Ada Apa dengan Yaman?

Ada Apa dengan Yaman?

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Ada apa dengan Yaman? Sebaiknya kita lihat dulu petanya

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Di peta terlihat bahwa Yaman berbatasan darat dengan Arab Saudi, dan menguasai perairan strategis Bab el Mandab dan teluk Aden, dan bahkan menguasai pulau Socotra yang kini menjadi pangkalan militer AS. Jalur perairan ini sangat penting karena menjadi tempat lewatnya kapal-kapal tanker pembawa minyak dari Teluk Persia ke Eropa (melewati Terusan Suez). AS sangat berambisi mengontrol jalur minyak ini dan di saat yang sama, secara ekonomi Iran pun terancam bila AS sampai menguasai jalur tersebut. Selain itu, meski saat ini produksi minyak Yaman hanya 0,2% dari total produksi minyak dunia, negeri ini menyimpan cadangan minyak yang sangat sangat besar.  Baca lebih lanjut

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Wahhabism

Saudi blogger tells of flogging ordeal in letter from prison

SOURCE: http://presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/29/403797/Saudi-blogger-tells-of-flogging-ordeal

saudi_bloggerSaudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Wahhabism, says his ordeal was merely because of an expression of opinion.

“All this cruel suffering happened to me because I expressed my opinion,” Badawi said in his first letter from prison since he was jailed in 2012.

The Saudi blogger received his first 50 lashes at a square outside al-Jafali Mosque in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on January 9. Eight other rounds of the punishment have been suspended in straight weeks.

According to German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, Badawi said that he had “miraculously survived 50 lashes.”

The blogger also complained that he lives at a 20-square-metre cell “in the middle of” dozens of criminals, murderers, thieves, drug dealers and child abusers.  Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen

SOURCE: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/27/saudi-arabias-invasion-of-yemen/

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by AJAMU BARAKA

Wednesday evening Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States announced that Saudi Arabia had commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen. The Saudi intervention was not unexpected. Over the last few weeks there were signs that the U.S. and the Saudi’s were preparing the ground for direct military intervention in Yemen in response to the Houthi’s seizing state power in January.

The appearance of a previously unknown ISIS element that was supposedly responsible for the massive bomb attack that killed over 130 people on Friday and the withdraw of U.S. personnel on Saturday were the clear signals that direct intervention by the Saudi’s was imminent.

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“Saudis” attack another Muslim country: Yemen

“Saudis” attack another Muslim country: Yemen

SOURCE: http://www.crescent-online.net/2015/03/saudis-attack-another-muslim-country-yemen-crescent-onlinenet-4887-articles.html

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by crescent-online.net

March, 2015

The Bedouins from Najd, the “Saudi” clan has never fought the enemies of Islam but they are quick to attack Muslims. Their forces have brutalized the people of Bahrain; they have unleashed the liver-eating terrorists in Syria and Iraq and have now started bombing revolutionary fighters in Yemen. Perhaps, they may have overstretched themselves. Their Yemeni misadventure may turn out to be their undoing. If so, it would come none too soon!

Washington DC, Crescent-online
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 22:07 DST

Having never fired even a sling shot at the Zionist occupiers of Palestine, the “Saudi” regime has launched an attack on another Muslim country: Yemen.

This was announced by the “Saudi” ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington DC today.

Speaking at a hurriedly convened press conference at the embassy, al-Jubeir said “Saudi” Arabia had launched a military operation in Yemen against Houthi “rebels”.

The putative “Saudi” envoy said the kingdom acted to “defend the legitimate government” of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.  Baca lebih lanjut

“Saudi” air strikes in Yemen cause huge civilian casualties

“Saudi” air strikes in Yemen cause huge civilian casualties

SOURCE: http://www.crescent-online.net/2015/03/saudi-air-strikes-in-yemen-cause-huge-civilian-casualties-crescent-online-4888-articles.html

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by crescent-online

March, 2015

yemen_CasualtyHas the “Saudi” regime shot itself in the foot by attacking Yemen? Motivated by extreme hatred of Houthis as well as complete paranoia of people getting their legitimate rights, the medieval kingdom has launched air strikes in Yemen causing huge civilian casualties. A number of other oppressive regimes have joined them in this war of aggression. There may be war crimes charges levelled against “Saudi” rulers.

Sana‘a, Crescent-online
Thursday March 26, 2015, 18:28 DST

Air strikes launched by the “Saudi” regime have resulted in the killing of at least 18 civilians in Sana‘a.

This number will definitely rise as more attacks are carried out as they were on Sa‘ada and Taiz today.

There was immediate reaction against such brazen foreign aggression against Yemen. Iran, Russia, China, Syria and Iraq all condemned the attacks.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif called on the “Saudi” regime to immediately cease its military aggression against Yemen. He said the air strikes would lead only to greater loss of life.  Continue Reading

Salman sweeps away Abdullah appointees

Salman sweeps away Abdullah appointees 

SOURCE: http://www.crescent-online.net/2015/03/salman-sweeps-away-abdullah-appointees-yusuf-dhia-allah-4861-articles.html

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by Yusuf Dhia-Allah

March, 2015

salman_alSaudSalman ibn Abd al Aziz, wasted little time taking the broom to almost all the appointees of his deceased predecessor Abdullah. In their place, he appointed his own sons and favourite nephews. How long will Bani Saud remain in power is an interesting question.

King Salman has done what every new Saudi monarch does. The first order of business is to issue a statement declaring that the Kingdom’s policies would not change. This is to assure external backers because they know how fragile the ruling system is in the Kingdom. With such assurances delivered — and approval of foreign masters obtained — the next order of business is to consolidate his grip on power.

This reflects personality-based rule. No shura please, we are Saudis! Every king appoints his favorite brothers, sons, and nephews to key positions (sisters and nieces, of course need not apply. They can go and enjoy themselves abroad!). What is noticeable about Salman’s demolition derby is the broom he took to his predecessor’s sons. In one sweep, he dismissed two of Abdullah’s sons from key posts. The governor of Makkah, Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah and governor of Riyadh Prince Turki bin Abdullah were both dismissed. The governorship of Makkah was handed back to Khaled al-Faisal who was dismissed by Abdullah to appoint his own son in May of last year. Faisal bin Bandar took over as governor of Riyadh. Also changed was the governor of Qassim, appointing another Saudi “royal,” Faisal bin Mishaal. While considered a heartland of Wahhabi support, discontent has been growing in Qassim province in recent years. Only Mitab bin Abdullah was left in his post as Commander of National Guard but his ministerial position was abolished.  Continue Reading

UN Reveals Regular Contacts Between Israeli Army and Syrian Rebels: Reports

UN Reveals Regular Contacts Between Israeli Army and Syrian Rebels: Reports

SOURCE: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20141207/1015592170.html

Israel began admitting a small number of Syrian fighters for medical treatment in northern Israeli hospitals in March 2013, according to reports.

MOSCOW, December 7 (Sputnik) — United Nations (UN) observers in the Golan Heights border territory between Israel and Syria have submitted a series of reports to the UN Security Council detailing regular contacts between members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and radical Islamist Syrian opposition forces, UN Tribune says.

“UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights,” the news site stated.  Continue Reading

UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels

UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels

SOURCE: http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/New-UN-report-reveals-collaboration-between-Israel-and-Syrian-rebels-383926

NEW YORK – The Syrian ambassador to the UN has long complained of a Zionist conspiracy working with the Syrian rebels to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

Members of the UNDOF ride armoured personnel carriers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before crossing into SyriaUN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) troops move through Israel’s Golan Heights before crossing into Syria, August 31.. (photo credit:REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

Now, a report from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) reveals that Israel has been working closely with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and have kept close contact over the past 18 months. The report was submitted to the UN Security Council at the beginning of the month.  Continue Reading

The War on Yemen: how to read it

The War on Yemen: how to read it

SOURCE: http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-war-on-yemen-how-to-read-it.html

by As’ad AbuKhalil

It is fair to say that it will be more fun to watch the second generation of House of Saud as they find their way in regional and international politics.  King Faysal believed that the stability of the regime and its preservation requires resort to secrecy and caution in pursuing Saudi regime interests around the world. That is why the royal family perfected the art of dissimulation especially in Arab-Israeli issues (it supported Sadat behind the scene while funding the anti-Sadat coalition at some points).
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This war is also an American war: it is a gift from the US to the GCC countries who didn’t like US policies in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen.  The Saudi regime is now pursuing the Israeli option: that it will now be more clearly aligned with the Israeli interests in the region and that it will also be aggressive and violent in pursuing regime interests.

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STATEMENT BY SENATORS JOHN McCAIN AND LINDSEY GRAHAM ON SAUDI ARABIA LEADING AIR STRIKES IN YEMEN

STATEMENT BY SENATORS JOHN McCAIN AND LINDSEY GRAHAM ON SAUDI ARABIA LEADING AIR STRIKES IN YEMEN

SOURCE: http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2015/03/statement-by-senators-john-mccain-and.html

This Comment by Prof As’ad Abu Khalil (The Angry Arab)

““We understand why our Saudi and other Arab partners felt compelled to take action. The prospect of radical groups like Al-Qaeda, as well as Iranian-backed militants, finding safe haven on the border of Saudi Arabia was more than our Arab partners could withstand.”  Someone need to expose this lie by McCain. In fact, the Huthis are sworn enemies of Al-Qa`idah and Saudi regime intervened in Yemen when the Huthis were in the middle of a campaign to root out Al-Qa`idah in South Yemen. By all accounts, the Saudis have been supporting and funding and arming the Al-Qa`idah and ISIS affiliates in Yemen.  That is missing from the US coverage of this silly statement.

الحرب على الوعي: Did Saudi Arabia intervene in Yemen to foil a Huthi operation against Al-Qa`idah in South Yemen?

Did Saudi Arabia intervene in Yemen to foil a Huthi operation against Al-Qa`idah in South Yemen?

This is an excellent article by comrade Amer about the Saudi war of aggression on Yemen.  He explains the sequence of events. How the ISIS-affiliates and Al-Qa`idah in Yemen were sending car bombs to Shi`ite (or Zaydi) mosques in Yemen.  And the leader of the Huthis explained that they would not let Al-Qa`idah grow as was the case in Iraq and that there is a need to root them out.  The operation began and it succeeded in taking over areas in the South when the Saudi regime intervened. It is evident now that the Bin Ladenites were following Saudi orders in Yemen. [As’ad Abu Khalil (Angry Arab)]
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الحرب على الوعي

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http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/229192

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في خطابه الذي تلى تفجيرات المساجد في صنعاء وصعدة، شرح عبد الملك الحوثي، بوضوح، المنطق الذي ستتبعه حركته في المرحلة المقبلة، إلا أن العديد من وسائل الاعلام ـ التي كانت مشغولة بالإعداد للحرب ـ لم تلتفت الى مضمون الخطاب ولم تنقله

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For history: Nasser on Saudi plots in Yemen

For history: Nasser on Saudi plots in Yemen

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Israeli spying on U.S. at an ‘alarming and terrifying level’

Israeli spying on U.S. at an ‘alarming and terrifying level’

SOURCE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/israeli-spying-on-u-s-at-an-alarming-and-terrifying-level/

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rael spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday.

The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.

Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony “very sobering … alarming … even terrifying”, and quoted another as saying the behavior was “damaging.”

“No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do,” said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, according to Newsweek.

It said that briefing was one of several in recent months given by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate.  Continue Reading

Israel’s Aggressive Spying in the U.S. Mostly Hushed Up

Israel’s Aggressive Spying in the U.S. Mostly Hushed Up

SOURCE: http://www.newsweek.com/israels-aggressive-spying-us-mostly-hushed-250278

BY JEFF STEIN

israel-us_2U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks past American (back) and Israeli flags at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv January 6, 2014. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/REUTERS

When White House national security advisor Susan Rice’s security detail cleared her Jerusalem hotel suite for bugs and intruders Tuesday night, they might’ve had in mind a surprise visitor to Vice President Al Gore’s room 16 years ago this week: a spy in an air duct.

According to a senior former U.S. intelligence operative, a Secret Service agent who was enjoying a moment of solitude in Gore’s bathroom before the Veep arrived heard a metallic scraping sound. “The Secret Service had secured [Gore’s] room in advance and they all left except for one agent, who decided to take a long, slow time on the pot,” the operative recalled for Newsweek. “So the room was all quiet, he was just meditating on his toes, and he hears a noise in the vent. And he sees the vent clips being moved from the inside. And then he sees a guy starting to exit the vent into the room.”

Did the agent scramble for his gun? No, the former operative said with a chuckle. “He kind of coughed and the guy went back into the vents.”  Continue Reading

Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S.

Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S.

Source: http://www.newsweek.com/israel-wont-stop-spying-us-249757

BY JEFF STEIN

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Israel is flouting the “friendly” rules of espionage to steal U.S. trade and tech secrets JOE SOHM/2/VISIONSOFAMERICA/OCEAN/CORBIS

Whatever happened to honor among thieves? When the National Security Agency was caught eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, it was considered a rude way to treat a friend. Now U.S. intelligence officials are saying—albeit very quietly, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill—that our Israeli “friends” have gone too far with their spying operations here.

According to classified briefings on legislation that would lower visa restrictions on Israeli citizens, Jerusalem’s efforts to steal U.S. secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have “crossed red lines.”

Israel’s espionage activities in America are unrivaled and unseemly, counterspies have told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, going far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan. A congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony “very sobering…alarming…even terrifying.” Another staffer called it “damaging.”  Continue Reading

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