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James Morcan | 11074 comments What's your opinion of what's going down in Yemen?
Is anyone genuinely trying to stop war there?
Or are they all contributing to it continuing?

Yemen War: How western countries could be complicit in the suffering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AQQu...

Yemen: Collective failure, collective responsibility – UN expert report https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC...

U.N. Report Finds U.S. Likely Guilty of War Crimes in Yemen https://www.truthdig.com/articles/sca...

A new report by a group of investigators commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council says the United States, Britain and France may be culpable for war crimes in Yemen. The three countries back a Saudi Arabia- and United Arab Emirates-led coalition fighting on the side of the government in the current Yemeni civil war, which has been ongoing for five years.

“Five years into the conflict, violations against Yemeni civilians continue unabated, with total disregard for the plight of the people and a lack of international action to hold parties to the conflict accountable,” Kamel Jendoubi, chair of the Group of Experts on Yemen, said in a press statement.

Investigators write that they “found reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the conflict in Yemen are responsible for an array of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law.”

Though much of this information has been uncovered by journalists and such advocacy groups as Human Rights Watch, and in a 2018 United Nations report, the latest U.N. report “is striking for its broad demand for accountability,” reporter Sudarsan Raghavan explains in The Washington Post.

“The United States, in particular, provides logistical support and intelligence to the coalition, in addition to selling billions of dollars in weaponry to the group,” Raghavan writes.

The 2018 report determined that the Saudi and UAE coalition was responsible for killing thousands of civilians in airstrikes and shelling, and through the use of snipers and land mines; torturing detainees; and raping and intentionally starving citizens.

Anti-government Houthi rebels also are accused of war crimes, including using child soldiers. “None have clean hands,” Charles Garraway, one of the 2018 report’s investigators and a retired British military officer, told The New York Times in 2018.

Because the U.S., France and Britain supported and armed the Saudis, the U.N. investigators consider those countries complicit.

After the release of the 2018 report, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that the Trump administration had reviewed its support for the UAE-Saudi coalition. “We determined it was the right thing to do in defense of their own countries, but also to restore the rightful government there,” he told the Times, adding, “[o]ur conduct there is to try to keep the human cost of innocents being killed accidentally to an absolute minimum.’’

The latest U.N. report suggests that the Saudi coalition and its Western allies cannot police themselves or take responsibility for actions that kill civilians, which, as the Post points out, “is often cited by Trump administration and British officials to justify the continued military support and arms sales to the coalition.”

“The assessment of the targeting process is particularly worrying, as it implies that an attack hitting a military target is legal, notwithstanding civilian casualties, hence ignoring the principle of proportionality,” the report says.

The U.S., Britain and France are all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

The report’s authors submitted a list of people “who may be responsible for international crimes” to U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, but they do not specify names or say whether those individuals are from Britain, France or the U.S. Representatives from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France and the U.S. did not respond to the Post’s requests for comments.

Read the 2019 U.N. report here: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC...

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James Morcan | 11074 comments Maybe the synopsis of this book reveals some truths:

Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State

Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years. The civil war between the Huthi rebels and the Western and Arab supporters of the regime has resulted in thousands killed and three million displaced. Those who remain suffer severe food shortages and a collapsed economy.

The struggle for power in the Arab world's poorest but strategically vital nation has serious implications for the region and beyond. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia fear that a Huthi takeover would threaten free passage of oil through the Bab al-Mandab strait, western governments fear a rise of attacks from al-Qa'ida and Daesh as the country becomes more unstable. Iran has also been implicated in the conflict, accused of arming the Huthis.

In this invaluable analysis, Helen Lackner uncovers the social and political conflicts that threaten the very survival of the state and its people. She reveals the corruption of the country's US-backed autocratic regime and how it failed to address national impoverishment and its limited natural resources, and to plan an equitable economy for Yemen's growing population. Lackner concludes with an assessment of the current situation and prospects for the short and medium term future of this historical region.

Helen Lackner has spent the past four decades researching Yemen, working in the country for fifteen years, and is currently the editor of the Journal of the British-Yemeni Society. She was the 2016 Sir William Luce Fellow at Durham University and is a regular contributor to Oxford Analytica's briefs as well as to openDemocracy.

Yemen in Crisis Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State by Helen Lackner

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Ian Miller | 1361 comments They get really pissed off when the Yemenis bomb the Saudis and could not care less if the Saudis come close to committing genocide on the Yemenis. Reason: Saudis buy weapons while Yemenis are too poor to buy anything. It is all to do with money. Lives are cheap, especially Yemeni lives.

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James Morcan | 11074 comments Besides Saudi, what about what the rest of the world, Ian? What are their motivations with Yemen, do you think?

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James Morcan | 11074 comments The Desolation of Yemen. The Forgotten War https://www.globalresearch.ca/desolat...

Olivia Headon, Yemen spokeswoman for the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), says that conditions for 3.6 million people displaced by the conflict have worsened in the past half year because of the weather.

“We have had really heavy rain, which has caused people who are already displaced by conflict to be displaced by floods,” Headon said. “This is still the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

The war on Yemen has been “forgotten” more times than I can count. It has been common to describe the war and humanitarian crisis this way, because it suggests that the problem is simply outside neglect rather than complicity in causing the disaster. Unfortunately, the U.S. government and other Western governments have not ignored or forgotten Yemen. On the contrary, they have paid it the worst kind of attention possible by providing arms and support to the Saudi coalition’s interminable military campaign. Yemen would be much better off if the Saudi coalition’s arms suppliers and patrons had forgotten all about it, but the opposite has been true.

Yemen has been the world’s worst humanitarian crisis for almost as long as the war has been going on. The numbers of people at risk from starvation and disease continue to horrify as they grow ever larger. This year’s cholera epidemic has now spread to more than 750,000 cases.

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Ian Miller | 1361 comments Yemen hasn't got anything the rest of the world wants, and having Shia's means its only real friend is Iran, which means Trump can rub his hands with glee and encourage more arms sales. There is nothing fair in world politics.

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James Morcan | 11074 comments Ian wrote: "Yemen hasn't got anything the rest of the world wants, and having Shia's means its only real friend is Iran, which means Trump can rub his hands with glee and encourage more arms sales. There is no..."

Yemen deserves some peace.

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Ian Miller | 1361 comments True, but try persuading Pompeo

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