Portraying the modern Ansarullah movement as a straight-forward reaction to secular republicanism as the former President Ali Abdallah Saleh often did during his presidency, ignores that Zaydi revivalism emerged in the early 90s in opposition to the growth of Salafi-Wahhabi ideology. Far from being against the republican state, Ansarullah has always been supportive of the Republic, maintaining instead that the 1962 Revolution remains unfinished and incomplete.
Yemen is an ancient country that empires throughout history, including the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, and British have attempted to dominate for its strategic position as the naval gateway to the trading networks of the Indian Ocean. Prior to WW1 Yemen was occupied by two empires, British and Ottoman, the former would be overthrown by a national liberation movement led by South Yemeni socialists, while the Saudis would attempts to fill the power vacuum left by the defeat of the latter, meeting stiff Zaydi resistance.
Up until 1990 Yemen was divided into two countries: North Yemen, which regained its independence as the Zaydi Imamate following the defeat of the Ottoman empire in World War I; and South Yemen, which was occupied by Britain in 1874 and would only gain its independence from Britain in 1967, as a Socialist republic called the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen.
The genocidal war on Yemen is not getting the coverage it deserves. Syria gets attention because demonizing the central government is crucial towards hiding support for the armed war against it, whereas Yemen doesn’t because there is no possible way to spin the war other than as Saudi Arabia telling the people of Yemen, “unless you accept a President we’ve chosen for Yemen, you will face genocide”.
Two books came out in 1902 about imperialism, one by an Indian nationalist writer Dadhabhai Naoroji, another by John A. Hobson. The books are, 'Poverty and Un-British Rule' & 'Imperialism: A Study'. Who did the western Left choose to get their opposition to imperialism from? Whose theoretical language did they adopt?
What began as a unifying social movement against the corrupt ruling class of their time, the Quraysh of Mecca, tragically culminated in the murder of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was murdered along with his family members and supporters…
A Russian IL-20 aircraft was shot down 35 km off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean sea killing fifteen service personnel. The Russian military has now released a statement claiming it was friendly fire from a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile but blames "Israel" for putting its aircraft in danger with their random air-raids.
Yemen should be making headline news globally for the sheer brutality inflicted upon its people. A month ago, the Saudis bombed a bus murdering 29 school children in Hodeida with a missile manufactured by weapons corporation Lockheed Martin that many Australian universities invest in and partner with….
On the 24th of July I arrived in Pyongyang in a travelling party with five others, including Dr Tim Anderson, lecturer in Political Economy at USyd. At the jet bridge we were greeted by Tammam Suleiman, who used to be the Syrian Ambassador to Australia, but who now serves as the Syrian Ambassador to DPR Korea. What follows is not an academic account that takes into consideration every aspect of the country, but simply what I saw in a thousand words…