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Monarchs, Emirs, dictators and colonial powers: Any other people wanting to ally with Israel?

Who are those backward leaders who volunteered to guard the existence for future Israel?

After the dictator Saadat of Egypt and the monarch Hussein of Jordan, here come forward the Emir of this a Gulf Emirate to sign a one-sided peace deal with Israel.

حرس الغد الإسرائيلي..

الكوفية والعقال

تتوالى أخبار استسلام الدول العربية،

لا سيما تلك التي لم تحارب لحماية فلسطين ومنع الإسرائيليين من احتلالها واستيطانها وتهويدها بالتدريج، وآخرها، حتى الساعة، دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.

فبين ما نُكب به العرب في هذا العصر أن آبار النفط والغاز التي تفجرت في شبه الجزيرة العربية وسواحلها قد استولدت دولاً من غاز وأخرى من نفط، لا يملك “شيوخها” ما يحمون به أرضهم،

لذلك “لزَّموها” لمن يستطيع استثمار ثروات أرضها وبحرها، مقابل أن يمنحهم لزوم الوجاهة والحضور الدولي والإستعلاء على أخوتهم الفقراء،

الذين كانوا حتى الأمس يتعلمون منهم كيف يعيش أثرياء المصادفة ويتمتعون بما وهبهم الله من نعمه، فأغناهم بعد فقر، وعززهم بعد فاقة وجعلهم ملوكاً وأمراء لهم دول وجيوش وحرس شرف وخدم وحشم، وعلاقات دولية مع “الكبار”، ومطارات فخمة وفسيحة وممتدة في قلب الصحراء لاستقبال ضيوفهم من الملوك والرؤساء وحملة الرسائل العاجلة المنبهة إلى المخاطر.

وها أن دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة التي اصطنعها النفط قد بدأت تمارس سياستها الخاصة وقرارها الخاص، مستقوية بثروتها وقدرتها على توزيع الرشى على “دول القرار”،

وكذلك على إيفاد بعض المرتزقة التي اصطنعت منهم جيشاً بطيران حربي جبار ومدفعية ثقيلة وسفن حربية وزوارق مسلحة، وصواريخ تخترق الفضاءات البعيدة وصولاً إلى أهدافها-مصدر الخطر المحتمل: في اليمن، جنوبا بالأساس، وشمالاً لتأمين الحماية … توكيداً للإدعاء بأنها أرض الأجداد.

ويمكن للشيخ محمد بن زايد أن يدعي أنه بهذا الإعتراف إنما يضمن حق الفلسطينيين في تحرير بلادهم ومساعدتهم مباشرة، بالمال والسلاح عوضاً عن هدر الوقت عبثاً، بينما دولة العدو الإسرائيلي تزداد قوة وقدرة على رفض عروض السلام، حتى لو لامست الإستسلام.

في سابق العصر والأوان، وبعد إقامة دولة الإمارات من تجميع سبع مشيخات صحراوية كان بينها “دبي” التي جعلها شيخها محمد بن راشد مشروع “هونغ كونغ” جديدة، للتبادل تجارة ومعلومات وأسراراً عن دول قاصديها للعمل والإرتزاق.

في سابق العصر والأوان “رحب” العرب بعنوان مصر وسوريا والعراق بالدولة الوليدة، وأسهموا- بشكل أو بآخر- في مساعدة الشيخ زايد على التخلص من شقيقه “شخبوط” الذي كان تولى السلطة، وهو الجاهل بأصول الحكم وبضرورة العلاقات مع الغير لحماية الذات، والذي كان يحتفظ بعائدات النفط في مقعد يجلس عليه ليكون الأعلى بين الحاضرين،

فلما تعاظمت الثروة جعل مقعده كنبة يجلس عليها نهاراً ويمضي ليله فوقها وهو مطمئن إلى أن خيرات أرضه وبحره في أمان.

…ها قد جاء إلى الحكم من يفهم السياسة، ومن يعرف كيف يحمي نفسه وثروة أرضه وبحره، وذلك بطلب الأمان من “الأقوى” و”الاقدر” على التعامل مع أصحاب الثروات الخرافية وتوفير “الحماية” لهم من الأشقاء الطامعين كما من الأصدقاء المحتلين الذين قد يهددون العروش المذهبة بالخطر الشقيق، بوهم اصطناع الغد الأفضل.. كأنما ثمة غد أفضل مما نحن فيه؟

لقد ذهبت “البراءة” مع “زايد الخير”، وجاء الأبناء الذين ينصب اهتمامهم على شراء المستقبل، وتزيين الأرض وتحضيرها بالقصور والحدائق والجامعات (ولو كان طلابها من أبناء رجال الأعمال والموظفين في الدولة الأغنى من أهلها وأهل أهلها وجيرانها مجتمعين)..

لم يبق غير الكوفية والعقال، وقد خلع العرب الفقراء، في المشرق والمغرب، تراث الأجداد، وتركوه ليكون دليل الوجاهة والثروة وحسن الإدارة عند أهل النفط والغاز، الذين باتوا الآن حرس الغد الإسرائيلي.

Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight

It is inevitable: Easy wealth leads underdeveloped countries with non-sustainable institutions into practicing their favourite pastime: war.

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that was decided, supplied and supported by the United States.

It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has quietly built in the desert over the past five years, according to several people currently or formerly involved with the project. The program was once managed by a private company connected to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, but the people involved in the effort said that his role ended several years ago and that it has since been run by the Emirati military.

(A thorough embargo on foodstuff and health provision are denied the civilians in Yemen, by sea, land and air.

Every single infrastructure has been destroyed by daily air bombing, including hospitals and schools)

(You can see the hands of the US in every phase of this genocide pre-emptive war where only thousands of Yemeni babies are dying from famine, malnutrition and lack of medical care)

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At least 32 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Sana, Yemen, in September.
Dozens have been killed in similar bombings over the last six months, carried out by Sunni Islamic extremists targeting mosques where Shiite Yemenis worship. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

The arrival in Yemen of 450 Latin American troops — among them are also Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers — adds to the chaotic stew of government armies, armed tribes, terrorist networks and Yemeni militias currently at war in the country. Earlier this year, a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia, including the United States, began a military campaign in Yemen against Houthi rebels who have pushed the Yemeni government out of the capital, Sana.

It is also a glimpse into the future of war.

Wealthy Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates, have in recent years embraced a more aggressive military strategy throughout the Middle East, trying to rein in the chaos unleashed by the Arab revolutions that began in late 2010.

But these countries wade into the new conflicts — whether in Yemen, Syria or Libya — with militaries that are unused to sustained warfare and populations with generally little interest in military service.

“Mercenaries are an attractive option for rich countries who wish to wage war yet whose citizens may not want to fight,” said Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of “The Modern Mercenary.”

“The private military industry is global now,” said Mr. McFate, adding that the United States essentially “legitimized” the industry with its heavy reliance on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan over more than a decade of war. “Latin American mercenaries are a sign of what’s to come,” he said.

Emirati officials have made a point of recruiting Colombian troops over other Latin American soldiers because they consider the Colombians more battle tested in guerrilla warfare, having spent decades battling gunmen of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the jungles of Colombia.

In addition, a recent United Nations report cited claims that some 400 Eritrean troops might be embedded with the Emirati soldiers in Yemen — something that, if true, could violate a United Nations resolution restricting Eritrean military activities. (Eritrean are fleeing their country and are being picked up for mercenary jobs)

The United States has also been participating in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, providing logistical support, including airborne refueling, to the nations conducting the airstrikes.

The Pentagon has sent a team to Saudi Arabia to provide targeting intelligence to the coalition militaries that is regularly used for the airstrikes. (The US and France have sold weapons to these “wealthy states” in the tens of billions)

The Obama administration has also in recent years approved the sale of billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware from American contractors to the Saudi and Emirati militaries, equipment that is being used in the Yemen conflict.

This month, the administration authorized a $1.29 billion Saudi request for thousands of bombs to replenish stocks that had been depleted by the campaign in Yemen, although American officials say that the bombs would take months to arrive and were not directly tied to the war in Yemen.

The Saudi air campaign has received widespread criticism from human rights groups as being poorly planned and as having launched strikes that indiscriminately kill Yemeni civilians and aid workers in the country.

Last month, Saudi jets struck a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Saada Province in northern Yemen, and in late September the United Nations reported that 2,355 civilians had been killed since the campaign began in March.

On the other side in Yemen is Iran, which over the years has provided financial and military support to the Houthis, the Shiite rebel group fighting the coalition of Saudi-led Sunni nations. (Just rumors spread by the US and its allies who have the monopoly of the media)

The divisions have created the veneer of a sectarian conflict, although Emirati troops in southern Yemen have also been battling members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Sunni terrorist group’s affiliate in Yemen.

Dozens of Emirati special operations troops have died since they arrived in southern Yemen in August. A single rocket attack in early September killed 45, along with several Saudi and Bahrani soldiers.

The presence of the Latin American troops is an official secret in the Emirates, and the government has made no public mention of their deployment to Yemen. Yousef Otaiba, the Emirati ambassador to Washington, declined to comment. A spokesman for United States Central Command, the military headquarters overseeing America’s involvement in the Yemen conflict, also declined to comment.

The Latin American force in the Emirates was originally conceived to carry out mostly domestic missions — guarding pipelines and other sensitive infrastructure and possibly putting down riots in the sprawling camps housing foreign workers in the Emirates — according to corporate documents, American officials and several people involved in the project.

A 2011 intelligence briefing for senior leaders involved in the project listed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Somali pirates and domestic riots as some of the biggest threats to Emirati stability.

The troops were told that they might one day be called for foreign combat missions, but until the deployment to Yemen the only external missions they were given were to provide security on commercial cargo vessels.

Those missions were rare, and soldiers involved in the project describe years of monotony at the desert camp, housed within a sprawling Emirati military base called Zayed Military City. They rise every day at 5 a.m. for exercise and military training — including shooting practice, navigation and riot control. A number of Westerners, including several Americans, live at the camp and serve as trainers for the Latin American troops.

But by late morning the sun burns so hot at the windswept complex that the troops move into air-conditioned classrooms for military instruction.

The troops live in typically austere military barracks, hanging their laundry out the windows to dry in the hot air. There is a common computer room where they can check their email and Facebook pages, but they are not allowed to post photographs on social media sites.

Meals are basic. “It’s the same food all the time, every day,” one member of the project said several weeks ago. “Chicken every single day.”

The Emiratis have spent the equivalent of millions of dollars equipping the unit, from firearms and armored vehicles to communications systems and night vision technology. But Emirati leaders rarely visit the camp. When they do, the troops put on tactical demonstrations, including rappelling from helicopters and driving armored dune buggies.

And yet they stay largely because of the money, receiving salaries ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 a month, compared with approximately $400 a month they would make in Colombia. Those troops who deploy to Yemen will receive an additional $1,000 per week, according to a person involved in the project and a former senior Colombian military officer.

Hundreds of Colombian troops have been trained in the Emirates since the project began in 2010 — so many that the Colombian government once tried to broker an agreement with Emirati officials to stanch the flow headed to the Persian Gulf. Representatives from the two governments met, but an agreement was never signed.

Most of the recruiting of former troops in Colombia is done by Global Enterprises, a Colombian company run by a former special operations commander named Oscar Garcia Batte. Mr. Batte is also co-commander of the brigade of Colombian troops in the Emirates, and is part of the force now deployed in Yemen.

Mr. McFate said that the steady migration of Latin American troops to the Persian Gulf had created a “gun drain” at a time when Latin American countries need soldiers in the battle against drug cartels.

But experts in Colombia said that the promise of making more money fighting for the Emirates — money that the troops send much of home to their families in Colombia — makes it hard to keep soldiers at home.

“These great offers, with good salaries and insurance, got the attention of our best soldiers,” said Jaime Ruiz, the president of Colombia’s Association of Retired Armed Forces Officials.

“Many of them retired from the army and left.”

Old Cosmopolitan Beirut: Before Saudi and Gulf Emirates Real Estates Developers landed

How the Hariri clan (Starting with late Rafic Hariri PM) destroyed Beirut heritage

A string of illegal robbery of Prime Real Estates properties

Those rich emirs wanted a comfortable stay in Beirut that feel very capitalist and a view on the sea.

So their representative in Lebanon, late Rafic Hariri PM, bribed and forced illegal laws to capture Downtown Beirut for pennies and instituted the Solidaire company.

Not only Hariri and his partners in the triumvirate (Nabih Berry and Walid Jumblat) occupied the Downtown but they dumped the sea and created many acres of new prime land.

The proprietors of prime land were given shares. The land is worth over $10 billion, but the shares never increased a dime over the last 30 years. The term of the company was to end 10 years ago, but it was extended another 10 years by the same triumvirate.

Currently, Beirut Downtown is as dead as the desert in Saudi Arabia.

The citizens were chased out from the premises by making the shops and the items too expensive for paying a visit to this cosmopolitan Capital.

Before 1975, Beirut was the hub for all the Lebanese who could find the best quality merchandize at affordable prices in its old souks.

The souks have been razed and demolished to erect skyscrapers that are empty.

Even the Emirs failed to visit Lebanon. Worse, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates are warning their people Not to spend their vacation in Beirut.

Joseph Dergham's photo.
'Beirut Martyrs Square in 1965'
'Beirut Martyrs Square in 2015'

Maroun Ingeatostop destroying your heritage!

Beirut Martyrs Square in 1965 :

Green spaces, Trams, Bus & Taxi Stops, Traditional houses, Tonzim modoni…

All this was illegally destroyed by a well known private company

And replaced by illegal parkings, buildings and water front.

The Zeitouny Bay, Dalieh, Raouche, Ras Beirut, Downtown, the ancient famous souks…

Restore Beirut to whom it belongs!

Youssef Mohammad Al Moussawi's photo.

Attempts to tempt the refugees to seek transfer to Arabic Gulf Emirates?

Those states that funded the terrorist extremist Islamic movements after the Arab Spring?

Gulf states under pressure to take Syrian migrants?

The same Palestinian diaspora process repeated 65 years later?

Rewan Al-Haddad – Avaaz posted:

This image of a Syrian baby lying lifeless on the beach is too heart-breaking to ignore.

But that is precisely what Gulf countries have been doing — refusing to give safe haven to desperate families fleeing war.

The Gulf’s refugee policy is our region’s shame. But now we have a chance to change that.

For years images of dead Syrian babies have covered our screens, but this image has shocked the world, and finally we have a chance to demand Gulf leaders respond with the humanity this crisis deserves.

Turkey has taken 1.8 million, Lebanon 1.2 (much more), and Jordan 600,000 Syrians, but Gulf governments haven’t taken a single refugee in the last 5 years!

The Gulf can do this, but won’t unless enough of us demand it.

Our community has over a million members across the region — if we all tell 10 friends, we could create the biggest Refugee Welcome campaign ever.

With no peace in sight to wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan, Somalia… their choice to board a boat may be the only one they have.

Like millions of others, Baby Aylan’s family was desperate, so much that they were willing to travel all the way to Canada.

Their story is heartbreaking — they could’ve died from chemical attacks or barrel bombs, but instead Aylan and his family died drowning on their journey to safety.

If enough of us speak out, their tragedy can be the spark to help millions of others.

Gulf countries have given millions in humanitarian aid, and without that help, refugees in neighbouring countries would be much worse off. (Money Not going to the displaced people)

But money isn’t enough. Our region can share the burden of giving these families sanctuary.

And if enough of us support their cry for help, no more children need drown in the Mediterranean.

This is about our basic values and humanity. Governments everywhere are hearing the public’s outcry and opening their doors. It’s up to us to make it happen in our region.

Let’s demand that refugees get the safe haven they desperately need

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily shared this link from Katia Saleh

Gulf countries, Europe, you dirty hypocrites, why don’t you bare the consequences of your arms deals!!!? Stop drowning innocent children in the sea!

Alors que les drames des migrants se multiplient aux portes l’Europe, des citoyens des pays du Golfe se mobilisent sur les réseaux sociaux afin que leurs pays…
france24.com

Alors que les drames des migrants se multiplient aux portes l’Europe, des citoyens des pays du Golfe se mobilisent sur les réseaux sociaux afin que leurs pays ouvrent leurs frontières aux réfugiés syriens.

“L’accueil des réfugiés syriens par les pays du Golfe est un devoir”.

Ce hashtag rédigé en arabe est devenu le slogan de ralliement d’un mouvement de jeunes des pays du Golfe sur les réseaux sociaux.

La campagne, qui cherche à interpeller les pouvoirs des pétromonarchies, a été lancée fin août, peu après la découverte d’un camion sur le bord d’une autoroute en Autriche, avec 71 cadavres de Syriens.

Selon un article publié sur le site de la BBC, ce hashtag a été utilisé plus de 33 000 fois sur Twitter au cours de la semaine dernière. Sur la page Facebook du mouvement, ses fondateurs expliquent que les pays du Golfe, en tant que nations arabes et musulmanes, sont plus “légitimes” que l’Europe pour accueillir les Syriens.

Ils rappellent que l’hospitalité est une valeur reconnue en Orient et qu’il faut surtout aider les Syriens au nom de l’islam.

La notion de solidarité islamique a toujours été présente, notamment en Arabie saoudite où des réfugiés politques islamistes avaient été accueillis dans les années 1970.

Deux autres hashtags en arabe sont également apparus : “ouvrez vos portes”, et “l’accueil des réfugiés syriens est une demande populaire “.

Ils ont été créées le jour où le monde entier découvrait horrifié la photo d’Aylan Kurdi, le petit garçon syrien mort sur une plage turque.

Des images choc, le fil twitter correspondant à cette campagne n’en manque pas. Les internautes s’en servent pour accentuer la pression sur les politiques : “au lieu d’inaugurer de nouveaux temples bouddhistes, accueillez les réfugiés syriens”, lance ainsi un internaute aux dirigeants des monarchies du Golfe sous un montage photo juxtaposant des images de l’inauguration et de migrants dans la misère.

“L’Arabie saoudite veut éviter de politiser sa société”

La campagne survient également au terme d’un été marqué par un afflux sans précédent de migrants et par plusieurs drames qui ont suscité l’indignation dans le monde et un vif débat en Europe autour de la question de l’accueil des réfugiés.

Un rapport d’Amnesty international, publié en décembre dernier, révélait que les monarchies du Golfe, Arabie saoudite en tête, n’avaient proposé d’accueillir aucun réfugié syrien.

Comment l’expliquer au vu de leur richesse ?

Dans un éditorial publié dans le magazine américain “Quartz” le 31 août dernier, le journaliste Bobby Ghosh estiment que ces pays devraient avoir honte. Intitulé “Salut l’Arabie saoudite : voilà ce que tu pourrais faire pour aider les réfugiés syriens”, l’article souligne que l’aide financière aux actions humanitaires ne suffit pas. Et qu’il serait d’autant plus logique que l’Arabie saoudite accueille des Syriens que le pays est habitué à gérer un grand nombre de visiteurs, tel que le pèlerinage de la Mecque.

Une position difficile à comprendre quand on sait que la monarchie saoudienne est un soutien déclaré de la rébellion en Syrie.

Seraient-ils rebutés par le système complexe en vigueur dans les monarchies du Golfe, qui exige des travailleurs immigrés qu’ils aient un garant local ?

Stéphane Lacroix, enseignant à l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP) et chercheur au Centre de recherches internationales (Ceri), en doute.

“L’Arabie saoudite a cessé de délivrer des permis de travail aux ressortissants syriens depuis le début de la guerre en 2011”, explique-t-il.

Selon le chercheur, “il y a une dimension politique très importante dans l’attitude des autorités saoudiennes”. “En tant que monarchie sunnite, elle ne pouvait que soutenir la rébellion syrienne, qui, vue du Golfe, a une dimension très communautaire”, remarque-t-il.

“Mais dans le même temps, l’Arabie saoudite veut absolument éviter de politiser sa société : elle craint qu’en accueillant des personnes extérieures politisées elle n’importe du même coup une rhétorique de changement qui contaminerait sa société”, poursuit-il.

Il insiste sur le fait que la décision de soutenir les rebelles syriens dès le début de la crise, soit avant l’afflux de migrants et l’entrée dans le conflit des jihadistes, démontre bien que c’est l’idée révolutionnaire qui effraie.

(As if we need expert European opinions to confirm the obvious in our region)


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