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|War and Terror: Starving and Broke: Yemen's Renewed 'War on Terror'|
Wednesday, May 30 @ 16:07:29 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
May 30, 2012
Yemeni forces continue to push against Islamic fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. Their major victories come on the heels of the inauguration of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, who is now entrusted with the task of leading the country through a peaceful transition. A new constitution and presidential elections are expected by 2014.
Faced with the most strenuous of circumstances – the unyielding ruling family, the US-lead war on al-Qaeda, sectarian tension, unsettled political divides between south and north, and unforgiving poverty - the youth of Yemen successfully managed to introduce a hopeful chapter to an otherwise gloomy modern history. While they should be proud of this, they must also remain wary of the challenges awaiting them in the next two years.
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|World Focus: The Arab Awakening and the Western Media|
Friday, July 29 @ 17:52:07 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
July 29, 2011
When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen's popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrations in Sana'a – playing on cultural sensitivities and a very selective interpretation of religion - the response was even more poignant. Thousands of women took to the streets, denouncing Saleh's regime and calling for its ouster.
The immediate popular response was notable for its level of organization and decisiveness. It was also interesting because most of the women protesting did so while wearing the Niqab. Fully covered Yemeni women have continued to inspire - if not fuel - the revolution which started in February. Without their active participation and resilience in the face of violent attempts to quash the uprising, one wonders if Yemen could have held on for so long.
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|War and Terror: The Yemeni Toner Cartridge Bomb Story: More Questions Than Answers|
Friday, November 05 @ 17:46:10 UTC
|By Gary Leupp|
November 05, 2010 - counterpunch.org
Jeff Huber on Antiwar.com wrote Monday about the Yemeni toner cartridge bomb story: “…if there’s a single substantiated syllable in that entire narrative, I have yet to encounter it in the New York Times. In a series of articles from 29, 30, and 31 October, our newspaper of tarnished record created enough cognitive dissonance to drive the Dalai Lama to a therapist’s couch.” I think that a bit of an exaggeration, but what have the NYT and other mainstream press organs told us?
On Thursday, Oct. 28, intelligence officials in Saudi Arabia informed U.S. intelligence officials that UPS and FedEx packages carrying explosives had been mailed from Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, to Chicago via two airplanes. They provided the tracking numbers. (It was later revealed that they acted on a tip from a former member of al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP. He was subsequently identified by AP as Jabir al-Fayti, a Saudi national.) The UPS cargo plane stopped in Qatar, then Dubai, where local officials quickly discovered the device inside a Hewett-Packard printer. The FedEx cargo plane stopped at East Midlands Airport in England, where the other bomb was found. At 10:45 President Obama was briefed about the situation.
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|World Focus: A dirty war in Aden: Britain’s role in Yemen’s history|
Friday, January 15 @ 06:24:26 UTC
|British forces killed hundreds in their war for the port of Aden, in today’s South Yemen. Western interference continues today causing bloodshed and division as Yemen becomes the new front in the ‘war on terror’, writes John Newsinger|
January 12, 2010 - socialistworker.co.uk
The fact that the US has allowed Gordon Brown to host a summit on 28 January about the supposed threat that Yemen poses to the world is obviously of immense satisfaction to the New Labour government.
This, after all, is what 108 British soldiers died for in Afghanistan in 2009 – so that these little marks of favour could be bestowed on our rulers.
The rest of us, however, should be deeply concerned about the opening of another front in the so-called “war on terror”. And, of course, we have been here before.
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|War and Terror: Yemen is latest target in US war|
Thursday, January 07 @ 04:40:20 UTC
|By Siân Ruddick|
January 05, 2010 - socialistworker.co.uk
Yemen has become the latest “rogue state” to be targeted in the US-led “war on terror”.
There has been a flood of rhetoric about Yemen, portraying the country as a “failed state” and a hotbed of extremism, swarming with Al Qaida terrorists and warring tribes.
Obama’s adminstration said last week that it plans to more than double the US’s “security assistance” – military aid – to the country.
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