Blog archive: Yemen

  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Yemeni politician has demanded the closure of al-Jazeera’s office in Sana’a, accusing the TV channel of damaging the country’s security and stability, the Yemen Post reports. Ali Jusaed al-Lahbi, a member of parliament for the ruling General People Congress, said: “It runs stories which...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemeni forces yesterday dispersed a rally of 200 people in Aden who were demonstrating against the suspension of al-Ayyam newspaper, Reuters reports. About 15 of the paper’s employees were arrested during the rally. Established in the 1950s, al-Ayyam is Yemen’s oldest independent daily...
  • 11th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four members of the same family in a pick-up truck – a father, two sons and a son-in-law – were ambushed by gunmen in Radfan, southern Yemen, in the early hours of Friday while apparently on the way to open up their sweet shop. Three died immediately, the fourth was seriously wounded and...
  • 10th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A report from Saba, the official Yemeni news agency, on the 15th anniversary of the north’s victory in the 1994 war: Subversives attacked Tuesday security forces and people in Yemen's eastern province of Hadramout killing a citizen and injuring two soldiers, the state-run 26sep.net ...
  • 9th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Here we go again. While Egyptian protesters chant that “Germans are the enemies of God”, Yemenis are venting their wrath against France over the Yemenia plane crash. A headline in the Yemen Observer claims the Airbus was “possibly” hit by a French missile (scroll down...
  • 8th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I’ve been reading some very gloomy reports from Yemen recently. With unrest in both the far north (the long-runningHouthi rebellion) and the south (revival of separatism), and complaints about the economy almost everywhere, it sounds very bad. But … People have been making dire predictions about...
  • 25th November 2000
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A series of failed prosecutions for qat possession has cast doubt on whether Yemen’s favourite pastime is illegal throughout the United States. Although qat (or "khat") is not specifically mentioned in federal drugs law, and in only a few state laws, it is regarded by police as an illicit drug....

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