Blog archive: Yemen

  • 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Observer reported that sandbags and soil barriers were being removed as armed tribesmen, troops and armored vehicles withdrawn from...
  • 6th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The official Yemeni news agency reports a meeting between foreign minister Qirbi and Criag Jenness, director of the UN's Electoral Assistance Division. It appears that Yemen is seeking "UN technical and logistical assistance" in the presidential election scheduled for February 21....
  • 4th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Having signed the GCC's ludicrous "transition agreement" under international pressure, President Saleh shows no sign of relinquishing power in Yemen and the situation continues to deteriorate. Fighting has been going on for several days now in the city of Ta'izz,...
  • 28th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It has been widely reported that the Yemen "transition" agreement signed last week includes immunity for President Saleh and members of his entourage. This led to protests in Yemen at the weekend calling instead for Saleh's prosecution. If guarantees of immunity have indeed been given...
  • 18th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Journalists have a hard time in Yemen. Most are badly paid and many take on other jobs to supplement their income.  The Yemeni press (with one or two exceptions) is also highly partisan. That is far from ideal but it is less of a problem than outsiders often imagine. There's a diversity of...
  • 17th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Reuters news agency has finally issued a statement about Mohamed Sudam, its Yemen-based reporter who also works as President Saleh's official interpreter and secretary. The Felix Arabia blog provides this translation of the statement which was originally issued in Arabic...
  • 15th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    If you follow the news from Yemen you have almost certainly come across reports from Reuters' long-serving correspondent in Sana'a, Mohamed Sudam. You may not have been aware, though, that over many years he has also combined his work for one of the world's leading news agencies with another job –...
  • 22nd October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Friday the UN security council unanimously approved a resolution on the situation in Yemen – its first such resolution since the uprising began. As expected, the resolution (full text here) calls on President Saleh to accept the Gulf Cooperation Council's wretched "transition plan"...
  • 1st October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen raises questions about its likely impact on the country's politics – in particular, whether it will hasten or delay President Saleh's departure. Internationally, Saleh has tried to present himself as a lone bulwark resisting al-Qaeda and uses it...
  • 23rd September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    UPDATED  President Saleh, who had been receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia since he was badly injured in an assassination attempt last June,arrived in Sanaa suddenly on Friday morning amid celebratory gunfire from his supporters. The situation in Yemen has deteriorated markedly...

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