Blog archive: Yemen

  • 20th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ex-president's son Ahmad Ali Saleh. Will he go quietly?     Some good news from Yemen, for once. Yesterday, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – Yemen's "interim" president – issued a series of decrees changing the structure and leadership of the military. The changes, which seem to...
  • 18th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the more intriguing and unexpected consequences of the fall of President Saleh in Yemen is that the national pastime of  chewing qat has begun to be seriously challenged. An ambitious plan presented to parliament last week seeks to eradicate qat from Yemen by 2033....
  • 12th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to haunt the political scene in Yemen, more than nine months after being ousted from office. In the latest confrontation, Saleh's eldest son, Ahmed, is refusing to hand over long-range Scud missiles to the defence ministry, Reuters reports...
  • 24th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an effort to "instil discipline in the streets", Yemen's interior ministry has embarked on a controversial – and probably ill-fated – battle against unlicensed motorcycles, threatening to confiscate any that are used illegally. In the first week after the ban was introduced at the beginning of...
  • 22nd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Anti-qat protest outside Yemen's parliament last weekend    In Yemen, old habits die hard and weaning the country off its predilection for chewing qat might appear to be the most hopeless of hopeless causes. For millions of Yemenis, the afternoon qat sessions are a...
  • 3rd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a report from Yemen, Leila al-Fuhaidi of AFP highlights an unusual practice that can lead to happily married couples being forced to divorce. The practice – found mainly in rural areas – involves an "exchange" marriage known as sheghar, where two men from different families each...
  • 9th April 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Events in Yemen over the last few days provide a sharp reminder that despite the resignation of President Saleh and the installation of President Hadi in a one-candidate "election", the Saleh regime remains largely in place. It won't go without a struggle and is still capable of obstructing the...
  • 26th January 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's a woefully misleading report about Yemen from AFP this morning. It begins: "Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh will stay in the United States beyond the election next month that will choose his successor ..." Let's get this straight once and for all. The so-called...
  • 1st January 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With less than two months to go before President Saleh is due to formally leave office, other members of his family are seeking toconsolidate their influence in Yemen. Saleh's son, Ahmed, has been purging the Republican Guard of members suspected of having opposition sympathies, while his...
  • 27th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There were numerous reports in the US media on Monday about President Saleh's proposed trip to the United States. This has put the Obama administration on the spot, since it risks being accused of condoning Saleh's crimes by allowing him in. The official White House line at the moment...
  • 26th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After an interlude caused by months on political turmoil, Yemen's illegitimate parliament resumed business on Saturday when the new power-sharing government presented its programme. Judging by the account in the Yemen Times, its re-opening session was a shambolic affair, interrupted by...
  • 19th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With a new government sworn in and relative calm returning to the streets in Yemen, this seems an appropriate moment to take stock. On Sunday, the Yemen Observer reported that sandbags and soil barriers were being removed as armed tribesmen, troops and armored vehicles withdrawn from...

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