WORLD NEWS 10/17/2018 08:06 pm ET The journalist’s disappearance triggered a massive global backlash against Saudi Arabia. Its bloody war in Yemen never has. By Akbar Shahid Ahmed Global media and international decision-makers, right up to the president of the United States, have spent more than a week talking about what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and what it means for human rights and Saudi Arabia’s long-standing foreign relationships. Radhya Almutawakel has stayed focused on her own work in Yemen: carefully documenting how Saudi actions there have claimed thousands of lives, often with the aid of American weapons. “We can’t deny that there is a sourness inside all of us, that Yemenis have been dying for years, thousands of them, and millions starving, and the reaction is not as strong as in this case,” she told HuffPost. Almutawakel runs the best-known human rights organization in Yemen, where a U.S.-backed … [Read more...] about How The Khashoggi Scandal Looks When You’ve Been Bombed And Starved By Saudi Arabia For Years
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World International Affairs Donald Trump The United States has warned that conducting military action against Iran is a viable option in dealing with the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power, just one day after senators voted in favor of a measure that would withdraw support for Saudi Arabia. State Department special representative on Iran Brian Hook hosted a press conference Thursday at Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling in Washington, where an array of allegedly Iranian weapons and military paraphernalia were on display. Hook argued that Tehran has provided such equipment, which included ballistic missiles, to nonstate actors in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. When asked what nexts steps could be taken as the White House's hard-line sanctions campaign against Iran failed to force Tehran into compliance, Hook cited a previous statement by President Donald Trump, who promised "swift and decisive action" in the wake of rocket attacks blamed on Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militias … [Read more...] about U.S. vs. Iran: Military Action ‘On the Table,’ Trump Administration Says After Senate Vote Threatens Saudi Arabia Support
World International Affairs Five Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday to block lawmakers in the House of Representatives from forcing a vote on any resolutions for the rest of 2018 that aim to use the War Powers Act to end Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The 206-203 vote was largely divided along party lines, but 18 Republicans voted against the rule, while Representatives Jim Costa (D-CA), Al Lawson (D-FL), Collin Peterson (D-ND), Dutch Rupperberger (D-MD) and David Scott (D-SC) voted in favor. The rule was connected to a farm bill, which had a provision tucked inside that said “privilege” does not apply “during the remainder of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress to a concurrent resolution introduced pursuant to … the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544) with respect to Yemen,” The Hill reported. A Yemeni boy stands in the rubble of buildings destroyed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on February 25, … [Read more...] about Five Democrats Vote With Republicans to Block Vote on Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen
World Donald Trump The United States Senate passed a historic resolution Thursday to demand that President Donald Trump end military support for Saudi Arabia in its controversial war in Yemen. The vote was the first such use of the powers afforded to lawmakers by the 1973 War Powers Resolution. The passage of Senate Joint Resolution 54—introduced in February by Senators Bernies Sanders, Mike Lee and Chris Murphy—came amid accusations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of a prominent journalist and that his armed forces had committed war crimes in their campaign against the Zaidi Shiite Muslim group known as Ansar Allah or the Houthis in Yemen. The bill would next be evaluated by the House of Representatives and, if passed there, would reach the president. This may be unlikely, however, as a last-minute Republican move blocked debates on the War Powers Resolution for the rest of the congressional year. Trump and his top officials have … [Read more...] about Senate Votes to Demand Donald Trump End Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, but Will it Help End the War?
World Donald Trump A senior U.S. lawmaker has accused President Donald Trump of breaking the law in an attempt to cover up the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia's alleged involvement in the slaying of a native journalist who fled the kingdom. Trump has ignored a mandatory call for answer invoked in October by fellow Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee over Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's suspected hand in ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier that month at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. As the 120-day limit passed Friday, the White House offered no clear answers. "The law is clear and direct, and the president violated the law by not giving Congress an answer to the substantive question, which is—does the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ultimately hold responsibility for the death of Jamal Khashoggi?" Menendez told CNN on Monday. With the White House deflecting further … [Read more...] about Could Donald Trump Lose His Job for Defending Saudi Arabia? Senator Says ‘President Violated the Law’