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Congressman Ro Khanna, D-Calif., representing the 17th Congressional District which includes much of Silicon Valley, was named by The Nation as the “Most Valuable House Newcomer” as part of its 2017 Progressive Honor Roll. (Rep. Ro Khanna/Facebook photo)

Besides proudly watching on TV a fellow Indian American, and a Parsi Zarathushti (Zoroastrian) woman, Meher Tatna, appearing at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in her stunning red sari, representing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as its president at the event, I was very impressed by reading in India-West about our new U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna being voted “Most Valuable House Newcomer” by The Nation. The article mentioned Khanna’s support for the suffering people of Yemen, who are being mercilessly bombed and starved by the Saudi coalition with weapons and help from the U.S. government, having drafted legislation with the help of the co-chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus, Mark Pocan, and Libertarian leaning Republicans to block U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s brutal assault on that country.

I have written to several U.S. network news media about their strange silence on reporting the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, but to no avail (except a recent brief mention in a CNN news report), even though BBC World News has consistently reported in great detail for the last several months about the suffering of Yemeni civilians whose homes, businesses, hospitals and harbors are being indiscriminately bombed with U.S. weapons and intelligence support, denying even humanitarian aid to enter the country

The United Nations has also complained out about this but it is ignored in the U.S. media. I am glad Rep. Khanna is taking up the issue in Congress. 

Maneck Bhujwala

Huntington Beach, Calif.

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