Yemen, The Next Fascist Atrocity?

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Yemen, The Next Fascist Atrocity?

Postby Howling Rainbows » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:00 pm

Links to the Bush family business network, Mossad???

Obama Administration Prepares Public Opinion for Attack on Yemen
2010 01 03



Five days after the unsuccessful attempt by a Nigerian student to set off a bomb aboard a Detroit-bound passenger jet, US military and intelligence officials are said to be preparing expanded military action against targets in Yemen, the Arab country where the student allegedly received terrorist training and was equipped with an explosive device.

A series of US media reports suggest that new US-backed military attacks inside Yemen are imminent. Citing “two senior US officials,” CNN reported: “The US and Yemen are now looking at fresh targets for a potential retaliation strike.”


The network said the officials “both stressed the effort is aimed at being ready with options for the White House if President Obama orders a retaliatory strike.” CNN continued: “The effort is to see whether targets can be specifically linked to the airliner incident and its planning. US special operations forces and intelligence agencies, and their Yemeni counterparts, are working to identify potential Al Qaeda targets in Yemen, one of the officials said.”

The network said the Obama administration and the long-time Yemeni dictator, Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, had reached an agreement to allow the US to fly cruise missiles, fighter jets and armed drones, used for remote-control assassinations, in Yemeni airspace. Talks were still ongoing on whether Saleh will give permission for the entry of US helicopter-borne Special Forces.

The report comes after a series of statements by top administration officials, including Obama himself, pledging that “all elements of US power” will be used in response to the failed attack on Northwest Flight 253. The White House has been under heavy fire from its Republican opponents over the evident security failure, and a military action would serve to divert public attention from the ongoing revelations of how the CIA and other US agencies ignored warnings about the impending attack.

Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al Qirbi, told the BBC that his country was seeking stepped up military aid, presumably as part of a package deal—in effect, a bribe for allowing the country’s territory to be turned into a battlefield for US commandos.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was discussing nearly tripling its military and counterterrorism aid to Yemen in the coming year. US aid jumped from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million this year, and would rise to as much as $190 million in 2010, according to “a senior military official.”

Reuters, citing unnamed “defense and counterterrorism officials,” reported that “the Obama administration was exploring ways to accelerate and expand US assistance to Yemeni forces to root out the Al Qaeda leadership in the country, while keeping the role of the US military and intelligence agencies as behind the scenes as possible.”

The news agency reported a clash between Yemeni security forces and Al Qaeda fighters in the western Hudaydah province, around the town of Deir Jaber.

The Los Angeles Times cited a Yemeni terrorism expert as the source of an estimate that Al Qaeda has “as many as 2,000 militants and sympathizers exploiting the country’s economic and political chaos to create a base for jihad at the edge of the Persian Gulf.” This is ten times more than other media estimates of the number of such militants in Yemen, and 20 times the number of Al Qaeda forces said by US officials to be in Afghanistan now.

The Times report is part of an effort by the US media to portray Yemen as a lawless hotbed of terrorism and a major threat to the United States, in order to justify in advance an American attack, or even a full-scale invasion.

It was followed by an even more apocalyptic comment by “terrorism expert” Steven Emerson, interviewed Wednesday morning on CBS’ “Early Show.” He said that while the Pakistan-Afghanistan border was still “number one” for terrorist activity, the area surrounding the Gulf of Aden, including Yemen and Somalia, was “fast coming up the ladder.”
“Yemen possibly could surpass Pakistan in the next year, given the terrorist trajectory for providing a haven for Al Qaeda,” he claimed. In light of the fact that the Obama administration is mobilizing 100,000 American troops as well as hundreds of warplanes and drones for combat along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, such a comparison is extremely ominous.

Emerson took particular note of “literally scores of American Muslim students studying and being trained in Yemen to this day…. There’s a pool of potential terrorists out there that have Western passports that can board planes without visas.”
The clear goal of such far-fetched claims is to create a pogrom atmosphere directed against all young American Muslims, particularly those of Arab or East African origin.

These comments were made one day after press reports of an alleged abortive attempt by a Somali man equipped with explosive powder and a syringe to board a passenger jet in Mogadishu, the capital city. This is the same modus operandi as that of the Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, aboard Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The Somali was arrested by African peacekeeping troops on November 13 and never succeeded in getting on the plane.

The Washington Post, the leading newspaper in the US capital, published an editorial Wednesday noting that in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, allegedly originating in Yemen, “some are asking whether the United States should launch a military offensive in that impoverished Arabian nation.” The editorial continued: “The answer, of course, is that it already has.”

Citing a series of raids conducted by Yemeni and US forces, the Post praised the Obama administration for having “significantly stepped up US counterterrorism operations in Yemen,” including the dispatch of CIA and Special Forces personnel. But it warned: “Still, Yemen’s steady slide toward failed-state status in recent years means that it, like nearby Somalia, will probably demand concerted and multifaceted US engagement for years to come. More than Special Forces and missile strikes are needed.”

While declaring that “US ground troops are not needed, for now, in Yemen or Somalia,” the newspaper suggested that such forces may well be required in the future. It declared, “in those countries, as in Afghanistan, a strategy limited to counterterrorism will not eliminate the threat.”

Once again, as in the case of Afghanistan and Iraq, American imperialism is preparing a military bloodbath in an impoverished country, using a terrorist attack—in this case a failed attempt—as the pretext. According to reports by the UN and Yemeni government statistics, some 35 percent of the adult population of the country is unemployed. Yemen is the poorest of the Arab countries, has exhausted its very limited oil export capacity, and now faces severe water shortages.

But Yemen possesses, like Afghanistan and Iraq, a highly strategic geographic location, adjacent to Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, and the Red Sea, controlling access to the Suez Canal. Yemen also borders on the Gulf of Aden, the shipping route for much of the oil leaving the Persian Gulf.

US military forces are already deployed across the strait of Bab el Mandeb in Djibouti, the former French Somaliland, which remains a virtual French colony. Djibouti hosts thousands of French and US troops who could quickly move into Yemen if so ordered by Paris and Washington. A large US and NATO war fleet patrols shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden and south along the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia.


“The Crotch Bomber” Is Another Dupe
January 4th, 2010

Via: Veterans Today:

When nothing adds up, its time we starting looking at what we know. Our recent terrorist, now dubbed “the crotch bomber” is another dupe. He could have been working for anyone, drugged, brainwashed or simply influenced, maybe by crazy Arabs, maybe by the Mossad, maybe by the CIA. We only know the game is falling apart.

We do know a couple of things. Dad, back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry (DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact with them. They run everything in Nigeria, from arms production to counter-terrorism. Though Islamic, Muttalab was a close associate of Israel. He has been misrepresented. His “banking” is a cover. Next, what do we know about the two Al Qaeda leaders Bush had released, the ones who planned this?

According to ABC news, the Al Qaeda leaders running the insurgency in Yemen were released from Guantanamo, although two of the highest ranking known terrorist there, without trial.

Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody.

Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January, 2009 video along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary.

With all the hoopla about trials in New York, not a word is said when top level terrorists are released to Saudi friends of the Bush family who let them go. We are now fighting these two Bush friends in Yemen. They are running a major insurgency there. We have been using Cruise missiles and our jets to attack their bases in the last weeks.
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Postby Howling Rainbows » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:31 pm

Link to theodora middle eastern oil pipeline maps, complete with legends, so that you can blow up the images and see them really well. This adds much perspective to what is happening in the middle east. ... s_map.html


Yemen provides convenient port side access for tankers to fill with oil. This is a pipeline map of the middle east. Some countries are valuable for their oil fields, some for the cross terrain pipeline usage, and some for port access, and some for more than one use and a combination of all.

Bush family is heavily connected with these oil interest activities, as are Britain, Israel, and the regular host of actors.

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Postby barracuda » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:33 pm

Mr. Rainbows, these maps are good information. You're vigilance on this topic is admirable.
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CNN: Is Yemen next?

Postby MinM » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:16 am

Tareq Fadhli, a former jihadist leader, shouts slogans during a 'day of rage' protest in the southern Yemeni city of Abyan on February 11.

Yemenis protest government, back Egyptian revolution

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- More than a thousand Yemeni anti-government protesters took to the streets of the capital to support the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The protests Friday night were in Tahrir Square in Sanaa. Chanting crowds initially referred to the end of the 30-year regime of Mubarak, but later changed their focus to Yemen.

"Yesterday Tunisia, today Egypt, tomorrow Yemen will open the prison," some chanted, according to Human Rights Watch.

The government-run Yemen News Agency did not mention the protests on its website.

In a story on the website Friday, the nation's foreign minister said Yemen "does not risk popular uprisings such as those in other Arab states like Tunisia and Egypt."

"The Yemeni government has for many years maintained a constant dialogue with opposition forces with the aim (of) reforming the constitution and the electoral law," Abu Bakr al-Qirbi was quoted as saying in Rome, where he was meeting his Italian counterpart.

Anti-government protests have spread across Yemen recently, inspired by the revolts that ousted Tunisian and Egyptian presidents.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he will not seek another term and would postpone parliamentary elections scheduled for April to allow more time for reform talks with the opposition.

The rallies Friday were at the site of pro-government protests organized by political parties last week. ... tml?hpt=T2
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Re: Yemen, The Next Fascist Atrocity?

Postby DoYouEverWonder » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:20 am

Seems some people are trying real hard to convince us and themselves, that Yemen is not the next place to overthrown their corrupt government.

Qat addiction may stem Yemen protests

By Khaled Abdullah

SANAA - Yemen's opposition has drawn tens of thousands of people to the streets to rally against three decades of autocratic rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, but by noon the protesters quietly vanish.

Many head straight from the streets to the souk, or market, to buy bags stuffed with qat, the mild stimulant leaf that over half of Yemen's 23 million people chew daily, wiling away their afternoons in bliss, their cheeks bulging with wads of qat.

"After I chew I can't go out. When I chew qat, the whole world is mine. I feel like a king," said Mohammad Qadimi, a student who has attended Yemen rallies but said it would be hard to motivate himself to protest all day.

Yemeni activists who organised an anti-government "Day of Rage" last week drew their biggest crowds yet in rallies seen as a barometer of readiness to transform protests in this Arabian Peninsula state into an Egypt-style uprising.

Yemen is already teetering on the brink of failed statehood, and analysts say its volatile mix of domestic conflicts, entrenched poverty and an increasingly bold Al Qaeda wing could make it ripe for upheaval.

But popular revolts like those that toppled Tunisia's leader and threaten Egypt's president need momentum. The Yemen protesters' midday departures cast doubt on whether Yemenis are ready to mount a sustained revolt that would be needed to topple Saleh from the leadership of the Arab world's poorest country.

Yemenis are not known for being passive. Nationals disgruntled with their government have kidnapped foreigners and locals, ambushed security forces and occupied state buildings to extract concessions. But for many, qat time is sacrosant.

"When we have protests, they quiet down quickly because of this Yemeni habit. Qat is a negative influence," journalist Samir Gibran said, as he sat chewing qat with friends.

"Every afternoon people go chew qat and the protests don't last more than a few hours in the morning," he added. He said he only chews once a week.

Yemen, vital to the United States in its fight against Al Qaeda, faces economic conditions often worse than those that helped spur revolt in Tunisia and Egypt. Economists put unemployment at 35 per cent or higher, while a third of Yemenis face chronic hunger.

Qat, Yemen's top cash crop, ravages the economy and sucks dry dwindling water resources, economists say. Saleh launched a campaign against the bitter-tasting narcotic leaf a decade ago, but the population still spends millions of dollars a day on it.

"I'm going to the souk right now to buy qat. I'll have lunch, and then I'll chew qat with friends," said Ahmed Saleh, as he left an opposition protest. "In Yemen, people protest in the morning, but in the afternoon they go to chew qat."

Social tool or political impediment?

Saleh, hoping to avert more unrest at home while the Arab world is in turmoil, promised last week to step down when his term ends in 2013 and vowed not to pass power on to his son, the latest in a string of concessions to the opposition.

He had already tried to preserve loyalty in military and government ranks by raising wages by around $47 a month, no small sum for a country where 40 per cent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.

The concessions have not halted protests, but rallies have been sporadic and have lacked follow-through. Yemenis can bring out the numbers. They just can't seem to keep them there.

It took a month of daily protests to force Tunisia's president to flee.

"Qat time is from one to two in the afternoon. It's not possible for a protester to use that time for something else. For him, qat time is the most important," said Marwan Qalisi, an accountant in Sanaa, his cheek bulging with qat.

Qat, which sucks up around 40 per cent of Yemen's rapidly dwindling water resources, plays such a large role in the country's economy that the central bank calculates indicators both with and without qat.

The plant accounts for 6 per cent of Yemen's GDP and a third of its agricultural GDP.

The World Bank estimates that Yemenis spend a tenth of their income on the plant and lose about 25 per cent of potential work hours to qat chewing.

Economists are torn about how to tackle Yemen's qat addiction, which can be a blessing as much as a curse.

In the long term, it hinders much needed growth and economic diversification.

But in the short term, qat is a coping mechanism for poor Yemenis: The drought resistant plant can produce a crop within two weeks, guaranteeing farmers a return on investment and offering one out of every 7 Yemenis a job.

Some analysts say qat addiction is not a serious barrier to mass protest in Yemen, and young activists say customary qat-chewing gatherings play the same role as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook elsewhere in the region.

"Sure we use Facebook like kids in other countries, but a lot of the protests that were organised, students planned at qat sessions. Qat has a positive role in political mobilisation," Fakhr Azb, a 23-year-old university student, said.

Most Yemeni men spend half the day chewing qat, even at work. After work, many gather on floor cushions to chew and mull over their favourite subject: Yemen's political woes.

They have plenty to work with. Yemen is struggling to suppress a southern separatist revolt that often turns violent, and to cement a shaky truce with northern Shiite rebels, all while trying to quash Al Qaeda's Yemen-based arm.

But as much as Yemenis may talk about politics, they have yet to translate that into a popular movement, said Nasser Arrabyee, a political analyst and writer.

"Yemenis are known for being short of breath," he said.

While some days, Yemenis said they had to leave protests for qat breaks, at other times they blamed breathtaking television footage of Egypt protests, which glued them to their seats.

Yet Yemen's Islamist party Islah, which played a key role in organising protests and is the country's biggest opposition group, said qat was not the reason for short protests.

"It's not the time for long protests yet. These protests were a message in the first stage. Later will come the long protests," said Mohammad Saadi, the party's undersecretary.

Some Yemenis remain unconvinced.

"Nothing quiets people like qat. Look at what they're doing in Egypt," said aluminium worker Ahmed Al Hazoura, as he carefully selected qat branches from a Sanaa shop. "If it wasn't for qat, everyone here would be in the streets protesting."
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Re: Yemen, The Next Fascist Atrocity?

Postby JackRiddler » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:20 pm


I'm thinking we might see how much stomach the US and Israel have for challenging the new Arab national uprisings, probably not so much via direct interference in Egypt -- where anything they'd do right now would have to be delicate -- but in the way of aggressions on the Palestinians and in Yemen. Such actions, ironically by stirring up hatred of the US and Israel, might take the focus off the other Arab dictatorships and monarchies. It might be considered a favor to the Saudis to give them the opportunity to condemn Israel for renewed atrocities, rather than having to answer why they remain such a repressive regime. (I am not ruling out that a more reasonable line might prevail, even with the Israelis, since this would be a very dangerous game for them.)

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