Archive: yemen

14th May 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
More than 2,200 Yemenis have tied the knot during the past month at a series of mass weddings funded by Saudi businessmen and various charities, Arab News reports: "Each groom is given 65,000 Yemeni rials ($290), a gold necklace, a ring and clothes. Another 30,000 rials ($133) and a meal for 300 is… Read more
13th May 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
There are no political prisoners in Yemen, justice minister Ghazi al-Aghbari claimed yesterday. He was speaking to a technical team from the international "Friends of Yemen" group who had come to look at issues of justice and security. This is ridiculous, as Jane Novak points out in her blog: The… Read more
12th May 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
In an apparent attempt to release Faris Mana'a, Yemen's top arms dealer (now under arrest), his relatives opened fireyesterday on a police convoy taking him to court. The driver of a passing mini-bus was killed. Mana'a served for some time as head of the committee mediating between the Yemeni… Read more
9th May 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Yemen has joined the list of Arab countries trying to stop people making cheap phone calls over the internet. According to the Yemen Times, blocking of Skype was introduced earlier this yearat the request of TeleYemen to protect the revenue it gets from international calls. TeleYemen's terms and… Read more
30th April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Violence in northern Yemen seems to be increasing again, despite the truce called by the government in February. On Wednesday, the interior ministry said three tribesmen (described by Reuters as "pro-government") were killed by Houthi rebels. Yesterday, officials said seven people died during a gun… Read more
28th April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Heron bin Salem, a 22-year-old member of Yemen's tiny Jewish community, was approached by a police officer and four "security members" in Sana'a on Sunday.  According to the Yemen Observer, the officer informed him: "I do not like your look", referring to the ringlets worn by Yemeni Jews, and then… Read more
27th April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Yesterday's explosion in Yemen, which resulted in a British mannot being injured, is the subject of at least 124 news reportstoday. Yes, I know the man in question was an ambassador and his attacker probably from al-Qaeda, but the scale of the coverage reminds me of that famous (and possibly… Read more
23rd April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Twenty-four people from a single family died yesterday when a pick-up truck overturned in Marib province, Yemen. Traffic accidents in Yemen (population 23m+) cost around 3,000 lives a year, according to official figures. This is probably not far off the death rate in the recent Houthi war – the… Read more
22nd April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
In Yemen, President Salih has ordered the release of three journalists from Aden's oldest newspaper, al-Ayyam.  Al-Ayyam was one of six papers banned last May, allegedly for supporting "separatism" in the south of Yemen. The three journalists – Hani Hisham Bashraheel, Mohammed Hisham Bashraheel and… Read more
16th April 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Demonstrators took to the streets of numerous cities throughout Yemen yesterday in what appears to have been the biggest nationwide protest for some years. Organised by the Joint Meeting Parties (the main opposition grouping), the demonstrations highlighted a host of grievances, including poverty,… Read more