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By Amin Bagheri
The sixth year of the asymmetric conflict in Yemen is underway. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have the logistical and intelligence support and extensive political coverage of the world’s great powers such as the United States, European countries, and even Israel, have not been able to break down Yemen and weaken the state while preventing it from collapsing entirely. Looking at the six-year developments in Yemen, it can be seen that dividing Yemen as the main goal of this invasion has already failed.
On the first days of the war against Yemen in March 2015, the Saudi coalition announced that in the first quarter of the war, all the facilities of the Yemeni armed forces would be destroyed and the complete elimination of Ansarullah would not take more than a few weeks. However, the coalition’s efforts have lasted for several years now, and there is still no clear horizon for the realization of Saudi goals in this war except the violation of the human rights of millions of civilians who did no wrong.
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The humanitarian catastrophe of the war against Yemen
Even before the start of the Saudi aggression, the Yemeni nation was considered one of the poorest nations in the world according to the criteria of international institutions. During the five years of the war of attrition, they suffered many calamities, including famine and infectious diseases, and economic blockade, to the point that the casualties resulting from the continuation of the Saudi war in Yemen far exceeded the casualties of the military. Currently, more than 4,000 patients with kidney failure are affected by these problems due to a lack of access to dialysis centers or the closure of these centers.
Meanwhile, the US-led Western powers are playing a significant role in escalating the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen by imposing sanctions on Ansar al-Islam. According to the Yemeni Minister of Health, the sanctions and siege of Yemen have prevented the repair of medical equipment, and after about six years of war against Yemen and its embargo, 93% of medical equipment has lost its useful life, and all shock devices from It has failed.
The spread of the COVID-19 is also an important factor in the occurrence and spread of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. The prevalence and death toll of the COVID-19 in Yemen is small compared to other countries in the region, but the global health institutions operating in Yemen have left the country under the pretext of worrying about the outbreak of the COVID-19 and have cut off health aid to Yemen. Furthermore, Hunger and malnutrition have also cast a shadow of death over the Yemeni people.
According to UNICEF in 2019, about 3.2 million Yemeni children and women suffer from acute malnutrition. Statistics show that 14 million Yemenis do not have access to direct health services, and 50% of health centers are closed and the rest do not provide full services due to lack of medicine. Besides, more than 15 million Yemenis do not have access to drinking water, which leads to the spread of many epidemics.
Unequal war of Saudi Arabia and its supporters against the starving nation
The United States and Israel as the two main players in the region have always derived the most benefits from the inflamed and critical atmosphere of the Middle East, prevent Saudi Arabia and the UAE from being condemned in international forums. Besides, the Americans play a logistical and intelligence role in Saudi Arabia, which is why the US House of Representatives is trying to prevent arms exports to Saudi Arabia, while it is facing a veto from President Donald Trump.
The United States, Britain, France, Spain, and Canada continue to be major suppliers of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the Yemeni war. Despite the high risk of using arms and military equipment exported from France to facilitate the killing of Yemenis, Paris continues to supply weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Contrary to the British Supreme Court’s ruling banning arms sales to the Saudis, London continues its arms and military deals with Riyadh as well.
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A reflection on the nearly six years of war in Yemen shows that in this war, Saudi Arabia and its allies committed war crimes against humanity and the genocide of the Yemeni people. Furthermore, not only the current shortage of basic commodities such as food, water, and fuel, has made it difficult for these oppressed people to survive, but also they are exposed to daily missile and airstrikes by the Saudi coalition, so the most pivotal task now is for international organizations to take the all necessary measures to stop the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
However, the United Nations and international human rights organizations are failed in taking effective action to improve the human rights situation in Yemen or to stop the inhumane acts of the Saudis and their Emirati partners in Yemen. Ultimately, it should be made clear that no attempts to circumvent international human rights law and humanitarian law can be tolerated under international law in certain circumstances such as failing to pay attention to distinguish between civilians and combatants in conflicts.
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest. Mitul Gajera / Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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By Anna Melnikova
The Indian cricket lovers have been waiting for a ton from Virat Kohli for a long time, and he finally has made it. However, not in the batting as most fans expect, but in catching balls.
The second day of the 3rd Test in Capetown between local Proteas and the Men in Blue was rich for interesting occasions. Thus, South Africa was waiting for a good scoring result after stopping all Indian batters on the first day. Their opponents, however, have been looking for nice bowling not to lose the game just in the first innings. And while Bumrah added five wickets to his score, one of the dismissals should go to Virat Kohli. By the way, if you want more cricket news in India, we recommend subscribing to the specified site using the link.
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The legendary captain was great in batting but now can not score a ton for more than two years. But the three-digit result came from another side, where he is also quite successful. And while most of his catches came from opponents' misses, he proved he can be effective in the outfield parts of the pitch. According to experts, Kohli has a unique ability to be energetic on the pitch and still be concentrated for long shots by opponents, which rarely come in Test format.
Kohli has a unique ability to be energetic on the pitch. Unsplash
Even a legendary Gavaskar, who was the first Indian with such a result, praised the ability of the recent captain to catch. He admitted the ability to grab slipping balls, which are hard to cope with. Interestingly, Virat became only the sixth Indian to achieve a milestone in this component in the Test format. Kohli needed 99 games to find the needed number, although he is focused on making the 28th century first of all.
Another three-digit achievement can happen just today. He opened the 3rd day of the Test in Capetown along with Pujara and stayed alive at the moment of writing this article. If you are fond of sports betting, we recommend that you go to the rating of sports betting sites in India and choose a reliable bookmaker.
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