Published On: Wed, Dec 20th, 2017

As Yemeni children starve, Britons must speak out (by Owen Jones – Guardian)




Saudi Arabia which nowadays (as in the past) seems to be the most favored ALLY by the USA (Trump shall we say) together with Egypt has been ruled by a very AUTHORITARIAN REGIME until today (and sharia law) in an environment where nobody can talk about human rights and democracy. What a paradox of life, as this country (the Royal Family's property actually) has managed to win the friendship and support of many a western countries that have always presented themselves as warriors of freedom, liberty and goes without saying democracy, in short "HUMAN RIGHTS".

Yemeni children are starving to death because of war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia which nowadays (as in the past) seems to be the most favored ALLY by the USA (Trump shall we say) together with Egypt has been ruled by a very AUTHORITARIAN REGIME until today (and sharia law) in an environment where nobody can talk about human rights and democracy. What a paradox of life, as this country (the Royal Family’s property actually) has managed to win the friendship and support of many a western countries that have always presented themselves as warriors of freedom, liberty and goes without saying democracy, in short “HUMAN RIGHTS“.

The question goes “In return for what?”… Benefits maybe? To be able to be awarded big projects to bring home money? or other political benefits to promote and strengthen our countries in the ruthless race of our times etc…? Whatever it is, one thing is for certain; That is how all these countries in support of democracy (and all) have been behaving “two faced” – which should be considered “shameful” in terms of human (or, are we not) qualities we are supposed to be in possession of and should be able to reflect – (It goes without saying this applies to all democratic countries and developed peoples of the world able to raise their voices for humanity).

To cut a long story short, down below is an article by a British journalist (Own Jones) about a very sensitive issue for humanity (once again) which we consider worth reading – and “being aware of”.



As Yemeni children starve, Britons must speak out : ‘Not in our name’
(by Owen Jones / Guardian)

Our continued silence gives carte blanche for our government to maintain its sordid support for the Saudi’s onslaught against civilians and human rights

It is perhaps the world’s most expensive home: a French mansion featuring marble statues and “a 57-acre landscape park” worth more than $300m, snapped up by the heir to the Saudi throne. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on quite the shopping spree: a $500m yacht here, a $450m Leonardo da Vinci painting here. As this despot showers himself in decadent luxury, the children of Yemen are starving as Saudi bombs – many supplied courtesy of the British government – destroy the country.

It is one of the greatest crimes on earth, so it is welcome that, today, 350 high-profile figures – Nobel peace prize laureates and celebrities among them – have signed a letter demanding the leaders of France, the US and the UK stop “stoking the flames of war”. The barbarous Saudi regime is being armed and supported by the west as it pummels Yemen.

Our governments all share responsibility for the 60,000 who have died in the 1,000-day war, the 17.8 million without access to enough food, and the 22 million in need of humanitarian aid and protection. It is estimated that nearly a third of the Saudi-led air strikes have targeted non-military sites: farms, market places, food storage sites among them. In one recent Saudi airstrike, a dozen women were reported dead after returning home from a wedding procession. These are crimes that receive little coverage – but don’t turn away, because they are being committed in our name.

The Tory government has offered a derisory £50m extra in aid for food and fuel supplies: like setting fire to a neighbour’s house, then slipping a tenner through the charred letterbox. Even Samantha Power – Barack Obama’s former ambassador to the UN – has admitted that the US is “wrong (as were we in last admin) to keep supporting Saudi-led coalition as it kills civilians w/ impunity & blocks medicine/food/fuel supplies in face of looming famine.”

for further reading https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/19/yemeni-children-starve-britons-saudi-onslaught-government?CMP=share_btn_tw

• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist

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