The reading sessions of the Arabic translation of the EIR Special Report “The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge” have developed into national events attended by ministers, universities, poets, intellectuals, businesses, civil society organisations, and the most prominent national and international mass media outlets every week in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. All this happens while the Anglo-American-Saudi bombardment of the city and invasion of south of the country never ceased. These events are organized by The Advisory Office for Coordination with BRICS, which is headed by Fouad Al-Ghaffari. 1000 copies of the report were printed last week for distribution among institutions and individual citizens.
Dr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Muqalih, Chairman of the Yemeni Center for Strategic Studies and Research, who is also one of Yemen’s best-known poets and novelists, receives a copy of the EIR report.
On May 10, the 8th session was held to read Part 3 of the Report, “China: Silk Road to Development and Peace”, and was attended and addressed by acting Minister of Communications Mr. Muslih Muhsin Al-Azir. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Yemeni Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Dr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Muqalih, who is also one of the best-known Yemeni poets and novelists, and another prominent poet, Al-Gharbi Amran. Copies of the freshly printed report were presented as gifts to some of the prominent guests. A large banner, featuring the report’s cover page, the map of the WLB from the back cover, and a portrait of President Xi Jinping adorned the background banner of the meeting.
The meeting was also addressed (through video) by Hussein Askary, co-author of the EIRreport and translator of the Arabic version, who explained the Chinese role in the New Silk Road, which according to Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Chairwoman of the Schiller Institute and New Silk Road Lady, is “history’s greatest peace and development project”.
EIR’s Hussein Askary addressing the May 10th event via video.
Askary explained the history of the joint Schiller Institute/Chinese efforts to promote and build this project since at least 1996. He also explained the three main pillars of the Confucius-based Chinese philosophy behind the New Silk Road: Love, Harmony, and mutual benefits. And that these are diametrically opposite to the current, destructive and inhuman Anglo-American system.
Acting Minister Al-Azir lauded the historical ties between Yemen and China that extend from the pre-Islamic period (pre-6th century AD), and the Chinese support for the people of Yemen since in the republican revolution of September 26, 1962, and for supporting all aspects of development which every individual Yemeni citizen felt their impact on their lives, especially the Sanaa-Hudaida highway. Al-Azir also stressed the importance of enhancing the good relations with the People’s Republic of China, and praised the role played by the Advisory Board for Coordination with BRICS for improving Yemen’s relations with the friendly nations, such as China.
Chairman of the Advisory Office for Coordination with the BRICS in Yemen, Fouad Al-Ghaffari, addressing the event
On May 9, the Advisory Office had held a joint event in the University of Sanaa and its affiliated center for strategic research to sign a protocol of cooperation on the New Silk Road report and other research related to it.
Previous reading sessions dealt with the physical economic ideas of Lyndon LaRouche included in Part 2, “Metrics of Progress”. Following the discussion of the importance of nuclear power, the Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy, Dr. Hareth Al-Amri stated that the Yemeni government should revive its nuclear power program which was abandoned in the 1990s.
Media coverage of these events has been constant, and the interest in the New Silk Road and connection Yemen to both the Economic Belt of the New Silk Road and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road has been awakened massively in the country, both through the understanding of the importance of these ideas and visions for the reconstruction of Yemen after the ongoing devastating war, in which Saudi warplanes, powered by American and British weapons focused on destroying the basic infrastructure and whatever industries that existed in order to force the people to kneel in front of the might of the Anglo-Empire. But that did not happen. These activities have also become a source of hope for the people of Yemen who are paying a heavy price for this satanic geopolitical war. At the moment negotiations are under way in Kuwait between the Sanaa-based national forces, and the Saudi-backed government-in-exile under the auspices of the United Nations. The Russian-Chinese efforts to put an end to the war in Syria, and rebuild the country, are also felt in Kuwait. The different parties are being pressured from all sides to end the fighting and restore the political process which was progressing well, before the Saudis sabotaged it in March-April 2015.
Whatever the outcome of these negotiations, and whichever government is eventually established, it will have to take into consideration that the ideas embedded in the EIR Special Report, and the visions the Yemenis are creating from their reading of these ideas, will have to be the real basis for rebuilding the country and bringing peace and development to its current and future generations. China and Russia have to contribute to these vision with the their support and leverage, because the fate of Yemen will have a great impact on the way the New Silk Road Peace project will take.