Mellitah Oil and Gas company has reported a monthly loss of more than 2.16 million bpd of crude oil due to the continued closure of the Al-Feel oil field. Negotiations with the southern branch of Petroleum Facilities Guard, which closed the oil file to protest the delay in the payment of their salaries, have not led to any positive results.
The ongoing visit of Mohammad bin Salman in the UK is generating opposite reactions: the ruling Conservative Party and royal family are rolling out the red carpet for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince while opposition politicians and rights groups call on British Prime Minister Theresa May to use the trip to challenge the kingdom’s record on human rights. Boris Jhonson, british foreign secretary has underlined the importance of the social reforms put forward by MBS in Saudi Arabia (such as allowing women to drive and lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas). Furthermore, the minister praised the Saudi Vision 2030, in the light of possible economic investments in the project. However, human rights activists gathered outside Downing Street, calling to an end of arms selling to Saudis, responsible of huge bloodshed in Yemen. In addition, activists said the despite the economic and social reforms, Saudi Arabia still has a poor human rights records. On Tuesday, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, joined a chorus of activists, saying that May should tell the crown prince that Britain would no longer supply arms to Riyadh “while the devastating Saudi-led bombing of Yemen continues”. May should also “make clear Britain’s strong opposition to widespread human and civil rights abuses in Saudi Arabia”, he said. Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party, tweeted on Tuesday: “Isn’t it time we stop giving the red carpet treatment to despots and dictators?” indeed, British arms companies are, mainly with the United States, the biggest suppliers of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the British government has approved billions of pounds in export licences over the past three years. Thus, by keeping the situation like this, the UK has been totally complicit in the abuse perpetrated in Yemen. Professor Paul Rogers from Bedford University’s Peace Department, told Al Jazeera: “The UK government recognises Saudi Arabia is very profitable for British arms exports and so the issue of human rights in the kingdom is not to the fore in current government thinking, in the sense of money talk.” It appears indeed easy to understand that UK government is willing to go along with the Saudis because there are good markets, thus, it turns a blind eye the human rights abuses and Yemen’s war.
The Civil and Political Coalition “Tunisians for Palestine” on Friday organised a protest rally outsite the Bardo Palace to protest against the procrastination of the parliament in complicity with the executive power in examining the draft law on the criminalisation of normalisation with the Zionist entity. This protest rally coincides with the review by the Parliamentary Committee on Rights and Freedoms of the bill in question. The Committee has decided to postpone the examination of the draft law on the criminalisation of normalisation with the Zionist State, following a majority vote of the members for the reorganisation of the timetable for the examination of draft law according to their priority. According to coalition coordinator Slah Daoudi, the protesters are calling for the acceleration of the review of the bill in question and taking the necessary steps to vote it before its consideration in plenary session as of February 20, 2018.
Social discontent is rising in Tunisia. Yesterday, clashes between protesters and law enforcement broke out in several parts of the country. One is death in circumstances still unknown in Tebourba, south of Tunis, several wounded and 44 arrests including 16 in Kasserine, a town in western Tunisia near the border with Algeria. In addition several public buildings were damaged during these clashes. At the origin of this wave of protest, the adoption of the 2018 finance law by a clear majority by the Tunisian parliament last December.
Popular Front deputy Ammar Amroussia said in a statement that the demonstrations that began to organize in the country were expected, ensuring that Front has warned since the announcement of the draft of 2018 finance law the seriousness of its approval because the financial law is a burden on the social scale. It is recalled that several demonstrations were organized in several regions of the country to protest against the rise in prices resulting from the 2018 budget law. He asserted that the people injured by the finance law are not only the poor but also the middle classes who have further impoverished themselves. The MP said the government is facing social movements through repression, restrictions and arrests that have taken place in more than one region in Tunisia, which may lead some into prisons, adding that this is the result of the finance law and submission to the dictates of the International Monetary Fund, which represents the destruction of the Tunisian economy system.Ammar Amroussia concluded that the Popular Front calls on people to mobilize and unite to defend their purchasing power and defend national sovereignty and Tunisia.
A popular march was staged on Monday downtown Sidi Bouzid to denounce the price increases of some
products and to claim revision of the tax policy. Protestors including trade unionists, representatives of the Union
of Unemployed Graduates and other civil society components marched the main streets of the city starting from
the Regional Labour Union’s headquarters.Other protest movements are scheduled in the coming days to demand
the right of the region’s inhabitants to employment and a decent life.
On Thursday, thousands of Afghans took to the streets in different cities of Afghanistan to denounce ongoing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine nearly two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees to neighboring Bangladesh, which already hosted around 400,000 Rohingya. According to the UN refugee agency, 164,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Thursday. In the capital Kabul, the demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan office. They chanted slogans against the Myanmar authorities, urging the human rights organizations and the UN to play their due role in stopping the “genocide”. Attaullah Faizani, an organizer of the demonstration, told Anadolu Agency on the occasion that the purpose of protest is to express solidarity with the Muslims in need.