Blog archive: Yemen

  • 23rd May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As part of Yemen's 20th anniversary "festivities" yesterday, President Salih announced an amnesty for all journalists convicted or facing trial for press offences, together with "all detainees held in connection with the Houthi rebellion in the far north ... and the rioting in...
  • 22nd May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the unification of north and south Yemen (an event that I wrote about in detail in my online e-book,  The Birth of Modern Yemen). In 1990, the north-south union made a lot of sense and in principle it still does today, but because of the way...
  • 20th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Videos have been posted on the internet showing the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's bulldozing of a Yemeni village (reported hereyesterday). "Here were houses," a man says in one of them. There doesn't seem to be much left of the village and I can't help thinking that if the Israelis had done...
  • 19th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi forces are active across the border again, in Yemeni territory. In an incident that is being likened to Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes, the Yemeni village of Um Quaia’ah, close to the Saudi border, "was ravaged by Saudi bulldozers, including mosques and electricity poles...
  • 18th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemen Times has a few more details of the apparent attempt to assassinate President Salih on Saturday. The paper says the vehicles that came under attack were indeed the presidential convoy, though Salih was not in it – he had left earlier for Taizz by helicopter. The Yemen...
  • 17th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's Houthi rebels have not received much attention internationally since the ceasefire was declared in February. Since then, there have been numerous small-scale incidents, indicating that the war is dormant rather than at an end. Last week, a 30-minute battle between...
  • 16th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are conflicting reports of an attack in southern Yemen which may have been a botched attempt to assassinate President Salih. A convoy of vehicles came under fire – apparently from southern separatists – in al-Habilain district of Lahij province yesterday. At least one soldier was killed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 6th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    What do these gestures mean? The Yemen Times explains. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 6 May 2010.

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