Tag: Saudi Arabia

Yemen has been Starving to Death

Over half Mazrak camp's residents are children under 18-years old, many of them are malnourished, with upwards of a thousand cases of severe malnourishment.

While going through one of its worst conflicts with no hope for a timely settlement, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is going downhill. A few days ago, the United Nations published a worrying statement on how  Yemen and three other countries are about…

Saudi Arabia and the Plight of the Arms Trade Treaty

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague with the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh in 2013

Coalition airstrikes lead by Saudi Arabia in support of deposed President Hadi against Houthi rebels have caused an estimated 3,800 civilian deaths in Yemen in since March 2015. According to publicly available data, Saudi efforts received substantial military and arms support, amounting…

Desperation in Yemen: Houthi Government Complicates Peace Process

The embattled Yemeni city of Taiz https://flic.kr/p/wXdFS

On November 28th, the Houthi rebels fighting the Yemeni government declared a government after twenty months of futile conflict. Diplomats were hoping that the rebels would agree to form a unity government as part of a peace process, but such…

Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Yemen

A man walks past graffiti denouncing US involvement in Yemen. https://flic.kr/p/MA4RAs

When the war in Yemen began, military advisors and foreign policy experts claimed the fighting would come to a swift end. That was in March of 2015. In the 20-odd months since, at least 10,000 people have been killed and…

Donald Trump and the Arab World War

Syrian families, fleeing from various eastern districts of Aleppo, queue to get onto governmental buses on November 29, 2016.

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has aroused a variety of reactions throughout the Middle East. Given the many contradicting statements Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail, it is hard to gauge his preferences…

Canada’s Questionable Relationship

LAV3s set to be sold to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are pictured during an exercise by the Canadian military. https://flic.kr/p/yEWibs

The Canadian military has authorized the use of one of its bases for testing and quality assurance by General Dynamics Land Systems, a private defence contractor who is set to provide the $15-billion sale of light-armoured vehicles to the Kingdom…