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Ben Parker
Co-founder , humanitarian news and analysis. Also Somalia, Syria, Horn of Africa. Open DMs / ben@irinnews.org Signal/WhatsApp: + 44 7808 791 267
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Ben Parker 4h
Here’s some two-fisted accountability in
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Ben Parker 5h
Oh, Bristol buses and open data. 😵
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Sanjana Hattotuwa 8h
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Ben Parker 8h
Replying to @kanedr @pudo @jsvine
I did literally multi-hundred page PDFs with it once I had nailed to the pixel where the rows and boxes were... thanks
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Ben Parker 8h
Replying to @kanedr @pudo
PDFplumber is also good for fixed but fiddly table layouts IMO.
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The Guardian 9h
UN environment chief resigns after frequent flying revelations
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Ben Parker 9h
Replying to @AbdulazizMazrou @WFP
UN and WFP this morning did not have details...
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Ben Parker 9h
Replying to @AbdulazizMazrou @WFP
Is there a breakdown/allocation?
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Ben Parker 9h
A town hall at Facebook sounds even worse than the ones at the : "He added that someone on the company’s communications staff probably hired Definers... [FB] would not hesitate to fire employees who spoke to The New York Times or other publications."
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IRIN News 10h
Replying to @irinnews
For more on the issue, see IRIN's reporting on the difficulties faced by peace-preaching imams in : “They say, ‘You are wrong. You are a moderate imam.’”
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Ben Parker 12h
Replying to @annieslem
Meanwhile talks about peace talks have a long way to go, according to this update from :
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Ben Parker 12h
Replying to @WFP
Some of the new $500 million is likely to go towards increased supplies of food and/or cash to help millions more Yemenis people facing food shortages. says it aims to increase up to 50% on its current 7-8 m people a month.
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Ben Parker 13h
Replying to @JEMunn @UN and 2 others
Questions have been raised as to whether a pledged payment by Saudi Arabia of $2 billion to the Yemen Central Bank ever arrived:
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Ben Parker 13h
Replying to @JEMunn @UN and 2 others
Of that, UAE is reporting to over $1 billion to (or via?) the UAE Red Crescent (a massive $619m in "general budget support"). Some other lines may not belong in a humanitarian tally, for example: Power generation (80m) Police vehicles (36m)
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Ben Parker 13h
Replying to @JEMunn @UN @fts_beta
Yes, additional to that. In fact the reported 2018 humanitarian spending by the two countries was already more than $1 billion for Yemen, to be exact: $1,348,155,303 + $500,000,000 =$1,848,155,303 data:
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Ben Parker 13h
Replying to @KSRelief_EN
In addition to humanitarian relief, the Saudi-led coalition engages in other support and financing in Yemen: to the tune of $18 billion over three years, according to the top official at :
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Ben Parker 13h
Replying to @UN @emiratesrc
Today's announcement promises $250m each from KSA and UAE to increased international relief efforts in including via the and the :
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Ben Parker 14h
Replying to @samueloakford
The draft resolution, posted online by , calls for more funding, unrestricted imports, opening Sana’a airport and injections of foreign exchange.
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KSrelief 15h
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launch the Supply Initiative in Response to the Food Crisis in with USD 500 million
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Ben Parker 14h
Replying to @BenParker140
Here is news of the new $500m aid pledge for Yemen :
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