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Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty
Oct07

Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty

Amnesty International campaign group called [7 October 2015] for an immediate suspension of arms transfers to the Saudi-led coalition and accountability for war crimes. Analysts told The Middle East in Europe they believe the campaign group’s impassioned appeal conflicts directly with major European powers’ business interests in the region, which have burgeoned with recent sales worth billions of dollars of arms, equipment...

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Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply
Aug07

Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply

Saudi Arabia is borrowing more from international markets to meet fiscal shortfalls caused by the halving of the crude oil price, additional unbudgeted expenses prosecuting the war on Yemen and enhanced security needs. In July the kingdom issued its first sovereign bonds since 2007 to raise about $4 billion from local banks. It’s also been dipping into sovereign fund reserves and now plans to raise another $27 billion, a figure...

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Yemen probe shows Saudi coalition has killed ‘scores’ of civilians
Jul02

Yemen probe shows Saudi coalition has killed ‘scores’ of civilians

So, the word is out but is anyone going to do anything about it? Advocacy group Amnesty International says its findings show Saudi Arabia-led forces killed scores of civilians with powerful bombs. Apparently this isn’t news in Europe, well, not the right sort anyway, or there’d be bigger headlines at least in the broadsheets. There has been little European or western response to the killings, certainly not a single one...

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Already, Saudi executions beat 2014 record
May29

Already, Saudi executions beat 2014 record

Less than half way through 2015, the 90 reported executions so far this year in Saudi Arabia have beaten the country’s “disgraceful” record for 2014, Amnesty International says. “Saudi Arabia today (28 May 2015) carried out its 90th execution so far this year, equalling the number of people executed in the Kingdom during the whole of 2014,” the international advocacy group said. The death toll is one of...

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Brotherly bombing: Children among victims of carnage in Yemen
May08

Brotherly bombing: Children among victims of carnage in Yemen

Eyewitness testimony gathered by Amnesty International in the aftermath of recent airstrikes in Yemeni capital Sana’a points to a repeated failure by the Saudi Arabian-led military coalition to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths in Yemen, the international advocacy group said (8 May 2015). The United Nations condemned the Saudi-led attacks, which targeted schools and hospitals, CNN reported. In the early hours of 1...

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