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Yemen Remains on the Precipice of a Large-Scale Famine


Yemen Remains on the Precipice of a Large-Scale Famine

Vijay Prashad

On December 14, Martin Griffiths—the UN Special Envoy for Yemen—briefed the UN Security Council about the talks that had just concluded in Sweden the previous day. Griffiths, sitting before a large UN logo from Jordan, spoke by video to a Council that had not been able to move an effective agenda to end the brutal war on this impoverished country.


Strange how the US can put this noose around the country of Iran-----but just can’t do anything about Yemen or Palestine???STOP this BS that the US is some innocent bystander trying to fix the situations------THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE INSTIGATOR----the US could stop what is happening in Yemen and Palestine TODAY if it chose to do so. And the American people are just as guilty because they do have the power to change their government.


I am sure that we have more to learn about Chinese points of view here. But there is little to be hoped for from the US or the UN in this.

We have seen something: it is really a remarkable pass that the US Senate has denied funds to any attempt at murder and mayhem. This deserves remark and commendation. But the forces around the MIC and globalist ties to Israel and Saudi Arabia have historically been able to fund themselves through the black market.

China has to resolve its relationship to hydrocarbon fuel–among other reasons, in response to ongoing American and NATO attempts at encirclement. This involves retaining a nuclear deterrent to American military threat, but need not and really cannot involve responding persistently to the belligerent badgering in the Pacific that has been part of Obama’s “Turn to Asia” and Trump’s policy as well.

The push of NATO east and the corresponding “permanent” war around the Asian oil and gas fields and transport routes can neither be stopped cold nor indefinitely ignored by much of anyone–from American citizens to Chinese government. It is a move by what remains of 400 years of Euro-and-US-centric empire to capitalize on its petrol-age military dominance, to thereby determine the terms of whatever might be emergent–burning all the oil, all the coal, all the gas, and levering all the available nuclear resources to do so.

This is bad news for everyone. And in some way, most everyone seems to know that. But rulers cannot seem to vary from this course because it is most of what supports the mechanisms of their hegemony, and that appears to infest most of their thinking.

At the same time, there are no likely actors to cast as heroes here, certainly not at the top of the rigidly autocratic Chinese hierarchy.

The problem is in Yemen, of course, but also the rest.

We have seen the beginnings of very fine projects in Yemen. If you pull up a map–Google Maps or Google Earth will do—and zoom in by stages, you will see a web of fine green lines, where water passes and has deeply cut the surrounding hillscapes as the earth cascades from the crest towards the border with Arabia down to the sea.

This is an area where global warming and desertification have gotten quite a head start.

Water can be stopped or slowed at point and point and point in these places, between the narrow walls of canyons, wadis, gullies, or arroyos, however these may be called. The water can be stored beneath the sand for humans or animals, and plants can be grown (a standing project: https://permaculturenews.org/2013/01/09/wadi-hadhramaut-the-start-of-a-large-new-rehabilitation-project-in-yemen/).

It makes it a lot harder to do these things with people bombing the general area. The work of reclamation for all of us require that we step these aggressors back from power and wealth. We need to find ways to divest from “our” governments, “our” banks, and “our” large and international corporate businesses.