LAS GRANDES CIFRAS

  • Al menos 6.800 civiles han muerto
  • 10.700 más han resultado heridos
  • 22 millones de personas necesitan ayuda humanitaria
  • Unos 85.000 niños menores de cinco años han muerto por malnutrición aguda
  • 14 millones de yemeníes están al borde de la hambruna
  • 1,2 millones de personas han sufrido un brote de cólera

Fuente: Naciones Unidas y Save The Children

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SANA'A, YEMEN - DECEMBER 04: Yemeni Houthi delegation members to leave Yemen to attend the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden on December 04, 2018 at the Sana'a airport, Yemen. Yemeni Houthi delegation, escorted by the UN's envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the Kuwait ambassador to Yemen left the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a in a Kuwaiti chartered plane in route to Sweden to attend peace talks with the Yemeni government.

"No escatimarán esfuerzos"

El líder del comité de las negociaciones hutí, Mohamed Abdelsalam, dijo hoy que no escatimarán "esfuerzos para que las consultas tengan éxito, traigan la paz, acaben con la guerra agresiva y con el asedio".

Una de las condiciones para que los rebeldes participaran en las conversaciones de Suecia era la evacuación de un grupo de heridos desde el Yemen.

Esa exigencia se cumplió ayer después de que la coalición árabe liderada por Arabia Saudí, que controla el espacio aéreo yemení, facilitase la evacuación a petición de Griffiths "por razones humanitarias y para construir confianza entre las partes yemeníes de cara a las conversaciones de paz de Suecia", anunció el portavoz de la coalición, coronel Turki al Malki.

El pasado mes de septiembre, la ONU intentó celebrar unas consultas de paz en Ginebra, en las que solo participó el Gobierno yemení dado que los rebeldes se negaron a viajar por esa falta de garantías.

La guerra en el Yemen comenzó a finales de 2014, cuando los hutíes, que cuentan con el respaldo de Irán, se hicieron con el control de Saná y el conflicto se generalizó en marzo de 2015 con la intervención de la coalición árabe.

QUERRÁS VER ESTO

Yemen enfrenta la peor hambruna del último siglo.

TAMBIÉN TE PUEDE INTERESAR

- Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el conflicto en Yemen

- La ONU denuncia posibles crímenes de guerra de todas las partes en conflicto en Yemen

- La historia no contada de las víctimas más pequeñas de la brutal guerra en Yemen

- SOS de la ONU: hacen falta 20.000 millones para ayudar a casi 94 millones de personas en 2019


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WASHINGTON – CIA Director Gina Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief key senators on the agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Haspel had faced mounting pressure to speak to lawmakers and more fully explain the CIA’s findings, which President Donald Trump has said don’t conclusively show that Mohammed was involved in the assassination.

Haspel was noticeably absent last week from an all-senators briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Lawmakers complained that the Trump administration was depriving Congress of key information about the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, by refusing to order Haspel to go to the Hill and explain the CIA’s assessment.

The CIA has concluded that Mohammed likely ordered the killing, based in part on intercepted communications involving him and a key aid, who is alleged to have overseen the team that killed the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, according to people familiar with the matter.

The spy agency also analyzed other intercepted communications, listened to audio provided by Turkey from inside the consulate, and assessed that an audacious operation that involved killing a Saudi citizen in a foreign country could not have been executed without the crown prince’s knowledge, people familiar with the CIA’s conclusions said.

Haspel provided the closed briefing just days before the Senate is expected to begin debating a resolution to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a confidant of President Trump, said he would refuse to support “any key vote” until Haspel spoke to lawmakers. Graham will be part of Tuesday’s briefing. Some senators had accused the White House of barring Haspel’s participation in last week’s briefing with Pompeo and Mattis. But CIA spokesman Timothy Barrett said nobody told Haspel not to appear.

Haspel will speak only to Senate leaders and the heads of national security committees with an interest in Saudi policy regarding Yemen and the intelligence surrounding Khashoggi’s killing, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

Bipartisan leaders from the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee and the Appropriations subcommittees that fund the State and Defense departments are expected to be included.

Some rank-and-file senators were furious they were excluded from the briefing.

“I can’t even ask to be included in it because I didn’t know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media. That’s not the way it should be. She should have come and testified in front of all senators,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said. “If you have some senators who are more equal than others, that is not democratic representation.”

Last week, the Senate took the historic step of voting to take up a resolution, spearheaded by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, to end American support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and, according to the United Nations, millions are at risk of starvation.

For some of the 14 Republicans who supported the procedural step last week, the vote was intended as a warning shot to Trump, to inspire him to start openly condemning Mohammed or withholding military support from the Saudis.

Haspel’s briefing may placate some of those senators. But it is not expected to deter Senate Democrats – or the handful of Republicans who believe Saudi Arabia should be rebuked – from supporting the Yemen resolution beyond its next step, a vote expected to take place in the next few days.


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Human extinction: Not with a bang but a sore throat...

     I just got a small taste of what it's gonna be like here on Planet Earth in the year 2028 -- and, frankly, it scared the holy crap out of me.  "So.  What happened," you might ask.  Long story.

     First of all, a massive curtain of toxic smoke from that huge NorCal wildfires slowly descended on my own hometown recently.  We all struggled around in gas masks and it became rather hard to breathe.

     Next I foolishly started thinking, "What's a little haze in the air?  I'm young.  I'm strong.  I don't need no stinking gas masks."  Ha.

     And then I got a horrible sore throat.  My eyes watered.  My nose ran.  I constantly coughed.  I took to my bed.  I truly thought that I was going to die.

     But I didn't.

     But I could have.

     And that, dear readers, was my own personal sneak-preview experience of what death by climate catastrophe will be like in the year 2028.

     Your experience could be different, of course.  You could freeze to death -- or drown in a flood or get hit by a tornado.  But for most of us?  It will be one long, painful and ignominious Death by Sore Throat.

PS:  And what will be the main cause of this massive human-extinction event?  No, it won't be because you or I didn't drive a Prius or because we forgot to recycle or even because we took too many jet plane rides on vacation.

     No, Extinction '28 will be mostly caused by all those petty little "wars" that our idiot leaders in Washington DC, London, Tel Aviv and Saudi Arabia are so very fond of.  https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/01/if-you-murdered-a-bunch-of-people-mass-murder-is-your-single-defining-legacy/

     Their constant and heartless mega-bombing of Yemen not only murders school children in Sanaa but it also is murdering us too -- only slower.  https://theintercept.com/2018/12/01/u-s-military-says-it-has-a-light-footprint-in-africa-these-documents-show-a-vast-network-of-bases/

     Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Palestine, Gaza, Ferguson....  Every single bomb dropped, every single tank on the ground and every single F16 in the air brings all of us just that much closer to Extinction 2028. 
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          Yemen's Houthi Rebel Negotiators Accompanied by UN Envoy Heading to Stockholm for Peace Talks (1:10) / New China TV on YouTube      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Democracy Now! 2018-12-03 Monday      Cache   Translate Page      
George H.W. Bush is dead. We look at his legacy, from the 1991 Iraq invasion that began decades of U.S. wars to his inaction during the AIDS epidemic. We interview independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Green New Deal & U.S.-backed illegal war in Yemen.
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The Senate advances a bill to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen; Argentinian prosecutors consider charging Saudi crown prince with crimes against humanity; Journalist George Monbiot on why going vegan could save the planet.
          US senators say Saudi crown prince was involved in Jamal Khashoggi death      Cache   Translate Page      

US senators leaving a briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel have said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes”. Senator Lindsey Graham, who demanded the briefing with Ms Haspel, said there is “zero chance” the crown prince was not involved in Mr Khashoggi’s death. “There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,” Mr Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Mr Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mr Graham said “you have to be wilfully blind” not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organizSed by people under the crown prince’s command. But President Donald Trump has equivocated over who is to blame for the killing, frustrating senators who are now looking for ways to punish the longtime Middle East ally. Senators overwhelmingly voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It was unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward. The vote last week set up debate on the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say. Ms Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she did not attend a briefing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US defense secretary Jim Mattis last week. Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying US involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration’s broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. The two men also echoed Mr Trump’s reluctance to blame the crown prince. Mr Pompeo said there was “no direct reporting” connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mr Mattis said there was “no smoking gun” making the connection. After that briefing, Mr Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Mr Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37. Mr Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. US intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Mr Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices. In a column for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Mr Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed “astounding arrogance entitlement” and disregard for international norms. “We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country’s long-term interests, values and reputation,” wrote Mr Graham, a frequent ally of the president.

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          CIA director briefs US senators on journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing      Cache   Translate Page      

CIA director Gina Haspel has briefed US Senate leaders on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ms Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees. Senators from both parties were angry last week that Ms Haspel did not attend a closed-door session with top administration officials about Mr Khashoggi’s killing and the US response, which many senators have said is lacking. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis led the earlier briefing and tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with a resolution to curtail US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. After that briefing, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Ms Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Mr Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37. The CIA said Ms Haspel did not attend because she had already briefed congressional leaders on Mr Khashoggi. The agency later agreed to do an additional briefing with a select group of senators. Mr Graham was expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting, along with the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and intelligence panels and a few others. Some senators were frustrated that they were not invited to the briefing with Ms Haspel. Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some is “the very definition of the deep state” and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some senators to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information. Mr Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. US intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot, but President Donald Trump has equivocated over who was to blame. Mr Trump has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

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          US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senate to Hear New Testimony on Khashoggi Killing, Yemen Peace Talks Set to Convene, Qatar to Leave OPEC, Netanyahu Faces New Political and Legal Challenge      Cache   Translate Page      
MBS’ Mixed Reception at the G20 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continued his tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina last week in an effort to restore his international reputation amid condemnation for his suspected role in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. After a brief stop in Mauritania, MBS arrived in Algeria on Sunday for two days of meetings that will focus on “Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors,” Reuters reports. Algeria maintains comfortable relations with many of the Middle East’s feuding players, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Turkey. The visit to Algiers follows stops in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia on the way to Buenos Aires; though MBS has tried to polish his image with shows of regional support, he was greeted by crowds of protesters in Tunis.…
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Yemen's warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises ...
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Yemens regering og landets Houthi-oprørere har indledt fredsforhandlinger i Sverige. Forhandlingerne finder sted på Johannesbergs Slott i Rimbo nord for Stockholm. Det giver et spinkelt håb om, at der…
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Activists Demand Sanders Take Stand Against Militarism glen Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:53

David Swanson, one of 100 activists and intellectuals that sent an open letter calling on Senator Bernie Sanders to finally tackle the US war budget, said “It’s incoherent to have a public policy that ignores over 60 percent of federal discretionary spending” that goes to the military. “He is in the right place on ending the US war in Yemen,” said Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.org, but otherwise talks “as if the military doesn’t exist.”


          GOP's Spine Suddenly Not Bone-Sawed In Half Over Khashoggi Murder      Cache   Translate Page      


The strangest goshdarned thing happened in the Senate today. Senators on both sides of the aisle have been pissed off that CIA Director Gina Haspel wasn't originally made available by the White House to brief them on the murder of bone-saw-murdered Washington Post journalist and legal US resident Jamal Khashoggi, at the almost certain orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had testified to the Senate -- after we learned he traveled to Saudi Arabia just after the murder to help the Saudis cover it up. Defense Secretary James Mattis put his credibility in a lockbox for safekeeping and testified to the Senate. Both said we just can't be extra certain MBS ordered that particular bone-sawing. And of course none other than the president of the United States has said there are bad people on both sides of bone saws. (Or something like that.)

But weirdly, the senators just weren't satisfied. It was like they wanted to hear from the director of the CIA or something, the person who was most closely read in on the intel, who had traveled to Turkey to see and hear the evidence, who heads the agency that said pretty unequivocally that MBS was behind the murder.

Gina Haspel showed up at the Senate today. Behind closed doors, no bone saws allowed.

And Lindsey Graham (R-Trump's Secret Santa) came out of the room with the most memorable quote of all:


Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said while there was no smoking gun, there was a "smoking saw," referring to the bone saw that investigators have said was used to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia in that country's consulate in Istanbul in October.

SMOKING BONE SAW. Lindsey mad, y'all!

That's not all he said:

Bob Corker said words too, and as a Tennessee Democrat, we hate to say this, but when Marsha Blackburn is sworn in, we're gonna be missing some Bob Corker, if only a little bit:

"If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

And that's all Bob Corker needed to say about that. Oh wait just kidding he said more too:

Um, pretty sure Bob Corker just accused Jim Mattis and Mike Pompeo of lying to the Senate. Is that a thing we care about anymore in Trump's America?

GOP Alabama Senator Richard Shelby said the briefing with Haspel "confirmed a lot of our thoughts about the reprehensible killing to begin with," by which he meant their "thoughts" about how MBS outright ordered the bone saw assassination.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins accurately summed up where we find ourselves right now:

There was, of course, drama, because not all the senators got to go see Gina Haspel today. Rand Paul was a REAL doofus about it.

"I can't even ask to be included in it because I didn't know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media. That's not the way it should be. She should have come and testified in front of all senators," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. "If you have some senators who are more equal than others, that is not democratic representation."

Oh for Christ's sake, Rand, it was for Republican and Democratic leadership on certain committees, and yes, we get why the whole Senate should be briefed, but when you start whining about how some senators are "more equal than others," that's when it's time to STFU and go mow your lawn and hope your next-door neighbor isn't angrily lurking around.

Anyway, if the Trump administration thought it would shut up the senators on the GOP side -- who also seem to be kind of concerned about our continued support for the Saudi war in Yemen, as they should be -- it sounds like maybe this didn't work.

Or maybe they'll all roll over and die because Trump says mean things about them on Twitter, like they usually do.

Who the fuck knows.

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          Three reasons why Turkish president urged Saudis to end Yemen war      Cache   Translate Page      
Alwaght – The deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen and the frequent international organizations’ reports about the depth of the tragedy in the war-torn Arab state begin to unleash...
          Yemen Görüşmeleri İçin Taraflar İsveç'e Gidiyorlar      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen'de devam eden şiddet olaylarını sona erdirmek amacıyla İsveç'te yapılması planlanan görüşmeler için taraflar Stockholm'e ulaşmaya başladı
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[…] not about “human rights” but about money and pushing Saudi Crown Prince to move forward with expensive weapons deals and the neoliberalization of Saudi state assets that he had tried to back away from. Viewing the […]
          Comment on Bolton’s Past Advocacy for Israel at US Expense Heralds Dangerous New Era in Geopolitics by Loophole in Bernie Sanders’ Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen | Occupy World Writes      Cache   Translate Page      
[…] is a very likely scenario if SJR 54 is passed given that some top Trump administration officials have a history of providing false intelligence in order to justify aggressive policies and push for military […]
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The head of the World Food Programme David Beasley said today the WFP is preparing for “a worst case scenario” in Yemen, which would be if the Hodeidah port becomes “unoperational.” UNTV CH
          Why Lies About the War on Yemen Matter      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Tony Badran takes another crack at justifyingTrump’s subservience to Saudi Arabia. Inevitably, this means telling lots of lies about Iran and Yemen: The lead paragraph of Trump’s statement identifies Iran’s destructive regional role, and correctly assigns to it, in the first line, responsibility for the extended war in Yemen. … Continue reading "Why Lies About the War on Yemen Matter"

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          Report: Saudi Coalition Diverting Weapons to Yemeni Militias      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. A forthcoming documentary accuses the Saudi and Emirati governments of passing weapons purchased from the U.S., Britain, and other Western governments to militias in Yemen in violation of the agreements governing those sales: An investigation into weapons being used in the war in Yemen has shown numerous examples of … Continue reading "Report: Saudi Coalition Diverting Weapons to Yemeni Militias"

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          Comienzan las negociaciones de paz entre las partes en conflicto en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Integrantes del gobierno oficialmente reconocido de Yemen y representantes de los rebeldes hutíes, enfrentados en una cruenta guerra desde 2015 que ha sumergido al país en una enorme crisis humanitaria, se encontrarán mañana en la localidad de Upsala, en Suecia, para comenzar los diálogos tendientes a poner punto final al conflicto. El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Yemen, Jaled al Yamani, encabezará la delegación del gobierno en las negociaciones con los rebeldes hutíes, según informó el asesor presidencial yemení, Abdul Aziz Ahmad Jabari, al sitio ruso _Sputnik_. El asesor dijo además que el gobierno “está listo para abordar cualquier tema que conduzca al establecimiento de una paz real en el país”. Por su parte, la delegación hutí partió ayer desde Saná, la capital yemení, hacia Suecia. Junto con ellos viajó el mediador de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), el británico Martin Griffiths, que se encontraba desde el lunes en Yemen junto a los insurgentes. Los rebeldes hutíes “no escatimarán ningún esfuerzo para hacer que vayan bien las negociaciones destinadas a restablecer la paz”, declaró a la agencia _AFP_ Mohamed Abdelsalam, quien dirige la delegación rebelde, integrada por 12 miembros. Una de las medidas que precedieron el encuentro en Suecia es la firma de un acuerdo entre el gobierno del presidente Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, quien se encuentra exiliado en la ciudad de Adén, en el sur del país, y los rebeldes, para el intercambio de centenares de prisioneros. Hadi Haig, responsable de la cuestión de los detenidos para el gobierno yemení, declaró que el acuerdo firmado afectará a entre 1.500 y 2.000 miembros de las fuerzas gubernamentales y entre 1.000 y 1.500 rebeldes hutíes. El lunes la evacuación de centenares de hutíes heridos hacia Omán representó una “medida de confianza” para desencallar el inicio de las negociaciones de paz en territorio sueco, declaró en un tuit Anwar Gargash, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Emiratos Árabes Unidos, uno de los países que junto a Arabia Saudita y a otras naciones sunitas del mundo árabe lidera la coalición gubernamental que enfrenta a los rebeldes, que tienen bajo su control una parte importante del país, incluyendo Saná. Los hutíes –quienes son predominantemente chiitas y cuentan con el apoyo de Irán– están enfrentados desde 2015 con el gobierno de Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi. Según cifras oficiales, ya han muerto debido al conflicto más de 10.000 personas y cerca de 60.000 resultaron heridas, pero además dos tercios de la población yemení –cerca de 22 millones de habitantes– depende exclusivamente de la ayuda externa para poder subsistir, lo que ha generado la mayor crisis humanitaria que vive actualmente el mundo, con millones de personas al borde de la hambruna.
          Retró kerámia fali kép Szegedi Dóm NMÁ - Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Eladó a képeken látható kerámia fali kép (Szegedi Dóm) a képek szerinti állapotban.  
Jó állapotú, fotók szerinti állapotban, a fotók az eladó termékről készültek.
Személyes átvétel: Budaörsön a lakásomon, vagy Bp. XI. Mezőkövesd úton a munkahelyemen lehet előre egyeztetett időpontban.
Posta: DPD futár jól becsomagolva, de a vevő felelősségére!  
Kérem neézzen szét egyéb termékeim között is, (LD: LENT GALÉRIA!!! ) folyamatosan töltök fel mindenféle terméket: háztartási dolgokat is festményeket, rézkarcokat, szobrokat!
Retró  kerámia fali kép Szegedi Dóm NMÁ
Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-09 21:14
          Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Hordókészítők NMÁ - Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Eladó a képeken látható kerámia kályha csempe szobor hordókészítők a képek szerinti állapotban. Egyéb termékeim között van még 2 hasonló csempe szobor, az utolsó képeken láthatóak!
Jó állapotú, fotók szerinti állapotban, a fotók az eladó termékről készültek.
Személyes átvétel: Budaörsön a lakásomon, vagy Bp. XI. Mezőkövesd úton a munkahelyemen lehet előre egyeztetett időpontban.
Posta: DPD futár jól becsomagolva, de a vevő felelősségére!  
Kérem neézzen szét egyéb termékeim között is, (LD: LENT GALÉRIA!!! ) folyamatosan töltök fel mindenféle terméket: háztartási dolgokat is festményeket, rézkarcokat, szobrokat!
Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Hordókészítők NMÁ
Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-09 21:13
          Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Csellózó lány NMÁ - Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Eladó a képeken látható kerámia kályha csempe szobor csellózó lányka a képek szerinti állapotban. Egyéb termékeim között van még 2 hasonló csempe szobor, az utolsó képeken láthatóak!
Jó állapotú, fotók szerinti állapotban, a fotók az eladó termékről készültek.
Személyes átvétel: Budaörsön a lakásomon, vagy Bp. XI. Mezőkövesd úton a munkahelyemen lehet előre egyeztetett időpontban.
Posta: DPD futár jól becsomagolva, de a vevő felelősségére!  
Kérem neézzen szét egyéb termékeim között is, (LD: LENT GALÉRIA!!! ) folyamatosan töltök fel mindenféle terméket: háztartási dolgokat is festményeket, rézkarcokat, szobrokat!
Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Csellózó lány NMÁ
Jelenlegi ára: 815 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-09 21:11
          Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Sárkányölő Szent György NMÁ - Jelenlegi ára: 1 416 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Eladó a képeken látható kerámia kályha csempe szobor Szent György a képek szerinti állapotban. Egyéb termékeim között van még 2 hasonló csempe szobor, az utolsó képeken láthatóak!
Jó állapotú, fotók szerinti állapotban, a fotók az eladó termékről készültek.
Személyes átvétel: Budaörsön a lakásomon, vagy Bp. XI. Mezőkövesd úton a munkahelyemen lehet előre egyeztetett időpontban.
Posta: DPD futár jól becsomagolva, de a vevő felelősségére!  
Kérem neézzen szét egyéb termékeim között is, (LD: LENT GALÉRIA!!! ) folyamatosan töltök fel mindenféle terméket: háztartási dolgokat is festményeket, rézkarcokat, szobrokat!
Retró cserép kályha cserépkályha csempe kerámia szobor Sárkányölő Szent György NMÁ
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Az aukció vége: 2018-12-09 21:10
          Yemen peace talks cannot afford to fail, relief organisations warn      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Body Language Analysis No. 4364: Vladimir Putin's and Mohammed bin Salman's High Five at the G20 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)      Cache   Translate Page      



Putin has never smiled so sincerely on the world stage. And in spite of increasingly disturbing details continuing to emerge regarding the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Crown Prince was similarly celebratory.

In a nonverbal amalgam of a High-Five and a Bro handshake, Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman conducted more than a bit of theater in Buenos Aires on Friday, 30 November 2018. Their actions could easily be substituted for two athletes - jubilant after scoring a goal.

Both Putin and the Prince have had journalists and their political enemies killed - and yet both men have gone unpunished. Moreover, Russia has recently renewed its military aggression against Ukraine - while the Saudi-led War in Yemen continues to kill tens of thousands of civilians via explosives, disease, and massive starvation.

What follows is a detailed nonverbal analysis of this G20 moment.


In this screen-grab, we can see Putin's:

• Eyelids are momentarily closed
• Forehead is relaxed
• Lower eyelids are evanescently furrowed
• Cheek muscles are vectored primarily upward
• Upper teeth are showing (while his lower teeth are not exposed)
• Face is blushing

Vladimir's smile is NOT feigned - rather it's quite sincere. Moreover, there's also a component of laughter. In this moment, the Russian is experiencing true joy-happiness.

The elevation of their hands is also quite significant - for the higher the hands, the greater the joy. 


A split second later, their hands enthusiastically meet. Donald Trump, in the background, appears to be looking briefly at the two men.


Mohammed bin Salman then pats the back of Vladimir Putin's right hand three times. While in serious contexts, such momentary double hand clasps would be a dominance display - in the midst of true joy-happiness, this action augments their jovial emotions - similar to back-slapping. It also serves as a bonding agent.

Note that Putin's eyelids are still completely closed - a characteristic common to significant and sincere laughter.


The majority of times, during traditional handshakes, most people make the profound mistake of making very little eye contact. Yet, as the Crown Prince continues to pat President Putin's hand, the Russian reestablishes eye contact.

These two additional handshake components - the Prince's hand patting and Putin's repeated eye contact - are crucial and drive home the significance and true sincerity of this moment.


As they turn to sit down and Mohammed bin Salman turns his face in view of the camera, we can see he also has a sincere smile of true joy-happiness (aka a Duchenne Smile). His closed/almost closed eyelids also signal a component of true laughter.


As he sits down Putin gives the Prince another round of eye contact.


And another.


After they sit down, they once again shake hands in the bro-handshake - common to younger men in informal settings. Mohammed bin Salman crescendos into more intense laughter - while Putin continues his sincere smiling.


In another intriguing moment, both men simultaneously readjust in their chairs. This behavior, termed Mirroring, is a signal they are of similar mindsets, they like each other - and indeed are in sync.


The Saudi Crown Prince then rapidly rotates his head once quickly to his right (0:22 - 0:23) - very much nonverbally celebrating/exclaiming to his partner, "Can you believe it! This is too good to be true!" - as the Russian President looks on.


Putin then clears his throat (0:23) as he displays just a bit of post-performance anxiety - signifying the thought-emotion of, "Okay, that bit of acting is over".

SUMMARY: There's no doubt that Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman at least partially choreographed their greeting at the G20 for all the world to witness. And in so doing, they were very deliberately giving the middle finger to the rest of the planet - particularly the United States, the U.S. Senate - and especially President Trump.

If you were directing a film and desired to signal to your audience that these two characters had indeed planned this scene - look no further than Putin and the Crown Prince for an example. But, it's crucial to note, that although their performance was planned, at the same time both men were quite sincere in their displays of true joy.

Acts some people find to be heinous and reprehensible - are those in which others will take pleasure.

You may very well despise Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman - but here's the Rub: to note similar times when someone who you like, believe, and/or trust - exhibits identical nonverbal behavior (e.g., in everyday scenarios). If we fall victim to confirmation bias - would we then be able to spot the lie? The Insincerity? The manipulation? No - most people would be fooled.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4363: Ivanka Trump's GMA Interview 

Body Language Analysis No. 4361: Donald Trump "Jokes" about leaving office

Body Language Analysis No. 4359: Trump and Putin in Paris

Body Language Analysis No. 4357: Donald Trump's response, "What a stupid question"

Body Language Analysis No. 4353: The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi and Trump's Defense of Saudi Arabia

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4312: South Korea Defeats Germany at The World Cup

Body Language Analysis No. 4299: Bill Clinton confronted regarding Monica Lewinsky Affair

Body Language Analysis No. 4287: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Why Do We Kiss with Our Eyes' Closed (most of the time)

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          You can't bring in crazed antelope Mr Glass / WED 12-5-18 / Organization honored on October 24 / Suffering caused by reader prejudice / Beekeeper of filmdom      Cache   Translate Page      
Constructor: Alan Arbesfeld

Relative difficulty: I don't know, I just sort of gave up ... probably on the Challenging side because of the gibberish


THEME: UNITED NATIONS (35A: Organization honored on October 24 ... and the theme of this puzzle) — "nations" all shoved together ("united"), and then reimagined as a wacky phrase:

Theme answers:
  • "IRA, NO MANIC ELAND!" (17A: "You can't bring in a crazed antelope, Mr. Glass!")
  • CUB ALE BAN ON (23A: Wrigley Field's beer boycott goes into effect?)
  • MA LIES TO NIA (50A: Mother isn't straight with actress Vardalos?)
  • PERUSER BIAS PAIN (57A: Suffering caused by reader prejudice?)
Word of the Day: ALAN KING (37D: Comic who said "If you want to read about love and marriage, you've got to buy two separate books") —
Alan King (born Irwin Alan Kniberg; December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004) was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He was also a serious actor who appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes. (wikipedia)
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Don't think I'll write much about this one. There are so many obvious problems that it just seems cruel. But a few words before I go. First, when you're dealing with a holiday, or a commemorative day of any kind, it's best to run the puzzle on that day. Barring that, then *near* that day. This is especially true of a day no one knows or cares about. I'm now realizing the whole irksome thing of running an October 24 puzzle on December 5 could've been avoided simply by choosing One Of Probably Infinite Other UNITED NATIONS Clues Available To You. Or, you know, by running this puzzle on the actual date of October 24 ... which was ... Also A Wednesday (!) OMF#@$#$@. Wow. OK. Then there's the theme itself, which is so gibberishy and involved so much repronunciation that it felt more like torture than pleasure. I finished with a typo at ISM (I had IST ... you can guess how thrilled I was to make a typo on that delightful bit of fill) (5D: Suffix with ideal), because my brain was parsing it as "IRA, NOT A NICE ELAND!", which admittedly seems ridiculous, but really ... I mean look at this puzzle. Who is it to tell me what's "ridiculous"? Anyway, figuring out those themers was a chore—one made infinitely more tedious by the dodgy fill that runs through the veins of this entire thing. All I have to do is direct you to column 6 (the ISM column). Just read down. ISM ULEE ESME. There should be some alarm that goes off on your puzzle any time you get a crosswordese bingo in your grid like that. Red lights. Sirens. Sirens that scream "ISM-ULEE-ESME! ISM-ULEE-ESME!" The works.


Someone I know got so annoyed at this grid that they made a whole new one:


This is the extremes to which some solvers will go to find amusement when the crossword lets them down so badly. I like the new grid. Its main problem is that it still contains all the dumb theme stuff. Thank god for crossword Twitter and the #NYTXW hashtag—they are a solace on days like this. Pain is easier to bear when it's shared:





(note: @AVCXWord is the American Values Crossword and @bewildering_ly is the Twitter handle of Will Nediger, whose (free) indie puzzle site is here. OK, back to the tweets...)




OK, then, bye.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld (Twitter @rexparker / #NYTXW)

PS what the hell is up with the clue on STARVE??? (45D: Eschew rather than chew?) Presumably if you're "starving" you just don't have *&^#ing food; you're not "eschewing" anything. This is a clue from someone who has plenty of food and never thinks about, I don't know, the 85K children (to date) who have starved to death in Yemen. "Eschewed"!? And all for a stupid pun?! Amazing. You could've saved this clue for FAST, where it would've been, you know, appropriate.

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          Lack of Preparedness and Insecurity Hampered Response to Cholera Epidemic in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health identifies 20 top recommendations to mitigate future cholera outbreaks in Yemen and other humanitarian emergencies.
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BM Yemen Özel Temsilcisi Martin Griffiths, Yemenli tarafların İsveç'e ulaştığını ve barış görüşmelerini yarın başlatacağını duyurdu
          Yemen: Părţile beligerante deschid miercuri, în Suedia, negocierile de pace      Cache   Translate Page      
Negocierile cruciale pentru pace în Yemen vor începe joi în Suedia, sub egida ONU, între guvernul de la Sanaa, susţinut de Arabia Saudită, şi rebelii sprijiniţi de Iran, a anunţat miercuri mediatorul Naţiunilor Unite, britanicul Martin Griffiths, relatează AFP. Mediatorul ONU "doreşte să anunţe relansarea procesului politic inter-yemenit, la 6 decembrie 2018, în Suedia", au făcut cunoscut serviciile sale pe Twitter. Delegaţia rebelilor a ajuns marţi seară în Suedia la bordul unui avion special kuweitian cu care s-a deplasat şi emisarul Naţiunilor Unite. Reprezentanţii guvernului, plecaţi de la Riad, au aterizat miercuri seară la Stockholm. Războiul durează din 2014 în Yemen, unde foametea ameninţă în prezent o mare parte a populaţiei. Aceste negocieri sunt primele din 2016. Delegaţia guvernamentală yemenită, alcătuită din 12 membri, este condusă de ministrul de externe Khaled al-Yamani, a precizat o sursă apropiată acestei delegaţii. Ea este "purtătoare de speranţă pentru poporul yemenit", a declarat Abdullah al-Alimi, şeful de cabinet al preşedintelui Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi care s-a refugiat în Arabia Saudită după ce capitala Sanaa a fost cucerită de rebelii houthi în 2014. Delegaţia guvernamentală va depune toate eforturile "pentru reuşita consultărilor (din Suedia) pe care le considerăm ca o ocazie reală de a restabili pacea", a subliniat Abdullah al-Alimi într-un mesaj pe Twitter. Experţi şi surse diplomatice s-au arătat prudenţi înaintea acestor consultări menite să ajute la "edificarea încrederii" între cele două părţi. O sursă diplomatică din cadrul Consiliului de Securitate al ONU a declarat pentru AFP că există "speranţe foarte slabe" pentru ca aceste negocieri să ducă la progrese concerte.AGERPRES/(AS - editor: Alic Mîrza, editor online: Adrian Dădârlat)
          Press Releases: Yemen Consultations in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      
Press Statement
Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 4, 2018


As consultations are set to commence between the Republic of Yemen Government and the Houthis in Sweden, the United States calls on parties to engage fully and genuinely, and cease any ongoing hostilities. The people of Yemen have suffered far too long. The parties owe it to their fellow Yemenis to seize this opportunity. We strongly support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has undertaken tremendous effort to bring these consultations to fruition, and thank the Government of Sweden for hosting. We have no illusions that this process will be easy, but we welcome this necessary and vital first step. Now is the time for Yemenis to replace conflict with reconciliation and work together to realize a brighter future for Yemen. Peace, prosperity, and security can be on the horizon and those participating in the consultations have the chance to be part of a new chapter in Yemen’s history.


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After previous false starts and amid mounting international pressure from the United States and other Western powers, the warring sides in Yemen's catastrophic civil war are engaging in low-key U.N.-brokered peace "consultations" in Sweden. But diplomats caution that participants seem unlikely to make major compromises, and the focus is more on de-escalation. On Tuesday, the Saudi-backed internationally recognized government and rebel Houthis, who are backed by Iran, agreed...
          Venezuela gold rush feeds a growing malaria epidemic      Cache   Translate Page      

Handsome and with neatly slicked hair, Victor Gonzales looks like he belongs more in a boy band than among the dirt-clad miners around El Callao.

 

Originally from Caracas, the 25-year-old made the journey to the mining town in Bolívar state with his wife five months before IRIN encountered him in August.

 

“You can’t live in the city anymore; there's no cash, that’s why so many people are coming to the mines. If not, they are leaving the country,” he says. But behind his meek smile, Victor is carrying a daily burden that is preventing him from working each day: malaria.

 

 

Alongside Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, Venezuela is one of four countries worldwide that has seen an alarming increase in cases of the mosquito-borne disease.

 

The World Health Organization raised the alarm in April after a report found that cases of the malaria had jumped 69 percent in 2017 from the previous year. In October, the president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation said the number so far in 2018 was more than 650,000 – if confirmed that would represent an additional 60 percent increase on 2017, with several months still to go.

 

 

 

(Source: WHO, PAHO, Federación Médica de Venezuela)

In the Sifontes municipality, next to El Callao, the towns of Las Claritas and Tumeremo, where illegal mining thrives, have the highest number of reported cases in the country. As far back as 2013, 60 percent of Venezuela’s malaria cases were found in Sifontes.

 

Last year, the estimate for the whole country was 406,000 cases, five times higher than 2013. Now, hospitals in Caracas, which has long had a very low number of cases, are seeing a rapid increase in patients sick with the disease, and most come from mines in Bolívar state.

 

“I have already been sick for six days,” says Victor. “Because I sleep in the mine I got infected. This is the fourth time in five months I have had it.”

 

‘Survival of the fittest’

 

Away from the scant food shelves and despondent queues seen throughout many of Venezuela’s major cities, El Callao, on the country’s eastern frontier with Guyana, is booming.

 

“Here in El Callao, thank God, we don’t suffer this crisis; we are blessed with the richness of gold,” says Alberto Garcia, one of the many Venezuelans to have flocked here.

 

El Callao is Venezuela’s gold capital, and it never sleeps. Gold dealers operate a 24-hour service seven days a week and Garcia is one of them, getting in on the rush. Having arrived two years ago from the city of Valencia, he managed to get connected fast and now works as a buyer. He is one of the lucky ones.  

 

Along the side-street where Garcia works, Syrian, Israeli, and Iranian flags can be seen draped inside shop windows. “People from all over the world are here in El Callao,” says Garcia. “It’s a very profitable place.”

 

Like Garcia, dealers buy gold from local miners then sell it outside the country. Despite this operation being illegal, the transactions take place in broad daylight in front of the authorities.

 

But this thriving economy comes at a price: a conflict between the military and local mafias is raging, the mining has brought widespread environmental devastation, and the malaria epidemic is threatening to engulf the entire region. “Here in El Callao,” says Garcia, “it’s survival of the fittest.”

 

A rapid resurgence

 

Venezuela was once internationally celebrated for its robust eradication programme. The country waged a vigorous campaign in the 1930s against the virus, which was considered to be endemic.

 

Led by physician Arnoldo Gabaldón, a nationwide prevention programme using the insecticide DDT was launched throughout the 1940s. By 1955, 10 years after the programme started, the rate was lowered to one per 100,000 people, and in 1961 the WHO declared malaria eradicated from 68 percent of a malaria zone that included two thirds of the country.

 

Today, it's a different story.

 

Foreign imposed sanctions are tightening against the government of Nicolás Maduro, who still downplays the severity of the malaria problem. The means to counter the growing epidemic remain slim as money runs out and years of import controls have caused a lack of mosquito nets and other preventative equipment.

 

After years of wild spending that pumped money into Cuban-style health missions for the poor, the public healthcare system has been neglected for years and is in deep crisis.

 

Other factors that have helped malaria’s spread include the breakdown of water-pumping systems that increased breeding grounds for mosquitoes, the end of the fumigation programme, and internal migration within Venezuela to affected areas.

 

Treatment issues

 

Plasmodium vivax is the most common of the three species of the malaria-carrying parasite that circulate in the area.

 

Medicine shortages and a lack of prevention programmes have serious consequences for those infected.

 

Victor wakes up at around 5am to join the queue at the Juan German Hospital. Each day from dawn until dusk the hospital car park fills with families, couples, and single men of all ages, most of them wear their mining boots.

 

Despite the prospect of free medicine, there is no guarantee a day's wait outside the hospital will get you treatment. Medicine shortages are so acute now that self-treatment options are becoming increasingly common. Children as young as four can be seen among the miners who lie out sick across the tarmac.

 

Health workers say that even in the smaller clinics they can receive up to 200 new patients daily. Age, a delay in seeking treatment, and self-treatment prior to professional care all affect the number of the parasites in the blood.

 

Plasmodium vivax is particularly difficult to treat, as it can lie dormant in the liver for months, in some cases years. The medicine Primaquine should be taken for 14 days to treat vivax; but low supplies and unpredictable delivery leave many patients unable to complete the full treatment. Stories of patients in desperate need of cash selling their prescriptions, only to relapse a few weeks later, are also common.

 

With plasmodium falciparum – the deadliest of the three types of malaria in the area – also prevalent, dozens of people reportedly die each month in El Callao. Obtaining statistics on exact numbers is very difficult due to the reluctance to release reliable data. At Juan German Hospital on one August day, an old Cadillac serving as a mortuary vehicle came and went several times.

 

A short walk from Juan German Hospital, the medicines needed to treat malaria are easily bought on the black market along with the plastic strips used for the blood smear microscopy examinations.

 

Primaquine and Chloroquine pills taken from the hospital are sold on the black market for up to two grams of gold on the street corners. Five Venezuelan military personnel guard the hospital doors, but medicines always find a way out.

 

“Everyone knows who is profiting from the blackmarket trade here, the mafias and the army work together,” says Victor. For miners like Victor who are too sick to work and therefore to pay black market prices, it’s an agonising wait to receive medicine from the hospital.

 

Despite recent government efforts to dispel the criminal networks that have long reigned in Venezuela´s wildcat mines, little on the ground changes. Military generals lay claim to freshly captured mines and mafias are replaced with new armed groups. An effective response to the malaria epidemic seems to fall behind the long list of priorities in present-day Venezuela.

 

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screenshot_2018-12-05_at_18.45.23.png News feature Health Politics and Economics Venezuela gold rush feeds a growing malaria epidemic Frederick Gillingham IRIN EL CALLAO/Venezuela Americas Venezuela
          Comment on Australia’s Current Affair runs Islamic dawah, claims Australians converting to Islam in record numbers by Jay Wizzy      Cache   Translate Page      
What about clitodirectomy? Are these female converts letting their clit cut off like unjust Muhammad commanded to? Where is the ambition for justice, love, truth & freedom from religion, where the passion for justice for atheists & other non-Muhammadists tortured, oppressed, mass-murdered & imprisoned by Muhammadist organisations, where the passion to free African slaves enslaved today from racist Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon & so on to Mauritania. Justice, truth, love, friendliness, human rights, ecology, freedom from religion, liberation, global imperialism, these are values that must take a more important role in our life.
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Yemen Talks to Start Wednesday as Wounded Houthis Are Evacuated | UN envoy to escort Houthi delegation to talks in Sweden

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Democrats are abandoning the war in Yemen that Obama supported. The 2020 presidential race could spur a real Democratic foreign policy debate.
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GOP senators are now convinced that the Saudi Crown prince ordered the killing. As punishment, they just might stop helping him commit war crimes.
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Hi Blink, I think ምልሻ ጣፍ must be phrase of the year. Now you are saying Saay needs help with his twitter. You can say anything else you want but needs help with twitter / his english really. Are you saying all the stuff IA accused of, proved and in fact has admitted responsibility is not true (may be not with Sudan but for sure with Ethiopia, Yemen and Djibouti). You know misinformation is the word of year according to dictionary. Berhe
          Comment on Eritreans Conclude a Two-Day Meeting in Denver, CO by Blink      Cache   Translate Page      
Dear berhe Thanks for the info , remember saay also has his buddy shewiq Ahmed helping him with his Twitter . Saay also was the flagman of weyane for the sanction, he was also claiming the following 1. Eritrea started war with Sudan 2. Eritrea started war with Yemen 3. Eritrea started war with Djibouti 4. Eritrea started war with Weyane So he suddenly has the audacity to put people who disagreed with him in his old position.
          1 Ft! TOM TAILOR PULÓVER KISLÁNYNAK 6-7 ÉV SZÉP! - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

TOM TAILOR
pulóver
kislánynak
 116-122  méretben   6-7 év
Kérésre szívesen mérek!
Képek szerinti  szép állapotban!
Mosva, tisztán küldöm!
Sok szép baba- és gyerekruha és játék
kedvező áron!
A 2017-es postai díjszabást találja a borítékra kattintva!
Postázási feltételek:
Az utalt összeg jóváírását követően,
1-2 munkanapon belül küldöm a csomagot!
Csak "1Ft"-ért nyert terméket nem postázok, személyesen átvehető lakhelyemen!
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1 Ft! TOM TAILOR PULÓVER   KISLÁNYNAK   6-7 ÉV  SZÉP!
Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-08 19:46
          1 Ft! M&S FODROS TUNIKA (VASTAGABB) KISLÁNYNAK 110/ 4-5 ÉV SZÉP! - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

M&S
vastagabb
kapucnis, fodros tunika
kislánynak
 110 - es méretben   4-5 év
Kérésre szívesen mérek!
Képek szerinti  szép állapotban!
Mosva, tisztán küldöm!
Sok szép baba- és gyerekruha és játék
kedvező áron!
A 2017-es postai díjszabást találja a borítékra kattintva!
Postázási feltételek:
Az utalt összeg jóváírását követően,
1-2 munkanapon belül küldöm a csomagot!
Csak "1Ft"-ért nyert terméket nem postázok, személyesen átvehető lakhelyemen!
Banki adatok: OTP

1 Ft!  M&S FODROS TUNIKA (VASTAGABB)   KISLÁNYNAK  110/  4-5 ÉV  SZÉP!
Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-08 19:45
          1 Ft! Y.D. FLAMINGÓS TUNIKA KISLÁNYNAK 3-4 ÉV SOK 1Ft-os AUKCIÓ! - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

Y. D.
flamingós tunika
kislánynak
 104-es  méretben   3-4 év
Kérésre szívesen mérek!
Képek szerinti  jó állapotban!
Mosva, tisztán küldöm!
1. kép AJÁNLÁS!
Sok szép baba- és gyerekruha és játék
kedvező áron!
A 2017-es postai díjszabást találja a borítékra kattintva!
Postázási feltételek:
Az utalt összeg jóváírását követően,
1-2 munkanapon belül küldöm a csomagot!
Csak "1Ft"-ért nyert terméket nem postázok, személyesen átvehető lakhelyemen!
Banki adatok: OTP

1 Ft! Y.D. FLAMINGÓS TUNIKA  KISLÁNYNAK  3-4  ÉV   SOK 1Ft-os AUKCIÓ!
Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-08 19:35
          Johns Hopkins Report Recommends Better Epidemic Preparedness, Response To Cholera In Yemen, Other Humanitarian Emergencies      Cache   Translate Page      
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Lack of Preparedness and Insecurity Hampered Response to Cholera Epidemic in Yemen “…The new report [from the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health], ‘Cholera in Yemen: a case study of epidemic preparedness and response,’ calls for better anticipation of and preparedness for epidemics in complex humanitarian emergencies withMore


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Reuters: Yemen sterilizes Sanaa water supplies as cholera outbreak picks up again “Authorities in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa are sterilizing water supplies at wells, distribution networks, and houses to help stem the world’s worst outbreak of cholera…” (Khalid et al., 12/2). U.N. News: Conditions deteriorating alarmingly in Yemen, warns senior U.N. official “Conditions inMore


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Can it be stopped? RJ Eskow discusses.

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          I colloqui di pace per lo Yemen in Svezia non avvicinano la pace      Cache   Translate Page      
La pace in Yemen passerà forse anche per la Svezia. Ma il paese dell’Europa del Nord non sarà ricordato come il luogo dove sarà sotterrata l’ascia di guerra. Restano ancora molto lontane le posizioni delle due principali parti in causa, gli insorti huthi e le forze lealiste filo-saudite. Entrambe ritengono ancora che il modo migliore per raggiungere […]
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Khashoggi scandal ramps up scrutiny over backing of Riyadh, with focus on arms sales
          Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal      Cache   Translate Page      


While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending to create the epidemic through the U.S.-Saudi war on Yemen. And what may turn out to be the most widespread poisoning of water sources around the globe ever is the use of chemicals on U.S. military bases — chemicals that are not needed, used on bases that are worse than not needed.
Yemen
Many of us have been trying to halt senseless counterproductive mass-murder in Yemen since it was a “Constitutional scholar” president doing it with robotic airplanes. The legislation currently in play in Congress leaves a loophole you could fly a thousand drones through. But, as a step, it is well worth taking. Already having moved from 55 to 37 senators voting for endless, unquestioned, and undebated genocide was a step worth taking between last March and last week. When public pressure and Congress blocked Obama from a massive bombing campaign on Syria five years ago, that too was a step worth taking. But refusing to bring something to a vote because it would fail (as with Syria) doesn’t have the same precedent-setting ring to it as passing legislation to end a crime long underway. That’s what may be possible now on Yemen.
The shortcomings of the current Congressional action must be known if we are to build on it. The Senate still must vote on cloture, on — likely both good and terrible — amendments, and on final passage. And then there’s the House, and then there’s the threatened veto, and then there’s the question of expecting compliance from a president explicitly granted immunity from impeachment by Nancy Pelosi, by preemptive strike as it were. And then there’s that loophole that allows any war to roll on that claims to be against Al Qaeda. The fact that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been partnering with Al Qaeda on the destruction of Yemen is absolutely no reason the White House won’t claim the war is against Al Qaeda.
Understanding all of that should make clear to us that a long-term and relentless public education and mobilization campaign is needed locally and globally, and that the notion of a “good war” must be disallowed and defunded along with the murdering of Yemeni families. We must encourage Congress to get a move on with each step it takes, even while condemning legislation that violates the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact by claiming to allow certain varieties of the crime of war. The notion that Saudi Arabia should not be helped out in the murder of tens of thousands and potentially millions of people because it murdered one particular person (Jamal Khashoggi) must be permitted to accomplish whatever good it can, even while we work to help people see through the idea that selling bombs only to nations that don’t “violate human rights” is a piece of grotesque nonsense, as there is no use of bombs that respects human rights. Banning weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, for whatever reasons, is a step that must be taken in addition to — and if possible by amendment to — the legislation that would cut off U.S. military participation in the slaughter.
All of that being grasped, the fact remains that there is a reason that Trump has threatened a veto, and a reason that he sent Pompeo and Mattis scurrying over to the Senate to beg and plead for genocide, even though they apparently had nothing whatsoever to use to persuade even some of the most bloodthirsty senators ever to have lived. The White House and Pentagon and State Department are horrified at the prospect of the Congress, after a couple of centuries of ever increasing slumber, waking up and doing its job and stopping a war. Imagine if this were to really happen. What would prevent some Congress member’s brain from stumbling across the thought that if one war could be ended, another might be as well? What would prevent ending a half dozen of the ghastly horrors? What would prevent Congress members from hearing people’s screams immediately upon the start of each new war and voting immediately to block any war? This is the nightmare that keeps weapons profiteers tossing and turning in their gold-plated beds.
Why were 55 Senators for Genocide reduced to 37? Three reasons: public pressure, the murder of Khashoggi, and the fact that the Pentagon told a bunch of simplistic lies and made a bunch of baseless promises eight months ago and didn’t think up anything new to explain them away this time around. Each of these three reasons is encouraging and worth building on.
1. The relentless lie that the corruption is complete and that the public cannot have any influence has to be torn down as many times as it takes. If people were aware that public pressure was a big influence on last week’s vote, there would be a 100-fold increase in public pressure.
2. While it seems ridiculous to turn against the murder of thousands of people because of the murder of one person, that very sort of nonsense has always been available in every war. U.S. war efforts and those of their allies are always accompanied by vicious outrages outside of the framework typically thought of as the war. Saudi Arabia publicly murders or whips people in small numbers all the time. Ukrainian Nazis are no better. (An anniversary of the Odessa Massacre is coming up.) Allies in Afghanistan and Iraq make the Mafia look like a peace and justice club. Allies being courted for a hoped-for war on Iran make Ukrainian Nazis look like a pink pussy-hat march. More study is needed of how a particular atrocity can be forced into the U.S. corporate media.
3. When a White House loses credibility even with U.S. Senators, something else is going on that needs to be encouraged and promoted. The U.S. public may not have rushed into the streets when Obama’s wars became Trump’s, but certain parts of the corporate elite and the silent middle-class and even of the U.S. government have lost their faith in the redemptive power of genocide. Any wedge that can now be placed between Congress and the White House that could lead to Congress actually doing its job might work wonders.
Bases
The war on Yemen is killing directly through violence, but more so through the cut-off of supplies and through environmental destruction and the destruction of public resources — results that lead to starvation and disease. People don’t have food. People don’t have clean water. People are afraid to leave their houses. In comparison with this state of affairs, fairy tales about Muslim Mexicans stealing your job seem downright charming.
A Congress that actually did its job would be subpoenaing and making public U.S. military plans for major permanent U.S. bases in the aftermath of Yemen, which I’d bet you a MAGA hat do exist. Most of the rest of the world has been coated with U.S. bases. A major global conference was just held in Ireland on the topic of how to close U.S. bases. A U.S. coalition just announced a proposal on Capitol Hill. The strugglesagainst U.S. bases in Japan and many other places are at fever pitch.
Foreign bases are not just provokers and instigators of war. They’re not just tools for propping up brutal dictatorships. They’re not just the secrets to be hushed up during each future chorus of “But why do they hate us?” They’re not just zones of rape and drunkenness and resentment. They’re not just carcinogenic chemical leaks living under legal immunity. They’re not just would-have-been EPA Superfund Sites to never benefit from any minor pretense of a cleanup because they’re not in the United States. They’re also this: a threat to global water supplies. Pat Elder has summarized this latest toxic development:
“The water in thousands of wells in and around U.S. military installations across the globe have been tested and have been shown to contain harmful levels of PFOS and PFOA. The health effects of exposure to these chemicals include frequent miscarriages and other severe pregnancy complications, like long-term fertility issues. They contaminate human breast milk and sicken breast-feeding babies. PFOS and PFOA contribute to liver damage, kidney cancer, high cholesterol, decreased response to vaccines, an increased risk of thyroid disease, along with testicular cancer, micro-penis, and low sperm count in males.”
Is there some constituency that array of maladies doesn’t concern? Are there certain groups who, after thoughtful consideration, place flags and war slogans above that entire list of illnesses? Of course there are. Until I say this: The “U.S. military installations across the globe” include thousands across the United States. It’s OK to pretend that last sentence isn’t what finally grabbed your attention. That pretense suggests a positive tendency.
Progressive Except for Peace
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s big new speech and article on foreign policy last week pretended that a war on Iraq that killed over 1 million people had killed 6,000; proposed to end wars in order to be more prepared for other wars; dishonestly demonized other nations; advocated “better” weapons; urged that U.S. troops be brought back from Afghanistan “starting now” (rather than ending now — it’s been starting over and over again for more than a decade), and generally promoted militarism while rhetorically opposing it. There was no proposed military budget, no proposed joining of any treaties, no proposed actual ending of any wars, no concrete policy at all, no draft legislation the way one might expect on any other topic.
Senator Bernie Sanders, while helping to lead the push on Yemen, otherwise continues to promote militarism and to address other topics as if militarism were unrelated. Last week over 100 scholars and activists signed a letter to Sanders that thousands of others have since added their names to. Part of the letter — which is addressed to Sanders but could be addressed with minor changes to any other Senator — reads:
“Your recent 10-point plan omits any mention of foreign policy whatsoever. We believe this omission is not just a shortcoming. We believe it renders what does get included incoherent. Military spending is well over 60% of discretionary spending. A public policy that avoids mentioning its existence is not a public policy at all. Should military spending go up or down or remain unchanged? This is the very first question. We are dealing here with an amount of money at least comparable to what could be obtained by taxing the wealthy and corporations (something we are certainly in favor of as well). A tiny fraction of U.S. military spending could end starvation, the lack of clean water, and various diseases worldwide. No humanitarian policy can avoid the existence of the military. No discussion of free college or clean energy or public transit should omit mention of the place where a trillion dollars a year is going. War and preparations for war are among the top destroyers, if not the top destroyer, of our natural environment. No environmental policy can ignore them.”
No environmental policy can ignore them. But every environmental policy does.
A Green New Deal
Have you actually read the Green New Deal — I mean the Democrats’ version under the same name but radically different from the Green Party’s version.
It includes: “decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries,” but does not mention the top producer of carbon around, the U.S. military — or for that matter that the main problem with agriculture is methane, not carbon.
It includes: “decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure,” but no mention of military bases.
It includes “funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases,” but no mention of the military as a top emitter of carbon, and no mention of the military as the place where all the money goes that could be most easily moved into any useful “massive investment.” Instead, the Green New Democrats’ Deal reads:
“Many will say, ‘Massive government investment! How in the world can we pay for this?’ The answer is: in the same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments, new public banks can be created (as in WWII) to extend credit and a combination of various taxation tools (including taxes on carbon and other emissions and progressive wealth taxes) can be employed.”
To read this as anything other than a conscious and explicit commitment to continuing to dump $1 trillion per year into the most environmentally destructive program ever devised, while seeking out any other possible way to pay for a “green deal” would be delusional. If the military budget’s existence were going to be acknowledged, it would have been acknowledged here.
The exclusion of the world’s worst environmental destroyer from environmentalism is not new. It is enshrined in the Kyoto and Paris agreements. It is embodied in the work of all of the biggest environmental organizations. Leading up to the April 2017 Climate March in Washington, D.C., many of us raised as much hell as we could, until a little peace ghetto was permitted in part of the march. I’m not sure that doing that for the upcoming December 10th rally for the Green New Deal makes sense. I think Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues should either admit that the military exists and act accordingly, or not. Here’s what I said at the Climate March:
Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.
Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.
And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels.
And it’s without even considering the fossil fuel consumption of the world’s leading weapons makers, or the pollution caused by the use of those weapons all over the world.
The U.S. is the top weapons dealer to the world, and has weapons on multiple sides of most wars.
The U.S. military created 69% of super fund environmental disaster sites and is the third leading polluter of U.S. waterways.
When the British first developed an obsession with the Middle East, passed along to the United States, the desire was to fuel the British Navy.
What came first? The wars or the oil? It was the wars.
Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil.
But the wars are indeed fought for control of oil. So-called foreign intervention in civil wars is, according to comprehensive studies, 100 times more likely — not where there is suffering, not where there is cruelty, not where there is a threat to the world, but where the country at war has large reserves of oil or the intervener has a high demand for oil.
We need to learn to say
No More Wars for Oil
and
No More Oil for Wars
You know who agrees with that? Pre-presidential campaign Donald Trump. On December 6, 2009, on page 8 of the New York Times a letter to President Obama printed as an advertisement and signed by Trump called climate change an immediate challenge. “Please don’t postpone the earth,” it said. “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
In fact, Trump is now acting to speed up those consequences, an action prosecutable as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court — at least if Trump were African.
It’s also a crime impeachable by the United States Congress — at least if there’s some way to involve sex in it.
Holding this government accountable is up to us.
No More Wars For Oil
No More Oil for Wars
Say it with me.

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언론인들을 비롯해 세계 언론에 관심 있는 사람들을 만나보면, 뉴욕타임즈의 인터렉티브 페이지를 칭찬하거나, 버즈피드 형태를 극찬하거나, 워싱턴포스트의 보도 형태, 가디안의 시도 등을 언급하며 대화 소재로 꺼내기도 한다.

 

그런데 아무도 알자지라를 주목하는 사람은 없더라. 그래서 내가 말해본다. 알자지라도 주목할만 한 언론 웹사이트 중 하나라고. 그 이유를 간략하게 몇 개 꼽아보겠다.  

 

 

색다른 시각

 

한국 언론들이 외신 보도를 번역해서 내놓을 때도 주로 영미권 언론 기사들을 가져온다. 그래서 우린 알게 모르게 세상을 보는 시각이 서구권 시각으로 맞춰져 있다. 

 

이런 상황에 알자지라를 가끔이라도 접하면, 조금은 다른 시각도 접해볼 수 있다. 알자지라는 아랍권 시각으로 주관이 뚜렷한 편이니까. 알자지라를 보는 가장 중요한 이유가 이것이라 할 수 있다.

 

물론 알자지라도 한계가 있긴 있다. 그래서 다른 언론들과 동일한 선상에서 또 하나의 시각으로 보면 된다. 알자지라가 최고라는 것이 아니라, 서구권 언론만 접하는 상황에서 조금이라도 벗어나자는 거다.

 

알자지라 웹사이트를 주목해야 할 이유

 

 

2016년 12월에는 알자지라의 독자적인 시각을 잘 보여주는 사건 하나가 있었다. 십자군 전쟁을 아랍의 시각으로 조명한 다큐멘터리를 제작한 것이다. 당시 서구쪽의 반응이 뜨거웠다(?).

 

* The Crusades: an Arab Perspective

 

위 링크가 메인 페이지이긴 하지만, 한국에서 플래이하면 동영상이 느리게 플래이 될 때가 있기 때문에, 알자지라의 유튜브 공식 채널을 이용하는게 속도 면에선 좋다. 총 4편으로 돼 있고, 영어다.

 

* The Crusades: An Arab Perspective - 유튜브

 

이외에도 이스라엘과 팔레스타인 쪽에서 일어난 사건을 대할 때, 서구권 언론과는 다른 시각을 보여줄 때가 종종 있다.

 

 

인터렉티브 INTERACTIVE

 

뉴욕타임즈가 웹사이트에서 화려한 인터렉티브 뉴스를 보여준 이후, 많은 언론들이 인터렉티브 페이지에 관심을 가졌다. 한국에서도 한창 열을 올리다가 지금은 좀 시들해진 편이다.

 

뉴스 사이트들의 인터렉티브 페이지는, 주로 뉴욕타임즈 스타일이라 할 수 있는, 신기하고 화려한 웹페이지 기술을 보여주는 쪽으로 치중해 있다.

 

하지만 알자지라는 인터렉티브 뉴스에 웹툰을 활용하기도 하고, 360도 동영상, 게임 형태의 페이지, 사용자가 직접 수치를 입력해서 결과를 알아보는 페이 등 다양한 형태를 선보이고 있다.

 

알자지라 웹사이트를 주목해야 할 이유

 

몇 가지 예를 들어보면, '인사이드 알-아크사 (Inside al-Aqsa)' 같은 경우는 360도 회전을 하며 볼 수 있는 동영상이다. 그냥 관광 형태지만, 쉽게 구경할 수 없는 곳을 본다는 의미가 있다.

 

'Flying to Hajj'는 메카 순례에 어디에서 얼마나 많은 사람들이 갔느냐는 데이터를 인터렉티브 웹페이지로 보여준다. 다소 전통적인(?) 인터렉티브 뉴스 페이지라 볼 수 있다.

 

'Divided Jerusalem'은 예루살렘의 동쪽과 서쪽을 동시에 동영상으로 보여주며 비교할 수 있게 해준다. 컨트롤 방식이 좀 이상하긴 하지만, 영상만 보면 거의 비디오 아트라 할 수 있다.

 

이외에도 웹툰 형태로 꾸민 'Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives'도 있고, 게임 형태를 한 'Coding like a girl'도 있다. 그리고 'Palestine Remix'는 설명이 필요없는 그냥 대작이다.

 

이런저런 신기한 기법들이 많지만, 'Media Theorised'를 보면 화려한 기법 없이도 컨텐츠를 알기 쉽게 배치하고 잘 모아놓기만 해도 괜찮은 인터렉티브 페이지가 될 수 있음을 알 수 있다.

 

* 알자지라 인터렉티브 페이지

 

 

기여, 공유

 

아래 이미지는 예맨 내전에 관한 내용인 'Yemen conflict: Who controls what' 기사에 있는 그림이다. 여기서는 그림 내용이 중요한게 아니니, 그냥 이런게 있구나하고 계속 내려가보자.

 

알자지라 웹사이트를 주목해야 할 이유

 

왼쪽 하단에 보면 '크리에이티브 커먼즈' 표기가 있다. 이 부분을 보면, 'CC BY-NC-SA'라고 돼 있다.

 

 

이 표기의 의미는 '저작자 표시-비영리-동일조건 변경 허락'인데, 간단히 말하면 비영리 사용일 경우 저작자 표시만 해주면 퍼가서 사용할 수 있다는 뜻이다. 즉, 블로그 같은 데서 이미지를 퍼와서 사용할 수 있게 해 준거다.

 

알자지라는 이렇게 자체 제작한 그래픽 이미지들을 퍼가서 사용해도 된다고 확실하게 표기하고 있다. 어차피 시간 지나면 큰 쓸모도 없는 그래픽인데, 널리 사용되면 이름도 알리고, 폼도 나고 좋잖아. 사진이야 돈이 되는 거니까 풀어주지 않는다 쳐도, 이런 이미지를 풀어주면 일반 사용자 입장에서도 꽤 도움이 된다.

 

그리고 이건, 이 조직이 꽤 열려있음을 알 수 있는 표식이기도 하다.

 

 

다큐멘터리

 

다른 포스팅에서도 언급했지만, 알자지라의 다큐멘터리들은 상당히 품질이 좋다. 주제와 소재도 다양하고, 업데이트도 많은 편이라 즐겨 찾을 수 밖에 없다. 다큐멘터리 채널 중 WITNESS와 101 EAST 코너는 아주 추천한다.

 

* 알자지라 다큐멘터리 페이지

 

그리고 다큐 외에도 다른 뉴스들을 보여주는데, 알자지라 페이지에서 플래이하면 너무 느려서 볼 수가 없다. 그래서인지 유튜브 채널을 따로 운영중이다. 사이트의 모든 동영상들을 업로드하지는 않지만, 많은 영상들을 업로드해줘서, 편하게 볼 수 있다.

 

* 알자지라 유튜브 채널

 

 

한 발 더 깊이

 

물론 다른 외신들도 사건이 여태까지 진행된 순서를 시간 순으로 정리해준다든지 하는 기사를 종종 내보내주긴 하지만, 알자지라는 이 부분을 조금 더 신경쓰는 것이 보인다.

 

특집으로 다룰만 한 어떤 사건이 있을 때, 거의 어김없이 간략한 진행상황을 보여준다. 예를 들면 'Two Koreas: History at a glance' 기사에서는 한반도가 남북한으로 갈라지고 지금까지의 역사를 간략하게 그래픽으로 보여준다. 특히 팔레스타인은 수시로 다양한 형태로 역사를 요약한 기사를 내보낸다 (예: Palestine: What has been happening since WWI).

 

기사를 주제별로 분류해서 묶어서 보여주다가 어느 시점이 되면 한 번씩 정리를 해 주는데, 이게 꽤 유용하다. 이런 건 한국 언론도 적극 도입했으면 싶다. 이런저런 사건 터져서 뉴스가 쏟아져도 시간 좀 지나면 까먹기 십상이고, 중간에 사건 몇 개 못 봤으면 최근 터지는 일이 이해 안 되기도 한다. 이걸 중간에 한 번씩 쭉 정리해주면 다시 관심을 붙일 수도 있고, 이해도도 높일 수가 있는데... 하긴, 이해 못 하게 하는 것이 사명일지도. (갑자기 식어버림)

 

 

어쨌든 알자지라는 아예 역사 뉴스 코너를 운영하고 있다. 단순히 역사적 사건을 다루기도 하지만, 지금 이렇게 된 것이 왜 이렇게 됐는지를 파헤쳐 보여주기도 한다.

 

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물론 서양 언론사들 중에도 다양한 시도를 하고, 재미있는 코너를 운영하는 곳들도 있지만, 앞서도 말했듯 다양한 시각을 접한다는 측면에서 알자지라는 지속적으로 주목해 볼 만 하다. 홈페이지에서 동영상을 보면 도저히 볼 수 없을 정도로 느린 것이 제일 문제이긴 한데, 어쩌다 쾌적한 속도가 나올 때도 있으니 타이밍을 잘 잡아보도록 하자.

 


          Comment on Khashoggi Case Is No Moral Issue for China or Russia by Rafa Santisteban      Cache   Translate Page      
Has anyone ever done a cost accounting of supporting Saudi Arabia (and similar regimes)? The interesting question is : which pays better - supporting or rejecting super immoral regimes ? The assumption tends to be that realpolitik obviously pays much better than moralpolitk. I wonder. Hasn't Saudi A. been v. expensive for the US and others? - The twin towers disaster led to an extremely expensive war. Saudi support of ISIS led to another extremely expensive war for the US, Syria and many others. It's possible the Yemen war may also be come to be v. expensive for the US and the West It's obviously v. difficult to answer such questions, but they should be asked and pursued. My hypothesis is that moralpolitik - supporting and dealing with free democratic countries (and democratisation) - and resisting regimes of all kinds - is vastly more rewarding every way long term even if more expensive in the short term.
          Comment on Khashoggi Case Is No Moral Issue for China or Russia by Bruno Clabot      Cache   Translate Page      
Woaw. How much more can the West be hypocritical. It is amazing that you dare to write such kind of article. To put things straight. Russia is hoping to sell a defense system to KSA, not offensive support like the US. Russia is a long term allied of Iran, the number 1 enemy of KSA. US provided full military support to KSA, at the very beginning of the crisis, US ensured that Russia could not land a plane in Yemen and completely shielded off Yemen. Then USAF is actively participating in the bombing of innocents, providing refueling to KSA's murderers. Israel, another good friend of KSA allegedly provided it with a spyware that allow them to track opponent and naturally, once located they get disposed of. USA supported KSA even more by withdrawing of the JCPOA and imposing sanctions on Iran, by continuously selling weapons and even signing a 100bn military contract in 2018. When there was still unproven suspicion that Russia was culprit of _attempting_ to kill one of its ex spy, over 100 diplomats were expelled. Ryad as not yet been officially condemned and almost nothing happened in the West. Why then would China and Russia need to live by higher standards than the US and recant their own argumentation that one is innocent until proven guilty? Amazing that the West dares to instrumentalize Kashoggi (r) to accuse the East of being immoral! Shame on you! And then DC talks about fake news and propaganda? Simply baffling!
          Comment on Khashoggi Case Is No Moral Issue for China or Russia by Eb Hadi      Cache   Translate Page      
A greeting from others doesn't create a justification for 'continuing the business as usual' by the other party. The US is part of the murder by the reckless support that made MbS sure that this one would go through as before. The support he received after aiming weddings, funerals and school-bus with US precision-arms had given the courage to him to go forward. Proving China and Russia being immoral in a ceremony doesn't make west to look moral while standing behind a continuous blood-shed in Yemen. The Khashooghi case was only a flower of this full-bloom tree of terror cared by the US.
          Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island      Cache   Translate Page      
Kathy Kelly
People digging through rubble in war-torn Yemen. "Killing people, through war or starvation, never solves problems," write Kathy Kelly. "I strongly believe this." (Photo: Almigdad Mojalli / Wikimedia Commons)

          Yemen Peace Consultations: Time For Action      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Expectations Low As Yemen’s Warring Parties Meet For Talks      Cache   Translate Page      
(AP) – Yemen’s warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the best outcome might be to firm up a shaky de-escalation. U.N. officials say they don’t expect rapid progress toward a political settlement, […]
          Former defence minister Hishammuddin defends himself on Malaysia’s role in Yemen war | WatsupAsia - Asia's Latest News & Entertainment Platform      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Yemen Famine Risk Fueled by War, Food Insecurity, Inflation      Cache   Translate Page      
After nearly four years of war, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is the worst in the world, say aid agencies, and quickly headed toward famine. Around seventy-five percent of Yemen’s population needs assistance as food prices have shot up due to inflation fueled by fighting around the country's seaports. As Neha Wadekar reports from Aden, costs for basic food items have skyrocketed amid shortages, leaving up to 14 million people this year risking starvation.
          Measles Cases Rise Globally With Spikes In The Middle East, Europe And The Americas      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Measles used to be one of the leading killers of children worldwide. Through the 1950s in the U.S. alone, three to four million people got sick with measles each year. Thousands died. Well, that changed dramatically when a measles vaccine became widely available in 1963. But the number of cases is on the rise again, with the most significant increases in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports. JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: The World Health Organization says there were 6.7 million measles cases in 2017, a 30 percent increase from the year before. Measles deaths are also up significantly. In the Middle East, measles has spiked in war-torn Yemen. In Venezuela, it crept back as the economy and health care systems have collapsed. In Europe, Ukraine is getting hit the worst, but there have also been significant outbreaks in France, Italy, Serbia, and Greece. The WHO warns that anti-vaccination
          UPDATE: Houthi’s 14.5x114mm ASHTAR Spotted in Action      Cache   Translate Page      

A video report broadcast by the Yemeni official TV (and manipulated by the Houthi) showed snipers operating against Saudi troops and among these snipers the Houthi’s local made rifle in Yemen, the Ashtar 14.5x114mm was spotted. In a previous article, I discussed eight of the locally made anti-materiel rifles and light cannons developed and produced […]

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          Yemen 1974-es UNC sor 1,5,10,25,50 fils az 5 db egyben, az 1 fil ritka ! - Jelenlegi ára: 760 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

KÉREM NÉZZÉK MEG A TÖBBI TERMÉKEMET IS, RENGETEG ÚJ ÉRME KERÜLT FEL!
Több nagyobb tétel esetén számítani kell rá, hogy csomagként tudok csak postázni.
Ha van Magyar Posta csomagautomata cím, akkor 890. -ft a csomag, ez esetben majd kell telefonszám és e-mail cím.
Egyéb csomagküldő szolgálatokat, futárt sajnos egyenlőre nem tudok vállalni.
Ha a súly nem éri el a 2 kg-ot akkor postakész borítékban POSTÁN MARADÓ-ra tudom postázni 470. - illetve 610. - ft-ért is, így lehet vastag borítékot is küldeni.
Ebben az esetben kell a Posta címe és be kell menni a küldeményért.
POSTÁN TUDOM KÜLDENI A TERMÉKEKET, NINCS SZEMÉLYES ÁTADÁS, CSAK KIVÉTELES ESETEKBEN /PL. NAGY ÉRTÉK/
MEGKÉREK TISZTELETTEL MINDEN VÁSÁRLÓT, HOGY NE TELEFONON KERESSENEK HANEM E-MAIL-BEN. RITKÁN TUDOM FELVENNI A TELEFONT ÉS SOKSZOR ROSSZKOR HÍVNAK, RÁADÁSUL LEVÉLBEN MINDEN MEGMARAD.
MÉG VALAMI, CSAK AZ LICITÁLJON AKINEK KELL IS TERMÉK, VALAMINT AZ UTÓLAGOS ALKUDOZÁSOKTÓL KÉREM KÍMÉLJENEK MEG MERT EZ SZERINTEM TISZTESSÉGTELEN!
A Postadíjak:
normál méretű ajánlott postakész boríték: 470. -ft 
A5-ös nagy postakész ajánlott 610. -ft 
Sima postázást a vevő saját felelősségére vállalok, CSAK KISEBB MENNYISÉGNÉL!
Sima kicsi postakész 140. -ft
Sima elsőbbségi postakész 175. -ft
A posta változtatott, 24 mm-nél vastagabb levél már csomagként adható csak fel, ennek díja 1560. -
2 kg felett csomagként tudok postázni ennek díja 1760. -ft.
Jó licitálást kívánok!
Yemen 1974-es UNC sor 1,5,10,25,50 fils az 5 db egyben, az 1 fil ritka !
Jelenlegi ára: 760 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-12-06 18:50
          Yemen rebels arrive, begging ban stopped, meat-eating falls      Cache   Translate Page      
Radio Sweden Daily brings you a round-up of the main news in Sweden on December 5th 2018.

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          “A Smoking Saw”: Bin Salman Loses Support of Key GOP Senators with CIA Briefing      Cache   Translate Page      
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Among the things Saudi Arabia wants from the United States is support for its war on Yemen and permission to buy from US arms corporations state-of-the-art military weaponry. Both things are now in peril, as key Republican senators reacted to a secret briefing by Gina Haspel, director of the Central […]
          Perry Robinson (September 17, 1938 - December 2, 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      


On December 2, Perry Robinson, the virtuoso clarinetist and free-minded spirit passed away at the age of 80. Robinson was a real "musician's musician", very sought as a member of bands and possibly the clarinetist of the early free jazz movement in the 60s (next to Jimmy Giuffre who was on a slightly different musical track). His first album was one with Henry Grimes - with whom he's kept a special relationship throughout his career - Paul Motian and Kenny Barron, just to show that excellent musicians find themselves from the start. Then he performed with Archie Shepp, was part of the famous avant-garde jazz big bands of the seventies: the Jazz Composers' Orchestra and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, while at the same time, across the Atlantic, performing extensively with German reed-player Gunter Hampel.

He performed on more than 120 albums, of which a about a dozen were released as a leader, or one album every five year. That he was highly esteemed by his colleague clarinetists can be demonstrated by his participation in the Clarinet Summit, a multi-country ensemble of some of the best clarinetists around in 1979, including John Carter, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bernd Konrad, Theo Jörgensmann and Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky. It is also not suprising that other clarinetists like Hampel and more recently, Polish clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, asked him to join their bands.

He was also a citizen of the world, a free spirit, and basically open to play in any type of configuration or jazz genre, and he was even part of Klezmokum, a Dutch klezmer band, created by Burton Greene. This jewish heritage also shone through in his other collaborations with Anat Fort, Rozanne Levine and Waclaw Zimpel.

But whatever the genre, his approach was virtuosic, soft-toned and inherently melodic, often capable of combining tradition and adventurous moments in the very same solo.

We will cherish his heritage.


Albums with Perry Robinson reviewed on our blog:

Carla Bley & Paul Haines - Escalator Over The Hill (JCOA, 1971)
Anat Fort - A Long Story (ECM, 2007)
Nobu Stowe Lee Pembleton Project - Hommage An Klaus Kinski (Black Saint, 2007)
Burton Greene & Perry Robinson - Two Voices In The Desert (Tzadik, 2009)
Rozanne Levine - Only Moment (Acoustics, 2009)
Undivided - Moves Between Clouds (Multikulti, 2011)
The Lou Grassi PO Band with Marshall Allen - Live At The Knitting Factory Vol. 1 (Porter, 2011) Perry Robinson, Zerang, Roginski, Zimpel - Yemen. Music Of The Yemenite Jews (Multikulti, 2012)
Robert Kusiolek/Perry Robinson/Christian Ramond/Klaus Kugel - The Universe (MultiKulti, 2014)
Bobby Naughton/ Leo Smith/ Perry Robinson - The Haunt (No Business, 2018)


Watch his performance at the Kanjiza Jazz Festival (Serbia) in 2011 with Matthew Shipp, Ed Schuler and Ernst Bier. 





          Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
There is near silence about the war on Yemen led by KSA and UAE and supported by US, UK and France indicating the success of public relations bought by Saudi money. A school bus explodes: Saudis: we deny doing that, we would not do that, even if it was a legitimate target. UN: we will … Continue reading Yemen
          Yemen govt team heads to peace talks with rebels      Cache   Translate Page      
Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country’s devastating war. — AFP photo STOCKHOLM: Yemeni government representatives were e
          Sweden talks best chance yet to end Yemen war      Cache   Translate Page      
Dubai (AFP) Dec 5, 2018
The first Yemen peace talks since 2016 are the best chance yet to end the war, analysts say, as the international community throws its weight behind resolving the devastating conflict. UN envoy Martin Griffiths flew out of the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Tuesday with a delegation of Huthi insurgents, heading to Sweden for negotiations with the Saudi-backed government. The four-year-war b
          Bar “Set Low” for Yemen Peace Talks      Cache   Translate Page      
Swedish meeting to start Thursday
          Germany and Saudi Arabia: Weapons for a 'strategic' partner      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia is one of the German arms industry’s top customers, despite human rights concerns over Yemen. It took the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi for Germany to temporarily halt arms exports. DW investigates.
          #9 Desembarca en España el ultrarradical de corbata que ameniza su odio con música      Cache   Translate Page      

#8 Eso, meditemos quienes son los que intentan parar los envíos de armas a los wahabitas para exterminar a la población yemení. Ejem. Porque no hay críticas desde la izquierda al wahabismo, al salafismo, al tafkirismo... con un podemita que felicite el ramadán ¡fin! En cambio de cómo han conseguido que sean sólo marroquíes de cierta tendencia muy concreta los representados en la "Conferencia Episcopal" Islámica en España... ya nos acordamos menos.

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          Why Congress Suddenly Cares About Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
It’s about psychology, not politics.
          Tuesday 4th December, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen; Fermi Paradox; 1 yr. ÖVP/FPÖ; Macron suspends tax hikes; COP24: Cook Islands
          Is peace in Yemen within reach?      Cache   Translate Page      
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