TWITTER POLL: US right to designate Houthis as terror group

TWITTER POLL: US right to designate Houthis as terror group
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Sunday that the Trump administration will blacklist the Houthi militia on Jan. 19. (File/AFP)
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Updated 13 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: US right to designate Houthis as terror group

TWITTER POLL: US right to designate Houthis as terror group

DUBAI: The US was right to designate the Houthi militia as a terrorist group the respondents to an Arab News Twitter poll said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the US planned to blacklist the Iran-backed group this month and place a number of its leaders on terror lists.

And an overwhelming 84.5 percent of the 627 who voted in the Arab News poll said they agreed with the decision.

The Secretary General of the GCC Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf described America’s move as “a necessary step that is consistent with the demands of the Yemeni government [which wants] to put an end to violations that these militias carry out against the brotherly people of Yemen.”

And Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the move would help the Yemeni people, improve international security and neutralize the Houthi threat.

The Houthis have been accused of a number of war crimes, including targeting civilian areas of Saudi Arabia in armed drone attacks and recruiting children to fight on the frontline.

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No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
Updated 20 January 2021

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
  • Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison
OKLAHOMA CITY: One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.
His team was so confident in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning.
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. A jury convicted him in April 2019.
In his pardon application filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be released from custody in 2037, but his attorneys said in the application that “he will likely die in prison” because of health concerns.
Maldonado-Passage’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.
The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign, was prominently featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”