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Yemen update 9/22\2015..Houthis celebrate one-year anniversary of the capture of Sanaa; Hadi returns to Aden

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 20:33
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Yemen: ex-president Hadi returns to Aden after 6 months in exile

Houthis celebrate one-year anniversary of the capture of capital Sanaa

Yemeni protesters denounce Israel’s aggression against al-Aqsa Mosque

Eid al Adha preparations in Sanaa

Yemeni fighters continue retaliatory attacks on Saudi forces

Saudi Arabia: Houthis/Pro-Saleh Forces Attack Several Saudi Positions & Vehicles

At least 4 dead in Saudi airstrike on Ma’rib province

UN appointed Saudi Arabia to head one of its human rights bodies

Absurd: Saudi Arabia Heading Key UN Human Rights Panel

Despotic Saudi Arabia Chosen to Head UN Human Rights Panel

by Stephen Lendman

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most ruthless regimes, a crime family dictatorship masquerading as legitimate governance. It’s notorious for public beheadings, whippings, torture, wars of aggression and other lawless actions.

Ruling authorities viciously target human rights supporters, imprisoning them for political reasons, brutalizing them. Public executions often follow.

State terror is official policy. Democracy is prohibited. Elections when held are farcical. Ruling family thugs run things.

America’s closest Arab ally lops off more heads than ISIS, by a wide margin, on average one every four days, along with other horrendous forms of punishment – for political reasons, not crimes committed.

Despotic rule is absolute, no opposition tolerated, no civil or human rights afforded ordinary Saudis – no freedom of expression, assembly, association, internal movement, foreign travel, or religion.

No right to choose their government or have easy access to education, healthcare, public housing, legal services or social ones. Political parties are forbidden. So are collective bargaining rights. Internet and academic freedom are prohibited.

Arbitrary arrest and detention are commonplace. So are state-sponsored kidnappings and disappearances – due process and judicial fairness denied. Torture and other abuses substitute.

Since March, US orchestrated Saudi terror bombing and blockade continue mass slaughtering Yemenis, mostly civilians, committing willful genocide, millions of people at risk.

None of this matters. It’s swept under the rug, ignored.

In June, Riyadh’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, was quietly chosen head of a five-member UN Human Rights Council panel charged with reporting on abuses worldwide – mocking the legitimacy of the initiative.

In 2013, Saudi Arabia disgracefully became a UN Human Rights Council member. Its bid to head HRC failed. Perhaps choosing Trad to chair the five-member panel was a consolation prize – maybe arranged by Washington.

Its other members include Algeria, Chile, Greece and Lithuania – all human rights abusers.

With rare exceptions, the Human Rights Council serves US and other Western interests. Michel Chossudovsky calls it “a mouthpiece for NATO’s ‘Humanitarian Interventions’ under the doctrine of ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P).”

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (2008 – 2014) was a reliable imperial tool, one-sidedly supporting US-led Western interests.

Her successor, Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein represents business as usual, continuing the same policies as Pillay, paying lip service to human rights, ignoring horrendous abuses committed by Western and allied countries – including naked aggression against nations threatening no others.

Appointing human rights violating countries like Saudi Arabia to head a panel judging the records of other nations mocks the legitimacy of the initiative.

Stephen Lendman

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Forces Foil Saudi Aggressors’ Attempt to Control Ma’rib, Sana’a

The new military gains by the Yemeni army and the popular forces have foiled efforts by the Saudi-led troops and pro-Hadi militias to take control of the strategic cities of Ma’rib and Sana’a, military analysts said Tuesday.

The Saudi forces and pro-Hadi militias are losing ground in different parts of Yemen.

The pro-Hadi militias tried to open their path into Al-Jafina region in Ma’rib province, but they were pushed back by the Yemeni forces.

The forces loyal to the fugitive Yemeni president Mansour Hadi also failed to prevail over Homa al-Masariya region in Ma’rib province.

The situation has even become worse for the pro-Saudi forces inside Saudi Arabia as the Yemeni forces have increased their missile attacks on the Saudi military bases in Southern Saudi Arabia.

The Yemeni army and popular forces captured Farza al-Jaberi military base in Jizan province and destroyed seven armored vehicles of the Saudi army in their attacks.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 181 days now to restore power to Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,181 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.


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