MaryDiane Baker

U.S. remains complicit in perpetuation of Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

As Bernie Sanders supported the call for a report on Saudi's war crimes against Yemen, now is the time for the senator to call for the same for Israel's war crimes against Palestine.

In April, Bernie once again worked for relief for Yemen, as co-sponsor of a resolution under section 502B(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act, which requires a State Department report on human rights. He's now spoken of forcing a vote on conditioning aid to Israel, best done via a 502B.

Amid escalating events in Gaza and Israel, other suffering around the world has slipped from the headlines, including Yemen. For example, while U.S. backing for Israel funds an extraordinary "pace of death," says The New York Times, the devastating U.S.-backed Saudi blockade on Yemen continues.

Two aspects link my thoughts on current strife in these countries: the horrific circumstances of children, and the exacerbating U.S. monetary and military support.

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Hold Bernie accountable to his promises on Yemen

At a meet-and-greet town hall hosted by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Senior Center in Brattleboro on Aug. 10, Action Corps Vermont presented him with a petition signed by almost 900 people across the country, including many Vermonters, asking for his leadership in the Senate - now -

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Yemen can’t wait any longer

It pains me to write, again, that the United States still fuels the Saudi/United Arab Emirates war machine, enabling its attacks on Yemen. Come March, we'll mark eight full years. Eight years of unconstitutional U.S. military involvement in Yemeni starvation and destruction, while legislators, activists, more than 100 organizations...

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Famine used as a weapon is a war crime

Any war is a tragedy, especially for civilians. Since February, the bitter war in Ukraine has diverted attention from the past seven-plus years during which the United States has facilitated war and supplied blockades in Yemen. The long-term virtual famine of Yemeni civilians is one result. Ignoring our country's involvement doesn't make it go away. Since 2018 there has been bipartisan congressional consensus to end U.S. complicity in Yemen. Now we have a president who has stated his desire to...

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Evans-Frantz: investigates, listens, learns

Isaac Evans-Frantz, who is running for that U.S. Senate seat from Vermont, has a record of national and worldwide advocacy and coalition-building which is highlighted, in part, by recent news. Isaac's role was key in the July 14 Senate introduction of the War Powers Resolution for Yemen, as well as the House version on June 1. His efforts were crucial in 2018–19 as well, in the first round of bipartisan legislation for Yemen, before it was vetoed by Trump. Endorsed...

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Welch spurning debate shows 'disregard for Vermonters' curiosity and intelligence'

During an election cycle, candidates running for office show respect for their fellow Vermonters by participating in debates. An important working aspect of our democracy, these events are an effective way for contenders to present their points of view, defend their actions to the present moment, and acknowledge their responsibility to represent constituents while in office. Questions from the audience are another point of engagement, providing each Vermont voter with the equivalent of a spot at the podium. When the...

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Sanders: Join Welch with Yemen War Powers Resolution in Senate

On the day that the invasion of Ukraine began, there were 37 separate airstrikes on Yemen. Airstrikes are frequent there, day and night. The U.S. has backed this destruction for seven years. Our country supplies and supports the weapons, ammunition, and military intelligence that batters people on the other side of the world, out of our sight. We fund and facilitate those devastating airstrikes. The United Nations lists 17 countries in crisis, with millions of fellow humans around the world...

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Welch, Leahy, and Sanders: now is the time for a new Yemen War Powers Resolution

This country continues to supply weapons and military support to Saudi Arabia in their assault and blockade of Yemen. Grassroots, Congressional, and worldwide efforts were made in 2021 to end what has become nearly seven years of U.S. participation in the humanitarian tragedy in Yemen, which Congress never authorized. The goal was not achieved. What the world needs now is a new Yemen War Powers Resolution to stop and prohibit U.S. participation in the war. With the worst cholera outbreak...

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