Tawakkol Karman 32, is a Yemeni woman journalist and chairperson of Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC). She is one of the leaders of the mass anti-government movement in Yemen. She has been ignored by the so-called ‘civilized West’press because she is ‘different’ from the western brainwashed apologetic Zionist Western media ‘darlings’ like Irshad Manji, the Canadian lesbian Muslim reformer or former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somalia-born anti-Islam neocon.
Tawakkol Karman is proud of her faith, wears Hijab and hates to be an apologetic Muslimah. Could she be another ’Islamist’ like Safynaz Kazen, the Egyptian Muslim journalist or Professor Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who lost to Dr. Ahmadinejad in June 2009 election or Zainab Al-Ghazali, the Egyptian women’s right activist? Only future will tell. Tawakkol Karman, mother of three, was warned by President Ali Abdullah Saleh (now living in exile in Saudi Arabia) through her brother that if she doesn’t control herself, she will be killed.
Tawakkol Karman, in her column published in British daily Guardian (April 8, 2011) wrote:” We are in the first stage of change in our country, and the feeling among the revolutionaries is that the people of Yemen will find solutions for our problems once the regime has gone, because the regime itself is the cause of most of them. A new Yemen awaits us, with a better future for all. We are not blind to reality, but the fact is that the revolution has created social tranquillity across the country as the people put their differences to one side and tackle the main issue together – no mean feat, given that there are an estimated 70m weapons in Yemen (21 million Yemenis on an average own three guns per person)”.
However, she also showed her lack of world politics and the Judeo-Christian agenda against Muslim world. She appealed to the two anti-Muslim colonial powers, the US and EU, for help.
“I call on the United States and the European Union to tell Saleh that he must leave now, in response to the demands of his people. They should end all support for his regime, especially that which is used to crush peaceful opposition – tear gas canisters have “Made in America” on them. They should freeze the Saleh family’s assets and those of Saleh’s henchmen and return them to the people,” she wrote.
Both the US and Israel may be forced to accept a new regime in Yemen – but like in Tunisia and Egypt – they would like the new regime to be a continuation of Saleh’s submission to US-Israel. Israel-Firster Sen. Joe Lieberman had made that clear last year.
Washington, on behlaf of Israel, have been creating fear of Tehran among its neighboring countries since the collapse of USSR influence in the region in 1990. Yemen’s Bab el-Mandab site, is very important strategically to Israel, China and Iran. The site, between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea connects the Red Sea with Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Oil and other exports from the Persian Gulf must pass through Bab el-Mandab before entering the Suez Canal. A very good reason for US/NATO to petrol the waters and control oil supply to China and protect Israel from its hostile neighbors.