With US help, Saudi Arabia is obliterating Yemen. SANABAN, Yemen — Ayman al-Sanabani beamed as he entered his family’s home on his wedding day. He was greeting his new bride, Gamila, who was in a bedroom surrounded by friends. Ayman sat beside her for several minutes, receiving warm words of congratulations. It would be the young couple’s first and only encounter as husband and wife. The terrifying power of a bomb is how it can alter life so dramatically, so completely, so instantaneously. How it can crush concrete, rip apart flesh, and snuff out life.
The moments before the pilot pulls the trigger and sends the missile screeching down choreograph the final dance with fate: another step forward into a room, a turn around a corner, a walk outside to get some air — trivial actions that determine everything afterward. This power is a fact of life in Yemen now.
Twenty-six new graves outside the now-ruined home of the al-Sanabani family. Sharif Abdel Kouddous/GlobalPost It was Oct. 7. "What can I say? The toll was not confined to them. Drones in Yemen: How U.S. Attacks Are Devastating a Nation | Politics News. Jeremy Scahill: Well Known Journalist Rotting In Jail Because Obama Personally Requested It. Air raids on Qaeda bases in Yemen kill 15: Tribes. Four night-time raids carried out by US planes says local military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Four night-time raids carried out by US planes says local military official who spoke on condition of anonymity. PHOTO: AFP/FILE ADEN: Overnight air raids struck an al Qaeda meeting and control post in southern Yemen, killing around 15 people including a long-hunted regional militant leader, tribal chiefs said on Tuesday. The four night-time raids were “carried out by US planes,” according to a local military official who spoke on condition of anonymity. They hit targets in the Loder and al Wadih areas of Abyan province, a tribal chief said. Al Qaeda militants control much of the province after taking advantage of months of political turmoil, which has forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to agree to step down next month, to overrun swathes of the south.
“We think they were carried out by American planes,” a tribal chief said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Yemen’s ‘Life March’ – 250 km of protest. Largely unreported by the global media, Yemen’s revolutionaries have been taking part in what they have called the ‘Life March’, travelling, largely on foot, from the city of Taiz, to the capital Sana’a. Over the last four days they have arrived in various towns and villages on the route, stopping to be greeted and welcomed by locals.
Many of those locals then joined them as the march continued. This above is a video of the protesters travelling through the mountains on the outskirts of Sana’a. On Saturday the march finally arrived in the capital Sana’a, and on the day crowds swelled, with estimates of 100,000 to 500,000. The march was attacked by pro-Saleh gunmen, with at least 13 protesters killed. Global Voices has a round up of the events of the last few days here. Did you like this?
Filed UnderArab Spring, revolution, Yemen. Yemen's Nobel Peace Prize winner Karman vows to continue fight for women | Video. Yemen Notes Its Own Role in U.S. Attack on Militant. Yemen: Bloodbath in Sanaa as Saleh Returns. This post is part of our special coverage Yemen Protests 2011. Yemen has been witnessing increased and unprecedented violence in the past few days. Ibrahim Mothana tweeted on September 18th: @imothana: The brutality and violence used against protesters in Sanaa today is unprecedented!! #Yemen A hashtag #SanaaMassacre was used by Yemeni tweeps to report updates on the violence used by the regime to crack down on unarmed protesters in Change Square in Sanaa. @crazyyafi tweeted on September 22: @crazyyaffi: The number of people killed in the past 4 days in #Yemen has surpassed 100 and is continuing to rise. Fatima Saleh also included the figure of injured reported. @tota770: #AJA Reporter: Death toll raised since Sunday reaching 100 dead and more than 700 injured who were shot by the regime forces #Yemen #YF Among the 100 killed were children, the youngest being Anas a 10-month-old baby who was shot by a sniper while he and his older brother were in his parents parked car, in front of a store.
Amid international indifference, targeted repression continues in Bahrain and Yemen. In the past few days, the authorities have arrested more photographers and photo-journalists who had been covering the pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in Bahrain since mid-February. The aim of these targeted arrests is to limit the dissemination of news reports, photos and video of the protests and the government crackdown. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of these photographers and of all the other people who have been arrested for circulating information about the protests and repression.
The press freedom organization also calls on the courts to overturn the conviction of Hassan Salman Al-Ma’atooq, a photographer who has been sentenced to three years in prison. Reporters Without Borders has learned that a military court imposed the sentence on Ma’atooq on 12 May after convicting him on four charges including two relating to his work as a photographer – fabricating photos of injured people and disseminating false photos and information. Efforts, doubts persist over tenuous Yemen power transfer deal. NEW: President Saleh's party "has no problem signing" the deal, a party official saysNEW: The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council will return to Sanaa within 72 hoursHe'd abruptly cut short a meeting Saturday, after Saleh made last-minute demandsAn opposition official says it won't send figures to Riyadh and says Saleh is insincere (CNN) -- A key outside broker will return to Yemen this week hoping to salvage the power transfer deal that aims to end months of turmoil in the Middle Eastern nation, a senior ruling party official said Sunday.
Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional coalition that helped broker the pact, will work this week on a solution to the crisis, according to the official. "Al-Zayani will be back in Yemen in the next 72 hours in an effort to end the crisis and convince both sides to sign the GCC proposal," the party official said. The agreement stipulates that Saleh transfer power and leave office within 30 days of signing it. Gregory Johnsen | Near East Studies Scholar, Princeton University. The Dangerous US Game in Yemen. The day before US missiles began raining down on Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya, hundreds of miles away—across the Red Sea—security forces under the control of Yemen’s US-backed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, massacred more than fifty people who were participating in an overwhelmingly peaceful protest in the capital, Sana.
Some of the victims were shot in the head by snipers. About the Author Jeremy Scahill Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater... Also by the Author With drone strikes and kill lists, the president set a dangerous precedent. Obama discussed the targeted killing operation today, but will anything really change? For months, thousands of Yemenis had taken to the streets demanding that Saleh step down, and the regime had responded consistently with defiance and brute force.
AQAP was the group that sent the “underwear bomber” to the States in December 2009. Retired US Army Col. Jeremy Scahill and Ex-DIA Analyst Joshua Foust on "The Dangerous U.S. Game in Yemen" & CIA Ops in Libya. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZALEZ: We begin today’s show in Yemen, where hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets Wednesday demanding the immediate resignation of the U.S. -backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for 33 years. Protesters have rejected Saleh’s proposal that he remain president until elections are held, but that he transfer power to a caretaker government. One of Yemen’s most prominent opposition figures, Hamid al-Ahmar, has called on Saleh to step down and leave the country. HAMID AL-AHMAR: The international community, the United States and the Europeans should stand firmly with the Yemeni nation and with their wish to have change, especially after these crimes of the current regime.
AMY GOODMAN: While the anti-Saleh protests continue, the death toll from Monday’s explosion in an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150. On Sunday, U.S. JOSHUA FOUST: Right. JOSHUA FOUST: Right. People & Power - Yemen: A tale of two protests.