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Sami Dayan sentenced in General Qatan assassination

Filed under: Abyan, Military, assassination — by Jane Novak at 3:09 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nice lengthy article from the Yemen Times:

SANA’A COURT SENTENCES JAAR RESIDENT TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON ON ASSASSINATION CHARGES
Published on 24 April 2014 in News
Ali Saeed (author)

SANA’A, April 23—The Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a, which is dedicated to prosecuting suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, on Tuesday sentenced Sami Fadhl Dayan to 15 years in prison on charges of assassination, attacks on security forces and theft of military hardware, according to the state-run Saba News Agency.

The a 26-year-old Dayan from Jaar in Abyan governorate is accused of playing a role in the killing of Major General Salim Qatin on June 18, 2012 in Aden. (Read on …)

Possible Al Nashiri facilitator mediates compensation for civilian drone victims in Yemen

Filed under: Air strike, USS Cole, al nashiri, al-Bayda — by Jane Novak at 1:13 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Title 2: Why I can’t blog too much anymore

Al Masdar reports Yemen’s former Interior Minister, Hussain Arab, is one of the dignitaries who negotiated on behalf of the Yemeni government with civilian victims and their families following US drone strikes over the week-end. The agreement reached is for 30 Kalashnikovs and 12M Yemeni riyals, about USD 55K, which was paid on Monday 4/21. The strikes targeted one vehicle containing known al Qaeda, killing ten, as well as a workmen’s car that unexpectedly appeared.

“Regrettably, three civilians were also killed during the attack and five were injured when their pickup truck unexpectedly appeared[18][19] next to the targeted vehicle,” the (Yemeni government) statement said. Quote via Just Security.

At least the Yemeni government didn’t try to smear the victims as al Qaeda, like they did in Hadramout,. Quickly taking responsibility, expressing regret and paying compensation is a step in the right direction.

At the time of the USS Cole bombing, Hussain Arab was Yemen’s Interior Minister. He resigned in April 2001. Defense evidence introduced in Yemeni court in the 2004 Cole trial included “ a letter to al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri instructing Yemeni authorities to give safe passage to al-Nashiri and three bodyguards without being searched or intercepted. The letter states that, ‘All security forces are instructed to cooperate with him and facilitate his mission.’ ” His mission was a terror attack on a US warship.

Mr. Arab has held other official positions since his resignation including recently on the consensus committee of the National Dialog Committee.

The trial of Al Nashiri aka Billal, al Harazi etc., is proceeding in court in Guantanamo Bay today where lawyers are arguing whether two witnesses can be interviewed by the defense in France without submitting the questions first to the prosecution.

The original Arabic article from al Masdar is below the fold.

Related: Sami Dayan (Dhayan) was convicted of the murder of the effective General Qatan in Abyan. General Qatan had recently given interviews noting a state faction’s complicity in arming and facilitating al Qaeda. Sami is the reason I had to make up a category called State Jihaddists in 2009. He was overtly working for Ali Mohsen in Jaar at that time. I think Abdulkarim al Nabi gave in interview that discussed Sami Dayan as well as his own situation. Both could be termed local jihaddists and occasional mercenaries, but they are not the al Qaeda of Wahishi and certainly not AQAP leaders. Dayan was sentenced to 15 years, and will probably be released in two, if he doesn’t escape first.

(Read on …)

Washington’s retrograde policy in Yemen

Filed under: USA — by Jane Novak at 8:52 am on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sheila Carapico at Muftah on Yemen is just too awesome to abridge:

Update: another must must read is also at Muftah Hadhramaut : Rebellion, Federalism or Independence in Yemen? So good it may get a permalink.

Carapicio: Of Transitology and Counter-Terror Targeting in Yemen

Far from the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, tucked at the underside of the Arabian Peninsula where the Red Sea meets the Indian Ocean, Yemen is at the periphery of Middle East studies and beyond the attention span of mainstream American media. It is a counter-terror target.

It is as if this country of some 25 million citizens is not a real place, as much as it is an outer space or a basket case. According to various journalistic tropes, Yemen is a ‘terrorist haven,’ the ‘ancestral homeland of Usama Bin Ladin,’ an untamed frontier where presumably the only choice for the United States is to shoot first and ask questions later. (Read on …)

Protocols Of Corruption In Yemen, via The National (updates continue)

Filed under: Corruption — by Jane Novak at 6:58 am on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good analysis! The breath and depth of corruption in Yemen is hard to fathom. Usually reports are all about “influential people” or “important Sheikhs,” which doesn’t highlight to the international community that its their “partners” that are looting Yemen.

الاثنين، 14 أبريل، 2014

Protocols Of Corruption In Yemen National Yemen/ By Mohammed al-Absi

Hamid al-Ahmar and Shaher Abdel Haq have acquired an operator license for a mobile phone company costing 20 million dollars. In Sudan, the same license costs 150 million dollars, and in Lebanon it costs one billion dollars. In this way only, most of the country’s wealth, resources and fisheries are sold.

Many sheikhs of the second and third degree—not sheikhs of first category—receive monthly payments ranging from ten to twenty thousand dollars a month from Yemen’s oil companies. These payments are listed on balance sheets under the item “Security Consulting.” The funding for these payments comes out of Yemen’s share of oil profits, and thus from the state treasury, and Yemen’s revolution was not enough to put an end to these payments.

These corrupt payments are delivered solely to sheikhs. The sons of military leaders also take a cut through their positions at the head of security companies inside the oil market, known today as the “security trade.” Yahya Saleh, Mohsen Ali Mohsen, and Nagel Ghalib al-Kamsh are just a few examples!

In general, there is no state sector able to recoup these losses. This stands in particular contrast to other oil-generating states in the region.

In Morocco, 24% of GNP is accrued from taxes; in Djibouti 21%; in Lebanon 17%. In Yemen, taxes only constitute 6% of GNP.

Why?

Because of the relative marriage between power and commerce.

All of the involved parties are traders and officials, and all of them are relatives to each other. All of them work only for their personal interests.

Wasted resources and oil wealth can free Yemen from begging from donors. But what should be done under such corrupt rule? It is impossible to use our dwindling resources on the interests of the country given the controlling hands of the tribes, sheikhs and traders.

It is difficult to list Yemen’s sheikhs’ according to the privileges and industries claimed by each. If Sheikh Mashreqi supplies the tents for Yemen’s Armed Forces, what about Sheikhs al-Shayef, al-Kader, Mkassa, Iboulihom, and al-Awadi?

Al-Ahmar Group investments for Trading weren’t just a big enterprise on their own, but they were also processing and establishing private and public shelters for the army. These investments gave the al-Ahmar Group power through their agents, the TEMETOY Finnish company. Of course, this arrangement occurred under the direction of the former president.

The number of arms traders among sheikhs and military leaders cannot be imagined. Some of the most famous are the owner of the Peace Conference and al-Houthi Governor Fares Manna.

Even the media’s favorite officials have fault, like Secretary of the Capital Abd al-Qader Helal—who spent almost 320 million dollars repairing roads and building bridges that did not fix congestion but simply relocated it. Helal said that he was having trouble finding projects without declaring any tender. So what about the fifty bridges given to Helal’s company without any tender declared?

The worst kind of corruption in Yemen is the lack of administrative efficiency among officials when contracts are signed. This is like selling a kilo of gold at the price of a kilo of zinc.

As another example, Saudi Arabia doesn’t buy its natural gas as a raw material because some gas derivatives are very expense. It’s better to sell derivatives instead of selling the raw gas.

Every time I write, I promise to write optimistically, to avoid frustrating the people. But what can I do?

There is no electricity or fuel in Sana’a, and every day and night officials crow about false achievements. In fact, they are destroying our future as they spread the corruption of the past and present.

Related: Half of Yemen government employees don’t exist

Atlantic Council Minister of Industry and Trade says half of public sector workers are “ghosts”

In an interview with the newspaper al-Hayat, Yemen’s Sa’ad Ad-deen bin Taleb talked through the economic and energy crises plaguing the country. He spoke at length about the government’s decision not to lift fuel subsidies as a result of the outcry from citizens and the burden it would impose on them. Bin Taleb called on donors to invest in alternative energy in order to ease this burden. He revealed that more than half the number of public sector workers are “illusory,” with salaries going to people who do not exist or who do not engage in their work. Bin Taleb was speaking specifically about the military and security forces but remarked, “There are other sectors that have this problem; we call them ghosts.” [Al-Masdar (Arabic), 4/15/2014]

More: A 2014 Yemeni parliament report on the country’s oil sector stated that foreign oil firms operating in the oil-producing regions of Hadhramaut, Shabwah, and Marib paid a total of US$238 million each year to Yemeni army generals for ‘security services’. The report stated that the commander of an armored brigade in Hadhramaut was directly paid over US$2 million a month by a Canadian oil firm to protect its operations. These payments were made without oversight from the Yemen Defense Ministry.

New report documents corruption, mismanagement in Yemen’s Ministry of Minerals including TOTAL gas contracts

Filed under: Corruption, Employment, Enviornmental, LNG, Oil — by Jane Novak at 3:18 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Update: Awesome, its at Yemenat here in proper formatting: Monitoring report on Yemen’s Ministry of Oil and Minerals, a very important report.

Original: Hopefully I’ll find where it is posted on the web but until then here’s the intro and then the report: (Read on …)

Hadramout tribes warn oil companies against corrupt practices, environmental disasters

Filed under: Corruption, Enviornmental, Hadramout, Oil — by Jane Novak at 2:42 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Essentially they are demanding equal access to work as well as the remedying of environmental damage, but the Sanaa oil mafia is very powerful and the foreign companies (TOTAL and DNO) know it:

Warning for Oil Companies

Hadramout Tribes Confederacy (HTC) warns oil companies operating in Hadramout to give any future contracts or duties have been already given to contractors from the concession areas or from Hadramout or outside Hadramout; except for work to remove the remains of the pollution caused by the oil pipeline explosion which damages the local community and the environment.

If this procedure is meant to fulfill one of HTC’s demands, it is not acceptable to be implemented in this way without the knowledge of HTC and without the coordination with HTC. Oil companies have called some contractors from the concession areas, but did not call other contractors, to Sana’a who were given improper and non transparent work contracts. Maybe these contracts were given to concession areas’ contractors in an oblique manner with previous settlement with old influential contractors to continue their business but with Hadrami faces;and this is meant to cause conflict among contractors from Hadramout.

That is why HTC strongly refuses contracts, whether they are already given contracts or potential ones, to be given in this suspicious manner. At least it should be coordinated with HTC to implement one of its demands and to distribute it equally and transparently among local contractors; in order to stop improper agreements imposed on local contractors and protect their rights, and not being blackmailed by the Oil Mafia in Sana’a.

Based on this, HTC alerts these companies to retreat from these improper methods otherwise they have to bear the responsibility of what may result out of it.

Issued by:
Hadramout Tribes Confederacy (HTC)
15th of April, 2014.

http://www.alhelf.com/?p=1055

More from the HTC:

Hadramout Tribes Confederacy (HTC) official website issued PR No. 50 on 9th of April 2014 regarding urging Hadrami people to take responsibilities

HTC PR talks of the intended escalation of violence in Hadramout carried by Republic of Yemen (RoY) forces and other groups like what happen in Al Shehar city by shooting civilians and governmental services premises by RoY forces; and shooting in a crazy way at the street of Mukalla and hit the head of Mukalla central Jail by RoY forces.

The PR mentions many incidents which took place in the past few days, from the date of the PR, in Hadramout like killing of innocent people, kidnapping, shooting, threatening by official forces or gangs that are supported by frivolous influential groups.

HTC calls all members of the Hadrami community whether they are working in the government or others to stand united against such lawlessness campaign against Hadramout and its people. It also warns influential groups who wage such campaign and that HTC will not keep quiet about it.

You may need to refer to HTC website (link provided below) for more details in Arabic Language:

http://www.alhelf.com/?p=1043

Assassin arrested in Yemen

Filed under: Hadramout, assassination, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(Via Twitter) @BaFana3 Developing story in #Yemen : Man arrested for failed bid to kill judge in #Hadhramaut admits he killed 28 others. Who does he work for?

Additional

It was really an usual news to hear that a security guy in the Republic of Yemen RY shoot the assassin who was chasing him in the street of Sana’a on the 12th of March 2014; and the assassin was sent to the near by hospital to rescue him. On the same day, another assassin who was trying to kill a judge in the city of Sayoon, i.e. the biggest city in the Valley of Hadramout, was caught as well with others!! Wow very impressive!! Two days later 3 assassin’s were caught in Aden, i.e the capital of the former state in South before 1990.

Lets talk about each case with some details provided from news by public and officials!!

Sayoon Case:
Judge Adana Al Hamid survived miraculously an assassination attempt by Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, the assassin, but the other(s) 1 OR 2 with him was (or were) kept uncovered!!

later on, a “high authority” in Sana’a were insisting to transfer the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, to Sana’a for investigation!! however, the security people in Sayoon refused it at once and insisted to carry the investigation in Hadramout which was welcomed by President Hadi. More news were coming day after day, the officials in Hadramout said they have very valuable information about a call the assassin received regarding the assassination attempt but the ID of the caller was uncovered. Moreover, the authorities in Hadramout mentioned that they arrested 3 who are related to assassination in Hadramout without mentioning names.

Just late last night, the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, admitted that he fired 4 bullets and he hided the gun in Syaoon International Football field. In addition, 2 names came in the investigation one is called “Al Katheeri”!! and the 3rd is called ” Hassan B” but he is not captive!!

http://www.honahadhramout.com/2014/128888.html

http://www.mukallatoday.com/Details.aspx?ID=24722

http://www.mukallatoday.com/pages/Details.aspx?ID=24750&&C=NewsDetails

http://adenalghad.net/news/96744/#.UygZy840kRE

Aden Case:

The official news paper Al Jamhoriah mentioned that Judge Mohammed Ahmed Al Shagdari survived an assassination attempt on14th of March 2014 by a group of people while a Political Security PSO guy. i.e. Tariq Sharaf, was passing by the crime scene and exchanged fire with the group and he was killed while injured one attacker whose name is Marwan Mohammed Al Jokar. The other 2, who were arrested later on, are Redwan Ahmed Al Jokar and Sami Kasim ben Kasim. However, NO updates since the day of the indecent!!!!!

http://www.honahadhramout.com/2014/129113.html

Sana’a Case:
On 12th of March 2014, around noon time, an assassin was chasing an officer from PSO but the officer managed to shoot and injure OR kill the assassin who was taken to the near by hospital. The scene was near Coffee Trader area next to Al Khaimah restaurant. No news about the name of the PSO officer or the assassin, and whether he was killed or injured. Everything was kept so uncovered since the indecent and NO updates about what so ever in the news!!!

http://www.yemensaeed.com/news/news-local/14056-2014-03-12-16-19-08.html

It is worth mentioning that Mr. Ghalib Al Qamish was appointed as an ambassador after 33 years of being the head of PSO along with Mr. Abdual kader Kahtan, former minister of interior, on the 7th of March 2014.

Update: People in Hadramout are highly interacting with the arrested assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, case.

More news are leaked from the investigation room, and more names are discoverer day after day. While a “High Authority” in Sana’a is demanding to transfer him to Sana’a for “Full investigation”, people in Hadramout calling to keep him in Sayoon to uncover all details to the public and to the families of victims as they already know that if he is transferred to Sana’a he will be killed and the case will be closed. A similar case in Sana’a happened at the same day, i.e. 12th of March 2014, and NO news of it at all which makes the calls to investigate Fua’ad Ba Naseeb in Sana’a so fishy. Therefore, there is a big movement among the community in Hadramout to stop the “transfer” to Sana’a and proposals like forming human wall around the lockup place of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb are proposed.

Most, if not all, pro Islah news outlets are accusing Hirak of doing it and suggesting Fua’ad Ba Naseeb being part of Hirak. No one heard of him being of Hirak at all, and his political views are not met with Hirak. If he was with Hirak, then some of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb victims would pro Islah members in Hadramout!! instead, his victims were anti-Oil Mafia and anti-terrorism; while Islah members, Oil Mafia members and fanatics remain untouched for the past 3 years!!!!

Weapons, from same

The Military Police seized 2 trucks, one is of Mercedes brand and the other is of Dyna Toyota brand, full of weapons and explosives were heading to Shabwah!!

The 2 trucks were caught last Tuesday by a military check point and kept at Brigade 27 Mechanical for some days for negotiation which resulted into “royalty payment” of 4 million Yemeni Riyals.

The military check point told the Military Police which seized all of it after the release from Brigade 27 Mechanical. Some news say the loads were unloaded to the General Security Camp in Hadramout.

It has been said that these consignments belong to Mohammed Ali Mohsen (not the son of the famous Ali Mohsen) who is the Yemeni Military attache in Doha now, and he was Pro Ali Mohsen during 2011 against the ousted Saleh when he was the head of the Eastern Military Zone which was based in Hadramout!!! Some suggested that this action comes into escalation of violence game in Hadramout by big players.

It is worth mentioning that this news comes after an indecent of “Al Qaidah” seizing a big weapons consignment, approximatly 10 days ago, between Marib and Hadramout which was coming from Hadramout!! and the number of “Al Qaidah” who seized it were ONLY 2!! very brave ones wow.

You may need to refer to the links below for more details:

http://shabwaahpress.net/news/14950/

http://www.mukallatoday.com/Details.aspx?ID=24721

http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=12&id=64640

Whats old is new again.

The following from the new website, Hadramout Tribes Confederacy HTC, at www.alhelf.com The site, in addition to reporting Hadramout news and publishing official HTC press releases in Arabic, translates the press releases and news into English for distribution via email. Use their contact button to get on the English mailing list. Here is the press release from the HTC 3/13/14:

Proclamation No. 38
An extended meeting of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy was held this morning, Thursday the 13th of March 2014, which was attended by all tribal leaders and chiefs of Hadramout. This meeting was held in order to discuss and take a decision regarding the verdict to be issued by the Confederacy on the date set in accordance with the agreement concluded between the Confederacy’s leadership and the committee headed by Brother the Governor of Hadramout when part of the compensatory amends were delivered.

The atmosphere of the meeting was permeated by commitment and concern for the demands of the people of Hadramout in accordance with the Confederacy’s proclamations and the Presidential instructions issued by Brother, the President. During the meeting, extensive study was made of the new developments in Hadramout as manifested by the vicious attack on the people of Assay’ar tribe during yesterday and today and the large military reinforcements which arrived at Arrayyan airport yesterday and which are indicative of the intent of the influential forces and robbers of Hadramout resources for escalation and sabotage of the efforts aimed at the implementation of the demands of the people of Hadramout which were taken up and adopted by Hadramout tribes Confederacy. In this meeting, the following decisions were taken:

1. Deferment of the issue of the verdict by Hadramout Tribes Confederacy until the following conditions are met within ten days from today:
A. Completion of the delivery of the rest of the pledges ordered by Brother the President consisting of one milliard Yemeni riyals to the leader of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy and for which the minister for local administration was commissioned and in accordance with the conditions of the arbitrator that signed by the said minister and the instructions of Brother the President to the Prime Minister to commission Brother the Governor of Hadramout to implement what has been agreed upon with the said minister.
B. Cessation of the aggression against Assay’ar tribe and the immediate release of Lieutenant colonel Bin Rameedan and the rest of the detainees from Assay’ar tribe.
C. Putting a stop to the military reinforcements that have been pouring into Hadramout.
D. The return to their homes of the people of Abdullah Gharib village and Ash-Shihr city who were forced from their homes.
E. Removal of the Central security personnel at the Abdullah Gharib Checkpoint who were responsible for forcing the residents of the village from their homes and for provocations of the passers by the checkpoint and their replacement by security personnel from the people of Hadramout.
F. Immediate commencement of the implementation process of the Presidential instructions to the Prime Minister relative to the demands of the Confederacy in accordance with a timetable that would be a proof of the state’s credibility; and in case of impediments those responsible must be identified and brought to account.

2. Every tribe must send ten people fully equipped and with a Shases vehicles to the Confederacy’s headquarters in Ghail bin Yameen for distribution at joint checkpoints of the Confederacy.

3. Preparing a list of the remaining demands about which no Presidential instructions were given and to follow up contacts with Brother the President in order to issue such instructions.

4. The Confederacy stresses the necessity of the continuation of the popular uprising in Hadramout by all the people and tribes of Hadramout and its strengthening until all demands have been met in accordance with the proclamations issued by the Confederacy.

Issued by
Hadramout Tribes Confederacy.
March 13, 2014

UN SC creates sanction committee for Yemen spoilers

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Better late than never but a good move for sure

CBC: The British-drafted resolution states that the transition process “requires turning the page” from the presidency of Saleh, who has been accused of trying to undermine peace efforts and Hadi’s government.

Britain’s UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, told the council after the vote that “those wishing to derail the political transition will face swift and firm consequences through the new sanctions committee.”

Several Yemeni security officials said supporters of Saleh with links to the country’s security and intelligence agencies have quietly backed al-Qaeda fighters to undermine the government. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

The resolution condemns the growing number of attacks carried out or sponsored by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist group’s Yemen branch.

Jamal Ben Omar FB:

Resolution 2140 on ‪‎Yemen‬ adopted today by the UN Security Council:

Pp1 Recalling its resolution 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012) and presidential statement of 15 February 2013,

Pp2 Reaffirming its strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen,

Pp3 Commending the engagement of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in assisting the political transition in Yemen, (Read on …)

Aden, Yemen newspaper employee Ahmed Omar Al-Markashi sentenced to death?

Filed under: Aden, Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:14 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ahmed Omar Al-Markashi, the security guard of al Ayyam newspaper in jail since 2008, was reportedly sentenced to death. The ruling is counter-productive to reconciliation, unjust and stupid, especially considering hundreds if not thousands of actual murderers recieved amnesty from the US and Jamal ben Omar in 2011. Also al Ayyam (the oldest Yemeni newspaper and the most reputable) should be allowed to reopen.

نظمة الغد للحقوق والحريات العاملة بمدينة عدن ان حكم الإعدام الذي أصدرته محكمة يمنية قبل أيام بحق المعتقل السياسي “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” جاء
مخالفا لتوجهات ومخرجات مؤتمر الحوار الوطني في اليمن .
وقالت المنظمة في بيان صادر عنها يوم الأربعاء ان الكشف عن الحكم الصادر بحق المعتقل “المرقشي” جاء مخالفا لكافة التوقعات التي كان يؤمل منها أنها تتوجه صوب معالجة ملف قضايا الجنوب المعقدة والشائكة بخصوص شكاوى الجنوبيين .
وأشارت المنظمة في بيانها إلى ان مؤتمر الحوار الوطني كان قد اشار أكثر من مرة إلى ضرورة معالجة ملف قضية صحيفة “الأيام ” وتعويضها واطلاق سراح حارسها وذلك ضمن التوجهات الهادفة لحل قضية الجنوب .

وبحسب المنظمة فقد جاء حكم الاعدام مخالفا للبند رقم 7 من النقاط الـ 11 التي طرحها فريق القضية الجنوبية بمؤتمر الحوار اليمني قبل اشهر والذي اكد على ضرورة إصدار التوجيهات العاجلة بدفع كافة المستحقات والتعويضات لمؤسسة (الأيام) وتعويضها التعويض العادل لما لحق بها من أضرار مادية ومعنوية لكي تتمكن من الصدور وإطلاق صراح حارسها في صنعاء أحمد عمر العبادي المرقشي.

وشددت المنظمة على ان مثل هذه الاحكام لايمكن لها ان تساهم في تهدئة الاوضاع في الجنوب بل على العكس من ذلك رأت المنظمة أنها ستصيب الجنوبيين بخيبة امل تجاه تحركات الحكومة اليمنية لحل قضاياهم .

وطالبت المنظمة من الحكومة اليمنية والرئيس “عبدربه منصور هادي” سرعة التحرك لاعادة النظر في الحكم القضائي الذي قالت المنظمة انه يفتقر الى الدعم القانوني والشرعي الكافي.

(Yes its still google translate:)

Tomorrow organization of Rights and Freedoms working in Aden that the death sentence issued by a Yemeni court a few days ago against the political prisoner, “Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca” was contrary to the directions and outputs the national dialogue conference in Yemen.

The organization said in a statement on Wednesday that the disclosure of the sentencing of the detainee “Almrakeca” was contrary to all expectations, which it was hoped of them heading towards the south, file handling complex issues and complaints regarding the thorny southerners.

FAO noted in its statement to the national dialogue conference had more than once pointed to the need to address the issue of file newspaper “days” and compensated and the release of her bodyguard as part of trends aimed at resolving the issue of the south.

According to the organization came to death contrary to section 7 of the points of the 11 raised by the case of South conference dialogue Yemeni months ago, which stressed the need for issuing directives immediate payment of all dues and Compensation Foundation (days) and compensated fair compensation to the right out of the material and moral damage in order to be able to immediately release the breasts and her bodyguard in Sanaa Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca.

The organization stressed that such judgments can not have that contribute to calming the situation in the south, but on the contrary, they saw the organization will hit southern disappointed moves toward the Yemeni government to resolve their cases.

And called for the organization of the Yemeni government and the president, “Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi” moving speed to reconsider the ruling, which the organization said he lacked legal support and legitimate enough.

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حكم مفاجئ وسريع يقضي بتنفيذ الاعدام بحق الأسير المرقشي حارس صحيفة “الأيام”

قالت أسرة المعتقل الجنوبي البارز “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” أنها فوجئت بنشر صحيفة تابعة لوزارة العدل اليمنية حكما يقضي باعدام والدها وقالت انه صدر من المحكمة العليا في اليمن رغم عدم مثوله أمام المحكمة وعدم ابلاغه باي حكم قضائي صادر بحقه .

وقالت أسرة المعتقل “العبادي” وهو الحارس الشخصي لناشر صحيفة “الأيام” في افادة خاصة لصحيفة “عدن الغد” انه فوجئت بتضمن العدد الأخير من صحيفة “القضائية” وهي صحيفة صادرة عن وزارة العدل اليمنية حكما بالاعدام على “المرقشي” رغم انه لم يمثل أمام هذه المحكمة مطلقا .

وقالت الأسرة ان الصحيفة نشرت في عددها الصادر يوم الـ10 من يناير 2014 قائمة بالاحكام القضائية وبينها الحكم الصادر بحق الأسير “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” والذي قالت الصحيفة انه صدر بتاريخ 19 ديسمبر 2013.

وقال “المعتقل احمد عمر العبادي” المرقشي في تصريح خاص لـ”عدن الغد” انه فوجئ بصدور هذا الحكم مؤكدا انه لم يحضر إي جلسة قضائية مستغربا كيف صدر هذا الحكم دون حضوره .

وقال “المرقشي” ان اسرته دأبت على مراجعة المحكمة العليا أكثر من مرة للسؤال عن متى موعد النظر في القضايا إلا ان المسئولي في المحكمة العليا دأبوا على القول بان القضية لاتزال معلقة ولم يتم النظر فيها .

ويتضمن الحكم الصادر عن المحكمة العليا في صنعاء توجيها للنائب العام يقضي بسرعة تنفيذ الحكم .

كما سيشكل صدور الحكم بهذه الصورة على تفجير غضب عارم في الجنوب، خاصة و أن قضية المرقشي، ذات طبيعة سياسية وسيشكل صدمة بالغة القسوة لقطاع واسع من الجنوبيين حيث ان الإعلان عنه يأتي بعيد الانتهاء من مؤتمر الحوار الوطني في اليمن والذي تعهد القائمون عليه بحل قضية المرقشي و بوقف الانتهاكات الممارسة بحق الجنوبيين.

Sudden and fast rule requires the implementation of a prisoner’s death sentence Almrakeca guard newspaper “days ”

The family of a prominent Southern detainee “Omar Ahmed Abbadi Almrakeca” I was surprised that they publish newspaper belonging to the Yemeni Ministry of Justice ruled her father’s death and said it was issued by the Supreme Court in Yemen, despite his not appearing before the court and not reporting any court judgment issued against him .

The family of the detainee, “Abadi” a bodyguard of the publisher of the newspaper “days” at a briefing a private newspaper “Aden tomorrow,” he was surprised by often using the latest issue of the newspaper “judicial”, a newspaper issued by the Ministry of Justice Yemeni sentenced to death “Almrakeca” although he did not appear before the This court never .

The family said that the paper published in the issue dated on the 10th of January 2014 and the list of judicial verdicts, including the sentencing of the prisoner, “Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca” which the newspaper said was issued on December 19, 2013 .

“The detainee Omar Ahmed Abbadi” Almrakeca in a statement the “Garden of Eden tomorrow,” he was surprised by the issuance of this rule, stressing that he did not attend any meeting judicial surprising how this ruling was issued without his presence .

He said, “Almrakeca” The family has been on the Supreme Court review more than once to ask for a date when considering the issues but that the responsible attitude of the Supreme Court have consistently argued that the case is still pending were not considered .

The judgment of the Supreme Court in Sana’a directive of the Attorney General provides fast execution of the judgment .

It also would be a verdict in this image on the bombing of the Maelstrom in the south, especially that issue Almrakeca, political in nature and would be a shock extremely harsh for a large segment of the South, where the Declaration of him comes a long completion of the national dialogue conference in Yemen, who has vowed those responsible for it to resolve the issue Almrakeca and to stop the practice violations against the southerners.

Update: Protests in the south for the political prisoner may escalate to violence depending on the self control of the security forces or an intention to escalate unrest. Its an issue that inflames public opinion and undermines any sense of credibility in the transitional government’s good will.

Hadramout Tribes Statement #2, regarding impending civil insurrection, dtd 12/15/13

Filed under: Hadramout, Oil, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 6:49 am on Monday, December 16, 2013

The statement in sum rejects the legitimacy of the central government and takes on self-rule. The Hadramouti Popular Movement (HPM) derives its legitimacy from the assent of the people as expressed through their tribal representatives.

The statement calls for Hadramoutis to boycott of central government jobs. It announces the launch of the Hadramouti Popular Movement on 12/20, and its structure. The HPM’s goal is to retain local control of “land and wealth.” Corruption in the oil industry has far reaching impacts across Yemen. Both the central government and international community lack the political will, and perhaps capacity, to undermine the upper echelon of the black economy.

The tipping point was the death of Sheikh bin Harish and six tribesmen during a confrontation with soldiers at a checkpoint on December 2. The tribes’ statement number was posted here earlier.

The HPM will establish semi-autonomous governance structures including security entity to protect residents and foreigners. The statement calls for all southerners to participate in his or her own area of Hadramout, ie-instead of overtly folding itself into the southern movement, the statement calls on southern activists to incorporate themselves into the HPM.

The statement also appeals for material support from abroad, a specific technical phrase in English laden with meaning (and legal ramifications in the west), which may be the result of the linguistic sophistication of the translator. There are many Hadramoutis involved in business and commerce across the world, a legacy of the Silk Road.

Update: Wow. The tribal uprising in Hadramout is invigorating, unifying and mobilizing the entire Southern Movement. One unifying grievance, oil corruption. The (expression of broad support) through out the south is scheduled for December 20. Maybe Hadi’s efforts (see below) will short circuit the momentum.

Press Release by the Alliance of Hadramout Tribes
Representatives of Hadrami tribes, headed by the Alliance of Hadramout
Tribes, have met in the Wadi Nahib in Gail Bin Yamin on Sunday 15 /
December / 2013. The meeting was held to discuss how to work on the
implementation and success of the comprehensive Popular Movement,
which was agreed on at Alliance of Hadramout Tribes last meeting that
took place in the Wadi of Nahib in Gail Bin Yamin on Tuesday, 10 /
December / 2013, for all Hadhrami in the countryside and the urban.
It was agreed by representatives of Hadramout tribes in this meeting
on the formation of the presidency of the Alliance by representatives
of all the tribes and to be headed by Al Homoom representative; and
specialized committees have been formed as the following:

1 – Security Committee.

2 – Coordination and communication Committee.

3 – Media committee.

4 – Finance Committee.

And agreed on the following appeals:

1 – All Hadrami have to be united and unite their word to launch
Popular Movement which will be covering all of Hadramout at the same
time, and everyone in his/her own area, which will be launched
according to its agreed schedule on Friday 20/ December/2013 to enable
the people of Hadramout to control over their land and wealth.

2 – It was agreed that Alliance of Hadramout Tribes is the primary
reference for all the people of Hadramout including employees in
government departments and that applies as well to oil companies
operating in Hadramout.

3 – A call for all political and civil society organizations in the
cities to organize the Popular Movement and to form Popular Escorts to
maintain security and to maintain public, private properties, and
maintain various services of citizens.

4 – A call for religious scholars and imams of mosques to direct their
messages to support the Popular Movement.

5 – A call for all people of Hadramout who work in the top level of
the government, the House of Representatives, the Shura Council, the
members of the National Dialogue Conference, military leaders as well
as members of Local Councils in Hadramout to suspend their work
starting from the Popular Movement.

6 – Alliance of Hadramout Tribes reassures all foreign experts and
foreign workers in the various oil companies and other firms in
Hadramout that they are our guests and they are not targeted by us; as
well as residents in Hadramout .

7 – We highly appreciate the positions of all Southerns, and we want
them to participate actively in the comprehensive Popular Movement,
everyone in his/her area as in Hadramout.

8 – Appeal to the regional and international communities, human rights
organizations, and international organizations to positively interact
to support our just cause.

9 – Appeal to the people of Hadramout at home and abroad to provide
material and moral support for the success of this just cause.

This is what has been agreed upon and God grant us success.

Issued by:
Presidency meeting of Alliance of Hadramout Tribes
Wadi of Nahib in Gail Bin Yamin
on Sunday 15 / December / 2013

Update 2: Mediation begins in standard fashion

News of the Yemeni Revolution

NYR | The Yemeni Government started a tribal mediation process with the families of Radaa, whom there relatives have been killed on Thursday in a drone strike.

The Government paid the amount of 30 million Yemeni Rials (Around 150 Thousand USD), and put a 100 AKs to start a mediation process – which is a tribal tradition done in Yemen to start a mediation that usually ends up by issuing a public apology and paying compensation money.

The tribes of Qaifah blocked the main road of Radaa yesterday, protesting the drone strike on their village.

The Military committee formed to investigate the incident said that there were AQ members amongst the wedding convey, while the mediation said that the Government acknowledges it was a mistake, probably done due to wrong intelligence.

Update 3: YafaNews: President Abdrabo Mansoor responds to the Hadramout tribes ultimatum by offering an independent federal state which will practically mean dividing South Yemen into two federal states (Eastern and Western) and latest official statement (ar) Hadramout demands here

Hadramout tribes issue statement upon the killing of Sheikh Harish

Filed under: Hadramout, Local gov, Security Forces, Tribes, statements — by Jane Novak at 8:23 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Report on the outcome of the tribal gathering in response to the killing of Sheik Harish demands a reckoning and addresses long standing issues of contention including security checkpoints and the distribution of oil jobs and revenue.

Huge crowds of Hadrami head of tribes, tribes, representative of
political Hadrami groups, Hadrami social figures, and others have
gathered on 10/12/2013 at “Wadi Nahib” in “Gail Ben Yamin” directorate
in Hadramout governorate to discuss actions to be taken after the
assassination of Sheikh Sa’ad Ben Habreesh of Al Homoom tribe. The
crowd agreed on the following:

1- The killing of Sheikh Sa’ad Bin Ahmed Bin Habreeh Al Homoomi is
considered a crime within several crimes committed by the Yemeni
regime in the governorate of Hadramout, demanding the local
authorities to hand over the killers of the Sheikh Al Homoomi and
those who supported them to get their fair punishment.

2- The cancellation of all military points from all over the
governorate of Hadramout in the coast and in the valley; and handover
all security issues of the governorate, i.e. Hadramout, to the people
of Hadramout.

3- Handover the Oil Companies Protection Forces in the governorate of
Hadramout to the Hadrami people.

4- The gathering have called for an endless escalation and popular
movement starting from 20/12/2013, if the regime doesn’t respond to
the above requests, until a full control of the governorate of
Hadramout by Hadrami people.

5- The funeral of the martyr Sa’ad Bin Habreeh is on the coming Friday
after the Aser prayer at directorate of “Gail Ben Yamin”.

Many ways to go on this depending on where you start from:
1- Necessity of training security forces, establishing command and control, localization
2- Importance of establishing accountability and conflict resolution mechanisms (Whoops, everybody still has immunity.)
3- Demonstrates the difficulty of carrying out ground CT ops in Yemen
4- Demonstrates Defense Ministry’s continuing knee jerk propensity toward calling all opposition, especially dead opposition, “AQAP”. (See YT below.) The Defense Ministry retracted the accusation, not because it was untrue and it was untrue, but because the errant label would have further inflamed the tribesmen; however the entire western media and half of US intel would have bought it hook, link and sinker. And to be fair, it is the US’s formal policy to classify all Yemeni men 16 or older killed in drone strikes as “suspected AQ” and count it as a win.
5- Importance of tribal ties and identity when the state (and its basic services) are absent
6- In the absence of a trusted, or even a rudimentary, judicial system, the importance of tribal negotiations and their ability to defuse volatile situations
7- The nearness of Yemeni tribal norms to democratic norms of self rule, consensus as demonstrated by the meeting itself
8- In the absence of democracy, the ability of the citizen to pressure the state to remedy injustices through the tribe
9- Continuing sense of deep injustice over natural resources (stemming from vast corruption) and a sense of arbitrary punitive state interventions
10- Jobs, everybody needs jobs
11- This is how Yemeni movements are made, a spark in the tinder of burning resentment

Background: Yemen Times: INSTABILITY IN HADRAMOUT CONTINUES UNABATED

SANA’A, Dec. 4—New reports of armed clashes between state forces and alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) emerged Wednesday morning in the Ghail Bawzeer district in Hadramout, according to officials. There were no reported deaths or injuries.

There are security personnel stationed all over the governorate, the Interior Ministry previously told the Yemen Times.

In Ghail Bawzeer, residents have been warned not to go out at night, said Mohammed Bawzeer, the editor-in-chief of the local Shibam Public Newspaper.

“Residents are dissatisfied with the presence of armed men and security forces. There is panic because of repetitive clashes and shootings,” he said.

“The entirety of Hadramout is tense,” said Colonel Hussein Hashim, the security manager of Sayoun in Hadramout.

A security analyst, Mohammed Al-Khalid, said efforts toward an ongoing security campaign in Hadramout will not be successful because it’s not comprehensive. He says those targeted by it—mostly AQAP affiliates—will continue to jump from one area to the next.

Elsewhere in the governorate, in the aftermath of a security campaign in Al-Shehr city that began two weeks ago, dozens of houses were destroyed. The city remains under a 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew.

Markets close at 7:00 p.m., Mohammed Al-Qahoom, a local resident said. Everyone is doing their shopping in the morning, he added.

On Monday in Sayoun, another believed AQAP stronghold in Hadramout (ed- Sayoun as AQAP stronghold hotly disputed by some), Sheikh Sad Bin Harish, the head of Hadramout’s tribal federation in Sayoun, was killed by state forces at a checkpoint right outside the city.

According to local officials, Harish, who was travelling with bodyguards refused to hand over weapons his convoy was carrying at the checkpoint. Officials say Harish’s men fired first and a gun battle ensued. Seven, including Harish, were killed in the clashes and four injured, according to Hashim.

The Defense Ministry’s website published a statement immediately following the incident, saying that Habrish was a member of Al-Qaeda. Later, the ministry retracted the statement and apologized to tribes in Hadramout.

But as many predicted it seems Habrish’s fellow tribesmen may seek revenge against the state for his death.

Hashim said the situation in the city remains tense and that security forces are expecting armed men in the area to mobilize.

Sabri Masoud, the head of Haq Organization for Human Rights in Seyon, said security forces have withdrawn from four security checkpoints to avoid clashes. Hashim did not confirm this. But, Masoud says tribesmen are coming from districts outside of Sayoun to avenge the sheikh’s death.

“They are coming to Seyon to agree on how to respond to Habrish’s murder,” he said.

More here SadaAden and here AdenLife (Ar). Some southerners are characterizing the statement as pro-secessionist, however some Hadramoutis want their own state as in country. The federal option still seems viable in theory but the transitional central government has not engendered broad trust despite some intermittent gestures of reconciliation and is still viewed as an occupation. Nothing can be achieved without financial transparency and elite accountability, otherwise its just a better dressed mafia that’s stealing the money.

Ala’a Al- Khaiwani, the daughter of journalist and human rights defender, Abdulkarim Al- Khaiwani, was subjected to a suspicious run over accident by a motorcycle.

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:33 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Statement by GC4HR

On 19 November 2013, Ala’a Al- Khaiwani, the daughter of journalist and human rights defender, Abdulkarim Al- Khaiwani, was subjected to a suspicious run over accident by a motorcycle. The accident resulted in a head injury leading to internal bleeding. She was transferred to the emergency department at the University Hospital of Science and Technology in Sana’a.

Ala’a Al-Khaiwani is a student in the Department of Journalism at the University of Sana’a. At the time of the accident she was with a group of her colleagues trying to enter the campus with their car but were denied by the campus security officers who claimed that cars and bikes are prohibited from entering the premises. However, the driver of the motorcycle involved in the accident was allowed access into the campus despite not having an entry permit.
The suspicious accident comes at a time when victim’s father Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani is still receiving continual threats through phone calls from local and international numbers. These threats are believed to be related to his writings against corruption in addition to his defense of civil and political rights of all the people of Yemen. His human rights work in Yemen has led to his persecution by the authorities including being subjected to imprisonment, torture and harassment.
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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) believes that the on-going threats received by Abdulkarim Al- Khaiwani and the targeting of his daughter are related to his legitimate and peaceful work in the field of journalism and human rights in Yemen, and in particular his work against corruption and the documentation of gross violations of human rights. The GCHR believes that the suspicious run over accident to which Ala’a Al-Khaiwni was subjected carries the features of a deliberate attempt to punish her as a result of her father’s human rights work.
The GCHR Calls on the Yemeni government to:
1. Carry out an immediate, impartial and thorough investigation into the run over accident, which Ala’a Al-Khaiwani subjected to with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in line with local laws and international standards;
2. Take all the measure to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani;
3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and journalists in Yemen are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free from all restrictions including judicial harassment.
The GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to article 5 (a): “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels to meet or assemble peacefully”, and to Article 12.2, which provides that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.”
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اليمن- تعرض ابنة الصحفي ومدافع حقوق الإنسان البارز عبد الكريم الخيواني الى حادث دهس
مشكوكٍ فيه

http://gc4hr.org/news/view/544

بتاريخ 91 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني 3192 ، تعرضت آلاء الخيواني، ابنة الصحفي ومدافع حق وق الإنسان البارز، عبد الكريم
الخيواني، الى حادث دهس بواسطة دراجة نارية وادى ذلك الى اصابتها بنزيف داخلي في الرأس تطلب نقلها الى قسم العناية
المتوسطة في مستشفى جامعة العلوم والتكنولوجيا.
آلاء الخيواني هي طالبة في قسم الإعلام بجامعة صنعاء. ولقد كانت مع مجم وعة من زميلاتها يحاولن دخول الحرم الجامعي بسيارة عندما
تصدى لهن الحرم الجامعي ليخبرهن ان عليهن الترجل بزعم ان السيارات والدراجات ممنوعة من الدخول. وبالرغم من ذلك، تم السماح
لسائق الدراجة النارية التي تسببت في الحادث بالدخول إلى الحرم الجامعي على الرغم من عدم حمله تصريحاً بالدخول.
ويأتي هذا الحادث المشكوك فيه في الوقت الذي لايزال فيه والدها عبد الكريم الخيواني يتلقى التهديدات الكثيرة و التي تصله عبر أرقام
محلية ودولية بسبب كتاباته الصحفية ضد الفساد ودفاعه عن الحقوق المدنية و الإنسانية لجميع ابناء الشعب في اليمن وعلى مدى
السنين الماضية وحتى الآن بالرغم من استهدافه من قبل السطات بالسجن والتعذيب والمضايقات.
يعتقد مركز الخليج لحقوق الإنسان ان التهديدات الستمرة التي يتلقاها يومي اً عبد الكريم الخيواني واستهداف ابنته يرتبطان بعمله المشروع
و السلمي في مجال الصحافة وحقوق الإنسان في اليمن، وتحديد اً في محاربة الفساد و توثيق الانتهاكات الجسيمة لحقوق الإنسان.
يعتقد مركز الخليج لحقوق الإنسان ان حادث الدهس الذي تعرضت له آلاء الخيواني يحمل ملامحاً لمحاولة متعمدة من أجل معاقبتها
كنتيجة لعمل والدها في مجال حقوق الإنسان.
يدعو مركز الخليج لحقوق الإنسان الحكومة اليمنية الى:
1. إجراء تحقيق فوري وشامل ومستقل عن حادث الدهس الذي تعرضت له آلاء الخيواني بهدف نشر النتائج وتقديم المسؤولين عنه
إلى العدالة وبما يتماشى مع المعايير الدولية؛
2. اتخاذ جميع التدابير اللازمة لضمان السلامة الجسدية والنفسية وأمن عبد الكريم الخيواني؛
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2 . ةقياضلما نم فوخ نودو ةيربح عورشلما مهلمعب مايقلل نميلا في ينيفحصلاو ءاطشنلاو ناسنلإا قوقح نع ينعفادلما ةردق نامض
أو الانتقام القضائية.
مركز الخليج لحقوق الإنسان يدعو إلى الاهتمام الخاص بالحقوق والحريات الأساسية المكفولة في إعلان الأمم المتحدة المتعلق بحق
، ومسؤولية الأفراد والجماعات وهيئات المجتمع في تعزيز وحماية حقوق الإنسان والحريات الأساسية المعترف بها دولياً ولا سيما المادة 5
الفقرة )أ( والتي تنص على انه:
لغرض تعزيز وحماية حقوق الإنسان والحريات الأساسية، يكون لكل شخص الحق، بمفرده وبالاشتراك مع غيره، على الصعيدين الوطني
والدولي، في:
أ. الالتقاء أو التجمع سلميا؛
والمادة 93 ، الفقرة ) 3( لتي تنص على:
3. تتخذ الدولة جميع التدابير اللازمة التي تكفل لكل شخص حماية السلطات المختصة له بمفرده وبالاشتراك مع غ يره، من أي عنف
او تهديد او انتقام او تمييز ضار فعلا او قانونا او ضغط او أي اجراء تعسفي آخر نتيجة لممارسته او ممارستها المشروعة للحقوق المشار
اليها في هذا الاعلان

أمن جامعة صنعاء رفض تسليم الجاني لقسم الشرطة..ابنة الناشط الخيواني تتعرض لحادث دهس داخل حرم الجامعة

Filed under: Targeted Individuals, Yemen, al-Khaiwani — by Jane Novak at 2:17 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013

” آلاء” بنت الخيواني في العناية المشددة :كيف وصل “الموتور السياسي” إلى الحرم الجامعي؟؟

http://www.thelinkyemen.net/news/2747
الاربعاء 20 نوفمبر 2013 16:37
آلاء عبد الكريم الخيواني
(يمن لايف): قال الصحفي والناشط السياسي عبدالكريم الخيواني, عضو مؤتمر الحوار الوطني: إن عدم وجود تحقيقات جادة ومهنية، في اليمن سبب في فتح المجال للشك في كافة الحوادث، التي يتعرض لها مختلف الناشطين وأقربائهم.

وأضاف الخيواني، في تصريح خاص لوكالة “خبر”، أن التحقيقات المهنية هي ما ستؤكد طبيعة الحادثة التي تعرضت لها ابنته “آلاء”, الثلاثاء، معبراً عن استغرابه في الوقت نفسه، عن كيفية دخول دراجة نارية للحرم الجامعي.

وأوضح الصحفي والناشط السياسي، أنه وبحسب إفادات ابنته “آلاء” وإحدى زميلاتها، فإنهن لم يسمعن صوت الدراجة النارية، التي تسببت بدخول ابنته العناية المركزة بالمستشفى بعد حادثة تعرُّضها لاصطدام من قبل سائق تلك الدراجة، صباح الثلاثاء وسط حرم جامعة صنعاء.

وكشف الخيواني، في تصريحه، أن التهديدات التي تصله لم تتوقف عبر أرقام محلية ودولية، إلا أنه لم يعد يعرها أدنى اهتمام، حسب قوله.

وأثارت الحادثة استغراباً وتضامناً واسعاً في الوسط الصحفي والإعلامي اليمني، وهو ما يعيد الى الذهن – بحسب منشور لرئيس تحرير يومية “الشارع” نائف حسان- حادثة تعرض السياسي الدكتور محمد المتوكل لحادث مشابه قبل سنوات، واطلق عليه مصطلح “موتور سياسي”.

بينما يرى زميله ورئيس تحرير يومية “الأولى” أن استهداف حيات آلاء الخيواني جاء بعد عجز خصوم أبيها من النيل من شجاعته، ومن أنفته، ومن عنفوان التزامه بمبادئه، حسب تعبيره.
الأخبار
مؤتمر الحوار يدين ماتعرض له بيت هائل والخيواني
http://www.yemen-live.net/news3798.html
20 نوفمبر 2013 / المركز الإعلامي

دانت هيئة رئاسة مؤتمر الحوار الوطني الشامل ولجنة التوفيق بالمؤتمر ما تعرض له رجل الأعمال عبدالجبار هائل سعيد من عملية تقطًع، كما دانت جريمة اختطاف نجل رجل الأعمال منير أحمد هائل وكذا ما تعرضت له ابنة الأخ عبدالكريم الخيواني عضو مؤتمر الحوار الوطني (الطالبة آلاء) من عملية دهس بدراجة نارية في الحرم الجامعة .

وطالبت هيئة الرئاسة ولجنة التوفيق في بيان لها الحكومة وأجهزتها المختصة بسرعة القبض على الجناة وتسليمهم للعدالة.

أمن جامعة صنعاء رفض تسليم الجاني لقسم الشرطة..ابنة الناشط الخيواني تتعرض لحادث دهس داخل حرم الجامعة
الرابط : إبراهيم السراجي
ثلاثاء, 19/11/2013 – 8:31مساء

تعرضت الطالبة في كلية الاعلام بجامعة صنعاء صباح اليوم الى حادث دهس بواسطة دراجة نارية داخل الحرم الجامعي وهي في طريقها الى كليتها .
زملاء الطالبة آلاء وهي ابنة الصحفي والناشط الحقوقي المعروف عبدالكريم الخيواني اصيبت بغيبوبة بعد اصابتها في الرأس جراء الحادث نقلها زملاءها الى مستشفى جامعة العلوم القريب من الجامعة.
وقد روى زملاء الطالبة آلاء لـ”الرابط” تفاصيل الحادثة وملابساتها حيث افادوا أن أمن جامعة صنعاء منعوا دخول آلاء وزميلاتها من الدخول للجامعة بالسيارة التي كانت تقلهن بحجة منع دخول السيارات والدراجات الى داخل الحرم الجامعي ما دفعهن لإكمال المشوار داخل حرم الجامعة مشيا على الاقدام.
وأضاف زملاء الطالبة أن أمن الجامعة رفضوا في بداية الامر نقل سائق الدراجة الى قسم الشرطة بحجة أن السائق يتيم وأن الحادث لايجب أن يخضع للمزايدة السياسية بحكم أن آلاء هي ابنة الناشط الخيواني وهو ما استغرب له زملاء آلاء من استعداد أمن الجامعة للدفاع عن سائق الدراجة.
وبحسب رواية زملاء آلاء فقد سألوا أمن الجامعة عن سبب السماح لسائق الدراجة النارية النارية في ظل منع لدخول السيارات الى حرم الجامعة وكذلك الدراجات النارية فكانت الاجابة بأن سائق الدراجة يملك تصريحا بالدخول،وحين سئل السائق عن التصريح اجاب بأنه نسيه في البيت،ومع ذلك سمح له بالدخول.
وأمام إصرار كبير من زملاء المجني عليها رضخ أمن الجامعة الى مطالبتهم بتسليم السائق الى قسم 14 أكثوبر القريب من الجامعة .
الجدير ذكره أن آلاء الخيواني ترقد حاليا في العناية المتوسطة بمستشفى جامعة العلوم والتكنولوجيا بعد أن عانت من نزيف داخلي في الرأس.
وبحسب طلاب جامعة صنعاء الذين أفادوا للـ”الرابط” فإن جامعة صنعاء شهدت اليوم تواجد أمني كثيف كما حدث اطلاق نار على سيارات ولم يتسن معرفة اسباب ذلك
يذكر أن جامعة صنعاء شهدت مسيرات عدة مطالبة بانهاء عسكرة الجامعة وسيطرة الفرقة الاولى مدرع على أمن الكلية مطالبة بإنهاء وجود الفرقة فيها واستبدالهم بحراسة خاصة كما هو متعارف عليه في جامعات العالم.

UN HR Council Resolution on Yemen

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:14 am on Saturday, September 28, 2013

General Assembly
23 September 2013

Original: English
Human Rights Council
Twenty-fourth session
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building
Australia*, Austria, Belgium*, Cyprus*, Denmark*, Djibouti*, Egypt*, Ethiopia, France*, Greece*, Ireland, Italy, Jordan*, Lebanon*, Libya, Luxembourg*, Mauritania, Morocco*, Netherlands*, Norway*, Oman*, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia*, Slovenia*, Somalia*, Spain, State of Palestine* (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), Sweden*, Thailand, Turkey*, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*, Yemen*: draft resolution

24/… Technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen in the field of human rights
The Human Rights Council,
Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the relevant human rights treaties,
Recalling Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011) of 21 October 2011 and 2051 (2012) of 12 June 2012 and Human Rights Council resolutions 18/19 of 29 September 2011, 19/29 of 23 March 2012 and 21/22 of 27 September 2012,
Recognizing that the promotion and protection of human rights are key factors in ensuring a fair and equitable justice system and, ultimately, reconciliation and stability for the country,
Welcoming the progress in the political transition process based on the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism that has started in Yemen, and looking forward to a successful conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference and to subsequent stages of the transition,
Welcoming also the ongoing implementation of the “20+11” confidence-building measures, in particular the measures to address the grievances of the citizens of Southern Yemen and Sada’a,
Welcoming further the commitment of the Government of Yemen to fully promote and protect human rights,
Welcoming the Cabinet approval of the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and noting the intention of the Cabinet to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,
1. Takes note of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Yemen and of the debate held during the twenty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council, as well as the statement and comments by the Government of Yemen on the report and its willingness to cooperate with the United Nations and Office of the High Commissioner;
2. Notes with appreciation the efforts made by the Government of Yemen to implement Human Rights Council resolutions 18/19, 19/29 and 21/22;
3. Welcomes the establishment of a field presence of the Office of the High Commissioner, and notes the active cooperation of the Government with the Office and the steps taken towards the establishment of an independent national human rights institution;
4. Looks forward to steps by the Government of Yemen, in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 19/29, towards the implementation of Republican Decree No. 140 of 2012, which establishes a committee to investigate allegations of violations of human rights in 2011 and which states that investigations shall be transparent and independent and adhere to international standards; and invites the Government of Yemen to provide soon a time frame for the early appointment of members of that committee;
5. Also looks forward to the early adoption of a law on transitional justice and national reconciliation that, while taking into account the recommendations of the National Dialogue Conference, is in accordance with the international obligations and commitments of Yemen and consistent with best practices;
6. Calls upon all parties to release persons arbitrarily detained by them and to end any practice of unlawful detention of persons, and recalls Cabinet decision No. 180 (2012) to release all those imprisoned for their participation in the events of 2011;
7. Welcomes the measures of the Government of Yemen to end the recruitment and use of children, and looks forward to the implementation of those measures without further delay;
8. Demands that armed groups end the recruitment and use of children and release those who have already been recruited, and calls upon all parties to cooperate with the United Nations and other qualified groups for their reintegration into their communities, taking into consideration the relevant recommendations made by the Secretary-General in his report on children and armed conflict;
9. Calls upon the Government of Yemen to investigate cases of violence against journalists, in accordance with its international obligations to respect the freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association;
10. Notes with appreciation the considerable representation of women in the National Dialogue Conference, and encourages the Government of Yemen to continue its efforts to ensure that women are represented at all levels of the political process and that they are able to participate in public life, free of discrimination and intimidation;
11. Encourages the Government of Yemen to continue to implement the accepted recommendations contained in the reports of the High Commissioner with the support of her Office, and calls upon the Government to address the recommendations contained in the report of the High Commissioner submitted to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session;1
12. Reiterates the commitments and obligations of the Government of Yemen to promote and protect human rights;
13. Looks forward to the Government continuing its efforts to promote and protect human rights;
14. Calls on the Government of Yemen to ensure, in the framework of scrupulous respect for due process-related rights, fair trial guarantees, including in cases involving the death penalty, and to ensure that the death penalty is not applied to minors, in conformity with commitments undertaken by the Government, including during its universal periodic review in 2009, and notes in this connection the establishment of the Specialized Forensic Technical Committee and the accelerated efforts of the Government to improve birth registration with international assistance;
15. Encourages and supports the efforts by the Government of Yemen to promote and protect the rights of children, and calls for early progress in ensuring that appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures are in place to eliminate the occurrence of child, early and forced marriages;
16. Invites all bodies of the United Nations system, including the Office of the High Commissioner, and Member States, to assist the transitional process in Yemen, including by supporting the mobilization of resources to tackle the economic and social challenges faced by Yemen, in coordination with the international donor community and according to the priorities set by the Yemeni authorities;
17. Calls upon the international community to provide financial support for the Yemen humanitarian response plan of 2013;
18. Requests the High Commissioner to provide technical assistance and to work with the Government of Yemen, as needed, to identify additional areas of assistance to enable Yemen to fulfil its human rights obligations;
19. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present to the Human Rights Council, at its twenty-seventh session, a progress report on the situation of human rights in Yemen and on the follow-up to the present resolution and Council resolutions 18/19, 19/29 and 21/22.

Transparency.org on Challenging Secrecy in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Communications, Corruption, Media, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 10:10 am on Friday, September 27, 2013

Transparency’s Home Page for Yemen contains the Challenging Secrecy series of short vids, English subtitled, dealing with access to information, a critical topic (click the “Next” button to get it started if it doesn’t autoplay):

http://action.transparency.org/yemen/yemen-challenging-secrecy-video

http://action.transparency.org/yemen/naif-hassan

http://action.transparency.org/yemen/ahmed-saif-hashid

http://action.transparency.org/yemen/we-can-make-a-change

Re-hiring the southern Yemeni army

Filed under: Military, South Yemen, mil restrucuturing — by Jane Novak at 11:39 am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I have argued for a long time that integrating (or re-hiring) the forcibly retired southern military has many advantages:

1) the long idle former southern army are disconnected from the vast web of corruption, smuggling and nepotism that pervaded the upper levels of the Yemeni military during the Saleh regime
2) they may have more respect for human rights, especially if they are deployed in the south
3) they already have formal training by the Russians
4) it will decrease the sense of alienation of some southerners and especially unemployed young men in the southern provinces who are regularly turned away from the army when recruitment is a function of a sheikh’s patronage
5) it will lessen the proselytizing of soldiers wherein some extremist commanders deem military operations as jihad instead of security missions designed to protect all Yemeni citizens.

The army must become a non-political, neutral and uniformly trained body that provides equal opportunity to Yemeni men (and women) regardless of identity. Even those who are advocates for separatism might be able to see the advantages to southerners (and peace and stability) of rehiring the retired military, instead of seeing it as a way to defuse the southern movement.

The Link: (ar) Hadi to re-hire 795 former southern military commanders

Reuters: Yemen has launched a $1.2 billion fund to give back tens of thousands of southern Yemenis jobs they lost after the 1994 civil war, a minister said on Tuesday, part of efforts to revive talks aimed at ending longstanding political divisions.

International Cooperation Minister Mohammed al-Sa’adi said the fund, agreed on Sunday, had persuaded southern separatists to return to talks they boycotted last month in protest against the government’s handling of their demands.

Another positive development is the adoption of the biometric voter ID system, this must be internationally funded and locally implemented and will enhance the legitimacy of future elections as well as reduce corruption, ghost workers, and ensure the distribution of aid. The positive benefits of incorporating this technology are many and can jump start a fairer Yemen.

Fostering and countering terrorism in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, Military, USA — by Jane Novak at 7:48 am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The US CT industry in Yemen is sketched out in the following excerpts from Inside Yemen’s Shadow War Asenal at Foreign Policy BY GORDON LUBOLD, NOAH SHACHTMAN

Since November of 2011, the United States has pledged nearly $600 million to Yemen for everything from spy drones to opinion polls to pickup trucks as part of a shadow war to fight terrorism there. But how much Washington is getting for its money is an open question, even within U.S. government circles…

Only a portion of the $600 million committed since late 2011 goes directly to fight terrorism — about $250 million, according to State Department officials. The rest goes towards “helping to strengthen governance and institutions on which Yemen’s long-term progress depends,” as then-White House counterterrorism czar (and unofficial envoy to Yemen) John Brennan explained last year. That includes cash to “empower women,” “combat corruption,” and provide “food vouchers, safe drinking water, and basic health services,” Brennan added.

But even that non-military aid can sometimes come with a hard edge. Last year, the State Department paid out $2.2 million to Griffin Security, a Yemeni contractor specializing in “close protection,” “surveillance systems,” and “maritime security services,” according to the company’s website. On June 26, Foggy Bottom sent another $3.1 million to Advanced C4 Solutions, a Tampa-based business with strong military and intelligence community ties, for an unspecified “administrative management” contract. Six days later, the State Department executed a second, $1.3 million deal with the same firm — which publicly declares itself a specialist in computer network attacks — for “translation and interpretation services.”

(JN-The US Air Force suspended Advanced C4 in 2011 for shoddy and unfinished work, and the firm was nearly excluded from any more work for the US gov’t.)

Overt security assistance was put on hold for about a year when former President Ali Abdullah Saleh brutally cracked down on his people. But that ban has been lifted, and the spigot is once again open. The Pentagon is outfitting the Yemenis with weapons, short takeoff and landing spy planes, night vision goggles, and even Raven drones to help Yemeni security forces to strengthen their effectiveness against internal threats and extremist activity, according to defense officials…

“We need to remember that we have done at least as badly in planning and managing aid as the worst recipient country has done in using it,” said Tony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Nonetheless, a variety of programs aim to directly achieve American security objectives in Yemen. During 2012, for instance, the Pentagon spent about $14 million on a single U.S. Special Operations Forces counterterrorism enhancement program in which a limited number of American military personnel provided training and equipment — from small arms and ammo to radios to rigid hull inflatable boats to night vision goggles to navigational systems — to Yemen’s counterterrorists. Another program, referred to in Pentagon briefing papers as the “Fixed-Wing Capability Program,” spends about $23 million “by providing equipment and training to improve the operational reach and reaction time of Yemen’s CT forces,” including two short take-off and landing aircraft. The United States spends another $75 million on building the counterterrorism unit of Yemen’s Central Security Forces.

During 2013, the Pentagon spent nearly $50 million on what’s called an “integrated border and maritime security” program to help the Yemenis be more effective with aerial surveillance and ground mobility, according to a defense official. That helped the Yemenis build up the capacity to monitor threats along the country’s nearly 1,200 mile coastline. The program includes 12 short take-off and landing aircraft, each with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as flight and maintenance crews.

The United States has spent other money on Yemen, including $24 million the Coast Guard spent to build two 87-foot coastal patrol boats, and another $11 million for about 340 F-350 Ford pickup trucks, according to publicly-available contracting data. Another $27 million was spent for a contract with Bell Helicopter for four Huey II helicopters within the last three years.

Two years ago, the polling firm Gallup, Inc. was paid more than $280,000 for a “Yemen Assessment Survey.” Around the same time, Yemen was part of a major contract to provide crew-served weapons, gun mounts, and stands for .50 caliber weapons. Last year, the Army paid $3 million to Harris Corporation for radios for the Yemenis, and the Navy paid $5.4 million for aircraft engines and spare parts for CASA 235 transport planes. Also last year, the Army paid $1.9 million for tactical UAVs in both Kenya and in Yemen.

Ties into my 2012 article State Dep’t ends Yemen arms embargo

Yemeni Activist Ibrahim Monthana Dead at 24???

Filed under: Civil Society, Political Opposition, Yemen-Journalists, assassination — by Jane Novak at 8:50 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013

from a heart attack? I’m quite stunned and personally very saddened. Ibrahim was an engaging and eloquent spokesman for Yemenis striving for a more just and functional country. His anti-drone arguments to the US Congress and in western media were but part of the long history of his activities and writings. A bi-lingual and brilliant civil activist, Ibrahim’s plain truths managed to humanize Yemenis in an otherwise hostile international media; he brought the world into his Yemen in a way no one else had. I miss him and surely Yemen will miss him, and the world in fact has suffered a great loss.

Democracy Now: Yemeni Youth Activist, Anti-Drone Campaigner Ibrahim Mothana Dies at 24

The Yemeni activist Ibrahim Mothana, who campaigned against the U.S. use of drones and participated in Yemen’s youth-led uprising, has died at the age of 24. The exact circumstances of his death are unclear; one Facebook commenter said he had a heart attack. Last year, in an open letter to President Obama published in The New York Times, Mothana wrote: “Drone strikes are causing more and more Yemenis to hate America and join radical militants; they are not driven by ideology but rather by a sense of revenge and despair … rather than winning the hearts and minds of Yemeni civilians, America is alienating them by killing their relatives and friends.” In 2011, Mothana spoke about the future of Yemen at an event in Sweden.

Ibrahim Mothana: “As I’m speaking now, we have like drones and air strikes, U.S. air strikes in Abyan, and it won’t work. It will never work, unless you tackle the issue comprehensively, you try to see the whole image, you see why — what is the drivers of extremism, what is the drivers of the lack of security. Then you will be able to solve it. You cannot just isolate it and try to solve it alone; it’s a package.”

Earlier here at Armies: Ibrahim Mothana, youth activist and writer, speaks about the political situation and the protests in Yemen, as well as the importance of not only seeing “security threats”. Filmed at the seminar “Global leadership and the new digital landscape” with the think tank Global Utmaning and the Swedish Institute at Almedalen, July 7 2011:

Update: a blog dedicated to memories of Ibrahim is here.

Yemen Centre for Transitional Justice calls for de-militarized cities

Filed under: Military, Pres Hadi, mil restrucuturing — by Jane Novak at 2:12 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013

Statement from YCTJ

An Urgent Appeal to Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi: Remove All Military Bases from the Major Cities of Yemen

His Excellency President Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, President of the Republic of Yemen.

Dear Excellency:

The Yemeni Center for Transitional Justice takes this opportunity to congratulate Your Excellency on the launching of the Comprehensive National Dialogue on March 18, 2013 and wishes to express the appreciation of the YCTJ on your concerted efforts to bring peace, security and political stability to Yemen. We hope that the National Dialogue will lead to concrete decisions that strongly respond to the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people and that best serve the interests of all Yemenis.

We are very concerned about the widespread existence of military bases and installations inside the major densely populated cities of Yemen. Your Excellency has certainly noticed the previous recent crash of a military aircraft of February 19, 2013, in which 12 citizens needlessly lost their lives. You will also recall that the fall of a military aircraft in November 2012 killed 10 Yemeni citizens, In addition there were more than 400 civilians killed in Ta’ez and Sana’a City during the armed confrontations that took place during the Yemeni Uprising of 2011.

In the latter, it was clear that major Yemeni cities were literally turned into battlefields for the political combatants. Undoubtedly this was primarily due to the location of military bases in the midst of highly populated areas of these cities. Among the civilian victims of these unfortunate armed confrontations were rising number of cases of Vitiligo (whitening of skin) and nocturnal enuresis (involuntary urination) among children, who resided near the Central Security Military Base in Ta’ez City, as reported by many physicians. As a result of the armed conflict in that area and the excessive use of force, there were many children who experienced sudden stress caused by the dreadful sounds of ordnances and the thunderous firepower unleashed in these conflicts, all of which caused such illnesses.

The fight against Al-Qaeda insurgents in Abyan also led to disastrous results for civilians there. The military bases, depots and ammunition stores targeted by AQAP insurgents were all too close to civilian residential homes and working areas in the cities of Abyan Governorate. The subsequent death of at least 150 civilians in the munitions factory attack in Ja’ar by Al-Qaeda in March 28, 2011 is testimony to the senseless presence of these military installations in the middle of cities. Half of these civilian victims were women and children.

The extensive presence of military installations and facilities amidst densely populated areas clearly constitute a clear violation of international customary norms and practices . They also certainly evoke obvious breaches of international and local humanitarian law, including, inter alia, Article 13(1) of the Additional Protocol II[8] as well as Article 8 of the Second Protocol for the Protection of Cultural Property[9].

These military bases and installations occupy large surface areas in already congested cities. They also force more beneficial and useful projects, such as schools, hospitals, and parks to be relocated outside the cities, thus increasing the hardships of citizens to reach and have access to the services of these important civilian facilities. This presents an important opportunity to convert these dangerous military installations and bases to become useful public parks, educational facilities and hospitals and other more useful projects that will better serve the public.

Therefore, we urge Your Excellency to take an unprecedented historic initiative and reform this archaic aspect of the old regime, which literally used cities as military bases. The Yemeni people will appreciate this important development and will surely support you in this monumental decision. This would be especially significant as Yemen is undergoing a transitionary period and the priority needs of the Yemeni people at this important stage is to establish security, safety and peace. Your initiation of this step during your presidency will ensure for Your Excellency a praiseworthy place in the history of our country and will promise to bring a peaceful life for the future. In addition the decision will be a step in the right direction towards achieving a real democratic transition.

With all due respect to your Presidency and to the authority of your esteemed transitional government, we appeal to Your Excellency to take this highly important step and proceed to relocate all military bases and installations at safe distances outside Yemeni cities.

Respectfully yours,

The Yemeni Center for Transitional Justice

[1] 14 January 2010

[2] Found Human Rights Watch, “Disappearances and Arbitrary Arrests in the Armed Conflict with Huthi Rebels in Yemen”, 24 October 2008 (ISBN: 1-56432-392-7).

[3] Article 13(1) Additional Protocol II stipulates that “the civilian population and individual civilians shall enjoy general protection against the dangers arising from military operations”

[4] Article 8 of the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property provides: “The Parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible: … b) avoid locating military objectives near cultural property.” In the event of international armed conflict it would be a violation of Article 58 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I which states that the parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible “avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas”.
[5] Article 4(2)(c) and Article 13(1) Additional Protocol II

[6] Yemen’s Military Criminal Code (1998), the “use of civilians as human shields during war operations” constitutes a war crime.

[7] In the event of an international armed conflict, it would contravene Third Geneva Convention, Article 23; Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 28; Additional Protocol I, Article 51(7)

[8] Article 13(1) Additional Protocol II stipulates that “the civilian population and individual civilians shall enjoy general protection against the dangers arising from military operations”.

[9] Article 8 of the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property provides: “The Parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible: … b) avoid locating military objectives near cultural property.” In the event of international armed conflict it would be a violation of Article 58 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I which states that the parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible “avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas”.

Ahlam M Mothanna
Secretary General
Yemen Centre for Transitional Justice (YCTJ)

Under re-construction

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:59 am on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Check back later

US drone target tied to Yemen’s military leader

Filed under: Air strike, Military, embassy, mil restrucuturing, obits, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012

US drone strike 11/6 in Sanhan, another mediator killed, tied to 2008 US embassy attack

SANAA: A drone strike near the Yemeni capital killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members including a militant wanted for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Sanaa, security officials said on Thursday. They said the drone strike, believed to have been carried out by the United States, targeted a car near the village of Beit al-Ahmar in the Sanhan region, 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Sanaa. Among the dead was Adnan al-Qadhi, a former jihadist fighter in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda member wanted for a 2008 car bomb attack on the US embassy that killed six Yemeni soldiers and four civilians.

After a decade of willful ignorance, the US starts tying AQ attacks to the former regime, probably in search of evidence for sanctions:

Yemen Fox: Mareb Press cited diplomat sources as saying that the US Embassy in Sana’a exerts efforts in collecting and documenting many terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda and in which former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was found involved, most important the bombing the US Embassy in Sana’a in 2008. The sources said that the Americans have evidences that some with close links to Saleh’s family are involved in that operation, as US investigations showed that cars used in the terrorist attack were purchased by people close to Saleh’s family, specifically from Sanhan.

Better summary of the relationship

Nasser Arrabyee: The drone- killed Al Qadi was general in Yemeni army

By Nasser Arrabyee,07/11/2012

Adnan Al Qadi, Al Qaeda operative killed by US drone Wednesday, was a lieutenant colonel in the Yemeni army before he joined Al Qaeda, said sources Thursday.

Adnan Al Qadi was working as a commander of brigade in Al Makha under the leadership of Saleh Al Dani, a retired general who is now working with the defected general Ali Muhsen. All of them are from one village called Sanahan, the same village of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Adnan Al Qadi and Aref Al Qadi, were arrested after the bombing of the US embassy in Sanaa late 2008 for being involved. Aref is a nephew of brigadier Abdullah Al Qadi, retired general from Sanhan. Both of them were released secretly because of influence of their fathers and sympathy of general Muhsen.

Recently, Aref Al Qadi, raised the flag of Al Qaeda over his house in village of Bait Al Ahmar, the village of all conflicting guys, according to local sources.

The slain Adnan Al Qadi was one of the mediators between the Yemeni government and slain Sheikh Tarik Al Dhahab, Al Qaeda leader in Radaa last year according to Al Qaeda specialist journalist, Abdul Razak Al Jamal who met Al Qadi and most of the Al Qaeda leaders..On Wednesday November 6th, 2012, a US drone hit a car in the area of Al Nasrin in Sanahan, 30km south east of the capital Sanaa, killing Adnan Al Qadi and two others identified as Rabee Laheb, and Redwan Al Hashidi. Some sources said that the latter two were only injured..

Related: “‏@adammbaron abdulrazak jamal interviewed Adnan alQadhi, target of sanhan drone strike, before his death.” Had the black flag on his roof and door?

Does Al Houthi call for re-implementation of Imamate in Yemen and political exclusion of women

Filed under: National Dialog Committee, Saada War, Women's Issues — by Jane Novak at 9:11 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012

Update: Houthis reach deal with JMP on some basic principles including need to restructure military, end media incitement on all sides and to overcome obstacles to southern participation in the dialog. Maybe the speech was pre-negotiation bluster to satisfy the Houthis constituency prior to the agreement with the JMP, maybe not.

Original: IN a speech on al Ghadir Day, Abdelmalik al Houthi appears to call for restoring the Imamate and restricting leadership to Hashimites, descendants of Mohammed. In years prior, Al Houthi’s statements supported the concept of the democratic state. The inability of the Saleh oligarchy to share power, and the subsequent failure of the Yemeni experiment in democracy 1990-2010, led to extremism in the southern position, which currently calls for independence, as well as giving credence to the al Qaeda narrative that democracy is a false system. Whether this was Abdelmalik’s hidden agenda all along or whether he was radicalized by a decade of war and political exclusion, there’s no way to go back in time.

NYR | YemenFox | Professor of sociology at Sana’a University considered the declaration of Houthi group leader to march toward Sana’a and restore the state to Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib as one of the obstacles that will hinder reaching a political settlement and normalizing the coming political and social conditions in the country.

Dr. Adel al-Sharjabi told “Yemen Fox” that the leader of Houthi group has to clarify to the public his stance toward the modern democratic civil state, and to get rid of violent thinking and armed way to impose his opinions.

In his speech on the occasion of al-Ghadir Day festival, Leader of Houthi Abdul Malik al-Houthi said that their struggle will go on until they restore power from what he called “Satan rulers” and return it back to Imam Ali bin Abi Talim- may Allah be pleased with him, and that their struggle will go on until people recognize that power is his and his descendants after him, and other loyalty is only to the devil and America.

Al-Shargabi said there are also tribal groups and factions in the army that possess weapons, calling on them to move away from violent way and adopt peaceful methods.

Professor of sociology at Sana’a University added that the coming National Dialogue conference represents an opportunity for the Yemeni people to get out of the current situation.

“If all Yemeni parties enter the ND conference with sincere intentions and tendencies to build a modern democratic civil state the conference will be a turning point in the history of Yemen,” he added.

Al-Sharjabi concluded that in case the ND conference fails, the country will be heading towards a darkened future, conflicts, and greater divisions in the situation the country goes through.

Houthis object to women and US ambassador at National Dialog Conference

Yemen Fox: Basha: Houthis object US envoy presence, not foreign tutelage

The Yemeni rights activist Amal al-Basha said that Houthi group should not impose their opinions by force and should not prevent others from expressing their opinions.
The activist expressed her full rejection of excluding woman from any political party under whatever religious denomination, and “if Houthi group announces clearly that it is against participation of woman in politics, we will stand against such position.”
Asked about her vision of woman’s future, especially with Houthis having declared to continue struggle to bring back the rule, Ms. Basha said that if any Yemeni sectarian or political current has an unfavorable position of woman participation in political action, we will be against it and will strive in order to secure these rights for women’s participation in politics.
Spokeswoman for the Technical Committee of national dialogue, praised Houthi representatives in the committee.
“Based on my dealing directly in the committee with representatives of Houthis, they seem not to have fanatical attitude against woman. When I suggested that an opening statement to be delivered in the name of women to the committee, they were the first who supported the proposal.”
She attacked Islah Party, which it said since its establishment has always been against political participation of women and against allocating seats for them in local councils or parliament.
Basha stated that Houthis do not oppose foreign tutelage on dialogue, but “they only objected presence of the US Ambassador in particular,” adding that this issue was discussed with them and they gave up this objection.
Commenting on the national dialogue, she stated that the process’s date has not been set yet and that such decision is to be made by President Hadi.

Update: Below is Abdelmalik al Houthi’s original al Ghadir Day speech regarding Imam Ali and the religious qualifications for leadership in Yemen. The traditional Zaidi view is that leadership should be restricted to virtuous Muslims and preferably Hashimites, ie- a theocracy. However in broader Zadi society that view evolved over the last half century. Abdelmalik spent the last decade refuting the idea that the Houthis wanted to restore the Imamate and bemoaning that the promises of democracy and equal rights were not fulfilled:

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله الملك الحق المبين، وأشهد أن سيدنا وقائدنا وقدوتنا وحبيب قلوبنا محمداً عبده ورسوله الصادق الأمين أرسله الله إلى الخلق داعياً إلى الحق، يهدي إلى الصراط المستقيم.

اللهم صل وسلم وبارك وترحم وتحنن على خير خلقك وخاتم أنبيائك ورسلك محمد وعلى آله الطاهرين.

أيها الإخوة المؤمنون الأعزاء الشرفاء الأوفياء.. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

وأرحب بكم في هذه المناسبة العزيزة والذكرى المجيدة، وأبارك لكم وأهنئكم وأسأل الله أن يكتب أجركم وأن يبارك فيكم وأن يتقبل منكم إنه سميع الدعاء.

أيها الإخوة المؤمنون الأعزاء :

في هذه المناسبة العزيزة التي أتت في ظرف مهم ومرحلة خطرة تعيشها أمتنا الإسلامية وشعبنا اليمني المسلم العزيز، أتت هذه الذكرى ( ذكرى يوم الولاية ) ذكرى لها شأن عظيم تجاه قضيةٍ أساسيةٍ بالنسبة للأمة الإسلامية، قضيةٍ مصيرية، قضية أساسية لدينها ودنياها.

أتت مناسبة يوم الولاية في مرحلة تسعى أمريكا فيها لفرض ولايتها على الأمة، الولاء في الموقف، والولايةَ في الأمر، والتدخل في كل شأن من شئون هذه الأمة، والتحكم بمصائر الشعوب الإسلامية والعربية، الأمر الذي يمثل خطورةً كبيرةً جداً على كل مسلم على دينه، وعلى دنياه، وعلى هويته الإسلامية، الأمر الذي ينسجم بحالٍ من الأحوال مع انتماء الإنسان المسلم لإسلامه، الإنسان المسلم الذي ينتمي إلى الإسلام ديناً وإلى أنبياء الله ورسله وخاتمهم محمد قدوةً وقادةً ومعلمين، وينتمي إلى نهج الله المقدس القرآن الكريم نور الله في عباده، لا ينسجم في بحالٍ من الأحوال أن يقبل أي فرد مسلم صادقٍ في انتمائه ثابتٍ على هويته بأن تحكمه أمريكا أو بأن يكون ولاؤه لها، أو تكون ولايتها عليه، إن الله سبحانه وتعالى قال في محكم كتابه “يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاءَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ وَمَنْ يَتَوَلَّهُمْ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ”.

إننا من خلال إحيائنا لهذه المناسبة عندما نحييها بوعي وبفهم لمدلولها ونجعل منها منطلقاً أساسياً لترسيخ وتثبيت مبدأ الولاية بالمفهوم القرآنية فإننا نتحرك في الموقف الصحيح، عندما نرفض الولاية الأمريكية، الولاية في الأمر، الولاية في الشأن، التدخل في واقعنا وفي مصيرنا في شأن من شئوننا، والولاء لهم في الموقف، والولاء لهم فيما هم عليه من سياسات إجرامية وظالمة وهدامة لا تنسجم بحالٍ من الأحوال مع إسلامنا ولا مع قرآننا ولا مع أخلاقنا ولا مع مبادئنا، ننطلق مع هذا الموقف الذي هو نابعٌ من تمسكنا بكتاب الله سبحانه وتعالى، هو الموقف الطبيعي، الموقف الفطري، الموقف السليم، هم بأنفسهم ما كانوا ليقبلوا لا بولايتنا عليهم ولا بالولاء لنا من داخل شعوبهم.

فإحياؤنا لهذا اليوم هو واحد من تعبيرات رفضنا لولايتهم والولاء لهم وسعيٌ منا لتثبيت المبدأ الحق، الولايةُ لله سبحانه وتعالى، وعندما ننادي بهذا المبدأ القرآني ( ولاية الله ) فهو المبدأ الحق الذي تحتاج إليه الأمة حاجةً ماسة، حتى لا تكون أمةً مفصولة ً عن ربها ، عن نبيها ، عن قرآنها، عن نهجها، فتكون أمةً مغلوبة، لأن مبدأ الولاية هو المبدأ الذي يمكن أن يحفظ لأمتنا المسلمة كيانها وعزتها واستقلالها، إذا سقط هذا المبدأ فإن ورائه سقوط الأمة واختراقها وهيمنة أعداؤها عليها، أي ثقافة أو أي مبدأ أو أي فكر أو أي رؤية سياسية يمكن أن تحصن أمتنا الإسلامية من هيمنة أعدائها عليها من اليهود والنصارى ومن سيطرتهم على ولاية الأمر فيها والهيمنة عليها.

في هذه المناسبة العزيزة نحرص وبشكل كبير على تعميم حالة الوعي لمفهوم الولاية وفق الرؤية القرآنية وإدراكِ مدى أهميتها وما يترتب عليها، ونتحدث عن الموضوع كما قدمه الله سبحانه وتعالى في كتابه الكريم قال الله تعالى “إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ * وَمَنْ يَتَوَلَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ” هكذا.. إنما وليكم الله. الله، أراد لنا الله كأمةٍ مسلمة أن يكون هو ولينا، ما أعظمه من شرف، وما أسماه من تكريم، وما أسوأ وما أقبح وما ألئم من يبحثون عن البديل، من يبحثون عن بديل عن الله سبحانه وتعالى، وبديل عن ولايته جلَّ وعلا، أليس من الكفر بالنعمة ؟ أليس من اللؤم والخسة والدناءة. أي بديل عن ولاية الله سوى ولاية الشيطان، من يتولى أولياء الشيطان هو يتولى بذلك الشيطان ” أَفَتَتَّخِذُونَهُ وَذُرِّيَّتَهُ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِي وَهُمْ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ بِئْسَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ بَدَلًا “.

وليكم الله يا مؤمنون .. يا أمة محمد .. يا شعبنا اليمني العزيز.. وليكم الله تتولونه، ترتبطون به هذا الإرتباط الوثيق، هذا الإرتباط الذي لا يمكن أن ينفصم والذي يترتب عليه كل خيرٍ وكل عزةٍ وكل فلاح، وكل خير في الدنيا والآخرة، وليكم الله يتولى كل شؤونكم، يتولى هدايتكم، يتولى تأييدكم بالنصر، يتولى رعايتكم، يتولى أمركم في كل شأنكم، فيما يرسمه من منهج، فيما يحدده من أعلام، في كل ما يدير به شأنكم كله، إنما وليكم الله، ولاية الله ولايةً شاملة فيها الرعاية فيها الهداية، ألم يقل الله ربنا سبحانه وتعالى ” اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ” إنها الولاية الإلهية التي تخرج من تمسك بها واعتصم بها وثبت على نهجها من كل ظلمات التظليل ومن كل ظلمات الجهل ومن كل ظلمات الظلم، يمنحه الله النور فيكون في هذه الحياة عزيزاً ومستنيراً بنور الله، ينوِّر الله قلبه وينير له الطريق فيعجز كل الأعداء بكل وسائلهم التظليلية من إظلاله، ومن تجهيله، ومن التلعب به، ومن تظليله من مبدأه أو في رؤيته للواقع، والولاية الإلهية فيها نصر عندما نتولى الله ونكون في إطار الولاية الإلهية نكون في طريق النصر، في طريق العزة، في طريق القوة، الله سبحانه وتعالى ” يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ” ثم يقول سبحانه وتعالى ” وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَتَعْسًا لَهُمْ وَأَضَلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ * ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَرِهُوا مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأَحْبَطَ أَعْمَالَهُمْ *أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَيَنْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ دَمَّرَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلِلْكَافِرِينَ أَمْثَالُهَا * ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ مَوْلَى الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَأَنَّ الْكَافِرِينَ لَا مَوْلَى لَهُمْ ” ألم يقل سبحانه وتعالى في كتابه المجيد ” قَاتِلُوهُمْ حَتَّى لَا تَكُونَ فِتْنَةٌ وَيَكُونَ الدِّينُ كُلُّهُ لِلَّهِ فَإِنِ انْتَهَوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِمَا يَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ * وَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ مَوْلَاكُمْ نِعْمَ الْمَوْلَى وَنِعْمَ النَّصِيرُ” سبحانه ما أعظمه، ما أقواه، سبحانه ما أجل كرمه، ما أعلى شأنه ويقول جل شأنه ” وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِاللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلَاكُمْ فَنِعْمَ الْمَوْلَى وَنِعْمَ النَّصِيرُ” هذه ولاية الله. ولاية الله هي هداية، ونصر، وعزة، رعاية شاملة، إدارة كاملة لكل واقع حياتنا من منطلق رحمته، من منطلق حكمته، من منطلق لطفه، من منطلق قوته وعزته، وولاية الرسول صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ” إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ” الولاية الأخرى. البديل عن الله هو الشيطان، البديل عن الرسول هو من.؟ رموز الطاغوت، رموز الشر، رموز الباطل يضلوهم وطواعيتهم وكبارهم إجراماً وفسقاً من أولياء الشيطان.

يا مؤمنون ” إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ” وولاية الرسول صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم هي امتدادٌ لولاية الله سبحانه وتعالى والله قال ” النَّبِيُّ أَوْلَى بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ مِنْ أَنْفُسِهِمْ ” ولاية الرسول هادياً، قائداً للأمة، زعيماً للأمة، مديراً لشئون الأمة، يعمل على هدايتها، وتزكيتها، وبنائها، وإصلاحها، وتعليمها، وله الحق الطاعة وحق الولاء ” مَنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ “، ” كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًا مِنْكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آَيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمْ مَا لَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْلَمُونَ”، ” إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ ” الذين آمنوا . الإمام علي عليه السلام بمؤهلاته الإيمانية الراقية والذي في مثل هذا اليوم الثامن عشر من شهر ذي الحجة في السنة العاشرة من الهجرة والرسول صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم عائدٌ من حجة الوداع وفي وادي خم بلَّغ ما أمره الله بإبلاغه بهذه الولاية.

الإمام علي عليه السلام ولايته هي امتداد لولاية الرسول قائداً من بعده للأمة قائداً، معلماً، مرشداً، زعيماً يعمل على هداية الأمة، يواصل مشوار الرسول صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم في بناء الأمة، في هدايتها، في إدارة شؤونها، في تطبيق دينها وفقاً لمسئولتها العظيمة ودورها العظيم، الإمام علي عليه السلام أبلغ الرسول أمته في بلاغه الشهير والذي نحرص من خلال إحيائنا لهذه المناسبة أن نحافظ على ذلك البلاغ ليبقى للأمة عبر الأجيال، شهادة للرسول بالبلاغ وإكمالاً للحجة وإتماماً لها على الناس، الرسول خطب في الثامن عشر وقال في خطابه المشهور عندما وصل إلى الموضوع المطلوب (يا أيها الناس إن الله مولاي وأنا مولى المؤمنين أولى بهم من أنفسهم فمن كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه اللهم والِ من والاه وعادِ من عاداه وانصر من نصره واخذل من خذله) الإمام علي بمؤهلاته الإيمانية والربانية كان هو الجدير بهذا الموقع، كان لديه الكفاءة اللازمة لمسئولية بهذا الحجم، مسئولية عظيمة أن يخلف النبي صلوات الله عليه وعلى آله، ويتولى من بعده الموقع الأول في الأمة، هادياً ومربياً ومعلماً وزعيماً ومرشداً وبانياً لهذه الأمة.

الإمام علي بمؤهلاته التي كانت معروفة ومشهورة وتحدث عنها النبي صلوات الله عليه وعلى آله في مقامات متعددة، منها في مقام خيبر عندما قال صلى الله عليه وعلى آله (لأعطين الراية غداً رجلاً يحب الله ورسوله ويحبه الله ورسوله، كرار غير فرار يفتح الله على يديه) تجلى في ذلك المقام مستوى أهلية الإمام علي عليه السلام لتلك المسئولية العظيمة، رجلاً في مستوى المسئولية، رجلاً لديه الجدار لبناء هذه الأمة بالإرتقاء بها، بتعليمها، بقيادتها في مواجهة أعدائها مهما كانوا ومهما كانت إمكانياتهم، لديه هذا المستوى العالي من الإيمان، منزلةٌ، عظيمةٌ، ساميةٌ، رفيعةٌ عند الله العظيم (يحب الله ورسوله ويحبه الله ورسوله) هذا الرجل العظيم الذي يحبه الله ورسوله أليس جديراً منا بالمحبة.؟ أليس جديراً منا بأن نتولاه.؟ أليس جديراً بالمقام العظيم في قيادة الأمة وهداية الأمة.

في مقامٍ آخر والرسول يؤكد مكانة علي في الأمة ودورة المستقبلي الكبير من بعده قال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم (أنت مني بمنزلة هارون من موسى إلا أنه لا نبي بعدي) مقام علي من محمد في أمة محمد مثل مقام هارون من موسى في أمة موسى، كيف يمكن للبعض أن يضع في هذا المقام غير علي وقد وضعه الله في المقام اللائق على لسان نبيه، علي بهذه المنزلة، من هذا الموقع كشخصيةٍ بعد رسول الله صلوات الله عليه وعلى آله ليس هناك في كل الأمة من هو في مستواه ولا في مقامه، عليٌ بمؤهلاته الكبرى في كل المجالات، في مجال العلم ( أنا مدينة العلم وعلي بابها ) .. علي قرين القرآن بل القرآن الناطق المهتدي بالقرآن، المستوعب للقرآن، المتمسك بالقرآن، الهادي بالقرآن، قال عنه المصطفى صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم (علي مع القرآن والقرآن مع علي) علي الذي هو على الحق متمسك بالحق، ثابتً على الحق، عاملاً بالحق، يهدي الأمة إلى الحق ويسير بها في طريق الحق قال عنه الرسول (علي مع الحق والحق مع علي يدور معه حيثما دار) علي بمؤهلاته، بكماله، بموقعه العظيم بعد رسول الله محمد أراد الله له أن يكون هو بكل تلك المؤهلات من يقود الأمة بعد نبيها، وأن تتولاه الأمة، لأنه النموذج الراقي لمن يلي أمر الأمة وعندما قال الرسول (فهذا عليٌ مولاه) هذا تعني .. هذا هو اللائق بهذه الأمة التي يراد لها أن تكون أمةً عظيم، يناط بها مهام عظيمة وجسيمة، هذا هو اللائق بهذا الدين العظيم، بأمة عظيمة برسول عظيم، وبمهام عظيمة، رجل لديه المؤهلات كلها في نفسه وتجاه الأمة، حكمة ورحمة، تحدث القرآن ونطق برحمة علي، بإخلاص علي، برأفة علي، الإمام علي عليه السلام الذي تصدق بخاتمه وهو راكع عندما دخل سائل إلى مسجد النبي وطلب من الناس أن يتساعدوا، لم يتعاون أحدٌ معه ممن كان حاضراً في المسجد، والإمام علي كان يصلي في أعظم لحظاته، اللحظات التي يعيش فيها خشوعه وإقباله إلى الله، وفي أهم لحظة وأعز لحظة وأكثرها انشغالاً بقلبه، إلتفاتاً إلى الله وخشوعاً إلى الله وهو في تلك اللحظة الأهم إنتبه لذلك الفقير الذي لم يتعاون معه أحد، وأشار إليه بخاتمه ليأخذه، نفسيةٌ ممتلئةٌ بالرحمة للناس والرأفة بهم والحرص عليهم، علي عليه السلام الذي آثر على نفسه وهو في أمس الحاجة إلى الطعام بعد إتمام صيامه ولا يوجد في البيت غير ذلك الطعام الجاهز للعشاء “وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا * إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنْكُمْ جَزَاءً وَلَا شُكُورًا” هذا الرجل العظيم الرباني قرين القرآن تلميذ محمد، من هو بمنزلة هارون من موسى أراد الله له أن يكون هو ولياً لهذه الأمة المسلمة بعد نبيها، وفعلاً عندما آل إليه أمر الخلافة بعد فترة زمنية معروفة ثبت أنه عليه السلام بمستوى المسئولية، كان في مستوى المسئولية يتعامل من موقعه في الخلافة، يشعر بالمسئولية لا طامعاً ولا يعتبرها مغنماً، لا يعتبر السلطة ولا ولاية الأمر مغنماً ومكسباً للتسلط وجمع الثروة.. كلا. يعتبرها مسئولية لإحقاق الحق في إقامة العدل، لبناء الأمة، لهداية الأمة، لتزكية أنفسها، لبنائها بناءً عظيماً. قال عبد الله ابن العباس : دخلت على أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام بذي قار وهو يخصف نعله، فقال لي : (ما قيمة هذا النعل ) فقلت : لا قيمة لها. فقال عليه السلام : ( والله لهي أحب إلي من إمرتكم إلا أن أقيم حقاً أو أدفع باطلاً) لا قيمة للسلطة إلا إذا كانت وسيلة لخدمة الأمة، إذا كانت للرحمة بالناس، إذا كانت لهداية الناس بعيداً كل البعد عن الظلم، متورعاً يخشى الله، يخشى الله في عباده ورحيماً بالناس وهو القائل (والله لأن أبيت على حسك السعدان مسعداً وأجرَّ في الأغلال مصفداً، أحب إلي من أن ألقى الله ورسوله يوم القيامة ظالماً لبعض العباد أو غاصباً لشيء من الحطام، وكيف أظلم أحداً لنفسٍ يسرع إلى البِلا قفورها ويطول بالثرا حلولها) وهو القائل (والله لو أُعطيت الأقاليم السبعة بما تحت أفلاكها على أن أعصي الله في نملة أسلبها جلب شعيرة ما فعلت . ما فعلت) عدل حقيقي، الأمة التي ترزح تحت الظلم، الأمة الإسلامية التي تعاني من ظلم ما حل بمثلها على أمةٍ من الأمم، ما حل بمثل ذلك الظلم الذي تعاني منه لأنها ابتعدت عن ذوي العدل، عن ذوي الرحمة حتى صار وضعها على ما هو عليه، وعندما كان يقاتل الناكثين والقاسطين والمارقين لم يقاتل لتثبيت سلطان، ولا طمعاً في جاه، ولا طمعاً في مال، وهو القائل ( اللهم إنك تعلم أنه لم يكن الذي كان منا منافسةً في سلطان، ولا التماس شيء من فُضول الحطام، ولكن لنرد المعالم من دينك، ونظهر الإصلاح في بلادك، فيأمن المظلومون من عبادك، وتقام المعطلة من حدودك) وحينما كان ينادي في الأمة يدعوها لنصره، لتثبيت العدل، لإقامة الحق، للتأسيس لمستقبلٍ قائم على العدل والحق والخير لهذه الأمة فيتخاذل عنه الكثير من الناس ولا يستجيبون صم بكم عميٌ، كان عليه السلام يدعو الله فيقول ( اللهم أيما عبد من عبادك سمع مقالتنا العادلة غير الجائرة، والمصلحة في الدين والدنيا غير المفسدة، فأبى بعد سماعه لها إلا النكوص عن نصرتك والإبطاء عن نصر دينك فإنا نستشهدك عليه بأكبر الشاهدين شهادة، ونستشهد عليه جميع من أسكنته أرضك وسماواتك، ثم أنت بعد المغني عن نصره والآخذ له بذنبه) وهكذا كان عليه السلام في مستوى المسئولية واعياً بها، لا طامعاً بحكم ولا معتبراً لها مغنماً، من هنا نفهم أهمية ولاية الأمر في الإسلام وأنها يجب أن تكون امتداداً لولاية الله خاضعةً للمعايير والمؤهلات التي حددها الله، من يلي أمر الأمة، هذه أمة مسلمة نحن مسلمون من يلي أمرنا يجب أن تكون عنده رحمة، وحكمة، يجب أن يكون عارفاً كيف يربي الأمة، كيف يبني الأمة، كيف يطور حياتها، كيف ينمي اقتصادها، كيف يزكي أنفسها، كيف يواجه أعدائها، وعلى أساس دينها، وعلى أساس منهج ربها، لأن لولاية الأمر صلة وثيقة بإقامة الدين ولهذا قال الله لنبيه محمد “وَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ فَمَا بَلَّغْتَ رِسَالَتَهُ”.

عندما أيها الإخوة الأعزاء نتأمل في واقع أمتنا اليوم، في واقع شعوبنا العربية المظلومة المقهورة المعانية عناءً لا نظير له في الأرض، نرى النتائج السلبية لعدم فهم ولاية الأمر وأهميتها وصلتها بواقع حياة الناس، وبدينهم ودنياهم، ولاية الأمر لها صلة بكل شؤون حياتنا، بكل شؤون حياتنا، إقتصادنا، عزتنا، أمننا، سلامنا، هدايتنا، ديننا، دنيانا، هكذا هي ولاية الأمر هي الأساس لبناء الأمة، هي أساس عزها، هي أساس بنائها، أساس قوتها، كل ذلك في صلاح ولاية أمرها، فكيف هو الوضع القائم.؟ ليس هناك أي معايير ولا مؤهلات لا قرآنية ولا إنسانية يعتمد عليها الحكام أو تعتمد عليها الحكومات التي تحكم على الشعوب العربية، لا أي مؤهلات ولا أي معايير ذات صلة بطبيعة المسئولية في ولاية الأمر، في أمتنا الإسلامية، في شعوبنا العربية يحكمنا حكومات جائرة، ظالمة، باغية، تذل الأمة، تقهر الأمة، وتجعل من الأمة أمةً مستعبدةً لأعدائها، خاضعةً مقهورةً مستذلةً لليهود والنصارى، ولاة أمر ليس لهم أي مؤهل، لا إنساني ولا قرآني ولا فطري ولا أي شيء، ولاة أمر وحكومات ظالمون مجرمون، طغاة، مستبدون، لم يفعلوا للأمة شيئاً، لا بنو اقتصاد الأمة، أمتنا الإسلامية في اقتصادها تعيش أسوأ من أي وضع لأي أمةٍ أخرى على الأرض، ولا بنو عزة الأمة، بل أذلوا الأمة، ولم يواجهوا أعدائها، ولم يدافعوا عنها، ولم يوفروا لها الحماية، وضعٌ مؤسف اعتمدت المسألة من دون أي مؤهلات، الحكومة سواءً في اليمن أو في أي شعب عربي لا تحتاج إلى أي مؤهلات لا رحمة، ولا حكمة، ولا دين، ولا ضمير، ولا شرف، يعتمدون على التغلب، وعلى التسلط، وعلى الانتهازية، وعلى فرض الأمر الواقع ليسطروا على الشعوب ولينفذوا في هذه الأمة أجندة الخارج المعادي.

عندما نتأمل المستوى والواقع الذي وصلت إليه أمتنا المسلمة فإنه كارثة كبيرى، كارثة كبرى أصبح من يقرر ولاية أمرها هي أمريكا، بمعايير أمريكا، بالمؤهلات التي تراها أمريكا والتي تكفل وتضمن قيام حكومات انتهازية على مستوى فضيع من الإنحطاط والظلم, والإنتهازية والإجرام، قادرة على تنفيذ مخططات الأعداء، فأصبحت أمريكا هي من تفرض حكومات، وهي من تقرر ولاة وتعين رؤساء، وتصادق حتى على الموظفين والمسئولين، ووفق معاييرها التي تضمن قيام حكومات متسلطة تنفذ أجندتها بعيداً عن كل المعايير الإلهية.

وهكذا وبأي حق، بأي حق تمتلك أمريكا التحكم في ولاية أمر الأمة الإسلامية وبأي معايير وبأي مؤهلات، من يستطيع أن يقول أن أمريكا تحرص وتسعى إلى أن نكون أمةً عزيزة، أمةً قوية، أمةً مستقرة، أمةً في مستوى مسئوليتها، وهل سيحرص الأمريكي حينما يعين حكومة أو يفرض سلطةً معينة على بناء قيمنا.؟ على بناء ديننا.؟ على بناء أخلاقنا.؟ هل لدى الأمريكي قواسم مشتركة معنا.؟ حتى يفوض هو في أن يقرر ولاية الأمر على حسب ما يشاء ويريد.؟

الأنظمة القائمة تتعامل مع ولاية الأمر على أنها مغنم مادي كبير وموقع للتسلط وللاقتدار للممارسة العدوان بحق الآخرين، يعني الحكومات القائمة يعتبرون السلطة ليس لخدمة الأمة وليست السلطة عندهم للدفاع عن الأمة، وليس السلطة عندهم من أجل بناء الأمة ولا من أجل بناء اقتصادها، ولا من أجل أمنها، ولا من أجل استقرارها، السلطة عندهم وسيلة للحصول على ثروات الشعوب من خلال وزارة المالية من خلال النفط، من خلال مصالح الشعوب التي ينهبونها، وسيلة للسيطرة والتغلب وممارسة التسلط والقهر والعدوان من خلال استغلال الجيوش ومن خلال استغلال المؤسسات العسكرية، السلطة عندهم إرضاء للنزعة التسلطية وهواية المناصب وعشق المناصب.

هكذا نرى ما يسمى بحكومة الوفاق، أثبتت ذلك وكشفت حقيقة بعض القوى المتلبسة بالدين الذي ما إن وصل إلى السلطة حتى تسابق موظفوه ومسئولوه للسطو على المال العام وعلى الوظيفة العامة وجعلوها نهباً وجعلوها مغنماً وليست مسئولية ولا قداسة لها ولا أهمية لديها سوى هذا.

لذلك أيها الإخوة الأعزاء نرى ضرورة أن تستمر الثورات الشعبية لأنها بداية تحرك في الإتجاه الصحيح، نحن شعوب مسلمة من حقنا أن نطالب بالعدل، وأن نُصرّ على إقامة حكومات عادلة، حكومات تقيم العدل فينا، حكومات تدافع عن الشعوب، لا تفتح بلدان شعوبها للعدوان والمعتدين، حكومات ترى عزة الأمة فوق كل اعتبار، لا تسعى للتسلط ولا للإذلال ولا للقهر. المعايير الإلهية هي معايير لمصلحة الناس، الله يريد للناس العدل فينبغي أن يكونوا هم من يتفاعلون مع ذلك ويحرصون على إقامته.

يجب أن تستمر الثورات ولو أن هناك جهود كبيرة لإفشال الثورات العربية واحتوائها وإعادة الشعوب إلى أسوأ من الوضع الماضي، هكذا يحرص الأمريكيون على إعادة الشعوب إلى أسوأ من الوضع السابق، يجب أن تستمر الشعوب في ثوراتها حتى يتحقق في واقعها ولاية أمر بشكل سليم وفق المعايير الإلهية، قائمة على العدل والرحمة والمؤهلات القرآنية، بدلاً من المؤهلات الأمريكية وما يحقق للأمة أن تتحول إلى أمة غالبة، قوية، عزيزة، متماسكة هو مبدأ الولاية ” وَمَنْ يَتَوَلَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ “.

يتحقق لنا يا أمة الإسلام، يتحقق لنا يا شعبنا اليمني العزيز، يتحقق لنا أيها المؤمنون كل مكاسب الولاية الإلهي إذا نحن تحركنا على هذا الأساس، إذا نحن تولينا الله، تولينا رسوله، تولينا الإمام علي، تولينا الذين آمنوا، التولي الصحيح، التولي لله الذي هو قائمٌ على أساس إيمان، وثقة، ومسئولية، وجهاد، وعمل، وطاعة، وتصديق، وثقةً قويةً بالله سبحانه وتعالى.

التولي للرسول إقتداءً به، تمسكاً به، سيراً على هديه، تمسكاً بنهجه، تولياً للإمام علي عليه السلام كرمزٍ للأمة بعد نبيها، وولياً لها من عند الله بعد نبيها صلوات الله عليه وعلى آله، هذا هو ما يفيد الأمة ويضمن لها من الله النصر والتأييد والعزة وفق هذا الوعد الإلهي الذي لا يتخلف أبداً لأن الله لا يخلف وعده، ولا يبدل قوله وهو جل شانه هكذا قال ” وَمَنْ يَتَوَلَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ”.

إن أمتنا المسلمة اليوم في ظل الهجمة الأمريكية والإسرائيلية عليها وهجمة دول الكفر عليها بين خيارين، وبين مسارين، وبين اتجاهين إما طريق تكون فيها غالبة، قاهرة، قوية، عزيزة، مؤيدةً من الله، منصورةً من الله، مسددةً من الله، وإما طريق تكون فيها الأمة مقهورة، مغلوبة، مستغلة، مهانة، الطريقان واضحان إما طريق الولاء لأعداء الإسلام الذي نتيجته الخسران وإما طريق التولي الحقيقي لله سبحانه وتعالى.

ونحن في هذا اليوم وفي هذه المناسبة نعلن ونؤكد مسارنا الذي كنا ولا زلنا عليه كمؤمنين مسار التولي لله، والتولي لرسوله، والتولي للإمام علي، والتولي لآل محمد صلوات الله عليه وعلى آله، والسير في نهج القرآن والإعتصام بالله، والتوكل عليه، والتمسك بنهجه، ولهذا رددوا معي دعاء التولي ( اللهم إنا نتولاك، ونتولى رسولك، ونتولى الإمام علي، اللهم تقبل منا يا أرحم الراحمين، اللهم إنا نبرأ إليك من أعداءك، ونبرأ إليك من أعداء رسولك، ونبرأ إليك من أعداء الإمام علي، اللهم ثبتنا بالقول الثابت، في الحياة الدنيا وفي الآخرة، واهدنا بكتابك الكريم، انصرنا بنصرك، وأيدنا بتأييدك، واجعلنا معتصمين بك، متوكلين عليك، إنك سميع الدعاء).

أشكر لكم هذا الحضور فأنتم إن شاء الله من أولياء الله وأولياء رسوله وأولياء الإمام علي عليه السلام

والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

http://youtu.be/13a3wplNOxs

القسم:

Yemen links week of 11/3/12

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:05 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012

Yemeni Officer in Critical Condition after Motorbike Attackers Shooting

CRS Yemen and US Relations

Congressional Action
The House Armed Services Committee report on the FY2013 Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 4310, H.Rept. 112-479) expresses concern “about the spread of Al Qaeda regional affiliates and the lack of a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy to mitigate these threats.” The report expresses the committee’s concern about potential “over-reliance” on “kinetic” or lethal action
against affiliates and directs the Administration to brief the congressional defense committees on a more comprehensive approach that includes future capacity building for partner governments. Such a program could require greater foreign assistance funding in future years for partner governments, including Yemen.

P.L. 112-74, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, states that “None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be made available for the Armed Forces of Yemen if such forces are controlled by a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

U.S. aircraft began only a month ago to monitor the movements mentioned in two villages in the area Sanhan.

4 More Drones! Robot Attacks Are on Deck for Obama’s Next Term

Analysis: Dialogue and divisions in Yemen basic outline of the players

If it’s good for Scotland, it can hold true for south Yemen as well, the case for a referendum

AlFahdli: 40 vets of Afghan jihad on GPC’s Standing Committee in 2006 at Saleh’s earlier invite

AHMED SAIF HASHED TO THE YEMEN TIMES: “THE FUTURE WILL REVEAL WHO STANDS BY THE SIDE OF PEOPLE AND WHO SEEKS AUTHORITY.”

FP Mag: ‘A Period of Persistent Conflict’ Why the United States will never have another peacetime president.

As Dana Priest and William Arkin reported in 2010: “1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.” This sprawling U.S. intelligence apparatus is estimated to require 210,000 governmental employees and 30,000 private contractors.

Yemen Seeking to Push Up Its LNG PricesLast month, French oil major Total SA (TOT) and GDF Suez Trading agreed to raise the price of Yemeni LNG sold under long-term contracts from next year, in a move that Mr. Dares said would boost the country’s natural gas revenues to at least $340 million from $160 million.

Yemen LNG has three long-term contracts with Total, GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR) and Kogas.
Total, which has an almost 40% interest in the country’s liquefaction plant, and GDF Suez have also agreed to divert some Yemeni LNG cargoes from the U.S. market to other markets in Asia and Europe, while the price of LNG was raised from $3 to $7.21 per million British thermal units on a free on board basis, Mr. Dares has said.

Prices on guns in Yemens weapons markets drop by 60% indicates abundant supply

The emergence of radical religious groups sprayed girls face detectors textured “acid”
Wednesday, 07 – November -2012 Third view / Sanaa
Well-informed sources in the Yemeni capital Sanaa that gang unknown sprays water fire “acid” on girls in some streets and neighborhoods of the capital. The sources pointed out that the gang sprayed substance “acid” cocktails at girls who do not wear the burqa, and go out detectors face . The sources to be gang linked to religious groups militant, took advantage of lawlessness, to terrorize the girls detectors face, and forced to wear the hijab or stay at home. According to the sources, was on Tuesday six girls to spray textured acid in different districts of the capital.

Wall Street Journal, Egyptian Muhammad Jamal asked Ayman al Zawahiri for authorization to establish a new al Qaeda affiliate in Benghazi and he received funding from AQAP.

RadicalIslam.org has been told by a reliable source (ed-?) that Saudi officials are helping an increasing number of Salafist militants enter Yemen in order to fight the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there. The source warns that the Houthis are gaining control of more territory. The Iranian objective is to threaten the Bab El-Mandeb Strait between the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden….RadicalIslam.org’s source expressed serious concern about the Saudi reaction to the Houthis. He reports that members of the Saudi National Guard are logistically helping Salafist militants enter Yemen to battle the Houthis. Local Saudi policemen have arrested these Salafists only to have them released on the orders of the governor of Asir Province.

The source says that the Salafist militants provide a recruiting pool for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has a chance to make a comeback in Yemen. He said that Aden is suffering from food and fuel shortages and “looks to be heading towards total anarchy” which would benefit Al-Qaeda.

Rare turtles exposed to genocide in Hadramout Yemen

Yemen articles

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:59 am on Sunday, November 4, 2012

National Dialogue in Yemen NOVEMBER 1, 2012 Nasser Arrabyee

BACK-AND-FORTH ACCUSATIONS BETWEEN ISLAH AND HOUTHIS CONTINUE MOUNTING

*Very good article: Triage for a fracturing Yemen Posted By April Longley Alley

Yemen: Journey to a land in limbo South Yemen

The airstrike in Saada apparently targeted a home owned by one of the al Tais family, four tribesmen were later killed in a dispute over whether the dead were actually al Qaeda.

Cast doubt on the relationship of dead air raid in Saada, al-Qaeda al Masdar: The spin doubts about the relationship between some members of the family goat to al-Qaeda.

In a related context, local sources told «Online Source» Four people were killed Monday evening in the Directorate of ‘filler’ neighboring كتاف because of a dispute over the air strike.

She said the men of my tribe «Al-old» and «Al Qhoush» they chew qat together in the area of ​​muscle when one of the parties said that the house that was bombed by U.S. aircraft does not have income to al Qaeda, while members of the party stressed the other relates to al-Qaeda.

Building a Yemeni state while losing a nation

Yemen uncovers al-Qaeda plot to recapture Jaar 2012-10-26

Yemen Oil Exports Increase 10% in August, Central Bank Says: Yemen’s crude exports advanced 10 percent to 2.83 million barrels in August from a month earlier, the central bank said.

The value of the shipments rose 18 percent to $323.76 million and the average price for each barrel was $114.40 in the month, the Sanaa-based Central Bank of Yemen said in a report.

Banks’ reserves climbed 20 percent to 232.2 billion rials ($1 billion) from a month earlier, while loans to the private sector decreased 1.8 percent to 375.3 billion rials, it said.

Aden: Seized container with ‘Glock’ pistols

Yemen’s Jamal Al Badawi and Malaysian al Qaeda

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Monday, October 29, 2012

Probe on alleged terrorist link
Wisma Putra ‘closely monitoring’ investigation by Lebanese authorities. Police to look into ‘connections’ with al-Qaeda and other groups. MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 – 13:19
by The Malay Mail Team KUALA LUMPUR

THE two Malaysian nationals alleged to be al-Qaeda terrorists are scheduled to appear in court again today.
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