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Takes on the World
Kathy Kelly, renowned human right activist
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
Aug. 8, 2018, 11:36 a.m.
Renowned peace and nonviolence activist Kathy Kelly explains what is behind her long history of involvement in antiwar protests which has led her to take up the issue of US complicity in the Saudi Arabian-United Arab Emirates war on Yemen and its Houti militia, to the point, she argues that with selling the weaponry, in air refueling, and surveilling and selecting the bombing targets, that the US is leading the coalition that is killing and starving the Yemeni people after destroying the country's infrastructure.

That destruction, she explains, is what led to the country's first cholera epidemic that took a million lives while pointing out that, given the deteriorating conditions and the lack of food, clean water and medical supplies, aid agencies have warned that another epidemic is on its way.

Kelly describes how mercenaries from Chad and the Sudan, hired by the Saudis, have already cut a swath through the African coastline across from Yemen on their way to the fighting, the tortures experienced by captured Houti fighters and the disappeared which the remnants of the unelected Yemeni government can provide no accounting,

She says that the main beneficiaries from the war are the US arms manufacturers who she names and shames and that it is incumbent upon the American people to mobilize not only to stop the fighting in Yemen but to roll back the record breaking multi billion dollar weapons appropriation. Pointing to past successes in difficult political terrain, she believes it can be done.
Interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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00:37:29 1 Aug. 8, 2018
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