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Unraveling Yemen’s Civil War

Unraveling Yemen’s Civil War | Upsetment | Scoop.it
More than sectarianism or foreign intervention, the civil war is driven by broken politics. In Yemen, the self-interest of leaders creates political dead ends.
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Internal dissension and mistrust is the reality of most of the Arab world. What Muhammad achieved by the spread of Islam was not the creation of an internal wholeness but the papering over of rifts and schisms. What dictators have often done is to hold countries that are not real countries together under a fist of iron. Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Syria: the list of countries in which the slaughter goes on is horrifying. Turkey and Egypt are also close to major civil conflict if not war. What a world!

 

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Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tehran and Riyadh are engaged in a naked struggle for power in the region -- individual rights and good governance be damned.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is imperative that the United States and its European allies find a middle ground or we will assuredly give Iran the fodder it needs to gain popular support in its struggle with Saudi Arabia, a struggle that is now being fought in Yemen but which may yet engulf the entire Middle East.

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Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on

Regional offensive against rebels trying to take over Yemen presses on | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Airstrikes target presidential compound in the rebel-controlled capital and military installations.
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The overlapping of Sunni—Shia conflict, the concern of established governments versus threat of revolution, and the threat of "universal" movements such as the caliphate claims of ISIS and the Anti_Westernization emphasis of Al Qaeda combine to make Yemen one of the hottest spots in the world. Tikrit in Iraq is another. So why is the U.S. so present and involved in either of those places? Because we have decided that we are the policemen of the world, and just as our police at home have become militarized so has our foreign policy. God save us from the continued influence of the military-industrial-espionage complex.

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Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

With the country in chaos, the U.S. cannot account for guns, vehicles and other equipment, amid fears that it is at risk of being seized by rebels or al-Qaeda, according to officials.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Just to remind you: "Washington spent $25 billion to re-create and arm Iraq’s security forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, only to see the Iraqi army easily defeated last year by a ragtag collection of Islamic State fighters who took control of large parts of the country." Perhaps it's time to end the weapons for dictators and shaky regimes approach to foreign policy. Meanwhile the GOP wants to expand the Pentagon's budget. What an idiotic way to run the railroad. 

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The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen | Middle East Institute

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen | Middle East Institute | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The Middle East Institute.

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As the pots boil in Syria and Iraq, new pots start simmering. Yemen is moving towards change, perhaps with Saudi backing.

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Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed

Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ADEN (Reuters) - Dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in clashes with Saudi forces on Yemen's northern border, Riyadh said on Thursday, while air strikes and artillery fire rocked the southern city of
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Of all the plagues God created in the Bible, the worst was clearly mankind. What an abominable species we can be. Of all the curses God created, the worst was clearly religion; oh the killing that is justified in the name of faith. And of all the madness of religious based barbarism the worst is clearly that of sect against sect. This proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has all the insanity of a Mad Comic Book but sadly none of the humor.

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Saudi request for help in Yemen sparks political crisis in Pakistan | Al Jazeera America

Saudi request for help in Yemen sparks political crisis in Pakistan | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in political crisis over request from Saudi Arabia for military help in Yemen conflict
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With a large Shia population (about 1/5 of the country), Pakistan is also a natural market for Iranian gas and oil. Moreover, China, which backs Pakistan in its disputes with India is trying to create stronger ties with Iran. Now, why would Pakistan want to support Saudi Arabia, especially when the militant Sunni sects found in Saudi Arabia provide the religious/intellectual justifications for the ant-i-government forces that put Islamabad in danger. In the end, my guess that Islamabad will reluctantly join the Saudi's coalition; but this may well spark another round of internal conflict within Pakistan. Not a pretty picture. 

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Yemen Was Washington’s Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore.

Yemen Was Washington’s Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The sudden departure of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen marks a devastating blow to a counterterrorism campaign that Barack Obama's administration had heralded as…
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why had we invested so heavily in a corrupt, inept, and tyrannical regime? Oh, right, we're the U.S.A. and are always on the side of angels. While Mr. Obama's administration was foolish to continue this involvement and will be blamed for the loss of equipment and resources, the real mistake of getting involved in Yemen goes back to good old George W.. I wonder if Cheney hadn't been pulling him by the nose of the little Bush might have done less harm. Just a question I muse on while I see the Middle East fall apart.

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After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash

After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 dAfter a 2012 drone strike on a village in Yemen, a Yemeni civil servant held an unusual meeting with two of President Barack Obama's national security aides, asking for compensation. Did that meeting lead to "condolence payments" in the form of a bag of cash?

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why does the CIA so often operate like the Mob? Under the table compensation? "Well, yeah, we whacked the wrong guy, so's we're sending a little somethin' for the funeral." Maybe we should do it publicly, so the voters can see just how destructive the Military-Industrial-Espionage complex is.

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US drone attacks in Yemen protect no one but Al Qaeda | The National

US drone attacks in Yemen protect no one but Al Qaeda | The National | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With their apparently indiscriminate attacks, Americans have become the PR firm for a terrorist group, writes Farea Al Muslimi.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Our Military-Espionage-Industrial complex is the greatest enemy to peace in the world. Bush never understood the limits of power, and I fear that Mr. Obama is falling for the same kind of bad advice. My advice would be stop killing people and start looking for ways to encourage peace.

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