#1233 The US-backed war fueling the world's worst humanitarian crisis

Air Date: 12–7-2018
Today we take a look at the ongoing war in Yemen including its origins, multitude of players, the US supporting that is helping drive the worlds worst humanitarian crisis and what we can and should do to stop it.


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Ch. 1: MSNBC finally mentions US involvement in the Yemen war - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-24-18

Janine Jackson gives a quick update on MSNBC‘s coverage of Yemen.

Ch. 2: Why U.S. Bombs Are Falling in Yemen - The Daily - Air Date 11-19-18

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi has renewed criticism of Saudi Arabia, including the kingdom’s role in the war in Yemen, a war that the United States has backed from the beginning and has created one of the worst humanitarian crisis' in the world.

Ch. 3: Whitewashing America’s Role in Yemen - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 11-28-18

Adam and Nima look back at the media’s coverage of the tragedy in Yemen that obeys a very narrow Overton Window on our wars of empire

Ch. 4: Why Is No-one Trying to Stop the War in Yemen? - The Inquiry - Air Date 4-4-17

The UN is calling it a humanitarian crisis. And yet it’s far from clear which, if any, of the multiple nations and groups involved in the conflict, is working to end it. In other words, our question this week, why is no one trying to stop the war in Yemen?

Ch. 5: The Saudi-US Agenda Behind Destroying Yemen (Pt 1/2) - @TheRealNews - Air Date 8-3-18

Professor Isa Blumi of Stockholm University and author of "Destroying Yemen," discusses the motives and impact of the unrelenting US-backed assault

Ch. 6: Jehan Hakim On Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis & War Powers Resolution - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 11-26-18

An update on Yemen as Senator Bernie Sanders is now leading an effort to block U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Our guest is Jehan Hakim, chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, which is working to end the war.

Ch. 7: Stop U.S. Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen- Tell Congress to Support the War Powers Resolution Measures (S.J.R. 54 and H.C.R. 138) - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 8: Trump’s Muslim Ban Tearing Apart Families - News Beat - Air Date 8-1-18

Twenty-two million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen due to the U.S.-backed bombing campaign there. Compounding the tragedy is Trump’s self-professed Muslim Ban barring families from ever reuniting—even to escape near-certain death


Ch. 9: Warrens DNA - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 10: Exploring the connection between race and identity - Elizabeth from Virginia


Ch. 11: Final comments on what genocide is and isn’t


1. Tell Your Members of Congress to support:

SENATE (WAR POWERS RESOLUTION): S.J.Res.54 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

HOUSE (WAR POWERS RESOLUTION): H.Con.Res.138 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

2. Share this action on social media with the hashtag #YemenCantWait

3. Help the Yemeni people directly:

International Rescue Committee - Yemen (IRC)

Humanitarian crisis: What can I do to help? (BBC)

Charities Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen (Charity Navigator)

Yemen Crisis: How to help people and children facing famine (NBC)


85,000 Children in Yemen May Have Died of Starvation (NY Times)

Congress is finally pushing the US to withdraw from Yemen. It's about time (The Guardian)

Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen (The Nation)

Yemen's humanitarian crisis worsens each day. Here's how to stop it (CNN)

Climate Change Is Aggravating the Suffering in Yemen (The New Republic)

How Congress Can End the War in Yemen (NY Review of Books)

When will America stop participating in Yemen's genocidal war? (The Guardian)

Life in Yemen Is Sophie's Choice (The Atlantic)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • When in the West - Landsman Duets
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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