RT interviews Susan Lindauer (see video here).
The US is moving to place sanctions on anyone who opposes what Washington calls a democratic process in Yemen. Anti-war activist Susan Lindauer says this brings the US right into Al-Qaeda’s trap.
Yemen is fighting an alleged Al-Qaeda insurgency with military support from the United States. On top of this, the Arab state continues to suffer from months of political unrest, with anti-government protesters demanding more reforms.
By Michael Collins
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made an embarrassing error just two days before the start of the Libyan people’s revolution on February 17. This quote from an IMF country study appeared in a previous article: “The outlook for Libya’s economy remains favorable.” IMF Feb 15 This advice was 180 degrees off target. The Libyan economy has ceased functioning as protests and popular demands imploded the Gaddafi regime. (Image)
Further investigation unearthed a specific pattern of positive IMF endorsements for each of the nations experiencing popular uprisings that are sweeping the region. When the IMF blesses a nation’s progress for conforming to the economic policies underlying globalism, watch out! There is a popular rebellion in the wings.
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By Gordon Duff
Al Qaeda Call for Attacks On America, Not Israel, under Suspicion
The people of Yemen simply don’t believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason. When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New York Times, “We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real…Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business.”
With early news stories being continually contradicted, bombs that weren’t really bombs heading out on flights that never existed, carrying packages for companies that don’t service Yemen, all heading for Chicago synagogues, part of the wildest “persecution complex” of all time, the whole “Al Qaeda/Yemen” thing has been little more than a “borscht belt” comedy act.
The most effective response to Yemen will likely come from regional powers with local knowledge, not distant ones without it. (Image)
Yemen is close to oil fields and shipping lanes. Iran is backing the Huthi rebellion that straddles the Saudi-Yemeni frontier, which is part of a Shia revival that threatens to destabilize the Middle East from Lebanon to Iraq, especially in oil-producing countries with oppressed Shia minorities. Islamist tribes in Yemen have kith and kin in Saudi Arabia who see the House of Saud and its Wahabbist clerics as western puppets and defilers of Islam. Prompt action, then, is seen vital to US national security
American idealists see Yemenis in desperate political and economic straits. Their economy is weak; oil revenue (never strong) is diminishing; the state is unable to deliver services; and drought hangs over the country. This will strengthen American humanitarian concerns and lead to different but no less important calls for intervention. Over the last century or more, geopolitics and humanitarianism have been the yin and yang of American interventionism in many parts of the world, from Cuba to Afghanistan. Yemen offers another dual justification.
By Brian Downing
A slew of terrorist plans, mostly failed in the execution, have been traced to a group operating in Yemen – al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. World attention is focused on Yemen and also on the United States, as a response is expected. Proximity to oil resources, Iran’s involvement in the country, and several other factors (geopolitical and humanitarian) assure a response – thoughtful and effective or not.
Political problems that attracted al Qaeda to Afghanistan are also found in Yemen. The weakness of the government in Sana’a means little control over large parts of the country. Many tribes are indifferent to the central government; others are hostile to it and are even moving toward secession and civil war. Tribal leaders have parleyed agreements with al Qaeda leaders, much as the Taliban did with Pashtun tribes of the Afghan south and east, much as the US is trying to do there, albeit belatedly. Indeed, many similarities between Yemen and Afghanistan readily occur, and invite caution.
The movement of al Qaeda’s center to the Arabian peninsula is also being brought on by external events in Iraq and Afghanistan. American and Saudi efforts turned the Iraqi insurgents against al Qaeda, which was seen by locals as haughty and disrespectful of tribal customs in the Sunni center. Though many al Qaeda fighters have found havens in Arab enclaves of the Kurdish north, many others have left Iraq for other opportunities, to the south.
Along the Af-Pak frontier, where bin Laden and the remnants of his base ensconced themselves after 2001, al Qaeda has become a minor player in the insurgency there. It is much smaller than the Taliban, Tehrik-i Taliban, Hizb-i Islami, and perhaps even the Haqqani network. Those groups once relied on al Qaeda, but over the years they’ve developed independent funding sources and acquired their own skills in bomb making and other guerrilla techniques. Image source