Blog archive: Yemen

  • 6th September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Efforts to resolve the political crisis in Yemen are now focusing on a transition plan proposed by the United Nations rather than the earlier plan put forward by the Gulf Cooperation Council. AFP reports that President Saleh's party, the General People's Congress, has agreed to discuss the...
  • 1st September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Just over a month ago I noted that the Bell Pottinger, one of Britain's leading public relations firms, had been hired by President Saleh's regime in Yemen and was working for "an unnamed special entity" set up by the government in Sana'a. Research by the Bureau for Investigative...
  • 31st August 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The political situation in Yemen remains as confused as ever – which is why I have avoided writing about it for some time. However, there are now a few signs of movement. In a speech to mark the end of Ramadan, President Saleh (who is still in Saudi Arabia after being injured in a bomb...
  • 29th July 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's political crisis has taken a strange new turn with the hiring of one of Britain's leading public relations firms – ostensibly in an attempt to end the impasse. The company, Bell Pottinger, is working for "an unnamed special entity that has been created within the Yemen government to...
  • 26th June 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Three weeks have elapsed since President Saleh left Yemen for treatment in Saudi Arabia after being  badly injured  by a bomb explosion in his palace compound. Since then, the situation has been very confused though it's beginning to clear a little. Despite what Yemeni official may say...
  • 5th June 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Friday, after hearing of the attack inside Yemen's presidential compound, I posted a tweet which said:  "Send Saleh abroad to be treated for his injuries. Problem solved." That has now come to pass, but I doubt that it's a result of my suggestion on Twitter. It struck me...
  • 29th May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Saleh's position in Yemen was looking extremely precarious on Sunday amid signs that the military is beginning to turn against him. The Associated Press reported that a brigade of the Republican Guard (commanded by Saleh's son, Ahmed) has defected to the opposition....
  • 26th May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fighting has resumed in the Yemeni capital this morning.  A report in today's Guardian describes the scenes in Sana'a yesterday and Gregory Johnsen has an excellent analysis of events there over the last few days. The US has now ordered non-essential diplomatic staff to...
  • 25th May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Battles between Yemen's most powerful tribal group and sections of the military have resumed in Sana'a this morning, and tribal fighters appear to control part of the capital, including the interior ministry building. Tom Finn, who is on the spot, reported yesterday's events for the...
  • 23rd May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Despite intense diplomatic pressure from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United States and the EU, and despite verbal undertakings that he would finally sign the Yemen "transition" deal, President Saleh battled through Sunday without letting his pen touch the paper. Instead, he brought his own...
  • 22nd May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today is the 21st birthday of the Republic of Yemen, formed when the separate northern and southern states agreed to merge. May 1990 was a brief moment of hope in Yemen's history. Newspapers and new political parties proliferated, unhampered by government restrictions, and shortly...
  • 14th May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Saleh came under renewed pressure on Friday to accept the Yemen "transition" plan proposed by the Gulf Cooperation Council. The US and several EU countries have now declared their backing for the plan. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday: "We call on the...

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