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  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I have been searching Google for reports about the death in Egypt of Yousef Abu Zuhri, the brother of a Hamas spokesman. It's covered in Russia, China, Britain, Israel and several Arab countries, but so far the only major American news organisation to mention it seems to be Fox News....
  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    October 14 is Yemen's National Day – the anniversary of the day in 1963 when southerners launched their armed struggle against British occupation. As such, it provides an officially-approved excuse for people to take to the streets.  The video above, via YouTube, shows the scene earlier...
  • 13th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are further developments regarding Yahya al-Houthi, a relative of the Yemeni rebel leader, Abd al-Malik al-Houth, who is also an absentee member of the Yemeni parliament living in Germany. On Sunday, 
  • 13th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Writing in today’s issue of Arab News, Walaa Hawari tells the  shocking story of a mentally and physically disabled Saudi woman who was married off by her father for money – without her consent and to a man she had never met. The woman, identified by the name Fatima, suffered brain...
  • 13th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Jordanian man has been sentenced to 15 years in jail with hard labour for killing his sister “to cleanse his family's honour”. By Jordanian standards, the sentence is unusually tough – sentences in some previous cases have been as little as a few months. According to a court official...
  • 12th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A three-day workshop organised by the Saudi ministry of municipal and rural affairs is due to start in Jeddah today. Arab News reports: "The workshop aims at familiarising people on using healthy shaving tools, especially razor blades. And also the tools used in barbershops and ways to use...
  • 12th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After years of delay, the text of the EU’s association agreementwith Syria has been finalised and will be signed on October 26. The move is seen partly as a reward to the Damascus regime for progress so far and also as a way of encouraging further changes in its behaviour. The...
  • 12th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Just when the fuss over Unesco’s rejection of Egypt’s culture minister seemed to be dying down, Libya has entered the fray. It is threatening to boycott the organisation if Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova is formally installed as its head on October 15. "Libya does not agree with the...
  • 11th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi,said yesterday he is “ready for dialogue” to “save the country from corruption and injustice”. His statement seemed to suggest he is seeking to engage with the opposition Joint Meeting Parties, which has called for a ceasefire,...
  • 10th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The first UN aid convoy from Saudi Arabia to northern Yemen –delayed for several weeks – is expected to set off today carrying tents, mattresses, blankets and other items for about 2,000 people stranded in the border area as a result of the Houthi conflict. It had been due to...
  • 9th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Algerian journalist and rights activist Hafnaoui Ghoul is due in court on Tuesday, accused of criminal defamation over an article that talked about corruption and maladministration in Djelfa province. This is just one of 16 lawsuits against Ghoul – all of them brought by local officials and all...
  • 9th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Houthi rebels in northern Yemen claim to have captured Munabbih (Munabah), a district bordering Saudi Arabia. Reuters quotes a rebel statement saying local residents had turned against the authorities because of rights abuses and "citizens took full control of government buildings...

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