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Abjad Center asks UN for attention to humanitarian issues in Yemen created by Saudi Airwar

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:21 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mr Secretary-General of the United Nations
Sirs / members of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Members of the Security Council
Members of European parliaments and representatives of the European countries in the EU parliament
And members of US Congress
International and Local Human Rights organizations
For six days now and the Republic of Yemen is subjected to aerial bombardment and barbarian attacks by Saudi led Arab coalition .This has resulted in killing and injuring hundreds of Yemeni citizens mostly civilians.
The air strikes which have expropriated Yemeni sovereignty did not distinguish between military and civilian targets. The strikes have exacerbated the humanitarian situation, and they did not even take into account the IDP camps and populated neighbourhoods, did not distinguish between military zones and residential and civilian neighbourhoods.
As we draw your attention to these heinous crimes that are inconsistent with international humanitarian law, to invite you to stand beside the people who already devastated by hunger and poverty, war and barbaric aggression in order to immediately halt these strikes.
At the same time, to draw the attention of human rights, health and relief organizations working in the areas for assistance to many areas of Yemen, “Sana’a, Aden, Dhamar, Taiz, Hodeidah and Yarim ” where urgent intervention has become necessary to treat the wounded and to bear bodies scattered in the streets and rescue those remaining under the rubble of two buildings, and to document cases of murder and destruction as a violation of human rights, and in violation of laws and customs.
We also call on all countries where Yemeni nationals are stranded in their airports to look at them with humanity and to facilitate their stay properly until they are able to return to Yemen or to transfer them safely to Yemen or any other country willing to accept them and to provide them with care until the end of the brutal aggression.
We reiterate our call for all liberals of the world and human rights defenders that Yemen has become a large incinerator due to the Saudi aggression against this country..
MAR, 31 2015

Al Qaeda Has Vanished!!

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Monday, March 30, 2015

Guest Post. Note on terminology “Ousted” is a reference to the deposed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh a war criminal who was granted immunity by the UN.

Al Qaeda Has Vanished!! By: Mohammed Al Haddar.

One day after the collapse of Abdel Hafiz Al Saqaf, i.e. pro Ousted and Hothies, the Head of Al Amin Al Khas, formerly known as Al Amin Al Markazi, Al Qaeda has launched an attack on Lahij Governorate and destroyed some government buildings and slaughtered a number of army soldiers believed are loyal to Hadia; and the mysterious governor ran away after the People’s Committees (PC) entered Lahij to clean it from terrorists. Days before that Al Qeada attacked some military bases in Shawah Governorate. And in a military base in Shabwah, Al Qaeda let go the head of the base that is loyal to Ousted without hurting him with punch of his subordinates; and confiscated their heavy weapons to Al Baydah!! In addition, they, i.e. Al Qaeda, attacked some areas in Abyan and Hadramout weeks ago and calling others to clean the area and the army from Hothies affiliated groups who carry Iran agenda. Many people thought Al Qaeda is the ONLY and strongest player in South and Hadramout; and the next clashes will be between them in the Eastern part of so called “Republic of Yemen” as Al Qaeda has ideological differences with Hothies which was the main declared reason for Hothies to invade South to clean it from terrorists!!

All of a sudden, the terrorist groups have been vanished in Lahij, Abyan, Shabwah and even in Al Feyoosh, i.e. terrorist sleeping cells in northern Aden at the Green City which is protected by Al Saqaf himself!! And their bluster and threatening to the Hothies went with the wind!! I thought Aden, Lahij, Abyan, Shabwah and Hadramout will be the place of a long term war between so called Al Qaeda and Hothies. Instead PC was taking care of, with the remaining army loyal to Hadi, the invaders to the land of South Arabia. The media outlets of the terrorists, which declared their responsibilities of the past terrorist attacks in Hadramout, South Arabia and Yemen, did not mention anything regarding the recent developments; and not mentioning the disappearance of their activities against the invaders in this time which was very intensive in the past 4 years in South. All we can say they have been vanished because their role is over!! The role to give the new partners of Ousted, i.e. Hothies, the excuse to invade South Arabia and Hadramout and clean it from terrorists is over. But actually the main intention for the new invaders is to share the wealth of Hadramout and South Arabia with the Ousted instead of sharing it with Ali Mohsen and Al Ahmer family.

Now Al Qaeda has vanished, but it could be called up soon again when it has another role to be given by the Ousted especially after the failure of the ousted Malishea and Hothies of capturing Aden. The only way to deal with Al Qaead is by dealing with the Ousted himself.

Brought to you by the same author who gave us, “Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout, Yemen”

A brief history of Abdelkarim al Khaiwani, journalist and human rights activist slain in Yemen

Filed under: al-Khaiwani — by Jane Novak at 2:54 pm on Monday, March 23, 2015

“But the whole thing was turned into the question of WHO rules, rather than, HOW he rules…”

The funeral for Abdelkarim al Khaiwani is tomorrow. Today March 23 2015 is the ten year anniversary of the date that Abdelkarim al Khaiwani pushed the margin of freedom in Yemen for all journalists, all citizens and future generations. It was on this date in 2005 that al Khaiwani was released from jail after being imprisoned for insulting president Saleh. He was released without apologizing or agreeing to withhold his thoughts and writings. Al Khaiwani attracted substantial domestic and international support for his principled stand for his right to express an opinion. But it was his own commitment to a better future that was his strength and his belief in every person’s ability to impact the world that gave him courage. He had won a battle. And then he kept going. In ten years, he changed the world.

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Yemen: Investigate ‘despicable’ killing of prominent journalist

Filed under: al-Khaiwani — by Jane Novak at 12:01 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Amnesty International-
Yemen: Investigate ‘despicable’ killing of prominent journalist
18 March 2015, 14:56 UTC

Photo: Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2010. © Oslo Freedom Forum

The Yemeni authorities must set up a prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into today’s despicable killing of leading journalist and activist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, Amnesty International said.
According to media reports, unidentified gunmen on a motorbike shot Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani dead near his house in the centre of the capital Sana’a today. A former recipient of Amnesty International UK’s Special Award for Human Rights Journalism under Threat, he had been imprisoned several times and faced years of harassment under former President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh.
Given the history of intimidation and harassment Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani faced for his outspoken journalism and peaceful activism, his despicable killing today smacks of a politically motivated assassination.
Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme

“Given the history of intimidation and harassment Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani faced for his outspoken journalism and peaceful activism, his despicable killing today smacks of a politically motivated assassination,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“We fear that his murder will be perceived as a warning to anyone still brave enough to carry out journalism in Yemen today. It is of the utmost importance that the authorities, including the Prosecutor General, immediately open a thorough, independent and impartial investigation and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials without resort to the death penalty.”

Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani’s journalism and activism supported the country’s minority Zaidi population and the Huthi political movement. The Huthi movement emerged in the country’s Saada province in the early 2000s as a reaction to perceived discrimination during President Saleh’s 33-year rule, which ended in 2011. They fought the central government in several armed conflicts between 2004 and 2010.

Since the departure of President Saleh, Huthi armed groups have risen to prominence and have consolidated their hold on the capital Sana’a and the country as a whole in recent months. On 6 February they dissolved parliament and issued a constitutional declaration mandating the creation of a transitional presidential council for the next two years.

Abdulkarim Al Khaiwani assassinated in Yemen

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A great loss

His February 2005 letter to me from Sanaa jail:

Dear Ms. Jane Novak,
The American journalist and political analyst,

I hereby express my deepest gratitude and most sincere thanks from behind the bars of the central prison in Sana’a, the capital of Republic of Yemen, for your articles on the freedom of press issues including my imprisonment.

Your opinions have genuinely touched my and the reader’s conscience as you have expressed your commitment to support issues of rights and freedoms and emphasized the true understanding of the Middle East issue. Hence you know well that freedom, democracy, and equality are the key solutions to the region’s problems.

Ms. Jane,

Since fifteen years, we have experienced democracy and multi-party system as well as breathed the fresh air of freedom, all which are the achievements of Yemen Unification. Soon later, a regression occurred in this experience after the summer of 1994 civil war. These achievements were emptied from their core cause leaving a margin of press freedom through which we battled to defend democracy, freedom, human rights, equal citizenship, and independent judiciary system, all being conditions for a better future and means to combat corruption and absence of law.

The state is based on force, power, and oppression, neglecting concepts of separation of powers. The head of the judiciary system is the president of the republic. Here I am, in a battle which can least be described as unfair. My crime is public humiliation of the president. My rival has all powers in his hand. I was deprived even from my right to self-defense. You can imagine how I was handled by prison and police officers.

Furthermore, solidarity with my issue was prohibited and people in solidarity were punished and even terrorized to visit me in prison or declare their solidarity. In addition, the journalists’ syndicate is falling under tremendous pressures. I believe in democracy, freedom, equality and rights and am willing to sacrifice for their sake simply because I do not wish my children to suffer dictatorship and I will strive to provide them with a better future.

Dear Madam,

Leaders in our region transform into Gods. They even become to believe in their fake holiness which we aim to shatter so that they know they are humans just like us. Democracy and freedom are not granted by a leader or a regime, it is a world-wide human achievement of all the free people on earth.

According to the official interpretation of what is considered criticism of the president – based on this fake holiness- my criticism of the president is a crime that can cost me my life , not necessarily through Justice, but probably in prison by a murder convict. This could be attempted again inside or outside prison at any time. Nevertheless, I am not occupied by this matter, but more occupied with deep-rooting the concept of freedom.

I am also concerned that all Yemeni journalist gain the legal commitment of not being prone to imprisonment because of their opinions. I am also concerned that no other journalist will be imprisoned after me and suffer all that I have suffered. This we can achieve through your support and the support of all democracy and freedom advocates in the world as individuals or organizations.

Dear Madam,

Democracy and freedom are the global language with which I address you, probably too intimately and in detail which might have inconvenienced you. But, my trust in your values and your openness encouraged me to convene this information on our reality and issues to you. I highly value your writings and your advocacy role to democracy and defending rights.

I repeat my thanks to you Ms. Jane Novak, and apologize for consuming your precious time in reading this letter.

With my sincere regards,

Abdul Kareem Al Khaiwany
Central Prison- Sana’a

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Great video: from Shabwa to Aden Oct 14

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:46 am on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

by a 16 year old no less…

Oct 14 South Yemen demo for Independence

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:07 am on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It is at a minimum time to acknowledge these people exist, are not going away and have a right to their opinion:

Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP): factions, motivations & regions

Filed under: Al-Qaeda — by Jane Novak at 1:00 am on Monday, October 13, 2014

Excellent article on the factions, motivations and regions of various “Al Qaeda” groups in Yemen including identifying which groups are primarily mercenaries (murtasaqat).

Yemen’s Mounting Challenges: Fractured militant groups & Post-Conflict reconstruction

By Fernando Carvajal Analyst at University of Exeter
Yemen Post:

While many praise recent victories by Yemen’s army over militant groups in Abyan and Shebwa, some warn of the coming chaos. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi warned governments of Yemen and the US of planned operations in a video published in late March. This warning came as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) published its intention to join the fight in Yemen. These announcements also coincided with the creation of Ansar al-Sharia Central Region.

US-led drone campaign Easter weekend was interpreted as a delayed, but brazen response to events in March. Drones targeted camps in Abyan and individual militants in al-Baydha and Shebwa provinces, where initial media reports claimed top leaders were targets. Yemen’s government also claimed Special Forces had participated in raids by helicopter incursion and recovered a number of bodies. No further information has been provided with regard to the operations in late April.

As heightened security warnings lead to closing of four western embassies, observers highlight not only threats made by AQAP but also fears of rifts within the organization. Local analysts have indicated growing divisions within AQAP over the past six months extend from differing visions of its future. Some argue the rift between al-Wuhayshi and second tier leaders over priorities has also led to individuals like Makmun Abdul Hamid Hatim and Ibrahim al-Rubaish praising ISIS, challenging al-Wuhayshi’s allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s successor, who formally denounced ISIS early this year. Intensions by ISIS in the Arabian Peninsula remain obscure, but contact with Somalia’s al-Shabab and AQAP in 2013 raised concerns over an expansionist agenda beyond Syria in attempt to wrestle the jihadist movement from al-Zawahiri.

The rift has also affected relations with Ansar al-Sharia (AAS), which is led by Emir Jalal Bil’ayd al-Maraqashi. Since the murder of shaykh Ali Bin Salem Ba’wazir in February, the so-called insurgency group has exhibited signs of widening divisions. The conflict within AAS is said to extend primarily from prioritizing political assassinations over the establishment of emirates in the eastern province of Hadhramawt. Observers in Aden and Sana’a insist this rift has damaged the group’s capabilities and role vis-à-vis AQAP.

Western analysts still see AAS as a natural extension of AQAP, but many in Yemen’s military insist the group is simply a mercenary arm rather than an ideological ally. Evidence lies on the priority given to Ahwar, Abyan during the current military offensive. By securing Ahwar the army has managed to eliminate a major strategic supply line that allowed AAS to deliver services for AQAP from the coast of Abyan to the mountains of Mayfah in Shebwa. The area in Ahwar was previously protected by government supported Popular Committees, but the resignation of its leader in late April illustrated the difficulty of securing the area and the troubled relations between the Committees and the government of president Hadi.

The fact Jalal Bil’ayd has now appeared in a number of videos by al-Malahem, AQAP’s media wing, served to assure analysts of the relationship between AAS and AQAP. Al-Malahem identifies Bil’ayd as ‘commander’ in videos, but has yet to officially announce his place in the hierarchy. Military officials in Sana’a have often referred to AAS as mercenaries (murtasaqat) and dismiss labeling Bil’ayd AQAP due to his obscure background and role within AAS following the death of Khaled Abdulnabi in 2011, and the split with shaykh Abdul-Latif Saeed in 2012. The relationship has simply been explained as one of mutual interest, where one looks for financial gains, while the other requires a strategic force multiplier.

The rise of AAS Central Region (AAS-CR) has also generated much concern among Yemeni analysts. The group was announced in typical AAS form, rather than by any AQAP related media source. Yet, Bil’ayd has not commented on the new wing. It is believed this wing of AAS is not only gathering some of the militants who dispersed from Abyan in June 2012, but also incorporating a large number of Yemenis and foreigners returning from Syria. The main evidence cited is the role played by those previously in charge of logistical support for Yemenis joining the fight in Syria, along side al-Nusrah Front or ISIS. Those identified as responsible for the fighters in Ibb, Taiz and al-Dhale also happen to be high profile figures with roots in each of those provinces in the Central Region. The area not only covers access to Bab al-Mandab, as opposed to the Gulf of Aden, but it is also a strong hold for Salafi elements.

The Central Region was identified as an area of priority for AAS to counter Houthi expansion, but the group had not previously expressed such interests. In contrast, ISIS has expressed fighting Iranian influence as a priority, along with its antagonism of Gulf monarchies. If indeed ISIS is responsible for AAS-CR as Yemeni analysts indicate, it would suggest ISIS is using a known brand, Ansar al-Sharia, to gain a foothold in the Peninsula and aims to take advantage of rifts within AQAP to cement that presence. It would also imply ISIS is taking the battle with al-Zawahiri out of Syria and challenging the leadership of the global jihad movement. Blogs now boast of the number of jihadist groups in Central Asia and Southeast Asia pledging allegiance to ISIS, providing further evidence of ambitions by ISIS.

Recent incidents in Sana’a have taken many by surprise, but the opening of new fronts by AQAP, as the army intensified its offensive in Abyan and Shebwa, was expected. This has renewed a lack of confidence in the government even as president Hadi and the armed forces gain support from a growing section of the population, from Sana’a to the conflict areas. The government and its international partners clearly have to gain the confidence of those affected at this time and assure people they will not be abandoned once victory comes, and that funds will be available to rebuild and help displaced people return home. Also, concerns remain over military and security capabilities to contain AQAP’s expected reaction when defeated in Abyan and Shebwa, as well as the ability of AAS to create more chaos in Aden, Lahj and Hadhramawt.

Weeks to come will be a great test to president Hadi’s resolve, international partners, and the people. Without a clear post-conflict strategy for the affected areas, people fear a vengeful return by AQAP and AAS. To prevent this will require access to funds for long-term troop presence, and perhaps new Popular Committees, as well as economic opportunities. Fighting a versatile enemy of the State in multiple fronts is a major challenge. Assuring long term security before discontented grows once again will be a monumental challenge.

Houthis dish on Al Qaeda in Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Islamic Imirate, Security Forces, al-Bayda, banking, state jihaddists, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 10:50 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

finally after 10 years


AQAP leaders “are well aware they are the next target” for Houthis in Yemen AQAP recently bought so many guns, the prices rose. (Specific purchases arms and autos listed.)

AQAP receives funding via deposits in Qater Islamic Bank transfered to local branches, Saudi Arabia & cash carried in diplomatic pouches, small amounts are laundered by young people so it is indistinguishable from normal remittances.

AQAP’s Nabil al Dahab & Abu Khaled are training 163 foreign explosives experts in Yemen (Specific AQAP locations listed.)

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Yemeni southern activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared by security and at risk of torture: Amnesty

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals, Targeting, Yemen, statements — by Jane Novak at 2:43 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2014


UA: 223/14 Index: MDE 31/009/2014 Yemen Date: 5 September 2014
fear of enforced disappearance of activists
Southern Yemeni political activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared within days of one another. It is feared that they have been subjected to enforced disappearance by security forces and are at imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Anwar Ismail (38) and Khaled al-Junaidi (42) disappeared on 28 and 31 August respectively. Anwar Ismail went missing after a demonstration in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on 28 August where he was seen last, while witnesses say that Khaled al-Junaidi was taken from a gas station in Aden on 31 August after being beaten and dragged into an unmarked car by unidentified gunmen believed to be security agents.
Both activists have been detained by the authorities in recent months in circumstances similar to their current disappearances. Khaled al-Junaidi was arrested by the Special Security, also known as Central Security, on 21 November 2013 and held incommunicado for most of the 21 days of his detention. His family was informed of his whereabouts six days after his arrest. Anwar Ismail was arrested at least twice in 2014, including in early March, and claims to have been tortured by security forces. Both men were held for a period of time ranging from a week to three weeks before being released without charge or trial.
Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi are leading activists in the Southern Movement, or al-Hirak, a coalition of political opposition groups in south Yemen that has been demanding secession from the north.
Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
Urging the Yemini authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi and to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and are immediately granted access to their family and a lawyer of their choice;
Urging that they are immediately moved to a recognized detention centre and promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence, or else released immediately and unconditionally, and stressing that the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are guaranteed in international law.

Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Abdu Hussein Muhsen al-Turab
Ministry of the Interior
Republic of Yemen
Fax: +967 1 514 532
+967 1 331 899
Salutation: Your Excellency
Governor of Aden
Waheed Ali Rasheed
PO Box: 6013, Khormaksar
Republic of Yemen
Fax: +967 2 224 6996
Salutation: Dear Mr Waheed Ali Rasheed
And copies to:
Minister of Human Rights
Her Excellency Houriah Ahmed Mashhour
Ministry of Human Rights
Republic of Yemen
Fax: +967 1 444 833

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:
Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

fear of enforced disappearance of activists

Protests in the south of Yemen have been taking place sporadically since 2007 when retired soldiers from the south launched protests complaining that they were not receiving the same treatment in employment, salary and pensions as soldiers from the north of the country. Since then, protests against discrimination against southerners gradually changed to demands for secession which continued after the ousting of the former regime in 2011.
The Southern Movement (also known as al-Hirak, a short form of its name in Arabic) is a loose coalition of political groups, many of whom call for the peaceful separation of southern Yemen, which was independent until its unification with the north in 1990. The Movement appears to have emerged following the 2007 protests and began to organize its own demonstrations over what it perceives to be the government’s failure to address discrimination against people from the south of the country.
The government’s response to these protests has been heavy-handed. Dozens of demonstrators have been killed in or near demonstrations; in many cases they appear to have been shot dead unlawfully when posing no threat to the lives of the security forces or others. Since the protests began in 2007, the security forces have arrested and detained, in many cases arbitrarily, thousands of demonstrators and bystanders, as well as leaders and activists of the Southern Movement.
Name: Anwar Ismail, Khaled al-Junaidi
Gender m/f: m

They are believed in Al-Sulaban Prison in Khormaksar in Aden.

Erem News: The brother of Khaled Junaidi indicates that security dragged his brother to “camp twenty” in the Directorate of Crater before introducing it to a large detention center in the Directorate of Khormakser “Alsolban.”

Aden – from the generosity of safety

Arrested by security force late Sunday evening, an activist in the southern movement demands the independence of South Yemen from North Khaled Junaidi in the province of Aden. brother said Junaidi network toss the news that the security force tracked his brother Khalid as he was leaving for a wedding party a friend to them in the Directorate of Crater and heading to one of the petrol stations and arrested him after beating him with rifle butts. added: “The security forces arrested the brother to a nearby camp in the district called Camp twenty before introducing it to Guantanamo large in the Directorate of Khormakser” Alsolban. ”

In the same context arrested a security force last Thursday night the leader of the Union of Southern Youth Anwar Ismail while on his way from the Directorate of Tawahi toward Crater where he lives with his family, and took him to the same prison in the Directorate of Khormakser. appealed to the families of the detainees civil society organizations and human rights organizations to immediately intervene for the release of their two sons, who said they had been subjected to torture in detention. and assume Junaidi and Asmai the leadership of the protest movement in Directorate Crater where settle down, and are implementing with some other activists in civil disobedience Directorate on Sunday of each week, the latest of which was on Sunday, where they had been cut streets and roads with stones and damaged tires and stopped traffic on impact.

Hardamout Tribal Confederacy rejects any corrupt deal with Nexen to settle environmental damage case

Filed under: Enviornmental, Hadramout, Oil, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Update: also read this older news report (Ar) on the toxic lake in Shabwa

HTC statement: An Important Statement for Public Opinion: a Nasty Deal against Hadramout Made by RoY and Nexen Oil Company Regarding a Pollution Case.

Our reliable sources have revealed that there is a nasty compromising deal against Hadramout between the Republic of Yemen (RoY), represented by the Ministry of Oil and Minerals, and Canadian Nexen Company, the former operator of sector 14 in Gail Bin Yamain (Masila). The deal is to settle the issue of environmental pollution caused by Nexen in Gail Bin Yamain and its surroundings as a result of a case brought to the International Court in France for nearly two years by a group of Hadrami engineers and experts in the field of oil and the environment who raised and followed up this issue and formed a pressure on the RoY till a case was submitted to this International Court. The RoY has hired Clyde, a law firm, to plead on behalf of RoY.

A tender has been developed for specialized companies in the detection, examination and assessing the status of Oil wells (Audit) if they are in good conditions. Two companies have applied to this tender and they are 1- Intytech Inc. and 2- United Safety. The second firm was technically unqualified therefore it was excluded, and Intytech Inc. was chosen. But it seems that this choice was disliked and rejected by the Oil Mafia in Sanaa which canceled the subject of examination and assessing the status of Oil wells (Audit) permanently fearing of accusing Canadian Nexen Company which is their partner in plundering the wealth of Hadramout and causing pollution in the region.

In last Ramadan, Clyde, the law firm, has sent an expert in the field of pollution at its own expenses accompanied by a female lawyer of Clyde to Hadramout. This expert submitted a report and confirmed to the people who are interested in the case that the pleadings in the case will start in the month of August of 2014. Due to all of this momentum, Canadian Nexen felt the danger of this case and rushed, through its agents represented by Oil Mafia in Sanaa, to push towards an agreement on an illegal deal to close this case.

Unfortunately, Deputy Minister of Oil and Minerals, Dr. Ahmed Basireeh (Hadrami) has been sent to the French capital Paris on 30/08/2014 to settle this issue. This was published as an officially news (government delegation heading to France to resolve disputed issues with Canadian Nexen the former operator of sector 14 and the delegation was headed by Deputy Oil Minister Dr. Ahmad Basireeh). The delegation team included the Ministry of Oil and Minerals and Petromasila Company, the current operator of the sector 14. The strange thing is that Petromasila sent a person who is not a Hadrami and was not one of the engineers or specialists in the oil fields, and he is a Warehouse Manger in the company!!

If this deal is compromised, people of Hadramout are in deep troubles after the things are revealed to everyone as the local proverb explains it: The Guard is the Thief. They have to act as quickly as possible to condemn this disregard of their lives and their environment and to reject any settlement in this case.

We are in Hadramout Tribes Confederacy (HTC) definitely reject any settlement of this issue with Canadian Nexen, and any other issues pertaining to Hadramout only with the knowledge of all Hadrami’s. We are calling upon all of Hadrami’s- scientists, politicians, academicians, engineers, journalists, writers and civil society organizations and all the people of Hadramout to quickly move and stop what is going on and reject it and form a strong pressure on all levels.

We also warn the Canadian Nexen company to stop being manipulative in the case which condemns it and cannot escape it. We also reject its illegal agreements with the Oil Mafia and we consider these agreements invalid and we will prosecute them on these crimes committed against Hadramout. We call on Brother President Hadi to quickly stop the manipulation of what is happening to Hadramout and its human issues. We will let the entire world know what is happening in Hadramout from suppression and killing of its most important issues.

Issued By

Hadramout Tribes Confederacy (HTC).

6th of September 2014.

Update: Government responds , says not settling case: Tuesday, 09-September -2014

Sana’a / Sheba
An official source at the Ministry of Oil and Minerals, the issue of environmental pollution with Canadian Nexen in front of international justice and there is no negotiation.
source explained in a statement (SABA) that the issue of environmental pollution resulting from the activity of the operator’s former sector 14 (Nexen) has been referred to eliminate before more than two years of arbitration in which after the rejection of Nexen reached to compensate for environmental impacts resulting from the activity of the company at that time and the arbitration proceedings ongoing and there is no negotiation in this regard between the ministry and the company and the issue raised before the judiciary.
confirmed that the Ministry of Oil and Minerals and the government will not give up its legitimate rights to compensation project under consideration before the international justice now.
said Source: The ministerial delegation, including the people of the province and the sons of the National Company (Petromcilh) will not be in any day against the interest of the people of the region, but work very hard to protect the rights and interests of the people of the concession area and the nation are year and are optimistic about the integrity of the international court to rule in favor of Yemen in the case of interest to all citizens. ”
and pointed out that the visit of the delegation of the Ministry of Oil and Minerals to Paris come in order to complete financial settlements existing and pending with Canadian Nexen Petroleum Yemen Ltd. operator former Sector 14 in Petromcilh and not to negotiate in the case of environmental pollution.
source explained that the delegation under the supervision of chartered accountant firm Deloitte & Touche task was to complete the financial settlement of the matters pending with Nexen in the field of customs data outstanding tax returns non-updated and cost recoveries and not in the case of pollution Albei..lavta that this chore is with the oil companies after reviewing their records through the legal references.
called source media and websites to the need to investigate the credibility and to seek information from their sources before publishing incorrect information ..mbdia his willingness to meet with people in the region for further clarification about the course of the case.

“Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout, Yemen”

Filed under: Hadramout, Military, Security Forces, mil restrucuturing, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:23 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014

Update: This article (which I did not write) is reprinted from the Hadramout Tribal Coalition website and can be found at

The following article asserts that significant parts of the Yemeni military in Hadramout simultaneously operate as an organized crime syndicate and an incubator for al Qaeda. The configuration is not unusual in Yemen where military fiefdoms spawn local tyrants, loyal jihaddis and unchecked smuggling networks. While some vital security sector reforms have been instituted, like biometric identity cards, dislodging these nodes of criminality is essential to integrating the entire military within an overt command and control structure focused on the security of Yemeni citizens.

Brigade 27 Mika (Mechanical) is the Octopus of Smuggling and Terrorism in Hadramout

Hadramout has not experienced any kind of smuggling such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling and human trafficking in its history like it has now. Unfortunately, Hadramout became unable to maintain its well known a safe and a security place and great values anymore, and it became the home of all kinds of smugglings. Due to Hadramout’s position and to its wide borders, it was and still used to be the station of smuggling into neighboring countries. With time expansion, another task was added to Hadramout which is converting it into an incubator for armed groups (Al-Qaeda) to serve the main purpose of the Big Mafia in the Republic of Yemen (RoY).

The beginning of this story goes back to the 1994 war and the arrival of the armed groups of Mujahedeen to Hadramout coast, who took part against the war on communism (Southern Forces). This decision was taken by the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, his brother from a different father, through recruiting those Mujahedeen and they were officially numbered and turn them into a brigade called Brigade 27 Mika ( Mika means Mechanical). Staff Gen. of this brigade since its start is Abdulaziz Makaleh Al Zindani(عبدالعزيز المقالح الزنداني ), one of Al-Qaeda militants and a cousin of Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani(عبد المجيد الزنداني). With the establishment of this brigade, smuggling and terrorism were strongly started. Its network was strongly developed since then, and is threaded from the coast of Hadramout all the way to the neighboring countries, and even inside some of neighboring territory.

The Brigade 27 Mika site is not in one place, but it spreads gradually from the coast and all the way to the neighboring countries to secure the borders for mainly smuggling and terrorism!! The Brigade 27 Mika consists of five battalions, and they are located in strategic positions with functions as follows:

1- Coast Guard Battalion: It is the one that insures all landings of contraband materials from outside RoY, and it secures all the smuggling of fuel and crude oil from Hadramout by ships to the international black market.

2- Battalion 4: a battalion stationed in the Al Dabah area(الضبه), the official crude oil export port. This battalion led by Mujahid Alkotaiba (مجاهد القطيبي) and it is the smuggling and terrorism operation room. It coordinates with local smugglers, some Local Fish Associations, and international smugglers; and it also protect trafficking along the pipeline into the valley.

3- Oil Companies Protection Battalion: This battalion has 2 tasks: the first one is to protect the collection of illegal dues from the oil companies which is amounted about a quarter of a billion dollars a year; and this amount goes directly to the Oil Mafia as cost of protection, as many press and government reports mentioned this many times, without being remitted to the state treasury. The second task is to secure the lines of smuggling in the middle of the valley and make sure they are not exposed to the obstacles. The person in charged of this battalion is Mohammad Qahm (محمد القحم) regardless of the change of the well know and the highly corrupted battalion commander in a year or so, i.e. Ahmed Al Tharab( ‏احمد الضراب).

4. TOTAL Protection Battalion: TOTAL contributes part of strengthening this network, intentionally or unintentionally, through forming alliance with the traditional power and Oil Mafia to protect them and thus protect the smuggling network.

5. Al Suwairi (السويري) Battalion: This battalion was initially created as a training camp for the Mujahedeen and for the returnees from Afghanistan which follows Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar commands directly. Later on, this Mujahedeen camp was turned into a Mujahedeen battalion which follows Brigade 27 Mika.

The elimination of the smuggling and terrorism threats to Hadramout and to neighboring countries starts with the removing of Brigade 27 Mika away from Hadramout and the dismissal of the battalion’s effective leaders of Brigade 27 and other effective members and Mujahedeen.

By Mohammed Al Haddar

Happy Yemen video, Update: and Happy Aden

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:40 pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014

Gee, does this site still work?

Happy Yemen

Happy Aden

Two important Yemen economic reports

Filed under: Corruption, LNG, Oil, Yemen-Economy, govt budget, non-oil resources — by Jane Novak at 9:11 am on Friday, May 9, 2014

That ” ‘Yemen’s PUBLIC TREASURY is mainly relied on OIL and GAS production that constitutes 60-65 percent of government revenues in recent years is not the shocking news’; however corruption state in the Ministry of FINANCE and of OIL is the fresh issue revealed by specialized committees of the Public Shadow Authority* affiliated to Revolution Salvation Front (RSF)* in 2 separate monitoring reports:

Monitoring Report on Finance

Monitoring Report on Oil and Minerals

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:

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.


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.

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:

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?


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!!

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!!!!!

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!!!

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:

Whats old is new again.

The following from the new website, Hadramout Tribes Confederacy HTC, at 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.


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


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.
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.”

اليمن- تعرض ابنة الصحفي ومدافع حقوق الإنسان البارز عبد الكريم الخيواني الى حادث دهس
مشكوكٍ فيه

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؛
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؛
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3. تتخذ الدولة جميع التدابير اللازمة التي تكفل لكل شخص حماية السلطات المختصة له بمفرده وبالاشتراك مع غ يره، من أي عنف
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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؟؟
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.
مؤتمر الحوار يدين ماتعرض له بيت هائل والخيواني
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. 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):

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)

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

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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


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


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. 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…’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


*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.
(Read on …)

First US airstrike in Saada, Yemen at Wadi Abu Jubarah

Filed under: Air strike, Saudi Arabia, USA, abu jubarah, obits, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:53 am on Sunday, October 28, 2012

The 2011 AQAP eulogy of Ammar al Waeli said, “His father was a leader in the mujahadin in Yemen who was appointed by (bin Laden) to open a training camp in the area of Saada.” The long established Abu Jubarah training camp is discussed in my 2010 article, Large al Qaeda camp in North Yemen dims peace prospects, politician says or see my category Saada, Abu Jubarah.

Air strike kills three al-Qaeda suspects in Sa’ada: Sa’ada Governor
Sunday 28 October 2012 / 26 September Net

26 September Net – Air strikes killed three Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, Sa’ada governor told “26 September Net”.

“Three Al-Qaeda suspects were killed in the air strike targeted the suspects on Sunday in Wadi Aal Jubara, Sa’ada province” Sa’ada governor said, adding two of those killed were Saudi nationals and the third one is a Yemeni.

One of al-Qaeda chief called Omar Batais was injured in the strike.

It is believed the Saudis possessed money for financing al-Qaeda operations in some provinces, the governor went on to say.

He revealed the terrorists had been trying (ed- and succeeding) for more than five years to turn Wadi Abu Junbara a station for crossing to Mare, al-Jawf, Shabwa and Abyan provinces.

US drone and foreign fighters:

Brach Net – said a government official in the province of Saada, preferring anonymity in an exclusive authorized ¯ “politics”, said the plane that carried out the air strike on the area of Wadi Al Abu Jabara Directorate كتاف yesterday is an American drone.
And confirmed the existence of at least 70 militants of the leaders and elements of the organization in the Valley of the Abu Jabara, where “they have a training camp and allied by with the Salafists in fighting the Houthis in the past period and killed them more than 150 people at the hands of Houthis, including foreigners of different nationalities Saudi and Egyptian.”

Khaledabdul Nabi to be released from Aden jail?

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:37 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012

If its even true, what’s his specific task going to be or is his release part of a broader deal beyond the non-aggression pact? Lots of released al Qaeda get salaries from the state, especially from the military and security services. The policy is justified as a way to co-opt them but sometimes the operatives get activated for a certain jobs. Nabi himself said in 2005 that they put him in jail just to take him out when they need him. But I’m curious which Khaledabdul Nabi is being released: the head of the AAIA, the peaceable farmer or the state jihaddist?

Arrangements for the release of 22 leaders of al-Qaeda and paying them a monthly salary

arrangements are underway for the release of 22 of the leaders and elements of “Al Qaeda” belonging to the provinces of Aden, Abyan and Lahj, including prominent leader Khaled Abdel Nabi and another nicknamed “البطاطي” They were surrendered voluntarily to the security services during the last period after their participation in the army fighting in Abyan.

The tribal leader said, according to the newspaper “policy” that the detainees read “right politically,” written sent from Sanaa, announcing their repentance and commitment not to fight the state, which guaranteed them in return to pay a monthly salary of each one of them to “20 thousand riyals,” the equivalent of $ 93 U.S.

He pointed out that about 10 foreigners of different nationalities from the “base” currently detained in security prisons for interrogation in Aden, including dangerous elements involved in terrorist cells carried out criminal acts in Aden and other provinces.

Below the fold some random article in which Tariq al Fahdli discusses the 2009 meeting between Saleh and several jihaddist leaders which if I recall correctly Nabi attended and which resulted in the release of 120 from prison and the handover of a large amount of money. (Read on …)

Which other Yemeni terrorists besides al Shihri are still alive?

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:19 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012

We all knew al Shihri was alive the day after the anonymous Yemeni defense official announced him dead but apparently it takes an audio from the dead man for the MSM to catch up. I’m posting the following article because it says that “many” other AQAP leaders announced as dead are still alive, and that wouldn’t be even slightly unusual.

Yemen al-Qaeda:second man alive, US asks Yemen delay DNA test

Another Abyan source, known to be an al-Qaeda affiliate, said al-Shihri is still alive. “I am one hundred percent sure he [al-Shihri] is alive. So close sources from al-Shihri have also affirmed he is still alive,” said the al-Qaeda affiliate source. Both two sources spoke on anonymity conditions citing personal concerns.

The al-Qaeda affiliate source, reached by mobile from al-Mahfad area which is now under al-Qaeda control, said “many” of al-Qaeda leaders announced dead by government are still alive, too. “Sometimes, they [al-Qaeda leadership] avoid affirming or denying that their members are dead for fear of [government] pursuit,” he said.

Related: Pakistani Emir in Abyan

Hadi appoints judges to SCER

Filed under: Elections, Janes Articles — by Jane Novak at 2:23 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On Monday Yemen’s interim president Mansour Abdo Hadi named several judges to the Supreme Commission on Elections and Referendum (SCER). The SCER is responsible for the technical aspects of elections and has a pivotal role in maintaining or subverting the integrity of elections.

In a meeting that included UN envoy Jamal ben Omar, President Hadi selected “honest and competent” judges, the state news agency SABA reported.

The SCER will oversee Yemen’s next presidential election, scheduled for 2014.

The question of electoral reforms has been the subject of heated dispute among Yemen’s political parties since at least 2003 when parliamentary elections were last held.

Yemen’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress party (GPC) systematically rejected electoral reforms that would diminish its stranglehold on political power, the Parliament and other state apparatus. As a result the GPC and the opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) have been politically deadlocked for years on the question of the SCER and other reforms.

It was Parliament’s inability to implement needed electoral reforms that gave rise to the perceived illegitimacy of government and mass demonstrations in 2011 and led in part ultimately the overthrow of Ali Abdullah Saleh, president since 1978 and head of the GPC.

In the run up to the 2006 presidential election, the opposition JMP suggested the SCER be split equally between GPC and JMP loyalists instead of selected by the President. The partisan division of the SCER was a method deployed following 1990’s unity of North and South Yemen. In a compromise, two additional members from the opposition were appointed to the SCER.

Saleh’s 2006 re-election was characterized by wide ranging irregularities. Saleh’s ruling GPC party signed an agreement to implement a range of electoral reforms if the JMP dropped its claims of electoral fraud. The GPC wanted to cement a veneer of legitimacy on Saleh. The JMP refocused on the 2009 parliamentary election and its goal of a proportional representation system.

The JMP advocated adopting the proportional or list method. The “first past the post” method in place gives advantage to the ruling GPC and established parties in general. In 2003’s parliamentary election, the GPC received 58 per cent of the vote and 238 seats. Candidates of JMP member party, Islah, won 22 per cent of the vote but only 46 seats. The GPC’s parliamentary seats increased from 123 in 1993, to 187 in 1997 and 238 in 2003. The participation of independent candidates and women candidates sharply dropped in each election.

The 2006 agreement on electoral reforms between the GPC and JMP was based on reports from impartial international observers and included redrawing the imbalanced electoral districts, redefining “domicile” to prevent the transfer of army units into opposition strongholds in order to sway the vote, and revising wildly inaccurate voter rolls.

However the GPC dominated parliament stalled and stonewalled the negotiations, prompting opposition JMP members to boycott parliament several times. Without a modicum of progress since 2006, Yemen’s 2009 parliamentary election was postponed until April 2011.

Yemen’s Youth Revolution began in January 2011 and called for the overthrow and trial of Yemen’s long ruling military dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and his entire regime. The protesters rejected both the opposition and ruling parties as corrupt, ineffective and anti-democratic. For months the United States maintained support for Saleh despite atrocities committed against protesters by state security forces. The US had invested over $300 million in Yemen’s counter-terror forces since 2006 and had little contact with political forces outside Saleh’s family and circle of elites.

In April 2011, Parliament voted itself more time in office, again delaying elections in order to “give political parties a chance to develop the political and democratic system, reshape the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, and finalize discussions over related issues,” the Yemen Post reported.

By November 2011, ongoing nationwide protests forced Saleh from power under a transition plan devised by the United States and Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Known as the GCC plan and endorsed by the UN Security Council, the transfer of power in Yemen was based on a guarantee of immunity for Saleh and his cronies. The GCC plan left the ruling regime and its military assets largely intact. Saleh retained his financial assets, thought to be well in excess of $10 billion.

Saleh’s Vice President Abdo Mansour Hadi was nominated as a consensus candidate by both the ruling GPC and opposition JMP. Hadi was the sole candidate in a February 2012 presidential “election” that saw a 65% turn-out.

The electoral reforms stalled since 2006 were not an issue during the 2012 presidential election, as the winner was pre-determined, but any unresolved issues certainly will come into play in 2014 when President Hadi’s term expires.

By dividing the interim government between Saleh’s GPC party and the JMP, the transition plan artificially empowered Yemen’s opposition parties, especially the Islamic Reform Party, Islah which dominates the JMP.

A report detailing President Hadi’s 220 new appointments alleges they were selected based on party affiliation and political loyalty, not merit, competence or ability.

Saleh remains active in Yemeni politics as head of the GPC party. Saleh is also thought responsible for militias and terrorists who are undermining the Yemeni security with violence directed against persons and infrastructure.

Mass protests continue in Yemen calling for the ouster of Saleh’s relatives and loyalists who remain as military commanders and in other high ranking positions. Other demands include overturning the immunity deal, and trying Saleh for mass corruption, and the deaths of protesters during the revolution and for war crimes prior to 2011.

Hadi’s government is gearing up to hold a national dialog in November, bringing in disenfranchised groups including southern secessionists and northern rebels.

Al Iman South, new religious university opens in Aden

Filed under: Religious, al Iman — by Jane Novak at 6:21 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2012

Aden Tomorrow: Recently opened in the city of Aden branch of the University of faith .. They university founded by and run by Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Zindani, a wanted man internationally on charges of terrorism, has failed the former president and current in his recent visit to the United States to convince the president of dropping the man’s name from the black list as stated in some leaks.

Photos Hassan Baoum, Southern Movement leader in Yafea, Yemen 2008

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Saturday, October 20, 2012









220 new appointments in Yemen by political affiliation

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:11 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

President Hadi did what he’s supposed to do; he split the ministries and appointments between the GPC and Islah. The failure of the US sponsored GCC transition plan is that it reinforces partisanship in a hyper-partisan context. The Yemeni parliament- which has been sitting since 2003- deadlocked and was unable to implement required electoral reforms or any reforms for that matter. The stalemate following the 2006 presidential election led to the delay of the 2009 parliamentary election. The opposition parties had little to do with the 2011 revolution in its inception, organization or demands. The revolution was a reaction to the dysfunction of the party system. Yet the US plan divides the ruling apparatus between Saleh’s ruling party (the GPC) and the opposition coalition (the JMP) mainly the Islamic party Islah.

In the process the Obama plan, or the Feierstein plan rather, gave the fundamentalists in Islah a greater credibility, power and status than they had at the height of the revolution when the demand for a civil state (not military and not theocratic) was gaining traction . At the same time, moderates, civil society and democrats remain entirely marginalized and excluded from the political scene. The revolutionary goal was to overcome ingrained corruption, nepotism and cronyism and establish a system based on merit, talent and ability. But when the US divided up the ministries by party, affiliation to the moribund political system took precedence. Again it was loyalty over talent in determining the following 179 229 new administrators. The new hegemony of Islah in the Sanaa school system is concerning for many.

RSF Unveils Dividing Lists in President’s Appointments
The revolution salvation front RSF has disclosed the most important violations involving the president’s decrees, rejecting public job sharing and dividing policy.
The RSF expressed an increasing concern over public job dividing policy, condemning the revolution circumvent and warning about so-called counter-revolution exercised by some forces.
In a statement made by RSF, it called honest national forces to express its anger and to seriously consider managing violations and general resolution manipulation. It also called the President of Yemen to dissociate the military and tribal forces that said it sought tight control of the state through imposing appointing loyal figures.
The technical committee chairman of the peaceful revolution salvation front MP Ahmed Saif Hashid called Islah and GPC affiliating youth forces to free themselves from traditional forces’ dominance of their parties which he said it once again sought control of public affair and exploit country resources for their advantage.
The RSF reported names of the figures appointed by presidential decrees according to their partisan affiliation, with names of the provinces they belong to. The list showed influential figures monopolizing of overall military forces appointments, with general Ali Muhsen, representative of Islah military Flank, ranking as first. The president Hadi ranked as second, followed by the tribal flank representative of Islah party. The RSF lists showed Islah and GPC shared appointments in civic sector, with some injected appointments from other parties.
The presidential decrees are as follows:
Military sector:
S. No Name Title province affiliation
1 General Ali Salem Qaten South military Region commander Shabwa An Abdu Rabo affiliate
2 Mahdi Maqwala Deputy army chief of staff for manpower Sanhan GPC affiliate
3 Brigadier-general Sadeq Saleh Haider Aden Security directorate General Shabwa GPC affiliate
4 Brigadier-general Tareq Mohammed Abdu Alla Saleh 37th Armored Division Brigadier Sanhan GPC affiliate(not started work yet)
5 Brigadier Mohammed Saleh Akahmar Defense Minister’s Assistant for Martial Maft Sanhan GPC affiliate
6 General Staff Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alahmar Deputy staff chairman for land forces affair Sanhan GPC loyal to Ali Muhsen
7 General staff Rowis Abdulah Ali Mujawer Deputy staff chairman for marine forces affair Shabwa GPC
8 Brigagier Mohammed Ali Almaqdashi Deputy staff chairman for technical affair Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
9 Ali Ali Mohammed Algaifi East military Rigion general. 27th martial Division general Hamdan. Sana’a GPC. Loyal to Ali Muhsen
10 General staff Ahmed Saif Muhsen Midst Martial Region General. 12th Infantry Division Lahej GPC loyal to Abdu Rabo
11 Brigadier pilot Ruken Rashed Air Forces Commander Wosab-Dhamar Independent
12 Brigadier Abduallah Salem Ali Abdu Allah Sea Forces Commander Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
13 Colonel pilot Rukn Abdul Malik Chief of Staff of the Air Forces and Air Defence Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmar
14 Brigadier-general: Abdul Rahman Alhalili 3th Armored Division commander. Republican Guards Sana’a. Bani Matar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
15 Brigadier pilot Rukn Faisal Alsubaihi Air Forces Hodeidah 67th Aviation commander Lahej Loyal to Ali Muhsen
16 Colonel Hefdullah Alsadami 29th Division Mika Ibb Loyal to Ali Muhsen
17 Colonel Abdurabo Mahdi 3th Infantry Division Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
18 Colonel Saleh Mohammed Abdu Rabo Special Republican Guards Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
19 Colonel Abdul Khaleq Ahmed Shuwit Staff Major 312 Infantry General Sa’ada Loyal to Ali Muhsen
20 Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Ali Alhubashi 39th Armored Division Staff Ibb Independent
21 Brigadier Naji Ali Alzaidi Defense Minister consultant for Air Defense Affair Mareb GPC
22 Brigadier Ali Nasser Lakha’ Deputy Interior Minister Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
23 Brigadier Abdul Rahman Abdul Hkaleq Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Public Security Sector Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
24 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Alsharqi Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Financial Sector Hajja Loyal to Ali Muhsen
25 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alzalab Chief of Prison Dept. Amran Loyal to Ali Muhsen
26 Brigadier Ali Mohammed Alsaeedi Deputy immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. Ibb Islah affiliate
27 Colonel Abdullah Saleh Haran Dean of Police Faculty. Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
28 Colonel Qaideen Qaid Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Education Affair Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
29 Colonel Abdul Wali Ahmed Saleh Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Financial& Managing Affair Hajja Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
30 Brigadier Fadhl Yahya Alqawsi Central Security commander Dhamar
31 Mohammed Gumai Alhkader Undersecretary of National Security Apparatus for external Affairs Sect. Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
32 Brigadier Hassen Mohammed Hassen Patrol Forces commander Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
33 Yahya Ali Abdullah Patrol Forces Staff Hajjah Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
34 Colonel pilot Rukn Adnan Alasbahi Alanad Air Base & 90th Air Division commander Taiz Loyal to Abdu Rabo
35 Colonel pilot Ali Qassem Muthana Aldalei Deputy 90th Air Division commander for Operation Affair Dhalei Loyal to Abdo Rabo
36 Brigadier Ahmed Bin Ali Almaqdisi Taiz Security Directorate general Dhamar GPC
37 Brigadier Nasser Abdulah Altuhaif Under-security assistant of Immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. for Arab & Foreign Travel Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
38 Colonel Abdu Hussen Alsharb Personal & Facilities Guard police commander Taiz Loyal to Ali Muhsen
39 Colonel Ali Mahdi Alhkawlani Deputy commander of Patrol Forces Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
40 Brigadier Abdul Hameed Mohammed Alsosowa Financial Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
41 Brigadier Abdullah Ghaleb Alkabudi Retirement Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
42 Brigadier Mujahed Ghuthaim Military Attaché Dhamar GPC
Civil Sector
No Name Title Province Affilliation
1 Mohammed Hadi Mansour Especial secretary of the president Abyan GPC
2 Yahya Ahmed Alarasi Press secretary of the president Ibb GPC
3 Waheed Ali Rasheed Aden Mayor Aden Islah
4 Tawfieq Abdul Wahid Undersecretary of Water Supply Ministry Ibb Socialist Party(SP)
5 Adel Yahya Alhadad Chief of Public Rural Water Association Ibb GPC
6 Mohammed Ali Alsuraimi Chief of Water Resource Association Rada’a Islah
7 Abdul kader Abdullah Hanash Chief of Water & Sanitation Ministry Sana’a GPC
8 Dr.Nabeel Taher (brother of former Finance Minister Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry &Manpower Sector Sana’a GPC
9 Dr.(Not a doctor) Ali Mohammed Alnasery Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry for public Relations Sect. Radda’a GPC
10 Salem Mohammed Mujawer (brother to former prime minister) Chief of Yemen Social Studies Center Shabwa GPC
11 Marwan Faraj Bin Ghanem Chief of Arab Yemen-Libya Board of Directors Hadramout Independent
12 Saleh Sarei Ali Deputy Mayor of Lahej Lahej GPC
13 Ibrahim Ali Ahmed Alshami Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Islah
14 Zaid Ali Argash Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Unified, people Nasserit Party
15 Ahmed Ali Saleh Deputy Assistant of Abyan Province Abyan
16 Najjeb Saeed Thbit Undersecretary Assistant of Folklore Sector Aden SP
17 Zakeria Alkamali Match Sport Paper Editor in-chief Taiz Independent
18 Mohammed Awad Bin Human Central Bank Manager Hadramout Independent
19 Mohammed Ahmed Alsaiani Deputy Central Bank Manager Ibb GPC
20 Ahmed Aubaid Alfadly Deputy Minister of Finance & representative Abyan Independent
21 Munasser Saleh Mohammed Central Bank Board Member Abyan independent
22 Hamoud Ali Alnajjar Central Bank Board Member Ibb Islah
23 Ammen Mohammed Ali Central Bank Board Member Ibb Alhaq Party
24 Hisham Abdul Kareem Ahmed Central Bank Board Member
25 Mohammed Abdullah Muqbil Chief of Board of National Bank of Yemen Hadramout Independent
26 Nabeel Hassen Alfaqeh Chief of Board of National Tobacco &Match Co. Sanhan Justice &Development Party
27 Fadhl Abdul Wahab ALamri Undersecretary of Central Bank of Yemen for Local Banking Operation Ibb
28 Dr. Tareq Yahya ALkipsi Deputy Assistant of Economic Statistics. Central Statistic Apparatus Sanaa’a Independent
29 Hassen thabet Farhan Chief of Central Statistic Apparatus Taiz Islah
30 Omar Abdul Aziz Abdulghani Deputy of Ministry of Planning for World Coop. Taiz GPC
31 Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Abdulmageed Deputy of Ministry of Planning for Project Programing Aden Islah
32 Abdullah Hassen Deputy Minister of Planning Sana’a GPC
33 Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Nouman Deputy Assistant Minister of Planning Taiz Islah
34 Abdulbari Mohammed Taher Chief of General Book Association Hodeida SP
35 Dr. Senan Muqbil Ali Deputy Mayor of Albaida Radda’ GPC
36 Saeed Muhsen Hussain undersecretary Assistant Mayor of Abyan Lahej Independent\businessman
37 Mohammed Bin Mohammed Almaswary Undersecretary of externally financed Beverages Hajja GPC
38 Suleman Ali Mohammed Qutabri Undersecretary of Development Plans & Programs Sect. Taiz SP
39 Dr. Ali Qaid Ahmed Yahya Chief of Technical Office in Ministry of Planning Raima Independent
40 Salem Awadh Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Hadramout Independent
41 Osama Ali Salem Deputy Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Aden Independent
42 Abdulhafez Ahmed Alkuaiti Consultant of Transport Minister Hadramout SP
43 Dr. Abdullateef Haider Hassen Chief of Board of Academic Accreditation & Quality Assurance Taiz
44 Ali Abdulla Ahmed Consultant of Education Minister Mahweet GPC
45 Dr. Mansour Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Board of general Association for Agricultural Researches Abyan Loyal to Abdurabo
46 Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Deputy chief of Board for Finance &Managing Affairs Dhamar
47 Moneer Taha Awn Chief of Board of Credit Housing Bank Taiz SP
48 Mohammed Ahmed Ghanim Chief of Aden TV Sector Aden GPC
49 Fares Abdulaziz Salah Deputy Chief of Aden TV Sector Lahej Independent
50 Saleh Abdullah Alwali Chief of public Land Trans. Affair Association Aden Loyal to Abdurabo
51 Sami Saeed Farea Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp. Taiz
52 Abdulla Mohammed Fudail Deputy Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp.
53 Yasser Mohammed Alrefaie Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
54 Murad Ali Mohammed Deputy Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
55 Tareq Abdo Ali Aden Intern. Airport Director General Aden
56 Shafiqa Saeed Abdo Chief of National Women Committee Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
57 Dr. AbdulKareem Mohammed Saleh Althwra Hospital Director General KHawlan. Sana’a GPC
58 Ahmed Masoud Alalwani Chief of Yemen Airlines Board Abyan Independent
59 Abdulkhaleq Saleh Alqaddi Consultant of transport Minister Sanhan GPC
60 Salem Ahmed Salem Prime Minister Office Director Yafei Islah
61 Ali Mohammed Ali Assistant Prime Minister Office Director Sana’a Member of People Force Union’s General Secretariat
62 Dr. Yahya Saleh Mohsen Executive chief of Public Investment Authority Hajja SP
63 Abdullah Ahmed Zaid Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
64 Sultan Mohammed Algaradi Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
65 Abdulraqeeb Saif Fateh Deputy Minister of Local Admn. Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
66 Abdulrahman Almasani Albarah Factory Manager Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
67 Abdulrahman Qassem Bagash Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Taiz GPC
68 Abdulla Abdulla Alsafani Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Sana’a GPC
69 KHaled Ahmed Nasser Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper for Finance Affair Sana’a GPC
70 Yaser Hussen Ali Director General of Economic Corp. Sana’a GPC
71 Sultan Alsuraimi Media Consultant Embassy of Yemen in Cairo Taiz SP
72 Waheeba Sabra Deputy of chief of Research and Studies Center. Sana’a Ibb SP Political Office Member
73 Abdulqader Ali Hilal Secretary general of the capital. Sana’a Sanhan GPC
74 Ali Mohammed Alsarari Media &Political Consultant of Prime Minister Taiz GPC
75 Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawer Ambassador to U.N Org. Geneva Shabwa GPC
76 Fahad Dahshoush Member of Shoura Council Hajja GPC
77 Khaled Mohammed Alshamsi Chief of Red Sea Fish Public Authority Sana’a
78 Dr. Abdullah Awadh Alghurabi Chief of Arabian Sea Fish Public Authority Hadramout
79 Nasser Abdulla Ali Alnasabi Chief of Aden Gulf Fish Public Authority Shabwa GPC
80 Dr.Kamal Mohammed Mahiob Undersecretary of Local Ministry Adms. Ibb GPC
81 Hasen Abdulla Alshaikh Undersecretary of Planning Sect &Quran Schools Hodeida GPC
82 Undersecretary of Custodianship Sect. Ministry of Empowerment Sana’a GPC
83 Mohammed Mohammed Hizam Undersecretary of Hajj & Omra Affairs Ibb Islah
84 Abdul Rahman Ahmed Almazlam Chief of Technical Empowerment Office Raima GPC
85 Muqbil Murshed Alkadahi Secretary-general of Higher Board of Empowerment &Guidance Ibb GPC
86 Tareq Abdo Alaswadi Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect. Taiz GPC
87 Muneer Mohammed Dabwan Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect.for Accounting Affair Taiz Islah
88 Kamal Andulla Bahurmos Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Abyan Independent
89 Salem Hassen Almamari Deputy Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Taiz Islah
90 Alkhader Ali Mohammed Deputy Minister of Transport for Finance Affair Sect. Abyan GPC
91 Ahmed Ali Abdula Baobaid Consultant of Transport Minister for Yemen Red Sea Port Corp. Abyan GPC
92 Ali Hassen Alahmadi Chief of National Security Apparatus Shabwa GPC
93 Ahmed Muhsen Alyafeie Chief of Military Intelligence Department Lahej Independent
94 Naser Taha Mustafa President’s Office Director General Sana’a Independent
95 Hisham Sharef Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research Taiz GPC
96 Ahmed Abdulla Dares Minister of Oil & Mineral Aljawf GPC
97 Mohammed Salem Bin Abbod AlJawf Mayor AlJawf Islah
98 Mohammed Hasen Dammaj Amran Mayor Ibb Islah
99 Abdulghani Gameel Sana’a Mayor Sana’a GPC
100 Aldaheri Alshadadi Albaida Mayor Albaida Loyal to AliMusen
101 Ali Mohammed Alanisi Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Dhamar GPC
102 Dr. Abdulhadi Alhamdani Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
103 Ali Saleh Alahmer Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
104 Ali Mansor Bin Saffah The republic’s secretary general Hadramout GPC
105 Kahlan Mujahed Abu Shawareb Member of Revolution Council Amran GPC
106 Mohammed Nasser Alamri Member of Shoura Council Albaida GPC
107 Ahmed Ali Hasen Shabwa Mayor Shabwa Islah
108 Mohammed Kulaib Safer Executive Manager
109 Mohammed Hussain Alhaj Oil Minister Consultant

List of partisan appointments by Minister of Electricity and Power
No Name Position Affiliation
1 Ahmed Al namer Deputy director general of Electrical power Corp. for Financial & Managing Affair Islah
2 Aref Ghaleb Abdulhameed Dhamar Electricity Director General Islah
3 Hisham Abdulhameed Almurshidi Managing Affairs Director General (of Dhamar Electricity) Islah
4 Saleh Suhlol Ibb Electricity Director General Islah
5 Abdullah Shaiban Purchased Electricity Director General Islah
6 Abdulkareem Thabet Computer Director General Islah
7 Abdussalam Ghaleb Rada’a District Director General Islah
8 AbdulGaleel Alshareef Safer Project Girector General. Mareb Islah
9 Fuad Hizam Albadani Deputy Director General of the Procurement Islah
10 Waleed Almatri The Financial Director General of the capital’s Electricity Islah
11 Zuhair Alzubairy Deputy Director of the Training Center Islah
12 Hamza Alzubairy Deputy Director General of the computer Islah
13 Mohammed Alkhalqi Commercial Manager in the fourth Area
14 Abdulsalam Almarzuh Taiz Electricity Director General Isla
15 Hussain Alhamay Areas Legal Affair Director Islah
16 Sadeq Muthana Aqlan Director of Dispute in Legal Affairs Islah
17 Abdulla Alwashah Deputy Director of Electricity in the province Islah
18 Adel Sharaf Alfudail Financial Director in the fourth Area Islah
The schools monopolized by Islah, only in Sana’a
No Name School District
1 Ibraheem Ali Hamoud Muhii Aldeen Nashwan Secondary School-Boys Old city of Sana’a
2 Samera Mohammed Hamoud Yahya Gabirbin Hayan School Old city of Sana’a
3 Ali Qaid Hassen Almahfadi Primary School Azal
4 Samiha Abdullah Abdulrahaman Kamaran Primary & Secondary School-Girls Azal
5 Ruwada Adbulaziz Fadhel Alariqi Altawheed Primary School- boys Azal
6 Lawza Musleh Ahmed Thu Alnourain Primary school-boys Alsafia
7 Ahmed Yahya Ahmed Faqeed Aloma Primary School Althawra
8 Amat Allah Mohammed Nasser Fatah Altawqi Primary School- boys Althawra
9 Moneer Farhan Mohammed Alnasr Primary School-boys Alsabeen
10 Faiza Mohammed Abdulla Altihami Alzahra Primary&Secondary school- Girls Alsabeen
11 Ali Ahmed Mohammed Hassen Nov 30th Primary & secondary School Shuob
12 Abdo Naji Ghalib Mohammed Hassan Harml Primary School Shuob
13 Fathia Naji Ali Khairan Alwishah Primary School- co-education Shuob
14 Fadhel Ali Ahmed Muqbil Abu Mosa Alashari Primary School-boys Banil Hareth
15 Abu Zaid Abdul Qawi Naji Alhors Secondary School- Boys Alsabeen
16 Ali Mohammed Hassen Almikhlafi Darul Aitam Primary Secondary School Alsabeen
17 Hiam Qassem Ahmed Albana Ahmed Hameed Primary School-boys Alsabeen
18 Nabeel Abduaziz Ali Alsiaghi Ali Abdul Mughni School Alwahda
17 Samah Rasheed Abdul Rahman Dhat Albroug Primary School Alwahda
18 Gamila Manei Hussain Alkhawlani Alquds Primary &Secondary School-girls Alwahda
19 Gamal Shwqi Ahmed Muhammed Hassan Alamri Primary School Altahrir
20 Hana Ahmed Yahya Alzindani Alfath Primary School Altahrir
21 Amal Hamoud Ali Gar Allah Alolofi Primary School Altahrir
22 Mariam Mohammed Mashouf Salahudeen Primary& Secondary School Maien
23 Nasser qassem Othoman Akhusain Primary School. Co-education Maien
24 Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Alhakeem Abdulateef Primary School Alsabeen

While continuing unveiling exercises of political Forces,
RSF Calls People of Yemen to Reject Sharing and Dividing Policy in Judicial Sector
The dividing and sharing policy continues to be unveiled by PRSF. Significant positions in ministries and corporations are being divided among feuding political parties and influential figures, especially Islah, GPC, president of the republic, general ali Muhsen, sons of Alahmar, with purpose of intensify control over all civil and military apparatuses. The judicial sector is most prominent. The RSF calls public opinion to reject such policy that damage the homeland and hamper aspirations of its peoples, and to pay attention to the divided posts in judicial sector, which would be core of the hoped new civil democratic state if its appointments were made as per standards of competency. The following list shows divided positions in judicial authority.
No Name Position Province loyalty
1 Ali Nasser Salem Higher judicial Board Member Abyan GPC. Abdo Rabo
2 Isam Abdul wahab Alsamawi Chief of Supreme Court. Member of Judicial Council Dhamar GPC. Ahmed Ali Saleh
3 Murshid Alarashani Minister of Justice. Member of the council Arhab Islah. Ali Muhsen
4 Ali Alawash Deputy General. Member of the Council Sana’a GPC
5 Haza’a Alusufi Secretary general of the council Islah
6 Yahya Alansi Chief Appeal court of the capital. Member of the council Mareb Islah
7 Rashid Haredi Chief of Judicial Inspection Board Aden AbduRabo
8 Shafeq Zqwqari Member of the inspection Board Aden Abdo Rabo
9 Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed Judicial Council Member
10 Mohamed Ahmed Alwadie Supreme Court Member Amran GPC
11 Muhie Aldeen Ali Ahmed Member of civil . Board (a) Ibb GPC
12 Ahmed Yahya Almutawakil Member of civil Circle. Board (a) Dhamar GPC
13 Jamal Qassem Almisbahi Member of Penal Circle. Board (a) Taiz GPC
14 Mohammed Abdulla Baswedan Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Hadramout Independent
15 Hamoud Taher Alqassemi Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Sana’a GPC
16 Ali Abdulwahed Amuhalil Member of Penal Circle. Board (d) Taiz Ali Muhsen
17 Nasser Muhsen Alaqil Member of Appeals exam Albaida Islah
18 Ahmed Mohammed Alaqida Member Sana’a Gpc
19 Abdul monim Mohammed Aliriani Member Ibb GPC
20 Alizi Mohammed Alazani Member Rada’a Independent
21 Ali Ali Awadh Member Independent
22 Abulrazaq Saeed Alakhali Member Taiz Independent
23 Ali Ali Albadani Chief of Sana’a & Aljawf Appeals Court Ibb Islah
24 Zaid Naji Aldumaini Chief of Al-baida Appeals Court Ibb Islah. Officer in First Armored Division
25 Abdulmalik Mohamed Algharasi Sa’ada Appeals Court Sana’a GPC
26 Mohammed AbduAsad Alariqi Chief of Mareb Appeals Court Taiz Islah
27 Mohammed Mansor Alshahab Chief of Raima Appeals Court Taiz GPC
28 Abdulwahab Mohammed Abdulrahan General Penal Division. Ibb GPC
29 Abdu Muhsen Mohammed Alwan Third Penal Division. The capital Appeals Aden GPC. Abu Rabo
30 Fadhel Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Third civil Division. The capital’s Appeals Ibb GPC
31 Sultan Omar Mohammed saeed Chief of First commercial Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
32 Mohammed Muhsen Alfareh member of First commercial Division. Ibb Ibb GPC
33 Abdulkareem Sharaf Alhamadi Chief of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
34 Ahmed Ali Sultan Alkamali member of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
35 Abdulhadi Abdulraqeeb Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
36 Nouman Ahmed Saif Algalal Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
37 Abdullah Abdo Mohammed Member of First Penal Court. The capital (Sana’a) Ibb Islah
38 Mohammed Ahmed Alshameri Member of Second Penal Court. The capital
39 Mohammed Aidh Member of Personal Appeals Court. The capital
40 Ali Ali Ribshan The capital’s Member of Commercial Division Mareb Islah
41 Fuad Ahmed Abdul Rahman The capital’s Appeals Court Member Taiz independent
42 Abdullah Ahmed Massoud Alusofi Taiz Appeals Court Member Taiz GPC
43 Nabeel Abdulhabeeb Alnaqeeb Member of Commercial Division. Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz GPC
44 Najeeb Mohammed saleh Qadery Chief of Third Penal Court. Hodeida Ibb GPC
45 Mohammed Abdulghani Saleh Alshamiri Member of Civil Division in Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz Islah
46 Ahmed Ameen Abdulla Almilaiki Member of Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
47 Abdulnaser Saleh Muslih Alsaeed Chief of Second Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
48 Mohammed Ahmed Jumsan Member of Penal Court Division. Hadramout Appeals Court Taiz Islah
49 Abdullatif Ismail Saleh Chief of Civil Court Division. Ammran
50 Nabeel Abdulwahab Juma’an Amran Appeals Court Member Sana’a GPC
51 Ameen Abbas Almaqtari Member of Civil Court Division. Alduraima Appeals Islah
52 Ibraheem Mohammed saeed A judge in Bani Alhareth Court

Raima Islah
53 Abdullatef Abdulrahman Member of Hajja Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
54 Nabeel Abdu Othoman Alhalimi The capital’s Prime Commercial Court Ibb GPC
55 Hilal Hafed Ali Mahfal chief of Specialized Court. The Capital Raima Islah & Ali Muhsen
56 Mohammed Ahmed Qaid Alshaghdri Chief of Taiz Commercial Court Taiz Islah
57 Shatila Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albattah A judge in Alqatn’s Court Aden Arbitrarily moved, due to a case about Minister of Justice
58 Abdullah Saleh Ahmed Chief of Hamdan Prime Court Aldhalei Islah
59 Abdulhafez Hizam Abdulla Chief of Northern Hodeida Prime Court Islah Islah
60 Mustafa Mohammed Mohammed Kashm Chief of Hodeida Commercial Prime Court Taiz GPC
61 Mohammed Abdulalim Abdulraqeeb Alsarori Chief of Hajja Prime Court Taiz Islah
62 Ali Hamoud Alaqari Chief of Qaffer Shamar’s Court Amran GPC& Hameed Alahmar
63 Mohammed qaid Mothana Chief of Aldhalei Prime Court Aldhalei GPC. Abdrabo
64 Ali Ahmed Hussain Chief of Jahran Prime Court Dhamar Islah
65 Ahmed Ali Yahia Chief of Alsharq Prime Court Hajja GPC
66 Abdulghani Abdulwali Hameed Chief of Alodain Court Ibb GPC
67 Ameen Mohammed Abdurahman Almajidi Chief of Mareb Prime Court Taiz Islah
68 Ahmed Yahya Sharaf Ali Chief of Orar Prime Court Almahwet GPC
69 Wazei Sadeq Akadri Zabid Prime Court Ibb Both are independent and arbitrary moved from Hodeida Commercial Court, violating the criteria approved by the judicial council
70 Qassim Mohammed Ali Alfalahi Zabid Prime Court Ibb

Yemen Link Dump

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:50 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

60 intelligence officers assassinated in Yemen in 2012

Sanaa: Protests call for dismissing the remainder of Saleh’s relatives from the military

Al-Qaeda kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni troops:
About 15 soldiers were killed and 25 more were wounded in an attack carried out by Al-Qaeda on Friday morning against the 15th Brigade in the coastal town of Shaqrah in Abyan.
Military sources affirmed that six suicide bombers on a bomb car managed to enter the 115th Brigade after a skirmish with guards.
They said that the bombers who had explosive belts clashed with the brigade’s soldiers and others deployed inside the brigade, affirming that three officers with colonel ranks were among the killed.
The Defense Ministry said that eight al-Qaeda militants were killed, pointing out that experts managed to dissuade their explosive belts.
This attack came one day after nine soldiers of Al-Qaeda including Nadir al-Shadadi, an al-Qaeda leader, were killed in a US air raid on Thursday. The French Total Company has agreed to raise the prices of Yemen’s liquid natural gas after six years of the inauguration of the project . The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi Newspaper quoted a Yemeni state source as saying that the company agreed to raise the prices from $3 to $7 per million BTUs. (TOTAL is the project manager, the sales department and a customer for over 1/3 of the LNG.)

10/16: One official said the attacker on a motorcycle killed Gen. Khaled al-Hashim on the spot and fled the scene. He said Al-Hashim was one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The attack follows a similar drive-by shooting last week that killed a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. Qassem Aqlani was on his way to work when a masked gunman on a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled the scene on Thursday, officials said.

FOUR DEAD IN AN ARMED ROBBERY OF GOVERNMENT BANK The Credit Agriculture Cooperative Bank in Al-Shohada’a neighborhood of Al-Hodeida was robbed at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday…Journalist Basim Al-Jenani said police checked surveillance cameras but found nothing because the cameras were switched off. “The looted money is estimated at 50,000,000 riyals, according to officials in the bank,” he said.

SANA’A, Oct. 17 — In a demonstration dubbed “Rooh Al-Thwara” (the Spirit March), Baleegh Al-Tamimi, the head of the Executive Authority at the Revolutionary Council in Taiz, along with protest organizers, called for the abolition of immunity granted to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The lawyer Haykel Bafana shown on the video is correct in stating that the US tallies all men killed in drone strikes as al Qaeda. At the same time, Obama has authorized the use of signature strikes.

US Ambassador to Yemen to Attend Pro Saleh Event; Yemen American Activists Angered

Information communication technology for a more accountable Yemeni government, paper by Walid al Saqqaf

Somalia: Puntland ‘Seizes Arms From Yemen’

Al Qaeda in Yemen: Countering the threat from the Arabian Peninsula by Katherine Zimmerman, full article at Critical Threats Project, always worth a close read

Yemen Seizes Parcel Explosives: The Yemeni authorities seized explosives including Russian-made bombs inside a parcel that was sent from Hadramout province to the capital Sanaa on Friday, the interior ministry reported. “Half a kilo of TNT, two Russian-made bombs, a mine and 50-cm detonator were seized in Sanaa inside the package, which was supposed to contain henna,” it said.

Wikileaks Gitmo: Abu Zubaydah has known detainee (al Nashiri) since 1993,87 added that it was well known detainee has excellent contacts within both the Yemeni tribes and Yemeni security services. These contacts provided travel documents and cover for extremists. s8 lAnalyst Note: These contacts contribute to detainee’s risk if he is handed over to Yemeni officials.)

Al Qaeda wants to rule south Yemen for 15 years, official says

MN: Yemeni security officials, meanwhile, said they believe militants have a hit list of officials on the new government that came to power earlier this year. They expressed fears that al-Qaida has also infiltrated military ranks and has informants who report on military movements. The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Saleh, Yemen’s former president, was toppled in the country’s uprising — the fourth longtime Arab ruler to fall as a result of the Arab Spring. But constant friction between Saleh’s remaining supporters and those of his former deputy who is now president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, have added to the volatile mix.
Since Hadi’s government offensive drove al-Qaida from southern towns and cities, militants have sought refuge in mountain areas and have retaliated with assassinations of top security officials. They have also staged deadly suicide bombings targeting the military and civilian militias working alongside the army.
One of the worst attacks against the Yemeni army took place on May 21, when a suicide bomber — who turned out to be a son of a colonel — blew himself up in the middle of a military rehearsal in the capital, Sanaa, killing around 100 soldiers.
A month later, an al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets, killing at least 10.
In March, al-Qaida militants launched a surprise pre-dawn attack on a southern base while troops slept, killing 185 troops and capturing 73. The fighters sprayed tents where soldiers had been sleeping with gunfire. They dumped their bodies in the desert, some beheaded, and paraded dozens of captured soldiers through a nearby town.

Awlaki’s Croatian wife

The Link: Will Abu Hamza’s trial implicate Ali Mohsen and al Zindani in terrorist acts?

Filed under: 9 hostages, Abyan, Military, USS Cole — by Jane Novak at 5:24 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

The kidnappers called General Ali Mohsen as verified by one of the hostages and Mohsen who said they called to negotiate. The following article (manually translated) says that both Mohsen and al Zindani are worried about what information may be exposed during the trial of Abu Hamza al Masiri.

The 2006 book Imperial Grunts by Robert Kaplan talks about the CIA paying “bad guy” General Ali Mohsen earlier in the decade as the cost of doing business in Yemen. Mohsen officially handled “the jihaddist file” for former president Saleh until his defection to the revolution in March 2011. From 2006-2010, Ali Mohsen commanded military forces and jihaddists in Saada against the Houthis in a manner thought to comprise war crimes. State tactics, like the denial of food to the region and mass arrests, were also labeled collective punishment by international rights groups. The pipeline of Yemeni and foreign jihaddists and suicide bombers to Iraq 2004-2007 ran through Mohsen’s camps and safe houses, with Ali Saleh’s full knowledge and approval. Not to mention the USS Cole bombing.

The US is long overdue in recognizing that “some officers hands are stained with the blood of our soldiers”, instead of continually placating and bribing both Saleh and Mohsen, two of the biggest terrorist facilitators in the region. But its a long shot in the absence of a rational US policy on Yemen.

Article below notes Dajalul was appointed a government position in Amran after his release in 2004.

The Link: Trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri, in America, is it going to finish with the request of trial ” Ali Mohsen” and ” al-Zindani ” ?
Recently Britain handed Abu Hamza al-Masri to America for trial in America on terrorism-related offenses, and actually Abu Hamza’s trial began in America .trial will address issues related with Abu Hamza al-Masri , especially those relating to the kidnapping of 16 British and an Australian hostages. it took place in Abyan carried out in 98 and the ( Aden-Abyan ) Army in the province of Abyan , Which claimed the lives of a number of kidnapped when freed. The issue then was about a close relationship with Abu Hamza, according to the confessions of the accused during their trial in Yemen. So Yemeni authorities call on Britain to hand over Abu Hamza for trial, and accused him of officially being behind terrorist operations, and terrorist groups in Yemen.

On the other hand Ali Mohsen was a close relationship with the Army of Aden, and behind the same process , according to the results of trial Abulhassan Almihdhar,the main culprit of the process., Who sentenced to death and executed, he said,” we had informed the commander Ali Mohsen of the process but it is he who instructed us to do to put pressure on the authority to release our detainees” .He added” after kidnapping told him we have got sixteen cartons”, means kidnappers. And he was in contact with us and follow the process , and then reported information said that Abu Hamza al-Masri was on full coordination with the kidnappers side with Ali Mohsen in his activities and relationships in Yemen on the other, in real Ali Mohsen was direct contact with Abu Hamza al-Masri, in Britain, in particular coordination on some financial matters.

Things do not stop at this point, but extends to the bombing, which spilled over to the British Embassy, which was carried out by the time Abu Bakr close Djajul of Mohsen , who appointed him as an officer, and was appointed director of one of the districts of Amran governorate released after the end of 2004.
And who has appointed .

And timely trial revealed elements of the Army (Aden / Abyan) that the army was formed in the (Al-eyman University ) by confessions Abu Huraira Altunisi , also Abu Hassan Mehdar revealed that he was one of the guards ” Sheikh Zindani”, who in turn had a relationship with Abu Hamza, who was sending him students Muslims of Britain and Europe to study at (Al-Eyman University ) Which founded by Zindani and includes a large group of students from different nationalities.

Informed sources said that Mohsen follow Abu Hamza trial with deep concern , and his worried increased after last meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Guard commander, and reportedly that ” U.S. National Security Advisor” said to President Hadi, ” some of your officers their hands stained with the blood of our soldiers “, and benefit information that Mohsen and Zindani formed a team of lawyers those close to them to study and monitor the trial of, in America step by steps, fearing of surprises not agreed with him. and they had told him some specific messages before being handed over to America during his trial in Britain.

due to the relationship between “Ali Mohsen” and ” al-Zindani” with Abu Hamza al-Masri, there is likely to be tried both of them , in the case they discovery that there is a link between ” ali mohsen ” and ” the bombing of the USS Cole ” and other issues related which Abu Hamza al-Masri trial about it currently in America

Original Arabic below: (Read on …)

Yemen Defense Min targeted for assassination for 7th time, AQAP raid

Filed under: Ministries, Post Saleh, Security Forces, mil restrucuturing, state jihaddists, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 7:48 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The assassination spree by the al Qaeda hit squad, or some mercenary facsimile thereof, continues with a gusto. Security officers are targeted and killed in the south with alarming regularity, about once a week. The pattern is highly reminiscent of the period between unity (1990) and the civil war (1994) when al Qaeda targeted YSP leaders and over 150 were killed. The 1994 document of Pledge and Accord begins by demanding Saleh stop employing terrorists and terrorism against southerners to achieve his political goals, but he never did.

The deposed (half of the) Saleh dictatorship continued to conduct false flag attacks (pipelines anyone?) or hired al Qaeda types or used intelligence officers disguised as AQ to conduct operations against internal rivals or to shift the political winds. Its not only a matter of exploiting al Qaeda attacks to gain international support; its also a matter of ordering them.

When is the US going to talk about the tourist murders and the plots against the British ambassador or the South Korean officials as Saleh’s foreign policy in action? Much, maybe most, of the al Qaeda violence in Yemen is self-generated, but some is designed. Its a good thing the US remembered belatedly to add the terrorism exclusion to Saleh’s immunity deal.

Sana’a: Yemen’s Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed escaped an assassination attempt Tuesday near his home located in the capital city of Sana’a, Xinhua reported. A car bomb was discovered near Ahmed’s house and was removed before it could explode, said police sources.

This was the seventh occasion when militants, suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), targeted the defence minister since the interim Yemeni government came into existence last December.

On Sep 11, a car bomb attack targeting the defence minister’s motorcade in Sana’a killed 12 people, including his seven bodyguards. The minister was critically injured in his chest, with his face bruised

They probably saved a lot of lives by rolling this one up. The gas cylinders were first used in Yemen in the 2005 twin attacks on the oil facilities.

Reuters: Army and security forces raided a house in the southern province of Aden at dawn, killing three militants in clashes that went on for almost two hours, the Interior Ministry said. Four soldiers were wounded.

“A large amount of various explosives was found in most of the rooms in addition to booby-trapped gas cylinders and cars ready to be used in suicide attacks and weapons including a rocket and explosive belts,” the Defense Ministry website quoted a security source as saying.

The house, in Mansoura city, was used as a headquarters for al Qaeda leaders in Aden to plan for attacks and a bomb factory, the source said.

Security forces seized documents and computers which contained plans to attack vital establishments in the province including military, security and civil buildings, the source said.

A local security source told Reuters among those killed was a Somali fighter, adding that the cell was behind several suicide attacks and assassination attempts in Aden over the past few months.

Al Beidh boycotts Southern Yemen conference, new reformist Islamic party meets in Sanna, Updates

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:12 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update 4: News of the conference

Update 3: Nuba trashes the conference as held by those with a totalitarian mentality and says, “Ba’oum is not one of those who early joined the Movement, but joined in January 2008 and Ali Salem al-Baid joined in May 9, 2009.”

Update 2: a few months old but good analysis of the configuration in South Yemen

Update: Mousa Alnmrani, media officer at Hood, and others announced the first meeting of the new political party, a reformist offshoot of Islah. The legal thresholds to form a political party should be low enough that a multiplicity of political parties can form. Currently the financial requirements as well as the number of initial founding members are high, keeping political party formation an elite activity initially. I guess the Rashad Party is going to keep with established Yemeni tradition of not having an English spokesperson.

Party launched Federation of Yemeni Rashad, on Sunday, September 30 / September 2012, the work of its founding congress, under the slogan “the arbitration law of God and the reform of society and achieving renaissance of Yemen”, in the presence of party leaders and official representatives of the Parties Affairs Committee.
At the opening ceremony, which was launched in any of the Holy Quran, the President of the Federation of Rashad Dr Muhammad ibn Musa al-Amiri speech in which he welcomed the attendees, stressing that the party which declares today its launch will reach out to all forces and parties on the Yemeni arena, without exception, in terms of “virtue, righteousness and piety.”

Southern conference

South Yemen separatist leader Baid boycotts talks (AFP) : ADEN — Yemen’s Southern Movement kicked-off Sunday a meeting calling for independence for the south from the central government in Sanaa, but the conference was boycotted by a leading separatist leader.

Yemen’s prominent separatist leader, Ali Salem al-Baid, a former vice president who lives in exile, boycotted the conference, saying it was not well prepared.

Baid, who a few days earlier had expressed his intention of not attending the conference, and his supporters represent a hardline faction of the movement. (Read on …)

Yemen rented electric generators for more than their purchase price

Filed under: Corruption, Electric — by Jane Novak at 10:06 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Every ministry is like this, the sums are enormous, but without holding anyone accountable (all crimes were forgiven in the amnesty), there is little incentive to change practices or be more transparent. Also this scam (where generators were rented for greater than the amount of purchase, and the funds allocated exceeded the amount billed) is coming to light via the SEMC not COCAO or SNACC.

The strain on the majority of the populace which lacks of electricity is tremendous. For the origins of the electric shortage, mismanagement and overt theft of allocated funds, see my category Electric. Its also pathetic that all these scandals are only receiving serious scrutiny years after I first wrote about them, whether its the Port of Aden, the oil smuggling, the LNG deal, the diversion of medical supplies; the point being grand corruption was never a secret, and the starvation now is not due to a lack of aid or money but corruption and malfeasance.

Economists and journalists accuse Minister of Electricity and energy of tampering funds allocated for providing power

The Studies and Economic Media center (SEMC) has urged the Yemeni government to uphold transparency in clenching power purchase contracts to offset the electricity shortage across the country.

The Center criticized the violations committed by the government when it bought a total of 60 megawatts over the past few months at the price of of 35.5 million to offset electricity shortage in Aden for two years.

The amount, which is much higher than the real value of the leased generators generating the purchased power, also includes 3.5 million in insurance to be paid for maintenance and fuel, it highlighted. It pointed out that the power bills handed over to Aden port and free zone customs authorities amounted to only 10 million while the value of the purchased power stood at 35.5 million dollars. (Read on …)

Misunderstanding the concept of “state”, Hashid tribesmen declare war on Houthis & pledge loyalty to Hadi

Filed under: Saada War, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

1) head of the PSO Galed al Gamish has to go, neutrality or not, 2) loyalty to the state does not mean taking up arms unilaterally to wage a sub-war 3) the Houthi issue has to be resolved through dialog not arms 4) applying the constitution does not mean taking the law into your own hands or applying a violent tribal remedy, does Sadiq have any idea how contradictory and illogical that position is? 5) the Houthis have to stop expanding and fighting, there is no doubt, but Hashid tribesmen launching a seventh Saada war is only going to be another pointless blood bath and 6) Yemeni politics is comprised of various competing cults of personality in an ever shifting caste system.

Yemen Fox, Tribal unanimous agreement to free Sa’ada of Houthis

Sheikhs and officials of Yemeni Hashid Tribe reiterated their support to President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi in building the new Yemen.

At their Saturday meeting hosted by the Tribe’s senior Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmer, sheikhs and tribesmen of Hashid stated that they “will not remain tied-handed towards violence ongoing in Raida, Sa’ada, Hajjah and some nearby areas,” calling on other tribesmen to line up and unite position against “enemies of the nation.” (Read on …)

SOHR Quarterly Report, Human Rights abuses in South Yemen, fatality list

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:33 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the SOHR quarterly report from June through August 2012. I’m popping out the section on air strikes which notes the hits and misses, and the fatality list which includes all dead including airstrikes (it skips from 81 to 97) and pasting the entire 34 page report below and asking the Southern Observatory on Human Rights to post it to Scribd.

Its substantial documentation (complete with photos) of the ongoing targeting of southerners, innocent people, because of activities related to the Southern Mobility movement. The woman killed on the way to pick up her wedding dress and the guy dragged to death behind a government car are particularly egregious. While physical damage and deaths from the CT air strikes are mixed in, overall the report documents injuries at protests, the targeting of journalists, assassinations and the same type of collective brutality that has been going on since 2007.

With the National Dialog looming, Hadi has to step in with some confidence building measures, or at least denounce the pogrom, or it will demonstrate he either has no control or is in favor of it. The SOHR really needs a website. The following is the English version as received:

Air strikes hit civilian houses :
Resort Yemeni regime in confrontations with elements (Al Qaeda) to use air strikes, raids, which often exceeded its goals to claim the lives of civilian citizens, and some of them have target individuals not connected with al-Qaeda, as well as what caused the raids of threat and intimidation of the people fear that devastating missiles.would follow them.

While condemning the observatory those raids that results are in turn extrajudicial killings, as well as non-observance of the norms of humanity, we call on the government of Yemen not to resort to use whether using their air jets for war or those carried out by U.S. drone, as operations are not justified , Authority forces can field tracking methods lead to the fight against terrorism and the arrest of its elements and bring them to trial in accordance with the law, as much as they were able on June 12 of Liberation Abyan province of those elements.

We note that these raids, although achieved some goals, but it can cause loss of lives and property of civilians, making it unacceptable way, lead to pitting and wrath of the citizens of the south towards them. There still massacre village expedited killed 56 people, mostly women and children, in December 2009 still visible, as the raid carried out in the area “Khcamr” Directorate cotton on 29 Aug. and killed Professor Educational Salem bin Ahmed Jaber and Captain Walid bin Abdullah Jaber without have two links with al-Qaeda according to assertions parents, had aroused the wrath and anger of the citizens of the province of Hadramout and other southern provinces .

Also fell victim to an air raid carried out on June 14 on the city of Shakra of Abyan province, four children and a woman and injuring four others, including the bombing of a house belonging to “Hadi Amavat” and claimed the lives of his wife and two daughters. Also hit a house belonging to “Almawwada” next to it, as well as vertical house that killed his son, aged 4 years and 6 years old daughter.

Also led an air raid carried out on 13 June on the city of Azzan Shabwa province to the destruction of plant structural brick-making, as well as a nearby houses of Razi clinic and a damaged mosques worship. On the other hand led airstrike on June 20 injured motorcade continued to the International Red Cross Organization in Mahvd and caused the death of a member of the Group, Mr. Hussein Saleh Al Yazidi .

The flights, which have been implemented by government aircraft and other unidentified cities and districts south, are other not takes into account the legal systems of flying do not

Fatality list

Killed southern people by different attacks in the period:
June, July and August 2012
Nr Name Date Province Case Comments
1. Mohammed F Nasse 2012- 6-1 Lahj killed In shooting on a protest march in Alhoutah
2. Farooq M H Mohammed 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
3. Ali A Halim 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
4. Sallal A Fadhl 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
5. Salim M Alqarqari 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
6. Ali S Alqubati 2012- 6-8 Lahj killed In shooting on people in the Market of Alanad.
7. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 6-9 Aden died due to As a result of torture during
8. Azman A Alfaqih 2012- 6-10 Lahj killed In shooting on a people in Aldhali
9. Khalid Assawab 2012- 6-12 Shabwah killed Killed by somebody protected by governmental parties
10. Hadi Ambaat 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
11. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s wife) 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her home in Shuqrah
12. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 1st daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
13. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 2nd daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
14. Um Salim A Saleh 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah.
15. Iman Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
16. Taif Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed Killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
17. Darwish A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
18. Aina A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed 1.5 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
19. Shadi A Y Mubarak 2012- 6-15 Aden killed In a Shooting on Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
20. Mahrah A Bin Attaf 2012- 6-16 Aden Killed Killed by asniper in Almansoorah on her way to pick up her wedding dress.
21. Othman A Arrifaii 2012- 6-17 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
22. Mohamed M Alfayadhi 2012- 6-18 Shabwah killed By a crossfire between soldiers and armed group.
23. General Salim M Qatan 2012- 6-18 Aden killed Suicide bombing in Almansoorah
24. Mahmud M Ahmad (Azzaeem)2012- 6-18 Aden killed Injured by security forces than pulled by military vehicle in the street to death
25. Fahim S Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
26. Anis M Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
27. Ahmad G Haidarah 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
28. Hussein S Alyazidi 2012- 6-20 Shabwah killed By an air raid on a red-cross car in Almahfad.
29. Muad M Hassan 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
30. Abdurrahman A Alkhadhar 2012- 6-22 Aden killed By the shooting at the funeral of Gamal Haidarah
31. Fadhk K Saleh 2012- 6-22 Aden killed Tortured to death in Almansoorah prison.
32. Ahmad K Arrakhm 2012- 6-23 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by an sniper in Almansoorah on 22 June..
33. Alkhadhar H |Assaqqaf 2012- 6-25 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by a sniper in
Almansoorah on 22 June.
34. Ahmad S Awadh 2012- 6-30 Aden killed Shot dead in his car in Darsaad
35. Maarib N Mohamed 2012- 7-3 Lahj killed Shot dead by an unknown armed group in front of his family in
36. Mohamed S Allmahthuthi 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed in his car in Khormachser
37. Atif A Bin Ubaidallah 2012- 7-7 Hadramout killed Shot dead by soldiers in Sayun.
38. Salah S Muqlif 2012- 7-7 Hadramout died due to injuries Run over by a military car.
39. Marwan A Alazb 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Darsaad
40. Fahd A Aljunaidi 2012- 7-7 Abyan killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
41. Mohamed F Aldhalii 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
42. Adil H Jabir 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
43. Ahmad A Albajh 2012- 7-10 Lahj killed Shot dead in Sinah, Aldhali
44. Khaled A Assawabi 2012- 7-11 Shabwah killed Found dead in his can in Baihan.14
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Killed in his house in front of his family by Soldiers in Almansoorah.
46. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 7-11 Aden died due to torture, Tortured to death during interrogation.
47. Abdulfattah Mohamed 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Found dead in Asheich Othman.
48. Mohamed M Alfaraa 2012- 7-13 Aden died due to injuries Injured by a sniper in Almansoorah and died some days later
49. Saeed A Bilfaqih 2012- 7-23 Hadramout killed Killed by an unknown person in Gheil Bawazir
50. Hani A Haggash 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
51. Mohamed O Alshahmi 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
52. Raid M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
53. Mukhtar M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
54. Abdullah S Mubarak 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
55. Mahdi A SAeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
56. Mohamed Grdi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
57. Salim A Abudah 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
58. Imad Albaiti 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
59. Ahmad S Hussein 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
60. Almsadi Bateis 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
61. Abdullah M Aqil 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
62. Wasfi Saeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
63. Raif S Ahmad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
64. Ahmad H Alqarshi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
65. Ihab M Arrahwi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
66. Fadhl M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
67. Ali M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
68. Fathi M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
69. Ghassan A Nasser 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
70. Wajdi Tbail 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
71. Abdullah Alhassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
72. Arif M Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
73. Abduallah S Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
74. Ali S Saleh 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
75. Aqeel M Aqeel 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
76. Luei A Blal 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
77. Ali Saad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
78. Mohamed S Hassab 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
79. Yassir Muhsin 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
80. Abdulwasi Almakhzumi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
81. Abdullah Amshai 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
90 Corpses of 9 persons handed over to their families
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
97 Burned corpses of 9 persons
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
98 Brigadier-general Omar S Ba-Barasheed 2012- 8-9 Hadramout killed In a car bomb explosion in Almukall
99 Muaad Alfadhli 2012- 8-10 Abyan killed Kidnapped by an armed group and found dead later.
100 Hussein M Alqarshi 2012- 8-11 Aden killed By a grenade thrown to his house in Almaala
101 Muteei A Algihafi 2012- 8-11 Lahj died due to injuries Shot dead in Aldhali
102 Azman Alwan 2012- 8-15 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Jiaar
103 Fadhl Faraj 2012- 8-17 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Alhalimah..
104 Sadiq F Muneei 2012- 8-18 Adhali killed Shot dead by armed group belonging to government in Aldhali.
105 Ahmad Bahmaish 2012- 8-20 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Crater
106 Mohamed H Bkairi 2012- 8-26 Aden killed While shooting on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah.
107 Scheich Salim A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
108 Walid A A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other
people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
109 Abdulwahid A Saleh 2012- 8-30 Aden killed Run over by an unknown car.

Update: entire text copied below but its out of format, includes injuries and arrests:

Quarterly report for the Southern Observatory for Human
Rights (SOHR) for June, July and August 2012 about the
human rights situation in southern Yemen.
Bern, 28 September, 2012
The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) issues its quarterly report for the period
of August, July and June 2012. The report indicates grave violations committed by the
Yemeni police forces against the citizens of Southern Yemen, stressing that such violations
inherently contradict domestic and international law which does not absolve the perpetrators
of the legal accountability whether domestic or international; especially that such violations
are marked with the cruel and violent nature of excessive force. (Read on …)

Yemenis protest for return of assets stolen by deposed dictator, Yemenia factsheet

Filed under: Transportation, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:36 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Returning hundreds of millions or maybe 32 billion the Saleh family looted would help the Yemeni govt face the dire poverty of its citizens and would take an important weapon out of Saleh’s hands. However, the Obama administration steadfastly opposed such a move, and the protesters demands, for well over a year.

The US demanded Saleh be absolved of his war crimes in a major break with international law, and he can keep the all fruits of decades of gross corruption. For example, the chairman of Yemenia was Saleh’s son-in-law. Yemenia’s fact sheet shows 60 million spent in renovations since 2000, including 20 million for an upgraded maintenance facility. The fleet is comprised of six functioning aircraft with 12 more inoperable. Several planes are on order but their status is unclear. Update: Transportation Minister pledges to recover stolen funds, assets/

Sun Herald: SANAA, YEMEN — Thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital on Friday, demanding the return of millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The protests in Sanaa come a week after several nations backing Yemen’s political transition pushed for sanctions against Saleh’s loyalists for undermining the country’s shift to democracy after a year of turmoil and bloodshed. The non-military sanctions could include freezing financial assets or travel bans.

Saleh had reportedly accumulated significant wealth during nearly 30 years in power in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East. He stepped down earlier this year after a popular uprising forced him into relinquishing power in return for immunity from prosecution. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president in February to replace Saleh. (Read on …)

Al Beidh denies urged postponement of Southern Conference, maybe

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:23 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

I’ll update my prior post to include al Beidh’s possible denial, which may or may not mean he didnt send the letter, but I still think he’s a non-starter, an opportunist and southern Yemenis could do much better in terms of effective representation and leadership. Or maybe the statement was retracted because it was rejected and Baoum is moving ahead.

More analysis from Marib press with a bit of schadenfreude on the divide between the two southern personalities and the many distinct groups. Baoum’s group is The Supreme Preparatory Committee for the First National Conference of the Supreme Council for the peaceful mobility for the liberation of the south (SPCFNCSCPMLS). Once years ago, there was an announcement of a southern conference and elections of a unified body including General Nuba who later said said he wasn’t even there. So not only is the Southern Movement very complex, with many distinct groupings, loyalties and personalities, its often unclear what is actually happening even after official statements. Its astounding and disappointing at this late date, the southern movement can’t resolve its internal differences or even agree to the rules of the game in order to present a coherent platform and strategy beyond “independence”.

Yaf3e Press: Salem al-Baid on remarks published in the media came in exile who received newspaper Yafea copy said “starting salute fans and rules peaceful movement for liberation of the south on their interaction and their support for the message President Ali Salem al-Baid regarding postponement of the Council peaceful movement to liberate South, dated September 17, 2012, and sent to both the head of the Supreme Council for the peaceful motionless, his deputies and his advisor and Secretary General of the Council and the heads of the provincial councils.

He explained, “The president Ali Salem al-Baid stands at the same distance from everyone, and his hard and obviously what came in that letter, and it deny categorically our news tendentious received in” low home “and passed other sites, which I talked about support President to convene the conference under the current circumstances and to be held in September 30, and unless it gets.

Study: disrupting recruitment more important than targeting leadership

Filed under: Counter-terror, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:18 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Meh, maybe if we exempt bomb makers. Thwarting recruitment doesn’t get much or enough attention as an vital CT strategy, its always tomorrow’s problem.

Balt Sun: U.S. counterterrorism efforts monitor and sort vast databases of information for clues on potential plots. Now a team of University of Maryland researchers have used data-mining techniques employed by online giants like Google and to aid in the fight against terror.

In the same way corporate America uses algorithms to predict what consumers are most likely to buy or what ads they might click, the researchers analyzed two decades of data on Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. They were looking for patterns around attacks, including the 2008 shootings and bombings in Mumbai that some compare to the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

The study found that the most effective means of thwarting such violence include stirring dissension within the terrorist group, promoting government crackdowns on its activity and thwarting recruitment efforts — not arresting or attacking the group’s leaders.

The research has implications for current counterterrorism efforts, its authors say, and could give insight into other terror networks and how to best prevent future attacks.

Pres Hadi on US drones: more precise than the Yemeni Air Force

Filed under: Counter-terror, Sana'a, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:04 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Drone strikes are an improvement from aging and imprecise Soviet aircraft in the Yemeni air force, said Hadi, and that’s indisputable. (Why Saleh poured millions on the decrepit MIGs is another story.) Hadi, like Obama, personally approves all strikes in advance.

President Hadi was the only foreign leader that Obama actually had a meeting with, and the US considers him much more reliable than Saleh, not a high threshold to beat. Hadi said there are more controls that should reduce or hopefully eliminate errors and civilian casualties which are the primary concern among Yemenis and others. With 33 airstrikes this year, and 10 last year, the ratio of the death of innocents has dropped substantially, if we use the US metric that every male over 16 killed in a drone strike is assumed a terrorist and legitimate target.

Those in Yemen like HOOD who continually decry a loss of Yemeni sovereignty over its airspace should be reassured, but probably won’t be, by Hadi’s comments that he retains control. Those who see the air strikes as the harbinger of an impending US invasion are disconnected from reality and/or engaging in incitement and wouldn’t be swayed by any facts or adjustments to the program. The Houthis consider the Youtube trailer for the 2002 movie Rules of Engagement to be an CIA blueprint of some sort, really. Its a phrase to be avoided.

NYT: President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, elected in a one-candidate election in February, said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the precision afforded by drones gave them a marked advantage over the aging Soviet aircraft in the Yemeni Air Force.

“They pinpoint the target and have zero margin of error, if you know what target you’re aiming at,” said Mr. Hadi, a former army officer and the successor to Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after protests against his three-decade rule.

The United States “helped with their drones because the Yemeni Air Force cannot carry out missions at night,” he said. “The electronic brain’s precision is unmatched by the human brain.” —

On Tuesday, President Obama underscored America’s gratitude to Mr. Hadi by dropping by as the Yemeni president met in New York with John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism adviser. While Mr. Obama spoke briefly with several heads of state at a reception during the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Mr. Hadi was the only one singled out for a meeting.

CT center in Sanaa includes Oman, SA, US and Yemeni reps

WAPO: Yemen’s president said Saturday that he personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country and described the remotely piloted aircraft as a technical marvel that has helped reverse al-Qaeda’s gains.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi also provided new details about the monitoring of counterterrorism missions from a joint operations center in Yemen that he said is staffed by military and intelligence personnel from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Oman…

Hadi’s comments mark the first time he has publicly acknowledged his direct role in a campaign of strikes by U.S. drones and conventional aircraft targeting an al-Qaeda franchise that is seen as the most potent terrorist threat to the United States.

“Every operation, before taking place, they take permission from the president,” Hadi said in an interview with reporters and editors from The Washington Post. Praising the accuracy of the remotely operated aircraft, he added, “The drone technologically is more advanced than the human brain.”

Hadi’s enthusiasm helps to explain how, since taking office in February after a popular revolt ended President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule, he has come to be regarded by Obama administration officials as one of the United States’ staunchest counterterrorism allies.

In a sign of Hadi’s standing, he was greeted by President Obama during meetings at the United Nations in New York last week and has met with a parade of top administration officials in Washington, including Vice President Biden, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The pace of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen has surged during the past year, as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula gained territory in the southern part of the country and continued to mount attacks against the United States, according to U.S. officials who said they disrupted an airline bomb plot earlier this year that originated in Yemen.

The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command and the CIA have carried out 33 airstrikes in Yemen this year, compared to 10 in 2011, according to the Long War Journal Web site, which tracks drone attacks.

In the interview, Hadi alluded to civilian casualties and errant strikes earlier in the campaign, which began in December 2009, but he said that the United States and Yemen have taken “multiple measures to avoid mistakes of the past.”

He also described a joint operations facility near Sanaa, the capital, that serves as an intelligence nerve center for operations against AQAP, as the terrorist group’s Yemeni affiliate is known. “You go to the operations center and see operations taking place step by step,” Hadi said.

U.S. Special Operations drones patrol Yemen from a base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. The CIA aircraft are flown from a separate facility on the Arabian Peninsula whose location has not been publicly disclosed.

HRW: “The (Yemeni) Central Security Forces’ failure to stop the shooting suggests either gross negligence or complicity with the gunmen”

Filed under: Mahweet, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a thorough summary of the March 18, 2011 massacre in Yemen including the literal firewall that kept protesters in the square after the snipers opened fire and the role of Yahya Saleh, head of one of the US supported CT units. The US desire to retain Yahya and Ahmed Ali in their roles as heads of the CT forces is one of the main obstacles to a peaceful transition of power so maybe Obama should sanction himself.

The March 18 massacre was so egregious and barbaric that half the corrupted regime defected to the side of the protesters. The US however withheld from calling for Saleh’s removal. In fact, US Def Sec Gates announced days later that the US had done no post-Saleh planning and, “We’ve had a good working relationship with President Saleh. He’s been an important ally in the counter-terrorism arena.”

BTW the son of the governor of Mahweet from post, Yemen: Son of governor escapes justice after massacre:


And yes, the US/SA/UN granted immunity for the Saleh regime does tend to complicate matters.

Yemen: Massacre Investigation Badly Flawed
Conduct New Probe Into 2011 Killings of 45 Protesters

(Sanaa, September 27, 2012) – The previous Yemeni government’s investigation into the so-called Friday of Dignity massacre on March 18, 2011, in Yemen’s capital is marred throughout by flaws and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Yemeni authorities should order a new inquiry into the attack, the deadliest by pro-government gunmen on protesters during the 2011 uprising, Human Rights Watch said. The attack in Sanaa killed 45 people and wounded up to 200 others, and became a symbol of resistance to then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The criminal trial of 78 defendants in the case is scheduled to begin on September 29, 2012.

“The previous government’s investigation of the Friday of Dignity killings was deeply flawed and may have been a brazen attempt to shield government officials from prosecution,” said Letta Tayler, senior Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Yemen’s new government should demonstrate its commitment to justice for serious rights abuses by carrying out a new inquiry.” (Read on …)

Al Beidh urges postponing Southern Yemen Conference, Feierstein says al Beidh paid by Iran (true)

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Civil Unrest, Interviews, Iran, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 9:34 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Al Beidh never did anything good for southerners since 2007. As teen age boys died on the streets holding his photo and were jailed by the hundreds by the Saleh War Mafia, he did nothing, not even one English statement or raising a case with the UN or documenting the crimes of a decade. Now al Beidh-for his own reasons- is impeding long overdue efforts to organize a southern conference, establish representatives and develop a consensus that enables southerners to work together to secure rights, aid and progress. (Even consistent electricity would be a great step in Aden, but its very important to get a fair share of the donor funds distributed directly to the families literally starving in the south as elsewhere.)

Below is an interview with US Amb Feierstein about Iran funneling money to Al Beidh in Lebanon, and thats true–the money flows both directly and indirectly. Also the al Faroush have made significant gains in infiltrating Hirak.

Ahmed Al Hobaishi is printing al Beidh’s photos, so broadly the GPC is cloning Hirak, but specifically it leads to the question of the linkage between the Saleh forces and Iran in the south as well as Saada.

We know that Saleh long has had good relations with Iranian intelligence, the al Quds force, so maybe the issue boils down again to Saleh, in this case bringing in the Iranian meddlers to aid in his counter-revolution by bolstering al Beidh and elements of the Houthis. Certainly Iran like AQAP would prefer Saleh back in his seat. The only question is why does the US appear to agree.

The youth and residents of South Yemen might do well to start practicing the democracy and self determination they demand from the UN instead of relying on the self interested al Beidh. Al Beidh has not confronted the southern public with the reality that the UN totally and clearly abandoned the southern cause ( including UN SC res 924 and 931) in the latest UN SC resolutions 2014 and 2051. I received the following al Beidh statement from the same source that has been sending me al Beidh’s statements for years, so its authentic. Googlish below:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الاخ المناضل حسن احمد باعوم رئيس المجلس الاعلى للحراك السلمي لتحرير
واستقلال الجنوب المحترم
الاخوة المناضلين من نواب الرئيس المحترمين
الاخ الأمين العام للمجلس المحترمين والأخ مستشار رئيس المجلس الأعلى
الاخوة المناضلين رؤساء المحافظات ونوابهم المحترمون
تحية نضالية وبعد (Read on …)

Assorted Yemen Links

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

9/30 Intel officer shot dead in Aden: The masked assailants, who were on a motorcycle, shot and killed Ahmed al-Barakani, a colonel in the domestic military intelligence agency in Aden’s neighborhood of Tawahi before fleeing the area, the local government official said, requesting anonymity.

9/29: Four GPC members killed en route to Marib and another assassination attempt on Popular Committee leader in Lawder:

ADEN (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed himself and a bystander in south Yemen on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a government official who had targeted al Qaeda militants, a security source said.

The attacker walked up to the parked car of Mohammed Aidarous, head of a “popular committee” of tribal volunteers who helped the army oust militants from the town of Lawdar in Abyan province this year.

Aidarous, the local government official in charge of Lawdar, was not in the vehicle, but a bystander was also killed in the blast, the source said. Four people in the car and five passers-by were injured. The source identified the bomber as 20-year-old Ali Mohammed Hossain from Abyan province.

Unemployment in Yemen: estimated to be as high as 50 percent, this according to recent statistics compiled by the Social and Economic Development Research Center (SEDRC). Amongst youths, however, the unemployment rate is estimated to be much higher, with statistics indicating that 73.3 percent of youths are jobless.

Analysis: Where will Yemen’s aid money go?


Al Jasheen sheik’s forces in Ibb throw child from roof to extort funds

Sanna court recovers 300M YR stolen government money

AQAP announces withdrawal from Aden and Abyan to northern provinces

Yemen backers name groups for possible sanctions

World Bank Joint Social and Economic Assessment Citizens need to see positive changes in their daily lives urgently

Another assassination:Abdulilah Al-Ashwal, a colonel in the Political Security Office, the domestic intelligence service, was leaving a mosque in the Safiya district of Sanaa when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on him, the source said.

Yemen: Displacement, Refugees, Food Security, Malnutrition and Humanitarian Presence and a map

The Role of Youth Activists in Yemen’s Transition Process Chatham

Hadi would talk to AQAP if they renounce violence and extremism

Yemeni women worse off after revolution Asarq

Yemen Gas Company corrupt protests assert

333 violations against journalists 2011

Hadi sacks Saleh’s nephew in Washington: President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi dismissed a nephew of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Tayseer Saleh, as a military attaché in Washington and appointed a new one, Mohammed Ibrahim.

A Yemeni newspaper, Al-Shara’a said that Ibrahim is a retired general from Abyan governorate, pointing out that he could not accompany Hadi as his travel documents were not completed.

Yemen to Cancel Power Generation Project:

Saleh acts as if still in power, undermining transition

Marginalized (blacks, “Akhdam”) demand to be included in dialog

Balhaf pipeline blown up

Over 300 decrees issued by Hadi replacing officials 1) how to create a system where the best qualified and the hardest workers are selected, more importantly 2) how to create a system of transparency that holds public officials, no matter who they are, accountable for their budgets and actions

Marginalized demand participation in National Dialog Marginalized is term used by those too tactful to say Akhdam which means slave, and African-Yemenis (blacks) are subject to institutionalized discrimination as well as social abuse: “At the conference, outlets were distributed that said the marginalized people account for 12% of Yemen’s population…about 3 million, most of whom are illiterate and live under the poverty line.”

Taiz: pro-Saleh Vice governor’s forces attack government compound, rejects decision of newly appointed governor

Amnesty International 11 point plan for Yemen

Succinct: “The Gulf initiative fault is that it wanted the removal of Saleh but the stay of his regime, which is impossible,” said an independent analyst in Sanaa. “Saleh did not build a state but a gang that is still controlling the army and security forces which make it impossible for change to take place; the deal granted him immunity from prosecution and released his hand to spoil the transition”, he said.

Revolution Salvation Front (RSF) have strongly denounced policy of sharing adopted by president Abdrabo Mansor Hadi and stated in the recent presidential appointments whether about governors or the addition to technical national dialogue committee TNDC, which, in general, confirm emerging a new coalition among Hadi and Islah party from one hand, and power forces that triumphed in 1994 civil war, eliminating all political parties from arena.

Confirming seriousness of such old coalitions action being revived through recent manifestations, frankly monopolizing key positions in various apparatuses of the state, to the increase of popular anger, it calls for evacuating public job from political sharing mentality and adopting principles of competency and professionalism in appointing process, taking into account sensitivity of some political appointments, such as appointing mayors affiliated with Islah in provinces with political and social tension among Islah and Huthis. New recently appointed members in TNDC is an addition as they form the Hirak while being Islah affiliates.

Yemen scenarios and indicators Chatham

Al Masiri extradition to US cleared

Yemen To Get UAVs From The U.S.: “Yemen’s air force does not have these weapons in required numbers to meet the needs of its 120 CTU operatives,” he adds. Indeed, YAF’s Cold War-era fleet comprises around 375 aircraft, of which only about 60% are operational due to years of neglect and mismanagement, according to a 2011 study by the Abaad Strategic Studies and Research Center here.

A group of suspected al-Qaeda militants were disguised as mourners in a funeral procession carrying explosive-laden coffin near al-Urthi area, the defense complex in the capital, Sana’a.

Obama’s UN speech

Filed under: USA — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

As much as I’m critical of the Obama administration’s Yemen policy, I thought it was very good speech Obama gave yesterday at the UN. He explained the US government is prohibited from restricting free speech or meddling in religious affairs and why the First Amendment is so essential to the US. Also he highlighted the US’s religious diversity and said that the same rabid intolerance directed towards the US is more often directed toward diverse groups internally and is the antithesis of equal rights. And he said that we as a people believe the way to answer hateful speech is with not violence but better speech, which is self evident here but obviously is not abroad.

OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens. Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the son of a lawyer and a musician.

As a young man, Chris joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Morocco, and he came to love and respect the people of North Africa and the Middle East. He would carry that commitment throughout his life.

As a diplomat, he worked from Egypt to Syria, from Saudi Arabia to Libya. He was known for walking the streets of the cities where he worked, tasting the local food, meeting as many people as he could, speaking Arabic, listening with a broad smile.

Chris went to Benghazi in the early days of the Libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. As America’s representative, he helped the Libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected.

And after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as Libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship.

Chris Stevens loved his work. He took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met.

Two weeks ago, he travelled to Benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. That’s when America’s compound came under attack. Along with three of his colleagues, Chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. He was 52 years old.

I tell you this story because Chris Stevens embodied the best of America. Like his fellow Foreign Service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that the United Nations represents.

He acted with humility, but he also stood up for a set of principles: a belief that individuals should be free to determine their own destiny, and live with liberty, dignity, justice and opportunity.

The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people.

There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.

And I also appreciate that in recent days the leaders of other countries in the region — including Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen — have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities and called for calm, and so have religious authorities around the globe.

But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They’re also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded: the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully, that diplomacy can take the place of war, that in an interdependent world all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis, because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.

Today we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. (Read on …)

Saleh’s office says no US visa in order to continue USS Cole cover-up

Filed under: USS Cole, deposed pres — by Jane Novak at 7:53 am on Monday, September 24, 2012

Its not wise to believe whats in any of the Yemeni partisan papers without a strong dose of skepticism, but the articles are usually half true if not more, and always well spun. The challenge is figuring out which half is fact and which half is fiction and spin.

The following article in the Yemen Observer is quoting an article in the pro-Saleh Yemen Today reporting that Saleh’s office said the US denied him a visa to protect him from questioning related to the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole which the US would find embarrassing. Saleh’s office also says President Hadi was concerned for his health and asked Saleh to go to the US for treatment.

So either: 1) the US denied the visa for other reasons and Saleh is lying and trying to appear under the protection of the US, or 2) the embassy denied the visa for their own reasons and told Saleh they were protecting themselves or 3) the embassy denied the visa to save the US from embarrassment as he said. And what a disaster the timeline of the Cole attack is, from well before the attack up to 9/11, from President Clinton through the two Bush terms to the current Obama/Clinton stewardship.

If Saleh is being protected by the US in order to keep his mouth shut, as repugnant as that would be, it would explain the entire US Yemen policy from the beginning of the 2011 revolution until today which otherwise makes little sense. The immunity clause for Saleh and his government is unheard of in international law, yet the US strong armed all the parties into accepting it and Saleh’s continued presence in Yemen. No one in their right mind would ever expect Saleh to give up power quietly and fade away. His disrupting the transition was the sure bet.

There’s more secrets beyond the Cole like the disappearing CT funds, weapons and equipment, and the diversion of US trained CT units to Saada and against unarmed protesters. There’s also the head of the CT unit’s multi-million dollar condos in DC, referring of course to Ahmed Saleh, deposed president Ali Saleh’s son. So even freezing Saleh’s assets might be embarrassing. Returning Saleh’s funds to the Yemeni treasury remains a top demand of the protesters and it would have been the logic first step in dis-empowering him.

Saleh would not leave Yemen for any reason Yemen Observer, Written By: Nasser Arrabyee, Article Date: Sep 23, 2012

The Yemeni former President Ali Abdullah Saleh would not leave Yemen now, nor in the future, said sources in his office on Friday.

“The former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has not any desire to leave his homeland for any reason whatsoever,” said Yemen Today daily, quoted the sources as saying. Yemen Today is one of Saleh’s party newspapers.

“Yemen needs Saleh in such circumstances, so he should not leave now nor in the future,” the paper said.

Earlier in the week,the US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstien said that the American embassy delayed a visa request for Saleh and a number of his companions. Mr Feierstein said in a press conference earlier this week in Sanaa, that the time was not appropriate for Saleh to visit US for further treatments.

The Saleh ’s office told the paper,however, that Feierstein justified the delay of Saleh’s visa by saying the time of the visit would coincide with the trial of the Yemeni Guantanamo detainee Abdul Rahim Al Nashiri who is accused of bombing the USS Cole in Aden Harbor in 2000 in which 19 American sailors were killed. The American court may recall Saleh for testimony over the Cole issue, Feierstein justified according to the paper.

Saleh’s testimony would cause embarrassment to the US Administration, the paper said.

Earlier this year, the American court asked Saleh, when he was in a treatment trip in US, and wax still in power, to attend for testimony over the Cole issue, but he refused.

Saleh’s office also said that Saleh had never asked for the visa, but Mr Feierstein and President Hadi insisted on him to go to United States for further treatments. Respecting that insistence for his health, Saleh handed his passport and passports of his companions for visa process.

Yemen Post subscribers blocked in Yemen, update: down

Filed under: Media, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists — by Jane Novak at 6:31 am on Monday, September 24, 2012

Bumped 9/24: Yemen Post website down
9/26 site up, not clear if also unblocked by Yemen Mobil

9/23: That’s really odd. There’s nothing controversial, except maybe the editorial saying Hadi was doing well so far. And normally they dont care about the English language papers because they dont have that much influence in Yemen. However, its the new Yemen and the freedom of journalists shouldn’t be moving backwards.

Yemen Mobile Blocks Yemen Post Site

Yemen Post Staff
A Yemeni Telecommunication company, Yemen Mobile, has blockd Yemen Post, an independent news website, from its internet modem subscribers without giving any justifications.

Editor-in-Chief of Yemen Post, Hakim Almasmari, affirmed that the company gave no clarifications about the blockade, emphasizing that the company refused to cooperate to recover the service. (Read on …)

“Islamist Movements in Yemen” published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies

Filed under: Civil Society, Demographics, Religious, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 10:55 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Book review in Al Monitor,Rise of Radical Islam in Yemen Altering Its Tribalism, Book Finds

Al Monitor: How can a country with a tribal society also see the spread of Islamic political movements? In anthropology, radicalism and tolerance are contradictory. In his book “Islamist Movements in Yemen” — published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut — Dr. Abdul Malik Mohammed Abdullah Issa says that tribes constitute nearly 85% of the total Yemeni population and that there are 168 tribes in Yemen.

At the heart of this tribal social structure is also an Islamic religious identity. Yemeni society has historically been very religious. Although there are political differences within Yemeni society, there have not been ideological or religious differences except in a few cases — for example between Zaydi Shiite Houthis and Salafist Sunnis — and this is because most of Yemeni society belongs to the Shafi’i and Zaydi sects (there also used to be some Jews but most of them have emigrated to Israel).

Issa demonstrates that Yemeni society has historically been pragmatic. Yemenis come from one dynastic line from among the Arab Qahtani and Adnani lines. Yemeni society is highly tribal and religiously Muslim, divided between the Shafi’i and Zaydi sects. In his book, Issa explains the nature of these to sects and notes that there are very few differences between them. There are also some Ismailis, Hanafis, Abayidas, and Twelver Shiites, who came from Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s rule, and Wahhabis, who came from Saudi Arabia. (Read on …)

Who owns what TV station in Yemen

Filed under: Media — by Jane Novak at 10:44 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Its unfortunate that the US media is now modeling the Yemeni model where each media outlet is the mouthpiece for a particular political party or interest group. The proliferation of new TV channels in Yemen is an improvement from the days when the ruling party dominated the airwaves entirely. Maybe an independent pubic television station in Yemen would allow the Yemeni public access to minority views and the views of minorities because the new stations seem to be a continuation of the hyper-partisan media polarization and incitement of the past.

7/29/12 Yemen Fox: Yemen’s new televisual media map has seen the establishment of a number of new satellite television channels, and it is now comprised of 10 satellite television channels, in addition to 4 local state-run channels and 10 privately owned channels. Yemen’s television network is made up of “Suhail TV” which is owned by businessman Hamid al-Ahmar who is a senior member of the Yemeni Joint Meeting Parties [JMP]; “Yemen Youth TV” which is administered by the Yemeni Youth Change Party and al-Islah party; “al-Saeeda TV” which is owned by a group of Yemeni businessmen; (Read on …)

AQAP and/or Houthis to Syria? Buzz

Filed under: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 10:36 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Last week’s local buzz. Using al Qaeda as internationally supported mercenaries against Assad is an ominous concept. Hopefully no one on the planet thinks thats a good idea. Oh wait, that’s what happened in Libya. The Houthis lining up fighters behind Iran and Hezbollah is not impossible, but I’ve never seen them export fighters before, unlike al Qaeda, and they are not lock-step with Iran. It would be new.

Yemen Observer: Former al-Qaeda leader Tareq al-Fadhli said that Ansar al-Sharia militants affiliated to al-Qaeda organization have withdrawn recently from Zinjubar and Ja’ar cities of Abyan province as a matter of partaking in the war against the Syrian regime, local media reported. (Read on …)

Houthis cleaned up drug trade, blame Ali Mohsen for Midi hashish smuggling: report

Filed under: Biographies, Hajjah, Military, Ports, Saudi Arabia, drugs, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 10:09 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

This below is not from the official Houthi media but it is from a Houthi supporter if not an unofficial outlet. As with all posts presented here and explaining various Yemeni viewpoints, I am posting it to demonstrate the narrative and not as an endorsement of its authenticity. However it is well known the 1st Armoured Division did facilitate smuggling into Saudia during Saada War 1-5, and Ali Mohsen was a major figure in the black market international weapons trade as well as fuel smuggling with Faris Manna and Tawfiq Abdel Rahman respectively. As Amb Krajeski correctly noted in a Wikileaks cable:

“Ali Mohsen’s questionable dealings with terrorists and extremists, however, would make his accession unwelcome to the US and others in the international community,” Krajeski wrote.

“He is known to have Salafi leanings and to support a more radical Islamic political agenda than Saleh. He has powerful Wahhabi supporters in Saudi Arabia and has reportedly aided the [Saudis] in establishing Wahhabi institutions in northern Yemen.

He is also believed to have been behind the formation of the Aden-Abyan army, and is a close associate of noted arms dealer Faris Manna.

For years, he acted as Saleh’s iron fist, building a reputation at home that lies somewhere between fear and revulsion,” reported Krajeski.

Googlish below regarding the latest bust : (Read on …)

13 dead in Amran, competing narratives

Filed under: Amran, Civil Unrest, Houthis, Islah — by Jane Novak at 9:55 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yemen Post Staff: At least 13 people have been killed and injured in renewed clashes between Houthi rebels and tribes in Yemen’s Amran province over the past few days, the September 26 website said on Saturday. (Read on …)

Good luck to Yemeni President Hadi!

Filed under: Donors, UN, Investment, Pres Hadi, UK, USA — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

President Hadi arrived today in the UK, its his first stop due to the two nations’ long historic ties. The Yemeni interim president is facing monumental challenges and hopefully the trip will garner real support for a civil state in Yemen and cement a self-development strategy beneficial to all Yemenis.

SANAA, Sept. 22 — Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will head to the United States next week, as the first trip to the U.S. since taking power in February, a Yemeni government official said on Saturday. (Read on …)

DP World sells off Yemen contract

Filed under: Aden, Ports, Transportation, Yemen, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 7:52 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

NYR | DP World sold Thursday its 50 percent stakes at the Port of Aden just four years after taking over operational responsibility.

The Dubai-based terminal operator has received around $27 million for its share in the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) from its joint venture partner Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation, according to the JOC. (Read on …)


Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:47 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Looted US hardware may contain intell. At least one looter carried off a computer and more hardware was taken in addition to the printer. The embassy’s car was spotted at home of deposed president Saleh found via a GPS chip, the Aden Post reports

Aden Post: Revealed a senior security source that the car stolen from the American embassy found in home of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in measles village chicken. (Read on …)

al Zindani interview English

Filed under: Religious, Yemen, personalities — by Jane Novak at 7:42 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

AJE: Attacks against civilians from the West were forbidden, he said. When pressed, he distinguished between diplomats and soldiers – referring to the 50 US Marines controversially deployed to the US Embassy for protection after attacks.

Rather than openly endorsing attacks on soldiers, he preferred to mention those who should not be targeted.

“If there are civilian people and military trainers who the Yemeni government use to train [the army] for a limited time, they have protection guarantees,” he said. “But to bring forces for occupation which could expand – this is what we reject.” — (Read on …)

Al Hikma in Hadramout prepares for courses

Filed under: Children, Education, Hadramout, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:38 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Some things are proceeding as per usual, al Hikma always runs camps for kids and adults. At least somebody is getting the kids off the streets, but the kids are likely getting indoctrinated in Salafi precepts. One long standing issue is that Zaidis say the public school religious curriculum is skewed against their beliefs and leans Salafi, and many want to send their children to private school for that reason.

FNA 19.09.12 Activities of al-Hikma Society, Salafis in Hadhramawt: Al-Hikma Society in Hadhramawt is looking forward to establishing 200 summer centers, starting with a seminar on how to manage a camp, said Ahmed Bahrag. (Read on …)

Southerners rally to ask Security Council for self determination

Filed under: Aden, Civil Unrest, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:29 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thats just sad because the Security Council reaffirmed unity and did not affirm resolutions 924 and 931 in res 1520, but demanding a north/south negotiation within the National Dialog is a little more reasonable:

Aden Gulf: 9/18,

of supporters of the Southern Movement evening in Martyrs Square the Mansoura Aden to participate in Falahlmtalibh Security Council the right to self-determination.
The effectiveness within the Revolutionary escalation program of the Southern Movement, in conjunction with the Security Council debate on the report of سيرفعه UN envoy Jamal bin Omar, confirmed the effectiveness of the southern movement’s rejection of dialogue Sana’a which is currently being arranged.
And raise during the event, which was attended by rights activists and legal slogans address the content of the international community, regional, and send a message to the United Nations that “refusal to diialogue only if between two states.”

Baoum and al Beidh
described by one as typical pro-Saleh BS published to instigate trouble but Baoum criticizing al Beidh return and the danger of turning the south into an Iranian client state is not far off from what could be reality. Hard to say.

Suicide bomber targets pro-govt, former AQAP, militia commander, 4 killed

Filed under: Abyan, Yemen, assassination, popular committees, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 7:24 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

I remember this guy and three years ago would be likely during the 2009 battle of Jaar when various factions of AQ fought each other for control of the city. The Defense Ministry paid one side. I wonder how many reformed al Qaeda are heading the popular committees and where they are obtaining their weapons, ammo and funding since they are militias and outside the formal military structure. And what was promised in return. Maybe its an authentic ideological reversal. Its the fifth time Latif was targeted for death by al Qaeda. NAA: Sanaa hospitals failed to treat Al Sayed who suffered serious injuries in the suicide bombing of Saturday in Aden, taken to Saudia. Update below: militia attacks al Qaeda who attacked commander.

ADEN (Reuters) – A suicide bomber failed on Saturday in an assassination attempt on a former Islamist in Yemen who helped drive al Qaeda militants out of a southern region this year, a security source and resident said. (Read on …)

Rouge commander in Yemen refuses to relinquish US supplied CT weapons equipment, Updated: Yemeni Min says Saleh undermining transition

Filed under: Military, Security Forces — by Jane Novak at 7:13 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

That would be Ahmed Ali, the former president’s son, head of the CT forces and the US’s main liaison for a decade. I for one, as a taxpayer, would like a public accounting of the $ 436 million the US supplied in CT support to Yemen over the last several years. Under US law, the US Embassy was responsible for monitoring the weapons. The End Use Monitoring Agreement and the Blue Lantern program appear total failures in Yemen.

A US Congressional inquiry found US trained units were diverted to the Saada War in earlier years. Much of the weapons are currently missing. The US public is owed an accounting before we pour millions in new funding and equipment into Yemen, as it is likely much were sold, and diverted into the black market and private stocks. Not to mention new commercial sales allowed since the State Dept lifted the arms embargo on Yemen. For certain, these weapons will be used against civilians or wind up in the hands of al Qaeda without stringent controls.

Currently Ahmed Ali is refusing to transfer several units and equipment to a new Presidential Guard designed to end the fracture within the Yemeni military.

Trend: Yemen’s defence minister is to call on the son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over troops and material he has retained against orders, the Defence Ministry said Thursday.

Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmad, during an inspection of the first brigade of the newly formed presidential guard, observed that it was at only 10 per cent of its official strength, dpa reported according to the ministry website. (Read on …)

The Jane that I know by Abdulkarim al Khaiwani

Filed under: Yemen, al-Khaiwani, mentions — by Jane Novak at 5:40 am on Friday, September 21, 2012

Jane I know!! Khaiwani

America face other than that ugly face, which stands for policy, and the Marines and Tools killings and drone America is not the film abuser of the Prophet peace be upon him and God and peace, not a movie rules of engagement, America has another face, the face of coexistence, peace and rights, and justice. And freedom and equality, and respect for religions, all of which are represented by Jane Novak, journalist and human being

Back knowing Jane Novak to 2004, and I was in prison, where she championed the issues and defended me, and Raseltha from prison, by my brother and my friend Sami Noman, and continued issues continued Jane Tnasserna, and she advocates for all issues in Yemen, Saada for Djaashen, southern mobility, was suffering for Yemen, Yemen, struggling to Yemen and Yemenis, bothered favor, did not succeed Baskadtha, not bought, sent them more than the Messenger of them Judge Hamoud al-Hitar did not receive him.

My relationship to date powerful, and I can say it’s closer friend of mine in the world, a friend who feel it with me honestly, do not deny themselves some question, I learned them a lot, they are friendly and sister and Chancellor, and the heart that I miss, not have the opportunity to meet her, and my not Tsafna with them but with the understanding that, I understand English Jane and Jane Arabeety understanding, help us Mr. Google Chrome, I hope to visit America for Jane something more, but I did not pyrimidotriazine even the International Visitor لسؤ program was perhaps.

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Cried Jane as a human being to misery Yemen, and the violation of rights, and the looting of life, and the suppression of freedom, war, once told me dear friend Fikri Qasim, Yemenis, they would tell if there for one thing, O Ahmed Bin Alwan, and today they say Oh Jane girl Novak, a comment on the amount of messages and issues that people sent to Jane,

Mguett Jane Novak, Saleh and Ali Mohsen, also abhors terrorism and hate tyranny and corruption, and she loved Jane Yemen, was writing the most impact on the system, but they are sometimes embarrassed the U.S. administration itself, which stand antibody for Yemen, Jane known in Yemen, Saada know well, and in the South also know in Taiz, Ibb.

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In the days of distress and tribulation, pray for me to the church, and pray also her mother, father and even the church, O God, how wonderful you are Aijin, and I also mention Bdaaúa, and how are we not the people!! The unity of humanity, tolerant which it Antmina, or did not say Imam Ali, peace be upon him, man you brother in religion or your creation.

Jane my guardian angel, sometimes some are trying to drive a wedge between me and Jane, ignorance too, do not know the level of trust between us, and they know me very well. Elaborated talking personal Anojaddan, forgive me I am بمقام man gratitude, tell you about Jane know.

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Note some comments by U.S. Ambassador yesterday in favor of immunity and initiative, but they did not know he was responding to an article for Jane Novak, saying that acting in good One ambassador in Yemen, and talked about the problem of survival in favor of Yemen.

Here Jane declares her delight coming Hadi as Yemeni new to America, and Jane have preferred the revolution of Yemen, to share her post, is aware Hadi this, you يكرمنا Hadi Medal to Jane Novak, Sam Yemeni commenting on the chest of Jane recognition thanks, Sam says we honor human who has blessed us and Nasserna and loved it security is not naive announced, but naive political not do!!, they step represents created a revolutionary and nobler and smarter politically to address peoples, do you keep this in mind Hadi?? expressed as a human being Yemeni can say thank our name Kimnyen free, The rebels??. inviting home on Yemen, which has supported and championed change it and defended its issues,!!

Seeking American programs to improve her face and ugly policy, failed, Vmmarsadtha increase image uglier, but Jin Bansanatha, improved the face of America and highlighted the face civilized, proud America, perhaps the face that you need in the eyes of the people, until it became Jane is America into another.

Jane what to tell you, or what to say about you.? You a world of humanity, and beauty, thanks Jane I’m glad your friendship, and am grateful for your presence with our lives.

جين التي أعرف !!
عبد الكريم الخيواني
لأمريكا وجه أخر غير ذلك الوجه القبيح ,التي تمثله سياستها , والمارينز وأدوات القتل والطائرة بدون طيار امريكا ليست الفيلم المسيء للرسول صلوات الله عليه واله وسلم ,ولا فيلم قواعد الإشتباك ,أمريكا له وجه أخر , وجه التعايش ,والسلام والحقوق ,والعدالة . والحريه والمساواه ,واحترام الأديان ,وكلها تمثلها جين نوفاك الصحفية والإنسانة
تعود معرفتي بجين نوفاك إلى العام 2004 ,وأنا بالسجن ,حيث كانت تناصر قضيتي وتدافع عني ,وراسلتها من السجن , عن طريق اخي وصديقي سامي نعمان ,واستمرت القضايا واستمرت جين تناصرني , وتناصر كل قضايا اليمن ,من صعده للجعاشن ,للحراك , كانت تتألم من اجل اليمن , كل اليمن , وتناضل من اجل اليمن واليمنيين ,أزعجت صالح ,ولم يفلح بإسكاتها ,ولا بشرائها ,أرسل إليها أكثر من رسول منهم القاضي حمود الهتار ولم تستقبله .
علاقتي بها حتى اليوم قويه ,وأستطيع أن أقول أنها أقرب صديق لي في المعمورة , الصديق الذي أشعر انه معي بصدق , لا نغيب عن بعض بالسؤال , تعلمت منها الكثير ,فهي الصديق والأخت والمستشارة , والقلب الذي افتقد , لم تتاح لي فرصه لقائها , ولغتي لا تسعفني بالتفاهم معها لكن مع ذلك ,افهم انجليزية جين وتفهم جين عربيتي , يساعدنا السيد جوجل كوروم ,اتمنى زيارة امريكا من اجل جين اكثر شيء ,لكني لم اوفق حتى ببرنامج الزائر الدولي لسؤ حظي ربما .
جين حاضره في بيتي كواحدة منا , زوجتي تسألني بين وقت وأخر كيف جين ؟ سلم عليها ؟ محمد والاء وإباء يحلوا لهم تسميتها عمه جين , اعترافا بفضلها.
بكت جين كإنسانه لبؤس اليمن , وانتهاك الحقوق ,وسلب الحياة , وقمع الحرية ,والحرب ,قال لي ذات مره الصديق العزيز فكري قاسم , اليمنيين ,كانوا يقولوا إذا حصل للواحد شيء يا احمد بن علوان ,,واليوم يقولوا يا جين بنت نوفاك , تعليقا على كمية الرسائل والقضايا التي يرسلها الناس لجين ,
مقتت جين نوفاك ,صالح وعلي محسن , كما تمقت الإرهاب وتكره الاستبداد والفساد , وأحبت جين اليمن ,فكانت كتاباتها أشد أثرا على النظام , بل أنها أحيانا أحرجت الأداره الأمريكية ذاتها ,وهي تقف موقف الضد لصالح اليمن , جين معروفه باليمن , بصعده يعرفونها جيدا ,وفي الجنوب يعرفونها ايضا وفي تعز وإب .
حديثي عنها حديث يغلب عليه العاطفة , لأني أحب جين , فكرت اكتب عنها , وجاء اقتراح الأستاذ عبد الله مصلح مناسبة كي افصح عما في نفسي ,واعترف اني كلما تعثرت صداقاتي , وحاصرتني هواجس البعض , ونالت من قلبي , سهام طائشة ,لهذا أو ذاك ,وزادت عصبية هذا ,وعنصرية ذاك ,تبقى جين , القلب الذي أوي أليه , في الليالي الموحشه , وأكاد أشعر بروحها , تخفف عني ,وينشرح صدري وهي تقول لي كريم ,سأصلي من أجلك وأؤمن أن الله سيستمع إليها ,لعلها بهذه الروح والإنصاف والإنسانية إلى الله أقرب , ممن سكن قلوبهم الحسد وملئ نفوسهم الغل , وتألفوا مع النفاق , وأعتقدوا أنهم لابد أن يسقطوك لكي يرتقوا.
في أيام الشدة والمحنه ,كانت تصلي من اجلي بالكنيسة , وتصلي أم زوجها أيضا ,وحتى الأب بالكنيسة , يا الله كم أنت رائعه ياجين , وانا أيضا أذكرها بدعائي ,وكيف لا ألسنا أهل !! وحدتنا الإنسانيه , السمحاء التي انتمينا اليها , أو لم يقل الإمام علي عليه السلام ,الأنسان أخ لك في الدين أو نظير لك بالخلق .
جين ملاكي الحارس , يحاول البعض أحيانا الوقيعة بيني وبين جين , بجهل مفرط ,لا يعلمون مستوى الثقة بيننا ,وإنها تعرفني جيدا . أسهبت بالحديث عنوجدان شخصي, أعذروني أني رجل بمقام العرفان,احدثكم عن جين التي اعرف .
قضايانا باليمن كثيرة وكثيرة جدا ,أتعبت قلب جين ,التي تفرغت لنا ولقضايانا ,ونصحها الأطباء بأن تبتعد عن الهموم والمشاكل ,وتخفف انفعالاتها ,وتترك ألنت , وفعلا أجبرت على الغياب فتره لكنها عادت ,لتتابع بقوه أكثر , صارت متخصصة يعتد بها بقضايا اليمن , وتكتب لصحف ومواقع عن اليمن وما يحدث فيه .
لاحظ البعض تصريحات السفير الامريكي امس الاول عن صالح والحصانه والمبادره , ولكنهم لايعلمون انه كان يرد على مقال لجين نوفاك ,قالت فيه ان السفير يتصرف كصالح باليمن ,وتحدثت عن مشكلة بقاء صالح باليمن .
هاهي جين تعلن فرحتها بقدوم هادي كرئيس يمني جديد إلى أمريكا , وجين لها فضل في ثورتنا اليمنية , لها نصيب لها مشاركه ,فهل يعي هادي هذا , هل يكرمنا هادي بوسام لجين نوفاك , وسام يمني يعلق على صدر جين اعترافا بفضلها ,وسام يقول أننا نكرم الإنسان الذي أكرمنا وناصرنا وأحبنا أنها أمنيه ليس من السذاجه أعلانها , بل من السذاجه السياسيه عدم القيام بها !!, فهي خطوه تمثل خلقا ثوريا ونبلا وذكاء سياسيا في مخاطبة الشعوب ,هل يعيه هادي ؟؟ويعبر عنه كإنسان يمني يستطيع أن يقول شكرا بأسمنا كيمنيين أحرار ,وثوار ؟؟.ويدعوها ضيفه على اليمن التي دعمت وناصرت التغيير فيه ودافعت عن قضاياه ,!!
تسعى أمريكا ببرامج أن تحسن وجهها وقبح سياستها ,ولم تفلح ,فممارساتها تزيد صورتها قبحا ,لكن جين بإنسانيتها , حسنت وجه أمريكا وأبرزت وجها حضاريا , تفخر به أمريكا ,لعله الوجه الذي تحتاجه في نظر الشعوب , حتى صارت جين هي أمريكا بنظر البعض .
جين ماذا أقول لك ,أو ماذا أقول عنك .؟ أنت عالم من الإنسانية ,والجمال , شكرا جين أنا سعيد بصداقتك ,وممتن لوجودك بحياتنا .

ed- Wow thats really overwhelming and in reality it is al Khaiwani and the others in Yemen who are the modern heroes, I am their historian. I wish I could get a translation, theres somethings I dont understand and I’m not sure are said in a joking tone, but I get the gist of it. Its quite touching and lovely and I wrote him back a longer letter. Its a very nice gesture on Karim’s part to remember me in a public letter, especially now when the situation is so inflamed by the film and by the Marines, but maybe that’s why he wrote it.

Marines to Yemen

Filed under: Janes Articles — by Jane Novak at 6:31 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

High risk US embassy in Yemen gets Marine reinforcements as protests continue
by Jane Novak

An elite Marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen’s capital to protect the US embassy there which remains vulnerable and in disrepair following a mob attack this week.

Protests against a video clip deeply insulting to Muslims turned violent Wednesday when several hundred protesters in Sana’a breached the US embassy’s exterior parameter, burned 61 cars, looted computers and destroyed other property including the gate surrounding the compound.

View slideshow: Mob attacks US Embassy, Sanaa

The 14 minute video clip was uploaded to Youtube by a man in California two months ago. Its existence became public knowledge in Yemen following the murder of US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and prompted the attack on the embassy, wide spread US flag burning and chants of “Death to America” as protests continued this week across Yemen.

News of the Marine’s deployment “enraged” Yemenis already in a heightened state of emotionalism, the Yemen Observer reported. About 50 Marines are reported to have been deployed.

Many Yemenis are unaware that the US Constitution specifically prohibits governmental infringement on religious speech and are hoping the US will arrest the film maker as could occur in a dictatorship. A substantial majority however consider the mob violence more insulting to Islam than the video.

President Abdu Mansour Hadi said in a statement that he “extends his sincere apologies to President Obama and to the people of the United States of America” for the attack.

US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein, a highly controversial figure, said in a statement today that the deployment would be short lived and limited to the embassy grounds. Ambassador Feierstein said, “The only task of these individuals to provide assistance in our diplomatic facilities and protect American diplomats from violence, and is a temporary assignment…”

High Risk Embassy

The United States Embassy in Yemen is at especially high risk for a terrorist attack.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) previously attacked the US Embassy in Sana’a in September 2008 in a complex attack that killed four innocent bystanders including one Yemeni-American, as well as 10 Yemeni security personnel. AQAP is the most dangerous and active offshoot of al Qaeda.

The fanatical AQAP group was later responsible for the attempted murder of Saudi Prince Naif with the high explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) in August 2009, and the attempted bombing of an airliner over Detroit in December 2009, also with PETN. In October 2010, AQAP shipped toner cartridges rigged with PETN on a cargo plane headed for the US.

In Yemen, AQAP derailed the 2011 Youth Revolution and seized territory—facilitated by military commanders loyal to the former dictator, Ali Saleh. The city of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, was looted, and destroyed. It became a ghost town as residents fled the al Qaeda occupation for the relative safety of Aden. Al Qaeda was driven underground in June of this year, reappearing in cells in the capital as well as other governorates. The group left behind hundreds of land mines in Zinjibar.

The al Qaeda group in Yemen is engaged in a long running assassination campaign targeting a wide variety of Yemenis, most frequently members of the security forces and intelligence and high profile members of the Yemeni Transitional Government.

On Saturday, AQAP praised the 9/11 murder of US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, as al Qaeda retribution for the June death of terrorist leader Abu Yahya al Libi in a US drone strike in Pakistan. “The killing of Sheikh Abu Yahya only increased the enthusiasm and determination of the sons of (Libyan independence hero) Omar al-Mokhtar to take revenge upon those who attack our Prophet,” Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said as quoted by the US-based monitoring group, SITE.

President Abdu Mansour Hadi said the attack on the US embassy in Sana’a was an attempt to derail his visit to Washington DC later this month. He also pointed to divisions within the security forces; loyalists and relatives of the former dictator remain in their government posts. A Youtube video shows Yemeni security officers waved protesters past a checkpoint leading to the US embassy Wednesday.

The interim president, Mr. Hadi is facing substantial challenges seven months into his term. The US sponsored transition plan for Yemen grants the former oligarchy including Ali Saleh immunity from prosecution for its decades of war crimes prior to and during Yemen’s year-long uprising demanding regime change.

Rewriting international law

The protests across Yemen may point to a deeper frustration as many of the Youth Revolutionaries believe their path to democracy was highjacked by political leaders, AQAP and the international community.

Mr. Hadi was Mr. Saleh’s Vice President and was elected in a single candidate election on February 24, 2012 as part of the transition plan endorsed by the US, Saudi Arabia and the UN Security Council and brokered by UN envoy Jamal Omar. The immunity clause represents a significant departure from established international law on crimes against humanity.

The US has rejected the revolutionaries’ continuous appeals to freeze Saleh’s US assets, and Ambassador Feierstein supports Ali Saleh’s continued political activities as head of the ruling party. Youth protesters have called for Saleh’s exile or arrest since the transition plan was announced. Protests against Mr. Feierstein’s role in the Yemeni transition garnered hundreds of thousands since the revolution began. Other protests against the US use of drones to target al Qaeda have erupted after civilian loses. An errant air strike earlier this month killed 14 civilians in a minibus, including three women and three children, the Yemeni government said.

Less well publicized than the protest at the embassy were protests last week against terrorism, assassinations and the former president’s continued disruption of the political transition. Protesters called for President Hadi to “sack the rest” of the former president’s relatives who remain in their posts.

The protest against terrorism and Saleh, which is Yemen is often the same thing, followed a spate of assassination attempts on members of the transitional government. A car bomb in Sanaa targeted Yemen’s defense minister last Tuesday killing 12, The minister was unharmed.

Across the great divide

Many Yemenis who heard about an offensive video erroneously thought it was a movie being shown in theaters, when it is a low budget 14 minute Youtube clip. A second URL on Youtube that purports to be the entire movie is the 14 minute clip looped four times.

The video was posted to Youtube two months ago and had garnered 4000 views. In the week since riots began across the Middle East, the videos received over 10 million views from across the globe.

In discussions, many Yemenis are unaware that the United States was founded by religious dissidents and minorities seeking to ensure, above all, religious freedom. Many believe Germany’s law criminalizing Holocaust denial is actually a US law.

While acknowledging the importance of a free speech in countering government corruption and in areas of art and science, others argue for an exemption in US law for insults against Islam and other “people of the book”, ignorant of the vast multiplicity of religions in America and of the US constitutional requirement of equal rights for citizens.

Some prominent religious leaders are using the offensive video and the Marines’ deployment to Sanaa to stoke fears of a US military occupation, including religious leaders who regularly engage in Taqfirism- ie, the practice of labeling other Muslims as apostates and those who call Shia Muslims “Rawafidh” or rejectionists of the true Islam.

Others like former Endowments Minster Hamoud al Hittar rejected the attack on the US embassy in Sana’s in religious terms saying, “Personnel of these missions are covenanters, whose bloods and money are forbidden and should not be attacked, and those who live in our country have nothing to do with this film.”

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Good news from Yemen: Ali al Ansi’s last day as head of National Security, updates

Filed under: Biographies, Counter-terror, Ministries, Security Forces — by Jane Novak at 5:26 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The National Security was created in 2002 at the prompting of the US because the PSO was so corrupt and subverted. Ali al Ansi was the head of Saleh’s presidential office since the 1980’s. Today is Al Ansi’s last day, AlMasdar reports. Its great news.

The new head of the Natl Sec is Dr. Hassan Al Ahmedi who was the governor of Shabwa and has a background in economics. Maybe since he is not connected to the security establishment, he’s do a good job. Or at least look at allocating resources in a rational way that addresses the intended function of the National Security. No one could do worse than al Ansi who controlled the airport and had a habit of pulling journos and activists off the plane on their way to international conferences but let the terrorists board.

More good news: Hadi to appoint 29 new ambassadors and refuses to split the posts between the GPC and JMP. Woot. Hyper-politicalization in Yemen is one root of fractures, stalemate and corruption.

ChiTrib:SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen will investigate alleged human rights violations that occurred during an uprising last year, officials said on Wednesday, possibly opening the way to prosecution of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his relatives.

Saleh and his immediate family obtained immunity from prosecution under Yemeni law under a U.S.-backed deal sponsored by Yemen’s Gulf neighbors last year in return for the veteran president’s departure from office. He stepped down in February.

Thousands of protesters have demanded that the immunity be scrapped. The cabinet decision to set up a committee of inquiry followed months of wrangling within the government.

“The committee is responsible for probing the allegations of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that occurred in 2011, impartially and independently,” state news agency Saba said.

A government official, who asked not to be named, said the decision emerged from an intense, five-month-long debate in the cabinet, which is divided between members of Saleh’s party and his opponents as stipulated by the power transfer deal.

“It was a fight in the cabinet,” he said, adding that the outcome was partly due to a “big push” by the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal bin Omar.

The official said the inquiry would investigate whether criminal charges over deaths and injuries could be pressed. It would be complemented by a transitional justice law which parliament could pass this month.

Saleh’s successor, Abd-Rabbu Hadi, was expected to issue a decree setting up the inquiry this month, the official said.

Link dump:
CNN: In Yemen, protests mask diverse views on anti-Islam video

Wharton: Interview w/ Taiz governor formerly of of Hayel Saed Anam Inc, In Yemen, a Different Kind of Battle: Getting People Trained and Finding Good Bureaucrats

Feierstein says US will not grant visa to Saleh during current period, and he should be exiled or remain out of politics at least. Since when? I can pull up interview after interview where Feierstein he says (rather defensively or dismissively if I recall) the dictator can Saleh can stay in Yemen and is certainly welcome remain active in politics like any citizen. Mareb Press: the Embassy that the U.S. government had informed the former president Ali Saleh that it can not grant a visa to enter the U.S. territory during the current period. Gerald considered that the colossal mistake committed by the drafters of the Gulf initiative not demanding former President Saleh to leave political life.

Saba: Hadi to DC NY September 27, I am happy to welcome a Yemeni president to the United States in my lifetime. If he was going to be at the embassy, I’d send flowers.

RE the following: There’s a term used to describe diplomats who lose objectivity, “going native”. It describes Former Ambassador Barbara Bodine and her bias in favor of the Saleh regime during her term, and after, and perhaps Ambassador Feierstein as well. In their case though it could be called “going tribal”. The following is written by Iona Craige:

Foreign Policy Mag: Then, without so much as a raised hand from the soldiers, protesters walked straight though the gaps between the yellow and black striped blocks. Like a gentleman holding a door open for a lady, the soldiers, with their AK-47s slung over their shoulders, stepped back, letting the chanting mob through. And as the angry mob marched further towards the embassy building itself the soldiers walked with them, some even smiling.

Yemen’s Central Security Forces, created by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, remain under the command of his nephew Brig. Gen. Yahya Saleh, who enjoyed a warm relationship with the U.S. embassy here in Sanaa for years. The U.S.-trained and funded counterterrorism troops also fell under his command. The relationship had been a necessary close one in America’s strategy to combat the country’s notorious al Qaeda network.

On the day this February when his uncle handed over power to the country’s new president, Abdu Rabu Mansu Hadi, at the presidential palace, Yahya and U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein greeted each other like old friends. With laughter and a firm, lingering handshake, they clasped each other’s elbows in the midst of a packed room of dignitaries and a throng of domestic and international media. (Read on …)

VDH: Obama’s Middle East Delusions

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:17 pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VDH, Awesome as usual

The Premodern Middle East and Postmodern West Don’t Mix, Mr. President by Victor Davis Hanson at PJM

Globalization certainly did not bring the premodern world of the Middle East closer together with the postmodern West — despite Barack Obama’s 2007 narcissistic vows that his own intellect and background could bridge such a gap. If anything, the more we know about each other, the more we sense we are back to Lepanto and the siege of Vienna. Since the 9/11 anniversary attacks, the Obama administration has seemed bewildered, petulant, and more or less shocked in Casablanca-style fashion about the hatred shown the United States — whether overt among the Arab Street, or implicit among Arab governments’ wink-and-nod inability to protect U.S. embassies. It apparently forgot some basic rules about how to deal with radical Islam, and instead regressed back to the old familiar appeasement that led to 9/11/2001.

I. Pretexts

Mr. President, do not obsess over the pretext of the day. Terry Jones is only as crude as Andres Serrano and his Piss Christ, which I don’t recall warranted a personal call from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to the artist to cool it, much less a federal effort to detain a Coptic filmmaker. Sometimes Muslims will rage at a Rushdie novel, sometimes at a papal reference to a Byzantine letter, and at other times at a supposedly flushed or torched Koran. Or maybe a grainy amateurish video will be set them off to kill a nun, blow up a priest, burn down an embassy, or assassinate a Western ambassador. There are three-hundred-million-plus free-thinking Americans, and thus at least that many possible “slights” — if you choose to go down that road of blaming free expression rather than the primeval mind that objects to it. (Read on …)

Huge protest in Sanna Yemen….calls for former dictator’s trial

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:58 pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Its the anniversary of the Kentucky massacre when dozens were killed by regime snipers


The civil society activists Obama has so long ignored in favor of the Islah and GPC take to the streets again. More at NYR

Evolving alliances in Yemen

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:45 pm on Monday, September 17, 2012

The post revolution period is characterized by continually stirring political alliances and everything is all mixed up. Its fascinating on an abstract level but up close they are all still jockeying for power. By calling the dialog by political group, rather than by governorate for example, each group is trying to further narrow interests, and few are looking at what it good for the average citizen nationally.

However what Sadiq is saying here makes little sense as both the authentic Southerners and Houthis have been at the wrong end of Saleh’s guns for years. However GPC operatives have infiltrated Hiraq and co-opted some prominent leaders. Its more difficult to pinpoint the false flag operators within the Houthis.

Sheikh al-Ahmar: agreement between Saleh, separatist SM, Houthis not serve Yemenis

Sheikh Sadiq bin Abdullah al-Ahmar dubbed the agreement between the separatist Southern Movement, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi group as a reconciliation that is against the interest of Yemeni people, praising the role of the Technical Committee in preparing for the National Dialogue Conference. (Read on …)

US Amb at Yemen National Dialog prep meeting prompts Houthis withdrawal, Updated: Southerners to withdraw over replacements

Filed under: National Dialog Committee, Sa'ada, Saada War, USA, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 9:45 am on Monday, September 17, 2012

9/22: FNA: Following disputes last week between members of the Technical Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue, first over Presidential Decree of 17 September and then over the presence of the US ambassador during an ordinary meeting with the Group of 10, the ordinary meeting for Saturday 22 September was suspended Friday evening.

A member of the Committee indicated other matters added to the reasons given to suspend the ordinary meeting. One reason was the failure to secure a meeting with President Hadi prior to his departure for London this week. Ms. Basha also indicated due to some members boycotting Committee meetings since last week the Saturday meeting would have lacked quorum.

Update 1: the replacement of the southern representative with Abdullah Hassan has or will prompt withdrawal of the southern delegation. More broadly, many southerners believe that north/south discussions is distinct, and dialog among northerners doesn’t concern them. I think if they came as a unified group who had the interests of southern citizens at the forefront, they could accomplish a lot of good, but there is the perpetual political posturing some of which is a holdover from the 1980’s.

Update 2: Wow, Feierstein tries public diplomacy for once and remarks on the arrival of the Marines; its a protection team for the embassy with a limited deployment in time and space, below.

Original: Today especially, when the entire Middle East is protesting the US, Feierstein decides he’s going to ride roughshod on the Houthis, in person. He could have at least asked before barging into the room. Its obvious his presence would prompt a response from the Houthis who marched against him yesterday from Change Square to Hadi’s house, and avoided the US embassy altogether. The main thing its to get the Houthis enfranchised and make the dialog happen, not to exert US hegemony over every step.

Things will be a lot less tense once Feierstien completes his term, and an extension would be a very bad idea. Also its a good idea to get a set of fresh eyes in the embassy, because Feierstein is factually wrong in certain areas and one driver of the disastrous US policy in Yemen.

Just a point, the Clinton State Department was extremely laid back when Saleh-paid thugs besieged several ambassadors including Gerald Feierstein for four hours in the UAE’s embassy where they gathered prior to signing the GCC agreement in May 2010. Finally they were flown out by helicopter, and Feierstein laughed and joked about it the same day. It was likely the same type of paid thugs who stormed and looted the US embassy this week.

Related: YT, Parliament rejects additional US Marines at embassy. At some points, diplomacy is actually called for. I think the position went to his head.

FNA: #Yemen – - Houthis withdraw from Technical Committee meeting FNA 17.09.2012 – Houthis withdrew from a meeting held by the Technical Committee, charged of preparing Yemen’s National Dialogue, in Sana’a this Monday morning, after U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Feierstein enter the room; arguing the diplomat was “overstepping national sovereignty boundaries.” Sharaf al Din and Mohammed al Bokhaiti – both representatives of Houthis on the Committee – expressed concerns over other factions’ lenience regarding the admission “of a foreign entity” at a meeting where “national security issues” were being discussed.

السفير الأمريكي بصنعاء جيرالد فايرستاين:
- أود أن أُعرب عن تقديري العميق للشعب اليمني لدعمهم السخي ورفضهم الواسع للعنف الذي وُجه ضد السفارة الأمريكية بصنعاء يوم الخميس الموافق 13 سبتمبر.
- بعد إجراء مشاورات وثيقة بين الولايات المتحدة والسلطات اليمنية، سيعمل عدد قليل من القوات الأمنية الإضافية وبشكلٍ مؤقت على المساعدة في جهود الأمن وإعادة الترتيب في السفارة. وتقتصر مهمة هؤلاء الأفراد على تقديم المساعدة في مرافقنا الدبلوماسية وحماية الدبلوماسيين الأمريكيين من العنف، ويعدُ التكليف المؤقت للقوات الإضافية لمساعدة البعثات الدبلوماسية الأمريكية التي تواجه تحديات أمنية شيئاً طبيعياً.
- تُكلف مثل هذه المجموعة على مدى قصير وبعد مشاورات وثيقة مع الحكومات المضيفة، كما أنها تعمل وفقاً للقانون الدولي.
-تم إتخاذ قرار إستخدام هذه المجموعة الصغيرة عقب مشاورات وثيقة أُجريت بين الولايات المتحدة والسلطات اليمنية.
- سنبقى صامدين، ليس فقط بالتزامنا في مساعدة الشعب اليمني، بل أيضاً في التزامنا بالصداقة الدائمة التي تطورت بين بلدينا وشعبينا. ومعاً، سنستمر في البناء على ذلك الأساس الذي وضعه أولئك الذين ضحوا كثيراً من أجل تحقيق تحولٍ سياسي سلمي ويمنٍ أكثر أمناً وديمقراطيةً وازدهاراً في المستقبل.

Gunbattle, explosions in Mukallah, Hadramout

Filed under: Hadramout, Security Forces — by Jane Novak at 12:58 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Large explosion at BWASH TOW at Mukalla Hadramot, and ongoing fighting around the Central Security camp. Locals say it started in the morning and is still ongoing: Update, English:

Yemen Post: Three Yemeni soldiers of the Central Security were killed and several others were wounded in a blast that targeted a commander of the Central Security in Al-Mukala of Hadhramout governorate on Sunday, local sources affirmed.

The sources said that violent clashes between soldiers of the Central Security and unknown armed men followed the explosion, pointing out that the situations are still intense, particularly around a military of the Central Security inAl-Mukla. (Read on …)

Lalji Update: soon to be freed!!!

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:55 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thats excellent news! President Hadi made a good decision in the cause of justice and in response to the protesters outside his house today. And now we all can go back to working for food, freedom and peace in Yemen. I’m so happy that I think I will remove the prior post because transitional justice is all about moving forward. I’m also happy to be spared the work of an international campaign. Update: and its gone. I was only interested in that corruption case from a humanitarian view.


She looks a lot like her dad.

Update 2: Actually the death sentence was suspended, but thats not really enough, he has to come home. I think everyone can agree Lalji has suffered enough, he’s been in jail for four years. Maybe later in the week. In all the prior cases of a political death sentence overturned, it took at little time for the prison doors to open.

Update 3: Al Faisel Organization Against Arbitrary Arrest, Torture and Enforced Disappearances issued statement of thanks to President Hadi and I’d like to add my appreciation as well:
(Read on …)

Amnesty to UN: Yemen must end human rights violations

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, reports — by Jane Novak at 9:08 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

24 August 2012
AI Index: MDE 31/011/2012
Yemen can no longer delay taking concrete steps to improve its human rights situation

Written statement to the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council (10-28 September 2012)
Yemen is at a critical juncture: it either brings an end to the human rights violations that have
persisted in recent years, or it risks further instability that could lead to even further
deterioration of the human rights situation in the country. (Read on …)

Justice Minister gets death threat after statement about seizing former regime’s funds

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Judicial, Ministries, Post Saleh, assassination, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:54 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Many ranking members of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s former regime made millions through corruption, embezzlement and fraud. The Obama administration continuously blocked all efforts to freeze Saleh’s funds in addition to providing him political cover. Every now and then somebody mumbles something about sanctioning those who block the political transition at the same time that its clear the purse of Saleh et al is what is funding the counter-revolution, like Saddam and the Fedayeen. Minister of Justice Murshid Al-Arashani received threats of killing by unknown persons on Friday.

A source of the ministry said that they received a letter on late Friday in which the minister was threatened with assassination.

These threats came after Al-Arashani said on Tuesday that Yemen prepares to pursue funds that were looted by the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides.

In a forum held in Qatar on recovering frozen assets of fallen Arab autocrats, Al-Arashani stressed that those officials who looted funds of the Yemeni people will be hunted through mechanisms of civil laws.

Yemenis rally to ask for presidential pardon for Lalji

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:39 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Strengthening Yemeni judicial institutions is a vital function of the transitional government, but in this case the judicial system failed and Lalji exhausted all appeals of his death sentence. The only thing that can save him is President Hadi. I’m sure Ahmed and Moatz Hobaishi of the 14 October would oppose the move but its really the best thing for Yemen instead of getting into some high profile international campaign.

Marib Press: The Organization against detention, torture and enforced disappearance (under construction), they followed since vigil on Sunday, Re President of the Republic Field Marshal Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi on its submission to him on the issue of Abdul Karim Lalji and Hani Ahmed religion has not received a response from the President on the subject, according to promise.

The organization added in a press release issued by, received «Marib Press» copy of it, they are still waiting for a positive response from President Hadi, calling to reconsider protest on Sunday in front of the home of President Hadi ten o’clock am; demanding the release of prisoners Abdul Karim Lalji and Hani Ahmed religion and drop judgments against them in response to repeated calls from Sanaa and Aden. (Read on …)

Private weapons shipment to Ali Mohsen in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Hodeidah, Military, Ports, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 8:29 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

This arms shipment could have come from anywhere, from China to the US, now that the State Department has lifted the embargo on commercial arms sales to Yemen. The weapons were unloaded by Ali Mohsen, one of the main power centers during the former regime that should be becoming weaker in the new one.

The Yemeni black market on weapons is a vital economic sector that supplies AQAP, al Shabab, the Houthis and any armed group without distinction. Its going to be Fast and Furious on steroids when al Qaeda in Yemen or Somalia uses US weapons during a terror attack. And if the US is going to allow private sales in order arm to the southern militias that are fighting al Qaeda, there has to be a better conduit than Ali Mohsen.

The Link: Sources said that about 20 days ago a ship loaded with weapons NES to Minaoualhdidh, and unloaded the ship onto military trucks. The same source said the ship was unloaded under the direct supervision of Ali Mohsen, where he take to Hodeidah himself and eagerness that did not know one visit. Sources said that trucks loaded with weapons headed to places belonging to the First Armored Division on a number of nearby provinces there and dump all weapons in those places. There are other sources stating that the arms shipment came in favor of the so-called Army of the Revolution that is collected illegally now to include plotted against Ansar Allah in Saada (the Houthis), the Link believes.

Al Qaeda’s tunnel in Zinjibar Abyan Yemen runs to the 25th Mechanized Brigade’s camp

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:20 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2012


The accompanying article accuses the commander of the 25th Mechanized of secretly supplying Ansar al Sharia during the year-long battle in Zinjibar. For several months the 25th was under siege and the lone holdout after the rest of the security forces withdrew the city and left their weapons behind for al Qaeda. However who exactly was supplying the AQAP via the tunnel is unclear. What is clear is that the tunnel runs for about 4 kilometers from the parameter of 25th’s military camp into the heart of Zinjibar It is reinforced and has ventilation. It is also clear the soldiers of the 25th were bombed by the Yemeni air force twice during engagements with the Ansar al Sharia fighters, and al Qaeda was laying in wait to finish off the wounded. Original below, this is the GT version: (Read on …)

Yemeni officially withdraws claim of death of AQAP #2 Saed al Shihri’s

Filed under: Yemen's Lies, obits, personalities — by Jane Novak at 6:13 pm on Friday, September 14, 2012

Shocka! DNA shows its not al Shihiri who was originally reported as killed on 9/10/12 in an air strike in Hadramout: al Masdar:

I support free speech by Jane Novak

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:25 pm on Friday, September 14, 2012

The United States was founded on the concept of free speech, religious free speech in particular. It is what has kept us free from internal tyranny for over 200 years. For every piece of garbage like the Youtube clip, there are 10 works of great art, a new scientific discovery or some business development without corruption. (Read on …)

Friday of the Prophet of Peace and Mercy in Yemen

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:24 am on Friday, September 14, 2012

Every Friday the Organizing Committee of the Youth Revolution in Sanaa names the protest, today its the Prophet of Peace and Mercy.

Yemeni preachers condemned both the movie (actually its a youtube clip only) and yesterday’s violence and looting at the US Embassy.

Currently a large crowd (3000 Houthis arrived in Sanaa supposedly) is marching to Hadi’s house to demand the expulsion of the US Ambassador. Since the onset of the rev in Feb 2011, several huge national protests (100,000’s) denounced Ambassador Feierstein, in reaction to his statements and actions, and called for his expulsion. Today’s protest against the US Ambassador may have been in the works even before this garbage about the clip. There is some talk of extending his term in office which prompted widespread public fury well before today.

Protesters around the US embassy numbered in the low thousands. Tear gas, water cannons and some overhead shots broke up the crowd a bit; also it was qat time. So we’ll see what happens later. However, the security forces are showing an unusual level of restraint and thus far have avoided the usual cycle of protests triggering state violence triggering larger protests etc.

Protests in Makallah (Hadramout), Aden and other locations are proceeding peacefully, lots of burning flags etc. Many within the Yemeni activist community are strenuously making the point that yesterday’s violence and looting is the biggest insult to their prophet. A very few are defending the concept of civil rights overtly. Some find the violence justified. Its at moments like these that you can really tell who is who.

One reports indicates 13 cars burned yesterday and 61 vandalized and inoperable; one stolen.

Foreigners with suicide belts arrested in Sanaa, Yemen today: report (Updated, new link)

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:51 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Googlish but clear enough, a large group including women and three with suicide vests.
And we’re back, or rather the post is back, and updated with a new hotlink. Original Arabic below the fold. To follow is a rough summary of the article and other details updated:

The sources told The Link that 15-20 people were arrested in Sanaa today including foreigners and unveiled women, and three suicide vests were in the building. The operation by police and counter-terror forces to arrest them began around noon and lasted several hours on Amarra Street in Sanaa where the police had the house surrounded. The area is generally under control of the First Armored Division, commanded by Ali Mohsen. The building is on a street near the home of President Hadi. After negotiations, they surrendered. They appear to be Pakistanis and other Arabs from their clothes, maybe westerners. There is no information of their identity or religious affiliation but they could be al Qaeda. There is no official statement or report issued on the arrests so far.

Arrested a group of foreigners in a building with three explosive belts, The Link:
Sources revealed that police forces surrounded before noon today Amara Street السنينه sixtieth parallel to the street, which is under the control of troops of the First Armored Division, and in the building a number of foreigners of different nationalities, including Pakistan and Arabs, and perhaps Westerners.
According to the information that the siege lasted until the afternoon, where police managed to evacuate the building of the foreigners and arrest them and estimated between 15 – 20 or more, including the women, who were not veiled, and men dressed in plain clothes which did not reflect a religious affiliation. (Read on …)

Yemen security forces let protesters past gate at US embassy Sanaa, video

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:43 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012

They wave them on pretty much.

Related, rumors bubble about events tomorrow: In Aden the Islah party called lts members to demonstrate tommorrow and after Gomma prayer they will attack the American institute emdist in order to defame and distort the image of southern movement. The Houthis to march to Hadi’s residence to demand an explicit formal policy on something or another but said they will stay away from the embassy. (This already evolved from earlier today when they were going to stay in Change Square.) Also an HP printer looted from the US Embassy is going to print visas for everyone, says the Organizing Committee of the Youth Revolution in Change Square.

Mobs in Yemen surround US Embassy

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:03 am on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update: Fine fine everything’s fine, looted but fine. Maybe Hadi can fire Ahmed now, considering western journalists are reporting the Central Security let the protesters (rioters?) pass the first cordon. Hakim Almasmari said on CNN it was a deliberate method of diffusing the tension, also feasible. Assorted new links below on various.

via Felix News Agency re Friday prayer: Houthis agree to keep demonstration tomorrow inside Change Square. Maybe Abdelmalik got my email, I sure as hell hope he did.

6:30 am most people left after the tear gas, things calming down
Abdelmalik’s email from yesterday below the fold
7:30 supposedly restaging for another protest

Earlier vid from inside the compound

Original: Hakim from Yemen Post on phone at CNN:
3000 unarmed protesters outside
1000 security forces patrolling
Interior Minister announced anyone seen carrying weapons will be shot
perimeter breached and order restored

Twitpic, looting the embassy’s computers:


Photos via Taiz City FB page:



91312sanaaembassy3.jpg (Read on …)

Yemeni Interior Min has no info confirming death of AQAP #2 Saed al Shahri

Filed under: Air strike, Military, obits, personalities — by Jane Novak at 3:09 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dagnabbit. In an interview in the Saudi Okaz, the Yemeni Interior Minister says he has no info on whether AQAP #2 al Shihiri was killed, and he says to ask the Defense Ministry. Meanwhile AQAP denies he’s dead, and confirms Ahmed al-Daradish and Albatar al-Baydani were killed and the terrorists are usually much more accurate than the Yemeni govt in this situation, unfortunately.

Its quite possible the US media was spun again, just in time for the 9/11 anniversary, as they have been many times before. I thought it was way too quick for all the al Shihri obits, because the Yemeni Defense Ministry has released total disinformation time and time and time again, see my earlier post. I don’t know if hes dead or not, but I wouldn’t count on it. Its the fifth time he’s been announced as killed or captured. So its more likely that al-Daradish and al-Baydani were killed in yesterday’s strike and Al-Shihri is still alive, but really its too early to know.

al Masdar:

Yemeni Interior Minister skeptical of information killed Qaeda’s second-in-Said al-Shihri (Read on …)

Protests in Sanaa against terrorism, demand prosecution of former president Saleh

Filed under: Sana'a, Transition, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:51 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yemen Fox: Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Sana’a on Tuesday in a mass march called “Millionaire for trial” to call on Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides to be stripped of immunity.
Protesters raised Yemeni flags and banners which confirms their determination to continue calling for reorganizing army, releasing detainees, and stripping former regime figures of immunity and to be prosecuted.
The march went off from Zubery street amid Capital Sana’a, reached Kentaki roundabout and finally returned to change square near Sana’a university.
Eyewitnesses told Yemen Fox that former president Ali Abdullah Saleh brought dozens of loyal gunmen who sounded all streets leading to his house, which pushed protesters to change their direction to avoid confrontations with Saleh’s armed men.
General People’s Congress (GPC) has warned, hours before the march, of the protest which demanded stripping Saleh form immunity granted to him in accordance with the GCC Initiative and its operational mechanism.

Google translated, but you can get the idea (photos here)

Elaph: SANAA: Tens of thousands of people in Sanaa on Wednesday against “terrorism” and to demand the lifting of the immunity of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whom they accuse of supporting al-Qaeda.

The demonstration came a day after a similar demonstration witnessed Sanaa, and in the wake of a failed attempt to assassinate Defence Minister traveled killed 12 people. (Read on …)

Yemen assassination attempt round-up, Saleh sticks to his old tactics from 1992

Filed under: Post Saleh, South Yemen, Transition, assassination, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

With all the assassinations, its looking like 1992 all over again (except this time some southern leaders are blaming al Beidh for the attempted murder of a rival within the southern movement the Yemen Post says.) Equally or more likely, Saleh is staying true to form and playing the exact same game with the exact same tactics he’s been playing for decades. The period from unity in 1990 to the civil war in 1994 was marked by an onslaught of assassinations of southern leaders in Sanaa by al Qaeda/security types at the direction of Saleh; it was his MO and one major factor in prompting the civil war. The logical first suspect is the guy who did the same thing before. If it is al Beidh (and Iran) then its just as bad and the same point that these old leaders are playing their old deadly games. I wrote an article once about how Saleh is pathologically unable to share power, and its a near certainty now he’s not going to stop disrupting the transition until he is exiled or jailed. Freezing his funds, no matter how embarrassing that would be to the US, is one quick way to dis-empower him. No money, no mercenaries, no murder. The following article lists some of the prior assassination attempts on high profile politicians that occurred recently.

Southern leader survives assassination attempt

Yemen Post Staff
A senior southern leader, Mohammad Ali Ahmed, survived on Monday an assassination attempt in Al-Mukla city of Hadhramout governorate.

An explosive was detonated at the vehicle of Ahmed while he was outside his car in Hadhramout.

Ahmed is considered among the prominent southern leaders, and he spent about 18 years in exile.

He stated after his return home early of the current year that he came back to struggle for the sake of the southern independence.

Yemeni officials including Deputy Chairman of the Political Security Nasser Hadi, the former Interior Minister Hussein Arab, Deputy Governor of Aden Hassan Al-Darab and other officials welcomed Ahmed in Aden Airport.

Ahmed served as a governor of Abyan, and as interior minister before the Yemeni unification in 1990.

No side claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt, but some southern leaders accuse Ali Salem Al-Beidh of standing behind the bombing.

Yemen witnesses a state of insecurity in the capital Sana’a and other major cities as Yemeni senior military and security official were assassinated, and other politicians were targeted during the past few months.

Security officials said that the authorities foiled many plans to carry out terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda in the capital Sana’a, affirming that seized 40 belts packed with explosives.

Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party Yaseen Saeed Noaman survived an assassination attempt in Sana’a last week two days after the Transportation Minister Waeed Bazeeb survived assassination in the port city of Aden.

Just saving links

In fourth attempt on Yemen’s defense minister, car bomb in Sanaa kills 12
Kansas City Star SANAA, Yemen — A car bomb targeting Yemen’s defense minister exploded Tuesday outside the office of the prime minister in central Sanaa, missing its target but killing at least seven soldiers and five nearby civilians.

Hadi appoints new head of National Security following assassination attempt on Defense Minister

Filed under: Biographies, Counter-terror, Oil, Presidency, Sana'a, al Jawf, al-Bayda, assassination, security timeline, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 8:08 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ali al Ansi finally deposed, thats a good move, full list new appts below:

Hadi Fires Senior Security Chiefs, Picks New Governors, Presidency Officials

Yemen’s President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi sacked senior security chiefs and picked new governors and presidency officials on Tuesday night after the defense minister escaped a car bombing at the cabinet HQ in downtown the capital Sanaa.
Among the fired chiefs were heads of the national security system and intelligence systems who have been seen as very close to the former president Saleh.
Previous governor of Shabwa, Ali Al-Ahmadi, became the new chief of the national security and ,Hassan Al-Yafe, a former defense ministry officer, the new chief of the intelligence system.
Hadi also named new ministers for oil and higher education and five new governors for Sanaa, Jawf, Amran, Shabwa and Baidha.
Furthermore, he appointed Nasr Taha Mustafa, the former head of Saba agency, the new manager for the president’s office and ,Mansour bin Safaa, as the secretary general at the office.
The appointments came shortly after the defense minister, Muhammad Nasser Ahmed, survived a deadly car bombing while leaving the cabinet’s weekly meeting.
12 people including 7 of the minister’s bodyguards were killed and 12 others injured, some seriously, in the attack.
In the meantime, the Yemeni people plan to stage a massive demonstration to condemn terrorist attacks and violence and to announce their support to the decisions and efforts of Hadi.

President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi issued the following decrees:

1. Engineer Hesham Sharaf, appointed Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Mr. Hesham was the Former Minister of Oil and he replaced Dr. Yahya Al-shoebi who resigned from his post).

2. Engineer Ahmed Abdullah Dares prompted from the post of a Vice to the Minister of Oil and Minerals.
(Read on …)

Yemen cancels DPW’s contract for Aden Port

Filed under: Aden, GCC, Ports, Pres Hadi — by Jane Novak at 7:31 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A good overview of the economic and political significance:

Yemen’s small step toward independence 11/09/2012
Daily Star via Yemen Online

In late August, Yemen’s National Unity Government took a step toward greater independence and a stronger north-south unity by cancelling a contract to Dubai Port Worlds (DPW), signed by the government of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s erstwhile and longtime ruler. (Read on …)

Yemen nixes private airport for oil company

Filed under: Oil, Yemen, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 7:18 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gee a private airport in Shabwa could be useful for executives’ security but there’s the potential for illicit purposes if there’s no customs officials.

Yemen Stops Measures to Build Private Airport at Oil Block, Summons Oil Minister

Yemen Post Staff
The supreme national anti-corruption commission in Yemen decided on Monday to hold all measures to allow a foreign oil firm to build a private airport at its concession in Shabwa province, the official agency Saba reported. (Read on …)

AQAP’s Saed Al Shihri killed in Yemen?

Filed under: Hadramout, Pres Hadi, obits, personalities, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Monday, September 10, 2012

Update: Two US officials confirm. Update 2: Interior Ministry has no info, may be another disinformation job on the US media.

Original: Interesting. Frequently through the years, at politically sensitive moments like before 9/11 or USS Cole anniversaries, the Yemeni government announces a major CT coup that turns out later to be false. So time will tell on this one. Its the fourth fifth time that the Yemeni DOD has announced Saed al Shihri was killed. The fourth time al Shihri was reported killed was Feb 2011, at the outset of the rev against the Saleh regime. It could be true though. There’s somewhat better odds since its a US drone strike, but then again the US is far from infallible as the recent airstrike on a minibus of civilians demonstrates. The minibus was following the targeted vehicle in al Baydah.

From the 26 Sept: Saeed al-Shihri, who was the Saudi national and the second in command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was killed on Tuesday in a qualitative operation carried out by the security forces in Wadi Hadramout, a senior official told 26 September Net. The official said that six al-Qaeda leaders accompanying him were also killed.

AP: SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni officials say an airstrike has killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with five others traveling with him in one car.

The Defense Ministry officials say Monday’s attack killed the deputy, Saudi national Saeed al-Shihri, as he left a house in the southern Hadramawt province.

They say the missile was believed to have been fired by a U.S. operated drone. The U.S. doesn’t usually comment on such attacks but has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaida members in Yemen.

Related: Yemeni President Hadi says the government officials help al Qaeda. Good, its true and has been true for more than a decade:

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s president says some tribal chiefs and government officials are helping al-Qaida fighters hide after the military defeated the militants in the country’s south.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says “there are tribal chiefs and senior officials who are covering-up for al-Qaida figures” in Abyan and Shabwa provinces and “impeding security measures to arrest them.”

Hadi spoke to lawmakers and senior officials Sunday night. He did not name any suspects.

Related: Ansar al Sharia update from the Yemen Times:

ABYAN — The People’s Committees and security apparatuses in Abyan governorate are continuing operations to track Ansar Al-Sharia (AAS) affiliates in Abyan to terminate violence and install security.

Ali Abdu, spokesman for the People’s Committees, said on Saturday, the group, backed by security forces, held a large campaign to pursue AAS militants—who are affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula—in Shoqra and the controlled Al-Kalasi Mountain. Moreover, They patrolled Moneeb Valley and sent the militants out. (Read on …)

Saudis give 2.2 bill in oil products to Yemen

Filed under: Donors, UN, Oil, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:43 am on Monday, September 10, 2012

Is Saleh’s partner Tawfiq Abdel Rahman still the sole distributor of oil products in Yemen?

Saudis give $2.2 billion in oil products to Yemen at donor conference
Tuesday 04 September 2012 162012000000Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:12:24 +0300 04 PM / 26 September Net

Saudi Arabia has provided Yemen with fuel and other oil products valued at $2.2 billion to relief its domestic demand, deputy minister for external financial affairs said at donors’ conference in Riyadh on Tuesday. (Read on …)

Bogus trial of Aden newspaper al Ayyam and the late Hisham Bashraheel (and sons) continues

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Media — by Jane Novak at 9:41 am on Monday, September 10, 2012

Update: At today’s session, the court dismissed the charges against the late Mr. Bashraheel but the charges remain against the other defendants. Per AdenOnline, the witnesses’ testimony didn’t match written statements because of death threats and other coercive tactics at the time.

Original: How can this still be going on in the “new Yemen?” To sum it up, the nationally respected al Ayyam – before it was physically attacked and arbitrarily suspended by the Saleh regime – was one of the oldest and largest independent newspapers in Yemen. Based in Aden, al Ayyam reported on both the Saada War and the Southern Movement, along with other news worthy events, provoking the fury of the Saleh regime. (Wikileaks mentions the US State Dept considered al Ayyam as the only factual news source on Saada.) The news article that is thought to have provoked the violent siege was about a demonstration by the Unemployed Youth Organization protesting favoritism in employment, whereas the attackers story was they owned the land that al Ayyam had been operating from for thirty years.

In 2008, regime affiliated gunmen launched a two day siege of the compound with RPGs and gunfire, with women, children and journalists inside. One of the al Ayyam guards was sentenced to death after returning fire and killing a soldier. And apparently the now deceased Hisham Bashraheel is also still on trial as well as his sons who worked at al Ayyam. Four years of judicial harassment isn’t enough?

And the US embassy, which has its hand in every other issue in Yemen, is leaving al Ayyam twisting in the wind. The director of Aden security Col Kiran mentioned below is also implicated in several wholesale massacres of protesters in Aden. After urging from the US embassy, Kiran was transferred to Taiz where the slaughter continued. Kiran was also indicted in the murder of a prisoner Ahmed Darwish tortured to death in Aden jail. But as per normal, the journalist are on trial in Yemen.

To follow is my 2008 post. The state warned other papers from covering the assault on al Ayyam but they did it anyway. Then comes the current update about the ongoing trial, then the embassy cable written after then Ambassador Seche visited the family which notes multiple RPG scarring on the house.

Round-up: The state news agency, Saba News:

Prosecutor warns media of report on al-Ayyam issue [15 February 2008]

SANA’A, Feb. 15 (Saba)- The Public Prosecutor’s Office has warned mass media of covering the issue of Yemen’s leading independent newspaper al-Ayyam, the state-run 26sep. has said.

The office asked the media not to conduct any reports that may affect the judiciary operations in the country, pointing the issue has been before the prosecution to be trialed according to the law.

Late Tuesday tribesmen attacked the paper’s editor-in-chief whose escorts returned fire in the incident, killing one of the attackers and wounding another.

After the shootout the editor instructed to close off the paper and seek asylum abroad.

The CPJ protest: plain clothes “gunmen” attacked Bahsraheel’s home/al Ayyam’s office then uniformed security forces brought the RPGs:

Yemeni security forces lay siege to editor’s home
New York, February 12, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned that Yemeni security forces have laid siege to the home of a newspaper editor following an attack by gunmen on his home and newspaper’s offices in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. (Read on …)

Hashish bust at Midi port, Hajjah Yemen

Filed under: Hajjah, Hodeidah, Islands, Saudi Arabia, drugs, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 7:56 am on Monday, September 10, 2012

300 kilos (660 lbs) hash, conservatively and roughly valued at $ 2000 per kg is worth over a half million dollars. That’s a lot of money, I’m wondering about a typo. Here’s another report at FNA saying its cannabis.

Yemen Post

The border guard in western Yemen seized on Saturday 300 kg of hashish that smugglers had planned to sell in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry reported.

The stash was seized on the Thu Hirab island in the Midi district, it said, pointing out that the hashish quantities were concealed inside 6 bags.

Two Ethiopian smugglers were arrested, it said, adding that the two and the hashish were given to the army battalion in the Luhaya district as a prelude to hand them over to the police in Hodeida province, the ministry added.

In recent years, Yemen has been as a transit hub to smuggle drugs coming from other countries including Pakistan and Iran to Gulf countries.

Earlier this year, the authorities destroyed tonnes of drugs worth millions of US dollars that were seized last year.
In the past few years, tens of smugglers including Yemenis, Africans, Iranians and Pakistanis were arrested in some Yemeni cities while trading in and smuggling drugs.

Related: “The (US) Coast Guard has determined that the Republic of Yemen is not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in some of its ports…(with the exception of Ash Shihr Terminal – YEASR-0001; Balhaf LNG Terminal – IMO number not listed; and Port of Hodeidah – YEHOD-0001)”

For earlier happenings on Midi Island include weapons and drug smuggling and many instances of exploding boats.

Related: Revolutionary Guard ‘running Iran drug trade’

Also see my 2008 article: Yemeni Arms Fuels Instability in Somalia, keeping in mind UN sanctioned major weapons dealer Faris Manna (who worked in conjunction with the Saleh regime and Saleh personally for years) is now recognized as governor of Saada.

Security and development in one product: Yemen Post Editorial

Filed under: GCC — by Jane Novak at 7:54 am on Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Yemen Post editorial entitled Keep Calm and Carry On suggests a Plan Columbia type approach to the twin issues of CT and economic development. In the end, Plan Columbia had a mixed outcome even in the limited terms of cocoa production, but I understand the editorial’s perspective of combining both development and security in a single product.

Its been my longstanding view view that the development of effective governance and security is a ground up proposition in Yemen due to the nature of its society, infrastructure and traditions. An apolitical National Guard type organization in each governorate where male and female residents are focused on locally defined civil infrastructure projects in their own neighborhoods would boost economic development, national identity and security.

Yemeni institutions, where they exist, have been hyper-political. The functioning of schools, unions, ministries, medical clinics etc are tainted by political conflicts that don’t belong there and have nothing to do with the purpose at hand. The culture of hyper-politicalization encourages and permits corruption as its reward. It is for that reason that I recently suggested a moratorium on the activities of Saleh’s GPC party and other long established parties. A political breather would also give new parties a chance to form and compete. (In 2007, I suggested the GPC be disbanded altogether as a way to jumpstart the economy.)

However the largest obstacle to lasting political and economic development in Yemen is the Obama administration’s goal of recreating a balance of power among long warring factions that includes the US’s familiar partners- the Saleh mafia. The National Dialog can harden social divisions instead of overcoming them, and recreate the prior political stalemate, by reintroducing the culture of hyper-politicization. The representatives at the National Dialog are there to represent the Yemeni people, not specific groups, tribes, political parties or religious affiliations.

One issue the National Dialog members are going to discuss is electoral reform. And we all remember that the JMP and GPC were unable to agree again on the reforms that were agreed upon immediately following the 2006 presidential election. That political deadlock lead to the postponement of the 2009 Parliamentary elections and no progress was made in the years leading up to the revolution. These are the same deadlocked groupings the US insisted, demanded, lead the way following the Yemen revolution of 2011. Its even the same GPC dominated parliament sitting now that has thwarted reforms since it was dubiously elected in 2003.

President Hadi should be congratulated for what he and his team have achieved thus far. Maybe it is now time for Yemen to step forward in direct support of the people and to begin earnest economic and humanitarian action. Combining Yemen’s problems and looking to solutions, there is much that can be done for Yemen. It is time to consider a Plan Colombia type approach for Yemen.

We advise President Hadi to review Plan Colombia and its utility for Yemen. People need jobs and urgent humanitarian assistance. President Hadi understands that the youth of Yemen are ripe for AQAP radicalization because of historic, geographic, economic, social and political grievances. The Plan Colombia model that worked to counter drugs could be utilized for Yemen to counterterrorism through economic and humanitarian development. President Hadi could empower a Presidential Task Force. He could utilize Saudi Arabian and other country donations of funds through the support and coordination of the GCC forward office in Sana’a or through a newly created GCC secretariat for that specific purpose.

Like Plan Colombia, Plan Yemen would train and equip more counterterrorism forces including helicopters and intelligence. Plan Yemen would rely almost exclusively on Yemeni manpower, thus generating employment and finding useful pursuits for the masses without work. It would also offer closer coordination with regional GCC countries in whose interest it is to see a stable and democratic Yemen emerge from the current transition. Working district to district through focused programs in the security and governance domains, including vital humanitarian and economic assistance, Yemen could re-generate provinces sequentially delivering tangible projects in support of a people-centric counterterrorism outcome.

Not only would Plan Yemen utilize donor pledges and existing Yemeni human capital, it would support U.S. counterterrorism aims and also enable a Yemeni Army with a severely damaged reputation to re-build its social
contract with the people. Yemeni soldiers and new government employed civilians working to improve heat, light and electric supplies and sanitation concurrent with delivering water and food to malnourished countrymen is how Plan Yemen would look on the ground.

Yemen is at a crossroads. Former regime elements and Al-Qaeda are threatening Yemen’s new democracy. Only the robustness of the Yemeni people, and their extraordinary patience, will prevent complete collapse. Plan Yemen could combine generous international funding with U.S. aims for counterterrorism and at the same time utilize Yemen’s currently unemployed people to deliver much needed economic and humanitarian support. Yemen needs action on the ground right now. Plan Yemen could mobilize the people and make a real difference.

Yemen lowest on internet ranking by WWWF

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:01 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Web’s global impact, study here: The Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s use, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure

LAT: The rankings are an ambitious attempt by the World Wide Web Foundation, a nonprofit group with offices in the U.S., Switzerland and South Africa, to sum up how different countries use the Internet, factoring in access, infrastructure and what information is available to users. Its “Web Index” attempts to measure not just whether people can use the Internet, but what they get from it.

“We want to take this issue about whether or not people are a part of the information society and help increase awareness that it’s as important as access to water and vaccinations –- it’s not a secondary issue,” Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee said in the newly released report.

Money is the main reason the World Wide Web isn’t really worldwide, the group said. Broadband connections to the Internet cost almost half the average monthly income across dozens of countries surveyed. In Africa, getting access to the Web cost more than the average monthly income, the group found, compared with less than 5% of the average monthly income in the Americas and just 1.7% in Europe.

As a result, many of the poorest countries studied, such as Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, were also among the lowest on the Web rankings. The lowest-ranked country was Yemen.

Polish intel warning to CIA on USS Cole attack was ignored: top Polish spy

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:48 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

More weird stuff to go with all the other weird stuff regarding US govt actions and policy prior to and after the USS Cole bombing. The story here is that starting in 1999 Polish intel gave the CIA information for nearly a year on an impending al Qaeda attack on a US warship. The CIA investigated and didn’t find any corroborating evidence, and downplayed the likelihood of an attack to the Poles. Then al Qaeda blew up the USS Cole in the port of Aden. So what happened, the CIA missed it, despite the Polish intel and NSA’s constant surveillance of the Yemen hub? And then in the aftermath, the CIA withheld info on the suspects including two in the US who turned out to be 9/11 highjackers. The more you look at the Cole, the less it makes sense.

Makowski—who spent 20 years in the Polish espionage service and rose to the rank of colonel—also blames the CIA for the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000, which claimed the lives of 17 American sailors.

“Beginning in 1999, for almost a year, we started giving information that bin Laden had made a decision to prepare an operation to attack U.S. warships in the Gulf,” Makowski told McClatchy. “There was a 27-person team… We told them who its leader was, his passport number [and] his Dubai identity card.”

About three months before the attack, according to Makowski, the CIA said they thought “such an attack is impossible.”

Gutman notes that Makowski’s former colleague Gromoslaw Czempinski—a legend at the CIA for leading the rescue of six U.S. intelligence officers from Iraq in 1990—vouched for his story.

Read more: Business Insider

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US protected war criminal Ali Saleh gives speech, spurs new protests in Yemen

Filed under: Oil, Post Saleh, Sana'a, Transition, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:42 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Some Saleh stuff:

Yemen Post Staff
Thousands of Yemeni people led by youths took to the streets in some cities on Tuesday to demand lifting the immunity given to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh under a power-transfer deal that was reached after the 2011 turmoil.

The demonstrations came to protest the appearance of Saleh who delivered a speech on the anniversary of the General People’s Congress on Monday attacking the government and some countries which brokered the power-transfer deal.

The demonstrators demanded to lift the immunity given to Saleh because he insists on exercising politics though the popular uprising, which erupted in early 2011, forced him to resign. Some of them argued Saleh should be tried because the immunity was given on condition Saleh leave the political career, but he continues to appear and organize political events.

They also affirmed the revolution will continue until all its goals were met.

Mass protests erupted last year that forced Saleh to sign the power-transfer deal in return for full immunity from prosecution. His aides were given immunity but not covering terrorist acts.

In his speech on Monday, Saleh, the founder and president of the General People’s Congress, said the power-sharing government has failed to live up to its responsibilities and that Qatar supported the Yemeni people in an improper way.

Meanwhile, Saleh and his relatives including senior military and security commanders have been criticized for obstructing the deal and resisting orders and decisions to restructure the armed forces.

More on the protests at Xinhuanet Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwa has said that the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is behind Yemen’s instability, pointing out that he violates the GCC-power transfer deal.

He indicated that Saleh and his family still control some the state institutions, stressing the importance of reconstructing the security and military services in order to implement the GCC deal and move forward.

In an interview with the Saudi Al-Sharq newspaper, that some political sides supported al-Qaeda and armed groups with the aim of breaking down the political settlement.

He cited that Iran intervenes in Yemen’s affairs, singling out that Iran violates rules of international relations.

Yemen Times: For the first time, the General People’s Congress (GPC) celebrated the anniversary of its establishment in a state of extensive security procedures and the absence of coverage by government media outlets.

The celebration came following the popular 2011 revolution that resulted in the ouster of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who remains the head of the GPC. After the revolution, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the former vice president, was elected Yemen’s newest leader. Hadi is now the president of the country and the deputy head of the GPC.

Saleh was an active voice during the celebration, lashing out at the reconciliation government, saying, “What have you realized thus far? Have you controlled the electricity saboteurs or those bombing the oil pipes? Or do you hold others responsible for your failure?”

Saleh questioned the reconciliation government, asking, “Why have you not captured the bandits and the electricity towers’ attackers? Why do they not stand a trial? Where have you been in the course of the last eight months?”

He displayed his resentment toward declarations that hold the former regime responsible for the difficulties Yemen currently faces.

“If a tornado occurs in America, they will say the former regime is the reason,” he said.

A hard number

More than 5,000 people, including leading party figures, attended the celebration. Tareq Al-Shami, a spokesman for the GPC, said the gathering intended to send a powerful message to people that the party is still a strong, hard number in the political arena that none can surpass. It is a political party that holds an honorable national history, he said.

“Another message is the GPC has an evolving thought.”

However, Al-Shami did add that the party remains a partner of the coalition parties; it embodies itself strongly in front of society. The party is keen to adopt the concerns of people and to resolve their problems; thus, the party rejects any unlawful actions such as banditry and assaulting government facilities, Al-Shami said.

Although Hadi belongs to the GPC, he was not in attendance. Al-Shami said the party planned ahead and was fully aware that the president would be unable to attend the event.

Al-Shami said the GPC now strives to prepare for the eighth conference, during which new leadership will be elected for all branches nationwide, in addition to electing the party’s Permanent Commission.

Futility and chaos

By contrast, some political analysts affiliated with opposition groups deemed this celebration as futile and a means to squander the resources of the nation.

Saleh Al-Soreimi, editor-in-chief of Al-Sahafa newspaper, said Saleh spent his own money on this celebration, and most of the attendees came for the sake of material gains, not to represent the party.

He said Saleh’s goal for the celebration was to let Yemen and other countries know that he is still a player in the political arena; he is able to move his party anytime he wants and in any way he chooses.

Al-Soreimi said the GPC is not an organized party; it simply attempts to attract people by means of money and by taking advantage of its power when it is at the helm of the country. He called for the GPC to adopt another more valid strategy than just collecting money.

With regard to Hadi’s absence from the celebration, Al-Soreimi said Hadi wants to prove himself as the only president of Yemen; he doesn’t want Saleh to be perceived as his boss in the GPC.

The former president, on his last stand, thought the celebration would make him a future because he has nothing of what he did in the past, Ali Al-Sirari, the political advisor of the prime minister, said.

“It is supposed that Saleh quit politics based on the immunity given by the Gulf Initiative. Otherwise, the immunity should be lifted and he ought to stand trial, for he still continues misusing the nation and standing against the will of the Yemeni people.”

Yemen Post Staff
Head of the Joint Meeting Parties Sultan Al-Atwani has accused the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides of blowing up oil and gas pipelines, referring that Saleh uses tribesmen to attack government facilities.
In an interview with the Yemen Times Radio, Al-Atwani demanded to form an independent aid unbiased panel to investigate attacks against interior and defense ministers and other events.
He revealed that some Yemeni officials still receive orders from Saleh, not from Hadi or the interim government.
According to the JMP leader, some security and intelligence services loyal to Saleh still hold protesters who took part in demonstrations that led to the ouster of Saleh, singling out that the JMP do its best to discover the places in which protesters are held.
He reaffirmed that the JMP refuses to extend the interim stage, making reference that the military and security services must be reconstructed to end Yemen’s divisions.
Yemeni politicians repeatedly called Saleh to leave Yemen and give up politics, asserting that he operates to provoke internal divisions and disputes.
They cautioned that the GCC-mediated power transfer deal could be broken down, if Saleh continued in playing political roles.
Saleh was given immunity from prosecution under the GCC-mediated power transfer deal. However he still exploits the immunity to stir up troubles, a senior leader of the JMP Ali Al-Sarari said.
Al-Sarari called to promptly reconstruct the military and security services and put an end to maneuvers of Saleh, warning that his behaviors could undermine the political settlement in Yemen.

Yemen Times: SANA’A, Sept. 3 — Three people were injured in Sana’a’s Change Square on Monday in an attack by armed men on tents located on Al-Ribat Street.

Fathi A-Shaibani, head of the Peaceful Youth Coalition’s Organizing Department, said approximately 35 people, armed and carrying sticks, attacked ten tents Monday and blocked the street.

He said the perpetrators demolished five tents and looted everything inside the Media Center, located in a tent on the street.

Al-Shaibani said a welder summoned people to attack the tents. They burned them, looting everything inside. This raised anger among the youth, who made an attempt to fight back against those attacking them.

Ahmed Nashwan, an owner of a destroyed tent, accused the welder and an owner of a food store for the attack.

He said the attack happened at 10 p.m. Monday, and he said these attempts won’t discourage the independent youth from continuing their revolution until all their aims are achieved.

This incident came hours after former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s speech—delivered before his loyalists on the thirtieth anniversary of establishment of the General People’s Congress. Consequently, the youth accused Saleh loyalists for being behind the attack.

Yemen Online: Yemen: Tens of thousands march demanding prosecution of ousted president

Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets after Friday prayers in the capital Sanaa demanding the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the longtime autocratic leader who stepped down in February after a year-long uprising.

Protesters raised banners reading, “The trial is coming.” Witnesses say demonstrators marched in other Yemeni cities as well.

Saleh signed a power transfer deal that gave him immunity from prosecution in return for leaving office.

However, his public appearance earlier this week in a celebration at the headquarters of his ruling party, which he still heads, sparked public anger and renewed calls for his prosecution over the deaths of protesters and over corruption.

Saleh continues to exert considerable influence through family members in key positions in the security forces. Yemen’s new President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has tried since assuming office to purge Saleh associates from key positions, but critics of the ousted president say he is still using his allies to stir unrest.

“The revolutionary (crowds in the) squares will not permit a continued political role of the ousted president or a return of the old regime,” said Abdel-Hadi al-Azazi, a leading youth activist.

Meanwhile, the military is engaged in a broad offensive against al-Qaida in the south of the country, retaking in the summer several towns that had been captured by the militant movement during last year’s unrest.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that security forces arrested on Friday four al-Qaida militants in the capital in connection to assassination of a Yemeni intelligence general last week.

A security official said that anti-terrorism special forces raided houses in Sanaa and exchanged gunfire with suspected militants during a security sweep. He spoke anonymously according to regulations.

The United States considers al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror network’s offshoot in Yemen, to be its most dangerous branch.

Dubai Ports Int’l threatens lawsuit after corrupt contract terminated

Filed under: Aden, Ports, Transportation, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 12:27 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Not to mention the grievances of the workers at Port Aden, the mismanagement of Aden port by DPI is thought to be a deliberate corporate strategy, because Aden is the direct competition to Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, also managed by DPI. Kuwait actually had a better bid and many including myself warned against awarding the contract to DPI in 2005.

Yemen Times: : ADEN, Sept. 5 — An official source at the Ministry of Transportation said the Dubai Ports International Company (DPIC) is planning to file a lawsuit against the Yemeni government because of the termination of their contract last month. The source said Yemen’s government could compensate the company an estimated $30 million if DPIC wins.

The source said the company’s evidence and claims are unsubstantiated, considering the company did not keep pledges with regard to operating Aden Port, in addition to its neglect toward the port. The company was not alert to heed Yemeni government cautions, the source said, adding that Aden’s port used to receive 160,000 ships annually under DPIC’s operation of the port; however, the port received 800,000 ships in 2007, prior to the start of the government’s contract with DPIC.

The source said the termination came after a team from the Ministry of Transportation travelled to Dubai in August to inform the company about upcoming procedures, but they didn’t respond. So, the agreement was terminated.

Abdullah Al-Khawlani, director of the Arab and International Economic Department, said in an interview with Al-Thawra newspaper that Yemen should avoid getting involved in international trials with DPIC because trials usually take a long time. He said the cost of the trial could cause more losses than gains for Yemen.

Al-Khawlani said Yemen has to solve the problem amicably, particularly because it could cause a political crisis with the United Arab Emirates, the support of which Yemen needs.

Al-Khawlani said DPIC’s argument could be stronger if they used the pretext of a lack of stability because of the political turmoil in Yemen at the time when they started to work in Aden.

He said DPIC has professional lawyers in maritime disputes, while Yemen doesn’t, giving the company an advantage should the issue require court involvement.

Me, 2005:

Selling the Port: In a stunningly blatant act of economic malfeasance, the Yemeni government recently entered into a 30 year contract for the port of Aden with its largest competitor, Dubai Ports International (DPI). World Bank documents state that Dubai is in direct competition for container transshipment business with Aden. The port of Aden is located along international shipping routes, giving it a strong advantage over ports in Dubai which are 1600 miles away.

The majority owners of DPI also are the managers of the Jabal Ali free zone in Dubai. DPI will pay 83.5 million US dollars as a rent over 30 years for the Aden free zone, an area of 32 million square meters, effectively paying less than one penny per square meter in monthly rent. A Kuwaiti firm’s substantially higher tender was rejected in favor of DPI. (Read on …)

2012 Donors Conference on Yemen

Filed under: Donors, UN, Saudi Arabia, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 12:19 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Just saving some references:
Yemen Post

Donor countries and organizations pledged to provide $6.4 billion in aid to Yemen during the transitional period 2012-2014, the Yemeni official agency Saba reported on Tuesday.
Other countries and organizations said they will announce their pledges the Friends of Yemen meeting which will be held on September 27 in New York, the agency said.
Yemen is undergoing the two-year transitional period under the power-transfer deal which was brokered by the GCC countries and backed by the West after the 2011 turmoil.
It is seeking about $11 billion to bridge the financial gap based on the transitional program for stabilization and development 2012-2014 as the country is reeling from the unrest that has deepened its woes.
In May, Friends of Yemen held a meeting in Riyadh and pledged $4.24 billion in aid to Yemen but that will be officially given in the New York meeting later this month.
Prime Minister, Muhammad Salim Basindwa, said the Yemeni government will take special measures to use the external aid including the establishment of an international fund to channel and oversee the spending aid on investments and development.
On the margins of the conference, Yemen and Saudi Arabia signed three accords including one under which the Saudi Fund for Development will deposit $1 billion in the Central Bank of Yemen to stabilize the national currency and help the government cope with economic challenges.
The two other agreements were for giving $26 million from the Saudi kingdom, $20 million to help Yemen build a 60-megawatts power plant in Taiz province and $6 million as contribution to the Yemeni health sector.
At a news conference after the first day of the 4-5 September conference, Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said the pledges should be released soon to help the country overcome all challenges at the moment, according to Saba.

al Sahwa

A Yemeni economist, Dr. Mohammad al-Afandi, has expected that the Yemeni government will succeed in absorbing donor’s financial pledges to be provided to Yemen during the donor meeting held on Tuesday in Riyadh.

He affirmed that the government has good program, pointing out that aids presented to Yemen will help implement the political settlement.

He warned that the delay of supporting Yemen will lead to worsening economic problems and impediment of the settlement.

Saudi Arabia had pledged US$3.25bn in aid at a meeting of Friends of Yemen held in Riyadh in May during which a total of $4bn were pledged.

Yemen’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister, Mohammed Al Saadi, said last week that his country needs $11bn in foreign aid.


Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:05 am on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Maybe the National Security is just toying with me or maybe Adsense is overloaded, but this site is currently accessible from Yemen for the first time since 2007.

Actually I remember one week in 2009 when all the blocked Yemeni political websites were unblocked, including mine, but it turned out they were just tweaking the censorship software. The wall cutting off Yemen from the world came down harder the next week. Therefore I refuse to be happy or believe its conscious decision, or lasting occurrence, for at least a month.

It is supposed to be a new era now, and not stomping on freedom of expression would certainly be new.

Geeze, maybe I should write something.

Al Fida interview

Filed under: Yemen, personalities — by Jane Novak at 11:49 am on Sunday, September 2, 2012

Al Fida discusses match making for bin Laden and the discussions with Saleh in 2007
(Read on …)

MEPC lists US’s drone policy in Yemen blowback potential

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:44 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

In a seven page article, the Middle East Policy Council questions whether signature strikes in particular result in creating a population more prone to accepting an Emirate. I have some quibbles, for example state authority didn’t disappear- it never existed- and much of the local population in Abyan saw Ansar al Sharia as an occupation not a welcome vehicle of lawfulness. But its an interesting report in that the authors extrapolate six distinct negative patters of drone blowback as indicated by earlier events in the FATA region:

Executive Executions and Signature Strikes

Currently, the United States engages in two types of drone strikes, and neither is the surgical excision of HVTs on which the American public’s enthusiasm for drones depends. Until early 2012, the United States only conducted “personality strikes,” in Yemen. These are authorized by the president in a form of executive execution. The targets have not been indicted for a crime, let alone convicted, and have been identified as enemy combatants through an opaque process. A significant percentage of the targets and victims of this type of strike in Yemen have been U.S. citizens (Ahmed Hijazi, Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and Abdul Rahman al-Awlaki). Their families have recently brought a civil suit in U.S. courts that will help clarify the obscure de facto parameters for executive executions.18

While there have been successful HVT strikes on non-U.S. citizens in Yemen, they probably follow the Pakistani pattern, alienating parts of the local population and increasing the insecurity that often fosters organizational recruitment. In fact, Yemen may provide a more significant example of this effect than FATA because of its complex internal situation, noted above. According to our calculations, only four HVTs have been killed out of 230-270 total deaths. This is roughly a 1:60 ratio of HVT to total deaths, comparable to the ratio in FATA under the Bush administration (before the proliferation of signature strikes).

In early 2012, the White House authorized the use of “signature strikes” in Yemen. This type of targeting allows for wider parameters, quicker response and authorization at a lower command level. Signature strikes have also been used in FATA. They are based on categories of possible target groups and patterns of movement rather than on identified individuals. For example, a group of militant-age men carrying weapons and moving towards a known militant area can be targeted under this practice. As some reports from Yemen note, the populace is not opposed to the use of drones when they target and hit known AQAP members.19 However, the introduction of signature strikes will likely change this dynamic, as it has in FATA. With signature strikes, accuracy in targeting will likely decrease, and more Yemenis unconnected to AQAP will be killed. (Read on …)

Obama’s bad policy in Yemen would be just as bad in Syria

Filed under: A-analysis — by Jane Novak at 10:15 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Perhaps absurd is a better word:

an analogy by Brian Whitaker

Syria and the ‘Yemen solution’

How does this sound as a way to end the conflict in Syria?

Step one: The Syrian parliament grants immunity from prosecution to President Assad and his closest associates.

Step two: Assad resigns as Syria’s president but remains head of the Baath party, which in turn continues to control the parliament.

Step three: A presidential election is called and Assad’s deputy, 73-year-old Farouk al-Sharaa, wins handsomely, since he is the only permitted candidate.

With a different set of characters, that is exactly what happened in Yemen earlier this year when the “international community” (but primarily the US and Saudi Arabia) decided it was time to take charge of the Yemeni revolution. It’s also an idea that is now bandied about as a possible “solution” for Syria.

The Arab League first proposed it back in January and last month President Obama suggested it again in discussions with the Russian prime minister.

It’s a dreadful idea. For a start, the “Yemeni solution” hasn’t succeeded in Yemen – at least, not yet, and there are doubts as to whether it can ever succeed – so why should it work in Syria?

Following President Saleh’s resignation, Yemen has embarked on what is supposed to be a two-year transition. Saleh’s successor, President Hadi, does not have the political or military muscle to carry it through, so the whole process is basically controlled by the United States.

Meanwhile, Saleh is still there, purged of his crimes and fighting a rearguard action to preserve as much of his regime and its corrupt ways as possible. Mark Katz, who has followed Yemen for years, writes:

“It is true that Saleh stepped down, but much of his regime remains intact. His son is still in command of (partly thanks to American support) the best armed and trained security force in the country. Although the new president has dismissed some of them, Saleh loyalists remain in many key positions. Whether there will be a true political transformation in Yemen, then, remains to be seen.”

Now that the revolution has been stopped in its tracks, the success or otherwise of the transition plan depends largely on how hard the US is prepared to push. One risk here, if it pushes too hard, is that Hadi will start to be perceived as a Karzai-type puppet president, thus strengthening the hand of the old regime.

But in any case, political change is not the Americans’ top priority in Yemen. They are much more concerned about al-Qaeda (or what they think is al-Qaeda) – as is shown by all the recent drone attacks, combined with ground offensives by the Yemeni military. It has become very clear over the last few months that this is far more important to the Americans than helping the Yemeni people to achieve their rightful aspirations.

Its also become clear that Yemeni lives have a very low value to the US decision makers. Hundreds (really that’s not hyperbole) of civilians were killed by US drone strikes targeting low level and often unknown suspected jihaddists in the hopes of preventing a terror attack from possibly coming to fruition down the line. Its murder of Yemeni civilians justified as preventing the murder of American civilians that is not imminent or even certain to occur.

Also read the Invisible civilian casualties of the the US war on AQAP in Yemen, article by Atif al Wazir.

At the same time the US is doing everything possible to re-install the Saleh regime and in the interim has created a more manageable and effective dictatorship in President Hadi while pushing back all avenues of citizen involvement. Oh yeah, let do that in Syria too.

CIA bungled Yemen 2000/2001, leading up to 9/11: Soufan

Filed under: USS Cole, al nashiri, fahd — by Jane Novak at 11:52 am on Friday, August 24, 2012

Duh! Bungled is the charitable explanation.

Its a fact that the CIA knew that two individuals that Soufan was seeking (in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole) were in the US, and its a fact that the CIA withheld the info from Soufan and the FBI until 9/12 when the pair were identified as two of the 19 highjackers.

But what about the CIA and NSA failing to act or share information before the USS Cole attack, considering the Yemen hub was wired since 1998? There was a satellite trained on the front door 24/7. It strains credulity that neither agency had any inkling of the plot, considering they were recording every phone call and the Cole bombing was coordinated in and via that house and that phone. The best explanation is what, incompetence? They didn’t want to blow their surveillance?

And what about the CIA withholding information (including photos of Fahd al Quso and Walid bin Attash) about the al Qaeda summit in Malaysia in January 2000 where both the Cole and 9/11 were planned?

The facts Soufan reported in his excellent and heavily redacted book (which apparently just went on sale in the UK) are entirely separate from the egregious chain of events detailed by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaeffer, ie- that Able Danger’s urgent warnings of an impending terror attack in Port Aden were shut down and never forwarded to the Cole. Not to mention Kie Fallis, the DIA analyst who independently and strenuously tried to raise a red flag with an official warning. But Commander Lippold never got that message either.

Despite NSA’s constant electronic and satellite surveillance, CIA’s physical surveillance and other intel, Able Danger’s data mining and the DIA analyst who also picked it up, al Qaeda blew up a US warship in Port Aden, Ocotober 2000, killing 17 US service members. Many of the same core group of terrorists and their associates were later involved in 9/11.

While Soufan gives a fascinating and detailed first hand account of his investigation, the CIA’s “huge mistakes with devastating consequences” were already well documented open source. For the most coherent treatment, see the 9/11 Timeline at History Commons.

The CIA withholding info about the Cole attack and associated terrorists (before and after the bombing) was obviously a contributing factor in the US being caught flat footed as planes started crashing into buildings. They should issue a mea culpa and stop hassling Soufan. It would be refreshing.

Former FBI Agent Says The CIA Failed To Act Before 9/11 Terrorist Attack

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan sat down with the BBC last year to talk about his belief the CIA failed to pass along critical information about two of the 9/11 hijackers before the attacks.

Soufan was working for the FBI in Yemen at the time of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was looking for two of the hijackers in the Middle East but they were already in America, something Soufan claims the CIA knew and failed to report.

And now, Soufan says the government is trying to keep him quiet.

“They are trying to stop me and others from telling the world what really happened over there,” he told the BBC.

But the CIA is calling his allegations “baseless,” adding that Soufan’s suggestions the agency is censoring him is “ridiculous.”

Watch Soufan’s full interview with the BBC:

Another interesting facet of the USS Cole story is that top officials in the Saleh regime and family knew of, directed and otherwise abetted the terrorist plot. Nashiri’s defense team made the point that most of the good information the US got immediately following the bombing came from Saleh personally. A few years later, Saleh released all the convicted Cole bombers from jail early and gave them money.

For example, Fahd al Quso was released from jail in May 2007 and killed by a drone in 2012. In the intervening years, he was instrumental in preparing new plots to mass murder Americans including the Nigerian’s underwear bomb and the toner cartridge bomb among others.

That the US was tied at the hip to an al Qaeda appeasing war criminal is most often explained away by hard minded people as the easiest and most effective policy for the US, and one that arises from a lack of alternatives. Others find US policy in Yemen (currently and over the last decade) illogical, dangerous and short sighted. Either way, the US’s long support of Saleh, kowtowing to him during the revolution and protecting him after, becomes more comprehensible in the light of the aforementioned relationships and events.

(Read on …)

AQAP’s foundation is the Yemeni intel, security and military

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:49 am on Thursday, August 23, 2012

This is a very good article at Foreign Policy that details Yemen precisely: it is the elite or top level of the security, intelligence and military that provide support, cover and resources to al Qaeda in Yemen. The US is well aware that their boys in Yemen including Yahya Salah and Ahmed Saleh- Ali Saleh’s son and the commander of the US trained CT forces- is up to his neck as is the PSO and large swaths of the military and security leadership.

Time after time after time again, it has been revealed that it is the upper echelon of the Yemeni regime that is pulling the strings for political purposes, and yet the US continues its overwhelming support for the status quo.

At the same time the US is targeting low level operatives without ever dealing with the issue, in fact the Obama policy is exacerbating the issue by thwarting a full regime change, allowing Saleh to remain in politics and with his money.

Foreign Policy 8/30: SANAA, Yemen — In the crowded Shumaila market in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on May 28, 2005, Faysal Abdulaziz al-Arifi took a few trembling steps past buzzing stalls and garbage quickly accumulating on the street’s edge. (Read on …)

Defusing the Yemen crisis through equality and power sharing

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:57 am on Saturday, August 18, 2012

Acknowledging reality as a first step to reconciliation makes sense, as does an internationally guaranteed referendum, as I have long argued:

The Southern Challenge to Yemen’s National Dialogue 17/08/2012

The upcoming National Dialogue Conference is currently Yemen’s top national priority. Jamal Benomar, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, has rightly stated: “The success or failure of the national dialogue is likely to make or break Yemen’s transition.” Stakes are therefore very high amid widespread criticism that the national dialogue process has been exclusionary and opaque.

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has started the process by establishing a 25-member Technical Committee that will report by the end of September in the hopes that the conference will commence in November 2012. It is good he has started the preparatory process now. He understands that pre-talks are necessary before the “big tent” event. Rushed, clumsy approaches risk overall failure. We believe that all interests and groups (including women, youth, Houthis, and Salafis, etc.) must be represented to air their grievances, though we sense that Yemen’s south holds the key to success for the national dialogue.

We posit that southern disengagement from the national dialogue process would lead to more protests, more instability, and the very likely chance of another, potentially more dangerous, civil war, which we think ultimately poses a far greater threat to Yemen and regional stability than does Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Many Yemenis are already deeply frustrated by a host of dire socio-economic challenges that may be getting worse, despite the promise of a new government.

Southern secessionism, in particular, is threatening Yemen’s already fragile unity and unlike AQAP, the southern movement has widespread support.

The south has deep-seated grievances that made the civil war in 1994 inevitable.

Following the northern military victory, unity was essentially imposed upon the south. Under former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, the south was made to feel like the Communist “naughty son” who was being returned home for parental re-education. During those years, southerners were effectively excluded from decision-making processes. Military commanders, officers, and government employees were forcibly retired and excluded from leadership roles, state pensions were withheld, and any compensation provided was below subsistence levels. Southern lands, businesses and other resources were confiscated and given to northern elites.

Southern towns and infrastructure were neglected by Sana’a while poverty and unemployment continued to rise. Some southerners also blame the loss of a relatively “open culture” on their more conservative northern countrymen.

Perhaps justifiably, many southerners consider themselves worse off as a result of unification. There is a strong perception that southern resources have been usurped by the north. Protests for change continue in the south, as does the heavy-handed government response, which resulted in four dead and twenty injured in Aden recently.

Despite clear divisions, the south can significantly contribute to the long-term well-being of the country in partnership with the north. There are many successful southern businessmen who can help Yemen on the road to recovery. Rebuilding and expanding the southern Port of Aden, in particular, could prove a huge boost to the economy.

In addition to the absolutely vital tasks of writing a new constitution and army restructuring, a clear plan for reconciliation and better northern and southern integration must be articulated within the national dialogue process. Generally, we sense that federalism is supported by the majority of the south. A right of referendum to southerners for self-determination should be on the table. It is also recognized that the fragmented southern entities must work together to reach some level of unity through compromise before they jointly embark on the national dialogue process.

As part of the national dialogue and transition process, we recommended that:

1. Yemen’s leadership acknowledge and apologize for past abuses of the south and also to those who suffered in the north under the previous regime;

2. The north-south balance of power within the government be addressed constitutionally to reflect appropriate representation for all Yemeni entities;

3. A process for equitable north and south wealth-sharing be considered;

4. Compensation be considered for lands and wealth taken from the south;

5. Forced army retirees be called back and engaged in the new army;

6. The new constitution explicitly guarantee rights to all Yemenis, irrespective of where they live;

7. A de-centralized, federal system be examined;

8. Investment and development be provided proportionally equal to both north and south.

A new democratic Yemen that respects plurality and provides political, legal, and economic equality to all its citizens, and which adequately begins to address all grievances, is the only way forward. We conclude that the southern challenge is the single greatest threat today to Yemeni unity and thus must be handled with due diligence during the forthcoming national dialogue process.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. government, Department of Defense, National Defense University, the government of the Republic of Yemen, or Aden University.

By Robert Sharp, Nazar Basuhaib, and Fahad Malaikah

International Policy Degist

Counterfeit currency stolen during occupation of Yemeni Interior Ministry

Filed under: Ministries, Security Forces, counterfeiting — by Jane Novak at 2:44 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Now that makes sense:

Yemen Observer: 8/11/12: The Central Bank of Yemen issued a warning on Sunday to banks and exchange offices after it was established that counterfeit high-resolution currency had entered the market.

The alert came after the Interior Ministry revealed that criminals broke into its evidence room and stolen a large stash of counterfeited money last week when armed clashes erupted in between tribesmen, the Central Security Forces and men attached to the 1st Armored Brigade, led by renegade General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

The Interior Ministry said it was now working at arresting the culprits.

“Al Qaeda reiterates the September 11 tragedy in Yemen”

Filed under: Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Sana'a, Tribes, attacks — by Jane Novak at 5:24 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2012

A tragic essay published by Hour News, the original Arabic below, outlines many of the disasters that Al Qaeda has wrought on Yemen, directly and indirectly. I believe the article is in response to the awful and deliberate murder of a 12 year old boy with a package bomb, that sad article is also below:

Newspapers and magazines — “This report for publication”

Al Qaeda in Yemen declares war on the citizens, and reiterates the September 11 tragedy in Yemen, “the report”

Abdul Karim Hazmi

Al Qaeda in Yemen war on Yemeni citizens in general as well as its war against the government for the establishment of an Islamic state as they called them.

It is noticeable in this war-Qaeda in Yemen that the only loser is the people of Yemen, a victim, a target of this war, economically and militarily.

Since the takeover in the province of Abyan war killed tens of innocent victims of the citizens and the displacement of thousands of them in order to establish the rule of the Islamic state in the nation, forgetting that they are all Muslims and citizens united to God is not a partner, was the victim of most of them innocent civilians. (Read on …)

Yemenis protest in Sanaa for dismissal of President’s son as security cheif

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Counter-terror, Military, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:56 am on Friday, July 27, 2012

More videos on the protest in front of Hadi’s home calling to resign Saleh’s family from their posts

Assorted Yemen links

Filed under: Abyan, GCC, USA, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 8:44 am on Friday, July 27, 2012

Influx of Gulf money to al-Qaeda in Yemen (supporters of Sharia) Thursday, July 26, 2012 (ar)

360 cities panoramic photos of Yemen

Abyani Tribes and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, Critical Threats, good overview

Official Blind Eyes Thwart Yemen’s Attempts to Rehabilitate Al-Qa’ida Terrorists
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012, The Media Line on PSO releases of AQAP. Now they are going to Jaar; before the rev they went to Saada.

Tawakkol Karman: I can’t believe that (the U.S.) didn’t know of Saleh’s connection with al Qaeda

Asharq Al-Awsat interview: US Envoy to Yemen Gerald M. Feierstein 08/07/2012, the one where he uses the royal we.

GAO: Uncertain Political and Security Situation Challenges U.S. Efforts to Implement a Comprehensive Strategy in Yemen: 2/29/12 Since fiscal year 2007, U.S. agencies have allocated more than $642 million in security2 and civilian assistance to Yemen. …..However, both State and DOD officials expressed some concerns about future security assistance activities, including identifying who will be the key U.S. partners in the Yemeni security forces. Until 2011, the United States trained and equipped specialized security forces focused on counterterrorism that members of the Saleh family led. While the implementing mechanism for the Gulf Cooperation Council political transition agreement calls for the reorganization of the armed services, it is unclear how or when the military will be reorganized and who will lead it. (ed- the US is apparently still hoping to keep nephew Yahya and son Ahmed which would be a tremendous error.)

Another 20 sitting in drafts were back dated and posted.

and via email, Ali Mohsen and Ahmed Saleh have to go: Karman

Tawakkol Karman: Iran wants to militarily overthrow Yemen. The Houthi should admit into the political process and leave the option of the violence. Tawakkol Karman appreciates Ali Mohsen’s stance with the revolution; the president Hadi should dismiss him, along with Ahmed Ali before turning the Republican Guards into the Revolutionary Guards. (Read on …)

Tribesmen hired for pro-Saleh protests in 2011 seize IM building in Yemen

Filed under: Ministries, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:00 pm on Monday, July 23, 2012

There are the bullies who occupied the pro-Saleh square in Sanaa for pay, qat and a promise of a job:

Mohammed Jamjoom ‏@JamjoomCNN

#Yemen Govt Official said men who seized Int Min r tribesmen who were recruited onto police force last yr by relative of former pres Saleh

(Reuters) – About 100 armed tribesmen loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the Interior Ministry building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday demanding to be enlisted in the police force, an official said.
(Read on …)

al Shabab, talks in Shaqra, al Mohsen bio

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, Somalia, Yemen, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 11:58 am on Monday, July 23, 2012

500 of Islamic militants leaves Somalia to Yemen

Somali embassy in Yemeni capital Sanaa disclosed on Sunday that 500 militants from Islamic Al-Shabab have reached Yemen to join Al-Qaeda in Arabian peninsula. (Read on …)

State Department permits sale of lethal weapons to Yemen

Filed under: Janes Articles, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:04 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2012

Without much fanfare or explanation, the US State Department revised its defense export policy on Yemen and will now consider applications for licenses to export lethal defense articles to Yemen.

The July 3, 2012 Federal Register notice updates the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and lifts the “presumption of denial” that had been in place since 1992.

In an earlier opening to US-based military contractors and suppliers, the ITAR was revised in August 2011 to allow the export of non-lethal defense articles and services to Yemen.

In the latest ITAR update, the State Department asserted that lifting the arms embargo would enhance US national security and that, “Yemen has taken important steps to stabilize the country, including holding successful presidential elections in February 2012.”

Post revolution Yemen

The 33-year dictatorship of Field Marshall Ali Abdullah Saleh came to an end following a year of nationwide, massive street demonstrations demanding complete regime change. Hundreds of unarmed citizens were killed and over ten thousand wounded as Yemen’s armed forces, headed by Saleh’s relatives, tried to shoot, bomb and burn the protesters into submission.

Saleh and his regime, notorious for brutality and grand corruption, received immunity under a US and Saudi sponsored deal in exchange for Saleh’s resignation. Despite ample evidence of war crimes and financial malfeasance prior to and during the Yemeni revolution, Saleh was neither exiled nor sanctioned. There has been no accounting for the billions stolen from the Yemeni treasury. The US maintains that Saleh is an esteemed leader, welcomed on the political scene.

With 10 million registered voters in Yemen, 6.6 million voted in February’s single candidate election for Saleh’s vice president, Abdu Mansour Hadi. As president, Hadi has achieved significant gains against al Qaeda following decades of Saleh’s appeasement and manipulation of the fanatical group.

However Saleh loyalists continue to thwart progress in Yemen administratively and through covert acts like bombing oil pipelines and a new round of al Qaeda “jailbreaks. Saleh’s paid pens launched a smear campaign against the newly appointed and quite effective Human Rights minister, Hooria Mansour, prompted her boycott of cabinet meetings.

Among the many challenges Hadi faces, the most urgent is child starvation. More than one million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished and 60% suffer from chronic malnutrition, UNICEF said this week. Yemen is also facing a devastating water shortage and 70% of Yemenis have no access to healthcare.

Following the revolution, Yemenis remain largely fragmented and at odds, with many groups and individuals jostling to achieve narrow interests and goals. The lack of communications infrastructure and political experience means that rival groups and former opponents have yet to form a clear national consensus that the rescue of the starving children is the nation’s top priority. Saleh’s overthrow has not yet shifted the balance of power between the citizenry and the elite, but instead instead resulted in a partial and ongoing re-shuffle of elites.

As a result, protests across the nation continued following the election, demanding the removal of Saleh’s son Ahmed Saleh, commander of the Special Forces, and Saleh’s nephew Yahya Saleh, commander of the Central Security. The pair are the primary conduits of US counter-terror efforts and recipients of US CT funds and equipment. Ahmed Saleh is reported to own four condos in Washington, D.C. for which he paid 5.5 million dollars in cash.

Continuing US loyalty to Saleh’s relatives baffles and frustrates Yemenis. Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman said, “I cannot believe the US didn’t know of Saleh’s relationship to al Qaeda.” Karman also described ousted president Ali Saleh as “the real hand” behind al Qaeda.

Judge Hamoud al Hittar was Minister of Endowments and spearheaded Yemen’s earlier efforts to reform imprisoned al Qaeda operatives through dialog and Koranic debate. He resigned the Ministry in 2011 following regime excesses during the revolution. Al Hittar recently described Ansar al Sharia, the extremist group that occupied several southern towns until Hadi’s election, as a blend of al Qaeda operatives, Saleh loyalists and those with local grievances.

He also said, “some relatives of Saleh personally contacted with Al-Qaeda operatives and hampered the completion of investigation on the case of USS Cole.” Many others have warned of the nexus between the Saleh’s mafia and al Qaeda.

In June 2012, President Obama notified Congress of direct US military actions in Yemen, as required by the 1973 War Powers Resolution, stating “The U.S. military has also been working closely with the Yemeni government to operationally dismantle and ultimately eliminate the terrorist threat posed by al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most active and dangerous affiliate of al-Qa’ida today. Our joint efforts have resulted in direct action against a limited number of AQAP operatives and senior leaders in that country who posed a terrorist threat to the United States and our interests.”

In addition to the State Department’s July 3 move to open the floodgates for arms and contractors, the Pentagon announced that it will resume shipping about $112 million in weapons and equipment for counter-terrorism operations, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote to congressional defense committees on July 5.

Yemen received $252 million in counter-terrorism funding through mid 2010. Shipments were later suspended after state forces, including the Air Force and units commanded by Ahmed and Yahya Saleh, turned their weapons against protesters.

US humanitarian and development aid to Yemen is expected to top $175 million this year.

The faulty Blue Lantern

Yemeni protesters and elites and US officials all consider the restructuring of the Yemeni military and security forces as a top priority. However the phrase has differing meanings to each group. For Yemenis “restructuring” means decommissioning Saleh’s relatives; to the US it means arming them.

Additionally, many in Yemen and the US have valid concerns about the US ability to effectively monitor US military shipments to Yemen. US embassy personnel have had difficulty in conducting “Blue Lantern” spot checks on US supplied weapons as far back as 2004, according to one Wikileaks cable.

As a result, in July 2008, the first-ever bilateral agreement between the Yemeni and American armed forces was concluded. In a press release posted to the website of the US embassy in Sana’a, then Ambassador Seche said the End Use Monitoring Agreement (EUMA) for U.S-sponsored military and security assistance would prevent “the misuse or illicit transfer of these items and service.” The press release and all references to the 2008 EUMA have since been scrubbed from the US embassy’s website.

Despite the EUMA, in 2009 US trained counter-terror units and US supplied equipment were routinely diverted to internal armed conflicts in northern Yemen, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. “In the cables, US diplomats complain that their requests for Yemen to halt such diversions were having little effect,” Human Rights Watch remarked in calling for an investigation into US counter-terrorism assistance to Yemen.

A January 2010 report issued by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations found that some of the weapons the US government had shipped to the Yemeni military could not be accounted for and that the Yemeni military was “likely” diverting US counter-terror assistance to wage war against their own citizens in the north. The Foreign Relations Committee’s fact finding mission further expressed uncertainty that US Embassy personnel fully understood what the EUMA required, and that diversion was prohibited. The report noted,

This potential misuse of security assistance underscores the importance of enhancing the current (2008) end-use monitoring regime for U.S.-provided equipment. Indeed, the existing end-use monitoring protocols in place have revealed discrepancies between U.S. records of security assistance and those that are in the possession of Yemeni defense forces.

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on Yemen a month later, Member Ron Klein (D-FL) noted, “The worst thing we can have for our country, and our troops, and our interests over there is to find that U.S. weapons are being used against us.”

In response, Jeffery Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State assured the committee that, “We’re very aware of the human — of a poor human rights record in Yemen. We’re very aware of the fact that the country is awash in a black — in a black market on weapons. So these factors very much play into how we do the monitoring.”

In December 2010, Human Rights Watch urged the US to “investigate Yemen’s apparent diversion of US counterterrorism assistance to an abusive military campaign unrelated to terrorist threats and suspend such aid unless the misuse has stopped.” However, US support was only curtailed in mid-2011 when such abuses occurred in the full glare of the western media attending the popular uprising against Saleh’s regime.

Fanning the fire

The impending influx of private contractors and new gun sales to a variety of end users in Yemen permitted under the ITAR revision magnify these concerns about the diversion of US supplied weapons onto the Yemeni black market and their use against civilians and for political ends.

With the loyalty of some units in the military and security services, and vast chunks of the state bureaucracies, lying with former President Saleh and competing commanders, President Hadi’s task of wresting control of the state from al Qaeda and private militias is daunting.

The ITAR’s revision in its policy on Yemen may arise from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vision for a State Department that actively prevents low intensity conflicts. In a speech at a military trade show, Ms Clinton cited US intervention in Yemen as an example of her vision of a more integrated and effective nexus between foreign partners, US diplomats and Special Forces, the Danger Room reports,

The State Department has stood up a new bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, which Clinton said “is working to put into practice lessons learned over the past decade and institutionalize a civilian surge capacity to deal with crises and hotspots.” Together, Special Operations Forces and State’s new Conflict Bureau are the twin arms of an expanding institution for waging small, low-intensity shadow wars all over the world.

But rumor has it Clinton’s vision has its detractors — and that its implementation in hotspots such as Yemen and Congo has made some Special Operations Forces officers very unhappy. In Yemen, in particular, some commando officers look upon the State Department’s expanding shadow-war powers as a bureaucratic intrusion on what should be military territory. A source tells Danger Room that in Yemen State has effectively hijacked all U.S. counter-terrorism funding, requiring a labyrinthine approval process for even small expenditures. According to detractors, the funding control is a way of cementing State’s expansion into the Special Operations Forces traditional remit.

The introduction of private defense contractors and commercial weapons vendors to Yemen in an effort to stabilize the state, enhance its reach and thwart al Qaeda carries both potential risk and reward. With the US’s proven inability to keep track of its prior military shipments, the revision of the ITAR has the potential to inflame low intensity conflicts already underway. Many of these internal disputes have deep roots and long histories; others are a result of the reconfigurations that occurred during and after the 2011 Yemen Revolution.

At the same time, the Yemeni military and security services are sorely in need of re-organization, training, standardized methods and modern equipment. A strong legal framework including respect for civil and human rights, and the rights of the soldiers themselves, needs be introduced from the top down and the bottom up. An impartial body in Yemen should also provide oversight and limitations on imports allowed under the revised US ITAR.

Yemeni service men and women, police and security officers, are in the cross hairs of al Qaeda with assassinations and suicide bombers targeting them nearly daily. And like other sectors of the ravaged and dysfunctional Yemen state, the military and security services could benefit greatly from international aid and support. But the focus of the US State Department must remain on creating an effective and cohesive national force that serves all the Yemeni people and not only urgent US counter-terror interests.

Open letter from Yemen specialists urge change in US policy focus

Filed under: USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:09 am on Friday, July 20, 2012

The gaggle of western experts think there is a better US policy available and consider the current policy to be detrimental to US national security interests. Their underlying assumption is that the US is under-informed and misguided but sincere in its intentions. However by this point its clear the US wants a pliable dictatorship that is more efficient in delivering services and will do whatever it takes to cement US stewardship and cover up prior US complicity.

The Cable

The letter, spearheaded by the Yemen Policy Initiative, a dialogue organized by the Atlantic Council and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), outlines several diplomatic, political, economic, humanitarian, and security policy recommendations that include increasing assistance to democracy-building institutions, working with the international community to immediately address Yemen’s “food security needs,” sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, and rethinking the strategy of drone strikes, which the signatories argue “could strengthen the appeal of extremist groups.”

“The real essence [of the letter] was that we have a new government in Yemen, and what we need to do is recalibrate or rebalance the relationship to make it clear to both the Yemenis and to the American people that our interests and the focus of our efforts there are not solely AQAP,” former U.S. ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine told The Cable. “Al Qaeda is a short-term, immediate issue … we need to took to the medium-term and long-term.”

Stephen McInerney, executive director of POMED, argues that while U.S. policy in Yemen is “shortsighted” and “too narrow,” AQAP is still a real threat.

the letter

June 26, 2012: ACUS: While intensified engagement may be a necessary step toward stabilizing Yemen, as individuals who care deeply about the United States and the future of Yemen, we believe the current US strategy jeopardizes our long-term national security goals. A broader approach that places emphasis on the underlying economic and political problems will better serve the stability of Yemen and, accordingly, our national security interests, rather than a primary focus on counterterrorism efforts and direct military involvement.

The US has a fundamental strategic interest in Yemen to address several key objectives: combating AQAP and other armed groups; ensuring Red Sea stability for oil transport and shipping routes; and preserving regional security while minimizing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. In each of these areas, Yemen’s stability is critical to achieving the United States’ core strategic interests. In turn, Yemen’s trajectory depends on achieving a successful democratic transition that

AQAP re-establishes at Abu Jabarah, Saada, Yemen

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Hadramout, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Yemen, abu jubarah, al-Bayda — by Jane Novak at 4:59 am on Monday, July 16, 2012

Related 30,000 Saudi spies in Yemen

NAB: AQAP fled to Sanaa and “One group made a camp in Al Mahfad, a mounteneous area between Shabwah and Abyan, and second group went to the eastern province of Hadhrmout, more specifically in Wadi Dawan in Sayoun, and the third group went to Rada’a in Al Baidha province. The recent estimate of Al Qaeda elements in the whole country is 10,000, according to sources close to Al Qaeda.”

7/6/12 al Hadath: Revealed a Saudi newspaper on Friday that elements of al-Qaeda had infiltrated to some districts in the province of Saada in northern Yemen, disguised in women taking advantage of the sympathy of some members of the tribes who helped them to reach the valley of the Abu Jabara near Saada, and provide safe haven for them. (Read on …)

Yemen president announces preparatory committee for national dialog

Filed under: National Dialog Committee, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:52 am on Monday, July 16, 2012

Hadi formation of 25-member preparatory committee: Yemen Fox (Read on …)

Ammar Saleh heads pipeline sabotage team in Yemen, Updated

Filed under: Oil, Post Saleh, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:54 am on Sunday, July 15, 2012

Update: I added an English article on the events below the fold but it doesnt name Ammar, just calls him a relative of the president who oversaw the destructive efforts.

Al Hadath: Ministry of the Interior in connection with completion of the investigation with the accused in preparation for the lifting of the case file to the President Hadi

Security official: Ammar Saleh manages a band of 450 people to blow up electricity pylons and oil pipelines (Read on …)

Sami Dhayan a scapegoat says a statement from his father

Filed under: 3 security, Yemen, personalities, state jihaddists, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 6:16 am on Saturday, July 14, 2012

first an update on Sami’s status

Yemen Post: Yemen Arrests Leader of Suicide Cell behind Killing of Senior Commander (Read on …)

Yemen intel chief’s disinfo in cadet attack

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Ministries, Yemen, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 5:06 am on Saturday, July 14, 2012

Yemen president launches investigation into cadet attack 14/07/2012

The Yemini Interior Ministry announced that president Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi has formed an investigative committee in order to probe regarding a bombing in Sana’a that killed 10 police cadets this week after the panel misidentified the bomber, media reported on Friday. (Read on …)

Saleh relative orchestrated pipeline attck: Yemeni officials

Filed under: Marib, Oil, Security Forces, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:41 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SANAA // Yemeni authorities have accused military officers of sabotaging one of the country’s key oil pipelines during last year’s uprising, as the country battles to repair its energy infrastructure. (Read on …)

Yemen’s new law on freedom of information

Filed under: Civil Rights, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:20 am on Saturday, July 7, 2012

The issue as with all Yemen’s laws will be compliance and enforcement, also the exempted categories are rather broad and may hinder reporting on corruption:

Relief web: The law says that the government must comply with citizens’ requests for information that it has unless the information falls into certain categories. Among them: the secrets of private businesses; copyrighted material; personal information of private citizens; diplomatic or defense secrets; and details that could jeopardize criminal investigations. (Read on …)

12 points of southern reconciliation (North/South Yemen)

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:51 am on Friday, July 6, 2012

al Masdar OnlineThe head of the Political Department of the Socialist Party Dr. Mohammad Saleh tapestry that the joint adoption of the points made by the Socialist President Hadi and to the Government on action to resolve the issue and the creation of South dialogue. (Read on …)

Money Laundering, Yemen

Filed under: Yemen, terror financing — by Jane Novak at 6:06 am on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Theres also a 2007 FSAT report on the US embassy’s website that highlights many of the structural obstacles (including lack of investigative training) in Yemen’s efforts to thwart terror financing and money laundering, but of course political context and influential people have a direct impact as well:

UPI: SANAA, Yemen, June 26 (UPI) — The Financial Action Task Force has added Yemen to its list of countries that have failed to tackle money-laundering and terrorist financing related issues.

In its latest statement, the group criticized Yemen for not addressing the risks arising from deficiencies associated with its jurisdiction, stressing inaction could lead to Yemen being labeled a high-risk or uncooperative jurisdiction.

The Socialist Forum newspaper Tuesday said Yemen failed to implement FATF recommendations to prevent terror-related financial activities, jeopardizing the impoverished nation’s ability to do business with the international community.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the ministers of its member jurisdictions. Its objectives are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money-laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
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Al Fida on al Zindani and al Zindani on al Zindani

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:03 am on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

YO: In a recent address to the press, controversial Yemeni cleric Sheikh Abdel-Mageed al-Zindani, a powerful tribal leader whose alleged ties with al-Qaeda landed him years ago on America’s most wanted terror list, vehemently denied that he broke a deal with the White House to have his name remove, arguing that if he ever indeed figured on the list, it was mainly because he refused to follow then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s orders. (Read on …)

Obama claims drone targets are on list

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:30 am on Monday, June 18, 2012

Maybe in Pakistan but in Yemen they dont know the names or have a clear idea of identity, are hitting the lower levels and apparently upped the threshold for acceptable incidental civilian casualties.

YOL, 09/07/2012 (Read on …)

UN SC res 2051 Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, Donors, UN — by Jane Novak at 7:43 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Its so contradictory

June 12, 2012


Security Council: Text of Resolution 2051 (2012) Resolution on Yemen
Jun 12, 2012

The Security Council,

Pp1 Recalling its resolution 2014 (2011) and presidential statement of 29 March 2012,

Pp2 Expressing grave concern at the political, security, economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen,

Pp3 Reaffirming its strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Yemen,

Pp4 Welcoming the Secretary-General’s statement of 21 May 2012 encouraging all sides to play a full and constructive role in implementing Yemen’s political Transition Agreement in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2014,

Pp5 Noting the co-chairs’ statement following the Friends of Yemen Ministerial meeting in Riyadh on 23 May 2012 and the support expressed for the political Transition Agreement in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, including the proposal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to host a donor meeting in late June 2012,

Pp6 Expressing grave concern at the security situation and continuing terrorist attacks, in particular by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, within Yemen, and reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations,

Pp7 Condemning all terrorist, and other, attacks against civilians, oil, gas and electricity infrastructure and against the legitimate authorities, including those aimed at undermining the political process in Yemen, including the attack in Sana’a on 21 May 2012,

Pp8 Noting the formidable economic and social challenges confronting Yemen, which have left many Yemenis in acute need of humanitarian assistance,

Pp9 Welcoming the Government of National Unity’s focus on short term stabilisation of the economy through implementation of the IMF Rapid Credit Facility programme,

Pp10 Stressing that the best solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform, as set forth in the GCC Initiative and Implementation Mechanism and in resolution 2014 (2011),

Pp11 Recalling that the transition process requires the involvement and cooperation of all sides in Yemen, including groups that were not party to the GCC Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism,

Pp12 Expressing concern at the recent deterioration of cooperation among some political actors and actions that could adversely affect or delay the political transition process,
Pp13 Reiterating the need for comprehensive, independent and impartial investigations consistent with international standards into alleged human rights violations and abuses, to ensure full accountability,

Pp14 Welcoming the continuing engagement of the Secretary-General’s good offices including the visits to Yemen by his Special Adviser, Mr Jamal Benomar,

Pp15 Mindful of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security under the Charter of the United Nations, and emphasizing the need for progress in the implementation of the GCC Initiative and Implementation Mechanism to avoid further deterioration of the humanitarian and security situation in Yemen that threatens peace and security in the region,

Op1 Reaffirms the need for the full and timely implementation of the GCC Initiative and Implementation Mechanism in accordance with resolution 2014 (2011);

Op2 Calls upon all sides in Yemen immediately to reject the use of violence to achieve political goals;

Op3 Notes that in line with the Implementation Mechanism the second phase of the transition process should focus on:

(a) convening an all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference,

(b) restructuring of the security and armed forces under a unified professional national leadership structure and the ending of all armed conflicts,

(c) steps to address transitional justice and to support national reconciliation

(d) constitutional and electoral reform and the holding of general elections by February 2014;

op4 Supports the efforts of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Government of National Unity to move the transition process forward, including through security sector reform and changes in senior appointments in the security and armed forces, and the launch of the preparatory process for convening the National Dialogue Conference;

op5 Emphasizes the importance of conducting a fully-inclusive, participatory, transparent and meaningful National Dialogue Conference including with the youth and women’s groups and calls upon all stakeholders in Yemen to participate actively and constructively in this process;

op6 Demands the cessation of all actions aimed at undermining the Government of National Unity and the political transition, including continued attacks on oil, gas and electricity infrastructure, and interference with decisions relating to the restructuring of the armed and security forces, and obstructing the implementation of the Presidential Decrees of 6 April 2012 concerning military and civilian appointments, and expresses its readiness to consider further measures, including under Article 41 of the UN Charter if such actions continue;

op7 Stresses that all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses must be held accountable, and underlining the need for a comprehensive, independent and impartial investigation consistent with international standards into alleged human rights abuses and violations, to prevent impunity and ensure full accountability;

op8 Notes with concern that children continue to be recruited and used by armed groups and certain elements of the military, and calls for continued national efforts to discourage the use and recruitment of child soldiers;

op9 Reminds the Yemeni Government and other actors of the need to release immediately those protesters unlawfully detained during the crisis;

op10 Urges the Yemeni Government to pass legislation on transitional justice to support reconciliation without further delay;

op11 Calls on all parties to comply with applicable international law including international humanitarian law and human rights law;

op12 Calls for the international community, including the UN and GCC, in particular through the Friends of Yemen, to provide active and increasing support to help the Yemeni government meet the forthcoming political, security, economic and humanitarian challenges;

op13 Encourages the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemen and calls for the full funding of the 2012 Humanitarian Response Plan, and in this regard requests all parties in Yemen to facilitate safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to ensure the delivery of assistance to populations in need;

op14 Emphasises the importance of Government of National Unity finalising and agreeing their two year development plan to set out priority policy areas and funding modalities, as well as to identify key areas for reform, and requests all donors to support the development plan through established funding modalities and to contribute to the forthcoming donor conference;

op15 Expresses its concern over the growing number of attacks carried out or sponsored by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and its determination to address this threat in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law including applicable human rights, refugee and humanitarian law;

op16 Requests the Secretary-General to continue his good offices role, including through the efforts of his Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar, stresses the importance of their close co-ordination with international partners in order to contribute to the successful transition in Yemen, and in this regard welcomes the political engagement of the United Nations through a small presence in Yemen consisting of a team of experts to support the implementation of the transition process, and to provide advice to the parties in conjunction with the government of Yemen, in particular in support of the National Dialogue process;

op17 Requests the Secretary-General to continue to coordinate assistance from the international community in support of the National Dialogue and transition, as stipulated in the Implementation Mechanism of the GCC Initiative;

op 18 Requests the Secretary-General to continue to report on developments in Yemen every 60 days;

op19 Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

Obama admin leaking intl for political payoff?

Filed under: Counter-terror, Saudi Arabia, TI: External, UK, USA, Yemen, airliner — by Jane Novak at 6:17 am on Sunday, May 27, 2012 but not me:

An alleged intelligence leak regarding a covert operation that thwarted an “underwear bomb” plot last week is now creating distrust and ill feelings within the U.S. intelligence community and has led to increased talk about intelligence leaks at the highest levels of government, according to terrorism experts on Friday. (Read on …)

Al Fahdli denounces crumbs of federalism, heralds the impending era of Islamism in Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:55 am on Friday, April 27, 2012

Tariq Fadhli leaders attacked the southern and says that his goal «liberation of the South» and the rule of Islam is coming
(Read on …)

Readings on Yemen

Filed under: Yemen, reports — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Thursday, April 26, 2012

- How to help Yemen come unstuck by Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. Article details how the immunity plan and the general air of impunity is hindering military/ security restructuring and reform in general, gives detailed action plan Also see Transition Needs Accountability, Security Reform, Human Rights Watch Delegation Completes Official Visit in Sanaa

- a good paper by Yemeni expert Nadwa Al Dawsari, April 2012 Carnegie: Tribal governance and conflict resolution traditions will again play a part in helping to ease tensions and mitigate conflicts that will arise as Yemen moves toward political transition. Tribal mechanisms for conflict resolution need to be ntegrated with the formal system so that they work alongside and complement formal institutions. Issues related to the stresses that the tribal system is facing must be addressed within that framework.

- The Social fund for Development issued a “qualitative study it carried out on a sample of 74 of its beneficiary communities. The study quantifies economic and social impact of the events of 2011 on those communities.”

- Senior UN Official Concerned About Worsening Humanitarian Situation in Yemen: New data shows that food insecurity in Yemen has doubled over the last two years. Five million people, or nearly a quarter of the population, are severely food insecure, meaning that they are not able to grow or buy enough food for their family and need urgent assistance. At least 800,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

- Al Bab, Brian Whittiker’s blog, 4/9: The Saleh regime fights back

- HRW: US: Transfer CIA Drone Strikes to Military Ensure Intelligence Agency Abides by International Law

(New York, April 20, 2012) – Remarks by a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official suggesting the agency is not legally bound by the laws of war underscore the urgent need for the Obama administration to transfer command of all aerial drone strikes to the armed forces, Human Rights Watch said today.

The CIA’s general counsel, Stephen Preston, in a speech entitled “CIA and the Rule of Law” at Harvard Law School on April 10, 2012, said the agency would implement its authority to use force “in a manner consistent with the … basic principles” of the laws of war. The laws of war are not mere principles but legally binding restrictions on all forces of the parties to an armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said.

Building a Better Yemen Charles Schmitz Carnegie Paper, April 3, 2012, no comment; haven’t read it yet.

Bernard Haykel covers some of the basics so basic people seem to forget them, at his blog in Yemen after Saleh, What Next for Yemen?

Must read: Reforming Yemen’s Military by Chatham House’s Ginny Hill, March 22, 2012

Southern Observatory for Human Rights monthly report covering January 2012

Yemen – reported US covert actions since 2001 The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, comprehensive list

There’s one more good one somewhere in last months emails that discusses the schism between tribal leaders and their publics that was fostered by years of Saudi and Saleh patronage, ie- thousands in monthly payments, and argues against excessive reliance on Sheikhs as proxies of governance.

Lacking intel on AQAP, Obama admin broadens drone targeting guidelines

Filed under: Air strike, Al-Qaeda, USA — by Jane Novak at 9:03 am on Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Obama admin has approved droning Yemenis deemed a threat to the US even if their identities are not known. The US is currently relying heavily on aerial surveillance for intel on AQAP, following a decade of exclusively relying on half bogus intel from the subverted Saleh regime. And its likely the CIA/DOD has identified individuals regularly seen in the company of known al Qaeda leaders. However, sentencing random, unknown Yemenis to death based on tenuous associations or physical proximity is exactly the same rationale Al Qaeda used in justifying the murder of pedestrians passing the US Embassy in 2008. On a practical level, one more uniquely bad hit could create blowback that overwhelms any progress. Human intel may be difficult to obtain in Yemen, but some reporting has detailed over 3000 informants including some who aren’t aware the end user is the US. But draining the swamp can go a long way. The Obama admin appears to still be on a quest for shortcuts, easy fixes and stability through institutionalized injustice. Inexplicably, the US politically empowered religious hardliners and negated the impact of authentic democracy advocates and their quite logical and productive demands.

WSJ: The Obama administration has given the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military greater leeway to target suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen with drones, responding to worries a new haven is being established from which to mount attacks on the West.

The policy shift, as described by senior U.S. officials, includes targeting fighters whose names aren’t known but who are deemed to be high-value terrorism targets or threats to the U.S. The White House stopped short of authorizing attacks on groups of lower-level foot soldiers who are battling the Yemeni government, the officials said.

US insists on Saleh relatives in key security positions in Yemen: JMP

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:32 am on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Never mind, I give up. Obviously Yahya (nephew and head of the Central Security) and Ahmed (son and head of the Republican Guard) must go to Yemen to have a chance and for the US to make any real gains against al Qaeda. Brennan still living of off intel scraps and thankful for it:

Islah: (Google translated)A spokesman for the JMP Dr. Ghalib Odaini slave, he can not engage in national dialogue unless preceded by the creation of conditions and the atmosphere at the top of the restructuring of the army and security on a national basis, professional and under the unified command.

The Odaini in a statement to “Sahwa Net” common commitment to the full as repeatedly announced that the implementation of operational mechanism of the Gulf initiative, which among its provisions the restructuring of the army and security.

He said that Odaini restructuring the army and security is essential in order to be able political leadership during the transition phase of its influence and bring about stability and security to all parts of the country.

He called Odaini President to take bold decisions and bold drive towards building a strong national army protects the country rather than remaining an army of family members or alone.

With respect to what America is trading on the exercise of pressure on the joint to ensure the survival of Ahmed and Yahya in office, he said that the joint can not accept any pressure from any party whatsoever for his decision that he has the platform independence of national responsibility and is supported by the will of popularity.

He said that the responsibility for combating Allarhab is the responsibility of political leadership and all Yemenis and not depend on a person or the armed forces alone.

Odaini called the former president and his aides because the benefit from the immunity granted to them and leave the political process and let the Yemenis make their future.

The newspaper statement Emirates said that a leading role in the joint assured her that Western diplomats that the United States put pressure on Bob and the EU in order to maintain the General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the head of the Republican Guard, Brigadier General Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, a nephew of former president head of the Central Security Forces on the pretext that these forces are involved in the fight against terrorism.

The newspaper reported that the leader himself assured her rejection of the joint to those ideas, stressing the lack of acceptance of this final.

Collusion kills

An investigation commission found that the former commander of Southern Region Mahdi Maqwala was involved in supporting Al-Qaeda militants, an Emirate newspaper, Al-Bayan, has quoted Yemeni military sources as saying.

The sources told Al-Bayan on Sunday that Maqwala supported the militants with weapons and helped them to capture military positions in the southern governorate of Abyan.

They further said that the findings of the probe will be declared soon and firm procedures will be taken against the involved officials.

Maqwala is among the closest commander to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and he was sacked hours before Al-Qaeda militants attacked the military positions.

More than 180 soldiers were killed and 73 were captured last week as militants affiliated to Al-Qaeda bombarded the outskirts of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan. The militants also took over heavy weapons including cannons, missiles launcher and Katyusha rockets.

A military commission headed by Deputy Chief of Staff Ali Mohammad Salah to investigate the events that are considered the most violent attacks against the military since the control on Zinjibar nine months ago.

Yemeni politicians and analysts accused the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh of using Al-Qaeda to intimidate some Western countries with the aim of keeping his relatives in their military positions.

Governor of Abyan Saleh Al-Zawari has accused military and political services of surrendering Abyan to Al-Qaeda.

In remarks to a local Aden radio, the governor also revealed that tanks, cannons and other military equipments were surrendered to Al-Qaeda militants without any resistance, pointing out that those behaviors were clear evidence of the collusion of some military services with Al-Qaeda.

The military collusion goes all the way to the top:

Middle of a scene appears to be leaning toward the blast, heading the investigation on the attacks by al «base» in the bloody show the existence of suspicion «complicity» of some military leaders with the attackers.

A military source revealed, who asked not to be named, told «statement» that «the Commission of Inquiry set up by the incident in Hadi al-Qaeda takeover of the camp of the army on the outskirts of the province of Abyan; heard testimony from the soldiers who survived the attack». He went to these certificates «showed that the Southern Command reported the existence of unidentified boats in the region near military sites, but it did not take any action».

The source told «statement»: «More than 15 boats were floating around in the water near military sites stationed in the area code, and monitoring of the soldiers and told of Military Southern thing, but it did not take any action», Noting that these boats «used in today’s Next in the rally behind the troops and attack ».

According to the source, «cars and armed men on board were also observed in the coastal road which connects the city of Aden Abyan province», explaining that the soldiers «intercepted, but the guidance and links to her release». He said that the clashes between the attackers of al Qaeda militants and troops stationed in the region «started at five in the morning, but military reinforcements had only arrived at eleven pm».

* Newspaper, “the statement” the UAE

another marib press

At least 17 ​​people and wounded others of the group “Supporters of Sharia” following the bombing of Air targeted the Valley of elongated white area of the province of hectic Friday evening, with today’s aircraft bombed sites Abyan province.

Local sources said that the province of Abyan aircraft bombed this afternoon Almaz plant perimeter area Jaar, who is believed to hold insurgents supporters of the law to which the prisoners of the army, which resulted in the burning and destruction of farm citizen personnel carrier, causing no casualties.

In a number of white accused supporters of the U.S. aviation law to target area, yesterday evening, where there are citizens fleeing in the white hot Almkhvaj prosecution because of the security services to them.

And a local source said that the bombing came after the departure of mediation sent by the commander of the Republican Guard in Casablanca for dialogue with the militants, as requested mediation a truce of armed men for 5 days to be reached with the security solutions, adding that the mediators asked them not to move from the place or access to the White City.

The source added that the militants insist that the mediation raise the points of military and Republican Guard out of the city and prevent the flight of white flight and the U.S. release of the detainees reportedly been arrested as of and get them out of their homes, as he put it.

And two air strikes targeted the area between the throttle “single Amslm” and “single-Soda,” where he says insurgents that citizens displaced from their homes are in place by the security forces chase them.

And said local sources and witnesses said jets bombed the area at the ninth and tenth in the evening between a single throttle Amslm single Soda and clouds of dust and smoke covered those regions and neighboring areas.

Related protests against Ali Mohsen, soldiers demand resignation?

Lots of reports on this but all from pro-Saleh sites

2011 victims of Yemeni government to be compensated

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:02 pm on Friday, March 23, 2012

Hadi issues decree over 2011-peaceful protests victims


SANA’A, March 17 (Saba) – President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi has issued a decree over the victims of 2011 peaceful protests. (Read on …)

Foreign, local al Qaeda spread tyranny in Yemen to Azzan, Shabwa

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:59 pm on Monday, March 12, 2012

Oddly ironic that Yemen has no law against jihad abroad, even murder, and now foreign al Qaeda are flooding to Yemen to “liberate” the people with their violent repressive supremacist ideology.

The National: The police station in Azzan has been turned into the regional headquarters of Ansar Al Sharia, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda, to coordinate attacks and expansion opportunities, said Abdullah Baotha, who escaped Azzab last fall, and current residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Residents are forced to comply with Sharia. Most music is forbidden in public areas, with only Islamic songs with voices and drums given as an alternative.

Shop owners are told to grow their beards the length of a fist. Women are not allowed to work and those who need to leave their homes must be covered in a burqa at all times. Curriculum in schools focuses mainly on Islamic law and Quranic preaching.

“Televisions or magazines are not allowed. We know nothing of what happens around us,” said Mr Baotha. “People are scared but cannot express their fear.” He said hundreds of residents succeeded in leaving the district, but thousands remain. (Read on …)

US aid to Yemen $326M since 2007, Yemeni military still poorly trained, equipped; CT head Ahmed Saleh has $5M townhown in DC, Yahya has AQAP hostages in warehouse, EUMA not enforced

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Monday, March 12, 2012

And theres a lot of video of the poor captured soldiers being held in Yahya Saleh’s warehouse and lectured by Abu Hamza.

Yemen Times: Dozens of soldiers are held inside the Al-Maz Company, owned by Yahya Saleh, nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh (ed- and the US’s Counter Terror liaison). The soldiers were captured during armed confrontations in Dofas on March 4.

Sources close to Ansar Al-Sharia stated that no soldiers were wounded or killed during the recent (ed- US drone) raids.

The militants have demanded that 300 Al-Qaeda militants be released in return for the release of 72 captured soldiers.

With multiple news sites reporting the soldiers are on Yahya’s property, its likely true or was. Since the drones didn’t hit the warehouse, the US probably also knows it too. Collusion between al Qaeda and the top levels of the Saleh regime goes back decades and is undeniable.

The mystery is why the Obama administration is pushing, bullying and threatening the Yemeni opposition in order to keep Saleh’s relatives as heads of the CT units and in other military and security posts.

There were public protests Friday across Yemen chanting, “Restructure the army to stay faithful to the martyrs.” Air Force pilots have been protesting for weeks to replace Saleh’s corrupt brother as AF commander. The US ambassador told them to go back to work, repeatedly.

US Ambassador Feierstein also affirmed repeatedly that the Obama administration believes former dictator Ali Saleh has the right to remain in Yemen active in politics. Saleh was granted immunity for all his crimes as part of the US, UN transition plan. None of “his” assets have been frozen, although they are all ill gotten–stolen, embezzled or the result of black market smuggling.

US aid to Yemen was $326M since 2007. Yet the Yemeni military is still poorly trained and ill equipped as the recent AQ mutilation and slaughter of 150 soldiers demonstrates.

Meanwhile Saleh’s son and head of another CT unit, Ahmed Saleh, has a $5M condo in DC. That’s your taxpayer dollars right there people.

US officials highlight the very real and growing threat of AQAP. Yet contrary to national security concerns, the Obama admin is continuing its efforts to maintain and restore the Saleh regime, which has a long history of colluding with al Qaeda and diverting CT aid.

In 2007, an end use monitoring agreement was signed by the US and Yemen to prevent diversion of US CT funds and military equipment. A 2010 report by the Foreign Relations committee revealed many lapses in US monitoring, ie- missing equipment, US trained CT forces fighting the Houthis and not al Qaeda. The responsible US officials made few if any reforms as a result of the report, and the CT forces were involved in slaughtering hundreds of Yemeni protesters in 2011. What they apparently did was scrub the Military End Use Monitoring Agreement from Sana’a embassy’s website.

Yemen Post: An investigation commission found that the former commander of Southern Region Mahdi Maqwala was involved in supporting Al-Qaeda militants, an Emirate newspaper, Al-Bayan, has quoted Yemeni military sources as saying.

The sources told Al-Bayan on Sunday that Maqwala supported the militants with weapons and helped them to capture military positions in the southern governorate of Abyan….Yemeni politicians (ed- with formal statements) and analysts accused the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh of using Al-Qaeda to intimidate some Western countries with the aim of keeping his relatives in their military positions.

Governor of Abyan Saleh Al-Zawari has accused military and political services of surrendering Abyan to Al-Qaeda.

In remarks to a local Aden radio, the governor also revealed that tanks, cannons and other military equipments were surrendered to Al-Qaeda militants without any resistance, pointing out that those behaviors were clear evidence of the collusion of some military services with Al-Qaeda.

Clinton today:

CL: The second case I want to touch on today is Yemen. As Yemen unraveled into violence last year, the Security Council stood behind the efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Yemeni stakeholders to find a peaceful solution. In the face of setbacks, we held firm. Many challenges lie ahead. But last month’s successful presidential election and inauguration were promising steps on the path toward a new, democratic chapter in Yemen’s history. As Yemen continues its multi-year transition, reforms its constitution, convenes a national dialogue and continues to grapple with its security and humanitarian challenges, we must remain engaged and supportive.

Resonate Yemen’s election report

Filed under: Civil Society, Elections, reports — by Jane Novak at 8:26 am on Monday, March 12, 2012

NGO Resonate Yemen has issued their report on the 2012 presidential election in Yemen. It is available here at their website.

SM leader: Saleh takes profits directly from YMC, moderate SM rejects al Beidh’s Iranian nexus, wants to participate in reconstruction

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Elections, GPC, Interviews, Iran, Islamic Imirate, Post Saleh, South Yemen, Transition — by Jane Novak at 6:54 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Update: As expected howls of dissent from southerners: the new leader is someone else, I hesitate to even write the name as bad things happen sometimes to emerging leaders, Nakhbi now is an Islah operative they say and there are no, repeat no, connections to Iran. But al Beidh has been talking about Iran for a long time, when he even bothers to talk at all, and I think its quite possible. For a run down on Aden TV and all Yemen private broadcasting, see this listing of who owns what at the Yemen Times.

Original: Bingo! I also do not agree with what is happening between al Beidh and Iran. The violence during the election boycott was an entirely new phenomenon which broke with the years long non-violence of the southern movement. As al Nakhbi says, it was likely due to Iranian influence through the al Beidh wing of the SM. Keep in mind Yemen Fox is affiliated with Ali Mohsen, who has his own motives for undermining the SM. But if this is an authentic interview, then that’s what it is.

While there’s noticeably a lot fewer al Beidh photos during the southern protests, its unclear the extent to which awareness of the alliance between al Beidh and Iran has filtered down to the street, although he himself has been threatening the west with Iran for years. General Nuba issued a warning to world about the danger of Iran’s growing influence in the south a few months ago. Many external former leaders are in favor of federalism as expressed at the Cairo conference. I think there’s a few more factions than the two broad ones described.

Al Nakhbi also remarks that the several corporation including the mega Yemeni Economic Military Corp remits its profits directly to Saleh. He notes elite support of al Qaeda and the symbiotic relationship between the including the recent massacre in Abyan. He concludes that Saleh must be excluded from politics. (Actually it necessary to fully depose the Saleh regime in order to integrate the Houthis as well as the southerners.) Its an interesting interview, worth a read:

Yemen Fox: Brigadier General Abdullah al-Nakhbi- Secretary-General of Southern Movement (SM) – said that many politicians believe that who stand behind recent terrorist attacks are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. Priorities of Yemenis whether in National Reconciliation Government or Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) in coordination with Gulf States and Europeans are to dismiss Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing political action.

Nakhbi added in an interview with “Yemen Fox” that al-Qaeda is supported by Ali Abdullah Saleh, his aides and remnants of his regime, pointing out that supervisors of GCC Initiative should put pressure to implement the second term of the Initiative which is to restructure the army and Republican Guards within Ministry of Defense and Central Security within Ministry of Interior.

Interviewed with Hashem al-Toromah

Yemen Fox: How do you see Yemen after presidential elections?
Nakhbi: after presidential elections, we as Yemenis stand at change door. The new President Abdu Rabo Mansur Hadi should have a courage to start change process. Change process should first prevent Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing politics because recent events took place after swearing oath starting from Mukalla continuing to Bayda and now in Abyan Province. Many politicians believe that who stand behind that are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda holds captive soldiers at (Yahya Saleh’s) al Maz warehouse in Jaar, Abyan?

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:05 am on Sunday, March 11, 2012

If you are looking for al Qaeda hostages in Yemen, starting with the property owned by the head of the counter-terror unit is usually a good bet. That’s no joke, it should be standard procedure. There were airstrikes in vicinity of the al Maz warehouse in Jaar where the captured Yemeni soldiers are held by AQAP, Aden Tomorrow reports. How to bomb AQAP in Jaar without bombing the 55 hostages (or any residents) is beyond me but the central question. (Update 3/12: Yemen Times: “Dozens of soldiers are held inside the Al-Maz Company, owned by Yahya Saleh, nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The soldiers were captured during armed confrontations in Dofas on March 4.” )

The remnants of the regime and al Qaeda are not beyond placing the hostage soldiers where they know the drones are going to strike, just to generate hostility toward the US and a longing for Ali Saleh. Yahya Saleh, in additional to being the head of several tourist boards, civil society organizations, and the Central Security forces and counter-terror unit, also has controlling interest in al MAZ corp, a huge corporation that deals in part with cotton and there’s questions as to whether al Maz has legal title to the cotton industry or just took it.

اقرأ المزيد من Aden tomorrow | News & Reports | URGENT: war planes bombed the vicinity of an abandoned warehouse includes prisoners from the Yemeni army Bdjaar

Mounted minutes before the planes now believed to be the work of Yemen bombing targeted the vicinity of an abandoned warehouse for cotton holding company which groups dozens of armed soldiers, the Yemeni army, “as prisoners.”

The reporter said “Aden tomorrow,” said city of Jaar aircraft carried out bombing of targeted neighborhoods surrounding the “Almaz company for cotton,” which is located beneath Mount Khanfar the city, adding that huge explosions rocked the company without being available to the moment information on casualties.

And detain armed groups within the company’s hangars one of dozens of soldiers and had threatened to kill them in case the authorities to respond unless the Yemeni government and release a number of its leaders detained in the prisons of the Yemeni government.

Related: Two suicide bombers prematurely detonate in Abyan, 20 & 21 years old, I’m sorry they got sucked in and brainwashed into being pawns in somebody else’s brutal game. Not all al Qaeda in Yemen are mercenaries paid by the National Security or rely on the symbiotic support from the intelligence and security like al Wahishi. Some are mercenaries as well as ideologues and some are just fanatics, but maybe the youngest ones can be pulled back with social support somehow before it is too late for them and Yemen alSahwa (ar)

Yemen to vaccinate 8 million kids under 10

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:56 am on Sunday, March 11, 2012

thank God.

Nationwide measles campaign launched in Yemen

SANA’A, March 10 (Saba) – The Government of Yemen in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, USAID, ICRC and other partners Saturday launched a nationwide measles campaign in Sana’a, targeting all children under the age of ten – an estimated eight million.

This campaign comes in the wake of an outbreak of the disease in the past few months, with over 3600 reported cases and 126 children under the age of five confirmed dead.

This situation is unacceptable,” says UNICEF Representative Geert Cappelaere. “Measles is a preventable disease and Yemen was close to being declared measles free in 2010 with zero deaths.”

The disease is spreading fast, reaching highly populated areas as well as areas with high levels of acute malnutrition. There is deep concern that many more deaths might occur, particularly among children, which makes today’s campaign even more urgent.

“Measles is a big killer of children” says WHO Representative Dr. Ghulam Popal. “Measles can be easily prevented by vaccination. The high rate of malnutrition and diarrhea among children would increase the fatality of measles. Therefore, it’s very important to implement the national campaign to prevent thousands of deaths among children.”

As a direct result of the 2011 conflict, immunization rates dropped dramatically, by up to 60% in some areas. This decrease in coverage risks exposing children to easily preventable diseases such as poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis) and measles.

The US$9 million campaign (costing an estimatedUS$1.10 per child) will be conducted in phases with phase I planned for 10-15 March, targeting 1.5 million children in regions with the highest reported incidence. These are the conflict affected governorates of Abyan, Al-Baidha, Aden, Dhamar, Lahj, Shabwa and Saada. Phase 2, which will cover the rest of the country, will be launched at the end of March.

The following article I wrote in 2006 about a chickenpox outbreak in a rural village shows the devastating impact of that preventable diseases have in Yemen and some of the challenges that will be faced in the vaccination campaign:

A Village in Yemen: A Day in the Life of a Failing State

Jane Novak, contributing editor, June 9, 2006

An outbreak of chickenpox in Yemen goes a long way in demonstrating the challenges of daily life for Yemeni citizens. The incident is also a snapshot of the factors that may lead Yemen toward state failure.

Barhan is a typical village in Yemen where most villages have no electricity, no sewage system, and no clean water. Nationally, one in 10 kids dies by age five; contaminated water contributes to half their deaths. Of the millions of kids not in school, the highest percentage is among rural girls.

Barhan has reported over 90 cases of chickenpox, including a number of severe cases. Generally, infants, adolescents, and adults are at higher risk to develop complications from chicken pox including pneumonia and encephalitis. If a pregnant woman contracts chickenpox, the fetus is at risk for birth defects. The highly contagious disease has spread to all households in Barhan, which has no doctor, and the village of 1,200 people is at risk of developing 85 percent infection. The village’s only road is under blockade by a neighboring village.

The Yemen Times, which recently won an International Press Institute Award for courageous reporting in an extremely hostile press environment, interviewed a member of the Health Ministry. The source did not want to be identified:

“We sent a message to the Epidemic Monitoring Department’s director general, which told us it’s a disease not subject to Health Ministry monitoring and that it’s not dangerous. We were told to contact Director General Dr. Abdulhakim Al-Kuhlani, who refused to talk to us, giving certain excuses.”

Barhan village has no doctor, no nurse, no midwife, and no hospital. Medical practitioners are scarce in the Yemeni countryside where 70 percent of the population resides. There is one doctor for every 600 people in the capital Sana’a, one doctor for every 12,000 people in Dhamar governorate, and one doctor for 90,000 people in Otma province. Yemen allocates just 1.3 percent of GDP to healthcare and over 7 percent to military spending. (The military and security forces are largely headed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s relatives and tribesmen.)

In addition to low funding levels, medical care is hampered by bureaucratic corruption and inefficiency. By failing to distribute medicines in 2005, the Medicine Fund allowed 60 million Yemeni rials in medicine to expire on its shelves. Smuggling accounts for about 40 percent of medicines in circulation. Even when legitimate medicine is available, it is hard to afford for most Yemenis when nearly half the country lives on less than two dollars a day and many more live close to this level.

In response to the outbreak in Barhan, the Ministry of Health sent a doctor to the village for one day and released a statement that the outbreak was contained. The villagers were promised medicine and doctors. They are still waiting as the virus spreads.

The only road from Barhan is under blockade by a hostile neighboring village. Tribalism is growing in Yemen and the blockade arose as revenge. The freedom to travel is restricted for a fair portion of rural citizens due to tribal hostilities that often erupt in shootouts and deaths. One Barhan resident said, “We are living two tragedies: one involves the blockade and the other involves the epidemic.” Living in fear of an attack by the neighboring village, residents are unable to transport their sick relatives to a hospital. Barhan is only 40 kilometers west of the nation’s capital city of Sana’a.

Barhan has received no help in securing the road from the military or security forces, recipients of about 40 percent of Yemen’s budget. Tribal disputes, arising in the absence of an impartial judiciary, are normally left to fester by the regime. The Yemeni government sometimes gets involved by taking hostages in order to pressure one of the parties involved. A 2004 parliamentary report noted scores of persons listed on prison documents as “hostages.” This regime policy can backfire: several times last year tribesmen kidnapped foreigners to pressure the regime to release or bring to trial detained relatives, including one 12 year old.

One distraught parent in Barhan told The Yemen Times, “We’ve sought the help of the Health Ministry, the capital secretariat, the local council and all concerned parties, but they’ve done nothing to protect our children from this horrific disease.”

Local councils set up in 2001 were supposed to enhance democratic participation in Yemen, but somebody forgot to tell the councils and the regime, because the local councils do not work — literally. The local councils have little training, structure, authority or coordination with central authorities. Executive council meetings are poorly attended. A Barhan resident explained:

“They’ve done nothing ever since we elected them to be our representatives, to adopt our concerns and issues and solve them in coordination with Sana’a authorities. They’ve disappointed us.”

Other “democratic” institutions in Yemen are equally disappointing. Parliament is dominated by the General People’s Congress Party (G.P.C.), which is headed by President Saleh. Parliament does little beyond shuffle oil revenue in mysterious ways. M.P.’s who try to advance the interests of the public are called traitors. The minority opposition parties hotly criticize the authoritarianism of the regime but are undemocratic in structure and practice themselves. There is an election coming in September for both the presidency and the local councils. With voter registration processes in the hands of G.P.C. loyalists, so far there is about a million questionable voter registrations, according to one opposition tally about 11 percent of the rolls. Yemen is on the road to becoming a one party state, and an ineffectual one at that.

In a region filled with dictatorships, the one in Yemen is particularly incompetent and distinctly corrupt with a good portion of public funds stolen, borrowed, embezzled, paid as bribes, or otherwise misappropriated. The chicken pox vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing a moderate or severe case of chicken pox. Other remedies are available for people who have already been exposed, including infants, to reduce the risk of a severe case. Yet at the top of Yemen’s shopping list are helicopters, Mig-29 fighter planes, and armored personnel carriers.

In the run up to the election, President Saleh has taken a road trip around the nation, laying cornerstones and making promises. In the little village of Barhan, 1,200 people remain blockaded with no doctor and a rampant infectious disease. They have no government. There are 129,229 villages and districts in the Yemeni countryside. The lack of basic services, security, and democratic institutions affects them all.

Jane Novak is an American journalist and political analyst.

1st Armored Div protests for Ali Mohsen al Ahmar dismissal, prisoner release

Filed under: Islah, Military, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:21 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2012

There were a lot of articles on the anti-Mohsen protest on Saleh regimists funded “independent” websites, but I finally found it on what looks to be a non-aligned site. Continuing and growing momentum in the protests against corrupt military leaders and other top corrupt officials (known jointly as the institutional revolution) is a good development. Ali Mohsen’s history and connection to extremists is just as bad as the Saleh boys and nephews. The protesters also demanded that Ali Mohsen release all the prisoners he’s holding without any basis. The hegemony of Islahis, because of their funding and muscle, in the square derailed the drive toward a civil state and divided the protesters.

Mersad: Observatory – rebounds: Protest this morning outside the house of the President Hadi Street, sixty in the capital Sanaa, thousands of officers described the soldiers of the north-west and the First Armored Division, demanding dismissal and the trial of General Almends Mohsen al-Ahmar commander of the First Armored Division – revolutionary youth popular- as a result of crimes committed against them and the rights of the people of Yemen. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda plans to hit US Embassy, other Sanaa targets, after diversionary strike in Mukallah, report; Update: drones in al Baydah & Jaar, Ethiopians in Abyan

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Hadramout, Sana'a, USA, attacks — by Jane Novak at 7:05 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sounds bad, kind of a vehicular Mumbai style swarm. There’s no way the US embassy doesn’t know this already though right? The article was published last night at 9pm. Also note there’s sources and there’s security sources. This is but one reason why freedom of the press is so important in Yemen–open source AQAP reporting. There’s history and links to news articles on Ibrahim al Banaa below.

Related: Yes they are apparently all over it. US drones strikes kill 25 in Yemen overnight:

US drones raided several hideouts of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda wing in the southeast restive province of Al-Baydha on Friday night. At least 25 AQAP militants were killed, including senior figures, with several other militants being wounded in an air strike conducted by the United States forces according to local website news…Moreover recent news that al-Shaba’a, the Ethiopian al-Qaeda wing had sent hundreds of Jihadists over to Abyan to join in Ansar al-Sharia, has been the cause of great concerns for both the government and the civilian population, as they feel their land could become the ground of a mighty war.

Ethiopians? al Shaba’a? 1) Maybe these are the nine mystery ships that everyone is talking about arriving before last Sunday’s attack on the military base in Abyan that killed nearly 200 Yemeni soldiers and 2) How weak is AQAP that they need to import fighters?

There’s also reports of drone strikes in Jaar, Abyan that destroyed the military equipment AQAP captured from the army last week-end. Update: The al Baydah airstrikes hit the AQAP training camp and targeted local al-Qaeda leader Abdulwahhab al-Homaiqani, the BBC reports. Its always good when there are no immediate reports of civilian casualties, I would have heard by now.

The Yemeni soldiers captured (who weren’t beheaded or otherwise mutilated) were paraded around Jaar, forced to train the terrorists on how to operate the tanks, and now are threatened with execution if the govt doesn’t release AQ prisoners.

The YO article regarding reports of an impending attack follows: Yemen Observer:

Yemen based al-Qaeda plans strikes on Sana’a and Mukala Reliable sources have said that al-Qaeda has been preparing for its largest operations yet in the capital city of Sana’a, operations aimed at strategic sites including military and security installments and embassies.

Sources said that al-Qaeda cells in the areas of Zindan and Arhab have trained for operations involving the storming of fortified sites, attacking fixed and mobile targets while aboard vehicles and motorbikes, and that al-Qaeda militants have entered Sana’a in preparation for carrying out their attacks in the coming few days.

The sources expect that al-Qaeda’s potential targets include the Airbase in Sana’a, the Interior Ministry, Republican Guard units and a number of embassies, including the American embassy.

The sources confirmed information regarding intentions by al-Qaeda to attack Mukala to divert attention its plans in Sana’a.

Security sources said that over 400 al-Qaeda militants are currently in Shabwa’s Azan Directorate, with three al-Qaeda leaders in charge (Ibrahim al-Bana, an Egyptian, Qasem al-Rimi and Shaker Hamel) of plans to attack vital installations, security sites, and important government facilities as part of a plan to expand their so-called Azan Islamic state to Mukala. (Read on …)

PSA: Saawa establishes hotline for Akhdam and other minorities to report civil and human rights violations

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:49 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Update: As we all learn together to be more sensitive, my Yemeni friends reminded me the word Akhdam itself is disparaging term, meaning slave I think, so this is why the PR is calling them the marginalized. Black racial minority is also acceptable. Maybe African-Yemenis. Update: A new article also discusses the marginalization and segregation of black Yemenis in Aden.

Sawa’a Organization launched its open line for monitoring violations against marginalized people

Sawa’a Organization for Minorities’ Rights Defense and Anti-Discrimination is concerned about the escalation of violence against marginalized people in Taiz.

Sawa’a organization for minorities’ rights defense and anti-discrimination is watching with extreme concern the escalation of violence against the marginalized people in Taiz city which resulted in the fall of two killed people recently.

The organization monitored ,during the last week, the kill of a cleaner at the age of 22 years and another in his 7th decade was working as a guard in a land which was a place of dispute.

Sawa’a Organization for minorities’ rights defense and anti-discrimination says that the Interior ministry bears the full responsibility for what happened,and demands it to adjust the perpetrators and bring them to justice as soon as possible, and confirms that it monitored a slowdown by the security agencies in the prosecution of those accused of committing the crime of murder despite they know them.

The organization calls the security authorities in Taiz city to allow the marginalized people to express their views and opinions and not to resist their protests and protect them form any further attacks.

In this context, Sawa’a Organization launches its open line for monitoring violations to which the marginalized people are exposed and they are 01565182-711199279-77080744


Sawa’a Org. for Minorities’ Rights Defense and Anti-Discrimination – Sana’a

منظمة سواء للدفاع عن الأقليات قلقة من تصاعد العنف ضد المهمشين في تعز

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:48 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012

دشنت الخط المفتوح لرصد انتهاكات المهمشين..

منظمة سواء للدفاع عن الأقليات قلقة من تصاعد العنف ضد المهمشين في تعز

تتابع منظمة سواء للدفاع عن حقوق الأقليات ومناهضة التمييز بقلق بالغ تصاعد عمليات العنف ضد فئة المهمشين بمدينة تعز والتي أسفرت عن مقتل اثنين مؤخرا.

ورصدت المنظمة خلال الأسبوع الماضي مقتل عامل نظافة يبلغ من العمر 22 عاما، والآخر مسن في العقد السابع من عمره كان يعمل حارسا في أرضية محل خلاف.

وتحمل منظمة سواء للدفاع عن حقوق الأقليات ومناهضة التمييز وزارة الداخلية المسئولية الكاملة، عن ضبط الجناة وتقديمهم للعدالة وتصاعد الإعتداءات على المهمشين، وتؤكد أنها رصدت تباطؤا من قبل الأجهزة الأمنية في ملاحقة المتهمين بارتكاب جرائم القتل رغم معرفتها بهم.

وتدعو المنظمة السلطات الأمنية بمدينة تعز إلى السماح للمهمشين بالتعبير عن آرائهم، وعدم التعرض لاحتجاجاتهم المطلبية المحقة، وحمايتها من أية اعتداءات أخرى.

وفي هذا السياق تدشن منظمة سواء الخط المفتوح لرصد الانتهاكات التي تتعرض لها فئة المهمشين وهو 01565182 770807446- 711199279 ، بريد إلكتروني

صنعاء – منظمة سواء للدفاع عن حقوق الأقليات ومناهضة التمييز

AQAP’s Ibrahim al Banna plans to take over al Mukallah, Hadramout, Yemen?

Filed under: Hadramout, Islamic Imirate, obits — by Jane Novak at 7:03 am on Friday, March 9, 2012

Yemen Post: Yemen’s interior Ministry has disclosed on Wednesday that Al-Qaeda has a “terrorist” plan to attack Al-Mukallh of Hadhramout governorate with the aim of declaring it as an Islamic Emirate.

In its website, it said that 300 of Al-Qaeda operatives including three leaders, Ibraheem Al-Bana’a, Egyptian Nationa, Qasim Al-Raimi, and Shaker Hamel were planning to attack strategic government facilities, military and security camps.

This Ibrahim al Banna? ( The undead, previously arrested, tried & convicted somehow free again long time al Qaeda operative? You can just keep clicking the links and trackbacks from post to post. I’m too tired. Supposedly Ibrahim the Egyptian was arrested in Hadramout in 2008 (after the lethal January ambush of a Belgium tourist convoy in Shibam), tried in 2010, and killed in 2011, but then he wasn’t dead after all and it turned out that many of the 21 charged with the terrorist murder of the two elderly female tourists and two Yemeni guides were convicted in absentia.

Qasim al Reimi is also among the repeatedly undead; declared as killed by the Yemeni government at least three separate times although he remains very much alive. Shaker Hamel was arrested and tried with al Banna and apparently is still hanging out with him. Cozy.

(My Ibrahim al Banna search also returned Jaber Elbaneh results but that’s the Lackawanna NYer/al Farouk grad who we haven’t heard from lately. His is another bizarre story that would almost be funny except he’s al Qaeda.)

Observations in Jaar, Dofus attack, Aden Research Ctr paper, southern questions, AQAP obit

Filed under: Abyan, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Yemen, attacks, personalities — by Jane Novak at 6:56 am on Friday, March 9, 2012

The following article is in part a sociological sketch, with interviews and observations of the al Qaeda occupation of Jaar. One interesting point is that among the first tier of leaders are many bitter ex-prisoners of the political security organization. One was tortured and forced to eat from the toileting bowl; his crime was attempting to go to Iraq to fight US forces there. “He added: «I thought the Jews and the Christians were the only ones who should have jihad against them (but) if our fellow Yemenis are cursing God and apply electricity for trivial reasons». He is currently living the best days of his life in Abyan with his brothers «Mujahideen»”

There’s also a reasonable profile of new publicity hound and Prince Abu Hamza, and his depiction of AQAP’s provision of social services, basic needs and “justice.” So far they executed eight Saudis accused of spying, three people have had their hands chopped off. The authors note the Al Qaeda “court” considers defense lawyers irrelevant. Tobacco, qat, alcohol and all smoking is prohibited. “The “popular satisfaction left by those acts and policies (ed- bountiful gas, water and electricity) of some residents of Jaar are offset by resentment at the vast majority of the population of those areas.” They consider Khalidabdul Nabi a Saleh operative, and fought his operatives before gaining control.

The original article is is here and the GT is below. Following that is a GT’d research paper by the Aden Research Center about al Qaeda, then an AP article on the AQAP statement of responsibility, a YT round-up of the Dofus attack and a random southern comment on the whole scenario. (Read on …)

How did we do with that 2008 US-Yemeni military end use monitoring agreement?

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:42 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Speaking of inventorying the Yemeni military, in June 2008, the US and Yemen signed an end use monitoring agreement on military hardware which the US embassy said, will allow for the verification of articles and services provided to Yemen under U.S.-sponsored military and security assistance, thus preventing the misuse or illicit transfer of these items and services.

So who’s going to take the fall for the failure to monitor millions in US CT aid to Yemen? Or for their use against civilians, including the 2011 youth protesters and thousands in the South and Saada before the protests began, over the last four years? Saleh’s immunity doesn’t extend to US officials.

Hey, lets just change the website and pretend it didn’t happen! Seriously, though, this is the link to the announcement that was available in June 2008 on the US Embassy’s website, Unfortunately the link is dead and there is no reference to the 2008 End Use Monitoring Agreement by date or keywords. There’s other older announcements and documents including the Financial Systems Assessment Team (FSAT) report from 2007.

It doesnt even come up in a search on the text. I would love to stand corrected on this; somebody show me where it is on the site because otherwise its just stupid. (The Obama White House website has deleted or revised items that became politically uncomfortable, but really now.)

But much more importantly, back to my original question, who in the USG was responsible for end use monitoring for the last four years anyway, or more correctly who was derelict or knowingly passive, the only two options, as millions in US tax payer money was used against Saleh’s political enemies (and thousands of civilians) as Al Qaeda got stronger?

Saleh’s diversion of US granted aid and US trained counter-terror units was well known and openly discussed, as demonstrated by Wikileaks. More importantly, a Congressional fact finding survey entitled FOLLOWING THE MONEY IN YEMEN AND LEBANON: MAXIMIZING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION LENDING, COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE dated Jan 5, 2010 clearly documents diversion of US military aid. There was either collusion or cluelessness in the US Embassy and State Department.

The Foreign Relations Committee’s report expresses uncertainty that US Embassy personnel fully understood what the end use agreement required, and that diversion was prohibited.

This is a link to the 2011 US Congressional Service report on US mil aid to Yemen and a small part of the overall report:

1206 Defense Department Assistance
In recent years, the Defense Department’s 1206 train and equip fund has become the major source of overt U.S. military aid to Yemen. Section 1206 Authority is a Department of Defense account designed to provide equipment, supplies, or training to foreign national military forces engaged in counter terrorist operations. Between FY2006 and FY2007, Yemen received approximately $30.3million in 1206 funding. In the last two fiscal years, it has received $221.8 million. As of mid-FY2010, Yemen is the largest global 1206 recipient, receiving $252.6 million. Pakistan is the second-largest recipient with $203.4 million.

This is only one section of total US military aid to Yemen. And as part of the transitional government’s military restructuring, they are going to take an inventory. I hope the Foreign Relations Committee issues a follow on report to determine if any reforms on the US side were instituted as a result of the 2010 report.

Yemen’s institutional revolution hits oil sector

Filed under: Corruption, Oil — by Jane Novak at 10:33 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Its too bad no body is seizing assets as this guy likely has uber bucks abroad. The National Petroleum Company is only a year old; it used to be the state owned Safer Oil Co. which was abruptly dissolved last March as protests spread, likely to give the books a new start and hide evidence of mass smuggling, embezzlement. ( Safer took over Block 18 , the big one, in 2005 after Yemen failed to renew the long standing license for Hunt Oil.)

Although books begin in 2011, corrupt institutional practices (like beating employees) remained. The reason for the institutional revolution is not only the upper management withholding (stealing) workers salaries but quite frequently beating and imprisoning employees. Most ministries have “private prisons” including the Endowments Ministry.

Yemen also needs good labor unions but with hyper-politicization, corrupt Sanaa regime loyalists are management, and the state often “cloned” the workers unions with a regime created look-alike.

Yemen Post Director of the Yemeni Petroleum Company Omar Al-Arhabi has resigned following a wave of protests organized by the company’s employees.

They accused Al-Arhabi of standing behind assaults against some of the employees who headed to the cabinet demanding the resignation of Al-Arhabi. (Read on …)

US Attorney General Holder affirms “lawful” use of drones (no attacks targeting civilians)

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, South Yemen, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:59 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

In a speech this week, the US Attorney General Eric Holder laid out the Obama administration’s legal criteria for drone use and in particular for assassinating American al Qaeda members abroad. The criteria is summarized below by the Lawfare blog. More importantly than the targeting of Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan for me, and for the residents of Abyan, Marib, Shabwa, etc., AG Holder reaffirmed the Obama administration’s firm commitment to act within the “international rules of war.”

With the recent uptick in AQAP activity and growing territorial occupation, people too poor to flee al Qaeda are terrified of both AQ and drone attacks. Hopefully this statement by AG Holder represents a real and ongoing commitment by the Obama administration to the principle of civilian immunity and US respect for the value of Yemeni lives.

AQAP does not follow the rules of war, and uses human shields, sheltering in civilian populated areas. The US has been targeting vehicle convoys, not towns. The shelling in Zinibar was from the Yemeni military, not US drones.

After grave US errors like al Mahfad (and the utterly shameful US statement that nearby Bedouins and their children were guilty of material support for selling vegetables, although the villagers had appealed to local authorities to expel the terrorists) and Saleh’s murder of his political enemy Sheik al Shabwani via US drone, visible US drones make parents very concerned. At the same time, the drones have been visible in Marib and many other locations since 2010, and I would think they are collecting surveillance photos.

I think/hope/pray the US understands that these are unwillingly occupied towns, that intel from the Saleh family is entirely unreliable, the CT units have been partially subverted by AQ and that in all cases, children under 14 cannot be terrorists.

The attitude of Yemenis is that al Qaeda should be captured, given a fair trial and imprisoned if there is actual evidence of crimes. They do not oppose counter-terror operations per se but summary execution without trial, just like many Americans who raised objections over Awlaki and Khan.

Boston Herald: Speaking at Northwestern University law school, Holder gave the most complete explanation to date of the Obama administration’s legal rationale for killing people like U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted in an airstrike in Yemen last year.

Such killings can be ordered “in full accordance with the Constitution” but require “at least” an imminent threat in a situation where capture is not feasible, and when the strike is “conducted in a manner consistent” with the rules of war, Holder said.

The lawfare summary brings up another issue though, “a senior operational role,” which presupposes that the US knows who it is droning. While the criteria Holder outlined is for deliberate targeting of US citizens, it would be nice to think that the US has some clue as to the names of its Yemeni targets and doesn’t just look for random gatherings of bearded men. In Yemen, the most accurate fatality listing of US drone strikes comes from al Qaeda itself, and the Yemeni government announced Qasim al Reimi was dead four times.

While I imagine there are vast challenges to intelligence gathering on AQAP, it is this imprecision that can lead to collateral damage or more accurately, dead children. I still haven’t gotten over the photos of the crucifixion of the “spies,” but logically a modicum of respect for southerners as southerners in general would go a long way. The language of SD spox Victoria Nuland’s Press Briefing 3/5/12 blew southerners minds, and she probably had no clue how very poorly and furiously it would be received.

via Lawfare’s summary: That is, the speech asserts that Due Process permits targeting of a citizen at least when the target is:

(i) located abroad rather than in the United States,

(ii) has a senior operational role

(iii) with al Qaeda or an al Qaeda-associated force,

(iv) is involved in plotting focused on the death of Americans in particular,

(v) that threat is “imminent” in the sense that this is the last clear window of opportunity to strike,

(vi) there is no feasible option for capture without undue risk, and

(vii) the strike will comply with the IHL principles of necessity, distinction, proportionality, and humanity.

What is the acceptable metric of civilian causality per each suspected al Qaeda targeted? Much, much lower than Afghanistan I hope. Its a very volatile situation.

Inventory of military an excellent first step, next Youth auditors?

Filed under: Military, Ministries, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

In order to restructure the military, the transitional govt needs to know what exists and where; a US congressional report in 2009ish found that the Yemeni CT forces and military could not account for or locate some equipment granted as US military assistance. Furthermore, direct and brokered Yemeni arms purchases are sometimes sold in bulk to the black market, and individual soldiers (who sometimes aren’t paid for months) have been known to sell their weapons.

In reality, all ministries and government offices should be subject to an inventory (including cars). However, considering the gargantuan levels of corruption and mismanagement at all levels, a secondary audit is imperative. Asking the people responsible for the embezzlement to count the inventory is a recipe for more subterfuge.

A secondary audit of the inventory would be a good job for the revolutionaries, many of whom have accounting and computer degrees. As outsiders they would be independent, and its a good method to enfranchise them in the transition process while generating trust through transparency. International assistance by experienced accountants of the process may also increase the Yemeni auditors skill levels and employ-ability. Of course the US will be embarrassed by how much of its intended CT aid was stolen, diverted and/or resold, but sunlight is good for everybody.

Its very important however to standardized the inventory process regionally and from ministry to ministry–from the beginning. Starting with compatible processes, methods, computer systems and software is essential. For example, Yemen’s years long difficulty in generating stats and paperwork on the Somali refugees arises in large part from technical obstacles generated by using different accounting methods, incompatible databases and different computer systems, both vertically and horizontally. This impending pitfall is easily overcome with a little forethought at this point.

al Sahwa, President directs to count properties of military Yemen President Abdu-Rabo Mansour Hadi has directed on Wednesday the Defense Ministry to form technical committees to count the properties of the army in a move that precede the reconstruction of the military and end the division.

Meanwhile, the government tasked the Oil and Mineral Minister, Hisham Sharaf, to appoint a new director-general of the Oil Petroleum Company after the resignation of the former director in response to waves of protests by the employees of the company.

According to the Yemeni News Agency, Saba, military commanders held on Wednesday a meeting presided by the Defense Minister Ahmed Nasser Ahmed. The meeting discussed the counting of the military’s properties and how to halt the squandering of the public resources.

Also see “Fixing Broken Windows”: Security Sector Reform in Palestine, Lebanon, and Yemen Carnegie 2009

“Abaad report: Four violence groups worked to halt elections”

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:14 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

This is a very interesting report in that it breaks down demands and concerns regionally, notes the differences among the various squares, makes distinctions among the four boycotting groups, and tallies of where the voting was not accomplished. Its telling that Mahfad, Abyan complained about the lack of ballot boxes. The strength of the democracy narrative shouldn’t be underestimated in Yemen, its been at the core of nearly all political rhetoric since 1990, The Abaad center is within the Islah sector of the political spectrum. Nearly all media in Yemen skews one way or another, the trick is understanding repetitive bias within otherwise independent reporting.

Abaad report: Four violence groups worked to halt elections

al Sahwa

The report that depended on a survey carried out by a team of the square youth camped in front of Sana’a University pointed out that reconstruction of the military, the southern case , the violence groups including the Houghi group , the armed southern movement, Al-Qaeda and remnants of the former president, Ali Abdullsh Saleh, pose challenges for Hadi in the transition stage.

“Armed manifestations widespread in some cities and towns, violence acts, chaos provoked by some groups with support of some leaders loyal to the former regime as well as insecurity were among challenges ” the report added.

“The legacy of the former regime of corruption, looting of public resources, deterioration of economy and living standards, wars , revenge and sectarian bids, and killing of protesters and civilians were mentioned as challenges” the survey cited. “The challenged could be overcome if Hadi becomes able to take firm actions.”

Youth’s demands of the new president

According to the reprot, the demands expected by the new president differentiate from a province to another on base of needs and conditions of people. (Read on …)

US to resume military training in Yemen prior to restructing military

Filed under: Counter-terror, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Military, Security Forces, USA, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:25 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hows that going to work? Clearly the Yemeni forces are not up to the challenge without support considering yesterday’s bloodbath. But how to offset the AQAP subversion, root out the corrupt and purge the murderers while training is ongoing, (it didn’t work so well in the past), al Qaeda is attacking and restructure the Yemeni military simultaneously. Southerners, Houthis and other excluded groups have to be integrated into the new military for balance. Meanwhile its been AQAP’s goal to draw in US military forces.

US officials’ statements alienating southerners en masse (al Qaeda’s unwilling captive and nearby communities) isn’t helping overall efforts.

US and Yemeni officials have agreed to restart a controversial military-training program to help the new president tackle Al Qaeda militants as part of planned enhanced counter-terrorism relationship.

While President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has openly turned to Washington as he attempts to get the upper hand over the terrorist group, his policy may have a key drawback — upsetting the delicate political balance of power in the country and complicating the sensitive task of overhauling the nation’s fractured security forces.

Dozens of US special operations forces already on the ground are set to resume training of counterterrorism forces after a lull last year amid a wave of new sophisticated assaults by the Yemeni branch of the terrorist group and loosely linked jihadi groups. FOX

Anthony Shaffer: Awlaki a US double agent before 9/11

Filed under: US jihaddis, USS Cole, anwar, fahd — by Jane Novak at 10:18 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, former DIA analyst in the Able Danger data mining operation, says in a current interview that Anwar Al Awlaki was a US double or triple agent before 9/11.

That may account for the US closing its investigation of Anwar’s connections to the “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman in 1999. Once Awlaki’s many ties to the 9/11 highjackers became clear, a JTTF San Diego investigation was reopened. But in 2002, US Attorney Gaouette rescinded an arrest warrant against Anwar for passport fraud, a day before he re-entered the US.

Anwar as a double agent for and a triple agent against the US might explain the utter communication breakdown between JTTF’s DC and San Diego offices on Awlaki’s email correspondence with the soon to be jihaddist murderer Nidal Hassan.

It might also explain why Awlaki was never charged with anything–not incitement, not conspiracy to murder, even after the Nigerian Abdumutallab said he met with Awlaki regarding the Dec 2009 airplane bombing plot hatched in Yemen. On the other hand, it could all be a string of incompetence and bad luck. I don’t know which would be worse.

News Rescue “In video, Lt.Col. Anthony Shaffer describes how Anwar al-Awlaki Was a triple agent, and an FBI Asset Before 9/11 on infowars. Anthony Shaffer is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who gained fame for his claims about mishandled intelligence before the September 11 attacks and for the censoring of his book, Operation Dark Heart.

Shaffer and the Able Danger team also uncovered intelligence of an impending al Qaeda terror plot in the Gulf of Aden in the weeks immediately prior to the bombing of the USS Cole on Oct 12, 2000 in Yemen. Able Danger tried strenuously to issue a warning that, like DIA analyst Kye Fallis’ was thwarted.

Despite the NSA’s constant and years long monitoring of the Yemen hub and the CIA’s surveillance of the 2000 Malaysia meeting where both the Cole attack and 9/11 were planned, no intelligence warning on the Cole bombing was generated or forwarded from those agencies either. (The CIA later withheld info on the Malaysia meeting from the FBI as it was investigating the Cole, leaving connections to the impending 9/11 attack unexplored.)

Lt. Shaffer was black balled by DIA after he went public with the 9/11 Commission’s failure to include his testimony regarding the presence of Atta in the US. Commander Lippold was essentially forced to retire by DOD. Fallis quit DIA on the day of the Cole bombing.

The Malaysia meeting was attended by current AQAP leader Fahd al Quso and top AQ operatives from several nations. As I’ve been saying for nearly a decade, al Quso’s unique threat level comes from his operational experience (blowing up a warship) coupled with his international connections and credibility.

Al Quso was indicted on over 50 counts of terrorism in NY’s Southern District in 2003 following his 2002 escape from Aden jail. The Sanaa regime secretly released al Quso in May 2007 despite a ten year sentence handed down after his 2004 “recapture,” the Washington Post reported. Al Quso finally made it to the MWT list in Nov 2009 and was designated Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US State Department in Dec 2010.

The US began its drone campaign in Yemen with strikes in Dec 2009, where Awlaki and other AQAP leaders were supposedly meeting at Fahd al Quso’s farm. Al Quso gave several media interviews recently, noting how lovely things are in the AQ occupied towns in Yemen, when they are not crucifying spies, beheading soldiers, looting banks and dehanding teen-agers. Yesterday, AG Holder, the bastion of flex-fit jurisprudence, gave the Obama administration’s rationale for targeting US citizens with drones.

Update: Gah! Must be something in the air. Fox: Mueller grilled on FBI’s release of al-Awlaki in 2002 (3/7/12)

The warrant was pulled by a judge in Colorado, after the cleric entered the U.S. A U.S. attorney in Colorado who oversaw the warrant and the Justice Department claimed the cleric’s earlier lies to the Social Security Administration, the basis of the charge, had been corrected. But new documents obtained by Fox News through the Freedom of Information Act show otherwise.

After al-Awlaki re-entered the U.S. in the fall of 2002 with the FBI’s help, the cleric then appeared in a high-profile investigation, in which Agent Ammerman was a lead investigator. The FBI has not made the agent available to Fox News to interview, nor has the Department of Justice made the U.S. attorney on the case available. Former FBI agents say Ammerman would have needed permission from higher up in the bureau to let al-Awlaki go.

The House Homeland Security Committee launched an official investigation into the cleric and his 9/11 connections last year, but sources tell Fox News that committee staffers have been frustrated by the FBI’s resistance to providing documents and witnesses, citing “ongoing investigations.”

Wolf urged the FBI director to brief other lawmakers, including the head of the house intelligence committee, so that a similar scenario “never happens again.”

Fox News confirmed that the October 2002 incident and the arrest warrant for al-Awlaki was never disclosed to the 9/11 Commission or to Congress.

Former FBI agents, familiar with al-Awlaki’s re-entry in October 2002, say only two scenarios seem to explain what happened. The FBI was tracking the cleric for intelligence or the FBI was working with the cleric and saw him as a “friendly contact.”

Yemeni state budget F/Y 2012

Filed under: govt budget — by Jane Novak at 11:34 am on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where is the actual budget break down posted? These numbers are meaningless. The new law of the land in Yemen (the GCC document) guarantees fiscal transparency, and anti-corruption measures are one important demand of the people. Normally there is an end of the year supplemental that increases spending by about 25%.

Bloomberg: Yemen’s government plans to spend 2,111 billion rials ($9.8 billion) this year, according to draft budget plans reported by state-run news agency Saba. The draft expenditure, which requires the approval of parliament in Sana’a, represents a 17 percent increase over the 2011 budget that was approved Dec. 5, 2010. Yemen has been using last year’s budget for the first quarter of this year as unrest forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh from office last month and repeated clashes undermined business activity.

Government recognizes the state budget for fiscal year 2012 by 2 trillion and 672 billion and 740 million rials
[06 / March / 2012]

Sana’a (Saba) -

Council of Ministers approved in its weekly meeting today, chaired by Council President Brother Mohammed Salem Basendwah the draft state budget for fiscal year 2012, and projects of independent and attached budgets and special funds budgets and the economic sector and laws linked to .. And the allocation to the House of Representatives to complete the necessary constitutional procedures.

The Council instructed the Minister of Legal Affairs and Minister of State for the House of Representatives and the Shura Council in coordination with the Minister of Finance to follow up those actions.

The estimated resources of the state budget at both central and local levels for the current year 2012, the amount of two trillion and 111 billion and 129 000 453 thousand, from various sources or resource for linking resources to the last year of $ trillion and 519 billion and 589 thousand, and an increase of 9.38 percent.

The estimated use for 2012, the amount of two trillion and 672 billion and 740 000 773 thousand, distributed at the gates of various budget, compared to connect to the year 2011 of $ trillion and 835 billion and 956 million riyals, an increase of 6.45 percent. (Read on …)

US CT policy in Yemen and the civilian immunity narrative

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:22 am on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Returning to the basics, the reason for the fight against al Qaeda is the fanatics attack, terrorize and murder civilians in order to impose their rigid agenda on people who don’t want it. Over 100,000 Yemeni civilians fled immediately following the AQAP occupation of Zinjibar. They remain in dire circumstances, living in Aden schools, nearly a year later.

Families in other towns occupied by AQAP cannot leave; they are too poor and don’t know where to go. Some don’t want their homes looted by AQAP or are afraid of AQ retaliation. Despite General Patraeus’ prior statements regarding al-Mahfed, physical proximity to al Qaeda does not equal complicity or material support–especially when dealing with extremely impoverished people living in a country without any infrastructure or basic services including water.

While certainly US drone strikes seek to minimize civilian casualties, and it is AQAP’s crime in sheltering among civilians, families captive in the AQAP occupied towns are terrified of both AQAP and the drones. They want to know what to do, and that they won’t be killed by US drones, and no one is telling them anything except al Qaeda. The transitional government’s statements about a “massive war” on al Qaeda didn’t contain any references to the primary goal of the war– the protection of the people.

Any US narrative or planning about battling al Qaeda in Yemen (now that we can read it all in Al Shaq Alawasat) has to take into account both the lethal and non-lethal impacts of counter-terror policy. Mass internal displacement is but one. US policy statements should explicitly affirm that the goal of the WOT- the protection of civilians- extends to Yemeni civilians, and that they are as equally valued and deserving of life as any potential victims of AQAP in the US. (Whatever the actual metric is.)

Also these remarks by Victoria Nuland ( State Dept Press Briefing 3/5/12 ) are a slap in the face to many southerners by ignoring the very real issue and treating the southern movement like a bunch of dead-enders. thorooughly alienating the population where the battles are raging is not going to help either. She could have said, the US recognizes the very real grievances, regional discrimination yadda yadda but the Obama administration is reluctant to speak of any of Salehs many many crimes.

Related: the Lawfare Blog’s write up of AG Holder’s speech regarding the targeted use of lethal force, including against US citizens.

Meanwhile AQAP mutilates soldiers corpses:

USA Today: The death toll from an al-Qaeda assault on a military base in southern Yemen has risen to 185 government soldiers, military and medical officials said Tuesday. Many soldiers’ bodies were found mutilated and some were headless…The surprise attack and the mutilations have left government troops “fearful,” and in “low morale,” according to a senior military official who was part of the defeated force. Another 55 soldiers were captured and paraded through a nearby town by the militants, who lost 32 of their fighters in the assault.

Medical officials in the area confirmed the latest death toll and said some of the bodies of soldiers recovered were missing their heads and bore multiple stab wounds. They said that bodies packed the military hospital morgue to which they were taken, with some taken to vegetable freezers in a military compound for lack of space.

A senior military official said that the attack left his soldiers “fearful of al-Qaeda because of the barbarism and brutality of their attack.”— “It was a massacre and it came by surprise as the soldiers were asleep,” he said. Militants sneaked behind army lines and attacked from the rear where there was “zero surveillance.”

Recent AQAP war crimes: corpse mutilation, sheltering among civilians, using children as operatives, assassinations of civilians, looting residents’ homes, forced exile, behanding and other torture, crucifying suspected spies
Recent AQAP civil rights violations: banning news papers, satellite TV, smoking cigarettes, denying school (and sunlight) to girls.

AQAP kills 102 soldiers, parades 55 captured soldiers around Jaar

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:56 am on Monday, March 5, 2012

First a Yemen Times link to “Terrorism operations grow in Hadramout”

Next adding to AQAP’s already substantial list of war crimes, including executions, use of children, amputations and crucifixions, from AJC:

The officials said Sunday’s fighting in Abyan province killed 107 soldiers and 32 militants. Scores were wounded on both sides. The latest death toll was confirmed by medical officials in the area.

The military officials said the militants’ surprise attack on army bases outside Abyan’s provincial capital Zinjibar also led to the capture of 55 soldiers. The captives were paraded on the streets of Jaar, a nearby town that like Zinjibar has been under al-Qaida’s control for about a year…The scale of Sunday’s attack points to the combat readiness of the militants as they launch more and more attacks in a region that the United States considers a key battleground in the war on al-Qaida.

I am naturally curious how many of these terrorist commanders and fighters fought in Saada (2005-2010) against the Houthis when many al Qaeda fighters were allied with Saleh and Ali Mohsen against the Houthis– with the US’s full knowledge and continuing support. As previously documented, some imprisoned al Qaeda were released from jail and send directly to Saada.

My concern, repeatedly expressed, about Al Qaeda fighters in Saada was that they were gaining battle experience. Saada was a training ground for al Qaeda’s army. And once they have been desensitized to the blood on their hands, its very hard to walk back these type of fanatics from continuing bloodshed.

Update: Detained soldiers train Al Qaeda operatives on looted heavy weapons:

About 60 soldiers were detained and taken to the Taliban-style Al Qaeda-declared Islamic Emirate of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan on Sunday morning. More than 110 soldiers were killed and more than 150 other injured when Al Qaeda operatives attacked camps and positions in Dawfas area, at the circumference of Zinjubar, the capital of Abyan.

About 20 from Al Qaeda fighters were killed and dozens were injured, according to sources in Jaar.

“The detained soldiers from Dawfas battles were seen today Monday in Jaar training Al Qaeda fighters on the looted tanks and artilleries,” said the local sources…The authorities were looking for three car bombs that were made in Arhab area, about 30 km north of the capital, where Al Qaeda has historic activities. Arhab is the village of the extremist cleric Abdul Majid Al Zandani, who is accused by US and UN of being a global terrorist. (ed- Arhab also subject to intense bombing 2011.) —

The threats of Al Qaeda to strike outside the battle field came also one day after security authorities said they had intelligence that three car bombs are somewhere ready to implement suicide attacks against Yemeni government and Western interests in Yemen.

Yemen’s Southern commander replaced, Sanaa cargo plane explodes, AQAP takes weapons to Jaar, Suicide car bombs kill 50 soldiers outside Zinjibar Abyan

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:20 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2012

Southern Military Commander Magwalah ousted, General Gatan is replacement, whats buzzing is Maqwalah refused Hadi’s orders, then handed the equipment over to al Qaeda, thus the tragic losses today among the Yemeni military outside Zinjibar, upwards of 50 soldiers killed. Al Qaeda brought the “captured” military hardware to Jaar where the locals are under occupation by al Qaeda, and there are no refugee camps for the people to go to even if they could flee without being literally crucified by the fanatics. The 100,000 who fled Zinjibar are still living in misery in schools in Aden without much support, still a better life than under AQAP control Also this school year in Aden is wrecked by AQAP as a result of the mass migration away from areas of their control.

Trojan Ox; oxen are a traditional tribal offering. In 2005, the motorcycle taxi killed two oxen on the steps of parliament in Sanaa to ask for relief from new restrictive laws that diminished their livelihoods

Morning Star At least 30 army soldiers and 14 militants were killed today in Yemen’s Abyan province, according to government officials. The military said that fighters of the Ansar al-Sharia group, which is linked to al-Qaida, had launched a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks on army outposts in the area before attacking in force. Equipment had been seized and “dozens” of soldiers kidnapped, local officers reported.

The attack came a day after suicide bombers hit a Republican Guard camp in Bayda, 75 miles south of the capital Sanaa. Militants gained entry to the camp by bringing an ox they said was a gift for the camp’s commander and then detonated their explosives once inside.

Al Masdar: AlQaeda kills 30 soldiers near Zinjibar: According to military sources and others close to al-Qaeda killed at least 30 Yemeni soldiers in three al-Qaeda carried out since early dawn on Sunday, with two targeting suicide car bombs this morning a launch pad for Katyusha rockets and a gathering of government forces in the outskirts of the city of Zanzibar, Abyan province south of the country.

al Masdar: Blew up a military cargo plane of the type of Russian-made Antonov Sunday afternoon at anchor Daylami air base in the capital Sanaa, where protests demanding its leader, Mohammed Saleh, isolating the red half-brother of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The sources have revealed to Mareb Press that the Mahdi saying rejection of the presidential decree issued by President Hadi, appointed Major General Salem Cotton commander of Military Region South, and the appointment of Major General Mehdi saying Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, has been Major General Salem cotton during the past two days in Dar es presidency city of Aden together with Military Commission, which completed its tasks today.

The military sources have accused the Mahdi saying this morning to hand over heavy weapons for a number of military units of al-Qaeda Among these weapons, artillery and tanks, rocket launchers, “Katyusha”.

Barakish: Brach Forums – Special: A source field in the province of Abyan – South Yemen – that al Qaeda militants had seized military equipment huge military brigades that attacked her in the Dows on Sunday that the death toll of primary military forces of up to 70 people and the toll expected to rise as well to dozens of the wounded, as well as the occurrence of about 56 militants captured a soldier in the organization.

In the meantime, local residents said that militants in Jaar, the base were to the city of Jaar three-tank weapons and machine guns Dushka and different addition to four rocket launchers and a large number of armored vehicles, military vehicles and crews as well as modern and large quantities of ammunition.

According to the source, the Al-Qaeda and they send a painful blow and a large army in Dows and it is considered a major setback due to the enormity of human and material losses.

While a source familiar with the refrigerator Hospital Bazib Aden failed to receive the bodies of the dead coming from Dows, and about thirty bodies outside the refrigerator while the ambulances are still carrying the bodies of dead and wounded, pointing out that the information refers to the high death toll, while still many soldiers missing.

- A first addition: Open meeting room at the hospital to receive the bodies Bazib arrived Aad toll to at least 70.

- Add a second: sources Brach Net in Zanzibar, said 16 al Qaeda militants were killed in the battles of Dows, including Prince “frustration” and that the dead included five of the six Arab and Marib.

Potshots at US trainers in Aden, bombing at Saada rally, protests in Sanaa, Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Aden, Counter-terror, Sa'ada, Saada War, Sana'a, Security Forces — by Jane Novak at 9:29 pm on Friday, March 2, 2012

Reuters: – A gunman opened fire on a U.S. security team as it trained Yemeni soldiers in the south of the country, the Pentagon and a security official said on Friday, both denying reports from an Islamist group that a CIA officer was killed in the assault.

In the north of the country, a bomb blast hit an anti-U.S. protest, injuring at least 22 people, a rebel group that controls much of the region said. (Read on …)

America’s Dangerous Game: a video

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 6:58 pm on Friday, March 2, 2012

America’s Dangerous Game a video by Jeremy Scahill at AJE, “This film reveals the full scale of Washington’s covert war in Yemen and asks: Is the US creating more enemies than it can capture or kill?”

A good, coherent presentation and analysis that follows up Scahill’s earlier article. It makes the point that no matter how many leaders are killed (and the US doesn’t really know who its killing with the drones), if the corrupt, nepotistic, despotic regime remains, there won’t real progress. The vid also makes the valid and previously contentious point that there is a symbiotic relationship between the intelligence services and the terrorists, which is a step beyond the (finally) widely accepted premise of Yemen’s ruling family manipulating the terrorist threat for profit and international support.

Saleh returns, new Yemeni president, suicide bombing in Hadramout

Filed under: Elections, Hadramout, Presidency, Transition, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 10:16 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2012

Barak Obama’s friend, the war criminal Ali Saleh departed the US and is back in Yemen. Saleh’s immunity is a central part of the US sponsored “transition” plan that followed a 48 million dollar, single candidate (sham) “election.”

Yemen’s first new president in 33 years, Abdo Mansour Hadi, previously Saleh’s Vice, was sworn in on Saturday. Hadi received 6.6 million votes of 10 million registered and two million eligible new voters. On election day, the electoral commission said 13 million votes were printed and they had run out of ballots during the day.

Also on Saturday, a suicide bomber in a slow moving pick-up truck killed 28 soldiers in Hadramout. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility via a text message to Reuters.

Link save: April 9, 2010, Yemen National Dialog Coalition Seeks Reform, Broad Political Inclusion

Protected: Fahd al Quso interview at Marib Press, tries to justify vast AQAP war crimes

Filed under: aq statements, fahd — by Jane Novak at 10:16 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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We broke it, we own it: Yemen

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:54 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yemen’s presidential “election” Tuesday was a single candidate affair designed by the United States. Abdu Mansour Hadi, Yemen’s Vice President since 1994, was elected to the presidency in a poll that saw broad turnout among men, women and children.

Yemenis embraced the opportunity to partake in dethroning Saleh. The ballot only contained a yes option although some voters scribbled the names of murdered protesters on the ballot before they voted.


The Obama administration is framing the election as a success and furthermore a model for other transitions, although the power transfer agreement designed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was imposed over broad public objections. One difficulty is Saleh’s immediate family remains in control of most of the security forces and military, as well as major economic concerns and vast swaths of land. This gif at Critical shows the incestuous nature of power in Yemen.

Mr. Hadi was selected as a consensus candidate by UN envoy Jamal ben Omar under the terms of the GCC deal, and strongly backed by the US and Saudi Arabia. The GCC transition plan supersedes the Yemeni constitution and laws. In the event the unity government is unable to reach consensus on any issue, President Hadi makes the final decision. The plan effectively re-establishes a dictatorship although some have called it more akin to an international trusteeship.

In November, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement to resign in return for prosecutorial immunity for 33 years of major corruption, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The UN Security Council endorsement of the immunity deal for Saleh was unprecedented and likely violates international law and certainly UN principles, the UNHCHR said in a statement at the time.

Hundreds of protesters were killed during the Yemeni Revolution and thousands wounded. In addition, well over a thousand southern protesters were killed 2007-2011 in pro-independence protests. A five year war in the northern province of Saada was characterized by collective punishment including bombing villages, refugee camps, mosques and hospitals. The Saleh regime also deliberately denied food and medical supplies and international aid during the Saada War in a pattern that constituted collective punishment, Human Rights Watch found. Saleh got off scott-free for all of it.

The GCC deal was overt rejected by millions of protesters since its proposal in April 2011. Saleh agreed and reneged on the deal several times, once besieging western diplomats gathered for the signing with a mob of pro-regime gun-toting thugs.

Following Saleh’s November resignation, the GCC deal created a unity government between Saleh’s ruling party and the compromised and ineffectual opposition party coalition led by Islah, the Islamic Reform Party. The protests were triggered by the failure of the political party system, and the protests were neither led by nor endorsed by the opposition parties until they were well underway.

The unity government designed in Washington raised most regressive elements in society, Islah and the GPC, well above the levels of their popular legitimacy and re-establishes the political statement that existed for years in Yemen. A strong contingent of protesters clinging to the demand for a “civil’ government, non-military and non-theocratic, was sidelined by the Obama administration. Also frozen out are the protesters themselves, the southerners, the northern rebels in Saada. In one ironic twist, ruling party members who resigned the party in protest of Saleh’s barbarism toward the protesters are also excluded from the unity government.

Phase one of the GCC deal was completed with today’s poll. Next the unity government is required to ask for and accept international assistance. Russia (to whom Yemen owes $6 billion for MIGs and other weapons) will help reconcile the ruling party with the opposition parties. The US is going to take charge on restructuring the Yemeni military, quite an overdue and necessary task. The EU appears to have focused on necessary political reforms including electoral reform. A national reconciliation conference will designate a committee to draft a new constitution in three months.

The counter-revolution, a Saudi-US effort, derailed the protests by supporting Saleh months past any logical or moral threshold, and failing to hold him to account for any of his crimes. The US still has not frozen any of the funds or assets (reported to be in the billions) that Saleh stole from the Yemeni treasury.

While the US may frame the political intervention into the Yemeni revolution (coupled with the drone policy) as good counter-terror policy, many have questioned that premise including Jeremy Scahill, see Washington’s War in Yemen Backfires and Katie Zimmerman, Recipe for Failure at Critical

Areas of violence during the vote included Aden in south Yemen where an announced boycott degenerated as mobs attacked polling centers and absconded with ballot boxes. Some southerners view the south as “occupied” by the (Northern) Saleh regime since 1994 when they claim, Saleh imposed the unity of north and south Yemen by force. Although mass marches broke out in 2007, southerners never developed representative mechanisms or an overarching organizational structure even as their numbers grew, accounting for the nihilistic approach to the election. The latest tally has eight killed, including both soldiers and separatist protesters.

The inglorious butcher Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in the United States since January 28. He may return to Yemen for Mr. Hadi’s inauguration and to lead the General People’s Congress party, according to the US ambassador to Yemen.

Hadi’s Honeymoon: The king is dead, long live the King

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:34 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It is the tradition within the United States, where we actually have a regular transition of executive power, for the newly elected president to have a honeymoon period. Once the election is over, people stop attacking him (or someday her) based on party affiliation and hope the new president does good things for the country. The honeymoon usually lasts for a while to give the new president a chance to get used to the office, to see who he actually is as president, and until policy failures begin to really add up. Thus, as is the cultural norm for me and only polite, I support the new Yemeni President.

Now that Mr. Hadi is president of Yemen, ending the butcher Saleh’s 33 year tyranny, I wish him every success in solving all Yemen’s many issues.

The GCC document overrides the Yemeni constitution and grants Hadi unlimited powers; that is unchangeable and unchallengeable but then so are its guarantees (civil rights, transparency, womens’ participation etc) which are the law in Yemen now. If the whole GCC thing is a scam to re-empower the GPC or to subordinate the south, and it may be, there are avenues to create a democratic system. Over the last year, Yemenis have seen their own power and they still have it, especially as the new transitional government is under international scrutiny. Most of the Saleh regime remains in place, but with a meritocracy, a free press and anti-corruption measures, hopefully they won’t be for long.

Some things that can done in Yemen to bring about positive political developments are to collaborate for unlimited media freedom, organize new political parties and require the fiscal transparency that is guaranteed in the GCC plan. Yemen is literally starving, and the feeding the children, by direct aid and by jump-starting the economy, is the top priority.

It is what it is.

Idiotic, nasty, condescending statements by the US ambassador are of course another story. His honeymoon is long over.

Yemen election 2012 videos, photos

Filed under: Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:09 am on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy voter via “twitpics


Ibb votes in a robust orderly fashion:

Not that the vote tampering matters in the least: Cute kids vote

00:00: Man speaking; (This is) Polling Station 15,
00:00: Man speaking; Most of the voters are children,
00:09: Man speaking; who voted?
00:10: Child speaking; I voted
00:11: Man speaking; unclear… MarshAllah (God Willing) you all voted.
00:17: unclear… MarshAllah (God Willing) you are all good boys.

Dollars to donuts, after all the chaos and violence in the south, there won’t be an English language spokesman to explain where the boycott was or why: Mob takes boxes in Mallah, Aden

Explosions in the background during Al Jazeera report from Aden

Having a boycott is one thing, but rock throwing and stealing the ballot boxes is not how people who want a democratic state act:

Sanaa: when people start yelling, shoot in the air and swing your gun:

Three dead in South Yemen

Filed under: Elections, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:07 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Voting day updates:

Its over! Hadi wins in a landslide. Many people happy to be rid of Saleh. Inauguration Saturday Feb 25.

The first test of the new Yemeni government is how honestly they deal with today’s election; while much was good, even stellar, hiding, minimizing or outright lying about the hot spots isn’t going to encourage confidence.

This is very encouraging because it reflects reality instead of the normal knee jerk propaganda:

Egypt Ind Separatists who had vowed to mark Tuesday’s presidential vote as a day of “civil disobedience” have seized half of the polling booths in Yemen’s main southern city Aden, a government official said.

“Half of the polling booths in Aden have been shut down after they were seized by gunmen from the Southern Movement,” a local government official told AFP. He said the gunmen had closed 10 out of the city’s 20 voting stations.

Beeb Four soldiers killed in Hadramout, half voting centers closed in Aden. Nothing on the wounded people. Everything peachy in Sanaa.

Why we reject the elections by Noon

A few Houthis in Taiz but otherwise voting smooth, needed and got more ballots.

No confirmation or news updates on the foreign workers, must have been a rumor, the best possible outcome. OR something happened and everyone is fine.

Also report: “News confirm the filling of election boxes (by votes of those who didn’t vote) just before closing time at six o’clock in the evening in most of the election centers in the Governorates of Omran and Hajah..”

Voting in the South is not smooth, tension and clashes in Aden, Hadramout and Shabwa. One report injuries, shooting ongoing in Aden. Violence reported in Amran, Aden Taiz, Lahij, Mukalla and Shihr. Half polling stations closed in the south by one report. After five years, there is still no official southern spokesman to explain why there is a boycott, or what happened where, to the world in Arabic or English. There are people getting shot because of the boycott and there’s no statement.

The Houthis on the other hand are very good with statements:

In an attempt to pre-empt failure inevitable for the proportion of citizens’ participation in (the province of Saada and Harf Sufian and the provinces of argument and the cavity) has the authority to distribute the ballot boxes in areas outside their constituencies so that the distribution of funds in (Imran and incited, Sana’a and argument) on behalf of the circles (Saada).

We emphasize that polling stations are open and there is no interference from us towards those who want to vote and to exercise electoral commissions operate without any hindrance Remember, all that is said in some of the media tendentious is an attempt to justify the failure and cover the popular rejection of the real adjustments unilateral imposed on people by force and ignored the suffering and demands .

And began to crowd in (Saada) out of hours marched Tazahria mass to reflect the absolute rejection of this farce is the predetermined and practice of form, and confirmed its progress continued in the popular revolution, without regard to any attempts at misleading the people deterred from continuing the path of revolutionary even up to achieve the goals of the revolution and you will detail later.

The difference in perspective between people in Sanaa and Taiz where everyone is happy and the south and Saada is striking. Hopefully the election overcomes the schism enough to enable conversation instead of making it worse.
(Read on …)

Good luck to soon to be new Yemeni President Hadi!

Filed under: Biographies, Transition, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:40 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Bios below. Hadi’s not a “southerner” in that he defected to Saleh in 1986 and fought against the south in 1994. Hopefully he will rise to the occasion, sometimes people do that. We’ll have to see. Its going to be lovely though to see Saleh out of office after all these years.

SANA’A — Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi used to be known as a silent man who never objected to, let alone disobeyed, any of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s orders.

This manner of managing the country resulted in the peaceful youth revolution, which began in February of 2011 and which led to Hadi becoming Yemen’s new president.

Hadi departed from the south with Ali Naser Mohamed after the January 1986 war between leaders of the Aden’s Socialist Party. He and Mohamed left for Sana’a after they suffered defeat in Aden.

In the 1994 war, Hadi sided with Saleh against the secession movement which surfaced in the same year and which, by year’s end, was aligned with Saleh. During the outgoing president’s 33-year rule, Hadi received the respect of all parties, due largely to a perception that he kept his hands clean of political and moral corruption.
(Read on …)

Systematic fraud in voter registration in uncontested Yemeni presidential election?

Filed under: Aden, Elections — by Jane Novak at 6:25 pm on Sunday, February 19, 2012

This video purports to show SCER workers in Aden have issued several voter cards to the same individual voters as well as certified checks as payment for voting for Hadi. This kind of fraud was quite common in 2006 when registered male voters exceeded Yemeni men. Then the regime also redeployed army units to opposition strong holds as there are several definitions of domicile in the law.

(Update: I posted the video to the SCERs FB page and asked if it was true, and they deleted it, so I guess it is true. They didn’t deny it, explain it as a rogue worker, say they would investigate or call me a zionist, they just deleted it. Update 2: Some Yemenis are saying these are old voter cards from the 2006 election as southerners claim people have been trucked in to vote. )

While its absurd to buy votes in an uncontested election, the registration fraud in Aden is likely meant to undermine the southern boycott of the poll. Its unclear to me from the vid if these are new double registrations or if these are these duplicates from the last “free and fair” election. But they are current checks. With all the new donor cash floating around, there could be quite a high turn out in Aden on paper. With all the prior strong-arming of those who objected to the plan and the election, I doubt the US would discourage buying votes as long as the result looks good in the western media in time for the US presidential election.

The point of the bizarre 48 million dollar single-candidate election is to give constitutional legitimacy to Hadi by a public mandate, but the public overtly and continuously rejected the GCC blueprint which supersedes the constitution and all Yemeni law anyway.

I don’t think it has really sunk in yet to the pubic that GCC document is the law of the land for the next two years and cannot be challenged within Yemen. In the event of a failure of consensus, Hadi makes the final decisions. The plan creates a new dictatorship that is required to accept international supervision. Maybe that’s why it wasn’t widely published or discussed. It’s an international trusteeship, which might not be bad with the right administrators, but the UN and US embassy are trying to sneak it by the citizenry while calling it democracy.

Under the GCC plan, Southerners are invited to the upcoming national conference to discuss how to best accomplish a stable unified Yemen. A future referendum on unity is not an option. (But if the military restructuring is done prior to the enfranchisement of southern citizens, it will inflame passions and harden positions.) The causes of the Saada war will be explored. The new constitution will be written in three months (although the 1990 constitution before the later amendments isn’t so bad, it was just never enforced or interpreted and needs a bill of rights.) There will be some kind of justice for the protesters harmed in 2011. Those injured or killed before are unacknowledged and there’s no proposed remedy for them. Saleh and his regime got immunity and maybe the past war crimes and theft will all fade into smoke.Or else the US is creating another red line, another false reality and another source of tension to bubble on the streets until it explodes.

The framers of the GCC transitional document didn’t study the 2006 JMP National Reform Plan that was published after a year of rigorous discussions, compromise and work. The document reached agreement among the divergent parties on many vital issues including the south and Saada. It created structures for implementation. There were other important reform blueprints including the tribally based National Dialog Committee’s in 2009. The GCC document, now the highest law in Yemen, seems a hastily written, simplistic, non-Yemeni product designed to re-install the regime while convincing the protesters into returning home with a vague assurance of progress.

The US is seeking to replace the regime’s figurehead (temporarily) but not the regime. Saleh is welcome to return as head of the GPC, Feierstein says. Its so disturbing the mass murderer gets to return to the blood stained streets with total immunity and no one has any recourse.

The US ambassador has repeatedly trashed the Yemeni air force pilots (among many other groups) seeking the ouster of Mohammed Saleh al Ahmar, instead of taking this opportunity to push for his resignation. The Air Force is among the biggest financial black holes in the line item military budget. Yemen owes Russia six billion dollars, primarily for Air Force expenditures like MIGs, upgrading and repairing the MIGs and MIG parts, although most of the MIGs are off line. Where all the money actually went is an interesting question indeed. Russian will have a place in the internal political reconciliation process.

Brennan re-creating the Saleh dictatorship as a tactic in the battle against al Qaeda makes as much sense as Holder approving weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels as a tactic in the battle against arms smuggling, and likely will be just as effective. However Saleh finally and officially dethroned, after 33 years and despite all the earlier US obstructionism, is quite an accomplishment for Yemenis.

(Read on …)

103K soldiers, security officials to secure elections

Filed under: Elections, GCC, Presidency — by Jane Novak at 1:52 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2012

29,000 boxes committees

26 Sept: SCER: 103,000 officers and soldiers to secure the presidential election Saturday 18 February 2012

The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) has used over103,000 officers and soldiers from military and security units to secure all electoral committees and constituencies. (Read on …)

South Korea pays market price for Yemen LNG

Filed under: LNG, SK, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 1:46 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2012

In the first half of the story, South Korea was paying well under fair market price since 2005 despite opposition and activists strenuous objections.

Yemen LNG and Total Gas LIFT gas shipments redirected to Korea
[18 / February / 2012] Saba

Agreed Yemen LNG, Total Gas & Power to increase the number of shipments transferred by 20 shipments per year to Korea during the years 2012.2013 and 2014 m due to the continued low gas prices in the U.S. market.

Under the new agreement which was signed in Paris on the fourteenth of February, the ongoing presence of the Minister of Oil and Minerals Engineer Hisham Sharaf Abdullah, will be selling LNG to Kogas, according to the current price of the market. (Read on …)

US counter-terror policy failure in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another excellent report (besides Scahill’s Washington’s War in Yemen Backfires ) on US CT failure in Yemen, Recipe for Failure at Critical

“Saleh’s reach extended throughout the state’s organs, making it nearly impossible to disentangle his patronage network from the actual state. In this respect, Saleh’s Yemen was much more like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq than like Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt, in which the military retained a considerable degree of autonomy.[1]…

Even the Saleh-controlled Yemeni state was already failing before the revolution, moreover, as the government attempted to juggle interrelated socioeconomic and security challenges. Yemen’s unemployment rate was already over 40 percent and over half of its population is illiterate…

The (US) strategy of pursuing political appeasement in order to build an ordered Yemeni state able to reconsolidate control and combat terrorists does not so far appear to be very promising…

Like American diplomats, U.S. policy apart from direct-action operations is thus now largely confined to the capital.[10] American soft-power efforts have historically channeled almost entirely through the central government at Saleh’s insistence.

It is far from clear that American strategy toward Yemen as it was operating before 2011 would have been successful. But the tools of that strategy have been severely degraded even as the threats and challenges have grown. This growing divergence between means and ends demands a fundamental re-evaluation of American strategy toward Yemen, but there does not appear to have been any such re-evaluation. The Obama administration has not articulated a shift in American strategy in Yemen since the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the general contours of U.S. policy have not changed. The current approach could conceivably succeed nevertheless, but only if a large number of improbable assumptions prove to be valid…

Until the U.S. government recognizes that its current approach is nearly certain to fail, it will not put the necessary energy into crafting a new one.

Its important to grasp the basic structure before you make the plan.

The GCC Plan, English and Arabic

Filed under: GCC, Transition — by Jane Novak at 2:43 pm on Friday, February 17, 2012

The GCC plan in English from and thanks to the Yemen Peace Project which on 2/12 said, “Although the GCC agreement was signed in Riyadh almost three months ago, most people have never seen a full text of the document, or of the implementation mechanism that was signed with it. Newspapers have only published quotations or summaries…we’re able to finally publish here the official English translation of the Implementation Mechanism.

Agreement on the implementation mechanism for the transition process in Yemen in
accordance with the initiative of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


Part I. Introduction

Part II. The transition period

Part III. First phase of the transition

Part IV. Second phase of the transfer of power

Part V . Settlement of disputes

Part VI. Concluding provisions

Annex: Draft Presidential Decree

Part I. Introduction

1. The two parties recognize that (Read on …)

The US its own worst enemy in Yemen

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, USA — by Jane Novak at 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

A very good article by Jeremy Scahill examines US policy in Yemen in Washington’s War in Yemen Backfires and highlights some of the contradictions (mule headedness?) that are heightening tensions and increasing risks to national security.

I agree that the “US has always gotten it wrong in Yemen.” Its not just Obama, but rather a deep and fundamental misunderstanding of Yemen that stems back through the Krajeski era. There was never a good baseline and the echo chamber effect compounded errors as uninformed or misinformed analysis led to wrong conclusions and outcomes time after time. Perhaps it was the total isolation of the embassy personnel as their reality was shaped by the Saleh propaganda machine and prior misconceptions. In an interview regarding the piece at Democracy Now:

Scahill reports that U.S. drone strikes, civilian drone casualties and deepening poverty in Yemen have all contributed to the cause of an Islamist uprising and how the U.S. has always “gotten it wrong” in Yemen.

In the interview, Scahill says that, “The arrogance of the U.S. was always thinking that whatever U.S. official was sent to Yemen was smarter than Ali Abdullah Saleh. … [Saleh] was a master chess player and he milked counter-terrorism as his cash cow. [U.S.-supplied] forces have almost never been used to actually battle anyone determined to be terrorists. They’ve existed primarily for the defense of the Saleh regime.”

He goes on to highlight the difference in perspectives between the U.S. and the actual Yemeni people, “One tribal leader who said very clearly,’al-Qaeda’s a terrorist organization. Yes these guys want to destroy America’…’you consider them terrorists. We consider the drones terrorism.’”

Watch it here:

State dept runs interference for Saleh in USS Cole case

Filed under: USS Cole, Yemen, gitmo — by Jane Novak at 4:35 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

The military tribunal at Gitmo ruled today that Saleh cannot be compelled to testify as a witness in the al Nashiri case. I am shocked that Obama’s friend and vital US partner in the WOT wouldn’t voluntarily want to aid the US judicial system. Apparently Saleh was the one who supplied much of the information directly to the US about al Nashiri, as well as giving him sanctuary after the attack. But it begs the question: when did Saleh learn of the plot. It must have been “after” because the US wouldn’t have spent the last decade supporting a dictator while knowing he was complicit in a terror attack against the US military.

Boston Herald: MIAMI — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in the United States with full diplomatic immunity, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s legal adviser has written the Pentagon, and should not be compelled to provide sworn testimony for the Guantanamo war court. (Read on …)

Arrested Yemeni protesters electrocuted, whipped

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, prisons — by Jane Novak at 4:18 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

At least 184 protesters are confirmed as “disappeared” and assumed to be under torture by security forces. My concern about the missing protesters since February 2011 has been the mass graves.

Yemen Post: A Yemeni human rights group, HOOD, revealed that 184 protesters enforcedly disappeared, emphasizing that no official authority has stated about their fate.

A senior officer of Hood, Abdul-Rahman Barman, said that the organization handed over a list of the disappeared names to the Interior Minister, pointing out that their families look for them everywhere and they become more worried every day.

Hood expressed deep concern about this case, demanding the newly-formed military commission to disclose the fate of these people enforcedly disappeared, stressing that the enforced disappearance is a crime against humanity.

One family had found out its relative in the morgue of Alshorta hospital six months after he was arrested by armed men loyal to the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen protesters had alleged that security and army services arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters across the country, subjecting them to torture and ill-treatment, since anti-government demonstrations began in February 2011.

Some released prisoners affirmed that huge numbers of protesters and soldiers of the defected First Armored Division were being held in custodies belonging to military camps loyal to Saleh.

During several conferences held in Sana’a with some of freed prisoners, they made clear that they were subject to brutal forms of tortures, including electro-shock devices and beating with cables and whips after being blindfolded and handcuffed.

Yemenis have been demonstrating across the country demanding the release of detainees held by Security services which are still controlled by people loyal to Saleh.

The exact number of detainees being held by the authorities is unknown, but activists say that it could be as high as 1,400.

Feierstein punishes Houthis for boycott

Filed under: Elections, Saada War, Transition, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:44 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

There seems to be the distinct impression the UN and the US ambassador said that anyone who causes trouble during the election will be designated as a terrorist organization. They are really sinking to Saleh’s level by playing the terror card and using the implied threat of drones. The Houthis have said they will not participate but will not stop anyone who wants to “vote.”

One link: Alsahwah.netUN Envoy Jamal Benomar has affirmed to the leader of Houthi group Abdul-Malki Al-Houthi that his group must take part in the presidential elections, otherwise it would be included in the list of terrorist groups, AFP quoted sources close to Benomar .

Some southerners will boycott peacefully as they think voting will reaffirm unity. The Beidh allied faction said they will violently prohibit voting, and there was more violence in the south today. I am starting to understand the earlier Nuba statement waring about Iranian influence in the south.

From Nasser Arrabyee today: This violent group is refused by the majority of the separatists and it is loyal to the German-based former president of the south, Ali Salem Al Beidh, who is reportedly receiving support from Iran. Al Beidh said a several times over the years that he would turn to Iran if he did not get western support. I couldn’t imagine he was that stupid. Maybe I should have.

Hassan Zaid said in an interview that there was an explicit threat from the western nations that if they did not sign the GCC deal, the protest squares would become a blood bath like Syria. It was not a prediction, an analysis or an implication; Zaid says it was an overt threat. The ambassador has said many shocking, aggressive and undiplomatic statements, so the benefit of the doubt is gone. Its also pretty ironic the US ambassador is lamenting foreign intervention after imposing the GCC deal despite public objections and while leaning on the wrong faction.

al Sahwa: The US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein has expressed sorrow at foreign intervention in Yemen, pointing out to the Iranian support to the Houthi group.

“We would be so worried about any foreign interventions in Yemen that aim at raising security or political troubles,” he said In an interview with a Yemeni state-run TV.” We are so concerned about the Iranian attempts to undermine stability and security in Yemen.”

He had renewed the attitudes of his country toward the power transfer and the efforts of the political settlement under the GCC-deal and working with all political parties to sustain the interim government.

This is really nauseating and indicates the whole thing is a total sham. The US hanging on to Saleh’s relatives and Saleh himself: Saba (Feierstein) criticized the protests within the government institutions, in particular military units, affirming the legal actions against any government leaders accused of corruption must be taken. “The accused should have the opportunity to defend themselves”, he underlined.

Regarding the President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s political activity, Feierstein said the US does not have any reservation about the President’s political activities after ending his current presidential term, via leading the General People Congress Party.

Next, consensus governors in Yemen

Filed under: Elections, Local gov, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:01 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Governors were appointed by Saleh untill 2008 when he allowed the GPC packed local councils to approve his selection by “voting.” The US hailed the indirect elections as a major step toward democracy. The results were overturned in the two provinces where reform minded GPC members ran as independents and won. The GCC plan takes a step back from even that innovation. Apparently “consensus candidates” are going to be the new black and in this case, the quickest way to unseat those governors (some of whom resigned or were otherwise replaced by Saleh since the 2008 election. The article notes correctly that there are significant problems with the way the electoral districts are drawn up.

Minister of Local Administration: Provincial governors will be appointed in May next in line

Barakish – said Minister of Local Administration in the government of national reconciliation on the Yazidi will be appointed governors of the provinces of Yemen by consensus after the expiration of the current conservative, and Yazidis, said that the current period of the Governors of the provinces will end in May next

The Minister of Local Administration in an interview with the newspaper “Republic” that after the early presidential elections will be reconsidered in the development of provinces and districts in which the problems, noting that there were positions vacant for some of the governors of the provinces and that will be a review of the situation of Governors of the provinces all.

“We should get to reset the governors of the provinces Twafiqian as we form a government of national consensus and everything will be by consensus and through dialogue.”

He pointed out that the Yazidi conservative current period will end in May next, adding that he should put everything to the dialogue harmonic «in order to lay the correct and current systems for running the country during the next two years».

In dismissing the factions in the southern movement of the presidential elections on 21 February, The Minister of Local Administration for communication between the government and «some of the leaders of the movement», as it seeks «to convince them that participation in elections is the practice of democracy« No one should compel any citizen had to make vote or not to force him to cast his vote in the elections ».

The national dialogue conference to be held after the election, which will be where all the issues and outstanding problems, particularly the Southern cause, and Yazidi said that «the issue of the South to deny deny Yemen».

Tariq al Dhahab killed by elder brother

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Tribes, Yemen, anwar, attacks — by Jane Novak at 2:50 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

to avoid tribal revenge. Later in the day, Tariq’s gang attacked Hazam’s house and in total 17 are dead. Several articles are citing an inheritance dispute among 20 brothers, but that was in play by 2007 when Nabil was released from prison alongside Anwar al Awalki. The overt enmity between these two began last month when Tariq tried to occupy Raada, al Baydah in order to release his brother, Nabil.

Al-Qaeda leader in southeastern Yemen killed by elder brother

Yemen Post Staff: Hazam al-Thahb, Yemeni tribal chief from the southeastern Yemeni town of Rada, which was briefly taken over by al-Qaeda militants, killed his younger brother, Tariq al-Thahb, a high-profile leader in AQAP.

Hazam broke on Wednesday evening into a mosque, where his brother and some of al-Qaeda militants were living, and killed his Tariq and some of his followers, tribal dignitary from the area told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

“He has killed his younger brother after he repeatedly warned him not to align himself with the islamists, however his brother was obstinate and did not pay heed to his warnings and advice. That’s why he had to kill him before he is killed by the authorities, said the tribal dignitary. (Read on …)

CCYR denounces takfirism by officials, asks Islah to clarify position

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Islah, Religious, Transition — by Jane Novak at 2:42 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saleh frequently resorted to denouncing his opponents in religious terms and framing armed clashes as legitimate jihad with fatwas from his clerics. The CCYR supports equal rights, intellectual freedom and a civil foundation for the impending state and is highlighting the increasing use of fatwas and taqfirism by hard liners to short circuit reform, and intimidate the public at large and activists in particular.

Yemen: Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution condemns Takfirism campaign

“The Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution” CCYR has reviewed the dangers besetting the homeland and revolution with its supreme goal of the new democratic civil Yemen, for sake of which people made big sacrifices.

The CCYR noticed a most important hint in such a historical moment represented in a return to language of Takfeer /Takfirism, exclusion and cancel of others . These are the same values practiced by the former regime throughout 33 years, for which the people of Yemen took to streets.

Most importantly is that it is an influential player within one of the biggest joint meeting parties’ components that practices such behavior and while such a player did not abide by the declared political program of the Islah party, it also did the same for the first goal of revolution represented through establishing the new civil democratic country that respect freedom of thought, belief and of expression.

The CCRY, having condemned such behavior of past black era logic, confirms continue peaceful struggle against any obstacles facing the new Yemen dream of the people.

The CCYR calls Islah leadership to express their attitude towards such practices in a clear manner, for it is an influencing individuals in Islah party who did so.

The CCYR informs all forces of modernization and civilians with care about future of Yemen to practice role of raising awareness on such risks and to fight them everywhere.

The CCYR confirms solidarity with all involved in the Takfirism campaign, Bushra Almaqtary, Fikry Qassem, Salah Aldakak, Muhsen Aed, Sami Shamsan, Adel no’man being last of them.

Aden Alghad news site editor faces threats from Islahi leaders

Filed under: Civil Rights, Media, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:36 am on Thursday, February 16, 2012

This is about a week out of date but indicative of what’s going on in terms of smears, slander and threats, from the victims’ view:

Dear Sir or Madam,
We would like to inform you that the a leader of the islamist Al-Islah party, head of the department of information in Aden branch, threatened the publishing team of the blog and Newsletter blog “Aden Alghad” because of their coverage of the violence in Almualla-Aden between members and sympathizers of the Alharak Aljanoubi Assilmi on one side and members of the Islamist Isalh party on the other side on February 3rd 2012. This happened when the Islah leader, Khalid Haidan, with the publishing editor, Fathi Bin lazraq, at the same day. The Islamist leader said that his party will prosecute the team of “Aden Alghad” and that his party might tolerate everything but not the blood of his members. When asked if this was a threat, the Islamist leader replied “consider it as you like”.

This is not the first time that Mr. Lazraq and his team are exposed to threat from leaders of the Islah party. On December 02nd 2011, another leader of the Islah party in Aden, Nabeel Assanii, threatened Mr.Lazraq because of republishing an article written by Assanii in which he describes participants of a demonstration organized by Alharak Aljanoubi Assilmi as drunk and drug-addicted.

We consider such activities by leaders of the Islah Party as a radical threat of the press freedom and the civilian life especially in such a peaceful city like Aden. We condemn the aggressive behavior of the leaders of the Islah which considers itself as one of the changing powers in Yemen and is participating in the current government and of its leader is a Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2011. We would like herewith to ask you to solidarise with Mr. Lazraq and the team of “Aden Alghad” against these threats and to support them in their struggle for freedom of expression. We warn from any aggression against the team members of “Aden Alghad” and bear the Islah party the full responsibility for the health and wellbeing of Mr. Lazraq and his team members.

Nigerian says Anwar al Awlaki gave him airline plot, introduced bomb maker

Filed under: USA, Yemen, airliner, anwar — by Jane Novak at 9:33 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Abdulmutallab was found guilty and sentenced to death for trying to murder all the people on the airliner. I’m sure he’ll appeal.

USA Today: According to court documents, Abdulmutallab spent months pursuing American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, where the two men eventually met and hatched out a plan to blow up an American airliner over U.S. soil on Christmas Day 2009. In the weeks leading up to the bombing attempt, the two men texted each other, spoke briefly on the phone and ended up spending three days together at al-Awlaki’s house planning the attack, the government wrote in court documents. (Read on …)

Yemeni Baath Party Irks Syrians in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Society, Syria, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:04 am on Monday, February 13, 2012

The Yemeni Baath Party is close to their counterparts in the Syrian headquarters; it is a transnational party. (There are also Iraqi inclined Baathists.) The Ba’athists were part of the JMP but withdrew in 2005 with the publication of the National Reform Document which they considered too pro-American. They joined (and withdrew again) in later years. Yemenis recently took a break from protesting the GCC deal and the “selection” in order to protest atrocities in Syria. Currently the Baath Party is supporting Assad in its own way to the ire of Yemenis and Syrians in Yemen who support the right to Syrians’ right to life.

Change – Sana’a: alTagheer;

A source familiar with the Baath Party unveiled contacts and meetings between the Syrian community and officials at the embassy in Sanaa, led to reach a common vision and a common position towards the current events in Syria, in order to serve the demands and aspirations of the Syrian people and the Arab nation yearning for unity, freedom and change according to the source. (Read on …)

561 citizens killed in South Yemen protests 8/2007-2/2011 named

Filed under: Abyan, Lahj, Protest Fatalities, South Yemen, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 5:31 pm on Friday, February 10, 2012

Victims of the Human Rights violations in South Yemen

The people of the South Yemen have on 13 of February each year day of the anniversary of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives and their blood for their country. We pray to God to accept them and admit them to be in peace and inspire and for their families’ patience and fortitude. The revival of that day is known by the people of the south and fulfillment and gratitude the sacrifices of martyr’s heroes. We are pledging them for liberalization, which they are ordained and martyred for it, sacrifice and redemption approach to achieve their goals in the return of their independent state.

For the documentation of the martyrs of the South, we are as Southern Observatory issued a list of the killed people with some information beginning on since the start of the peaceful southern movement on the seventh of July, 2007 this day approved February 11, 2012. Based on what was able to documentation these since its inception in February 2010, in addition to what motivated by documented sources. The number of killed in the South Yemen are five hundred and sixty one, and the Observatory calls to add the names of the killed people which they were not covered in this list.

Names of killed in South Yemen (2007-2012)

No. Name Date Province
1. Salah Saeed Alkahoom 01.09.2007 Hadramout
2. Walid Saleh Abadi 10.09.2007 Lahj
3. Mohamed Kaid Hamadi 10.09.2007 Lahj
4. Abdulnasse Hamada (Kiran) 13.10.2007 Lahj
5. Shaafik Haitham Hassan 13.10.2007 Lahj
6. Mohamed Naser Alamri 13.10.2007 Lahj
7. Fahmi Mohamed Algafari 13.10.2007 Lahj
8. Saeed Ali Almatas 21.10.2007 Shabwa
9. Saleh Abubaker Algafari 13.01.2008 Aden
10. Ahmed Ali Mohamed 13.01.2008 Aden (Read on …)

Judges join institutional revolution against corruption, hyper-politicalization

Filed under: Civil Society, Judicial, Transition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:18 pm on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Air Force protests are ongoing and the Yemen AF is one of the biggest money pits in the budget. The judges joined other governmental bureaucracies in demanding a change in leadership and procedures. Judicial reform is one of the most necessary elements of the transition, and they should be applauded and heard.

Yemen Post: Yemen Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwia along with other ministers of the interim government failed to persuade judges of ending their protests, well informed sources said. (Read on …)

HRW documents Yemen’s Saleh’s crimes in Taiz including shooting ambulances, denial of medical care to civilians, while Saleh in US receiving medical treatment

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Medical, Taiz, War Crimes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2012