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al -Khaiwani, al-Shoura, and the PFU Targeted

Filed under: PFU, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Thursday, July 14, 2005

Yemen: al-Khaiwani remains a target of the Yemeni government.

Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, Yemen’s main democracy advocate and reformer, recently released from jail, targeted by the government again along with the Popular Forces Union, his political party.

Summary of events: A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the PFU (pluralistic opposition political party) building at gunpoint. Then he took over the building of its newspaper, al-Shoura. The Yemen govt then recognized him, their own gunman, as the new leader of the party.

Nifty way to silence the oppositon, huh?

Partial History of prior Yemeni Govt Targeting of al-Khaiwani:

May 2004 al-Khaiwani recieves death threats and threats to KIDNAP HIS KIDS .
September 2004, al-Khaiwani imprisoned for insulting the president in an oped in al-Shoura.
al-Khaiwani refuses to buy his freedom with an apology.
He spends six months in prison for his opinions.
March 2005, he is finally released.

Now, four months later, the Yemeni government is targeting al-Khaiwani again: taking the paper, the building, the party, leveling false charges, trashing him in the official media, and there’s more death threats.

Chronolgy 2005:

1- May 14, govt security guards take over the democratically oriented, politcal party, the Popular Forces Union building at gunpoint. District prosecutor orders the gunmen brought in. The Interior Minister over rules the order. Twice. (May 20 and 23) The police go to the building and the gunmen fire at them. The police leave and dont return. (June 1)

2-The gunmen steal the computers of the PFU paper, al-Shoura, edited by our friend al-Khaiwani.

3- al-Khaiwani writes in al-Wasat about the death threats he is receiving.

4- The gunmen take over al-Shoura’s building at gunpoint and say al-Khaiwani is no longer the editor. (July 4)

5- The gunmen issue a bogus issue of al-Shoura full of lies with a new editor. (July5) The bogus issue says there is a party dispute.

6- The independent printing press is shut down (July6), so the opposition papers can’t publish. (The bogus al-Shoura was printed on the government’s printing press.)

7- The official government newspaper says weapons were found by the new editor who called the police (attempt to frame al-Khaiwani).

8-The new editor and the police say no such thing ever happened.

9- And the person listed as the new editor says he never set foot in the building, isnt a journalist, and never saw weapons. (July 9) The people listed as rebeling against the party say they are not.

10- The Yemeni government recognizes THE GUNMEN as the legal representative of the PFU. (July 13) (Do they really expect anyone to believe this garbage? Its preposterous.)

11- Members of the PFU party report they are receiving death threats and other intimidation to force them to ally with the gunmen, not the legitimate leadership.

Yemen Times: “The guards” who occupied the headquarters of the Joint Meeting Parties last month, have issued a new Al-shura Journal holding the same name. They also made a decision of discharging Abdulkreem Al-khiwani, from the post of chief editor of the paper. They directed a memorandum to the Ministry of Information with these changes. The Ministry has indorsed these changes…

The (ed: state controlled) Yemeni TV has devoted ten minutes for the news of the discharges and the changes that the Guards have made.

The JMP joint meeting last Monday has denounced the practices that the consultation council was subjected to. They described it as it a provocative act that cancelled a legal party. It cloned this party and tailored it to the desire of a group of the party opponents. Those opponents purport that they represent the consultant council of the party. They have nothing to do with the party.

Several Political observers considered the closure of Al-shora paper and the change of its chief editor Al-khiwani as an effort to satisfy the authorities’ desire. Al-shora paper is the first local paper to open the heated discussions on the presidential affairs (inheritance of governance). Read the rest at the Yemen Times.

For more background see

Statement of Popular Forces Union (issued about the occupation of the building, before the gunman was declared the head of the party.)

and my articles (many of which were translated into Arabic and published by al-Khaiwani in al-Shoura, also by the independent paper, the Yemen Times, in English):

Ayatollah Sistani and the War in Yemen
Yemen: al-Qaeda in Broad Daylight
Yemen’s Reformers vs. the Pact of Evil
Yemeni Elections 2006: A Fraud in the Making

Update fromYemen:

hi jane

some party leaders and members are being threatened to leave the party and join the imposter party

PFU leader in the gov of IBB issued a statment condemning the attak on PFU branches in the governerat of ibb by GPC leader ship through puting pressure on them and threatining them . the last one on last friday PFU leader in IBB Abdulhakim Alnuzily recieved a phone call from unknown accused him that he is disloyal and an agent for foriegn country the statment added that the unknown caller threatened Alnozaily that he would be killed if he doesnot join those occupaying the party head quarter. the caller asked him not to talk about people sufferings

the same statment mentioned that AHMed al shouabi PFU member in Ibb and member of the party concel in ibb was also threatened by one of GPC members that he would be transfared from IBB to another place . alshouibi is a teacher
(Translation of this News Yemen report.)

It makes a difference.
The light pains the roaches.



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Comment by amin

7/14/2005 @ 3:07 pm

they are pushing them to leave the country. i do not know what are the options for Al-khaiwani, but what i can tell from the events that took place is that the Yemeni Gov’t decided to terminate the party and they will never stop.


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7/14/2005 @ 6:49 pm

Paying the Price of Freedom
This man’s name is Mr. al-Khawaini. He is from Yemen. He is a reporter. He loves freedom, truth, liberty, and true republics that are democratically run. For this he was imprisoned.


Comment by Amin Al Sharaabi

7/15/2005 @ 5:36 am

Jane. I told you that the best way to describe you is to say that you are handicapped. You used a very cheap and idiot way to blackmail me. You commented on your own article above under the name amin. I am one hundred percent sure that is no one with the name “amin” to support you.

Oh pity! Your ways of blackmailing are flat-out dumb. But I am not surprised. Everyone can conclude that it is a deseperate attempt by a handicapped. Got it?!


Comment by Eric

7/15/2005 @ 7:12 am

Interesting, your other comments say your name is Abduljalil, or Ameen Abduljalil. So who’s playing name games.

No matter, I’ll just call you porkface.

Let me explain something to you, porkface, there are far more Americans than just Jane that would like to see your precious Saleh thrown down a dark hole.

It’s the 21st century, porkface, you can’t hide what you’re doing over there anymore. Controlling the printed press isn’t going to stop the word from getting out that your president is raping and pillaging his own country. Not to mention supporting Islamist terrorism.


Comment by RightGirl

7/15/2005 @ 9:46 am

I’ve been following this story on your blog, Jane, and it’s awful what this man is going through, just trying to promote democracy. Thank you for keeping on top of it.



Comment by Beth

7/15/2005 @ 9:47 am

This is insane. Even a few years ago, the government could have gotten away with this. But Yemen no longer lives in a vaccuum, and the whole world is watching now. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. al-Khaiwani and his family. May they stay safe as they fight to tell their country the truth about democracy and freedom.


Comment by Stefania

7/15/2005 @ 10:14 am

Amin: go defend your Saleh elsewhere


Comment by Dianna

7/15/2005 @ 11:12 am

Jane, I’d never heard about this before (so much for our informative press), but I thank you for highlighting it now.

So what do we do now?


Comment by Amom

7/15/2005 @ 11:22 am

Hang in there Jane, the lizaroids from LGF are spreading the word.
Shaarabi, there is far more to democracy than you can shake a pistol at. Support of
al-Khaiwani is going global.


Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 11:32 am

I’m very appreciative. There’s no one who could get it global as quick as Charles and the ‘zoids. And its a very urgent situation for the guy and the democratic reform movement. When they get death threats, its serious stuff.


Comment by quark2

7/15/2005 @ 11:35 am

An excellent article. Very revealing of what is happening in the corner of the world known as Yemin.
Do they really think what they do is acknowledged as righteous?
Just because we as previewers of the news can’t be there physically doesn’t mean we can’t have impact.
By as another lizoid posted, we can spread the news.
The Yemin government is sporting a huge black eye over this.
And remember as an aside to the yemini lurkers here at Janes. What you do to them ( your own people) done to you.


Comment by EW1(SG)

7/15/2005 @ 11:52 am

Good job, Jane. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


Comment by Janette

7/15/2005 @ 12:10 pm

Thanks Jane for keeping the focus on this issue. The more noise you make the more attention you’ll get and the more attention the Yemeni government will get. The last thing they have to want is more world attention on this incident.


Comment by reallygone

7/15/2005 @ 12:14 pm

We must all stand for freedom. While I often disagree with much of the free pree press on issues, it is important that the free be allowed to voice their opposition. I support Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani and offer my assistance in his efforts to remain free, organize an opposition party, and recover control of his newspaper. The U.S. should use its influence to bring about change in Yemen to recognize the legitimacy of the editor Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani.


Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 12:15 pm

Well with the lizoids on the job now, its pretty much guarenteed publicity.


Comment by Bridget

7/15/2005 @ 1:57 pm

I never heard about any of this before. Its outragous.


Comment by Claire

7/15/2005 @ 2:24 pm

What *are* these ‘people’ doing?!? Thanks for shining light into these dark, roach-filled corners, Jane. Good work!


Comment by Perry

7/15/2005 @ 2:41 pm

Thanks for your efforts on behalf of this courageous man. Prayers for safety for him and his family. I hope the Yemeni govt realizes they are being observed.


Comment by Ann

7/15/2005 @ 4:13 pm

Way to go, Jane! Keep shining the light of truth where it’s needed, and we Lizards will help.
PS — I hope this is not a duplicate, as I lost connection when I tried to post the first time. Please delete one if it is.


Comment by amin

7/15/2005 @ 4:20 pm

السلام عليكم: أبش الافلاس اللذي وصبلت له يا شرعبي. إالى هذا الحد. الله يعينك على الطلوع
i wrote what i wrote in Arabic to prove to Mr.Ahsharbia that i am yemeni and i talked to him in a pure Yemeni accent just to counteract his false accusation. i wonder if he accept such inhumane acts from the Yemeni Gov’t. or may be since his from Taiz, so, we are not Yemenis any more.
brother, just remember; that we are Yemeni CITIZENS and we have the right to exisit and to practice our rituals and customs.
your way is really pitifull and it is disgusting. Allah ya3eeeeenak ya Sharabi.

for Jane, Please Go Ahead, Do not listen to such people who can not think out of the box.
Sharabi, i wish we reach to a day when we build a country with a real democracy and freedom.
Regards to all honored people in this world.



Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 5:00 pm

Hi Amin, how are you? Its good there is this publicity now. The guy at the big website was very nice to help. So at least that stupid, stupid story that the Yemeni government is putting out will have the real explaination available. Also I got thousands of readers today and lots of them stayed for a half hour reading all the Yemen posts, so people are starting to understand the real story a little.

This other idiot guy commenting, he doesn’t bother me at all. I know who it is and he’s not who he says. But then again a lot of whats coming out of Yemen is not what it appears to be. Thanks for your comment Amin. Its always nice to hear from you.


Comment by amin

7/15/2005 @ 5:16 pm

i am glad Jane. thank you for the great efforts.
i also noticed the 21 comments, this is great. keep up the good job Jane.


Comment by Beth

7/15/2005 @ 5:18 pm

Good for you Amin, you are brave to take on these Saleh sycophants.
It’s disgusting how there hasn’t been more attention in the mainstream media about the fascists suppressing freedom in Yemen; they’re as bad as any of the evil terrorist regimes.
What are they so AFRAID of? If they’re so threatened by a free press, it’s obvious to anyone with even an ounce of common sense that they have MUCH to hide. If the Saleh “government” (ha!) is righteous, they should welcome a free press and free speech. Of course, we know otherwise.

God bless Mr. al-Khaiwani and those who believe in freedom! And thank you, Jane, for enlightening us.


Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 5:29 pm

Beth, they’re all brave. Its amazing. Especially the journalists, but the regular people too. They’re all pushing for democracy and the government is pushing back to keep the dictatorship. There’s massive corruption and millions and millions in pockets that belong to the people.


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Comment by Eric

7/15/2005 @ 5:52 pm

Where’d porkface go?


Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 5:54 pm

I dont know Uncle. He was here all day yesterday jumping up and down all over the blog.


Comment by Merri

7/15/2005 @ 6:15 pm

This is outrageous. Jane, thanks for your courage to keep us all informed of this.


Comment by Crystal Clear

7/15/2005 @ 8:34 pm

Just UNbelievable…I am glad you and so many others are speaking up…Just continues to amaze me: not only the evil in the world but the number of people who speak up to counter it..


Comment by m

7/15/2005 @ 8:38 pm

I can not believe the way they are so out about it all, like no one will ever know. I love the internet. I’ve emailed alot of the main stream blind mice asking how they feel getting scooped by a blog. Why haven’t we heard more about this?

Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani is a true hero.

Thank you Jane, for shining the light on the cockroaches.


Comment by Jane

7/15/2005 @ 9:59 pm

Its really nice to have back-up on this. Its such a bad situation all over Yemen. And when they go after al-Khaiwani in particular, it puts me into overdrive.

The idea of notifying the media is great, thanks very much m.

And the most unusual visitor of the day award goes to …the department of education in Taiwan with 56:03 minutes. (?!) ( And they’re back again today for another hour. Maybe someone posted a link. Update: 122 minutes and 9 pages views from Taiwan dept of education. Hey if you see this: Hi! We can use all the help we can get.


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7/15/2005 @ 10:56 pm

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Comment by Attila Girl

7/16/2005 @ 5:05 am

I just don’t understand these people in the Yemeni government. Don’t they understand that THE WORLD IS WATCHING THEM now?

Don’t they see how bad they look? Maybe they just don’t care.

It appears that they aren’t just stupid–but evil as well.


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Comment by Ameen Al Sharaabi

7/16/2005 @ 8:28 am

Ironically, all of the people – except one- who commented above are not Yemenis and not even Arabs. And they are just giving blind support to Jane.

Please be honest, and without referring to the internet ask yourselves if you know where Yemen is and reply to me honestly.

You think that I am against press freedom in principle? No. I am not pro-government either. Because I hate politics. But I am an eyewitness on something and I have to report it honestly.
Al-Khaiwani is not in jail, although he violated freedoms of speech. He has been insulting persons, mentioning them and insulting them. And President Saleh is just one of them. Besides, it is not the president who jailed him. It was a fair court that did.

You don’t know anything about the political system in Yemen and what is going around. Despite that, you are not only expressing a viewpoint, but also exaggerating.

Press freedom must not be absolute. Because not all the population of the world are journalists so that they are enabled to publicly defend themselves against public defamation.

For the person who is calling himself amin and claiming to be Yemeni, I’d like to ask him one question. Are you Ithna-Ashari? When you reply, I will have a comment on what you said.


Comment by Jane

7/16/2005 @ 8:41 am

Lay. Off. al-Khaiwani.

This is my message. Take it serious.


Comment by howie

7/16/2005 @ 9:08 am

Free and open expression is what gives you the right to speak here Mr.Shabby. Sounds to me like you governmment is thin skinned and fears freedom of expression. They don’t trust the people to digest what is true and what is not they want to use censorship for that and decide for them. You defamation arguement stinks. That is the price you pay. In order to get the benefit of freedom you have to let everyone speak. Some of that speech will be not so hot. But if you stop that speech you also stop the part that is valid. Jawas rock.


Comment by Jane

7/16/2005 @ 9:49 am

Thanks Howie. Also lets note the yo-yo is not addressing the main point of the post: a state employed security guard took over the buildings of an oppostion political party and a newspaper at gunpoint.

Then the state recognized the gunmen as the legitimate representatives of the party.

Also the implication that Americans can care about democracy in Egypt and Lebanon, but not in Yemen is absurd. And soon this guy will see how wrong that assumption is.

Yes Jawas rock.


Comment by Eric

7/16/2005 @ 10:12 am

Well, hiya porkface. Took you awhile, where were you, locked in the bathroom sneaking a drink out of the ‘ol whiskey bottle you got hidden in the desk drawer?

Luckily for you, I have to go back to work. I’ll come back and make you look like an idiot in, oh, 6 hours or so.


Comment by Gordon

7/16/2005 @ 11:09 am

Keep the pressure up Jane. You’re doing great!


Comment by Jane

7/16/2005 @ 11:47 am

Gordo, I like the post on your website, especially this: But for the first time in the history of Civilization, a Middle Eastern Journalist has a tough as nails New Yorker in his corner.

Maybe thats what they’re not getting, the New York mentality.


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7/16/2005 @ 1:09 pm

Yemeni Freedom
My hero Jane is tap-dancing on the Yemeni government’s face.

You go girl.


Comment by Ameen

7/16/2005 @ 1:09 pm

Again, I ask you honestly to ask yoursleves if you know where Yemen is? I am sure that some of you post things against the Yemeni government, although they know nothing about Yemen and whether it is a state in America or a village in Africa.

I know that you know this and know that you know I know. Again, ask yourselves honestly how much you know about Yemen.

Honestly, I can’t say anything about the Russian people, because I haven’t been to Russia and reading from the internet is not enough.

It is not a rule in mathematics that right is always in the side of the journalist.

Al-Khaiwani has been insulting his opponents in so cruel way that if was a target, I would murder him.

Yet, the president who has been subject to this sort of offensives and insults from al-Khaiwani ordered his release!

It seems that as Indians worship cows and bow to them, you guys worship journalists.

Again, don’t forget that al-Khaiwani was freed ages ago.

Good, I have got something that has just crossed in my mind!

Why so much concern about the hairstyle of a journalist in Yemen and not about hundreds of Moslems being slaughtered and detained everywhere in the world?!

As far as I can think, the lives of hundreds of humans is obviously more important than hairstyle of a single human.

I suspect that those being killed in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan everyday are humans. Do you share me that suspecion?!


Comment by Dean Esmay

7/16/2005 @ 1:34 pm

I’m sorry to say that Dean’s World only pulls in 9-10,000 daily readers, but I’ve referred them also to this–and if it means anything I can tell you that I have readers at the White House and readers who work for members of Congress. I’m also urging other bloggers to link this story and spread it far and wide.

Hey Amin Al Sharaabi: some little girl in the blogosphere is revealing to the world what a cowardly bunch of bullies your masters are. What are you and they so afraid of? Someone speaking the truth where you cannot shoot and torture them? Does the light of truth frighten you and your masters, you bootlicking little thug?

You’re a traitor to Islam, Amin. Do you think God admires you and your masters for hiding from the light of truth?


Comment by Dean Esmay

7/16/2005 @ 1:41 pm

By the way, I know EXACTLY where Yemen is: just south of Saudi Arabia and just west of Oman and just north of Somalia across the gulf.

And I know that if the government of Yemen were not ruled by a bunch of COWARDS AND BOOTLICKERS they would not be jailing democracy advocates and attempting to take over opposition parties by force.

I have friends in the White House and friends in the Pentagon, and they read me every day you fool. Do you think you can get away with this cowardly pissant bullshit and not be noticed anymore?


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7/16/2005 @ 2:25 pm

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JANE shines a spotlight on the repressive government of Yemen… A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the PFU (opposition political party) building at gunpoint. Then he took over the building of its newspaper, al-Shoura. The Yem…


Comment by Jane

7/16/2005 @ 2:39 pm

I wonder if the ferret understands that most of the people commenting have their own websites and are carrying the story.

And I think al-Khaiwani’s hair looks fine whatever that is supposed to mean.


Comment by Dean Esmay

7/16/2005 @ 3:01 pm

What’s it like to go through life as a weasel, Ameen?


Comment by mary

7/16/2005 @ 3:20 pm

You don’t know anything about the political system in Yemen and what is going around. Despite that, you are not only expressing a viewpoint, but also exaggerating.

Christopher Orlet of the American Spectator said this about the government of Yemen:

Where Al Qaeda Is King:

The unluckiest man is he who rides the lion or rules Yemen,” goes the Yemeni proverb.

That may have been the case before Ali Abdullah Saleh came to power 27 years ago, but today fortune smiles broadly on the Yemeni president (apparently president for life). Abdullah Saleh is both an ally of the U.S. and Osama bin Laden. He is considered a pro-Western democrat while simultaneously providing refuge for terrorists

But then one might also make the case that al Qaeda actually rules Yemen.

Unlike their less fortunate brothers hiding in the musty caves of southern Afghanistan, senior al Qaeda officials in Yemen function freely and with impunity.

Many Americans already know about the government of Yemen and “what is going around” there.


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7/16/2005 @ 3:20 pm

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7/16/2005 @ 3:37 pm

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Comment by amin

7/16/2005 @ 4:13 pm

Dear Mr.Ameen Al-sharabi,
Answering your question, I am not a twlever* (EthnA Ashri). Even if I were; do you think it is enough cause to brush off the villages of peaceful people in Sa’adah? Do you think believes will really matter? Can not we accept people as they are regardless of their believes? Allow me to say this, but your question indicated your nature.

Mr. Alsharabi, you have many times pointed out to the readers their ignorance of Yemeni system and its location? Honestly and please answer me!!!! Do you think that this will make a big difference? Do you think that the location and the political system of Yemen will give Excuses for the Yemeni Gov’t and the president do what they did and keep doing? To imprison 14 year old Ibrahim Alsiani who is almost dead in addition to a nine year old boy. What will you do if he was your son? For Allah sake, pause, think and then answer me

You also mentioned in your article to what Al-khaiwani did. Is it a taboo to talk about the president? Is he a God? What these cruel insults. He mentioned only Names of people who deprived the Yemeni people of their food and simple requirement and these are FACTS. I and YOU know it is the truth 100% and I challenge you to prove that they were false accusation. Can you deny that the president and his family are controlling the army and the country? Can you deny the presence of corruption?

You said that you would have MURDERED Alkhaiwani if you were a target. Why would you kill some one for his opinion? Please answer me. Is this what you can do? Thanks God I am not in Yemen right now, otherwise you would have killed me because I am writing this to you. Thank you, this explains every thing.

To those who are reading, to give you a glimpse about Yemen, here is one incident I swear to God I witnessed in a court. In the house of God, the house of justice. I have seen a guy already fainted and four soldiers are draggin him out of a room. He was not aware of his surrounding. I asked the people what happened. They said in pitiful language that he disagreed with the general attorney so, he ordered those soldiers to bit him up till he lost his consciousness. This is Yemen. Shall you All Know about the location of Yemen to know that this is WRONG? I do not think so Mr. Alsharabi.

You finally asked why they would be concerned about this Journalist rather than lives of hundreds of humans in the world. Let me rephrase what you wrote “why would not you care – as a yemeni- for the hundreds of people who got killed in Yemen and the ten of hundreds who are imprisoned in the Political Security Jails rather than criticizing others. Why we always insists on jumping over our internal problems and looking at others. Do not you think it is time? I wish you release this.
Love and Peace,

* twelvers – Ethna Ashri: it is an Islamic sect of Islam. it is part of Shiat sect. the Yemeni Gov’t lately accussed that the people in Sa’adah were from this Sect and they considered this an enough cause to fight those people.


Comment by TallDave

7/16/2005 @ 4:24 pm

Bst of luck with democratic reforms. Our prayers and hopes are with you.


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7/16/2005 @ 4:36 pm

I confess …
That the politics in Yemen have not been on my radar. However, I think you’ll find this post from Jane’s Armies of Liberation site jaw-dropping. Read and comment at her blog since Yemeni government trolls seem to be monitoring her…


Comment by Jane

7/16/2005 @ 4:40 pm

This is what Amin is refering to:

HOOD:12 year old kidnapped

Amnesty: unconscious 14 year old in prison

and from al-Shoura: Children in Saada prison
1-aref mosa alqusi 9 years wounded
2- yahya abdulla alqalibi 11 years wounded in his head severly
some parts of his brain went out by heavy machine gun
3- mohammed ahmed almokhtar 10 years wounded
4- ahmed abdul rahman al asri 11 years wounded by many bullets
5- bader aldeen abdula moslih 12 years very ill, nervous system and
skin damage as a result of using chlorine gas by the army in the first war last year

There’s info on the barbaric ethnic cleanising in Saada all over the blog, including govt vehicles dragging bodies aroung the villages and tanks running over injured and unconscious people.


Comment by Eric

7/16/2005 @ 6:04 pm

Well, Porkface al-Shabby, it looks as if Amin has made you look like an idiot far more than I could.

But I will address you comment about Muslims in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The Muslims dying there are either one or the other.

Terrorists (like you) our military and the IDF are killing. Pardon us if we don’t weep for them.

Innocent Muslims that the terrorists (like you) are killing. Those we grieve for, and those are the ones we will avenge.

Answer me this question, Porkface, why are half the terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay Yemeni?


Comment by Eric R. Ashley

7/16/2005 @ 6:45 pm

I like this other Eric’s style. Woohoo!

Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Lebanon. What do they have in common? Hmm, they decided to make friends with the US and turn from their wicked ways, and thus have obtained a measure of protection from the just vengeance of Freedoms’ warriors.

But Yemen hasn’t repented of her sins. Indeed, she goes on in them further, without remorse.

The soul was created to know freedom, justice, and love. By conspiring with terrorists, Yemen stands against this. How can she not pay for her sins?

And I’ll definitely link to this.


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7/16/2005 @ 7:24 pm

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It appears the Yemeni government is currently attempting to squash a pro-democracy movement in the crib, as it were. Jane at Armies of Liberation is doing some squashing of her own by shining a light on the fascistic tactics employed against oppositio…


Comment by Eric

7/16/2005 @ 7:41 pm

Crap, my trackback won’t go through. Here’s how I handle Porkface:


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7/16/2005 @ 8:00 pm

now that’s a hostile takeover
he Yemeni government has a novel strategy for shutting down an opposition political party. You send a guy with a gun to take over the building, recognize him as the new party chairman, and then presto, it’s no longer an opposition party.


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7/16/2005 @ 8:35 pm

Targeting Reformers
Jane from the blog Armies of Liberation shines a light on the anti-Democracy tactics of the Yemeni government: Summary of events: A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the PFU (opposition political party) building at gunpoint. Th…


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7/16/2005 @ 10:30 pm

Pajamahadeen, ATTACK!
Your orders:

Read this post from Jane.

Look for a comment by "Amin Al-Sharaabi." Call him names. Give him the verbal finger.

As an added bonus, he put his email in the comment.

And as I well know, Jawa readers love to email terrori…


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7/17/2005 @ 1:00 am

Annoy A Terrorist
Armies of Liberation. What an apt name. Over and over again, Jane Novak invades the nation of Yemen, not by force of arms, but with the power of 21st century instant communication. Somewhere, Joan of Arc is smiling. So is…


Comment by Ameen Al Sharaabi

7/17/2005 @ 7:25 am

What I feel I have to convince you is that there is a huge difference between what you imagine Yemen to be and what it really is. A man who reads your comments about Yemen in his time to hear about Yemen will believe it to be a scene of nonstopping massacres. No, buddies. It is not so.

Honestly speaking, there is a gross exaggeration. Yemen is not a perfect democracy. Absolutely not. But not a dictatorship either. It is closer to a democracy than to dictatorship.

I am sure that most of you think that Yemen is like Iraq under Saddam. Absolutely, it is unfair to say that.

As for the freedom of expression, it is to the extent that newspapers are accusing the government and the president of being killers,vampires, warmongers, and other names that are, in my and your opinion very cruel and irresponsible.
There are no restrictions on them at all!

Al-Khaiwani’s party is locked in a schism that led to a leadership change. The government angry with the party at least didn’t interfer in its interior affairs.

Some of you are calling me porkface and other such emotion-motivated names. It is your freedom of expression to say that.
But to defend myself, I’d like to assure you that the president and no government official knows what I am doing. Maybe they don’t even know that the Armies of Liberation is publishing stuff about Yemen.

I don’t care about the president, I don’t care about the government. But I voluntarily liked to defend a fair cause; that our expressions are not censored.
As an opposition party affiliate, I criticise corruption cases once I know of them and our influence as journalists still works. At least I appreciate the freedom of expression that I can say whatever I want.

If it happens that you know how things are going around in Yemen – not in the internet – you will regret wasting your time and bearing so much stress.
I can imagin Eric gnashing her teeth! Pity! Don’t do that Eric. Stick to sober thoughts.
Love and Peace


Comment by Rosemary

7/17/2005 @ 8:44 am

Great job, Jane. I just posted my article over at Haloscan. Picture and all. I just found out that I could. lol.

I pray for Mr. al-Khaiwani and his family. May he be blessed many times over. I know you will be, also. :)


Comment by al hareeth

7/17/2005 @ 11:48 am

many of the oppressed yemeni people reached to the conclusion all the talk about the necessaty of respecting human rights and democracy reform by the leading democratic nations of the world is just a dream or a big lie because they sow the dictator and corrupt of yemen and his family killing the yemeni people in hundreds taking thousands to prison without any guilt stealing the people money and the american and the european governments watching silently but hopes shined again when the yemen people heared and read jane novak articals about yemen
the great lady jane novak who devoted herselfe to defend democracy and humanright activist in yemen . she is helping the yemen people and spreading their voices to world . i want to jane novak that the yemeni people admire her and appreciate her stand in defending the yemeni people .
thank you jane and my thank to all those great friends web site owners who commented her and who are helping spread the story of yemen to the people in the world
al hareeth


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7/17/2005 @ 12:53 pm

When Freedom Calls, the Media is Busy Elsewhere…
Came across this news bit doing the post today….

Yemeni president won’t seek new term

Hmmmm, couldn’t help but wonder if his decision is in any way related to publicity surrounding an incident described over at Armies of Liberation:



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7/17/2005 @ 1:17 pm

Today’s Links 2005 07 16 Saturday (and 17 Sunday)
Notes from here and there, having now read every new entry in the RINO and LLP community, as well as my regular blogreading.

BTW, I have what I think is a good article comparing Christian history to Islamic history going to post here Monda…


Comment by Jane

7/17/2005 @ 1:52 pm

This report about Saleh planning to step down could be a propaganda ploy, but it would SO nice if it works out. Maybe Bush will hold him to it. Anything that breaks up the web of corruption is great. Just not Prince Ahmed, his son. That would be just like a remote controlled Saleh clone. But there’s a hope now that wasn’t there before.


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7/17/2005 @ 2:19 pm

Blogger Fights a Fascist Regime
Jane at Armies of Liberation has been taking on the Yemeni government. Things like this are downright inspiring. (Via Dean’s…


Comment by amin

7/17/2005 @ 3:17 pm

I read the news about the president stepping down. I admit, this will be positive for us as a nation but for many years, he announced this in 1985, 1988, 1995 and 1999. During the last four occasions, he said the same thing, exactly the same, but he simply did not do it. Here is a link from the archive in 1999
But here is what he did a week after. What an irony!!!!
a week later
“Who has been bitten by a snack once, will not trust it next time.”



Comment by Eric

7/17/2005 @ 8:06 pm

My goodness, I do believe someone has an inferiority complex. Make sure you check frequently in the next few hours, porkface. You’re going to discover that you have been ripped a new anal sphincter.


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7/18/2005 @ 12:00 am

We Get Results
Just because we (well, most of us anyway) don’t get paid to blog, doesn’t mean that blogging doesn’t sometimes have its sweet rewards.


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7/18/2005 @ 12:00 am

The Government Of Yemen Gets More Than It Bargained For
Blogs CAN make a difference — a REAL difference.

But we’re NOT talking about when every blog (including this one) writes on American politics. In essence, those are really more op-ed pieces or glorified rants that people on the rig…


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7/18/2005 @ 12:11 am

We Get Results!
Just because we (well, most of us anyway) don’t get paid to blog, doesn’t mean that blogging doesn’t sometimes have its sweet rewards.  Here is one of those rewards, a comment left by a brave pro-democracy Yemeni in that now famous Armies of Li…


Comment by blaze

7/18/2005 @ 2:30 am

Closer to democracy. how far would it be from Haiti, alSharabi?

And why should the appreciation of the noble cause, empowering this particular post, neccesarily be from an Yemeni?

answer these, then I too would accompany you while you go around ‘hurling freesbies’ at ‘your’ so called enemies.


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7/18/2005 @ 8:04 am

Something Remarkable Is Happening In The Blogosphere (Repost)
Because I know a lot of you disappear on weekends and may not have seen this, I’m re-posting it now:

My hero Jane is


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7/18/2005 @ 8:04 am

Something Remarkable Is Happening In The Blogosphere (Repost)
Because I know a lot of you disappear on weekends and may not have seen this, I’m re-posting it now:

My hero Jane is


Trackback by Considerettes

7/18/2005 @ 1:01 pm

With friends like these…
With friends like these, who need Yemenis.

Oh, wait…she’s talking about Yemenis.


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7/18/2005 @ 1:09 pm

Another Stupid Story from the Yemen Government
A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the PFU (opposition political party) building at gunpoint. Then he took over the building of its newspaper, al-Shoura. The Yemen govt then recognized him, their own gunman, as the new leader of


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7/18/2005 @ 1:38 pm

That Address Is 12 Yemen Road, Yemen
Shining the light where the Yemeni government would prefer it stay dark: Jane of Armies of Liberation (h/t Dean’s World, which I think makes me a Deaniac)….


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7/18/2005 @ 1:47 pm

Another Bogus Story from Yemen
A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the Popular Forces Union (opposition political party) headquarters at gunpoint. Then he took over the building of its newspaper, al-Shoura. The Yemen govt then recognized him, their own gunm…


Comment by Jane

7/18/2005 @ 3:50 pm

My that Dean is an influential guy. There’s another 20 websites linked who to this post through his site in addition to the twenty who trackbacked here.


Comment by Eric

7/18/2005 @ 7:24 pm

Hey Porkface, I clocked you in the melon again,


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7/18/2005 @ 8:51 pm

Cotillion Carousel
Welcome aboard Dr. Sanity’s Cotillion Carousel! Dr. Sanity is honored to be one of the hosts for the weekly Cotillion Ball, but frankly, she’s exhausted from dancing and just wants to sit for a while! So, let’s take a ride on a merry-go-round of con…


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7/19/2005 @ 1:50 pm

Some Call It A Bonfire/Carnival Of Classiness…
We call it “Classiness, All Around Us.” Click to explore more In no particular order, presents classiness from the blogosphere (now with 50% more classy!): 1. Yemeni Freedom- The Armies of Liberation blog points out that th…


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7/22/2005 @ 3:16 pm

Popular Forces Union (Yemeni Opposition Party) Targeted
A security guard employed by the Yemeni government took over the PFU (opposition political party) building at gunpoint. Then he took over the building of its newspaper, al-Shoura. The Yemen govt then recognized him, their own gunman, as the new…


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7/22/2005 @ 3:25 pm

Welcome To A Cotillion Carousel !
Welcome aboard Dr. Sanity’s Cotillion Carousel! Dr. Sanity is honored to be one of the hosts for the weekly Cotillion Ball, but frankly, she’s exhausted from dancing and just wants to sit for a while! So, let’s take a ride…


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7/22/2005 @ 3:26 pm

Huge Riots in Yemen
Twenty dead, hundreds injured, no photos allowed via email: We are all worried. Things may get out of control. In my neighborhood and around it today, there was a total loss of control. Nothing held people except that they all…


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9/9/2007 @ 1:31 pm

Today’s Links 2005 07 16 Saturday (and 17 Sunday)

Notes from here and there, having now read every new entry in the RINO and LLP community, as well as my regular blogreading. BTW, I have what I think is a good article comparing Christian history to Islamic history going…


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Comment by John

7/30/2011 @ 6:06 am

Thank you Jane Novak For Great Job

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