Leaked Diplomatic Cable Reveals Saudi Arabia Was Aware of Sri Lanka Easter Bombings 5 Days Before They Occurred

Published in a recent exclusive by a Lebanese news outlet known as Alahed News is a copy of a diplomatic memo sent from Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdul Nasser al-Harethi. Dated April 16th 2019, five days before the Sri Lanken Easter Massacre which killed over 300 and injured 500 more, the cable specifically tells al-Harethi to inform all Saudia Arabian staff in the region to “avoid crowded and public places on Easter” – perhaps indicating that Saudi Arabia had previous knowledge indicating an attack that day was immanent.

Interestingly enough, the man whom went on to lead the terror attack on Easter Sunday, Zahran Hashim, has since been found by Sri Lanken authorities to have prior links to the Saudi Arabian government – making the memo’s release that much more suspicious.

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Translated into english, the letter reads:

Urgent – Top Secret                                                            

His Excellency Ambassador Abdul Nasser bin Hussein al-Harethi

You should carry out the following measures immediately:

First: You should delete all documents, computer data and latest correspondence with domestic and foreign members and groups, in addition to imposing a curfew for the embassy personnel unless it is necessary

Second:  You should inform all those related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including counselors, security forces and intelligence during the three coming days, especially on the Christian Easter Day, to avoid presence in public and crowded places namely churches

Third: You should send written news about the Sri Lankan authorities and their viewpoints regularly to this ministry

Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf

Foreign Minister

Saudi Cargo Ship Departs from European Ports Loaded w/ Weapons & Munitions Destined for Yemen

(AI) – Reacting to the onward voyage of the Saudi Arabian state shipping company’s vessel, the Bahri Yanbu, from the Spanish port of Santander this afternoon, Ara Marcen Naval, Deputy Director for Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said:

Laden with arms that will likely be used in the war in Yemen, the Bahri Yanbu has been bouncing off European ports like a pinball. After loading up with Belgian munitions in Antwerp, it has visited or attempted to visit ports in the UK, France and now Spain, and is due to dock at the Italian port of Genoa later this week. This is a serious test of EU countries’ resolve to uphold their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and EU Common Position on Arms Exports. Several states have failed this test in the space of just a few days.

No EU state should be making the deadly decision to authorize the transfer or transit of arms to a conflict where there is a clear risk they will be used in war crimes and other serious violations of international law.

The Bahri Yanbu’s voyage reminds us that states prefer to allow the lucrative global arms trade to continue to operate behind a veil of secrecy. But this veil is not impenetrable, and Amnesty International and its partners will continue to closely monitor developments and denounce states for flouting their international legal obligations.

Background

In Yemen, the Saudi Arabia/UAE-led Coalition has used arms imports to contribute to thousands of civilian deaths and injuries, including as a result of attacks that violated international humanitarian law. This has exacerbated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, where 2.2 million people have been displaced and 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Read More – The War In Yemen, The Media’s Forgotten War: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/

According to the EU’s reporting on arms exports, EU member states issued at least 607 licences worth over 15.8 billion euros to Saudi Arabia in 2016. The main European exporters of conventional arms to Saudi Arabia include the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria. Between 2013 and 2018, Saudi Arabia accounted for nearly half of the UK’s and a third of Belgium’s arms exports. Other countries – including Germany, the Netherlands and Norway – have started to restrict weapons sales to the Saudi and UAE-led coalition.

According to a published export schedule for Saudi Arabian state-owned shipping vessels, the Bahri Yanbu set sail from Corpus Christi, USA on 2 April 2019, destined for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It then called at several other US ports and one Canadian port before crossing the Atlantic and stopping in Germany, Belgium and the UK in early May.

On 3 May, it was reportedly loaded with six containers of Belgian-manufactured munitions at Antwerp, before continuing on to France. It was due to dock at the French port of Le Havre to receive additional arms on 8 May, but following legal action by French NGOs and increased public scrutiny, it continued its voyage without stopping in France, and made an unscheduled stop at Santander in northern Spain on 12-13 May. Its next scheduled port of call is in Genoa, Italy, now expected on or after 18 May.

Read More – The Yemen Papers, Classified Documents from French MoD Published Online: https://roguemedia.co/?s=yemen+papers&x=13&y=12

Amnesty International activists in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy have been monitoring the Bahri Yanbu’s voyage around Europe. The activists have joined protests and co-authored a letter to the Spanish authorities to call on them not to authorize its transit through Spanish waters. The organization will highlight the apparent ATT and EU Common Position violations at a 17 May meeting of the European Council’s Working Party on Conventional Arms Exports.

Saudi Weapons Export Schedule – April to May 2019:

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This report was originally published by Amnesty International on May 15th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits and PDF’s added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Trump Revokes US Signature from Global Arms Trade Treaty, Which Bans The Sale of Arms/Munitions Into Known Conflict Areas

Less than 2 weeks after vetoing a resolution from US Congress that would ban the sale of weapons and munitions to Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump announced that he would be ending the United States membership as a signatory to the the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty of 2014. According to the UN, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was first established with the intent of reducing “human suffering caused by illegal and irresponsible arms transfers” by enforcing “common standards for the international trade of conventional weapons” and thus reducing “illicit arms trade” around the world. To date, the treaty has signatories in 130 countries worldwide – 129 after the removal of the US’s signature today.

Though disappointing, the move should come as no surprise. Under Commander In Chief Donald Trump US led bombing have increased worldwide, the DoD’s budget has increased at a rate greater than the combined defense budget of Russia every year annually since Donald Trump assumed office and the President has only continued to increase arm sales/transfers to countries actively engaged in armed conflict since 2016, including tp countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Emirates – whom have each been sold billions of dollars worth of military equipment individually under Donald Trump.

Donald Trump did his best to spin his decision today as an attempt to protect American’s Second Amendment rights domestically here in the United States, even though the intent of the treaty itself has absolutely nothing to do with that – instead focusing on the movement of arms into known areas conflict or War around the world. Nonetheless, you can see Trumps full speech justifying his decision today via the video provided below.

Trumps Speech, Removing US Signature from ATT:

Full Treaty Text: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/att/text

Browse Treaty:

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The Yemen Papers: Classified Military Documents from French MoD Published Online

Earlier this morning, April 15th 2019, a non-Governmental Organization (NGO) going by the name of Disclose released a small cache of classified military documents outlining the French Governments role in the Yemen Civil War and the tragedy currently unfolding there. Officially entitled “The Yemen Papers” and comprising of 15 pages of classified material, the leaked documents outline France’s role in providing weapons and munitions to Saudi Forces and the United Arab Emirates for use in Yemen, whom have then turned around and used these weapons in countless War Crimes in the country.

In addition to publishing the documents, which have been consolidated and reloaded through this site to be accessible/browse-able to the public, Disclose has also set up an interactive website called “Made-In-France” to give readers more perspective on the leaked documents and the circumstances surrounding them – including the documentation of War Crimes carried out in and around the country over the course of the last several years. Both the website and leaks are world class, so I have made accessing them easy – see the information directly below.

Made In France – Yemen Papers Release: https://made-in-france.disclose.ngo/en/chapter/yemen-papers

Download/Own Yemen Papers Docs: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Yemen-Papers.pdf

As was previously explained by Julian Assange in 2017, following the release of other classified documents known as The Yemen Files, “Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day. In addition, Yemen borders Saudi Arabia (to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea, through which another 20% of the world’s petroleum passes from the Strait of Hormuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks to control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by by Iran along the Strait of Hormuz or by countries which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea.

Adding that “the Yemen Files offer documentary evidence of the US arming, training and funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the war. The documents reveal, among other things, procurement of many different weapon types: aircraft, vessels, vehicles, proposals for maritime border security control and Yemeni procurement of US biometric systems.” Similarly, the documents released today outline the true extent to which France has gone about arming different militant groups/factions currently fighting in the Yemen Civil War.

Learn More – The Yemen Files (11/25/2017): https://wikileaks.org/yemen-files/document/

Browse Yemen Papers Release 4/25/2019:

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As was also reported by Amnesty International earlier today,

“These leaked documents provide clear evidence that French military equipment supplied to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is being widely used in the conflict in Yemen. Despite overwhelming evidence, Western arms supplied to the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led Coalition are being used to commit or facilitate possible war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, states such as France have shamelessly flouted their international obligations by continuing to supply arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in violation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Amnesty International’s repeated calls on the French Ministry of Defence to be transparent about French arms transfers since the conflict began have fallen on deaf ears. The information made public today should spur the French government to immediately suspend all arms transfers that could be used by any of the warring parties in Yemen – once and for all.”

Amnesty International has previously published an investigative report entitled “When Arms Go Astray,” outlining the destruction caused by US and European weapons shipments into Yemen at the hands of UAE and Saudi forces.

Read Full Investigation – When Arms Go Astray: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/

As Amnesty International is also quick to point out, more than a quarter of a million people have signed Amnesty International’s petition calling on their governments to immediately stop arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Sign The Petition Here: https://www.amnesty.fr/controle-des-armes/petitions/yemen-stop-aux-ventes-darmes-francaises

You can also learn more about the situation in Yemen and other international efforts to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia and UAE through the links/resources provided below.

Rogue Media Labs – Yemen Results: https://roguemedia.co/?s=Yemen&x=0&y=0

Learn More – Court Rules Criminal Complaint Against UK Parliament for Arming Saudi Arabia In Yemen Civil War Can Move Forward: https://roguemedia.co/2019/04/10/court-rules-criminal-complaint-against-uk-parliament-for-arming-saudi-arabia-in-yemen-civil-war-can-move-forward/

 

Court Rules Criminal Complaint Against UK Parliament for Arming Saudi Arabia In Yemen Civil War Can Move Forward

(HRW) – Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and RW UK intervened in a court case beginning today that is challenging the United Kingdom’s continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. The case is being heard by the Court of Appeal for three days starting on April 9, 2019.

Copy of Criminal Case Against UK: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/supporting_resources/ngos_challenge_saudi_arms_sale.pdf

The landmark case, brought by the UK-based Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), seeks to establish that the UK government is breaking its own arms export licensing criteria by continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, given the clear risk that the weapons would be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen. The High Court in London dismissed the case in 2017, but the Campaign Against Arms Trade won the right to appeal, and the three groups, along with Oxfam, again received permission to intervene.

The UK government says it has very rigorous arms controls, yet weapons continue to be sold to Saudi Arabia despite considerable evidence of Saudi-led coalition abuses in Yemen,” said Clive Baldwin, senior legal adviser at Human Rights Watch. “This case is a key opportunity to make sure that the UK rules on arms sales are being properly applied to Saudi Arabia.” The three organizations are intervening to address the meaning of the term “clear risk” of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which governs when arms sales should not take place. They also intend to set out the importance for the UK government and other decision-makers to take into consideration research and reports on the abuses in the war in Yemen by the United Nations and by nongovernmental groups.

Since the coalition began its aerial campaign in Yemen in March 2015, the UK has licensed at least £4.7 billion (US$6.1 billion) worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch researchers have regularly visited Yemen and documented the use of weapons, including weapons made in the UK, in strikes that appeared to be unlawful. The UN, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Yemeni rights groups have repeatedly documented unlawful attacks by the coalition that have hit homes, markets, schools, and hospitals, and killed and wounded many civilians.

Since 2016, Human Rights Watch has called for all countries to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the Saudi-led coalition ends its unlawful attacks and credibly investigates those that have already occurred. A growing number of European countries have halted sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.

The organizations are represented by Deighton Pierce Glynn, Jemima Stratford QC, Nikolaus Grubeck and Anthony Jones.

Browse Full Case:

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US Senate Launches Prob Into Rick Perry/Department of Energy for Sharing De-Classified Nuclear Research & Technology with Saudi Arabia

Browsing through the news today I discovered that members of the US Senate have officially opened up an investigation into Rick Perry, the current US Secretary of Defense, over his correspondences with Saudi Arabian diplomats following the death of Jamal Khashoggi. More specifically, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) are seeking to uncover whether or not Perry’s correspondence with Saudia Arabian diplomats violated the terms of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 – in part prohibiting the disclosure of certain nuclear technologies with foreign governments.

While Perry remains adamant that no “nuclear enrichment data” was shared with Saudi Arabia and his communications with the Saudi Kingdom was approved under something called Part 810 Approvals, his communications with Saudi diplomats were kept secret from US Congress nonetheless – hence the Congressional probe here today. The two Senators are seeking answers to the following questions, and have given Secretary Perry until the 10th of April to respond:

1) What are the specific contents of the Part 810 authorizations? What do the authorizations allow U.S. companies to engage in?

2) What are the nonproliferation risks associated with these authorizations?

3) What negotiations has the Department engaged in with Saudi Arabia? How did these negotiations lead to the development of the authorizations?

4) What was the interagency process behind the authorizations? How were the approvals coordinated?

5) Which companies received approval for preliminary work under the Part 810 authorizations?

6)Why did the companies seeking approval ask the Department of Energy to keep the approvals secret?

Learn More – Part 810 Approvals: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/migrated/nnsa/2017/11/f45/Guidance_to_the_Revised_Part_810_Regulation.pdf
Full Text – Atomic Energy Act of 1954: https://legcounsel.house.gov/Comps/Atomic%20Energy%20Act%20Of%201954.pdf
Download Copy of Letter: https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/fe03d717-6e2a-4620-ada1-318f1f32ae1b/75E6CE0BC4E70289AC1379389EC24869.2019-4-2-mr.pdf

Browse Letter:

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Pakistani Journalists/Activists Whom Publicly Expressed Support for Slain Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi To Be Investigated by Pakistan’s Cybercrime Division

Last night I came across an interesting piece of information from Pakistan, a copy of a letter from the the Federal Investigation Agency, Cybercrime division, informing its recipients that they are all being investigated for publicly expressing support for slain Saudi dissident/Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi during Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to Islamabad, Pakistan in February 2019. Sent to 6 journalists and 4 different political parties earlier this month, the letter informs its recipients that the Government of Pakistan is now officially investigating the incident, and asks for all involved to privately/confidentially submit their enquires/correspondences to the FIA for review.

As was explained by Middle East Eye yesterday, March 28th 2019, the journalists and political activists are being investigated for launching a coordinated social media campaign that conveyed disrespect to the Presidents guest; Mohammad Bin Salman – a guest who also visited to sure up a $20 billion dollar investment package with Pakistan. Regardless, the aforementioned journalists refuse to stand for allowing their freedom of speech and expression to come under such heavy scrutiny, and have leaked the letter below to serve as proof of the injustices of their government.

Download Copy of Letter: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PK_Warning.png

Copy of Letter:

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Exclusive: Understanding What’s Happening Inside Sudan from Those Currently Living Through The Revolution

Over the course of the last several days and weeks I’ve been blessed to find many new friends from all corners of the world, all working together to raise awareness on behalf of the people of Sudan and help them in their quest for freedom. For the purposes of this article I’d like to draw attention to three recent developments in the world of online activism and journalism. The first is a live a report on the ground inside Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum as the protests and brutalities continue. The second is the transcript of an interview I recently held with a Sudanese politician currently sanctioned on Omar al-Bashir’s national “Blacklist” and lastly are all the most recent developments surrounding #OpSudan as the international fight against Omar al-Bashir’s Government continues.

Part 1

The first part of this article is a live report on the ground from inside Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum, from the same source whom has leaked me information on two separate occasions throughout the past. His updates highlight the violent crackdowns against Sudanese students and protesters alike, which seemingly continue to worsen by the day:

Image may contain: ‎1 person, ‎text that says '‎مستهر القل ماذال راس �ي رصاص قنص اليوم واعتنالات ضرب‎'‎‎
Translation:The Killing Continues. Today sniper shot in the head. Hit and arrests.

I was sent the original video of the following clips, but for the safety of my contact can not provide it. Instead, here is the video republished by other sources on social media:

Part 2

In the second part of this article I would like to feature a recent conversation I had with a political activist living inside Sudan whom has been fighting for regime change for many years now. While I will keep their identity “Anonymous,” the source below is currently on a no-fly list – essentially sanctioned/blacklisted by the Government of Bashir. I bring attention to our exchange because I think it paints an extremely unique and accurate depiction of the events leading up to the 2018/2019 Sudanese revolution, as well as the state of mind of the people behind it.

What you should know about the situation inside Sudan is that Omar al-Bashir has begun running out of options. In fact, Bashir has now become so far backed into a corner that hes begun selling his soul to anyone willing to buy. For example, Bashir has recently sold land, territory and islands to Egypt to raise money. He is also currently offering infantry units/soldiers to Saudi Arabia in Yemen in exchange for Saudi Arabia’s continued protection of him in Sudan. He has also outsourced hundreds of millions of dollars in mining contracts to foreign countries including China and the Philippians just to raise enough money to finance his own Government.

In summery, the people of Sudan are outraged because, despite soaring poverty rates and a severe lack of resources, Bashir only continues to steal more wealth away from the country by outsourcing jobs, resources and contracts to foreign countries/governments – every single one of which takes away from Sudanese citizens and/or businesses. Not only is Bashir sabotaging his own economy by doing so, but on top of this he’s personally financing a War Effort in Yemen whilst also spending millions more to hire foreign contractors just spy on and hack his own citizens. This is all time, money and resources spent in vein, to the direct detriment of the people of Sudan. Consequentially, this is why so many people are demanding his resignation and have begun revolting against him in 2018/2019.

Transcript w/ Anonymous Journalist:

Me: Bashir knows it’s over
It took Kabila how many years to step down?
In DRC
So Bashir will take time
Certainly not in 2019, but 2020

The UK already offered to pardon him for his war crimes and he still hasn’t stepped down

Me: Yeah, the ICC is a joke

he’s replaced his old cabinet with new ones and said the marshal law will last a year long, while the government crackdown on civilians and their movements has only grown.

Me: Russia pulled it’s signature from Rome Statute b/c even they know the ICC is just a power play, all they do is persecute African nations, as if the UK or US have no blood on their hands for all their Wars
I told Interpol I was going to try and arrest al-Sisi
When he came here to nyc
Was a stunt, but something did come from it, hold on

Source: https://roguemedia.co/2018/11/05/france-issues-arrest-warrants-for-senior-level-officials-of-assad-regime-in-syria/

It’s complete bureaucracy tbh I mean Omar al-Bashir has been travelling a lot lately and while Sudan is sanctioned because of his actions, countries that welcome him don’t receive these sanctions

He’s proved his authority over the ICC by travelling to Qatar, Saudi, UAE and a few other countries within the past few months

Me: What’s the other side of the story?
How many supports does Bashir have?
Like does 50% of the country support him? 15%, 5%

The case against Bashir isn’t the fact whether people want him or not but the human rights violations he’s committed in his reign
currently its less than 20% that is, while the true percentage remains unkown because people going to his rallies receive transportation, food, funding and welfare.
He’s also added several protesters on the no fly list including me :joy:
which is weird since he should want us to leave.

Me: I know Sudan is allied with Russia, that is essentially allied with Qatar, Syria, Palestine

Sudan is allied with malaysia and China as well.

Me: But UAE and Saudi Arabia are different allies

UAE and Saudi are allied with Sudan because Sudan sends soldiers to the front-lines in Yemen
we’re fighting their dirty war.

While china and Malaysia monopolize Sudan’s resources.

Me: China exploits Africa, they build construction in Ethiopia like gran Renaissance Dam, mine Ghana, mine everywhere
China sees so much potential in Africa but steal all the money from Africans
Money and jobs

yup. I mean its capatilism after all, if it wasn’t china, it would be the US or russia

Me: Can you send me information on this? Sudan soldiers in Yemen
I would greatly appreciate

Sudan isn’t that great either, since most of the south’s instability is Due to the north.
Sure thing.

There’s even a video
of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed
with Omer Al bashir
saying that “Sudan has helped us in the war in yemen by Sending us soldiers who we are proud to say are on the front lines of the war”

Me: If you can please send all that and more
I never heard any of that

Video of Bashir’s statements below

Me: No problem, if you can, could you send some articles on bashir use of military in Yemen or abroad, news sources or stories from inside the country

since Saudi and Egypt starting giving up protesters to Bashir
Our news doesn’t cover that But I’ll get you some credible sources from global news
our news is controlled by his regime so it only covers stuff everyone knows or fabricated stories

Me: I was actually hoping to see you here, you have any proof or articles of bashir hiring UAE or Saudi Arabia to spy on people in Sudan

Yes

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181230-nyt-child-troops-from-sudan-used-in-saudi-war-in-yemen/

https://globalnews.ca/news/4818523/yemen-saudi-sudan-child-soldiers/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-sudan-saudi/sudan-says-committed-to-yemen-military-campaign-weeks-after-signaling-doubts-idUSKCN1IP1HO

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181219-despite-sending-troops-bashir-reiterates-sudan-support-for-political-solution-in-yemen/

Me: Why is Sudan in Yemen, I’ve seen Somalians executed at sea, fleeing Yemen after they left Somalia for a better life. Dozens executed in boats at sea, just slaughtered, is Sudan in Yemen as a way of protecting against refugees from Somalia?

according to H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, commonly known as MBZ or MbZ, who is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces the Sudanese offered to fight in the frontlines so it wasn’t something requested by the Arab League.

The interview was dated 2 years ago and posted on the local broadcast television of respective countries, since then more news began to surface in online publications

Me: But what’s the end game? Sudan doesn’t even border Yemen. They have so few resources why finance a war effort like that?
Trying to impress Muslim ranks or something?

Sudan has always played both sides politically with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, The Sudanese President even went as far as appointed a Saudi National as one of his lead councils. Regularly visiting Qatar, Saudi and recently even having President Erdogan visit Sudan.

I think the president is just pupiteered by personal interest and security.
Turkey has already supposedly bought an island a few months ago which is on Sudanese soil, while Sudan gave up part of a bordering territory to Egypt since Egypt has been the one governing that territory its only in recent years have they realized about this issue. The main import/export port in Port Sudan was licensed to a Filipino company who will manage it.

I know but I don’t see how that could work.
The major issue has always been between the Sunni and Shia Muslims not within the Sunni Muslims themselves and as of right now its an issue of containing the Arab spring.
Look at Tunisia for example
Or Algeria

Me: What is Sudan’s top export? I was going to say Qatar and Saudi are on two sides of the war

Sudans Exports are Arabic Gum and its the worlds 2nd largest African exporter of gold.

Me: And they sold gold mining to Philippines?

they sold the port that deals with all the import and exports
so now all the profits go to a philipino company.
we also have uranium, but cant find resources for it

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/sudan-to-cooperate-with-china-in-uranium-projects-3474566

Me: I was telling you about China in Ethiopia and Ghana.
Modern economic imperialism

www.wise-uranium.org/upafr.html
this website is blocked idk why
New Uranium Mining Projects – Africa
www.wise-uranium.org/upafr.html
Russia and China consider joint exploitation of uranium deposits in Africa …… In Sudan, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Brinkley …
‎Botswana · ‎Central African Rep. · ‎Congo, Dem. Rep. · ‎Egypt

People also search for
uranium in africa map
wise uranium
goviex uranium
uranium price per gram
areva
african country with rich uranium deposits

Me: I think I am getting the framework of my next article

idk how you can write that much :ok_hand: but its good reads

The meeting “discussed the opening of investment in uranium after consultations with the security authorities,” Alsir said.
Alsir didn’t elaborate on foreign partners that the government consider to mine the nuclear fuel in Sudan and under which conditions. Sudan does not have the needed technology to develop this industry. this is from an article in

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64929

Part 3

In this last part of the article I would like to draw attention to recent developments surrounding #OpSudan, an international hacking campaign designed to interfere with Omar al-Bashir and his Government by any means necessary. Most recently, over the course of the last 36 hours or so, “Al1ne3737” of the international hacking group known as “Pryzraky” has released a series of hacks and leaks effecting 3 Government agencies, 3 public universities and 1 public oil refinery.

The first round of hacks/leaks on February 28th didn’t necessarily reveal too much personal information. Rather, Al1ne3737 simply just leaked the vulnerabilities and point of failures attached to each website allowing hackers to grain remote access to it. The second round of hacks on March 1st however revealed much more personal information, including the names, email addresses and passwords of hundreds of registered users affiliated with each site, also allowing for hackers to gain administrators level access over each website.
Targets 2/28/2019:

National Council of Medical Specialties: hxxps://reg.smsb.gov.sd/
National Blood Transfusion Agency: hxxp://www.nbtc.gov.sd/
Ministry of Urban Planning: hxxp://khplan.gov.sd/

Raw Data Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/H51uJFDq
Targets 3/01/2019:

Alsharg Alahlia College:A hxxp://www.alshargahlia.edu.sd/
University of The Fasher: hxxp://fashir.edu.sd/
Mashreq University: hxxp://mashreq.edu.sd/
Obied Refinery Co. LTD: hxxp://www.orc.sd/

Raw Data Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/3d8DVr1c
Data Download (16.89 KB): https://anonfile.com/T8ie31v1b7/_OpSudanDates_txt

https://twitter.com/al1ne3737/status/1101030143382966272

https://twitter.com/al1ne3737/status/1101435243997859841

Year In Review: State of Human Rights In North Africa & Middle East 2018 – 2019

(AI) – On February 26th 2019, Amnesty International released their newest investigative report entitled “Human Right In The Middle East & North Africa.” The 77 page document highlights the state of human rights, current affairs and political issues, events and debates throughout the geographic areas of the Middle East and North Africa. More specifically, Amnesty’s report highlights the state of affairs in 17 countries during the calendar year of 2018, including Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Israel and Palestine.

More Information – Review of Report: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/02/human-rights-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-2018/
Download Full 77 Page Report Here: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE0194332019ENGLISH.PDF

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Understanding How/Why Non-Governmental Organizations Worldwide are Increasingly Coming Under Attack from Their Governments

(AI) – Governments across the world are increasingly attacking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by creating laws that subject them and their staff to surveillance, nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles and the ever-present threat of imprisonment, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

Entitled “Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations,” the report reveals the startling number of countries that are using bullying techniques and repressive regulations to prevent NGOs from doing their vital work. The report lists 50 countries worldwide where anti-NGO laws have been implemented or are in the pipeline.

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We documented how an increasing number of governments are placing unreasonable restrictions and barriers on NGOs, preventing them from carrying out crucial work,” said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “In many countries, organizations who dare to speak out for human rights are being bullied into silence. Groups of people who come together to defend and demand human rights are facing growing barriers to working freely and safely. Silencing them and preventing their work has consequences for everyone.

In the past two years alone, almost 40 pieces of legislation that interfere with the right to association and are designed to hamper the work of civil society organizations have been put in place or are in the works around the world. These laws commonly include implementing ludicrous registration processes for organizations, monitoring their work, restricting their sources of resources and, in many cases, shutting them down if they don’t adhere to the unreasonable requirements imposed on them.

A global problem

In October 2018, Pakistan’s Ministry of the Interior rejected registration applications from 18 international NGOs, and dismissed their subsequent appeals, without giving a reason.

NGOs in Belarus are subjected to strict state supervision. Working for those NGOs whose registration request is rejected (often arbitrarily) is a criminal offence.

In Saudi Arabia, the government can deny licenses to new organizations and disband them if they are deemed to be “harming national unity.” This has affected human rights groups, including women’s human rights groups, who have not been able to register and operate freely in the country.

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In Egypt, organizations that receive funding from abroad need to comply with stringent and arbitrary regulations. This has led many human rights defenders being banned from travel, having their assets frozen and prosecuted. Some could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of receiving foreign funding.

Amnesty International’s offices around the world have also come under attack. From India to Hungary, authorities have abused our staff, raided their offices and frozen their assets in a further escalation of their attack on local organizations,” said Kumi Naidoo.

Locked up for failing to comply

Many countries, such as Azerbaijan, China and Russia, have introduced further registration and reporting requirements for NGOs. Failure to comply means imprisonment, a punishment Azerbaijani human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, interviewed for the report, knows all too well. “I was arrested in connection with activism and demonstrations carried out with my Human Rights Club,” said Rasul, who was released from prison in 2016, after being detained for over a year. “This created an awful atmosphere. Those not arrested or investigated had to close their organizations or stop their projects. Many left Azerbaijan to work abroad.

This restrictive regulation means NGOs are under constant scrutiny by the authorities. In China, new legislation tightly controls the work of NGOs from registration and reporting to banking, hiring requirements and fundraising.

In Russia, the government has labelled NGOs who receive foreign funding “foreign agents” – a term synonymous with “spy,” “traitor” and “enemy of the state.” The government applies this legislation so broadly that even an organization supporting people with diabetes was heavily fined, put on the “foreign agents” register and forced to close in October 2018. Medical, environmental and women’s groups have also come under fire.

Ripple effect

The repressive policies of the Russian government have caused a ripple effect reaching several other countries. In Hungary, a number of NGOs are being forced to label themselves as “foreign funded” as the government seeks to discredit their work and turn the general public against them. Organizations failing to comply with these rules face high fines and ultimately the suspension of their activities. Organizations working in support of migrants and refugees have been purposefully targeted and their staff harassed after a new set of laws were passed in June 2018.

We don’t know what is going to happen to us and other organizations, and what laws will be passed next,” said Aron Demeter, from Amnesty International Hungary. “Several members of our staff have been subjected to online trolling, abuse and threats of violence. Some venues refused to host our events and there were schools that refused to hold human rights education activities for fear of repercussions.

In some countries, the attack on NGOs is particularly targeted against organizations that defend the rights of marginalized groups. Those promoting women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTI rights, the rights of migrants and refugees and environmental groups are among the worst affected.

No one should be criminalized for standing up for human rights. World leaders should be aiming to guarantee equality and ensure people in their countries have better working conditions, proper health care, access to education and adequate housing – not targeting those who demand them,” said Kumi Naidoo. “Human rights defenders are committed to creating a better world for everyone. We’re not going to give up the fight, because we know how important this work is. World leaders reiterated their commitment to provide a safe environment for human rights defenders at the UN Headquarters in December 2018 during the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on HRDs. They must now ensure it becomes a reality.

Restrictive laws are also seen in many other countries, even those regarded as more open to civil society such as the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA. According to CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists, Amnesty International’s report has come at a pivotal time. “This report is timely given the proliferation of restrictions on the legitimate work of civil society organisations,” said Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer from CIVICUS. “By shining a spotlight on the challenges, those who support civil society and human rights values can help stem the tide.

Amnesty’s Full 54 Page Report:

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Notes to editors: Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizationsis the third report in a series of publications from Amnesty International’s Brave campaign documenting the global crackdown on those who defend and promote human rights. Amnesty International’s Brave campaign aims to strengthen the recognition and protection of human rights defenders around the world.


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Understanding How The Global Arms Trade Leads To UAE War Crimes In Yemen

(AI) – An open source investigation published by Amnesty International today highlights a growing danger in Yemen’s conflict as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recklessly arms militias with a range of advanced weaponry. The investigation, “When arms go astray: Yemen’s deadly new threat of arms diversion to militias,”shows how the UAE has become a major conduit for armoured vehicles, mortar systems, rifles, pistols, and machine guns – which are being illicitly diverted to unaccountable militias accused of war crimes and other serious violations.

Full Research Presentation via Shorthand: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/

While the USA, the UK, France and other European states have rightly been criticized for supplying arms to Coalition forces, and Iran has been implicated in sending arms to the Huthis, a deadly new threat is emerging. Yemen is quickly becoming a safe haven for UAE-backed militias that are largely unaccountable,” said Patrick Wilcken, Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “Emirati forces receive billions of dollars’ worth of arms from Western states and others, only to siphon them off to militias in Yemen that answer to no-one and are known to be committing war crimes. The proliferation of these fighting forces is a recipe for disaster for Yemeni civilians who have already been killed in their thousands, while millions more are on the brink of famine as a direct result of the war.

The armed groups on the receiving end of these dodgy arms deals, including “The Giants,” the Security Belt and Elite Forces, are trained and funded by the UAE but are not accountable to any government. Some of them stand accused of war crimes, including during the recent offensive on the port city of Hodeidah and in the UAE-backed network of secret prisons in southern Yemen.

States Supplying Arms To UAE

According to publicly available data, since the outbreak of the Yemeni conflict in March 2015, Western states have supplied the UAE with at least US $3.5 billion worth of arms. Among them are heavy conventional weapons – including aircraft and ships – small arms, light weapons and associated parts and ammunition. Despite the serious violations attributed to the UAE and militias it backs, the following states have recently supplied the Emiratis with arms: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Germany, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA, among others.

Amnesty International analysed open-source evidence around the battle for Hodeidah and found that military vehicles and weapons supplied to the UAE are now widely in use by militias on the ground. A wide variety of US-supplied armoured vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns, including M-ATV, Caiman and MaxxPro models, have been documented in the hands of UAE-backed militias Security Belt, Shabwani elite forces and “The Giants.

Belgian Minimi light machine guns, also likely sold to the UAE, are being deployed by “The Giants.” Other weapons used by UAE-allied militias in Hodeidah include Serbian-made Zastava MO2 Coyote machine guns and the Agrab armoured-truck-mounted Singaporean 120mm mortar system – the UAE is the only country known to purchase this combined weapon system.

Read More – The Hodeidah Offensive: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/#group-hodeidah-offensive-3d5xqrhJxd

Elsewhere in Yemen, the UAE has directly trained and funded militias including the Security Belt and Elite Forces, which operate a shadowy network of secret prisons known as “black sites.Amnesty International and others have previously documented these forces’ role in enforced disappearances and other violations at these facilities – including detention at gunpoint, torture with electric shocks, waterboarding, hanging from the ceiling, sexual humiliation, prolonged solitary confinement, squalid conditions and inadequate food and water.

The UAE-backed militias running these black sites wield Bulgarian rifles and drive US armoured vehicles.

Read More – UAE Detention Facilities: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/#group-detention-facilities-lbS06e1oz6

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Violating the Arms Trade Treaty

Many of the states that continue to supply arms to the UAE are party to the global Arms Trade Treaty. Some have other legal obligations as EU members or under domestic laws not to transfer arms being used to commit war crimes. By persisting in transferring arms to the UAE, despite overwhelming evidence those arms are being used in war crimes and other serious violations in Yemen, they are flouting these obligations.

Amnesty International calls on all states to stop supplying arms to all parties to the conflict in Yemen until there is no longer a substantial risk that such equipment would be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway have recently announced suspending arms transfers to the UAE.

As the next round of peace talks on Yemen’s conflict looms, arms-supplying states need to reflect hard on how their arms transfers are continuing to directly and indirectly fuel war crimes and other serious violations. The proliferation of unaccountable, UAE-backed militias is worsening the humanitarian crisis and posing a growing threat to the civilian population,” said Patrick Wilcken. “Only a handful of countries have done the right thing and stopped the conveyor belt of arms to the Yemen’s devastating conflict. Others must follow in their footsteps or they will share responsibility for the devastating toll these billions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers are wreaking on civilians in Yemen.

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Columbia University Files FOIA Lawsuit Against US Government Over Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

According to a press release from the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, researchers are filing a joint Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Lawsuit against the the US Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Department of Justice, Office of The Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and US Department of State. They are essentially seeking the immediate release of any and all records pertaining to Jamal Khasgoggi, in order to determine if the US intelligence community derelicted their duty to inform Khashoggi of the risks he faced entering into the Saudi consulate before his murder.

Columbia University is attempting to argue that the US intelligence community and/or different agencies affiliated with the US Government had a “duty to warn Khashoggi what he was up against, as well as any threats to his life, liberty or persons. According to their release, “U.S. intelligence agencies are obligated to inform potential victims of a kidnapping or murder if the agencies become aware of such a threat in the course of collecting or acquiring intelligence. Prior to Khashoggi’s murder U.S. intelligence reportedly intercepted communications in which Saudi agents discussed plans to kidnap him and forcibly return him to Saudi Arabia.

As fate would have it though, as the entire world is now aware, on October 2nd 2018, a team dispatched by the Saudi government assassinated Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Moreover, according to the CIA’s own analysis, it is now believed that the assassins acted at the behalf of none other than Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself.

As Columbia University argues in the complaint provided below, “under Intelligence Community Directive 191, when an Intelligence agency aquires information indicating an impending threat of intentional killing, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping directed at a person, it must warn the intended victim or those responsible for protecting the intended victim as appropriate.” Therefore, “the US Government must explain what it knew of the threats to Khasgoggi before his killing, and what, if anything, it did to warn him of the threat.

The Knight Institute’s lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 18th 2018, seeking the following records:

1.) All procedures or guidance for determining whether to warn, or for delivering a warning to, an intended victim or those responsible for protecting the intended victim, pursuant to Directive 191;5
2.) All records concerning the duty to warn under Directive 191 as it relates to Jamal Khashoggi, including any records relating to
duty to warn actions taken with respect to him.
3.) All records concerning any “issue aris[ing] among IC elements” regarding a determination to warn Jamal Khashoggi or waive the duty to warn requirement, or regarding the method for communicating threat information to him. See Directive 191, § G.1.

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