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Moderate Rebels

Apr 10, 2018

Moderate Rebels episode 16 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Yemeni-American scholar and activist Shireen al-Adeimi to discuss the joint US-Saudi war on Yemen, which marked its third anniversary on March 26, 2018.

This war has unleashed the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world. We discuss the historical context and long history of Saudi intervention in Yemen; the various political actors on the ground, including the Houthis (Ansar Allah), Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi; the extreme depth of the humanitarian crisis; and the crucial role of the West in facilitating the Saudi bombing campaign and blockade.

0:00 Intro
3:44 Foreign involvement in Yemen
4:51 Historical context
8:46 Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the "internationally recognized government" in the south
11:19 The Houthi movement (Ansar Allah), the capture of Sana'a, and Ali Abdullah Saleh
18:49 Iran's exaggerated role in Yemen
24:52 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his visit to the US
32:17 Yemen solidarity activism and diplomacy
36:25 Western support, and public opposition
40:58 The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the never-ending "10,000" death toll
46:08 Al-Qaeda and ISIS
48:38 Yemen's geopolitical importance and the Mandab Strait
51:59 The north-south divide in Yemen
58:28 The personal impact on Yemenis
1:02:17 Outro