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Fighting turns southern Yemen town into “hell”

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2011

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Ali Abdullah Saleh

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By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Asma Alsharif Wed Jun 8, 1:42 pm ET

ADEN/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Bodies lay in the streets of a southern Yemeni town Wednesday as government forces battled Islamist militants, a local official said, underscoring the gravity of Yemen’s multiple conflicts.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, 69, wounded Friday when rockets hit his palace, is having treatment in the Saudi capital Riyadh but there were conflicting reports about his condition — ranging from fairly minor, to life-threatening 40-percent burns.

A truce between his forces and tribesmen who back pro-democracy protesters was holding in Sanaa. Western and Arab powers have been working to persuade Saleh to stay away and allow a long-negotiated transition of power to begin.

Saleh has left a country in crisis, with Yemeni civilians bearing the brunt of fighting. Medical staff are having trouble reaching the wounded, and electricity and water are scarce, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

Some 20 bodies have been retrieved in and around Sanaa since Saturday by ICRC and Yemen Red Crescent teams, including seven Tuesday in al-Hassaba, north of the capital, the ICRC said.

“Because of the fighting, it has often been difficult for medical personnel to reach certain parts of Sanaa,” said Jean-Nicolas Marti, the head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen.

The U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) said Yemenis are going hungry as the fighting disrupts food supplies and pushes up the price of gas, water, fuel and other basic commodities.

“There is a sharp deterioration of the food security situation in Yemen,” WFP’s representative in Yemen Gian Carlo Cirri told Reuters in an interview. “We are close to food prices having doubled on average since last year when it comes to key commodities such as wheat flour, vegetable oil and sugar.”

Sanaa was calm in Saleh’s absence, with a ceasefire holding between government forces and tribesmen loyal to Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, head of the powerful Hashed tribal confederation, who have turned against the president.

More than 200 people have been killed and thousands have fled Sanaa in the last two weeks as fighting intensified.

Al-Ahmar’s men withdrew from around seven government buildings, including the state news agency Saba which suffered heavily in fighting last week.

But many government ministries were not functioning as staff stayed away Wednesday and much of the city was suffering from cuts in electricity, fuel and water supplies.

GUNFIRE AND BLOOD

Officials and residents described dire scenes in the southern Abyan province where the army and Islamist militants have fought for days, causing thousands of residents to flee.

“There is a cat-and-mouse game going on in the streets now between the army and armed men. I can’t tell who’s who among them any more,” said resident Khaled Abboud by telephone. “There is a smell of gunfire and blood in the air. I only stayed to protect my home, but now I want to get out of this hell.”

The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, once home to more than 50,000 people, to a ghost town without power or running water.

Health official Alhadar Alsaidi said disease was spreading from dead bodies on the streets and wild dogs eating them. “I call on local and international health organizations to help us removing bodies from the streets and burying them,” he said.

The Yemeni army said this week it had killed 30 militants in Zinjibar, where a local official said 15 soldiers had also died in battles for the town seized by gunmen nearly two weeks ago.

Some of Saleh’s opponents have accused the president of deliberately letting al Qaeda militants take over Zinjibar to demonstrate the security risks if he were to lose power.

The volatile situation in Yemen, which lies on oil shipping lanes, alarms Western nations and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia, who fear that chaos would give al Qaeda free rein there.

They see Saleh’s absence as an opportunity to secure his exit after nearly 33 years ruling the poorest Arab state.

The United States and Britain have called for a peaceful, orderly transition in Yemen, based on a Gulf-brokered plan.

There was no clear word on Saleh’s health.

“I visited him yesterday evening and he was good. He talked to us and asked about the Yemeni expatriates and he is better than the others who were injured. He is very good and talks. He was sitting on a chair,” said Taha al-Hemyari, head of Yemeni community affairs at the Yemeni embassy in Riyadh.

A Saudi doctor familiar with Saleh’s case also said his burns were not as serious as some officials suggested, saying he may be able to leave Saudi Arabia in less than two weeks.

SEVERE BURNS?

The Yemeni embassy in Washington said in a statement Saleh’s health was improving and reiterated that his deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was in charge in a caretaker capacity.

“President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s health condition is stable and continues to improve… President Saleh will return to Yemen … to reassume his duties soon after he recovers,” it said.

Yemeni and U.S. officials said Tuesday that Saleh was in a more serious condition with burns over roughly 40 percent of his body. Saudi newspaper al-Watan cited a Yemeni diplomat on Wednesday as saying another operation on Saleh was possible.

Saleh was initially said to have been hit by shrapnel and Hadi said Monday the president would return within days.

Forty percent burns would mean Saleh’s life could be in danger: “Somebody of that age, with that percentage of burns, has got a pretty poor prognosis, especially if these are full thickness burns,” Brendan Eley, chief executive of the Healing Foundation at Britain’s Royal College of Surgeons.

Saudi officials say it is up to Saleh whether he returns home but they, and their Western allies, may want to revive a Gulf-brokered transition deal under which the Yemeni leader would quit in return for immunity from prosecution.

Yemen said a donation of three million barrels of crude oil from Saudi King Abdullah had arrived in Aden Wednesday.

Thousands of protesters, who have been in the streets since February demanding Saleh quit, gathered at his vice president’s residence Tuesday. They want him formally to assume power in order to effect Saleh’s final removal from office.

Troops loyal to army general Ali Mohsen, who has sided with the protesters, shot into the air in an effort to persuade them to leave, but the activists stayed put.

(Additional reporting by Martina Fuchs, Mohammed Ghobari, Reem Shamseddine, Kate Kelland and Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay; writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Alistair Lyon and Alastair Macdonald)

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Thousands of Yemenis protest for Saleh to stay out

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2011

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By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf 22 mins ago

SANAA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Yemeni vice president’s residence on Tuesday, demanding the acting leader for wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh form a transitional council to create a new government.

Outside the peaceful protest in the capital of Sanaa, battles raged in a southern town held by Islamist militants.

Around 4,000 demonstrators in Sanaa, who have been calling for Saleh to step down for five months, called for a “million-man march” for him to stay in Saudi Arabia, where he has been treated for injuries since an attack on Friday.

“The people want to form a transitional council, we will not sleep, we will not sit until the council is formed,” the protesters chanted.

Protesters carried banners saying “The blood of the liberated achieved victory,” while others waved banners saying “Our revolution is Yemeni, not Gulf or American.”

“We will remain in front of the residence of the vice president for 24 hours to pressure him for the formation of a transitional council,” youth activist Omar al-Qudsi said.

“The era of Saleh has ended,” he told Reuters.

Saleh, 69, was wounded on Friday when rockets struck his Sanaa palace, killing seven people and wounding senior officials and advisers in what his officials said was an assassination attempt. He is being treated in a Riyadh hospital.

The volatile situation in Yemen, which lies on vital oil shipping lanes, alarms Western powers and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia, who fear that chaos would enable the local al Qaeda franchise to operate more freely there.

They see Saleh’s absence for medical treatment in Riyadh as an opportunity to ease the president out of office after nearly 33 years ruling the impoverished Arab nation.

“We are calling for a peaceful and orderly transition,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Vice President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, appointed by Saleh as acting president, and pushed for a ceasefire.

Hadi has insisted that Saleh would return within days.

Saudi officials say it is up to Saleh whether he returns home or not, but they and their Western allies may want to revive a Gulf-brokered transition deal under which the Yemeni leader would quit in return for immunity from prosecution.

“Saleh’s departure is probably permanent,” said Robert Powell, Yemen analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

“The Saudis, as well as the U.S. and European Union, are pushing hard for him to stay in Saudi Arabia, as they view the prospect of his return as a catastrophe.

“Prior to his departure, the country was slipping inexorably into a civil war. However, his removal has suddenly opened a diplomatic window to restart the seemingly failed GCC-mediated proposal. It seems Saudi Arabia and other interested parties are unwilling to allow Saleh to derail it this time.”

CLASHES IN SOUTH

Saudi Arabia is worried by the activities of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has staged daring if not very effective attacks on Saudi and U.S. targets.

The army said it had killed dozens of Islamist militants including a local al Qaeda leader in the southern town of Zinjibar, capital of the flashpoint Abyan province.

A local official said 15 soldiers had been killed in the battles for control of the town seized by militants some 10 days ago.

Some of Saleh’s opponents have accused the president of deliberately letting AQAP militants take over Zinjibar to demonstrate the security risks if he lost power.

The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, once home to more than 50,000 people, to a ghost town without power or running water.

Fighting also flared again in the city of Taiz, south of Sanaa, where anti-government gunmen have clashed sporadically with troops in the past few days.

A Saudi-brokered truce was holding in the capital after two weeks of fighting between Saleh’s forces and tribesmen in which more than 200 people were killed and thousands forced to flee.

POWER TRANSFER

Saleh has defied pressure to accept the transition plan brokered by the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Three times, he has backed away from signing it at the last minute.

“The transition seems to be on track as per the GCC initiative. There will be many obstacles down the road, but without Saleh’s destructive presence, we can overcome them,” said Yemeni political analyst Abdul-Ghani al-Iryani.

The future of Yemen, where shifting alliances of tribal leaders, generals and politicians compete for power, is uncertain. Saleh’s sons and relatives remain in the country, commanding elite military units and security agencies.

Other contenders in a possible power struggle include the well-armed Hashed tribal federation, breakaway military leaders, Islamists, leftists and an angry public seeking relief from crippling poverty, corruption and failing public services.

Youthful protesters have been celebrating Saleh’s departure, but are wary of any attempt by the wily leader to return.

“In the near term, the biggest challenge is to set up a viable political reform process that has the general backing of the population, and allows Yemen to return to normal after months of unrest,” the EIU’s Powell said.

“In the medium term, Yemen’s biggest challenge is economic — already the poorest country in the Middle East, it is running out of oil and water, and unless it can find alternative drivers of growth an economic collapse is entirely feasible,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Nour Merza in Dubai, Arshad Mohammed in Washington and Alistair Lyon in London; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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Saudi Arabia brokers new truce in Yemen: Saudi source

Posted by Admin on June 5, 2011

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SANAA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has brokered a fresh truce between a powerful Yemeni tribal federation and forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Saudi source said on Saturday, and a tribal leader said his followers were abiding by it.

A Saudi-brokered truce agreed a week ago held for only a day before fresh street battles broke out in the capital Sanaa, leading to the most intense fighting there since the uprising against Saleh’s 32-year role began.

Broadcasters Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, citing Yemeni and Saudi sources, said Saleh was on his way to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, a day after suffering head wounds in a shelling attack on a mosque in the presidential compound, but Yemen’s deputy information minister denied the reports.

Seven people were killed when what appeared to be rockets hit the presidential palace and several government officials were wounded. Saleh blamed a tribal federation for the assault.

“The rocket was devastating. It was a clear assassination attempt against the president,” said Abdulla Ali al-Radhi, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The BBC reported that the attack left Saleh with shrapnel near his heart and second-degree burns to his chest and face. It said sources close to the president had told the broadcaster Saleh had a piece of shrapnel almost 7.6 cm long under his heart.

Four months into a deadly revolt, worries are mounting that Yemen, already on the brink of financial ruin and home to al Qaeda militants, could become a failed state that poses a threat to the world’s top oil exporting region and to global security.

Saleh’s forces retaliated by shelling the homes of the leaders of the Hashed tribal federation, which has been engaged in street fights with his forces. Spokesmen for the group said 10 tribesmen were killed and dozens injured while denying responsibility for the palace attack.

A growing number of people in Saleh’s inner circle feel the attack may have carried out by General Ali Mohsen who has broken from Saleh, sided with the protesters and called the president a “madman who is thirsty for more bloodshed.”

An expert on Yemen with close ties to Sanaa’s leadership said: “Nobody could have done this with such military precision other than a military man.”

Global powers have been pressing Saleh to sign a Gulf-brokered deal to end his 33-year rule. Leaving Yemen, even for medical care, would make it hard for Saleh to retain power and could be seen as the first step in a transfer of leadership.

A Yemeni official told Reuters that Saleh “had suffered minor wounds to his head and I believe his face.”

“It’s not easy for the president. He has lost people close to him and who were sitting next to him when it happened,” the official said.

Saleh has exasperated his former U.S. and Saudi allies, who once saw him as a key partner in efforts to combat Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Defying world pressure, Saleh has thrice reneged on a deal brokered by Gulf states for him to quit in return for immunity from prosecution, even as he haemorrhages support at home.

‘BULLETS EVERYWHERE’

Residents in Sanaa faced worsening fears after fighting between the Hashed tribal federation and Saleh’s forces spread to new parts of the divided capital on Friday, prompting a fresh exodus of war-weary civilians.

Tensions in the flashpoint of Taiz, about 200 km (120 miles) south, eased after police and military units withdrew from the city following a week of clashes with pro-reform demonstrators that left dozens dead.

The U.N. human rights chief was checking reports that more than 50 people had been killed in Taiz since Sunday.

Nearly 200 people have been killed in the capital in the past two weeks as street battles using machineguns, mortars and rocket propelled grenades shuttered shops and forced Sanaa’s airport to ground flights twice.

Sanaa roads were clogged when the sun rose by civilians fleeing violence that has engulfed more of the city.

“Bullets are everywhere, explosions terrified us. There’s no chance to stay any more,” said Sanaa resident Ali Ahmed.

Spain said it was evacuating its citizens and diplomats in Yemen, while Germany ordered the temporary closure of its embassy, adding to the number of countries shutting the doors on their diplomatic missions in Sanaa due to the fighting.

At least 420 people have been killed since the uprising against Saleh began in January, inspired by the movements in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled their long-standing leaders.

The battles are being fought on several fronts, with popular protests in several cities and military units breaking away from Saleh to protect the protesters.

There has also been a week-long campaign in Zinjibar by locals and Saleh’s soldiers to oust Islamist and al Qaeda militants who seized the southern coastal city near a shipping lane where about 3 million barrels of oil pass daily.

(Additional reporting by Mohammed al-Ramahi in Sanaa, Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden, Khaled al-Mahdi in Taiz, Mahmoud Habboush in Dubai, Samia Nakhoul in London, Erik Kirschbaum in Berlin and the Madrid bureau; writing by Jon Herskovitz; editing by Tim Paerce)

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Yemen on brink of civil war as clashes spread

Posted by Admin on May 28, 2011

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By Samia Nakhoul and Mohammed Ghobari Fri May 27, 4:16 pm ET

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni tribesmen said they wrested a military compound from elite troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside the capital Sanaa on Friday as fighting spread, threatening to tip the country into civil war.

Yemeni fighter jets broke the sound barrier as they swooped over Sanaa, where battles between Saleh loyalists and the Hashed tribal alliance led by Sadeq al-Ahmar erupted this week after failure of a deal to ease the president out.

Clashes spread northeast of Sanaa on Friday, where tribes said in addition to seizing a military post in the Nahm region, they were also fighting government troops at two other positions south of the capital.

In Sanaa, tens of thousands of people gathered after Friday prayers for what they branded a “Friday of Peaceful Revolution” against Saleh, releasing white doves and carrying the coffins of about 30 people killed in clashes this week.

Tens of thousands turned out for the rally, inspired by the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, though their numbers had dwindled compared to previous weeks after thousands fled Sanaa and the government closed roads around the city to keep out tribes trying to reinforce the Ahmars.

Machinegun fire and sporadic blasts rattled the city before fighting eased after mediation efforts. Ahmar’s fighters evacuated government ministry buildings they had grabbed this week in return for a ceasefire and troops quitting their area.

“We are now in mediation and there has been a ceasefire between the two sides,” Ahmar, close to an Islamist opposition party, told protesters in “Change Square.” “But if Ali Abdullah Saleh returns (to fighting) then we are ready. We are steadfast and victorious.”

“We wanted it (revolution) to be peaceful but Saleh, his sons and his clique wanted war. We will not leave them the opportunity to turn it into a civil war,” Ahmar told Reuters.

But in a sign of hostility between the sides, a government source ridiculed Ahmar for his grandiose statements, saying the state had taught him a “small lesson” and urging him and “his gangs” to turn themselves in to face justice.

Battles this week, the worst since protests began in January, killed around 115 people and let Saleh grab back the initiative, overshadowing the protest movement with the threat of civil war. Yet protesters were determined to see him go.

“We are here to renew our resolve for a peaceful revolution. We reject violence or being dragged into civil war,” said Yahya Abdulla at the anti-Saleh protest camp, where armed vehicles were deployed to protect those praying.

A few kilometres (miles) away, government loyalists staged a short rally, waving Yemeni flags and pictures of Saleh, who has ruled the Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years.

Worries are growing that Yemen, already a safe haven for al Qaeda and on the verge of financial ruin, could become a failed state that would erode regional security and pose a serious risk to neighboring Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter.

The United States and Saudi Arabia, both targets of foiled attacks by a wing of al Qaeda based in Yemen, are concerned any spread of anarchy could embolden the militant group.

BATTLE AT MILITARY COMPOUND

In Nahm, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Sanaa, a tribal leader said fierce fighting over three military posts killed 19 and wounded dozens. He said tribesmen had seized one post and were battling for two more as military planes bombed the area.

“There had been some skirmishes between the tribesmen supporting the youth revolution from time to time, but today it became a big armed confrontation,” Sheikh Hamid Asim said.

He had earlier said anti-Saleh fighters killed the commander of the military post they seized. A separate tribal source said the Yemeni air force dropped bombs to prevent the tribesmen from seizing an arms cache there.

The defense ministry blamed the opposition coalition, comprised of Islamists and leftists, for the fighting in Nahm. State television, citing a military source, denied any posts were seized. “These are lies with no basis in truth,” Yemen TV quoted him as saying.

If confirmed, the Republican Guard’s loss of a military post to tribesmen armed with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades would be an embarrassing setback for Saleh, whose country has become the poorest in the region.

Mediators have been increasingly exasperated with Saleh, saying he had repeatedly imposed new conditions each time a Gulf-led transition agreement was due for signing, mostly recently demanding a public signing ceremony.

Leaders of the G8 leading industrialized nations called on Saleh to step down during a summit in France, but analysts said global powers have little leverage in Yemen, located on a shipping lane through which 3 million barrels of oil pass daily.

FEAR OF CIVIL WAR

Sanaa residents had been streaming out of the capital by the thousands to escape escalating violence in recent days. Others stocked up on essentials and waited in trepidation.

“There is absolute poverty because of this regime. We want change,” said Abdulrahman al-Fawli, 42, an engineer. “But I’m terrified of civil war. I dread this prospect.”

The recent fighting between tribal fighters and loyalists has ignored a commitment to peaceful demonstrations by protesters, many of whom are sceptical about the vested interests of both sides in the armed conflict.

“Saleh and his forces and the al-Ahmar tribe cannot make the civilian state that the protesters want. They stole the limelight of the revolution and undermined it with their fighting,” said Ali Mohammed Subaihy, a doctor.

In the south, dozens of armed men believed to be from al Qaeda stormed into the city of Zinjibar in the flashpoint province of Abyan, chasing out security forces while seizing several government buildings and setting off blasts in others, residents said.

The army had withdrawn from Zinjibar after a battle with militants in March, but later regained control.

Friday’s violence, which killed at least seven people including a civilian, sent hundreds of families fleeing their neighborhoods as shelling continued and warplanes roared overhead. Smoke billowed from a military building.

Similar clashes broke out in Lawdar, also in the south, a government official said.

Saleh has said his removal would be a boon to al Qaeda, but the opposition, which includes the Islamist party Islah, accuses him of exploiting militancy to keep his foreign backing and argues that it would be better placed to fight al Qaeda.

Washington, which long treated Saleh as an ally against al Qaeda, has said it now wants him to go. Saleh’s attempts to stop protests by force have so far killed around 280 people.

(Additional reporting by Mohamed Sudam and Khaled al-Mahdy in Sanaa, Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden, Erika Solomon in Dubai and from Barbara Lewis in Geneva; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Louise Ireland)

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Indians in Yemen asked to leave the country

Posted by Admin on May 28, 2011

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New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has advised Indian nationals living in Yemen to exit the country through whatever commercial means available keeping in view the evolving situation and the increase in violent incidents.

The Indian nationals have also been advised not to venture out except under absolutely unavoidable circumstances till the time they are able to exit from Yemen.

“The Embassy of India and our Ambassador in Yemen will continue to function in Sanaa and can be contacted for any assistance by Indian nationals till such time they are able to exit the country,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) release said.

In the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, gun battles raged on Monday between government forces and fighters loyal to powerful tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar, who has sided with the growing opposition movement that has demanded an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s 32-year-long rule. (ANI)

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Yemen thrust into deeper uncertainty after Gulf deal falls through

Posted by Admin on May 15, 2011

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Sanaa, Yemen – When demonstrations began in February aimed at toppling long-ruling President Ali Abdullah Saleh, they were of a humble size, filling only the area immediately outside the entrance to Sanaa University, an area now known as Change Square.

Now as the movement enters its fourth month, the sit-in has swollen to a veritable tent city that stretches nearly two miles, shutting off traffic in a large portion of the nation’s capital and resembling a shantytown. Many tents there have a permanent look, wired for electricity, satellite television and, in many cases, wireless Internet service.

Still, the demonstrators seem no closer to achieving their goal. A supposed agreement that would have had Saleh resign, brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council, appears to have fallen through, with neither the demonstrators nor Saleh willing to support it.

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“How can anything headed by the GCC lead to democracy,” commented Abdulrahman Abdullah al Kamadi, a demonstrator who has been camped out in the square for over two months.

“The emirates and kingdoms of the GCC are the enemy of any revolution. They cannot even admit what is going on here. This is not a political crisis: this is a revolution.”

‘We have no fear of violence’

On Wednesday, gunfire broke out here as army troops loyal to Saleh moved against the demonstrators in what appeared to be an effort to push them back from the huge swath of territory they’ve claimed over the weeks. More than a dozen protesters were killed in the four-hour firefight, but the pro-Saleh forces gained no ground, and protesters were putting up new structures Thursday.

“We have no fear of violence,” said Bassem Moghram, one the leaders of the young people who make up the heart of the protest movement. “Freedom is not cheap.”

Increasing hardship, uncertainty

Where the protest movement will go is uncertain. Similar tent cities have sprung up in other Yemeni cities, and the political turmoil is showing itself in growing hardship for the average Yemeni.

Gas rationing, water shortages and power outages have become commonplace in many parts of the country; and the cost of food has risen, as the value of the Yemeni rial has plunged.

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Yemen’s oil industry has been particularly affected; with production dropping nearly 50 percent, the result of damaged pipelines and the temporary closure of some oil facilities.

Amir al Aydarous, the country’s oil minister, recently told the state-run news agency that continued unrest could lead to “catastrophe beyond imagination.” Yemen’s modest oil reserves provide nearly 70 percent of the government’s revenues.

A largely leaderless movement

The movement itself remains largely leaderless. While some of the demonstrators are affiliated with opposition parties, most continue to fiercely assert their independence. Images of slain former President Ibrahim al Hamdi, who ran the country from 1974 to 1977, far outnumber images of current opposition leaders.

“We will talk about parties when we are talking about elections,” said Ibrahim Yayha al Kulani. “Until then, we will remain one united front, not differentiating between party, region or sect.”

Various self-described “revolutionary youth committees” have sprouted in different areas of Yemen. Notably, the past weeks have seen growing cooperation between groups in different cities, culminating in the formation this week of a single, nationwide “Media Council of the Revolution.” Another group, the Supreme Coordination Council of the Revolution, has called for a series of marches, strikes and camp expansions, culminating in a march Tuesday on the Presidential Palace.

US role

For its part, the US, for which Saleh has been a key ally in the war on terror, and the European Union remain supportive of the GCC plan, which would grant Saleh immunity from prosecution for the hundreds of deaths suffered in the crackdown on the protests. The young people who’ve remained camped out in protest reject that idea in particular, and many Yemen observers believe the GCC plan is doomed.

“It is a mistake for the United States to continue to let the GCC take the lead on this, both for the future of Yemen as well as for U.S. security interests,” commented Gregory Johnsen, a Yemen scholar at Princeton University. “The US must take the lead in constructively shaping a post-Saleh Yemen.”

Others say the US support for any plan makes it unworkable.

“This is not even just a GCC plan,” said Feris al Areeqi, a professor of engineering at Sanaa University. “This is a GCC-EU-USA plan. How can they intervene positively when they have supported Saleh?”

(Baron is a McClatchy special correspondent.)

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Tens of thousands march against Yemen president

Posted by Admin on February 4, 2011

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SANAA, Yemen – Tens of thousands of demonstrators, some chanting “down, down with the regime,” marched Thursday in several towns and cities in Yemen against the country’s autocratic president, a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic militants.

Police opened fire and tear gas to break up one of the marches, witnesses said, and security officials confirmed a demonstrator was critically wounded by police fire. Two others were also hurt in the eastern town of Mukalla, but further details were not immediately available.

In the capital of Sanaa, scuffles and stone-throwing briefly erupted between thousands of anti-government demonstrators and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled for more than 30 years. However, police stepped in and there were no reports of injuries.

Security forces deployed in large numbers around the Interior Ministry and the Central Bank, and military helicopters hovered over some parts of the city.

Anti-government protests have erupted in several Arab countries in recent weeks. In Egypt, embattled President Hosni Mubarak is trying to cling to power until the end of his term in September, despite more than a week massive street protests demanding his immediate resignation.

In Yemen, protests erupted in several towns Thursday after Saleh moved earlier this week to defuse demands for his ouster by pledging not to seek another term in 2013 and not to allow his son inherit power.

Anti-government protesters said they don’t trust Saleh and demanded that he quit immediately.

“Thirty years of promises and thirty years of lies,” read one banner raised by marchers in Sanaa. Protesters chanted: “Down, down with the regime.”

In a counter demonstration, supporters of the president carried banners warning that the opposition was trying to destabilize Yemen.

Mohammed al-Sabri, a spokesman for a coalition of opposition groups, said hundreds of thousands took to the streets Thursday. He said the opposition is ready to engage in a dialogue with the president, but wants concrete proposals for change.

“We welcome this decision (not to seek another term), but if the people want the president to leave, we will adopt their demand,” al-Sabri said. “We have had political demands which we discussed with the regime for the past three years, but unfortunately failed.”

He said peaceful protests would continue for the next three months.

The United States has taken a sharp tone on Egypt, urging Mubarak to move swiftly to meet the demand for democratic reform. But it has cautiously praised pledges of reform in Yemen.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday welcomed Saleh’s “positive statements.”

The Yemeni president is seen as a weak but increasingly important partner of the United States, allowing American drone strikes on al-Qaida targets and stepping up counterterrorism cooperation.

In Brussels, Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, warned that interference from outside countries — of the sort in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan — would be counterproductive.

He said frustration of the young generation was widespread across the Arab world, including in his country. “I think the frustrations of younger generations are universal in the Arab world,” al-Qirbi told The Associated Press in Brussels, where he had come to seek development aid.

However, he said Yemen’s government never severed contacts with opposition parties and civil groups, and for that reason it was better placed to hold a constructive internal dialogue than other countries in the Middle East.

In Yemen, where the population is overwhelmingly very young, unemployment is 35 percent and poverty is endemic. About 40 percent of the population lives on less than $2 (euro1.45) a day.

Saleh’s government controls little of the impoverished country beyond the capital; it is facing a serious challenge from a secessionist movement in the south and a rebellion in the north.

The U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, thought to be hiding in Yemen, is believed to have inspired and even plotted or helped coordinate recent attacks on the U.S. Those include the failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner and the unsuccessful plot to send mail bombs on planes from Yemen to the U.S. in October.

Al-Awlaki also is believed to have inspired the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and had ties to some of the 9/11 hijackers.

In Thursday’s marches, thousands of anti-government protesters also took to the streets in the city of Aden. They defied security forces and armored personnel carriers that tried to close the main streets to prevent them from gathering.

Protesters there shouted: “People want the downfall of the regime, the downfall of the president.”

All big shops in Sanaa and Aden closed their doors and major companies hired guards to protect against possible looting.

Protesters also scuffled with security forces in the town of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan, where al-Qaida militants have been active.

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Saudis say al Qaeda targeting France: minister

Posted by Admin on October 19, 2010

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101017/ts_nm/us_france_terrorism;_ylt=AkN3rnFBr2jog9pb0YyimZ134T0D;_ylu=X3oDMTJwa29lODhvBGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTAxMDE3L3VzX2ZyYW5jZV90ZXJyb3Jpc20EcG9zAzEyBHNlYwN5bl9hcnRpY2xlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDc2F1ZGlzc2F5YWxx

PARIS (Reuters) – Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on Sunday that France had been warned by Saudi Arabia that al Qaeda was targeting Europe and especially France.

“Several hours or days ago, there was a new message from the Saudis that said al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was without doubt active or planning to be active in Europe, especially France,” he told French radio RTL.

“This is not about overestimating the threat or underestimating it,” he said. “I am indicating, based on all these elements, that the threat is real.”

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an arm of al Qaeda thought to include Yemenis and Saudis, has stepped up attacks on Yemeni and Western targets since it claimed a failed U.S. airliner bombing in December.

Impoverished Yemen, which is struggling to end a civil war in the north and a separatist rebellion in the south, is trying with U.S. help to crush AQAP, which has been based in Yemen since 2006, when SaudiArabia mounted a counter-terrorism drive against its Saudi arm.

Hortefeux’s remarks indicated that the new warning was not connected with the heightened alert in France in late September based on a tip-off that a female suicide bomber was planning to attack its transport system.

police source told Reuters at that time that the information about the threatened attack had come from Algeria.

France has not suffered a major attack since 1995 when the Algerian Armed Islamic Group killed eight people and wounded dozens bombing a Paris metro station.

(Reporting by Thierry Leveque; writing by Nina Sovich; editing by Tim Pearce)

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What is Happening in the Gulf of Aden?

Posted by Admin on February 1, 2010

Note from the Admin/Author of this Website:-

I have noted and observed duly, that most of the clicks attributed to this site have been regarding the topic posted below. I understand it has been a hotbed of curiosity, interest and speculation for many alternative news researchers and also it has come across as a surprising find to a few of the more conventional and casual internet surfers.

I am unable to garner valid research material or even accurate and verifiable news from any source accessible to me so far. Also I must state I will not publish information from channelled sources unless and until I feel they are of a benevolent and unselfish state of Origin. Technically speaking there has been a massive media blackout in that part of the world where a number of guises have been pulled to keep most of our prying eyes away from what is happening in that point of space and time as of now in our linear third dimensional state of experiential Reality.

Having said that, it is necessary to understand it is not the only or most important area of anomalous activity on Our Dear Mother Earth. I will now include information from somebody I hold in high esteem and respect as a source of Integrity to help discern the viewers on the current state of events.

From http://jakane.cc/blog/?p=166

As for YemenYes there is a gate at Yemen, a major or rather a principal primary gate of great overwhelming interest to all the Off-Worlders, the Illuminati, the NWO, the Orion group and other forces on and off the Planet.The gate at Yemen is the oscillating point of the Earths Merkebah and the 8th Primary Stargate on Earth. All the lands around this gate have always been rich and full of abundant natural resources, a power center. As a matter of fact this land has always been coveted by forces on and off Planet either openly or vicariously. It is a power portal, the entrance and exit for many Off-Worlders who reside on the Planet and those who incarnated here.I asked Dr Suzanne Lie http://www.multidimensions.com about her take on this. The following is her reply…
“Hi Anthony,
I have heard the same thing about that Stargate. They made up all the stuff about the pirates to keep people away from this area. In fact, the people we were “attacked by pirates” were polluting the ocean when they were “attacked.” I don’t have much more info about it. I will ask the Arcturians,”“The Stargate at Yemen in the Gulf of Aden is, indeed, a major portal. Many vessels enter and leave Earth via this Stargate. This public opening is a part of our disclosure process. We realize that there are still many humans who are afraid of what they do not understand and will easily attach themselves to an answer that is familiar rather than face the NEW truth. Eventually, though, like water on a rock, our many manners of disclosure will change the Collective Consciousness. In fact, the United States is the most resistant of any area in the world, as Americans are among the most brainwashed. Fortunately, they are also among the most enlightened. Soon the gap between the two will lessen to find the Core of a great culture.”Well, that is what i got. Have a great weekend,
sue
I thank Suzanne for taking the time to channel this answer for our greater understanding.There has been dumping of toxic waste and manipulation by HAARP in this area for a very long time. Quakes in the gulf of Aden, the manual shifting of the plates and the obvious breaking of the Horn of Africa are all major destabilizing moves that most think nothing of. They have threatened to destroy this gate if they can not command it,  just as they have threatened to destroy New York before they  will disclose the presence of Off-Worlders on our Planet.All this would interfere with the ascension process for all of us and prevent the Earth from being able to fire her grid which is almost complete. Their commanding this gate in the worst case will destabilize the balance of energies coming from the torsion waves that are speeding up the Planet. They would then be able to spin the Earths staff and rods causing ultimate destruction. Another possible outcome is just the interference with the energies moving our consciousness into the 9th and final level of creation before conscious co-creation in Nov 2011.Frankly the whole of life here and the Planet herself are at stake. Yet I know that we, humankind and the Forces of Light will triumph. I have no doubt of this no matter how hard they want me to feel differently. We all shall triumph in light!

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This is just a very brief note to draw attention to something that may be important. These are my latest Tweets copy and pased.

 

OK, Yemen is back again. The supposed Somali pirates are nothing of the sort. What we have, apparently, is a stargate in the Gulf of Aden.I just listened to an interview between Kerry (ProjectCamelot.org) and Aaron McCollum, a self-professed super soldierhttp://alturl.com/prh6 Super soldier / Manchurian Candidate stuff aside, McCollum’s statements about a stargate at the Gulf of Aden could be legitimate. The Gulf of Aden is right off of Yemen’s shore (http://alturl.com/nhog), and McCollum says there are mil. vessels from many countries there. Remember this article I linked to about our sudden, curious interest in Yemen – http://alturl.com/ushd ? There are discussions about the Gulf of Aden at Godlikeproductions.com (http://alturl.com/x5u6) and Abovetopsecret.com (http://alturl.com/5xj2). McCollum says the pirate story is a cover for what is really happening – http://alturl.com/exmy This is presumably a photo of the stargate (below).

 

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BRIEF UPDATE – FEBRUARY 20, 2010: “EARTHQUAKE CONNECTION AND MAGNETIC ANOMALY”

 

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An earthquake registering at 6.3 shook the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, January 2, 2010, as reported in this article. Excerpt,

 

 

An earthquake registering a magnitude of 6.3 struck the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and Somalia on Saturday, but preliminary reports from Yemen said it appeared to have caused little damage.

Residents of Yemen’s port city of Aden said they did not feel any shaking during the time the quake occurred.

Due to civil unrest in nearby Somalia, there were no immediate reports that the earthquake had caused any injuries or damage in that country.

 

 

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The Gulf of Aden has been determined to have something known as an “axial magnetic anomaly”. From nature.com,

 

 

Gulf of Aden axial magnetic anomaly and the Curie temperature isotherm

D. Tamsett & R. W. Girdler

School of Physics, The University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

The main features of magnetic anomalies over ocean ridges have been explained1 as a corollary of seafloor spreading and geomagnetic reversals. Oceanic crust is formed in a narrow region, becoming magnetized in the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field as its temperature falls through the Curie point of the magnetic minerals present.

The Gulf of Aden was one of the first places where reversely magnetized sea floor was recognized2. The seafloor spreading direction and latitude are such that the anomaly due to normal magnetization is negative and slightly skewed. Positive anomalies were also observed suggesting the presence of reverse magnetization. A short wavelength magnetic anomaly which frequently occurs superimposed on the axial magnetic anomaly in the Gulf of Aden is now described.

Various interpretations are considered; the preferred involves a dramatic shallowing of the Curie temperature isotherm close to the seafloor spreading centre. The interpretation has implications for models of the generation of oceanic lithosphere and for locating possible geothermal areas in rifted regions.

 

 

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A string of references are listed after the above article.

 

Here’s some possible background on the stargate- http://alturl.com/xvmr McCollum says the underwear bomber (http://alturl.com/up6h) and the Ft. Hood shooting (http://alturl.com/7gdw) were Aden related false flags.

 

McCollum says the U.S. intelligence community (factions of our gov. / mil.) is responsible for these false flag attacks and has predictably publicly linked these events with Yemen, paving the way for our entre into and control of that region.You can Google “Gulf of Aden Stargate” and get a lot more info – http://alturl.com/zi5r I’m not sure what to make of all of this yet as it’s still new to me, but the implications are fascinating and potentially very profound.

 

I’m curious if the Norway spiral and the earthquake in Haiti are related. Because everything is interconnected, I can’t help but think they are.

 

UPDATE: JAN. 29, 2010

 

In the little time I have to do so, I’ve done some more research on Yemen (and its capital Sana’a) I didn’t come up with much as far as potential threat to the U.S. military (nothing that wasn’t U.S.-created under false flags, etc., anyway).

 

What I did come up with was a very poor, undeveloped, but highly religious culture nested in a very ancient region.

 

I have to stop here and take a breath. After about ten minutes or so of perusing photos and reading Yemen-related articles I just got this sad, sick feeling.

 

This is the pain of someone seeing another culture – another land, populated with loving, hopeful people, about to be ground down and destroyed a la Vietnam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Afghanistan, Iran and countless others stretching back in a deplorable history of manipulation and senseless death.

 

I am looking at photos of this ancient land, and these terribly impoverished people with full knowledge that the powers directing the United States government and all of its assets have targeted Yemen as their next conquest – for whatever purpose.

 

And I’m not just talking about the U.S. bombing civilians in an attempt to root out Al-Qaeda – as much as a joke that has become. Let’s face it, Al-Qaeda is now the U.S. government’s carte blanche to now waltz into any territory with all its military might and to absolutely destroy it.

 

What I’m also talking about are the U.S.-led, MK Ultra or other agency false flag attacks that will occur in public places that will invariably kill innocent Yemen citizens.

 

This means the U.S. government killing innocent Yemen citizens through agents disguised as terrorists, so they can lead Yemen and the world to believe Al-Qaeda is there and they need the U.S.’s help.  Believe me, even the citizens of the U.S. government don’t want their help.

 

The military destroys – they are designed to create death and destruction. The only reason you’ll see the U.S. military enter some far region to help the backwards locals toughen up their army and help fight terrorism is because they have a tactical interest in that region.

 

If the U.S. military enters your country and offers “assistance” you can damn near expect your incidents of terrorist attacks to actually increase. Why? Because the U.S. is doing it to scare you into thinking you need their help – they’re doing it at home!

 

As soon as you grasp the “Problem, Reaction, Solution” scenario – and you are able to accept the fact that your own government would actually kill innocents to advance its own agenda, then you can read these seemingly unconnected events like a book.

 

And that is actually a terribly sad and absolutely tragic novel. It’s pathetic. What these actions do is not just destroy lives and remove beings from an isolated region on this planet – these actions affect the entire planet is a very direct and very real way.

 

They certainly affect me in such a way that I would like to stop reading and writing about them. Seeing this situation in its early stages, and knowing what’s ahead just turns my stomach. And there’s nothing I, you, or anyone else can do about it. Almost.

 

David Wilcock has spoken about a large enough group’s ability to reduce or ward off violence simply through collective meditation (prayer?) on the matter.

 

If there are any individuals associated with any such group who are reading this article now I would say Yemen is a good place to direct your thoughts.

 

I see these innocent, uneducated and unwitting citizens being led to their death; or at least to a point where they might wish they were. If they were educated on the matters we now understand quite clearly, then maybe they and their government would have that data and know how to respond appropriately.

 

It really wouldn’t matter anyway, because the U.S. would increase terrorist attacks to the point, or engage in some other form of forceful coercion that the country would yield. As it stands now, this is likely to turn out like everything else the U.S. and its military get their hands in.

 

I’ve only been on this planet for about three-and-a-half decades (give or take) and it absolutely amazes me that human beings can be so methodical and soulless (often taking pleasure in) in carrying out the dictates of the sinister beings who guide them (the forces behind the U.S., UK, and other governments).

 

As was stated by a recent Project Camelot (and Coast to Coast) witness (perhaps Andrew Basiago), however, the agency you’re working for will perform a battery of psychological testing and place you accordingly. If they determine that you could “kill a kid”, according to this witness, they would place you accordingly.

 

Going deep into esoteric and ancient conspiracies, of which I’m an adherent, it’s been pretty well established that there are extraterrestrial or multidimensional forces who have either manipulated, hijacked the bodies of, or straight out replaced and pose as the powers that be on this planet.

 

These beings are not human, and have no concern for humanity save as chess pieces for some ancient agenda. This may be too much for many to swallow and that’s fine. However, it is only through this understanding that I can begin to grasp what has been done, is being done, and what will be done by man to man in the future with such callous and soullessness.

 

It’s been said that these beings have somehow influenced the mental state of human beings they don’t physically control (i.e., government officials, etc.), and have presented themselves in a very compelling way as having the ability to either wipe them/us out, or to have shown the powers that be a very compelling and terrifying version of our future these beings ostensibly wish to help us avoid.

 

Regardless of its source, the machinations remain the same. I see a definite end to these games, however, but I cannot say when, or how. Some of what McCollum shares in his interview with Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot includes his speculation that this stargate at the Gulf of Aden may in fact be an act by friendly ETs, for whatever purpose, but which may be a harbinger of positive things to come.

 

It has been very well established as far as I’m concerned that forces beyond the scope of our understanding, and possibly that of these dark manipulators, have an even greater, positive agenda. We are indeed seeing the culmination of this shift.

 

We will witness this, apparently, in a very profound way, on a personal level, over the next forty-eight months. In fact, we are in it, and every second is an opportunity for us to see something profound on a personal level. It’s actually happening now.

 

But that’s neither here nor there. I’m talking about Yemen (although they may end up being related).

 

I wanted to share some of the images I found of Yemen, and it’s capital, Sana’a.

 

First, take a look at the region of Yemen (GOOGLE IMAGE LINK). It’s a desert region. You’ve gathered that from the satellite photo. And upon closer inspection you get an idea of life on the ground.

 

This article offers some of the history of Sana’a. Essentially, Yemen is an ancient region that hasn’t seemed to have developed, at all, in the thousands of years it’s been there.

 

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Mud. They’ve got lots of it. They build their houses out of it.

 

The local terrorist groups, the Huthi rebels or the Zaidi, often make short work of the local structures and blow them up.

 

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It’s a wonder the name Sana’a means “Fortified Place“. It’s also very sad.

 

We can already see this place is no match for the might of the U.S. military. Our military should be proud.

 

The architecture in Yemen is simple, but actually very striking.

 

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I’m actually having difficulty putting these pictures up. These are candid shots of people going about their lives before something terrible is potentially unleashed. These are people’s sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and grandfathers.

 

Imagine your son, or mother, or father in these images.

 

 

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This country just recently celebrated the inauguration of their web presence(!).

 

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Here’s a LINK to their shiny, new website. Love that new website smell!

 

It appears the U.S. has had a military presence in Yemen for some time. At least since 2005.  What McCollum said in his Project Camelot interview is that he believes the U.S. may have known about this stargate for some time, but may not have been actively pursuing, or interested in it (my own guess would be possibly because it was inactive).

 

What is also interesting, and this is linked to at the beginning of this article, are the ancient petroglyphs that were apparently recently discovered in Yemen (see images below), which only adds to the mystery of what’s happening there.

 

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Are these petroglyphs connected to the stargate?

 

As early as January 2009, the U.S. was introducing (and linking) Al-Qaeda rhetoric with Yemen as this article shows. In September of 2009, the media began to intimate that Yemen would be the U.S.’s next battleground against Al-Qaeda, calling it “America’s next nightmare”.

 

Preceding this (and concurrent with it) was the Somali pirates issue, which became the focus of 2008 / 2009’s false flag / Yemen / Gulf of Aden intelligence operations.

 

Just thinking out loud here, one would have to imagine that a great fear of the area, followed by a predictable and visible military response to that fear (problem, reaction, solution), would allow said military to secure that area (for everyone’s protection), and without drawing too much attention.

 

This issue actually expanded far beyond simply a U.S.-sourced false flag operation, because every country with a military ship suddenly became involved.

 

The Somali pirates (see fearsome image below) has apparently also become the pretense under which many other countries’ military forces have entered the region. It’s like this big inside joke.

 

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Here is the pirate map (below).

 

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As you can see above, the earliest successful attack (February 25) was right at the Gulf of Aden, nearest the stargate area.

 

McCollum speculates that interest in the stargate may have come later, but seeing the obviously transparent pretext of Somali pirates, and the vastly disproportionate response to the “four-men-in-a-boat” scenario we can clearly see something was in the works by or before 2008.

 

This situation has became even more bizarre (not to mention conscpicuous) as, just as McCollum has stated, military ships from GermanyAustraliaIndiaJapan, China, Russia, the U.S., Turkey, UK, and a whole host of others suddenly began sending military ships to the region in 2009.

 

Here’s a quick guest list for the anti-piracy party at the Gulf of Aden (pictured below).

 

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You will see that as of December 2009, many countries suddenly take an interest in what amounts to an out-of-the-way area near a more traveled shipping route.

 

This Google article talks about China actually considering putting a permanent base at the Gulf of Aden to deal with the pirate issue. Is that the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard? That’s a stretch. A real stretch.

 

If you Google “military ships gulf of aden” you can read more about this sudden interest.

 

So, it’s a big party at the Gulf of Aden. And concurrent with this seaside blockade is the United States’ prepackaged and rhythmic rollout of false flag attacks all aimed at getting U.S. forces where – Yemen; so they can set up camp right on the coast and continue their operations at the stargate.

 

Here’s an unvetted and unspellchecked article from December 2009 entitled, “The United States’s Secret War in Yemen”, which dutifully follows along with the U.S.’s anti-Yemen rhetoric, including providing unverified statements about U.S. missiles entering Yemen, targeting Al-Qaeda encampments.

 

I love this one from January 2009 with a photo of U.S. led Yemeni soldiers “looking for Al-Qaeda”,

 

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(Caption from website: “Yemeni military forces have surrounded a mountainous region of Shabwa near the Abyan border to search for possible members of al-Qaeda. They have been there since Tuesday.”) [Emphasis added]

 

“There’s one!”

 

Also, another article from December 2009, entitled, “Official: Behind scenes, U.S. prodding Yemen to confront al Qaeda“, indicates that the U.S. got all up in Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s bidness about the terror suspects they most likely placed in his country,

 

 

Washington (CNN)  — “Solid intelligence” from U.S. and Yemen services finally persuaded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh last summer to accept increased help in fighting al Qaeda in his country, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

 

 

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You see, in the old days, the mafia would do the same thing. They would send some of their own to threaten a business owner, then they would pay the business owner a visit and pressure the business owner into giving them protection money. The details have changed, but the game is the same.

 

It’s ridiculous. Here’s another article from December 2009 (this was a hot time – they must have suspected this stargate was gonna pop) that talks about a U.S. supported Yemeni attack on a suspected Al-Qaeda location.

 

Here’s an article from December 31, 2009, that discusses a sudden, sharp increase in U.S. military and other aid to Yemen. You get a real sense that the U.S. government officials are just tossing money, military and goods at Yemen like it was going out of style.

 

Then, a big one, January 6, 2010, a day after McCollum said that the stargate became active an article comes out entitled, “Yemen captures key Al-Qaeda chief as embassies reopen”. The U.S. is tossing a bone to the duped Yemen leadership (or public) by justifying their presence there, which must be pretty off-putting.

 

And more recently, here’s an article from January 10, 2010, stating that the U.S. embassy is tossing yet more aid at Yemen. I don’t think Yemen’s going to respect them in the morning.

 

Of course, now that, literally, the world is at the Gulf of Aden with the U.S., it may be more difficult to undertake their mission there and escape notice. Wonder if any deals are being struck by the other countries present and the U.S.

 

They certainly have to see the Yemen Al-Qaeda issue as as much of a joke as we do. They’re already in on the Somali joke, so we must assume they’re not buying that the U.S. has something else coincidentally going on near the stargate at the same time.

 

If events on our little planet go as they typically do, this situation, like many in the past, will draw a lot of attention, and then will just die down. There are things that have been done, are done, and will be done on this planet that are probably as significant this, but which have gone mostly unnoticed.

 

It’s too bad. It’s too bad that there is another situation that has potentially profound implications for our race, but which may be usurped by the U.S. and other governments and removed from our sight.

 

What is even worse is the absolutely ridiculous games of mass murder and equally unconscionable criminal acts against man and nature that will be perpetrated to further their aims. All being done under our watchful and aware, but helpless gaze.

 

We know it. We see it, but we can’t do anything about it. And as much as those of us now awake would like to turn away and return to our little lives, we can’t. The effect is doubled; as is the harm these acts create.

 

I debated adding to this article versus letting my brief note stand. It really doesn’t feel good to know this stuff, and it certainly doesn’t feel good to look into the eyes of another wonderful race of beings who are, or will suffer at the hands of our brutal government.

 

At the same time, if you are moved by what’s happening around you, you can do a lot for those unable to understand these circumstances, or if they do, to express themself and share this information.

 

I’ve decided it’s my personal responsibility to share what I can, and given the suffering many others are going through without the benefit of this information, it’s the least I can do.

 

Whether or not there’s something to the stargate information, what we do know is happening that is wrong must be acknowledged and shared. I’m sure there’s a record of the atrocities being committed by those in power, but I’ll add my two cents while I can.

 

 

UPDATE: JAN. 30, 2010

Concurrent with these developments is a recent find at NASA’s stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov SOHO obervatory websute of large objects around the sun, some of them spherical.

 

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UPDATE: FEB. 08, 2010

I received several of the NASA images with enlargements of some of the objects around the sun (see imm. below) from a friend.

 

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The objects (above), and in the rest of the photos are clearly physical, three-dimensional objects and not pixelation, or image artifacts. They do in fact appear to be craft and, given that, we must assume by the size and proximity to the sun that they are not ours…

UPDATE: FEBARUARY 12, 2010An Abovetopsecret.com thread was opened with more recent, very compelling images from February 8 and 9, 2010 – LINK.

 

Examiner.com article on objects.

 

One poster at Godlikeproductions.com says these large objects, speculated to be the size of the Earth, began appearing in images of the sun around January 18, 2010.

 

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(Image source)

 

I’ve seen the photos and video and can’t say what I’m looking at, save to say these objects, if real, would be very, very large and would have to be extraterrestrial in nature judging by their size and movements alone.

 

They would be too massive as just meteors, and they appear to hover around the sun and not fly past or into it. Just to name a couple of anomalous things about them.

 

In addition, NASA quickly and quietly removed all of the offending images from their website shortly after this was made known.

 

The objects could also be video artifacts, but a great deal of evidence is being accumulated, including video from different angles of the objects.

 

NASA has since removed the most compelling images from its website, but not before several Youtube users could capture video, and two conspiracy / ufo message boards shared their data.

 

Here are links to the most prominent Youtube videos I’ve found on the matter:

 

40 + HUGH UFOs – ORBs on the SUN

 

Death Star Like Ufo’s Around The Delta Sun in NASA undoctored Photo’s

 

UFO DISCLOSURE HUGE UFO’s ORBITING THE SUN **UPDATE** IN DESCRIPTION

 

1. What are These Objects Near Our Sun? (1 of 5 for now)

 

2. What are These Objects Near Our Sun? (2 of 5 for now)

 

3. What are These Objects Near Our Sun? (3 of 5 for now)

 

4. What are These Objects Near Our Sun? (4 of 5 for now)

 

5. What are These Objects Near Our Sun? (5 of 5 for now)

 

I posted these discussion board links above, but I’ll do so again:

 

Abovetopsecret.com on objects around sun

 

Godlikeproductions.com on objects around sun

 

UPDATE: JAN. 31, 2010

The examiner.com website just published a fascinting article as a study of the sun objects entitled, “Giant UFOs around the Sun? NASA claims malfunction, physicist says giant ET UFOs use Sun’s star gate“.

 

 

UPDATE: FEB. 1, 2010

 

I found more information on the petroglyphs at Yemen, which seam to be similar to petroglyphs recently found at other locations. Also indicated is some sort of event that these petroglyphs seem to portend. I haven’t done more research on these other findings, so I’ll add what I can when I have more.

 

Here is an excerpt from a 2012gregg.blogspot.com article from March (2009) entitled, “Ancient Language of Universal Symbols Discovered“,

 

Over the last several years, similar petroglyphs have been identified on as many as five continents. They all date from roughly the same time-period. In the late 20th century, archaeologists discovered a collection of symbols carved in stone as petroglyphs in the Negev desert of Israel that appeared to be writing.

 

Dating of these symbols showed that they were made over an extended period time, beginning around 1700 BC This strange collection of symbols was first examined by Dr. James Harris, a petroglyph expert and archaeologist from Brigham Young University.

 

He identified the alphabet as being a proto-Canaanite system, which successfully translated by using old-Hebrew or Thalmudic phonetic sounds.

Earlier, William McGlone, an amateur archaeologist and retired space engineer, discovered the same collection of symbols carved in heavily patinated stones surrounding the Southeast town of La Junta, Colorado. Dating of the patina corresponded to the same era as the writing found in Harkarkom in Israel.

The petroglyphs in Colorado were photographed and posted on the Internet. Within a few years, images of similar petroglyphs were sent to the site where the images were hosted, Viewzone, by archaeologists and historians from many different global locations.

 

This included a huge collection of writing from the Republic of Yemen at the site of the palace of the Queen of Sheba.

Strangely, both the writing in Colorado and Yemen spoke of a similar event, possibly related to the Sun, which was prophesied to change human civilization. Subsequent translations of sites in Oklahoma, Australia and South America have added more details about this future event.

The majority of the petroglyphs have already been verified to be of ancient origin, which makes it quite puzzling to experts. How did they all have the same language and tell the same story on opposite ends of a globe? Perhaps our ancient ancestors traveled more than previously thought possible.

Research is currently being conducted to further validate the authenticity and common features of the writing.

Posted by Rebecca Sato.

Links:

http://www.mondovista.com/expo2002.html
http://www.mondovista.com/stantest22.html

Translations:

http://www.mondovista.com/gillespie.html

 

SOURCE ARTICLE

 

UPDATE – FEBRUARY 23, 2010

 

Another article at notanotherconspiracy.com on the Gulf of Aden situation.

 

 

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2010

I came across an interesting mention of the Gulf of Aden situation at a website for the Asklepius Light Center (alcseattle.com).

 

I’m sharing this only because I just happened to come across two independent sources suggesting something may happen on March 20, 2010 (tomorrow).

 

I don’t think anything’s going to happen tomorrow, but I post this simply because of the interesting coincidence (you never know).

 

I first want to cite an anonymous post at Godlikeproductions.com. Typically, I will avoid using or making reference to any of the hundreds of hoaxed prognostication posts at GLP, but include this as the date was also memtioned at the Asklepius site.

 

An individual posting anonymously at Godlikeproductions.com in a thread entitled, “i know what’s going on” says they the following,

 

Anonymous Coward
User ID: 911913
Canada
3/13/2010 2:58 PM

 

alright folks.

i’m not a regular of glp- in fact, i only learned of this place a few days ago, but it has been an integral part of piecing together the last pieces of the puzzle that i have been trying to solve ( assigned? ) my whole life, which is the meaning of life. i’m not a conspiracy theorist, and i’m not religious.

 

 

i am capable of automatic writing. i aced every single writing assignment in high school english ap. my automatic writing style varies drastically from that of my normal. i also am capable of channeling, but only when i’m under extreme stress. i’m not going to analyze what i’m writing right now, but i’m sure some of it is being written automatically.

with this i will not claiming to be a psychic or a prophet.

a lot of what i am about to tell you is going to sound like the average nutcase theory, and this is completely understandable. i’m no stranger to being called mentally ill, but what i am about to present to you has been proven to me 100% full and in fact as of yesterday when i spotted several in the sky in the span of three hours in two different locations.

i have never seen a ufo in my life, nor believed them 100%. ( if the term agnosticism can be applied to ufo’s, then i guess you could call me an agnostic ufo kind of guy ) yesterday i saw seven of them, and they were consistent with the recent lake erie sightings, the japan sightings of the bird “orbs” that was posted yesterday, as well as many other orb videos available.

when i started attempting to film them, i still saw them, but they were too far up in the sky to focus.

not a coincidence.

( they’re not aliens )

right now we are getting thrown omens out of the ying yang. i witnessed birds flying north as the snow melted yesterday. i’ve been on top of reports of masses of animals behaving oddly, dying in groups for no reason, fish washing up ashore. there are too many weather anomalies going on- now there’s a sandstorm in china, on top of tropical storms aplenty. storms in australia, political figures are dying.

but here in canada, it’s thirty degrees above the normal seasonal temperature right now.

these are metaphors.

what is happening right now is the ramp-up to a global change in consciousness. sides are flipping, and they’re flipping completely metaphorically. those regions who have done harm in universal eyes are experiencing their own wrongdoings. it is beyond our control. the government is aware of this, and this is why politicians are beginning to show a little honesty ( obama donates his nobel prize, kevin garm’s recent confession of pedophilia… ). i can not speak for certain, but i’m sure you will see more of this in recent days.

i stress: this is not coincidence

karma is surfacing on a global scale. it is predictable only by scrutiny of the moral values and actions of areas of the world. there are no weather trends. we can not track the destruction, and we can -not- predict it, although i do have one date of interest.

if this is not apparent to you, it will become very soon: march twentieth. this is the date that i am offering. it is not my own prediction, but it is the one that makes sense.

our ”second chance” from the bible that we blew was 9/11. it was staged, but not by our universe. it was both an omen and a metaphor.

a metaphor that the material world is only that- material. what is important is in your head. this omen was presented on the ”emergency” date. 9-11 is the american distress code.

unfortunately, we saw this event as a chance to continue our demolition of the human condition and bond- and now we’re facing consequences.

here are some facts that i have compiled:

only one of the zeta ‘talks’ is real, the rest is a mixture of half-truths and chest-puffing psychic bullshit.
you should be listening to israel right now.
we’re all going to die, but you should not be afraid.
you should be setting your priorities straight right now.
you should be setting your priorities straight right now.
there is no hell.
you’re not supposed to be afraid of all of this.
every truth is hidden in plain sigh.
your dreams are metaphors.
infinite is the most important concept known to man.
the bible is half-true. do not dismiss it completely, but believe what you want. this applies to every single religion in the world.
the near-complete and slightly incorrect book of religious truth is available in a book that was never a best-seller, and is available in an on-line format. look up carla rueckert.

believe what you want. i wish only to present you with information- scrutiny of my ideas is not only encouraged, but it is wholly a part of the process. use your own mind to assess what i am telling you.

i will end this post by encouraging you to begin analyzing your own life more, and perhaps a little less of those figures in power around you.

 

 

SOURCE PAGE

 

The same anonymous poster responds to another member with a possible time frame,

 

Anonymous Coward
User ID: 911913 (OP)
Canada
3/13/2010 3:13 PM

 

Re: i know what’s going on

how sure are you that we are approaching a change in consciousness?
Quoting: Disaster Man

in the long term? 100%. by march 20th?… 60%. soon? 80%. [Emphasis added]

 

 

SOURCE PAGE

 

My own thoughts are that the above is just another hoax thread.

 

After seeing the above, I came across the alcseattle.com article by Mahala Gayle, who was just a guest (March 16, 2010) on James Gilliland’s Contact Has Begun Show (at Puja Network Radio). Here is some background on Mahala from alcseattle.com,

 

Mahala Gayle is an Astrologer, writer, lecturer, minister, one of the founders of the Asklepius Light Center, the editor of the Asklepius Light Center Newsletter since 1988 and writer/editor of Planet Alert articles.

 

Planet Alert articles have appeared in many publications over the years.

Studying the science of Astrology since the early 1980’s has allowed her to become an expert in Mundane Astrology (study of world events).

 

Over the years, her tracking of the planets in connection with their relationship to earthquakes, floods, storms, volcanic eruptions and other natural phenomenons as well as man made phenomenons (such as war) enhances her abilities as an expert Mundane Astrologer.

Mahala Gayle has also extensively studied the Book of Revelation in the Bible.   From that study she has been able to correlate the Bible and its relationship with the stars.

 

She has appeared on many local (Puget Sound Area) TV programs discussing this topic in depth. After watching the predicted events transpire one after another, she came to the conclusion that there is a master plan in action and a path to understanding that master plan is through Astrology.

Evidence that Astrology is a path to understanding this plan, is best demonstrated by the history of Jesus.

 

The science of Astrology was held in high esteem during the time of Jesus, as the wise men (Magi) who visited Jesus shortly after his birth, were known to be Astrologers.

 

SOURCE PAGE

 

Now, here are the related statements from Mahala Gayle at alcseattle.com,

 

 

On March 20 we will experience the Spring Equinox and the Sun will move into the fire sign Aries. On March 10 the planet Mars will go direct again after three months in its retrograde phase.

 

With Mars moving direct, we should see more action as events start happening faster and faster. Have you been looking for a job and not been able to find one? Maybe this energy will open up some opportunities for you.

 

 

The Spring Equinox chart is very powerful. The ascendant is in opposition to the Galactic Center and is making a 90 degree angle to Uranus. This will bring in a lot of energy from the heavens – maybe even a large solar flare.

 

With the Sun in exact opposition to Saturn square Pluto there will be a lot of energy of transformation in the air. I agree it appears very dark right now but that is just an illusion.

 

Of course illusions can appear very real, and the drums of war are beating again, like Israel threatening Iran. We will see where that goes, and what about all the war ships gathered in the Gulf of Aden?

 

The Spring Equinox is on one degree Aries which refers to a woman who has just risen from the sea. This is like the birth of a new baby who comes out of the womb (water) of the mother.

 

This is very interesting if you read what it says in 2 Esdra chapter 13, a book that was taken out of the Bible. Here’s what it says,” After seven days, I dreamed a dream in the night, and behold, a wind arose from the sea and stirred up all its waves, and I looked, and behold, this wind made something like the figure of a man/woman come up out of the heart of the sea.

 

And I looked and behold, that man flew with the clouds of heaven, and wherever he turned his face to look, everything under his gaze trembled, and whenever his voice issued from his mouth, all who heard his voice melted as wax melts when it feels the fire.”

 

Is this a man/women in a UFO that comes out of the sea, or is it some kind of magnetic energy, or is it both?

 

“After this I looked, and behold, an innumerable multitude of men were gathered together from the four winds of heaven to make war against the man who came up out of the sea.” (Doesn’t that sound like what is happening in the Gulf of Aden with war ships from all over the world observing the Stargate that just opened in that area?)

 

It goes on to say “After this I looked, and behold, all who had gathered together against him, to wage war with him, were much afraid, yet dared to fight.

 

And behold, when he saw the onrush of the approaching multitude, he neither lifted his hand nor held a spear or any weapon of war; but I saw only how he sent forth from his mouth, as it were a stream of fire, and from his lips a flaming breath, and from his tongue he shot forth a storm of sparks.

 

This destroyed the multitude that was prepared to make war on him.” Does this mean that if it is a UFO that comes out of the sea and someone fires on it they will be destroyed?

 

The book goes on to say, “As for you seeing a man come up from the heart of the sea, this is he whom the Most High has been keeping for many ages, who will himself deliver his creation; and he will direct those who are left.

 

And as for your seeing wind and fire and a storm coming out of his mouth, and as for his not holding a spear or weapon of war, yet destroying the onrushing multitude which came to conquer him, this is the interpretation.

 

Behold, the days are coming when the Most High will deliver those who are on the earth. And bewilderment of mind shall come over those who dwell on the earth.

 

And they shall plan to make war against one another, city against city, place against place, people against people and kingdom against kingdom. And when these things come to pass and the signs occur which I showed you before, then my Son will be revealed, whom you saw as a man coming up from the sea.”

 

“And when all the nations hear his voice, every man shall leave his own land and the warfare that they have against one another, and an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as you saw, desiring to come and conquer him.

 

But he will stand on the top of Mount Zion. And Zion will come and be made manifest to all people and he will destroy the multitude that come against him without effort by the law and he will defend the righteous and will show them many wonders.

 

Just as no one can explore or know what is in the depths of the sea, so no one on earth can see my Son or those who are with him until the time of the end.” So Be It!

 

When I first read Esdra many years ago, I wondered what in the world it meant by saying a man will come out of the sea. Now it all makes sense with our knowledge of UFOs and the opening of the Stargate in the Gulf of Aden with all the war ships gathered together in that area.

 

The 17th and 18th chapters of Revelation talk about the fall of Babylon (Baghdad) which has taken seven years to complete. The war started on March 20, 2003 and now we are at March 20, 2010.

 

We have also been manifesting the 19th chapter of Revelation because in my interpretation it talks all about UFOs, like the White Horse (ship) appearing in the heavens.

 

The end of the 19th chapter talks about how the beast and the kings of the earth gather to make war against him who sits upon the horse (ship) and against his army. The 20th chapter is the downfall of the beast.

 

Then the 21st and 22nd chapters talk about the new heaven and the new earth.

I’m not saying that Stargate event will happen on March 20 because I don’t know, but I think it’s a good idea to keep your eye on that part of the world.

 

 

SOURCE ARTICLE

 

Do I believe something’s going to happen tomorrow? In all honesty, no.

 

I’m sure, however, that the people heading to work on the morning of September 11, 2001, or more recently, the people in Haiti, or the people in Chile didn’t think anything was going to happen either. This is a time when anything can (and has) happen.

 

UPDATE – MARCH 21, 2010

 

I’m sitting at my computer with nothing to report as having happened yesterday, the first day of Spring. Save that the weather was beautiful and I’m looking forward to an interesting year.

 

 

UPDATE: MAY 20, 2010

In Part One of a two part interview (LINK – DIRECT AUDIO LINK PART ONE) with a channeled being called iON on Aaron McCollum, Benjamin Fulford and Dolores Cannon, iON explains that there is a “gate” in the Gulf of Aden, and that the U.S. actually lost a ship to this gate.

 

iON explains that those present are trying to prevent anyone from going through the gate, as well as anyone from coming from the gate.

 

 

 

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