Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is warning of a coronavirus “catastrophe” unfolding in Yemen. The death toll at the COVID-19 patient treatment center owned by MSF in Aden, southern Yemen, reveals that “the UN and donor states need to do more urgently to help the response,” it says.
At least 36 people have died and 42 others injured by floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC’s eastern provinces, especially South Kivu, have been hard hit by heavy rains in recent days. As per the UN’s estimates, more than 1.2 million people have been displaced by the catastrophe and are in dire need of food, as well as the other basic amenities.
Saudi Arabia has declared a two-week ceasefire in response to UN efforts to end years of war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is in command of a military coalition fighting Shiite Houthis in Yemen. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the military coalition, told the Saudi state news agency that the ceasefire would begin at midnight on Thursday.
The holocaust in which 6 million Jews died in Nazi work camps is difficult to deny. It happened only eighty years ago and it is all recorded in history and even filmed. Not only that over 40 million people died in World War II which began with Hitler imprisoning Jewish children in Germany and all of Europe. Many countries including Britain ignored the persecution of the Jews before World War II not considering it important.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Berlin Friday. Maas said that Germany and Saudi Arabia agreed to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear bomb. At a joint press conference with Prince Faisal, Maas said that talks between the two sides centered on conflicts in the region, including Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement.
At least 31 civilians were killed in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday. The attacks in Yemen came the day after the Houthis claimed to have shot down one of the Saudi coalition’s planes. The attack was confirmed by the UN coordinator in the country, Lise Grande.
The Minister of Information in the Yemeni government, Muammar Al-Iryani, denounced the Houthi militias for recruiting children and pushing them to the front lines, saying that the militia’s approach coincides with Iran’s behavior. The minister’s statements came at a time when the Yemeni parties supporting the legitimacy of the government expressed surprise at the calls of the UN envoy Martin Griffiths to hold new consultations with the Houthi militias before implementing the Stockholm Agreement.
The latest report of the UN Security Council’s team of UN experts on Yemen described the Houthi secret security weapon known as the “Preventive Security” as the group’s most influential organ. It also revealed its most repressive tasks, stressing that it operates outside known security structures, and the group’s leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi directly.
US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that Qassem al Rimi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in an American military operation in Yemen. “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,” the White House said in a statement.
The Houthi militia’s losses were exacerbated in confrontations with the joint forces in al-Dhale governorate, while the National Army affirmed that the battle to liberate Sanaa was an irreversible option. Military sources said to reporters that the Houthi militia suffered great human and material losses when the joint forces responded to a major attack launched by the Houthi militia in the western al-Dhale governorate.
Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, arrived today in Sana’a to discuss halting the military escalation and ways to hold a round of Yemeni political consultations. A news source at Sanaa International Airport said that Griffiths arrived with his assistant, Muin Shreim. Political sources confirmed that Griffiths will meet with the leaders of the Houthi militia to discuss reducing the military escalation, as part of his attempts to persuade the parties to the conflict to move towards a new round of consultations, without conditions to discuss arrangements for a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
Hоuthіѕ іn Yеmеn hаvе rеlеаѕеd Sоuth Kоrеаn аnd Sаudі vеѕѕеlѕ ѕеіzеd оvеr thе wееkеnd, the South Korean government ѕаіd Wеdnеѕdау іn a ѕtаtеmеnt. Thе Yemeni Hоuthіѕ hаd соnfіrmеd оn Tuеѕdау thе dеtеntіоn оf a Sаudі tugboat аnd ѕhір аnd a Sоuth Korean drіllіng rіg nоrth оf thе сіtу оf Hоdеіdаh, оn thе Rеd Sеа coast, ѕіnсе Sundау. “The three ships were released after the necessary legal measures,” the Houthi military source said.
Yеmеn’ѕ Houthis аnnоunсеd thеу had seized thrее ѕhірѕ іn thе Rеd Sеа, іnсludіng one frоm Sаudі Arabia. On Mоndау, a ѕеnіоr оffісіаl оf the Yеmеnі Hоuthі grоuр Anѕаr Allаh ѕаіd hіѕ fоrсеѕ hаd dеtаіnеd a “suspected ship” іn thе Rеd Sеа. However, he іndісаtеd thаt hіѕ mоvеmеnt wоuld rеlеаѕе it if іt turnеd out to bеlоng tо Sоuth Kоrеа аftеr the соmрlеtіоn оf lеgаl рrосееdіngѕ.
A Sаudі оffісіаl hаѕ аnnоunсеd an “open channel” bеtwееn the Kіngdоm аnd the Hоuthіѕ since 2016 to ѕuрроrt реасе in Yеmеn. Thе comment саmе аftеr Sаudі Arabia helped brоkеr a роwеr-ѕhаrіng dеаl bеtwееn Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’ѕ government and ѕоuthеrn separatists.
The government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council signed an agreement Tuesday in Riyadh to halt infighting. The agreement was signed in the presence оf Sаudі Crown Prince Mohammed bіn Sаlmаn аnd his UAE соuntеrраrt. Thе Unіtеd Nаtіоnѕ was ԛuісk tо wеlсоmе and аnnоunсе іtѕ ѕuрроrt fоr the agreement.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described relations with neighbors, and facilitating economic affairs, as Iran’s “top foreign policy priority.” Mr. Zarif made these remarks while answering questions from members in the Iranian Parliament. He cited his trip to Pakistan to congratulate Imran Khan after he became Prime Minister, saying he was the first foreign minister to do so.
Saudi Arabia is considering a proposal by the Houthi rebels for a ceasefire in Yemen, Reuters reported on Friday. Three other diplomatic sources and two well-informed sources told Reuters that the Kingdom was seriously considering some form of a ceasefire in an attempt to halt the escalation of the 4-year conflict in Yemen.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen accused the Houthis of waging a “misleading media campaign.” The accusation was the coalition’s first response after two days of silence on the Houthis’ announcement of a major offensive near the Saudi border and the taking of prisoners.
Houthi militants claim to have captured many militants during a massive attack on the southern border of Saudi Arabia. So far, no independent sources have confirmed the news, and Saudi Arabia has been silent. Yemeni Houthis say they conducted the largest military operation against the Saudi-led coalition forces during the three days ending on Saturday, and have “liberated” hundreds of square kilometers of areas under their control.
Yemeni Houthis have offered to halt all attacks against Saudi Arabia if Saudi Arabia stops its attacks and the coalition it leads. The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen welcomed the proposal, and described it as a first step towards ending the six-year war in Yemen. “This proposal could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Saturday.
The Saudi monarchy experienced attacks against their oil production facilities in the last week. Tensions in the Middle East escalated following the drone attacks on the two largest oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The global economic impact will be felt, since Saudi Arabia lost more than half of their crude output via the attacks. The nation is the number one oil producer in the world, holds 5% of the global oil supply, and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. last year, Aramco’s net income was $111.1 billion.
Donald Trump, in his first response to Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities that have seriously disrupted oil production, said the United States is ready to take military action if suspicions are confirmed. Houthi Yemeni insurgents fighting the Saudi-led coalition have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the US says the attacks were the work of Iran.
Though President Trump did not openly state whom he believes is the perpetrator of the heinous attack on the Saudi Arabia oil plants, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, has since Saturday asserted that the attack was carried out from Iran, and not Yemen, as the world was initially made to believe. Trump tweeted Sunday he was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”
Saudi Arabia’s state-run media reports that the country’s largest oil company, Aramco, has caught fire after drone strikes in two major oil installations. Another drone strike also set fire to the Khurais oil field on the west side. However, the Saudi Press Agency says the fire has now been controlled in both installations.
The Houthis attacked with drones Abha International Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia, Ansar Allah movement’s armed forces spokesman said. Houthi forces spokesman Yahya Saree said the attack targeted a fuel depot and an airport control tower. The attack was quickly carried out by a number of deadly drones.
On Friday, in “the most important foreign policy vote in the United States Congress,” the Democrat-controlled House voted to reauthorize the often-contentious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— and tied President Trump’s war-making hands in doing so. Twenty Republicans voted with the majority on a bipartisan amendment to require the president to get congressional approval before attacking Iran. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces long odds, and the threat of a presidential veto.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov a Chassidic master who lived from 1772-1810 in the Ukraine taught, The world is a narrow bridge to cross over, most important is not to fear to complete the journey. There is no such thing as hopelessness. The World is in turmoil. With faith in God mankind can cross the river to World Unity and Peace walking on water.
- POLAND: Delegates from 196 countries concluded talks at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), Saturday in Katowice, Poland. The agreement will make the Paris climate pact operational by 2020, and aim to limit temperature rises to below 2C.
- YEMEN: After weeklong peace talks in Sweden, the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels agreed to a cease-fire in the port city of Hodeidah, held by the rebels. It is a positive end to the first face-to-face negotiations since the conflict began in 2015.
- AUSTRALIA: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s speech to the triennial Labor Party conference was interrupted by protestors upset over the party’s environmental and migrant policies. Shorten is heavily favored to win next year’s federal election and end six years of conservative Coalition rule.
- DR CONGO: Ten days before long-awaited elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a fire destroyed more than two-thirds of the electronic voting machines intended for use in the capital, Kinshasa, on Thursday. These elections have been delayed more than two years, after President Joseph Kabila refused to leave office.
- CUBA: Leaders of Latin American leftist governments gathered in Havana Friday at the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) summit. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned against “right-wing advances” in the region, and expressed solidarity with Venezuela and Nicaragua, both in the midst of political and economic crises.
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- Turkey claims the Kingdom of Saud murdered a journalist inside the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul. The Saudi reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, was an immigrant to America with Permanent Resident status. The White House has some doubts about Turkey’s claims.
- A growing number of celebrities and organizations are severing ties with Saudi Arabia and calling on President Trump to punish them by cutting off the sale of American armaments. Mr. Trump has promised to investigate and punish the perpetrators. However, he says “I don’t want to hurt jobs.”
- Some Americans are still suspicious of Saudi Arabia due to its connections with those who carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Critics also worry about Saudi money influencing American foreign policy and the consequences of American arms being used in the war in Yemen.
- Outsiders still don’t have a clear idea of the purpose and politics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent consolidation of power. However, there are few good choices for partners in the Middle East and support for the Saudis comes mostly from foreign policy analysts who worry about the growing alliance between Turkey, Iran and Russia.