Blog archive: Yemen

  • 5th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Chatham House, the foreign affairs thinktank, has issued a progress report on Yemen's post-Saleh transition – though I'm not sure "progress" is the right word to describe it. "With attention focused on the National Dialogue process," it says, "the transition government is paying...
  • 30th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi journalist Faheem al-Hamid seems to be having an interesting time in Yemen. Following his hilarious interview the other day with ex-president Salih, Hamid has now had a close encounter with the ex-president's ex-trousers. The remains of the trousers – which Saleh was wearing...
  • 28th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Gaddafi is dead, Mubarak is in jail, Ben Ali is in exile but Yemen's former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is living comfortably at home – thanks to a vote in parliament which gave him immunity from prosecution – and he has been talking about his new life as "a normal Yemeni citizen". In an...
  • 15th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Since 2004 the Yemeni government has waged a series of wars against the so-called Houthi rebels in the far north of the country, close to the Saudi border. This conflict is currently in abeyance but a long-term solution will be needed if Yemen is to undergo a successful political...
  • 15th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There is no doubt that southern Yemenis had a raw deal under President Ali Abdullah Saleh – though they were by no means alone in that. There is also no doubt that southern grievances and aspirations will have to be addressed in the forthcoming National Dialogue if Yemen's political transition is...
  • 14th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen has become the focus for "two quite different and fundamentally contradictory phenomena", Sheila Carapico, an American political scientist, told the London conference on Yemen last week. One of them is an uprising for social justice and and the other is "a not-so-covert military...
  • 11th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A two-day academic conference on the future of Yemen opened in London on Friday. Organised by the London Middle East Instituteand the British-Yemeni Society, it comes at a timely moment as Yemen prepares for its national dialogue – a key step in the country's political...
  • 2nd January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Killers on motorcycles were responsible for the murders of 40 military and security officers and four civilians in Yemen during 2012, the interior ministry said yesterday. A further 21 military officers and nine civilians were injured in attacks involving motorcycles: "Most of the...
  • 20th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ex-president's son Ahmad Ali Saleh. Will he go quietly?     Some good news from Yemen, for once. Yesterday, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – Yemen's "interim" president – issued a series of decrees changing the structure and leadership of the military. The changes, which seem to...
  • 18th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the more intriguing and unexpected consequences of the fall of President Saleh in Yemen is that the national pastime of  chewing qat has begun to be seriously challenged. An ambitious plan presented to parliament last week seeks to eradicate qat from Yemen by 2033....
  • 12th December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to haunt the political scene in Yemen, more than nine months after being ousted from office. In the latest confrontation, Saleh's eldest son, Ahmed, is refusing to hand over long-range Scud missiles to the defence ministry, Reuters reports...
  • 24th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an effort to "instil discipline in the streets", Yemen's interior ministry has embarked on a controversial – and probably ill-fated – battle against unlicensed motorcycles, threatening to confiscate any that are used illegally. In the first week after the ban was introduced at the beginning of...

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