Houthis are on the way of helping their Iranian masters in establishing Shiite Caliphate in Yemen, which may be followed by emergence of many such caliphates in a number of the Middle Eastern and Arab nations.
Several years ago, the entire world was terrified at the sudden rise of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq under the leadership of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Then we started feeling worried at Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s evil desire of establishing Ottoman Caliphate. But now, Iranian regime has succeeded in mobilizing its proxies and mercenaries in the Middle Eastern nations with the evil desire of establishing and spreading Shiite Caliphate, where people would not be allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights.
According to Saleh Baidhani, an Arab Weekly contributor based in Sana’a, Yemeni activists have launched a counter-offensive to celebrate Yemeni music in defiance of the decision by the Houthi militias to ban music and songs at social functions in the areas under their control, based on religious fatwas criminalizing popular art in a practice similar to that of Islamic State (ISIS) extremists.
Saleh Baidhani wrote in an article titled ‘Houthis borrow a page of ISIS fanaticism as they ban song and music in Sana’a’: The Yemeni ministry of information, culture and tourism joined the activists’ campaign and announced the adoption of the first of July of each year as Yemen’s Song Day.
The ministry called for celebrations on this day in Yemeni governorates. It also invited “artists, poets, writers, journalists, broadcasters, activists and all groups of people in all governorates to participate in the celebration of the Yemeni Song Day … with the aim of promoting Yemeni culture and Yemeni heritage.”
Commenting on the campaign launched by Yemeni activists, the Yemeni government’s Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Muammar al-Eryani tweeted, “In response to the initiative launched by a number of artists, intellectuals and activists, in order to strengthen the Yemeni identity and protect Yemeni heritage and art, in the face of the fierce campaign waged by the Houthi militias against art, the ministry of information, culture and tourism, announces that July 1 of every year will be celebrated as Yemen’s Song Day.”
During the past few days, Yemeni journalists and intellectuals posted on social media a copy of an official document by the Houthi authorities, containing instructions that prevent male and female artists from attending weddings and other social functions held in Sana’a and other areas under the control of the Iran-backed militias.
The document issued by the Houthi governor of Sana’a, Abdul Basit al-Hadi, confirmed that directives were issued to heads of directorates and local councils to “curtail the phenomenon of artists and artists performing at events and weddings by promoting Quranic awareness within the community.”
The decision is just part of measures and practices enforced by the Houthi militias in their areas of control, which include the closure of public places, such as cafes and restaurants, detention and arrest of activists and artists on moral charges and restricting artistic and creative activities, through measures that Yemeni media and activists likened to ISIS practices in Iraq and Syria during the period of the extremist group’s control of large swathes of the two Middle East countries.
The representative of the Yemeni House of Representatives Ahmed Seif Hashid, said that “when singing is prohibited in Sana’a, this means that Sana’a is no longer the capital of all Yemenis.
“It is the right of citizens in other regions and indeed in all of Yemen, to resist the group’s project, which seeks to snuff out pluralism and diversity and impose its presence by force on everyone,” Hashid said in a post on his official Facebook account.
He added, “What happens from time to time in trying to impose the group’s prohibitions reflects persistent attempts to impose this obscurantist project by force, in a way that intimidates all Yemenis and makes them more terrified of this group’s future intentions.
“This adds to this group’s catastrophic failure in building the state and achieving citizen rights and to its drive to eliminate political and intellectual pluralism.”
The anti-Houthi Yemeni MP considered that the decision to ban singing is “an intense expression of economic and political failure” that will end “in abysmal failure at all levels.”
Talking to The Arab Weekly about the reasons for the Houthi cultural and social measures, Yemeni writer and poet Ahmed Abbas said that they go back to the cultural and ideological roots of the Houthis, who are no less fundamentalist and fanatical than other groups known for their cultural totalitarianism, such as ISIS and the Taliban.
Abbas pointed out that there are other reasons that may explain the Houthi behaviour, including their’ desire to divert the attention of Yemeni society, especially the youth, in the areas under Houthi control towards the norms of behaviour sought by the group’s cultural and media machine. This seeks to transform young people into human bombs by brainwashing them into joining the Houthi war project under fallacious concepts of sacrifice and religious devotion.
Abbas pointed out that recently Yemenis, especially young people, in Houthi-controlled areas have shown increasing aversion to Houthi-held events such as the so-called “cultural courses”. This rejection may explain the Houthis’ growing concern that young people may be attracted to song and music that are part of Yemen’s authentic cultural legacy heritage.
Yemen has recently seen a wave of departures by contemporary Yemeni singers, especially from the younger generation, who have left the Houthi-controlled areas and emigrated outside Yemen, to flee the restrictions imposed by the militant group.
Taking the remarks of Yemeni writer and poet Ahmed Abbas, we should feel worried about the existence of Houthis is Yemen as, it is a Islamic State or Taliban prototype outfit. It also considers Iran as its leader and has been obediently implementing Tehran’s nefarious desire of spreading terrorism within the region with the unholy agenda of unseating rulers in the Arab nations.
It may be mentioned here that, Houthis were designated as terrorist entity by the Donald Trump administration, while this designation was lifted by Joe Biden and his team. Unless President Joe Biden reverses his decision and re-designated Houthis as terrorist outfit and stop all possible sources for Houthis in getting cash and weapons, Houthis, as well as other pro-Iranian terror outfits such as Hamas and Hezbollah will ultimately emerge as the greatest threats to global peace. And of course, Joe Biden and members of his administration, including Kamala Harris will be held responsible for patronizing these terrorist entities.
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