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The Saudis and UAE abandon Yemen crisis to sabotage Sudan’s pro-democracy movement

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Shameless is the only word I can find to describe the behaviour of the rulers of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who five months ago basked in glory as praise was heaped upon them for jointly pledging well over one billion dollars in the largest ever donation to a United Nations charity appeal.

The massive sum was earmarked to help alleviate the suffering of children in the humanitarian disaster that is Yemen today (created largely by the Saudis and Emiratis, some would argue), but now we are told that the UAE has only paid $195 million while the Kingdom has thrown a more modest $121.7 million at the problem. While I understand that it can take a while to raise such massive amounts of cash for much-needed humanitarian aid, both countries have deep pockets and plenty of resources. And, perhaps, a very different sense of priority.

For instance, it didn’t take them long to find $500 million to deposit at the Sudanese central bank immediately after the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir in April, while pledging another $2.5 billion in the form of food, medicine and petroleum products. Propping up a military regime in Khartoum took on far more urgency, it seems, than putting bread in the mouths of starving children in Yemen.

Along with neighbouring Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia despise democracy so much that they have promised all sorts of support to the military junta in Khartoum in its struggle against Sudan’s pro-democracy movement. The trio already have previous form in meddling relentlessly in Libyan affairs, helping to plunge the country into free fall. Now Sudan’s young,........

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