U.S.-backed Saudis continue war crimes in Yemen

first_imgPeople gather at the site of a U.S.-supplied Saudi air strike in Sahar.Nov. 4 — Saudi airstrikes and war crimes in Yemen have not slowed down all week. On Nov. 1, attacks on a market in Saada resulted in nearly 70 killed and many wounded. On Nov. 3, raids targeted homes in the same province, killing seven people, most of them women and children.Airstrikes from the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition injured another 10 children, two of them critically, in al-Jouf province just north of Saada. At least 15 strikes hit various areas of Midi and Taiz today in the course of a few hours. Additional attacks in Saada province struck a farm, killing and destroying livestock.Yemen’s resistance has drastically increased their military capabilities as a defensive tool against this type of aggression. This includes manufacturing Yemeni-made long-range ballistic missiles and anti-air sniper rifles. The Sana’a-based forces have also increased maritime and special operations capabilities.In retaliation for the ongoing airstrike campaign and siege, Yemen’s resistance struck the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia with a long-range ballistic missile the morning of Nov. 4. Mainstream news outlets like CNN quickly (and incorrectly) reported that Saudi forces had intercepted the missile. Video from the ground proves otherwise. Flight data also shows that the event impacted travel and delayed flights for hours.War crimes include famine and cholera  In early October, the United Nations re-added Saudi Arabia along with their coalition to a censure list due to their devastating military and airstrike campaign, which explicitly targets Yemeni civilians, hospitals, markets and homes.Last year, the U.N. removed Saudi Arabia from this same list after facing financial extortion and other threats from Riyadh. Apparently, this censure list holds no significant value because the Saudi-led airstrikes and war crimes in Yemen have not stopped.Well over 10,000 people have lost their lives from air strikes or military operations since Saudi Arabia and allies launched their war against Yemen in 2015. Tens of thousands more have been killed as a result of the ongoing Saudi-imposed siege and blockade.Due to restricted imports, nearly 7 million Yemenis face famine and 17 million face food insecurity. The lack of access to medical equipment and sanitation supplies has triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak claiming the lives of over 3,000, with numbers reaching 1 million infected by the end of the year. The siege also restricts government salaries for health care workers, sanitation workers and other public jobs.Randi Nord is Editor at Geopolitics AlertFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Promissory note repayment will cost jobs

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPromissory note repayment will cost jobsBy admin – April 17, 2012 566 LIMERICK-born economist, Tom McDonnell, believes that recent moves to negotiate a deal on the Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide promissory notes, is a positive move.Mr McDonnell was speaking at Mary Immaculate College. He did, however, warn that the structure of the deal and in particular the interest rate, would be crucial to Ireland’s debt sustainability“As it stands, the promissory notes will cost €47 billion over the next 20 years. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is welcome that the Government is now prioritising this issue and realises that the current structure of Ireland’s debt burden and the promissory note payments has to be renegotiated with a view to easing the burden on the Irish state and ensuring Ireland’s debt sustainability into the medium term. “However, the structure of any deal is crucial.  We don’t yet know exactly what will come about and in particular there is no information regarding what the interest rate on payments might be.”Mr McDonnell was speaking before addressing a public meeting on promissory note that was hosted by the Limerick One World Society.“The promissory notes constitute our remaining €30.6 billion bill for the private debts of Anglo and the INBS – a bill due to be paid by the Irish people through higher taxes and lower public spending: he pointed out.  “While most of the Anglo/INBS bondholders have now been repaid, we will be footing the bill for that repayment for years in terms of lower public spending and higher taxes – taxes which will be used to pay for bank debt rather than for improved public services or infrastructure. He said that over 2% of GDP will be sucked out of the economy each year up to 2023 to meet the promissory note repayments, which will mean more job losses and more pressure on a battered economy and society.“TASC (an independent, progressive think-tank dedicated to promoting equality, democracy and sustainability in Ireland through evidence-based policy recommendations), has suggested that the Government seek to convert the promissory notes into a low-interest long-term government bond – sometimes called a ‘bullet bond,” which is repayable over a longer period, such as 50 or even 100 years and has long argued that at least some of the former Anglo’s private banking debt that was socialised should be written-down.”He concluded that the outcome of the negotiations being conducted by the Department of Finance and the ECB will have a long-term impact on Ireland’s debt sustainability and economic recovery. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Print WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleCharged with breaching court order at Newcastle WestNext articleIGB identify owners of dead greyhounds adminlast_img read more