Hassan El-Tayyab discusses the prospects for an end to the war in Yemen under the incoming Biden administration. President Biden and Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken have both signaled that they’d like to end U.S. participation in the war right away, though as of this interview, the new administration hasn’t made any moves yet. Still, opponents of the war are hopeful that Biden will follow through on his promise, especially given the renewed efforts in Congress to end both the war and the U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia that make such conflicts possible. Whereas Trump could resist these congressional efforts, it will be politically very difficult for Biden to do so, given his public stance on the war, and the fact that it is mainly Democrat representatives leading the way. Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with severe famine, cholera and polio on top of the covid pandemic that the whole world is facing.
Discussed on the show:
- “Biden Must Address Yemen on Day One and Move Immediately to Prevent Future Wars” (Truthout)
- “War Crime Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen” (The New York Times)
- “In Strategic Shift, U.S. Draws Closer to Yemeni Rebels” (WSJ)
- “Biden’s Defense Secretary Pick Lloyd Austin Isn’t Who You Think” (Foreign Policy)
Hassan El-Tayyab is a musician and peace activist, who works as the lead lobbyist on Middle East policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
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