The Guantanamo Files For Yemen
The Guantanamo Files
On Sunday April 24, 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing 779 secret files from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The details for every detainee will be released daily over the coming month.
Prisoner list for Yemen
Abd Al Aziz Abduh Abdallah Ali Al Suwaydi Abd Al Malak Abd Al Wahab Al Rahbi Abd Al Rahman Abdu Abu Al Ghayth Sulayman Abd Al Rahman Ahmed Said Abdihi Abd Al Salam Al Hilah Abdallah Yahya Yusif Al Shibli Abdel Qadir Hussein Al Mudhaffari Abdul Hakim Ghalib Ahmed Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassir Al Muhajari Abdul Muhssin Abdul Reb Salah Al Aubaissy Abdul Rahaman Atah Allah Ali Mahmood Shubatti Abdul Rahman Muhammad Salih Nasir Abdul Rahman Umir Al Qyati Abu Asah Adham Muhammad Ali Awith Abu Bakr Ibn Ali Muhammad Al Ahdal Adil Said Al Haj Ubayd Al Busayss Adnan Farhan Abd Allatif Ahmad Abdel Qader Ahmad Hasan Abu Bakr Ahmad Yaslam Said Kuman Ahmed Umar Abdullah Al Hikimi Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammed Al Yafi Ali Abdullah Ahmed Ali Ahmad Muhammad Al Razihi Ali Bin Ali Aleh Ali Hamza Ahmed Suleiman Al Bahlul Ali Husayn Abdullah Al Tays Ali Mohsen Salih Ali Yahya Mahdi Al Raimi Asim Thabit Abdallah Al Khalaqi Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi Ayub Murshid Ali Salih
Bashir Nasir Ali Al Marwalah
Emad Abdallah Hassan
Fadil Bin Hussien Bin Saleh Bin Hautash Fahed Abdullah Ahmad Ghazi Fahmi Abdallah Ahmad Ubadi Al Tulaqi Fahmi Salem Said Al Sani Faruq Ali Ahmed Fawaz Naman Hamoud Abdullah Mahdi Fayad Yahya Ahmed Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman
Ghaleb Nasir Awadh Al Bayhani
Hail Aziz Ahmed Al Maythali Hamud Hasan Abdallah Hani Abdul Muslih Al Shulan Husayn Salim Muhammad Al Matari Yafai
Idris Ahmed Abdu Qader Idris Issam Hamid Al Bin Ali Al Jayfi
Jalal Salam Awad Awad Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mari
Karam Khamis Sayd Khamsan Khaled Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby Khaled Qasim Khalid Abd Al Jabbar Muhammad Uthman Al Qadasi
Mahmoud Omar Muhammad Bin Atef Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Abd Al Wali Al Mujahid Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad Mashur Abdullah Muqbil Ahmed Al Sabri Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Asadi Mohammed Mohammed Hasan Al Odaini Muaz Hamza Ahmad Al Alawi Muhammad Abdallah Muhammad Awad Dyab Al Hamiri Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Al Ansi Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih Al Hanashi Muhammad Ahmad Said Al Adahi Muhammad Ahmad Said Haider Muhammad Ahmad Salam Muhammad Ali Abdallah Muhammad Bwazir Muhammad Ali Hussein Khenaina Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki Muhammad Nasir Yahya Khusruf Muhammad Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim Muhammad Said Salim Bin Salman Muhammad Salah Hussain Al Shaykh Muhsin Muhammad Musheen Moqbill Mukhtar Yahya Najee Al Warafi Musab Omar Ali Al Mudwani Mustafa Abdul Qawi Abdul Aziz Al Shamiri
Omar Muhammad Ali Al Rammah
Ramzi Bin Al Shibh Riyad Atiq Abdu Al Haj Al Radai
Saad Bin Nasser Ibn Mukbil Al Azani Sabri Muhammad Ibrahim Al Qurashi Sadeq Muhammad Sa Id Ismail Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh Said Muhammad Salih Hatim Said Salih Said Nashir Salah Muhammad Salih Al Dhabi Saleh Mohamed Al Zuba Salem Ahmed Salem Hamdan Salim Ahmed Haddi Hathramoot Salman Yahya Hassan Muhammad Rabeii Samir Naji Al Hasan Moqbil Sanad Ali Yislam Al Kazimi Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Masud Sharqawi Abdu Ali Al Hajj Shawki Awad Balzuhair Sulaiman Awath Sulaiman Bin Ageel Al Nahdi
Tareq Ali Abdullah Ahmed Baada Toufiq Saber Muhammad Al-marwa’i
Umar Said Salim Al Dini Uthman Abd Al Rahim Muhammad Uthman
Walid Mohammed Shahir Walid Muhammad Salih Bin Attash Walid Said Bin Said Zaid
Yasin Muhammad Salih Mazeeb Basardah Yasin Qassem Muhammad Ismail Yasir Ahmed Ali Taher
Zahar Omar Hamis Bin Hamdoun Zuhail Abdo Anam Said Al Sharabi
Yemen general is feared player: WikiLeaks | Reuters
(Reuters) - The top Yemeni general backing pro-democracy protesters is, like Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a crafty survivor who has wielded power for his own benefit, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
General Ali Mohsen, a powerful figure close to Saleh, threw his support behind the democracy movement earlier this week and sent in troops to protect protesters in the capital of Sanaa, where they have gathered in the tens of thousands to pressure Saleh into giving up his grip on power after 32 years.
Yet as far back as 2005, Thomas Krajeski, then the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, painted a picture in diplomatic cables of a brutal military commander likely to back a more radical Islamic political agenda and draw little public support.
"Ali Mohsen’s name is mentioned in hushed tones among most Yemenis, and he rarely appears in public," Krajeski wrote in a cable obtained by Reuters. "Ali Mohsen… is generally perceived to be the second most powerful man in Yemen. Those that know him say he is charming and gregarious."
Noting Mohsen’s role in ruling Yemen with an “iron fist,” the cable said he controls at least half of Yemen’s military. Despite its detail and strong opinions, other parts of the cable contained key inaccuracies, such as Mohsen’s estimated age as well as the region he commands.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have long relied on Saleh to try and stop al Qaeda from using Yemen as a base to plot attacks on both countries. The impoverished Arabian Peninsula country is deeply divided, and was already on the brink of becoming a failed state before protests erupted in January, inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
After Mohsen’s defection on March 21, Saleh reacted by warning against a “coup” that would lead to civil war and beefed up his personal security for fear of an assassination attempt.
Days later, Mohsen told Reuters that he had no desire to take power or hold office, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life in “tranquility, peace and relaxation far from the problems of politics and the demands of the job.”
The diplomatic cable also indicates that Mohsen would be viewed by the public as an unpalatable successor to Saleh.
"Ali Mohsen would likely face domestic as well as international opposition if he sought the presidency… Yemenis generally view him as cynical and self-interested."
One reason, according to the U.S. ambassador at the time, was because of his side business in smuggling.
"A major beneficiary of diesel smuggling in recent years, he also appears to have amassed a fortune in the smuggling of arms, food staples, and consumer products," his cable said.
Although the opposition welcomed Mohsen’s support earlier this week, they are also wary of his loyalties, which fall along the country’s tribal and ideological fault lines.
Northern Shi’ite rebels see Mohsen as a ruthless military leader who led the military campaign against them in a bloody civil war. Leftists and southerners worry that their goals for democracy will be overtaken in a military power struggle, while the Islamist opposition is thought to view Mohsen more favorably.
More than likely, Krajeski wrote in the cable, Mohsen would try and orchestrate a transition where he could anoint Saleh’s successor: “If he holds true to form, Mohsen would likely prefer to play kingmaker, choosing another loyal military officer to hold the presidency.”
(Reporting by Reed Stevenson)
Attacks on media continue in Bahrain, Yemen, and Iraq - Committee to Protect Journalists
New York, February 17, 2011—Authorities in Bahrain and Yemen have escalated their physical attack on the press in order to censor coverage of spreading anti-government protests, the Committee to protect Journalists said today. Also, in Iraq, at least two journalists were attacked by guards for the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s building, local journalists told CPJ.
"Governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa cannot deny their citizens coverage of these momentous events across the region," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "Local and international media must be allowed to cover the news."
In Bahrain, ABC reporter Miguel Marquez was beaten early Thursday while covering a violent attempt by authorities to clear Lulu Square (Pearl Square) in Manama by what he described as “a gang of thugs.” Marques can be heard shouting “journalist” while being attacked in an audio recording posted on the network’s website. His camera was confiscated.
Several journalists also reported today that Bahraini authorities are barring journalists from entering the country. New York Times columnist Nickolas Kristof tweeted: “Bahrain barring journalists from entry at airport. King Hamad doesn’t want witnesses to his brutality.” Roy Gutman, a foreign desk editor for McClatchy Newspapers, told CPJ that McClatchy reporter Nancy Youssef was denied entry to the country.
In Yemen, photographers and camera operators were targeted today by pro-government supporters at anti-government protests. At least four photojournalists were attacked, beaten, and had their cameras confiscated: Ahmad Ghrasi from Agence France-Presse, Yahya Arhab from the European Pressphoto Agency, Amar Awd from Reuters, and Hasan Wataf from The Associated Press, according to local journalists. Al-Jazeera cameraman Samir al-Namri was beaten and had his camera smashed. Adel Abdel Mughni, a reporter for the Sana’a-based Al-Wahdawi opposition weekly was also attacked and had his camera confiscated, according to Al-Wahdawi. Al-Arabiya cameraman Abd al-Qawi al-Soufi was beaten by pro-government supporters and his camera broken.
In Iraq, Hemin Latif, a journalist working for the Sulaimaniya-based Destur news website, was shot and injured today while covering anti-government protests against unemployment and corruption, Mariwan Hama-Saeed, director of local press freedom group Metro Center, told CPJ. Dozens of protesters attacked the building of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Local journalists told CPJ that the guards for the building shot Latif while he was taking photos. Latif was briefly hospitalized and one of his fingers was broken. Guards also beat Rahman Gharib, who reports for Metro Center and Al-Sumaria News website, while he was covering the demonstration, Gharib told CPJ. He said three men from KDP’s security forces in military uniforms beat him. “I demand an official apology from KDP and an investigation into what had happened,” Gharib said. Two other journalists have been injured, according to the independent biweekly Hawlati. One of them is Alan Mohamed, a photographer with the local photo agency Metrography. The newspaper did not identify the second journalist. Two people were killed and 57 injured in the protests, according to local news reports.
Attacks on media continue across Middle East - Committee to Protect Journalists
New York, February 16, 2011—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the continued assaults on journalists covering anti-government demonstrations in the Middle East. In recent days, journalists have been obstructed, assaulted, or detained in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, and Yemen. Authorities have also slowed down Internet connection and blocked websites, according to local journalists.
"It’s alarming to see Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran, take a page from Egypt and Tunisia to use violence and censorship to stop coverage of political unrest," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "The international community must speak out against these deliberate acts of media obstruction."
Yemen President Takes Marching Orders From U.S. Embassy
Yemen - Yemen President Takes Marching Orders From U.S. Embassy
By Richard Smallteacher, Wikileaks staff 6 February 2011More articles …
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New cables released by Wikileaks show that the Yemeni government held 28 Yemeni citizens in prison on behalf of the United States, despite the fact that a Yemeni government investigation showed that “there was no evidence they were involved in terrorist acts.”
The cable (04SANAA3023), dated December 6, 2004, recounts a meeting between Thomas C. Krajeski, then U.S. ambassador to Yemen and Ali Abdullah Saleh, the current president of Yemen who has ruled the country since 1978. Saleh has been a long time supporter of U.S. policy in the Middle East and the cables provide evidence that he takes his marching orders directly from Washington in return for favors.
"We are waiting for information from you," Saleh was quoted as saying, to decide whether or not to release the 28 suspects for the annual Ramadan amnesty.
In return Saleh asked that the U.S. for a series of favors. “Where is the money for the Army, and what about my spare (F-5) parts?” he is quoted as saying. Saleh also asked the ambassador to convey “his strong desire to visit Washington to personally congratulate President Bush on his reelection and meet with newly appointed senior officials” to talk about “important new developments in the region “that can only be discussed face to face.”
When the ambassador told Saleh that “any meetings with senior U.S. officials would quickly turn to the subject of Yemen’s huge grey market” in small arms and light weapons “that Yemen needs to gain control over.” “I will do it!” Saleh exclaimed, insisting that he was already “cracking down,” according to the cable.
Saleh faces strong opposition in Yemen from a variety of political parties. Like Egypt and Tunisia, his country has seen major protests in the last few weeks, which has forced Saleh to announce that he will step down in 2013.
2011-02-04 Cable illuminates why Yemenis engaged in “Day of Rage” [UPDATE] | WL Central
While Egyptians continue to maintain their uprising against President Hosni Mubarak with a “Day of Departure” today, it is worth looking at what happened in Yemen yesterday. An opposition coalition of Yemenis mobilized in defiance of a plea from President Ali Abdullah Saleh to not protest, rally or engage in any sit-ins, and held their own “Day of Rage.”
The protests were considered to be the largest anti-government demonstration that Saleh has “faced in his 32-year rule.” The Guardian reported protesters chanted, “Together we fight against poverty, corruption and injustice.” Given what has been happening in Egypt, the protesters hoped to mobilize in their Tahrir Square, but the government “beat them” to the Square and sent “hundreds of tribesmen to camp out there overnight.”
Protesters called for Saleh to “form a new government” and “let the Yemeni people decide who will rule them in clean, fair elections.”
WikiLeaks cables released on February 3 reveal why Yemenis might be mounting a revolution. In cable 05SANAA1790 from June 28, 2005, called “Priorities for Washington Visit: Saleh Needs to Be Part of the Solution.” A section on “Democratic Elections” is particularly illuminating:
Saleh touts Yemen as a leader in regional reform and has committed to democratization. Domestically, however, he has run-out of reforms he can implement at no political cost to himself. Increasingly anxious about upcoming Presidential elections, and already preoccupied with succession, it is unlikely Saleh will allow a viable opposition candidate to challenge him in 2006. The visit is an opportunity to pressure Saleh not to amend the constitution so he may run again in 2013 by praising him for bringing Yemen to the point where he can rely on the system in place to produce a legitimate successor. The inducement here might be a public show of support via a greater role in public fora such as the G-8.
The cable points to “significant progress” in the U.S. relationship with Yemen. The progress referred to seems solely contingent on Yemen’s ability to counter “terrorism” or al Qaeda elements in the country:
Significant progress has been made in our relationship with Yemen in the past four years. The ROYG has arrested and tried perpetrators of the USS Cole and VM Limburg attacks, shared GWOT-related information, collaborated in the capture of AQ suspects and helped uncover plots against U.S. and other western interests in Yemen. On the economic and political reform front, Yemen has conducted reasonably free and fair Parliamentary and local council elections, taken an active role in regional and international democratic reform efforts, including BMENA and the Community of Democracies; backed IMF/WB sponsored economic reforms, and committed to seeking MCC membership.
However, it appears the US overlooked the magnitude of poverty and state repression in the country, as there is no prediction on whether the people might rise up in opposition to Saleh.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) membership cited is “a U.S. Government agency that works with developing countries for the promotion of good governance, economic freedom and investment, in this instance, through its Millennium Challenge Threshold Program.” The program has tried for the past five years to award $20 million in grant funding to Yemen but has postponed the award at least twice because Yemen was found to not be meeting a number of “thresholds.”
According to the Center for Global Development, in Fiscal Year 2009, it failed to meet the “threshold” for five of the six “Ruling Justly” categories. It passed the “threshold” for control of corruption but failed the “thresholds” for political rights, civil liberties, government effectiveness, rule of law and voice and accountability.
It failed all six of the “Investing in People” categories: immunization rates, health expenditures, primary education expenditures, girls’ primary education completion, and natural resources management. It passed three “thresholds” in three of the “Economic Freedom” categories—land rights and access, trade policy and inflation—but failed to meet the regulatory quality, business start-up and fiscal policy “thresholds.”
The Center notes, “On November 28, 2005, Yemen became the first country suspended by the MCC for a deterioration in performance, as measured by the indicators.” More than half of a decade later, Yemen is still doing an abysmal job of ruling justly and investing in its people and that is why Yemenis (like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East) are revolting against their government.
For more on cables from Yemen, here is part 2, which looks at US military aid and the Yemen government.
Video of Protests in Yemen
There are three other videos from Yemen at that link too.
Yemen president not to extend term - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Pre-empting mass anti-government protest, Ali Saleh vows not to seek extension and not to pass on the reins to his son.
Now this is what I call a domino effect. w00t!
A comment from Yemeni Anger
Yemen is NEXT. The freedom of Yemeni people movement is coming soon and need all regional and international media support. الثورة اليمنية ضد نظام القهر والجهل والفساد بقيادة علي عبد الله صالح قادة قريبا جدا وهذه الحركة بحاجة الى دعم جميع وسائل الاعلام الاقليمية والدولية.
ارجوكم لا تتركوا الشعب اليمني يموت جميعا خفية عن أعين العالم.