» 04/05/2011, 00.00
YEMEN – BAHRAIN
More deaths in Yemen as US ditches Saleh
Police kill two men in Hudaida during a demonstration to protest the killing of 15 people in Taiz yesterday. The Gulf Cooperation Council offers to mediate. Washington now views Saleh’s 33-year reign as a liability.
Sanaa (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Two people were killed overnight in the Yemeni port city of Hudaida during clashes between police and thousands of protesters. The demonstration had been organised to protest yesterday’s violence in Taiz in which 15 more demonstrators were killed. In both cases, police opened fire against people demanding an end to his 33-year reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Also yesterday, ministers from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) offered to mediate between Saleh and opposition groups.
The offer was made at a special meeting of the organisation in Riyadh, chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates.
On the diplomatic front, the United States also appears to be shifting its position. Washington has long backed Saleh, but has quietly told its allies that is now more of a liability and should go.
In Bahrain, soldiers and police from Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries continue to be deployed after arriving weeks ago to prevent the Shia majority from taking over from the ruling Sunnis.
Hundreds of people who took part in the protests have been fired, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) reported.
The union’s general secretary, Salman Mahfoodh, appealed to Bahrain’s sovereign, King Isa al-Khalifa, to intervene to solve the matter.
Saudi troops in Bahrain, Manama says thanks, Tehran complains
Gulf Cooperation Council members send security forces to help Sunni-led Bahrain. The Shia-dominated opposition protests and issues warnings, backed by Iran’s foreign minister who demands “respect” for the rights of demonstrators.
04/09/2008 GULF – IRAN
Gulf Council backs UAE against Iran
Six Arab countries call on Tehran to remove illegally built offices on Abu Musa Island and open talks over sovereignty. Iran’s reply is full of scorn.
Sanaa: escape from a city at war, hopes for a political solution
Residents are fleeing the capital by the thousands as bloody clashes continue between President Saleh’s followers and tribesmen. More than 60 are dead. The Gulf countries are willing to resume mediation that was interrupted on 22 May by Saleh.
04/03/2011 YEMEN – BAHRAIN – SAUDI ARABIA
Anti-govt protests end with 2 deaths in Yemen as unrest bubbles up in Bahrain and S Arabia
Calls for social reforms and democracy continue to be heard in the Persian Gulf. In Bahrain, there is hope for talks between the opposition and the Sunni king. In Saudi Arabia, two days of rage are called for 11 and 20 march. Soldiers fire on demonstrators in northern Yemen.
22/03/2011 YEMEN – BAHRAIN
Yemen President Saleh warns of “Civil war” as ministers and generals abandon him
The situation of the Arabian Peninsula nation appears increasingly unstable as a growing number of military and political leaders join the pro-reform camp. In Bahrain, the government with the backing of its anti-Shia regional allies tightens the screws on the opposition. Kuwait sends warships to help the Sunni-led government.
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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