Archive for ‘“Critical” Analysis’

August 28, 2018

Ansar Allah Spokesman: Saudi Arabia wants a submissive entity not a free Yemen

by mkleit

 

Yemen’s Ansarullah spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam said the political solution in Yemen is represented by the presence of consensual authority adding that the upcoming consultations on September 6 in Geneva must ensure a political solution presented by the presidency, the government and security arrangements as principles.

“Our vision for a political solution is to have a political authority that is consensual, such as presidency, by establishing a presidential council or finding a consensual personal, forming a government of national unity with all parties involved, and then arranging security and military matters,” he said in an exclusive interview with Unews Press Agency.

Abdel Salam further added that the other side only looks at the arms of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees ignoring other arms and stressed that there must be a political umbrella of the state’s authority, confirming that all heavy weapons must be at the state camps.

The spokesman pointed out that this is followed by humanitarian and economic arrangements, such as the treatment war remnants including reconstruction and compensation due to the war and the imposed siege that have caused disasters for the Yemeni people.

Abdel Salam denied the existence of any trust between the Yemeni forces and the Saudi-Led Coalition, stressing that Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi is not presented as a consensual person because he is “part of the problem in Yemen.”

“There is no trust between us and the Saudi-Led Coalition, so there must be a signed agreement and this was the problem with the Kuwait negotiations. They wanted an agreement signed by us, where as they only provide us with verbal promises.”

He explained that the solution is represented by a comprehensive agreement signed by all the parties with an international presence as well as public announcement and commitment by all.

Abdel Salam pointed out that “in the closed rooms, they ask (the government of the outgoing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi) only for what matters to them, but in media they say that we do not commit and we are not looking for a solution.”

Speaking about the outgoing Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, Abdel Salam said that he became part of the problem and it is not logical to give him the confidence again to be president.

Abdel Salam said the weapon is a matter of strength for them and noted that the Saudi-Led Coalition will not allow them to have any political presence, adding that Saudi Arabia does not want a strong state in Yemen, but an entity of its own.

“The problem in Yemen is not in its weapons, because the Saudi-Led Coalition is entering arms into Yemen,”

He stressed that they believe that weapons must be in the hands of the state, wondering “who is this state?”

Abdel Salam pointed out that there are groups in the south that do not recognize the legitimacy of Mansur Hadi and do not accept him, and pointed out that there are weapons in the hands of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other groups, stressing that they do not accept that the issue of weapons to be limited only to them.

Speaking about the Saudi-Led Coalition, Abdel Salam said that “if we had been with the Saudi-Led Coalition alongside a state in Yemen that belongs to the House of Saud that has no arms and no force, they would have given us the best types of weapons, the issue is not in the arms, but in the cause you adhere to and weapons are used to achieve it.”

Abdel Salam stressed that the United Nations has a very limited role in Yemen because of the American-British political pressure, Saudi and the Emirati money, condemning the lack of accountability of the Saudi-Led Coalition for massacres against Yemenis.

“Saudi Arabia is arrogant and because it failed in the war, it has become reckless and is fleeing … The Saudi regime committed a massacre against children in a school bus in Dahyan market and said it was consistent with international law,”

He added that “Saudi Arabia’s political support protected it, as well as that of America and Britain, as in Syria, Trump announced a strike against Syria after accusing the latter of the alleged chemical strike case, a dubious issue. Chemical weapons were smuggled across the border, but Syria was bombed. ”

The spokesman further pointed that in Yemen, the massacre has been collectively condemned by the international community, but they were not been able to pass a commission of inquiry because the perpetrator is known.

“Saudi Arabia is carrying out its operations with American planes, ammunition and intelligence. It is only carrying out what it is being ordered to do, and America will not accept any investigation condemning it… Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the United States and Britain are working to protect Israel’s interests,” he said.

Speaking about the role of the United Nations, Abdel Salam said that the UN is playing a minor role, stressing that it will not diverge from the US and British positions as well as the Saudi and Emirati money.

August 27, 2018

المتحدث باسم أنصار الله: التحالف السعودي مع دولة في اليمن تابعة لآل سعود دون أن يكون فيها سلاح وقوة

by mkleit

 

نفى المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، وجود أي ثقة بين القوى اليمنية والتحالف السعودي، وأكد على أن اسم عبدربه منصور هادي غير مطروح كشخصية توافقية لأنه “جزء من المشكلة في اليمن.”

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، قال عبدالسلام أن “الثقة معدومة بيننا وبين التحالف السعودي، لذلك يجب ان يكون هناك اتفاق موقع، وهذه المشكلة التي كانت في مفاوضات الكويت، هو أنهم أرادوا اتفاق موقع من طرفنا ولكن هم يعطوننا فقط وعود شفهية.”

وأوضح أن “الحل هو أن يكون هناك اتفاق شامل يوقع عليه جميع الاطراف بحضور دولي وإشهار معلن ويلتزم به الجميع.”

وأشار إلى أنه “في الغرف المغلقة، يطلبون (حكومة الرئيس المنتهية ولايته عبدربه منصور هادي) فقط ما يخصهم، أما في الاعلام يقولون أننا لا نلتزم ولا نريد الحل.”

وفي معرض حديثه عن الرئيس اليمني المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، قال عبد السلام أنه “أصبح جزء من المشكلة، فهل من المنطقي أن يكون هذا الشخص الذي قاتل اليمنيين وجلب لهم هذا الشر والويلات أن نعطيه مجدداً هذه الثقة ان يكون رئيساً؟ نحن بحاجة أن نوجد شخص على قبول من كافة الاطراف وهم موجودون، أما أن تأتي السعودية لتفرض عليها عبد ربه منصور هادي فهذا لن يحصل.”

وشدد على أن “منصور هادي لن يستطيع ان يقدم لك الحقوق الذي كان جزء من انتهاكها.”

كما أكد المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، أن “السلاح هو موضوع قوة لنا ولن يسمحوا (التحالف السعودي) لنا بأي حضور سياسي”، موضحاً أن السعودية لا تريد دولة قوية في اليمن، بل كيان تابع لها.

واوضح أن “المشكلة في اليمن ليست بالسلاح، لأن التحالف السعودي يدخل السلاح الى اليمن بشكل كبير.”

وقال أن أنصار الله “نؤمن ان السلاح يجب أن يكون بيد الدولة، ولكن من هي هذه الدولة؟ هل الدولة هي التي كانت تقاتلك لأربع سنوات وأدخلت المرتزقة والاجانب لاحتلال البلد؟ هذه ليست دولة.”

وتساءل المسؤول في أنصار الله: “هل قدموا نموذج إيجابي في الجنوب للدولة؟ هناك مجموعات في الجنوب لا تعترف بشرعية منصور هادي ولا تقبله وهناك سلاح بيد داعش والقاعدة وجماعات أخرى، فلا نقبل أن يُختزل موضوع السلاح فينا فقط.”

وشدد عبدالسلام على أن “السلاح هو موضوع قوة لنا ولن يسمحوا لنا بأي حضور سياسي،” مطالباً الطرف الآخر بـ”ناقش أسباب حصول العدوان وانتشار السلاح، ثم قم بإلغاء هذه الأسباب.”

وفي حديثه عن التحالف السعودي، قال عبدالسلام أن “التحالف السعودي مع دولة في اليمن تابعة لآل سعود، دون أن يكون فيها سلاح وقوة (…) لو كنا معهم، لأعطونا أفضل أنواع الأسلحة، فالمسألة ليست في السلاح، بل في القضية التي تتمسك بها والسلاح وسيلة لتحقيقها.”

وأكد المتحدث باسم أنصار الله أن الحل السياسي في اليمن يتمثل بوجودة سلطة توافقية وأن المشاورات القادمة في السادس من أيلول/ سبتمبر في جنيف “يجب ان تضمن حل سياسي يتمثل بالرئاسة والحكومة وبالترتيبات الامنية كمبادئ”.

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، قال عبدالسلام أن “رؤيتنا للحل السياسي هو ان يكون هناك سلطة سياسية متوافق عليها كمؤسسة الرئاسة عبر إنشاء مجلس رئاسي او إيجاد شخصية توافقية، ثم تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية تشارك فيها كل الاطراف، ثم ترتيبات امور أمنية وعسكرية بعد انتشار السلاح بيد الجماعات الارهابية المختلفة.”

كما أضاف أن “الطرف الآخر لا ينظر الا لسلاح الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، دون أن ينظر الى سلاح الآخرين، ويجب ان تكون هناك مظلة سياسية تحت سلطة الدولة. كل الاسلحة الثقيلة يجب ان تذهب الى معسكرات الدولة.”

“يتبع ذلك ترتيبات انسانية واقتصادية، متمثلة بمعالجة مخلفات الحرب كالاعمار والتعويضات لأن الحرب تسببت بكوارث بحق الشعب اليمني نتيجة الحصار الذي استمر سنوات،” كما قال عبدالسلام، مشدداً على أن “الحل السياسي يجب ان يضمن هذه الترتيبات.”

وفيما يخص المشاورات المزمع عقدها في السادس من أيلول/ سبتمبر القادم في مبنى الامم المتحدة في جنيف السويسرية، قال المتحدث باسم أنصار الله أن “مشاورات جنيف يجب ان تضمن حل سياسي يتمثل بالرئاسة والحكومة وبالترتيبات الامنية كمبادئ، لأن الامم المتحدة تقول أن التفاصيل يجب أن تذهب الى الحوار السياسي، فنحن لا نمانع ذلك شرط أن لا تُختزل كما حصل في مباحثات الكويت التي كانت شروطها امنية وعسكرية فقط دون أن تكون سياسية كتسليم السلاح والانسحاب دون أن يكون هناك غطاء للدولة.”

كما أشار إلى أنه سيكون هناك وفد وطني موحّد للذهاب الى تلك المشاورات، موضحاً أنه “ربما سيكون هناك بعد المشاورات جلسات للمفاوضات تؤدي الى التزامات مثل وقف التصعيد وفتح مطار صنعاء.”

وعلى صعيد متصل، قال المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، أن الأمم المتحدة دورها محدود جداً في اليمن بسبب “الضغط السياسي الامريكي – البريطاني والمال السعودي والاماراتي”، مندداً بغياب محاسبة التحالف السعودي على المجازر التي يرتكبها بحق اليمنيين.

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، أشار عبدالسلام إلى أن “السعودية متغطرسة ولأنها فشلت في الحرب أصبحت متهورة وتهرب الى الامام (…) فارتكب النظام السعودي مجزرة بحق أطفال في حافلة مدرسة في سوق ضحيان وقال أنها متوافقة مع القانون الدولي.”

وأضاف أن “الدعم السياسي للسعودية حماها، كذلك القادم من امريكا وبريطانيا. كما الحال ما حصل في سوريا، قام ترامب ليعلن ضربة ضد سوريا بعد اتهام الاخيرة بقضية الضربة الكيميائية المزعومة، وهي قضية ملتبسة. سوريا نكرت الموضوع واعتبرتها مؤامرة، وأكدت أن جماعات مسلحة لديها اسلحة كيميائية تم تهريبها عبر الحدود، ومع ذلك تم قصف سوريا.”

“اما في اليمن، تمت إدانة المجزرة بشكل جماعي في المجتمع الدولي، ولكن لم يتمكنوا من تمرير لجنة تحقيق لأنه معروف من هو الفاعل،” قال المسؤول في أنصار الله.

وفي حديثه عن المجازر التي ارتكبها التحالف السعودي في اليمن، ومن ضمنها مجزرة الصالة الكبرى وغيرها من مجازر، قال عبدالسلام أنه “لم يتم تشكيل أي لجنة تحقيق دولي، وهي مجازر قامت بها طائرات التحالف بدعم سياسي امريكي.”

وأضاف أن “السعودية تقوم بعملياتها بطائرات وذخائر واستخبارات امريكية، وهي تنفذ فقط ما تُأمر به، ولن تقبل أمريكا بأي تحقيق يدينها (…) كما أن السعودية والامارات وامريكا وبريطانيا يعملون على حماية مصالح اسرائيل.”

وفي معرض حديثه عن دور الامم المتحدة، قال عبدالسلام أن المنظمة الأممية “تلعب بهامش ضيق ولن تخرج من الموقفين الامريكي والبريطاني، والمال السعودي والاماراتي.”

وأعطى مثالا عن المبعوث الدولي السابق لليمن، اسماعيل ولد الشيخ أحمد، حيث وصفه بأنه “كان تابعا للنفوذ السعودي بشكل صريح، وكان يحركه سفير سعودي، وعندما انتهت ولايته أصبح وزيراً للخارجية لنظام يُحرك من قبل السعودية.”

وأكد على أن أنصار الله “لا نراهن على الامم المتحدة لأنها تتحرك فقط عندما يحصل احراج لها من الرأي العام الدولي”، وأعطى مثالا على ذلك قائلا: “لم تستطع الامم المتحدة أن تعطينا رحلة عودة الى صنعاء بعد أن حوصرنا في مسقط لثلاثة أشهر عقب انتهاء مفاوضات الكويت، وتمت إعادتنا بصفقة تبادل مع معتقلين للتحالف.”

August 23, 2018

For the Bahrainis, Bahrain was Never Independent

by mkleit

Bahrain is passing through what is called in the Arab state as “the week of independence”, where several celebrations occur there in memory of the departure of the British mandate on the 16th of August 1971, yet for the Bahrainis, independence isn’t solely about getting rid of the “White man”, especially with the on-going protests calling for regime change still taking place since 2011.

Bahrain is the smallest Arab state in the Middle East and North African region; it’s situated between the shores of Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran as an archipelago, an extremely strategic one considering its great oil resources that made this small monarchy influential on the world stage.

 

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Bahrain is the smallest Arab state, located in the Persian gulf between two Middle Eastern superpowers Iran and Saudi Arabia

 

 

Like their cousins to the West, the Saudis, the Bahraini monarchs are keen to impose stability to their regime and state, even if it means imprisoning opposition leaders and activists, prosecuting journalists and banning foreign media outlets from entering the country, or lobbying in international conferences and gatherings against their own people, and here the people are the ones who demand regime change.

On the 14th of February 2011, during the globally known “Arab Spring” uprisings, more than half of the 1.4 million Bahrainis took the streets to demand democratic and regime change, as well as socio-economic reforms that include giving just rights for the Shia majority in the country, which make up around 60% of the general dominant Muslim population there.

 

Infograph about Human Rights violations in Bahrain during the month of April 2018 (Arabic)

The Khalifa monarchy that’s ruling Bahrain nowadays has ascended the throne since 1783 during what was called the “Hakimmiyah” era of rule, where Ahmad bin Mohamad bin Khalifa took control of the oil-rich island. It was then transformed to an Emirate rule in 1971, and then a Kingdom in 2002; with all these years being ruled by solely one family, the Khalifas.

Though the current protests (that erupted in 2011) are not the first ones against the monarchy in Bahrain, yet they have taken the fight to a global stage, where several countries and international organizations have condemned the treatment of detainees and oppression of protests in Bahrain, that the opposition has been maintaining peaceful ones so far.

 

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Banner lifted during protest in London against Bahraini authorities’ murder of activists

 

 

The authorities and security personnel, most of whom are non-Bahrainis, with the help of Saudi forces known as “Jazira Shield”, have been brutally detaining activists and journalists like Nabeel Rajab who denounced the Saudi-led war on Yemen on Twitter, imprisoning opposition leaders such as religious cleric Ali Salman, head of al Wifaq organization, which is a prominent opposition front, as well as imposing a siege on Diraz town for over a year after locals blocked the way in front of security forces who wanted to apprehend the Shia’s of Bahraini’s “Pope” Sheikh Issa Kassem.

The siege has rendered Diraz scarce of water supplies and food. It was missing from the world map after several internet blackouts to ban besieged citizens from communicating with the outside world. Above all that, the 81 years old leading Shia cleric’s health deteriorated due to several ailments, while the authorities turned a blind eye to his predicament.

 

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Banner during protest in London against the prosecution of prominent Shia cleric Issa Kassem

 

After several negotiations and the interference of humanitarian parties and international players, Sheikh Kassem was moved to a hospital in London to receive treatment; yet his case was one of thousands of cases where the Bahraini authorities deny those who oppose it the needed medical attention, especially those who are imprisoned there.

One recent example is Hasan Moushayme’, a leading opposition activist in Bahrain in his 70’s, suffering from diabetes and other illnesses, and has been imprisoned for months without receiving proper medical treatment. His son, Ali, has been going through a hunger strike for the past three weeks, demanding proper medical treatment for his father and all of the detainees in Bahraini prisons.

 

 

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Banner during a protest in Bahrain pleaing for the aid of prominent activist Hasan Moushayme’

 

Ali has been attacked by an unknown individual while sleeping during his sit-in in front of the Bahraini embassy in London, and has been witnessing several attempts to bar him from continuing his strike, that also demands granting the detainees their legal and humanitarian rights.

 

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London-based Bahraini activist Ali Moushayme’ during his first days of hunger strike in front of Bahraini embassy in London, demanding medical care to his father and thousands of other prisoners in Bahraini detention centers

 

With all this going on, the UK has been granting “legitimacy” to all of Bahrain’s actions against its citizens proceeding in security training programs and opening a military base in the Arab island. The UK has not condemned the assaults on activists and journalists in Bahrain ever since the uprising erupted in 2011, but money and interest speak louder than human rights violations.

 

 

 

April 8, 2017

US Strike in Syria: Failed Strategic Attempt or Previously Planned Strike?

by mkleit

On Wednesday the 6th of April 2017, two days before the US strike on Syria, a Syrian opposition member called an Arab diplomat saying “America will conduct an attack on Shouairat airport (Homs).” The latter transferred the news to a Syrian diplomat that, in turn, transferred it early Thursday to the Syrian command.

This is what the Security Specialist Vadislav Sheurgen said, and added “The US informed Russia previously through diplomatic channels with its plans to target Syria, and in turn, Russia informed its Syrian counterpart to evacuate its soldiers and equipment.”

In return, other Russian officials confirmed that they knew nothing about the US strike before it happened, and Moscow described what happened as an “aggression on a sovereign state”, and it announced that it will enhance Syria’s aerial defenses and halting cooperation with the US that prevented aerial conflicts over Syria.

What are the background information before the happenings of Friday dawn?

The US airstrike came before any true and objective investigation was made for the claimed “Khan Shikhoun Chemical attack”. Moreover, it didn’t get any international accreditation from the UN’s security council nor the US Congress, which means president Donald Trump needed to hasten the strike.

 

The first vital question is “why this hastening”?

First of all, because the media outburst that was caused by the death of the children prepared the globe for that, exactly like what happened post-9/11 in 2001 (despite the slight difference). Trump must’ve taken the global emotional opportunity and present himself as a humanitarian hero. So in that case, there’s no need for an investigation, with the accusation ready and decision already made.

Second, Trump wanted to strike the Syrian airport after two hours from dinner with the Chinese president, to send a strong warning message to China, saying “if you don’t stop North Korea, our missiles and jets are ready to do the same thing that we did in Syria”. For the past weeks, POTUS has been sending warning after warning to North Korea, whom performed Ballistic missiles tests a while ago, and said that if “China doesn’t move, he will do so himself to stop North Korea… and all options are open”.

But the question here is: did Trump inform his Chinese guest about the strike? That’s unknown, but the Chinese reaction was bound by calling all sides of the conflict for negotiations and stressed on political solutions, denouncing usage of barred weaponry. This means that China didn’t have its usual reaction, such as its Russian counterpart, and did not denounce the strike that didn’t have the security council’s approval.

Third, the strike came one night after the failure of the security council to take a unified decision concerning the chemical attack issue. Trump wanted to say that he doesn’t give any importance to the international coalition, especially that he has been supported by several nations, especially Arab Gulf states, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel. Unlike when Bush invaded Iraq with the opposition of France.

Fourth, the repercussions that the US airstrike on Mosul made, which killed tens of civilians, started to receive international condemnation, even calls to open a serious international investigation.

The key question here is “did the strike happen by mistake or was there someone who needed in get Trump involved into other options?” but the hastening of the strike on Syria was aiming to divert attention from Mosul’s “massacre” and shed light over Syria.

Fifth, the US strike came in midst of investigations with the Trump administration concerning cooperation with Russians, and there were several pressures being made and accusations of spying by some of the people close to Trump.

Sixth, the US strike also came after a meeting between both Iran’s and Russia’s presidents, where the latter two signed several military agreements with their Chinese counterpart.

 

 

After this, Trump would have two options left:

He, either, continues the battle with regional forces (Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia) to put pressure on Iran, Hezbollah, and tries to halt Russia, or he goes to negotiations and mutual understanding, especially that his secretary of state, Rex Tellerson, will visit Moscow soon.

This US intervention in Syria is the first major military development since the Russian direct intervention, with means that the war in Syria has shifted from its local and regional players to its international ones.

Washington wants to set a foot directly in North or Eastern Syria, through political, military, and security methods, and it’s impossible that Trump will retreat from that, and Russia will never back-down from Syria because that would damage its role in the ME region, as well as cause a national security threat.

Keep in mind that days before the US strike, there was a blast in St. Petersburg’s metro station, the Russian opposition moved on the ground, and the Russian Ruble price went down. Iran also sees that its retreat from Syria will cause great damage on its security, politics, and coming elections.

June 9, 2016

مواقف المرشحان الرئاسيان كلينتون وترامب حول أبرز القضايا في البلاد

by mkleit

تستعد المرشحة الديمقراطية للانتخابات الرئاسية هيلاري كلينتون لمواجهة منافسها الجمهوري دونالد ترامب في الانتخابات الرئاسية الأمريكية، والتي تنطلق في شهر تشرين الأول من السنة الحالية.

بعد فوز كلينتون بالترشيح الشبه رسمي للحزب الديمقراطي (لم تصل إلى العدد المطلوب من المندوبين حتى الآن، بل وصلت بأصوات المندوبين الكبار والذين يستطيعون أن ينقلوا أصواتهم إلى منافسها بيرني ساندرز)، فإن كلينتون تستعد لخوض المرحلة الثانية من الانتخابات في مواجهة المرشح الجمهوري الذي حسم معركته في حزبه سابقاً، دونالد ترامب.

ورغم أن ساندرز يعقد الآمال على الفوز بترشيح الحزب رسمياً خلال مؤتمر الحزب في الشهر القادم، فإن كلينتون واثقة من دعم الحزب لترشحها لأنها تعتقد أنها “الأجدر بمنافسة ترامب” بحسب أحد تصريحاتها الشهر الماضي في إحدى جولات الانتخابات التمهيدية.

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ولكن كلينتون وترامب مختلفان بشكل كبير في أسلوب معالجة أبرز القضايا على الساحة السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية الأمريكية. التالي هو آراء ترامب وكلينتون في بعض الملفات الداخلية والخارجية:

حول الهجرة:

كلينتون تعارض ترحيل 11 مليون مهاجر غير مسجّل، بينما ترامب يؤيد، بالإضافة إلى نيّته بناء جدار ما بين المكسيك والولايات المتحدة لمنع المهاجرين من اجتياز الحدود، حين قال” سندع الناس (المكسيكيين) تدخل، ولكن ستدخل بشكل قانوني… وسنجعل المكسيك تدفع ثمن ذلك”. ومن ناحية التعامل مع المسلمين الأجانب، فكلينتون تعارض أن تضع شروطاً إضافية للهجرة على القادمين من الدول الإسلامية، بينما ترامب يؤيد.

حول الحرب على الإرهاب:

ترفض كلينتون زيادة ميزانية الجيش الأمريكي، وطالبت لإنشاء لجنة لبحث أساليب التخلص من بعض المصاريف. أما ترامب، فيؤيد رفع نسبة مصاريف الجيش، ولكنه يشجع على جعل “الآخرين بالقيام بمحاربة الإرهاب”. إضافة إلى ذلك، يرفض المرشحان وجود قوات أمريكية في أي مكان في العالم لمحاربة الإرهاب، ويؤكدان على ضرورة مراقبة المواطنين الأمريكيين لتحديد الإرهابيين في الولايات المتحدة.

وفي الشأن السوري، يرفض المرشحان خوض معارك مباشرة مع تنظيم داعش الإرهابي، بيد أن كلينتون تطالب بإسقاط نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، ولكن ترامب يعارض تلك الفكرة. ولكن بالرغم من هذا الإختلاف، فإن الطرفان يوافقان على التعامل مع الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين لمحاربة داعش.

ضبط انتشار الأسلحة:

تؤيد كلينتون وضع شروطاً متشددة لحيازة أي سلاح، إضافة إلى البحث المعمق في خلفية الشخص الذي يريد شراء سلاح من أي نوع، باستثناء الأسلحة الرشاشة التي تعارض وجودها على رفوف المحال التجارية. بينما ترامب يعارض أي شروط إضافية، وهو الذي كان يعارض انتشار الأسلحة بشكل كبير مع بداية دخوله الساحة السياسية في السنوات الماضية، ولا يمانع التساهل في مسألة البحث المعمق وبيع الأسلحة الرشاشة. 

الاقتصاد:

قال ترامب في إحدى مناظراته أنه سيكون “أفضل رئيس لخلق الوظائف في التاريخ”، ولكن المرشح ذو الأصل الألماني يعارض رفع الحد الأدنى للأجور ورفع نسبة الضريبة على أغنياء الولايات المتحدة، ولكنه يؤيد رفع نسبة الضرائب على الشركات الدولية ذات الأصل الأمريكي. الأمر الذي توافق عليه كلينتون أيضاً، ولكنها تعارض ترامب من ناحية عدم وضع ضرائب على الأغنياء ورفع الحد الأدنى للأجور.

وقد حصدت كلينتون 2203 صوتاً من المندوبين العاديين و574 من المندوبين الكبار، بمجموع 2777، وهي تحتاج إلى 2383 صوتاً لنيل الترشيح الرسمي للحزب الديمقراطي. بيد أن منافسها، السيناتور ساندرز (لديه 1828 صوتاً من المندوبين العاديين و48 من الكبار بمجموع 1876)، لم يفقد الأمل، نظراً لقدرة المندوبين الكبار نقل أصواتهم من طرف إلى آخر، وهو يعوّل على دعم المندوبين الكبار له لنيل كافة الأصوات الـ2383 والفوز بترشيح الحزب.

March 25, 2016

Stop Wahhabist School to Fight Terrorism

by mkleit
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Terrorist attacks in Europe has caused a two-way incitement between Europeans and Muslims, which is a result that terrorist group ISIL is trying to reach as they’ve said after the Charlie Hebdo attacks on the 7th of January 2015: “compel the Crusaders (Europeans) to actively destroy the garrison themselves… Muslims in the West will quickly find themselves between one of two choices, they either apostatize… or they emigrate to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution from the Crusader governments and citizens”.

The latest attacks on the Belgian capitol Brussels left 35 dead and 270 injured when suicide bombers hit Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station on Tuesday morning. Recent reports from Belgian media showed that people involved in the terrorist attacks are Muslims and of Arab background.

Mostly, Europeans would blame the millions of Muslims in Europe (and a lot of them have done so) for being the cause of religious incitement, and by far that’s sort of right, since there’s a minority of Muslims whose taking a big part of inciting against the “Crusaders”.

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Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia hitting several nations

The Arab – Muslims whom are able to go to Europe and live there (aside of refugees and asylum seekers) can afford the living, where the biggest percentage comes from the GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Emirates). And the ideology that all of these countries share (except Oman and partially Kuwait) is Wahhabism or Salafism. This sect is considered to be the most fanatic, extremist, and inciting amongt all Muslim sects – consider them as the KKK or the Nazis of Islam. This ideology is also the root of many terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaeda (Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Afghanistan..) ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant/ Syria and Iraq), Boko Haram (Nigeria), al Nusra Front (Jabhat al Nusra/ Syria), Ahrar al Sham (Syria), Jaysh al Islam (Syria), al Shabab(Somalia), Taliban (Afghanistan, Pakistan) etc…

One might think that abolishing ISIL, the most prominent terrorist group would save the world from terrorism, but no! Such an action wouldn’t do anything, because religious fanaticism is not bound by a group, it’s an idea, and ideas don’t die by bombs and bullets; ideas should be fought by ideas.

In their book, Global Terrorism and New Media, Philip Seib and Dana M. Janbek argue that terrorist groups are teaching younger generations (between 10 and 12 years old) their ideology through boot camps and schools that are in their area of control. This strategy elongates the group’s survival for a longer time. They would teach students how to be hate-filled fighters, as well as how much other sects and religious groups are “sinners and blasphemers”, most evidently the crusaders (Euro-Christians) and the Rawafids (Shiites Muslims, the second biggest sect in Islam). And among this, they would teach them that it’s okay to call them blasphemers and punish them for being from a different sect, where punishment varies from flogging to beheading and public execution.

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These schools of thought are not solely found in areas of terrorist groups, but also in countries like Saudi Arabia. And they’re also expanding to European countries – under Saudi funding – such as France, Belgium, Germany, and Britain; since the mentioned countries have close relations with the Gulf state, as well as big Muslim communities.

When Europeans blame Muslims for this problem, they are partially correct, but they’re mistaken when they blame the refugees for causing the damage. Although some of the latter have took part in the battles in Syria, as many pictures show ex-fighters from extremist factions seeking refuge with the influx to Europe. But the problem is inside Europe itself, where it comes from these school and extremists Salafi-Wahhabi communities that are spreading fanaticism. Thus, they serve as a “shelter” and “sanctuary” for extremists coming from the MENA region and Asia, whether these countries are suffering from turmoil like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, or countries that serve as a holder for this thought like Saudi Arabia.

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The only way to protect the EU, is to do what Tunisia has been recently doing by their campaign “tomorrow is better”, where they are re-educating inmates imprisoned for terrorist act by extracting the extremist thought from their heads and planting patriotic and moderate-religious ideology. As for the schools, the government is keeping an eagle’s eye on academic curricula, so that they would not contain topics of incitement and fanaticism.

If such procedures are made, alongside other educational and security ones, not only in  Europe but also in the countries that are being vastly effected by extremist thoughts like Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and others, we would gradually defeat extremist thoughts and potential terrorism, because it’s not fair nor right to blame millions of people for the acts of a few.

February 22, 2016

حلب: ما قبل وبعد

by mkleit

لا أقمنا في مكان وإن طاب ولا يمكن المكان الرحيل
كلما رحبت بنا الروض قلنا حلب قصدنا وأنت السبيل
فيك مرعى جيادنا والمطايا وإليها وجيفنا والذميل – أبو الطيب المتنبي

حلب للوارد جنة عدن وهي للغادرين نار سعير والعظيم العظيم يكبر في عينه منها قدر الصغير الصغير – أبو العلاء المعري

نفيت عنك العلة و الظرف و الأدبا”
و إن خلقت لها إن لم تزر حلبا
لو ألف المجد سفرا عن مفاخره
لراح يكتب في عنوانه حلبا” – الأخطل الصغير

 

Source: Reuters, Getty Images

February 19, 2016

Refugees behind the fence

by mkleit

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Photos Reuters for refugees waiting to cross fences on European borders.

January 26, 2016

The Icey Journey to Seek Refuge

by mkleit

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Refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries have a journey different from that of “the death boats”. The slideshow above shows the journey that refugees take while crossing European borders under harsh weather conditions.

The photos belong to Reuters from the Serbian – Macedonian borders (map below of refugees full route since the wave started).

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Route line that refugees have taken from Turkey to Germany

January 4, 2016

Situation in KSA after the Execution of Sheikh al Nimr

by mkleit

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The situation is quite tense in KSA and in the region, due to the recent development in the political confrontation between Iran & KSA, due to the execution of the cleric Nimer Baqir Al Nimr, who was executed along with others 47 convicted with terrorism charges.

The Saudi authority announced cuts the diplomatic relationships with Iran and evicts Iranian diplomats from KSA within 48 Hours.

Mutable security implications expected in the short term in various locations, including the KSA eastern province, Bahrain and the Yemeni front.
1.    Armed confrontations between the Saudi police and Shiite militant groups in the eastern province.(with a very likely & possibilities of deterioration in the civil unrest condition in these areas).
2.    Armed confrontations between the Bahraini police and Shiite revolts groups in & around the Shiite villages. (Light firearms and improvised Explosive devises are expected to be used by the militant groups).
3.    Wide confrontations between police forces and protesters will be wetness along the areas& village with high Shiite population.
4.    Intensified confrontation between Saudi forces and Ansar Allah (Al Houthi) rabbles along the Saudi Yemeni borders.
5.    Also IS terrorist organization might get involved to benefit from the security & political tense situation by carrying out sectarian attacks against Shiite community to ignite sectarian conflict in the region.

 

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