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Emran Feroz
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Friday, 30 November 2018

How And When Will The Catastrophe In Yemen Finally End?

Worth-hearing episode of The Intercept's Deconstructed podcast with Mehdi Hasan about the war and chaos in Yemen. 

According to the UN, the current situation in the country is the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe and has killed more than 50,000 people

It’s also the first time that a majority in either chamber of Congress has endorsed a bill that calls for an end to US involvement in the Yemen war. 

Senator Chris Murphy was one of the politicians behind the bill and talks with Hasan. And, of course, everything is linked with Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman. 

"Well, I think they’ve got to continue to think whether it’s in their best interests to have Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince, as their front man for the long term. He is responsible for this seismic break with the United States Senate. Lindsey Graham, in particular, has been very clear that so long as Mohammed Bin Salman is running foreign policy for Saudi Arabia, he is going to be unable to reconcile with the kingdom, and I think many Republicans and Democrats believe the same thing. This is a Saudi foreign policy that has simply gone off the rails," Murphy said. 

Murphy also acknowledges that the United States is responsible for the death of innocent children. 

It is well known that Saudi Arabia, which is mainly responsible for the destruction of Yemen, is an important ally of the White House. 

The US and other Western countries continue to sell their weapons to the Saudis.

I mean, you’re talking about 85,000 kids who have died from starvation and disease, and the Americans own responsibility for part of every single one of those deaths.

I think this is a crucial step and a break in the Saudi–American relationship. It is also obvious that the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is deeply linked with this political approach. 

How And When Will The Catastrophe In Yemen Finally End?
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