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  • 21st October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwait's constitutional court is expected to give a ruling later this month on whether female members of parliament must wear the hijab. An electoral law introduced when Kuwaiti women were given full political rights four years ago says: “A condition for women to vote and be elected is to abide...
  • 20th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The question of Iranian involvement in the Yemeni war is often raised, though with scant evidence to support the various claims. The Houthi rebels who have been fighting the government off and on for the last five years. are Shia Muslims and, even though their Zaidi version of Shi'ism differs from...
  • 19th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Of all the many restrictions on life in Saudi Arabia that might reasonably be lifted, making it easier to buy and sell guns does not spring to mind as an obvious necessity – but the interior ministry seems to think otherwise. It has decided to allow anyone over 25 with a clean criminal record...
  • 19th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A 22-year-old Jordanian woman with stomach pains was taken to the doctor by her father and an uncle on Saturday. The doctor found she was pregnant. “On their way home, the father stabbed the girl with a sword 25 times in her stomach, killing her immediately as well as her unborn baby boy,” a...
  • 19th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The field commander of the Houthi rebels, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, was arrested yesterday by the military after being injured in an air strike, according to unconfirmed reports from several local news sources (Yemen Observer, News Yemenand Yemen Online).  At the time of writing, the...
  • 17th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Moroccan editor has been jailed for “intentionally publishing false information” about the king's health. Driss Chahtan of al-Michaal newspaper was sentenced to a year in jail and two other journalists – Mostafa Hiran and Rashid Mahameed – were sentenced to three months each with a...
  • 16th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
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  • 16th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two views on the war in Yemen. President Salih says it will end very soon. "The army is achieving great, great progress in all frontlines, and over the coming few days the victory will be declared," he said on Wednesday. Well, it's Friday now and the war goes on. But let's give it...
  • 15th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It was only last week that Colonel Gadafy pleaded with Libyan officials to help find a proper job for his 37-year-old son, Saif al-Islam. Well, as luck would have it, a job has now turned up. The title is "coordinator of social and popular committees" which sounds modest but...
  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's confusion in Yemen over the apparent forcible closureof an Iranian-funded hospital in the capital, Sana'a. The hospital, which employs 120 staff (eight of them Iranian) was sealed off by security forces yesterday amid claims that it had links with the Houthi (Shia) rebels. The...
  • 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...

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