Armies of Liberation

Jane Novak's blog about Yemen

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 …)

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

Alsahwah.net- 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
07/09/2012

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.

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

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SANA’A, March 17 (Saba) – President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi has issued a decree over the victims of 2011 peaceful protests. (Read on …)

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 …)

Yemen Air Force revolts against corrupt commander, Saleh’s half brother

Filed under: Corruption, Military, Post Saleh, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:38 am on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shoe throwing at the presidents relatives is always a good sign however the arrested show throwing air force officer is probably in pretty poor shape right now.

Yemen Post: Hundreds of officers and soldiers protested inside the International Sana’a Airport on Sunday, demanding to sack commander of the Air Forces, Mohammad Saleh Al-Ahmar, half-brother of the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

One officer told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity that five tanks and many military vehicles belonging to the Central Security and Special Guard Forces rushed to the airport with the aim of dispersing the protesting soldiers.

“However, Major General Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal, Chief of General Staff, immediately headed to the airport and ordered the forces not to assault approximately 500 protesters.” he added.\

He further said that negotiations are being continuing between Al-Ashwal and some officers of the Air Forces, indicating that they insist on the resignation of Al-Ahmar and meet all other demands.

Sources said that Guards of Al-Ahmar arrested an officer, Omar Al-Hatimi, who loudly criticized Al-Ahmar and threw his shoes at him inside a meeting hall of the Air Forces. (Read on …)

When Islahis attack (protesters clash in Yemen)

Filed under: Islah, Transition, Yemen, political violence, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:33 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

35 hurt in Yemen protester clashes AFP

SANAA — Clashes between Yemeni youths divided over a power transfer deal that grants President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution left 35 people injured on Tuesday, witnesses and medics said.

“Some 2,000 members of the Islamist Sunni Al-Islah (reform) party, among them dissident soldiers, attacked our camp at dawn, injuring 35 people,” Khalid al-Madani, head of the camp backed by supporters of Shiite Zaidi rebels, told AFP. (Read on …)

US ambassador to Yemen justified violence against Life March

Filed under: Taiz, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:19 pm on Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wow he’s lost control of his faculties apparently. This makes no sense.

: With the imminent arrival of the life march to its goal of Sanaa, moments before their exposure to lead and tear gas, the U.S. Ambassador Gerald Firestein expresses an explicit position opposed to the march, noting that the international community is waiting for the issuance and activation of the law of immunity under the initiative Gulf.

The American ambassador at a press conference mini-attended three media including “source online” (al masdar) at the US embassy in Sanaa on Saturday that the march of life «is not peaceful,» and added «seem to have the intention not to carry out a peaceful march, but access to Sana’a in order to generate chaos and provoke a violent response by the security ».

He Gerald Firestein this «is not legal .. Thus, the government has the right to maintain law ». And «If people said they want to reach the presidential palace and parliament to Mhasrthma, this is not a legitimate»

The march of life that started from Taiz last Tuesday (Dec. 20) and reached the outskirts of Sana’a this day, has been exposed to the central security forces which launched by the bullets and tear gas, and caused the killing of at least seven people and wounded dozen, as stated by Online source earlier.

The capital, Sana’a during the last few hours is the busiest in the great altar of St. sixty and awaiting the arrival of the march of life, which has received wide coverage by the various means of local and international media.

The ambassador said in response to a question by the source of online in this regard «the peace is not only to not take up arms. if 2000 people decided, for example, to demonstration at the White House, we do not consider it a peaceful and will not allow it». (ed-Liar.! Tens of thousands surrounded White House 11/7/11, the first of thousands of results for large protest at White House.)

The US ambassador said the provocations could lead to further reaction and violence, this does not benefit the country and the new government initiative and the implementation of the Gulf and operational mechanism.

The new improved Yemeni regime attacks the Life March

Filed under: Dhamar, Donors, UN, Ibb, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, War Crimes, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 8:38 am on Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thousands of bare foot, bare chested Yemeni youth terrify the barbaric Sana’a regime and the international community with their bleeding feet: Livestream.

The Life March from Taiz was attacked by Central Security forces in Sanaa with live fire and tear gas. Nine wounded marchers were transported to the field hospital in Sana’a Change Square. One fatality has been reported, Abeer AlFaten, murdered for walking. As is standard practice for a decade, security forces are preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded pedestrians. NYR

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. By re-branding the Sana’a dictatorship and shoving down the citizenry’s throat. the UN, US, EU and SA are publicly treating the entire Yemeni population like petulant children who don’t know what good for them.

The UN SC statement fails to acknowledge, much less take into account, the demand for political empowerment by both the revolutionaries and the southerners. Ironically, while the international community seeks to secure its own goals, these nations are in fact damaging their own mid-term security and national interests, at a time of opportunity, in facilitating the continued imprisonment of a millions determined for freedom.

From my article: The Obama administration’s insistence in retaining elements of the Saleh administration and security forces has thwarted the regime change demanded by millions and allowed al Qaeda to flourish in southern towns. Although US counter-terror efforts have had more latitude to operate since protests began, the Saleh regime and al Qaeda have long had a symbiotic relationship.

Read Noon’s article at Global Voices here: “These GCC states are not at all competent to deal with popular requests for liberty and freedom, not to mention democratic government, because they themselves are mostly despotic regimes,” observed Yemen’s Coordinating Council of the Youth Revolution of Change (CCYRC). “They themselves would never welcome such requests from their own people, let alone be ready to accommodate such demands by people in neighboring states.”

Fox News only reports al Qaeda activity in Yemen while millions march in child’s funeral

Filed under: 3 security, Media, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, USA, Yemen, attacks, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:52 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

The western media black-out continues:

Clearly for FOX News, news worthiness depends on who is doing the killing; one person killed by al Qaeda vastly outweighs the hundred killed by the Yemeni government in the last week. For a day, CNN ran the headline: Yemeni women burn veils, wow, interesting, at least they mentioned “Yemen,” as the state was simultaneously pounding residences in Taiz with artillery and shelling villages in Arhab with missiles.

And neither one can find for five seconds for this from today, (if its not working try this direct link.)

Fox News: Car Bomb Kills Anti-Terror Chief in South Yemen.

VS.

- Airstrikes on Arhab leave 120 civilians killed, 340 wounded

- Nationwide slaughter since UN SC council resolution 2014

- One million demand regime change

- Yemen Post: Several Million of Yemeni gathered nationwide in the streets of Yemen yesterday, demanding the fall of the regime and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s trial as they say the president is continuing to murder his people.

Protesters had spell out “butcher” across their chest in red ink in denunciation of president Saleh’s many crimes. “He’s using snipers to gun down women and children, Sana’a and Taiz are under shelling attacks everyday…Saleh is killing Yemeni and the World stands silent…We will not,” said Mohamed Hassan Said a defected officer.

In Sana’a, the capital, a funeral march was organized to bury the bodies of the victims of the revolution amongst whom was 4 year-old little Waffa. While carrying the coffins the crowd was chorusing anti-regime slogan, asking the international community to bear witness of the crimes committed against peaceful Yemeni people. (Read on …)

Friday pro-democracy protests in Marib, Yemen

Filed under: Marib, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:57 am on Saturday, October 1, 2011

The theme of this week’s protest was Victory for Syria and Yemen. The following video shows the protest in Marib, described by some analysts exclusively as a hot bed of terrorism but there’s a lot more going on in Marib that is worth focusing on than the AQAP training camps. The revolutionaries in Yemen are uniformly calling for a civil (non-military and non-theocratic) government that secures equal rights. The only exception is the southern movement which is calling for a civil independent southern state. The problem in Yemen is the historical leaders which revive ancient rivalries and power bases. At the same time, the protesters are forging a national identity in the squares and have nearly become a new tribe with a shared identity, philosophy and goals.

Friday Protests: Victory for Yemen and Syria

Filed under: Syria, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:13 am on Friday, September 30, 2011

and all over the country. from what i gather the Houthis had a problem with this name also, like they objected to the “together against terrorism.” but this time the rest of the country went forward without them. The following is Taiz:

Video: protesters turn out after Saleh’s return to demand the end of the regime

Filed under: Sana'a, Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:09 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011

Saleh rarely varies his routine, it was the same pattern with the Southern Movement and the Saada War as it is now: lies, propaganda, empty promises, fake dialog, violence which he blames on the victims and then he accuses everybody of being al Qaeda. Saleh said in 2004, “Democracy is the rescue ship of all regimes,” and then he cracked down on the media. Every statement, I mean every statement on all topics, since then has been propaganda. The Saada War broke out six times because the regime kept violating its own cease fire terms. There’s not one promise he’s kept, including not running for office in 2006, for the third time (1993, 1999 & 2006.) Just like reneging on the GCC plan four times and all his BS about supporting US CT ops and goals.

Taipei Times: The president has repeatedly refused to sign a power transfer deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council according to which he would hand power to Yemeni Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution. However, he said on Sunday he had authorized Hadi to sign the deal on his behalf. (Read on …)

Cross Talk: Yemen’s Limbo

Filed under: USA, Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Saturday, September 24, 2011

Taped just prior to Saleh’s return but covers many issues well.

Houthis incapable of not chanting against the US

Filed under: Sa'ada, Saada War, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:11 pm on Friday, September 23, 2011

Houthis statement – Saada 23/09/2011 Tazahria mass demonstration was the morning of this day, Friday, 24 / October / 1432 e roamed the streets (Saada), attended by tens of thousands of people of the province who have flocked to it since early morning. In the march chanted the masses (you rebel you are free, America, behind the scenes) (Say to the silent or Nam, will participate in crime) (whatever is spilled or kill, any initiative would not accept) (forward ahead of the change, and God is our best advocate) (Felthna spirit of the martyr , he lived the life of the new). Presented during the demonstration a number of rhetorical words and paragraphs of poetry and Message Board.

Lessons learned as Saleh returns to Yemen

Filed under: Presidency, Transition, Yemen, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:55 am on Friday, September 23, 2011

What are the lessons learned since June when Saleh left until today when he returned to Sanaa, and how can those lessons lead to a new and more effective strategy? These must be the question of the day, as opposed to: What the hell just happened? Saleh’s return may trigger either violent confrontations or appeasement. His return may ultimately have a positive effect but its going to be tense.

The Youth Revolution:

1- Democracy is not about free speech; it is about designating representatives, not leaders, and holding them accountable.

2- Strength results from organization not numbers, or maybe, numbers are strengthened by organization

3- Statements in Arabic will neverr be translated into English and published by the western media; they have to be issued in English.The US MSM will reprint wire stories, never investigating or disputing basic assumptions.

4- Western nations’ first and overwhelming concern in Yemen is al Qaeda; whether or not you believe al Qaeda exists independently of Saleh, they do.

5- The Southern Movement is not just going to fade away

6- Unity within the revolution arises from accepting diversity and endorsing full equal rights for the weakest; authoritarian muscle tactics are what triggered the rev in the first place

7- Protest marches are a step but not the only step; the Southern Movement marched from May 2007 through January 2011 when protests began in the capital without a broader strategy

The US

1- Saleh will never willingly resign but will pretend to agree time and time again

2- Saleh will play the al Qaeda card and mobilize his jihaddist minions when challenged

3- Saleh will never act in the best interests of the nation, only in his own and the regime’s interest

4- Saleh is as batsheet crazy as Qaddafi and similarly believes in his own lies and majesty

5- Saleh is mercurial, and whatever his position today, it will change tomorrow, accompanied by an entirely contradictory propaganda package.

While the Yemeni youth can be excused their learning curve after 30 years of dictatorship, the US should have know all this from day one.

Yemen shells Taiz City protest square, some electricity returns to Yemen with Saleh

Filed under: Electric, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:50 am on Friday, September 23, 2011

The electricity returned with the ever irrational Saleh as he prepares to make a televised speech to the nation.

The butcher Saleh calls for a cease fire to the violence that his loyalist forces began and are perpetuating. Well over a hundred unarmed demonstrators were killed across Yemen this week by sniper fire and shelling on the protest squares. ( The NYT and some diplos seem to blame the protesters for marching out of the square, the blood is on the hands of those with the guns, not the murder victims.) There was ample evidence to bring Saleh to the Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by 2009.

AJE : Pro-Saleh forces Friday shelled buildings in Taiz, Yemen’s second-biggest city. Heavy clashes and thuds of mortars were also heard throughout the night in Sanaa into morning Friday. One person was killed overnight after mortars hit the square in central Sanaa where protesters demanding Sale’s ouster have been camped out for months, a medical official said on condition of anonymity.

Be prepared for the coming propaganda onslaught where black is white. I guess Im going to have to fully fix the website.

The best news this week before the toxic reappearance of the revenant Saleh was new political party organization in the squares, late but important and yet another reason why the GCC plan and Obama’s call for speedy elections are counter-productive and will only re-entrench the regime. This is a related article and overview from a Yemeni perspective: Yemen’s young people are the country’s brightest hope.

Houthis nix anti al Qaeda protest in Yemen

Filed under: Saada War, USA, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:32 am on Friday, September 16, 2011

Marib press reports the Houthis’ objection and anti-American paranoia caused the protests’ change from condemning al Qaeda. This from the group that chanted Death to America for six years and was fatwa’d as apostates and bombed by al Qaeda during al Tagheer Day last year. The march in Saada was themed “against the US conspiracy” whereas in the rest of Yemen it was the “Friday of Sincere Promise.” And a delegation from the southern independence movement was there in appreciation of the Houthis continued support of their situation.

al Tagheer: Tens of thousands province of Saada in northern Yemen on Friday, a protest to express their rejection of foreign intervention in the course of the revolution and U.S. intervention, which they said it was seeking to control the decision-making positions under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

And warned Houthis who control the province of Saada, which they called a U.S. plot aimed at a revolution of the Yemeni people. (Read on …)

Protesters reject Saleh’s latest stall tactic (empowering Hadi)

Filed under: Transition, VP, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:14 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As clear from day one, negotiations with a liar only produces more lies. Anyone who gives any credibility to Saleh’s sincerity is sorely misguided. After agreeing and reneging three times to transfer power, Saleh’s empowering the VP to negotiate is a ridiculous and overt stall tactic. For several years, negotiations between the JMP and the GPC were unable to reach any consensus on implementing the electoral reforms that were agreed to in 2006 because the parties never began talks; the GPC threw up road block after road block, which led to the postponement of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2009. Even if the GPC, Saleh, Prince Ahmed et al had an ounce of sincerity, the protesters won’t stand for it, and they won’t be corralled into an Egypt-type outcome where the intelligence chief rises to VP. The following is a comprehensive summary of latest developments in Yemen:

(AP) SANAA, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Yemen on Tuesday to protest the latest attempt by the country’s president to evade pressure to step down, as the U.N. called for an inquiry into the government’s use of lethal force against protesters earlier this year. (Read on …)

Yemen gov’t guilty of collective punishment, disporportionate force and other human rights abuses: UN

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:44 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Every transgression contained in the report is a habitual tactic of the Yemeni government and has been used in Saada War from 2004-2010, against the southern movement (2007-2010) and other communities and individuals in Yemen including: denial of medical services (including bombing hospitals), shooting ambulances, random fire into crowds, bombing residential areas, denial of international aid and access, bombing mosques and schools, arbitrary detention, incommunicado detention, horrific torture and the targeting of journalists and activists by thugs and security officers.

The UN is calling for an impartial investigation; however the UN has dropped the ball time and time again by failing to publicize and follow up slaughters committed prior to the outbreak of the revolution. For example, the Yemeni air force bombed a group of Saada War refugees,mostly women and children, on an open field, killing 83 in August 2009. The UN issued a similar call for an investigation and that was the end of it. Despite the fact that Yemeni security forces were shooting unarmed southern protesters week after week, and arbitrarily imprisoned thousands, the US deemed it an internal affair. Likewise the shelling and blockade of Dhalie was only broken by a peace convoy from Taiz, amid the staggering silence from the US embassy. There was enough evidence to bring Saleh to a war crimes trial in 2009.

Through two terms the Bush administration over looked these vast and continual human rights abuses, and Obama continued the failed policy of subordinating HR to CT. Yet the CT product was never there. The current re-branding of Saleh as a good partner on CT and John Brennan’s statement that “cooperation has never been better,” is overt duplicity in light of Yemen’s revolving door policy for al Qaeda (escapes, releases, rehabilitation and bogus trials and all the “hunting”) that is and has been coupled with a strenuous disinformation campaign.

Maybe the French will be the first to use the term “false flag attack” or “state jihaddists.”

Yemen: Urgent need to address dire humanitarian and human rights situation – UN human rights report

GENEVA – A report published Tuesday by a UN human rights assessment mission to Yemen calls for immediate action to protect civilians, respect the right to peaceful demonstration and to address the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the country.

The report by the UN human rights office also stresses the need for “international, independent and impartial investigations” into allegations of human rights abuses related to the peaceful protest movement in Yemen since the beginning of this year.

A delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Aden, Sana’a and Ta’izz between 28 June and 6 July this year. The team met many key officials, including the Vice-President, leaders of political parties and members of Parliament as well as NGO representatives, lawyers, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, victims of violations and their relatives.

“The Mission observed an overall situation where many Yemenis peacefully calling for greater freedoms, an end to corruption and respect for rule of law were met with excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force by the state,” the report states. “Hundreds have been killed and thousands have suffered injuries including loss of limbs.”

The assessment team witnessed the deployment of tanks in Ta’izz and shelling of the city at night. It also observed signs of collective punishment, causing severe hardship to the civilian population, including disruption of access to electricity, fuel and water. (Read on …)

“Imminent victory with God’s help” Friday in Yemen, Videos

Filed under: photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:39 am on Friday, September 9, 2011

Sanaa Ibb Taiz al Baydeh Dahlie Rada’a, there’s protests in other governorates as well. Millions are still on the streets, after seven months of protests. Via https://www.facebook.com/EngYemenNews, on twitter: @NewsOfYemeniRev

Domt, Dhalie

Women in Sanaa

Ibb (they marched after the prayers)

Taiz, protesters chanting, “We wont give up, we either die or win” and “Ahmad Ali Oh murderer, Saif Al-Islam left before you.”

Al Baydah, “The people want to build a new Yemen”and “We will continue, Yes we will, Until it comes, Victory from God, Did you get bored? No!”

Rada’a

a late addition, Saada

“Together against terrorism” seminar in Taiz, Yemen, video and paper

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Taiz, Yemen, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:41 am on Monday, August 15, 2011

Dr. Al Guneid talks about AlQeada in Yemen, the truth and illusions, in the seminar “Our revolution against terrorism” in Taiz on August 10, 2011. An English version will be ready shortly.

تنظيم القاعدة في اليمن خدعة كبيرة !!

هناك جدل كبير حول وجود تنظيم القاعدة في اليمن، وحول حقيقة وجود التنظيم بالحجم الذي تتحدث عنه وسائل الإعلام، وحول علاقته بنظام صالح، لقد تناول الكثيرين الكتابة حول هذا الموضوع الا إن مع معظمها لم تَصب كبدَ الحقيقة..

ما دفعني للكتابة حول هذا الموضوع الندوة التي عُقدت في ساحة الحريه بتعز تحت عنوان ” ثورتنا ضد الارهاب” وكان من ضمن الشخصيات التي تم استضافتها الدكتور / عبدالقادر الجنيد وهو شخصية معروفة جيداً في الوسط الاجتماعي ، ويُقال ان الجنيد احد الجنود المجهولين في الثورة الشعبية وله اسهاماً كبيراً في ايصال صوت الثورة الى العالم الغربي من خلال الدور الاعلامي الكبير الذي يقوم به ليلاً ونهاراً عبر موقع التواصل الاجتماعي التويتر..

الجنيد في المحور الذي تناوله حول ” القاعده في اليمن” شرح ووصف وحلل واستنتج في كلمات غاية بالبساطة والروعة جذبت اهتمام الحاضرين ونالت استحسانهم لطريقة الطرح النادرة..

يقول الجنيد عن القاعده هذا الموضوع الشائك:
(Read on …)

Taiz “Together against Terrorism” Seminar Aug 10, Yemen

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Taiz, Yemen, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:53 pm on Friday, August 12, 2011

After a mass anti-regime march Wednesday in Taiz, a seminar about how al Qaeda in impacting the nation and the revolution was held:

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The first sign says, Within the activities of Ramadan and with the Collaboration of the Freedom Square’s Youth the Legal Center for Defending the Revolution – Taiz is holding an intellectual symposium titled “Together against Terrorism”

The second sign: Our Revolution is Against Terrorism and it Seeks Peace for all the nations Of the World

Activist Bushra Maqtari presented a paper I have a scan copy as a photo but not a doc.

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On a related note, from what I understand, the organizing committee has decided to hold a nationwide protest against al Qaeda and their attacks on western interests in Yemen (and Yemenis) on the third anniversary of the 9/17/08 attack on the US Embassy in Yemen.

But they may be using the Islamic calendar to determine the anniversary date, and the attack was during Ramadan that year. I think its a good idea and commend them for their initiative. Al Qaeda is sucking the blood of all Yemenis (see below) and has elicited from the US a counter-productive idiotic policy. However, I think Ramadan 17 is also the date the JMP is going to announce the transitional council, so we’ll see what the people are shouting for on that date.

The following cartoon is entitled al Qaeda in Yemen.
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World Bank suspends $500M to Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Economic, Yemen, govt budget, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:03 pm on Monday, August 8, 2011

WB Suspends $542 Million to Instable Yemen Yemen Post:

The World Bank suspended hundreds of millions of USD in aid to Yemen as from July 28 due to the political and security situation as the dueling protests and associated severe crises continue across the republic.

Independent sources cited a WB statement as saying that the decision came in harmony with the Bank’s rules that call for such a procedure in complicated circumstances to avoid negative impacts on its programme course in any country.

The Bank is sponsoring 21 projects in Yemen with $882 million, $542 million out of which has not been released yet, the source reported, citing the statement as saying that the Bank will be ready to resume its activities normally in the country when the situation returns normal.

Yemen’s major cities prepare for national protests against al Qaeda (AQAP)

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, aq statements, protest statements, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 11:47 am on Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yemen’s youthful revolutionaries across the country are making plans for a day of protests against al Qaeda in an effort to send a clear message to the American public. Protesters have coordinated their message in the capital Sanaa, Yemen’s largest city Taiz, the coastal city of Aden in south Yemen and Hodiedah on Yemen’s west coast.

There is a near uniform consensus among Yemeni protesters that al Qaeda has been nurtured by President Saleh and that once Saleh and his family are finally deposed, the terror organization will be substantially weakened. They take that as a given and assume the US knows it. Therefore it appears to some Yemenis that the US government seeks to ensure the terror organization’s longevity with its support of the ruling family’s continued power.

When Yemeni protesters call for “a civil state,” they mean a) not under military rule and, b) not a theocracy. The demonstrators have been condemned by religious hardliners (including Abdelmajid al Zindani) for seeking a civil state, and they responded with all vigor that it is an unyielding and legitimate demand. The newspapers are full of articles and statements rebutting al Zindanis denunciation. Yemeni is a religiously pluralistic society and one goal is to ensure equal rights and protections for all sects. The spread of hard line Salafism was a direct function of Saleh’s support and financing of extremists in exchange for their political backing.

Al Qaeda has brought nothing but disaster to Yemen. The downturn in the economy before the revolution was in part a function of al Qaeda attacks in Yemen on tourists, aid workers and the US embassy. External attacks on Saudi Prince Naif and the attempted downing of an airliner over Detroit meant an increase in drone attacks, and civilian casualties. The AQAP takeover in Abyan drove 90,000 from their homes fleeing both the violence and the al Qaeda Taliban-like governance. The upcoming protests are also a national assertion of solidarity with those Yemeni victims of al Qaeda.

The upcoming protests by the Yemeni youth are meant as a clear statement to the American public which has little understanding of the nature of Yemeni society, values and culture. The message is the rejection of all violence. The protesters have demonstrated their commitment to peace every day for six months as the state engaged in vicious atrocities against them, murdering nearly 1000.

The Yemeni protesters written statements have been entirely ignored by a western media that amplifies the statements of al Qaeda fanatics. The Inspire Magazine issued by the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula distorts western perceptions of Yemen and generates fear of Yemenis. Protesters hope that by overtly condemning both the al Qaeda organization and its media releases, the American public will come to understand that the protesters reject al Qaeda entirely and have suffered more from its violent, supremacist ideology.

On the counter-terror front, Yemenis object to drone strikes when they kill civilians and when no effort was made to arrest the suspect. Yemen’s have no objection to a fair trial that results in a jail term for those who commit or plan violence.

More anti- al Qaeda protests planned in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:18 pm on Saturday, August 6, 2011

“Next Wednesday,Youth in Taiz & Sanaa will discuss terror. An Anti-Terror Friday is planned, as a nice gesture to USA Public” That’s GOOD as the US public and many (most) officials appear to be operating under incorrect assumptions about Yemeni society. There is very little public support for AQAP. The danger has always been elite material support of al Qaeda. Beyond the obvious, AQAP’s murderous actions and supremacist philosophy, on a micro level, the fanatics’ negative effect on the revolution, Abyan, the economy and Yemen itself cannot be emphasized enough. See our earlier report, Taiz protests against al Qaeda. Considering it will be the first nationwide protests against al Qaeda anywhere, ever, maybe the upcoming protests in Yemen will change a few minds. (The Anti-Terror Friday may not necessarily be next Friday but apparently its in the pipeline.)

Yemenis setting plans to protest against al Qaeda

Filed under: Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:42 am on Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is excellent! Prior protests in Yemen since Feb 3 have all had themes: one was in solidarity with targeted protesters in Taiz, another against Saudi and US interference. There were days of dignity, solidarity with the south, refusing the GCC plan and negotiations with the regime. Last week was Patience and Persistence. Now there are plans to hold protests themed against al Qaeda, its interference in the revolution including the fanatics takeover in Zinjibar, Abyan which displaced 90K, the al Qaeda ideology of violence and inequality, and their very presence in Yemen which is drawing US drones, negative publicity about Yemen and western resistance to the revolution. Its good timing too, coming after the latest AQAP media releases trashing the civil minded youth and mis-characterizing the protesters. What a good idea this theme is!!

Update: for photos of the anti al Qaeda protest held 8/4/11 click here.

Yemen revolution update: still going strong

Filed under: Donors, UN, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 1:08 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2011

This Friday’s theme for the nationwide marches was “ An end to collective punishment” and millions in 17 provinces participated. Fuel, water and electricity have been essentially cut for some time, also hampering communications. (The Saleh regime cut off food, medicine and international aid to citizens in Saada and Bani Hushaish during the Saada War, so it is no surprise that he is punishing the country as a whole now that they all are in revolt.) However, the capital had 24 hours of uninterrupted electricity upon the arrival of the UN Special Envoy Jamal Omar. The Envoy met with the GPC, the JMP and Ali Mohsen, who still backs the GCC plan, in order to encourage dialog. Saleh et al will never agree to be overthrown. A coalition of protest groups is giving the transitional council another try after many refused the one announced by Tawwakol Karaman.

State violence is ongoing. Two civilians were killed and dozens wounded as Special Forces bombed Arhab with artillery. Counter-terror units have joined the fight against local tribesmen. The conflict began immediately after the Taiz massacre when tribesmen locked down the Republican Guard base near Nehm to prevent the security forces from deploying to the cities.

A child and her mother were killed in Taiz from random bombing by the Republican Guard among many other injuries.

10 killed Ten members of one family have been killed and five others wounded when Republican Guards, led by son of President Saleh, shelled a house in Bani al-Hareth in Sana’a on Monday, local sources told News Yemen.

The sources said that “Republican Guards camp in Bait Dahrah shelled Bani Jarmoz, killed Naji Dahrah, his wife, his two daughters and other members of his family. Local residents said that a number of houses in the area had been bombarded by the camp of the Republican Guards which clash with tribal gunmen.

According to residents the Republican Guards randomly attacked the villages of al-Boh, Shera, al-Wudiah, Zindan, Hataban and Ghola and other villages in Ahrab district with Katyusha rockets and tanks.

The brigades 63 and 61 of the Republican Guards also killed one citizen and injured 10 others early Monday. Republican Guards continue to shell neighborhoods in the city of Taiz and the areas of Arhab and Nihm in Sana’a for the second month.

The Joint Meeting Parties denounced the assassination attempt on Mohammad Al-Yadomi , holding the family of president Ali Abdullah Saleh responsible for the incident.

Paramount Sheikh of Saleh’s Hashid tribal confederation warns against attacks on protesters amid reports of state plans to attack: “We will not stand idly by toward any aggression against the peaceful protestors camped across 17 Yemeni governorates” (Sadiq) Al-Ahmar said in a statement.

AFP: Opposition spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri said the group, called the Alliance of Forces of the Revolution, would unify the demands of Yemen’s often scattered opposition to produce a stronger front…The alliance includes opposition parties, defected military units, media, and youth protesters who have camped out in Yemen’s public squares, al-Sabri said.

Rejecting guardianship and foreign interference Friday in Yemen

Filed under: Saudi Arabia, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:20 am on Friday, July 8, 2011

Huge nationwide demonstrations today in nearly every governorate in Yemen against foreign interference (US and Saudi Arabia) thwarting the rev, vids at al Masdar US policy continues to alienate and frustrate millions in Yemen.

Yemen updates July 6, 2011

- Republican Guard shells a public mini-bus in Taiz, driver killed, 13 wounded including three children, attack occurred in front of a hospital, several other parts of the neighborhoods shelled by tanks and artillery: al Masdar Also Taiz, clashes after security tries to impede a mass rally demanding an immediate formation of a transitional council: al Masdar (Read on …)

“A Solution For The Yemeni Crises”

Filed under: A-analysis, Yemen, guest posts, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:21 am on Thursday, June 30, 2011

A guest post on the transition council that suggests representation by geographic region. The author urges the international community work toward the formation of a credible transitional council. (Currently the US is focusing all efforts on obstructing the formation of such a council and retaining elements the illegitimate, al Qaeda appeasing Saleh regime. The protesters have consistently demanded a transitional council and utterly rejected the ill advised GCC plan. The US has just as consistently ignored, disparaged and undermined these democratic aspirations.)

A Solution For The Yemeni Crises

The current crises in Yemen is growing more and more complicated and heading towards a political and security abyss that is extremely dangerous. Intelligentsia within the parties involved in the current events will face aspirations of both the reasonable and the irresponsibly rash.

The absence of clarity and decisiveness in a Gulf-American stance which is being imposed by Saudi Arabia leaves the door open in Yemen for a storm to sweep through the country. (Read on …)

Humanitarian crisis grows in Yemen

Filed under: Donors, UN, poverty/ hunger, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:24 am on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update: bombing today in Jaar and al Habylean.

The Saleh regime’s overt strategy during the Saada War was to block food, diesel, medical supplies and international aid to Yemeni citizens in the war zones as a means of encouraging the population to turn against the rebels. While some believe those tactics are being employed currently, like deliberately cutting the electricity, even before the protests broke out, Yemen was already scheduled to run out of money by June. Many government workers have been unpaid for months, and that has little to do with the protests. However, the protests essentially have shut down businesses across Yemen, providing a further shock to a widely dysfunctional and crumbling economy that had been distorted for decades by grand corruption. More on the economics below the fold.

YOL Gian Carlo Cirri of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that “Yemen is undergoing its worst humanitarian crisis ever.” Cirri, who directs WFP’s Yemen mission, says “I cannot recall a time when hardship has been greater in recent Yemeni history.”

Food prices are skyrocketing in Yemen. WFP reports there has been “a 39 percent increase in the price of wheat over just five months.” (Read on …)

Organizing committee attacks independent protesters in Yemen

Filed under: Military, VP, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 12:44 pm on Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Organizing Committee is associated with the JMP and Islah in particular, and the First Armored Division of Ali Mohsen. When the protesters attempted to march to VP Hadi’s compound, they were obstructed by the FAD and several scuffles ensued. Many were shocked that the protesters’ supposed protectors were attacked them. (Mohsen is also big on immunity for Saleh, and therefore himself, for prior war crimes.) This was the incident when al Khaiwani was accosted. In several later incidents, members of the Organizing Committee attacked protesters in various locations. There’s several videos of the confrontations. The Civil Coalition and the CCYRC are both independent distinct entities from the Organizing Committee. The following article is from the Yemen Times.

Youth protesters attacked by Islah members in Change Square

SANA’A, June 15 — Violence against independent youth protesters increased this week with both the first armored division and members of the Islah Party attempting to disrupt a march by youth against the acting president’s house. (Read on …)

10% of Americans follow news of Yemen revolution

Filed under: Demographics, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:43 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PPO: About one-in-ten (9%) say they followed news about the anti-government unrest and violence in Yemen very closely. This was the top story for 2%. News about Libya and Yemen each accounted for 3% of coverage.

About a quarter of the public (23%) says the economy was their top story of the week, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted June 9-12 among 1,002 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. By comparison, 13% say they most closely followed news about Weiner’s admission that he sent sexually suggestive photos and messages to several women online.

International phone lines cut in Yemen, Sabaphone partially down as humanitarian disaster looms

Filed under: Communications, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:02 am on Saturday, June 11, 2011

You cant reach Sabaphone subscribers from a land line or via overseas calling.

Yemen Wed June 8, updates: Proxy War in Abyan

Late update: Saleh: late night in Sanaa and Taiz, over two hours of heavy gunfire so far from pro-Saleh forces shooting in air at news of his return or good health. Simultaneous in Dhamar, Hadramout. In Aden, govt cars seen shooting live rounds (more celebration?) Over 20 wounded in Sanaa arrive at the field hospital. According to friends in Saudi Arabia, theres no report airing about Saleh’s good health and return, and Mareb Press just retracted the report that Saleh wanted to return in 24 hours. However “celebratory” gunfire continuing for hours already. The RG is going to be cranky tomorrow.

Sanaa: Ali Mohsen meets US, EU ambassadors; forces intercept two attacks on Acting President Hadi’s compound. Reports also disbursed protesters demanding a transition council, near Hadis compound, dozens injured. Vid, al Khaiwani arguing with Askar Zoail, Ali Mohsen’s extremist office manager who incited soldiers with sermons on jihad against the Houthis at a mosque in the fifth Saada war. Al Khaiwani was later nearly kidnapped. Later video indicates Zoali’s forces shooting into the air. See below for Mohsen’s role in Abyan fighting.

JMP: did not meet with Hadi, expect to meet within two days; seek Hadi’s formal declaration that Saleh’s reign is over, threaten to unilaterally create transitional council with protesters.

Protesters: demand transitional council immediately in mass demo, “In Sana’a, a spokesman for the youth-led protesters in the change square outside Sana’a University said, after thousands of people marched Street 60th, they had given a 24-hour deadline for the concerned political parties to form a transitional council otherwise the revolutionaries will do that.”

Taiz: still tense, sporadic clashes on the outskirts of town. The Al Qaeda district is the name of the suburb, not a AQAP hideout. Three killed Maweah and Thikra

Ibb : YP: Government forces clashed with armed tribesmen in Qaeda district, Ibb province, 30 miles off Taiz province. According to the tribesmen, the goal of the tribes is to get rid of all government forces attacking the people. “Security forces are now using this lawless time in the country to loot and attack civilians. We will not allow our people to be attacked and will ensure that they are safe from any attacks from pro govt thugs,” said a tribal fighter.

Hodiedah: roads leading in blocked by pro-Saleh thugs.

Saudi Arabia, “Yemen’s neighbor and the biggest GCC country, said after a June 6 Cabinet meeting chaired by King Abdullah that the proposal is still viable, and called on Saleh to accept it. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, will also send Yemen 3 million barrels of oil to alleviate fuel shortages, Yemen’s state news agency Saba reported yesterday.” ( SFgate)

Saada: Mass protests in favor of the end of the regime and against all plots on the rev.

UNICEF: Yemen facing humanitarian disaster.

State Department briefing; must read

AQAP: a decent analysis at Foreign Affairs of relation between tribes and AQAP and prospect in the post-rev phase.

Zinjibar: reduced to “hell” with fighting among unclear sides: < <"There is a cat-and-mouse game going on in the streets now between the army and armed men. I can't tell who's who among them any more,"... The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, once home to more than 50,000 people, to a ghost town without power or running water.>> Most residents of Zinjibar fled to Aden where many are sheltering in public buildings. The Central Security forces of Yahya are attacking the refugees as they flee.

The armed parties appear to be the national military, local tribesmen, local militants (both Saleh’s and Mohsen’s) and the defected army but I’m checking. Update: Gah!!! Armed members of the southern movement also maintaining security on some roads, and for sure they would be described by the regime as al Qaeda. If this is true, southerners carrying arms and creating their own security checkpoints outside local villages in various governorates, its new. (I deleted the areas where they are deployed or the regime will start bombing them.) It needs to be double checked. But being rebuffed after asking to coordinate security with the international community leaves few options. However as security fails, its likely the Southern Movement will reject new deployments by either Saleh’s forces or Mohsen’s forces. The only possibility is Aliwi who has a better reputation in the south than Hadi (as unlike Hadi he didnt attack civilians in the 1986 civil war, according to local lore.) And Mohsen is Mohsen.

Abyan: Local direct reports indicate military airplanes dropped two bombs today recently. Vid here of warplanes that bombed Abyan City, per local sources.

Another says the attack was on tribesmen who took up arms in the face of military assaults. “Ms. Novak – Greetings – I would like to clarify what is happening today in the province of pilgrimage in southern Yemen as a witness elders – the army is firing different weapons on the housing Almutnyen and Batalli tribes touched by the bombing respond and of these forces and drops dead from both sides.” Still no names on the militants leaders, but likely remnants of the localized jihaddist group AAIA operating under another new name. Upon asking, it seems that most discussions on southern forums regarding Zinjibar are operating on the assumption (as am I) that Khaledabul Nabi* is leading the jihaddists in Abyan but no eye witness confirmation. Ja’ar and Zinjibar are close enough. In 2009, Nabi was fighting on the side of Saleh in the battle of Ja’ar, another jihaddist proxy war.

Update, Southern Yemen: Ali Mohsen’s forces are in Abyan, see YT article Rebel soldiers engage militants, but are described below as “gunmen” so these could be the jihaddists as well. Majority of Mohsen’s soldiers are either graduates of Iman Univ or loyal to Zindani, per local buzz. The defected military issued a statement though that they were going to intervene in Abyan as military, and that may be what is triggering an armed (defensive) response by the southern movement if there is indeed an armed response. When the article below talks about forces loyal to Islah, it sounds like they mean armed militants loyal to Mohsen and Zindani. Maybe this is what Nuba meant by an invasion of Zindanis forces.

So Abyan could be a proxy war between Saleh and Mohsen with both sides using militants and military men and equipment. and the southerners who take defensive positions attacked by both. Now I really have a headache. Saada source comments, “That’s exactly whats happening with al Jawf,” and likely why the Houthis are fighting there, as a defensive measure.

Al Jawf/ Marib: Battles reported and continue over last months between Houthis and “Islahis” in conjunction with Mohsen’s forces, with back up from pro-Saleh forces according to news and local sources. Explains positioning of large amounts of troops there. Both the Mohsen forces and Saleh forces, militants and military, are fighting the Houthis in rotation. These developments bring into question both Mohsen’s alleged reformation and his commitment to the youth rev goals. Maybe he is just out to finally wipe out the Houthis and the Southerners. Clarification: There’s no troops on the al jawf/Saada border. Troops and militias of both Saleh (Republican Guards and militias) and Mohsen’s army and militias are on the border of Aljawf/Mareb and also inside both Aljawf and Mareb. There’s quite a number of troops in Saada but they are non-combative.

Yaf3press: Lapin: genocide and the destruction of cities, “Zanzibar and Jaar .. and forces loyal to the Reform Party (ed-Islah) and Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar involved in control of southern Yemen. (Read on …)

Yemen rev achieves its first demand

Filed under: Post Saleh, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:13 am on Sunday, June 5, 2011

The bastard is gone, but I don’t think they are going home.

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I added a new category, “Post-Saleh.”

The Demands of the Youth are:

1) Remove the current regime peacefully and remove all its figures and all members of the President’s family and his relatives from all leadership posts in the military and civil institutions.

2) Forming a Transitional Presidential Council that constitutes of 5 civil members that are widely known for their competency, integrity and experience. These members have to be approved by the revolution youth leaders and the national powers. Individuals that represent the previous regime should be excluded from the selection. The Transitional Presidential Board will have the responsibility to issue all decision and decrees that will ensure attaining the demands of the revolution. After serving in the Transitional Presidential Board, members will not have the right to run for President or Prime Minister posts until one electoral cycle is completed.

3) After overthrowing the regime the Board has to declare a six month transitional period. This period starts with a constitutional decree announcing the termination of the current constitution and dissolving the Parliament, the Shura Council and the Local Councils.

4) The Transitional Presidential Board will appoint a widely accepted national figure who will form a Transitional Cabinet of qualified technocrats within one month.

5) A Transitional National Board to be formed and include representatives of the youth and all political and national powers. The Transitional National Board will provide: a) A solution for the Southern issue that yields a fair and satisfactory response b) A solution for the Sa’ada Case issue that resolves the preceding effects. c) Monitoring the performance of the Transitional Presidential Board and the Transitional Cabinet. d) Forming a new Supreme Council for Elections which will be responsible for correcting the voter records and preparing for free and fair elections during the transitional period. e) Selecting a Drafting Committee of reliable legal advisors to propose a new constitution for a civil, democratic and modern state that has: a republican parliamentary system based on proportional list-based electoral system, and a system of social justice and equal citizenship. The new constitution has to be completed within three months from its initiation, and the then put for national referendum.

6) Restructuring the higher judicial council to ensure the full separation and impartiality of the judicial authority.

7) Dissolving the Ministry of Information and forming an independent higher authority that will ensure freedom of expression and diversification of media and communication outlets.

8) Dissolving the Ministry of Human Rights and creating an independent higher council for human rights.

9) Legally pursue and prosecute the corrupt officials and retrieve public property and money. 10) Immediate release of all political detainees and the missing persons and dissolving extraordinary courts and private prisons.

11) Legal persecution of all individuals that caused, assisted and incited the killing and injury of those who participated in the peaceful demonstrations. Deliver appropriate compensations to the families of the deceased and honor them duly.

12) Dissolving the Political Security Forces and National Security Forces, and forming a new dedicated national security agency under the umbrella of the Ministry of Interior. The new national security agency will be responsible for observing Yemen’s external threats.

13) Merging the Republican Guards with the Military Forces, and dissolving the National Defense Council to ensure full impartiality of the Army and Security Forces.

The whole plan is here.

News, communication blackout in Yemen as new violence erupts in Sanaa, Updated

Filed under: Media, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:21 pm on Monday, May 30, 2011

Update 3: JMP officially withdraws from Gulf intiative

Update 2: report from Abyan- Fadhli is not involved with any kind of clashes right now. Residents are evacuating Zanjibar. The militants that the Yemeni government claims are AQ are not AQ but rather loyalists to Salah. Airstrikes are not targeting them but instead they target civilians. There is no security in the city whatsoever, just chaos.

Military camps have surrendered their weapons to these militants. Saleh has instructed commanders of the camps to give up and surrender. The militants are not in one place; they have spread all over the city. Fadhli’s house was hit. People are panicking, even those with Fahdli have no idea how should they act now.

Update: So far so good, no mass casualty event overnight in Sanaa. The fighting appears to be about taking over government buildings. YP: “Clashes resumed in Sana’a Wednesday morning after a mediation committee failed to reach a ceasefire between al-Ahmar family and the Yemeni government. Hundreds of explosions were heard in the capital today. Ahmar tribes have retaken the ministries it handed over to the mediation committee earlier this week and is expanding. This comes as 2000 additional govt troops have been deployed near change square Sana’a. Protesters fear that a new massacre will take place in Sana’a after more than 61 protesters were killed by security forces in Taiz.”

Seven killed in Taiz as protesters regroup. Update: 12, damn, 7 of them in Wadi Al-Qadi, 2 in Markazi and 2 on Misrakh Road in Taiz. Female protesters refuse to leave and surrounded as live fire continues in Wadi al Qadi.

Zanjibar: via the English FB news group: “Anees Mansour to AJA: Navy forces fired missiles at the city while civilians wave white flags. The people that fleed Zanjibar broke into schools in Aden to find themselves a home; hospital is full of injured and appeals to address the humanitarian situation. All attemps to take out the gunmen have failed because of the inistence of the gunmen on rejecting, all calming attemps have been refused by the gunmen. The victories that the regime is announcing are imaginary vitories and civilians are paying the price; military enhancements that the regime is talking of, did not arrive until now…Saleh’s forces are artillery shelling Hamza Mosque in Ja’ar near MTN and the girls school, Abyan.”

The British travel warning is dire: Anyone with British relatives or friends in strife-torn Yemen is being urged to contact them and plead with them to get out of the country while they still can.

General Hussain Arab denies authorizing his name to be included on Military Statement 1. His signature on the travel document for al Nashiri was supposed to be a forgery too.

Original: The Communications Ministry confirms Sabaphone is shut down, citing violations but it is retaliation toward Hamid al Ahmar, majority shareholder. Or worse yet, a black out in advance of impending crimes. The official TV channels are shutting down, the government announced it as generator maintenance. Its 3 am in Sanaa. All international calls from cell phones are blocked. Cutting the phones is standard proceedure for the Saleh regime; the tactic was used in years past during the Saada War and in Dhalie. The electricity is off in broad sections of Sanaa and Yemen further interrupting communications. And there’s sounds of gunfire and bombing throughout the capital. They always attack at night. It was 3 am when they set the tents ablaze in Taiz. The protesters there are still facing live fire when they try to re-enter the square.

All sorts of large explosions are being reported in Sanaa. (Read on …)

Yemen Protests Timeline

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 8:26 am on Monday, May 30, 2011

handy, missing the Feb 25 massacre in Aden, the first time they stole corpses

Alert net: May 30 (Reuters) – Here is a timeline of events in Yemen since protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule began earlier this year:

Jan. 29, 2011 – Yemen’s ruling party calls for dialogue with the opposition in a bid to stem anti-government protests. (Read on …)

Saudi King calls for Saleh’s departure: Mareb Press

Filed under: Presidency, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:26 am on Saturday, May 28, 2011

According to Mareb Press, Saudi Arabia withdrew its objection to sending Ali Abdullah Saleh to the UN’s ICC, and King Abdullah called for Saleh’s departure, an excellent development. But there’s nothing in the western media about the call.

Diplomatic sources said that the Saudi monarch King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz told Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a telephone conversation with him yesterday he ’should be giving up’ for power after a bloody confrontation with all the Al Ahmar in Sana’a during the last few days…The sources added that the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday decided to take a complete file of Yemen to the UN Security Council to take decisive action shifting to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the authority immediately after the GCC states has made strenuous efforts to persuade him to do so during the last period.

I have the documentation and a timeline of Saleh’s violations of international law. The year 2005 alone is enough to convict Saleh of crimes against humanity. 2009 was another doozy between crimes against the southerners and in Saada. Bringing Saleh to the ICC is an important development that will foster national cohesion, as it is the Southerners’ long standing demand and will broaden national understanding of crimes in the south as well as Saada. The hundreds killed in recent protests and financial crimes are additional topics.

A trial balloon? Pressure tactic? al Masdar reports the information came from a Saudi TV talk show and has not been announced in the official Saudi media. Al Arabyia is reporting it now as well.

(Read on …)

Connecting with the Yemeni rev

Filed under: Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:38 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To be connected with the ongoing Yemen Revolution updates (news, photos, videos and live channels), please follow-up the fresh posts via the links below. Post-revolutionary sites:
On facebook: (Read on …)

Saleh rejects JMP signatures on GCC deal

Filed under: GCC, GPC, Transition, YSP, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:28 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Its going to be a long day. Qahtan says if Saleh signs, the JMP will re-sign at the location of his choosing.

Saleh supporters are blocking many roads and baltagiyya swarming. One killed in Sanaa, 18 wounded in Taiz, 2 critical. US, EU ambassadors and GCC rep blocked from traveling to ceremony.

Dayum: Saleh supporters openly declaring they wont let him sign.

Saleh has to sign by 4 pm (9 am EST) or GCC rep is leaving. And all hell breaks loose. 3:50 now (8:50)

Internet getting very flaky in Sanaa, never a good sign. Deadline passed, no signature reported.

US ambassador still surrounded in a certain embassy, not ours, besieged by a mob of Saleh thugs. Zayani (GCC rep) also prevented from leaving country.

4:15 I think the transfer deal is dead. Its extremely worrisome.

Yemen Post: Yemen’s ruling party rejected the opposition Joint Meeting Parties, JMP, signing on the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, and demanded that is be signed again at the presidential palace with the presence of hundreds of officials and not behind closed doors.
Yemen’s ruling General People Congress, GPC, spokesperson Tareq Shami said that “President Saleh invited the JMP to sign the GCC proposal at the presidential palace at 3pm today. The JMP signed the GCC agreement in closed doors and this is not accepted.”
He added that It must be signed in a huge gathering and create an historical day of the GCC signing.
The JMP refused to resign the GCC proposal again and consider this as a tactic in running away from the GCC proposal signing.

Central Security storms Hodeidah University

Filed under: Education, Hodeidah, Security Forces, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:13 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sahwa Net – Forces of the Central Security stormed on Saturday Hodeidah University using live ammunition and toxic gases on protesting students, leaving dozens of students wounded and suffocated.

The Central Security also attacked the correspondent of Sahwa Net, Abdul-Hafeez Al-Hatami who was seriously wounded and taken into hospital. Al-Hatami said he was assaulted while he was covering the attacks against students, pointing out that he was enforcedly taken into a military vehicle following the attack.

Eye witnesses affirmed that forces of Central Security arrested dozens of students and they have been taken into unknown places.

Yemen 5/13/2011

Filed under: Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:08 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011

South Yemen 5/19/2011

101st day of revolution in Yemen

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 12:34 pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Saleh stalls. No deal. AlMasdar Left the Secretary-General of the GCC Abdul Latif Al Zayani of the capital Sanaa on Wednesday evening without reaching an agreement leading to the signing of the Gulf plan to transfer power in Yemen. Zayani arrived to Sanaa on Saturday. Conducted during the last days of negotiations to reach an agreement but left without clear reasons.

Sahwa Net- After 100 days of protests demanding the Yemeni regime to depart, Yemen security forces killed 200 protesters and wounded 13.000 others across various Yemeni governorates. (Read on …)

Southern Yemen protests for independence 5/15

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:34 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Videos show protests in favor of an independent South Yemen. Both the Saleh regime and Sanaa based protest movement are embargoing news of the southern independence movement. The state media said the protests were due to a 6 hour electricity blackout, which is quite common. Some of the protesters in Sana’a deny the southerners have a right to protest for independence, a hypocritical position from people seeking to overthrow the state. No one on any side has reached out to the secessionists in Yemen. The plan seems to be to ignore them for another two decades. The recent meeting in Cairo with al Attas and Ali Nasser Mohammed produced a statement endorsing a two part federation. But, while its far from a statistical representation, all the southerners I know since before 2007 haven’t changed their goal. They consider the departure of Saleh a good first step. The signs, the songs, the cars etc, demonstrate this is an organized protest by an older section of the population (I mean over 16). Update: Protests in Shibuya, Shabwa seemed entirely anti-Saleh vs. pro-independence. Also strikes around the country are on going.

Protests by day

http://youtu.be/7RWrKZiDhW0

Protests by night

http://youtu.be/q0BGrcSEMD8

Protesters in Taiz, Yemen close gov’t offices

Filed under: Local gov, Taiz, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:10 pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

al Sahwa: Protesters in the southern city of Taiz shut down on Tuesday a number of government offices in framework of escalating campaign to topple the Yemeni regime.

Local sources in Taiz said that massive marches took into streets and could shatter a number of government offices.

Meanwhile Eyewitnesses said that security forces opened live ammunition against protesting students in the adjacent governorate of Ibb. The students demanded the Education Ministry to put off university exams until the end of the Yemeni uprising…Most major Yemeni cities witness bi-weekly disobediences which surpassed 90 percent in Aden, Taiz, Hodeidah , Lahj, Baidha and Shabwah. In Sana’a, the civil disobedience exceeded 60 percent. Government universities were shuttered in Sana’a, Hadhramout, Taiz, Aden, Hadhramout , Ibb, Dhamar and Hodeidah.

Republican Guard bombs Nehm after tribes prevent re-deployment

Filed under: Hadramout, Sana'a, Security Forces, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:16 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

A follow up to our earlier story Nehm tribes take tanks from army, when the tribe prevented the RG from deploying to Hadramout to crack down on the protesters there. The term “heavy weapons” here likely means Kastushka type rockets, mortars etc and represents an escalation of tactics.

Sahwa Net- The Republican Guard bombed on Saturday night Nihm and al-Haima districts of Sana’a governorate as a retaliation of their support to the Yemeni revolution, local sources told Sahwa Net.

The sources said the Republican Guard used heavy weapons wounding two children, an elderly man, and damaging a number of houses.

They said that residents of Al-Haimah and Nihm refused to allow forces of the Republican Guard to enter their areas due to their involvement in killing peaceful protesters in Sana’a.

Meanwhile, major cities witnessed near-daily civil disobedience as shops, schools, private companies and banks were shut down at the request of the protest organizers to force Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power.

The same story as reported by the YT, notes dozens of homes destroyed by shelling, the RG deployed 200 soldiers in the area.

The Yemen Times: SANA’A, May 15 — For the fourth day in a row, Republican Guard soldiers under the command of Ahmed Saleh have been engaged in ongoing attacks against villages surrounding the Al-Manar military base in the Al-Haima area, 60 KM outside of the capital Sana’a, local sources told the Yemen Times. (Read on …)

Yemen to deploy cadets to protest sites, will use force

Filed under: Military, Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:03 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

Not mincing any words, Saleh is basically promising a bloodbath while justifying the use of students as enforcers. He must be short on military, tribesmen and jihaddists.

SANA’A, May 16 (Saba) – A security source has said that various security agencies will take drastic steps to strengthen security measures and restore the prestige of the state throughout Yemen.

In a statement to 26sep.net, the source added that a security plan will be implemented in cooperation and coordination with the various security agencies to redeploy security forces in areas of unrest.

“The students of military and security academies will go down to the streets and security posts to contribute to promoting security and stability and protecting social peace”.

The source noted that the security forces will not hesitate to use force to restore their prestige if the elements that are against the law and constitutional legitimacy go too far and commit any acts that would harm the security of the homeland and the citizens, as it is a national duty that makes it imperative for the security services to deter anyone who is tempted to try to disturb the tranquility of the community.

Mass graves and expired gas canisters in the Yemen revolution: HOOD publishes documents

Filed under: Medical, Ministries, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Monday, May 16, 2011

The documents HOOD published were translated by Yemen Rights Monitor, an excellent site in English to follow all the news of the rev.

Regarding the heightened and unusual effects of the tear gas on the protesters, it says in document that the smoke bombs are expired and cause long term health problems, addressed to the interior minister Rashad Al-Masri.

I wrote about a mass grave in Aden in February and as well as later reports of security forces kidnapping wounded protesters to artificially reduce the number of fatalities.

Hood also spoke of its possession of official documents reveal the crimes committed by official orders and official complicity to conceal, other crimes committed, related to some political backgrounds.
Hood confirmed that it received information and testimonies written and documented about the central security forces and gunmen in civilian clothes attacking the demonstrators with live bullets, sharp weapons and poison gas on Saturday night 04/09/2011 in Zubairy Street and Ring Road, which led to the downfall of a number of dead and wounded. Hood quoted witnesses saying that “Nearly 20 people were pulled to some personnel carriers and government vehicles transferred to an unknown destination and their injuries were at the head, neck, chest, abdomen and some of them had died.” Also, confirmed that it had received “certificates for a mass graves in the area of “ Bait Boss , body parts were found in trash barrels in that area, it is believed it belong to protesters who were arrested during the massacre of Kentucky Round in Sana’a. Attorney General has received a notification of this.”
Below is the doctors’ report on the body parts found in Beit Bous.

GCC deal officially dead

Filed under: GCC, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:08 am on Monday, May 16, 2011

Saleh killed it.

Bloomberg In Yemen, the opposition coalition is willing to meet again with Abdel Latif al-Zayyani, the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to explore new options, Mohammed Qahtan, spokesman for the opposition, said in a telephone interview yesterday. The current proposal was considered “dead,” he said. (Read on …)

Yemeni youth write the free world

Filed under: Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 6:49 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2011

They understand their rights and the world’s responsibilities. They fail to apologize for not being organized.

This is a message to request help for peace and good future for Yemen people.

We, the Yemen Youth are calling the free world to listen to our pain and suffering.

Ali Abdullah Saleh Regime led Yemen to be a falling state. He put our lives and future at risks through his bad leadership. We decided, “That is not accepted anymore and Yemen must be ruled by true democracy and parliament system”. We must give the chance to all youth to participate on building their future away from poverty, terrorism, and bad management.

Since our stand up for our rights before three months and the regime is killing us away of the media interest because we are not an important country to the world.

The official statistics mention that to date the security forces in their official uniform or in civilian uniform killed more than 500 peaceful demonstrators and injured more than 20000 by live bolts knives, and gas.

Saleh corrupted and criminal regime trying to show the revolutions as a crisis between the ruling party and the opposition.

We say it loudly “we are not organized”. We are sample youth who are looking for freedom and good future and we need help. We believe that the future will be worse for all of us if we fall. We don’t understand politics and the regime convince us it is against Islam therefore we can’t understand your political actions. However, we understand our rights now and your responsibilities. We are doing our part to demand our rights and we are expecting you stand for the human rights away from politics and interests.

Saleh Regime is continuing ignoring our rights and demands. He faces us with heavy and excess use of gunfire, heavy military machines, and the use of forbidden gas and weapons against the peaceful protesters. It is happening daily and it is not going end unless you stand against it.

We decided to escalate our revolution action by extending our standing to more areas in the capital Sana’a and other cities. Next Tuesday 17th May 2011, we will expand our areas to more streets in Sana’a peacefully to approve our determination to get our rights. We will start at 6:00 am GMT.

What is happening is a crime against the humanity and we are calling the world to react and response to their duties and responsibilities.

We are calling all free people in the world “we need your help and support”.

We are calling for all countries to poll out the recognition of Saleh regime and to cut the relationships completely.

We are calling to freeze the regime money and all officials who participate in the killing (directly or indirectly).

We are calling the international court to bring Saleh and his official to justice.

We are calling the world, the Security Council, Obama and the international leaders to help this small country, which was one day the Happy Yemen.

Please help us……

Yemen Youth

Civil Coalition of Youth Revolution statement

Filed under: Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 6:49 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2011

CCYR: Yemen Regime crimes against civilians negatively affects world interests

Terrorist Massacre Against Peaceful March in Sana’a

Sana’a, 12 May–The Civil Coalition of Youth Revolution has condemned so-called “crimes that Saleh regime commits against peaceful protesters in Sana’a, Taiz, Hodeidah and other provinces, by the security apparatuses controlled by Saleh’s relatives “expressing a heartfelt sorry for “shameful silent attitude of world community towards the continuous massacre of peaceful revolutionary people committed by Saleh’s collapsing regime”.

Last Wednesday, army and security forces committed a terrorist massacre against a peaceful march in Sana’a, killing 13 civilians and injuring 1391 others, including 250 by live bullets, 141 other injuries, 1000 prohibited gas bombs and 7 of them in intensive care, according to medical sources. Dozens of protesters were abducted.

The coalition confirmed that “constant killing of protesters using live bullets, prohibited gas bombs, abductions and torture unveil reality in many countries that declare a dubious attitude towards human rights under constant support of the regime through the so-called “GCC initiative” backed by US and EU, under which president Saleh can step down in a month in exchange for immunity for him and his family.

” Unless the human rights are standards to measure the Yemen right of choosing a regime that brings a better living standard, the region, US and EU interests oblige supporting the Yemeni people through condemning the crimes committed against the Yemeni people and exercising real pressure on president Saleh instead of offering initiatives that prolong age of his regime and guarantees for more killings and repressions, which constitutes a heavy burden for the field medical teams in the freedom squires” the coalition said.

The coalition also confirmed that “world’s interests are against current collapsing regime that kills civilians in a planned manner, yet these interests lie in a stable, democratic country, which is the goal of the peaceful revolution that the regime faces with bloodshed”

The coalition expressed a ” deep gratitude for the role played by human rights organizations, especially Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to support the Yemen right to live and exercise all rights.

The coalition also “thanked the single attitudes declared by European countries to support protesters demands and refuse any acts of violence, asking for a group attitude towards a clear leave of the regime’s head after losing his legitimacy through leave-demand of whole nation”

The coalition called “its members to go ahead with the peaceful revolution till its objectives are fulfilled, confirming that it studies methods ensuring escalating towards revolution success”.

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The Civil Coalition of Youth Revolution includes youth activists, parliament members, politicians who played a big role in igniting the revolution in Sana’a starting from Jan 16, 2011. The coalition was declared on March 23, 2011 in a press conference in the Sana’a-based Yemeni Writers Association headquarters.

The coalition aimed at Saleh’s regime step-down and bringing him to justice through peaceful civil efforts and establishing a new civil and democratic state based on parliament system. It also aims at achieving a comprehensive development and social justice, actual solutions for poverty, unemployment, increase the level of national and personal income and achieving high levels of social and health service.

It is a top priority for the coalition to tackle the issue of the south to bring a historical solution shaping new decentralized government as well as that of Sana’a, besides putting an end to all political conflict files in Yemen to ensure compensating the victims according to interim justice mechanisms.

Two protesters killed in Al Baydah, 16 killed yesterday

Filed under: Sana'a, Taiz, USA, War Crimes, Yemen, al-Bayda, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, May 12, 2011

According to the protesters, 16 were killed around the country yesterday and 300 injured. Another three were killed in Taiz. The WaPo is reporting two dead in al Baydah and the takeover of the Oil Ministry in Taiz. Its just so depressing.

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni police trying to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in two cities Thursday killed two and wounded at least 47, some by gunfire, according to witnesses. In one of the cities, protesters overran a government building.

Gunmen fired at protesters in the central city of Bayda from the roof of a building belonging to the ruling party, killing two people and injuring seven, activist Ghazi al-Amiri said. In the southern city of Taiz, police fired live ammunition and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators there, injuring 40 people, said field doctor Sadeq al-Shujah…Taiz has been a hotbed of anti-government protests. Activist Nouh al-Wafi said crowds seized control of the Oil Ministry building and hung a banner over the entrance on Thursday that said “Closed until further notice by order of the youth revolution.”

And some typical meaningless statement from the State Department that few in Yemen are even aware was issued. Saleh is intent on retaining power and the violence will continue. Nothing has changed since day one except people stopped hoping on Obama or believing the US has any commitment to democratic values.

On Thursday the U.S. State Department offered its support for the deal and demanded that in the meantime, Yemen’s government stop firing on protesters.

“We call on the Yemeni security forces to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and respect the rights of the Yemeni people to freely and peacefully assemble and express their views,” spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

“We call on the parties to sign and implement the terms of the (GCC) agreement now to ensure an orderly, peaceful transition of power,” Toner said. “This transition must begin immediately.”

Yemen protesters intent on marching to palace, give up on US

Filed under: Presidency, USA, Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 9:56 am on Thursday, May 12, 2011

In the last three months, the US actively thwarted and slowed the Yemeni revolution and supported Saleh at every turn, bringing us to the current disastrous predicament. Promising immunity to a dictator who is actively slaughtering his own citizens doesn’t engender confidence in the US’s commitment to human rights, democracy and justice. There may be a bloodbath if the protesters march to the palace, but with the international community including the GCC lined up behind Saleh, the protesters are running out of options to force a transition. The long term impact for the US is the palpable hardening of sentiments. Awlaki is indeed a dangerous demagogue intent on mass murder and his death cult has set its sites on the US, as Wahishi made clear yesterday, but trading off 22 million people and the future of a nation for narrow counter-terror concerns doesn’t make much sense in the long run. There really should be a way to accomplish both goals, especially since its the US trained CT units that are slaughtering the protesters.

The escalation plan is available at www.facebook.com/ccyrc

In case of killings, we through big part of the blame to the international leaders and organizations who kept silent towards our peaceful revolution. We blame GCC neighboring countries for not supporting the people of Yemen but supporting saleh.

We came to a conclusion that our beloved country Yemen has no Oil and is not threatening Israel, therefore, our problem with Saleh shall be dealt with internally and payed by our bloods. We came to a conclusion also that the pro-democracy governments are only pro oil and interest supporters.

Pending bill authorizes force in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:24 am on Thursday, May 12, 2011

The bill is not passed yet.

Human rights first: House Armed Services Committee Authorizes Costly New Wars in Yemen and Nations in Africa to Expand Fight Against Terrorism

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2011

Bill would continue suspension of other counterterrorism tools

Washington, D.C. — New legislation–approved by the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee early this morning– raises a number of red flags which should be thoroughly considered by Congress, a leading rights group said today. Human Rights First criticizes several provisions included in the bill, which aim to expand the use of military force to fight terrorism in Yemen, nations in Africa and beyond. (Read on …)

Some protesters denounce march to palace and violent response

Filed under: Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 1:56 pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Responding to the call for marching announced by Ms. Tawakul Kerman, a leader in Al-Islah Party, a Muslim brotherhood party in Yemen, some hundreds from the protest youth in Sana’a marched towards the Public Palace. However this call was against the agreement of most of youth movements and coalitions, asking youth to march to deadly dangerous places, has no proper plan and it was publicly announced with all details through AlJazeera last night, which made security forces, Public Guards and thugs ready with full capacity to attack any attempt of marching, Tawakul insisted to go on with her independent plan. As a result, tens of young men were injured with live bullets and one of them shoots down. A female protest was kidnapped according to Suhail TV, pro Al-Islah channel announced.

We do strongly condemn Saleh’s regimes who still continuing its mascaras against Yemeni people who struggle for freedom for four months now, but at the same time, we condemn Tawakul and Al-Islah Party who urge youth to deadly options. It is time for international community especially European Union to stop crimes against Yemeni people by speeding up the process of Saleh’s step down from the power.

Saada demo rejects dialog

Filed under: GCC, Sa'ada, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:22 am on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yemen Post

A massive demonstration was held in Yemen’s province of Saada on Monday to reject dialogue, warn of manipulating the popular uprising, and condemn the crackdown on the antigovernment protests. (Read on …)

Yemen: CCYR refuses GCC Initiative, demands US and EU ask for Saleh’s immediate departure

Filed under: GCC, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:23 pm on Monday, May 9, 2011

Yemen: CCYR refuses GCC Initiative, demands US and EU to ask for Saleh’s immediate departure

Sana’a, 9th May–The civil coalition of youth revolution (CCYR) asked the Gulf countries to stop encouraging Ali Abdullah Saleh and his regime, the killing of innocent people of Yemen and to let this nation determine their future themselves.

The CCYR also called for the people in Europe and America to condemn ”inhuman crimes committed by Saleh’s regime against peaceful protesters,” warning so-called ambitious people–the dialogue committee and the joint meeting parties–against signing a pro-Saleh initiative..

The CCYR called the world public opinion, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, the American government, President Obama and the European Union to condemn, “inhuman crimes committed by Saleh’s regime against peaceful innocent protesters across Yemeni provinces.”

The coalition also demanded American and European agencies to “ask for Saleh’s immediate departure from power, as his legitimacy ended, and to condemn the guarantee of Saleh’s immunity from prosecution offered by the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC).”

A statement issued by the coalition warned ambitious members of the dialogue committee and joint meeting parties’ leaderships against signing the initiative, saying signing would make them “of Saleh’s advocates and of marginalized politicians, for the initiative is not welcome. We ask our brothers in Gulf countries to apply pressure –and they are able to- on Saleh and his regime to leave. We express our sadness over silent attitudes towards the daily looting and killing of Yemeni people”

The statement added that, “the meeting held in the GCC took the initiative of declaring a respect for Yemeni people’s choice since the start of the youth revolution,” confirming that the declaration was “deeply trusted by Yemeni people, then the de-legitimized president suddenly asked these countries to offer an initiative to take him out of the difficult situation that resulted from his policies of damage and criminal wars, namely those committed against the south and Sa’ada”

“People of Yemen welcomed the initiative in its first version including Saleh’s ouster, with declaring a silent intent of non-investigating the war crimes and the looting of the public budget,” the statement said.

“Despite the GCC’s conditions included in the first version of necessary consent to the initiative without making any amendments, the GCC, in deference to Saleh’s will, drew Saleh away signing by making consecutive amendments, starting from the departure demand to transferring authority with a resignation in-between and ridiculing the subject by creating tens of signatures for weightless figures and parties,” the statement added.

“The initiative in its current form depicts the people revolution as a conflict, between Saleh and the joint meeting parties, that the initiative attempts to address by neglecting the matter altogether, saving Saleh and his corrupt regime from collapse and inquiry into a 33-year criminal wars, looting the public wealth and acts of displacement, making the people ignorant and starving,” the statement said.

Saleh “killed peaceful demonstrators, gave the public wealth for thugs, distributed money and firearms for wars against his people, like Al Kadhafi and Alasad did. The GCC gave him a lifeline and an open-ended check to a lasting office term that forms a danger for Yemen, the region and the whole world. They also exempted him from an inquiry into recognized crimes against humanity.”

The statement confirmed that, “as spokesmen of millions of the Yemeni people across the Yemen’s freedom squares, we demand these countries to stop encouraging Saleh who is killing his people, so that Yemenis could make their destiny themselves, to respect the people’s desire to build a democratic modern civil state, and to bring Saleh to justice along with his followers.

The coalition stated that “the principle of brotherhood and neighborhood make it necessary for these countries to respect the Yemeni people’s opinion as they very well know dangers of the continued existence of the corrupt dictatorial regime. They also know about his lies about terrorism, so-called Alqaeda, Huthis, Salafi and extremism that he chews in order to illegally procure money and deceive the world.”

Taiz Yemen: Five dead, 80 shot, hundreds gassed

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:56 am on Monday, May 9, 2011

I believe the five fatalities include the two earlier reported but I’ll post something when it becomes available. The 30 surrounded women were released.

Hodeidah, Dhamar and Lahj all reported live fire at protesters.

Ali Saleh, the Ted Bundy of dictators, (warning graphic photos).

Fatalities in Hodeidah and Taiz, Yemen

Filed under: Hodeidah, Security Forces, Taiz, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:50 pm on Sunday, May 8, 2011

The elite Republican Guard are the same units that previously received US training, funding and intel as part of efforts to stand up a credible counter-terror force. Thats so bad. As Wikileaks revealed, they had previously been diverted to fight in the Saada Wars against the Houthi rebels and citizens in Saddah. Update: Two in Taiz. Local sources indicate they were teachers and the wounded were students.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni opposition activist says security forces backed by army units opened fire on some of tens of thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of Yemen’s longtime president, killing two.

One protester was killed in the western port of Hodeida, and a second was killed in the southern city of Taiz when elite Republican Guard forces tried to disperse the protests by opening fire in the air, according to Nouh al-Wafi, a young Yemeni activist.

In the southern city of Aden, thousands marched against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and demanded the release of detained protesters.

Photos Yemen today, anti regime protests and in honor of the Souterners

Filed under: Yemen, photos, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:39 pm on Friday, May 6, 2011

below the fold, its hanging the blog
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12th Friday protests in Yemen dubbed “Day of Honoring the South”

Filed under: South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:15 am on Friday, May 6, 2011

Lets see what kind of reaction this gets. Recognizing the southerners may reduce the estrangement between the secessionists and the protesters. I think the actual statement honors the southern protesters killed since February but not the hundreds before. Dhalie protested yesterday with the standard list of demands thats been unchanged for years, with the addition of calling for Saleh’s resignation. Update: huge protests in Taiz, Sanaa, Saada and elsewhere might shift the internal momentum of the protesters.

Yemen Post: Youth revolution and Yemen’s opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, JMP, will hold huge protests in Yemen’s capital and in the other provinces demanding the immediate ouster for the Yemeni embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The opposition and youth’s Friday will be called the “Friday of Honoring the South” and expected to gather millions of Yemenis nationwide. Tomorrow’s Friday will be the twelfth protesting Friday.

On the other hand, Yemen’s ruling General People Congress party will hold its own Friday which it called the “Friday of Security and Stability,” in Sabeen square of the capital Sana’a.

The ruling party had organized six Fridays in Sana’a and in the other provinces. The last five ruling party protests were called: ”the Friday of Solidarity,” ”the Friday of Tolerance,” ”the Friday of Harmony,” ”the Friday of Dialogue,” ”the Friday of Conciliation,” and the “Friday of Constitutional Legitimacy.”

Saleh reveals intent to retain power

Filed under: GCC, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:00 am on Friday, May 6, 2011

Two months later we are back were we started. Saleh never had any intention of leaving (maybe in March before the Gate’s statement) and all the negotiations were just stall tactics. Its time for the Obama pronouncement.

Sana’a – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Friday he would defy the ‘illegal’ protests stirring his country, as tens of thousands of people gathered for anti-government rallies after Friday prayers.

‘These crowds are a clear message that rejects the revenge and hate some outlaws and saboteurs are trying to spread between the Yemeni people,’ Saleh told a group of supporters in Sabbine Square in Sana’a. (Read on …)

Hajja: Governor and Local Council Sec Gen dispute over weapons, funds

Filed under: GPC, Hajjah, Local gov, Military, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:14 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bickering over weapons, al Sahwa publishes another official document. This one is written by Rashad AL-Alimi to the governor of Hajja instructing him of Saleh’s order to stop (fire, arrest?) the secretary general of the local council. There is a conflict between the governor and LC SG on how to divide the weapons and money (100M SR) that Saleh distributed to his loyalists, GPC members and thugs in Hajja. As Saleh is giving out guns, some are selling them for food money.

If Saleh is arming the GPC, then its unlikely he intends to resign.

Fuel shortages, blackouts add pressure in Yemen

Filed under: Electric, LNG, Oil, Water, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:03 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Many residents believe its a pressure tactic. the JMP is also blaming the regime. Collective punishment is a usual characteristic of Saleh’s response to unrest. Others note increased rates of smuggling but this article points to a cut pipeline and roads blocked by tribesmen. It may be a lingering effect from the missile strike that killed Sheikh al Shabwani.

Gulf Times: Though Yemen’s oil exports are a modest 105,000 barrels per day, its cash-strapped government depends on the revenue to pay civil servants, its army and fund most state operations. (Read on …)

Saleh’s latest ploy- will sign agreement in Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, GCC, GPC, JMP, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:44 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The latest load of garbage: Saleh isn’t rejecting the agreement but is insisting the steps be implemented in order including an end to the protests and the rebellion by military units and the temporary exile of those causing tension and a whole range of steps before he steps down. Its a no go, especially since the protesters themselves reject the deal wholesale. This is just more stalling and dancing. its important to keep in mind that the Saada War re-ignited six times primarily because the state reneged on the terms of its own cease fire agreement.

The most important development over the week-end was the destruction of the protesters camp in Aden using tanks and artillery.

AAl-Shamy denies President’s not to sign the GCC initiative
Monday, 02-May-2011
Almotamar.net – Sana’a-The Head of the Information Office at the General People’s Congress (GPC) Tareq al-Shamy demised Sunday what was reported by some media outlets that President Ali Abdullah saleh refuses to sign the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC) inititiative for resolving the political crisis in Yemen.

Al-Shamy affirmed President Saleh displayed full readiness to sign the GCC initiative , whether after signing it by representative of the GPC and the Nations Democratic Alliance Parties (NDAP) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) or that the JMP goes to Riyadh and Secretary General of the GC returns to Sana’a with a document to be signed by all in Sana’a , attended by chairman of the GCC states Foreign Ministers Sheikh Abdullah bi Zayed and President Saleh will sign with the JMP for the GPC and its allies and chairman of the JMP Dr Yassin Saeed Nouman to sign for the JMP and its partners. (Read on …)

GCC mediator leaves Sanaa, enraged

Filed under: GCC, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:20 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011

It would be funny if there wasn’t so much slaughter also involved. No one who knows Saleh expected he would go to Saudi Arabia and sign and resign peacefully. He’s just buying time at the citizenry’s expense. State security forces stormed the protesters main square in Aden with armored vehicles, tanks and artillery, four killed, tents burnt, buildings destroyed. How can the international community offer immunity for legions of blood and decades of blood while the madman is still killing? A statement by CCYRC is below.

CNN: Yemen deal in limbo as mediator abruptly leaves presidential meeting

The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council abruptly left a meeting Saturday with Yemen’s president, departing Sanaa without comment and leaving a hard-fought political deal aimed at ending months of turmoil on the verge of collapse, said a senior Yemeni ruling party official.

Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the secretary-general of the six-nation coalition that helped broker the accord, arrived in the Yemeni capital earlier in the day. But his talks with President Ali Abdullah Saleh were cut short, and he appeared visibly angry as he passed reporters and refused to answer questions en route to his plane. (Read on …)

The Politicization of Yemen’s Youth Revolution Nadia al-Sakkaf

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:25 am on Saturday, April 30, 2011

From the Carnegie Endowment, an excellent piece by Nadia al Saqqaf, Editor of the Yemen Times. Worth a full read but here’s a piece:

Youth Excluded from Gulf Initiatives

Although the youth were the ones to start Yemen’s revolution, they have been absent from high-level talks in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to address the crisis. Politicians on both sides say that this is because the youth are divided and do not have a unified leadership to invite. Indeed, today there are some 72 activist groups represented in Change Square, many of which are active online, particularly on Facebook. There are attempts to merge them into larger groups, but these efforts are taking longer than anticipated.

The problem for Yemen’s youth is that they had never exercised democracy in any true organizational sense before now. Except for a few activists, who are still divided among themselves on ideological and intellectual levels, the rest of the revolution’s youth have no idea how to organize themselves or how to draft a political program. Thus they remain easy prey for experienced politicians, whether they are pro-regime or opposition.

Saleh afraid of coup if he leaves Yemen to sign agreement

Filed under: GCC, GPC, JMP, Presidency, Saudi Arabia, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:22 am on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saleh was never going to honor the GCC plan anyway, and his balking at leaving the country is reasonable (there very well could be a coup) and another tactic to encourage yet more concessions and reset the clock.

CNN: Yemen’s president says he won’t leave the country to sign a hard-fought political deal because he fears his departure could spark a coup, a senior ruling party official told CNN on Saturday.

The stance threatens to collapse an agreement brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to end the violent political standoff across Yemen, still reeling this week from one of the deadliest days in months of protests that have pitted demonstrators against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Read on …)

Elections in two months in Yemen a recipe for disaster

Filed under: Elections, GCC, Islah, Post Saleh, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:38 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011

The voter rolls were disqualified a few months ago.

The official opposition is willing to provide immunity to Saleh and his gang, and give him a month to tie up loose ends. Most protesters continue to demand that Saleh leave immediately, while others think Sharia will solve everything, reports Nasser Arrabyee

Ahram: Yemen’s official opposition and President Ali Abdullah Saleh have agreed on a US-backed, Saudi-led, Gulf Cooperation Council plan to see Saleh step down in one month from signing. Wednesday was the date set by the GCC officials for the Yemeni conflicting parties to sign the plan in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Sources from both sides confirmed to Al-Ahram Weekly on Tuesday they would sign the agreement in Riyadh on Wednesday or Saturday at the latest. Earlier in the week, the Islamist-led opposition coalition, which includes socialists and Nasserites (Arab Nationalists), had refused to form a unity government with the ruling party before Saleh steps down, as called for in the plan. American Ambassador to Yemen Gerlad Feierstein convinced the opposition to agree on the plan as a whole. (Read on …)

Hueys, mil aid and US support to Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Military, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 2:31 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011

US Hueys over Yemen
By Nick Turse
Asia Times In recent weeks, Yemeni protesters calling for an immediate end to the 32-year reign of United States-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been met with increasing violence at the hands of state security forces. A recent pledge by Saleh to step down, one of many that has not met demonstrators’ demands, has yet to halt the protests or violence by the troops backing his regime. (Read on …)

13 killed, 100+ shot, 85 arrested in Sanaa Yemen

Filed under: Media, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Security forces were firing straight into the crowd again, and the 100 injured are suffering from gunshots not tear gas. The YP also reports “85 antigovernment protesters were kidnapped by the republican guards and the central security forces.”

Yemen Post: At least twelve anti government protesters were killed and over a hundred injured when the security forces intercepted and attacked a massive demonstration calling for an immediate ouster of the regime in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Wednesday.

“We don’t have enough medicine to treat the over one hundred shot by the government. We call on the international community to give us medicine to save those the government shot from dying,” said Dr. Naneeb Ghanem, a senior medical staff member at Sanaa change square.

He added, “the language of bullets and killing is what this regime wants to spread. It’s a massacre against humanity and human rights. Eleven have been killed and the number is expected to rise.”

The death toll was expected to rise from the attack on the hundreds of thousands of the protesters at the TV and Radio Corporation area, medical sources said.

The security forces are continuing heavy fire after they had failed to stop the demonstrators, who are chanting slogans demanding the resignation of President Saleh and condemning the deadly crackdown on the people seeking change, said Iyad Muhammad, a protester.

AI: Yemeni activist at risk as death toll mounts

Filed under: Civil Society, Donors, UN, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:17 am on Friday, April 22, 2011

Also the Yemen Post reports, “Head of the preparatory committee for national dialogue, Muhammad Salim BaSondwa, said he had received death threats from an unknown person. He told the News Yemen that a message had been sent to him via his cell phone that read: ”don’t believe the kids who are playing with your mind. No sheikh or a master will help you if we put you in the red list.”

And another from al Masdar: Received a colleague, the journalist Mohammed Abdu al-Absi threatened to telephone messages numbers 733000000, 736000000. وقال الزميل العبسي “إن الرقم الأول يعود لرجل الأعمال شاهر عبد الحق والأخر مسجل باسم نجله وائل عبد الحق، وإن التهديدات جاءت على خلفية إصداره بيان إدانة ونفي لإقحام أبناء منطقة الأعبوس في موضوع زيارة شاهر عبد الحق إلى ليبيا”. The colleague, al-Absi “The first number back to the businessman Shaher Abdul Haq and the other is registered in the name of his son, Wael Abdul Haq, The threats came on the back released a statement condemning the denial to involve living in a region Aloabbos on the subject visit Shaher Abdul Haq to Libya.”

Amnesty International has today urged the Yemeni authorities to ensure the safety of a prominent human rights activist after she was warned anonymously for allegedly passing information to the UN Security Council.

Amal Basha, chairperson of the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), received a telephone warning via her office this morning telling her not to leave her home and to take extra precautions. (Read on …)

US supported National Security led by Saleh’s nephew Ammar kidnapped four female doctors

Filed under: Medical, Security Forces, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:40 am on Thursday, April 21, 2011

This statement links the doctors’ kidnapping with President Saleh’s address trashing female political participation as immoral because it encourages mixing. (From the same man who promised and reneged on female quotas in the 2006 election and promised and reneged on a minimum marriage age of 15.)

This statement also notes that the units of the security forces that are slaughtering the protesters are the same that have received increased US support, funding and training over the last year in an effort to stand up viable counter-terror units, the Central Security and the Republican Guard. While Saleh’s agreement to let western CT teams roam the country side was considered a success in itself, predictably the US efforts did not produce significant results in dismantling the AQAP network.

Its remarkable that Saleh, a pathological liar, has even a shred of credibility left with the international community. Everything he is doing now is a stall tactic. Saleh has no intention of resigning. Its disappointing the US military pinned US national security on a documented war criminal who openly murdered his own citizens in cold blood for a decade. Equally disappointing is the US failure to understand who and what they are dealing with even at this late stage.

Today, the Saleh’s Central Security Forces and troops of thugs Kidnapped four female doctors from the ambulances trucks where they were providing humanitarian relief for wounded young protesters Sana’a. The doctors with other young protesters were led to National Security detention which is technically and financially supported by U.S.A, and managed by Saleh’s nephew, Ammar Saleh.

The central security forces and thugs attacked the peaceful demonstrators with heavy stacks, poison gas and live bullets. Three young protesters killed and hundreds injured

According to eyewitnesses, security forces were shooting gas bombs directly to the bodies of the protesters. Also the security forces shielded the thugs and enabled them to shoot protesters with live bullets.

The demonstration of today came after Sale’s statement of last Friday which he criticized the participation of women side by side with men in the protest squares and described it as “haram”. That statement encouraged Saleh’s thugs to gather today and to call women protesters as dishonored. They also called others to break into the square where women are sit-in.

It is worth mentioning that the series of killings, abductions, crimes against humanity and crimes of mass murder carried out by Saleh’s against the peaceful protesters demanding Saleh to step down from power are continuing for 3 months now killed more than 200, thousands wounded and hundreds are kidnapped.

Peoples of the world especially women and humanitarian organizations please help Yemen and demand your governments to make Saleh’s step down from power immediate.

New slaughter unfolding in Sanaa, Yemen

Filed under: Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:11 pm on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hundreds felled by gas inhalation, dozens by gun shots. Ambulances are blocked. People trapped in al Rahman Mosque are surrounded by security forces. Witness: they are bleeding on the streets and no one lets them go past the security to the hospital.

Again the security is kidnapping many critically injured and dead. At least 20 “arrested.” Many are still missing after the last two incidents of body snatching. Injured are trying to make it to the nearby Al Motokel Hospital and the security is following and shooting them.

Update: injured in mosque transferred to hospital or kidnapped by security forces, unclear which.

Saleh’s security forces and armed civilians attacked hundreds of protesters who are demanding immediate step down of Saleh from power with tear gas and live bullets today afternoon. 250 wounded, 20 of them are in critical condition. However, the most notable precedent committed today was sieging the wounded in Al-Rahman mosque where they run to hide. Forces also prevented the public from providing any rescue aid.

Fearing from been kidnapped, the protestors refused to let the governmental ambulances pick up the wounded in the mosque because through the past 14 past weeks 60 killed and wounded protestors were kidnapped by security forces and governmental ambulances.

The demonstration of today, which was coinciding with Al Riyadh meeting that discussing the plan of Sale’s removal of power, came as a raged response to Saleh’s criticism against women’s participation in the protest last Friday.

During the three months of Yemen revolution, excessive force has been routinely used by Saleh’s forces especially whenever there is international or Arab initiative for dialogue. Therefore, we appeal to the peoples of the world to demand their governments to stand firmly against Saleh who daily kills Yemenis, and disregards international and Arab efforts for settlement. Raise your voices with us and say: “SALEH MUST LEAVE NOW.”

Yemen’s JMP sets 2 week deadline for Saleh’s exit from power

Filed under: GCC, JMP, Military, Presidency, Saudi Arabia, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Thursday, April 14, 2011

They decline to attend talks in Riyadh. Saleh and Ali Mohsen accept the proposal for dialog, the US and EU support the idea, the JMP and the protesters reject it. If the JMP had gone to Riyadh, they would have lost all credibility with the protesters. Its unclear what the JMP are going to do after the two weeks when Saleh is still in power. Whatever promises the GCC extracts from Saleh will be broken. Furthermore the exclusion of the southern mobility from the whole process is a big mistake.

AJE Yemen’s opposition has set a two-week deadline for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside, rejecting a Saudi-brokered, Gulf-backed initiative to end the country’s political turmoil.

“We have renewed our emphasis on the need for speeding the process of (Saleh) standing down within two weeks. Therefore we will not go to Riyadh,” Mohammed al-Mutawakkil, a prominent opposition leader, said on Thursday, referring to the proposed talks in the Saudi capital.

This comes a day after five people were killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as forces loyal to a defected army general and pro-government fighters clashed, Al Jazeera’s correspondents said. (Read on …)

Yemen’s fractured military deploys artillery on both sides in Sanaa clash, injuries

Filed under: Military, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:16 am on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Artillery is the next level of escalation. The state used mortars against various southern towns like al Dhalie and Radfan, centers of the pro-independence protests (2007-2010) and indiscriminate shelling was the hallmark of the Saada Wars. The clash between Mohsen’s supporters and those loyal to Saleh is no surprise, and the longer the stalemate festers, the more likely full blown military confrontations become. Two articles indicate the catch-all, “shelling,” and injuries. Apparently Ali Mohsen’s forces are well stocked with munitions. Reports range from several injuries to a report by CNN that says five died: Of the dead in Sanaa, two were loyal to Gen. Ali Muhsen Al-Ahmar, who has defected to the opposition, a government security official said. The other three were regime soldiers.

Yemen Post: Military forces loyal to General Ali Mohsin Ahmar clashed with tens of government security forces early morning today in an effort to take control of a vital search point at Amran Road of the capital Sana’a.

Heavy artillery was used by both sides resulting in the injury of ten people according to General Ahmars media office. An Interior Ministry official said that General Mohsen forces attacked security forces in an effort to expand it’s forces in the capital and open doors of chaos.

Bit more of a spin here at YOL:

13/4/2011- YemenOnline: Security sources told YemenOnline that 2 soldiers were killed and 8 injured in Clashes between government forces and soldiers belong to renegade military commander the Major General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmer in Sana’a last night. According to the sources, the clashes began on Tuesday midnight and both sides used anti-tanks rockets and machine guns which resulted to destroy and burning a track belonged to the government forces, which resulted to kill two government soldiers and eight wounded. Major General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar announced last month split from the regime and its support to the demands of the protestors who demanded to bring down the political regime in Yemen. Major General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar is known by its support for Islamist groups and the foe of Shi’ite Muslim rebels in northern Yemen.

Clashes in Aden, two dead

Filed under: Aden, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:02 am on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The AP is reporting one killed, seven injured in Aden, but the following report on Mallah and al Mansoura indicates two fatalities. The divisions that are responsible for the violence around the country are the two the US had invested so heavily in for CT ops, the Republican Guard and the Central Security.

Since nine O’clock this morning and the city of Aden is facing a brutal attack against the peaceful protesters by the Central Security and the Republican Guard Forces who belong to Saleh’s regime. At least two protesters killed in Al Mu’alla and Al Mansoura districts, but no accurate information on the total number of victims has been confirmed yet. Appeals for rescue been flown by Aden women and men citizens since this morning. Aden now is crying.

Yemenis as calling people of the world, especially people of the Gulf to urge their governments to stop the bloodshed in Yemen, they at the same time holding international and Gulf governments the responsibility and accountability towards the massacres conducting in Yemen for the reason of been supportive to Saleh illegitimate regime. Is Yemeni blood that cheap? What a shameful deed!

International Initiatives Echo in Yemen’s Change Square

Filed under: GCC, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:41 am on Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) offered to mediate President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure from Yemen. (He wants immunity from prosecution, to keep a lot of money and summers in France.) Saleh was insulted by the interference in internal affairs and withdrew Yemen’s ambassador to Qatar. Friday and Saturday saw continued state violence against the protesters with several deaths and injuries.

The units that have been shooting unarmed protesters around the country, killing almost 200, are the Republican Guards, headed by Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, son of President Saleh, and Central Security Forces, headed by Yahya Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, President Saleh’s nephew. These are the two men the US is scrambling to keep on as these units contain the US trained counter-terror units. However, the Youth Coordinating Council (YCC) is determined that all elements of the Saleh regime must go, including all his relatives. The YCC also rejects any offer of amnesty to President Saleh, who was guilty of war crimes before the protests ever broke out.

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GCC and Brits meet protesters representatives

Filed under: UK, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:35 pm on Friday, April 8, 2011

Saleh trashes the GCC proposal, feels somewhat insulted by the language. He’s never going to get a better deal. He has to exit the country immediately. He’s murdering citizens right and left. Saleh has no legitimacy anymore. He’s got to go.

AJE: Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s embattled president, has rejected a plan for his exit offered by Gulf states trying to broker an end to bloody protests, in a speech broadcast on state television.

“We were born free, and we have free will, and they have to respect our wishes. We reject any coup against democracy, the constitution and our freedom,” he told supporters on Friday. (Read on …)

JMP issues statements re cooperation and calling for international community to restrain Saleh

Filed under: Hodeidah, Ibb, JMP, National Dialog Committee, Taiz, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:01 pm on Monday, April 4, 2011

There seems to be a few fake announcements coming out of the south. But the following JMP statement is real enough, a tad late, not issued in English and lacks a contact number etc. Below the fold, JMP calls for international community to take action to stop the blood shed and the US takes a less than clear position.

Yemen Post: Any government after the current regime in Yemen will be a strong ally of the international community in the war against terrorism and Al-Qaeda, spokesmen for the Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition coalition, said on Monday. The statement comes amid U.S. warnings of Al-Qaeda in Yemen amid the escalating unrest, but as the U.S. is now suggesting that Saleh stand down.

Muhammad Qahtan said the coming regime will be better than the Saleh regime which exploited the issue of Al-Qaeda and the war against terrorism to deceive the world and use the anti-terror funds for personal interests.

” Meanwhile, we welcome the interest of the GCC countries in Yemen’s stability and security as well as their support to the choice of the Yemeni people, who have been staging protests and sit-ins to call for the ouster of President Saleh. The efforts of the U.S and EU envoys to Yemen to prevent further deterioration of the country amid the current crisis are also welcome,” he said. (Read on …)

Anti-govt protests in Yemen 15 provinces, govt pays $250 for pro-govt protesters

Filed under: Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:39 pm on Friday, April 1, 2011

Saleh emptied the banks to pay the pro-regime protesters. The Saleh govt will fall once there’s no more money left to pay the pro-regime protesters.

News Yemen: The number of protesters in more than 15 Yemeni governorates demanding President Saleh and his regime to relinquish noticeably increased on Friday. (Read on …)

US support of Yemeni dictator considered green light for atrocities

Filed under: Presidency, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:19 pm on Thursday, March 31, 2011

What was it Colin Powell said, “You break it, you own it.” The US effectively shut down the democratic transition in Yemen, and every future casualty that Saleh induces, directly or through proxy, will be laid at Gates’ feet. So far there’s 150 burned to death in Abyan in a Saleh ploy. I have never seen Yemenis so angry and disillusioned with the US, even after US airstrikes wiped out a village of mostly women and children. One of the USG talking points on Yemen is that its politically fragmented, but the wrongheaded US policy of unconditional support for the madman Saleh has had a unifying effect. Unfortunately the longer the stalemate goes on, the stronger the hardliners narrative among the opposition becomes. The US is actively undermining faith in democracy and in the good will of the international community. The US is shutting itself out of the next government by clinging to this one.

If the US was trying to create an environment conducive to al Qaeda by proving all its allegations, this would be the policy: backing a strongman over the best interests of the nation, overlooking coldblooded massacres, condoning and rewarding corruption, and demonstrating that US interests in Yemen outweigh by far the rights of Yemeni citizens to the rule of law. US officials have justified the position in terms of cooperation on counter-terror, but a more preposterous claim is not possible. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why they chose this course without conjuring up blackmail or corporate financial interests or maybe Saleh implanted a double agent. It makes no sense. Even considering the massive disconnect between the USG and everyone outside the elite circle, its obvious that Saleh has been a duplicitous al Qaeda appeaser and facilitator for a long time. Its thoroughly illogical that Obama is trading a nation’s chance at a decent future to ensure US CT units can roam Yemen with bad intel and dubious thresholds under the guidance of Saleh’s son and nephews who also head criminal networks.

Yemeni protesters slam remarks of U.S. Defence Secretary al Sahwa31/3/2011 – Sahwa Net

Sahwa Net- Yemen’s peaceful protesters have slammed comments of the US Defence Secretary, Ropert Gates, considering his remarks a green light for Saleh to commit further crimes against the peaceful protests.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that their primary concern with Yemen’s uprising is the vacuum it may create for groups like AQAP to gain power.

The protesters expressed their determinstion to overthrow Saleh’s regime and create a democratic and civil country that would stand against radicalization, violence and despotism.

They urge the International community to understand Saleh’s regime which use terrorism as a card to get assistance, stressing that Saleh’s stay in power would pose a threat for regional and international security and stability.

They further called friendly states to stand by the Yemeni people and protect Yemen from falling into chaos and division, pointing out that Saleh is currently doing best to make Yemen unstable and a haven Al-Qaeda and terrorism.

Yemenis accuse US of collusion with Saleh

Filed under: Presidency, USA, USS Cole, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:17 pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The US has been working with Ali Abdullah Saleh, the war criminal, regional mafia kingpin and al Qaeda facilitator for decades as a matter of necessity, but now Saleh is on his way out. Sooner or later, he’s going. The US military leadership (Gates, Mullin) appears unwilling to contemplate the departure of Saleh and dragged him back from the brink of the abyss. Saleh was leaving Thursday until the US got involved in the negotiations. A Yemeni opposition MP, Mohammed Sabri, said: “The US defence minister’s exaggeration of Al-Qaeda has encouraged the regime.” On Sunday, Secretary Gates reiterated how good of a partner Saleh is in counter-terror, but its not true. If it was, we’d have Awlaki a long time ago and the Cole bombers wouldn’t have escaped twice and then been freed.

It can’t be that the US military bought the ‘09 reformation theory. Are they are afraid of chaos and/or Zindani? General Ali Mohsen is promising to resign and leave the country, taking care of one concern. The US investment in time and money on the CT units over the last year doesn’t have to go down the drain; someone besides Prince Ahmed and Duke Yahya can run them, so why the heavy lobbying efforts? Gates squaring off against the Yemeni people is not in the US national interest. The longer the transition takes, the higher the risk of political violence. “Al Qaeda” declared an Islamic Emirate in Ja’ar and is preventing women from the streets. Saleh’s plan is violence and chaos. The longer he sits in his chair, the more violence and chaos there will be.

Saleh is arming al Qaeda and releasing them from prison (approx 30 and approx March 8). At the same time, the Yemeni government arrested 87 and disappeared 25 citizens for protesting. There’s “no planning” for Saleh’s departure even though the Saleh regime is clearly unsustainable. Did the US embassy sit in on the negotiations for transition in Tunisia and Egypt? I can understand why some Yemenis are spinning wild theories (like the US is seeking a stronger al Qaeda in order to occupy Socotra, as an example) to explain the US position, because there’s no logical answer why the US would support the obviously guilty, dirtbag Saleh. Meanwhile the US spent $550 million in bombing Libya out of our commitment to humanitarian and democratic ideals…

Another theory, “The Yemeni opposition gave the US Embassy a full program for post-Saleh Yemen including the anti-terrorism plan. However, the US is still supporting Saleh. The matter has two possible reasons; whether Saleh gives the US many confidential privileges or Al-Qaeda is an American game and Saleh is just a player of the team.”

Another accusation: Official spokesman of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue, Mohammad al-Sabri said the U.S. Department of Defense has complicity of the benefit scheme to meet the people’s peaceful revolution. He considers Saleh’s spreading chaos and killings in Yemen including the death of 120 people after an explosion of a munitions factory to be the tip of the iceberg.

Another question: “The Revolutionary Youth Movement rejects any reconciliation with Saleh and calls on the international community to take a clear stance regarding his alliance with violent movements including al Qaeda.” Its a confusion that the US brought on itself by justifying support of Saleh in terms of al Qaeda. And an article News Yemen publishes a letter to Obama that brings up US corporations in Yemen (calling for a boycott) and the fact that there was no transitional plan in Egypt when the US began calling for Mubarek to go, and laments the contempt and hatred that the Obama administration is generating with its continued support of Saleh.

Also, Marib Press: Citizens in Hadramout thwart state plan to target foreign workers with IED. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda will go when Saleh does: MP Ashal, updates

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:33 am on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First, Police beat 14 year old to death in front of his father, claim immunity under emergency laws. Second, Yemen photoshops pro-govt rally photos; its cheaper to change the photo than to pay twice the number of people to attend. Third: NYT: Saada’s governor, deputy governor, and other officials fled the province by military plane on Wednesday with a truckload of currency from the central bank, according to witnesses.

Fourth, many politicians and political figures are disputing the state’s propaganda play regarding al Qaeda in Abyan. There’s conflicting reports on how and why the building exploded when the locals entered, and if there are any actual al Qaeda even the al Nabi version. The injuries are horrible. It makes sense that the other building seized was a radio station: WAQAP is on the air. Last week, the state distributed weapons in other locations like Aden and “overlooked” looting per witnesses. JMP statement: “This horrible crime came after the order of the authority to openly withdraw its military and security in favor of Qaeda and other armed groups, in a desperate attempt of President Saleh to confirm his argument that Yemen is just a ticking time bomb.”

Members of parliament joined with the statement of Member of Parliament Ali Ashal that, “The security forces in Abyan province handed over to their al-Qaeda groups within the new scenario of power targeting the security and stability of the country at the expense of survival for president.” He says there are documents.

MP: Al-Qaeda will be totally destroyed after Saleh
Sahwa Net:

Sahwa Net- Member of Parliament Ali Ashal has said that security forces handed over military positions for Al-Qaeda militants in a new scenario in which Saleh plans to use al-Qaeda card to stay in power.

Ashal said citizens in some areas could fail Saleh’s plans, affirming that there are documents that prove the Yemeni authorities coordinated with Al-Qaeda to hand it over military positions. (Read on …)

Clashes between protesters in Sanaa

Filed under: Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:16 am on Monday, March 28, 2011

Everyone is talking about establishing a civil government with a bill of rights and checks and balances except those who are not. Ahmed Saif Hashed a long time activist for good governance and human rights gives an interview about the protesters in Sanaa’s Tagheer Square who were overpowered by extremists from al Iman university and the hard line wing of Islah. I think the liberal protesters who started the democracy protests need a national conference, but a number would likely get assassinated en route, overtly or by proxy, by the Saleh regime. Then there’s al Zindani who is stirring up his own wave of followers.

Update 3/30, another clash: Group fights took place between members from Islah Party (pro Sunni) and Houthis (pro Shite) at Sana’a University’s Change Square where thousands of anti President Ali Abdullah Saleh protesters are demanding the fall of his regime. This fighting resulted in wounding nine from both sides. Eyewitnesses said the fighting started when the two sides differed on who should control the stage of speech at Sana’a University protest area.

Saleh: no more concessions

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:24 pm on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Positions harden all around. Thugs attack female protesters in Ibb, 15 injured.

Saleh went from saying he would go in 2013, to the end of the year, to the end of the week, to the end of the day and back to 2013 again with the GPC suggesting forming a new govt to get them there. The time bomb in Yemen is Saleh.

Almotamar.net, Saba - President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Sunday that he would not offer more concessions in future. This came in President Saleh’s speech at the fourth session of the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s Standing Committee held Sunday in the Police College in the capital Sana’a and attended by over one thousand GPC members.

He noted that all concessions have been made by him so far were not decided individually, but in coordination and agreement with the GPC’s leadership. He said,” When we respond to demands is not out of weakness but to avoid destabilization security of the homeland , bloodshed and killing of souls.” (Read on …)

AQAP close to launching terror plot on US

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, TI: External, US jihaddis, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:05 am on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Counter-terror operations have been disrupted by mass protests, the article says. Are they getting the intel from the same presidential relatives/Yemeni counter-terror units that will be displaced? Or is someone on the US side just writing up the same intel with a new spin? On the third hand, it could very well be true. Two facts have been quite clear for some time 1) AQAP’s goal is a catastrophic attack in the US, 2) the Saleh regime is unsustainable. The US can’t be as flat footed in the face of this reality as they are claiming. There’s no reason someone else cant take over the CT ops, like the former southern generals or a lower level officer in the CT units.

JGN: Terror plot feared brewing in Yemen, Greg Miller | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – U.S. spy agencies have gathered new intelligence indicating that al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen may be close to launching a terrorist strike, according to U.S. officials who said the development adds urgency to concerns about the turmoil in the region.

The officials said the agencies have assembled only fragmentary information on the plot and do not have enough detail to issue a public warning or to take specific measures to counter the threat. But officials said the intelligence is credible, creating a scenario that has worried U.S. counterterrorism officials since the crisis in the Middle East began.

The threat comes as counterterrorism operations in Yemen are disrupted by mass protests that threaten the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Friday, Saleh told tens of thousands of supporters that he’s ready to step down but only if he can leave the country in “safe hands,” while anti-government protesters massed for a rival rally.

The new information goes beyond the routine level of terrorism chatter monitored by U.S. spy agencies tracking al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen-based offshoot is known. A U.S. official described the recent intelligence as pointing to “a current and concerning threat.”

“We’re always at a very high level of alert and have been for some time with AQAP,” said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter. But the new information points to “more than that they are bent on attacking the West and continuing to plot.”

The information has been communicated to senior officials and lawmakers in briefings, and circulated within the U.S. intelligence community, in recent days. A prominent concern, officials said, is that efforts to unravel the plot could be complicated by the political upheaval sweeping much of the Middle East.

Khalid Abdul Nabi takes over Ja’ar Abyan, again

Filed under: Abyan, personalities, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:20 am on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nabi takes over Ja’ar, Abyan, as he did a few years ago while Saleh was still president. I wrote some articles about it at the time. Nabi was a jihaddist operative of the Saleh regime for years. His jihaddist group fought for Saleh in Saada in 2005 and on the side of the state in 2009 against Sami Dhayan when al Qaeda declared an Islamic Emirate in Jaar, but then Dhyan made a deal with the state for money. Its hard to say what this is now, it could be Saleh playing a card or it could be Nabi making a move. Nabi is distributing leaflets calling for the soldiers to surrender.Too bad the US abdicated the democracy narrative and doesn’t have any kind of moral standing to comment about the interests of Yemenis. Meanwhile Obama is bombing Libya and condemning violence in Syria.

Trend: Seven suspected al-Qaeda members were killed during an attack on a military post in the southern Yemeni Abyan province on Saturday, security sources said. Initial reports show that police had information about the intended attack, in which a vehicle and a motorbike used by the suspects were burnt.

Meanwhile, gunmen stormed buildings of police and security in Jiar city in the province and took control of the two buildings, a security source told the German Press Agency on the phone.

“There are attempts being exerted by security forces to retake the gunmen controlled buildings and arrest the perpetrators,” the source said. Media reports say that the masked gunmen were scattering leaflets in the city, warning soldiers against fighting alongside President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The flyers were signed “Your Brothers Mujahedin.”

Someone sent this to me earlier, a bit more expansive but translated:

Masked gunmen after dawn today, this Saturday stormed the headquarters of the political security and civilian police Jaar city of the Abyan province, and seized all the equipment located therein.

According to information coming from there that the masked men said they were deployed after that, and in large numbers at the entrances to the city and in the public streets and threw publications appended to the name of (your brothers the Mujahideen) calls for soldiers to surrender and not to fight with those who they called in their statement tyrant (Ali Abdullah Saleh). (Read on …)

Saleh in for the long haul?

Filed under: Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 25, 2011

Not the rhetoric of a guy leaving tomorrow but someone who has new hope of clinging to power. There’s so much political wrangling behind the scenes, where did the renewed optimism come from? The important aspect of the Yemeni transition plan is that the protesters are determined not to hand power to a military council like in Egypt, but a civilian one. As all these crooks and presidential relatives are eventually thrown out, the US needs to understand that what they’ve invested in some of these top leaders is lost and new relationships must be formed with the new powers. Otherwise the US CT ops will undermine the new structure by relying and empowering Saleh-era contacts.

(CNN) As for security, Saleh said to the crowd that “you are the military and security of the nation” but stressed that the government “will challenge” those who “challenge Yemen.”– Yemen’s president, speaking to thousands of people at a pro-government demonstration on Friday, underscored his intentions to have a dialogue with protesters and make concessions in order to avoid bloodshed. (Read on …)

Friday, so far so good

Filed under: Sana'a, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:30 am on Friday, March 25, 2011

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Photo credit: WaPo, “Pressure builds for Saleh departure”

No violence reported during huge rival demonstrations in Sana’a as the pro-democracy protest color escalates from pink to red as organizers explained in January, or from yellow to red (soccer cards), whichever protest color line you are following. Click here for more of today’s photos via @al3ini

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There’s strong indications that Saleh is going very soon, maybe tomorrow.

Al Qaeda lunatics release new vid: Jihadology.

The National Security accused the JMP of planning to target demonstrators and blame the state 26 Sept reported after Suhail channel reported the regime hired 800 sharp shooters. Southerners also having issues with biased reporting and propaganda on Suhail.

AP Saleh also imposed a state of emergency last week that allows media censorship, gives wide powers to censor mail, tap phone lines, search homes and arrest and detain suspects without judicial process. (ed- He’s been doing all that for decades.) (Read on …)

Thursday: its all about Ali Mohsen, Updates

Filed under: Military, Yemen, photos, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 7:45 am on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Update: continuing information that both Ali Mohsen and Ali Saleh are resigning. Adjusted to: After a meeting, the consensus is Saleh will resign and Ali Mohsen will pledge not to run for president. Hamid and Mohsen announced on Al Jazeera that Saleh will go into exile but then AJ took down the link. Thus the initial news that both are going is really coming to its one going and one staying. Update: more precisely They said President Saleh and Gen. Ahmar agreed to the central demand of the protest movement: that a civilian council should rule in place of Mr. Saleh, instead of an Egyptian-style military council.:WSJ

The Youth Transitional Plan and Faisel Abo Rais came up with a plan as well.

New: A deal brokered by Ali Mohsen turns control of Saada entirely to Houthis, UN sanctioned arms dealer Faris Manna is new governor or adminstrator, also al Jawf entirely beyond regime control. The move shows that Mohsen is re-enforcing his criminal networks and power base already, since he and Manna are partners, and that he has no respect for civilian authority. Who is Mohsen to appoint a governor, if not the new kingmaker? Manna and the Houthis have a settled relationship, with Manna a long time supplier to them as well as groups across the region. Faris Manna was also the Saleh regime’s negotiator during the Saada War.

News/rumors of the meeting between Ali Saleh and Ali Mohsen say that Saleh said he would step down if Ali Mohsen did, and Mohsen agreed. They are going to hand power to VP Hadi. This is unconfirmed but from a reliable source. That would be very good. In my view it would be a unmitigated disaster on many levels and for many reasons for Ali Mohsen to stay in a leadership position in the new Yemen. Others are insisting its regime spun propaganda designed fracture the movement and they can only succeed in ousting Saleh with the help of Ali Mohsen. Update: apparently the news is more accurately that Saleh will resign and Mohsen will agree not to become the new president, but it doesn’t remove him from the power equation but will give him power without accountability.

Robert F. Worth, New York Times bureau chief, stopped at airport and banned from Yemen.

This I support: The Civil Block conference, established to guard revolution and ensure commitment “to the creation of modern civil and democratic state based on the principles of justice and equal citizenship, and to ensure national representation for all Yemenis and respect for their diversity of religious, sectarian and cultural, social, political, and drafting a national constitution new harmonized with other conventions and international legislation and human rights principles and to ensure complete separation and effective between the authorities and is consistent with the principles of good governance, and to ensure that the new state of the representation of women’s full of Yemen, and the abolition of all forms of discrimination that prevent the participation of public or detract from their right.” Nice.

Saada: Ahram English: Dubai police have foiled a bid to smuggle 16,000 guns from Turkey to Yemen’s northern province of Saada, the stronghold of Shiite rebels, the Gulf emirate’s police chief said on Thursday….The consignment, which landed in Dubai by ship for transit to northern Yemen, was made up of 16,000 guns. It was bound for Saada, “we can’t say to which side, but definitely not to the government,” Khalfan said. See story above about Faris Manna.

Mukallah: Xinhua: At least three soldiers were injured in fresh clashes between republican guard forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and defected army forces in the southeast province of Hadramout on Thursday, local witness said.

The first transitional plan published with the list 100 excluded (but not AMA) is also on scribd, seems an Islah product. Just wanted to link it for future reference.

Crisis Group: “Ironically, the most powerful current backers of the protest movement — Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar’s brothers and salafi leaders such as Sheikh Abd-al-Majid al-Zindani — are long-time regime insiders and symbols of the status quo.” I thought Ambassador Feirestein was engaging in histrionics when he said last week-end that the US would have problems with Zindani as president or in a major role. I couldn’t imagine it, not even remotely. But as the week progressed, I began to see that it is possible.

Saudis may back Mohsen over Saleh: Firedoglake quotes the FT:

Saudi Arabia would like to see a quick and smooth transition of power in Yemen, where Mr Saleh has been clinging to power in spite of weeks of protests and the dramatic narrowing of his support base, say analysts close to the government in Riyadh. And the kingdom is now concerned that the situation could devolve into a Libyan scenario in which Mr Saleh uses his presidential guards against the people and the army, transforming a revolt against the regime into a civil war.

“For Saudi Arabia, the end results for any mediation will be to guarantee stability and a smooth transition of power,’’ says Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi analyst. “The kingdom will not fight for Saleh … We have very bad experiences with him. The man’s survival makes no difference.”

Wikileak on Ali Mohsen

Filed under: Military, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:38 am on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I’m always surprised by how much the US knew. Ambassador Krajeski called Ali Mohsen a kingmaker not a king, also a radical, a major smuggler, furthering the Saudi Wahabbi agenda in northern Yemen, responsible for hundreds of deaths in Saada, and an individual who had amassed a vast fortune through crime and plunder, and that was in 2005. But Krajeski assessed that Ali Mohsen wouldn’t receive much public support due to his brutality, and apparently today that is not the case as short term interests override other concerns. Full cable here.

Guardian: Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar “is generally perceived to be the second most powerful man in Yemen”, but leans closer to radical political Islam than Saleh, according to a cable sent by Thomas Krajeski in 2005 when he was the US ambassador in Sana’a.

“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.” (Read on …)

US fears new Yemen government would reject all cooperation on counter-terror

Filed under: US jihaddis, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:59 am on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The answer is to recall the southern army but no one in the protest movement is talking about the south. Everything will be dealt with once Saleh is gone, but the day after Saleh comes in 24 hours.

WASHINGTON – For two years, the Obama administration has had a relationship of convenience with Yemen: The U.S. kept the Yemeni government armed and flush with cash. In return, Yemen’s leaders helped fight al-Qaida or, as often, looked the other way while the U.S. did.

That relationship is about to get a lot less convenient.

Of all the uprisings and protests that have swept the Middle East this year, none is more likely than Yemen to have immediate damaging effects on U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Yemen is home to al-Qaida’s most active franchise, and as President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government crumbles, so does Washington’s influence there… (Read on …)

Saleh fires government amid wave of defections

Filed under: Ministries, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:10 pm on Sunday, March 20, 2011

Update: the former regime officials are becoming desperate to re-write the past and cast themselves as the lone beacon of integrity in a sea of corruption. Its amazing the way the long time officials and associates of a mass murderer and criminal are now disassociating themselves once the tide turned against the regime. Hopefully they will all stand trial for their complicity in the crimes of the Saleh regime.

Saleh fired his government ministers and asked them to continue to work as the wave of protests grows against him. Saleh has reshuffled the cabinet several times over the years, usually it is a way to divert blame and/or undercut reformers. This time he may be firing them before they all resign. After the slaughter in Sanaa Friday, Faisel abu Rais, who resigned from parliament in 2007, resigned as Yemen’s ambassador to Lebanon. Human Rights Minster Huda al Ban resigned, and (**** I’m being nice. Don’t test me.) Clerics urged the military not to fire on protesters. “Dr. Hassan Salami, Shura Council member resigned from the membership of the Standing Committee of the ruling National Congress Party to protest the lack of respect for the Constitution and the law, and the appalling violation of human rights including the massacre of peaceful protestors long before the University of Sana’a.” Sadiq al Ahmar head of the Hashid demanded Saleh resign but Saleh retains significant support from his tribe.

Saleh remains delusional, says to nation that the protesters are a small percentage of Yemenis, only he can rule and the JMP has bad intentions. The state announced 19 snipers had been arrested. To the European ambassadors, he said he is committed to democratic values. Anyone who believes anything Saleh says is delusional as well.

The Central Security Forces withdrew from al Tagheer Sqyare in Sanaa, and General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar’s 1st Armored Brigade took over duties around the protesters in Sanaa/ There have been no incidents yet.

US policy on the middle east as outlined by William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs in a statement before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on March 17 doesn’t mention Yemen at all.

There was a mass funeral march today in Sanaa, although many of the fatalities will be buried in their hometowns: Taiz, Arhab and Amran. Several injuries were reported after protests yesterday in Makallah.

ah a handy summary:

Sahwa Net- Yemen U.N. envoy Abdullah Alsaidi and the Minister of Human Rights Huda Alban have declared his resignation in protest over violence against peaceful protestors in Sana’a on Friday. (Read on …)

Friday Massacre in Sanaa, updates, links: Saleh declares state of emergency

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Sana'a, Yemen, poverty/ hunger, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:22 am on Friday, March 18, 2011

52 dead and over 250 injured and its the predictable spin Saleh:

SABA: In the news conference, Interior Minister Mutahar al Masri highlighted the circumstances of the incidents saying that preliminary information had revealed that the sit-inners outside Sana’a University have been attempting to break in houses nearby the university forcing the owners to form popular committees to protect their properties and homes.

“After the Friday inciting sermon outside the university, the sit-inners headed to the inhabited areas near the university destroying the barriers built by the people to prevent the sit-inners from pitching more tents and violent clashes took place then,” said al Masri.

The idiot announced a ban on carrying weapons, forgetting there already is a ban on carrying weapons.

Also killed today, per CPJ. Jamal al-Sharaabi, a photographer for Al-Masdar. Resignations from GPC include Minister of Tourism, Alruhany Member of Shoura Council and former Minister of Agriculture Dr. Foukara resigns.

Amnesty International: “This appears to have been a sniper attack with security forces deliberately shooting to kill protesters from strategic vantage points,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Vids: Thugs on roofs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ntzG-Xbeg
better shot of thugs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVbJK_MlvqM
unarmed protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifi2PbiLvK4
the injured and dead, many head shots, graphic:

12:49 pm EST President Obama issued a statement “strongly condemning” the violence in Yemen, urges Saleh to keep his pledge of non-violence toward protesters. At least its prompt and unequivocal regarding the violence, but he doesn’t call for Saleh to go but for everyone to engage in a consultation, but how do you negotiate with a murderer and a liar? (Read on …)

Security chief transferred from Aden attacks protesters in Taiz, scores wounded and other Thursday updates

Filed under: Aden, Hodeidah, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Taiz, USA, al Dhalie, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Well over 100 protesters were injured in Taiz today, ambushed shot and gassed under the stewardship of the newly transferred Gen Qairan. US Ambassador Feierstein said on Sunday that General Qairan’s removal from Aden would be a sign of good faith from Saleh regime* and chided the Yemeni public for having no faith in Saleh’s recent round of promises. I wonder how long it is going to take for him to come to the inescapable conclusion that Saleh is a compulsive liar and not reformable. The US wanted Qiran out of Aden, so Saleh sent him to attack civilians in Taiz. Is that some kind of sick joke? There’s 140 in the field hospital in Taiz, gassed and shot, including 16 girls who tried to stand their ground. This is video of the school girls talking about getting kicked out of school for joining the protests.

*The exact quote from Feierstein was, “We think that it would be useful to remove some of the senior security officials who have been involved in some of these violent or forced confrontations with demonstrators, particularly in Aden.”

In other news, the new governor in Aden promised not to use bullets in countering protesters: The security forces in Aden will not use live bullets in demonstrations following four protesters were killed in clashes with police, the newly appointed governor of Aden Ahmed al-Qa’tabi said on Wednesday in a news conference. “We have agreed with the security committee not to use live bullets…. after four persons were killed last Saturday in clashes happened in Dar Saad district of Aden”, he added.

Clashes at Marib check point kill three AQ Nasser Arrabyee reports and:

Meanwhile, two Al Qaeda operatives were arrested in a check point in the central province of Taiz where big anti-regime protests started about 40 days ago. The two men were identified by the security officials in a statement, as Khalid Saeed Ba Tarfi, alias Abu Mekdad Al Kanadi, and Ahmed Omar Abdul Jalil, alias, Al Lahji. They were described as dangerous operatives.

Ba Tarfi was known as one of the spokesmen of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and he is the local Emir of AQAP in the southern province of Abyan. Ba Tarfi succeeded Jamil Al Ambari, who was killed in an air strike on March 14th, 2010, in Mudiyah of Abyan province.

Alternate spelling from al Motamar: “Khalid Saeed Batarfi surnamed Abu Miqdad and called Emir of Abyan, and the second terrorist is Ahmed Omar Abdul Jalil al-Khadhmi with a surname of Amer Obel.” This could be a real capture or something for the benefit of the US, that latter more likely statistically.

In Sanaa, police opened fire and used tear gas against protesters, wounding four. Estimates are 150 people were wounded on Wednesday when security forces tried to break up a demo in Hodeidah.

Saleh released southern prisoner al Ghabari after 16 years in prison in Sanaa.

Now that the foreign journos are gone, heat ratchets up on the locals: “Journalist Fouad Rashid of the YJS Hadramout branch called on the International Federation of Journalists, the Organization of the international press and the Arab Journalists Union to intervene to stop the regime’s orders compelling broke into his house and arrest and terrorize his family, noting that it is in the public square city of Mukalla, which would not leave under any reason.”

Short vid of Saudis unloading military equipment in Aden.

“Saleh does not [need] to dialogue with anyone to start applying the rule of law.” Truly excellent analysis of overall picture from Abdulghani al Iryani, very well worth a full read: “This current regime chose to host every violent extremist that came down the road from the period since the early 1980s onwards. And so we are paying the price. Al-Iman University, a major ideological centre for violent extremists, is being supported by the regime. And it just started new branches in Omran and Hadramout with government support.”

Good write up of Zindani’s double game includes Zindani’s early history and current deals with Saleh.

Captured Brit in Libya says he is member of LIFG, “Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Aboaoba said he moved from Yemen to Britain in 2005 and travelled to Libya late last year.”
Gaddaffi using for propaganda purposes.

World Threats: Mohammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was released Thursday from Egyptian prison after more than ten years of incarceration. Extradited from the Yemen in 1999, he had been held on charges of conspiring against the government in relation to the assassination of former Egypt’s former President Anwar Sadat.

In Dhalie, al Masdar reports the usual Thursday marches for the prisoners and an independent state. Although the former presidents and southern officials abroad announced a joining to the protest movement, from what I have seen and learned, there are very few in the south of Yemen whose position (the demand for an independent state) has changed since the outbreak of protests in Sanaa and Taiz. Its a major issue in that northerners are widely unaware on the depth of the southerners sentiment, their sense of separate identity, and determination to continue their struggle. Northerners who discuss it, often do it with derision.

Thousands of supporters of the movement in the southern regions of Dali and Lahj and Shabwa southern Yemen on Thursday and called on the detainee, which falls on Thursday of each week.

The demonstrators chanted slogans calling for disengagement and re-southern part independent state on what it was before 1990. Photos and raise thousands of former Yemeni Vice President Ali Salem al-Beidh, and photographs of detainees at the disposal of the southern movement and the flag of the south earlier.

The leaders of the southern movement announced its accession to the protests in Yemen to demand the toppling of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, but other militant leaders refused, saying that her case is the issue of “occupation” of the South.

vid Crater Aden, for the freedom of Baoum and a separate state:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R730tEL8mhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xql39fyLs8w

Protest, injuries in Hodeidah and Wednesday updates

Filed under: Hodeidah, Military, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:01 am on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SANAA (Reuters) – At least 120 were wounded as police and government loyalists tried to break up a rally in western Yemen demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule, a doctor said on Wednesday.

“They attacked the protesters and wounded around 120 people,” a doctor treating protesters in the Red Sea city of Hudaida said. “They were using tear gas, rubber bullets, live fire and daggers.

State says army personnel who joined protests are retired:

SANA’A, March 15 (Saba) – A military source has announced that the servicemen who have joined the sit-ins at the Sana’a University’s gate and other places are army ex-servicemen. Some of these servicemen are either retirees or expelled from the service because of infractions of the law. The source said these personnel are not in the army, noting they are wearing military uniforms to show they are still from the army.

Saudi unloads 100 armored vehicles and 300 Saudi Royal Guard in Aden port, greeted by US mil attache Bill Mooney? al Wahdawi I’ll put that on the list of things that am really hoping is incorrect.

$1.1mil Canadian military exports went to Yemen http://bit.ly/fmSjYQ 2007-2009

Demonstrations continue in Saada & Amran

Filed under: Amran, Civil Unrest, Sa'ada, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:10 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PR from Abdul Malik al Houthi

Yemen – Saada, 15 / 3 / 2011

A belief in the importance of the current stage, and a sense of its seriousness, and find out how great the responsibility of the Yemeni people, continue to sons (Saada) to fill in the squares, demonstrations and marches to express them on their interaction neighborhood and the conscious, and full solidarity with the Yemeni people proud, (Read on …)

Aden security chief General Qaeran transferred to Taiz and other musical chiars, Update: US suggested removal

Filed under: Aden, Security Forces, Taiz, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:04 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This is a bad guy for Adenis, extremely corrupt and brutal, and I’m happy to see him go, but moving him to Taiz isn’t really an improvement. New heads: Aden, Brgdr Ghazi Ahmad Ali mohsn; Taiz, Abdullah Kairan and Dhalie, Lt.col.Ali Alamri From what I can gather these are all bad guys just shifted around: General Al Omarai who is moving to Dahlie was the deputy head in Taiz where he is “famous for immoral behavior”, I’m quoting. And the head in al Dhalie is going to Aden. All are well known for arbitrary violence against citizens but Gen Qiran is the worst. Update: The new ambassador, Feierstein, said in his interview Sunday, Yemen Observer: “We think that it would be useful to remove some of the senior security officials who have been involved in some of these violent or forced confrontations with demonstrators, particularly in Aden.” So what happened was Saleh shifted him to Taiz, which answers another of the ambassador’s points- give him a task and see if he completes it. And in this case and all cases the answer will be no. The US is asserting that Saleh changed, just as they did after the 2006 prison break and numerous other incidents, and he gets a fresh slate. Well he failed this test and will fail all the rest.

: News Yemen: Interior Ministry issued a resolution to transfer security chief Ghazi Dali Ahmad Ali Mohsen Director of Aden Security, (Read on …)

Yemen targets female activist

Filed under: Civil Rights, Hodeidah, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:42 pm on Monday, March 14, 2011

The latest is Ms. Afrah Nasser as profiled by Global Voices Online: Yemeni blogger, Afrah Nasser, lives near the anti-government protest area in the capital Sana’a and has been uploading photos and posts calling for revolution. Nasser is also a journalist at the Yemen Observer Newspaper. She received the following life-threatening message on Facebook on March 13 and decided to post it on her blog the next day, “so the entire world reads it“.

Protesters demand firing of Abdullah Queran head of Aden security

Filed under: Aden, Security Forces, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:07 am on Monday, March 14, 2011

The head of security in Aden is a major criminal kingpin and smuggling facilitator for high ranking officials. Abdullah Queran is also the head of the regime’s smuggling operations in Aden, see here.) Queran is prohibiting some wounded from entering hospitals.

Protesters demand government to sack director of security in Aden south of Yemen threatening to turn the city to another Benghazi Yemen Online:
14/3/2011
Protestors in Aden province south of Yemen demanded Yemen government to sack director of security in Aden south of Yemen threatening to turn the city to another Benghazi. People have the right to defend ourself against oppression and violence the director of security in Aden and his soldiers .. We will be armed resistance because security attacks and kills the orders of the Director of Security .. We are not animals’ demonstrators said to YemenOnline.

The siuation in Aden city is very serious and sensitive, People feel aggrieved that their right to peaceful resistance is violated daily by the security forces’ Ahmed Hobieshi editor in chife of 14 October daily newspaper .Meanwhile, A group of protestors attacked and burned a police station in Al-Mansoura city in Aden south of Yemen. They used Molotov cocktails and weapons while the soldiers fled, allowing the protesters ransacked a number of weapons inside the police building .

M. Qatan: Nerve gas home cooked by Special Forces w/ Iraq experts help

Filed under: Iraq, Medical, Proliferation, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:19 am on Monday, March 14, 2011

Update: At the Hague, Yemen says they were internationally approved CS and CN types of riot control gasses and, “Despite of the results of this report which refutes the use of toxic gases , the Yemeni government has made a formal request to the World Health Organization to send experts from the organization to examine the cases.” That would be good. via SABA

Original: That makes sense, anybody remember the lab that was found in oh 2009 in Sanaa. The Saddamists in Sanaa have always been a negative influence, including in Saaada, where co-incidentally there were also reports of chemical weapon use. I can’t believe the international community hasn’t rushed in there to test it at the first report and that the US embassy came out with some mealy mouth statement that the US does not have the capacity to determine the ingredients and can’t help in any way on the issue. Imagine the response if it was Iran? If its homecooked, the US really should get some testing going otherwise it is going to be widely perceived as of US origin. And you would think the US would want to know if anyone in Yemen is cooking their own nerve gas for many reasons. Mohammed Qatan is a leading reformist member of Islah. France24 has more doctors disputing the possibility that tear gas caused the symptoms of some protesters.

al Baida News: The protesters called for allowing ambulances to transport the injured, and demanded from the Yemeni army forces to protect them from the special forces, security and ruling party militants, according to one of the protesters.

Medical sources said that the U.S. made gas as it is written on it in bottles

To that revealed to Muhammad Qahtan spokesman for the joint opposition bloc that “they have information that the gas in which they are beating the protesters are prepared in private rooms in the special forces led by the son of Yemeni President Ali Ahmed and Dean are being prepared by Iraqi experts.”

Saleh fires Min. of Endowments, al Hittar, and Monday updates

Filed under: Ministries, Religious, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:17 am on Monday, March 14, 2011

Does Saleh think he can dialog with the nation the way he dialoged with al Qaeda? Al Hittar, who was head of the Ministry of Endowments, had previously engaged in Koranic dialog with al Qaeda to show them the error of their ways. The process was described as a charade by several former prisoners. Judge al Hittar extracted promises from 341 al Qaeda operatives to remain loyal to Saleh in exchange for their release from jail. Many turned to external jihad, some re-integrated with society and some became productive members of AQAP. The program was discontinued in 2005 after complaints from the US that graduates of the program were turning up in Iraq. So in Saleh’s deformed brain, this was the best man to convince the protest leaders to dialog. However, the JMP are not the protest leaders. BTW, the ministry of endowments has a lot of corruption, selling state land very cheep to elite, as well as its own private prison. Update: al Hittar says he resigned in protest of the civilian deaths and others in Ibb resigned from the GPC.

This is a brilliant comment from a Yemeni friend: “Despite regime’s repression (or perhaps because of it) protests are witnessing, day by day, increasing growth and momentum in numbers and kind and expanding from urban to rural areas. It is going to be a long process during which the ancient regime’s informal institutions are deconstructed and a new system evolves from grassroots to formal institutions.”

Saleh falling back on standard practices, deports four western journos, had stopped issuing journalistic visas weeks ago.

More lunacy: EU urges dialog

Marib governor Ahmed al Zaidi stabbed in neck outside govt building : BBC. Attack came after al Zaidi led an assault by pro-govt thus on anti-regime protesters which injured 35 al Sahwa

Small Wars Journal 5 page pdf re Saleh, AQAP and US: urges no US direct military involvement but extending government throughout nation. (A process that will only, can only, work once Saleh is gone, I might add.)

The Bakil tribe join the protests, a very big development, al Sahwa Chief of the Bakeel Ameen Al-Aokaime reached Monday the entrance of Sana’a University where hundreds of thousands of protestors demonstrate, insisting that he and his followers would not leave until the fall of Yemen’s regime. (Sheikh’s name often spelled Okaime or like that, is in Marib I believe.)

Yemen GONGO (gov’t NGO or clone) Women’s Union says unrest due to conspiracy against state, stooge site: Hour News

Yemeni Ambassador to Switzerland Abdullah al Noaman resigns his post to join the protesters, the first ambassador I believe. We’ve had judges, military men and telecasters resign but this is first ambassador etc.

Parliament confirms bullets not rubber bullets used in Aden. I would think the bullet wounds would have been enough. Nine killed, 30 wounded al Sahwa

47 killed in last four weeks of protests, News Yemen, including 31 in Aden and 6 among other provinces, a much more accurate count than 9.

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s president has fired a government minister for failing to persuade an expanding protest movement to end its monthlong challenge to his 32-year rule over one of the most impoverished and volatile corners of the Arab world. (Read on …)

2 dead as security opens fire on protesters in al Mansoura Aden

Filed under: Aden, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:29 am on Friday, March 11, 2011

Various reports are coming in from Aden.

1 confirmed dead at Al-Naqeeb Hospital + 6 injured
1 confirmed dear at Al-Wali Hospital + an unknown number of injured

Demonstrators have surrounded the house of Abdullah Queran, the police commissioner. (Queran is the head of the regime’s smuggling operations in Aden, see here.) Queran is prohibiting some wounded from entering hospitals.

Security forces on Friday afternoon proceeded to commit an atrocity towards the civilian demonstrators in the city of Mansoura governorate of Aden, South Yemen when the soldiers opened fire on thousands of civilians who were in the process of peaceful anti-Yemeni regime march that was heading towards the city Khormaksar (Read on …)

Saleh promises the moon but no one believes him

Filed under: Presidency, Reform, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:30 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011

He promised a new constitution, parliamentary system, national accord government, regional governance and a new election law based on proportional representation, all by the end of 2011. It is was what was on the table in return for the JMP’s capitulation in 2006, and over the next five years, Saleh and his cohorts blocked every attempt to bring these initiatives to fruition. Saleh has just lost all credibility because he has lied at every turn.

Update: Now that JMP is not jumping on the proposal, GPC says proposal was to people not the JMP But the people instantly rejected it as well.

Update: elections cannot be held on time SCER until rolls revised:

SCER discusses new tasks following voters’ rolls cancellation

SANA’A, March 10 (Saba) – The Supreme Commission for Election and Referendum (SCER) discussed on Thursday priorities in the light of law No. 6 for 2011 amending law No. 26 for 2010 in accordance with law No. 13 for 2001 to cancel the 5th article of Law No. 26 for 2010.

The commission affirmed, in the light of the this enforced law, that it could not hold parliamentary elections on time according to the current voters’ rolls until it revises and amends voters’ rolls in accordance with article No. 12 of Elections and Referendum Law.

“embattled” Saleh..

(RTTNews) – Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said that he is ready to make constitutional reforms that will transform the country into a parliamentary democracy. (Read on …)

HRW: Yemeni officials facilitate attacks on peaceful protesters

Filed under: Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:37 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011

News Yemen

Yemeni officials and security forces have facilitated attacks by armed gangs on peaceful anti-government protesters in places away from the capital of Sanaa, or stood by while such attacks occurred, Human Rights Watch said. (Read on …)

HRW report on protester fatalities in Yemen understated still bad

Filed under: Aden, Civil Unrest, Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:34 am on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Its a comprehensive report but there are many more fatalities than those listed.

HRW: From February 16 to 25, 2011, Yemeni security forces in the southern city of Aden repeatedly used excessive force, including live ammunition, against largely peaceful protesters. They killed at least nine and possibly twice as many protesters, and injured up to 150, some of them children. (Read on …)

Doctor reports on the “new gas” used on protesters

Filed under: Medical, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Of course I’m wondering if its the same as the old gas from 2005…

Most of the protesters reach to the portable hospital in case of loss of consciousness for short times, dizziness, and significant decrease in blood pressure, cold extremities and shortness in breath.

The protesters whose breath this type of gases (which is first time seen by me, where I am a physician –in medical services of internal ministry), really I don’t have an idea from where this stuff is coming from?

The injuries which are reach us rather than gases accidents are about 6 cases of gun shuts, one of them record a direct head shut, in dangerous status in operation room right now.
And the other 5 cases are 3 of them had a superficial injuries including upper and lower limbs.

And 2-3 cases of “rubber gun shuts” directed to a sensitive areas like lower back.

The police also use the electrical rods on the chest region directly-the police man who are using this electrical tools don’t know that like this voltage of electricity affecting a camel or an ox to fall down- how about this youth who don’t have any type of tools to defense?

Are they cattle prods or are they tasers approved for use on humans?

New slaughter in Yemen: Sanaa University

Filed under: Aden, Janes Articles, Military, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence, prisons, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:31 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Yemen entered the fourth week of anti-regime protests with a late night onslaught of state violence against protesters at Sanaa University who were demanding the resignation of long-ruling president Field Marshall Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The attack began two hours ago when security forces opened fire on the protesters. Early conflicting reports indicate three have head wounds and died or are in very critical condition. Over 30 were wounded by gunfire and another 40 were injured after being beaten with clubs or choking on tear gas.

Several witnesses reported the medical professionals rushing to the scene were stopped by police. At the same time, the protesters appealed for blood donations and medical supplies via twitter stating several people are bleeding out near the gates of the university. Two medics were beaten by state security.

The crowd that gathered today, international Woman’s Day, had a larger number of women and girls than on prior days.

Witnesses said members of the Republican Guard opened fired along with Central Security forces. The Republican Guard is headed by President Saleh’s son Ahmed, and has received US counter-terror training, .The Central Security forces are under the command of President Saleh’s nephew.

The assault began late in the evening, about 11:00 as protesters were mostly hunkered down for the night or trying to set up new tents. Central Security officers were spotted removing their uniforms before entering the university square. The officers had arrived in government vehicles, witnesses report. The situation remains tense as it nears 1:00 am in Sanaa and the wounded have yet to receive treatment.

Widespread protests

The deaths in Sanaa were preceded by fatalities among protesters on Monday in outlying the provinces of Ibb, Aden, Dhamar when state forces opened fire on protesters. In Ibb over 70 were reported injured with bullet wounds at a protest that drew several hundred thousand. Protests have spread as far as Socotra Island. Sanhan, President Saleh’s home village was marked with anti-regime graffiti.

The war torn Saada province saw the resignation of Faris Manna from the ruling GPC party, the latest of over a dozen high profile allies to desert President Saleh. Manna, a long time regime ally, was the state’s mediator to the Houthi rebels. A major weapons dealer, Manaa was sanctioned by the UN in 2010 for smuggling arms to Somalia. Along with Manna, an estimated 300 ruling party officials also resigned leading to what a partisan site called “the emancipation of Saada from the corrupt regime.”

Military deploys in cities

The violence came after a meeting between Saleh and his relative, General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, perhaps the most powerful man in the military. After the meeting last night, military units were deployed in Sanaa, Taiz and Aden today. Large scale protest were held in 12 provinces.

In Sanna, Al Masdar Online reported the “widespread and unprecedented presence of armored vehicles.” The day’s violence marked the first time soldiers had shot at the protesters in Sanaa. Previously the Saleh regime used paid thugs as deniable proxies as well as members of the security forces including the National Security.

Prison Riot

A riot at Sanaa Central Prison left at least three dead and four injured. Prisoners were chanting anti-government slogans, which led to an assault by guards. Authorities say they shot tear gas and fired over the inmates’ heads and acknowledge one prisoner was killed, but the prisoners report three fatalities and several serious injuries. The prison guards withdrew from the prison and are massed outside the gates along with security forces.

The prisoners have indicated they wished to make a peaceful surrender in a statement that read in part, “Prisoners of the Central Prison in Sana’a appeal to international organizations to intervene and save them from a real massacre which might take place today after guards retake control of the prison.”

Media Manipulation

The Yemeni state-owned ISP blocked al Masdar Online last week, the latest among dozens of independent Yemeni news websites to be blocked within Yemen. Internet access is strictly controlled by the state. Yemen Online was hacked by pro-regime operatives. Dozens of what appear to be government operatives have flooded pro-revolutionary Facebook groups. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate detailed 53 cases of attacks on journalists including assaults, threats against their children, expulsion and in one case, arson.

“Beating up journalists is a blatant attempt by the authorities to prevent the Yemeni people and the world from witnessing a critical moment in Yemen,” Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement.

A Reuters report today quoting an individual in Sanaa who “heard” that in Aden southern protesters threatened to burn schools in Mallah and al Mansoura was hotly denied by dozens of residents in those neighborhood when contacted. The residents also pointed out that the state has forced school children to participate in pro-regime rallies for years without parental approval. It is well documented that students who refused were denied sitting for their exams along with other punitive measures.

Yemen’s history of crimes against civilians

The atrocities against protesters that have garnered global attention are a continuation of the pattern of Yemen’s inhumane treatment of its citizens since at least 2005. In 2009, human rights organizations began calling for an investigation into the Sana’a regime’s potential war crimes and crimes against humanity. The military actions during the Sa’ada Wars and with regard to the southern protest movement are well documented but did not draw condemnation from the Obama administration or the EU. Some of these habitual patterns include:

- Punitive denial of medical services to injured civilians

- Arbitrary arrests

- Incommunicado detention

- Shooting unarmed protesters

- Use of deniable proxies including tribesmen to harm citizens

- Shelling residential areas

- Denial of food as policy

- Denial of access by international humanitarian groups to internal refugees

- Targeting journalists and rights activists

- Torture in jail

Jane @ Examiner.com

PR from Sanaa prison: appeal to prevent massacre, Updated

Filed under: Sana'a, Security Forces, prisons, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:04 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Update:

AJE Up to three people are reported dead in a jail riot in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, as police clashed with prisoners backing anti-government protesters demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Prisoners of the Central Prison in Sana’a appealed to international organizations to intervene and save them from a real massacre which might take place today after taking control of the prison.

Prisoners managed to take control of (parts of) the prison following tensions between the prisoners and prison’s officials which have resulted in causalities some of which are in critical conditions. Prisoners who have been injured due to prison’s officials using fire were even denied medical treatment.

This at a time, security forces intend to break in the Central Prison which means a deadly massacre.

From what I understand, the prisoners where chanting anti-Saleh slogans, which led to clashes with the guards who shot them. The prisoners have control of some parts of the prison but are afraid the security forces will storm the prison, shooting, leading to mass fatalities. Some are critically injured from gunshots and denied medical treatment. I’m assuming they want to negotiate a peaceful surrender but they are not answering the phone.

Update: this is what happens when I check my mail before my news alerts. I thought is was dozens not thousands of prisoners.

Update: Official: Inmates revolt in Yemen prison, take guards hostage and calls for president’s ouster, By Ahmed Al-Haj (CP)

SANAA, Yemen — A Yemeni security official says about 2,000 inmates have staged a revolt at a prison in the capital, taken a dozen guards hostage and joined calls by anti-government protesters for the country’s president to step down. (Read on …)

Yemen Online hacked following blocking of Al Masdar Online

Filed under: Media, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:58 pm on Sunday, March 6, 2011

A press release from Yemen Online (The site, or what’s left of it, is here: http://yemenonline.info/.) Al Masdar Online was blocked inside Yemen last week.

YemenOnline daily news attacked by unknown hackers and the owner points to new government violation against press in Yemen, 6/3/2011

Sana’a-Yemen: The daily news web site YemenOnline’s attacked this morning by unknown hackers and has been to manipulate contents of the information and photos . The owner of YemenOnline , Jamal Al-Awadhi pointed to a new government violation against press and freedom of expression in Yemen. We already received calls that criticized our news policy because of our neutrality and independence of publishing the current news of Yemen ‘ Al-Awadhi said. (Read on …)

At least 37 injured and one dead in Ibb as thugs attack protesters

Filed under: 3 security, Ibb, Marib, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:21 pm on Sunday, March 6, 2011

Its amazing how little coverage western media is giving developments outside the capital of Yemen, Sanaa. Dynamic developments in Libya are naturally sucking up air time, and all the western reporters are sequestered in Sana’a, a function of both state restrictions and reporters’ hesitance. Saada has been cut off from journalists since 2004. Several Yemeni news sites were blocked and hacked this week including al Msadar and Yemen Online- for reporting the news. Several reporters were beaten and harassed. Two al Jazeera reporters were threatened with expulsion. Today’s protest in Ibb is estimated at 200,000 and there’s new violence in Aden. Other estimates of injuries in Ibb go as high as 70.

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Ibb, Yemen March 6, 2011

Government supporters attack protesters in Yemen, killing 1: CP: SANAA, Yemen — Government supporters wielding knives and handguns attacked protesters in southern Yemen on Sunday, leaving one dead in the latest in weeks of demonstrations demanding the president step down.

In a separate development in the increasingly chaotic Middle Eastern nation, suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed four soldiers from the elite Republican Guard forces in a mountainous region… (Read on …)

16 arrested in Aden, third day of protests in Shabwa, GPC resignations

Filed under: Aden, Yemen, prisons, protests, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 12:31 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2011

will trigger more protests, lather rinse repeat. Update: the 16 arrested were ranking police officers who participated in the protests.

Yemen police arrest 16 anti-regime protesters AFP
ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni security forces arrested 16 protesters in Aden on Saturday, as thousands continued to demonstrate in the south demanding the fall of the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The anti-government demonstrators were nabbed as police dispersed protesters who were gathering to hold a sit-in outside Al-Nur mosque in Aden, police said. (Read on …)

Alhadda tribe sends cakes and supplies to student protesters in Sanaa, Updated w/ Sheik’s denial

Filed under: Dhamar, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:21 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Update: Sheik Bukhaiti of the al Hadda tribe denied the News Yemen report of sending cakes to the protesters via the state media, probably was an initiative by some Hadda tribesmen in Sana’a.

The Alhada tribe is located 31 kilometers east in Dhamar governrate; this tribe is scattered on a large piece of land in many villages.

cakes from the tribes Alhaddae for the youth of the change in Sanaa, 05/03/2011
NewsYemen:
Arrived yesterday and brought to the change in Sana’a convoy of food and money for the youth arena change from the sons and tribes Alhaddae. (Read on …)

Shabwa protests grow, al Beidah attacks led by governor, injuries in Hodiedah

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Yemen, al-Bayda, protests, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 11:57 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

Update and bumped: HUGE protest in Sanaa today

Very large protests in Sanaa and Taiz, also Ibb. Thousands gather in Aden for funeral procession for some of those killed in last Friday’s state violence.

Hodiedah: Sahwa Net- : Supporters of Yemeni regime in Hodeidah governorate wounded on Wednesday 30 protestors, who demand to overthrow the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Local sources said that some thugs were arrested and admitted that they were ordered to attack the protesters by the Minister of Youth and Sport Hamoud Obad. The governor of Hodeidah Ahmed al-Jabliwas dismissed after he failed to push people to participate in pro-regime protests. (Read on …)

Saada, Amran, al Jawf organization affirms solidarity in move to overthrow Saleh

Filed under: Amran, Sa'ada, al Jawf, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:49 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

statement via email

To all the free sons of the Yemeni people to everyone eager himself to freedom, pride and dignity: We emphasize that we are sons of the province of Saada, Amran, Al Jawf both as an integral part of this people We affirm our support and solidarity with members of the Yemeni people to overthrow the corrupt regime, and we stress the following:

* Moved that this move is within the broad popular marches and this is the cohesion and harmony with the position of people in all governorates of Yemen. (Read on …)

Victims of Aden massacre buried in mass grave in Salahu Deen military camp , 3 more fatalities ID’d

Filed under: Aden, Medical, Military, Yemen's Lies, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:34 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

The massacre in Aden Feb 25-26 killed many. We previously identified 19 by name, and about half of the 122 wounded. With the addition of the three fatalities listed below, the new total is 22 killed. As earlier reported, bodies of dead protesters were collected from hospitals in Aden and sent to Basuhaib Military hospital in Tawahi. The new information is that early Sunday morning, Feb 27, the military buried some of the corpses stored at the Ba-Suhaib military hospital in one grave at a military camp in Salahu Deen just outside little Aden. Many protesters in Aden were arrested, some pulled wounded from hospitals. The state continues to withhold information from families regarding who is in state custody in jail.

1. Mohammed Ahmed Saleh
2. Tareq Khalid Alwan
3. Waseem Ali Taha

in Arabic: (Read on …)

Sanaa sit-in: first hand reflection

Filed under: Sana'a, guest posts, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:20 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

A day in Sana’a sit-in

Urged by the liberty revolutions in the Arab World; Tunisia and Egypt particularly, hundreds of thousands of Yemeni youth took the initiative to go on the streets not only demanding the ouster of the president but they called for toppling the whole regime. In the first day in Sana’a, about three hundred protesters gathered in front of Sana’a university chanting the popular slogan of ” people want to overthrow the regime” using small microphones. The number of people started to gradually increase as the news of the sit-in broke out.
(Read on …)

Zindani’s 8 point plan for securing Saleh

Filed under: Religious, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:39 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

This was all tried and failed before. Saleh has no credibility whatsoever; he says whatever sounds good at the moment and then does whats necessary to prolong the his reign. Some of these exact formulations were forwarded and breached following the 2006 election and in the general amnesty in May 2010. Saleh has been telling the same lies for decades and has no credibility with a majority of the population although the US always seems willing to believe him. Al Zindani for his part is supporting Saleh and a continuance of the system through a sideways move, like when he threatened jihad on the US last year. They are very talented, and since Zindani’s statement about an Islamic caliphate, there’s been a marked shift in the coverage of the Yemeni protests highlighting the threat of an al Qaeda state in Saleh’s absence. Its the same old tired conceptualization that brought us to this situation in the first place. The idea that the protests are strengthening al Qaeda may be true in a narrow, short-term way but it misses the reality entirely.

Yemen clerics support 8 point initiative to end crisis
[04/مارس/2011]

SANA’A, March 04 (Saba) – Yemen clerics have approved an eight point initiative to end the current crisis in the country.

The initiative was offered to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the clerics by Yemeni prominent cleric Abdul-Majed al-Zindani in an attempt to stop the protests demanding political changes in the country. (Read on …)

Saleh rejects JMP plan, accepts Zindani’s

Filed under: Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:16 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reuters: – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected an opposition plan for him to transfer power this year, as demonstrations against his three-decade rule over the impoverished nation swelled into hundreds of thousands.
(Read on …)

Zindani backs Saleh with call for Islamic state

Filed under: Presidency, Religious, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:11 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NYT: SANA, Yemen — As thousands of demonstrators for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh took to the streets on Tuesday, a cleric who is a former mentor of Osama bin Laden joined them to call for the replacement of the government with an Islamic state. (Read on …)

Aden: dead bodies transferred to Basuhaib Military hospital in Tawahi to hide death toll

Filed under: Aden, Medical, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:13 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011

I try so hard not to curse and some days its really difficult. Al Masdar and very credible local sources are reporting that security forces collected the dead from Aden hospitals and moved them to Basuhaib Military hospital in Tawahi, controlled by the defense ministry. Security forces at the Basuhaib hospital refused to release the corpses to their families, as Yemeni authorities are attempting to disguise the scale of yesterday’s death toll.

Related: HRW

, YEMEN, FEB 26: The casualty toll from last night’s attacks on protesters in Aden is rising. This afternoon, we spoke to doctors from two out of three hospitals that received the victims last night. One hospital treated 29 wounded victims, one of whom died and two remain in critical condition. The wounds, according to the doctor, were mostly in the legs.
Two victims had been wounded by machine-gun bullets, the doctor said. (Read on …)

Yemen’s major tribal confederations join anti-government alliance

Filed under: Tribes, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:43 am on Saturday, February 26, 2011

A huge development if true. The article says Hussein resigned from the GPC, a good first step.

SMH: Yemen’s Hashed and Baqil tribal confederations announced on Saturday that they had joined protests to demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down, tribal sources told AFP.

“I have announced my resignation from the (ruling) General People’s Congress (GPC) in protest at the repression of peaceful demonstrators in Sanaa, Taez and Aden,” the source quoted Sheikh Hussein bin Abdullah al-Ahmar, head of the Hashid confederation, as saying. (Read on …)

Slaughter in Aden Yemen, Update: 17 reported dead in six locations

Filed under: Aden, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:59 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011

Update: As the sun rises in Aden Saturday, 17 were killed overnight in six locations, but people are still trapped in their homes. Dozens were wounded. For details and links, click here. Live blogging the massacre below. (Read on …)

List of 30 wounded protesters in Khormaksar, Aden, Yemen

Filed under: Aden, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:12 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011

Message 5:00 pm: Saleh’s army forces opened anti-aircraft machine guns at civilians houses in Mualla, and armored vehicle run over a kid in Crater. That caused the people to rage and trying to storm a police center there and they were faced with heavy gun fire, this happen before 2 hours.

Update: rather a quick point, yesterday Saleh ordered the security forces to protect the protesters , and there were no injuries in northern protests (Sanaa and Taiz) while Aden in the south is a pool of blood today after police repeatedly opened fire. Is he expecting another pass? Update: al Masdar: women of al Mansoura and Crater march.

Today, day 15, M&C reported tens of thousands (pro and anti govt) protesters rallied in Sanna. Al Masdar has good photos and a write up of the protest in Sana’a (ar). In Taiz, about 20,000 anti-government protesters marched. Nine were wounded in Aden per M&C when police opened fire on a large gathering. However, according to my local sources, and preliminary reports, 30 protesters shot by police were received at the hospital including a 10 year old in critical condition. Others are reporting multiple fatalities; the LA Times is confirming two deaths.

حصيلة أولية

أسماء بعض الجرحى التي وصلتنا حتى الآن من مستشفى النقيب ومن مستشفى الجمهورية التعليمي (خور مكسر ) عدن

1-عميد مثنى ناجي (24 سنة).
- 2جبريل صالح محمد ناجي
(Read on …)

HRW urges “Yemen: Protect Protesters From Attacks by Armed Group”

Filed under: Donors, UN, Sana'a, Taiz, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:03 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yes please do. HRW has 12 confirmed deaths and reports it is still investigating of other deaths including a 14 year old in Aden. I thought we were at 14 but its a stat that masks years of crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Saleh regime. This guy has been murdering his own people for a long time.

Yemen: Protect Protesters From Attacks by Armed Groups Human Rights Watch

Government Supporters Kill one Protester and Injure 38 in Sanaa

(New York, February 23, 2011) – Police allowed pro-government armed groups to attack peaceful protesters in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on the night of February 22, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The armed groups killed at least one anti-government protester and injured 38 others, according to witnesses. (Read on …)

Mukallah, Hadramout: 5 injured, 20 arrested, possible death

Filed under: Hadramout, Security Forces, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:40 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Note 2/24: report of possible fatality at this protest is revised to head shot and unconscious, one student was shot in the leg among other injuries.

An eye witness report collected by a reliable source, working on secondary confirmation. Update: second report below describing widespread protests in Hadramout with serious injuries, and third report of security firing on medical workers in southern provinces. al Masdar also reporting protests and live fire with injuries in Mukallah, Hadramout. Update: Kenda, the female activist in Hodeidah whose arrest I wrote about here remains in jail. Also, many resignations from the ruling GPC, seven MP’s and others.

Many major city in south are protesting. Today in Mukalla (Hadramout) high school students protested in morning. It was peaceful. Later Central Security forces attacked the students and were shooting live bullets. An eye witness reported that more than 20 were arrested and 5 injured. Two students are in serious condition. Later Central Security forces along with thugs of the regime were breaking shops and cars and stoning peaceful protesters in Mukalla.

Yesterday woman was knocked over by police car. One teenage died in Mukalla from gunshot wounds. The eye witness also reported injuries and live bullets were shot towards protesters. The teenagers burnt a police car and blocked roads after news of the fatality spread.

These protesters were not south movement. Please be informed that the students were protesting against regime and asking for it to step down.

Update: Also Hodeidah via al Masdar Online paraphrase Dozens of security men in civilian clothing attacked dozens of protestors in front of People’s Park in Hodeidah Governorate. Protesters were in favor of dropping the system (the Saleh government) on Wednesday. More than 10 protesters were wounded in the attack of the “bullies”, and they used batons to disperse the protestors who refused to leave the place.

Hadramout email update: Students of primary and secondary schools came out today in demonstrations and rallies demanding to bring down the system in the whole city of Hadramout and other cities in the south. The Central Security Forces used live bullets and batons to disperse them and until now cars of the security and police including armored vehicles are deployed in the streets and neighborhoods. The security forces have opened fire on ambulance crews to prevent them from doing their humanitarian duty particularly in Aden and Hadramout and the whole southern provinces. .

Yemen arrests paramedics for aiding protesters: HOOD

Filed under: Civil Society, Medical, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:56 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yemen blocked medical supplies and arrested doctors throughout the Saada Wars (2004-2010) as policy. It was horrendous, especially as the state was bombing residential civilian areas, villages and cities.

Violence escalates in Yemen: Two protesters are shot dead and others injured

By: Nisreen Shadad, hoodonline, edited by: Jane Novak

The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, (HOOD), has been informed about the attack against the demonstrators on February 22, 2011, close to Sana’a University. Two protesters died and about eighteen are injured.
(Read on …)

Yemen: AI appeal for Hassan Baoum, southern leader

Filed under: Aden, Judicial, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:55 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baoum’s three prior arrests caused a palpable uptick in frustration and tension in the south, leading to more popular protests, and more arbitrary arrests.

URGENT ACTION, SOUTHERN MOVEMENT LEADER detained

Hassan Ba’oom, a leader of a political opposition group in southern Yemen, has been held incommunicado detention since 20 February. Amnesty International fears for his health and is concerned that he may be held solely for the peaceful expression of his right to freedom of expression and therefore be a prisoner of conscience. (Read on …)

Day 12 Yemen uprising and other updates

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Hodeidah, Libya, Marib, Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:45 am on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

(Its Day 12 if you don’t count the six year war in the north and the nearly four years of protests in South Yemen.)

Update: Sanaa, reports are two killed and somewhere between 10 and 26 injured after Ali Saleh’s deniable proxies open fire on protesters on Tuesday evening at Sanaa University. New national death toll is 13. Video here of rock throwing and gunfire. via email: “Our sources said that the promise of today’s attack was Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the eldest son of President and Ammar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, President of the National Security Service.” The National Security was set up in 2002 because the PSO is both corrupt and infiltrated by AQ; in statistical studies, the National Security is responsible for most of the attacks on journalists whether by beating, kidnapping, death threats, torture etc. The National Security reports to Ali Saleh directly.

- Iranian vessel seized in Yemen: The Yemeni Defense Ministry reported that the Iranian vessel and its crew of 13 people have been arrested in the Aden Gulf as it was illegally sailing in the Yemeni waters. Happened before many times. Yemen govt will likely say Iran smuggling weapons to Houthis but much more likely Sudan. A few days ago, an Egyptian fishing vessel was captured.

- Yemeni youth demand Sheikhs who receive monthly stipend from Libya denounce violence against Libyan people. There is a LOT of Qadaffi’s money floating around Yemen through direct monthly payments and via his charitable fund. Daughter came in oh 2006 or so and spread oodles.

- Sanaa protesters find weapons, torch car (Tuesday) News Yemen: ten injured by rent-a-thugs at Sanna Univ, CNN: Student protesters in Sanaa, Yemen, overturned a car and set it on fire Tuesday after discovering weapons inside apparently brought to a demonstration by government loyalists, a protester said…The sit-in at Sanaa University is one of at least five protests going on Tuesday in Yemen. There were others in Aden and Taiz, and in the provinces of Ibb and Lahj.

- Dhalie teachers protest broken up by tear gas, batons and live fire News Yemen & reports, journo harrassed, Teachers have had periodic strikes to demand the implementation of the 2005 Wages Strategy. HOOD one serious injury, 16 wounded total, one LC member arrested. (Tuesday)

- People beaten in Hodeidah (Monday?)

- Protests in Hadramout, Yemen Post: About 5,000 anti-government protesters gathered in eastern Yemen calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. Demonstrators marched on Tuesday in the eastern town of Al-Shiher, chanting “Down, down with Saleh.”

- Shoot-out in Marib with al Qaeda (Monday) ( SABA) Marib province have arrested the al-Qaeda leader Abdullah Maodhah ,while he was heading for Shabwa province with a group of terrorists. Governor of Mareb Naji al-Zayidi said that three soldiers were killed in a fire exchange between policemen and gunmen came to support Maodhah. The accident caused the killing of two civilians and one injured, in addition to wounding six soldiers

- Security intimidates, shoots protesters in Taiz (Sunday) Youtube vid here: military car drives into crowd, shooting. Vid gunshot victim here. Video of Liberty Square in Taiz, February 22, 2011.

- Clerics back Saleh, mixed messages from al Zindani, JMP and Hamid al Ahmar, great article, overview of groupings & positions Nassar Arabyee, worth full read, here’s part:

Nasser Arrabyee The association of the Yemeni clerics held an exceptional meeting on Monday February 21st, 2011, and said in a statement President Saleh should remove all corrupts around him and take “serious steps” for reforms.

One of the most influential Yemeni cleric said the opposition must take to streets only if President Saleh has not accepted their conditions for a guaranteed peaceful transfer of power.

“A national unity government must be formed, with the most important ministries shared between the opposition and the ruling party, to prepare for elections within six month,” said Sheik Abdul Majid Al Zandani, a leader in the largest Islamist opposition party, and chairman of the religious university of Al Eyman.

Saada Governorate joins anti-Saleh protests

Filed under: Sa'ada, Yemen, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Monday, February 21, 2011

The Yemeni military bombed the hell out of Dhayan city during the Saada wars, toppling mosques and homes. It is a historic center of Zaidism for hundred of years. Here is a link to a 2008 MSF report on the state turning back ambulances trying to reach the injured. Food and medical supplies were withheld as a matter of policy, a violation of international law, not to mention carpet bombing civilians…

What they are chanting in the following video is: al-sha’b urid isaqt al-nidham or The People want to topple the regime

a still from Al Eshteraki:

sadaafeb21protest.jpg

The signs say “The People want to overthrow the regime” [big banner] ; and “Yes to downfall of regime”, “the stooge regime must go”, and and other slogans against oppression and unjustice but no slogans against the US. Al Masdar: protest was organized by Abdelmalik al Houthi in conjunction with the JMP.

Al Eshteraki: Thousands of citizens on Monday in the city of Saada, calling for toppling President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The demonstrators chant under the slogan “the people wanted to overthrow the regime” and “go home employment system.”

He said a local source of socialist Net that the demonstrators set off from the market until the city of Cedar Dahyan Adham estimated tens of thousands. (Read on …)

Aden Yemen: security shoots at persons trying to retrieve wounded

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:06 am on Monday, February 21, 2011

One confirmed dead in Khormaksar on Sunday.

Ali Saleh can’t keep track of his lies already. Last week he said he wasn’t going to run for president again (which he said prior to the last 2 elections he won) and this week he says: SMH: “If they want me to quit, I will only leave through the ballot box,” Saleh told a news conference as the protesters, including opposition MPs, gathered outside Sanaa University.

Also not to be outdone by Saif al Islam’s dozy of a speech last time in Libya, President Saleh says, “This is a virus and is not part of our heritage or the culture of the Yemeni people,” he told reporters. “It’s a virus that came from Tunisia to Egypt. And to some regions, the scent of the fever is like influenza. As soon as you sit with someone who is infected, you’ll be infected.”

Journalist beaten bloody at Sanaa protest

Filed under: Civil Society, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:58 pm on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Issued by the Freedoms Committee at the Press Syndicate:

Journalist, Dr. Dr. Abdel-Karim Salaam, correspondent was battered until blood flowed from him and he was taken to the hospital. Salaam was assaulted by thugs who were hiding near the university during his coverage of the sit-in in front of the University of Sana’a.

Accordingly, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate strongly condemns the unjust assault on our colleague, the journalist Abdul Karim Salaam, and says the security services and officials who run these bullies have the responsibility for their actions.

It also renewed its claim for reporters not to be subjected to attack and calling for the implementation of the directions of the president yesterday not to attack them.

Arab civil society unites with unified regional demands

Filed under: Civil Society, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:41 pm on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Several hundred civil society organizations from 15 countries issue one unified statement. A regional framework for democratic transition is a good concept. These are the hard core, hard working often beaten and imprisoned democracy activists in these countries who have endured against great odds. I know their work and many of them personally. This is the real deal. English below:

منظمات المجتمع المدني تحيي الشعب المصري

وتدين الاسخدام المفرط للقوة و الرصاص الحي و تجييش “البلطجية”

ضد الاحتجاجات الشعبية السلمية في البحرين وليبيا واليمن والأردن والجزائر والسودان

(Read on …)

Yemen arrests Hassan Baoum in Aden, again & updates

Filed under: Aden, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 10: other developments; Al Tagheer: Taiz: police, professors join protest, more women, GPC local council officials resign

SIFY: Aden resident kills policeman? Protester? We don’t know. – There was no protest in all Aden’s districts today, but in Khour Maksar district, around 10 protesters armed with rifles gunned down a police officer while he was standing near a police patrol car. The gunmen disappeared in the neighbourhood,’ a police officer said. Same link: 1500 in Ibb but its not the first protest.

Sanaa: Al Masdar: protesters control the University square and are setting up tents. Saleh holds big conference and blames foreign influences.A vid of the shooting in Sanaa yesterday is on FB. I didn’t count but it was about a dozen shots randomly fired into the crowd.

Yemen police arrest southern opposition leader: son (AFP) : ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni police arrested the main southern opposition leader, Hassan Baoum, on Sunday, shortly after he arrived in the regional capital Aden to take part in an anti-government protest, his son said. Baoum was arrested along with his son Fawaz at the Naqib hospital after he had undergone some medical tests, another son said.

He said that Baoum arrived in the port city from nearby Lahij earlier in the day with the intention of joining the protest. Police have killed 10 people in Aden in the past week, according to an AFP tally, as they resorted to gunfire to disperse frequent protests against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(Read on …)

Yemen opposition JMP parties pick a side: no dialog

Filed under: Diplomacy, JMP, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:26 pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Al Tagheer points out the contradiction of their current statement saying most protesters are JMP members, when earlier they denied any connection to the protests. Article also notes Abdelmalik al Houthi’s earlier statement supporting the right of people to peaceful protest. I find it astounding the nearly a decade after their establishment, the JMP is still unable to issue a statement in English. But even in Arabic, its an ambiguous statement. Update: but to follow is a full English translation of the al Tagheer article:

Yemeni opposition announces its renewed refusal of dialogue with the regime

19/02/2011 at 17:33:00, Al-Tagyeer, Sana’a, Special

Yemeni opposition announced today Saturday its refusal of any dialogue with the authority of General People’s Congress amid spontaneous protests of thousands of citizens in a number of provinces demanding the toppling of the regime. The rotating Chairman of of the JMP coalition said “there can be no dialogue with an authority using thugs and violence against peaceful demonstrators “.

Yemeni parliamentary opposition had confirmed nearly a week ago its agreement to resume dialogue with the ruling party under the initiative of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which included the cancellation of the constitutional amendments in particular and the postponement of the elections. (Read on …)

HOOD: security had foreknowledge of Taiz attack

Filed under: Civil Society, Taiz, protests, statements — by Jane Novak at 1:12 pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Important Statement on the current developments in Yemen

The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, (HOOD), expresses its deepest condolences to the Yemeni civilians and the victims’ families. Ten demonstrators died over the last two days of peaceful protests in the al-Mansurah district and al-Sheikh Othman in Aden. Eighty seven civilians in Taiz were injured after security forces threw a bomb at the demonstrators in Tahrir square and one of them is in the state of brain death. These attacks occurred while practicing their legitimate right to freedom of expression and their obligation to refuse oppression and corruption. (Read on …)

Police kill one, four wounded in Sanna

Filed under: Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Damn the police open fire all the time in the south, I thought they wouldn’t do it in Sana’a. On the tenth day of protests, they did. Update: despite my witness and this news story, others are saying there is no fatality, but instead an extremely serious injury, and I hope its true.

Yemeni riot police shot dead a protester and injured five others on Saturday when they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest rocking the capital Sanaa. Protesters began marching early in the morning from the University of Sanaa to the Ministry of Justice while chanting, ‘the people want the fall of the regime,’ until they were met by riot police.

Security forces backed by plain clothes elements opened fire on them and threw stones. A medical official said one man was shot in the neck and killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Read more: Daily Mail

Amnesty International: arrested Aden protesters at risk of torture

Filed under: Aden, Donors, UN, prisons, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:18 am on Friday, February 18, 2011

Police torture in Yemen is systemic and brutal. Several prisoners have died in police custody in the last year or two. Click here for MP Ahmed Saif Hashid’s 2007 interviews with prisoners in jails around Yemen where prisoners including 12 years describe brutal torture by authorities.

PROTESTERS DETAINED IN YEMEN, RISK OF TORTURE
Scores of protesters arrested following demonstrations in the city of Aden, in southern Yemen, are being held incommunicado and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Amnesty International is concerned that they may be held solely for the peaceful expression of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, and therefore may be prisoners of conscience. (Read on …)

Hussain al Ahmar: Hashid tribes will protect Sanaa protesters

Filed under: Tribes, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:57 pm on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hussein al Ahmar is head of the tribal grouping, the National Solidarity Grouping, not to be confused with Hamid al Ahmar head of the National Dialog Committee. Hussein is a bit of a polarizing figure to say the least. In my view, tribal power is one of the few existing effective checks on executive power in Yemen. These statements were made to journalists (not on the march to Sana’a and could be bargaining.) The statement by Zindani also reveals more allies peeling away from Saleh.

Al Hadath: The chairman of the National Solidarity Sheikh Hussein bin Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Ahmar said that a rally would intervene to protect the protesters in the governorate of Sana’a, if the regime continued to take down what have become known as “bullies” to abuse. (Read on …)

Updates: Live fire and injuries at al Manousar Aden protest Yemen 2/17

Filed under: Aden, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:08 pm on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Update: people in Aden are saying there are government snipers on the roofs. One fatality today, Mansoorah is Aref Mohamed Ali. 22, in addition to four yesterday. Also reports indicate that a security official was captured and beaten. possibly to death.

The Yemeni state has been murdering its citizens for a long time in the south. I am glad the youth got the hang of youtube.

Huge development: new southern goal-ousting Saleh

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:18 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Check back for updates on this post as I get reactions.

For years the southerners have been protesting for secession from the unified state of Yemen and were seeking an internationally supervised referendum on the question. Today they (al Harak) decided that the ouster of Saleh would also achieve their goal of justice and they joined with the northern mobility movement. The importance of this shift can not be overstated. The following statement from Al Hirak defines the ouster of Saleh as a shared goal with the northern mobility and seeks to form a unified movement. The Houthis already announced they share the goal of the protesters. Maybe the JMP and the National Dialog Committee might catch up by next week. (There’s many factions of the southern movement, if I have a chance, I’ll see if they are all in agreement.)

Update: Baoum’s statement is a no go. He wishes the protesters in Sanaa well and asks the youth to mobilize through the secessionist structure in place against the occupatation forces. But they went out today in Aden well before the scheduled time and spontaneously.

دعا عدد من الناشطين السياسيين في الحراك السلمي الجنوبي والأكاديميين والمثقفين والعسكريين في محافظة عدن الى ضرورة تصويب الإختلالات التي يعيشها الحراك الجنوبي وبشكل عاجل وتفعيل الثورة الشبابية في عواصم المحافظات الجنوبية آخذين …في الاعتبار عدن وحضرموت بأن تكون على صدارة الخروج الجماهيري إلى الشارع وهو النموذج الذي آتى (Read on …)

“Thousands of police confront protesters in Yemen”

Filed under: Aden, Communications, Judicial, Sa'ada, Taiz, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:40 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nice round-up of Sanaa, Aden, Taiz and judges protests, also Feb 24 group.

Daily caller: SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Authorities flooded the streets of Yemen’s capital with 2,000 police Wednesday to try to halt six days of Egypt-style demonstrations against the president of 32 years, a key U.S. ally in battling al-Qaida. One person was killed when police and protesters clashed in the southern port of Aden in the first known death during Yemen’s political unrest.

The police, including plainclothes officers, fired in the air and blocked thousands of students at Sanaa University from joining thousands of other protesters in the capital of the Arab world’s most impoverished nation.

A call spread via Facebook and Twitter urging Yemenis to join a series of “One Million People” rallies on a so-called “Friday of Rage” in all Yemeni cities, seeking the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Read on …)

Two protesters killed in Aden, video and updates

Filed under: Aden, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:48 am on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update: 4:30 pm EST, tanks in streets now: witnesses. four dead, two dozen injured, statement from one of the supreme council of the mobility below the fold.
Update: Third person dies of injuries.
Update: This youtube vid shows the crowd milling, one person shot in the leg and a tear gas canister marked Made in US.

One fatality identified as Mohammed al-Alwani, died in Aden hospital, others injured. Youth attempt to storm police station after protester died from police live fire. Second fatality identified as Yaseen Aske. (Yasin Ali Ahmed Naji Jehafi) Protests in southern Yemen began in 2007 and hundreds have been killed by live fire by police. In a 2010 statement, the US deemed the ongoing unrest “an internal affair.” Days after that statement, the state cut the phone lines in Dhalie and started using artillery. AJE reports one of today’s fatalities was shot in the back. For video police shooting click here. For vid of
the peaceful protest before shooting started, click here

The names of the wounded: Lashkar-e-Ali, Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, Ali Zaidi,
Mohammed Zaidi, Saleh Ahmed Muthana Tanju, Alia Faraj, Muhammad Akram, Mohammed Thabet Saleh

Beyond the student clashes in Sana’a today, protesters in Taiz have been on the street for days. About 165 were arrested and 17 wounded.

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — One person was killed in an anti-government protest in the Yemeni city of Aden on Wednesday, eyewitnesses reported, while human rights activists accused pro-government demonstrators of beating students after a similar protest in the capital, Sanaa. (Read on …)

Video: Security in Aden Yemen fires over crowd

Filed under: Aden, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:05 am on Monday, February 14, 2011

abeenpress | February 13, 2011أسامة الشرمي/دارسعد/ خاص
خرجت اليوم في مديرية دار سعد بمدينة عدن مسيرة جماهيرية، نظمها نشطاء من الحراك الجنوبي، للمطالبة بإطلاق سراح المعتقلين
(Read on …)

HRW to Yemen: Don’t Use Tasers on Peaceful Protesters

Filed under: protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:08 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yemen: Don’t Use Tasers on Peaceful Protesters
Interior Ministry Deploys Armed Paramilitaries to Stop Student Protest

(Sanaa, February 13, 2011) – Yemeni security forces used electroshock tasers and batons against peaceful anti-government demonstrators in the capital, Sanaa, on February 13, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Yemeni government to cease all attacks against demonstrators and investigate and prosecute those responsible. (Read on …)

Taiz Protests: 80+ arrested, Updated

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Taiz, Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:48 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Update: attacked after evening prayer and “120 detainees in the popular uprising of Taiz and battered in the secretariat of the capital, activists and government action provocative and dozens of detainees in Aden, Abyan and Dali.”

Security forces arrested many of the youth in Taiz Street, prevent them from demonstrating. Informed sources say that the number of detainees who have been detained in custody pending demonstrations (calling for dropping by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his regime) in the province of Taiz, are more than eighty people ..
Update: Thirty five of the arrested have been identified.

Photos Saffer, Taiz: http://yfrog.com/h3kwusyj
http://yfrog.com/gy3sxoj http://yfrog.com/hsrg2kyj

Video: Taiz: http://video.marebpress.net/watch.aspx?vid=5089

those are not happy people:

Yemen opposition plays Saleh’s game

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:18 am on Sunday, February 13, 2011

What happened to the demand he fire all his relatives from the leadership posts in the military and security forces? How about a full and transparent accounting of public funds? They should have demanded something tangible. They also disassociated themselves from the protesters, as they did in 2005. These reforms and the dialog to bring them about were agree to following the 2006 election, and haven’t happened yet. Its not only the US that prefers stability over progress…

13/2/2011 YemenOnline: (Xinhua):

Yemen’s opposition on Sunday accepted a political reform initiative offered earlier this month by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in which he pledged not to seek another Presidential term or hand over power to his son. “We accept the political reform initiative offered by President Saleh on Feb. 2,” the opposition coalition said in a statement. ” We are ready to begin the national dialogue with the President’s ruling party as of this week.” (Read on …)

Yemen: Thugs and security working together

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 8:59 am on Sunday, February 13, 2011

What else is new? At least they won’t use artillery in the capital like they do in the south or actual bombs like they do in Sa’aada.

Yemen: Crackdowns on Protestors Continue

(New York, February 11, 2011) – Continued assaults, intimidation, and beatings targeting protestors in Yemen raise concerns about the Yemeni government’s respect for the right to free assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. (Read on …)

Saleh gives out more money after fall of Mubarek

Filed under: Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:05 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011

I was waiting for that. More meaningless promises. Yemen doesn’t have money to give away. These are the raises that were promised after the 2005 fuel riots and never implemented.

Yemen PostIn his first Appearing after Mubark’s Fall, President Saleh Announces new Reforms: President Ali Abdullah Saleh chaired on Friday evening an expanded meeting with the National Defense Council, political leaders and the security committee.

This meeting came after Egyptian President Mobark’s resignation in which he handed his authorities to the Egyptian Military Council peacefully after the call of the of Egyptian people to step down.
President Saleh discussed several issues regarding economic reforms and the efforts of construction and modernization of the armed forces as well as issues related to improving the wages of government staff and personnel of the armed and security forces.
He also approved new measures to launch the financial allowances for government employees, following the application of the 3rd phase of the strategy of wages and salaries in order to improve their living conditions.
President Saleh endorsed necessary measures to reduce public expenditures of all government facilities and stop purchasing any accessories or building any unnecessary buildings, giving priority to equip the completed buildings and facilities.
During the meeting he stressed the need to combat tax evasion and take legal action against taxes and customs duties evaders.

HRW: pro-govt thugs attack protests in Sana’a

Filed under: Aden, Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:48 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011

But no body every gets to Aden, Dhalie, Radfan, Lahj, Hadramout to witness the atrocities there… The Yemeni regime often withholds permits to travel outside the capital. (The northern Saada region was under a media blockade for six years, while the state bombed the hell out of it. Its only a rare reporter that gets to the south.) The al Jazeera and satellite correspondents are routinely beat up if they try to attend and report on recurring pro-independence protests in the South.

HRW Press 7:37 PM, For Immediate Release

Yemen: Pro-Government Forces Attack Demonstrators

(Sanaa, February 11, 2011) – Hundreds of men armed with knives, sticks, and assault rifles attacked anti-government protesters in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, as Yemeni security forces stood by, Human Rights Watch said today. Within an hour, the 1,000-plus protesters had been pushed from the square and at least 10 had been detained by security forces, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch witnessed at least 10 army trucks carrying men in civilian clothing to Sanaa’s Tahrir Square, where a crowd of around 1,000 Yemenis had been demonstrating in support of the historic changes in Egypt and against the Yemeni government. Hundreds of men, their arrival coordinated by uniformed security agents, attacked the anti-government protesters with knives and sticks, prompting the majority to flee. (Read on …)

Zanjibar Abyan Feb 11 “Day of Rage”

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:05 am on Friday, February 11, 2011

This is confirmed from today and there’s Tariq al Fahdli in his death shroud.

More from today Reuters and

They have been doing this for years.

Crater Aden, Yemen, Feb 11, “Day of Rage” Update: 2/4

Filed under: Aden, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:09 am on Friday, February 11, 2011

Update 2: lets stop and have a party now that Mubarek is history!!!

Update: this video is last Friday’s protest in Crater. There was a protest today, I’m getting photos. I really do not think today’s protest in Aden was against Mubarek, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting, but I’m checking that also. (Read on …)

Eight students arrested during Feb3 protest in Sanaa, Yemen; Update, Released

Filed under: Sana'a, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Friday, February 4, 2011

Released after the protests: Yemen Post: Yemeni authorities released eight students who allegedly belonged to 3 February Movement after they were arrested by Yemeni security forces in Sana’a.
A sit-in was held by the students demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
The release came after rights activists organized a sit-in before the 14 October headquarters demanding the release of the detainees who protest peacefully.

HOOD: Statement on the arrest of the youth movement, February 3

Security agents in civilian clothing arrested eight students from rally on February 3, they were doing a sit-in at the gate of Sana’a University on Friday afternoon 04.02.2011 Hood and learned that he was taken to the police station named October 14 in Sanaa…and HOOD invites civil society activists and advocates of freedom and democracy to join a sit in front of October 14 police station in Sanaa until the release of detainees, arbitrary. HOOD will begin the sit-in from seven o’clock Friday evening in front of section Oct. 14.

Readout of Obama’s call to Yemen’s Saleh: security forces should refrain from violence

Filed under: Elections, Media, USA, aq statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:57 am on Friday, February 4, 2011

Normally I cant tell what the heck the US statements mean or what the real message is, but this seems pretty clear: don’t open fire on the protesters tomorrow and the promise to reform is nothing without action.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 03, 2011
Readout of President’s Call with President Saleh of Yemen

President Obama called President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen on February 2 to welcome the significant reform measures that President Saleh had announced earlier that day, and to stress that President Saleh now needs to follow-up his pledge with concrete actions. President Obama asked that Yemeni security forces show restraint and refrain from violence against Yemeni demonstrators who are exercising their right to free association, assembly, and speech. The President also told President Saleh that it is imperative that Yemen take forceful action against Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to protect innocent lives in Yemen as well as abroad. Finally, President Obama expressed concern over the release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP. President Saleh thanked the President for U.S. support and committed to continuing and strengthening relations with the United States.

Saleh’s version from DOD website

26 Sept: In his phone call to President Saleh, Obama praised the initiative President Saleh announced today that included several positive steps, mainly wise and significant reforms. (Read on …)

“Yemen president expresses regret over opposition rallies demanding his ouster”

Filed under: Presidency, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:42 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Aw poor Saleh, maybe if he wasn’t such a liar and hadn’t broken every promise he ever made, people might believe him. So the opposition admits an agreement not to call for Saleh’s resignation but says things got out of control, the young people have a tendency not to follow instructions.

Xinhuanet: — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday expressed his deep regret over the opposition’s insistence on organizing constant protest rallies against him, a day after he promised to stand down in 2013 and not to hand power over to his elder son.

“I hope my meeting on Wednesday with the members of the Parliament, consultative Council and the military as well as the initiative I offered to the opposition would eradicate the tension between us and them,” Saleh said in address aired by the country’s state television this evening, hours after more than 20,000 supporters of the opposition struck streets of the capital Sanaa demanding his ouster. (Read on …)

Yemen’s fragmented, immature and disconnected opposition

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Reform, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:23 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

True. The JMP missed a good opportunity to reach out to the southern opposition. With the external pressure and an enhanced coalition, they might have forced real reforms. All the reports today sound as if the contest is to be the mayor of Sanaa, which maybe it its.

The National: On numerous occasions, party leaders have openly opposed him during news conferences, only to sit with Mr Saleh later in the day behind closed doors.

Experts believe that opposition parties are still not ready to govern and there is no obvious successor to Mr Saleh.

Unlike Tunisia, Yemen’s six opposition parties are united under the umbrella of the JMP, however, Ali Jaradi, the editor in chief of Yemen’s independent Ahale newspaper said the situation could quickly change. “Currently, the JMP is uniting the opposition against one person, which is Saleh.” But when he is “out of the picture, disputes among them will start due to them being from six differently ideological political parties”.

The Yemeni political analyst Mohammed al Khaberi said the goal of Yemen’s largest opposition party, Islah, is not to rule but to change the regime and ensure a transparent government. All other JMP parties want the opposite, and are craving the seat of the government. They see Islah as a brick wall standing in front of their political ambitions. (Read on …)

ANHRI lists HR activists disappeared in Cairo

Filed under: Media, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:09 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Journalists are daily targets all over the Middle East, and regularly get beaten, kidnapped and their equipment stolen in order to hide the truth of one dictatorship or another. Its surprising the western journalists are so shocked by their first taste of it in Egypt.

Crackdown on a number of Human Rights associations and disappearance of Egyptian, American and Algerian Human Rights Activists. The lives and the safety of the activists is the responsibility of the Egyptian Army

Cairo Thu Feb 3, 2011
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and the Egyptian Association for the Advancement of community participation Announcing its their deep concern for the lives and safety of “Ahmed Seif al-Islam Hamad”, the director of the Hisham Mubarak Center for Law and “Khaled Ali” the Director of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and the number of workers at the two centers, as well as a researcher for Amnesty International “Said Hadad”, also an American Citizen researcher of division of Human Rights Watch, “Daniel Williams” after the siege of the building, which includes two centers located in downtown, by some thugs and gangs ,who are followers of the Ruling
National Democratic Party, and the storming of the centers of forces claimed as belonging to the military police, In about three o’clock this afternoon, which was closed Telephones human rights activists and under siege imposed by criminal gangs on the building, the Arab and Egyptian network could not be able to enter the building and assurance on the lives of human rights activists at the moment. (Read on …)

Mukallah 3 wounded in Yemen protest, HOOD 37 arrested Updated

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 1:32 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

HOOD is still tabulating but an early report indicates 37 arrested at anti-government protests in Yemen today including 25 in Aden.Waiting for a better translation, in the mean time a report from Hadramout has three wounded included one critical.

Update: Yemen Post: At least 22 people were arrested by Yemeni security forces in Aden province while they participated in a rally organized by the opposition, the Joint Meeting Parties, JMP. Protesters in the rally chanted anti-government slogans and urged the ouster of the regime, “We need freedom. Get out!”

Eyewitness said that Yemeni authorities in Aden tightened the measures of security in an attempt to stop protesters from participating in an anti-government rally in Aden. (Read on …)

Protest in Sanaa Yemen Feb 3, 2011

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:59 am on Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Photo: al Masdar Online

Protests in Yemen were peaceful today. Armed regime thugs parked their SUV’s in Yemen’s Tahrir Square yesterday, so the protest was moved at Sanaa University. President Saleh yesterday promised not to run for president again (a pledge he made before the last two elections that he won) and not to install his son on the throne when he goes (but no word on installing the nephews currently charge of the security forces and military.) Saleh is a consummate liar and the King of Spin, nothing he says can be believed but he’s obviously rather nervous now, conceding to the oppositions demands even before the protest was held. For more coverage, see Crowd Voices/Yemen. (Read on …)

Epyptian blogger Sandmonkey arrested, Update: Beaten and released

Filed under: Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:00 am on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Udpate 2: Interview with CBS after release. Update: Beaten and released, car trashed but free. Good move, now let the rest go. On a side note, one notable twitter moment was two days ago when someone tweeted they found a two year old kid with green eyes who said his name was Mohammed, and the father tweeted he lost his kid and after lots of retweets, the exchange location for the meet-up in Tahrir Square, Egypt was communicated on twitter through hundreds of intermediaries around the world.

Original: Doesn’t Mubarek have enough problems? Does he really want to piss off the entire US blogosphere? Sandmonkey is a well known, self-described, “Micro-celebrity, Blogger, activist, New Media douchebag, Pain in the ass!” He was arrested en route to Tahrir square with medical supplies, friends and family report: “I just called @SandMonkey ’s phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your c*nt friend is arrested.”

The Sandmonkey blog is getting wonky, maybe they got his password, so I’m re-posting his entire post from a few hours ago.

Egypt, right now!

I don’t know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one’s friend house to another friend’s house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least. (Read on …)

Yemen government websites down, Update: Up Update: Down

Filed under: Media, Ministries, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:31 am on Thursday, February 3, 2011

heh, wasn’t me or anybody that I know, really… Update: many back up already. Heavy traffic on the web may be making it wonky. Update 2: The sites are now all showing moved or under construction. Not the the website of the Yemeni parliament is much use anyway. U (Read on …)

Crowdvoice.org & Yemen Portal creates user-powered section for Yemen protests

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 4:08 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yemen Portal and CrowdVoice teamed up and created a special section on CrowdVoice.org that aggregates content from various websites on rallies and demonstrations being held in Yemen or abroad but are related to Yemen. CrowdVoice is user-powered – the submitted information is chosen and approved by the community. The initiative to create this section comes in the eve of the planned anti-government rallies across Yemen calling for reform and change in the country. Those demonstrations follow intense demonstrations in Egypt, which followed earlier Tunisian uprising that toppled the regime of Ben Ali.

https://yemenportal.net/protests

http://crowdvoice.org/yemen

http://crowdvoice.org

https://yemenportal.net

http://mideastyouth.com

to circumvent internet blocking go to https://alkasir.com
if blocked, write to: get-ar@alkasir.com (Arabic instructions) or get@alkasir.com (English)

media inquiries write to admin@yemenportal.net

Yemen’s HOOD to monitor HR violations at Feb 3 protests

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 3:16 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hood: monitor violations and we have a team work and the operations room

Hood Online: The Organization of HUD that it is considering with interest to move the street, which is expected to occur this morning at the invitation of the opposition forces in Yemen and joined her voice to the voices of civil society organizations demanded that the Interior Ministry to guarantee the protection of this right direction for devices of various security protection of participants in these peaceful demonstrations, including the prevention any friction between the various parties and ensure separation of places where the marches different to avoid any contact may occur and to remove any obstacles to the arrival of the participants in the marches to the places announced by the organizers also called on organizations and the Ministry of the Interior to make sure to ensure the right of the press and the media in the coverage of what is happening without any harassment and guidance for security personnel and a commitment to abide by laws, and organizations emphasized the follow-up of what will happen to verify full compliance with the Constitution and to ensure the right of citizens to peacefully express themselves.

She said Hood it in cooperation with human rights activists created a room operations assisted twentieth active in the field to monitor violations of human rights, where will be issued a final report end of the day also will be published news turn to traditional media and through social media in Facebook and Twitter, said Hood, they appreciated the keenness of the organizers of the demonstration three on February peaceful approach and selection of their demonstration to change the location of the new university after gunmen took over the field of Liberation Square Hood asserts that the Interior Ministry to respect this behavior and to not allow any friction between the protesters and any groups paid by any party.

Hood recommends the reporting of any violation of human rights of any party to one of the following numbers 777367213/
714498956/212518

هود: نرصد الانتهاكات ولدينا فريق عمل وغرفة عمليات

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 3:11 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

قدرت خطوة نقل مظاهرة المعارضة إلى الجامعة الجديدة

هود: نرصد الانتهاكات ولدينا فريق عمل وغرفة عمليات

هود أون لاين:

قالت منظمة هود أنها تنظر باهتمام إلى تحرك الشارع الذي يتوقع أن يحدث صباح اليوم بدعوة من قوى المعارضة في اليمن وضمت صوتها إلى أصوات منظمات المجتمع المدني التي طالبت وزارة الداخلية بضمان وحماية هذا الحق بالتوجيه للأجهزة الأمنية المختلفة بحماية المشاركين في هذه المسيرات السلمية بما في ذلك منع أي احتكاكات بين الأطراف المختلفة والتأكد من فصل أماكن تجمع المسيرات المختلفة تفادياً لأي تماس قد يحدث وإزالة أي عوائق تحول دون وصول المشاركين في المسيرات إلى الأماكن المعلن عنها من قبل الجهات المنظمة كما طالبت المنظمات وزارة الداخلية بالتأكد من ضمان حق الصحافة ووسائل الأعلام في تغطية ما يحدث دون أي مضايقات والتوجيه لإفراد الأمن بالتقيد والالتزام بالقوانين، وأكدت المنظمات على متابعتها لما سيحدث للتحقق من التقيد الكامل بالدستور وبما يكفل حق المواطنين بالتعبير السلمي عن أنفسهم .

وقالت هود أنها بالتعاون مع نشطاء حقوقيون استحدثت غرفة عمليات يساعدها عشرون ناشطا في الميدان لرصد انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان حيث ستصدر تقريرا ختاميا نهاية اليوم كما ستنشر الأخبار تباعا لوسائل الإعلام التقليدية وعبر وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعي في الفيسبوك والتويتر، وقالت هود أنها تقدر حرص منظمي مظاهرة ثلاثة فبراير على النهج السلمي واختيارهم تغيير مكان مظاهرتهم إلى الجامعة الجديدة بعد أن احتل مسلحون ساحة ميدان التحرير وتؤكد هود أن على وزارة الداخلية احترام هذا السلوك والعمل على عدم السماح بأي احتكاكات بين المتظاهرين وأي جماعات يدفعها أي طرف.

وتنصح هود بالإبلاغ عن أي انتهاك لحقوق الإنسان من أي طرف على أحد الأرقام التالية777367213/714498956/212518

Sana’a protest moved from Tahrir Square to University due to armed thugs camping out

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 2:52 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why do all these dictatorial regimes have places called Freedom Square? The protest tomorrow in Sanaa had been moved from Al Tahrir square to the roundabout of the new university due to the occupation of the regime thugs camped out in Al Tahrir Square with car loads of guns. 9 am

غير مكان مظاهرة 3 فبراير
التاسعة صباحا
جولة الجامعة الجديدة
لأن ميدان التحرير محتل من قبل مسلحين
أرجو التعميم

تبدأ بمسيرة 3 فبراير، يمن بورتال وكراود ڤويس يدشنان قسماً لمتابعة أخبار المسيرات والاحتجاجات في اليمن

Filed under: Media, protests — by Jane Novak at 1:51 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

تبدأ بمسيرة 3 فبراير، يمن بورتال وكراود ڤويس يدشنان قسماً لمتابعة أخبار المسيرات والاحتجاجات في اليمن

الاربعاء، 2 فبراير 2011

قام محرك البحث يمن بورتال نت وموقع كراود ڤويس (Crowd Voice) بتدشين صفحة “المسيرات والاحتجاجات الشعبية في اليمن” والتي يمكن الوصول إليها عبر الرابط: http://crowdvoice.org/yemen أو https://yemenportal.net/protests.

وستقوم هذه الصفحة بتجميع وسرد أخبار ومواد متعلقة بالأحداث المتسارعة للمسيرات والاحتجاجات التي يتم تسييرها في شتى مناطق اليمن. وتم المضي بهذه الخطوة للتعريف بما يدور في البلاد خصوصاً مع ازدياد عدد الأخبار التي يقوم محرك البحث يمن بورتال نت برصدها على مدار الساعة لا سيما من المواقع الجنوبية والمعارضة والمستقلة التي تنقل أخباراً وصوراً وكليبات فيديو حول المسيرات والتظاهرات والاحتجاجات التي تدور في شتى المحافظات اليمنية.

وحرصاً على ان تكون الصفحة مفتوحة ومتنوعة، سيتم السماح بنشر المواد حول الفعاليات بغض النظر عن مصدرها ولن يتم منع اي روابط متعلقة بأحداث تدور رحاها داخل الحدود اليمنية أو خارجها طالما كانت مرتبطة باليمن.

وما يميز هذه الصفحة أنها ستسمح لمستخدمي الانترنت من إضافة روابط أو صور أو كليبات فيديو لها علاقة بالمسيرات والاحتجاجات في اليمن ولن يحتاج المساهمون إلى التسجيل أو ذكر اسمائهم أو مقارهم وذلك حرصاً على خصوصيتهم.

ويجدر ذكره أن كراود ڤويس، الذي أطلقته شبكة شباب الشرق الأوسط (MidEast Youth) رسميًا في يونيو 2010، هو مجمع للأخبار والمواضيع في مكان واحد ليسهّل عملية تصفّحها، وترشيحها، وإعادة نشرها. ويعتمد الموقع على تقنية جديدة مبتكرة ومتميزة في مجال الإعلام الاجتماعي ليس فقط في إتاحته التفاعل معه من قِبل المستخدمين، بل في تمكين المستخدمين من صناعة محتواهم الخاص (User-generated Media). ويتيح كراود ڤويس بذلك آفاقًا جديدة لم تكن موجودة من قبل، بل ويرسم أبعادًا أكثر رحابةً، ليعبر بها ما بعد عصر المعلومات (Post-information Age)، وتحديدًا إلى عصر اليقظة (Attention Age).

ويرحب يمن بورتال وكراود ڤويس بإضافة بانر أو رابط خاص بهذه الصفحة على المواقع اليمنية للتعريف بهذه الفعاليات التي تشهدها البلاد ورفع مستوى وعي مستخدمي الانترنت في اليمن والعالم بشأنها. وأفضل الطرق للحصول على البانر هو عبر زيارة الصفحة: http://crowdvoice.org/yemen والنقر على GRAB BLOG WIDGET ونسخ الكود الذي سيعرض ومن ثم لصقة في الصفحة الرئيسية في الموقع أو المدونة.

صور مرتبطة بالخبر

شعار للموقع (عربي): http://174.120.100.74/~investor/feb3/feb3-yemen.png

شعار (انجليزي): http://174.120.100.74/~investor/feb3/feb3-yemen-ar.png

لقطة للصفحة: http://174.120.100.74/~investor/feb3/feb3.gif

روابط ذات علاقة:

· موقع كراود ڤويس: http://crowdvoice.org

· موقع يمن بورتال نت: https://yemenportal.net

· موقع شباب الشرق الأوسط: http://mideastyouth.com

· موقع الكاسر (لكسر الحجب عن المواقع): https://alkasir.com ويمكنكم الحصول على برنامج كسر الحجب عن موقع يمن بورتال عبر ارسال رسالة الكترونية إلى get-ar@alkasir.com

· للاستفسار: admin@yemenportal.net

Egypt’s Tahir Square become Tienanmen Square

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 11:36 am on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Egyptian regime thugs are attacking peaceful protesters. There are families there. The Mubarek apes with police IDs are armed with machetes, clubs and razors. They are seeking out the journalists and throwing fire bombs. The exits are blocked! Mubarek turned the internet back on as a fear factor. There’s many serious injuries. The darkness is hiding the blood now but when the sun comes up again, it will be too late. Idiot US commentators are asking, “Where are the police?” These ARE the police. Violent attacks on citizens by deniable proxies is the hallmark of an illegitimate regime.

Yemen Interior Min announces blocked roads and reinforced security in advance of protest

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 10:18 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

They do this all the time in the south also, block the roads leading to protest sites and beef up security in advance of peaceful protests. Southern violence often takes place at security checkpoints.

Yemen Online: The Yemeni Interior Ministry said in a statement it had reinforced security forces around the capital Sanaa and blocked byways as precaution measures to prevent smuggling weapons into major cities. The ministry said on its website it directed security agencies to beef up inspection campaigns for wanted suspects or firearms at security checkpoints in the main highways leading to the capital. (Read on …)

Saleh orders release of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Shaea

Filed under: Media, Presidency, Trials, aq statements, arrests, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wow, Saleh is really scrambling to appease everybody. Shaea was kidnapped in August and arrested in September, tried and sentenced to five years for supporting al Qaeda after releasing several interviews and statements from Anwar al Awlaki. The YJS and international media advocates have been lobbying for his release. Update: Yemen Post reports he’s out.

News Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly ordered the release of imprisoned journalist and expert of terrorist groups’ affairs AbdulElah Haidar Shaye. (Read on …)

Yemeni people not hopeless enough to demand regime change: says JMP

Filed under: Elections, JMP, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No? The protest on February 3 is the last stage of the first step. WTF? Its a unique historical moment and the JMP caved. Saleh’s regime wholeheartedly promised electoral reform in exchange for the JMP accepting the results of the flawed 2006 presidential election. Its five years later, and there’s no reform yet, but they believe the same empty promises? If the opposition leaders are not ever going to challenge the regime, they should become bakers or farmers. In Yemen, people call the JMP “the other face of the regime,” for good reason, and a recent public opinion survey showed nearly no confidence in their ability to represent popular demands. The JMP is toothless because it is enmeshed in the status quo. This is not a good faith miscalculation, its a sell-out. They should leave on the same plane as Saleh. Update: a good analysis of prospects for Yemen at the Media Line.

Yemen’s opposition seeks reforms not ouster of President Saleh, opposition leader says
By Nasser Arrabyee, 01/02/2011

The head of the opposition coalition said opposition in Yemen has not yet officially demanded the President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down like Egypt and Tunisia.

“The opposition has not arrived its final stage, and it is still demanding serious and genuine reforms,” said Mohammed Al Mutawakel, chairman of the supreme council of the Joint Meeting Parties, the coalition of the main opposition parties.

“When people become hopeless of genuine reforms, then demands for removal of the regime will be used like Egypt and Tunisia.” — “Thursday’s demonstrations will be the last thing of the first stage of our activities which we started in the mid of last January, to refuse all unilateral steps taken by the ruling party for holding elections and constitutional amendments,” said Mohammed Al Kubati, the spokesman of the opposition coalition, Joint Meeting Parties, JMPs. (Read on …)

#Feb3, #Yemen’s day of rage should be orderly: Updated, its a rally for fair elections, opposition parties say

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 9:12 am on Monday, January 31, 2011

Yup, the “Day of Rage” is really a rally (their term) for a fair election and in opposition to constitutional amendments. The opposition parties will ramp up if its demands aren’t met. Its not a call for Saleh to resign or for any substantial changes. The JMP is an opposition that doesn’t fully oppose, just seeks to gain concessions and privileges, and falls for the same tricks over and over again. Saleh and the GPC agreed to these demand in 2006 and reneged, lied and stalled for the last five years. The southerners have no reason to join in these protests. No one will benefit but the JMP.

Yemen Post: The Joint Meeting Parties plans to hold rallies in various Yemeni cities on Thursday to protest the moves of the ruling party seeking President Saleh to say more terms in office and to go to the controversial parliamentary elections planned for April alone…The remarks come as the JMP has vowed to step up popular protest against the corrupt regime demanding to reverse the constitutional amendments, which were proposed by the ruling party and approved by the House of Representatives in December. The constitutional reforms, turned over to a special committee to study them and comment on them within 60 day, will allow Saleh to rule for two more terms to be a lifetime president.

Well its on. Yemen’s next protest is scheduled for February 3 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands nationally, if not millions. This protest was called by Yemen’s political party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP). The JMP decided on a gradation of colors, from pink to red, if demands are not met as protests progress; so Thursday’s should be fuchsia, maybe mauve. Other colors already carry too much significance.

The opposition parties include the Yemeni Socialist Party, which formerly ruled south Yemen, and the Islah party, an Islamist reform party that ranges from hard-line Islamists to hard-line democrats and has a strong tribal wing. Certainly elements of Islah (notably the Abdulmajid al Zindani wing) advocate the al Qaeda world view including jihad and child marriage. However it is those elements of the party that are in fact close allies of President Saleh and an essential component of his power. For more on this complicated relationship, see my 14 page report at the Gloria Center here.

Others in the JMP grouping include a small Zaidi (Shiite) party and, yes, Baathist and Nassirite parties. Individually their ideologies are stale but the JMP’s unified platform since its inception in 2002 calls for social reform, corruption controls and the establishment of a proportional voting system. The state reneged on promises of electoral reform following the 2006 presidential election, triggering a delay in Parliamentary elections scheduled for 2009, but there’s been no progress since. The Saleh regime is going forward unilaterally with Parliamentary elections scheduled for April.

In typical fashion, the state announced pay raises for civil servants today, the desperate scrambling of desperate men. But its likely that the tactics that worked before to tamp down unrest won’t work again; a new wages strategy promised during the 2005 fuel riots never was fully implemented, triggering teachers strikes in subsequent years.

In another typical move, Yemeni President Saleh made a major announcement inviting the opposition to a national dialog, but didn’t actually invite them. Saleh has no credibility, being a habitual liar and all. And the only question about the planned protest is whether the security forces are going to open fire on the protesters, as they have done over the last three years, killing hundreds, in response to peaceful demonstrations by the southern independence movement.

AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula) for its part responded to the events unfolding globally by declaring holy war on the Houthi rebels. Saleh has been in power since 1978, and like Mubarek was hoping to pass the throne to his son Ahmed, who is also head of Yemen’s CT forces. Of course long term prospects of regime change in Yemen will be also determined the stance of the tribes, the Houthis, the southern movement and the rural population.

Yemen Times: SANA’A, Jan. 30 – Yemen’s coalition of opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), confirmed that this Thursday will be Yemen’s ‘Day of Anger’ after National Dialogue Committee talks failed to materialize. Mohammed Saleh, spokesman for the JMP, told the Yemen Times that the opposition has planned for protests around the country.

“It will be huge, all over the country,” he said. (Read on …)

Saleh tries to buy off, pre-empt protests

Filed under: govt budget, poverty/ hunger, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:01 am on Monday, January 31, 2011

The desperate scrambling of a desperate man. Tactics that worked before won’t again:

Saleh directs Govt to expand social security network [31/1/2011

SANA’A, Jan.31(Saba)- President Ali Abdullah Saleh directed the government on Monday to expand the network of social security by adopting 0.5 million cases of families in need in light of the results of the field survey carried out by the concerned body. (Read on …)

Leading Yemeni activists beaten during march to Egyptian embassy 1/29/11

Filed under: protests — by Jane Novak at 3:40 pm on Sunday, January 30, 2011

A write up of yesterday’s events that includes details not in the prior post. Most of the protests in Sana’a over the last several years were undertaken by the same core group of activists.

Security abuses key activists in Sana’a, By Abdullah al-Qubati, for Yemenat

Sanaa-Armed group attacked dozens activists Saturday in the capital city of Sanaa during a peaceful rally supported the ongoing Egyptians revolt and demanding their president ’s regime to step down.

Protesters, who were journalists, rights activists and students, chanted “the people wants to overthrow the ruling regime”. (Read on …)

Yemen’s Saleh calls Mubarek with sympathy and support

Filed under: Diplomacy, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:19 pm on Sunday, January 30, 2011

One dinosaur to another

Almotamar.net - President Ali Abdullah Saleh has on Saturday evening made a phone call with President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in which he got assured of the situations in Egypt in the light of the regretful events Egypt is currently witnessing.

President Saleh affirmed in the phone conversation Yemen’s stand by and solidarity with Egypt’s government and people, wishing prevalence of security, stability and peace in Egypt.

#Egypt #Jan25

Filed under: photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:12 pm on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Yemeni activists fear worsening clampdown amid protests

Filed under: Civil Society, Civil Unrest, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:39 pm on Saturday, January 29, 2011

When Saleh gets nervous, people bleed.

24 January 2011 Amnesty Intl: Yemeni activists detained in anti-government protests this weekend have told Amnesty International they fear the authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression will worsen amid growing calls for reform. (Read on …)

Yemen: Opposition parties mull next move

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Presidency, Reform, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saleh suddenly wants to talk. And reform. Maybe the JMP will decide to ratchet up their protest colors from pink to fuchsia. Watch out if they get to red. Update: Woops, Saleh made the announcement but forgot to invite the JMP to dialog.

Yemen Post: Opposition leaders will sit today to discuss the President Saleh’s call to end protests and come to the dialogue table.
The call by the president came after he met with high ranking officials from the ruling General People Congress GPC party yesterday.
Sources in the opposition told Yemen Post that they will not have dialogue with the ruling party until all decisions made by the ruling party over the last three months be cancelled.
The opposition source also mentioned that they are not optimistic about returning to the dialogue table with the ruling party as history has shown that dialogue always makes matters worse due to the negligence of the ruling party.

Yemen: Plain clothes security operatives attack protesters at Egyptian embassy

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Presidency, Sana'a, Security Forces, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:43 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Update: Very tacky to pull your jamiba on a woman. That’s Tawakkol Karaman.

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Emerates247: Dozens of activists calling for the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed on Saturday with the regime’s supporters in Sanaa, an AFP journalist reported.

Plainclothes police also attacked the demonstrators who marched to the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa chanting “Ali, leave leave” and “Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future.” — A female activist, Tawakel Karman, who has led several protests in Sanaa during the past week, said that a member of the security forces in civilian clothes tried to attack her with a dagger and a shoe but was held by other protestors.

HOOD condemns:

Condemns the Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms savage attack on Saturday 1/29/2011 at the demonstrators heading for the Egyptian embassy in a peaceful demonstration of solidarity with the Egyptian people against what the Egyptian authorities of the killings outside the law against Egyptian citizens defenseless. (Read on …)

Huge Protests in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Economic, Oil, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:41 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Fifty dead, hundreds injured, no photos allowed

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 22 July 2005

“Yemen: International rules on law enforcement must be upheld
Amnesty International is concerned at reports that dozens of people have been killed during violent protests over the last two days. Scores of protesters, including children, are said to have been arrested and may be at risk of torture.“

Yahoo What began Wednesday as anger over Yemen’s crumbling economy turned into a rare open expression of fury at the country’s leaders, with rioters demanding the government’s ouster and burning pictures of top officials.

The clashes have not been confined to the capital, erupting in at least a half-dozen cities in the worse civil strife in more than a decade.

The decrepit economy has sparked growing resentment in the mountainous, tribal-dominated nation. Yemen discovered oil in 1986, but the profits have not trickled down to the public and the government has been accused of rampant corruption. Unemployment is 36 percent.

Update 7/22: Protests Spread to all the Governates
Hi MSNBC readers: theres lots more about Yemen all over my blog. Take a look for the real story about this “reforming democray” that is in actuality a brutal dictatorship with a strong indiginous pro-democracy movement that is repressed at every turn.

The protests are about the huge rise in oil and gas prices. Someone should note that in this very corrupt country gas is sold at half of the current market value. Oil revenue is reported on the books with a sale price of $22/barrel when it goes for what now $45? Wonder who is benefitting from that? Not the Yemeni people.

Update 7/21: Khaleej Times (probably written by the reporter who got his car demolished by the Yemeni security forces):

Twelve (more) people were killed during clashes on Thursday between security forces and armed demonstrators in a second day of deadly protests against a government decision to hike fuel prices, witnesses said.

At least 50 protestors were also wounded in the capital and at least six towns in the south and north, with government forces, backed by army tanks and armored vehicles, deployed along main roads.

A number of journalists working for foreign television told AFP the Yemeni information ministry has banned them from airing footage from the violence via satellite transmission. (ht: Strata-sphere, analysis from AJStrata further down.)

The Yemen Observer reports today’s days events this way: The city has returned to state of calm….However, peaceful gatherings have been reported in some parts of the city.

Also: Prime Minister Abdul-Qader Bagammal said in a television address, “We are not accusing anyone but we call those infiltrating the masses to stop harming society. They are the true saboteurs and we will confront them,” he said without elaborating. (Should we take bets on who he’s going to “confront”: the democracy advocates, the journalists, the Popular Forces Union, the Houthis?)

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We are all worried. Things may get out of control. In my neighborhood and around it today, there was a total loss of control. Nothing held people except that they all view the gov as the enemy. In other areas, things went differently. Demonstrators smashed cars, signs, and glass windows. They ransacked some gov buildings, banks, and other key buildings.

As the sun rises tomorrow, we will know what to expect.

There’s a lot of pent up fustration in Yemen. This is about more than just the price increases, its about a brutal dictator pillaging the economy and stealing the future of a generation of children. (Half of Yemen’s children have never been to school, but theres loads of new weapons-that come in handy now-and millions in private bank accounts of the elite. )

Update, Yemen Obbserver:
Crowds then turned on the police and military with sticks and rocks. The scenes, repeated in other cities throughout Yemen, left the city in a state of shock.

The current death toll stands at 6 in Sana’a, 3 in Dhamar, and 6 in Dhali’. Dozens more people have been injured, according to local media reports. There’s no official statement to confirm or deny the figures above.

Several banks were attacked in Sana’a, including the Central Bank of Yemen, as well as a number of governmental institutions, among them the headquarters of the Ministry of Oil & Minerals and the Ministry of Finance, and several other government buildings.

After 25 years of President Saleh’s brutal rule, Yemen is among the most impoverished in the world, illiteracy is near 50%, and unemployment is very high, while the country’s elites have become richer and more powerful. They are so powerful, the ruling party this week closed down a lawful political oppositon party by taking over its headquarters and newspaper at gunpoint. But in addition to lacking free speech, civil rights, and an independent judiciary, the Yemeni people also lack food, an educational system, and doctors.

Saleh is reputedly worth 20 billion. Economic reforms repealing goverment subsidies on commodity items were instutited yesterday, the impact of which will be felt most keenly by the poor who are barely sustaining themselves now. The massive governmental corruption, noted as among the pervasive in the world, has not been addressed. So again the Yemeni people pay the price for the privileged postions of those in power. This time they’re protesting.

Yemen Times: Observers expect massive rallies across the country after the death of at least 15 civilians in violent demonstrations mainly in the cities Sanaa, Dhamar and Dhale’. The demonstrations were caused by anger due to the government’s decision of raising the prices of petroleum directive products between 50% and 100%.

Thousands of angry men took into the streets in the capital Sana’a and set fire to tires, blocked streets and hurled stones at the prime minister’s office while shops closed for fear of looting.

Demonstrators shouted slogans attacking Bagammal and the ruling party of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Police, using tear gas and water cannon to control the crowds, blocked off the house of Vice President Abd-Rabbu Hadi where protesters converged.

“This is a natural reaction because the government’s reforms are a lie and we can’t take it any more…This government is making the rich richer and the poor poorer,” said one young man in Sanaa.

Opposition parties say such measures will increase pressure on the poor and demand instead a crackdown on corruption, which they blame for Yemen’s economic problems.

These are not the protests begging Saleh to stay in power that some of his loyalists were predicting here yesterday. This the people putting the blame where it belongs.

YO: Eight deaths have, as of Wednesday mid-afternoon, been confirmed following violent confrontations between police and protestors against the rise in fuel prices…

Soldiers entered a building in search of a journalist who had been on the roof taking photographs of the scenes below, but they did not find him. “The taking of photographs is not allowed,” declared one solider.

“This is our only option to make our feelings known and exercise our rights. What else can we do to make government listen?” said one of the protestors.

The price of petroleum for has risen by around 90%, while the price of gas has gone up to 400 YR a cylinder, an increase of almost 80%.

I’m very worried. There’s 20 deaths already and over a hundred injured.

Quoting other coverage: Mad Dog Vinnie: We need to stand up and support these people in their quest for freedom.

Willisms: These demonstrations are not about poverty itself, nor about gas prices. These demonstrations, targeted against Saleh’s rule, were nothing less than the early stages of revolution.

Don Surber: One victim was all of 12.

Searchlight Crusade references this LGF post. And Thanks Glenn.

Strata-sphere: The protestors have done what they needed to do at this moment – gain world wide attention. They are paying a price for these acts in lives and injuries. But they need to also make sure they can control the outcome towards a peaceful end.

Guardian: “Critics said that curbing general public expenditure, including military spending, would have been a more effective way of tackling the budget deficit.” (ed: oh yes, enough toys for Ali Mohsen already: Russian copters, arms from North Korea, if I recall correctly there’s a $400 million dollar deal with Russia for various weapons. The blackmarket Yemeni weapons pipeline is taking food out of the mouths of starving children. ) Loads and loads more about Yemen all over this blog.

additional coverage: (Read on …)

 

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