Friday, October 09, 2020

A Biden Saving Grace-- Or A Fakeout?



I was talking with a friend of mine today-- a super-progressive-- about how the CIA and FBI seem so blatantly opposed to Trump. I don't want to start raging about the "deep state," but in my 7 decades on this earth I can't think of a time when I ever thought of the CIA and FBI as the "good guys." And then when I read about these hotshot monsters from those and other allied organizations endorsing Biden... well, it confirms all my worst fears about what a mess we're headed for in January.

However, Marianne Williamson hipped me to this posting in Middle East Monitor that hasn't gotten much play but that is actually a ray of sunshine in these dark times: Biden to end US support for Yemen war. Maybe he actually is listening to Bernie?
Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has pledged to end his country’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen if he becomes president.

“Under Biden-Harris Administration, we will reassess our relationship with the [Saudi Arabia] Kingdom, end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil,” Biden said in a statement on his campaign website.

The war in Yemen has been one of the main topics of debate between Biden and his rival, Republican candidate and current President, Donald Trump.

Trump has been supporting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war in Yemen in return for large arms deals.

International human rights organisations have repeatedly criticised Washington’s role in the war in Yemen, and the continued sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have led to grave human rights violations.
Last month the Atlantic Council published a report by former Yemeni foreign minister Khaled Hussein Alyemany that I hope is influencing American policy-- Yemen: Enough Of War

After six years of war in Yemen, it looks like the world’s worst humanitarian crisis is being forgotten and treated with indifference. The international community is overstretched with many crises, and Yemen seems far from the highest priority.

The latest report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows that only thirty United Nations (UN) member states pledged $1.35 billion in humanitarian assistance for 2020 at the virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen on June 2, despite a call for $3.38 billion. The pledge is much lower than needed to meet the country’s humanitarian needs, which have been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and the flooding and torrential rains of recent months.

In preparation for the UN high segment that will start next week, the United Kingdom-- the lead country for Yemen at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)-- will organize a roundtable session to assess the situation in Yemen jointly with Kuwait, Germany, and Sweden. During the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will reaffirm his vision for ending the Yemen war by joining efforts to combat COVID-19 and sending a message to the Yemeni government and the Houthis to work on the Joint Declaration to end the conflict.

The gathering will paint a catastrophic picture of Yemen for the attendees. Widespread conflict with the Houthis’ constant attempts to take Marib, the last government stronghold in the north, threatens the lives of more than 1.5 million internally displaced Yemenis, who sought safe haven there. The death toll in recent confrontations is catastrophic and a waste of young lives.

Over the last few months, I have explained the importance of Marib in the overall approach to the conflict on multiple occasions. On the one hand, preventing the fall of Marib preserves hope that Yemen can be free of militias and maintains the high morale of the united Federal Republic and the establishment. On the other hand, the collapse of Marib would definitively consolidate the Houthi regime and change the conflict’s dynamics, putting an end to UN and international efforts to achieve peace and opening the door for further fragmentation of Yemen.

The economic crisis is deepening with the depreciation of the Yemeni rial, which lost 70 percent of its value against the US dollar in the last five years. During recent times, the huge supply of Yemeni currency reached six trillion compared to two trillion in 2014, spiking accumulative inflation to 110 percent. Today, 24 million Yemeni citizens depend partially or totally on international or regional assistance. Yemen’s economy depends on money from aid agencies, such as the Saudi deposit in the Central Bank of Yemen and expat remittances, but the sources are depleting. That grim picture is tied to the government’s inability to operate from Yemen, serve the people, and mitigate the drastic impact of the war by contributing to salary payments.

The Houthis have also been responsible for the depreciation of the Yemeni rial by looting of all the reserves from the Sana’a branch of the Central Bank, as have warlords from both sides in the oil and derivatives black market. But the most impactful element on the current economic situation lies in the government decision to float the trade of oil derivatives, which empowers and enriches warlords across the political divide, enabling them to invest millions in blood money in the neighboring countries of the Middle East.

For the last six months, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has continued his efforts to reach a Joint Declaration between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, consisting of a national ceasefire, economic and humanitarian measures, and a resumption of political consultations to reach a sustainable and implementable political solution in Yemen. If the parties are not willing to take up the initiative this time, they still have the choice to opt for peace or continue down the path of war, destruction, human carnage, and suffering of the Yemeni people.

Today, the Security Council has an urgent call to action from all Yemenis living in total despair. It’s time to step up for war-torn Yemen by pushing for a resolution to the conflict. There is still a window of opportunity through the Joint Declaration, which the Council should seize by demanding in the strongest terms that the parties must compromise and work for peace. This will lead to the cessation of hostilities and send the right signal to the international community to be more generous with its pledges to Yemen, which, in turn, will save millions from the brink of famine. Once the government of Yemen and the Houthis move one step towards peace, worldwide donors will see the light at the end of the tunnel and will come to help.

Yemenis also urge the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), our allies in the struggle for a more peaceful Yemen, to continue their generous contribution to the UN Humanitarian Appeal as they did during 2018-2019.

Finally, the Yemeni people will always remember the tireless efforts of the United Kingdom to pursue peace in Yemen, continued today by the kind, sustainable, and predictable support announced on September 17 by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Let’s work for peace to ensure hope for future generations.



At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any nation which allowed 18 Saudi hijackers to commit the worst terrorist attack in modern American history and NOT do anything to that corrupt sheikdom is NOT going to cease military aid to said sheikdom.

The Saudis have enough dirt on the US from decades of foolish adventurism in the region to make the persecution of Julian Assange for embarrassing the US with war crime revelations look like a schoolboy spat. The Saudis will continue to twist Uncle Scam's balls until the long-desired war with Iran cements Saudi dominance over the Gulf. The war in Yemen is just the rehearsal.

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is most disturbing, but not surprising given the stupidity in this shithole, that anyone would believe anything biden says or writes on his website.

you should count on one and only one thing when it comes to whateverthefuck he says/writes (given time to ponder his words): it will be focus-group tested campaign rhetoric meant to maximize the number of greenhouse plants that will vote against trump by voting for him.

You should also assume that if it sounds like a good idea, he is never going to do it.

You see, he realizes that he can refuse to do everything you want and DO a lot of shit that is continued nazi evil... and you won't ever refuse to vote for him or his party.

plantlife is like that.

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every sentient person who has watched biden for his entire career, as well as DWT (read all columns since 18 months ago -- half of them are destructions of biden) knows that he HAS NO saving grace.

What he is most likely to be is an older, far dumber and demented version of slick willie. He'll work, when/if he actually works, to the betterment of corporate donors. When he bothers, which is infrequent, he'll only pander to the greenhouse who elects him, though he's far less adept at it. He will be less resistant to wars. And a lot more women will emerge to accuse him of abuse. In 2 years after the 2010ish democrap blodbath gives the nazis back the house, they will probably impeach him over the rape charge by Tara Reade. And in the slim chance the democraps have the senate, they will refuse to convict no matter how thoroughly it is proved.

All you will get with biden is a different nameplate on the desk. briefly.

there will be no saving grace.


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