[Marxism] Still more US and Gulf support to Syrian jihadists!

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Sun Aug 17 18:49:14 MDT 2014


Kuwait strips 10 people and top cleric of citizenship
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/kuwait-strips-10-people-top-cleric-citizenship

Aug. 11, 2014 12:16 PM EDT
•    Kuwait pulls cleric from TV for sectarian comments
•    Kuwait announces $500 million pledge to Syria

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait revoked the citizenship of 10 people on Monday 
including an influential young sheik who has openly criticized the 
government of **bowing to pressure from Washington to clamp down on 
financial assistance to Syrian rebels.**
Just last week, the **U.S. sanctioned three Kuwaitis it said helped 
finance terrorist groups** and urged its ally to do more to stem such 
financing.
A few days before that, the Gulf country stripped five critics of their 
citizenship in what appears to be part of a larger crackdown on dissent 
that casts a net on both suspected financiers of extremist groups and 
people calling for political reform.
Human Rights Watch over the weekend criticized the Kuwaiti government's 
decision to strip citizens of their nationality, and called on 
authorities to "drop this malign policy."
"No government has the right to strip away its people's citizenship 
simply because it disapproves of them, their opinions, or their 
actions," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director. 
"This is yet another downward step in Kuwait's assault on the right to 
free speech."
The official Kuwait News Agency reported the Cabinet's latest decision, 
which said that the 10 had been naturalized citizens but failed to meet 
requirements for the status. The Cabinet statement did not list the 
names of the people whose citizenship was revoked and did not specify 
which requirements for naturalization they had failed to meet.
Sheik Nabil al-Awadi, however, confirmed on Twitter that he was among 
those affected and wrote, "To God we belong, and to God we will return" 
along with a video about how good can come from hardship.
Al-Awadi, who has nearly 4.5 million followers on Twitter, is part of a 
collective of religious Sunnis in the Gulf who raise funds for Syria. He 
has advocated for supporting Sunni rebels and foreign jihadi fighters in 
Syria battling President Bashar Assad's Shiite-backed forces.
Two of the men sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly 
helping finance al-Qaida **and the Islamic Front** (so the US even 
sanctions people for supplying the Islamic Front! - MK) in Syria and 
Iraq have close ties to al-Awadi.
Washington called on its Western Gulf ally to do more to curb the 
financing of such groups, and the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S. 
responded last week by saying that his country is committed to fighting 
terrorism.
In a recent interview on television, al-Awadi said he was under mounting 
pressure from the Kuwaiti government to stop collecting even 
humanitarian aid for Syria, but said that money is still finding its way 
through back channels




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