Posts Tagged ‘Yemen’

The girl from Yemen

April 10, 2011
Tawakul Karman the Yemeni human rights activist

Tawakul Karman the Yemeni human rights activist

girl from yemen

girl from yemen


The revolution in Yemen began immediately after the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia on 14 January. As I always do when arranging a demonstration I posted a message on Facebook, calling on people to celebrate the Tunisian uprising on 16 January.

We agreed that we could not let this historic moment pass us by, and that we too could spark a peaceful revolution to demand an end to a despotic regime.

After a week of protests I was detained by the security forces in the middle of the night. The pressure on the government was intense, and I was released after 36 hours in a women’s prison, where I was kept in chains.

After my release I continued to demonstrate .

Around the country, tents sprang up for vigils, copying Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Hundreds of thousands poured into these “squares of liberation and change”. With the inclusion of all sections of society, the revolution had outgrown the student movement.

In five years my country has witnessed six wars, but now the people’s guns are silent; they have chosen peaceful change. Despite the fact that hundreds of protesters have been killed by the regime, not one police officer or security agent has been killed by the masses.

When snipers killed more than 50 protesters and wounded 1,000 on the Friday of Dignity, it was the young who arrested the culprits; not one was attacked or injured, despite the anger and the blood that had flowed in the streets.

For the first time people in the south stopped calling for separation, raised the national flag and demanded an end to the regime. It’s been truly historic. The country is united in its aim to rid itself of the regime through public vigils and rallies, civil disobedience and slogans instead of tear gas and bullets.
This is a regime that carried out 33 years of rule through blood and corruption.

We cannot let the bogeyman of al-Qaida and extremism be used to stall historic change in our country; Saleh invokes this threat in an attempt to cling to power, as if he is the only one capable of bringing stability and tackling terrorism. It would be foolish to believe his lies. .

If the US and Europe genuinely support the people, as they say, they must not betray our peaceful revolution. It is the expression of the democratic will of the overwhelming majority of the people of Yemen.

– Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman: This 32-year-old mother of three is an unlikely activist. But as the chair of Women Journalists Without Chains she has been protesting at Sana’a University, in the nation’s capital, every Tuesday since 2007. Her aim: to pressure Yemen’s President of 32 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down. Though she’s been arrested several times, she remains an advocate for peaceful change. (TIME magazine)

It is fantastic to see women in a Muslim country leading the revolution. Maybe one day they will get back the rights granted to them in the Quran. [see Women and Islam]

- Our revolution’s doing what Saleh can’t – uniting Yemen
Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni activist, provides thorn in side for Saleh

US urges reform in Egypt?

January 27, 2011

Where on earth do they dig these idiots up from?

This week an idiot from the US State Department displaying US hypocrisy on Egypt. Last week I heard a similar idiot, only this time it was a British Foreign Office Minister talking about Tunisia. Swap the scripts and you would not have been able to tell the difference.

When will we learn? We prop up these corrupt regimes, eventually they collapse, then we reap as we have sown.

Egypt is the largest recipient of US largesse outside of Israel. It is Uncle Sam who pays for the repressive regime in Egypt. MI6 helped train the corrupt Palestinian Authority to put down Hamas, the same corrupt Palestinian Authority willing to sell its own people to the Zionist State of Israel. In Afghanistan US-UK prop up a corrupt regime that is flooding the West with heroin.

Why do people take holidays in Egypt? Why do they do business with the corrupt regime?

PJ Crowley, the idiot from the US State Department, describes Egypt as “an ally and friend of the United States, an anchor of stability in the Middle East which is helping us pursue a comprehensive peace in the Middle East”.

For this we read working with Israel for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Today there were reports of a massacre in Suez.

Yemen next? Today protesters took to the streets of the capital of Yemen.

Jordan? Even in Jordan unrest has spread to the streets.

Like dominoes they are falling one by one. There are 22 versions of Ben Ali, the Tunisian president who fled Tunisia like a rat up a drainpipe, all must be removed from power.

The Arab street has power. Tunisia proved it. We are all Tunisians now!

Egypt: One by one the dominoes fall
Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia
What’s Happening in Egypt Explained
As Egypt Censors Internet, Anonymous Starts Attacks
Egypt unrest: ElBaradei returns as protests build
Yemen protests: Thousands call on president to leave
Tunisia political turmoil inspires Jordan protesters
Guardian Journalist Arrested and Beaten Alongside Protesters in Egypt Secretly Records Ordeal
Guardian Reporter Jack Shenker on Egypt Protests: “Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken”
Help Egypt – Join the Cloud!


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