8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

Claire Manera from Médecins Sans Frontières returns to the show to discuss the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has somehow gotten much worse. When Manera was on the show less than two months ago there were an estimated 30,000 cholera cases; today there are more than 300,000. So many people are sick that they aren’t able to get to the hospital and many are dying in their homes without the critical care they need. Manera explains how cholera spreads and why the Saudi-U.S. war in Yemen has exasperated the impoverished conditions. The epidemic has gotten so bad, particularly among children, that in some cases patients die within just a few hours of contracting the disease. The case fatality rate is growing as the disease spreads rapidly and many people can’t get transport to hospitals. Tragically Manera expects the upcoming rainy season to make the dire situation even worse. Finally, Manera explains how people can help Doctors Without Borders in Yemen, including by helping to provide chlorine and saline.
Claire Manera is the coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen.
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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

8/28/17 MSF’s Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

Claire Manera from Médecins Sans Frontières returns to the show to discuss the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has somehow gotten much worse. When Manera was on the show less than two months ago there were an estimated 30,000 cholera cases; today there are more than 300,000. So many people are sick that they aren’t able to get to the hospital and many are dying in their homes without the critical care they need. Manera explains how cholera spreads and why the Saudi-U.S. war in Yemen has exasperated the impoverished conditions. The epidemic has gotten so bad, particularly among children, that in some cases patients die within just a few hours of contracting the disease. The case fatality rate is growing as the disease spreads rapidly and many people can’t get transport to hospitals. Tragically Manera expects the upcoming rainy season to make the dire situation even worse. Finally, Manera explains how people can help Doctors Without Borders in Yemen, including by helping to provide chlorine and saline.

Claire Manera is the coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen.

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

5/31/17 Clair Manera coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières project Yemen, is interviewed on the Cholera outbreak

Claire Manera, coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières’s project in Yemen, is interviewed on the Cholera outbreak in Yemen. Yemen has been in a state of conflict since 2015. That conflict is causing a humanitarian crisis, especially since the intervention by Saudi Arabia later in that same year. The Cholera outbreak in Yemen is also a result of this conflict, and is exacerbated by the malnutrition of the population because of the Saudi blockade. This extremely treatable disease is discussed, and as are other steps that could be taken to help the people of Yemen.

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

1/31/18 MSF's Ghassan Abou Chaar updates the situation in Yemen

Ghassan Abou Chaar, Doctors Without Borders’ head of missions in Yemen, joins Scott to discuss the situation in Yemen. Chaar says that the cholera outbreak has improved as the dry season has limited the spread of the infection, but that cases of diarrhea remain prevalent. Chaar explains that while seasonal changes have helped, many of the awful conditions that led to the cholera outbreak in the first place remain in place. Chaar then updates the water situation in Yemen and the degree to which humanitarian aid is reaching the country. Finally Chaar explains why the work in Yemen only continues to get more difficult—and how people can contribute to the efforts of Doctors Without Broders.
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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

1/31/18 MSF’s Ghassan Abou Chaar updates the situation in Yemen

Ghassan Abou Chaar, Doctors Without Borders’ head of missions in Yemen, joins Scott to discuss the situation in Yemen. Chaar says that the cholera outbreak has improved as the dry season has limited the spread of the infection, but that cases of diarrhea remain prevalent. Chaar explains that while seasonal changes have helped, many of the awful conditions that led to the cholera outbreak in the first place remain in place. Chaar then updates the water situation in Yemen and the degree to which humanitarian aid is reaching the country. Finally Chaar explains why the work in Yemen only continues to get more difficult—and how people can contribute to the efforts of Doctors Without Broders.

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

2017 Review: Yemen

On the night of Trump’s inauguration, he approved a raid on al-Qaeda in a village in central Yemen. Two Americans were killed in the raid: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Williams and 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki. Nawar was hit in the neck with a bullet and died in her grandmother’s arms. An official who later described the raid said, “almost everything went wrong.”

The main stream media was largely too distracted by the scandal surrounding the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd to ask questions about Nawar and Ryan’s deaths. Journalist Iona Craig, was able to travel to the village where the raid occurred, reported that the village was not aligned with al-Qaeda, but fighting on the side of the US support Saudi coalition in the Yemen Civil War. US officials later admitted they did not receive any significant intelligence from the raid.

Another early move for Trump was to reinstate precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia. Late in Obama’s Presidency, Obama blocked a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Saudi massacring over 150 people at a Yemeni funeral.

Other than those small changes Trump’s policy on Yemen has been the same as Obama’s: provide the Saudi’s with the military support and diplomatic cover needed to enforce Saudi’s will over the people of Yemen or to kill them all.

The Trump policy has also continued the false narrative of framing the Yemen Civil War as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The main stream media frequently runs with this story without question. The Trump Administration, led by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, is using this narrative to demonize Iran, push for the country’s isolation, and possibly war.

Ambassador Haley has attempted to exploit a few missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by the Houthi to allege that Iran is violating the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. Haley claims that the missiles were provided to the Houthi by Iran. However, expert weapons inspector Scott Ritter was able to debunk Haley’s lies.

Indiscriminate airstrikes from the Saudi coalition are using US made bombs to destroy schools, hospitals, markets, roads, factories, bridges, airports, ports, and homes. While the exact number of civilians killed by the fighting in Yemen is unknown, Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee claims that 70,000 civilians have been killed. The Saudi airstrikes have become so brutal that by the end of 2017 a UN official said he was “deeply disturbed” by the airwar.

The famine in Yemen raged through 2017. A blockade of the country prevents food, medicine, fuel, and water treatment supplies from reaching the nearly 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The Saudi’s destruction of critical civilian infrastructure is exasperating the famine.

In late April, a cholera epidemic broke out. An estimated 1,000,000 Yemeni will contract the disease in 2017. Like the famine, the outbreak has been fueled and made more deadly by US and Saudi actions in Yemen. In 2017, Saudi Arabia expanded the blockade to include humanitarian aid.  Recently, Trump called for Saudi Arabia to allow some aid to enter Yemen, but has Saudi has not listened.

The US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen has made the US de facto allies with Yemen’s Islamic State affiliate and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; as the jihadists, along with US weapons makers, continue to be the few beneficiaries of the US and Saudi intervention into Yemen.

Trump has also continued to target the jihadists groups with drone strikes and raids. The US officials often claim these raids and strikes kill top ranking jihadists. However, the military operations do little to deter jihadists gains. Yemeni sources often challenged the legitimacy of US official claims. Local sources often explain that civilians were killed by the American strikes, not jihadists.

The crisis in Yemen has received some political attention. Several Congressmen attempted to invoke the War Powers Resolution to end the US involvement fighting on the Saudi side in the Yemen Civil War, but House leadership defeated the bill by asserting US actions in Yemen did not rise to the level needed to invoke the War Powers Act.

In early December, the anti-Saudi alliance of the Houthi and former Yemen President Saleh disintegrated. Saleh allied with the Saudi coalition but was quickly killed by Houthi fighters. This seemingly leaves Saudi Arabia without a figurehead to rally behind in Yemen, as the current “president” of Yemen remains under house arrest in Saudi Arabia.

When the Obama administration enabled Saudi’s war in Yemen in March of 2015, they acknowledged it would be long, bloody and indecisive.” The Trump administration must draw the same conclusion as we enter 2018.

8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

12/15/17 Will Porter on the undercounted civilian deaths in Yemen

Will Porter makes his debut on the Scott Horton Show to discuss his article for the Libertarian Institute, “Yemen’s Silent Numbers: Official Death Count Masks War’s Toll on Civilians.” Porter explains the numerous problems with the OHCHR’s civilian death count and why the estimates likely don’t reflect near the total number of civilians whose lives have been lost as a result of the war.

Will Porter writes for The Market Radical and NotBeingGoverned. Follow him on Twitter @WKPAnCap.

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

11/16/17 Scott Paul on the latest devastating Saudi blockade in Yemen

Senior Humanitarian advisor at OxFam America Scott Paul returns to the show to discuss the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. Paul explains that the situation has gone from bad to gruesome with the latest Saudi blockade following the Houthi attempted missile strike of the Saudi airport at Ridyah. According to Paul seven million people are attempting to survive on one meal a day while cholera cases continue to soar. Paul says that aid is the first major step, but that a ceasefire and a political process are the only things that can allow for the market to provide for the Yemeni people.

Scott Paul is a senior policy advisor at OxFam. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottTPaul.

Discussed on the show:

  • “12 days into the blockade – Oxfam and 13 other agencies say, ‘we’re are running out of fuel, food, and medicines'” (OxFam)
  • Hodeidah
  • “Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh” (BBC)
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • “Watch Members of Congress Attempt to Explain Why They Won’t Vote on War in Yemen,” by Lee Fang (The Intercept)
  • “U.N. warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades” (Reuters)
  • “There are 21 million in need of humanitarian aid in Yemen” (The Guardian)
  • Nasser Arrabyee (Scott Horton Show)
  • Clair Manera (Scott Horton Show)
  • “U.S. Government to Blame for Somalia’s Misery,” by Scott Horton (Future Freedom Foundation)

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

11/10/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the escalation of the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to give his latest update on the devestation from the U.S.-Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Arrabyee confirms that more than 900,000 people have contracted cholera and discusses the recent retaliatory strike by the Houthis against the Saudi airport and the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi blockade, which the U.N. warns could kill millions of people. Arrabyee explains how Yemeni deaths have been vastly underestimated and dispels the myth that this is a moral war. Finally Arrabyee explains in detail the myriad factors that contribute to the war in Yemen and why it would be impossible for someone like Donald Trump to understand them.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

Discussed on the show:

  • “8/28/17 MSF’s Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen” (Scott Horton Show)
  • “A new Saudi blockade could worsen Yemen’s cholera crisis” (Washington Post)
  • “Millions In Yemen Will Die Unless Saudi Aid Blockade Is Lifted, UN Warns” (Huffington Post)
  • “Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ‘direct aggression’ over Yemen missile” (The Guardian)
  • “11/7/17 Congressman Walter Jones on his fight for H.Con.Res.81 and against the War Party” (Scott Horton Show)
  • Houthis
  • Zaidi Shias
  • “Airstrike Kills at Least 25 at Market in Yemen” (New York Times)
  • “Yemen attack: 42 killed in suicide bombings claimed by Isis” (The Independent)
8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

11/7/17 Congressman Walter Jones on his fight for H.Con.Res.81 and against the War Party

Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina joins Scott to discuss his co-sponsorship of H.Con.Res.81, the United States’s never-ending wars, and how Congress can take back its mantle. Jones explains why he blames Paul Ryan for the lack of a vote on H.Con.Res.81, how Congress has abdicated its responsibility on matters of war, and why issues of war and peace are the most pressing that are facing the U.S.

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Quote of the show: “Scott, that is the dishonesty of Washington…the Rules Committee is nothing but a puppet group…it’s just hogwash to be honest with you.” – Walter Jones

 

8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

10/25/17 Nasser Arrabyee updates the U.S.-Saudi War in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show and updates the fighting in Yemen where Saudi airstrikes continue throughout the country, including in Sana’a. Arrabyee explains how Yemen has devolved into a mess of conflicting tribal and national interests. Scott introduces H.Con.Res.81 and explains what you can do to help stop the U.S. war in Yemen, which has, among other things led to nearly a million cases of cholera infections in the country. There are two different kinds of people being killed every day in Yemen according to Arrabyee: those who are killed in the continual airstrikes and those who are killed by starvation. Finally, Scott asks whether there’s a potential diplomatic solution to the conflict in Yemen.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

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8/28/17 MSF's Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen

8/29/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the latest Saudi atrocities in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss recent Saudi massacres in Sana’a, the worsening cholera epidemic, and how despite Saudi Arabia’s brutal tactics, they are no closer to achieving their goals. Arrabyee explains how the Saudis have tried to create a split between Yemeni president Saleh and his on-again, off-again Houthi allies. Arabyee details how Saudi Arabia has pressured the Yemeni people, many of whom have been denied their salaries for months on end, to stage a popular uprising. Arabyee explains why the “legitimate government” in Aden is a big lie, the role Iran is playing in the conflict and explains why it’s wrong to consider what’s happening a civil war.

Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

Discussed on the show:

  • Ali Abdullah Saleh
  • Houthis
  • Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
  • Sana’a
  • “Saudi Coalition Airstrikes Near Yemen’s Capital Kill Civilians” (New York Times)
  • “Young Yemeni Girl Is Sole Survivor After Airstrike Topples Her Home” (New York Times)
  • “Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen hotel killing 60 people including civilians and rebels” (The Independent)
  • “8/28/17 MSF’s Clair Manera on the cholera epidemic in Yemen” (Scott Horton Show)
  • “Suspected Cholera Cases Pass 300,000 In Yemen, Red Cross Says” (NPR)
  • “Yemen sees growing divisions between allied rebel groups” (Al Jazeera)
  • “Yemen war: Why Houthis and Saleh forces are trading insults and bullets” (Middle East Eye)
  • “Yemen blames Iran for war, says it can’t be part of solution” (Washington Post)
  • Al Hudaydah (port)
  • “Gerald Feierstein, a Gulf-funded expert pushing catastrophic war on Yemen, appears to have lied to Congress,” by Ben Norton (Salon.com)
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