Blog archive: Yemen

  • 20th November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Presidential extension?  Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi Presidential contender?  Ahmad Saleh Following the uprising that led to the fall of President Saleh in Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was...
  • 13th November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An article in the Washington Post by David Ignatius reveals previously unreported French involvement in Yemen's Houthi conflict last year. It says that the Saudis asked the US for imagery from surveillance satellites to assist their bombing of rebel positions in Yemen, but...
  • 22nd July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Hashim al-Asimi, a 20-year-old Yemeni, was heading home last Monday night when two men on a motorbike approached and shot him dead. Drive-by killings involving unlicensed motorbikes are a regular occurrence in Yemen and usually they are blamed on militants linked to al-Qaeda. Mostly, these...
  • 21st June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following my blog posts about the coming-out of Yemeni revolution activist Alaa Jarban (here and here) I received an email from another Yemeni who identifies as gay. I'm posting it below, with the sender's permission:    When I read Alaa’s coming-out news on Albab, I was...
  • 11th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Sunday evening, just as I was about to post my interview with Yemeni activist Alaa Jarban, I saw the news about Edward Snowden. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, had decided to reveal that he was the source of leaks about American government...
  • 9th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On May 29, Alaa Jarban did something that no one in Yemen had ever dared to do before. Using his real name, he announced in a blog post: "I'm Queer". Alaa, a 23-year-old graduate of Sanaa University, was a prominent youth activist in the revolution that toppled President...
  • 18th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a little-noticed move, President Obama signed an executive order this week extending "the national emergency with respect to Yemen" for a further 12 months. The official announcement says: "The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Yemen and others continue...
  • 11th April 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's "interim" president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, issued a series of decrees yesterday which have been hailed as his boldest move yet towards curbing the influence of ex-President Saleh's family. Saleh's son, Ahmad – formerly in charge of the Republican Guard – was named as Yemen's...
  • 24th March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Considering that Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has been president of Yemen for just over a year, it's remarkable how little is known about him. Even during his 18 years as ex-president Saleh's deputy he remained mostly below the radar. It was intriguing, therefore, to see a photo of the future...
  • 27th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain has expressed its appreciation to the UAE for turning away a British academic who was due to speak at a conference in the Emirates last Sunday. Bahrain's foreign ministry said the UAE's decision was "a true reflection of the strong bonds of fraternity between the UAE...
  • 16th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The UN Security Council yesterday welcomed Yemen's National Dialogue, after Russian objections (reported here yesterday) were overcome. The statement issued yesterday names both ex-President Saleh and southern separatist leader Ali Salim al-Baidh in connection with "reports of...
  • 15th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Russia has prevented the UN Security Council from issuing a presidential statement welcoming Yemen's National Dialoguewhich is due to start on 18 March. According to diplomats cited by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Russia objected to a paragraph mentioning "persistent...

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