Arab Spring – Yemen (WARNING: Very Graphic Pics)

 “Al-Qaeda ready to take over regime in Yemen if it collapses”

Sana’a, May 7, 2008

– A source close to Al-Qaeda said that Yemen’s al-Qaeda is closely monitoring the ongoing situations in Yemen and how this may lead to many repercussions including insecurity, monarchy and even collapsing of the
current regime so that Mujaheeddin can take over.
The source who talked over the phone said that there are plans and arrangements underway by Yemen’s al-Qaeda however; refused to give further details.The source indicated that the recent attacks that targeted U.S. and Italian embassies as well as other western interests in Sana’a were carried out by al-Qaeda.He denied that those attacks were a failure. “The attacks did not fail and they were messages meant to be sent to different parties and they were already delivered,” said the source.
January 14, 2011, 1:10 pm<!– — Updated: 8:11 pm –>54 Comments

Arab Bloggers Cheer on Tunisia’s Revolution


A video report from Britain’s Channel 4 News on the day’s events in Tunisia.

Last Updated | 6:01 p.m. As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports from Tunisia, the authoritarian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, has fled the country after weeks of chaotic street protests that his security forces have been unable to stifle.

The president fled after his attempt to lift some restrictions on demonstrations led to a large rally outside the country’s interior ministry, in the capital, Tunis, on Friday.

Video of Tunisian demonstrators chanting the country’s national anthem during a protest in the capital, Tunis, on Friday, posted online by contributors to the group blog

Since no opposition figure took power in his place, the president’s departure left a tense situation in the country. A glimpse of the dangerous situation on the streets of Tunis can be seen in this video, uploaded to the Web on Friday by contributors to Nawaat, a group blog, apparently showing shots being fired at demonstrators:

Tunisian bloggers have helped spread news of the protests around the country and the world using mobile phones, social networking sites and blogs. On Friday, as they followed developments in Tunisia on Twitter and Facebook, bloggers in other Arab countries cheered on the protesters and expressed hope that their nations might follow their example.

Within the past hour, a Moroccan lawyer who blogs as Ibn Kafka wrote on his Twitter feed:

Let the Tunisian people show the example for the Arab world – no more dictators!

The same blogger also just posted a link to video on Facebook of what he said was the central station in Tunis, burning. He also strongly denounced a Tunisian journalist for appearing on France 24 to defend the regime by claiming that “this is all the fault of a U.S. government plot using WikiLeaks and Al Jazeera.”

As several commentators have noted this week, some of the cables obtained and distributed by WikiLeaks described in detail  the corruption of the Tunisian president’s regime. That, in turn, led foreign observers to suggest that the leaked cables might have “stirred things up” in Tunisia. However, it remains unclear if Mohamed Bouaziz, the unemployed vegetable-seller who set himself on fire outside a Tunisian government office last month, triggering the demonstrations, had even heard of WikiLeaks.

From Bahrain, a blogger named Mohammed AlMaskati exclaimed on Twitter:

I can’t believe my eyes.. It actually happened in my lifetime!! An Arab nation woke up and said enough!! #SidiBouzid

(Readers who want to track the discussion on Tunisia on Twitter can follow the Tunisian group blog Nawaat’s feed or search for updates including the #SidiBouzid hashtag, which refers to the town where the uprising began last month.)

Issandr El Amrani, a Moroccan-born freelance journalist in Cairo, who edits the Arabist blog, introduced this note of caution on his Twitter feed:

New Tunisia govt. needs to clarify next steps to convince and appease. Not legitimate yet.

Mr. el-Amrani also posted a link to a 2007 article on Tunisia in Vanity Fair, with the note: “Christopher Hitchens, you fraud, we still remember you this propaganda you wrote for Ben Ali.”

Later in the day, in a blog post headlined, “Where Tunisia Is Now: Exhilarating Limbo,” he added these thoughts:

Ben Ali has fallen. An Arab dictator of 24 years has turned out to be removable — not by a relative, former ally or military chief, but by a popular insurrection. This is historic first for the entire region and I will come back to it tomorrow.

In the meantime, though, we should not assume that Tunisia has become an instant democracy. The announcement today that Prime Minister Ghanouchi was assuming the presidency has yet to be accepted. Rioting and looting are continuing in the streets of major Tunisian cities, sometimes targeting the homes and businesses of regime cronies, but also of ordinary citizens. Some suspect police deserters to be looting. The situation is chaotic and the army is showing signs of wanting to impose order.

With no clear leadership with the moral authority to get people to go back to their homes, it may be days before the situation resolves itself. What interim president Ghanouchi does tomorrow in his meeting with the opposition — whose very definition will be controversial, notably over whether En-Nahda’s Islamists could become part of an interim coalition government — will be crucial. Right now, there does not seem to be any indication that Tunisians are accepting any government as legitimate. Ghanouchi will have to either move quickly to build a credible alliance (here the international community may have a role in conferring legitimacy) or step aside for someone who can.

Another Arab journalist who has been providing frequent updates and commentary on events in Tunisia on Twitter, Dima Khatib of Al Jazeera, wrote:

Take a breath people. We are living history. Tunisians have given us the best gift ever. I am happy to be living today.

Earlier she made this observation about the transition of power to the country’s prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, with the apparent backing of the security forces:

Is it a movie? Directed by Ben Ali; Starring PM Ghannoushi; Produced by Tunisian Army? Luckily public is not blind or stupid #Sidibouzid

Indeed, raw footage from the streets of Tunis on Friday, posted online by Russia Today, showed the security forces firing tear gas at demonstrators, which is hardly a sign that they have surrendered power.

Still, there has been evidence in first-hand reports on the protests that some members of the security forces support the protests. According to the Nawaat bloggers, this video, uploaded to YouTube late on Thursday, shows a soldier saluting as the coffin of a dead protester passed on the streets of the city of Bizerte on Thursday:

After night fell in Tunis, Ms. Khatib reported, based on eyewitness accounts posted online: “Situation in Tunisia is critical. Violence has spread amid chaos. Masked men like militias are attacking civilians.”

The French news site Rue89’s live blog pointed to video of the large demonstration outside the country’s interior ministry on Friday, which preceded the attack on the protesters by the security forces.

Nasser Weddady, a Boston-based native of Mauritania who grew up in Libya and Syria, has also been using Twitter to gather and comment on news of Tunisia’s uprising. On his feed, he points to a comment by another blogger, Seifeddine Ferjani, who warns that there is a “serious attempt to co-opt [the] entifadh occurring NOW.” Mr. Weddady warns: “Ben Ali’s Aparatchiks [are] trying to cling to power through Ghanoushi.”

A Jordanian blogger living in Canada, who goes by the user name AmmarM on Twitter, has been using the Web site to track a jet that may be carrying the deposed president to Europe. He has also taken to calling Mr. Ben Ali, “The New Shah in Exile,” drawing parallel to the outcome of the Iranian revolution three decades ago.

The success of these street protests against an unpopular president also brought to mind, for some Iranian bloggers, the failure of protests in Iran in 2009 following the disputed presidential election. Golnaz Esfandiari, an Iranian journalist who blogs for the American-financed Radio Liberty Web site, reports on her Twitter feed:

some Iranians reacting with envy to events in #Tunisia #Sidibouzid, others say situation different , not comparable.

On the subject of Iran, Mr. Weddady points to a key difference between the Iranian revolution in 1979 and what has transpired in Tunisia over the past month — Islamists have not taken a prominent role in the uprising. In Mr. Weddady’s words:

Before anyone starts lying to you: the REVOLUTION in #tunisia was a popular uprising, no islamists, no armed struggle.#sidibouzid

Later on Friday, as French television reported that the deposed president would not be allowed to enter France, As’ad AbuKhalil, a Lebanese-American professor who maintains the Angry Arab News Service, observed:

This is funny: Al-Arabiyya says that Bin Ali plane is going to Qatar, while Al Jazeera implies that his plane is going to Dubai.

The White House has posted this statement from President Barack Obama on the violence used against the Tunisian people:

I condemn and deplore the use of violence against citizens peacefully voicing their opinion in Tunisia, and I applaud the courage and dignity of the Tunisian people. The United States stands with the entire international community in bearing witness to this brave and determined struggle for the universal rights that we must all uphold, and we will long remember the images of the Tunisian people seeking to make their voices heard. I urge all parties to maintain calm and avoid violence, and call on the Tunisian government to respect human rights, and to hold free and fair elections in the near future that reflect the true will and aspirations of the Tunisian people.

As I have said before, each nation gives life to the principle of democracy in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people, and those countries that respect the universal rights of their people are stronger and more successful than those that do not. I have no doubt that Tunisia’s future will be brighter if it is guided by the voices of the Tunisian people.

Today’s Timescast begins with a report from Tunis by my colleague Dave Kirkpatrick on the day’s events:


 Friday, March 18, 2011

Yemen Revolution : Blood of Jasmine Revolution “Extremely Graphic”
Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime is officially insh Allah in its last days despite the American Saudi support , this is one thing I have learned from the Tunisian revolution , our Egyptian revolution and the Libyan revolution. Abdullah Saleh who once said that he could not leave the rule because his president friends in the Arab worlds , is doing exactly what brought down his friends Ben Ali , Mubarak and Qaddafi typically. After the disgusting massacre committed in Sana’a today where not less than 46 civilians were killed and 100s were injured including many children , Saleh announced the emergency status across the country now for the coming 30 days. The footage and pictures are extremely shocking and graphic

Yemeni Forces open fire on protesters

I can’t publish many of the photos from the massacre of today for their terrible graphic nature. “Warning extremely graphic”

There are more photos in this website , also in this FB group and that FB group as you can almost all the shots are in the head and in the chest area. You can hear in this video the gun shots clearly with blood all over the street

This video below you will find the people earlier at the square during the square chanting “The people want to down the regime”
These snipers who are killing their Yemeni brothers and sons will go to hell before Saleh. This Friday was being called the warning Friday , I think Saleh did not give a damn. The news are coming from Sana’a that there security forces are currently encircling the capital while hospitals are in a mess with the huge number of injured. I found the Yemeni version of Rassd network and Ain News, there are a good source for news from there on the Facebook especially . There is also Yemen For all website that covers the Yemeni revolution. The Yemeni revolution  is being labeled by the Yemeni as the Jasmine revolution just like the Tunisian revoluton. This is our second war of independence and we know that we have to pay a heavy price for it. God bless the Yemeni people in their war against that ignorant dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. I think as Egyptian activists , bloggers and tweeps we should help our Yemeni brothers and sisters with all the possible means we have. From here I call our friends in Anonymous to bring Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ugly official website down.
p.s I am waiting for Presidential candidate Amr Moussa to issue some good press statement about this massacre.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Yemen Revolution : The president’s health “Update”
Now the main event or the main news from Yemen yesterday was not the huge million man protests but rather the attack on the presidential palace and how Ali Abdullah Saleh survived this attack. According to official statements from Yemen , Saleh was injured in his head but it is not dangerous though. Up till now we do not know exactly who launched the attack , at first the Saleh camp accused El-Ahamr clan of standing behind the attack but the El Ahamrs denied. It is worth to mention that Saleh is trying to drag the major tribes in to a civil war but they are trying not to be dragged to this trap , they want the revolution to be peaceful as much as they can. The last thing I know is that his press secretary accused the States of standing behind the attack at none other than Al Hurra TV channel!! Some activists and politicians in Yemen fear that Saleh is fabricating this attack in order to turn in to a war against the revolution. “As if he has not already” There is true fear from Saleh’s revenge to the level that many people from Sana’a left the city after knowing the news. Saleh spoke in a short recorded message to the Yemeni people and to the world.

Abdullah Saleh addressing the public

He did not appear for a single moment , the thing which means he could be badly injured. He reminds me with Qaddafi.

Who will go down first!?

Today 4 top Yemeni officials among them the prime minister have been transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatment , there was a rumor that Saleh was transferred to KSA as well but it was denied from couple of hours ago. Here couple of videos from Yemen yesterday’s Friday protests.

Note: More information with embedded links, videos (sorry but due to technical difficulties I can’t embed the videos here), and graphics at the above site on Yemen. One notices a difference from the bloggers initial enthusiasm to a more sceptic approach today. Indeed we all need to remain clear-headed, and sceptic in order to prevent the scum-balls from duping us, which occurs no matter where one lives.
I forgot to post this blog which would pretty much tie up the Obama Arab Spring revolutions deal except for Algeria. One could go backwards and blog about the Lebonese Cedar Revolution, Moroccan…Then there’s the Tulip, Orange, Rose revolutions….the Fabians sure do love to label. What happened to each of the country’s resources just prior, during or after their “revolution”? Was the land bought up where there were deposits of oil etc? And what happened their gold? Ours was stripped from us by…forget for the moment which scum-bag of a president was the thief.
  POST-Arab Spring – Al-Qaeda seizes Yemen villages 25/5/2013Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda have seized control of villages near the Yemeni port city of Mukalla in an apparent bid to take over swathes of the southeastern province of Hadramawt, the Interior Ministry and residents said yesterday. The ministry condemned what it said was a “terrorist plot to proclaim an Islamic emirate in the Ghayl Bawazir area” near Mukalla, the provincial capital. It said the uprising in Hadramawt would suffer the “same fate as that in Abyan,” a province just east of the main southern port of Aden, where Al-Qaeda loyalists held the major towns from 2011-12 before being expelled by the army.Residents of Ghayl Bawazir told AFP that the jihadists had taken advantage of an absence of security forces from the area to deploy in strength and had already distributed leaflets declaring their rule. The latest move by the militants, who had regrouped in the mountains of the southeast after being ousted from Abyan, came as US President Barack Obama announced new guidelines for US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda targets in Yemen.
When one mentions al Qaeda (and all it’s affiliates) one needs to keep in mind that they’re the military divison of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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