Blog archive: Yemen

  • 24th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Demonstrations continue in Yemen over the 
  • 22nd March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen is in the throes of a heated political battle over a law that would ban child marriage. Viewed from afar, this is as much of a no-brainer as the American debate about health care. And yet, as in the US, the forces of resistance are strong. Yesterday, supporters of child marriage took to...
  • 21st March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's special security court handed out jail sentences to two more southern activists yesterday. Fady Hassan Baoum, a member of the opposition Socialist Party's poliburo was sentenced to five years for "inciting violence and hatred with the aim of undermining national unity"....
  • 18th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Salih has now ordered the return of transmission equipment that the Yemeni authorities seized from the local offices of al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya TV stations last week. The equipment was seized on the grounds that it was "unauthorised", though nobody believed that...
  • 16th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemeni forces launched three more airstrikes said to be directed against al-Qaeda targets in Lawdar district of Abyan province  yesterday.  There is no official word about casualties but Abbas al Assal, a spokesman for the separatist Southern Movement, said seven people were...
  • 15th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen says it launched an airstrike against al-Qaeda in the Moudia district of Abyan province yesterday. "Our air force carried out a raid on terrorist elements who were planning attacks on vital installations (and) two al-Qaeda leaders were killed," a defence ministry statement said. There...
  • 12th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni authorities have confiscated two "unauthorised" transmitters belonging to local offices of al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya TV channels.  This seems to be part of a wider pattern of harassment, particularly of al-Jazeera, over its coverage of separatist protests in the south....
  • 10th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Salih of Yemen held out an olive branch to the southern separatists yesterday, offering to discuss their grievances. "Come talk with your brothers in the authority, and we will talk with you," he said. "We extend the hand of dialogue without (you) having to resort to violence...
  • 7th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An article for the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor takes a brief but interesting look at the social roots of al-Qaeda in Yemen. The author, Murad Batal al-shishani, says al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (as the Yemen-based network is known) is dominated by Yemenis (56%) with...
  • 7th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An al-Qaeda suspect who was taken to hospital in Yemen after claiming to be ill seized a gun from one of his guards and shot him dead, then held two other guards hostage yesterday.  The suspect, named Sharif Mobily – a German national of Somali origin – was eventually overpowered and taken...
  • 5th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A demonstrator was shot dead by security forces in Yemen yesterday as he tried to remove a Yemeni flag from a government building and hoist a southern flag in its place during a separatist protest. The shooting, in Radfan (Lahej province), is reported by Reuters and DPA. Meanwhile...
  • 3rd March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It's strange how Reuters grandly describes the prominent Yemeni separatist, Ali Salim al-Baidh, as "an exiled former president of South Yemen". At a stretch, it's technically correct but it's also misleading. Al-Baidh was secretary-general of the Socialist Party during the last few...

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