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Egypt Approves Controversial New Constitution

In Egypt, Egypt, News, World Revolution on December 26, 2012 at 3:20 AM

 

12/26/2012

RT:

Egypt’s Supreme Election Commission says 63.8 per cent of those who cast ballots voted for the constitution, while 36.2 per cent voted against it. The approved constitution is set to clear the way for elections in the future lower house of parliament.

The approved charter, drafted by Islamists, will now become Egypt’s first constitution following the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak out of office after years of authoritarian rule.

The approved constitution clears the way for elections to the lower house of parliament, set to take place in two months time. The previous Islamist-dominated body was dissolved in June by the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, which said “the law upon which the elections were held is contrary to rules of the constitution.”

The move placed all legislative powers in the hands of President Mohamed Morsi, who took office just a few days after the Supreme Court’s decision.

 

The results, which come after Egyptians voted in the second round of a referendum on Sunday, mirror the 60 percent margin forecast by the Muslim Brotherhood, who claimed victory straight after the vote.

The rival National Salvation Front (NSF) accused the ruling party of fraud and vowed to appeal the referendum results.

The opposition also criticized the first round of voting on December the 15th, citing various incidents of fraud that have yet to be investigated.

While Islamists called the referendum and a new constitution a crucial step in Egypt’s transition to democracy, the opposition saw it as a threat to civil liberties.

Protesters angry with the results of the referendum have taken to the streets of Cairo, setting tires on fire on one of Cairo’s main bridges and blocking traffic.

Activists are fiercely opposed the new constitution, which was hurriedly drafted by the majority of Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly. They argue that the charter, which is based on Sharia law, is not representative of Egypt’s religious minorities and is an affront to the values of the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak last year.

The new constitution has split society in Egypt, triggering mass protests around the country, concentrated in Cairo and Alexandria.

The situation in the Arab state escalated four weeks ago after President Mohamed Morsi granted himself sweeping powers.

In an effort to quell violent protests, the president annulled the decree. The move has done little to defuse tensions.

Wikisplash – 1.73GB un-redacted cache splash.

In Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, News, NWO, OpenLeaks, Other Leaks, Viral Videos, Wall Street, WikiLeaks on August 29, 2011 at 9:05 PM

 

Wikileaks 1.73GB cache splash

Wikileaks has had the complete US Cables leaked onto the internet.

The file was stored on a server and the password on another, inevitable as it may seem now, the two met and 1.73GB of un-redacted Diplomatc Cables are now live on the internet.

 

 

This is the second time such an incident has occured. Luckily last time an agreement was reached with the other party involved.

Will this be the case this time around for Wikileaks?

 

 

Yemen 4 th June 2011

In Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, NWO, Yemen on June 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Yemen – importance of strategy

 

Yemeni security forces pounded the home of a tribal leader whose supporters are suspected of injuring top government officials, a flurry of shelling that left 10 people dead and 35 others wounded.

Government forces targeted the dwelling of Hamid al-Ahmar in the southern part of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Friday, Fawzi Al-Jaradi told CNN on Saturday.

The attack on the same day fighting intensified in the capital, with government and tribal forces trading fire.

Shells hammered the mosque at the palace of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, killing an imam and several security guards and wounding Saleh and high-ranking senior officials — all of whom were observing Friday Muslim prayers.

Demonstrations have unfolded in Yemeni cities for months between supporters of Saleh and anti-government forces who want him out of office

One of those flashpoint towns is Taiz, where protesters retook an iconic square in the center of the city on Saturday after government forces cleared it out last week.

Eyewitnesses said security forces tried to disperse crowds of anti-government demonstrators by shooting at them and that at least two were injured.

Fears of all-out civil war have spiked since, as government forces and people alleged to be Hashed tribesmen fought in the capital since late last month.

The presidential palace attack illustrates the escalating violence. It left Saleh with a slight head injury and necessitated the transfer of some of the officials to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

Those transferred include prime minister, Ali Mujawar; deputy prime ministers Rashad al-Alimi and Sadeq Amin Abu Rasand; Shura Council Chairman Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani; Parliament speaker Yahya Al-Raee; and Shura Council Chairman Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghan.

A Yemeni official who asked not to be named told CNN that Saleh was in the mosque when two “projectiles” were fired during Friday prayers. He confirmed the death of Sheikh Ali Mohsen al-Matari and four bodyguards. State-run news agency SABA, citing a source in Saleh’s office, said three guards and the sheikh were killed.

In a televised speech Friday night, the president said the attack occurred as talks were taking place between him and affiliates of Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the Hashed tribe whose break with Saleh has been followed by spiraling violence.

Eyewitnesses, residents and government officials say Hashed tribesmen carried out Friday’s attack on the presidential palace. But the spokesman for Sadeq al-Ahmar denied it.

“The Hashed tribesmen were not behind these attacks on the presidential palace and if they were, they would not deny it,” according to Abdulqawi al-Qaisi.

According to the independent International Crisis Group, tensions escalated May 23 when fighting erupted between military forces controlled by “Saleh’s son and nephews and fighters loyal to the pre-eminent sheikh of the powerful Hashed confederation, Sadeq al-Ahmar.”

In his speech, the president said those behind Friday’s attacks were not connected with the youth-led movement in Sanaa’s Change Square. Rather, he said that “gangsters” perpetrated the strike as part of their bid to overthrow his government and destroy Yemen’s economic achievements.

“I salute the armed forces everywhere and the courageous security forces who are keen on combating the attacks by a criminal gang that is acting outside of the law and is not affiliated with the youth’s revolution present in Change Square,” Saleh said.

Mohammed Qahtan, the spokesman for the Joint Meeting Parties, Yemen’s largest opposition coalition, said that “the attack on the palace was pre-planned by President Saleh to make people forget about the attacks that he has committed over the last two weeks.”

Qahtan said Saleh’s forces have “bombarded most of the al-Ahmar family properties after the palace attack” and have killed hundreds over the past two weeks.

While Saleh has been unpopular among many inside his country, he has been a longtime ally of the United States in the war against terror.

The United States has counted on his government to be a bulwark against militants, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but it believes he should transfer power in order to maintain stability in the country.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Friday that John Brennan, the president’s homeland security adviser, traveled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for meetings with government officials to “discuss options to address the deteriorating situation” in Yemen.

Protesters upset over what they regard as political oppression and government corruption want Saleh step down. A deal to make that happen, fashioned by the regional Gulf Cooperation Council, has broken down.

Yemen 31 May 2011

In News, World Revolution, Yemen on May 31, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Yemen

 

 

 

Sanaa residents reported hearing heavy explosions and sporadic gunfire for several hours early Tuesday, one day after security forces set fire to tents and tore through demonstrators’ camps in Freedom Square in Taiz with bulldozers, an activist and eyewitnesses said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast sounds in Sanaa, which residents described as coming from the Hasabah neighborhood, an area close to it and the region near the airport. Hasabah is home to Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, leader of the powerful al-Hashid tribe, whose forces oppose the government.

Eyewitnesses in the capital city said they saw a heavy security presence in Sanaa, as well as what they described as “armed thugs” roaming the streets.

In Taiz, a center of protests against the Yemeni president, the protest camp was essentially gone on Monday, said Bushra Maktati, a leading human rights activist. A field hospital was also dismantled, with the equipment taken away by troops, Maktati said.

Troops also used water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters in the city on Monday, a day after clashes left at least 20 people dead and 200 wounded, according to eyewitnesses and two medical officials who could not be named because of security concerns.

One youth activist said the attacks would not stop their protests.

“Our revolution will not stop even if hundreds are killed every day,” said Sameer Al-Samaee, a leading youth activist in Taiz. “Killing innocent civilians always leads to war crime charges and that is what we are seeking for Saleh.”

Meanwhile, government forces launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the coastal city of Zinjibar, where fierce fighting raged Sunday.

And the nation’s largest cell phone network was ordered shut down Sunday, according to a senior official with the country’s Communications Ministry who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The SABAFON network was ordered shut down because of violations and unpaid fines over the last few years, the Communications Ministry official told CNN.

A management official with the SABAFON network, who also was not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed the shutdown. The official denied the government’s allegations and said the move appeared to be a tactic to pressure members of the al-Ahmar family, including Hamid al-Ahmar — President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s chief political enemy.

The official said members of the al-Ahmar family are majority shareholders in SABAFON, with the largest shareholder being Hamid al-Ahmar.

Saleh has been under intense pressure to resign after months of protests and mounting opposition.

Taiz, where protests continued Monday, has been a center of anti-Saleh activity. The most recent protests broke out Sunday when thousands of protesters took to the streets and were met with gunfire from security forces.

Protesters threw rocks at the forces, who responded with more gunfire, witnesses said.

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa condemned what it called the “unprovoked and unjustified attack” on demonstrators in Taiz. It praised the protesters and called on Saleh “to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power.”

On Monday, security forces were arresting youths and taking them from the streets to an unknown location, Maktati, the human rights activist, said.

At least 70 tents had been burned down by security forces since late Sunday night, according to witnesses.

Abdu Ganadi, a government spokesman, said security forces were rescuing colleagues who had been captured and beaten by protesters.

“We did not attack the protesters,” Ganadi said. “Reports are all exaggerated. Only two were killed.”

He said protesters’ tents were burned by people attacked by the protesters, and that tents that burned were empty.

In Zinjibar, fighting continued Monday between Yemeni troops and Islamic militants.

Militants moved into the city on Friday and controlled the streets by Saturday, residents said.

The militants began ferocious attacks on Saturday, according to a Yemeni government official who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Security forces and soldiers abandoned their posts, leading to chaos, the source said.

Hundreds of soldiers moved back into the city on Sunday, with heavy fighting between militants and the Army’s 25th Mechanized Brigade, the source said.

More than two dozen soldiers had been killed since the start of the battle on Saturday, said a government source Sunday who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The fighting occurred on the same day Saleh met with top military and security officials to talk about “hostilities and crimes” occurring in his country, the Yemeni State News Agency reported.

Saleh has been resisting protests calling on him to step down after 33 years in power.

The powerful al-Hashid tribe, which includes the al-Ahmar family, rose up against long-time leader Saleh in the last week, after he backed out of a regionally brokered deal meant to ease him out of office and end months of demonstrations of the kind that have swept the Arab world this year.

The recent fighting has raised fears of a full-blown civil war in Yemen, an impoverished, arid and mountainous nation that has been a key U.S. ally in the battle against the al Qaeda terrorist network.

Yemeni Jets attack protestors

In News, Yemen on May 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Yemen 

In an escalation of Yemen’s crisis, air force combat jets bombed tribal forces opposed to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a senior defense official said.

At least seven air force bombers were deployed east of Sanaa to the district of Nehm, where two military compounds had been overtaken earlier by tribal fighters, said the official, who was not identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Ahmed Soufi, a senior advisor to Saleh, said 18 people were killed in the fighting.

Witnesses in Nehm said the airstrikes were carried out in several areas of the province northeast of Sanaa, including Al-Fartha Thoma and Beni Shokan.

The fighting started earlier Friday between the Nehm tribesmen and soldiers of the Yemeni Republican Guard.

The tribesmen said the soldiers attacked a village and tribal fighters, battling back, managed to take over military compounds. They said several Yemeni soldiers were killed but CNN could not verify casualties.

“The guards attacked one of our villages for no reason,” said Sheikh Moqbel Najeeb, a tribal leader in the area. “We will not accept that and will fight back against anyone who tries to attack us.”

The clashes in Nehm have been going on for the past month, Soufi said. He said the tribal fighters were encouraged by the actions of Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, the leader of the powerful al-Hashid tribe whose forces oppose the government.

Soufi said the fighting this week erupted after tribesmen were barred from entering Sanaa.

The Nehm district has about 35 tribes but they are not affiliated with al-Hashid.

Abdul Makik Ali, a Nehm tribal fighter said at least seven tribes joined to fight the Yemeni soldiers Friday.

“Our blood is not cheap and we will avenge from the government for every drop of Nehm blood that is shed,” Ali said.

Saleh, who has ruled Yemen since 1978, has been clinging to power amid a wave of protests calling for his ouster in the past few months.

The simultaneous tribal battle began after a regionally brokered deal calling for Saleh to leave office fell through. Saleh himself is a member of the al-Hashid tribe, a huge entity with many strands.

After an incident in March during which dozens of anti-government demonstrators were killed, al-Ahmar embraced the anti-government demonstrators and broke ranks with the president. Since then, more and more tribal members have turned their backs on the president.

The recent fighting has raised fears of a full-blown civil war in Yemen, an impoverished, arid and mountainous nation that has been a key U.S. ally in the battle against the al Qaeda terrorist network.

Government troops fought street battles with one of Yemen’s leading tribes in the capital Thursday, leaving dozens dead as prosecutors sought the arrests of several tribal leaders.

More than 28 people were killed in an explosion at a weapons depot in Sanaa during clashes with members of the al-Hashid tribe, which has turned against Saleh.

Government forces, meanwhile, hit an opposition-controlled television station with rocket-propelled grenades overnight, taking it off the air, witnesses said Thursday. Government troops blocked the roads leading into the capital to prevent other tribal forces from joining the battle.

Witnesses said the fighting subsided considerably after nightfall, but gunfire still crackled across several parts of Sanaa.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the escalation in violence was alarming. Spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday that the agency has received reports of dozens of civilian casualties, including women and children, in the fighting over the past few days .

“We are deeply concerned that such violence may be pushing the country to the brink of a civil war,” Colville said at a briefing in Geneva.

“We call on the government to stop the excessive and disproportionate use of force, to stop targeting activists, human rights defenders and journalists, and to seriously investigate all allegations of crimes committed by security forces.”

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