Armies of Liberation

Jane Novak's blog about Yemen

Al Iman South, new religious university opens in Aden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

al Zindani interview English

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

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

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

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

CCYR denounces takfirism by officials, asks Islah to clarify position

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Islah, Religious, Transition — by Jane Novak at 2:42 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saleh frequently resorted to denouncing his opponents in religious terms and framing armed clashes as legitimate jihad with fatwas from his clerics. The CCYR supports equal rights, intellectual freedom and a civil foundation for the impending state and is highlighting the increasing use of fatwas and taqfirism by hard liners to short circuit reform, and intimidate the public at large and activists in particular.

Yemen: Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution condemns Takfirism campaign

“The Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution” CCYR has reviewed the dangers besetting the homeland and revolution with its supreme goal of the new democratic civil Yemen, for sake of which people made big sacrifices.

The CCYR noticed a most important hint in such a historical moment represented in a return to language of Takfeer /Takfirism, exclusion and cancel of others . These are the same values practiced by the former regime throughout 33 years, for which the people of Yemen took to streets.

Most importantly is that it is an influential player within one of the biggest joint meeting parties’ components that practices such behavior and while such a player did not abide by the declared political program of the Islah party, it also did the same for the first goal of revolution represented through establishing the new civil democratic country that respect freedom of thought, belief and of expression.

The CCRY, having condemned such behavior of past black era logic, confirms continue peaceful struggle against any obstacles facing the new Yemen dream of the people.

The CCYR calls Islah leadership to express their attitude towards such practices in a clear manner, for it is an influencing individuals in Islah party who did so.

The CCYR informs all forces of modernization and civilians with care about future of Yemen to practice role of raising awareness on such risks and to fight them everywhere.

The CCYR confirms solidarity with all involved in the Takfirism campaign, Bushra Almaqtary, Fikry Qassem, Salah Aldakak, Muhsen Aed, Sami Shamsan, Adel no’man being last of them.

Civil society activists condemn Yemeni scholars’ fatwa on writer as politically motivated exploitation of religion

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Media, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:36 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rejecting Taqfirism flat out. And they are correct that a civil state does not reject religion but protects the rights of all religious persuasions equally.

RSF condemns the Takfeer campaign against Yemeni writers

A statement released by Revolution Salvation Front (RSF) on the apostasy campaign against the Yemeni writer, Bushra al-Maqtari

Condemnation Statement

O’ great people..O’ revolutionaries and freedom seekers in all squares of freedom and change
In deliberate abuse to the freedom of belief and approaching elimination and dominance of religion employing, the Yemeni writer Mrs. Bushra al-Maqtari, subjected to Takfeer (apostasy) campaign by known extremist groups.

Recently, these groups issued Fatwa, an Islamic edict by clerics, named as “The Olama’s Fatwa on abuse the Islam and Allah”, in which they named four writers: Bushra al-Maqtari, Fikry Kasim, Muhsin A’aid and Sami Shamsan of being “abused Islam” and described with “apostasy” and “Kufrism”.

The Fatwa elaborated by talking about an article of writer Bushra Maqtari, reported some of severed phrases from the article and interpreted it according their special orientation and political purpose for abuse and incitement to murder against the writer.

The RSF deplores and condemns this unjust Fatwa and that was not in fact Fatwa as it is just exploitation of religion for the liquidation of opponents to insert illegal ambitions, seeking to provoke sedition in society and exclusion of political opponent bigotry and bad interpretation of words away from its meanings.

It rejects the Takfeer at all. The so-called “Olama’s Fatwa on abuse the Islam and Allah” only regarded as a matter of political exploitation of religion to rein the other opinion and intellectually terrify. Such method already used by the same extremist groups against others and authorized the killing of children and women during previous political conflicts especially those infamous fatwa issued against the Yemen southerners during the civil war in 1994, misbelieved as “the war of apostasy and separation”. As well, many writers subjected to such Fatwas, as Dr. Abdul Aziz al-Maqalih and Dr. Hamood al-Awdi.

The RSF warns against going too far in using and monopoly religious and national eligibility by a group extremists and radicalists as Saleh’s regime did to weaken and exclude opposition opponents. Such behavior regarded as a crime must not be silent by the community.

It considered use of the mosques and public spaces to incite against other faiths, beliefs and ideologies as a blatant open call for incitement to murder and crime must be punished.

In this regard, the RSF calls upon the Ministry of Endowment to prevent the use of mosques to religious Takfeer, sedition and hatred in the community.

RSF also calls on political parties, human rights and civil society organizations, social and revolutionary representations, thinkers, writers and all the people to respond to such serious actions that threaten the security, stability and safety of the community.

RSF condemns the sites that published writings of abusive terms such as NabaNews and YemenPress, demanding to be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Issued by The Peaceful Revolution Salvation Front
Date 03/02/2012

Fatwa is here and Gt’d here in article entitled: “The text of the fatwa, and the image” .. scientists Yemen opinion about insulting the divine: the article described Bushra Maqtari, and demanding closure of sites that published her article, and called for abusers to declare repentance”

Interesting to note that AQAP in Jaar banned some of the same newspapers that the scholars are also railing against.

A letter supporting activist Ms. Bushra Maqtari under threats in Taiz

Filed under: Islah, Media, Religious, Taiz, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2012

I add my support. Google translation below:

بيان إدانة واستنكار

في استهداف واضح ومتعمد لحرية التفكير والتعبير، واستمرار لنهج الإقصاء والاستقواء بالدين؛ تتعرض الكاتبة بشرى المقطري لحملة تكفير من قبل جماعات متطرفة تعمد إلى استحضار ثقافة إلغاء العقل، وتجريم الفكر الحر.

وأطلت القوى الظلامية المدججة بفتاوى الإلحاد وتغليب منطق التكفير على رؤى التفكير مجدداً بحملة واسعة النطاق على خلفية مقال كتبته بشرى المقطري الناشطة في أهم ساحة من ساحات الثورة، ساحة الحرية بتعز، لتستعيد موروث التكفير، وتعمل على التحريض ضد الكاتبة بهدف إرهابها، ومنعها من ممارسة حقها في التعبير عن الرأي، قبل أن تتطور تلك الحملة حتى وصلت حدّ التحريض على استهداف حياة المقطري، وقيادة مجاميع متطرفة للمطالبة بإدانتها واستهداف حياتها بحجة الإساءة إلى الدين والذات الإلهية.

إن التكفير هو الداء الرجيم الذي دفعت اليمن ثمنه باهظا من ثلاثينيات القرن الماضي، وقتل بسببه أفضل علماء اليمن ومفكريها بتهمة اختصار القرآن، وشنت بواسطته حرب ضارية على الثورة اليمنية في الشمال والجنوب بتهمة الإلحاد والكفر.

وكان التكفير هو السلاح الذي اغتيل بواسطته أهم مناضلي الثورة اليمنية أيضاً، مثلما كان أحد أهم أسلحة علي عبد الله صالح الذي نشره في طول اليمن وعرضها، حيث تشهد اليمن هذه الأيام سقوط مدن وبلدات بأيدي التنظيمات التكفيرية التي تقاوم الدولة وتقيم إماراتها الخاصة التي تمارس فيها نهجاً وحشياُ في التعامل مع البشر، فتنتهك الحقوق والحريات، وتعدم الأبرياء أو تشوه أجسادهم بزعم إقامة الحدود كما يحدث في جعار وزنجبار ورداع.

إن شن حملة التكفير على الكاتبة بشرى المقطري على إثر مقال كتبته خلال الأسبوع الماضي هو امتداد لثقافة النظام الذي قامت الثورة ضده، والصمت الجبان على هذه الحملة التكفيرية هو معادل لفعل التكفير. (Read on …)

Tensions Houthis/Dammaj students in Saada, Yemen (Updated)

Filed under: Dammaj, Religious, Sa'ada, Yemen, abu jubarah, al Jawf — by Jane Novak at 6:24 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011

Update 3: vid

Update 2: More from the Yemen Post:

One Salafi student was killed in clashes between the Shia Houthi Movement and the extreme Sunni Salafi movement in the northern Yemen Sa’ada province.

The escalations between both groups started when Houthis claimed that Salafis are entering weapons inside their educational institutions in the town of Dammaj, and demanded that all military posts are emptied.
(Read on …)

Religious Decisions For Murder

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Religious, Yemen, aq statements — by Jane Novak at 12:21 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2011

The article deals with the fatwa on protests and protesters issued by state clerics on Thursday.

Religious Decisions For Murder
a guest post by Amr Mohammed AL Rishia

The meeting was held in capital of Yemen by the so-called Yemen Clerics Association reached a religious decision for killing opponents of President Saleh .

This meeting was held after it was requested by President Saleh using religion against his opponents and demonstrations held in all around Yemen .

Saleh attempt to use the religious side to create chaos inside of revolution in Yemen , president Saleh evasions had Failed to break down legitimacy of the revolution .

That confirms the success of revolution in Yemen , particularly it has managed realign Centers of power in the Yemeni society tribal , military , parties & youth for one purpose is to remove the corrupt regime.

President Saleh no longer has any political plans in order to destroy the revolution, that why he used the religious side. Actually it reveals to international society Saleh’s intentions to lead Yemen to civil war by using religious decisions for murder.

What I saw on TV screens were a group of normal men did not reach to stage of clerics , in any way regarding about clerics qualifications. Where are they standing from the view of religion in the continuing injustice of 33 years? Where are they from stealing the country?, Where are they from killing Yemenis? Where are they from spread of corruption for 33 years?

It is shameful and ridiculous at the same time. Where are they from regarding the constitution which since the twentieth year allows citizens to demonstrate.

Finally, day after day, President Saleh exposes himself and makes others aware of President Saleh who has ruled the nation as great as the Yemeni people, It became clear to the world that this is how Saleh thinks, killing of Yemenis in order to remain as ruler .

Amr Mohammed AL Rishia

Text of the Fatwa on Yemeni protesters by state clerics

Filed under: Presidency, Religious, Yemen, protest statements, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 4:56 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Both the fatwa and the UN HRC council statement will be interpreted by Saleh as a free hand to put down the protests. Saleh followed a similar pattern of obtaining a fatwa prior to launching major assaults on Houthis. The southern independence movement was also fatwa’d if memory serves and of course there was the infamous fatwa issued during the 1994 civil war.Update: also attended by The Commander of the Special Forces Tariq Mohamed Abdullha Saleh

Better: English translation from Yemen Fox:

NYR | YemenFox | A gathering of hundreds of pro-government clerics issued a controversial fatwa backing the regime and lashing out the opposition on Thursday . The clerics labeled the protests that demand the ouster of the regime as “sinful”, calling them to repent or classified as “aggressors”, whom should be fought against according to Islamic law.

After three days of discussion, the clerics issued communiqué clarifying their opinion on the current situation in Yemen.

“Revolting against the {Muslim} rulers either by words or actions is forbidden under the Holy Quran and Sunnah (the teachings of the Prophet). (Read on …)

Saleh asks for fatwa against protesters, Update: Shocka! Zindani says clerics org run by intel officer

Filed under: Presidency, Religious, Yemen, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saleh asks for a fatwa and he’ll probably get it too. Formal fatwas were issued in the 1994 civil war, and repeatedly against the Houthis. In addition Saleh has the capacity to send out talking points to the state Imams to talk up (or taqfir) the excommunication of his enemies, which makes them legitimate targets for death. Several journalists have also been singled out as enemies of Islam by the Yemeni government through the years. Saleh also has distributed talking points to the state’s preachers through the years that were incorporated into Friday sermons, legitimizing, and even encouraging as a duty, the death of both Houthis and Southerners on Islamic grounds.

This is only a small part of what I mean when I say the Sanaa regime legitimizes and perpetuates the al Qaeda philosophy. As the Salafi interpretation of Islam holds that to revolt against a Muslim ruler is haram, even if he is unjust, during the 2006 presidential election, Saleh brought Egyptian Sheikh al Masri (al Maribi), who runs the Dar al Hadeith Salifii school in Marib, to the stage in a rally that was broadcast nationally. Al Masiri issued a fatwa that voting against Saleh is prohibited by Islam. These are the same loyalist group of clerics that threatened a jihad against the US in the event of UN intervention; they are the mouthpiece of Saleh.

Update : Al Zindani says the Scholars Association is run by an intelligence officer, like we didnt know that already, and its suddenly a problem for him although he was a leader within the association for years? He said, “So why hold our ourselves with the Association of Yemen, which is managed in this way, by an officer in the intelligence, it is the door {and help one another in righteousness and piety and do not cooperate in sin and aggression}, and {interpretation of the meaning}”, was the meeting of the scholars of Yemen. Sheikh Zindani, has called for all officers and soldiers to refuse orders that sanction the killing of the Yemenis,

The National: SANAA // Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday urged loyal clerics to issue a fatwa against those calling for his removal from power.

In a speech to religious figures, Mr Saleh attempted to build a religious base to confront rivals insisting on his resignation.

“You have to state the ruling of God and His prophet on those who reject the extended hand for peace and dialogue and insist on revolting against constitutional legitimacy,” Mr Saleh said.

He returned last week to Yemen where clashes have been taking place between forces loyal to the president and defected troops protecting the protest camp in Sanaa where anti-government demonstrations have been under way for months.

The three-day conference attended by 500 clerics is expected to issue a statement tomorrow on the turmoil. Several leading clerics have already backed the protesters’ demands and urged Mr Saleh to step down.

Judge Mohammed Al Hajji, the chief of the Yemeni Clerics Association and an ally of Mr Saleh, said that those who refused dialogue with the government were seeking “sedition”. “There is nothing after sedition but chaos, destruction. There is no doubt that those who seek or call for sedition should bear the burden of that,” Mr Al Hajji told delegates.

Head of Dialog program, al Hittar says Saleh regime pays al Qaeda in Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, Presidency, Religious, Security Forces, War Crimes, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:18 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Of course Saleh is paying al Qaeda and has been paying al Qaeda to do his dirty work for years and the payments are ongoing. Judge Al Hittar who met many of the AQ leaders through the dialog program says now what I said in 2005, not one was reformed. He also says as I have said that the main conduits between the regime and the terrorists are through the security and intelligence services. Saleh and his relatives use AQAP as an instrument of foreign policy like they use the fanatics domestically. And the US must know this if everyone else knows it and has known it. Brennan must be deliberately lying with every statement and the embassy entirely content to knowingly betray millions of Yemenis in order to protect this relationship. The question is the US afraid of Saleh, in cahoots with Saleh or just stupid?

al Hadath (google translated): Chairman of the Commission launched a dialogue with members of the former al-Qaeda in Yemen and the Minister of Endowments and Guidance outgoing Judge Hamoud al-Hattar, a scathing attack on the Yemeni regime and accused him of “supporting a number of al Qaeda members in the show to frighten the West, and the suppression of the Yemeni revolution.”

Hitar announced in a statement the “Rai”, “that he knows many members of al-Qaeda in Yemen during his dialogue with them when he was chairman of the dialogue with Islamic militants, who are now dealing with the Yemeni regime and receive financial rewards.”

Hattar said, “It interlocutors over the past years did not return one of them, and did not Ihor number of al Qaeda who is dealing with the system, and accused the regime that gives them bonuses, refusing to reveal their names.”

He pointed out that “there is a committee of the system communicate with the base made ​​up of three officers, one in a private guards and the second in the national security and the third in the Interior.” And the contradictions of the opposition in their statements of information such as a «base» or not explained that «the media discourse of the opposition and the revolution was not successful », calling at the same time the opposition and called them« rebels »to« correct their mistakes ».

Saleh continues using religious terminology to discredit opponents

Filed under: Media, Religious, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saleh, despite his claim of democratic legitimacy, has always played the religion card to justify himself, his wars and his refusal to share power. The southerners were described since 1994 as Godless because of the adoption of a socialist economic system and gender equality. The Houthis were described as Satanic. State preachers issued a fatwa that declared Houthi blood is free. Various journalists were described as being of the third sex (as well as CIA agents) or orgy enthusiasts.

During the 2006 presidential election, the Egyptian Sheikh al Masiri (also know as al Maribi because his Dar al Hadith offshoot school is in Marib) issued a fatwa during a live nation wide broadcast that voting for the opposition is condemned under Islamic law. Saleh also trashed the protesters on TV because of gender intermingling. (Yemen is the most gender segregated country on earth.)

The Salafi attitude that it is illegitimate to revolt against a Muslim ruler is supported by many Muslim leaders, but not shared by Zaidis; their tenants find it an obligation to oppose an unjust ruler as well as to rule by consultation. Along with the reinterpretation and interaction with others, these principles led the UN in 2002 to highlight the teachings of Imam Ali as a model for Islamic democracy. This Yemen Times article covers the regime’s use of state preachers to reinforce the message that the Yemeni revolution is un-Islamic. However, even al Zindani’s calls for an Islamic state to follow the current tyranny were widely disputed by activists and intellectuals who argued that a civil state is their right as well as a fulfillment of requirements of justice.

Conversely Saleh’s statements in support of jihad and the Iraqi resistance, Yahya Saleh praising the deaths of US soldiers from the stage at Sanaa University and so on, is an extensive topic on its own.

Yemen Times “Obey your leader even if he whips your back and takes your money.”

Since the beginning of the uprising in Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s the regime has used a baffling number of ways to try to stifle the revolution.

One of these ways involves using religion to convince Yemenis that demands for President Saleh’s departure is forbidden and illegal in accordance with the Quran and Hadith (statements of the prophet Mohammed).

Saleh’s loyalists and religious sheikhs have intensified their religious activity during the past six months, using mosques and state-run media channels, with the aim of protecting Saleh from being toppled. (Read on …)

Al Zindani tries to justify inequality among Yemeni citizens

Filed under: Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:20 pm on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Abdelmajid Al Zindani responds to an article critiquing his recent statement about the illegitimacy of democracy and the requirement of an Islamic state. There’s quite an open and vigorous defense by many intellectuals and activists in many papers and websites of the protesters goal of a civil state, and they counter al Zindani point by point. Many protesters are thoroughly scornful of al Zindani (who has been Saleh’s stooge for quite some time and be still be so, if the timing of his outbursts is any indication.)

al Masdar: Newspaper published the first article of Dr. Mohamed El-titled ” Al-Azhar and al-Zindani and civil state “and restored some of the newspapers and news sites publish the article was an effort in which the tiles on the readers, as well as its market a number of fallacies in order to distort the position of Sheikh Majid Bin Aziz Zindani chairman of the scholars of Yemen and Tbesara of public opinion and clarification for the reader confirms the office of Sheikh Zindani as follows: (Read on …)

Intellectuals, activists publish statement opposing al Zindani’s “hard line jihad incitement” against a civil state

Filed under: Civil Rights, Religious, Yemen, protest statements, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 1:33 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2011

IN response to Zindani’s call for an Islamic state, a heated letter defending the principles of the revolution. Its in Arabic but I thought it was important to note the vast majority of protesters are committed to equal rights including the right to worship freely. A secular government is not a God-less one as Zawaheri asserts, but one that affords all equal protections and equal rights to all sects. Religious tolerance is a concept that threatens the foundation of the Saudi theocracy perhaps even more than democracy. However I have a hard time buying Zindani at face value whatever he says; he’s been Saleh’s stooge for years.

Statement issued by a number of Yemeni intellectuals and activists on the legitimacy of the civil revolution

“Zindani approach” to the oppression of Islam and the abuse of the revolution
With the dawn of the revolution in the arena of popular youth change in Sanaa, the Zindani and his current hard-line jihadi incitement against the state civil. Like this current horror inside Yemen and the Arab and international, pushing large numbers of the University of radical faith to the scene. (Read on …)

Yemeni scholars and clerics demand names of Abyan fighters in statement

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Religious, Tribes, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 4:53 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In an appeal letter to vice president Mansour “Hadi,” clerics and intellectuals demand revealing the persons involved in the Abyan battles

ADEN 18 JULY A number of clerics and intellectuals in Delta Abyan located in Abyan governorate, south Yemen sent a message of appeal to the vice president Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi and called on him to take a series of procedures to be taken with regard to the bloody events which are taking place in the Abyan Delta region by the armed jihadists militant groups.

Armies of Liberation obtained a copy of the appeal letter which included five points as follows:

1) We praises the steadfastness of 25 Mica camp and assured our confidence in the ability of the various branches of the armed forces to liberate the Delta region, therefore demand quickly clinch the battle.

2) Accelerate bringing security forces in the city after its liberation to fixing security and preserve what remains of public and private property, that the state shall ensure safe return for displaced persons to their homes.

3) Reveal the names of the elements whom involved in the fighting and looting operations and submit them to the justice.

4) Establishing fund to rebuild the affected cities and villages and make statistics, develop plans and budget necessary to restore the infrastructure of electricity, water, and other services that fund will manage by group of people of the Delta.

5) Compensate those affected in military operation (dead, wounded and private property) and make necessary limitation to them and consider the dead as martyrs.

Protesters reject al Zindani’s call for a Yemen Taliban & renew demand for a Civil State

Filed under: Religious, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 10:36 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

The following is an accurate diagram created by a Yemeni analyst. Does the US want to insert itself further into the murky game of murder, theft and slavery or start over with new players? The Yemeni protesters are dying to overthrow this configuration while the Obama administration is pushing to keep it. Nearly all al Qaeda groups and divisions are satellites of these players and their elaborate and associated networks.

Zindani has been in Saleh’s pocket for so long that its hard to see him as an independent actor. Most major statements he makes have been timed to strengthen Saleh. Zindani recently denounced the protesters demand for a civil state and said a Taliban style Islamic emirate is the correct solution for Yemen. The protesters renewed their demands.

Thousands of demonstrators in protest to the squares of many cities, from Yemen to demonstrate in the Friday “for a civil state,” at a time which left five in the province of Abyan, and activists denounced the Yemeni Abdul Majid al-invitation to establish an Islamic state instead of a civil state.

In Sana’a infallibility came out the crowd into an arena of change in a demonstration calling for the construction of state law, as thousands gathered to demand the city of Ibb departure of the system and the establishment of the rule of law. (Read on …)

Zindani trashes secular people on internet, needs dictionary

Filed under: Religious, Sana'a, Yemen, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 5:10 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

A secular government is not one that rejects religion but one that protects all people equally to practice whatever religion they believe. Zindani also endorses the GCC proposal as a measure to avoid bloodshed. Update vid on role of Islam in the rev: watch it here.

Al Watan

الزنداني يصف الديمقراطية باللعبة ويهدد دعاة العلمانية Zindani describes the democratic game and threatens the advocates of secularism
السبت, 21-مايو-2011 Saturday, 21 – May -2011
( الوطن ) – دعا القيادي في التجمع اليمني للاصلاح المعارض -رئيس جامعة الايمان الشيخ عبد المجيد الزنداني، الشباب في الساحات وكل القوى السياسية والاجتماعية إلى عدم عرقلة جهود المبادرة الخليجية لتجنيب اليمن مزيدا من الدماء. (Home) – The leader of the Islah opposition – President of the University of faith, Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, young people in the squares and all the political and social forces not to obstruct the efforts of the GCC initiative to spare further bloodshed Yemen. (Read on …)

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 …)

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

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 …)

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 …)

AQAP declares war on Yemen’s Houthi movement over Sunni displacement when 300,000 Zaidis fled state bombing

Filed under: Amran, Presidency, Religious, Sa'ada, Saada War, al Jawf, aq statements — by Jane Novak at 10:17 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

There’s over 300,000 displaced in Sa’ada by the Yemeni military’s (and Saudi) attacks and bombing, and AQAP is declaring war because the Houthis forced people to move??? Is al Qaeda’s Saed Shihri trying to be stupid or does it just come naturally? Like many, AQAP is out of touch with the moment.

Well thats convenient timing for Saleh. a) The Yemeni military cant re-start the war at the moment but the terrorists can, b) It certainly shows the international community that they neeeeeeeeed Saleh, c) Nothing like a good crisis to distract the people’s hostility toward the state, d) With the Houthis in control of large swaths of those areas, the officially facilitated smuggling operations into Saudi are impacted and profits diminished, e) How can you buy weapons (and resell them on the black market) for a war that’s over? f) Saudi funds rise and fall in relation to perceived threats.

SANAA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Leader of al-Qaida militants in Yemen declared “holy war” against the Houthi-led northern Shiite rebels, in an audio message posted on the internet by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Friday.

“To our Sunni fellows in northern Yemeni provinces of Saada, Al- Jouf and Amran, we (AQAP) announced jihad (holy war) against Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite advocates,” Saeed Ali al-Shihri, deputy leader of the Yemen-based AQAP.

“The jihad against northern Shiites has been declared since the implementation of the AQAP’s twin martyred car bombing attacks against convoys of the Shiite rebels’ followers in northern provinces of Al-Jouf and Saada on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26 of the last year,” he said.

In the 17-minute audiotape, the Saudi fugitive al-Shihri justified his group’s war against the Shiite rebels by claiming that the sectarian-motivated Houthi rebels attacked and displaced many Sunni families in the north.

Last December, the Sunni-devoted AQAP claimed responsibility for twin suicide car bombings against convoys of the Shiite rebels ‘ followers in northern provinces of Al-Jouf and Saada on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, 2010, which left over than 90 Shiite followers dead, including the group’s Shiite spiritual leader Bader al-Deen al- Houthi.

OK maybe they are just idiots:

Opinions: An Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader warned Sunni Muslims of a rising “Christian-Shiite alliance” against them in an audio message released on jihadist forums late on Friday.

Abu Sufyan al-Azdi called the participation of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Iran’s former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki at a conference on terrorism in Yemen “is the biggest proof of the Christian-Shiite alliance.”

“America and Iran became one alliance against the Sunni people in the area,” added the Saudi AQAP leader, who was formerly imprisoned for six years at the US detention centre inGuantanamo, in a 16-minute audio message.

Azdi was referring to the annual Manama Dialogue, held in December by the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies and billed as the “most important regional security meeting in the Middle East.”

The AQAP chief also warned Sunnis in Yemen that they risked being massacred at the hands of northern Shiite Zaidi rebels, also known as Huthis, and urged them not to be caught unprepared.

“Sunnis, be careful from the massacres… that happened in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen to happen to you while you are unarmed… prepare yourselves before it is too late… buy weapons… protect your religion, your lives and your honour.”

Anwar Awlaki sentenced in absentia to 10 years

Filed under: Religious, TI: Internal, Trials, UK amb, Yemen, anwar, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:46 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

The judge said Anwar and his cousin incited the security guard, a member of the security forces, to murder the French engineer.

BBC: A Yemeni court has sentenced a man to death for killing a French contractor near the capital Sanaa last year. The court also sentenced in his absence radical US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to 10 years in jail for aiding the gunman. (Read on …)

Indoctrination of Yemeni military continues

Filed under: Military, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:22 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saleh attends graduation of first soldier batch of Koran memorizers
[13/يناير/2011] SABA
SANA’A, Jan 13 (Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh attended on Thursday the graduation ceremony of the first soldier batch of Koran memorizers at the al Saleh Sharia Sciences College at al Saleh Mosque.

The ceremony was organized by the Army’s Moral Guidance Division.
(Read on …)

The Rise of North Yemeni Islamism in Birmingham, U.K.

Filed under: Education, Religious, South Yemen, UK, Yemen, other jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:03 pm on Monday, January 10, 2011

Nu’man Abd al-Wahid: The Rise of North Yemeni Islamism in Birmingham, U.K.
Published by Diane Warth on 30 November 2010

by Nu’man Abd al-Wahid

One of the reasons generally given for the rise of extreme Islamism is the Arab defeat at the hands of Israel in 1967 in the six day war.

It is theorised that, from this defeat (or Naksa as the Arabs refer to it), loomed the beginning of the end of Arab Nationalism and other, largely secular ideologies, which had hitherto led the struggle to liberate the Middle East from western domination and zionist colonialism. This defeat created the vacuum political Islamism has supposedly filled since. (Read on …)

Churches in Aden and the persecution of Christians in Yemen

Filed under: Aden, Civil Society, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:08 am on Thursday, January 6, 2011

Below the fold is a write up on the churches in Aden that omits that there are many secret converts to Christianity in Yemen who are ostracized and threatened and several Christians are in jail for the crime of conversion. The following article is about Open Door’s annual listing of 10 worst persecutors of Christians and Yemen retains its place at number seven.

WND Exclusive FAITH UNDER FIRE, “Of the top 10 countries on the 2011 WWL, eight have Islamic majorities. Persecution has increased in seven of them,” the ministry reported today. (Read on …)

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