First of all, I should explain that while a more sophisticated WP user than I, could set up some kind of automatic posting of the Reader’s links contribution post that is supposed to come every day at a minute after midnight give or take a few minutes, I don’t know how to do that. So I create as many as I can at a give moment before the repetition of it gets to me, and set each one to auto-publish at about the right time.
Usually I do about 2 weeks worth at a time, and then I forget about it. This is why about twice a month, the daily links post is late!
My apologies to all.
Meanwhile, Iran has moved destroyers in between US positions in the Gulf and Houthi (Iranian proxy army) captured positions in Yemen as a response to the US taking out targeting radars on the Yemeni coast, itself a response to the firing of at least FOUR missiles at US ships in international waters.
This link has the most recent info I have so far, thanks to Richard and OC.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy has deployed a flotilla of warships to international waters for a mission that includes presence in the waters off the southern coasts of Yemen.
Iran’s 44th flotilla, comprising Alvand destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship, has been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait to protect the country’s trade vessels against piracy in the unsafe zone.
The Iranian fleet will head for the waters near Somalia and Tanzania afterwards through the Indian Ocean.
After making a port call in Tanzania, the 44th fleet will sail along the eastern coasts of Africa if the weather holds out, and is scheduled to sail even for the western coasts of South Africa, in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Please click through for the rest of this article, published by an Iranian government media org. Anyone aware of any Western sources on this story, please leave a link.
Check out this video:
The caption reads:
Yemen: Thousands march in Sanaa against Saudi-led military intervention
But what do the signs say?
From 7 seconds in:
That sign looks an awful lot like this one:
Ansar Allah’s slogan is: “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”
That doesn’t seem to be quite the same message as the RT title.
It’s possible that is still what the protest is about, but these are the Houthi sighns and slogans, which have nothing to do with the Saudis.
The Houthis are Iran’s proxy army in Yemen as Hizb’allah is in Lebanon.
Sanaa (AFP) – Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.
Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being “autocratic”, senior officials said.
Graphic video of islamic atrocities in the Capital of Yemen
PUBLISHED: 05:51 EST, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 06:05 EST, 4 December 2012
Al Qaeda committed ‘truly shocking’ human rights abuses including crucifixions and the beheading of an alleged sorceror during its 16 months in control of a southern region of Yemen, a report by Amnesty International claimed today.
The London-based charity has also released a video which appears to show a suspected thief having his hand amputated by the Ansar al-Sharia militia, which seized power of the Abyan governorate in February 2011.
Amnesty said dozens more civilians were then killed during reckless counter-insurgency operations by the Yemeni government as it sought to win back the territory from the Al Qaeda-affiliated group.
The tragedies would ‘haunt Yemen for decades to come’ unless the perpetrators were caught and the families compensated, the charity said.
Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Director Philip Luther said: ‘Abyan experienced a human rights catastrophe as Ansar al-Sharia and government forces vied for control of the region during 2011 and the first half of 2012.
‘The Yemeni authorities must ensure that a commission of inquiry announced in September covers the truly shocking abuses committed.
Wait, I could swear I heard Obama say that the war on terror was over and we won!
I guess the only thing missing is who he meant by ‘we’.
A US citizen suspected of having links to al-Qaeda has been arrested in Yemen, officials have told the BBC.
The man was detained in Ataq, in the province of Shabwa, the scene of an ongoing conflict between Islamist militants and Yemen’s armed forces.
He was then transferred by military plane to the capital, Sanaa, where he was being investigated by the security services, the officials said.
The arrest took place on Monday. No details were given about his identity.
The man was wearing Arab clothes when he was arrested in the Sharqa Hotel in Ataq, according to a report on the privately-owned Yemeni news website, Yemen Fox, which quoted a local official.
The suspect spoke English, said he was a Muslim, and had three passports – two US and one German – in his possession, another official was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.
By Duncan Gardham, Investigations Correspondent
5:25PM BST 26 Jun 2012
The two men, one a former accountancy student, had travelled to a religious school to study Islam but took up arms in Yemen’s increasingly bloody civil war, their friends and relatives told the Daily Telegraph.
They were killed fighting rival shia Muslims in the mountains around the small town of Dammaj in Northern Yemen, according to one report.
It comes as Jonathan Evans, the director general of MI5, warned that Yemen has become a destination for a small number of British “would-be jihadis” seeking to use the Arab Spring for training and militant activity.
The father of one of the men said he considered his son to be “shaheed” [a martyr] and his whole family had been inspired to adopt fundamentalist Islam.
Listen carefully to some of the more subtle things said in this documentary. For example, Al Queda follows what the film maker calls, ‘their interpretations of sharia’. I would bet that they do not. I would bet they use interpretations of sharia as prescribed by muslim ‘scholars’ which are more accurately described as jurists. Most likely from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and from Al Azaar, the people who sponsored Obama’s Cairo speech in 2009.
The very same people who have managed to trick their way into power in Egypt. The ones morons in the white house claim are, ‘secular and liberal and democratic’.
H/T Don Laird
No video is available of this event. Thank god for small mercies.
Fifteen people were killed or injured in tribal fighting in Yemen after a male donkey chased an ass and raped it just near the house of its owner.
Newspapers in Yemen said the owner of the ass got mad after he saw the donkey attacking his animal, prompting him to chase the donkey and hit it.
The attack infuriated the donkey owner, who called his armed tribe men and asked them to take revenge.
“The problem snowballed into an armed fight between Makabis tribe, which owns the donkey, and Bani Abbas which owns the ass…15 people were either killed or injured in the battle,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Aleqtisadiah said, quoting newspapers in Yemen.
A large police force intervened and stopped the fighting at a village in the southwestern province of Abb, newspapers said, adding that police had arrested eight persons involved in the conflict.
Monkey disrupts prayers in Saudi mosque
A packed Saudi mosque plunged into pandemonium after a money found its way inside and attacked worshippers just as they were about to kneel down for their daily prayers, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom said on Sunday.
SANA’A: Local residents in Aden told Bikyamasr.com that al-Qaeda militants in the region were now targeting unveiled women: harassing them, and at least one instance, physically abusing them as they are trying to enforce the full face veil.
Although the Qur’an only specifies that a woman should cover her hair, neck and ears, Ansar al-Sharia chose to understand this somewhat differently, arguing that since the wives of the prophet were covered, so should all Muslim women.
What the militants don’t mention, or don’t know, is that as with everything in Islam it is very much up to the individual to choose their path – as religion cannot be imposed by force.
Although Yemenis are considered traditional when it comes to Islam, and fiercely defensive of their faith and practice, the vast majority of southerners have said to be outraged by the recent spate of harassment.
“How can they dare attacks girls and women who do not wear the veil? It is a personal choice, which should not be imposed on anyone,” said Anessa Abdelaalem a school teacher in Aden.
According to reports from the local authorities several girls were sprayed with acid on their face by Ansar al-Sharia, for they refused to bow to their demands.
The employers of an American man killed while working in Yemen said in a statement Monday that he “highly respected” Islam, after a group tied to al-Qaida claimed it had executed him because of his “Christian proselytizing.”
Joel Shrum, a teacher at the International Training Development Center, was shot dead Sunday in the city of Taiz where he worked.
A group linked to al-Qaida, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed responsibility.
“This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” an unidentified person said in a text message to journalists, claiming responsibility on behalf of the group.