Blog archive: Yemen

  • 26th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Last month the Yemeni government's cultural magazine, al-Thaqafiya, published an article about an Egyptian film, Heena Maysara. Directed by Khaled Youssef, a protégé of the lateYoussef Chahine, it's a gritty critique of Egyptian society, set in the Cairo slums.  The...
  • 24th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       My review of Victoria Clark's book, "Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes", is published today in the Guardian. There was also a review in The Economist a couple of days ago. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 24 April 2010.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 15th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's leading arms dealer, Fares Mana'a, has had his assets frozen by the UN Security Council and the US Treasury. Mana'a served for some time as head of the committee mediating between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels, while allegedly simultaneously supplying the...
  • 8th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A 12-year-old girl bled to death in Yemen as a result of sexual intercourse, three days after her wedding to a man in his twenties, Gulf News reports. Elham Mahdi Shuee died at the hospital in Hajja. The Sisters Forum for Human Rights, an organisation which campaigns against child marriage...
  • 7th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
         You might have thought that government ministers in Yemen had more pressing things to worry about, but yesterday's cabinet meeting approved a new draft law concerning the national flag: "The law, which consists of 18...
  • 6th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    According to reports circulating yesterday the leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have "temporarily" decamped from Yemen and re-established their military base across the sea in Somalia. If true, this is a major development. The Yemen Post, Sahwa.net, the Saudi...
  • 2nd April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There was a good deal of excitement in Yemen yesterday when a grenade went off at a police station in the southern city of Dali (Dhale'a) and – depending on whose accounts you choose to believe – up to 40 recently-arrested separatists did or didn'tescape. Gregory Johnsen, writing...
  • 28th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Twelve-year-old Sally al-Sahabi was granted a divorce from her 26-year-old husband by a Yemeni court yesterday. The decision is seen as a boost for 
  • 26th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mohammed al-Maqaleh (Maqalih), editor-in-chief of Aleshteraki, the Yemen Socialist Party's website was released from arbitrary detention yesterday on "health and humanitarian" grounds. Maqalih was abducted by armed and masked men last September and it was several months...

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