Yemen’s Saleh Threatens Saudi-led Coalition States with Unprecedented Missile Attacks

February 24, 2017

Yemeni former President Ali ABdullah Saleh

Yemen’s Saleh Threatens Saudi-led Coalition States with Unprecedented Missile Attacks

Ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh threatened states taking part in the Saudi-led coalition waging aggression on Yemen with unprecedented missile attacks.

During a meeting with his General People’s Congress party members, Saleh addressed Riyadh as saying: “You have seen just a little of or missiles, it’s just inconsiderable. We haven’t yet fired the long-range missiles.”

Meanwhile, the former president firmly denied any Iranian presence in Yemen, addressing Gulf Arab states as saying: “You have borders with Iran, go and settle your problems with Iran. Don’t settle them through killing Yemeni children and women.”

Yemen has been under an aggression by Saudi-led coalition since March 2015. The brutal aggression has killed and injured tens of thousands of Yemenis, the vast majority of them were civilians.

Yemen ports and airports have been also under a blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, which also includes UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

Source: Al-Manar

 

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Trump, Saudi King Back ‘Rigorously’ Enforcing Iran Nuclear Deal: White House

January 30, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to speak by phone with the Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman want to “rigorously” enforce the Iran nuclear deal, the White House said Sunday, despite the US leader’s long opposition to the agreement.

The pair, in a phone conversation, also spoke of the need to address Iran’s “destabilizing regional activities,” fight the spread of “radical Islamic terrorism” and establish safe zones in war-ravaged Syria and Yemen, the White House statement read.

No further details were provided about those plans.

The official Saudi Press Agency early on Monday confirmed that Trump had called Salman.

It made no mention of Iran but said the views of the two leaders “were identical” on issues discussed during the call, including “confronting those who seek to undermine security and stability in the region and interfere in the internal affairs of other states.”

SPA said Trump and Salman also agreed on “formulating the appropriate mechanisms” for countering “terrorism” and extremism.

Salman and Trump invited each other to visit their respective capitals, the Saudi Press Agency said.

“The two leaders agreed to schedule the visits in the coming period”, it said.

Trump and King Salman “agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and of addressing Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,” the White House said.

Trump also spoke by telephone with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, committing to “further strengthen cooperation on fighting radical Islamic terrorism,” the White House said.

It said the pair also discussed establishing safe zones for refugees displaced by conflict in the region, and the crown prince “agreed to support this initiative.”

Source: Agencies

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«الميادين» قناة الحق والحقيقة… تتفوّق وتتألّق

ديسمبر 17, 2016

ناصر قنديل
– مع الإعلامي غسان بن جدو عرف اللبنانيون وكلّ من ساند خيار المقاومة ضدّ احتلال جنوبه عام 2000 صعود نجم قناة «الجزيرة»، التي كانت تنافسها قناة أبو ظبي آنذاك بقوة حضور الإعلامي رفيق نصرالله في مواكبة المقاومة وخياراتها ومعاركها وانتصاراتها، عبر جهود وأداء بن جدو ونصرالله، فتح القطريون والإماراتيون قنوات اتصالاتهم مع المقاومة والحكم في لبنان يحصدون ما زرعه إعلاميون أخلصوا لخيار المقاومة، وأملوا أن يفهم القيّمون على القنوات التي يعملون لها حجم الناتج الإيجابي لما فعلوه بلا مقابل، وحجم المردود المتوقع إنْ أحسنوا التصرف، ولم يكن غسان بن جدو ولا كان رفيق نصرالله مجرد مراسلين أو مديرين لمكتبين يخصان القناتين.

– في حرب تموز العام 2006 كانت قناة أبو ظبي بقرار رعاتها تغادر الخيار الذي استثمر عليه مدير مكتبها رفيق نصرالله وتذهب لخيار وصف المقاومين بالمغامرين، فكانت مغادرة نصرالله للقناة، لكن حسابات رعاة «الجزيرة» كانت مختلفة فكان لغسان بن جدو ما أراد، قناة تحقق حلمه بمواكبة أهمّ حروب الشرق الأوسط، تنتهي بانتصار المقاومة حيث هُزمت كلّ جيوش العرب، ولم يخسر القطريون عندما أزدانت شوارع الضاحية الجنوبية بشعارات شكراً قطر، وقطفت الدوحة دوراً سياسياً في الوساطة لحلّ سياسي للأزمة اللبنانية حمل اسمها بقوة ما فعله بن جدو ورفاقه في حرب تموز، وصارت كلمة الرئيس نبيه بري معادلة في السياسة عنوانها «أول الغيث قطر».

– مع اندفاع مشروع الفوضى الهادفة لتغيير الجغرافيا السياسية العربية بالاستثمار على غضب الناس، وتحييد الجيوش تمهيداً لضربها، وتصعيد مشروع الإخوان المسلمين، من تونس إلى مصر وليبيا واليمن وصولاً إلى سورية كانت قطر تنتقل إلى الصف الأول في قوى الحرب على خيار المقاومة، مستثمرة عطفاً وثقة نالتهما بقوة نفوذ قناة «الجزيرة»، المستقوية بدورها بحب الناس وثقتها بمصداقيتها التي صنع أغلبها في مناخ حروب المقاومة، حيث كان غسان بن جدو ورفاقه، فغادر بن جدو قناته، ليعلن البراءة مما تفعل ويقول لمن أحبوا المقاومة ومنحوا ثقتهم للقناة معه، أنّ زمن الوصل انتهى، ولهم أن يحكموا بأنفسهم ويحدّدوا خياراتهم.

– خلال خمس سنوات نجح غسان بن جدو في بناء ميادينه الجديدة عبر قناة «الميادين»، وخاض مغامرة الجمع الدقيق بين الإخلاص للحقيقة والوفاء للحق، فناله بعض سهام أهل الحق عندما كان البحث عن الحقيقة يستدعي عدم التعتيم على موقف الخصم وحضوره، وتناولته ألسنة السوء بادّعاء الدفاع عن الحقيقة عندما أشهر سلاح الحق وانحاز إلى صفه بلا لبس أو اشتباه،
وجاء تحرير حلب عام 2016 ليقول الناس، ما اشبه اليوم بالأمس عندما تذكّروا مشهد غسان بن جدو في جنوب لبنان، وبين النصرين في حلب وجنوب لبنان كثير من عناصر الشبه، وقد وجد بن جدو من يجلس في الميادين على المقعد الذي شغله في «الجزيرة»، فأبدع كمال خلف متابعاً ومحققاً ومحاوراً، مستعيداً صورة بن جدو قبل ستة عشر عاماً، وتألقت ديما ناصيف بثقافتها وتدفقها وحضورها في الميادين، وبرزت موهبة رضا الباشا المراسل الميداني الواعد، ولكن بقيت بصمة بن جدو ترتقي بـ«الميادين».

– خلال خمس سنوات، وبعيداً عن كلّ الكلام الفاقد للمعنى عن كيف وبأيّ مال وبدعم من أيّ جهة، نجح غسان بن جدو في «الميادين» بهزيمة الإعلام المموّل بمليارات الدولارات، برهانه على معادلة الجمع بين الحق والحقيقة، فقال لزملائه في إعلام الحق الذي تجسده المقاومة، بالحق وحده لا يحيا الإعلام، وظيفة الإعلام هي البحث عن الحقيقة ولهذا البحث جاذبية يحتاجها أهل الحق، ويقول للذين حشدوا مالهم ومعداتهم تحت عنوان البحث عن الحقيقة وهم يناصبون الحق العداء ويدسّون السمّ في عسل الحقيقة، لقد جاءكم من يكشف لعبتكم، ويقول لكم بدون الحق حقيقتكم بلا روح، والناس أذكى من أن تبتلع طعمكم، وحقيقتنا الحية بأقلّ المقدرات والإمكانات تملك ما لا تملكون، المصداقية.

– بالمصداقية نجح بن جدو ونجحت «الميادين» وفازت المقاومة وحلفاؤها بآلة جبارة في الحرب الإعلامية التي ثبت أنّ أداء أهل محور المقاومة فيها رغم كثرة ووفرة القنوات الناطقة باسمهم، لا زال دون المستوى المطلوب بكثير، فملأت «الميادين» فراغاً في جبهة حرب دون أن يكلفها أحد أو تنتظر من أحد جزاء أو شكورا.

– تستحق «الميادين» تحية النصر في حلب كما كلّ صنّاع النصر الذي كانت جزءاً لا يتجزأ منه، ولصنّاعه و«الميادين» منهم تُرفع القبعة تحية تقدير.

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Abu Dhabi Launches «Israeli» Surveillance System

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In a new step of Arab-“Israeli” normalization, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced on Wednesday the launch of an emirate-wide surveillance system installed by an “Israeli”-owned security company.

The Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre [ADMCC] said the new Falcon Eye surveillance system “links thousands of cameras spread across the city, as well as thousands of other cameras installed at facilities and buildings in the emirate”.

An official statement reported by Arabian Business said Falcon Eye will “help control roads by monitoring traffic violations while also monitoring significant behaviors in the city [Abu Dhabi] such as public hygiene and human assemblies in non-dedicated areas”.

Major General Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi, who heads the Abu Dhabi police force and chairs the ADMCC, said Falcon Eye is “part of the vision of the emirate of Abu Dhabi to pursue its efforts to build a confident and safe society, and a sustainable and globally open and competitive economy”.

However, Abu Dhabi authorities did not reveal that the company behind the development of Falcon Eye is owned by businessman and former “Israeli” intelligence agent Mati Kochavi.

According to The Middle East Eye [MEE] the system has been developed by the Swiss-headquartered security company AGT International, which has Mati Kochavi, a former “Israeli” intelligence agent with strong links to the Tel Aviv regime’s spy service, as its CEO and founder.

Kochavi is known to be a regular visitor to the UAE, where “Israeli” are officially – but rarely in practice – banned from entry.

While “Israeli” apartheid regime officials have at times been keen to talk up their relationship with Abu Dhabi, the two regimes’ security relationship has had a lower profile.

Last November, the Associated Press reported that the “Israeli” regime was set to open a “permanent mission” in the UAE, which it said was to operate as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency [IRENA] in the Emirati capital.

The MEE reported last month that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, an Emirati deputy prime minister, was the key supplier of livestock to the “Israeli” apartheid entity, shipping thousands of heads of such animals to the entity through a nexus of companies.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

15-07-2016 | 13:00

Yemeni forces destroy UAE vessel with rockets

Published on Oct 1, 2016

Fighters of the Yemeni Ansarullah movement and their allies have struck an Emirati vessel off the coast of Ta’izz province.

A military source says the Yemeni forces fired several rockets at the ship and destroyed it early Saturday. The vessel, owned by the United Arab Emirates’ Navy, is reportedly a high-speed logistical ship capable of locating mines, controlling military operations and transporting troops and equipment. The ship formerly belonged to the US Navy. Ansarullah fighters working in tandem with the Yemeni army have so far destroyed several hostile warships and boats. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition in the war against Yemen which has left thousands dead in the impoverished country.

Yemeni forces destroy Emirati military vessel: al-Masirah

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October 1, 2016

Yemeni forces have targeted and destroyed an Emirati military vessel in a rocket attack near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, al-Masirah TV said.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ansarullah fighters and allied army forces launched rockets at an HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran operated by the Emirati navy off the shores of the Red Sea port city of Mokha early on Saturday, al-Masirah television reported.

The catamaran was reportedly a high-speed logistical ship capable of locating mines, controlling military operations and transporting troops and equipment. The vessel formerly belonged to the US navy, al-Masirah said.

Ansarullah fighters working in cooperation with the Yemeni army have so far destroyed several hostile warships and boats.

On October 10, 2015, Yemeni army forces destroyed a Saudi warship in a missile attack in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. That development came only three days after Yemeni forces managed to destroy another Saudi vessel in the area.

Source: Press TV

 

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Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators. What a wonderful Ambassador he is

Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators

Brian Whitaker

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay an official visit to Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in November. An official announcement yesterday said their tour will “help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s warm bilateral relations with key partners” in the Gulf region.

Relations between Britain’s royals and Bahrain’s repressive ruling family are especially warm – and controversial. News of the prince’s visit comes barely a week after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced Bahrain for the “harassment and arrests of human rights defenders and political activists”.

Earlier this year, a report by the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee accused the government of downgrading human rights issues in its dealings with repressive regimes. It said the government’s failure to classify Bahrain (along with Egypt) as a Human Rights Priority Country “contributes to the perception” that it “has become more hesitant in promoting and defending international human rights openly and robustly”.

The British and Bahraini royal families have regular contact through the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show. In May, the king of Bahrain was seated at the Queen’s right-hand side for an equestrian event at Windsor Castle to celebrate her 90th birthday (see photo).

The November trip will be Prince Charles’s sixth visit to Bahrain.

Britain also has a special relationship with Oman’s anglophile despot, Sultan Qaboos, who once served in the British army. Qaboos was installed as sultan in 1970, with British help. The coup came after it was decided that Qaboos would serve British interests better than his ageing and paranoid father, Said bin Tamur, who ended his days in luxurious exile at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Although moves by the British government to de-prioritise human rights have been under way for some time, they appear to be accelerating as a result of the Brexit referendum. The government is looking for ways to compensate for lost trade with the EU and the wealthy but autocratic Gulf states are an obvious target market. The Saudi foreign minister has already hinted that Britain could have a free trade agreement with the six GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Israel’ Is Strengthening Its Ties With The Gulf Monarchies

Samuel Ramani

On November 27, 2015, “Israel” opened its first diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates [UAE]. “Israel’s” diplomatic outreach to the UAE gained widespread international attention, as the UAE monarchy has officially refused to recognize “Israel’s” right to exist. “Israeli” citizens are forbidden to travel to the UAE, with occasional exceptions being granted to athletes in international sporting competitions.

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“Israel’s” diplomatic overtures towards Abu Dhabi have been followed by other conciliatory gestures towards the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] states. “Israeli” officials have engaged in covert dialogues with their Saudi counterparts on containing Iran. Qatar has also tried to revive unofficial diplomatic ties with “Israel” that were severed following the 2008-09 “Israeli” airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

The expansion of “Israel”-GCC “security” cooperation can be explained by the GCC’s declining concern about Palestine and Saudi Arabia’s desire to import sophisticated “Israeli” military technology. This growth in informal cooperation has had profound implications for “Israel’s” security and the geopolitical power balance in the Middle East.

How Declining GCC Interest in Palestine Has Strengthened “Israel”-GCC Ties
Since the 1967 Arab-“Israeli” war, “Israeli” policymakers have used pledges to compromise on Palestinian self-determination to neutralize the so-called threat Arab states pose to “Israel’s” “security”.

“Israeli” diplomats have used the 1994 normalization of relations with Jordan as a precedent for subsequent outreaches to the Arab League. The Jordanian monarchy’s recognition of “Israel” was triggered by Amman’s concern that Jordan’s interests in Palestine would be excluded during the implementation of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The thaw in “Israel”-Jordan relations proved to be an exceptional outcome. The failure of “Israeli” policymakers to negotiate a workable “peace settlement” with the Palestinian Authority [PA] prevented a thaw in “Israel”-GCC relations.

GCC countries have also intensely criticized “Israeli” airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. In response to the 2008-09 “Israeli” War on Gaza, Saudi Arabia urged the United States to militarily intervene to stop “Israeli” aggression. Qatar suspended informal diplomatic relations with “Israel.” The UAE’s Dubai Emirate cancelled its New Year’s celebrations in a show of solidarity with Gaza.

Even though Qatar publicly sponsors Hamas, and Saudi Arabia provides extensive financial assistance to Palestinian organizations, the GCC’s support for the Palestinian cause has become palpably less enthusiastic in recent years. GCC business leaders have tacitly displayed their frustration with PA corruption.

UAE officials have become increasingly circumspect about Hamas’s Muslim Brotherhood [MB] linkages, as they view an MB government as a gateway for Iranian influence. The GCC’s continued patronage of “Israel’s” strongest Arab ally and the MB’s most strident opponent, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, indicate that the GCC consensus on Palestine has shifted dramatically in recent years.

As progress towards a “peaceful” resolution to the “Israel”-Palestine conflict has stagnated, the GCC’s assistance to Palestinian nationalist movements has become increasingly tactical in nature. Saudi Arabia has exploited the breakdown in the Hamas-Iran relationship over the Syrian conflict.

Riyadh has also reached out to Fatah to counter PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s increasingly cordial relationship with Iranian opposition factions. These aid provisions demonstrate that Saudi policymakers have made containing Iran a greater priority than creating a viable Palestinian state.

“Israel’s” soft power in the Middle East has been bolstered considerably by strains in the GCC-Palestine relationship. Even though representatives of the Kuwaiti and Bahraini monarchies expressed solidarity with Palestinian nationalists at the July 25 Arab League summit in Mauritania, the absence of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was a striking demonstration of the declining importance of Palestine to GCC countries.

The Gulf monarchies have also tacitly encouraged Hamas to soften its militant opposition to “Israel’s” occupation of the Palestinian territories. “Israel” has encouraged supervised dialogues between Hamas officials and their GCC patrons to ensure that the Palestinian movement embraces a moderate course in the years to come. In the eyes of “Israeli” policymakers, the increased reluctance of GCC leaders to antagonize “Israel” demonstrates that the “Israel”-GCC anti-Iran axis is becoming a durable feature of the Middle Eastern geopolitical arena.

Economic and “Security” Cooperation Between “Israel” and the GCC

The declining importance of the Palestinian conflict as a wedge issue between “Israel” and the GCC has caused the Gulf monarchies to engage with “Israel” in an increasingly pragmatic way. Saudi Arabia has developed clandestine business deals with “Israeli” companies in recent years, even though Riyadh officially maintains a stringent boycott on “Israeli” goods.

To circumvent the trade boycott, “Israeli” goods have been shipped to Saudi Arabia under the purview of foreign companies. This circumvention has allowed “Israeli” IT products and irrigation technology to enter Saudi markets.

“Israel” has also made progress towards expanded economic cooperation with Qatar. Business elites in Doha have covertly expressed interest in “Israeli” high-tech products, which have typically been exported to India and Eastern Europe.

The Qatari monarchy believes that access to these products could convince Qatari engineers who study from foreign universities to return to Qatar after graduation.
Some “Israeli” business elites have embraced GCC economic overtures, as they believe that deeper informal engagement with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar will prevent “Israeli” economic isolation. The so-called “Israeli” Peace Initiative, founded by London-based “Israeli” billionaire Idan Ofer, has embraced economic deals with the GCC bloc as a gateway to lasting “peace” in the Middle East.

Even though the GCC bloc officially regards “Israel” as a security threat, the Gulf monarchies have greatly expanded their intelligence cooperation with the “Israeli” military. GCC officials have signed covert deals with the “Israeli” war contractors to gain access to the Zionist army’s prized military technology.

In 2011, “Israeli” companies sold an estimated $300 million of military technology to the UAE. The Emirati government used “Israeli” military technology to secure the UAE’s oil wells. “Israeli” media reports have also claimed that the “Israeli” army has offered Saudi Arabia Iron Dome military technology to “defend” Saudi territory from Yemeni rocket launches.

Small-scale provisions of military technology and security assistance by “Israeli” companies to the GCC bloc have provided the foundations for expanded “Israel”-GCC anti-Iran military cooperation.

In 2009, Saudi Arabia allegedly tested its air power to evaluate “Israel’s” ability to use Saudi territory for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. During a June 2015 Council of Foreign Relations event in Washington, representatives of “Israel” and Saudi Arabia revealed covert diplomatic meetings between the two sides over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

These dialogues have surprising public support within Saudi Arabia. The Associated Press reported in 2015 that 53% of Saudis view Iran as Saudi Arabia’s primary adversary, compared to the 18% of Saudis who viewed “Israel” as Saudi Arabia’s biggest enemy. The amelioration of the Saudi public’s belligerent hostility towards “Israel” has also translated into closer diplomatic linkages.

“Israel” supported Egypt’s handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in April 2016.

The “Israeli” war ministry confirmed that Riyadh had given “Israeli” policymakers written assurances of the continued safety of the Straits of Tiran. As the Saudi monarchy’s domestic legitimacy depends on continuing Riyadh’s existential struggle against Iran, King Salman is likely to make similar diplomatic compromises to “Israeli” interests in the years to come.

“Israel’s” strengthened economic and security cooperation with the GCC bloc is closely related to the GCC’s growing indifference to the situation in Palestine, and Riyadh’s single-minded desire to undercut Iranian influence in the Middle East. Even though GCC countries are unlikely to recognize “Israel’s” right to exist, informal “Jerusalem”-Riyadh cooperation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

As the United States continues its normalization efforts towards Iran, Washington needs to pay close attention to the scope and nature of “Israel”-Saudi Arabia collusion in the Middle East.

Source: The World Post

13-09-2016 | 13:04

 

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