Yemeni journalists are demanding justice after 35 year-old reporter Mohammed Abdu Al-Absi was found to have been poisoned to death during a controversial investigation
Evidence has now come forward proving that journalist Mohammed Abdu al-Absi had been poisoned, leading to his untimely death late last year. Al-Absi was investigating oil companies owned by members of the Houthi leadership, and had also recently published a series of reports with evidence of corrupt government activities in energy and weapons transactions. Given the sudden and mysterious circumstances of al-Absi’s death, family and the Yemeni Journalists Union filed a complaint with the Attorney General, demanding an autopsy of the body. Burial was postponed for nearly three weeks while samples were flown to Jordan for testing. The issued medical report have revealed that the death of 35-year-old al-Absi was a direct result of poisoning.
The journalist died unexpectedly of heart failure on Dec. 20, 2016 while en route to a city hospital. The same night, he had met his cousin for dinner in the capital city. Both al-Basi and his cousin fell ill, vomiting blood. Al-Basi passed away quickly while his cousin survived after being treated in the intensive care unit. Al-Absi was a well-recognized journalist within Yemen, having worked for several political publications and having founded the National Coalition Against the LNG deal in 2010. He also wrote actively on his blog and published a collection of poems titled “a drop when alone, a rain when together” through the Azmena Publishing House in Amman.
“We are troubled by the passing of Mohamed al-Absi in such unclear circumstances and support his family and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate in their demands for a serious and independent investigation in the case as well as an autopsy by a doctor representing the union to clarify the cause of his death,” stated Phillippe Leruth, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Philippe Leruth, who has teamed up with the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) to seek justice on behalf of al-Absi. The Union requested the autopsy be performed by an international committee headed by the Red Cross.
A statement released by the Information Ministry expressed “In the days before his death, the journalist al-Absi, who was working in one of the Ministry’s institutions before the coup, was working on a statistical investigations on serious issues and documents that condemn the coup makers, especially documents related to oil and arms”. Al-Basi had reportedly been exploring suspicions of energy companies operating on the black market. Following his assassination, activists published documents found in his possession that suggested that Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam owns an oil company involved in illegal activities in Houthi-controlled areas of the country.
Al-Absi’s biography on the Gulf Pulse reads “Mohamed Abdu al-Absi is a journalist who was tried in Yemen after the Arab Spring in 2012, by the political wing affiliated with the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. He is an anti-corruption activist, a writer and poet, and founder and president of the alliance to fight illegal government deals”.
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Ever wondered exactly which countries the oil in your region comes from? Well here is the answer.
Last year, the U.S. imported 40 percent of its crude oil. But not as much as you might think comes from the Middle East. Most of it comes from Canada, and a good amount from Africa.
But where your fuel comes from has a lot to do with what part of the country you’re in. To the person standing at the pump, gassing up the ol’ family truckster, it all looks and smells the same when it comes out of the pump nozzle. But it didn’t all start out the same.
Some grades of crude are more difficult to process than others. For example, crude that comes from Canada’s tar sands takes a different process to refine than the type of shale oil found in North Dakota and Texas.
All in all, the U.S. imports about 2.3 million barrels per day from Canada, 2.1 million barrels per day from the Middle East, and 900,000 million barrels per day from Africa. Where that oil ends up depends upon where it makes the most sense to ship. That’s why African oil goes to the East and Gulf coasts, Mexican crude to the Texas and nearby states, and Canadian oil to the Midwest and anywhere else a pipeline can take it.
If it’s approved by the U.S. government, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension could mean pumping 1.5 million gallons per day of Canadian tar sand crude over 1,700 miles to Texas refineries. But the political battle will have to play out completely before the fate of the project is settled.
Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede from the Union. (Reference the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of 1848.)
We Texans love y’all, but we’ll probably have to take action now that Barack Obama has won re-election. We’ll miss you too.
Here is what can happen:
1: Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States, and Texas secedes from the Union in summer of 2013.
2: George W. Bush will become the President of the Republic of Texas . You might not think that he talks too pretty, but we haven’t had another terrorist attack, and the economy was fine until the effects of the Democrats lowering the qualifications for home loans came to roost.
So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?
1. NASA is just south of Houston , Texas . We will control the space industry.
2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States .
3. Defense Industry – we have over 65% of it. The term “Don’t mess with Texas,” will take on a whole new meaning.
4. Oil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. What will the other states do? Gee, we don’t know. Why not ask Obama?
5. Natural Gas – again we have all we need, and it’s too bad about those Northern States. John Kerry and Al Gore will have to figure out a way to keep them warm….
6. Computer Industry – we lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications equipment -small companies like Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Microconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Nortel, Alcatel, etc, etc. The list goes on and on.
7. Medical Care – We have the research centers for cancer research, the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world, as well as other large health centers. The Houston Medical Center alone employees over 65,000 people.
8. We have enough colleges to keep us getting smarter: University of Texas , Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Rice, SMU, University of Dallas , University of Houston , Baylor, UNT ( University of North Texas ), Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the South anyway.
9. We have an intelligent and energetic work force, and it isn’t restricted by a bunch of unions. Here in Texas , it’s a Right to Work State and, therefore, it’s every man and woman for themselves. We just go out and get the job done. And if we don’t like the way one company operates, we get a job somewhere else.
10. We have essential control of the paper, plastics, and insurance industries, etc.
11. In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and several military bases. We don’t have an Army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an Army in 24 hours if we need one. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call the Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over the Texas Rangers.
12. We are totally self-sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs, and several types of grain, fruit and vegetables, and let’s not forget seafood from the Gulf. Also, everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don’t need any food.
13. Three of the ten largest cities in the United States , and twenty- three of the 100 largest cities in the United States , are located in Texas. And Texas also has more land than California , New York , New Jersey , Connecticut , Delaware , Hawaii , Massachusetts , Maryland , Rhode Island and Vermont combined.
14. Trade – Three of the ten largest ports in the United States are located in Texas .
15. We also manufacture cars down here, but we don’t need to. You see, nothing rusts in
Texas, so our vehicles stay beautiful and run well for decades. This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and don’t have.
Now to the rest of the United States under President Obama: Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Obama will be able to drive around in his big 5 mpg SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride bikes.
You won’t have any TV as the Space Center in Houston will cut off satellite communications. You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes, but since Mr. Obama has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas as long as you survive the 2000 years it will take to get enough heat from Global Warming.
The People of Texas
Why are oil prices rising and costs going through the roof? Seems like every time the economy starts to get stronger, oil prices go way up, and then the economy crashes again.