All this had been well planned by the French and the English colonial academia and diplomacies, who knew that all the aforementioned evils needed a mattress of cultural and national disintegration to be embedded upon; the anti-Yemenite conspiracy (part of the anti-Ottoman Empire and anti-Orient scheme) was then implemented through blackmailing, perfidy, vicious ignominy and unprecedented hatred of Yemen’s historical greatness, cultural integrity, and national achievements that are of global dimensions as Yemenites and Aramaeans are the two nations that travelled so extensively that they finally established the trade routes between East and West (throughout the area between Rome, India and China) at the times of the Achaemenian political and military supremacy.
Ancient Yemen was inhabited by a Semitic nation whose descendents are the modern Yemenites, and the modern Abyssinians, the ruling minority of the Tigray and Amhara tribes, whose ancestors had left Yemen and settled on the Red Sea African coastland in the 1st millennium BCE. The affinities between Ancient Yemenite and Gueze (Ancient Abyssinian) are such (in both levels, linguistic and scriptural) that thanks to the latter (language of the Axumite Abyssinian Christian Liturgy) we deciphered the former.
Organized in various states, Sheba, Qataban, Himyar, Awsan, Hadhramawt and other smaller, the Ancient Yemenites colonized the East African coast from the Horn of Africa area down to the area of today’s Darussalam in Tanzania already since the last centuries BCE. Divided they warred against one another, not always to the common profit, and many times they cooperated with one another.
The great diversity of Yemen’s landscape turned the inhabitants of the various states to different occupations; some established great hydraulic installations, works and dams to sustain and improve the agricultural production; others were involved into trade across the desert routes to either the Mediterranean or the Persian Gulf; and others studied the meteorological conditions of the Indian Ocean sailing and turned the West coast of India, the Eastern African coast in the South of the Horn of Africa, and the coastland of today’s Yemen and Oman into a lake of mercantile solidarity.
- A Yemenite Queen
- A Yemeni archaeologist team has discovered a mosaic statue of a women sitting on a throne with here chest engraved with Musnad letters.
The Arabs were located in Hedjaz, between Yemen’s northernmost confines and the southern boundaries of the Aramaean Nabataean state of Rekem (Petra) in today’s southern Jordan and NW Saudi Arabia. At the times of the Periplus of the Red Sea (second half of the 1st century CE) we know that the Arabs were nomadic, barbaric and uncivilized, if compared with the settled, cultured and highly civilized Yemenites. Under any circumstances, any element of civilization, culture, scripture and language, art and religion among the Arabs has always been diffused under Aramaean impact.
Following a brief Abyssinian incursion, which was carried out in order to support the Anti-Iranian geopolitical decision of the Eastern Roman Empire, Yemen was occupied by the Sassanid Empire Iran at the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th centuries CE. A great part of the Yemenite population had accepted Nestorian Christianity whereas others were attached to traditional forms of Yemenite religion that had similarities with the Aramaean, Phoenician and Babylonian religions. There were many Jews in Yemen and for long (particularly after the destruction of Jerusalem); and there were many Yemenites who adopted Judaism — like the Aramaeans of Samaria of the times of Jesus. Finally, there were few Yemenites who, following an alliance with the Yemenite origin Axumite Abyssinian king Kaleb, who invaded Yemen, accepted the opposite version of Christianity that Constantinople and Rome denoted as Monophysitic pejoratively.
It was to Iran-occupied Yemen that Prophet Muhammad’s gender and Islam’s first Imam and fourth Caliph, Ali, travelled and preached, already two years before Prophet Muhammad died (630 CE). Not only most of the Yemenites accepted Islam but even the Persian satrap Badhan adhered to the new religion that appeared at the time as a sort of radical Nestorianism. And as the Yemenite Nestorian cathedrals were transformed into mosques, the last Yemenite Nestorians were met ca. 600 years later by Marco Polo on the Socotra island — known among the Greek and Roman speaking nations of the Mediterranean as Dioscouridou island.
My intention here is not to present a brief historical overview of the Yemenite History. I want merely to stress that, contrarily to other lands that have been invaded militarily and annexed to the early Caliphate, Yemen was never invaded by Muslim armies. Arabs did not set foot and seldom crossed Yemen. Yemenites, ethnically, were not Arabs; and they remained such after the diffusion of Islam.
However, over the long ages of Islamic Political History of Yemen, participation in the Caliphate alternated with independent political power and kingdoms. Contrarily to Islamic sultanates and Christian kingdoms, Yemen had her own (Islamic) Queen, Arwa who ruled (1067-1138) longer than England’s Victoria and opposed foreign armies, envoys and decoys more efficiently than Catherine of Russia. This culture has never existed among Arabs.
Over the centuries, and without losing their cultural integrity and national identity, the Muslim Yemenites, due to the adhesion to Islam, gradually adopted Arabic language and some of them started forgetting their language that in some cases fell in desuetude.
This contributed to the confusion — of the others. Taking a Yemenite for an Arab became common place for people in China, India, Africa and the Mediterranean during the Islamic Ages. Furthermore, the Yemenites contributed to this confusion because they were fluent in Arabic, and they thus promoted the image of a fake “Arab” throughout the trade routes between Eastern Mediterranean and China.
In fact, the Arabs never had the slightest inclination to maritime activities; in more than 90% of the cases we find a reference to an Arab sailor of the Islamic times, we can be sure that he was a Yemenite. Yemenite settlers across the Indian Ocean perpetuated the false impression — as they were constantly taken as “Arabs”. But the truth was different.
Still, several descendent forms of the Ancient Yemenite language have endured under bilingualism — in parallel with the religious and official language that was Arabic. Mehri and Soqotri are today spoken by ca. 1 million people, despite the Pan-Arabist regime’s lies about the former. In fact, before 200 years, Mehri and other linguistic derivatives of the Ancient Yemenite were spoken by ca. 40% of the entire Yemenite population.
From the first moment the English colonials set foot in Aden, they launched their campaign against Yemen. They defamed the Mahra sultanate and portrayed it as alien to the Ottoman authorities in Sanaa. They tried to detach the “Northern” from the “Southern” Yemenites, establish differences among them, even introducing these totally fake terms.
To deepen the distance between the modern Yemenites and their past, they minimized and degraded the Ancient Yemenite Heritage, denigrating it as “South Arabian”.
The term is a fallacy geared by the Anglo-French criminal colonial academia in order to further confuse today’s Yemenites and make them believe that they are “Arabs”.
Then, the evil military, who rule Yemen thanks to colonial support (the US merely replaced the colonial powers in this, despite the existing American anti-colonial past, because the political establishment of Washington has been hijacked by London and the European Freemasonic capital in the second half of the 19th century), got the “advice” to further “arabize” (common practice throughout Ottoman territories illegally detached and colonized by the Anglo-French), thus persecuting the most authentic form of Yemenite culture, heritage and integrity.
To first complete the evil arabization project of Aden, while plunging Mahra into poverty and impotence, and then attach to South Yemen an impotent and indifferent Mahra, they English convinced the gullible authorities of the Sultanate that their interests do not coincide with those of Aden in 1960. Only to let them merge in 1967! The Soviet presence in South Yemen was most welcome for the British because the Soviet authorities, imposing centralized governments and concepts, would — naively enough — contribute to the final English colonial targets.
All this helps understand why now the butcher of Sanaa, Ali Abdallah Saleh, presiding over few gangsters, kills Shia populations in the North, closes down newspapers, persecutes Mahra and the entire Hadhramawt, disregards the development chances of the South, pressurizes to advance the ongoing arabization projects, and keeps the Yemenite youth in absolute darkness about the greatness of Ancient and Islamic Yemen.
All that is allowed by the criminal US- UK — French ambassadors at Sanaa is the mere repetition of the Western colonial dogmas and Greco-Romano-centric fallacies, the total degradation of the National Yemenite Heritage, the radicalization scheme (geared to push the Yemenites and others deep in the trap of the Islamic extremism — another colonial fabrication), the renunciation from Najran (whereby subjugated Yemenites are being persecuted by the Saudi Arabian pestilence), and the evil, anti-Yemenite policy of eradication of Mehri and Suqutri.
To save Yemen, one must combine socioeconomic autonomy, political federalism, full re-Yemenitization of Yemen’s National History, and imposition of Mehri as primary national language for Yemen. It’s not Sharia law that will disturb the Western colonials; it will be the full re-assertion of the National Yemenite Heritage and full restoration of the Cultural Yemenite Integrity.
I republish herewith two recent reports released by ANHRI and IRIN that testify to different aspects of Yemen’s socioeconomic and political disintegration.
Yemeni Press and Journalists Are in Danger
Confiscating seven independent newspapers and arresting the editor of a news-website
By the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
Cairo, May 6th 2009
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) strongly condemned the rising police action taken by the Yemeni authorities against several independent newspapers and journalists. The last action was confiscating seven newspapers in two days, and the arrest of the journalist Fuad Rashid, the owner and publisher of www.mukallapress.com. The confiscation orders came after coverage on the protests in the southern parts of Yemen and criticism of the way the Yemeni government responded to the problems in the South were published.
The Yemeni security forces have confiscated more than 15 thousands copies of Amasdar newspaper and 50 thousand copies of ’AlAyam newspaper. More over, the printing houses stopped printing 6 newspapers after an order was issued by the information ministry specifically, the general manager of press affairs. They also withdrew all the newspapers copies from the distribution outlets. The newspapers prevented from printing are: Almasdar, Alayam, Addyar, Alnedaa, Alsharee and Almostaqella. All the printed copies of those newspapers have been withdrawn off the markets. Despite the fact that the unjust illegal governmental decision did not include Alayam newspaper, the police confiscated it and surrounded its headquarter in the city of Aden, and randomly opened fire to terrorize journalists.
In the evening of May 4th 2009, the security officers arrested Fuad Rashid, the owner and publisher of al-Mukalla press website, who lives in the city of Mukalla in Hadramoot province and took him to an unknown location. The police campaign against the Yemeni press and journalists came a few days after the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared he was upset at those whom he described as “the separatists of the south”.
«Shame on the Yemeni government to take advantage of world preoccupation with the current swine flu crisis to suppress the press freedoms and confiscate newspapers», ANHRI said. «The only solution to the problems of the South is through the dialogue and avoiding the origin of the problems and not through muzzling the press and terrorizing journalists», ANHRI added.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information strongly condemns the confiscation and prosecution approach adopted by the Yemeni government against the press and journalists in Yemen. At the same time the network demands the Yemeni government to immediately stop such policies as they are deeply detrimental to Yemen and the Yemeni government as it puts the country in the first ranks of the most hostile countries to freedoms of expression and the press.
The confiscated newspapers in Yemen are:
Mukalla, 10 May 2009 (IRIN) — A disease which kills date palm trees, on which thousands of people depend for a living, has returned to Hadhramaut Governorate in southern Yemen.
Khalid Saleh, 55, could not believe his eyes when he saw his smallholding in Doan District (some 250 km north of Mukalla) hit yet again by the dubas bug.
In the past the disease ravaged date palms in his village leaving dozens of trees dead and spoiling the date crop for the following three years. «In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the date crop was severely damaged by dubas and consequently many people in my village went bankrupt», Saleh said.
«The reappearance of the disease means we’ll get a poor crop. We celebrated when heavy rain washed the trees and we thought the disease had been wiped out.»
Ommatissus binotatus lybicus De Berg, or date palm dubas, is caused by an insect which absorbs the plant’s natural juices and exudes a sticky liquid, which gradually spreads and in the worst cases engulfs the whole tree, which then dies.
Saleh Ahmed is the head of Wadi Gozah Agricultural Association, an NGO working to maintain date palms in Doan District (250 km north of Mukalla), and a member of the local council. He told IRIN that when the disease reappeared in his village, he immediately informed the Centre for Agricultural Research (CAR) in Mukalla which carries out spraying campaigns, but he was stunned by their reply.
«They told us that they didn’t have money and when they got it they would start spraying. The disease has spread wildly and they haven’t come yet», he said.
Ahmed has warned that many people in Doan District are threatened by bankruptcy. «Selling dates is a life-line for poor farmers; others get work tending to the trees. This year, they may fall on hard times again», he said, adding that farmers were no longer interested in planting palm trees.
Mohammed Hubaishan, a CAR entomologist responsible for spraying campaigns, told IRIN that lack of cash was hampering the CAR.
Hubaishan said the disease had struck to varying degrees in different parts of the governorate, with Doan, Al-Duais, Al-Shargiah, Qusiar and Hadhramaut Valley worst affected. Hundreds of thousands of palm trees already had the disease in the valley.
Hundreds of tonnes of the crop were afflicted by the sticky substance in the last couple of years … and packing factories were paying lower and lower prices.
According to Hubaishan, there are no precise statistics but he believes the number of trees affected could be millions, and that thousands of livelihoods are at risk.