Blog archive: Yemen

  • 30th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni "transition" agreement brokered by Gulf Cooperation Council states is due to be formally signed on Monday by the ruling party and opposition parties, but there is a lot that could go wrong. It is reported that President Saleh will not attend the signing ceremony in Riyadh (...
  • 24th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen is slowly edging towards a negotiated departure for President Ali Abdullah Salih. The latest proposal put forward by negotiators from the Gulf Cooperation Council appears to have been accepted in principle by Salih and to a large extent by opposition parties – though they still have...
  • 6th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Salih has accepted an offer from the Gulf Cooperation Council to hold talks between himself and the Yemeni opposition in Saudi Arabia. Opposition parties seem less enthusiastic about the idea – not surprisingly since three of the six GCC members (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and...
  • 4th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The United States has quietly shifted its position regarding the embattled Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Salih, and has concluded that he must be eased out out office, according to a report in the New York Times which is attributed to unnamed American and Yemeni officials. The paper...
  • 29th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More than 100 people are reported dead following an explosion at a munitions factory in southern Yemen on Monday . The Financial Times says: According to a resident of the area, the explosion took place when local people swarmed into the building to steal ammunition, after...
  • 24th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    SYRIA: Security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Omari mosque in Deraa early on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people,according to al-Jazeera. However, the Syrian Revolution Digest, citing activists on the ground, says the number of dead could be 150 or more. Many of...
  • 23rd March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As turmoil continued in Yemen yesterday, President Salih  offered to step down by January next year after organising new parliamentary elections. The opposition has rejected this – and rightly so. He should go immediately. Tying his departure to elections would provide Salih with an...
  • 22nd March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In Yemen, Monday began with what appeared to be an attempted coup by the president's kinsman, General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar who announced that he was siding with the protesters – and tanks duly appeared on the streets of Sana'a. Since Ali Muhsin is the person Yemenis (including President...
  • 18th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It has been a truly terrible day in Yemen, with more than 40 people reported dead as a result of attacks on demonstrators by the president's supporters in Sana'a. Although armed conflict is common in Yemen, there has been nothing like this in the capital for many years. The Egyptian Chronicles...
  • 13th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There is growing international concern about attacks on demonstrators by Yemeni security forces and their allies. On Saturday, several people died (the exact number is unclear) during a pre-dawn offensive against the protesters' camp at Sana'a University.  Across the country, more...
  • 12th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It seems that Yemenis will not be electing a new parliament on April 27 after all. March 10 was the official date for calling the elections. Nothing happened then and, according to the  Yemen Observer, the reason is that the electoral registers are not ready. This technical problem...
  • 5th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Back in January I wrote about a demonstration at Sana'a University. It was a fairly small affair involving some 2,500 people (pictures here) but it was also, as far as I am aware, the first demonstration in the Yemeni capital aimed primarily at persuading...

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